Friends No More

20 Apr

Reading back on my old journal entries, at one point, I was obsessed with romance books.  I would develop a storyline but I can never complete them.  Here’s one excerpt from one of my made up romances:

Andrew Mak wondered how things changed so quickly ever since his best buddy Nicolas So left for medical school at Princeton University.  He’d been a part of the clique, the three musketeers.  Nicolas was a couple years older than Andrew, but quickly became friends when the So family moved into the Ming Meadows.  Nicolas adored his younger sister, Madison.  He’d invite her to join them in their little adventures.  The three of them were inseparable for the longest time.  Nicolas and Madision were like his brother and sister that he thought he’d never have growing up as the only child.  He will always cherish those carefree days. 

Andrew stared at a picture of the three of them together taken just before Nicolas left for med school.  Nicolas was in the middle standing proudly with a big grin on his face, his arms were around Andrew and Madison pulling them tight against him.  Andrew trying to pull himself away made a funny face capture in just that moment.  He looked at Madison in the picture, she had her arms wrapped around her brother, a smile was on her face, but her eyes told another story.  It was a bittersweet moment.

Andrew sighed as he put the picture back into his scrapbook before Emily came over for a visit.  They’ve been an item for a little over a year.  Andrew was enchanted by Emily when she turned her attention towards him after his growth spurt.  No longer a short chubby boy, Andrew became a tall dashing young stud with the total package.  His popularity exploded when he and Emily became a couple.  Andrew still tried to meet up with Madison whenever he can.  Slowly Emily became jealous of Madison spending time with her guy.  She made an ultimatum and somehow she succeeded in manipulating Andrew not to hang out with his friend, Madison until they totally lost touch with each other.  But from time to time, Emily would catch Andrew’s eyes slipping towards the girl who been friends with him for ages.  They had a history and no matter how platonic their friendship was, Emily had a feeling that Andrew missed Madison in a way that she did not like.  Emily loved  Andrew and she loathed Madison with a vengeance.

“I miss him,” Madison sighed as she picked up a picture of the three musketeers back in the happier times.
“Yeah, me too,” Andrew agreed with her.
“Whatever happened to us, Andrew.”

Andrew faced her.  She had the softest eyes that a guy could drown in them.  A guy like him, he suddenly felt uncomfortable.  Somehow he managed to utter, “I miss you too.”

“Whatever, we haven’t spoken to each other for ages.”  Tears watered in her eyes, she frowned and quickly turned away from him.  Andrew couldn’t breathe for a second, he never want to hurt Madison in any way.  But obviously, he had.  How could he be such an idiot.  He’d let Emily come in between in his friendship with Madison.  Now he and Madison were distant as ever. 

“I’m Sorry, Madi…” All of a sudden, they were inturrupted by his ringing cell.

“It’s ok, I better go.  Just have your part ready and then we can finish this next week once and for all.”  Madison quickly gather her books into her school backpack and left before Andrew could stop her.  Andrew rolled his eyes as Emily asked him what he was doing.  Finally after chatting with her for ten minutes, Emily said her goodbyes.

He ran down the stairs to kitchen to find his parents cooking dinner and chatting.

“Hey mom, dad,” Andrew greeted his parents as he reached for an apple.
“It’s nice to see Madison again,” His mom eyed Andrew.
“Yeah, we had to do an assignment for English class.”
“Oh..”
“Let me know when dinner’s ready, I’ll be outside.”

Andrew let out a breath once he gotten out of his mom’s curious questions, more like scrutiny.  He heard a splash from next door.  He knew it was Madison taking a dip in her pool.  He remember the countless time he spent in the So’s pool.  Those were the carefree days he missed.  He found himself walking towards her.  Stroke by stroke she pushed as she neared the edge she slowed down.

“What are you doing here,” she asked as she held onto the side of the pool.
“Uh, come to say hi, ” Andrew squirmed a bit.
“Join me.”
“Haha, I don’t think so.”
“Help me out then.”  She reached up for a hand.  Andrew reluctantly closed his hands around hers.  With a jerk, she threw him off-balance and into the pool he went.

Sputtering out water, “Why you! You’re asking for it!”

He grabbed her by the shoulders to dunk her.  They wrestled and water splashed everywhere.  Laughing as hard as he can, he realized he was having more fun with Madison than a year with Emily.  After a few minutes of fierce water fight, Madison began to wither a bit as she edge towards the shallow end.  Andrew being a star athlete with endurance dove under water and wrapped his hands around her dragging her under.

When she came up for air, “OK OK, I give up!”
“Victorious!”  He jumped up and down slowing down as he watched her climb out of the pool.  She didn’t have a skimpy bikini on.  No of course not, she had a tankini with shorts shorts.  Oh how he’d love to see more.
“I hear your mom calling you for dinner.  You better get dry and get dressed in a jiffy!”
“Haha, I can only blame you.”

He climbed out of the pool taking of his shirt and pants.  He walked right up to her face to face.  His heart was beating out of control.  He reached over for the towel, their skin brushed against each other.  He could hear her gasp a little.  Tension sizzled in the air.  He couldn’t stand it anymore.

 Dropping his towel, he grabbed her face and took a chance.  He kissed her hard trying to spark a connection.  But all he got was resistance.

“What the hell is wrong with you!” Madison pulled her shaken hand through her wet hair.
“I’m sorry, I was way out of line.”
“Damn straight, don’t ever do that again!”
“Madison wait…”  He touch her lightly.  Again they were face to face.  Their eyes connected, she could see his desire.

“I’ve always cared about you, I never do anything to hurt you.”
“Whatever, Andrew, if you really cared about me… You wouldn’t have turned your back on me for the past year or so.  You haven’t spoken to me in ages.  Friends don’t just ignore each other like we have.”
“I’m sorry, I never meant for this to happen.  It’s just that Emily just a little possessive.”
“Haven’t you noticed how everyone at school tend to be a little distant from me?  Emily hates me for some reason enough to make everyone on her side.”
“Emily’s not like that!”
“Believe what you want to believe!”  With that, she simply just walked away leaving him.  Ever since Andrew became involved with Emily, his friendship with Madison slowly began to dissapear.  Later that night, Andrew had a hard time falling asleep where he tasted the softest lips…

Emily, I think you should know what I just saw!
What is it?
I just saw Andrew in Madison’s backyard
And?
She lured him into her pool and then they started to wrestle.
Oh no, I can’t believe this!
They got out of the pool and I saw him kiss her!
Really, are you sure?
Yeah, Emily!  What are you going to do?
Well, it seems like Andrew is getting a little bit restless cause you know I just don’t want to put it out.  Maybe it’s time!

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