|| Chapter 8
Jen stayed up
late describing in detail her first encounter with Jet to Sandra..
She wanted to hear every minute detail .. Even Mrs. Wang popped
in and sat on the edge of Jennys bed for a spell to hear about
Sandra (sneaky grin)
So what do you think
Jenny (lays back
on her pillow and stares at the ceiling..)
very handsome, polite, intelligent. But theres something about
him I just cant put my finger on.. its strange.
Weird. Maybe you will feel better
about him on Thursday. You are going over to his house after your
appointment with Dr. Schultz right?
Yes. I am going to be home pretty late on Thursday..but
Ill call you when I get in
Sounds good. Ive got to get going. Early morning..
Ok Sis! See you tomorrow
after class at the restaurant ok?
Sure ..sounds great. See you then..
the bedroom. Jenny takes out a match and lights her aroma candle
beside her bed and turns off the large lamp. She walks over to her
dresser and pulls out her night dress, takes down her hair and sits
down in front of her mirror, brushes her blonde locks free of tangles
and goes to the bathroom.. brushes her teeth and climbs into bed..
The candles light is flickering and shadows are dancing around
the room in a poetic ode..She sighs and remembers her first encounter
with Jet. Her mind wanders to the first time she looked into his
smiling eyes. She reaches over to her spare pillow and holds it
tight in her arms. She rubs her cheek against the soft cotton and
imagines that he is holding her tight in his arms ..protecting her
Mrs. Wang (pulls the curtains
apart to let the sunshine explode into the room..)
Ok.. Time to get up! You have slept
in again. Did you forget to set your alarm clock again. Get up..lazy
Oh no.. What time
Youre ok.. but
dont waste time in the shower.. I will have breakfast ready
for you soon. Hurray up now
Jenny hops in the shower.. Throws on her black
dress and black flats and quickly braids her hair wet. She runs
downstairs and grabs some tea and toast and runs out the door
When she gets to school she is only 10 minutes late. Little Andrew
and Shannon are at her door waiting. It was a long day at school.
The children seemed restless. As soon as the bell rings she goes
to the office to check her mail box. She grabs her new catalogues
and takes them back to her office and drops them on her desk.. She
is fidgeting with her backpack on the way out of school..trying
to find her keys. She gets to her VW Beetle and puts the key in
the door..She hears a familiar voice..
She drops her key
on the ground..
Well.. Ahemm.. Hello. What are you
Steve said that this is where you teach so I asked
him if my schedule was clear for the day and I told him I was coming
over to meet you. Do you want to go for a drive?
Well.. Yes. I dont see why not. I thought
you didnt come out of your house?
Well ..I thought about what you said about needing
to get out into the English speaking communities and I decided that
I wanted to do something today and I should ask you to join me ..if
Yes.. sure. I have
a few hours before my English class starts.. What did you have in
Oh.. I dont
know. I thought we could just drive and see where we end up. If
thats ok with you?
Sound like fun..lets go.
They both get into Jets
car and head towards LA.
Do you like amusement
parks? Roller Coaster rides?
Yes..I love to go
to amusement parks. Is there one around here?
Yes.. Steve said it should be about five miles ahead
on the left. He said that there are some great rides and games.
Lets go there ok?
Sounds great .. But arent you concerned that
you will be recognized?
No.. Not really.. I have my ball cap. That helps.
Jet manouver the car through the crowded street until they reach
the parking lot. She admires his strength and confidence. She is
a little confused by him showing up at the school. He cant
want to learn English that much.. Maybe hes really lonely
stuck up in that huge mansion. He probably doesnt get too
much company at all. Poor fella. Jet parks the car and reaches into
the back seat and grabs his dark blue ball cap and slips it on his
Looks great.. No one will recognize you.. Lets
They go through
the front gates and Jet pays for the park tickets. The walk around
for a while and talk about Beijing and his upcoming movies. She
tells him about her job at the school and her class in the evenings.
He is surprised at her dedication to teaching English to Asians.
He wants to learn everything about Jenny.
Why are you living
with the Wangs?
My mother died and I had no other
living relatives so the Wangs took me in. Sandra and I are
like sisters. They have been very kind and generous to me. Im
Ah.. I see. You have
had a very difficult life.
Yes. But I have a wonderful family and great friends
now. You have to life for the here and now really. Cant dwell
on the past because it doesnt help..you know.
Jet (hands Jenny some Candy floss)
Yes.. I understand.
Here you go..
you have a fiance or a boyfriend?
No.. I havent had time. And
the times I have.. it didnt work out.. Just didnt seem
I know what you mean.
I have tried to have some relationships and I felt the same way.
I have a vision of the person I should be with it and I am holding
out for that person.
really sweet. I understand completely. I dated a guy that I thought
was the one that I could spend the rest of my life with but then
when I really looked at him and our relationship I felt as though
there was a gap and I could never figure out what it was..
Jenny (looks up)
Hey look they have
a Ghost ride! Wanna go?
Sure..You wont get scared will
No.. I dont think so..hehe
They climb into the compartment
and buckle themselves in.. the train starts to move forward.. Cobwebs
adorn the dark sinister caverns.. scary characters pop out from
nowhere and ghosts appear beside them..The train speeds up more
and starts to go in an incline.. Jenny starts to feel nervous. She
had no idea that it was a roller coaster ride..She moves closer
to Jet and he wraps his arm around her. Its so warm and comforting..strange..Jenny
know she has felt that comfort before..Where?? Where do I know this
What the!!! One
of the large displays that are hanging from the side of the cavern
falls and crashes to the ground.. Jenny screams and Jet grabs on
to her tight. THATS IT!!!!
