Dre sat on the curb just outside of his apartment building. It was a surprisingly warm day in early march, nearly 8 months after his victory at the Kung-Fu tournament. In the weeks following the tournament, he had been viewed as a Hero, almost everyone showing him respect and the shiny trophy had taken a new spot in their living room.
He hadn't been able to practice his Kung-fu much in the last months, because of his broken leg. Dre looked down to where, underneath his jeans, his still wore his leg brace, holding the pieces together. Luckily, it had been a clean break, and he would be able to practice and fight again in two weeks.
He was counting down the days. For him, Kung-Fu was like breathing. It ran in his blood. It had brought him the most beautiful girlfriend in the world. Mei-Ying.
He was meeting her in the park today, she said on the phone that she had something big to tell him. Dre checked his watch. It was two-thirty on the dot, time to leave his perch on the curb. He got to his feet and started walking, ignoring the slight twinge in his leg.
Dre walked up the street, then turnned into the park entrance. He saw Mei-Ying immediately. She was sitting by the playground, looking beautiful, as always. He walked up, unable to keep the grin off his face. She smiled in return and nodded a greeting, but her eyes said that something wasn't right.
Dre instantly picked up on it.
"What's wrong?" He asked, his eyes darkening with worry.
"Oh god Dre. I'm so sorry" She whispered, looking down as her lips quivered.
He sat next to her and wrapped his arm around her shoulder.
"What are you talking about?" He whispered, a spear of ice going trough his heart.
"I tried to make this day happy, but...I..I...it's so hard"
Dre gently touched her face and waited for her to finish.
"We're going to Tokyo, my father has gotten a new job there" Mei-Ying continued, avoiding his eyes.
The silence stretched on.
Dre stood up and took her hands, pulling her up from the bench. Gently, he touched her face, wiping away the solitary tear that had run down her pale cheek.
"I'm so sorry" Mei-Ying whispered, still avoiding him.
Dre gently grabbed her chin and turned her face to his.
"No matter where you go, i'll be there for you"
Mei-Ying shook her head.
"You don't understand Dre, I have to break up with you. My parents told me so"
Dre could feel his heart rending in half, but ignored it. Mei-Ying needed him to be solid for her, and he would.
"Okay then, we'll just have to make this day the best we ever head, then end it there"
Mei-Ying nodded and Dre took her hand, leading her away. He looked back after a couple seconds, and saw that Mei-Ying was still crying.
He stopped and took her face in his hands.
"No tears, okay?"
She nodded, and forced a smile.
"That's it" Dre grinned.
That afternoon, they did all their favorite things, went to a play, got ice cream, and walked along the bridge of flowers. The sun was just starting to set, and Dre got an idea. To their right was a cement wall wide enough to sit on, with a large teardrop shaped statue at the end.
With the perfect view of the setting sun.
Dre hopped up and scooted back so he was leaning on the statue. He patted the spot in front of him, motioning for Mei-Ying to come over. She gracefully climbed up, and settled right in front of him, then gently laid back so she was leaning on his chest, his chin right on top of her head. Dre wrapped his arms around her waist.
This moment was so perfect...Why couldn't it last forever?
After a long time, Mei-Ying checked the clock on her phone, then sat up.
"I have to go home, I promised my parents Iwould be back by six"
Dre nodded and jumped off the wall, offering his arms to Mei-Ying.
"Jump, i'll catch you"
She jumped, and landed square in his arms. Gently, he brushed some hair away from her eyes Then leaned forwards, his lips just barely brushing hers before she pulled away quickly. Mei-Ying took a step back, but must have seen the hurt in Dre's eyes.
"I'm so sorry"
She came back to him and took his face in her hands, kissing him hard, but gently at the same time. As the seconds drew on, Mei-Ying kept her lips firmly on his. Dre put his hands on her hips, pulling her small body as close as he could.
Neither of them wanted to break away.
But Mei-Ying ended up being the one to end it.
"I'm sorry" Then she slipped away, never to return.
Dre watched her walk away, then started to walk back to his apartment. As he came in his door, he noticed that his mom wasn't hung up his coat, then went into the kitchen Where on the table was a note and a casserole.
He sat down numbly and pushed the casserole away. He wasn't hungry, probably never would be again. Mei-Ying was the only thing that kept him going after he lost his Kung-Fu in those long months. The note said that his mom was helping some neighbors move in and would be back before seven.
Dre folded his arms and put them on the table. He had just barely laid his head on his arms when the tears started rolling. He had lost his girl.
Now what was he supposed to do?
His mom came in, calling his name. He ignored her. She walked into the kitchen, and noticed Dre's hunched posture.
"What's wrong baby?" She said, putting a hand on his shoulder.
He looked up, his eyes blotchy and cheeks wet with tears.
"She's gone mom. She's gone"