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Short Story: Is It The Right Time?

I guessed everyone  have a dirty secret on their life. Trying to hide it, whatever it took. However, did you know that there’s nothing you can hide in this world forever? Just like aphorism said “sooner or later your secret will come up to the ground.” Well, I had some secrets that I wanted to hide. Trying to tell the truth was not as easy as you blink your eyes, but I believed every secret have it’s own time to reveal it’s dirt and I thought it’s time for my secret to be open.

AFTER A LONG TIME, I finally met him. He was The Guy that could make my heart beat faster and sometimes could hurt. I could hear his voice. He was calling my name. Even though, I couldn’t see if it was him who called my name. But, I was sure that it was him, there is no way I could forget his voice. My mother opened the door and asked him to come in. I was in my room. I froze and waited for him.

My heart was beating so fast. Suddenly, he was standing in front of my door. At that time, I was lying on bed. Thank God I already cleaned up my room this morning. The bad news was there were too much paper on the floor and the bed. He looked at me and smiled.

He asked “did you just wake up?” I couldn’t say anything.

I was sure that I was look like people who just woke up. He was still standing in front of my door. Honestly, it’s kind of funny to see how much my heart still have to beat this fast just because I saw him. He’s wearing grey t-shirt with blue jeans jacket and black jeans. There were some oil stains in his clothes. God, he’s still careless with his clothes.

“Well, I guess you’re still wearing the clothes that you wore on your practice study. Didn’t have time to change, huh?”

He smiled. “I think so. Sorry, I guess I disturbed your sleep time.” He still thought that I was sleeping before he arrived, he didn’t change; always kept asking if you didn’t answer him.

“I’m not sleeping just trying to get some rest for my brain. As you see, I have so much homework.” I was pointing at the papers that scattered on the floor.

“Always a diligent one.”

“How long you will stand there?”

“Is it okay if I come in?”

I nodded. I sat on the floor and told him to come in. He sat next to me and took something from his pocket. He gave me a flash disk. I turned on my laptop and tried to focus on it but, it took time to on. He was quiet and so did I. For some time, both of us didn’t say anything. Then, he moved. He tried to reach for something beside me. His hand was passing me by when he took it. I looked at him and saw what he was holding. He read my paper; he wrinkled his eyebrows and his lips. It was always interesting when he became like that, thinking hard made his face looks ridiculous but somehow it’s cute. Stupid! Stop think like a fool. I had to focus on the screen. I couldn’t make my heart beat any faster than this.

“Hmm, I can’t understand this. What is this?” He waved the paper at me.

“That is my homework. A short story that tells about my experience but, it isn’t finish yet. I’m stuck.”

He put the paper back. “You will finish that. Even, I don’t understand your homework, I’m sure that your short story will be good. You are good at it.”

I shrugged. I searched some movie that he wanted to. I opened some files and folders movie. Finally, I could focus on something besides focus on him. I connected the flash disk with my laptop and asked him to search by himself the movies that he wanted to. He started to search and because of that he became closer. I hoped he couldn’t hear how fast my heart beats. He copied the movies from my laptop to his flash disk.

I looked at him closely and my mind became ramble. Should I tell him the truth? The truth about what happened between us. I lied to him and to everyone. Yes, I guessed I should tell him the truth. I hoped he wouldn’t hate me after I told him the truth.

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I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. “Can I tell you something? I have to tell you this before I change my mind.” He looked at me. He wrinkled his eyebrows again. He nodded.

I cleared my throat. Thinking what I have to say first. “Well, first I want to apologize to you.” I stopped, glanced at him.

Nothing happened. He didn’t say anything. I decided to continue without looking at him.

“I  lied to you. Did you remember when I gave you a letter? The letter that told you about the reason why I want to break up. I said I want to break up because it’s a test, right? Well, that was a lie. That was my made up reason so that I didn’t feel too guilty to you. Actually, the reason was because I liked somebody else. Even, when we started to have a relationship I wasn’t sure if it was a right choice for us because of my feeling for him. I’ve been trying to stop my feeling but it didn’t work. I could forget him for a while and a day after I liked him again. I tried I really tried to love you without having someone else in my heart. But then, it always ended up with me comparing you guys. How my heart was beating faster when I was with him than when I was with you. At first, I didn’t really know the different but then I knew one thing, that I did like him. He made me happy for just by his side, even if I just his friend. My relationship with him made me realized that there was something between him and me that other people noticed before we did. It was too late for us because I was already with you and it put him in such complicated position. The worst came, our relationship became a joke for me. I knew that I have to make something up so that we could break up. But after that, I didn’t happy at all. All I could feel just misery and regret. Why did I have to let you go? Why didn’t I just trying harder to make you the one. You were the only guy that taught me about caring and loving somebody unconditionally without any labels or conditions. Although, sometime you were so childish and have such an ego, I still wanted us to have a good relationship. So that’s why I created a reason in order to make you didn’t hate me or him. You could say that it was my selfishness but, I was really scared that you would hate him and he would lose his only friend. I never told him about my feelings but I was pretty sure that he knew. Although, we often spent some times together, we never more than friend. Even if I wanted, I would never consider cheating behind your back. So that…”

Suddenly, he sighed “Is he a guy that I know?”

