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Chapter 1 It’s my last year in high school and I’m hoping my high school life would turn for the better, but as soon as class started it made a turn for the worst, I ended up in the same class with the school bully Sam, what’s worse is that we’re seatmates. During class I couldn’t concentrate, I was uneasy, shaking, afraid and yet attracted, weird, how did a girl like her become a bully? Looking closely at her she seems like a nice girl but suddenly she hit me. . . Sam: WHY THE HELL YOU STARING AT ME?! Mi: I. . .I. . .uh Sam: Fuck! Speak up! And she hits me again and again. We ended up at the principal’s office and well while waiting for the secretary to call us she sort of threatened me. Sam: You ass I’m gonna break you apart after class, so you better prepare yourself. Oh my god, is she really a girl?? But looking closely at her eyes, she looks like she wants to cry but she’s holding it back, hmmm. The secretary asks us to enter the office and as soon as we do I cried, I cried so hard like a 2 year old who dropped my candy, why did I do that? Simply because I wanted to cry for Sam, I even started rolling on the floor, it was worth it since I made her giggle, well the principal’s face also was priceless it’s probably the first time she saw a senior student act like that. During lunch break I headed to the football field to watch my friends play, when suddenly Sam asked if she could play but from my point of view she bullied her way into the game, since she was there I decided to go back to the room as I walked away I got hit by the soccer ball on the face really hard, I saw it flying at me but why the hell didn’t I dodge it? This day is turning real bad and I still have to deal with Sam after school, a plan then enters my genius mind, instead of going back to the room from the infirmary I decided to go home. While walking I passed by the arcade and decided to play for a while before going home, I was having a great time at the fighting game I was beating the player on the other side so bad, I tried to look at who’s playing and upon seeing who it was chill’s went down my spine. It’s her, I was playing against Sam the whole time, oh god do you hate me? I sneaked out of the arcade slowly, when I bumped into someone, Sam: So you ditched school to play here? Seems like you forgot about our date? Oh and I’ll have to pay you back for every cent I wasted trying to beat you. She drags me out of the arcade and takes me to the back alley. Sam: Are you ready retard? Mi: wait! Wait! Just a sec! I’m sorry for staring all right? And for trying to escape, but don’t you think this is a bit unfair? How could I fight back when you’re a girl? That last statement would make things turn out even worse. Sam: What did you say?! NO ONE’S TRYING TO STOP YOU FROM HITTING A GIRL YOU FUCK!! And she viciously attacks me. I woke up hours later only to find myself in a girl’s room, holy crap! This room hopefully doesn’t belong to one I think it does. Sam: Good you’re awake sissy. Oh god kill me now. Mi: What am I doing here? Is this your room?
Sam: You were so weak that I knocked you out with one kick, and then I panicked so I brought you here. Mi: oh. . .i see. . .thank you. Sam: You’re thanking me?? What the hell is wrong with you?? Mi: Well cause you could’ve just left me there but instead you took me somewhere safe. Sam: Don’t get too comfortable idiot, you’re gonna be in a lot more trouble once you step out of this room. Mi: Wha? What do you mean? Well I found out why when I met her dad, it seems that I was the first guy to ever step inside this house, and inside her room, her dad asks me to come to their dojo and well asks me to spar with him. Mi: Uhm. . .e. .excuse me sir but I don’t think this is necessary. Mr. Copeland: This is a family tradition so we can’t do anything but to follow it. Mi: Please sir I’m not really sure about. . . Mr. Copeland: Get ready! And he attacks me, oh hell better just take it and end this. Mr Copeland: Wow, you’re a great fighter. What the hell?? I didn’t even do anything. Mi: Uhm what do you mean sir? Mr. Copeland: You see it takes courage to attack someone, but someone needs an even greater courage to take an attack. Mi: And what does that mean exactly? Mr. Copeland: It means I allow you to be with my daughter. Mi: What?! No sir! Things aren’t like that between me and your daughter. Sam: Dad it’s getting late he needs to go home. Mr. Copeland: Right, well come back tomorrow so we could talk more. Mi: Uhm o. . .k. . .i guess? Sam: You’re with me now so you’ll have to stay by my side forever. Mi: Are you serious?? Sam: Oh yes I am serious and that was an order, so you have to stay with me forever or. Mi: Or?? What?? Sam: It’s late go home. Well what the heck did I just get myself into?? Oh man! This is horse shit!! My crappy life will now be crazy, I think I might need to move to a new school and place, I need to save myself from all of this and get as far away from here as possible, in the middle of me thinking and talking to myself while walking home, my phone rings. Unknown caller?? Who could it be? Mi: Hello, Mi here, who’s this? Sam: Chicken shit, it’s me Sam, don’t even think of going anywhere or quitting school, I’ll hunt you down and when I find you I’m going to kill you then drag you out of hell to kill you again. Bye. Oh what the hell is she psychic? How the hell did she get my number? I receive a message from Sam and well. “Yes, I am psychic and I got your number while you were passed out.” HOLY SHIIIIIIIIT!!!! What have I gotten myself into? Chapter 2
I got home to my peaceful apartment, well I’ve been living alone after I got into high school, my mom passed away when I was in 5th grade and my dad is busy with his new family and I don’t want to be a burden to them, besides I visit them every Christmas break, my step mom is nice and so is my little brother, but I just don’t feel like hanging around them, seeing them as one big happy family brings back memories of my mom so I decided to stay at an apartment which my uncle owns and well it’s free so it’s great. After eating dinner I decided to go up the roof and look at the stars and well my dad used to tell me that all the people we love that are in heaven watch over us and looking up at the stars makes us feel like we are looking at them and they are looking back at us. I look at the stars now but I don’t feel anything like that, it just makes me wish that my mom’s still alive and that me, dad and her are together all the time. It suddenly started raining, so I went back to my apartment and called it a day. I woke up the next day only to find that it was still raining and it’s good news for me cause, I’m not going to school, well I don’t really like to go out when it’s raining besides whatever happens I can surely catch up in class since I’m smart, well probably too smart. I decided to go back to sleep, but someone suddenly bangs on my door, who the heck could this be so early in the morning? Sam: Open up chicken shit!! Holy crap what a day wrecker. I open the door and *BOOM* she kicks me. Sam: Who’s the day wrecker you piece of trash?! I forgot she was psychic, ouch my back, my stomach. Sam: Sorry about your mom, I didn’t know you had a rough time. Mi: What you’re feeling sorry for me now? I don’t need you pity, I’m doing fine, I’m happy with my life so you can have your pity. I don’t need it. Sam: Why you insensitive little twerp! You’re gonna get it real bad now. Ooopsie, pissed of the wrong person. She ended up dragging me to school all bruised, but somehow I’m happy. During math class Sam fell asleep and so when she was called on she couldn’t answer and the teacher was embarrassing her and then she had that expression again, she’s holding back her tears, so what I did was I farted so loud it got everyone’s attention, and I said “Uhm it was me.”, everyone laughed and so it got the pressure off of Sam, but it made her laugh too. I don’t know what it is but seeing her have that expression makes me want to defend her, makes me want to cheer her up, After school she asked me if I could help her out with some of our homework, well sort of forced me to help her with it. We went to her house and well her dad was really happy to see me he treats me like his own son, really weird and freaky. After helping her and teaching her she took me to her mom, well it was an altar and well we were the same, we both had lost our mother, but I envied her cause her dad didn’t remarry and their family still has the presence of her mom, they asked me to stay for dinner, it was quite a surprise to know that Sam knows how to cook, while she was cooking her dad was entertaining me we were talking about a lot of stuff, her dad is quite the blabber mouth, amazing how open he is to me and how at ease he is. During dinner Sam and her dad were having a good time, it brought me back to how mom and were before and how I loved watching them, no matter how delicious the food Sam made was I didn’t feel like eating a lot I just wanted to go home already. Sam: Hey! Weakling how’s the food? Mi: uh. . .what? Sam: Oh not able to answer right away huh? Oh god I’m gonna get it. Sam: It’s that good?? Ohh I’m such an awesome cook. What the heck? That was unexpected, for a moment there I thought I was gonna get hit by a plate. After dinner I went home, and while walking I suddenly started crying, all those
happy memories with my mom and dad got me, how I wish that things were different, how I wish my family was still with me, it starts to rain hard. I got to my apartment all wet and broke down on the door right after going in, the memories of my childhood flooding my head, my mom’s warm smile, how my parents would hold my hands when we walk, how mom and dad treasured each other and me, everything was flashing back, my cries overshadowed by the raindrops my screams covered by thunder, now I’m all alone and my dad has a new family while I have no one but myself. I have lived in this apartment for 4 years now but only now have I felt how empty it is, how cold it gets when it rains, how dark it is without turning on the lights and how pathetic I really am. I don’t feel like going to school tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, I just want to be alone, I just want to forget about all the things about my family. Chapter 3 Lying on the floor with my still wet clothes, looking up at the ceiling everything seems so big right now, I feel so small. I look at my palms and see which one of these lines are the reason my life is like this, then it hits me like lightning, I rushed to my room grabbed some scissors and started cutting my hair. That’s when Sam came banging on the door and yelled and kept on yelling, so I opened the door and when she saw me her face became really weird, her eyes were suddenly real big and glittery, and she gave me a creepy smile. Mi: What’s wrong? Why are you here? It’s already late. Sam: I. . .Ahh. . .hmm. . . Mi: What? Sam: I. . .Ahh. . . Mi: Hello?! Sam? What is it that you’re trying to say? Sam: Uhh. . .Ahem. . .right, I was worried about you so I came, so are you ok? Mi: Yup, I’m ok now, I know now what I have to do. Sam: What do you mean? Mi: What’s the matter can’t read my mind? She went in and well we had hot choco, and talked, talked a lot, really I hope we could always be like this, and she’s not always hitting me, forcing me to do things, but still I like her this way, she could be bossy, demanding and hot headed but I think I’m in love with her, in love with every little thing about her and I want to know her more, I want to be closer to her, I want to know everything about her. Looking at her eyes I don’t know what or who I’d be from now on if ever I’m separated with her. Sam: Hey! Give me your phone. And there she goes being all bossy again. Mi: Here you go. Sam: Hello, dad I’m sleeping over here at Mi’s, but I guess it won’t be just for tonight. Bye. What the heck did she just say?? Mi: Hey, hey, hey, you can’t just decide on something like that, you need to ask me first! Sam: Why?! You got a problem with me staying here?? Mi: Well it’s not right for two senior high students to live in the same place, specially with you being a girl, I mean what would people say?? Sam: Well I don’t see anything wrong with it, and there isn’t anything you could do about it. Oh man! How the heck am I supposed to deal with this? Sam: Simple, just think of it as a start for when we get married. Mi: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING?!
