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peter799
6Mins Each
6
ISSUES
01. The Murder Incident
Updated Oct 7, 2016
PG-13 Completed
22
2196
8
Crime
Suspense

How do you solve a case where the death occurred twenty storey high inside a locked room where the only ways of escape are a window that leads to a fall straight down to the ground with no ledges or fire-escapes, and a door that was locked from the inside?

How do you do it when you don't even know howthe victim was killed?

1st in the series of cases solved by Adrian.

This is my very first detective story that I wrote in 2012. I had published this earlier here at Penana but had removed it. So, here it is again.

The story is 6 chapters long and already completed. I'll upload a chapter a day for the next 5 days. Hope you readers like it. :)

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Suspense
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01. The Murder Incident

How do you solve a case where the death occurred twenty storey high inside a locked room where the only ways of escape are a window that leads to a fall straight down to the ground with no ledges or fire-escapes, and a door that was locked from the inside?

How do you do it when you don't even know howthe victim was killed?

1st in the series of cases solved by Adrian.

This is my very first detective story that I wrote in 2012. I had published this earlier here at Penana but had removed it. So, here it is again.

The story is 6 chapters long and already completed. I'll upload a chapter a day for the next 5 days. Hope you readers like it. :)

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EndlessMidnightMoon
9Mins Each
12
ISSUES
Within A Grey Twilight
Updated Jun 17, 2018
PG-13
13
149
2
Dark
Tragedy

A man of much mystery enters Okiban, with just a single purpose, To repay a debt and nothing else. He has no intentions to do anything else, even if everything else seems to point otherwise.

While Sachiko is seeking for the reason why her father died, and to take back what belonged to her family. As she slowly uncovers the reason, she will cross paths with him, this man who seemed so linked to them as his arrival signaled, Or could it be much more than that?

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Dark
Tragedy
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Within A Grey Twilight

A man of much mystery enters Okiban, with just a single purpose, To repay a debt and nothing else. He has no intentions to do anything else, even if everything else seems to point otherwise.

While Sachiko is seeking for the reason why her father died, and to take back what belonged to her family. As she slowly uncovers the reason, she will cross paths with him, this man who seemed so linked to them as his arrival signaled, Or could it be much more than that?

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LAPalo
7Mins Each
11
ISSUES
Love Letters to the Past
Updated Aug 5, 2015
PG Completed
3
3036
3
Romance
Tragedy

River Young is now a successful writer. She has everything she would want in life, she has a huge apartment that she shares with her best friend, a compassionate and sensitive, doctor boyfriend and a job that she is actually good at and pays well. But when she got a project that would bring her back to the end of high school where everything went down the waterhole, how can she handle being not in control of herself again?

Will she be able to get past this back hurdle and continue the perfect life she has or will she be sucked into the past and look back into everything again?

Young Adult
Romance
Tragedy
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Love Letters to the Past

River Young is now a successful writer. She has everything she would want in life, she has a huge apartment that she shares with her best friend, a compassionate and sensitive, doctor boyfriend and a job that she is actually good at and pays well. But when she got a project that would bring her back to the end of high school where everything went down the waterhole, how can she handle being not in control of herself again?

Will she be able to get past this back hurdle and continue the perfect life she has or will she be sucked into the past and look back into everything again?

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johannduarte
5Mins Each
5
ISSUES
Benti-Zai
Updated Jun 18, 2018
PG
0
39
0
Adventure
Action

In Engoru's savanna, the three tribes of the benti — beings that look like huge non-flying birds — live in a constant war, fighting for territory and food. After uncountable decades of losses, the smallest tribe, the gasami, met the zivar - humans - and found that an alliance could be the key to their survival.    But only the more capable warriors are chosen to represent this pact, fighting with the benti their bloody battles. They are selected trough dangerous tests, races that cross hostile places and bring up the best and the worst that the humans can offer. The few accepted ones are the respected benti-zai, the benti riders.

Taisa, a 13 year old zivar girl, has an ill mother whose cure depends on a rare flower, a flower that grows only in special places. It is said that the sawari, the gasami's wild cousins and also their mortal enemies, have one of these places in their domains... the Sky Nest.

Counting with the help of Gawa, an old gasami that is either friend and mount, Taisa intends to be a benti-zai and fight for the ownership of the Sky Nest, becoming one more piece in the war that devastates the benti since immemorial times.

