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Truye^.n Hoa`ng Ngo.c Lie^n

Ba('t Me`o


Cu~ng gio^'ng pha^`n lo+'n ca'c ba`, ca'c co^ ham coi bo'i dda(.ng bie^'t va^.n so^' cu?a mi`nh, Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda~ to^'n nhie^`u co^ng phu, tie^`n ba.c da^ng mo^.t so^' o^ng, ba` tha^`y, mong ga(.p vi. cao tay ra`nh vie^.c qua' khu+' vi. lai\. Nhu+ng cho dde^'n  nay, Gia'ng Tuye^'t chu+a ca?m phu.c mo^.t vi. na`o\.

Ngay tu+` khi mo+'i lo+'n o+? mo^.t ti?nh nho? Mie^`n Ba('c, Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda~ thuo^.c lo`ng ma^'y ca^u ve` “ke^” ma^'y vi. coi bo'i ma` toa`n no'i du+.a, ta`o lao:

  “So^' co^ co' me., co' cha,
  Me. co^... dda`n ba`, cha co^... dda`n o^ng!
  So^' co^ co' vo+., co' cho^`ng,
  Sinh con dda^`u lo`ng cha(?ng ga'i thi` trai!
  So^' co^ na(m xu+a cha.y da`i,
  Kho^ng trong Ha` No^.i thi` ngoa`i ha^.u phu+o+ng!
  So^' co^ kho^ng he`n thi` sang,
  Nu+o+'c ca`ng loa.n la.c la.i ca`ng lo a^u!
  So^' co^ kho^ng nghe`o thi`.... gia^`u,
  Ve.m chu+a cha(.t dda^`u thi` ha~y ... co`n nguye^n!
  So^' co^ gia ddi`nh ve.n tuye^`n,
  Cho^`ng kho^ng bi. ba('t (thi`) nha^n duye^n hoa`n toa`n!
  So^' co^ va^'t va? ma`... nha`n,
  Gia(.c Pha'p kho^ng “ca`n” cu~ng de^~ la`m a(n!”
Ve` cho vui va^.y tho^i, cho+' mo^~i khi ddi coi bo'i, Gia'ng Tuye^'t va^~n pha?i ngo^`i cho+` to+'i phie^n mi`nh.

Ke^` ra thi` nhie^`u thu+' “coi” la('m: Coi chi? tay, coi ba`i ta^y, coi chu+~ ky', coi tu+? vi, tu+? bi`nh, coi hu+o+'ng nha`, hu+o+'ng dda^'t, mo^. pha^`n, xua^'t ha`nh, ho^n nha^n, khai tru+o+ng, cho^n ca^'t....ke^? ra co`n da`i nu+~a!

Ga^`n dda^y, Gia'ng Tuye^'t la.i ham coi bo'i, vi` ddu+'c lang qua^n cu?a na`ng co' nhie^`u ha`nh ddo^.ng kha? nghi\. The^m va`o ddo', ba` Hai “co+m ta^'m” lo^'i xo'm co`n ke^` tai na`ng, no'i nho?:

- Co^ Hai a`! Chi'nh ma('t to^i tro^ng tha^'y Tha^`y Hai cho+? mo^.t con nho? “ngon la`nh” tre^n xe Ue^'t Ba, xe.t qua cho+. Phu' Nhua^.n!

Rie^ng ve^` “vu.” na`y, Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda~ ma^'t co^ng to+'i vie^'ng mo^.t “o^ng tha^`y” tre^n ma.n La^m DDo^`ng co' bie^.t danh la` “Ma('t Tha^`n”. Tu+` ven quo^'c lo^. 20, Gia'ng Tuye^'t pha?i leo ho+n bo^'n chu.c ba^.c thang le^n tri`nh die^n o^ng. Vu+`a lo' dda^`u vo^ ca(n pho`ng ma` a'nh sa'ng chi? vu+`a ddu? nhi`n khung ca?nh trong va`i bu+o+'c cha^n, Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda~ nghe o^ng tha^`y pha'n:

- Mo+`i co^ ngo^`i\. Co^ la'i xe ho+i tu+` Sa`i Go`n le^n?

Gia'ng Tuye^'t ga^.t dda^`u: - Da., thu+a tha^`y\.

