First Love – Part 2

The second incident was that I went dinner with Clarissa the night before my departure for Montreal. I still do not understand to this day why I decided to go to Montreal when everything was flourishing, and I was happy in Vancouver with the beautiful girlfriend as well as good friends. The spirit of being a wanderer is in my blood, perhaps? We went to have dinner at a Japanese restaurant and went to English Bay to amble around. We had a very good night, and it was a time for her to catch a bus, so we went to Granville Street and sat on a bench waiting for the final bus. Suddenly, she said, “Look over there, Shogo. There is your friend.” Gerardo was just sailing out of Roxy with a high spirit. As soon as he saw me, he marched toward me, “Hey Shogo, how are you? Hello Clarissa. What are you doing here?”

“We’re waiting for the bus. Next will be the last bus for her.”

“Where have you been?”

“We went a Japanese restaurant and English Bay,” I replied.

“Clarissa, did you enjoy tonight?” he asked.

“Yes, I enjoyed very much. I love being with him. But I am very sad because he’s going to Montreal tomorrow.”

“Shogo, you have to take care of her, okay? You have to stay with her until her bus comes. I’ll leave you, guys, alone to enjoy the last night.”

Drunken Gerardo never left us alone as he suggested, he was jabbering too much and had stayed with us until she was gone. He apologized, “Sorry, man. I really wanted to let you be alone with her, and this wasn’t my intention to hinder you, believe me, Shogo. But I just couldn’t stop talking, you know, because you are my friend. Please don’t be mad at me. Clarissa told me that you’ll see her again tomorrow before going to the airport. Talk to her tomorrow to your heart’s content. Can I stay at your apartment tonight? I am too tired to go back to my homestay. Let’s go, man. I am starving.”

First Love

The bright sun was on the sky with autumn wind, and I was head over heels in love with a Brazilian girl. I decided to tell her about my love, so one day I asked her to eat lunch together. My initial plan was that I would ask her out somewhere and tell her about my love, but alas, everything went wrong from the start. We were having lunch at Blenz Coffee. It was a very clear sky and a balmy weather with gentle breeze, so we decided to eat outside of the café on the side of Granville Street. It had been perfect so far indeed. While we were talking, I was surreptitiously thinking how to bring about the main subject. Suddenly, an unforeseen nightmare had fallen upon me. My French classmate showed up out of nowhere and said, “Hey Shogo, what are you doing? Is she your friend?”

“I’m talking with my friend,” I replied tersely with a bit irritation.

To my great surprise, she said to him, “Why don’t you join us?”

As soon as he heard her invitation, he sat down our table and joined our conversation. This was a kind of death sentence to me. I was so mad at the French imbecile. “Why in the name of God does the insensitive son of bitch decide to join us? Is he totally blind? Can’t he understand from my face that I am doing a very important mission as a life and death operation?” I thought. I was starting to concentrate on one thing with all my energy: how to get rid of the French bastard as quickly as possible. I was constantly checking the time because in ten minutes, afternoon class would begin. I talked to myself under my breath while they were chatting trivial things: “Don’t be jealous of him, Shogo, because he is as ugly as sin and looks like a shame-haired chimpanzee. Let her talk with the French chimpanzee as long as he is stupid enough for daring to ask my angel out because he is nothing, zero. Just concentrate on how to execute your mission. The time has been elapsing quickly, so you have to think fast, idiot! Yes, as soon as we stand up for the afternoon class, I’ll give him the final warning. That is all. I don’t care what the French chimpanzee will think of me. And then I’ll let her know that I have something important to tell her.”

This idea sounded good to me and cheered my spirit up. Finally, I decided to get rid of the French Chimpanzee at any coast and said to him with a determined voice, “Can you kindly go to the class alone because I need to talk with her?”

“Okay, why not. You need to talk to her? I understand. I’ll see you there, Shogo,” he went away disappointedly.

Her name is Clarissa. She has a beautiful china blue eyes and smooth blonde hair. She looks like a European and is like an angel from heaven. Twenty-three summers were behind her.

We were in the corner of Hastings Street under the tree. “You said that you want to tell me something. What is it, Shogo?”

