"Sit down; you'll have a drink with us! We were just discussing our respective trips, Erwan and me, Kunming and Lanzhou."
Mona and Wang Jun settle. The waitress comes. Erwan looks at his watch:
"Eight hours! I won’t stay much longer. I must go home."
Mona orders some tea and Wang Jun a beer. Erwan realizes he’s beginning to change, drinking beer! He’s influenced him. Mona seems surprised but says nothing. Rochester jokes:
“Aha! I see that Erwan has educated you, Wang Jun! This journey to Kunming was fruitful!"
Wang Jun smiles and answers in broken French:
"Yes, well! Erwan very nice to me! We saw many interesting things."
Mona interrupts and addresses Rochester:
"And your trip to Lanzhou? Was it interesting? And successful?"
"Yeah! The agreement we’ve signed deals with several million dollars including an investment from my contractors and my ..."
He suddenly stops and then resumes quietly:
"And of course a few commissions and gifts, but it’s only normal. There’s also the ethical side that I haven’t been able to solve!"
Mona fades, but she recovers quickly. Rochester notes the discreet color change, Erwan too.
"You know Lanzhou, Mona? Have you ever been? He asks.
Mona responds quickly.
"I went there for my PhD. My supervisor wanted me to meet Municipality officials."
Erwan wants to ask her the theme of her doctorate. But he doesn’t have the opportunity. A small voice calls out:
"Dad, Mom asks if you’re staying here and if we need to eat without you!"
Lorraine is suddenly right next to the table. They didn’t hear her. Erwan rises:
"No Honey, it’s ok. Everything is clear. I’m coming with you."
He says goodbye to everyone, takes his daughter’s hand and leaves!
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