----------------------------------------------Hello all! I would like to say some things before we start.

*I've posted this story in some other sites, but I think here I may get some better feedback. Please give me your thoughts about the story, in any sense you wish. * I'm Brazilian and my first language is Portuguese. Please take that in consideration if you see any mistake, and please report it to me.

* I hope to update a new chapter every week. The first act of story is practically written, and is supposed to have 13 chapters.

*I also hope to be able to make periodical revisions.

* Comments, critics, corrections and stars are very appreciated. You can also directly message me if you like.

* Thanks : )

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Benti-Zai

In Engoru's savanna, the three tribes of the benti — beings that look like huge non-flying birds — live in a constant war, fighting for territory and food. After uncountable decades of losses, the smallest tribe, the gasami, met the zivar - humans - and found that an alliance could be the key to their survival.    But only the more capable warriors are chosen to represent this pact, fighting with the benti their bloody battles. They are selected trough dangerous tests, races that cross hostile places and bring up the best and the worst that the humans can offer. The few accepted ones are the respected benti-zai, the benti riders.

Taisa, a 13 year old zivar girl, has an ill mother whose cure depends on a rare flower, a flower that grows only in special places. It is said that the sawari, the gasami's wild cousins and also their mortal enemies, have one of these places in their domains... the Sky Nest.

Counting with the help of Gawa, an old gasami that is either friend and mount, Taisa intends to be a benti-zai and fight for the ownership of the Sky Nest, becoming one more piece in the war that devastates the benti since immemorial times.

----------------------------------------------Hello all! I would like to say some things before we start.

*I've posted this story in some other sites, but I think here I may get some better feedback. Please give me your thoughts about the story, in any sense you wish. * I'm Brazilian and my first language is Portuguese. Please take that in consideration if you see any mistake, and please report it to me.

* I hope to update a new chapter every week. The first act of story is practically written, and is supposed to have 13 chapters.

*I also hope to be able to make periodical revisions.

* Comments, critics, corrections and stars are very appreciated. You can also directly message me if you like.

* Thanks : )

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Zero Dantez
4Mins Each
13
ISSUES
Night Walkers Vol: 1
Updated Jun 11, 2018
PG-13
41
1030
9
Dark
Action

When darkness roams the planet in the form of a dark parasite, the Church takes charge and puts humanity behind glass in order to protect it.  Dome Cities seem like a good idea until things begin to go wrong hundreds of years following.  Could it be that the light fearing dark creatures have adapted or could it be a case of something else?  How will the Church respond to this threat?

Supernatural
Dark
Action
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Night Walkers Vol: 1

When darkness roams the planet in the form of a dark parasite, the Church takes charge and puts humanity behind glass in order to protect it.  Dome Cities seem like a good idea until things begin to go wrong hundreds of years following.  Could it be that the light fearing dark creatures have adapted or could it be a case of something else?  How will the Church respond to this threat?

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Zero Dantez
6Mins Each
15
ISSUES
Project DreamScapers Vol: 1
Updated Jun 16, 2018
G
48
1097
0
Adventure
Short Story

Life couldn't be any more ordinary for Derrick and his friends, so painfully so that on the night of wishing they could find excitement at long last. Wish granted as later that evening when they witness the Order of Natural, Unusual, and Strange (ONUS) combat a strange creature not of this world. Facing total memory erasal or to join ONUS, they choose the latter and become specially trained forces to investigate and put a stop to the strange and unusual... how will they fair though as the activity of the unusual increases due to a yet to be seen unnatural force?

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Project DreamScapers Vol: 1

Life couldn't be any more ordinary for Derrick and his friends, so painfully so that on the night of wishing they could find excitement at long last. Wish granted as later that evening when they witness the Order of Natural, Unusual, and Strange (ONUS) combat a strange creature not of this world. Facing total memory erasal or to join ONUS, they choose the latter and become specially trained forces to investigate and put a stop to the strange and unusual... how will they fair though as the activity of the unusual increases due to a yet to be seen unnatural force?

