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comics00Preface: Awaken in The Big One

Earth is still again. The awful shaking was over.

 

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Somewhere in the darkness a dog is howling. Then it stops.

 

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DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

Dr. Shin Sun stands high above the city contemplating the skyline from the terrace of his high-rise. He can see for miles. He seems almost serene as he looks out upon the wreckage. An enormous vein of gold had been exposed by the temblor.

"It can't be what it looks like" he says to himself.

 

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Tài-Yǐ crystal!

Shin is losing himself in his thoughts when a voice startled him.

 

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iron-fan princess

"Sun,Zhi-Sheng."

(His Chinese name is called correctly with the family name 'Sun' being the first.)

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"Shin Sun,"

"the earthquake has revealed to you the hiding place of the great golden lode."

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"Who are you?"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"I am Princess Iron Fan,"

"I know your great grandfather. It was he who found the crystal in the days he worked for the railroad. Shin Sun, I know your desire,"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS (cont'd)

"I will help you to obtain more crystals, but you must deliver my baby to his father for me."

West Journey was the epic of Xúan-Zhùang who went in search of wisdom during the Táng Dynasty around 600 A.D. To further his quest he enlisted the help of a hero known as the Monkey King and formed a fellowship. Shin recalls that the fellowship included other characters called White Dragon, Pigsy, and Friar Sand.

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"This is nuts," (he thinks.) "That was a story, a fiction written over 1300 years ago!" (Shin stares at his airborne messenger and thought) "Impossible. She's got to be some kind of hallucination or psychic glitch induced by the trauma of natural disaster."

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"Monk Xúan-Zhùang and his fellows traveled to the Mountain of Flame. In order to pass through it, they fought with me. They wrested my palm-leaf fan and used it to quench the mountain's fire."

"Now, with a mother's sorrow, I must tell you that I can no longer keep my child."

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"I can't believe this," (Shin thought.) "She's running on about a 'Mountain of Flame' and the birth of a baby that was supposed to have taken place in the year one thousand something like it was yesterday and this is twenty......"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"This is the year two thousand twelve,"

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"My God, she's finishing my thoughts for me. Is she actually reading my mind? " (Shin forms the questions mentally.) "Where are Xúan-Zhùang and the fellowship now? Aren't they supposed to have finished their journey to the west one thousand years ago?"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"After they left the Mountain of Flame, they came forward in time to this place, America, through the crystal mirror of the future. Xúan-Zhùang is now in Chicago, Monkey King is in New York. Friar Sand is on his way to the White House. Pigsy has gone to Las Vegas, and White Dragon is in Hollywood."

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"This is starting to get more than a little creepy," (He is having a wordless conversation with a thousand year-old fantasy woman floating in mid-air.) "I must be dreaming."

He glances up at the Princess to see her nodding in agreement. Shin breaks out in a cold sweat. The princess hesitates. She hasn't the heart to tell him the thing he would want to know next. His tone softened:

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"Who is the father? Which one of the fellowship was he?" (Shin wondered silently.) "Is he The White Dragon?" "No, it can't be White Dragon,"

Shin concludes. Princess Iron-Fan is still following his thoughts, but says nothing.

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DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"What about Pigsy? "

"What about Friar Sand?" "No, Friar Sand cannot be the father," (though Shin.) "But then if not him, who? And why am I- "

Shin aims his thought directly at Princess Iron Fan.

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"Why am I the one to deliver your baby to its father?"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"My son will not wake until he is delivered into his father's hands, when his eyes open again, everyone will know who his father is."

Bewildered, Shin speaks aloud,

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"Princess, you are immortal. You have extraordinary powers. Why can't you deliver the baby yourself?"

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"If I can do that, I will keep him and rear him," (she replies with a trace of bitterness.)

The palm-leaf blows Shin off the railing into the air and drags him back into its wake. Effortlessly it catches Dr.Sun, but Shin's landing was surprisingly hard.

