“That’s not a question you are supposed to answer with another question.”
“Then, what do you expect me to say? That there’s a red liquid coming out of your bloody head?” You replied sarcastically.
But little did you know, Pan was genuinely asking.
Fear that what you said was true, he placed his hand on his head. As he pulled it back to the front of his face, his eyes widened at the sight of red goo that now covered his palm.
Not long after, you saw Pan’s face turned white-wash and his lips turning blue. A sense of worry started to kick in. “Pan, are you alright?”
Instinctively, you walked over to his side and tapped on his shoulder. “Pan, can you hear me? Are you alright?”
Pan started to sway for a moment. Knowing well what would happen next, you swiftly stood behind him and caught him just in time before his body could slam the ground. Unable to hold his weight, you slowly sat down and placed his head on your lap. You shook his body, trying to pull him out of his fainting spell.
“Pan! Pan! Wake up!” You heaved a sigh of relief as Pan gradually opened his eyes.
“Why the bloody hell did you push me out of the way?” From your tone of voice, Pan could not determine whether you were scolding him or just merely your way of showing concern.
“Seriously?” Pan spoke faintly. “You are… blaming me… after… I saved you…?”
Watching Pan in terrible pain, a sense of guilt seeped in your heart. If it were not for his actions, you would be the one lying on the ground with an arrow in your heart, literally. Who fire that arrow anyway? You pushed away that thought for a moment as you turned your attention back to the major problem in your hand, literally.
“Can you use your magic to heal yourself?” You suggested after recalling seeing him treating the boys’ injuries time and time again.
Pan tried to reach out for his head, trying to heal himself with his magic as you suggested. However, the pain was draining his energy away. Feeling obligated to help the guy who had saved you from a terrible fate, you quickly came up with an alternative plan to heal Pan.
You reached out for your walkie-talkie that was strapped to your belt and pressed a small button. After allowing the static sound to clear, you spoke into the black rectangular box which has an antenna protruding out of it. “Felix. Felix. Do you copy?”
Moments later, which felt like centuries in emergency like this, a roughed voice was heard from the other end. “Yes, y/n. What’s wrong?”
“There’s been an emergency. Pan is…” Before you could continue, Pan shook his head and looked at you with furrowed eyebrows. Understood his facial expression, you nodded.
“Y/n. Y/n. What happened to Pan?”
“Err… Pan and I are backing out from the game.”
“Why? What’s wrong? Where’s Pan? Should I call the boys in?”
“No!” You blurted out. “Don’t. Just continue with the game and act as per normal.”
You looked into Pan’s eyes, telepathically asking him if Felix should be told. Despite no words being exchanged, it was as if you knew what you were going to say to one another. Knowing that Pan has given his consent, you continued. “Once you are done, come to Pan’s treehouse. I’ll tell you more then. Just don’t say anything to boys, aites?”
Felix took a moment to think. “Alright, I trust you. If you need me, please call me out immediately and I’ll come right over. Got it?”
With that, you switched off the device and turned your attention back to Pan who was starting to drift away. “Pan.” You gently shook his body. “I need you to stay with me, alright? I’ll fly us back to your treehouse. I think I know how fix that head of yours.” Pan slowly nodded, agreeing with your plan.
“Great. Now, I need you to stand up. Can you do that?”
He nodded again. You placed your hand behind his neck and the other in his hand.
“Good. On the count of three. 1… 2… 3.” On three, you pulled him up, helping him back on his feet.
Pan leaned on you for support, placing almost all his weight on you. You struggled to get a stable position to hold up his weight. In these moments, you could only be grateful for the creation of pixie dust. If there is no way for you to fly, it would be almost impossible for you to bring Pan back to camp alone.
You grabbed a handful of green, sparkling dust from the bottom pocket of your shirt. I believe, you closed your eyes as you affirmed that believe in your heart. With that, you threw the dust over yourself and Pan. The next moment, you found yourself flying towards Pan’s treehouse.
Throughout the journey, there were not much exchange of words between yourself and Pan; just once in a while to make sure that he stays awake; perhaps mostly because of the anxiety that was consuming you by the minute. What’s worse, you were not certain whether your plan is going to succeed. All these while, it was Pan who healed the injured using his magic. Now, it was him who were badly wounded and none of us have the powers to heal him. You could only pray hard that you will succeed.
Halfway through the fly, a sudden realization hits you.
No… It can’t be…
But how’s that possible…?
Urgh! Why so many questions today? Oh… I’m so going to kill the person who fired that arrow?
With Pan’s treehouse coming to view, you ignored your worry for a moment and checked on Pan once again who seemed to be awake, but only just. You landed in his balcony and walked Pan over to his bed. Carefully, you laid him down on his bed. You hurriedly walked over to a shelf that stood by the wall across his bed.
“Now… where did you put it?” You rummaged through his stuffs in the shelf, looking for a small glass bottle. You could have sworn you saw it somewhere on the shelf the last time you were there.
“What are you looking for, honey?” He spoke with his little energy left.
“The water from Neverland’s spring. Where did you put it?”
“Wait… How did you kn-?”
“Never mind that. I’ll explain it to you once you are well. Quick. Tell me.”
“It’s in the white box, top row.” He said as he pointed at the top shelf.
Instantaneously, you reached out for a white box with a red cross on it right at the place where Pan mentioned. “Why would you even keep it in a first-aid box? Ah nevermind that.”
