玉美人

来源:鬼怪吧 作者:李晓隽 短篇鬼故事 2018-02-15
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简伯昭是一个画匠。这年秋天,他独自进京投亲,走到一个叫桃花坞的峡谷时,天下起了小雨,他脚底一滑跌下深谷,晕了过去……

醒来时,他发现自己身处一间农舍中,房间里摆着不少绿植,这些花草造型各异,一看就是有人精心打理过。

不多时,一个姑娘抱着画轴走了进来,她的脸上罩着薄纱,颇有几分神秘。简伯昭很快了解到,姑娘名叫李美玉,独居于此,正是她将自己救回来的。

李美玉将画轴交给简伯昭,道:“公子是个写意大家,您的眼光一定不俗,我对这些盆景总是不满意,可否请您指点一二?”简伯昭早就发现,这些盆景修剪得过于齐整,看着有些呆板,就直言道:“只是形似而已,少了几分神韵。”

李美玉听得连连点头,少顷,搬来一盆绿植,说道:“这盆玉美人经过一夏的疯长,早就乱了章法,请公子帮我修剪一下如何?”说着,将剪刀递给简伯昭。

简伯昭伸手接剪刀时,一不留神竟然把李美玉的面巾拉了下来,只见她长得三分像人,七分像鬼!简伯昭顿时呆住了,直到李美玉一个巴掌打过来,他才回过神来。

当晚,简伯昭想到李美玉那多情的目光,一夜无眠,天不亮便不辞而别。

几天后,简伯昭赶到京城,一打听才知道,他要投靠的亲友一年前就搬走了。

虽然扑了个空,但简伯昭并不慌乱,他想,自己好歹是秀才出身,又能写善画,不如去衙门里做个幕宾。打定主意,他便来到一个衙门口,可老门房不但不给他通报,还劝他打消这个念头。

老门房告诉他,想进公家门必须要有官大的人引荐才行。简伯昭听了直叹气:自己人生地不熟,哪有这样的门路?老门房又说道:“没人的话,有钱也行,如今这世道,只要有钱,买个官做也不在话下。”简伯昭更加心灰意冷:自己连回去的盘缠都没有,哪有银子捐官?

眼看要饿肚子,他只得在桥边摆了个画摊。一天,他见桥上聚了不少人,就凑过去看热闹,只见地上摆着几个盆景,其中的一盆“麒麟角”竟然标价百金,也就是一千两银子。他心中一动,忙向人打听,什么样的花草这么值钱。

这时,旁边一个懂行的人说:“当然不是凡品了,你看这小树,不光造型别致,那枝干均呈现红褐色,半透明,只有百年以上的树桩才会有这样的品相啊!”简伯昭听了激动不已:真是天助我也,自己在李美玉家看到的玉美人比这麒麟角有过之而无不及,这可是一大笔钱哪!

想到这儿,他匆匆收拾了画摊,雇了一辆马车便直奔桃花坞而去。谁知,马车下官道不久,便迷失在一片桦树林里,车老板不敢乱闯,想原路返回,简伯昭只得独自向前赶路。可他走了一天一夜也没能走出这片林子,又累又急之下,便晕了过去。

不知过了多久,他忽听有人在叫他的名字,猛地醒了过来,发现是李美玉守在他的身边。

李美玉一边拭泪一边说:“你走便走了,为何还要回来?”

 

简伯昭脸一红,道:“上次走得匆忙,忘了问姑娘……是否许配了人家?”李美玉叹了口气,说:“公子是在羞辱我吗?有谁会娶我这样的女人呢……”

简伯昭听了,立即抱住李美玉说道:“姑娘两次出手相救,对我恩深似海,我,我愿意娶你!”李美玉顿时羞红了脸,半晌才点了点头。

简伯昭如释重负:李美玉成了自己的妻子,玉美人自然就是自己的了!不久,简伯昭提出把玉美人卖掉,李美玉说:“我已经是你的人了,又岂能吝惜一盆花草,夫君的前途要紧,想卖就卖吧。”

