Be yourself--not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
- Henry David Thoreau
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When she entered in the bus everyone noticed her ….well I was one of them who were staring at her but my reason was different because I knew her and I can still remember that day.
I was just wondering around the street , thinking about how everything changed . Suddenly I bumped into something or better say someone.
She mumbled sorry and I looked at her….her eyes were red from crying and she was looking a mess I tried to talk to her but she just ran away leaving me confused and something fell that was a picture of her...and she was happy in that picture. The name that was written was….Origin Mate.
But today she looked different more confident, smiling brightly ,her eyes were sparkling and her face was lit up like there's no scar on her face ... yeah right she's having a burnt mark and she doesn't even care to hide that. She chose to sit next to me.
I just ignored her…..two reasons 1 because she ignored me….I called after her but no she was gone 2 I hate girls.
Origin: you know that it's rude when you don't reply someone.
Yeah I Deven Carter….I'm going to ignore her.
Dev:I heard that
Origin: you were meant to
Dev: you seriously don't remember me?
Origin: no…. have we met?
Dev: we met at night and you were a complete mess,I called after you but you just ran away….ring any bell?
Origin: hey that was you? I just heard your voice... that's why you sounded so familiar….i’m sorry.
I rolled my eyes. Of course you didn't.
Origin: I said that I am sorry
Origin: Is that your favorite dialogue? Whatever (she said in deep voice….yeah trying to copy me)
Dev: Can't you just shut up!!! (I said irritatedly)
Origin: Nope….at least not till you forgive me
Dev: I forgive you
Origin: Come on talk to me... I know that you are still angry
Dev: (I chucked) I don't care about you
Origin: yeah that's why you tried to stop me
Dev: I was being a good human being
Origin: why are you such an ass
Dev: because I hate girls
Origin: but why
Dev : It's not like you'll get every answer you want
She just rolled her eyes
Origin: why do you wear mask?
Dev: That's none of your business (I shouted)
Yup I was wearing a mask….i always wear that,it covers my half part of the face.
Now I think that I was rude but who told her to talk to me moreover there are many girls who just like me,I don't know why and when I tell them that I hate they just stay away but she just can't shut up.
Should I say sorry... of course you idiot but I don't care about her….yeah that's why you were happy when you saw her….fine maybe but how can this be possible???I don't even know her.
Dev: I'm sorry
Dev: I said sorry
Well now this is awkward…. What can be the reply of hmmm?
Origin: you said that you hate girls...then why are you talking to me?
Dev: I talk to few women my mom,my boss,my friend….so….
Origin:well that's not the answer of my question
Dev: Honestly I myself don't know the reason... it's just that I was rude
Origin:oh I'm so glad that you understood (she said with sarcasm)
Dev: forgive me please (I said with my puppy face)
She rolled her eyes and smiled
Origin: Fine you are forgiven
Dev: Thanks...I thought that you lived in other City
Origin: I'm thinking of shifting
Before I could say anything the bus stopped
Origin: Here's my stop….bye
I wanted to say something more but I stopped myself
After that I went to my apartment and relaxed thinking about the things that happened today….that was good. That day she looked good even after being full mess I couldn't take off my eyes from her.
Next morning wasn't any different but I was hoping that I can see her today also. The day passed in Bliss and the bus stopped at her stop and a girl came but to my disappointment that wasn't her. she sat next to me and I didn't objected…after two other people Origin came but when she saw a girl sitting next to me her smile faded. She sat on some other seat.That girl tried to talk to me but I just ignored her and she gave up. Then I looked towards origin ,a boy sat next to her and he started talking and they both got engaged in the conversation. On the other hand i was feeling uneasy when she laughed at something he said.
Soon his stop came and both of them left.
I went home and made myself dinner... at least there's something for which I am happy tomorrow is Friday means weekend's coming. I watched Netflix and then I went to my room and slept on my king size bed…. I love my bed... infact my whole apartment there's always a great view of the city from here it's big and spacious but I'm thinking about buying a penthouse . I don't know when I slept but I wake up in the morning on the floor….i think that i fell down but how can someone Fall from a king size bed even after sleeping alone!!!!
Anyway I went to office and met my Best friend Ace.
Dev: how's Ally?
She's his girlfriend and also like my sister
Ace: Good….you should come over she misses you and she also wants to set you up with someone
Dev: not again!!!!!
