He dreamt about it, he hankered after it like an addict after his opiate. When it came to his mind the idea of big and beautiful house, Tay Soon always think of it until it become his insanity in his life. A house. A house of his dream, just like what his family see every time they pass by in their street behind the elegant subdivision and in pages of Homes and Modern living Magazines. He knows every detail of his dream house from the aluminum sliding door, the perfect color of the carpet in dining room and also the kidney-shaped swimming pool. Yes, kidney-shaped. That is what he likes.
Yee Lian, the wife would talk about it for hours to her sister Yee Yeng and their kids would tell their cousins and friends all about it as well. “My dad said if our house is already finished…” Tay Soon nurtured the idea until it becomes a consuming passion of his and his family’s lives. It had become a reality stronger than the reality of the terrace house, which they live and own by mother of Tay Soon who has a small business by selling a bottled curry viand and vegetable pickles. She shakes his head after hearing what the kid of Tay Soon telling to his cousins and friends and about over ambition of youth nowadays. What’s wrong with our house? ” she asked with disgust. “Are we not comfortable with it? ”
No, until the ugly altar of our descendants is there, and the badness of colors is such- the kitchen wall was painted in radiant pink. But Yee Lian maintains good relation in her Mother-in-law she does not said it with her instead she just said it to her sister Yee Yeng; if not, her mother-in-law will know that and sure it’s sharp tongue will function endlessly. The house-the dream house-it’s far from their small terrace house they are living now, and Tay Soon and Yee Lian talk the house so much and it become more elegant in their imagination.
A ceiling with thick woods, walls with fine woods; a circle arrangement of living set that submerge in the center of the living room with gold carpet. It’s not just a dream since they have lots of money in the bank. They have forty-thousand dollar savings, not enough for their dream house. But they can afford it since Tay Soon and Yee Lian have high salary. Once they give the down payment, they can install for the remaining balance monthly maybe at ten, fifteen, or twenty years. It’s not important how lengthy as long as they already own their dream house.
It became the symbol of their great accomplishment here on earth, and for achieving it, Tay soon give all his strength and suffering. “You’re arrogant, what’s elegant in marble floors and swimming pool? Why don’t you spend your money wisely? ” Mother of Tay Soon said. But the forty-thousand savings increase in forty-eight thousand when Tay Soon and Yee Lian put their year bonus. The couple smile with each other for their plan is working. That is the time when people get interest to stock market. At the same time, the interest rate on the stocks went up, the quotation of stocks and shares were climbing up the charts.
Yee Lian asks his husband, “Do you know that Dr. Soo bought Rustan banking for four dollars and now, every share is seven dollars? ” the temptation is great and the reward is almost immediate. So he invested thirty-thousand dollars at risk in share market. Fortunately, he was able to make fifty-five thousand overnight. The couple shouted in delight. They put eighteen-thousand in Far East Mart. After three days, it twice the price of the shares. Nothing expects them to stop. Tay Soon borrowed money in bank and put twenty thousand in OHTC. This is the luckiest share it fourth-times the price in just three days. This is enough, enough,” shouted Yee Lian in delight. The newspaper is occupied about it, it has been the subject of several people, and it has been on the air exactly. They see the rate go up and think of all the money they can make which would make them rich overnight. Yee Yeng laughs about it. They joined Yee Yeng as a sister who also wants to be fortunate. When she knew that the share they bought for four dollars and twenty cents in Tuesday turn out to be seven dollars and nine cents on Friday she was glad and gave thanks to Yee Lian who alleged that do not put up for sale yet for it will turn into ten dollars next week.
Tay Soon become glad and curse. Curse for the reason that he did not put on the market the nine dollar shares that turned to seventeen dollars after few days! Yee Lian regret after Tay Soon uttered that. “I thought… I told you to buy”, Tay Soon slap his forehead and said, “I know! Why I do not buy! I’m insane! ” and he has a reason to be mad-he sold five thousand West Parkes for sixteen dollars and twenty-three cents every share and he was dismayed when it turned to be eighteen dollars and ninety cents after a day! “I won’t sell anymore! ” he cursed. “I will hold.
I won’t be madly inclined by some one! ” The couple does not have any idea or subject to talk to. They thought happily their share-it will turn to one million all in all! One million! Because of joy, Yee Lian forgot the insult of her mother-in-law and she told her to put into market a share just like what they did; she will sell it to her negotiator immediately and in no doubt there is money there. But the old woman rejected her offer frustratingly. After that, the old woman gets angry to her son because of putting in the market such shares in nothing. “Nothing! ” Tay Soon replied. Did you know Mom, if I am going to sell all my shares, I can buy fifteen terrace house like this? ” “Let her. I am offering her a help to gain more money but she was irritably ignored me. ” The house would be a reality pretty soon, it could be more elegant the way they imagined it before because they earn a price of – Yee Lian did not tell the price.
