司氏姐妹 第四章:灯灭了

作者:Wuwuyu  于 2012-7-13 06:03 发表于 最热闹的华人社交网络--贝壳村

作者分类:翻译小说|通用分类:原创文学

关键词:移民生活, 中国女孩, 魔法, 童话小说, 学英语

第四章灯灭了

摩根让色短在舞池上跳跃。一上高中始剪短头发并染色她非常讨厌自己经常被错认为玛丽以为人家会注意到我有色的眼睛而却是褐色的玛丽戏说着妹妹的扣在装满红色染料的水槽里。知道,摩根很想改变自己的形象。当她从水槽里抬起头发变成一个象闪耀着色火焰的把。后来的姐妹注意到头发还会继续色。

 

庆祝仪式在没生任何意外事件下顺利去了但摩根知道法妈仍保持着一只警惕的眼睛而她的眼睛却着蓝家小伙托尼他在学校比她高一级摩根发现托尼偷看了她一眼然后迅速移开他的眼睛。拿了一杯始走过草坪。

 

拉和格雷厄姆已悄悄溜走。 从玛拉迈下的那一刻到开始第一支舞曲 在几个小时的众人挑剔的目光注视下拉的姐妹和母能够想象么想要享用一独与丈夫一起的时光。婚礼式在老城区的教堂行。是一个美的夏日拉要求打光照进教堂。人们挤在教堂门口排在楼梯上。当司家婚赶到一种沉默和紧张的寂静降临到人群中亲们在小声的让子女们不要出声,朋友们拍拍朋友的肩膀通知大家新娘的到来。拉展示出切的笑容走出车门袍被风吹起,在身边旋。的姐妹身着金黄色礼服跟着出来。最后出来的是司法妈为了这个仪式她放弃了的黑色外套,换上了灰色礼服抬起膊肘伸向拉。司家没有父显然法妈要扮演父亲的角色把的大女儿交给新郎。

 

全镇的人头都跟随着玛拉长长的黑和飘然的脚拉被带到司仪台上后 法妈悄悄地在人群中消失了。在走向司仪台上的路上法妈没有微笑一次。在新郎新娘交誓言后小米娜始在第一排的座位上流鼻涕打喷嚏,她拉拉玛丽的裙子。玛丽嘘了她一下把妹妹的擦干净接着她的注意力又回到了拉身上。在过道那边的一排座位上站着亨特和他的妻子,他们穿着一尘不染的西装礼服上挂着完美恰当的微笑。整个是如此全神一种交杂着恐惧的气氛整个房

 

当宣布新郎新娘结成夫妻之后就象窗仿刚刚被打开,空气变得轻松很多个人都了一口气,随着新婚夫从教堂前象水一样流出。

 

仪式后的招待会设在镇会堂旁的花。客人们瑰花和百合花中走到一块小草坪。草坪但能奇迹般地松地行这个聚会。草坪中心是一个大在两个角落放着蛋和酒。一个喷射着香槟酒拉和格雷厄姆切开蛋大家可以看到在白云一样的奶油下面,蛋糕里面蓬蓬松松,显得像金子一样发像棉花糖一样放在舌上就会溶解。法妈在面角落里的占据了一个位置在那里可以看到一切,在招待会始后她一直没有移描着花园在寻找玛拉看到米娜和玛丽在跳舞摩根摸着蓝家小伙的领带上挂着隐隐的微笑。法妈在想一刻的女儿是否正在告的新婚丈夫她娘家的真相。

 

法妈她本应该支持的女儿。但她不知道市和他的家人对这个婚配的真正感。在宣布和自己一样感到很奇和之间的某一刻法妈看到了一丝奇怪的西在市的眼里闪烁

 

在这以后他们整个家庭就只有笑容。他们带着礼物拜访了司家,并邀请司家女儿们到长官邸餐。拒任何有婚礼事情的法很高看到格雷厄姆的母出她会整个婚礼。在束后大家的关系稍微热咯了一些,法妈才可以帮助提供婚礼的食品。

 

问题上想了一会才意尽管亨特的妻子叫什名字法妈没有心记住它因为这个女人是如此缺乏个性与各位会成跳了一圈舞却不见长踪影 或许他也倦了长期在公视线之下现在躲在某个影的地方休息。法妈试图对她的新亲家开她的心扉。有一刻感到一同情的息。觉得长能底阻止这个婚配是一种慷慨。也许玛拉是对的许这志着司家一个新代的始。

 

在帐篷的另一边摩根已始与蓝托尼旋起舞曳。她的胳着他的把他的耳拉向的嘴。

 

......”神奇

 

托尼把双手放在的腰上。

 

我看看

 

 

我看看你的魔

 

走狗

 

摩根一把把他推的胸口因怒而起伏脸颊通红就象她火红的头发。托尼倒在地上,他的身体在地板上的那一刻 整个花园变得一团漆黑, 就像一个巨型的一下熄灭。

 

客人们乱抓乱叫,绊作一团,汇成一股杂闹的喧嚣在空中回荡。突然一个女人的尖叫把喧嚣的空气打成碎片她的哀号穿进个人的脊骨。

 

灯光突然再次闪亮法妈悄然摩根身边,抓起的手臂看着周寻找尖叫声的来源。蓝家小伙拐着他的脚。客人默不地互相看着。突然又一声尖叫破花园上空比第一次更尖锐和可怕

 

凶手

 

Chapter 4: Lights Out

 

Morgan tossed her short red hair on the dance floor. She had cut and dyed it at the start of high school, sick of the constant confusion between her and Marie. “You’d think they’d notice that I have blue eyes and you have brown,” Marie had said as she dunked her sister’s head in the sink and smeared the red dye into her hair. Morgan was looking for a change in image anyhow, she knew. When she lifted her head up her hair was a mop of bright red flames. Later, only her sisters noticed that her hair continued to grow out red.

