First Chapter ~ “My name is Kang Zhengxing, Xing means ‘planet’ ”. 1999
I think the summer will be over soon.
Once, a friend told me this. There will be times when you are walking and you try to recall a song you used to like a lot but you have forgotten the title and even the lyrics. All you can do is to hum a few notes. A few notes that do not even make up a tune.
You still cannot remember anything. Then you should go to an open space and stop right there. Take in a deep breath, close your eyes and smile, then wait for a while. Listen to sounds around you.
Before long, you’ll realize you can hear the tune of that song whispering into your ears. It feels like someone is singing next to you.
Here lies the tricky part. You must remember. Breathe in deep and exhale hard, just like what I am doing now. Breathe in deep, breathe out and wait for a while. Breathe in again and breathe out. Smile.
Initially, I laugh at my own foolishness in believing in this silly and lame act. In the end, I tried to convince myself otherwise. Well, at least, I need to respect the friend who told me about this “sacred ritual”. So, I continue to stand there, be serious for once and continue to breathe in and out.
I do not know how know the time has passed. And I am not sure if the world has stopped moving when I was closing my eyes.
Surprisingly, I felt warmth. Yes, a sense of warmth.
When I was trying to listen carefully to sounds I was once familiar with, I suddenly realize that I am getting to know this town once more. I begin to remember the warm feeling of certain things that happened before in this town.