English Level 3
Gary Scott Vernier
Jhon Alfer Rua
Institución Universitaria Pascual Bravo
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English Level 3
Gary Scott Vernier
Jhon Alfer Rua
Diseñador e ilustraciones : Sara Montoya Arbelaez
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En esta tercera entrega de la serie de Pascualino, podremos continuar aprendiendo sobre situaciones sociales que todos los ciudadanos enfrentamos en nuestras comunidades tales como las economías informales, deportes, el transporte público, la salud, la ley, entre otros. Así mismo, tendremos la oportunidad de conocer más a fondo la vida personal de Pascualino y a su familia.
"Does she just see me as a friend? Does she feel the same way I do?" “Should I wear my blue sweater?” Pascualino paced back and forth in his room as he thought about Windy. The time for his “ date” with Windy was approaching and he still couldn't decide what he wanted to wear for their "friends outing."
The young woman occupied his thoughts more than usual, for he had recently discovered that he loved her, but he was not sure that the girl with the bright red hair and deep gray eyes felt the same way.
Pascualino decided that he was going to tell Windy how he felt today.
"It's getting late!" He exclaimed loudly as he looked at the clock on the wall. He hurried off and ran in the direction of Windy's house.
"Hey! Pascualino! How are you?" Windy greeted him with a big smile.
"It’s great to see you again!" Pascualino replied.
"Ginna and I are very excited about the places we will visit today!" she said pointing to her golden retriever.
"Good! Today we are going to visit different iconic public places in Medellín," Pascualino said, starting to walk towards "Encicla," the public bike station that was near Windy's house.
They walked over t0 Plaza Botero where they were able to see the Antioquian museum and took some photos of the monumental sculptures of Fernando Botero.
"I really love the style of this artist!" Windy said excitedly, taking a photo of the sculpture of the stout horse.
"Yes. Fernando Botero's genre is figurative art," Pascualino said. "He is one of the most recognized artists in Medellín and he donated 23 sculptures to the city to be exhibited here," he added while pointing to the plaza.
Then Windy, Pascualino and Ginna went to the Plazuela San Ignacio to eat an ice cream. While sitting on one of the cement benches they were delighted with the beautiful architecture and essence of the place.
They then took a walk through Bolivar Park and admired its great fountain and its place in history.
"Did you see the time?" Pascualino said to Windy, surprised.
"Wow! It's 2:30 pm. Time has flown by," she said.
"I know the perfect place to have lunch and it's not too far," Pasculino said excitedly and took Windy's hand to guide her to Junin.
"This day has been a perfect end to the holidays. Thank you very much for doing this Pascualino. As you know I spent most of my childhood in Holland, so discovering the city again with you has been a lot of fun!" Windy told him, while she finished eating her bandeja paisa.
"It has been a pleasure! I still need to take you to one of my favorite places in the city,“Pascualino replied with a half-smile.
"Well, I really want to see it!" she said excitedly.
"Once we finish eating, we will go to the UVA la imaginación," Pascualino winked at her and they both finished having lunch.
In the afternoon, Pascualino took Windy and Ginna to La Uva la imaginación, located in the San Miguel neighborhood.
A place full of culture, life and transformation.
"The essence of this place is amazing! The fountains, the games, the culture ... I love everything," exclaimed Windy, as she released Ginna's leash so that the dog could run a little.
"The UVAS are public spaces that take advantage of the infrastructure to enrich the community, such as the EPM tanks where water is stored," explained Pascualino.
"That is incredible!” answered Windy with a big smile.
"Let's go to the overlook! There we can see the beautiful sunset falling over the city," suggested Pascualino, mentally preparing himself for the great moment of confessing his feelings to Windy.
"Sounds like a great idea to me but ... Where is Ginna?" Both of them immediately began to call her name out loud and a few minutes later they found Ginna being held by a police officer. "This is your puppy?" the policeman asked the children, and they both swallowed.
"This is your puppy?" the policeman asked the children, and they both swallowed.
"Yes sir," Pascualino answered.
"Well, you should be more careful ... She just pooped and you weren't there to pick it up," the police officer reprimanded them “So I'll have to give you a fine.”
"But ..." Windy tried to say. However, the officer was right, they had been irresponsible.
After getting the ticket, they went to the overlook in an uncomfortable silence caused by the previous events.
"Don't worry Windy, we will both pay the fine ... it will be half and half. We were together; watching over Ginna was the responsibility of both of us," Pascualino said to break the silence.
"You are very nice, but she is my dog," Windy said.
"I am sure ... we are here to support each other," concluded Pascualino.
"Well, you don't know how much I appreciate it." she said as she gave him a beautiful smile, and they both sat down to watch the sky that was starting to turn orange.
"By the way, before I forget ... I brought you something," he handed her a rectangular package decorated with a cute yellow ribbon. The girl looked carefully at the gift and hastened to open it. When ripping the paper, Windy discovered a book; excited she leaned over to Pascualino and placed a friendly kiss on his cheek. He did not know how to react and felt his face turn red immediately because of the pleasant surprise. His heartbeat raced out of control.
"Pascualino! Thank you very much! This is the book that I saw last week when we were at Parque Explora!" Windy said excitedly, as she quickly turned the pages of the book.
"You are very special to me, Windy" Pascualino smiled sincerely and prepared himself for the next thing he would say. The expected moment had come.
"You are also very special to me, Pasculino, and I am very grateful for your friendship," Windy interrupted him. "In fact, a few days ago I wanted to ask your advice about something. There is a boy..." Pascualino immediately got nervous. Was it possible that she was talking about him? Did Windy feel the same way.
"The answer is, yes!" Pascualino said ecstatically without letting her finish and she looked at him confused.
"Do you think I should tell Axel that I like him?" She said with a big smile on her face. "I'll do that. Thank you! I knew I could count on you!" Windy concluded and leaned her head on his shoulder to continue watching the sunset.
“What the hell just happened?!” thought Pascualino. Now he was sure that he should not only work to pay the fine but also work to win Windy's heart.
1.Pascualino wanted to wear his blue sweater to meet Windy.
2. Pascualino was uncertain about how Windy felt towards him.
3."Encicla" is a means of free public transport
4. The word "stout" means easily broken or damaged.
5. Windy was so bored that she reminded Pascualino of the time
6. Windy felt a great fascination for the city since She had spent a lot of time living outside the country.
7.The UVAS are public spaces dedicated to life, social transformation and culture.
8.Fine means a sum of money that must be paid as punishment for breaking a rule
9.Pascualino wanted to let Windy pay the fine alone since Ginna was her dog and therefore her responsibility
10. Windy kissed Pascualino and That surprises him so he turned red with anger
11. Windy shares Pascaulino’s feelings.
"Buzz….Buzz….Buzz," the annoying alarm clock kept ringing.
“What the hell?" Pascualino thought as he stumbled around his room trying to turn off that loud sound. His room was dark because it was still very early in the morning.
"Damn it!" Pascualino exclaimed in pain as he stubbed the tip of his toe with what he assumed was his bed. Monday had arrived earlier than expected and his first day of school had not started very well.
Pascualino reluctantly turned on the light and began to get ready for school. While he was taking a shower, he recalled the events of the previous day with Windy and began to plan how to win the young woman's heart. Besides, he also had to find a way to get money to help Windy pay the fine. Maybe it had not been such a good idea to have offered to pay half the money!
Pascualino was so absorbed in his thoughts that when he came out of the bathroom to get dressed he stubbed his toe again, but this time on the door.
"This must be a joke!" He complained loudly. "And now I'm late, too!"
Although he thought he would not make it, Pascualino arrived just in time for school.
"Bro, are you okay?" Willy asked Pascualino.
"Excuse me Willy! I was just thinking. I've been a bit distracted today," answered Pascualino as he took a seat next to his best friend.
"Hey! Remember that I told you not to call me Willy in public anymore! That nickname is ridiculous now that we have grown up. My name is William not Willy, and I don't think that you calling me Willy can help me with the girls." William said annoyed at his best friend.
“I am sorry William. I won't do it again!" Pascualino apologized, as he directed his gaze to the rector who was taking the stage.
"The welcome meeting is about to begin! Aren't you excited? You don't want to miss the opportunity to see if there will be any new, pretty girls this year," said William.
Pascualino ignored his friend and thought to himself, "I don't need new pretty girls. I just have to find a way to make the girl of my dreams like me."
The Welcome meeting began and the students were informed about the activities that would take place throughout the school year. Classes will actually start next Wednesday, since Monday and Tuesday would be initiation days.
Once the meeting was over, Pascualino and Willy started on their way back home.
"It's a shame we couldn't meet our new classmates today.
We'll have to wait until Wednesday for classes to start," said William.
"Yeah, right," said Pascualino distantly.
"Mate, are you okay? Do you want to talk about something?" asked William worriedly.
Pascualino wasn't really sure he wanted to tell William about Windy, but maybe his friend could help him think of a way to pay the fine. So He told William only about the money problem.
"Well, today is your lucky day. I think I have an idea that may work, but we must ask my dad if it is OK."
"What are you talking about? Your father?" Pascualino asked.
"Yes, when we get to my house, I'll explain it to you," William said
Once they arrived at William's house, the boy explained to Pascualino that a week ago his father had lost his formal job and for this reason his family had started a business making arepas.
Everyone in William's family was helping out and Wiliam believed that they could use a little help from Pascualino.
"Are you interested?" Said William
"Yes! We will work together! But what would I have to do?" Said Pascualino.
"Well, I think we should first ask my father if he needs help with something in particular. The other day I heard him say that they needed help with deliveries," answered William.
"We better go talk to him and see what he says. What do you think?" Pascualino said and William nodded.
After speaking with William's father, they agreed that Pascualino could help William make deliveries to different customers in the city.
