Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. (A Love Story)

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Chapter 6 (v.1) - First Invitations

Submitted: November 03, 2010

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I stared at him.
He just smiled at me and held out the envelope.
I got it reluctantly.
“What’s this for?” I asked.
“It’s an invitation. I want to invite you over to meet my family.”
I perked up. I looked at him and smiled.
“Please go. It’s a one time event that they’re handling. I want that to be the day when you meet them.”
“I’m not sure I can. I’m scared. What if they won’t like m—“
“They would. It’s your first invitation from them.”
 
 
CHAPTER 6: First Invitations.
 
“Immediately after that, I told Kyle to send it to my email. I left as fast as I could and locked myself in the washroom! Seriously! I didn’t know what to do! I panicked, you know! As usual, it felt like dreaming once more! I was even embarrassed because I let my books fall on top of his head!”
 
“It’s not your fault.” Shane said.
 
We’re sitting on his bed. While he’s doing some homework in his laptop, I told him everything. He snorted when I told about the books that fell on top of Nathan’s head. He said we weren’t off on a good start.
 
“It was the fault of the person who pushed me!” I let my head fall into my hands.
 
Ugh! Seriously, Cosmo doesn’t suggest teenage girls to make books fall on top of your crushes head during the first time you meet each other! I’m a huge failure when it comes to guys! Not to mention I’ve dreamt of him for a year and a half.
 
“What was Nathan’s face?” he snorted once more. I smacked him with a pillow. “No, c’mon. I know it’s not that bad!”
 
I moaned. “It is! Hardbound thick books fell on his head! And when Kyle introduced me to him, he just stared at me like I was some idiotic bitch!”
 
“Did this happen in your dream?”
 
I shook my head. “No!”
 
He patted my shoulder. “I’ll check out that Nathan guy tomorrow. I haven’t visited the team this afternoon. Let’s see if his head has a concussion.”
 
I threw him two more pillows. It can’t be that bad, right? Why do these kinds of things happen at the wrong time? Magic was supposed to work. Not failure.
 
!@#$%^&*()
 
He held the ice pack tighter to his head while he clutched the phone to his ear using his other free hand.
 
“How did it go?” Jo said.
 
“Well, it’s good to hear your voice, Jo. I see that you’ve shopped phones.” Nathan lied down on his bed.
 
“Yes. So, did you see her? Were you adjusting well? Friends? girls? Food? Money? Clothing?”
 
He adjusted the ice pack on his head and sighed. “Uh-huh.”
 
“How did it go?”
 
“It was well. From the moment I stepped foot in school till I saw her. She put this light make-up on and I wasn’t able to recognize her at first! I thought she was just another girl flirting with me. not to mention that the school’s registrar did flirt with me.”
 
“I’ll go there.” Jo volunteered.
 
“No. okay, so back in my story, someone pushed her and guess what, man, her heavy hardbound books fell on top of my face!”
 
“She didn’t mean that.” Jo was laughing hard.
 
“I know.” Nathan said. “She recognized me, Jo! Her eyes were so transfixed in me. it meant that she still remembers every dream I give her.”
 
Jo made a tsk-tsk sound. “Too much bottles of ink. Just make sure she doesn’t recognize you. Or she’d think that something’s up.”
 
“She was introduced to me. And the instant that I knew she was Tina, I thought I won the prize. I was so glad I already found her. At least, that leaves me with one more plan left. But I wouldn’t mind that yet since I still have a pleasure to satisfy.
 
“Sad thing, I showed a little recognition in my eyes, can’t help it dude. I just didn’t know if she saw it. Sorry man. But you know what? I don’t care if she recognizes me. I can do something about that. As long as I found her and I know she’s within my reach that’s all that it takes for me to smile.”
 
 
!@#$%^&*()
 
“To all sports team captains, proceed to meeting hall 2.”
 
I clicked the PA off and went outside the logistics office.
 
I’ve contacted every team captain last night and informed them of today’s meting. I’m halfway done with my reports and if I’m lucky enough to get all the team’s names, I’d be able to attend to the neighborhood party.
 
But of course, I still didn’t forget what happened yesterday with Nathan. What if he has this big bump on his head? Kyle would surely rattle about it the whole meeting and I’d be embarrassed in front of ten pairs of eyes.
 
I just hoped that nothing like that would happen ever again.
 
