Here Be Dragons
By Victor Fernando Ocampo
Artworks by Jon Jaylo

In the long days before her sister was born, Isabella went to the panaderia every afternoon to buy her mother's favorite bread. 

She might pick some flowers along the way. Otherwise, Isabella was sent out at the same time every day, carrying the same amount of coins. She was also given the same admonition not to tarry nor talk to strangers, and most importantly, to but they same pan de coco that her mother loved to eat at exactly four o'clock p.m. with a warm glass of milk. 

Noong mga araw bago pa ipanganak ang kaniyang kapatid na babae, tumutungo si Isabella sa panaderya tuwing hapon upang bilhin ang paboritong tinapay ng kaniyang ina. 

Minsan ay namimitas siya ng bulaklak habang nasa daan. Kung hindi man, nakagawian na ni Isabella ang lumabas sa parehong oras araw-araw, dala ang parehong dami ng barya. Pinaalalahanan din siyang huwag magliwaliw o makikipag-usap sa mga estranghero, at higit sa lahat, bilhin ang paboritong pan de coco ng kaniyang ina na kinakain nito tuwing alas kuwatro ng hapon, kasabay ng isang basong maligamgam na gatas. 

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