Fading Memories

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Greetings. Thank God. I almost run out of time with my pending articles in the office. Anyway, this is all about the entry 'LOVERBLOOMSCONTEST' under the scars category. This is absolutely about free writing and fun. Hopefully, you will like it.

Submitted: July 21, 2016

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Submitted: July 21, 2016




Regine is going impatient. She feels like she has been pushing the doorbell for forever. Her best friend Al is late. She is right in front of her house for thirty minutes. That girl did not even bother to open up the door for her. She knew Al was not sleeping. She might love to sleep but she wakes up early in the morning.

"That girl." She cursed. It is not like she will feel lonely if Al won't walk with her today. It just that......

"You are noisy. Can you stop clicking the bell? You are disturbing the neighbor." And there he came. Regine's ultimate crush. Crescent Red. He was up again on his balcony for his morning stretching. He looks awesome being so tall and handsome. Since he is on the second floor, Regine can really see his overall body. He is as cool as ever.

This guy is the main reason why she keeps on pretending to walk with Al. Luckily, her best friend is just one meter away from his house.
Darn... Her friend is too lucky. If they were neighbors, Regine could surely see Crescent's face every day.

"G- good morning, Crescent." Regine's voice was shaking. She was never this obvious before. Her heart was trembling. Many people said that she is pretty. She got this brown curly hair that makes her looks like a doll. She got this smile that attracts boys. She is talented. She is smart. She is pretty confident. That is why it hurts to think why Crescent had turned down his confession.

It happened two years ago. At the back of the campus. They were alone. It takes too much courage to say those words. However, Crescent never replied. Instead, he gave her a cold stare and left without saying a word.
After that, their friendship became cold. He refused to walk with them or hang out like they usually did.

"Do you want to walk with us? You know.. Just like before."

There was silence.

 Regine tried to be strong.

It was truly embarrassing.

She was never been this crazy for a guy. She had many suitors before. She knew how it feels to date the most popular guy in school. That is why she cannot just give up that easily.

"Let's go, Regine." Suddenly Al opened the gate.  

Finally, Al came out. Somehow, this put Regine at ease. The awkwardness started to hurt her heart- and pride.

"Yup. Let's go." Regine faked a smile. She looks sad and disappointed. She wonders if Crescent can really love her.

She tried to peek at the balcony. Crescent was already on his way inside. Again, he left without saying a word. It is kind of frustrating and sad.

"You know what? You do not need to visit every day at my house just to see that jerk. You are more than that, you know." Al sighed. She hates seeing her friend suffer. Especially to someone who never cares.

Regine tried to laugh hard. Al loves to criticize her love life when in fact she never had one.

"That is amazing coming from someone who does not have any boyfriend since birth. Are you a love doctor?" She joked. Silently, how she wished that everything is just a joke.

"Huh? Are we back on that topic?" Al yawned. She has a lot to worry about the world. Her grades, her work, and her club. Unfortunately, boys are not one of it.

However, Regine greatly thinks that is not the only reason. It is quite funny but Al and she are way too different. Al hates impressing people through her looks. She even hates makeup. She is one of those typical people who believe that what is on the inside counts. Well, most of the time, she just does things she likes.

"Of course, we are in our senior year. You need to find a guy who will take you to the prom. I did tell you, right? We are coming. Me and Crescent, you and your boyfriend. You promised before." Regine teased. The truth is she wants to cry. Every time she cracks a joke, the words just hurt her back.

"I remember that well after you blackmail me. When I talk to some guys, I just end up punching them anyway. What is the point?"

Regine laughed. As expected from Al. Not only that she cannot get any decent talk with boys but she ends up fighting them instead.

"Guys now these days are very barbarian. They love to hurt women. They are pissed when being corrected. They tell lies. I hate them." Al continued. Regine understands it. Al suffered terribly when her parents divorce five years ago. Since then, she changes a lot. Or to put it simply, she grows worst. Especially the relationship she had with boys.

"W..Well, I think that only happens to you."

Regine sighed.

Silently, her heart feels warm. The good thing being with Al is that you can feel her warmness. All of her is true and real. It makes her comfortable.

