Decades ago, this was where she met him, a handsome, wealthy, Vietnamese businessman. She was a seventeen year old French girl. It was a hot summer when she came with her parents. She was staring at the giant pink crystal lotus when he approached her. They talked. He brought her an ice-cream. They arranged to meet every day after that. Their summer fling ended when she returned to Paris. Years later, she read about his marriage to a Chinese heiress. It was right after her parents sent her away to have the baby girl she was forced to give up.
This story was inspired by The Lover, the autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.