DR. SUN, SHIN (ZHI-SHENG)

"That really hurt, even if I am dreaming. This is no soft magic carpet," he complains.

The Princess laughed a little at Shin's clumsiness.

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"The Iron-Fan will accompany you until you understand why it is that you were chosen."

Shin reaches out and embraces the baby, who still in deep sleep.

The princess keeps her eyes on the fan until it vanishes into the horizon.

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Time is running out. It is almost dawn.

Princess Iron-Fan sighs and begin her long, slow descent to the ground.

When her feet touches the bottom of the circle she spots the thing she is looking for. It's the Tài-Yǐ crystal glowing faintly in the dark.

The princess stops to retrieve the crystal. Then turning to Dr.Sun's corpse, she kneels gently beside him, takes his hand, and wraps his dead fingers around the stone. A moment later the body begin to regenerate. Broken bones straightened and healed. Wounds closes and abrasions fades.

The princess takes the crystal out of his hand and inserted it under Shin's tongue. Color returns to Shin's face:

IRON-FAN PRINCESS

"Shin, you thought this small piece was just a left-over? You were wrong, this is the crystal root, it come out by itself when you tried to cut it."

Unexpectedly, a cellular phone begin to ring. The princess hesitates and keeps listening, a baby crying in her back, she raises her fingers and twirling to aim to her back, a crying baby girl dressed in pink appeares from her back and falls into her arms, she is waken by the cell phone ring.

Holding and hushing the baby girl wrapped in pink, guides by the sound of a cell phone preset musical tone; the princess finds it tucked into Shin's breast pocket.

She takes it out and looked at it curiously. It continued to ring. Perplexed, she holds it away from herself and circles her finger around the case.

She frowns and knits her brows, the electromagnetism waves are so harmful and all fill full of the air! No where to escape!

She listens carefully to find among millions of voices in simultaneous conversations the right one:

debra

"Hello, Shin? Are you there? We heard the news about the quake early this morning. Did it hit your building? Are you all right? Shin, this is Debra. Robert and I are a couple of nervous wrecks wondering if you're o.k."

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sun, hermit (IRON-FAN PRINCESS)

"Debra" (answers the princess, hoarsely mimicking Shin Sun's baritone.) "Wait, please."

Princess Iron-Fan then sprays herself over Dr.Sun's lifeless body, first touching her forehead to his, and then merging her entire body into his. Shin's eyes opens, immediately holds up the baby girl into his arms. He sits up reaching for the cell phone. It flies immediately to his palm. Now he understand its operation.

SUN, HERMIT (IRON-FAN PRINCESS)

"Debra," (HE says, this time in Shin's authentic voice,) "this is Hermit."

debra

"Who?" (The voices in the air switches into cell phone, became more clear.)

Sun looks at cell phone in highly praise:

SUN, HERMIT (IRON-FAN PRINCESS)

"It is Hermit Sun. Shin's twin brother. He must have told you about me. Listen, can you put Robert on the phone? I got a message from Shin."

The doctor waits briefly. Then a voice comes on the line.

robert

"This is Robert."

SUN, HERMIT (IRON-FAN PRINCESS)

"Hi, I'm Shin's brother, Hermit. There's a hell of a lot that's happened around here, but promised Shin I'd get his message to you. He's out on urgent delivery right now."

ROBERT

"What is it?"

SUN, HERMIT (IRON-FAN PRINCESS)

"He wanted me to tell you to struck gold!

"The Deep Wide gold mine and the Titanium-Yttrium Crystal are unearthed by the quake..."

ROBERT

"Thanks."

They hang up.

The baby girl stops crying and started gouging, watching Sun's face to smell him.

The princess holding her baby girl looked into the far, far place of Los Angeles.

The sunlight seems to start gathering and coming back for the new day.

