Mai was walking down the stairs in the main hall where Luella was sitting and reading the newspaper. Mai took a deep breath and sat opposite to Luella. Luella looked up from the newspaper towards Mai.
"Do you need something, dear?" Luella asked her.
Mai sighed heavily and said "Luella, there is something I need to ask you."
Luella put the newspaper down on the table when she traced the seriousness in Mai's voice.
"What is it, Mai?" Luella asked her.
"I want to go to America." Mai said while looking for any kind of confusion on Luella's face.
Luella frowned and asked her "For the manager job that was provided to you?"
Mai nodded. Sadness washed over Luella's face.
She asked "Why Mai? Don't you like it here? Is there something that you want to just walk away from?"
Mai looked at Luella and said wiping the doubts that Luella was having in her mind.
"No Luella it's not that. It's just that I want
to leave from this atmosphere for some time. And even I know that I've been bothering you and Martin till no end."
"Mai, I never thought that you've been bothering us." Luella said with tears in her eyes.
She wanted Mai to stay but deep inside her she knew that this girl needed some air from all that's been going on.
"Look Luella, I don't want you to think that I don't love you guys or I am fed up. It's just I need to go, I have to go." Mai explained.
"But Mai please stay." Luella pleaded.
Mai sighed. She felt guilty to make this woman in front of her to cry. Luella had done so much for her but her she was being selfish.
"Let's…..make a deal." Mai said. Luella looked at her and asked "What kind of deal?"
"It may sound ridiculous but it's the only thing that I think will stop me from leaving." Mai said hoping her word won't hurt Luella. Luella nodded.
Mai sighed and explained the deal "Let's call Noll and see if he has time for me or not. If he talks with me, I'll stay but if he doesn't" She looked at Luella "I'll leave." Mai finished.
Luella was shocked and sad. 'Seems like she also know that I have already won the deal.' Mai thought.
"But Mai-" Luella stopped when she saw so much hurt in Mai's eyes. Luella sighed and nodded.
She picked the phone and called Noll.
Ring. Ring. Ri-
"Hello?" Noll said.
Luella smiled. 'Maybe Mai will stay here after all.'
"Noll, It's me, Your mother." Luella said happily.
"Mother, is there something you want? I am in a middle of something important." Noll answered.
Luella frowned. She said "I know Noll. But the least you could do is talk with me or Mai. It's been three years."
"I know, Mother but I am kind of busy here." Noll answered.
"But at least talk with Mai. How much time has passed on since you last called her?" Luella said while looking in the direction of Mai and seeing her stoic face. Mai was staring at Luella.
"I'll call her later when I am free Mother. Right now I am busy." He said that and hung up.
Luella looked at the phone and sighed. She put the phone on the table and looked at Mai. She tried to speak but couldn't. A tear slipped down from Mai's eye.
"Mai?" Luella said with concern.
"He didn't have time, did he?" Mai asked with a sad smile.
Luella looked down in shame and shook her head.
Mai hugged Luella and said "I am sorry that I have to put you through this. I am so sorry. But I guess it's time for me to leave. I'll miss you."
Luella hugged her back and said "I'll miss you too."
Mai went to her room and called Joseph. She told him that this time she was going to come, as the manager of ASPR. Joseph told her that she could leave tonight and catch the plane to America and Mai said yes. Mai was packing her clothes when her eyes again landed on the ring on her finger.
'I wonder, do you still have the ring I gave you Noll?' She thought.
Noll was packing his things. He had a flight to Japan in 5 hours. Mai entered the room and patted on his shoulder.
"What is it, Mai?" Noll asked.
He was still angry that Mai made him go to Japan.
"You're still angry with me?" Mai asked him.
Noll stared at her and said "No"
Mai giggled and took out and small box from her pocket and gave it to Noll.
Noll raised an eyebrow and said "What is this, Mai?"
"Geez….open it Noll." Mai said and pouted.
Noll opened the box and he saw a simple gold band ring similar to the ring he gave to her.
"I thought it might be a good parting gift." Mai said and smiled.
Noll stared at the ring and then looked at Mai. He gave her a small smile.
He hugged her and said "Thanks. I'll never take it off."
"Cool" Mai said and slid the ring in Noll's finger.
It was time for her flight. Luella had come to drop Mai at the airport.
"Bye Mai." Luella said with tears in her eyes and hugged her.
