TITLE: BOUNDARY STREET
EMOTION: Looking to show best friend's doubt
I'm telling my best friend I just became engaged to a Chinese student I'd been tutoring in English. She's worried about my future.
Jean tore up the check and wrote to my mother, explaining she couldn’t attend the wedding and wouldn’t be able to buy the flowers. Deep down, I knew Jean put my best interests first. I didn’t hold it against her for not attending my wedding, although I felt disappointed she wouldn’t be with me on my big day.
When I first called her, the day after Liu proposed, I sensed Jean wouldn’t be happy.
“Are you sitting down?” I asked her.
“Well, Liu and I talked last night about personal things. And, well, he asked me to marry him.”
“What? You didn’t say yes, did you?”
“Actually, I did. I know it’s quick, but I really like him. Plus, we’re not going to get married until after graduation, so it’ll be another year and a half.”
“Susan, I don’t’ know about this. You don’t even know this guy. What if he just wants to marry you to get to the US?”
“Well.” My voice lowered a bit, even though I was in my office with the door closed. “He doesn’t want to live in the US.”
“Where does he want to live?” She seemed puzzled.
“Oh my god.” It came out as a whisper.
“He’s also talking about Singapore and knows a business man there who’d like to hire him. I’m hoping for that.”
“For your sake, Susan, I hope you go to Singapore, too.”