After a tiresome despedida Ryan’s parents arranged for the afternoon, he and his best friend Rachel went to his kitchen to finally eat their favorite cake.
“You know, your extended family aren’t that obnoxious if you tried to have a nice conversation with them” she said as she took out the box from Ryan’s fridge.
“Yeah, sure, whatever. They’re just nice to you ‘cuz you’re pretty” he said, placing his chin on the table.
“Oh come on, you know I can see right through them Ry!” She beamed, eyes turning red as she looked at her best friend
“I can even see right through you.”
“Hey, hey! Cut it out Chelie, you know how bothered I am when you try to decipher my thoughts” he covered his face as an attempt to block her telepathic powers.
She chuckled at his look as her eyes turned back to its natural brown state. She placed down the box of cake on the glossy wooden table, opened it and took out the unfinished caked and two forks inside.
Sitting down on the stool opposite of Ryan, she took her fork and started eating.
“Dark chocolate will always be the best” she exclaimed, clearly happy of the food.
Ryan nodded in response. But little did Rachel know that Ryan was trying to sneak in his phone to take a picture of her before he leaves.
It’s been a few months when he realized he was actually in love with his best friend, but he just couldn’t seem to tell her at all. Instead, he acts like a protective brother who always try to make her avoid anything dangerous.
“You know…” she said while taking another bite of the cake, her back facing Ryan
“I’ll really miss you, because, well… you know…” she turned slowly with teary eyes and a wry smile.
Just as she turned to him, he was able to take Rachel’s picture. His cheeks began to heat up as he looked at her smile, then at the photo. He covered his face with his one hand and smiled uncontrollably.
“Hey! Why did you take a picture of me?! That’s so unfair, let me see it. Ryan! I might look ridiculous, please show me” she protested, but Ryan insisted to hide the picture.
“Still Cabbage?” He asked while laughing
Rachel pouted at the question and started to poke Ryan’s side.
“Hey, hey, hey” he said, his hands turning green. Rachel floated gently from where she was standing and was seated back to the stool.
“It’s getting darker outside, we better finish the cake so we can have some more fun” he smiled at her.
A few hours passed, Ryan and Rachel went down the stairs, laughing at their first impressions to one another. As they reached the door, she faced Ryan with a small smile and hugged him. Her hug was getting tighter, a portion of Ryan’s shirt was getting a bit warm, and a soft sob slipped out of Rachel’s lips. He hugged her back as tight as he could, caressing her back, and kissing her forehead.
As her sobs started to fade, she whispered to him
“I still have to fight you, you know”
Biting his lip, he pulled her away and stared at her. Her face flushed with a tint of pink, eyes a bit swollen from the tears, and her lips a bit swollen as well from all the time she bit into it as an attempt to suppress her sobs. He touched her soft cheeks, stroked it with his finger
“You don’t” he said as he slowly leaned in to kiss her.
As their lips parted, Rachel bowed her head, trying to cover the shy smile on her face.
“This time, instead of cabbage, can I say what it really means?” He asked her
She nodded shakily, still can’t move on from the kiss. He chuckled at her and hugged her.
“You’re the most important person in my life”
“Cabb— y-you are… t-the most… im-important p-p-person… i-i-in m-m-my… life…”
Gently pulling her with him, he turned on the music and closed all the doors with his powers. Bit by bit, they started floating from the ground making Rachel hold on to him tighter.
“Relax, I’m here.” he assured her
Ryan gently placed his hand on her waist, Rachel placed hers on his shoulder. Slowly and clumsily, they started dancing in thin air, along to their favorite song.
“I just want you to know who I am “