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The Eyes of Love (a story)--中英双语

(2019-05-19 08:08:59) 下一个

 

“Tomorrow will be Valentine’s Day, I will go to see you at 7:30 in the morning.”

 

When Jane got Nick’s message, she felt a rush of sweet feeling rising inside her. She vividly remembered the scene the first time they met. That night in Nov, more than a year ago, Jane took Andy, her son to swimming practice. During the practice, she had been reading a novel, written by American novelist Green. It’s a Chinese version of the English book with the same cover design as its English version that Jane saw one day in BARNES & NOBLE. Jane bought this book in China years ago, but now was reading the book in its entirety for the first time.

 

Taking a glance of the clock on the wall, Jane put down the book. It was 6:29, the swimming practice would be over in a minute. Jane looked toward the pool. Some kids were walking towards the locker room and Andy was in the pool swimming the last a few yards. Then as she looked away, Jane glimpsed the waiting area on another side of the hallway. There as she noted more parents showed up. She saw a white man probably her age who was looking at her with a warm smile on his face. She gave back a quick smile, then looked away, with a question in her mind. The way the man was looking at her and smiling at her was not like a stranger. She wondered Have I ever met him or maybe even talked with him before? No. she didn’t think so. To her surprise, as she walked through the hallway, she found Nick standing in front of her with the same warm smile on his face. He told Jane that his name is Nick, and that he had taken his daughter Alice for swimming practice. That he had noticed the book she was reading. It was a book that he had read in the past that he liked very much. Nick said” It’s a wonderful book”. Thinking Nick’s observation of her reading, Jane blushed.

 

When they met, Nick and his wife were going through a divorce. Jane had ended her marriage of 13 years 3 months ago. Two weeks after this meeting, Nick invited Jane to dinner. They went to an Italian restaurant. They talked for hours. Nick was 46, Jane was 42. they have the same passion for literacy. Nick dreamed of being a teacher and a writer when he was in High school. He picked English literacy in college. But he changed his mind in 2nd college year and changed the major to Engineering science. He got master degree in engineering science and has been working as an engineer in a well-known tech company after graduation till now.

 

Jane got a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literacy when she graduated from Beijing University. She dreamed of being a writer too. After graduation, she had been working as an editor in a publishing company for six years until she married Andy’s father. When Jane was 29, she came to the USA with her husband. After four years’ re-education, she got her master degree in accounting and after that she became an accountant.

 

Nick’s dream of being a writer had gone, but never for Jane. She had written a few short stories and a novel. The novel was published in China before she moved to the USA. She stopped writing stories after the birth of Andy, but sometimes she still wrote essays. She has thousands of stable readers in her Chinese blog.

 

Last Valentine’s Day. Nick gave Jane roses. They kissed. Both felt being drawn into a peaceful and beautiful ocean of love. Another Valentine’s Day was coming. Looking back, they started from getting to know each other to the current situation of enjoying being together, Things just happened naturally

 

Valentine’s Day morning Nick came, along with him was a blast of crisp air and the fragrance from a bunch of captivating roses in his hands. Nick looked fresh. his face was slightly brightened up by the roses.

 

“Happy Valentine’s day to you.” Nick said softly, corners of his mouth rose in a smile.

 

“So pretty! Thank you!” Jane took the roses, removing the wrapping paper outside, putting the roses in a glass vase. She filled the vase with water, loosening the stems and positioning the buds. After doing this, she brought her face down, taking a deep breath, the potent scents of the roses were pleasant.

 

I have a Valentine’s day gift for you too, guessing what it is?” Pointing to a red box on the table, Jane said slyly.

It was a heart-shaped box with red sides, the lower half of the sides were covered with pink hearts with different sizes, the top of the box with white background on which are red and pink hearts. In the center of the top are the words” Valentine’s Day”, above are two hearts, a red heart overlapped a pink heart, with Cupid arrow through both of these two hearts. 

 

“You never will figure out what it is!” Jane grinned with complacent.

“Ok, let me see what gift my Panda Bear prepared for me.” Nick said slowly and amusingly.

 

A small red paper bag has been in Nick’s hand since he came in. Putting the bag down on the table, Nick removed the cover from the heart-shaped box and a piece of red paper underneath. Afterwards a black fluffy guy came into the light.

“Wow, what is it?” Nick shouted. His astonishing voice made Jane laughed.

 

“It’s a Black bear!” Taking the fluffy little guy out of the box, Jane cried.” See, a Black Bear, you are my black bear!” Jane’s eyes glowed with excitement.

