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第六回 ﹕ 唐僧從來不姓唐; 西出陽關今何往
There was a
He was toting baskets and Gerry each, were packed in rolls packed with scripture.
The basket Gerry was higher than the heads of Xúan-Zhùang a foot or so, overlying a , there was an oil lamp at one end of the bamboo hat , oil lamp hanging straight in front of Xúan-Zhùang.
By this oil lamp, Xúan-Zhùang passed around the hundreds of countries, but this moment, the luminous lights around four corners made the oil lamp appear weak humble. he blow off the lamps.
Pedestrians came to the corner and stopped down to gather around. Xúan-Zhùang went through the crowd, rear foot followed a forefoot to across the street.
Xúan-Zhùang caught sight of his reflection in a glass building as he walked along the street. He never see such a high building with all over glass. He turn around to stop, the whole street, in fact, the whole sky are all of high glass building. He noticed that he was lost in the jungle of mansions and streets.
And the very last moment he was still walking backwards with his fellowship leading and walking forwards ahead. Surrounding by Monkey King' Pigsy and Friar Sand, he always wanted to take a good look when they were leaving a great scenery. He enjoyed moving backwards, riding on White Dragon Horse or walking by foot, while his fellowship surrounding and moving forwards.
They were leaving Flame Mountain and immediately after that, passing through a thick crystal mirror?!
Xúan-Zhùang appeared confused and eventually amazed as he contemplated the city before him in all its grandeur. Buildings seemed to be spinning. Decorative lights were everywhere; in the trees and overhead. Flowers lined the boulevard. There were statues that rotated. There were fountains of water flowing from giant stone blocks and walls. Xúan-Zhùang saw pictures of people appearing so real they might be living, except they didn't move.
He had never seen the building so tall and huge. All kinds of people were within the city: Men with short hair and men with long hair, women with long hair and women with short hair. And everybody's pants fit so well. There were people playing musical instruments. Children flew by him gliding along on pieces of wood, or shell, or bone, he couldn't tell what these platforms were made out of that each had wheels mounted underneath.
There were lots of written words, such as the spelling of "Chicago" on the walls and signs, but this was not in the language he had learned and prepared for. Xúan-Zhùang believed that he was close to Sukhavati, the Western Paradise. He couldn't even see the tops of the taller buildings from where he stood. Bright electrical signs changed colors before his eyes. He saw strange looking beasts with glowing eyes, all heading in the same direction on one side of the street and in the opposite direction on the other. They made loud noises and belched smoke. Xúan-Zhùang saw a crowd gathering on the sidewalk. He stopped to stare at what they were staring at, a strange-looking panel. Light, music, and odd sounds were coming from it. There appeared to be people and other things trapped inside, yet the panel had no depth.
So this was the Sukhavati, the Western Paradise, thought Xúan-Zhùang. It was truly full of amazements. He was overcome by the excitement of being there. He started to greet people in Sanskrit: "Namaskar," he said graciously and bowed with his hands over his heart. Nobody stopped to acknowledge his salutation.
Xúan-Zhùang kept on greeting. His elbow bumped a passerby. The guy stopped. Smiling broadly, Xúan-Zhùang said "Main maafi chahti hoon."
The guy started to walk away "Sorry, don't speak Lamaism," he said.
A lady stopped to address him: "Good afternoon, Shaman."
"Namaskar." Xúan-Zhùang pointed to himself. "Mera nam kya hai," he said. The lady smiled back, gave him a dollar and left.
Xúan-Zhùang was not discouraged. He persisted until people began to push him away.
"Get lost, Shanboo" said one.
"Outta my face," said another.
Xúan-Zhùang was trying to communicate in Hindi's Sanskrit, the language he had learned for the mission, he volunteered himself to come here to learn and collect the scriptures, and he would learn it and take them home to translate it to his country. Unfortunately nobody on the street could understand him. Wrong place, also, wrong time.
Having no success, Xúan-Zhùang decided to move to a different location. He started across the street, but he never noticed that there were light signals on each street, there were red' yellow' and green color lights kept changing and flashing all the time.
A car almost hit him. It started honking.
Startled, Xúan-Zhùang continued to cross. Another car stopped and honked, and several more slammed on their brakes behind it. Xúan-Zhùang was causing a small traffic jam.
"What the hell is wrong with you?"
"Watch where you are going, Stupid! "
"Are you crazy? What a nut! "
"What the hell is wrong with you? Watch where you're going, idiot!" shouted an angry driver leaning out his window.
Xúan-Zhùang was shocked to see that there were people inside the rolling animals. He started to wander through the jam, peering through windshields to see who was inside. It's his first time to see those iron cargos moving without horses' cows or camels.
"Motherfucker! Are you crazy?" cursed someone. realized that his cad had just been crashed.
"What a Nut!" In a very old old fashion car, only the old guy gentleman seems happy; he pointed Xúan-Zhùang to his leggy lady in the front seat.
Leggy Migliaia smiled, smelling the fragrance cyst in her palm。 She pruned the vial from Ant Queen, at the moment of Ant Queen had dredged her cyst into a moonlight vial. The cyst was still alive, but the fragrance seems losing the strength, and she was keep trying, still can not get in the stream inside.
"Move, you idiot or I'm going to run you over!" exclaimed someone else.
Xúan-Zhùang was completely confused.
From the sidewalk, a blond teen girl, Tracey Greens could see that he was in trouble. She deftly darted between parked cars and the stopped vehicles to grab his hand and pull him to seek out of the crowd.
"Come on; let's get the hell out of here." She was hearing the whine of approaching police sirens.
"Sorry, sorry! he is my foreign cousin from Texas."
A new round of curses fell on them both.