Sam: Jesus! Don’t yell at me you moron! Why? Are you planning on marrying someone else?? Mi: What’s with you? And this marriage stuff?? Sam: Answer the damn question! Are you planning on marrying someone else?! Mi: Marriage still isn’t on my mind right now, and you’re acting weird. She kicks me and hits me. Sam: You didn’t answer the damn question! You chicken shit! Moron! And her cursing is really nerve wrecking ear torture. I’d be sleeping on the couch as long as she’s here and I can’t freaking do all the things that I love doing, listening to loud music, eating a lot of junk foods, watching t.v. non-stop, dvd marathons and sleeping in. Sam: Hey, I’m using your clothes. And off she goes to my closet and grabs whatever she wants to wear, oh dear. . .this is gonna be a pain indeed, but somehow I’m glad, glad that I won’t be alone anymore. Sam takes a shower and while she’s in the bathroom, I’m fixing her bed, my bed I mean, while I was finishing up she suddenly asks me how my mom passed away. Mi: She was involved in a traffic accident, her car smashed against someone else’s, our driver died on the spot but people were able to rush my mom to the hospital, but when I got there I was already too late. Sam: That traffic incident, there was a woman beside your mom at the hospital. My mom was going to pick me up at school but she never came, I waited for her but she never came, then dad picked me up and told me what happened, my mom lost control of the car, it was September 4, 2004. Mi: It was my birthday. . .we were supposed to go away that weekend, I was so excited to go home, I never thought things would end up like that. Sam: Funny how we both lost our mother at the same accident. Mi: Yeah, so how come your dad didn’t remarry? You against it or something? Sam: No, he just doesn’t want any other woman besides my mom, he’s pretty faithful, while my mom wasn’t. Mi: Why? Sam: She was cheating on my dad, despite how great of a husband and a father my dad was, she still cheated on him. Mi: Oh I see well at least you have your dad. Sam: Don’t you have a father? Mi: I do but I hate him now, he remarried after I graduated from junior high, that’s why I left and lived in this apartment. Sam: If you were against him remarrying then you should’ve told him! Mi: What’s the point in telling him? Surely he wouldn’t want my opinion, besides he’s an adult he should know what the consequences of his actions would be. Sam: Of course he would! He would surely value his own son’s opinion more than anyone else’s! Mi: You would never understand me. Sam: Then make me understand you! I’m here! I’ll listen! I won’t shut you out! So don’t shut me out. . . Ahh! What the heck! I’m not going to continue with this conversation! Mi: Hey! Uhm do you want to go out of the bathroom now cause I need to go poop. Sam: What the?! Hold it in for a couple more minutes! Mi: I can’t! I gotta go now! Chapter 4
After I finished taking a dump, she asked if we could like buy some ice cream from the convenience store and watch a couple of movies once we get back to the apartment, I said sure and asked her what she’s gonna wear outside. Sam: Just this? Why? Mi: Are you insane?? You’re going out with just those clothes?? Sam: What the hell is wrong with what I’m wearing?! Mi: Well nothing. . .It’s just that, no, nevermind. . .Just use my jacket and my cap. Sam: You’re weird. As she puts on the jacket, she was looking really gorgeous and when she put on the cap it’s as if she was illuminated. What the heck is happening? She’s not wearing anything great and beautiful but she’s stunningly radiant, it’s freaking weird in a good way. So we got out of the apartment and walk to the convenience store which was only a few meters away, but I can’t seem to take my eyes off of her, we arrived at the convenience store and the owner Mr. Fern was surprised to see me with a girl. Mr. Fern: Well now this is a big surprise Mi, so who’s that pretty lady with you? Mi: Oh hey there Mr. Fern, uhm well she’s my cousin and she’s gonna be staying with me for a while. Then I nervously laugh. Sam: Cousin?? Mi?? You’re such a kidder! Introduce me properly now.(If you don’t want me to beat you up right here and now.) Mi: Right! I was just kidding, Mr. Fern this is Sam Copeland, she’s my. . Sam: His fiancé. Mr. Fern: Really? Your engaged Mi? When did this happen? Well just now and I’m really surprised to be engaged at such an early age, At least that’s what I wanted to say but instead ended up saying. Mi: Oh it’s been like a couple of months now, sorry if I wasn’t able to tell you before. Mr. Fern: Goodness! Well as a gift I’ll give you a discount for today. Mi: Oh my! You don’t have to do that. Mr. Fern: No, no, no, it’s not a big deal Mi. Sam: Thank you sir. Mr. Fern: You’re one lucky guy Mi to have such a nice and beautiful girl like her, so you better treat her well and respect her. Hmpf! As if she’s nice! Mi: Of course I will, since I’m soo lucky to have her. I give her a hug and sarcastically laugh. I’ve got no idea I’d be in trouble later. Once we got back to the apartment. Sam: So I’m your cousin huh?! And you’re surprised to be engaged at such an early age?! Oh and let’s not forget that great statement “Hmpf! As if she’s nice!” and your sarcastic laugh, so let me just ask you Mi. . .HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL?! She hits me in the face, and I drop to the floor while she keeps on hitting and kicking me, but somehow I’m happy, wait let me change that, I’M REALLY FREAKING HAPPY!!!! When Sam was finished and calmed down we sat and watched a movie while eating ice cream, just for you to know we are watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I don’t know why she picked this movie, so anyway she was sitting really close to me and I heard like a sobbing sound, I thought it was from the movie but when I looked beside me, it was her crying. I asked her what’s wrong and she looked at me with teary puppy dog eyes and said.
Sam: The movie is getting to me. . . I wanted to laugh really hard but I just anchored my arm around her and smiled. She also hugs me but she uses my shirt to wipe her tears, oh man, but right now this moment I’m really sure of what I want to do for the rest of my life, it’s to spend it with her. We watch another movie well she wanted to, so this time it’s a horror flick, Nightmare on Elm Street, oh yeah! Now this is my kind of movie, she was now hugging me really tight, I was surprised to see her feminine side tonight, first how she cried and got sentimental, now how she’s frightened, I guess if not for her bossy boyish side she’d be like the perfect girl, I’m lucky to be with her. Half way through the movie I suddenly felt like she’s sleeping, so I checked and well she is, she fell asleep. I didn’t want to wake her up so I carried her to bed, and after placing her on it and tucking her in, she asks me not to go cause she’s scared, so I place my pillows on the floor and say that I’ll be sleeping on the floor so she shouldn’t be scared. She suddenly asks me to hold her hand, what the hell?? Well I held her hand and it’s the first time I ever held a girl’s hand, so I was amazed at how soft and warm it is, this certainly feels nice, then suddenly it felt as if my arm would snap, she was turning to the side and she was now gripping my hand real tight and she doesn’t seem to want to let go I was now up and trying to get my hand but instead I was forced on the bed with her and well I’m now in awkward position since she’s cuddling me like a teddy bear and I’m so being suffocated but I don’t want to wake her up since she looks so peaceful. I’m gonna bear with this until morning, darn and we’ve got school tomorrow I’d definitely be sleeping in class. Chapter 5 I wasn’t able to get any sleep since Sam was moving around too much and she was clinging to my arm so tight, she even used me as a teddy bear and hugged me real tight, so tight I barely could breathe, when the alarm went off I woke her up and she was surprised she was hugging me, it didn’t turn out well for me she kicked me so hard and she didn’t even let me explain, while we were walking to school I was half asleep, when we got to school everyone was staring at us, but it was nothing to Sam cause once she glared at them everyone completely ignored us. We got to the room and it was still early I sat down and went to sleep but it seems Sam wouldn’t let me, she wakes me up and tells me to buy her a drink. On the corridor everything and everyone was really blurry, my body suddenly felt so heavy the next thing I knew everything went all black. When I came to, I was at the infirmary and Sam was on the side of the bed sleeping, I didn’t want to wake her up so I placed her on the bed and I asked the nurse what happened. Nurse: You fainted at the corridor, everyone panicked and quickly brought you here, when she heard about it she rushed here and asked where you are and she never left your side, you’re a real lucky guy to have such a girl. Mi: I know ma’am, that’s why I’m really glad she’s with me, and I hope things will stay like this forever. Nurse: But you know nothing lasts forever and you’re both still young so don’t get too attached to each other, you never know what the future will bring. Hearing that was saddening, but I didn’t care, things might end up differently in the future but one thing I’m sure will never change is my feelings for her. I decided to watch her as she slept, she must’ve been so worried about me, I held her hand. Mi: I promise you Sam, my feelings will never change, and I will never go until you tell me to, but please don’t ever tell me to go away. She suddenly wakes up and looks at me, hugs me real tight and whispers to me. Sam: You weakling! Don’t you ever make me worry like that again! I thought. . .I thought you weren’t going to wake up ever. . . She started crying. So I held her tight and told her.
Mi: Shhhh. . .stop crying, you know I won’t ever leave you, who would you push around if go right? C’mon let’s go home. Sam: Before we go home since it’s Friday, let’s go to the mall first there’s something I want to buy. Mi: You’re the boss. When we got there we went straight to this shop full of girls clothing, I was surprised, I never thought she would buy girly clothes since she was boyish. Sam: Wait there, I’m going to try out something and when I come out you tell me how I look in it, be honest! Got it?! Mi: Ok, ok, I will. What’s taking her so long? Mi: Hey, Sam you ok?? Sam: Sorry for the wait, here! The way she looked in the dress can’t be put in words, I didn’t know what to say, I just wanted to look at her. Sam: HEY!!! Mi: . . . Sam: How do I look?! Mi: uh. . .uhm. . .you. . . Sam: What?? Don’t you like it? Mi: No, it’s not that, you just look great, really great. Sam: Really?? I do? Mi: Yeah, you do. Sam: Great!! Cause guess what?! Mi: What? Sam: I asked your dad and mine if we could all have dinner tonight, and they both said yes! They’ll be waiting for us at July’s. Mi: Really. . .so is my dad’s family coming? Sam: Yes, of course they are. Mi: I see. . . Sam: Isn’t it great that our parents will meet? Mi: Yeah. . .it’s great. . .Uhm Sam since we’re here and it’s still quite early, I want to buy something as well, if it’s alright with you. . . Sam: Sure, let’s go. We went to the Apple store, and I asked the clerk an for an iPod touch, I bought it and went out, next we went to the Samsung store, I asked for a phone that a little kid would be able to use easily, they gave me one and I paid for it, last stop is the Watch store, I asked for a wrist watch that would look good on a business man, they gave me one that looks good enough, so I took it, and asked Sam what time we’re supposed to be at July’s. Sam: 8, so uhm what’s with those things that you bought? Mi: Oh well these are gifts since I missed my brother’s birthday and my parents anniversary. . .today is the first time I’ll see them again after a couple of months. . . Sam: Don’t you ever go home? Mi: The apartment is my home now. . .anyway we should go to July’s. Sam: NO! First tell me why! Mi: What do you mean why? Sam: Why don’t you ever spend time with your family?! Mi: I told you before my dad remarried and I don’t want to be a burden to his new family. . .our family is over now. . .he has a new family. . . Sam: What a stupid excuse!! No matter what happens you’re still a part of their family!! Mi: No. . .I’m not. . .
