Seven Days in July

9 July

I woke up today just to found a beautiful red hair girl in my bed. I smiled and kiss her in her head. She sleeps peacefully. I jumped off of the bed to go to the bathroom. Doing morning ritual (shower-pee-brush teeth) and then back again to my room. She is still sleeping. I smiled again and changed to formal clothes. Ah, today I had class. I walk to the bed to wake her up. I kiss her cheeks and hug her tight. “Derrick?” she said. I smiled to her. “Good morning, sunshine” I said happily. She smiled. The best smile ever. “You got class this morning?” she asked while I was tidying my messy hair. I nodded my head. She’s up and hug me from behind. “I am gonna miss you” said her slowly. “No you’re not” I said bluntly. “I see you lunch?” I asked before I head off. ” Dinner” she said sadly. “Smile, Alice” I tried to make her happy. She smiled for me. I closed my apartment door and head to the stairs. Dinner. Can’t wait to see her.

I rushed off to the flower store. A bucket of white roses, I asked. The lady smiles happily and asked me to wait for her. In short time, she came with a beautiful bouquet of white roses. I paid her and run off her store. I run in the sidewalk, hit some people and said sorry many times, I lift my right hand up so that the bouquet fine. Finally home, I mumbled. I turn the knob to open the door. There she is, waiting in the couch, with smile. “Sorry…” I said while giving her the bouquet. She hugged me tightly, instead of took the bouquet. I smiled widely. “You must be starving” she said while taking the bouquet. She headed to the kitchen, filling the large vase with water and putting the bouquet there. “Go get change, I made you ravioli” she said. I widened my eyes, can’t believe it. But, no time to waste. I quickly have shower and get dress. When I was coming to the kitchen, she was there waiting for me. Smiling. She sure is beautiful.

10 July

Again, I woke up with her besides me. This time, my left hand was being slept off. I was playing with her soft hair when she opened her eyes. She smile at me. I kiss her head. She hugged me tightly. Ah. Life is easier if I stay like this. Today I get no class. Neither does she. “Breakfast outside?” I asked still cuddling with her. “That would be perfect.” answered her happily. “I love you, Alice” I said it. She put her head in my bare chest again and said “Ditto”. I kissed her head again.

“The waffle were great!” she said after we had breakfast in the waffle store. We walked in the sidewalk hand on hand happily. “You don’t have plan today?” I asked, wonder why I asked that. If I knew what the atmosphere would be, I’d rather hit by bus. “I am sorry, from lunch until dinner I got a tight schedule today, Derrick” there she answered it. “So, I won’t meet you until bed time?” I asked sadly. “We still could go to the park today, or go to the…” she stopped when she was looking at my face. “Sorry, D” she continued. I hold her hand tightly and look at her eyes deeply. “To the park it is” I said and tried to smile. She give me the sweet smile again. How could I be mad? I put my hand on her shoulder and shove her body closer to me. I love you, I whisper, which she didn’t listen.

11 July

I woke up without her besides me. I confusedly search with my sleepy eyes, but I don’t find her. Suddenly, my door is open, and there she is. Standing there with a tray in her hands. “Breakfast in bed” she said with her sweet smile. I sighed and decided to sit. “You look so worried, D.” she said when putting the tray in my lap. “I thought you weren’t here” I pull her hand and hug her. “I wouldn’t leave you, idiot.” she said and kiss my cheek. ” Yes you are” I denied her again. She looked at me with mad look. Oh no. “Let’s eat?” I asked her. She nodded her head and eat her food. “Alice, look, I am so sorry” I apologized to her after being ignored for a while. “You have reason, D” said her, still mad. “Look, I am sorry, really sorry. What should I do to make you believe it?” I said, begging her. She sighed. “Movie night, tonight! at 6.30!” she said happily. Everything just to make you smile, dear.

“What’s this movie about?” I whisper in her ear when we were in line at the cinema. “Cheesy one” she smile happily. Damn, I knew it. “Don’t be sad. It’s a detention for you, you should enjoy it. It’s Anne Hathaway with your favorite accent, British ” she said, still smiling. I surrender to that sweet smile and to Anne Hathaway with British accent. The movie started, she hold my hand. I stared at her. Shoot. This movie is too much. I am not going to watch it over, I’ll just…. My rambling mind stop when I see her. She hold my hand tightly. She put her head in my shoulder, I hug her. “Don’t cry” I whisper to her. “I am not” she denied it. I just smile. That’s why I hate watching those cheesy romantic movies. Hurt.

