"I'm sorry, who?" Eugene asked as he looked at Rapunzel.

"Uhm... Nevermind." Rapunzel said. Eugene looked at her, unenthused with her answer.

"You could tell me anything. C'mon, you were my best friend for 4 years." Eugene said as he held her shoulders. She averted his gaze at her. "Blondie?"

He could see tears forming in her green eyes. Okay, now he was really confused. Who was this Jackson? And why is she crying over him?

People are so confusing at times.

He gently looked at her and wrapped an arm around her, pulling her closer to him for a comforting cuddle.

He wasn't sure how to comfort other people, but whenever Rapunzel was down, he would do this until she feels better.

He felt her shaky breaths as she tried to calm herself down. She knew that she would have to tell this to him someday. She just didn't expect it to be now.

After a few more moments of cuddling her best friend, she sniffed as she sat up straight.

"Look, Rapunzel. I'm not going to force you to tell me about him. You're obviously not ready to tell me. I'll be waiting whenever you're ready to talk about it." Eugene explained.

Rapunzel looked at him with a concerned face. She wiped her tears away and sniffed.

"No... It's just that.. Jackson is a special man to me. And just remembering him makes me like this." Rapunzel explained. Eugene gave her a concerned look on his face.

"Why is this Jackson so special to you anyways?" He asked. "Was he a guy who courted you? A best friend you replaced me with in college?"

"I guess you can say both." Eugene balked at this. Someone tried to court her and steal his place as her best friend?

"So how did this suitor of yours become so special for you?" Eugene asked.

"Well, for starters, he was the guy I was talking about." She confessed.

"The one you said that was your first love?" Eugene asked. Rapunzel nodded guiltily. Eugene gave her a perplexed look.

"We both met in the university when we got paired up for a science experiment. I was a real Mary Sue for him before. He was like, I don't know. Any girl's dream?" Eugene scowled at this. How could he be better than Thee Eugene Fitzherbert? What did he have before that he didn't?

"Anyways, I guess the rest is history until months later when I witnessed his own death right in front of my eyes." Rapunzel said, ending her explanation in a murmur. This was the reason she never talked to anyone about him. Her mind would flash back to the night that he was killed.

"We could stop in this part of story if you'd like to." Eugene said, noticing Rapunzel's look as she poked her aglets on the wood. He didn't want to upset her because he kept on pushing her for an answer.

"I... I guess we should." She muttered. She was glad that he dropped the subject. Otherwise, she would have been bawling her eyes out right now if he didn't. Perhaps she'd confess some other time.

Eugene gave her a concerned look before he helped her up.

"You know that I can help myself up, right?" She smirked.

"I know. I just want to be gentleman-like." He smiled, making her feel better.

"Oh, so Eugene Fitzherbert is acting like a prince charming now?" She teased.

"Nope. Still your badass best friend." He smirked as he lightly nudged her. She stuck her tongue out to him. And so did he. "Come on, Blondie." He said as he took her hand leading her to his motorcycle once more.

"Where are we going?"

"Up for some ice cream?"


And that was how they ended up at the local ice cream shop, sitting in a booth, and both were laughing at Eugene's stories.

It was just like old times. Back in their high school days, they would hang around here for some time until the sun sets, forcing them to leave.

Eugene smiled at her as she scooped another spoonful of cookies n' cream. She looked so cute when she ate some ice cream. Those were one of the reasons why he always made this place their hang out before. Just to watch her giggle and eat her dessert. Not in a stalker type of way, though. Mind you.

"Crap," Rapunzel suddenly said as she checked her phone.

"What?" Eugene asked, surprised that their catch up was suddenly interrupted.

"I have to go. I have an appointment with Miss Clark tomorrow." She explained. "Sorry, Eugene." She apologized.

"Don't worry about it, Blondie. I've got a shift at seven tomorrow anyways." He shrugged as he stood up along with her.

After he rode her home, they stopped at the front door of Rapunzel's apartment.

And much to his surprise, she hugged him.

"It was great seeing you again, Eugene Fitzherbert." She smiled as he broke away their hug.

"Same here, Miss Corona." He smirked at her before he left.

Rapunzel closed her apartment door. She smiled sheepishly at Pascal, who was giving her an unimpressed look.

"Sorry, Pascal. I got carried away with my meet up." She said as she prepared the fruits to feed her chameleon.

As she fed Pascal, her mind reeled on when she hugged Eugene.

She could've sworn that she felt his heart skip a beat.