Ace: There's a get together on Saturday evening so come over and have some fun and there's also going to be a little announcement (he said with a smile)
Dev: okay but tell her she will not become a Cupid like she always do
Ace: I'll try my best bro
Dev: you are so whipped man
Ace: soon you'll realize that it's best feeling to fall in love.
I rolled my eyes...yeah when Satan becomes an angle….Like always the day wasn't eventful soon I was in bus going to my house. This time I reserved a seat for her but she sat on the other seat. I sighed and sat next to her.
Origin: Hey(she said with no emotion)
Dev: Are you mad?
Origin:Why should I be?
Dev: Look I thought you were not going to come...so I just let the other girl sit
Origin: you should have waited
Dev: sorry with Skittles on the top
Origin: Make it purple
Dev: Sorry with purple Skittles on the top
Origin: you are forgiven
Dev: Thank God
Origin: you know that I am talking to you just because of that night
Origin: when there was no one you were there for me
Dev: How did your face got this burnt mark or scar ?
Origin:well... that's the story for other time
Dev: okay….what do you do?
She was about to answer but her stop came
Origin: see you later
Dev: bye...where do you live?
But till then she was gone
Saturday came faster than I thought… as soon as I went there Ally tackled me into a hug.
Ally: God Dev….after such a long time
Dev: just one month Ally….stop being overdramatic
She rolled her eyes
Ally: way to talk to your sister
Dev: sorry I'll not do this again
Ally: you better not….anyway I want to meet you someone
Dev: Noooooo not again!!!
Ally: Too bad it's already decided
I'm going to kill Ace
Ally: There she is, remember don't judge anyone by their looks and be nice to her.
She needs someone and so do you be patient and calm.
I looked in the direction where she was looking... to see the unlucky girl.
I can only look at her back but I must say that she is quite good….wore a black jeans and red tank top with her red hair slightly curled and she was talking to a guy...who seemed familiar.
Ally: Hey Ori
And when she turned I take a look at her and her black jeans was ripped n was wearing a silver pendant... I looked at her blue eyes wait I know these eyes
Origin: Hey Dev?
Origin: what are you doing here?
Dev: straight forward...I like it but I was going to ask you the same question
Origin: I'm Ally's good friend and I haven't come over any of her parties or get-together because it was far away but now I can come here because I have shifted here.
Dev: okay….so what do you do?
Origin: Can I trust you?
Dev: Is that a question?
Dev: well….how can I know? But yeah I'll not tell anyone
Origin: hmm let me think….fine I'll tell you after you tell me yours
Dev: okay I'm am an editor in Daily Mail
Origin: that's great
I raised an eyebrow
Dev: your turn
Origin: I'm a songwriter
Dev: you mean to say a struggling songwriter
I started laughing
Origin: very funny
Dev:you are not kidding?
Dev: Tell me the names
Origin: revenge, hopeless,lost,love you, too much, you'll never know
Dev : but they're orio’s songs...shit you mean you are The Orio
Origin: I know right
Dev: why Orio?
Origin: That's because I love them... they're so tasty
Dev: from now I'll call you Orio
Then the boy who was talking to her came
Orio: hey Feeling bored?
Azen: yup…. look at the couple dance….Ewewe
Orio: let's dance
He grinned like Cheshire cat
Azen: Or crash the dance
Both of them got there and started doing break dance,hip hop and God knows what. That was damn funny and I couldn't stop laughing
Ace: enjoying I guess?
Dev:yup…. who's the guy?
Ace: Need not to be jealous. He's like her brother and Ally's cousin.
I nodded and started looking at them.They were enjoying and many people started dancing like them... only few were left who were doing the couple dance.
Azen: That was amazing
Orio: yup…. I was awesome
Azen: Nope I was
Orio: Let's ask Ace
Ace: sorry Ori,Azen was better
She huffed and Azen ruffed her hair
Azen: Next time
And she pouted then she saw a girl coming in our direction, her facial expressions hardened.
Azen: hey Kylie,who invited you? (He asked in bitter tone)
Kylie: None of your business
Then she looked at me sweatly and rest her hand on my chest.
Kylie: wanna dance hottie?
Orio: i thought you were having a boyfriend (muttered)
Kylie: I heard that and that's not your problem
Orio: Why he left you
Kylie: Oh please I'm not you
Orio: Can't be
Kylie: who wants to be a burnt face whose boyfriend left her because
Azen: enough what do you want?
