Xyneth – a perpetual sense of deja vu

“Toraja! Lihat, ia su-“ bisik Wamena. Ia terdengar antusias dan aku dapat mencium sedikit aroma cokelat yang terpancar darinya.

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Aku beranjak dari dapur menuju sofa di depan TV besar milik Ayah. Tempat Ibu memberikan hadiah ulang tahun untukku. Para Prajurit Kopi mengikutiku dengan penuh rasa ingin tahu.

Ibu tersenyum lembut sambil memberikan boneka Luwak yang sudah dicuci bersih. “Kamu pasti sedih karena tadi Luwak kotor terkena susu cokelat.”

Aku duduk di kursi ruang makan sambil mencoba mengingat-ingat tentang Luwak. Aku ingat kalau Ibu bilang Luwak itu hanya untuk acara spesial. Biji kopi Luwak untuk merayakan ulang tahun Ayah. Ke perkebunan kopi Luwak untuk merayakan ulang tahun Ibu.

The second exercise from Robin was to write about a real photograph that we see a lot every day and a notable memory we had in the past. We need to write down about the photograph and the memory as clear as possible, read it out loud to others, and let them guess whether the story was based on a memory or a photograph. You did well if you can fool the audience. The trick is how to play with the details and the way you embed your emotions into the writings to make it as detailed as a photograph although it was a memory and as emotional as a memory even though it was actually a flat photograph.

“Di dapur!” jeritku sambil melompat dari tempat tidur dan setengah berlari menuju pintu kamar. Barisan Prajurit Kopi mengekorku dengan sigap.

Ini, Luwak untuk Kintamani. Ibu tertawa riang saat aku meloncat-loncat kegirangan dan merebut Luwak dari tangan Ibu lalu memeluk boneka itu erat-erat.

“Tapi Jenderal Mandheling hanya memberikan kita waktu enam puluh menit di sini!” ucap Gayo panik. “Sekarang hanya tersisa empat puluh lima menit!”

Some say power is when you are able to destroy someone and completely sure that he stays that way permanently.
Scratch destroy. I meant overkill.
Crush his body, crush his reputation, crush his loved ones, and there you have it. Overkill with ice cream on top.

I have learned a lot of new things from the public seminars and especially from the workshop too bad it was only 8 hours! I am looking forward to attending other events hosted by The Jakarta Post Writing Center. Thank you very much to Jakarta Book Club for the opportunity to attend the fantastic workshop!