Ang Kape ni Itay (My Father’s Coffee)

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A flash fiction written 2 years ago, exactly February 15, 2011 as a seat work at school for our Retorika subject. It was written in Tagalog so I tried (well I really tried) to translate it in English.

“Itay nandito na po ako.” Dali-dali syang pumunta sa salas. (“Dad, I’m already here.” She hurriedly went to the living room.

“Gusto niyo po ba ng kape? Ipagtitimpla ko po kayo.” Pumunta siya sa kusina at nagtimpla ng kape. “May asukal po ba?” (“Do you want a cup of coffee? I’ll make one for you.” She went in the kitchen and made a cup of coffee for her father. “Do you want it with sugar?”)

“Ito na po ang kape niyo.” Ngumiti siya sa kanyang harapan. (“Here’s your coffee.” She smiles in front of her.)

“Alam nyo po ba, pinagtripan na naman ako ng mga kaibigan ko kanina.” Nangingilid ang luha niya habang sinasabi ito. “Sana nando’n kayo para napagtanggol nyo ako. Sana nandon kayo para nalaman nila kung gaano nyo ko kamahal.” Umiiyak nyang sambit. (Do you know that I was bullied again today by my friends?” She was teary-eyed while telling it to him. “I wish you were there to defend me. I wish you were there to let them know that you loved me so much.” She cried.)

“Anak, sino na naman ang kausap mo riyan?” (“Jessie, who are you talking to?)

“Nay, wala po, umiinom lang ng kape.” (Nobody mom, just drinking a cup of coffee.)

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