Into the next street, Tracey hurled some creative profanity of her own back at motorists as they screeched away. All she could say to Xúan-Zhùang was "Wrong way, José", as she shook her head and laughed.
"Sorry, sorry! he is my foreign cousin from Texas." She pulled Xúan-Zhùang out of street and got themselves to a safe corner.
"Go back to Texas" someone shot back. And there is people yelling:" Hooray Texas!"
Tracey sarcastically thanked the chorus of hecklers, and in a throw-away gesture, bowed to the crowd as they hurried away.
So much excitement made Tracey hungry. She turned to Xúan-Zhùang: "Are you Hungry?"
"Hummmm?! Hungry?" Xúan-Zhùang caught and repeated the word he learn right away.
"What's your name?" Tracey said:" I'm Tracey, and you are ?"
"Hungry." Xúan-Zhùang smiled helplessly. Tracey determined that a crash course in English was needed. "Me, Tracey," she said, pointing to herself. "You are ... ?
Xúan-Zhùang realized that he was being instructed, so he simply repeated everything: "Me, Tracey; you are... ?
Tracey laughed. "No. No. No. Tracey" she said emphatically, pointed to herself with both hands. Then taking his hand and pointing it at herself she repeated "Tray-see" urging him to mimic.
Xúan-Zhùang understood and said "Tray-sî" pointing to her, this time on his own.
Tracey nodded and smiled. Xúan-Zhùang bowed.
"Now, you" Tracey said pointing to Xúan-Zhùang. "You are __?"
His brow furrowed for a moment. Then he understood. "Xúan-Zhùang."
"Good. Now, Shan-Zhùang, are you hungry? Tracey patted her stomach and pretended to chew on something. Are you hungry? Wanna get something to eat?
"Angry." Xúan-Zhùang smiled and nodded.
Tracey instructed him: "Say ‘I do.’" Then she rehearsed the whole thing again. "Xúan-Zhùang, Do you want to get something to eat? Say ‘I do.’"
"Ai-Dù" said Xúan-Zhùang.
"Great. Let's get something to eat." Tracey decided to take Xúan-Zhùang to McDonald's, which wasn't far.
When he saw the life-size fiberglass statue of Ronald McDonald, Xúan-Zhùang was fascinated. He looked the clown over very carefully. Xúan-Zhùang closed his palms and was about to bow, Tracey urged him to go inside.
At the ordering station, Xúan-Zhùang bowed to every unit-formed people.
The chicken leg's photo in the wall, one chicken leg is as big as one window! Xúan-Zhùang stared and could not keep his eyes and mouth closed.
Tracei turned to Xúan-Zhùang: "What would you like to eat."
Xúan-Zhùang again looked bewildered.
Do you want to get something to eat? Say ‘I do.’"
"Ai-Dù" said Xúan-Zhùang.
"That's OK I’ll order for both of us." Turning to the cashier, she said "We’d like two Caesar salads, two cheeseburgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes, and one apple turnover to share. Oh, and hold the onions. We don't want to have onion breath... uh, in case we decide to make out later." Tracey winked suggestively.
She turned to Xúan-Zhùang and guided him to an available table. Minutes later the order was ready. Tracey brought it to the table, partly unwrapped a burger and offered it to him.
Xúan-Zhùang did nothing; he got confused again, so they eat in bare hands over here? Tracey thought she should demonstrate by taking a bite herself. Setting it down, she unwrapped the other one and held it toward Xúan-Zhùang. He made a face and shook his head.
"I thought you said you were hungry," said Tracey. Then she opened a packaged salad and set it in front of him. He started to eat it.
"Salad good?" asked Tracey.
"Salad good" he replied.
"What about the fries?" she asked as she handed him a hot, greasy little box of potatoes. "Fries good?
Xúan-Zhùang sniffed them and nodded. "Flies good." Tracey laughed.
"So you eat only vegetables do you? Xúan-Zhùang parroted her: "Do you?
Tracey nodded and smiled with her mouth full of cheeseburger. "Um hum, I do."
Xúan-Zhùang echoed "I do!"
Tracey was so excited to hear the word, Xúan-Zhùang got excited by Tracey's amazed expression too, he invited her attention onto his right hand's finger, and then he pointed his finger onto the outdoor sky of the windows.
Tracey's eyesight followed his finger pointing, Xúan-Zhùang pointed to the highest and brightest building in the sky.
Buda created Buddhism 600 years BC.
464 years later, Year 64 AC, Emperor Hàn Míng had dream, he asked his court councillors : "I dreamed about a huge God from west sky, a ring of light behind his head, wearing gold robe and sitting on gold base, west sky was all shining by hid gold shines, what could this dream mean?"
Next year there was an envoy abroad sent to western regions for diplomatic mission, Emperor Hàn Míng enjoined them must invite the Buda come to Hàn Dynasty.
In stead of finding Buda, the envoy met two roaming Buddhists in Afghanistan. It took them two months to move the figure of Buddha' Buddhist scriptures into Hàn's capital. Two Buddhists stayed in White Horse Temple, the very first temple of Buddhism and translated [42 Chapters Scripture], the very first Chinese Buddhist scripture.
One hundred years later, two accomplished monks came to translate two more scriptures.
Several hundred years afterward, mainland China broke into pieces of nations and dynasties. Eight emperors fighted, five different surnames occupied, five dynasties and eleven nations, people were suffering over the endless wars of domestic trouble and foreign invasion. Buddhism was talking about preordain fate' retribution' incarnation, eventually become people emotion's hope and expectations. All the monks volunteered and ventured themselves to the mission of go to the Western Heaven to collect the scriptures because the scriptures in the temples were translated' incomplete and somehow inconsistent.
