Five Things of Beauty

Five Things of Beauty – Excerpt

The morning after Vaidwattie left, Srilal found the first thing of beauty. It was lying on the damp pavement outside his house, where a thousand boots trod every day. The first thing of beauty was an origami bird so delicate and fine that when Srilal lifted it on the palm of his hand, he thought it might fly away. He placed it on his mantelpiece, above the dead television, next to their wedding photo, and he cried.

Once, Vaidwattie had told him, “I can make you anything with twelve folds of paper.” He hadn’t believed her. “Prove it,” he had said, but she had just shaken her head and been hurt.

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