“Well, I guess even if I don’t tell you, I know you knew who he is, don’t you?” I glanced at him and saw his hands became pale because he was grasping it too hard. He didn’t answer my question. His eyes were on the screen.

“I’m sorry.”

He was quiet.

“Well, say something.”

He giggled. “What should I say? Maybe deep down, I already knew that you liked him at that time. The way you saw him, laughed at him, talked to him. I just pretended not to know, because I realized that you would leave anytime you wanted if I told you that I knew. I didn’t want it. No, I could’t face it that you liked him instead of me. Even, if you liked him I knew that I had to endure it so that I could be with you.”

He knew. All that time, he knew. I was too naive if I was thinking he wouldn’t know about it. Stupid! Just because I didn’t want to feel guilty I lied to him that clearly knew it.

“But, there were many guys in our school. Why it have to be him?” He asked me.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know why it had to be him. I just knew the fact that he was your best friend will more hurt you than anything else. I know that I’m outrageous, but can I ask one thing?”

“What?”

I hesitate. “Are we good? Can you forgive me and still be my friend?”

He smiled. “Just because you liked somebody else at that time, it doesn’t mean that I would be mad at you forever?. It was not completely your fault. You could love somebody else because I can make you only see me. So, it was my fault too. Of course we always can be friend. Beside, it was ages ago, so..”

“Thank you.” We both smiled.

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“Well. Thanks for the movies. I hope you’re not mind if I ask for more movies next time.”

“Hey, did you hear me?” He touched my hand. “Well, I guess your hobby wasn’t change at all, huh? daydreaming again are you?.”

I shaked my head over and over. “Huh. Oh, I’m sorry. What did you say?”

He laughed. “I said thanks for the movies. I hope you’re not mind if I ask for more movies next time.”

“Oh, sure. You can ask me anytime.”

“Nice. Well, then see you next time.”

“See you.” I smiled. Well, maybe it was not the right time for telling the truth after all.

 

