TITLE: Boundary Street
This is the scene where Susan's future husband explains Chinese dating customs just before he proposes--and then kisses her for the first time.
"In China, couples traditionally date only if they plan to marry. It's not like in the US where people date casually until they meet someone they want to marry."
The Chinese way was so different--and I liked it. It seemed so straight-forward and risk-free. There was no wondering if he'd still want to meet every night or if he'd run away after he told me about his daughter and failed marriage. Yes, I thought, I could deal with the Chinese way.
He looked me straight in the eyes. "So would you like to start dating?"
"Yes, of course."
Liu fidgeted as he looked away from me. "Can I kiss you?"
"Yes." I spoke quietly, yet with a newfound self-assurance. When he stood up, I followed his lead.
After a long kiss, Liu held my hands in his, gazing into my eyes.