A ghostly whisper

(posted Sunday, September 25, 2005)

People's Blade looked over the pile of documents that had arrived and scowled. Among the pile of manilla envelopes was a large, thick packet, stamped heavily with 'urgent' and 'top secret'. She pulled at the string breaking the ornate wax seal and leafed though the pages. With a heavy sigh she placed the pages down and poured some jasmine tea.

At the kitchen was a small table where Chug sat. He was merrily humming and happily eating some sweet cereal.

"You seem to be in good spirits this morning, comrade Chug." People's Blade sat across from him.

"Ya."

"I wish I could have such a similar disposition. I must learn your secret!" She smiled and drank deeply from the aromatic tea.

Chug raised a large spoon to his mouth and munched on his cereal loudly. "5 Year Plan talk to me last night. He say he coming back."

Fei Li gently placed her cup of tea down. "Chug, 5 Year Plan has passed on. Did you mean that he came to your dreams?"

"Nope." Chug put another spoon of cereal in his mouth. "He come talk to me an he sez he missed me lotz. An when he come he gunna make me lots of stuff to eat." He began to happily hum some simple tune and rock his shoulder's side to side.

"Chug, I am afraid what you had was simply a dream." People's Blade looked down and began to go over the documents she had received. "I miss him too. But after I go though this paperwork we'll be sure to tal..." She stopped mid sentence and her eyes steeled as she read the paper in her hands.

CHINESE MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY

URGENT COMMUNICATION FOR PEOPLE'S BLADE ONLY!


CHINESE MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY REQUESTS ANY INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE REMAINS OF 5 YEAR PLAN BE PROVIDED IMMEDIATELY. REMAINS WERE REMOVED FROM ARCHIVES IN BEIJING FACILITY. STATUS OF CURRENT SITUATION, AND PREVIOUS POSSESSION, OF REMAINS BY MINISTRY IS CLASSIFIED. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BE MADE OF THEFT, NOR ADMISSION THAT REMAINS WERE ARCHIVED. THIS IS A MATTER OF STATE SECURITY. REPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH ANY INFORMATION.

People's Blade frantically leafed though the documents that were in the sealed envelope. "He was cremated", she thought. "His remains were buried. Who would want them, and why was his ashes not buried by the State..."

Chug looked up from his cereal. His soft dark eyes looked off in a distance. "I hope he come soon. I miss him lotz."