木观音传奇

来源:鬼怪吧 作者:雨泉清音 民间故事 2017-12-16
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柳柱老弟,你的恩德我周浩昌永世不忘!

柳柱破天荒第一次听到东家称他“老弟”,颇有些受宠若惊,一时不知说啥好。

老弟,愚兄无以相送,这个木观音留给你做个念想。愿菩萨保佑你一世平安!周浩昌把一个二尺多长的木观音杵到柳柱怀里,翻身上马,押着两辆马车朝省城方向绝尘而去,车上载着他的家小。

解放大军南下,在省城做买卖的周浩昌仓皇回老家河湾村接家小,不料村子已被民兵控制,无奈只好求长工柳柱深夜帮忙出村。柳柱是周家大院唯一会摆渡的人,只要渡过村东那条河,就万事大吉了。河对岸有城里的伙计赶着马车接应。

柳柱打算冒死帮东家一把,但有个条件,就是把丫鬟秋荷留给他做老婆。秋荷颇有几分姿色,正准备被周浩昌纳为三姨太,但形势吃紧,还是活命重要,一咬牙就答应了柳柱。东家在省城经营大商号,家财万贯,乡邻也多受周家接济,有些儒商风范,口碑还算不错。怎奈周浩昌的三弟任职国军上校,有此一节,周家觉得还是走为上策。

东家一去杳无音信。解放了,分大户人家浮财,柳柱说我啥也不要了,我偷了东家一座木观音,就留它吧。柳柱与秋荷成了亲,分了地,生了娃,安安稳稳地过日子。

文革中“破四旧”,一切封建迷信的什物都要彻底砸烂。柳柱对秋荷说,那木观音,劈了烧火!秋荷不忍心,说藏了吧,免得菩萨怪罪。柳柱急了,说木头疙瘩保佑个屁!别引火烧身!柳柱操起板斧劈向木观音,观音从中间吱呀裂开。柳柱与秋荷惊奇地发现观音的肚腹竟是空的!内藏一张毛边纸,工工整整地写满小楷。可惜夫妻俩都不识字,如睹天书。但他们觉得这上面肯定有些秘密,当年东家把这个送给他恐怕有特别用意,这张纸非同小可,须小心收藏,千万不可外露。于是,夫妻俩趁夜黑人静之时在屋后刨坑,将毛边纸用桐油纸裹了,封在瓷罐里,深埋于地下。

十几年过去了,改革开放的春风吹拂着神州大地。柳柱与秋荷已年过六旬,目不识丁的老两口却培养出十里八村有名望的文化人!儿子是县文化馆馆长,儿媳是乡中学的老师。令他们自豪的是,宝贝孙子柳小光成为村里第一个清华生!夫妻俩琢磨着,时机到了,那个谜该解开了。趁小光放暑假,全家都在,他们刨出屋后的瓷罐,拿出油纸包,展开,发现那张神秘的毛边纸竟然完好无损!他们让孙儿把上面的字念给他们听。字是繁体正楷,孙儿念得比较缓慢:

吾弟柳柱,敝人倾慕秋荷久矣,怎奈当下形势吃紧,性命攸关,不得以全身苟延为上。今将秋荷托付与弟,吾心甚慰!无以相送,赠秘藏家财若干以谢弟恩:去村北三里之老菜园水井内,下数第十三层井壁石乃活石,移除此石豁然洞开,内藏瓷坛三,坛中之物可保弟与秋荷衣食无虞矣。此当一别,无以为念,万望惠纳。周浩昌。

读完,全家人惊愕不已,柳柱与秋荷也从文绉绉的语句里听出了眉目,心里泛起陈年往事,念及东家当年的种种好处,竟有一缕思念袭上心头。当年柳柱是在逃荒路上饿晕,被东家捡回周家大院养起来的。说实话,东家待他不薄,所以解放后斗地主,柳柱不那么热心,甚至觉得有些荒唐。

四十多年沧桑巨变,那口老井已被村民用条石封口,淹没在萋萋荒草之中了。

一家人苦思良久,决定谨守秘密,先打听东家下落,若能找到,哪怕是周家后代,他们也将完璧归赵。当年昌字号在省城颇有些名气,想必不难查到它的去向。

经多方打听,柳柱终于寻访到当年昌字号的一个老伙计,名叫唐宝,从那里得知东家随任国军上校的弟弟过江南下,1949年秋上托人从厦门捎来口信,说去了台湾。此去经年,烟波微茫,一对农民老夫妻,何以知道周家的下落?柳柱嗟叹良久,失落万分。唐宝似乎察觉到其中的隐情,说老哥你着急寻东家,不是有什么要事吧?柳柱觉得唐宝也不是外人,就把事情的原由和盘托出了。唐宝听后安慰柳柱说,老哥莫急,莫急,咱都扫听着吧,或许能寻到东家的后人。

