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Chapter 07: After Flowing Sands River

The loud bang was so close to their car.

 

"Damn! A blown out tire?" exclaimed Mr. Watkins nervously.

 

Suddenly, Richard Bragg pushed Mr. Watkins head down on the seat, "Duck!"

 

A bullet glazed them finding its way into the dashboard. Glass shatters onto the interior of the vehicle. Both men covered their ears when they heard another thunderous sound. Numerous gunshots were heard.


Another bullet entered the back window of the car shattering it. And they could hear people running by their car.

 

"Get her, she has the crystal." blared a voice.

 

"Debra!" Another man screamed in farther distance.

 

Two women were screaming, and the gunshots were louder. Nearby, Mrs. Mosley's screaming was loud and clear and running upcoming.

 

Instantly, Mrs. Mosley came to knock their car, pumping the car window and yelling:" Let me in! Let me in!"

 

Watkins opened the door, Mrs. Mosley jump in, jewelry shining and twinkling around her neck, she hid her face among her shaking jewelry:" They got the wrong girl, I don't have the crystal!"

 

Then there was a splash noise, something broke into the car, into Mrs. Mosley's palm.

 

Shaken, Mrs. Mosley felt something vibrate in the palm of her hand. She looked into her palm, and saw a purplish gray crystal. Unsure of what to do she clenched her fists. Suddenly a voice screams out, "Explosion! It's going to explode!"

 

"Let's get out of here! Duck! Duck!"  Mr. Watkins yelled as he steps on the gas pedal and out of the line of fire. The moment they move the car, a barrage of the bullet area. Driving erratically, Mr. Watkins nearly wrecks his vehicle into a tree.


When they were far out of the contending park, the crystal in
Mrs. Mosley's hand ceased its vibration. Mr. Watkins didn't say a word. Richard, looking at Watkins immediately realized why he was silent. The two men eye each other. They both remember what Wugene warned them about.

 

Richard Bragg looked at the seat of the car as if he heard something. "Explosion! It's going to explode!" screamed the vibrating crystal as Mrs. Mosley opened her hand. Braggs in disbelief exclaimed, "What is that, a talking crystal?" Watkins said in astonishment, "I think it just saved us from being killed."

 

They all stared at each other confused; "if this crystal yells whenever it senses an explosion, why it is yelling now?" questions Mr. Watkins.

 

They stopped under a highway bridge and stared straight ahead. They were trying very hard to remember, exactly what's Wugene's word when he warned them.

 

At that very moment, two gas trucks from different gas company appeared heading each other, and in one truck, a Leggy Centipede appeared in driver seat, the driver seems didn't see it, and the Leggy Centipede enlarged into size of huge snake, climbed and crawled over the driver's wheel. The driver lost the control of wheeling in panic.

 

Two gas trucks collided in front of Bragg' Watkins and Mosley.

 

The sparks from the explosion sprayed to the dried dead grass causing it to burn like paper. The fire sprayed very rapidly and before they could react to the situation, the fire was out of control. Two truck drivers, involved in the accident, were thrown from their vehicles onto the tall grass. The fire sprayed to some old farmhouses engulfing them with flames. The fire began making its way to the town's residential homes.

 

The fire grew out of control burning various houses along the roadside. The severe winds blew continuously, giving the fire more energy and force. Like a charging army, the fire was unstoppable. The atmosphere was smoky and dark.

 

Mr. Watkins could see the fire was evil, and he could even see some flames jumping like flying snakes. Watkins looked at the direction of the flames and screams, "The warehouse!" as he drives towards the end of the flames.

 

Richard Bragg  rescued one of the drivers who were injury as he jumped from the burning truck.

 

Finally an ambulance arrived to pick up the wounded driver.


The town's people made room for the advancing fire trucks. Richard Bragg walked through the fire looking for a way to escape. Noticing his cries for help a fire truck comes rescued him.

 

Mr.Watkins rushed to his warehouse. His goal was to save some of his grandfather's precious documents before they parish. The fire closed in on the warehouse halting Mr. Watkins only mode of exit. As Mr. Watkins attempted to save himself, the fire continued to burn out of control in other areas. Townsfolk realized this and failed to panic.


The fire started to sprayed out evilly. It took over the entire city. All of the humans, there were fearful of the end. They rush around and they were all afraid of death. The flames that engulf the city
were terrible. They took over everything.


Mrs. Mosley seemed changed into a different person ever she grabbed the crystal, she started to notice a lots of thing she never see and hear, when she felt that she need to turn around, she saw Friar Sand.

 

Friar Sand remained calm and remembered the huge water tower that supplied the water to the community. The fire was blocking Friar Sand's only path to the tower. But how did he get to it?

 

Suddenly, he saw a flying fan drop down from the sky. Dr. Sun, while holding the sleeping baby, The Iron-Fan ! The exactly savor from Flame Mountain! Friar Sand seems seeing Monkey King landing with the Fan on his shoulder and yelling to all the West Journey team: "I got it! I got the Fan!"

