Tea Leaves and Green Jade

Big Problems, Old Flame, and Dilemma

Match Twenty-Two: Big Problems, Old Flame, and Dilemma:

-Ju-

What the hell is happening here? I don't even know if Huan is telling the truth here. Yao insisted that he'll take care of it, but I feel there was still something missing from this puzzle. That's not the only thing I'm worried about, however.

Szu was raped and she refuses to open up about it. I can't help if she doesn't talk to us. We can't force it out of her either. I sighed as I buried my face into my pillow. It looked like she would have to come forward by herself. My heart went out to her for all of the suffering that she is feeling right now. I just wish that I can do something for her, you know? I rolled over onto my back. Between that and why some of our money is gone, I was having a time here. Add that on the weird files on had on my flash drive…

My cell phone buzzed on my nightstand. I reached over and flipped it open to my ear.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Ju?" a graceful male's voice asked on the other line. I sat up with such a shock.

"Stefan?" I asked.

"Why yes," he replied. "I'm in Beijing now." A confused look came over my face.

"What?" I asked.

"I'm at the airport at Beijing."

"Why?"

"I came to see you again."

My brain couldn't grasp where this was headed. At first, I hoped, yes hoped, that this was a prank. Somehow, I didn't really want that to be the case either. I narrowed my eyes as I tried to think of a way to respond.

"You're joking, right?" I asked. I waited for him to respond.

"No," Stefan answered. "My plane just landed here about twenty minutes ago." I didn't know how to react to that.

"Okay…" I said. "But why?"

"I came here to see you," Stefan repeated.

"But why?" I repeated. His next words sent me deeper into the confusing spiral. I didn't expect to hear him say those words again.

"Because I have fallen in love with you again," Stefan said without a single thought. My jaw just dropped. I slowly shook my head.

"No…" I murmured. This can't be right. I have to stop this before it gets out of hand. "Listen…" I began to say. Stefan wouldn't hear me out.

"I will meet you at the park where we used to have our dates," he said. "You remember the place, right?" I nodded as I drew my mouth closed.

"The park's still there, yeah?" he asked.

"Yes," I said. "I think so."

"Great, I'll meet you there in thirty minutes. Bye, my love," Stefan said in a flirty tone. He hung up before I could say a word. I stared blankly at my phone. My heart and stomach both turned. This is wrong. I should not be doing this.

Yet in ten minutes, I put on my shoes and head out the door.

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