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Do you prefer friendship over love, or love over friendship? My best advice is to choose both of them. (This story is fiction, I made it relating to what I am 5 years from now, this story was my project for my English class)

Submitted: May 22, 2008

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“Good job everyone.” The director said, while giving signals to the crew members. He went over to where I sat and said, “You’re great, Lizzy. Keep up the good work. Your video will be a hit.” I replied with a smile, and thanked him for keeping up with me. “Oh! I have to go now I still have a lot of things to do. Bye, honey!” I then answered as he turned around and walked, “Bye, director!”
I must have been dreaming. I heard someone call my name, several times. The calling seemed so clear to me. It became so loud. Slam! My eyes opened in an instant and sat straight. I slept in class. My professor gave me this meet-me-after-class look. It meant detention, for me. I didn’t know students still had detentions even in college. I patted my face with my handkerchief, breathed deeply, and sighed. It was refreshing. I glanced to where my best friends sat. They all giggled and winked at me. I chuckled quietly, and met my professor’s glare. That was strike two. Miss Sally’s music class was my favorite. I have loved music since I was a kid. The bell rang. I stayed in my seat and waited for the room to be cleared from noises. I didn’t really hate detention. I liked it, actually. There was only the room, the piano, and me. Except if Miss Sally started talking. I know already what to do, clean up everything that the students left, and put it in the box.
“Lizzy, you’re tired because of your work, aren’t you? You have been very busy lately. You know that I know that you are my best and top student here, but you have missed a lot of work,” before I could reply to her, she added, “I know that you’ve been keeping it from your friends, but I think you should tell them what you’re doing. Kevin had been bugging me about what you’re doing. He’s your boyfriend…” I gave her a blank stare that stopped her from talking. “What boyfriend? Sally you know that I don’t have one, and I don’t have time for those kind of things. You know me well Sally, don’t be like that.” I snapped, but apologized to her immediately. She made me calm by forcing me to gaze at what she was pointing. It was the piano, and then gave me her kindest smile. Miss Sally told me that it was fine, and I could play the piano. It has been a long time since I touched the keys of her grand piano. I played my favorite piece. I felt the stress in my body slowly disappear. The piece that I played soothed my mind and soul.
Kevin and Risa were waiting for me by the door. I noticed Risa’s sad look in her face, but she found me staring at her, she was embarrassed. Risa changed back to her usual self. I know that something was wrong. I have been friends with her since my sophomore year in high school. I was new with the school, but she was the one who helped me with everything. In exchange, I also helped her. She was always there for me.
I hugged her and whispered to her ear, “What happened? Tell me all the details, later.” She hesitated, but then agreed. Kevin approached us and said, “Why did you take so long? Is detention really that bad? By the way, the piece that you just played…” I broke him off with a confused look upon my face. I asked him politely, “Kevin, what are you talking about? Wait, don’t tell me…” I smiled with anger in my face. Risa said, “I think Miss Sally got you there, Lizzy.” I want to shout back to Sally in her classroom, but I stopped. I never really cared. The three of us laughed as we head back to our homes. I didn’t know what to do. I was speechless from what Risa told me earlier. I never had a clue that she liked Kevin that much, and she had been keeping her feelings all these years. Kevin, on the other hand, and I had been friends since I can remember. I liked him, as my own brother.
I didn’t notice the time. I came back home very late, my parents didn’t even notice my presence when I got back. I couldn’t sleep after those thinking. My manager called and told me that there will be an important meeting the next day at my agency’s place. I have to be there early, that means I’m going to miss my classes again.
“Miss Sally, I’m not quite sure if I can attend your class today.” I told her, getting dressed for the day. I continued, “I’m having a meeting today, and I don’t know when it’ll end. I told Risa that I’m going to the hospital for my weekly check-up. Just call me back if you need anything. Bye.” I hung up.
“Lizzy, what took you so long? The meeting already started. By the way, I heard good news. Good luck!” The receptionist told me as I passed her by her table. I smiled and winked at her.
