A Gust of Wind
Publisher：Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd.
The protagonist of this short story appears at the very beginning. He starts to run when a gunshot goes off.
It is in the middle of the night. The streets are deserted, and this main character actually enjoys his fast run through the city. He passes by the bus stop, where he used to wait when he commuted to school, and his memory takes him back to his junior high school years.
He’s always loved running, but did not like to compete. The teacher reminded him that he should take running seriously, for running is like a person’s life; it should be taken seriously at times.
He continued his run and came to a street, where gangsters roamed when he was a student. He remembered how he came upon a classmate, Prince, who was being beaten by gangsters, and how he had saved Prince’s life by running all the way to a hospital with Prince on his back. Later he found out that this Prince’s father was head of one of the mobs. Prince confided to him that he didn’t want to end up like his dad, but could not escape destiny, and became a mobster himself.
He ran past the technical college he went to, and recalled how he had wanted to win back his girlfriend at the time by inflicting injury on himself. Not only did the scheme fail, he received a good scolding by his father.
He ran past the night market, where after finishing his military service, he became a vendor. The police were constantly on his back, and one time he almost got caught. While running from the police, he bumped into his junior high friend, Prince, who has become the head of a mob.
Prince then asked him whether he would like to become a manager at one of the nightclubs that he owned. He wouldn’t have to do anything except stand at the door. It would be easy money.
As he ran past his senior high school, he thought of the girl he had a crush on freshman year. Going home after camp, he learned that his father had gone bankrupt.
He was manager at the nightclub for two to three years. Prince often came to see him. One time, Prince got so drunk that he carried Prince on his back again. That moment brought back memories for both of them.
Tonight, he saw the girl he fancied in senior high in front of the nightclub. She was being pestered by a bunch of drunkards. He went to her rescue, and warded them off. But he was warned by his colleagues to be careful.
On his way home, he saw a monitor wall that was broadcasting news. He saw his former classmate, the little guy being interviewed, and had won an international race. He was still in awe at the news, when he saw the group of drunkards. One had a pistol in his hand. He was starting to run, when he saw an ambulance parked nearby, he slowed down, and went to take a closer look. All of a sudden it hit him. He did not escape the gunshot.
The ambulance took off. He did want to miss this last chance. He ran after the ambulance. He wanted to run, seriously, just this once.
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