While in the chateau after a long day at the Miami Seaquarium, Lucy was filmed in her bedroom, chatting with her mother via Skype webcam on her laptop.
“Hey sweetie,” Lucy’s mother greeted. “How was the group date at the Miami Seaquarium?”
“It was good,” Lucy replied. “I enjoyed it.”
“That’s good. I heard you gave Nathan the group date dark red flower. I’m proud of you.”
“Anyway, your dad and I talked to Miguel and he wants to bring you on a one-on-one date to Little Havana tomorrow afternoon and I think you should be going out with him.”
Lucy hesitated for a while. “Um. Sure. I will go out with him.”
Lucy couldn’t say no to her mother’s suggestion about going out on a one-on-one date with Miguel because her mother and father believed he could blend in better with their Filipino culture. She didn’t know what to think about it but she was willing to explore Little Havana though.
The next day, Lucy was filmed walking through Little Havana’s Calle Ocho with Miguel. It was very crowded with a lot of people, both locals and tourists, especially on a bright sunny day. It used to be an almost empty, crime-ridden community but it had become packed and larger than ever.
“Feels quite like a Filipino community, doesn’t it?” Miguel asked.
Lucy nodded. “Of course it does, especially with those murals I see. I hear it looks like LA’s Filipinotown, even though I haven’t been there before.”
“I’ve been there before,” Miguel explained “But it’s quite small compared to this.”
“I didn’t even know that.”
Although I’ve never been to Little Havana in Miami nor Filipinotown in Los Angeles, Lucy thought. From what I’m seeing, the food that those vendors are serving quite reminds me of Filipino food my parents cook, especially the lechon, or roast pork, that was being roasted. My parents sometimes serve that whenever close friends and relatives come over to their place.
“Have you ever had Cuban food before?” Miguel asked Lucy as they were sitting at a table underneath a shade, having lunch, despite the loud music in the background in which there was a festival going on.
“Not really.” Lucy shook her head. “There weren’t many Cuban restaurants back in Atlanta. Everything was pure American.”
“I thought so.”
“You wouldn’t want to visit Atlanta. Not an ideal tourist spot.”
“Absolutely not. I hear it’s boring.”
“There’s nothing entertaining about it.”
“How about the guys back there? Are they the stereotypical all-American White guys who are Southern gentlemen and rednecks and Black guys who are thugs?”
“They are. My parents never wanted me to date them because they wouldn’t be able to understand Filipino culture and that these guys look and sound like they have ‘Asian fetish’ and ‘yellow fever’.”
“You know how White and Black guys are. Hey, they’ve got ‘Latin fetish’ for Hispanic girls too until Hispanic guys beat the crap out of them just like the movie ‘West Side Story’. Puerto Rican girl’s Puerto Rican fiance kills her White lover in the end.”
“I’ve seen that. In fact, I knew two Hispanic girls, one Cuban and the other Colombian, whose Hispanic boyfriends hated it whenever they talked to White and Black guys. They always thought they had some sort of fetish for them.”
“Well, White and Black guys are not perfect enough, especially if they are American and Canadian. They can’t seem to adapt to Asian nor Latin cultural values.”
“That’s what my parents see them as which is why they want me to date Asian or Latin guys instead.”
“Yeah, they will blend in with your family just fine, including me. Cultural upbringing and beliefs matter, you know.”
After having lunch, Lucy and Miguel danced to the live music being performed on the stage. Lucy had been wanting to dance to Latin music and she was enjoying it with Miguel a lot.
Meanwhile in the chateau, Lucy’s contestants were filmed doing the dishes after having lunch while some were cleaning the dining room.
“So,” Trent began asking Steve as they were cleaning the table. “How do you like Miami?”
“I like it a lot,” Steve said. “The weather is warm all year round compared to Portland which gets cold during the winter which I really can’t stand.”
