Zhang Li was proverbial in beauty and talent making her the envy of young women in the province of Zhengzhou.
However, beneath her extraordinary surface, there was a sharp as a knife loneliness that others were oblivious of.
Her beauty and virtues had made foes of friends and to men who waited patiently to please her; she was as tough as an impregnable fort, as distant as a heavenly angel.
It was only when Li Xiang became her neighbor that she experienced blossoms of camaraderie strong enough to allow her to share with him the guarded secret of her numbered days on account of the terminal illness.
To Li Xiang, life was a fine blend of Science and the supernatural and therefore he suggested that they plant a Peach tree (which according to Chinese folklore is the symbol of longevity)in her courtyard .
The Peach tree is 40 years old now and Zhang Li is 61.
This story was written for Six Sentence Stories at Zoe’s uncharted , the cue of the week being “Peach”. Thanks to Zoe for hosting the challenge.