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"What did just happened?" Gabe was so surprised to see her right there but he was more surprised when she suddenly ran away from him. "Wait, what? Did she thinks I'm a stalker?" Gabe thought to himself so he go after her to defend himself.
He walks towards her door but then stopped midway thinking that he's more likely to seem like a stalker if he go after her. Also, it might be an invasion of her privacy that's why he decided not to proceed.
Scratching the back of his head, he started to walk back home but stopped when he hears a hesitant voice coming from her, "Hello? May I help you?" He turned around slowly and attempted to step forward but for some reason, it feels like his legs have a life on its own that it runs so fast, just to go far away from her.
"Gabe?! What happened to you? Why are you running?" His mother asked as he entered their house panting. "Have you seen a ghost? Is someone after you?", his mom exaggeratedly asked.
"Ma, Melody is there", Gabe replied.
"Huh? What? Where? Are you dreaming? As in Melody? The famous singer? Your ultimate crush?"
"Ma! Stop teasing me. I'm just a fan. That's it. And she ran away as she saw me. She probably thinks I'm her stalker because we just encountered each other last night, she saw me at the gas station." Gabe told his mom excluding the story about how he messed up with the gas pump to avoid his mom's teasing.
But his mom can be really annoying. They're having their breakfast on their table and his mom just couldn't stop messing with him. She told what happened to his father and siblings and now, all of them are laughing at him. Poor Gabe, being the youngest and the only son in his family, he became their favorite subject to bully.
Afternoon came and her mom cannot be stopped. She says she will go to Melody's place and that she will ask for a selfie. She also brought a cake that she bake saying that she'll give it to her.
Gabe tried to stop her because it's embarrassing but she just won't listen to him.
"Come on, why don't you come with me? You're wasting the chance to meet her. And why don't you give those fanarts in your room that you made for her?"
"Just go, Ma. Whatever. I told you, she thinks I'm her stalker." Gabe said as he decided to just sleep in his room because he's still tired from driving last night. He feels like all his energy was spent after receiving so much teasing from his family.
He lies down on his bed, put his arms to cover his eyes as he tries to sleep. Few minutes later and he still can't sleep. His mind is drifting about what disaster can his mom do as she visits Melody. "Mom is surely giving me a headache!".
After countless tries to sleep, he gets up in defeat and decided to just draw. He walk towards his study table at the corner of his room, sits on his chair, opened the drawer on the table to get his sketchpad only to find out that it is missing.
He looks at the other drawers but he still can't see it. Then he remembers what his mom told him earlier, "fanarts...."
"Geez. Mom will really be the death of me! She must've bring it with her."
Without hesitation, Gabe follows her mom at Melody's to get back his sketchbook. Melody can't see that. It was his drawings of her since they were high school and there are also some corny letters that he made for her in there.
As he reach the rest house, he knocks at the door and he was welcomed by Sebastian.
"How may I help you?" Sebastian said.
"Is Melody in here?" he asks.
"What do you need from her? Does she know you? Aren't you the guy from earlier?" Sebastian asked him without enthusiasm.
"Ah, yes... Ah no, she doesn't know me. Actually, I'm looking for my mom. Her name's Amelia, is she in here?"
"Oh. The nice lady who brought cake for Melody? Yes, she's inside. Come in." Sebastian said, still not having a smile on his face, as he opens the door to let him in.
Gabe took a step forward until he's finally inside. He roams around his eyes and there she saw his mom at the sofa, beside her is Melody and they are talking animatedly as if they are so close. He walked slowly towards them and when he looks at what Melody is holding, his eyes widened. He was frozen on his place and he couldn't make his feet take a step.
He looks at his sketchpad that Melody is holding, then he looks at his mom. He looks again on his sketchpad and finally on Melody. But the supposed to be just a quick look becomes a stare as he bacame mesmerized the moment he saw her smiling genuinely at him.
There you have it folks. It's already the 4th installment of this collaborative story written by yours truly along with @meitanteikudo . If this is your first time reading this, I suggest that you read the first 3 parts first, links are attach at the beginning of this post. You know the drill, you just have to click it and you'll be directed to that part of the story.
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