1. Black raincoat
It is rainy in Jiangnan, and the rainy days in March and April are not interrupted. No wonder it was raining again this day of Qingming. When I drove to the gate of Xunshan Cemetery on the outskirts of the city, the clouds were already dense, and the rain was getting more and more torrential. The people who had finished sweeping the tomb hurriedly descended from the mountain to leave. There were only a few scattered groups of people scattered on the mountainside of Xunshan, still braving the rain to pay homage to their loved ones. I rolled down the car window and looked up to the mountain, looking for my husband.
Since his marriage to Lin Xiang, every Qingming Festival, he will come to Xunshan Cemetery to pay tribute to his cousin who died young. Regarding the cause of his cousin’s death, he never mentioned to me, nor did I ask deeply. I only know that when I met Lin Xiang, this cousin had passed away.
I followed the direction of the tomb of my cousin and saw Lin Xiang standing in the rain from the back. I called him, slightly cautious and reproachful: “I asked you to bring an umbrella, but you didn’t. It’s getting drenched in soup now, right? I’m already at the foot of the cemetery. You stay there for me. I will come up to pick you up.”
Lin Xiang turned his head and saw me under the mountain. He waved at me and said, “Well, it’s raining and the road is slippery, so you have to be careful.”
When I hung up, I waved to Lin Xiang on the mountain. Suddenly, I saw Lin Xiang behind, on the back of the tombstone, a woman in a black raincoat, like a messenger from hell coming out of the tomb to claim her life, looming in the raindrops in the sky! I was so excited all over me, the phone landed. When I picked up the phone and looked up again, the shadow was gone.
My husband was still in the rain, and I had no time to think about it, so I became bold and ran up the mountain under an umbrella.
Seeing Lin Xiang safe and sound in front of me, I let out a long sigh. He saw me desperate and asked me with concern. I said it’s okay, can I go now? Lin Xiang nodded: Of course he left after such heavy rain.
Before leaving, I boldly walked behind the tombstone. At first glance, it was empty and nothing.
After going down the mountain, I subconsciously glanced towards the tomb of my cousin. The woman in the black raincoat appeared again! This time she didn’t hide behind the tombstone. She stood where Lin Xiang stood just now, facing me. Although I couldn’t see her expression, I could feel her eyes hidden behind the raincoat cloak, staring straight. Hold on to me, go deep into my bones…
I took a breath, and never dared to raise my head anymore, grabbing Lin Xiang’s hand tightly, and making him drive quickly with a trembling voice , Leave this weird Xunshan Cemetery.