Fierce Coffin - Chapter 2
Lao Hu came to pull me and said, “Come down. This is not an ordinary coffin, this is a fierce coffin! One of the carvings sitting in the middle of the coffin represent a Taoist priest who came to the town to kill him.” (T/N: Over here ‘fierce coffin’ term refers to a cursed or haunted coffin)
“Lao Hu, what are you saying? A coffin is a coffin. What is a fierce coffin? How do you see any fierceness in this coffin? We have seen many dead people, why do we have to care about a coffin now?” I pushed him away dismissively.
“Do you want the money so much that you don’t even care about your life?” Old Hu said, narrowing his eyes and gritting his teeth.
“I’ll get the money and die!” I said, “Lao Hu, I’ll make the decision regarding this matter, and I’ll open the coffin. If you don’t want to, you may leave.”
I pried open the coffin. However, when it was opened, it was like a shark’s big mouth. Cold air poured out and I couldn’t help but shiver and tried to fight the cold with a sort of body friction.
“It’s so fucking cold!” Then I completely opened the coffin. Instead of seeing a dead body that should be in there, I saw a red wedding dress.
This wedding dress was particularly bright, but that was only for a moment when the wedding dress started to turn dark. I bent down and stretched out my hand to catch it, but the wedding dress shredded to pieces and floated out of the coffin.
Old Hu also climbed up and looked at the coffin with me. I said, “There’s no corpse, it’s a clothes mound!”
Old Hu said, “It’s okay that there is no body, otherwise, you and I will have no place to be buried.”
“Lao Hu, you are too superstitious!” I said.
I jumped into the coffin, and on to the shredded clothes, I found a piece of white jade, a bracelet, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of earrings. After all the four golden bells were collected, Lao Hu and I came out, dug a pit and buried it in the yard, and then came back to dismantle the coffin and called Lao Shen.
Lao Shen came with a van, and his eyes lit up, asking us to make an offer.
Lao Hu stepped on the sampan of the ground with his foot and said, “Lao Shen, first, tell me what kind of wood this is, and I’ll make an offer!”
(T/N: ‘Sampan’ means a small boat of a kind used in East Asia, typically with an oar or oars at the stern.)
Old Shen said: “This is an ordinary poplar, but it has become ebony after so many years on the bottom of the river.
Lao Hu took a sip and said, “Don’t try to blind me, this is a boxwood of great value!”
Lao Shen suddenly opened his eyes, grabbed Lao Hu’s arm, and said excitedly, “Lao Hu, you can see it? This is really a good thing. It is of great value. To my heart, even if it is my furniture, the shop can’t pay you so much for some water boxwood! “Lao Hu, you know of it? This is a really good thing! It is of great value. In my heart, even if it is my furniture…”
His voice was trembling.
The old Hu said: “Lao Shen, you pull five million pieces of this wood, you look at this material, after a full foot, add at least three cubes together, such a good material, you can’t find it in the world.”
Lao Shen didn’t even pay the price this time, they waited. He went out to make a phone call, and soon came back, holding two cards in his hand, and handed it to me and Lao Hu, saying, “One of them has 2.6 million, while the other one has 1,240 in it. Let’s see who’s lucky one. “
I selected one and started to check the amount. I got the 2.6 million card. Feeling lucky, my excitement made me jump up and down.
“Fuck it up!” Lao Shen urged.
The three of us started loading cars, and Lao Shen said, “Xing Yun, Lao Hu, we don’t need to maintain any contact from now on, do you understand? Even if we meet in the future, we will not know each other. After working here for a while, it’s best to leave. Everyone parting our ways. We don’t need see each other forever.”
Lao Hu nodded and said, “Yes, after a few days, we resign and quit, and with this money, it will be enough for me to take care of my family-elderly.”
Soon after this incident, Hu asked me to resign first. After our discussion, I got a piece of jade, a bracelet and two gold bells. The rest of the necklace, ring and earrings, plus two gold bells, were left to Lao Hu.
When I stepped on to the train home, I squealed internally. I missed my family so much, especially my daughter Jiajia. While laying down on the sleeper, I remembered that I forgot to buy a gift for my daughter. I never went back empty-handed before, even as plain as a stuffed toy! At this time, I remembered the bracelet. This bracelet was not very big. I should twist it with my hand and it should be just right for the child. I took the bracelet out and started to scoop it carefully on the train. Soon, the scoop turned smaller due to pressure applied by me.
Later on, a person who didn’t look very decent entered the carriage. I decided to be careful, as I kept an eye on him. I hadn’t slept much for a day. I closed my eyes until I got off in Zhengzhou.
