ilovewhatisinhere asked: Just by posting "The Thing About Love", you already changed my perspective about love...
Wow… ❤❤❤ (I seriously don’t know what else to say!!!)
Because the JuliElmo magic just never ends.
ilovewhatisinhere asked: Just by posting "The Thing About Love", you already changed my perspective about love...
Wow… ❤❤❤ (I seriously don’t know what else to say!!!)
"I used to do something like this with my first boyfriend before," Julie muttered as she climbed on Elmo’s car and sat on the hood. "Not exactly like this but we used to sneak out in the middle of the night to swim in the beach or something."
They went out for a dinner date to celebrate their first anniversary as a couple and they both didn’t want to go home yet so they decided to do a roadtrip. They ended up driving to a cliff that overlooked the whole city. It was already past midnight so some of the lights from the buildings and houses down the city looked so beautiful from where they were.
"How was it?" Elmo asked, still standing and watching the city sleep below them.
"How was what? Swimming in the beach at this time of night? It was so freaking cold!" She exclaimed.
He turned around and walked toward his car as he spoke. “No, how was it? Being in love with him?” His voice was not laced with jealousy; just pure curiosity.
She then was silent for a second before she laughed once.
"Why are you laughing?" He tilted his head to the side as he asked, throwing her a confused look.
"I just don’t know how to answer your question," she started, struggling to find the right words. "It was just something I was not really sure of.. Even after all this time."
He slightly jumped to his hood and sat next to her. “What do you mean?”
"I just think that I’ve never been in love before," she said as she decided to lie on her back and just look at the stars. "I did love him, though." She looked at him but he didn’t speak as though he knew she wasn’t done talking yet. So she continued, "But I believe that loving someone is entirely and completely different from being in love with someone."
He smirked at her as he started to lean back on his car’s windshield so they were lying next to each other. “Wow, I didn’t realize you were a deep person,” Elmo teased.
She laughed and smacked his arm playfully. “Jerk!”
"I’m kidding. Go on, I wanna hear your thoughts," he encouraged. He noticed that Julie was slightly shivering from the cold so he removed his hoodie and put it on her.
She gratefully smiled at him before she spoke again. “Well, there were those times I thought I fell in love. Like with my first boyfriend. But our relationship ended and someone came along and proved me wrong. Then I felt like I finally had fallen in love with this someone, like for real, but then I eventually fell out of love and I met someone new again and so on.” She shrugged. “You know the drill.”
He nodded his head slightly in agreement. “You’ve got a point. So why do you think that you’ve never been in love if you know you did love them?” He asked further.
It was actually the first time that they had a conversation like this though they had been a couple for a year now. It made her smile that they could talk about anything under the sun like their past relationships and even their views about things like love. At times like this, they were more like bestfriends rather than a couple. And they enjoyed this kind of moment where they were really comfortable with each other.
She frowned as though determined to prove a point while she started to explain. “Because I think no one ever really falls out of love with someone. I mean you already fell in, how are you supposed to fall out of it? It is love,” she said, emphasizing the last word. “I think that.. if you fall in love, like true love, it’s for a lifetime. That’s the thing about love,” she finished, her eyes still exploring the night sky but focused.
"So you’re saying that we only fall in love once," he concluded as he glanced at her.
"And are you also trying to say that I’ve never been in love before you, either?" He asked, raising an eyebrow.
She giggled. “I don’t know about you. It was just my perspective.”
"I actually believe you, you know."
"Really, now?" She asked with a dubious expression as she glanced back at him.
"Yep, I just realized that maybe it’s the reason why relationships end. Or why people eventually fall out of love. Or why it’s not impossible to move on,” he said, nodding his head in realization as he spoke. “Because you were never really in love to begin with.”
"Wow, I didn’t realize you were a deep person," she said mockingly, quoting his line from earlier.
He ignored her remark and smiled as he gazed at her softly, it melted her heart. “But I am in love with you,” he said in a low voice, just audible enough for her heart to hear. His voice was full of conviction and certainty.