You opened the lid and found the glass bottle that you were looking for. Yes! The waters from Neverland’s spring! This should help him. With no time to lose, you placed the box back on the shelf and ran back to Pan.
You lifted Pan’s head anxiously and placed it over your lap, raising his head a tad higher. “Drink up.” You whispered while unscrewing the lid with one hand. You poured the glistening clear liquid into Pan’s mouth. Drinking it all in one gulp, you placed his head back down on the fluffy pillow.
Soon after, you could see Pan’s lips lifted upwards and his dimples faintly showing through his cheek, telling you that the waters did its magic. For the first time in years, never had you felt contented to see the sweet, charming smile on his face. Without realising it, he infected you with his smile as you grinned.
“I never knew you cared so much about me.”
“Huh?” You stared down at Pan, who was looking at you with a gaze you could not quite comprehend. But yet, this look invited a warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach.
“I thought you hate me.” Pan repeated.
“Who said I hate you?”
“Well, let’s see. First, you don’t like to follow whatever I’ve instructed you to do. Always love to do the opposite of everything that I said. Second, you could tell all the grandmother stories to the boys that they had to stop you from talking more. But when it comes to me, you only gave me a one-word answer. Also, you were so kind to the boys. But when I asked for your help, you treated me like I’m a tosser.”
“You are actually.”
Pan stared at you with widened eyes, surprised by your bluntness. Throughout the hundreds of years that he became the king of Neverland, never had any of his lost boys talked back at him. But instead of anger, he was intrigued to know you even better.
“Alright, fine. I’m a tosser.”
“You are! Only a tosser like you save others instead of himself.” You paused. “Why did you even push me out of the way? If I was the one injured, you could have healed me with your magic. Instead, you got hurt and no one here have even the slightest power to heal you. Imagine if I hadn’t spot your stash of Neverland’s spring. How am I going to save you then?”
“Sorry, honey.” Yes, you felt outraged at him for caring about you more than himself. But his guilty eyes charmed you, making it hard for you to stay mad.
“It’s alright.” You responded while brushing through his hair, looking for any open wound. You let out a short breath, glad there wasn’t any. “Try and get some rest. We’ll talk more once you are well.”
“Can I put you and Felix in charge of the boys for now?”
“Don’t worry about them. They’ll be in good hands.” Assured by your words, he closed his eyes and soon fell into a deep slumber.
Watching Pan recovering fast, you heaved a sigh of relief, glad that the worst was over. Quietly, you walked away from Pan and head for the door, trying your best to avoid even the slightest creak of the wooden floor that you were standing on.
As you stepped outside, you could see Felix running towards you.
“What… was… the… emergency…? Are… you… guys… okay?” Felix queried, breathing heavily in between his words.
“Yeah. We’re both fine.” You replied briefly, still in deep thoughts. Despite the worst being over, there’s another worry that you can’t seem to stop thinking about.
After mustering up enough courage, you finally spoke to Felix with regards to your concern. “Felix. I need to talk to you. It’s about Pan.”
After inhaling a final deep breath, his breathing finally stabilized. “Yeah? What about him?”
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“WHAT?!” Felix exclaimed out of the blue, making you jumped. His loud reaction was as if you had just dropped a bomb on him. Well, you did gave him one, figuratively of course.
Feeling the need to defend yourself, you quickly spoke up before he could ask the foreseeable question. “It wasn’t my decision!” You raised your hand, as if ready to take an oath. “I swear. I wanted to tell you as soon as I got a hold on you but Pan stopped me.”
“Damn it, Pan.” Felix mumbled under his breath, but loud enough for you to hear him.
“How is he now?”
“He’s recovering. I treated him with the spring water.”
With that being said, Felix pushed the door slightly to take a look at Pan who was sleeping soundly on his bed. Assured that Pan is now out of harm, Felix stepped back outside and went back to where you’ve been standing all the while.
“Quick thinking on your part to use the spring water. What happened actually?”
“Somebody fired an arrow at us. It was supposed to hit me but Pan pushed me out of the way. Instead, it grazed his head, leaving such a deep cut.” You paused. “If not for the obligation to save him, since he saved my life, I wouldn’t even bother myself about it.”
“Nahh… I know you don’t mean that.”
Yes, Felix is right; you would not leave Pan to die no matter what he has done to you in the past. Perhaps because of the sense of humanity inside you. Or perhaps you have started to forgive him for his mistakes and embraced the living here in Neverland. But regardless of what the reason might be, you were not ready to admit to anyone that you do care for Pan, even if you tried hard to bury it deep inside your heart.
“Well, I’m glad both of you are safe now… But who the bloody hell fired that arrow anyway?”
You shrugged your shoulders, telling Felix that you had no idea who was behind the attack. “I wanted to find out more but Pan was bleeding too much that I had to forget about it for a while.”
Felix looked up to the trees before he said, “Come.” And off he went into the jungle, leaving you speechless at your spot.
You quickly snapped yourself out of your daze and ran up to him. You pulled him back, forcing him to turn and face you. “Where you think you’re going?”
“To investigate further, of course.”
You let go of your grasp on his arm and continued to speak. “How about tomorrow morning? Night is almost upon us and it will soon be too dark for us to even see what’s in front of us. Besides, Pan entrusted us to see to the boys while he’s out. And you know what Pan will do if anything happens to them while they are in our watch, right?”
With your words starting to sink in, Felix nodded, starting to see sense in your reasoning. “Alright, then.”
