Chapter 7

31/05/2011 17:11

The next morning, I woke up to someone licking my nose. I slowly opened my eyes…

“Bruno….is it you???”

My eyes were all blurry but after a few blinks I saw something white and furry and it sure as hell wasn’t Bruno.

“WHAT IS IT!!!??” I screamed.

“ ‘IT’ is my neighbour’s dog and HIS name is Tommy” he said as he laughed from behind me.

I could hear him play a tune on his guitar.

“Neighbour???” I asked as I rubbed my eyes.

“Yeah she’s really cute and she often comes to my place in the mornings with her dog, isn’t that right sweetie?”

Anger just came over me like a streak of lightning!!! What was I thinking?? What was he thinking?? Calling another girl cute and sweetie right in front of me!!! So I got up from the couch and turned around to see the girl he was talking about.

To my surprise, I saw Bruno lifting a 7 year old into the air as he said, “you know I love you boo."

All the rage that built up inside me melted away in seconds as I saw him hug that little girl with love in his eyes. He was so good with kids and it made me fall for him more. Now I really knew he was a perfect man and one day he’d be a perfect dad too. I felt stupid that I thought he’d betray me and talk about another girl.

“She’s your neighbour??? O_o.”

“We got her big time!!! Hahaha” he laughed as he gave a kiss on her cheek.

“Meet Kristie, she lives next door.”

“Hey Kristie, you look like a cute little angel.” I said as I kneeled to her level and hugged her.

She hugged me back and had the cutest smile on her face. She had fair skin with the most innocent blue eyes I’ve ever seen. She was just running around the house and playing with her dog. Looking at her just playing around brought back some memories that I had tried to bury over the years. Those memories were pleasant as well as unpleasant but it hurt too much to think about it. It was something that I had tried so hard to forget but it still kept popping into my head now and then. She reminded me of my little sister that I once had, that I once used to fight with and that I once loved with all my heart. But the thought she wasn’t here with me anymore made me crunch and I got a sick feeling in my tummy. It still feels like yesterday that I was putting makeup on her 10th birthday. Oh how she loved to make herself pretty. A drop of tear fell from my eyes, then another and another and in a minute tears were pouring down my eyes as I fell to the ground covering my face with my hands. I felt the whole world closing up on me as I started weeping. I could hear Bruno’s voice in the distance.

“Kristie, why don’t you go home and come back later honey.”

And at that point I knew he saw me crying. I could feel him come closer to me although I was curled up on the ground with my eyes closed.

“Are you okay Ashley” I heard Bruno say as he pulled me up to him and wrapped his arms around me.

“What happened? You were okay like a minute ago, I’m worried”, he said with a stutter in his voice.

“I…I…had a sister….but….I can’t….”

“You don’t need to say a word, just relax”, he said stroking my hair as I cried on his shoulders.

He didn’t say a word after that, until I soaked up his shirt and cried until I had no tears left in me. After about 20 minutes I slowly lift my head up to see Bruno humming a song with his eyes closed.

“You can count on me like 1, 2, 3, I’ll be there and I know when I need it, I can count on you like 4, 3, 2, you’ll be there, coz that’s what friends are supposed to do oh yeah...oohhh ohhhh ohhh...yeah yeah….you’ll always have my shoulders when you cry, I’ll never let go, never say goodbye.”

 HChapter 7

The next morning, I woke up to someone licking my nose. I slowly opened my eyes…

“Bruno….is it you???”

My eyes were all blurry but after a few blinks I saw something white and furry and it sure as hell wasn’t Bruno.

“WHAT IS IT!!!??” I screamed.

“ ‘IT’ is my neighbour’s dog and HIS name is Tommy” he said as he laughed from behind me.

I could hear him play a tune on his guitar.

“Neighbour???” I asked as I rubbed my eyes.

“Yeah she’s really cute and she often comes to my place in the mornings with her dog, isn’t that right sweetie?”

Anger just came over me like a streak of lightning!!! What was I thinking?? What was he thinking?? Calling another girl cute and sweetie right in front of me!!! So I got up from the couch and turned around to see the girl he was talking about.

