An ambulance siren penetrated the endless darkness, faintly at first, but
growing stronger as it approached. Moments later, an emergency vehicle halted in
front of the house.
She must have been lying there several days and nights, but help had come at
last. Olivia murmured quietly "Thank God" as she thought of being rescued.
Suddenly she realized that she and her husband were naked. She remembered
that when "big one" had struck they were in the act of making love. They had
been pinned beneath the falling roof and walls of their apartment as they
embraced in their bed.
Shin, her new husband, lay on top of her in the pile, covering her
protectively. She realized she could hardly breathe.
Shin tried to comfort her: "It's OK, baby, the rescuers will be here. They’ll
get us out as soon as they can." He talked to her about the honeymoon, about how
much he loved her, and how lucky he was that she decided to marry him.
sweet talk made Olivia remember that earlier in their ordeal, when she felt like
giving up, he had whispered in her ear, "Baby, don't you die and leave me. They're
coming for us, and we’ve
got a plane to catch. We're
going to Miami. Just think about the sunshine, the beaches….Remember
where you put those tickets, baby? We’ll
need them as soon as they dig us out of here. "
thoughts were interrupted by someone banging on a pipe. A voice called out:
"Hello, anybody there?"
"Yes, yes, over here," she answered. Her voice was so weak that she realized
her injuries were more than minor. The earthquake must have hit them really
"Hello, anybody there?" the voice called out again.
Olivia began to worry that she might not be able to make herself heard at
all. She summoned everything she had left to let loose the biggest, loudest,
most raucous cry of which she was capable.
The sound that came out of her was scarcely more than before, but it was
enough. "We hear you! We’ll
find you. Keep making noise if you can."
voice was gone, but with her free hand she groped for a piece of plaster or
cement.. She found what felt like a small chunk of rock and used it to tap on
the shaft of a large wooden beam that was pinning the two of them to their bed.
She was so intent upon signaling the rescuers she did notice that her husband
had fallen silent.
While the rescuers toiled on top of the wreckage to find a way down to the
trapped pair, far below, the dark glossy form of a creature came slinking
through the chaos, observed by no-one. Effortlessly, she navigated the gloomy,
unmanageable spaces on a hundred undulating legs. Over and under everything she
crawled looking for something.
She noticed Shin and Olivia. They were not her concern. Leggy Centipede was so
intent on finding Shin's crystal that she failed to notice another creature,
hiding in the shadows, that had come after her as soon as she began crawling
towards Shin's location.
Jump in from very far away, White Dragon, was about to pounce on her
and force her to surrender the vial when the rescuers broke through to where
Olivia and Shin lay trapped.
Deep down in his mind, he was still furious and confused as a young teenage
dragon prince, he got punished for burning down his father's Dragon Palace
because of the precious Night-Bright Peal, he was sentenced to avoid to be
excused only if he join the West Journey mission, but what's happened now?! All
of his teammates were gone, and now he didn't even know where he was.
Above the landline, there was a huge crack in a barren mountain slope, the
landslide covered all of the trees, and a winding road. Aftershocks continually
beat down the disrupted earth..
The rescuers avoided looking at the dismal scene of the collapsed mountain
with its continual flow of water, mud and rock snaking down into the oceanside.
Instead they concentrated on rescuing those trapped and buried alive beneath the
In an instant, Leggy Centipede was gone, and Dragon lost her trace. He now focused
his attention on the rescuers and the people they were trying to help. He
watched them struggle to free the couple, but it became apparent that the
rescuers would need to bring in special equipment before they could lift the
large beam pinning Shin and Olivia.
Dragon wanted to help. He studied the situation and realized that he could
apply a little leverage on the beam in a place where the emergency crew would
not see him. Having already called for the heavy equipment, the men were on the
verge of giving up, but one, more impatient than the rest, urged the others to
Dragon saw his chance and was on it before anyone realized what was
happening. As the men wedged themselves under the beam struggling to lift it,
Dragon gently forced the concealed end of it down on top of some debris, which
acted as a fulcrum. It was just enough to budge the beam a foot or so. The
rescuers were surprised but wasted no time, scrambling to prop it up with
anything they could find. With the situation temporarily secured, they began to
extract Shin and Olivia from their predicament.
Dragon was now free to resume his pursuit of Leggy Centipede. He knew what she was
after, and he had been observing long enough to know that she did not get it.
She would be back soon. The best thing, thought Dragon, was to hang around and
be ready for her. In the meantime, he could hear a small group of people in in
the street below. It was the usual crowd of reporters, cameramen, curious
spectators, and police gathering around the ambulance, waiting for the bodies.