- Xe co^ hie^.u Simca Arronde, ba?ng dden, so^' EA 4731?

Gia'ng Tuye^'t nga^?n ngu+o+`i:

- La`m sao o^ng tha^`y ddo.c ddu+o+.c so^' xe ma~i du+o+'i ... le^` ddu+o+`ng?

Ma('t Tha^`n nhu'n vai, mi?m cu+o+`i: - Mo^.t chu't, dde^? co^ co' nie^`m tin.

Tu+. nhie^n, Gia'ng Tuye^'t tha^'y ro+`n ro+.n. Co' ca'i gi` ma qua'i dda^u dda^y\. Nhu+ng be^` ngoa`i, na`ng la`m ra ve? bi`nh ti~nh, cu+o+`i theo:

- Thie^.t ddu'ng vo+'i danh hie^.u “Ma('t Tha^`n” ma` Sa`i Go`n thu+o+`ng ca tu.ng. Nhu+ng...

- DDu+`ng nga.i, co^ cu+' no'i\.

- Tha^`y coi giu`m, xin cho bie^'t thu` lao?

Ma('t Tha^`n gio+ tay:

- Bo^. ngu+o+`i gio+'i thie^.u co^ le^n dda^y chu+a cho co^ hay la` to^i kho^ng bao gio+` la^'y tie^`n cua ai ca??

- Thu+a, co^ ba.n to^i co' no'i ddie^`u na`y\. Nhu+ng to^i nghi~  o^ng tha^`y tie^'p kha'ch ca? nga`y, ne^'u kho^ng co' tha^u nha^.p, la`m sao trang tra?i mo.i chi phi'?

Nu. cu+o+`i va^~n no+? tre^n mo^i Ma('t Tha^`n:

- Ba^y gio+` xin co^ ddu+`ng no'i chuye^.n tie^`n ba.c nu+~a\. Co^ co' the^? dda(.t hai ca^u ho?i\.

Gia'ng Tuye^'t no'i ngay:

- DDe^? kho^ng ma^'t thi` gio+` cu?a tha^`y, to^i xin va('n ta('t. Thu+' nhu+'t: To^i co' ba` chi. tuo^?i Da^`n, tru+o+'c 1954 o+? Mie^`n Ba('c. Chi. to^i kho^ng di cu+. To^i muo^'n bie^'t ba` a^'y ra sao vi` la^u nga`y kho^ng tin tu+'c. Thu+' hai: cho^`ng to^i co' “me`o” gia^'u o+? dda^u ddo', to^i kie^'m hoa`i kho^ng ra!

Ma('t Tha^`n la(.ng le~ dda(.t mo^.t ngo'n tay vo^ lo^~ tai, mie^.ng xi xo^ nhu+~ng lo+`i kho' hie^?u\. Thi?nh thoa?ng o^ng ta ngu+ng la.i, nhu+ nghe ngo'ng, sau ddo' la.i tie^'p tu.c no'i\. Gia'ng Tuye^'t co' ca?m gia'c la` o^ng tha^`y na`y ddang no'i chuye^.n vo+'i ... co~i a^m. Na`ng  tha^'y ca(n pho`ng ca`ng lu'c ca`ng la.nh ho+n. La.i nghe o^ng tha^`y pha'n:

- Ba` chi. cu?a  co^ va^~n bi`nh an no+i que^ nha`. Go+?i bu+u thie^'p ve^` Mie^`n Ba('c ho?i tha(m, khoa?ng nu+?a na(m sau se~ co' ho^`i a^m. Thu+' hai, muo^'n “Ba('t Me`o” cu?a o^ng nha`, co^ pha?i qua mie^.t Kha'nh Ho^.i\.

Gia'ng Tuye^'t ddi.nh ho?i the^m thi`:

- Tho+`i gian da`nh cho co^ dda~ he^'t. Mong co^ ca?m phie^`n!

Sau vu. na`y, qua? nhie^n Gia'ng Tuye^'t nha^.n ddu+o+.c tin ba` chi.. Co`n vu. “Ba('t Me`o”, Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda~ nhie^`u la^`n ddi tha(m do`, nhu+ng Kha'nh Ho^.i be^n qua^.n Tu+ ro^.ng mo^ng me^nh nhu+ va^.y, la`m sao kie^'m? Co^ na`ng ke^'t lua^.n, Ma('t Tha^`n cu~ng chu+a pha?i la` o^ng Tha^`y co' ba?n la~nh.