“I can’t stand cold weather either. I’ve experienced that in New York which is why I moved here. Plus, there’s no state tax unlike in New York which is really expensive.”
“Tell me about it. Anyway, when did you move to Miami?”
“Three years ago. I like it a lot for the most part.”
“What about getting a girl?”
“That, I find very hard to do. Sure, they may be beautiful but, unfortunately, most of them either have a husband or boyfriend. Same with girls in New York. I’ve never had any luck with them as well because of other guys that have gotten into fights with me over them.”
“What can you expect? There’s more males than females here in America and the rest of the world. I myself once went out with a girl in Portland, a Japanese girl, but it turned out she had this Japanese boyfriend who beat the crap out of me because he thought I was a White guy stealing her from him and her immigrant parents hated me as well, knowing they’re very strict like most Asian immigrant parents are.”
“And your family’s nationality?”
“My mother is Japanese and my father is Norwegian, Belgian, and Seminole Indian which makes me a mixed race guy.”
“Same with me except I’m Turkish from my mom’s side and German and Greek from my dad’s side.”
“I’ve seen half Middle Eastern people before in Portland as well as in New York and here.”
“So you’ve been to New York?”
“Yup, for a work-related conference in which I work as a software developer.”
“I was there for a week and nope, I don’t want to live in New York either. Only good for visiting, especially during the spring and the summer.”
“But anyway, it seems like getting into a relationship and marriage is mostly hard for mixed race and biracial guys. For mixed race and biracial girls, it isn’t since there aren’t that many of them. For guys, it’s much harder.”
“I totally agree, even if both your parents are mixed and if both parents are of different races because girls, especially those that are not mixed, get intimidated by you real easily, thinking you’re too handsome and unique for them and can’t be one race that they will go for non-mixed race guys who are often seen as just right, not too handsome nor ugly. Just handsome enough for them and their families’ tastes. Even though Lucy is biracial herself, her parents really do seem to hate us and the other mixed guys for being mixed because they are Filipino immigrants even though they are biracial themselves which I find very hypocritical.”
“Well, it’s typical of most immigrant parents even if they are mixed race which is strange.”
“I mean Lucy is a beautiful but unique, classy, and interesting person and I’d like to have the opportunity to go on one-on-one dates with her no matter what her parents nor those Asian, Hispanic, and mixed Asian and Hispanic guys they like more often say. I really like her a lot but I’m seem to be a bit worried about her going out with Miguel, whether they have chemistry or not and what he’s going to be like for her. He seems pretty suspicious to me as if he’s against me but her parents really like him a lot and I’m thinking that they must have set her up with him or something.”
“I guess they did.”
Suddenly, Ernesto, Terry, Walt, and Alan overheard what Trent and Steve said and were shocked.
“Did I hear you say you say you guys want to go on one-on-one dates with Lucy, huh?” Ernesto glared at Trent and Steve, raising his voice in a slightly medium Spanish accent.
“Sounds like you White boys have Asian fetish for her and that you want to get in bed with her!” Walt snapped at Trent and Steve.
“You’re crazy!” Steve shot back at Walt. “None of us would do that. Seems like you guys have trust issues with other guys that aren’t like you being around girls like you!”
“And no,” Trent explained to Walt, Ernesto, Terry, and Alan. “Steve and I are not White. I am half Middle Eastern and Steve is also Asian and Native American.”
“Yeah,” Alan scoffed. “That makes you mutts but you guys are still White in my very own eyes!”
“And Lucy’s parents hate you because you guys are too handsome,” Terry said to Trent and Steve. “We Latino and Asian guys are just perfectly right for her. You’re not!”
“In addition to that,” Felipe added to the argument by jumping in. “You guys are of many cultures and have many cultural beliefs. First, you follow one culture and then you follow other cultures. What is with you mixed breed people?”