 

The West Journey team, they were blocked by the Flame Mountain, the flames were created when Monkey King jumped out of them. They needed the Fan to put off the whole mountain of flames, but Iron-Fan Princess refused because they caused the princess to lose her son before they came there. Monkey King changed himself into an bug and hiding in the tea bowl, the princess drank the tea, then Monkey King got to tumbling and jumping inside the Princess's stomach to force her agree to give the Fan.

 

Now the Fan came with a baby. Dr. Sun shrank the fan into his hand, and then proceeded to wave the fan to the fire. A combination of wind and rain escaped from his fan extinguishing most of the flames. Dr. Sun smiled and looked at his baby. Through all the commotion, the baby still sleeps with its eyes closed.

 

Then Dr.Sun remembered the Iron-Fan that he has within his grasp. He knew that he could put out the flames with his Iron Fan. He moved into the deeper sides of the waters, he traveled upon a boat, allowing himself to remain protected all of the while. All the while he pull up survivors of the great flood, they got aboard his boat and he moved along into the murkiness of the waters, saving lives from the floods. He knew that such a thing as what was happening now was once prophesized.


All of the flames of the great fire now diminish as the Iron Fan's power took them away. There was only soot now and smoke that rise from the coals of the city. All of the people
were saved, though many of them do not realize those whom saved them from death. Then Friar Sand turned his attention back to Dr. Sun. "I'm not the father." Friar Sand told Dr. Sun.

 

Dr. Sun nodded a nod of quiet wisdom, "So, it's left only to two more people, the monk or the monkey."

 

"We all know which of those two is definitely not the father!" Friar Sand said.

 

"Then I know who the father is. " Dr. Sun asked "why did the princess make me flew around America, not just tell me who is the father?! It will save me lots of flying?

 

"She wants everybody to learn that she has a baby; everybody will know to protect the baby. She also want the enemy to focus on the baby, not to bother her and for get she still has something she don't' want the enemy to take"

 

"who is the enemy?" "What is she still having beside the baby?" Dr. Sun asked.  
 

Friar Sand didn't answer, the enemy wanted the baby, but the real enemy was manipulating' watching and waiting?!... he was looking into some far distance, then he said:" They already know Princess gave you the baby! So you better find the father before they find you first!!

 

"When you see Monkey King," Friar Sand said:" tell him that the only way out is to learn the TRUE. It's a fatal secret, when he learns the truth; the fatal secret will get him killed."

 

Dr. Sun nodded and in a very confused tone snaps: "I shall go now." The Fan enlarged and carried Dr. Sun and the sleeping baby away.

 

The fire continued to struggle for life. Friar Sand smiled, as he saw the huge massive jungle tree failed to shook and transform.


Out of an opening in the forest, a galloping of a strong and sturdy horse could be heard. From a distance a strange figure dressed in shiny armor come riding into view. Larger than life, a magical warrior from a dream appears. The townspeople were stunned.


All the good old ole trees especially when they were too tall and over hundred years old, came with Green Knight living in them, they protected the ground and the tree.


The Green Tree Knight with superhuman strength, jumped over the flames on his horse and tied his noose around the legs of tower. He pushed the water tower over extinguishing the remaining flames.

 

The townspeople were amazed but relieved. While everybody were using their own mind to render this super-spirit's image, Mr. Watkins was the most excited one, only him seeing that the Green Tree Knight got a face of his father's young image, worn the hooded tunic with cowl and belt, chest shield with attached cape, shoulder guards and mask.

 

But the water failed, it was too far and the flood dropped too soon, the flame went up and getting higher.

 

Mr.Watkins kneed himself in shark and disappointed, he could see the oak tree was in flame, and the green tree knight was burning to died.

 

Then Friar Sand appeared. Also, the Iron-Fan flew in from the sky.

 

Mrs. Mosley stood and looking around in puzzle, somehow amazed at the same time, grabbing the crystal in her palm, she had realized the she was seeing a lots thing more than her townspeople.

 

She saw Dr.Sun and the flying Iron-Fan , she heard Friar Sand talking to Dr.Sun. But her townspeople seemed didn't see those things?! Seemed they only saw the flames and the water tower falling down?

 

Dr.Sun grabbed the fan and fanned it over 49 times, then, its' rained, raining heavy.

 

 

Through the smoke and debris, June Summers appeared, walking toward Richard Bragg. "Are you ok? Richard", said June with empathy in her heart.

 

"Yes I'm fine but it's so strange how bad things keep happening to us on this trip", replied Richard. "Ever since we have arrived here, I haven't felt right about my plans on being Vice President. It's almost like I feel that it's not meant to be. And then Wugene said that I'm not going to win with you and then this entire town is engulfed in flames, and I just don't know what to think anymore", said Richard. In the foreground, a loud siren sounds as Officer Clark and Wugene step out of the squad car.