Both of you started to make a beeline for the camp. Upon reaching, you found the boys resting and wiping away their dripping sweat from their face. You could only smile as a sense of glad filled you, grateful that they are well and healthy, though a bit worn out from carrying out a whole day of activities.
The night went on like any other night; the usual celebration with the boys playing with the drums and a feast to celebrate the victor who won the game earlier. Naturally, there were questions around asking for the whereabouts of their beloved leader. But before you could come up with a lie to hide the truth, Pan emerged from the forest. He seemed better. Though not as energetic as he usually is.
Next morning, you walked over to Pan’s treehouse before the boys were awake. Just as an act of courtesy to tell him rather than to disappear from sight. Wouldn’t want history to repeat.
You knocked on the door twice as you called out for Pan.
No answer. Maybe he’s still sleeping. Oh wells. I’ll tell him later over the walkie.
You wanted to walk away but unconsciously, you found yourself knocking on Pan’s door once more, like it had a mind of its own. In an instant, you pulled your hand back. What the hell did I just do?
Before you could turn back and run away, the door creaked open. You peeked inside to see Pan standing on the balcony as he looked out to the beautiful view of Neverland.
You walked over to the balcony and stood beside him. You took in a deep breath, exhaling through your mouth, trying to give yourself some courage before asking for his permission.
“Why have you come to see me?” It was then that you realised you have stayed silent for quite some time.
“Oh. Urm… Felix and I… We won’t be joining you guys for today.”
Pan turned to you with a surprised look on his face. “Why?”
“Urm.. There is… urm… something that… aahh… we need to settle first.” You cursed in your heart, mad for not coming up with a better excuse that night.
He raised his eyebrows. His expression told you that he is not believing every word you’ve just said. You continued to speak, trying hard to convince him. “Is there anything you two are hiding from me?”
Pan gave you a look that it’s hard for you to decode. Though, be it that he approved it or not, you still want to go ahead with your plan. You have to get to the bottom of the whole matter and find out the culprit. Both your life and Pan’s are in danger.
And one thing too. Pan knows all about that strong head of yours. He knows no matter how he hard he tried to stop you, you will always find a way to get what you want. “Alright, fine. You guys can go. But can I ask one thing.”
Your heart leaped for joy, though, surprised at the same time that Pan gave you his blessings to go ahead with whatever you had planned for the day. “Sure. What is it?”
“Are you and Felix like…” Pan hesitated.
“You know… like… lovers?”
You chuckled, feeling his query to be a ridiculous one. “No, we’re not! What gave you that idea?”
Somehow, you knew this was something that you shouldn’t have seen but did Pan just heaved a sigh of relief? But why? Urgh. There’s no time to wrap my head around this silly matter now.
“Nothing. Go ahead with your plan then. Just remember the rules.”
“Yeah yeah… Be back before sunset and call you out if there’s any problem. Got it.”
“Gosh. You sound like a father.”
“Yes, that’s what happen if you have a stubborn girl under your care.”
With delight, you ran away from Pan and into the woods to the spot where Felix had determined the previous night for you to meet up.
“You talked to Pan?”
“How did it go?”
“It went well, though.” Felix looked surprised, not expecting that answer from you.
“Wow. That’s a first.”
“Why do you have such little faith in me?”
“No.” Felix laughed at your silly assumption. “It’s just… Pan always said ‘No’ to you. So it’s kinda rare to see him allowing you to do whatever you want.”
“I know, right! Even I was surprised myself.”
“Well, at least he wouldn’t be worried.” He paused. “Come on, let’s go and get to the bottom of this.”
And off you two went, going deeper into the jungle to find the answer that you seek.
It’s a refreshing and beautiful morning here in Neverland. Despite its fierce name, the Dark Jungle is thriving with life as the bird chirped in the trees with a melodious tone. With the beautiful sounds that made to your ear, you can’t help but to wonder how the Dark Jungle got its name. You closed your eyes for a moment as you take in the refreshing air of the jungle.
“Y/n.” Felix’s voice caught you by surprise, reminding you that you were not alone and you were out early in the morning for a mission.
“Yeah, what’s up?”
“What’s going on between you two?” You gave him a look, asking him to explain himself further as his query did not make any sense to you.
“You know… you… and… Pan?” As soon as it struck you, you looked at him in utter disbelief. You slapped him hard on the back, mad at him for having such a silly idea in your head. “Ouch! What was that for?”
You looked at him with wide eyes, as if with your stare, he would just blow up right in front of you. Though, you don’t really mean that.
“Oh, come on! It was so obvious. You guys are getting soft with each other.” Mouth agape, you stared at him, still not convinced of Felix’s statement. “You know what? Pan said the same thing about me and you. But even so, you don’t have any proof of that stupid idea of yours.”
“Really? What made Pan think like that?”
Quickly, he pushed away the thought and went back to his original statement. “Besides, I have plenty of proof.” You watched him in silence, anticipating on Felix’s answer as you eager to know what kind of proof he will present to back his statement. “For the past month, you shared your stories with him, though not as much as you did with us. But still, it was a start. And he started to complain to you of his problems, as if you could help him but in fact, you don’t even know what he was talking about half of the time.”
“So? That doesn’t prove anything. It’s just a leader trying to confide in his next right-man. Woman. Whatever.”
