Round 8 – A Promise and A Confused Guy
“It's nice to be back on my show after a week of vacation. The truth is, I had a little accident that's why I wasn't able to be on air for a week. During my leave I was able to help a friend fix a little misunderstanding she had with her husband. Honestly, as a love adviser, I realized that sometimes, I can make mistakes as well. But then, I learn from that mistake, and it adds up to my experience. It's OK to make mistakes once in a while, as long as you don't make the same mistake in the future...”
Chun turned the volume up as he started to Ella's radio program. “Another thing that I learned is that there are no accidents. Some things are meant to be, that's why it happened. Just like love... you don't accidentally fall in love with someone. There should always be a reason behind it. You don't meet someone accidentally... maybe God gave us the reason why we met that person, and it;s because they will play an important role in our lives. And so, before we take in our callers for the day, let me just play this happy song from Counting Crows, entitled “Accidentally in love”. I hope you all will enjoy this song.”
As the song started, Chun parked his car and got out. From where he is, he could see a familiar figure standing at the waiting area of the airport. He smiled to himself as he walked towards her. “Biancx...” he called. Bianca looked back at him, and smiled. “Chunnie!” he said. She rushed up to him, and gave him a hug. “I missed you, Chunnie!” she said. “I missed you too! God, you've grown prettier than the last time I saw you...” Chun said. Bianca could feel herself blush with what he said. “Aiyo... don't flatter me too much.” she said. Chun just laughed at her. He took her luggage, and lead her to his car.
“So, are you OK now, Bianca?” Chun asked as they were driving home. Bianca let out a sigh and hugged herself. “If I am, then I wouldn't have to go here in Taipei all the way from Melbourne. No, I don't think I am OK, Chun...” she said sadly. “I still can't believe that Matthew broke up with you. I thought he really love you... didn't he proposed to you already?” Chun asked. Bianca nodded her head. “But then he realized that he couldn't live without Joanne... so, he decided to break it off with me. You know that it's Joanne who has always been liken the ghost in our relationship.” Bianca said. Chun nodded his head. “Because Matt is not totally over Joanne when the two of you got together, which is a bad thing. I warned you before, didn't I?” he said. Bianca then hugged his arm, and leaned on his shoulder. “Can you resist blaming me, just this once, Chunnie? You know I'm really broken hearted right now...” she said. Chun looked down at her, and saw her giving him puppy eyes. “All right, Bianca Bai. I will not say 'see, I told you so' for the mean time. I'll wait till tomorrow.” he joked. With that, Bianca pinched his arm, and Chun flinched in pain. “Ouch! Stop pinching me, Biancx...” he said. “You know that I love pinching you, Chun.” she said, smiling at him.
Bianca sat up straight, and then she reached for the radio and turned it on. The song ended, and the DJ's voice came on air. “And so, we've come to the last minute of our show. But before I go, I would like to share you another love quote. The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life. Thank you all for tuning in, and I'll see guys again tomorrow, same time, same dial.” Then, another love song played. “Hey, that DJ is good, huh...” Bianca said to Chun. Chun just nodded his head. “Do you always listen to her?” Bianca asked again. Chun just shrugged his shoulder. “Not really. I was just changing stations to find a good song...” he said. “Really?” she asked. Chun just nodded his head. “All right... if that's what you say...” Bianca said.
“Anyway, should I drop you off at your hotel first, or would you like to come with me to our apartment?” Chun asked. “Drop me off at my hotel first. Then maybe you can show me around before we meet up with Ethan and Nic.” Bianca said. Chun just nodded his head, and then drove Bianca to her hotel.
Ella sat on the hospital bed, and watched the doctor as he carefully took off her cast. “There you go.” the doctor said as soon as he took off the cast. Ella looked at Sphinx and smiled at him. “My leg is OK now...” she said, smiling at him. Sphinx smiled back at her and nodded at her. “I'm glad.” he said. “You're glad because you don't have to carry me around, and that I don't have to boss you around?” she asked. Sphinx just laughed, and shook his head.