I was extremely nervous, but to prevent stammering, I tried to say slowly, “Clarissa, I had wanted to tell you about something so simple for a long time. Probably, you have already realized how I am feeling toward you. I just want you to know that I like you very much. Will you be my girlfriend?”


She looked at the other way for a second and then stared at my eyes. And said, “I quite don’t understand. Could you repeat it, Shogo, please?”

“I just want you to know that I like you very much and want you to be my girlfriend,” I looked at her eyes with heart a full of love.

“I’m so sorry. It’s quite the difficult grammar for me, so I didn’t understand perfectly, but I do now,” she was laughing.

“Me too, I like you very much. I’m happy to be your girlfriend,” she replied with joyful tears on her eyes. “I have to go to the class. Shogo, will you wait for me in front of the Heisting Campus after class?”

She hugged me and kissed me on my lips. It was the first time she kissed me. And then she walked on with wiping her tears.

I was tremendously happy with a quivering joy shooting through me, and I felt the world prostrating before me. As soon as she was gone, I spun around to the direction of Hastings Campus and saw that someone was waving his right hand to me with an amiable grin. It was Gerardo. He was standing on Hastings Street with a cigarette in his left hand and was late for the class as usual. “Hey Shogo, how are you? Is Clarissa your girlfriend? She is amazingly beautiful. What just happened there, man? I saw she was kissing you, ha-ha-ha…,” he said, full of curiosity.

“She has just become my girlfriend. I just told her about my love. How long were you here? Did you watch everything?”

“Of course, man. I witnessed everything, ha-ha-ha. You are very lucky, Shogo. I know that everyone likes her so much because she is so beautiful, but she only talks to you. I’ve seen that she’s ignored guys trying to talk with her many times. What is your magic, man? Congratulations, my friend!”

“Thanks, Gerardo. I’m bursting out from sheer happiness, ha-ha-ha.”

He offered me a cigarette and lit it for me. And he asked, “Shogo, could you do me a big favor? Of course, you know Maria, who is Clarissa’s friend. I like her very much. She is very beautiful, too. I know Maria is your friend, since I have seen Clarissa, Maria, and you talking together many times. Could you introduce me to Maria? You just have to invite her Cambie Pub on the Friday. And of course, you have to tell her about my good points. I want to be her boyfriend, of course. I’m counting on you, man, ha-ha-ha. I just want to touch her ass. She has an amazing ass, isn’t she? If I can touch her huge ass, you know, if I can rub on her enormous ass once, I can die with no regret. Let me have an opportunity to caress her ass, man, please, ha-ha-ha….”

Are You Becoming A Coward Again?

I have been in Mexico for three days now. I am living in Condesa. We are three people at the apartment, Gerardo, Andrea, and me. Andrea is our roommate. She is as pretty as Gerardo triumphantly said and is a nice person. She accepted me staying at the apartment as long as I need and promised to support me in finding a job. It seems to me that everything is getting along smoothly and that whole universe is helping me to succeed in my new adventure.

Gerardo informed me, with his indulgent smile while we were driving to the apartment from the Mexico City Airport, “Shogo, Andrea is so beautiful. You’ll see her very soon. I am in love with her.”

“What? You are in love again? Are you serious on this time?”

“I don’t know, man, because I’ve never asked her out, so I don’t know about her very well. I should go out with her several times before I completely let myself fall for her. I suppose I like her very much, but I first have to know about her better.”

“Idiot, why have you never asked her out? It’s easy for you to invite her somewhere now because you’ve been living with her under the same roof. How long have you been living together?”

“Just three months, man. And she has a boyfriend right now. That’s why I’ve never asked her out. That’s why, my friend. I’m waiting for my chance!”

“What? You’ve been living with her under the same roof for three months and never made any move? Oh my God, are you becoming a coward again? Who cares if she has a boyfriend or not? If she were a married vagina, it would be totally different matter. My advice is that you should ask her out as soon as possible, man.”

“Just wait, man! You’ll see my courage soon. It’s easy for me to ask her out. Very easy indeed. I’m just waiting for the right moment to execute my mission, ha-ha-ha….” Such is my best friend Gerardo.