N town was a small town at the border between England and Wales, it belonged to England and it difficult to find on the map and most people didnât know it. It was quiet, clean, and backward and slow. The fashion, the luxury things, modern industry, the pollution, the finance crash, the issues of Middle East and Far East seemed without any collection to this town.
Lady S flied from Shanghai, an international city in this world, and settled at N town. The library became the place where she spent most of time with. She read variety of books, newspapers, made new friends, looked for a job and learned the culture and knew the people of N town there.
âGood Morning, Miss S,â Mr. John said to S. He was the librarian, a middle age man and always friendly to S.
Lady S found the bookâ Two Citiesâ and went to the seat where she always sat there.
âAi, I donât know how to live, ai.â An old man nagged and showed huge pain on his face.
âWhatâs up?â Lady S considered and asked him quietly.
âYou look here.â The old man pointed the news on newspaper to S.
The news was about Council workersâ demonstration for asking for increasing the pay. S read it and asked the old man:â whatâs connection with you? Are you government officer?â
âSo?â S was confused.
âBut I am a pensioner. They asked more money and the government will cut our pensions to demonstrators.â The old man said.
âThat doesnât make sense. Are you sure it works that way?â
âPretty much.â The old man said.
âYou meant if someone asked more money, the government would cut the others money to him or her?â S asked seriously.
âYes, something likes that.â The old man was very positive.
âOk, what are you worrying about if work like that way? The council workers can demonstrate, and pensioners can as well.â
âNo, the council workers should satisfy their current situation and not ask more.â The old man complained.
âBut how much you know about their current situation. They asked for increasing the pay is not wrong and the action of demonstration is created jobs for government, which the tax players are happy and willing to pay, the government should have something to do. By the way, the money should come from tax, if government will pay the demonstrators, not cut pensionersâ pensions.â I explained to him.
âNo, I didnât understand, I am still worrying about my pension.â The old man was still in pain and murmuring.
âUnderstand, keep worrying then.â S said.
S moved to the place closed to the window: in there she could see the white flowers outside.
âGood morning, young lady you are earlier here todayâ a gentleman was greeting to S.
âMorning, John, howâs the things?â
John was working for a bank and he was a stocks holder as well.
âI am fine, thank you. The stocks up and up these couple days and I have earned much this time.â
âWow, have you sold them?âS asked.
âYes, I called my broker and asked he did yesterday afternoon.â John was in tremendously exciting. âLook this newspaper: see here finance, stocks and investments.â He passed the paper to S.
âLet me have a look.âS got the paper.
Suddenly a woman in 50-ish coming and screaming to S: âAi ai, how long is you going to hold this paper?â
âI donât know.âS was gentle to her.
âThe newspaper here for everybody, not just for you, you canât hold that long.â The womanâs voice and attitude had hostility.
âI see. You donât think I am belonging to that everybody? Please tell me how long is âthis longâ and I can behavior myself to the right way?â S said peacefully.
âYou canât occupy this paper!â She was screaming.
âBut Iâve just got this paper one second before your
inquiring.â S was in humble,â Anyway you can have this paper and I will read after youâ S gave the paper to her gently
The woman didnât accept it and kept her aggressiveness, her anger and her dignity leaving.
âThat is a stupid woman Iâve ever seen: arrogant, shallow, rude and ugly.â John was talking to Mr. Smith, the man next to him.
âI would tell her: Ai
, donât bother me to buy horse lottery
if she did that to me.â
âShe would not do that for you and me, we are men, Caucasians and living here long time.â John said. âShe is ugly and jealous to S: young, beautiful, sexy, good manner, and as men all like around her
âI think so. The other thing I guess is that she is racist, she attacked S because S is Chinese.â Smith analyses.
âThatâs right, everyone could see that. But she met S, that did not work.â John laughed,
âWhat are you talking about so happily?â S finished the reading which John had mentioned her to look.
âWe are talking about you and that rude woman and we have admired your way of dealing with this issue.â Smith said.
âDo you think itâs weak to give the paper to that woman?â S asked.
âNo, that was your strengthâ. John said
âAnd your power as well.â Smith said.
âAre you sure? Two gentleman
.â S smiled to them.
âAbsolutely.â John said and gone and told S he would back in a minute.
The man next to S said to S:
âIâd like to talk to you, Miss.â
âYesâ S was friendly to him.
âYour friendâs gone and I can talk to you. They are English, they donât like Welsh. I am Welsh, my name is Leif.â
âNice to meet you, Leif, my name is Sâ
âItâs glad to talk with you, S. The English people bully Welsh people with long history. They went to Wales to force people speak English, to occupy our lands and wanted to end Welsh culture and language. They call us Welsh pigs, stupid, idiot Welsh.â
âWhy do they do that for your
people?â S was curiously
âNothing, English people donât like anyone else, except themselves. Youâve just experienced that womanâs attracts- the reason is that you are not White English.â Leif said.
âI can feel that, although Iâve just here some weeks.â S agreed âDo your people hate English
âWe‘ve been becoming
numb. The point is some English are angry about their peopleâs bully us. They moved to this town and Wales and learning Welsh language and culture and working for Welsh people.â Leif said.
âSounds great, not all English are racists, such as the Liberians, my friend John and Smith and some people I met so far. The situation will change eventually and all the people can get along well some day.â S was very positive.
âI wish I could see that day. To be honest I was quite nervous during the time you were attacked by that English woman, I worried about you if you could handle that issue.
I canât image you were in stillness, peaceful, gentle and bumble with the every word you said was reasonable and caused the consequence that when you gave the paper to her and she had to leave. You are brave.â Leif said.
John came back with an English man âThis is S,â He pointed S to that man:â Iâve recommended to you just now, an intelligent lady.â
âI am Frank, nice to meet you. S.â
âNice to meet you too, Frank.â
âJohn told me that youâve just dealt with an
racistâs oral attack,â
âYesâ Leif couldnât wait: âShe is gorgeous.â
âNot too much to say about that, just some kind of misunderstood
between that lady and I. It passed.â S said.
is past.â John said: âWe talk something about now, itâs lunch time.â
âYes, I invite you and S for lunch.â Frank said immediately.
âThank you, Frank.â S accepted the invitation.
âSee you tomorrow, Leif.â S was waving her hand to him.
âIf people were all sunshine like S, the world would be nice.â Leif murmured to himself.
âWhatâs he saying?â Frank looked at S.
âNot exactly got, something about sunshine.â S said.
âSunshine is good, I love sunshine.â Frank said
âWe all love sunshineâ S and John said nearly same time
They three went out the library, walking to the pub, for their lunch, for enjoying bit sunshine in N town.