“The Naga will protect you, Laang Chaai.”
“Yes, Yaai,” the boy swallowed tears and nodded to his grandmother. Even at his tender age he knew that his Yaai’s love would not be enough. Her body bent over like a broken bamboo, the shape of rice-paddy work even with no paddy to bend over.
The wrinkled hand touched boy’s head, devastated to give up her laang chaai. His mother had died in childbirth, yet she never thought of her grandson as an orphan. Till today.
The monks will raise him now.
“Khawp khun khrap” the boy bowed, palms together over heart.
For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers
Photo prompt: © David Stewart
Naga – semi-divine dragon-serpents in Thai culture which possess supernatural powers and are the patrons of water
Laang Chaai – grandson
Yaai – grandmother
khawp khun khrap – thank you (when said by male)
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