Asia sat waiting for her friend Baidah who was coming to visit her. She was surprised at her friend’s demand for a private meeting. Asia thought Baidah must have a serious problem, so she was anxious to see her friend, when she arrived a few minutes late. Asia waited for her to start talking while Baidah tried to appear composed.
Then she said, “Can I ask you a question!”
“Yes, with pleasure!” said Asia.
Baidah said, “I want you to answer frankly.”
“Now you know I am always frank!” Asia assured her.
“Why did you refuse Foad’s proposal of marriage!” burst out Baidah.
Asia was taken aback by the question. She was silent for a while, and said, “Can I also ask you a question!”
“Of course, you can,” said Baidah.
“Why do you ask me a question that might upset me? You know he is my relative and I…
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