Wednesday, 26 November 2014

GAME OVER continuing the story ...Erwan and Sandra enroute to the Beijing Concert Hall

They are ready to go. The minibus is warming up and goes out of the hotel. Little traffic on this early Sunday evening. Night has fallen. Erwan looks at his watch: 8 pm now. Sandra puts her head on his shoulder. As Rochester told them, it does not last long. The van stops in front of the auditorium. The Beijing Concert Hall is a building in a socialist realism style with which only China shares the secret with some so-called popular democracies. There are already many people. A black Mercedes stops behind their vehicle. Would that be Mona and her husband, thinks Erwan? They exit the vehicle and watch the occupants getting out of the car. It is Mona and Wang Jun. Other official cars arrive, disembark their passengers and then leave. Mona spots them. She immediately comes to them. She embraces Erwan, shakes Rochester hand and greets his wife.
"You came, Erwan, it's nice of you!”
Sandra is surprised at the familiarity of Mona. She sees her closely for the first time. Her reputation is not overrated. She is very elegant and exudes a strong sense of empathy. But what is she exactly to Erwan? A hint of jealousy in her heart.
Mona is very spontaneous. She kisses Sandra in an extremely warm manner.
"Sandra, I'm just being jealous, you are extremely beautiful and charming. How can a man resist those blond curls? You are so elegant. I cannot stay with you for I’m with my uncle, but I invite you to enjoy a drink with me, for example about 5 pm tomorrow, if that suits you?"
Sandra is moved by the dynamism of this young woman. She is as if paralyzed. This woman, no one can resist her when she wants something. She looks so confident.
"Yes, of course! I'm not working tomorrow. 5:00 pm is good! And where?"
"At the bar of the Friendship Hotel, in the main building. So, see you tomorrow! And… I am very pleased to meet you. I want to share things with you!"
She gives them a little wave, she is already gone. She is like a storm! She joins another group of people. Officials apparently!
"Who are those people, Sandra asks Erwan?"
"Officials from the city of Beijing, there’s Mona's uncle, Lao Huang, the Director of Police! Also a professor from the Academy of Social Sciences and the Director of the Institute for Minorities. I’m working for them on this project about Muslim minorities in China and France. This is what occupies me the most!”
 Sandra is perplexed. She does not like mixing with powerful people. You only get problems with them and generally you are just poor small things which they reject as quickly as they welcome you.
She takes Erwan’s arm.
"Well here we go. I think it's time."
As in all theaters of the world, the first problem is to get through the doors. It is crowded. Many people are very well dressed. Women wear toilette. Clearly it is the chic resort wanted by the government to show that they control the situation. There are many cars from the embassies. Erwan sees the Consul of Belgium and also the Attaché of the Embassy of France. A sudden stampede. A limo arrives bearing the Stars and Stripes. Rochester sees the Ambassador of the United States get out of the vehicle. The bodyguards are very nervous and immediately take him inside the theater.
"That is James R. Lilley. He was born in China. A hell of a thorn in the side for the Chinese, says Rochester to them, he is fluent in Mandarin. Good, now move forward!"
All four are elbowing, but before entering the room they need to pass a security check: ticket check, body search and portal, and then re-body search and checking handbags. Finally, they enter the room. An attendant asks them for their tickets. She looks at the seats and makes a sign to follow her. Moments later they are comfortably seated facing the stage. Erwan is beside Rochester. The room has a conventional layout. But they needed little time to enter. Most of the seats are already occupied and the orchestra has begun to settle on stage.
Nothing special. The musicians are wearing tails and bow ties as in any orchestra. The stands are still empty. The U.S. Ambassador is installed with other members of the diplomatic corps in the balcony on the right. Sandra draws Erwan’s attention.

"This theater is nice. I didn’t know it before. This is a nice idea to go to the concert. That great organ in the background is impressive."

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

GAME OVER A new excerpt "Well! It is La dolce vita here, when I am outside! I didn’t know there was whiskey at home."

