Thursday, 6:30 AM
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The sun barely rose from the sky and the world is still in slumber as Injin, who was sitting on one of the benches, watched a few people pass along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. On her hand is an empty cup.
What's usually packed with shutterbugs and tourists — to gaze at the sky for firework displays on several occasions including Christmas and Chinese New Year —gave the impression of being deserted at the moment.
A gush of late autumn air brushed her face and messed up her shoulder length bob. Using her fingers, she tried to comb it. This is for the nth time she did that.
Somehow, she regretted meeting up Louis Chow here. Her black jacket seemed not enough to keep her warm. Today, she opted to wear fleece lined leggings, sweatshirt and pair of shoes.
She thought, she should have worn hooded windbreaker.
What seemed to be eternity, a well-built man appeared her eyes. He was wearing a pair of tracksuit and she found the color too irritating to her eyes.
She used to like it. Not until…
There was sudden tightness in her heart.
'Don't think about.' she told herself inwardly.
Sometimes, the best way to deal with pain is to forget it.
She survived the last 4 years by not thinking about it.
As the man with colorful ensemble crossed the distance between them, she noticed he was holding a take away box with two disposable coffee cups in it, and a leash with a chow chow in front of him. The black dog which is about 30 kg looked humongous and frightening for kids to pet.
'Even his choice of animal, there is peculiarity.'
Injin watched as the dog suddenly darted forward, towards her. And when it was about to pounce on her, she eyed the dog and commanded it, "sit."
The dog uttered soft wail before it sat on the ground.
Louis Chow laughed at the dog's reaction as he walked to their direction and held the leash. He secured his dog on the railings and took the empty spot next to her.
Noticing she has an empty cup, he took one cup from the container and handed it to her while he got one for himself.
"Hmmm. This is good."
Injin winced after taking a sip.
"Bitter" she commented.
"You are just not a coffee drinker." he said.
That is not true. Once upon a time, she can never resist strong, black coffee.
Nowadays, she puts cream on it. Or she'd rather drink tea.
The truth is, there was too much in her that changed because of him.
Louis Chow noticed the woman's quietness. That is her usual self but today, it felt she is different. His captain looks absent-minded.
He cleared his throat to get her attention and called her out. "Boss"
She turned to him like nothing happened and asked, "What have you found out?"
He opened his mouth and passed a folded envelope to her. But instead of opening them, she said, "Tell me about it."
He cleared his throat and spoke, "When your twin sister go
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