The weather is nice today. The breeze swirled around, the trees dancing to the rhythm and the leaves rustling in song. I saw a single leave dislodged from a branch and twirled in the wind. It bounded up and down and side to side before landing silently on my palm.
Ahh~~ such a beautiful scenery.
I lie down on the green grass and look up at the sky. The sun was up and high in a cloudy blue sky and the cool touch of the breeze really make me comfortable. I just smiled and close my eyes waiting for the warm presence that I have been missing so much.
- Flashback -
I was lying down on the grass with my eyes closed when I felt someone laid down next to me and touched my cheek with their hand. I opened my eyes and saw her. Her eyes were sparkling with a smile showing her dimple.
“You’re late!!” I said as I frowned at her.
“Ah! Gomen..” she then laughed nervously. “I needed to take care of my patients.. You know how things are.. I can’t just leave them you know..” she explained.
“You’re not even a doctor yet.. Don’t pretend that you’re busy like one..” I said glaring at her as I sat up.
“Well.. I need to get used to it when I’ll become one..” she also sat up and smiled.
“Great!! Just go ahead with your patients.. Don’t ever care about your best friend anymore!! You even made me wait outside the library for half an hour!!” I said before turning my back at her.
“Awh! Come on.. It's not like I intentionally did so..”
“Yes you are!! You always make me wait for you.. If you can’t spend some time with me, why didn't you just say so..”
“I do want to spend some time with you.. It’s just that, sometimes things are out of my control..”
“You always have time for me before.. Why suddenly did you..” my voice trailed off as I felt something squeezing my lungs making me choked.
“Atsuko.. Things are different now..”
“You’ve changed Minami!!”
“What?? When did I ever-”
“Stop it!! Don’t say another word.. I don’t want to hear the same excuses again and again.. Let’s just end it here..”
“That’s not fair!! I should at least get to defend myself.. You never let me finish whenever I try to explain!!”
“There’s no need for that.. It always the same thing over and over again..”
“No, it doesn’t!! Do you even know that I ran all the way from the campus to come here?? I even hurt myself just to be here!! Can’t you see that I'm really trying hard just to see you too??” she asked, almost yelling.
She took a deep breath and looked away. Then I realized that her eyes were almost in tears. Somehow seeing her eyes slowly filled with tears made me feel a pang of guilt. I sighed to myself and sneaked up to her, softly put my arms around her shoulders and hugged her closer.
“Gomen.. I should have known.. You’re my best friend after all..”
“Of course you should!! I almost bleed to death because of you..”
“Gomen!! Hontou ni gomen!!” I pulled away from the hug and examined her carefully. “Where did you hurt yourself??”
“Here..” she said pouting and held her hand up to my eyes, so I could examine it closer.
“Owh! Lucky that the cut is not too deep.. Let me clean it for you..” I quickly reached my bag and search for my handkerchief.
I poured some water on it and carefully cleaned the cut. She gave out a hiss and clenched her teeth. “Ah!! Itai!! That hurt Atsuko..”
“How did you get this cut anyway??” I asked ignoring her discomfort as I continued on removing the dried blood.
“Owh, well.. After I finished my session with my patient, I realized I was already late for our lunch.. So, I was kinda in a rush and I don’t know how, I hit a tray containing medical tools in it.."
“Why didn't you treat yourself first since you were still at the medical center..”
“I knew you’re going to be mad at me again.. And I didn't have time to think, so I just dashed out after I said sorry to the medical assistant..”
“Just when I thought you grew smarter than me, you’re just clumsy as ever..”
After that, I poured some water over my handkerchief again and start cleaning the rest of her wounds. She hissed every time I touched her wounds. Somehow, I could feel her eyes were staring at me but I wasn’t sure if it was my mind, playing tricks on me. But I got this feeling that she'd always stare at me when I’m not looking. I looked through the corner of my eye to see if she was staring and she was, guilty at charged.
“You’re going to make a hole on my face if you keep staring at me..” I said as I put a little pressure on her wound as I clean it.
“Ah!! Ah!! Itai!!”
“Stop staring at me..”
“W-What!! I-I didn’t stare at you!!” she’s stammering.
“You were looking at me..”
“No I was not!! I was looking at the tree behind you.. And you're in the way blocking my view..”
“Yeah, right..” I couldn't helped myself to smile inwardly when I saw how red her cheeks were. “You always stare at me when I’m not looking.. Just admit it..”
“No I’m not!! Why would I stare at you?? You’re not that pretty anyway..”
“Why you!!” again I put some pressure on her wound making her screamed in pain.
“Argh!!!!!!!! Atsuko!!! Are you trying to kill me!!!”
“It’s just a small cut..”
“It’s not going to be small anymore with your attempt of killing me!!”
“You’re just exaggerating..”
Suddenly she grabbed my hand and smiled wickedly. Oh God! That smile again.. That’s not a good sign. The last time she smiled like that, I ended up sprawling on the ground with tears.
Before I could make an effort to free myself from her grip, she already leap up to balance her knees and launched her assault on me, tickling me unmercifully, making me scream.
“Minami!! Stop it!!” I yelled while laughing so hard, my lungs almost hurting.
“No way!! This is payback!!” she laughed.
“Payback for what?? I haven’t done anything!!” I said as innocent as I could.
“You’re trying to kill me!!” she moved both of her hand to my sides, tickling me.
“Ahh!! Get off me!!” I yelled as I had come to realize, she was sitting on me while tickling me.
“No I won’t!!” she grunted. “Not until you promise to stop being mad at me for every small things!!”
“Argh!! Okay! Okay! Anything! I promise! Just stop tickling me!!”
The laughter slowly stopped and I raised my head to look at the smirking midget on top of me. The look in her eyes was so calm and peaceful. I don't think I’ve ever seen her like that before. The sound of my heart pumped slightly off-beat at that very moment by the way she was looking at me. I reached up and brushed her hair back behind her ear, feeling my stomach tingle as she turned her head into my hand, as a reflex, my fingers touched her ear.
I grinned, knowing the fact that how easily she’s affected by just a simple touch. She looked at me and bit her lower lip, frowning. Slowly, her eyes turned serious as she stares intensely into my own. Again, her eyes are telling me something. The thing that I’ve been asking since the first time I met her.
Just then, I could hear a thumping noise like a heart beat in both my ears. I don’t know if it’s a weird pulse or maybe my ear drum thumping, but the sounds were getting louder and louder as I sense that our face were getting closer and closer.
Oh God! What’s happening here? Why is she looking at me with those eyes.. What she’s trying to do? Is she going to kiss me or something? Wait!!! Kiss me?? Somehow the thought that she’s going to kiss me almost took my breath away and I realized, I didn’t even make an effort to push her away.
As she’s getting really close, automatically I closed my eyes, not knowing what to expect. The thumping sounds in my ears are getting louder and it’s started to annoyed me. It keeps increases by the seconds, and then suddenly stops when I heard her voice.
“Gah!! Gotcha!!” she said before moved off me.
“What were you thinking by the way??” she said smirking.
“What the hell are you thinking of doing??” I asked, blushing like mad.
“You should see your face.. You were blushing mad as hell!!” she said laughing.
“Why you little midget!!!!” I scream at her as I chased after her at full speed.
I shouldn’t have done that..
I should have pretended not to know like I didn’t see it, like I couldn’t see it..
I shouldn’t have looked at you in the first place..
- End of Part 1 -