Finally Emperor Súi unified the whole mainland. He slaved most of to dig the nationwide canal, dispatched the troops to conquer Turks and Koryo. On his fourth time of expedition to Koryo, lots of peasant revolted against his new dynasty, he decided to stay until the rebellion is over. Later he got killed by his homesick army, and Emperor Táng got the chance to take over the country and created the Táng Dynasty.
Xúan-Zhùang was born at year 600, he become the monk when he was 13 years old at Súi Dynasty, devoted his life to the West Journey mission and leave Táng Dynasty when he was 32 years old.
He traveled over
Turkey' Afghanistan ' Pakistan,
come to Hindu.
He would study with the most wisdom Monk over here, until he learn the
Xúan-Zhùang tried very hard, tried hardest to ask and tell: Is here Sindhu now? It's been a long way, he left Cháng-Ang, he traveled across Sinkang, then it was Turkey, Afghanistan, then it's Pakistan...
It's all because of the scriptures. The scriptures were never well-translated, never completed, mostly translated by meaning, nothing by words, we need the complete original scriptures, and I will learn them all, bring them home and translate them...
Tracey laughed when she saw Xúan-Zhùang was putting together his palms and reading.
"Tracey, let's go!" 2 girls got in.
"Lilly and Peaches , Xúan-Zhùang !"
Girls are fantasy to see Xúan-Zhùang,'s good looking face, Tracey added:"Xúan-Zhùang, my fiancés !"
Girls screamed: "Shan-Zhùang ? your what?!"
"Calm down," They went out to the parking lot, Tracey found her car﹕"I told you so already." Lily threw her the car key:"You told us what?!"
"That I will get married on my birthday."
Xúan-Zhùang was trying to tell that his case and luggage was still left with the doorman status, .but nobody heard him. they will fascinated by Xúan-Zhùang's attitude of riding inside a car for the first time, also busy asking Tracey what she mean by married on birthday
Tracey insisted to tell later.
Tracey took Xúan-Zhùang to the park in the lakeside, there were a group of young people gathered around the trunk of a huge and ancient tree growing near the edge of the park.
Peaches and Lily bring up the cake and lights a candle, the group start to sing Happy Birthday.
Tracey pull Xúan-Zhùang run to join their yelling: "Happy Birthday! Avalon Callahan!" Looking up all people waved at tree house on the high top.
A young hug appeared and crawling down the tree.
Tracey was talking to Xúan-Zhùang's ear: "Avalon was camping out high in the branches to protect it from being cut down. Zsolt Zone Bank had bought a piece of the park from the city to expand the parking lot for their branch office there. It was Avalon's birthday today, but Avalon didn't want to leave the tree, so we decided to throw a party for him on the spot. Almost everybody grow up with that tree house..."
Xúan-Zhùang was obviously confused about why Avalon was living in a tree. Tracey tried to explain, but her sign language was never enough for the situation. She eventually gave up and started introducing him to her friends. Everybody was each other's high school classmate and friend. Almost everybody was graduated this year.
Some wearing uniforms, they r all tall and great looking kids.
David, Peaches; Veronica seems pregnant, Lilly, a friend of Veronica's, Cliff seems to be Traceye's special friend, but Tracey decided not to smile too much to him even he smiled so sincere to her, and Joe, Cliff's friend.
Tracey waved and shouted: "Happy Birthday, Avalon." Holding Xúan-Zhùang's hand finger to finger, and whispered to him: "Avalon is camping out in the treehouse to protect the tree from being cut down. Zsolt Zone Bank bought a piece of the park from the city to expand the parking lot for their branch office. Avalon didn't want to leave the tree, so we decided to throw a party for him on right here. That tree house has been here since we were children."
Xúan-Zhùang attention 'to listen to the whole, one also can not understand. He plaied his monk scriptures' ability he got since he was a kid, not the entire back, at least the cadence of her stuffing the memory.
Loose a pregnant girl to hug Avalon : "Happy Birthday, Avalon !"
Avalon was pleased to wear her back:" Hey, Veronica."
Tracey dropped her face, but at once delighted the face, came front also holds Avalon: "Happy birthday, Avalon."
Followed by a boy, he approached to hold and beat his shoulder:
"Happy birthday, stupid."
"Hey, Cliff." Avalon beat him back。
The group are all young people of beautiful and handsome, big tall and strong, and some people dress as if from a team. And this couple look as the spirit likeness on the face of brother and sister but exciting precincts.
Tracey dropped her face deeper into losing control at the instant Cliff approached, She put her sights away for a long time before the restoration of calm, Cliff greeted behind her: "How are you, Tracey?"
She did not turn for a while.
Cliff is very sincere smile, laugh Tracey is a very 'efforts'.
People also saw them around the core, cut the cake delivery diet 'around as if nothing had happened to them speak.
Peaches wouldn't let Avalon receive the cake until she dipped the cream on his nose.
Tracey handed the first piece of cake to Xúan-Zhùang, People were all have to stop to watch' Xúan-Zhùang was too amazed to the piece of cake, he was surprised to observe, began to carefully smell the cake, another sniff sniff, sniff, he would like to understand that there are no meat, Tracey said:" Cake, good!"
Avalon was amazed by Xúan-Zhùang's serious attitude, went by the revelation. he also pick up the cake up for another sniff sniff.
Peaches was laughing to knock his head﹐Avalon sniffed it three times﹐he insisted to pause, not to have his cake until he saw Xúan-Zhùang had his first bite.
"Everybody, this is Xúan-Zhùang "Tracey intorduced:"Xúan-Zhùang , everybody."
"Hey, how are you?" Avalon said it and suddenly convulsive laugh poisoning look like struggling over the cake.
Peaches was dying to hold the laughter, but refused to meet the performance, she deliberately ignored him, and continue to cut out the cake to send to others.
Lilly passed the cakes to Veronica and Cliff。
Cliff 's eye sight never left Tracey:" What are you going to do for your birthday tomorrow, Tracey? It's your eighteenth!"
