Tukijo was awakened by the sound of the bell. The bell rang three times, signaling it was time to go home. He glanced at the clock on the wall that read 01.00 pm Western Indonesian Time. The boy was shocked, and immediately got up out of the school health unit to his class.
"Oh no, I have to hurry to the restaurant!" Tukijo muttered. He ran to class without paying any attention to anyone.
After arriving in class, he found his bag and books scattered on the floor. Shoe stamps everywhere. Not only that, the seats and tables are also full of markers, including; POOR CHILDREN ARE BETTER TO DIE, UGLY AND POOR IS BANNED ALIVE, and IDIOT.
Tukijo crouched to tidy up his bag and scattered books. Suddenly, Udin appeared leaning his shoulder in the doorway of the classroom. "Poor fate for you, Tukijo. Haha ...," he mocked. Then, Udin disappeared like a jelangkung¹. He came even though he wasn't invited, then he too just left.
While Tukijo was cleaning his desk, he saw an old Noxia 1202 cellphone in Markonah's desk drawer. Since the cellphone was on with a silent tone, Tukijo took it.
On the cellphone was written the name of the contact 'My Love' was calling. Not long after, Markonah entered the classroom to see Tukijo holding her cell phone. Tukijo was surprised by his sudden presence.
"Sorry, is this your cell phone?" asked Tukijo while showing the cell phone in his hand. "I saw the phone light up in the drawer. So I took it."
"Yes, this is mine," said Markonah, taking the phone.
"Earlier, there was a call from someone," said Tukijo.
Then, Markonah immediately checked her cellphone and smiled. "Thanks Jo, I'm going home first!" She is leaving Tukijo.
Was it her boyfriend calling? Thought Tukijo looking for some clarity.
"Ah, what does that have to do with me?" muttered Tukijo shaking his head. He threw his thoughts away.
After clearing his seat, Tukijo left the classroom towards the parking lot. He took a bicycle and swung it until Mas Agus Restaurant located at Mojing Crossroad next to Sukesi Bakery.
Accidentally, Tukijo saw Markonah enter the bakery with a middle-aged man. He frowned as he muttered, "Markonah? Who is that man?"
"Tukijo! Hurry up! It's getting busy...," shouted Agus (restaurant owner) calling for Tukijo. Instantly Tukijo's thoughts were interrupted by Agus' screams.
"Yes, Big Bro." Tukijo ran into the restaurant and did his work.
"Hey you!" call a woman.
"Yes, Sis?" replied Tukijo approaching the woman.
"I ordered two clawed chicken noodles, wrapped."
A few minutes later.
"This is Sis." Tukijo offered two servings of wrapped chicken claw noodles.
05.30 pm West Indonesia Time.
"It's Jo!" Agus gave an envelope. "Here's your paycheck this week."
"Wow! Thank you very much, Big Bro," said Tukijo, smiling broadly, taking the envelope and putting it in his trouser pocket.
"You're welcome," replied Agus. "Eh, by the way why is your face so battered? You don't seem like the type of kid who likes to fight."
"Um, this... just now... fell down the stairs at school," Tukijo stuttered. He would rather lie than make people worry.
"Geez, Tukijo! Be carefuly next time, okey."
"Yes, Big Bro."
"Come home! Your grandmother must be waiting for you."
Unbeknownst to Tukijo, someone was watching him across the street.
Tukijo returned to swinging his ontel bicycle. The distance between Mas Agus Restaurant and his house is about 500 meters, while the distance from Mas Agus Restaurant to his school is about 2 kilometers.
The pain in his body disappeared for a moment, he rode his bicycle while imagining that he wanted to buy good food for his grandmother with her salary.
At a fork in a small alley near his house, Tukijo was confronted by his friends during elementary school.
"Stop!" Ucup snapped.
"Why Ucup?" asked Tukijo stopping his bicycle.
"Hand over the envelope that's in your pants pocket!" interrupted Soib.
"Envelopes? Just a moment." Tukijo reached into his pants. He took out the money and gave only the envelope. "This!"
"Buahahaha." They laugh.
"Idiot!" Soib kicked Tukijo's bicycle.
Tukijo, who was still on the bicycle, fell on the asphalt gravel. His hand was bleeding a little from being crushed under the handlebars.
