Someone like you VIII
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Shane sat at her desk trying to keep herself busy. She worked late into the evening to avoid anyone that was going to Nobuo and Peaches wedding or their pre wedding brunch. The wedding was tomorrow and she was growing ill as the day was ending. Every now and then her phone would alert her of another post from Facespace. The first set of posts were from people she knew attending their party and hanging pictures and video from the event. She eventually turned her phone off promising herself she was going to focus on work. But she knew she was only kidding herself.
She kept telling herself that she was doing the right thing by letting him go. No matter how much she didn't like the thought of Nobuo and Peaches together, she refused to be the person that broke up what could be a good family. Yes, Yes she was doing the right thing. Then why was she so miserable. She looked over at her phone and turned it back on. It began to ring and instead of letting it go to voicemail she decided to answer the phone call.
Shane: Hello.

Shane: Thanks cousin. I needed to take this time off.
Rainn: That's what I'm here for. Besides, you sounded so sad on the phone. I just didn't know your overnight sleepover would turn into a week.
Shane: Sorry. I just can't go home right now.
Rainn: I know you will tell me when you're ready. Whoever he is, he must have really been something.
Shane: He is. He was. But....there was so many things wrong with the situation we were in. He was like no one I had ever met before, but just when I thought he was a really great person, it turns out I was wrong.
Rainn: Well sometimes it's good to talk about it. I'm all ears.
Rainn gave her cousin a small nudge.
Rainn: Come know you want to.
Shane took a breath looking at the ceiling. She opened her mouth and a flood of words fell from her tongue.
Shane: He is sweet, kind, and gentle. He is strong yet vulnerable. And all he wanted me to do was teach him how to date. Get him ready for someone....and I did. Only I started to like him in the process. I even dumped my boyfriend for him. But by the time I was ready to say something he had already found her.
Rainn: Wow. You are really in love cousin.
Shane: What? No.
Rainn: I know that look. It was the same way I was when I found out I was in love with Raman. You want to deny it because admitting it means that you care more than you intended. And that is scarey. Especially since he has someone else.
Shane: And she is something else. She is so wrong for him.
Rainn: Why didn't you tell him. From what you said he respects your opinion. You should have told him.
Shane: Then I would look selfish. Like I wanted him for myself.
Rainn: But you do.
Rainn: There is nothing wrong with how you feel.
Shane: But what about the wedding and the baby. He's going to have a baby with her.
Rainn: I still say you should have told him.
Shane: Yeah, well now it's too late. By now he is on his honeymoon.
Rainn: Have you talked to anyone since you left this weekend.
Shane: No. I turned my phone off. I couldn't bare to talk to our friends or have them talk to me and pity me for this. I'd rather just wait till all the fuss is over and go back to work with a clear head and mind.
Rainn: But you've been here for the past five days.
Shane: I know. It's taking a little longer than I thought. I hope I am not intruding.
Rainn: Please. You have been a great babysitter. You're free and we don't have to take the kids anywhere.
Shane: Well I'm glad my misery can bring happiness to someone.
Rainn: You've got it bad Shane. I don't want to be in your shoes right now. Watching someone you're in love with marry and start a family with someone else.
Shane: I know right.
Rainn: But I do have one idea.
Shane: What?
Rainn: When he comes back. You stand straight, look him in the eye and say congratulations. Apologize for not being at the most important day and try to be at least a distant friend.
Shane: I don't think he will want to talk to me after I dismissed him.
Rainn: If he really wants to be your friend, he will eventually come around. It may take some time but he will.
Shane: How are you so sure?
Rainn looked towards the kitchen where Raman was with the children.
Shane: I just know.
Shane: Fine. I will
Rainn: I'm serious.
Shane: Okay, Okay. I will.
Rainn: Good.
She gave her cousin a hug before taking the dishes into the kitchen.
That night Shane stood outside in the back yard. She had been going about this all wrong. She wanted to avoid hurting anyone but in the end it was her that was hurting. Rainn was right. The wedding was over and the least she could do was remain friends. She had lost an important person like Nobuo but it would not be too late to stay his friend. Friday..........

Kait: Shane. I'm so glad you finally returned my calls. We were all worried about you.
Shane: I know. I spent some time away. I needed time to myself. Right now Nobuo should be coming back from his honeymoon. I need to talk to him and apologize for missing the wedding. I wasn't a good friend by missing it.
Kait: But that's just it. There was no wedding.
Shane: What?
Kait: He didn't marry her.
Shane: There wasn't a wedding?
Kait: Oh, there was a wedding. But it didn't finish on a good note. He objected to his own wedding.
Shane: Oh no.
Kait: Yep.
Last Saturday (the wedding)........................

