The Dancer’s Village – Chapter 5

A short horror novel adapted to Chinese students. Will they survive the internship?

Simplified Chinese

他们都回来了。晋维和安东尼问,浴室在哪里?因为他们住的地方好像没有浴室。然后发现,村子里所有的家,都没有浴室。这是因为村子里很难取水。

但普拉博先生说,水池的南边有一条河。河边有一个屋子,里面有一个大坛子。他们可以在那边洗澡。从今天开始,他会尽量把坛子的水装满,特别给女人用来洗澡。男生呢?可以自己从河边担水。

到了住的地方,委滴雅看着努尔正在睡觉。

傍晚,努尔醒来了。委滴雅直接叫努尔陪她去河边浴室。努尔看起来不想去,但是因为委滴雅逼着她,她终于接受了。可是,努尔想要当第一个进入浴室的人。

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她们到水池了。他们发现,原来那个水池不是普通的水池。它看起来像小禅邸(禅邸是用石头来建立的寺庙)。里面有四方的水池。水池的水很清澈,但有些长青苔了。

她们终于找到了普拉博先生说的浴室。浴室的旁边有一棵树。这棵树非常大。

委滴雅不那么想洗澡了,但是努尔说继续。

浴室里真的有一个大坛子。努尔先进去洗澡,而委滴雅在门前等着。

从浴室里面能听到水的声音。委滴雅看四周,这禅邸建筑真的很吸引人。

不久,委滴雅的鼻子闻到一股香的味道。她寻找香味的来源,发现香味来自那颗大树旁边的祭品。最恐怖的是,那些香是刚烧的。

委滴雅惊讶,跑回浴室。里面没有人洗澡的声音了。

「努尔,努尔!」委滴雅敲着木门。没有声音。

委滴雅一直敲门,突然听到柔软,低沉的声音。委滴雅把耳朵贴在门上。

她听到了有人正在唱祷告。

「努尔!开门!开门!!」委滴雅大声敲门。门一打开,努尔出来了。

「委滴雅,怎么回事啊?」

委滴雅看着浴室的里面。努尔十分困惑。

「你快点洗吧。我在门前等你。」

委滴雅不知道该不该跟努尔说,浴室旁边有祭品。她最终进去浴室,把门关上。

浴室的里面非常潮湿。板壁都长了黑色的苔藓。

委滴雅开始脱衣服。

每次她把水淋在头上,闭着眼,她就会看到美丽的脸朝着她温柔的微笑。但委滴雅看不清楚,那个女生是谁?

然后委滴雅又听到有人唱祷告。

她睁开眼睛,吞了下口水。她看着浴室的门。是不是努尔在唱?

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委滴雅洗完了。她们往回走。

路中,委滴雅偷看了努尔,问她:「努尔,你会唱祷告吗?」

努尔看着委滴雅,不说话。她看起来好像有自己的秘密,不想让别人知道。

Traditional Chinese

他們都回來了。晉維和安東尼問,浴室在哪裡?因為他們住的地方好像沒有浴室。然後發現,村子裡所有的家,都沒有浴室。這是因為村子裡很難取水。

但普拉博先生說,水池的南邊有一條河。河邊有一個屋子,裡面有一個大壇子。他們可以在那邊洗澡。從今天開始,他會盡量把壇子的水裝滿,特別給女人用來洗澡。男生呢?可以自己從河邊擔水。

到了住的地方,委滴雅看著努爾正在睡覺。

傍晚,努爾醒來了。委滴雅直接叫努爾陪她去河邊浴室。努爾看起來不想去,但是因為委滴雅逼著她,她終於接受了。可是,努爾想要當第一個進入浴室的人。

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她們到水池了。他們發現,原來那個水池不是普通的水池。它看起來像小禪邸(禪邸是用石頭來建立的寺廟)。裡面有四方的水池。水池的水很清澈,但有些長青苔了。

