William+Yumi - The Bittersweet Romance
It was a cold Saturday night in Paris, and William sat on his couch clutching his beer bottle tightly, as he rubbed the cold glass against his cheeks. He wanted to make all the bad memories go away. He wanted to drink and numb the pain until it was no more. But no matter what he did, he couldn't erase the sorrow from his heart. His cheeks were tear-stained as he once again remembered the last, cutting words she'd said to him all those years ago...
"Face it William, we were never meant to be. See you around, pretty boy!"
"Why did Yumi have to shoot me down?" He whispered aloud seemingly to his beer bottle. "Why'd she string me along all that time just to break my heart? I never did anything to hurt her. I loved her... I always loved her."
The tears rolled down his cheeks as he looked at his reflection in the bottle. His once handsome face was now chiseled and he looked older than his twenty-four years suggested. His eyes were sunken in and had dark circles around them. His hair was a mess, from its top to the beard which covered his chin.
You're no longer even attractive. He thought to himself as he scanned over his reflection. You're just a mess... a nothing. You can't even walk right anymore.
He looked down at his left leg. It had been injured the day she had said those cutting words, and it had never fully healed.
You just ran away in shame after she'd said those words to you. William recalled to his reflection. You couldn't face her anymore, so you wanted to leave the world and never come back. You wanted to die. And you almost did when you lurched yourself out into that street.
He placed a hand on his crippled leg and squeezed it, as he recalled the car hitting him and knocking him down.
"I shouldn't have survived." He said aloud as he cried. "I didn't deserve to live, if I couldn't have her."
He sighed as he looked at his reflection and remembered more.
After the accident, you were sent back home to Scotland to recover for a while. But nobody from Kadic came to see you, except for Odd.
He smiled a little as he thought of Odd, who now lived close by to him in Paris, France.
"He was the only true friend I had after the accident." He said aloud. "Maybe we both just bonded over the fact that we were single and lonely guys. Whatever the reason was, I'm glad he's still my friend..." he paused a little, as tears continued to roll down his cheeks, "even if I don't deserve such a good friend like him."
Suddenly, there was a knock at his door, which broke William from his train of thought.
It must be Odd coming over to check on me again. He concluded as he limped his way over to the door. Slowly, he opened it, his head was drooped down as he wiped his eyes.
"Hello?" He said as he raised his head to glance at the person before him. But his eyes widened and his heart raced as he realized it wasn't his friend. Instead, a young, Asian woman in her twenties was standing before him. Her hair was pulled back into a bun, and her face was long and elegant. She was dressed in a fine dress-suit which gave a sophisticated and regal look to her. William was confused as he scanned her.
"Hello William." She said meekly as she looked at him. "Remember me?"
William's heart raced even more, as he recognized the voice. It was Yumi's voice! Had she finally come back to see him? Or was it just a drunken illusion?
"Yumi?" He questioned. "No, it can't be. I must be dreaming again."
"You're not dreaming." She replied. "It's really me."
William's brows furrowed in a mix of anger and sorrow as thoughts raced through his mind.
Has she come back to taunt me? I've been miserable enough without her as it is.
"Why'd you come back?" He asked in a rough voice. "Have you come back to mock me because I'm poor, miserable and frail? Is that it?"
"No!" Yumi insisted. "That's not it at all. I came back because I wanted to talk to you. No, I need to talk to you."
She grabbed his hand with both of hers, as she stared into his eyes.
"Please, William. Let me come in."
He sighed in defeat. He just couldn't refuse her, he never could.
"Fine." He said softly. "Come on in."
William limped over to his couch and cleaned off the cushion for her. He then sat himself down on the table next to it.
"Still a gentleman as always." She observed with a smile as she sat on the couch. "You never change, do you?"
"What did you want to talk about Yumi?" William said coldly, as he opened another beer.
Yumi sighed and looked at her hands, as she thought out everything she needed to say.
"William..." she began, "I-I am so sorry for hurting you. I really am."
"Oh, are you?" He scoffed angrily. "Is that why you didn't visit me or even bother to send me a letter when I was in the hospital all those years ago? Is that why you never made any effort to see me until now?"
"I wasn't able to face you." She said sorrowfully. "I felt too much guilt."
"Bullshit!" He cried. "You just didn't want to see me. After all, we weren't 'meant to be' according to you."
"No, you don't understand!" She cried out. "I wanted to visit you. I really did. But I knew I'd hurt you, and I thought it would've been best if I stayed away."
"Oh really?" He said harshly. "Being apart from the only person I ever truly loved in a time of vulnerability was what was best for me? Is that honestly what you thought?"
"I didn't want to hurt you again." She said softly.
"Well, you did!" He cried out angrily, as he slammed his beer bottle on the table and stood up. "Look at me Yumi! You destroyed me!"
Yumi began to cry as she looked at him.
"I know I destroyed you." She sobbed. "I was young and immature. Don't you realize how much it pains me to know that I ruined you?"
William's eyes began to tear up again, and he turned away from her to avoid showing weakness.
"Why did you come back after all this time?" He said softly. "Don't you have your beloved Ulrich to be with?"
Yumi stood up and walked over to William, who was now sobbing softly to himself. She slowly wrapped her arms around his waist and buried her face into his back.
"Ulrich and I broke up William." She said softly, as she cried into his shirt. "He wasn't ready to commit, and I finally realized that I truly loved someone else... someone that I kept denying I cared about."
William pulled apart from her grasp and turned to her. His eyes were wide and his cheeks were tear-stained, as he stared at her in disbelief. Yumi smiled at him, as she wiped her tears away.
"I came back to tell you that I love you, William." She said softly, as she placed her hands on his cheeks. "And I'm sorry that it took me so long to realize it. Can you ever forgive me?"
William was in so much shock by all of this news, he couldn't even say anything. Slowly, he leaned in and gave her a soft and yet passionate kiss on the lips, to let her know he had forgiven her.
Yumi returned the kiss even more passionately, slipping her tongue into his mouth as she did. She then pulled away from him and looked into his smoky eyes, as a loving smile crept across her face.
William smiled too as he realized that she was sincere in her love. He then grabbed her and pulled her closer to him and began to kiss her all over her face and neck, as he wrapped his arms tightly around her tiny frame. He then pulled the clip out of her hair and began to stroke it as it fell down her shoulders. Yumi kissed him passionately again, as she ran her fingers through his messy, black hair and wrapped her right arm around his broad back. Finally, the two pulled apart from their kiss and stared into each other's eyes.
"I love you, Yumi." He said softly, as he pulled her close to his chest and cradled her. "I never stopped loving you."
"I love you too, William." She said as she snuggled into him. "And I will never leave you again."