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鸿远随便拿起一看,果不出所料,又是白士吾替他照的那张半身侧面头像。他把照片放回钟怀面前,苦笑着说:

“我已经和它会面多次了。怎么样?梅村小姐又委托你来‘按图索影’捉拿我么?”

“不错。自从逮捕了苗教授,梅村这婊子对捉拿你更加上劲了,她甚至把我找去,当面把你的照片交给我,委托我务必想办法捉住你当然,她决不止委托我一个人干这件事。所以,你的处境实在太危险!我们当然要想办法救苗教授,保存支店。可是,把你调回,并且留在北平,我不赞成,这太危险了。”

“请问诸位,你们用什么办法能够救出苗教授并保存支店呢?”鸿远把筷子向桌上一扔,神情坚毅、果决,同时流露着深深的痛苦,“我这人个算得什么!你们这样关心我的安全我的生命,可是……”他说不下去了,站起身,慢慢踱到一壁粉墙前上面悬挂着一轴十分挺拔、遒劲的毛笔条幅。他抬头望着字轴。

这是一首题咏碧云寺的诗署名清朝王士祯。


               入寺闻山雨,

            群峰沐夕阳。

            清泉自成响,

            林壑坐生凉。

            竹复春前雪,

            花寒劫后香。

            溪流何处去?

            空望碧云长。

鸿远眼望着字轴,心想着当前严重的状况。

“喂,你怎么啦?”张怡拍拍他的胳臂喊了一声,“过这边来,我们细谈谈。”说着,把鸿远拉到八仙桌边。四个人又拿起筷子边吃边说。

钟怀歪着脑袋对鸿远小声说:

“你不要生气。我不主张你留在北平实在是不得已。我主张杀死梅村。这样,苗教授可以救出来,支店也可以保住。我的副官任尚祖主张抓住白士吾,提条件跟梅村交换苗教授。这两个办法老张都不赞成。现在,只好听听你的意见。你有什么具体办法扭转目前的局面?”

鸿远仍然不吃东西,只是举着筷子做做样子。半晌,才用沙哑的低声慢慢说:

“我的中心思想是利用敌人之间的矛盾,加深敌人之间的矛盾,然后为我所用,救出苗教授等人,并长期保存住支店。我已经去看过苗夫人,她说佐佐木正义同意卖药给八路军结果落到假八路军手中,这才中了梅村的毒计。看来,佐佐木正义这个人很值得我们去做工作他现在正因苗教授被捕,松崎这老狐狸又却不肯出面,自己又不想出别的营救办法而十分苦恼。所以,我想请求组织批准,由我亲自去找他

“你要去找佐佐木?”张怡、钟怀和方芳三个人同时露出惊异的神色,也几乎同时说出了这几个字。

“要找!只有找到他才能扭转局面!”鸿远声音坚定,胸有成竹。沉默。四个人都放下筷子沉默了。

已经午后一时多了,钟怀这才打破沉默说:

“我认为找佐佐木的时机尚未成熟。我还有一个想法:先收买白士吾。这家伙花天酒地欠了一屁股债,又不敢对梅村说。可叫他的好朋友任尚祖当中间人,就以佐佐木和苗夫人的名义送给这家伙一笔钱,以设法放出苗教授和保住支店为条件。他不怕苗夫人,可是惧佐佐木几分诱之以利,施之以威,恩威并用,也许有希望……”

“我不赞成你这个办法。”复杂情况下的艰苦磨练,使鸿远变得老练、成熟多了,“这个办法,一是要花大笔钱,我们的经费本来就困难;再则,白士吾这小子太不可靠,更不是狡猾、阴险的梅村的对手。还有,怎么才能说服佐佐木和苗夫人用他们的名义去收买白士吾呢?我看他们两位都不见得愿意这么办……”

“诸位施主,吃过素斋了,味道还可以么?”悟静在门外轻轻咳嗽一声,掀开门帘,露出光亮的圆头,双手合十,跨进门槛来。

张怡站起身向悟静抱拳笑道:

“太好了,太好了!有劳大主持费心,十分感谢!”

“阿弥陀佛!出家人慈悲为本,不劳施主谬奖。怎么样?饭用过了,是贫僧陪着诸位去观赏雪景,还是到贫僧禅堂喝杯清茶,下盘围棋,助助雅兴?”

四个人都围在和尚身边。鸿远早在悟静进门之前,就迅速戴上眼镜、帽子,又变成个老头儿了。他心里热烘烘的,多么想对悟静说几句话,倾诉别来一载的还念之情。可是,此刻只好装着不认识。

“我相信您的禅堂一定十分幽雅安静。听说您藏书很多,而且弹得一手好筝和琵琶……我们一路上来已经赏过雪景了。现在就到您的禅堂喝杯茶,听听您的弹奏”方芳用手一指钟怀和张怡,“这两个是棋迷,叫他们下棋。我喜欢咱们的民族乐器,今天一定请大主持叫我们饱饱耳福!”

和尚稽首道谢。他那白胖胖的圆脸,露出几分欢喜的笑意:

“罪过,罪过!出家人未能忘怀尘世,仍然喜欢以声乐自娱。今天一定为夫人献丑……”说着,扭过身子,甩着肥大的袈裟,摆弄着手上的念珠引路前行。后面跟着这四位“善男信女”。

他们迤逦地绕过佛祖殿,来到后面的香积厨也就是悟静的书斋兼卧室。

一进门,香烟缭绕。一尊释加牟尼的佛像悬挂在雪白的墙壁上。佛像前的香案上,摆着黄澄澄、光闪闪的香炉和烛台。烛台没有点蜡;香炉里插着的香,正袅袅飘着青烟,散发着幽香。香案前的砖地上,放着一个编织得厚厚的草蒲团这里当是悟静参禅诵经的地方。

悟静不叫四个客人烧香拜佛,却径直他他们领进里间屋里去。一到这里,天地迥异再没有庙宇佛堂的痕迹,而是一大间极洁净、极朴素又极富有艺术特色的书斋。满满三墙壁的玻璃书柜,里面摆满了各类书籍有佛经,也有大量的古籍,更有不少中外古今的文艺作品……墙上挂着琵琶。一张大书案上则是古朴精美的文房四宝。甚至,一只花瓶里,还插着几枝绽开着的腊梅。



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四个人都在竹椅上坐下。小和尚沏了一壶茶来,给每个人面前倒了一杯。茶水刚倒在杯里,立刻有一股馨人心脾的清香不知是茶香呢,还是花香。房间里,顿时充满了清淡的香气。

悟静一进屋就从书柜上拿下棋盘、棋子,摆在一张小圆桌上。看小和尚出了屋,笑着对张怡说:

“在这个房间里,出家人和诸位施主可以以诚相见了……你们喝过茶愿下棋的下棋;愿听琴的,跟我到这边来。”说着,他走进旁边相通的一间屋里。

这间房较小,却象个客厅,摆着几张沙发、桌椅。钟怀和张怡在书斋下围棋。鸿远和方芳就跟着和尚进了这间屋子去听琴。小和尚搬过筝和筝架,悟静在白白的右手拇指上戴上一个化学指甲,端坐在十三弦的古筝前,拨弄几下筝弦,还没弹出曲子,立刻就有一种悦耳的淙淙声发了出来。

“施主,您们愿意听什么曲子?”

“请您弹弹《渔舟唱晚》,”鸿远顺口而出。

“施主?您……”悟静扭过头去望着鸿远显然在奇怪,这个半老头儿怎么知道我会弹《渔舟唱晚》呢?

“唔。……”悟静没有多问,铮铮地弹起《渔舟唱晚》来。

鸿远听着,心潮澎湃、蓦然间,一个秀丽的影子在心上一闪,他想起了柳明。自从得知苗教授被捕后,他再没有顾得上想念她。可是和尚的筝曲又唤醒了他深埋心底的美丽的身影……不过,他没有心思多听筝曲,抽身走到张怡身边来。

好像他们已经商量妥当了,鸿远过来,张怡立刻拉住他的手,仰脸望着他,轻轻说:

“小曹,你进步了,已经能够周密而切实地考虑问题了。我们了解的情况不如你多,感受也不如你深。所以,在营救苗教授的问题上要多听你的意见。不过,梅村刚捉住苗教授才几天,她想从他身上捞到许多东西,一时还不会杀死他。而你的处境确实很危险。不仅是梅村这方面,而且”他微微叹了口气,“谁知道这位教授能不能经受住毒刑的考验呢?……小曹,苗教授只认识你一个共产党员……可是,你又要去找他的夫人,又要去找他的朋友这样,你冒得险不是太大了么!”

鸿远低下头来。张怡的这些话语重心长的话,深深打动了他。他完全理解张怡的用意,理解组织上对他的关心。可是,作为党员,他要不畏艰险地挑起这副担子。他要竭尽全力挽回目前的被动局面。

“那么,老师!同意叫我去找佐佐木正义了?”

“你可以去找佐佐木但是要观察事态的发展,要等待时机。”

“我一定服从组织的决定!”鸿远用力点了一下头。

这时,美妙、悦耳的古筝声从隔壁房间里有如清风流水般幽幽地飘过来。屋子里又弥漫着淡淡的茶香和花香。

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HongYuan took the photo to have a look. As expected it’s another copy of his half length profile shot by BaiShiWu. He returned the photo and said bitterly:

“We have met for many time. Why? Umemura entrust you to have me arrested by the photo?”

“Exactly, after the arrest of professor Miao that bitch’s quite keen on having you arrested. She even called me in person, handed over the photo to me and entrusted me to catch you. Of course she also entrusted others for the task. So you’re endangered now. And of course we should try our best to rescue professor Miao and maintain the branch selling. But it is too much a risk to call you back to BeiPing. That’s why I’m against it.”

“May I ask you a question? By which way can you rescue professor Miao and maintain the branch selling?”

HongYuan threw his chopsticks on the desk. He had a determined look and in the mean time contained a profound bitterness.

“What could I be counted to? Do I deserve so much concern on my personel safety? But……”He could not continue his words any longer and stood up to stroll by a white painted wall. On the wall hanged a scroll of Chinese calligraphy in heavy and spirited strokes. HongYuan raised up his head to read.