The school is just fifteen minutes walk away. Now that they are alone, she wanted to feel the moment. The joy being with her only alliance.

"Not all boys are the same. See? It has been a long time since you were punched in the face?" Regine and Al have been best friends for to time. Al's life is like an open book to her. It just so sad that this year, they were put into different classes.

"Nya. I think I'm about to punch someone. He is so annoying. He keeps on jumping my way and messes me during my free hours. He is a picture of a guy with so much time on his hand. I am starting to get piss."

" Ha-ha-ha. Don't you think, he likes you? "

Regine laugh. She never heard this story before. She is quite interested.

"I don't really think so. I think his type is someone like you. After all, his stubbornness and idiocracy are same as your level."

" Eh? W- What do you mean by that?"

"She's pretty, don't you think?" Nick was leaning down on his window. His brother Crescent just tear apart the heart of a seventeen-year-old pretty girl. Quite a gentleman. It's quite amazing how looks can pile up overconfidence.

Crescent threw him a dirty a dirty look. Sometimes, he really wishes his brother will just move from their room to the guest's room. His voice is so irritating as if he knew what was happening.

"What's wrong with walking holding hands with your former best friend? You should confess to her already. You really like her, don't you? Stop playing games. You are just hurting her."

"Do not worry. It is  not your problem."
" I know. That is why I am concerned. You are not the only guy in the world. Someone can snatch her away from you anytime. Are you prepare?"

Silence filled the air.

Slowly, Crescent smiled.

" No, she won't."
" Overconfidence." Nico fixed his gaze on the wall. His eyes are empty. He cannot fathom how stupid his brother is.


Regine is vigilant. It's already lunch break. A few minutes from now, she predicted that Crescent will enter the cafeteria to take his lunch. She should grab this chance to talk with him. As for the decoy, she thinks she will be needing the help of her best friend.

Regine walks faster. Al's classroom is on the third floor. She must not waste any more time. It could be over before she knew it. Full of worries, she sprints.

Finally, she arrived in front of Al's room. She quickly opens the door to begin her dramatic entry.

"Hi, Al? Are you hungry? Why don't you go with me? I'll take you for lunch."

Suddenly, she was astonished. Al was struggling against some tall guy. He was pinning him down while holding a brush.
"Can you stop that? I hate makeup."
Al was shouting. Luckily, nobody is around.

"What do you mean by that? I bring this stuff from home just for you. You should at least show your gratitude for me."
"If you want it that bad, why don't you put it on your face?"
Regine doesn't have any idea what was going on. But surely, Al's face is burning. Flaming with anger.

" E-Excuse me.."

"Ha-Ha-Ha. You are a funny person. I think I would try it too. How about putting you some hair braid? I think that suits you best."

The guy laughed. He looks masculine and handsome, however, the way he acts, Regine is quite confused whether he is a gay or not. Either way, she needs to stop them. Her effort will surely be put to wast if they would not stop.

"Excuse me." Regine makes her voice louder. She is desperate.
"Al and I need to go to the cafeteria. Will you stop pinning her down!"

Finally, they noticed her. Silently, Al got a bad feeling about the visit but she is quite thankful that Regine is here.

" Ah, your Regine right? The popular girl from section A?"

The guy stands.  He slowly walked in front of her. He is smiling.
Regine suddenly blush. Now that the guy is in front of her, she can feel his charismatic appeal. He was way shorter than Crescent yet she can tell that something is amazing about him.

"Yup. You look pretty."

Regine froze. How can this guy talk like this?
"Ouch." Suddenly, a pencil case lands on the guy's head.

"Stop fooling around my best friend or I kill you, Klent."

Thankfully. Al is really a lifesaver. If she never breaks the ice, she will surely melt.

"Don't be so mean, Al. I know you are just jealous. If you act like that, everyone will think that you are a tomboy."

"No. I'm not. I hate boys. Let's go to the cafeteria, Regine."


"That was really nerve breaking. That is the first time, I heard you shout. What his deal? He acts very gaily and another moment, he turns into this ultimate playboy type." Regine can't help but complain. She cannot wait and to break the subject until they find a seat. They are now about to enter the cafeteria.