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Zero Dantez
4Mins Each
17
ISSUES
Red River Vol: 1
Updated Jun 13, 2018
PG-13
52
1144
0
War
Dystopia

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if a Dark Lord chose to give you your dream powers? What if in exchange, you had to do his bidding or... what if you've always wanted to do what he had planned? Such is the case in this story for several 'normal' everyday teens, kids, and adults. That said, what if others were chosen to stop you... be them friend or foe.Red River dives into the red river caused by living, said that life is like a river that flows with many twists, turns, and bumps... but what if it were turned red through achieving what so many want? Will those who crave change come out on top or will those trying to preserve our society stop them in their place? All these questions and more will soon be answered as Armageddon sits right around the corner!

Since the dawn of time, the fate of man is that of pure struggle and conflict as is for all living creatures... though to man, with the power of a god upon the world already in hand, more than any other.  From the age of stone tools now to that of metal cities, man has laid waste to the world we once knew... and given rise to a much darker evil.  In the modern land, one who gazes upon the ripe fruit of man given no sin as that of one who steal from a brother or sister.  In this reality, those who climb above do so by negating and pushing down others.

Bullying, abuse, rape, many sins of the past now cast upon as inferior compared to lesser acts.  Five years of solitude for rape versus twenty for theft.  The land of sin called humanity... with it, Hell haff no further need to wait.

Satan awaits in fear of God yet also for the opportunity which has long come for this fucked world of darkness.  Many upon it, swearing blasphemy upon a failed god, one who gives only free will and the occasional luck, wishing of change.  To Satan they turn who does nothing because of god yet in the eyes of his followers, it is but an excuse.  No longer will they wait as the aggressors of Hell grow tired of waiting when the time has long since come, no longer will they follow his unholy guidance, now they act in secret and prepare our world for the taking.

Demons of the old will strike upon us, deals to be made with those truly in despair, those tired of life, tired of humanity, tired of everything.  Those ready to grab power, grab revenge, grab justice, and to grab change will be extended power as Satan falls to Eve.  Eve's rise, the rise of darkness that shall cleanse the world though yet challenged by a weakened God, weakened by the man he has created.  Fearing the threat, he takes all the action his power allows.

Both, primed and ready, can only sit back and allow for those chosen to make true action... will those under the guidance of Hell emerge the victor or will God remain on top?  Not if the fallen can help it, those hurt by the God of others and their own kind.  This is war and a mighty war it shall be.  Welcome my brothers, to judgment day, welcome... to Year Zero!!!

Fantasy
War
Dystopia
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Red River Vol: 1

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if a Dark Lord chose to give you your dream powers? What if in exchange, you had to do his bidding or... what if you've always wanted to do what he had planned? Such is the case in this story for several 'normal' everyday teens, kids, and adults. That said, what if others were chosen to stop you... be them friend or foe.Red River dives into the red river caused by living, said that life is like a river that flows with many twists, turns, and bumps... but what if it were turned red through achieving what so many want? Will those who crave change come out on top or will those trying to preserve our society stop them in their place? All these questions and more will soon be answered as Armageddon sits right around the corner!

Since the dawn of time, the fate of man is that of pure struggle and conflict as is for all living creatures... though to man, with the power of a god upon the world already in hand, more than any other.  From the age of stone tools now to that of metal cities, man has laid waste to the world we once knew... and given rise to a much darker evil.  In the modern land, one who gazes upon the ripe fruit of man given no sin as that of one who steal from a brother or sister.  In this reality, those who climb above do so by negating and pushing down others.

Bullying, abuse, rape, many sins of the past now cast upon as inferior compared to lesser acts.  Five years of solitude for rape versus twenty for theft.  The land of sin called humanity... with it, Hell haff no further need to wait.

Satan awaits in fear of God yet also for the opportunity which has long come for this fucked world of darkness.  Many upon it, swearing blasphemy upon a failed god, one who gives only free will and the occasional luck, wishing of change.  To Satan they turn who does nothing because of god yet in the eyes of his followers, it is but an excuse.  No longer will they wait as the aggressors of Hell grow tired of waiting when the time has long since come, no longer will they follow his unholy guidance, now they act in secret and prepare our world for the taking.

Demons of the old will strike upon us, deals to be made with those truly in despair, those tired of life, tired of humanity, tired of everything.  Those ready to grab power, grab revenge, grab justice, and to grab change will be extended power as Satan falls to Eve.  Eve's rise, the rise of darkness that shall cleanse the world though yet challenged by a weakened God, weakened by the man he has created.  Fearing the threat, he takes all the action his power allows.