It’s a poem in praise of temple BiYun and signed with the name of a scholar from Qing Dynasty—WangShiZhen.



                 The temple entering,

             When the rain was pattering.

          Peaks clustered in twilight bathe;

         Fountain ring the sound itself rise.

        Cold growth as in the forest we sit.

Flowers in fragrance after the cold snap retreat.

                 Bamboo double burdens,

                    The snow before spring comes.

            Where are you going you stream?

The sky high and the clouds far reaching a realm.


        HongYuan thought of the serious present situation wathching the caligrapghy.

“Hi, What are you doing? ”ZhangYi patted on his arm and shouted: “Come here and let’s talk in detail. He drew HongYuan back to the square table and the four took their chopsticks to eat and talk again.

ZhongHuai slanted to oneside to murmur into HongYuan ears:

"Don’t be angry. It isn’t out of my willingness that I should disagree your return to BeiPing. I propose to kill that Umemura then we could save professor Miao out and maintain that branch selling. While my assistant proposed to catch BaiShiWu and exchange for professor Miao from Umemura. But ZhangYi denied both. Now I’d like your idea. Do you have any way out of the present difficulties?”

HongYuan still ate nothing and only held this chopsticks to make a posture. He said slowly in hoarse tone after a long while:

“My main idea’s that we should sharpen and make use of the contradiction between enemy’s to save professor Miao and others as well as to maintain the medical business. I have already paid my visit to the wife of professor and she said Sasaki the doctor had agree to sell his medicine to the Eight Routes Army then fell into the trap of faked Eight Routes Army men which was evilly designed by Umemura herself. It seems we should focus more on Sasaki the doctor. The doctor was in great torment now for professor Miao’s arrest and the old fox—Matussaki’s disagreement in making his appearance for the rescue. He was tortured for he can not think out another way. So I want to apply for the agreement of party to let me turn up and face Sasaki the doctor.”

“You want to face Sasaki the doctor?” Astonished look appeared on the face of ZhangYi, ZhongHuai and FangFang and they almost said so simultaneously.

“Yes, I want to. We can change the situation only when we can get in touch with Sasaki the doctor.” HongYuan’s tone was so determined that he should have an ace up his sleeve.

Silence. The four put down their chopsticks and sunk into silence.

It’s well past one o’clock in the afternoon before ZhongHuai broke the ice to say:



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“I think its still immature to get in touch with Sasaki the doctor. I have another idea. We’d better bribe BaiShiWu first. The guy own great debts in his drinking and amusement while he dare not tell Umemura. We could point his friend RengShangzu to co-mediate and bribe BaiShiWu a sum in the name of professor Miao’s wife and Sasaki the doctor in condition that the professor could be released and the medical selling could be maintained. The guy’s not afraid of the wife of professor Miao but he’s afraid of Sasaki the doctor to some extend. We could allure him with profits and threaten him in powder then we might have some hope……

“I disapprove,” the complex struggle made HongYuan mature and experienced, “Firstly, we have to spend a big sum while we’re still in lack of fund for the cause. Secondly we can not believe in BaiShiWu and we can not match the cunning Umemura in plots and conspiracy. Further more, how can we persuade professor Miao’s wife and Sasaki the doctor to bribe BaiShiWu in their names? I don’t think they are willing to do so……”

My donors, have you finished with your meal? How about the vegetable feast I prepared? ”WuJing made a slight cough, raised up the curtain and showed his bare head. He put his hands together and stepped in.


ZhangYi stood up and help a fist with both of his hand. He smiled to praise:

“Wonderful! Wonderful! Thank you so much for your care and entertainment.”

“Amitabha, we ascetics hold compassionate as our basic value. I won’t trouble you with a praise over its value. What then? Let me company you to enjoy the scene of snow, to have a cup of green tea in my meditation room or to have a game of go with you for recreation?”


Then the four circled around WuJing. HongYuan hastily put on his spectacles and hat to change back into an old man’s look before the monk entered. He felt warm hearted and how HongYuan hoped he can spend a few more hours talking with WuJing to pour out his concern over the monk for this one year of departure. But he had to pretend to be a stranger now.

“I think your meditation room should be quiet and elegant. I heard you stocked many books and can play Chinese zither as long as pipa very well…… We have enjoyed the snow scene all way here already. Now we’d like to have a cup of tea in your meditation room and listen to you performance……”FangFang pointed to ZhongHuai and ZhangYi with her finger,“They are chess fans. Let them play chess. And I like the music performance in our national instruments. Anyhow we’d like to satisfy our ears by your performance today.”

The monk bowed to appreciate. Smiles appeared on his fat and white round face.




“Offence! It’s my offence. As an ascetic I didn’t forget the secular and still took to music to recreate myself. I’ll try my best to make a show for you toda
y……” The monk fingered the beads in his hand, swayed his large cassock and turned back to lead the way in the talking. The four devout men and woman followed.


They took a winding course around the main temple and entered the incense cabin which served as the study room as well as sleeping place for the monk.


The incense smokes were encircling there when they entered. And an image of Sakyammuni was hung on the white painted wall. On the incense table before the Buddha image placed burner and candle holder in glistering yellow. No candle was burning on the holder but delicate fragrant green smoke was ascending from the incense burner. A woven rush cushion was put on the brick ground before the incense table—this is the place where WuJing chant and meditate.

WuJing did not require the four to burn incense and worship the Buddha in stead he lead them directly into the inner room. That is a totally different place without the trace of temple—a clean spacious study simple but full of artistic tastes. Glass windowed book shelf encircled the room on three sides on which displayed a variety of books—Buddhist scriptures as well as quantities of literature works from ancient to present from foreign to demestic…… There on the wall also hung pipa—a national music instrument of China. On a big writing desk displayed four treasures of study in ancient delicacy. In a vase even inserted a few branches of wintersweet in blossom.

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The four sat themselves on the bamboo chairs. A little monk prepared a pot of tea and pured a cup for each. A penetrating fragrance spread out as soon as the cup was filled but no one knows it was from the tea or the flowers.


        WuJing took down the chess bord and pieces from the shelf to put on a small round table shortly after he entered the room. When he saw the little monk went out of the room WuJing smiled to ZhangYi and said:

“In this room the ascetic and the donors can sincerely communicate face to face
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After tea time anyone want to play chess or listen to music please follow me.” WuJing went into an adjacent room in the talking.

The small room looked like a meeting room with several sofa, tables and chairs. ZhongHuai and ZhangYi were playing go in the study while HongYuan and FangFang followed in to listen the music. The little monk fetched in Chinese zither and the support while WuJing put on his fingerstall for the performance to sit at the zither with 13 strings. He plucked the string for a trial and a sweet gurgling sound flew out before the performance.

“My donors, what episode do you like to listen?”

‘Evening Melody for the Fish Boat’please!” HongYuan spoke out casually.

“My donor, you are?……”WuJing felt it strange and turned back to face HongYuan. How can this elderly man know I can perform ‘Evening Melody for the Fish Boat’?”

“Oh……”WuJing did not inquire more and performed the episode in the gurgling.

HongYuan listened to the episode and his heart was surging. A graceful figure flashed in his mind. He thought of LiuMing. After he was informed of professor Miao’s arrest HongYuan no longer thought of LiuMing. But the melody of the episode wakened that figure treasured deeply in his heart…… But he has no more time to think over the episode and slipped away to ZhangYi.


It seems they had decided on the matter. ZhangYi drew his hand as soon as HongYuan reached. The slim man looked up to him and said in a low voice:

“Little Cao you progressed. I can think over things practically and carefully. You know more details than us and get involved in more. We should consult you more in the rescue of professor Miao. Umemura held the professor in captivity only for a few days. She want to get too much information from him so won’t kill him instantly. But you’re under more dangerous situation. Not only because of the Umemura but also……”ZhangYi took a sigh slightly, “Who knows whether the professor could endure the brutality there?
…… Little Cao, the professor only know one communist man and that’s you…… While you will go to meet his wife and friends. Do you think it’s too much a risk!”

HongYuan bent low his head. The sincere and earnest words of ZhangYi touched him. He can totally understood Zhang’s intention and the concern from party. But as a party member he has to shoulder it in spite of the danger. He would try his best to change the disadvantageous situation presently.

“Then teacher, you’ve agreed that I should meet Sasaki the doctor?”

“You can, but you have to wait for the chance and observe the online development.”

“I listen to the party!” HongYuan nodded his head firmly.

The pleasing elegant music of Chinese zither flew into their room like a clear stream then the room was full of the fragrance from tea and flowers.

Analysis: The present situation of this episode stands like the interpretation of that Chinese poem: it is a severe winter. When everything was frozen to the disadvantage of life, the bamboo stood out to burden the double layers of snow. The wintersweet in fragrance looks down upon all the difficulties. So the bamboo cluster represents the Communist part of China by that time that stood firm against the calamity and the wintersweet represents individual party member like CaoHongYuan who was determined to sacrifice anything for their anti-invasion cause. But as a national fighter he’s by no mean coarse or rude. The man’s full of life, affection and longing for a new world where everything could be in place and in tune. “Where are you going you stream? The sky high and the clouds far reaching a realm.” Where is their destination then? Who knows. They have a long way to go.

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                                            第六十三章

一间宽大阔绰的办公室里,吊在绿色天花板上的菱形吊灯,发着柔和、迷离的光影。垂着流苏的墨绿色丝绒窗帘,长长地垂在地板上,遮住了整个大玻璃窗。梅村津子穿着一套可体的绿色毛料西装,坐在大写字台后面,支着一只肘子,忽闪着眼睛望着墙壁上的天皇御影,似乎在思考什么;一张小圆桌上放着一架装饰考究的收音机,她又似乎在听广播新闻。

有人在办公室门上轻轻敲了一下。随着梅村的一声“进来”,屋门开了,两个便衣男人挟持着苗教授走进屋里。

梅村抬起头,一看是戴着手铐的苗教授踉踉跄跄进来了,赶忙站起身,向那两个便衣厉声斥道:

“叫你们去请苗教授,怎么给苗教授戴上手铐啦?快取下来!”