O^ng Tha^`y ke^` tie^'p la` mo^.t tie^n sinh ddeo kie^`ng ra^m, co' “job” tre^n le^` ddu+o+`ng ke^' La(ng O^ng Ba` Chie^?u\. Gia'ng Tuye^'t vu+`a ngo^`i be^n ca.nh, dda~ nghe o^ng tha^`y le^n tie^'ng:

  - Xin cha`o!

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t vui ve?:

  - Thu+a tha^`y, tui muo^'n xem mo^.t que?.

  - Co^ muo^'n coi tu+? vi hay bo'i vie^.c tru+o+'c ma('t?

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t kho^ng nga^`n nga.i:

  - O^ng cho^`ng tui co' ba` nho?. Tui dda~ le^n La^m DDo^`ng coi tha^`y Ma('t Tha^`n, nhu+ng...

  - ... kho^ng ke^'t qua?, ba^y gio+` co^ muo^'n kie^'m cho^~ o^ng xa~ gia^'u cu.c cu+ng, pha?i va^.y kho^ng?
  Gia'ng Tuye^'t ga^.t dda^`u:

  - Da.! Pha?i dda(.t que? bao nhie^u, thu+a tha^`y?

  O^ng tha^`y ha. gio.ng:

  - DDa^y chi? la` thu? tu.c. Co^ dda(.t tre^n ddi~a, to+` gia^'y ba.c na(m mu+o+`i ddo^`ng cu~ng ddu+o+.c. To^i kha^'n ro^`i ddoa'n. Ne^'u ddu+o+.c vie^.c, co^ nho+' tro+? la.i thu+o+?ng cho\.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t ho?i:

  - Ne^'u to^i dda(.t que? qua' i't, ro^`i ddu+o+.c vie^.c la.i kho^ng ta. o+n, nhu+ va^.y thie^.t cho tha^`y\...

  O^ng tha^`y mi?m cu+o+`i:

  - Co^ ba^'t ta^'t pha?i quan ta^m. Tha^.t ra, nhu+~ng ngu+o+`i que^n thu+o+?ng cho to^i cu~ng kho^ng nhie^`u la('m.  Co`n ne^'u kho^ng  ddu+o+.c vie^.c thi` du` dda(.t que? i't, cu~ng la` le~ co^ng ba(`ng.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda(.t to+` hai tra(m tre^n di~a\. O^ng tha^`y na^ng di~a ngang ma`y, la^m ra^m ca^`u kha^'n mo^.t la't ro^`i dda(.t di~a xuo^'ng. Ca^?n tha^.n xe^'p to+` gia^'y ba.c vo^ chie^'c ho^.p vuo^ng be^n ca.nh, tha^`y la^'y hai ddo^`ng tie^`n Kha?i DDi.nh sa'ng bo'ng, gieo hai la^`n tre^n ddi~a\. La^`n na`o tha^`y cu~ng so+` ky~ hai ma(.t ddo^`ng tie^`n. Sau i't gia^y suy nghi~, tha^`y le^n tie^'ng:

  -Na(m nay co^ bao nhie^u tuo^?i?

  - Tui tuo^?i con ra('n nho?.

  O^ng tha^`y ga^.t gu`:

  - Va^.y la` Ta^n Ty., ma.ng Kim.

  Ngu+ng mo^.t la't, tha^`y ti'nh the^m ro^`i no'i:

  - Co`n i't nga`y nu+~a to+'i dda^`u tha'ng ta'm ta\. Co^ vo^ Cu+ xa' Phu' La^m, se~ co' tin.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t dda(.t the^m mo^.t to+` hai tra(m tre^n di~a ro^`i ddu+'ng le^n:

  - Ca?m o+n tha^`y\. ne^'u co' ke^'t qua?, the^' na`o to^i cu~ng ta. tha^`y\.

  Co' the^? la` co^ na`ng kho^ng co' duye^n. Ma^'y nga`y la^n la cu`ng kha('p ca` hai Cu+ xa' Phu' La^m A va` B, Gia'ng Tuye^'t kho^ng ti`m ddu+o+.c manh mo^'i na`o\.  Rie^'t ro^`i na`ng dda^m na?n, nhu? lo`ng se~ cha(?ng co`n dde^? phi' thi` gio+` va` tie^`n ba.c ddi coi bo'i nu+~a\.

