It was 9.10 p.m. Where was he??? I was so excited to finally get to meet Ray but he wasn't coming! Was he ditching me cause he was afraid i might be ugly or something??? I was arranging the dining area.
"Come in Ray!" I yelled at the top of my lungs from the kitchen, hoping he could hear from outside.
I heard the door open and i felt his prescence behind me. I was facing the oppisite direction so he couldn't see me. Enough of the suspense already, i thought.
But i just couldn't bring myself to turn around and finally meet him.
"I haven't completely finished setting up the dining table so we could eat."
I took the popcorn that i had placed in a glass bowl onto my hands. It was the last thing i needed to place. I sighed and turned around. I gasped. Before i knew it, i heard the shattering of the glass bowl as it fell to the ground. Popcorn splashed everywhere and i stared right into Raphael's shocked face.
"What are you doing here?" We asked eachother simultaneously.
"I-I was supposed to have a guest here over for dinner," I stuttered.
"I was supposed to come here for dinner," Raphael said in response.
We said at the same time, our voices weak.
After a few minutes of staring at each other i walked out the kitchen, careful not to step on the shards of glass, toward the living room where i collapsed on a sofa chair.
"So you were just acting like someone you're not this whole time when you were Ray?" I asked him, trying to sound serious but it came out sounding tragic.
"No i wasn't, i was being myself. You sure did seem different when you were acting as Ada," he said, sounding spiteful.
I whipped my head around to stare at him.
"I wasn't acting, that's the real me you were talking to."
We both glared at each other for a moment then he sighed.
"Look, if i was someone else, you would be talking to me the same way you had been talking to with Ray...can't you do that with me?"
I thought about it said, "Fine."
Well it's true, maybe i had just misjudged Raphael this whole time. I never really got to know him and the real him was the person i had taken an interest on..Ray...
I stood up and said, "I'll be right back."
I rushed toward the kitchen and carefully picked up the shards of glass.
"Do you need help?"
His voice startled me and the next moment i was looking at my cut fingers. In a split second, i found him holding my hand.
"Sorry i didn't mean to."
I tried taking my hand away from his but he held firmly.
"No it's not."
He looked around and found no piece of cloth...then he looked at himself. He started taking off the short-sleeve shirt he was wearing. I would've closed my eyes so i didn't have to see him bare-chested but he had a full sleeve shirt underneath. Then suddenly, i understood what he was doing.
"Don't tear it...it's alright." I got up but he pulled me back down.
He started tying around the torn piece of his shirt around my hand.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you...i just didn't know Ada would be Adriana..."
I was staring at him the whole time and he looked up to see me. We were both just in that position for some time, him holding my hand and then i got up, noticing what was happening. I could feel my cheeks go red...
"it's alright...look at the time! It's 9.30! We better eat quick!"
I hurried toward the dining table and sat down, and sighed. Maybe, Raphael wasn't that bad after all.