两个便衣向梅村深深鞠了一躬,“哈依”了一声,立刻把教授手上的铐子取下来。然后,又向梅村鞠了一躬,转身退出。

苗教授仍然穿着那件深灰色厚呢大衣,高大的身躯,挺立在门边。收音机里用日语又一次广播了那段报道“中华民国临时政府”成立的新闻苗教授完全听清了。他不由地一阵怒火攻心,但却咬着嘴唇、皱着眉毛没有出声。他认识眼前站着的这个女人就是曾在北京饭店看见过的那个梅村津子。

“教授先生,您好!”梅村伸出手来,涂着脂粉和口红的脸上,现出妩媚的微笑。

苗教授瞪着梅村,直直地挺立着,不伸手,也不出声。

“对不起,教授先生,教您受惊了!”梅村并不因为教授的冷漠而生气,反而更加客气地伸手让教授坐在沙发上。

苗教授迈着沉稳的步子走到沙发上坐下了。他昂着头,一声不吭地瞪着墨绿色的大窗帘。

梅村坐在苗教授对面的小沙发上,烫得弯弯卷卷的长发披散在肩上,闪着乌亮的光泽。不知从她身上的哪一部分还散发出一种似浓郁,又似清淡的香气。她露出洁白的牙齿,带着迷人的微笑,用温和的声音继续对苗教授说:

“教授先生,请不要误会!今天把您请来,是想向您请教……”

“请教什么!这是逮捕,不是请教。请问,梅村津子,你为什么要逮捕我?我犯了什么罪?你凭什么把我戴上手铐带着这地方?”苗教授是个自尊心极强、素以清高自持的知识分子。被戴上手铐,他认为这是对他人格的极大侮辱。因此,怒不可遏。

“教授不必恼火。这是下面人的不当。其实,即便这样做了,也是一种程序。”梅村仍然微笑着。

“什么程序?是法律程序么?既然讲法律,就必然有法庭。你这里是什么法庭?梅村津子,你没有权力审问我!因为你不是法官!”

梅村脸上的笑容消失了,觉得眼前的这个老家伙还真有点不好对付。她正在思考怎么进击的时候,苗教授又说话了:

“我如果犯了法,那自有法庭拿拘票来逮捕我,然后开庭审讯,我还可以请律师申辩。你是什么人?你有什么权力逮捕我、审讯我?”

“我们是遵循日本的法律请您来的。这不能算是逮捕。”

“什么?梅村津子,你是遵循日本法律来请我?笑话!明明个给我戴上了手铐,把我绑架来了,却又不承认是逮捕。岂有此理!真真岂有此理!”当苗教授被戴上手铐推进汽车之后,开始,他的心还有些慌乱、迷惘,不知所措。渐渐地,他冷静下来,已经暗暗下定为中华民族的解放,为神圣的抗战事业牺牲自己的决心。

“小姐,你刚才说,你遵循日本法律自从明治维新以后,日本的民事法规定,在没有判刑之前,对被审问的人是不得戴刑具的。”

梅村津子忽闪着一双大眼睛,听罢了苗教授那套书生气十足的话,忽然拍着手咯咯地笑了起来:

“教授先生,请您不必纠缠那套法律程序了。现在是非常时期,为了完成大东亚圣战,一切都要服从战争的需要……好了,您不必生气了。这么晚了,您一定饿了吧?先请吃点东西,咱们再细谈好么?那边餐厅里已经为您准备好晚餐。现在,我就陪您去吃一点便饭。”

“我不饿,也不吃!”苗教授把圆圆的脑仰得高高的,盯住屋顶的一角,一动不动。

“您要不过去吃,就叫人把饭端到这间屋里来。咱们边谈边吃怎么样?”

苗教授被一种厌烦和憎恨交织的情绪激怒着,懒得再张嘴,高高地仰起头,望着天花板上的一角,仍然一声不吭。

梅村津子按了写字台边的电铃。一个二十一、二岁,长得十分美貌的女人立即走进屋来。她穿着大花和服,梳着乌亮的高髻。迈着轻盈的步子走到梅村身边,把两只手平放在膝前,低低地弯下身来。

年轻女人又向梅村津子鞠了一躬,并向端坐在沙发上的苗教授望了一眼,走出门去。

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不一会儿,一张圆桌上摆满了香喷喷的中国饭菜。梅村站起身,走到苗教授身边,客气地再次邀请他吃饭。苗教授扭过大脑袋,毫不理睬。

梅村皱起描得弯弯得眉毛,微微叹了一口气。大概她自己肚子饿了,就一个人坐在圆桌边吃起来。还对苗教授道歉说:

“对不起,教授。您一定不肯吃饭,那么,就请喝一杯咖啡提提神吧!”

她一按电铃,芳子又进来了。端来了两杯冒着热气的咖啡,便退出屋去。

梅村一边吃着一条鸡腿,一边望着苗教授笑道:

“教授,咱们不谈那些法律、法律程序之类毫无意义的话了。我想向您请教点事情,请您回答我好吧?”

“既然被你们逮捕来了,就问吧。”

“听说您和佐佐木正义博士开了一家‘兵库长’和‘盐业义’制药株式会社的华北支店,松崎司令官还你们的保证人。对吧?”

“是的。松崎司令官是我们支店的保证人。怎么,你连他也信不过么?”

“松崎只应个名义,并不管你们的业务。是这样吧?”

“当然是这样。怎么,小姐,你连松崎司令官都怀疑上了?”教授又重复地问。

“我只是随便问问。”梅村扔下筷子,坐到沙发上,点燃了一根纸烟。

“你们支店的经营方式是以批发为主的。对么?”

“是这样。难道批发药品就有罪么?”

“那么,外地那些代销店和经销人都是谁给你们介绍的?”

“没有人介绍。”

“没有人介绍?那你们之间怎么往来经营呢?”

苗教授扭过头来,瞪圆了眼睛,冷笑一声:

“小姐,您大概不看报纸吧?所以您没有看见北平各类大小报纸上都登着我们支店推销药品的广告。您也不听广播吧?通过广播电台,我们也在招揽主顾。所以,我们的买卖很兴隆,可以说应接不暇。”

“你们往阳泉、唐山、石家庄、太原等地批发过大批药品和医疗器械吧?”

“批发过。”

“您把药品的医疗器械都批发到什么人的手上,您知道吧?”

“不知道。”

梅村津子端起咖啡慢慢喝着,向苗教授瞟过一个十分自信的眼神。微微笑道:

“教授,您怎么能够不知道!您完全知道的。我有确实的情报您们发往唐山的药品,供给了冀东抗日游击队;您们发往石家庄的药品,供给了河北平原上的人民自卫军;您们发往阳泉、太原的药品,供给了冀西的八路军;甚至还有些药品运到了延安……”

“梅村津子,你住口!”苗教授小伙子般霍地站起身来,怒容满面地冲着梅村喊道,“你为这件事情已经盘问过我们的经历佐佐木正义博士了!难道他不曾给你看过那些发货单么?那里面有一张是‘抗日游击队’、‘人民自卫军’、‘冀西八路军’的订货单么?不许你血口喷人!你得拿出证据来!拿出证据来!”

“证据就在您身上! 就在您和十分可能是您的后台老板的曹鸿远身上!”

苗教授听到这句突然袭来的话,心里陡地一震,幸而他早有精神准备,不但没有慌张,反而侧过脸去,睨着梅村津子那张忽然变得狠毒奸诈的脸,冷笑一声:

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On the green ceiling of a spacious office room suspended a droplight in diamond shape. It gave off gentle light to create blurr shadows. The dark green velvet windowcurtain with tassels dropped long onto the ground covering the whole glass window. Umemura sat behind the giant desk in her decent green wollen suit. She supported her head with one arm as if in the thinking blinking her eyes at the image of Mikado his majesty on the wall. A set of exquisitely decorated radio was placed on a small round table and the woman seemed to be in the listening too.

Someone gently knocked on the door. “Come in please!” Following the answer of Umemura the door opened and two spies in civil clothes seized in professor Miao.
        Umemura raised up her head. Then she stood up suddenly and shouted at the spies when she saw the professor was handcuff in:

“I ask you to invite professor Miao. How shall you handcuff him! Took them down as quickly as possible.”

      “Hi!” the two spies bowed deeply to Umemura and hastily took the handcuff off the professor’s hands. Then they bowed to Umemura again before retreated out.
      Professor Miao was still in the thick grey wool overcoat. His tall figure stood straight by the door. The radio was broadcasting the news again concerning the establishment of temporary government for the Republic of China. Professor Miao clearly understood the news. An anger flamed inside him. He bit his lips, frowned but still kept in silence. He recognized the woman to be Umemura who he had encountered once in BeiJing Hotel.
     “Good evening, professor!” Umemura reached out her hands and charming smiles appeared on her heavily made up face.

Professor Miao still stood straight. He stared at Umemura in silence and kept his hands where they were.

“Sorry to frighten you, professor!” Umemura was not angered by the cold treatment from professor Miao. She turned more polite to make a seat for him to sit on the sofa.

Professor Miao calmly stepped forward to sit on the sofa. He held his head high and fixed his eyes on the giant green windowcurtain in silence.

Umemura sit on the small sofa opposite to professor Miao. Her long curling hair fell loosely on the shoulder shining in black. A thick while clear fragrance spread out from certain part of her body. She showed her white teeth in the charming smile and continued her talk to professor Miao in the mild tone:

“Don’t misunderstand me professor! Today I invite you here for I I have something to consult you……

“To consult what? Its arrest in stead of consultation. May I ask you Umemura? Why have me arrested? What crime I had committed? In what name you handcuff me here?” Professor Miao’s an intellectual who have high self-respect and value himself in loftiness and purity. But today he was handcuffed—a big insult of him, for which he turned angry.

“Don’t be angry professor! Its only the improper treatment of my inferiors. In fact its only a formality. ” Umemura was still in her smile.

“What’s the formality? What’s the legal formality? If you mention legality there should be a court! But where’s the court? And what kind of court here is? Umemura you have no right to interrogate me for you’re not a judger!”

Smiles disappeared from the face of Umemura. She felt the old guy’s not an easy one to cope with. Professor Miao spoke again when Umemura want to proceed:

“If I violated the law you should produce the arrest warrant before the interrogation. And I can hire an attorney to argue for me. Who’re you then? Who permit you for the arrest and interrogation?”

“We invite you here according to Japanese law. It can not be named as an arrest!”