"Does that sound like a good deal to you, boy?" William's father asked Pascualino.
"Yes sir, thank you very much for the opportunity ” he replied.
"Very well, although you will mostly just do deliveries, right now I need something else done," William's father said to Pascualino and his son. "I need to go to the plaza to buy corn for the arepas, and I need you to go with me to help me carry them.”
Both boys looked at him surprised. "Did you think this was going to be easy? What are you waiting for? Let's go lazy boys! I'll wait for you in the car!"
The drive to the market was short and once they reached the "Mayorista Plaza" they went to a large store that had many packages stacked up to the ceiling.
"Those sacks look really heavy," said Pascualino surprised.
"Well, you better warm up your muscles because we will take 10 sacks full of corn. This will help you to get in shape again since during the holidays you both played too many video games," said William's father with a big smile.
"Put the packages in the car, while I pay. You have 15 minutes!" he told them as he walked away.
"I dare you to lift two sacks at the same time," William said to Pascualino jokingly.
"That's not fair! You are teasing me because you are stronger than me, Willy!" Pascualino replied using the nickname “ Willy” on purpose.
"Hey Pascualino! I told you not to call me that ever again!" William glared at him and walked over to the pile of sacks to grab one.
Pascualino stared at the corn, calibrating the weight of each bag, and got lost in his thoughts.
"But being serious," William said, looking directly at his friend.
"All day long you have been distracted and I know you well enough to know that something else besides money is bothering you. There is something you are not telling me, and that's fine. I'll just say this: I don't know anyone as stubborn as you. Whatever you want to achieve, I'm sure you will, Bravo!” William concluded with a sincere smile and gave Pascualino a friendly pat on the shoulder.
William walked away again to continue loading more sacks of corn to the car.
"William is right," thought Pascualino. All day he had been moody and distracted due to Windy's "rejection" of him, but his best friend was right.
He would focus all of his energy not only on lifting those sacks, but on truly telling Windy his feelings, once he had come up with a plan.
With renewed motivation, Pascualino began to lift the sacks of corn with agility and dexterity.
"That's my friend! " William congratulated him. "It seems that my words helped!" he said with a great smile "From now on I will call you by your last name, Bravo!”
The rest of the day passed uneventfully and late in the afternoon, William and Pascualino began to deliver the orders of arepas among the houses in their neighborhood. As they pedaled their bicycles for the last delivery of the day, Pascualino realized that he had not thanked William for his words.
"Will, thank you for everything, for helping me get the job, for your words this afternoon and for being like my brother. I love you, Bro!" Pascualino told him sincerely.
"Thanks to you for not calling me "Willy" again. I actually like "Will" better. And that's what brothers do, you know, you can always count on me, Bravo," said William sincerely.
1.Pascualino hurt his toe on his bed even though there was plenty of light in his room.
2. Many thoughts occupied Pasqualino's mind which led to him hurting his toe again.
3. William believed that the nickname "Willy" would be a good way to push the girls away.
4. Pascualino was very interested in knowing if there will be new pretty girls at school since he wanted to forget Windy
5. Pascualino told William about all his feelings for Windy.
6. Pascualino was disinterested in working with William's family because it was an informal job.
7. William's father made a deal with Pascualine and his first task would be to help carrying packages of corn.
8. It can be inferred that the word “stacked” means a set of things arranged one on top of the other as a pillar or column.
9. William encouraged Pascualino to fight for what he wanted because he trusted his friend
10. Bravo was not only the new nickname William gave Pascualino, but also Pascualino´s last name.
11. Pascualino considered that William's advice was unwanted and he would rather just ignore it
It was a cold Friday afternoon and Pascualino was on his way to meet William in the park near his house. All day at school Pascualino had noticed Will sad and distracted. He asked him quite a few times what the problem was but William only shrugged his shoulders and avoided the questions from his best friend. After bothering Will most of the day, Pascualino finally managed to convince William to talk to him. They decided that they would meet in their neighborhood park.
"Will must be going through something really bad. It's been a long time since I have seen him so sad," Pascualino thought as he looked for a free bench to sit on while he waited for his friend.
He was really worried.
"What if William was sick? Was he being held back a year in school?" Pascualino kept filling his mind with possible reasons that William was sad.
He was so deep in thought that he didn’t even notice when William sat down beside him.
"You almost scared me to death!" Pascualino said with a laugh, recovering from his surprise. William simply shrugged his shoulders and stared straight ahead.
"OK! Now you are really starting to worry me. What's wrong?" he asked William.
"Well, Bravo ..." William finally begins to speak using Pascualino's new nickname. "I think if I don't tell you what happens, you will end up giving me a headache with your constant pestering."
"You know that I'm your friend. Don't tell me now that the fact that I want to help you bothers you," Pascualino replied somewhat annoyed.
"No. Forgive me. Lately my family has been going through a difficult time and the situation has been affecting me a lot," William spoke so quickly that Pascualino could barely understand him.
"I think that my family will have to move to a new house and that means that we will no longer be neighbors. I just hope that I also do not have to move to a new school." The news left Pascualino speechless.
Since he was a child he remembered having Will's family as his neighbor. It was almost impossible to imagine a different reality, where his friend had moved to another neighborhood or even another city.
"There must be a solution for this! We can't let you move away without doing anything . I mean ... Have you tried talking to your parents? Or maybe, I don't know, tried to come up with solutions?” Pascualino insisted.
"Yes, pal. Believe me when I tell you that I have tried everything, but after my father lost his job, the economic situation in my family has not been the best," William confessed with some regret.
"Why haven't you told me anything before?" Pascualino asked him.
"I didn't want to bother you. Besides, the arepa business was going very well, but in recent weeks sales have dropped," added William sadly.
"Don't worry, friend," said Pascualino as he patted William on the back to encourage him. We will find a solution together."
The rest of the afternoon the young boys spent trying to come up with possible ways to prevent William from moving. Among the ideas that occurred to them were: William's family could move in with Pascualino's family. They could camp in Pascualino's garden. They could talk to the owner of their house and ask for more time to pay the rent. They could help William's father with the rent by selling some of their belongings. However, by the end of the day they did not have a plausible idea.
Pascualino walked back home dejected. And if his day couldn't get any worse, it suddenly started to rain. Pascualino entered his house soaking wet, moody and sad. He Immediately went to take a warm shower and contemplate the events that happened during the day. He was so deep in thought that he hardly noticed his mother and did not even greet her.
Later that evening, Pascualino was having dinner with his family. His mother took the opportunity to ask him about his day, since she noticed something was bothering him.
"Son, how was your afternoon with William?" his mother asked.
"Well ..." Pascualino thought, "the afternoon was, I don't know how to describe it exactly."
"Did something happen?" Pascualino's father asked.
"It seems that William and his family will have to move."
And so Pascualino proceeded to tell his parents the entire story.
After talking about the situation for a while, Pascualino's parents suggested that he walk around the neighborhood the next day with William, to see if a house was available for rent.
"Sounds like a great idea! Thank you very much!" Pascualino immediately sent a text message to his friend and they agreed to meet early the next day to begin the search.
The next morning both boys began their search, but it was in vain. They did not find any available housing.
"Cheer up, guys! I have good news for you!" Pasculino's mother told them once she saw them enter the house.
"Mama, we are not in the mood. We walked all morning and could not find any house for rent," Pascualino said as he looked for something to quench his thirst in the kitchen.
"Son, have I ever lied to you?" His mother challenged him and he just laughed.
"OK, mom, what is the great news?" Pascualino asked expectantly.
"A few minutes ago, our neighbor Maria, who lives in the house in front of us, called me to say goodbye, since next week she is moving. Do you know what that means?" says Pascualino's mother excitedly.
"That we will all miss her natilla that she makes every December?" William says sadly.
"Well, besides that," Pascualino's mother said with a smile.
"That all of our favorite neighbors are moving," Pascualino replied.
"No! That her house will be available for rent and I am a friend of the owner. Maybe I can convince her to give William and his family a more affordable price," she explained.
Mom! That would be awesome! William would live just across the street!" Bravo said happily.
"Exactly! Let me talk to my friend and organize everything. I have a good feeling about this."
Pascualino's mother managed to work out a deal with the owner of the house across the street. The following week, Pascualino’s family helped William's family move to their new home.
"I really want to thank you all for your help and support. We would not have been able to stay in this neighborhood if it weren’t for your help," William told Pascualino and his family.
William’s family invited the Bravo family to their new home for dinner that night.
Both families spent the evening eating and celebrating the fact that they were able to remain neighbors
1. William was eager to tell Pascualino the reason he was sad.
2. Pascualino was anxious about the news that William would give him.
3. William was upset by Pascualino's insistence that he wanted to know what was going on with his best friend
4. William would stop being Pascualino's neighbor because he would have to move with his family
5. William's family's arepa business had been a success in recent weeks and that's why they wouldn't have to move
6. The boys had a brainstorming session that did not result in a good solution .
7. Pascualino arrived home very wet from the rain.
8. Pascualino prefers not to tell his parents about William's predicament.
9. Pascualino and William did not find any available houses for rent in their neighborhood
10. Pascualino’s family decided to move to the same neighborhood as William’s family.
11. Pascualino's mother was not able to negotiate a deal so William and his family had to move out of the neighborhood.
The future is a constant question that we must face every day and Pascualino was no exception.
Since he was in his last year of school, he could not stop thinking about which path he wanted to take for his life.
The week before had been Career Week at Pascualino´s school, where they oriented Seniors on possible college majors they could choose.
Pascualino took a vocational test and obtained conflicting results, leaving him even more confused about what he wanted to study at college.
Pascualino’s high school organized a fair for the students to learn a little more about different careers and see which suited their interests, talents and skills. Pascualino looked into a variety of different careers, but the more he learned, the more he felt confused .