Tracey intentionally fails to get his attention, but pause, to wait until Avalon's screams on the floor when the ventilation suspended clearly said﹕"I'm getting married."
All people robust, Avalon quickly climb up from the ground.
"Tracey," One after another they all have to 'Bork, bork, bork, screaming' congratulations' to the last unanimous﹕"Who is the groom?"
Tracey pronociated the accents of ú and ù very correctly:" Xúan-Zhùang ".
Xúan-Zhùang saluted to everybody
Avalon said﹕"Does he know about it?"
"Of course."Tracey said:"And you are all invited, tomorrow 10 A.M. Be here!"
Everyone cheered, the female group hugged Tracey, Avalon shook Xúan-Zhùang's hand: " Congratulations, man!"
Not have to understand that these men and women hugging around, he was about to requite everybody's greeting, did not expect the end of hand grip was Avalon's hold up.
Tracey hooked the winks, Xúan-Zhùang smiled in shy, he was hugged much more than his whole life. Everyone came on to grab the cake and beverages, pizza pie was open the box and guys shouting: "Pizza!"
Somebody discovered that hugging was more fun, so there were three groups to hug the groom' the bride and the birthday boy.
"You're going to marry--what did you say his name was ? the guy in the robe? His name is Shane-John?" Cliff hesitate to ask but be patient:"Have you guys talked?"
" Xúan-Zhùang." Tracey correct his pronunciation of the four tones﹕"Sure, we talked a lot, but like I said, he doesn't speak English."
"What's he doing here?" Lily asked.
"He's a foreign exchange student. He's here to study America."
"Isn't he a little old to be a student?" Avalon asked。
Cliff followed immediately﹕ "Yeah, and what's gonna happen when he has to go back to Katmandu or Timbuktu or wherever he's from? Have you, uh, thought about that?"
Peaches said naughty: "Is he good at French kissing?"
Avalon listened to pretend to almost suffocating.
Lilly joined the discussion: "I think he looks like the dude from that old TV show ‘Kung Fu.’"
"No, " Avalon said. "Seriously, he looks like those people that hang out at the airport selling incense."
Peaches nabbed: "I think he's kinda cute."
Tracey raise her tone up: "He wants me to take him to the Sears Tower to collect some books,
He thinks it's the university." She went so unprepared and kissed him. Xúan-Zhùang robust.
Most girls like to see his reflection of increased Wai up.
The boys open the cans of beer, a can of delivery to Xúan-Zhùang : "Beer."
He smelled: "Beer no good. "
Lily handed a can of Coke held high, indicating that she will not kiss him no more: "Coke?"
Xúan-Zhùang sucked a mouthful: "Coke no good."
Everybody laughtered﹕"You are over eighteen, aren't you? "
Tracey was already learn how he drinks﹕"Water?"
"Water good!" As soon as Xúan-Zhùang nodded to the word he remember, Tracey delivered a bottle of water to him.
Everyone happy to see he did not even turn on like a bottle of water could have been the first ever. It was the pizza pie box opened, and another to smell smell, smell and offered to him. "Pizza?"
Xúan-Zhùang shook his head。
"The salad is all gone" Lilly interrupted. "Do you want this tomato?"
Xúan-Zhùang smiled: "I do."
"I told you he's a vegetarian." Tracey went very pleased to see that Xúan-Zhùang remembered every English he learn in McDonald's, but quickly dragged him away from the crowd around the big tree.
They all thought it was cool that Xúan-Zhùang spoke no English, and that he looked vaguely Tibetan. Soon everyone was partying and drinking. Someone mentioned the lake. Boys started to talk when and who were swimming in lake. They had spent their childhood and after-school life over here.
A boy take off his pants and yelled to "Come on down, Kung-Fu guy" jump into the lake
"Don't be frighten, we are basketball team and cheerleaders, we get naked a lots" Lily comfort him.
"You get naked a lots!" the boy yelled in water: "Jump! topless!"
"We don't get naked in public," Tracey explained: "We graduated now, we don't care" Xúan-Zhùang doesn't understand anyway.
"Come on! You got to be curious too!"
Fun loving Peaches came laughter:" Don't get frightened, we're basketball players and cheerleaders. We get naked a lot."
"You get naked a lot!" Joe was shouting in the water﹕"Jump in topless."
Peaches was was so pretend that she would jump diving without the top,
However, Xúan-Zhùang's desperate retreat made her shrugged ' smiled and went to run to Xúan-Zhùang and Tracey.
Xúan-Zhùang retreated to the tree, Tracey comforted him "We really don't get naked in public that often, but now that we’ve graduated, we don't care anymore."
"Hey, we are out of food!" Avalon yelled to Peaches.
”Yeah, Veronica ate it all!" Cliff pointed to Veronica's tummy in pregency。
“I did not!" Veronica beat him﹐they were all glad to see Xúan-Zhùang and Tracey walking back
Lilly grabbed Avalon's shoulder:"You wanna know the most disgusting thing Veronica does in the women's room?
"No, not really." Avalon made a very frighten expression:"but you're going to tell me anyway. Ain't you?!"
"She eats! Doughnuts, potato chips, anything. There can be all these toilets flushing,
but she just goes on eating and eating. Fried chicken, tomato juice, burritos with guacamole..."
"Tracey," Avalon showed them to sit among Veronica and Cliff:"be nice to your step-mommy and new uncle. They are not here just to talk to birthday boy."
"Uncle Cliff,"Tracey holded Xúan-Zhùang's arm intentionly: "How about you get more pizza for us?"
Lilly said with the raised index finger points: "I dare you to take your pants off in the supermarket
and walk down the frozen food aisle with your ding-a-ling hanging out."