第二年一个冬日的下午,一场大雪刚洋洋洒洒地飘落,河湾村口白茫茫的场院上停了一辆乌黑锃亮的小轿车,车里钻出一位雍容华贵的摩登女,裹着裘皮大衣,戴着宽边墨镜,提着一只小巧玲珑的手袋。她后面还跟着一位穿风衣的青年,也戴着墨镜,像个保镖。他们操着一口广东话,一下车就打听柳柱的家,村里人闻到不寻常的动静,都出来看新鲜。

您是柳老先生吧?这位是……,穿风衣的青年刚要介绍裹裘皮的女士,却回头扫了一眼跟来看热闹的村民,把后半截话咽了下去。

 

柳柱心领神会地一挥手,说去去去,冷冷哈哈的糟天,大家回家热炕头吧,有啥好看的!

乡亲们懒懒散去,秋荷咣当关上大门,把两副墨镜邀进堂屋,又咣当关上屋门。

我说今早眼皮直跳,原来有贵客要来!你们是……?柳柱满脸堆笑地问,并吩咐秋荷沏茶。

这位是周浩昌先生的孙女周如玉小姐,特来拜访您和秋荷女士!男青年彬彬有礼地说。

柳爷爷身体可好?祖父时常念及您老,特意嘱咐我这次回大陆一定登门拜访。那女士摘去墨镜,一双丹凤眼忽闪得柳柱张着大嘴,半晌没说出话来。

闺女真是东家的后人?东家现在住哪儿?咋这么多年没个音信?柳柱与秋荷不敢相信这是真的。

祖父现居台湾基隆,古稀老人,腿脚不便,不然一定会亲自回乡探望众乡亲。周如玉说着冲男青年打了一个脆生生的响指,说卢秘书,把东西拿出来让柳先生过目。

卢秘书随即从手提包里掏出一个红绸包,一层层剥开,露出一方红木镇纸,两寸见方,色如紫玉,光滑细腻,沉重厚实。

您可认识这个?周如玉把镇纸递到柳柱夫妇面前。

认得,认得!这是老爷当年用过的物件,我记得上面还有字呢!秋荷首先惊叫起来。柳柱自然也识得这东西,这是东家的心爱之物,走哪儿都不离身,怎么会在她手上?咳,人家是东家的孙女嘛!

闺女,看来你真是周家的后人。哎,几十年就这么滋溜没影了,一晃孙女都这么大了。东家在那边身体还硬实吧?不知他的足疾好利落没有?那年他从城里回来,非要驯驯家里的大青骡子,没成想那劣种一蹄子踏在东家的脚面上,踏碎了他的大脚趾,打那以后东家走路就一瘸一拐的。柳柱点了一袋烟,开始幽幽地回忆往事。

难得您还惦记着这事儿,祖父的脚趾截去了,现在行路离不开手杖。也是老了,八十多岁的人了,不比年轻的时候。周如玉忽闪着长长的睫毛,似乎那话不是从嘴里吐出,而是从眼睛里扇出来,有点扑朔迷离。

老太太可安好?怪想她的。秋荷插嘴说。

您是说老奶奶吧?早过世了,临死还念叨你们,念叨河湾村。人到老总是想家呀。周如玉掏出手绢抹了把眼,不知是动情还是柳柱吐的浓烟迷了她的眼。

儿媳妇下班回家了,与两位客人寒暄过,一帮子人又唠了些现实的话题。冬天日头短,要擦黑了,周如玉起身告辞,一家子人挽留一番,她说在城里定了宾馆,开车一会儿就到,明天还要赶飞机回广州。儿媳妇说那留个地址吧,日后好联系。卢秘书掏出纸笔,周如玉刷刷几下,写好,撕下,递给儿媳妇,说写信打电话都行,上面有号码。一家人说好好,一定一定。

送走两位客人,柳柱对儿媳妇说给你男人打电话,礼拜天让他回来一趟,合计个事儿。

眨眼到了礼拜天,老伴儿子儿媳都到齐了,柳柱开始把心里的嘀咕往外倒。

我总觉得前个儿来的这两个人有些蹊跷。其实东家根本就没有被大青骡子踩坏过脚,那是我随口瞎编的,就想探探他们的虚实。我总觉得这俩人来的唐突。他们怎么知道咱在找周家的后人?这事儿只有他晓得,莫非是他找到了他们?

