“If you don’t mind me asking, who did you talk to about this?” Eva asked the group of female students she was talking to.
“That cop over there,” One of them said.
“He’s a detective,” another added.
“The same thing,” the first one hissed.
“No, it’s not!”
“Please don’t fight,” a third one said, getting in between her friends, “it was that guy over there.”
“Gavin?” Eva asked herself as she saw him sitting on a bench, looking down at what appeared to be his phone.
“Gav!” Minor said as he took off running towards him. Gavin heard this and quickly dodged as Minor tried to hug him.
“Minor!” Eva said as she ran after him.
“That was mean, Gavin,” Minor said to the amber-eyed officer.
Gavin sighed before his expression turned serious as he looked at Eva, “Is your sister okay?”
“What do you think,” Eva replied, “she was so scared. She was crying… that was the first time I saw her like that. You-”
She was about ready to say something else when Gavin cut her off, “I swear I’ll explain everything to her later, but right now, I have a job to do.”
With that, he walked off.
“What happened?” Minor asked.
“He pointed a gun at Circe last night,” Eva explained, “she said he did it to save her. But he refused to tell her why he did that in the first place.”
“You do realize that Gavin would never hurt your sister? So he must have had a pretty good reason to do that.”
“He could have his reasons, but-”
“Gavin would have shot himself first than hurt your sister,” Minor cut her off. He looked so serious as he continued. “He’s loved Circe since high school. He wouldn’t hurt her.”
Eva’s eyes widened at that, but she shook her head and started to laugh sheepishly, “No, he doesn’t. They hated each other in high school. They bickered during lunch, and then there was the time she called him out for blackmailing people.”
Minor shook his head, “No, they didn’t… They... Out of everyone, even me, she was the only one he wanted to say goodbye to. He even said so in the letter. He wanted to tell her goodbye in person.”
“Wait, how do you know about the letter? And how do you know it was… You’re the one who put it inside her desk, didn’t you.”
Minor suddenly looked sheepish as he nodded, “he asked me too. He said it was important to tell her that he was leaving.”
Eva shook her head. She couldn’t believe it, but then she remembers things. The amusement and hope on her sister’s face as she pulled out the letter. Then saw how she acted towards Gavin a few days ago.
Her sister looked happy to see him.
Did Eva make a mistake when she told Circe not to meet him after school?
That could have been the last time they saw each other, as Gavin left not long after.
“I feel like an idiot.”
“Hey, boss, where are you going?” Minor called after as she started running. She needed to hear the truth from Gavin and apologize for meddling- even if it was to protect her twin.
“Gavin,” Eva called out as she walked through the familiar halls, but there was something that didn’t feel right.
Eva tried to scream as someone grabbed her, they covered her mouth before she could make a sound… and a few moments later, her vision went dark.
She woke up on the roof. The afternoon sun was bearing down at her, almost like it was telling her to get up and run. Eva tried to run but found herself unable to move- or more to the point, unable to push herself up because her hands were tied behind her back.
She was all alone and most likely too high to scream for help.
Tears started to fall as she realized that she had no one coming for her. No, Victor, to stop time. No, Gavin…
The wind shifted around her as a voice called out, “Eva!”
“Gavin?” she asked, seeing him fly towards her.
Eva expected him to grab her, but instead, he landed on top of her as a gunshot rang out.
Someone was after Eva now?!
“Stay down,” Gavin said before flying off to where the gunshot was coming from.
Eva did as she was told… she laid down waiting, praying for everything to be okay. No matter how hard she tried, something told her that things were not going to be okay.
Everything is going to change going forward.
It seemed like hours passed before Gavin came back and untied her.
“It’s okay,” he said.
“Thank you for finding me,” Eva replied. “I feel like an idiot running off on my own.”
“Minor told me… your lucky I could track you through the wind.” Gavin paused, and he looked away, “I don’t want to think about the possibility of telling your sister that you got hurt. I can’t do that to her.”
“Did you love her?”
“I still do.”
“I’m sorry,” Eva said as she stood.
“For what?” he asked.
Eva looked at him for a moment and answered, “I told her not to meet up with you. I thought that your two hated each other and that you would have hurt her- especially since she caught you blackmailing someone. Minor helped me realize the error of my ways.”
Gavin chuckled, “Come with me. I want to show you something.”
Eva gave him an odd look, “Why?”
“I figured if I straighten things out and make you less afraid of me, then… you wouldn’t mind too much if…” Gavin’s face turned bright red. His embarrassment made him look boyish and kind of sweet.
“You want to make sure it’s okay to date my sister, right?”
Eva laughed as he lead her from the roof.
They didn’t walk too far, but she paused when she realized where they were. This place… the ramen place everyone liked. But it should be closed up by now, so it surprised her when Gavin pulled out his phone and started talking to someone.
A moment later, the door opened to reveal the owner… the man Circe and Eva saw Gavin blackmail.
“Hey,” Gavin said, “long time no see.”
The man smiled, “come in! Your usual?”
“And you?” the man asked Eva.
“You’re not the one that likes the spicer stuff, right? You're the one who has a filter… I think I remember what you like,” the man said.
“Yeah,” Eva laughed as she watched the man go back.
Gavin and Eva were about to sit down, but his phone rang, and he walked out to talk.
“Um… can I ask you something?” Eva asked the owner.
“Yes,” he replied.
“Is… is Gavin still blackmailing you.”
The man looked up from their food and started to laugh.
“Your sister asked me something similar a while ago… he isn’t blackmailing us.”
“Then why did you give him money?”
“He saved my son’s life,” The owner said. “I never understood why people think Gavin is such a bad guy; he’s kind and caring. He paid for my son’s medical bills. That’s why I gave him the money.”
“I said that to your sister a long time ago, and she started to cry. Poor girl, she felt so guilty about not saying goodbye to him. She even left a note, hoping that she would see him again.”
Eva felt guilty all over again. She was the only reason why Circe didn’t meet up with Gavin all those years ago.
The owner gestured to a board of notes people would leave for friends or lovers that they were separated from.
And sure enough, there was a note that had handwriting that was as familiar to Eva as her own.
“I’m sorry… I miss you. I want to see you again.
I love you.”
“All these people who leave messages for loved ones. Do you know if these notes brought people back together again?” Eva asked.
“Sometimes… why?” the owner carried two bowls of ramen to an empty table.
“I’m the producer for the show miracle finder, and I want to do a segment about your board!”
The man gave her an odd look before saying, “I don’t know… my wife started that, but… I’ll ask her, but I can’t promise anything.”
“That’s fine,” Eva just wanted to do something for her sister. She thought this would be the best way to say sorry for messing up her love life… and show that.
Something flashed into Eva’s mind.
She caught a glimpse of a dark-haired boy before it was gone. It left her with a sense of longing.
“Are you okay?” Gavin’s voice made her jump as she was brought back to the present.
“I was just looking at the board-” she paused when she saw him read the note Circe left.
“I’ll tell her everything tonight.”
Eva: I’m sorry.
Circe: what are you sorry about?
Eva: I’m sorry about ruining your chance with Gavin… back in high school.
Eva: I thought… I misinterpreted his intentions that day.
Eva: I also saw your note at the Ramen place… do you still love him?
Circe: Why are you bring this up now?
Eva: He told me what happened. Everything.
Eva: He wanted to say goodbye to you.
Eva: and last night… he feels so guilty about scaring you but knew it was the only way to protect you.
Eva: He still loves you.
Eva: if you don’t believe me about that, ask Minor about it.
Eva: he wants you to meet him… tonight.
Eva: I think you should go.
Circe: Thank you.