Sam: I’ll let this go for now Mi, but after dinner is over we’ll talk about this at your apartment ok?! Mi: Sure. . .whatever you say. . . Chapter 6 We headed to July’s for dinner, while walking I could see it in Sam’s face that she’s mad at me, so I tried to change her mood by telling a joke but she didn’t even want to listen to me, guess she’s really pissed but she shouldn’t be right? I mean what’s the big deal if I don’t see or talk to my dad, he’s got a new family now so why would I matter. When we got to July’s everyone was already there, we greeted them and I introduced Sam to my Dad and his family, once we sat down I gave them their presents and apologized for not being able to come to my step brothers birthday and their anniversary. Mi: Hope you’ll like my gifts, I sort of bought at the last minute since I didn’t know we’ll be having dinner together tonight. Stepmom: Thank you for these Mi, you must be really busy with school, thank you for having time for dinner tonight. Well as expected from my step mom, always nice but she’s trying too hard. Sam faces me and gives me the look, what did I do to deserve it? Well it was time to order, and well I wasn’t really in the mood to eat cause of the company, I just ordered salad and well Sam then suddenly kicks my foot and coughs, meaning I have to eat, to hell with this I got irritated so I ordered a lot. Our dad’s were talking when Sam suddenly asked me why I’m not talking to my dad and so it got everyone’s attention, I didn’t know what the heck I’m supposed to say or do in this kind of situation, what the hell is Sam’s problem? Mi: Oh right forgot! Thanks for reminding me Sam, hey dad how’ve you been? Looking at you seems that you’re ok. How’s the company? Well looking at your face seems like things are going well. Dad: Well son. Mi: Oh hey dad like your suit, it’s really classy and you look good in it. Ohh food’s here. So there I talked to him, happy now Sam? But the way she looked at me told me that I’d best be prepared for the worst when we get to the apartment, but who cares? I certainly don’t, I hate seeing my dad and his new family, and I don’t care what Sam thinks of me right now, I figured if she gets to see me at my worst attitude then she’ll surely wouldn’t want to arrange another thing like this again. While eating my step mom asked Sam. Stepmom: How long have you two been together Sam? Sam: Well we’ve been together for only a couple of days. Stepmom: I see, and how’s Mi treating you? Sam: He’s a real pain. After hearing that my dad laughed. Dad: I guess we’re not the only ones who thinks he is. So I’m a pain huh? Who cares what you think of me, I’m almost done eating anyway and this crap will be over soon. They talked and talked about tons of things, I never really listened to them, well they all seem to be getting along, good for them, just another reason for me feel sick and want to leave, but I can’t since she’s here and she probably would know the moment I would want to go since she could read minds, and she’s specially fond of reading mine. This is one of those of moments wherein I get to have flashbacks of mom and dad and my childhood, how I wish things ended differently, but it’s no use I have to live with what I have now but that’s not a bad thing since I’ve got Sam, speaking of her, she suddenly pops an unbelievable and totally ridiculous question. Sam: Mr. Faize, can Mi and I visit your home this weekend? Dad: Sure thing, our house is always open for you.
First she asks me to go to dinner with them, now we’re going there for the weekend?? What the hell is up with her?! Ok calm down, things wouldn’t go bad. Stepmom: But sweetheart aren’t we going to our lake house this weekend? Dad: Oh right, you two could come along. Sam: Sure, we’d love to! Things wouldn’t go bad. . .right. . .of all the places. . .the lake house. . .the place filled with tons of beautiful memories. . .great going Sam. . .better think of something quickly, since I so don’t want to go to the lake house, and then it hit me. Mi: Sorry we won’t be able to make it this weekend, we’ve got to practice for a play, remember Sam? Sam: What play? Mi: I knew you forgot, the play for the school fest?? Remember now? Sam: OH! Right! Mi: So guess we’ll have to postpone the weekend trip to the lake house. Oh yeah! I’m so clever I even surprise myself sometimes. Well while having dessert our dad’s stepped out to talk in private, while Sam and my step mom talked, my brother comes up to me and asks me. Brother: big brother, why don’t you ever come home? Mi: Well cause I’m busy with school. Brother: Dad’s busy with work but he still comes home. Mi: Well you see dad owns the company so he’s still got time to come home and he’s got his own driver and schedule. Brother: We could ask the driver to pick you up as well. Mi: My school’s pretty far so it’d be a drag if I came home. Brother: Then at least come home every once in a while big brother. What’s with this kid? Can’t he understand I don’t like coming home? *sigh* he should just shut up and sit down like a good boy. Well we finished up finally and bade farewell, I was so relieved that was finally over, only one thing left to worry about now, Sam. Chapter 7 On the way home I tried talking to Sam since she was awfully quiet. Mi: Dinner was sort of awful haha. Sam: Oh?! You noticed?! Ok…so she is pissed. Sam: I don’t really get you Mi, so your dad remarried? So what? Shouldn’t you be happy for him that he’s moving on with his life?! And you should do the same! The things that happened in the past can’t be changed! No matter how hard it could be we must move on! Not for only ourselves but for the person that we lost…so they could go and rest without worrying about us… Everything she said was like echoing inside my head, she’s right but in my view she wasn’t, how could she know how I feel? How could she know how painful it is for me? Mi: You’re one to talk…HOW COULD YOU EVER KNOW HOW I FEEL?! IT’S EASY FOR YOU TO TELL ME TO MOVE ON BECAUSE YOU NEVER LOVED YOUR MOM THE WAY I DID MINE!! I just ran…I was so angry…my life is ok…I’m sad…I’m alone…but this is my choice…I don’t care how pitiful I look…I’m going to live like this…I can live on my own…When I
got to the apartment one thing is clear to me I need to get away from everyone, I’m going to leave this town,…I don’t need to be here…I don’t want to be here. I finished packing my things and got out of the apartment, as I was walking on the street something was different my feet suddenly got heavy, nearing the train station I got this feeling that someone’s holding me back, someone doesn’t want me to go, but I still decided to go. On the train there were only a couple of passengers and to make things worse the ones on the seat right next to mine is a family, they looked really happy. It reminded me of how we were before, going on the train mom would be pointing to the scenery outside and dad would gently smile as he looks at it and at mom. Tears then ran down my cheeks, I want to cry even harder and scream my lungs out but I held back, instead I just stared at the happy family and then smiled. A couple of hours later I fell asleep. I was woken up by the conductor and told me that it was the last station and I need to get off. I got off the train, but I didn’t know what the heck I’m supposed to do here in this place. Since it was late I checked in at the hotel and tried to think of something and soon since I don’t ever want to go back to that place. I took a shower then lay down for a while but when I came to it was already morning. Getting up I thought well maybe I should check the town for some jobs then a place to stay and well school obviously. Walking around, It seems that this place is nothing like the city, people were welcoming and nice and the air is fresh, asked around for some stores or places that are offering jobs, but too bad they weren’t any. Tired and exhausted I went to the grocery store to buy milk and something to eat, after paying for it I went to the park and sat down to rest and eat. While I was eating an old man approached me and asked if I was new in town. Mi: Yes sir, I arrived last night. Old man: Ohh I see. So then what brings a city boy like you to this place ehh? Mi: I don’t want to talk about it sir. Old man: Ohh it must be serious ehh? Well I hear you were lookin’ for a job? Mi: Yes sir I am. Old man: Well I can give you one. Mi: Really sir? Old man: There lemme look at that smile again. He’s a weird yet kind old man, he gives off this warm feeling and it seems like I know him, it’s like I’ve seen him before. Old man: Though the pay isn’t good it has wonderful benefits. Mi: I don’t mind sir. Uhm what kind of benefits? Old man: Ha! You remind me of someone lad, well I’m gunna have to ask you to live in my farm with me and o’course you’ll be eating there too. So whaddaya say lad? Mi: Sounds good to me sir. Old man: aww shucks lad stop it with the sir, call me gramps. Since from now on we’d be like family. Mi: Ok gramps. This is nice, at first I thought things will be hard but I guess this place would be my home now, and this old man will be my family. We arrive at his farm and well I was shocked to see a huge piece of land that stretches so far as to the horizon. Gramps: All that you see and all that you can’t is all mine lad. Well ours now, so for your first task I’d like you to build a fence to mark our land ehh. Mi: Just a question gramps, how would I know if it’d be yours or not anymore? Gramps: Hahah ain’t that right? Well I guess ya’ll just have to feel the land lad. Chapter 8 What the? Feel the land? Is he serious? How’s that possible? I guess for now I’d better mark front fence first. I started marking the ground and well I look once more at his property and I’m really puzzled by what he meant and how should I put a fence to this huge land. In the middle of these thoughts I suddenly remember Sam, I wonder what she’s doing right now, is she thinking of me? Or did her life return to the way it was
before? Anyway I’m not important, she could live her life without me and well no one would miss me anyway. When night came gramps asked me to come in and that resume my work tomorrow morning. Gramps: Hope you’ll like what I cooked lad. Mi: No worries gramps, I’m not picky when it comes to food. Gramps: aww shucks lad, you truly resemble someone hahah. Anyway let’s dig in! As we ate gramps was telling me all sorts of things about his life but I noticed he never mentioned a thing about him having a family. So even though it’s impolite I asked him. Mi: So gramps didn’t you have any family? Gramps: Well lad, I did. . . Gramps went quiet for a bit then continued on. Gramps: I once had a beautiful wife and a wonderful son, and you remind me of him a lot, you both have that certain flare about you, except you have kind eyes much kinder eyes than him lad. Mi: Really gramps? So uhm what happened to him? Gramps: Well you see my wife came from a very rich family and she was well schooled as well, and am nuthin but a humble farmer, one day she got sick and I didn’t have enough money to send her to the hospital, so I begged her father to help me. Mi: Did he help you gramps? Gramps: Well yeah he did, but. . . Mi: What happened gramps? Gramps: He took them away, sayin’ I won’t be able to give them a good life here in me farm. Mi: Sorry gramps. . . Gramps: Nah! What you apologizing for lad? Hahah. They were better off there in that mansion than here in me old house, and from the news I’d be hearin’ here seems that my son is now a famous business man and he’s doin’ really well for himself, he be doin’ his old man here proud. Mi: Really gramps? Gramps: Well heck yeah lad! Yah see I never went to no school and I don’t be able to read much, to hear about me son doin’ better than his old man is something I’m really proud of. Mi: Didn’t he come back to see you again gramps? Gramps: Well I recon he don’t want to know about his old man being a farmer, but I did visit him once and I got to see my grandson as well and me beautiful daughter in law. Mi: So gramps what did he say to you? Gramps: Well he gave me a couple o’ bucks since I pretended I was a beggar hahah. Mi: Gramps! Why’d you do that? Gramps: Well I was ashamed of me self lad, I didn’t want to embarrass me son saying I’m his father, since I’m just a farmer. Mi: C’mon gramps. . .being a farmer isn’t that bad! I mean if there were no farmers who’d give us wheat? Corn? And everything that requires a farmers hand? Besides gramps you’re his father I’m sure he’d want to see you and talk to you, he’d want to be with you. Gramps: Ergh. . .i guess you’re right lad, anyhow I’ve got me a picture here of me family want to have a look? Mi: Sure gramps! I’d love to look at it. Chapter 9 Gramps hands me a picture book and it’s really thick. I opened it and I was shocked at what I saw, they were just newspaper clippings. So this is his son, and his wife. Wait! I looked closely and read the articles. Gramps: What’s wrong lad? You seem to be bothered.
Mi: Gramps this person. . .this man. . .is your son? Gramps: Hahah. You must’ve known me son back in the city, he’s pretty famous after all. Mi: What’s your name gramps? Gramps: Huh? What’s this all of a sudden lad? Mi: I just want to know gramps. Gramps: Well I’m Hector Buffalo. Mi: Buffalo? Gramps: Yeah lad, What’s the matter? Mi: But this guy’s surname. . . Gramps: I know lad. . .me wife re-married and me son took in that man’s surname. Tears suddenly went bursting out of my eyes and I couldn’t stop them. Gramps: What be the matter lad?? I stood up and hugged gramps. While crying I screamed at the top of my lungs. Mi: Grandpa!! I hugged gramps so tight. Maybe I was meant to go this place, things didn’t happen accidentally. There was a reason why I’m here at this town in this barn why this old man approached me, why I felt that warm feeling from him, why he seemed so familiar. The person I saw back then when I was a kid, the old beggar that was crying, the old beggar I gave ice cream to. He was my real grandfather. Gramps: What are you sayin’ now lad? Mi: I’m your son Erik’s son. . . Gramps: No. . . Mi: Don’t you remember me gramps? That day at the park after dad gave you money you walked away with teary eyes smiling at us, then I saw you sitting under a tree crying. I gave you. . . Gramps: Ice cream. . . Mi: You remember? Gramps started crying and then hugged me, he was hugging me real tight and he was saying a lot of sentimental things. It made me cry as well I hugged him tight and we both cried our eyes out. Now I know I need to help my gramps and my dad meet and know about each other, but that would mean I need to talk to my dad. Is there another way of getting them to meet without me asking dad directly? After our crying gramps and I went out and lay down on the grass staring up at the stars, sharing stories of our lives and well I told him a lot about dad and how he was as a father and about my mom too, I left out the details about my mom’s death and dad remarrying I wouldn’t want to ruin the mood we’re in. Gramps suddenly said something that dad told me. Gramps: You know grandson, them stars up there are the ones who left us in this world, they continue to live on as them bright lights and as we stare up at them they stare back at us. Mi: You know Gramps. . .You are my dad’s father hahah. Chapter 10 That morning as I was setting up the fence gramps was watching me with a fond look in his face, it made me really happy seeing my grandfather smiling at me. It was a really great feeling, I felt as though mom and dad were beside him looking at me smiling as well as I was about to finish I looked back at gramps and asked how does the fence I built look. Gramps: It’s perfect grandson! C’mon I’ve got something to teach you. Mi: But gramps I haven’t finished with the fences yet.