What could have been the good news? I thought to myself. I entered the meeting room, and found my manager signing some papers. Another contract for me, I sighed.
“Sorry I’m late!” I told them. They nodded.
The director from my previous video was here. He came over and gave me a peck on the cheek, and said, “My dear, are you ready for the biggest news ever? I just had a call from the branch agency in Japan, and they offered you to be the guest star for the Asian Awards, in two months time,” he paused for a second and continued, “And not only that, you get to have a joint promotional video together with the stars your age.” My manager touched his shoulder, smiled and said, “Director, why don’t we hear first from our star? She hasn’t said a single word once you blabbed earlier.”
I chortled quietly and said, “Both of you are still so funny. But, what you just said is true, isn’t it?” they nodded. “I can’t believe it. My first out of country tour and it’s in Japan! And… and I … get to see cute guys.” They laughed. Of course, the phrase was a joke, I told them. But, it was half true. They all cheered for me. The meeting was then adjourned.
The director added something before he left. He told his people to pack things that were needed in advance. So they won’t be in a rush, when we leave for Japan, next week. He told us to call him if something comes up.
Next week! My head panicked silently. How could it be so early? I sighed. My manager saw me thinking deeply. She sat next to me and said, “You don’t have to worry about the requirements that are needed to enter that country. I’ll take care of everything. I know this is sudden, but I couldn’t refuse them. It’s an advantage for you. Moreover, isn’t it your dream to visit Japan?” I looked at her and smiled.
I made her promise that she’ll take care of the important things. But, I also have to take care of something more important, how to tell my friends about me leaving, and be gone for a while.
I went to the school, and looked for Miss Sally. She was in her room, as always. “Miss, you have to help me. I’ll be away for three months, and we are leaving next week! What am I supposed to do? I’m sure that those two will be intrigued.” I ran out of words to say to her. I was definitely positive that she was thinking of something. “Hmmm … Miss, please… hold on, you have to call me right away if you’ve got something in your head. You have to help me on this one. Thank you Miss, I owe you…” I stopped. Kevin was standing by the door, carrying two boxes in his hands. He asked the professor for the boxes to be placed. I winked at her, and hurriedly went out the room.
When I was about to open the door, to leave the building, Kevin was already standing by my side, opening the door for me. “Ladies first,” he grinned. I giggled and replied, “So now you’re a gentleman? I never have seen that before. By the way, did Risa go home already?” I tried to sound cheerful, but he did notice that something was definitely up.
“I know it’s none of my business, but…” he hesitated for a moment. “What have you been doing these past few years? You’ve been very busy, and it has been a while since the last time you hang out with us. I’m just worried … I mean, both Risa and me are worried.” He paused. “Don’t forget that we are still your friends, and we are here if you need any help.”
He smiled when he finished what he was talking. I nodded in reply, and told him that everything was fine. Before I got in a taxi, he added something. That something might help me in my problem. I called both my manager, and my music teacher.
I wanted to go to Japan that badly. It has been my dream, ever since I started liking anime, and manga. It took me some time to finish up planning for my trip to Japan. I never missed any of my classes for the rest of the week. Most of my classmates were surprised. When they greeted me, I responded politely. When I turned my back from them, whispering began, and I could hear them all. They were talking about me, no; they were always talking about me. I never gave them any hints that I knew what was going on.
We had a meeting in my music class. The music class that I attended probably was one of the many greatest classes in the whole country. Of course, I knew already what Miss Sally had to announce. She was in the middle of explaining everything, until I realized that I daydreamed again. I was chosen, but I knew it already. Kevin and Risa were coming too. The last one took me by surprise, it was Mika. I felt a sudden chill run through my entire body. I didn’t know why.
The day was finally here. We arrived in Japan later in the afternoon. I saw my manager, she was with the director and the others, and I waved my phone at her and mouthed to call me. They also stayed in the same hotel. We were at our hotel rooms, starting to unpack things.
