TAKING THE CHANCE
Whenever the dark clouds fill the sky, it brings down Andromeda’s mood to down zero. It’s not
that she gets immediately moody or angry, she just feels mellow and sad for no reason at all, especially
when it starts raining. She sighs as she holds unto her bag tightly.
It was necessary for her to walk through the rain. She had to get back to her dormitory right
there and then since she felt quite tired and she had that tendency to do things instinctively whenever
she was down and sad. Anyhow, she was regretting that she wasn’t able to bring her umbrella. She had
actually forgotten to place it inside her bag after drying it off last night. However, that wasn’t what
mattered right now.
She swallowed, thinking back if she had drank some vitamins earlier. She didn’t want to get
colds. No. They were bothersome and really unnecessary. She breathed in as she tightened her grip on
her bag when she suddenly felt a light tap on her shoulder. Her eyes widened from the unexpected
gesture from someone, nonetheless, a stranger.
“Are you from the dormitory, as well?” The stranger asked as Andromeda simply nodded,
unsure on what to say. “Do you want to share this umbrella with me?” He added as Andromeda raised
an eyebrow for a moment. Was the lad picking her up or something?
As if he could read her thoughts, he had suddenly laughed, which had caught Andromeda by
surprise. “No, I’m not some weird person hoping to strike up a conversation with you. I’m just some
friendly and kind person, who wouldn’t want anyone to get sick especially since finals are coming.” He
added with a cheeky smile as Andromeda weighed out things for a moment.
What if the person was actually bad? Well, she could shout and run away from him… However,
if his intentions were truly good, then she wouldn’t get wet. Besides, there was the security nearby. She
could just scream. She looked at the man and nodded, agreeing with his suggestion of sharing his
umbrella. The lad smiled in return and opened his umbrella, while they began walking towards the
The walk going there was quiet and silent. They didn’t talk about anything. No. Nothing. It was
just absolute silence until they got to the dormitory and she had mouthed her ‘thank you’. The lad
simply nodded and smiled back once again before going to his own separate dormitory since the female
and male dormitories were different from each other, albeit nearby.
Another month had passed by and a typhoon was hitting the country. This time, Andromeda
was in the jitters again. She had actually forgotten her umbrella. What idiot would forget their own
umbrella when they know that there was a typhoon present in the country? Well, her, for sure. She
closed her eyes in slight disappointment as she hiked in for air. Here goes nothing…
“You left your umbrella once again?” A familiar voice came into her ears as she turned again and
saw the same savior she had a month ago. Wonderful. It was some sort of déjà vu.
“Well, there can be times I can be forgetful.” She opened her mouth to defend herself as he
raised an eyebrow, surprise present in his face.
“You actually talked.” He said with a soft smile on his face, chuckling at the last part. Andromeda
flushed from embarrassment as she looked away.
“I never said that, didn’t I?” He grinned as they arrived to the female dormitory. “By the way,
what’s your name?”
“I’m Andy. Andy Chua.” She said as she gave out her nickname. People usually called her Andy.
Not Andromeda, which was long.
“Funny. I’m ‘Chua’, too.” He chuckled as Andy just nodded. Well, there were a lot of people who
had that family name. “I’m Percy Chua, by the way. Well then, I’ll be off.” He said as he turned around.
“Thank you!” Andy called out as Percy simply nodded, but never looked back. She stared at his
retreating figure as she bit her lower lip. She knew what was happening, but she shook her head. She
couldn’t let it happen. No. She had to stop it while it was too early.
Two days passed and Andromeda saw herself in her organization’s General Assembly, seated
beside Percy for some reason she didn’t know (he said they had to be seated alphabetically, but she
“So, your real name is Andromeda.” He said as Andy nodded.
“And your real name is Perseus.” She replied back as he nodded. She found out what his real
name was when she accepted his friend request on Facebook.
“Your name came from the Greek Mythology, too?”
She nodded in return.
“And you’re obviously Chinese.”
She nodded again.
“We have so much in common.” He said with a grin as Andromeda blinked for a moment, taking
in slowly what he had said. She swallowed as she bit her lower lip, unsure what to say, though she was
sure that her heart was beating so fast.