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http://www.americanwestjourney.com/westJourney1570.html

Chapter 1 to 7 focuses on the origin of Monkey King 孫猴王 conceived by a fairy stone in the Flower-Fruit Mountain 花果山, he was a stone monkey living under the sea of Aó Lai2 State 敖來州, part of the divine land Dong Sheng4. In order to compete with the lifespan of heaven and earth and achieve immortality, Monkey King left home and was apprenticed to Bodhi' 菩提 thus named Sun-Wù-Kong 孫悟空 meaning "Pondering on emptiness". After he obtained the powerful golden cudgel, a gift from Dragon King Aó Guang3 敖廣 of the East Sea, he immediately claimed himself a saint that enjoyed equal power with heaven. Later, Monkey King had to be pressed under Wu3-Hang2 Mountain 五行山 for 500 years for stirring up trouble in the heavenly palace..

Flame Mountain : Monkey King changed himself into an insect and hid among tea leaves. Once he got into the Princess's stomach, he started to move around violently until she could no longer bear the pain. Finally, she agreed to lend her fan.

From chapter 59 to 61, Monk Tάng and his team stopped at Mountain Flame, where they saw no trace of living things. The whole mountain was covered by fire. To pass through, they had to borrow the palm-leaf fan belonging to Princess Iron Fan, wife of Ox King.

Unfortunately, Monkey King had earlier captured their son, the Red Child, whom Budhisattva had taken in as a finance boy. The Princess remembered that incident and therefore refused to lend them the fan. Monkey King changed himself into an insect and hid among tea leaves. Once he got into the Princess's stomach, he started to move around violently until she could no longer bear the pain. Finally, she agreed to lend her fan. However, she gave him a phony one. Monkey King was almost burned half dead by trying to quell the flames by the phony
fan.

On the second try, Monkey King stole Ox King's Golden-Eyed Beast under water while the King was having a party at the Blue-Waved Pond. Monkey King changed into the form of Ox King and came to the residence of the Princess. There he fooled her and got hold of the real fan. However, he only obtained the incantation on how to enlarge the size of the fan, but forgot to get the codes for reducing the size. Consequently, Monkey King had to carry the fan on his back. On his way home, unfortunately, he met Ox King, who appeared as Pigsy and tricked him into returning the fan.

Finally, Monkey King and Ox King had a big battle. Following the order of the Jade Emperor, Buddhist and Heaven troops came onto the earth and intervened. During the battle, Heavenly King Tuota and his 3rd son Nazha captured Ox King. To save their own lives, Princess Iron-Fan and Ox King had to surrender their fan. Monkey King took the fan and waved 49 times on Flame Mountain. The fire was gone immediately. Rain replaced fire, moisture replaced dryness. Walking on the smooth paths, Monk Tάng and his team easily passed through the mountain and continued their journey westward.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/westJourneySupplement1640.html

Future Mirror : After they left Flame Mountain, Green Fish sneaks in and manipulates Monkey King's dream while he is napping.

Chapter 10 is titled [Returning To The Thousand-Mirror Labyrinth 萬鏡臺行者重歸; Monkey King Rescued Himself At Ge-Jing Palace 葛藟宮悟空自救.] Monkey King put Qin Gui into a calabash and turned him into thick liquid. He then offered the liquid to General Yuè Fei for the redress of frame-up. Yuè rebuffed the invitation and said scornfully that even half a bite of the trator's flesh would make his body stink for half a year.

Monkey King took off his robe and left the Gate of Hell for the Mystery World. There he met a self-claimed "New Ancient 新古人" who could not go back into Ancient World, had to stay and open a restaurant business.
Monkey King then asked him how could he return to Blue Green World so that he could continue accompanying Monk Tάng to the Western Journey. The New Ancient answered: "Trace your way back. The way you came is the way you leave." He pushed Monkey King as his last word fell.

The push of The New Ancient pushed Monkey King into another Future Mirror, which opened the beginning of my novel [American West Journey 美國西遊記].