7pm
Erwan is at home! He’s awaiting the return of Cécile and the children. Emily is 5 months old now. She does not always eat easily. She still sleeps a lot. The doctor was clear:
"This child will take years to recover. You will always have to be very careful."
Xiao Hui left an hour ago now. Morgane is playing in the lounge. She still does not come readily to him. As if he was a stranger. A knock on the door. He gets up, walks across the room, through the small hall and opens. It is Cosmos and Na.
"Hi Cosmos! They are not back yet! I think they will arrive soon!"
They shake hands. Na kisses Erwan.
"Hi Erwan! How do you feel? What did you do today?"
Erwan hesitates. He does not really know what to say. Cosmos sees his embarrassment:
"Ok, you spent the day with a girl in the absence of your spouse and you will not tell me!" he adds jokingly.
Erwan blushes!
"I went into town, walking! Weather was beautiful! Then I came back in the afternoon!"
"Then you saw how people in Beijing have defied the power!"
"Uh, yes, well a little! I didn’t notice anything. I was lost in my thoughts and I did not look at what was happening around me. I went up to Tiananmen. I parked my bike and I continued on foot! Want a drink?"
"Do you have beer?"
"Exceptionally no, but there is some whiskey that Sandra gave me, you'll like it!"
Cosmos laughs!
"Erwan, you are transparent! I will never engage you for covert operations. Yes, give me some whiskey. It is Scotch at least?"
Erwan gives himself a countenance.
"Absolutely Scotch, comrade. Will Na drink with us too? "
Cosmos makes a face:
"I do not think so. Since she has been seeing her Qi Gong master, she has followed a monastic diet: no liquor, no more cigarettes, no meat... "
Erwan interrupts. He saw that the word whiskey induced a disapproving face from Na.
"She still fucks at least?"
Cosmos laughs:
"Yes, do not worry. The monastic style has not yet stopped her desire! And she is still as authoritarian as before!"
Erwan takes out two glasses and a bottle of Glenlivet. He puts the glasses on the coffee table. He pours the amber liquid into the glasses.
"Slowly, Erwan. I see you're in good hands with ... Rochester."
Morgane approaches slowly. As soon as she sees her, Na takes her in her arms. But the little girl does not want to and takes refuge with her father. Erwan takes her in his arms. She puts her head on his shoulder. Erwan is moved. This is the first time she has done that. It is also the first time in months he has been alone with her. Na is upset. She tries to catch her but the girl refuses and hits Na. Erwan holds Morgane with his left arm and raises his glass. Na leaves them and settles into one of the armchairs in the lounge. She takes out a small book from her bag and immerses herself in reading.
"Cheers Cosmos. She is not agreeable your girlfriend! Buddhism doesn’t suit her."
"Cheers Erwan. She is not worse than yours. But they have other qualities… hidden ones!"
At that moment the door opens and two little devils tumble into the room.
Loïc:
"Too thirsty, too hot!"
They seem overexcited. Cécile arrives shortly after.
"Naughty kids! Never again alone with both of them! Especially your son! He almost fell down countless times. He was thirsty all the time! About your daughter, she kept asking for hamburgers and Coke! That's your influence!"
She has her bad day mood. He tries to answer, but he has no time. Cécile attacks him again:
"Well! It is La dolce vita here, when I am outside! I didn’t know there was whiskey at home."
She takes the bottle and reads the label:
"And a good one! Glenlivet. How much did you pay for this with my money?"
And she looks at Cosmos:
"Yes, with my money because it isn’t with what he earns as a journalist that he can contribute to household expenses!"
Cosmos intervenes.
"Calm down Cécile! I met Sandra Tremblay. I talked with her a bit and I told her that I planned to visit you. She went back to her apartment and gave me this bottle for you!"
The words of Cosmos seem to increase tenfold Cécile’s anger. On top of that, the children ask for something to drink!
"Well I see you’re telling me a fable."
She turns to her husband:
"Do you think I don’t know you are flirting with that whore, Sandra?"
"Cécile, please! Don’t speak like that in front of children. And about cola and hamburgers, Mona made them taste it during her wedding! It’s nothing to do with me."
"Oh, Mona Huang! Yet another bitch! Beware! I’m not that naive."
Morgane wakes up and starts crying. She reaches out to her mother who takes her from her father‘s arms. Clearly, the die is cast!
Cécile leaves the room and takes refuge in the kitchen with Morgane. She takes lemonade from the fridge and gives two large glasses to Loïc and Lorraine. She calls them, gives them their drinks. Then they all return to the living room. Cécile seems calmer. Her eyes are red. Obviously she’s cried. She settles on the couch with her children.
