Tea Leaves and Opal Necklaces

Uncle, Precautions, and Tina's Boyfriend

Match Fifteen: Uncle, Precautions, and Tina’s Boyfriend:


In between trying to get pregnant and the mothers drowning me in advice and tools to help the process, I have been keeping track of Junjie and Jianjun. Ah, yes. Those two elephants in the room. We haven’t forgotten about them. I have to put Szu and her parents’ minds at ease as long as that rapist is out on bond. I can’t have Hark looking at me with worried eyes every time I stop in and check on them. Qian is staying by Szu’s side and seeing to her well-being.

But that isn’t enough.

Five times a day, I check in on the people tailing them. Fei had some old friends in the police department.

“I have it taken care of,” he told me. “Don’t worry about it.” Still, I can’t be too careful. Junjie isn’t too smart and he doesn’t have daddy’s money to protect him anymore. But, he is pissed. I wouldn’t put it past him that he is looking for revenge. Then, there is my uncle. He’s the smarter of the two. He probably has some scheme to take over the clan cooking up already. Jianjun’s a skilled con man. He could weasel his way out of trouble with no problems.

I don’t like it.

Before I headed off to college, I made another call to Detective Guo as I cleaned up my kitchen.

“Good morning, Wang-fuern,” he said on the other line. “How you this morning?”

“I’m good,” I said. “Any changes?”

“Not really,” he said. “They’re still at that motel downtown. Your uncle was on the balcony on the phone.”

“Any sign of Junjie?”


I bit on my thumb. “I see.”

“Don’t worry, Wang-fuern. We won’t let those sons of bitches out of our sights.”

“Junjie I’m not worried about. Jianjun is the real problem.”

“I understand. We’re tailing their every move. We’ll act if they do anything suspicious. You just take care of that clan of yours.”


“Will that be all?” Detective Guo asked. I shook my head.

“No,” I said. “Just keep observing them.”

“Will do,” he said.

“Thanks again, goodbye.”


I hung up feeling just the same as before. I took in a breath and turned towards the living room.

“I’m heading out now, dear!” I said.

“Have a good day, Ju!” Yao shouted back. I turned and walked out the door. I won’t have a good day until both of them are behind bars.

I have been working to keep my clan safe. Not just them, either. Fei’s police friends helped me track down all of Junjie’s victims. For days, I called to warn them that he was out on bond. A couple of them were scared. One talked about going into hiding. An ex-girlfriend refused to be intimidated by her abuser.

“Thank you for letting me know,” she said. “I will keep an eye out.”

“Please be careful,” I pleaded.

“Oh, you bet your ass I will,” she said. Meanwhile, I focused my attention back on Szu. Man stepped up to talk with her.

“We thank you for this,” Lili said, bowing.

“I’m just happy to help,” Man said. Lili took out his wallet, but our therapist held up his hand.

“Oh, no, no, no,” he said. “You won’t need to do that.” The other man blinked at him.

“You sure?” he asked.

“It’s on the house,” Man said. Still, this wasn’t enough. Junjie may be covered, but that still left Jianjun.

Yes, him.

He’s stolen money from the clan before and we still haven’t gotten it back. It’s probably long gone by now. I groaned and rubbed my forehead on the bus. I didn’t need that. The money wasn’t the real problem either.

I leaned back and sighed.

I still have to deal with him. And I’m trying to have kid too? I puffed up my cheeks. Time to suck it up, buttercup. So far, I have had the banks alert me of suspicious activity on all of the accounts. We screen everyone we do business with. But, I feel that it’s not enough. Hen-to and Fei have been reassuring to me.

“We’ll get him when he moves,” Hen-to told me several times. But the question is how. Through all of this protection, we haven’t come up with a permanent solution. I don’t think prison will hold Jianjun. The worst thing in the world is a humiliated man. We have seen that with Junjie.

Speaking of which…

I pulled out my cell phone once I got to campus. I bit my lower lip as the other line rang.

“Hello?” a man’s voice asked. I stopped in my tracks.

“Zhong!” I said. “I’m so glad I caught you.”

“Wang-furen?” he asked. “What is it? What’s the problem?” I took in a deep breath.

“It’s Junjie,” I said. “My uncle bailed him out.”

“Okay… so?” he asked.

“I’m worried that he’ll be out for revenge. He might go after you first.” The whole time I noticed that he didn’t sound so concerned. I have seen what a humiliated man in capable of. I closed my eyes.