Peaches: This is not funny Nobuo. Now quit playing and let's get married.
Nobuo: I can't.
Peaches: What do you mean you can't.
Nobuo: This doesn't feel right. This isn't how this moment should be. I should be happy, excited to spend the rest of my life with my bride. But I'm not.
Peaches: What are you saying?
Nobuo: I'm saying I don't want to marry you Peaches.
Peaches: But what about all the guests and the plans.
Nobuo: I don't know how I let you talk me into all this. But I can't see spending the rest of my life with you. And deep down inside you know you can't either.
Peaches: You don't know how I feel?
Nobuo: That's just it. We barely know each other. There are so many things you don't even know about me. What's my favorite food?
Peaches: Don't be silly Nobuo.
Nobuo: What is it?
Peaches: I don't have time for these silly games. We should be in there getting married and you've just ruined this moment.
Nobuo: There is something else.
Peaches: What.
Nobuo: Shane.
Peaches: What about Shane? She didn't even come. Shows how much she cares.
Nobuo: We spent the night together.
Kait: It was a slap that could be heard back inside the venue. I was already listening by the door so I heard everything. You could see the rage forming. She was humiliated. She ran back inside yelling, screaming, and tossing the cake. It was a spectacle. It was so great.
Shane: Wait. You mean he didn't get married?
Kait: Nope.
Shane: Oh my goodness. I have to find him.
Kait: Good luck on that.
Kait: He didn't come back in after that. He just got into the limo and drove off. Everyone tried calling him to make sure he was okay but nothing. We assumed the both of you were together after we didn't hear from either of you. But when you finally returned my call I knew it wasn't so. Where ever he is, he can't be reached. Kait: I'm just worried about him. It's not like him to not return my calls.
Shane: Don't worry Kait. I'll find him.
Nobuo sat on the bench eating his breakfast. He had been at the campsite after abruptly ending his wedding just the week prior. It was quiet and left him time to think about the last few months. How he had turned himself around from a hermit to almost getting married.
It also gave him time to figure out where he went wrong. Within a week he lost his girlfriend and most important his best friend. But he was more concerned about losing the latter.
At night he walked the trails listening to nature. It was calming. He watched rainfall water danced off the rocks below and become entranced in the surrounding sounds. Meanwhile the water creatures would often peak from their underwater home for a breath of fresh air. It took hours before Shane could remember where his favorite spot was but she had finally made it. Only it was too late. There was no one at the camping ground. The fire pit was cold and there were no bags to show that anyone was there. Maybe she was at the wrong site. She looked at the map again.
Shane: Oh no.
She sat on one of the stumps trying to figure out where he could be. She looked up at the sky trying to remember their last trip to the woods and all the places he had taken her. Of course being there alone was much different than having a guide like Nobuo. But she was desperate to find him. To talk to him. So she took a hold of her phone and used it as a compass as she walked the narrow paths. Meanwhile Nobuo was ending his last night camping. He had avoided the real life for the past week and now it was time to get back and face reality. He had taken one last stop at the waterfall where he sat writing in his pad for the past hours. After putting up his tent, he made a fire and ate the fish he caught at the river. It was getting late and he wanted to get a big start on the next day. He stared at the crackling fire.
Nobuo: He was a moth to her flame. No matter how much he knew she was dangerous he had to be close. To kiss it knowing he would be hurt in the end. But it would be well worth it. He stood over her, anxious to touch her.
Nobuo: But she had no idea of his infatuation for her. He was a minor character and often felt himself keeping his distance, afraid that his own appearance would frighten her. She was pure beauty inside and out. All he wanted was to hear his name in her breath. Shane: Nobuo.
He stood still. He was already going crazy that he could hear her voice.
Shane: Nobuo.
This time he was sure it wasn't his imagination.
Shane: Hi
She smiled but he refused to face her.
Nobuo: How did you find me?
Shane: It wasn't hard to know where you'd go. Just took me long to find it. I came because-
Nobuo: You heard.
Shane: Yeah. Kait told me. Sorry.
Nobuo: Are you?
Shane knew she was lying.
Nobuo: Why did you come?
Shane: I came to see you. Everyone is worried. You haven't answered your phone.
Nobuo: What about you? You've been gone just as long as me.
Shane: I was worried too.
Nobuo: I'm okay. You can go home and tell everyone.
Shane: But. I guess I deserve this. I'll go.
Nobuo turned back to the flame. But no matter how upset he wanted to be, he knew he couldn't. He could never truly be that way with Shane.
Nobuo: Shane. Wait. I can't be like this to you. You came all the way here. At least we can talk.
Shane: I wasn't nice to you the other day. I'm surprised you are even willing to talk.
Nobuo: You left me hanging Shane. When I needed you most. I wanted to talk to you a week ago and you didn't want to give me the time of day. And now you're here.
Shane: I came to say I was wrong....for the things I said the other day. I should never had blown you off. I should have stayed and talked to you. I was just upset for alot of reasons.
Nobuo: I didn't use you Shane. That night was the best night I ever had. It meant something to me and I thought it would have at least meant something to you. But you left.
Shane: I know. I didn't know what to think. I felt I had crossed the line and that we went too far that night.
Nobuo: You didn't do anything that I didn't already want to happen. If it was wrong then we both were. But it didn't feel that way when I was with you. Did it to you?
Shane: Well no. But in the end you were with someone.
Nobuo: But you were good for me Shane. I wanted you. I always wanted you.
Shane hung her head. She was embarrassed to hear him say those words to her.
Nobuo: Before that night I had never been with anyone else before.
Shane: Wait. Never.
Nobuo: Believe me. I would have known. Just because I lived with Peaches does not mean anything was going on.
Shane: You mean, you and her are not having a baby?
Nobuo: A baby. Of course not.
Shane lit up. In one move she leaped into his arms.
Shane: I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I treated you like that. I was scared. I never knew that someone like you would be out there for me.
Nobuo: I'm just glad you are at least talking to me.
Nobuo: Shane since I met you, I've wanted nothing more than to be with you. I've rehearsed what I would say to you a thousand times but when I tried, nothing seemed to come out. You have inspired me in so many ways. From my writing to the person I am now. Nobuo: I want to wake up to your face for as long as you let me. I don't want to think of another moment without being with you. Be with me Shane.
Shane: What about
Nobuo: I'm not thinking about anything from the past. Only now. Shane...I am so in love with you.
Nobuo smiled and brought her into him. He kissed her
Nobuo: What do you say? How do you feel about me?
Shane: I love you too. And yes.
Shane and Nobuo's story began that night under the stars.

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