她們終於找到了普拉博先生說的浴室。浴室的旁邊有一棵樹。這棵樹非常大。

委滴雅不那麼想洗澡了,但是努爾說繼續。

浴室裡真的有一個大壇子。努爾先進去洗澡,而委滴雅在門前等著。

從浴室裡面能聽到水的聲音。委滴雅看四周,這禪邸建築真的很吸引人。

不久,委滴雅的鼻子聞到一股香的味道。她尋找香味的來源,發現香味來自那顆大樹旁邊的祭品。最恐怖的是,那些香是剛燒的。

委滴雅驚訝,跑回浴室。裡面沒有人洗澡的聲音了。

「努爾,努爾!」委滴雅敲著木門。沒有聲音。

委滴雅一直敲門,突然聽到柔軟,低沉的聲音。委滴雅把耳朵貼在門上。

她聽到了有人正在唱禱告。

「努爾!開門!開門!!」委滴雅大聲敲門。門一打開,努爾出來了。

「委滴雅,怎麼回事啊?」

委滴雅看著浴室的裡面。努爾十分困惑。

「你快點洗吧。我在門前等你。」

委滴雅不知道該不該跟努爾說,浴室旁邊有祭品。她最終進去浴室,把門關上。

浴室的裡面非常潮濕。板壁都長了黑色的苔蘚。

委滴雅開始脫衣服。

每次她把水淋在頭上,閉著眼,她就會看到美麗的臉朝著她溫柔的微笑。但委滴雅看不清楚,那個女生是誰?

然後委滴雅又聽到有人唱禱告。

她睜開眼睛,吞了下口水。她看著浴室的門。是不是努爾在唱?

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委滴雅洗完了。她們往回走。

路中,委滴雅偷看了努爾,問她:「努爾,你會唱禱告嗎?」

努爾看著委滴雅,不說話。她看起來好像有自己的祕密,不想讓別人知道

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English Translation

They had all returned. Wahyu and Anthony asked: where is the bathroom? Because it seemed like the place where they lived didn’t have a bathroom. Later they realized, that none of the homes in the village had a bathroom. This was because it was hard to get water in the village.

But mister Prabu said that there was a river south of the water basin. Next to the river was a house, in there was a big jar. They could wash themselves there. From this day, he would fill the jar with water, and especially let the women wash themselves. What about the guys? They can carry water from the river themselves.

When they had gotten back to their housing, Widya saw that Noor was sleeping.

When night fell, Noor woke up. Widya directly told Noor to accompany her to the bathroom next to the river. Noor looked like she didn’t want to go, but since Widya forced her, she finally accepted. But, Noor wanted to be the first one to go into the bathroom.

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They arrived at the water basin. They discovered that this water basin wasn’t a regular water basin. It looked like a small candi (“candi” is a temple built from stone). Inside of it was a square-shaped water basin. The water in the basin was very clear, but there were some batches of moss.

They finally found the bathroom that mister Prabu had mentioned. Next to the bathroom was a tree. This tree was very big.

Widya didn’t really want to wash herself anymore, but Noor told said: continue.

In the bathroom, there really was a big jar. Noor went in first to wash herself, and Widya stood outside of the door and waited.

You could hear the sound of water from inside of the bathroom. Widya looked around, the architecture of this candi was really captivating.

Not long after that, Widya smelled the scent of incense. She looked for the source of the incense scent, and realized that the incense scent came from offerings next to the big tree. The most scary part was that those incense sticks were newly lit.

Widya was surprised and ran back to the bathroom. There wasn’t the sound of someone washing themselves inside any more.

“Noor, Noor!” Widya knocked on the wooden door. There was no sound.

Widya kept knocking the door. Suddenly she heard a soft, deep sound. Widya stuck her ear to the door.

She heard that someone was singing a prayer.

“Noor! Open the door! Open the door!!” Widya knocked hard on the door. As soon as the door opened, Noor came out.

“Widya, what is it?”

Widya looked into the bathroom. Noor was extremely confused.

“Hurry up and wash yourself. I’ll wait in front of the door.”

Widya didn’t know if she should tell Noor that there were offerings next to the bathroom. She finally entered the bathroom and closed the door.

It was really wet inside of the bathroom. The wooden walls were all covered with black moss.

Widya started to undress.

Every time that she poured water on her head and closed her eyes, she could see the beautiful face, facing her tender smile. But Widya couldn’t see clearly, who was this girl?

Then Widya once again heard someone singing a prayer.

She opened her eyes, and swallowed. Widya looked at the bathroom door. Was it Noor who was singing?

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Widya finished washing herself. They walked back.

On their way, Widya secretly looked at Noor, and asked her: “Noor, do you know how to sing prayers?”

Noor looked at Widya, but didn’t answer. She looked like she had her own secrets, that she didn’t want to let others know.