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Short story : The Protector

I opened my eyes and saw my teacher was standing in front of me with a red face. There was no one except me and him in class. Everybody had been left the class.
He took a deep breath and asked me with a sharp tone, “Did you have a good dream, Freya?”
I patted my cheek several times and answered “I’m sorry, sir.”
“Well, I hoped you enjoy your good dream and next time tried not to sleep during the class!” He walked out from the class.
I leaned on my chair and looked at the ceiling’s class. Thinking about what he asked. Good dream? I closed my eyes and smiled. Did I really have a good dream before? It would be good if I could have a dream, a good one or even a bad one. I looked around the class, it was really nice when there was no one around. I could be myself without trying hard to be someone else.
I stood up and walked out from the class. The hall was already empty. I passed by the locker without having to take my bag as usual and walked into the toilet on the corner hall. I saw someone on the mirror and recognized it as me. I washed my face then I went out. I identified some students who walk on the hall; one of them was waving at me, Nancy my classmate. She approached me and asked me to go home together. It was unusual.
“It’s okay. I’m used to go home alone.”
I wanted to walk away but she grabbed my arm “Oh, come on. I have something to tell you.
“Well, you can say it to me tomorrow.”
She held my hand tight and glared at me “No, you can’t go home alone today. You have to go home with me.”
“Why? Well, if what you want to say to me is really important, you can talk to me now.” I tried to let go from her grip.
She shook her head “I can’t”
“Then see you tomorrow.” She gave up and said “Okay, but please, try not to walking around of the street that you don’t really know.”
I nodded fast and walked away. Actually, I didn’t really understand why she said that, because usually we weren’t in a good term to talk. Even in this school there was no student that ever tried to talk to me. Then suddenly she talked to me and asked me to go home together.
When I was in front of the school’s gate, I saw someone standing. From the form, I could sure enough if it was a guy. His body was sturdy. He crossed his arm and leaned his back on the gate. He was wearing black sweater with hoody and jeans. He was facing me but I couldn’t see his face because of the hoody. It seemed he didn’t look at me because he bowed his head. I didn’t want to think about him. I just wanted to go home as soon as possible and slept right away.
I walked pass him by and kept walking. I almost fell asleep until I kicked a rock. I patted my cheek over and over so that I could keep awake. I looked around and realized that I couldn’t recognize the street. Did I lost? I didn’t know where I was. I tried to find people around but I couldn’t see anyone. I only saw buildings. There were old buildings everywhere. The building wasn’t like a normal building. All of the buildings were having black paint with some kind of white tattoo on it. Each building has different pattern. I felt like I knew this place. I was sure that I have seen those building before, especially the tattoos. It felt familiar. On different buildings there were only 4 doors, with different color blue, red, yellow, and gray. Those doors didn’t have any mark but the buildings were so full of it. What makes it weird was each door on the building have same handle form with different color. However, I didn’t feel like to open those doors, because I didn’t know why, but it seemed I knew what behind those doors. My heart recognized this place, but not my mind. I wanted to turn around but my eyes caught something. It was a door. The door was standing with a solid foundation on top of ruins. The ruins were at the end of the road. I noticed one door. That door was very full of color. There were many colors on that door, red, blue, yellow, pink, green, orange and purple. It was like a rainbow. The handle was round and black. I stepped closer to the ruins until someone patted my back.
“You can’t be here, Freya”
I jumped a little and turned around. I saw Nancy was standing behind me “Oh, God. Nancy. What are you doing in here?”
She didn’t talk. Her eyes stared at me “That was what I have suppose to ask you. What the hell are you doing here? Didn’t I tell you not to walking around on the street that you don’t know?”
“Yeah, you did. But this place is familiar for me, except that one. I want to see what behind it.” I pointed on the door.
She screamed. “No! You can’t do that Freya. There is nothing in here that familiar to you. We have to go now.”
I could feel a pressure on her. She really wanted me to go with her. She dragged me and made me follow her. I turned my head to the door and saw someone was standing in front of it. He was the guy that I saw before on the school gate. I couldn’t see his face again, he still wore that hoody. But I could see his lips. It moved, he said something. I couldn’t hear it or saw what he said. Suddenly, the wind blew and brought his voice to me.
The wind whispered in my ear “Come again. You will surely come again and soom we will meet again, Freya.”
I was frozen and so Nancy. She turned around and said. “Don’t, Freya. Never come here, ever again.” Could she hear that too?
I arrived at home and Nancy went as soon as I was home. She didn’t say anything and I didn’t even bother to ask her what have happened. I was thinking about the buildings, the door and him. What was the meaning of that? For the first time in life, I felt curious. My guts told me if there was something in taht place that was meant to me. I definitely have to see that place again. I sat on my bed and lied down. I closed my eyes and everytime I did this, I hoped that I could dream those buildings and the door, although I knew I couldn’t dream.
I opened my eyes and saw those buildings again. I looked around and I was sure it was the street that I saw before. But if I was not wrong, I already left this street with Nancy and I was at my room right now. Did I have a dream? I was still in my clothes that I wore before. I didn’t take more time to think if it was a dream or not because it must be a dream. I ran to the ruins. When I reached the ruins, I stepped through. I could feel some rock under my shoes. I was walking and looking around, searching the guy that I saw before. I didn’t see anyone so I reached the door. I took a step closer to that door and I feel my heart was going mad. It beat faster, —- faster, and —- faster. I slowly reached the door’s handle. The handle was so fragile. I thought if the handle was made from iron but it was not. The handle was made from wood.
