I was walking then in the sidewalk, thinking if I should prefer coffee to cappuccino 'till a girl caught my attention. She was just an ordinary gal, like the thousands of others out there. But she was no ordinary to me. She made my heart beat so fast~so fast that I can hardly breathe. “The woman of my dreams!” I exclaimed. She accidentally dropped her wallet along the road unknowingly. But despite to those uncanny things that happened to me, I still don't care. A man picked the wallet and ran. Must be a pickpocket, I thought. But as I listened to the lovers behind me talking about their "Destiny", I decided to run after her to know her name. She had just crossed the street. I crossed too but unfortunately, she was gone.
Days and weeks passed, and the winter was gone. But still, the feeling was still there, inside my heart.
I was late in arriving to school. To my surprise, she was introduced by our adviser as our new classmate. I wanna shout for joy! Then I found out that her name was Toni~Toni Ferrulo to be exact. B the time she was introducing herself, I got the chance to see her on a closer look. She ain't that beautiful, as I had appreciated before, but she was extremely attractive. The thing that makes her simple is her style. She wasn't elaborate on her looks. And that makes me like her more.
Soon we became best friends. We then know each other so well. We've shared and knew each others secrets, but the only secret I kept to myself is my feelings to her.
Due to my playfulness, I got a girlfriend. There was once that we were kissing with my girlfriend at the back of our campus when Toni caught us. As expected, my girlfriend and I were interrupted. Instead of panicking or bursting into laughter, Toni stayed calm and told us to go on. Then she left.
The next day, I found her at the park, alone with her eyes swollen. I asked her if she was okay, then she answered me with a smile. But I know that deep inside, she was hurt.
At night, I realized she was really hurt, so I decided to talk to her. When I arrived at their house, her mother told me that she had just recently took the last trip to their province, where she would spend the rest of the summer. I flew to the Bus station, only to find that she was gone.
"So what does my unsuperstitious friend wishes?" Said a familiar voice.
I turned my head, and time moves like a slo-mo when I saw her face, It was her!
"Does your logical, impeccable reasoning disagrees on supersti-" Then i hugged her real tight. To her surprise, she suddenly stood frozen. After a moment I spoke,
"I missed you"
"Well...I-I missed you too..."
"Can we walk around and, you know, talk?"
And we spend the whole day talking and talking and talking...
"Which do you like most? The sunrise or the sunset"
"I prefer the sunrise, because it makes me happy. It tells me that a new day has come. Sunset is quite a bit sad, and I dont like sunset much. It makes me sad.
"Well for me I like the sunset."
"Simple. Ever wonder why the sunset is very beautiful? Because it is a promise. A promise that it will return. A promise that after the long hours of darkness there will be light once more.”
Then the nurse answered,
"Signiorina is in her room, are you expected?"
"No, but I..."
Then the two men dragged me away from the Mansion. I started shouting Toni's name, but for no avail. Rain started to pour above me. Every drop dissolves my strength, every thunder silences my screams. I know there is something that they are keeping from me... I know there is...
"Is this Daniel?"
"Yes, this is Dan, mam. May I spea-"
"Please come to our mansion now. I know you know where Toni lives"
Then the phone hung up. I got dressed up, ran towards their Mansion, and a middle-aged woman opened the front-door for me. I entered the mansion. Their house was elegant. I assume that Toni's family is well-off. Then on the side table I saw a face so familiar to me.
"That was Toni when she was twelve. That was after her first operation. Toni suffered a Congenital Heart Failure since her birth. Doctors said that she will not last long. But I believe that it was God's will to let her stay longer. Her heart started to get strong this past winter. She said something--or someone kept her strong. She saw a man last winter on a coffee shop that really captured her heart. Then she started stalking you. I find it funny and amusing that my little girl is deeply hit by Cupid's arrow. She even transferred from the prestigious university where I enrolled her to your university. She even took a course that she hated--Mathematics. I let her be, thinking that life is short, and me being an overprotective mother might make things worst. But as I feared, her illness really took over her.that time when you were standing on the front porch, was the time when Toni had her last breath. It was her request to stop you going inside. She doesn't want to hurt you, she never wanted to leave you. But her time is done. She died smiling, as she called your name, and the name of the Lord."
"At our ancestral tomb.", Toni's mother answered.
"I love you Toni, I always will..."
“He’s awake!” a woman shouted. I can see a little cross above my head. Then, a doctor went towards me and stuck an apparatus in my chest.
“Heartbeat, normal. Brain Activity, normal. Vital signs, increasing…” faint voices are all that I can hear around me. They are too busy checking me… till I can feel that my eyes went heavy…
“How--how long am I in a coma?” I slowly asked
“Almost a week”
So all of it was a dream? I thought…
The sun hadn't shown up. It still hides itself amidst the clouds above the blue horizon. Snow was everywhere, and it only mean one thing~its already winter. The city was cold and bustling, with busy people walking, talking and moving everywhere, resumed to their normal lives.
There she is! I ran towards her and yelled “Excuse me Miss!”
As she turned her head towards me, it’s as if time stopped around us. It’s as if there was nobody there but us. She made my world came into a halt. Then she spoke,
“Is there anything that I can help?”
I went towards her and held her hand, gave the wallet to her, and said,
“You dropped this”
“Thank you!” she said happily, and as I looked into her eyes, I know, and I promised that I will never lose her anymore…
“Because it is a promise. A promise that it will return. A promise that after the long hours of darkness there will be light once more.” I interrupted. She was frozen as she listened to every word that I speak.
“How did you know that?” she asked, astounded.
“Destiny, perhaps?” she gave me the sweetest smile in the world. A smile that took my breath away.
As we walked home, hand in hand, my entire dream went back to me. But I worry no more. Because since that winter day, when I changed the fate for both of us, I see it in my heart, she will never be gone… not anymore…