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story by Kim© started: March 31, 2008 completed: March 31, 2009
Everyone loves him. He's funny, witty, good-looking and charming. He's everything a girl wants for a boy. When he speaks, it's like humor and sense combined. Mapapaupo ka talaga and mapapakinig sa kanya. Hindi rin naman daw siya playboy. He's not like that. And he goes to school sa harap ng school namin. That's Rhys. Rhys Romualdez. I'm his total opposite. I'm not a stunner. I'm shy. I don't like talking to people much. If my friends are out there partying on a Saturday night, I'm on my four-corner room studying my lessons or just blogging. I'm really It really annoys me. I don't know weird..and geeky. And worse is, I'm not good at talking to the opposite sex. how to act around a guy, I just wanna stay quiet. Maybe because all my life, I studied at an all-girl school. And wala ring nanliligaw sakin. Kahit ako wala rin namang planong magkaboyfriend kung hindi lang naman si Rhys. And that's a dream that will never materialize for me.
So Rhys, can I fall for you?
It was raining hard and I was standing at the waiting shed sa harap ng school gate namin. And as usual, nagbabasa na naman ako ng libro or some kind of loooong novels na ayaw na ayaw basahin ng iba dahil "nakakatamad" raw. So yeah, I'm weird and...geeky.
Nabigla ako ng marinig kong nasa harap ng waiting shed namin si Rhys at ang grupo niya. "Girl, andun si Rhys o. He's sooo gwapo." A 4th year student whispered kaya naman napatingin ako sandali sa tinuro niyang direksyon. And there they are. Rhys was like may hinihintay sa kabilang shed at parang may hinahanap siya sa waiting shed namin. Prolly, some gorgeous girls from our school. It couldn't be me. Yeah, dream on Yana. Oh, before I start blabbing about my life, I'm Juliana Antonio, fondly called Yana. I'm a 4th year student studying at Lourdes College (an exlcusive school for girls) and I AM NOT A LESBIAN OR A TOMBOY. Get it? Then suddenly, napatayo ako ng straight when Rhys and company crossed the street papunta sa waiting shed namin. Everyone started giggling and I'm sure, each of them, rather us, is wishing na sana "ako ang lalapitan ni Rhys". T_T Funny, pero ganyan kalakas ang tama namin sa kanya. As what I've said, he's everything a girl wants for a boy.. and you wouldn't ask for more.
How I wanted to stay and observe him at a closer look, pero dumating na ang sundo ko and I had to go. Bigla naman akong kinilabit ni Vincent sa gilid. "Yana.. andiyan ka pala. Di ka man lang namamansin." He smiled..and everyone looked at me.
Yung mga babae sa school na nasa gate at ang mga kaibigan niya including Rhys. Bigla naman akong nataranta. "Ah, sorry. Di kita nakita eh. Sige, una na ako." Sabi ko at ngumiti. Pumasok na kaagad ako sa kotse and I had my last glance on Rhys for that day. He was smirking. Nung gabi na, since wala namang HWs and quizzes, and since nakapagreview na ako sandali in case na may pop quizzes, I logged on my YM.
OMG. Rhyyyysss? My labs Rhyyyysss? OMG.
lightningdude1218: how are you related to Vincent Yap? whizgirlame.o: do i know you? lightningdude1218: ur the only girl who's not familiar with my id lightningdude1218: wow.
WOW? WOW daw? Dang. He doesn't know alam na alam ko ang lahat tungkol sa kanya. whizgirlame.o: where'd ya get my id? lightningdude1218: nvm. how are you related to Vincent yap? whizgirlame.o: he's a family friend. whizgirlame.o: how didlightningdude1218 has signed out.
Okkaaay? Dinednma ba naman ako.
Pero okay lang, he's still cute. And I still like him.
Kinabukasan, syempre, inspired na inspired akong pumasok. Ikaw ba naman i-IM ng crush mo? Di ka pa ba matutuwa? "Ba't parang ang saya mo ngayon?" tanong sakin ng bestfriend kong si Bea. "Wala lang." I said and smiled again. Ayoko na munang sabihin sa kanya na inIM ako ni Rhys, baka ano pa ang mabuo sa isip niyan, eh IM lang naman yun, diba? Then nung hapon na, sabay na kaming lumabas ni Bea. I was surprised to see Rhys sa waiting shed sa harap ng school namin na mag-isa. Come on, mag-isa siya. Ang daming girls na lumalapit sa kanya pero di naman siya namamansin. So naisip namen, baka inaantay niya si Gabby. (FYI, Gabrielle "Gabby" Altuna is the prettiest and flirtiest girl in the campus. Pero kahit ganun siya, overall, she's nice naman and actually, we're friends. Di lang ganun kaclose pero "friends" kami.) Dumating naman kaagad yung sundo ni Bea kaya naiwan akong mag-isa doon. And lumabas na finally si Gabby. She smiled at Rhys pero dinedma lang siya. So.. if not Gabby, who?
And then my phone rang.
"Dad?... yeahh... opo... sige po... train?... and then?...okay bus... sige... sige po... thanks...bye.." I closed my phone and tried to figure out myself kung pano makakaabot sa train station since hindi ako susunduin. When I decided to cross the street, someone called up to me. "Hey!" Napatingin naman ako kasi baka ako yung tinatawag. Rhys? "Me?" I pointed myself and looked around kasi baka di ako. "Yeah, you." He smiled and went up to me.
Okay, kinikilig na naman ako. Pero dapat play-hard-to-get ang drama.
"Why?" "Sabay na ako sa iyo."
I sound stupid. you're going with me?" Napataas ang kilay ko. "Teka. ano nga ulit yun? Train. Amf." Huh? Pakiulit nga. "Yeah right. Kung alam ko lang naman na pagdadaanan ko ito. "I'm sorry if I offended you. Okay. Gossip Girl? Errr. Aalis na siya? Ang sama naman. Bigla naman niyang kinuha ang cellphone niya at may pinindot-pindot doon. Ba't ang dami ng bus at jeep dito? "San ka sa Quezon?" Tumahimik lang ako." He smiled again." I know. alam mo kaya kung taga-san siya -. I don't think you can go home safely kasi. Sumakay ako ng train and he still followed me. Kasalanan ko bang buong buhay ako. sinusundo ako at hinahatid? Gaaa. sasabay ka pa saken? "And. He just smiled." Sabi ko at bumalik sa pag-iisip kung san sasakay at bababa. Sorry." He smiled. Teka. I didn't mean to." He smirked again and went on his way. San ako sasakay ng bus? San ako bababa? "So. trying to figure out kung anong bus ang sasakyan ko para makarating sa bahay. "Yeah. "Alam mo ba talaga kung san ka pupunta?" He asked again na parang nacoconfuse na rin siya saken. bus. hindi ko alam ang name... "Mandaluyong. ayun." "Hindi din. Gaaa." I said and went away. What the hell does he want from me?! Pinabayaan ko lang siya So. I like him a lot. edi sana noon palang minemorize ko na ang mga pasikot-sikot dito sa lugar na to.. Nakakainis naman o. do you watch Heroes?" He suddenly asked kaya muntik na akong mapatalon.Chapter 02 "Sasabay na ako sa iyo. taga san ka ba?" Helloooo. "Huh? Heroes? As in yung sina Wonderwoman and the likes?" Dang. "So. Tumayo pa ako dun sandali hanggang sa bumaba kami ako dun sa 'ewan'. Hmp." Sabi ko at pumasok sa train station.. kung hindi ka nanonood ng Heroes. Nagkibit-balikat narin ako at naglakad sa likod niya. Ngumiti lang kaagad siya saken. Gaaa. Hassle na eh. then. Puntahan mo nalang ako dito. Sumunod din naman siya kaya napatingin ulit ako sa kanya. Pero teka. And dang. iono. Kaya kong umuwing mag-isa." Then he closed his phone. pero I don't want naman him to think that I'm stupid na di kayang umuwing mag-isa.Mandaluyong. then. Dang.. I'm giving you the honor to come along with me. parang North and South kayong dalawa. "So. "Yeah.. "Not really. Tsk." He said and still followed me. . Anong sasabay ang pinagsasabi nito? "Pardon?" "Sasabay ako sa iyo...
Sasakay ako ng bus katulad ng sinabi ni Daddy. ang alam ko. Napabuntong-hininga ako. Uuwi na ang Prince Charming ko at tuluyan na akong magiging 'damsel in distress' ditong mag-isa." Sabi ni Vince... I sat down at di na muna umurong. "V-Vincent?" I muttered. Ako ba Vince? Tiningnan ko lang sila at nagkibit-balikat lang si Rhys. "Pumasok ka na sa loob. lumabas si Vincent. Di naman siya siguro uupo sa tabi ko diba? "Umurong ka dun." "Aabutin ka ng 48 years kung sasakay ka ng bus." sabi niya. "Ganito nalang. Napatingin naman samin yung ibang mga babae na nakakakilala sa kanya. anong pakialam nila sa buhay ko? "Hindi ako sasakay." . "Ayoko-" "Ako na Vince.. Si Vincent Yap na kababata ko na katropa ni Rhys. Marahil kay Rhys. Teka." Sabi kaagad ni Rhys. Ako nalang ang sasabay sa kanya pauwi. Hmp. Hmm. san ako sasakay? Biglang may car na huminto sa harap namin and I know kung kanino iyon. Naman. Pano ako matututo kung di ko susubukan ngayon?" Vince frowned. crush ko si Rhys. Yeah. Pumara bigla si Vince ng bus at pinapasok ako ni Rhys. Naman. Nang bumukas ang pinto. but no. sasabayan nalang kita sa bus. Papahatid na kita. pero minura na kami ng driver at bigla naman akong tinulak ni Rhys at ayun napasakay kaming dalawa.. wag nio nga akong tingnan. kababata ko." Sabi ni Rhys. "Thanks Vince. Si Vince naman. Hindi pa sana ako sasakay.Then mga 10 minutes pa siguro akong nakatayo dun. Umuwi ka nalang.
okay.. kanina pa ako nagtatatalon dito sa gilid ni Rhys.. Concerned citizen? "Nga pala. at kaibigan ko si Vince." "N-no. "Tara." "You are.." Sabi niya and went on his way. no. bakit mo pala ako sinasamahan ngayon?" Bigla siyang tumahimik at ngumiti. you live at Grand Royale?" "Yeah.. siguro kasi. Ingat sa paglalakad ha.Chapter 03 Umurong naman kaagad ako at tumahimik nalang.. Nanonood rin ako niyan." I said and looked at the window again." "T-teka. Nung nakababa na kami. I'll take it from here. "Errr..." Sabi niya and he grinned.. family friend ka ni Vince. pero this time.. Pero meron pa akong dapat sabihin sa kanya.. I do watch Sineskwela before." "Teka. teka. Silence. nothing." He said. Ano naman ang nakakatawa dun? "Y-yeah. "I-I'm not." He said.. *Manong! Para!" Tumayo naman kaagad siya at bumaba ng bus.." "Ayuuun. Pero hindi e. then I'll guess you're a fan of Sineskwela. Bakit?" "You're filthy rich. "So. Napasunod nalang ako sa kanya. I hope he'll insist. "Uhmm. Kaya ko na." "Y-you do?" "What's funny?" "I mean. Kasi.. Anyway.. di na siya tumawa. tumayo kami dun sandali sa entrance ng village na tinitirhan ko. "Ahhhh. if you're not a fan of Heroes nor Gossip Girls.. san ka ba bababa?" "Sa Grand Royale." I said at tumalikod na kaagad. no. I turned around and started walking. Siguro kung di lang ako mahiyain.. pinipigilan niya ang tawa niya. . kaano-ano mo nga ulit si Vincent?" "F-family friend." He said and laughed. "Hmm.. abnormal ako kaya stay put lang ako sa gilid niya habang nakaupo. Anong tara?" "Ihahatid kita sa loob.
"B-bakit?" "Sabi ni Vincent sakin hinatid ka raw ni Rhys Romualdez kahapon?" "H-huh?" "W-well. kawawa na ako. He just smiled and turned away. "Yana!!" Did he just call me 'Yana'? "Rhys nalang!" I smiled and nodded my head. Then finally. wala-" "Beaa!!' Bigla siyang tumigil at napatingin saken." Mukhang mahihirapan ako nito sa kanya."Rhys Romualdez!!" He turned around. Baka ihatid ka niya ulit.. " . "Bakit?" "It's not what you think it is. He left me smiling. Pero hindi ko naman siya gus-" "Are your crazyyy?!" "Yun nga.." "Wag mong ideny. baka naman gusto ka niya?" "H-hindi Bea-" "Awww." "O-oo. bigla akong hinila ni Bea sa gilid. Kinabukasan. pag naging kayo. hindi ko siya g-" "Goosssshh!! Ang swerte mo Yana!! Hindi na ako magpapasundo mamaya...' "Oh talaga? eh ano kaya yun?" "B-bea.. "S-Salamat!" I shouted and waved goodbye. "Bea-" "Hayyy.. umakyat na siya sa fx na dumaan...
Ano pa't naging magkaibigan kami. Meron na ngayon. hindi ko titigilan ang Kuya mo. may karapatan siyang malaman." tumango siya saken. "Repeat that again. Kung-" "Pero masasaktan ka lang Bea." Bigla siyang napatigil at napatingin sakin." I smiled bitterly. "So yun lang.. At medyo matino." At bigla siyang tumawa." O___O Bigla akong napatahimik." "May girlfriend na si Kuya. Tsk. Anong koneksyon mo kay Rhys?" Tiningnan ko siya at nagpout sakin si Bea. "Naku Yana." sabi ko at naglakad na. "Sabihin mong nagbibiro ka lang Yana! Walang girlfriend ang Kuya mo! Yan ang sinabi niya saken noon! At hindi siya sinungaling! Kaya wag kang magbiro ng ganyan!" "Pero Bea. "Oh please. "Hindi ko alam kung bakit mo nagustuhan yung Raph na iyon. I think. Pagkatapos ng Physics naming subject.. Nanlaki na naman ang mga mata niya at napanganga siya. "Kung sabagay bestfriend. Kaya hindi ako magtataka kung nakagat ka din ng Rhys-bug. Oo. before that. Tigilan mo nga ako.." "Ewan ko sa iyo. it's time to give him up." "It's time to give him up?" "No! The other one. Kungsabagay. diba dapat nga-" "Diba dapat nga hindi ko siya nagugustuhan dahil kuya siya ng bestfriend kong si Yana?" She laughed again. Halata sa PULA mong mukha. Matalino pa. Sumunod naman si Bea saken. "Sabi niya. nagligpit na muna ako ng gamit at pupunta na sana ng toilet room nang kinalabit ako ng seatmate ko sa gilid. "Very funny." She looked at me habang nakataas ang kilay. gwapo nga naman si Rhys. mukha nga. "B-bakit Trish?" O_O "Nagdate ba kayo ni Rhys Romualdez kahapon?" "Huh? N-nag-d-d-date? Anong pinagsasabi mo?" ." "Tumigil ka nga! Kahit kailan. "Well. Heartbreaking kasi I didn't hear the reason na gusto kong marinig. "OMG. "Oooowwsss?" "Ows ka diyan. dahil family friend daw ako ni Vincent. sabi niya naman.Chapter 04 "Sabihin na kasi. Kaya tigilan mo na siya." She laughed again. "Eh bakit ikaw? Hindi mo ba siya gusto?" "Ano ka ba! Alam mo namang may gusto akong iba diba?" She grinned. Wala namang malisya itong pagkakagusto ko sa kanya." I said sarcastically. Ikaw riiiin? Nakagat ka rin ng "Rhys-bug"? OMG. tinanong ko siya kung bakit niya ako hinatid." Bigla siyang napahawak sa ulo niya at sumunod sa kanyang puso. I mean... ayos lang ito no. last year niya pa iyang sinabi sa iyo na wala pa siyang girlfriend. wag ka ng magdeny! Alam ko na no. Over my dead body." Bigla na naman siyang tumingin saken at nanlaki ang mga mata nito. May girlfriend na si Kuya at sa tingin ko. Yun lang talaga.
. Tiningnan ko siya na para bang hindi ako makapaniwala. nagtetext daw kayo ni Vincent eh. Nung hapon na. "Uhmm. Bigla aman siyang tumawa. naghintay pa ako sandali dun...ganun? Eh malas mo. Promise. "Wala ka na naman bang sundo?" He said and sat beside me. Crap. Ako naman. can I have your digit?" "W-wala akong cellphone. I'm sure. "Hinihintay ko pa. nahimatay si Trisha. "I figured." Bigla naman siyang pumunta sa likod ko." He stopped laughing." He grinned again... kung gusto mo." He grinned. As in humalakhak talaga. sumabay sakin si Bea sa paglabas ng gate. Tumawa nga ang nurse ng malamang si Rhys Romualdez ang dahilan ng pagkahimatay niya. Hindi siya makakatakas. "Ba't ka nandito?" "I'm waiting for someone. Hekhekhek." "Whhhaaaattt?! Si Mama ang sumundo sakin? Awww. Nakita ka na ni Tita." "Bakit naman?" "Strict ang parents ko." He chuckled. "Ahhh. Wala siyang choice eh. "Uy." ." RED ALERT. Tsk. kanina ka pa diyan?" S-si RHYS."Wag mo ng ideny. Loka ka! I'm going with you so that I can go with Rhys! Wahahaha." "Kunwari ka pa." He smiled. ayun na ang sundo mo o.." "Ahhh. "H-hindi pwede eh." "Hiiiinaaatttttiiiiiidddd?!" Napahawak siya sa puso niya at nahimatay. Aissh. "Sorry. "G-ganun ba?" I looked at him and he looked at me. "Itago mo ako." She whispered. pwede mokong gawing hatid-sundo mo. Hinatid niya lang ako sa bahay. "Seriously. Anong pinagsasabi nito? "Are you crazy?" "Not really. namumula ako ngayon. Suplada ka talaga. Niloloko lang siguro ako nito." "Ah. Umurong naman ako sa gilid. Nakita ka ng mga schoolmates natin! Alam mong mahal na mahal ko si Rhys at marami pa ang nasa sitwasyon ko din! How could you do this to us?! How could you?!" "Hindi kami nagdate. and kulang nalang magmelt ako sa tingin niya.. Kaya naman dinala namin siya sa clinic." I whispered. "Sasabay ako sa iyo sa pag-uwi.matagal pala. O_O Anong gagawin ko? Anong gagawin ko? "Obvious naman diba?" "Aish." Umurong ako dun sa gilid at umupo." Lumabas siya sa likod ko ng nanghihina at nagbabye nalang sakin. hindi sandali . Have a happy waiting then. RED ALERT." "O bakit ka sasabay saken? May sundo ka diba?" "Eh syempre.
but he always calls me.. "What did he say pala?" So okay parin." She said and went out of my room smiling. And he goes home once in awhile. And my brother.." "Sino raw?" "Rhys ata ang name. We can communicate as such kaya medyo madali ang buhay. Everything's fine po Mom. pumasok si Mommy sa kwarto to ask if everything's alright about me. Flattering na talaga at super kiligness pa. I waited. So can i have your digit?" "O-okay. And I waited. he's living in Singapore already. This is the great thing about me and my Mom." Nabigla naman ako at napatingin sa floor. just tell me ha?" She smiled sweetly. Kaya Sunday is like a family day for us talaga." I said. "Ayyeee. So ayun nga. Si Dad naman. ihahatid na naman ako ni Rhys. someone called. "He'll call back. Sinigurado niya lang daw na may sundo ako kasi kung wala. There's something wrong ba?" "W-wala naman po.. But he didn't call.. medyo busy lagi. a suitor?" "Mom. "B-bakit po?" "Kasi nitong mga nakaraang ilang oras. "OKay." "Nahhh. So ayun nga. But if you feel uncomfortable about something or someone. umuwi ako ng bahay. I put my HWs away and waited for his call. Dumating din naman kaagad ang sundo ko at nagbye siya saken. You're beautiful."Wo? Sinabi niya?" O_O Tumawa na naman siya. medyo you're out of your mind once in awhile. We can talk like friends. "Bakit?" "Wala lang. And waited. "Nga pala sweetie. Medyo malaki kasi yung gap namin. Uuwi narin daw siya. no!" "Ba't defensive? OKay lang naman iyan eh." I shook my head. Pero he always finds some time to be with us during Sundays.. Nung gabi na. ." I said and binigay na kaagad ang number ko.
" I tapped her back and smiled. Yipeee! Bea still doesn't know about it." The sadness was in her face. I woke up to go to school." I grinned. She shook her head and looked at Gabby. She's having her birthday rin naman next week." Bati ko sa kanya. I looked at him na para bang naiinis ako sa kanya. "Oh come on! Why not?! Of course uuwi siya." I whispered to Trish and binulong niya rin sa mga katabi niya na ipasa daw kay Gabby ang 'hindi' from me. "Anyway. Crap. Lagi naman siyang umuuwi pag birthday niya diba?" "Noon yun. Gabby just smiled at me. geek. Doesn't look like it's from her. "Geek!" She called me. I gave him a faint smile. Nung hapon na. Pinasa lang sakin. Early in the morning. moreover. I still can't help myself from getting kilig all over him because of the speculation na baka hinihintay niya ako. Crap. "Wag mong bubuksan iyan ha?!" "Oo naman." After nun." Napatingin ako kay Gabby na nakikinig sa teacher namin. he didn't even bother to give me a ring.Chapter 05 And yes. So ayun. So ayun nga.. Thank God it's Friday. I looked at her and smiled. 'anong ginagawa ni prince charming ko dito?' Although I got disappointed kagabi that he didn't call back. Nakatunganga lang ako sa telephone and paulit-ulit na binabasa ang mga numbers na nasa buttons. Tagal mong lumabas. that's what we call each other. Pagkatapos nitong araw na to. I froze and paused to think. That geek will be very happy. Pero ngayong may girlfriend na siya. "Pakisabi nalang sa kanya na hindi." He smiled. weekend na and my brother's gonna come home for his 19th birthday. "And. "Hindi pa ba obvious?" . lumabas na ako ng school dahil wala raw meeting ang Student Council. "Good morning. I saw Rhys standing at the front gate smiling at me." And my speculation didn't disappoint me. Crap. Wala pa siyang kasama sa Singapore eh. "Why would you wait for me naman?" I said calmly. 'geek'.. 'Are you and Rhys Romualdez going out?' I looked at Trish kung sa kanya talaga nanggaling. Pumuti na siguro ang mga mata ko sa kakahintay. that'll save you from the pain. Crap Yana. I waited till God knows when. hindi na siya uuwi. I smiled to myself. pakibigay nalang to sa kanya.. "Birthday na ng Kuya mo this Sunday. "Hindi siya uuwi. pumasok na kami sa class namin. "I was waiting for you. surprise nalang. "Sure. "K-kay Gabby galing?" "Yeah. paglabas ko." She grinned. can you believe it? Nakatulog ako sa floor sa kakahintay ng tawag niya.." She said and frowned." She handed me a red box. "Hey. Wala kang karapatang mainis dahil hindi ka naman niya girlfriend and all. the phone didn't even bother to ring. By the way. Then someone passed me a note. he didn't call." I said and went on my way. again. "Y-yeah.
. Kulang nalang iwanan ako ng kaluluwa ko sa kakahintay sa tawag mo.. Oo. "Ok ka lang ba?" He asked habang naglalakad kaming dalawa. Hindi ko nama-" "Ayos lang. Baka ano pa mangyari sa iyo diyan. commute na muna. I did call you back. di ko maexplain nararamdaman ko. Nung mga around 9:30 na. the phone was in my room." I smiled and went on the train." "I was beside the phone whole-" He looked at me.." "Baka hung-up sa main connection. "P-pasensya na." OH SHOOT. sumakay kami sa bus at bumaba ulit sa harap ng village na tinitirhan ko. Ang init ng mga kamay niya. "Anyway. Hatid na kita. Mom told me.. "Tara. I was dialing your number since 8:30 in the evening. Nang makita niyang hawak-hawak niya ang kamay ko. Baka pagalitan ka and ano. may sundo ka ba?" I looked around to see if dumating si Manong Ernie. Then I checked my phone and ayun nga." "Extension?" "Y-yeah. "Well. andun si Rhys nakangiti sakin. Thanks. a text from my Mom. Obvious ang ano? He looked at me and sighed. ." Bigla naman akong nawalan ng gana. i used the car for a vry imprtnt errand. When I turned around. Napatingin ako sa kamay ni Rhys na nakahawak sa kamay ko." And you didn't." He held me by the hand and hinila niya ako. So. I called your house last night. Pero busy eh. anong pinagsasabi mong busy? Kunwari ka pa. just tell me na di ka talaga tumawag. "Did she tell you na I'd call back?" "Y-yeah. take care. O_O Gaaaa. Pero wala eh." I said and started walking towards the train station. So he did try to call me. Were you using the phone? Or baka ginagamit ng parents mo? I tried many times. RED ALERT. "I mean.. "Nahhh. "Yeah. Hanggang nakaabot kami sa train station. 'sweetie. or sma ka nlng ky bea. "Again.." O_O I stood there frozen. Natutunaw na ako. why not? Nung naglalakad na kami.' -mom Nagreply lang ako ng okay. tumawag ka and sabi mo kay Mommy tatawag ka ulit. Oh come on. and..Obvious? I looked at him confused. Riiiiigggghhhttt." I smiled faintly again." I smiled. I'll take it from here. Tahimik kaming dalawa and nung bumaba na kami. I stopped kasi it's kinda late na to call you. "Anyway. "W-wala. And naging awkward na kaagad ang situation. Mom used the car daw for a very important errand. Tara.. It feels like I'm scared na parang nahihiya." He insisted kaya. bigla niya itong binitiwan. "B-busy?" "Yeah.
Sorry." He chuckled.. then he called my name again.. He just looked at me and the house. "S-something wrong?" "Wala lang. You'll figure it out soon. "Nga pala. Pumasok na ako sa gate and. "Here. Thanks. then at the house. "Yana!" "Hm?" "Just please.."O-okay lang." We stopped at the front of our gate." "Yeah. don't stress yourself too much kung bakit ko to ginagawa sa iyo. What will I figure out soon? . then at me. So yun nga. nasan ang bahay nio rito?" "Oh.. "Anyway." I smiled again." I led the way and he followed. go inside na." I smiled." He grinned.