Apparently, Kyle thought as he overheard the argument going on. I think that is so racist and derogatory. What is up with some of these Latino and Asian guys being also being racist towards mixed race guys? Maybe I’m thinking that these Latino and Asian guys think they should win just because their culture is similar to Lucy and her parents, who think I’m too Americanized after I told them my father is Irish-American even though I’m Filipino coming from my mother’s side. I’m sure that if Lucy’s parents were to meet my parents, they would sure hate them, especially my Filipino mother for marrying my Irish-American father and having a happy marriage for forty years. Yeah, I’ve seen other Filipinos such as my mom’s family, for example, hate on them and other Filipina female and White male couples, except Russians, but they’ve kept their marriage strong.
“I believe it doesn’t have anything to do with winning over Lucy,” Trent explained to the Hispanic and Asian guys. “It’s whether if she has feelings for you or not. In addition to that, I find that term, mixed breed very offensive and insulting.”
“And so do I. If you guys keep up by being racist towards other guys that aren’t like you nor her,” Steve pointed out to the Hispanic and Asian guys. “Especially when she’s around, she could kick you out easily even if her parents won’t let her.”
“I don’t think she can do that,” Alan argued. “Her parents will get mad at her for that.”
“Even so,” Trent argued back. “If she sees your negative, prejudiced, racist attitude towards others different from you, she could kick you out.”
At the beach in the mid-afternoon, Lucy and Miguel were filmed a walk for a while and went into the pristine, tropical-blue ocean which was cold at first, especially for Lucy, but it became warmer as they swam in it. As they walked to the shallow part of the ocean, Miguel started holding Lucy’s hand and she started to feel quite uncomfortable with it that she flinched. Miguel was confused.
“Come on,” Miguel began as he and Lucy were treading through the water. “Don’t you want to hold hands? ¿Por favor?”
“I mean, I’m on a first date with you and we’ve just met yesterday. In addition to that, I don’t know you that well either,” Lucy explained. “We’ve only talked to each other a few times.”
“So what? We’re going to talk some more,” Miguel pointed out.
Apparently, Lucy thought. Miguel is starting to fall for me right away and I can’t eliminate him or my parents will be mad at me because they like him a lot. Sure, he’s a handsome gentleman but I’m not comfortable with him a little too forward and eager, especially on a first date. And if I told my parents this, they wouldn’t believe me because he’s their favorite as well as other Latino and Asian guys including those half Asian and Latino so I’d have to do what they want and what he wants too.
All of a sudden, strong waves coming from the ocean started washing over Lucy and Miguel that they collapsed onto the wet sand, “Whoa! That was really strong!”
“I haven’t been to the beach in a long time,” Lucy explained as she and Miguel started sitting down on the wet sand, despite light waves starting to wash over them. “It’s been a long time since my brother’s college graduation six years ago. My family and I brought him on a trip to Savannah with some of his friends coming along and we had a good time. Very interesting college graduation trip for him.”
“And where did your brother attend college?”
“University of Georgia in Athens which is also his favorite football team.”
“Yup, that’s their mascot but anyway, he studied journalism and is currently a sports and entertainment journalist and blogger. He attends a lot of sporting and entertainment events around town.”
“Sounds quite a life of luxury he has.”
“Well, he’s my brother and I’m okay with it.”
“But he has no time to see you nor the rest of the other guys right now because he is really busy.”
“I can imagine but I’m sure I would be able to meet him later on.”
“Perhaps you may.”
“True even though I want to stay throughout the competition.”
“And what makes you want to do that?” Lucy was starting to smile with her mouth closed.
“I mean, I find you very intriguing and uniquely beautiful,” Miguel explained. “That it’s making my heart beat for you.” He leaned in forward and slowly kissed Lucy on the lips that she was starting to fall for him all of a sudden.
Lucy paused for a while. “I never knew you could do that,” she whispered.
