Finding Stardust Chapter 34
30 In The Eiffel Tower
The next day, the group of students from St. Catherine visited the Musee D'Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. They were all are very excited because they could take beautiful photos from the icon of Paris city.
"We've passed the Eiffel Tower before, on the way to our hotel," said Haoran, who sat next to Emma on the shuttle bus. "You shed tears right then. I was worried."
"I don't remember," Emma admitted. She knew they must have just arrived in Paris at that time. Later that night, she suddenly woke up on top of the Eiffel Tower, unable to remember what had happened. "But I know I went there alone ... before the blackout."
Haoran nodded in understanding. "Was that when you got your memories back?"
"Yes. I must have exerted all my power into remembering my past so that I became injured and lost my memory of what happened during the previous two days. The last thing I remember was reading an SMS from you. You deceived me, and made me think you failed your exam...." Emma narrowed her eyes, accusing Haoran of deceiving her.
The young man just grinned and shook his head. "I told you, I wasn't deceiving you. Those were tears of happiness."
"Really," Emma grumbled. "You almost gave me a heart attack."
"Ahaha ... I'm sorry, Stardust," Haoran held out his hand, and his expression turned serious. "I just like teasing you so much. It's because you always look so serious. I just wanted to make you smile."
"Really?" asked Emma. She frowned. "I didn't know I look that serious."
"If you frown like that too often, you would age quickly and get so many wrinkles," Haoran commented. He hurriedly smiled so that Emma knew that he was only joking. "I'm just pulling your leg. I hope you don't take it to heart."
"Hmm ..." Emma didn't reply to Haoran's joke. She was more interested in knowing what had happened that day. "I will forgive you if you stopped joking and told me what happened from the time we received the exam scores until when the Paris blackout? I need to know ..."
"Now?" Haoran looked around them. He then whispered into Emma's ear so that the others wouldn't listen to their conversation. "Let's talk about it later this evening, after all the programs are over. I don't want people to listen to us."
His eyes glanced sideways and saw Nadya staring at him and Emma with a concerned look.
"Uhm ... looks like your friend is suspecting us," Haoran said to Emma. He subtly pointed his chin towards Nadya. Emma glanced in the direction he was pointing and saw Nadya watching them in suspicious look.
For a moment, their two pairs of eyes met. What was Nadya thinking about?
[Gosh ... why do Emma and Haoran look so close? Do they have a special relationship? Does Haoran like Emma? This cannot be tolerated. Poor Mary, she will definitely be upset if she found out.]
Ugh ... Emma could only sigh. It was very easy for her to read Nadya's mind. As expected, Nadya was suspicious of her closeness to Haoran.
Inwardly, Emma complained. Why should she be bothered by such a trivial problem? She really hated being made to choose between her friends. She liked Nadya dan Mary. However, she was friends with Haoran before she knew them, and Haoran was always kind to her.
If she had to choose, Emma would choose Haoran over her friendship with Nadya and Mary. After all, it was clear that Haoran had learned almost all of Emma's secrets, and they had made plans to find information about Emma's parents together.
"Do you know why I cried when I saw the Eiffel Tower?" asked Emma, finally decided to ignore Nadya. "I don't remember what happened. If you can give me a hint, maybe I can remember something."
Haoran frowned and tried to think. "I don't know for sure. You refused to tell me what happened then. You only mentioned that you and your parents had been there and your mother liked it very much. So I suspect you were crying because you miss your parents."
Emma was silent. She couldn't remember when she and her parents went to Paris. Maybe before they left her at the orphanage in winter 2043. Emma was 3.5 years old when they left her in front of the orphanage. Unfortunately, as a child, her memory was limited. Even if she occasionally got flashes of memories, those were only fleeting, and she couldn't control which memories will appear.
"Maybe I should train my mind so that I can remember everything that happened in the past," Emma thought finally. She knew her mother was a telemancer. Since Emma could read people's minds, then she must have inherited her mother's power. She should be able to control her mind and bring out important memories.
"Haoran ... now I feel that there is something there. Clues. Do you want to accompany me to the Eiffel Tower tonight?" Emma asked Haoran.
The bus has pulled over in Trocadero, and students were told to get off the bus so they could see the magnificent Eiffel Tower up close. Haoran and Emma were the last to leave the bus.
"Of course," Haoran said quickly.
They no longer talked about Emma's parents and focused their attention on the giant tower that stood proudly in front of them. Madame Delaval enthusiastically told her students the history of the Eiffel Tower. They were already busy taking photos and sharing them on social media Splitz.
