Complications of Complete
(Jayle)"I used to have a special
friend in my secondary school years. We were very close friends
that many people often mistaken us as lovers. We always hang out
together, watching the sun set at the top of the school building
and we always got into trouble together..."
"Herman!" said Jayle excitedly as
she approached towards him. Herman turned around with a wide
smile flickered across his face.
"Jayle, what are you doing here?" he
"How could you not tell me that you
are here watching the sunset?" she demanded pointedly.
Herman laughed heartily. "And you're
here to resent me for the fact I had not asked you out to watch
the sunset together. Sorry," he added. "I just needed to be
alone. I didn't know that you'll feel this way."
She beamed at him. "Shouldn't you be
in your dormitory after school hours?" she asked him curiously.
"I mean you're a prefect..."
"Why ask me?" he said. "You're a
prefect too. Shouldn't you be in your dormitory at this hour
Jayle looked away. "We weren't doing
Suddenly there was a scrapping noise
at the door. "Shhh," he warned her. "There's someone at the
But before they could hide
themselves, the door flew open and the discipline master was
"I could not believe how you
prefects could sneak out of your dormitory to meet up after
school hours," said the discipline master angrily after he had
brought the pair of them to his office. "Mike, how could you be
""I'm sorry," said Mike the Head
"If you must punish, please punish
the both of us," Herman spoke up after a long silence. "Jayle and
I did not plan to meet up, but we just met up there. Mike might
be a Head Boy but he is not responsible for our actions. We have
never had the intention to get him into trouble."
"Alright," said the discipline
master after a while. "No dinner for the both of you tonight.
Herman, you'll be washing the dishes after dinner as your
punishment, and you, Jayle, you'll rearrange all the books in the
library. I will send a letter to both of your parents to inform
them about your punishment."
That night, Jayle
dustered all the thick and heavy books in the 'Fiction'
section of the library. She arrange them neatly back to the
shelves according to the numbering order as she tried hard to
ignore the continuous rumbling in her stomach.
"You must be really hungry," said a
voice behind her. She wheeled around and saw Mike the head boy
smiling nervously at her. He holds out a chocolate box. "For
you," he said.
"Thanks," said Jayle as she took the
box but she thought of someone suddenly. "Do you think Herman had
his dinner?" she asked him. For some reason, she was concerned
that Herman might faint halfway washing the dishes.
"Don't worry," said Mike gently.
"I've told the cooks to give the leftovers to Herman."
Jayle smiled and did not say
(Herman) "Sometimes I could not
understand this strange feeling. It feels like a sort of
yearning. My heart would race whenever I'm with Jayle. She would
always be there for me whenever I feel down. It is like she was
the only person in this world would be able to make me smile. We
do everything together. We still watch the sunset despite the
discipline master's warning. I remembered there was a time when
we played Dare or Dare game. She dared me to steal the Green
Stone in the school garden. I stole it and we almost got into
trouble. However we were saved by Mike the head boy who happened
to pass by. I gave the stone to Jayle and I would never forget
the smile she wore at the time..."
"...Still, I did not dare to admit
my feelings for her. What if she refused? This might put our
friendship at risk. But whenever I saw her walking with Mike, I
had this feeling to punch him on the nose. I made up my mind.
Whatever the outcome might be, I can figure it out
"Jayle," Herman started nervously.
"I have something to say."
Jayle looked at him and this made
him feel even more nervous than the last time he sat for exams.
He pulled out something silver out of his pocket. It was a long
silvery chain with a small black butterfly attached at the middle
of the ring. He took a couple of deep breaths and said,
"Butterflies usually symbolizes promises. Promises are beautiful
like butterflies if they were kept properly, but once broken, the
promise that was made will fly away like a butterfly."
"So," he continued, "I want you to
be my girlfriend. I promise you that I will love you and protect
Jayle did not know what to say.
"I'll wait for you," Herman said
quickly. "You don't need to give your answer now." He thrust the
chain to her hands. "I hope you will consider it.I will put on
this for you once you agree."
(Jayle)"I really loved him. From
the first day of school when I had accidentally bumped onto him
during the opening ceremony, I had already liked him. I didn't
expect that he would feel the same way for me one day. I took the
Green Stone that Herman had given me and stare at
"Jayle, if you stare at the stone
any harder, it will probably start confessing all Herman's
innermost secrets to you!"
Jayle almost dropped the stone at
these words. Her best friend was standing against the wall with a
sly smile on her face.
"Chloe!" Jayle exclaimed. "I almost
dropped this stone!"
"You were so concentrated on that
stone," said Chloe, winking. "I wonder if it's from
Jayle did not say anything. Her face
turned red with embarrassment when Chloe began to tease
"Don't," Jayle muttered,
"Alright," Chloe said, suppressing
her laughter. "Here's a piece of advice: you must tell the person
you love how you feel or you might regret it one day."
Chloe left the dormitory, leaving
Jayle doing some thinking. Chloe was right, she thought. Herman
had always treated her best and this time, he had told her how he
felt for her. She'd regret if Herman goes out with another girl.
Jayle dashed out of the dormitory and looked for Herman. He was
not doing his duty or at dinner. She looked every sign of him
wherever she goes and that she was too distracted that she went
crashing with the discipline master.
"I'm sorry sir," she said quickly.
"Did you see Herman?"
"Herman?" said the discipline
master, surprised. "He had left the school with his grandpa just
a moment ago…"
"He had left," she repeated,
"Just a while ago in the car
Jayle did not wait for the
discipline master to complete his sentence. She ran past him and
then to the car park. But Herman was no where around. Her
heartbeat quickened as she scanned the car park once more. There
was not a single soul there except hers. She stood- rooted to the
ground, speechless. Where did Herman go? She wondered as she
stared at the gates of the school.
Nobody knew where Herman went. Not
even the teachers. He seems to have disappeared suddenly. One
week gone, and then another week, and another week and soon he
were gone for more than a month. Jayle was confused. She wasn't
sure if she was still waiting for him. She looked listless
everyday and couldn't concentrate during class. Her marks were
getting from bad to worst. She looked so pitiful that Mike the
head boy sympathized with her. He tried to cheer her up with
ice-creams and chocolates but she was still miserable. Chloe
persuaded her to leave this school and start a new life, but they
ended up making a deal.
"I promise you," said Jayle
stubbornly, "that if Herman doesn't return within three months, I
will go. I will leave the school and never stepped here
"Three months?" said Chloe
incredulously. "Are you crazy? Are you going to spend your
Christmas in misery?"
"I don't care," she said. "I have
made up my mind I'm sure Herman will return. If not I will go as
I have promised."
Three months had arrived sooner than
expected and it was Christmas. Jayle was still sitting on the
canteen bench, looking listless as she waited for her parents.
She left the school rather reluctantly when her parents fetched
her. Tears of sadness rolled down her cheeks as she followed her
parents out of the school.
Back up the stairs, in the
dormitory, the Green Stone was resting on a piece of paper neatly
folded into two. It says:
"Though I don't know why you
left without a word, but I want you to know that I will never
forget you. I will wait for you. I want you to put on for the
Black Butterfly as you have promised."