Un-birthday gift

This morning, the rain was pouring by the bucket, so naturally, we assumed that our PE was cancelled. At that moment, Gelo texted me, saying that his professor didn’t arrive and asking if we could hang out. Being the scatterbrain that he is, he forgot his umbrella, so he asked if I would pretty please fetch him from España Mini Stop. We ended up spending the morning at McDonald’s, eating Sausage McMuffins and catching up on the crazy-busy two weeks we’ve had.
While I helped him with his reaction paper, he was doodling on a piece of paper. The end result was an amazingly detailed pencil drawing—his belated birthday gift to me, because I gave him shit about not getting me anything for my eighteenth. (He was going to give me a copy of Lolita, but it was too expensive. Cheapskate.)

What was incredible about the drawing was the fact that nearly every single detail on that drawing was a reference to me and the things I like: sunflowers, The Cure, alcohol, Super Mario, even the phrase dark and twisty. I was touched because even without me telling him what to draw, he just knew the things that I love. The doodle is so me.
I had it laminated, of course, because I’m such a dork like that. Will post pictures when I get a chance to take a good shot of it, because it deserves to be seen and appreciated.
See also: My Best Friend is Amazingly Talented and Awesome.
Because he did such a nice thing for me, I decided to give him a little surprise.
At the back of his notebook, I wrote a short letter and rather poorly drew a piano, a drum set, and a couple of cellphones (yay for inside jokes!). When we went our separate ways, I texted him: Check out the twelfth to the last page of your notebook.
See also: I am an Awesomely Thoughtful Best Friend.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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