Cosmos looks pretty embarrassed. He checks the time on his watch.
"It is 7:25.The show starts in Haidian in an hour. It's not too far but we must go through security checks. I think we should go. Loïc and Lorraine, you are ready? We’ll eat when we get there!"
To Cécile:
"I’ll bring them back to you later."
Na stands up. Erwan empties his glass.
"Well I must go. The bus to the concert leaves in 10 minutes. See you later."
Cécile observes him with somber eyes. She notices that he has changed clothes since the morning. He’s now wearing black pants, street shoes, and a white shirt. He puts on a jacket.
"I see! Nice clothes to go to concerts."
The answer is quick:
"You didn’t want to come. I don’t know why I would dress improperly! "
Tit for tat, voices are raised again. She gets up:
"Almost gentrified. It's not like a few years ago! When you attended demonstrations with a green army parka!"
He does not answer, just:
“See You!"
He kisses the children, but Morgane turns her head away. He does not insist. That child will never be his. He goes into the room near the entrance. Emilie is half awake. She is on her back and playing with her feet. She smiles at him. How beautiful she is. If she was not there, he would be gone. He leans on the little bed, gives her a kiss and leaves the apartment along with Cosmos, Na and the children.
“How are you getting to Haidian Cosmos?
"We’re taking the bus. Five minutes. We could have gone by bike, but it's easier with the bus!"
They leave the garden and head to the exit of the hotel.
A minibus is waiting.
"I think it's your bus, Erwan."
Indeed, many hotel guests are already inside. Erwan hugs his children, gives Na a kiss and shakes hands with Cosmos. He watches them go. Lorraine turns around and gives him a little wave. Loïc has taken Cosmos’ hand. His sister gives him a blow on the shoulder. He turns and makes a sign to his father. He shouts:
"We'll eat Chinese hamburgers!"
Erwan waves back. He enters the van. Sandra is not there yet! Rochester is already settled with his young wife.
"Hi Erwan, your day was good?"
He blushes a little:
"Yes, not bad! We strolled! I won’t sit next to you, Sandra will arrive soon. I’ll keep her a seat."
Indeed Sandra arrives shortly after. She seems radiant. She has changed her clothes too. She’s wearing a little black dress cut low and a small red bag. She gets into the mini bus. She sees Rochester and his wife in the back, on the left; Erwan in front of them. A place is vacant beside him.
"You're beautiful Sandra, says Rochester. Better, dazzling! People will only see you during the concert."
She smiles and stares at Erwan.
"Can I sit next to you, Mr. Erwan?"
He blushes and smiles.
"Sure, I can refuse nothing to such a pretty woman!"
"Oh, really! There must be so many ladies in your bed!”
He blushes again:
“That isn’t what I meant to say."
She continues to tease him:
"Oh, I'm not so pretty?  Erwan you’re making things worse!"
He does not know what to say, which makes Sandra laugh.
She moves beside him and gives him a tender kiss on the lips. The seats are narrow. Rochester looks at them with amusement.
"Erwan, do you have good seats at least?"
He turns around.
"Far enough from the stage. In fact I have four seats, from O6 to O12!"
Rochester scratches his head.
“You are smart. How is it that I have such bad seats?"
Erwan hands him two tickets.
"Here take these two; you will be next to us!"
Rochester takes them.
"OK, in the end, when people have children, they still have advantages. Thank you to your children and Cécile!"
“Better for me not to talk to Cécile about you, whatever comes from Canada irritates her!"
Sandra says nothing but she seems uncomfortable.
Other people enter the bus. A German family who also settle in the back on the right-hand side of the van. They are all dressed in jeans. The kids are tall, in fact teenagers. Few seats remain. Erwan watches the clock. 7:50. It's time to go. 4 seats are vacant. The driver gets up from his seat. He looks upset. He goes round the minibus and is about to close the door when four people come running. Two Japanese couples. They climb into the vehicle and settle on the remaining seats.
Sandra whispers in Erwan’s ear:
"Do you see how they are dressed up those Japanese? Their dresses, they look like sacks of potatoes."
She takes the opportunity to take control of Erwan.
"The guys with their pants badly cut, it isn’t any better!” Erwan retorts, pressing her hand firmly!
The driver slides the rear door and closes it. He passes behind the minibus and goes back to the front. He opens the door, sits on his seat and turns the engine on. The air conditioning begins to purr. An extremely cold air conditioning. Sandra pulls out a headscarf from her bag to cover her hands and throat.
"I’m delicate; with AC I get a sore throat! In fact, do you know where this concert is going on, because I’m following you, trusting you, but I don’t know where we’re going?”
"Uh, same for me!"
Rochester:

