“Yes, if you don’t believe me, give me a pregnancy test . I can prove it to you,” Huo Mian explained .
“No, Honey, that’s not what I mean . What I wanted to say was…if you’re really pregnant and your boyfriend’s still hitting you… he must really be a bastard . ”
“Yes, I think so too . ” Huo Mian nodded .
“Come, sit here, don’t stress yourself out…”
“Thank you, Auntie . ”
“You don’t need to thank me . We’re all from the same country, I’ll definitely help you . How far along are you?”
“Almost three months . ”
“Wow, I can’t even tell . You’re very ski…”
“A lot of things happened recently . I’m not feeling so well,” Huo Mian said slowly .
“Pregnant women cannot survive off of instant noodles . It’s garbage food . No nutrients . Wait, I’ll make you something . ”
“Don’t, Auntie, I already can’t thank you enough for your generosity . I really don’t want to bother you further . Noodles are fine for me . ”
Huo Mian really didn’t want to keep bothering the Auntie . The latter looked so kind, she also didn’t want to drag her into all of this mess .
So, she didn’t tell the auntie the truth for two reasons . One, she was worried that the Auntie would sell her out, and two, the less the Auntie knew, the less trouble she would be in .
As a way out, Huo Mian made up the story of domestic abuse… just to hide the truth…
“No trouble . Don’t worry about it . I’m a pretty good cook! A bowl of lettuce soup noodle is a piece of cake for me . Wait a minute . ”
The Auntie was a good host and no matter how hard Huo Mian tried to stop her, she still entered the kitchen .
Huo Mian sat inside the small room, looking around the grocery store .
It wasn’t big but it was well-stocked, filled with all things Asians like to eat .
There were even packaged pickled veggies, fermented tofu, Lao Gan Ma spicy sauce, and other specialties .
Seeing such familiar foods in a foreign land, Huo Mian felt her heart fill up .
Soon after, the Auntie brought out a bowl of hot noodle soup… placing it on the small table beside Huo Mian .
“Honey, eat it while it’s hot . Don’t let your baby get hungry . ”
“Really, Auntie, I don’t even know how to thank you . ”
“Don’t be so polite . Here, eat as much as you can . I’ll bring over the pickled veggies . ”
The auntie got up and searched the grocery store shelves for a bag of pickled veggies .
In a dark night like this, Huo Mian was more than satisfied eating the hot bowl of noodles .
“Honey, I don’t mean to pry… there’s a bad social phenomenon happening in our country right now . Many girls… idolize foreign cultures… They think that foreigners are rich… and as if marrying a foreigner would bring them status and prosperity . But the truth isn’t so simple . Many girls marry foreigners in the heat of the moment . They can’t communicate with each other and they experience culture shock . Those relationships are doomed to fail . In the end, it’s almost never a good ending . I’ve been in Australia for quite some years now and I’ve seen countless stories . I really don’t recommend the trend of marrying foreigners . Foreign countries are not as great as they think… and these countries are not necessarily paradise . ”
“Auntie, I know what you mean . ” Huo Mian nodded, feeling guilty .
“It pains me to see you like this . Actually… there was a girl who came from China that helped out in the store a while back . She was here to make some money… I mean, why not go home and get married once you save up enough, right? No, she chose something else . She found some guy, thinking that he was rich… They were eventually detained at the airport when traveling, and the police found a ton of heroin from their bags . What could she do? She was completely played for a fool . Isn’t that tragic? You young girls… I don’t even know what to say… Honey, you look pretty young… what do you do?” the auntie chatted .
“I…” Huo Mian hesitated .
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