“Hey guys! Guess what I saw a while ago. When we were at the lobby, I saw the director who filmed Lizzy’s music video for her latest single. I also saw her manager, though I’m not quite sure if Lizzy was there.” I stiffened as Risa said them. I looked at her and said, “Girls, can I have a moment of peace? I don’t care if you talk, but I think I’m going to pass out any minute. I think I’m having a jet lag.” They nodded.
I turned my back towards them, so that they will not notice that I pretended to be asleep. I kept listening to their conversation, until my mind faded to black.
I wasn’t chosen to be part of the group. Luckily, the three of them were. We were at a high school auditorium. I was pretty much impressed by how big the school was. The three of them talked about how they did during the auditions, I didn’t interrupt. I realized that all the Japanese students were staring at me. Someone yelled my name, not me, but the name of the other me. Risa saw everything, and thanks to her help, I told the crowd that they mistook me for someone else. The truth is, they didn’t, but I can’t just blurt out that I am the Lizzy. I told my friends and Miss Sally that I’m going back to the hotel.
I am an Asian girl, so I am used to Asian people. I felt kind of out of place, all the other stars were pretty, and I am not. It was fun meeting them though.
It was late at night when I got back to the hotel. I asked my manager to call my professor to let them know where I am. I lingered for a while in the lobby. I found a remote place by the left side of the lobby. At last, it was peaceful. I rested for a bit.
I heard a woman’s voice. “Ikuto … let’s do it somewhere.  Someone might see us. Wait…” she said. The guy she was with replied, “Don’t be silly. Nobody can even sense that we’re here.” The voices became quiet.
I think I knew then what they were doing, but when I looked up, something caught my eye. It was the boy, but then, he caught me staring at him. To my surprise, he winked at me; I shrunk back to my sit. I felt something burn, it was my cheeks, and I was blushing. Later on, the girl started talking, and then she headed to the restroom. I peeked at him again and found him doodling in a paper. I closed my eyes, for awhile. Though it was for a second, when I opened it, the guy’s face was inches from mine. I almost fell off my chair to my surprise. When the girl came back, she picked up the note and walked out the hotel. She was definitely angry.
“What are you doing? Stay away, you playboy!” I yelled at him. He covered my mouth with his hands. He wouldn’t let me utter a word. I realized that he definitely had a gorgeous body, and pretty face. His hands were quite big. I started to blush. He let go of me. I stood up and straightened myself, and started to walk. He smiled, “By the way, I’m Ikuto. What’s yours?” I just stared at him, and proceeded to the elevator. I immediately went inside and pressed my floor. A hand stopped it from closing. It was him. He also got in, and pressed his floor. It was awkwardly quiet, he was staring at me. He annoys me, but somehow, it made me feel better.
When the elevator was at my floor, I couldn’t wait to stay away from him. The elevator door opened. I rushed out, bumping to my best friend, Risa. Before she even realized what happened, she made a quick glance in the elevator. I turned back to face him for a second, “Playboy!” that was all I could say to him. I dragged Risa back to our room, giving me her explain-every-detail look. I sighed and agreed to her.
After a thousand years of explaining about what happened, all she could think was about the person that she saw earlier. She kept talking about how handsome he was. Until, she came to the point that she saw him staring at me the whole time. Mika glanced towards me. “Hey Lizzy, what was the name of that guy?” she asked. I replied, “I think it was Ikuto. It was the name he gave me, but I am not quite sure if he is telling the truth. He is a total playboy.” I told them both. Mika didn’t answer back. Instead, she turned her back towards us and continued on what she was doing on her laptop. We chatted for a while, and after for a few minutes, I changed to my pajamas and jumped in my bed to sleep. What a great night! I told myself quietly, letting me drift to the world of dreams.
The first month in Japan was both exciting and exhausting. Risa and the others were really devoted in what they were doing; I still hoped that I could join them. During daytime, I practiced with my co-stars for the Asian Awards night. During nighttime, I stayed for a few hours at the hotel lobby, practicing my songs, and also learning some Japanese phrases. I still couldn’t believe how big their lobby was. Nobody saw me from where I sat. Another reason that I wanted to stay there was to hopefully meet Ikuto again, but I never did. The last time I saw him was the time when I rode with him in the elevator.