 

Nick took the black little guy from Jane, looking at him, he muttered :“Oh, Yeah, I saw that. A black bear…black bear… I am a black bear…I am a black bear, you are panda bear!”

“Yes, I am your Panda Bear, you are my Black Bear!” Jane cried. Since when did they begin using these nicknames, Jane couldn’t remember clearly, but she knew how the nicknames came from.

 

Waves of their laugher pervaded the room.

 

To find a Valentine’s Day gift for Nick, Jane had been wandering in stores for days without getting anything until yesterday, the last chance before Valentine’s Day, she went to Target after work. As in other stores, the shelves were filled with Valentine’s Day chocolate, all with incredibly beautiful designs. Jane liked them. But she expected finding something special, even though in her mind she had no idea what the special gift would be, she just wished the perfect one would jump into her sight suddenly.

 

She looked around. Cards, flowers, they were all beautiful. But they were not the one excited her. Where was it? She hadn’t much time, Andy was home already, she needs to feed him, then take him to swimming practice. She felt stressful. She walked back towards the chocolate sections, thinking to take a deep look at each box, wanting to find some special words, the words she felt directly pouring out of her heart.

 

Her eyes reached three shelves near the chocolate section. They were stuffed toy shelves. Apparently they had been swept earlier. Part of the shelves were empty, only a few left, some knocked upside down, scattered upon it. She caught sight of a brown teddy bear, a little white bear, a pink one, all very cute. She walked to the shelf, with a vague idea in mind and a solid hope in heart.

 

Jane moved her sight from top to middle, then to lower one. There he is! A black bear sitting at the corner of the lower shelf, on the cover of a red heart-shaped box, was gazing at her with eyes full of affection. Jane felt her heart almost jumping out of her chest!

 

She held the little black bear in hands. A red love tie was around his neck. A red love heart embroidered on each paw. The little guy looked adorable and cute. Jane squeezed his arms, shoulders and legs. The softness and smoothness gave her a feeling of coziness. She smelt it, the chocolate scent delighted her. This was what she wanted! When Nick holding it, smelling it, he will think of her with a feeling of happiness.

  

Nick sat the little black bear on the table, then took the red bag, from which he took out a small package wrapped with glossy blue paper.

” This is for you, my girl.” Nick’s voice came to her, magnetic and modulated, as what she felt when the first time they met.

 

Jane opened the wrapped paper, curiously and gently, imagining what will be inside. A delicate red bag of gauze fabric was revealed. Against the red gauze, Jane saw a cluster of small stones, pearls, and crystals in different shapes and colors. Among them, the glossy blue and purple crystal popped up!

 

She dropped them into her palm. Magically they were turned into a four-strings bracelet!

 

“Wow, what a beautiful bracelet!” Jane’s cried.

 Jane worn the bracelet, observing it in different angles, catching the beauty of the crystals.

“So beautiful! But I am afraid it might be a little bit girlish, isn’t it?” Jane said, making a silly smile.

 

“You are a girl! American girls wear a bunch of pretty bracelets, I bought this for you, it was a combination of four single bracelets. I will buy you earrings in the future. I like your Chinese style dressing, but I would like you to have some American style accessories.

 

We never had conversations about dressing before. Why does Nick care about my dressing? It’s funny! Jane wondered, but she was very happy with Nick’s thoughtfulness, therefor she nodded ”yes ” with a big smile.

 

“Do you think the existence of Soulmate?” looking at Nick’s eyes, Jane asked with eagerness. This question had been in her mind for a while. When she explored in the Chinese literacy website, she saw some writers joking about the soulmate. In the reviews, people discussed soulmate, all in bad ways. In their eyes, “soulmate” was only an excuse for affairs beyond marriages. But Jane believed the existence of soulmate in a good way. She wanted to listen what Nick would say on this.

 

“Oh, of course. Many wives and husbands are soulmates. Sometimes in restaurant I saw old couples. Whenever the wife/husband took a sublet motion, the other would know what she/he wanted to do. There seemed a mystical connection between them. We are soulmate. We have similar thoughts, we always have something to talk about.” Nick blurted these out instantly, the thought seemed having been in his mind for a while.

 

Jane liked Nick’s comments and agreed Nicky’s identity of their relationship. She thought it the same way, but she was too shy to share with Nick.

 

They looked at each other in silence for seconds, Love was all around.  

