Red Silk Scarf

A free lunch is available all over the world. It is so easy to feed myself. Simply because it is always possible to meet someone good on the street. On the previous day, I was able to earn enough money to live in a small hotel and take a hot shower.

I have always been fortunate. Like today, when a man in a black suit gave me money to buy a meal at a fast-food restaurant!

All I had to do was comply with his request — Didn’t reveal any information about him and sat across from a pretty Caucasian woman. She was wearing blue floral clusters, a red silk scarf around her neck, and had some freckles on her cheeks. That was it!

Yep, It’s a bit weird.

Could he not have wanted to go to the appointment? That’s why he came up with this solution? Hey, whatever, it’s not my business. I’m just an employee. — Where the lady… Hey? Why did she order a hamburger set again? Wasn’t there an unopened meal on her seat?

Meh. Fine, as long as someone is with you.

” It would be great if you could take another seat. I have a date with a friend.”

Despite the lady’s “great” words, her gaze was extremely unkind. Too scornfully! Was she looking at me? Did she think the Coke in my hand was hers?

The meal ticket was hidden behind a paper bag, so I moved it to the most prominent place on the plate.

“Are you blind? Look at all those people! You take your crap with you when you leave!”When she sees the meal ticket, she should show respect. It makes sense that the gentleman would break the date.

A loud voice boomed, “Sir, please! Leave!” she pleaded!

Was she trying to attract attention? Oh, okay. It worked. People stared at me and “allowed” me to bow. So vulgar of you. You, you and you!

As I was walking, I accidentally knocked over her plate. Her drink fell to the ground and soaked her. Compared to the blue floral clusters, she really liked the red scarf.


No more hiding. Bru, you understand me, right? As always. Even if I look so rashly for you, you will come desperately to me, right? I scanned around the fast-food restaurant, keeping an eye on the new meal, and avoiding any odds.

What’s with that man? Why is he here? Shouldn’t he be working in front of the department store? Or did someone hire him on purpose? For what purpose? So… is it safe to eat at the fast-food restaurants anymore?

” It would be great if you could take another seat. I have a date with a friend.”

“Are you blind? Look at all those people! You take your crap with you when you leave!” Was he intentionally shouting to make me stand out?

Eventually, I noticed more and more people looking at me. Maybe this fast-food restaurant is unsafe now. He purposefully bumped the dinner plate at the corner of the table, causing the Coke to fall on my silk scarf. Ultimately, he left the restaurant.

I gripped my silk scarf, unable to hide my anxiety. It was all ruined by this guy! “What’s wrong with you? You don’t feel embarrassed about bumping into my Coke? You should feel ashamed!” I set down and relaxed for a few minutes.

I tried to be normal, but it’s hard… I spilled ketchup on my silk scarf when I squeezed it, and the paper couldn’t clean it. Oh-no! It’s so dirty. I screw up… I screw up! It’s over! However, bad things always come in sequence.

The phone flashed a message: “Too suddenly. I can’t arrive this time.” “Well, okay. We can’t meet here, either. Maybe another time?” As I hung up the phone, the lights went out. Another time? Ah! It’s over for now.

My eyes refused to leave the dark screen, and stare at it for a while…

” Don’t you want to talk to me about why you disappeared again? What about 3:30, see you at the old place?”

“Sure!” We still meet at half past three.

As well as the familiar scent of coffee, I miss him too. I haven’t seen him for a year, but he looks at me with an incomprehensible look of playfulness. He looked the blue silk scarf on my neck: “The red is more charming!”

There was a brief moment where I believed my heart would freeze…


“Sir, the target showed in a fast-food restaurant. But there are too many people!”

“Go to Thirteenth-Road Coffee Shop. The place is not crowded at 3:30.”

At 3:30 today, this entangled game will end. We begin where and we end where. This way my wife, children, and I are all safe. And I typed in the code: “The person you want will be tackled today.” This way, everything will be okay.

A true Brutus I am.

 


《最後的紅絲巾》中文版

天下真有白吃午餐。

餵飽自己,也不怎麼難。因為在街上遇到好事太容易了。像前兩日,我賺來的錢還足以去開間小旅館,洗個舒適的熱水澡。還有,今日一名穿黑色西裝的男士,給了我些錢,請我去快餐店吃飯呢!

只是必須完成他的條件——不能陷露他的任何資訊,還要坐在一個女士對面用餐。是一名高度約165公分,身穿藍色碎花群,頸圍一條紅絲巾,雙頰有些許雀斑的白人女子。

真奇怪。難道是——不想赴約,才出此下策?真紳士。

我來看看那位女士在哪⋯⋯
恩?她怎麼又去點了個漢堡套餐?她的位子上不是還有一個未開封的套餐嗎?哎。那我們就一同坐下來吃吧!有個人陪,也好。

「先生,這位子上有我的私人用品,而且我也約了朋友。請你入座其他的位子。」紅巾女士雖然嘴上說著「請」,但是眼神極其的不和善。像是一種鄙視!是在看我的不修邊幅,還是覺得我手中的可樂,是她的?

