She’s home. But unlike tourists visiting her hometown, Alice isn’t taken in by Shanxi. She’s hesitant, reluctant.
Her memories are still fresh, especially in the circumstances that led to her departure. Mother wanted her to study in Beijing even though they had no money. Mother always thought she knew better.
“I don’t think she minded that I hated her,” she thought to herself.
A lot of time has passed. Alice is a different person now.
When she does meet her mum, there was no embrace. Mother hesitated at the door, then turned back indoors inside the home. Her daughter’s home, and she knew better: she’ll want a taste of home.