Both, primed and ready, can only sit back and allow for those chosen to make true action... will those under the guidance of Hell emerge the victor or will God remain on top?  Not if the fallen can help it, those hurt by the God of others and their own kind.  This is war and a mighty war it shall be.  Welcome my brothers, to judgment day, welcome... to Year Zero!!!

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Zero Dantez
12Mins Each
25
ISSUES
The Midnight Series Vol: 1
Updated Jun 15, 2018
PG-13
75
1978
5
Action
Adventure

Follow the story of progression, starting with the current day war of the Tribe and Hive.  Holly, leader of the Tribe's daughter, survives the clan and must stop the reawakening Hive as they plot their return to Earth after losing the war thousands of years prior.  Many will be caught in the progression of the war, including those with their own selfish goals and those who had no intent.  How will it turn out for our planet?  How will it turn out for those drug into it?  Those caught in the middle?  Those with their own goals?

New Chapters available every Thursday!!

The full story won't be available here on Penana (for now) however it is available over on Amazon for both paperback and kindle purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1520745443.You can also donate to my Patreon to gain full access by donating, more details there: https://www.patreon.com/ZeroDantez

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Adventure
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The Midnight Series Vol: 1

Follow the story of progression, starting with the current day war of the Tribe and Hive.  Holly, leader of the Tribe's daughter, survives the clan and must stop the reawakening Hive as they plot their return to Earth after losing the war thousands of years prior.  Many will be caught in the progression of the war, including those with their own selfish goals and those who had no intent.  How will it turn out for our planet?  How will it turn out for those drug into it?  Those caught in the middle?  Those with their own goals?

New Chapters available every Thursday!!

The full story won't be available here on Penana (for now) however it is available over on Amazon for both paperback and kindle purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1520745443.You can also donate to my Patreon to gain full access by donating, more details there: https://www.patreon.com/ZeroDantez

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jelly.jaybee
13Mins Each
10
ISSUES
Death of a rose garden
Updated Oct 14, 2015
PG
10
2803
6
Crime
Action

A young girl is murdered by a man in a red mask, leaving her twin sister to figure out why it happened. As she struggles to keep herself together through the investigation, will she be able to stay alive herself?

Supernatural
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Action
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Death of a rose garden

A young girl is murdered by a man in a red mask, leaving her twin sister to figure out why it happened. As she struggles to keep herself together through the investigation, will she be able to stay alive herself?

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Roby Alfilio N
4Mins Each
1
ISSUE
Saya Benci Lebaran
Updated Jun 14, 2018
G
1
112
0
Short Story

Saya benci lebaran. Entah mengapa Idul Fitri seolah menjadi parade kemunafikan.

Saya bertemu orang-orang yang tidak saya kenal, memasang muka mainan, terpaksa tersenyum seraya mengucapkan lahir batin. Mereka, orang yang hanya saya temui setahun sekali, orang-orang asing yang entah dari mana asalnya, meminta maaf kepada saya untuk kesalahan yang saya tidak tahu kapan terjadi.

Lebaran, bagi saya, semestinya tentang berpikir apakah saya sudah menjadi orang yang lebih baik daripada sebulan lalu.

Ibu saya adalah orang yang paling bersedih ketika Ramadan berakhir, awalnya saya pikir ibu berlebihan dan sedang melodramatis. Tapi ibu saya serius, ia merasa bahwa hanya ketika Ramadan saja ia bisa demikian total beribadah tanpa mesti memikirkan dunia. Saya tidak pernah paham apa maksudnya, tapi saat lebaran, ketika saya mencium tangan keriputnya untuk meminta maaf, mata ibu saya memerah dan berair. Saya tahu ibu saya tidak rela meninggalkan Ramadan.

Sudah tiga tahun terakhir saya tidak pulang merayakan lebaran di kampung halaman. Saya memilih untuk tinggal di Bali. Saya memutuskan tinggal bukan karena tidak rindu keluarga besar dan suasananya, atau tidak ingin bertemu teman-teman. Saya malas untuk kemudian mesti bertemu orang-orang menyebalkan dengan pertanyaan-pertanyaan menyebalkan.

