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4 逃离

Updated: Mar 9, 2023


"We must move at once," said Father. After returning from the beach, he looked very upset.

He said to his mother, "From the moment I caught that fish, I knew this was going to happen." I knew that the fish he was talking about was one with bottle-cap eyes, but I didn't know why we had to move, or what the fear on my father's face was.

He quickly took action and bought a big truck. He reinforced the car's compartment layer by layer with iron plates until it resembled a moving tank. All our worldly possessions were packed into the truck and we set off in the first light of the morning. I didn't even say goodbye to my school friends because my father wouldn't let me.

"From now on, this truck is our home. Don’t leave this carriage until we reach our destination."

As the truck bumped, I looked out through the gaps between the steel plates. The world was the same as before. What had caused such a change in my father's attitude and what were these steel plates protecting us from?

After just two days, we had to leave the truck. As we drove down a road, the road splintered and the wheels of the truck sank in and couldn't move.


父亲说:"我们必须马上搬走。"从海边回来之后,他一脸心神不宁。

他对母亲说:"从我抓到那条鱼开始,我就知道会有今天。"他说的那条鱼是有着瓶盖眼睛的鱼,这我知道,但我们为什么必须搬家,父亲脸上忧惧的表情是在害怕什么,当时年幼的我一概不知。

他很快就采取了行动,买了一辆大卡车。他用铁板一层层地加固这辆车的车厢,最后这辆车简直像一辆移动的坦克。我们的全部家当都被搬进了大卡车里,在一个天刚蒙蒙亮的早上出发了。我甚至没有和学校的朋友们告别。

"从现在开始,这个车里就是我们的家了。在我们到达目的地之前,都不准离开这个车厢。"

我在卡车的颠簸中,透过钢板的缝隙朝外看,这个世界和以往毫无分别,到底是什么让父亲的态度产生了这样的变化,这些钢板又到底在保护我们免受什么东西的侵害呢?

只是在短短的两天之后,我们就不得不离开车厢了。当我们开上一条道路时,道路瞬间碎裂开来,卡车的轮子陷了进去,开不动了。



Asphalt Dragonfly 沥青蜓

My father tried to call a tow truck, only to be told it wasn't coming, that the "road plague" had spread across the continent.


Just a few weeks ago, at the construction site of a new road across a river in a town hundreds of kilometers away, numerous dragonflies landed on the road and refused to fly away, apparently in an attempt to stop the road's construction. But construction did not stop. They were flattened by rollers and buried in asphalt.


The tiny holes in the surface of the newly built roads were noticed but ignored, until a few days later, when the roads inside the city crumbled like rotten wood. Beneath the collapsed pavement, countless creatures shaped like dragonflies without wings wriggle.


Their bodies are covered with hard carapace, and they have strong jaws that gnawed at the pavement, moving through asphalt and cement at breakneck speed. Some have even burrowed into reinforced concrete buildings, leaving them crumbling.


Now that road plague is the top big news, no one cares about plastic fish anymore.


父亲尝试叫拖车,却被告知拖车不会来了,"道路瘟疫"已经蔓延了整片大陆。

就在几周前,数百公里外的一座小城正在修建一条横穿小河的新公路,在施工现场,无数蜻蜓落在了这条公路上,拒绝飞走,似乎是想阻止公路的施工。但是施工并未停止,它们被压路机压扁,埋入了沥青之中。

人们发现这些新建好的公路表面有很多细小的孔洞,但是并没有重视,直到几周之后,这条公路正式通车的第一天,当第一辆车行驶上这条道路的瞬间,道路崩塌了。城市内部的公路如同腐朽的木头一般碎裂崩坏。塌陷的路面之下,无数形似没有翅膀的蜻蜓的生物在里面钻来钻去。

这些昆虫生长着强有力的口器,体表覆盖着坚硬的甲壳,不断啃食着沥青路面,以极快的速度在沥青和水泥中穿行。暴露在阳光下后,它们继续向着深处钻去,很快消失了,只留下千疮百孔的沥青。


仙鹤一型

人们寻找着沥青蜻蜓的防治方法,经过漫长的研发,他们制造出了一种专门针对沥青蜻蜓的仿生机器人——仙鹤1型。

它能够感知地表以下的沥青蜓的活动,坚硬的喙可以穿透沥青并击碎沥青蜻蜓的背壳中心,那里是沥青蜻蜓的神经中枢,被击中的沥青蜓会瞬间失去行动能力。

可惜的是,沥青蜓的繁衍速度实在太快了,远远超过了仙鹤一型捕猎它们的速度。随着越来越多的仙鹤一型被制造出来,沥青蜓的数量才逐渐减少,但也变得更加难以找到。仙鹤一型和沥青蜓,就像自然界中绝大多数捕食者和猎物一样,形成了新的生态平衡。

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