5.36: Time Flies

As cliché as it sounds, it really is true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun. It really does.

I just wish someone would invent a way to slow it down.


The last two weeks with Hope went by way too fast. It felt like one minute we were sitting there in that bar together and the next, we were at the airport saying goodbye. It’s crazy how much changed in just a couple weeks. I mean, that first night, she didn’t seem to want anything to do with me. And now… Well, I think saying goodbye was just as hard for her as it was for me.

We tried so hard to spend as much time together as we could before she had to leave. It wasn’t easy though – I was stuck with a bunch of dinner shifts, and she was so busy with all these business meetings and photoshoots… I guess she was trying to bulk up her portfolio or something.


She told me that’s the whole reason she was here in the first place – Hope’s been having a hard time booking jobs lately, so she was meeting with the modeling agency to try and figure out how to turn things around. And boy, could I relate. I just wish turning things around at my job were that easy.


Anyway, we made it work the best we could. We visited a couple of my favorite restaurants, went shopping at the market, checked out a bonfire down at the Ruins…

I even took her to the movies one night. That turned into an unexpected highlight, actually. I forgot that the theater I took her to dubs their movies in German (whoops!). She couldn’t understand a word, of course, so we spent the entire time whispering back and forth while I translated all the major plot points and she filled in the gaps by making up ridiculous dialogue. Thank God the theater was deserted, or they probably would have kicked us out. We couldn’t stop laughing!


And on the days we couldn’t hang out together, we still spent most of the time texting whenever we had the chance. Sometimes we’d send each other funny pictures or lame jokes. Other times we’d just talk back and forth for hours about… Well, nothing really. But it never felt like nothing. Not to me.

After all that time we spent getting to know each other, saying goodbye, well… It was terrible. It just sucks not knowing when we’ll see each other again, y’know? And it’s not like she’s just a train ride away or something. She’s practically on the other side of the world.

Hope kept promising me she’d be back before I know it. And boy, do I hope she’s right.


I just wish I hadn’t been such a coward while she was here. I keep thinking back to all those chances I had… Times I could have held her hand or stolen a kiss. But I chickened out every time. I don’t know what it is, but this girl just does something to me. Whenever I’m with her, I feel like I’m that same terrified sixteen-year-old kid I was when we first met.

I still remember the way she hugged me when we said goodbye. It was so warm, and she held me for such a long time… God, I didn’t wanna let go.

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I tried so hard to hide how upset I was, but I knew she could see right through me.

Hope told me not to worry, and said she’d flood my Facebook with a bunch of ridiculous memes as soon as she landed. “It’ll be like I never left.” She promised.

I didn’t even have a chance to stop laughing before she kissed my cheek and disappeared through the security gate.

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That was almost a week ago already.

We’ve been texting each other almost every day since she left. We even talked on the phone last night for a few minutes (not exactly easy being in such different timezones). And I still can’t stop laughing at all the silly pictures and jokes we’ve been sending back and forth to each other. So that’s kind of been making things a little easier, I guess.

For now, both of us still aren’t sure when we’ll see each other again…

But I can’t wait until the day we do.



46 thoughts on “5.36: Time Flies

    1. Yeah, I don’t think this will be easy. (Well “This”… like you said, they aren’t exactly a couple right now 😛 But sparks are definitely flying). I think the distance is part of why they’re both holding back right now. They know how hard it would be…


  1. Hope’s modeling career is definitely going to take off she’s got them good Bloomer genes!😆

    I’m glad Zayne’s being such a gentleman about this cudos to him!

    Also hypothetically speaking if things work out I’m sure Hope’s grandfather will approve of Zayne! Since both are really into the whole cooking scene.

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    1. She is definitely a beauty! So she chose a very good career to get into haha. 🙂 And Zayne is taking things very slow right now, yes. He doesn’t want to mess things up and he’s hesitant about the whole long distance thing.


