|My Destiny, My Destination
It never rains but it pours. This saying was perfectly true.
Everyone knew that things on tabloids were not trustworthy, but somehow
everyone believed it. I didn't mean they all believed it fully, but at least
most of them would start to have doubts. Even myself.
We never talk about our rumors among the 4 of us, for everyone had
experienced it and hated it. And we trusted each other that we would tell
what we need to.
After work that afternoon, I went no where but locked myself home. Although most of my friends had known the fact, there were still a lot of people who hadn't and came bothering me with it.
"Teru? You're so early today!"
It was my wife's voice. I muted the TV, turned around from the couch and
"Yah I got a half-day off today. You're looking for me?"
Her surprised expression faded and I noticed a troubled frown on her face.
"Well, actually... There's something I want to discuss with you."
She said as she settled down on the couch.
"Remember the guy who helped me when I moved? Well... We're getting
I congratulated her sincerely, felt happy for her from the bottom of my heart, yet I couldn't smile.
She smiled, looking at me gratefully. I guessed she knew I wouldn't be
unhappy for her news. Instead, I would be upset for what she was going to
"He was promoted, and we're moving this weekend..."
I knew it. From the beginning when she took out that piece of form with such an expression, I knew it.
I asked, my voice lowered. I worried if she could hear it.
"Okinawa... But you can come visit us anytime u want! The kids would surely be very happy! And my fiancÚ said he wouldn't mind at all! And you know..."
Okinawa... A place I liked very much... But not where I wanted my
children to be...
"I'll definitely visit you and the kids..."
She stopped and sighed, whispering my name. I looked up at her and
managed a smile. I took a deep breathe and picked up the pen.
"Thank you so much Teru..."
She smiled again when she took the form back. I smiled back, then I moved
away from the seat.
"Teru I -"
Before she could finish the sentence I handed her a cheque. She shook her hand, refused to take it.
"I really can't take anything more from you Teru... We've owned each
other too much!"
She looked at me quietly, a troubled frown appeared again.
"OMG! Are you nuts Teru? Do you know how much money is this!?"
She screamed and handed back the cheque to me.
All she did was smile and sigh. Being my 'wife' for so many years, she knew me well.
"Thanks so much Teru... Thanks for everything..."
I smiled to her, gave her a pat on her shoulder.
"For all I've owned you and the kids, there's nothing I can't give
She looked at me, smiling sort of teasingly.
I lowered my head at the sudden embarrassment. We both knew what it was.
She giggled and poked a finger at my left chest, then looked up at me.
"Who's the lucky person?"
She grinned as she asked.
Surprised, my eyes followed her finger and set on the TV. I gazed at the
screen, couldn't say a word for a long while.
"Baka... For so many years?"
She gave me a playful hit on my head and looked at me, very seriously.
She stopped me from making up lies or excuses.
I turned to give another look to the TV. A quick look at the one sitting
beside me, laughing cheerfully at whatever the host had said.
He's the one.
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