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Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8  

Chapter 9  

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Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

 
 

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  Chapter 5

Jenny finds Sandra already slurping down her soup. She looks up and sees Jenny come running into the restraunt with a big smile on her face. Jenny slides into the booth and plops her backpack under the table. Sandra is an attractive 34 year old Chinese woman who immigrated with her parents when she was only 2. She has a bubbly..has an energetic personality and never takes “no” for an answer..


Sandra
What’s up Sista? What are you so happy about? Did Russel Wong show up in your class or something? (laughs)

Jenny (still beaming)
Hey..that’s funny! After class tonight two guys in suits came up to me and asked if I would do private lessons for some Chinese actor trying to make it in Hollywood for ..get this!…$100 a lesson! Look here’s their card that they gave me.. (hands the card to Sandra)

Sandra (Squeals)
Oh my god! I know who this guy is Jennifer! He’s Jet Li! The famous Martial Arts guy who just starred in Lethal Weapon 4 with Mel Gibson.. Don’t you remember him? He strangled the asian guy with his prayer beads?

Jenny (puzzled)
I don’t understand. Why would they want to hire me when they could have hired someone from Culver City easily?

Sandra
Ah… they must have talked to someone at the bank or something. I am pretty sure they probably have an account there. They may have wanted someone that could speak good Mandarin and English and I am sure you were the only person Dad thought of. Dad brags about you a lot! You should hear him sometimes..

Jenny
We can ask him tonight if he had talked to anyone about me.. They want me to call and let them know. Gee.. I am kind of nervous now.. He’s not going to Karate chop my stomach if he gets mad is he?? (laughs)

Sandra
Oh no.. Jen. I have heard nothing but great things about his guy. From what I have read in the magazines..he seems pretty down to earth. When are you going to call?

Jenny
Well… I think I am going to talk to Dad and then probably call tomorrow after class. Do you think Dad will be upset that I won’t be able to work in the bank this summer as a teller?

Sandra
Not at all.. He will be so proud of you doing this job. Jet Li is very distinguished. Becareful though! Once the Chinese community gets wind of you doing this then I am sure the gossip will start flying. I wouldn’t tell anyone else because I know Jet may be nice but he is also a very private and secluded person. He has had some freaky fans do some pretty outrageous things in his past. I heard that one time in Hong Kong while he was riding in the elevator up to his appartment a crazy fan stopped the elevator and even tried to get his undies off him (laughs)

Jenny
Wow! That is scary! Well, let’s eat and then we can go home and tell Mom the good news. Did you order mine yet?

Sandra
Of course I did.. Hey.. you know I am completely jealous right! All my Chinese friends would go nuts if I told them what your doing!

Jenny
Well maybe it’s good that we keep it a secret then..

Sandra (smiles)
I agree..

Sandra and Jenny walk through the door of Mrs. Wang’s two story home. It is very traditional with Chinese artwork adorning the walls and has a warm inviting atmosphere. Mrs. Yang is in the kitchen cooking noodles. She is testing one with a fork when the two women walk into the kitchen and park themselves at the breakfast bar. Mrs. Wang peers over her bi-focals and smiles..

Mrs. Wang
I can tell you girls are up to something.. What have you done now?

Sandra
Mom! Why would you think we were up to something (sneaky grin)

Mrs. Wang
Oh..maybe because you usually are up to some kind of mischief or another! You would think you would have grown out of that already..being grown women! Tsk..tsk..tsk.. (shakes her head)

Sandra (Mandarin)
Mom..Jenny has some great news!

Jenny (Mandarin)
Yes.. I do! But can I tell you in English ?(laughs) ..

Mrs. Wang
Oh.. let me come and sit with my tea.. I can tell this is going to be something I need to sit down for.. First-things-First ..Are you pregnant?

Jenny (laughs)
Of course not! I have to find a date first! No..that’s not it. Has Dad mentioned anything about someone asking around for an English instructor?

Mrs. Wang (sips her tea)
Well.. hmm.. Actually yes. He said something last week about a gentleman coming into the bank to make a large deposit. I guess he and Dad had quite the conversation.

Jenny
Well, that must have been Mr. Yi then. He came to see me today to ask me if I would teach a Chinese actor privately. Sandra think it must be Jet Li..

Mrs. Wang ( chokes on her tea)
This is a joke right? Ok.. now you can tell me what you are really up to..

Jenny
Well.. that’s what we think.. We can’t think of anyone else it might be.

Mrs. Wang
Hmm… You should probably discuss this with Father..I don’t think it’s healthy for a young woman your age to be hanging out with martial arts actors.. I hear they are wild men!

Sandra and Jenny both look at each other and laugh.