Gramps: Ohh don’t you be worrying about that too much hahah. Mi: Ok gramps. As I approached him he seems to be in a really great mood. Gramps: So Mi, What’s your full name again? Mi: Mikhail gramps. Gramps: Such a beautiful name. Mi: Hahah guess who gave me that name gramps. Gramps: Your grandmother. Mi: How’d you know? Gramps: I know my wife grandson, besides she told me before that if we were to have a grandson she’d name him Mikhail. Mi: Well you took the fun out of the surprise gramps hahahah. In fact you surprised me hahah. We were laughing as we were walking towards his truck. It was an old pick-up truck which was made for delivering all sorts of farm goods. Gramps: So grandson, you know how to drive? Mi: No gramps. Why? Gramps: Well I say here’s your lucky day hahah, I’m gunna be teachin’ you how to drive. Mi: What? Are you serious Gramps? Gramps: O’course I am! Hahah. He’s surely something. Anyway so gramps starts teaching me how to drive, well it was really easy, gramps sure has a way with teaching, it was easy to understand everything he told me to do and not to and before I knew it I was driving. Looking at gramps he seems like he was really happy seeing me behind the wheel, maybe he was seeing dad in me and he wants to do all the things he wanted to do with dad before but couldn’t. I would really love to see them together just chatting and hanging out like what we’re doing right now. After driving lessons gramps took me inside the barn and taught me about the machines in the farm and the food for the animals. He taught me where, when and how the animals should be fed and the plants to be cared of. I never knew that farmers had to do things as hard as this, I thought all they had to do was plant, water and wait for harvest day. Basically just sitting around I didn’t think it was really hard being a farmer and that there are a lot of things you need to know about crops and animals, the seasons, the soil, it’s tougher here than being in school just reading, studying and passing exams, finishing up on projects. I’m starting to really like it here farm life is growing in me, after all it’s in my blood. It was almost six when gramps finally called it a day and he has a look in his face that seems to be excited for the next day, well I do too. After dinner he was still in the mood for teaching me stuff here in this place, he picks up his guitar and starts playing this seemingly sad yet catchy tune. Mi: What is that gramps? Gramps: This is called Blues music. Mi: Ohh. It’s really nice. Gramps: You want to learn? Mi: I don’t think I can be as good as you gramps. Gramps: C’mon what you talkin’ bout’ you’re my grandson o’course you can do this. Heck! I bet you’d be even better than me hahah. Chapter 11 He starts teaching me Blues music. Now you might think I’m bragging but for some reason playing the guitar came natural to me, I could easily get what gramps wanted me to do. He was really happy after that guitar lesson. As the night gets deeper gramps started talking about my grandmother and how they spent the days here when they were
still young, he even said that they met here accidentally since grandma got lost and wandered off here. Gramps: She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, it was quite the scene hahah. She was all in her cute dress all scared and don’t got a single clue where she is, but she was really something. Mi: So what did you do gramps? Gramps: Well I first asked where she’s headed to, and what is it she’s doin’ here on this place. Then she started cryin’ all o’ sudden. So I had to comfort her and told her that she be alright I’ma be takin’ her home. Mi: Wow, so from then on you started hanging out? Gramps: Nope. Mi: Huh? Why? Gramps: Well you see she’s really a famous girl in our days and not to mention her family, and I’m just the son of a farmer, heck, I don’t even know how to read back then hahah. Mi: So how’d you two get together then? Gramps: Fate grandson, Fate made a way for us. Mi: Fate?? Gramps: It was a silent night and well I was just walkin’ round town when I heard someone cry out for help. When I got to where the cry came from I saw her being harassed by some drunks, so I got my courage up and helped her out, hahah them drunks was no match for this farm boy. Mi: Ohh so you were her knight in shining armor. Gramps: Yep! She said the same exact thing back then. From then on we hang out all the time, I taught her how to fish, how to climb a tree, all sorts of stuff and she taught me to read, write and a lot of things she learned in school. People would usually make fun of her for hanging out with me. There was this one time when I was asked by me pops to buy him some booze and people in town made fun of me since I got nothing to wear for shoes so I was just bare footed, you need to know we was poor and my pop’s great as he was couldn’t afford to send me to no school and buy me fancy things to wear but life like that, I wasn’t ashamed of it. Mi: Well gramps, if It was me back in those days I’d be really proud of who I am, I wouldn’t care about what people would say. Gramps: Hahah well I guess you got that from your father. You see, I loved my pops but as a kid well I sure also would want at least slippers, but pop’s had to pay for the seeds and well we was about just a couple of bucks short to buy me them slippers, pop’s was really disappointed in himself he asked me to buy him booze instead, pop’s never said it out loud but he was sorry for not being a better father to me, but he loved me, I meant the world to him and he meant the world to me, so when people started to make fun of me being barefooted and all, one of pop’s friend rushed to the farm and told him what was goin on in town, pop’s rushed to town and beat up a lot of people and in all the ruckus someone shot pop’s when he died nobody but his friends came to the funeral, I was just thirteen that time and I had to live on and make sure this place, our farm would survive, that was when your grandmother came in and said something I would never forget. “You can make it Hector, I’ll be right here with you all the way.” Mi: Ohh that’s really sweet gramps. Gramps: And she never did leave me, I was the only one foolish enough not to be able to fight for her. Mi: C’mon gramps, I’m sure grandma understood you, she knew what you did was for her best. Gramps: I am really sorry Arlene. Mi: You know what gramps, grandma never forgot about you. Gramps: How could you say so? Mi: She never stopped loving you though she showed it through her garden, she never asked anyone else to care for her plants and now I think I know why.
Gramps cries for a moment. It was silent but I know deep inside him he was really in pain. Gramps: So what about you grandson? Mi: What about me? Gramps: Is there a special girl in your life? Mi: There is someone. . . Gramps: Well c’mon spit it out. Mi: Her name is Samantha Copeland. . .and for me she’s the most beautiful girl in the world. Gramps: So where is she? Mi: Well she’s back in the city. . .we sort of had an argument and that’s when I ended up here. Gramps: Just an advice as your grandfather and as a man, Don’t make small arguments a reason for you two to go separate ways. What gramps said really got me, what if because of what I did we might not end up together? What if she finds someone else? I don’t think I could live my life seeing her with someone else. Chapter 12 That morning I asked gramps if I could make a phone call in town, he said yes and he asked if he could go with me to town, so we drove to town and while driving he suddenly asks me how long I’m going to stay here with him. Mi: Gramps I’m thinking of living here with you permanently. Gramps just smiles and whistles while looking at the sky. When we got to town gramps said he will be at the grocery store to buy a few things, we agreed to meet up at the truck. I went to the phone booth and as I was dialing I saw someone really familiar, was I just dreaming or something? I stare little more to make it out and when she turned around I was sure. I dropped the phone and ran to her as quickly as I can. Mi: Sam!! I hugged her so tight that I don’t ever want to let her go, people around us were staring and some are smiling and others are clapping. After I let go of her I was surprised. It wasn’t her, I was so ashamed and so I apologized and left. I went back to the phone booth and gave Sam a call. She didn’t answer any of my calls, disappointed I went back to the truck. Maybe she was just busy today. I’ll try again tomorrow after I finish with the work at the farm. Gramps came with a few stuff, he asked me what happened with the call. Mi: Well she seems to be busy today gramps. Gramps: Who’d be busy during Sunday? Well what gramps said was true, maybe she’s still mad at me. Hopefully it wouldn’t mean she doesn’t want me anymore. I mean it’s been just a couple of days and surely her anger would pass. When we got to the farm gramps asked me to feed the animals and fix up some of the things that needed repairs and he reminded me of the fence. I went to work and I finished most of them up before dinner the only thing left unfinished is the fence. During dinner I asked gramps how would I know which land is ours so that I could mark it. Gramps: Well it’s easy since this is your land too, just listen to your heart and you will know. It wasn’t the answer that I was looking for but I wonder what does he really mean? Can the heart really tell what’s mine and not? This is the first time I’ve been here how would I be able to tell? This is really hard. It was about ten o’clock and I still couldn’t sleep I
checked if gramps was still awake but seems like he’s already in dream land after all it’s a Sunday he needs to rest to prepare for Monday. I on the other hand can’t sleep my head is filled with thoughts of Sam. I decided to go downstairs to drink a glass of milk but when I saw the gramps’ guitar I decided to play. Mi: Blues huh. . .what the heck. . .let’s give it a try. Playing with all my heart and thinking of Sam, all the things that we did and the things I want to do with her when I see her again. All of these I poured into the guitar, without me knowing gramps was woken up by the sound that I was making. Gramps: You must really love her grandson. Mi: Oh! Gramps! Sorry I didn’t mean to wake you. Gramps: It’s alright. That was the sweetest tune I ever heard of, are you sure you just learned playing guitar from me? Mi: Really? Yes gramps, I really had no interest in musical instruments before. Gramps: The way you played was like someone who was playing the guitar his whole life. Mi: Really? I didn’t think that my playing was that good. Gramps: Trust me grandson you were good, No, You were great. He asked me to play something again and well I did and afterwards he said it’s time for us to sleep, since we have tons to do tomorrow. He is right not to mention I don’t know how to start with the rest of the fence. We went up to our rooms but I still couldn’t sleep. I can’t get Sam out of my mind, every time I try to close my eyes her face suddenly pops into my head and I can’t help but to open my eyes wishing she’d be here in front of me, smiling, laughing and getting mad, yelling at me but the more I close my eyes and open them again I only realize more and more that she’s not here and I might never see her again. Without realizing it I doze off to sleep. Thinking of her and wishing that tomorrow might be the same as before I’d be back in my apartment and she’d be banging on the door to wake me up so that we could go to school together, but a part of me doesn’t want to go back, The part of me that has fallen in love with the life here on the farm, the part that wants to stay at a peaceful and happy place. Chapter 13 It’s Monday and gramps wakes me up to eat breakfast. Thinking to myself, it’s been three days already since I got here and I wonder what Sam’s doing right now, is she also eating breakfast at this moment? Is she getting ready to go to school? Is she thinking of me? With all these thoughts of her I wonder would I be able to do anything right today? Gramps: You know when you’re lost in thought of someone, all you could do is work. Mi: What do you mean gramps? Gramps: You have to keep yourself busy so that you won’t be thinking too much. Gramps sure says the most meaningful things, I guess it’s based from his experience after all he had to endure something worse than what I’m going through now. I made sure I ate a lot so that I would have enough energy to work myself to the bones so that I might not think of Sam. After breakfast I washed the plates then headed out to feed the animals and milk the cows, collect the eggs, clean the pigpen, check the plants for rotting crops and if they are ready to harvest. Then I headed to start marking the land to start the fence, but as I was walking around I started thinking of what gramps told me about my heart will know what belongs to me. Closing my eyes I try to listen to my heart, then feeling my surroundings. I slowly open them and it hits me suddenly, I know where to put the fence. I began marking with enthusiasm even singing while marking. I was in the middle of marking when gramps called me in for lunch, after stopping I felt my stomach rumble. Mi: I’m hungry? The smell of food then fills me and I hurry towards gramps house.
