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zhong
Narrator Jingjing
Volume One Rainy Day in May
Starts May 11, 2014 (00:19:21)
Ends May 11, 2014 (00:36:14)
Previous chapter Square One
Next chapter Big Surprise

"zhong" is the fourth chapter of One Rainy Day in May. It is the first chapter to be narrated by Jingjing.

Chapter Quote Edit

"I want your horror. I want your design." - Lady Gaga

Summary Edit

The chapter opens up on May 11, 2014 at 00:19:21 in Singapore. Jingjing is standing in a void deck with a few strangers. He listens to them gossip about Tian Li, the healing woman he works for. They accuse her of being a witch and being able to make bizarre, supernatural things happen. Their reasons for saying these things about her seems to be because of the cat she owns. Jingjing disagrees with these accusations, though he too becomes uncomfortable whenever he is around the cat.

Jingjing talks about how he enjoys collecting monster cards and always keeps his deck in his back pocket. He also sometimes likes to keep a cricket in his shirt pocket for good luck. Jingjing briefly talks with a man named Spencer, who mocks Jingjing because of the way he talks. He refuses to talk openly with anybody about the cat, but he thinks about some of the weird occurrences he has had with it, such as seeing its shadow move around while the cat itself was standing still one night. He also talks about how whenever Tian Li leaves the complex, the cat will ride on her shoulder. He describes the cat as tiny with white fur and unusually bright eyes.

Jingjing recalls when he first met Tian Li. It was in a park four years ago. He was being arrested by the police for drug usage, but Tian Li managed to convince the officer to let him go. She offered to take Jingjing in, have him work for her, and promise him a better life as long as he swore to no longer use drugs. He agreed, but as he looks back on this memory, he begins to realize that he is not happy. He thinks about the postcards in his bedroom and how he would love to one day leave Singapore and explore the world.

As Jingjing continues listening to the void deck strangers talk, he decides to go outside and walk in the rain. He finds Tian Li standing with a man kneeling down in front of her. When Jingjing gets closer, he recognizes man as a billionaire named Zhong Sim Lin. Zhong asks Tian Li for a favor and promises to pay her any amount of money she requests in return. She can't understand Zhong so Jingjing provides translations for them both. Ultimately Tian Li agrees to go along with Zhong's request, though she has never seen or heard of him before.

The chapter ends on May 11, 2014 at 00:36:14.

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