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|In the Pupal Stage (standard:Creative non-fiction, 3678 words)|
|Author: Mookoo Liang||Added: Feb 13 2006||Views/Reads: 1949/1288||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This is a real story about Moodee, a young man in his 20's, presented in five sections: (1) Burning off the diaries, (2) The previous experience, (3) Trying hard to escape, (4) A sharp turn in life, (5) Wishes for a new day.|
In the Pupal Stage by Mookoo Liang (1) Burning off the diaries It was a tiring afternoon in the fall. There was little wind near the earth's surface; the sun, partly covered with the floating clouds in the sky, seemed to be setting earlier than usual. Moodee, a tall and thin man in his early twenties, was staggering toward the small canal that passed by the front yard of his parents' cottage. He was extremely upset at the moment, holding a number of notebooks in his hands. The autumn wind, though gentle and cool enough, failed to make him comfortable. He dragged his feet as if the written stuff in his hands had been too heavy; but it was clear to him that there was something much heavier in his heart, his mind, and his body. For several months he had not added anything new to his personal notes. If he had, there would have been a lot more to clear up now. He thought of those "good old days"---especially the five-year period when he was far away from home, staying and studying in Green Garden. But recalling the most beautiful things in his life did not prevent him from returning to reality. He had been in great pain, physically and mentally. He had to do something to improve his miserable situation. Indeed, it was time for him to be decisive. He made up his mind to go back to the hospital the next day; if possible, he would ask the doctor for a once-and-for-all medical operation, however dangerous it would be. Of course it was necessary to convince his parents that such an operation was a must. They had been shocked to learn that the famous singer Su Pei-Ching could no longer stand or walk after having an unsuccessful operation of this kind. Now, to promise himself a brand-new start, what should Moodee do in advance? He thought of burning off all his old memories, good or bad. When he came to the irrigation canal, he carefully sat down on the bank, and then he started to tear his personal notebooks apart. At first, he just tore them page by page, as if he were reluctant to destroy all of them; then he sped up, for the pains in his waist and his buttocks became severe. These notebooks were Moodee's diaries. Before going to Green Garden, Moodee had been asked by one of his junior-high-school teachers to keep a diary; that's why he had formed the habit, and consequently he had so many notebooks in which his private affairs were recorded. He would be embarrassed if such secrets of his should be let out---suppose he could not return from the hospital to deal with these notebooks, who would see them and what would they do about them? Moodee struck a match and set the heap of torn pages on fire, as if a solemn ceremony were in progress! He continued to tear the other notebooks. He added the torn pieces to the heap that was burning. What a strange scene! It seemed that Moodee was formally saying "Good Bye" to all his yesterdays. Could he free himself in this way? Meanwhile, the very same scene was a bit familiar to him. It seemed that he was worshiping En-Chu-Kung, the deity that his parents had long believed in, by burning the particular kind of "paper money." Could what he was now doing bring him better luck in the future? Anyway, all that had taken Moodee a long time to write was going to burn up in just a few minutes. Some of the paper ashes, lifted up in the hot air around the flame, looked like tiny black butterflies, flying here and there attractively---until falling down to the ground again. With a bamboo stick, Moodee pushed all the burned stuff into the irrigation canal, hoping that the water down there would carry everything away. (2) The previous experience You may recall your childhood; you may recount a past event or reconstruct a fading dream; you may even actually go upstream to the source of a river; and yet, it is impossible for you to become younger---in terms of age. Life is a no-returning matter, just as the water in the irrigation canal (Moodee has done something special beside Click here to read the rest of this story (310 more lines)
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