A Chinese story:
At 8:40am I called her on her cell phone. “Are you headed off to work?” I asked.
“Sure am!” she laughed back.
Choking back a sob, I said to her, “Wen… I’m sorry.”
After a moment of stunned silence, she replied, “why are you apologizing to me?”
“It’s nothing,” I explained.
“Xiao Nuo, you…” she started, but I quickly hung up.
At ten minutes past noon I dialed her office number.
“Why isn’t your cell phone on?”