Just Say a Little Prayer
"Hey,has anyone seen Sis.Tomoyo?" asked Ryane to her classmates at recess.
Donn frowned. "You're right.She wasn't around in History awhile ago."
"Even Sir Eriol looked upset." commented Mia.
Paul slapped his forehead. "Oh no!Don't tell me they had another fight!"
"No." A soft voice said.Everyone turned to the wheelchaired Cara.
"What did you say?" asked Stephen.
"Sis.Tomoyo was crying last night when Fr.Ayashi talked to her last night.I saw them in the balcony as we were waiting for the announcement of winners." said the amber-eyed girl.
"What did Fr.Ayashi say that made Sis.Tomoyo cry?" wondered Ryane.
"He said something about Sis.Tomoyo taking her vow of poverty,chastity and obedience." continued Cara.
"Hey,poverty means being poor." said Donn.
"And obedience is,like,following orders." said Mia.
"So chastity means.." began Stephen.
Paul took his pocket dictionary out. "being celibate or..not marrying because of a vow!"
"Oh no!" cried Stephen. "Now Sis.Tomoyo can never marry Sir Eriol!"
Paul slammed his book shut. "Not if we could help it.Let's find Sir Eriol now!"
Eriol kneeled on the confession box as Fr.Ayashi prepared to listen. "Bless me Father for I have sinned.My sins are..is..I fell in love with a woman who's about to marry someone else.." began Eriol,forcing back his tears painfully.
"She's gonna marry God!Who am I to compete with him?!A mere mortal!" he cried.
Fr.Ayashi can give no other penance than this. "Listen to what your heart says.The whispers of your heart is the instruction of God."
"Sir Eriol!Sir Eriol,where are you?" Paul shouted.
The priest went out of the confession box. "He is in no condition to teach."
Stephen pounded on the box. "Sir Eriol,come out there!Stop her!"
Ryane joined him. "You love Sis.Tomoyo,don't you?Stop her!"
"Please Sir Eriol,until the ceremony doesn't begin,you can make it.Convince her that you're gonna die when you lose her!" wailed Mia.
"Sir Eriol.." whispered Cara.
Eriol wanted to do as his students say,but an important question remained. "Does she love me?"
"That's for you to find out,you fool!" shouted Paul. "Ask her now!!"
At once,Eriol was out of the box. "Tell me where to find her."
Smiling,the priest gave him the directions.
"Damn!" Eriol cursed under his breath as he looked at the heavily-congested traffic.At the thought of Tomoyo,he instantly decided to leave his car,ignoring the amazed faces of his fellow drivers.
"He's crazy."was all one driver could say.
Eriol felt everything crashed on to him.The doors of the convent were closed.He didn't make it.
"God,n-no!!!"Eriol collapsed.He punched the ground several times,not noticing the blood on his fist.The pain cutting through his heart was even more hurting.He just lost the most important woman in his life..the woman he loves.
He desperately pounded on the heavy wooden door."Please!!Anybody,let Tomoyo out!!!Let her out!!Tomoyo!!"
The doors opened,revealing a very furious abbess."What do you think are you doing,young man?You are disturbing a very solemn religious ceremony."
"Please let her out!!I beg you..I can't live without her.If you set her free,I promise to take good care of her.She's my life!"he pleaded.
"Are you talking about Sis.Tomoyo?"the woman asked.
He nodded."Mother,I love her.I don't know what I would do if I lose her."
She sighed."Very well...NO!"
He stood up,trembling."Please.."
"I can't let her out because she's already outside.In fact,she's standing right behind you now."the nun said.
Eriol slowly turned around and saw Tomoyo dressed not in her plain gray habit but a blue and white blouse and skirt.Her long black curls sway with the gentle breeze.
"Tomo..Tomoyo!!!!"He ran towards her,scooped her up in his arms and twirled her around.
The smiling abbess closed the doors.
"Tomoyo..I feel..so happy."he whispered as he stopped twirling her,but he was still carrying her.
"Me too.I'm glad I listened to my heart and backed out at the last minute.Mother Superior understood."she replied,her eyes shining happily.
His heart soared.Fr.Ayashi was right.What the heart says is God's special instruction.Eriol silently thanked God for giving Tomoyo back.
"Tomoyo,I know you heard this awhile ago already..but..but.."His cheeks burned.Damn it,he's doing this blushing thing again!
"I love you too."whispered Tomoyo.
He laughed,tears of joy glistening in his blue eyes.As he bent down to kiss his beloved,the church bell sounded and white doves flew across the sky,promising a wonderful tomorrow for the couple.