“We are so lucky”. Jane said fondly.

“Yes, we are!” Nick’s voice was firm.

 

There is a chemistry between them, they can feel each other. they can discuss on a theme , Sometimes they have slightly different comments, but the basic of their thoughts are similar. they are all kind, all motivated. They all love their kids, love their families. Taking the similarity into their sex, it made their sex extremely beautiful. Every time the energy releasing from their body was so powerful that made her think of volcanic eruption, in the hot lava love, they were melt into one person.

 

“I love you. I feel blessed to meet you and have you.” Nick looked at Jane’s eyes, said firmly and fondly.

Jane observed Nick’s eyes closely. They had been together for a year, she never looked at his eyes like this. Now Jane was looking at Nick’s eyes like an artist, or a researcher. Nick’s eyes were surrounded with light golden flushes. There were four circles in his eye balls. The most outside one was a thin blue circle, the inner light brown, further inner dark brown circle, circle by circle, with a black dot in the center. It’s incredible beautiful!

 

More than these, next to the black dot in the center, Jane saw a tiny red spot.

 

“What have you seen?” holding the same position, Nick asked casually, but Jane could feel a serious clue in his voice.

“Love.”

“Yes, love.” Nick’s voice firm, but gentle, smiles rising from the edge of his mouth.” I have another gift for you.” Taking a glimpse of the small red bag on the table, Nick said mysteriously.

 

“Jane, would you like to marry me?” Nick’s eyes caught Jane’s, he said slowly and softly.

 

“I would!”   blurted out these words, Jane circled Nick’s neck. They kissed in the fragrance of the roses in Valentine’s Day…

 

(The end)

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中文版

                               

“明天是情人节,我早上7:30会去找你。”

 

当雨霏收到尼克的信息时,她心里涌出一股甜蜜。雨霏清楚地记得她与尼克第一次见面时的场景。

 

那是前年11月的一天,雨霏带着10岁的儿子安迪去游泳训练,安迪训练时,雨霏就坐在看台的长椅上看一部名为《无比美妙的痛苦》的小说。那本书的封面是蓝色的,上面一朵黑云,叠着一朵白云。那本中文版的小说是几年前雨霏在中国时买的,买回后,雨霏就一直没把它读完。感觉到训练快结束时,雨霏看了一眼墙上的挂钟,上面显示着6:29,再有一分钟训练就结该结束了。合上书,雨霏将目光投向泳池。那里,几个孩子正朝更衣室走去。安迪还在水中,他要游完那最后的几码。目光收回之前,雨霏扫了一眼另一侧看台。那边的家长已比来时多了几个。雨霏的目光与一位白人男子目光相遇了。那男子朝雨霏很友好地温和一笑,于是雨霏也友好地回了他一笑。目光转开后,雨霏想着那个笑。那笑不像是对一个陌生人,但雨霏之前并没见过这人。后来他走了过来,说他叫尼克,是带女儿艾尔莎来训练的。他问雨霏刚才所看的书是不是《无比美妙的痛苦》,说他看过,并喜欢它。想着刚才自己看书时,有个男子在观察她,雨霏的脸红了。

 

那时尼克与妻子分居,离婚手续正在办理中。而雨霏也于三个月前结束了十三年的婚姻。后来,尼克请雨霏到一家意大利餐厅吃饭。两人交谈中发现彼此有着对文学的共同爱好。尼克中学时就梦想成为一名作家,于是大学他读了英国文学专业。但一年学习后,他发现成为作家,对他来说永远都只能是个梦。于是没经过多少思想斗争,第二年,尼克改学了工程科学,后来又读了研究生。毕业后尼克在一家大公司做工程师,一直到现在。雨霏在北京大学里读的是中文系,毕业后她在一家杂志社做编辑,一做就是六年,直到她和安迪爸爸结婚,随他来到美国。到了美国后,雨霏读了个会计的硕士学位,在一家公司做财务工作。但时常她还会想起她的那个作家梦。实际上,雨霏在国内时就写过几个短篇小说和一部长篇小说,那部长篇小说还被出版了。到了美国后,雨霏没再写小说了,只是偶尔抽空她会记下生活中发生的一些场景,画面,写下随感。雨霏知道:她的时间不再像以前,由她随心安排。现在,时间对于她,已经变得不够用了。只是那份与文字间的缘份,雨霏却无论如何也无法割忍。于是,她就借着不长的文字,继续着那份她与文字的缘。

 

