True Love Stories
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It's a cold February night. People are
bustling through the streets, either pulling up their
coat collars or wrapping scarves around their necks,
trying to stay warm. It's so cold today. I'm standing
at my window, looking at the people moving like little
dots. Standing in a heated room, I'm beginning to
pity those people. Why don't they go home? Do they
plan on wandering until morning?
"Almost time to go home! My boyfriend must be going crazy."
One of the nurses breathe a sign of relief.
"Still needs to work overtime on Valentine's Day. It's so
"You are fortunate." Another nurse says.
"Some people don't have anyone waiting for them."
"You mean Dr. Shu?" Like Sherlock Holmes, my ears perk
up when I hear my name.
"Do you remember how she lost control on this day last year?"
"Of course I do." A nurse shudders.
"I've never seen Dr. Shu like that. Crying and yelling, like
she was crazy." They are talking about how I was last year.
They are correct. I was out of control, like they said.
"You can't blame Dr. Shu. If my boyfriend died in front of
my eyes, I would probably go crazy as well."
"Keep it down. She hasn't left work yet. She might hear you."
The two nurses are too late. I heard the entire conversation through
the canvas wall.
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"Dr. Shu, what are you doing standing here?"
Just as I was deciding whether or not to reveal myself,
another nurse exposed me. I awkwardly step out. The
2 nurses who discussed me start to blush. Their faces
became redder than the bow on the box of Valentine's
"I'm waiting to go home." I pretend that
I didn't hear anything.
"Dr. Shu, you must have gotten too involved in
your work. It's already past time to go home. See
you tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day!" She waves
"Happy Valentine's Day." I wave back and
watch the 2 nurses hurry away. That's fine. I was
ready to go home anyway. Even though no lover is waiting
for me, at least there's a lazy cat waiting for me
After I reached home, the first thing I did was to feed the cat.
I forgot when I first had the cat. Probably since last year's
Valentine's Day. At that time, I was like an abandoned cat, with
eyes filled with despair. Cats don't cry, I do. That's the only
"Better drink all the milk or I'll skin you." I threatened
the cat. Her name is Christine, my least favorite English name.
I don't know why I named the cat Christine. Christine meowed once
to let me know she heard me, but her eyes are complaining about
the severity of my tone. Her eyes remind me of someone I used
to know, standing in front of me with eyes full of rebellion.
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A year ago today, I had lunch with my boyfriend and
took the opportunity to complain to him.
"Today is Valentine's Day. Why didn't you give
me any flowers?"He raised his eyebrow.
"Why should I give you flowers? You are not my
"Then... you should at least give me a card!"
I pouted my lips, hurt by his tone.
"I know, I know. After lunch, I'll send you an
e-card." E-card. That sounds so impersonal, but
that's the way he is.
"You have to e-mail it to me. I'll be waiting."
I smiled excitedly and planned to sneak home after
lunch to check my e-mail. Even though he wouldn't
use any romantic words, I still looked forward to
"I can't stand you women. Why do you make such
a big deal out of Valentine's Day??" He grumbled
while eating his food. His comment induced me to argue
with him again.
"You are not romantic at all!! Don't you watch
any Japanese drama?"
"Japanese drama? I only watch Discovery Channel."
"Your life is so boring!" I made a face
"One recent drama was really good. You should
have watched it."
"What's that drama called?" He didn't believe
in the love portrayed in TV and movies. He always
thought they were lies
"It's called 'Story of A Century'." I gladly
"What kind of trashy plot did it have?"
"What do you mean trash?? Show some respect!"
I was so angry.
"That drama was very touching, and the theme
song was beautiful as well. It's called 'Only Love',
performed by Nana Mouskouri." I wonder if he
knew who Nana was.
"Nana, I know her. A Greek singer with really
"Her voice is worth it." Even though I secretly
agreed with him, I couldn't bring myself to admit
"Whatever." He glanced at his watch.
"I'll give you 5 minutes to tell me the plot. After that,
I'm leaving." I tried hard to explain 6 hours worth of story
in just 5 minutes. The drama portrayed the love stories of 3 generations
of women spanning 100 years, from 1901 to 2000. Each generation
was portrayed by the same actress. The story was tear-jerking.
"What's so touching about it?" He asked, after listening
to the story.
"Don't you think each generation's story is wonderful? If
I have such great screen writing ability, I wouldn't be a doctor
anymore. I would become a screenwriter."
"If you become a screenwriter, I bet no one would watch the
show. The TV station can go out of business." He quickly
"I'm going back to work. Hurry up and send me the card!"
I was so mad that I went home immediately, not even finishing
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