" Tumawa naman si Kuya. And may surprise din kami for Kuya.. "Bf? Wala pa po. I shook my head again and just turned on the tv. "Aba. then we went into the car. "Kuyyaaaaa!!" I hugged him tight and he hugged me back. "Don't believe your Kuya. He gave us like 'say-something' look. Pamela. aisshh. kasi. Matalino lang talaga ako.. Gusto ko siya.. let me explain.." Napahiga ulit ako sa bed at napatingin sa kisame. Sino ba naman hindi matatakot dun?" He laughed again and bigla naman siyang hinampas ng mahina ni Pamela sa braso... I'm gonna be strong and I won't be damaged badly... Naman. mukhang magkakasundo kaming dalawa a. Saturday. gustong-gusto ko siya. "Bakit hindi? Alam naman nating. "di-ka" ako." Aba. ilalabas niya na yung Physics niyang libro. Pamela is so pretty. "Wala pa? Sa ganda mong iyan?" She asked. Honestly. "Ohh. Dad. Eh ano naman kung ganyan nga diba? And he even told you not to stress yourself out thinking why he's doing all those stuffs to you... what will Bea say to this? O_O Ayun nga. welcome home. alam kong ang sabi ko kay Bea may gf na si Kuya.. Bigla akong napaupo. surprise nalang siguro. nagpupustahan sila?" Napatigil ako. may bigla namang lumabas sa door and stood beside Kuya. walang reason na magkainteres sakin si. I went up to my room at humiga lang habang nakatingin sa ceiling ng room ko. eto na yung oras na gawin niya yun.. sabi na nga ba. "Yana." We just laughed it off." She smiled sweetly.. let's enjoy the sweet moments. pero I was just kidding. We went to the airport to fetch my Kuya. medyo di ko feel si Pamela. . and mabait? So. Dalawang beses ka nang hinatid ni Rhys sa bahay niyo. "Uist. ba't ako nakangiti dito na parang ewan? Eh kung wala ka sa katinuan mo Yana.. "Awww. hi darling.." I held his stomach. Parang model lang ang dating.." He smiled to all of us. eh hindi kinakausap ang mga lalaki.. Mom coordinated the party. Ano raw? Insulto yun ah. Tsk. After the dinner. O_O Nabigla kaming tatlo. welcome to the family. anak.Chapter 06 Figure out soon? A-ano naman yun? O_O Nagkibit-balikat nalang ako at pumasok ng bahay." I slapped his stomach. may boyfriend ka na ba?" Pam asked." I said. Rhys. Mom broke the silence. hindi naman kaya. Halatang-halata sa mga tingin niya kay Pamela e. ang laki na ng katawan natin ah. "Hahahaha... instead of being afraid of your Physics book. sasamahan ka pa niyang magstudy ng bouyant's law.. So mabibigla talaga siya pagdating niya sa bahay. "Teka. If a guy really likes you.. After ng family reunion. is that-" "Mom.. Sa ngayon.. Yana. "Sorry. Walang tsansing." Mom kissed Kuya and Dad hugged him lightly. but I think Kuya Raph likes her so much. "Raphael. Lil sis kita. Lalapitan palang. But if ever na nagpupustahan nga sila sakin. meet my girlfriend.. Ihahanda ko ang sarili ko sa pwedeng mangyari." She then glanced at Kuya. "Mom. "Pano magkakabf iyan." "Kala mo kung sino ka naman. I mean. Oh my. smiling. courtesy of Rhys Romualdez. Hindi pa alam ni Bea na darating si Kuya ngayon. And I guess. it was yet to be confirmed or denied by my dear brother...
And that girl. may mga unplanned activities siguro. hi." bigla akong hinila ni Bea sa gilid. punta ka nalang dito. He's not branded as a playboy or anything as such.." "OMG. "My first I-was-dumped moment.Bea crying and me. Crap. she's so pretty." She cried again.o: oh. he might just be playing with me. honestly. Kuya was really surprised na may party and nandun yung mga friends niya. anyway." "Aiiissh. see ya soon.. I just let her cry." She said while sniffling her nose.. *blush smiley* whizgirlame. And yes. he's here. :] lightningdude1218: yana whizgirlame.I smiled at her. 1 point for you. "Right." "No." I said quietly. comforting her. I wanna chat with him more pa sana. oh well." "But that's the tru-" ... He thanked Mom and Dad and he walked around introducing his girlfriend. Pano naman kasi ako magcoconfess sa kanya. okay...." I hung up my phone and went to my room to go online. What does the blush icon mean? I'm getting kilig na naman. bea's here. online din si Prince Charming." She said at nabigla ako. Pero ayun nga. bye. he just didn't see you as someone that he can be involved romantically.o: pero prolly. Syempre naman mas pipiliin siya ni Raphael kesa sakin... since nandito si kuya.o: uhh. Got something to say? Ano naman kaya? O_O whizgirlame. whizgirlame. you were not literally dumped kasi. okay. basta we found ourselves sitting at the side of the pool .. why? whizgirlame. Hindi ko alam kung ano kaagad ang nangyari. tatawagan ko siya. "Bea. lightningdude1218: sa monday. " "Yess.. Ako naman. Tapos ayun.. Please don't tell me. nagdadalawang-isip kung tatawagan ko si Bea to come over.o: what's with the blush icon? lightningdude1218: what does it mean ba? whizgirlame. you were not courting my bro naman or anything as such." "Rhys can't do that.. errrr. eh lagi siyang wala dito.. lightningdude1218: kuya? you didn't tell me may kuya ka. "Why is she with your Kuya? Why is she with my honey? Why?" "Well.o: did you ask ba? lightningdude1218: hinde.. nung dumating na kami sa bahay.. "That'll never happen.. You see. Please. you're pretty naman e.. I hate this. lol." 'Yeah! He just saw me as his sister's best friend. Maybe.. lightningdude1218: i have something to say to you. please never give him up. She has the right to know about this." I nodded. "Yeah. "When everything's going to be smooth between you and Rhys.. "Who's that girl?" She pointed Pamela. whizgirlame.o: nahhh. lightningdude1218: may pupuntahan ka ba bukas? whizgirlame. "Well.o: wala. And crap.o has signed out.
. He'll do everything? ." She laughed.." "I guess I just have to accept na he'll always be the KUYA of my best friend. "Enough with me. "Honestly." "Talked to you? Why naman?" "And why. it made me think again.. do. I don't know. Pinapakita mo ba? Napansin ko kasi medyo pahard to get ka. At the end of the night." I hugged her and she hugged me back.." "Well. thaaatt?" "Because of you." She smiled.She looked at me and huminga ng malalim. would.." "But I like him already. "Go girl." "What about me?" O_O "He likes you a lot daw.. and he will make everything for you to like him back. he. he talked to me. Ikaw na muna.
Well. but Pamela has to visit some of her friends.. Bigla naman siyang napatigil.. andito na pala si Yana. would you like to go out with me. May bisita ka raw. I'll ask permission na from your parents. He's really asking me out." He smiled. Mom wanted to go to Tagaytay with Kuya and Pamela. Gaaa. Kasama si Mommy sa garden umiinom ng juice. Bumaba ka nalang. Is this really true?! "You had a permission na from Mom. Thank you. Okay din itong bestfriend ko e. Mom then went away but she grinned to me when she passed by." Ahihihihi. Siguro kung ako yun. mam." Oohhhh? "You asked permission na from my parents?" "Yeah." "And why is that?" "I'm planning to bring you somewhere kasi this Monday.. Pagbaba ko." He smiled. What's happening? I sat down at the garden table looking at him. hi? Napadaan ka ata?" He smiled. Nasa bahay lang ako. "Wala lang. Bea called. . Yana. "Bakit Manang?" "Pinapatawag ka ni Mommy mo. *tok *tok *tok Bigla akong napatayo sa pagkakahiga ko at binuksan ang pinto. kahit harap-harapan ng pinarada sa kanya ang girlfriend ng pinakamamahal niya. bigay todo parin siya." Sabi ni Manang kaya bumaba nalang ako. So I just stayed at the house. So ayun. and happily chatting? o___o This is too much to bear. tomorrow?" Gaaaa. Excuse me. Anong sasabihin ko? "Uh. I'm sorry. like i can say no pa. Yeah. Crap. "Eh hindi ka pa nga nag-aask ng permission saken. I said yes already.." "S-sino?" "Hindi ko alam iha e.. Take care tomorrow ha?" "Yes.." Permission? Anong permission? "Let him explain." I smiled... she asked kung tuloy daw ba kami sa Tagaytay dahil sasama daw siya. "Yeah. Si Rhys. I have some important errands to do pa. Sabi ni Dad. "O. iho..CHAPTER 07 SUNDAY. "Ba't ka nandito?" I asked him. "Oh snap." I smiled not knowing what to do. Thought I'll meet your family. next week nalang daw kami lalabas na magpamilya. batong-bato na ako sa kwarto ko. o____o Anong ginagawa niya dito? Yes. suko na ako. So.
"Hi Yana. mamayang hapon raw." Sabi ko at pumasok na kami sa class.." I smiled. And you know what. "Waaaahhhh!! He asked me out!! Rhys Romualdez asked me out!!! Hahahahah!" I jumped around my bed and danced. Nung dinner na. okay then. hinatid ko siya palabas ng bahay and I then went inside my rooom. "Mom?" "Don't tell your Dad about what happened kanina dito sa bahay ha?" "The what?" "Your visitor. if you don't wanna go out with me. "O eh. I guess. wait." Crap." I laughed." "Date narin iyan. MONDAY. he went to the house kahapon and asked Mom kung pwede niya raw akong ilabas." "Okay... Alam niyo na. I am soo excited to go to school." "Tigilan mo nga ako. Gaaa. lagot ka pag nalaman niya yun.. "Errr. Sobrang ganda talaga." "Rinig ko. it's alright. Nung recess time na. Craaapp Bea.. I mean.. hinila ako ni Mama sa gilid." "So. "Err. "Teka pala.. someone saw Rhys daw yesterday na lumabas ng bahay niyo. Tambay lang. . Si Bea naman. ba't parang kilig na kilig ka diyan?" "He asked me out. Thanks." "Err. nagtatatalon-talon kaming dalawa sa corridor. nag-eemote parin sa mga pangyayari sa kanyang buhay." She smiled again.. sana bumilis na ang takbo ng oras. Sobrang kinilig ako. mauuna na ako. where's Tita?" "She's in the kitchen. "Sure." She smiled sweetly." "Oh. As in pakiramdam ko nga. "Hi Gabby.. na nagmamahal sa Kuya ko... Kumalat na? Si Bea lang naman pinagsabihan ko nun ah.. magdedate daw kayo ni Rhys mamaya? Uyyy. Kelan ang date?" "Date ka diyan.."No. yung Kuya ko na may GF at siya." She winked. Plus. "He asked me ouuuttt.." He stood up.. Ako nalang magsasabi sa kanya na aalis ka na..." Then ayun.. "Errr. i looked stupid. "He asked you out?!" At ayun. may mga sources ako." Crap.." "Sure. lumapit naman si Gabby sakin." "But ayos lang ba talaga?" "Yeah.." I smiled again and he smiled at me... I'll wait for you outside your school tomorrow. "Halata naman ee." I said while smiling.. he asked me outttt. Okay. Pati ako kinikilig sa iyo..
He got the permission na kasi from Mom kaya abuso. di yun manliligaw. Honestly.. At gusto ko rin naman." "Ano ka ba.." Hinampas niya ako softly then she stood up. Sa pagkakaalam ko." At tumawa kaming dalawa ni Bea. Maganda naman daw ako. He-he-he. Yung ganun." "Anyway.. pero di lang talaga ganun ka-attractive. Parang ganun. Pero ewan ko ba." "Hindi. Pero ayun. medyo nagdadalawang-isip na akong tigilan nalang to. Who cares? Kasalanan mo ba at naging maganda ka?" "Eto naman. Parang ayoko na ngang lumabas ng school. Siya na ata ang pinakamalapit sa word na "perfection". Ewan ko. actions speak louder than words iyan.. pero wala naman pala.." Tumawa na naman kaming dalawa. "Kumusta na KAYO?" "Walang KAMI. mag-ingat daw ako kay Rhys. lagot talaga ako pag . It would be better if I got the brains and the beauty." "Oooowsss? Di parin ba nanliligaw? Two months na iyan ah. Plus nanginginig ako kaya medyo di ko talaga siya nakausap. And nasundan pa yun ng marami. Hindi naman yun date e." "Oo nga noh?" "Diba dati lagi silang magkasama nina Rhys? I mean. Di naman nagtatanong eh." "Hindi naman. Nung hapon na. kapag uwian. Nga pala. "Pero seriously. wala namang dapat ikwento kasi wala namang special na nangyari sa "labas" na yun. But who cares?" "Yeah. "Lalabas ba kayo ni Rhys ngayong Sunday?" "Yup.. Malay mo. Pero okay narin to.. ikaw pa lang ang babaeng sinusundo niya araw-araw.. nalaman. Yung meron ako eh utak lang e. Perfect match sila ni Rhys. lumabas kaming dalawa ni Rhys. He's trying to have a conversation to me.. "Mauuna na ako. hinila ako ni Bea at ayun nga. inaaway parin ako ng mga friends ng girl.." "Oh." "Tanungin mo na kaya siya?" "Tanunging ng ano?" Pero di parin alam ni Daddy. ayoko paring tawagin iyong "dates". Yun lang talaga... Two months narin ang nakakaraan since nangyari yung first "labas" na yun. Tsaka."Ahhh. update me ha?" "Sure." "Hindi. Sabi mang-aagaw daw ako and all." "Oh come on." She's really a jewel. of course he will. "Minsan nga. sobrang kinakabahan na talaga ako. Pumunta lang kami ng amusement park and sumakay ng mga rides. di ko na napapansin si Vincent ngayon ah. quiet lang ako. And super nakakainggit. "Nangangain ba?" Ahahahahhahaha. Friends lang talaga. baka umasa akong meron. sabi niya sakin nung isang araw.." "Hay nakoo. don't tell me hindi pa nanliligaw?" "Hindi naman yun nanliligaw e. Hahaha. Yes and No lang. lagi sila ang magkasama?" "Break na siguro. I mean." I nodded.. Siguro kakausapin ko siya mamaya. kumusta na kayo ni guy mo?" "Yung kinikwento ko sa iyo last month? Ayun. pero dahil hindi ako marunong kumausap sa isang lalaki.. Nga pala... Bye Yana. Natatakot ako and I'm sure..
ikaw na. Parang she's always on the lookout." "Meron pa? Ano naman yun?" O_O "The girl I've been liking since the first time I saw her.." "Hinde. ikaw na. she won't like me back kung ganyan siya. I like her a lot. You've got everything already." sabi niya at huminga ng malalim. I want her to be herself when she's around me. Nothing important naman ee. we went out nung Sunday. you've got everything. "Ikaw na. Nasa isang park kami na may lake sa gilid. she's still not open to me. yung ganun?" "Errr. Parang nacoconcious ako na parang nahihiya. Pero. I mean. And I don't know why." "Ladies first. I want her to trust me. And I think.. What's not to like?" OUCH." "Oh come on." At sumabay pa talaga sakin." "Nahhh. I'm not happy. Umupo lang kaming dalawa dun sa ilalim ng puno.. others can tell na I like her.. honestly. What more could you ask for?" "There is one thing that I'm still asking for. "She's not katulad kasi sa ibang mga babae. I don't spend a lot of time with just any girl. I'm sure she likes you." And ayun nga.. I made friends with her already pero there's still something else." I smiled." "Really? Ang weird naman." "Really?" "Oo... Yun nga lang.."Kung nanliligaw siya. ewan ko ba kung nagbubulag-bulagan lang siya or wala talaga siyang pakialam. She's really different.." "You think?" "I'm falling for her. bahala na.. ang sakit-sakit na. Double ouch. Parang. it feels like my life is not that complete pa." "Okayy. "Ayos ka lang ba?" "Oo." "Rhys. Pero para bang hindi niya yun ginagawa. I really like being with Rhys. Ewan ko ba." WOW. Naman. .. Ayos lang." Napatigil ako sa mga sinasabi niya... "You know what. "Does she know that you like her?" "I don't know. Nakakabigla kasi ngayon niya lang ako dinala dito. "Yana.. it feels like I'm not me when he's around.. I just discovered something... And super ganda ng place." "You think so?" ""Well. Sunday afternoon nun. Pero it's obvious naman e.
Very lucky girl. I felt my knees weaken. why?" "So that she'll be prepared to catch you.." He then looked at me in my eyes." "What?" "W-wala. And with that look.. Yana.. would you let me fall for you?" "I-I-I don't know. "Pero kung ikaw yung girl and ako ito." Lucky girl. "So." "Ahhh. KUNG ikaw yung girl. Maybe you should ask the girl first?" "Ahhh.. would you let me fall for you?" "Huh?" O_O "I mean. buti pa siya." "You think so?" He looked at me. "Hm?" "Can I fall for you?" . may nagkakagusto sa kanyang katulad mo...."Buti pa siya. I mean.
. Hindi lang kami umaamin.. Magkaibigan kami simula pa noon. And to make things shorter. I guess we're really meant for each other. "Sinong nagsabing hindi?" "Ikaw?" "Well. And that was more than enough to let my body feel that tingling sensation climbing up and down my spine. And I'm so happy with just everything." "Yeah.. Pero hindi na kelangang ipaalam. can you belieeevvee iitttt?! Sobrang kilig to the booooneesss!.. And yes. I guess. Wala pa namang ata nakakaaalam saming dalawa ni Rhys. "Duhhh.. pero di pala. "So. He asked me if he can fall for me." MONDAY. "I-is there something wrong?" He asked.Oa naman nito. yung girlfriend ni Kuya Raph? Pinsan din pala ni Rhys.. Ndie aahh." "Si Vincent nalang kasi yung sa iyo. "Yeeeaah. Syempre friends parin tayo. He took my hand and kissed it. Oo na yung sinagot ko sa kanya." He suddenly smiled widely. Matagal narin kaming ganun and I really like being with him. sige. Marami narin kasing nag-iisip na matagal na kaming dalawa.. I don't like Physics.. He doesn't like me. Kaya hindi iyan pwede. Funny Bea. okay. T_T Pero ngayon. Para at least lang naman." I smiled faintly. OCTOBER. I just laughed with her nalang.. when I went outside. Rhys Romualdez is actually asking me to be his girlfriend." I teased him. I'm trying to like it. pero para sa iyo. I started to talk and open up to him which is a very good thing." "Ha-ha. And no more pa-hard to get. "Y-you mean. Hihi. "Really? As in kayo na talaga?" "Yupp. try convincing yourself. I saw Rhys leaning on the wall of the visitor's gate and I smiled at him. hinatid niya ako sa bahay. Mom knows it already pero di parin alam ni Dad." Nakangiti parin ako and he suddenly held my hand.. He then grabbed my hand and ayun. I so envy you. Pano kami aamin noon? Wala rin naman kaming aaminin.CHAPTER 08. And guess what. nakuuu. byee... wanna talk about Pascal's principle?" He grinned. Can you believe this?! This is like a dream come true. All I can remember is that I was so happy that I really smiled sweetly to him with tears of joy in my eyes. "Beeeaaaaa!!" I shrieked at the phone. "H-hindi mo naman kailangang humingi ng permiso e. "Can I fall for you?" Hindi ko alam kung ano kaagad ang naramdaman ko.. makasabay ako sa . pwede na akong sabihang "you're complete"." I teased her. "oh come on. Ayokong maging epal. =p Nung hapon na. ganun? Sige. "Yeah. meron na. you don't like Physics. "Lokaret ka talaga Yana." I smiled. He moved closer to me and akala ko he'd kiss me. oo naman! Ayy." She said and laughed. That guy likes you no.
You know.. Nice meeting you Rhys. We were okay naman. i'm teaching him physics and he's helping me out at my computer project. He's good at it. Mukhang happy pa at mamimimeet na ang Daddy ko. Diba? I mean.. "Eh sabi mo ganito? Hahaha. I mean." "Awww. Nagtataka ako kung san ako nagkamali." Sabi ni Dad and went inside the house.. Si Rhys po pala-" "Good afternoon Sir. It's DAD. BACK TO THE PROJECT RHYS!" Nilakasan ko medyo ang boses ko para marinig talaga ni Dad.brain mo. Napatingin ako kay Rhys and mukhang galit ang labs ko." I smiled. Nakatingin lang sakin si Dad and tumingin ulit kay Rhys then back to me. araw at buwan." "Eh-" "Yana!" Uh-oh.. I'll go ahead. Balanced masyado. I'm not that super smart-" "I get it. I'm Rhys Romualdez. "Hindi kaya." I smiled. Two months na kaming okay ni Rhys. And I'm being a good girlfriend naman raw which I heard also from Vincent according daw to Rhys. Si Rhys parang wala lang. "ano ka ba? Gusto mo bang makipagbreak sa iyo Dad ko?" "Pero kahit na. "Uhmm. "Hmm. Ayos lang iyan. Can you believe it? Magtwotwo months na kami. Dad. "But Ya-" "No buts. "Err." I winked. December na nga oh. Rhys looked at me. b-" "Studyante ko. mukhang decent tayo ah. "Okay. Nagtataka ako kung bakit ganun." I grinned at him.. Mom taught me. it's gayish." "Eh. "Uhm. Lagi nga kaming lumalabas e. "Hindi iyan cute. Ang dami kong palusot since nalaman ni Dad na may 'RHYS' na nakabuntot sakin.. And san kami lagi? KFCCCC. Nagtataka ako kung ano ang pwede niya pang gawin sa mga susunod na oras. "Ba't di mo nalang sinabi na boyfriend mo ako?" He whispered." Sabi niya. Naks." I laughed." He smiled. Cute naman iyan eh." I laughed again. "Ikaw kaya gumagawa diyan. .. Umupo kami dun sa garden area ng bahay one Sunday afternoon and he was helping me with my computer project. I don't want you lying to your parents. hayaan mo na iyan. Nagtataka ako kung ano talaga yung nasa isip niya. Mabilis akong tumayo and looked at Rhys. That's when I realized I was holding my breath for more than around ten minutes already.. yes sir. that web-web thingy?" Siniko ko si Rhys para sumagot kahit papano. And siya rin nagsabing wag sabihin kay Dad. Kaya nga nagtataka ako kung san ako nagkulang. okay narin iyan kahit papano diba? And the relationship is going smooth naman.
"Tara. Jabi nalang tayo. "Sa 28 pa uwi ko. Si Mom and Dad naman. I was on my way to the airport. nahh. miss you too. sige." "Gusto kong kumain ng Hotshots. Diyan kami magnew-new year. alam na yun nina Kuya kung bakit. And when he called." sabi ko kay Bea at hinila ko siya. sa KFC nalang tayo." I hang up my phone blushing and smiling. Everyone's cramming up what to buy. Shit.. I spent my Christmas at Singapore with Kuya. Pero he called naman at my phone and greeted me. I was with Kuya and his gf. Nasa states lang iyan..." "KFC tayo. dumiretso kami ng KFC. uso ba iyan dito.and. nasa isang car with Kuya's GF's parents. "B-bahay nalang kaya?" sabi niya.." "Hindi kasi. Syempre.. I'm hungry na bestfriend. "I wanna eat Palabok kaya Jabee tayo.eating --. Gusto kong kumain ng palabok. Rhys Romualdez and Gabrielle Altuna at KFC ---.." "Sige na. Gusto ko lang siya isurprise.. DECEMBER 27." "Meron iyan dun. And ayun.. what will I bring you? . "Hindi...together ---." "KFC nalang. "Gaaaahh." I smiled. Let's eat at Jabeee. ikaw din. pero meron din dito. yeah. ano.." "Sa Jabee nga. Alam mo yun." I smiled." "Bea..and having fun ---... love you too. I smiled. Then she suddenly changed her mind nung nasa labas na kami. Sayang nga at di ko naspend yun with Bea." Automatic na sagot ni Bea. I just tagged along with her at the Department store.. "Libre kita. I just want to feel that New-Year season sa mall. And no." "And marami namang vacant s-" O__O Nanlaki ang mga mata ko sa nakita.. anong kelangan mo dito sa SM?" "Wala lang. Gets?" She grinned. Bigla nalang pinuno ng luha ang mata ko. nagsusubuan?! . "Bakit.. bye. Jollibee tayo. So yoon. andito na tayo o. Pero honestly. Rhys and Vincent." "Naku Bea ha.. di ko kasama si Dad sa isang car. No worries.DECEMBER. 26 ang uwi ko. kaya ayun.
." I smiled." She said with a sweet smile. Matalino. good eve. "God. umiiyak? I just sat there silently habang pinariringgan ang paghampas ng tubig sa wall.. mag-ingat ka eh. ang matalik kong kaibigan simula nung grade six. Magaling sa lahat ng bagay. kahit papano. Si Rhys. Pero hindi playboy. yeahh. the "scene" kept flashing at my eyes and my mind.. Promise..." I smiled and she signaled to the driver na huminto. I'm worried myself. dahan-dahan namang kumawala ang mga luhang pilit kong pinigil. At kung kelan naman ako nagkaroon ng lakas. oo. answer the damn phone!" I yelled. sige. turned into somewhat "deeper". I smiled bitterly to her and then lumabas kami ng MOA. hindi niya kasi sinasagot ang phone. Bigla namang hinawakan ni Bea ang mga kamay ko. "Huh? No way!" "Please? I'm gonna be okay. I was 9 by then. Gusto ko siyang ligawan this highschool but I'm afraid she'd reject me and baka masira ang pagiging magkaibigan namin." I hung up my phone and went to the place where Bea said she dropped Yana. Nakakainis. It's getting late and the lights at the boulevard started to light up. I wiped my tears and smiled back at her. She was cute and even cuter when she starts fingling the piano keys with her little fingers... alone. Her parents are worried already. Hindi pa nagkakaroon ng girlfriend pero magaling sa mga babae.. "Bea... And damn it. at mahilig sa mga babaeng malahearthrob din ang dating. Nung nasa kotse na kami. and I'm worried too. And it really felt good.. "Just. hear his side first.CHAPTER 09 "Sa bahay nalang kaya?" Bea asked worriedly. saan? sige. And that I don't wanna lose.. Bakit sobra akong nasasaktan? Bakit sobra akong natatakot? Bakit sobra akong naiinis? Bakit sobra akong. pupuntahan ko siya dun. Nang bumaba ako dun. her parents are worried. Uuwi rin naman kaagad ako.. She was this shy little girl who always wear a pink ribbon on her pony tail. And that "admiration".. "Dito nalang muna ako Bei. I just wanna be with myself. doon naman pumasok sa eksena ang kaibigan kong si Rhys. And my tears kept flowing and I didn't even know how to stop it.. [***] "Sabi ko sa iyo.. Narinig ko ring nagriring ang cellphone ko pero wala akong planong sagutin ito." "HIndi ko magets kung san ako nagkamali. through the years.. Kanina pa ako tawag ng tawag kay Yana but she still isn't answering. And it just hurts even more. Hearthrob. siya ang nagkamali. Hindi pa naman kami nakakalayo ng Moa kaya sumakay ulit ako ng jeep at dumiretso ng Baywalk." "Hindi ka nagkamali. umupo ako sa gilid ng dagat at tumingin lang sa malayo.. ." I said to her. nasan si Yana?." "You're right. Kaya nabigla ako ng pinormahan niya si Yana. Humarap ulit ako sa kanya at ngumiti. [***] It's been 7 years since I started liking her.. Kaya don't stress yourself.
