by Lumeng Sun '19
It was in 2015. I went to Butterfly Spring, Yunnan Province, China. I had been fascinated by the love story between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai since my childhood, so I felt a special feeling for butterflies. Sometimes, I think I could talk to butterflies, and I vaguely remember that I have been in love with a butterfly young man for a thousand years. I have no idea that why I clearly know that my first-been human being was Zhu Yingtai, and I met Liang Shangbo in a private school in ancient China. At that time, girls were not allowed like boys to study at schools, so I dressed as a man to study in a private school, where I lived with Liang Shanbo in the same dormitory. I was attracted by his handsome appearance and his gentleman’s refined and courteous behavior, and he took care of me in life and study carefully. I appreciated him, and fell in love with him, for the school life is not easy for a girl in such an environment full of boys.
I remembered the day I met him again, with such a familiar feeling. The sky was blue and clear, and the Butterfly Spring was so beautiful in light blue and dark green. The tree across the water was stretching in a curved but graceful posture. I seemed had seen a handsome young man in scarlet traditional Chinese groom costume, who was sitting on the tree, staring at me affectionately, and vaguely calling me “Yingtai”. In a flash, it seemed that all my memories of preexistence was rolling in my brain, which made me nearly fall asleep. I did not remember whether I fainted or not. I forgot everything surrounding me, and I was terribly drowsy. I could not think of his name, and everything related to him, but I clearly remembered that my heart had a trace of pain. I cried.
“Yingtai, I have been waiting for you for a thousand years, and today, I do meet you here.” On hearing his words, I did not know what I could say, and I wanted to talk
with him, but I could not open my mouth, just feeling that my heart was tangling and painful, with tears flowing silently.
“Yingtai, do you remember the days we spent together in Wan Song Private School? When I first met you there, I knew that you were a girl, so I decided to protect you. Gradually, I found that I have been falling in love with you, and I could feel that you had the same feeling for me, and then, we made an agreement with each other that when I became the champion of Keju Test, I would ask your father to marry you to me. I knew that I was a poor young man who was preparing for Keju Test, and I had sworn that when I became the champion of Keju Test, I would ask your father to marry you to me. Unfortunately, there was a rich young man with misconduct liking your beauty, and your father was going to marry you to him. When I heard the news, I was so desperate to be dying. I felt regretful. Then, I dressed up red groom costume, drank poison, and died. Therefore, I was lying inside the coffin and waiting for our wedding, because I knew that you would come to me. I was so lucky that you escaped from your wedding with the rich man and run to my grave. At that time, I knew that you were calling my name in front of my grave, so I spent all my strength to open my grave and embrace you. In fact, my body had rotted for two years, but my soul was waiting for you there. Although we embraced together, we could not live together, for I was a ghost, and you were a human at that time. Dream Granny on the Styx told me that we had to separate several generations to suffer from the sorrow and the joy on the earth, then we could live together happily. Then, the only thing I need to do was to wait for you. This generation is your last rebirth, then, both of us will become butterflies, and we can freely fly between the earth and the heaven.”
All his words reminded me of my memories about him, and he indeed was the man I
had been loving deeply. I had suffered a lot through several generations without him. I wanted to go ahead to embrace him, but I could not move, only staring at him in tears, stumbled to hear him saying, “Yingtai, do not be worry, this generation is the last generation... I am waiting for you...”
“Help! Help! There is somebody in the spring! Help!”, a strange voice was screaming. I was disturbed by this urgent scream, and found that I was in the Butterfly Spring, but I was too tired to open my eyes...
When I woke up in hospital, my friend told me that I nearly died of water suffocation, but I hugged a book tightly, The Love Story of Two Butterflies.