HISTORICAL FICTION BY Michael G. Malaghan
Sachiko quickly fell into a set routine. From her first day, she washed the breakfast and dinner dishes without being asked. She presented herself in the kitchen every afternoon, eager to peel potatoes, wash the green beans or shuck the cornhusks. She enjoyed learning how to cook haole food. When requested, she cooked mahimahi fish with soy sauce. Her big hit was shrimp and vegetable tempura, one of her mother Haru’s favorites. Sachiko also enjoyed playing the role of a shopping guide to both downtown and Chinatown. It was easy for her to be a good listener, as she was too nervous to start a conversation herself.