“Do what? I mean your lips are so beautiful and rosy that I can’t help but kiss them,” Miguel whispered as he kissed Lucy. They continued to kiss each other as another set of strong waves washed them over making them fall on to the wet sand again as they embraced each other passionately, staring at each other, lying down and then kissed again, despite that they were dressed in swimwear—Lucy in a dark blue bikini with a top that had a plunging neckline that exposed her chest and was tied at the front instead of being a halter in which the straps were somewhat thin and Miguel in light aqua and red board shorts even though he had no shirt on. He really had a nice, fit muscular body that was very strong that it quite overpowered Lucy that she couldn’t resist. After that, they took a walk along the beach and Miguel asked Lucy, “How many guys have you dated?”
Lucy hesitated for a while to answer. “Why would you like to know?”
“I’m just asking,” Miguel replied. “With a beautiful girl like you, I’m sure you’ve dated other guys before. And right now, there’s still lots of guys, mostly handsome ones, falling at your feet and throwing themselves at you.”
Lucy finally answered Miguel’s question. “Just to let you know, I’ve dated a lot of other guys before and they were mostly Asian and Hispanic guys my parents could find in Atlanta.”
Miguel was relieved. “Okay. At least your parents wanted you to date them.”
Lucy nodded. “Of course. If I didn’t and went ahead and dated anyone not Asian nor Hispanic, they would be mad at me and tell me to ditch them right away.”
“Well you’re their daughter and they’re trying to protect you. And have you been married to any one of those Asian or Hispanic guys they fixed you up with?”
“I married a Filipino guy but I didn’t really like him. He didn’t look physically appealing to me. I mean, I don’t seem to be attracted to Asian guys that much.”
“You’re not supposed to be attracted to a guy at first. That’s just slutty. He is supposed to be attracted to you first and get you to be attracted to him second. That’s how it is. Well, anyway, so that means you’re divorced from your husband, aren’t you?”
“I am, currently.”
“I can’t say. All I know is that I didn’t feel anything with him at all. Aside from that, have you dated anyone, been married, etc.?”
“I have never been married nor engaged, either. I’ve dated a few girls seriously in LA but they turned out to be bisexual or lesbian which is weird. I’ve been a single guy for a long time, starting in San Francisco and also here. But anyway, it seems like those creepy girls are more available than the good, decent ones.”
“It’s because our country and the rest of the world’s population is more than 50 percent male, like 60 to 75 percent or so since most people want to have male children most of the time.”
“True. And finding a good girl is hard because of that.”
Lucy’s father suddenly showed up with her mother’s brother, Wilfred Cruz, who was her maternal uncle and Miguel was fine with it.
So Lucy’s dad shows up with her uncle who happens to be her mom’s brother, Miguel thought. And he also seems to be okay with me going out on a one-on-one date with her since I’m Latino. Other than that, I saw that they had fishing equipment with them since they were going fishing at the beach, something my family does.
“Nice to meet you,” Wilfred said to Miguel.
“Nice to meet you too,” Miguel replied.
“You too,” Lucy said to Wilfred.
“Hasta luego.” Lucy and Miguel continued walking a long the beach while her father and Wilfred went ahead to do some fishing.
“Well, meeting your uncle wasn’t bad at all,” Miguel said to Lucy. “He seems to be a friendly guy.”
“Apparently, I could say he is,” Lucy replied.
As the sun began winding down, Lucy’s contestants were filmed having a barbecue in the chateau’s patio that it smelled mostly of smoke. While they were having their dinner, they saw a piece of folded paper on the table.
“I guess it must be from Lucy,” Matt said. “I might as well want to read it.” Matt opened the letter. “Okay, it’s not for me but it’s for Jerry. Sorry about that.”
“That’s okay.” Jerry forgave Matt. “But anyway, is the letter for me?”
“Yup, it’s for you,” Matt gave Jerry the letter.
“Thanks,” Jerry said.
“No problem,” Matt replied.
