Episode 38

She walked slowly towards him as Justin stood still on a spot staring at her as she came. She walked pass him heading to class without looking back. Justin stood there for a while before he finally left. Sarah stopped at a corner leaning her back to the wall. She quickly went back to the spot looking around for Justin but he was no where to be found.
After morning lecture, Hanna and her friends were preparing to go out of the class packing their books. Hanna was still angry due to what Sarah said earlier.
They were about moving out when a girl bumped into Hanna thereby making her bag fell to the ground. “Oops my bad. Sorry”the girl said in a laughing way. By seeing her laughing, Hanna got more angry. “If you’re sorry, then pick it up”she said looking at her badly. “When someone say they’re sorry, you should just forget it and accept”the girl said trying to walk out on her. She pulled her arm and dragged her back to her face. “If that’s how people do saying sorry every time they commit a crime, there won’t even be cops in this country. Stop this nonsense and pick it up now”Hanna yelled at her angrily. The girl looked At her face and started laughing again. “Do you think that looks scary? No that won’t work on me”the girl said and jacked her hand off from her. “OK then I’ll show you something scarier then”Hanna said raising her hand trying to use her power. She tried but it wasn’t working. The girl looked At her and started smiling again”you’re a funny type. What the hell are you doing with you fingers up at me. “Are you a witch? Do you want to cast a spell on me?”the girl asked laughing. She laughed till she left the class. Hanna was so surprised her magic power was not working anymore. She picked up her bag and quickly rushed out of the class leaving Mina and Clara behind. They both wonder what has came over her. “Why is she like that?”Clara asked Mina. “Don’t ask me that please”Mina said also leaving. Hanna headed to her usual place, the back of the basketball field. “What happened to my powers?”she asked herself looking at her hands. “Are our powers gone?”she asked herself. “Let me try it again”she stretched her hands forward looking at an empty soda can on the ground. She tried the first time, it wasn’t working. She then closed her eyes and tried again, when she opened her eyes, the soda can was flying up in the air. It began moving unsteadily, it was about falling on her head, but something stopped it. She looked up at it and saw it was frozen. “Did I do that?”she asked herself looking up. “No, I did”Daniel said looking at her. He walked up to her with his hands in his pocket. “Why cant you control this small light can? I had been watching you from there”Daniel said looking at her. She was so embarrassed by that. She looked up and the frozen can was still there. Daniel brought it down with his hand and continue talking. “Did you lose those powers?”he asked again looking surprised. “I don’t know. I think I can’t use it anymore. Why? But yours is working”Hanna asked looking at him. “Why? What did you do with it?”Daniel asked her.
Sarah and Justin never exchange words ever since she got back to school. Justin tried approaching her many times but all she did was ignore him.
After school, Sarah got home and met his brother in the living room watching TV. She walked straight to her room looking tired and worn out. She got to her room and dropped her bag on the bed sitting beside it. She remembered all what Justin had been doing to get back to her in school. Each time he got to her, Sarah would feel like talking to him and be back together again but she find herself ignoring him at last. She got really tired of it as she forced herself to do this everyday. Sometimes, when they both were in class, she’ll find herself staring at him at times of lecture, When he was about looking her direction, it’s either she stare off or start pretending she’s writing something on her note.
Sarah brought out her phone and started browsing through it. She opened her gallery and was looking back at those pictures they took together. She was smiling as she looked at those pictures.
She remembered the promise they made to each other back then at the movie. She remembered all the promises she made to him. “No matter what happened, we’ll never be apart” she remembered all those promises and started crying. “Am sorry mum. I don’t think I can do this anymore. I miss him so much. Am dying of heartache each day I set my eyes on him. Please forgive me mum”she said crying. “I don’t think I can live without him anymore. I hate seeing those looks on his face anytime he looks at me. Am sorry. Justin am so sorry”she cried placing her hand on her chest.
After crying for a while, she went to the bathroom to wash her face so that Jack won’t ask her why her face is swollen. After washing her face, she went to join his brother in the living room. Jack saw her face was different. with that, he can quickly tell she was crying again. She sat gently beside him not looking at his face. “Were you crying again?”he asked looking at her. “I never cry unnecessarily before. So, stop joking around with me. I don’t have enough strength to shout today”Sarah said looking at the screen.
Justin was with Jack before Charlie came out. He has asked of her when he came and Jack told him she’s inside. He excused himself to use the bathroom for a while.
As he was coming back to the living room, he heard Jack’s voice talking to someone.
“How long would you put on those acts? I think it doesn’t make sense for you to just pretend you can’t remember him when you do. I never understand or know your reasons for doing that. Please stop now”Jack said looking serious. Sarah looked at him and felt like a bad person by his word.
Justin heard this from where he was standing and couldn’t believe his ears.
Sarah saw a phone on the table. Immediately she saw it, she knew it’s for Justin. She wondered what his phone was doing there. She turned to Jack looking at the phone. “Why’s his phone there?”she asked Jack looking shocked. “Oh he was here a while ago. He went to the bathroom. I think he should be here by now”Jack said and concentrated back on the tv. Sarah looked back and saw him standing there looking at her the expression on his face was Unknow. “Justin”sarah called his name looking at him in surprise. He ignored her moving to the center table to picked up his phone. Jack was also surprise he was there listening. “Hey”Jack called but he left them and walked towards the door. Sarah stood up from the couch and went after him. Jack didn’t move from where he was. He watched both of them as they left. “You guys should sort your problems yourselves. Am tired of butting in”he said and sat back on the couch enjoying the program.
“Justin! Justin wait”Sarah called his name going after him. But he didn’t stop or did as if he heard her. Sarah ran up to him and blocked his way spreading out her hands. “Please let me explain”she pleaded looking at him. “What do you have to explain? Did you enjoy playing around with me? Was it fun doing that?”Justin asked in anger. “Justin please forgive me. I never mean to do that. Please let’s sort this out together”she said holding his hand. “You never mean to ignore me or you never mean to pretend you can’t remember me. Charlie what have I done wrong to you? Why do you have to ignore me like a stranger all this days? Oh now I get. Do you find me irritating now that you know your true identity? I look so worthless to you right. I don’t worth been seen with you. Fine you should have said that earlier instead of playing and joking around with me. I never knew you were this kind of a girl”Justin said angrily looking at her. Sarah felt so hurt by his words, she left his hand looking at him”Justin do you think it was because of that? Do you think I am that kind of person? Why won’t you listen to me? Do you think I also enjoy doing that to you? No. Am also not feeling good inside me. Am so disappointed in you for what you just said. You never know my reasons for doing that.”Sarah said but Justin cuts in again,
“The more I think about it, the more I see you as a bad person. You never knew what I went through each day seeing you act like that. You took my love for granted and chose to play with my heart. Fine I will never appear before you again. The Charlie I once know is not here anymore. You’re a new person. You’re Sarah not Charlie. Don’t ever act like you know me in future. And let’s not bump to each other if possible.”Justin said and walked out on her feeling hurt and betrayed.
Tears started dropping from Sarah’s face uncontrollably as she watched him leave.

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Author: TaekPoet

Mahmud Sufiyan also known as TaekPoet in the literary world. He is a writer of short stories, a poet, haiku Lover and martial artist.

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