Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Taking a deep breath her hair caught in the wind. Her eyes wandered over the rolling buildings, lit bright with warm lights. The stars reflected off the deep waters of the canals, lovers sat in longboats, dewy-eyed and peaceful. Chairzhong couldn't help the smile that took over her face.
People say Paris is the city of love but, the women thought, Seville was a close second.
Smiling she inhaled deeply. Tomorrow she would be leaving this city to find bigger and better. Well, maybe not bigger or better, but...different. Pulling her shaw tighter she turned and went back inside, just a few more things to pack up and then they would be done.
Upon entering laughs filled her ears. Turning the corner she saw her husband, holding her son upside down, their daughter was tickling his stomach making the boy laugh hysterically. Chairzhong smiled and shook her head, slipping the shaw off her shoulders.
Looking up her husband catches her eye and throws her a lopsided grin. "Just a little pick me up, someone is a little worried about tomorrow."
Chairzhong frowned and moved towards her family. "Why are you nervous little one?" She plopped down on the couch and watched the boy as his father sat him down gently.
"What if the plane crashes on our way? What if I don't like it in Thailand? What if we all get murdered by assassins? What if I get bullied? What if-" He rambled on for a few more seconds before stopping to take a deep breath. "What if you find something better and leave us?"
Chairzhong smiled sadly at the young boy. Both of her children were adopted, each having equally sad backstories. Damion though, had an especially sad story. His mother left when he was only three and his father abused him until child services removed him from the household. He was in and out of Foster Homes for two years until Chairzhong and Min, Chairzhong's husband, adopted him.
"Why would I leave? I have everything I need right here. You, your sister, and your father are already the best things to have in my book."
The boy smiled and rushed forward hugging her tightly. Chairzhong smiled into the boys soft, fluffy hair. "Well, are you feeling better about the move now?" Chairzhong asked, pulling away from the child.
The boy shook his head and smiled, "Thank you, mom." She nodded and ruffled his hair.
"We need to get checked into the hotel and get some sleep! We're going to be so tired tomorrow!" Min said through a fake yawn.
On their way out the kids said good-bye to the house for the last time.
Later that night, once the kids were asleep in their bed, Min began to whisper to his wife. "How are you feeling about the move?" Chairzhong flipped from her back to her side, facing her husband.
"I've wanted to travel my whole life, I'm glad we're finally doing it." She paused and listened to the kids breathing for a moment. "How about you?" Min laughed lightly and kissed his wife deeply.
"You know I'm behind you 100%." She nodded and kissed his cheek.
"I know, I just, I don't know how the children are going to take it." Min pulled Chairzhong closer to him and pressed a soft kiss to her forehead. He then kissed down her cheek and to her neck, slowly unbuttoning her nightdress as he went.
"They'll be fine. They're strong, and they are just as excited as we are about Thailand, especially Melanie." Min zeroed in on her lips. Pressing a deep kiss to them his hands ran down her body. "We're the Lee-Xiong family, we're the strongest."
Chairzhong laughed and kissed her husband. "I love you Min." He smiled at her and pulled her in for a hug.
"I love you too."