The Fifth Horseman

How are you, boy? Tzen peered at his wristwatch, the handles reaching as eagerly as he was for 6 pm, the mark of the end of his shift. All he had to do now, was hand his patients over to the ones left behind to slog and slave till the coming morning. ‘Bed 3 needs [...]

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The Fifth Horseman

I Win Night presented a strange and ominous quiet, caressed by the steady beeping of monosyllabic monitors, humming a rhythm of somnolence. Sheila was feeling agitated. Something didn’t sit right with her. Just hours ago, Sheila was forced to tell a family that one of them was probably not going to make the night. She [...]

The Fifth Horseman

Do you want to be a doctor? Sheila sucked in deep anxious bouts of cold air before she knocked on the door and paced her way in. ‘Yes, come in,’ the doctor sitting on her comfortable chair semi-reclined, immediately straightened her back when she saw Sheila come in clenching her stomach. ‘Hi, Dr!’ she smiled. [...]

The Fifth Horseman

Ego The Medical Wards of Hospital Puchong, renowned for its high bed count and soaring admission rates, and bustling atmosphere, it boasted an ego of being the best tertiary care unit in the district. The attitude was ‘come what may’ and ‘to hell or highwater,’ and that was the culture all year round. Everything was [...]

The Fifth Horseman

What Real Power Means Mr Juan Carlos left his quiet hometown in Mindanao for greener pastures 7 years ago and has been in Malaysia since. At 170cm tall, armoured with knowledge, skill and a winning smile, he was instantly hired to man the concierge desk of the Le Meridian. He was never tardy, always polite [...]

The Fifth Horseman

Faith, Family, Friend I couldn’t think. Exhausted, emotionally and physically drained from all the crying, my eyelids were literally pruning. Abah was amazing. Ibu as well. They excused us for a lunch break, and the families stayed apart, bunched to their own little corners. Atirah needed her milk. I told Yus, my dear sweet sister, [...]

The Fifth Horseman

You knew didn't you ‘It’s gonna be alright,’ Ram’s father told him, holding proud his boy’s collar, adjusting his Windsor knot, while his mother fought her sleepy eyes to ready him his breakfast. ‘I’m not that worried father. Don’t worry, as long as my salary is undisturbed, I’ll continue wiring in every month without fail,’ [...]