Tea Leaves and White Pearls

Naked, Sex Ed, and Connie Chatterley

Match Nine: Naked, Sex Ed, and Connie Chatterley:

-Ju-

On Saturday back at my house, I took off all my clothes and looked at myself in front of a full-length mirror. I haven't done this since I was twelve years old. Back then, I was skinny, flat-chested, and looked younger than my actual age. Today at age eighteen, I have some curves to my body now. My breasts have grown to about a full C-cup, almost a D. I still look like I'm in junior high. Plus, I look tanned today. I took down my ponytails and looked at myself that way. A smile twitched on my face. I look really like this. Maybe I should wear my hair down like this more often. It definitely makes me look two years older, almost close to my actual age even. I probably could…

Hang on. When have I ever had this? I noticed a small, dark brown mole just below my right breast. It didn't look serious, but have I always had that there? I think I need to check that out. On that thought, my phone began to ring in my shoulder bag. The sound made me jump before I came to my senses. I threw on an oversized t-shirt and reached inside the front pocket of my school bag.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Oh, Ju!" I heard Bik on the other line, "Just the girl I wanted to talk to."

"I wanted to talk to you as well," I said, "And why?"

"A package of papers that was meant for you got sent to my house by mistake," she replied.

"Okay, thanks for letting me know," I said, "I'll be right over. I have something to ask you anyway."

"Alright," the nurse told me.

"See you there," I said. I hung up and changed clothes. In one minute, I was at the Chang house. Bik, Hen-to, Biao, and Chih live three houses down from me. Our houses are in a circular villa like a mini-village in a sense. I walked up and knocked on the door.

"Hello there, Ju," Bik greeted me, "Come on in." I followed her into the house.

"So, what can I do for you?" she asked.

"I need you to check something for me," I said. I lifted up my shirt and pointed to that mole under my right breast. "Is it serious?" I asked. Bik gave me a warm smile.

"It's fine," she said coolly, "It's just a harmless little mole. Your mother had the same thing in the same spot."

"She did?" I asked. The nurse giggled at me when I asked her that.

"Your father called it her beauty mark," she said.

"Well, that's too much information for me," I said as I lowered my shirt. Another thought crossed my mind. "Bik," I spoke up.

"Yes, dear?" she asked.

"How do you know when it's a good idea to sleep with a man?" I asked outright. The nurse looked up at me with big eyes.

"What?" she asked. I slowly sat down at the kitchen table. The nurse's face became paler than snow.

"Ju, what did you do?" she asked in a stern voice. I buried my head in my hands.

"I made quite a mistake three nights ago," I said in a muzzled voice.

"What did you do, Ju?" Bik asked. I lifted my head in distress.

"I slept with Yao that night," I admitted. Her jaw all but dropped.

"Ju, you didn't!" she said. I pressed my lips together as I nodded. The nurse leaned in closer to my face.

"Did he use protection?" she whispered. I shook my head.

"Ju!" Bik said with a gasp, "I taught you better than that!"

"I had Tina get some emergency contraceptive," I admitted. The nurse breathed out in relief.

"Thank goodness," she said, "But you just can't be sleeping around under prepared like that. What if he had some disease that you couldn't cure. You know AIDS and HIV is a serious problem in this country. Don't even get me started on babies. This is your last year of high school. I know that you are an adult now, but please for my sanity, be more careful about this if there ever is a next time!"

"Yes, Bik," I said with a nod. Somehow, her lecture made me feel much better. To be honest, I don't know why I told her all of that. Maybe I just wanted some to lecture me on what I did. In a way leading up to this point, I felt like Connie Chatterley after she got pregnant by Oliver Mellors trying to work out the divorce with Clifford in Lady Chatterley's Lover. I could even see myself as Connie and Yao being Oliver after that night. The question now would be how many more times would something like that night occur before I completely lost myself. I shuddered to think about the moment when and what would happen. Would I be able to pick up the pieces after that happened? What would remain and what would be lost to be forever?

"Miss, are you feeling okay?" I heard outside of my head.

"Yes!" I said as I lifted my head. Bik put a hand on my forehead, but I pushed it away.

"Seriously, I'm fine," I insisted, "Where are the papers that you said that got mailed here?"

"Oh, right," she said, "I have them right here. Hang on." She disappeared down the hallway and came from with a brown envelope in the hand. I took them as I stared at her.

"Thank you," I said. I bowed and walked out the door. I wondered if I was Connie and Yao was Oliver, then who was Clifford in this case. I dreaded to even know what the answer was. It would probably leave me was a bad taste in my mouth if I dug too deeply into it.

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