去年的情人节,尼克送了雨霏玫瑰花,他们接吻了。明天,就是他们亲吻一周年纪念日。回想这过去的一年,他们从彼此有好感,到喜欢,再到相依相偎。一路走来,那一步步的转变都来得是那么自然。

 

情人节的早上,尼克来了,随他一同进来的是一股寒气和一习氛芳。尼克的手里拿着一束玫瑰花,外面用亮粉色的包装纸裹着。他面带微笑,一脸清爽,在玫瑰的映衬下,尼克的脸颊上看着也似乎带了些玫粉色。

“情人节快乐,给你的。”尼克笑着,把那束玫瑰花递上来。

雨霏迎上去。她笑着,美丽的面庞也如那束玫瑰般娇艳。雨霏从尼克手中轻轻接过鲜花。“谢谢!很漂亮!”

 

雨霏把花除去包装纸,插到长条玻璃花瓶中,加上水;然后轻轻把那花枝分散开些,调整好花朵的姿态;最后她低头,凑近那些含苞的花朵,闻了一闻。当雨霏做这一切时,尼克就在旁安静地,面带微笑地看着她。

 

 照顾完这些情人节的玫瑰花后,雨霏指着餐桌上的一个心形大盒子,有点神秘,又有点俏皮地说:“我也给你准备了情人节礼物,有点不同喔。”

“喽?让我看看是什么。”

 

那盒子的下半身有着红色的底,盒身1/2的高度以下,一圈圈满列着两种大小的粉红色的爱心。盖子的正面是白色的底,周围布满了大小的粉红色爱心,中间是一红一粉两颗更大的爱心。这两颗爱心一大一小,相互叠交着,爱神丘比特的箭将它们牢牢地紧固着。

 

“你肯定想不到这个礼物。”此时,雨霏显得有些得意了。

尼克进门时,手里就有一个红色的小纸袋。这时,尼克把红色小纸袋放在了桌上。尼克又看了眼雨霏后,就打开了盒盖。盒盖下面,露出一张红色卡纸。尼克将卡纸移开,这时,一个黑色小东西暴露在了尼克的眼前。

“哇,这是什么!”尼克拿出那个小东西,看着,笑了。

“黑熊啊!”雨霏望着尼克,兴奋地叫着。

 

最近这一周,只要能抽出点时间,雨霏就会跑到商场去转。雨霏想找一份有些特别的情人节礼物给尼克。但她一直都没找到满意的,直到昨天--情人节的前一天,雨霏下班先去了TARGET。这是最后的机会了,雨霏在心里提醒自己。

 

雨霏看着货架上林林总总地,买满了大小爱心形状的巧克力盒。她喜欢那些巧克力盒美丽而浪漫的包装,但总觉得有些普通。她想找点什么特别的,能体现她特别用意的礼物。她没有太多的时间,安迪已经到家了。她要给他们俩人做个简单的晚餐,然后就要带安迪去游泳。想到这,雨霏的头开始有了种被紧箍起来的感觉。其实雨霏也不知道她要的东西到底是什么样的,但她确信:当那样东西跃入她视线中时,她一定就能把它认出。她的意念有些模糊,但那个希望却是实实在在的。

 

那些的情人节贺卡,那些情人节鲜花,从雨霏的眼前一一走过。

 

转了一圈,雨霏又折返,朝巧克力货架的方向走去。现在,她只能去仔细看看那些巧克力盒,看看上面的话,有没有特别打动她的,有没有就像是从她心中直接对尼克说出的。

 

想着,走着,不经意间,雨霏的目光落在了离情人节巧克力不远处的一个货架上。那个货架一看就是被扫荡过的,上面零星地,横七竖八地倒着几个毛绒玩具。雨霏定睛一看,那些都是各式小熊毛绒。

 

一阵窃喜过后,雨霏紧张地扫视了货架的最高一层和最下一层。在货架的最下层有一个黑色的小熊仔,它正坐在一个红色的爱心盒子上,傻傻,痴痴地望着自己。雨霏的心激动地像是要从胸中跳出来!

 

雨霏走上去,拿起小黑熊。小东西的脖子上系着一个爱心结,脚底绣着红色的爱心。她摸了摸小东西的双腿,又捏了捏小东西的双肩,手感柔软顺滑,很舒服。她又把小东西举近鼻子闻了一闻,那是种带着蜂蜜甜的巧克力味道,很好很好闻。太好了!这样尼克看着它,摸着它,闻着它,就能想到自己,他就会感到幸福!

