A FRIEND I HAVE NEVER MET IN THE FLESH

A FRIEND I HAVE NEVER MET IN THE FLESH

 

When I was in middle school, I had a special friend. I did not know his name or face, but I believe he is a good guy.

 

One day I went to Wuhan with my parents on a visit to some relatives. When I was playing by the river Yangtze, I threw a bottle with a note in it. On the note was my QQ number plus the message, “May I have a QQ chat with you?”

 

At that time, I knew normally no one would do such a thing. Never did I have the faintest hope to get a reply. However, one day when I went online, a stranger sent me an invitation to be his QQ friend. It turned out that he had got my message in the bottle. In the first chat I learned that he was a 32-year-old man and that he was working in Shanghai. He said that he had picked up my bottle when he was taking a stroll along the Yangtze one evening. The first time we met, I was having a rotten day and so was he. We clicked right away. Then we shared our troubles. I had quarrelled with one of my best friends and worse still I had failed the monthly exam. He told me about his struggling existence on a daily basis in Shanghai.

 

Our communication went on and off for a couple of years. It witnessed the ups and downs of our individual life courses. Throughout he offered suggestions when I had problems. I encouraged him to live for a better life. One day I said thanks to him, and he said to me, “Keep on fighting, boy.”

 

Although we two have never met each other in the flesh, I believe he is a good guy. A good friend does not have to be by your side physically.

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