Tea Leaves and Green Jade


Match Twenty-Three: Tsunami:

Tina happened to be coming out of convenient store across from the park when an interesting site caught her eye. She paused when she noticed slicked back brown hair under the sun. Tina tilted her head, puzzled. Is that who I think it is? She took slow steps across the street for a better look. The owner of the slicked back brown hair happened to turn and look up. When their eyes met, Tina slowly shook her head.

No way!

The man narrowed his eyes at her. "Tina?" The wild American dropped her groceries at her feet.

"Stefan?" she asked. The Belgian man gave her a charming smile.

"Still curvy, I see," he said. Tina raised an eyebrow at him.

"In what way do you mean?" she asked. Stefan put up his hands in the air.

"I mean that in a good way," he replied.

"Heh, in that case, you are forgiven." However, Tina's mood changed as she realized something. "Speaking of which, what are you doing here in China?" Stefan gave her a little chuckle.

"I am in love again," he replied.

"With who?"

"Ju, of course."

Tina gave him a rather puzzled look. "Huh?"

"I am in love with Ju again."

"You can't be serious."

"But I am, dear Tina."

She didn't want to believe what she was hearing at first. "Aren't you married?" Tina asked. Stefan shrugged his shoulders as he turned back to his coffee. That reaction was all that she needed to know. She clenched her fists by her sides.

"Go home," Tina hissed under her breath. Stefan looked up at her with a puzzled look on his face.

"Excuse me?" he asked.

"Go home, Stefan!" Tina snapped again. "You have no place here!"

"And why do you say that?" the Belgian man asked with an eyebrow raised.

"You are married!"


Tina gritted her teeth as she gave it her all not to scream at this playboy. "She's now the leader of her clan. I will not have anything ruin her! Go home!"

Stefan looked rather surprised to hear this. "Ju's now the leader of her clan?"

"Yes!" Tina shouted. "And right now is not a good time for you to see her! Just go home already!" The Belgian man put up his hands.

"Alright, alright," he said. "I get your point." Tina took in a deep breath.

"Good," she said. "Get going now!"

"Okay," he said. Stefan rose to his feet and walked away. The wild American woman didn't move until she was sure that he was out of her sight. She took another breath once the crisis had passed.

It's a good thing I stopped that from causing a mess, she thought. Ju didn't really need to know about this, of course. She's already got enough plans on her plate.


Well that was a waste of my time. Stefan didn't even show up at the park like we had planned. I ended waiting until sundown under the tree where we first fooled around. I tried to call him, but he wouldn't pick up. The more I kept looking at my phone and waiting, the more frustrated I became.

Where is he? Something told me that this was a bad idea in the first place. I looked out at the setting sun in front of me. I want to go home…

I unlocked my front door, sighing. What did I go and do that for? The only thing I thought of now was doing my homework, taking a bath, and going to bed.

"Ju!" I heard someone shout as I opened the door. I turned around and my jaw just dropped. Stefan walked up my driveway with that charming smile he had on his face all those years ago.

"Ello," he greeted me. I didn't have the words I wanted to say to him. Part of me hoped to be dreaming right now.

"Is that really you?" I asked. Stefan walked up to me and took hold of my waist.

"Of course!" he said. I blinked at him as I tried to think of a way to reply.

"What do you want?" I asked. Stefan flashed his famous grin at me.

"What else?" he asked. "I want you back." I opened my mouth to speak, but he was quick to shush me. My heart raced in my chest as he was about to kiss me. We can't be doing this. Stop! Stop!

"Ju! I have found a lead on Huan's boyfriend!" someone shouted at me. Stefan and I looked up to see Yao walking up my driveway with a folder in his hand. My eyes grew big in panic as he slowed to a stop. I looked between both me—my past and my future. How did it turn into this? Yao raised an eyebrow at us.

"What's going on here?" he asked.

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