Bunny Diary Chapter 05; Voice Present
If you can sing a song, what would you sing along, I wonder.
If you don’t have any voice to begin with, what would you sing on the Stage, I wonder.
Each of decision is always begin from wondering of what will happen after you deciding.
Either it led you to the right way or another way, the future is always like a mystery, full of endless possibility. The past is history, where you either remember all of them as a lesson or forgetting all of them as tears. But today is a gift, that is why it is called present.
Friday, December 01st, 2004.
It’s been a few month after that accident with Panda, the idea that everyday will back to normal afterward is not suit him at all. Since the last show from Paola manuscripts were a big success, President Sheila decide to make Panda as the main role in every Stage that being organized.
He agreed in term the practice will be scheduled after he finish the Student Council stuff. But, even he have much less practice than the others, how he play are always outstanding than the other who have a lot of practice.
17:30, inside Drama Club.
As Echa coming inside,
“Sorry it took me awhile to get the drinks.” – she said with bringing 2 mineral drink,
“Panda?” – Echa ask once more since there is no respond from him, she call him with a low sound.
As she looking at Panda who sleeping in front of the Stage, on the floor, she make slow step to him.
And sit beside him, as she looking at how Panda sleeping,
(Wach,, He sleeping so deep. When he sleep, he really like a normal student, huh. Maybe I will let him sleep, and wake him later before I’m going home.) – she thought.
Few minute later.
(But, when I look at him closely, he really cute.) – she thought as she smile with leaning her chin into her hand while looking at how Panda sleeping.
Without she realizing there is a notepad in front of her, as saying,
[Just how long are you going to staring at me while I’m sleep?] – as Panda give a notepad with expressionless face.
“Waahhh,, S-S-Sorry,, I don’t mean to staring at you while you sleeping.” – she said with surprised.
Using Sign Language,
<Just what you are thinking, you smile while watching me sleep just now.> – Panda suspicious.
As she blushing,
“No, it nothing. Really. Oh, here is your drink.” – as she give the bottle of mineral water to him.
<Thanks.> – Panda said as he sit & lean his back on Stage.
Maybe it surprising to know that Echa able to understand sign language now, but that’s one thing, the way they are right now is the other thing.
As Echa looking at him taking his drink, she remembering how they are meet for the first time. Few month ago, or at least one week after the show, President Sheila announce that Panda will also play the role alongside with her. So everybody need to understand him at least little bit, that is what President Sheila told us.
Especially Echa who is right now always being put together with Panda, as she thought,
(Thanks for that I able to understand his sign languages, but somehow why everybody manuscripts are turn into love story & all base on both of us recently.) – she thought with cold sweat,
“Panda, why you look so tired today?” – she ask as she noticed him pushing himself too much recently.
“You are pretty bad at lying, Panda.” – she smile.
<You keep asking me the same question from start, are not you?> – he ask.
“Hehe, and you keep answered me with the same answer every single time. At least tell me the reason, we’re friend right?” – she said with smile.
As Panda looking at her,
<If I said it was because of you, what would you do?> – with smile.
Surprised with his smile that only show in stage Echa blushing,
“Whach,,, (Oh my, oh my, he smile at me, but wait,) Wait, you do that on purpose are not you?” – she annoy after she remember he is pretty naughty sometime.
<You got me there.> – he smile as both of them laughing to each other.
Few minute later after their laugh filling the empty room, though the only laugh that can be hear is Echa laugh.
“Panda, I’m sorry for our Club President behavior & thanks for your effort to helping us till where we are right now.” – she said with her gratitude tone.
<Don’t worry about it, I know how she is.>
“No, really. I really appreciate your help, Panda. Even in The Halloween Event that usually flat, you & Paola were helped us with ‘Ghost Ship’ Show, and it was the second success from our club. We never had so many request from Mall & the others school for our show before.” – she said as she show her gratitude to him.
<You are welcome, though in this situation Sheila is not at wrong.> – he with smile.
“Eh? What do you mean Panda?” – she suddenly got confused.
Suddenly he write something on his notepad,
[Remember the show you have in Springs to attract the freshman?]
“Yeah, but why you start to write again Panda?” – Echa got more confused.
[It’s easier to make you understand. That time I just walk around accompany Paola, & since some of your member got injured from a small accident there. Sheila give you a task to find a replacement, fast! so that’s how you drag me along though the one who want to play actually Paola.] – with bored face he give the notepad.
“Is that what really happened?” – she embarrassed since she doesn’t remember about it.
<Yups. I have been trying to avoid her for at least half year, but in the end you catch me.>
“Then, is there anything I can do to apologize?” – Echa ask with feeling responsible for dragging him to the club.
