Cinta Satu Malam

Arini menatap layar komputer kantornya dengan serius seraya menyalin tulisan yang ada dikertas disampingnya kedalam bentuk digital. Matanya begitu bergairah untuk menyelesaikan laporan bulanan yang setiap akhir bulan biasanya dikerjakan dengan malas dan terburu-buru. Mulutnya mengeluarkan nyanyian yang ditirukan dari apa yang sedang didengarnya. Pekerjaan yang begitu dibenci dan selalu dikerjakannya dengan setengah hati kali ini begitu serius ditekuninya. Bahkan dia rela lembur sampai nyaris jam sepuluh malam dikantornya yang sudah lumayan sepi.

Sedikit lagi selesai, dan gue bisa bebas bersenang-senang diakhir pekan ini, pekiknya dalam hati dengan senyuman yang menggebu sambil sesekali mengalihkan pandangan dari layar komputernya ke sebuah brosur yang sengaja dia cetak dan tempel di meja kerjanya. Lagu yang sedari tadi ditirukannya semakin kencang dia nyanyikan. Lagu itu merupakan salah satu dari lagu-lagu yang sedang dihafalkan untuk kesenangan pribadinya Sabtu ini.

Brosur yang dia tatap merupakan brosur dari perayaan tahunan Guinness Arthur’s Day yang biasanya diisi oleh konser musik. Tahun ini mereka membawa grup band Club 8 dari Swedia, Mew dari Denmark, dan OneRepublic dari Amerika. Grup band terakhir yang disebutkan merupakan grup band yang lagu-lagunya sering Arini dengarkan dikesehariannya. Arini sudah lama menantikan kehadiran mereka di Jakarta sejak dirinya melewatkan konser terakhir mereka tahun 2007 silam karena masih belum cukup umur untuk diijikan berpergian dimalam hari oleh orang tuanya. Pada tahun itu juga Arini meratapi diri sendiri saat mereka melakukan konser dan berjanji pada dirinya sendiri jika OneRepublic mengadakan konser lagi di Jakarta, dirinya akan jadi yang pertama memesan tiketnya.

Setelah penantian selama enam tahun, akhirnya mereka berkunjung kembali ke Jakarta dan Arini tidak menyianyiakan kesempatan kali ini. Dia sudah memegang voucher tiketnya dari tiga bulan yang lalu sampai datangnya hari ini, H-1 menjelang konser mereka.

Hembusan napas lega dari mulutnya keluar ketika baris terakhir dari laporan bulanannya selesai diketik. Senyuman lebar lagi-lagi terlukis diwajahnya saat dia mengingat akan jadi seperti apa harinya besok. Tanpa pikir panjang, dia langsung merapikan apa yang telah dikerjakannya dan bersiap untuk pulang. Misi menyelesaikan laporan bulanan sudah selesai dalam dua hari, Continue reading

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Best Friend For(N)ever

London di sore hari. Aku menikmati dinginnya udara ibukota Inggris dengan duduk dan minum secangkir kopi di café favoritku yang tak jauh dari tempat tinggalku. Melihat orang-orang berlalu lalang adalah kenikmatan tersendiri sambil berfikir seolah-olah mereka tidak mempedulikan orang lain meskipun hampir disetiap waktu pada jam-jam tertentu mereka selalu berpapasan. Sudah lama sekali aku tidak menikmati suasana seperti ini. Dua tahun belakangan aku habiskan waktu liburan musim panas dan natal ditempat dimana aku menimba ilmu sebagai calon pengacara di Universitas Stanford, California, USA. Kesibukan yang terlalu membuat aku bahkan tak sempat menikmati apapun dimusim liburan. Untuk sekedar merayakan natal bersama keluarga pun harus ayah dan ibu yang terbang jauh ke sana. Mahasiswa, dulu tak terbayang menjadi salah satu dari mereka akan menjadi sangat memelahkan dari segi fisik maupun mental. Namun tahun ini, aku bekerja lebih keras untuk menyelesaikan tugas-tugas kuliahku lebih awal untuk mendapatkan hak liburku. Aku merindukan semua yang ada di London. Keluarga, sahabat, teman-teman sekolah dan suasananya. Tiba-tiba ingatan masalalu tentang kedua sahabat karibku menyeruak jelas dipikiranku tentang kenangan ditempat ini bersama mereka sekitar dua atau tiga tahun yang lalu. Continue reading

Destiny (Part 1)

January 25, 2010. I stood before the mirror in my room looking into my own reflection in a black tuxedo. It was actually a sunny day. In fact, that day was my best friend, Ann’s wedding. But I didn’t know why I wished that day was never happened. I tied the black tie around my neck with a half of my spirit. I saw the picture of me and her in a nice little frame. Her sweet smile was going to belong to someone else. If someone were in front of me at that time, I bet he would see the regretness through my eyes. I, Sam Anderson, 25 years old and the foolest man alive.

It came across my mind again. If I had not taken her father’s mandate to be her contiguous for her marriage when her father passed away, I would have take her as my wife already. I didn’t have courage to say to her that I loved her eversince her father gave me that mandate. But that day had come, the day that was going to be regretted by me for the rest of my life.

