Judge a book by its cover

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - By Lina Gar­barini

It was the last day of my sum­mer va­ca­tion in Los An­ge­les, US, where I back­packed alone for two weeks. The trip had been fantastic, and I felt sad that I had to leave. I was packing when a mes­sage came in from a lo­cal guy whom I had never met but had been in con­tact with on­line for a few months.

I was thrilled to catch him at the last minute. It is al­ways fun to be able to match a face with a name.

We met at Union Sta­tion. I was won­der­ing what he looked like when a white sports car stopped in front of me.

Out came a short, skinny guy. Hon­estly speak­ing, I didn’t like what I saw be­cause there was some­thing un­nerv­ing in his eyes.

How­ever, I was will­ing to let it pass be­cause strong, in­de­pen­dent women like me don’t judge a book by its cover.

He in­vited me to go for cof­fee. As soon as I got in, he told me he needed to stop by his place be­fore we went out. My heart started to sink. I said no, I don’t have enough time, but he in­sisted, say­ing I should play by his rules once in his car.

It was at that time that I re­al­ized I had made a huge mis­take.

My imag­i­na­tion ran wild about a mur­der head­line the next day. The thought scared me. I kept ask­ing him to stop the car.

He stopped it at a back street where there were only a few cars pass­ing by and asked me what the prob­lem was. I said I didn’t feel good, and I wanted to go back.

He said ok, but asked for a kiss. I kept my cool and told him that Chi­nese women don’t kiss on a first date.

He then looked into my eyes and said some­thing I will never for­get, “You know I could have asked for more.”

That was it. I grabbed my back­pack and jumped out of his car be­fore he could even re­act.

I heard the sound of him start­ing the en­gine, so I ran across the street into a res­i­den­tial area and knocked on one of the doors.

I found my­self cry­ing in front of three young men. I told them some­one was run­ning af­ter me, so they took me in and called the po­lice. Half an hour later the po­lice came. Af­ter learn­ing what hap­pened, one of the of­fi­cers said, “Lady, some­times you do need to judge a book by its cover.” He then added, “Have a nice jour­ney back to Ja­pan!”

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