• Gerardo Luna
• His wife
• Ate Tere or Sotera
A NIGHT IN THE HILLS
Gerardo always think about
He wanted to go to the forest
because he taught that forest
Straight –growing trees,
mountains and clean
streams are things that he
always picture out about
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Ambo came to their places to buy some cheap
earrings for his wife’s store.
Ambo proudly told Gerardo about the orchid
season in their place and also about the trees
and living in the forest for weeks.
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Gerardo told his wife about the conversation he had
One of these days when he least expected it, the dream would
come true. How he did not know. It seemed so unlikely that he
would deliberately contrive things so as to make the dream a
fact. Then his wife died.
Gerardo and Ambo had the conversation about how
life is when living in the forest.
Before actually going to the planned trip, Gerardo’s Ate
Tere is not so keen on the idea. She wants him to marry
Peregrina who will surely take him the minute he
Ambo and Gerardo go to the hills, and it is among the foothills where
they spend noontime. Gerardo is tired and sweaty, and he asks for
water, which, according to Ambo is ten minutes away. They walk and
walk, and along the way Gerardo experiences nature in a manner
that is not that wonderful for him.
Finally they enter the dim forest.
Gerardo is uncomfortable on his bed of small branches and
twigs. He cannot sleep that night
He thinks of his wife, not
fondly, though. He also thinks
of God. He is oppressed by
There is an eerie light in the forest, and Gerardo
hears strange sounds that are caused by tree
worms. Then he hears water from afar. All in all,
he feels that he will never understand the forest.
Gerardo goes home, first getting his house’s key from his Ate Tere.
There he meets Peregrina whom he tells “Pereg, as soon as I get these
clothes off I shall come to ask you a question that is very—very
important to me.”
As she smiled eagerly but uncertainly into his face, he heard
a jangling in his hand. He felt, queerly, that something was
closing above his hand, and that whoever was closing it, was
rattling the keys.