谁?三个人异口同声地问。

唐宝,城里那个老伙计。柳柱说。

他们操一口广东味的普通话,而台湾讲“国语”,说出来不是这个动静。还有,台湾还在用繁体字,你看这条儿,上面趴着的都是简化字,难道这个周如玉是在大陆读的书?儿媳也提出了疑问。

 

那个地址我让邮局的朋友帮查过了,说台湾并没有这个地儿,也没有这邮编,对不上号。儿媳妇又说。

这其中必有诈。可那红木镇纸是怎么落在她手上的?那真真切切是东家的物件。这事儿,还得谨慎点,别出什么差子。这些疑点子都得搞搞清楚。现如今的人,没处说,防人之心不可无呀。柳柱这话说得全家都使劲点了点头。

后来柳柱赶巧进城,找到唐宝,把那桩蹊跷事儿一说,唐宝吃了一惊,说老哥幸亏多长了个心眼,千万提防着点儿,现如今呀,啥鸟都有,啥闷头事儿都出!柳柱连声诺诺,说我心里透亮着呢,老干姜也有辣滋味,你放心吧!临走唐宝又千叮咛万嘱咐,说脑瓜子活泛点儿,别让年轻人糊弄了!柳柱竟也忘了问唐宝嘴漏过风,走过话没有,说儿孙都是文化人,就那么好糊弄?你把心搁肚子里吧!心里落落实实地回了。

一晃半年过去了,那两个神秘的年轻人真像人间过客一样再也没回头。

夏夜,皓月当空,知了儿白天叫唤的不过瘾,舍命地冲着白白的月亮叫板。柳柱干脆光了脊梁,挥舞着铁锨在田里改水。青翠的玉米长得正欢,柳柱听到了咔咔拔节的声音。这时节田里正需要水,所以歇人不歇马,村里的抽水机昼夜开足马力灌田,轮到柳柱家的时候已是天交三更了。

灌完一垄地,柳柱一腚坐在锨把上,掏出一支烟点上,听着夏虫火热地聊着天,心里像一地清辉一样清爽。

突然,柳柱觉得脖子下凉飕飕的,哪来的风?玉米叶纹丝不动。

别动,不然就抹你脖子!一句狠话硬硬地甩在柳柱头上。柳柱这才意识到脖子上架着一把冰冷的刀子!身后戳着两个蒙面人,黑魆魆的,像是从武侠小说里走出来的。

柳柱扭了大腿一把,确定不是做梦。毕竟柳柱早先东家牵马坠镫,见过些世面。那会儿兵荒马乱的,黑道白道上的主都得结识些,道上的规矩也要懂点。碰上硬茬,牙不打颤腿不软,察言观色巧周旋,这都是东家当年传授的招,柳柱记得瓷实着呢!

好汉哪个山头的?可有用得着老汉的地方?您透个明话!柳柱稳住心神,当年的套词儿还背得烂熟。

老东西倒是识相。明人不说暗话,那三坛子宝贝藏在何处?快说!其中一个发话了,带着外地口音,柳柱觉得有点耳熟。

外地人星夜赶到这里找他,怕是知道些底细,看来瞒是瞒不住,圈子兜不好就会引来杀身之祸。不如先实说了,再见机行事,毕竟他们人生地不熟的,难免出纰漏。人为财死鸟为食亡呀,东家留的这笔财,是福是祸,只能听天由命了。

老菜园,水井下。哎呀,这黑灯瞎火的,不好弄呀!柳柱还替人家担心。

别啰嗦,带路!那把利刃戳在柳柱后心,似乎已吃在肉里。柳柱起身,说好好好,我带你们去。

一路上黑洞洞的没个人影。柳柱心想,说啥那宝贝也不能让歹人劫走!前面是柳汊子桥,有七八米长,两米多高。河水缓缓而过,大概一人多深。这是最后的机会,柳柱暗暗下定决心。当走到桥中间时,趁身后的家伙不备,柳柱纵身一跃跳入河中,眨眼不见了踪影!两个蒙面人半天没回过神来,在桥面上傻愣着。大概是不会水,两个家伙往水中掷了几只飞镖,悻悻地沿着河找去。

话说柳柱回到村里,立马拾起多年没响的铜锣一通猛敲,村民们闻声而起,迅速布下天罗地网,捉拿歹人。不消说,两个蒙面人束手就擒。经审讯,这俩人交代说是唐宝雇来的杀手,不过唐宝嘱咐他们此行是要财不害命。其中一个就是半年前跟着那个叫周如玉的姑娘来过的青年,怪不得柳柱听着说话有点耳熟。

真相已然大白,周如玉并非东家之后,这一切的幕后老板乃是唐宝,那红木镇纸是当年东家离开省城时赠与唐宝的存念,他利用柳柱稔熟的这一物件导演了一出戏,目的不过是要巧取东家留下的那笔家财。

柳柱老汉不免又感慨万千:钱呀,真是杀人的刀!

