Get two or three burning coals and bring them home on the rice straw! Do not wave the straw in the wind. If you do, it will catch fire before you get home.
Sure Baldo, here you go!
Ka Ikao, my mother asked me to get to or three burning coals.
At the crack of the dawn—a calm and peaceful morning—the sun started rising and is slowly emerging, together with the gentle breeze through the field that's blowing, as the mist is lifting—the bario, situated in Nagrecban, near the fields of corn and tobacco, and not too far from the hills of Katayaghan—was gradually awaking. Hence, the family of four with multitudinous dogs, had changed the serene setting.
“There is the fire, mother,” he said. “Is father awake already?
Baldo, is the oldest son of Nana Elang and Tang Ciaco. As soon as he woke up, he went outside, to play with his puppies, yawning, with his hands rubbing his sleepy-eyes. The four puppies came scrambling at his legs, since he is currently rolling his favourite black-spotted puppy through his lap.
Being an obedient son, he run speedily toward Ka Ikao's house, whose home has a nipa roofing, having smoke rising, through the misty air, that's lifting. In any case, his mother, then again, did her stuff and began preparing.
When he came back with the rice straw and burning coals, he was to to fire the stove through the burning coals, on the grounds that his mother, Nana Elang, is occupied, whilst cutting the ampalaya tendrils and slicing the eggplants. When the fire finally flamed inside the clay stove, Baldo’s eyes were smarting from the smoke of the rice straw, and told his mother soon after that the fire is already there, and asked if his father is finally awake. She just shook her head.
To cut the long story short, everything has changed as he saw his younger brother, eating the banana with its skin not peeled. Baldo told Ambo, but he refused to listen, being a childish youngster. When Ambo wanted to play with the black-spotted puppy, which is in fact Baldo's favourite amongst the rest, he also refused to allow him, since he is afraid he might get hurt, because he doesn't even obey nor know how to eat the Banana properly. In a nutshell, Ambo got wounded as the puppy bit his hand. When Tang Ciaco found out, he was fuming mad, causing the puppy to be dead, as he battered it with a piece of firewood through his hand. Even though Baldo tried to stop his father, his father was unstoppable.
Everyone in the neighbourhood had seen the scene, Tang Ciaco brought the slaughtered puppy somewhere, and then Baldo and Ambo tried looking for it to bury it in one corner of the field. Nana Elang did not do anything, as she is afraid of her husband too, she just helped her children in the ways she can. In the end, the sun had risen, everyone is busy doing their things, as if nothing happened. And this, right here, is just a typical morning, at Nagrecban.