"Ugh." The boy got up and leaned his bicycle against the tree. He was angry. Then punched Soib in the face with a fist. Soib was knocked back.
Suddenly, Budi grabbed Tukijo's hair forward, and kicked him in the stomach with his knee. Again, Tukijo fell to the asphalt. The wound, which had healed, was now increased by sharp gravel scratches. He fell into a prone position. Ucup stepped on his head, while Soib stepped on his body.
"Aaaaaaaaargh," Tukijo screamed in pain. He fainted, lying on the road.
Then Soib took the money that was in Tukijo's trouser pocket.
"Get it guys!" Soib parsed the amount of money as one hundred and fifty thousand rupiah.
"Excellent!" Ucup and Budi gave a thumbs up. The three of them left Tukijo just like that.
It was getting late, the sun had almost covered his face. However, no one had yet crossed the path where Tukijo had fainted.
1. Jelangkung is a traditional Indonesian game with supernatural rituals. These games are supernatural, generally performed as rituals to summon supernatural entities. The medium used to accommodate spirits or supernatural entities that are summoned in the game Jailangkung is a water scoop, which is generally made of coconut shells dressed in clothes and with a wooden handle. (Source Wikipedia).
"Ugh," Tukijo woke up and saw a luxury car stop beside him. Out came a beautiful, elegant woman with long flowing hair, accompanied by a bodyguard and her driver.She is Ningsih, the genius woman who managed to grow her father's company to the top. Rumors stated that she had killed her father for obtaining an inheritance, thus being branded as a violent woman.The woman took off her sunglasses and asked the driver, "Really, he lives here?""That's right, Miss. His name is Tukijo," answered Teguh (Ningsih's driver) while showing the young man's photo on his cellphone.Ningsih just realized that in front of her there was a man lying on the road, he was trying to get up. The man was wearing a scout uniform. Beside him was an ontel bicycle leaning against a tree and a school bag on the basket.Then Ningsih came to the man, then squatted down and stretched out his hand. "Want me to help?" bargained Ningsih.Tukijo lifted his head to l
Seeing Tukijo's body full of wounds, Muhiroh said, "Oh my God, Tukijo! Why is your body covered with wounds like this?" His shriveled hand gently touched Tukijo's face."Sorry Grandma. Earlier, my bicycle was hit by a truck, so I fell unconscious," replied Tukijo a little nervously.After treating Tukijo's wound, Ningsih heard her little brother's stomach protesting. She immediately went out to meet Teguh. The man was standing, leaning his back against the car."Teguh! Buy five servings of food. Oh, no. Buy six!" Ningsih orders."Yes, Miss," Teguh got into the car and left to carry out orders.A few moments later."Sorry, Miss, I only found this food on the road," said Teguh, handing him two plastic bags containing three packs of rice each."Yeah, it's okay.""Here are two servings for you." Ningsih handed Tukijo two packets of rice. "You have to eat a lot to make your body fuller.""Thank you, lady!" s
The next day, at exactly 07.00 am West Indonesia Time, Ningsih came to Tukijo's house in her luxury car with Teguh and Marno. "Jo! Come on up!" Ningsih invites Tukijo who is standing in front of his house ready to go. Then, he got into the car and sat in the back with his sister. "Where are you working?" Ningsih asked. "The Mas Agus Restaurant is located at the Mojing Crossroad." "Let's go!" Ningsih's orders to Teguh. "Okay Miss." "Marno, you will replace Tukijo later, okay?" "Ready to execute!" Marno replied. "Erm, Sis. Can I ask you something?" said Tukijo a little doubtfully. "What?" "Please keep it a secret, that I have a relationship with someone from the Gaje Company. You are very famous, Big Bro Agus must recognize you." Tukijo put on a pitiful face pleading with his brother. "We have arrived at Mas Agus Restaurant, Miss," Teguh interrupted. Ningsih did not respond to Tukijo's request. It made him feel frustrated. "Ouch, how's this?" Tukijo muttered, biting his finge
