Being a survivor of a DEADLY CRASH, you must be ultra blessed, right??? Yeah, uh that’s, just what YOU think!!! Translated…
It was the start of autumn, at sunset, but the sky was still light. Yen Feng sat on a Mercedes C350, the car was speeding on the Keelung-Jingshan Freeway’s Shanzhong section, circling. This was assigned, at random after her retreat, the drivers gave a couple of people who didn’t drive a ride back home. The driver was Mr. Chao, the owner of the Mercedes, an owner of a foreign trading company, with a friend, the owner of an electronic wholesale group, Mr. Hong. On the right of the backseat was Yen Feng, the writer, the left, the female editor-in-chief of a publishing company. This time, the attendees of the Zen retreat were either owners of mid-size companies, or those who are famous in the realm of writing and the arts. The seven, eight cars drove up the pass connecting the temple to the outside world, then, southbound on the Keelung-Jingshan Freeway, toward Keelung, then, the freeway toward Taipei, then, they’d go home separately.
Yen Feng usually gets intoxicated by the sights in nature, the pass of the freeway winded up and down the mountains, and those green mountaintops entered into her field of vision, the female editor-in-chief was dozing off beside her. Yen Feng looked out the window, they were driving down from a steep mountain, the car turned from the very top of the mountain, spiraling downward, they’re reaching the third spiral now, Yen Feng saw the last two spirals they’d managed to drive past, there were, a dozen meters between the two connected spirals.
Suddenly, she saw there was a small truck on the spiral above where they were, with the flickering headlights like a firefly, suddenly, that truck flew away out of the roads, and, fell before her eyes, and, landed before their car, and hit the left front side of the Mercedes, rammed to the left side of the roads, the truck spun around in a circle, then, hit the tail of the Benz. Mr. Chao who was driving immediately slammed on the brakes, and, the Mercedes was well-functioning, it’d stopped both cars.
The four on the Mercedes were thrilled, dumbfounded for a few seconds, the driver and the passenger on the front witnessed the truck falling from the skies, and hit the front of the car, then suddenly, rammed into the front of the car, then, they’d felt that they were hit from behind, the car tilted back and front, but because both individuals on the front had seatbelts on, neither was injured. The two on the backseat didn’t have the belts on, Yen Feng clearly saw the truck falling from the sky, her body had stopped her from getting thrown from the car. Yen Feng heard a loud bang coming from her left side, it was the female editor-in-chief, hitting her head on the ceiling of the car as she was dreaming, she’d opened up her eyes, not knowing what just happened, felt her eyes go dark, and a bit dizzy.
The very first reaction that Yen Feng had was, she should leave the car immediately, and the scene of a car burning up in the movies flashed across her mind. She’d pushed at the car door, it could open, she’d immediately gotten out. At which time, the two business owners on the front exited from the right passenger side, because the door on the driver side was dented and couldn’t open. The three of them went to check the part of the car that got rammed in. Horrid! The steel plate and the left headlight was, completely, shaved off, and flew off the roads. Mr. Chao immediately called the tow, Mr. Hong called the police to report the accident. Yen Feng saw that the female editor-in-chief hadn’t gotten out yet, she’d opened up the door for her, saw her dumbfounded inside, she’d helped her out of the car, the female editor told her she was okay, and she’d stood by the side of the road, at this time, the cars from both the left and the right stopped, there were, twenty, to thirty cars on each side. There were four cars from the retreat following the Benz, they’d all gotten out to check, saw two cars that rammed into each other, orderly on the right side of the pass, there were two of the classmates, who’d immediately gone to direct the traffic, so the traffic can pass from the left side.
Yen Feng followed everybody to check on the condition of the truck, it was a very old blue pickup, without any cargo on the back. There was just the driver on the front, he was moaning in pain, both sides of the doors were squished flat, someone tried opening the door, but couldn’t. The driver was around forty, with a dark complexion, it was a miracle he was still alive. He’d driven down a sharp slope of forty-five degrees, and below the crash site was a straight drop downward. Had the truck flew down a little bit off than it had, it would’ve fallen into the valleys, and, the car ruined, the life of the truck driver lost. Had the truck flew directly downward and rammed into the Mercedes head on, there would’ve been, five casualties. After the truck rammed into the Benz, it’d not fallen into the valley below, instead, it’d spun around in a complete circle, and tailgated the Benz, to a silent stop, that, was odd. There’s only a billion in one chance, that an accident like this ended like it had, wouldn’t you say?
Thirty minutes later, the police arrived, the firefighters sawed through the pickup, one leg of the driver was stuck, the paramedics pulled him out, and lifted him onto the ambulance. Thankfully, there are still room in the other cars from the members of the retreat, the female editor-in-chief got in one, the two business owners and Yen Feng got on an SUV, a car, consisted of six people. Other than Yen Feng, the five others in the car discussed the accident with excitement that just happened. Yen Feng had calmed herself down, and after she’d alighted the car, she’d flown into a state of panic, so she didn’t make a sound. There were two lines that the other five shared in conversation that registered into her mind, “That driver would’ve died for sure, but because the four of you just went to the retreat, you’d managed to, save his life.” The owner of the Mercedes, Mr. Chao said, “It’s a miracle, there must be a guardian angel among us, one of us in that Mercedes is destined for greatness in the future!”
Yen Feng thought, that that man would definitely not be the owner of the Mercedes, because he’d lost a lot in the accident. And in the following months, she’d gotten the news from the students’ e-mail, that the female editor-in-chief entered into the hospital the very next day after the accident, she’d gone into the hospital three times, and took a long leave of absence, because she had a severe concussion. The truck driver had one of his legs amputated, reason being he was dozing off driving the pickup. Then, Yen Feng thought, could it be her, that Mr. Chao was talking about.
Ever since, Yen Feng had that sense of duty, she’d worked hard, studying the teachings of Buddha, and showed more of her positive thoughts in her work, and after sowing down the seeds of kindness, she’d become a famous Buddhist writer. A decade later she was watching an American program, “Survivor”. What caught her attention wasn’t the show, but the word, “Survivor”. She kept believing, that she had angels watching over her, that she’s someone important, suddenly, she’d realized, that she had an inflated ego all these years, she was nothing more than the sole survivor of a horrible accident, it was luck that she wasn’t injured, that she’d, survived, and that she should spend the rest of her life to be thankful, to learn about herself more.
So, this is a SHOCKING realization that came to this woman years AFTER she’d survived the crash, and, from before, she boosted her own ego that she had survived, without a single scratch on her, and attributed it to how special she was, but in the end, it was only because of LUCK (or so she thought!!!) that’s made her survive, or maybe, FATE had her learn this lesson about why she didn’t die, many, many, many years later after the accident…