“The Cloak of Dreams?” Li asked.
“It’s a story about an emperor with a sad dilemma,” Ellen explained to Li. “He loved his wife very much, but she had a dreaming soul. When he held her in his arms, her soul wandered far away to her dream world. So she spent five years embroidering the images of her dreams onto a cloak and presented it to the emperor. If he wore the cloak, no longer would she have to choose between the path of her dreams and the path of her love. If he didn’t wear the cloak, he could hold her, but her soul would continue to wander. He chose to wear the cloak.”
“And she followed him at a distance for the rest of her life,” Ainsling finished explaining to Li. “It’s the sacrifice he makes because he loves her. She can’t touch him, but they are closer than ever. Isn’t that beautiful, Li?”
The Red Cloak, Chapter 1, The Cloak of Dreams
It is all for the bright!
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The good luck knot stared back at Connor. He gave in to fantasy. If Ainsling and Aaliyah succeeded, Noelle could live with him and Ainsling on the ship, and they could have a second chance. Fairy tale ending or not, he hoped—no, he prayed—for a miracle. For years he believed his dear wife was dead. Now hope rekindled, however slim the chances were. He caressed the red satin cord. Love never ends.
-From Chapter 3, The Red Knot, Days of the Guardian, Book 3, The Red Knot
Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.
I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,
“Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.“
It’s the Year of the Monkey! More specifically, it’s a fire monkey year. Those born in this year are thought to be ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.
Find out more about Chinese New Year in The Baiji.