Thursday, February 25, 2010
The neighbourhood was in a deep slumber, streetlights shone brightly and one suddenly flickered as if trying to stay awake and then went out completely.
It was silent.
No one could possibly see them.
Running hand in hand, their shadows played hide and seek between the shadows of trees and houses, their breath coming out in little puffs of smoke as they climbed gates and jumped fences.
The moon was their guide, lighting the way towards a small park and their run turned into a slow walk.
It was only then that he realized she was still holding onto his hand.
"Do you remember this place?"
She asked softly as she turned to face him, the lamplight casting a sort of halo around her. He nodded and smiled; how could he forget? It was a shame though, he thought as he lifted up the "do not cross" tape; sure they'd replace it with a brand spankin' new one, but...
She gently tugged his hand and lead him to the double slides, slowly released his hand and she went to a slide and laid down. She patted the slide next to her and he sat down beside her.
"Look up at the sky," She said smiling, "isn't it beautiful?" Yes you are, he thought as he looked at her face, then glanced up to see the dark blue sky sparkling with a thousand stars. "When I heard that they were gonna knock down this park," she began to say after a while,"I cried. I was so upset I didn't know what to do...my mom said it was cause this park is old and unsafe; that I shouldn't cry over it because I don't even use it anymore...but she doesn't understand..." She sighed softly and he looked over at her. "She doesn't understand why I care about it so much." She whispered. "I know it sounds kinda silly, I mean you might not even understand why, but I felt that you of all people would be the only one to understand why it means so much to me... or why I even brought you here." She smiled sheepishly at him. Slowly he reached for her hand, giving it a small squeeze.
"So I was right." he replied. In the dark, she sensed the smile in his voice and squeezed back softly. "What do you mean?" She asked. "While we ran, I began to wonder where we were going, and when we stopped here I remembered how it was going to be taken down. It made sense, because you knew that too...and that... this was where we first met." She laughed softly. "That day was the best day of my life."
"We were only 6 though..." he began to say. "I know, and the fact that we're still friends now.. it's amazing." With his free hand he gently brushed her cheek, cold from the winter air. "Actually I lied." She replied suddenly. He flinched, jerking his hand back. "I didn't mean it like that," she said quickly her eyes widening as she saw the hurt in his eyes. "I meant that ever since that day, from that day onward, every time we met was like the greatest day of my life all over again." "Really?" He asked. "She nodded smiling as she sat up and kissed his cheek. "Really." He smiled and as he kissed her back softly, a small star in the sky twinkled.