The Wedding Dance
By: Amador Daguio
The story started with a married couple, Awiyao and Lumnay, who were separating for the reason that they could not have a baby even if they have been married for so long. Awiyao, the husband, has to marry another woman despite the fact that he is still in love with his wife, Lumnay. It is because of their tribes tradition that if a couple could not bear a child together, they need to separate in order for the man to find a woman who could bear him a son that could continue his lineage in his tribe for a child is considered as a sign of manhood in their tribe. Lumnay, despite being inlove to her husband agreed to divorce with her husband in order for him to find his own happiness with the woman who can possibly bear him a child. On the ever of the wedding of Awiyao to the other woman, while the gangsas are beating and the women are dancing together, Awiyao decided to go back home because he couldn't find Lumnay among the dancers in his wedding when in fact, Lumnay was one of the greatest dancers in their tribe. He found Lumnay in the darkest part of their house. Both of them talked with each other, talking and reminiscing the times when they were once a couple, finding it hard to finally let go of the other for they still loved each other deeply. Lumnay then decided to go to the chief of the tribe and question the unwritten tradition. That gave her the courage to go to the place where the wedding dance was held. But before reaching the exact place, she stopped her tracks and admitting her defeat, for she realized that she loved Awiyao very much and that she would rather lose him and see him happy than to keep him and see him miserable for not being able to have a baby.
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