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light of the moon in the darkness of the night cast shadows of trees against
the grass giving the garden an ominous feel. The night was calm and eerily
quiet, when it was suddenly broke by
Salome who was seen running for this scene.
Salome is a young lady, with harmony in her features, with a sweet expression that animates her beautiful
eyes and a small nose and diminutive mouth ;but hers is not a beauty which instantly
arrests attention at sight. She is like one of those little flowers in the
field without color or fragrance, on which we step unwittingly, and whose
beauty manifests itself to us only when we examine them with care - unknown
flowers, flowers of elusive perfume.
she had a dream. She dreamt of Elias laying at the inner center of the dark,
forbidden forest of “ Mabuhay” , whom
was catching his breathe and saying those sad words. Elias had a 2 gunshots
fired direct from his heart .Blood gushed
from his body. And Salome seeing him in that state cried terribly at
that dream. Terror filled over her body but Elias said to her , “ do not be
afraid for I am always with you. always! you must not be able to see but youll
always feel my presence. I love you Salome more than you’ll ever know” . After
that last words, Salome awoke from the bed, shivering. It was a terrible, scary
dream she had ever dreamed. She was scared that it might be true so at that
time when it was late at night , she ran barefootedly at the forbidden forest,
where Elias was seen laying at the ground like at her dream. “ Where is he? Where is Elias? I need to find
him!! before its too late!!” Salome said as she was very determined looking for
him. As she traced the dark forest anxiously without any lamp- only by means of
moonlight, she just tripped down to the ground realizing, “ this is the place
where Elias last laid in my arms-in my dreams” she said.
Then she cried, a tears made out of joy, knowing that dream
was just only a dream .
lightning broke at the night sky followed by a thunder signaling a bad weather
coming in. At that same time suddenly, someone grabbed her from behind and
shutted her mouth. She struggled and tried to be released from that tight grip.
But the man holding her is strong that she cant manage to free herself. She
feared that the strange man was her fiancée,Leandro. Then the strange man talked, “calm down, calm
down salome! its me!! Elias!!” . When the strange man finally told that he was
Elias. Salome felt relieved and formed tears from her eyes. Elias released her from that tight grip asked
her “ are you okay? why are you running this late at night?” . Salome wasn’t
able to answer from that moment, she just screamed , “Elias!!!” as she embraces
him. “ Hey, what’s the matter? Did you have a bad dream?” as Elias asked her.
“where have you been all this time?!!” as Salome asked. Sorry is the only word
Elias was able to reply. “ I have a bad dream of you , lately, im having this
dream every night! but tonight its intense. I dreamt of losing you here- you
were shot and lay helplessly on the ground, there were many blood shed from
you. I thought that was true so I went to see it for myself” as Salome
narrated. “that’s a bad dream!” Elias
agreed. Salome screamed with tears as she said, “ don’t disappear from me
anymore, Elias!” .
Elias nodded and wiped her teary eyes. Out of nowhere elias
said, “It seems theres an upcoming
typhoon, we need to find a shelter” . Elias grabbed her soft and delicate hand and
hold it as they try to find a shelter.
Luckily, they were able to find a shelter. It is
a small but picturesque concrete built
along the shores of the lake on an elevation which spares it from the rise of
the waters, among luxuriant bamboo groves, betelnut and coconut trees. But
before they were able to find a shelter, they were wet by the rain.
Then, they knocked from the door waiting for
someone to open the door and stay for that night only. But nobody answered,
They looked from the clear big window near the door but was not able to see an
image of a person. Elias turned the knob clockwise and found out it was open.
He looked for a bit to look for the homeowner. “ anybody home?” they asked but
when assured that nobodys home they stayed inside. “Youre shivering, stay near
the fire chamber, ill look out for a warm towel” Elias said. Elias looked from
cabinet- cabinet only to find a piece of towel. “ I have only a piece of towel”
elias said as about to face her. When he faced her, a bit moment , he found her
with no clothing that he hastily turned around. “i-im sorry!! I didn’t know
that you were removing your top clothes” Elias said to her. Elias’s heart beat
raced and banged heavily from his chest as he felt it. He really does not
intend to sneak to take a look of a
young woman’s body.
