Suddenly I left Mr. Henky’s room, I met Mr Joko, another accompanion. From him I heard that Bisera would getting married. Apparently, the news was already widely heard these days. Only me at our company had less attention. So did not know there was good news as it was.
Finished the lunch break I met Bisera on her desk. Her table was cluttered as usual. But her face flushed when I asked her the truth about the news.
“Yes, I’m getting married in a week,” she gave me an explanation.
“Who’s the lucky guy’s name?” I asked curiously.
“Ooohh … si gundul tapi menawan.” I kidded her with reflex. In English ‘si gundul tapi menawan’means ‘the bald but charming’.
The beautiful lioness glared her eyes toward me. “Damn you,” she said. And I immediately scurried before her. Headed for the door. I heard the laughter of people from the software division who shared room with Bisera.
That morning I was late to the office. Later that night I did overtime indeed. So many positive shear pump having ordered by Saipem, the Italian oil company. As a Technical Support, I was responsible to choose the pump according to the specifications requested by Saipem. My eyes looked bruised and still sleepy.
In the office people were gathered to form a bustling crowd. Not as usual, I thought. I went up to the hordes of my friends to find out what’s going on.
“Bisera was killing herself,” said Mr Joko answered my curiousity.
I had tremendous shock and unable to speak. I still remembered Bisera’s flushed face when I asked her about the truth of her wedding plan.
“Her boarding house’s friends found her dying.”
“Damn it, why could be happened like that?,” I exclaimed didn’t understand.
“Her husband candidate impregnates her boarding host youngest sister,”
“The wedding is canceled”.
“Whereas the wedding invitation have been deployed on Padang,” cried another.
Now, I had understood the situation. Indeed, Bisera come from Padang anyway. Certainly her family could not make peace for granted by Gunawan. The situation was definitely complicated and I did not dare to imagine.
Malang, December 2010
(pict by Emile Seno Aji)