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Chapter 3 - Looking Through Your Eyes

 
Chi Shan and Kwan were looking for the elevators that would take them to the restaurant when Fei and Chin Chin approached them from the opposite entrance.  Since Chin Chin’s rescue five months ago, Kwan had only seen her on three occasions.   The first time was when Chin Chin payed a surprise visit to her at the office and brought lunch to thank her for saving her life.
 
The second time was at an invitation by Chin Chin for dinner to thank her for taking care of her late brother’s apartment.  Kwan knew that was just an excuse for her and Fei to meet up again, so she requested for Chi Shan to come along.  It was also that same night when Fei gave her a bank draft for her portion of the down-payment for the apartment they were planning to purchase.  She was very surprised the agent and seller were willing to refund the full deposit after they revoked the contract.  But Fei remained impassive to her surprise.
 
The third time was a coincident.  It happened at the movie theatre.  Chin Chin and Fei were seated just two rows in front of Kwan and her friend, Megan, who happened to be visiting from the States.  Fifteen minutes into the movie, Kwan asked Megan if it was alright to skip the film.  Sensing her distraction since saying hello to Fei and Chin Chin, Megan was happy to grant her friend the deliverance.  However, she had to force it out of Kwan as to what was bothering her.  That night, Kwan found consolation as she shared the circumstances of her breakup for the first time.  That was two months ago and Kwan had not seen Chin Chin since.
 
Fei, on the other hand, had been relentless.  When he saw Kwan leaving the theatre, he came after her asking what was wrong.  Kwan had to fabricate a lie; telling him a client had just paged her to which she must attend to immediately. 
 
That same night, when she returned home shortly after midnight, Fei was waiting for her at the parking lot.  Somehow, Fei found out she lied about the client and was upset, thinking something bad had happened to her.  When she entered her home, Ah Kit told her that Fei was over before 10 pm and had been waiting for her since.  That was when Kwan decided she needed space and closure from Fei and their relationship. 
 
Over the next two months, Fei and Chin Chin had sent numerous invitations to Kwan for breakfast, lunch and dinner to which she had managed to turn down or avoided because she simply wasn’t ready to share any meals with them.   However, she had not been successful in avoiding Fei the few times when the invitation was initiated by Chi Shan.
 
Today was a classic example.  Chi Shan asked her to meet him at the bar to discuss a case.  Kwan was not expecting Fei to show up.  In fact, she made Chi Shan promise that Fei would not be present.  On the way to the restaurant, Chi Shan still swore he never told Fei about their meeting.  Chi Shan insisted it was fate that Fei happened to be there.  Now watching as Fei and Chin Chin approached, Kwan knew in her heart that the decision she made two months ago must be carried out as soon as possible.          
 
“Kwan, I am so glad your Dad and Auntie are alright.” Chin Chin offered her condolences upon seeing Kwan.          
 
“Thank you!  We are so glad they didn’t board the flight.”  Kwan responded genuinely.  “But it’s a sad day for others who have lost their loved ones on the flight.”          
 
Chin Chin nodded in agreement.  She smiled timidly.  “Thank you for inviting me to dinner,” she gestured her gratitude by giving Kwan a firm grip on the forearm.
 
Kwan had always been aware Chin Chin desperately wanted their friendship to go to a deeper level, she now felt small for not being able to reciprocate.  She took a quick glance towards Fei and could tell he read her thoughts. 
 
Kwan then turned back to Chin Chin with a smile.  “It’s the least I can do.  After all, you treated me to lunch and a dinner to which I haven’t return the honor yet.”           
 
Having said that, the elevator doors opened and everyone stepped inside.  The doors were starting to close but they suddenly halted when a hand struck in between.  The doors jerked opened again and a woman quickly stepped in and pressed the button to the floor she wanted to go to.
 
Chi Shan was shocked to see Man Yuen Lan.  “Ah Man?”
 
 
 
Ah Man was just as as shocked and let out a gasp.  “Chi Shan?”           
 
