Wildfire, Earthquake, Flood, Locust Swarm, Pandemic, all kinds of natural disasters has invaded our earth. This year is 2020, a year seems to be destined course of life. These catastrophes were used to be dramatic scenes in some movies and video games, and now, we felt Déjà Vu. What’s actually happening to our planet? We have no ideas, but one thing is certain. The global tragedies have alert human to the danger of the future, as if hitting our head really hard, which shake us out of our complacency.
Take Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a way, it has revealed the good and evil in human nature. We’ve been through a lot while startling events kept coming up, including wild animals were hunt to eat, counterfeits and used gauze masks were made to resell, prices were fixed and forced up, and even personal parcels stood a chance being stolen from the communities’ specified delivery area. The most unpleasant things of all, rumors were everywhere. There’s one rumor that pets were easy to get infected, which some people believed it and threw their pets out of the window to avoid being contaminated. Animals seem to be a nonessential plaything for humans as if they are always in a disadvantaged group. However, animals will keep humans out of danger, even it’ll cost their lives; on the contrary, will humans do the same for the animals?
My following short stories might stir up the emotions from deep your heart.
1）惋惜 | There’s More Than Sorrow
When my father was young, he rescued a house sparrow from some troubled kids. Having been taken good care of this small bird for several months, it’s leg was well recovered and decided to accompany him. The bird would fly onto my father’s shoulder as soon as he returned home from school every day, kissing his cheek while flapping and twittering.
Each time, there’s food coming up, the sparrow was the first one to taste it. It would fly low and land beside the dish, flapping and jumping up to get the food. It was Summer there, my father used to let it stand on his forefinger in the mosquito net. That little one ate the mosquito right way once my father got it near the bloody pest. It was a clean kill indeed.
However, there’s one of the bad habits for birds is pooping everywhere. One day, my grandfather finally had it enough, he threw it out of the window. At first, the sparrow flew back. It took the bird for a while to realized that it got deserted until it ran into the closed windowpane. The small one flew around the windowsill awhile, and flew away eventually, leaving it sad song disappeared in the breeze. That day, it was the last time my father saw his special friend as he returned home. I felt my father at that moment it might be raining heavily in his heart.
2）人性 | The Human Nature
My grandmother had two white ducks for years ago. The ducks always hunted in the daytime and got back home at night as punctual as the clock. But one day, my father found out that the ducks came home early and huddled together with silence. There were feathers and specks of dirt scattered around, which mixed with few bloodstains. Several footsteps were all over the doorway. One of the ducks was shaking its head painfully, and its blood was dripping from the beak down to the chest. The duck’s beak was cut into a half, its tongue was wiped out as well. Soon, it died of starvation and suffering, leaving its brother to be too frightened to go outside. Only the hutch door stood in the wind, squeaking again and again and again.
3）一片忠心 | Loyalty
A long time ago, my aunt was at the memorial ceremony for my distant relative. All of a sudden, a dog jumped off the building as if a falling leave gently dropped from the second floor. Among the screaming crowd, it found peace in the pool of blood. It turned out that the dog belonged to the distant relative who lived alone for all these years. The owner and the dog had already built a strong companionship with each other. Wherever the owner went, the dog accompanied. The dog grieved at the sad news as it sensed the death of the owner probably.
It was said that the dog hit against the wall at first. But somehow, it plunged to its death at last. In a way to be with its owner once more in paradise.
4）守护天神 | Guardian Angel
In the afternoon of that day, my father got back home as usual. A Wang, my beloved dog had already waggled its tail, touching the doorknob like a ton of bricks with excitement. After tasted its favorite snack, my dog was ready to go for a walk. My father pushed his bicycle while it followed and sniffed at nature everywhere. Looking at both sides of the road, my father crossed the street. Suddenly, a white truck came out of nowhere from the left side. My father failed to notice that. A wang sensed the danger, running in a flash. It overtook my father and tried to block the oncoming vehicle with its tiny body, leaving my father’s shout behind. Before its name cried out completely, my dog had already been swallowed by the truck. But the driver didn’t slow down, not even a bit. The truck’s huge tires ran over its body and pulled it for meters. With a little depressing sound came out of my dog, my special one died instantly. However, the driver still not stopped the truck. He hit and ran. The bloodstain and tire marks found each other, printing this tragedy deeply on the gravel ground.
As if Thanos snapped the finger, almost all the lives were wiped out instantly. Life is so fragile. Living creatures were there in a moment ago, a few moments later they were gone to ashes, leaving us being haunted by memories and reminiscences for a long time. Misfortune or Pleasant Surprise cannot be predicted that which one will come first in the present or in the future. A Wang was my guardian angel who was only a two-year-old kid for a dog’s age, but it kept the owner from danger by risking its life. I yearn much toward my beloved dog. And now, there’re some small flowers thrive out of the earth where it was buried. The morning sun shone through the dense trees, covering soft lights upon petals while drops of dew were lifted up and disappeared in the air. At that moment, somehow I felt I saw my dog again, standing right there and wiggling tail, then running toward me…
Perhaps, this global catastrophes will let us rethink the meaning of life. Why we are alive? How to truly keep the balance between life and work? We all know that mankind is a community with a shared future. However, as part of nature, plants and animals are innocently undertook the mistakes made by the human. Are they wrong? Are they invade our society or we intrude on their land? Take our pets. They are brought into people’s society and to be part of their life by following their rules. But, human on the contrary, sometimes they break rules and regulations to pursue so-called self-satisfaction. And occasionally even they do something terrible to protect themselves.
These disasters as if they were counterattack of nature, and we were totally failed. Nowadays, it’s great that we are still breathing. Perhaps, in some dimensions, Dead or Alive has no actual boundary, which can be a way of dead man walking, or can be a way of feeling heartbeats and sensing nature as well. Indeed, we don’t want what happens in video games and movies will be encountered truly. For facing the apocalypse, we are not ready. Take Metro 2033, a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel I’ve translated, and The LAST OF US Part I & Part II, an action-adventure survival horror video game I’ve analyzed and explained. At that moment, you had less time for thinking, your everyday goal would be how to stay alive. Music, arts, and culture would be most precious that could be lost anytime, let alone the beauty of nature. Where would be this life go on? Where would this road lead to?
One thing for sure, we could get one step ahead of being threatened by the unknown. Maybe survival will be the first one on the learning list just like the article I’ve written that I showed how to make a fire with flint. We have to get the knowledge of first aid, simple healthcare, and wildness survival skills. Most of all, to take good care of ourselves, to cherish each other, and to be kind with our earth – a HOME we both living in and need to be protected.
When the pen gets tired of dancing on the paper, the night has already crawled into the house, which is being devoured from a room to a room. There’s a gentle breeze that finds it’s a way through the window, touching the petals to be fallen at any minute. My hands fumble at the black and white keys of a piano. A Few clear notes bounce in the darkness while a violin comes in and starts to play. My ears are followed and swing from left to right. With a little sadness and a bit regret, the music spread out to the deep house…
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