I had a day off and I decided to visit my friends at the school. They were probably having a meeting in the gym because I didn’t see any single soul in the auditorium. The place was huge, definitely the place for orchestra concerts. I found a grand piano in the center of the room.
The piano looked like it was waiting for me, waited for me to use it, and play a song. When I sat in the stool, my mind was slowly drifting away and then started playing the piece Warsaw Concerto, an amazing piece. It took me years to finally master it. It was a song dedicated to the souls, who suffered brutally in this cruel life, and for the souls who sacrificed their lives to save others, and for the mysterious person who mysteriously came into my life and disappeared in a blink of an eye.
There was a loud applause. I came back to reality and found the students awed by my performance. Risa and Kevin were there, Mika stood beside their sensei. The teacher approached me and said, “Lizzy, what a nice surprise. What you did a while ago was perfect, so we just waited for you to notice our presence.” I laughed quietly. “You shouldn’t have declined my offer. It was a great opportunity.”
I knew what he was going to say, and it was definitely bad, for me. I made all excuses just to keep him quiet. Kevin asked me about what the teacher was talking about. I told him that it was nothing, but sensei kept talking about why I dropped from his class. I heard whispers around me, and then Risa gave me a glare. She was angry, I knew it. They were all angry and I didn’t want this to happen. My plan always worked. I saw Mika sneered at me quietly.
“I am so sorry, Sir. I have things planned ahead, that’s why. And I am tired of music, but soon enough, I’ll be back with my hands touching the piano. It was nice meeting you.” I lied. I walked out the door nervously, not holding my tears. I almost reached the gate when Risa called out for me.
She walked hurriedly towards me. It happened so fast, all I remembered was when she was approaching me and her hand flew to my face and that it hurts. Kevin didn’t even back me up this time. He dragged Risa back inside the school. It was the first time I felt so humiliated, humiliated by my friends. I continued to walk, wandering around the unknown city. I ended up lying down on a chair at a small park. I took my phone and dialed my manager’s number. She picked up, and I told her that I was lost and I needed someone to pick me up. She told me to stay put in the place. I didn’t listen to her, again, I wandered. I ended up outside a fashion boutique and waited.
When I calmed myself, I took a deep breath and sighed. I looked up and my heart started to beat faster. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The person that I wanted to see the most was only meters away from me, and to my disappointment, he was with another girl. He saw me staring at him, and he stopped. The girl he was with obviously didn’t want Ikuto talking to me. We started talking. To tell the truth, I felt comfortable talking to him, the pain that I felt before was slowly disappearing. The girl tried to break our conversation by pointing to the big screen. The guy that they were talking about was Ikuto.
“… A model, an actor, a singer,” The reporter said, “Ikuto is back in Japan…” and then he started talking in Japanese. I couldn’t believe him, he was just like me, and furthermore, he was famous in Japan. I wonder why I haven’t heard of him before. What a lucky guy! I told myself, but I’m famous myself either.
He looked back at me, ignoring the presence of the girl, but she was impatient, and mad at me. She took Ikuto’s face and locked it in her face. The girl was kissing him, but Ikuto still glanced at me. “Maybe I’ll just go. Sorry to disturb you… Gomenasai!” I said while straitening up and walked away from them.
What am I crying for? I yelled at myself. He is not worth it. Furthermore, he’s only playing with that girl. Darn! I have to get myself out of here. My phone rang, it was the director. He told me to go back to the agency and told me something about an urgent meeting.
Somebody grabbed my hand. I turned and punched him in the face. It was Ikuto. “What was that all about? It hurts!” he said. Before I could apologize to him, he forced me in a taxi and he got inside as well and held my hand. “You don’t have to say anything. This is what you get for punching me like that. You could have said sorry you know.” He grinned at me and I looked away from him and never said a single word. “You really aren’t going to apologize? Fine.” He became quiet, but still looking at me, and I kept on ignoring him. He finally said, “Hey,” “What?” I replied the second he said that word. He ignored my tone and continued talking, “You were crying back there right? When you left us, I saw you blushing when you turned your back to me. Wait, were you… jealous?” he grinned widely.