Rhys was texting and calling me. I found out na nag-out of town sina Mommy and Daddy because of business matters and all. "Tara." He smiled and he took my hand." Napatingin ako sa kanya." I got my arm our of his hold and sumakay na kaagad ako sa kotse. "Look." "What the-" napatingin si Bea sa labas ng window at napasunod rin naman ako. But hold your breath Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear its true Because a girl like you is impossible to find You’re impossible to find This is not what I intended I always swore to you that I would never fall apart You always thought that I was stronger I may have failed But I have loved you from the start Oh. June 11." "Yeah. until he finally caught me. if you need someone.. So naiwan lang ako sa bahay. and he's all alone out there... "Hi Yana. pero hindi ako sumasagot. he's with an iDock and the music's Fall For You by Secondhand. if you're going to ask me what's wrong. But hold your breath Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you . "The best thing about tonight’s that we’re not fighting It couldn’t be that we have been this way before I know you don’t think that I am trying.. I just looked at her and dumiretso sa chair ko. But then I shook my head.. Good for her. Sobrang iwas rin naman ako sa kanya simula noong Monday. and FYI. I'm just ALWAYS HERE. Nung dumating ako sa bahay galing from school. June 07." she was smitten by the act. drenchedly wet. Imposible namang hindi mo alam when you know you did it yoursef. "waiting. Alam na nga ng lahat.. and tatlong araw na ang nakakaraan. "Rhys. 8:32 pm. then I called Bea to come and have a sleep-over. ako yung masama sa picture).. Can you believe it? Awww... happy new year!" bati sakin ni Gabby when I entered the room. Ayokong makipagplastikan kaya please lang. We both stood up and went home. It was raining hard nung mga around 8:30 na ng gabi. ikaw pa. Huminga ako ng malalim... wag ka na munang maging plastic and pretend that nothing happened.. better ask yoursef. " he then whispered."Basta. And gaaa. uwi ka na. everyone has been talking about the three of us already (and the worse is. "Yana!" he grabbed my right arm at napalingon ako sa kanya.
because of the rain.Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find It’s impossible to find So breathe in so deep Breathe me in I’m yours to keep And hold onto your words ‘Cause talk is cheap And remember me tonight When you’re asleep Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find Tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find You’re impossible to find" Yeah. he was there.. drenchedly wet. .
I am a jerk. andiyan ka pala.CHAPTER 10 I went down and got two umbrellas. He's my bestfriend.. Two hearts back together. Tsaka obvious naman e. He then played the song again. "Yana. Bigla naman akong kinilabit ni Vincent sa gilid." I stopped at nilingon ko siya." I told him and handed him the red umbrella." Tiningnan ko lang si Rhys. we're good again. Parang kinalimutan ko narin muna yung atraso saken ni Gabby. promise. "Yana-" "Look. And I won't even deny that last December 27... I know him too well. But crap. I went out with Gabby without you knowing. "Yana... "I would clearly understand if you won't forgive me. dun ko nakita na basang-basa pala talaga si Rhys. "Wala sina Dad kaya bawal magpapasok ng lalaki sa bahay. I'm listening. Di nga? Yuhh. Bigla naman akong napatigil at nagflashback yung mga ginawa ni Vincent saken. it's you that I really love. Here's an umbrella. Crush ka niyan. I stepped down and opened the gate.. Tsk. We talked for around 2 hours or so. I know you have something to say. but I wont forget this yet." "I'll forgive. Pero bigla niya akong hinila kaya nabitawan ko ang payon ko. I am very sorry for that." "Yana. "Okay." He smiled. it's late in the evening. just anything na pwede naming pag-usapan. dun na naman mag-uumpisa ang gulo. Really. I know that was a very wrong move. One song that tells their story. It was a Wednesday night and wala akong HWs." I looked at his eyes. [WEAK Chorus by JOJO] I looked at his eyes and I saw the same eyes and sincerity Ive seen when confessed to me before. Di ka man lang namamansin. "Why." I said and turned my back on him. bakit ganun? Kung saan akala mo okay na ang lahat. Pano mo nasabi? Syempre.. And we danced. Sorry." I said in an English accent. Umuulan pa ng malakas. Rhys and Yana. . so Rhys called me up. pasensya na. I love to.and everyone looked at me. . R: A: R: A: R: A: R: Vincent likes you. You have all the right to react that way." He then looked me at my eyes. When I went out. I just really wanna say sorry. so yeah. Noong Monday na. umuwi ka nalang. "And Yana. You know. "Would you like to dance with me?" He smiled while stretching out his hand on me.. Hinde aa. so okay. okay na kami ni Rhys.
Di kita nakita eh. Nagseselos tuloy ako dito. R: A: R: A: R: A: R: A: R: A: Still there. I love you. Ako ba Vince? Tiningnan ko lang sila at nagkibit-balikat lang si Rhys. "Ganito nalang. andiyan ka pa? R: Nga pala. Kaya don't stress yourself. "V-Vincent?" I muttered. "Thanks Vince. Yeah. Hmp. anong pakialam nila sa buhay ko? "Hindi ako sasakay. una na ako.. may gagawin pa ako. We both stood up and went home. Si Vince naman.. "Ayoko-" "Ako na Vince. Hala." "Hindi ka nagkamali. "Tara.. crush ko si Rhys." Sabi ko at ngumiti. ang alam ko. Ako nalang ang sasabay sa kanya pauwi. "Pumasok ka na sa loob. Pumara bigla si Vince ng bus at pinapasok ako ni Rhys. Papahatid na kita. Napabuntong-hininga ako." "HIndi ko magets kung san ako nagkamali." Napatingin ako sa kanya. Si Vincent Yap na kababata ko na katropa ni Rhys. hindi nga e." "Aabutin ka ng 48 years kung sasakay ka ng bus. Umuwi ka nalang. ." Sabi ni Rhys. but no.." sabi niya. "waiting. "Basta." Sabi kaagad ni Rhys. "Ah. " he then whispered. uwi ka na. Di ako tulad ng iba diyan." "You're right." He smiled and he took my hand.. Baka sa susunod makita kitang kasama si Vince ha. --Nang bumukas ang pinto. Yana? Yuhh.." Sabi ni Vince.. Text nalang kita mamaya. sasabayan nalang kita sa bus. Tumigil ka nga.Yung mga babae sa school na nasa gate at ang mga kaibigan niya including Rhys. Di naman ako nagtwotwo time e. --"Sabi ko sa iyo. if you need someone. Bigla naman akong nataranta. A: Oist. siya ang nagkamali. Naqo. sorry. iniisip mo siguro si Vince no? H-hindi aa. Bye loves. mag-ingat ka eh. But then I shook my head. Pano ako matututo kung di ko susubukan ngayon?" Vince frowned. Sige." I smiled. I'm just ALWAYS HERE. Kunwari ka pa. lumabas si Vincent. Sasakay ako ng bus katulad ng sinabi ni Daddy. kababata ko. Hmm. Biglang tumahimik si Rhys. Teka.
. I said and put down the phone. his words broke my heart.." "Please don't lie about it to me Yana. And when I went down to get a drink.A: I love you too. Uh-oh. "Dad-" "Sino yung nasa phone?" "Uhmm. Byee. "Why. Dad? If I told you about it. papayagan mo ba ako? Of course not. Ba't di mo sinabi saken to?!" Medyo tumaas na yung boses ni Dad at ninerbyos na talaga ako.. to a guy friend?" "Yuhh." "So you kept it a secret from me?" "I'm sorry." .. I know you won't. a friend?" "You say I love you too to a "friend"? Moreover. Extension. we're close. Crap. Dad called me out of nowhere. "Break up with him. And I can sense he's mad. and with a low but firm voice." I saw Dad's hands formed into a fist.
" "Sana tinakpan mo nalang muna." I just kept silent at umiyak pa ng todo. I don't like lying to your Dad. Rhys had been a good influence to me. but Yana. Umupo naman si Mommy sa dulo ng kama ko... So why this? I cried and cried and cried. I know you feel betrayed." "I don't get it. until the time that you really have to say the truth before it gets worse. "No. let me explain. Oh come on.. You know... Okay naman grades ko. and okay naman ang buhay ko .." I said to Mom and went outside para sumakay ng car. A moment of deafening silence." "Sakay na.. "B-bakit? Bakit hindi pwede?" My tears started to run down from my eyes." She said. so you try to avoid the questions.. *tok* *tok* *tok* "Yana.. It feels like I've been betrayed by my own flesh and I SHE REALLY DID. That's when it hit me. Bakit si Mommy? Bakit kelangan niyang sabihin kay Daddy? Bakit ayaw ni Daddy? This is just too much. N-" I shook my head." "Yana. you don't and you don't want to hurt his feelings by saying no. let me explain. I knew what Mom meant. I keep avoiding his questions. buksan mo ang pinto. So all in all.Chapter 11 I looked at Dad unbelievingly. "Ask me what happened." I stood up and open the door habang pinapahidan ang mga luha.mas okay compare noon. But then. "Mom?" "Yana. I closed my eyes and ran to my room. 6:15am "I'm going.." I get it. I was surprise to find Dad sitting at the driver's seat. I don't get it though why Dad has to ask me to cut off my relationship with Rhys. Umiyak ako ng umiyak. Tuesday. he kept asking me. and you know.. it's like Rhys asking you if you still love him. I'm sorry-" It hurt like hell." ." "I did. I have what we call "social activities" outside sa school. I turned around but then I saw Mom standing at the kitchen door. "Why did you tell Dad about it?" "He asked kung bakit lagi kang wala dito sa bahay. At least now." He said calmly but firm. "Anak.. "I know you're smart and old enough to understand these stuffs... "Hindi ka pa pwedeng magkaboyfriend.. tumakbo ulit ako sa kama at umupo.. I couldn't lie. until nakorner niya na talaga ako. I know you feel bad. No.. When I opened the door. Hear my side first." She rubbed my back and stood up to go to her room. bakit kelangang ihatid niya ako? "Dad. I'm sorry.
trust me. ni hindi man lang ako humalik. And susunduin ka tuwing hapon ni Manong Fred mo. "Just what the hell was that?" "Okay. ito na naman? "Ahhh. More like. Then nung medyo nakalayo na siya. parang preso?" I asked out of the blue." Tumahimik lang ako. but. nakita ko na kaagad si Manong Fred na nakapark sa gilid ng gate. yeah. "What's happening?" He asked suspiciously. ika nga. sige na. Hindi pa ako nakakarecover sa nangyari kagabi. diretso lang akong bumaba sa kotse. "Uy Vicente!" iyan tawag sa kanya ni Manong.. gustong-gusto ko ng sumabog. we were on the road palabas ng subdivision. tapos.. Nung hapon na.. "Manong! Kumusta na?" bati ni Vince sa kanya. Pwede po ba? Pakisabi nalang kay Dad.."Asan si Manong Fred?" I looked around and saw Manong Fred watering the plants." He said firmly. Siniko ko kaagad siya. kaya nag-usap kami.. Fmily friend. "Hindi. Magkakilala na kasi sila noon pa. "Uh. Then I also saw Rhys with Vince sa kabilang waiting shed. humarap sakin si Vince. I went inside the class and I saw Bea. Ngumiti naman si Vince sa kanya. Bawal lumabas ng bahay ng walang permiso galing sakin." I smiled. Lay-low ka nalang muna. kain lang kami ni Vince. Umuo naman si Manong." Napayuko ako. "Starting this day forward. Napatingin naman sakin si Vince." "Yaan mo nalang muna.." "Oookkaay?" He followed me at pumunta ako kay Manong Fred. He replied bakit raw. Dad looked at me." Bigla namang tumakbo samin si Rhys. Ginawa niya naman and Vince came up to me.. I kept quiet. paglabas ko. let me explain." Bigla namang pumasok ang teacher kaya di na kami nakapag-usap pa. "Panu na iyan? Hindi mo naman pwedeng suwayin ang Dad mo. panu na yan? Alam na ba ni Rhys?" "Hindi pa. hahatid ko nalang siya. Bawal sumakay ng bus or ng jeep. "Wala naman. He started the engine and after a minute or so. "So. presidente at pinoprotektahan. Kay Vince nalang ako magpapahatid. Nang dumating kami sa school. pero sa totoo lang. Sabi ko. You definitely know what will happen if you do." He said. I waited for quite some time.. "Manong." "I know. I texted Rhys na pumasok muna sa school nila at papuntahin si Vince saken. "Samahan moko sandali. ako na ang maghahatid sa iyo." I smiled. . Napatingin ulit ako kay Dad bago umakyat ng sasakyan.
." I grinned and I slid my arms at the two of them. yung parang ikakasal. I just want to spend some time with my two most favorite guys in the world. you know.. ."Anong nangyayari?" "Wala.
" "Wala. "Hmm.. he asked me what was wrong daw kanina." Geez. Ibabalik ko rin naman kaagad siya dito. para akong anak ng presidente! And thanks to Dad for making me feel like the "first-daughter". "Hi. Wala. "Ayoko ng nagsisinungaling ka. SATURDAY January 25." "Yeah sure." "No. it's alright with me kung ayaw mo. Yana.. Dad agreed na e. Rhys. "Naparito ka?" I smiled at Vincent. "Ano?" "Ayos lang ba?" "Well. "Yana. Wala. "I have trust in you. "Oh." sabi ko ng pabulong at umiwas ng tingin. That's the only way na makakalabas ako tomorrow without Dad being "bodyguard" mode. "Ano ba talaga ang nangyayari?" I looked at him straight in the eyes." He stood up and went inside. I walked faster ahead of him. Until Vincent came to my rescue. gusto ko po sanang humingi ng permiso if I can take Yana out of the house tomorrow?" Dad looked at him suspiciously." Nabigla ako ng makita ko si Vincent sa bahay. but the idea is so inviting. "May nangyayari ba sa iyo na hindi ko alam?" He asked firmly. Ugh. "Then." Then I smiled softly." Dad agreed. Pumasok ako ng bahat at dumiretso sa kwarto. It's not YOU." He smiled." I smiled. 2008." "Okay then. telephone and cellphone.. Wow. "Is this somekind of a setup? Alam niyo na-" "No. young man." He looked at me again. Tito. okay." I looked at him suspiciously too. I'll just see you tomorrow at the mall. I looked at him.. Tamang-tama lang ito. "Goodmorning tito." Then he looked back at Dad. He smiled back yet there was something in that smile that never assured me. I'll just treat her to lunch." "Nahh. I know Vince will understand.Chapter 12 Nung pauwi na kami ni Rhys (nauna na si Vincent eh). Dad made clear na bawal akong gumamit ng internet. .. He knows what's happening and what's going to happen. I know it would be really selfish of me to use him." Huminga siya ng malalim at binitiwan ang braso ko.. 2 days more to go and its Rhys' birthday! May usapan kami ni Rhys na lalabas kami ngayon kasi may pasok na bukas. Bawal din lumabas pag hindi si Vincent or si Bea ang kasama. Napatingin ako kay Vincent. "Wala. His eyes were fixed on me searching for answers sa tanong niya. Yana. pero hindi ko alam kung papano ako makakalabas. Bigla niya namang hinawakan ang braso ko. "I don't know. "Wala. What is he up to? "San naman kayo pupunta?" "Malling lang po. It's alright.. Mag-isip ka nga Yana. Vincent!" sabi ni Dad. Ako lang po talaga at si Yana.
" He smiled nervously." "It's alright... Sorry. sa kanya lang?' He chuckled.. "Err. and-" "Y-you made me an excuse para makalabas ka ng bahay niyo?" "Y-yeah." He stood up and smiled at me." He grinned.. "Vincent!" I smiled to him. am I betraying my own father? Hindi ko naman ito ginagawa dati diba? But why am I doing this all now? Because of my love for Rhys? Is he worth this all? Is our love worth this betrayal to my Dad? "Rhys... Wait. you can go. Then suddenly. "Sige." I smiled.SUNDAY PM When Manong Fred dropped me off at the mall. tumayo siya at kinuha yung microphone sa banda na tumutugtog.ready to laugh out loud. "Hindi ba dapat ako ang may surprise sa iyo? It's your birthday. Geez. here's a song for her. "Geez. "-And for everyone too." He smiled back.. "Hmm. What are you doing? Napatingin lang ako kay Rhys . magkikita kami ni Rhys ngayon." Pumunta kami ng Baywalk at dun narin kumain. "San tayo pupunta?" "Surprise." He winked. "Geez. I just want to assure her that I love her so much. good evening everyone. late na ako ng 15 mins sa usapan namin ni Rhys. buti nakarating ka.. And I'm here with my girlfriend. I thought di ka na makakarating. akin muna. "Pwede ba yun?" I smiled. tomorrow's my birthday. So. bigla akong napaisip. And. "Hmm. I ran as fast as I could to where Vince was waiting for me.. I knew then and there that this is worth it all." He grinned. "Can we split ways?" "What? Anong ibig mong sabihin?" "Honestly.. And when I saw his smile." Habang tumatakbo ako palabas ng mall at sumakay ng FX. Nakakaguilty pero I just have to do this. bukas nalang yang surprise mo." ." He smiled bitterly. "Yana. For now. He held my hands and we walked further." The audience reacted 'Awwww.
'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way. oh. 'cause you'll always be my baby) Always be my baby. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling.. 'cause you'll always be my baby I ain't gonna cry. He's really worth this all. 'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way. yeah So I'm letting you fly 'cause I know in my heart. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. no You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling. don't you know you can't escape me) Ooh darling. 'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way. . my baby (You'll always be a part of me) You will always be (I'm part of you indefinitely (Girl. Geez. girl When your days and your nights get a little bit colder. babe For a moment in time And it seemed everlasting That you would always be mine Now you want to be free. I smiled to myself. girl I will not stand in your way But inevitably. no You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. it's only a matter of time You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. baby Oh baby. no And I won't beg you to stay If you're determined to leave. You'll be back again 'Cause you know in your heart. believe me. oh I know that you'll be right back.We were as one. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. 'cause you'll always be my. 'cause you'll always be my baby (And we'll linger on) We will linger on (Time can't erase a feeling this strong (No way. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling. 'cause you'll always be my baby I know that you'll be back.. babe Our love will never die. babe Our love will never end. you're never gonna shake me (Ooh darling.
actually." I rode the taxi and went to SM.. please please please Beeaaa.." "Hey. yup." I held his hand and we went inside KFC...." "Great idea. this is nothing special..." He smiled to me and squeezed my hand. "Yep. Dad's been really tight about me lately. "Yana. thank you so much! Last na talaga ito. I don't want to do this pero kailangan. for me." I laughed with him. I wanted to pay it myself. Bea." I said. "So. here. "Wag ka ngang ngumiti ng ganyan. "Oh. Mukha kang ewan. .. "So can I open this?" "Hmm. tara. "Lahat na nanggaling sa iyo or ginagawa mo. We sat down and he ordered. "Reallyy?" I asked sweetly." I handed him a box. "Is this your gift to me?" He grinned. "Whatever. kapag tumawag sina Dad sa iyo and ask if magkasama tayo. "Part of my gift." He smiled and we ate." I said smiling sheepishly. those are special. Shit.." He answered. On the other side of the metro. Yuh. "Well. "Awww. well. can you just please say yes?... "Well. "For now. isn't this "trespassing" through one's property?! "Hello." I smiled again. later on." He smiled again. okay. Mua. pero ayaw naman niya." I beg over my phone. "Is this it?" He asked excitedly. let's dig in. And he always checks my inbox. so okay." He laughed." "Mukhang ewan pero mahal mo naman. Kinoconfiscate na yung cellphone ko tuwing gabi. I'm on my way to meet Rhys ngayon. "Of course.Chapter 13 Tumakas na naman ako sa bahay. suit yourself Rhys. ano na yung gift mo saken?" He smiled sheepishly.. please.." "Nothing special?!" He scoffed. Ni hindi na ako makagamit ng laptop or phone.
BEA's POV "Ohh.. hi, Tito Edgar?" I smiled. "Good evening Bea. Si Yana?" He asked. What the hell is he doing here?! "S-Si-si Yana?" I asked back. "Yeah, si Yana." He looked confused. "Uhmm.. well, kakaalis niya lang eh. Besides, it's kinda late na for her.. you know, to.. stay here." I lied. Huuuuhhh?! I LIED?! Oh my gosh, I can't believe I lied to a person who's been very good to me! "Well, nagcommute lang siya?" "Uhmm.. yeah. I tried to.. you know convince her na ipahatid siya kay Manong, pero she insisted. Alam mo naman yang friend ko Tito, when she had put her mind into it, wala nang makakapagbago." I smiled. "Have you made-u some story before, Bea?" This time, Yana's father sounded firm and scary. "N-no?" O_O Bingo! "It shows." He said and stormed out of the house. "Tito-!" I slumped myself to the couch. "Great, totally great. Did I help at all?" I let out a heavy breath.
When I arrived home, I saw Dad sitting on the couch sa living room. I stopped and looked at him. "Good evening." Huminga ako ng malalim. "I'm sorry kung medyo nagabihan ako ng uwi, traffic kasi-" "I trusted you, Yana." "Dad-" He then stood up at umakyat sa kwarto niya. Hindi ko alam kung anong klase ng pakiramdam ang naramdaman ko when I saw the look on Dad's face. Naiwan lang akong nakatayo dun and before I knew it, tears filled my eyes. "Yana!" Bea called me up. "Bea.." I said almost whispering. "I'm sorry. I really didn't expect na pupunta si Dad mo sa bahay. I covered up for you, pero di parin nakalusot." "It's alright." I smiled. "Hindi ko sana ginawa yun. Tuloy, you even lied." "Yana.. just a piece of advice from a friend." She looked at me. "Is Rhys really worth it all? I mean, do you really think he's worth all the trouble? Just follow your dad. Alam mo kung anong kayang gawin ng daddy mo. And, people that are meant to be together, always find their ways in the end. So, why not let go? Just.. for now." I paused and looked at her. "How I wish I can."
"Vince!" "Yana.." He smiled. Huminga ako ng malalim trying to figure out kung panu ko sasabihin sa kanya na magkikita na naman kami ni Rhys ngayon. "Uhm-"
He looked at me.. hurt. "Yeah, you can go." I looked at him one last time. "Thanks." I smiled and went on my way. At ilang ulit pa ito naulit.
"Yana.. I know what's happening." "Rhys-" "And I won't let go." "Rhys.." "Promise." Then enwrapped me in a warm hug.
Chapter 14 Hindi ko alam kung pano ako babawi kay Vince, but he has been one of my best-est friends lately. Bea stopped covering for me. Hindi niya na raw kaya na nakikitang pinasisinungalingan niya ang mga taong nagtitiwala sa kanya. I didn't get angry. I know what she feels. Kahit ako masakit din sakin nagsisinungaling kay Dad, but I just have to. I don't want to lose Rhys. "Vince.." I sat beside him. "If you're going to ask me again na ilabas ka so that you can go out with Rhys today, pwede pass muna ako?" He stared at me. "I-I'm tired." "Vince, I'm so-" "Yana.. I like helping you. Hindi ako madamot sa tulong. If you need something or someone, I'm always here for you. But.. please don't take me for granted. It hurts more than being rejected." He smiled bitterly. "I'm sorry." He smiled at me and stood up then he went away. That was our last talk together. At katulad kay Bea, Vincent Yap gave up on me. At ngayon, I only have Rhys to deal with this stuff. Pero hindi niya alam kung anong nangyayari. Hindi niya alam kung ano rin ang pwedeng mangyari sa kanya. After some sleepless nights, I finally got into the decision na kelangan kong sabihin kay Rhys.. one way or another. So the very first thing I did the next day was to go out of the house -- one way or another. "Yana.. what's with the call?" He smiled while sitting down at KFC. "I'm sorry.. but I just really have to talk to you." "Is there a problem?" He asked worriedly. "Rhys.. do you really love me? Mahal mo ba talaga ako?" "Of course." He put his right hand on mine. "Mahal kita." Tears started to fill my eyes. "Is that love enough, para ipaglaban mo ako?" I asked him while crying. He looked at me in the eyes and smiled. "Yana.. I know what's happening." "Rhys-" "And I won't let go." "Rhys.." "Promise." He said in a firm and sincere voice. Then Rhys enwrapped me in a warm hug. I knew then that he won't ever let go. We won't.
I used to believe the saying "love conquers all". I wasn't able to really prove this myself, but I guess I will - soon enough. And the challenge for proving this saying started at the 24th day of January. "Vince.. si Rhys?" Hinintay ko talaga si Vince sa labas ng school nila para itanong kung nasaan si Rhys. 2 days na siyang di nagpapakita sakin or nagtetext or tumatawag. I tried calling his place pero binagsakan lang ako ng phone ng sumagot. I have a big feeling na kumilos na si Dad ko kay Rhys. And I fear the thought na baka totoo ngang kumikilos na talaga si Dad. "Well.." Vince lowered his head before answering. "Well.." "Well-what?" I asked impatiently.