A female reporter waved and yelled to him: "Hey! Áo Áng."
It was Phenice Devine. She seemed to be the only observer who saw what White
Dragon did from far away. She was walking towards him and her camerman began
rushing forward to follow her.
Phenice wasn't very surprised to see how Dragon jumped, herself always got
excited whenever she felt the strong wind or anything speedy, she got long and
vivid eyes, with the fancy colorful jumpsuit, she always acted like a phoenix
ready to be flying up. and she was happy to discover that how Dragon can jump.
"There is a mystery to this quake, I knew that as soon as I saw you!" She
exclaimed as she caught Dragon's eye.
White Dragon was deciding on whether or not to avoid her, when he heard Ant
Queen's voice cry out from far side of the dark ground: "Go after Leggy Centipede now!
She left already because she didn't find the crystal!"
White Dragon jumped and disappeared quickly.
Phenice motioned to David, her cameraman, to shoot White Dragon, but David's
camera could only capture freezing wind over the mountain road far away.
With the camera on her, Phenice said into the microphone: "As we reported after
day 2 of the 'Big One', there is a mystery going on in this earthquake. Up till
now the quake has killed mostly females in this area. We have another survivor
and are about to find out if it is a female this time."
It was not long before the workers had Olivia loaded onto a stretcher,
passing her up to waiting hands on top of the wreckage. She was carried down to
the ground crew, which had been advised of her condition. All throughout the
rescue operation the crew had been talking to her. She seemed remarkably lucid
for someone who had gone days without food or water. She did not appear to be
injured apart from a few cuts and scrapes, and, of course the dust covering most
of her body.
The crowed cheered when they saw that Olivia was alive and talking. She
startled everyone when she called out, "Wait, wait! The ticket!"
"What is she saying about a ‘ticket’?" Phenice Devine, asked one of the
"No idea, ma’am."
When they brought out Shin on the stretcher, his body was entirely covered by
a blue sheet. They wheeled him out of Olivia's sight. Phenice turned off her
microphone and went over to talk to the men about the young husband.
"It's too bad about him. The victim is male, right? How were you able to get
them out without special equipment?" Phenice inquired.
"Funny, that's just what I was asking myself. We couldn't budge what was on
top of them. We were just gonna wait it out 'til Ray here said we oughta try one
more time while we're waiting. And then this damn beam with a pile of stuff on
top of it that was so solid suddenly moves when we lift it
"An adrenaline rush, possibly?"
"Not like any I’ve ever had," replied the man.
"Were they together?"
"He was on top of her, if that's what you mean. He took the force of the
impact. Probably saved her life."
"A female survivor" she whispered to herself.
Phenice's line of questioning was cut short by the noises of the ambulance
preparing to rush Olivia to the hospital. She hurried back to the ambulance to
get a statement on Olivia's condition from the paramedics, but they weren't
talking anymore. She had enough information already to realize that she was onto
something strange with this story. Given the utterly unreal, earth-shattering
stories of the past few days that were her job to monitor, this was saying
"Phenice Devine, American West News" Phenice came to look her eyes to
Olivia was pale and weak, the fresh air got her noses and chest floating up,
and the sunlight seemed hurting her eyes, her eyes were still closed in pain.
Like a beautiful swan wounded from Swan Lake.
Phenice told Olivia: "This earthquake has mostly claimed the lives of females,
very strange, I need to figure out this mystery."
"Can I help you?" Phenice asked Olivia. "You seem to be trying to say something
"Please give this ticket to my husband, we need to catch the airplane to
Miami, for our honeymoon..." said Olivia.
"But, "Phenice Devine told her in a very sad' shaking voice "Your husband died,
his head was broken, earthquake hit him in the first attack, he saved your
"No, he was holding me and talking in my ear those days"
"I saw they wrapped him into the bag, he died over days ago..." Phenice looked
at the ticket Olivia gave her.
It wasn't a ticket, it was a picture of a monkey riding a white Dragon, and
Shin is holding Olivia, trying to show the dragon the gate to some entry.
Olivia didn't listen at all, she kept insisting, Phenice finally promised
Olivia that she will find Shin and give him the ticket (even she saw that it's
not a ticket already) .
The cameraman started to film the crushed Los Angeles aftermath of the quake.
Phenice found the camera was continually avoiding somebody.
The cameraman told her that there were naughty people making faces, but when
they played the video, all the footage was damaged, and nothing was recorded.