I was awakened from my slumber by a dream. In the dream, a woman entered the carriage, and after entering, she sat beside me and looked at me, saying that her feet hurt. I said you don’t want to mess around with your feet hurting, and then she lifted up her legs. As a result, I found out she didn’t even have feet, and I was scared.
My heart pounded and I took a deep breath for a long time before it was calm. I slowly sat up and drank water, then heard the announcement of my arrival to Tianjin. Being in Tianjin also meant that I will be home in no more than four hours. I took out the bracelet and looked at it, and a thought of my daughter’s smiling face popped up.
Due to poor economic conditions at home, my daughter could not go to kindergarten, which saved thousands of dollars a month. When I got home, I found that my daughter was taller than when I came back last time.
I couldn’t wait to take out the bracelet and put it on my daughter Jia Jia’s arm, and then asked Jia Jia, “Do you like it?”
My daughter naturally liked it, she nodded again and again.
The wife said, “This is gold, where did you get so much money from?”
My wife is very plain-dressed, but it wasn’t that she didn’t like keeping herself pretty, but her life was too tight. She picked up a lot of beautiful things online and always put them in the shopping cart, but she was reluctant to buy them. After a few days or even months of viewing, they would all be deleted. My wife and I used the same account and often saw a lot of beautiful clothes in the shopping cart. Every time I felt guilty.
I said to my wife, “Wife, you should buy some new clothes too.”
She said with a smile: “Where did you get the money from! My dad is going to question it again. This will cost more than 1,000 yuan per month. I have little ability to help you make money. I can only help by saving money.”
I sighed and said, “Don’t say that, our family appreciates you, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to run to the south to make money.”
It was quite a loss to my wife. My wife was from a very wealthy family. When we got married, because I was from a rural area, her family opposed the marriage. But she followed me into my rural life without a second thought. After working together for several years, I bought this second-hand house in the city, and then we had Jiajia. Thinking about Jiajia’s mother she had to go through a lot, especially after my old father in the countryside fell ill. I had to quit my decent job and ran to the south to harvest the dead to support the whole family.
After a long absence, after Jiajia fell asleep, my wife and I came out of her room. I pulled the curtains and couldn’t wait to start undressing her, as I pressed her to the sofa affectionately. She insisted on going back to the bedroom, afraid that Jiajia would hear her voice.
We went to the bedroom and tossed for half a night, falling asleep eventually.
As soon as it was dawn, my wife asked me where I put her underwear. She said that she could not find the underwear and panties that she wore last night. I was so sleepy that I didn’t want to open my eyes and asked her to look carefully. She said that she could not find them. I said that if you can’t find it, you can wear a new one.
She is definitely not a careless person. I felt sober when I woke up. But I remember it being tossed on to the nightstand. Maybe there was a ghost in my heart, I remembered the wedding dress in that coffin at a glance, and my heart said that there would not be anything weird following me back!
During breakfast, my wife and I discussed whether I should send Jia Jia to my hometown and let my parents take care of her. She could also find a job to help me share the pressure. My wife was a graduate of Yanda University who is a senior engineering student. Finding a job was not a problem. She has not been looking for a job because she often found that the nanny secretly gave the child sleeping pills, and she was not very relieved to hand-over the child to the nanny. Now that the child is older, it was time to find a job.
I really wanted to tell her about getting rich, but I knew my wife. This money was stolen money, and if anyone asked me about it, I really wouldn’t have known how to lie and cover it up. I couldn’t say that I got five thousand corpses and earned this much all because of them! I was even worried that my wife would expose me when she gets angry on me, and it would be all over by then.
Only then did I realize that money was also a point of worry. But I had a way. I planned to buy lottery tickets every day. After a few days, I disappeared for a whole day. When I came back, I told my wife that I had won the prize. It was to check, and she wouldn’t be the wiser.
Nothing strange happened on that day, it was normal.
The next morning, my wife shouted that the underwear and panties were missing again, and asked me where they had gone. I got up to help my wife search, and they really had disappeared. She had no other choice so she took another out of the closet and put it on.
On this day, our family went to Zushan for a day to play and coaxed Jiajia to sleep after returning. In the evening, my wife and I watched the TV in the living room for a while and went back to the bedroom. After a wonderful night, I pointed at my wife’s underwear and said, “You look good this time, your underwear is on the nightstand.”
She put the underwear in the drawer and said, “If you can’t find it this time, it must have been a ghost. “
As a result, I slept for one night, and my wife woke me up in the morning and said, “Xiao Yunzi, the underwear is gone. Are you deliberately scaring me?”
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