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About John Rey Dave Aquino

John Rey Dave Aquino has stories published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Literary Apprentice, and Anak Sastra. He holds a BA in Language and Literature from the University of the Philippines Baguio. He was a fellow for fiction at the 17th Ateneo National Writers Workshop.

A Boy, Inarticulate

When Jeremy’s godmother and god brother arrived at the Rosaleses’ house on an unbearable summer afternoon in April, it was not only to say hi.

It was summer break, and Jeremy was up on a high branch of the mango tree in their backyard. He liked climbing there because of the cooler, fresher air. When the tricycle stopped in front of his house, he watched as a middle-aged woman stepped out of the sidecar, followed by a tall young man. He heard the guy’s voice first before seeing his face, which was partially hidden by a cap. “It’s hot here, Ma,” he complained, then unfastened the top two buttons of his polo. His mother nodded in agreement and asked him to take the valise down from the tricycle’s burning roof.

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