I smiled again at this word that had me amused since D mentioned it. I even went online to check for its meaning. A color between red and orange. Sinful. Immoral. Most of them gave white as its opposite.


I like white… snow. I dislike red. D was asking for bloody-red… Scarlet. “Will you watch me dress up? Will you join me in the bathroom?” These sounded like jokes but with constant repitition, I began to wonder if D meant them.

I knew how tempting it was to throw all caution to the wind but i had been brought up to understand the importance of  Time, Place, Person… and God. To my knowledge, that was not the time nor place and I was not even sure of the person… D. He was surrounded by many scarlet-givers already. Why should I join the horde of them? Besides, each time I brought up our ‘friendship’, he found a way of turning it off. “Are you sure of what you want from me?”

Yet. When he kept asking that i come visit him, I finally agreed. His room… all white, rugged, A/C on, large bed with duvet and cozy. Of course, it was strange with those childhood warnings blaring in my head, “never stay alone with a guy behind closed doors”, “don’t give room for temptations”. I was giving temptation a house, not just a room.

D taught me to stand on my toes when hugging a guy taller than me. He showed me that my weight was no hinderance to being carried like a baby. He made me dance… outside church and my room. He kissed me. He talked with me. He listened. He taught me academic stuff. He made me read and enjoy reading.

Yes… I see you falling for him too.

Then, our first quarrel.

About the Author


Eunice is a medical doctor, writer and photographer whose love for art compliments her dedication to health and science. She is interested in communicating health related issues in the simplest, yet artistic form and generally improving health status through awareness.

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