"Do not pay him any attention. He is just like that to every girl he met. Even the class goes crazy with him. See what he did to my hair?"
"Yeah, he really put you into quite a transformation."

"His parents are working as a makeup artist. That explains why his really good at this stuff. Anyway, since you are used to being hit by men, I think you are fine with his jokes. Do not take it seriously or you will fall.

Even with her emotionless face, Al's speech is full of threats.

" If I were you, I think I will fall for him. He got a cute smile and blue eyes. I think our height difference is not that much- ouch! Hey, can you look where you are goi..ing?"

Regine's voice grows cold. No, she's melting. Crescent is in front of her. Worst of all, he was covered with juice. It seems like Regine had banged his food tray causing the juice to spill on his school blazer.

"Sorry, I was not looking. That is why I spilled your juice."

Regine was shaking in fear. She doesn't know what to do.
She just embarrassed herself. Worst of all, she was wondering if Crescent heard her jokes.

"I think, you need to hand him a tissue or handkerchief, he is soaked." Al pointed out. Regine was troubled. She searched everywhere but it seems like she forgot her hanky.

"Here, have mine." Al gives his hankie to Regine. Regine is very grateful. She motioned to help crescent wipe his uniform but he took the hanky instead from her hand.

"We should find a seat.  We are blocking the other customer." Al suggested. Hopefully, this can serve as Regine's lesson. She should stop chasing people and let them chased on her instead.

It seems like everyone agreed. Crescent look for the nearest vacant seat. His plate is pretty messed up. His spaghetti looks like a soup thanks to the spilled juice.

"Do not worry, I'll order something for you. I really feel responsible for this. Al, can you stay here on the table? I am so sorry Crescent."

Regine run quickly towards the food station. Luckily, it was far from their chair. She does not want to be seen with an indescribable face.

Regine looks like crying. She surely did not expect this type of meetings. It breaks her heart. She has no courage left to face him. She looks very pathetic. She cannot even get a tissue for him. All she did is rely on Al.

Suddenly... She felt warm tears on her cheek. She hates crying. Unfortunately, she can't stop but wept.

"You are too pretty to cry."

She saw a familiar stranger giving her hanky.

"Klent? Ah, I am not crying. A bug just caught my eye. " Regine lied. This is only the second time they met. No matter what happened, she cannot trust him.

"I wish I am a bug. I want people to cry for me too." Klent smiled again. Geez... Regine wonders. Where does this guy get the courage to tell cheesy lines?

"You are buying foods, right? Let me help you."


This jerk deserves it.
Those are the words running through Al's mind.
She doesn't have any reason to feel obliged. Hopefully, the two of them can learn their lesson. She hates how their friendships have been destroyed just because of the thing called LOVE. The two were too immature to handle the situation. If it was not for the accident, there is no way the three of them would be sitting at the same table again.

Sharp gazes.
Al kinda feels she is being stabbed in front.

"So, I think the monkey already knows how to fix herself?" Finally,  Cresent spoke. He was pointing to Al's hair.

"I'll take that as a compliment." Al tried to undo the braid of her hair. She almost forgot to take it.

"Someone do it for me."
"Interesting. You got no other friends aside from Regine. Who did it to you-"

"Can you stop throwing those words as if she means nothing? It irritates me." Al stopped him. Truly, she was mad.

Regardless how many times she told herself to stay away from their problems, she cannot help but interfere. Regine is, after all, a very dear friend of her.

"I may not know anything about adolescence and stuff but one thing for sure, you are hurting her. Why don't you tell her exactly what you feel? Do you like her or not?"

Al sighed. She knew she said more than enough.

"I prefer not to run away."

" Well, forget it. I am so sorry, I overstep my bound. I am not like Ms. and Mr. Popular like the two of you." Al watched through the window pane. The sky is about to burst.

"Yeah. You are not. That is why you would never understand."

Those words are sad. The three of them has been together for so long that Al forgot the same tone before. As she turns her head back, she found Crescent smiling. A very sad smile.

"W- Why are you making that face?"