"How sure are you, though?" She challenged with a smile.
He smiled back and answered confidently, ”Sure enough to know that you’re the one I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.” He caressed her cheek with his knuckles then whispered, “I just can’t imagine myself getting tired of us, much less falling out of love with you.”
She didn’t answer as she was rendered speechless by his words. So she just moved closer to him and leaned in to give him a sweet kiss on the lips. She then smiled at him, expressing the words she couldn’t say.
"So how would you know if you have already fallen in love with someone?" Elmo asked. She thought she could hear a tinge of nervousness in his voice.
She paused for a moment as she returned her gaze at the sky and gathered her thoughts. She realized she hadn’t really thought about it with all the thinking she had done in the past. Maybe she wasn’t sure about it before and thought she’d just feel it when that time came. But she gave him an answer anyway because he deserved one.
Julie took a deep breath and blurted out the first thing that came to her mind. “Well, I guess it’s when I finally stopped questioning things about love,” she paused. “Because for me, that someone already defines the whole meaning of that four-letter word,” she answered simply, still gazing above them, taking in the beauty of the sky and her voice full of wonder.
It came out so easily like a random thought but Julie realized that it was probably the most real thing she had ever said in her life. And it finally hit her.
"Really, huh?" Elmo said, absorbing everything she just said. He then turned his head sideways to look at her, then asked rather hesitantly, "Questions like what?"
She looked back at him and reached for his hand between them, giving it a squeeze before she looked straight into his eyes. “I don’t know. What questions are you talking about?” She whispered as she smiled, her eyes twinkling.
Because truth be told, he was all she could think about in that moment that she had already forgotten about the questions and everything else. And as she gazed at him, she realized she stopped asking those questions about love the moment she met him.
Note: This was actually supposed to be a personal blog but I think my thoughts are better written in one shot form. So yeah. :)
(Note: Since I badly wanted to write another story inspired by my all time favorite song and the first ever one shot I posted (two years ago, I think) has the same title, here is a second version. Hehe.)
“Hoy, kanina ka pa ngiti ng ngiti diyan!”
Elmo had been smiling since he came over her house on a Sunday morning to hang out. And even though they were watching these characters who had been trying to kill each other since the movie started, the strange smile never left his lips. She immediately noticed that different vibe radiating from him when he walked in. Well, she noticed everything about Elmo. How could not she? She’s been in love with her besfriend for a long time now.
Elmo gave her a death glare then said, “Shut up.” Then he winked playfully at her and his smile returned instantly.
"In love ka ‘no?!" She teased and ruffled his hair since they were just sitting next to each other.
He froze upon her remark but when he looked over to her, his smile just got wider that his eyes were almost already closed. “Am I that obvious?”
It was just an empty joke but his response genuinely surprised her. She didn’t really want to think that Elmo could be in love but his answer explained all the smile and weirdness with him. She wanted to run to her room and cry herself out but of course, she wouldn’t do that while Elmo was there. So she did what she always do and put on the bestfriend act, all teasing and joking with the boy she loved even though her heart was breaking.
"Eh yang ngiti mo, abot na hanggang tenga! Saka yung mga mata mo oh, hugis puso na!" She said, pulling his hair as she laughed.
He just laughed with her and when he finally caught her hands, he held them together and looked at her. “Di ba bestfriend kita?” He asked with that puppy brown eyes.
She almost forgot about being brokenhearted as he stared at her like that. She could feel her heart beating so fast she thought it might leap out of her chest. Ever since she realized she was in love with him, he had always had that kind of effect on her. She had to look away from his gaze so instead, she just looked at her hands enclosed in his. It took her a moment before answering as their hands also distracted her.
"Why, what do you want?" She said dubiously as she raised an eyebrow on him.
"Will you help me?" He pleaded, pulling her hands closer to his chest. "Yayayain ko kasi siya mag-dinner mamaya, tulungan mo ako mag-prepare?" Then Elmo smiled at her. "Please?"