Salome giggled a bit and admitted , “ its okay- you too you
have to remove your clothing or else your gonna be sick” . “ uhh.. here’s your
towel” as Elias stuttered in his words as he handed to her while still turning
around. “ okay- ill turn around too, you have to remove your top shirt too”
Salome commanded him. After elias removed her top shirt, still looking away, He
sitted near at the back of Salome. Salome laid her naked back at his naked back
part. “ on this way, we would be able to share same body heat” she explained
casually. Elias didn’t answered for he was shy at that moment. Along with that,
he felt an awkwardness in the atmosphere as he thought a young lady and young
man alone together naked. As
elias felt the warmth of her, he tried to control her manly instincts.
Then suddenly, a thunder roared at the night sky
and a huge gush of wind banged the door open, then extinguishing the fire in
the fire chamber. Afraid of the darkness inside, and of the swish of the wind
and banging in and out of the door by the wind, Salome embraced Elias. They are
now sitting right next to each other. Elias embraced her back, a gesture of
protecting her. After the thunder silenced, with the only lightning present,
Salome wrapped around him a part of the towel. Salome looked at Elias and Elias
too as she feel her hand wrapping the towel around him. They had their eye to
eye contact and it was immense. Elias couldn’t hold out that eye to eye contact
that he lowers down his eyes.
He felt shy for he was inexperienced. Then, he
just heard salome spoke.
Remember the first time we met?” Salome
Elias answered, “ yeah. I can clearly remember
it from now”
“ I thought you already had
forgotten me- because you left me without any explanations. I don’t even know
if youll ever gonna come back or not. You didn’t have even any letter for me”
Salome said to him.
“ you don’t know how long ive
waited for your letters and longed for you” as salome thought this words into
her mind only and look at elias calm face
that’s not it!!” As elias was trying to convince her
asked her again wanting to know his real reason, “ tell me , elias what is the
just” elias stuttered from his word and before he can finish his sentence,
voice out, “ because youre such a weakling!! I hate you!!”
sorry” is the only word escaped from elias mouth.
did you made lot of girlfriends at states?” salome inquired
lowered down his voice, “ I didnt even have any intent to find one”
about you and your fiancee?” as elias throwed the same question to her
“ my fiancée? What are you
talking about?! I am not gonna marry that Spanish milkfish. He’s just the only
one insisiting to pursue our marriage. The truth is, he’s not whom I wanna spend the
rest of my life with” as Salome stated
Salome looked at him at his
eyes deeply as if she was trying to say something but elias is so dumb that he
wasn’t able to perceive it
“ elias… I was wondering , what
do you think of me? Do you even see me as a girl?”
Elias giggled a bit, “ ofcourse
were friends, youre my very best friend girl!”
“ I bet so! So you only see me
as a best friend after all?” Salome
asked him, this time in serious face
Salome touched his hand and
looked again at his eyes…
“How long are you gonna make me
endure? “ salome with teary eyes.
“ the first time we met- is the
first time you made my heart beat faster. Ever since high school, Ive waited
for you to court me, Ive longed for you to touch my hand, but you never did. Instead you stayed distant
from me and left me with Leandro, your friend. You never understood how broke I
am when you do not realize my feelings- but the moment you left me without any
reason is the biggest heartbreak ive ever experienced ” as salome started
Elias was surprised at what she
said , he never thought that she hold such strong emotions to him. Elias
thought that he had no chance to salome since she didn’t show any affections to
him, only an act of kindness and gift of friendship. He was too blind to see
her feelings toward him. All this years he thought that she have chosen Leandro
over him that’s why he traveled miles away just to forget that feeling.
“I thought that…….-“ Elias sighed
“you didn’t know this too
Salome , but ive been enduring too! Im
sorry….im so dumb!! “ as elias touched her face
“ Ive always wanted to be the
one holding you and be at your side- but
because of all this insecurities. Ive wasted a lot of years that we should have shared, im sorry” Elias said.
“ this time…ill promise , ill
be manly and make my first move!” Elias continued in determined voice.
Elias a shy, uneasy boy
when it comes to girl had pull out the courage to kiss her…finally!!
Elias was able to held the hand
of the girl he always dreamed.
By Shiela Marie Guiquing
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