Tea Leaves and Opal Necklaces

Donkey Boy Meets Butterfly Girl

Match Twenty: Donkey Boy Meets Butterfly Girl:

Having successfully hooked Hen-to up with Bik, it was time to find Fei a date too. In Khai’s eyes, Fei wasn’t as brash and complicated as Hen-to. But, he wasn’t stupid either. He probably had a close about his plans to marry him and Hen-to off just to have Daiyu all to himself.

He resolved to try anyway.

Khai walked up to the Song House and knocked on the door.

“Coming,” Fei mumbled from inside. Khai waited patiently. This was the perfect time to get the “Donkey Boy” as he mentally nicknamed him. When Hen-to was around, Fei was more likely to follow his lead just to avoid conflict. Divide and conquer. Khai looked up when the door opened. Fei stood in his sleepwear, rubbing his eyes.

“Good morning!” Khai greeted him with a smile. Fei narrowed his eyes.

“Boss?” he asked. “What are you doing here? What time is it?”

“Time for you to be up,” the clan leader said. “Anyway, I just stopped by to talk. Can I come in?” Fei narrowed his eyes at him.

“Okay…” he said. The man moved aside and the clan leader inside. Khai knew that once he was inside, the plan could proceed as fit.


Now for the girl. She had to be of decent class and social standing. Bik was in med school after all. What shall Fei’s match be? Khai spend eight weeks looking for the right girl The first two were a bust. He didn’t want to go for a rich, spoiled princess. But a girl from the streets was out of the question. Khai rubbed his forehead.

“Are my expectations too high?” he wondered. Nah, he was probably looking in the wrong place. He turned to Hen-to and Bik for help. At first, he wasn’t too keen on the idea.

“Why are you asking me to help you get Fei a date?” he asked.

“Uh… well… he’s going to need someone to settle down with,” Khai lied. He forced himself to say that with a straight face. Hen-to looked at him with a flat expression on his face.

“You just want Daiyu to yourself,” he muttered under his breath.

“Excuse me?” Khai asked. Hen-to forced himself to smile.

“I’ll be happy to help,” he lied. What he really wanted to say was, “I’m onto you. You are not fooling us. You’re lucky you’re finding good women for us.” The man did say it of course, in his head. Khai bowed his head.

“Thank you so much,” he said. Hen-to frowned.

“Where do we start?” he asked. That first night got Khai a little bit further than he thought he could alone. By the end of week three, the search was narrowed down to ten girls. Five by week four. Then two by week seven. Khai looked at the photograph on his desk.

“Hm,” he said. Hen-to took a look at the picture with him.

“She looks cute,” he said. Khai looked at the background of their candidate.

“She comes from a nice family,” he said. “Decent grades, smart, and in the middle class.” The clan leader smiled as he made up his mind.

“I think we have a winner for Fei,” he said. Next came the meeting and set up. The clan leader decided to look in a sensible place. He found out that his woman of choice for Fei worked in the public library as volunteer during that summer. The children’s section to be exact. Khai straightened up his clothes before going inside.

The library had just opened for the morning. Khai walked in as the employees and volunteers were getting everything ready for the day. His eyes scanned for the children’s section. He spotted one of the librarian’s behind the desk.

“Excuse me,” he said. The middle-aged woman looked up.

“Can I help you?” she asked.

“Ah yes,” Khai said. “I have never been to this library before and I want to check it out. I wanted to start out with your children’s section. Could you point out where it is to me?” The librarian gave him a blank stare.

“Sure,” she said. “It’s over that way.” She pointed to her left.

“Oh, thank you,” the clan leader said, bowing. He turned and headed into that direction. He spotted his target woman shelving books in the toddler section. She looked just like she did in the photograph. Khai smiled to himself and walked over to the woman.

“Excuse me,” he said. The woman looked up just as she was picking up more books.

“Yes, can I help you?” she asked. The clan leader cleared his throat.

“Good morning,” Khai said.

“Good morning,” the volunteer said back. He bowed with grace.

“My name is Liao Khai,” the young man said. “And you are…?” The young woman blinked at him at first.

“Oh…” she said. “I’m Fok Cai.”

“Nice to meet,” Khai said.

“Nice to meet you too,” Cai said. Khai smiled to himself. He managed to ease her into conversation until the first patrons walked into the library. The clan leader had his target and already began planning out the date for Song Fei.

Let’s see what happens next.


-Day of the First Date-

“You don’t have to do this, you know?” Hen-to said as he straightened Fei’s tie. His old friend looked him in the eye.

“Should I cancel?” he asked. Hen-to sighed.

“I guess it would be too late to cancel,” he said. “Look buddy, you don’t have to rely on to guide you along in life.” Fei tilted his head.

“When have I ever done that?” he asked.

“Since we were kids,” Hen-to said. “You’ve all looked to decide where went and what we would do.”

“That’s because you knew what to do among our circle,” Fei said. “You were our leader.”

“Who decided that?”

“It just happened that way.”

Hen-to sighed. “Never mind. Just decide what you want to do from now on, okay?”

“Okay…” Fei said. His old friend smacked him on the back.

“Good luck, man,” Hen-to said.

“Ow,” the other man said under his breath.


Fei was to meet his date at the local library. Khai told him that she worked here as a volunteer.

“She’ll get off early today,” he said. “You have to meet her at the front entrance at noon.” Fei looked at his watch. Just a little bit early. Okay, this could work out. He took a deep breath. Act natural and treat her nicely. Fei nodded to himself.

I can do this.

“Excuse me,” a woman’s voice said. The young man turned his head. A woman about his age glanced up at him. Her long white flowing skirt came down to her ankles. Her light blouse clung to her torso. She nervously looked at her hands. Fei raised his eyebrow.

“Can I help you?” he asked. The woman shuffled her feet for a bit.

“Are you Song Fei?” she asked. Her cheeks turned light pink.

“Uh…” she said. “My name is Fok Cai. I believe I am your date today.” Fei stared her with big eyes. Wow! He could’ve sworn that he heard angels singing. The young man cleared his throat.

“Nice to meet you,” he said. Cai bowed back.

“Same to you,” she said. Fei held out his arm.

“Shall we go?” he asked.

“Oh… Okay,” Cai said. She took hold of his arm. The couple began walking down the street. His date looked so beautiful under the gentle sunlight. Was it possible for a woman to have such fair skin? Fei took in a slow breath. He had to blink several times. No, this was really happening. Don’t screw this up. You’ve only gotten started. Don’t panic. Relax. This is only the first date and you’ve just met. Fei smiled and turned to his date.

“Right,” he said. “So where do you want to go?”

“I’ll go where you want to go,” she said. Her date whistled to himself. Hen-to told him to be his own man for a change. Maybe Khai did this for Fei to do so. The young man smiled to himself.

“You know,” he said. “There is this little bistro I always wanted to check out. Have you eaten yet?”

“No,” Cai said.

“Excellent,” Fei said. “I think you’re going to like it.” The pair rounded the corner.


-Present Day-

Cai, Fei, and Kee all sat at the kitchen table eating dinner. Fei peeked up at his wife. A little smile came onto his face. Cai happened to look up and catch a glance.

“What is it, dear?” she asked. Fei shrugged his shoulders.

“Oh, nothing,” he said. The man put down his chopsticks. “Thank you for dinner.” Fei picked up his bowl and walked into the kitchen. Cai sat, blinking. Kee didn’t even look up as he rolled his eyes.

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