Two fortunes linked together _ Klong Toey style
Her dowry was a nice gold chain and a sacred medal. His was a threat _ a knife and a gun displayed on the table in front of him, a reminder of what would happen if he didn't take his vows seriously
It all went down in Aunty Tien's Noodle Shop, also known as the Klong Toey Slaughterhouse local ladies' noodle shop, where the matriarchs of the neighbourhood trade stories and gossip. Aunty Tien is the proprietor. She had taken the girl in, a teenager on the run from the brokers, sleeping nights in a stall at the Klong Toey fresh market.
Auntie asked around and found that no one knew anything about her; she was just a "stray". So Auntie Tien gave her a home and protected her. She became Aunty Tien's assistant at the noodle shop.
The girl, in her middle teens, was from the border in the far North. Fragile. Not sickly, but almost. Not really anyone's first choice for marriage. She couldn't hold up under long hours in the rice fields and would lose her pretty looks quickly, so best move her on to Bangkok. She was attractive enough, and in Bangkok, they don't know anything about rice fields. A woman who came to the village now and then gave her parents a down payment and said she would get the girl a nice job. You can probably guess the rest, but she managed to escape, and to forget.
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