Since I'm typing this, I didn't break my neck, and I wound up mostly enjoying the party. I was never a party person before, but they are a lot more fun when people are constantly coming up to you, telling you that you look amazing, saying they're so jealous of you getting to go to college abroad, with the guys trying to figure out if you're single and the girls asking about the clothes.
After a while, I could tell which ones were probably Yuan-wei's closer friends, because they had specific questions about "Benny", classes, and other stuff, because they'd kept in touch via messaging and Weibo and the like. I said things had gotten complicated with Benny because of his ex, which was kind of true, and that I was still in the film and theater program at BU, which was true enough from the schedule of classes in my new bu.edu mailbox. A lot of them wanted to hear me speak English, and were amazed at my accent. No way to tell them I was cheating there, or any way to ask how my Cantonese sounded. I mean, it's got to sound weird, and it makes me wonder if this family is so rich/powerful that nobody's going to say so for fear of upsetting us.
I'm glad it was a big party, even if some of the folks there were clearly seeing this as an opportunity to suck up to Chen-ai. I got to meet a lot of people who were a part of my new life in some capacity, but didn't have to get too in-depth with any of them.
And the cake... My god, that was the best chocolate cake I have ever had in my life. I am going to hate not having that sort of thing more often, but having seen this body naked, I don't want to fuck it up.
Anyway, it went pretty late into the night and I didn't feel like leaving, which is kind of a first for me. It feels really weird to say this early on, but I think being Yuan-wei is going to be fun. I don't really want to say I've traded up, and I know that the whole Trading Post Inn deal is intrinsically horrifying, but the perks are pretty damn great.