Gramps: How’s everything going? Mi: Things are going great gramps! Hahah. Gramps: Sounds like you’re havin’ fun out there. Mi: Well yeah I am hahah. I quickly sit at the table but before I start to eat. Gramps: Whoa! Hold your horses there hahah. Go wash those hands first Mi. Mi: Oh! Right. Sorry gramps. While we’re eating gramps asked me what I think of the life here in the farm. Mi: Well, it’s hard here but I’m having a lot of fun, and how do I put it. When I’m working here it’s like nothing else matters to me. My mind is all clear. Gramps: I see. So how’s your fence going? Mi: You’ll see gramps. Gramps: Hahah can’t wait to see it. Mi: Oh by the way gramps can I go to town for a while after the work here is done. Gramps: Of course hahah. Mi: Thanks gramps. Well off to finish the fence. Gramps: Hey! You should rest first! Hahah that kid’s sure got a lot of my blood. Marking and marking it was almost dark when I finished marking. Although I marked quite the distance cause from where I’m standing at right now I could barely see gramps’ house. I walked towards the house and while walking I was looking at the clothes that I’m wearing and my shoes then my hands. All this time I was living alone and I never got this dirty my hands never got tired like this but I’m having fun, I’m enjoying myself even though I’m tired and dirty. My dad missed all this? I wonder if he would last a day here in the farm or even an hour, speaking of which I haven’t talked to him about grandpa yet. Then it hit me, if I could ask Sam to bring dad here it would be great not only would Sam not be mad at me anymore but dad will also be able to be with grandpa. I would be able to talk to Sam also and ask her if she would want to stay with me here. When I got to gramps’ house he was sitting on the chair outside waiting for me. Gramps: Well, well, I say you be looking more like a farm boy now hahah. Mi: Were you waiting long gramps? Gramps: Not that long. C’mon let’s have dinner, I’m sure you belly’s rumblin’ like crazy by now hahah. Life like this isn’t that bad, in fact it’s great, greater than life back at dad’s mansion, or life back at the apartment, if Sam was here it’d be perfect. Dinner was the same as always and really fun, I don’t think I’d ever get bored of life here in the farm with gramps. Chapter 14 I headed off to town after a few conversations with gramps the road was dark and the only light on the road was the ones from the trucks headlights and from the moon and stars. I can’t believe this place is growing on me and I’ve only been here for a couple of days only, how much more if I’d been staying here as long as gramps. When I got to the town I parked the truck near the train station since the phone booth was near there as well. I was really hoping that this time Sam would pick it up. The first attempt was a failure, she didn’t answer but I tried again and it was the same. A couple of times I tried all the outcomes were the same, it was almost midnight now and gramps is probably worried about me. One last time if she doesn’t answer it I’ll try again tomorrow. Her phone ringing and my chest pounding at the same time it was the fourth ring and I thought she wouldn’t answer I was about to hung up when she picked up. Sam: Hello? Who is this? You’ve been calling since yesterday. Mi: It’s me Sam.
Sam: Mi?! Mi: Yes. Sam: You asshole! Where the hell are you?! Do you know how worried I’ve been? I thought I lost you forever. . .you idiot. . . Mi: Sorry Sam. . .I didn’t know what I was doing but I guess it was all fate. . . Sam: What do you mean? Comeback home Mi. . .Comeback home to me. . . Mi: Sam I will but right now there is something I want you to do for me. . . Sam: What is it? Mi: I need you to bring my dad here to where I am. . .You two take the train to the last station I’ll be waiting there. . .bring him tomorrow. . .please Sam bring him here. . . Sam: But what about your mom? Your brother? What if they want to come along too? Mi: It’s Ok Sam. You can bring them and your father too. There is someone I want you all to meet. Sam: Ok Mi. How are you? Have you been eating well? Mi: I’m doing great Sam. Don’t worry. Sam: I’m going to beat you so bad if you’re not in good shape you hear? Mi: Ok Sam, you do that. Don’t forget tomorrow Sam. Sam: Ok Mi. Mi: And there Is one more thing I have to tell you. Sam: What is it? Mi: I love you Sam. Sam: Idiot! What’s the point in saying that over the phone! Mi: Hahah well at least I said it before it’s too late right? Sam: You idiot. I love you too. Mi: See you tomorrow Sam. Sam: Yes. See you tomorrow Mikhail. With our conversation I felt as though a huge weight has been lifted up from my shoulders. Just hearing her voice made me happy, so happy that I can’t wait for tomorrow. Driving back to the farm I was really in a state of pure happiness. When I got there gramps was sitting on his chair outside his house. Gramps: That look on your face says it all hahah. Mi: Sorry I’m late grandpa. Gramps: Why are you apologizing for being late? It’s ok. Tell me how’d it go? Mi: It went great! Hahahah. Gramps: Hahah good to hear. Let’s get some sleep I’m waking you up early tomorrow ok? Mi: Ok gramps. Wait, why do you need to wake me up early? Gramps: There something I’m going to tell you hahah. What could gramps need to tell me? Why so early? I didn’t think about it too much since I was way too excited to see Sam and what would dad’s reaction be if he knew of grandpa. As I lay on my bed I take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Tomorrow is going to be a great day and I wish nothing would go wrong. Chapter 15 The morning that I was waiting for came and I got up really early, I even got up before gramps or so I thought. He was already downstairs making breakfast and was surprised to see me up so early. Gramps: Whoa! Seems like yer excited hahah. C’mon let’s have breakfast first. Eating breakfast gramps asked me how far have I marked for the fences. Mi: Well I’ve marked really far, so far that you wouldn’t be able to see your house anymore gramps. Gramps: Ohh then that’s quite the distance. That would explain why your shoes were worn out hahah.
Mi: Well yeah, you know gramps I’ve never walked that far before, I never even got tired like this before but somehow I’m not really tired. Gramps: That’s because you love what you’re doin’ and no matter how tiring it is you only see the fun out of it. We started walking after breakfast and resting a bit. Gramps: You know, there is a secret to the fence here. Mi: Really? Gramps: When my pops first asked me to do it I never really thought about it much but when my pops died it was something I really treasured the most. Mi: So did you do it then? Gramps: What? When my pops died? No. Mi: Huh? Why? Gramps: Because I wanted his fence to remain, that way a piece of him would still be here on our land. Mi: So what happened to it? Gramps: I tore it down. Mi: Why? Gramps: Well when I lost your gandma and your dad, the blow was too much I couldn’t sleep or eat for weeks. Then I stumbled upon a letter underneath my pops bed. It was a letter for me, it said. “To my beloved son Hector, I’m sorry for not being able to give you all the fancy things in life but I love you with all my heart, to be honest we’re not poor all these land here that you see as far as the town border is ours, now yours. If you’re reading this then I’m probably gone I hope I left you with the fondest memories. Many people have come to buy our land but I didn’t want to sell it. Mainly because this is the only memory I have of your mother. Remember about the fence I asked you to make? If you have made it then you already know the secret that is the last thing I’m going to teach you my son. I will always love you and know that you are the best thing that happened to me and your mother.” Mi: Then you made the fence after reading the letter? Gramps: Yep, since I wanted to clear my mind and just work seeing as it is the last thing my pops wanted to teach I wanted to learn it. Mi: How far was the fence you built gramps? Gramps: Well I made the fence up to almost the border to the next town. Mi: What?! Gramps: Hahahah surprised you didn’t it? Mi: Then what is the secret gramps? Gramps: Before that, look at how far you have marked for your fence. Look at it closely, look at the surroundings did you notice them while you were marking? Mi: Nope, I was just busy marking. Gramps: That was the lesson. To do something you have to put all your attention to it. In life you have to concentrate on one thing that you want to do and ignore all the things around you until you finish what you set out to do. Mi: I see. Gramps: But that’s not all, you see distance? That’s how big the burden you are carrying and it is my hope that someday you’ll be able to carry even bigger burdens and not break down. Never falter Mi, always be true to your heart even if it leads to sorrow never allow it to bring you down. Just stay happy. Mi: Thank you gramps. I will never forget all the things you taught me. So uhm how big is your land really? Gramps: Well after I finished building the fence I had to make sure I never went out of the boundaries or I might get in trouble, so I headed to the mayor’s office and asked about the land owned by my family. Mi: And well? Gramps: I didn’t even touch half of what we own hahah. Mi: Oh my then you’re quite rich gramps. Gramps: Well it’s not just mine. It’s yours as well and your father’s too.
Mi: So my great grandfather never sold a single piece of his land? Even though you were really in a tight spot? Gramps: Well you see grandson, my pops taught me one very important thing, money would be here now but might not be here again tomorrow. This land meant more to him than money since it has the memories of my mother, and I didn’t sell it because of the same reasons. You see you can take all the money in the world and still want more but the memories you have created would always be the same. Mi: I don’t understand gramps. Gramps: One day you will understand it Mi. Just staying here for a few days and I already learned so much from my grandfather who never even finished school and never even went to school, I guess who you are as a person and the values you have can only be taught by the people who truly care for you, and some of them are already inside you from the moment you are born to the day that you die. While walking we were still talking about a lot of things about his childhood and about his parents, how their life was and how they made it through each day with hard work and just smiles from each other while eating and sharing stories. It made me realize that I have been wrong all this time, Sam was right if I truly didn’t want dad to remarry then I should’ve have told him, and I should also have given my step mom a chance, I never even talked to her for more than a couple of minutes. I guess God wanted me to come here and meet my grandfather to know about life and what I’ve been missing on. Now I must let my grandfather meet his son and just let them speak. If I’m correct then surely he wouldn’t pass up this chance to finally talk to his father. Chapter 16 While we were walking I then tell gramps that I’ve got a surprise for him in town. Gramps: What could it be? Mi: Well that girl I told you about remember? Gramps: Ohh Samantha Copeland. Why? Mi: She’s coming here today and I want you to meet her. Gramps: Hahah heck if I’d known we’d be havin’ a visitor I’d have picked better clothes to wear. Mi: Well we’ve still got time, so go and pick the clothes you want to wear gramps. Gramps: Well ok. I’d better look sharp and all hahah. Well you do have to look sharp gramps you’re meeting your son after all. I hope this is thanks enough for letting me see you and be with you, for being a pain in your butt. This is all I can do for you gramps. I’m sure up in heaven grandma and mom are happy that this day finally came. Gramps came out wearing a suit and even a hat as well. Mi: Well you are looking sharp today Mr. Hector Buffalo hahah. Gramps: Well now aren’t you lucky I’m your gramps? Mi: I’m the luckiest kid in the world gramps. While driving gramps was talking about how his first date with grandma went, they went to the lake and she surprised grandma by bringing in some of his friends and they serenaded her with songs of course he was the one singing and playing guitar as well. He never forgot how grandma smiled that night and of course it was also where they first kissed. When we got there we waited patiently at the train station. A few hours later there they are, Sam quickly saw me and waved, she is surely a sight for sore eyes and there he is the person that I wanted to come the most. Well they brought quite a lot of things. Mi: C’mon gramps allow me to introduce you. Gramps: Is that man who I think it is? Mi: Yes gramps, that’s your son. Tears fell from his eyes as his son walked towards him, and there was a smile on his face that was never there before when we were together.