I was speechless. My mind started to talk again. I’m jealous? Why would I be jealous? Well, maybe I am a bit jealous, but I can’t tell him that! I replied to him straightforwardly, “No.” He immediately added, “Why were you crying then? So, I’m guessing that you like me.
The pointless argument started. I replied directly at him, and said no. He didn’t believe me and replied back at me and said yes, and vice versa. I didn’t notice that I was getting closer to him, and he was still holding my right hand. When I was inches away from him, I found my face locked up between his hands. “This is your last chance. Tell me now, you like me, am I right?” He said softly. I paused for a while and smiled, “No, I don’t, and you are definitely wrong.”
The second I said those words, he didn’t hesitated for awhile to plant his lips into mine. Ikuto kissed me. I couldn’t move, I tried to free myself, but it was hard to do it but it made it impossible for me. My mind went crazy, I couldn’t think straight, I couldn’t control much any longer. I gave up, and found myself kissing him back. He wrapped my arms around his neck, and his arms around my waist. Seconds went by and the car came to a halt. Ikuto pushed me slowly, grinning at me and said, “See, I’m absolutely correct, you like me.”
I knew that he was only playing with me. He would never take me seriously, he was a total playboy. He took my first kiss. I slapped him right before I got out of the car. I went inside the building and looked for the director.
I went inside the room the receptionist pointed awhile ago. The director and my manager were inside, talking to their own phones. I didn’t notice Ikuto behind me. He took my right hand again and held it tightly. I ignored him and went straight to the two people staring at me. The director saw Ikuto and told me that there will never be a chance that I won’t meet Ikuto. They were talking and I sat beside my manager and asked what the problem was.
“Lizzy, I think that someone or somebody is blackmailing you, even threatening you. We received a note in the mail last week and it was from an unknown sender. But, don’t worry, honey, we’ll take care of it.” My manager told me. A memory flashed in my head from three years ago, right after my graduation, someone sent me a message about something, but I forgot what it says. I told my manager about it. After a while, I told them everything that happened at school.
I had to stay positive and think straight at all times. When I walked in the hotel, I saw first Mika’s face. She was glaring at me and then to Ikuto. He then let go of my hand slowly, and whispered that everything will be fine. I believed that and started walking towards my friends. Risa, Kevin, and Mika looked at me, but when I approached them, Mika said something to Risa and then she left.
“Wait, Risa. Please, I need to talk to you. Kevin, tell her. I have something important to tell you.” She started walking away, but I grabbed Kevin’s hand, making him stop. I couldn’t hold on much longer. “Will you stop acting like a kid?! Stop right there and listen to what I’m supposed to tell you.” I snapped, catching my breath. Both of them turned at me and were stunned. I pulled them to a chair and sat down.
Kevin smiled and said, “Whoa… Lizzy, I haven’t seen you snap like that for a long time.” Risa didn’t look up but agreed with him. I gave them a smile and said, “Are you still mad at me? Look, I have to explain to you everything.” Risa stopped me and said, “Girl, I’m the one who is supposed to apologize. I hurt you this morning, but it was your fault. I am still mad, I don’t know about Kevin, but if Mika hadn’t told us…” Her voice faded. I asked her curiously, “Mika told you? What did she say?”
Risa told me everything what Mika had told them. I knew it, Mika was responsible for all the mess I was having. But, why would she do those things? I didn’t do anything. I told both of them the whole truth. I started explainingfrom the start, till the current truth and happenings. “I am not embarrassed to have friends like you. Both of you are my best friends, my life.” I told them about the blackmail, and what happened after I left the school this morning. My tongue slipped for a second, and I almost blurted out what happened in the taxi. Risa widened her eyes and was expecting some news. After minutes of explaining and apologizing to them, Kevin stood and said, “Best friends no matter what.”
