A story by Laleh Chini:
Saman was a smart, brilliant boy.
He was from a small town. His father was hard-working labor, mostly gardening and farming for landowners.
Therefore his father usually couldn’t find any job in the wintertime, and they always were struggling to pay rents and all other expenses, especially in the winter.
Saman’s family didn’t have much, but the circle of love and care was at its most precious point. Saman had two younger brothers who were doing good at school too.
Saman passed the school with noticeable grades, enough to put him in scholarship.
Moving to the new city was a big step for a boy from a small town.
Saman had to find a job to cover his expenses and send money back home to his parents to be a little help. Every day after his classes, Saman looked for a job; and finally, he found one at a very fancy restaurant that not many people could afford to eat there.
Saman’s new job was to clean tables after guests are gone.
The salary and his share of tips were enough for him to spend his simple life and send a bit to his parents.
Saman was passing courses with high grades, and he was very known in the university for being humble, kind, polite and very smart. He often was bullied by rich students for his accent and they called him the village boy.
Beta was a quiet girl in the class who Saman looked at secretly every day. Beta always wore simple clothes, but classy. She was doing good in school but not with a scholarship.
Saman was happy that Beta is not rich, so maybe one day he could ask her out and God knows if they could build a future together.
Months passed, and the relationship between Saman and Beta was only a few secret sidelong.
On a jam-packed night at the restaurant, Saman was running around cleaning the tables, and wiping his sweats when a customer bumped into him accidentally, and Saman and his tray full of dishes and glasses banged on the floor and made a blasting sound which attracted everyone’s attention.
Saman started picking every piece off the floor when he saw Beta and her family sitting around the next table.
Saman felt so ashamed, Beta was from a wealthy family, and he didn’t know that. Saman was thinking to himself: “Oh no, now the dream of having Beta, will never happen.”
Someone kneeled beside Saman to help him pick up the broken pieces. He looked and saw Beta on her knees. Saman didn’t know what to say.
Beta held Saman’s hand and helped him to stand up. She looked at her parents and, with joy and pride, said: “This is the most handsome and genius boy in my class that I always talked about.”
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