Kapan kawin? Kenapa pacaran beda agama? Dan sebagainya dan sebagainya. Mereka tidak pernah meminta jawaban. Mereka sedang menghakimi, apapun jawaban yang saya berikan, mereka tidak akan pernah puas.

Pulang ke rumah setelah bekerja di perantauan barangkali adalah bentuk lain kemewahan. Tapi tidak semua orang punya kemewahan untuk bisa menghadapi keluarga besar. Tapi lebaran, juga setiap kepulangan yang lain, selalu membawa kita pada kondisi apa boleh buat. Bertemu dengan kawan lama, sahabat lama yang bisa jadi lebih baik, tetap di tempat atau mengalami dekadensi pemikiran yang mengerikan.  Bagi saya sendiri, ada beberapa hal yang memang bisa ditoleransi, dinegosiasikan, dan dibiarkan untuk sesuatu yang lebih baik.

Di Bali ketika Idul Fitri membuat kota ini menjadi demikian manusiawi, jalanan menjadi lengang, udara sedikit lebih baik, kebisingan berkurang, dan tentu saja menjadi sedikit lebih sepi.

Tapi hey, kesepian dan kesunyian adalah dua komoditas penting di sini. Menjadi sepi dan sunyi barangkali adalah kemewahan yang tidak bisa dimiliki oleh setiap orang. Anda bisa mendapatkan itu ketika lebaran tiba, ketika para perantau pulang ke rumah masing-masing, ketika para pengadu nasib memutuskan untuk kembali ke kampung halaman.

Tentu kesepian itu mengerikan. Tapi saya kira itu harga yang pantas dibayarkan untuk sebuah ketenangan.

Lebaran di kampung bisa jadi lebih ramai daripada Denpasar Festival. Saat di mana seluruh keluarga besar datang, kawan-kawan masa kecil hingga kini mampir. Tentu ada yang rindu, tentu ada yang ingin tulus bertemu denganmu karena sekian tahun tak jumpa. Namun, beberapa dari mereka ingin bertemu karena ingin membandingkan kesuksesan, membandingkan nasib, atau bahkan menertawakan kesialan orang lain.

Pun mereka yang pulang terkadang ingin menunjukan bahwa mereka telah satu derajat lebih kota daripada mereka yang memutuskan tinggal di kampung halaman. Bahwa kota telah membuat mereka menjadi modern, maju, dan bermartabat. Seolah-olah tinggal di kampung halaman zaman akan berhenti, pemikiran mandeg, dan informasi tersendat. Kepongahan yang kerap hinggap di beberapa orang kota yang kena tempeleng gaya hidup urban kekinian.

Bali kehilangan beban ketika lebaran tiba. Gedung-gedung perkantoran menjadi lengang, pasar sepi, dan tiba-tiba kita menjadi jatuh cinta pada kota ini. Kota yang membuatmu berharap agar kelengangan dan kesepian ini abadi. Pembangunan dihentikan dan pohon-pohon menjadi rimbun.

W.R. Supratman, Teuku Umar, Gatot Subroto, dan seluruh simpul kemacetan terurai. Tidak ada lagi umpatan motor goblok, mobil setan, angkot sialan, dan sejenisnya. Para pengendara bernyanyi riang mengikuti irama mp3 player, beberapa bersiul-siul, pengendara roda dua menjadi berakal, angkutan umum tidak lagi penuh sesak dengan penumpang. Sebuah utopia yang telah berpuluh tahun ingin dicapai berbagai gubernur hanya bisa tercapai ketika lebaran tiba.

Malam lebaran di beberapa kampung yang di dominasi penduduk minoritas petasan bertebaran seolah menjadi alat komunikasi. Kampung-kampung beradu ledakan, warna-warni kembang api menghadirkan imaji bahwa desa ini masih sedikit waras. Penduduknya bergembira, kampung-kampung menjadi hidup dengan pertemuan-pertemuan.

Hari Raya di Bali adalah penanda bahwa orang minoritas masih ada, mereka masih hidup, bertahan, dan tetap menjaga tradisi mereka. Memanusiakan manusia, memuliakan tamu, dan menghargai saudara.

Pernahkah kamu merayakan lebaran bersama orang-orang minoritas di Bali? Keramahan mereka, ketulusan mereka, juga tawaran yang tak mungkin Anda tolak untuk menikmati hidangan yang mereka buat.