“What? You invite you here according to Japanese law? It deserves laughing! You handcuffed me and kidnapped me here but you deny it’s an arrest? Nonsense! Sheer nonsense!”The moment Professor Miao was handcuffed and pushed into the car he was at a loss firstly. But he cooled down himself gradually and scretely decided to sacrifice himself for the liberation his nation as well as the holy anti-Japanese war.

“Miss Umemura, just now you said your behave according to Japanese law. According to Japanese civil law after Meiji reform you can’t handcuff the one in interrogation before he was sentenced.”

Umemura blinked her big eyes, clapped her hands and giggled when she heard the naïve scholastic words of professor Miao.

“Mr. professor, never wrestle around the legal formalities. It is harish time and everything should serve our holy war in East Asia…… Ok, don’t be angry now. You must be in hungry for its so late now. Have something before a detailed talk please! Dinner had been prepared for you in the kitchen. Now I company you to have some simple meal.”

“I won’t eat for I’m not hungry!” professor Miao held high his bare head and fixed his eyes on the corner of the room.

“If you do not want to go there I can let them fetch your meal here so we can eat and talk.”

Professor Miao was infuriate in disgust and detest. He’s not willing to say anything more, held his head high and fixed his eyes on the corner in the original silence.

Umemura pressed the electric button for call again then a graceful lady in her 20 or 2   1 years of age came in. She had a shining black topknot and dressed in kimono dyed in big flowers. She approached Umemnura in her light steps then bent low with her hand on the knees.   



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      The lady made another bow to Umemura then threw aglance at professor Miao who sat on the sofa upright before she retreated out.

       A short while later, sweet-smelling Chinese disheswere place on top of a round table. Umemura stood up and walked to professorMiao politely inviting him to dinner again. But the professor turned his big head away to ignore.

        Umemura gathered up her curving eyebrows to sighslightly. She might feel hunger herself and sat at the table to eat by herself.Then she made an apologize to the professor.
      “I’m sorry professor. If you’re not willing to eat then have a cup of coffee to refresh yourself please.”
       Umemura pressed the button again and again the lady came in. She fetched in two cups of steaming coffee and retreated out another time.
       Umemura smiled and said to the professor when she was biting a drumstick:
       “Professor, let’s shun the meaningless topic of law and formalities. I want to consult you something. Would you like to answer me?”
       “As I have already been arrested, if you have any question please go ahead.”
       “I heard you and Sasaki jointly opened the ‘Hyogo’ and ‘Shipnogi’ joint stock pharmacy’s branch medical selling in North China. And commander Matsusaki acts as your guarantee. Is that all right?”
       “Yes, commander Matsusaki acts as our guarantee.Why? You do not believe in him?”
       “Matsusaki’s only a name and he does not involve in business. Is that all right?”
        “Of course, why? You suspect Matsusaki too?” The professor repeated the question again.

I only address it by the way.” Umemura put down her chopsticks, lit a cigar and sit down on the sofa.

“Your main business is whole sale, right?”

“Yes, Is whole sale a crime?”

“Who appoint your agent out of the city and introduce your business there?”

“No one.”

“No one? But how can you maintain your business there?”

Professor Miao turned his face away, stared his eyes wide and gave out a cold laughter.

“Miss Umemura, you might not read newspaper often. So you don’t know our advertisements are printed on all kinds of newpapers in BeiPing. And you might not listen to the radio often for we also draw customers from radio. We have prosperous business or I could say we couldn’t manage to get all the business done.”

“Hadn’t you sent in whole sale your medicine and equipment to YangQuan, TaiYuan, TangShan, and ShiJiaZhuang?”

“Yes, we had.”

“Do you know to whom you send your medicine and equipment.”

“No, I don’t”

Umemura raised up her cup of coffee to drink slowly. She threw a confident look at the professor and smiled to say:

“Professor, how can’t you know? You know every thing here. I have dependable evidence that your whole sale to TangShan fell into the hands of east HeBei guerilla force, your medical selling to ShiJiaZhuang fell into the hands of the self defence corps on HeBei plain. Your selling to YangQuan and TaiYuan fell into the hands of the Eight Routes Army in west HeBei province. Some of your medicine even went to YanAn……”

“Stop! Umemura.”Professor Miao jumped up like a young man and shouted at Umemura angrily, “For this you have interrogated our manager Sasaki the doctor. Hadn’t he show you the bill of lading? Is there any invoice signed in ‘Eight Routes Army’, ‘Defence corps’ or ‘Anti Japanese guerilla force’? Don’t slander at us! Give me evidence! Evidence please!”

The evidence is on you and another man—possible your boss CaoHongYuan who back you up.”

The professor took a startle at the abrupt question but he has psychological preparation. He did not turn nervous but turned his face aside to squint at the cuning face of Umemura. Then laughed coldly.


Analysis: At least Umemura was right at this point: If it is war time how comes the legal formalities? So in the “invitation” she can use handcuffs. Law and formality only function in peacetime especially for fascist regime. Umemura’s “politeness” only serves as way of allure. By this time the professor’s confident while presently he underestimated the evil of Umemura.



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“小姐,您似乎被那个什么曹曹什么远给迷住了吧。您向佐佐木正义博士要过这个人,向我们支店打听过这个人,现在,又跟我提起这个人来。这究竟是个什么人呀?真是怪事一桩!他与我有什么相干?怎么是我们的后台老板?日本法律也是讲人证物证的,请你给我找出证明人来!”

梅村津子看着苗教授坦然自若、毫不惊慌的神态,不禁有点儿气馁。

“您说您们没有向八路军、游击队批发过药品,那么,那些药品、器械怎么会大批地落到八路军和游击队手里的呢?这不是怪事一桩么!”

苗教授忽然哈哈大笑起来,使梅村津子吃了一惊。笑声刚落,只听他侃侃说道:

“小姐,干你这行的,不会不知道:你们日本人拼凑起来的那些什么皇军、保安队、杂七杂八的反共军都是些什么货色他们只会吃喝嫖赌,毫无战斗力。遇上听说很能打仗的八路军和游击队,他们还能不丢盔弃甲大败而逃么?打了败仗,他们手里的枪支弹药包括大批药品还能不落到八路军的手中么!……你们打了败仗,丢了药品,怎么,小姐,您都怪到我们这个小小的华北支店头上来了?再说,你们拼凑的那些军队,既然要吃喝嫖赌,就得花钱你能担保不是他们自己把那些药品器械、甚至枪枝弹药都倒卖给八路军、游击队的么?据我听说,这种事情不在少数!”

梅村津子的脸红一阵、白一阵,被反问得哑口无言。可是,顷刻间她又恢复了那副自信的神色,向苗教授开了一炮:

“教授,既然贵店大登广告、招揽生意,怎么有一位乔国玉向您请求购买药品,您却不肯卖给他们呢?”

“那个乔国玉自称是皇协军十五团的军医,听他说话的口气,又好像是什么抗日的人。你想,这种情况,我能卖药给他么?”

“那后来怎么又卖了?”

“他带着军队,开着卡车来。我们怕事情闹大了,只好卖一点打发他走了。”苗振宇有意不说那是佐佐木正义的主张。

“那个买药的乔国玉承认是‘冀热辽第一支队’的军医。我们已经逮捕了他。你们把药品卖给这支抗日的军队苗教授,您犯了供给抗日军药品、反抗皇军的罪行,您知道么?”

“不知道!”苗教授终于明白乔国玉来买药,确是梅村津子设下的圈套,他深深地被激怒了,忍不住瞪着她喊道,“这是你们玩的鬼花招!”

“苗正宇,我们对你客气,你不要不识抬举,自讨苦吃!”梅村突然把脸一变,凶相毕露地吼叫了一声。

苗教授确实被梅村那毒蛇般的脸色惊慑了一下。但随即平静下来,缓缓地说:

“小姐,我苗正宇既落到你们的罗网中,就准备听凭你们的处置。你想利用我的供词吗?哼,办不到!”

苗教授说这些话的时候,感觉一阵恶心梅村身上散发出来的香水气,仿佛是一股难闻的恶臭,直冲入他的鼻孔;这温暖、舒适的大房间,一霎时,变成了一座阴森、寒冷的魔窟……他处身魔窟,闻着这股恶臭,心里恶心,头脑眩晕。他真想倒下去,从此闭上眼睛,什么也不再看见,什么也不再听见……

梅村两眼死死盯着苗教授,听他讲罢,狠狠地把脚一跺,用尖厉的声音狂叫起来:

“不知死的老鬼!跟你好说不听,叫你尝尝我梅村刑具的味道,你就老实了!”说着,梅村连连向写字台边上的另一个电铃重重地按着,一阵警铃似的紧张尖叫,立刻急骤地响彻了整个办公室……

                                         第六十四章

  冬天的佛晓是一天中最冷的时刻。尤其在怪石嶙峋、巉岩叠嶂的山岭上,北方狂烈的朔风仿佛可以把石头吹跑,把树木刮倒。此刻,东方刚刚显出鱼肚白,柳明已经爬出热被窝了,一个人跑到村边的大山上去了。她挂着手枪,迎着寒风,跑到一块高高的大岩石上,挺着身子,直着颈脖,任狂风吹佛着军帽下的秀发,双眸一动不动地凝视着东方。忽然,东方的群山后边闪现出一个桔红色的火球。火球一点点升高,天空渐渐由红变白。柳明仿佛第一次看见刚刚升起的太阳,高兴得望着旭日微笑。望了一会儿,她跳下岩石抱住一棵小核桃树,摇晃着,微笑着,微笑着,甚至忘情地哼起自撰的歌儿:

“我的X光来了!呵,日夜怀念的朋友来了来了!”

X光来了我的朋友来了……”

从保定回根据地后,柳明仍当着医务主任。昨天傍晚,她和院长、科室负责医生商量治疗问题最伤脑经的是医院没有X光,许多病人的手术该不该动?治疗方案如何进行?全都感到棘手。正当人们一筹莫展,连晚饭都没有顾得上吃的时候,几匹骡子来到院部,驮来了大批药品和器械。来人中有个瘦瘦的老头儿首先走到柳明眼前,一把拉住女主任的手:

“大姑娘,你还认识我么?”