<No need, Enchi.> – he said with smile.
As Echa try to convince him, she using sign language too,
<No can’t do, if it’s not because of you, we’re not who we are right now. President Sheila also always told us about you, so at the very least, let me show our gratitude to you.> – she smile.
[Your sign language are pretty mess up, but if you that insisted then are you free on December 24th?] – Panda smile as he give Echa a notepad.
With cold sweat,
“Sorry about that, but yeah I think so, why?” – she ask.
As he smile at her,
<Go out with me.> – he said casually.
“Heh?” – With that as her respond, she blushing.
But, the way Echa was blushing is out of her own personality.
Even she doesn’t know what is happened with her in that moment, since it’s not like she feeling embarrassed or have fever, but she just did.
She had this kind of weird feeling from the start, to be exact just after seeing Panda smile at Paola. Smile which is not hiding anything, smile that was not for himself, but a smile for the happiness of others. Echa never saw that kind of smile in someone before, not with eyes that full of satisfaction or even from Panda himself, not until that moment.
Though in the end, she doesn’t bother with all those strange feeling & thinking that she had toward Panda, as she understand it is just an admirable feeling. From her, to Panda.
December 24th, 2004, at 10:00.
As Echa waiting for Panda in the promised place, she hear the voice that she never know before from behind,
<<Sorry I’m late, did I make you wait that long.>>
Which confused her & think that this person is mistook her with somebody else, she turn to him and say,
“I’m sorry, I think you have the wrong person,,,,W-wait, Panda? You can talk!” – as she surprised seeing Panda behind her.
<<Sorry. Did I startle you?>> – he smile.
As she looking from where did that voice coming from, she look at his smartphone,
“You can talk with your smartphone?” – she wonder.
<<Not quite, right. This application is just convert words into voice. With a little bit improvement of Panda style, of course.>> – Panda smartphone voice.
“Cool, then why you don’t use that in school, Panda?” – she ask casually.
<<Did you forget I’m Student Council member? I can’t break my own rules, Enchi.>> – Panda smartphone voice with his eyes looking at her strangely.
“Hehehe, sorry, I forgot about that.” – she said with smile.
<Stay still> – as Panda give her a sign language to stay still, he getting close to her & put something on her ears.
“Eh, what is this for Panda?” – ask Echa as she recognize it’s Bluetooth earbuds that he put on her ears.
As the voice are getting clear,
<<Shall we go?>> – with smile he give his hand to Echa as it mean to hold each other hand.
And so, they are walk together to their first destination, the Aquarium. But they are not holding hand, as she know that Panda only teasing her before. Though it is enough to make her blushing.
Inside the Aquarium, as they talking to each other like there is no tomorrow Echa notice that something is off with Panda, he watch those fish like they are so beautiful. Maybe it’s true those fish are beautiful, but there is another deep meaning within his eyes that she can’t tell by words.
“Panda, are you alright?” – Echa grabs his right arm as she worried.
As he realized that he make someone beside him worried, he turn to her & pat her hair,
«Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you worried.» – with smile.
“Are you sure?” – she ask once more to make sure.
«Yeah, I’m pretty sure about it, since I’m hungry right now.»
“Wait, don’t tell me that you look at those fish so deep because you want to eat them?” – she surprised.
<I can’t?> – Panda said with sigh language & innocence face.
Annoying with Panda,
“Of course you can’t eat those fish! At least you need to cook them first & even you did, don’t you eat only bamboo usually?!!” – Echa shouting.
«Ok, ok.» – as a voice coming from her earbuds, he change to sign language & get closer to her,
<But Enchi, Sssttt,, can you not shouting, you are disturbing the other you know.> – he said whispering to Enchi.
As she try to looking around & notice that they become the center of attention, Echa face turn into red because of embarrassing, she grabs Panda hand with saying,
“Let’s go.” – and they running.
Few minutes later, out of the Aquarium close to shopping district.
“Can you stop that? Why you still laughing anyway.” – she said annoyed seeing Panda still giggles all the time.
«Hehehe, sorry I can’t believe that you actually saying that you want to cook those fish out loud.» – he smile.
“Are you satisfied?” – she said with angry face.
«Oops, sorry about it. Let’s go eat here, I really hungry with those laugh.» – Panda said with pointing his finger to one of small family restaurant.
As he drag her to go to that small family restaurant, she remember something important & stopping him with both of her hand,
“Ah Panda, can you leave it to me, to order the menu I mean,,” – she said as she remember that Panda is Mute, but before she finish her sentence, Panda typing.
