30th October XXXX
"So-so what is next?" I finally managed to utter,breaking the silence as we walked through the dark and quiet forest.
“A surprise.” He answered quietly.
We continued to go deeper into the forest. The deeper we go, the darker the place was. The forest was very dark and quiet if not for the nocturnal animals, or beings, making their existence known through sounds. But I wasn't very much frightened. Had I been with myself alone, I would have felt scared. But I was not, he was with me. It made me feel secure and safe and I know that he was leading us carefully to the place he wanted to bring me.
I felt his grip on my hand tightened a little. I tried to see if there was anything wrong, but the darkness of the place did not allow me to see his expression. “Is something wrong?” I asked.
“Hmm…nothing? Why do you ask?” He answered in the same quiet voice.
“I, uhm, just thought if we might be lost or something.” I answered hesitantly. Would he think that I don’t trust him?
He let out a breathy chuckle and said confidently, “We’re not lost Angel. Don’t worry."
Despite how he said it, it did not really assure me. The place was just so dark that I couldn't even tell which direction is what. But I could only trust him. He knew the place and I could only bet my faith on him. I don’t think he would do something as strange as getting us lost anyway.
Suddenly, he stopped walking. I bumped onto his back lightly. I would probably be fine if I had not worn heels in the forest. But I did and I was not really used to wearing them. I lose my balance and felt myself starting to fall. It was inevitable that I would fall. I shut my eyes and waited for my body to slump on the ground. But it did not. Instead, I felt an arm wrapped around my waist and when I opened my eyes I saw his face close to mine, our body just millimeters apart from each other.
“Are you okay, Angel?” He asked, his voice lined with worry.
“Yeah. Thank you.” I answered, pretty much embarrassed of myself. I was not used to wearing heels. And walking in the forest grounds with them is not ideal at all. But I guess I should be pretty proud of myself for surviving them.
I noticed that he looked around us as if confirming something. “I think here should be good.” He said. He let go of me and said, “Just hold on for a while.”
He took a few steps away from me, leaving traces of his warmth on my body. I watched him closely as he took something out from the bag that he was carrying. He crouched on the ground like he was arranging something. When he seemed to be finished, he went back to my side and took my hand again. He led me to the area that he arranged where a cloth was placed on the ground.
“Take a sit. Be careful.” He said, his voice remaining quiet.
He assisted me as I sat on the cloth-covered ground. He was especially careful with my dress like he doesn't want to dirty it. I sat next to him.“So, we’re here?” I asked again.
“Yeah, we’re here.” He answered.
“And what is it that you wanted to show me?” I asked again.
“Just wait and see, Angel.” He answered.
I noticed that he turned on a small light and immediately covered it with his hand. He removed his hand from the light and immediately put it back again. He did the same thing over and over again. I was left wondering to myself what he was doing.
“What are you doing?” I finally asked, unable to keep to myself.
He turned to face me and despite the darkness, I managed to make out a smile on his face. He moved his hand to my chin and moved my face to a different direction. “Look.” He whispered very close to my ear that I could feel the warmth in his breath.
I slowly shifted my gaze to the direction he ushered me to face. I was yet again speechless to what was before me. What I saw was something of exquisite beauty that never in my life had I seen before. No, I don’t think I would ever see this scenery in my entire life had this chance not come by. Hundreds or even thousands of tiny lights were floating near us. And slowly, more lights started to appear around us. It was as if I was in a magical moment. It felt like I was in a fairy tale were several fireflies gather around me.
I was not able to tear my gaze away from the sight, nor was I able to utter any word. I was just there, taking in everything, appreciating the very moment, afraid that it might disappear any second soon. Suddenly, he held my hand and moved even closer to me, his chest leaning against my back. I noticed that my heart was racing against my chest. Whether it was because I was extremely touched by what I saw or because of his sudden actions, I was not able to identify.
I took in a deep breath and closed my eyes. The image of us as we were sitting in the pitch black darkness surrounded with fireflies appeared in my mind. I opened my eyes and slowly turned to face him, our faces just a few centimeters apart. “It’s beautiful.” I said.
He did not say anything in response. Instead, his face drew closer to mine. My heart started to race against my chest. It became difficult to breath. My surrounding turned quiet as if it was on mute. I could hear nothing but the loud beating of my heart. It was crashing heavily against my chest that I was afraid he could hear it. I don’t understand what was happening right then. I just stared at his eyes as he slowly moved closer; closing what little gap was left between us.
I felt his forehead leaned against mine and the tip of our noses touched. His breathing was ragged as if air was scarce. He closed his eyes, as his nose rubbed the side of mine. Our lips were only millimeters apart.
“Danica.” I heard him whisper, his warm breath caressed my lips.
“Y-yeah?” I stutter. My own breath was caught in my throat.
“There’s something I want to tell you.” He whispered again.
“What is it?” I answered, keeping my voice quiet.
“Not now. I will tell you on a different day. But will you listen to me then?” He asked.
“Yeah.” I answered.
“Did you like it?” He asked.
“Yeah.” I answered honestly.
“It’s like a dream…so magical. If only it could continue forever.” I said.
“A dream that you want to go on forever?” He asked, amusement was apparent in his voice.
“Yes.” I answered honestly.
“I wish the same. If only this could continue on forever.” He whispered.
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