Unfinished Business (Short story)

2022-05-01 0 By

In Xinlou village, there is an 85-year-old grandmother named Yang.Grandma Yang had been strong all her life and had hardly suffered any illness, but this winter she suddenly died and was taken to hospital.Doctors around the old man check to check to find no cause, and finally diagnosed as “machine natural scrap”, life limit.Helpless, everyone had to take the old man home again, ready for the future.Grandma Yang is a childless five guarantees, her husband has been dead for many years, her death naturally became the village business.The old man’s family lived a mile outside the village on the edge of the village.In recent years, almost all of the ten or so families who had lived there had been built up and settled in the new village as planned, leaving only her two lonely huts.In order to facilitate, the village women’s director Li Ersau immediately made a decision, the village center of agricultural machinery warehouse temporarily vacated two rooms, as the funeral hall of grandma Yang.A dozen men and women a busy, soon will Yang Grandma into the warehouse, dressed neatly, covered with quilts, placed in a door panel, and then, we take turns on duty waiting.The old man was like a choked fish in muddy water, sinking and coming up again.Several times, clearly past, but the eyes are still moving.This went on for three whole days and nights.According to folk superstition, it is clear that the old people still have something to lose.Everyone stood around the old man and looked, but no one could solve the riddle.That evening, Grandma Yang opened her eyes again and struggled to move her hands out of bed.Li er – sister-in-law pressed close to the old man’s ear and asked, “Grandma, what else do you have to lose?Speak up, and I’ll do it for you.”With a gleam in her eyes, the old man touched the green printed silk coverlet with both hands, then slowly turned it over with his five fingers.Careful Li Ersao looked at all this, carefully thought for a while, and finally realized: “Oh, Grandma Yang, your old people’s heart is still put this thing!”What’s one thing you can’t get rid of Grandma Yang?It was five years ago, when Grandma Yang was eighty years old.An eightieth birthday is, of course, a great occasion in life, but if you have no family, who will make it for you?Grandma Yang thought for a few days and nights, and finally decided to do it for herself!On her birthday, she bought a firecracker, killed chickens and geese, and silently prepared two tables full of wine and dishes.At the end of the day, a man stood at the table staring out of the door, not knowing for whom the other two tables were busy, and not knowing who would come to celebrate her birthday.Li Ersao, who happened to be in the same village, passed by her door and understood.She felt the old man strange pitiful, quickly in the village from door to door to greet again.After a while, more than a dozen neighbors came to celebrate Grandma Yang’s birthday.At that time, even Li ersister-in-law did not expect that almost all the neighbors brought grandma Yang a favor, including hot water bottles, clothes, and quilt covers, although different, but most of the value of less than 30 yuan.Grandma Yang repeatedly refused, but how also refused but had to accept one by one.It occurred to her that human relations were hard to block.Since then, Grandma Yang has had something on her mind.Murakami as long as there is a wedding, she in any case always put together a favor to send.But there was only one debt she still owed, and that was this green printed silk quilt cover.The one who sent this favor was a young daughter-in-law named Osmanthus.That wasn’t long.Osmanthus took her five-year-old daughter to the county seat, but there was no word from her.Her daughter would have a tenth birthday this year!Li Ersao thought of here, he quickly close to Grandma Yang’s ear gently said: “Grandma, I understand, osmanthus that baby is ten years old this year.Don’t worry, your ladyship. You have two rooms?When you are old, I will sell the house for you and then send a favor to osmanthus!”Say also true spirit, Li Ersao finish this speech not for a while, Yang grandma then slowly closed her eyes, never open again.Look at Grandma Yang finally passed away, the people in the house began to chattering, the topic of nature or human thing.While saying that, someone shouted at Ersister-in-law Li: “Are you really selling the house for Grandma Yang to return the favor?She is a five-protector, and that house must be returned to the public!”I don’t know who laughed and put in a joke: “Ersister-in-law said to grandma to relax, this is called the living coax the dead!”At night, naturally, we had to take turns guarding grandma Yang’s body.In the middle of the night, it was snowing heavily outside.The keepers, who had thought they had been tired for days, felt cold and sleepy.They felt that nothing could be done with the corpse, and went to sleep.They slept until dawn, and when they came to the warehouse, they were stunned: there were flickering candle lights, only a bare door panel, the quilt fell to the ground, but Grandma Yang’s body was gone!That’s what’s freaking everybody out.Li Erso scolded a few lazy companions at night.But even so, she thought to herself: could an old woman’s dead body be stolen?So he called people to look around.Li Ersister-in-law is also the most sharp eyes, she suddenly found the vast snow, faint a pair of crooked footprints, as if to the village.So, people follow the dimly discernible footprints straight forward to find.Grandma Yang has been found before the old house, people were suddenly surprised by the sight of a scene: Grandma Yang’s body has magically arrived here!She lay face down on the ground, her head towards the village, her hands stretched out in front of her, and the ground was a lump of ice.She had evidently come into the house, and then tried to climb into the village.As we pushed the ice away, we saw the old man clutching a red paper parcel.Someone came forward to break open that red paper package son a look, inside is a pile of bits and pieces of RMB, a total of 30 yuan!All of a sudden, Li ersao and everyone looked at each other and couldn’t help sighing: Alas, this endless debt of love…