When I mention ‘like that’ that would mean everything since the books fell on top of his head. But that doesn’t mean I’m regretting the moment I met him.
 
A crush, okay. It’s just a shallow crush. No harm with that. I just can’t help but smile at the magic working between us. At least, if ever I’d see him around, I’m sure I won’t need dream catchers anymore because I’m back to reality.
 
I arrived at the office together with the other team captains. I laid out a sheet on the table and asked them to sign. I was about to start the meeting when I noticed that one chair is left empty.
 
As if on cue, the door opened and there was the person I’m really not ready to face.
 
“Nathan, what are you doing here? Where’s Kyle?” I asked.
 
I crossed my fingers that Nathan didn’t have any head injury, pain or whatever. Not to mention grudge against me.
 
“He’s absent. I’m filling in for him.”
 
He sat himself in one of the chairs at the back.
 
And I was unaware of my heart’s fast beating. Of my hands sweating. And of my eyes that are glued to him.
 
I was shocked at the new found feelings. I didn’t expect for it to be like this. When I’m dreaming, I don’t feel my nerves shaking, my hands sweating. Actually, I don’t feel anything at all. I didn’t know it was going to be this hard and weird when I meet and see him in person.
 
And of all the things that’s happened to me in my sleep, only one came true: I was getting used to by having him around little by little.
 
“Okay, so I need all the list of your team members. Please pass them here in front. This should be your final listings for this would be the one that the board will use for the basis of the play-off this coming October. And for those who emailed them to me, I’ll check my laptop later…”
 
I discussed everything I needed. And when I was done, I dismissed everyone and thanked them for coming to this meeting.
 
I turned off the air-conditioner and fixed the chairs when I noticed that Nathan was helping me put the room back in order.
 
My mouth suddenly opened and blurted unthinkingly. “I’m so sorry about yesterday’s incident. I didn’t mean to drop my book—“
 
He held up a hand. “It’s okay. I promise. No blood, no harm. I’m totally fine,”]
 
I smiled. I had nothing to say.
 
I grabbed all the papers that they gave me and counted. There were only nine and when I checked out, basketball didn’t have any list.
 
“Hey, where’s the team’s list?” I asked him as he grabbed his bag and opened the door.
 
“It’s at home. Kyle and I fixed it last night during a phone conversation. I didn’t bring my laptop. I’m sorry. I can’t give it to you. Maybe I can give it to you this afternoon?” he smiled. “that is, if you’re in a rush.”
 
“When in particular?”
 
“I’ll just pick it up at home. If you want, you could go with me? or wait in the café in front of Charnel Apartments?” he was clearly inviting me.
 
A date, you mean. “I’ll go with you this afternoon? Is that what you mean?”
 
His lips pulled up to form a small smile. “Yeah. If that won’t bother your schedule, though.”
 
I considered it. I’m planning to finish everything tonight. I didn’t have a choice. If I won’t get it with him, my plans for relaxation tomorrow would be moved. It’s a Friday and that couldn’t happen. since preparations for the neighborhood party starts tomorrow.
 
Of all the dates that you could be absent, Kyle, why now?
 
Ugh. “Okay, Uhm, I’ll meet you in front of Charnel apartments this afternoon. 4 pm. Wait, is that where you live?”
 
“Yes. Sounds like a deal.”
He closed the door and went outside. I was left alone in the room wondering what I just did.
 
I said yes. I said I would be meeting him.
 
My heart raced.
 
Why on earth did I agree on a date? If that’s what you call a date, I mean.
 
I sat down and stared at the empty room.
 
I’m such an idiot. I shouldn’t have said yes. But I can’t bail on him. That’d make my charges double. First, the books. And now, I’ll bail on him? Doesn’t sound good. Too much puns intended.
 
Fine. I’ll go to Charnel later. I’ll get the list and I’ll go.  If it wasn’t for the deadline running, I wouldn’t be saying yes to his offer.
 
No, change that. You’ll go to the café and get the list. Then, you’ll mingle with him and get to know him because that’s the only way you could show him you’re sincerely sorry of what you did and you’re not such a brat by simply getting what you need and leave. My conscience told me.
 
“It’s just a shallow crush.” I reminded myself over and over again as I made my way out of the room.
 
You’re just thrilled to see him come true, Tina.
 


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