novelette –maple red and smoke cloud
Maple red and smoke cloud
I know Kongfung; more specific I am actually a swordswoman. I do kill people, but they are all bad people, they deserve the death. They hurt innocence, they rob and cruel, so I use their blood to feed my sword. Sometimes I will accept the missions from government to chase suspects, and use my rewards to help others who need helps. My sword is my company since I was little; it’s the only present left from my father. My father taught me Kongfung, also justice in order to be a good person. My sword is a legend, it was made in 400 years ago, called unknown sword. Sword must have a name, so I name it as “smoke cloud”.
I am a sword of legend, made in 400 years ago, I could not remember who made me, but I am certainly his pride. 400 years time for this universe is just tiny as sand, however for human being, it’s legend. I fight in battles; I took people’s life over in Jianghu.
I have to declare for myself, I was not born to drink blood, but as a sword, being bloody is inevitable. My last master was a noble self-discipline man; he not only was a good swordsman, but also a highly recommended good person. Unfortunately he died because of his honesty and trusted the wrong person, how pathetic. His daughter, my present master is a young lady, pretty as fairy lady, elegant as lotus for me. I never seen her smiles, maybe because of her father’s experience; she looks so impossible to approach. Nevertheless I understand her truly, her cold appearance contains a revenge heart, burning as fire, even burns my soul.
I adore my young master; she has the heritage from her father as a good person, and has beautiful eyes. Her eyes are so bright and shining, seems she could see through this world. Every time when she looks at my sparkling sword body, I thought she is looking at a beloved. It’s a shame that no matter how legend I am, I am just a sword, could never let her understand how I feel from her. My young master named me as “smoke cloud”, but I love her name: “maple red”.
I hold this 500 gold reward from the government in hand; I really want to take a break. I am tired for so many years wandering outside my home. However I could not sleep well until I could avenge for my father. I know that man is an officer with high reputation now, but this only made me hate him even more. If justice still exists in this world, my sword is the best proof. One day I will let smoke cloud drink his blood! And I will take my sword to a brand new place, faraway from the past. It’s weird though, sometimes I feel smoke cloud is alive. I know it is just a sword, but seems it understands my heart.
Today my young master arrived the capital city, and we knew where that bad guy lives. In the inn she clean the dust from my sword body, I appreciate it. Actually I am always clean, but she still likes doing that all the time. Her gentle touch made my heart trembling, also trembling my sword body too. I wish I could be a real human being, and then I could look into her eyes. Her bright eyes reflect my sparkling and sharp, but I am just a sword. Unlikely to human being I never hide my feeling, I will not keep the secret and sentiment deep inside when facing my beloved. I am glad to show my sparkle, also my soul, if only she could feel it, I could give her everything. My young master has many secrets, such as grief, loneliness, sorrow, and a lonely heart, which longs for being loved. Pity that I could not give what she wants; in fact I cannot give her anything, I cannot even comfort her sorrow. So I could only work with her by my reaction, I am her best mate, and I would never betray her, never ever.
Today I tried to assassinate that man, unexpectedly there is a good bodyguard protecting him. He is the famous guy in Jianghu with his knife, called “fire unicorn”. We fight for a while and none of us beat each other, but it doesn’t mean I will lose. As the old saying, grief army must win the battle. I come for the revenge, fire unicorn only works for him, so I know I could win. I have no fear to death, also I have my sword’s sharp. A fearless person with a legend sword, there is no man could escape. I will be back, at that time, I will let fire unicorn realise I will be the winner.
Today my young master was wounded, not seriously but still bleeding. Although I taste blood all the time, when I saw her blood I just feel the pain in my heart. My body could not feel any pain, but my heart could. That fire unicorn is really good at Kongfung, hurt my young master like this. I don’t know why I have a funny idea that she just kept her strength. In the moment I was almost stabbing his chest, I could feel her hand shaking. As it never happened before, my young master held me back. I could tell her heart is no longer quiet as water now, instead something dropped into a pond. Fire unicorn’s knife is a legend knife too, when the moment we touch each other, it told me fire unicorn also distracted by something so he missed the target. I just wondering, is it what human being called- first sign love?
Today I dress up as dancer came to that guy’s house. It’s a good opportunity to assassinate him. This lustful man must require me to stay with him along, and then I could just kill him. When I think about it, I am so trilled, also smoke cloud seems feel my happiness, I feel it’s trembling now.
My identity was almost discovered by fire unicorn, but he has no evidence to prove I am the assassin, so I still get close with the guy, and entered his room. After I knocked him off, I go to the garden and get my sword.
When my young master holds me in hand, fire unicorn suddenly appeared in front of us, his knife shining as the moonlight. Young master starts fighting with him, so I could hear the knife again: “my master is up sad.” Up sad? What for? When my young master stares at fire unicorn, I also hear her heart was saying: “why it’s you and me? Why?” I cannot help myself to feel this grief, because of her heart. I could even hear her soul: “couldn’t we find another way?”
The moon is still shining in the sky, but underneath the moonlight, it’s death or alive. Suddenly I taste the blood, which make me excited, but whose blood? I saw the blood in the knife too, they both stabbed each other, warm blood full of my body, but I am so scared than ever.
My young master use me to support her stand, walk slowly back to the room, and chop his head off. Fire unicorn cannot even stand up, he just watching my young master doing everything.
Eventually I avenge for my father! So my father in heaven could have peace from now on. And I approach fire unicorn slowly, drop that disgusting head off. And I fall down, fire unicorn just hold me in his arms. I touch his face and I feel so peaceful. If we cant born in the same day, at least we could die in the same time now. This moment I am so relief, because I avenged, I have fulfilled my task, and I could die in his arms, which I love.
I saw my young master fall down, fire unicorn just held her in arms, looking at her, so emotional, as my young master always looking at me. I am so envy, I am so envy this fire unicorn! She is hurt by him but still so peaceful. I could feel her weak heartbeats are full of happiness. And I saw he kisses her, like the gentle wind in spring. She said: “fire unicorn, we have not enough fate this life, we can meet again next life.”
His tears drop on her face, drop on my body, and I feel pain like being burnt in hell. I love my young master too! I love her! Why, why I am just an unknown sword? Although I have a name from her, I could never have love like a human being.
Fire unicorn whisper: “yes, yes, we missed this life, we will meet again next time!” he held her tighter, I head the knife cry: “how deep you fall how sad you have when you apart. In this lonely season, who is staying in this sorrow yard? Even I have so many words wish to tell, who could listen to my heart?”
I have been watching their corpses became colder and colder, I hear my heart tore into pieces. I say to the sky: “in this world everything is the same, when you are waiting for someone, there is someone waiting for you too. Although I am just a sword, I have been waiting for you still! Young master!”
From now on, my heart is broken. I am still a legend sword, but marked with scar. Not in my sword body, deep inside my sword heart.