Kalimantan's FOREST looked a little creepy, the morning sun was only able to pass through the small gaps of the trees. Birds chirp could be heard from far away. The sound of a bear roar once or twice was heard. But that did not stop Alexandra — a photographer whose name was on the rise right now — to explore the forest, looking for hidden beauties that she perpetuated on a large camera hanging from her neck every time.
Alyx — the nickname of Alexandra — was really ready for this morning. She had asked someone to inject the anti-dengue fever vaccine. In fact, she was carrying a bayonet knife, who knew that wild animals might come to attack her.
This time was the second time for Alyx to return to explore the dense jungle of Borneo. A year ago she also came, unfortunately it did not run smoothly the cause was none other than because the mosquito brought disease into her body. She had not finished her event hunting at the time and promised to return to get what she wanted. And today, she's back. The journey was quite tiring, of course, she hadn't even rested since her trip from London-Jakarta-Kalimantan. There was no word tired, because for her this was something that was very pleasant.
In the midst of her busy search for the right lighting, Alyx turned around, making sure that one of her team members was following behind. A smile adorned her face, in contrast to Gading— a cute man with a big backpack on his back. Alyx deliberately only asked Gading, even though he was a man who liked to complain, but Alyx preferred to invite him to find locations compared to other team members.
Once or twice, Gading's screams were heard, every time he encountered a strange little animal. He always asked Alyx to remove the animals from his sight. He looked at Alyx who seemed to enjoy the situation in this forest. Once again he took a deep breath, feeling that he was the most unlucky one to accompany Alyx around the vast forest. He was confused as to why his boss had to find the location first and let the other team members and models wait at the rest post.
"What are you doing?" Alyx's firm voice made Gading immediately wake up from his reverie.
Gading immediately followed Alyx who was getting far away.
"They said that you wanna be a photographer, ha?" Alyx asked, but then immediately changed the topic. "Oh, What do you think 'bout this?'
Not yet Gading has answered her question, Alyx has continued with other question. He can only swallow hard. Absolutely nothing had changed with the boss a year ago. Gading regained consciousness when Alyx said something again in his English — sometimes another accent could be heard — Gading tried to understand every word, in case his boss wanted something. Because at this time, Gading realized that Alyx sometimes talked to herself.
"Yes. I… I… "
"I understand the Indonesian," Alyx smiled as he realized Gading was trying to speak in English.
"Iya, aku tahu, I know. What is next?" Gading looked at Alyx's back who was amazed at the scene before her. Looks like they would start shooting at this waterfall. "Do I have to go back to camp now?"
"Yeah, go get them," she pleaded in English. Alyx immediately imagined the results she would get later.
The waterfall in front of Alyx was rushing down. The morning light made the water splashes look like pearls. The dense trees were bright green, of course they are doing photosynthesis using energy from sunlight. Awesome. Immediately several images crossed her mind, how she would ask the model to be stylish in front of the camera — it was her job indeed, as a director in the team to direct the models in various styles.
Instantly Alyx quit her act taking pictures. Look where she's come from. It seemed like she was wondering whether her men could make it to the post. Or how did she contact Gading, while her smart phone was now not functioning, only languishing in the maroon red backpack she always carried. Do not know what was in the bag that looked heavy, maybe it was a very meaningful bag, to the point that she never let it getting away from her.
Alyx finally chose to look at the pictures she had just taken. Observe one by one quickly. And stopped — a voice came that distracted her from the image on the camera. The sound of dry wooden branches being trampled.
"You guys already ... here..." Alyx paused — confused. Looks like she's wrong.
However, the sound of approaching steps was clear. Or maybe, the sound was a forest-dwelling animal. A few moments later, there was no more sound — silence.
Alyx was holding the knife in her pocket, her face a little worried, confused with the sound of steps suddenly running away. She removed her grip on the knife when she heard a familiar voice.
"Sorry, we took a long time. She just finished taking a shower and applied herself with all kinds of powders. " One of the team members appointed Masha, the Russian model who had been asked to fill the magazine.
Alyx smiled. "Ok, but remove the make up on your face."
"What? Ah, all right," she said, giving up immediately, after seeing Alyx's serious face.
"Even though it's not thick, it still annoys my camera." Alyx immediately remembered the theme she was going to feature in the Russian magazine.
Alyx's team immediately prepared all equipment, including a place to change clothes for the model.
"Come on! Hurry up! Before that beautiful sun is above your heads. "
They hurried over, seeing Alyx pointing here and there, directing. The first session started, with a white dress covering the model's elegant body and long legs.
"Ok," Alyx's voice ended the first session and immediately asked to proceed to the second, third and subsequent sessions.
Masha was asked to change clothes for the last session. While waiting, Alyx occasionally took aim at the shooting scene.
Masha, who was ready, stands before Alyx, asking her opinion on the clothes she was wearing now. Alyx just smiled while still taking pictures of Masha.
However, Alyx's aim stopped at the figure who had fallen in front of her. Masha fell down. Alyx froze at Masha's stiff body. Others approached trying to wake her up.
"What's with her?"
They turned Masha's body. Splashy voice and just staring at it.
"Make room for her," Alyx's voice made them move away, only someone who made her thighs become a cushion for Masha.