And she knew she couldn’t say ‘no’ to him no matter how painful it was for her. But she didn’t want to say ‘yes’ either. So Julie just asked the first and only question she could think of. “Sino ba yan?”
"Eh.." He hesitated for a while before he spoke. "Si Maqui," he answered in a low voice.
"Ha?" And it stunned her even more that she couldn’t breathe. Elmo was in love with her other bestfriend.
She was about to say something when Elmo suddenly let go of her hands and stood up. He headed for the door and before he closed it again he called out, “Sige ah, mamayang 7 PM sa clubhouse!”
And just like that, his bestfriend left her as she started to cry and picked up the pieces of her heart he unknowingly crushed.
Her clock read 6:45 PM and she was still plopped down on her bed, her face buried in the comfort of her pillows. She stopped crying a few hours ago, afraid that Elmo might notice her puffy eyes later if she didn’t stop. After he left, she went straight to her bed and just stared at the ceiling, wondering how could she still hurt when she was feeling numb already. Her phone rang a few times but she didn’t pick up the calls and when she checked it, all of them were from Maqui.
She heaved a sigh and sat up. “Come on, brave heart. Let’s be a good bestfriend to the boy who broke you.”
She stood up and went to her bathroom to prep up. She dressed in a pair of shorts and an oversized shirt then wore her sneakers. Ten minutes later, she arrived at their village’s clubhouse and looked for Elmo. She noticed that the place had already been set up and a candle lit table was placed in the middle. She found Elmo, dressed in casual, in one of the two seats so she walked over and came to him.
"Oh. Okay na pala eh, pinapunta mo pa ako dito," she said, dead-panned. "Saan na yung date mo?" She asked uninterestedly.
Julie felt guilty for killing the vibe. She badly wanted to cheer up for him because the night must be really special for his bestfriend but she just couldn’t ignore the persistent ache in her heart.
"Di daw makakapunta," he said with an obvious disappointment in his voice. It was just then when she noticed that his shoulder was slumped and his face was fallen.
As much as she wanted to rejoice, her heart just broke even more at the look on his face. She just wanted him to be happy even if it was not with her. “What?! Si Maqui talaga, teka tatawagan ko!”
He just shook his head and stood up, stepped toward her. “Hayaan mo na, tara tayo nalang kumain nito,” he said as he reached for her hand and pulled her toward the table.
She didn’t have an appetite to eat but his face was still sad she just wanted to do whatever makes him happy. “Ha. Oh sige,” she said reluctantly then sat.
They ate together, silently at first, but Elmo’s mood seemed to lighten up a bit and he started talking. Then they chatted and laughed together like they always did. She even joked about how much effort Elmo had put into his supposedly date with Maqui. She had fun and everything was perfect. She felt like she was in a real date with Elmo and how she wished the moment would never end.
She was still laughing at Elmo’s stupid pick up line when he suddenly asked, “Nag-enjoy ka ba?”
She stopped giggling when she noticed his genuine look and smile. Then she smiled then answered, “Oo naman. Ang sarap mo talaga magluto, Moe! Eh ikaw?”
He grinned at her and his eyes lit up like she had never seen before. “Syempre, nag-enjoy din ako.”
She couldn’t help but smile back at him but then she remembered something. “Sorry ah, mas masaya ka sana kung si Maqui yung nandito.”
"Sobrang masaya ako kasi nandito ka," he said abruptly. He reached for her hand across the table and held it right there. "Para sa’yo lahat ‘to, Julie," he confessed softly.
"Wait, what?" Her eyes went bigger and she felt her heart missed a beat. She was rendered speechless.
"Ikaw naman talaga yung ka-date ko eh," he said, squeezing her hand tighter.
She threw him a confused expression but not a moment later, it all clicked to her. “So kanina—”
"It’s all part of the act. Alam ko kasing di ka pupunta kung—"
"Pero Moe, bestfriend mo ‘ko.." She didn’t really know what she was saying because she was currently living in a cloud nine by all of his confessions.
