Tea Leaves and Gold Pins

Cleaning, File, and Warning

Match Fifteen: Cleaning, File, and Warning:


Hen-to, and Fei are helping me clean out Father's old storage files. This has to be done, as I was informed by Hen-to.

"This is necessary to make room for the newer records," he explained. "Otherwise, we would be over flooded for weeks."

"Where do the old ones go?" I asked.

"Archive," he replied.

"Where is that?" I asked.

"We'll show you," my advisor told me. Then, we all we behind the villa to a shed near the garden. Fei unlocked the golden lock and pulled open the doors. My jaw just dropped at what I saw inside.

"What the-?!" I exclaimed. "We have to move out all of these boxes?!" The men laughed at me.

"Not all of them, silly girl," Fei said. "Just the works from 1970 to 1987." I breathed out in a little relief, but it's still going to be painful for me in some sense—I can tell.

Taking the boxes to the car proved to be more back-breaking than I envisioned in my mind. I'm lucky to have two men help me out here. Otherwise… Whew, yeah. When I was younger, I slept in bed during this part. I'm kind of glad that I did at this point. I had to stop and take a hard breath at one point.

"Hasn't he thought about putting all of this in a computer?" I asked aloud.

"The old lord never liked those things," Hen-to told me over his shoulder. I went from there. Oh… My father never loved modern technology. Naturally, he preferred the old days.

"People have forgotten substance with technology today," he complained. "The old ways make people appreciate life more." I just pretended to listen by this point. He would never get the world today.

I carried the last box out to the car. Hen-to counted them along with me. He turned his attention to me.

"Is that everything?" he asked. I looked over the many boxes as he loaded them in the truck.

"I think so…" I said.

"Need to go check?" he asked.

"Sure, hang on," I said. I rushed back into the shed. I looked around the interior. Oh, this place looks so much bet without all of those boxes everywhere. For some reason, I felt proud of myself at that moment. But then, something caught my eye near the left corner. I turned and saw a lone blue file sitting on a low shelf. A puzzled look came over my face.

Huh?, I thought. I thought we got all of the files out already. Maybe it fell out of one of the boxes while we were moving things out to the truck? Curious, I picked it up and looked inside.

I don't really know how long I was standing there reading the many articles in my hand before someone called my attention from behind. I didn't mentally return until I felt someone grab me on the shoulder. I jumped when I heard someone yell, "My lady!" I breathed hard as I saw Fei staring me down, concerned.

"What was taking you?" he asked. I blinked at him for a long moment before my mind came up to speed.

"Oh," I said at last. "I was just reading this file right here." I held up the folder to him. It was then I notice the color drain from his face. I blinked at him.

"Fei- xiansheng?" I asked. He quickly shook his hand yanked the file right out of my hand.

"Fei- xiansheng!" I yelled. I noticed that his hand was shaking the whole time.

"This was not supposed to be here!" Fei barked. "This should've been destroyed years ago!"

"What are you talking about?" I asked. My advisor didn't speak. He just grabbed onto my wrist and dragged me out to the truck. Hen-to looked puzzled.

"What's going on?" he asked. Fei opened the door and shoved me into the back. He raced around to the passenger side and jumped in.

"Drive!" he yelled. Hen-to blinked at him.

"Did something happen?" he asked.

"Just drive!" Fei shouted. My other advisor shrugged and did so. I had to cling on for the life of me. I had no idea what just happened back there, but I was sure as hell going to find out soon enough. Though I had no idea at the time, that file became a long trip down a blood-scented rabbit hole.

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