Over the radio, New mayor announced:"... ... that Earthquake decreased lots
of people, merged with San Francisco's , Los Angeles's male to female sex ration
is 25 to 10, meaning there will always 150/250 single man have to live without
woman over .
For the next 10 years or until Los Angeles and San Francisco have
re-construct into new order, the mayor proclaimed that NEW ORDER law allow and
encourage each female to live with 4 men in one shelter's family camp. The new
marriage shall be a seven years contract between two persons, and they get to
decide if they want to renew it after 7 years... ..."
Phenice studied the picture from Olivia, over and over again, she could not
understand the monkey' the flying fan, but when she stared at the dragon in the
picture, she got the feeling that White Dragon would be back for this TICKET.
Phenice found out that Sun's funeral was set up to be a special case.
Most of rescue team left to excavate other sites. Another team of strangers
came to take over where the first team left off. But they weren't concerned with
finding more victims. They were there to excavate Shin Sun's house, sifting
through the wreckage as if in search of something. Phenice kept very close to
Olivia. Olivia remained in a semi-disorientated state, telling everyone her
husband had not died.
Phenice started to believe Olivia. Phenice watched as they put Shin into his
coffin. In that instant, she saw that Shin's broken body turned into a fake copy
in front of everybody's eye, the eyes and the nose lost the detail lines. But
the two staff people lowered their eyes and busied themselves with Shin's
clothes and attire, and were hoping that Phenice didn't see Shin's body transform.
Phenice turned away and pretended that she didn't see it either.
They didn't care? or they knew it already?
Most of the cadavers were sent to the public cemetery. Most of the funerals
and burials took place in mass, but Shin Sun had his own place, and there were
lots of service agents still cleaning around the wreckage where his apartment
once stood. They sorted all the broken pieces into several organized piles and
sifted carefully through everything.
Observing silently from the sidelines, Phenice had a very good idea about what
they were looking for. It seemed they couldn't find it, and they were expecting
that something may come out in the funeral.
Olivia was still murmuring, never listening. Phenice kept very close company
with her, and took care of almost every trivial thing for her.
An elderly man dressed in suit came to meet with Olivia: "Ms.Sun, I'm General
Kay from Washington." He looked over at Phenice and smiled, Phenice returned his
smile and retreated some, but not quite out of earshot.
"Do you know where Dr. Sun kept his crystal?" she heard General Kay ask
Olivia. "He had one unfinished project with the White House, and now we need to
see the crystal and see what has been done."
Olivia made no response, so General Kay repeated his question. Olivia began
murmuring: "We are going to Miami tomorrow, we have tickets."
General Kay tried again, Olivia still murmuring, Phenice stepped forward and
said it to General Kay: "Excuse me, but she is still disorientated, her heart
rate is higher now, still not over 44, she is repeating the last thing in her
mind, but she really can't hear other people. Her spirit is still out, her mind
function weak, you are seeing a half empty soul."
General Kay raised his eyebrows.
They paused because they saw the banker Zsolt and Hollywood star
Leggy Migliaia in attendance at the funeral, followed by several bodyguards.
Leggy Migliaia's sexy, attractive appearance was always the focal point of any
Shin's sister Amy Sun came to see Olivia: "I added one more ticket for
"We are going to Miami tomorrow. We have tickets." Olivia answered
Amy nodded: "The web site was supposed to be dead after the earthquake. But
it is the only order that went through, I found out when ordering on my credit
card. He ordered air tickets to Miami for himself you and James Maurlias. The
tickets to Miami were dated on the seventh day after the quake. Is James here
"I'm here!" exclaimed James Maurlias. The handsome Irishman came forward and
showed them his ticket, "I decided to stop by to see what's going to happen
tomorrow". He was shocked to see his ex-girl friend's husband's funeral here,
also confused that Olivia didn't care why he came and what he'd said.
Olivia started repeating that Shin had never died, and he would return at the
end of 7 days and take her on their honeymoon.
Amy Sun told Olivia and James that she bought one more ticket for herself, so
she would be on the same plane to Miami.
Amy Sun did not tell them what she'd learned about the 7th day. In that all
dead souls always come home for their last visit on the 7th day. That would
probably explain why Shin had ordered tickets for that 7th day.
Amy guessed that Shin's soul would be present and active on the flight to
Miami, but she could not fathom what Shin's plan would be for the 7th day.
Watching Olivia and James, Amy wanted to believe that Shin was trying to say
goodbye to them and put them together. But deep down inside, Amy felt that Shin
might want to take over James's body and start over with Olivia.
She did not even know, whatever Shin plan to do on 7th day, Iron-Fan Princess
had came and interrupted the plan by sending Shin flying out delivering her son.
