Thursday, December 07, 2006

Special October Feature, Though It's December: Aku Sebatang Pensel (Part 5 of 5)

1 day short of 3 weeks, and here we ride again! Sorry for leaving y'all high and dry...

Was caught up in the annual dizzy-ness of VBS (Vacation Bible School), and I just realised this is the first year I'm truly getting involved in helping out. As opposed to conveniently 'dropping by' for lunch, snigger snigger.

And what sheer joy it was! There's something about kids that brings out the...erm, kid in all of us. Wait, that doesn't make much sense...

Also got the chance to help Inter class out in their Graduation Day presentation. Tough work it was, as midway through we realised we might've given the kids more than they could chew. But they puffed up their chests, went ahead, and gave us one heck of a musical drama! We'll have to let time tell, but I'm guessing it'll be one for the VBS-ages.

In classic appreciation speech style, it would've never been possible without the help of some extremely talented scriptwriters, directors, composers and chereographers. You know who you are, wink wink.

Now. Let's. Get. Back. To. More. Pressing. Issues.

Final part of Aku Sebatang Pensel, and Little Pencil's life hangs perilously in the balance. Am now realising what a bone-headed decision it was to write the story in both BM and English. It was supposed to actually be a play on those classic "Aku Sebuah (Inanimate Object)" Karangans, but eventually the plot didn't need the gimmick.

We'll likely be looking at a Part 6-cum-epilogue as well, to tie things up. But ENOUGH! It's not always about meeeee. On with the story!

Aku Sebatang Pensel: The (Supposed) Grand Finale

Little Pencil stirred. Was he dead?

Apparently not, according to the cold cement floor.

He stood himself up. Scissors lay a foot away from him, a mashed-up mess; the fall must've hurt him more than it did Little Pencil.

None of the other stationery were in sight. Some leap that was.

Little Pencil rolled himself along the floor, mostly in a daze. Some part of him wished he hadn't survived the fall.

There was nothing left now for him to do. Sure, there was the whole discovering-the-true-identity-of-his-father business, but he no longer wanted to do anything. No sir, he was happy to just curl up and die.

Maybe not curl up, for he was straight as a pencil could be, but something to that effect.

So time passed...


He didn't know how long he lay there. Weeks, maybe. Days, probably. A very very long time, definitely.

"Finally I have found you."

Little Pencil squinted from the glare. Was he imagining things?

A round mirror-fronted sharpener stood over him, real as real could be.

"I am the final one. There shall be no need for others. All you seek to know, I know."

Little Pencil's graphite heart skipped a beat. He had no idea who this sharpener was, or where he came from, but he sensed answers coming.

"You have done well, my child. All your efforts shall not be in vain. Come, come beside me." she patted the floor.

He obeyed, mesmerised by this angel. Here she appeared from nowhere, promising rest for his wearied soul, peace for his troubled mind, some semblance of sanity in a land turned topsy-turvy mad.

"I heard the rest. They were wrong. Your father is not a murderer. He was a mere tool. Look at this."

She passed him a moth-eaten clipping from those humongous sheets humans read every morning. Trembling, he read:

17th Dec - Police have yet to ascertain the motives behind the apparent suicide of K. Sundimaniam, 47 yesterday.

Sundimaniam was found dead in his house yesterday with 24 stab wounds all over his body. The wounds were believed to be self-inflicted with a small, sharp object.

The police have not ruled out foul play, including Sundimaniam's alleged involvement with a ritualistic cult.

"Sundi was a deeply religious man." says a neighbour who wishes to be identified only as Choo. "He enjoyed talking about gods, deities and other spiritual beings."

"He visited my stationery shop just before he died." says another neighbour, Kee. "If I had known this was going to happen, I would not have let him leave."

The article ended abruptly. Little Pencil gawked at Sharpener in total disbelief.

"My father was the small, sharp object."

Sharpener nodded solemnly.

"So...this was what made the others call my father a murderer."

"You are right. But you must see, he was never at all an evil soul. I knew him myself."

"Then you must tell me," Little Pencil sniffed back a tear. "Is he still alive? If he is, where is he?"

"Yes, he is still alive. As long as you live, so does he. For he lives within you."

"Don't give me that philosophical crap! WHERE IS HE?"

Sharpener sighed. Walked to him. And sighed again, longer this time.

"After your father escaped the crime scene, he came back deeply stained. The others knew what he had done, and alienated him. In the end, heartbroken and out of hope, he came to me."

Akhirnya aku membuat keputusan. Aku akan mengasah diriku.
Translation: At last I made up my mind - I would sharpen myself.

Little Pencil tried to swallow, but came unstuck. "It-it...doesn't...make...sense."

Suddenly he remembered. Everything became all so clear, so in-his-face that had he not gone limp, he could've kicked himself for not seeing the truth much earlier. The same way one feels after searching high and low for the car keys in his hands. Multiplied by a thousand.

"Finally you remember." Sharpener smiled sadly.


"Little are your father."



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