“啊!爸爸志远同志您来了!……”柳明不顾一屋子人惊奇的目光,一把拉住刘志远的手,激动得满脸绯红,“您来了!想不到我又见到您了!您身体好么?……”

刘志远见到柳明也很动情。紧握住她纤细的手指,两只慈祥的小眼睛凝视着她的脸颊,轻声喃喃着:

“姑娘,可想你哩!你瘦了。累的?……你一定高兴,这回我给你医院运来一台X光机?”

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“呵!X光机,已经运到根据地来了!”

“呵,我们有了X光了!……”

屋子里的医务人员一听说运来了X光机,全都惊喜地欢呼起来,一下子围住了刘志远。

刘志远仍然穿着狐皮袍子,戴着狐皮帽子,一副绅士派头。院长急忙请他坐下,问他是怎么把这台X光机运进来的。

刘志远抱拳一笑:

“有十几位兄弟掩护过的封锁线其他回头细说。请院长准备点吃喝,招待招待他们。顺便告诉大家,我还把一位杨明晶小姐从敌区带出来了,他会使用X光机。”

“她在哪儿?”柳明听说杨明晶也来了,高兴得连连摇晃着刘志远的手,急忙要去找杨护士长。

“她骑马摔到沟里,腿受点伤,坐了担架,晚点儿才能到。很不容易啊!为这台X光机,还有两位战士牺牲了……”

“牺牲”柳明和一些医生低头沉默了一会儿,然后走到院里,围着骡驮子左看右看了一阵,就跑到村外接杨明晶去了。

刘志远的出现,使柳明感到异常喜悦。这是一个真正的人,大写的人。他虽然是个资本家、地主,可是,他背叛了自己的阶级。他的资本,他的土地,包括他的生命,他都随时准备贡献给祖国伟大的抗日战争。这使得她感动,也使她感到似真有个这样的“爸爸”的温暖。还有杨明晶,也是个从资本家家庭里出来的阔小姐,而且是个天主教徒。她毅然舍弃了舒适的、安定的生活,来到了艰苦的抗日根据地。这两个人,连同X光机的出现,都使柳明的心情激动、欢快。人,都是人,可是,在人生的道路上,每个人可以走上多么不同、多么迥异的路呵!……

这个夜晚,战友重逢,柳明的话可多了。她先和刘志远象父女般促膝详谈;后来,和杨明晶住在一条炕上,两人又谈到深夜。言谈中,她总想探问一下关于曹鸿远的消息,自从和他在紧张的情况中匆匆离别后,再没有听到过有关他的消息,但又不好意思张嘴。而且刘志远既然没有和她谈到鸿远的去向,估计杨明晶也不会知道。这些天来,朝朝暮暮,她时常思念着他,也时常回味着在保定“同居”的日子。虽说是假夫妻,然而,他们之间的心灵却比真夫妻似乎贴的更近、更紧、更无间、更融合得浑然一体。想起鸿远对她念过的罗曼·罗兰写给马尔维达夫人的信“你是我身上的一部分,最好的一部分。”她就感到世界上最珍贵、最崇高的爱情是两颗心灵的契合;是绵绵情意的凝集;是彼此无私的信赖。她知道残酷的战争生活也许永远使他们不能共同生活在一起,但他们间的爱情早已冲出了世俗的樊篱,升华到神交的境界。为此,她想念他,却不悲戚,不哀怨,甚至得不到他的任何信息,也常常感到他仍然伴随在她的身边,给她带来快乐与慰藉。这个夜晚,刘志远乘屋里没人的时候,曾偷偷告诉她:这台X光机和其它一些重要的药品器械,都是在“盐野义”和“兵库长”两家日本大药店的华北支店买到的在保定时,她终于得到证实,这家药店的开设,确是鸿远做好了苗教授的工作的汗马功劳;但直到现在,她才亲眼看到、亲身感到鸿远出生入死的战斗硕果……呵,X光!可爱的X光!这架X光机怎么忽然变成了曹鸿远?它是这样紧紧地抓住了她的心,熨贴了她的心,鼓舞了她的心。她兴奋得竟夜浮想联翩,几乎通宵未睡。曙色刚露,她即飞奔山头,她要对着东方日出的地方,呼唤着鸿远的名字;把她的快乐告诉他;把她的尊敬、怀念、神往与感激之情,也向苍茫的山巅,向温煦的朝阳一齐倾泻出来……

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Miss Umemura it seems you were fasinatied by the certain Cao. You had demanded that man from Sasaki the doctor; you had inquired about him from our branch selling and now you mentioned him again. How strange it is! And who’s that man? Do you think I have any concern with him? How can he become our boss? The Japanese law also respect testimony and physical evidence. Please show me the witness!”


Umemura was discouraged to some extend perceiving the calmness and frankness of professor Miao.


“You said you had never send in wholesale your medicines to the Eight Routes Army and guerilla forces, but how those medicines fell into their hands? Do you think it strange?”


All of a sudden professor Miao bursted into laughter, which startled Umemura. The professor said in assurance after his laughing:

“Couldn’t you be unaware of it? You’re in the line yourself: what kind of men you gathered up to form the JRAA, the security corps and the anti-communist brigade? They have no combat effectiveness at all and could only eat, drink and go prostitution. If they encountered a combat effective Eight Routes Army or the guerilla force how can they
not be defeated and escape to leave those ammunition as well as the medicines
…… How can you blame our small north China branch selling for your loss of medicine and equipments from your battle ground failure?
More over if your gathered up force had to eat, drink and go prostitution they had to spend money. How can you promise that they won’t smuggle their ammunition and medicines to the Eight Routes Army and guerilla force? I well understand that’s not a rare case! ”


Umemura was rendered speechless and her face color kept changing out of nervous. But she picked up herself only after a short while and made her assault again:


“Professor, if your honorable branch selling put advertisement to draw customers how should you refuse the business when QiaoGuoYu went to you for medical purchase? ”

“That QiaoGuoYu named himself a doctor from JRAA No.15 regiment. But he spoke as if he’s from anti-Japanese factor. How can I sell him the medicine under such condition?”

“But why you sold to him later?”

“He had an army in the follow and drove a truck there. We’re afraid to make a trouble so managed to sell him something in small quantity to send them away.” Miao intentionally concealed it had been Sasaki the doctor’s proposal.

The buyer QiaoGuoYu had admitted that he’s a member from No. one detachment of anti-Japanese factor of HeBei—ReHe—LiaoNing. We had him arrested already. But professor Miao you had violated the law in prevention of the support to anti-Japanese and anti-Japanese royal army factors by selling the goods to Qiao. Are you aware of it?”

“No!”Professor Miao finally realized that the medical purchase really is a trap designed by Umemura. He was infuriated then stared at Umemura to shout: “That’s your evil trap!”

“Professor Miao, you failed to appreciate our kindness and seek trouble for yourself!” Umemura changed her look to be thoroughly ferocious.

Actually professor Miao took a startle at her viperous look. But he calmed down himself soon and said slowly:

“Miss Umemura, as I have fallen into your hands I had prepared for any kinds of your punishment. But if you want to make use of my statement of confession, that’s impossible!”

Professor Miao felt disgust when he was saying all these. The fragrance from the body of Umemura smelled stink straight into his nostrils. Suddenly the warm and comfortable spacious room turned into a gloomy and cold den…… The professor was caught in the den and he fainted with stink. He’d rather fell down and shut his eyes for ever to shun all these……


Umemura fixed her eyes deadly on the professor. She stepped hard on the ground after finished listening and shrieked

“Do you ever know life and death, old devil! If you don’t know how to answer my kindness I will let you taste my instruments. Then you would be honest!” Umemura pressed hard another electric button on the desk in the talking and a shriek like siren fill the whole office abruptly.


Then daybreak in winter constitutes the coldest moment in the cycle, especially on the ridges of grotesque stone and steep rock. The fierce wind from the north seems to contain an energy to blow away the rocks and fell down the trees. White reflect of the first daylight was emerging in the east. LiuMing had already gotten up and climbed onto a big mountain by the village side. She had her pistal on the waistbelt, mounted onto a big rock and stood there straight head high fixing her eyes to the east and tolerating the boreas that float her hair under the cap in the air. All of a sudden an orange colored ball in the blaze jumped up from behind the peaks in its ascending and the sky turned from hazy red to bright. LiuMing behaved as if her first encounter of daybreak smiling at the rising sun sweetly. She jumped off the rock after a while and embraced on a walnut tree to rock it in the smile. She even sang a song for the children composed by herself.



Miss Umemura it seems you were fasinatied by the certain Cao. You had demanded that man from Sasaki the doctor; you had inquired about him from our branch selling and now you mentioned him again. How strange it is! And who’s that man? Do you think I have any concern with him? How can he become our boss? The Japanese law also respect testimony and physical evidence. Please show me the witness!”

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Umemura was discouraged to some extend perceiving the calmness and frankness of professor Miao.


“You said you had never send in wholesale your medicines to the Eight Routes Army and guerilla forces, but how those medicines fell into their hands? Do you think it strange?”


All of a sudden professor Miao bursted into laughter, which startled Umemura. The professor said in assurance after his laughing:

“Couldn’t you be unaware of it? You’re in the line yourself: what kind of men you gathered up to form the JRAA, the security corps and the anti-communist brigade? They have no combat effectiveness at all and could only eat, drink and go prostitution. If they encountered a combat effective Eight Routes Army or the guerilla force how can they
not be defeated and escape to leave those ammunition as well as the medicines
…… How can you blame our small north China branch selling for your loss of medicine and equipments from your battle ground failure?
More over if your gathered up force had to eat, drink and go prostitution they had to spend money. How can you promise that they won’t smuggle their ammunition and medicines to the Eight Routes Army and guerilla force? I well understand that’s not a rare case! ”


Umemura was rendered speechless and her face color kept changing out of nervous. But she picked up herself only after a short while and made her assault again:


“Professor, if your honorable branch selling put advertisement to draw customers how should you refuse the business when QiaoGuoYu went to you for medical purchase? ”

“That QiaoGuoYu named himself a doctor from JRAA No.15 regiment. But he spoke as if he’s from anti-Japanese factor. How can I sell him the medicine under such condition?”

“But why you sold to him later?”