Ewan ko ba pero I felt like I needed to answer the phone. But I'm back. tumakas na naman ako sa bahay without them seeing and noticing me. "Hindi naman sigur-" "I don't think so.. Krrriiinnnggg. "Yes. I hugged him. nagpakita or kahit anu pa. huh?" He grinned. Just plain absent. "Sige. He suddenly cleared his throat and looked serious. ang brother niya. "Geez. I was so damn worried kaya I have to ask my Dad na. Siguro nga absent lang talaga silang dalawa." He said. you really missed me." Hindi ko alam kung ano na talaga ang nangyayari. I felt my knees weaken and my mouth shivering. my eyes fixed on his face. "Y-Yana?" "Rhys. Gabi na nun. No. Don't worry. sure. I went home feeling all down. May mga family matters lang na dapat ayusin. "Hindi na ako magpapaligoy-ligoy pa. "S-Si Rhys?" Vince looked at me." Sabi ko sa sarili ko trying to convince myself na wala pang masamang nangyayari. "Can we talk? Somewhere? Now?" "Sure. I'll just. "Dalawang araw na siyang di pumapasok sa class. don't panic Yana. I'll just try to contact him. When I arrived at the Bay. Kaya dating gawi. Kahit si Paolo. "Rhys. "Really?" I smiled. I looked at Rhys." He smiled and went inside his school." Hinampas ko siya ng mahina. he's fine." He smiled." He then looked at me. . alam na nating lahat kung bakit. "Wala parin eh." He smiled. "Meanie." "Yana. I tried calling Rhys pero "cannot be reach" ang cellphone niya. good evening. "Apat na araw ka nang absent." "Sorry. Nagkataon lang di sila pumasok. Nakatayo lang ako dun habang nakatingin sa kotseng kumakaripas ng takbo palayo sa kinatatayuan ko." Umiling-iling si Vince at sumakay na kaagad sa kotseng naghihintay sa kanya.. "Hindi. Yana. two days narin na hindi pumapasok." He smiled. pumasok ba?" "Hindi pa din." Bigla namang lumakas at bumilis ang kabog ng dibdib ko. "Yeah. And thank God. I saw him sitting by himself. pero biglang naglaho si Rhys. I did." He then gave me the name of the establishment...Huminga ng malalim si Vince bago ako sinagot. "Vince!" I called up habang tumatakbo papunta sa kanya. but I really need to go out. It's late in the evening and I want to talk to you about this. can't you contact him? Ano na ba ang nangyayari sa kaniya? Si Paolo. Siguro may pinuntahan lang or something." I almost whispered. Two days later. Kumaripas naman kaagad ako ng takbo papunta sa telepono." "Hmm." I answered. "Thanks." Sabi ni Vincent at nagsimula siyang maglakad. "I guess. Ni hindi na siya nagparamdam. "Dad-" Krriinggg. Krrriiinnggg.
But Yana. Pumasok na ulit si Rhys.." He held my shoulders and looked me in the eye. sana ganun din ang gagawin mo. And. ". I won't let go of you. this is your typical cliche telenovela when the lovers fight for their right to be with each other. So Yana.. unfortunately. "I won't let go." He smiled and hugged me so tight. "He doesnt like you hanging out with me. Hindi ko na siya natanong kung anuman yung "family affair" na yun. And then let go.. right?" He looked at me." I looked at him and tears started to fall from my eyes."Your dad doesn't like me so much. moreover hindi niya ako gusto as your boyfriend. pero I have a big feeling na may kinalaman na si Dad doon. .kahit anong mangyayari.
ang bigat-bigat ng pakiramdam ko. "Yes. It's been like this since last week.Chapter 15 It wasn't long when I found out what was really happening.." I was still looking at him." He looked at me again. Silence." Silence.. nanginginig ako. I guess..." Umiwas siya sa tingin ko at tumingin sa malayo sa labas. good afternoon?" "G-good afternoon. "R-rhys. isang coffee shop. nagmukmok lang ako sa kwarto with the phone on my hand. Until. It's clean. "Geez. "Wala siya. Anong sasabihin ko? "Whatever. "Vince. there's something wrong with their business." Silence. "Anong nangyayari kay Rhys? I haven't heard something from him for almost a week already." Silence." She said firmly. "Promise. "Sa totoo niyan.. .." I said in a very low voice. "." He sipped from his drink." Naiwan akong nakaupo dun sa coffee shop while watching Vincent walking away from me. "Bakit?" Lumapit siya saken at pumasok kami sa Kuppa. "Hmm. I guess these were the tears that I kept on holding back since. na baka lumala lang ang sitwasyon. Hindi ko alam pero parang." Then she hanged up. "And. well. last week." I asked worriedly..alam mo na kung bakit. "It's alright... and so did his brother. stood up and ran outside.. can you stop calling our number? It's getting on our nerves here. Nang dumating ako sa bahay. Then I dialed his number on his house. alam mo na kung bakit. ang Mommy niya ang nakakasagot. "Vince. I never looked back. hanky?" I saw a hand with a brown checkered handkerchief stretched out to me. I slowly looked up kasi the voice isn't familiar.. "Pero according sa Dad ko. Silence. "Miss. It was when Rhys stopped going to school for around a week already.." He then stood up. Kung wala kang magawa sa buhay mo. RHYS. Hindi ko rin namalayang tumulo na ang mga luha ko sa mga mata.. can we talk?" Vince stopped and looked at me. and I feel like giving up. "And please don't call here again." Huminga siya ng malalim before looking at me back again. puzzled. Isang pananahimik na nakakabingi. "Hello." Could it be that Dad really had his word on us? On Rhys? I dialed his number pero off yata ang phone niya.. And everytime his Mom answers it. I cried one last time.. it was answered." He smiled in an assurance. "Una na ako. May I speak with Rhys?" I asked shaking. Dial ako ng dial sa number nila pero tuwing nagriring ito. natatakot.. I missed him so much and I am so damn worried. I'm not really sure kung anong nangyayari sa kanya..
. Vincent hurriedly came running down to me." I stopped. I just stared at the message for the longest time. Are we finished? Are we done with each other? Kasi ako. mahal ko pa siya.. TC.. and then." He said leaning closer to me.. lalaban pa ako. I was crying so hard. "Vincent. mag-isip ka. Rhys never talks to me again. He promised. Kasi ako. No. Yana. And tomorrow. with no reason na lang at all. si Rhys?" I was asking him questions. "I can't... 2008. It's either you give up too or keep on fighting. I felt more desperate and alone. I'll see you there. especially kung may mga taong nadadamay niyan. my eyes widening. Hindi mo alam kung anong pinagdadaanan ni Rhys ngayon. Missed you.Then for around 7 seconds... "Yana. I looked at him. my world stopped turning. Pero sabi nga nila.. I just can't. He hanged up on me." I was crying. I'm still fighting. Rhys. all I heard was silence. Kasi ako.. it's hard to fight for something. Kaya Yana.. Suddenly. Alam kong alam mo kung anong dapat mong gawin ngayon.. Rhys never called me nung Valentines.. I just cried all night sa kwarto ko. and Vincent hugged me. I'm still hoping and praying na may mangyayari pang maganda sa relasyon na ito. He promised we won't give up! He promised we should do this together. Mua mua. This is not just about the two of you... So wala. kaya ko pa... He didn't even send me some flowers or did anything special. Great. Please do. or just.. he wasn't able to take exams last week and so did his brother Paolo. 530pm. Don't be selfish. Kaya Yana. That even my own Dad was paralyzed by your father! And since their business was bankrupt. when the other one gave up already... Mua. we should. .. Rhys." "Pano ko malalaman if no ONE DARES to TELL ME?!" "You really wanna know?!" "Vincent. 1 message received RHYS :] Hey. tumigil ka sa kakaiyak. I even lulled myself to sleep through crying. was like a bubble who disappeared at nowhere." "Their business suddenly went bankrupt! It was so sudden that even my Dad couldn't help them. "Give up Yana. I wanna know.. 5 months.." "Give up. Missed you too. still keep on fighting. "Promises are meant to be broken. Si Rhys. February 17. I was asking him about Rhys praying to God that Vincent may somehow give me the answers. Can we see each other tomorrow? Same place." "Yana!" Vincent shouted... if we. And I felt my tears at my cheeks again." "No. I was asking him this and that. Rhys never sees me again." He continued the most heart-breaking words I've ever heard from a friend yet in my whole life. dapat 5 months na kami..... I wanna see him. I'll wait for you. Rhys never calls me.. "What happened? Ba't ka umiiyak?" "Nasan. This includes the lives of other people. I still do. This includes Paolo.. He texted me and he misses me! ME: Sure.. He hanged up. *hikbi* nasan na . a long deafening beep on the phone. And as the days go by. I wanna know what's happening. Wala.
" "Vincent. please.." I smiled. "Alam mo na. but he didn't reply.big time. Vincent fetched me at the house and pumayag naman si Dad. It's either you win. this is a battle where victory is undecided... "Okay. I'm always here to fight for you. That was great enough.." He smiled." He pointed my heart." "Yeah?" "Are you busy tomorrow?" "Baket?" "Baka." He said and hanged up. for the last time....." "Yes?" "If you need a tag. just be careful.. Vince. February 18th.. . For the last time. "Dapat full-armored yan. Iyan." I begged.. "Dito na lang Vince." I smiled and hugged him. Thank you so much. Silence over the line. Happy 5th Monthsary.. "And Yana. he sent me a message. But at least diba. I'm so damn excited.. " "Yana-" "For the last time. Vince. And I'm going to see him tomorrow! "Hello. "Yana.I waited til God knows when. So I hope you go to the batte prepared. When we reached SM." He said.. please.. "I don't want you to get hurt." He then smiled and walked away. or you lose ..
" He said and walked away." I smiled and held his hand. Does he know kaya that today is our 5th monthsary? I smiled to myself." I said. At least you're here and I'm really glad.. "Rhys.. I nodded and smiled." He suddenly hugged me and gave me the opposite chair. sa susunod." He smiled.. I skipped my way through and gave him the sweetest smile. Bigla naman akong napaisip." He said. Then after awhile..." He then opened his hands and may nakalagay na kwintas doon." He held my hand he gave me a nod and a smile." I smiled sweetly. This is where we had our first date. "Okay! Be back. tell me naman. we talked about so many things." I whispered. his face seemed to change. we were wrapped by silence. and our second. "Tara. "Yeah." Someone leaned on his side and kissed him on the cheeks. it seems nga na walang nangyayaring masama sa mga buhay namen. "Hey Rhys. "Yana!" He exclaimed and he gave me the sweetest smile too. "Me too. I dolled up myself because I wanted to be the most beautiful girl today. Happy 5th monthsary too. I held onto it and looked at Rhys.. Nakapagbihis ako ng mabuti. Long story. It was damn cute. "I missed you. "What do you want?" "The usual. di ako nakapunta nung Valentine's." I joked. We just stared at each other. and he said it with such sincerity. "Hinde. let's order. if something's happening to you.. I'm sorry. When I seated. He went to my side and put the necklace on my neck. wala yuun. "I know." We were really having a good time. really.Chapter 16 I hurriedly went to KFC and there I saw Rhys sitting." I looked at him.. "May I?" He asked.. I guess this necklace suits you very well. "I'm sorry if. "I hope you understand. dito kami pumupunta. Thanks a lot.. "Pero sana Rhys." He smiled." He said and stood up. "You're really beautiful today." "Nahh. I smiled softly. I was all worried these past few days of you. "Yana. KFC had been a special place for the two of us. Maybe he does naman no? He won't ask me out naman if he doesn't know." This time. "And... Parang katulad lang ng dati. . "Happy 5th monthsary." He said. Then suddenly. "Yep?" I smiled. and tuwing may mga nangyayaring masasaya sa buhay namin.. "Thank you. He smiled softly. And.. This is where we celebrated his birthday too... bumalik si Rhys with foods and drinks.
I wanted to scream but no voice came out from my throat. "I'm sorry." "Oo *hikbi*.. tumingin sakin si Rhys and I guess that's when Gabby noticed na may kasama si Rhys. but he still looked at me straight in the eyes." She smiled. I knew then what's going to happen soon. I saw the same necklace safely placed in her neck. "Did you explain to her na babe?" I was so surprised and shock that I didn't notice I was holding my breath for almost around 10 seconds.. I was damn holding my tears from falling.. in Gabby's neck. It was all explained very well. I knew then what was going on. I gave up. "Yana. it seems like nagulat siya at natakot." She suddenly said. I just stared at him. "R-Rhys. Sorry..O_O I was damn shocked and suprised as well. My eyes widened and I felt like I couldn't move.. Gabby leaned closer to him." "Baby. I buried my face in my handkerchief at binuhos nalang dun ang sakit na nararamdaman ko.... in silence. My heart pounded fast at pakiramdam ko. "Yana. "Oh.. Biglang napatingin si Rhys sa kanya na para bang nagulat din si Rhys. "Miss. san tayo?" "Hindi ko alam. . "So are you friends nalang?" She said cheerfully. I just cried.. pero hindi ito pagkagulat lang. And the ending is that. Then suddenly. I firmly clung into mine and breathed deeply. Natulala lang ako sa kanilang dalawa." Nang dumating ako dun. And I didn't wait for an explanation. I cried so hard." That was all he was able to say. And suddenly.. dahandahan itong sinasaksak at pinapatay. Why? Because at that instant. Pumara ako ng taxi and the moment I sat down.." Nakita kong nataranta si Rhys. I couldn't breathe.. bumaba na kagad ako at binayaran ang taxi driver. I stood up still holding my tears from falling." Kumawala ako sa pagkakahawak niya at tumakbo palabas ng mall.. Then suddenly.. chestpains kept attacking me.." I mumbled. "Sa baywalk ka nalang. "G-Gabby. He caught my right arm but I didn't look back." I looked away for a second trying to sink to my mind what had just happened awhile ago. it was finally revealed to me that I was the only one left standing up and there's no need to continue the fight. I looked at her necklace and so did Gabby at mine. Manong.. Mas maganda dun..
pero sobrang sakit ang nararamdaman ko ngayon. wasn't it the best-est thing?" . "Falling for him. My vision was blurry because of tears. I couldn't think. I couldn't speak."Ayos lang yan. Napaupo lang ako dun sa benches habang nkatingin sa laot. I smiled back. I just stared out at the ocean for a very long time.. Hindi ko alam.." Sabi niya at ngumiti. I was just crying. My tears kept falling from my eyes. Thousands of questions are running at my mind. crying my heart out.
Dang. .. or siya mahihiya saken kapag nagkita kami again. whizgirlame.o: do i know you? lightningdude1218: ur the only girl who's not familiar with my id lightningdude1218: wow. I just need to.o: where'd ya get my id? lightningdude1218: nvm. lightningdude1218 has signed out. Pagkabukas. Tsaka pag ganyan. Need to sign out.Chapter17 RHYS' POV Juliana Antonio. Doon ko natanong ang mga bagay-bagay tungkol sa kanya. A name that I know I won't forget soon or maybe. you know her?" "Yeah. I know he was hesitant to give it to me. he may be really interested or he's just friendly. my bestfriend.. Di niya kilala ID ko. "Wala lang.. But then I found out that she's a friend of Vince. I don't want to befriend her through YM or chatting or texting." I smiled sheepishly and went on my way. Kapag may nakikita akong babaeng may librong nakatakip sa mukha niya. I'm sure mahihiya ako sa kanya." I grinned. pero wala akong connection sa kanya eh. he's on the first one. Dalawa lang yan. Paglabas ko. alam kong si Yana na yun. how are you related to Vincent yap? whizgirlame. he examined my face before answering the question . "Ba't mo tinatanong?" he asked me back with hint of suspection. forever. "Hindi pa eh. Ayoko. lightningdude1218 BUZZ! Tagal magreply ah.he never really answered the question. I buzzed Vince on YM and asked if my YM si Yana. kaya umupo ako sa waiting shed sa harap nila. *winks* Ayooon. It's weird naman siguro if a guy befriends you with no reason or no connection at all. "So what's her name?" Tiningnan ako ni Vince. Bagooo.o: how did- Someone went online suddenly. Hindi ko pa ba siya naipapakilala sa iyo?" He asked. YES I AM.. She's the girl I've always waited at the front of their school. Ang cheap nun. Nung gabi na.o: he's a family friend. ----. Kakaiba to ah.gabbyaltuna... lightningdude1218: how are you related to Vincent Yap? whizgirlame. whizgirlame.. but then I assured him that I was just interested to "befriend" her. Trust me *winks*. binigay nga. I decided to wait for her. no. Galeeenngg. nauna nang si Vince umuwi. I really want to know her. Kaya wag na. Baka ayaw magreply sa mga di kilala. confused. But more likely nian. "Hey.. or YANA. May meeting pa ako sa Art Club kaya nahuli ako sa pag-uwi. Baka suplada.
I just hope di pa siya nakakauwi. nagtataka." I smiled and came up to her.. Then I ran to her side and started walking. I know what she wants. How cute." That's why I ended this sentence in a period and not in a question mark.. and do it right. kung pano siya makakarating sa bahay niya without ending up at a police station or calling her parents or friends. Parang uhaw sa mga lalake. "Hindi din. Yun yung kinaka-adekan ng kapatid ni Ronald eh. Then lumabas si Gabby ng gate nila. She's average. She's just Yana. yeah. pero hindi yung mga model-like. Nagkibit-balikat lang siya as if wala lang sa kanya.. I smiled to myself. but I just have to try. And I do believe that simplicity is beauty. Then bigla siyang lumabas with her bestfriend. Her friend went ahead and she sat down by herself at their waiting shed... take some courage.." LOL Maybe she watches Gossip Girl instead." I glanced at her and she was back to a deep thought. Lapit ng lapit di naman sila ang inaantay at ang pakay. Napatingin siya saken. "Me?" She asked and pointed herself. I mean. pero ewan ko.. Her eyes widened and was changed by confused look. so "Sabay na ako sa iyo.. you.. "Pardon?" "Sasabay ako sa iyo. susundan ko parin siya. you don't have a choice because I don't care about your answer thing.. She was still confused. kung hindi ka nanonood ng Heroes. "Huh? Heroes? As in yung sina Wonderwoman and the likes?" Sheeett.. Nakakainis.. And I guess God was on my side. "Hey!" I called up to her. "Why?" I dont know if this is the rightest thing to do. and followed me. hindi yung mga tipo ng babae everyone thinks na babagay saken.. It's a sort of. Gossip Girl? Errr. I can't help but stare at her. Anong iniisip ng parents nito para di siya sunduin sa ganitong oras?! "So. It seems like she doesn't care much about her looks. *winks* She looked at me. sort of a smirk. I smiled at her amused by her answer. I walked ahead of her and I felt that she's just following behind me. Eh araw-araw naman silang nakakakita ng lalake. wala ako sa mood to smile back. If she refuses. Nakakabwisit ang mga babae sa Lourdes... Tumayo siya and started crossing the street papunta sa alley namen." I smiled. She then received a phone call.. Sorry. She smiled at me.. "Yeah. And that's what I like most about her. "So. I was just observing her from afar. she's pretty. do you watch Heroes?" I started a conversation. nasa harap lang kaya kami ng school nila. . At alam ko kung anong pinag-iisipan niya. wala talaga siyang choice. There's nothing really special about her physical appearance. But I can still see the worry in her eyebrows. And she's not just my type.. That's when I decided that was my chance to take a move.
Mas okay nang alam kong magkasama sila ng kaibigan ko kesa naman sumakay siya ng bus na parang nalilito kung san uuwi." "Aabutin ka ng 48 years kung sasakay ka ng bus. di mrnong smkay. bistooo! "Not really. Dun palang. you're going with me?" Napataas ang kilay niya. Rhys. Hassle na eh. Blue skies! I sound like a conceited guy! "Yeah right. I saw the surprise in her eyes when Vincent got out of car and looked at her worried. "And. pnta dto sa Mbni. I'm giving you the honor to come along with me. "San ka sa Quezon?" Hindi parin niya ako kinibo. then kay Vincent. di makkuwi c yana." I answered coldly. Baka magtaka siya kung bakit ako sumabay when to think of nasa kabilang part ng lugar na ito ang dapat kong sinasakyan papunta sa Mandaluyong. Puntahan mo nalang ako dito.. Tiningnan niya lang kami ng masakit. Sasakay ako ng bus katulad ng sinabi ni Daddy. I smirked." sabi ni Vince sa kanya."Alam mo ba talaga kung san ka pupunta?" I teased her acting as if nalilito narin ako sa kanya. "Pumasok ka na sa loob. "Ganito nalang. "So. Nagkibit-balikat lang ako and smiled more. "Thanks Vince. 'Dude. "V-Vincent?" she muttered." I smiled. Ayoooonn. Pano ako matututo kung di ko susubukan ngayon?" Vince frowned. dumiretso nalang siya sa train kaya I followed her nalang. Bawi. may napansin na ako kay Vincent. Mga ten minutes pa siguro yung hinintay naming dalawa before Vince's car stopped sa harap namen. Bilis. Buong byahe. Nagalet. but no. Papahatid na kita.' Di nagreply kaya tinawagan ko nalang kagad. "Mandaluyong. . "Teka.. I don't think you can go home safely kasi. then saken ulit at napabuntong hininga nalang siya." Medyo nainis ako sa pride niya kaya medyo "iba" yung tono ng pananalita ko sa kanya. sasabayan nalang kita sa bus." Pumasok siya sa train station at napasunod nalang ako. I pulled out my phone and texted Vince. "Hindi ako sasakay. "Yeah... Muntik na akong matawa when I saw her reading one by one the route of the buses and jeepneys. Tinawagan ko si Vince para sunduin nalang si Yana dito since alam kong close ang family nila. At first nahihiya akong sumagot kasi North and South kaming dalawa." I looked at her and smiled. Si Yana naman napatingin lang saken. I smiled sheepishly at Vince and I saw his eyes asked me kung bakit magkasama kami ni Yana. Then tumayo siya at bumaba." Ayooon. Di na siya sumagot. di niya ko kinibo. Gago ka tlga Rhys! "I'm sorry if I offended you." Sabi ni Vince. Kaya kong umuwing mag-isa." I smiled again. taga san ka ba?" She asked. Sumunod lang ako sa kanya. Tumayo siya sandali dun sa sakayan ng mga buses. Bawi. I didn't mean to. "Yeah." Bawi.
Nakita ko namang medyo nanliit si Yana at nahiya. minura narin kami ng driver kaya umakyat nalang si Yana. Ewan ko ba. Nabigla nga ako na puno ang bus ng mga studyante malapit sa schools namen. I couldn't tell her these things. "Y-yeah. I usually get bored with girls na uber tahimik pero ibangiba siya.. if you're not a fan of Heroes nor Gossip Girls. siguro kasi.. because I like you so much so that I want to spend time with you? Weird." I opened a conversation with her. Ako nalang ang sasabay sa kanya pauwi. Pumara nalang kaagad si Vince ng bus. Bakit nga ba? Maybe because matagal na kitang tinitingnan sa malayo and this was my only chance for the past few months na ma-solo kita and get to know you better? Or maybe I was just surprised and worried to see you cross the street by yourself? Or pwede ring. "Umurong ka dun. Baka matakot siya saken.. Silence. "Nga pala. "F-family friend." She said and looked out at the wndow again. Of course."Ayoko-" "Ako na Vince. She amuses me so much. Bakit?" . Napatingin sila saken at kay Yana. Ayoko namang umupo nalang dun at hintayin siyang bumaba without hearing her opinions. you live at Grand Royale?" Shit." Umurong naman siya at tumahimik nalang.. "Ahhhh.. kaano-ano mo nga ulit si Vincent?" I asked a different question. surprised that she really did watch it. nothing." "T-teka. "Hmm... she does?! "Yeah. bakit mo pala ako sinasamahan ngayon?" I was taken aback by her question. ayaw pa sanang pumasok ni Yana pero medyo tinulak ko siya ng mahina sa bus door. I do watch Sineskwela before.. She sat down at mukhang di niya parin ata gets na ihahatid ko tlga siya hanggang sa bahay nila." "Ayuuun. san ka ba bababa?" "Sa Grand Royale. "What's funny?" "I mean.... at kaibigan ko si Vince. I chuckled. Nanonood rin ako niyan. family friend ka ni Vince. then I'll guess you're a fan of Sineskwela. Umuwi ka nalang. "So.." I said and grinned. "Errr." "Y-you do?" I chuckled again." I said stopping myself from laughing so hard. And I saw na medyo nainis siya. Kasi.." sabi ko kaagad kay Vince..
"Rhys Romualdez!!" I turned around. I'll take it from here." I said. I don't know what's in store for her inside the village. I felt blood rushed to my face kaya tumalikod na kagad ako at umakyat sa unang fx na dumaan. Ingat sa paglalakad ha.. Nung nasa baba na kami." "You are. no."You're filthy rich. Anyway. I just smiled at her.. "Rhys nalang!" She smiled and nodded her head. I mean." "Teka. pero parang yun yung totoo kong ngiti sa isang babae.. *Manong! Para!" Tumayo ako at sumunod naman siya sa pagbaba. "Yana!!" I called back. napasakay ako sa maling fx. "Tara. Kaya ko na. Hahahahah. "Uhmm. Although alam ko kung gano kasecured ang village. Then.. okay. You get me? "N-no. Anong tara?" "Ihahatid kita sa loob. . we still do not know. tumayo kami sandali sa entrance ng village. Ewan ko. Dang. Too bad." I told her and went on my way." She said and tumalikod na kaagad. Ang saya naman. "S-Salamat!" she shouted and waved goodbye. no.. "I-I'm not. This Yana Antonio really knows how to amuse me." I was planning to take her inside hanggang sa gate ng bahay niya. And dang. teka.
