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   Chapter 12 A childhood memory

Unbreakable Vow By Mystical Nymph Characters: 9238

Updated: 2018-10-22 19:32


Cynthia went into the dark forest all alone. She saw a big narra tree at the center of the forest. She then remembered a childhood memory that she kept only to herself.

It was a summer vacation back then. The whole members of the family Chou went in their vacation house situated near the dark forest. The villagers were afraid to go to the dark forest because of the rumours that who ever enters the forest will be cursed. The curse would bring misfortune to that person who enters it.

One day, Cynthia with her mother and other siblings went into the forest. She had her pet dove with her, too. She was only 5 years old back then. Her mother was carrying baby Denise and her other hand was being held by Randolf who was only 3 years old before. Their father went fishing in the lake near the dark forest too.

Cynthia was busy playing with her pet when it flew away from her. She tried to follow it and catch it but she lost it and when she turned around, there was nobody aside from her. She was all alone. She tried to find her way back to their vacation house but she still was inside the dark forest. Her feet became tired and she sat down under the big narra tree. It was getting dark and she began to get worried and afraid.

Suddenly a young boy came to her rescue. " Hey, there! What are you doing here? Are you lost?" He asked her.

" Yes! I'm lost and I can't find my way back home. Can you please help me?" Cynthia looked at the boy with a pleading look.

" What can you give me in exchange if I help you out?" The boy asked with a grin smile on his face.

" I don't have any money but I can give you my butterfly hairpin. It's expensive and you can sell it if you want." Cynthia bargained with him.

" Clever, little girl! I don't need money but I'll take that butterfly hairpin of yours as a remembrance." The boy laughed at how she made a bargain with him.

" So you'll help me get out of the forest?" Cynthia's eyes widened hoping for good luck.

" Yes! I'll help you. Hold my hand so that you'll not get lost again." The boy instructed her.

Cynthia nodded and held his hand. His hand was so warm and comforting.

" What's your name little girl?" He asked without glancing at her. They were walking hand in hand outside the forest.

" My name is Cynthia. How about you big brother?" Cynthia smiled at him.

" Just call me Greg!" He answered.

Not long after, they had reached outside the forest. " Can you be my husband when i grow up? You're brave and handsome. I like to have a husband like you." Cynthia said to him with an innocent looking face.

The boy was dumbfounded when he heard what she just said. He shook his head in disbelief and said to her: " Okay! Let's make a deal! When you grow up, come back here and marry me. I'll be waiting for you here...in this place always."

" Let's make a pinky swear. Whoever breaks the unbreakable vow of unity will be tortured forever!" Cynthia cheerfully said to him.

" Huh?! Where did you get those ideas? You're really something little girl!" Greg was amazed by her ideas.

" Can I have that toy you're holding?" Cynthia asked.

" Why?" Greg scratched his head with a curious look on his face.

" You have my butterfly hairpin. Therefore, I need to have something from you too." The clever little Cynthia answered.

Greg gave her his toy gun when he realised what she was thinking. Cynthia smiled when Greg kneeled down infront of her and hugged her tightly. Cynthia kissed Greg's forehead as a way of showing her gratitude.

Afterwards, they had their pinky swear before Cynthia ran back to their vacation house holding the toy gun Greg gave to her while waving her hand to him. Greg waved back at her to bid farewell.

Every summer, Cynthia would go, visit the place where she met Greg. But Greg never showed up. Now, she was 27 years old and a full grown lady but she has not seen Greg yet.

An old man approached her and smiled at her. " What are you looking for, Miss?" He asked her.

Cynthia glanced at the old man who was walking towards her. " I was looking for someone from my childhood but I guess he have forgotten me." A glimpse of sadness was seen in her eyes.

" I see. Maybe you and that man share the same childhood memory." The old man said to her with a wide smile on his face.

" What do you mean, grandpa?" Cynthia asked dumbfounded.

" If I am not mistaken, a man came here ten years ago and he came here looking for a girl. His only clue about the girl was a butterfly hairpin that she gave him when they were just kids. Apparently, he came here several times. H

oping to find the girl that he had promised to marry when they grew up." The old man answered.