"No. Nothing," Crescent smiled more. The guy who only knows to do trash talk sand sarcasm is smiling in pain. Surely, even Al knew something is up.

" Tell me, what good qualities did Regine have seen at me?"
" Huh? Why are you asking me about that?"

Crescent did not reply. He just keeps his head down. That is the first time she saw him humbled himself. She is not quite certain to reply or not.

" I- I really don't know. All that Regine talk about is how caring you are. She was thankful to pass eight grade because of your tutorial. A- And I guess, she said you are very cool."

" Don't you think that is true?"

" Well, I kind of disagree at first. I think you are just a cocky smart student that cares about aptitude but looking back, I guess we had a lot of fun during childhood. You always spend your lunch with us. I still remember how you throw my notes on your balcony since our answers are all wrong."

Al wants to be honest. She hates him. She hates how he was able to leave their friendships without saying anything. It was painful. She felt like her parents will be divorcing for the second time.

"Yeah. I greatly remember those good times."

Crescent whispered. Even if he has eaten enough, he finds himself being weak. He feels extremely sad and hopeless. Memories of his childhood flashes back on his eyes.

Regine, Al and him. They had been very close.

Crescent had been discharged from the hospital. His parents decided to transfer him to the countryside to improve his health.
He was very sick. Thin and always alone.
The first time he transfers at the house, he thought that he will never get any friend.

One time. A young lady opened the door of her room. She was smiling. She was making a paper plane. After she folded the last wing, she blew it up and sent it flying on his balcony.

Crescent was reluctant at first. He does not want to trust any stranger but looking at the girl, he thinks he is not harmless. For a second, he watched her below.

"Happy birthday!" the girl shouted at him.
"Huh, it is not my birthday." The young crescent replied.
"It is. Time to be reborn."

" Stay away ugly. I don't want to be your friends." Crescent muttered. Somehow, that girl pissed him off.  

" Well, I like you. So let us be friends." The girl smile, innocently.

" Ah, so persistent. I don't have the energy to fool around with you. You should get lost." Crescent returned to his bed. He was extremely sad and mad. He is sad for being lonely. Mad for being crippled.

" I would wait until you get better."

Crescent jumped off from his bed. She saw the girl, smiling on the balcony. They are on the second floor. It was a puzzle how the girl managed to reach it.

" What are you doing?" Crescent run on the balcony. To his surprise, he saw the girl on the ladder. It was worn out. He can't guess if this girl is reckless or idiot. She is fearless enough to use a worn out ladder.

" You should go down. I think the ladder is shaking." Crescent warned. It scares him.

" Ah... that is fine. I have been using it for centuries. For sure, it would never break this time-

Suddenly, the ladder titled. Crescent try to grab the edge of it but he was too late. It fell to the ground with the girl.

" Hey, ugly girl, are you OK?" Crescent voice was shaking. It scares him. He cannot imagine a little girl died in front of his balcony.

There was silence- then- followed with a chuckle.

" I am fine. I am fine. Thanks for worrying about me."

The girl picks up herself from the ground. She was smiling despite the bruises on her face.

" No, you are not fine at all. You should see a doctor. You fell from the second floor you know? You might have internal injuries." Crescent insisted.

" Internal injuries? What is that? You are really a genius. You know a lot of things I do not.

" Hey, now is not the time to joke. Go to the hospital." Crescent shouted.

" Oh, right now, you are worried about me. Is that mean we are already friends?"

Crescent returned to his senses. Indeed, why does he needs to worry about her? It is not like they are friends. They are just a neighbor.

" No, I am not worried about you. I- I just want to make sure that you would not die because of me." He said reasonably. For sure, that was the right answer to the question. Yet, Crescent can't face the young girl directly. He feels his face is getting warm.

" Hmmm. I think you just worried about me." The girl persistently assumed. " That is fine, though. Having a friend is fine. At least, you would never be alone right? Right?

After hearing her kind word, Crescent feels like he was enlighted. That is right. He does not need to live alone. He can be happy too just like any other child. Aside from that, he is smart. If he recovers from his illness, he would surely grow up as a cool child. He would surely have tons of friends.

