Chapter 1 & 2 of Kwento by Nica
Live Reading: Saturday, December 9th, Private Party
Online Reading: Monday, December 27th, Online Private Party
The scene opens introducing the narrator, Nica, and her partner, Hiro, eating breakfast at home. The narrator refuses a plate of egg and after several attempts Hiro asks the narrator why Nica avoids eggs in the morning. Nica answers the question by making kwento, telling the story, of her seven-year-old self. At the end, Hiro and the reader are clued into the narrator’s history: she’s from Manila, was raised by nannies, and felt unloved by those she loved most. Despite the sadness in the narrator’s story, the reader knows everything will be okay... the breakfast shared between Nica and Hiro tell us that the narrator is somewhere safe. At the end of the first chapter, How to Make Eggs, the reader experiences Nica’s ability to transform life’s simple gestures into new beginnings and feels invited to do the same.
Themes: Love, inner child, food, meals.