“Oh come on. You guys started to talk to each other more than you had ever did. I still remember the first time you stepped foot in Neverland, you would only give him a one-word reply. It’s almost impossible for you to have a longer conversation with him without getting into an argument. Making it worse, you guys even started to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to each other if any of you need any favour from the other. What’s up with that?” Felix quickly continued with his points, not giving you even the slightest opportunity to shoot him down. “But the most obvious was the one before yesterday’s game. He offered to partner with you and you accepted willingly. That’s so unlike of you. Before that, you would shoot him down right there and then every time he offered himself as your game buddy.”
Now that all evidences have been laid out, no words could come out of your mouth. You turned speechless. All your arguments that you have planned out earlier to rebut Felix’s points were gone. But why? Why can’t you just deny Felix’s statement? Was there something that you don’t want to admit, not even to yourself?
Unable to back yourself, you turned away from Felix and continued walking into the jungle, leaving his query unanswered and leading him to where the accident occurred.
Felix, following right behind you, could only smile at your actions. He knew you too well of what’s in your heart, even if you didn’t know it.
“We’re here.” Your voice breaks the awkward silence between yourself and Felix.
Carefully, you arranged your footsteps to what seemed to be the centre of a small circle that was surrounded by tall trees and thick bushes. As you kneeled down, you picked up a stick as you pushed away the leaves to find traces of dried blood on the underside of the leaves below. Pan’s blood.
“Y/n.” Felix’s voice pulled your attention back to him. You walked over as you looked at the piece of stick in his hand. “Was this the arrow that almost killed Pan yesterday?”
With the arrow now in your hand, you took a closer look at the arrow. “I’m not too sure. Everything happened so fast. But I believed this is the one.”
Felix took the arrow from you as he carefully observed the intricate details that surround its stick. Your eyes roamed around, trying to seek out any possible evidence that could lead you to your attacker.
As you looked around, something shiny in the trees caught your eye. Instinctively, you walked over to get a closer look, leaving Felix behind once again.
“Y/n.” Felix caught up with you. “Where are you going?”
“I saw something in that tree over there.” You pointed out to the tree that was not too far from where you were.
Felix squinted his eyes, trying to get a focused look to where you were pointing at. As soon as he realised of what you might have seen, his hand grabbed your arm, stopping you from going any further.
“What the-” His sudden action stupefied you. “Why the hell did you stop me?”
“Can we go back, please?”
“Why? Don’t tell me you are scared?”
“No. I’m not scared. But right now, you have no idea who is this attacker. For all you know, this guy is just waiting for another opportunity to kill you again. Let’s just go back.”
“I have no idea? So, you know who’s out there wanting to kill me?” Felix could not reply you. “What are you hiding from me?”
“Felix. I have the right to know. This concerns my life. It might have hit Pan but the arrow was meant for me. Don’t say otherwise cos I’m sure of it. So, I need to know who is, or are, behind this.”
You looked at him with pleading eyes. “Felix, please. What is it that you are not telling me?”
“I can’t tell you but I need you to trust me.”
“Then, what am I supposed to do? Just continue to stay in fear that someone’s out there to kill me?”
“No. I assure you. You will be safe. As long as I am here, Pan’s here, I promise no one’s going to hurt you.”
“What’s the big secret that you just can’t tell me the truth?”
“Y/n.” Now, it’s Felix’s turn to looked at you with his beseeching blue eyes, pleading you to stop asking him questions that he couldn’t answer.
“Fine. Forget it.” Despite the strong urge to rebel and go ahead with your mission, you turned and make your way back to camp. Perhaps what Felix said was true; you had no idea of who you might be up against. But then again, you have the right to know the truth.
“Y/n, I’m sorry.” You left him unanswered, keeping the silence between you. Felix tried to touch your arm but as soon as he did, you quickly pulled away and quicken your pace back to camp.
For the third time that morning, you left Felix behind.
“You guys go ahead. Not feeling too well today.” You said to the boys as soon as you were done with your chores.
“Are you alright?” Harv, one of the younger ones among the lost boys, asked you.
As sincere as possible, you presented him with a sweet smile. “Yupp, I’m okay. Just need some rest.”
“Alright then. If you need anything, just shout out for any of us, alright?” You could only smile at his sincere gesture. And off they went to play their planned game in the jungle.
Convinced they had gone far enough, you took the trail that would lead you to your favourite spot in Neverland; the edge of the cliff that was not too far from camp but far enough to have some alone time.
You let out a sigh of relief as you sat at the bottom of a tree that was just a few feet away from the edge. As soon as you sat down, your mind started to spin with infinity questions raised by the recent events.
What is Felix keeping from me? Does it concern me or was it really the culprit’s intent to hurt Pan? But if I’m the intended victim, will he try again to kill me? What was in the tree that spooked Felix? Why was it so hard for him to just even tell me the truth? Urgh!
Knowing fully well all these would only dampen your mood even further, you pushed away those thoughts and enjoyed the beautiful view and refreshing air of Neverland. Though, your peace was short-lived when a familiar voice came to your ears.
“Hey there, hun.” You let out a sigh, knowing too well of his purpose coming to you. Reluctantly, you opened your eyes to see a well-built figure standing beside you.
“Hi, Pan.” Felix, you cursed under your breath.
“What was that?” Pan asked.
“Nothing.” Without asking, he took the empty spot beside you, forcing you to cross your legs and faced him. “So, what’s up?”
“You know why I’m here, don’t you?”
“Yeah… Felix told you what happened this morning.”
Pan nodded. “Why didn’t you tell me you were going after the attacker this morning?” Before you could answer, he interrupted. “Wait. You know what? It doesn’t matter cos I had already guessed it the moment you asked for my permission early in the morning.”