 

The ceremony had passed without incident, but Morgan knew that Fa was still keeping one eye fixed on her. She had her eyes fixed on the Lane boy, Tony, who was a year above her in school. The candles flickered, and Morgan caught Tony looking at her and then quickly skit his eyes away. She grabbed a drink and started to make her way across the lawn.

 

Mara and Graham had slipped away. After being under public scrutiny for hours, from the minute Mara stepped out of the car to the first dance, Mara’s sisters and mother could imagine why she would want to spend a moment alone with her husband. The wedding ceremony had been held in the old town church. It was a beautiful summer day, and Mara had requested that the windows and doors be opened to let in the sun. People spilled out of the front doors of the church, lining up on the steps. When the Switch car arrived, a silent, nervous stillness fell over the crowd as mothers hushed their children and friends tapped friends’ shoulders to notify them of the bride’s arrival. Mara put on her warmest smile and stepped out, her silk gown taken up by the wind and swirled around her. Her sisters, dressed in gold, followed her out. Finally, Fa Switch, who had forgone her long black coat for the occasion and put on a gray dress, lifted her elbow and offered it to Mara. With no father in the family, it was assumed that Fa would be giving her eldest daughter away.

 

After Mara had been taken to the altar, the heads of the town moving synchronously to follow her long black hair and floating steps, Fa disappeared into the crowd. During the walk up, Fa had not smiled once. As the couple exchanged their vows, little Mina started to sniffle in the first pew and tugged on the bottom of Marie’s dress. Marie shushed her, wiping her little sister’s face instantly dry, and turned her attention back to Mara. In the pew across the aisle, Mayor Hunter and his wife stood in their immaculate suit and dress with perfectly appropriate smiles drawn across their faces. The town was rapt; an air of excitement, tinged with fear, vibrated through the room.

 

When husband and wife were proclaimed, the air lightened as if the windows had just been opened. Everyone heaved a breath of relief and streamed out of the front doors of the church after the newlyweds, pouring out like water.

 

The reception was in the garden next to town hall. Guests entered to rose bushes and lilies and a patch of lawn that, though small, miraculously held the entire party with ease. In the center was a large tent with the cake and bar in one corner. A fountain sparkled with champagne, and when Mara and Graham cut into the cake, everyone could see that underneath the cloud-white frosting was a fluffy interior that seemed to shine like gold, and dissolved like flakes of fluffed sugar on the tongue. Fa had staked out a spot in the opposite corner where she could see everything at the start of the reception and didn’t move from it. She scanned the garden for Mara. She saw only Marie dancing with Mina, and Morgan fingering the Lane boy’s tie, a sideways smile on her face. Fa wondered if her daughter was, at this moment, telling her newlywed husband the truth about his in-laws.

 

Fa supposed she must be supportive of her daughter. But she could not help wondering about the mayor and his family, how they truly felt about the match. When the engagement was announced, they had been as surprised as herself, and in the moment between surprise and delight, Fa had thought she saw a flicker of something strange in the mayor’s eyes.

 

Afterwards the family was nothing but smiles. They visited the Switch house with presents and invited the girls to the mayor’s residence for dinner. Fa, refusing to touch anything related to the wedding, was glad to see Graham’s mother offer to plan the entire event. At the end of the dinner, having warmed up to the family a bit, she said that she could provide the food.

 

She thought on the issue more, and then realized that though the Hunter wife (what was her name? Fa had not bothered to learn it, the woman was so devoid of personality) was dancing her way through the city council members, the mayor was nowhere to be seen. Perhpas he, too, was tired of being in the public eye, resting somewhere in the shadows. Fa tried to open her mind to her new in-laws. For a moment, she felt a sigh of empathy. It was generous, she supposed, for the mayor to not prohibit the match outright. Perhaps Mara was right, perhaps this would mark the start of a new era for the Switch family.

 

On the far side of the tent, Morgan had started to swirl and step with Tony Lane. The candles flickered. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled his ear to her mouth.

 

“Doesn’t this feel…” she said, “magical?”

 

Tony put his hands on her waist.

 

“Show me,” he said.

 

“What?”

 

“Show me some magic.”

 

“Tool!”

 

Morgan pushed him away. Her chest heaved in anger, and her cheeks flared the red of her hair. Tony fell to the ground, and in the moment that his body hit the floor, the garden went as pitch black as if a giant candle had been pinched out.

 

A collective clamor sounded in the air as guests stumbled over each other and grabbed for something to hold onto. Then, a woman’s sharp scream broke the air into pieces, a wail that shook everyone to the spine.

 

The lights flickered back on. Fa had moved soundlessly over to Morgan and was grabbing her by the arm, looking around for the source of the scream. The Lane boy scrambled to his feet. The guests looked at each other in silence. Then, a second scream pierced the garden, louder and more terrifying than the first:

 

“Murderer!”


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