The Tender Forbidden City

Waiting alone in the gleaming, antiseptic operating theater, with the aroma of fresh mulberry pies wafting in from outside, Beth thought once more of the Chief’s handsome son, the one person left who could help her. He was now, according to three independent witnesses, starring in yet another film with Katrina Contraire.

Then came a sudden commotion, heavy footsteps in the hall, and she somehow knew that her heart had been right all along. He was here! “Without you I am nothing, sweetheart!” he said quietly, sweeping her into his arms, and as he dabbed at her tears with the handkerchief she herself had made for him, she wordlessly let her body melt against his own.

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