TITLE: Crossing Lau Dai La
GENRE: MG Fantasy
Dragonfly fairies fluttered through Linh’s mind.
Linh pictured them making her house as beautiful as Vietnam’s ancient imperial palace. Jade dragon statues and yellowish-red doors would glitter a welcome to each room instead of the mismatched junk cluttering their home. The fairies could even teach her tricks with bamboo sticks and help them grow a bamboo grove in un-sunny Dublin—until Mom snapped off her thoughts one evening.
“Are you listening to me?” Her voice was stern.
Linh blinked as the mental movie dissolved. She scanned the drab living room No fairies. Oops. “Uhhh—”
“You’ve been daydreaming.” Mom shook her head. “I have to go to work now.”
Linh’s insides churned. She grabbed Mom’s arm. “No, don’t leave! Can you not work at night like you used to?”
Tears sprung from the corner of Mom’s eyes. “ Con oi, I can’t lose my job, or I won’t be able to make your favorite pho.” Her voice cracked. “Who’ll make it for you if I don’t work?”
Linh nodded, mouth tightening. The tip of her bangs dipped into her eyes. “No one but you, Mom.”
Brushing her bangs aside, Mom kissed her on her forehead. “I’ll be back from the restaurant soon. Just heat up pho in the microwave for supper, okay?”
Linh said yes, and Mom left the house. The car engine roared on the driveway. Linh swallowed and looked at her feet.
Eeek! Eeek! Small peeps came from the walls.