Kylie: let's dance hottie
Dev: No I'm good
Kylie: why this bitch warned you that she'll curse you if you danced with me?
Orio: Hey listen you whore you can have him all you want….don’t talk about me
Kylie: Get lost burnt face
Orio: you fuck off boyfriend stealer
Kylie: He left you because you were ugly
Orio: still better than you
She slapped Kylie and left
Dev: look I don't know who you are but stay away from me
I left to find her and there she was looking at the Stars
Dev: you were amazing
Dev: stop crying
Orio: I'm not
I gave her a look
Orio: ok fine maybe I was….Orio no need to cry baby all's well
And she took a deep breath
Dev: how do you do that?
Orio: Do what?
Dev: Be so confident
Orio: Time taught me….can I ask you something?
Dev : yup
Orio: why do you wear mask?
For the first time I didn't became angry but smiled hearing that question
Dev: That's for other time... how about you tell me your story?
Orio: Maybe latter
I chucked and nodded
Dev: Tomorrow at your house?
Orio: Inviting yourself at my house?
Dev: No I'm sorry...I didn't mean to…..I understand if you don't want to talk about it
Orio: I was kidding relax man and I trust you and I'll tell you
Dev: we met only 2 weeks ago
Orio:I know…. I don't know why but I just trust you
Dev: Tomorrow at your house at 12 be ready
Orio: I thought it wasn't a date?(she teased)
Dev: it's not... but if you want….
Orio: I'm fine
Bro what's happening with you….. you were flirting with her….. maybe because it felt right, infact good.
After that Ace announced that he and Ally are going to get married soon.
So I'm standing at the spot where she said she would come…..I don't know why she said not at her house.
Orio: Exactly on time
Dev: I like it this way….so let's go?
Orio: where are you taking me?
Dev: To a park,then some walk and then to my house for dinner
Orio: If it's a date then it's crap
Dev: It's not and jokes apart but never I mean ever fall in love with me or this friendship will be over
Her face fell down a little but then she laughed
Orio: Don't worry not gonna happen
I nodded…. that's why I told her this because I know it's not going to happen and honestly I think it was a reminder for myself , the way I'm attracted to her chances are quite high...so yeah that's a reminder for me.
Orio: you look good
Dev: Thanks you look(eye her up and down) fine I guess
She rolled her eyes
Orio: Oh thanks I'm so glad
Dev: why didn't you let me come to your house?
Orio: maybe other Time
We went to the park and then went for a walk….so yeah here I'm serving her desert.
Orio: I'm going to get married
My eyes widened and I started choking my pudding
Orio: I mean I'm going to marry a man who can cook well
Damn she almost gave me a heart attack….but you yourself wanted that she should not fall in love with you. shut up you idiot mind
Orio: I must say I am impressed
She took a deep breath
Orio: do you have some wine
Orio: get me some
I did what I was told
Orio: ok so let's start with my story
Dev: you know you don't have to do this it's just fine
Orio: I want to do this
I just nodded
Orio: I had a boyfriend his name was Adam we were together for a year and we were happy,I thought he loved me but guess I was wrong .One night somehow there was fire in the apartment we shared and I don't know how the fire alarm went off. Somehow I was able to get out of the apartment but he can't and I realised this after I was out. But I went inside to get him , I was able to get him out of the room but when we we're about to get out of the apartment. I noticed that the fire has already burnt the fridge and not oven but that was about to happen and after that there would be explosion. So I had two choices 1 let Adam get out of the apartment first 2 leave him and get out first…..I chose the first one. I helped him to get out and then when I was about to get out there was explosion. My eyes opened at the hospital I got some burns they were minor but half of my face was severely burnt, even after the surgery there was no improvement….. it required a lots of money for the second one but all my money was spent on the first one and Adam didn't have it . So I decided to postpone it.
She became silent and tears started flowing down her face
Orio: Adam use to come daily but after few days he became irregular so one day I asked him and he became irritated but then he told me that he can't take it anymore he wanted break up because I was no longer presentable to anyone. Then later that day I saw him with Kylie and they were making out. That was the night when I met you I was alone and broken. Even if someone tried to help me….i just pushed them away. That's why I didn't talked to you. After that I was broken and cried for days but one day I told myself that no one can broke me I'm beautiful, confident and smart….. and promised myself that I'll not care about anyone.