 

“噢,对呀,是黑熊!我就是黑熊,你是熊猫!”尼克拿着小黑熊在手里摸着,捏着,嘴角的一抹大笑瞬间把他变成了个大男孩一般。

 

把小黑熊放在桌上,尼克拿起桌上的那个红色小纸袋。从里面,他掏出一个湖绿色的小纸包。他把那个小纸包递给雨霏。

 

雨霏接过纸包,慢慢打开,里面是一个红色的薄纱小口袋,“哇,手链,很漂亮!”那是一串五彩珠石手链,由四条独立的单层手链组合而成。雨霏仔细地看着,她喜欢上面上紫水晶,蓝水晶,琥珀石。

雨霏把手链搭在手腕上,“啪“的轻轻一声,两端的磁铁扣吸在了一起。

雨霏把手移近,又移远,从不同角度,不同距离去欣赏这串手链。无论怎么看,它都很美。

“配着你的手很漂亮。“尼克用欣赏的口吻,轻声说。

 

“嗯,是很漂亮!就是会不会太女孩气了?你把我当小女孩了。“

“你本来就是个小女孩。美国女孩子都在手上戴着好几个链子,很好看,我买给你。我还准备给你买耳环,我喜欢你中国的装扮,但我也想让你也有些美国女孩的装扮。

 

从什么时候尼克开始为自己的打扮费心了? 雨霏心里想着时,感觉很甜蜜,也挺高兴。于是她就笑着点点头,说“好啊”

 

“你觉得有SOULMATE吗?“ 突然间,雨霏想起心中的一个疑问,她听网上的人们讨论“SOULMATE”这一话题,大都是贬意的,是婚外恋的粉饰。但她觉得真有SOULMATE这东西,是好的。她觉得有些无解,于是她问尼克,想听听尼克对这问题怎么看。

 

“噢,当然。很多的夫妻就是SOULMATE。我有时在餐厅里见到很老的夫妻,一个人的一举手,一投足,对方就知道他/她的心思,那是一种默契。我们俩个就是SOULMATE., 我们有类似的思想,我们在一起总是有话说。可以分享我们的思想。”尼克说着这些脱口而出的话时,口气和表情都是认真的,也很自然。像是那思想已经在他的头脑中很久了。雨霏有点吃惊,但暗自高兴,她能感到他们俩个有那么种,可以关联起彼此心的东西。她能感知尼克的心,尼克也可以从她脸上的表情断她的内心。他们可以就一个话题展开讨论,他们之间的讨论是思想的碰撞,尽管有时两人的看法并不尽完全相同,但基本点是一样的。他们都是人类中善的一类,他们都有进取心,都爱家,爱家人。当把这种灵魂深入的东西代入他们的性生活中时,那一切的美妙都到来的是如此的自然与顺畅,每次都证明了他们的体内都蕴藏着足以和火山爆发相类比的威力,那种威力是可以毁灭人的。幸运的是,他们不需要以毁灭彼此来成全彼此。

 

“我爱你,我真幸运遇见你,拥有你。“尼克凝视着简的眼睛,深情地说。

“我也一样。我们都很幸运!”迎着尼克炽热的目光,雨霏柔声回应。

 

突然间,雨霏冒出一个念头:她想好好看看尼克的眼睛。尼克是一个白人,他的眼珠和自己---一个亚洲人的眼珠是不一样的。但之前,她从未认真地看过尼克的眼珠。

“别动,我要看看你的眼睛。”

“好。怎么了吗?”

“没有,就想仔细看看。”

雨霏仔细地看着尼克的眼睛。尼克的睫毛是金色偏白的,他的眼珠内外有四层色,最外层是一圈极细的蓝色,向内是浅棕色的,向向内是深棕色,最中心是黑色的,一圈圈环套,美丽极了!突然,雨霏发现:在那最中心的黑色旁边,有一点红色---那是一个小小的爱心形状。

 

“你看到了什么?“尼克保持着一个姿式,一动不动地,等雨霏看了一会儿后,问。

“爱。“雨霏柔声说。

“是,很多很多的爱。我还有一个东西要送给你。”说完,尼克缓缓地从那个红色小提袋里拿出另一个湖绿色的小盒子,然后打开。

 

“YUFEI,你愿意嫁给我吗?”尼克凝视着雨霏,温和的目光中闪着亮光,语气舒缓但坚定地说。

“我愿意!“

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