Jerry read the letter out loud, “Jerry, what are some things you would like to do on a first date and name one thing you would like to do the most?” Jerry took a moment to think about what he was going to say. “I like going to sporting events, concerts, the beach, visiting museums, watching movies, having dinner, fishing, boating, and anything one can think of in Miami. But for the most part, I like to have dinner at a restaurant on a first date because I would get to know the girl, which would be Lucy of course. And there’s this one Asian private dining place I’d like to take her for dinner tomorrow evening. It’s called Mr. Chow which is a Chinese restaurant in the W Hotel in town.”
“I’ve been there before with my family for my cousin’s engagement party,” Francis explained, trying not to disagree with Jerry. “The food is very authentic.”
“I haven’t been there before but I’d like to try it, even though I’ve had Chinese food before,” Jerry explained.
“Looks like I smell some Asian fetish here,” João said, teasing Jerry in his moderate Brazilian accent. “If Lucy’s family finds out you’re going out on a one-on-one date with her and if you touch her, you’re going to be in big trouble.”
“Yup, that’s right,” Paul and some of the other Hispanic, Asian, and Hispasian guys teased as if they were trying not to start any friction.
“Maybe she wouldn’t let them know,” Jerry explained to João.
“Just take your chance,” Tyler told Jerry. “If her folks get pissed off and act racist, who cares?”
“Don’t listen to what some of these guys say,” Andy reminded Jerry.
Jerry nodded. “I think I should.”
“We mostly agree,” Marcus said. “Even though there are some that don’t agree.”
I sure would like to get a chance to know Lucy more, Jerry thought. And the other guys agree, mostly White guys like me as well as mixed White guys, but those that don’t agree are mostly Asian and Latino guys because they’re jealous of me and if they tell Lucy’s parents, oh well. I mean, this competition is all about taking chances is it? Until there are consequences. In fact, I’m starting to see gang mentality among these Asian and Latino guys, knowing most of them can’t get along with any of the White guys and mixed White guys here, even though these White guys and mixed White guys, I know are here for the right reasons. They are all looking for true love but these Asian and Latino guys don’t think so. Perhaps her parents too.
“Can I have the dark red carnation, por favor?” Miguel asked Lucy while they were still at the beach, being filmed having a later afternoon picnic and bonfire.
“Sure,” Lucy answered as she picked up the dark red carnation which was laid out by the producers with five other colors of carnations from the picnic blanket. She pinned it to Miguel’s ivory cotton blouse.
Just then, the temperature was starting to cool down and Lucy was shivering all of a sudden.
“¿Estás fría?” Miguel asked.
“Sí,” Lucy answered, shaking.
Miguel got a folded blanket that was on the picnic blanket, wrapped it around Lucy, and held her close to him, also wrapping it around himself as they were watching the orange sunset.
“You sure do feel cold,” Miguel said to Lucy.
“While you feel warm,” Lucy replied.
“You do like to cuddle, don’t you?” Miguel asked.
“I do,” Lucy answered, nodding. “Well, sort of.”
“What about kissing? I mean, on the lips?”
“I do, only if I find the person to be charming and even handsome.”
“And you find me handsome, do you?”
“Apparently, I do.”
“I mean, is a guy’s looks one thing that you look for?”
“Of course as well as his culture, religion, and political beliefs which my parents want as well as his education, career, income, and protectiveness which most parents want for their daughters anyway.”
“True. I can meet what your parents want. I mean my family is very traditional in their culture and religious in which they are Catholic as well as conservative in their political beliefs. You know I have a job that pays me a lot and also, I have a law degree from UCLA and a business degree from UC Berkeley in which I went to grad school. Other than that, I want to protect you because I’m madly in love with you and I love you a lot. I really do.” Miguel stroked Lucy’s face and gave her a kiss on the lips. “Do you love me too?”
“I..I do,” Lucy whispered.
“Good for you,” Miguel said. “You’re such a beautiful person and I would like for you to be my one and only.” Miguel continued to kiss Lucy by the sunset until they laid together, holding each other.
