Lisa Salofa and her 16 year old daughter, Mini, were
on the Ferris wheel at the fairground in Suva, the capital of
Fiji, Viti Levu, Fiji. The Ferris wheel took them up to the
"Look at the view of the town" said Lisa.
"Yeah. So cool" said Mini. Off course they were
They could see the town from up there. And when the
Ferris wheel took them towards the bottom they got a thrill.
"You're boyfriend needs some discipline, girl," said
Lisa "He's too smart for his own good".
"He takes me into his room," said Mini "Like he never
cleans his room. His room is a mess".
"Your father was like that. You have to keep them
And they went to the top again. And to the bottom
again. And they went round a few more times. The girls were
whooping and cheering, waving their arms out. Eventually the
Ferris wheel stopped as they were almost at the top. It moved a
bit at a time as the vendor let out his passengers.
"Nice hot day, Hun," said Lisa "Look at that falcon up
in the sky".
"I wonder what its hunting"
"Don't know, Hun. Don't know".
As they got to the bottom the vendor let them off.
Lisa and Mini thanked the vendor for the lovely ride on the
"Now, shall we head to the fabric store," asked Lisa
"Get some materials for making that dress".
They walked through the fairground and onto the main
* * *
They were at the fabric store looking at all the
different fabrics that they had. There were sounds of cars coming
past. One fabric was yellow with green stripes. Another had pink
and blue splotches. Another was yellow with green leaves.
"Look at that one, Hun," said Lisa "What do you
She referred to the white fabric with the blue, pink,
and purple flowers.
"I hate flowers. I don't want to look too flowery.
What about that one?"
Lisa looked at the fabric with a disapproving look. It
was black with some white stripes at one end.
"Bit plain for me, honey. This one's very
She referred to the yellow fabric with the green
"Too bright" said Mini "Would glow in the dark. And
this one looks kind of sixties don't you think".
They looked at the white fabric with the green, blue,
and pink dots.
"What about the pink fabric?" said Lisa.
"Gross" replied Mini with a disgusted look on her face
"What about the white fabric with the black dots?"
"The white one looks good, honey. Or do you prefer the
"I like the blue".
"OK. We take the blue then. 'Xcuse me, we'll take the
"How much do you want?"
"Two metres of it".
The store keeper cut the fabric to a specified length,
wrapped it up and Lisa paid for the fabric with her eftpos card.
Mini grabbed the fabric and they left the store.
"Let's head back on the ferry, Hun" said Lisa "It's
* * *
Lisa Salofa drove her Ford Fiesta onto the ferry to
Kadavu, which was the island they live on. Sometimes the Salofa's
would go sightseeing in Suva and visit all the shops. The Fijian
flag flew proudly next to the ferry terminal. The flag was sky
blue with the British ensign on the top left hand corner. In the
fly of the flag was the Fijian coat of arms showing ties with
Britain. At the top of it was a lion holding a coconut. The
shield was quartered by the cross of St George. And in the four
corners were a sugar cane plant, a coconut palm, a pineapple, and
a white dove bearing an olive branch.
The sailors closed up the back of the ferry and they
headed out to sea back to Tavuki on Kadavu Island. The ferry
bobbing up and down on the waves.
* * *
Peter Salofa and his two sons, Stephen and Tami, were
at the florist in Tavuki, Kadavu Island, in Fiji. Stephen was 19
years old and living with his girlfriend. Tama was thirteen and
he got into a lot of trouble. The boys were helping Peter to pick
out some flowers for his wife. There were daffodils, roses,
tulips, poppies, violets. Flowers of varying colours and smells.
There were big white bells-shaped flowers.
"What about poppies?" said Tama. They were speaking in
"Nah" said Peter.
"We could give her roses" suggested Stephen.
"We'll give her daffodils, son".
"Nah. Tulips, dad. They're her favourite".
"OK. Tulips it is. We'll have some tulips
Peter paid the florist and they walked back to their
Fiat station wagon with the boat on the trailer. They jumped in
and headed home.
* * *
Peter and the boys arrived home to find that Lisa and
Mini had already beaten them home. Peter drove the car and boat
into the driveway, parked the car and switched off the engine.
They hopped out of the car. Mini ran up to them and hugged the
boys. She was so glad to see them.
"Oh flowers. For me?" said Lisa as Peter handed her
the bunch of flowers he bought at the florist "Tulips. My
Lisa hugged Peter and kissed him on the lips. The boys
grabbed the chilli bin out of the car, dropped it on the ground,
opened it, and said "Look what we caught".
Mini opened her mouth in ecstasy. Peter and Lisa
looked at the chilli bin and walked over to it.
"You caught some fish" said Lisa.
"Yes" replied Stephan "Two snapper, two orange roughe,
and a trout".
"Oh what delightful fish you caught, Hun" said Lisa
"Aren't they big".
"Yeah" said Mini "They look fantastic".
"Tell you what," said Lisa "Let's place the fish on
the barby and cook us some fish".
The family cheered and whooped and they carried the
fish to the barbeque in the back yard. There was some furniture
next to the neighbour's fence underneath the shelter. The barby
was on the other side of the backyard that opened out onto the
beach. It was getting dark so Stephan lit up the gas lamp and
placed it on the outdoor table. Peter turned on the gas and bbq
oven as Mini and Lisa went into the kitchen to prepare the
tropical fruit. Peter placed the two snapper, orange roughes and
trout on the barby and added coconut milk, garlic, and black
After a while Lisa and Mini came out of the house with
some coconut, pineapple, paw paw, and mango. At that point the
fish were cooked and Peter dished them out on the plates. The
family helped themselves to the food and started their
"This snapper tastes good" said Stephan.
"Yeah, nice job, darling" said Lisa. And she kissed
Peter on the lips.
The mango tasted sweet and juicy, the paw paw was
nice, and the pineapple delicious. They drank some kava with
their meal and they were laughing and chatting and having a
wonderful time when Tama knocked down the gas lamp. The lamp
smashed against the neighbour's fence setting the couch on
"Fire!" screamed Lisa.
"Run into the house and get me the fire extinguisher.
Quickly!" ordered Peter.
Stephen did as he was told. By the time Stephen came
out with the fire extinguisher it was too late. The fire had
engulfed the entire couch and had spread to the other furniture
and up the fence.
"Mini, call the fire brigade" ordered Peter.
Mini called the emergency number on her cell phone and
said "We have a fire in the back yard. Yes. It's thirty seven
Taulaula Street. It's engulfing the outdoor furniture and the
The neighbours came out to have a look and a few
minutes later the fire brigade arrived. The fire had engulfed the
outdoor furniture and the neighbour's fence. The fire fighters
attached the hose to the fire hydrant and started putting out the
fire. Within an hour the fire was out. It had destroyed the back
shed, the outdoor furniture and the neighbour's fence. The family
Lisa cried in Peter's arms while Stephen comforted
Mini who was sobbing profusely.
"You got contents insurance?" asked the fire
Peter nodded. The fire fighter asked the family how
the fire got started and they explained the incident. It was a
terrible accident. The fence, the outdoor furniture, the back
shed were all destroyed.