“Then why did you ask me?” It was a rhetorical question. But then again, you realised that you have started to turn salty with him again. Things are going good with Pan for this past month but why are you shutting him out again? Is there something that you are trying to avoid?
“Why so angst?” You left his question unanswered, turning away from him. Though, you could not shut his voice out. “Honey, I know you’re feeling down. I knew it the moment you reached back here earlier than expected, something must have happened. Felix told me everything, including about the arrow. He was just trying to protect you.”
Trying to get your point across, you turned to face him once again. “But that arrow was clearly meant for me. If you hadn’t pushed me away, I should be the one dead right now. No matter what, I deserved to know the truth. This concerns my life. How am I going to protect myself if I don’t know who I’m up against?”
“Who says that? I’m here. Felix is here. The boys are too. We can protect you. So, what do you have to worry about?”
“There’s no one else that I can depend on other than myself, not even you, Pan.” Pan let out a sigh, knowing too well that no matter what he said, nothing could convince you that you are never alone in Neverland.
“Honey, you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.”
His last sentence struck you. “So… YOU too know who tried to kill me?”
Pan turned speechless. And in that moment, you knew you hit a bull’s eye. With anger, you immediately stood up. “Fine.” You stomped off, leaving Pan stoned at his spot. You turned to him before disappearing into the jungle. “I won’t be returning to the camp tonight. Don’t look for me. I’ll go back when I feel like it.” And off you went, deeper into the Dark Jungle, alone with no one to depend on.
“Y/n. It’s dangerous out there.” You continued running, getting further away from him. “Y/n!”
With all his might, he punched into the tree in front of him. However, he is not Hulk and his hand is bleeding due to his action. Even though he could have easily healed it with his magic, he left it alone to feel the pain. But yet, the pain in his hand could not be compared with that in his heart.
I finally finished watching Reply 1988 despite of hesitating for quite some time. As expected, it was a beautiful ending. It wasn’t as cliche as most of the drama which is why I really like it a lot. The last 2 episodes are surprisingly the best part of the drama for me. It’s a shame I stopped watching it for a while after Episode 18 because you know, I really hate watching endings. Not because of how I think it would be predictable but because I just don’t want to end it. I just thought that their Youth is so beautiful that’s it’s also heartbreaking for me to see them bid their farewell. The last 2 episodes have a lot of heartwarming scenes that I cried a river. I was so emotional while watching it. All in all, my 40 hours of watching it was worth it. Really worth it. Here are 50 things I’ve learned while watching the drama. I hope you’ll take time to read it one by one and take it to heart.
1. A cold person has a warm heart.
2. Money isn’t always everything.
3. Eyes never lie
4. Being able to graduate isn’t important as long as you’re a person with good personality.
5. Family isn’t just based on blood.
6. It’s fine to be confused about your dream and what you want to do in the future.
7. Everyone can be smart on their own way.
8. Second chances.
9. Youth is beautiful.
10. You can also like someone instead of waiting for someone else to like you.
11. We’ll do whatever it takes not to be a disappointment to our parents.
12. Try and try until you succeed.
13. Every parents dream is for their children to be healthy and have a successful life.
14. The reason of running away can also be the lack of treatment.
15. Parents always have a soft spot for their children.
16. Sometimes, parents unknowingly treat their children unevenly.
17. Everything you see isn’t what it really is.
18. Superman can also be weak sometimes.
19. There will always be one person who will make you forget all your insecurities.
20. Having to eat your mom’s cook is the best feeling in the world.
21. Misunderstanding might lead into bad impression.
22. Rebellious child lacks a comfort from their parents.
23. Friendship lasts longer.
24. It is alright to be angry and to curse.
25. A person that doesn’t weep during funerals is actually the saddest person.
26. Not all wishes are for good.
27. “I love you, son.” is the best thing a child would want to hear from their dad.
28. Defend yourself on someone who tries to step on you.
29. Adults feel pain too.
30. Everything passes by and ages but we can’t deny we always want to go back during our youth days.
31. Sometimes it’s always the best to express how much you love a person.
32. Accepting a new person in life isn’t about forgetting the dead ones.
33. There’s no such thing as Santa.
34. Another term for fate is timing.
35. First love never dies.
36. Never hesitate on something you know you want to have.
37. Don’t lose hope even if you only have 1% chance.
38. Sometimes we need to lie if we want to keep a person in our life.
39. Sometimes we need an illusion to be happy.
40. If there’s anyone who will hold you until the end, it’s our family.
41. No matter how it seems that someone else’s things are better, they’ll always have their faults.
42. We can never give up without trying. We should be prepared to get hurt and suffer.
43. We should always be considerate on how our mom feels.
44. “Sometimes it’s okay to be deluded – if you can make your mother happy by making her think her cooking is good”
45. Mothers are the strongest people.
46. If you love someone, tell them now before it’s too late.
47. Time passes by for everyone else. As much as we’ve grown, let us not forget our parents are also growing old.
48. Youth is never coming back.
49. Our parents don’t automatically become a parent when we’re born.
50. A parent can never win on a child who knows how to decide for themselves.
Hey there! I think I am not the only who wished to have a Peter Pan in their life, right? So, I decided to somewhat bring Neverland to the real world. Provide an alternate dimension to Peter Pan. Oh how I wish it was real….
School. Teachers would call it a place of knowledge, where its students would come to learn new things.
Well, that’s their point of view being an educator.
