Blank Paper: A Short Prose
Summary: A man that got a bad dream.
Today was Sunday and so hot out there. I decided to stay and cleaned this mess room up. I lived with my roommate, Thomas, in a small rented-house at the famous area in Jatinangor. Yeah, it was Ciseke. I didn’t know who was given that name. Thomas and I were studying in Universitas Padjadjaran. I met him at Student Day and now we became close friend. He came from Batam. It was the second year he didn’t go back to home because he joined the summer program along this holiday.
“Damn, it’s so hot out there. Would be better if I wash all my clothes. Hey, do you know where is the detergent? Please pass to me.” He said with wiped his sweat on forehead.
“Here it is. Eh, but empty. Wait, I am going to buy to the minimarket for a moment.” I said and took the motorcycle key and gone.
When arrived, I walked into minimarket and looked for the detergent. Suddenly, I stopped and looked down for something. Then, I took a little piece of written paper said Now, you have to pay for the detergent and you will excite about what will happen next. Damn, I was shock. Why did it know about the detergent? Okey, now I walked to the cashier and I asked about the paper.
“Excuse me, do you know about this paper?” I said with courious.
“Hmm, it is only transaction paper, Sir. Nothing special with it.” Cashier man said with smiled.
“Is it true ?” I whispered.
Then, a little sound replied me.
“No, it is a magic paper. Actually a map.” Unknown sound that didn’t know from where said to me.
I walked to the outside and got on the motorcycle. I drove with still thought about ‘magic paper’ that it was true or not. More I thought about it, more I felt so curious. I arrived to my room then asked to Thomas.
“Thomas, look what I’ve found. It’s ‘magic paper’. It shows me a clue that actually a map.” I said.
“Hah?! Really? I don’t believe it. Where is my detergent?” Thomas said.
“Here you are.” I replied.
Thomas started to wash his clothes. But I prepared this journey that made me super curious about this mystery case. I took my backpack and then put few clothes, bath tools, meals, cap, and also camera. While I was busy with my package, Thomas asked me.
“Where will you go? Why are you so rush?” He asked me.
“I’m going to somewhere that this ‘magic paper’ has told me.” I replied.
“Really? So, do you really believe with that?” He asked me with belittled tone.
“Of course! Come on. Let’s go! “ I said.
After that, he ran, packed his stuff and joined with me for the journey. We started now. I took ride and Thomas in behind. We went to Gas Station for awhile. Jatinangor, the border town between Bandung and sumedang, had range of 180-280C in weather. Today was bright and hot. Unfortunately, the line of consumens was very long and slow. Thomas suddenly asked me in the middle of the line.
“Where will we go by the way? “ Thomas asked.
“I don’t know. But my feeling says that we have to go to Sumedang for the next clue.” I replied.
“Really? Ugh, it will be a long trip. After arrived, what will gonna do there?” He asked again.
“Stop asking me and focus on the line.” I replied with high tone.
Well, finally now it was our turn after along time. Thomas off the bike and walked toward the front of the gas tation. He walked, wondering if this was real or not. Thomas thought he was crazy because he was easy to believe that he had just met.
“Let’s go up and ride.” I said.
“Okay, Mate” Thomas replied.
Along the way to the destination, I only focused on watching the road. Then, Thomas was silent. So, I started to ask him.
“Why are you silent?” I said.
“No, I’m thinking about why are you so easy to trust with something new?” He asked me.
“In fact, I’m not sure. But my conscience told me to do it. Then I do it with my high desire.” I replied with calm.
We started the trip from the gas station. Then we passed the three campuses. Those were IPDN, Ikopin, and our campus, Universitas Pajajaran. We drove for an hour. Suddenly, when we entered the area of Tanjung Sari, traffic jam was crowded. Then, there was a policeman came to us and asked.
“Good afternoon, where will you two go?” Asked the policeman.
“We are heading to Sumedang, Sir. By the way, what is happening here?” Thomas asked him.
“We are here to investigate some case. Ok, now just continue your trip. Good afternoon.” He said
“Thanks, Sir” Thomas replied.
We were continue the trip and almost arrived to Sumedang. In the middle of trip, our bike’s tire was flat because nail on the road. I didn’t know who was put it in there. Maybe someone who was crazy. So, we walked with pushed the bike until we found the repair shop.
“Arrgh, this is so bad. But, we’re almost reaching the finish. Push with harder then.” Thomas said.
“Of course. Don’t stop until we make it” I replied.
My body became full of sweat because pushed the flaten tire-bike in the middle of the day. I stopped for a while to rest. I sat and then tried to lying on the grass. Suddenly, the could became dark and rain fell so hard that time. But I was only silent and enjoyed the rain. I felt like I took a bath and had shower. I closed my eyes for along time. But, I heard someone called me with high tone.
“Hey, wake up, Pal !” someone yelled at me.
When I opened my eyes, that was weird. Why did I do in here? on the bed with wet shirt? I thought was on the road with Thomas.
“What ? Wake up, Sleepyhead. Today is Sunday and hot out there. Would be better if I wash all my clothes. Hey, do you know where is the detergent? Please pass to me.” He said to me.
“What did happen to me?” I said.
“What ? You are sleeping all day and I think you’ve dreamed about something creepy, do you ?” Thomas asked me.
“Emm, nothing.” I replied with weird face.
Then, nothing happened.
– Personal experience
– My weird dream
– A Policeman on the road
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