FROM HERE TO THERE by Gloria Yuen Barrier on, the device declares. "When you initiate the force field," the Head Agent instructs, "you lock yourself in an impenetrable membrane. It will keep danger out. But it will also keep you in." Barrier off, the device declares. I engage Search: Force field, noun.
It is two nights before my dad's 20th birthday. He's with friends at the shore of the southern Chinese border. The rhythm of the tide is a familiar comfort that counts down to their escape. They dash into the water at midnight. Guards on land and water hear their splashes in an instant.