"At the Beijing Concert Hall, guys, Beixinhuajie in the Xicheng District. It's not far away, near the Forbidden City, half an hour at most. 

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

GAME OVER...continuing the story...I have a Medoc that I keep for special occasions...I want to kiss you!

Her tone is bitter.
"I’ll come with you Sandra! My wife is with the children visiting the Great Wall, organized by the Foreign Languages Publishing House. I really did not want to go with them. I have been at least three times, twice to Badalin and once to Mutianyu. This evening, I’m going to a concert. The Beijing Symphony Orchestra is playing the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. I have places for you and Jose Carlos."
She puts the bike down. She pulls up to him again. She passes her hands behind his back, caressing him.
"With you, yes, but I do not want Jose Carlos with us, it's too hard! And your children? "
"Originally I suggested it to them, but Cosmos and Na are taking them to a performance in Haidian."
Sandra does not back away. She speaks directly into his ear.
"I do not like your Chinese friends. Especially the girl, Na! She is a fanatic. It will cause trouble. Cosmos is fine. He is a good musician. But I think he is dominated by this girl and he follows her like a poodle."
They're alone in the world. They do not even notice the people around them who take their bikes and look at them with curiosity. However, a cough attracts their attention.
"Hum! You should be more discreet young people!"
Rochester is right next to them. He removes the chain and padlock on his bike. He is not alone. His young wife is with him!
"Yes, we will go elsewhere, says Erwan, I’m accompanying Sandra. Such a beautiful day!"
Rochester gives him a friendly nudge in the ribs!
"What a guy you are Erwan! See you later!"
He walks away. Erwan takes his bike.
"Come on Sandra."
They leave the hotel!
Once they are on the avenue, they get on their bikes. They ride two abreast. There are relatively few people on Bai Shi Qiao. Minutes later, they reach Muxidi.  After that, Xidan. They go up to Tiananmen. They dismount and put their bikes in a bicycle park. Erwan pays the guard.
They hold hands. She says nothing. For now she is satisfied. They observe the crowd of bystanders. Many people are dressed in white.
"Here, they dared! Sounds a bit messy!" Erwan remarks.
She’s holding him by the arm now. It's hot.
"I'm too hot! I should have put on a dress. And this sweater is too hot."
"It is particularly ridiculous, Erwan retorts, with this Mickey Mouse people could take you for a living advertisement!"
She is piqued. But wait Erwan, you lose nothing by waiting, she thinks!
"I love my Mickey sweater. Wait to see what's underneath!"
She deftly removes her sweater and reveals a wonderful blue T shirt with LOVE written in gold letters!
"You’re amazed, eh, Mr. Know-it-all and always-something –to-say. You want me to continue?" She continues teasingly! It's even prettier underneath! I dare you!"
Erwan is drawn into the game!
"You wouldn’t dare!”
She looks at him with amusement!
"I want to kiss you!"
She approaches him, puts her hands behind his neck, gently places her lips to his and kisses him forcefully. Erwan responds to her kiss, hugs her. They split up, staring at each other with a smile!
"You're beautiful, Sandra!"  
"Okay and yet, you still don’t think I’d dare! Look!"
Before he has time to do anything she removes her T-shirt and she is in her bra in front of him!
"So what do you offer me for this?"
She opens her bag and pulls out a silk blouse she slips nimbly into! 
"Well! Up to you now!"
Erwan takes off his backpack, puts it down, and takes off his sweater. Sandra pouts:
"Let’s look! Hum! Not great, your T Shirt. You don’t seem to be expressing anything. You want my LOVE T-shirt? You could take it back to your wife, well; you’d tell her that we exchanged T Shirts. You know like football players after a game, when they mix their bodies and sweat well!"
She laughs!
"I can guess Cécile’s mood! She already hates me! After a hit like that, you can come and sleep with me straight off. "
She looks into his eyes:
"Let's go home! Everyone’s out, everything is calm, and we’ll have the day to ourselves."
She presses him! However, their little game has drawn the attention of passers-by. 
"I think we should be more discreet Sandra!"
"Ok! But then you agree with my suggestion! Come on! Pick up your bag! We’ll take the bikes and return to the hotel! I have a Medoc that I keep for special occasions. No walking, just making love and a concert tonight after a hectic day!"
She holds him by the waist. They return to the bike park.
She stops a few yards away, looking into his eyes again:
"Don’t worry, I'll be discreet! Just see me from time to time.  Later we'll see. I won’t force you!"
He touches her lips with his. He smiles.
The small crowd that had gathered around them has left as quickly as it appeared. They are both in their bubble. They do not even see what everyone else sees in Beijing on the anniversary of the events: people all dressed in white, all provocations towards the government, all the people in Beijing who say no, no to dictatorship. 
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