Peaches added the offer :"We ‘ll pay for the beer and pizza if you do."
"Fine," Cliff kept smiling:" But only if your Shaman goes with us."
Tracey showed the empty pizza box to Xúan-Zhùang﹕"You want to go with them to get pizza and beer?"
Xúan-Zhùang nodded: "Beer no good." Most girls were amazed to see that Tracey could communicated to the totally stranger.
Cliff groaned in deep voice, but everybody could hear it: "Come on, don't do this, can't you see he's a monk. I mean, he's only got long hair because he missed a haircut."
"Don't do what? " Tracey grabbed Veronica and waved the boys away: "Go on. Me and my new mommy are hungry."
Peaches pulling Lilly and Xúan-Zhùang, Cliff and Avalon run to the car, yelling to the friends swimming in the lake: "Come on , Joe, your favorite thing. We're going to buy food, naked!"
"Wait! Wait for me!" Joe crawled quickly out of the water, dripping wet and shouting to catch up.
Actually, it was a puddle by Lake Michigan standards, but it was nearby. Clothes began to come off. Some girls got into the water with their swim suit. Spontaneously some boys had decided to get naked and go for a swim, but not much people jump in. Not Xúan-Zhùang. Not Avalon, Avalon said he could keep an eye on the tree while they swam.
The park was usually vacant in the afternoon. Today the lake was virtually private. Lilly looked at Veronica's stomach, which was starting to show. She asked her friend if she was pregnant. Veronica said she was and that she could not attend her high school graduation.
Cliff complained about the high cost of child support. Then he asked Tracey if her birthday was this weekend or next. It was next. Lilly asked Tracey what she was planning to do.
Smiling, Tracey answered "I'm getting married. Oh, and this is a good time to tell you that you're all invited to my wedding this Saturday!"
Of course, everyone had the same question: "Who's the groom?"
Tracey glanced seductively in Xúan-Zhùang's direction. He smiled back sheepishly.
"You're going to marry--what did you say his name was--the guy in the robe? His name is Shane-John?"
"Xúan-Zhùang." Tracey said defensively. They all looked toward the monk under the tree with amazement. Xúan-Zhùang bowed to them all.
Avalon asked, "Does he know about it? Have you guys talked?"
"Sure, we talked, but like I said, he doesn't speak English.
"What's he doing here?" asked Lilly.
"He's a foreign exchange student. He's here to study America."
"Isn't he a little old to be a student? Avalon was suspicious. "Yeah, and what's gonna happen when he has to go back to Katmandu or Timbuktu or wherever he's from? Have you, uh, thought about that?" questioned Avalon. Tracey just shrugged.
Peaches looked at her slyly: "Is he good at French kissing? David pretended to gag at the thought. Everyone laughed.
Joe weighed in: "I think he looks like the dude from that old TV show Kung Fu."
"No, Dude," corrected David. "Seriously, he looks like those people that hang out at the airport selling incense." The group broke out in giggles. Then Peaches ventured "I think he's kinda cute."
Tracey spoke up: "He wants me to take him to that highest building to collect some books, and he doesn't even know it's not the university there, its Zsolt Zone Bank mansions." Tracey walked over to Xúan-Zhùang and gave him a quick kiss. The girls followed.
The kids broke out another round of beer and offered some to Xúan-Zhùang: "Beer." Veronica, Lilly and Cliff wandered out of earshot to have their own conversation.
Xúan-Zhùang refused: "Beer no good. Water good"
Lilly wondered about Coke: "Coke?"
Xúan-Zhùang took one sip and announced "Coke no good." They all laughed. David offered some pizza. Xúan-Zhùang wasn't interested, but he did seem to want more salad: "Salad good" he said.
"Salad is all gone" said Tracey. "Do you want this tomato?" Xúan-Zhùang said with a smile "I do."
"How about some pepperoni? Asked David sarcastically. "I told you he's a vegetarian" scolded Tracey.
"No wonder he doesn't weigh anything," David shot back. "Hey, have you noticed Veronica's getting bigger?"
Tracey didn't want to talk about the pregPhenice, so she grabbed David's shoulder and changed subject: "You wanna know the most disgusting thing Veronica does in the women's room?
" No. Not really." Avalon expressed a very scared face:" but you are going to tell anyway?"
"She eats. Doughnuts, potato chips, anything! You can hear toilets flushing constantly, but she just goes on eating and eating. Fried chicken, tomato juice, burritos with guacamole."
David was undistracted. "Tracey, have you sat down and talked with Veronica?"
"Why should I talk to her?" Tracey's resentment was obvious. "Cause she's your step-mommy now.
"Step-mommy my ass!"
"I thought you two were close" Peaches asked.
Tracey ignored her and glared at David: "Just because my old man knocked her up doesn't mean that I have to call her ‘mother."
"How about Cliff? You're supposed to call him ‘Step-Dad’ now, right?" Tracey threw her beer can at him, but David wasn't going to let loose of it. "From sweetheart to daddy. What a bummer!"
"Hey! Leave Cliff alone" Peaches scolded. "Poor Cliff" Avalon said. "He has child support coming up. He's helping his father do construction on high rises."
"Cliff is a stupid jerk," Tracey corrected. "God, I hate my old man for starting all this shit!"
Avalon tried to lighten things up with a little humor. "Your old man really knows how to give good service at his sports store."
"Maybe he should start carrying condoms in his store" cracked David.
"How would you like it if I tied your dick in a knot?" asked Tracey. Joe tried to smooth things out by changing the subject: "How About Jefferson High losing that basketball game?
"Oh man, I don't even want to talk about it. We should’ve won" said Avalon. "So stay back another year, man. Have another go at it."
"You're crazy, Joe. I'm graduating. Why don't you to go to Greensberg High and kiss the fattest cheerleader?