For you (and most of the other students), it’s way more than that. It’s the only place where teens like you could find power above others. Sounds like Neverland, really. Most of the times, it was achieved through fear. Kindness do exist, but that would be rare in this millennial; in this school at least. Everyone just want to be on top. Fame, popularity, who wouldn’t want that?
As far as you know it, you were an exception to that. Initially, of course you were tempted to gain that fame, to be known among the students. But after a month into your 10th grade, you decided popularity isn’t for you.
Back seats were meant for you. You wouldn’t speak up or volunteer yourself. All you wanted was to graduate from this school with a well-enough grade and no trouble along the way. One could say, being invisible is your niche. But then again, being very close friends with a famous guy was not helping you at all.
“Hey, y/n.” A gruffed voice greeted you as you pulled out those heavy books from your bag and placed it in your locker. Without looking up, you knew extremely well who that would be, your best friend.
“Hi, Felix.” You replied with a slightly upbeat voice.
You zipped up your bag and slammed the locker door. Typical problematic locker. You turned to Felix who was leaning his body against the locker beside.
“Any plans for tonight?” Felix asked.
You took a pause before deciding on your answer to his question, giving yourself some time to deliberate on whether you should go or not. Most of the time, you would just wish to stay at home and relax on that comfy couch. But then again, it has been too long since you spent time with Felix. Especially with him busy training for the school’s basketball team.
“Pan’s having a party at his house. He asked me to invite you along.”
“Felix…” Before you could turn down his offer, he interrupted.
“Come on! It’s been so long since we got to hang out.”
“Of course, with your training getting in the way and you being such buddies with Pan…” It might have sounded as if you were jealous but you were actually not. You knew very well that no matter who else Felix was being good friends with, your close bond with Felix could never be broken. You could always count on him if you ever need a listening ear. That was one thing you have always admired about Felix.
Silence filled the air between you as you thought hard of your decision.
“Come on, honey.” That’s Felix’s nickname for you.
“Alright, fine! I’ll go. But you must promise me not to leave me alone. The moment you do that, I’ll find my own ride home.”
“Yayy!” He jumped for joy, like a kid that was just given a candy. “We wouldn’t want that… If anything ever happened to you, Dad would kill me for sure.”
You raised your eyebrows as you gave him that ‘you-know-it’ look.
“Alright! I’ll pick you up at 7. Don’t be late!” His voice fades away as he ran for the exit.
As soon as he disapperard from your sight, you had a monologue with yourself.
Why would Pan invite me? He doesn’t even know me. I am a nobody.
Nahh… Maybe he is just inviting the whole school.
After you made a self-conclusion, you shrugged and head home.
A whistling sound was heard from your phone, indicating that a message had just came in. You opened it to find one from Felix.
Reaching in 5. -F
You tossed your phone on your bed as you reached for your denim jacket in your wardrobe. After a good long look in the mirror, and a little bit of touching up, you tied up the shoelace on your sneakers and head down to the living room to find Felix talking to your dad. Your footsteps down the stairs interrupted their conversation as their head turned to you. “Oh, there you are, y/n.”
“Hey, Dad… I’ll be home late.”
“Alright, just make sure not too late. Don’t forget your keys.” He placed your home keys in your hand before he turned to Felix. “And, Felix. Y/n is your responsibility for the next few hours. Make sure you take good care of her, alright? And make sure she comes back safe and sound.”
Felix smiled before replying, “Don’t worry, Dad. I will.”
Felix calling your father as his own was not something unusual. You were so exceptionally close to Felix that you and your family treated him like their own. And his family have always treated you like you are a part of them. In fact, with one glance, most would think you and Felix were siblings just by looking at how close your bond was. You felt lucky to have such a good friend who have stuck by you all these years.
“Ready to go?” Felix directed the question to you.
“Bye, Mom! Bye, Dad!” You said as you gave a kiss on your parents’ cheeks before heading out.
Before you could open the door to a silver grey car that was parked at your driveway, Felix stopped you and opened the door to the passanger seat, like a gentleman would do for his lady. What’s got into him?
As you placed a foot inside, you realised Felix’s gaze has never left you ever since the both of you stepped out of the house. “Why are you staring at me like that?”
“Nothing. It’s just… you look different than usual.”
“What’s different? It’s just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.”
“Even so… still much better than your oversized tees.”
You shook your head at his ridiculous explanation and took your place at the passenger seat. Felix closed the door beside you and ran around the car to his driver’s seat. He turned the keys and the engines started to roar. Watching him fastening his seat belt, you followed suit.
Pan’s house was not too far from yours. Just a 20-min drive would suffice. Despite the short travelling time, you decided to ask Felix of the long-awaited question that has been running in your mind since that afternoon.
“Why did Pan asked you to invite me personally? Can’t he just invite me himself like the rest of the school?” Your voice breaks the silence in the car as you looked at him. His eyes stayed glued on the road.
It took Felix a while before he could answer. “I don’t know… Maybe he just wanted to know who my best friends are?”
“We were in the same class since second grade! How could he not know me at the very least, even if he doesn’t know that you are my best friend?” Before you could stop yourself, you realised that you have risen your voice slightly.
“Wowww giiirl… Relax.”
“Sorry. Didn’t mean to.”
“Hahah! Nothin to worry about, honey. But you did told me you had a crush on him since fifth grade. So just take this chance to get to know him better, aite?”
