【科学猫·原创】短篇中英文科幻小说《风暴》下

科学猫科普 2018-11-12 07:49:15


过了一会儿,感觉像是过了永恒,一个医生模样的男人冲向人群,从接待女士手中接过产妇。在这几分钟里他不断地指导劳拉,主要是催促她在正常呼吸时更加努力地推动孩子出来。在听到劳拉的一声刺耳的尖叫之后,婴儿的哭声成了诊所的主要声音。

After a minute or so, which seemed like an eternity, a male doctor-looking guy rushed to the crowd and took over from the receptionist. He kept instructing Laura for a few minutes, mostly urging her to push harder and harder while breathing normally. After a piecing shriek from Laura, a baby’s cry became the dominant sound in the clinic. 


“这是个男孩!”男医生抱着婴儿,兴奋的问道:“谁是父亲?

“It’s a boy!” The male doctor held the baby in his hands, looking excited, and asked “who is the father?”


“赞美主!”杰克接过婴儿,小心翼翼地捧在自己粗糙的大手里。还在喘气的劳拉用尽全力举起手抚摸着孩子。然后杰克转过头对凯兰说:“你想抱抱他吗?你救了他,他这辈子都要感激你。”

“Praise the Lord!” Jack took the baby over and held in his rough, big hands with great caution, as if he were handling a delicate piece of china. Laura, still panting, used all her strength to raise a hand to caress the baby. Then Jack turned his head and spoke to Kellan: “You want to hold him? You saved him. He is indebted to you forever.”


凯兰本想放弃这位父亲的提议,他觉得孩子看起来湿湿滑滑的,一不小掉地上怎么办,况且他因为在担心工作而有点心不在焉。不过他的行动再次背叛了自己的大脑, “为什么不呢?”凯兰笑了起来,小心翼翼地抱着婴儿。孩子仍然在哭泣,他如此娇小,如此脆弱,但又充满活力,温暖而滑滑。

Kellan had wanted to pass the offer – for one thing, the baby looked slimy and he might drop him, and for another, he was really concerned about the time. And yet his action betrayed his mind again. “Why not?” Kellan grinned and gingerly took over the infant. Still crying, he was so tiny, so fragile and yet so full of life, warm and slippery, Kellan felt. 


当他仔细观察这个新生儿的时候,有一些事情引起了凯兰的注意。事实上,凯兰觉得如此可怕的令人震惊,以至于他可能随时失手摔了宝宝。他在男孩的左髋上发现了一个半月形的出生记号,而这个记号与凯兰自己的完全相同,不仅仅是形状,就连在身体上的位置也一模一样!时间似乎已经被冻结,而凯兰的大脑却争先恐后地寻找可能的解释。他想到前一天晚上女孩所讲的因果报应,但是凯兰一生中从来没有相信过任何超自然的事情,也没有看到过任何稍微不寻常的事情。 “有没有搞错?!真是他妈的奇怪。这个概率?难道是?”

As he was observing the new born scrupulously, something caught Kellan’s attention. In fact, it was so eerily shocking that Kellan felt that he could lose grip of the baby at any moment. He discovered a half-mooned birth mark on the left hip of the boy, a mark that was identical to what Kellan had and on the same, exact spot in Kellan’s own body. Time seemed to have frozen while Kellan’s brain was scrambling to find a possible explanation. He thought about the karma thing the girl talked about the night before, but Kellan had never believed in anything supernatural in his whole life, nor had he seen anything remotely being that way. “What the heck?! This is fucking weird. What’s the odd? Could it be…?”   

  

正当凯兰脑子里风起云涌的时候,看到凯兰目光有些迟疑,杰克轻轻的拍了一下他的背,问道:“你没事吧,伙计?”凯兰暂时把注意力从这个奇怪的出生记号上移开,把宝贵的小生命交给了他的父亲。 “是的,我很好。我想我只是累了。“凯兰低声说。

As a million ideas rushed to Kellan’s mind, Jack gently patted dazed Kellan on the back and asked “are you okay, man?” Kellan temporarily lifted his attention from the birthmark and handed the precious little life back to his father. “Yeah, I am fine. I guess I am just tired.” Muttered Kellan.


“对于你今天做的事,我感激不尽。我还没有问你的名字呢。”杰克抱歉地说,把宝宝接回他的手中。

“I can’t thank you enough for what you did today. How could I not have asked your name yet?” Said Jack apologetically, taking the baby back to his hands.


“凯兰”。凯兰茫然地回答,仍然震惊。

“Kellan”. Kellan answered blankly, still in shock.