She was immediately brought back to reality when Elmo looked her in the eye. “Oo nga. Bestfriend kita, and I want to kick myself for realizing just now that you have always been more than a friend to me,” he said, his voice laced with frustration. She was about to speak but Elmo cut her off. “I love you, Julie. And I know I might ruin our friendship for doing this but I want to take the risk. Because I’m too in love with you to be just your bestfriend.”
Tears started to form in her eyes and this time, she let him see them because they were good kind of tears. “Elmo..”
He stood up again and went to kneel beside her. He took her face in her hands and continued, “And I couldn’t stand it anymore, seeing you with other guys while they make you blush and laugh and smile when I know I should be the one doing that.”
He smiled so softly at her and she could notice that his eyes were a little glassy. She just gazed at him—studying his face, his eyebrows, his nose, his lips—just taking it all in because to her, it just felt so good to be true.
"Wala ka man lang bang sasabihin?" He asked when she still didn’t speak.
She blinked a few times to get rid of the tears so she could really see him. “I just thought you’d never realize,” she whispered. “I’ve been in love with you since forever, you know. I was just waiting for you to meet me halfway.”
His smile got wider like how he smiled at her this morning. And she realized that all the bucket of tears she shed this morning was totally pointless. She wanted to laugh at herself but when she gazed back at the boy in front of her, she knew that he was all worth those tears.
He gently touched his lips to hers and whispered to her, “And I’m already here.”
"Julie!" Elmo called out as she walked faster to get to her car. "Teka lang, baby! Ano ba?"
When he finally caught up with her, he gripped her arm firmly but gently then spun her around to face him. “Anong problema?” He demanded, creasing his forehead.
"Uuwi na ako. Maiwan ka dito kung gusto mo." Julie snarled at him, trying to free her arm from his hold. They were outside their friend’s house who was having a random house party on a Friday night. They were invited and both agreed to come but Julie suddenly wanted to be everywhere but in there with Elmo.
His frown got deeper as he asked again, “Ano ba kasing nangyari?” It pissed her more because he looked like he was clueless as hell why she was mad at him.
"Don’t play dumb with me, Elmo!" Julie yelled then pushed his chest, finally breaking free from him. She moved fast and got hold of the car’s door handle when Elmo’s body slammed into her back. Her body was pressed against her car’s door and she couldn’t move since Elmo’s weight was pressing her down. "What the f— Elmo?! Get off me!"
"No! We’re going to talk and you’re going to tell me what your problem is," she heard him say, his voice laced with anger and frustration. Which of course, only added fuel to her rage.
"At ikaw pa talaga may karapatang magalit?!" She tried her best to push her body from the car but Elmo was holding her up. She wanted to cry from the multiple layers of frustration she was feeling at the moment. "Break na tayo! Dun ka na sa bagong babae mo!"
This caught Elmo off guard, causing him to step back in shock so she took the opportunity to turn around and gave him a headbutt.
"Ah!" He cried out in pain. Elmo clutched his forehead as he fell to the ground.
She hurt her head as well, black spots started to dance around her vision but she stood her ground and shook her head to clear her eyesight. She glared down at Elmo who was still nursing his head then he looked back at her. “Hah. Serves you right, jerk!”
"What was that for?" He asked as he tried to stand up, rubbing his forehead in the process. "And what the hell are you talking about? Sinong babae?" He demanded, confusion was written all over his face.
She noticed that the center of his forehead was red and starting to swell, his eyebrows are pulled together and he was looking at her like she had grown another head. He looked annoyingly adorable to her at the moment in spite of herself, that she almost forgot they were in the middle of a war. She snapped out of her stupor when she realized she was starting to let her guard down.
"Seriously? Ide-deny mo pa talaga?" She challenged but when she saw him still frowning at her in confusion, she finally told him, "I heard you earlier talking to Andrew!"
