Francisco proposed on my eighteenth birthday. Jennie cried when I told her. But she was horrified at the idea of us moving out. She insisted we stay. So we did. Francisco and I got married three months later. Jennie also met someone of her own. She and Hector got married a বছর later. So now, here I am, pregnant. It's a girl. Jennie's having a girl. She and Hector want to name her Vicki. Whenever we can, Francisco and I take short vacations around the world, like when we were kids. Our job at Jennie's uncle's restaurant is really fun. We're kind of famous chefs, known around the world. On...
"This means we have to go somewhere they would never think to look!" I said.
A bus passed by. There was an ad on the side.
EXPLORE THE AMAZON! TICKETS CHEAP! CALL 1-800-BUY-AMAZON!
"Are আপনি thinking what I'm thinking?" Francisco said.
"If you're thinking the Amazon, then yes!" I exclaimed. I pulled out my phone, called 1-800-BUY-AMAZON, and bought two tickets. "Okay, we have $2,000 in total, and the tickets were $30 each. That leaves us with $1,700 to get to our পরবর্তি destination."
"Okay." Francisco said.
Then, the weirdest thing happened. I felt a lump in my pocket. Rose petals. The pattern...
My parents did NOT look happy. Francisco turned pale. I nearly screamed. Since when did my parents care about my safety? The cops actually looked like they didn't want to take me. They looked, sad, almost sorry for me.
"Are we under arrest?" Francisco squeaked out.
"No." One of the cops said. "But আপনি will be returned to Paris." Francisco took in a deep breath.
"And you," the cop turned to me. "You, young lady, will be kept in close eyes of your parents." That put the whole plan on a stop. What could I do?!
"We've been circling the globe looking for you! You're all over the news! What were...
Since Francisco told me he liked me, we talked more. A lot more. Sometimes into the night and almost morning. One দিন on the boat, we snuck out of our cabins and headed to the রান্নাঘর for a midnight snack. We almost got caught দ্বারা the night guard, but ducked under the টেবিল just in time. Oh, how we laughed, and almost got caught, again. Two days later, we docked in Tokyo. It was a long walk to the sushi shop, so we took in the sights. We passed দ্বারা a movie studio, and saw people dressed as ninjas! They even gave us an autograph! Hopefully the movie is successful, অথবা we wasted five bucks each...
I nearly cried. My trip was going perfectly! The train passed দ্বারা a পিজা place, and just like the bakery in Paris, it was successful, but needed help! I was going to get the money for Tokyo easily! The train stopped just around the corner of the পিজা place. Francisco told me on the train that he also spoke Italian, but not Chinese. Tokyo was going to be a problem. But I decided I could just buy a dictionary in a gift ভান্দার অথবা something. The same scenario as in the bakery occurred here in the পিজা place. But even better! A lot of locals spoke English! I was going to get my money like THAT!...
Paris was gorgeous! And the smell! Oh, I could walk দ্বারা the bakery a thousand times! There was a sign on the door. I didn't speak, so I checked my French-English dictionary. Help Wanted. Great! So I had a shot at my goal! There was only one thing standing in my way; like I said, I didn't speak French.
"Excuse me, do আপনি speak English?"
Startled, I turned around. There was a boy. He spoke with a thick French accent. "Y-yes." I stammered. "And আপনি are?"
"Francisco. আপনি won't understand my last name." He gasped. "You are the American everyone is looking for!"
I was only thirteen when I ran away from home. The house I called "home" didn't feel like home. It felt, it felt like no one understood me. So I packed my backpack with my ten পছন্দ outfits, three pairs of shoes, and some খাবার to last me a week. I had been saving up my allowance for the last year, so I almost had enough to buy me that plane ticket I needed. To get it, I would need another fifty dollars, so my only solution was to sing in the streets. For a week, I sat outside of Wal-Mart, with only my গিটার and backpack. When I played my guitar, passerby's put dollars in the case. At the...