“You know what? I don’t know why I’m talking to a stranger…” he said as he looked straight into my eyes. Then with a broad smile,he added “…but I enjoyed it. Thanks.”“Well, I enjoyed it too little comet.” I grinned back.“I’m not little comet, I’m Keith. Nice to meet you even though it’s a bit late for that,” he mused as he extended his small hands.“I’m Allison but I prefer it if you call me Alli. And I’m so happy meeting such a smart boy.” I beamed at him while receiving his hand.“Well, I’ll be going now. See you again…if there’s a chance.”“I think it’s time for me to go back as well. Bye. Good night,” I said as I turned away.“Umm… Alli?”“Yes?” I looked back and saw how meek he had become.“Would you like to come to the art gallery near the Vines Café tomorrow--? T…that is if you don’t have anything to do…and if youlike to of course.”
After seeing the effort he made, how could I say no?
“I would love to.”“That’s great! Then see you at 9:00 in the morning?”“Okay. See you tomorrow.”I walked to the dormitory without any trace of pain that I was feeling before.
That had a good effect
. I smiled at the encountertonight. I kinda wished for a cute little brother like him.I changed into my powder blue pajamas and slipped under my sheets. Then, I realized how tired I was. It only took me a secondbefore I fell into deep slumber.
“Alli!”I smiled as I approached Keith. He had been beaming since we entered the gallery. He was so cute in his khaki pants, pale yellowshirt and emerald green suspenders which matched his eyes.We looked at many paintings and sculptures in the gallery. Then, something caught my eyes somewhere in the corner. I stood in frontof it. It was…magnificent. It was an oil painting of a beautiful woman in white dress pointing to the sky while sitting down on thegrass.It was so beautiful. Grace and elegance radiated from the painting itself. Yet, no matter how beautiful it was, it made me so sadlike my whole body crumpled from inside.My eyes flickered to the title.
.Then I saw what the lady with long wavy brown hair was pointing at-- I was a shooting star. Then I noticed how sad her eyes were.
Ah, the irony of life
. The most beautiful things in the world were the loneliest as well.“…park. Well? Do you like it?”“Ah?...ummm… Yeah. It’s mesmerizing.” I totally forgot that Keith was beside me. Mesmerizing. That would describe the painting.Too bad I didn’t catch his explanation about the painting.“You think so?”I jumped from the deep voice that just joined us. I turned my head at the direction and saw him.
The handsome boy
, I mused.“Oh, did I scare you? I’m so sorry. It is just that when I saw Keith talking to you, I couldn’t stop myself from being intrigue.” Helooked at me with sincere apologizing eyes.“Intrigue? Why? Keith is such a charming boy.”