“Apparently, names coming from constellations and Greek Mythology, as well, is common in the
group.” She paused on her tracks as she looked at him with a bewildered look. However, he didn’t
notice this as he was looking at other people, “Take for example, Leo, over there.” He pointed the other
man. “Pavo,” He pointed another guy, “And Lyra.” He pointed to a short-haired girl in another edge,
before turning back to Andy, who just smiled.
“Ah, yes. Apparently,” Andy gave a nervous chuckle, before turning away. She swallowed,
slightly embarrassed of what she was thinking. Perhaps, she was expecting something from him? She
shook her head on the thought. She told herself that she wouldn’t fall for any guy again. Her previous
encounters with love had ended with a mess.
One guy, who actually found out about her feelings for him, had begun straying away from her
and purposely avoiding her just because she had a crush on him. Was it that bad to have feelings for
him? She wasn’t expecting from him, anyway.
The next guy was a gentleman at the outside, but was a scumbag jerk in the inside who kept on
bragging about her supposed feelings for him even until now. He would ask her some questions
regarding how Andy had felt for him and then, try to embarrass her in some way or another.
And now, this one. She wasn’t sure if how this would end and so, she had told herself to stop
herself from falling further in love with the man. However, her efforts were futile. Andy found it hard to
stop herself from falling in love with a guy who she had just met. She returned to reality as rain started
pouring down heavily outside. She sighed in relief, remembering that she had brought her umbrella this
time. She grinned in relief and sat back on her chair.
“Did you bring an umbrella?” Percy asked as she turned to him and nodded.
“Yup. An umbrella is number one on my MUST-BRINGS nowadays.” She said with a smile as he
chuckled and sat back on his chair, looking back to the front where a program was being held in order to
orient the new members. However, Andy was feeling too conscious for her profound feelings for the
person beside her. She breathed in as she mentally told herself to calm down. However, it wasn’t that
easy as she found herself blushing more as she remembered their previous encounters.
They were separated into groups as she was able to find some new friends and interact with
more people. She had met other people from the org who were her upperclassmen. They were friendly
and funny, she noted as she laughed from another joke that her fellow org member had said out loud.
Yet, despite how much fun she was having at the moment, she would still glance at the other lad’s way.
‘Petty’, she told herself, yet she sighed, knowing that her feelings were unstoppable and the
only way she would stop having a crush on a guy was another horrible encounter. She swallowed and
braced herself, hoping that she would never have to experience such and might move on from this guy
not for the wrong reasons, but because she just grew out of it, just like other people.
The General Assembly had ended, yet she was still talking to the people she had been able to
befriend. They had already exchanged numbers and promised to meet up the next day, yet they never
got to end the conversation that they were having. Well, simply because they were such great people
and she was someone who got easily along with other people, as well. However, she had checked her
wristwatch and noticed that it was about time to return to her dormitory.
She said her good-byes and had left the venue when she noticed a black-haired lad, sitting on a
bench nearby the exit of the venue.
“Hello, Andy.” He said as he went near her and took out his umbrella.
“Were you waiting for me?” Andy asked, looking at him with a curious gaze. Well, maybe… Just
maybe… She thought as she eyed at him while he looked away from her, covering his cheeks with his
“Well, you might have no umbrella and well, I wouldn’t appreciate it if you got wet.” He said as
Andy smiled, remembering about the earlier conversation they had.
“I told you I had an umbrella, right?”
“Well, I forgot.” He said, sheepishly while he scratched his head and she just simply chuckled.
“Well then, to not waste your efforts, I shall pretend I left my umbrella?” She suggested while
he rolled his eyes and looked away, feeling more embarrassed.
“Well, you can use yours, right?” He replied, his voice a bit minute than earlier. Andy sighed and
nodded. She took out her umbrella since she didn’t want to embarrass him further. However, her
umbrella was proved to be useless since it was jammed.
“Gah.” She groaned as she tried to open her umbrella, which wouldn’t budge at all. Percy turned
to her and went near.
“Is something wrong?” He asked as Andromeda sighed and nodded.
“Well, I guess your efforts weren’t really wasted?” She said as he shook his head in disbelief and
motioned for her to come under his umbrella. She followed and was walking under the rain with her.
“I wonder why it always rains whenever I see you.” Andy said as Percy shook his head.
“I’m not sure. We might be storm-bringers, maybe?” He joked as she laughed and walked away
with him. Well, perhaps there was this teeny-tiny chance that she wouldn’t have to move on from him