Deborah Hendrick on Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Qi Quinella Cruz was the fifth daughter of Gen. Martin Cruz, of El Paso, and Dr. Chang Shan from Singapore. On the rainy afternoon that Quentin Quarles stumbled into Ella at the coffee stand, a hush fell over the noisy street (“like angels walking by,” said the barista,).

Apologizing, Quentin introduced himself to Ella, splattered with latte, but then the bells interrupted, ringing from the nearby church. In deepening confusion he stared at her as a huge smile spread across her face, and she lit up with a thousand watts of incandescence because she knew he did not believe in fate.

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