Zixuan is home for Chinese New Year, and she brought her French boyfriend to meet her mother.
As first impressions go, mother’s impassive smile told her everything.
Next to her doting sister-in-law, the epitome of filialness, Zixuan felt even more inadequate.
She suspected the homecoming would be somewhat awkward, but this was downright terrible.
Tensions simmered beneath polite small-talk and curt smiles, but it all came to head with an accusation.
Mother and daughter had drifted far away from each other. To begin restoring their relationship, both needed to reconcile what was, with what is.