Mi: Dad, Mom, Sam, Mr. Copeland, Henry. I would like you all to meet my grandfather Mr. Hector Buffalo. Everyone was speechless and puzzled except for one person he looked closely into gramps eyes, slowly approached him then touched his hand and his face. Dad: Father? After saying that tears ran down dad’s eyes and he hugged gramps. My stepmom also cried at the sight of the two. Gramps hugged his son for the first again after decades of being apart. They were crying at the joy of finally being together again. I took the chance to talk to Sam. Mi: Thank you Sam. Sam: So this was your plan huh idiot? Mi: Well yeah, I figured since I met him wouldn’t it be better if he could meet his son. Sam: I guess you’re not a total dick Mi. Mi: Well it’s all thanks to a very irritating yet special girl. Who taught me that the way I was living my life was wrong, but don’t get too high and mighty since fate played a much bigger part in it hahah. Sam: Is that so? Then as usual she hits me in the face real hard, and everyone laughs. Gramps: Looks like you’ve got quite the fighter there huh Mi? Chapter 17 Well after the teary and painful hello’s I placed all their things in the back of the truck and since it’s the first time gramps saw dad and the others he decided to ride in the back with them, Sam rode in the front with me and well it was quite the surprise for them to know that I know how to drive now. Sam: You’ve changed Mi. Mi: Huh? What do you mean? Sam: You’re at peace now, you even got more manlier now. Mi: Really? So does that mean you’re in-love with me more now? Sam: Ha! Yeah right! Don’t get so full of yourself you weakling. Mi: Hahah there’s the Sam I know. By the way Sam, I’m thinking of staying here with gramps permanently. Sam: Really? Why? Mi: I fell in love with this place it seems like no matter what storm may come I can face it with a big smile here. Sam: I see. You’ve found your place then. Mi: I’d be happy if you’d stay here with me too Sam. Sam: I’m not too sure Mi. These past days I’ve been thinking too. Mi: Ohh so what were you thinking of? Sam: I think it’s time for me to grow up. After we graduate I think I’m going to med school and become a doctor. I want to be help those who are sick. Mi: I. . .see. . . Sam: Please understand Mi. It’s not that I don’t want to be with you It’s just that like you I’ve also found something I want to do. That hurt a lot but it’s great that she also made her own decision for her future and it’s even better than mine. Although it hurts like hell inside since I was really expecting we’d be here together forever I guess It was just too good to be true. Mi: I understand Sam and I’m really happy that you have made a decision for your future. I wish you all the best.
We arrive at the farm and everyone was surprised to hear from gramps how big his land was. He even bragged about how big of a help I was these past few days to him. How much I was able to help him here in the farm. He doesn’t know that it was him who really helped me. I carried off their belongings to their rooms, while they were all busy chatting downstairs. I’ve gotten quite stronger now, I didn’t even break a sweat carrying all those things up and down the stairs. When I finished I joined them and we all started chatting. Gramps: So how come you never told me about your father remarrying Mi? Mi: Well. . . Sam: You see Mr. Buffalo he was against his father remarrying. Right Mi? Gramps: Is that true Mi? Everyone stares at me and waits for my answer with great curiosity and as usual it’s all thanks to Sam. Mi: Well to be honest. . .Yes, I was against it. . .It’s just that I loved my mom too much that I hated the thought of her being replaced by someone else. . . Dad: Is this the reason why you suddenly became distant? Gramps: What do you mean distant? Dad: Well after my marriage with Lisa, Mi never seemed to want to talk to me or anyone else. He always kept himself busy with school work and when I asked his teachers how he is doing in school it seems he’s not even going to school regularly. Gramps: How were his grades? Dad: Well Mi has always been smart whether he tried or not so his grades never went down. Sam: That’s true. . .He’s among the top in our school and the only reason he isn’t number is because of his attitude with the teachers and he always skips class and rarely goes to school. Gramps: I see. You must’ve been devastated by the loss of your mother and your dad remarrying made it worse. You got it gramps, and so I was the topic however I didn’t think dad would be checking up on me and how I’m doing in school but what’s even more intriguing is that Sam actually knows about me even before we became close. Stepmom: I’m sorry Mi. I didn’t want to replace your mom. I just wanted to be with you father and you, I want to make you both happy even though I know you both want Helen to come back. Mi: What do you mean? Stepmom: I knew I could never replace your mom as a person, a wife and a mother but all I can do is to make sure that you and your father are happy with me, but I failed. Ever since I came into your lives things have gone bad for you both. Dad: Don’t say that Lisa. Mi: No. . .I’m the one who should be apologizing here mom. . .I acted selfishly and idiotic. . .I should’ve talked with dad first and gave you a chance instead I just shut both of you out and eventually a distanced myself from everyone else. . .But all that has changed thanks to Sam and gramps. . .They both made me realize my wrongs and how lucky I am with what I have in my life and for that I will be forever thankful. . . Gramps: You see son? Your son has become a wonderful person. Dad: Yes father, I’m proud of what he has become. Mr. Copeland: My I was never wrong about this boy, I knew it the moment I saw his eyes he has great kindness inside of him. Sam: He is my fiancé after all. Well the things that I have run from all this time I was able to face them finally, I could finally breathe without any worries. There is only one more thing that’s in my chest right now, I want to stop Sam but I know it’d be best if she would pursue her goal to become a doctor and I don’t want her to give it up but I also want to be with her forever here in this place. I’m confused with what I want to do and what I need to do.
Chapter 18 During dinner we were all finally able to have normal conversations, I was able to talk to dad and my stepmom without sarcasm and we were all having a great time. Sam then looks at me and smiles then uses her eyes to point outside. It seems she wants to go outside with me. Mi: Everyone please excuse Sam and me, we are just going out for a walk. Gramps: Hahah go. I’m sure you two have a lot to talk about. Henry: Can I come big brother? Stepmom: No dear, let your big brother have some time with big sister Sam. Gramps: Come here Henry, sit on my lap hahah. My stepmom smiles at me and for the first time I smiled back at her. Mi: This is nice don’t you think? Sam: Idiot. . .I told you it’s nice to have dinner with your family. Mi: Well you were right Sam. Sorry If I was such a dick before. Sam: It’s cool you’ve learned your lesson. If not I can go knock some sense into you. Mi: That won’t be necessary Sam. Sam: So this is where you’ve been these past few days. Mi: Yup, and as I said I’ll be staying here from now on. Sam: Have you told your parents about it? Mi: I’m going to tell them tomorrow. Do you like the place? Sam: Hmmmm. . .It is kinda nice I guess. Mi: I don’t think you’d fit here though. Sam: Huh? Why’d you say that? Mi: Well this isn’t a place for someone who wants to become a doctor. Sam: Hahah who knows? Mi: It’s only been a couple of days but it feels like it’s been years since we were together like this. Sam: Oooh someone’s getting mellow dramatic. Mi: So what made you decide to become a doctor? Sam: Well when you ran-off I was worried sick and even called your dad. We searched for you every day. Mi: I see. . .So uhm why didn’t you pick up the first time I called? Sam: I was scared. . . Mi: Huh? Scared of what? Sam: What if the one who called suddenly says you are in the hospital and in bad shape or worse dead. . . Mi: Right. . .Why’d you answer the call that time then? Sam: Cause no matter what I want to know and if you were in bad shape I want to be there to be with you. . . Mi: Thank you Sam. Is that why you want to become a doctor? Sam: Yeah, I want to be able to help you if ever you’d be sick or in a bad state. Mi: Let’s sit for a while. As we sit and look at the surroundings, she starts to cry. Sam: You big idiot! You told me you won’t ever leave me then you go run off like that. . .Do you know how hard I searched for you? How hard you made me cry each night you were away? Don’t you know how much I love you? Mi: I’m sorry Sam. . .I won’t ever run off like that again. . .I won’t make you worry again. . .I won’t make you cry again. . . I hold her tight and make her feel that I’m here now and I won’t ever go away from her again. I love this girl so much. It’s only been a couple of days but we’ve already been through so much and I’m sure we’ll be through so much more in the future but if we’re
together I’m sure we will make it through it all. After she has stopped crying I wiped away her tears and said. Mi: I love you Samantha Copeland, I will keep on loving you until the day I die. Sam: I love you too Mikhail Faize, I would gladly welcome your love and give you all my love until the day I die. Mi: Ohh uhmm one more thing Sam. I won’t be using Faize anymore as my surname. I will be using my grandfather’s last name from now on, so it’s Mikhail Buffalo from now on. Sam: you love ruining the mood don’t you? Truly an idiot. We both stand up and laugh, I hold her hand and we walk back to gramps’ house. With all the things we talked about I never got the chance to ask if she would want to reconsider her decision and just stay with me here. There’s still tomorrow anyway and besides I’m ready if she doesn’t want to stay here, I’m going to wait for her to finish med school then I’ll ask her to marry me. Hopefully she hasn’t found any other man by that time yet. Chapter 19 When we got back it seems that only the guys are awake still and having a drink. Sam: Dad! You’re drinking?! Mr. Copeland: Oh c’mon Sam just a few bottles. Sam: No dad! You know you can’t handle alcohol. C’mon let’s go to bed. Mr. Copeland: Whaddya mean? I can still drink. Sam: Yeah right dad. You’re drunk already. Mi help me take him upstairs. Mi: Sure. Gramps: Come back down right away after you take Mr. Copeland upstairs. Mi: Yes gramps. I carried Mr. Copeland up to their room upstairs and boy does he reek of booze. I’m surprised how at ease he is with my family, Mr. Copeland sure is something. Mi: Are you going to be ok Sam? Sam: Ohh. . .Yes don’t worry I’m used to take taking care of dad when he’s drunk. You should hurry downstairs. Mi: Ok Sam. Goodnight. Sam: Goodnight. When I got down it seems like gramps and dad were still not finished telling their stories after all it’s the first time they got together again. I approached them quickly and apologized for being late. Gramps: What? Nonsense. You’re just in time hahah. Dad: Come on, have a seat Mi. Gramps: I told your father about you wanting to stay here but you also have to tell him yourself if it’s what you truly want. Mi: Dad, I really want to stay here with gramps but don’t worry I’d still come and visit you in the city every once in a while. Dad: Well looks like you came to love it here. Mi: Yes dad, It’s true life here isn’t as easy but It’s fun here. Dad: Don’t worry about visiting us cause we’ll be the ones dropping by from time to time. I too want to spend time with my father and of course my son. Gramps: Wait what made you think I’m staying here any longer? Hahah. Now that Mi’s here I think I’d go to the city with my son after all we’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Dad: But what about Mi? Can he manage on his own here? Gramps: You worry too much about your son, he’s a strong and smart kid he can manage. Let this be his time to grow on his own besides this farm is his now. Mi: What do you mean gramps? Gramps: Tomorrow I’m going to town and transfer everything to you hahah.