"Should I choose something related to science? Or maybe something related to art and culture? And what if I do not get a job?”
Pascualino was troubled.
Fortunately, the weekend was approaching and Pascualino would be able to distract himself for a short time from everything related to school and the uncertainty he felt about his future.
"Dude, do you want to fly drones today?" Pascualino texted his best friend William on Saturday morning.
"Sure! We can climb the mountain outside of town and take great videos from up there," William replied.
"Sounds like a great idea to me, see you in 20 minutes!" Pascualino replied happily.
The boy mentally debated for a few seconds whether or not he should invite Windy. The truth is that for almost 3 months they had not seen each other in person, but they had kept in contact by text messages.
The truth is that Pascualino was dying to see Windy, but he did not know if it was a good idea to invite her.
In the end, Pascualino decided to invite her.
"Hi Windy! Would you like to fly drones with me and Will?" the boy waited a few seconds, wishing the girl would rush to answer.
"Hi Bravo! Sure I'd like to go! Can I actually invite a friend? He loves drones and just bought one last week?" Pascualino was more than excited to be able to see the girl again and quickly texted an answer.
"Yes! See you then”
Pascualino could not be happier. Suddenly, he could not stop smiling and even began to plan possible tactics to get to spend a moment alone with the girl.
He packed all his belongings in his backpack, including some snacks for the day. He said goodbye to his mother and then went to meet his best friend.
Pascualino had a good feeling about that day.
An hour later both Pascualino and William were on the hilltop waiting for Windy.
"Bro, I already know you love that girl, but you must calm down. Otherwise, she will see the idiot face you are making!" Will said to his friend, giving him a blow on the arm.
"Shut up!" Pascualino rolled his eyes, and put his hands in his pockets to try to calm himself.
"Hey! Look. Here she comes, and not exactly alone," says William in a low voice to Pascualino.
Windy approached the boys with a big smile. She was with another boy and a girl who were walking beside her. The boy was tall with olive skin, deep green eyes, and black hair. The girl had a slight resemblance to the boy since they had the same eyes and skin color. She was average height and her hair was a beautiful light brown.
"Bravo! Will! How long!" Windy greeted the pair of friends, placing a kiss on each other's cheek.
"I'm very glad to see you again," Pascualino told her sincerely, losing himself in the girl's gaze, to which Windy smiled.
"Windy! It is great that you could make it," said William. "And you brought company," he added trying to get Windy to introduce the guests, since he was suddenly interested in knowing the name of the pretty girl with green eyes and olive skin who had come with Windy.
"Oh right! How rude I am. Pascualino, William, this is Olivia and that is Axel."
Pascualino noticed that when Windy introduced Axel,she inadvertently blushed.
On the other hand, Pascualino immediately felt the color red take over his face and it was not because he was blushing over Windy. He couldn't believe that Windy had invited Axel.
William rushed to shake Axel's hand and kiss Olivia's hand, with whom he immediately began a conversation to get to know her better.
"Olivia and Axel are cousins. So I thought, the more the merrier," Windy explained.
"Yes, of course," Pascualino said sullenly, but no one noticed his sarcasm or maybe they just ignored him.
"What do you say? Should we get started? The truth is that I am dying to test my new drone," said Alex excitedly with a big smile.
"Of course. The best place is to go up to the peak of that hill. From there you get better control of the drone and the wind is favorable," explained Will to Axel.
“What a mess! Not only was it enough that the girl he liked had invited another boy, but now his best friend was betraying him,” Pasculino thought.
"Hey Bravo, are you okay?" Windy said, pulling him out of his thoughts.
"Yes, of course, all good," answered Pascualino trying to hide his obvious annoyance.
"So come on! I want to see the view of the city from up there," Windy said with a smile as she started walking up the mountain and Pascualino followed her.
Pascualino had been quiet most of the time, while William and Olivia couldn't stop talking to each other, and Axel and Windy were too close for Pascualino's liking.
"So, how long have you been friends?" Pascualino asked Axel and Windy, trying to be somewhat friendly, and trying to figure out what he was up against.
"Well, we've known each other for a while because our parents have been friends since childhood," Axel explained to Pascualino.
"But lately Windy and I have become closer," added the boy, smiling in her direction.
It was not necessary to listen to any more. Pascualino already regretted having asked in the first place.
"How about we divide into teams? So we can take different videos from the air?" suggested Windy.
"That seems like a good idea," replied William . "Olivia and I will go this way and you can go the other way." And before you know it he had disappeared with the girl.
"Well, it seems that we are a team," Pascualino sighed.
"So, how's school going Bravo? Do you already know what you want to study at college?" Windy asked, trying to cut through the silence.
"The truth is I would not like to talk about that," answered Pascualino curtly, remembering the concern of the last days regarding the future.
"Didn't your school have a career fair?" insisted Windy.
"In mine it was this week and I discovered that I want to study something related to technology or engineering. The other day I saw a program where they explained the future of society and technology and it sounded fascinating," commented Windy.
"You mean the television program where they showed the taxis of the future? Where medium-sized drones could transport people in cities and avoid traffic," asked Axel excitedly.
"That same one! And where they explained how drones are even friendly to the environment. Who would have imagined that drones could solve transportation problems for the future," added Windy.
"It is fascinating," Axel replied with a big smile to Windy and they both stared at each other for a few seconds that seemed like an eternity to Pascualino.
“OK! Let’s get these drones airborne, shall we? Pascualino said suddenly with an upbeat tone, trying to break the "romantic" moment between the two kids.
"Yes! Brother, is this your drone?" Axel asked Pascualino excitedly, watching the boy get his equipment ready. It's amazing. Can I see it?"
Pascualino had no choice but to reluctantly extend the device to Axel so that he could observe it.
While Axel remained focused on the drone, Windy discreetly approached Pascualino.
"Bravo, I'm a little worried about you. Is everything okay?" Windy asked quietly, "You've been acting very strange."
Pascualino did not know if he should be honest with her or continue lying to her. The truth is that he was very jealous, but he believed that it was not the place nor the right time to confess his feelings to Windy. But he didn't know how much more he could take.
"I…." Pasculino tried to say, but he was interrupted by Axel.
"Oh no!" exclaimed Axel. "It really wasn't my intention ... I'm so sorry!"
Alarmed, Windy and Pascualino turned around to find out what had happened. Pascualino saw how one of the elices of his drone was broken and that was the last straw!
"But what did you do?!" Pascualino raised his voice, and snatched the drone from Axel. "This day can't be any worse ."
"I'm very sorry. I just wanted to see if it was an interchangeable piece."
Axel was scared because of Pascualino’s reaction.
"Save your excuses," he glared at him.
"Bravo, it was not his intention. We will repair it," Windy tried to calm him down.
"No! I'm just tired of trying to confess ..." Pascualino began to say, but stopped himself before he could finish.
I had better just go!" he said angrily and put his belongings away quickly, grabbed his bag and started down the hill.
He sent a message to William to let him know that he had gone home and he continued on his way deep in his thoughts about the events of that day. In his opinion, that day had been a total disaster.
1. Pascualino´s vocational test did not help clarify his uncertainty about college.
2. Pascualino was sure that the career he was going to study would be related to art and culture.
3. Pascualino was very sure that he wanted to invite Windy on his outing with William
4. Windy agreed to fly drones with Pascualino and even said she was going to invite a friend
5. Surely Windy's friends were relatives because they had the same eye and skin color.
6. Pascualino blushed with anger when he realized that the friend that Windy invited was Axel
7. Pascualino was really enjoying the company of Axel and Windy
8. Pascualino just wanted to be nice to Axel because he liked him
9. It is possible that in the future technology of drones could be applied to mass transportation.
10. Pascualino believed that this was the ideal moment to confess his feelings to Windy.
11. Pascualino went home and was content with how his day had turned out with Windy and Axel.
The weekend had finally arrived. The week had been chaotic, and it had to be admitted that Pascualino´s recent mood wasn't making things much better. He couldn't stop thinking about what had happened last weekend. On the one hand, he felt terrible about the way he had reacted when Axel broke his drone. But on the other hand, every time the image of Windy and Axel came into his mind he felt his heart squeeze.
Pascualino was a very analytical boy and this fact made him always overthink everything. This ability could be very useful for school, but on other occasions it could also be the cause of headaches.
"I know I was wrong. I shouldn't have left like I did," reflected Pascualino.
"But it really pains me that I may have lost the opportunity to be more than friends with Windy because I have not had the courage to tell her how I feel."
"Surely Windy must be mad, or worse, she might not even be thinking about me!"
"Oh no!" Pascualino exclaimed aloud when he remembered that Windy had tried to communicate with him and he simply saw her message but ignored it.
He rushed to find his phone in the room and read his messages from Windy.
"Bravo! Are you okay? What was all that about?"
"Hey! You know that if something is wrong you can count on me and my support ..."
"Well, I see you've opened the messages and I can only assume that you don't want to talk to me ... so ..."
Now Pascualino felt very guilty. Windy had not done anything to deserve his behavior.
Pascualino reflected for a while and realized that perhaps he was taking everything too far. His feelings for Windy were blinding him and causing him to behave out of character.
"I really have to fix this," Pascualino concluded.
Normally expressing his thoughts aloud helped him to organize his ideas. As much as it hurt, he valued Windy's friendship too much to lose it but he also knew that if he did not confess his feelings it would drive him crazy. He decided that the best decision would be to face the girl, ask her forgiveness for what had happened and try to explain to her why he was acting so strange.
Pascualino took his cell phone and dialed Windy's number, hoping the girl wasn't mad at him for ignoring her messages.
As the phone rang, Pascualino was dying of nerves. He had not thought yet what he would say to her. He only cared about her picking up the phone.