简伯昭不由欣喜若狂,对玉美人做了一番精心的修剪后,便乐颠颠地捧到了市集上。可让他沮丧的是,玉美人在路中间摆了好几天,竟无人问津。

这天,一个过路人对着玉美人直叹可惜,简伯昭连忙拉住他细问端详。那人告诉他,这种天价的花草,就像绝色的美人一样,往往是天然去雕饰,人一旦染指,就坏了品相,变成俗物了。简伯昭这才知道,自己为玉美人修剪,是做了一件画蛇添足的蠢事。

回到家后,简伯昭天天盯着玉美人看,看着看着就叹起气来,后来竟然生了病。李美玉知道他是患了心病,便悄悄把玉美人搬走了。

谁知,过了几天之后,简伯昭发现玉美人不见了,又气又急,一下子便要晕厥过去,李美玉忙把玉美人搬了过来。简伯昭见到玉美人,顿时愣住了:这盆玉美人与先前那株竟有些不同,它不但品相更佳,而且那些被自己剪掉的枝条也重新长了出来!

简伯昭十分开心,为防夜长梦多,他赶紧把玉美人拿出去卖,结果刚摆出来,就被一个年轻男子高价买走了。

简伯昭装起银子,冷冷地看了一眼桃花坞的方向,便坐着马车向着京城的方向绝尘而去。事实上,他对丑陋的李美玉躲避犹恐不及,又怎么会再回去呢?

京官收了简伯昭的银子,保举他做了个七品县令。别看官不大,可手握实权,简伯昭很快和同僚们学会了一样本事,那就是通过巧立名目来盘剥百姓,结果两年不到便积累了大笔钱财,还娶了娇妻美妾。

这天是中秋佳节,简伯昭谢绝了拜访的人,本想和家人好好团聚一下,可他走到花园时,却发现那里坐着一位陌生的客人。简伯昭见此人气度不凡,不敢怠慢。酒至半酣时,客人取出一幅画,请简伯昭品鉴。

 

简伯昭打开一看,画里是一个姿色平庸的妇人,发间还插着一个草标。简伯昭是画匠出身,自然对画了如指掌,他见这幅画并非出自名家之手,主题还是卖身为奴,有些不吉利,就心不在焉地问道:“这画有名堂吗?”言下之意,这画值钱吗?

客人浅笑道:“这是无价之宝,起码要一百两黄金。”

简伯昭以为自己酒醉看走眼了,便再次凑到画前,谁知看着看着,那画中的妇人突然变得狰狞无比,简伯昭不由脱口而出:“呀,这是李美玉!”客人厉声道:“什么李美玉,这是玉美人!”简伯昭心头一惊:李美玉是玉美人?这是什么意思,难不成李美玉是一个树精?

客人冷笑道:“你今天所得的一切都是典妻而來,我若向众人揭了你的老底,看你还有何脸面立于朝堂之上!”简伯昭听了,大怒道:“你竟敢威胁朝廷命官,来人呀,把这个狂妄之徒给我绑了!”

话音一落,几个手下立即向客人扑了过来。那客人却毫无惧色,猛然一挥袖子,花园里顿时刮起一股狂风。不过这风来得快去得也快,眨眼间风歇树止,简伯昭再睁眼一看,顿时傻了:自己的府宅、家眷统统消失了,客人也不见了,眼前只有客人留下的那幅画。

简伯昭又惊又怕,拾起画来细看:只见画中的李美玉眼中似含着泪水,如怨如诉!他不由一阵心酸:李美玉虽然是个树精,可她对自己情深义重,自己不该辜负她。可转念一想,他又叫起屈来:自己又不知道李美玉就是玉美人,不知者无罪,何来典妻之说?想到这儿,他失声大哭起来:“老天爷,你不公平啊!”

谁知他一哭,眼前忽然换了一幅景象:他正蹲在集市当街叫卖,面前放的正是那盆玉美人。简伯昭知道这便是妻子李美玉的化身,当然不能再将其典卖。想到这儿,他捧起花盆正要离开,一个无赖忽然挡住了他的去路,要买玉美人。简伯昭黯然道:“我不卖,实话跟你说,这盆玉美人是我的娘子。”

无赖哈哈一笑,说道:“如果你对它喊声娘子,它肯答应你,这事便算了!”简伯昭没办法,只得凑到玉美人跟前叫道:“李美玉……”可他连叫数声,玉美人却毫无动静。无赖趁简伯昭不备,一把夺过玉美人,拔腿便跑。跑出很远后,他见简伯昭没有追来,正想放下花盆歇歇脚,突然,一个细小的声音传来:“刚才是哪个在叫我啊?”接着,只见玉美人当中竟然走出来一个丑妇,无赖吓得大叫一声,连滚带爬地跑了。