我將藏在紙袋後的餐票,擺在盤子最顯眼處。
「你沒看到都是人嗎?是你佔用了位子!離開的時候,也把你的垃圾也帶走!」或許她看到發票,也該學會尊重。也難怪那位好心的紳士會爽約。

「先生,請你離開。」她聲音倒是不小。是為了引人側目嗎?那她倒是達成目的了。一群與世俗同流的人們,俗人!讓我始終昂了不首。就是你們這些俗人。就是你們這群人!

我不跟你們計較。只是在走的時候,携在尾巴的氣焰太盛,撞到了桌角的餐盤。就這麼剛好地上頭的可樂,朝著了她灑了過去。可樂了!相對與那套藍裙,她反而只關注那條絲巾的是否乾淨。她看起來非常在意那條紅絲巾。


今日過後,我就可以不再躲藏了。Bru,你能理解我,對嗎?就像以往一樣。就算我這麼貿然的找你,你也會不顧一切地來找我,對吧?

我環顧著快餐店內,守護著新餐點,避免著一切的異常。那位男子,怎麼會在這?又這麼剛好地選定在我的位子上?他現在不應該在百貨專櫃前掙錢嗎?還是有人特意雇用他?這樣——快餐店,還安全嗎?

「先生,這位子上有我的私人用品,而且我也約了朋友。請你入座其他的位子。」

「你沒看到都是人嗎?是你佔用了位子!離開的時候,也把你的垃圾也帶走!」他是故意嚷嚷,要讓人聚焦在我身上嗎?

「先生,請你離開。」我始終保持著和氣,但和奈越來越多目光聚集而來。看來,快餐店也快不安全了。

最後,他終於在眾目之下離開了。只是在離開前故意碰撞桌角的餐盤,使得可樂倒在我的絲巾上。這樣又怎能跟他相見?我捏著絲巾的一角,難掩著焦慮與氣憤。這一切都被那個人給毀了!

「你這人怎麼這麼沒素質?連撞倒了東西,也不會覺得不好意思?搞什麼啊!」

坐下也難平憤意,連擠個番茄醬,也會噴到絲巾,就連手中的紙巾也抹不掉紅絲巾上的一塊紅印油漬。

然而不順的事,就是會一件接一件。剛剛購入的手機,突然閃出了一段訊息:「你約得太突然了,剛好臨時開會排不開。」

「恩。沒事。我正好也有些事,不能在這碰面。下次再約吧。」離開了手機,隨著螢頻黯淡。我們但是還有下次嗎?也許就這麼終了吧。

何奈我的眼,還不肯放過已經暗了的螢幕。就著看了半晌——

「你難得聯絡我,難道不想好好說說,為什麼又突然消失這麼久嗎?要不三點半,老地方見?」

「好!老地方見。」

依然相約三點半。這是我熟悉的咖啡香,還有熟悉的他。一年未見,他看我的眼神多了讓人不解的玩味。玩味地看著我頸上的藍絲巾:「配上紅色絲巾比較好看。」

我的心涼了一截,完了⋯⋯


「Sir,目標出現在快餐店。但人潮太多,不利我們行動。」

「改到十三路的咖啡店,那裡人少。準備三點半行動。」

我走向一名年輕的乞討者,替妳設下了最後一個局。一個在今天三點半,就會了結這相互糾纏的局。我們從那開始,也從那結束。這樣我的老婆跟小孩,就安全了。全都安全了······

最後,我輸入了結的暗語:「你要的人今天就會抓到了。」

呵!活得真像個Brute。

 


《Red Silk Scarf》創作筆記

第三登場人──男主,就業於警務、情報類單位。

第二登場人──女主,是男主的線人。正處於通緝狀態,準備出逃至遠方。 男主是女主情感依附的對象,才會在此刻堅持與男主相見。可是男主只是借此曖昧關係利用女主。因此當暗有人以男主的老婆跟小孩 ,威脅男主交出女主時,男主便設局將女主收捕。而女主最後一句「完了」,是在最後知道知道自己被設局了。

第一登場人──乞討者。是男主為了把女生引出快餐店的關鍵人。因為快餐店人群不利收捕行動 ,所以男主以心理戰術讓女方覺得不安全, 並引導她自願性離開,前往咖啡店赴約。

*文中的十三路改自上海話的十三點。是作者暗指男主認為女主是個瘋癲的人。
*文末的 Brute 來自拉丁語的Et tu, Brute,是男主自嘲著自己是背叛者。
*女主在快餐店發生糾紛後,沒有馬上離開,是為了暫時維持正常人設,淡化群眾印象。因為點了兩份餐,不吃一口就走,太不平凡。