Smaradahana Chapter 14

“Hey did you have fun?” She asked as soon as Samantha stepped in.

Samantha nodded and handed her a cup of ice cream, “Kak Panji took me to buy some ice cream in our favorite place at BM Mall, I bought some for you, it’s your favorite flavor, pistachio.”

“Wow, thank you…..” She looked up at her fiance who was standing behind their daughter, “Did you say thank you?”

Samantha turned around, “Thank you, Kak!”

“Thank you for going with me!” He replied with a wide smile. “Pistachio, I would have never guessed.”

“I’m going to put my bag in the room, ” Samantha said, “Kak Panji has something to talk to you about.”

“Is that so?”She asked she put the ice cream cup on the dining table, “Why don’t you come in and sit down, can I get you something to drink? By the way, I hate Pistachio flavored ice cream.”

“Oh, don’t worry about it, I’m sorry that we got you one that you don’t like,” Panji’s voice was disappointed, he walked in and sat on the couch in the living room.

She followed behind him and sat on the couch across him as she carefully observed his concerned face, “What is it?”

“Samantha is a very mature little girl, for someone who is born of very young parents,”

“I’ve noticed that,” She agreed.

“When we were driving towards the mall, she expressed her concerns about……you….”

“About me? Could it be about our wedding plans?”

“No, not at all! Gosh, I hope not……do you think she doesn’t like me? Could it be?” He began side tracking from his initial intentions.

She shook her head vigorously, “No, not at all. That’s not what I meant.”

“Don’t scare me, you can’t begin to imagine how important it is for me that she likes me,” He exclaimed.

She smiled slightly, a light flashed in her eyes, “On the contrary, I understand perfectly well…..”

“Samantha is worried about your health. She said that you used to be hospitalized often, and she’s worried that whatever you had is back again.”

She sneered, “She said that, did she? I don’t see any reason why Samantha should be talking about my personal condition to just anyone.”

Panji didn’t expect her reaction, “But Luna. I’m your fiance, I’m not just anyone.”

“Ah…you’re right. You are Luna’s fiance,” She nodded after looking at him sharply. She leaned closer then said in a very low menacing voice, “And you’re also Anggraeni’s husband, it turns out, she’s not so dead afterall, is she? You’ve been busy haven’t you, Panji Asmarabangun?”

“Luna, what are you saying?” He was dumbfounded.

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Smaradahana Chapter 13

Cultural Trivia: In the original story written in the 12th century by Empu Dharmaja, Dewi Kamaratih’s soul was torn in two when she was sent to be reborn. One part reincarnated to Dewi Anggraeni, and another part reincarnated into Dewi Chandra Kirana, both women were married to Raden Panji Amsarabangun. Dewi Anggraeni was killed by the order of his Queen mother to make way for him to marry Dewi Chandra Kirana. To stay loyal to the story, I will keep part of this plot, obviously following the 21st-century twist that I have added……

“I sense that something is wrong!” Bathara Brahma furrowed.

“What is it?” Bathara Narada asked, “They are about to be married now. What could be wrong?”

“I don’t know for sure, but I sense something sinister,” Bathara Brahma said pensively.

“You are right to be concerned, Bathara Brahma,” A sweet voice rang behind them.

“Bathari Parwati, greetings to you…”  Bathara Brahma and Bathara Narada exclaimed simultaneously.

“Parwati greets both Bathara Brahma and Bathara Narada….” She replied kindly.

“You were saying, My Lady…?” Bathara Narada asked.

“Ah yes, Bathara Brahma is right to be concerned. Before this incarnation cycle, the Demon King attempted to taint Dewa Kamajaya’s soul with evil, Dewi Kamaratih and I arrived just in time to save him before he was defiled by malice. But when Dewi Kamaratih and I tried to purify, we found that the Demon King’s power was too strong for us. Dewi Kamaratih sacrificed herself by giving him all her power, we were able to purge the darkness from him. But, as a result her soul shattered. Even though I had succeeded in gathering the pieces and sent her to earth to be reborn,  I don’t know what effect this has on their relationship,” Her voice was alarmed.

