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Creative Writing: From China with Love

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English Creative Writing The story so far: having given it all up to go and live with the Shaolin monks, James found himself the victim of a martial trick, and, having found solidarity in Robin, they slid away into the night, aware that the Chinese authorities would be looking for them as soon as the daybreak rooster introduced a new day........ The rickshaw that trundled through the night drew no attention to itself, the locals' attention firmly fixed on chopping enough wood to keep the spirits alive. Snow had fallen early that year, and without the "Army of Gritters" who manifest their magic during Surrey's sleep-time, progress through Jilin was laboured. With Siping a memory, but the heart-beat ready to increase at a split-second's notice to aid in evading capture, the young men took it in turns to grab a few moments shut-eye; they knew they couldn't relax until Beijing, and the mysterious Mr. ...read more.


Part of the Tao, undoubtedly. Would he have taken everyone with him? In an ideal world, Yes - but it was up to each Grasshopper to find his own way out of the wok, he reckoned. And the fire burned bright in him. The lights at Chang Chun airport tore the veil cast by the night - it was 2:30am now and within a few hours they'd be safe: "San Bai Yuan" the toothless thief spat at them. This was no time to argue over �10, but at the same time to appear too compliant would also alert suspicions. "Sheme! Bo She, lawai, Liang Bai, How?" "How!" - the old man accepted the offered price, old pieces of paper, the fading of Mao's dynasty were exchanged, and they huddled quickly into the terminal. ...read more.


But they had luck on their side, and slipped through check-in and security easily, their student visas and the rest of the bottle of Bai Jiu answering all questions the secret police could muster at this hour. As Jilin province become a distant star and the plane arrived at cruising altitude, there was time to smile, exchange a joke, and imagine what lay in front of them - Mr. Lin had said nothing, his translator had added precious little more, but throughout the short flight, and the taxi journey through the bright lights of a city desperate to mimic those of the countries whose political systems it had tried so long to resist, James and Robin's attention was inward. The Chi was strong in them and would manifest soon in the most magnificent ways. ?? ?? ?? ?? 19 May 2008 page 1 of 1 James Chard ...read more.

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