Amy asked Olivia if Shin had left any crystal, which he talked to very often.
Olivia was growing tired of everyone asking her about the crystal. "No," she
responded, " I don't have the crystal, Shin will come to the honeymoon."
Amy patted Olivia and comforted her: "I really don't care about the crystal,
I care about who is in the crystal, and what he taught Shin about how and where
the souls go after death, I need to know what's Shin's plan is so I can best
Olivia offered no response. Phenice overheard just about all the conversation,
but was undecided on how to react, should she tell Amy about Olivia's
disorientated state or just pretend she hadn't heard the exchange?
Finally, she approached Amy. "Amy, I've taken care of Olivia since her
rescue. The ticket for Shin was replaced by this picture when Olivia handed it
to me, how could the printer print such a thing? It's nothing like a ticket at
Amy was studying the picture printed on the "ticket". "Somebody changed
Shin's plan, replaced his ticket with this picture as a message to Shin that
when he boards the plane, he has monkey and dragon's business to do.
"Who could do this?" Phenice wasn't surprised that Amy didn't ask how a printer
could start printing from data received from a quake damaged and downed.
"Only Iron-Fan is able to flew like a magic carpet," Amy said: "but it's so
Phenice was studying everybody's eyes. She lowered her own and wondered why
only Amy's eyes were not lost in focus. Shin got the crystal to talk to so he
could do lots of weird things, why was Amy not surprised by any of these things?
So Amy got another crystal from their father too?
There were more strangers at the funeral, they filed by the coffin to pay
their final respects.
Phenice said to both Amy and Olivia: "Somebody already knows that it's not Shin
Sun's body and are not letting you know that they are here for the other thing."
Olivia never wanted to see Shin in the coffin, Phenice and Amy accompanied her
Murmuring in front of coffin, Olivia finally said something different :" Give
me his ticket."
Phenice handed her the ticket with the dragon and monkey's pictures.
Olivia put the ticket into the coffin, in slow and gentle motion, she put it
into Shin's pocket, she said:" Don't be late."
As soon as they stepped away, Olivia went back to took out the ticket and put
it into Shin's hand.
Amy and Phenice stepped back too, they put the flowers into coffin.
The funeral attendant began to lower the lid of the coffin.
Suddenly a giant Leggy Centipede appeared and attempted to grab the coffin. It's
thousand legs extended and made layers of waves shaking the full space,
everybody stepped back then forward to pull the coffin, they were all well
trained and prepared for the situation, even the Leggy Centipede was too giant and
furious, they were not afraid at all.
But the Leggy Centipede was too strong, she immediately shook off every human's
hand on the coffin.
White Dragon jumped in to stop her leaving with the coffin.
The wall crashed down, many of Iron-shoes soldiers broke in to help
Leggy Centipede. White Dragon was hitten and lost the coffin. Then there were lots of
ant legs grabbed on the coffin, from the broken ground,
Lots of Ant army came up to help White Dragon. Each ant was big as a wolf
dog, swing their arms and legs like the farmers swing their sickles holding in
Out from the ant ranks, Ant Queen jumped up to choke on Leggy Centipede's throat.
Leggy Centipede gave up immediately, bounced into a whirling whirl and bounced out
of the door. Dragon jumped to catch her, Ant Queen grabbed Dragon and to jump
out of the door together.
Suddenly everyone quitted and disappeared, the Iron-Shoe soldiers, the Ant
army, leaving the coffin, broken, in the room.
General Kay and a scientist couple approached to review the opened coffin.
The riot left a mess, every item was gone except Shin's body.
Phenice was studying General Kay's expression, he seemed didn't care about
losing everything, in fact, he seemed secretly proud about that Leggy Centipede and Iron-Shoe soldiers' took away
something from him.
With her News reporter's sense, Phenice could almost guess what's hidden in
She looked at the broken ceiling and crushed wall, that needle-hole sensor
was still working and videotaping, immediately she figured out that General Kay
had been watching and recording whatever everybody put in the coffin all the
Robert and Debra, the scientist couple turned to greet Amy Sun:" I'm Debra,
he is my husband Robert, Shin once told us that you would be always the best
contact in case of his urgent, I believe you know what Shin did with us
Robert asked:" Let's face the music," he gave Phenice a hesitate glance, Amy
nodded:" It's ok, Phenice know everything, and she is the only one give me the
"What answer?!" Robert asked:" I'm asking you about what happened to the next
project Shin was doing."