GAME OVER...CONTINUING THE STORY...You’re taking your bike? So, at least you’re free? No wife or children, or Mona in the way

Sunday, June 3, 1990
10 am

It's nice and warm already. Sandra closes the door of her apartment. She goes to the bike park. Today she has decided to walk around and see how Beijing is. The day before, she spent the evening with her compatriot Frederic Rochester. Beijing is boring. Since the whiskey evening with Erwan, she almost has not seen him. She knows the relationship with his wife is not going very well, but, blah, she could have predicted it. She wonders what the role is of the French-Chinese student, who seems to have plenty of money, what is her name again? She cannot remember. She has two names. But her last name, what is it? Oh yeah, Huang, Mona Huang. She knows that Erwan works a little for her. Rochester just told her:
"Erwan is not the problem, just all those around him."
"And you then! Damn, you're friends!"
"Oh my, this is not the same. We have professional relationships. When I can, I draw his attention to what's wrong!"
Sandra is fed up with China. She plans to finish her contract and go back to Montréal.  But, finding a job is not easy. She removes the lock on her bike.
"So Sandra, you’ve forgotten me since you’ve known José Carlos!"
She turns around. Erwan is there: still so handsome, completely irresistible.
She blushes.
"You look lovely when you blush!"
He teases her. He comes and kisses her on the lips!
"So my dear, are you going downtown?"
Yes! I asked Jose Carlos but he drank too much last night and he is not in good shape!"
"Quite a good drinker Jose Carlos. Only thinking about that drinking party in January makes my head hurt again."
He will not get away with it. For months without saying anything, just one look and now...
"I waited for you several times. I was hoping to see you. But either you're with your wife and children, or with that Chinese girl that nobody knows what she is doing."
Erwan feels her bitterness. And yet she still loves him. He must explain.
"The last months have not been easy. The job, the adoption ..."
"What job? To my knowledge you do not really have one! Unless you call wandering about all day a job!"
Erwan feels her spite!
"I tried to see you. Your wife does not watch you all day. You could have left a message for example. It is easy enough to meet Mona!"
He realizes she is jealous. He thought he could reconnect easily. He reaches out and touches her shoulder. She lets him do it. She is near tears. She looks at him, eyes wet with tears.
"I don’t ask much. But nothing, nothing for months! You could have let me know. I have often tried to meet you ... by chance, but it’s actually impossible."
Erwan approaches her. He is very close now. She puts her head on his shoulder.
“Come with me. I decided to stroll around town today."
She raises her head:
"Tell me you love me, at least a little!"
Erwan is moved. He did not expect such a situation.
"And Jose Carlos?"
She shrugs.
"He is nice! He is a buddy only, but that's it!"
"Well, it's a bit more than that! I met him by accident the other day and he told me about you in very clear terms!"
She seems suddenly embarrassed.
"Well yes, I sleep with him, but while thinking of you. Half a loaf is better than none!"
Erwan smiles
"Beautiful half loaf anyway! And he loves you!"
The answer is vivid:
"No, he does not love me. He stays with me because we go out together. We have just joined our solitudes, that's all!"
She comes suddenly, grabs his head in her hands, her lips to his, and kisses him passionately. A French kiss!
Erwan responds to her kiss. He feels so close. She pulls against him and presses him hard, so hard.
"Erwan, come with me! I’m returning to Canada. Rochester told me it is better not to stay here. Anyway, I'm bored! I go to work in the morning. The people I meet are insignificant. Come with me to Canada! We’ll get a job. Meanwhile, my sister can put us up. She has a house in Montreal, but she doesn’t live there."
He does not know what to say. The offer is clear. He looks at her again. Her bright eyes, almost the same color as his, blue-grey eyes where he could lose himself willingly. He smiles:
"Yes I love you. But what do I do with my children? And now there is this adoption on the way."
She separates her bike from the others.
"You’re taking your bike? So, at least you’re free? No wife or children, or Mona in the way. You can accompany the little Canadian girl who is in love with you!"

