No of Episodes : 4
Author :丁墨 (Ding Mo)
Female Voice: 暗夜长歌不徐行 (Àn Yè Cháng Gē Bù Xú Xíng)
This story is extremely short. I am surprised that it was written by Ding Mo. I found a few more short stories by Ding Mo. Look out for my next post.
Zhu Yang (ML) went to the forest to look for mushroom and fungus and found a girl (Qian Rong) who injured her leg. Qian Rong claimed that she got separated from her team while trekking. Zhu Yang brought Qian Rong home. Qian Rong stayed on for a few days and got into an affair with Zhu Yang. Zhu Yang knows Qian Rong is from the city and she will leave eventually. Zhu Yang wants to make Qian Rong pregnant to keep her or their child with him. Qian Rong told Zhu Yang she could not get pregnant.
One day, ML noticed a white tree growing next to the banyan tree in his courtyard. The white tree is entangling itself around the banyan tree. The Village Head told ML that this white tree has been extinct for many years and surprised to see it growing in ML’s courtyard. The Village Head said this tree will suck the nutrients from the banyan free and banyan tree will eventually die off. The Village Head encouraged ML to chop off the white tree. ML did as suggested.
That night, FL did not come home. ML went to look for FL in the forest. ML heard the kids telling him that FL has stomachache during the day and she vomited near the river. FL told the kids she needed to go home. ML got very sad and depressed that FL left without telling him.
Many years past…
ML got married and has a son. ML’s son grew up and moved to the city. ML’s wife passed away when ML was 65 years old. ML lived on his own and during this time, he often think back to the time he was with FL. ML decided to move back to his old house near the forest. ML often sit at the banyan tree thinking of the past. ML dreamed how he chopped down the white tree and then heard a woman crying in pain. ML realised his mistake. As ML lay dying on his bed, he heard someone opened the door. FL walked in and said she waited for ML for many years.