«Enchi.» – a voice from her earbuds.
“Yes?” – she responded.
«Just how long do you want to holding my hand?» – with smile.
“Ah, I’m sorry.” – as she immediately letting his hand go & blushing since she keep holding his hand for a while. But as soon as Echa letting his hand go, Panda going to the cashier,
“Wait, Panda.” – she said trying to stop Panda realizing that he is going to the cashier, running.
“Welcome, is there something you did like to order, Sir? Oh Pao, it is really you! It rare to see you at this hour, hey everyone Pao is here!!” – greeting one of the worker & following the rest of them that wanted to see him, even theirs chefs also greet him.
Confused with what is happened, Echa can’t say a single words except think,
(What is going on here?) – she thought.
<Hey, you guys better get back to work before the manager back.> – he said using sign language & bored eyes.
“Hahaha, as strict as always, hah. Don’t worry, she just leave the restaurant for meeting, so it gonna be fine.” – said the worker who greeting Panda first.
<Are you trying to dig your own grave? There are CCTV to watch how you guys work.> – Panda said with straight face.
“Wach, you are right. Thanks for remind me, Pao. So, what’s your order?” – he ask with smile.
“Sure thing, Sir. So how about the girl, what she order?” – he ask casually.
<Why you still standing there? Come here, & order what you want to eat.> – Panda said with smile.
After Echa finish with her meal order, she pulling Panda shirt because she feel being leave alone & curious,
“Hey Panda, do you know those guy?” – she ask whispering to Panda.
<Yups.> – he respond casually.
Realizing that Echa whispering something to Panda, the worker respond with energetic,
“Oh you are on dating, hah? Hey everyone Pao have a girlfriend now!!” – as he shouting again to tell the others worker & start a ruckus again that make both of them startled.
With Echa & Panda get annoyed,
<She is not my girlfriend!> + “He is not my boyfriend!” – they accidently answered him with sync.
“Oho, but you guys pretty synchronized you know. So, what’s your girlfriend name? Even I’m little bit sad by the way you are not telling me about this. At least let make a celebration for it, what do you think, Pao?” – he said while not listening to Panda with confidence smile he had.
Little bit suspicious,
“Panda, don’t you think he remind you with someone?” – she ask with cold sweat.
«Yes. You are not mistake, He is the Third Brother of Ursiblue.»
Echa respond with tired eyes,
“No wonder he is not listening at all. Is all of them like this?”
<You can tell by that specific annoying trait they have.> – he said little bit annoy.
As both barely can escape from Ursiblue Brother, they get assault of question from each worker that passing their table, both Echa & Panda are tired, mentally.
2 hours later.
“So tell me, Pao. If you not on dating, then what you guys doing?” – he wonder.
<As gratitude. Just hangout. That’s all.> – Panda said as he already tired explaining to him for two whole hour but seem nothing is going in his head, Panda try to answer him as simple & short as he can.
Surprising thing is he actually understand with that kind simple answer,
“Oh really? Then are you,,”
Before he could finish his word, Echa cut his line as she could see that Panda is really tired already,
“Hhmm, can I ask you something?”
“Oh, of course Enchi, don’t be shy just ask anything you want to know about Panda.” – he said casually.
(Eh? Why he also calling me that way too now?) – she thought little bit annoyed,
“I just want to know, how you meet him?” – Echa ask casually without thinking.
And with her question, they spend the next hour listening to nothing but his story. Yet there are 3 thing that Echa learn from those story, first, although he is Mute, he is good at teaching. So he open a small kindergarten to teaching those children’s who is poor & that’s how he meet Ursiblue brother & the rest that wanted to help him to do so. Especially those worker inside the small family restaurant, the manager, and the others.
Secondly, in order to collect the money for the kindergarten equipment before the government help, he going to various part-time working like the rest of them did. No wonder sometime he look so tired after school. But somehow Echa understand that there is something more than that, since she know him for quite a while now.
Lastly, Echa learn that Panda is actually an orphan. Which make, the guy who called him brother is Step-brother. Yet as Echa listening to Sheila story every single time, about Wolf-Boy, she can tell that his character doesn’t bother much about it. Blood-related or not, once family is always family.
The thing she ask is just to save Panda, but seem it become personal information & privacy that should not be talking about without Panda permission. And that led to this awkward moment, that happen the moment they leave the restaurant.
Half-hour pass since they leave the family restaurant & now going to their final destination, the mall.
«Enchi, if I take a picture of your face right now, I think you are no difference with Rudolf.» – Panda said trying to break the awkward moment between them.
