Show Yourself: Chapter 23 – Long Silence

The last day of my trip in Brightpoint was here. After breakfast I began packing my belongings back into my luggage. It would be one less thing I would have to do before heading to the ferry back to Bridgeport. I know we would have to head out a bit early because the airport is a few miles outside of Bridgeport. I just wasn’t looking forwarded to the journey back home. I had some unfinished business here.




“Do you have your things all packed up?”


“Awesome. Our flight is gonna be a little earlier. I booked us on a different flight. I can’t wait to bury my face between your mom’s-“

“Okay dad! I don’t need to know all the details.”

“I just miss her so much.”

“Me too, dad. How much earlier?”

“We have a 4pm flight so we gotta head out about 1.”

“Mind if I hang out with Noelle for a little bit?”

“Yeah, can’t leave your lady behind without goodbye.”

“Dad.. She’s not a- Never mind.”




I shot Noelle a text letting her know that would be leaving soon and I would like

to see her for one last time. However I didn’t know some would go by.




I waited and waited for Noelle to respond but nothing. I was confused. Why was she not responding to my text. I sent another one, thinking maybe she didn’t get the first time. I would check my phone every 5 minutes but still nothing.



The wait was agonizing. I tried to think did I do anything to offend her but I couldn’t think of anything. I was lost, confused and felt like I was losing my mind.




“What’s going on, bro?”

“I don’t understand why Noelle won’t respond to me.”

“What did you do?”


“Girls are strange. You can piss them off and they won’t tell you what you did.”

“She was happy when I last saw her. I didn’t think I pissed her.”




“What do I do, Bash?”

“Not sure. Maybe her phone is dead or she lost it in the house.”

“Just my luck. The day I leave and something happens to her phone.”

“Sucks man but who knows. Guess gotta play the waiting game.”


“Let’s chill outside with Eli. It’s a nice day.”





With an hour and half passing by, still no response from Noelle. I went outside in the backyard with Bastian and Eli. It was a pretty nice mid morning out but I wish I could be spending this time with Noelle. 




“Cheer up, Sunshine.”

“Only she can call me that, Eli.”

“I was trying to make you smile a little, Rai.”

“Still nothing, bro?”

“Nothing. I’m kinda worried. Should I go over there?”

“That’s probably not a good idea.”

“I agree with Bash. If she’s mad about something. If might make things worse.”




“What could she be mad about?”

“Maybe you chewed your mouth too loudly?”

“Or you farted. Ha ha ha!”

“I swear I didn’t do any of those things.”

“Noelle is a girl so it could be any little dumb thing like burping without excusing yourself. Ha ha ha!”

“Some girls are really petty about the small things.”

“Noelle isn’t like those type of girls. She doesn’t seem petty.”




After a while I decided to lay down for a while and think to myself.




I had so many thoughts racing through my head. What could be the reason of why I haven’t anything from Noelle. She’s usually quick to reply to but today of all the days, I get nothing when time is quickly running out.



I started to grow angry with each passing minute. I thought about sending her an angry text letting her how I felt.  My ears twitched as I could sense Jada’s presence was near by. It was a small reminder to not act on my impulses.

“Go away Jada. I’m not gonna do it!” 




My phone read 12:29 when it blurt out a chime, alerting me that I have a text. It was Noelle telling me to meet her at The Watchman’s Dock. I darted out the door once my Uber driver arrived.




I found Noelle sitting at the end of the dock, looking down into the water. The breeze from the ocean felt cool and nice. I enjoyed the light mist of ocean water on my face. I needed that cool down as I started to get a bit hot and nervous during my ride here.





“Hey Sunshine! Good to see you.”

“Good to see you too.”




“Why are you all red? Did you run here?”

“Uhh no. Uber driver had no AC.”

That was a lie.

“That blows. Maybe we take a dip in the water and cool off. You do know how swim, right?”

“Yeah. I know how to swim now.”

“That’s good to know.”

“So I wanna know why it took so long to get a reply back from you.”




“To be honest I saw your text as soon as you sent it but I dunno why I took so long to reply back. I guess I was a little nervous, scared.”

“Nervous? Scared of what? I thought you were mad at me. Bash said some girls can be a little petty.”

“You think I’m petty?”

“You don’t seem like it. But what was you nervous and scared about?”




“You know how things are kinda different between us. We aren’t little kids anymore. Anything we say or do is legit now.”

“Yeah that’s true and all.”

“I just feel so different whenever I am around you.”




“So how? What do you by mean that?”

“I dunno how to explain it. I just feel different. I got a feeling that you feel the same way when you’re around me.”

“I guess you’re right. I do feel a little different around you too.”

“See, it was just hard to face you again. I’m gonna be sad to see you go.”

“Me too. I had lots of fun here. I wish I could stay longer.”



“Me too. What are your plans with Anna?”

“Not sure. She hasn’t talked to me yet. Why ask?”

“Just curious.”

“Oh okay. I really haven’t been thinking about her lately. I kinda been thinking about you.”




“Yeah, honestly. It’s been so fun hanging out with you. It’s easy to talk to you unlike the other girls. And you’re so much prettier in person.”

“Awe, really? That’s so sweet. I’ve been thinking about you too?”

“Why? There’s nothing special about me.”

“That’s bull. I knew there was something special about since the day we met.”

“You’re talking about me turning into that freakish thing during a full moon. That doesn’t make me special.”




“That’s not what I mean. You have talent, you always make me laugh, you can cheer me up when I’m down, you always been my best friend.”


“Yeah, Sunshine.”

“You’re my best friend too. Well girl best friend, cause these Bash.”




“Uh huh right. So I need to tell you something. I better get this off of my chest.”

“Is it bad?”

“Well… not really?”


“But what I wanna say is that I like you, Raiden.”

“I like you too, Noelle.”

“I don’t think you what am I saying. I like you, Raiden. Like really like, like you a lot. More than friends.”



“Oh.. is that so?”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was taken back by Noelle’s words. Hearing her saying that she liked me more than echoed around my head. I stood there in confusion, not sure how to react.




Before I knew it, Noelle pull me towards her. She embraces with me the most passionate kiss that I ever had during my teenage years. We kissed before as kids but never like this. It felt real, anything that we did as kids seems foolish now. This was legit. I kissed her back without thinking much, it felt like we were kissing for hours but it was only for a few seconds.



I quickly pulled back when I thought I heard Anna’s voice. I was in a lost for words as I looked into Noelle’s now love filled eyes. She was smiling ear to ear, swaying her body innocently. But all I could say was…

“I gotta go!”










It was close to the time for us to get on the ferry. I was scolded by my dad for almost missing it. He sent me a million texts asking where I was. But of course I ignored during my time with Noelle. I knew my mom would ground once my dad tells her what happen. It’s my own damn fault.




I felt like such a jackass for leaving Noelle hanging like that. I knew she would be confused but I’m also confused myself. I have conflicting feelings. I care about Anna and hope to work things out. But also feel like there’s much of a relationship anymore. I think she’s just gonna dump me. I do like Noelle, more than a friend ever since I came to Brightpoint. But can we make a long distance relationship work? I don’t know what to do. At the moment, I feel like shit.



I just hope I didn’t just screwed up things with Noelle permanently..  

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