After settling her bill, Sphinx and Ella went out of the hospital for a walk. “I'm ever so glad I can walk again!” Ella said cheerfully as she hopped around. “Be careful, Ellie... you might break you leg again.” Sphinx told her. Ella shook her head as she smiled at him. “I will not!” she said as she turned to him. She walked backwards as she was facing him. “Careful, Ellie.” Sphinx said. Ella continued to walk backwards, and didn't notice an elevated step. As she made a step on that, she lost her balance. Good thing Sphinx was quick, and was able to hold her so that she won't fall. Sphinx held her by her waist, and as he held her, Ella couldn't help but stare into his eyes. She felt as if her world stopped as soon as she looked into her almond eyes. It's like it was just him and her in this world alone, and that nothing else mattered. If there's one thing she wanted to do for the rest of her life, that is to stare into his lovely face the whole day.
Then, Sphinx helped her up. She felt herself blush as he smiled at her. “See? I told you to be more careful.” he said worriedly. “Sorry, I made you worry again...” she said softly. Sphinx looked at her, and then he held her hand. “if you won't be careful of yourself, then I have to look after you all the time.” he said. “So, you don't want to look after me anymore?Are you tired of looking after me all this time?” she asked. He smiled, and shook his head. “I want to. I never get tired of doing that. If you can't take care of yourself, then I'll take care of you.” he said. Ella looked away from him, and smiled giddily to herself. “Oh, really?” she asked. Sphinx nodded his head. “I promised you, remember? I promised you that I'll take care of you forever.” he said. Ella looked at her, and smiled. “Oh, you still remember every promise you made, huh?” she asked. Sphinx nodded his head again. “I still remember all of my promise to you.”
“Really? If you do, then can you tell me what exactly you promised me for the past twelve years?”
Sphinx paused, and then he turned to face her. “One.” he said, sticking out her pointer finger. “I promise that you and I will be friends forever.” he said. Ella nodded his head. “OK, what's number two?” she asked. “Two.” he said, sticking out another finger. “I promise to take care of you.” he said. Ella smiled, and nodded her head again. “So far so good. What are the other promises?” she asked. “Three, that I will protect you with all my life. And the last one is...” he paused, and then turn to smile at her. “When we turn 25 and you still don't have a boyfriend, I will marry you.” he said.
Ella looked away from him again to hide her blush. “He still remembered...” she thought. “Are you sure you're keeping your promise?” Ella asked as she turned to him again. Sphinx nodded his head. “I never broke a promise to you, right?” he said. Ella nodded her head. “So, it means that you will still keep your fourth promise?” she asked. Sphinx nodded his head. Ella smiled at him. She could still remember the time Sphinx made his fourth promise to her, and that was when they were in senior high.
“Ella, I heard you rejected Baron...” Sphinx said as he sat beside her on the park bench. Ella nodded her head. “I thought you and Baron had this thing...” Sphinx asked. Ella let out a sigh. “Turns out he is also courting Alice. That two-timing rascal...” she said as she folded her arms. Sphinx let out a sigh, and out his arm around her. “First, you rejected Calvin. Then, you rejected Bryan. Then, you rejected Alan. I don't know what is it that you're looking for in a guy...” he said. Ella just stared at him. “The truth is, I'm searching you in every guys who courts them... but they could never ever compare to you...” she wanted to say.
Ella let out another sigh, and then looked away from him. After a while, she felt that Sphinx was staring at her, and as she faced him, she was right. “What?” she asked. “Nothing. I just realized that it's better for you to reject Baron than end up crying because of him. You know that I only wanted the best for you... because you're a special girl who deserves something more.” he said. “Are you tired of hanging out with me all the time?” she asked. Sphinx shook his head. “How can I get tired of hanging around you... you never know how happy I am whenever I'm around you.” he said. Ella smiled and nodded her head. “I'm glad...” she said softly. “But I'm scared that because of your high standards, you'll end up a spinster. Of course, I wouldn't want that to happen to you.” Sphinx said. Ella just laughed at what he said. “If you just court me, that I wouldn't have to be a spinster...” she thought. “OK, let's make a deal.” Sphinx said. Ella gave him a confused look. “How about this, Ms. Perfect, if you don't have a boyfriend when you turn 25, I will marry you.” he said.
