MY EYES ARE TURNED AWAY, so I don’t see the hand coming. Suddenly my head jumps to the side and it’s as if someone shook me out of sleep. A second or two pass before my cheek starts to swell up and the back of my head ache from the impact of the headboard.
I’ve just been hit.
“Hitting is tenderness, scolding is love” — so the Chinese saying goes. I’ve used it myself jokingly, but now, with my Chinese boyfriend sitting over me with a look of anger on his face, I don’t feel like laughing at all.