By Suchen Christine Lim
Malaya. A land of remarkable richness. for hundreds of years, the peninsula has attracted fortune hunters, money-grabbing pirates and migrants looking a greater lifestyles. between these whose lives are rooted within the Malayan soil are 3 households - the Wongs, sons of the chinese language earth; the Wees, matters of the English gods; the Mahmuds, scions of the Malayan soil - every one with varied desires for the little bit of earth they survive. Their destinies meet and this conflict of hopes unavoidably results in tragedy.
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Sighed the bewildered boy. " 52 Paprika looked away toward the moon which hung, a pale yellow disk, between the trees. She shrugged. "I don't know. " The boy's defenses crumbled. The sight of her lovely face, the nude white body in the moonlight, overcame him. Gypsy passion welled up. Suddenly Jancsi crushed her to him. Sfie felt his heartbeats. Their breaths intermingled. Their eyes seared into each other. "I love you! " he swore with adolescent solemnness. Then Jancsi kissed her for the first time on the red, moist lifs....
Glad of an opportunity to injure Jancsi while he was still tied and helpless, he swaggered up and punched him in ,the head. Paprika saw the blow. With sudden fury she grabbed a pitchfork leaning against the wagon and was at Pofok ready to do murder. The bully fell back before her onslaught. Paprika stabbed viciously at the other brats till they all scattered with shrill cries for vengeance. Then she untied the thongs from Jancsi's wrists add ankles, rubbed them and cooled his bleeding welts with water from the bucket.
Pofok's bleeding head appeared above the surface, gasping for breath. : All the fight had gone out of Pofok. Hunched in excruciating pain, he slunk quietly away while the young Amazon who had worsted him glared around at the others challengingly. No one said a word. Paprika carelessly wiped the blood from her chin and cheeks. Jancsi came up without speaking and took her by the hand. , Then he wiped the blood from her face with his dirty palm, examined her nose and assured himself it was not broken.