That caught his interest and he sat up a little more in his chair. He motioned halfassed towards the tea pot in the corner. “Let’s see then?” Tea was a good thing. He liked that this one was no nonsense. “Let me set up a scenario, Khun Si.” The mispronunciation of her name was a deliberate test. “My business takes me all around the world, some time at just a few seconds notice- how would your family react and how would you handle it?”
He paused after a moment and then went quiet. He lifted a finger and motioned to the tea pot again. “The blend should be under the cart, but if there’s more than one- I like green.” He didn’t give her a chance to answer quite yet as he paused once more. “With honey.” Then he was quiet and waited for her to speak, steepling his fingers together as he leaned back in his chair.
Zhu Li bowed her head and hopped up from her seat to the cart in the corner. She didn’t show any kind of reaction to him pronouncing her name wrong. “It’s Zhu Li, sir.” Her voice was soft, calm, and as deadpan as ever. She started heating the water, and she searched for the tea. He asked her a question, paused, then pointed out where the tea was and what blend he liked.
She snatched up a green tea blend, Chun Mee, and steeped it in the hot water. Being familiar with most types of tea, she knew the exact time, to the second, of how long to steep it for.
"There is no one left in my family that I am aware of but me. I suppose it is possible my father is alive and well somewhere, but I do not know him and have no interest in pursuing the matter." Though, she was used to being alone at this point, sometimes, it bothered her. She supposed it was something about human nature requiring some kind of companionship. Even so, she did not think she wanted to meet the man who had left her mother.
She considered the next question about how she would handle traveling around the world at a moment’s notice. “I haven’t done much traveling outside of this area.” She glanced back at him. “Seeing some new places would be… interesting. I don’t require much. Moving will not be a problem for me.” She didn’t sound too enthusiastic, but then she didn’t sound discouraged, either. She sounded the same.
When she had finished the tea, she took the honey in hand. “How much honey do you like in your tea, sir?”