I opened the door and entered. I could’t see anything for a while because it was so bright. My eyes adjusted the light little by little, then I smiled. This place was wonderful. If I was dreaming I was never know if a dream could be so beautiful like this. I saw a waterfall with a big rock in the bottom and a vast red rose garden. The waterfall was filling up the small lake with clear water. At the end of the waterfall, there was a rainbow. I bet the water was really fresh. I got closer and the water from waterfall splashed on my face and I realized the water made me feel excited. I saw some mosses in a side of the rock. There was no dent, even a scratch on that rock. I smelled the roses and the scent was filling in the air. When the wind blew and brought the haze of the waterfall, the scent of the roses with the mosses became stronger. I was lying on smooth green grass in front of the rose garden. The grass felt like feathers that caressed my body. With smile on my face, I closed my eyes to feel more. Then I heard someone laughing, his laugh was like a bell ringing. After that I heard a sound. It came from behind the rock and I caought a glimpse of a shadow behide it. I saw someone threw a rock to the water. I stood up and stepped closer. When I got in the water and reached the rock, I didn’t see anyone but I saw something on the rock.
There were some words on the rock.
It said “Welcome, Stranger. Try to stay out of the water if you want to stay alive.”
It seemed like a threat for me. I ignored the warning. I wanted to swim on this lake. I took off all of my clothes and swam. The water was so fresh. I explored the lake. I climbed the top of the waterfall and saw everything, the lake, the rose garden, even the rock was like a tiny rock from up here. Finally, I jumpped and made a big splash. Although the water was so cold, I didn’t feel it because the weather. It was so nice to swim in the hot weather like this. I did some jumps form the rock until I decided to go to the bottom of the waterfall. I washed my body. I closed my eyes to feel the water.
Suddenly, I heard something enter the water. I opened my eyes and saw a guy was sitting in the edge of the lake. I startled and hide behind the rock.
He giggled “It’s useless; I know you’re there.”
I brave myself and took a peek. He was a guy with short wavy hair and have a piercing in his left ear. He was wearing short jeans and blue t-shirt with a weird pattern on it. I couldn’t see his face because he was blocking the sun.
“Are you someone that throws a rock before?” I asked.
“Hmm, throw a rock? May be, but I guess you’re not obeying the warning”, he pointed at the words on the rock with his hand.
I cleared my throat “Oh really? Why I have to obey it? I can do whatever I want and I don’t care with that stupid words. It’s my dream.”
He giggled, “Well, I guess you’re very ecstatic about you finally have your first dream. But did you know? Those stupid words can save your life. I just try to warn you, but you said you don’t care. So, I guess I don’t have to waste my time to save you. Wait, did I want to save you.” He rubbed his chin, pretending like he’s thinking. He’s rude.
I still couldn’t see his face, “How did you know if it is my first dream? What do you mean? Why I have to stay out from the water?”
He stood up on and smirked I think,“Well, one question in time. I’m just guessing. You have to get out of the water now, because this is the sacred lake. If there is any stranger swim on this lake, he or she will die.”
“What? How can there’s be such a scary lake. You try to warn me but you wrote the warning in this stone. There is no other way to know what yo write if I don’t enter the water. Are you stupid or something?”
He laughed “If I do it smartly, I can’t see something interesting when I see you die.” He aas sure not a good guy.
“She won’t die.” There was another voice.
There. He was standing beside that rude guy. He was the guy that I saw on school and the ruins. I couldn’t see his face though, only his lips.
“You! You were the guy from before right?”
He smirked “I told you that we will meet again. Can you get out of the water now?”
I blushed “I can’t.”
“See, she actually wants to die. Just let her, I want to see her die.” The rude guy grinned.
“If you’re not comfortable because you’re naked you can wear that robe.” The hoody guy pointed at a tree near the lake.
I saw the tree and the robe. It’s blue, dark blue. I was counting the distance between me and the tree. It’s not really that far. Actually, it was preety close than my clothes that lying not far from their feet. But, that robe was hanging on a branch of the tree so if I took it I needed to come out of the water and my body would be seen by that two guys over there. It’s better to stay in the lake.
The rude guy laughed “So that’s why you dont want to come out of the lake because you ashamed of being naked. Relax, your body isn’t that good.”
That guy was really really rude. The hoody guy wanted to laugh too, I can see that. “Wow, both of you are really a gentleman. It is so obvious that makes me can’t see it.”
That rude guy stopped laughing. And the hoody guy came closer to the lake. “Well, if you like, we can turn around so you can come out.”
“Yeah. Sure, Princess.” The rude guy grinned, again.
I wanted both of them get out of my dream. They couldn’t tell me what to do. I walked away from the rock and came out of the lake, reached the robe and put it on without even trying to look at them. Now what, say that again. I dare you. I got closer to them and grabbed my clothes.
The rude guy gave me a little bag, “Well, I take back what I said. You’re not that bad. You can put your clothes in this bag. By the way, my name is Glenn.”
I took the bag the bag while the hoody guy took down his hoody. “And my name is Ethan.”
Finally, I saw them. They’re preety good-looking actually. Ethan had blue icy eyes with a cold smile as his eyes and Glenn had deep green eyes with a mysterious smile.
I put my clothes in the bag, may be I could wear this when I found some place to change.
“Follow us, Freya.” Ethan turned around and walked.
I followed them, didn’t sure it’s the right thing to do though. But I have so many question. “Why did you know my name?”
Glenn walked faster to face Ethan “Oh, Ethan. Why did you say she doesn’t have to die?”
Ethan answered “Because she is the protector.”
I stopped. “The what?”
Glenn stroked his chin, “Ahh, really. So that’s the reason why she doesn’t turn into something else and die when she entered the water. Hmmm, honestly I expect she will turn into something then die horribly. It’s been a long time to see someone die at that lake.” He giggled.
There had to be something’s wrong in these guys. How could you laugh about dying. It’s definitely not thing you could laugh at. Then the other guy, Ethan whatever his name was, wanted me to follow them. I stopped following them and waited, “What is the protector? And how did you know my name?”
Ethan stopped and answered without looking at me. “It is not something that I deserve to tell you. The holders will tell you.”
I didn’t understand what he’s talking about. “What did you mean with the protector? Who are the holders? Where do you want to take me?”
“Sweetheart, you seems like a quiet type but, you always ask many questions in the same time. Why don’t you start walking, follow us and you will find the answers.” Glenn giggled.
I couldn’t believe it. “No! Why do I need to follow you. I dont take orders from anyone. I demand the answers now, because this is my dream. I definitely have to know what has been going on in my dream.”
Finally, Ethan turned around and stepped closer to me. His eyes were piercing my eyes. His eyes looked cold as ice and he whispered on my ear “Did you really think, if right now, you are dreaming, Freya?”

