It Ends with a Beginning

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It Ends with a Beginning
Adapted from the poster for an opera, La Boheme by Adolfo Hohenstein

It Ends with a Beginning

Viola Chong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


‘Colin! Colin! Look at me! Don’t fall asleep!’

 Is there someone talking to me? It sounds so familiar.

 Grandpa? Is that you? Am I in heaven now?


I tried to open my eyes, but I couldn’t. I was knackered. It was so hot that I felt like I was melting. 

Something was getting heavier in my hand. What was it? I used all my energy to open my eyes…


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Viola Chong has just kick-started her career in the translation industry, after finishing her Fashion degree at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a passionate person, always looking for new adventures in life. An unabashed daydreamer, she is a Soprano, who loves Bach and Mozart.


A life-long reader and fan of fiction, the author never considered writing her own story until enrolled in ELC1A04 exploring Fantasy, Reality, and Humanity in her final year of university. Through this process, she discovered writing as a platform to share her imagination and fantasyland with others.

  1. Although you are just a tad shy of attaining the same level of sheer creativity displayed in the winning submission, your work boast high language proficiency and integrity. It is a touching piece of writing, a reflection on the life of a kin whom you hold close to your heart, and in that you celebrated it and added a bit of twist to it. As such, this story is imbued with Back To The Future elements.
    I particularly like how you integrate your experience and knowledge on musical instruments and the orchestra into your writing, making a lot of details more fleshed out. The ending deserves a bit more however; I think it skewed too much in the favor of the revelation, which I assume wouldn’t particularly shock most of the experienced readers, instead of ending the emotional arc in a more lucid, powerful way.
    7/10 Admirable work

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