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I woke up early. Today is the day I've been waiting for. I am about to leave the country. This place holds a lot of terrible memories for me, and I want to get away from them.
I booked a plane ticket to Los Angeles a week ago and waited for a sign or hint if I would stay, but there was none. Maybe this is the answer to all of my questions.
Good luck and Von Voyage! That was written on one of my suitcases. I am staring at it when a car horn smashes through my deep thoughts. When I checked my phone, I noticed a notification indicating the cab I had booked had arrived.
I pile my luggage and bags into the cab and get in.
Time flies like my thoughts. I hadn't realized I'd arrived at the airport until the cab driver finished unloading my luggage and placed them on the trolley. I pushed the trolley into the airport, checked in for my flight and handed over my belongings.
Suddenly, my eyes were drawn to a stunning lady dressed in a lovely rose-colored dress. I approached her despite my shyness.
"Hi, Miss, are you taken?" Because of my great anxiousness, these words spilled out of my mouth. You're a blithering idiot, Genesis.
"S-Sorry, what?" Luckily, she was wearing airpods while staring into space.
"I mean, is this seat taken?" I said, pointing to the seat next to her.
"No. It's alright, you may sit there.." She smiled as she talked, allowing me to see her gleaming white teeth.
"So, to which country are you traveling?" I was startled when she took off her airpods and spoke to me.
"Uhm, L.A., how about you?" I asked her.
"My flight had already taken off. I let my boyfriend, er, ex-boyfriend, leave on his own. I found out by accident that he had cheated on me." She explained.
"Such a jerk. It's his loss."
"I know." After she said it, she glanced at me and we both chuckled.
"Good afternoon passengers. This is the pre-boarding announcement for flight 89B to Los Angeles, CA. We are now inviting those passengers with small children, and any passengers requiring special assistance, to begin boarding at this time. Please have your boarding pass and identification ready. Regular boarding will begin in approximately ten minutes time. Thank you."
"It looks like you're leaving at any moment now." Her eyes were filled with sadness when she spoke those words.
"Wait... I'm Genesis.." I said.
"It's Cassidy Gabri..." She didn't finish what she was saying when the airport announced again.
"This is the final boarding call for passenger Genesis Gabriel Collins booked on flight 89B to Los Angeles, CA. Please proceed to gate 3 immediately. The final checks are being completed and the captain will order for the doors of the aircraft to close in approximately five minutes time. I repeat. This is the final boarding call for Genesis Gabriel Collins. Thank you."
"That's it. I suppose... See you when I see you, Cassidy?" I said as I looked into her sparkling hazel eyes. And I noticed that I could see myself in those.
"I guess... Good luck to your new journey. Von Voyage!" She said.
After we said our goodbyes, I turned around and proceeded to the boarding gate. When I was comfortably seated on the plane, I took my phone out of my pocket and began searching for Cassidy on social media.
"Oh, shooot!" I was annoyed with myself since I had forgotten to ask for her full name in order to find her on social media.
"Sir? Is there any problem?" The flight attendant asked me in a hushed tone.
"Oh, nothing. Thank you." I said.
"Also, Sir, you can use your phone in airplane mode in-flight, but please, it must be switched completely off during take-off and landing." She said.
"Okay. I'm sorry..." I am embarrassed by my stupidity. I shut off my phone and put it in my pocket.
I picked up my luggage in the baggage reclaim area and head out of the airport. I am now eager to go looking for her on my own. I was enchanted to meet her. I spent a long time searching the internet for her, but I couldn't find her. I had no idea there were so many Cassidys out there, but she is the one I've been longing for.
"Ah! My nose!" I was struck by a running toddler. He's pinching his nose since that's what landed on my thigh before he fell down.
"Hey, kid. Are you okay?" I picked him up from the ground and shake the dust off his clothes.
"I apologize for what my son— Genesis? I-Is that you?"
"Cassidy." I am stunned. Just like when I first met her at this airport.
"Is he really your son?" I asked.
"Yes." She smiled at me again, but this time it was brighter than the last. I noticed a set of rings on her ring finger as she took her son from my arms.
"So you've married now.." All of the blood in my body seemed to have gone to my feet.
"Yes. Happily married. How about you?"
"Daddyyyyyy!!" The boy was overjoyed to see his father approaching us.
"Oh! My not so little boy... and my gorgeous wife." He took the kid from Cassidy's arms and kissed them both in front of me as if I didn't exist.
"Oh, Dear, here is my old friend Genesis, Genesis, my husband, Aiden..." She said.
"Cassidy used to tell me so much about you. It's nice to finally meet you." He said politely.
"We must get going. You must have been tired from the trip as well. It's really nice to meet you again, Genesis." She said while smiling genuinely.
I called her one last time as she was walking away.
"Cassidy. What is your name?" I asked her.
She turned to face me and said, "It's Cassidy Gabrielle Reyes-Smith."
I'm having a lot of "what ifs" going through my head right now. What if she was the sign I needed to keep me from leaving the country? What if I didn't leave? Who knows, maybe I'm the one she's with today, along with our son.
Six lanes of highway separate us, with no overpasses or underpasses to cross. I suppose we're analogous to parallel lines. We will never meet, no matter how hard we try.
What a tragic novel this is. But I am more than happy that you are happy right now. You are living the life you have always wanted. Maybe I'll just be here, loving you from afar while you don't even realize it.