几年后,留学美国的孙儿柳小光衣锦还乡,带回一位俊俏姑娘。姑娘名若梦,风姿绰约,谈吐文雅,深得一家人喜欢。柳柱和秋荷明白,这应是未来的孙媳妇,自然不敢慢待。

若梦来自台湾,与小光同在美国麻省理工学院留学。交往中,若梦告诉小光说,爷爷晚年反复念叨在大陆的故乡,让我们小辈人谨记乡名,有朝一日认祖归宗。小光便问若梦一家祖籍何处,不问便罢,一问竟是同乡!小光心里震惊不已:天下竟有这么巧的事?莫非……

无巧不成书,若梦的爷爷正是周浩昌,已在台湾过世。闻此柳柱与秋荷不禁潸然泪下。半个世纪风云流变,世事沧桑,那个特殊时代里演绎的故事已走进青灯黄卷,但还是不能磨灭人类心底里的那一丝温情而又苦涩的回忆。

上世纪九十年代初,一座崭新的小学矗立在村东河边。该校斥资百万,资金来源是那口老水井,三个瓷罐里的金银细软没用完,余资拟建一座敬老院。

1994年9月18日,周浩昌八十多岁的遗孀带着他的遗骨回乡祭祖,参加了敬老院剪彩仪式。翌日,老太太安然去世。村民们将两位老人的骨灰隆重安置于周家祖坟。

 

Introduce:Young man of one willow column, aeon of prosperous of my week grand does not forget your favor! First time of willow post occur for the first time hears a form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord to weigh him " young man " , quite some feel extremely flattered, do not know to say what is good temporarily. Young man, I elder brother is not had with sending, this wood avalokitesvara leaves you to do read aloud want. Wish Bodhisattva blesses you generation is restful! Zhou Haochang a 2 feet how long wooden avalokitesvara beetle arrives in Liu Zhu bosom, turn over mount a horse, detain is worn direction of provincial capital of two carriage government absolutely dirt and go, the home that there is him on the car is small. Fall south emancipatory main forces, the Zhou Haochang that does business in provincial capital answers village of bay of native place river to receive wife and children in a flurry, unexpectedly the village already was controlled by commando, but be forced to demand post of willow of long-term hired hand the late night helps a village. Liu Zhu is Home Zhou courtyard the person that ferries a little while only, should overshoot only village east that river, with respect to everything is just fine. The river is thither the counterjumper in the city is driving carriage reinforce. Liu Zhu plans to risk dead side a form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord, but have a requirement, leave him to do wife carry on one's shoulder of servant girl autumn namely. Qiu He quite part good looks, preparing to be by Zhou Haochang accept 3 aunts too, but the situation is critical, it is important to still earn a living, one gnash one's teeth promised Liu Zhu. A form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord runs big firm in provincial capital, penates 10 thousand be linked together, countryside adjacent also gets Home Zhou help more, some Confucianism business wind model, public praise still calculates pretty good. The 3 younger brother of prosperous of but week grand hold a post national army captain, have this one, home Zhou feels or go for the best thing to do. A form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord has never been heard of since. Liberated, divide movable property possessed by landlords and rich peasants at the time of the Land Reform of large family other people, liu Zhu says my what also did not want, I stole a form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord avalokitesvara of a wood, leave it. Liu Zhu and Qiuhe were become close, distributed the land, gave birth to child, get along smooth and steadily. In Culture Revolution " broken FOUR OLDS " , the sundries of all feudal superstition should be bungled thoroughly sodden. Liu Zhu says to Qiu He, that wood avalokitesvara, broke off make a fire! Qiu He cannot bear heart, said to hide, lest Bodhisattva is blamed. Liu Zhu is urgent, say wood a knot in one's heart blesses a fart! Fasten draw fire against oneself! Liu Zhu holds a broad ax to break off Xiang Mu avalokitesvara, avalokitesvara from the Zhi intermediate ah fission. Liu Zhu and the abdomen abdomen that autumn carry on one's shoulder discovers avalokitesvara amazedly are empty unexpectedly! A piece of writing paper made from bamboo hides inside, labour is versed in whole soil preparation writes Man Xiaojie. Regrettablly husband and wife two illiterate, if see a book from heaven. But they feel to be sure some are secret above this, in those days a form of address formally used by an employee to his employer or a tenant-peasant to his landlord sends him to be afraid this have special intention, this piece of paper is of great importance, must take care to collect, never appear. Then, husband and wife is when the two blacks that take the advantage of night are static after house dig hole, wrapped writing paper made from bamboo with oilpaper, seal in porcelain canister, bury greatly at underground. Went ten years, the spring breeze of reforming and opening is swaying China earth. Liu Zhu and Qiu He already passed 6 a period of ten years in one's age, illiterate old two foster 10 lis of 8 villages to have the cultural worker of fame however! The son is curator of prefectural culture house, the daughter-in-law is the teacher of country middle school. Those who make them proud is