Song of Time - Dusk Awakening Verse - Chapter 8
The second day, when the morning light appeared, Gian had already got up early. He went to the dining hall to eat a few porridges and rushed out of the dormitory building with a piece of bread in his mouth.
Although he knew little about the mysterious work so far, it was never wrong to go there in advance. At least, it could give the manager a good impression of diligence. He passed through the school gate and got on an Eastbound train. About an hour later, he arrived at the old temple in the east of the city.
This temple’s history had long been unknown, and even its name had disappeared for a long time. The people of the capital only called it the old temple. In recent years, the emperor had adopted the new trend of “Policy on freedom of Religion,” and the other three countries had been able to open their own Altar Church in the capital city. The status of the united godly sect with the holy tower as the center was getting lower and lower in ordinary people’s eyes. This once-prosperous old temple was now sparsely populated.
Gian passed through the tall mahogany archway at the hall entrance and looked up at the heavily battered divine path realm. The entire temple was still built with the old porch pillar style bricks and woods. The square wooden pillars were painted with dark red and red paint and were covered with the flying arched eaves of black bricks. They looked simple, grand, and solemn.
He looked around and found no one approximately. He walked along the corridor, passed through the narrow arch bridge, and came to the side of the backyard Water Pavilion. He saw a grey stone tablet standing in front of the side hall door at the end of the path.
“It should be here!” The young man breathed a sigh of relief when he saw the appointed mark. He trotted up to the monument with an inquisitive glance, and at the same time, nervously straightened his clothes.
It was hard to tell what the stone tablet was made of. The tablet’s smooth surface was covered with shallow purple lines, which gave off a very mysterious aura. In the stone tablet center, someone had drawn a strange bird painting, which destroyed the thick primitive simplicity.
“Damn it! Who did it? “When Gian saw that the excellent stone tablet was actually destroyed at will, he felt it was a pity. He frowned and wiped the pigment off the tablet, but to no avail. He could only sigh and walk around the stone tablet into the hall. However, to his surprise, the side hall was empty. There were only a few old colored silks hanging on the beams of the door, floating up and down in the breeze.
Too early? He withdrew from the door in surprise and looked around. There was no sound in the corridor. He waited outside for a moment, but no one came. Then he had to shout in a low voice, “excuse me. Anybody here? Is anyone there? “
It was still early in the morning. The pavilion was quiet. The sunlight shone on the water lotus of different colors in the pond, elegant and bright. Gian called out a few times, but there was no answer. He was leaning against the door, at a loss. He heard a gentle sound of falling into the water from afar. He quickly walked to the outer railing and looked there.
There was a vast stone mountain in the corner of the lotus pool across the pavilion, which sat a man with white clothes and purple hair. The man was leaning against a golden lotus with his back to him. He wore a white jade palace costume with a wide robe and oversized sleeves. His long, deep purple hair was tied up behind his head. He held a blue porcelain cup in his left hand and a short and thin purple bamboo fishing rod in his right hand from time to time. He looked leisurely and relaxed.
Just now, when Gian walked through the side corridor, he didn’t notice that there was actually someone on the rockery. Now, he was so anxious that he didn’t overthink. He grabbed the railing and stuck his head out. He gently asked, “sir! Do you know where to take an interview if I want to work here? “
The man in white in the distance seemed not to hear the question. He still leaned against the stone mountain and shook the bamboo pole, leaving the young man with a back otherworldly.
After waiting for a moment, Gian saw that the man still ignored him. he thought that he hadn’t heard him, so he raised his voice and asked again, “Sir, do you know where to take an interview if I want to work here?”
The man still didn’t answer. He drank the wine in the glass. Then after finished, he slightly turned his head and lazily scolded in a low voice, “keep it down. The fish has been scared away by you!”
Gian scratched his head and quickly apologized. He only felt that this fishing man had a bad temper and was a little difficult to speak. He didn’t know where this person came from. What he did not know was that this man had come from a place of origin, Lord Hsuan·Dodge, Wong’s high priest of the Holy Tower. As the guardian of the Empire, he was more than two thousand years old. He was indifferent by nature and had always been restless. It was a coincidence to meet him in the old temple today.