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Wild beasts indeed...My nights are full of nightmares! GAME OVER...Continuing the story: a new excerpt

A heavy silence follows. Someone asks:
"But who were they? And how did you get saved?"
Xu has tears in his eyes:
"I do not know who they were. Wild beasts indeed. Just below the square there is an underground mall. I ran and shopkeepers protected me. Since I've been hiding. I came to Beijing via Mongolia and Gansu. I took the bus, I worked on the road, and farmers helped me. I've been in Beijing for several months, but I have not forgotten anything. My nights are full of nightmares!"
A heavy silence follows!
Cosmos speaks again:
"Thanks Xu!  But you must take care of yourself! Here we are a small group of students from Beida and the Academy of Fine Arts! In Beijing for the anniversary of the events there will be symbolic actions. The instruction is to dress in white. Our friends at several radio stations will continuously play the Chorus of Slaves from Nabucco by an Italian composer, Verdi. This symbolic action will hurt the fascist clique of Li Peng. Wear all white clothes on Sunday, June 3 The world will look at us.  Now we will leave this place and go home. Do not tell anyone of this meeting."
Cosmos turns to Xu Jiangmen.  
“Come with me. We have things to discuss and I want you to meet people who can help you and develop our democracy movement and restore the honor of China!"
All out! The street is empty! Cosmos, Na and Xu take a left and head for Wang Fu Jing! Everything looks so calm. The restaurant owner has closed the door behind the last person to leave. Most have gone in the opposite direction.  Suddenly, the streets are full of police officers. Cosmos takes Na by the hand and they run. They take a side street. They hear the voice of a policeman.
"Stop, stop!" 
Immediately, a shot. Xu Jiangmen falls down.  He screams. Someone comes up and shoots him in the head. Other participants are trapped. Some try to return to the restaurant but already other riot police are there. Beating people, some in a police van. Cosmos and Na are already far away! A bus is passing on Wang Fu Jing. They take it! Phew!  Saved. They were betrayed.
In front of the restaurant, the riot police get back into the vans. Some neighbors open their windows and close them quickly. The operation was carried out efficiently. An ambulance arrives and takes the body of Xu Jiangmen. A voice:
"What do we do with it?"
"Do you need a picture? The morgue. He is unknown and it will be a lesson to others!"
In less than five minutes it was empty!
Three people arrive at the door of the restaurant. They enter! One woman, two men. The woman is elegant. She’s wearing a veil as Beijing women often do to protect themselves from blowing sand. One man is athletic looking. He’s wearing a uniform of the Beijing police. The restaurant owner is waiting. The woman enters the scullery with him. The other two remain in the main room. She digs into her handbag. She takes out an envelope and hands it to the restaurant owner.
"And do not forget, silence, or else ..."
Everything is clear!