The bomb shelter!
Its him! No.. but it cant be..He holds her tighter against
him.. By the time they get to the exit Jenny has tears streaming
down her cheeks. The ride maintenance crew rushes to help them.
They had seen the accident on the camera but couldnt stop
the train until they were safely outside.
Are you ok? Youre
Jenny (shaking from head to toe)
Yes.. I am fine.
Please .. I need to go home. Please take me home.
Ok.. We will leave right now..Are you sure you are
alright? You dont look very well.
Please ..Just get me to the car..
They both walk briskly to the
car. Jenny gets in and pulls a tissue out from her bag and wipes
the tears from her face. She turns away from Jet .. She is afraid
to look at him. What if its true? No one would ever believe
her..especially him. (She thinks) Oh Jet ..by- the-way..did you
know we have been together in another time! Ahhh!
Jenny rests her eyes for a moment
..She is so exhausted and drifts off to sleep..Jet looks over at
her and is worried that taking her out so soon was a bad idea. He
suddenly remembers that he doesnt have her address and decides
to take her back to the house and call Steve. They pull up into
Jets drive way and Mrs. Xuliang is standing outside as they
pull up. She looks worried. She can see by Jets face that
something is wrong. He carefully opens the passenger side door and
gently picks Jenny up and takes her upstairs to the guest bedroom.
He calls Steve and he tells him what happened. Steve agrees to call
the Wangs. Mrs Wang is concerned and says that Mr. Wang is
gone out for the evening to an Asian community meeting and wont
be back until later. She tells him that she will go to the Bank
and post that the class is cancelled for the evening. Mrs Wang asks
that Jenny call as soon as she wakes up.
Jet goes to the
guest bedroom.. Mrs. Xuliang has taken off Jennys shoes and
covered her with a soft warm rose coloured blanket. She looks over
at Jet and smiles.
She is very beautiful..
Yes. She is. Do you think she will be ok? I wonder
why she hasnt woken up yet..
I think the poor thing is exhausted. I would just
let her sleep a while longer.
Jet goes over and sits on the side of the bed.
He reaches over and touches her beautiful silky blonde hair. He
takes a deep breath and remembers his dream.. First meeting her
in a dark shelter ..then at the docks.. He knows they belong together.
He senses it in deep within his heart.
He gets up and
runs downstairs..grabs something to read from the library and returns
to Jennys side. He tries to read a few chapters but finds
that his concentration is focused on the beautiful woman lying on
the bed. She looks like an angel sleeping on a bed of roses. She
is so breathtakingly beautiful.. a gift from God.
Jenny stirs and rolls over to find herself lying
in a strange bed. Jet is sitting beside her..It dawns on her that
he desnt know where she lives. Then she remembers the train
ride ..she buries her head in the pillow.
Please tell me whats wrong?
Its ok. I will be fine. I have
had a very strange and tiring week. You wouldnt understand.
Try me.. I am actually
a pretty open minded guy.
Jenny (sits up and wipes her face)
Oh.. I dont
think you are THAT open minded. I think I should get going. I cant
believe I fell asleep.. Im sorry for any inconvienience Ive
caused. I really had a great time at the park today ..except for
you know.. what happened.
Yes..that was very unfortunate. Hopefully the next
time wont be traumatic. I had a great time too.. Maybe you
can give me the chance to make it up to you?
What did you have
Oh.. I dont know..We shall see. Let me give
you a ride home. By now Mr. Wang should be home and someone can
go to the school to pick up your car. Would you like to stop for
dinner on the way?
sweet of you.. I really dont have an appetite right now though.
Thank you anyway. Where is the ladies room so that I can clean myself
up a little.. please?
Jet (points across
Its that door over there..
She gets up and Jet notices her
tanned feet sinking in to the pile of the carpet and watches her
make her way over to the bathroom. Her black dress reveals the slenderness
of her body. Jenny leaves the door open a little and Jet can see
her reflection in the mirror. She unbraids her hair and combs it
slowly. She ties it quickly in a knot and washes her face..When
she brings her head up from the basin..she sees him looking at her
in the mirror and smiles..Jet blushes and smiles. Jenny dries herself
off and comes out of the bathroom looking refreshingly beautiful.
She has kept her hair up in a tight knot and Jet admires her beauty
and charisma. They walk downstairs and Mrs. Xuilang has prepared
some dinner already. The kitchen smells glorious. Jenny agrees to
eat and sits down at the table. She watches Jet as he assists Mrs.
Xuilang with draining the noodles. Jet looks over at Jenny sitting
down and gives her the most beautiful smile. She remembers what
she felt and remembered on the amusement ride and she begins to
Are you alright? Can
I get you a sweater or something?
Yes.. that would
be very nice about now.. I cant stop shaking.
Jet quickly runs upstairs and
grabs one of his favorite comfy sweatshirts.
Jenny takes it and carefully slips
it over her head. It feels so comfortable, soft and warm. While
he has his head turned she takes a quick smell and is comforted
even more when she realizes it has Jets cologne on it.
Jet invites Mrs. Xuilang to sit with them. She
declines and tells him that she has to go to the market for a little
while..She looks at Jet and grins sneakly
grabs her handbag
and says goodnight to Jet and Jenny..
Written by Isabel Hodge