October 1, 2010; 6:59 AM — This is the exact date and time that I stole this picture. Yes, I stole it. Yes it was stolen because you were not aware that I clicked the shutter button and took a picture of you. Or maybe not. Perhaps, you did know but decided not to say anything anyway.
We were in the middle of project-making at that time, you know. We were supposed to take pictures of nature and write a suitable haiku for the best picture that we would be able to take. Remember? Miss H was so enthused about that certain project. Oh those times.
I was strolling around the garden of our school, enjoying the smell of the Earth carried by the wind and now and then, taking pictures. Out of nowhere you came up to me and asked how I’m doing. I was surprised and happy (just because you talked to me) and generally not fine (because I was giddy because you actually talked to me). But anyway, I said I was fine. I even showed you some of my shots. And all the time, I was holding back. I fought hard just so my giddiness won’t show that much. You don’t really know what you did to me then.
After our ‘small talk’, I proceeded to my work and took pictures again. I was hoping to take a decent picture of a yellow flower, when you showed up again — in front of my camera — and you smiled and posed. You smiled and posed. And you made a funny face, which I presumed means that you are teasing me. I froze. You were teasing me for Merlin’s sake! And you were giggling — goodness you are giggling! Good thing I was able to recover and had the decency to giggle with you and click the shutter button. But then.. you moved away. So what was supposed to be a good shot of you became a very blurred picture. So I deleted it. I actually thought you were going to leave and go to the other parts of the garden, but you didn’t. You didn’t. You stayed. You stayed and in front of me. And you took out your cellphone (which served as your camera) and took a picture of the yellow flower. And I took the opportunity to capture the beautiful moment taking place in front of me. Hence, the picture above.
As I said from the beginning, you didn’t know I took a picture of you (I guess). Because right after I took that picture, I bid goodbye and left and went to the other side of the garden. I went happily and with a wide smile.
Later that day, you came up to me again and asked if you could see my pictures. I was panicking, you know. What if you see that stolen picture of you? What would you think of me then? I had so much questions, but then a bright idea popped. And you know what happened next. I held my camera and showed you the pictures myself. I showed them myself. You never had the chance to hold the camera and see for yourself because I was holding it. Teehee. And so you never saw your stolen picture. Thank heavens! You did comment on some of my shots and said that they are beautiful. And I just had to give you my sweetest smile and thank you. Well after that you left.
I posted this because I miss you