  The^' ma` bu+~a nay nghe co^ ba.n Thu?y ru? re^, Gia'ng Tuye^'t  cu`ng Thu?y va^~y xe lam le^n khu vu+.c ca^`u Bi`nh Lo+.i\.

  DDo^i ba.n ga'i “ruo^.t” na`y, tu+` ho^`i co`n ddi ho.c, dda~ ba'm nhau nhu+ “keo”. Theo lo+`i Thu?y, ba` tha^`y Sa'u o+? ddo' no^?i danh la` co' ba?n la~nh tha^`n sa^`u, quy? kho^'c! Ba? no'i tru'ng boong gia ca?nh cu?a tha^n chu?, co`n ho+n ma^'y ba` lo^'i xo'm nha` mi`nh nu+~a\. Ai ddo+`i, ba` Sa'u da'm no'i la` o^ng cho^`ng Thu?y dda~ go^`ng mi`nh qua ma(.t Thu?y, “dde`o” mo^.t em choai choai xuo^'ng Nha` Be` “a(n che`”. Nho+` va^.y ma` Thu?y dda~ ri`nh  ba('t ddu+o+.c qua? tang hai co^ ca^.u ddang du du+o+ng be^n kia ca^`u Ha`ng! Sau vu. na`y, anh cho^`ng cu?a Thu?y kho^ng co`n da'm... nhu'c nhi'ch nu+~a\.

  - Ba` Tha^`y, Thu?y no'i - se~ kho^ng la`m “ca^.u” tha^'t vo.ng dda^u\. Cu+' thu+? ddi coi mo^.t la^`n cho bie^'t. Cam ddoan “ca^.u” se~ me^ lie^`n ha`!

  Tre^n xe lam. Thu?y co`n no'i the^m:

  - Bu+~a nay mi`nh to+'i la` co`n ki.p. Mi`nh nghe no'i ba` Tha^`y ddu+o+.c mo^.t nha` ha`ng sang tro.ng be^n Nam Vang thi?nh qua “tru.” nu+~a ddo'.

  Nha^.n lo+`i ddi theo Thu?y, thu+.c ra, Gia'ng Tuye^'t chi? muo^'n coi ba` Sa'u na`y qua? co' ta`i tha'nh nhu+ lo+`i ddo^`n dda.i hay kho^ng. Cho+' trong lo`ng, na`ng kho^ng co`n ma^'y tin tu+o+?ng va`o quy' vi. tha^`y bo'i\.

  Co`n khoa?ng va`i tra(m thu+o+'c nu+~a mo+'i to+'i no+i, hai chi. em xuo^'ng xe ddi bo^.. Ba` Tha^`y no^?i danh ha`nh nghe^` trong mo^.t am nho?. Phi'a  du+o+'i cha^n bu+'c tu+o+.ng Pha^.t, xe^'p mo^.t ha`ng da`i ca'c tu+o+.ng Qua'n The^' A^m Bo^` Ta't, O^ng DDi.a, Tha^`n Ta`i, Tam Tha^`n Phu+o+'c Lo^.c Tho., Nu+~ Tha^`n Ti`nh Ye^u\. Hai be^n tu+o+.ng Pha^.t, phi'a tra'i co' hi`nh DDu+'c Me. Ha(`ng Cu+'u Giu'p, va` tu+o+.ng Chi.u Na.n, be^n pha?i co' Con Ma('t cu?a dda.o Cao DDa`i, hi`nh DDu+'c Tha^`y Huy`nh Gia'o Chu?.

  Ba`n tho+` dda^`y hoa tra'i hu+o+ng dde`n thie^.t trang nghie^m.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t pha?i cho+` ddo+.i kha' la^u mo+'i to+'i phie^n ddu+o+.c ngo^`i  ddo^'i die^.n vo+'i ba` Tha^`y\. Na`ng nghe mo^.t gio.ng no'i di.u da`ng, sau khi ba` Tha^`y quan sa't tha^n chu? mo^.t ca'ch ki'n dda'o:
  - Chi. muo^'n coi ba`i hay chi? tay?