“He had an army in the follow and drove a truck there. We’re afraid to make a trouble so managed to sell him something in small quantity to send them away.” Miao intentionally concealed it had been Sasaki the doctor’s proposal.

The buyer QiaoGuoYu had admitted that he’s a member from No. one detachment of anti-Japanese factor of HeBei—ReHe—LiaoNing. We had him arrested already. But professor Miao you had violated the law in prevention of the support to anti-Japanese and anti-Japanese royal army factors by selling the goods to Qiao. Are you aware of it?”

“No!”Professor Miao finally realized that the medical purchase really is a trap designed by Umemura. He was infuriated then stared at Umemura to shout: “That’s your evil trap!”

“Professor Miao, you failed to appreciate our kindness and seek trouble for yourself!” Umemura changed her look to be thoroughly ferocious.

Actually professor Miao took a startle at her viperous look. But he calmed down himself soon and said slowly:

“Miss Umemura, as I have fallen into your hands I had prepared for any kinds of your punishment. But if you want to make use of my statement of confession, that’s impossible!”

Professor Miao felt disgust when he was saying all these. The fragrance from the body of Umemura smelled stink straight into his nostrils. Suddenly the warm and comfortable spacious room turned into a gloomy and cold den…… The professor was caught in the den and he fainted with stink. He’d rather fell down and shut his eyes for ever to shun all these……


Umemura fixed her eyes deadly on the professor. She stepped hard on the ground after finished listening and shrieked

“Do you ever know life and death, old devil! If you don’t know how to answer my kindness I will let you taste my instruments. Then you would be honest!” Umemura pressed hard another electric button on the desk in the talking and a shriek like siren fill the whole office abruptly.


Then daybreak in winter constitutes the coldest moment in the cycle, especially on the ridges of grotesque stone and steep rock. The fierce wind from the north seems to contain an energy to blow away the rocks and fell down the trees. White reflect of the first daylight was emerging in the east. LiuMing had already gotten up and climbed onto a big mountain by the village side. She had her pistal on the waistbelt, mounted onto a big rock and stood there straight head high fixing her eyes to the east and tolerating the boreas that float her hair under the cap in the air. All of a sudden an orange colored ball in the blaze jumped up from behind the peaks in its ascending and the sky turned from hazy red to bright. LiuMing behaved as if her first encounter of daybreak smiling at the rising sun sweetly. She jumped off the rock after a while and embraced on a walnut tree to rock it in the smile. She even sang a song for the children composed by herself.


“My X-ray machine you come! My friend in the miss you come!”

“X-ray machine, you come at last……”

LiuMing still work as the chief surgeon after her return to the base. Yesterday at dusk the medical group including the dean, the chiefs from all departments and LiuMing herself held a meeting to discuss the medical plan. The biggest difficulty appeared to be the lack of X-ray machine. They can not make decision for many cases to be operated or not or how to proceed the medical plan. All these problems emerged urgent and hard to solve. When people were worrying over this and spared no time to have dinner several mules arrived at the hospital carrying in quantities of medicine and equipments. Among the team there’s a thin old man who presented himself before LiuMing in the first second. He held the hand of LiuMing in a sudden to say:



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“Girl, can you remember me?”

“Oh, ZhiYuan ‘father’ it’s you!…… ”LiuMing flushed in excitement and drew the hand of LiuZhiYuan in spite of the surprised look around, “You appeared at last! It’s really out of my expectation! How are you?……”

Perceiving her excitement LiuZhiYuan held the tender hand of LiuMing and focused his grandfathly small eyes on her cheek.

“I miss you so much, girl! You become thinner. Is it from hard work?…… I fetch you an X-ray machine this time. You would be happy now.”

“Oh, X-ray machine! It’s arrived at last!”

“Oh, We have X-ray machine now!”

As soon as the medical group heard the arrival of X-ray machine they all cheered up and surroundered the old man.

LiuZhiYuan was all the same in his foxfur robe and hat with a gentleman look. The dean hurried to make a seat for him then inquire how they can slip in the X-ray machine.”







LiuZhiYuan held a fist with both hands, smiled and said:

“We break through the blockade under the cover of more than a dozen brothers—let’s talk about the details later. Dean, please prepare something for them to eat. By the way we also bring here a lady by the name of YangMingJing from the occupied region who can operate the machine.”

“Where’s she?” When LiuMing heard Chief nurse Yang arrived too she shook the hand of LiuZhiYuan with an intention to meet her quickly.

“She had fell into a ditch from her horse on the way and got her leg injured. She will arrive here later on the stretcher. Its not an easy task and even two of our soldiers sacrificed their lives for it……

“They sacrificed!” LiuMing and some other doctors bent low their heads in silence for a while. Then they walked around those mules in the courtyard in observation before went out of the village to welcome YangMingJing.




The reappearance of LiuZhiYuan delighted LiuMing very much. He’s a real man—an uprighted man. He betrayed his own class though he had been a landlord and capitalist. He’s ready to dedicate his fortune, his land and even his life to the grand anti-Japanese cause. LiuMing was moved and felt warm as if she actually has a father of that kind. The YangMingJing also came from a rich family and even a Christian. She also gave up the stable and comfortable life to live a hard life here in the revolutionary base. The appearance of the two and the X-ray machine made LiuMing happy and exicted. They are all human beings but on their way of life how different the attitude and strategies are!
……

LiuMing turned talkative that evening for the reunion of her old comrades-in-arms. Firstly she talked with LiuZhiYuan heart to heart like father and daughter. Then she slept on the same brick bed with YangMingJing and talked deep into the night. In the talking LiuMing tried to make a cautious inquiry on HongYuan. She had no information from him since the departure in urgency but was too shy to ask anything. If LiuZhiYuan did not mention anything about his whereabouts nor YangMingJing could know. LiuMing often missed him all day long those days and reflected the days of ‘living together’ in BaoDing. Though they’re pretended husband and wife their heart approached nearer, combined finer and more natural. LiuMing recalled the letter by Roman Rolland to madam Omar vidal—You’re part of myself. The best part.” She felt the most precious and holy love is the combination of hearts, is the aggregation of affections and the unselfish trust to each other. She understood the brutal war may separate them for ever while their affection to each other had broken through the secular fence and uplifted to the kindom of spirit. In the sense she did not complain or turn pessimistic in the miss and even can feel his presence by her forever to bring her happiness as well as comfort in spite of the fact that she can not get any information concerning him. That night LiuZhiYuan secretly told her when there’s no one around—the X-ray machine and other medicine as well as equipments was purchased from two big Japanese medical companies—“Hyogo” and “Shionogi” through their North China branch selling. When LiuMing was in BaoDing it had been confirmed that CaoHongYuan contributed greatly in his persuation of professor Miao to establish that branch selling. While not until the present did she see with her own eyes the achievments of Cao’s work through live and death struggle
……
O, X-ray machine, the lovely machine, why you suddenly turned into the image of CaoHongYuan? The machine gripped firm her heart, idealized her and encouraged her. LiuMing fell into radom thoughts and got too excited to fall asleep all night long. She speeded her way up the mountain as early as the daybreak time and she would call HongYuan’s name to the rising sun to convey her delight, her respect, her appreciate and her longing for him. She want to empty all her feeling to the morning sun and the cluster of peaks.

Analysis: Professor Miao fell into the den and Umemura showed her evil face at last. The business of their branch selling seems to be suspended by the time. If the author stops here then what’s the significance for the existence of that branch selling? In the chapter that flowed we can see the achievements of their joint effort. There’re sacrifices but at last some strategic equipments and medicines reached the revolutionary base. It deserves all the torture of losses to achieve the result for the anti-Japanese cause. With medical promise the soldiers will fight more valiantly.

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白天,在杨明晶的指挥下,一架小型X光机,很快被装好在一间净洁无尘的房间里。柳明立即请杨明晶给几位急待诊断的伤员拍了片子。当片子证明了伤员的确切症状后,柳明竟快活得涌出了眼泪。她一手拿着X光片,一手抱住杨明晶的脖子,说话的声音也哽咽了:

“杨姐姐,您……您真好!您来到我们的医院真真是雪中送炭啊……”

杨明晶还是那么明快、爽利,她已经换上八路军军装。能和柳明一起工作,她已经换上八路军军装。能和柳明一起工作,她也感到高兴,但对柳明溢于言表的赞美,却感到不好意思,便另找话题,悄悄附在耳边问到:

“你的那位先生呢?他那儿去了?”

柳明的脸颊泛起一片红晕,轻轻在明晶耳边说:

“他不是我的真丈夫我们是假夫妻。自从保定分别,我再也得不到他的消息了……”

“假夫妻?……”杨明晶第一次听说这样的故事,感到异常惊奇,“住在一间屋子里,怎么能当‘假夫妻’?我不信!”

“信不信由你。”柳明不多解释。她甚至隐隐希望,人们都把他俩看成真夫妻才好呢唉,尽做梦……

近在咫尺的X光机在柳明心中引起的欢乐,倒是真切而又实在的。每次,她拿起X光片子察看时,心上必定像电光一样,闪过三个人影曹鸿远苗振宇刘志远。……好像他们是发明了这种神奇的机器。没有他们,就不会有X光机,伤病员的许多病情就不好诊断,不好治疗。如今好了,好了,柳明到根据地里从医后,这是第一次这般忘形地狂喜喜悦中,她更不时浮现出那镂刻在心上的形象,他如果知道我使用了这台X光机的欢乐,他一定会更加欢乐,欢乐,他会多么欢乐呀!……



过了几天,刘志远就要离开根据地了,他忽然忧形于色地小声对柳明说:

“姑娘,我不能不告诉你苗教授已经被捕,鸿英去了北平,正在那儿设法营救他。”

“什么?您说苗教授已经被捕了?那,这台X光机又怎么弄出来的?”

“这X光机正是苗教授用被捕、甚至要用生命的代价换来的呵!”刘老头儿的神情更加凄怆了,他轻轻吁了一口气,不再多说话。

“那,鸿英呢?他能救出苗教授吗?他本身恐怕也很危险吧?”

刘志远点点头。

“敌人捕了苗教授还不甘心,当然一门心思也要逮捕鸿英……闺女,我知道你会为他们难受。尤其他,你们的感情我知道。但是不得告诉你,因为我还想要你办一件你大概不愿办的事

“什么事?爸爸现在没人,允许我还叫您一声‘爸爸’吧!您叫我做什么,我都会答应的。”

“都会答应?”

