Don't Cry, Joni

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a story based from the song Don't Cry, Joni. It's a school project but I wanted to post it here.

Submitted: August 07, 2010

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Jimmy,
Please say you’ll wait for me, I’ll grow up someday you’ll see. Saving all my kisses just for you. Signed with love, forever true.
Joni


It was that day when I received that note from Joni confessing her love for me. I’ve known her for more than ten years or more. We lived in the same town, same neighborhood. We were childhood friends along with my best friend John but this love she wants is not for us. I’ve read her note twice and took a deep breath and folded the note hiding it inside my jacket pocket.

I’m seven years older than Joni and she just lives on the other side of the street in our small town. Joni was a lovely teenage girl and our families known each other for so long. I’ve noticed it for so long that she felt something for me but I know it’s not for us. When she gave me the note, I knew what it contained that’s why I was hesitating to read it. I tried talking her out but I always get my tongue tied.

It was that cloudy noon when I’ve decided to tell it to her. I gathered all my guts and walked across the street and to her house. I know I have to do this now before it’s too late. The cold atmosphere makes me more nervous and was keeping my tongue twisted. I was in front of her door and my hands were about to push the door bell when it swung open slowly and I saw Joni in her white dress. Her eyes full of surprise when she saw me standing in front of her. I tried opening my mouth but no words were coming out from it. I saw the look of impatience on her pretty face. I tried to smile a little so that I could hide all the worry.

“Joni…” I said. I can’t continue what I have to say, the fear was swallowing me when I have thought that I’ll be saying to her that I can’t wait for her. I glanced at her pretty face and saw the impatient look on it. She was waiting for something that I would say or she was expecting my answer ‘Yes Joni, I love you and I’m willing to wait for you even if it takes forever.’ That I cannot do. Sure I like her, she’s a sweet, innocent girl but I just can’t wait for her.

“Joni, I-I I’m sorry, I just can’t wait for you.” I told her feeling the emptiness on my voice. I saw her eyes starting to fill with tears. I tried calming her down but she just won’t stop crying, I know what she feels right now being rejected. She turned back at me but I still saw the tears running down her cheeks.

“Joni, please don’t cry. You’ll forget me after a year or so, you’ll meet another guy that I know you will learn to love as much as you love me. You’re just fifteen and I’m twenty-two. I can’t wait for you, I’m sorry.” And I walked away back to our house not looking back at Joni who I could still hear crying her eyes out.

I went inside our house and hurriedly walked up to the stairs and in to my room and packed my things. I was leaving or should I say, I was escaping. There was a job waiting for me. The next day, I took the early flight and left our little home town.

5 years later
It’s been five years when I left our town, I have a stable job, living in a simple apartment and got me a girlfriend but our relationship is on the rocks.

I was on my apartment doing some office works when something fell on the floor. I picked it up and unfolded the brownish paper aged in years. I haven’t even finished the first sentence when I dropped it on the floor again. This was Joni’s note for me. My heart starting to beat fast as memories came back. I just realized something, I love Joni more than anyone in the world. I packed my bag and went hurriedly to the airport and checked in holding the note in my hand.

I thought it took years before I reached my destination. The town I grew up in changed a bit but it was still the same town. I went in to my old house and my parents were happy to see me but there something on their faces that makes me feel so uncomfortable. I didn’t mind the looks on their faces instead I dropped my bag and ran to the other side of the street where I know Joni is staying, holding the note on my hand and the ring resting inside my pocket. I’m going to ask her to marry me. I was so excited but I slowed down and the smile on my face started to fade when I saw Joni, she was still as beautiful as before and her smile is always the sweetest. I smiled again but something crushed my heart when I saw her kissing a very familiar guy. I was surprised but what can I do? It’s there. I followed the man with my eyes as he enters his car and drove away until he was nowhere insight.

She caught sight of me and was surprised to see my presence. I walked towards her and smiled even though it hurts inside like tons of bricks hit my chest. She gave me the sweetest smile but her eyes say otherwise. “Hi.” I said. “When did you arrive?” She asked me. “Just today.” I replied timidly. She invited me inside their house. I was clenching my fist crumpling the note while hiding all of my disappointment. I reached inside my pocket and felt he cold ring. Should I give it to her? “I love you Joni.” I said with all my might. She looked at me with confusion. “Jimmy, it’s been five years since you went away and things are not the same anymore. I married your best friend John.” And tears fell down on my cheeks.

AN: Original adaptation by my friend Reina, editted and co-written by Misha and I :D



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