Then Ah Man heard her name and recognized it was from Kwan.  When she greeted her, Ah Man also noticed Fei and greeted him. “Tsui Sir.”             
 
“Hi Ah Man,” Fei responded politely and followed her gaze.  She was looking at Chin Chin.  Fei first made the introduction to Chin Chin.  “This is Man Yuen Lan, she used to work at the station.” 
 
To Ah Man, “This is Leung Chin Chin.”  Fei continued with a bit of comprehensiveness in his voice.  “Leung Sir’s sister.”           
 
Immediately Ah Man felt her stomach dropped because standing next to her was the sister of the man whom her father was in jail for brutally murdering a year and a half ago.  She nodded at Chin Chin as a form of greeting.  She felt uncomfortable but was glad to be interrupted.
 
“When did you come back?” Asked Chi Shan.
 
“Just two days ago,” Ah Man replied.  She could tell Chi Shan was not impressed by being kept out of the loop.  She was glad when the elevator doors opened to the floor of her destination.  “My friends are waiting for me. I got to go.  Bye!”           
 
Ah Man stepped out of the elevator and dashed away before anyone could say a proper good-bye.  Certainly before Chi Shan could call after her.  The elevator doors closed and continued on as Chi Shan stood momentarily with a puzzling look on his face.           
 
Fei tapped his shoulder and asked teasingly. “Your face tells me you want to go back down to the 5th floor to look for her.”           
 
It took Chi Shan a few more seconds to register what Fei just said.  He looked at Fei and addressed him with a rebuttal.  “Since when did you start reading people’s face?”            
 
Fei continued to tease him. “Just don’t want anyone to lose their appetite by looking at your puzzling face, especially when it’s so rare for Kwan to be treating.”           
 
“Right, more like someone else might lose their appetite by looking at your face,” Chi Shan bantered back.
 
“That’s normal!”  Fei addedn and the jovial mood returned to the elevator closet as they rode their way to the 12th floor to the restaurant.
 
“Yeah, better eat up tonight because it may be a long time before I’ll treat again!” Kwan added as they stepped out of the elevator to look for their reserved room.  “Especially at a place like this!”‚Äč
 
  
Half way into the eight-course dinner, Ah Kit was curious why his dad and Bui Yee’s changed their travel itinerary.           
 
“So you guys were supposed to go to Egypt, what made you change your mind last minute?”  Ah Kit asked.  “You could have told us on Friday when you called.”           
 
Bui Yee’s eyes met Fei’s.  “I guess we ought to be glad you broke up with Kwan; otherwise, we would not be here having dinner together.”           
 
Mr. Mo turned to Kwan who was sitting next to him and gently padded her head as a playful reprimand.  “And Kwan, you have to remember you don’t have to suffer alone.  Good thing Ah Kit heard you quietly crying in your room.  He also told us you were always at home and that Ah Fei had to our home for months.”           
 
“And we noticed you always avoided talking about Fei whenever we called,” Bui Yee turned to Kwan.  “So, we put two and two together and knew something must have happened.”           
 
“You didn’t have to worry about me, I am used to breaking up.” Kwan tried to force a smile.  “I didn’t want to interrupt your travel plans.”           
 
“We were concerned about you.  We can’t go on with our travel plans knowing my little princess is unhappy!”  Mr. Mo added.           
 
Bui Yee noticed the guilt striken facial expression on Fei and the withdrawn, yet helpless expression on Kwan.  She then turned to Chin Chin.  “It’s all about fate’s timing.  You came back, they broke up, and we escaped death today.  Life could be gone any minute.  We must not dwell in the past but cherish the present.”           
 
Chin Chin nodded in agreement to what Bui Yee said.  When she turned to look at Fei, she watched as he lifted his gaze across the table.
 
At the exact same moment, Kwan felt a gentle gravitational pull of her head and found herself looking directly into Fei’s eyes.  Once again, they were both taken by surprise of the love that they saw while looking through each other’s eyes.
 
 
Ending Song = Looking Through Your Eyes - by Bryan White and Carrie Underwood