A relationship that works can be simple or complex, depending on how you perceive it. Simply put, it only takes two people who are happy together, each having twenty three pairs of chromosomes; to make it complex, it would often be linked with race, age, profession, appearance etc., all of which could be added up to your contemplation. It was the last year before the new Millennium. The dawn of a new century was emerging. Three Chinese females, Luwei, Pingping and Xia came to England in hope of fulfilling their dreams. Their lives took different turns. One faced marriage and a baby while one dealt with an unfaithful husband and the third experienced a romantic, but unattainable, relationship. A year might not have made a huge difference to others at that time, but it did to Luwei. It was during that year that she’d gone through an episode of exceptional change, from being a vigorous youth to a mature parent. Despite an enthusiasm for independence, would she be able to escape from an inevitable ‘boys versus girls’ destiny? Bearing a degree specialising in IT, she had a lot of potential ahead of her. She hadn’t contemplated facing a wedding scenario but it all happened so suddenly, though weddings had never meant much to her before. Her marriage, on the other hand, did matter to her and more so than ever as unexpected events unfolded. She’d once come from a different country, far, far away. When she arrived in England, she was totally alone without family or relatives. Now, George was by her side, and with their baby coming soon, she would have own family at last. Despite a decent job and stable family life, Pingping was not totally content with just following the ordinary track and she had a different pursuit in life. Against all odds, her experience was more like the mundane Chinese students who drew pride from family responsibilities and remained submissive in difficult relationships. Her heart ached not only because of Haohui’s unfaithful behaviour, but also from finding out about her family’s distressing past for the first time. She looked back over the years in her marriage. She saw flashbacks of the first day she met him, the first few months they dated, then the birth of their first child. Every memory of their initial romance seemed to have precipitated to the back of her mind, yet suddenly fragments of those were stirred and floated back into full consciousness. At that dejected time, she had preferred not to think too much about her personal troubles. She needed a rest to recover as quickly as possible, as time was precious and she had too many important things to do. Xia, being Luwei’s close friend at high school, had been studying in England since she was a teenager. She chose to share a flat with other two girls of different origin, instead of staying in university dormitories as she did during her first year. She happened to become acquainted with Pingping as they were from the same university. With a romantic and imaginative nature, she'd ridden a rollercoaster of emotions which she would never forget for the rest of her life, but her fantasy proved to be nothing more than a loving angel's song.
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