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司氏姐妹 第11章:第二天早晨

作者:Wuwuyu  於 2012-9-1 22:53 發表於 最熱鬧的華人社交網路--貝殼村

作者分類:翻譯小說|通用分類:原創文學

關鍵詞:童話小說, 學英語, 中國女孩, 移民生活, 哈利波特

11  第二天早

 

當米娜摩根瑪麗躡腳地下來吃早餐時, 今天的晨報已在廚房的飯上。昨天晚上她幾乎徹夜未眠即使在跟著法媽回家,靜靜地爬上床上后,她們仍沒合眼。外面的天空已煥發出粉色。姐妹沒有互相交但他仍然在床上無法入睡。

 

現在是夏天。通常這樣一個正常的夏日會吃完早餐,跑到外面與朋友一起玩耍但姐妹知道昨天上的事情會讓她們永遠被禁閉在家。當她們下樓時,廚房裡空空的迎接她的是那份報紙。

 

婚禮變成謀殺!全鎮頭版頭條的標題呼之欲出新娘為主要嫌犯是下一個標題。整個版充塞了有關昨天事件的文章。前面中心的片是瑪拉在花園裡的照片穿著那滴著紅色血滴的白色婚紗,露出小鹿般膽怯的眼神。除了拉的照片外還有亨特家裡人的照片。格雷厄姆的帥氣肖像出現在題為格雷厄姆-亨特24不幸慘死的文章前。底部是亨特市長膊環繞著他哭泣的妻子的照片,旁標題是:的市長請求司法公正

 

摩根厭惡地推開報紙,讓它翻了個身,使天氣預報出現在表面瑪麗卻一把在桌上搶到了報紙。

 

我。的眼睛迅速描著面。他的屍體仍然沒有被發現把報紙折成一半大小,集中閱讀在底部的那篇有關格雷厄姆父母的文章。

 

聽著儘管亨特女士初肯定兇手是死者的新婚新娘敦促鄉親們不要妄下結論們要有一個公正的調審判, 這是非常重要的,在這之前請不要指指點點 「我們個人都會不穩定的動搖,包括我的妻子和我但我須讓司法發揮其當然的作用。

 

摩根道不是他的妻子在指指點點嗎

 

瑪麗提了提的眉毛。知道。也他比他的惡婆妻子更講點道理吧。嘿目前情況下應該去疏遠那些甚至稍微站在我們立場上的人。報紙拿回到面前。米娜走過來,踮著腳尖, 透過的肩膀一起讀著報紙

 

看看米娜指著面中心埋在長長的頭條新聞中的一個段落。她開始慢慢地一字一句地出聲來。然沒有此事的絕對安玫瑰的多居民都在疑司氏家庭有超自然的能力和活。居民們擔心由於神秘的犯罪嫌疑人和的家人的魔力,一個正常的調判是很難富有成效的。十多年的喬漢麻釋說一直非常秘。如果事實證明了她是巫婆明她有罪可能會以一種秘密神奇的方式毀滅證據的。」在安玫瑰高中的幾何老莎拉湯訥也同意。沒有人能找到屍體這個事實就說明了她們可能具有某種奇怪的魔力。

 

摩根頭砸子上瑪麗手上搶過報紙。真是見鬼了這就是所謂的公正

 

瑪麗臂交叉。是令人厭惡。有人來采訪過我們嗎

 

「反正媽媽也可能不會摩根

 

。」在她身後的一個聲音是法媽悄悄地走了廚房。即使穿著她的家常便服--圍著白色短, 比摩根和瑪麗都矮--的存在馬上女孩們沉默無語是一個很小的人生強大的威力。

 

你們一定讀了報紙了法媽她開始拿出炒早餐。的女兒們並沒有被個看似平常的早晨慣例所誤導。她的母一個餐老闆和中國母不會任何事情耽誤了個人吃一頓像。她處罰不是挨而是更可怕的西。

 

所以你們明白生在昨晚的事是絕對不能接受的。不是不能接受的。是危險的!愚蠢的!性的!

 

女孩們靜靜地圍坐圍在廚房的子邊上的母親一邊,一邊繼續的寒冷面無表情的聲音。

 

與我作對。與瑪拉作對。他決定是兇手。明的孩子留下來了,儘管你們的白痴行為, 她還是留下來了 。想想如果昨晚她逃脫了,事情會變得怎樣!想想如果你們這幫傻瓜成功完成任務,今天的頭版頭條會是什麼一點質疑拉為兇手的疑將付諸東流。只有有罪的人才會有逃跑的理由。而且們毛頭小丫可能自認為你們格雷厄姆真正的兇手嗎。

 

蛋和麵包女孩們的早餐。她默默地看著飯碟沒有食慾。法媽起眼睛看著她。如果有什事情都能比直接違抗母親的旨意更厲害的話那就是不吃放在面前的食物。瑪麗無奈地看著拿起叉子。其他人紛紛仿靜靜地咀嚼著盤裡的雞蛋。

 

當然法媽繼續說「你們會有一段時間不準離開房子。會有更重要的事情佔據你們頭腦使你們沒有時間去思考其他任何愚蠢的想法。但,馬上吃好飯,穿好衣服。我們家來了一個訪客

 

摩根張開嘴巴露出還沒下咽的食物

 

「注意禮儀法媽說

 

但我以

 

瑪麗說

 

法媽疊起她看著的女兒們。來了。走向樓梯大概要換下的家常便衣。在離開前,轉過身來須表現出最好的行

 

Chapter 11 – The Morning After

 

The morning』s paper was already on the kitchen table when Mina, Morgan, and Marie tiptoed down to breakfast. They had barely slept that night, even after coming home with Fa and crawling into their beds silently. The sky outside had already started to glow pink. The sisters didn』t talk to each other, but they lay still in their beds, unable to fall asleep.