“嗯,答应。”

“那你给白士吾写封信,和他说点好话,叫他帮忙放出苗教授。这个,你答应么?”

“给白士吾写信?”柳明的两只眼睛象滑稽演员似的,黑眼仁完全看不见了,只有一双白白的眼仁定在刘志远脸上。

“怎么样?你不是说,我叫你干什么事,你都答应么?”

“可是,白士吾他是大特务……”

“正因为他是大特务,他是梅村津子的大红人,我才想起叫你写信的呀!他是堕落了,但看样子还没有忘情于你。他恨你,也还爱你……你写封信求他从内部帮忙,我再托人送份厚礼给他,叫他想办法放出苗教授,也许能有点效果。”

柳明不出声了。她的心在急剧地跳动。的确,她很不愿意再理这条走狗。可是,为了救他……她矛盾极了。

终于她还是写了。生平第一次写这样似乎象写小说一样的信。她问他好,问他戒了白面儿没有?一片关心之后,她才提到请他帮忙救出苗教授的事。她暗示说,他如果能救出苗教授,她还打算亲自到北平去感谢他……

这真是一封极难写的信啊!柳明写了又改,改了又写;刘志远在一旁替她出了点子。这样反反复复,几乎折腾了一个通宵,累得她大汗淋漓,信才写成了,天也大亮了。她像走完百里急行军,一下子倒在炕上昏昏睡去。




                        第六十五章

还是佛晓,还是那么寒冷,还是那嶙峋的怪石,还是登在石上望东方眼望着太阳冉冉升起的地方,还是直直地望着由红变白的染满朝霞的天空。然而,今天柳明的脸色却是阴沉的、痛苦的。再没有几天前,独自欢唱“我的X光机”那种喜悦的情绪了。她双颊冻的发紫,头发被风吹得散乱,像一团落叶在飞卷。她的双目失去了光泽,痴呆地望着东方,也许又是一夜无眠,才使得明亮的眸子变得如此黯淡失神?

刘志远走后的那天午后,柳明忙着为一个病人做胃切除手术。手术刚完,常里平找她来了,并把她引到一个没人的屋子里。一坐下来,常里平就睁圆眼睛,神色紧张地盯着她的脸说:

“小柳,你很忙,恕我来打扰你。因为实在有事……”

“常政委,有什么事就说吧。一会儿我还要讲课。”

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“小柳,您惹祸了你知道么?”

柳明吓了一跳:

“我惹了什么祸?作了什么错事?”

“你给白士吾那个特务写了信,是么?”

“写了,那是工作需要。”

“小柳,你真是太幼稚,太天真,太不懂得党的原则了。你懂得‘划清界线’这个党的原则么?界限就是敌我界限当然有时也包含着是非界限。这白士吾,我知道你们过去是好朋友,或者说是爱人关系。可是,他后来叛变投敌了,这个,你是知道的。给一个投了敌的敌人写信,并且求他帮助你办事,你想想,你是不是犯了原则错误?”

柳明愣怔着,心里立刻翻扰起来:“怎么?犯了原则错误?……但这不是我要犯的,苗教授面临死亡的威胁,刘志远出自一片好心,想利用白士吾这个关系救他,才叫我写了这封信。刘志远是听党的指挥的统一战线人物,我们都是为了救苗教授和保住华北支店,有什么大错呢?……”她忽然想起那位戴眼镜的江怀曾叫她交代过和白士吾的关系,如今不是火上加油了么!认识这么一个白士吾,想不到惹出这样多的事……柳明喟然不语,坐在椅子边上对着窗户发怔。

“小柳,恕我再问你几句话。”常里平对柳明说话,总是彬彬有礼,和蔼异常,“你和那个刘志远看来很亲密,你们是什么关系?这么样信任他?是在保定那段工作中建立起来的感情吧?”

柳明忽然想起地下工作的原则:她去保定工作这一段经历,鸿远作为她的领导,曾严肃地告诫她不能告诉任何人。如今,常里平探询起这件事来。告诉他,还是不告诉他?柳明心里更加烦恼了。但她对曹鸿远的信任,远远超过常里平。于是,沉了一下,慢慢摇了摇头:

“常政委,您不是对我讲党的原则么?据我说知,按党的原则,您不该问我这件事。”

常里平碰了个钉子,不但不尴尬,反而哈哈大笑起来。他向柳明解释,他是政委,是党代表,他可以问柳明的经历,她也应当对他说。

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On that day a small X-ray machine was installed in a tidy and dustless room. Then LiuMing hastily invited Yang to shoot X-ray photos for some urgent cases waiting for dignosis. LiuMing was delighted into tears when the photos showed their precise symptom.

She use one of her arms to circle around the neck of Yang and took the photos by the other hand to choke out the words:

“Sister Yang, how good you are!
…… You come here to give bread in our hunger!”

YangMingJing was still the lucid and lively girl in her efficiency while in her Eight Routes Army uniform. She was delighted to work with LiuMing but shy to those praises. So she picked up another topic and murmured into LiuMing’s ear:

“How about your ‘husband’? Where is he?”

LiuMing blushed and murmured back:

“He’s not my husband in real sense. We’re pretended to be. I had no information from him since our separate in BaoDing……

“Pretended to be?……” Yang was surprised for it’s her first time to hear about the kind of story,“You lived together in one room so how can you be pretended husband and wife? I can’t believe in it!”

“Believe in it or not!” LiuMing did not make further explanation. She even secretly hoped that people could take them as real husband and wife. That’s only a dream……

Anyhow the X-ray machine within hand reach could give LiuMing joy in the real sense. Every time she picked up the X-ray photos to examine three figures would flash pass her mind—CaoHongYuan, MiaoZhenYu and LiuZhiYuan. It seemed to her that the three had invented the machine. There counldn’t be X-ray machine here without the struggle of the three and many injuries would be hard to diagnose and be treated without the machine. Now everything had been solved! It’s the first time LiuMing had ever been in such wild joy since her return and the image engraved in her mind repeatedly made appearance. If he could know we had put the X-ray machine in use how happy he would be? Just imagine!

Several days later LiuZhiYuan was about to leave the base so once he said to LiuMing in worried look:

“My ‘daughter’ I had to tell you professor Miao had been arrested and HongYing had gone there for the rescue.”

“What? Professor Miao had been arrested! Then how can they get the X-ray machine out?”





“The machine was exchanged from his own arrest and could be even with his life.” The old man Liu turned more sorrowful. He took a sigh slightly and sunk into silence.

“Then, what about HongYing? Can he save the professor out? Couldn’t he endanger himself?”

ZhiYuan nodded his head.

The enemy won’t give up after their arrest of professor Miao. For sure they want to have HongYing arrested too…… My daughter I know you would feel pain for them or especially for him. I know your affection to him. But I had to require you to do one thing which you might be reluctant to do.”

“What’s that father? Let me call you ‘father’ when there’s no one around. Anything you want me to do I would accept it.”

“Anything?”

“Yes, anything.”

“Then I ask you to write a letter to BaiShiWu, play up to him in it and require him to set professor Miao free. Won’t you do it?”

“Write to BaiShiWu?” LiuMing looked up like a comedian. She fixed the white of her eyes on the face of LiuZhiYuan.




“Didn’t you said you would do anything I ask of you? ”

“But he is a big traitor—a spy!……”

“Its all because of it he became the most favored to Umemura. So I think out the way. More over he does not forget you as his old lover though he had gone corrupted. He hates you but in the mean time loves you…… You can beg for his co-operation from inside the regime then I would let someone to bribe him a dear price. It might be effective in the rescue of professor Miao.”

LiuMing sunk into silence and her heart beated radically. No, she’s not willing to look at the dog again but in order to save him……LiuMing was caught in the contradiction.

She finally settled down to write the letter. For the first time in her life she ever weaved a story like in the fiction. In the letter she said hellow to him first then asked him if he had given up the drug. She mentioned the rescue of professor Miao only after all these greetings and cares. She hinted if he can accomplish the task she would go to BeiPing and thank him in person……

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That’s a letter so difficult to write. LiuMing wrote and erased, erased and wrote with LiuZhiYuan by her side to make suggestions. The modification cost almost a whole night and upon the completion day was break already. Then LiuMing fell on the brick bed and fell into sound sleep.

It’s another daybreak in the same coldness. It’s on the same perilous rock to overlook the east where the sun was gradually on the rise. And it’s the same observation of the morning sky when it turned from hazy red to bright. But today LiuMing was in gloomy and bitterness. She no longer had the delight when she sang her song of “X-ray” machine by herself. Her cheeks were in purple by the cold and her hair messed up by the Boreas foating in the wind like a mess of fallen leaves. Her eyes lost their luster and looked silly in the east. Maybe it is another sleepless night that made her eyes lost the original brightness.

The afternoon after the day of LiuZhiYuan’s departure LiuMing performed a gastrectomy for a patient. ChangLiPing went to her directly after the operation. He lead her into a room where there’s no others about. ChangLiPing stared wide his eyes at LiuMing and said to her in nervous shortly after they sat themselves down.

“Little Liu, sorry to bother you in your intensive work. But I really has something urgent……”

“Commissar Chang, if you have anything to say please say it. Later I’ll have to give my lesson.”


“Little Liu, don’t you know that you made a trouble!”

LiuMing took a startle:

“What trouble did I make? What’ wrong did I do?”

“You wrote to the spy BaiShiWu, did you?”

“Yes, I did. That’s necessary in my job.”

“Little Liu, you’re too naïve! Didn’t you know ‘to draw a clear line’ serves the principle of our party? The clear line tells the enemy from comrades and sometimes it defines the right or the wrong. I know BaiShiWu had been you friend or lover. But he had betrayed to the enemy. How can you write to a traitor and beg him to help you? Just think, is that a critical mistake?


LiuMing stunned there and worried: “What? A critical mistake?