Dev: Fuck how can he do that? you saved his life and that bastard just left you like a piece of shit.
She laughed not a normal one but evil’s laugh.
Orio: now I am fine no need to worry
Dev: I'm so sorry that because of me you again have to go through these bad memories
Orio: they have bad dreams not memories
She stood up and hugged me and I hugged her back. We stay like that for quite some time.
Orio: now I must go
I looked at the time….10:00pm
Dev: let me grab my keys then we can go
Orio: just drop me from where you picked me up.
I nodded but I wanted to ask her why not her home but decided against it.
I just dropped from where I picked her up. After that I thought about what she told me….how can someone be so heartless like Adam and so strong like Orio.
After that weeks passed . Me and orio came closer . Today she has invited me over her house because according to her its only her pay back for that night . When I went outside the building she was already standing there wearing her PJs , a tank top and cardigan. I'm wearing a trouser and t-shirt because she didn't want it to be formal but a casual type of dinner.
Orio: like always on time
Dev: hello to you too
Orio: come inside Mr sarcastic
When we went inside the building my eyes widened that building was like a five star restaurant.
Dev: this is just beautiful
Orio: wait till you see my penthouse
My eyes widened again
Dev: you own a penthouse?
Orio: when I shifted here I bought it
So she took me to her house and that was so classy. This was that type of home which one can use to show off.
Dev: why didn't you let me come here before?
Orio: I don't wanna show off that's why
Dev: Damn this is great
Orio: I know right
Dev: If you had money then why don't you use it for your surgery?
Orio: well I'm using it for that purpose also….surgery will be taking place in few weeks
Dev: That's a good news. I will take this dinner as a treat for this news.
Orio: you seem excited?
Dev:why not? You're gonna change
Orio: my face’ll only be better and it will not change me
Dev: That's good to hear
Orio: want to a tour ?
We went to her bedroom which was upstairs and that was awesome with attached bathroom having Jacuzzi,king sized bed ,huge cupboard,large tv and some furniture. Then we went to to guest room which was fairly large and then to the kitchen which was so neat and organized that it looked new.
Dev: Man, are you a cleaning freak?
Orio: you can say that
Dev:I surely will
Orio: so you can take your seat and I'll be serving your dinner with in 5 minutes sir
Dev: I am looking forward to that mam
She severed and nothing too fancy was there but still tasty. She made some noodles with some Meatballs and red wine which was a great combination.
Dev: it's damn good
Dev: AND you still want to marry a man who can cook?
Orio: yup because I'm not fond of cooking.
I just shook my head
Orio: I have ice cream for dessert I hope you like it
Dev:I love ice cream
We ate and talked
Orio: I'm going to put them in dishwasher
Dev: let me help you
I helped her to take the dishes to the kitchen. She turned and bumped into me.
Orio: I'm sorry
But I was busy looking at how close we were….it reminded me that night.
Then my eyes fell on her lips only to find that her eyes were on mine. Then she came closer and wrapped her arms around my neck and believe me my heart started beating faster.Then her hand trailed on my mask and it stuck me...we can't do this and she'll surely don't like me after that. I pushed myself away from her... she looked disappointed but then smiled and shook her head.
Dev: I must go
Orio: that's a great idea
It's been two weeks since that incident and next day she didn't came when I called her she told me that she was busy and not going to office because she has to get the songs done before the deadline and for next few days it will be like that…..I felt sad that day but after few days everything became normal she behaved like nothing happened and I was wondering if I should be happy or sad….and today I'm not well because Orio has to be stubborn and forced me to eat frozen yogurt as she thought that it could cure my cold….yeah she's like that. I have called Ally to come over.
Bell rang... this must be her. I opened the door and my eyes widened….that was Orio.
Orio: Hey I'm here to help you and sorry
Dev: that's fine but what are you doing here?I called Ally
Orio: And she called me because she's busy.
Orio: you can go and rest. I'll be there in a few minutes to check if you have fever
Dev: I checked it and no fever was there but now my head's hurting and I think fever is coming for me
She rolled her eyes
Orio: don't be dramatic
I went to my room and then accidentally I looked at mirror and I started sweating….i forgot to wear my mask and she had seen my full face …..I went back to the kitchen
Orio: I told you to get some rest . let me check your temperature
She touched my forehead and pulled her hand away….that’s the reaction I was waiting for maybe she didn't noticed earlier.
