A few days after I sent the letter Luo and Ma arrived to the village. I was at first elated when I saw them walking up the path to my house but was taken aback by the state of Luo. He was very sick and was a bright shade of red from his fever. I immediately cancelled the retelling that was planned for that night and brought him to my bedroom. Ma and I gathered the leaved from the broken bowl shards plant in the garden and I ground them into a paste and applied it to Luo's wrists. Once he fell asleep Ma and I talked. He was curious about my beliefs and if I was worried about whether someone would denounce me. I was concerned for a moment that he was planning to when he got the chance but I decided that was rash and told him I was not afraid.
I believe he saw the flicker of fear in my face and shared a secret with me, that Luo's father is a famous dentist and removed all of the worms from chairman Mao's teeth. It was kind of him to share this with me, he is an interesting young man but I cannot deny that I like Luo.
Later that night I brought the sorceresses to the house to see if they would help Luo. It was very late and I had Ma tell them about a film, trying to keep them awake. He retold one called The Little Flower Seller, I enjoyed listening to him but as he came to the end he started to falter as if he didn't know exactly how to finish when Luo jumped in to close the story. He quoted, "The saying goes, that a sincere heart can make a stone blossom. So tell me, was the flower girl's heart lacking in sincerity?"
As I heard the sorceresses begin to weep I felt Luo pull the ribbon from the end of my hair, allowing it to fall over my shoulders and down my back. I looked back and turned to face him and I leaned over and kissed him. I felt happy, not nervous or worried like I thought I might. I'm excited to see where we go from here