Playing with Fire: Stories from the Paciﬁc Rim
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
Word count 12,589
He smiled, showing teeth yellow from cigarette smoke. He looked at his desk diary, then at her papers again. ‘Mmm…
a hundred pesos a month. Why, that’s one thousand two hundred pesos a year. Surely, you can afford to buy me a forty-peso dinner!’
How can Marina say no? How can she refuse the Chief’s next request? He is an evil man, but she needs her promotion…
These World Stories, from Tonga, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand, are by Epeli Hau’ofa, Denise Whittaker, F. Sionil José, David A. Kulu, and Graeme Lay.