Biba Guahan: Prologue & Chapter One

About a week ago, I asked in a poll on my Instagram whether or not my followers would like to read sample chapters of a work in progress in the same way George R.R. Martin teases all of us with spinets from his latest volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. (Still waiting on Winds of Winter, George. Still waiting.) Everyone who voted said, "Yes." So, here we are. 

A little background on this story for those that don't know, I first started writing this story when I was in my senior year of high school. My paternal grandparents were teenagers on Guam during World War II but given that my grandmother passed in 1967 and my grandfather never spoke of it before he died, I never knew for myself just what it was like for them to live through that experience. I started to wonder. I started to write. 

When I went to study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, my first choice school, I had more books at my disposal than ever before including rare books I didn't even know existed. One day, while perusing the stacks between classes, I opened a book and there he was, my grandfather, in a history book. It was one of those moments that makes you believe that everything happens for a reason. 

Alejo L.G. Quinata Top row, third from the left.

Alejo L.G. Quinata
Top row, third from the left.

There were times when I put this project aside which is why it remains uncompleted. I will discuss the reasons in a later blog post. For now, I want to share the start of it with you all. Firstly, I hope you will be willing to share your feedback on the first couple of chapters with me and secondly, I hope it will encourage me to dedicate more time to this passion project because well, if you do enjoy it, I want to keep the dialogue going. 

Thank you all for taking the time to read the pages below. Let me know in the comments what you think. Good, bad, or otherwise, I'd love to know your thoughts.