Pascualino got her voice mail and hung up sad.
"Maybe she was busy and that's why she didn't answer," he thought.
So Pascualino tried leaving a text message.
"Windy, I really regret my behavior this week and if you allow me I would love to make it up to you. Could we talk so that I can explain what happened? I'm really sorry."
The rest of the morning Pascualino kept wondering if Windy would retaliate his behavior and just ignore his text message. However, after a short time had passed he received new messages. They were from Windy. Anxious, he opened the messages and read what they said.
"Bravo, Hello! When you called me I had my phone on silent and I couldn't answer. The truth is that it seems to me that talking is a good idea. I have noticed something strange in your behavior even before last weekend. I would like us to talk about things. Call me back please when you can. I'll be waiting.”
Pascualino immediately called her and he heard Windy´s voice say, "Hello."
"Windy, Hello, it's me. The truth is that I want to apologize again for how I acted this past week and I would like us to talk since I have something important to tell you. However, I prefer that we do it personally," said Pascualino quickly finding the right words.
"I agree, today I am going to practice skating. We can meet there," suggested Windy.
"Sounds good to me, see you then." and he ended the call.
It did not take a genius to notice that Windy was somewhat upset by the tone of her voice, and he could not blame her. If the situation had been reversed, surely he would be just as angry or even worse.
Pascualino looked for his belongings and went downstairs to tell his mother that he was going to see Windy and then he left.
By the time Pascualino arrived, Windy was already on the track practicing. He sat on one of the stands to watch her deftly move between the obstacles and do a couple of tricks on her skates. The girl was so focused on her activity that she noticed Pascualino's presence half an hour after his arrival.
"Hey!" she greeted him, skating in his direction. Pascualino got up and approached cautiously.
"Hello! You don't have to worry. We can talk once you finish your class. I'll wait."
Windy nodded with a half smile and said, “I'll be back in 15 minutes. I just have to finish doing my routine and I'll be done for the day."
She turned around and returned to the track to continue her training.
Meanwhile Pascualino took the opportunity to take a look around the sports center. He saw some people practicing skateboarding, basketball, and soccer among other sports.
He remembered that he had practiced basketball a few years ago right in the same sports arena where he was now.
"Ready!" Windy said, taking a seat next to Pascualino.
"You really are very good," Pascualino praised her trying to break the ice.
"Thank you, I really enjoy it. Although, if I'm honest, I prefer freestyle. It is easier to be yourself. On the other hand, what you just saw is very structured. But, this training is necessary so that I can participate in a competition at the end of the year," explained Windy.
"I get it. I used to play basketball more as a hobby, but it is always necessary to practice with a coach when you want to compete in official events," Pascualino told her and she smiled.
“I know!” Windy replied and he could see how the girl was a little more relaxed. A good sign, since for him the moment was approaching. He was going to confess everything to her.
"Windy, I..." Pascualino started to say, but Windy cut him off.
"I have an idea! Wouldn't you like to do some street skating?" She asked.
Pascualino saw the excitement on Windy´s face and could not say no.
"I really would like to try it, but there is a little problem," Pascualino tried to tell her.
"Don't worry, it will be fun and we can talk while skating," she said, starting to put on her skates.
"I don't know how to skate," confessed Pascualino blushing.
"No problem, I can teach you."
Windy went to borrow some skates for Pascualino and once he had put them on, Windy took his hand so he did not lose his balance. Pascualino blushed again when he felt her hand in his.
Both teens began to move slowly and Pascualino really liked the feeling of skating.
“It is a real fun sport to practice,” the girl said as she smiled at him.
"Also, It is great exercise since you work the whole body. It is also great for coordination, concentration and balance. It is a sport that you can practice alone or with someone else. I really love skating."
"Yes!" Love! Believe me when I tell you that I am very familiar with that feeling lately, and it is not exactly that I love a sport, but rather a person."
Finally, Pascualino thought it was the perfect moment to confess his feelings as he skated around holding Windy's hand.
"What do you mean?" Windy looked at him confused as they began skating a little faster.
"Yes, Windy, I love you! I'm in love with you!" Pascualino had finally said the words that had caused him so much suffering.
The girl was so surprised that she accidentally let go of Pascualino's hand and he lost his balance and hit his head. The last thing Pascualino could remember was Windy's voice screaming with concern.
1. Pascualino felt really bad just thinking about the image of Windy and Axel together during their last outing.
2. Being so analytical was a characteristic of Pascualino that always ended up being the cause of headaches for him.
3. Windy had not tried to contact Pascualino after the incident with Axel the previous weekend.
4. Pascualino liked to speak out loud alone to clarify his mind
5. Pascualino tried to call Windy but she didn't answer the phone
6. Windy did the same as Pascualino did to her, she ignored his messages.
7. Windy agrees to see Pascualino to talk things over at the place where she practices skating on the weekends.
8. Pascualino met Windy in the same place where he had practiced basketball years ago.
9. Windy preferred freestyle skating but had to train with a coach, as it was necessary for participating in the contest that would be held at the end of the year
10. Pascualino brought his skates to practice with Windy.
11. Windy was so surprised by the confession that She let go of Pascualino's hand and he suffered an accident
Screams, ambulances, and pain. Eventually, Pascualino sank into silence and emptiness, and completely lost consciousness.
Pascualino's proclamation to Windy had not ended very well. He had a terrible accident and hit his head when he lost his balance on the skates.
Everything happened very quickly, and in the blink of an eye Windy went from being surprised to learn that Pascualino loved her to being terrified to see him on the floor with a pool of blood around his head.
The people around them rushed to call an ambulance, while Windy was in shock and inevitably felt guilty about the situation.
If only she hadn't let go of his hand, none of that would have happened.
While they were in the ambulance, a paramedic asked Windy to contact his parents since Pascualino was a minor and they would need the consent of an adult once they got to the hospital.
The girl, still confused, nodded and called Pascualino's parents and then she called hers. Without giving too many details about what happened, Windy asked them to please come to the hospital as soon as possible.
After a few minutes, they arrived at the hospital and took Pascualino to the emergency room. Windy had no choice but to wait alone to find out what had happened to her friend.
The girl's anguish and helplessness was so great that she began to cry and dropped into one of the chairs in the waiting room.
"What will I say to my parents and Pascualino's?" Windy thought as tears ran down her cheeks.
“Daughter!" Windy's parents said worried when they got to the hospital "What happened?"
The girl did not answer; she simply threw herself at her father's arms and burst into tears again. "It was all my fault. I just hope Pascualino is fine," Windy said with a broken voice.
Pascualino's parents arrived a few minutes later and fortunately they didn't bombard Windy with questions. They just waited patiently for news of the boy.
"I really apologize to everyone. I'm supposed to be the one who knows about skating. I should have made us take all the necessary precautions to prevent something like this from happening," Windy said more calmly.
"Windy, you don't have to ask for forgiveness. I recognize that my son can be very stubborn at times and it is no one's fault that this type of accident happens from time to time,” Pascualino's mother told her with a reassuring smile.
Windy nodded gratefully and patiently kept silent, choosing not to comment on Pascualino's confession of love since that was a topic that she would like to discuss directly with him.
Everything was dark and it was very confusing. A few moments later Pascualino slowly opened his eyes and the strong white light blinded him.
Suddenly, he felt a stab of pain run through his head. He put his hand to his head and felt a bandage wrapped around it.
"What the heck had happened?” he thought.
"Pascualino, calm down," said the doctor who was standing in front of him.
"You have suffered an accident while skating. But don't worry, you are out of danger," he told him.
Pascualino was very confused "Skating? accident? ... I must be dreaming" he thought to himself.
"I will tell your parents that they can come in to see you. Maybe that will help you remember," said the doctor as he left the room, leaving Pascualino in the middle of his confusion and with a tremendous headache.
"Son! How are you feeling?" Pascualino's mother said as she rushed to give him a hug.
"I was worried about you," she confessed, while lovingly caressing his hair.
"It's good to see you awake and out of danger," added his father, as he approached them.
"I don't understand what's happening ," said Pascualino, a little scared.
"That's normal young man. You hit your head pretty bad, but fortunately you won`t need stitches, only the bandage on your head. On the other hand, you are suffering a temporary amnesia that will disappear in a couple of hours," the doctor explained to the family calmly.
"And what care should he have, doctor? Pascualino's mother asked with concern.
"It is still not possible to know exactly. I would like to keep your son here overnight just as a precaution. According to his medical chart, I think he will make a full recovery within the next two weeks," concluded the doctor.
Meanwhile, Windy was in the bathroom trying to calm down. She knew that in the next few minutes she would see Pascualino and she was not quite sure what she should say to him, especially considering that their parents would be present.
Windy had thought long and hard about Pascualino's confession, and now she could better understand her friend's behavior. Pascualino was jealous of Axel.
"What are my feelings for Pascualino?" she asked out loud, looking at her image in the mirror.
"Windy! Daughter," her mother called as she entered the hospital bathroom.
"Pascualino is out of Danger and the doctor says you can see him now."
"Thanks Mom, I'm coming," Windy answered, taking a deep breath.
The young lady came out of the bathroom and walked towards Pascualino's room.
Windy cautiously entered the room and found that the place was surprisingly empty. She expected to meet the boy's parents but only saw Pascualino lying on the bed with his eyes closed and a large bandage around his head. The girl approached the bed slowly, thinking how the conversation would begin. Pascualino opened his eyes.
Windy studied Pascualino's gaze for a few seconds. She expected to find affection and love in his eyes, but She only saw surprise and fear. Windy didn't know what to say exactly, she just let the words flow.
"Bravo, I'm really sorry! I didn't want it to end like this," she tried to say, but he interrupted her.