There is an augury about a thing that is always talked about can be lost and Yee Lian told her husband not to mention the price of their money. “Don’t worry… don’t worry,” Tay Soon said, for he is not believer of augury similar to his wife. At this time, our interest is just in the paper. ” But unfortunately, the value of shares began to fall rapidly. There was not any device to control the declining. Tay Soon become nervous, “Are we going to sell? Do you think that we need to sell? ” but Yee Lian say firmly, “Technical- it would be declined but it would also inclined. After all, look what happened in Hongkong, London, and New York. Their stock markets are good. Few remaining dollars were also invested in a last attempt. “There is news that shares will incline again” Yee Lian insist. “Did you know Tay Soon, Mrs.
Soo is buying the OHTE and West Parkes? ” she said that it will certainly incline. She has inside information that the share will reach beyond forty dollars. Tay Soon invested all his shares and put in OHTE and West Parkes. But unfortunately, OHTE and West Parkes failed. Others said that the certificates are more expensive rather than the shares. “I cannot believe this, I cannot believe this,” shouted Yee Lian whose pale and throw up. Tay Soon looks at her frightening. “All of our money is in the OHTE and West Parkes” he said it with his drying lips. “That foolish Mrs. Soo! ” shouted Yee Lian. I am sure she intentionally gave me wrong news! She envy at me since she knew that we will have a beautiful house, beautiful than their house. “How can we have our beautiful house now? ” Tay Soon asked sadly and for the first time he cries. He cries like a child because the money they have lost, the dream house that vanished, a dream house that he continue to love and worship. All the lost made Tay Soon insane; he cannot work to office, he cannot do anything but just to stay in booking houses to find out if he has a chance. The decrease in price of share continues rapidly.
His broker told him to sell before it last but he shouts angrily, “What! To sell for the minimum amount I bought? How can I do that? ” And he continues to expect more. He has nightmares and sometimes he is laughing or shouting. His wife is afraid and she runs away sobbing to her sister who reminds her that she lost all of her money because she took Yee Lian’s advice and didn’t sell anything. But how is your sadness compare to my sadness? “Look what happened to my husband. He gets insane! He talks to himself, won’t eat, has nightmares and become abusive to his children. He himself broke physically! Her mother-in-law managed the situation while Yee Lian frightened because of the changes happened in her husband.
The old is soundless and just did herbal medicine for Tay Soon even she takes time to boil and filtrate, and she calls a Chinese witch doctor to check Tay Soon. ”There is a devil in him”, said the witch doctor and he prepares a drinks with a bit of ash comes from the paper of prayer book. But Tay Soon’s condition got worst. He became bed ridden and delirious, and not be able to cure. For the last time, Yee Lian brought him to the hospital because of her friends and sister’s advice. I still have money left for burial”, said Yee Lian who’s so afraid since last week, but her mother-in-law say sharply, “Leave everything to me. I have money for his burial and I will give him the best! For all of his life he wants a beautiful house, I’ll give him a beautiful house now! ” She went to an island for his beautiful house, and she ordered the most beautiful. It will cost one hundred dollars, said the man, a thin and wrinkled man, therefore it is fitted to his job. “It doesn’t matter” said the old woman, “I want the most beautiful.
You have to use high-class paper”, she ordered, and he needs to follow the sizes and details that she will give. He remembered that Tay Soon always uttering marble floors, wooden ceiling and kidney-shaped swimming pool. Is he able to do it on paper? Said the thin and wrinkled man, “I was not being able to do such thing. What I am making is the common things for the dead – I would be able to do paper furniture, paper car, paper utensils of kitchen and paper slave, and all the things that the dead need on his next life. But I will try to put your desires but it will cost much expensive. ” When the house finally built, it seems so beautiful.
It has seven-feet high, with wires design and tiny pieces of bamboo and it covered with different colors of thin papers. It seems like a carnival because of the silver flowers that spread in the entire house. There is paper swimming pool (circle, because the man cannot understood the kidney) that place inside the house; there are four servants to serve their master, that place between the two cars, one lucid Chevrolet and one Mercedes. When it was already time, the paper house was brought to Tay Soon’s grave and was set on fire there. It shone well, then after three-minutes, it turned into ashes.