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/westJourney1570.html

In chapter 15, White-Dragon Horse 白龍馬 was caught in the Eagle-Scared Ravine, Originally the son of Dragon King Aó Jin4 in the State of Guang in the West Sea, he committed arson and burned the bright pearls. For this crime he was sentenced to death but later rescued by Buddha, who turned him into a horse to serve Monk Táng.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/westJourney1570.html

In chapter 19, Pigsy 豬八戒 was
captured on Mountain Fú-Lái 福來山. Named "Searching for Abilities 豬悟能", Pigsy was originally a general of Water God in the Milky Way. After assailing and harassed the Moon Goddess at the Fairy Peach Party while he was drunk, the general was demoted onto the earth and turned into the form of a pig.

[West Journey 1570] : In chapter 22, Friar Sand 沙僧 disappeared in Flowing Sands River.

Like Pigsy, Monk Sand also used to be a general. He was demoted onto the earth and fell into Flowing Sands River for breaking the crystal glass roof at the Fairy Peach Party.

He knew that he could not foresee the future. He could not even learn the capability after he was promoted to be Convolution General in Tài-Yǐ Temple.

Long time ago in the underworld, Yama's promoted him to be the hell angel among his Rakshasa group. Without the earth body, the faces were never important among the ghosts and Rakshasa, All souls of ghost were fading and exhausting in hell's forever nights, the recycle of metempsychosis once was whirligig so fast that he and his co-angels had almost clean out ghost population in their duty zone, he was promoted to the heaven's Convolution General in Tài-Yǐ Temple.

Then he broke the Tài-Yǐ crystal lantern in the temple. It was an accident, Monkey King agitated the battle in south heaven, General Convolution was supposed to together his troop, and to join the battalion just to capture the stone monkey who happened to decide that he should be the Emperor of the Heaven.

The Tài-Yǐ lantern dropped out of his palm and the crystal pieces drop out of the Tài-Yǐ Palace, down to the earth, planted to be the Tài-Yǐ mine under earth.


He was demoted down to be the Friar Sand in the Flowing Sands River; he was sentenced to wait there until he got called to serve the West Journey mission. He was waiting for the monk in those forever nights of sands of streams.

After hundred of years, he saw the first guy who try to cross the Flowing Sands River.

Friar Sand decided that the guy was not the monk to get him out to the journey; he stayed very far to observe the human drown into the sand.

When he saw the guy came in with the same face again, he started to count the earth years and figure out there was a palingenesis going on the guy. He had decided that the guy was never the calling for his West Journey Mission, so he still stay very far and watching him drowned.

The guy came again, same face, dressed and prayed like a friar this time. Friar Sand did not answer his pray to appear to save him.

The fourth time, the fifth time, the guy with the same face kept coming in and each time would start to dress as a monk.

Friar Sand decided it's a comeuppance for the guy, but nevertheless he dived to the bottom of the river to collect the guy's skulls, and he started to form the guy's face on his earthling body.

When Xúan-Zhùang came to the river accompany with fellowship of Monkey King SUN-WÙ-KONG (meaning "Pondering on emptiness")' White Dragon and Pigsy Wù-Néng (meaning "Searching for Abilities"), Friar Sand had nine shrunken skulls hanging on his necklace. the skulls were so small that nobody would think it's only walnut nuts.

Xúan-Zhùang gave him a disciple name as Sand Wù-Jìng悟淨 (meaning "Trying to Comprehend Purity "). He used to be the oldest angel from hell angel to Heaven General, now he becomes the youngest disciple in the fellowship for the West Journey mission.

Now he still got Wugene's face, and Wugene was in Africa? Isn't he supposed to come to Flowing Sands River again, to cross that river of all sinking and no return? And why am I able to see the future? In Wugene's face? And in Wugene's home town on Wugene's 10th life?

Xúan-Zhùang, became a monk when he was 13. 

Chéng, Hui 陳 褘 was his name before he became a monk (Hui means 'ceremonial robe of empress worn in time of sacrifice'). Jiang-Liú 江流 was his child pet name (Jiang meaning river, Liú means flowing).

