-Joy Monica T. Sakaguchi
Fortune is a short story written by Joy Monica T. Sakaguchi. The story is told by a guy who is a pickpocket and he has been pickpocketing since he was 5. It was his dad who introduced him to those atrocities, and kept doing it after his dad left town. His dad taught him that you should not keep the wallets he was supposed to empty it for money and leave it somewhere so the owner could get his ID cards and that back. The narrator tells us that it was Sunday and he was wandering around in the city, after he ate at a Chinese restaurant where they were very generous with the fortune cookies, which he loves very much. In the street he saw a kid who followed his dad with a bulging wallet very quietly. The kid caught the narrator’s eyes because he felt something familiar about him. He followed them around and when he got an opportunity he took the bulging wallet an hour later he returned to the market so he could leave the wallet behind. Then he saw the kid again standing in front of a liquor shop. The narrators ask him if he wants to come with him and the kid said yes. He explains him selves that it was out of his territory to kidnap, but he thinks that it must be nice to be found again. He took the kid with him home where he showed him his big collection of fortunes. The sad up half the night reading them the kid loved them, so the narrator decided to give him all the fortunes because he deserved it. He wants him to have long life like one of the fortunes says. He tells the kid that he is tremendous over and over and then he started to cry and tugged the kid into him. Next morning he walked the kid home and threw out the wallet in a dustbin instead of somewhere it could be found. The man didn’t need his creditcards because: “He didn’t know what a fortune he had anyway.”1 The narrator is a pickpocket, he is probably around the twenties, he doesn’t live at home anymore2. He has crooked teeth, oily hair, and bony knees.3He was raised...
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