June 11, 2015

It was the last day of school. She saw him at the lockers as she was getting all of her books. She saw him smile at her and he started to approach her. She averted her gaze and focused on getting all of her stuff.

“Hey,” he said.

“Hey,” she said without looking at him.

“Let’s go home together,” he said.

“S-sure,” she stuttered.

“Good. I’ll wait for you outside,” he said and then he walked away.

She stared at him as he walked. She wondered why he suddenly asked her to go with him. It was not the first time, but they don’t do it usually. She went outside the school and she saw him sitting at a bench. He stood as soon as he saw her.

“Let’s go?” he asked.

“Can I buy some food first?” she asked.

“Sure,” he answered.

They stopped at a food stall and both of them bought a sandwich. He didn’t buy any drink, but she bought a coffee. She ate while walking while he kept the food in his backpack. They approached the train station. He bought their tickets and they rode the first train that arrived. She already finished her sandwich as she sat beside him. She was about to ask him why he just kept his sandwich, but she stopped. His eyes were closed, he was sleeping. She remembered that he always sleep during long trips. She thought maybe he was just tired. She sipped her coffee as the train began moving. She was still drinking when he suddenly leaned on her shoulder. She was so surprised that she almost loss grip of her coffee. She went red; it was the first time he leaned on her shoulder. She gulped her coffee for fear of spilling it. She threw it in the nearest trash bin and placed her hands on her lap. She didn’t know what to do. She became more conscious as she saw an old couple looking at them while smiling. She averted their gaze and looked down instead. She wondered if they think they are a couple. The thought of it made her smile. When they are together, butterflies were usually in her stomach, but this time, they were pterodactyls. If only she could stop time. She suddenly felt sleepy; it was the first effect of coffee on her. She closed her eyes and drifted away.

She heard the name of the station before their stop through the speakers. She opened her eyes and saw a lot of people looking at her while smiling. She realized that she fell asleep while leaning on his head. She jolted as she sat straight and it woke him.

“Where are we?” he asked with puffy eyes.

“We’re near,” she answered without looking at him.

They got out of the train as soon as their stop was announced. They slowly walked together in silence. Her house is nearer to the station while he lives a few streets away from her. She wished for the road to not end. She wished they got lost. She wished they could walk longer together. She frowned as she saw her house. It was the end of her dream. There won’t be a next time. They approached her house. They stopped at the gate and he smiled at her.

“Bye. See you when I see you,” he said while smiling.

“Bye,” she said.

He stopped for a moment and then turned his back and walked away. Before he could go any further, she grabbed his arm.

“Wait,” she blurted out.

He turned and stared at her.

“What?” he asked.

“Uh… Take care,” she said while looking down.

“Okay,” he said and then he laughed.

He turned his back one more time and waved his hand. She just stared at him as he walked away.

“I love you,” she whispered.


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