"Why don't you to light your gas?" David seemed bent on provocation.
"You guys are getting gross" said Lilly, who had just rejoined the group. "We are out of pizza and Veronica's hungry." Why doesn't one of you do something useful and drive us all to the store?"
Cliff spoke up and volunteered to drive. Joe said he would stay and baby-sit the tree:" Hurry up, the last guy jump in shall be shopping nude!" The six of them piled into Cliff's SUV.
Xúan-Zhùang was amazed at his first time being inside a car. Tracey sat beside him. Avalon and David picked up where they left off: "I dare you to take your pants off in the supermarket and walk down the frozen food aisle with your ding-a-ling hanging out" challenged Avalon.
"OK" said David, "but you have to buy the beer and pizza if I do."
The girls giggled. Peaches spoke up: "It's Avalon's Birthday. He doesn't have to pay for anything. We will."
The SUV pulled up in front of Kay's grocery, and everyone got out. Two of the Girls went to look for the pizza. The rest headed for the beer aisle. Except for David and Xúan-Zhùang.
David took Xúan-Zhùang by the shoulder and led him around the store, searching for the most deserted spot he could find. When he thought he found it, he had Xúan-Zhùang stand in front of him while he slipped off his pants and shorts. Xúan-Zhùang was shocked. He looked all around to see if anyone was coming, then back at David. He started to say something, but David hushed him up. David began inching them both down the aisle, one hand still on Xúan-Zhùang's shoulder, the other cupping his crotch. He was determined to go through with the dare, but he was starting to shiver, partly from the cold, partly from nerves.
David's friends were hiding at one end of the aisle so he wouldn't see them. It was hard not to laugh out loud as they peeked around the corner and saw David's bare butt and Xúan-Zhùang's eccentric robes creeping cautiously down the aisle.
Most want to hide the seam drilling was actually Xúan-Zhùang, Avalon post like a Greek sculpture status in nude and told him peacefully﹕"Keep your pants on, dude."
Joe took the cola out of Xúan-Zhùang's hand, began to imitate the television ads songs.
Cliff took the bear away from Xúan-Zhùang: "Make yourself comfortable. Take them off."
“Shopping last minute for the party? Cool." Joe continued his clown accent and mimicked a advertising model to open the freezer door to a pretty woman, but was suddenly called out cold: "Damn, it's cold."
Cliff used low voice to make his tone magnetic: "What are you looking for? Three sausages, half a dozen eggs?"
Young woman looked down on them without taboo , overcritical. She acted like nothing ever shopping before, and she was with an old gentleman, dressed up like any supermarket shopper.
Manner to maintain the old gentleman, just staring at Avalon's neck artery on the blood:"We shall join your party on the lake, what do you need?"
Avalon robusted, suddenly recognized the gentleman was Zsolt Zone Bank President Zsolt , beautiful young woman was Hollywood Star Leggy Migliaia.
Started the date of high school graduation ceremony, Avalon launched the Zsolt residents to hold the Grand Green tree around the park, dued to Zsolt Zone Group signed a contract to build a DNA Lab Hospital around the North Lake, the entire cluster of ancient Grand Tree was about to be chopped down. Ever since the constructing sign erected, he has been living in habitats above the tree house, whenever a vehicle has appeared, he would mobilize the nearby residents gathered around trees till reactive retire vehicles.
Avalon quickly extricated to check-out gate and yelling:"We gotta go. Lilly, Peaches. Now!"
Lilly and Peaches had been pushing hot grilled food waiting in line to pay, allow the team of three naked guys to lay down their drinks on the check out counter, running away with Xúan-Zhùang followed holding their clothes and underwear.
There were guards and securities team at the supermarket entrance for traffic control has been, some people look a long look 'exclaimed:
"Movie star shopping inside!"
Avalon and Cliff to keep the look as if nothing had happened 'is to accelerate the dash,
Joe brought up the rear in the ease pace of modeling on show, still hello with the passers-by :"Hi, how're ya doing?"
They all finally back to red brigade vehicles, after the girls jumped in the front seat driving. Avalon and Cliff put on underwear in the back seat of laughter, Avalon some how long could not find his own trousers, he shouted anxiously:
"Where are my khakis ? "
did not understand but fully aware of what he cried, trying to back off,
At the other end a woman pushing a cart appeared and made her way toward the strange couple. At first she was too busy shopping to notice them. Then her eyes grew wide as she caught sight of David.
"We gotta go, monk man, now!" David exclaimed. He grabbed Xúan-Zhùang with both hands and streaked out of the store. Outside he took hold of the door, about to dive into the SUV, when he stopped cold in his tracks. "Holy shit!" he yelled, looking back toward the store entrance. "I left my pants inside." A moment later the rest of the party came out with a bag of six-packs and several flat boxes, laughing uncontrollably. Lilly waved David's khakis in the air like a flag.
The car driven to North Lake Park, Avalon was looking around with his long neck, when he saw the sights of the other vehicle, he screamed: "Damn! I shouldn't left the tree house!" He took out his cell phone trying to button 'pre-set number in an instant all the help in issued a mobilization text message.
Look forward to looking after, Lily turned back to comfort with Avalon:" No problem, Judy and the other guys must have called for help already."
Two vehicles had already occupied their spaces. Well they stopped brigade vehicles, ran to the trees, the park has more than a lot of unfamiliar faces, two police cars around the tree directly,
Veronica, Judy and Tracey join hands around the Grand tree and refused to leave, the other two project team members were to stop a guy wearing swim trunks. Some boys climbed up the tree. Some boys and girls confighted three project team members in the dispute between some machinery around.
Three police stood idly by.
Apart from anything else, Avalon caught a humble rope from the back of the tree trunks, to immediately climbed up to the tree house with vigorous skill.
