Later that day, after my class ended, I felt my phone vibrated in my pocket, so I pulled it out and flipped it open. My eyes grew bigger as I stared at the caller’s name, but then a slow smile spread across my face without I realized it. It’s unusual for her to call me first because usually it would always be me the one who’s taking the initiative just to hear her voice. Immediately I pressed the green button and brought the phone to my ear, answering.
“Are you busy??”
“Great.. Erm.. I was just wondering, how long before your classes gonna end today??”
“Well.. I already have no class after this..”
“Yeah.. Our class ended early since the deputy dean not feeling so well today..”
“Ahh.. She’s teaching you psychology right..”
“Yup.. So, why are you calling me all of a sudden..”
“Eh?? Can’t I call you??”
“No.. It’s just that you never call me first except when you want something from me..” I said with a teasing tone.
“Eh!! I do call you sometimes..”
“Yeah right.. That was years ago..”
“What do you mean years ago??”
“You’ve stopped calling me like you used to..” I sighed.
“Eh!! I do call you.. But you’re not answering..”
“You’re calling me just to returned my call.. Not because you wanted to call me..” I said feeling slightly hurt.
“What!! That’s not true.. I called because I wanted to talk to you..”
“If you really want to talk to me, you would have call me first instead of just returning my call..”
“I did!! I did called you.. But you’re not answering..”
“You called me 2 a.m. in the morning!! So yea.. I’m still AWAKE that time..”
“That’s the only time that I have for myself after a whole busy day with works..”
“All you ever do is got yourself busy with your patients!!”
“What do you expect me to do?? I’m becoming a doctor for God sake..”
“Why don’t you just talk to your patients instead of me.. They seems to have your interest for keeping you busy the whole day..”
“Atsuko!! They were sick.. It’s my responsible to looked after them..”
“Then go looked after them!! Why are you wasting time calling me for??” I said angrily because she always gives her priority to her patients and forgets about me.
“I need to talk to you!! That’s why I called!!” she yelled over the phone.
“That’s not talking!! You’re yelling at me!!
“You yelled at me first!!”
“It’s because you’re annoying!!”
“Need me to repeat?? You’re annoying!!”
“What did I ever do to annoy you??”
“It was always me who’s calling you first!! You never call me except you want something from me!! And I’m getting tired of it!! ”
“You know what?? That’s it!! I’m calling because I thought maybe we can go back together today.. But seems like I’m annoying to you, I don’t think you would want that.. Maybe I shouldn’t even call you in the first place!!”
“Well.. Maybe you shouldn’t!! Don’t ever call me again!!”
“Fine!! I’ll just erase you from my phone since I don’t think I'll be CALLING you again!!”
“Great!! Do that!! I’ll erase you from my registry too..”
“Fine with me!!”
“Fine then!!” I pressed the red button and flipped it closed. “Argh!! I hate you!!”
“Huh? Are you okay Acchan??” I felt a hand suddenly landed on my shoulder from behind. I turn around to face the person behind me and sighed. “Who are you talking to just now??”
“That good for nothing midget!!” I replied.
“Ahh.. Couple fight.. I should have known..” she said teasingly.
“What!! Not that again.. We’re not a couple okay!!” I said firmly at her.
“Owh, really?? You two looked more like a couple than a real one..” somehow I felt my cheeks getting red when she said that.
“No we’re not!! We’re just best friends.. Nothing more than that.. Or maybe not my best friend anymore.. I hate her!!”
“Are you sure??” somehow the smirk on her face really annoyed me.
“I’m sure of it.. We’re not what you were saying we are..”
“Hurm..” she narrowed her eyes suspiciously. “Then why is your face so red right now??”
“W-What?? I’m just still.. annoyed.. that’s all..”
“Aha!! There.. Right there!!”
“You always mad at her.. I mean never once, in a week that you guys didn’t fought each other..”
“She always pulled a prank on me.. Why wouldn’t I get mad??”
“But you never get tired of her doesn’t it??”
“I’m already get used to it.. I knew her since high school..”
“Even though you guys fought a lot, in the end you two are still together.. Aww.. What a cute couple..” she said before start laughing.
“We’re not a couple!!”
“Yeah.. Like I would believe that..” she said before she turns around and shout, “Acchan and Takamina are a couple!!” making my course mates turned to look at me.
“Yuko!!” my face turned even redder when everyone was looking at me. “I’ll kill you!!” I said as I went chasing over her.
“Agrh!!” she scream running through the hall way.
“Wait until I get my hands on you!!”
“Nyan Nyan!! Help me!!”
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After getting tired from chasing Yuko all over the campus, I decided to head home feeling slightly disappointed that I’ve just missed the chance to go back with my chibi best friend. It’s been a while since the last time we went home together. I really missed the good old days where we would hang out and fooling around together after class. But since she started doing her practical work, she spent much of her time on the medical centre and it's actually a miracle if she says she can spend a whole weekend with me.
Sighing to myself, I walked down toward the campus's gate. As walked out the campus gate, my heart skipped a beat when I saw her standing by herself as if she was waiting for someone, but when her eyes met mine, she quickly looked away. I just walked passed her and took a right to start to walk along the path that led to my house.
Somehow my heart start to beats faster wondering what she was doing standing in front of the gate. Is she waiting for me?? I stops my steps and turns around to look back but she still standing in front of the gate, not moving. Why is she still standing there?? She's not waiting for me?? Feeling somewhat more disappointed than before, I turn back and start to walk faster. I just continue walking and not look back.
After 10 minutes of walking, I suddenly felt something was weird. Like as if someone was watching me, but I just ignored it, thinking it was just my imagination and just kept walking. As I walked, I felt as if someone was following me now. I just ignored it and kept on walking because I thought that whoever or whatever it was, couldn't be possibly following me, maybe we're heading the same direction. But the feeling that someone was following me just kept getting stronger and stronger.
Could it be Minami?? I thought to myself. But she didn’t even care to look at my me before and she still standing in front of the gate when I left, it couldn’t be her. I shook my head and clutched the strap to my bag in my hand, fixing it on my shoulder. I picked up my pace when I heard footsteps behind me, making my heartbeat speed up as my feet moved even faster.
I was suddenly starting to feel a bit scared when I heard the person behind me pick up their pace also, trying to keep up with me. I tried to run, but couldn’t when I felt a hand grab my arm, pulling me back.
As I was turned around, I crashed into a small figure, tossing her arm around me and at the same time my heartbeat sped up as I heard a horn honk and a motorbike passed right behind me.
“Are you trying to kill yourself??” the small figure yelled at me making me confused by her words.
I looked down at the small figure and was met with a pair brown eye. They were looking intensely at me. Somehow I've seen those eyes before. Then I start to realize, it was those eyes that always looked at me, the one that always calmed me down with the hidden tenderness, that always makes my heart stop whenever they stares.
“What were you thinking!! Can’t you watch where you’re going!!” she yelled at me again.
“Ahn??” I just stared at her for a long time as I’m still a little confused about what just happened.
“You could have died..” her voice trailed off as her eyes gleaming with tears. “You almost scared the hell out of me..” she tightened her arm around me and hold me close in her embrace.
I slowly put my arms around her and hold her close to me. We just hold each other in silence, lost in our own thoughts. Even when it seems impossible as each tick of the second keeps ticking, I just wish the time could stop even just for a moment. I don’t know what happened to me, I don’t know what I’m feeling right now, I don’t know what got into me, but all I know is that I want is to hold her close to me like this forever.
I shouldn't have listened to my heart..
but without a word, I waited for love..