Doll Eyes
By Eline Santos
Artworks by Joy Mallari

In one of these shops, there was a doll maker with a bat-winged store. And her brand of magic was the sinister kind.

Manang Bolabola would sit outside her little shop, eyes halfclosed, as if sleeping. But the truth was she saw, smelled, and heard everything. She was watching and waiting for the right kind of material to make her dolls with.

Sa isa sa mga tindahang ito, may isang manlilikha ng manyika na may-ari ng isang hugis-paniking tindahan. At taglay niya ang nakatatakot na uri ng mahika.

Makikita si Manang Bolabola na nakaupo sa labas ng tindahan niya, nakapikit na tila nahihimbing. Pero ang totoo, nakikita, naaamoy at naririnig niya ang lahat. Nagmamasid siya at nag-aabang ng tamang uri ng materyal para sa kanyang mga manyika.

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