That night, I stayed at my manager’s room, with Risa. Miss Sally was with Kevin, trying to get ideas on what he was going to play for their recital. That reminded me, their recital will be next week and the Awards Night will be three days from now. I should prepare my things, after all of these and we will be going back to America. Risa touched my hands and said, “Girl, everything will be alright, I forgive you. By the way, you have to fill me in with the details. What happened between you and Ikuto?” There she goes again. I started telling her from the time I got lost to the time I accidentally punched him. “I hit him accidentally. You know, I don’t ever let my guard down. He forced me in the taxi. We were arguing and then he pulled me closer to him and then… and then we kissed. But, keep this in mind, he started it.” I didn’t stop blushing until I finished telling her everything. She asked me if I liked him that much, “I am not sure. I have this feeling of doubt. But, I really do like him a lot. I am not sure if he likes me, if he does, how would I know if he’s telling the truth if he keeps on toying with girls?” I replied. “Lizzy, follow what your heart says, and don’t forget to think before you act. You better tell him what you feel, before it’s too late.” She told me and continued, “I better get going soon, I had a rough day.” She stood and headed towards the door. She paused and turned to me, “Oh! I almost forgot. Sally told me to tell you that you should practice some songs. I have three on mind that suites your style. How about Moonlight Sonata, the three movements, Fantasie Impromptu, or Liebestraum by Liszt? You already know most of them. She also said that you should familiarize all of them by next week. She assigned me a piece and I forgot the name, but it was pretty cool. Bye Lizzy, see you tomorrow.” I nodded at her and yelled thanks when she got out of the room.
“Hey Miss Sally, do I really have to master three songs by next week? I’m not sure if I can do it. Why do I have to do it?” I asked her while eating breakfast at the restaurant across the street from the hotel. “Yes, and you have to start practicing today. You were invited by sensei, as a guest performer to the recital. He’s expecting you to do an excellent performance, since you turned down a great offer.” Miss Sally told me, laughing quietly. She left immediately. She really was a busy person. She was asked to organize everything for the recital.
Just outside the restaurant, I saw Mika bumped into Ikuto. What happened made my mouth fell open, and almost dropped my cup of coffee. He stood there motionless and facing the ground.
“Hey! How old are you?” I found myself standing in front of him and his head still faced the ground. “18. What’s it to you?” he replied with a tone. I grinned and replied politely, “So, you are two years younger than me, huh?” I paused and still, he didn’t move an inch. “That’s pretty cool. You ditched a girl for another girl, and just got slapped by another girl. Then, you forced a girl to argue with you, to get her innocent lips.” The last sentence made him stiffened and slowly looked up. “You want to hang out with me today?” I told him, smiling. He was obviously surprised, but he didn’t want me to notice it. He replied, “You want to hang out with me, because you’re scared of getting lost, again.” I nodded with disapproval in my face but still smiled. He took my hand and he started walking. “Actually, I have to go to a music store and I need to buy some music sheets.” He looked at me and said, “No problem, I know a store.”
He dragged me in a street I didn’t know. There were smaller stores now. He pushed his way to a small store. It wasn’t a small store, but a big one. There was a white grand piano near the store window. A man called out for us from the counter, he asked if we wanted something. I told him the sheets that I wanted. The man said, “I have Moonlight Sonata, do you need the three movements? I also have Fantasie Impromptu, but I still have to find the third one. Hold on.” He bent down and took a box. He scanned some pieces until he found the two sheets I was looking for. He gave them to me and told me to wait. He went to the back door. Ikuto told me to play some music. I sat on the piano stool, straightened my back, and played Fantasie Impromptu, site-reading of course. I made some mistakes on the first few tries I did. But I did better later on. I haven’t warmed my fingers for a while. I realized that I missed playing the piano. I started playing the second piece, when the man came back and gave me the third piece, Liebestraum, the piece that makes me nervous. I got tired of playing and I stood and returned the stool. I paid the man in dollars, he doesn’t accept Japanese money. It was past three, I bought some new clothes and shoes, and everything. Ikuto stayed with me.
“Hey Ikuto, I want to go somewhere beautiful.” I told him with a tensed face. “Do you know of a place?” He nodded and smiled. I was glad that I dared myself to talk to him this morning. If I never talked to him, I would never have another chance. He never let go of my hand.