“How could this be? I have to do something to help them!” Bathara Brahma exclaimed

Bathara Narada considered this information for a while, “We should let fate take its course.”

“But we are Gods, we are the ones who write fate!” Bathara Brahma argued.

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Smaradahana Chapter 12

“I feel like wiping that big smirk off your face,” Roni said as Panji opened the door and stepped into the apartment.

“Roni, there’s something I have to tell you…” Panji hesitated a while, “We should sit down.”

“You look so serious, I’m getting worried, ” Roni joked.

“Cousin,” Panji sat down on the couch, he gestured Roni to sit in front of him, He waited until Roni was seated before continuing, “Look, my parents and my wife to be’s parents have agreed on a wedding date. We are going to get married in two months. ”

“Congratulations!” Roni said, “But why the serious face?”

“I’m marrying Luna….” Panji held his breath.

Roni opened his eyes in surprise, he looked at his cousin sharply, leaned back on the couch and swallowed his spit, “Lu…Luna…? But, how….how could you? You know that I have …”

“Cousin, you know that I have feelings for her, why did you ..”

“Roni….Luna and I, we knew each other from before she met you, we were friends, in the States. She…”

“It was you, her boyfriend…”

Panji nodded, “That’s not the only thing. I hope you won’t tell anybody about this, for her sake.” He exhaled, “Samantha is not really her sister, she’s our daughter. It happened when we were younger, it was my fault, she doubted and tried to refuse, but I wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Panji was taken by surprise when suddenly Roni launched forward and punched him on the face, “You son of a bitch!” He shouted.

“What are you doing?” Panji covered himself with his arm to block in case Roni decided to attack again.

“I’m embarrassed to be related to you, I didn’t know that my cousin was such an irresponsible coward.” He fumed.

“I know…look, I told her that I’m really sorry about what happened in the past…I…”

Roni grabbed Panji by the collar of his shirt and pulled him up off the couch, “Sorry? Sorry isn’t enough. Sorry doesn’t cover what you did to her! You almost destroyed her!”

“Roni, what do you mean?” Panji was caught by surprise, “What do you mean I almost destroyed her?”

“You and her are the same age, but she graduated high school after you did, do you know why?”

“Because of the baby….. ”

“Not only that, when I was in high school, I heard talk, gossips around the school, about a girl, a transfer student from the US. The kids at school said that she was treated for a while in the psychiatric ward. Only after I got to know her, did I know that she wasn’t crazy like the kids say she was. She was very sad and depressed.”

“What?” Panji opened his eyes in disbelief.

“Now I think I know the real reason.” He released Panji’s collar and threw him against the couch.

“It must have been post-partum depression, but she didn’t tell me anything. She seemed so…. so calm and understanding about everything. Roni, I know you care for her, but by the way she’s taking this matter, I think she’s moved on and she has forgiven me.”

“I hope you’re right…. For her sake, I hope you’re right.”

“I love her, I want to make her happy, to cure her pain and take care of her for the rest of her life. I want to make it up to her for what happened in the past,” Panji said firmly.

“What about your late wife, how do you feel about her right now?” Roni arched his eyebrow.

“Anggraeni? She’s…..although she looked a lot like Luna and I can even go so far as saying that they might be twins, but for me she could never really take Luna’s place and vice versa, each woman holds a special place in my heart.” He replied solemnly.

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Smaradahana Chapter 11

This week is going to be slow on the writing department, the big boss at work is in town, so I am a little bit occupied.

The next chapter of Putri will be coming out in a few days. It’s somewhat more complicated than the light-hearted romance series that i write, so it does need more time to produce. 

In the meantime, please enjoy this chapter.

 

“Would you mind if I talk to my daughter in private for a few minutes?” Mr. Dartono said after they had finished eating dinner.

“Certainly….” Panji replied. He stood up to help Luna out of her chair.

After they walked away he sat back in his chair and took a sip at his coffee.

“I have to admit her resemblance with Anggraeni is amazing.” His mother noted.

“Do you think so? I think they are very different, not only in personality but also physically,” Panji replied, “Luna is one of a kind and irreplaceable.”