"Wait a minute...who are you?" Pascualino said, looking at Windy with a puzzled look and she was speechless.
"Bravo, stop joking. I know it must be uncomfortable for you to have to see me now," said the sad girl.
When Windy saw that Pascualino did not change his puzzled look, she added "Really, stop joking at a time like this," and she glared at him.
"Well, forgive me, but I really don't know who you are," He said, completely serious.
Windy now believed that Pascualino really didn't remember her
"I think I'd better go," said Windy sadly. "Forgive me for bothering you," she added as she quickly left.
She walked down the hall back to the waiting room where she met her parents.
"How is your friend?" asked her father.
"He doesn't remember me. I don't know what's wrong with him," she replied with a low voice.
Her father approached her and without hesitation extended his arms for her to take refuge in them, and she did.
A few minutes later Pascualino's parents appeared in the waiting room and when they saw Windy crying in her father's arms they were greatly surprised.
" What happened?" Pascualino's mother said. "Is everything okay? Did Pascualino do something to you?" she asked Windy.
"He doesn't remember me! Or pretends not to remember me! Maybe because he thinks it was my fault," she said.
"Oh, darling, don't worry. He has temporary amnesia because of the blow, but he will be fine in a few hours," Pascualino's mother explained with affection.
And hearing those words, Windy felt as if a heavy weight was lifted off of her and finally calmed down a bit.
"That's good to hear. I thought he was mad at me,” Windy told them a little more calmly.
"At least I'll have some more time to clarify my feelings and think about what to tell Pascualino," Windy thought to herself.
After a few hours Windy and her family left the hospital, promising that once Pascualino felt better and recovered his memory, Windy would go to see him.
The rest of the afternoon Pascualino's parents kept the boy company, who spent most of the time resting.
"Doctor, is it normal for him to sleep so much?" Pascualino's mother asked the doctor.
"Yes, the medications we have given him to control the headache make him feel very relaxed and sleepy. Everything is going very well and it is likely that tomorrow afternoon he will be able to go home. It is essential that Pascualino keep calm so that his memory will come back gradually, "he explained.
"That's excellent. Thank you very much for all your help," said the mother sincerely.
"Thank you," added Pascualino's father.
The next morning Pascualino woke up with a slightly clearer mind, and although he could not remember everything completely, he was calm and relaxed.
At noon his parents took him home. When they got home, everyone had lunch, talked and played some board games as a family. Time flew by and almost without realizing it, by the end of the afternoon, Pascualino had completely recovered his memory and finally remembered the scene of his confession to Windy, her surprise and finally the accident.
He asked his parents to tell him what had happened in the hospital and they did, emphasizing how guilty Windy felt for the accident.
Now everything was clear to Pascualino, except one thing: How does Windy feel about him? Only time would tell, and Pascualino couldn't wait to hear Windy`s response to his tragic confession of love.
1. Windy felt that what happened to Pascualino was her responsibility.
2. Windy was very calm about the situation and gave the news to her parents and Pascualino's very happily
3. Pascualino's mother was furious and blamed Windy for her son's accident
4. Pascualino was not quite sure what was happening around him, or how the accident had happened
5. Pascualino was in a critical state and that is why he would have to spend the night in the hospital, so that the doctors could keep him stable.
6. Thanks to Pascualino's confession, Windy understood Pascualino’s recent behavior much better.
7. Pascualino looked at Windy with great affection and was totally happy that she had come to visit him
8. Pascualino wasn't kidding with Windy, he really didn't remember her.
9. Pascualino's mother explained to Windy the reason why he couldn't remember her
10. In order to recover his memory immediately, Pascualino had to stress and make an effort to remember in order to recover his memory immediately.
11. At the end of the day Pascualino was still confused and did not clearly know what happened.
The last Sunday of the month had arrived and it was the tradition in Pascualino’s family to spend the entire day together.
Usually, the family time included Pascualino, his parents and his little sister, but on some occasions other members of the family joined them. They normally set aside the last Sunday of each month to be together, but it could vary from Sunday to Sunday depending on their schedule for that week. However, Pascualino's family always tried to do something that the entire family could enjoy.
This tradition had its origin with the family of Pascualino's father, since he fondly remembered the weekends during his childhood that he spent in the park of his neighborhood with his parents and siblings. For this reason, Pascualino's father decided that when he had his own family he would take at least one day a month to share together.
That Sunday morning the smell of breakfast woke Pascualino, and he was so eager to go eat that he got out of bed too fast. He felt a slight dizziness and his headache returned.
It had already been a full week since his accident, and although he was almost fully recovered, he still had some lingering issues that he had to pay attention to.
Pascualino carefully descended the stairs and took a seat at the dining room table and watched his parents cook together in the kitchen with the help of his little sister.
He closed his eyes and for a few seconds he let himself be carried away by the moment, the smell of coffee and arepa, the sound of the television in the background, the laughter of his family, the warmth of the morning light that came through the window. Pascualino felt very lucky to have a family like this.
"Son!" his mother said and brought him out of his thoughts. "You slept in today!" his mother said as she gave him a kiss on the cheek as a greeting.
"The truth is that the smell of scrambled eggs and coffee woke me up," he said with a smile.
"I'm starving," he confessed.
"In a few moments breakfast will be ready, meanwhile go with your sister to watch television," his mother suggested, as she sent them to the living room to watch cartoons.
Pascualino took a seat next to his little sister and looked at the screen without paying much attention to the program because his mind was elsewhere.
During the entire last week he had been at home on sick leave because of his accident, and during all that time his curiosity was killing him. Pascualino still did not know what Windy thought about his confession and he had hoped that they could see each other today before he went back to school tomorrow on Monday.
Almost half an hour had passed since the siblings were watching cartoons and Pascualino had already gotten bored of the program that his sister loved to watch. So during the commercials he took advantage of the fact that his sister had gone to the bathroom to change the channel.
"Hey! That's not fair!" the girl complained when she saw that her show had been replaced by National Geographic. "I was here first!"
"You've watched television all morning. It's my time to choose the channel," Pascualino told her.
"Daddy!" the little girl shouted, knowing that her father would help her. "Pascualino took control of the television from me!"
She immediately stuck her tongue out at her brother.
This act did nothing but infuriate Pascualino. He ignored his sister and kept the channel on NatGeo..
"What is going on here?" Pascualino's father said entering the room.
"I can't watch TV!" the girl complained.
"She's been here all morning, now it's my turn," Pascualino said without making eye contact with his father.
"Stop arguing about it. We better have breakfast," said their father, carrying his daughter in his arms.
"Can I have breakfast here? I want to continue watching the cartoons," said the girl, pouting at her father, to try to convince him.
"No, we will have breakfast together as usual. Pascualino, turn off the television and go to the dining room."
The boy nodded and obeyed.
The food was on the table and so the entire family sat down to enjoy their breakfast together.
After a few minutes Pascualino interrupted the silence. "I wanted to tell you something. I'm going to see Windy today. I have something important to talk to her about."
His father replied with a firm tone in his voice,
"No. You can go see her another day. Today we will be together as a family."
"Father, I really have to see her because.." Pascualino tried to say but was interrupted by his mother.
"I don't think it's a good idea. You're still not fully recovered and you shouldn't stress."
"What do you mean? Windy stresses me?!" Pascualino said angrily.
"Don't raise your voice to your mother," his father rebuked him firmly.
"What she means is that we know you like that girl and today you are not in a position to go see her. ”
"Son, don't be like that. It's for your own good," his mother said fondly.
"Excuse me, but I'm not hungry anymore," said the boy curtly, getting up from the table.
"Just Great!" Reproached Pascualino.
"You won't get up from your place until you finish your breakfast," his mother said seriously.
"Well, I don't want to eat anymore. I'll just sit here all day," he answered reluctantly.
"Well, if you really want to go see Windy, you will have to eat if you want to recover fully," said his father a little calmer.
"Does that mean I can go see her today?" Said the boy hopefully, starting to eat his breakfast again.
"No, it means you will finish your breakfast and we will spend the rest of the day together. You didn’t think we would let you go after that attitude you just displayed, did you? You can visit Windy another day," his father concluded with a tone of voice that left no room for discussion.
The rest of the morning passed without any further mishap. Nevertheless, Pascualino was still in a bad mood and the atmosphere with his parents was tense, so he decided to go to his room to sleep a while longer.
When it was 15 minutes to twelve, a knock on the door woke him up.
“Come in!" he answered without much encouragement, lazily rubbing his eyes.
His mother entered the room and sat on the edge of his bed. "Do you feel bad?" she said worriedly, seeing her son asleep.
"No, I just woke up," the boy explained.
"Well, get ready because in half an hour we will go to the botanical garden," his mother said, standing up.
"We are going to have a picnic and spend the afternoon there. Remember?"
Pascualino simply nodded.
"We will be waiting for you downstairs in 20 minutes."
"Yes mom," answered the boy and started to get ready.
The family spent the afternoon in the botanical garden where they had a picnic lunch. They also took advantage of the time to enjoy the fauna and flora and also played some games, such as strikeout, hide and seek and Frisbee.
Although Pascualino's parents did not seem angry with him, the boy had begun to feel guilty about his behavior that morning. He knew that his parents were right, even if he did not admit it out loud.
"I ... wanted to apologize for what happened this morning," he finally said, while they had their afternoon snack.
His parents were silent, so Pascualino continued speaking "I know that lately my attitude has not been the best, but I promise that I will try to improve and I honestly apologize for having ruined the family breakfast."
"We forgive you son, and we know that you are sorry," said his mother before giving him a hug
"It's true. All families have problems but the important thing is to learn from them and do better in the future," added his father before joining the hug.
"I love you very much!" said Pascualino's little sister, also hugging his family.