Orio: my god Dev go and take rest you're having high fever
I looked at her in shock
Dev: why are you so calm
Orio: what do you mean?
Dev: My face…...it's not normal and you didn't say anything not even a single question...why?
She sighed and hugged me
Orio: Your face doesn't matter and nothing can change the way I think about you...I like you the way you are and I didn't ask any question because I know that you don't want to talk about that and when you will feel you'll tell me
Again I was shocked,she stood on her tiptoes and kissed my cheek which was burnt….yeah you can call it burnt.
Orio: Now can you please get some rest?
At that time I just wanted to kiss her….wait you want to kiss her? dude you were the one who pushed her away when she was about to kiss you….she will never let you kiss her.
Orio: To earth Dev
Dev: I'm going
I went to my bed with a smile on my face after a long time.when I woke up she was still in the kitchen.She checked my temperature.
Orio: No fever...so I'm going now dinner's in the kitchen
Dev: It's 11 how'll you go….you can stay here if you want
Orio: I bought my car and I have to pack for my trip to America I'm going for a week to meet a singer and after that I'll be operated for the surgery.
Dev: that's great
She nodded and went. she's damn good I think I like her…..oh no I can't but you do moron….maybe yes.
I'm driving her to hospital for surgery and she forced me not to wear mask because she doesn't care what happened but I should be confident and after a lots of pleading and emotional blackmailing I agreed.
Orio: I'm nervous
Dev: don't be everything will be fine
She gave me a look
Dev: how about i tell you my story
Her eyes widened and she nodded
Dev: it's not much to tell...a girl liked me like crazy freak but I didn't she told me a lot of times about that but I just rejected her so she threw acid on me and now she's in prison and that was no bailable offense and doctors say that there is a high chance that surgery could fail so that's why I didn't get it done and results can be worse.
Orio: That's why you hate girls
I nodded and I felt relaxed after telling her.
For hours the surgery went and finally doctor came outside with a smile on her face.
Doctor: it went well but she'll be unconscious for 48 hours due to some complications
Dev: thanks doc
She smiled and nodded
After Orio woke up her face was as beautiful as ever
Orio: I look fine?
Dev : you look great
It's been a month since her surgery and she's fine. Today she's wearing shorts tank top and cardigan and I'm telling all this because every single boy is giving me death glare….she’s also holding my hand and we're in a Mall.
Orio: hey what are you doing here?
A boy came hugged her from the back and kissed her neck but she elbowed him.
Orio: And what do you think you were doing Kyle?
Kyle: you know you looked sexy with that mark but you still look good so I won't mind making you my girlfriend.
Orio: shut up
He said something in her ear and she smiled
Dev: what is it and who's Kyle?
Kyle: let him know baby. I'm Kyle her PA and Azen’s brother…..are you her boyfriend?
I felt something stirred within me
Kyle: you ready?
Dev: for what?
Azen: she's going for a meeting in Canada for 2weeks with Kyle
I can feel anger built within me.She didn't tell me about anything and she's going with that Kyle...ugh!!! but why I'm reacting like this it's not like I love her because you do idiot….fuck I told her not to fall for me!!!!
She's in Canada and I'm stalking her Instagram yes stalking c’mon I love her….yeah finally I agreed to my dumb heart I love her and it's been a week but how could I tell her that?
Anyway most of her pictures are of Kyle and her….enjoying and it irritates me….for the rest of the weeks I stalked her.
She's back after 2long weeks and we are at the Carnival I was about to say something when she froze
Orio:Adam,what are you doing here?
Adam: just talk to me….i know I was wrong and I'm sorry but you still love me... c'mon and what are you doing with this ugly face
Orio: I'm over you and I love Dev not his face but his heart and soul which you hadn't got
My face lit up like a kid who got his favorite toy
Adam: you'll come back to me
Orio: That wasn't true
I raised an eyebrow
Dev: That was a lie….you don't like me?
I felt broken
Orio: No...I like you….infact i love you
Her eyes widened and she put her hand on her mouth
Orio: I'm sorry...I know you told me not to fall for you but I can't help it and yes I love you but I know you don't-
I stopped her by crushing my lips against her
Dev: you have no idea for how long I wanted to do this
Orio: believe me I have
And she silenced me again with her lips.