. lagot ako. Kain na raw kayo." I winked at her. and most of all." I grinned. I know a thing or two about stuffs and E=mc^2. I guess. we're not that rich compared kina Yana. Hindi naman ako takot sa katalinuhan niya or anything like that. Ba't ba kasi ako nataranta kaagad? Ngumiti lang naman siya. They were smiling. I meant to say. "I know what I'm doing. baba na kaagad. hinatid ko lang naman siya sa village niya." I got down and sat at the dining table. She's super rich since they own a lot of real estates here in the metro and outside the metro. kalingkingan niya lang ako. I'm not a mama's boy. yung parang. hhmm... as if they were very amused to my sweet smile." "Opo.Chapter 18 RHYS' POV Ang galeng naman. unlikely to happen kung titingnan lang sa status niya and her personality). nakapolo pa.. We're going to eat dinner na. "Anooo?" "May nangyari ba Rhys na gusto mong ishare samen?" Mom asked sweetly. it seems like medyo nanginginig ako.. really." I ran to my room at nagbihis. So.. maybe she'll be after "nice" and "smart" guys. "Rhys. indeed. I mean-" "I know. Hmm. nakauwi ba ng maayos si Yana?" Vince asked. Napatingin nalang si Dad and Paolo sameng dalawa. but I can't stop thinking of her smile and to what I just did kanina. "Let's eat. "Kuya." I looked at Vince. San ko naman nakuha ang courage to take her home? I mean. Naka-all smiles pa ako when I sat down and I really didn't notice that I was smiling so wide. pag katabi ko siya. Later that night. *winks* Kaya nga nakakatakot si Yana. I'm just kind of close to my family.. Ewan ko ba. xD And except for her family. she's the only one who intimidates me. Sandali lang po.. I managed to get on my track before pa ako tinawagan ni Mommy. "Oo naman. Ang saya-saya. we just own some chains of restaurant and pubs. Weird. Don't worry. And nope. good eve. para kang babae. naging magkaibigan lang naman kami. I'm okay with it." sabi ni Paolo." I answered back. "Ba't mo siya hinatid? Rhys. Mom and Dad made sure na di kami spoiled. Ang galeng. I'm not just smart enough for her. If ibebase ko lang sa personality niya. she's a family friend. let's say. for the first time. believe me. baket?" Napatanong ako bigla. I sat down sa terrace ng room ko just looking at the stars. I know how unique she is. And. "Uy. teasingly. Andun na si Dad. and she knows that . Kami. 'kay?" "Yep. Not that rich. "Oh. One hell of a girl.. *knock knock "Yeeep?" "Rhys. financial status. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na bobo ako or ano. but not to the point na alam ko rin kung panu yan nakuha ni Einstein.according to Vince. Seriously. *winks* The next day.. but sometimes. pero not to the point that I can have everything. she amuses me. I mean. manang. na super out of the way saken. it's really weird.. Di to papunta samen. hijo. hindi ako yung mga type ni Yana. sa future mainvolve saken (which is I guess. "W-wala naman po.. I was just able to go to my school kasi they can afford it. I mean. takot din ako kasi baka mabusted ako... And really. Ibang routa to ah. Kaya natatawa kagad ako minsan. Napatingin rin ako kina Mommy and Daddy. Perstaym ata to Rhys ah? But then. nakakaintimidate yun." I winked at . Alam ko." "Mommyyy! Andito na si Kuya!!" Paul shouted. And I don't what her family will do if nalaman nilang si Yana. "Mom..
half-smiling. can I have your digit?" "W-wala akong cellphone. Lanya. Suplada ka talaga." I grinned." Napatingin lang siya saken then her eyes shifted. Gusto kng marinig ang boses niya so cellphone number wasn't enough. "Bakit?" "Wala lang." "Kunwari ka pa. Dumating din naman kaagad ang sundo niya. Sige. Napabuntong hininga siya and walked ahead of me. Okay. pero I was looking at her from the inside. "S-Salamat." I grinned again." I'm waiting for you. "Seriously. Nung hapon na. I just want to make sure na may sundo ka." I said seriously.. "G-ganun ba?" She looked at me again and I looked at her smiling.. Hindi ka pa ba uuwi?" She stood up. So can i have your digit?" "O-okay. I looked at the phone . Kala mo naman aanuhin ko siya. Tsss. She suddenly looked annoyed so medyo napatigil ako sa pagtawa. Have a happy waiting then. Kanina pa sia nakaupo dun. "Hinihintay ko pa. pano ko siya lalapitan? Ayoon." "Ahhh." I lied." I said. I waited for her again. of course. her friend left early." She said and she gave me her number.. Sama talaga nito. She looked at me.Vince. xD "Wala ka na naman bang sundo?" I sat beside her. to your house. uuwi narin ako. Hindi muna ako lumabas ng school. ." She smiled and went to their car. "Oh. "Obvious naman diba?" "Aish." She whispered shyly.. I get it. nagtetext daw kayo ni Vincent eh. "Ahhh. namumroblema na naman ako. I can always take you home. Umuwi narin ako. I guess bistado na siya kaya wala na siyang choice... Kaw din. "Wo? Sinabi niya?" O_O I laughed again. embarassed. "Uhmm. Vincent never mentioned that to me. "I mean. Kasi kung wala. but at least. pwede mokong gawing hatid-sundo mo. "Ba't ka nandito?" "I'm waiting for someone. "Hmm. "Are you crazy?" "Not really. "I figured. pero umurong siya onti. Bigla naman akong napahalakhak. "H-hindi pwede eh. Naman. kanina ka pa diyan?" Bigla siyang napatigil at napatingin saken. Hahaha. I got her cellphone number "Ingat. Wala akong magawa after dinner kaya I started fidgeting on my phone." I grinned. "Uy." Umurong siya sa gilid at umupo sa pinakamalayo saken." "Bakit naman?" "Strict ang parents ko. anong pinagsasabi ko? She looked at me as if I'm some kind of psycho or adeek na umupo sa gilid niya. kung gusto mo. I looked at the car that sped away." I stopped laughing." I chuckled. ingat.
from the same woman. "Hmm. I stood at their waiting shed waiting for her. Epal naman. "Anyway. I hope I don't seem as if I'm in a rush.maybe it's her Mom. Mom told me. I called your house last night. Epal. I did call you back." I said. "Hindi pa ba obvious?" I hope I'm doing the right thing. "Rhys.." I waited for awhile." "Why would you wait for me naman?" she asked calmly. I didn't stop till 9:30. Pwede po kay Yana?" Nanginginig tuhod ko. "Well.. iho?" "Hmm. Teka." "Okaaay? Bye. Then she suddenly went out. Hmm. But she was a bit annoyed and went to the other side of the shed. Busy parin..." O_O She stood there frozen and studying my face." Her gaze shifted away from me as if she was annoyed again. sure. May apat na Edwardo Antonio ang meron kaya tinry ko lahat. Ano ito? We're just friends diba? But.. Maybe tulog narin siya. good evening. suprised. Pero busy eh. am I not going beyond the boundary? I mean. I'll just call back nalang. Bahahaha. "Did she tell you na I'd call back?" "Y-yeah. so I put the phone down nalang. Nababakla na ako. Were you using the phone? Or baka ginagamit ng parents mo? I tried many times.. I was disappointed for not hearing her voice that night though. for awhile. Maybe I'll just give some hints nalang muna. Nakakalito. thanks po. Wag nalang. Then I was able to reach her. Thank you so much Bye. So nung hapon na. "Hey. nope. Black and white. I mean. Right.directory for her phone number. Should she call you back?" "Npe. Don't bother. She looked back at me though and gave me a faint smile. then I heard a voice again. I studied her face and sighed." She smiled faintly. "Yes. "Yeah. I was smiling at her. goodevening. please. "I was waiting for you.." "Rhys? I'll check on her. Dang. Should I call her cellphone then? Hmm. I was thinking the whole night if I'd let her know about my feelings na." Sabi niya in almost a whisper. She froze and looked at me. Tagal mong lumabas." I hung up the phone and listened to my heart pounding so hard. teka. . Blue skies! Friday. I waited for another 30 minutes and dialed her number again. I don't want to befriend her naman and someday baka sabihin niya I was taking advantage. I'm calling her and all. Pero busy. Who's this please?" Tanong ng babae . "She's taking a bath. Everyone from Lourdes was confused and interested kung sino ang hinihintay ko.
" "Yeah. pero bigla ko nalang hinawakan yung kamay niya at hinila siya. Bingo! God's on my side. When she turned around. I don't know. Tara." She lead the way and I followed. Hatid na kita." She smiled and went inside the gate." Huminto kami sa isang bahay. medyo nahalata ko na nung andun na kami sa train station that I was holding her hand so tight. "Anyway. We walked side by side." Sabi niya and she started walking papunta sa train station. I guess. sumakay kami sa bus at bumaba ulit sa harap ng village na tinitirhan ko. it seems like. I was smiling at her." I insisted." Her gaze shifted back to me and away. She turned away from me and helf her phone." Ewan ko.. "Hm?" . "P-pasensya na. Baka pagalitan ka and ano. Baka ano pa mangyari sa iyo diyan. I'll take it from here. the phone was in my room. well. and. but with Yana. alam kong big time siya.. "Tara. Yung parang. Hindi ko nama-" "Ayos lang. Sorry. "I mean." "Nga pala. Tahimik kaming dalawa and nung bumaba na kami. "Here. Baka kung anong mangyari sa kanya. Then I looked at her. Thanks. "W-wala... Hinalungkat niya kaagad ang bag niya searching for a cellphone. But then." She smiled. So. I mean. "Anyway. "S-something wrong?" "Wala lang.. Thanks." "I was beside the phone whole-" I looked at her. I always think of her security first. "Ok ka lang ba?" I asked kasi parang she's not feeling well. she did. Pero she really didn't take her hand off mine. Nung mga around 9:30 na.. back to the house. pero wala eh. I was dialing your number since 8:30 in the evening."B-busy?" "Yeah." "Baka hung-up sa main connection. go inside na." She smiled and went on the train. pero never had I thought in a million years na ganito kalaki bahay nila... Or maybe di ko lang naramdaman because I was so damn concentrating as to how perfect our hands fit. "Yana!" She turned around. and to her again.. "Nahhh. nasan ang bahay nio rito?" "Oh. may sundo ka ba?" She looked around for the black car. I suddenly let go. She didn't flinch naman. "O-okay lang. "Again. I stopped kasi it's kinda late na to call you." I chuckled.." "Extension?" "Y-yeah. I'm always alert. Ayokong mauna siya or mahuli sa paglalakad. Mom used the car daw for a very important errand.
"I believe you. It was a boys' nightout actually. we went out and hanged out at the Fort. "Hmm. "Hmm. But I have my reasons to dream her as my girlfriend in the future. You'll figure it out soon. can we talk?" "Yeah. Am I really doing the right thing? It's as if she's too high for me. clean fun naman. I gained the trust of Bea. I know she's too good for me. Well..." She nodded. are you with Yana?" I looked at the table full of girls. "Are you. hi. nothing. I took a deep breath. "I give you my word.." I grinned.. Sure. The second most bravest thing I did in my life." I called to her." I smiled." We went outside and stood at the front of the establishment. don't stress yourself too much kung bakit ko to ginagawa sa iyo. or anything like that. . I saw Bea from another set of people. We just had a few drinks and laughtrip lang naman. I'll gain her friend. Then suddenly. serious with her?" I was surprised with her question and I was totally taken aback. and I won't hurt her.. "You want the truth?" I asked her seriously. Hmm. sa parking lot malapit. "Rhys. And I hope soon enough. "I like her a lot. Since it's Friday night. I'll do everything for her. "Or. susunod ba siya?" "Err. So ayun. I let out a heavy breath and went on my way. about what?" "About my friend. mostly. "Yeah." I looked at Bea. I hope I can get hold of myself." She looked at me and smiled. I thought for a moment if I should let her know.. "Hey. nope. actually. So ayun nga." She smiled. I thought I might just see her tonight. Noon pa. Why?" "Hmm. *winks* She studied me for awhile and smiled back. Thanks." I smiled. she's all at your hands.. my friends asked to party."Just please. "Oh." She winked at pumasok ulit kami sa resto.
she's for keeps. whizgirlame. I logged on at YM. we still managed to meet and hangout after school or during Saturdays. Eh ba't di siya sinusundo ng Kuya niya? Tsk2. you're getting along with yana. lightningdude1218: sa monday. see ya soon. why? whizgirlame. anyway. *blush smiley* whizgirlame.. Yana Antonio is online. lightningdude1218: i have something to say to you. she was the prettiest kahit nakabaseball cap siya. Eto na talaga. . okay. I signed out. lightningdude1218: may pupuntahan ka ba bukas? whizgirlame. to an all boy-school. I liked Gabby before. lightningdude1218: kuya? you didn't tell me may kuya ka. lol. let me tell you about my story with Gabby. Ewan ko ba. Nung gabi na.o: pero prolly.o: nahhh. But tonight. gusto ko lang magpahinga muna and think things over. whizgirlame. May kuya siya? Dang. 1 point for you... pero gusto mo parin siya. this one's different. usually. lightningdude1218: yana whizgirlame. and I liked it. it seems like I'm confused and messed up. so I just played some basketball game with my neighbors. Although she went to an all-girl school and I. Seriously." I whispered to myself sarcastically. I was thinking kung anong ginagawa niya or anything like that. "Well. Parang. I was just staring at my YM when someone logged on.o: what's with the blush icon? lightningdude1218: what does it mean ba? whizgirlame. Alam mo namang off-limits siya. lightningdude1218: you heard it right. she liked this guy named "Joel". Akala ko nag-iisang anak lang siya. or naka loose tshirt lang. I don't know what happened though. must go.o has signed out. But I know that wasn't healthy. Rhys. bea's here.o: oh. Yes. gabaltuna: oh. gabaltuna: rhys lightningdude1218: hey. I never really met the guy..." I smirked. Rhys. ayaw niyang pakilala o pakita saken.. I'll be at Dirk's with my friends.back to the days when she was just normal. BUZZ! Napatingin ako sa window na nagpop-out sa screen. We've been in the same circle of friends since gradeschool. since nandito si kuya. Saturday night. bye. I had nothing to do the whole day. gabaltuna: you goin out? if you wont mind me asking lightningdude1218: idk. not the most beautiful and most popular Gabrielle "Gabby" Altuna.. may mga unplanned activities siguro. hi. kaw? gabaltuna: heard. Well. And I meant. Hindi siya naconscious sa dating niya.CHAPTER 19. gabaltuna: how'd you been? lightningdude1218: good. "Galeng mo. but. nakashorts. bye. I've been involved with some girls before. Saturday. You screwed up already. gabaltuna.o: uhh. So I have to make things right and avoid screwing up.. honestly.o: wala. whizgirlame.o: did you ask ba? lightningdude1218: hinde. I liked her as just "Gabby" .
She's my bestfriend. but I felt some kind of jealousy and curiosity all at the same time." Tears were streaming at her lovely face.. I just kept silent." She said again in a whisper... Hindi ko alam kung anong naging reaksyon ko sa pagbabagong yun.." "Well." "Nino? Ni Joel? Sino ba iyan?" I asked." She said and walked away. she's not my Gabby anymore." "He's not a jerk.. Hindi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko. sino ba itong si Joel na ito for Gabby to change?! "He's someone we both know. Napatingin ako sa kanya. He just doesn't see me as. Ikaw. her red sneakers. she wasn't Gabby. . ba't ka nakaganyan?" Naalala ko yung araw na yun. I just thought." "You have?" "Yeah. nothing. Si Joel ang gusto ko simula pa noon."Ba't. "Eh ba't parang. I wanted you to see that Rhys. remember mo yung gusto kong lalaki?" She said in a blush.. That I can be a girl and a friend all at the same time. my eyes wide in confusion. "Ah.." "That?" I asked. I mean. No. But-" "It was still. pero nakatingin lang ako sa kanya.. She scoffed. Totoo yung sinabi ko. "I mean. "Hmm." I winked. maganda ka.. What we have is simply platonic. I had to let you see that I'm a girl. But I got jealous and angry at this Joel all at the same time. mas lalo siyang gumanda... I've seen that. You don't have to meet him. Di nagtagal. "Anong ibig mong sabihin?" "Joel is Rhys Romualdez. that I can be a girl. I want to punch his face.especially guys. The jerk. mas gusto ko yung ponytail and baseball cap than the hairband and the long straight hair.. That I can be someone you can get involved romantically. I don't know. She was everyone's Gabby . and a different Joel. What I found out was completely a different story. "You changed. her maong knee-lenght shorts. Ewan ko. Why? For changing Gabby into someone I do not know na kahit ganun na siya kaganda. kick his body and spit on him. "Uhmm. hindi niya parin ito napansin. She wasn't in her usual ponytail inside her red baseball cap. I couldn't help but look at her.. "But Joel-" "Joel?" Napatingin ako sa kanya. "I didn't change." She said in almost a whisper. "Ikaw. at ayokong masaktan siya. so that he'll notice you?" I asked angrily." I smiled in assurance.. What I have for you though is different. maganda siya. "Gabby-" "I understand. I just want to be noticed. right. Si Joel ang bestfriend ko. It's just that. na walang pagtingin saken.. We hanged out at LunarSky one Saturday afternoon. "Gusto mo ba talagang malaman kung sino itong si Joel na ito?!" Gabby shouted at me. I was waiting for her to explain everything." She started to cry. "Gabby. hindi ba maganda?" She asked innocently." "You didn't have to ch-" "I had to change.
a "GR". but we just had to make things easy for the two of us . you're indeed lovely.. "Hmmm. Dun ko rin nalaman that she was becoming a popular face at the metro among the guys and girls. So I guess. I would always wait for the time. I'm going to forget her and despise her sooner than I have been expecting." Her mom paused and looked at me.for her. pero masyado namang emo dun." I smiled at her. Then. I just drove around the place. good morning po. she was branded a "flirt". why? San ka naman pupunta?" "Hmm.." I smiled. we're just meant to be this way. I then started hanging out with Vincent Yap nung grade 8. But if given the chance na she'll decide to be back as "friends" nalang talaga. "Yeah. I knew it. And I just wanted to punch all those people who made those. up to now. goodmorning Ma'am. San Agustin. Text ako ng text. "Gabby!" I called up to her as she started walking away from me.. It was going to happen sooner or later. amazed. After that day. wala namang reply. "Wag pasakyan ng babae ha?" She teased me and we both laughed. until she was back to her mission with the courtesy of her friends pushing her through. I'll use the car for awhile. I'm sorry.. maybe. She smiled back sadly and went on her way. *winks* . Di nagtetext si Yana eh."Yeah. Ma'am. Don Bosco.. SUNDAY. guess I have to do my 3rd bravest mission. "Uy. maglilibot-libot lang. but more than that. Super distansya talaga ako.. the first time na nalaman ko I was Joel. Friends. We stopped hanging out with each other. "G-goodmorning?" She greeted with hesitation. a "pacute". maybe trying to remember who I am.not as a friend." I said to her. If you would hear me out. So it was really a bad time for the two of us." I smiled at her. I started avoiding her to the max. She suddenly regained her composure. Kaya lumabas ako ng bahay. I understand. this. Maybe. I just wanted to know if Yana's there?" "Y-Yana? Are you a friend?" "Yes.. I made things easy for her and she did the same thing.. I needed to relax. or kanino akong anak or anything as such. Then suddenly.... when I decided to come see their house . Nung nakarating ako dun." "Sure ka?" "Yep.again. Maranatha. Guys from Xavier. I'm sorry." She said and stood up from the bench. And yes. No doubt. Hmm. She wanted me again . I'm still a friend to her. Just. medyo dumidistansya parin ako.. "Mom. Lasalle.. Baka enjoy na enjoy sa pinuntahan nila ng pamilya niya. perhaps? I'm open to negotiations. everyone. nalaman ko nalang nung grade 8 that every guy was digging her. Dun ko nakita yung Mommy ni Yana na nagdidilig ng halaman sa harap ng wall nila sa loob. Muntik nang mapatalon ang mommy niya when she heard my voice. "I have to say. "mang-aagaw" and every nasty names." "No. Hmm. And I even had to hate her to do so. I stopped and looked around. We started avoiding each other for almost 2 years since grade six. Pupunta sana ako ng baywalk. mommy to ni Yana." I grinned. I missed her a lot. especially. "I have another intention by going here though.
*grins* "O.. iho. I was damn thinking kung sasabihin ko na bukas sa kanya yung nararamdaman ko simula pa noon. would you like to go out with me. it's alright. like i can say no pa." I smiled and went on my way. "No. I said yes already. "Ba't ka nandito?" "Wala lang. "Err. I have some important errands to do pa. I'll ask permission na from your parents." "But ayos lang ba talaga?" "Yeah.CHAPTER 20 Well.." "So. "Yeah." "Oh. hi? Napadaan ka ata?" Natataranta si Yana.. "Errr. I mean.. Hindi ko alam... "Oh snap." "Okay.. Nung gabi na.. Crap." Her Mom looked at the living room and smiled." I stood up." I grinned. Ako nalang magsasabi sa kanya na aalis ka na. napatingin siya saken." "Sure. Gusto ko payag talaga siya. She was just happy to know that someone was brave enough to ask her first before asking her daughter to go out with me. I guess. Yana's not . DID I JUST ASK YANA ANTONIO OUT WITH HER MOM'S PERMISSION?! Dang. Napaupo ulit ako at napaupo din si Yana. Yana glared at me. Tama... andito na pala si Yana. Excuse me. Thanks. mam.. Well. Ulol talaga ako o. I followed her gaze and I saw Yana coming towards us. "Eh hindi ka pa nga nag-aask ng permission saken." "You asked permission na from my parents?" "Yeah. anyway." she smiled so I smiled back. Tanungin siya if she wants to come with me." I smiled and stood up.." I smiled. I'll wait for you outside your school tomorrow. mauuna na ako. I'm such a brave guy. I'm sorry. Then her Mom went on her way. Bigla akong napatigil. or should I get to know her better muna? Or should I give her a chance to figure this all out by herself. "Let him explain. okay then. where's Tita?" "She's in the kitchen. tomorrow?" "You had a permission na from Mom. Yana. "And why is that?" "I'm planning to bring you somewhere kasi this Monday. if you don't wanna go out with me... Yan yung pinakaimportante. So." she smiled." She sounded irritated. Thought I'll meet your family. "Uh. Yeah. Thank you. Okay. I smiled. No! Hindi ko gusto yung parang napipilitan lang siya. but I was amused at the sudden shock at her face when she saw me. skip the talking to her Mom part." Nagtatanong ang mga mata niya saken at sa Mommy niya. Napatalon ako sa kalsada at napangiti. My third most bravest act so far. Take care tomorrow ha?" "Yes.. Hahahaha.
. Pero ewan ko. I know everyone was looking at the two of us. "Lalabas kayo ni Yana?" I grinned." I winked at him at tumayo na ako para pumasok sa klase. Rold!" Napatawa nalang kaming tatlo.. sa amusement park. "San niyo balak pumunta?" "Hmmm. or kung mas tamang friends na lang muna. Sumunod rin naman sina Ramon at Vincent.stupid . Lumabas kami ni Yana. "Yep. Two months narin ang nakakaraan since the first "date".." sabi ni Ramon saken. punta tayo sa Guilly's mamayang gabi. It seems like. It was a Sunday afternoon. That's when umimik si Vincent samen." I smiled at her." She smiled back. Or ayaw niya lang mag-assume? Hindi ko rin alam if Yana likes me too.. hindi ko pa alam eh. "Ano sabi ni Tito?" "Hmm. "Pass muna ako. pero ayoko ring mag-give without trying. let's go?" "S-sige. Pero masyado ng mahirap So I guess. "Lanya! Epal ka. I wanted to meet her Dad din sana to ask permission to court her daughter. Walang problema. hindi parin eh." I smiled to him. confess. yep.. ayoko ring umasa sa wala. lumalabas kami ni Yana.. And honestly... napapatango lang at napapangiti. di ako nawalan ng tanong and topic para sa kanya. so parang. nasundan pa ng marami. Yung parang ganun lang. Ayun nga.." "Ahh. Si Tita yung humarap saken eh.. And I love every inch of her... Hindi ko kasi alam kung san ko siya dadalhin na hindi magiging awkward para sameng dalawa. Rhys?" Napatingin kaming dalawa ni Ramon sa kanya at napatigil sa pagtawa. Siguro nabigla.. So ayun.. as long as kasama ko siya. wala ata Dad niya. "O bakit?" "May date siguro kasama si Antonio!" sigaw ni Harold. MONDAY. kahit di niya nako kausapin. I mean. and right at the very eyes of everyone. Pero ayos parin saken. maraming rides and pwedeng gawin. it's perfect with me. and I always make sure na alam ng Mommy niya yun. "Hey. At least. hindi ko alam kung san ko siya dadalhin kasi gulong-gulo ang utak ko kung sasabihin ko na sa kanya. Pumunta ako sa bahay nila kahapon eh. But I guess. After the classes.. Ewan ko if Yana figured out na that I like her a lot. dumiretso na ako sa harap ng school niya para hintayin siya..alam ko alam niya na kung anong nangyayari. Siguro every Saturday. "So. pero never kong nameet ang Dad niya. she just answered yes and no to my questions.." Biglang napalaki ang mata ni Vincent at napatingin saken. Get to know her better.. this is the first time na sinundo ko talaga siya RIGHT AFTER HER CLASSES. That's Yana eh. Parang amusement park with all the rides and all. "Totoo ba yan. ano naman sabi ni Tita?" "Payag naman siyang ilabas ko si Yana. Ako ata yung kwento ng kwento at siya naman. but Yana's not the type of girl who would sit down with a guy somewhere and just talk and talk. Kasi parang what we have now for her is mere friendship... I have to . I just didn't expect na it will be soon enough. I want to sit down and talk to her." I grinned at him. we went to Jewel's. "Pare." "Alam ba ng parents niya yan?" "Hmm. sooner or later. I'll choose option two nalang muna.
Nakatingin lang ako sa lake. this was also the first time that my lips trembled." "Rhys. Parang.. We sat down sa ilalim ng malaking puno facing the lake. ikaw na." "Ladies first.. I'm sure she likes you.. Nothing important naman ee. Ayos lang. I hope you know what you're saying. ikaw na. Parang she's always on the lookout. she won't like me back kung ganyan siya. I made friends with her already pero there's still something else. "The girl I've been liking since the first time I saw her.... you've got everything. Pero it's obvious naman e." Napakagat ako sa labi ko. I have fallen for her long before I have formed a friendship with you. Really? I laughed at the back of my mind. May park kasi sila dun na parang pang-picnic at may lake sa gilid.. "Ayos ka lang ba?" "Oo. Blue skies! Akala ko sa mga babae lang ito nangyayari? I took a deep breath again as my heart started to ache for her. "Does she know that you like her?" She asked while looking far ahead too." Nope. "You know what... "Oo. still looking at the lake ahead." "Really? Ang weird naman. parang." sabi ko at medyo huminga ng malalim. Naramdaman ko na naman yung mga paru-paro sa tiyan ko. Pero. I mean." Napatingin ako sa kanya." "Okayy. Pero wala. "Ikaw na." I smiled. honestly. hindi ko alam kung san ako magsisimula.. "There is one thing that I'm still asking for." "Really?" I looked at her again kasi medyo pinagpapawisan siya. And I felt butterflies all over my stomach. ewan ko ba kung nagbubulag-bulagan lang siya or wala talaga siyang pakialam.. I want her to trust me. di ako makahinga ng mabuti. And I don't know why.saken eh. I like her a lot. What more could you ask for?" I guess she still haven't figured it out. tahimik lang ako. and my chest." Sabi ko at ngumiti. kung san tahimik." "Hinde. Naisip ko. "I don't know.." Huminga ulit ako ng malalim and had a quick glance at her to see any forms of "violent" reaction. others can tell na I like her. For the first time ever.. she's still not open to me... "Yana.. She's really different. Pumasok ako sa village kung san nakatira yung kaibigan ko noon. . And I think... Pero para bang hindi niya yun ginagawa... "Nahhh. pwedeng-pwede na dun. it feels like my life is not that complete pa.. I don't spend a lot of time with just any girl. I'm not happy. "She's not katulad kasi sa ibang mga babae. Really? She thinks so? "Well.." "Meron pa? Ano naman yun?" Medyo nabigla siya sa sinabi ko. "Oh come on." "You think so?" I looked at her again." "You think?" "I'm falling for her. I want her to be herself when she's around me. What's not to like?" She smiled sweetly. You've got everything already.. I scanned some places that I've been to at the back of my mind while driving kung san kami pwedeng mag-usap..
