“I need a life. I don’t know what to do today.”
“Wanna meet later? I’m free.”
“Well, I don’t have plans either, so sure.”
While the above conversation was not as grammatically accurate as above, we did end up hanging out together. I propped into my SAJC polo tee and berms and took the train to Bayfront, where I would meet Kylie* to chill. I did suggest inviting a few others along so that it wouldn’t be too awkward for her (I’m alright with hanging out with girls one-on-one, just not okay with growing emotionally dependent on them to life), but the rest weren’t available and thus it was just us on a night outing to Gardens by the Bay. I did find it strange that she would be comfortable hanging out with me considering it did feel like a date by normal standards but we didn’t see it that way and thus were at best only mildly awkward (not that I remembered the discomfort lol).
“I’m at Bayfront already,” she texted.
“Haha I’m at Tiong Bahru, will be there in a jiffy.”
I finally reached Bayfront and found Kylie hanging around there somewhat cluelessly as I apologised for arriving slightly later than planned. We walked and talked and, as usual, I expressed my extroverted, don’t-have-a-care-for-the-world demeanor to her, as I would with anyone. As we waited for our tickets, I noticed that her lips were more pinkish than before, or than normal for that matter.
“You put on lipstick?”
“Yep, I was at Sephora just now lol.”
Well, I know something new about Kylie. That’s cool, but I wasn’t really concerned. We got our tickets and went to the Gardens, just as the sky was darkening. We sat by the grass patch in front of a children’s choir singing classic Christmas carols and bringing out the Christmas vibe in the atmosphere. Once that ended we sat around as we chat and chill and just have a relaxing time together. It was definitely a nice break from preparing math questions as I have been so accustomed to doing, and just enjoying the Christmas lights. I definitely would have preferred to going there with April, but I really appreciate Kylie taking time out to pity-party my loneliness during that time of my life.
We went to the area where the fake snow snowed and it was a sight to behold, though hella messy as well. Some people came up to us and asked if we were together and thus take a photo. I quickly responded with a ‘Nope haha we’re just friends’ before fleeing the scene as Kylie took her swagger photos with the Christmas scenery (I wasn’t exactly in a photogenic state of health back then and it was not like we had good cameras or skilled photographers to take nice shots anyway).
We rested by one of the structures there as I lazed around and stargazed. I turned around and saw Kylie touching up on her lips. She promptly said, “Turn away.” So I did. Kylie really cares about her lipstick doesn’t she? We walked back to Bayfront. As we walked, I leaned over and asked Kylie, “Hey Kylie. Are you good at keeping secrets?”
“Haha don’t worry I won’t tell anyone.”
“Is it obvious that I like Steph*?”
My heart was for Steph and I only saw Kylie as a sister-like figure. Nonetheless, that was the birth of the closeness of a brand new friendship. The quality time was definitely awesome to enjoy, and this broke the bubble that hindered us from growing close.
*Name(s) changed for privacy.
-Joel Kindiak, 28 Nov 17, 1231H