"This Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel and was the tallest building in the world for four decades. Did you know that this tower was once yellow?" Madame Delaval looked satisfied, seeing how her students became shocked when they heard her explanation. "In the past, many French people opposed to the construction of this huge tower because they thought it was ugly."
St. Catherine students all looked at each other with gaping mouths when they heard that. The Eiffel Tower was considered ugly? Was it for real? This was one of the most romantic buildings in the world. Many couples took pictures of this tower as the background. They also went up to the top so they could see the city of Paris from a height. Many proposals even happened there every week.
How could people think it was ugly? That was so shocking!
"Many Parisians protested the construction of this tower. It was only after World War 2, people accepted it because the tower was functioned as a radio tower. Now, the Eiffel Tower has become the pride of the people of France. It is the symbol of Paris. It even has copyright attached to it. You may not photograph this tower at night because of the lights. The lights were installed in 1985 and were considered a work of art. The copyright is still held by the Socit d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel."
Madame Delaval's explanation made the students shocked even more. Cedric raised his hand and asked a question on behalf of his friends.
"So ... does that mean we can't take pictures now?"
"Oh ... if you take pictures during the day, it's okay. The creator of the Eiffel Tower died in 1923, and the copyright of this tower design ended 70 years later, or in 1993. That's why all over the world, you can find the imitation of Eiffel towers, like in Las Vegas - the United States, China, and Japan." Madame Delaval hurriedly explained. "But the lighting design, or the appearance of the Eiffel Tower at night, is still under copyright. So you can't photograph it and share it on social media."
"Ahhhh ..." There were complaints here and there when they heard Madame Delaval's explanation. The picture of the Eiffel Tower at night with its lights was very charming, and obviously, they hoped to take the pictures. How unfortunate!
Monsieur Thomas continued Madame Delaval's explanation about the history of the Eiffel Tower while guiding his students to march up the tower using the elevator.
He recalled that the 324-meter high tower was also used by its creator, Gustave Eiffel, as a science laboratory. From up there, they could see the city of Paris from a height and explore the museum inside.
"I think my mother liked this tower because it reminded her of a tower back home ..." Emma said suddenly. She did not know where she knew that. She suddenly said to Haoran. "I don't know exactly how I found out about it... Maybe my mother once told me that."
Haoran nodded. "Maybe you just suddenly remember. You did say your parents brought you here."
"It could be. I wish I could remember more."
"Take it easy, Stardust. Later, your memories will return slowly. Don't force yourself," Haoran said. "Remember, we must be patient. It may take years to find the right clues."
"Hmm .. you're right." Emma realized she was too impatient. She must learn to control her desire. "By the way, has there been any response from Goose?"
They were taking the elevator to the top of the tower, and Haoran felt the situation was not appropriate to discuss their personal issues. Therefore he just shrugged and gave a sign so that Emma did not ask again.
David, Alex, Eric, and Dinh began to pay attention to Emma and Haoran, who were talking seriously. They thought the two were planning something without them, and they protested because they were not involved.
"You seem to be up to something exciting," Alex commented with a curious look. "Care to share?"
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Haoran narrowed his eyes and shook his head as if to signal his 'boys' not to be nosy.
"This is adult's affairs," he said simply.
Alex only frowned at his words, but he did not protest further. "We must take photos together. We've been in Paris for three days, and there hasn't been a single picture of us six."
"That's right. I want us to take pictures together ..." Dinh chimed in.
Haoran glanced at Emma and then nodded. "Okay, but DON'T post it on social media."
Emma nodded in agreement. She did not want her relationship with the five boys to be the talk of the school. The last thing she wanted in this world is to attract people's attention.
"Of course," Alex raised his thumb up.
"We better take the photo down there, in Trocadero. The Eiffel Tower would make a nice background," Haoran suggested. "I don't like photos taken from this side."
He made the suggestion because taking a picture together in Trocadero would not attract people's attention because it was very crowded. His friends quickly agreed with him.
The students explored the Eiffel Tower for half an hour and took many pictures. After they went down from the tower, they were given an hour of free time for a picnic on a grassy lawn near Trocadero.
They were so excited and threw picnic blankets on the grass. The students gathered in small groups and prepared snacks and drinks to enjoy a nice picnic while chatting with their friends. The sunny weather, beautiful scenery, and the warm feeling for being with friends that day truly became an unforgettable experience for them.
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