 

It was summer, and on a normal day like this they would have breakfast and run out to meet with friends or play outside, but the sisters knew that after the events of the previous night they were likely to be grounded forever. The kitchen was empty when they arrived, the only thinig to greet them was the paper.

 

TOWN SHOCKED AS WEDDING TURNS TO MURDER, the top headline shrieked. BRIDE IS PRIMARY SUSPECT, read another. The entire front page was dominated by articles about the previous night. Front and center was a picture of Mara, doe-eyed in the garden, her dress dripping with red. Besides the photo of Mara, the other photos were of the Hunter family. A beaming portrait of Graham started off a column titled GRAHAM HUNTER, 24, MEETS TRAGIC DEATH. At the bottom of the page was a photo of The mayor with his arm around his sobbing wife next to the heading, GRIEVING MAYOR PLEADS FOR JUSTICE.

 

Morgan pushed the newspaper away in disgust, turning it over so that the weather forecast was on top, when Marie snatched it from the table.

 

「Give me that.」 Her eyes rapidly scanned the page. 「His body still hasn』t been found,」 she said. She folded the paper over to concentrate on the bottom article about Graham』s parents.

 

「Listen to this,」 she said. 「Despite Ms. Hunter』s initial certainty that the murderer was the deceased』s newlywed bride, the mayor urges the townsfolk not to jump to conclusions. 『It is of utmost importance that we have a fair investigation and trial before pointing fingers,』 he says. 『Everybody is understably shaken–my wife and I included–but we must let justice play its course.』」

 

「Bullshit,」 Morgan said. 「Does it say there that his wife was the one pointing the fingers?」

 

Marie raised her eyebrows. 「Who knows. Maybe he』s more reasonable than his harpy of a wife. Hell, at this point we shouldn』t be alienating anyone who』s even slightly on our side.」 She brought the newspaper back to her face. Mina walked around to read over her shoulder, standing on her tiptoes to reach.

 

「Look at this!」 Mina pointed to the center of the page, a paragraph buried in the long headliner. She started to read the words out slowly, sounding out each one. 「Though there is no hard proof on the matter, many residents of Ambrose have reported longstanding suspicions of supernatural activity in the Switch family. Residents fear that a normal investigation and trial will not be fruitful against the mysterious powers of the suspect and her family. Joe Hammer, a neighbor of ten years of the Switch family, explains: 『They have always been very secretive. If it turns out they are witches, how are we supposed to prove that they are guilty? They will probably have secret magical ways of destroying evidence.』 Sarah Towne, a geometry teacher at Ambrose High, agrees. 『The fact that no one can find a body is the first sign that something weird is going on.』」

 

Morgan slammed her fists on the table and grabbed the paper from Marie』s hands. 「What the hell! This is supposed to be unbiased reporting?」

 

Marie crossed her arms. 「It』s disgusting. Did anyone even think to interview us?」

 

「Mom probably wouldn』t let them anyways,」 Morgan said.

 

「You』re right,」 a voice behind them said. It was Fa, stepping quietly into the kitchen. Even though she was wearing her house clothes–a short white apron over her dress–and was shorter than both Morgan and Marie, her presence silenced the girls immediately. She was a small person, but she emanated an intense power.

 

「You must have seen the paper,」 Fa said. She started to pull out pans and eggs for breakfast. Her daughters were not misled by this seemingly normal morning routine. Their mother, as a restaurant owner and Chinese mother, never let anything get in the way of everyone eating a decent meal. Their punishment would not be starvation, but rather something much much worse.

 

「So you must understand why what happened last night is so absolutely unacceptable. Not only unacceptable. Dangerous. Stupid. Possibly disastrous.」

 

The girls sat quietly at the kitchen table as their mother cracked eggs onto the frying pan and continued in her chilling, deadpan voice.

 

「The town is already against us. Against Mara. They have already decided she is the murderer. Smart girl, she stayed despite your idiocy. Think about what it would have looked like if she had escaped last night. Think about what the headline would say today if you fools had succeeded in your mission. Every grain of doubt about Mara being the murderer would be thrown down the drain. Only the guilty would have a reason to escape. And besides, you girls may be clever, but you are no match for Graham』s real murderer.」

 

Plates of fried eggs and toast were served to the girls. They looked at the plates silently, not having an appetite. Fa looked at them with squinted eyes. If anything could be worse than directly defying orders, it was not eating food that was set out in front of them. Marie looked reluctantly at her plate and picked up her fork. The others followed suit, chewing their eggs quietly.

 

「Of course,」 Fa continued, 「There will be no more leaving the house for a while. And there will be much to occupy your minds so that you』re not thinking any more stupid thoughts. But for now, eat and get dressed. We』re having a visitor.」

 

Morgan』s mouth dropped open, revealing the unchewed food on her tongue.

 

「Manners,」 Fa said.

 

「But I thought–」

 

「Who is it?」 Marie said.

 

Fa folded her arms and looked at her daughters. 「The mayor is coming.」 She walked towards the stairs, presumably to change herself out of her house clothes. She turned around before going up. 「We must be on our best behavior.」

 

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