Bali ketika lebaran adalah sebuah pemandangan yang lain, yang membuat anda akan merasa bahwa, “Ah, tempat ini tidak membuat manusia menjadi kejam”. masih menyediakan manusia-manusia tulus yang mau menerima tamu, yang mau memuliakan mereka yang ditinggalkan.

Suatu ketika Hari Raya di Bali membuatmu berpikir lebih banyak dan lebih panjang. Kesepian mengajarkanmu untuk menghargai kebersamaan. Sementara kesunyian membuatmu belajar memuliakan pertemuan. Kota ini demikian kejam pada mereka yang lemah hati, namun pada saat yang sama mengajarkan kita tentang pentingnya menjadi manusia.

Masih di Bali ketika lebaran bisa jadi menyedihkan. Ketika Anda sedang jatuh cinta, merindu, atau bahkan berharap. Kesendirian adalah karib paling baik dari rasa pedih. Bali menghadirkan banyak kesempatan, tapi juga menyediakan banyak kekecewaaan.

Kamu bisa saja pura-pura optimis dan getir dengan menuliskan sebuah artikel tentang betapa munafiknya perayaan lebaran di kampung halaman, padahal jauh di dalam hatimu, kamu sangat berharap bisa pulang untuk merayakan lebaran bersama orang - orang yang kamu sayang.  -RAN-

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Saya Benci Lebaran

Saya benci lebaran. Entah mengapa Idul Fitri seolah menjadi parade kemunafikan.

Saya bertemu orang-orang yang tidak saya kenal, memasang muka mainan, terpaksa tersenyum seraya mengucapkan lahir batin. Mereka, orang yang hanya saya temui setahun sekali, orang-orang asing yang entah dari mana asalnya, meminta maaf kepada saya untuk kesalahan yang saya tidak tahu kapan terjadi.

Lebaran, bagi saya, semestinya tentang berpikir apakah saya sudah menjadi orang yang lebih baik daripada sebulan lalu.

Ibu saya adalah orang yang paling bersedih ketika Ramadan berakhir, awalnya saya pikir ibu berlebihan dan sedang melodramatis. Tapi ibu saya serius, ia merasa bahwa hanya ketika Ramadan saja ia bisa demikian total beribadah tanpa mesti memikirkan dunia. Saya tidak pernah paham apa maksudnya, tapi saat lebaran, ketika saya mencium tangan keriputnya untuk meminta maaf, mata ibu saya memerah dan berair. Saya tahu ibu saya tidak rela meninggalkan Ramadan.

Sudah tiga tahun terakhir saya tidak pulang merayakan lebaran di kampung halaman. Saya memilih untuk tinggal di Bali. Saya memutuskan tinggal bukan karena tidak rindu keluarga besar dan suasananya, atau tidak ingin bertemu teman-teman. Saya malas untuk kemudian mesti bertemu orang-orang menyebalkan dengan pertanyaan-pertanyaan menyebalkan.

Kapan kawin? Kenapa pacaran beda agama? Dan sebagainya dan sebagainya. Mereka tidak pernah meminta jawaban. Mereka sedang menghakimi, apapun jawaban yang saya berikan, mereka tidak akan pernah puas.

Pulang ke rumah setelah bekerja di perantauan barangkali adalah bentuk lain kemewahan. Tapi tidak semua orang punya kemewahan untuk bisa menghadapi keluarga besar. Tapi lebaran, juga setiap kepulangan yang lain, selalu membawa kita pada kondisi apa boleh buat. Bertemu dengan kawan lama, sahabat lama yang bisa jadi lebih baik, tetap di tempat atau mengalami dekadensi pemikiran yang mengerikan.  Bagi saya sendiri, ada beberapa hal yang memang bisa ditoleransi, dinegosiasikan, dan dibiarkan untuk sesuatu yang lebih baik.

Di Bali ketika Idul Fitri membuat kota ini menjadi demikian manusiawi, jalanan menjadi lengang, udara sedikit lebih baik, kebisingan berkurang, dan tentu saja menjadi sedikit lebih sepi.

Tapi hey, kesepian dan kesunyian adalah dua komoditas penting di sini. Menjadi sepi dan sunyi barangkali adalah kemewahan yang tidak bisa dimiliki oleh setiap orang. Anda bisa mendapatkan itu ketika lebaran tiba, ketika para perantau pulang ke rumah masing-masing, ketika para pengadu nasib memutuskan untuk kembali ke kampung halaman.