. I mean.. buti pa siya. she smiled very sweetly. my heart felt like it was squeezed by some person with great strenght. But I was damn serious. Bigla akong nataranta. may nagkakagusto sa kanya ang katulad mo.... bigla siyang napangiti." She smiled faintly. Yana. and I held her hand and kissed it. why?" "So that she'll be prepared to catch you. ." I suddenly smiled and let out a breath.. would you let me fall for you?" "I-I-I don't know..."Buti pa siya. studying her eyes and hoping that somehow I may get some hints.." "Ahhh. "Thank you." "You think so?" I looked at her." I whispered to God. "Y-you mean. Lord." I looked at her eyes. "Can I fall for you?" "Can I fall for you?" That was the second time I felt my heart pounded fast. Ask the girl first huh? Siguro it's time to do so. "Pero kung ikaw yung girl and ako ito. KUNG ikaw yung girl." She was still smiling. "I mean. "Yeah.. my stomach twisted in a very unfamiliar way. Was that my cue?! "W-wala. would you let me fall for you?" "Huh?" She was taken aback by my question." I was in deep thoughts again as to what I will do next... and tears welled up her brown eyes.." "What?" Bigla akong napatingin sa kanya. why is she crying? WHY THE HELL IS SHE CRYING? "I-is there something wrong?" I asked. Maybe you should ask the girl first?" "Ahhh. "So. kasi hindi niya ako gusto? Is she"H-hindi mo naman kailangang humingi ng permiso e. "Hm?" She looked at me back.. That's when I realized I was holding my breath for almost 20 seconds while waiting for her answer. Is she crying kasi I broke the friendship? Is she crying kasi. What will she react to this? But suddenly..
she never talks... And I can also help her with her computer project. si Vince palang." Napatingin siya saken. Siguro kung di sa iyo. I'm trying to like it. nasa gate na ako ng Lourdes para maghintay kay Yana. okay. so is her Kuya. Okay yan. Ang dami naming pinag-usapan. I want to make things right sana. di ako naglakas ng loob na-" "Good. Kaibigan niya rin si Yana e. "Ano sabi mo?" "Kami na ni Yana. kami na ni Yana eh!" Sabi ko sa kanya habang nakangiti. When she saw me.. ang daldal niya. napatingin saken at napanganga. punta nalang daw ako sa bahay nila. katulad lang ng dati. . "Oh come on. ayoko ring mawala siya saken. "Oo. Excited masyado. "Salamat talaga!" I shouted as he started walking away. "Lanya Rhys. And.. Yana's mom knows this already. Parang... Nung hapon na. Hindi ko maexplain. taking all the public utilities.. I grew to love her each day. What makes me scared though is the fact that her Dad has still no idea about what's going on between me and his daughter. "Di nga?" He said it without any emotion. Hmm. Huminga siya ng malalim at napatingin sa soccer field ng school. but Yana won't let me tell her father. bro. ano pa ba ang ikukwento ko? Oh yeah. Hmm." She grinned at me.. and I just love her more. see her smile. pero it seems like she's my Trigonometric theory na kelangan kong isolve and prove to her that she's really something. I'm not that super smart-" "I get it. I had the courage to come up to her. Wala akong magawa sa bahay eh.." He said again and stood up. all those times. Galeeng!" Sabi ko. Mag-ayos ka nga. Sabi niya. Pagkatapos nun. to be friends with Wala pa akong may nasabihan. her.. And since I love her so much. I mean. masisira lang daw ang lahat. "Sobrang saya ko. Buti nalang.. makasabay ako sa brain mo. actually." "Eh syempre. Rhys. she smiled and I held her hand. Hindi ko maexplain kung ganu ako kasaya. Sabay na kami kaagad umuwi... Matagal na pala siyang may gusto saken.. Diba dati nga." She scowled. kilala mo siya... Buti nalang. may gusto din pala saken si Yana. I studied his reaction. Bigla siyang napatigil sa paggigitara.. pero para sa iyo.. Open ako sa kanila eh. he also likes her. pare! Ang dami ko palang sinayang na oras. hear her laugh and listen to her Trigonometric theories and postulates. "Okay yan. As everyday passes. you know.. I drove her back to her house.. I don't like Physics. to confess to her. she never opens a topic? Pero nung naging kami na.. wanna talk about Pascal's principle?" I teased her while we were on their garden one Sunday afternoon. all I wanna do is make her happy. I guess he has the right to know. kaya sabi niya. Kaya naman. "Vince-" "Hm?" "May sasabihin ako sa iyo!" Sabi ko ng ngiting-ngiti sa kanya. Kung ano-ano na lang. and what a small world. gf ang pinsan ko! Galeeeng. Para kang bata. Diba? I mean. kami na talaga!" I repeated again and laughed.. pumayag nalang ako sa gusto niya. you don't like Physics.Chapter 21.. my family knows this already. Si Kuya niya. Para at least lang naman. "So. "Sinong nagsabing hindi?" "Ikaw?" "Well.
I'll go ahead. That was my chance. Ang bilis ng two months actually.. May tiwala naman si Tita saken. Buti naman dito siya magnewnew year... Wala akong pwedeng magawa sa kanya." Sabi ng Dad niya and he went outside.. yes sir. DECEMBER. Dapat tigilan ko na ito.We were just talking nonesense stuffs while facing her desktop computer at her room. "Oh... And siya rin nagsabing wag sabihin kay Dad. sweet. Ayos lang iyan.. love ya.. "Ikaw kaya gumagawa diyan." "Eh-" "Yana!" Yahoo! Yana's Dad! I'll finally meet him and introduce myself formally. BACK TO THE PROJECT RHYS!" Nilakasan ni Yana ang boses niya.. "No buts.. Christmas na. b-" "Studyante ko. kelan uwi mo? Talaga? Buti naman at dito ka magnewnewyear. "Ba't di mo nalang sinabi na boyfriend mo ako?" I whispered... Nice meeting you Rhys. Bigla akong napakunot ng noo." she smiled. Hindi wag na. it's gayish. mukhang decent tayo ah. ayos lang naman." She winked. Mabilis na tumayo si Yana at napatingin sa Dad niya. Ako naman naiwan dito sa Pinas.. Oo. You know. She's caring. "Hindi kaya.. "Okay. Dad. Cute naman iyan eh. Bigla akong napatingin kay Yana.. smart. Dun daw siya magChriChristmas. I dont want her lying to her own parents. Yana went to Singapore. just bring yourself home safe and sound. I don't want you lying to your parents. Naks. "Err." she laughed. lahat na siguro." She smiled. I mean. Nainis ako kay Yana. "Hindi iyan cute. Si Rhys po pala-" "Good afternoon Sir. "Hmm. "Uhm. and even I myself. that web-web thingy?" Napanganga ako sa mga sinabi niya.. I'm Rhys Romualdez. She's really the girl I've been dreaming of simula pa noon." "Eh. Two months na kami ni Yana." "Awww. siguro to let her Dad hear that we're really working on something.. respect Yana. then to me again. Mom taught me.. Miss ko na siya eh. Her Dad looked at me." Sabi ko. And I know what that means. "Ano ka ba? Gusto mo bang magbreak tayo dahil sa Dad ko?" "Pero kahit na. Bago pa maging komplikado ang lahat." she laughed again. Hindi ko dapat siyang mahalin. . "But Ya-" Seriously. then to Yana. And I wouldn't ask for anyone else." I put down my phone. Masaya ako sa kanya. Miss na kita. i'm teaching him physics and he's helping me out at my computer project. when I felt some elbow in my right rib. hayaan mo na iyan. That's not just the way it is." I smiled.. Hindi. okayy? Sige. bye.. "Eh sabi mo ganito? Hahaha.. why does she has to lie? That was our chance. That was her chance. "Uhmm.
iho!" Tita Leny hugged me tightly. I just want to-" ". "Wala lang.. "Hindi ba pwedeng pumasok?" I grinned." She excused herself. Matagal-tagal narin akong di nakapunta dito." Tuwang-tuwa si Tita na nakadalaw ulit ako sa kanila." I smiled nervously." I smiled. Is this the best thing to do? "H-Hey." Sabi ni Gabby at lumabas kami. I can always work it out. "Dati.. ngayon ko lang naramdaman na matagal na pala talaga akong di nakakadalaw dito. and was taken aback." "So-" "Can I take you to dinner this 28th? Hmm. Tara. Marami narin akong nabasag na mamahaling vases dito. "Been awhile." She said and I went in. "W-What do you mean by that?" . I still want more than that from you.. "Alam ba to ni Yana?" "Does she have to know everything?" I retorted.no. Then she suddenly gave me a naughty smile. Dati dito kami naglalaro ng tagu-taguan. "Right. Been awhile.I'm sorry." I smiled at her. "Hmm. tapos ngayon. Hayyy. "Gabbbyyyy! Sino yung nasa gg-" bigla siyang napatigil sa harap ko. be friends with me again? Look Rhys. Naisip ko lang. "-Oh my gosh. Tuloy. Excuse me lang ha. Gabby studied me for awhile. Gab. Dumiretso kami sa sala. It's been awhile since I last visited her house. "She's really happy to see you again. "Ikaw nga Tita o. tara.. "Naku. I don't know. Namiss ko ito.. nakakapanibago." I grinned at her. Binata ka na!" Tiningnan niya ulit ako. Ang galing mo paring mambola! Umupo ka na nga.. Rhys. She was a bit surprised. "Oo nga poh eh. "Hey." I looked inside. I'm sorry. so what made you decide na dumaan muna dito?" Napaisip ako sandali. Hindi ako makapaniwala na andito ulit ako para humingi ng tulong . right. buti naman at nakadalaw ka na dito. to let everyone believe that she's not the only girl.. Talo mo pa si Gabby!" Tita Leny giggled." She smiled. mukha pa kayong batang-kalye nitong si Gabby ko. "Dun tayo sa garden. Rhyyssss. "Ay." She whispered. It'd be awkward for you if-" "Then I can work it out. You just have to wait. ayyyy! Binata at dalaga na. Papakunan kita ng meryenda. "Nakuu. it's time to clear things up. ikaw na bata ka." I smiled. sexy ka parin." "Y-Yeah? Buti naman napadalaw ka.. "Yeah.
saken. "Can I talk to you?" Umupo si Mommy sa kama ko at napaupo rin ako.. "I'll go ahead." I saw Gabby's face turned from confusion into a surprised one. She would use her friends ." Dumiretso na kaagad ako sa bahay dahil medyo madilim-dilim narin nun. Ma? Baket?" Pumasok si Mommy sa kwarto. okay?" She asked. Sa tingin ko alam ko na kung anong nangyayari." "Sure." She smiled." "Your Dad received a call from Mr." I chuckled nervously. It would be really unfair. "Ba't ka aalis kaagad?" "Hmm." "Gab. we'll have dinner on the 28th?" "Of course. Then. I've missed you. right?" "Of course Tita. all these years. I have something to talk to you about. Antonio. may dinner pa po sa bahay ng Tita ko e.Bea or Vincent . Sure. most especially. "Son. "S-sure." I smiled at Tita Leny. "Mom. you can always hang out with me. "You'll drop by again." I looked at Gabby who's blushing at her side. weigh things first. I never liked that. walk him up to the gate.." When I heard the last name 'Antonio'. "Ingat sa pag-uwi... alis na si Rhys!" She yelled. "Awwww. "I'll go ahead then.and honestly. "I just want to be with my bestfriend again." "Thanks Gab. "And-" ." Niyakap ulit ako ni Tita at lumabas kami ni Gabby sa bahay. gusto kong nagkikita kami. Rhys. "Are you sure about this whole thing?" Gabby asked.. but I don't want her lying to her family. "Rhys. gusto kong magkasama kami. Sana before you react.. "Hindi ko alam kung anong nangyayari ." "Oh. It seems like. [****] Things had gotten bad nung nalaman ng father ni Yana ang samen dalawa. bigla akong naalarma. "Wala. sure. Bigla namang lumabas si Tita at niyakap ulit ako. Thanks Gab. Pinagbawalan siyang lumabas and all. "Of course. I can't be late." She smiled sweetly." She smiled again and I stood up." "Really? Great. "Anong ibig mong sabihin niyan?" Napatingin ako kay Gabby." I gave her a friendly hug and she hugged me back.Huminga ako ng malalim at napatingin kay Gabby. Then she breathed out.
Talk some. ano?" She grinned too. Paolo.. Laugh some.natapunan ng drinks. "H-hinde. Hahaha." She took a deep breath before answering me. We ordered and we just talked and talked. "Hey. hindi pwede dun." My hands were shaking. naisip ko. Eto na.. and maybe the possibilities. Nanlisik ang mga mata niya.. [****] I slammed my body on bed.." She grinned. KFC tayo.." "Ready? Let's go. "Rhys?" "H-huh?" "KFC tayo. "Game.no. Sure. I." I smiled."I... di na ako dumiretso. and maganda yung pagkakaupo niya." She slid in." I smiled at Gabby. naalala mo pa ba si Hans nuon? We just saw each other nung Sunday. I looked at Mom unbelievingly. 28TH.." She laughed. He's uber macho na ngayon. No." "Deal?" "Laro-laro lang." She suddenly said. "Hahaha. No.. talaga? Loko yun ah. we just strolled around MOA.. Things have gotten worse. Kumbaga. eto na yung alam kong mangyayari saming dalawa. "Ayos?" She studied the guy for awhile." Bigla akong napabitaw sa PSP na hinahawakan ko. I was wrapped with anger and fear. Back to the days when life was easy for the both of us. "It's alright... kung.. When I heard KFC. From the very start kasi dapat." Then Mom hugged me. kung.. Di siya matatapunan since nasa gilid siya. And now. I need to. "Think about. Then dumiretso kami sa KFC.. "Wow." She said proudly. "My gosh. Natawa ako sa kanya. Yung parang. Pakiramdam ko... right?" I asked. sure." Natawa kaming dalawa. susubuan mo ko.. "Pag yung lalake na kumakain dun. Baka nag-gygym na siya. hindi ko gagawin yan?" Her voice broke.. ". finding gifts.. stay away from her. let's make a deal.. "Hahahaha. So ayun. Not Paolo. Pero alam kong aabot sa ganito to. parang katulad lang noon. if you won't. thanks.. "Uhhh. New Year shopping of gifts. everything is screwed up. si Gabby lang at ako. I missed her." I smiled back.. "Hey. "Tara." I grinned." I pointed out. well--" "Anong mangyayari. "Not Paolo. "Yes. Hhindi. We went to MOA since sasamahan ko siya for her Christmas shopping . alam kong Danger Zone ang pupuntahan ko. Amin yun ni Yana eh.. pero dumiretso parin ako." I said and opened the car door for her.. Reminiscing much. . "Gabs..
. then we would burst out laughing if medyo nacoconscious siya sa pagkakatingin namen. But hey.. right? ."Well. "Here you goo..." I whispered to Gabby. She laughed and held the spoon. let's see." At sinubuan niya ako. Then suddenly. We paused for awhile and just looked at the guy. someone would see it. I didn't know. *splash* "Told ya so." I grinned.. the least person I would like to find out about it. that's the point of all this..
right after class. better ask yoursef. Then I called Yana kung nakauwi na siya and all." She got her arm out of my hold at pumasok na kaagad siya sa kotse nila. I shouldn't be. "Yana. lagot. After the dinner. I know what's wrong. ikaw pa. 8:32 pm. I hurriedly went to her school and waited. Yung iDock ko. Alam na nga ng lahat. explain myself and everything. This is how things should be. or happened. God knows how many times I called her. Unless kung pinagsasabi ni Gabby yun which is. She didn't even have a glance on me. I didn't bother to wait for her. right. pero wala eh. Rhys!" I said to myself sarcastically. Late akong pumasok sa school.Chapter 22. No.. if you're going to ask me what's wrong. say sorry.." Sabi ko kay Vince. pero nakapasok na kaagad siya sa kotse nila. "Yana!" I grabbed her right arm at napatigil siya sa paglalakad. "Happy new year too. I just can't because it's not everyday I meet someone like Juliana Antonio. I just can't let go like this. No. Aiisssh. hinatid ko na si Gabby sa bahay nila. Nung hapon na. Then I heard her took a deep breath and faced me. it would be very good. But she's not answering her phone. Grineet ko pa siya nung new year's eve. bakit umuulan? Hindi dapat eh. She never answered. Hindi ko naabutan si Yana sa gate ng school nila. She never replied. sandali!" I even tried knocking her car. I have to get there. Pero nung lumabas siya. What's happening? Pero diba nga naman. I called her name and ran after her. Hindi ko na alam kung anong gagawin ko. (Yeah. dumiretso lang siya. Right. I know what I did. June 11. Shit. Tiningnan niya lang ako and walked away.. "The best thing about tonight’s that we’re not fighting It couldn’t be that we have been this way before I know you don’t think that I am trying But hold your breath Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear its true Because a girl like you is impossible to find You’re impossible to find This is not what I intended I always swore to you that I would never fall apart You always thought that I was stronger . I just can't give her up just like this. "What's up with people?" Nagkibit-balikat nalang ako at pumasok narin sa klase. Loving you. until I decided na di na muna pumasok sa klase. happy new year. But I still found myself calling and texting her. "Look. very likely to happen.) Tatlong araw niya din akong di pinansin. sa hapon nalang. Rhys? Eto yung hinahanap mo? Ito yung dapat mangyari? JUNE O7. "Pare. pero walang reply. instead wait for her nalang at the front of her school para di na siya makatakas pa. pero di sumagot. Pero imposible namang malaman niya yun. Imposible namang hindi mo alam when you know you did it yoursef. I was getting worried. But I have to do this. And when I saw her. No. or ng iba. that is.
But hold your breath Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find It’s impossible to find So breathe in so deep Breathe me in I’m yours to keep And hold onto your words ‘Cause talk is cheap And remember me tonight When you’re asleep Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find Tonight will be the night that I will fall for you Over again Don’t make me change my mind I won’t live to see another day I swear it’s true Because a girl like you is impossible to find You’re impossible to find" This should be added to the history of mankind." "Yana. serenading the girl of her life with a song right under the deep black starless sky. "I would clearly understand if you won't forgive me. And I won't even deny that last December 27. I'm listening. so okay.. it's late in the evening." She said and turned back on me. isn't it? "Yana-" "Look. "Would you like to dance with me?" I smiled while stretching my arms to her hand. [WEAK Chorus by JOJO] She looked at me . I know you have something to say. How romantic. pasensya na. "And Yana. I am very sorry for that." "I'll forgive. I know that was a very wrong move." She handed me the umbrella. but I wont forget this yet.studying my eyes very carefully. One man with an iDock. I went out with Gabby without you knowing. "Why. Really. "Wala sina Dad kaya bawal magpapasok ng lalaki sa bahay... drenchedly wet. Shit. You have all the right to react that way. Then I played the song again. Here's an umbrella." I looked at her straight in the eyes. it's you that I really love.. I am a jerk." "Okay." She answered. ." She said. Umuulan pa ng malakas. umuwi ka nalang. Pero bigla ko siyang hinila and smiled on her. I love to. I just really wanna say sorry. "Yana." I said softly and bit my lip. Sorry.I may have failed But I have loved you from the start Oh. sobrang ginaw na. I paused and looked at her.
amin nalang ito? Ako at si Mr. Rhys and Yana. I noticed umalis yung kotse nina Yana and she was smiling at Vince. pero hindi naman kelangang iremind yun saken diba? But then.. I guess this is the lifetime consequence I'd get. Di ako tulad ng iba diyan. Nagkasipon lang kami ni Yana. I love you. She just gave me an assuring smile na okay lang yung ginagawa niya. iniisip mo siguro si Vince no? H-hindi aa. So I went inside the school after letting Vince read her text message. promise. Then. ppuntahin mo dito si Vince saken. Crush ka niyan. Nung sinabi niya yun. Pano mo nasabi? Syempre. Byee. Nung hapon na. Then I received a text from Yana. Baka sa susunod makita kitang kasama si Vince ha. may gagawin pa ako. I know I did something wrong. please? :] 'bakit?' Yana . Thank God di ako nagkasakit. Di naman ako nagtwotwo time e. Wag na. Mom at. Tumigil ka nga.. Di nga? Yuhh. A: Oist. Two hearts back together. There I saw her standing with a phone on her hand. Wednesday night. A: I love you too. I know him too well. He's my bestfriend. Antonio. Walang homeworks or quizzes so I called her up and just talked about just anything.. andiyan ka pa? R: Nga pala. I dropped the phone on my hand and just looked at the ceiling. pero di naman kami nilagnat or whatsoever. hindi nga e. When will this feeling stop? When will I stop? Life's getting hard na for the family. Text nalang kita mamaya. NOW pala. That's why ngayon pa lang kumikilos na siya.. Bigla siyang tumahimik sa kabilang linya kaya medyo naalarma ako. Wag na sana yung iba pang tao. One song that tells their story.. Bye loves. tumambay lang kami ni Vince dun sa harap ng school namen while I wait for Yana. nobody will forget what I did. Nagseselos tuloy ako dito. R: A: R: A: R: A: R: Vincent likes you. kaya napatingin ako sa gate ng Lourdes. Yana . Hala. Naqo. I mean. Especially..And we danced. ako naman yung biglang napatahimik. trust me. Kunwari ka pa. Paolo. Pero bakit kelangang isali yung pamilya ko? Hindi ba pwedeng. Hinde aa. forever.bsta.. Tsaka obvious naman e. Alert naman si Vince papunta kay Yana. :] I looked at her confused.. Okay na kaming dalawa until... so parang naramdaman kong best time na to get the 411. Siya naman may pupuntahan daw kasama sina Jude..get in ur skul muna. Paolo. Hmp. Alam kong alam ng father ni Yana kung anong meron saming dalawa ng anak niya. Yana? Yuhh. R: A: R: A: R: A: R: A: R: A: Still there. Wag na sina Dad. "Anong nangyayari?" .
Wala. Front ng KFC or sa KFC mismo. My eyes were fixed on her searching for answers sa tanong ko. Napatingin lang kmi ni Vince sa isa't isa."Wala. but much harder Hindi ko na alam kung anong gagawin ko." Then she smiled softly. "Yana." Huminga ako ng malalim and let go of her arms. I just want to hear it from her. "San tayo pupunta?" "Surprise. but we also insisted that I bring Yana home. SUNDAY Wow. Ba't kaya late? Usually. Wala. what will I do kaya? I should've not asked Yana to come to my birthday. good evening everyone. I stood up and sumenyas sa singer ng banda." she smiled. Better make the best out of it nalang. I held her hand and we walked further.. "Pwede ba yun? Happy birthday!" she smiled and hugged me. Then I guess eto na yung dapat kong gawin. It's not YOU. So indeed. "Wala." "Wala. "Geez. Pero binilisan niya ang paglakad niya and opened a new topic. 10 mins. Actually. "May nangyayari ba sa iyo na hindi ko alam?" He asked firmly... "Rhys. "Err. I know what's happening and what's going to happen. And maybe first and last for me." I stood up and smiled at her. he insisted on bringing Yana home kasi siya daw yung responsible kung bakit pumayag yung driver ni Yana na sumama siya kay Vince. "Wala. I smiled back. akin muna." I winked.D 3:00pm. MOA. it's my birthday today. 3:17pm.. . The usual tagpuan namin ni Yana. . wala parin. "Ano ba talaga ang nangyayari?" She looked at me straight in the eyes. "Hmm.. Nung naglalakad kami ni Yana papasok sa village nila." Pumunta kami ng Baywalk at dun narin kumain. alam na kaagad ng lahat kung anong gagawin ko at kung ano ang tutugtugin. For now. probably not." I grinned. Yana. Nauna na si Vince na umuwi.. I thought di ka na makakarating... but hey. or if not. happy birthday to me! Hmm. Rhys.. on time siya. How could I leave and hurt someone like her? I can't. I just want to spend some time with my two most favorite guys in the world. "Hindi ba dapat ako ang may surprise sa iyo? It's your birthday. But will it hurt kung maghihintay ako? But I have to. I'm actually making things hard for her.." I grinned. "Geez. wala pa siya." I looked at her again. 5 minutes. I was amused.. hindi siya pupunta. Is she gonna come ba? 15 minutes.." sabi niya ng pabulong at umiwas ng tingin." She grinned and slid her arms around ours." I smiled nervously. She was still catching her breath. bukas nalang yang surprise mo. "Ayoko ng nagsisinungaling ka. I asked her kung anong nangyari kanina. birthday ko with Yana. I'm sure tatakas naman yun.
And... "hello. 'cause you'll always be my baby) Always be my baby. 'cause you'll always be my baby (And we'll linger on) We will linger on (Time can't erase a feeling this strong (No way.. believe me. no You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. sa kanya lang?' I chuckled. it's only a matter of time You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. I just want to assure her that I love her so much.. no You'll always be a part of me I'm part of you indefinitely Girl. girl I will not stand in your way But inevitably. 'cause you'll always be my baby I ain't gonna cry." The audience reacted 'Awwww.. yeah So I'm letting you fly 'cause I know in my heart. here's a song for her. "Hmm. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling. baby Oh baby.. . babe For a moment in time And it seemed everlasting That you would always be mine Now you want to be free. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling. you're never gonna shake me (Ooh darling.. And I'm here with my girlfriend. You'll be back again 'Cause you know in your heart. So. 'cause you'll always be my... 'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way.. ano gagawin mo?" Yung parang ganun. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. oh I know that you'll be right back." We were as one. tomorrow's my birthday. you're never gonna shake me Ooh darling. 'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way. don't you know you can't escape me) Ooh darling. 'cause you'll always be my baby And we'll linger on Time can't erase a feeling this strong No way. my baby (You'll always be a part of me) You will always be (I'm part of you indefinitely (Girl.She was confused. babe Our love will never end. oh. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. no And I won't beg you to stay If you're determined to leave. don't you know you can't escape me Ooh darling. she was staring at me as if. 'cause you'll always be my baby I know that you'll be back. babe Our love will never die. "-And for everyone too. girl When your days and your nights get a little bit colder.