此时,简伯昭也赶了过来,李美玉见到丈夫百感交集,简伯昭说:“李美玉,让你受委屈了……”李美玉大度地一笑,说道:“过去的事不提了,咱们回家吧!”简伯昭点点头,正要跟李美玉回桃花坞,忽然有人在他背后拍了一下,他打个激灵,一下子惊醒过来,竟然是场梦。

将他推醒的正是刚才那位客人,简伯昭感激地说:“哎呀,幸好你推醒了我,不然我就被那丑婆娘给诓了……”客人见了,叹息一声,说道:“你这种忘恩负义之人,真是难以教化,可怜我妹妹的一片痴心了……”

说着他挥了挥袖子,简伯昭立即被风势裹挟着飞到了半空中。他猛然间记起了客人的真面目:他就是当初买走玉美人的那个年轻人,只是他粘了两撇假胡子,自己才没认出来。

不知过了多久,简伯昭悠悠醒来,发现自己正躺在一个荒无人烟的峡谷中,他不由茫然起来:难道自己经历的一切,只是一场梦吗?

 

Introduce:Jian Baizhao is an artisian painter. This year of autumn, he enters Beijing seek refuge with relatives alone, when going to to call peach blossom the gorge of a depressed place, the world had light rain, his sole glance drops next clough, dizzy when past …… awakes, he discovers him body is in in a farmhouse, there are many green plants in the room, modelling of these flowers and plants each different, looking is somebody has been done meticulously. Not a long time, a girl was holding painted scroll in the arms to go, there is gauze on her face, quite part is mysterious. Jian Baizhao understands very quickly, the girl is called Li Meiyu, be on this alone, be she saves herself come back. Li Meiyu gives painted scroll Jian Baizhao, path: "Childe is an enjoyable everybody, your eye scarcely common, I always am dissatisfactory to these miniascape, do perhaps you show just a little? " Jian Baizhao is early with respect to discovery, these miniascape clip are gotten too neat, look at some inflexible, with respect to speak bluntly path: "It is be similar in shape only just, little charm of a few give a little attention to. " Li Meiyu listens so that nod again and again, after a short while, move a green plant, say: "This jade beauty passes the overgrowth of one summer, early random art of composition, ask childe to help my crop how? " saying, hand scissors Jian Baizhao. Jian Baizhao stretchs his hand when receiving scissors, one not careful pulled Li Meiyu's face-cloth actually, see she grows 3 minutes to resemble a person only, resemble ghost 7 minutes! Jian Baizhao stays immediately, till Li Meiyu a hand is called, he just has answered a god to come. That evening, jian Baizhao thinks of Li Meiyu that amorous look, do not have Mian overnight, the day is not light leave without say goodbye. After a few days, jian Baizhao hurries to a capital, ask to just know, he wanted the relatives and friends of go and seek refuge with sb to be taken away before New Year. Although attacked empty, but Jian Baizhao is not flurried, he thinks, him anyhow is scholar one's previous experience, can keep picture of be apt to again, be inferior to become an act guest. Make calm decision, he comes to mouth of a goverment office in feudal China, but old gate house not only do not report to him, still persuade him to give up this thought. Old gate house tells him, want to must want to the official's old person recommend just goes into the pubic door. Jian Baizhao listened to sigh continuously: Virgin soil of people on one's own side is not ripe, which have such way? Old gate house say: "The word of nobody, money also goes, nowadays this the manners and morals of the time, want to have money only, buy an official to do also be nothing difficult. " Jian Baizhao more heart grey meaning is cold: Oneself do not have even the travelling expenses that go back, which have silver to donate an organ? Want hungry abdomen soon, he was obliged to place a picture vendor's stand in bridge edge. A day, he saw many people get together on the bridge, watched the scene of bustle in the past with respect to collect, there are a few miniascapes on insight only, a among them " kylin horn " mark a price actually 100 gold, namely 1002 silver. In his heart easily, busy ask to the person, what kind of flowers and plants is so costly. At this moment