Seven years ago....
I literally loved sleeping, and normally you would need an earthquake measuring more than six on Richter scale or a cyclone to wake me up on holidays. But I was restless the whole night, unaware of when I drifted of to sleep. I had a bad dream though.
I was the school's official punching bag, and the freak that had no friends. I tried to search for Tyler but he was no where to be found. And that's when the realisation hit me that perhaps I've slept for too long, and everybody left without me. And, so, I woke up, horrified at first but relaxed a bit when I found out my parents were still present in the house. You may think that's funny but it's a possibility that maybe they have tried to wake me up but couldn't and gave up trying.
They had already woken up and were setting things in order for the camping trip we went to every year with the Millers. I looked at the clock; it was seven thirty am. I still have one hour to brush , take a shower , get ready and have breakfast. Altogether, I would have to move my hands and limbs very fast.
I used my favourite strawberry flavoured shampoo for washing my hair ( since it was Tyler's favourite too, which mattered the most, of course. As all of these troubles were taken to impress him ). After I was done with the brushing and showering part, I decided to wear my blue jeans and a red half sleeved t-shirt . I brushed my shoulder length black hair and left it to air dry.
Tyler Miller was my best friend from I'm not sure when , but it feels like forever. His mother and my parents were childhood friends and thus we always shared a pleasant relationship and they were almost family. I liked Tyler from the very moment I'd laid eyes on him , and it would be a big, fat lie if I say that he was just my best friend. Everybody knew I had a huge crush on him, and I'm pretty sure he did too. However, I never had the guts to confess . But don't judge me just yet, for I was only ten years old , and I was afraid of rejection. He was so just so perfect, every girl swooned over him . I don't even know why he hangs out with me in the first place. I'm so. . ...simple .
I was super excited to meet Tyler though I'd seen him only yesterday. I almost flew downstairs, over the railings, gulped down my breakfast in a fraction, and was out of the door like lighting. It's a good thing that I had managed to pack my things previous night only.
A shrill of ecstasy passed through me as I noticed Tyler standing by the car, helping his mother put their things in the car. I don't know when but my dad came to me and patted me on the shoulder saying, " exited much, huh kiddo? " and that's when I realised I was gawking at Tyler. I just nodded as response, trying vaguely to hide the blush creeping up my cheeks. Dad must have noticed it though, and he confirmed it by saying, " you should probably go to him, you look like you'regoing to eat him up." He always teased me about Tyler and how I should just tell him how much I like him but right now, he wasn't helping the situation by managing to redden my cheeks more than they already were.
He must have heard my Father's voice for, to my utter delight, he glanced at me that instance. He smiled his adorable smile, which always formed cute dimples on his cheeks and waved at me. My happiness knew no bounds. I had to remind my accelerated heart to slow down. Although, somehow, I did manage to wave back. God! He looked so delectable in his grey jeans and blue t-shirt. His dark hair nicely combed and blue eyes sparkling with energy and enthusiasm.
I rushed to him and was soon enveloped in his talk, mesmerised by his voice, drowning in his deep oceanic eyes, unable to get out. But somehow had to encourage myself to swim back to the surface when our parents announced that we were all set to go. We literally begged to be on the same car and at last, they had to allow us to be, after all who could tolerate that much wailing and crying. It was decided that we would go in their car since it was bigger.
I wasn't expecting to see my parents rather that happy to have some alone time. They went to our car hand in hand. Dad said something in mom's ear, which made her blush and then laugh. My parents were childhood sweethearts and it was clearly visible that their love hasn't faded yet; Even a blind person could see it.
After everything was set, we drove to the lakeside for camping like every year. After helping our parents with the tents and the bonfire we impatiently asked, "can we go play now? " my mom replied, " yes, you can but be careful, don't go too far and come back before dark ". We wanted to have a little time of our own. Since it was the last we could have together, we wanted it all to ourselves.
Tyler and his mom are flying to California on Wednesday. After Tyler's grandpa's death, his house and property has been transfered to his mother. Tyler was really upset about his grandpa's sudden diparture from this world. Albert was a nice man, I've met him a few times, and he had never failed to amaze me. It's so sad that he had to pass away from a sudden heart attack. The old man was so jolly and full of life, who would have anticipated that he had such a weak heart.
Anyways, that's four days from today and it's already freaking me out. I couldn't 't even handle the mere thought of him leaving me for one day, how am I going to animate the next couple of years of my life without him. Surely we could visit each other and call almost whenever we wanted to. But that didn't diminish the anguish of being unable to hold each other's hands and run till the feet give in. Take shelter in each other's company and protect each other's back( actually it's his job to protect me since I'm unable to protect even myself ).
The place was almost vacant throughout the year,since it was on the outskirts of the city. My parents found it inadvertently, while retuning from their two weeks vacation to Paris, when mom was pregnant with me. I correctly remember after the numerous times I've heard that story. Their flight had landed at around three PM and they were heading towards the city. But, unfortunately, their car had stopped midway and dad was trying to make it start again. Mom stumbled upon this place while attempting to find some fresh water nearby.
Mom once described it in length. she said, " the meadow was picturesque with a magnificent lake, surrounded by trees, as if hidden from the world. All kinds of exquisite flowers like roses, daisies, violets, dandelions, periwinkles and primroses bloomed around and fragranced the surroundings with their sweet aroma. The chestnut and cherry trees stood tall, overshadowing the area beneath them and providing shelter for the enthralling birds whose melodious hums filled the air. The lake water was so clear that the fishes were clearly visible. The alluring sunset left us astonished and spell bound, with the sun setting below, as if blending with the lake water and completely turning it scarlet. It felt as if we were in heaven, surrounded by the angels and fairies trying to amaze us. It was so rare to find a place in the near radius of the city, away from all the hubbubs of the common people. We felt so attracted to this place that we decided to cherish and attach more memories to it. "
" What fascinated us the most was the history of that place, which was inscribed on a signpost, it depicted the reason the lake would turn scarlet at dusk, every time the sun went down. It seemed like the sun would drown in the water and alter it's colour. That's the reason that place is called the 'Blood Eden ' " I know the story by heart, from the numerous times I've heard it from my parents as a bedtimes story.
Once upon a time, an ancient tribe inhabited this meadow. One day the chief was blessed with a beautiful girl. She was named Ariel. As she grew up her divine looks became more prominent. She was gorgeous with knee length black hair and captivating lavender eyes. It was believed that just one look into her violet eyes and you will feel tranquillity and peace envelope you. Her silvery laughter could fill the hearts with glee, her harmonious voice could lift any soul.
Tyler challenged me to run to the other side of the lake. Of course I won! Just kidding, I ran with all my will and strength but somewhere my stamina fell short and what can I say, well he won. We decided to rest by the lake side , since none of us had the strength to run any further.