Ella was surprised at what he said. “Y-you will m-marry me? W-when I turn 25?” she asked. Sphinx nodded his head. “I promise you that. So, do we have a deal?” he asked. Ella smiled and nodded her head. “It's a deal then, Sphinx Ting!” she said. “Be sure to keep your promise, Sphinx, or you're dead.”
[End of flashback]
“So, are you really sure you will keep that promise?” Ella asked again. Sphinx gave her a confused look. “What's wrong? Why do you keep on asking if I will keep that promise?” Sphinx asked. Ella turned to him, and smiled. “It will be my birthday in three months, remember?” Ella said. Sphinx let out a laugh, and shook his head. “I know it will be your birthday, Ella. It's a good thing Larissa broke up with me, or I won't be able to keep that promise.” Sphinx said. Ella let out a laugh. “So, it means you will give me the ring that was supposed to be Larissa's?” she asked. Sphinx shook his head, much to Ella's confusion. “Why?” she asked. “Because you deserve a much better ring than that one. And besides, you still have three months. Who knows what will happen in three months. You might meet your ideal guy before you turn 25.” Sphinx said. Ella let out another laugh. “I already met him 12 years ago...” she thought. “But I sure hope you that you will not meet him anymore, Ellie... so that I can keep my promise to you...” he heard Sphinx said. Ella paused again, and looked at him. She saw him let out a nervous laugh. “Come on...” he said as he held her hand again. “I'm starving...” Then, Sphinx pulled her. And Ella could only smile at what he just said.
it was evening.
Hebe was on the dinner table, sighing. Selina was by the window, peeking at the house across them. That was the scene Ella saw when she came down from her room. “What's wrong with you girls?” she asked as she walked towards her. “Don't mind me...” Hebe said monotonously. Ella gave her a confused look. “You keep on sighing, Hebe...” she pointed out. Hebe let out another sigh. Ella just shook her head, and turned to Selina. “And why do you keep on peeking at our chicken faced neighbor?” she asked her cousin. “Because I saw a girl a while ago...” Selina said. Upon hearing that, Hebe stood up from her chair, and joined Selina by the window. “There is a girl at Chun's house?” Hebe asked. Selina nodded her head.
“What's the big deal with them having a girl over at their house?” Ella asked as she folded her arms. “Because she could be one of the guy's girlfriend!” Selina said. “And it could prove that Nic is not gay.” Hebe said. Ella became even more confused with her friends. “What's wrong with the two of you?” she asked again. But the two just ignore her. “If I found out she is Ethan's girlfriend, I will kill that guy!” Selina muttered. “If I found out that she is Nic's girlfriend, then I will be relieved.” Hebe said. Ella just let out a sigh. “Can someone tell me what's going on?” she asked.
Hebe turned to Ella. “I think Nic's gay.” she blurted. Selina and Ella gave her a confused look. “Gay?” they asked in unison. Hebe nodded her head. “You see, I bumped into him a few days ago, and then I saw him drop this yellow dress. He told me it's his dress.” Hebe said. “Maybe that's because Nic posed as Joe's mistress a few days back.” Selina said. Hebe shook her head. “I don't know... when he first came into our neighborhood, Arron told me that he could sense that he is gay...” Hebe said. “I think Arron told you that because Nic is his type.” Selina said. Hebe folded her arms, and let out a sigh. “I don't know, what if he is gay?” she asked. “Then turn him into a straight guy. That will solve your problem...” Selina said. Then, she turned to the window again, and peeked. She saw the girl and the three guys outside their house. And she saw as the girl gave Ethan a kiss on the cheek. “Arrgghhh... darn that playboy!” Selina said in anger. Hebe and Ella peeked again, and saw the girl clinging onto Chun's arm. “Wei, I don't think that girl would go for Ethan...” Ella said. “I think he is Chun's girlfriend.” Hebe said. Ella gave her a disgusted look. “Oh, please! Who would even like that chicken face!” she said. Hebe just shook her head in dismay. “Do you really think it's Chun's girlfriend, it's not Ethan's?” Selina asked again. “Positive about that, girl.” Hebe said.
