Grandfather Pork Bun, through his wealth of connections, negotiated their quick return home first thing in the morning. Father Pork Bun was waiting eagerly for them outside the house, and wasted no time in allowing everyone to freshen up.
By lunchtime both the Dumpling and the Pork Bun Clans were sat round the table. The young couple served tea to their respective elders as a mark of respect and humble apology. Soon the latest news of the missing pair spread through the village – thanks to the newly installed, ultra shiny gossip balloon generator 2.0!
It seemed only appropriate to mark the closing of the two Clan’s recent emotional rollercoaster and the acceptance of a new beginning with a stunning display of fireworks, while sipping lobster and lychee bubble tea.
As the events of Dim Sum Island draws to a close, I’ll be back next week with some new monsters!
The large shadow on the cave wall turned out to belong to a much smaller and rather frail character: Grandfather Pork Bun!
The two runaways were rather dumbfounded as it turns out he had been waiting for them on the mainland coast. Miss Pork Bun couldn’t understand how her grandfather managed to find them. It was at this point that he revealed a painful event from her mother’s past.
Mother Pork Bun had also tried to leave Dim Sum Island in her youth during a moment of love rage. Her infatuation was in fact for Mr Dumpling’s uncle, a gentleman far senior in his age to even consider someone in their youth. And so when she proposed to meet him on the Mainland coast to start a new life elsewhere he did not even consider that for a moment it would be viable.
Strong feelings blinded her from reality and she waited on the Mainland for days. He never came of course and she only returned to the Island after Grandfather Pork Bun found her in these exact set of caves. Since that fateful day Mother Pork Bun’s anger and resentment could only grow stronger over the years and she would find herself grasping at events of the past, such as the drought of 1938, to reinforce her hatred of him. She told herself she should never forgot the shame and embarrassment that he had caused; never be so naive and trust those of the Dumpling Clan. In reality the villagers thought little of it and it had been quickly forgotten as an unfortunate episode that happens as one grows up.
Miss Pork Bun finally understood her mother a little better and realised that her own actions would only deepen her misunderstanding and mistrust with the Dumpling Clan. Running away was not the answer. Mr Dumpling understood this too and with some reluctance, agreed to return home.
With no sign of the missing individuals the two families are deeply worried. But then as if to answer their prays sightings all over Dim Sum Island were reported.
‘The forest on the island is so dense but I’m sure I saw them near the Tea Fortune Teller’s house.’
‘Oh dear! They gave me such a fright- one minute snooping around the soybean fields and then suddenly, gone!’
Ms Egg Tart:
‘I saw her at the foot of the hills. I’m sure she was Miss Pork Bun. She had such a striking resemblance to the image on the village notice board.’
Having heard no news it seemed only natural to Miss Pork Bun’s parent that they should seek the advice of a fortune teller, who upon peering into her tea cup told them: “A dumpling is what your daughter’s heart holds dear”.
Mother Pork Bun was raging and knew she should have put her foot down earlier. She opposed of that relationship from the start and should have listened to her instints. This left Father Pork Bun with nowhere to stand as he knew his laid back approach was inadvertently to blame.
Meanwhile Grandfather Pork Bun decided it would be wise to renew relations with the Dumpling Clan, and paid a visit to his old rival’s home. He bought some soybean curd as a gift and in exchange Grandfather Dumpling served up some of his family’s soybean custard while they both thought about the events of the past.
You see the two families have a wealth of history:
The Dumpling Clan have always been made and sold soybean custard, while the Pork Bun Clan did the same with soybean curd. Soy and it’s products are valued commodities in Dim Sum Village and their reliance proved fatal in the drought of 1938 when not a single soybean was harvested. Fights broke out as to how best to use the stock they had in storage so as to pull the village through the winter months. With such uncertainty facing them, suspicion and distrust grew and eventually manifested itself with one Clan accusing the other of stealing soy. The villagers got caught up by taking sides and eventually paid the heaviest price when many starved to death.
Those were dark days that happened many generations ago and most villagers give no thought to the arguments of the past. But Grandfather Pork Bun knows his daughter for one reason or another feels strongly otherwise, even with their ancestors’ wish to free the future generations of past grudges…
The young couple in the forest were only too well aware of the strong feelings Mother Pork Bun had. And that night they plotted the final part of their route out of Dim Sum Island – out into the bigger world where the great land gave way to endless opportunities. Is running away the answer? Or will history repeat itself and cause a rift between the two clans?