  - Thu+a\...  to^i muo^'n ti`m no+i o^ng xa~ to^i gia^'u con... “me`o”! Va^.y ca'ch na`o hie^.u qua? ho+n, xin ba` Tha^`y coi giu`m.

  Ba` Tha^`y vui ve?:

  - To^i coi ba`i cho chi..

  Vu+`a no'i, ba` vu+`a trao co^~ ba`i cho Gia'ng Tuye^'t:

  - Xin vui lo`ng la`m theo lo+`i to^i da(.n: Chi. trang ba`i nhie^`u la^`n ro^`i dda(.t xuo^'ng, cu'p la`m hai pha^`n. Mo^~i pha^`n ba`i, chi. ru't ra mo^.t ca^y, la^.t ngu+?a le^n.

  Cho+` Gia'ng Tuye^'t la`m xong, ba` Tha^`y xe^'p hai ca^y ba`i na(`m ngu+?a cho ngay nga('n. Sau ddo', ba` la^.t tie^'p hai tu. ba`i co`n la.i, xe^'p tha`nh bo^'n ha`ng do.c phi'a du+o+'i\. Ba` cha(m chu' nhi`n tu+`ng ha`ng ro^`i nga^?ng le^n no'i:

  - Que? ba`i kho^ng to^'t. Chi. kho' lo`ng kie^'m ra no+i o^ng xa~ le'n lu't vo+'i ke? ddo'. Ngu+o+`i ddo+`n o^ng na`y thie^.t kho^n, thu+o+`ng thay ddo^?i no+i ho` he.n. Ne^n co' the^? la`, cho^~ to^i vu+`a ddoa'n ra, khi chi. to+'i thi` ho. dda~ di chuye^?n ddi no+i kha'c. DDie^`u na`y co' the^? khie^'n chi. cho ra(`ng ba` tha^`y no'i ta`o lao\. Do va^.y ma` trong que? ba`i, to^i kho^ng tha^'y chi? da^'u na`o dda'ng tin ca^.y\. Theo to^i\...

  No'i dde^'n  dda^y, ba` tha^`y ngu+ng la.i\.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t so^'t ruo^.t:

  - Xin tha^`y cu+' chi? ca'ch giu`m...

  Ba` tha^`y ga^.t dda^`u no'i tie^'p:

  - Theo to^i, thay vi` ddi “ba('t me`o” nhu+ chi. dda~ hoa`i co^ng vo^ i'ch, ddie^`u to^'t nhu+'t la` la`m sao cho o^ng nha` tha^'y cha'n ngu+o+`i dda`n ba` a^'y va` tro+? ve^` gia ddi`nh.

  Ba` Tha^`y na`y co' ti`nh, co' ly'. Gia'ng Tuye^'t tha^`m nhu? va` la('ng nghe the^m:

  - DDo' mo+'i la` phu+o+ng ca'ch toa`n ve.n dde^? gia?i quye^'t va^'n dde^`.

  ro^`i ba` ha. gio.ng:

  - DDo+`n o^ng ma`, chi.. Nha^'t la` nhu+~ng tru+. ha?o ngo.t. Co' pha' ddu+o+.c “o^?” na`y, ca'c “cha” cu~ng se~ ba`y ra “o^?” kha'c. Ne^'u cu+' pha?i lo ddi “ba('t me`o” hoa`i thi` co`n la`m a(n gi` ddu+o+.c nu+~a\. Chi. ddo^`ng y' kho^ng?

  Ba` tha^`y qua` cao tay\. Nhi`n vo^ ca(.p ma('t ba`, tho^'t nhie^n Gia'ng Tuye^'t tha^'y ve? hie^`n di.u, co' the^? tin ca^.y ddu+o+.c:

  - Ba` Tha^`y co' ca'ch na`o, xin vui lo`ng giu'p cho\. To^i xin ha^.u ta..

