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初心,好难。

[GothicFictionDraft] Chrysalis

这和上次那个fiction draft 一样是一篇作业练习

特别喜欢教主和孙飞亮,就以他们原型构建了一个现代可以说是转世续缘(啥)的故事

文笔很烂,随缘写法,或有语法错误,欢迎捉虫

大概没什么人看英文吧qwq,我也只是在这里存个文而已

Chrysalis 原意为蝶蛹,此处作者取译为化蝶

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    Katherine shuts the drawer at once. Again! she closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. But the image of full-filled butterfly pupae can’t be rubbed out in her mind. She grips a corner of the thin white coat, and makes herself sit down. 

    “You have to work. You need the Money. You’re not going to be mad either…” She tries hard to persuade herself and takes out the medical record, then puts on the stethoscope, and lets the next patient of this awful late afternoon come in. She’s going to leave early today.She holds the smile on the lips while inside her brain professional academic information is already replaced completely. 

    She’s going through the motion with the patient, “Any pain in your throat? Let me see.” The patient says nothing but only points at his throat.

    She hopes that it’s not her father coming here to catch her and send her back that living hell. Why can’t those old fogey just leave her alone and give her a peaceful and ordinary life? She has had enough of those venomous bugs, toads and snakes. She doesn’t want to learn how to control people either! Alive or dead. None of them! The history of the clan is none of her business!She just want to be an anonymous doctor in this small city! 

   She holds the tongue depresser to check the patient’s throat, staring blankly for quite a long while without awareness of herself until the patient suddenly stands up. The caustic scraping of metal chair leg and the ceramic floor wakes Katherine up. 

    “…Oh, sorry.” She apologizes absent-mindedly for her carelessness then looks up. She now observes that this patient is quite stout and tall. He’s so tall that half of his face is covered in the shadow of ceiling light. But she is sure that his sight is always set on her without any movement. This makes her a little uneasy, but Katherine still beckons him to sit down and open his mouth. 

    Oh, damn! She bets he never brushes his teeth. Stenches come out through the trachea. It smells like dead body of a frog but also contains the smelling of preservative which used to keep decomposing corpse. She is familiar with these since three when she started training in hometown. “Maybe he’s just a messy vagrant, don’t be suspicious of everything.” Katherine makes herself to stop the tangled thought.


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    Winter evening always comes earlier than summer. Temperature of the setting sun has already been swallowed by the darkness. She lives in a remote community at the edge of the city where she need to waste at least 1 hour in those labyrinth like streets in order to get to the door of her flat. Usually she walks through a small forest to take the shortcut which save time for her. 

    Step by step on the shriveled leaves, Katherine was tired of these pranks. This month, it’s the nineteenth time to find similar creatures appear in her desk. Not only pupae, but also spiders as big as human hands, scorpions with dark-red color. Although she’s not afraid of them by herself, she’s always anxious to hide them away from her innocent colleagues and patients. It drives her crazy.

    She wants peace. No interruptions. Even only one minute is satisfying.

    Seems like the goddess of benevolence receive her prayer. There’s only gentle breezes between leaves. Thick clouds disappear and release the white moon from its prison. Silence doesn’t last long for Katherine however. 

    She doesn’t have super senses of course. But her python does. Every member in her family owns a pet among the “Five poisons” . They always grew up together. They’re well-coordinated partners and even, soul mate. Her python always appears in a certain area around Katherine in a concealed position. 

    And at the moment she walked into the forest, her python signals a warning to her through the connection-bugs planted on both sides.—There’s someone following. But for ten minutes, the stalker doesn’t take any action upon her.

    Katherine feels thousand of needles barely touching her spine but they never get closer and pierce her. She swallows slightly and hears the heartbeat drumming in her ears. She’s a little panicked now. 

    Her father never sent any dead corpse to bring her back before! The stalker could be from another hostile clan who want to kill her— the only kid of this generation in the whole family. She doesn’t want to inherit the witchcraft, but her life is more important at this situation!

    Katherine grips her hands tightly to stop them trembling in a cold sweat, and in order to not startle the stalker, gradually she quickens her pace. In a moment, she suddenly started to run! 

    The daylight suddenly dims. And the cold air starts to freeze everything. With the coat of frost, the leaves edge and sticks tips are sharp enough to cut out tiny scars on Katherine’s cheek. But the chilly wind has made her numb. She feels the oxygens in her lungs is pushed out of the body when she hears a roar and sound of fracturing branches. She can just rush, and fast as possible, towards the direction of home.


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    “Bang!” With a heavy slam, the world is finally quite. Katherine puffs and pants for breath while leaning against the door to enjoy the precious tranquil time. No matter who the stalker is, once he enter this house, there’s no chance to leave alive. Her legs are aching so she sits on the floor and looks around her flat. 

    She doesn’t install any electrical light, but there are twinkling dots in the dark depth. These aren’t fireflies, but hundreds of pairs of eyes of her pets shining like ghost fire. The rustles are no coming from potted flowers either, but the snakes swishing their tongues, spiders in size of cats walking on the ceiling… 

    Her friends can always protect her and gives her sense of secu…

    Suddenly, the door vibrates violently and disrupt her self-comforting.  Something is striking the door! The heart of Katherine holds up again, and almost the next second, the door was smashed apart. Her pupils dilates.

     Deadly silence, the giant enemy blocks the entrance completely. This time Katherine saw his face and recognizes the patient. Actually his eyes are bind by thick sackcloth with strange purple patterns on it. In the dim light, the skin is green-blue which reveal his identity of a living corpse. Katherine stares at the man tightly. If any action is taken by this living corpse, her pets are ready to tear it up.

    But she feels almost for an hour, not any movement is observed on him. Before the delusion “he is actually a statue” appears, finally there’s something change to keep Katherine’s tired mind awake.

    “K…K…Kay…” Deep voice breaks the silence. It’s the giant vibrating his stiff lips. It’s her first time to hear a living corpse speaking. Surprisingly the giant shows clear conscious and calls her name. Hesitating she try to reply.“…What?” But no more reply from the giant anymore. Instead is the sound of beasts biting and roaring.

    With another century-long waiting in fright, the giant kneels down like a overturning mountain. And then, never moves again. Katherine keeps eyes open for the whole night. But no more movement on him, not even a finger tip. In this remote flat of remote city, stars can be seen all the night. Until the rise at dawn, the giant doesn’t move. “He seems dead.” Katherine stands up with the appearance of the first ray of the sun, then staggering to get closer. 

    She gets out of the flat first. Then she is stupefied in front of the giant. With the befalling of sun light, the body of the corpse cracks open. Then a slide of wing stretches out gently. And then another slide. A butterfly is incubated.

   The next morning, some citizens claims that they see a giant purple mist, which shapes like a butterfly, almost covers the whole sky circled above a old house and then disappears finally in a forest. And the police find several decomposed bones and body of dead snakes and spiders.

----fin.

Thank you for reading :).

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