Tea Leaves and Red Silk

Bride, Mother, and Money

Match Ten: Bride, Mother, and Money:

-Present Day-


I stood in the mirror in my mother's wedding dress. The red silk made me look older and pale. I'm amazed that it fits me. Mother was a tiny lady. I was worried that it would be tight around my breasts. The hem of the skirt could be taken up a bit. Bik sat in the corner, smiling.

"It looks great on you," she said.

"Thanks," I said, turning around. We looked up when we hear my door open. Hen-to stood with his jaw dropped the papers he was carrying scattered around his feet.

"Hen-to? What's wrong?" I asked. He covered his mouth, backing away.

"Daiyu?" Hen-to asked. Bik frowned at the expression his face. Her husband shook his head.

"Oh, I'm sorry, Ju-furen," he said.

"Please don't call me that," I said. "It's still weird." Bik got and walked out of the room.

"Bik?" I asked as the door slammed shut. Hen-to buried his head in his hands.

"Shit," he mumbled. "I did it again."


Hen-to lifted his head and sighed. "I didn't want to say it like this." He sat down on the floor. I tilted my head, pursing my lips.

My mother's wedding dress was folded up and put back in its box. I sat on the truck staring Hen-to down.

"Why did Bik look so upset just now?" I asked. Hen-to flopped back onto the floor.

"I was in love with your mother," he said.

"Okay… Why is that a problem?"

He turned his head with a look of despair. "I'm still in love with her."

I about feel off the trunk. "What?!"

"In the beginning it her, Fei, and I. We had a triangle between us." Hen-to began chuckling. "Fei and I used fight about who would marry your mother. We were the first real friends Daiyu ever had."

"So what happened?"

"Your father came along."


Hen-to sat up. "I had never seen your mother so happy before in my life. When Daiyu fell in love, she fell hard.Granted, the boss was a good man. A little too up-tight for my taste, but still a good man. We were just…"


"Yeah." He broke down chuckling. "It's ironic, really. Fei and I ended working for our romantic rival. I don't know if it was his or her idea, though. Probably both of them thought of it together." Hen-to lay back down on my bedroom floor. "I do love Bik. She's one of the greatest things that happened to me. Fei can say the same thing about his wife too. But we can't get away from our first love." Hen-to put his arm over his eyes. "I lost your mother twice. The day she got married and the day she died." I didn't how to respond to this. I have hear the stories of the Hen-to-father-mother-Fei love rectangle before. But Hen-to still loved my mother? I thought he would've gotten over her by now. Was that why Bik stormed off like that? I was about to speak when my phone rang.

"Excuse me," I said. I flipped open my phone. "Hello?" It didn't take me long to bolt up standing. "You found where the money went?" I ran out of the room with my phone to my ear.

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