…… But that is not my idea. The life of professor Miao was threatened and LiuZhiYuan want to make use of my old relation to BaiShiWu for the rescue out of his good will. So he let me write the letter. LiuZhiYuan comes from united front line who listen to the party. We all intend to save professor Miao out and maintain the north China branch selling. What critical mistake can we make?” She suddenly remembered that the JiangHuai with spectacles had inquired about her relation to BaiShiWu. Now the thing could be worse! She had never expected that her acquaintance to BaiShiWu could create so much trouble…… LiuMing sat on the edge of the chair in the stun facing the window there in silence.

“Little Liu, I’m sorry to bother you with a few more questions.” When ChangLiPing spoke to LiuMing he’s always in polite and easy-going, “It seems you have special kinship with LiuZhiYuan. What’s your relation and how can you believe in him so much? Did you develop your relation during your working together in BaoDing?”

Suddenly LiuMing brought up to her mind the principle of underground party work: As her leader HongYuan had seriously warned her not to disclose anything concerning their work in BaoDing. But today ChangLiPing inquired about it. Tell him the truth or not? LiuMing worried more. But she believe in HongYuan more than she did to ChangLiPing. So she weighed it for a while and shook her head slowly to say:

“Commissar Chang, didn’t you declare the principle of our party? As far as I know you shouldn’t concern about it according to the principle.”


ChangLiPing was hit back but he did not feel awkward in stead he bursted into laugh and explained to LiuMing that he’s the political commissar and the representative of the party. So he had the right to know and LiuMing should tell him.


Analysis: There were so many confused things inside the united front. Different group kept their own secretes and even kept their identity a secrete to each other. In time of struggle when the enemy force prevailed such constitution promise that they can not fell into the hands of the enemy as a whole. But I don’t think LiuZhiYuan proposed a good idea for Umem spy group could also want to make use of the same relation to probe into the revolutionary organization. The letter could become their clue and it’s highly possible all the letters to BaiShiWu would fell into the hands of Umemura first.

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“不对!您不是我直接的领导,我没有必要向您说。”柳明的倔劲又上来了。

“我不是边区卫生部的政委,但是我是卫生部的党委委员呵!小柳,你还没入党,不懂得党的这些原则。好了,你不愿意说,可以不说,我收回我的问话可以吧?不过,由于关心你,我特来告诉你,你给叛徒大特务白士吾写信据说还写得相当亲热。这,你就犯了原则性错误了!我就是为你担心,才特来和你谈谈,了解一下究竟是怎么一回事。”

柳明只得把苗教授被捕,曹鸿远正在设法营救,刘志远热心抗日,认为可以利用她和白士吾的关系,写信叫白设法帮助救出苗教授,他本人也准备给白士吾送去重礼的事,全向常里平说了。柳明一边说,心里一边嘀咕:“想常里平说了这些,我是不是又犯了错误?……呵,错误!错误!我想把全力献给革命,献给抗日,却怎么招来了这么多可怕的错误错误呢?”

常里平对柳明的坦率表示满意。他说,不论是谁,只要肯把事实真相交代出来,就可以得到组织的谅解。他叫柳明写一份交待材料,把写信给白士吾的经过,如实写出来交给他。再由他转给组织。他还建议柳明能认真地写个自我检讨,那就更好了。

一听“交待”二字,柳明陡地又是一惊!上次江怀就叫她“交代”和白士吾的关系,她没有写,就被调到保定工作去了。如今,一听常里平又说写“交待”,她心里不但厌烦,而且痛苦。她如堕五里雾中,想当初满腔热情参加抗日斗争,何曾料到革命阵营里,还会有这么多想不到的麻烦来缠人,来使人烦恼呵!……

说着话,小艾进屋来了。他暗中窥望:见常里平来了后,柳主任立刻愁容满面,神色不好。他有点急了,也不顾常里平还在屋里,便说:

“柳主任,你该吃饭去了。刚做完手术多累!也得注意身体,休息休息。”说毕,转脸对常里平说,“常政委,您在这儿吃饭么?我通知伙房给您做点好吃的。你是政委呀,礼当照顾。”

柳明没有出声,双眼仍然呆呆地看着窗户纸。常里平吸着纸烟,笑着对柳明说:

“小柳,你这个小警卫员可真灵巧呵!”转脸又对小艾笑道,“你叫艾信儿对吧?你问我吃饭么,我不吃。我还得赶回去开会。小艾,以后,你来跟我好么?你们的柳主任总是单枪匹马,不带警卫员。有几次都是我给她当了警卫员。”

“我不跟你去。柳主任象大姐一样,对我可好啦!当然,您常政委也和气,也好。可是,我得暗中保卫我的首长。柳主任,快去吃饭吧,要不,我给你打来今天是小米干饭,熬白菜里还有点猪肉片呢。”

柳明摇摇头,叫小艾出去。小艾不高兴地看了常里平一眼,转身一蹦,出了屋门。

“小柳,你人缘好,技术也高,就是政治上太幼稚。我对你很敬慕,所以什么话都愿意对你说,你明白我的用意么?今天我来这么着急来,就是因为听到你给白士吾写信的事。我一方面赶快给你报信来。是怕你出问题呀!你不会怪我太冒昧吧?”

柳明不说感谢话,反而诘问道:

“常政委,你从哪儿得到这个消息的?怎么知道我给白士吾写了信?敌区工作不是保密的么?”

常里平哈哈笑了几声,并不回答柳明的问题。只是说,有他的关心和帮助,她只要写个交代,写个检讨,就保准没有问题了。柳明对常里平的话将信将疑,郁郁地看他骑马走了,回到屋里,便倒在小炕上,连晚饭也没有吃。

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写有关白士吾的“交待”,这比写什么都为难、都痛苦。她要忘掉他,永远忘掉他,永远把这个曾经在她心目中占有过相当位置的人连根挖掉,尤其当她想象到他正和那个罪恶的、卑鄙的女特务梅村津子鬼混在一起的情景,她就像吃了苍蝇,要呕吐。但偶然间又有一个多情的、似乎纯挚的翩翩少年在她心头掠过他的影子在她心底尚未完全消失;她甚至有过负疚的刹间她如果跟他一块儿去了日本,他也许不至于被那个梅村拉下水;也许不至于变成这等卑鄙的恶人……总之,她太不愿意想起他了。不论何时,一想起他,就象一根根刺在身上的针,她真有点儿受不了。她很后悔,悔不该听刘志远的话给白士吾写了信。可是,当苗教授关在黑牢笼中鲜血淋淋的形象在她眼前闪过时,她又不后悔了应当救苗教授!应当千方百计地救这个人,只要有一点点办法,都应当利用。想到那台已安装好、而且已经为伤病员做了不少透视的X光机,她更增加了自信。要不是苗教授的见义勇为,我们山沟里的医院哪能有什么X光机!这是苗教授用他的鲜血甚至生命换来的呵!记得受命到保定工作前夕,领导上同她个别谈话,不也提到要善于利用敌人的矛盾么?她给白士吾写信,只是一种利用,有什么大过?出了什么恶果?要她写交代,交代什么呢?还有他呀一想到曹鸿远,她立刻闪出一个不祥之念。说不定他也被梅村津子这伙人捉住了;也鲜血淋淋地倒卧在冰冷的水门汀上……柳明想到这儿,浑身好似瘫软了,拿着笔的手不住地颤抖,眼泪流了满纸。……冷静一会儿,她又为自己适才的软弱,为怕写白士吾的交待材料而自责……

辗转反侧,她几乎一夜没有睡。不管怎么为苗教授担心,为曹鸿远难过,她就是写不出交待材料来。

天色朦胧,她又悄悄爬起身。冒着凛冽的寒风,一个人又跑到村边大山上去。她仍旧望着东方东方那边有面教授,有曹鸿远……那天上红彤彤的彩云,一缕缕、一团团在白茫茫的天宇上浮动,那是他们!是他们在层层乌云包围中,喷射出来的一股正气呵!傍边还有那一块乌黑的云,也在浮动……那是白士吾!一想到白士吾,一想到还要写和他有关的“交待”,柳明悚然惊醒似的,用力一把抹掉已经冻在面颊上的泪水。






                     第六十六章

苗教授身上血迹斑斑,倒在一间阴冷昏暗的屋子里。他不知道已经昏迷了多久时间,有几次都是刚一苏醒,刚要睁开眼的时候,就又昏迷过去。最后,他终于从昏迷中醒过来,发觉自己躺在铺着稻草的水泥地上。

这是间地下室似的房子,从高高的顶窗上,透进了淡淡的一缕阳光这是天快亮了?还是黄昏时分?他模糊的意识分辨不清。于是,习惯地抬起左手看看时间,腕上的手表不见了。一阵寒颤,他用抖索的手摸摸身上,厚呢子大衣没有了,棉衣也没有了,盖在身上的却是一条发着腥臭的破毯子……这时,在他朦胧的意识中,断续出现了一幅幅好像连环画又好像电影般的骇人景象他被头朝下捆绑在什么硬东西上,他看不见人,只见有些穿着皮靴的腿脚在身旁转来转去。同时,带着钢针的鞭子之类的东西,向后背、颈部、头部猛烈地抽击过来……那疼呵,刺骨的疼!针扎般的疼!他紧紧咬住牙关,然后咬住嘴唇。嘴唇咬的流出了血,疼痛才似乎减轻了些。接着,不知什么东西又重重地猛烈地向腿部压了过来一霎间,他觉得心脏要停止跳动了,立刻便失去了知觉。

没多久,他似乎被一种冰凉而潮湿的东西弄醒了,听到一种十分遥远、又近在耳边的声音阵阵呼啸象一股凶猛的狂风在呼啸:

“是谁指使你开的华北支店?……”

“是谁指使你把大批药品和医疗器械供给了八路军、游击队?……”

狂风呀,随你呼啸吧!恶魔呀,随你咆哮吧!只有一个意念十分清醒而牢固地钉在苗教授的心头:

“什么也不能说!什么也不能说!就是死了痛死了,也不能说!……”想着,想着,他又昏迷过去。

当他又一次清醒后,似乎被捆绑在一把奇怪的椅子上。他不愿也没有力气睁开眼睛去看四周的一切。只觉出有人似乎按了一下电钮,接着,一阵难以忍耐的震颤,一阵火烧似的灼烫,一种电流通过全身时使心脏发生剧烈的颤抖、又使心脏麻痹得难以忍受……他又昏厥了。
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