aloha no, readers! for this very first blog post, i'm going to introduce you to a character in a story called chance encounter--one of several selections in the chocolate rice milk collection of shorts.
mary is a middle-aged, japanese american (sansei) living quietly in a noisy metropolis, and the contradictions don't stop there. as attractive as she is, mary is only attracted to things that others find hideous or repulsive.
due to the disappointments in her life, mary no longer has expectations for any great happiness. breathing on autopilot, she's long let go of the belief in magic she once held close...until she meets a second-generation korean american man, several years her junior. unfortunately, this good-looking, mysterious stranger is not who he presents himself to be. but, mary can't see it as she literally falls into his arms blinded by her sudden, awakened need to breathe consciously.
like a flowering bud, mary yearns for someone to notice her. but, the city's hurried footsteps simply rush past.