“Hey, this is Jhon. Sorry, I can’t answer your call right now, either I’m busy or asleep.
Anyways, leave a message and I'll get back to you whenever I can.”
‘Hey Dummy, how are you?
I hope you’re doing alright.
Today is January the 13th and it’s currently 2:30 pm. I just wanted to greet you Happy early birthday. I hope you have a blessed day. I miss you.’
Klara sighed as she ended the call. This has been her routine for the past 7 years. She would call this number every single day, hoping that he would answer her call. Key word hoping.
“He also made you do that?” someone chuckled behind her.
Klara’s eyes widened as she heard that voice again. After the incident that happened 7 years ago, she didn’t imagine that she would see him again. Kabadong-kabadong tumalikod si Klara, and looked at the person. The colours on her face drained and her breath hitched when she saw those beautiful grey eyes that she has been searching and wanted to see for the past few years. Her whole body couldn’t move as she looked at the person from head to toe.
“You alright?” He asked worried written all over his face.
That made her come back to reality, tears are forming in her eyes. He promised her that he would come back to her when she needs him the most. He promised her that she would take care of her and be with her when she feels alone. Promise her that he would wipe away her tears, fight all the people that hurt her. He promised her that he would come back.
“Why are you here?” She asked, trying to stop her tears from falling.
“I’m sorry,” he apologized.
The worried look on his face is now replaced with sadness. He knows, he's the reason why she's feeling that way right now, he can see the tears and sadness in her eyes, even when she tries to hide it.
Klara wipes away her tears, and took a deep breath to calm herself… After a minute or two, her breathing became normal. Klara didn’t want to talk to him due to the fact that he left her and didn’t want to remember all the stuff that had happened before. She excused herself and quickly took her stuff, from the table. As she passed by him, Klara was stopped when he holds her wrist.
“Please. Talk to me,” he pleaded.
“Luca, please let go,” pakiusap nito sa kanya.
“No, not until you talk to me,” he said, ang mga mata niya ay nakikiusap.
Mahigpit ang paghawak nito sa kamay niya, kaya wala siyang choice kausapin ito.
“What is there to talk about? Nakita mo ako diba? Nakabalik ka na dito sa Pilipinas diba? You fulfilled your promise to come back, right? At least you were able to fulfill that one promise,” she mumbled the last part.
Klara at looked him in the eye. She can she sadness, guilt, and regret.
“Kaya please lang, Luca. Pakawalan mo na ako. Ayoko na. Ayoko nang masaktan muli. I don’t want to feel and experience the struggles that I faced all over again, when I was waiting and looking for you. Pakiusap, hayaan mo na ako.” she said, as a single tear streamed down her face.
Luca slowly let go of her wrist at magsasalita pa sana s’ya, ngunit bigla nalang siyang na-tahimik sa sinabi ni Klara sa kanya.
“If we ever meet again, don’t say hi. Don’t say anything, because I’ve healed too much to let myself break again.” sabi nito sa kanya saka naglakad na papunta sa pintuan.
“I wish we could go back to the time where we all first met, but I guess wishes only exist on fairy tales,” he said to her and walked towards the other exit.
Klara stopped walking and looked back, hoping for him to look towards her direction but he didn’t.
‘If only we could go back to Day 1, where our memories began.’
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
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