Heidi's and Tom's point of view.
Tom entered the 5 digit code on his bike lock. Once he had opened it, he stored the lock away in the front basket of his bike. He then maneuvered himself carefully onto his antique bike and started to pedal away from his apartment complex in which he lived in. He overslept again and thus was going to be late to open his shop that he owned. "It's not like any customers had decided to come this earlier to get a kite" he mumbled to himself.
Tom Budget had been living in China for over a month to take on his childhood dream to make Chinese kites for a living. He had learned Chinese kite crafting from his late father. He was an average 26 year old. He was born in 1991; he had brown hair, brown eyes, 6 feet tall and he weighed 135 pounds. The small town in which he had bestowed himself was named Anhai and had a meek population of 40,000.
Even though he had been living in China for over a year he still didn't know Chinese very well, which was a shame because this made it almost impossible to find his way through the town to find his little shop appropriately named "Budget kites" During the first week in Anhai he had been lost for 3 hours trying to find his way home. Sadly he couldn't ask for directions because no one would have understood what he was trying to say.
Tom took a great sigh of relief as he caught a glimpse of his shop while he was turning on one of the many confusing streets. As he had expected his translator was waiting impatiently outside of the shop in the shade waiting to get in. He had hired her the second week he was in Anhai. Her name was Heidi Tower. (Or at least that was the English translation of her name). She had been born in this village but moved to America when her dad had been offered a job. After graduating from college in America she had moved back to Anhai to live with her ailing grandfather who she loved very much. She had taken this job to support her and her grandfather.
"Where have you been?" She said as tom locked up his bike on a street light outside the shop.
"I've been waiting for almost an hour." She said impatiently looking at her watch.
"I overslept" Tom said knowing that the next few comments would not be nice.
"Again?" She said becoming angrier
"That's the fourth time this week! I'm getting tired of your laziness. You promised it wouldn't happen again."
"Tsk just chill out. It's a win win situation for the both of us. You didn't have to work for an hour and I got to sleep in. Tom said retorting to her comments.
"Oh please you call what I do work? Most of the time all I do is look out the windows in the front of the shop. I wanted to do something exciting when I moved back to this town; I wanted to make a name for myself. But of course that never works out and I some how got stuck working with you, and believe me when I say this. I've never met anyone quite as lazy as you."
"I take that as a compliment". Tom said jokingly with a quick smirk.
"Just shut up and unlock the door now. It's starting to get hot and cloudy outside and I need to be in the air conditioning soon or my hair will frizz up completely.
"Blah blah blah, complain complain" Tom said as he found his keys in his pocket and opened the door.
Tom let Heidi enter through the door first. The inside of the shop was filled with colorful and amazing kites. There were Rainbow kites, Butterfly kites, monkey kites, peacock kites. The two most beautiful and most expensive two kites were in the display case looking outside. They were two of the most colorful and dazzling Dragon kites in the world. Heidi went over to inspect them.
"Well even if you are lazy. I can't lie. You do make some damn good Chinese kites". She said as she felt the fine silk with her hands.
"Wow two compliments in less than 5 minutes; it must be my lucky day." Tom said half smirking as he was arranging papers on his desk in the back of the shop.
Just then the door creaked open. Heidi turned around and starting saying her usual greeting in Chinese. Then the potential customer said a few words, and Heidi pointed her finger towards a direction outside the window and also said a few words. All of this Tom could not understand. Then the man said one last word and left the shop.
"Well I caught that guy's last word, which was thank you. But other than that I have no idea what you guys were talking about." Tom said as he lay back in his chair to read today's news online.
"He came in and asked me where the fortune teller shop was. So I pointed him to the right direction." She said "I don't see how he could have missed it though. It's right across the street with a huge line coming from the doors of the shop.
"Well he didn't look like the brightest crayon in the box to me, especially if he is headed to the fortune tellers shop." Tom said as he clicked through the pages of the news online. "I mean come on it's the 21 century and you are relying on a silly see-threw orb. How stupid can you be?"
"I don't know Tom. You haven't had your fortune told yet. You have just been given a crude idea of what is in there by me." Heidi said as she paced around the room inspecting the kites.
"O come on you only went there once, and you told me what it was like. You go into a room with a "psychic" and he makes you stand next to a table with a see-threw orb in the middle. He then instructs you to touch the orb. Then "magically" as you described it. Letters in Chinese float up to the outside surface until you can see what they say, and please don't tell me you believed it." Tom said looking a little more serious now.
"That is basically what happened, but I never told you that my fortune came true." She said defending the shop. "Plus I asked my grandfather how long that shop has been there. He said as long as he can remember. He then continued to say that he had once worked there as a janitor when he was a teenager, and now in then when no one was looking he decided to touch the orb. He told me that the orb made correct predictions! He was caught eventually because no one was allowed to touch the orb past store hours except the owners themselves, also why do think there is such a growing demand for it? Because the fortunes it gives you come true!" Heidi added.
The Fortune teller shop had been the main attraction in the small town for decades. It had been featured it many Chinese magazines and newspapers for actually predicting correctly what was going to happen. But recently it had gained world-wide attention and it even had a small article in the latest Time magazine, which Tom had seen because he has them shipped over from The United States to his apartment in Anhai.
"Ok I will make a bet with you, that if we go over there and I get my fortune read, what the orb says will come true." Heidi said still defending the shop.
"I'll do it, but what are we betting for?" Tom said curiously
"If the orb makes a correct prediction, you can never be late for work again." "But if the orb guesses wrong…."
"What happens?" Tom said interrupting.
"I don't know yet, I'll think about it." Heidi exclaimed smiling.
"Well what are we waiting for? I'll close down the shop right away and then we can go. Seeing that I have nothing to lose, because there is no way I can lose!" Tom declared.
"Ok that should be it" Tom said looking around the shop. "It didn't take more than 3 minutes to get ready."
"Good, can we go now? I want to prove you wrong for once." Heidi said anxiously.