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Chapter 1 (v.1) - Chapter One

Submitted: April 11, 2016

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Submitted: April 11, 2016



 I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. Am I making the right choice? Shouldn't I consider moving to The Netherlands, like everyone else has suggested? That is the most logical place to go. For starters, my country, Suriname, was colonized by The Netherlands for centuries, so we speak the same language. Expressing myself, meeting people and asking for directions will be so much easier. Second, all Surinamese have family in The Netherlands. It is better to go where you have someone who knows you and can help you out from time to time. So, yes, The Netherlands would be a very wise choice. Wise, but very boring. 
The Netherlands has never interested me. It is a very cold country. Of course it is more developed than Suriname in many ways, but there is more to the world than just The Netherlands. That's the place we all go on vacation every year, where we all go to study when we want a little bit more than the one university we have in Suriname, has to offer. The Netherlands is safe, and 'safe' is boring. I'm looking for an adventure. I am looking for something to keep me on my toes.
I have always been kind of a rebel, so my life has been more interesting than most of the people I know, especially in my family. At least, that's what I think. Everyone knows about my so-called mishaps, for I am honest about them. Plus, my Mother and sister also make sure that everyone knows how I'm the bad seed, and she's the model daughter. Always the black sheep. 
How rude, I haven't even introduced myself. My name is Perry Chen. As you can see, my last name is Chinese. Do I look Chinese? Laugh. Not at all. I have coffee brown skin, jet black hair, big almond shaped eyes surrounded by thick, long eyelashes, a perky mouth and a beautiful set of teeth. The only thing Chinese about me, is the name. After the abolition of slavery in 1863, Asian indentured laborers came to Suriname in 1873. Chinese men came without their wives, so they ended up marrying and procreating with Black women. That's how nowadays, there are a lot of Black people with Chinese last names. Anyway, now is not the time to delve into my country's history, though it is very interesting.
Am I making the right choice?
I cannot turn back now. I am in Amsterdam, dancing at my uncle's wedding. I've already sold all of my belongings, quit my job, which really wasn't a job, so there is absolutely nothing to turn back to. Moving to the beat of Bruno Mars' UPTOWN FUNK, many thoughts went through my head. Before I left Suriname, I was ecstatic. I was tired of my life, tired of living at home with my parents, tired of it all. I really wanted something new! But now that I'm here, only one day away from getting on a plane to China, a foreign country, a foreign language, foreign everything, no friends, I am absolutely terrified. I have never been so terrified in my life.
"Are you afraid?"
My cousin's voice snapped me out of my thinking. "A little. I have a headache." 
He grabbed me by the elbow, slowly led me off the dance floor to the bar. "Two Heinekens, please," he said to the bartender. 
"I'm scared out of my mind, Ronaldo."
He paid the bartender, shoved a bottle into my hand. "Cheers." 
I took a long swig from the beer. It was cold, just the way I like my beer. "I'll be alright, you know."
"I know that. You're a remarkable woman, more than you think."
"Thanks. It really means a lot to me to hear you say this."
"Have you spoken to Benjamin yet?"
Benjamin. I hadn't even thought of him for today. Why did he have to spoil my mood? Benjamin is my boyfriend back in Suriname. We met a month before I left, hit it off, and decided to have a long distance relationship for the year that I would be in China. Only, I knew that I would be gone for more than a year, I just didn't know how to tell him that. I needed all the financial support I could get, and he offered to help out. Since the day I left Suriname, he has turned into some psycho jealous boyfriend. He's bee driving me CRAZY! It's the first time in my life that I'm on my own, first time in my life that I'm in The Netherlands as an adult, and I couldn't really enjoy it to the fullest. Back home I still lived with my parents. More due to the fact that I was lousy with money, and staying at home was cheaper. I never really was an adult until I got on a plane and decided to change my life... and I couldn't even enjoy it. 
Now really isn't the time to talk about Benjamin. Other things are more important, like how I will be leaving my entire family behind in less than 20 hours. I knew that when the year 2015 started, my life would change... but I had no idea just how much it would change. Tomorrow I will be boarding a plane to China, on my way to start a new life, new adventures, new people, new everything. I can't wait to see how my life will unfold.






Thank you for making it this far. This is my first story & I would love to hear what you guys think. 

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