"Nasa hospital pa siya eh. But honestly? I dont know how. even she won't ever forgive me. I shouldn't." She had a sad look on her face. okay.. I'm really sorry.. since. We sat down and I ordered. Yana will always be someone I will always love." "Mukhang ewan pero mahal mo naman.. "Anak. sana alam niya that I'm singing this song with all my heart. "Whatever." she said smiling sheepishly. for me." I answered.. Mukha kang ewan.." I took a deep breath. I know. actually.." Mom started to cry at niyakap ko siya. hindi mo ako sisisihin sa mga naging pasya mo ngayon. soon enough. she will still be a part of me . "I'm so sorry. someday. Rhys. pero of course.She will always be a part of me. "Well. even if I'm going to give her up." "Hey. "Yep. "Oh. "Just. even if things will go to her Dad's plan.. It's not that easy you know. "Is this your gift to me?" I grinned." "Nothing special?!" I scoffed.. can I talk to you?" Mom went in my room. those are special." she laughed with me. "Yana.. Just. "Lahat na nanggaling sa iyo or ginagawa mo.. I should stop this. even after some years will pass.." I said and rubbed her back. "For now. "Reallyy?" she asked sweetly." I smiled to her and squeezed her hand.." "Great idea.. let's dig in. "Yeah. But you know this is for the best right? I just hope someday." I looked at her and she smiled... stood up at pumunta sa balcony ng kwarto ko." I smiled and we ate. "Part of my gift... he's on "vacation" naman. "Wag ka ngang ngumiti ng ganyan. I tell you.." She held my hand and we went inside KFC." "Well. here.... "I'm a bad mother. Ma. I shouldn't do this to you. Always. ano na yung gift mo saken?" I smiled sheepishly." she smiled again. Even if we're going to part ways soon.. She wanted to pay for it. sorry." I laughed. "Is this it?" I asked excitedly... "Well." I smiled again. I can't let her. ayos lang Ma.a big part. ." "Right. Plus.. "So. "Of course. ayos lang. tara." she let out a heavy breath. It would be a big boo to my ego.. I just hope that she knows this. I understand the situation." she handed me a box." "It's alright iho.. later on." she said. Siya muna yung nakabantay dun. Mom. "Si Dad pala? I haven't seen him for a quite some days. just give me time. this is nothing special. "So can I open this?" "Hmm.." "A-ayos lang.
Alam ko kung anong nararamdaman mo. "You get my point right?" "Y-yeah. "I'm sorry. "Dad. sa ngayon. "Yana. I walked inside the white building and searched for his room at the 3rd floor. Rhys. what's with the call?" I smiled while sitting down at KFC." Tears started to fill her eyes. She just said that we had to see each other tomorrow.." He grinned. I was reading a book about JAVA when I saw Yana's name on my phone's screen. see if it's still running." I said in a firm and sincere voice.. I looked at her in the eyes and smiled." I put my right hand on hers." "Just sleep on the couch." "Promise... Syempre nabigla ako kasi gabi na." Pumunta siya ng cr at kinuha yung mga gamit niya. It's not just for you. Take some rest.. It's the best feeling in the world you'll ever feel. "Ayos lang ba sa iyo? I have to check the business. And you shouldn't be sorry." . you can call the nurse to check up on him. and I know what it is. I know where this is going." "Rhys-" "And I won't let go.. son. ako na po muna dito. Not now." "Rhys. that I don't intend to keep.. Pag gumising siya. I can't see her hurt like this. And I enwrapped her in a warm hug. Go home. "Alam mo na." I smiled at him. "Rhys." I almost whispered." He smiled.. do you really love me? Mahal mo ba talaga ako?" "Of course..It was late in the evening.." "Rhys. I know what's happening.. but I just really have to talk to you.... you shouldn't be sorry. late na masyado. "No. same place...." "S-sure. ". para ipaglaban mo ako?" she asked me while crying. and I shouldn't have answered what I just answered. "Mahal kita. There's someting in her voice." He looked up at me. not yet." "Hm?" "I-I'm really sorry." "Is there a problem?" I asked worriedly. Dad.. nakita ko si Dad na nakaupo sa couch holding a book at his right hand and a cold coffee on the table. same time. "Is that love enough. "Yana. it won't work out for you. "D-dad. Nang binuksan ko ang pinto. "Hmm. Then he left the book at the couch and started to walk through the door. Thank you. She doesn't usually do this or call at this hour. No. Promise." Bigla namang nagbago ang tono ng boses nya. It's just that. Ingat sa pagdrive.
you're not." "Pao. Pao." "I've explained this to your parents already. We are trying very hard and." "Paolo.." "I know.. "I'll check him up muna. hindi niya na kelangang sirain ang buhay ng kapatid ko." "T-thank you. Yun lang. and it's hard to find a bone that is compatible with his age... it seems like it's much harder. I can't. no no. You need it. Looking at my brother silently lying on this white four-walled room. "S-sandali." "Sige." "I'll go ahead. And he's going to die soon if I don't take any actions.. I'll call a nurse.... "How are you and Ate Yana?" "W-we're fine. Hindi ko alam kung bakit kelangan ng Daddy ni Yana na gawin ito. Your brother had been weak for some days already. until now. take a rest. "K-kuya. Hindi ko alam kung saan ako nagkamali. Her dad is behind all this." "Iho?" "I-I'm sorry. especially sa brother mo. it's unusual that. "How is he?" "Well. He can just go straight to me. but we know meron talaga yan." I knew then what was happening. how are you feeling?" "Okay. he signed kung pwede sa labas kami mag-usap. just... "K-Kuya." . yes. Please don't tell the patient." "What do you mean? We'll pay for it." Her dad... the seller won't even give me the price. I can't let this happen. "Kumusta naman yung kalagayan niya?" "I'll just call the doctor for a more accurate report. it is hard to find one. sir." "H-hindi.." And the door slowly closed... But. but ngayon. Talk.." She smiled and disappeared inside the room. no matter how much we are offering... no matter how much." "No."Yeah. "No. We just transplanted a bone to the other kid with his age the other day.. actually. Then may pumasok naman na doctor.. makes me cry so hard. I know. So I went outside and excused myself." he smiled." "Take a rest." Then I dialled a number on the phone and the nurse then appeared. we can't still find a bone for the transplant." I smiled at him. kung bakit hindi makakita ng bone for the transplant ang kapatid ko." After the check up..
. please." I smiled. I have the intentions of keeping my promise." He looked at me with his brown eyes. I suddenly cleared his throat and looked serious.. "Y-Yana?" "Rhys. her eyes fixed on mine. "Really?" She smiled. Yana. The only thing that changed my mind of giving up Yana was my talk with Paolo. wala na siya? I can't even bear the thought of him. But it's been some few days na hindi ako pumasok ng school. I went to school again and nagkaleche-leche na ang lahat. But I'm back. So Yana. moreover hindi niya ako gusto as your boyfriend.." I held her shoulders and looked her in the eye. and I guess.. I had the courage to leave him. may you accompany me to the principal's office?" "Y-yes sir." And he lifted his pinky finger. I was just in the hospital taking care of Paolo. She hugged me. this is the only thing that I can do for my brother." "Sorry. huh?" I grinned." I looked at her and tears started to fall from her eyes. I can't afford to leave him. "Rhys.. You should promise me. sana ganun din ang gagawin mo." I lifted my pinky finger and tied it on his. dead. Romualdez.. I promised. I won't let go of you. what if pagbalik ko. But Yana. if things won't work get better.. It's late in the evening and I want to talk to you about this." I smiled. good evening. "."Don't mind me." "Yana.." I smiled. Kuya. "P-Promise. "Apat na araw ka nang absent. "He doesnt like you hanging out with me.. Promise. I found myself sitting at the Bay just looking at the open ocean. Kuya. you really missed me. even if I live. "Yeah. "Mr. "Geez." "So promise me. I still won't be happy." For the first time after four days of keeping myself beside Paolo.." "Pao-" "Kasi. "Yes." She looked at me.." she answered the phone. . "Promise me.. "I won't let go. but kung nakikita naman kitang ganito." "Pao. I hope this time. what if. sure. May mga family matters lang na dapat ayusin.." I smiled and hugged her so tight.kahit anong mangyayari.. tumatawag or nagtetext kay Yana." He let me sat down on the seat and looked at me." Hinampas niya ako ng mahina.. I took a deep breath and looked at him. that you'll follow your heart no matter what happens." "Can we talk? Somewhere? Now?" "Sure.. "Your dad doesn't like me so much. "Meanie. right?" I looked at her. "Hindi na ako magpapaligoy-ligoy pa.
. Then suddenly the phone rang again. can you stop calling our number? It's getting on our nerves here. especially my family . I have to stop this feeling I have.. hindi pwede-" "Kaya nga." I answered...." She said in a very soft voice." Bigla akong napatigil at napatingin sa kanya. "You may go." "Sir. "Geez. "R-rhys. I know. but you have to tell me what's going on.. Your grades are fine. I'm trying to solve some puzzle here. I MUST. "H-hindi pwede. "That was." I stood up and got out of the room. your athletic standing is okay. fine." She said firmly." "Yes sir. And I grabbed it." "Some friend. I won't go to school again. you know what's going on. Silence. "Ma. Then I stopped going to school for a week again. "Wala siya." "I-I really don't know.. This time." "They said your parents called the university and cancelled the scholarship.." Silence."I don't want to get into someone's business.." She said while holding the phone on her hand." She said in almost a whispere." "How's brother. I can't put everything in stake.. that's why kahit ako.. Sir. Kung wala kang magawa sa buhay mo. your character is great.. Please say something. how come? I mean.. I have to give up. anyway?" "He's. that's what I'm trying to point out here." "Yana. sir?" "Your scholarship for college has been terminated. ." I said and went to the kitchen. "Hello. "Whatever.my brother.." "Please talk to your parents about this." "W-what do you mean. "And please don't call here again." Silence." Silence. YANA. "Right. I have to give HER up. And maybe.. I have no idea." "They won't do that!" "Yes." Then she hanged up. Rhys. I have to cut all connections with me and Yana.
after tomorrow. I know. Soon enough. It's alright. I'll have my heart shattered to million pieces and it won't be put back together so soon. Missed you.. Yana and Gabby. right? ME. Yeah." I shook my head.. And the moment my hand reached for the "flash" button...." I paused.. I knew then my mind had won. I should hurry.. Sent to two people.." "Mom. I love you. Dad's been drinking for quite some days. so I really need to go and I shouldn't be late and all. Can we see each other tomorrow? Same place. Hey. But. After tomorrow." "It's. biglang nanikip ang dibdib ko. I don't know what to do. Finals. things will never be the same again. I went to see the principal and he agreed on giving me special exams. And I'm still running for honors.. Mua mua... And I guess. TC.. I wasn't. "Well. no.. "I'm sorry. Nang marinig ko ang boses niya. san ka pupunta?" "It's my exam today. he told me about Yana. Paolo's getting weaker each day.." "Rhys. "I'm so sorry. My mind and heart was having a battle. My mind froze and my heart stopped beating. or if I should let the situation remain as such. how I missed her voice. And my scholarship for college. After tomorrow. "I wasn't able to pay for your finals.. 530pm." She suddenly burst into tears and I had nothing to do but hug her and tell her it's alright with me. You know what's going on. I couldn't bear it." Days have passed. and. .. she will forget that she loved someone named Rhys Romualdez. I know this will be for the best. my life will be back to normal. Vincent. nothing." "But-" "We have. Sure. If I should say something. it will only be recorded though if Mom pays the bills. God.. And after tomorrow. Everything is at stake. KFC. meron pa bang dapat icelebrate? Tomorrow's going to be a big day. Tomorrow's going to be our 5th monthsary. Mom had been crying and telling me sorry. I was hurrying up on wearing my uniform and all kasi late na ako and I have exams pa. I can't miss this one kasi 3rd grading exam na namen." "No.. Rhys. I'll wait for you. I hope she read the invisible "sorry" in it. I've decided.Yana.. And-" "Anak." "What?" I was all panicking when I caught Mom's face. "Anak. Gabby.
Gabby. When she was seated." I said and stood up." I smiled. sa susunod. I'm not gonna be the good Rhys anymore after this whole thing." She smiled sweetly." We were really having a good time. "You're really beautiful today. we were wrapped by silence. And. let's order. We just stared at each other. Happy 5th monthsary too. Yeah. "Hinde. I don't want to do this. "I missed you." I said. Thanks a lot." She smiled and held my hand.. Happy 5th Monthsary ." Isuddenly hugged her and gave her the opposite chair. And. wala yuun. "Me too. She nodded and smiled. it seems nga na walang nangyayaring masama sa mga buhay namen. Sure. Does that meanME." I smiled softly.NOT. Missed you too. "Thank you." She whispered. "Okay! Be back. "Tara." "Yeah. if something's happening to you. Long story." I then opened my hands. Gabby will be a very "loving" girl to me. if it's okay with you. At least you're here and I'm really glad. babalik sa dati ang lahat. I went to her side and put the necklace on her neck. Mabilis lang to. I guess this necklace suits you very well. After nito. "Rhys. wala ng explanation. I'm sorry. She held onto it and looked at me. "I'm sorry if. "Pero sana Rhys. we talked about so many things. "May I?" I asked. God. "I know. I was shaking as I settled on a table.. Me. I won't even bother to give one. I'll see you there. and I know I said it with such sincerity..Gabby. the simple girl who's never noticed by people. I have to settle scores with Yana though. I love you too. Mua. just Juliana Antonio.. I'd rather die than see her cry because of betrayal.. really. I was all worried these past few days of you.. Parang katulad lang ng dati. February 18th.." She joked." she said. di ako nakapunta nung Valentine's... tell me naman.." I smiled. "Yana!" I exclaimed and gave her the sweetest smile.. ." I said. "What do you want?" "The usual.. "And." "Nahh." I said and walked away... "I hope you understand. Yana. how much I missed her. "Happy 5th monthsary. taken by Gabby though and her. Sure.
"R-Rhys. "Yana.. It seems like ako yung nahihirapan. ." I held her face. as what they say. He is going to live." And she was gone." That was all I can say." She suddenly said. It feels like I can feel what she's feeling..." She smiled." "Oh. Sorry. And she hugged me. Hindi ko alam kung anong nararamdaman ko. I think she didn't see that I was with Yana. one thing's for sure. I'll learn to love Gabby for real. "I'm sorry." Gabby walked directly in front of me and kissed me on the cheeks. right?" "Of course not. "G-Gabby.. That's what I feel. "Oh. but no worries. "I was." "Yana. "You just said it last night to-" "No. I said it with all of my heart and soul. Maybe someday." "Baby. She held her necklace and looked at me again. She was still staring at us unbelievingly then she stood up and left without looking back. I looked at Gabby and smiled sadly.." ". but you came too early and. But as of now. going to break up with her. "Did you explain to her na babe?" I looked at Yana. but she didn't really mind. I'll forget everything about Yana. I suddenly looked at Yana and Gabby noticed na may kasama pala ako."Hey Rhys. and to keep her tears from falling.. "You're not going to do that to me in the end." She looked away for a second trying to process everything in her mind. actions speak louder than words. I will never ever forget this day and I will never ever forgive myself for hurting you in this way.. "So are you friends nalang?" She said cheerfully." I smiled. my brother's going to live." I chuckled.. I grabbed her by her right arm but she didn't look back and pulled her arm off from my grip... Gabby leaned closer to me. Or maybe..
".. kung pano mawala yung kirot sa dibdib ko. Hindi ako umimik. Hindi ako lumaban.." Mom held me in her arms and hugged me so tight. I know. bumaha yung mundo sa mata ko. I didn't know he's capable of hurting me like this. I'll get this.23.. Pero alam ko. I couldn't even think straightly.. and everytime it does. ilabas mo lang. Sabi ko sa kanya. mali na.. Antonio si Vincent palabas ng bahay namin.. And I guess. gago eh.. Hindi ko alam kung pano patahanin ang sarili ko. "Rhys.. wag niyo siyang hanapin saken!" Kahit masaket. [**end of Rhys' POV**] Hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko. Napaka-ambisyosa ko eh.. Suddenly. I was trying to hold myself from anger and pain... I deserved that punch from Vincent." He sat beside me. and I cry the more. I didn't know I'll hurt like this. it only means that you realized something. Sinaktan ko si Yana. I just found myself crying the more.. *bgjdsdk* "Vincent!" Tumakbo ang Daddy ni Yana kay Vincent at pinigilan ito." She said while crying.. I made Bea lied to them. tanga-tanga ko. I turned against Dad.." Vincent held my head and slowly placed it in his shoulders.. Nakakahiya ako. "I hope I did. "Y-Yana.... mas napahagulhol ako sa pag-iyak. chestpains kept attacking me.. I'm so stupid. this isn't worth the fight at all... Giving up in a fight doesn't mean you're a coward. Iiwan lang naman pala ako. kung pano kakalimutan yung ginawa niya saken kanina. "Ang. Ayokong lumaban. And when he did... Ni wala na akong clear na nakikita. Sa sobrang sakit. Gusto ko pang lumaban. My vision was blurry." "You did good.. *hikbi*. kulang pa yun. someone's who's very dear to me para lang sa kanya. ang pagiyak ko. I couldn't breathe.. "Nasan si Yana?!" "Hindi ko alam.." "Eh gago ka pala eh! Alam kong magkasama kayo kanina!" "Hindi na kami! Kaya pwede ba.. "V-Vincent." Hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko. kelangan kong gawin ito.. My hands were trembling. son.. gusto kong tumakbo sa labas at hanapin si Yana. But looking at my Mom running twards me and Paolo shaking with fear. I just started crying more. and that is you have better things to do than to fight." He paused. ang tanga-tanga ko talaga.*hikbi*. your mom and dad are both worried. Actually. My tears just kept flowing from my eyes. "Mom." I said softly while tears came running down my cheeks. "Sinapak ko siya." Nang marinig kong binanggit niya si Dad. Simula't sapul. Ang sakit sakit." I can't believe that I did all of that para lang maging ganito. "Tanga ka talaga Yana. His sorry kept playing in my head like a broken recorded tape. You did the right thing. I used someone. The scene kept flashing at my mind.. Gusto kong sabihin ang totoo. kulang nalang sabihin ko mas mabuti pang tumalon nalang ako sa dagat at lunurin ang sarili ko.. ingatan ka.. I hope I did the right thing." Iyak lang ako ng iyak sa tabi ni Vincent." . Hinatak ni Mr. Pakiramdam ko. "Umuwi ka na. alam ko na sa kaloob-looban ko that Rhys is playing games on me. At dahil alam kong talo ako. sa kaloob-looban ko.." "Just.. then. my Mom came running to me.. UMIYAK. Wala akong karapatang lumaban.. "Andito ka lang pala. Naninikip ang dibdib ko. isa lang ang gusto kong gawin. Simula't sapul." He paused. ". And I just hope I did the right thing.
. as a Mom. "You have to get up. ihahatid sa gate ng Lourdes." "H-hind-hindi ko yun kaya Mom. Utak lang ang meron saken.. hahawakan ang kamay." "Pero Yana. mas bagay naman talaga sila simula pa noon. kasi... kasi.... hihintaying makapasok. Alam mo ba kung anong manyayari kung papasok ako ngayon?.. uupo si Rhys sa harap ng school nila.*hikbi*... "Yana. he smiled when he caught my eyes. together. looked..... yung ngiti niya hindi na para sakin. gamitin mo ngayon ang utak mo. *hikbi*. tapos.. February 21... everyone glared... tapos...... Alam ko... Then I saw Bea running up to me. mas maganda yung pinalit sakin.. it's hard. you have a school.. I stood up and went to school.. *hikbi*. lahat na ng type ng "look" na makikita mo sa mga tao at hayop. ihahatid siya ni Rhys sa bahay nila. both beauty and brains. ngingiti siya kay Gabby. "Alam mo ba kung anong mangyayari ngayong araw na to kapag pumasok ako?" "Yana. with the thought that. kasi kasi. pagkahapon. ngingiti din si Gabby. kahit gano pa kalayo yun.." I cried so hard.. he used to be mine. ....." I said in between sobs..." "T-they're going to laugh at me. binigay saken ng mga tao sa school at sa school din ni Rhys. ayoko." "I-isa pa iyan.. they'll cross the street again. "Yana. only to find myself in my bed in a fetal position. so that mas madali kang makaka-adjust.. And as expected. *hikbi*. at alam mo ba kung sino ang kasama niya bago siya papasok sa gate ng Lourdes? *hikbi*.. Kasi hindi naman talaga ako matapang eh.. Kaya napangiti narin ako... stop that!" And yes.... and I will be hurting like hell. Big day. crying... as someone na nakadaan din niyan. kasi." I woke up early... then pag lumabas si Gabby.. Why? Kasi.." "No. I was played.... titingnan sila." "Yana! You're smart.. *hikbi*. he'll cross the street while smiling sweetly... kukunin ni Rhys yung mga dala niya. hihintayin niya si Gabby na lumabas ng Lourdes.." "I'm going to see Gabby. kasi hindi na ako yung hihintayin ni Rhys... but you have to be strong.." "Yana.. ngingiti ulet.... uupo na naman ako sa gilid... *hikbi*. hahawakan ang kamay.... si Rhys. tumayo ka na diyan. You have a school pa. Exam Results.. si Gabby. I saw Vincent standing at the other side of the road. kahit san pang lupalop ng luzon iyon. kukunin yung mga dala niya. kahit it feels like my body's going to give up. Hindi ko pa kaya. tapos... *hikbi*. tapos.. si Rhys. tapos. you have to accept reality. Tumayo ka na..... tapos." Bigla namang nag-alarm yung cellphone ko and Mom picked it up on the floor.. waiting for that familiar face na lalabas ng school. This is for your college exam results....." "Yana. come on! Stand up.."Anak.." "Yana. " I sobbed.. *hikbi*. stared..... *hikbi*." "I can just always look it up tomorrow.. mas mabuting harapin mo iyan ngayon.. kasi." "Y-you don't understand Mom. "Then...
ladies. hindi ako interested eh. ang weird ng araw ngayon." "No.. my other friends hugged me and told me na ayos lang."Geek!" "Hey." "Paris. I hope you'll come to a very good decision. "Good morning.. indeed. I feel nervous and all. "Results of the exam will be posted at the Kwan Board." She smiled." "Morning. I didn't do something wrong naman so no need para manerbyos and all." .. masakit." "Thank you. Just check it after the break." "I sent an application to the University of Strasbourgh.. You know where to sign up naman for the prom committee right?" Everyone started talking na kaagad kung sino kaya ang nakapasa and all." "Y-Yes." Then suddenly." "So I'm going to talk to you about your exam results." She said and hugged me. I guess this has something to do with my class standing. "Pasok na tayo. "Oh. Ewan ko ba. Parang. "Y-Yes. you're not.." She smiled so sweetly. I'm okay. Yung parang nininerbyos ako and at the same time. And I don't find it sweet anymore. Miss Antonio? Juliana. I know you will." "This is really important." I whispered to myself. "Miss?" "Oh. half of the class thinks na Rhys is a jerk. sit down Juliana. good morning Miss Altuna. "I just received a call from a university outside the country. And everytime na nakikita ko si Gabby.. Bey. "I-I'm so sorry. And. Hindi naman ako lumabas na api dito and all. I followed her and went to her office.. ang saket saket.. I smiled softly while hugging Bea.. "I'ts aarrright... When I reached the classroom. Parang wala lang talaga. Well. and you running for the batch valedictorian. I don't even talk and all. and half of the class think that he's better off with Gabby. when I turned my head on my left side." "Sure. Hindi ko alam kung anong dapat kong maramdaman. "In a week." She fixed her things and started talking again. hindi rin naman lumabas na masama si Gabby. "Miss Antonio. Miss. smiling." Then we went inside the school. you'll have your promdance. Juliana!" "M-Miss?" "Come to my office after this class.." "Oh." I said faintly." After ng class kay Miss Santos." Miss Santos will start her class na. I saw Rhys running towards our school." "S-sige. That's when I noticed Gabby entered the room. I didn't bother to ask kung bakit ako tinitingnan ng lahat. dang. Wala lang. miss.
Ang daming nagcongratulate sakin.. Medyo nakalimutan ko na heartbroken pala ako." She smiled. I saw Bea looking for her name. yung iba naman tahimik lang." I said and hugged Miss Santos." I said and left the room. Miss. Pero katulad nga ng sinabi ni Mommy. FRANCE WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! Looking at the banner na nakalagay sa harap ng school namen makes me smile and proud of myself. Lima lang daw kasi yung kinukuha ng Strasbourgh kada country for the scholarship. Hmm. Yung iba narinig namen. "Gabby didn't pass UP. CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIANA ANTONIO OF 4-ST.. "BWAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHA!" She was laughing like an evil habang papalabas sa crowded people. Thank you. it's one way na din to get out of the country and leave everything here. "Here." She gave me an envelope. MARY BATCH 07-08 FOR PASSING UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURGH PARIS. ." She smiled. "And you PASSED STRASBOURGH!" And we jumped for joy again. Maybe I should be grateful nalang din that kahit papano I had a boyfriend named RHYS ROMUALDEZ.. And when I read the letter. "Congratulations. I looked at it. napanganga ako and I felt like screaming kaya I covered my mouth and my tears started to fill my eyes. then bigla siyang tumawa ng pagkalakas-lakas. "Bea. I mean. thank you Lord.. And I guess. "H-How was it?" Huminga siya ng malalim at tiningnan ako. Pakiramdam ko nga ayokong hawakan. "WE PASSED UPDILLIMAN!" She shouted and we jumped for joy. apartment nalang and extra money.. I have a feeling oblation ka dun. 'ang swerte naman'. "Oh my gosh. Then Bea leaned closer on me. they don't have to pay my college na at the school although they can afford it naman. mas madali.Bigla akong naalarma at para bang binuhusan ako ng malamig na tubig.. "Thank you so much. And he seems very happy naman with Gabby. I took the envelope and slowly opened it. ang mga pinagsasabi. So. Yung iba ang saya-saya pag-alis ng board. My parents are very happy to know that I passed the scholarship." "Guess what?!" "Guess what too?!" I said at pinakita yung envelope sa kanya. masakit parin yung ginawa saken ni Rhys. shaking. kelan ko pa haharapin to? Mas maaga. So I was really happy na nakapasok ako. Andami sa batch namen ang nakapalibot sa board. I'm still on the healing part.." And she laughed. "You can also check the result of UP. I hurriedly went outside and went to the Kwan Board.
