Sparks Fly

Sunday, April 8, 2012

“I run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild. Just keep on keeping your eyes on me, it's just wrong enough to make it feel right. Lead me up the staircase, won't you whisper soft and slow? I'm captivated by you, baby, like a firework show.

Drop everything now. Meet me in the pouring rain, kiss me on the sidewalk, take away the pain. 'Cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile.

Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down. Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around. 'Cause I see sparks fly whenever you... smile”.


As Ally worked her way around in the kitchen, she moved with the beats of the song. She looked at the clock, 14:00. She had approximately 90 minutes to get all the food prepared, cooked and stored, 45 minutes to get ready and 15 minutes to grab whatever she needed. Egg sandwiches, leek dumplings, chicken nuggets, sausages and home-made konniyaku jelly. She hoped it was enough for him.

***

“I remember the times we spent together on those drives, we had a million questions all about our lives, and when we got to New York, everything felt right... I wish you were here with me, tonight.”

“I am.”
“What?”
“I am here with you now and I'll still be here with you tonight.” Ally felt her cheeks becoming a little warmer than usual.

It was a Saturday. Their initial plan was to go drinking with their friends that night, however Ally had fallen ill all of a sudden. So instead of having liquor coursing through her system, she suggested for the two of them to walk to a park from her house and they would watch the sun set. Unfortunately, the skies weren't in their favour. It was raining too much and there were way too many clouds. Nonetheless they still made their way to the park.

Ally couldn't forget the warmth that stirred in her after they got splashed by an oncoming car who drove through a small pool of water on the road without slowing down and it got them wet, he moved towards the outside of the pavement near the curb of the road.

“What are you doing?”
“Keeping you dry? If the next car does that again, I'll be the one getting wet, not you.” Ally chuckled lightly. He was unbelievably caring and adorable.

***

Most of the shelters were already occupied, so they hadn't had a choice but to share one with another couple. They sat on the other side of the hut and it was as though an invisible line was drawn, separating the shelter as though it was two worlds apart.

Ally pulled out the Tupperwares that she had brought. She saw eagerness dancing in his eyes. He hadn't known that she would be preparing food, and much less what she had prepared. She opened the first one, which contained egg sandwiches. As he bit into it, she couldn't help but stare at him. Thoughts were racing through her mind : How does it taste like to him? Is it nice? Does he like it? Is it too tasteless or too salty?

Next she pulled out the second container which contained all the finger food which she had cooked and lastly the box of jellies. Frankly, it was the first time that she had ever cooked and packed food and brought it out to a park to eat with anyone. The closest that there ever was was when her bestfriend had decided to go to the beach to relax and clear his mind and then decided to have a mini picnic by bringing a straw mat along with some sushi that he had bought before meeting her.

He finished all the food. She could hear her little angel talking to her again, stating the very obvious.. "He finished the food!!!!"

***

They spent the rest of the evening just sitting close together on the wooden bench provided, talking, hearing the sound of nature around them, feeling at peace and caught a glimpse of the sun turning pink as it made its way to bring life to the other side of the world.

The day was theirs. That moment was theirs. That time was theirs. Everything froze, or at least they wished it would...