“万岁,先生,你刚刚把我们的男婴命名为凯兰。你觉得呢,劳拉?“杰克温柔地吻了吻宝宝的前额。劳拉点点头,像天使一样微笑。凯兰仔细地看了一眼那个女人,现在正在用胳膊肘支持着自己的身体,她有如凯兰一样的美丽的淡褐色的眼睛。正当劳拉挣扎着坐起来,准备好好的看看自己的孩子的时候,凯兰非常确定他闻到了一股熟悉的味道:是梦中他母亲的味道。然后他把目光移到父亲身上,脸色如此英俊,他的赤褐色头发如此生动。尽管经历了一天的怪异和困惑,然而凯兰的心里还是充满了喜悦。尽管困难重重,但这是一个美妙的结局。 

“Hooray, sir, you just named our baby boy, Kellan. What do you say, Laura?” Jack gave the baby a gentle kiss on the forehead. Laura nodded and smiled, like an angel. Kellan took a good look at the woman, now bracing herself on her elbows. She had such beautiful hazel eyes, just like those of Kellan’s. While Laura was struggling to sit up to get a better look at the baby Kellan, the adult Kellan could almost swear that he smelled something that was familiar in his dreams. The smell of his mother, when she was holding him. And then Kellan moved his eyes onto the father, his face so handsome and his auburn hair so vivid. Regardless of all the weirdness and confusion, Kellan’s heart was filled with joy. This was an amazing ending, against all odds.


正当每个人都沉浸在这个不寻常的地板小派对的时候,诊所里的座钟咚咚的响了起来,打破了暂时的沉静。“天哪,我几乎忘了我的工作!”凯兰惊叹道。他下意识的把手伸进牛仔裤的口袋里拿手机看时间,但是意识到手机留在车里充电了。 “我真的得走了。不过我有个问题,如果我继续向北行驶,你们知道这条路是否通向丹佛市?”

As everyone was enjoying the little unusual floor party, the grandfather clock struck and broke the silence. “Oh shoot, I almost forgot about my job!” Exclaimed Kellan. He subconsciously reached for his smart phone in the pocket of his jeans, only to realize that he had left it in the rental car charging. “I really have to go. Um, I have a question. Do you guys know whether this road leads to Denver if I just keep driving north?”


“当然,在第一个路口左转,然后沿着州际公路前进,或者右转进入州道。都可以,选择是你的。我相信你不会错过的。”医生友好地说。 这对夫妇在他起身离开前最后一次感谢凯兰。

“Sure, take a left turn at the first intersection and follow the sign to the interstate or you can make a right turn to get on to the state highway. Choice’s yours. You won’t miss it.” Said the doctor amicably. The couple thanked Kellan for the last time before he got up and left.

***

凯兰回到车里的时候已经是上午10点47分了——那个老座钟肯定是坏了,凯兰想。他再次检查了电话,虽然时间也是10点47,但是信号栏仍然没有。顾不得许多,他开车向北。尽管他只是挽救了一条生命,可能还有两条,凯兰觉得反胃,感到恶心。清澈的蓝天已经消失,变得异常阴沉。虽然凯兰想知道为何天气这么短时间内会变差,他突然又经历了车子剧烈的摇晃,伴随着又一个神秘的低频的“砰”的声音。不过车子运转良好,所以他不多加理会。真奇怪的是,天空一下子变得晴朗起来,阳光从背后照射在副驾驶的座位上。

It was 10:47 AM when Kellan was back in his car – the grandfather clock must have acted out, Kellan thought. He checked the phone again, the time right, but the signal bar was still missing. He drove on north. Despite the fact that he just saved a life, possibly two, Kellan’s stomach sank and felt nauseous. The clear blue sky was gone and turned grimly overcast. While Kellan was wondering how fast the weather could turn nasty, he experienced the rocking motions again and another mysterious low-pitched “boom” sound. The car was doing fine, so he ignored it. What was really strange was that the sky all of a sudden turned clear again, bright sunlight shining on the passenger seat from the backside. 


凯兰很快走到医生告诉他的十字路口。他在那里看到一些行驶的车辆,大部分来自西边。据此判断,他仍然不情愿上州际高速。因此,凯兰加入了其他的汽车在小路上东行,很快进入了83号州道。州道的交通确实拥堵得多,但至少车辆仍在移动。他别无选择,只能稳步前进。凯兰沮丧地咬紧嘴唇,他尝到了血的味道。

Kellan soon reached the cross road the doctor was telling him about. He saw some traffic there, mostly coming from the west. As a result, he still did not trust the interstate. So Kellan joined other cars to go east and soon got onto State Highway 83. The traffic was indeed much heavier on 83 but at least the cars were still moving. He had no choice but inched steadily along. Frustrated, he bit his lips so hard and they began to bleed.


