This is the beginning a story I recently wrote for an anthology. They didn't like it, but I love it. Read the full story (910 words) by clicking on Random Short Stories.
Kevin sat motionless and listened. As usual, he was fascinated, trying to figure out what she said to her mother, who called five minutes ago. It sounded like she was angry, but it could easily be misinterpreted, in the end, what did he know? She turned to face him and briefly smiled before letting go of another salvo of words he didn't understand. Her body stiffened and she fiddled with the hair band which kept her thick, almost black, hair in a loose knot. He knew instantly it wasn't good news when she did that. It now fell down her back like the hair of a model in a shampoo commercial. Strong, heavy and with a shine that would probably make any other woman jealous. It was late at night and the moon was beautiful against the dark sky. He watched her small frame relax as she turned to look out of the window, nodding, obviously in agreement with what her mother said.
Of course it was bound to be difficult. Although her parents always accepted she lived in England, far away from her country of birth, they made no secret of their hope she would come back after finishing university and marry a Japanese man. They were traditionalists after all. And she had always said she'd go back, didn't plan on staying here. She loved Japan, the language, the food, the culture. Things have changed since he [....]