Ava Lee and Pang Fei in Taipei Pang Fei hasn't yet come down from the relief of her first comedy role surrounded by a fun cast and crew just as every previous work connection was warning her that her career youth ticket was supposedly expiring.
Ava Lee and Pang Fei in Taipei

Pang Fei hasn't yet come down from the relief of her first comedy role surrounded by a fun cast and crew just as every previous work connection was warning her that her career youth ticket was supposedly expiring.

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Ava Lee and Pang Fei get stuck in Taipei together during a pandemic.

Ava Lee and Pang Fei in Taipei Pang Fei hasn't yet come down from the relief of her first comedy role surrounded by a fun cast and crew just as every previous work connection was warning her that her career youth ticket was supposedly expiring.

Pang Fei hasn't yet come down from the relief of her first comedy role surrounded by a fun cast and crew just as every previous work connection was warning her that her career youth ticket was supposedly expiring. Joined in Taiwan by Ava Lee, high off of taking a pay cut in order to validate to herself that it was okay to force some crooks to pay for their crimes, not only with money, but with tarnished reputations and jail sentences (Uncle had gently warned her in a dream that she could not let these criminals think she was harmless). She let them bargain hard for a discount on what they owed. Everything has a price. Fei and Ava met in a private room in a hostel by the main train station in Taipei, a job perk for Fei and almost a slumming joke for Ava. Hotels were closed because of the COVID19 pandemic and the hostel had threatened to shut down. If it came to that Ava figured she would pay to stay in the hostel by themselves with no staff. Surely the hostel would be amenable to making some money instead of no money. A shared shower room with ministalls is Ava's only real complaint about the place since Fei is the only guest on the women's floor that Ava cares to share a shower with. As Ava did in her Havergal College dorm, they find private moments, caught only once in the shower by a guest who pretended to be so sleepy she didn't catch what was going on. Although she would prefer a mountain hideaway, the 5th floor Japanese style hostel turned out to be a perfect hideout for Lee who usually lodges in the nicest, most Centrally located, most conspicuous hotel in any town. Even if Mai Ling bribes her way from Hong Kong, as she has promised by telephone, which they would welcome, she won't be looking for them here. They told Mai that should she make it to Taipei they would meet her at TaiPei 101, inarguably the world's most attractive skyscraper. Sometimes in the middle of the night they stand side by side looking out the paned dining room window overlooking the darkness of one of the pre-lockdown busiest streets in Taipei half expecting Mai Ling or one of their Triad friends to be looking up trying to spot them. The train station offers food options. Pandemic facemasks offer anonymity as they try it all although they are regulars at one of the iced tea and sushi stands that also sells bread and butter for toast. Prowling through multi-level mazes of the train station, they located a trinket store with little painted cat collar bells (Warn the birds!) (Warn of anyone entering through a door or window!) Almost nobody can get into or out of the country. The "almost" is what concerns Ava. They still get attention for their slender, toned, college student bodies, kept trim with running stairs and stairway landing workouts. Once a creepy kid told Fei she had a body just like the actress Pang Fei. Busted! Except he walked away not believing it could be her. Is he the only person in Taipei who doesn't know about the film shoot? They, people who rarely shop or stop, are loving their way through one of the few Time Out periods of their busy lives. The 2020 pandemic, which started across the water in Wuhan (Uncle grew up there! Ava swears that if she could see him alive again she would windsurf to Wuhan), was red flagged early in Taiwan. Taiwan shut down early with Fei and Ava inside probably the safest place on the planet... Except for China threatening military agression across the 450 miles of water and the US's Mad King Ludwig threatening China, and COVID19 having long lasting, deadly, horrible medical effects and being very contagious. Like taking over the world, starting with the smallest island in the board game "Risk", Chiang Kai Shek had planned to take over China from his home base, Taiwan. There were times when he was winning. Like coronavirus. They go to the fortune tellers at the market. They cannot seem to stay away. Both of their mothers rely heavily on fortune tellers who drive their daughters crazy with warnings that the daughters will not be safe in the endeavors they are embarking on. Of course the daughters will not be safe. What do their mothers think they do for a living? Ava Lee is frequently fighting off armed bad guys (and one knife-wielding old lady in Singapore). Pang Fei fends off the predatory sexual advances of her film benefactors, much to the fury of her agent who worked hard to land her those roles and that funding. He is only starting to trust that she can keep the letches at arm's length and continue to get roles. Fei was a hard, bitter woman for a few years, before Ava came along. Neither of them has any contention with being female on Planet Earth in 2020 but there are challenges. At the fortune teller tables at a subway underpass Fei recognizes an older American woman from the hostel. Ava offers to translate if the tourist wants her fortune told. She refuses, saying psychics always tell her exactly what she wants to hear. They are good at that, but not one nanosmidgen of any of it ever comes to pass. Ava wonders what the older woman could be talking about. Probably some ancient hopeless married love. Ava was glad she found Fei. A fortune teller the three of them are walking by cackles and says loudly, "There's that but also something like what you do. How do you think Trump knew where al Baghdadi was?" Ava asks, "How would any non-Iraqi know where al Baghdadi was?" "She turned in the location of a storage shed with computers that had the info. Reward was $25 million. Obama refused to follow up on it and Trump never paid her." "I read it was another messenger," Fei argued, "What? It wasn't a messenger?" The older American hadn't understood the fortune teller but heard "Obama" and disappeared as in Here one minute. Gone the next. The beautiful couple returned to their freshy cleaned, aired out room where they hadn't had sex in 4 hours. The older woman shuffled back to the Exit 8 escalator up to street level, not drunk but walking like a drunk due to low blood pressure from a facelift that had kept her in the game for a few extra years.

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