“Um… I_” Diego’s phone started ringing as he was about to answer.

“Wait a minute,” he said, picking up the call.

“Hello, Dad…”

Kim sighed and looked towards the door.



Ever since he had returned from school, he had been in his room, not talking to anyone. His phone rang for the umpteenth time, and this time he switched it off.

Not long after, the door slammed open, and Kim came in. Immediately he saw her, he looked away. Kim scoffed and went in fully.

“Why? You’re not gonna talk to me now?” she folded her arms.

“Hi… you’re here,” he said flatly, not looking at her.

“Are you seriously being like this because of this afternoon? I was just-”

“I heard you got injured… are you okay?” he interrupted her, while she sighed.

“You heard? Weren’t you the one who actually took me to the nurse’s office?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Oh, really now?”

“It’s good you’re fine. You should be home resting. Why are you here?”

“I just… I came here to… you know… talk things out. I felt bad after doing that to you earlier.”

“You don’t need to. I deserve it anyway; we both know that.”

“Nevertheless, I shouldn’t have-”

“I won’t meddle anymore.”


“I… I admit I’ve been playing some silly pranks between you and Diego. Now I’m gonna stop all that. I have no right to butt into your relationship with him. Sorry for… the mischief I’ve caused.”

“Hey… why are you being weird? It’s unlike you,” Kim asked, while he gave her a small smile.

“And also… I promise never to do anything funny again. You can rest assured… you two fit each other perfectly.”

“What are you scheming now?”

“I told you I won’t do a thing anymore. You should get going… it’s getting darker. It’s dangerous for a girl to walk alone at night.”

“I thought I was never a girl… at least to you.”

“Ah… right,” he laughs dryly.

“You aren’t a guy either… so you should leave now. Sorry I won’t be able to see you out… I’ve got to do something for Mother,” he said, not moving, while Kim nodded.

“Alright… I’ll go. We’ll just see tomorrow. I hope by then… you’d have come back to your senses. This doesn’t fit you… you seem weird right now,” she said, turning to the door.

“As for saving me… since you want it to be like that, I’ll pretend I know nothing also… though I don’t know why I have to do that. See you tomorrow,” she gave him one last look before going out.

A knock came on the door, and he looked up to see his mother sticking her head in.

“Mom…” he called, while Annabelle smiled and went in.

“Son…” she took a seat.

“I saw Kim just now… the air doesn’t feel right… what happened?”

“Did she say anything?”

“Nothing, but… I can sense it. Tell me she was injured… are you responsible for that?”

“No, I wasn’t.”

“Then what happened between you two?” Annabelle asked closely, while he sighed.

“I feel like… I’ve wronged her.”


“Not suddenly per se… these days… I’ve been really unfair to her.”


“I plan to stop. She shouldn’t be treated like that.”

“What about you? Will you be okay?”

“What do you mean, Mom?… I’m fine.”

“What did you just call me?”

“Mm… Mom…?”

“Right. I’m your mom… you think I don’t know what’s going on with you?”

“Nothing is…”

“Others may not know, but I do very well… how you try to conceal it. How you try to deny and reject it. But you know matters of the heart aren’t something we can deal with just because we want to. Most of the time, we don’t have control over it.”

“I decided to stay away… at least for a while.”

“And why is that?”

“Because that’s what she probably needs… right now.”

“What if something goes wrong?”

“What could actually go wrong… when I’m the problem here?” He mumbles while Annabelle sighs, holding his hand.

“Jayden… I hope you know what you’re doing,” she says while he only stares. She stands up and sighs.

“Whatever it may be… I hope you sort it out soon… it’s not good to drag on to a thing for so long.”

“But she’s happy now… I can feel it too. I don’t want to snatch her happiness away from her.”

“What about yours? Don’t you deserve to be happy?”

“I’m satisfied… with how things are. That’s enough, I think.”

“You think so? You know when you started catching feelings, there’s no way to go back to just being friends.”

“Kimberly… is my best friend, mother… nothing more,” he said while his mother nods, smiling.

“Rest,” she mutters before leaving his room.

Jayden sighs, slumping on the bed. He remembers the note he received earlier and how Kim was injured.

“Who are you really?” he mutters.


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