Your eyes widened at his latest statement. “Heyyyy… No one else is supposed to know about that. I was so naive back then… Anyway… his famous now. Good looks. Charming. A little bit of that bad boy attitude. Most of the girls in school are all eyeing to be his girlfriend.” In your mind, you started to question how did you even started to have any feelings for him.
“Nope. Compete with those cheerleaders? Forget it. Just let me step back and enjoy the rest of my senior years being invisible.”
“Honey, you are my best friend. You can’t be invisible.”
“Yeah… I figured that. They have been calling me ‘Felix’s friend’ and made me help them get a date with you.”
“Sorry about that, honey.” He said as he let out a chuckle.
You smiled as you turned to look out to the road. With the windows downs and the winds blowing through your hair, you placed your hands on the ledge and rested your chin on it for the rest of the journey.
“We’re here!” Felix exclaimed as he parked his car two blocks away from Pan’s house.
From a distance, you could see exceptionally bright lights shining from a huge house. That’s one big party that Pan has thrown to welcome the weekends.
Loud music hit your eardrums as you got closer to his abode. With a brush of your hand, you quickly re-do your hair. It must have been very messy after that session of hair-blowing in the car.
“Let’s go in.”
With you being an introvert and not used to such a huge crowd, a sense of insecurity started to fill you. You wrapped your hands around Felix’s arms and followed behind him as he shoved through the crowded living room.
After all that pushing and shoving, you found yourself standing by the outdoor pool. You did a quick turn to admire the architectural beauty of his home. Despite knowing him since young, you had never step foot inside his home. He is SO rich! That must be an added reason he was so famous in school. You made a quick note to yourself that with all this wealth, all the more reason you should stay away from him. Don’t want any cat fights with the girls in the school.
Your eyes stopped at a shelter nearby where a familiar stature was leaning on the countertop with a drink in his hand. Straightaway, you recognised him to be the owner of this home, or at least the son to its owners.
Felix started to make a move towads Pan. Butterflies started to fly around in your stomach. Even though those feelings that you had for him was years ago, meeting with the most well-known student in school still send chills down your spine.
You pulled Felix back and shook your head, telling him that you don’t want to go over to the famous Peter Pan.
“Come on. Don’t be shy.” Felix winked. Since he is much stronger than you, pulling him back wouldn’t stop him. In the end, you obliged but got yourself getting closer to him and hugging his arms even tighter.
“Hey, Pan!” Felix called out and waved his hands from a distance. Nearer to him, he shook his hands and they hit each other with their shoulder, greeting each other with the common bro hug. Felix did the same to the other three boys that were standing with Pan.
Never did you realise that your hands were still wrapped around Felix’s arms.
“Oh. Hi, y/n.” Pan smiled as his eyes landed on you.
Still feeling that wings flapping around in your stomach, you presented a sweet smile to him.
“Sorry. She’s a little shy.” You pulled Felix’s sleeves, embarrased by his words.
“Don’t worry, y/n. I don’t bite.”
“Honey, why don’t you wait here for a while while I go get us some drinks?”
Before you could stop him, he ran into the house back to the living room, where you saw the food and drinks earlier while you were finding your way around the house. You felt like hopping on a ride home but you were standing with Pan. How could one ever walk out of the famous Peter Pan?
“See ya later, Pan.” Said the three boys who started to walk away. Now, left the two of you alone to converse. Those wings weren’t much of a help for you.
“So… y/n. How are you?” Pan started the conversation.
“Oh. Urmm… Fine. Absolutely fine.”
Seriously, y/n? No other words than ‘absolutely’? You scolded yourself in your heart.
“Urmm… How about you?” You returned him with the same question, recalled of the 101 tips that was taught in social etiquette class.
“I’m good too, actually. Never been better.” He said as he raised his both hands, showing his physical attributes to you. No matter how much you tried, you could not stop thinking of how good he looks right now, despite him just wearing a t-shirt that says “Party Rocks” along with a pair of jeans and a jacket to protect him from the cold wind.
“Anywaay… what’s with Felix calling you 'Honey’?”
“That was just nothing. It’s just a nickname he had for me since we were kids.”
“Oh. I thought you are his girlfriend, looking at how close you guys were. Though, it was quite weird that he would tell me of all the girlfriends he had but never really talked about you being his lover. Thought he had finally got over that Stacy girl.”
You laughed at Pan’s words, ridiculing at his statement. You could not believe the assumption he made about you and Felix. “Felix and I are just best friends. Really good friends. Don’t think loving each other as a couple was ever in our dictionary.”
“Oh… that’s great.” You could see Pan smiling. But his expression made your smile fade away, feeling that he has a hidden agenda.
“Why would it be great?”
The next moment, you realised he was getting too close to you as he placed his mouth near to your ears. Feeling his breath against your skin, he whispered, “You look cute, by the way. Can I call you Honey too?”
Taken by surprise, you took a step back. Your wide eyes gazed into his deep olive-green eyes as you wondered what he meant by that.
Before you could reply him, Felix walked towards you with two drinks in his hand. Still in shock, you slowly grabbed the cup from Felix’s hand that was handed out to you while your mind was still wrapped around Pan’s words.
“I’ll take that as a yes then.” Said Pan as he winked at you.
“What are you guys talking about?” Felix wondered as he took a sip from his cup.
“Nothing!” Your sudden risen voice took Felix by surprise.
“Relax girl. I was just asking.”
You gave him the sincerest smile that you could possibly do, trying to tell him that your conversation with Pan earlier was nothing much of importance for him to care about.