他的电话发出了一阵嗡嗡声。凯兰看到几条短信 – 令他高兴的是,手机信号又有了。他想要打电话给秘书解释发生的事情。但是,经过一番思考,这可能不是最好的主意。无论他说什么都听起来像借口,这可能会让事情变得更糟。而且,他已经放弃了希望。所以,随便吧,他想。

His phone gave off a burst of buzzes. Kellan saw a few text messages – the cell signal was back on, to his delight. He had thought about calling the secretary to explain what happened immediately. However, after a second thought, it probably wasn’t the best idea. Whatever he said would sound like excuses, which might make things worse. Besides, he’d already given up hope. So, whatever, he thought.


当他到达丹佛高新区的停车场时,已经是中午了。他看到他的几个同事出去吃午饭。凯兰手拿着商业合同夹,拖着双腿,慢慢地走到办公楼前。他下了电梯就深吸一口气,紧张地走到秘书的办公桌前。

When he arrived at the company parking lot in the Tech Center area, it was already past noon. He saw a few of his colleagues were out to grab lunch. With the business contract folder in his hand, Kellan dragged his legs and took his time to slowly make it to the office building. He took a deep breath when he got off the elevator and nervously walked to the secretary’s desk.


在他可以和她说话之前,凯兰的老板,一个发际线严重后移的中年男人,马特·戈德堡走出会议室,示意凯兰向他走来。秘书给凯兰做了个奇怪的表情,耸了耸肩。

Before he could speak to her, Kellan’s boss Matt Goldberg, a fat middle-aged man with receding hairline, walked out of the conference room and signaled Kellan to come over to him. The secretary lady made a funny face at Kellan and shrugged.


“我很抱歉,先生,如果我能先告诉你发生了什么事。”凯兰把文件夹交给了戈德堡,等待他的惩罚,几乎可以肯定地被解雇。

“I am so sorry sir, if I could just tell you what happened first.” Kellan handed the folder over to Goldberg and awaited his punishment, getting fired almost certainly. 


“有时候,事情就会发生,生活就是如此,没事。你今天就休息一下,我会带你去吃晚餐,到时候再谈这个事情。你选择一个你喜欢的地方,怎么样?”凯兰无法相信,他老板似乎对他迟到、甚至把公司的事情搞砸居然会很开心。在为戈德堡工作了近三年之后,凯兰知道他的老板在句子结束时用“怎么样”,表示他心情很好。

“Well, things happen. C'est la vie. No sweat. Take the rest of the day off and I will take you to dinner at 6. We can talk about it then. You pick a place you like, how about?” Kellan could not believe, beyond his wildest dreams that Goldberg appeared to be quite happy with him being so late and possibly screwing the company over. Having worked for the man for almost three years, Kellan knew his boss was pleased when he put the “how about” at the end of a sentence. 


“这是最后的晚餐吗?你打算解雇我吗?”凯兰必须找出答案。

“Is it the last supper? Are you going to fire me?” Kellan had to find out.


“最后的晚餐?不,我还指望你能在几年内来接替我的位置。”戈德堡笑了起来。 “你看,你那不可原谅的迟到和长期失踪已经使我们免于重大损失。事实上那份合同问题很大,刚才我们被总部告知,不惜一切代价避免这笔交易。你不知道支付法律费用是多么昂贵,他们可以让你破产。是的,会有一些人被解雇,但不会是你。”他微笑着对凯兰说。

“Last supper? No, I expect you to take my place in a few years.” Goldberg chuckled. “You see, your inexcusable late arrival and being out of commission for so long had saved us from a major loss. The contract was fishy and we were only informed by the HQ a few moments ago to avoid the deal at all cost. You have no idea how costly it is just to pay the legal fees. They can bankrupt you. And yes, there will be a few fires, but it won’t be you.” He beamed at Kellan.


“顺便说一句,永远不要说最后的晚餐给犹太人。这很是粗鲁。现在我真的很忙,你先走吧。”戈德堡倚着门框说。

“And by the way, never say last supper to a Jew. It’s just rude. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some big fish to please, off you go.” Goldberg said, leaning against the door frame.


“但是老板,我不……”凯兰刨根问底。

“But sir, I don’t…” Kellan pressed.