“Derrick, you were asleep?” asked Alice when I was going to close my eyes. I moved my body to face her. “What is it?” I asked. “We won’t be like that, right?” she said, referring to the movie. I scoot over her. She puts her head in my chest. “I won’t let it” I whisper in her ear. “You better not. Because if you let it, I swear I will murder you” she said, with British accent. I laugh. “Alice, I swear, I swear, I swear, I won’t” replied me also with British accent. She laugh and hug me tight. I kiss her forehead before close my eyes.

12 July

She woke me up with the sunshine from my window. And then smile widely. “Come on Alice, my class is in the afternoon, no need to wake up this early” I complained and pull the bed-cover to cover my face. She laughs and close the curtain. “I have to go this early, D” she said, sit besides me. “It can’t be re-schedule?” I begged. Wanted to spend the lazy morning with her. She shook her head. “See you at dinner?” said her while trying to do her hair in front of the mirror. “Yeah” said me while staring at her. She braided her beautiful red hair. I push my body to move to the make up table. I kiss her cheek, and then hug her from behind. She smells really good. And my kiss become more passionately, to the neck and.. “Derrick. I have to go..” she said, stopping me. I smile and said “see you”, while she kiss me on the cheek and go. Ah. Damn you hormone.

“Whoaaa.. D, this is too much” she said when we arrived in the sky restaurant, the famous and fancy and also expensive one. I just smile. The waitress guide us to our table. In lift, she couldn’t stop saying “D, this is beautiful” or “Oh my God, Derrick, I swear I wouldn’t forget this” or “Look at that! Oh my! Derrick, I love you!” and many more, even the waitress laugh. Silly girl. We just looked like a high class people. She couldn’t stop smiling and looking around. There are also famous people too. I’ve saved for today like sort of a year ago. Though I have to change the date, and fortunately I could change to today. I stared at her again. Her long hair is being braided, but with a messy touch. She wears black cute dress. She is perfection. “D, thank you. So much.” she said while holding my hand. “Anything for your happiness” replied me, being romantic. She smile again.

13 July

“Alice, seems like I couldn’t make it to dinner” I said while buttoning my shirt. “Why?” she asked eating an apple in the bed. “Club thing” replied me, packing my laptop on my bag. “How about lunch? You know, I’ve freeing my schedule today..” she said a bot disappointed. “Lunch… I’ll text you then. Don’t go wander in my college”  I was looking for my sock. Alice throw a bundle of sock in my head. She laughs. “Got it, captain!” she said. “No, Al, seriously. Just, don’t wander there. Wait for me across the street. Not an inch more to my college” I said a bot serious. “Yes. I understood.” Alice said while put her hand in her head, trying to be an army. I pinch her cheek and kiss her. “Text you later” I said and go out.

“God, Alice!” I shouted to a girl with a summer dress and a hat, covering her head from the sun. She smile and wave to me. “What did I told you?” I continue my speech. “I am not entering it, D. Easy. I was just curious and want to look a bit closer” said her defensively. I sighed and asked her to go to the restaurant near my college. “I was thinking about you, you know” I still mad at her. She still smiling and looking at the menu. “No worries D. I am sorry. This won’t happen again” she apologize. Of course, idiot. “Hey, wanna go to the zoo tomorrow?” I asked, trying to avert the talk. “No can do. Tomorrow is the fullest” she rejects me. “15 then?” I hope she can. She smile and nod her head. “I will be totally free on fifteen”, said her cheerfully.

14 July

The rain is pouring so hard. Alice was ready to go. “Cut it off, Al. It’s raining” I tried to persuade her. “I wish I could” she said with a bitter smile. And I know that she will do all of it. I was free today, though. It would be boring if she’s not around. And it’s raining. Ahhh.. “I gotta go. Don’t forget to have your lunch and dinner, D…” said her then kiss me in the cheek. “Yeah right. I would be dead when you’re back” I said cynical. She throw her lipstick to me. I catch it and smile. “You said that once again, I swear I my self will kill you. Idiot!” she shouts and bang the door. Ahahaha. Stupid Alice.

