Category: This Little Island

Chapter 1: An Introduction

Hello. Allow me to… introduce myself. My name is William Fisher. You may have heard of me. Twice I was elected as Prime Minister of the Republic of Byakko: a small, but hardly irrelevant place. In the years I led the nation, we saw intrigue, conflict, crisis, catastrophe and calamity. Before leading the country, I…


Chapter 2: The Present

When considering my current situation, the term ‘fall from grace’ comes to mind. I once enjoyed popular support – as I mentioned, I was elected Prime Minister of Byakko not once, but twice. Nowadays, things are a little different. I write these memoirs secretly, into an old notebook hidden under my bed. The country is…


Chapter 3: A Request

January 1st, 1962. That was when I first met Li (for the purposes of this book I shall refer to the members of the Li family as I do in person: Li for Li Jian, and their second name for anyone else). I had been out drinking with some friends from the war: Bob, Hadisukarno,…


Chapter 4: An Announcement

Chapter 4: An Announcement Hadisukarno and I were sitting together in the mess hall at Bidang Selatan Barracks when Tan Ai Lin rang. The little rotary telephone mounted on the wall began to shake aggressively, accompanied by the sound of grating metal. A Lieutenant answered it. “Bill? Bill Fisher?” He asked the room. “That’s me.”…


Chapter 5: The Beginning of the End

The atmosphere there was electric, charged with the feelings of the thousands who gathered in the square that day. Tan Ai Lin and I took it all in for a few seconds before he turned to me. “Well? See what you’ve started?” His voice was full of glee, almost gloating. As far as the eye…