After buying the cell phone, Ningsih and Tukijo went to the shopping center. They buy uniforms, bags and other school supplies."Come here, Jo! Try this!" Ningsih's right hand holds a white striped t-shirt, while in her left hand she holds a gray jacket.Tukijo, who was busy trying out a new cellphone, immediately put it away and approached his sister.After a while, Tukijo exited the changing room."Wow!" Ningsih said amazed. "This is just cool! Try it, you look at it!" Ningsih turned Tukijo around and pushed him closer to the mirror.Tukijo was dumbfounded looking at himself in the mirror. "It's me?" he said."Yeah," Ningsih answered proudly.Tukijo looked at the set of glasses that lay on the table. Seeing that, Ningsih asked, "Do you need glasses?""Um, my eyes feel dizzy, when I see the writing on the blackboard from the back seat," replied Tukijo."Okay, we'll take some," Ningsih said."S
"Order five portions, please wrap the two portions. You'll take one later," Ningsih said to Marno. "Oh yeah, don't forget to add two iced tea, okay...."Marno immediately went to prepare the dish.A few minutes later."Wow...!" said Tukijo in amazement.They ate it voraciously."Tukijo, what you said to your grandma was a lie, right?" Ningsih asked suddenly.Tukijo was shocked. He almost choked on his food. "Cough...." He grabbed his drink then responded to his sister's words, "Um... yes Big Sis, I just don't want to make grandma worry." The young man bowed his head."So, what made you so battered that you lay on the road like that?" Ningsih asked with a serious face."Emm, it's Sis ... um ... I ...""Are you being bullied?" cut Ningsih quickly with sharp eyes.Tukijo was silent."So, right?" Ningsih insisted."Yes Sis," replied Tukijo finally opening his mouth."Sinc
Tukijo was shocked. Instantly his vision was blurred. "Ah, yes Sis ... sorry," he said."What's wrong with you, Jo? Suddenly daydreaming. See the moms hanging out?" joked Ningsih. In fact, Ningsih knew that Tukijo had been transfixed by the sight of a girl delivering boxes."Ish ... it's no use, I see the mothers hang out," he objected."So, what are you dreaming about?" asked Ningsih pretending not to know."Eh ... that ... I saw a classmate of mine passing by on a motorbike," replied Tukijo."Oh, so the girl from earlier was your classmate. She's beautiful too," Ningsih praised."Yeah, she's pretty ... but ignorant." Tukijo snorted."Pfft. Do you like that girl?" asked Ningsih spontaneously."Wh ... who likes her!" Tukijo hid his blushing face by pretending to wipe the sweat off his forehead."Hmm ...." Ningsih wrinkled her forehead, her eyes probed Tukijo's behavior. "Okay, let's continue practicing."They practice until the sun is directly overhead. The scorching heat of the sun ma
Monday, Tukijo started school with his new look. Before he left for school, Ningsih came with all her belongings."I'll help you, Big Sis," Tukijo offered."No need. You go to school there! You'll be late. Hmm, or do you want Teguh to take you by car?" said Ningsih as she unloaded her things in front of Tukijo's house."I ... just leave now, thanks for the offer." Tukijo left Ningsih immediately. "It could be bad if one school finds out I'm leaving by car," he muttered.After arriving at school, Tukijo put his bicycle in the parking lot near a wooden pole."Whoa! Who's that?""I guess he's new. I've never seen him.""So handsome. I'm sure he will be the first handsome male candidate in Maos 1 State High School."Eh, how about we try to approach him? Maybe we can get his number. Xixixi.""Come on!"Two students whispered to each other seeing Tukijo's new appearance. As they were about to approach Tukijo, someone preceded them."Tukijo!" someone shouted from behind approaching him."So,
Udin, who was still in a kneeling position, looked at the person from toe to his partially grayed hair. He is Hartono (Markonah's father).While Udin was distracted by Hartono, Markonah took a glass on the shelf, then stepped into a gallon of water that was perched next to the cashier's table. Since lunch, she hasn't drunk a single sip of water, so she feels very thirsty."You ...""I'm her father, what do you want?" interrupted Hartono cutting Udin's words. He pursed his lips and his eyes glared at Udin."Father-in-law!" cried Udin crawling closer to him."Who is your father-in-law?" Hartono argued.Udin hugged Hartono's knees. "Father-in-law, bless my relationship with Markonah, please don't separate us! We sincerely love each other," he whined.Markonah gasped, spouting water from her mouth."Are you crazy!?" said Markonah."Yeah, I'm so crazy about you." Udin clenched his hands on his chest looking at Markonah."Oh my God, what's wrong with this kid?" mumbled Markonah, frowning.H