Tentu kesepian itu mengerikan. Tapi saya kira itu harga yang pantas dibayarkan untuk sebuah ketenangan.

Lebaran di kampung bisa jadi lebih ramai daripada Denpasar Festival. Saat di mana seluruh keluarga besar datang, kawan-kawan masa kecil hingga kini mampir. Tentu ada yang rindu, tentu ada yang ingin tulus bertemu denganmu karena sekian tahun tak jumpa. Namun, beberapa dari mereka ingin bertemu karena ingin membandingkan kesuksesan, membandingkan nasib, atau bahkan menertawakan kesialan orang lain.

Pun mereka yang pulang terkadang ingin menunjukan bahwa mereka telah satu derajat lebih kota daripada mereka yang memutuskan tinggal di kampung halaman. Bahwa kota telah membuat mereka menjadi modern, maju, dan bermartabat. Seolah-olah tinggal di kampung halaman zaman akan berhenti, pemikiran mandeg, dan informasi tersendat. Kepongahan yang kerap hinggap di beberapa orang kota yang kena tempeleng gaya hidup urban kekinian.

Bali kehilangan beban ketika lebaran tiba. Gedung-gedung perkantoran menjadi lengang, pasar sepi, dan tiba-tiba kita menjadi jatuh cinta pada kota ini. Kota yang membuatmu berharap agar kelengangan dan kesepian ini abadi. Pembangunan dihentikan dan pohon-pohon menjadi rimbun.

W.R. Supratman, Teuku Umar, Gatot Subroto, dan seluruh simpul kemacetan terurai. Tidak ada lagi umpatan motor goblok, mobil setan, angkot sialan, dan sejenisnya. Para pengendara bernyanyi riang mengikuti irama mp3 player, beberapa bersiul-siul, pengendara roda dua menjadi berakal, angkutan umum tidak lagi penuh sesak dengan penumpang. Sebuah utopia yang telah berpuluh tahun ingin dicapai berbagai gubernur hanya bisa tercapai ketika lebaran tiba.

Malam lebaran di beberapa kampung yang di dominasi penduduk minoritas petasan bertebaran seolah menjadi alat komunikasi. Kampung-kampung beradu ledakan, warna-warni kembang api menghadirkan imaji bahwa desa ini masih sedikit waras. Penduduknya bergembira, kampung-kampung menjadi hidup dengan pertemuan-pertemuan.

Hari Raya di Bali adalah penanda bahwa orang minoritas masih ada, mereka masih hidup, bertahan, dan tetap menjaga tradisi mereka. Memanusiakan manusia, memuliakan tamu, dan menghargai saudara.

Pernahkah kamu merayakan lebaran bersama orang-orang minoritas di Bali? Keramahan mereka, ketulusan mereka, juga tawaran yang tak mungkin Anda tolak untuk menikmati hidangan yang mereka buat.

Bali ketika lebaran adalah sebuah pemandangan yang lain, yang membuat anda akan merasa bahwa, “Ah, tempat ini tidak membuat manusia menjadi kejam”. masih menyediakan manusia-manusia tulus yang mau menerima tamu, yang mau memuliakan mereka yang ditinggalkan.

Suatu ketika Hari Raya di Bali membuatmu berpikir lebih banyak dan lebih panjang. Kesepian mengajarkanmu untuk menghargai kebersamaan. Sementara kesunyian membuatmu belajar memuliakan pertemuan. Kota ini demikian kejam pada mereka yang lemah hati, namun pada saat yang sama mengajarkan kita tentang pentingnya menjadi manusia.

Masih di Bali ketika lebaran bisa jadi menyedihkan. Ketika Anda sedang jatuh cinta, merindu, atau bahkan berharap. Kesendirian adalah karib paling baik dari rasa pedih. Bali menghadirkan banyak kesempatan, tapi juga menyediakan banyak kekecewaaan.

Kamu bisa saja pura-pura optimis dan getir dengan menuliskan sebuah artikel tentang betapa munafiknya perayaan lebaran di kampung halaman, padahal jauh di dalam hatimu, kamu sangat berharap bisa pulang untuk merayakan lebaran bersama orang - orang yang kamu sayang.  -RAN-

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