Lien’s best friends: Annie and Beau. She’s known them forever, though Annie’s forever is longer than Beau’s.
Beau’s a photographer and admin guy, creative and perfectionist but always calm, wary of strangers and acquaintances, thoughtful of his friends, witty, committed to looking amazing, a trans guy who’s been out for five years and has lived with Lien for most of that.
Annie and Lien have known each other since Mandarin classes in the afternoons when they were children. Annie works in a vintage store and studies law. She’s smart, fashionable, polished, maybe too ready to like anyone she meets. She’s the sweetest person anyone has met, ever.
Lien’s social life is full, but these are the friends who are family, who are home and safety, who will support her and criticise her and be around forever.