Archer Master Trilogy

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Chapter Four – Her New Home

Ch’ing Shin-li Says?

“How long will you stay there? Hurry up!” Yugi shouts behind the door of the comfort room.

Actually, we are still in the police station, and Yugi’s father sent someone to fetch us so we will be release by the police today. Anyway, I just ask them to give me a minute to change my clothes.

“I’m already done, okay?”

I check myself at the mirror first. I already removed my irritating prosthetics, which I only used to put freckles and make-believe pimples on my face. I also changed my hair-style from that of Pucca into a simply untied hair. My clothes? I just changed them into a simple t-shirt with an oversize hoodies, which I got from Gio, the last time when we had an escapade together and unfortunately, we were caught in the middle of the rain.

I also paired my outfit with a fitted jeans and teenies.

Anyway, I do not have to worry about my disguise because I still have my braces on and i am still wearing that old fashion reading glass with bigger frames.

“I’m ready,” I said as I open the door and went outside.

0.0 -----------> Yugi’s face when he finally see me.

^ ^, ------------> Yugi’s face five seconds later.

“How do I look?” I ask.

“You look better.”

Seto Dom Yo-gi’ says?

10 minutes . . . 15 minutes . . . 20 minutes. . . .

It is already one o’clock in the afternoon. How long will it take her to change her clothes? She is almost 30 minutes there.

On the second thought, why should I take responsibility on her, anyway? If not because of that laptop and cellphone. Wait, can I leave her a cash, instead?

So that’s it. I find for a cash on my wallet.

Hey, what is that?

I throw a look on the comfort room and smile. This is her pouch. When I open it, I saw a picture of her. Wait, is it really her? She is different here. She was on a very formal attire. She is not smiling and she was only staring straight to the one who captures the photo?

The next picture is she again with a guy and they were on a very elegant party. There are also other pictures of them, but the one that truly captures my attention is their picture in an orchard and they were wearing the same type of cap and hoodies and the guy is embracing her from her back.

At the back, there’s a dedication “Gio and myself on my 17th birthday”

Gio?

Her man maybe. I wonder if they are still together.

Anyway, I guess, she is gorgeous after all. I smile again as I return the pictures on their right place but a photo slips out from them------------ two kids: a boy and a girl in archery uniform. This is familiar especially that boy.

“Young master, are you done?” my bodyguard Duyu Yan approaches me.

I put the photo on my pocket then place her pouch in the table.

“Yeah, I am but she’s not.”

“How long will you stay there? Hurry up!”

“I’m already done okay?”

The moment she caught my gaze, she already untied her hair and cleaned her face though she still have reading glass and braces on. In her outfit of an oversize hoodies with jeans and teenies makes her stunning.

Okay, maybe she is gorgeous for short.

“How do I look?” she asked.

I smile at her.

“You look better.”

Ch’ing Shin-li Says?

“Is she your new hired maid, sir?”

Wtf?

Me? Hired house cleaner? As far as I know, I am a princess and not a house cleaner!

“Excuse-me--------------------” when I was about to answer that bodyguard’s effin question, Yugi interrupts me and he is the one who answered instead.

“She’s just a stranger out of nowhere.”

0.0 Stranger? I thought we were friends. Right?

“You may leave now.”

“But sir.”

“Leave.”

Okay? How rude? Bad, Yugi.

Right after Mr. Bodyguard left us, Yugi manage to turn on my direction.

“Here’s a cash,” he said as he gave me an envelope. “Come on, get it,” he said again.

I open the envelope. $200,000?

“It’s yours. Payment for my damages. After this, I will go my way and you also on yours. Forget everything here, understand? I’m leaving.”

After he said those words, he head off.

Huh? I thought he is a nice guy. So arrogant!

Anyway, what now?

I have 200,000 here plus another 5,000. Well, that makes $205,000. Should I go back to the property owner? Hell, no. I need to do something with this money. To start a business then.? But what business?

Because of too much frustration and tiredness, I decided to take a seat on the sidewalk. I am still here in front of the police station where that Yugi left me.. I embrace my legs then use my knees as a support on my head.

Tiny drops of water fall down on my eyes. Shin-li, crying again? I thought you are strong. You never cry before, right?

Oh life. Before, I only had simple but rich and perfect life in the palace. I am always the center of attraction to everyone else. I can do everything I want, but I always longed for freedom, thinking that there is so much of good things on the outside world behind those palace walls to which I am always locked in to.

Now, at an instant, I have this freedom that I always wanted, only for me to realized that not everything are all nice. Not everything are perfect. The world is rude and cruel. I met people who made their living by means of deceiving people or stealing their money. I also met people who have not recognized the word respect. Also some always laid their critic eyes on you.

You know what truth reveals on me there. Outside world is a rat race of people who do not really cares for others, and it is hard to be alone on a vicinity full of strangers, for you still need to be careful on whom to trust.

I miss our place.

I cannot help myself to stop on crying.

[Now Playing: Only Love- by Trademark]

This is so cruel. This is so unfair.

I stay on that position for almost 20 minutes. Sobbing.