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Short story: We Miss Those Days

Someone said, looking at the past could make you can’t see the future. Well, I disagree with that. Because sometimes, the past could make you remember what happen in your life, make you laugh and make you remember who you are.

The weather was so hot; as expected from the city that famous with the friendly cool weather. It would be very nice, if I could swim in the cold water. It kind of reminded me something about what I always did when the weather was hot like these days and I really missed those days. Because at that time, I always found a way to have fun. Fourteen years ago when I was 6 years old, I lived in Banten. That city always has such a hot weather every day. Even, when the wind blew, it couldn’t reduce the hotness. I always felt exhausted when I went home from school, because sometimes I should walk home on foot. You could imagine the weather when the sun was up on your head. It felt like your head, hair and body were burn. Suddenly, a great idea popped out in my head.

At that time, I really looked forward to go home. Although, I had to go through the hot weather, I had something that could make me cooling down. At my home, I had a special and lovely large container. This large container was covered with blue ceramic and a faucet in the middle. I have two, sometimes three, broom fishes in the large container and I liked to play with it.
As soon as I was home, there was no one at home beside my little brother; we were just a year apart. My father always wasted his time in grandma’s home while my mother worked. My older sister and brother had not home yet. Therefore, I had quality time to pleasure myself. I was very close with my brother, we played and studied together. Although he was a guy, he liked to play dolls, cook and pretend to be a hair designer. However, between some games that we liked, we have one special game. It was nose-diving on the large container. At that moment, perhaps we thought it was fun. In such hot weather, we were swimming in it. The large container was enough for 3 children, so there was some space for us. We play with the broom fishes. We took it out from the water, pretended it was a plane, and made it crush each other. As a consequence, the broom fishes died every time we had played. It was really cruel, but it was really fun back then. Even though, many times our back or head have accidentally bump into the faucet, we never stopped to play in it. However, the ‘strange’ thing was, when we wanted to pee, we out from the large container and after we finished we entered it again. We always played in the large container when our parents not home, but when they home while we were diving; we were hurrying to get off, wearing our clothes and pretending open the book to study. Thus, when our parents, especially our mom came, she looked at us with smile on face. She said, “Wow, my children are so nice, already took a bath and now, studying.”
She doesn’t know if we have swam in our large container. After that, she would take a bath and the water was already we used to play. Now, every time I remember those days, I always felt regret but also having fun. Regret, because I did something bad to my parents, they have to use the water that I used before. Fun, because it was the funniest game that I ever did with my little brother. Nowadays, I couldn’t play like that with my little brother again. Sometimes, we talked about it and laughed of it. Yeah, both of us miss those days.

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Red Sun

Red sun shone above the horizon teasing her heart by its color
And the cold breeze played her hair as it dancing with angels
A voice called her, making her comb the space to notice
The voice was from the light, beckoning her to reach the sea

The voice and the light bewitched her soul to obey
Getting on feet to touch and feel the red sea
The red sand chafing her barefoot but she kept walking
Feeling the wave reaching and cherish her toes

Her hands have already tasted the sweetness of red sea
Making her dress swaying with the current
The voice continued stirring her to follow the light to the deep-sea
Dazzling her wits and clearing the grits from her dress

She got closer to the light, deeper to the sea
But it was not hot and not cold
There was someone floating under the light
And her heart was pounding with excitement

Once he took her hand and guide her way to the depth
The red sun was blinking upon them
As he gone so did she
The red sea swallowed the red sun and made it dark.