We were sitting in a café, playing a board game. The board game was called “Pandemic”. We have discovered it there, at the same café, a few weeks ago. We have spent one hour learning the rules, and just when we started to feel tired as hell, the game had began and we had lots of fun. Discovering the rules, the ecstasy of discovering those rules, made us feel excited.
We went back to the café almost every night to play the board game. We would order burgers and french fries and coffee and mineral water, and we would play the game, curing different kinds of horrific diseases. And we kept going there, night after night.
That night was my birthday too. We played that goddamn game, which was starting to feel bored and less exciting. After that we played another game called “Quoridor”, which was fun and challenging. Then Omid went to the bathroom. I checked my Telegram messages. Mellic had been posted another amazing story of hers in her Telegram channel. I didn’t know her in person, I was just following her in Instagram and Telegram. She was moving to Chile in few days. She had been saying that she knew Peru like her own hometown. Most of its parts, Miraflores, Baranco, San Isidoro. I knew those parts as well, but from a very different source: from Llosa’s novels. I was in love with those novels. I remember reading them in buss, subway, taxi, in my bed, and everywhere in between. I used to daydreaming about Peru, Lima, Andes peaks, where magic was happen. I can still imagine the sidewalks of Lima, the bars, the whorehouses, also the crime department of La Cronica newspaper.
Reading Mellic’s story made me sad and jealous. How had she, a twenty-years old lonely girl, managed to walk on the streets of my beloved country, while I, a fully grown man, who had just started his life’s fourth decade, had lived there only in his dreams?
To be honest, it made me angry! And the anger made me decide this: I will work hard, I will move to another country, then I will work harder to earn money, and then I will travel the miraculous, dreamy South America!