Dim Sum Diaries
Well I decided to post an excerpt from the manu. Kate (the heroine) is at a party and caught between a rock and a hard place. She uses her keen intellect in trying to escape her dire situation...

Kate was currently seated next to her Aunt Regina, who seemed determined to lecture Kate on the duties of being a responsible adult. It was a lecture she’d heard countless times before, so Kate had tuned Aunt Regina out early on, providing only the occasional “Uh-huh” or “Yes, Auntie” while she kept an eye out for Dan.

“Kate, you’re not a little kid anymore. You have responsibilities.” Aunt Regina said sternly. “You need to start saving at least 10% of your disposable income each month. It’s very important!”

“Uh-huh.” Where was he? If he didn’t show up in exactly one minute, she was going to storm the bathroom.

“You’re complexion is so green! You’re not eating enough, are you?” Aunt Regina pinched her cheeks. “Hamburgers for dinner every day aren’t good for you!”

“I’m not green!” Kate said in protest.

Aunt Regina continued on as if she hadn’t heard Kate. “You tell your Mom to teach you how to cook real Chinese food. It’s more nutritious then those French fries!”


“And,” her Aunt Regina continued, “You need to keep in touch with your parents at least once a week. Your Mom says she hasn’t seen you in at least a month! Is it so hard to pick up the phone and talk to your poor old Mom?”


“It is?” Aunt Regina inquired sharply.

“Is what?” Kate said absently.

“So hard to call your Mom?”

Oops. Aunt Regina was sure to lecture her for another half an hour for being inattentive. Spying her Cousin David walking by, she jumped up and grabbed his arm as if it was a lifeline.

“David! My darling cousin!” The look of terror in his eyes would have made Kate laugh if she hadn’t been so intent on escape herself.

“What did I do?” David said warily.

“Save me from Auntie R. If you don’t help me out I’ll tell your Mom you think she smells like eucalyptus oil,” she whispered fiercely as she pulled him over to where Aunt Regina sat.

“You’re going to owe me for this. And she does smell like eucalyptus oil,” David muttered under his breath.

“Yeah fine,” she whispered back. Then in a louder voice, she addressed her aunt. “Just a minute, Auntie, I’ll be right back. In the meantime, David said he really wanted to hear about disposable income.”

And with that parting shot, she was free.

Update: Forgot to mention that this one is for VT005, who is in Iraq. Stay safe bud.

Update Update: If anyone would like to contribute ideas as to what is "good lecture material" from thine elders, please feel free to note them in the comments. Thanks!