" What does he look like, grandpa?" Cynthia got more curious.

" He was a very handsome and well built man. He looks like he was a businessman or somewhat a professional." The old man described the man he had met ten years ago.

Cynthia bit her lower lips. He was waiting for her too. When will I be able to see him again? She thought. She felt bad for herself.

" If in case he comes back again, grandpa, can you please tell him that I came here many times to meet him." Cynthia instructed the old man and gave him money for the favor she was asking him to do for her.

The old man nodded and received the money gladly. After that, Cynthia left the man and went back to her car. Not long after, Oscar came and saw the old man, too.

" Hi there, grandpa! Long time, no see!" Oscar said to the old man as he walked near him.

The old man glared at Oscar. " You're late. She was here and she said that I should tell you that she came here many times to meet you."

Oscar stopped and was surprised. " What?! She was here?" His voice was full of excitement and his eyes sparkled.

" Yes! She was here. Just a minute ago. If you run now, you may be able to catch up with her. " The old man suggested.

" Thanks, grandpa! See you again next time!" Oscar said glancing at the old man while running.

He kept running until he had reached a house near the forest. He looked around and found a girl beside a luxurious car. He approached her with a smile full of energy.

" Excuse me! Are you looking for someone, Miss?" Oscar asked excitedly.

When Cynthia heard a man's voice talking to her, she turned her back to face him. She was surprised when she saw Oscar standing infront of her. " Oscar? What are you doing here?"

Oscar was dumbfounded. He saw Cynthia instead and his hope to see the girl whom he had promised before means one thing. It was Cynthia. " Can I ask if you are here looking for a man whom you met when you were 5 years old?" He asked.

Cynthia was shocked. How did he know that I was looking for a man whom I met when I was 5 years old? I'm confuse! His name is Oscar and the name I was looking for was Greg. She thought.

" Yes! I was looking for Greg! Do you happen to know where he is?" Cynthia said straight to the point.

Suddenly, Oscar smiled happily. He had now confirmed that the little girl he met when he was a kid was Cynthia. He rushed into her and embraced her tightly. Cynthia got more curious.

" Oscar, what's the matter? Why are you hugging me?" Cynthia asked with an intriguing look on her face.

" Cynthia, it's me! Greg! I finally found you!" Oscar felt relieved.

" Greg? Do you have any proof to show me?" Cynthia doubted him and pushed him away.

Oscar took something from his pocket and laid his hand infront of her. He opened his close palm and she saw her butterfly hairpin that she gave to Greg.

" Impossible!" Cynthia exclaimed.

" Can I see the toy I gave you before?" Oscar was relax and calm.

Cynthia took her bag inside the car and took something on her bag and showed it to Oscar. " This is the toy gun that Greg gave me but you're not Greg. How did you get my hairpin? Where is he?"

" I told you that I'm Greg. My real name is Oscar but in this place, they all call me Greg. That's why I told you that my name was Greg. Cynthia, you must believe me." Oscar explained.

" What was the promise we made here if you really are Greg?" Cynthia was not convinced.

" We had a pinky swear here. We promise to each other that when we grew up, we will get married and I have been holding onto that promise until now... because of the hairpin that you gave me.... as a proof of your unbreakable vow of unity with me....Cynthia, I've always come here....Waiting...Praying for the day that we'll see each other and fulfil our promise." Oscar answered with so much emotion on his face.

When she heard his sincere statement, Cynthia smiled and ran into his arms. She felt so happy. The man she have been waiting for so many years was now infront of her. The man whom she vowed to be with for eternity. Oscar held her closer to him, pressing her body as he expressed his love for her.

" I love you, Cynthia! I have always love you since we were kids." Oscar whispered into her ears.

" I love you, too! You're the only man for me!" Cynthia said and looked at his face lovingly.

Their eyes met and Oscar lowered his head to kiss her. He claimed her lips with so much passion. Cynthia kissed him back with anticipation.

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