"You are right, and thank you," concluded Pascualino. He really felt lucky. Despite their differences, he knew that he could always count on his family.
And so the rest of the day passed with laughter, food and love. The perfect ending to the week, as Pascualino would return to school the next day.
1. The only ones who ever participated in the family tradition were Pascualino, Carla and his parents.
2. Pascualino was fully recovered without any recurrence from his accident.
3. Pascualino really enjoys the atmosphere in his home on Sunday mornings.
4. Pascualino was completely absorbed by the television program his sister was watching
5. Pascualino changed the channel when his sister went to the bathroom
6. Pascualino's little sister wanted to continue watching television while having breakfast
7. Pascualino was disrespectful in the way he talked to his parents
8. Pascualino was happy that his parents didn't let him go see Windy that day.
9. Pascualino went to sleep a little more in his room after breakfast
10. Pascualino's family went to have a picnic in Parque Arví.
11. Pascualino was sorry for his behavior and asked his parents for forgiveness
Monday had finally arrived, which meant that Pascualino would return to school after being out for a week because of his accident.
Pascualino had a lot of homework to make up because of his absence, but luckily William had been a big help. Each day he went by his friend's house to keep Pascualino updated on the topics covered in his classes.
Pascualino was a little nervous about having to get used to his routine again. Although he did not spend much time away, the upcoming week would be filled with exams and he would have to hurry to catch up.
"Everything will be fine," William tried to reassure him while they were on their way to school. Besides, you had a great substitute teacher," added Pascualino's best friend.
"I know! Thank you for helping me last week," Pascualino said.
"It was a pleasure," said William with a smile. "Also, today is not even an official class. Today we have a field trip for our Biology class, which means that you are lucky. You come back to school and you don’t even have class! "said William.
"Sure, but you know me. I can't stop thinking about all the exams. Are you going to study with me in the library this week? responded Pascualino
"Bravo! We will study together. Now, just relax and enjoy the field trip," Will suggested. "We better hurry or the bus is going to leave us."
The boys arrived just on time. The boys laughed and talked on the bus and Pascualino took advantage of the time to catch up with his classmates. He had really missed them.
"Guys! Silence please! Remember to stay with the group, and pay close attention. I will be asking questions during the tour that will be worth 10% of your final grade for the year." said the biology teacher to Pascualino's group,
According to William´s explanation to Pascualino, the biology excursion would be to the zoo. The theme of the field trip was biodiversity.
"Very well, everyone get off the bus carefully and make a circle at the entrance to the zoo please," ordered the teacher.
"Guys, as we have talked in class, many of you remember visiting the zoo when you were little, but do you know how much it has changed since then?"
"Today, you will discover how it has evolved and changed."
But Animal life in a Zoo does not reflect their true habitat and life," said one of Pascualino's classmates raising her hand. "I mean animals suffer, sometimes they are depressed, disturbed, frustrated and even get sick or go hungry in zoos."
"Yes. That type of situation is what has led to a change in focus, in which the conservation of biodiversity is highlighted instead of just displaying animals as objects," explained the teacher. "But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start the tour and you can find out for yourselves."
The group began their visit to the zoo led by a tour guide who explained all about the animals and their program to preserve endangered species by reproducing the animals in captivity.
"It's sad to see so many animals locked in cages," Pascualino said to William in a low voice as they passed through the aviary.
"What did you say Pascualino? Do you want to share it with everyone?" the teacher asked him.
Pascualino nodded, although he was not sure if it would be wise to share his opinion.
"I feel that even though some of the purposes of zoos have changed, having a wild animal in such a reduced space is unnatural, and the consequences it can have are devastating for them. Just imagine, always locked in your house, having everything you need, but without being able to go out to socialize or have freedom. You would end up going crazy," concluded Pascualino.
"It is precisely for this reason that for some time now the zoo has been working on transforming itself. It is shifting away from being solely a place to exhibit animals to becoming a center for research, restoration of ecosystems, rehabilitation, reproduction, release and monitoring of species, as well as environmental education,"explained the zoo guide.
"But how?" asked Pascualino, curious as always.
"Well, in Colombia some zoos have become shelters for animals that were victims of trafficking, trade and illegal possession," replied the guide.
"Speaking from a conservation perspective, the ideal would be to generate sanctuaries, protected spaces, natural environments, where animals could live in semi-captivity and without human presence," adds Pascualino's teacher.
"Precisely, and through gradual work, the zoo wants to travel in that direction," concluded the guide.
"That's right," said the Biology teacher. "Many zoos are being transformed into Conservation Parks, where they can help raise awareness."
"Yes, more than a change in name, it is a change in philosophy, of purpose, to be able to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity," agreed the guide.
"And regarding the question from the young man," the guide continued looking at Pascualino, "Wild animals should not remain in captivity, since this way they do not reach their full development as you said. However, many species in danger of extinction cannot survive currently in their natural environment. So it is a more complex job than it seems and requires the collaboration of many experts to ensure the well-being of the animals, " he concluded with a smile.
Pascualino's group continued with the tour and went to see the amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds, and many other areas in the zoo.
"So,the Cassowaries live mainly in Australia and New Guinea, and feed on..." the guide was explaining, when suddenly his walkie-talkie began to sound. "Excuse me for a moment please."
The guide moved away from the group to speak on the device, and everyone was watching him carefully, since by his facial expression it seemed that they had given him bad news.
"Guys, let's keep calm," the teacher said, since the students had started talking uneasily among themselves.
"What do you think happened?" William whispered to his best friend
"I don't know ... but you already know me ... my curiosity is killing me," said Pascualino animatedly.
The guide approached the group and whispered something cautiously to the biology teacher.
"Guys, we need you to be calm please," said the teacher after a few seconds.
"A family of squirrel monkeys has escaped and we should not be alarmed, since this could scare them," explained the guide.
"So please I ask for your collaboration to look for them. All visitors are being informed of this situation. If you see one of the monkeys, do not approach them or try to catch them, please immediately inform one of the guides.”
"Isn't it better to evacuate the place?" William suggested
"No, since they are small and agile animals, they could easily escape from the zoo among all the people. It is preferable that we all remain very still and attentive," said the guide.
"So what is the plan?" asked one of Pascualino's classmates
"Watch carefully and wait until we can capture them soon so that they do not get hurt," replied the guide.
"Yes mom," answered the boy and started to get ready.
They had spent almost 40 minutes looking for the monkeys, but no one had seen anything and the zoo keepers had begun to worry.
"What do you think if we take a break for lunch? And then we can continue looking," suggests Pascualino's biology teacher.
"Yes, maybe that will give the monkeys more courage to come out of their hiding place," said Pascualino with a laugh as he took his snack out of his backpack.
Everyone began to eat and talk in a low voice, remaining attentive in case they saw something suspicious.
"Dude, don't move," Pascualino said to William, as he watched one of the monkeys try to take one of the nuts from Will's snack.
Pascualino tried to make eye contact with the guide to inform him about the situation and he seemed to understand him. The tour guide snuck up beside the two friends and pointed a gun at the animal. This image filled Pascualino with fear and he moved quickly to try to protect the animal, which scared the monkey and it ran away.
Fortunately, the guide was fast and shot a tranquilizer dart at the animal. Minutes later more squirrel monkeys come to try to steal food and the other zoo guides manage to capture them.
"Thank you very much everyone, we want to let you know that the family of monkeys is under veterinary review and they are out of danger," explained the chief tour guide to the visitors, minutes after having sedated the last monkey.
"That was crazy!" said William as they walked back to the bus.
"Yes, although I was a little scared when the guide pointed a tranquilizer gun at the monkey," confessed Pascualino.
"Yes! But at least you can tell me that your first day back to school was exciting," said Will.
"Yes, it was! Now we must concentrate on our exams," said Pascualino jokingly.
"Bravo!" Will scolded him, also laughing. And both boys cheerfully got on the bus that would take them back to school.
1. Pascualino was stressed about having to prepare for exams, especially after being absent for a week.
2. Pascualino's first day back to school would be full of boring classes.
3. The biology class field trip would be to the museum of natural history.
4. Animal life in zoos has a reputation for being bad, as it causes harm to animals
5. Pascualino thinks that keeping animals in an unnatural space will end up giving them serious problems
6. Currently all zoos in Colombia are wildlife sanctuaries
7. All wild animals that are kept in captivity in zoos can live without any problem in their wild state.
8. The whole group was waiting to hear what had happened at the zoo
9. If one of the students saw a squirrel monkey, they should run after it and try to catch it.
10. Pascualino was able to find a monkey stealing food from Will's snack
11. Only some members of the squirrel family of monkeys were captured.
" What?!" exclaimed Pascualino's mother in surprise
"Mom! Is everything okay?" asked Pascualino, jumping up from his chair.
Pascualino got up from the dining room table where he was doing his homework and went over to his mother.
"What does that paper say, mom?"
"Nothing son, do not be alarmed. It is our utility bill for this month and it has increased tremendously. But it´s not like our consumption has increased in the last few days," his mother explained.
"You almost scared me to death," the boy confessed. "I thought something really bad had happened," he laughed
"No, I'm sorry I scared you. But it does seem rather suspicious, " Pascualino's mother confessed to her son.
"Well, is there some logical reason for this to have happened?" Asked Pascualino.
"There could be any number of reasons. For example, it could be due to a failure in the meter, excessive consumption on our part, a leak in a pipe, among other things, I really think there could be many causes," explained his mother.
“Maybe you should call the utility company and ask them what happened," suggested Pascualino.
"I think that is a good idea," agreed his mother.
"But you know what? I think I'd better call William's mother first and ask her if they have also had an increase in their bill."
"Sounds good to me," said Pascualino. "Let me know her answer. Meanwhile, I will continue doing my homework."
