08-26-2011, 06:02 AM
Ch 3 - Reliance
Liliana had found shelter among some trees in a public park of Paris. She was sitting there, alone in the cold. She wanted to cry, but she couldn't. She didn't know why. It probably was because she had experiences too many shocking events in only one day.
All she could do was think about what she had done. She hadn't just killed anyone. She had killed Johnny Depp, a movie star! It was a fact that the news were going to be all over it. It would be a classic crime: a crime of passion.
Then, when Liliana had drowned in her own thoughts, and just when she had lost all hope, she heard a voice. It was a juggler playing some fun tricks on the street. A small crowd had surrounded him and seemed to be very entertained by him. It could only be one person: Criss. She got up and ran towards the crowd. She tried to look over people's heads, but she coudn't get a good look. She began to push people aside and said, " Excuse me, excuse me."
And when she had finally reached the center of the crowd, her soul became as solid as rock. It was just a street clown. Nothing but another homeless person, trying to make ends meet.
But this gave her an idea. She realized she wasn't far from the street where she had found Criss. She thought, "I'll go look for him there, he might be able to tell me where I can spend the night for today!"
She began to run again. This time she had a smile on her face. She wasn't exactly happy, but she was trying not to lose hope. He was her only chance. He was also, just like he said, her only friend in the big and crowded streets of Paris.
The image of the Eiffel Tower from the ground made Liliana feel like she was just a little ant. But she kept running and running. She had nothing to lose now. She had no husband, no place to live, no belongings, nothing, nothing but herself, and the hope of finding this Criss character.
While on her way to the street where she had met Criss, she couldn't stop thinking of what she was going to tell Criss when she saw him. The problem with that was that she began to hold onto that hope too tightly, and almost completely took for granted that he would be there. She was trying to stay in one piece. She couldn't lose her mind now, she had to be focused.
She ran for a little bit more, until she found the street. There were a lot of people walking by. She was afraid she wouldn't find him in such a big crowd. She began to feel desperate, so she began to shout his name, "Criss Criss Where are you CRISS"
But there was no response, nothing but the sound of people walking back and forth, the noise of the car engines, the laughs and chit chat coming from a nearby bar, but none of those sounds sounded like Criss.
She began to walk back and forth desperately over the same piece of sidewalk, trying to make sure he really wasn't there. Then she stumbled upon a man with a bad attitude that told her, "Hé! Regardez où vous allez!"
The man pushed her into the middle of the street and Liliana tripped, thus falling on the ground.
She was just about to get up when she heard the horn of a car coming really close. She saw the front lights of the car as if they were the lights that lead to Heaven. And just when she thought that that was her end, a couple of arms embraced her with such fury and took her out of the road. The driver just screamed, "Hé! Ce que l'enfer est votre problème!"
*Liliana stayed frozen for a moment still trying to swallow what had just happened. Her senses had sh*t down for a few seconds. Then she came back to her own self and realized that those arms were still holding her. She turned around and looked up, in amazement.
It was Criss!
She didn't know what to do. She wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. He looked right into her eyes and said, "Hey, I told you the people here weren't very nice. You better watch out from now on, cuz next time there might not be a bum that will take you out of the road jaja"
Liliana slowly smiled and tears began to come out her tired-looking eyes. She launched into his arms and gave him a big hug. Then she started crying so hard that Criss told her, "Hey, it's ok now, if you keep crying like that you're gonna dehydrated" Liliana kept crying, and then he said, "c'mon lets go get something to drink." Liliana stopped sobbing for a second and said, "I'm starving."
Criss giggled. Liliana was catching on to his sense of humor. That was a good sign, he thought. He said, "now that you mention it, I'm hungry too, let's go get something to eat then, and this time I'LL ORDER ok HaHa," Liliana said, ''haha ok" and they left. The eyes of the city were witnessing the birth of something that goes beyond any scientific explanation, beyond time and space. Something that only a few in this world are ever able to experience. It was the birth of love, true love.