Journal of Phuong Phan
We must move from the slum. We need to get away from the canals. I can’t stand to lose another child to the fever. The Hung Hoang development has begun to fill with people from our community. It’s very strange. Robots are building a large scaffold out of rubbish from the city. The children have been playing there and telling me all about it- I believe the spaces will be sold empty, and fitted out by their owners. I’m beginning to think it could offer us a safer lifestyle away from the stinking canals. As far as I know none of the lots have been sold. Its all still empty. Maybe we could squat there?
We made the move two weeks ago now. It’s been quite exciting, especially for the children having a view has been amazing. We can see all the way to the city. Over the past few days, however many of the lots have begun to sell. Some workers from the city have begun live here. I find it quite uncomfortable. An official and his family moved in nearby. I don’t want to be seen. I’m afraid someone will ask for my papers. Fortunately we managed to move into an interior space. there’s still lots of room within the gaps. There isn’t a view from here, and it’s quite dark, but it’s better than what we had. The children helped break through the thinner wall layers. It’s surprisingly strong. all that melted plastic! We have to be careful though – we mustn’t break through to the apartment next to us.
We are getting further and further from the outside world. I haven’t been to the surface for a number of days. on the upside this has meant that we can spread into the neighbouring space. The neighbours migrated outward and abandoned their darkest space. This often happens when a new layer is constructed. Those who can afford it extend their frontage outward.
The our floor fell through today. The man below us had been trying to explore further, and broke through the structure below us. He has been working hard at this for a while it seems. A cavernous blackness looms below. This whole building is hollowing out. We are not the only ones extending towards the centre. I wonder if this place will collapse one day?
There is a robot inside now. A group of teenagers caught it and brought it through a gap. it’s still working though, but it’s begun to feed on the walls as it is lacking it’s proper source of waste material. It’s remodelling the internal network of passages. I keep getting lost. It’s so confusing!
To be Continued…