Jenny
Oh Mom! Your being silly. I am calling Mr. Yi in the morning to say “yes” Besides he’s paying me $100 a lesson. I can’t let that chance pass me by. I could pay for my trip to China next summer with that kind of cash.

Mrs. Wang
Now you know Father would give you the money for the trip if you would only ask.

Jenny
I know. But you all have been so kind to me already.. this I can do by myself..

Sandra
Ok Mom back off.. She’s a big girl. I hear they are having a Karaoke contest down at the restraunt tonight. Are we going? I call wait to hear Suzie Pai try to peel the paint off the walls trying to sing “Evita” again (laughs)

Mrs. Wang
Yes..Let’s go. I have been practicing all day singing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. I am sure to win tonight..(looks at both women and giggles)


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The following day Jenny closes up her classroom. And hurries home to call Mr. Yi.

Jenny (phone to her ear)
Is this Mr. Yi? Yes? This is Jennifer Logue. You gave me your buisness card last night.

Mr. Yi
Ah..yes.. I am glad that you have called. I take it you are calling to respond to the job offer?

Jenny
Well..Yes.. I am.

Mr. Yi
Do you have to teach tonight?

Jenny
Well no..But I wasn’t expecting to start so soon.

Mr. Yi
No…I just want to get together to discuss a few things before you meet my employer.

Jenny
I understand. Can I ask who he is?

Mr. Yi
Sure.. You have heard of Jet Li the famous Wushu Champion and martial arts action movie star right?

Jenny(Smiles)
Yes.. I remember seeing him on Lethal Weapon 4. Is he your employer?

Mr. Yi
Yes..So we need to sit down and discuss your contract with Mr. Li as soon as possible because he is slated to shoot a movie here in four months and frankly his English needs a lot of help.

Jenny
Alright. I understand. Where can we meet? I prefer not to meet in Chinatown anywhere because of the gossiping..you understand?

Mr. Yi (laughs)
Yes.. I agree that’s not the best place. How about we meet for dinner tonight around 7p.m. at Sam’s. It’s the third exit off of the Pasedena freeway..Do you know where it is?

Jenny(Smiles)
Yes.. I will be there at 7. See you later then.

Mr. Yi
Alright then .. Goodbye Miss Logue.

At 6p.m. Sandra is in Jenny’s closet trying to find something cool for her to wear to her dinner appointment.

Sandra
How about this dress?

Jenny
No..I am not in the mood for a dress. I am just going to wear my black slacks and blue shirt. Do you think that’s too casual?

Sandra (smiles)
No.. It looks great with those baby blues of yours..lucky thing!

Jenny
Thanks sis! Hey! I had better hurray.. I don’t want to be late and I hate driving on that darn freeway. Pass me my lipstick will you?

Sandra (laughs)
Sure here you go.. Hey is this Yi guy cute? Do you think he’s single?

Jenny
I wasn’t looking for a ring on his fingers but he’s wasn’t too bad looking. He has a cute smile..that’s about all I noticed. Well..I gotta go.. Hey will you ask Dad where my box of old family pictures are? I need to look through them later.

Sandra
Sure thing..why?

Jenny (smiles)
Oh..I will tell you later..Are you going back to your apartment or are you staying here tonight?

Sandra
I ‘m staying girlfriend! I want to hear about your date tonight!

Jenny (laughs on her way out the door)
I will tell you everything..later!!

Jenny runs out the door and hops in her Beetle..She arives at Sams’s at 6:50 and breathes a sigh of relief that she made in one piece on the freeway.. The restraunt is all but empty except for a young couple snuggling in a booth in the corner. Mr. Yi is sitting in a booth drinking a beer and wearing jeans and a shirt. They discuss the privacy issue and days when Mr. Li is available for lessons. Jenny orders Yakisoba and Mr. Yi (Steve) orders Moo Goo Gai Pan. Jenny is relaxed and the conversation amiable.

Steve Yi
Ok…You will come to his house next Tuesday then?

Jenny
Why does it have to be at his house? I don’t know if I am too comfortable with that arrangement.

Steve Yi
Well.. I am sorry. I should have explained everything better. Mr. Li doesn’t leave the house very often because he is uncomfortable about being accosted by uncontrollable fans. So, he prefers to have his lessons at the house. You understand? You will be completely safe. I will be at the house whenever you are there. Ok?

Jenny
Alright. But if I don’t feel comfortable with this set up..I will let you know ASAP. Understand?

Steve Yi
Yes.. Here is the address.. Just push the button on the speaker at the end of the driveway and security will open the gates for you. Don’t worry about dinner.. I have taken care of it already..

Jenny
Ok.. Thanks.

Jenny climbs back into her Beetle and decides to take the back road home to avoid the freeway.. It’s longer but she needs time to think. She pops in a “Garth” tape and heads for home.

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Written by Isabel Hodge
 





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