 “奥康纳先生,就这样吧!我六点左右见你。”戈德堡拔脚回到会议室,凯兰愣在门外。 “因果!这是真正的因果!”凯兰在脑海中说,虽然他不清楚他的老板刚刚说了些什么。

“Oh, O’Connor. Laisse tomber! I’ll see you around six.” Goldberg went back to the conference room, leaving Kellan utterly stunned at the door. “Karma! This has to be karma!” That was the only explanation Kellan could conjure in his head, although he was not entirely clear what his boss was just saying.

***

两周后,凯兰的老板给他加了薪。虽然数额不大,但是足以让凯兰高兴,并且和凯特分享了这个好消息。事实上,在过去两周里凯兰已经见过凯特两次了。他们一起吃晚饭,亲吻了她再见。那天晚上,他又梦到了父母。还在商场里,他年纪很小。凯兰走在父母的中间,双手紧紧地抱在父母的手里。他抬起头,看到他们的脸,然而这一次,他们的面孔如此清晰,如此真实。那个男人如此英俊,赤褐色的犹如燃着红的头发,那个女人那么漂亮的浅褐色眼睛,还有她身上的味道。凯兰笑得如此开心,他醒了,回想起了那个挥之不去的梦。

Two weeks later, Kellan got a pay raise. It was not a big one but he was happy enough to share the news with Kate, whom he visited twice already. They had dinner together and he kissed her goodbye. That night, he dreamed about his parents again. It was still in the mall and he was very small. Kellan walked in the middle, both of his hands being tightly held by his parents. He looked up and saw their faces, only this time the faces so clear and so real. The man was so handsome with flaming auburn hair and the woman so beautiful with hazel eyes, and her pleasant smell. Kellan laughed so hard and he woke, reminiscing the lingering dream.

***

“罗兰的家庭出生诊所,我该怎么帮你?”一个甜美的女声回答了电话。

“Roland’s Family Birth Clinic, how can I help you?” A sweet female voice answered the phone.


凯兰:“嗨,我可以跟帕特里克医生交谈吗?”

Kellan: “Hi, can I speak to Patrick please?”


女:“你是谁?你有预约吗?”

Female: “Who is this speaking? Do you have an appointment?”


凯兰:“没有,但是很紧急。”

Kellan: “No, but it’s urgent.”


女:“先生请您稍等。”

Female: “Stay on the line sir.”


电话的转接声。

Click. A few moments later.


罗兰:“帕特里克·罗兰。我如何帮您?”一个慢速而苍老的声音问道。

Roland: “Patrick Roland. How may I help you?” His voice sounded slow and ancient.


凯兰:“罗兰医生。你还记得一个妇女在您诊所的地板上分娩吗?”

Kellan: “Dr. Roland. Do you remember a woman giving birth on the floor in your clinic a while back?”


罗兰德:“我怎么能忘记这件事?您是哪位?”

Roland: “How could I forget that? And who is this?”


凯兰:“我帮忙把那个女人带进来的,我叫凯兰。您还记得我吗?我有个问题。”

Kellan: “I am the guy who helped to bring the woman in, Kellan. You remember me? I have a question.”


罗兰:“啊,你是善良的人,他们的孩子是以你的名字命名的。我记得你。你想知道什么?”

Roland: “Ah, yes, you are the kind guy after whom the baby was named. I remember you. What do you possibly want to know?”


凯兰:“你能告诉我这对夫妇的姓氏吗?”他深吸一口气。

Kellan: “Can you tell me the last name of the couple?” He took a deep breath.


 罗兰:“唔,让我想想。这么久了。天哪,但我记得。奥康纳,绝对错不了,因为当时我在本子上不小心写成了康纳。”

Roland: “Hmm, let me think. It’s been so long. Gosh. But I remember. O’Connor, definitely, since I misspelled it Connor on the ledger.”


凯兰:“您还记得这什么时候发生的事吗?”

Kellan: “And when was that?”


罗兰:“啊,让我来好好想想。”很长一阵子过去了。“二十七,二十八年前?我想就是这样的。”

Roland: “Hmm, let’s see.” A long moment passed. “Twenty-seven or twenty-eight years ago? Something like that.”

***

一个月后,凯特坐在乘客座位上,打开手套箱。 “嘿,你从来没有贴上!”

A month later, Kate was sitting in the passenger seat and she opened the glove box. “Hey, you never put the decal up!” 


“对不起,我不小心把它留在那里了,我不是故意的。”凯兰对凯特眨眨眼。 “但是上面写了什么?”

“Sorry, I kinda just left it there. I didn’t mean to.” Kellan winked. “What does it say though?”

 

“你仔细听,奥康纳。‘你的愿望是他的优先任务’。凯特用世界上最甜美的声音念道。

“You listen careful, O’Connor. ‘Your wishes are His top priority’.” Kate read in the most sweet voice in the world.



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