To my surprise, I saw Bruno lifting a 7 year old into the air as he said, “you know I love you boo."

All the rage that built up inside me melted away in seconds as I saw him hug that little girl with love in his eyes. He was so good with kids and it made me fall for him more. Now I really knew he was a perfect man and one day he’d be a perfect dad too. I felt stupid that I thought he’d betray me and talk about another girl.

“She’s your neighbour??? O_o.”

“We got her big time!!! Hahaha” he laughed as he gave a kiss on her cheek.

“Meet Kristie, she lives next door.”

“Hey Kristie, you look like a cute little angel.” I said as I kneeled to her level and hugged her.

She hugged me back and had the cutest smile on her face. She had fair skin with the most innocent blue eyes I’ve ever seen. She was just running around the house and playing with her dog. Looking at her just playing around brought back some memories that I had tried to bury over the years. Those memories were pleasant as well as unpleasant but it hurt too much to think about it. It was something that I had tried so hard to forget but it still kept popping into my head now and then. She reminded me of my little sister that I once had, that I once used to fight with and that I once loved with all my heart. But the thought she wasn’t here with me anymore made me crunch and I got a sick feeling in my tummy. It still feels like yesterday that I was putting makeup on her 10th birthday. Oh how she loved to make herself pretty. A drop of tear fell from my eyes, then another and another and in a minute tears were pouring down my eyes as I fell to the ground covering my face with my hands. I felt the whole world closing up on me as I started weeping. I could hear Bruno’s voice in the distance.

“Kristie, why don’t you go home and come back later honey.”

And at that point I knew he saw me crying. I could feel him come closer to me although I was curled up on the ground with my eyes closed.

“Are you okay Ashley” I heard Bruno say as he pulled me up to him and wrapped his arms around me.

“What happened? You were okay like a minute ago, I’m worried”, he said with a stutter in his voice.

“I…I…had a sister….but….I can’t….”

“You don’t need to say a word, just relax”, he said stroking my hair as I cried on his shoulders.

He didn’t say a word after that, until I soaked up his shirt and cried until I had no tears left in me. After about 20 minutes I slowly lift my head up to see Bruno humming a song with his eyes closed.

“You can count on me like 1, 2, 3, I’ll be there and I know when I need it, I can count on you like 4, 3, 2, you’ll be there, coz that’s what friends are supposed to do oh yeah...oohhh ohhhh ohhh...yeah yeah….you’ll always have my shoulders when you cry, I’ll never let go, never say goodbye.”

 He was still holding me like I was a flower and rocking me to its rhythm. I felt like a child again, it made me feel a little better and brought me back to my senses.

As I was gazing at him, he opened his eyes and looked down at me. He wiped my face with his fingers and said “it’s all gonna be ok” with the most sweetest face ever.

“Tell me whenever you feel like it” he said.

“I’m sorry, I just don’t wanna speak about it now.”

“That’s okay, come on, go wash your face and let’s eat breakfast” he said lifting me up to my feet.

I walked to the bathroom with my head still spinning and eyes all hazy. I went up to the sink and looked at my face in the mirror. I looked like a total mess with my whole face red and swollen. I took a deep breath, washed my face and tied my hair as I went to the kitchen to see what Bruno was making.

He was still holding me like I was a flower and rocking me to its rhythm. I felt like a child again, it made me feel a little better and brought me back to my senses.

As I was gazing at him, he opened his eyes and looked down at me. He wiped my face with his fingers and said “it’s all gonna be ok” with the most sweetest face ever.

“Tell me whenever you feel like it” he said.

“I’m sorry, I just don’t wanna speak about it now.”

“That’s okay, come on, go wash your face and let’s eat breakfast” he said lifting me up to my feet.

I walked to the bathroom with my head still spinning and eyes all hazy. I went up to the sink and looked at my face in the mirror. I looked like a total mess with my whole face red and swollen. I took a deep breath, washed my face and tied my hair as I went to the kitchen to see what Bruno was making.