Priest glanced at Gian with the corner of his eyes and then turned around to stare at the fish. He sneered coldly, “brat, this is the temple. Which temple have you heard of recruiting workers?”
Hearing his words, Gian frozen. The stone tablet in the backyard of the old temple should be right, just as Shane had said! He patted his head with a bitter face and remembered his friend’s last warning. He took out the silver badge from his trouser pocket and shouted at soar, “sir! I also have a badge, saying that it is proof of entering. Do you know how to use it? “
Badges? The priest paused for a moment, shook his right hand, and put away the fishing rod. He stood up and leaped lightly, floating to the front of the Gian like clouds and mist. The young man raised his head and looked at the fishing man. He looked about 20 years old. His features were delicate. His arched eyebrows and slanted eyes gave off a vague sense of loneliness and arrogance.
He leaned over to the young man and didn’t ask any more questions. He rudely took the badge and looked at it carefully. Gian only felt as if there was countless clear energy surrounding this young man, and in a breath, his entire spirit was refreshed.
With the badge in his hand, Hsuan turned it around. When he saw the word “Shane” in the middle of the badge, he felt a little interesting. He gently tossed the badge back and turned to the stone tablet in the pavilion. “Boy, take the badge and put your hand on it.”
“Oh…Thank you! “World sea looked at the stone tablet with doubt. After thanking this guide, he walked up to the tablet and began to scrutinize it.
Was it possible that…….Is there any mechanism? The young man was a little nervous, and inexplicably had a feeling of being teased. With his eyes wide open, he looked at the stela again but didn’t find anything suspicious. He could only swallow his saliva, hold the badge in his hand, and slowly stick it to the stela. As soon as the badge touched the stone surface, a dazzling purple divine light appeared in his hand. The young man could not help but scream and close his eyes. At this moment, his figure had disappeared in the pavilion.
The priest stood by the pool, lost in thought. When he got up early this morning, he suddenly thought of the old temple on a whim. He didn’t expect to meet this young man introduced there by the future inheritor of the Empire. He waved his hand and inserted the fishing rod into the belt. Then he took out an old copper coin from the small cyan cloth pocket around his waist and threw it high. He suddenly grabbed it in the palm of his hand. He spread out his palm and saw a big “yes” on the copper coin.
Staring at the word, he frowned slightly in surprise. After thinking for a moment, he put away the copper coins and the porcelain cup, turned around, and walked out of the hall unhurriedly.
Gian was dazzled by the intense purple light and felt dizzy. When he rubbed his eyes in a daze and stood still, he found that the surroundings had already changed. At this moment, he was in a wide square stone tunnel. The light gray stone wall was full of flashing lights, like stars. There was a diagonally upward wooden ladder in front of the tunnel, and at the end of the stairs stood a purple carved wooden door.
The sudden change of time and space made Gian incredulous. He had never experienced such a miraculous experience. He couldn’t help but tremble with fear. Subconsciously, he clenched his hands, only to find that the silver badge had disappeared defenselessly. He immediately panicked again.
Where is my badge? It was held in my hand just now! He was so frightened that he stood at the entrance of the tunnel for a long time. Then he took a deep breath to calm himself down and carefully walked forward along the weird tunnel. He observed carefully in front of the wooden door but didn’t find anything unusual. He plucked up his courage and gently knocked on the door. “Is anyone here?”
There was still no response from the door. The young man knocked hard again and shouted, “excuse me! Is anyone here? “After waiting for a long time, there was still no movement in the wooden door, so he coughed to disturb her. He pushed the door open with both hands and walked in.
A clear wind bell rang, and Gian finally saw the true appearance of this mysterious place. The light inside the door was unexpectedly bright, and the room covered with red ocher planks looked like a small, warm restaurant. The door was a semicircle brown wooden bar counter, with a few rotating chairs in front of the table, and the high display cabinet was filled with various wine bottles. It seemed that the owner had a unique preference for collecting wine all right. On both sides of the bar counter, there was a blue and white square cloth with the word “kitchen” written on it. The barn roof was covered with colorful flowers, and there were several small chandeliers on the ground, which looked very fresh and elegant.