For a very long time, he smiled. More like a smile, he smirked at the girl.

" Friend, can you keep up with me, huh, FRIEND?"

" What do you mean by that? Of course, I could keep up with you. Just so you wait, I would be really good at--- yeah... something in the future. Just you wait."  The girl went inside the house while stomping her feet on the floor. She was mad.

It widens Crescent's smile. For the first time in his life, he found someone quite charming and interesting. Someone who could bring back his smile again.

For the days that come, Crescent studied harder. He made a lot of effort to enhance his stamina. He even went to a painful therapy out of the states just to overcome this physical issue. He was really exhausted but he endured it- all for the sake of that girl.

Finally, after years of struggle, he feels like living. He was cured. He silently thanked the person who causes this matter to happen. That girl who lives next door.

After the medication, he returned to that house. During that time, he was very excited. He was on the Mount Everest. He can now go to school and study with his first friend for the very first time.

It was a good news actually until he returns to that place.

At first, he thought that the silence was only caused by nostalgia.

At last, the girl came out from the door. He was so excited to greet her not until she noticed her sad face.

"Oh, Crescent your back. I am really glad that you are OK now. We should go to school together." The girl said enthusiastically, yet, her eyes are full of sadness.

Later he knew about her sad situation.

Her parent's divorce. Their family business went down. Their father abandoned them. To fill out the hole, the girl needs to mature early. She should face reality and leave her childhood behind.

This really makes Crescent sad. For the first time in his life, he wants to cheer someone. He wants to repay the person who made him smile.

" Is there something wrong Crescent? Truly, you won't look cool if you keep on having that look on your face. I am telling you, S.M.I.L.E."

That smile again. Somehow, seeing it makes Crescent worries go away. For some reason, he cannot help but forget about everything and blush.

I think I am falling in love. At a young age, the man realizes the true meaning of love.

" Yeah. I greatly remember those good times. I wish to go back to that days."

Al was confused, She doesn't get what he meant. For some reason, he needs to remind him that he is the one who broke their friendships.

"The good all days where you cling to me and ask for my attention." Crescent closed his eyes and make a bitter smile.

After Regine has joined their group in middle school, somehow, Al's become more brilliant and lovely. She learned how to laugh again like usual. For that reason, he lacks the opportunity to confess his real feelings to Al. For sure, it would destroy their friendship.

" Crescent, what do you mean by t-that?" Al was confused. She wants an answer.

"It means nothing." Suddenly, Klent appeared cheerfully behind Al.  He wraps his arms around her shoulder.

"Keep your hands off me Klent or else, I will punch you. You are heavy. Can't you see were are talking?"

Klent holds her left hand and pointed it to the door. " Your best friend just ran away."

Al watched the exit door of the cafeteria. Regine has just made it out.

"R- Regine" Al quickly stood and chased her. Leaving the two boys behind.

Al might be too dense enough to grasp the situation, however, Regine has heard it all. She understood it.

Crescent stood. Lunch break will soon be over. Luckily, the cafeteria is getting quieter. For sure, nobody noticed what happens. Even if he does not care, it is not really something to made a fuss off.

"So, Mr. Tall and the handsome guy wants to exit from the trouble?" Klent laugh. "I never heard such a dumb confession."

Now that he remembers, he has some score to settle.

"Why you are sticking your tongue in the wrong place?" Crescent voice is stern. For some reason, this guy irritates him.

"Nah, I am not sticking my tongue. I just hate it when people invade my property."

Crescent feels like he had gulped a very large stone. He cannot breathe to an extent that he was angry. Instinct tells him so.

"Anyway, it does not really matter. Surely, you are no longer a threat. After all, you just allow Al to lost her only best friend."

Darkness. That is the color depicts before crescent's eyes. The terrible memory he got from the therapy just to cure his illness returned to his memory. The pain of being alone suddenly wrapped his shoulder. Somehow, it was unfair. The feelings he keeps hiding inside for so many years... IT WAS REALLY UNFAIR!!!

On the back of his mind, he shouted in pain.

Before he knew it, he swung his fist on the person right in front of him.









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