"And?" He asked, raising his eyebrow.
"I heard you telling him about this whore you met in the second floor of his house… What was her name? Cassie?!" She spat the name like it left a bad taste in her mouth. "Who was very sweet and friendly to you. You even told Andrew that she fucking licked your nose and showered kisses on your face!" She accused strongly, pointing a finger to him.
Then Julie saw how his face morphed from one reaction to another: confusion, anger, shock, disgust then finally settled in amusement. Which made her confused because he had this silly expression on his face she was actually tempted to laugh at.
"Cassie?" He repeated the name as if to confirm that he heard her right. She could tell that he was trying hard to maintain a poker face but his eyes were dancing in amusement.
"Yes," She snapped, glowering at him. Her anger turning into a higher notch as he seemed like he was enjoying some inside joke all by himself and she was the subject. "What’s so funny?!"
Then his lips started to curve a little upward, repressing a smile. “Eh—”
"Don’t you dare smile! I’m mad at you!" She yelled at him once more, frustrated because she was still mad at him but at the same time, she wanted to laugh at his face. He was still struggling to keep the poker face, frowning as he tried hard to stifle the smile that was slowly breaking out of his mouth. He looked like a constipated man. She bit her lip harder as she was also struggling to retain the hard look on her face but to no avail. "Dammit! Don’t make me laugh!"
Then he finally smiled that slowly broke into a wide, dazzling, full-toothed, boyish grin that reached his small but expressive eyes. And she couldn’t help but smile back as she wondered if he could still see her when he was smiling like that. She suddenly felt those butterflies in her stomach as she gazed at him. She felt them the first time she had met him and they never went away ever since. She was uncontrollably grinning and giggling with him. His smile was so contagious that any attempt of holding back was useless.
"Huwag kang magpa-cute diyan! Galit pa din ako sa’yo," she said, trying to suppress her laugh. But she knew that whatever the reason they were fighting had already been forgotten, she just couldn’t stay mad at him especially when he was being so damn cute and irresistable like that. In fact, all she could actually think about was kissing him right now but she held herself.
He sighed in surrender as he started to step up to her, opening his arms as an invitation which she willingly accepted. She moved closer to him and let him wrap his arms around her, kissing her forehead. Then she winced. She realized there was also a bump in hers that started swelling like the one she had put on his forehead.
She heard Elmo chuckle as he pressed his lips on her forehead again, more gently this time. “Ikaw kasi eh. Napaka-selosa mo, yan tuloy may bukol tayo pareho,” he teased. She just shook head lightly in embarrassment then closed her eyes as she hugged him back, inhaling his scent that had been always her source of comfort and feeling the warmth radiating from his body. All the yelling and pushing just exhausted the both of them.
Even at times like this, Elmo was still the only one who could make her feel safe and secure. And despite all their bickering and fights, she would never get tired of him because he was worth all of it. Especially when he would hold him like the way he was holding her right now. She suddenly wondered if he would ever let her go.
He just squeezed her tighter before he said, “Cassie is just Andrew’s dog, okay?”
Julie felt him chuckle and she felt so ashamed of herself for picking a fight with Elmo. She couldn’t even feel more guilty that she accused him of hooking up with someone. They both knew that Elmo would never cheat on her; jealousy just ate her up.
She kept her head buried to his chest and she breathed, “I’m sorry, baby.” Julie just hoped that Elmo could feel she was sincere and regretful because she really was.
Elmo then planted a soft kiss on the top of her head, pulling her closer to him as much as possible. “I know.”
"Love you.." She whispered, placing a light kiss on his neck.
"Love you too," he responded as softly. His hand reached for his chin and tilted it up so he could look at her, he then slowly leaned down, closed his eyes and kissed her sweetly.
And just like that, they made up. And the butterflies were back inside her stomach, dancing and rejoicing as they kissed, not really wondering at all why they never went away.
She knew the butterflies would always be there because no matter how many fights they had, she would always be in love with him.