“Luna is one of a kind and irreplaceable?” His father repeated Panji’s remark caught his attention.

“Panji, what is this about her sister? Are you sure you want her to come and live with us?” Mrs. Dari asked ignoring her husband.

Panji shook his head, “I’m going to find a house for Luna and me, and Samantha. We’ll be living together just the three of us.”

“But why? We have more than enough rooms in the house. Where are you going to live?”

“I don’t know yet, we’ll start searching tomorrow, some place nice and adequate to raise an eight-year-old girl.” His voice without a shred of doubt.

“What is this Panji?” His mother couldn’t believe her ears.

“Ma, you were the one who wanted me to marry the daughter of Mr. Dartono.” He said flatly, “So what’s the problem now?”

“Leave him alone!” Mr. Erlangga rebuked his wife, “He’s old enough to make his own decisions. Besides, it’s normal for newly weds to want to have their own place to live.”

“It’s not about having their own place or not, why do you have to raise her sister?”

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Smaradahana Chapter 10

“You’re back already?” Roni asked seeing Panji enter the apartment with his bag.

“Change of plans,  it turns out that I wasn’t really happy with the photos that Luna took at the tourist attractions, so I decided to cut the trip short and reschedule with a professional photographer who can travel to Lombok and do the job, but this time I want someone who isn’t related to us so I can claim for a breach of contract if he doesn’t show up or cancels at the last minute.”

“Ah,  okay. And, I won’t be holding it against you that you only worked for me for a little more than a month,  as long as you give me the other websites.” Roni declared.

“Hmm.., my mother called you,  huh?” Panji could imagine what had happened.

“Yeah,  she didn’t waste any time or hold back on any thoughts. I have to congratulate you on your marriage. Although I don’t know why it was rushed. I would accuse you of getting your bride pregnant, if I didn’t know that it was an arranged marriage and you haven’t met her yet,” Roni smirked.

Panji smiled nervously, “I’m just grabbing what’s mine before it slips away from me.”

“The investment or the girl?”

“The girls, they’re both mine. ”

Roni scratched his head in confusion.

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“Papa, how are you?” Luna answered her cell phone. She quickly jumped out of the couch and walked to the balcony. From the corner of her eyes, she could see Nuri observing her.

“Okay, I  have good news for you,  your sister is flying back the day after tomorrow with your Aunt Emma. The flight is 25 hours so they’ll arrive in four days.” He paused, “We are going to have dinner with your future husband and his parents tomorrow night, make sure you be there,  otherwise I’ll cancel your sister’s return. It took a lot of efforts to get her into a good school there in the States,  so I’m not very happy about bringing her back,  I’m doing it only so you would agree to the arrangement.”

“I’ll be there!” She reassured him. She didn’t hurry to go in,  instead she sat on the chair on the balcony.

“Are you alright?” Nuri peeked through the sliding door.

Luna nodded, “I was just thinking about a relative of mine, you see she married a man who’s late wife was said to look exactly like her. Obviously this relative of mine isn’t too happy about it.”

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Smaradahana Chapter 9

The door opened immediately after one knock,  her face was pale and she was cracking her fingers in anxiety,  “Come in,” She welcomed him.

He walked in slowly finding the small couch he sat down and made himself comfortable by crossing his legs while putting one hand on the armrest and the other on the couch.

Luna walked nervously and sat on the edge of the bed.

“We don’t have to do this if you don’t feel comfortable,” His voice was sincere and understanding.

“No, I want you to know everything about me before we start a relationship. That way if you decide to not go ahead with this, it won’t hurt me.”

“Okay,” He agreed.

She took out her cell phone, he saw her tapping on the screen a few times then she handed it to him.

Panji received it and looked at the photo on the screen his heart shuddered at the sight of the photo on the display, it was of a young girl, “Is this her? Samantha? Your sister?” He looked at her questioning expression then added, “Roni told me last night.”

Luna shook her head, “That’s what we tell everybody, but she’s not really my sister, my parents adopted her as their daughter. She’s actually mine, my daughter.”

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