Chapter 2: Never Let Her Slip Away
One Sunday morning, Sunshine Boy sent a message to his friend, Barkada Guy.
“Tol!” In the Fellowship of the Grid, this was a term they generally used to address each other.
Barkada Guy, who was probably busy that day, replied with a simple “Why?” and waited for the reply.
A second hadn’t even passed yet when Sunshine Boy sent a new message.
“Last Friday was just.. really great,” he said. “The most amazing thing happened.”
“I talked to a girl.”
Realizing how cheesy he sounded, Sunshine Boy laughed out loud.
“Hahaha are you writing in your diary right now?” asked Barkada Guy sarcastically, then followed it up with a simple “Who?”
“She went to the same High School as one of my college batchmates.”
“Scored her digits? lol“
Sunshine Boy didn’t know what ‘scoring her digits’ meant, so he scolded Barkada Guy for being foolish.
“That’s the cool way of saying, ‘Did you get her number yet?'” his friend explained.
“Ah wait,” Sunshine Boy replied, “I already knew her number from way back then.”
“Now that I think about it,” he said, “It’s kinda funny, actually.”
“Why,” asked Barkada Guy, “What happened back then?”
And so Sunshine Boy proceeded with explaining how he first met Rainbow Girl, more than four years ago. Back when they met for strictly business reasons. They had a meet-up at a bookstore so that he could personally hand over the shirts she ordered.
“So it looks like… I’m going to be dating a client?” laughed Sunshine Boy.
“Oooh so you already have plans?” asked Barkada Guy, “Nice hahaha.”
“Haha well I don’t know,” he admitted, “I feel like I’m still on ‘schoolboy with a teenage crush’ mode.” This was in reference to the Best Man speech he made at the start of the year.
“I really only met her ’bout a day ago haha,” wrote back Barkada Guy, referring to a song by Andrew Gold. Sunshine Boy laughed at the implied connection.
“So, do you have plans of going out or what?”
“Ah, not yet,” he replied. And as if to drive an important point, he repeated the last word. “Yet.“
When he told Barkada Guy about Rainbow Girl and their magical Corpse Bride conversation, he didn’t have any concrete plans yet on how to ask her out. So far, all he knew was that he wanted to see her again, and that the first time he asked her out on a date, she didn’t say yes. It wasn’t that she was turning down the offer, she explained. There were two reasons behind her answer: One was that she was busy with work, and another was because she didn’t know him too well. And so Sunshine Boy made those reasons into hurdles he needed to leap over. He had a good feeling about Rainbow Girl, and he told her he still looked forward to the day when they’ll have their conversation face to face.
“Err this is not a reference to that TV show,” he had said to her back then, in a lame attempt at humor.
“It’s obvious you watch that show! Nyahahaha!” laughed Rainbow Girl.
Sunshine Boy was in the middle of reminiscing, when Barkada Guy cut him off.
“Come on, hurry up with the story already. Too much buildup.”
“Haha, like I ever told a good story before without any buildup.”
Sunshine Boy was right; every good story comes with buildup– that long series of events that slowly lead to an important occurrence. And right now, the story of how he met Rainbow Girl was something that he could not tell in a monotonous tone. But yeah, he really had that bad habit of taking too long to tell his stories. He told Barkada Guy about how they just talked, on that Friday night, and emphasized how amazing that experience was.
“Ahh..” said his friend, “Go ask her number already. Y’know, casual.”
“Yeah, I’ll ask her next time if she’s still using the same number.”
“Ask her out to see Wreck-It Ralph haha.”
“Actually, I was thinking along those lines.” said Sunshine Boy with a grin on his face.
“Nice. Well, I don’t have any foolproof method when it comes to making the ‘moves’, so generic advice is ‘just be yourself’. Hehe.“
“Nyahaha. Okay.” Having said that, Sunshine Boy again repeated what an amazing conversation he and Rainbow Girl had that night.
“It was nothing like the usual conversations I’m always familiar with,” confessed Sunshine Boy, “You know, the ones that are.. advisory in nature.”
“Would you believe,” he continued, “that we talked to each other for around 7 hours?”
“Wow,” said Barkada Guy, “That is definitely a good thing.”
“Yeah, I know!” agreed Sunshine Boy.
“So, are you just waiting for her to show up online?”
“Haha, I’m chatting with her right now.”
“Yown!” exclaimed Barkada Guy, “Go get ’em.”
It was evident from his next message that Sunshine Boy was in high spirits: “She’s single!”
Barkada Guy couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “You really asked her?”
“Haha yeah, but knowing me, I slowly built my way up towards that question, of course.”
“Oh do tell, tee hee hee,” his friend replied with amusement.
Sunshine Boy recalled the second time that he and Rainbow Girl had their conversation, how they did that bit wherein they referred to the other as another person; where he told her how he stayed up late because he was talking to a ‘girl’. Rainbow Girl also confided how she had also enjoyed talking to this ‘boy’ she had met. Sunshine Boy called this ‘The Third-Person Approach’; Though highly amused at this technique, Barkada Guy was just astounded that it actually worked.
“Congratulations, my friend. You’re no longer in the friend zone.”
“At the very least, she won’t be thinking of me as her big brother.”
Sunshine Boy had way too much expertise in that department already. And so on that night, when he finally got the chance to have the kind of conversation that he had with Rainbow Girl, he had made his decision. In that one night, he knew that he wasn’t just about to let her go.
“100 Pesos says you have a stupid grin on your face right now,” chuckled Barkada Guy.
Unable to keep himself from smiling, Sunshine Boy could only say this in reply:
“Hahaha shut up man.”
‘Cause she’s good for me
And it would really make me happy
To never let her slip away
-Andrew Gold, “Never Let Her Slip Away”