She turns, goes out and joins the other two. They leave the restaurant. The street is still empty. A black Mercedes is in front of "Beautiful China."They enter the vehicle that starts off in a roar.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

There was panic in the mass of students. I saw the first heads flying... a new excerpt of GAME OVER

Wangfujing! Cosmos and Na walk peacefully. They are half way down the street. There is a shop of musical instruments. They stop.
"You see Na, this guitar, the Fender, I would love to get it."
Na looks him. She loves him. He's so into music. And she, so inside Buddhism. These permanent misunderstandings between them. And yet they love each other! As such, she would like things to get better. This relationship with these foreigners.  Her fear of the police. These nightmares she has all the time. When she sees a jeep in the street, she trembles. Her relationship with the Master of Qi Gong is so strong. Na is afraid! She is afraid of everything. Today is a special day. Soon, the anniversary of Tiananmen. The chaos that preceded the new order. But the new order is not what was hoped for.
"I want to buy it. I sold a painting last week. I think I can. I have enough money!"
He leans toward her, he kisses her passionately. People around them look! Some in disgust, others with empathy! Such is China!
They continue on their way. They go up Wang Fu Jing Street.
Cosmos knows where he’s going.
“Yu Zhou!"
"Yes honey!"
"I'm afraid! I keep having nightmares! One is always the same! We are at Muxidi! We run! And then someone kills you. There is a lot of blood!  I'm really scared!”
"Those are just dreams and fears, honey! Do not be afraid, everything will be fine."
They continue on their way. After Wang Fu Jing they take a small street on the left. They go on! They are in front of a restaurant called Beautiful China!
"Do you remember? We came here with Erwan!
A few months ago!"
"Yes, I remember! I brought him! People on the bus watched us with a funny look. What a mess: A pretty Chinese woman and a foreigner. I liked the situation!"
"Well that's it! We are returning to the“Beautiful China! "
"But Zhou, it is not time to eat!"
Cosmos looks at her, having fun!
"It's always time to eat, especially the ravioli, and here they are excellent."
She smiles, approaches him, takes him by the neck, puts her lips onto his. He doesn’t resist. Delicious moments. Precious seconds. He stands back:
"Let's go! The owner is a friend!"
Cosmos knocks on the door. A voice:
“Who?"
“Yu Zhou!"
They hear the door being unlocked. Someone opens. It is the boss.
"Come in Yu Zhou. All your friends are here!"
Cosmos and Na enter the room.
It's a bit dark inside. Around fifteen people are present. Na does not know them except her friend Liu Hong of the Academy of Fine Arts. But Cosmos seems to know everyone. Most are activists, former students of Beida. All are set around a few tables. Cosmos speaks:
“Dear friends, a year ago, the fascist clique of Li Peng launched the troops to crush the movement of Tiananmen. We are the heirs of the movement of May 4, 1919! The Communist Party has betrayed the people. We students, we are the future of China. And as Lenin said, what is to be done?"
Someone stands up:
"The situation is difficult, but many students and citizens of Beijing are ready to take decisive action to show the fascist dictatorship of Li Peng that we are not beaten. As our comrade Cosmos just said, what do we plan for the anniversary of the massacre of June 89?"
Cosmos observes everybody. Na is close to him! She is so scared. She hasn’t participated in riots! Most of the participants were on the barricades in Muxidi and in other places. Someone stands up that neither Cosmos nor Na knows! He is a small man but he has a very decided air:
"My name is Xu Jiangmen! I am a maths teacher in Chengdu. In Sichuan, many of us want to act. I participated in the movement last year in Chengdu. The repression was extremely brutal. There, they sent not tanks but riders with sabers and they beheaded many of my comrades. We were all around the statue of Mao. We shouted slogans. We were very numerous. The Sichuan University was represented by thousands of students. It was June 2 in the evening. We occupied the whole space. An emissary of the provincial government had come shortly before. Some Gao Lijun. He told us that our demands for democracy would be taken into account, but we had to leave the square.

We agreed and started to take down our tents. That's when the riders arrived. We hadn’t heard them coming. And suddenly there they were with swords. There were so many of them, fierce warriors. I was right next to the statue of Mao, the great statue in front of the provincial government in Chengdu. There was panic in the mass of students. I saw the first heads flying. They bore down into the crowd. I do not know who they were. But they were fierce. No mercy! They systematically killed! I do not know how I escaped but I'll remember all my life that barbarism."

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