“Biancx, we're really happy that you're staying here in Taipei for a long time.” Nicholas told her. Bianca smiled at him. “I'm glad to see you guys again. I missed you.” she said. Ethan folded his arms, and let out a playful smile. “Oh, I know someone who missed you more than you do.” he said as he eyed Chun. Chun gave him a glare. Bianca looked up at Chun, and smiled. “So, you missed me a lot?” Bianca asked. Chun felt himself blush as Bianca looked at her. “Well, you know that since we met, this is the only time that we got separated...” he said. Bianca held onto his arms, and rested her head on his shoulder. He froze at what she did. “You know that I missed you to, Chunnie.” she said. Chun was speechless. And Ethan was trying to suppress his laughter because of his best friend's reaction. “Uh... y-yeah.. w-we s-should h-head b-back t-to your h-hotel n-now.” Chun stuttered. “Right. Because I'm dead tired...” Bianca said. She said goodbye to Ethan and Nic, and headed to Chun's car. As Bianca got inside the car, Chun gave another death glare at Ethan. He also made a mental note to kill him as soon as he arrives.
Ethan looked dreamily at Chun and Bianca as they head off. “Aren't they a match made in heave?” he said. “If and only if Chun will finally make his move on her. You know how shy my brother is when he's around her.” Nicholas said. “With Matt out of the picture, I bet Chun will finally make his move on our senior, you think so?” Ethan said. Nicholas just shrugged off his shoulder. “I really don't know, Ethan. Let's just wait and see, OK?” he said. Then, Ethan looked at their neighbor, and saw Selina peeking from their window. Ethan let out a smile at her, but Selina frowned at him, and pulled the curtain. He was surprised at what he did. “What did I do?” he asked Nicholas. “I don't know... maybe Selina's in a bad mood.” Nicholas said. “Or maybe she's jealous...”
“Why would she be jealous?”
“Maybe she thinks Bianca is my girlfriend...”
“Oh, please. I don't think she would be jealous because of that!”
“I think she is!”
Nicholas just sighed, and shook his head. “Whatever.” he said. “And you know what, Nicky...” Ethans said. Ethan looked at him, and smirked. “If she is jealous of Bianca, then it means that I stand a chance with her!” he exclaimed, as if he just invented sliced bread. “Yeah, whatever.” he said. Then, he paused and gave Ethan a dubious look. “You're not serious about Selina, are you?” he asked. “I am, Nicky... I am! It's love at first sight!” Ethan said. Nicholas let out another sigh. “Yeah, I've heard that several times with several girls you meet.” he said. Then, he went back inside their house. “Hey! I'm serious this time, I'm telling you Nicholas Teo!” Ethan shouted at him as he headed back inside the house.
Shortly after he left, Selina peeked outside and watched him. “Definitely Chun's girlfriend.” Hebe said. Selina smiled and just nodded her head. “I know. Ethan is so gonna be mine.” she said.
Bianca opened the door, and Chun stepped out of her hotel room. “Chunnie, thank you for a wonderful day...” she said wearily. Chun just nodded his head. “I told you, you should have rested first. We have all the time in the world to go around Taipei.” Chun said. Bianca smiled, and shook her head. “Well, I don't want to waste time while I'm here. Besides, I want to start working with you at your shop.” Bianca said. Chun smiled at her. “You know you don't have to do that...”
“But I want to. I want to work with you. You promised me that.”
“I can't let you...”
“But you did promise. You said back then, that if you have your own bakeshop, you and I will work together and make delicious cakes, right?”
Chun smiled at her. He could not believe that Bianca would still remember that promise they made when they were still Culinary Arts students. “OK, OK... you won. I'll let you work for my shop while you're here in Taipei, if that's what you want.” he said. Bianca smiled at him, and gave him a hug. “I knew you couldn't resist me, Chunnie!” she said. Chun stood still, and then he hugged her back. He felt so good having the woman he secretly loves in his arm, embracing her like this. He wished he could stay this way forever with her, and have her in his arms for the rest of his life. “And since I'm going to stay long here in Taiwan, you have to help me find an apartment to stay.” Bianca said as she let him go. “Why don't you just stay with us?” he asked. Bianca smiled, and shook her head. “You know I like living alone. And besides, I'll just annoy the hell out of you.” she said. “You know that I wouldn't mind at all, Biancx...” he said shyly. “But I do.”
