It was still lunchbreak and I can't stop repeating the part Alex
told me that we should finish what was unfinished: our date. I
blushed a dark shade of red, hoping to know the reason why he
said that. Either he has to say something important, or he just
want to be with me.
"Haley, what's wrong? You look like you're in need of help."
Rhea came with Clare wearing the same worried faces and their
curious eyes. I really don't like them to notice me spacing out
because they want to know what's been making me worrying. But I
have no choice but to tell them everything.
"No. I'm not really needing help right now, It's just...Alex been
acting weird since I talked to him today."
"Ah, he's always weird. You don't have to worry about a thing."
"No he's not!" Clare refused to agree the fact Alex is weird.
"Maybe he's just a little tired and out of shape."
"Yeah. But he's not paying attention to class lately. Maybe
"tired" isn't the right word for it." I replied.
I frowned. The date is one thing but spacing out, not paying
attention, saying words that is not like his character, so he
must be hiding something. I gotta find out what.
"What are you talking about?"
The three of us looked back to see Mark and Alex staring at us
very closely. D-did he heard our conversation? Please tell me you
"N-nothing." Clare said.
"Okay." Mark grinned. "How about we return the favor for giving
us your chocolates? There's a cafe nearby our school and it has
not-so expensive sweets."
"Uh, I'm sorry guys." Rhea frowned.
"Why?" I asked.
"There's a school meeting I have to attend after school."
"That's okay." Alex smirked. "We already expected that you have
something urgent to do, Class Prez."
"Idiot." Rhea said angrily. "I'm this class' president. Meetings
and stuff to do in the school are most the activities I do every
"That's such a shame. It'd be more fun to do it with you too."
"Then, it's after school then. We'll meet you outside the
school." Mark smiled.
"O-okay." Another red-faced Clare has appeared again. Then Alex
and Mark left the classroom.
"Clare, may I ask you something?" I said.
"Yes. What is it?" she looked at me.
"I was wondering...Alex mentioned a long time ago that Mark did
something to you. But why you look like that you have some
feelings for him?"
Clare looked down and said, "I guess I have to tell you
everything." Clare and I sat down and she began,
"8 years ago, after Alex and I met, he decided to introduce me to
his cousin. We entered a house and then I met him. Then about two
months after we met, Alex and I decided to stay at his house for
a two days. I was playing with my stuffed bear in the living
room, then I needed a drink so I went to the kitchen. I saw Mark
holding a knife covered in red. I was scared I thought it was
blood. Alex came and notice I was scared and punched Mark. I
stopped them after a while and Alex pulled my hand and we left."
I looked at her, she looked guilty because she made two cousins
fight but Alex had the wrong idea. But I never knew Alex would
have to go far and fight Mark like that.
But now, it's now fine and he said sorry to me. Then I slowly
began to have feelings for him. His cheerful and kind personality
never fades at all." Clare added.
I see. Clare liked Mark this whole time because even though they
began with a horrible start, she still believes in her feelings
and likes the boy she loves.
"I look forward about you and Alex by the way."
That last sentence made me clueless. What is she talking about?
It's not like we're dating or anything.
"W-what?" I said.
"I can support you with Alex. That's what. I could tell you have
interest in him too."
"N-no! It's not like that!" I hesitated. I really don't think
Alex as more than a friend right now. Besides, I don't think he
likes me as more than a friend.
"That's okay. I never expected your reaction to be more different
than that." Clare laughed. "Oh, it's class time."
"Okay. Thank you for telling me everything about you with Mark
though." I said softly.
After school, Clare and I waited at the cafe Mark told us about.
It sure looked really high-class but it doesn't have really
expensive sweets, just normal and cute ones. Then I heard the
door opening and very exhausted voices.
"Thank goodness...we finally...made it." The first voice said.
"Yeah..I never..knew we would get...chased like that." Another
Clare and I were completely puzzled and we looked back and saw
Alex and Mark. They looked totally worn-out and really needs
"What happened to you?" I asked them. I really didn't tell them
to be quick in coming here, since they were the ones who told us
to wait but I must know why do they look like that.
"We got chased by girls who wanted to give us chocolates. But we
lost them when we got here." Mark explained.
"They were so fast we can't believe that we already spent all our
energy because of running so much." Alex added.
"So," Mark changed the topic and sat down with us. "We'll pay for
it. Pick any dessert you want."
Clare began because while we were waiting a while ago, she was
looking at the menu until they arrived. "I-I'll take a triple
chocolate cake slice and jasmine tea."
I looked at the menu and try pick something good. "I'm not really
hungry, so I'll pick a strawberry cake slice and black tea."
"Okay." Alex made a smile and told the waiter what we ordered.
"Wow. I never knew girls would like their cakes with tea along."
"That's because sweets goes well with tea. Especially at
afternoon." Clare replied.
"True." I said.
"Lucky we found this cafe. I heard it goes well especially at
Valentines. But this was made like, 4 months ago." Mark grinned.
"Your desserts, sirs and madams."