  Mo^.t gio.ng no'i ra`nh ro.t vang le^n:

  - Chi. co' nie^`m tin kho^ng? Sa'ch tha'nh co' da.y: nie^`m tin co' the^? do+`i non, la^'p bie^?n. Co`n cha o^ng mi`nh co' ca^u: Linh ta.i nga~, ba^'t linh ta.i nga~. Thie^ng hay kho^ng la` tu`y thuo^.c no+i mi`nh co' nie^`m tin sa('t dda' hay kho^ng. DDie^`u mi`nh kha^'n xin ca'c DDa^'ng Be^` Tre^n, co' ddu+o+.c nhu+ so+? nguye^.n, co' linh u+'ng hay kho^ng, la` do mi`nh co' do^'c lo`ng tin tu+o+?ng hay kho^ng. Gia?n di. va^.y ma` ba` con ta kho^ng chi.u hie^?u cho tha^'u dda'o\.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t chu+a hie^?u ro~ la` ba` tha^`y ddi.nh no'i gi`, la.i nghe tie^'p:

  - Ne^'u kho^ng tuye^.t ddo^'i tin tu+o+?ng thi` kha^'n ddie^`u gi` cu~ng kho'i ddu+o+.c nhu+ y' nguye^.n.

  No'i dde^'n  dda^y, ba` ddu+a tay quo+ ma^'y tu. ba`i la.i, xe^'p go.n bo? vo^ trong ho^.p:

  - Que? ba`i kho^ng to^'t vi` kho^ng lo^'i thoa't. To^i co' the^? no'i, chi. co`n to^'n nhie^`u thi` gio+`, tie^`n ba.c dde^? theo dduo^?i su+. ti`m kie^'m ra^'t i't hy vo.ng tha`nh co^ng. Ne^'u qua? thie^.t chi. muo^'n o^ng xa~ kho^ng bao gio+` co`n me`o chuo^.t nu+~a, to^i co' ca'ch giu'p chi..

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t tha`nh kha^?n:

  - Mong ba` Tha^`y giu'p ngay cho\. To^i xin ha^.u ta..

  - Nhu+ng chi. dda~ ddu? nie^`m tin chu+a?

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t ca? quye^'t:

  - To^i hoa`n toa`n tin Ba` Tha^`y\.

  Nhi`n nu. cu+o+`i tre^n mo^i ngu+o+`i ddo^'i die^.n, Gia'ng Tuye^'t no'i tie^'p:

  - To^i kho^ng nga.i ve^` tie^`n ba.c, he^'t bao nhie^u\...

  Ba` Tha^`y gio+ tay:

  - Khoan no'i chuye^.n tie^`n ba.c. Ha~y tho^ng qua phu+o+ng ca'ch tru+o+'c.

  Vu+`a no'i, ba` tha^`y vu+`a nhi`n cha(m chu' va`o ca(.p ma('t tha^n chu?:

  - Cha(?ng nhu+~ng pha?i he^'t lo`ng tin, ma` chi. co`n pha?i la`m ddu'ng theo lo+`i ca(n da(.n cu?a to^i, kho^ng bao gio+` ddu+o+.c tie^'t lo^. cho ba^'t cu+' ai hay, nha^'t la` o^ng xa~.

  - Xin Ba` Tha^`y cu+' chi? da.y cho\.

  Ba` tha^`y thong tha?:

  - To^i se~ kha^'n cho chi. mo^.t dda.o bu`a ke^u ba(`ng “So+? Nguye^.n”. Chi? ca^`n chi. mang luo^n trong mi`nh, se~ tha^'y hie^.u nghie^.m trong vo`ng sa'u tha'ng.

  Tu+. nhie^n, Gia'ng Tuye^'t tha^'y nga^`n nga.i\. Bu`a nga?i, na`ng dda~ tu+`ng nghe qua, nhu+ng va^~n cho la` chuye^.n hoang ddu+o+`ng...

  Nhu+ ddoa'n ddu+o+.c y' nghi~ cu?a kha'ch, ba` tha^`y tu+o+i cu+o+`i:

  - Di~ nhie^n chi. co' the^? tu+` cho^'i dde^` nghi. cu? to^i\. Bo+?i va^.y ne^n to^i dda~ pha?i nhie^`u la^`n nha^'n ma.nh la` pha?i co' nie^`m tin.

  Thu+.c ra trong lo`ng Gia'ng Tuye^'t kho^ng muo^'n cho.n gia?i pha'p bu`a nga?i dde^? giu+~ cho^`ng, Nguye^~n kho^ng hie^?u sao, na`ng la.i no'i:

  - To^i chi? tha^'y ho+i ba^'t ngo+` tho^i\. Ne^'u ba` Tha^`y dda^y la` gia?i pha'p ca^`n thie^'t, xin cu+' tie^'n ha`nh cho\.