  2. Well, let’s see how things will work out…I hope they are able to work it out (someone has to crack, I think, either Zayne or Hope…) and Zayne, if you really want her to come back…tell her how you feel! You could end up in the friend zone forever…and, as far as I know, babies don’t come out of freindzone….

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  3. He didn’t kiss her? What the heck. 😮 They don’t know when they will see each other again? 😲How did he let that happen?! He needs to take a page out of Winter’s play book from Pammiechick’ Day & Knight. He needs a 6 month plan though not 6 year! Hah!

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    1. Zayne chickened out, unfortunately 😦 He’s never liked a girl as much as he likes Hope, and he’s terrified of messing things up with her. I think the idea of long distance scares him too, so he’s hesitant. Hope is the bold/brave one. Zayne is the scaredy cat LOL

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  4. He’s definitely being a good boy here haha. Though a lot of it is out of sheer fear/nervousness. He likes her SO much and doesn’t want to ruin things! I think you’re right that a long distance relationship would definitely teach Zayne a few lessons about patience 😛 But right now, it’s more of a “long distance friendship with romantic undertones” 😛

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  5. Ohh, that’s so adorable and sad. Makes me think of Toby and Colette in a way, minus the teenage pregnancy and holding a grudge of course. But oh, the chemistry 😀
    Also, too bad they’re struggling with their careers, but I sense an interesting story coming out of it…

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    1. I love that you felt the Tobi/Colette connection 🙂 That actually will be mentioned in an upcoming chapter (the whole “long distance” thing). And I’m glad you’re intrigued by the career stuff!

      I won’t say too much, but I will confirm that, overall, this generation will focus more on career than any of my previous ones 🙂

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  6. Very sweet chapter. I liked the movies scene and also the peek into the restaurant kitchen. It may not look like anything special, but I know how much moving and building scenes like these involve, so I have a great appreciation of them.
    It’s been very sweet for a while and I have to ask, should we start bracing ourselves for inevitable drama yet? 🙂

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  7. Long distance relationships are hard, but I am counting on Zayne and Hope to make it work. I’m slowly shipping them…but don’t want to and then have a Mark/Joce thing going where you shatter my heart in a million pieces.

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    1. Hey, but I duct taped your heart back together after, right? 😛 I’m glad you’re liking Hope and Zayne. They’re so sweet 🙂


  8. Zayne is a different person from his parents in this regard. Perhaps this is what comes from being raised by Joce? Neither of his parents would’ve chosen not to kiss someone they connected with like that, they were more seize-the-day kind of people. Hopefully Zayne has more years yet to live than they did at his age. And if that’s the case, *gives Citizen warning side-eye*, then it’s fine that he takes things slow.

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    1. That is a very insightful and accurate observation! Luc and Hazel were all about living in the moment/ “seizing the day” (as you said). Zayne is much more cautious. You could argue that he thinks too much 😂 And I definitely think having Jocelyne as an adopted mother has influenced that side to him, since she was very much the same way.

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  9. I loved seeing the two weeks unfold in this chapter, we learned a lot very quickly about our two almost-love birds. 🙂 I agree with Jes about the movie theater scene. I know I’ve done that before with really bad movies and empty theaters. I wonder what they saw?

    But I loved the pictures of them both working. It’s so wildly different. Her all dressed up and shining, hiim in a dingy (ish) kitchen. That was a great juxtaposition.

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    1. I’m really glad you liked this one 🙂 It’s very sweet, isn’t it? 🙂 Hopefully Zayne can be a bit braver the next time he sees her 😛


        1. You might? Hahaha I don’t want to influence your opinion at all, of course! Hehe But most people kind of have a rollercoaster relationship with Zayne… 😛


              1. True. I know that one of my stories is mostly driven by my protagonist’s struggle with anxiety, so I’d have no story if she just went straight to get help.

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  10. I’m pretty sure I’m almost caught up to where I was; it should be any chapter now. So expect way more comments as I’m experiencing things for the first time lol

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