“Pick me up” I rushed off the apartment to pick her up in the store she said before. Doesn’t she know that it’s is raining non-stop? What does she think I am? I even don’t have a car! Tsk. While I keep complaining, I rush to take the taxi and text her to wait. When I arrived, she smiles and waves to me. This girl, if I don’t know her forever, I wouldn’t do this.”You said it would take longer” I said sulking. “Oooh, don’t you glad I finished early?” she teased me. “Ah,  why don’t we walk? I knew a good shop here” she grabbed my hand and started walking. “We’ll get wet, Al. Just hop into a cab” I said, still mad. “It’s raining, Derrick. God’s gift. Why don’t we play in the rain like we used to?” she still persuade me to do things. “Please… Please…” continue her. She is trouble. “Alright. But, I am not responsible what happens next, Al” finally I surrender. “You are the best!” said her happily and kiss my cheek. We walked in the rain, hand on hand, smiling like crazy.

15 July

The sun is shining so bright. So different from yesterday. Alice gets flu. We cuddle on the bed. I’ve make her a bowl of hot porridge, and we eat it in the sloppy couch. Watching some crappy opera soap, watching some TV series that has so many seasons, listening some musics, playing scrabbles, sudoku, and another board games that we had. Without realizing it’s getting dark. Alice is staring at the window sadly. I hug her. “Last day, huh?” I said it. She drown her head into my chest. “Seven days sure flies so fast” I continue the talk. The radio is playing a romantic song. “Wanna dance?” I asked her. She nodded and smile. We keep dancing and dancing and dancing. Her phone is ringing. We ignored it. And keep dancing. Until to the point where we can’t ignore it. We stop. And sit back. She answered the phone. After awhile, she get dressed and pack her things. “Saying goodbye is the worst” I said break the silent. I know she is trying her hardest not to cry. “Come here, Al” I hug her tight. And I feel a water down through my shoulder. “Last kiss?” I said hoarsely. I kiss her forehead, her cheeks, and said “You know, people said we could give our flu to the other via a kiss. Wanna try?”. She laughed. “You bet” she said and kiss me. We share long and passionate kiss. “Hey, today is 15th of July, and it shines so bright. Tomorrow will be bright too, right?” I said reminding about the movies we’ve watched. Her phone is ringing again. “I guess, I’ll see you tomorrow, D?” she said. We hug each other, I sent her off. “See you”, I whisper, while her cab drove away.

16 July

“You look beautiful” is the first word run on my mouth when I see her. My Alice is in a white big gown, her hair was braided like a crown. She smile and said, “And you look handsome too”. “Guess it works out, huh? The kiss?” I tease her. “Yeah, it must be the right prince” she laughs. “Hey, D. I’ve got so many words I want to say. So, you sit tight there, and do not stop me until I finish it. Promise?” continue Alice seriously. “Yeah” I answered and sit tight in front of her. “You are the best friend I’ve ever had, cross my heart. You’re absolutely, truly amazing. You’re a fine man, decent, loving, accomplished. I’m just so much better when you’re around.” she started her words and almost crying. I was just want to go and hug her but she keeps going on. “The seven days, were amazing. Thank you, for giving me those chances. Those days, I will not forget, and also not our friendship. Thank you for taking a really good care of me. And please forgive me for ever disappearing from your life, D.” she shed the tears that roll down her face. I stood up and hold her hands. “Look, it’s not good to use people lines in a real life talk, you idiot” I said it. She laugh. “You notice? How?” she is still laughing while wiping her tears. “I am a great observer, told you” I answered. “Hey hey hey. Don’t cry. You’re a fine thing Alicia Lullaby Stone. I love you very much. Okay, there you go, lucky you.” I continued tease her. “You took her line too” she said. We laugh together. But the emptiness is coming. I stare at her. “I do really love you” I said it. “I know” she answered confidently. “It’s almost time Alice. Your groom is waiting outside” I said with a sad tone. “Christopher Derrick Johnson, I love you” said her and smile. I kiss her forehead. I wish we could be together forever. Seven days are not enough for me, Alice.

*trying to write a short story in English. And yes I know the grammar use is horrible, but please, just bear with it :p No actually, please correct me. I really am bad in grammar. Happy reading, by the way 🙂

-A-

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