"I know nothing about the project. The answer Phenice told me is that we all
going to the wrong way and wrong target, we all try to solve the problem with
the tradition method. but it's the tradition ruined the earth. We shall not try
to get back, or to improve the tradition way, human ruined the earth in last 50
centuries, it's the earth struck back in this new century."
35 per cent or more of the United States' population of the
Western honey bee, billions of individual bees, simply flew from their hive
homes and disappeared.
Where have all the flowers and fruits gone since our bees are disappearing?
The scientist couple went to other room.
Debra Niles took out a compass and asked Robert:" Turn on the
round sextant, let's trace
where did they take our crystal to."
stared at the sextant and raised his eyebrows:" We will need a aircraft to get
The light spot was flying in the sextant monitor.
"Do we need to be there early to sign in for the ticket?" Phenice whispered to
Amy, looking around to make sure there was no-one within earshot to hear about
the plane which Shin was planning to board.
Amy said: "Please keep close to Olivia until we meet Shin." she sighed:" It
is so confusing, I hope Shin has figured out everything so he knows what to do.
What's he going to do? back to the beginning to help people to find the right
crystal, not to waste time for the gold rush? stop people to use powder and bomb
to bust the mountain so there won't be so many earthquakes afterward?"
"Shin has no chance over there, all the foreign labors were imported as
nameless slaves at that times, Whatever Shin aimed to do must be the wrong
target," Phenice whispered to her:" If it's only for me to figure out, so don't
worry, I will keep it a secret: being the Sun's ancestor daughter , of course
you should own a very important Crystal too. The question is who is in that
Crystal and talking to you all the time?"
"What if our enemy can hear or even your thoughts?" Amy was pleased to have
met a person who understood her so well. "Great, even my dead mother never knew
that I had the Crystal, please keep the secret. "Why," she continued, "Why do
you say that Shin will flew to the wrong target?"
"I have already figure out that the myth is true. The earth strikes back!
Humans mess up the earth, they turn the gender ratio from the impossible 100
male to 101 female into the Hopeless 101 male to 100 female, this kind of gender
ratio messes up the earth, so the earth strikes back.
"What about this impossible 100 male to 101 female?"
Some males prefer 3 or 4 wives, they become sexually unsatisfied and greedy
and fight for more than they can handle. Peace becomes impossible and hopeless.
Why is the ratio of 101 male to 100 female hopeless?
Some countries have a greater imbalance, like 3 males to 1 female, but they
still make 4 wives legal, they are fighting for breaking apart pieces, they are
living in overpriced homes they could never buy with a whole lifetime's
earnings, the glaciers are melting because of global warming... ...
A boarding announcement suddenly crackles through the air: "Now boarding all
passengers on flight number 2183 service to Miami at gate number 91."
Followed by another announcement: "This is a final boarding call for
passengers Charles Taylor, Christopher Columbus, E.V.W. Jones, George Sand and
Vincent Gaddis* on flight number D51945 to San Juan... .... ...
It's their first time get together, James Maurlias was so anxious and almost
scream, where is it?!
Olivia was shy and she didn't know what to do...
It's all Xmas when they were together. They want the best from the most for
each other. They felt comfortable to try everything on each other, their first
kisses, made outs, they could fight for who didn't answer the phone.
They all learn that if they behaved themselves, Santa Claus would give them
presents. Now they wanted each other to behave themselves, so they would have a
lifetime marriage of Prince and princess live happily ever after... ...
"This flight has boarded and is waiting on you in order to depart. Passengers
Charles Taylor, Christopher Columbus, E.V.W. Jones, George Sand and Vincent
Gaddis, please make your way to Gate 34 to San Juan, your aircraft is ready to
Then it's Shin Sun made it on her now, she felt relax and open up.
After James got a new job and moved long distance, Olivia met Shin in
Shin didn't talk like a Santa Claus's good kid at all, he didn't believe
life-term marriage, he always want to compare the divorce rate and which country
have 3 times ratio of male than females.
He wanted to monitor the world in clear data record reports, but he made the
world to be very impossible to clear up, he told Olivia there was bisexual
between male and female, to be most annoying, he said there were male' bisexual
and female , three types of male and female.
He talked about breast cancer more than breast implant.
He believed in Santa Claus, he said Santa died, but his spirit still go
around, he talked to him once, through a friend in a crystal... ...
We don't looking for life term happy marriage, that's what mortals do. We
won't buy a house that will cost us to work over 90 years without eating and any
Then it's the whole world quaking and shaking!...
It's Phenice's voices arise from the airport waiting room:" I know where we are
going now! Miami, San Juan, ... ... and Bermuda Island!"