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Normie SalvadorNORMIE SALVADOR

I am an English lecturer at KCC, writer, poet, and freelance editor. When not teaching, writing, or editing, I am painting 28mm-scale wargaming miniatures.



The Taste of Love is Much Too Spicy & Hot

Published by NORMIE SALVADOR | Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:32 AM


Year of the Rooster Contest. February entry. Prompts: Love. Word Count: 100. Gloss: barok (Ilocano): son.


With a wire scoop ladle, Magdalena fished golden-brown four-pointed stars out of the simmering oil. This time it didn’t matter that the crab rangoons were Pinterest-imperfect.

After setting the bowl onto the table, she popped one into her mouth and gasped. Too much red pepper flakes. She double-checked the recipe. Teaspoon, not tablespoon. “Julio, don’t eat it. It’s too spicy.”

He bit a rangoon in half, coughed, and chewed.

“Don’t force yourself, barok.” Magdalena poured him a glass of milk.

With his head sweating and face flushed, Julio swallowed, “But I wanna eat ‘em because we wen make ‘em together.”



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