"I always wonder that why didn't you become a policewoman, instead of a pharmacist." The words came out through his teeth, "Ouch, easy on my back okay? It's make out of flesh not metal." He gave her a look.
"Sorry, you are the one who started the whole thing and you do know I am a black belt." She looked at the bruise and carefully applied some medication, "Stop wining okay? You are not a baby."
"I finally know why you can not find a boyfriend." He looked at her as she raised her eyebrow, "It's because you are not tender."
"Oh really?" He heard a slight evilness coming out of her voice. Before he realized what she meant, he felt a sudden pain on his back, "Ouch! Okok, go easy on it." Derek shook his head, thinking, Fine, I'll get my revenge later.
"Done." She gave him his shirt and apologized sincerely, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hit you that hard." Derek knew that he could never be mad at her, not after she apologized.
"I'll be fine, hehe. See I'm strong but remember, I'm not your enemy." He teased at her, "Hey, close your eyes. Don't worry, I'm not going to take my revenge since I'm such a gentleman." He commented himself without blush, which put a smile on her face.
Suddenly, everything went pitched black in front her eyes. She felt someone held her hands and whispered into her ear, "Close your eyes and everything will be fine." She followed his direction and felt everything would be fine. Derek slowly led her, walking forward and felt her fear coming out from her hands. Finally, they stopped and Derek let go of her hands. She felt a sudden lose but she still remained quite. Through her eye lids, she saw a dim light, flickering in front of her. Blindly she held out her hands, trying to touch something.
"Don't!" Derek stopped her, "You are going to hurt yourself. Okay, now open your eyes." She opened her eyes and warmth filled her heart. "Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you, my dear friend. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, Lily and this is for you." He handed her the present which was wrapped badly. She looked at the present and her favourite meal, mash potatoes and ice wine. "I made the present but the wrapping part is so hard. Anyway, I promise the meal will be the best since I made it." Derek broke the silence and tried to please her.
"Thank you, Derek. It's very good but how did you know that today is my birthday and how did you know that all those things are my favourites?" Lily was surprised but she don't remember of tell him anything.
"Hehe, I have my ways." Derek laughed mysteriously, "I'm so proud of myself of remembering all those details when you told me. They come in handy." He gave her a hug and kissed her on the cheek, "Let's eat. I'm hungry." They sat down across each other on the table and Derek couldn't wait to finish that innocent mash potato and the steak.
Lily stared at the food, taking a small bit every single time and tears quietly filled her eyes. She took a deep breath and forced back the tears. Don't cry. You can't cry, not in front of such great meal. Don't ruin the mood. She told herself the same thing over and over again. She looked at Derek, seeing him munching on his food like a five year old kid, trying not to laugh out loud.
"So, do you like it?" Derek broke the silence and asked. The poor mash potato was long gone and now it was the steak's turn.
"Yeah, they are really good. Never thought a five year old can cook that well." She laughed.
"Fine, I'm not going to argue with you today. Anyway," He had a sip of wine and continued, "why did you come to London in the first place? Obviously, if you don't want to say then I won't ask, but I'm just a little worried about you."
"I came because I want to see you." She stared at her dinner, afraid of looking into his eyes.
"Sure, sounds like an acceptable answer." Derek knew that was an excuse, a lie, but he didn't want to break it. They had only been talking to each other recently and both of them had changed a lot. Through their conversation, he could feel she had shut everything outside her heart; he could feel that happy girl he used to know was gone. Even though he wanted to know what happened, he didn't want to scare her away. She was a happy girl, who lighted everyone's path but that light was now barely seen. He stood up and turned on the CD player. The song, Close to You, soon filled the room. Quietly, he walked to her and held out his hand, "May I have this dance, my lady?"
Lily looked at him, hesitated, "I don't know how to dance."
"I do. I'll teach you." Derek still didn't give up, "One dance to celebrate your birthday." He tried to change her mind. Silence, again fall upon them. Finally, she nodded and gave him her hand. He held her hand, leading her to the living room and put his arm around her waist.
Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you.
Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you.
On the day that you were born
The angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold
And starlight in your eyes of blue...
The song continued as they dance around. Lily couldn't remember when was the last time she danced with a guy. The dance again reminded her that familiar feeling that she had tried to put behind her mind years ago but now she failed. She sighed, knowing that she had to face it.
"Derek?" She stopped dancing, "I need to find someone."
"Who?" He raised his eyebrow and asked.
"Jonathan Dun." She replied and looked at his stunning face.
A/N: Did you enjoy this chapter? I hope you did.. hehe.. Like it or not, let me know, give me a review. R&R Please! Thank you!