Chapter 6:

My birthday

I am a magical boy and I find it boring

Some months passed.Bookmark here

I didn't hear of that red-eyed demon anymore. I wasn't sure if pushing him from that high up would defeat him once and for all, lol. (Can demons die anyway?)Bookmark here

But I was sure that even if he died, more enemies would come to avenge him. I mean, that's what happens in anime, right?
The final boss is defeated after killing some of the least important demons. And the battle gets tougher and tougher every passing time.Bookmark here


I spent my time studying. I was really busy with school, that I didn't even have time to watch anime.
Then October came. That was the month of my birthday.Bookmark here

When I was younger, I loved my birthday!
But now... I was afraid.Bookmark here

I've been friends with Isas for a long amount of time and he knew that my birthday was on the 13th of October.
I feared that I would meet him on the street. Just seeing his face would be enough to make me anxious.Bookmark here

I just wanted a perfect birthday.
I wanted a beautiful happy day full of fun.
I wanted a day with no bullying or violence.Bookmark here

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Then the day came (yay)
The 13th of October fell on a Monday. It would have been better if it fell on the weekend, but yeah... I don't complain.
I woke up early and I went to the kitchen to eat breakfast. I think it's funny that people can wake up early on their birthdays.Bookmark here

'Jun, happy birthday! I see you woke up earlier than usual. Will you invite any friends for the party today?' my mom said.
'Well, I might invite some friends from school.' I told her while eating. 'How many people can I invite?'
'As many as you'd like. I will make a cake for you later. With white chocolate, as always.'
'Thanks, mom.' I said smiling and then I asked as if I forgot something important 'But where is dad?'
'He went to work. Don't worry. He didn't forget your birthday.'
'Okay, I gotta go now.' I said while wiping my mouth with a handkerchief.
'Alright, be careful' she said giggling.Bookmark here

I went to school. I passed by the hospital, the barber shop, the library and the bus station.
When I entered the school gate, Meiko greeted me: 'Happy birthday! Also, good morning! I didn't know what to say first, but... you get the idea.'
'Hehe, it's okay. Thank you for remembering.'
'There's no way I would forget.'Bookmark here

The weather that day was sunny, even though it was the middle of October.
I entered my class and I sat down.
I was waiting for other people to wish me, but no one seemed to care.
'Oh well, it's not their fault. I don't remember their birthdays either.' I thought making a carefree face.Bookmark here

Then Aristel entered the classroom.
He took off his schoolbag and quietly sat down.
'Did he forget too? I'd never expect that from him!' I thought while trying to pretend I was fine.Bookmark here

Then, as if he read my thoughts, he said: 'Happy birthday Jun!'
'Thank you so much. I thought you forgot. You know, only my mom and Meiko wished me today.'
'Don't worry. Other people will wish you too.'
'Are you sure?'
'Yeah, just tell them it's your birthday and they will wish you!'
'What the heck, that's not even funny.' I said while laughing. (To be honest, I always laugh with things that aren't funny.)Bookmark here

Then, as if I forgot something important, I said:
'Oh, you two can come to my house today.'
'Wow, it's the first time you invite me.' said Meiko.
'It's my first time coming to your house too.' said Aristel.Bookmark here

After school finished, they came over directly to my place.
All three of us walked together. We passed by the bus station, the library, the barber shop and the hospital .
Then, after taking a turn to my left I exclaimed: 'This is my house!'
'Your room is on the second roof, right?' asked Aristel.
'Yep, now let's go inside.'Bookmark here

I opened the door expecting some balloons or decorations on the walls, but the house was the same as it was in the morning. What's more, the house felt empty.
'Hello?' I said, like a stranger going to someone else's house (that's ironic...)
Suddenly, my mom and my dad get up and shout as loud as they can 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!'
'Jeez, you scared me for a moment' I said.
'Oh, so these are your friends?' my dad asked.
'Yeah, this is Meiko and this is Aristel.' (I'm so good at introducing people, heh)
'Thanks for inviting us' they both said at the same time while bowing.Bookmark here

After that, we ate the cake, we played different boardgames, then we ate cake again until we were full. Bookmark here

At a certain moment, I see Aristel and Meiko handing me two different gifts.
'Wh-What? When did you find the time to buy these? We were together the whole day, right?'
'That's a secret.' Aristel said.Bookmark here

Oh, so they both planned this?
This is how birthdays feel like with real friends?Bookmark here

This was the day of my birthday.
I had only two friends come over, but we still had fun.
I'm glad I didn't meet Isas that day.
To be honest, I was so happy that I didn't even think about him once.Bookmark here

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