Great. From now on, I am alone. You need to be yourself, Shin-li. Come on, cheer up. Right, I can do it. I will prove to papa and to everyone else that they are all wrong. I do not care how difficult or how hard. I do not need help from others. I can support myself.

By that, someone who have the heart lend a hand on me. I look at him. He has a handkerchief on him.

“Sometimes, crying is not really bad, but sobbing silently do. Sometimes, you also need to sing, shouts, or cry your heart.”

“You do?”

“Uh-huh,” he nod.

I wipe my tears. “In spite of being problematic, I’m not used to cry the way you think. Know why? Because, that is only for weak people, and stupid that they always shows their weaknesses to others. Half of the populace never care, while half of them are thanking their lucky star that it did not happen to them”

Instead of accepting the handkerchief, I just only shakes my head. “I don’t need that, for I promise myself that I will never cry again.′

“Fine,” he said and throw it on the trash bin. “I don’t need it either. Anyway, can you please stand up there? People are already staring at us, and they might think that I am the one who made you cry.”

“You are weary because they might think that you are an inconsiderable boyfriend dumping your girl on the street,” I smile teasingly.” All I need is a new home.”

“Then go with me,” he finally said.

Seriously, what? Did he offer me to come on his place?

“Are you effin serious?”

“If you’re not willing, then go. I will not waste any word to offer that favor again,” he smirk.

I get his hand then stand up. I smile at him. “Let’s go?” I ask while smiling.

He also smiles at me then we walk together.

Only love can say

Try again or walk away

But I believe in you and me

That sun will shine one day

So I’ll just play my part

Praying you’ll have a change of heart

But I can’t make you see it through

That something only love can do. . . .

Seto Dom Yo’-gi says?

“It’s yours. Payment for my damages. After this, I will go my way and you also on yours. Forget everything here, understand? I’m leaving.”

After I said that, I left her, ignoring that blank stare of hers which really bothers me a lot.

[Now Playing: Only Love- by Trademark]

Huh! Where I will go now?

I stop on the front of a convenient store, and then went inside. I get a coin from my purse and buy a Coca-Cola in can on one of the vending machines there.

As I sit on one of the stools, i remember how my family became once a perfect one .Though I cannot remember much of my childhood, everything I knew, occasionally, we always went here to drink Coca-Cola or have a dinner. That time, Dad was still not the prime minister. We were just only a simple family and he is just only on the beginning state of his firms.

Then everything became mess up.

I sigh again.

Then, I remember that photo on my pocket. As I stare on it, I cannot help myself to admire them. The boy had his arms around her shoulders and they were smiling. This is familiar though I do not know if they really became a part of my life. I look again at the picture then I remember her. . . .

Wait, what time is it already?

Six o’clock pm.

Oh shit! Is she still there? I wonder.

I do not even understand why I became worried for her all of a sudden, but I cannot help myself to rush back to the police station again.

I guess, I am right. She is still there and she is sitting on the sidewalk as if she was lost or what.

I decided to watch her from far. For 20 minutes, that is what everything I am doing. Standing there while staring at her. Wait, is she crying? Aish, so childish!

Now, I already know why I have this gut of concern for her. She do not have any idea what she is doing. Huh!

I get the handkerchief on my neck then fold it very carefully on my hand as I walks towards her. As it goes, I offers her the handkerchief in my hand. I think, she already notices me that is why she looks at my hand.

“Sometimes, crying is not really bad, but sobbing silently do. Sometimes, you also need to sing, shouts, or cry your heart.”

I tried to smile in order to cheer her up, but when I notice that she has rather to be far-too-serious, I think that my smile starts to fade.

“You do?” she asks to no one in particular.

“Uh-huh.” I nod.

She wipes her tears then tried to smile. Fake.

“In spite of being problematic, I’m not used to cry the way you think. Know why? Because, that is only for weak people, and stupid that they always shows their weaknesses to others. Half of the populace never care, while half of them are thanking their lucky star that it did not happen to them”

She still don’t dare to look at me huh?

“I don’t need that, for I will promise myself that I will never cry again,′ she said while shaking her head.

She is referring to the handkerchief.

Liar! I can see on her eyes that any minute now, she will going to cry again, though she can still manage to hold back the tears.

I throw the handkerchief on the trash bin.

“Fine, I don’t need it either. Anyway, can you please stand up there? People are already staring at us, and they might think that I am the one who made you cry.”

“You are weary because they might think that you are an inconsiderable boyfriend dumping your girl on the street,” she said then give me that teasing smile.

How can she said such to a man?

I look at her and I know that she became serious again.

“All I need is a new home.”

Huh? That is it.

“Then go with me,” I finally said. As if, I have a choice.

“Are you effin serious?”

Wow? After my effort, she still doubts me.

I give her a smirk.

“If you’re not willing, then go. I will not waste any word to offer that favor again.”

To my surprise, she gives me her hand so that I can help her to stand up, then she gives me that bright smile. “Let’s go?”

I cannot stop myself from smiling

She starts on gathering her things then we walk home together.

But only love can say

Try again or walk away

But I believe in you and me

That sun will shine one day

So I’ll just play my part

Praying you’ll have a change of heart

But I can’t make you see it through

That something only love can do. . . .

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