by Le Van Tuan “The happiness of one person sometimes lies in the suffering of another,” said my friend Paul one day. After being lonely for such a long time, I fell in love with him. On the day we met, the street seemed ancient, the stall looked small and the milk-flowers smelt sweet. Several little tables and stools were arranged neatly in the shade, under the clouds during the day and under the moonlight at night. That day, he stepped into my favourite refreshment stand he stared at me as if I were a weird creature. Then he ordered two cups of coffee. “Please, have some coffee,” he politely offered me one. “No thanks,” I shook my head, smiling slightly. Similar invitations went on again and again day after day. *** I held a cup of hot coffee in my right hand. A strong gust of wind lifted the dried leaves from the street and cast them far and wide. “Van, you seem very sad?” Paul observed. “When I’m in a bad mood, I usually take a long trip so that new conditions and environment might ease my grief. What do you think, want to try it?” he added….
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