“……..” – with silence she smile.
As he smile back at her,
«Don’t let it yourself going down like that, we’re here because you want to repay your gratitude, right? So if you don’t having fun, it’s really not fun you know.» – he said with patting her hair.
“Okey, okey, just stop patting me like a bunny.” – she said with blushing she putting Panda hand away from her head.
<But, you are Enchi The Bunny. You should be happy about it, a little.> – giggle.
“Ah again? You know, sometimes I don’t know if you want to cheer me or teasing me.” – she making a annoy face.
<I like both.> – Panda said with innocent face.
So, when they finally arrive at their destination, they spend their time together in the mall where usually a Big Christmas Tree was there. Many couple are coming only to watch how beautiful the Christmas Tree are, except Echa & Panda isn’t a couple here. And what is more, they spend the entire time fighting & joking, which is attract people’s attention without they intentionally.
There are also another reason why ‘Big Christmas Tree’ event are popular among the couples. It’s because every couple that come to ‘Big Christmas Tree’ event will get a free-random-present from the sponsor & owner of the mall himself.
As the event are ended at 00:00, the air are getting cold & late, Panda accompany Echa all the way to her home. Even actually, his home is exactly opposite from direction to Echa house.
The way to Echa house, close to the bridge.
«Oh, here is your Christmas Present before I forget, Merry Christmas.» – giving his present to her.
“Thanks you, Panda. Here, I have also a present for you, hope you like it.” – she said as she exchange the present & exciting,
“Panda, can I open the present?” – she ask while she guessing, shaking, & wondering what is inside of the present.
<Of course.> – he responded with smile.
And so when she open the present, she is as surprised as she could be,
“Panda, what’s this?!?!”
<Smartphones.> – answered her casually.
“I know it, in second thought I can’t accept it. It must be expensive.” – she said as she try to return the present to Panda.
«Enchi, it’s Christmas. You can’t return the present to the person who just give to you, except you throw it or just burn it if you don’t want it. At least it make you warm, right.» – he smile with eyes little bit scary.
“From the way you are saying, don’t tell me you already planning this all the time? You know that I didn’t do that kind of cruel thing, are you?” – she ask with suspicious eyes.
«Yups, if I didn’t doing it this way, you will try to return the present just like now.» – he type with smile.
“Yeah but,,” – she feel awkward with the present, before she can finish her words Panda give another voice speak to her earbuds.
«If the price that you are worried about, don’t worry I buy it on advertisements, so it quite cheap & it was also half of my fault that your phone is broken, at least it will make me happy if you just accept it.» – he typing with smile.
“Then I can’t complain about anything, huh. Thanks, Panda.” – she said as she answer his smile.
In front of Echa house.
“Thanks for tonight Panda.”
“Oh almost forgot, your earbuds,,” – before she could take it off, Panda stop her.
<It was mean for you.>
“Huh? Really? Is not this earbuds is expensive too?” – she ask to make sure.
<Not at all.> – he said with smile.
“Is your phone dead?” – she ask noticing that he using sign language rather than typing, as somehow Echa don’t want to end the conversation either.
<Yeah, low battery.>
“Thanks again, Panda.”
<Just how many time you need to say thanks, Enchi.> – he smile.
<It’s only between ‘sorry & thanks’ you have been saying the whole time. But better you going in, your parent must be worried & it’s getting cold outside.> – he said with pat her hair.
“Okay.” – as she can’t look at him in the eyes for some reason & not complain when he pat her hair.
<Then I will be going back, see you.> – he said while he turn his back & walk away.
As she rise her head, she shout to him,
“See you next year, Panda. You better getting fat by the time we meet again, because you look skinny. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!” – after she shouting that, she just running away inside her house.
As Panda looking at how she is running,
(Is she looking for a fight or what? Oh well, whatever. At least I do what I want to do for today.) – he thought with little bit confused, and then continue his step.
The opposite thing is happening to her,
(Oh my, just what happened with me?) – as she still standing in front of the door she lying her body on, she blushing so red that steam are coming out from her head.
As her Big Sister notice the noise,
“Yo, sister. So, how is your Dat,, wait, what is happened to you? Why you are so red? And steaming?! Are you alright, Enchi? Enchi, are listening?” – her sister ask with panic seeing Echa in those condition.
From here onward, everything is not the same as before. As Echa feel something strange happen to her, the mysterious aura behind Panda past are getting nowhere to be reveal. Where the love is not close enough to be called love without a single drop of the darkness.
To be continue.
This story is fiction.
All persons, groups, places, laws, and names appearing in it have no relation to the real world.
By; Resaid of Story