Thriller about Cheng Bong and his mysterious wife
'I consulted the spirits, son. They gave me a warning. Tomorrow we have to go and see Mr. Okada.'
Mr. Okada was the old wise man living at the forest pagoda. I didn't particularly like him. Everything was so strange there. I couldn't sleep very well that night. I was thinking about a lot of things. My father's words worried me. On one hand I was at home, and my whole family was with me now. The night was beautiful and silent. All I could hear were the cricketts in the garden. And cricketts meant peace. We went to Mr. Okada's pagoda. He was an old man, but it seemed to me, he had always been an old man. He told us stories of the past.
Right before we said goodbye, Mr. Okada turned to Xandra suddenly.
'Look at me girl. Well, well, well. That's interesting.' he said.
'What? Mr. Okada... What is interesting?' asked Xandra. 'How did you get that necklace of yours?'
'I don't remember Mr. Okada. I can't get it off. It has always been with me... I mean, since I can remember anything!'
'I carried it from Italy. I was wearing it all the time!'
'Italy? Well, even stranger, then. The last time I saw that necklace, Satoko Wei was wearing it. Of course you can't get it off. Haha... It was created by Hokim San personally! And that stone is the YingYangGang of the holy blue moon mountains!' My father jumped up.
'What are you talking about Okada??? Speak old man!'
I have never seen my father so fierce! He also seemed to have grown a lot bigger. And I didn't know what to think when I looked at my mother.
'Just the truth, Hirotsugu. Just the truth. I saw this treasure on the baby in the temple... when she was carried away.' At this point my mother collapsed.
'Satoko Wei is dead... Satoko is dead...' muttered she, and I was starting to lose my nerve. Father tried to comfort mom. But she started to cry and she kept repeating that Satoko Wei was dead. I turned to mom finally.
'Who is Satoko Wei, mother?'
I couldn't think of anyone. No baby had died among our friends or relatives that I knew about. 'My son... Satoko Wei was your twin sister. The spirits chose you. She had to die.'
And I was devastated. 'Are you telling me, that I had a sister and you never ever told me??? How come? Why? How is this possible? Why? Why, oh why? And how did she die? Why did she die? When was that?'
I was out of control... My mom did not answer. She walked to my father and they were just looking at each other. The silence was maddening. Back at our house I was begging my dad to tell me more. I couldn't bear it. There was a deep secret here and I had to know the truth. 'Please son, it's just too painful. Stop asking questions. Stop it.' But my mother came to us suddenly. 'I will talk. I want to talk. He must know.'
She took a deep breath.
'It was a custom in the old days to offer one child to the temple if twins were born. I didn't want to do it. We were poor indeed, but I didn't even want to hear about separation. The pressure was big on us and your father offered great services to the temple to gain support of the priests and the spirits. But they were angry. They wanted the baby. They wanted you.' 'But next day Satoko was fading... And I saw she was too weak. I wrapped her warmly and took her to the temple. There were doctors and wise men there. Mr. Okada was there, too. We prayed there with your father and asked the priests to help. They took the baby and promised to help. After an hour high priest Katsunosuki came out and told us that Satoko Wei was dead. We were told the spirits punished us for our hesitation. But I could keep you. At least...' It was just too much. I was shocked.
'We didn't tell you, because we didn't want to think about it. We wanted to forget about it. That's the truth, son.'
Xandra was silent, too... Next day we were leaving. My head was dizzy with all the new information. It was really strange that I used to have a sister. I was overwhelmed with emotions. And Mr. Okada's words bothered me, too. I knew he knows more than he told my parents. And I had to find the answers to these old and so far unasked questions.
The Bong Story
Sep 6, 2010 by csudibaba
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