He took me to the beach. The sun was almost setting. I closed my eyes and told myself that I could do it. We sat in the sand near some rocks. I sighed and said, “You know, I still couldn’t believe that you’re younger than me. Anyways, I haven’t enjoyed myself this much. I guess visiting Japan really made me feel better. It was the right choice, yes, this is the right choice.” He stared at me curiously making predictions on what I was going to say. “I’m a loner. The first friend that I had was Mika.” He stiffened. “Then I met Risa and Kevin. Days before our high school graduation, Mika suddenly stopped talking to me. She looked at me as if she was going to kill. It really scared me. I don’t have any clue about why she was angry with me. There’s this problem about my family. We don’t get along, at all. But I still love them. It’s funny how I continue to love them even though I don’t talk to them anymore. That’s why I started singing, and then was scouted by director’s agency. It was a great opportunity. I loved it, and because of that, I got here and met you. By the way, did the director told you the real me?” he nodded. I leaned on his shoulders. “I have a messed up life. Sorry about that, you shouldn’t have heard that. Forget all about what I said.” I moved away from him, now leaning on the rock and facing him.” He replied, “Its fine, no problem here.” He was now facing me and we were staring at each other’s eyes. He looked away first. I knew then what will happen.
“Hey Lizzy, there’s…” I don’t want him to talk. I stopped him before he could even say another word. I told him looking at his eyes, “This is your fault you know. Look, because of that, I’m falling for you. I like you.” His eyes widened. I crawled closer, facing him. He looked at me with blank eyes, “Lizzy, I don’t know what to say. I’m confused.” He gripped his hand tightly. I closed my eyes and tears started to drop from my eyes, “Well, at least you know how I feel. I better get going.” I gave him a small smack from my lips onto his and stood to fix my new dress. “Thanks for today. I’ll see you at the Awards Night. Sayonara.” I picked up the things I bought earlier and started to walk away from him, wiping my tears. Before I disappeared out of sight, I turned back and yelled at him, “You should bring your real girlfriend, as your date, to the Awards Night. I know you like her. Mika, she you’re girlfriend. I just realized that the both of you were the ones who were blackmailing me. You did a great job, and it really worked.” Before he even turned, I was nowhere in sight. I rode a train back to Tokyo. Somehow, I managed to get back safely, but with a broken heart.
I took my best friends to the Asian Awards Night, as my date. Obviously, Ikuto took Mika. I was right and glad that I was clever enough to grasp what was going on. I didn’t enjoy much of the program. I gave my best shot on my performance, but I knew that the whole world noticed my mistakes. “I learned something valuable: Trust who you believe, Believe who you trust. Life is full of surprises, but it never surprises you if you have been expecting it.” I said at the end of my speech. I sneezed quietly and blushed, making my face more reddish. “I almost forgot. I also learned that if your body is weak, you should bring a jacket anywhere you go, in case a cold atmosphere enters you body.” I smiled and they all laughed. I walked back to my seat, only to find that the next person that was called was Ikuto. I haven’t reached my chair. In a second now, he’ll be passing by me. I gave him an awry smile and looked down, never meeting his stare. I passed by him as if I wasn’t there. When I sat in my chair, I hardly breathed. I was out of air to breathe. I hugged Risa, crying and whispered to her ear, “I can’t take this anymore. I love him so much. I don’t know what to do and I am so tired of everything.” I couldn’t see anything.
“Lizzy, are you awake now? How are you feeling?” Kevin was there, holding my hand. Risa too, touching Kevin’s shoulder. “Kevin, stop talking so much. Can’t you see she’s fine already?” I heard Risa’s voice. When I opened my eyes, Risa, Kevin, Miss Sally, my manager were there. I was confused, “What are you all doing here? And why are you staring at me like that? Did I fell asleep? Is the Awards Night finished?” Risa broke me off, “Girl, one question at a time. First of all, you passed out. Second, the Asian Awards Night ended 2 days ago, and you have been sleeping all this time. Third, you made quite a ruckus back there. I was horrified when you passed out on me like that. Well, a long story, and you’re probably wondering what happened.” They all laughed at me. I couldn’t believe myself. Miss Sally came closer and said, “I’m prohibiting you to touch the piano until the day of the recital. You mastered it already right? You deserve a rest. Take care now.” She smiled and left with my manager.
