………………Jade sat up and decided to go up to the rooftop. When she felt sad , she liked to climb to the roof and sit and look at the city across the river. There she could see the beautiful skyline of Manhattan. It is usually very quiet after midnight. At this moment, this little world belonged to Jade and her thoughts. The breeze touched her crying face gently. Jade felt so tired that she had to keep proving herself again and again to the world throughout the years. She felt her life didn’t become better after leaving her hometown, and she could not even tell anyone the true life she lived.
So here she sat, like a broken toy, as her tears poured down her cheeks, rushing out of her wounded heart , with all the painful memories and frustrations, of a life that did not make any sense.
Suddenly, she heard something hitting the roof next to her feet. Something fell next to her . She wiped away her tears, Looked up to the sky, then back to the floor. She heard more dripping sounds…Then she noticed something hit the palm of her hand. The sounds she searched for came from her tears. She felt confused, and carefully wiped away the remaining tears from her face. She looked again into her hands, and realized that all of her tears had hardened until they had somehow calcified into marbles. She couldn’t understand what was going on. Suddenly she heard the sound of what seemed to be giant lawnmower. As she looked out toward the river, Jade couldn’t believe her own eyes. Everything in front of her started to melt. It reminded her of the painting “The Starry Night”, by Vincent Van Gogh. Jade thought, “Is my sadness making me crazy? Or am I trapped in a dream?”
The yellow lights from the window of the tall buildings melted into the golden river, and as she watched the city it slowly transformed into an old black and white film. It was as if she were living in the past and New York was a young city. Jade opened her eyes wide to see the buildings of Manhattan being built before her eyes from the ground up like a time lapse of all history. She saw old ships passing under the Brooklyn Bridge and then she finally realized that the lawnmower sounds were coming from what looked like a an enormous strange steam powered ship. Jade could tell that these ships did not belong to this time, but were like ghost ships lingering around the port. The smoke bellowed out of the smokestacks rising up towards the sky. The largest ship was actually hovering above the water. It had what appeared to be copper wings that extended far out on both sides. The wings were shaped like those from an ancient dragon.
The flying ship started to rise up and it’s enormous body stopped near the edge of the rooftop. It was such a huge contraption, that it nearly covered the entire sky. It appeared to be waiting for something. Jade started shaking as she watched the wings of this mechanical beast flapping up and down. The wind from the wings blew dust into Jade’s eyes, making it difficult to see. As she looked at the rusted steel hull and the portholes that lined the ship, she noticed a bright white light coming out of a door on the side of the ship. Then she noticed as a light appeared, the world changed from black and white, back into color. She could hear what sounded like a party coming from behind the door.
翡翠看了一下她的身後，因為她不確定男孩是否正在跟她說話。只見紅西裝男孩開始有些不耐煩，但是他還是伸出手來,說著：「快上來吧！我們不能在這裡久待的。」翡翠慢慢的走上飛行船放下的階梯。男孩抓著並打開了翡翠的手，把眼淚彈珠數了一下。「1 ,2 ,3 ,4 ,5 !恩, 這樣應該就可以了！」男孩收下了那些彈珠，並將他們裝進了老舊的皮革小袋，並將其放進了他背心內側口袋。然後急忙的催趕著翡翠進入飛行船的大門....……….
A boy wearing a red suit walked down the gangway from the steamship towards Jade. He hollered, “Hurry up, you are the last one!”. Jade looked behind her because she was not sure if he was talking to her. He seemed annoyed that she was taking so long, but still reached out his hand and said, “Come along, we cannot stay here for very long.“ So Jade started walking up the gangway. The boy grabbed Jade’s hand, opened it and started counting the marble tears. “One, two, three, four, five. Okay, that should be enough.” The boy took the marbles, put them into an old leather pouch, and stuck the pouch inside a pocket of his vest. Then hurried Jade along up the gangway and through the door……….
(To be continued……New book “ The Door to the Infinite Dream” is coming up!)