While Pascualino´s mother called their neighbor, Pacualino decided to search the internet for possible reasons why utility bills go up dramatically.
"Son!" Pascualino´s mother called out to him. "William's mother told me that they also had an increase in their bill. I think it would be best to call the utility company."
"Yes mom, I think it is best that the utility company explains to us what happened," suggested Pascualino.
"OK. I am going to call. Did you find anything on the internet?" Pascualino's mother inquired.
"Well," answered Pascualino. "It says that the rate on the bill includes charges for the infrastructure necessary to provide the service, as well as investments, maintenance and expansion plans,” the boy explained. "Although to be honest, I don't know if this information applies to our situation."
Pascualino continued to read more about the public utilities in Medellin and discovered that if you live in a region that is classified as socioeconomic strata 5 or 6, you actually make a contribution to help those living in strata 1, 2 and 3. Strata 4 is exempt from both.
"That is interesting, I knew that this type of subsidy was included but it was not clear to me why," confessed his mother.
"Yes. The truth is, I think it is important to find out about what we are paying for. I mean, most only pay the bill without being aware of what they are actually paying for." Pascualino said.
"Very true. I'll call to see what reasons they give us for the increase in our bill this month.
Pascualino´s mother put the phone on speaker and before long they were speaking with a customer service consultant.
"Good morning!” This is Luisa. How may I help you?" said the agent on the other side of the line.
"Good morning Luisa. Thank you very much. We would like to ask about the cause for the large increase in our public utility bill from last month." said Pascualino's mother.
"Very good, madam. However, for that type of information, you will need to go to one of our physical locations since we need to verify your account in our system. In that manner, we can provide you with the best possible solution," explained the advisor.
"Well, thank you very much Luisa, "said Pascualino's mother and ended the call. "I think I will go downtown and get this resolved today."
"I'll go with you. I have to buy some materials for my science project," said Pascualino.
Mother and son went downtown and, after buying the materials that Pascualino needed, they went to the headquarters of the public utility company. Upon arriving, they took a number and waited their turn.
"When reviewing the utility bill it is important to keep track of the amount of kilowatts used for electricity, the cubic meters (m3) of water used, and also how much gas was consumed during the month," said the young man who was now helping them.
"Also, I would like to start by clarifying that the utility company does not set its rates autonomously. Utility rates are regulated by different State entities, such as the Energy and Gas Regulation Commission (CREG) and the Commission for the Regulation of Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation (CRA). Those are the ones who revise utility rates and regulate them," said the customer service representative.
"So, was there an increase in utility rates that I was not aware of?” Asked the woman
"No. It is more likely that there is some kind of problem in the operation of the meter or maybe even a small leak," added the agent.
"Well, it definitely could be something like that," Pascualino intervened. "This morning when you spoke with William's mother she also said that she had similar issues.
"That's right. Our neighbor also has problems with her bill," Pascualino's mother explained to the consultant.
"Well, if that's the case, I think the most probable cause is due to a failure with the infrastructure or the meter," concluded the agent.
"Within the next few days, I will send one of our technicians out to check your house, as well as your neighbors, since it could be a problem affecting your entire neighborhood."
"Sounds perfect to me. Thank you very much," said Pascualino's mother with a smile.
"Yes, thank you very much," added Pascualino.
"It has been a pleasure and if there is anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us," said the representative.
As planned, within the next few days, a technician for the utility company paid them a visit, as well as William's family and many of their neighbors
Once the technician had completed his review, he knocked on the door of Pascualino's house and asked to speak to his mother.
"After completing my review, my team and I have found that the meters in this sector were very old. They were generating incorrect usage readings. Over the next few days we will be changing them out for our more modern, up-to-date meters. Please disregard your utility bill for the last month. We will send you a new bill that will reflect your true cost, "explained the man.
"Thank you very much for your service and for clearing up my confusion," said Pascualino's mother, gratefully.
"It is a pleasure. We also have a pamphlet called "Reading Your Meter'' that explains to our clients how the meter measurement process works. If you allow me, I would like to leave it with you," said the employee.
"Thanks! I think it is important to understand how the public utility company generates its customer´s bills each month," said Pascualino.
"Our job is to serve the community. It is my pleasure to help in any way that I can." said the man with a smile. "If you'll excuse me now, I have some other meters to change," and he left.
“Well, that is a big relief,” said Pascualino`s mother. “I am glad our utility bill did not go up.”
1. Pascualino was startled of his mother's reaction.
2. There is only one reason that the price change in the utility bill could have occurred.
3. William's mother said she hadn't had a problem with her bill last month
4. Among the charges that are included on the utility bill are maintenance, infrastructure and investments.
5. Included in the utility bill for Strata´s 5 and 6 is a type of subsidy for those who belong to lower social stratas.
6. During the phone call, the utility company was able to provide an adequate answer to Pascualino's mother's inquiry.
7. Pascualino went shopping while his mother visited the public utilities company.
8. The company in charge of providing public services is regulated by state entities.
9. It would not be necessary to send any out since the problem was resolved directly in the office.
10. The cause for the increase in the utility bill was due to an outdated meter.
11. Pascualino's mother accepted that the employee explained to her the process through which the amount of consumption is measured
It had been a long day at school for Pascualino. He was very tired. He had taken two exams earlier that morning and now was about to start his last hour of classes before going home
Pascualino saw a nightingale perched on the tree branch outside of the classroom window. He watched it and listened to it sing.
Pascualino then leaned over his desk and put his head on his folded arms. The minutes passed until he was no longer aware of anything and he slipped into a deep sleep.
"Pascualino! Pascualino!" said his Social Study´s professor.
"How long have you been asleep? Can you tell me what was the last thing I said?" the teacher asked him.
"What? Sorry. What were you saying?" Pascualino asked, disoriented.
"What is the topic of class today?" the teacher insisted.
"Well," Pascualino began to scan the board looking for a clue, but he could only see the word RESPONSIBILITY written in capital letters in the center.
"Responsibility?" he answered with an unsure half smile.
"Do you really think that's the topic for today?" his teacher said with an accusing look.
"Yes?" he said with a laugh, as his nerves were failing him.
It was an uncomfortable situation for Pascualino.
"Pascualino, I should send you to the principal's office. Not only have you fallen asleep in class, but you also laughed in my face," said the teacher seriously.
"Sir! No, please," said Pascualino "This is not how it happened," the boy tried to explain while standing up.
"And now you are getting up without my permission?" the teacher pointed out much more seriously. "This clearly is a lack of respect and rebellion on your part."
Pascualino tried to defend himself, but he kept silent and sat down again, lowering his head.
"This really is bad," thought Pascualino, trying to find a solution to such a horrible situation.
The classroom fell into an uncomfortable silence, and a few minutes passed and nobody said anything.
"Pascualino," the teacher called to him. "Our topic for today's class is: Compliance with the law," he said.
"I'm really sorry, it wasn't my intention to fall asleep but," the young man took the opportunity to apologize but the teacher stopped him.
"Save your excuses. Tomorrow you must make a presentation to your classmates about today's lesson," the teacher ordered him.
"Sir, if that's the topic, why on the board does it say the word RESPONSIBILITY?" reasoned Pascualino. "Do they have any relationship?"
"That is your task, not mine," concluded the serious teacher.
"That's all for today. I'll see you tomorrow for Mr. Bravo's keynote presentation."
“And one more thing: no one is allowed to tell Pascualino what today's class was about.”
"Wow, that was strong!" William told Pascualino when class had ended.
"Don't remind me! I can't stop thinking about that uncomfortable moment. And I don't even want to imagine what Mr. Ortiz will say to the principal," Pascualino confessed to his best friend.
"Better stop thinking about “what ifs” and prepare an excellent presentation for tomorrow,” William advised him.
"Yes, you are right, but I think Mr. Ortiz was furious today. You know, in general, he usually is very calm and understanding. So I was really taken back when I saw his reaction and behavior," confessed Pacualino.
"Right! But you know, we all have our bad days," answered Will.
"Yes. Wish me good luck," said Pascualino when he got home.
"Good luck! See you tomorrow," said Will.
Pascualino arrived home, rested a bit, and after a light snack he began to study for his presentation.
Time flew by as he researched and prepared his assignment. When his parents arrived home from work, Pascualino decided to ask them for some help.
"I think watching the news tonight could help you. In recent months there have been many confrontations between law enforcement officers and citizens," said Pascualino’s father, while turning on the television.
"Your father is right. In addition, compliance with the law must be objective. The law exists to ensure freedom and liberty for everyone. If people are subjective and emotional with respect to the law, it can lead to situations like those that have made headlines over the past few days," mentioned Pascualino's mother.
Pascualino began to take careful notes of all the information his parents gave him, as well as the different examples that were shown on the news.
After spending another two hours exchanging opinions and researching a little more, Pascualino felt fully prepared for his presentation and finally understood the relationship between the word responsibility and compliance with the law.
The next day he got up early, had a good breakfast, and got ready for school.
"Ready?" William said when he saw him.
"Yes! My parents helped me a lot last night," Pascualino confessed with a big smile on his face.
Upon arriving at school, Pascualino and William went to take a seat in their places and waited for Mr. Ortiz to start Class.
"Are you ready, Pascualino?" Mr. Ortiz asked him.
"Yes sir," Pascualino said as he walked to the front of the class to begin his presentation.
"Hello everyone. Today we will talk about compliance with the law and what it means to be responsible," began Pascualino.
"In general, the concept of compliance means adjusting to a norm, policy, rule or law. As a society we should comply with the laws so that we all can enjoy the same rights and to guarantee a healthy coexistence based on equality and respect, " explained Pascualino.
"In this way, law enforcement agencies are established to monitor and support the rights of everyone in the society and to ensure that all act in a socially responsible manner. "
Mr. Ortiz nodded with a slight smile and Pascualino continued with his speech.
