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๐Ÿ. ๐•ป๐–—๐–Š๐–•๐–†๐–—๐–Š ๐–‹๐–”๐–— ๐•ฏ๐–Š๐–˜๐–•๐–†๐–Ž๐–—

"..๐•ญ๐–š๐–™ ๐–„๐–”๐–š'๐–›๐–Š ๐•ฌ๐–‘๐–—๐–Š๐–†๐–‰๐–ž ๐•ญ๐–”๐–š๐–Œ๐–๐–™ ๐•ฌ ๐•ฟ๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–๐–Š๐–™ ๐•ฌ๐–“๐–‰ ๐•ฟ๐–๐–Š๐–—๐–Š'๐–˜ ๐•น๐–” ๐•ฟ๐–š๐–—๐–“๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐•ญ๐–†๐–ˆ๐– ๐•น๐–”๐–œ"


Henry had already left and my father came home around 22:45pm. He is a CEO of a business company for higher technology, he works very long hours and comes home late most days. I told him about Henry wanting me to go with him to Germany. My father said that I could go as long as I stayed safe. My parents trust that I will be safe with Henry. My parents can be strict sometimes and overly protective over me. Luckily, they trust Henry. So, they aren't as strict on me as they used to be. It was still Sunday evening, I will leave with Henry on Friday. I'm so glad that I got my passport done last year. I had no idea that one day I'd get to go to Germany! I got my passport done last year because one of my best friends wanted me to spend the holidays with her in Hawaii. My father didn't want me to go so far away from my family and I just met Henry at the time. It was like a two votes 'no' kind of situation. I miss Mia and Katy so much. Mia is currently in Hawaii and Katy had moved to her father's place because he lives close to the college she studies at. Mia would probably be shocked to see that I dyed my hair blonde. She knows it's something I wouldn't really do, that's more like Katy's thing. Katy is like a Beverly Hills rich kid. Her dad gives her whatever she wants, she's blonde, in love with the color pink and can be shallow at times. She loves a good gossip but she's still an amazing friend. Mia is all about sports and math. She likes competition and she's the one who's always encouraging us not to give up on our dreams and on what we want in life.

I have the best friends in the world. I sent them a text telling them how much I miss them and that I'm going to Germany. Mia didn't read the text I send her but Katy did, and she replied with a crying face and multiple heart emojis. I decided to text the guys, they're probably still mad at me because Henry made me stop hanging out with them. I know it's ridiculous, because I literally knew Jake and Miguel since kindergarten. They were like the two brothers I never had. A lot has changed since Henry became my boyfriend, I got to see my friends less than usual and Henry made such a big deal when I was hanging out with Jake and Miguel. It hard for me to say goodbye to them and it hurts so much that I can't see them, and the girls before I go to Germany. I left Jake and Miguel a goodbye message over the Messenger app with heart emojis and a text that says, "๐™ธ ๐š–๐š’๐šœ๐šœ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŠ๐š•๐š• ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐š–๐šž๐šŒ๐š‘. ๐™ธ ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š ๐š’๐šœ๐š‘ ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐™ธ ๐šŒ๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐š ๐šœ๐šŽ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŠ๐š•๐š• ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ ๐™ธ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š˜ ๐™ถ๐šŽ๐š›๐š–๐šŠ๐š—๐šข ๐š ๐š’๐š๐š‘ ๐™ท๐šŽ๐š—๐š›๐šข ๐š˜๐š— ๐™ต๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŠ๐šข." I put my phone down on the bed and I heard it vibrate. I picked it up and saw that Miguel replied with, "๐™ถ๐šŽ๐š›๐š–๐šŠ๐š—๐šข? ๐™พ๐š‘, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š’๐š! ๐™ต๐š’๐š›๐šœ๐š, ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŒ๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐š๐š—' ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š ๐š’๐š๐š‘ ๐šž๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š—๐š˜๐š  ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š ๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šœ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐šŠ๐š”๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŠ๐š ๐šŠ๐šข ๐š—๐š˜๐š  ๐š๐š˜๐š˜? ๐šƒ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐š๐šž๐š๐šŽ ๐š’๐šœ ๐šŠ ๐š ๐šŠ๐š•๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š›๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š•๐šŠ๐š! ๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š'๐šœ ๐šž๐š™ ๐š ๐š’๐š๐š‘ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š•๐š˜๐š˜๐š”? ๐™ธ๐š' ๐šœ ๐š“๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐šข๐š˜๐šž. ๐šˆ๐š˜๐šž'๐š›๐šŽ ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ธ๐š›๐š’๐šœ ๐™ธ ๐š›๐šŽ๐š–๐šŽ๐š–๐š‹๐šŽ๐š›." I could tell that Miguel was upset, but as my friend he should at least be happy for me.