Immediately to all boys and girls share the victory of his hands posture, everybody raised their hands to the tree house to applaud and cheer on Avalon.
Pointed down he tree, Avalon claimed in words with irony:"Look! We have a banker and a movie star to join
Zsolt and Leggy Migliaia came up hand in hand, they were very friendly with a smile.
There were two strangers dressed in black standing in silence,
Zsolt waved to them, clicked the remote control in hand to the luxury classic car, the read door raised and opened.
The men in black suits went went over to come up with a huge balloons floating with flowers.
"Take it easy, kids." Zsolt said:"We are here to join your party."
Shining in her jewelry, Leggy Migliaia's garments reveal her slender legs and voluptuous breast. Her eyes were bright green protected by very long eyelashes. Her body was very curvy and one can get lost in her essence. "Take it easy kids," Zsolt said: "We are here to ensure that you can have your party going."
"Then what will you do afterwards?" Avalon yelled in the treehouse:"We grew up with this tree. This tree is older than our grandfather, and we want it left right where it is!"
Zsolt raised the head and graciously waved to him. Luxury classic cars near the resounding sound of music happy birthday, two men in black moved out and set up a display table cover with all the birthday supplies in the music.
Tracey said: "I'm getting married tomorrow! This is always our space!"
"It's always your space," Leggy Migliaia went on in cheer﹕"Congratulations! Won't you invite us? We'll bring beautiful flowers and all the trimmings!"
"And more music, maybe a live band?" Zsolt clicked the remote control, the luxury classic car had the wedding march playing.
Cliff was mad, trying to talk back, suddenly saw a couple walking up from parking far away, he yelled overjoyed and pointing:" Tracey, here come your parents!"
Tracey dropped her face, turned and ran with Xúan-Zhùang dragging, telling Lily and Peaches : "Let's go!"
Lilly, as well as Peaches' followed turned and ran, deliberately circuitous' avoid approaching that of the parents of Tracey.
"Where are you going, Tracey? " Cliff yelled in angry。
"See you all tomorrow at 10 A.M." Tracey didn't turn her head.
Tracey Greens 's home is located in the Chicago suburbs, building grand 'style of high-quality, at dusk on ramp' night light under the street lamps, wall canopy Lei bands appeared solemn harmony,
Xúan-Zhùang was going to appreciate the porch of the cylindrical probe in relief, the car door opened, Lilly pulled him out, Tracey had opened the gate and door, to push the group forward into the house.
hurriedly into Gallery Ossetia of second floor, Tracey brought the
friends into her own room,
Lilly and Peaches were folding and molding all the items Tracey took out in tacit agreement, while they were waiting, they picked something out on their own favor, but still completely let Tracey decided to be into the suitcase or not.
There were the photos and posters of their basketball team and cheerleaders all over the wall and the desk and table. Lilly and Peaches started to drag out every one with their happy images.
As long as there was a Cliff, or including Veronica, Tracey always let it down and not to throw it into the suitcase.
In the end it was not a few photos can be put into cartons.
In particular, over the house she and Cliff were all kinds of fun photos' up the mountain into the sea 'picnic barbecue' dancing singing 'course the beach and even the Disney amusement park ... ...
Tracey's beautiful eyes filled with sudden tears, her fingers fluttered up and down over the photos , then stopped at nowhere. It's so painful that she decided to stamp all the zippers even that no suitcase were be fully filled, when she found that the house had long been the doldrums, she wiped her eyes out of tears then she saw that Cliff blocked the doorway, the house was in dead silence. their eyes are both drop-cheek at the same time. Tracey wiped her eyes in fury and stopped tears right away, she moved the suitcase and walked out the door, Xúan-Zhùang and Lily' Peaches followed with other suitcases. Cliff moved away from the door, looked at Xúan-Zhùang in a most strange way.
Tracey teethed to bite, carrying
the suitcase to walk out, eyed to not seeing Cliff, she found Carol
Greens waiting outside the door, in pregPhenice.
"You can't stop me, Mom," Tracey lowered her eyes:" I'm eighteen now!" She then felt disgusted on Carol's pregnant tummy, then she start to stare into her face and eyes.
Mother and daughter on the look, the two sides remained silent.
Eddie outside pulled Veronica, the two went downstairs.
"And that' what you do? to send all the boys running naked in public, then to marry a totally stranger?! who doesn't even speak English?"
Carol saw them down the stairs, suddenly let out of her side.
Lilly and Peaches each carried a suitcase onto another to all left the room. Cliff hold down Xúan-Zhùang's shoulder : "Wait, Shan-John."
Tracey immediately turned to look back: "You leave him alone. What are you going to do? "
"I have a wedding gift for him." Cliff opened a large cardboard box, because too much is obviously not her own 'Tracey just had never touch it, which was a pretty evening gown:" Remember this? This is my prom suit, I proposed to you in this suit."
"He is 5' 10"
"Perfect, so you chose him because he is same size."
"Same size and better!"
"Wait outside, I will have him go to you in 10 minutes." Cliff opened up the gown and gave a gesture that he would let Xúan-Zhùang to try on the suit.
"Five minutes." Tracey carried the suitcase to go down stairs with girls.
"Dude," Cliff throw the suit into the box and told Xúan-Zhùang:"Don't get married."
Then he turned serious and said to Carol:"Mrs. Greens , if you don't tell Tracey the truth right now, I'm going to request a pregPhenice test."
"So you ‘re calling me ‘Mrs. Greens ' now? "
Carol touched the asperity of her stomach.
"You and your husband made my parents disown me and my sister. At least I'm entitled
to ask for pregPhenice test before it's too late."
"It won't matter to Tracey. She saw us together. That's it."
"I only tried to comfort you. How could you use me to get back at your husband!"
