Forgotten Paradise遗忘天堂

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Forgotten Paradise
'I'm leaving for school,' Apollo shouted loudly after putting on his brother's hand-me-down shoes, 'Goodbye!' But no one responded. He closed the door and left without looking back. Turning around the corner, he met Daphne who was waiting for him and walked together quietly as they always did. However, at the last corner to school, they turned left rather than right. An hour later, they escaped the town and climbed to the top of a mountain, overlooking the town that they had never left since they were born. But sure enough, they left it without missing it now. They began walking down a steep path to the valley below. The cloud was getting heavier and it was getting so dark. In no time, it rained cats and dogs. ‘Put on your raincoat quickly!’ Apollo said, ‘There’s a cave. Get inside!’ ‘It’s such a heavy rain. My hair almost gets wet.’ Daphne complained as she took off her rain coat and fixed her chestnut silky hair. When she turned around, she cried out, ‘Look, there’s a spot of light over there.’ She backed up a few steps in panic. Apollo put up his head immediately. ‘Then let’s go and have a look.’ The path in the cave was very small at the beginning, narrowly passing one person. Continuing for over tens-of-feet distance, they found the view instantly clearing up. Out of the cave, the rain had already stopped and they found a valley full of violets, as if the air was painted purple. Feeling like soaking into the fragrance, they would never forget about the luminous dewdrops on the flowers in some golden sun

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rays. However, among these enjoyable scenes, they still could not ignore an upset, disharmonious noise letting out from the cabin. They heard gears and bearings grinding. So they opened the door with great curiosity, only to see a machine, hanged on the wall, transporting and unloading all kinds of stuff here. The house tasted like a humid garage after the heavy rain. Apollo removed some old musty and wrecked furniture and find something which was familiar to him. ‘How ridiculous! There are things from people around me.’ In front of him was the teddy bear which belonged to his cousin a couple of months ago There were flames radiating from its eyes like a poor, abandoned, begging dog, though its cloth was still quite clean and tidy. On his left was the incomplete fairy tale book lying on the floor, like an old beggar, covered with layers of worn-out, tattered and patched blankets. On the footer of the faded page, Apollo recognized the signature, Anne, one of his classmates in primary school. Daphne squatted down, searching like Apollo did. Then she found a shaver. She could almost hear the annoying buzz from the bathroom when her father shaved in the morning. ‘Oh, a bottle of perfume! The smell is too strong. It’s uncomfortable to stay in such a room where smells were mixed with extremely strong perfume, decaying vegetables and musty …’ She stopped as she noticed a photo covered by heavy dust. ‘Look, Apollo. It’s my parents’ wedding photo. Well, though it can be a wedding photo, my parents even didn’t hold a wedding or officially register a marriage. And you know that when my mother was pregnant, my father left us and I became a

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illegitimate child. It’s obvious that my mother had forgotten this photo completely though she used to stare at it for a long time every day.’ Suddenly, Apollo found a painting. There was thick and awful dirt on the frame, like overmuch toppings on cakes and puddings, making it much more klunky than that in his memory. It’s a painting of violet in which the colors of the flowers were difficult to recognize. When he touched the mottled pigment on it, a feeling of extreme familiarity spread through his finger like an electric shock to his brain. ‘Daphne, do you still remember this painting?’ he said unsteadily. ‘It is the painting that the kind old lady, who used to live at the corner of the street to our school and whose windows were always decorated with a bowl of violet, gave us as a Christmas present. She was later sent into the nursing home and we never see her again. Do you still remember her name?’ Apollo was lost in contemplation. He lived in a big family. He had four brothers and two sisters. They were all so talented and brilliant that he, such a ordinary boy, did not seem like a member of his family. Lived in such a family he seldom found the meaning of his existence and never be noticed by any one in or out his family, except for that old lady. ‘Her name was Delores.’ ‘Wow, you have a retentive memory!’ Apollo did have a very good memory, but no one had ever noticed before. ‘Wait a moment.’ It’s like he suddenly found the most important thing in the world. ‘I remembered we put this painting in the garage in my home but later we

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forgot it and we all moved. You used to think that it was missing but now it is here, with so many things forgotten or abandoned by people. Maybe, this is a place where all the abandoned things were collect.’ ‘If this is a place to hold abandoned things by people, why are we here? It seemed no one has come before, unless…’ ‘Unless we are forgotten by other people.’ Apollo said it calmly just like he’s just analyzing a math problem, ‘therefore, the rusty machine on the wall must transporting all the forgotten things from all over the world to this small house. Realizing this, they slept with loneliness and disappointment that night. They were used to being ignored by people around, but not until today did they clearly noticed that they were forgotten. Their existence had nothing to do with anyone, even their family. Two days later, a news was reported on the local newspaper, which said two teenagers was missing since they left for school and they could be found nowhere on the town. At first, their parents, teachers, and classmates were looking for them in every place they can think of. But later on, it seems as if nothing had happened. They give up the searching and the two teenagers were considered to be dead. One night, an old lady, who got Alzheimer and was sent to the nursing home, was reading a newspaper. She notice the news that two teenagers were missing. Surprisingly, she recognized them even though she couldn’t remember anything else. It should be a miracle in medical history, isn’t it? Then she immediately decided to set out to find them. Not understanding why, she thought they can arouse her memory.

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She escaped from the nursing home quietly when the guard was taking a nap at midnight. Though she didn’t know where to go, but something in her heart, just like an angel, telling her to went through the mountain cave to the cabin in the violet valley. That was a tough such an old lady like her. But she insisted with great determination. It was a warming morning. Apollo and Daphne were so tired looking for food in the valley last night that they couldn’t wake up even though plenty sunshine was on their faces. During the two weeks after their arrival, they cook, eat and sleep in the small house, for they couldn’t the way back home. Suddenly, the door crunched. They woke up and saw a woman walking in. ‘Delores?!’ they asked, all in one voice. What a hack! They didn’t the woman’s face, but they cried out the name immediately as if someone had told them. I may say that is called ‘mind acts upon mind’. ‘Are you guys? Daphne and Apollo?’ said the old lady. ‘Yes,’ said Apollo, excitedly, but soon changed into a sad tone, ’as you see, we are all forgotten and that’s why we are all here. Here is a forgotten paradise.’ ‘Really? Never mind. Go out for an adventure. We are not thoroughly forgotten. At least we treasure each other.’ Apollo and Daphne were shocked. They almost ignore this fact if Delores didn’t tell them. They looked at Delores, feelingly, or rather, gratefully. Delores held their hands. The warmth, like an electric shock, again, spread through their fingers to his heart.

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They went out of the cabin. Perhaps they will eventually find their home; or perhaps they will live in this forgotten paradise, yes, a paradise, not corner, with love from each other ever after…Who knows?


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