"Hurry and call the doctor!"
"Doctor? There's no doctor here, aren't you the one who should prepare the medical equipment. Alyx already asked you, right? "
"What? I don't think it's important," he said apologetically.
"Never mind, don't blame each other. Does she often pass out like this? We better take her to camp now. " Alyx took a step first.
"But, why is her breathing getting heavy like this. I'm afraid that ... "
Alyx growled to herself. "Get away!" She sat beside Masha. Checked her pulse. And immediately realized that poison has now spread to Masha's body. "One of you, hurry to camp and call the doctor."
"Let me." Gading volunteered. "They usually cross to the next village, looks like they can come quickly."
Alyx nodded. She turned Masha's body, removed the hair from her neck, and found a needle stuck in the nape of her neck.
"Curare," she thought. She sighed heavily, as she opened her backpack. Take out the box.
"What will she do?" whispered one of them.
"Ahhh. Is she going to rip her neck? "
Alyx turned to look at the two whispering girls. "If you can't stay still, can you guys just step aside, or clean up all the equipment. Today's shoot is over. "
"A doctor?" Gading and the rest of the team were chatting in front of the fire that evening. They still had to wait for the pick-up car to return to town.
"I heard it was like that," Fred was now the center of attention as he told about Alyx's life — while the one told was lying in the tent, not knowing that she was the topic of conversation. "As for her current job, he's only been in the last two years, and as you know ... her name has been soaring high." Fred cocked his hand in front of his face.
"What doctor?" asked the others curiously.
"As far as I know she's a surgeon."
"How old is she now? Looks like she's still young. "
"She finished it in no time. Several times she attended in class acceleration while still in elementary and middle school. And so on, she seems like a genius. "
"Wow…" they could only put on awe, extraordinary, and other expressions. "Did she do plastic surgery?"
"Why, Nat? You want your nose to be raised? "
Nat only threw Fred with all the small stones he could grasp. "But, how could she become a photographer?"
"Yeah, like I say, from what I know is that surgeons earn quite a bit?"
"Look ..." Fred cleared his throat occasionally, "you ask her by yourself," said Fred then. Dan immediately turned his attention to the bonfire in front of them when he noticed Alyx's arrival.
Gading and the others turned to look behind.
"Why? "Alyx got confused by herself when she was approached like that.
Fred quickly took over. He invited Alyx to sit down on the spot he had just cleaned. It was a little awkward when Alyx joined, even though they had tried to make tonight a little fun. Fred tried to fix the situation again.
However, Nat immediately asked about Alyx's life story. Fred could only cover his face when Nat said she got information from him.
"Yeah, that's right," said Alyx when asked about her latest educational background as a doctor. "I was in medical for only a few months."
"Then ... why did you stop?"
"Because ... I'm looking for someone."
Nobody asked further, as Fred began to sing songs from his guitar.
JAKARTA seemed very hot this afternoon. Very hot if you have to be outside.
Fortunately Alyx and her friends were in the air-conditioned room. They were discussing an assignment that must be completed immediately.
"Me?" Fred was surprised when Alyx asked him to finish editing. "But, they ..."
"Not. I can't stay any longer. They're just asking your studio to finish this. And I think my job is done here. "
"Boss, where are you going now? You're going back to London? "
Alyx nodded. "There is no other place I can go to, besides my house. Well, if I didn't work alone, I'll invite you. " she smiled.
"I'll take you to the airport," pleaded Fred.
"No, it's okay. I also have to stop somewhere, "Alyx refused sofly.
Alyx then arrived at a sizable training ground — Taekwondo-ITF. She looked at the sign hanging above the door. Look at it for a few moments, before pushing the door.
Inside, several young children and several teenagers were doing warm-up exercises.
Alyx knew that today was the schedule for white belt holders to train.
Their coach was giving directions up front. However, the children's attention was diverted to the slender girl who had just entered. The trainer turned around and smiled broadly realizing who it was.
"Sabeum," Alyx bowed in greeting.
The person she called the sabeum approached Alyx. He's a man with a very likable face. A native Indonesian citizen who received his black belt after living in Korea for a long time and returned to teach the knowledge he got to Indonesian children.
The man's name is woven in yellow threads on his black belt — in Hangeul's writing. Alex.
"Come on in," said Alex and walked first.
Alyx followed him into a very traditional house.
"Papa…" shouted Alex after inviting Alyx to sit down. "Pa," once again Alex shouted. "He just came back from Hawaii," he told Alyx.
Alyx smiled at his words.
A few moments later, a tall, fat man — not fat — came out. An accessory — a necklace attached to his neck. It looks like something he brought from Hawaii. The clothes he wore — bright colors with large flower motifs made him look bigger. "You're just hurting my ears," he said, not yet noticing the presence of a girl in his living room.
Alyx smiled broadly. The man smiled back and intended to go back in, but stopped — frozen in place and a few moments later turned around, looking at the guest he thought was one of Alex's friends. His eyes widened.
"Papa," Alyx greeted the man.
"My daughter... Oh my daughter," said the man named Alexander over and over. Alexander comes to the girl and hugs her. "It took a long time to see you, baby."
"I miss you, Pa."