Then she reached up to him, and kissed him on the cheek. “Good night, Chunnie. Drive safely, OK?” she said. Chun froze in his place as she kissed him. Bianca have gone inside her room, but Chun was still in a daze. He held the part of his cheek that she kissed, and then smiled to himself. “Good night, my lovely princess...” he whispered.
“Hey, Chun... can I talk to you?”
Chun looked up, and saw his stepbrother by his door. “OK.” he said. Nicholas closed the door behind him, and sat beside Chun. “So, what's your plan?” he asked. Chun gave him a confused look. “Plan about what?” Chun asked. “About Bianca, what else! She'll be staying here for a long time, right?” Nicholas said. “Of course she is. What do you mean what's my plan with her?” Chun said. Nicholas sighed, and leaned on the headboard. “Come on, Chun... you're in love with her! She broke up with her long-time boyfriend. You must have plans to confess how you truly feels for her!” Nicholas said. Chun just smiled at him. “Chun!” Nicholas shouted in frustration.
“Fine, impatient brother of mine...” Chun said as he faced him. “I do have plans, but I can't do that plan right away.” he said. Nicholas let out another sigh of dismay. “Why are you so scared to let her know how you feel?”
“I am not scared, OK?”
“She just broke up with Matt. The only thing to do now is help her move on. Besides, I don't want to be her rebound guy...”
Nicholas let out a laugh at him. “You are scared, Chun.” he said. “Of course, I am. You can't blame me. I liked Bianca for so long. I've waited for this moment for so long. I just don't want to ruin this perfect moment just because I confessed to her too soon.” Chun said. Nicholas just shook his head. “You're such a sissy, Chun. If you were brave enough, then maybe you have made her your girlfriend a long time ago. Look at you, you never dated anyone ever since you met her at the Culinary School. You devoted so much of your time with her. It's about time that you make yourself happy, and be with her. What's wrong?” Nicholas said. Chun just looked at him, not answering his question.
“Don't tell me you're confused?” Nicholas asked again. “Confused about what?” Chun asked. “Because of... you know... her...” Nicholas said. Chun gave her another confused look. “Who?” he asked. “Her. You know... her...” he said. Chun sighed, and shook his head. “I can't understand who you're talking about...” Chun said. “Her, OK? You know... her!” Nicholas said. “I think you're sleepy, Nic. Why don't you go back to your room and rest.” Chun said. Nicholas let out another sigh of dismay. “If you don't make a move on Bianca while she's here, then it only means one thing, Chun... it means that you are still in love with her...” Nicholas said. Chun gave her another confused look. “I don't get you. Who is this 'her'' that you're talking about?” Chun asked. “Damn it, Chun. Don't play dumb with me. You know very well who I'm talking about. Her. That girl. Your first love.” Nicholas said.
Chun let out a sigh, and then he looked outside the window. His room is facing Ella's room, and he could clearly see Ella as she readies herself to sleep. “I dare you, Chun. You have to tell Bianca how you feel in a week's time. If not, then it means that the reason why you can't be with Bianca is because of her.” Nicholas said. “I told you it's not that easy...” Chun said, still looking away from Nicholas. “It's easy, Chun. All you have to do is tell her you love her. Period. Unless you are really confused with what you feel. Because of your first love.” Nicholas said. Chun fell silent. “Look, Chun... I know and you know that even before you met Bianca, you're still not over her. And now, you have another chance with her. I believe that until now, you are still not over her, and what you feel for Bianca is just an infatuation... because you see her in her... got it? And so, I think you are not really in love with Bianca, but you are still in love with her. But, it's still your choice, if you want to be with Bianca, or you want to be with her. Your choice, your move. But then, as Ella always say in her radio show, just follow your heart. If it's gonna be Bianca, or it's gonna be her. I just want you to be happy.” Nicholas said. He tapped Chun on his shoulder, and went out of his room.
Chun never took his eyes off Ella, who was standing by her bed. He watched her as she lay down on her. “I guess I still am... after all these years...” he thought. The lights on her room went out, and he smiled to himself as he watched her sleep. “Sweet dreams...” he thought. Then, he lay on his bed, and put the lights out.
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