NOTE- In this story, TenTen has a job as a doctor, I know she's not a doctor, but bear with me Also, I'm sorry if this chapter is a bit boring, I'm not good at inros. But the rest is better!
It was a cold February night. People were bustling through the streets, either pulling up their coat collars or wrapping scarves around their necks, trying to stay warm.
It's so cold today. I'm standing at my window, looking at the people moving like little dots. Standing in a heated room, I'm beginning to pity those people. Why don't they go home? Do they plan on wandering until morning? TenTen thought to herself.
"Almost time to go home! My boyfriend must be going crazy." One of the nurses breathe a sign of relief. "Still needs to work overtime on Valentine's Day. It's so unfair!"
"You are fortunate." Another nurse says. "Some people don't have anyone waiting for them."
Like Sherlock Holmes, TenTen's ears perk up when she hears her name.
"Do you remember how she lost control on this day last year?"
"Of course I do." A nurse shudders. "I've never seen TenTen like that. Crying and yelling, like she was crazy."
They are talking about how I was last year. They are correct. I was out of control, like they said. TenTen thought.
"You can't blame TenTen. If my boyfriend died in front of my eyes, I would probably go crazy as well."
"Keep it down. She hasn't left work yet. She might hear you."
The two nurses are too late. I heard the entire conversation through the canvas wall. TenTen thought.
"TenTen, what are you doing standing here?"
Just as TenTen was deciding whether or not to reveal herself, another nurse exposed her. TenTen awkwardly stepped out. The 2 nurses who discussed her started to blush. Their faces became redder than the bow on Valentine's Day chocolates.
waiting to go home." TenTen pretended that she didn't hear
"TenTen, you must have gotten too involved in your work. It's already past time to go home. See you tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day!" She waves goodbye.
"Happy Valentine's Day." TenTen waved back and watched the 2 nurses hurry away.
fine. I was ready to go home anyway. Even though no lover is
for me, at least there's a lazy cat waiting for me to feed.
After I come home, the first thing I do is feed the cat. I forgot when I first had the cat. Probably since last year's Valentine's Day. At that time, I was like an abandoned cat, with eyes filled with despair. Cats don't cry, I do. That's the only difference.
"Better drink all the milk or I'll skin you." TenTen threatened the cat. Her name is Christine, TenTen's least favorite English name. She didn't know why she named the cat Christine. Christine meowed once to let TenTen know she heard her, but her eyes were complaining about TenTen's severity. Her eyes remind me of someone I used to know, standing in front of me with eyes of rebellions, thought TenTen.
A year ago today, TenTen had lunch with her boyfriend, Hyuuga Neji, and took the opportunity to complain to him.
"Today is Valentine's Day. Why didn't you give me any flowers?"
He raised his eyebrow. "Why should I give you flowers? You are not my anyone."
"Then... you should at least give me a card!" TenTen pouted her lips, hurt by his tone.
"I know, I know. After lunch, I'll send you an e-card."
E-card. That sounds so impersonal, but that's the way he is. "You have to e-mail it to me. I'll be waiting." TenTen excitedly smiled and planned to sneak home after lunch to check her e-mail. Even though he wouldn't use any romantic words, she still looked forward to the card.
"I can't stand you women. Why do you make such a big deal out of Valentine's Day??" He grumbled while eating his food. His comment induced TenTen to fight with him again.
"You are not romantic at all!! Don't you watch any Japanese drama?"
"Japanese drama? I only watch Discovery Channel."
"Your life is so boring." TenTen made a face at him. "One recent drama was really good. You should have watched it."
"What's that drama called?" He didn't believe in the love portrayed in TV and movies. He always thought they were lies.
"It's called 'Story of A Century'." TenTen gladly answered.
"What kind of trashy plot did it have?"
"What do you mean trash?? Show some respect!" she was so angry. "That drama was very touching, and the theme song was beautiful as well. It's called 'Only Love', performed by Nana Mouskouri." I wonder if he knew who Nana was, TenTen thought.
"Nana, I know her. A Greek singer with really expensive albums."
"Her voice is worth it." Even though she secretly agreed with him, she couldn't bring herself to admit it.
"Whatever." He glanced at his watch. "I'll give you 5 minutes to tell me the plot. After that, I'm leaving."
TenTen tried hard to explain 6 hours worth of story in just 5 minutes. The drama portrayed the love stories of 3 generations of women spanning 100 years, from 1901 to 2000. Each generation was portrayed by the same actress. The story was tear-jerking.
"What's so touching about it?" He asked, after listening to the story.
"Don't you think each generation's story is wonderful? If I have such great screen writing ability, I wouldn't be a doctor anymore. I would become a screenwriter."
"If you become a screenwriter, I bet no one would watch the show. The TV station can go out of business." He quickly interjected.
"I'm going back to work. Hurry and send me the card!" She was so mad that she went home immediately, not even finishing her coffee.
As soon as she walked in her door, she turned on her computer and got online.
Staring at the empty in-box, she began to reminisce about how they met. Maybe no one would believe her, but Neji and her were actually neighbors. Their homes were only 1 wall away. Ever since they were kids, they liked to fight with each other all day long. She still remembers when she moved to the country that year. Used to the city life, she couldn't get used to the simple life in the country. After school, she would just go home and do nothing. Whenever that happened, he would always come over to tease her.