Lucy on the other hand, suddenly liked the idea of snuggling with Miguel. It was passionate that he was gently stroking her hair and back as she laid her head against his chest as he held her close to him. In other words, this one-on-one date setup by her parents indeed became a love match.
When Lucy and Miguel arrived to the chateau in the evening with the production crew filming them, the rest of the contestants greeted them, while the Caucasian and mixed Caucasian ones were in a separate room in the underground floor because her parents were there and they were worried that her parents would kick them out if they saw them.
“So, how was it?” Lucy’s mother asked her.
“It wasn’t bad,” Lucy answered. “Miguel and I had a good time.”
“We hung out at Little Havana and then went to the beach,” Miguel explained to Lucy’s mother.
“I see you got the dark red flower,” Lucy’s father said to Miguel.
“I asked for it,” Miguel said to Lucy’s father. “And she gave it to me.”
“Wow! I’m glad!” Lucy’s father said to her.
“Thank you for saying that, Dad,” Lucy replied to her father.
Meanwhile, Trent was in the kitchen getting a quick glass of water that he could hear the conversation between Lucy, Miguel, and her parents that he hurried back quickly to the basement.
“Looks like Lucy’s parents set her up for a one-on-one date with Miguel,” Trent said to the Caucasian and mixed Caucasian contestants as he arrived to the room they were in.
“Did they?” Adrian asked.
“I believe they did,” Trent answered. “I heard about them talking about liking Miguel and stuff but I heard Lucy had a pretty good time with him overall and I’m okay with that. Luckily they didn’t see me because they were so busy talking.”
“Thank goodness!” Steve sighed with relief.
“I hope Lucy’s parents don’t come down here and see us or we’re in big trouble,” Marcus said, worriedly. “We all do know how they are.”
“Yeah, they seem pretty racist and prejudiced,” Ron said.
“As usual,” Andy said.
“But not with me,” Peter added. “Nor Dion, Anthony, Filippo, and Giovanni. To them, we’re an exception.”
“Of course,” Dion said. “I’m Greek.”
“With me, I’m Russian,” Anthony said.
“Me and Giovanni,” Filippo said. “We’re Italian.”
“Except I’m American,” Giovanni snickered.
“Of course you are,” Filippo assured him. “What can you say?”
“True.” Giovanni nodded.
“Sweetie,” Lucy’s mother said to her while she was in the middle floor with her, her father, and her Asian, Hispanic, and Hispasian contestants. “Your dad and I need to talk to you.”
“Okay,” Lucy said with a nod and then said to the guys. “Excuse me for a moment.”
“Sure thing,” the guys replied.
Lucy’s parents took her to a private room further away from the large family room so they wouldn’t hear what was going on despite that the conversation would be also be filmed.
“I heard from Francis and some other guys that you’re going out with Jerry on a one-on-one date dinner tomorrow night to a classy Chinese restaurant called Mr. Chow,” Lucy’s father said to her. “Is that correct?”
“Yes,” Lucy nodded. “I mean what’s wrong with that?”
“Your dad and I don’t like Jerry,” Lucy’s mother explained. “He’s too all-American and he looks gay to us.”
“You don’t know that, Mom,” Lucy explained to her mother. “I’d have to see once I’m having dinner with him. You’re making a lot of assumptions here just like with some other guys, mostly White and mixed White people, that is.”
“And he’s also Buddhist too,” Lucy’s father told her.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. “It’s Rob,” the voice called out. “May I come in?”
“Sure,” Lucy said. She went to the door and opened it, letting Rob in, knowing that it was locked.
“Thanks,” Rob said.
“You’re welcome,” Lucy replied.
“I don’t mean to eavesdrop on you,” Rob explained but I heard you guys talk quite loudly.
“Sorry,” Lucy apologized.
