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Hey folks! This is a collaborative work with @meitanteikudo. This is already the 2nd installment of the story so before you proceed into reading this, read the other part first by clicking this link --> Concierto de Amor
Stuck in the traffic late at night, that's what Gabe hates the most. The glare of the lights on his eyeglasses is blinding his sight. He just spent an overtime at work to settle some paperwork before he finally took his leave.
Now that all work is done, he's currently on his way to his hometown where he plans to stay for his 7 days vacation. His mom is bugging him for quite a while now to take a break from working non-stop until he finally gave in to her.
He turned on his car's stereo "Oh oh. Only for you. Oh oh only for you" and was welcomed with a sweet voice that he likes the most. Humming softly, following the song, it calms him down as he continue to drive.
He still got a long way ahead of him when he noticed that he's running out of gas. Luckily, he saw a gas station just before he enters the express way but hesitated to go there when he noticed that it is self service. It was actually his first time in a self service gas station but he still proceeds to it because the next gas station is in the middle of the express way and it is still few kilometers away from him.
“It doesn’t look that hard. I’ll figure it out.” That’s what he says to himself as he gets off his car to refill his tank. He grabs the pump, stared at it, and wonders how it works. But after few minutes of staring into it, he still can't figure out how it works.
Tired from work, he looks helpless right there as he struggle about figuring out how does that pump works. "Why does it seem so easy when I'm seeing a gasoline boy do it for me?" That's what he is thinking while he is still struggling to refill gas on his tank. If only he can see himself, he looks like a lost dumb boy trying hard to think about what to do.
Looking helpless out there, he was stunned when he heard a voice. "Excuse me...", just that mere voice and he knows who it is. He looks on her face and he's right, it is none other than Melody who just spoke. She is his celebrity crush, the one whom he is supporting since the start.
He was stunned and he doesn't know how to respond. “Am I seeing what I am seeing?” That’s what his whole system is screaming. He partly wants to be a fanboy at the moment but he was frozen with embarrassment. "Of all places, of all people, of all situation, why now?" As he look at Melody’s face that is full of amusement, probably making fun of him, he just can’t help it but to pray for the ground to open up and swallow him alive.
Everything happened so fast, the moment he gets back into his senses, he only sees Melody’s back walking away from him. Phew. His system was so alive on the next few hours as he was driving on his way home. That was indeed such an unforgettable experience, but it is so embarrassing the he wishes he can just forget about it.
The embarrassment keeps him awake as he drives in the middle of the night, until he finally arrives at their home. He was so awake that the tiring day at work and the long drive isn't enough to beat him up. His system is still very much alive until he finally fell asleep overcoming his embarrassment with the idea that she probably won't remember him.
Gabriel is a geek. He’s fun to be with, but such an awkward person on the first meet. He has been admiring Melody since they were high school. They are actually schoolmates but they never really met. He's one year ahead from her. He usually hears her when they are practicing in the music room and since then, he was like captivated by her voice.
That's how he gets that huge crush he have for Melody. He’s not someone whom you can call a certified fanboy. He is just a lowkey fan, though him, admiring Melody isn’t really a secret. He supports her from the very beginning even without her knowing. Through the years, through ups and downs, he watches her from afar and supports her quietly.
He woke up early on the next morning, still disoriented. He gets up from his bed and grab the water bottle on his side table and drink straight from it. Few seconds later and all the things that happened last night just sank into him.
"Geez! That is so embarrassing!". But despite the embarrassment, his heart is still happy for seeing her up close. Never in his wildest dreams that he sees that he will be able to have an interaction with her.
Before his thoughts about her consume him, he finally gets down from his room and go straight on their kitchen where he found his mom cooking. He just greeted her good morning since she wasn't able to see him went home last night because it's already late.
Their house is near the beach front, so while waiting for their breakfast, he decided to go for a walk on the shore first before the sun finally rise up.
While walking, his mind can't help it but to think of her. Of how she looks like as he saw her up close. She has the most angelic face but he also noticed the tear stains on it. Her eyes is also puffy, probably from crying...
He just continue to walk near the shore until he reach the place where there's a rock formation. He always go there and sit there to watch the sunrise. But as he is approaching in there, he saw a silhouette of a girl sitting on his spot. He halted on his step and decided to just go back when the girl turned his face towards him. Once again, he was stunned. He saw her eyes slightly widened and then he was surprised when she suddenly smiled. "What is Melody doing in here? Did she just smiled at me?".....
Hey again folks! There you have it, Concierto de Amor: The Encounter. I feel so nervous and at the same time excited with this collaboration. I don't know where this will bring us for we are just going with the flow on where will our characters will lead us.
What makes me nervous too is that this is just the first time that I'll be writing a story with few chapters and with conversation. What I usually write is just a short story with all narration. This is new and this is real challenge for me so I do hope that you'll support us on this project.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the comment section. I would love to see your reactions in there.
Thanks for reading this far, and as always, take care! :)