“I say this for your and your wife’s safety,” I said. “I have seen what a humiliated man is capable of. Junjie is that humiliated man.”

“First of all,” Zhong said. “She’s not my wife anymore. I kicked her out and we are divorced.”

“Oh…” I said in a quiet voice.

“Our divorce was finalized last week. She went to go live with her family.”

“Any plans to remarry?”

“No. It’s too much of a pain for me. I already had marriage once and look what it got me.”

I made a face. “So… What will you do now?”

“I already rewrote the will. That bitch and her son will get nothing.”

“Can ask who’s getting what, if you don’t mind?”

“My brother and mother is getting everything. My lawyer helped me make everything official. All that’s left to do is finish cleaning up the mess.”

I forced myself to smile and nod. “Ah.” This conversation wasn’t going in the way that I would’ve liked. But, I couldn’t bring myself to say anything.

“Was there anything else you wanted?” Zhong asked.

“Hm?” I asked. “Oh, not really. Anyway, please be careful.”

“I will, Wang-furen. That good-for-nothing bum and his whore mother can’t touch me. I will be fine. Thanks for the warning.”

I had sinking feeling that my words didn’t get through like I had hoped.

I don’t know. I probably just need to get into a happy mood.

“Hiya!” I heard someone shout in the hallway. I turned to see Tina walking towards me with a taller white man on her arm. For some reason, I found myself smiling.

“Hello, Tina,” I said. “Hi Dean.” Her boyfriend smiled and nodded. Tina tilted her head.

“Still having troubles with your uncle?” she asked.

“Yeah,” I said. Tina walked forward and patted me on the back.

“Aw,” she said. “Want some good news?”

“You have any?” I asked. My dear friend smiled as she put her arm around my shoulders.

“Dean and I are going to have a little party this weekend,” she said.

“What for?” I asked. Tina walked over to Dean and grabbed him by the arm.

“To celebrate our love!” she announced. Her boyfriend chuckled. I met Dean Wingard three weeks ago. He doesn’t talk much. But, Dean’s a vast improvement from her last Hannah or Naomi. Qun seemed to be okay with him.

“He’s nice,” she said in the restaurant after Tina and Dean left early. “Dean doesn’t try to take over the conversation and he lets Tina talk as much as she wants.”

“Yeah, he sure does that,” I said. “How have you been?”

“Good,” my old school friend said. “I’m getting married soon.”

“Really?” I asked. Qun showed off her engagement ring. I whistled as the diamond caught the sunlight.

“Who’s the lucky man?” I asked.

“He’s a banker,” she said. “Papa was so impressed.”

“Does he make you happy? Your fiancé, I mean.”

“Oh yes. He actually listens to me and considers me into our future. Plus, he makes me laugh and he loves to read.” I broke into a smile.

“I’m so happy for you,” I said. This was what I needed. Yao and I are trying to have a baby. Tina has a new boyfriend. And now, Qun was getting married. This could be enough to keep me from losing my mind over Jianjun and Junjie.

“How is Szu doing?” Tina asked in present day.

“Good,” I said. “Man talks to her every day to help her through this turn of events.”

“Good, good,” she said. “And you?”


“How are you holding up?”

“Oh. I’m struggling. I’m trying to keep my clan together while trying to put Jianjun and Junjie behind bars.”

“Jianjun is her uncle,” Tina explained to Dean. “Junjie is gross rapist guy.” Her boyfriend nodded once.

“Oh, you haven’t met the whole clan, have you?” I asked him.

“No,” Dean said.

“Well, we’ll have to change that,” Tina cut in.

“Whoa there!” I said. “I don’t think he’s ready for that! He still has to get through your crazy first! He won’t survive my clan, let alone Bik herself!”

“Aw, she’s still pushing you to have a child?” Tina asked.

“Yes!” I moaned. “She and the other mothers won’t give up!”

“Need a hug?” she asked.

“Yeah!” I said. Tina walked over and hugged me.

“Thanks,” I said. Dean stared at us, blinking.

“You two seem close,” he said. Tina turned to him with a huge grin on her face.

“We’re just really good friends,” she said. I smiled as I held up my thumb. I know, I will go back to tracking Jianjun and Junjie and trying to get pregnant by Yao when I get home. For now, I have Tina and her happiness to revel in.

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