Tea Leaves and White Pearls

Final Year, Silence, and Phone Call

Match Four: Final Year, Silence, and Phone Call:

-Ju-

It's my final year of high school. Not much has changed as far as I know. Tina and Qun are still close to me. My roommate's still a party animal. Li-ya's even just as annoying as ever. I shook my head to myself. I don't even care about that last part, really. Yet, somehow it just needed to be thrown out there in some way. Wow, I just wrap my around the fact that I'm going to a high graduate in two months from now. I haven't gotten to pick out which college that I want yet. I've been too busy with the clan. In fact, I have another meeting with my investors and Yao this upcoming weekend.

I paused at that last part of my thought.

Yao… It's since awkward to be around him. I can't that moment we made out in the restaurant out of my head. I still feel every moment of it. I had no idea that Yao had such strong hands. I certainly figured that out when he pinned me against the wall and wouldn't stop kissing me. I don't know what scares me more—something more will develop from this if we keep this up or that I am enjoying it all too well.

I shut my eyes and tried to think of something else. I realized that it is so quiet in my room. It's almost too quiet to be frank. I opened my eyes and did a glance around. My roommate's off with her boyfriend again tonight. That's really not a surprise anymore. Just as long as it's not disruptive to my studies, I'm okay with it. The question is, what am I going to do about this silence? I already finished my homework just hours earlier. I don't have any paperwork to do at this time. I'm too lazy to get and turn on my laptop to do anything. My mind wandered back to my clan. What are they up to now, I couldn't help but wonder.

As if on cue, my cell phone rang. I have to admit, I sat up with such a jump before my brain figured out the source of the music. Calm down, stupid! It's just your phone; pick it up and answer it! I reached over and picked up my phone.

"Hi, Bik," I said, "How are you?"

"How did you know it was me? How are you?"

I leaned against the wall. "I keep telling you, I just know when it's you." I chuckled to myself. "It's funny, I was just thinking about you guys. How is everyone?"

"Good as usual, it's been really quiet lately."

A puzzled look came over my face. "Quiet, how?"

"There's not much to do around here. The kids are busy with school and our husbands are working. I just got my shift at the clinic."

"That all?" I asked.

"Yes, why do you ask?" Bik answered. I waved it away.

"It's nothing," I said. I bit my lower lip after saying that, however. "Though, I do have a bit of a question."

"What?" Bik asked. I swallowed hard before I could let the question sip out of my lips.

"How do I get rid of unwanted sexual urges?" I blurted out with my eyes closed. The nurse didn't speak at first. I couldn't help but to get the feeling I had upset her in some way. Yet, I didn't know where else to turn at this point. I just had to suck it up and come out with it. A pause came over the phone and my stomach dropped.

"Hello?" I asked. "Bik?" My ears caught laughter so loud that I had to hold my phone away, wincing.

"Bik?" I asked when I put the phone back to my ear. It took her about five minutes to calm down and talk to me again.

"Is that all, dear?" she asked.

"Yes…" I mumbled sheepishly by this point. The nurse tried not laugh at me again on the phone. I frowned as I wished that I hadn't brought up this stupid topic in the first place.

"Oh dear me," she said, "It's about time for that talk, isn't it?"

"Talk?" I asked.

"Did you finish your homework?" Bik asked.

"Yes, why?" I asked. I narrowed my eyes at everything that she was asking me.

"Are you alone right now?" my mother figure followed-up.

"Okay, what is this for?" I asked.

"Are you alone right now?" Bik asked me again, "I don't want it to be awkward if your roommate happened to be eavesdropping on this."

"Oh…" I murmured. It made sense, I suppose; I still didn't get where she was going to take this. "Yes then," I replied, "I am alone right now."

"Good," the good nurse replied, "It's a good thing your father isn't alive to hear this. Alright, take some long breaths and lose closely. This will be a bit mature for you to handle at first, but you are a grown woman now and you need to know this."

"Right," I said trying to show that I wouldn't potentially like where this was headed.

"Are you ready to here this?" Bik asked after she took a moment on the other line to gather herself up to talk.

"I guess," I mumbled.

"You can't guess for this!" she practically shouted at me, "It's either yes or no. Now which one is it, Ju?"

"Okay, okay!" I said on the edge of a panic from the sudden change in tone, "I'm ready. Please don't yell at me."

"I apologize, my lady," she said. I sighed when I heard her say those two words.

"Bik, please," I reminded her, "You don't have to call me that; you're practically a mother to me."

"Oh, right, right," she replied, "I apologize."

"Don't," I told her, "Just tell me how to get rid of these sexual urges I do not want."

"Alright," Bik said back, "Just one more thing."

"What?" I asked.

"Are you sitting down right now?" the nurse asked.

"Yes," I replied.

"That's really good to answer," my mother-figure told me, "Because I will probably take you all night to talk about this with you."

`"It's fine with me," I said, "I don't really have much to do anyway."

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