“Is there anything else I can get you, miss?”
She winced. “Uh. No. I’m fine.” She kept her eyes down on the table until he’d wandered away and tried to ignore the burning in her chest as she felt, or imagined, who cared about the difference, the couple at the table beside her watching. Listening.
She knew what they were thinking because if she was them, sitting a breath away and listening to the same tinkling music, hands poised over tiny bowls of soy sauce, she’d be thinking it too. Girl at table, all dressed up, table set for two. Poor girl, she thought as the heat inside her intensified and spread.
Spring Rolls Recipe
Green onions or scallions, chopped
Spring roll wrappers (We got ours from a tiny Asian market. Whole Foods should have them too or buy them online)
Directions: Plunge rice noodles in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes and then drain. For the spring roll wrappers, you’ll need to submerge them in water and then work fast to pile your filling in a neat little row in the center, wrapping and tucking at the corners. The wrapper will stick to your fingers and you may curse a few times. This video tutorial should help.