Dad: Are you sure about this father? Gramps: hahah o’course I’m sure. He’ll make one heck of a farmer hahah. Mi: Dad, I want to stop using the Faize family name. I want to use gramps’ family name. Will it be ok dad? Dad: You really did some growing up in your short time here. It’s not a problem son you can use Buffalo as your family name. The three of us talked and laughed all night and as I glanced at the stars I felt as though mom and grandma were looking down on us watching us from the stars. I know they love what they’re seeing right now. This place is where I’ll be staying from now on, too bad gramps won’t be here with me but he said they will drop by from time to time so that I won’t be lonely here and dad said he’ll arrange things so that I would have a phone here and he would bring all my things here. He also offered to repair gramps’ house but I declined his offer saying I’ll fix it myself slowly. He was very pleased to see that living a simple life here away from the city is what I wanted, something he never thought he could do, yet his son could and with a big smile in his face and his heart. Only one more thing to deal with now, I want to tell this to Sam and ask her once more if she would change her mind and stay here with me. Dad and gramps both got drunk so I had to take them both to their rooms I carried gramps first to his room then went back for dad. While I was carrying him he said a few words. Dad: Helen, can you see our son? He’s become a better man than his father. I’m really proud of him. And then something weird happened, maybe it was just my imagination but I’m sure I heard my mom’s voice saying. Helen: I’m very proud of you Mikhail. Don’t ever change. I love you. I’m always watching over you. Chapter 20 The next day gramps decided we should head to the lake since it’s a clear sunny day and it’d be great down on the lake at this season. Everyone was really excited so they all hoped in the truck and we headed for the lake. When we got there we were stunned by the wonderful scenery. Sam suddenly pulls me and heads toward the lake, seeing this I tried to regain my balance then I carried her and jumped in the water. Everyone laughed and no one laughed harder than the two of us. We suddenly stared into each other’s eyes and for a moment it was like everything is standing still. I was about to ask her if she would want to reconsider living here with me but I was interrupted when she suddenly dove down and pulled my legs. Under water I was surprised with what she suddenly did. . .she kissed me on the lips for a real long time. After our kiss she swam away smiling, I chased after her and she got to the bank first when I caught her, my stepmom told us to get out of our wet clothes. She asked Sam to come with her and change, and so I changed behind the truck. I then went over to the others to join in their fishing and their conversation. Mi: Hey uhm. . .Can I join in? Mr. Copeland: Well sure you can Mi. Gramps: How was the water? Mi: Huh? What do you mean? Gramps: Hahah was it cold or warm or whatever was it? Mr. Copeland: Seems like Mi wasn’t minding the water hahah. Dad: Hahah isn’t it great to be young? Mi: You guys. The water was fine. Gramps: Is it really the water? Mi: What else could it be? They were all laughing at something I don’t really get, grown-ups are really hard to understand. While we were talking Sam calls me and as I look towards her, she radiates in what she’s wearing and the light plus the scenery makes her even more beautiful. I try to
imprint how she looks right now in my heart and my memory, I don’t ever want to forget how she looks right in this moment. As she walks towards me I feel my heart beat really fast, and I don’t know what to say to her. Sam: Yo! Weakling! How do I look? Mi: You. . . Sam: What the?! Of course me! Mi: You look amazing. . . Gramps: Why don’t you come sit here beside Mi? Sam: Thank you Mr. Buffalo. Gramps: Aww shucks ain’t no need to be polite Sam. Call me gramps. Sam: Ok then gramps. She sits beside me and my heart beats even faster, I can’t even breathe properly, this never happened before. As I look at her I can’t help but stare at her and as I looked at her lips our kiss underwater suddenly pops into my head. The image of her as she kissed me gets stuck in my head and I didn’t know what to do, in the end I jumped into the water without thinking. It was embarrassing. Sam: Hahah. You idiot! What the hell are you doing?? Mi: Uhm. . .Nothing? Sam: Hahah. What a loser! After that embarrassing moment well I was able to calm down a bit and go back to normal, my heartbeat slow down and I’m breathing naturally. Looking at Sam laughing so hard made me think, if ever she wouldn’t stay here with me then at the very least I could still be with her for the rest of the school year, so I decided I won’t move here in the farm until I graduate. It’s still a whole school year I get to spend with her and who knows maybe she could change her mind maybe she won’t but it would all be ok, even if this will be our last school year together and she heads to med school for college. I will wait for her here in this place, patiently until she finishes what she must do for her future and hopefully after all that, I will ask her to marry me. Though at the back of my head I’m still thinking that what if she won’t ever come back here to me after med school? Should I go to her? Or should I let her be. . .It was almost time to go back to the farm and there is still something I want to make sure of before we go back. While they were packing our stuff up I asked Sam if maybe we could talk for a bit before we go back. Sam: So what is it you want to talk about? Mi: I’m not really sure about how I should say this. . . Sam: C’mon! Just spit it out already! Mi: I. . .want you to stay here with Sam but I’ve done some thinking. . . Sam: I know. . .You’re going back to school and you’re planning on spending this last year with me. . .Cause you think that it might be the last time that we’d be together. . . Mi: You know you should really stop reading my mind. Sam: I can’t. Mi: And why is that? Sam: I love reading your mind. . .Especially when you’re thoughts are about me. . . This girl really says the weirdest things sometimes and yet they are the things that get to me. Sam: I know about your plans Mi. I want you to just stop thinking too much and just have fun. I’ll always be here so don’t work your head up too much. You’d get old too quick if you think too much! Well I guess she’s right, I’ll just have to let things flow naturally and just go with it, she’ll always be here with me. . .I should have faith in what she says and just stop thinking. . . Chapter 21
Arriving back at the farm after a wonderful day at the lake, it seems that gramps still hasn’t had enough of bonding time with dad and asked him for a walk. Mr. Copeland then volunteers to make dinner and Sam helps him out. This is the time for me to have a talk with my stepmom and finally patch things up between us, I should start accepting that she is my mom now. Mi: Uhmm. . .mom. . .do you mind if we talk? Stepmom: Ohh! Absolutely not! Come here. What is it that you want to talk about? Is it something about Sam? Mi: No. . .it’s actually about us. . . Stepmom: Ok. . . Mi: I want to tell here and now that I never liked you ever since the day I first met you when dad introduced us. Stepmom: I see. Mi: I have always been keeping a sharp watch on you. . .and. . .I’m sorry. . .I judged you before I even knew who you really are. . .before I thought you were just acting nice but when I look closely at it now. . .you really are nice. . .I’m lucky that you married my dad. She then holds my hand and smiles gently at me. Her face was somewhat similar to my mom’s and I felt the warmness in her, the same warmth that I feel from my mom. Mom: It’s ok Mi. I’m glad that you can accept me now. Mi: Sorry it took so long before I could finally call you my mom. . . Mom: It’s fine son. Mi: To think I’ve got myself a really young mom. Hahah. Mom: Hahah. We talked a bit more and even shared jokes, she’s nothing like my mom, she’s nothing like an adult, it’s like I’m talking to an older sister. . .and it’s nice. She is just in her midtwenty’s after all. Mr. Copeland then tells us that dinner is ready and asks me to go call dad and gramps. Mi: Ok Mr. Copeland. Mr. Copeland: Please call me dad. Hahah. Sam: Dad! You’re acting like a fool again. Mi: Henry! Want to come? Henry: Can I really? Mi: Of course! C’mon! I’ll race you hahah! The two of us ran off to fetch dad and gramps but as we get to the barn Henry stops and tells me that he’s tired. I give him a piggy back ride and as we were walking. Henry: Do you think I can become like you when I grow up big brother? Mi: Yeah! I’m sure you would but you know I’m hoping that you become even better than me. Henry: Is that possible? Dad was always saying that you are a genius. Mi: Nah. I’m not a genius! I’m just me. Henry: But I also think you are! You’re really good at everything and your grades don’t drop even if you don’t study. I am not like you. Mi: Well, that’s because I’m me and you’re you Henry. We’re not the same, it’s true I might be good at some things but I’m sure there are things you’re good at too. Just remember to always give it your best in what you do and everything will be just fine. Henry: Really big brother? Mi: Yup! Really really! When we got to where dad and gramps are Henry asks that he be the one to call them, so I put him down and he runs off to them. Surely Henry will become someone better than me. The four of us walk back to gramps’ house dad was holding Henry’s hand and his other arm was on my shoulders.
Dad: I’m really lucky to have to wonderful sons, right father? Gramps: Hahah indeed, and I’m lucky for having you three. Sam and mom have just finished preparing the table when we got there and Mr. Copeland was really proud of his cooking and well when we saw the food. We were shocked at how elegant they looked even though they were just your everyday food but the presentation was top class. Well it was during dinner that Sam tells us that her father Mr. Copeland was world class chef before he married her mom. She said that her dad cooked his way into her mom’s heart. Sam: That’s why you have to learn how to cook like my dad or even better than him Mi. Gramps: Hahah. Speaking of that, I would sure want to taste your cooking too Mi. Dad: Same here son. Mom: I wonder how it would taste. Gramps: Ok! For tomorrow it’d be Mi who’s cooking. Sam: Great idea gramps! Henry: Yay! Big brother’s cooking! Mom: We’re all looking forward to tomorrow. Mi: Aww does it really have to be tomorrow? Gramps: Why? What be the matter? Mi: It’s just that. . .You’d be expecting something better than what Mr. Copeland prepared since you saw and tasted this wonderfully presented and really delicious food. It’d be tough to beat. Mr. Copeland: Don’t worry! I can teach you Mi. Mi: Thanks Mr. Copeland but I guess I’d rather do it on my own. That way I can cook my way into all your hearts hahah. Sam: Don’t be so full of yourself small fry. Sam sure has a way of bursting my bubble but somehow I want to cook for them tomorrow since I haven’t cooked for them yet and I want to surprise them all, Can’t wait to see their faces once they taste the food that I prepared. Chapter 22 That night before going to sleep I was thinking of what to cook for tomorrow, went downstairs to drink water and it seems that there was someone out on the balcony. Slowly and quietly I walk over to the balcony to see who it was, I slowly peek out the door and to my surprise it was my parents. They were talking and just spending time with each other, mom has her head on dad’s shoulder and holding his hand they were laughing and I’m guessing that they are reminiscing their past back when they were still going out, it was a little weird since seeing them was like I’m seeing mom and dad back when mom was still alive. Back then they would also spend time like this in the garden and just sit and talk for hours. Sam: Hey idiot what are you doing? I was startled by Sam and I startled mom and dad. They call us over and they were laughing at us. Dad: How long have you two been there? Mi: I’ve been watching you guys for quite some time. Sam: I just came down to have a drink and I saw Mi standing at the door so I asked him what he’s doing. Mom: Let’s all sit here for a bit more before we go upstairs. We all sit and talk while staring out into the fields and at the beautiful night sky, but it seems Sam was still very sleepy. Her head falls on my shoulders, I slowly and gently put my arm around her. Dad: Ohh Sam is asleep. I think it’s time we head up now.
Mom: You should carry her off to her room and be careful not to wake her. I lift Sam up carefully and went upstairs to her room, I placed her on the bed and as I look at her. She looks exactly like that time in my apartment, bending down slowly, I kiss her on her forehead goodnight and head to my room. Before I sleep I look out the window once more and look up at the stars luckily I was able to see a shooting star. It was really pretty. A strange dream came to me that night, I was heading to the grocery store and across the street Sam was waving at me then ran towards me but a car suddenly appears out of nowhere and hits her, I rush towards her and as I held her in my arms dying she says. Sam: It’s. . .my birth. . .day. . .I. . .wanted. . .to go. . .some. . .where. . .with you. . .sorry. . .I. . .lo. . .ve. . .y. . .ou. . . After that she dies as I scream, I felt something hit me real hard. I woke up and Sam was here in my room. I hugged her instantly and made sure she’s really here and alive. That dream was really frightening it’s the worst thing that could ever happen, I don’t ever want it to happen. Sam: What’s wrong?? Mi: I had a bad dream. . . Sam: I know. . .don’t worry it’s just a bad dream. Mi: I’m really scared Sam. . . Sam: C’mon! it’s just a silly bad dream! Don’t worry about it! You have to go and fix breakfast now. We both go down, as I was preparing breakfast I still couldn’t shake the dream off of my head, I can’t concentrate on cooking. That’s when Sam hugs me from behind and tells me. Sam: Don’t worry yourself about something like a dream. . .I’m here. . .I’ll always be here with you. . . She asks me to turn around and face her and as I was facing her she leans in on me and kisses me. It was our second kiss, and it had a real good feeling, her lips are really soft and I like the way they touch mine. This kiss makes me forget about my worries and just drown in the moment, it’s really hard to explain the feeling all I could say was that it makes me feel like flying. After the kiss Sam looks deep into my eyes and reassures me that she’ll always be with me. I resume my work of preparing breakfast without any worries, after I finished I asked Sam to call everyone for breakfast. As they were going heading down they were all saying how the smell of the food is making them hungry. Mi: Tada! What can you say? Mom: WOW! Now this is unexpected! Gramps: Amazing! Mr. Copeland: Not bad Mi. Dad: Well then shall we have look if it will taste the same way it looks? As they were eating I was feeling a bit tensed up, wondering if they approved of the taste, or if it didn’t suit their taste at all. Looking at Mr. Copeland’s face first, it seemed like the taste isn’t as good as I had wanted it to be. Mi: So uhmm. . .how is it? Sam: You’ve got to be joking! Mi: It’s not good? Mr. Copeland: Forget about good. This food’s great! Mom: I say! It tastes even better than my cooking. Sam: Where did you learn how to cook like this??