Indonesia Translation

Mereka semua kembali. Wahyu dan Anthony bertanya: di mana kamar mandi? Karena sepertinya tempat mereka tinggal tidak memiliki kamar mandi. Kemudian mereka menyadari, bahwa tidak ada rumah di desa yang memiliki kamar mandi. Ini dikarenakan sulitnya mendapatkan air di desa.

Tetapi Pak Prabu mengatakan bahwa ada sungai di sebelah selatan kola. Di sebelah sungai ada sebuah pondok, di sana ada sebuah kendi besar. Mereka bisa mandi di sana. Mulai hari ini, ia akan mengisi kendi tersebut dengan air. dan diutamakan untuk keperluan mandi para wanita. Bagaimana dengan para lelaki? Mereka bisa memikul air dari sungai sendiri.

Ketika mereka kembali ke rumah mereka, Widya melihat bahwa Nur sedang tidur.

Sore hari menjelang malam, Nur terbangun. Widya langsung menyuruh Nur untuk menemaninya ke kamar mandi di sebelah sungai. Sepertinya Nur tidak ingin pergi, tetapi karena Widya memaksanya, dia akhirnya menerimanya. Tapi, Nur ingin menjadi orang pertama yang pergi ke kamar mandi.

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Mereka tiba di kolam kolam. Mereka menemukan bahwa kolam ini bukan merupakan kolam biasa. Kolam tersebut tampak seperti candi kecil. Di dalamnya ada kolam air berbentuk persegi. Air di kolam sangatlah jernih, tetapi ada beberapa bagian yang telah ditumbuhi lumut.

Mereka akhirnya menemukan kamar mandi yang disebutkan Pak Prabu. Di sebelah kamar mandi ada sebatang pohon. Pohon tersebut sangat besar.

Widya tidak terlalu ingin mandi lagi, tetapi Nur mengatakan: lanjutkan.

Di kamar mandi, benar-benar ada kendi besar. Nur masuk duluan untuk mandi, dan Widya berdiri di luar pintu dan menunggu.

Terdengar suara air dari dalam kamar mandi. Widya melihat sekeliling, arsitektur candi ini sungguh menarik perhatian.

Tidak lama setelah itu, Widya mencium aroma dupa. Dia mencari sumber aroma dupa tersebut, dan menyadari bahwa aroma dupa berasal dari sesajen di sebelah pohon besar. Yang paling menyeramkan adalah dupa tersebut baru saja dinyalakan.

Widya terkejut dan berlari kembali ke kamar mandi. Tidak ada lagi suara orang mandi di dalamnya.

"Nur, Nur!" Widya menggedor pintu kayu. Tidak ada suara.

Widya terus menggedor pintu. Tiba-tiba dia mendengar suara lembut dan dalam. Widya menempelkan telinganya ke pintu.

Dia mendengar bahwa seseorang sedang menyanyikan doa.

"Nur! Buka pintunya! Buka pintunya!!”Widya mengetuk pintu dengan keras. Begitu pintu terbuka, Nur keluar.

"Widya, ada apa?"

Widya melihat ke dalam kamar mandi. Nur sangat bingung.

“Kamu cepat mandi sana. Aku tunggu di depan pintu."

Widya tidak tahu apakah dia harus memberitahu Nur bahwa ada sesajen di sebelah kamar mandi. Dia akhirnya memasuki kamar mandi dan menutup pintu.

Begian dalam kamar mandi ini sangatlah lembab. Seluruh dinding kayu ditumbuhi lumut hitam.

Widya mulai melepas baju.

Setiap kali dia menuangkan air ke kepalanya dan menutup matanya, dia bisa melihat wajah cantik itu, tersenyum lembut kepadanya. Tapi Widya tidak dapat melihat dengan jelas, siapa gadis ini?

Kemudian Widya sekali lagi mendengar seseorang menyanyikan doa.

Dia membuka matanya, dan menelan ludah. Widya memandangi pintu kamar mandi. Apakah Nur yang bernyanyi?

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Widya selesai mandi. Mereka berjalan pulang.

Dalam perjalanan mereka, Widya diam-diam menatap Nur, dan bertanya padanya, "Nur, kamu tahu cara menyanyikan doa?"

Nur memandang Widya, tetapi tidak berbicara apa pun. Dia tampak seperti memiliki rahasia sendiri, dan dia tidak ingin memberi tahu orang lain.

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