“Hey guys. I made a decision. After the recital, I’m planning on visiting my family in the Philippines, for about a week. I want to be free for a short while, and I have some thinking to do. Do you want to come? Don’t worry about the tickets and everything. My manager will take care of them.” I told them softly. My voice trailed off. I saw them nod together and smiled. “So, are you two together now?” Risa pushed Kevin outside. She then told me everything that happened. Yes, they’re together now. I mustn’t mess them up. I told myself.
The day finally arrived, every student were nervous, especially me. Everyone looks so gorgeous with their sparkling dresses. Risa dressed me up simply. I wanted it to be simple so that people won’t stare at me at the airport and on the plane.
I did the opening act. I played Moonlight Sonata. I played my second piece, Fantasie Impromptu, when the students were taking a break. The last piece I played, Liebestraum, made a big impact to the audience. I received ‘Bravo’s’ and everything. I was really into the music. Sensei approved of it. I saw Mika staring at me with awe and guilt. I tried to smile, but couldn’t do it. She walked towards me, “Lizzy, I need to talk to you. It’s about…” I stopped her and said, “If it’s about the blackmail, its fine. I forgive you. But, why did you do it? Did I do something wrong?” she widened her eyes and replied, “I can’t believe you. Well, do you remember my boyfriend when we were in high school? He dumped me for you. I was so angry and humiliated and I swore then that I would take revenge.” I asked her curiously, “What are you talking about, Mika? He dumped you for me? That’s the first time I’ve heard that. I bet you made a big mistake. I never stole a boyfriend. I never had a relationship and I don’t have enough time for those things. You definitely made a big mistake, because I don’t remember you telling me you have a boyfriend.” I started walking towards the door, where Risa and Kevin waited. Mika paused, “Whatever it is. It is my fault. I am so sorry about everything. I should have confronted you first.” I turned away, and replied, “Yeah. Whatever! Mika, I liked you because you were my friend, but I never expected you to go that far. Destroying my life was the only thing I didn’t expect, but in the end, I managed to outsmart the both of you.” I was now facing her again. “And…you succeeded. It was an honor to be in your little game. You definitely took the happiness I have and I hope that you and Ikuto are satisfied. Bye.” I disappeared.
My best friends took me to the airport to see me off. “I’ll miss you both. Well, I have to go now. I’ll see you again in a week.”
Actually, I didn’t return to America. I stayed in my home country for a while. I still kept in touch with everyone. I reconciled with everyone in my family. I heard that Mika moved to Europe. Risa was top of the class, and Kevin was right next to her. My manager took a break from working, but getting prepared again when the time I go back in the celebrity world. I never heard of Ikuto again.
I was sitting all alone by the shore. It was my favorite spot on the beach. My feet were now wet from the sea water. Somehow, the cold water made me chill. I had this feeling again that something will come. I ignored it. This time, I was concentrating on my future, but a hole kept me from doing anything. I closed my eyes and tears blocked my eyes.
“So, you are here. I have been around the world looking for you. And here you are, hiding in this small island.” Ikuto’s voice traveled in my ear. I must have imagined it. There is no way he would be here. I stood up, fixed my dress and picked up my sandal. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It can’t be the truth. Ikuto was standing meters away from me.
“I finally found you.” He told me as he walked closer towards me, and giving me the firmest hug he ever gave. Tears welled up in my eyes. The sunset’s rays that reflected through me gave me a new definition: hope, and love.
I finished my college together with the people I love: Risa, Kevin, and Ikuto. Risa and Kevin found a job, they teach music. I continued being a celebrity, I meant the real me, as well as Ikuto. Life is full of choices, whatever you do, you keep on choosing what’s best.


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