That Monk Táng (Xúan-Zhùang) actually had a fiancee' was actually a known fact to people in his hometown, Stories go that as a young boy,

Hui Chéng (Xúan-Zhùang was his monk name) had married 徐 香 真 Xiang-Zhen (meaning fragrance-truth) , daughter of his mother's bosom friend Xú. 

(Qín Emperor had chained most of young men to build the Great Wall, then Súi Emperor had slaved whole country's men to dig the tunnel rivers flowing countrywide, to avoid these kind of labor, kids got married very young in those ages.)

A cock that was part of Xúan-Zhùang's wife's trousseau, was scratching in Xúan-Zhùang's garden in his wedding. It found Leggy Centipede's nest and ate all her offspring. The cock was about to eat Centipede herself, but instead of hiding beneath a stone, Centipede saved herself with merge into a fallen Ti-Yi crystal. Afterward, she took it, learned the secret of its magic, and used it to make herself immortal.

Xúan-Zhùang's wedding firecrackers killed Centipede's whole family.

Centipede put a curse on Xúan-Zhùang's wedding. She always wait to perform  the fireworks in Xúan-Zhùang's wedding night.

At age 13, the couple went to watch the Emperor Suí's Flower Boat cruise down south. Xiang-Zhen was kidnapped on the spot. (So Xiang-Zhen should always call Xúan-Zhùang by his child pet name Jian-Liú, u pronunciation in 2nd tone).

Tormented by this loss, Xúan-Zhùang wandered into the Temple Of Pure Earth where he became a monk. 

17 years later on his way to the West, Xiang-Zhen suddenly emerged. Failing to persuade Xúan-Zhùang to resume a secular life, Xiang-Zhen swore to wait for him forever. 

L.A. earthquake, Princess Iron-Fan asked Shin Sun to deliver her baby to the father.

And who was the father?! He could be White Dragon? Pigsy? Friar Sand? Xúan-Zhùang﹖or Monkey King? (The West Journey team of 5, they all had contacts with Iron-Fan Princess while they were inFlame Mountain.)

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter00preface.html

Dragon became a Kung-Fu movie star in Hollywood, even he didn't know what is the movie.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter01.html

Pigsy won the jackpot for Widow Betty in Las Vegas.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter02.html

Leggy Centipede used Dragon to seize the vial from Ant Queen.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter03.html

Everybody showed up on Shin Sun's funeral, including himself.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter04.html

Friar Sand became the vice presidential candidate.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter05.html

The monk learn his first English words 'I do', but he didn't learn it's his wedding.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter06.html

Monkey King lost his baby son upon the delivery.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter08.html

Ant Queen failed to use Dragon to get her vial back. Everybody had a party over Leggy Centipede's thousand pairs of shoes.

The Octopus producer dragged White Dragon to west ocean, to let him see what's happening in his Dragon Kingdom.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter09.html

Everybody go to his Honeymoon, except himself.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter10.html

The surgeon lost his hospital on gamble. Pigsy won half of Indian Casino, he finally lost himself when Night Queen coronated him.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter11.html

Friar Sand won the game for Donkeys Demos against Elephants Repas.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter12.html

The monk had 2 wives. Leggy Centipede cursed his wedding night with fireworks in their bedroom

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter13.html

Mermaid' Swanmay' Werewolf' Vampire' Phoenix and Dragon, everybody danced to the New King of Night

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter14.html

Finally the West Journey team got reunion and pioneered into Hell to rescue the Monkey Prince, Monkey King had perfect chance to observe the transmigration Global to see the beginning of his story, exactly how did his life get to this situation?

Watching time zone whirling in the front, he reached to see the left end of his own Global, he did not see his own conception from a fairy stone. Neither of his acquisition of super powers, neither of how he havoc in Heaven and punished to be in the West Journey mission.

All he sees was himself asleep and dreaming under a plum tree, with a Green Fish waiting aside, and staring at him.

Also, from the past of Reincarnation, he saw that him used to be Shin Sun, and Shin Sun was him.

Monkey King rescued his son from future hell.

http://www.americanwestjourney.com/chapter15.html