“Oh no, that’s fine,” Rob assured her. “But anyway,” Rob explained to Lucy’s parents. “The production crew and I encouraged Lucy to take any contestant on the next one-on-one date and she picked Jerry to come along with her and none of us have a problem with Jerry. He’s an overall nice, respectable guy who gets along well with others and is very considerate of them, don’t get me wrong. From what I’m hearing is that you sound very racist and prejudiced about him and assume that he’s gay when he is straight from what I’ve seen when he was cast on this show.”
“How can that be?” Lucy’s father asked. “Lucy hasn’t gone out on a one-on-one date with him yet. And plus, she shouldn’t be asking for dates. She’s a girl.”
“But she will soon,” Rob reminded Lucy’s father. “Anyway, I don’t like the way you and her mother made those assumptions about Jerry. I find that very offensive. If he were to hear this conversation you are having with Lucy, he would be upset about it. In addition to that, the producers and I believe Lucy should also be asking for dates too.”
“I don’t think so. Guys should be asking for dates only and not girls,” Lucy’s mother told Rob. “It’s part of our Filipino culture.”
“I understand that it is, Mrs. Del Rosario,” Rob assured Lucy’s mother. “But what I’m seeing here is that you are setting up Lucy for disaster, especially with the way you and her father raised her.”
“It’s my choice here,” Lucy said to her mother. “And also I wouldn’t like it either if you and Dad were to make assumptions about Jerry if he were around. It would be embarrassing and you wouldn’t realize it.”
“My dear,” Lucy’s father assured her. “Your mom and I want the best for you. In fact, why don’t you have Francis come along with you and Jerry to Mr. Chow for dinner tomorrow night since he wants to go out with you.”
Rob was quite appalled. “Excuse me? This is supposed to be Lucy’s one-on-one date.”
“How about her dad and I make her go on a two-on-one date with Francis and Jerry instead?” Lucy’s mother suggested. “Have Francis see what Jerry is really like with her.”
“I did not ask Francis to come along, Mom,” Lucy said to her mother. “But he insisted from what I heard from Dad and this is not right.”
“Sweetie, you’re going to have to take Francis along,” Lucy’s mother told her. “Whether you like it or not.”
Lucy sighed, “Fine, whatever.”
So now this is a two-on-one date instead, Lucy thought. I wanted to take Jerry along but my parents insist that Francis come along as well just because he wants to go out with me which I know he does so that way he could see what Jerry is really like me. I don’t get it. Apparently, I don’t think Francis will ever get along with Jerry at all. In other words, I’m afraid that there’s going to be a problem between them even though don’t care anyway. Will there be? I don’t know. I’d have to see for sure. But anyway, I believe this doesn’t make sense. Does it?
As soon as Lucy’s parents left, she told Rob, “My parents, they’re very controlling.”
Rob nodded. “I can see.”
“I mean, they’re telling me who to date and all,” Lucy continued to explain. “And the next thing you know, they’ll just flat out tell me to kick out a guy just because of his race, religion, and political beliefs and it’s making me hard to tell how they are and what they are like because they’ve been saying bad things about them.”
“In other words, they are not letting you decide which guy to choose,” Rob replied. “Instead they just insist on setting you up, especially on that one-on-one date with Miguel without your consent. Speaking of that, how was it?”
“It went well,” Lucy explained. “Even though I didn’t feel any connection with him at first but did later on.”
“But with Francis, I don’t believe I can have any chemistry nor connection with him on this Mr. Chow date my parents are wanting to fix me up on in which they are trying to make him come in between me and Jerry, whatever. If I refuse to have Francis come along and just go alone with Jerry instead, they would be really mad at me.”
“That’s just how most parents are, by the way. They just set up their daughters with a particular guy because they want the best for them while they let sons choose whichever girl they want.”
“And it can produce disastrous results.”
“I mean, it’s just suppression, oppression, whatever.”
“I can agree.”