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Stories of Shenzhen--Part One

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Stories of Shenzhen--Part One

It's his first trip to China ... he's fifteen
and only his second day crossing the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.
He's excited and terrified.
Under his baggy clothes are garments resembling pajamas,
only with pockets covering them.
These pockets are full of bibles,
and taped closely to his body.
It's hot, and he's sweating like a long-tailed cat
in a room full of rocking chairs.
He's alone, as they can't risk getting caught together.
He crosses the bridge and enters the custom's building.
The crowds are suffocating,
and over an hour passes before he reaches an agent.
He hands over his passport.
The agent looks at it ... looks at the boy ... and back at the passport again.
On the inside, he's freaking out.
On the outside he cool and collected ... he hopes.
The agent stamps it and hands it back ... the boy turns to the scanners
His heart sinks and hits his throat at the same time.
The Dragon Lady is talking to his father, who he didn't see only a line or two over ...
a rookie mistake
He watches as his father is sent to the, "back room"
It's too late for him to turn back,
or even ditch the camera bag full of books he also carries
He had been over-confident in thinking he could sneak it past ... cocky
The Dragon Lady doesn't say a word as he walks up.
She only looks at him sternly and holds out her hand.
He gives her his passport without question
and goes to the other, "back room"

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  1. Date: 1/8/2014 2:32:00 PM
    :( so sad; some are still dealing with this today. Isn't that! You touch my heart Caleb.

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 3:19:00 AM
    I will try to catch up more later, my connection is so slow, I am getting hypnotized--btw the quote you put in your last comment got me curious-- I even googled it but no dice-- is it part of a novel or something, written by somebody else-- very nicely written,wowee-- did you write that? That Red Sea line was very witty!

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 3:15:00 AM
    Ok that is not fair, since I see no part 2 here-- I hope you post it really soon. You sure brought the tension across there and you got me thinking (even sort of worrying) what is in the backroom--- what happened to the dad? to the kid? is this you? your brother? Very intriguing and very brave boy...Scary Dragon Lady-- we had that kind of Dragon lady in our college library. She was Conan the Librarian though.

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 7:02:00 AM
    You are a born storyteller, Caleb. Your descriptions are awesome, and you leave out just enough detail to keep the reader wanting more!!

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:09:00 AM
    Oki you make me want to know what s going to happen next..Everytime i am returning to my island at the airport im always scared i have gone over the limit of kilos of shopping and souvenirs i feel a bit in this guy s shoes..If i go over the limit i would have to pay a lot for extra kilos ..Lets see whats happening to this guy for taking bibles there..

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 2:18:00 PM
    This is very interesting. I'm going to t6he next. Lucilla

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 1:15:00 PM
    I am anxiously awaiting Part 2. It wasn't until I re-read this that I really absorbed what was going on. What a brave boy to be spreading the word of Christianity in a place where it's extremely illegal to do so. Your narratives are always enjoyable, Caleb.

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your poem.

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 6:42:00 AM
    Caleb....Hi! I see you're online! Listen...I think you better check the titles on both of these. You've titled them both part 1! Could get a bit confusing! ;) Can't read part 2 now...Got a class this evening I haven't finished preparing for. Will get to it later...just though you might want to make that change.

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Oh....hope this turns out OK! SOMEONE is watching over them!

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Very well written Caleb, you have my attention, will wait to read more, I hope it's on it's way, xxx