 

Everyone gathered around Wugene as if he was an idol.

 

June Summers approached Wugene with Richard Bragg s by her side. "Wugene, Richard Bragg and I have talked and we feel that you should become my running mate for the election", exclaimed June. "This will hopefully make you the first Black Vice President. Do you expect our offer", asked June with a smile.

 

"With you joining us in this campaign we will definitely win this election", exclaimed Richard Bragg excitedly.

 

"Wugene can you see now why the Lord has sent you here to us. You will be the first Africa-American in the White House. God is so good", yelled Mr. Watkins with his hands in the air.

 

Wugene stood looking uneasy at the group. "I can't." said Wugene before he was interrupted.

 

"Wugene can you please tell me if we are going to win and will I be the next and first female President", inquired June impatiently.

 

Attempting to hide his aguish, Wugene addressed the group. "Listen everything that has happened since I've come to this town is none of my doing. I cannot predict the future. I am human just like you." "You have to believe me. When I was in the church predicting everyone's future, that wasn't really me talking", Wugene pleads.

 

Everyone smiled at Wugene as if he just said a funny joke. "Wugene, you were sent here to save us from this evil bank that is taking all of our money", replied Mr. Watkins.

 

"And you keep calling me Wugene. I don't even know who Wugene is. Don't you see what's going on here? There is an evil power at work. This Wugene that you speak about is supposed to be me. And that means that I am supposed to have just returned from Africa. Well I can't tell you anything about Africa, because I've never been there", Wugene said raising his voice.

 

The town's people groaned in unison. Everyone stood looking at Wugene in disbelief. "Here come with me son, you are just very weary from the day's event", said Mr. Watkins calmly. He took Wugene by the arm and leads him to the town. Wugene follows his lead but felt that his words were not believed.


June Summers followed that
Wugene but quickens her pace to ask one final question. "Wugene I understand that you may not be aware of the gift that you have but we are more than aware. Please just answer one more question for me. Are you seeing me or you in the white house?"

 

Wugene shook his head in sorrow. "I'm sorry Mrs. Summers, but whatever I say will be false because I know that I can not predict the future. He turned his back to June and continued to follow Mr. Watkins. Suddenly, Wugene grabbed his head and it appears that he was trying to hold back something. Without hesitation he turned to June Summers. He stared into her eyes almost looking through her. She returned the gaze anticipating his next word. "What's wrong Wugene? Did I say something wrong?"


Ignoring her comment,
Wugene stumbled to speak. "I...I see myself in the Whitehouse, in front of a... smart computer." Without allowing him to continue both June and Richard Bragg jumped for joy. "If you see yourself in the Whitehouse then that means that June will be in the Whitehouse with you. Oh yeah", celebrated Richard.

 

"I see all of my brothers being successful and their America dreams have been accomplished. But nobody is able to find Xúan-Zhùang, until I find his information in the computer?" mumbled Wugene.


Although his words were somewhat inaudible, the others stare at Wugene in amazement. "Wugene the profit", one man screams out. The crowd cheered with laughter. "Who is Xúan-Zhùang, Wugene ", questions Mr. Watkins.


"Xúan?-Zhùang?", Wugene said,  "Chinese has 5 tones in pronunciations, most of these characters have four tones.  'Xuan
', 'Xúan2', 'Xûan3', 'Xùan4' are four different characters.  We have four fellowships which are supposed to help him on the West Journey..."  Wugene was silent. And everybody started to recite the name 'Xúan-Zhùang'.  "Whoever it is, we can find him and his whereabouts in the computer, since we'll be in there soon", exclaimed Richard Bragg with a smile.


Wugene heard the exact correct pronunciation Xúan-Zhùang so loud and clear over the crowd's confusing 'Xuan-Zhuang's that he started to turn his head looking around to search.  He found that it's Richard, Richard Bragg repeating the correct tones of the name over one hundred times in his mind.  He didn't know that he read it so loud in his mind that Friar Sand could hear him so clear. Friar Sand stared at Richard. 

 

It seemed Richard Bragg was the only person who learned the correct four tones of the name and tried to remember them by heart.  Then Friar Sand began seeing something else! He saw that Richard Bragg finds Wugene back from Africa! How can he do that? When will he find Wugene?! Before or after the Presidential Election? Wugene kept on staring at Richard's background, but he kept seeing more and more scenes and images above and behind Richard's head and background.

 

"What is a smart computer?" asked Wugene.

 

Everybody was staring each other; it seemed everybody knows what a computer is, but not a 'Smart Computer'.


Friar Sand saw many images of computers with huge hard drives and monitors. The keyboards contain very complex buttons and switches. As everyone stared at Wugene they all wonder "What is this so-called "Super Computer?

 

Friar Sand pondered over the image of a crystal Unihorn, and began to focus on two questions:  Why a crystal Unihorn....and why a Smart Computer?

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Chapter 08: Got milk? Libby