Along the wall, there were all small half-open rooms. Besides the smooth square wood table, a row of cotton sofa, and flowers were in full bloom around. Two long wooden ladders extended from the left and right of the bar counter to the roof. Obviously, there was another world on the upstairs.
It was so mysterious that it didn’t seem strange at all. It took Gian a long time to remember the purpose of this trip. He slowly walked forward and asked in a low voice, “excuse me? Anybody here? Is anyone here? “He walked quietly, hoping to get an answer. But in this strange small restaurant, only his voice echoed, and no other sound could be heard.
The young man stood in front of the bar counter and waited for a moment. Then he turned his head and looked into the kitchen. The thick square curtain tightly blocked the entire entrance, and nothing could be seen. Just as he looked around in confusion for four times, a figure suddenly jumped out of the kitchen and knocked him down to the ground unprepared.
“Achi…” Gian rubbed his belly and looked up. Immediately, he was dumbfounded.
In front of him, it was an oval metal puppet that was half a man tall. There was a white feather in the center of the arc-shaped head, two gray-blue crystal discs on the side, a white apron on the bucket-shaped body, two retractable arms in white gloves on the left and right, and a silver roller under them, which moved silently.
“Guest! Guest! “The little puppet didn’t care about the dull expression on his face. It mechanically emitted a sharp voice with a unique buzz, and its blue crystal eyes were filled with fluorescent light.
“You can talk!? That’s awesome! “Gian had never seen such a puppet before in his soul sea. In his impression, those iron knots were ugly and clumsy, and they were definitely not this exquisite appearance. He excitedly patted his buttocks and half squatted, staring at the little puppet from time to time.
“Guest! Guest! “The little puppet was still waiting for the order.
After looking at it for a long time, Gian suddenly moved his hand forward and gently touched the white feather on the top of the puppet’s head. Unexpectedly, the little fellow instantly got angry, and a red light flashed out from the blue-chip as he loudly warned, “Invader! Invader! “
Gian was shocked by the red light. Reflexively, he stood up and took a few steps back, waving his hand at the red light. In a panic, he explained, “no, no! I’m not. I’m not an intruder! “
“Invader… Deny guest! Guest! “The little puppet’s red light faded away and slowly calmed down. It greeted him again.
“Yes!Guest!Guest! “Only then did Gian heave a sigh of relief. He patted his forehead and found that there was some cold sweat on his forehead. He wiped his sweat and then tried to ask the little puppet, “is your master here?”
“Guest! Guest! “
“……So you don’t understand? “With a slight sigh of regret, Gian turned around and sat on the chair in front of the bar counter. Helplessly, he muttered to himself, “why is there no one. Did I come too early? Shane didn’t tell me the exact time. The badge is gone. I don’t know how to get out of here…”
Obviously, the little puppet couldn’t respond to the young man. It waited aside for a long time but didn’t receive any following orders. Then it turned around and slipped back to the kitchen.
Gian’s mind was filled with wild conjectures. He was a little depressed. He lay listlessly on the wooden platform, staring blankly at the thin lines. At this moment, a crisp wind bell suddenly came from behind him. Startled, he turned his head to look.
Countless bright lights were emitted from the private rooms’ wooden windows on both sides of the porch. In comparison, the entrance of the room was a little dark. With his eyes narrowed, he could only see a thin figure standing sideways. He jumped off the chair and took a few steps forward. That person happened to pat his coat and walk into the hall.
The man was very young. Gian felt that he was even younger than himself. He was wearing a white shirt and a thin camel cashmere coat. The light gray trousers were in order with a pair of dark blue high boots. He looked low-key but elegant. He had short blonde hair, delicate eyebrows, big almond eyes, and a little baby fat on his cheeks, making him look green and handsome.
The man was surprised to see the boundary sea level that was standing in the hall. He raised his eyebrows and said softly, “there are guests so early? Please have a seat. “