The waiter arrived with a smile and said, "Since it's Valentines
and you are our fourteenth* costumers today, we made you a
special gift each. Open it after eating, of course." Then he left
after putting down our cakes and tea.
"I wonder what's inside those tiny little boxes." Clare said,
pointing at the four boxes. (the "gift" the waiter mentioned
about) Two of the boxes are blue, while the others are pink.
"After eating, he says." I said, almost laughing. "And wow, their
cakes are well designed than what the usual would look like."
"That's one thing you can less expect from this fascinating
cafe." Alex replied.
I grabbed the fork and began eating the cake slowly. Mmm,
"So, what did you do at Rhea's house anyway?" Alex asked.
I gulped what I was eating and said, "Didn't we tell you earlier?
We had a sleepover and we made the chocolates there."
"I thought you were planning something. Class Prez often does
that in school."
"No we weren't." Clare said, putting down her cup. "I was the one
who came up with the idea to make the chocolates at Rhea's house.
She just accepted, that's all."
"Alex, I thought you understand it already." Mark frowned.
"Oh, uh yeah. I did. I just wanted to make sure if it's true or
not." Alex stuttered.
"Think girls like us lie?" I scoffed.
"Maybe." Alex smirked.
He meant about what I said during the practice. He was about to
ask my mom about him being the boy 7 years ago but I lied to
change the topic. I never should've done that, I thought.
"Fine. I'll accept it that way." I said. But he's starting to
return to his usual self though.
"Oooh, time to open the gifts." Clare said excitedly. I took one
of the pink boxes and Clare and I opened at the same time. It was
a silver necklace with one small silver butterfly, and a letter
was inside. It read:
"Someday, you'll know why "that person from before" gave you
something that you've cherished until now. It has been a long
time since the both of you met each other. You don't have to push
yourself to find out but instead, just believe in him."
Whoa, I thought. That nearly reminds me about seven years ago and
the bracelet. So I'll have to keep waiting and believe in "him".
I don't know, but the boy who saved me 7 years ago was really
kind that I started to have a liking to him. What am I saying?!
Does that mean I--
"Wow," Clare interrupted my thoughts and said, "A butterfly
necklace. It's beautiful." She recieved a bracelet that has many
silver flowers. She looked at Alex and gasped. "What?! The both
of you are the same?"
I looked at what Alex was holding. He has the same necklace.
W-what is going on? It seem that Clare's and Mark's were
different but why the same necklace?
"This is a surprise." Mark grinned. "I wonder why the both of you
have the same accessory."
"But I already have a bracelet with a butterfly on it." I
hesitated. "I just can't wear both at the same time."
"I can't as well." Alex added. "I might look weird when wearing
"Why not wear it today?" Clare suggested. "It'll be okay, right?"
"I'll try it on to see if it's fine." Alex said.
"Y-yeah." I said.
I tried it on and it's not bad. But it will look terrible with my
bracelet on. I looked at Alex to see if he's doing fine. He's
just looking at it and then he looked at me. I turned away
immediately so he wouldn't notice my stare.
"It's fine but, I won't wear it. I'll just keep it." he said.
"I'll wear it sometime without my bracelet." I replied.
"Haley, you wear that bracelet like, every day. When will I ever
see you take it off? I mean, what is that bracelet to you anyway?
Is it important?" Clare asked.
I took the necklace off and placed it back in its box and
replied. "It's important, actually. It was given from someone
seven years ago. I can't even bother to take it off because...I
can still remember that day everytime I wear it."
"Oh." Clare said shyly. "Sorry. So, you're still finding that
someone or have you found him now?"
"It's a secret." I winked.
"Ahhh! Tell me now!"
Clare this time was acting like a little girl, so I couldn't help
myself from laughing. But I can't tell them it was Alex, because
I figured they might flip out.
"Oh, it's getting late." Alex declared. "We'd better go home
" "Kay." Clare said and she followed Mark outside the cafe. Me
and Alex were the ones left.
"Haley." Alex told me.
"What?" I asked.
"I hope you'll understand why I'm acting weird today. But
remember our date, okay?"
"Yeah. But acting weird is so not your character, Alex. Remember
that. Not only me who noticed it but the others as well."
"Just don't tell them, okay?"
He walked closer to me. I was waiting for what he was going to
say but instead, he kissed my forehead and said, "I'll tell it to
you during the date. Sorry. For the apology, I gave you a kiss as
well." He started to smirk at me.
I blushed deep red and yelled. "You idiot!"
He kept on laughing and laughing, but I kept on blushing in
embarrassment. Still, I don't know what is he hiding but all I
can think about now is what is that I've finally found the boy
from seven years ago. He may have changed (a lot), but I'm really
curious about what am I to him right now.
*Since Valentines Day is on February 14th, I decided to make them
the 14th customers so they'll have the special gifts
Author's Note (VERY IMPORTANT so you must read!):
Readers, I'm very sorry to disappoint you but on Monday June 10,
it is when my school will start so that means..."My Fateful
Encounter" is going to be on hold for a while. Sometime, I can
still update since there will more like, 6 chapters or so left.
Thank you for supporting this novel and I hope you'll understand
and be patient.