This story is not related to real life events. All of this is a fiction thought by the author
Days passes by, turning into months. Time has bring them together, but time is also the reason they are apart. Six months have passed by, and as for the two boys, Zakir and Khairul, things started to change. No more hanging out in the basketball court. No more running away from teachers. No more undone homework. Just them and the new days. For Farhanah, she went to her grandparent's house. But still, the difference is crystal clear. She misses her days with her friends. She misses her days helping the teachers. She misses the sidewalk near the school hall, the place where she sits with her friends and do their homework before class. For Liyana and Aisyah, they continues their school days. Their last year as school students. It is time for them to be the senior of the school. Liyana is still stays in contact with Khairul since they are neighbours. While Aisyah and Khairul are getting closer day by day, even though Khairul is a little busy because of his job. As for Zakir, he still haven't got the chance to meet up with Farhanah. He never did tell anyone about it. Just him alone knows. No other. On the other hand, he usually have dinner with Khairul when their shifts is over. But things are about to change again. The results was out! Results to where they would further their studies. It has been long waited for the three ex-students, and it is anticipated by the other two school girls. There it goes. It was Tuesday. The results were out at 8.30am. But all of them know that the webpage will be jammed because of too many people accessing the results. But one got lucky.
She clicks the empty box entitled 'IC number' and fills in. Next the password for her ID. Her heart pulse rises. It was a fluttering moment. The suspense keep on rising as the page loads slowly. There it was, her name on the screen. 'Nur Farhanah Binti Mohd Ismail'. Then, came along her IC number. She then said to herself "Be patience Farhanah". She then went to the washroom to wash her anxious face. It was one of the way for her to cool herself. She then dry her face with her light red face towel and head back to her pink Acer laptop. There she sees, a sentence shown on the screen. "CONGRATULATIONS! You are accepted to further you studies in Diploma of Sociology in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)." She was shocked. It was her first choice out of the 8 that she choose. She was very happy. "Alhamdulillah." She said with a smile while rubbing her hands to her face. She told her grandmother the good news and called her mother afterwards. That night they went out celebrating with a dinner in a 4 star restaurant. Meanwhile, the two boys just finished their work. They soon head home and went to see their results. Zakir got an offer to go for Medical Science in the same university as Farhanah's, but neither of them knows about it. As for Khairul, his offers are not as what he expected. An offer to do Oil Chemistry in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UniMaS). He never choose that course. So, he decides to continue his work at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. The place where he and Zakir works for four months now. Luckily, his parents agrees on it.
Then it came, the day where the road leads them to different paths. Again. But, some roads collided. It was the day of the registration of new students. Zakir and his family was there early. Around 9.00 in the morning they arrived in where the instruction told them to. In front of College 10. The place where it would be his second home. For Farhanah, she arrives in front of her college at 9.43am. It was already crowded there on the parking lot of Fifth College . There they are, filling up registration forms, giving their copy of documents which is needed by the university's administration and been given keys to their rooms. Each room has only two people inside. For Zakir, his roommate is an acquaintance from school. Azem. They know each other, but not close. Farhanah have a slightly different situation. She shares her room with a senior. A 2nd year student named Yasmin Suraya or Min to be short. Both of them introduce their selves and started to unpack. As night came, Zakir and Farhanah have to go to their orientation program. They were about to have a big surprise on what fate brings to them. Zakir's secret hope is about to be made real. His hope that he kept on believing it for almost a year now. A hope to see each other. At this place, he was given a chance. A chance that never came to him in the past.
It was the third day of the five day of orientation. The one event that made them close. A treasure hunt! It may seems childish, but it is one of the effective ways to generate teamwork. That teamwork is the starting point of their involvement towards each other's lives. "Okay, now i want to separate you into smaller groups and this time, you will have members from other colleges." Said the facilitator to the students. "Now, this is interesting, people from different colleges in a group. I wonder who would be in my group? I think it would be better if Farhanah was here" Zakir's speaks with his thoughts. A silent monologue about his hope. "Zakir! Zakir!" One of the facilitator called him. "Yes" he answers. "You are now assigned to Group 4, please go to your group members on the left" the facilitator ordered him. As Zakir goes into the group, he over heard a name that is being called. A familiar name. "Could it be?" he said. He then goes in front of the group to see if what he heard just now was true. Then came a young girl. When Zakir saw her, he was very shocked, excited and confuse at the same time. The girl then joins his group. "Okay then that is the last member of this group. Now for Group 5..." The facilitator continues with his task. As for Zakir, it was like a dream come true. A dream of getting the chance to know her, and now the chance is his. An internal conflict arrives inside his mind. "Should I get to know her now or should I do it later?" Before he could answer that thought of his, the 'hunt' begins! For him, it's like doing two hunting at once. The hunt for the treasure versus The hunt for an opportunity to take a step forward.
Thirty minutes past by. He still hesitates to act. Until that one opportunity comes. "We're going to divide into smaller groups so that we can find the things faster." Said the Group 4 leader. "Okay, everybody got their partners?" He ask again. Some how, the only two person who did not have a pair is Zakir and Farhanah. Maybe because both of them don't know anyone in the group except for each other. "Since the two of you doesn't have any partners, both of you will be partners." Said the leader again. Both of them just nod slowly. "We will meet again here in twenty minutes. Dismiss." Then, the two of them walks to the south of the Sultan Abdul Samad Library. It is one of the way to the Agriculture Faculty. There are three things that they have to find there. "I-I think we should go and search for the yellow flower first." Said Farhanah. The first dialog between them in almost a year. It was a very awkward moment between the two of them. "Okay." Zakir replies. "So, h-how was your holidays?" Both of them said at the same time. With a shivering voice of course. Red on their faces.
Another year passes. Zakir and Farhanah had become closer. They had lunch together every Monday and Thursday. While every evening they went for a walk together, most of the times they walk in a group along with their friends. Sometimes, just the two of them. But they never did say anything to anyone. Not even each other. They are afraid of what the other would say.
"Liyana!" a voice called out her name. She turns to the right and sees her neighbor, Khairul. "Come here. I got something to tell you." he says. "What is the matter?" ask Liyana. "I have a job offer to you."he replies. "What kind of job? she ask to know more while crossing her arms between another. "A part time model for a magazine company. When my boss asked me about knowing someone that can do modeling for the new magazine cover, I can't think of anyone but you. Since you did once said you wanted to be a model for a magazine. So, now is your chance." A long briefing gave by Khairul to explain the situation. "Hmm, I don't know." she said with hesitation. "A chance like this wont come twice you know. How about you give it a try first?" Khairul tries to persuade Liyana. She then take a thought about it. While she was thinking, she hums and her left hand resting her chin. After a minute she says. "Okay then! I'll try." "Great! I'll pick you up on Tuesday morning. At 8.00am. Dress well, because they wanted to interview you first." Said Khairul, while sending Liyana out from his lawn's gate. That was the start of their relation from neighbor to colleague as for Khairul had stop working for Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and now writes for Karangkraft. A few days after, Liyana went to the interview and pass. She begins to work as a full time model. A cover girl to be exact. Cover girl to a well know magazine titled 'Remaja'. A new model in the making. Although it is more likely to be said as 'already had been born'.
A girl with an offer letter in her hands. A large university emblem. On the right of the emblem, stated the name of the university. University of Birmingham. "You are offered to further your studies in Science of Psychology in our university." She then focus on the first sentence that writes "Congratulations, Siti Aisyah..." She takes a deep breath and let go slowly.
To be continue...
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