‘Oh…Come on! Wake up! You won’t stuck here forever!’ Sometimes I cheered my self with those uninspiring words.

It was 8 o’clock in the morning. I had to go to her house which was next door to mine before the wedding was started. I walked into her house, I saw everybody was happy with this wedding. They came to me and congratulated me because I had done with my job to take care of her until she had her destiny to married to someone.

I met her bridge’s family and had a little conversation. They were a nice family, she was lucky to get the best man to take care of her for the rest of her life. The clock kept ticking. Thirty minutes to the wedding ceremony. Before she was really taken by someone else, I went upstairs to meet her. I opened her room’s door, she was alone in there, her friends was already out. I walked in, she looked very beautiful. She was supposed to be like that because that was her day.

“You looks beautiful.” I smiled to her with a full heart break feeling. Maybe she also could see that through my face.

“Thanks.” Her smile showed unpleasantness from her heart. “I hope this is not the last time I see you. Because after my wedding, my husband will take me abroad.” She continued.

“You don’t have to worry about that. I’ll always be in touch with you.”

“Thanks!” She was quiet. She looked at me deeply. “You know, once you ever said to me that I’m lucky to love someone that loves me. But that’s not true.”

“What do you mean?”

“You know what I mean. We’ve talked about this before.”

I remembered that day, two weeks ago we’ve talked about our each other’s feeling. I heard from my own ears that she didn’t really loved her future husband, in fact, she loved me. I couldn’t even believe that. But I knew she was serious. We shared each other’s regretness about our attitude. All this time we were waiting for each other. But then it was too late.

“Come on! We gotta go. It’s almost 9 o’clock. The wedding is about to begin.” She said sadly.

She was one step ahead of me, but when she was gonna walk out of her room, I hold her hand tightly. She stopped and turned around so we were standing face to face.

“I’m really sorry for this. I can’t do anything.” I said with the last strength of my heart to convinced her that I regretted this.

“It’s OK! Don’t be sad! Maybe I’m not decided for you, maybe we can meet in another world next time.”

We both were silent, can’t say anything. I can’t even think straight.

“Can I hugh you for the last time?” her tears finally dropped.

“I hope this is not the last time. Anytime you need me, I’ll always try to be there for you.”

We cried together in a hug remembering how sad that this was gonna end in a tragic story. Just ironic.

“Hey! Don’t cry! You’re the bridge groom. Don’t let the tears make your make up faded away.”

She was laughing in tears when I said that. I tried to cleaned the tears from her cheek.

“I’m sorry.” She said.

“You don’t have to.” I replied.

She arraged her gown before she was out of the room and so was I. Then we walked together out of the room and heading to the car that was gonna take us to the nearest curch. Me and her, we both didn’t say anything in the car. I was thinking about how’s my life next without her, but I did’t know about her thought, I can’t predicted it. But I can make sure that her face at that time was completely unhappy in her wedding day that was supposed to be the happiest day for her. Maybe I would blame myself for this.

Finally, we arrived at the curch. The room was already full of guests. And this was the moment I was going to be regretted for the rest of my life. The wedding music was already set.

“Are you ready?” I asked her to make sure that she was really ready for this.

She just nodded her head and smiled.

As her contiguous in wedding, it was my job to walked and accompanied her to the altar where her future husband was waiting. And when she had already taken by her future husband, my job had done. I sat in the front seat to watch the ceremony. I saw they were the great couple. I was happy for her despite of my heart was broken.

The priest had already begun his words. The words that usually used in every Christian wedding. And time to the main question of the wedding.

“Jared Louis Winchester, do you take Anna Jane Farris as your wife?”

“I do.” The bridge had already answered it with his full heart.

I can’t watch this moment. I wouldn’t strong enough to see the woman that I was in love with was going to be someone else’s wife. I decided to walk out from the room. When I walked, I didn’t feel that the tears suddenly dropped from my eyes. I heard the question was already asked to her, but until I reached the door of the church, there was no voice out from her mouth. I stopped for a while, but I thought that was only made her doubt about her own decision, so I continued to walk and run my own destiny from here with a bunch of tears. I was just about fifty meters from the curch, I heard someone shouted my name. I turned around in a curiousity despite I knew whose voice that was.

“Sam!”

“Anna?!” I saw her running on my way. I was asking to my own mind, what was happening?

“Sam, Please don’t leave me!” She huged me, cried with a lot of tears.

“What are you doing here? You’re supposed to be married now!”

“I don’t want to be married with someone who I didn’t love. I love you, Sam!”

“No! Jared loves you and so you do.” I saw her family, Jared and the guests were looking at me in front of the curch. “You have to go back, Ann! I don’t want to ruin your wedding with Jared.”

I saw Ann just cried and didn’t say anything. I was ashamed with Ann and Jared’s family. I was sure they had bad thinking about me because of this. I didn’t know what should I do at that time. Until Ann suddenly fainted. We were all panic and took her to the hospital immediately.

To Be Continued…

(Inspired By One Republic Song “All This Time”)