As Felix and Pan started to converse with one another, you faithfully stood beside Felix and followed them wherever they goes. When they decided to take a seat at the chair that was placed slightly further from the crowd, you followed suit.
Despite being side by side with them, you could not hear much of their conversation. Or mainly, you could not understand what they were talking about. Boys.
For the first few times, you tried to follow along their conversation, asking them questions along the way. After a few failed attempts, you decided to just switch off your hearing and just stared into the night sky, something that you usually do when you were feeling down or bored.
Occasionally, you took a sip of your drink and looked at your watch every now and then, secretly hoping that this night, which seemed unbelievably longer than usual, would end real soon.
An hour in, Felix received a call and stepped slightly further away, leaving the two of you together once again. Not wanting to go through that awkward feeling again, you took out your phone from your pocket and scrolled through your social media; from instagram, to twitter, to facebook, and back again till Felix came back.
Felix’s change of expression clearly shows that something bad has happened.
“What’s wrong?” You asked him.
“Stacy… she’s got into some trouble.” He took a pause before he said his real worry. “But how are you getting home? I promised Dad.”
In silence, your heart leaped for joy. Finally, you are going home! Though, you did feel bad for Felix. Stacy might be pretty but her attitude doesn’t speak the same.
“Don’t worry about me. I can find my ride home. I can just call Dad to pick me up or take a cab homep.”
“What are you talking about? I can drive you home.” Pan’s voice made the both of you turned to look at him in shock.
“You sure about that, Pan?”
“Yeah, why not? It’s just not too far, right?”
“But Pan… it’s fine. I can just call a cab home.” You tried to persuade them but it seemed like it just fall into deaf ears.
“Thanks Pan! I owe you big time!” Felix’s voice starts to fade as he sprint for his car.
“But Felix!” You shouted for him.
“Don’t worry, honey! I will text Dad about this!” You could barely his last words before his car zooms off into the middle of the road.
With Felix gone from sight, you turned to Pan with a disheartened look. “Honestly, Pan… you don’t have to. I can just call a cab home. Or even get an uber.”
“What?! Uber? Do you know how dangerous it is for a girl like you taking a stranger’s car? What if something happened to you? How am I going to answer Felix, or your parents for that matter?”
“But Pan, you are the host of the party. You should be here the whole time.”
“Nahhh… who cares. I will just be gone for a short while. They wouldn’t even realise that I went out. Anyway, my caretaker can help to ensure things don’t get out hand.”
“If I keep on protesting, it just won’t do any good, right?” Pan gave you a cheeky smile. “Alright… fine… Sorry for the trouble.”
“No worries about it! I consider it as an honour. Come, let me take you to my car.” He said as he held out his hand for you. Reluctantly, you placed your hand on his.
Pan pulled you along and you followed his every footsteps. After all the bulldozing through the crowd, you found yourself standing in the car garage that was located in the basement of his mansion. You stared at every corner and judging by the size of it, you estimated that it could fit at least four cars inside.
“Don’t just stand there, honey. Get in.” He opened the door to the passenger’s seat for you to get in.
You turned to see him standing by a black Audi. It was only then that you realised you were drooling over the luxurious decor (metaphorically, of course). Not to mention the expensive cars that was kept securely in this garage.
“He is filthy rich.” You whispered to yourself, just loud enough for your own hearing.
“Oh, nothing.” You quickly walked up to him and went into the car to avoid any follow-up questions.
Before you could fasten your seatbelt, Pan went over to you from his driver’s seat and pulled down the seatbelt. With his face just inches away from yours, you felt as if your breath was taken away from you. You gazed deep into his green eyes. Your heart started to beat faster than it ever was, as if you had just completed a marathon. His warm breath hit your face and you felt as if time had stopped for a moment.
Starting to feel that giant butterfly coming back in your stomach, you let out a cough, bringing Pan back to reality. Realising that he had been staring at you for too long, he quickly buckled up your seatbelt and went back to his seat. He turned the engine on. With the roaring sound filling the garage, he stepped on the pedal and drives the car out of the driveway to the main road.
While he was driving, you took a quick look from the corner of your eyes. You noticed that he was not the boy you used to had a crush on back in the past. He has grown so much, like you, only more handsome and charming. No wonder girls in your school were queuing up to be his girlfriend, hoping to be his true love.
Soon after, his car stopped in front of your house. He quickly ran out of his driver’s seat and opened the door for you. No matter how much you wanted to deny it, you were slightly moved by his actions.
“Thanks for the ride home.” You said as you stepped out of the car. Your first words to Pan ever since you got into the car.
“No worries about it. As long as I can get you home safe, nothing is too much of a trouble for me.”
As you started to make a beeline towards your house, a question popped into your head. You turned back to face him. “How did you know where my house is?”
“Honey, I’ve known you since second grade. We used to take the same bus to school, remember?”
You were taken aback by his reply. “But that was ages ago. I can’t believe you still remember that.”
“I remember all the things about cool people. I think you’re cool.”
You smiled sheepishly at Pan.
Before you walked away, you gave him a kiss on the cheeks and said “Thanks”, leaving Pan with a wide smile on his face.
Felt satisfied, you skipped happily back into the house, like a little girl who was just given a new doll to add to her tea party. It was only then did your realise that you had never so high before.
With a heart over the moon, you walked into your home with a huge smile. Your smile got wider as you heard his car drive off from your home.
Pan… why did you make me feel this way about you all over again?