"But unfortunately, in our country, there have been cases where the authorities abuse their power and fail to fulfil their duty and responsibility to all citizens."
The boy paused for a breath and continued, “And not only do law enforcement officials abuse their power at times, but we as citizens do not follow the law nor respect it. That is why we have so much inequality. By not complying with the law, we are not all equal: there is abuse, privilege, inequity, deprivation of rights, etc." explained Pascualino.
"The idea is to understand what it means to be responsible. It is not always the case to just blame the authorities, when in the end each one of us makes up a society. It is up to each one of us to be honest and respectful. It's a personal decision," he concluded.
"And for that, I want to accept my responsibility publicly and apologize for what happened yesterday. Mr. Ortiz, my intention was never to disrespect you," said Pascualino, looking directly at his teacher.
"I know, Pascualino," he said with a sympathetic smile.
"My attitude yesterday was not correct either. I reacted the way I did to prove a point. Laws create a forum for authorities and citizens to interact, or in our case, students and teachers," said the teacher with a smile.
"I understand the reason why you fell asleep yesterday. It was not because of rebellion or disinterest in class, but because you stayed up studying late since this is exam week, isn't it?" Mr. Ortiz inquired and Pascualino nodded.
"My responsibility as an authority is to act appropriately and ethically, not being carried away by my personal interests and emotions, but by mutual respect and understanding."
"Now I understand Mr. Ortiz. All this was intended to teach us the relationship between compliance with the law and responsibility," said Pascaulino with a smile.
"Exactly. My decision to get angry with you and not understand showed an abuse of my power over my students. It is not the proper way for an official with power and authority over another to act.”
Pascualino breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that he successfully fulfilled the presentation and that his teacher was not angry with him, but had used the situation to teach them an extremely important lesson.
"Responsibility to act must be shared by everyone in society, because each person plays an important part in building a more just society together. Blaming others is not the solution. The solution is to be responsible and upright with our actions and decisions."
"It was an excellent lesson. Thank you Mr. Ortiz," Pascualino told his teacher with a big smile.
1. Pascualino took a nap in the middle of class.
2. Pascualino was aware of the theme for the class.
3. The teacher believed that Pascualino's attitude was disrespectful and rebellious
4. The theme of the Class was the word that was written on the board "RESPONSIBILITY"
5. The two friends were surprised by Mr. Ortiz's attitude during class
6. Pascualino's parents helped him with his homework, and discussed with him their opinions about it.
7. Pascualino, even after studying, felt insecure on the day of his presentation
8. Compliance with the laws helps build good coexistence in society
9. Responsibility rests solely with those authorities who abuse their power.
10. Mr. Ortiz accepted Pascualino's apologies, since he knew why he fell asleep in class
11. Mr. Ortiz's reaction to Pascualino sleeping in class was, in reality, part of the lesson that he wanted to teach his students.
Final exam week came to end, which meant that Pascualino could finally relax a bit.
During the past few days he had spent very little time sleeping and felt exhausted both physically and mentally Fortunately, he had passed all his exams with good grades.
It was Saturday morning and Pascualino planned to sleep in, but the sound of his cell phone suddenly woke him up.
Somewhat disoriented, he looked for his phone on the nightstand and saw Windy´s name on the screen. He was surprised by her call and he rushed to answer it.
It had been almost three weeks since Pascualino had left the hospital, and during that time he had only been able to chat with Windy a couple of times..
"Bravo! How are you?" said Windy.
"Windy ... good morning ..." answered Pascualino with a sleepy voice.
"Ohhhh noooo! Did I wake you up?" she asked innocently when she heard Pascualino's tone of voice.
"Don't worry! How are you?" the boy inquired, getting out of bed to wake up a bit.
"Very good! But how are you? How is your head injury?"
"Excellent, it's almost completely healed," said Pascualino smiling.
"I'm glad to hear that!" said Windy "I wanted to ask you if you would like to get together today, that is..."
Pascualino noticed how Windy seemed a little nervous.
"Well,” continued Windy. “If you would like to go out today, and I promise that this time there will be no skating," she said sincerely.
"Sure! I would love to," as Pascualino blushed on the other end of the line.
He couldn't wait to see her again! And a part of him could sense that something special would happen that day.
"What time do you want to meet? Where would you like to meet? What would you like to do?" Pascualino said, unable to hide his enthusiasm. Windy laughed on the other end of the phone.
"I really don't know," replied Windy, "I just would like to see you and maybe spend the day together. I have some things that I would like to tell you," Windy confessed and Pascualino was speechless.
Hope filled Pascualino. Perhaps Windy was finally planning to tell Pascualino what she thought about the confession that he had made to her a few weeks ago.
"Sure! We can meet at the metro station and head out to explore the city like we did during the holidays," said Pasculiano, fondly remembering the Sundays they spent together in different parts of Medellin.
"That is an excellent idea! I will see you in 2 hours!" The girl said excitedly and without giving Pascualino time to answer she ended the call.
The boy was ecstatic. He would finally have an answer! Did Windy reciprocate his feelings?
Pascualino took the time to get ready, ironed his favorite shirt, looked for his newest pair of jeans, and even put on some cologne!
Pascualino left his house with plenty of time to spare since he did not want to be late for his "date" with Windy. He hopped on the bus that passed near his house and found a seat next to the window to enjoy the ride. His thoughts obviously were filled with the lovely, red-haired girl he was going to meet.
Fortunately he had left an hour early, as there was a lot of traffic. After what seemed like an eternity, he finally made it to the metro station.
Pascualino took advantage of the time he had left to recharge his civic card. Once he had deposited some money on the card, Pascualino stopped to look closely at the map of the city, located right next to the ticket office where he had just recharged his civic card. The map clearly outlined all the different routes that could be taken using the integrated metro system.
Mentally, Pascualino began to create a possible route that he could take with Windy so that they would end up at Parque Arvi.
Minutes later Windy finally arrived. Pascualino was stunned when he saw her. She really looked beautiful.
Windy wore a delicate white knee-length dress and brown sandals. She had her hair worn down and just a bit of makeup to highlight her big, bright eyes. She really looked like an angel to Pascualino. When they saw each other, she gave him a big and sincere smile. He was so mesmerized by Windy´s beauty that he was taken by surprise when she gave him a big hug and a light kiss on the cheek.
"Bravo, I'm really glad to see you again and to see that you have almost completely recovered," said Windy, while she played with her hair, a clear sign of how nervous she was.
"I'm also happy to see you and I'm dying to know what you want to say to me," Pascualino dared to say, making the girl turn pale.
Windy had had plenty of time to think about her feelings and everything was clear to her about how she felt, but she still didn't feel ready to tell Pascualino.
"How about I tell you a little later," she proposed.
"Sounds good to me," said Pascualino, giving Windy a reassuring smile.
"I've been looking at the map of the city and I think we could visit some interesting places that you haven't seen yet," Pascualino proposed, to which Windy agreed energetically.
“All right ... well, let's do it!”
Windy and Pascualino began by taking the metro to the San Antonio station station. From there, they transferred to the new, modern “trolly” that took them to the last station, Oriente. From there they enjoyed a ride on the metrocable to the top of the line and got off at "La Sierra" to enjoy the beautiful view offered by the city.
"This is really beautiful," said Windy, distracted by the view of the valley below.
"That’s true, but not as beautiful as you are," Pascualino blurted out and turned to look at Windy who immediately blushed.
"Bravo, I..." she tried to say. "I'm very sorry about your accident, if only I hadn't let go of your hand," said Windy, letting out a few tears of regret.
"That was not your fault. Don’t worry about it. You don’t need to continue to blame yourself for that," Pascualino said as he wiped away Windy's tears and approached her to give her a hug.
After lunch, they continued their journey in the direction of Arvi Park. They took the metro again and got off at Acevedo station, where they transferred to the K Line and took the metrocable to Santo Domingo, and then caught the L Line to their final destination, Parque Arví .
Upon reaching the park, they went to find a secluded space where they could talk quietly and watch the sunset. After a few minutes they took a seat on one of the benches outside of a cozy cafe that had a great view of the area.
"Pascualino," Windy began to say. She decided that this would be the moment.
"Do you remember what you told me before you fell on your skates," said the girl without making eye contact.
"Sure, how can I forget?" Pascualino said calmly, although inside he was dying to hear Windy's answer.
"Well, almost losing you in that accident made me realize how special you are to me and..." Windy started to babble.
"Well, a while ago I was confused about Axel ... but now I'm sure it's you ... You are always there for me and .... "
Pascualino looked at her somewhat confused without fully understanding.
"What I mean is that I also like you and ... I think I'm better with actions than with words so ..."
And then Windy leaned forward slightly, bringing her lips together with Pascualino's in a warm and sweet kiss. Pascualino, although a little surprised, immediately leaned forward and accepted Windy’s affection.
It was a perfect moment. The sun was setting and Pascualino finally had the answer that he had been waiting so long for. Windy also shared his feelings.
1. A call from Windy woke Pascualino up on Saturday morning.
2. Pascualino got mad at Windy because she woke him up.
3. Pascualino was very excited because Windy asked him to meet that day
4. Pascualino did not worry about his appearance to go see Windy.
5. Pascualino left home early with plenty of time for the date
6. Near the Box Office there was a map that explained the transportation routes in the city
7. To Pascualino, Windy resembled an angel because of how beautiful she looked.
8. Windy knew what she wanted to say to Pascualino.
9. Windy still felt guilty for being in part the cause of Pascualino's accident.
10. When they got to the park, Windy and Pascualino wanted a crowded and noisy place to talk.
11. Windy kissed Pascualino because she realized she wanted to be with him.