As she’d installed the Line program on her cell, she’d found his name on the list “People You Might Know”, she’d added him to her friends list, and, with her quick fingers, she’d sent a series of words.
“There was once that nobody was there in your home, the instructor had told you to come to my house.”
“Do you remember that?”
Her house and his were only a street away.
Knowing he’s coming, as the bell rang, she’d ran fast home, locked up the doors. Very short while later, the doorbell rang, she’d quickly hid away on the second floor bedroom, then, peeked from the crease in the draperies, seeing how he was with his yellow backpack, like a soldier, standing guard, at the front door of her apartment.
Every time the door bell rang, her heart raced a little more, she’d prayed silently, that her mother doesn’t return home yet.
Like the time that took for one period of class to finish, the doorbell had finally stopped ringing, she’d made sure that he was no longer at her front door, then, she’d let out a sigh of relief.
That, was a Wednesday, the day that the elementary kids expected the most, instead, she’d played with her dolls, and munched down on the snacks her mother prepared, and she couldn’t feel happy at all, as if something had managed to clog the flowing river inside of her heart.
Later, she’d always had him in the back of her mind, where did the backside of that yellow backpack go? Her heart raced, as she’d waited, on him to reply.
“I seemed to have forgotten about that.” Three minutes later, he’d tossed back his replies.
How could he have forgotten! She was shocked, and then, mildly disappointed, that, was the most important thing that she’d remembered about them.
“Back then, I didn’t like boys, so, I didn’t answer the doors.”
“Hahaha, must be at least thirty years since?”, he pretended to make a joke about it.
Actually, how could he have forgotten? That day, he stood, underneath the scorching sun, like he’d been punished for the entire class period, to stand behind the classrooms, he had seen her, behind the drapes, but, why wouldn’t she answer the door?
She was very beautiful, the one in charge of the class, the model student, and he, merely a small pawn who gets overlooked easily.
She didn’t like me then! He’d made the conclusions.
After he’d left, he’d paced to the park in town, watched the elderly played chess, looked at the ducks, swimming in the ponds, lay on the stone benches, and counted the clouds up in the skies, then, he must’ve fallen asleep, when he woke again, the dusk had settled down, he’d walked home in silence. At dinner time, his mother asked him, did he have fun in the home of the head of his class? He’d forced a smile and nodded. The next day, he’d gone across her desk intentionally, she pretended as if nothing had happened, just kept to her assignments, without lifting up her head.
Ever since, he’d never spoken to her again. “When I’d grown up, I’d realized, that my odd behavior came from how I didn’t know how to interact with boys, thankfully, you’d forgotten about that already! How’s this, I treat you to lunch in a few days?”, she’d used a cute picture, and sent the messages to him.
He saw the face, with the expression that’s heartfelt, with tears in the eyes, and, he’d seen a saddened, crying face in his mind………at nap time, the boys in his class were talking of playing a prank, and he normally didn’t take part, and this time, for some unknown reasons, he’d picked up a dried up frog that’s already dead, stealthily, shoved it into that pink backpack behind her chair.
Things we did when we were younger, ahhhhhhhhhh, those are the days, aren’t they, when we were free to love, free to be, and, the two people from the story reached a silent agreement on letting bygone BE bygone, I’m sure, and, who knows, maybe, they’d started back up from where they’d left it in their childhood days???