How could Miguel call Henry a walking red flag when he's the one who kept talking about how much numbers he got from girls who were in very vulnerable states, shame on him. I wasn't gonna let him have the last word. I texted him back with, "๐™ผ๐š’๐š๐šž๐šŽ๐š•, ๐™ธ ๐š”๐š—๐š˜๐š  ๐šข๐š˜๐šž'๐š›๐šŽ ๐šž๐š™๐šœ๐šŽ๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š• ๐š•๐š’๐š”๐šŽ ๐™ท๐šŽ๐š—๐š›๐šข ๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐šข๐šŽ๐š ๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š๐š›๐š’๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐šœ๐š‘๐š’๐š™ ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š'๐šœ ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š›๐šž๐šŽ. ๐™ธ ๐šŒ๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐š ๐šŠ๐š ๐š•๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐šœ๐š๐š’๐š•๐š• ๐š๐šŽ๐šก๐š ๐šข๐š˜๐šž. ๐™ธ ๐š‘๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ๐šœ๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š–๐š’๐šœ๐šœ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž, ๐™ธ ๐š๐š˜. ๐™ฑ๐šž๐š ๐™ท๐šŽ๐š—๐š›๐šข ๐š’๐šœ ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š—๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š—๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š๐šœ ๐š–๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ. ๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š—'๐š ๐šœ๐šŠ๐šข ๐šœ๐šž๐šŒ๐š‘ ๐š‹๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š‘๐š’๐š– ๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŠ๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š—!" I felt like throwing the phone against the wall, I felt my anger rising up. Henry is a good guy. How could he say those things? I heard my phone beep again and it was Jake. He texted me saying that he misses me and he could try to see me Wednesday if I wanna hang out one last time. I smiled at the screen when I read his words, I replied to Jake that he should see if he could get Miguel and Katy to come too. Henry should understand that I just want to say goodbye to my friends. Jake replied with a text that he'll do his best. I could always count on Jake, he's the best!

Miguel haven't replied to my message that I sent him. I sighed, took a clean bra and panty out of my drawer. I put my favorite purple nightgown and white robe on the bed, before going to my inside bathroom. I took a shower carefully, not to wet my hair. I hummed a tune that reminded me of when I was 11 years old on my first camp with all my friends. The song was "Ballad Of Dwight Fry" from Alice Cooper. My friends and I have that in common, we loved good old school music. Mia, Miguel, Jake and I were very close friends, and we just never knew Katy yet, at the time. We met Katy when our parents were at the mall and they decided to leave us at the toy section while they did the shopping. I heard a small cry at the barbie doll shelves, I went closer and saw this blonde girl in a pink princess dress crying with a Barbie brush in her hand. I asked her why she was crying and she said, "Because my daddy won't buy me the new Barbie beauty queen collection. He said that if I was a good girl and didn't fight with my cousin, then I could get it. But she keeps getting me into trouble and well, I high-fived her face." She cried more. I stood there awkwardly, not sure how to comfort her and Mia walked towards me. Mia asked what's up and I told her about the Barbie phase the girl was going through. "It's not a phase. Beauty is important and no one will love you if you're unattractive." The little blonde haired stated in a matter-of-fact way. Mia stepped closer, " Woah, that was so blunt. I like your style. What's your name?" She smiled shly and said, "I'm Katy Baker, nice to meet you. And who are you?" Mia smiled and said, "I'm Mia Lawrence and this is my friend, Iris Zhong." Mia linked her arm with mine.

