Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Z-Files season2

I like mysterious things and the supernatural. Actually I believe the existence of ghosts and UFOs.
It is regretful that I haven’t seen them yet, but I had haven a few mysterious experiences.
This story is one of them.

I had an aunt. She lived next door to me.
She had no children. So she loved me like her own son.
When I was a third-year student in high school, she got in sick and went into the hospital. On the bed, she cared about me, because it was before my entrance exam for university.
After that, I get through the exam. The news gave her big pleasure.

One day, I had a strange dream. My aunt was out in my dream.
She was walking in the woods. I found her and called her.
"Hey, auntie! Where are you going to go?"
But she didn’t reply any and look at me as if I didn’t exist there. She was only walking and she had gone to somewhere.

Suddenly, I waked from the dream. I thought I had a strange dream, and I looked at a clock. It was 2 o’clock at night. After that I slept again.

Next morning, when I came to living room, I looked my mother was crying.
I asked her.
"Hey, what’s wrong? Why are you crying?"
Mother said.
"Auntie was dead at night"
I was surprised very much.
There was a thing I must know, so I asked her again.
"What time was she dead?"
Mother said.
"It’s 2 o’clock at the middle of night."

I still believe that my aunt visited to me at her last…

「Z-ファイル シーズン2」







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gb said...

Very good story even if it is sad. Your writing is getting better everyday. However, (you had to know that was coming) where you say "I had haven a few…" you should say "I have had a few…".

Also, it should be "she got sick," and not "she got in sick." I think I understand the Japanese grammatical construct that would cause one to use the preposition 'in', but in English it is indicated by placement. 'Sick' directly follows 'got' (except in cases where there is an intervening adverb as in 'she got very sick') to show that it is the condition she acquired.

gb said...

Back again.

First, at least in America we consider any time after midnight to be morning so when we are giving a specific time we would say, "It was two o'clock in the morning." When you are speaking generally of the period between going to sleep and waking up, that is usually referred to as 'last night.'

The natural English for "Auntie was dead at night." would be "Auntie died in the night" or "Auntie died last night." Also, death is a constant state, so we would ask for the time a person actually passed away (ie, stopped living) and would ask, "What time did she die?" The assumption is that she has, sadly, been continually dead since then. Your mother would then answer either, "It was at two o'clock this morning" or "It was last night around 2:00am."

Finally, it is picky, but it is the kind of thing we old farts notice. When stating a time, if you are going to use the phrase "o'clock" it is usual to spell out the name of the hour like "five o'clock" or eleven o'clock this morning (AM and PM are also not usually used with o'clock.) When using numerals to indicate the time we always show both the hour and minutes separated by a colon like this, 4:00 or 5:39. Indicating before noon and after noon is optional, but if it is before noon you indicate it with "AM" as in "2:00AM." A time after noon would look something like "8:32PM" Tradition has smallcaps being used for AM & PM, but many people now, including myself use lowercase letters such as "8:11am." Finally, Noon and Midnight are traditionally neither AM or PM, and the traditional way to write them is as 12:00Noon or 12:00 Midnight; or to simply say 'Noon or Midnight since it is understood they occur at 12:00. Young people have taken to saying 12:00AM for Midnight and 12:00PM for Noon; but I think this is a result of relying on digital watches.

Please remember, what I said in the first comment is very true. Your writing is improving every day. The problem is that as your skills grow and become stronger, you naturally take on subjects that are much trickier, and have many shades of use.

Albert Einstein once said: "The only people who do not make mistakes are the ones who don't do anything." Another way of putting it was said to me by the president of the first large corporation I worked for. At that time we were one of the two largest two sellers in the US. He was inspecting my operation one afternoon, and I showed him some shelving layouts that I felt didn't work, and apologized. His answer was he was proud I had tried something new; and even if it didn't work the way I wanted I had learned something. As he was leaving he said, "keep up the good work. If you are not screwing something up once in a while, you are not trying to improve.

charkstudios said...

I'm a believer in supernatural and UFO phenomenon too and had the good fortune to see some interesting things. I look at it from a scientist point of view that we should be investigating these things. Ignoring them does not make them go away!

The man said...

I too am a believer in UFO's and ghosts. UFO activity all over the world is rising.

About your story though. I fully believe you saw your aunt that night. People in my family have had similar experiences to the one you describe here.

your English is also getting very good.

gaijinhodge said...

I actually had a student in Wakayama who had a similar experience. He and his mother was walking down the street to the train station and they saw a family friend walk by. They greeted him, but he kept walking, and they thought it was strange because he had always been a cheerful guy, willing to greet anyone. When they returned home, the mother was disturbed by this, and she called his house. His wife answered the phone and my student's mother told her what had happened.

The wife started crying on the phone, and said "He's been dead for a week now."