Mi: Just from experience I guess. I mean I’ve always cooked for myself so I didn’t really think much of it, I didn’t even know how other people would react to my cooking but now I do. Yes, everything went well. They even went as far as to say that they’re looking forward to lunch and dinner as well. It feels real good to hear that from them but to be honest I almost thought they didn’t like it from their facial expressions thank goodness the opposite was happening inside them. Now to think of what to cook for lunch, and to get on with my work here in the farm. Sam asked if I could show her the things that I do here in the farm, so I took her with me. Milking the cows was something she wanted to try out herself so I showed her how it’s done and then it was all her. It seems like she’s getting interested with the work here but not everything, she doesn’t like cleaning the pen and carrying stuff here and there. Sam: I can’t believe you’ve been doing these things. They’re pretty hard. Mi: Not really. I’m having fun doing them. Sam: Having F-U-N?! Mi: Well yeah. Why? Sam: This is fun for you?! Mi: What’s the matter? Sam: You really are a weirdo! It’s the 21st century! Kids the same age as us have fun playing video games, hanging out, watching movies, dating, going to shows. Those are FU-N! and you? Farm work?? Something’s wrong with your head Mi. Mi: Well maybe, but I never had fun doing those kinds of things, I just don’t see the fun in them. Sam bursts out laughing, her laughs were really hard and she’s in tears and I don’t really know why. I know it’s weird and I guess if you put it straight. I must be crazy having fun doing all these stuff but I really love doing them and it’s really fun for me. The laughter stops and we go back, it’s time to prepare lunch. Chapter 23 Preparing for lunch was a bit tougher than breakfast since I want it to make it better and they are looking forward to it after tasting my cooking but it wasn’t that hard to think of something to cook. I started to prepare everything I needed and made sure everything is good, anyway it wasn’t all peaceful in the kitchen while I was cooking. Sam had a the habit of checking up on what I was doing and what I was cooking, quite irritating honestly since she was always here for like every ten minutes or so. Sam: Aren’t you finished yet? Mi: Not yet. Sam: I’m starving. Mi: Well you could hold on for a couple more minutes. Sam: I can’t! The smell now was starting to fill the kitchen and as she sniffs it I clearly see her drooling. Mi: Gross! You’re drooling Sam! Sam: Wha?! No I’m not! It was the first time I saw that expression on her face, honestly I didn’t think I would ever see it. Cooking for today seems to turn out really great giving me such funny moments with Sam. Slowly I’m beginning to feel that most of my recent happiness has got a lot to do with Sam, what would happen if ever I lose her? After cooking we both prepared the table well she sort of forced her way into helping me prepare it, she’s really excited to taste the food. Lunch was basically the same as breakfast only this time everyone was really into eating, hopefully they wouldn’t ask me to always cook since it’s not that easy especially if you want those who eat the food you cooked to really like and enjoy eating.
Right after lunch their faces seem to be in shock, can’t they believe that I was the one who cooked it or do I not look like a good cook? Sam: Yep. You don’t look like it at all. Mi: There you go again. Would you mind leaving my thoughts for me? Sam: I told you. I love reading your mind hahah. I won’t ever stop doing it. Mi: Wait! When did you start reading my mind? Sam: Let’s see I tried reading your mind first during the I.Q. exams in school you sat in front of me remember? Mi: I.Q. exams. . .hmmmm. . .Oh! Yeah! So how’d it go? Sam: It was awful!! I wanted to read your mind since your known to be someone who has high I.Q. but your mind was really blank. I tried it again every time I heard that your class would be having a test or a pop quiz. Mi: And? Sam: It seems like you never think when your answering tests. . . Mi: Hahahah well that’s because I’m sleeping! Sam: What?! Mi: I always sleep during tests. Well just till there’s only ten minutes left before it’s over. Sam: You only need ten minutes?? What the hell?! Mi: Well it’d be really boring if I finish earlier and well I don’t like being a show-off or anything. Sam: And how are your scores?? Mi: Well I try to get at least ninety-percent of the correct answers. Then after I hit my target I don’t answer the remaining questions. Sam: You’re truly a screw-loose. Why do you do that?? Mi: I don’t like competing with other people. Besides I don’t like it when people admire me because of being smart. I don’t really want to be admired anyway I guess. Sam: Why is that? Mi: I don’t know either. It’s just that it feels weird for me. Sam: You know a lot of people would want to be in your place. To have the qualities that you have to be admired and here you are just wasting all that because you don’t want to be admired. Mi: I know. But think about it. . .Just because I’m a genius like what they’re all saying it automatically builds a wall around me. It’s true I’ll be admired by a lot of people but there will also be a lot more who would hate me. Besides I’m nothing more than a cheater if you think about it. Sam: Huh?! What do you mean?? Mi: Instead of learning and doing things the hard way and experiencing difficulties along the way I’m having the easy way instead. I don’t need to think as hard and really push myself to the limit to study. It’s annoying really. Sam: Is that why you ditch class? Mi: Most of the time. Sam: Most of the time?? What other reasons would you have to ditch class?? Mi: I go and see my mom. Sam: You really love your mom. Mi: Yup. Very much. We both go quiet for a while. Then gramps asks me to go into town to buy a couple of things. While we were in the truck Sam asks me something I never thought she would. Sam: So uhmmm. Would you really go back to school with me? Aren’t you going to force me to stay with you here? Or persuade me? Mi: Yup. I still have to graduate right? I want to have you here but you have to reach your dream Sam. Sam: Hmpf! Aren’t you even worried that I might fall for someone else? Mi: Of course I’m worried but I don’t think there will be someone else who can put up with you hahah. Sam: I’m serious Mi. What would you do if I fall for someone else?
That last statement hit me like thunder. It was something I never expected she’d ask me. I couldn’t answer her, I didn’t know how to or what to say to her. Chapter 24 We were really quiet up until we got into town. While walking to the store Sam holds my hand and says. Sam: I won’t fall for anyone else so don’t worry about it anymore ok? Her saying that made me feel all at peace again. Anyway I’m sure if she says she won’t then she definitely won’t. After getting the things gramps wanted we headed back to the farm. It was time to prepare dinner I want to prepare something that would really surprise them and well maybe disappoint them. For dinner I prepared something really plain, they were in shock, I guess they were expecting the food to be something that would surpass the others that I prepared. I could have done that but I want to let them know that it’s not how the food looks but how it tastes. They sat down with a bit of disappointment in their faces especially Sam, it’s sort of funny how they don’t want to eat the food I prepared. Sam: What’s this Mi?? It sort of looks like crap. Mi: Well why don’t you taste it first? They all took a sip of the soup first since it was the only thing that looks nice. Well I guess they approved of the taste wait, more than approved they liked it and they started to taste first the others that I prepared and well they more than satisfied and they learned that looks can be deceiving. After dinner we had a little celebration since tomorrow we’ll all be going back to the city and our little vacation is over, gramps will be living in our house while I will go back to the apartment with Sam. It’s exciting but I’m more into enjoying the last year we will spend together, even though it’s hard parting with her I have no choice but to let her pursue her dream and maybe after that we’ll be together. Dad: A toast to a very wonderful weekend. Cheers! All: Cheers! Dad: Another toast to Sam and Mi for whom we all owe all the great things that are happening. Cheers! Gramps: If it weren’t for these two I won’t be able to be with my son. Cheers! All: Cheers! After our little celebration mom started packing things up and she helped gramps pack his things as well. Tomorrow we’ll be going back, this will be the last year that Sam and I will be together and I will make the most of it. Sam: Hey farm-boy! Why the heck are you sitting out here alone? Mi: Nothing just staring at the view. I really am going to miss this place. Sam: Aww how sentimental. . .wake up idiot! You’ll only be gone for a year. Mi: It’ll be our last year together. Sam: What a dumbass. . .it’s the only year we’ve ever been classmates and. . . Mi: And? Sam: It’s something I’ve always wanted. I told you I’ve always been watching you from afar and reading your every thought. Mi: Hahah so you kinda like me huh? Sam: Ohohoh someone’s getting his air on huh. But yeah, I’ve kind of liked you even before. Mi: Whatever did you like in me? I’m not even good-looking. Sam: Well you’re sort of beautiful for me, Especially your eyes Mi. Mi: So uhmm how long have you liked me? Sam: I guess that time when we had the I.Q. tests. Mi: Wow so it’s been two years? But if you like me then why are you so mean to me? Especially that time when I was staring at you during our first day in school.
Sam: Uhmmmm well because I was embarrassed seeing that you were sitting beside me and you were staring at me, It made my heart beat so fast that I couldn’t think of anything else but hitting you. Mi: I see so then. . .is that why you suddenly bossed me into being your fiancé? And did your dad know about you liking me? Sam: Uhmmm maybe? Hahah. . .yep he knew. . . Mi: That explains a lot. Hahah. Sam: Want to walk around? Mi: Sure. Our last night here on the farm and we walk around and just laughed, we talked about a lot of things that will definitely be happening back at school and of course she forced me to help her study hard so that she could get into med school. We even talked about prom and it was something she was really looking forward to and the Graduation Ball. I teased her that it won’t be certain that she would be graduating, trust me that didn’t go well for me. She’s really determined to become a doctor and well I want her to reach her dream I don’t want to hold her back. Most of the time she was the one speaking I was just staring at her closely listening to the things she’s saying, I’m engraving everything into my memory and my heart. The things that we’ll be going through from here on will be the best things in my life. This night I will have myself a good night’s rest and in the morning we will all be going back together, and we’re all now done living in the past, we’re all looking towards the future and now the huge hole we all had inside us had been filled. Sam: Good morning idiot! Hahah. It’s time to go back home. Mi: Are you really going to move in with me? Sam: Of course! I need to get my grades up remember? Mi: Right. . .that’d be a lot of hard work hahah. Sam: You ass! I’m not that hard to teach you know! Anyway won’t it be great that we’d always be together for this last year? Mi: Depends. . .if you’re always bossing me around then it isn’t that great. Hahah. Sam: Why you! Come here! Mi: Hahahah I was just kidding Sam! Of course it’d be great. I love you Sam Sam: I love you Mi. Let’s go home. We both go down stairs and head to the car, before we left I took one last glimpse of Gramps’ house and everything else. I said to myself. “See you after a year.” We all headed back to the city everyone’s faces filled with joy and as I look at them I feel really blessed that I have them all. Most of all I have Sam. Mom was holding dad’s hand while he was driving, gramps was playing with Henry, Mr. Copeland was telling jokes and well as for me and Sam. We’re just sitting close to each other holding each other’s hand real tight talking and then going quiet just staring at each other, laughing at some of her dad’s jokes and there times when she points out the window and asks me to look at something really pretty. We are all now one family, everything is great.
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