  Ba` tha^`y nho? nhe.:

  - Va^.y ddu+o+.c, su+. vie^.c se~ nhu+ sau:

  * Tru+a mai, ddu'ng ngo., chi. tro+? la.i dda^y, mang theo hai chi? va`ng la', thu+' va`ng nguye^n cha^'t chu+a la`m nu+~ trang.

  * Tru+o+'c ma(.t chi., va`ng se~ ddu+o+.c to^i go'i trong gia^'y trang kim, buo^.c chi? ngu~ sa('c ro^`i dda(.t trong mo^.t tu'i ga^'m co' gia^y ddeo\.

  * Sau ddo', tru+o+'c ba`n tho+` Nu+~ Tha^`n Ti`nh Ye^u va` Ha.nh Phu+o+'c, chi. kha^'n theo to^i ro^`i qua`ng tu'i ga^'m va`o co^?, giu+~ luo^n trong mi`nh. Chi. nho+' la` kho^ng bao gio+` ddu+o+.c mo+? tu'i ra\. Ne^'u kho^ng, “So+? Nguye^.n” se~ he^'t linh.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t vui ve? nha^.n lo+`i:

  - Ca?m o+n ba` Tha^`y\. Tru+a mai to^i se~ y he.n. Ba^y gio+` xin gu+?i ba` Tha^`y chu't lo`ng tha`nh...
  Ba` tha^`y la('c dda^`u:

  - Que? ba`i kho^ng gia?i quye^'t ddu+o+.c va^'n dde^` cu?a chi., to^i kho^ng la^'y tie^`n. Nga`y mai, sau le^~ kha^'n “So+? Nguye^.n”, va` sau na`y khi co' ke^'t qua? to^'t dde.p, chi. cho to^i bao nhie^u, tu`y hi?.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t ddu+'ng le^n:

  - Va^.y to^i xin ca'o tu+`, ca?m o+n ba` Tha^`y\.

  - Cha`o chi..

  Sa'u tha'ng ke^' tie^'p, tho+`i gian chuye^?n da^`n va`o mo^.t cuo^.c ddo^?i ddo+`i\. Cuo^'i na(m ddo', sau khi ba'n he^'t nu+~ trang cho cuo^.c so^'ng, trong lu'c cho^`ng ddi “ca?i ta.o”, ca'c con nho? da.i, bao nhie^u nhu ca^`u kha^?n thie^'t. Cho+.t Gia'ng Tuye^'t nho+' ra co`n la' bu`a “So+? Nguye^.n”... hai chi? va`ng! Ba^y gio+` dda^u ca^`n bu`a dde^? giu+~ cho^`ng nu+~a! Tru+o+'c ma('t la` ddem ba'n hai chi? va`ng la^'y tie^`n ddi tha(m nuo^i cho^`ng, sa('m Te^'t cho ma^'y ddu+'a nho?.

  Gia'ng Tuye^'t mo+? chie^'c tu'i ga^'m, go+~ nhu+~ng so+i chi? cha(`ng chi.t va` ma^'y lo+'p gia^'y trang kim.
  Na`ng su+~ng so+`, thay vi` hai chi? va`ng la` hai ddo^`ng tie^`n ke~m dda~ hoen ri?!

  Ro~ ra`ng tru+o+'c ma('t na`ng, ba` tha^`y dda~ go'i va`ng, bo? vo^ tu'i, dda(.t tre^n di~a, hai tay ba` tri.nh tro.ng na^ng cao di~a, cu'i dda^`u ddo.c lo+`i kha^'n va` na`ng cu~ng cu'i dda^`u ddo.c lo+`i kha^'n theo, tru+o+'c Nu+~ Tha^`n Ti`nh Ye^u va` Ha.nh Phu+o+'c! Sau ddo', ba` Tha^`y trao ngay chie^'c tu'i na`y cho na`ng.

  Ta.i sao ba^y gio+` hai chi? va`ng la.i bie^'n tha`nh hai ddo^`ng tie^`n ke~m? Ta.i sao?

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