The girl we now know as Katy Baker became our friend that day. At first, I wasn't that fond of her. She just striked me as a spoiled brat. The guys, Jake and Miguel were shy around her, at first and had a crush on her. Soon, they got used to her and began to see her as a sister. I became close with her after a couple of weeks of spending time with her. I got to know her and she might be spoiled, but she had a beautiful heart. She was an amazing friend to me. I'm so glad that we met her that day at the mall on 17 December 2009. Ever since we met her, our friendship bond grew stronger and we were all inseparable. Sometimes we had our moments when we'd disagree on things and we all had totally different dreams. Jake Baws has always wanted to be a rockstar, his passion is music. Miguel Martinez wanted to be a rich famous man surrounded by pretty women. Mia wanted to be a netball player. Katy wanted to be a fashion model and a designer. I just wanted to travel around the world or become an artist. Sometimes in life we can't always get what we want, though. Jake is now a videogame tester. Miguel is unemployed, but well taken cared of by his rich step father. Mia Lawrence is an inspirational speaker and a writer, she's probably writing a book while she's currently in Hawaii. Katy Baker is studying psychology at college and I am just a tattoo artist here at home. I have four tattoos that represents my friends in their favorite colors. I got a small chameleon on my forearm that represents Jake. Like a chameleon, he is peaceful and positive, no matter how his mood changes. He's the one who's always looking at things in a positive way, and the one who keeps the peace when there seems to be a problem. He is the wise sage of our friend group. On my lower back, I got a river dragon which kind of looks like Haku from the anime movie called "Spirited Away". The river dragon represents Miguel. He is stubborn, but will never let me down and will pull me out of the deep end when I feel like I'm drowning. He makes me laugh when I'm feeling down and I can count on him. He always cheers me up. He is the cheerful clown we all love of our friend group. On my shoulder, I have a red heart with pink stitches, making the tattoo appear as if it was stitched into my skin. The heart represents Katy. She is the most girly girl I've ever met. She has a lot of kindness and she's been very supportive, emotionally. She is the therapist and sweetheart of our friend group. I have the typical butterfly tattoo every girl gets, but on my diaphragm area. A big black butterfly with yellow wings. The butterfly represents Mia. She is a very talented individual, she's competitive, pretty and a free spirit. She is the wings in our friend group. She's always giving us hope and courage to never give up on what we want out of life. She can be a bit of a control freak at times, but she's mostly strict on herself.

I got out of the shower, dried my body and applied coconut lotion on my body before putting on my undies and PJs. I left my phone on in my drawer, next to my bed and thought of my friends before I fell asleep. I had the strangest dream.

Dream

I was with Henry at a carnival and he wanted to take me on a carousel. He took my hand and put me on a white horse. He got onto the grey horse in front of me. The carousel started to move. I was having fun and then it suddenly started going faster than it's suppose to go. I suddenly felt sick and I wanted to get off. It felt like I couldn't hold tight anymore and that I was going to fall off. I heard Miguel call behind me on a blue horse, saying, "I knew this was gonna happen! I told you so. You shouldn't have gotten on here." I got cocky and yelled back at him, "And what about you? What are you doing here?!" He just looked at me with a 'I-told-you-so' expression on his face. I noticed that all my friends were stuck on the carousel with me and Henry. Jake was on a green horse, Mia on a yellow horse and Katy on a pink horse, that's so her! I noticed that they were all sitting on horses that were in their favorite colors, except for me. I noticed a shadow figure on the carousel, riding a black horse. I tried to look who it was but I suddenly lost my grip and fellโ€”

I woke up screaming. It's like I fell back into reality. I ran my hand through my hair and tried to figure out what my dream was trying to tell me. I was trying to put the pieces together. What does a carousel mean in dreams? Is it life itself or a journey? I wasn't sure. I tried to look up what the colors meant. I remembered that Henry was riding a grey horse and I started writing down our names and colors with it's possible meanings:

Henry: Grey - grief, sorrow, despair, decay?
Me: White - Innocence, life, purity, joy?
Miguel: Blue - sadness, peace, calm and collected?
Mia: Yellow - vibrant, active, positive, energetic?
Jake: Green - jealousy, envy, wisdom, intelligence?
Katy: Pink - Happiness, love, joyful, care?
The mysterious figure: Black - Death, fear, mystery, the unknown?

I really don't like what I see by Henry's color, maybe I might be wrong and I'm probably looking too deep into the dream. I remember Miguel saying, "I told you so" in my dream. Maybe he was just being cocky. Either way, I should probably be careful.

I did my laundry for the day and I got a message from Mia saying that she's sorry that she only saw my message now because she's been writing a book and that she misses me too. Yes, just as I suspected. Mia could write all day when she's not doing any physical activities. I got a message from Katy saying that Jake let her know that he'll pick her up on Wednesday to come see me one last time. I smiled at my phone and texted Jake with a "๐™ถ๐š˜๐š˜๐š ๐š“๐š˜๐š‹, ๐š‹๐šž๐š๐š๐šข :)" before putting my phone back into my jean pocket. I hung up my clothing on the washing line in the backyard. My parents were working and I didn't have any customers willing to get tattooed today. I just wanted to wash my clothes finish for the day so I could start packing soon for Germany. I heard someone at the door and it was Henry. I smiled at him and we hugged. "Henry, what's up?" Henry smiled back at me and said, "Hey princess, just thought I'd check in. Do you still want to go to Germany? I mean, you haven't seen your friends in a long time now. If you're having second thoughts, you can tell me." I looked at him and shook my head, "No, Henry. I wanna go with you! I'm dead sure." He held my hand, "Okay, Irie, I just wanted to make sure." He kissed me on my cheek. "I mean, you've already bought a ticket and there's no turning back now"

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