Mai hugged her back and said "Bye Luella."
And then Mai left England.
The airplane landed on the land of America. Mai came out of the airport and waited for Noah. Joseph had said that a guy named Noah Patrick would come and take her to her apartment. Then a guy came in front of her with a toothy grin.
"You must be Mayra Thomes. I am Noah Patrick. Nice to meet ya." He said and brought his hand in the front to shake hands.
Mai smiled and said "Yeah I am the one." She shook his hand.
They both went to the car he came in and drove to her apartment.
Somewhere in Japan.
Noll was working on his table when the door of his office banged open. He looked up and saw a very angry Gene standing in front of him.
Noll raised an eyebrow and said "What do you want?"
"You are a big jerk, you know that Oliver." Gene roared at his twin brother.
In the meantime, Lin had entered the cabin. He said "What's going on?"
Gene told them something. While listening to him, Noll's eyes went wide.
Mai had entered her apartment. It was pretty big for one person but it was nice. Suddenly her phone started ringing.
She picked it up and said "Hello?"
"Mai." The other person said.
Mai's eyes went wide "Noll?" She breathed out.
"Where are you?" He asked her.
"I…" She tried to speak.
"You're in America aren't you?" He said angrily.
"Well…." She tried to speak but he again cut her off.
"WHY DID YOU LEAVE AFTER I TOLD YOU NOT TO?" He shouted.
"Noll I…." She again tried to speak.
"WHY CAN'T YOU JUST DO WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO? WHY THE HELL DID YOU NOT WAIT FOR ME?" He again shouted.
That boiled Mai's anger. 'I didn't wait for him. I DIDN'T WAIT FOR HIM. How dare he?' Mai thought. She was getting angry.
"YOU JUST HAVE TO BE STUBBORN, DIDN'T YOU? YOU COULD HAVE WAITED FOR M…." Noll was cut off because Mai was the one shouting now.
"HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT I DIDN'T WAIT FOR YOU? I WAITED FOR YOU FOR THREE YEARS. FOR THREE FREAKING YEARS. YOU ARE SAYING THAT I DIDN'T WAIT FOR YOU. HOW DARE YOU, OLIVER DAVIS." Mai shouted.
"YOU WERE NOT DOING ME ANY FAVOR BY WAITING. I LOVED YOU AND YOU JUST TOOK OFF LIKE THAT, MAI." Noll yelled.
"I couldn't do it Noll. Three years is big time. You never called. You never e-mailed me, nothing. You made me feel like I didn't even exist." Mai said in a soft voice.
"WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO? ABANDON MY WORK AND COME RUNNING TOWARDS YOU. THAT IS ABSURD MAI." Noll again shouted.
"I NEVER TOLD YOU TO ABANDON YOUR WORK FOR ME. YOU JUST HAD TO GIVE ME EQUAL TIME. HECK A SMALL AMOUT OF TIME COULD HAVE WORKED OUT BUT NO YOU
CHOSE YOUR WORK OVER ME." Mai shouted again.
"If you think that way then I guess there is no point of us staying together." Noll said in a low voice.
That got Mai off guard. 'What is he saying?' Mai thought.
"What are you talking about, Noll?" Mai asked. Tears were threatening to fall from her eyes.
"It's over. May be "us" was never suppose to happen, Mai. Goodbye." He said that and hung up.
Mai was so shocked. She couldn't say anything. The phone was still on her ear.
"It's…..it's a joke" She laughed bitterly. "It's definitely a joke." She said.
Tears came running down her face. "NO. NO. He can't do that. I love him. No. GOD DAMN IT"
The phone slipped out from her hand and fell on the floor.
"Mayra" Noah called her. He was standing on the door.
He was so shocked to see her crying like that.
"What happened?" He asked with worry in his voice.
Tears were running down her face. She tried to speak.
Before she could complete her sentence, everything blacked out and she fainted. Noah caught her on time before she could make contact with the floor.
"Mayra! Mayra!" Noah shouted her name but she was long gone.
Noll stared at the phone in front of me. A tear slipped from his eye on the phone but he wiped it off quickly. Good thing that he was alone in his office. He clutched the phone so tightly that his knuckles turned white.
"Damn you, Mai" He said through gritted teeth.
He smashed the phone on the floor and it broke in to several pieces.
"I love you so damn much, Mai." He whispered to himself.