"Nothing would have happened if you hadn't fallen for it."
"How could you use me ? Me and Tracey were just engaged!" Cliff said furiously.
Carol was angered by Cliff's despicable eyes :" fine, I tested you because I knew you wouldn't pass. Listen,
Veronica fell for Eddie because Avalon made her feel very insecure. She found out what you and Avalon did behind her back."
"What? We didn't do anything. Avalon and me are good friends since childhood, we're very close friends."
"Exactly, very close. You slept with everybody didn't you ? "
"Who told you that?"
"What about Peaches and Lilly?"
"What about them?"
"They're living together."
"They are in two separate rooms."
"Not ever since Tracey stayed there, Now they sleep in one room, and Tracey in another."
"How can it be different? Listen, even if they sleep three in one bed, I have no problem with it!"
"Save it, Cliff. I will tell Tracey not to marry him, but I still don't want her to marry you either."
Carol said to Xúan-Zhùang who was listening in concentrate:" Let's go, Shan-John."
Carol led went down the stairs, Cliff picked up the pace.
Tracey' Lilly and Peaches were already sitting in the car, waiting in the junction.
Xúan-Zhùang sat in the car with the dress box.
Carol cried suddenly, she pulled Tracey's hand across the car window and said it word by word in carefully restrain tears: "Tracey, do NOT get married, come back later, your uncle Richard is running
his Vice-President campaign, We will move and start a new life in Washington."
Carol took out her pocket and gave Tracey all the hundred dollar bills.
Tracey stared at blank quietly, Cliff run impulse to come, Lilly switched on the car profile to drive away.
Tracey left the house she lived for eighteen years, holding the money of hundred dollars, suddenly aware of her mother will not take part in her wedding, crying and back towards waved to Carol , Cliff yelled to her , but she deliberately did not listen.
Back to the apartment, Tracey has finished on the toilet as soon as
possible, then she jump off to bed '
Lily and Peaches pushed
into the bathroom,
Peaches happily driven
Tracey ran into the bride
In the middle of the park, the fountain jet spray high and float fast. as affluent as the endless story from the flowers and the grass.
Can be seen sitting on the stool swans swimming in the pond water. Next to the water cooler, there are many fish swimming, freely. thorough the water.
The children sat around the swinging swing. Some families picnic in the vicinity, but have gradually towel to clean up the shop, moved to North Park, the Grand Green tree seems to be the center of all, and there was a wedding, openly inviting everybody.
Under the trees to receive people, a table put a lot of drinking; have wine and fruit juice, the first lift, string chicken, beef strings, fries, lettuce and fruit.
Zsolt Group Chief Executive Zsolt was very modest, Tracey did not say to invite he took part in the wedding, he really did not appear, but he's luxury classic car as well as two men in black suits came to arrange everything, there were meals, balloons and flowers adorned the entire North Park , the folding chair rows added to the whole parasol 'red carpet together long channel blocks. Men in black suits were saying hello to all the park visitors, told the public that the party will be supplied to afternoon.
Avalon and Joe were standing by the table smiling over distribution of drinks,
Basketball teams' cheerleaders and the students were all wearing their graduation party suits to attend the wedding.
Avalon was let go alert completely. He had been stationed at the
tree house on a long-term war of resistance over a few weeks, now his
potential enemy appeared on the side, he was happy to deal with them for
the wedding party.
Cliff smiled only painful but it is barely, he kept to whisper to Xúan-Zhùang：
"Are you sure that you want to go through with this? Tracey is borderline alcoholic, ever since her pa had my sis. I only had one minute fling with her mother. She is doing this to get back at her mom. Are you sure you want to walk down the aisle?"
Xúan-Zhùangstood idly, smiled listening to Cliff's whisper, he put on the evening gown Cliff gave him, hair and shoes which Joe and Lily frustrating over morning, in a rare bright light. Actually appears to make do with great looking, tall and handsome.
Cliff-speaking half of his non-response, foot hate Road: "Gosh, what a mess!"
"I know you don't understand all this at all!" He stared at Xúan-Zhùang furiously, still need to keep smile in polite.
To his surprise, Xúan-Zhùang responsed:"I don't. Do you?"
Two vehicles in the drive, holding the Bible, priests from the second car out of the door.
Wedding music ring from the side of luxury classic cars.
Cliff ' Avalon' Joe﹐ the team of the best man walked
the bouquet stage.
Peaches' Lily accompanied Tracey marched together in the holding flowers came slowly on the red carpet.
" I wonder he is going do some weird Kung-Fu in bed? Maybe Lilly and I join you tonight? "
"You Tomboys! Leave-- us-- alone! "Tracey was wearing a princess dress in white, which was her own choice after she pulled Peaches around into the bridal make-up company out of the lap.
took to flower beds,
It's her colorful childhood came to the flash, it seems to be her very first time to look up at the tree as a very small kid, when Mom took her to the park.
It's seems to be her first time to come to this park, to play basketball, to practice the cheerleader...
floating attention went very attractive,
Soul Rock Temple Mount
-Top Pine tree.
The music stopped. The pastor said: "Dearly beloved ,we are gathered here to unite Tracey and Xúan-Zhùang into holy matrimony."
Pastor paused then said: "If anyone has just cause to show why these two should not be married, may he/she speak now or forever hold his peace."
Avalon look askance look at the Cliff.
Pastor paused then asked Tracey:"Do you, Tracey, take Xúan-Zhùang to be your husband, to honor and obey, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health ‘til death do you part?"
Tracey went looking smile and said:"I DO!"
Smile of the priest, said:"Good."
Looking at Xúan-Zhùang, the pastor asked:"Do you, Xúan-Zhùang, take Tracey to be your wife, to honor and obey for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health till death do you part?"
Everybody holding their breath and wait.
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