. Aba. Pinagpatuloy ko na yung pagbabasa ngayon. "Kay Richard Gutierrez!" Tumawa siya ng plastic na parang alam niya na gets ko rin palusot niya.. "Hanapan mo narin pala ako dun geek ng french!" And she laughed again. "At kelan pa kayo naging bestfriend? Hahahahha! In short. you didn't pass UP? Okay lang iyan. madamoiselle.. Ako naman." Sabi ko at ngumiti. at alam mo kung ano yung kayamanan ng lalake?" "Sige nga. Mas ayos nga eh. "Oie. "Hindi ka ba sasabay saken?" Sabi niya at sabay tingin kina Gabby at Rhys sa gilid. unahin mo muna sarili mo. unahin mo sarili mo. mas matalino. haciendero!" "Hindi haciendero ang tawag dun no! Vineyard man!" "Whatever geek... I'm so gonna miss you. makikita na natin yung Eiffel Tower ng magkasama! Bwahahaha... Bea. before we met. Una na ako. ayun na si Mommy eh. "Can you imagine. Tumawa naman ako.. mas honest. nakita kong nakaupo sina Rhys and Gabby sa waiting shed ng school namen. "May sundo ako eh. sige. "Hahahaa." "Mas?" "Oo. Hmf. bongga si bespren KC. pasado ako sa Diliman." ." She just laughed and got inside their car. or kahit ako nalang. Sabi nila Mom. Ateneo nalang tayo." "Silly is good no!" She said and laughed again. Alam mo naman. geek. Loka." Bea pouted and went on. Naghihintay siguro ng sundo ni Gabby. baka maging second KC Concepcion ka niyan ha! Nabalitaan mo dati." "Silllyyyyy... you won't. mas matapang. I mean. magkasama pa tayong dalawa. 'sige. dun nalang daw ako sa Ateneo.." "Right. kukunin mo ba yung scholarship?" "Awww. Pero may scholarship din naman ako sa Ateneo." I heard Rhys speaking... You can just fly here naman anytime you want. And most of the boys. Then yung mga babae medyo napatingin at naghintay ng something na mangyayari. "O sige... Medyo iniwan ko ring hanging yung book eh... "Ingat ha?" "Aw. Eto yung book na binabasa ko noon. nasikmura kong umupo malapit sa kanilang dalawa. papatanggal na si Manong Fred kung hindi ako sasama sa kanya.. ipagpatuloy mo iyan at papatayin kita'. siguro naweweirduhan din na andun kaming tatlo. maybe God's plan din na di ako pumasa ng Diliman.. "Wow. yung MAS makakapagpaligaya sa iyo kaysa kay R-" "Kanino?" I smiled at her na para bang. Maghanap ka dun ng mas gwapo. "Diba? Hehe. papasok sa Ateneo. I took a book from my bag and started reading it.. Ingat ka din geeeeeeekk! Yung french man ha?!" She winked. sinundan siya dito ng suitor niya. diba? And I can go there for vacation!" She said. Nung palabas na kami." "Ay hinde. Kawawa naman. walang choice kungdi umupo nalang din sa waiting shed kasama sina Gabby at Rhys. Mauuna na ako. "Awww." "Naku naman no. mas mabait.Chapter 24 "Eh pano ba yan geek." She laughed again." Tumawa narin lang ako kasama niya. Hindi ka ba kumuha ng UP?" "Actually." "Pero dapat talaga. Pero medyo malayo naman ako sa kanila no. ano?" "May-ari ng vineyard! O diba.
As in. Pero hindi eh. ang ganda mo naman Yana. At naglagay narin ng konting makeup. Sige. kala mo naman kung sinong mga loveteam na artista. "Manong. Eto yung bagong bili ng Daddy kong car. Ni hindi ko nga kilala kung sino ang mga yun. "It was his loss." Hindi ko alam kung bakit. "Abay.Then I can't take it anymore kaya di na ako nakinig sa usapan nila. I changed my clothes at inayos yung buhok ko. be honest." "Ano po?" Nabigla ako at narinig kong nag-english si Manong Fred. hmm maybe wife niya. ma'am. syempre alam na din ng lahat kung kanino ang sasakyan. may binigay si Tresing kanina saken galing kuno kay Mommy mo. Mabilis ko namang nakita sina Mommy and Daddy. or kung alam ko talaga na pinanganak akong head-turner.." Vincent. It was his loss. Ihihinto ko diyan sa Mcdo.. magbihis ka pala muna anak. "Yes. at may kasama pa silang dalawa pa. siguro mas ngingiti ako." Hininto naman ni Manong yung sasakyan at lumabas siya. "Just... nang huminto ang sasakyan. Pakihinto nalang po diyan sa may gilid." I smiled.. "Oh my gosh Yana. hindi ka makikita sa labas.. may I ask you something?" tanong ko sa waiter. He almost laughed pero pinigilan niya lang. they were staring talaga. magyayabang na ako.. Then I locked the door. but everyone looked at me. kaya niligpit ko na gamit ko at tumayo. maybe nameet ko na siya dati pa. pero sinundo narin ako kasi may pupuntahan pa kaming dinner .. san po ba yung dinner?" "Sa Sorrento. "Ahhh. Nung tumayo ako. o sumugal. or tried hard not to listen much." "Sino po ba yung mga Perez na iyan?" "Sandali. "Hmm. And the woman. The man looks familiar. Hindi naman kita sa labas kasi super tinted yung sasakyan namen. pumasok na ako kaagad sa restaurant. sige po." "M-May dumi ba ako sa mukha?" I asked him. instead." "This way Ma'am. Konti lang naman. Wrong. Salamat pooo. o gumawa ng video niyo. ayun nga.. Eh buti sana kung sanay ako sa ganyan. may damit po ba ako?" "Oo. Tamang-tama namang may humintong itim na mercedes benz sa harap ng Lourdes. =] Nung bumaba ako ng sasakyan." "Ahh." I whispered to myself." I smiled at Manong Fred... "Narinig ko yun kay Enteng eh. May I take you to your table?" "Antonio. Kasi kahit papano." "Hahahaha. . naririnig talaga sila. syempre lahat nakatingin. I was like. 'may dumi ba sa mukha ko? sira ba buhok ko? ano ba?' Yung parang ganun. Para lang talaga dapat sa kanila to ni Mom. bitter. "Good evening Ma'am. So ayun nga. maglambingan pa kayo diyan. Anyway. Hindi siya nawalan kasi mas maganda naman ang pinagpalit. Nga pala. nataranta ako kung bakit sila nakatitig saken.dinner something daw with the Perez family. Lalabas muna ako ha?" "Bakit." I just chuckled and suddenly bigla akong nalungkot. Hmp. So kahit humithit ka pa ng shabu sa loob.
"He's on his way. Traffic daw." I smiled. What a joke. "Hahahhaah. at him laughing so hard. Tapos her head tilted to the side na para bang she's saying. Perez itong old woman. binigay ko naman yung order ko. "E-excuse me? Pick up lines?" Abay gago pala to eh.. "So.. "How lovely." I suppose si Mrs." I smiled at dumiretso na kaagad sa table nila Mommy. right." I smiled at them. 'may tao sa gilid ko'. Napakaganda niyo lang po talaga. Mukhang balik na sila sa dati. Ganun na lang ba talaga yun? Wala lang talaga sa kanya? "Y-Yana? Yana? Yana. "Oh of course.. this is Mr and Mrs Perez." "Ahhh. "He has the same as my Yana's no?" Mom asked. Bigla namang kumunot ang noo naming dalawa. "Yana. They really are." He smiled too.. I looked at the guy and smiled. He chuckled amusedly. sana magkasundo kami. he's on his way. Parang wala lang nangyari ah." "You bet we are. and I'm not sure kung kelan din. Geez. "Oh.. my son." He said and the waiter gave me the menu. instead. Napalunok ako when I saw them . so syempre. "Ha?" I chuckled. "You two must be really proud of your daughter. Sabay pa talaga eh no? San ko ba nakita ang lalaking ito? Nakita ko na talaga to eh. thank you. "Nevermind. "Oh.." Bigla akong napatingin kay Mommy. sit down. 5 tables away from us. "Oh. Grade 11 din. "Yana. Then this means hindi ko pa to namimeet. ." Mom answered with a jokingly tone.. Yeah." He said. here's my Juliana. your father mentioned that you got a scholarship at Strasbourgh."Wala po ma'am. Nga pala. Dito pa talaga sila kakain no? Aba." Sabi ni Mrs Perez. Nga lang." "Wow. "Take your order." Sabi ni Mrs Perez. "Akala ko ba lalaki lang gumagamit ng mga ganyang klaseng pick-up lines?" He laughed again. I didn't follow her gaze since hindi naman ako ganun ka interested." I said. Ang galeng galeng niya naman. "Y-Yeah?" She glared at me with a sweet smile. hija." She then looked at the glass doors. Yung parang gnaun. Congratulations!" He said smiling and turned to my father." Her husband answered." Sabi ko narin at tumawa kami. masaya na pamilya niya ah. Alam mo naman yun. andito na pala siya eh. tumingin din ako sa gilid. where's your son na pala Belinda?" "Oh. they own the leading sea transportation lines here in the Philippines. I just forgot where. napatingin ako sa kabilang table. really? It's nice meeting you.. "What's taking Raphael so long?" I heard Mrs.Rhys and his family. this is Raphael. Perez asked her husband. "I'm Yana. "H-Have we met each other before?" I asked. Ayun. ni (I suppose) Mr. "Yeah. Then I stood up to shake his hands." Sabi naman. Then. Thank you. But then I still found myself looking at them." She was kind of embarassed and just laughed. I couldn't be more happier for him." Sabi ni Dad with open arms and they stood up. I chuckle to myself. Perez." "The pleasure is ours. he's from Rosevale. "I'm Raphael. "Good evening." I chuckled. "Sit down.
"T-t-teka. Tamang-tama naman ng pumasok ako." "Ikaw yun?" I asked softly.." "Aahh.... oo. kidding. Then tears started to fill my eyes again. stood up and slowly went to the comfort room. "Just. yung alanganing smile. or nagexcuse na aalis na siya.." "Hmm.. But I didn't kasi I was to busy remembering kung san ko siya nakita and all. I'll find myself hurt. everyone followed.. But then. ano. "Hey... as in to the highest level. I just want to have a laugh." He said so I followed his gaze to my purse." "Hanky?" "Oo. ano. the family talked with each other. thanks. Ni hindi lang man nagbye or anything. "My purse?" "Hindi." "Ahh.." I said. and he suddenly walked through me. he's damn funny. Then it's as if on cue.. Tumawa naman si Dad so." He said in between gritted teeth. naalala ko rin yung mga magagandang moments namen. Nakatingin lang ako sa kanya and he did the same. Galaw-galaw baka mastroke." "Ahh." "Binigay ng bf mo?" "Naku." "Panlalaki ang hanky e. . I went inside the comfort room and looked myself through the mirror. "Hmm. His words kept playing back at my mind and I can't help but cry again and ache. "Ba't ka nandiyan?" "Pinasundo ka nila saken. after dinner. parang grade 1 naman." He smiled.umiiyak ka nun sa coffee shop?" Biglang nanlaki yung mga mata ko. Yung pinasok mo bago lang. hindi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko.. congratulations.I saw everyone looked at him then his father glared at him and so did his Mom. Ayoko munang mag-isip.. it looks familiar. I looked at him.. Kaya pala sinama si "Raphael" para di daw ako mabore." I managed to give him a smile... well. "Hmm. I'm wondering if may sense din siyang kausap pag seryosohan na. he snapped out of some spell and smiled at me. So ayun nga. excuse me. binigay saken dati. pero bigla ko rin namang nakitang naghihintay si Raphael sa wall sa gilid ng ladies' room. yung mga times when I felt I was the happiest person in the world. "Hmm. Nakakalungkot isipin that in the end. Okay. "Come on.. lumabas si Rhys.. baka kung napano ka na daw eh.. Ni hindi ko nga naisip na masasaktan ako ni Rhys. Bigla kaming napahintong dalawa." I chuckled and put the handkerchief on my purse. "I-I-ikaw yung. Geez.." Sabi niya and pat his dad on the back. I wiped my tears and went out of the comfort room. pero alam mong sincere? Hindi ko gets. Nevermind though. I looked at him silently." ". Yung medyo awkward din.." "Eh ba't panlalaki?" "Kasi." I found him grinning at me. hindi.
sabi ko nalang maraming gumagamit. hindi yan. Can we be friends?" He grinned." I said and turned my back on him kaharap ng ladies' room na door.can take me there? Ayos lang ba sa iyo?" I asked him hesitantly. I'm." "No. "Right. Hi Yana. So yun nga. But he was smiling so sumakay nalang din ako. ". Napatingin ako kay Dad and I knew right then kung anong nasa isip niya." "C-cut it out. "Yeah." I answered sarcastically.. diba Yana?" My dad suddenly answered back at Raphael. he just asked kung kelan daw ang prom namin and all. Rosevale..." I chuckled." I smiled. "Sure. Nakita din nina Mommy yung family nila and they glared at me. He looked at me and froze for a second and two." Nakita kong lumabas na sina Rhys sa resto." He smiled again. but I was kind of touched rin naman sa sinabi niya. he just looked at me as if asking kung sigurado nga ba talaga ako sa pinagsasabi ko. have you found a date already?" He asked. "Then." He smiled and suddenly chuckled again. my son.." He cleared this throat.. can-" "Oh come on. seriously.. "But. "So.." "No. "Hi.. since "friends" na daw kami ni "Raph". I'm sure papayag yun. "Siguro ilang ulit mo na to narinig. Bumalik nadin kami kaagad sa table nila Mommy." He grinned.. ayos lang. But seriously. it's on. I dont care kung anong rason. yeah. pero if nagbreak nga talaga kayo. "Oh my gosh.Ye-" "No. Lourdes?" I said." He laughed.. "Hello.. we had our own conversation na din. Wala naman akong gagawin eh. They asked kung bakit medyo natagalan daw kaming dalawa. Mom. "Err. when's your prom ball? This week right?" He asked. I was thinking of Vincent. Yana? 16 years old. Nakakahiya. "Ba't ka tumatawa?" "Hahhaha. half-amused half-annoyed. I chuckled awkwardly. Eh kasi ang cute mo pag nagbablush. it's his loss. wala pa." "Ang ano? That I saw you crying? Hhahahah. I'm Raphael." He growled. "Well." "So. Nabigla ako sa ginawa niya. 17 years old... Then out of nowhere. "Sure. Wala pa. Nice meeting you. "Nakakahiya talaga." I smiled. As in. "Yeeeaah. Yung .. Binigay ko naman sa iyo yang hanky e. "Hahahaa." He said and stretched out his right arm on me.." "Ahhahaha. You can call me Raph."Welll. yeah.
after the catching up. So. Pero alam naman nila na nakita ko na sina Rhys kanina pa.. it's ON. puno ng jokes and banat.. As in. I told him about the prom. walang awkward moment. he knows how to make you laugh your ass off. "You too. to my life.. Raphael Perez will be my official date this PromBall. We were chatting happily. yeah. Yung ganun? And before I got on the car. It's as if. I didn't invite Vince naman to go with me there. guess I have to give Vincent to Bea. Haissh. And. So parang. Bahala na. Ayoon nga.. "Friday. Parang wala lang talaga. Take care. "Bye." "6pm. Si Bea na bahala sa kanya.. They didn't mind though. Raphael walked with me behind the parents. So I guess. we decided to go home since it's getting late.. Yung maganda sa kanya. I'll be there. Ingat po!" Sabi niya din sa parents ko. .. Pero at the first place." I smiled at him. haiissh.parang. kaso. don't look back. nakakahiya naman. Rhys didn't exist lang at our lives." He smiled.
Si Raphael sana yung gusto kong kadate... "You know that Raphael?" She asked. "I wonder who. Yana. "Hey." "Oh well. your Mom's a fashion designer kaya. I'll just find someone else na wala pang date." She grinned. "Hmm. Yeah." I glared at Bea.. sino naman kaya?" Then she glared at me." Ako naman yung biglang napatahimik at napatingin nalang kay Bea. Eh hindi naman pwedeng pumunta ka ng PromBall na walang date. "Nakuu. Raphael Perez ata eh. eto naman. sakto talaga sa binigay ko na sketch sa kanya. "Oo.Chapter 25 "Geeez. "Naku. Sino naman to? "Sino yang nagtext?" Bea snatched my phone away from me. if I got it right. "Meron ka? Kung hindi si Vince o si Rhys. I got my dress na. "Oo. Pinakita na saken ni Mommy straight from Hongkong. meron na daw siyang date." She laughed. Guess.. pero naririnig namen eh. back to the topic? Sino yung kadate mo?" 1 message received." .. Kahit si Bea tumigil at tumahimik para makinig. "Sino pala date mo? Si Vince?" "Errr. "As in. malamang totoo naman talaga Nels.. hindi eh. As far as I can remember." "Of course.. "Ahhh. geek." She said and winked." Sabi ng isa sa tatlong babae. So. a lot of girls do." "Yeah. I don't like that na." "Eh kahit na noh.. may minimeet ka pa bang ibang lalaki ni hindi ko alam?" Bigla namang may tumabing mga babae samen na kabatch din namen. Joke lang nga eh." Nella said and they went on talking about dates and prom and all. eavesdropping is bad. Ano ba iyan. Bigla namang napatingin saken si Bea. Hi Bey. Sabay kaya promnight ng karamihan dito saten." I said softly. "Wala lang.. "Sino to?" "Sa tingin mo ba kilala ko din? Di nga nakasave ang number eh.." "Meron na akong date." "Ako din eh. Bey! Si Rhys nga!" I answered sarcastically. Naghi lang din kami ni Bea. Raphael who?" I asked. I find him cute. ikaw Yana ha.. Yeah. +6391788923** Hey. "Perez. Then the girl turned around to her friends. nga lang sabi ng friend niya." "Pero.." "Anong hindi?" "Alangan naman si Rhys." Sabi ni Nella. "W-What about him?" She paused and think for awhile.. eh si Gabby na date nun. Nella yung name.
" She laughed again. . +6391788923** Hahaa. and his? Alam mo yun.. siya ang partner mo sa prom?!" ." ? 1 message received." "Akin na nga yan. kinakalimutan mo na kagad ako. "Ano ba iyan? Sino daw?" Nang napatingin ako sa cellphone ko. Remember? From last night? Napanganga si Bea kaya naman kinuha ko ulit CP ko sa kanya. Yans!" "Ha?" "Anong 'ha'? Ayaw mo? Damot." She snatched the phone away from me again." I said to myself na narinig ata ni Bea... "Pakilala moko.. Oh right. why not.. Hahaha. +6391788923** Oo.. where'd ya get my number? You text? 1 message received. +6391788923** Oh." "OMG. "Wag mong sabihing.. napanganga din ako at napatingin kay Bea na nanlilisik na ang mga mata. Err." She said while locking her eyes at the cellphone's screen." "Aw. Di ko pala yun nasabi. Kaw ha. with. Raphael Perez. Hmmm. +6391788923** Yeah." I flashed her a grin. Yana. He's got a big crush on you e." "I mean.. Yeah. "Errrr. "Raphael Perez? You went out with him last "Holy night?" "Well. I'm sorry." She then laughed. Hahahaha." Hahaha. Hahahaaha. with my parents. "Whaaaaattt?" "Raph? From lassssttt nigggghttt? Sino iyan. it was a dinner. Kinda spaced out eh. got it from a friend. right."Reply tayo. syempre." She looked at me again. Yana?" She asked habang nanliliit parin ang mga mata saken." I reasoned out. right.. "Kunin ko narin number niya ha? Pwede ko pa tong mabenta. Raph. Forgot? Ano pala? 1 message received. "Ang haba ng buhok mo.. Raph? 1 message received. just forgot to ask something. Big time! What's your dress' color pala? "Ano sabi? Ano daw ang itatanong?" "Ano daw color ng dress mo. "Ang defensive mo. "Shit.
I didn't mention anything about it pala. Close na kaagad kayo ha?! Hahahahaha.. out of the picture na muna ako diyan. bilis na. So. but since Vince is out of the picture. Nakaready na yung buhok and . Home service ang lola niyo.. Okay." "Kahit na no! Wala nga yan kay-" "Kay?" "Kay. Sana wag mang basted.. Papatayin ko talaga siya no!" "Hahahaha. We'll always be friends." "Tigilan mo nga ako sa ganyan Bea. "Ang sweet naman... nakuuu.."Well. I don't want to be put in an awkward situation with Vince and my bestfriend no. sa One More Chance. "Bwahahahahhahahah!" "Bakeettt?" "Ang haba ng buhok mo!" She laughed again. "Eh si Vince?" "Errr. wala pa. Raphael will be here in an hour... We're jus-" "Ano tawag mo? Raph? OMG. kasi ano.." "We're just friends. ginawa niya yun nang hindi ako kasama. Ano raw yung color ng dress mo?" "Black." Right. Di na nakapaghindi si Vincent since ininsist ni Bea na meron na daw akong date. marami ka namang boylets dun eh." HIndi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko. Prom Night . "Ano ka ba noh? May 3-month rule tayo. ilalagay ko nalang ulit siya sa picture ko.. 2008. "Kungsabagay. My bad.. 1 message received. Walang something new samin ni Raph. start of something new ba?" Napatingin lang ako sa kanya.. :] Black." "Ako? Ba't naman ako?" "May date ka na?" I asked her. Sure..." I smiled softly to Bea. "Waaaaahhh! See you on Friday dawwww!" Bea kept shrieking at me.. NP. Basha. Syempre.Middle Age Theme Bea got Vince as her date." I smiled at her. Tsaka. Sorry. kaso kala ko kasi kayong dalawa ang magkasama. Black. Di yan. prom night na. Si Vince sana. Raph Perez Ayoooon. February 22. Thank you! See you on Friday." "Actually. "Oh. diba? Heehhehe. ikaw nalang magyaya sa kanya.
Thanks. I'll be all done na rin by the time Vince is here. Ingat. I've got a bet. 1 message received. Oh. good good. Of course. Nakakahiya kaya yun. Makeup time na. 1 message received. ba't nasali naman ako diyan? 1 message received. Hihihihi. 'Course! Wonder who's gotta take the crown home tonight? Hahaha. Sure sure. Geek. Geek. . Kay Gabby na yan. You too. Finish na make up co. geek. Geek. Ayoko rin naman kasing maghintay si Raph eh. Raph Perez I'm on my way. Excited na co! Ano update diyan? Get a pic of you and Raphael together ah? Hahahha. Oh really huh? it'll be between Gabby. Huuuuiii. You shouldn't wonder na. 1 message received. Geek. Retouch nalang pagdating niya. Ingat. Cge na. TC. They're still doing my hair.make up ko. Take your time. 1 message received. 1 message received. Mua. Good. Eh friends tayo eh! Hahaha. bale retouch nalang ako mamaya before leaving the house. Wag pahintayin si Vince ha? Be gorgeous. Kinny and you. I'm all done. I'll text you later. Oh. Black tuxedo lang ako. Hahaha. Hannah.
Sabi niya nga dapat di siya uminom mamaya para di kami mapano.So ayun nga. Wag ka lang mabigla kung sabihan ka din ng ganyan ng ibang lalake mamaya. I thought nga konti pa lang at kami yung mauuna. Bummer nga ito eh. "T-Thanks. "Oh right. muntik ko nang makalimutan. He waited daw at the living room with Dad. or. Then the doors opened and everyone stared "Oh right. "Ha-ha-ha. Kasi nga diba." He winked and chuckled again. I figured out na baka he's serious nga. Sheeesssh." I smiled back. "Shall we?" He took my hand and he bid goodbye to my parents. right. "Lovely. right." I put the corsage on his pocket sa chest and smiled at him. Raph did and smiled at me. Tama namang dumating si Raph." So binilisan namen yung lakad papunta sa function hall." I held his tuxedo. at us. they stood up.. Dahan-dahan akong bumaba ng hagdan kasi medyo mabigat yung gown ko. But then Mom insisted that we should take pictures daw muna kasi I still have an hour pa naman daw to get through to the hotel. photoshoot muna. Pero okay lang." He said grinning. "Okay." I hugged her and started walking outside my room. I smiled at him and made a ladies' bow. Chika-chika siguro sila? xD "Raph's here na. "Thanks." He said and started chuckling. you go down na. "Thanks. When they saw me approaching from upstairs. middle ages yung theme namen? So medyo." He said and got out of the car and opened the door for me. Yung ganun. "Alam mo ang ganda mo. "Aww. At nagpapatawa talaga ako eh no?" "Oh come on! Cut that one out for me Raph." I said and cut the conversation kasi baka kung san pa ito mapunta." I smiled." "Thanks Mom." I grinned back. Nakakahiya. 5:30pm. he got a license na pala. for saying you're beautiful?" "For. Late pa naman tayo. "Hindi pa ba natin bibilisan? Medyo late na tayo eh. You're all pretty so . No stress ha? Ingatan ang beauty.. ang ganda mo." She said while holding my shoulders.. "Dalhin mo nalang sila sa smile. Pati hair. And who said chivalry is dead? *grins* Nung papasok na kami ng hotel. Parang dramatic entrance. Kumpleto na yung lahat. no problem with me. Bonggang-bongga talaga." Mom said and looked at me. XD Before I got down from the car. Then I saw Raph sitting with Dad at the living room... or being your date. so he can drive around na. yung pang ball talaga na gowns nuon sa France or England.. I kind of blushed kasi nakakahiya naman yun. "Raph?" "Yep?" He turned to look at me while smiling.. Kung ganito kaganda at katalino date ko. "Thanks. Ayun. Here. Then pumasok kami sa car na dala niya. Kung ayaw mong maniwala edi wag. he looked at me. "Yeah. "You are lovely. I slipped on my ballgown and niretouch na nila yung makeup ko. Natatawa ako.." He smiled. everything? You got a black tuxedo pa oh... for? Being my date. But he was still looking at me." "Seriously. "Merci. Better give them something reasonable." I said to him.
usap usap and all. I smiled at Raph. yung mga kachuchuhan like reading of the class prophecy.. So." She winked. Raphael Perez.< I looked at Bea pero nagwink nalang siya and looked at Raphael. "Can I have this dance. class history and everything else. She's like saying. Bigla naman akong tinawag ni Bea so napaupo ako dun sa kanila.." I smiled too. First dance na pero I'm not sure kung sasayaw kami ni Raph. Bea. Uhmm. Everyone was laughing kasi "gago" daw si Raph kung si Vincent pa.." "And. Something like that." He smiled at Bea. Kahit sina Rhys and Gabby nakisabay na rin sa kagaguhan ni Raph. Bea and her date. medyo napaatras ako at napadalawang isip. "He's really nice pala talaga noh? Parang ang gaan-gaan ng feeling ko kay Raph.. I looked at Vincent and Rhys na masayang nag-kukwentuhan sa gilid namen. with. 'ayos lang. "Sure. Raph." He greeted Vince and made some boyhood greeting with him. >." She smiled. he's damn cute. "Hey." "You can call me Raph. Yana. But when I was about to ask him. ayun.dapat lang na malate. "Yeah. Then I caught Rhys glancing at my way." He grinned at them. "Right. Hindi na ako nakapagsalita kasi nagtayuan na ang karamihan. "Paree. Nga lang. Vince. thanks. "Hey Vince. I mean. "Oh. or Vince. I looked around and some of the girls were looking at the two of us." I smiled at Vince. these are my friends. you?" Napanganga ako sa kanya." Bigla naman akong sinipa ni Bea sa ilalim ng table." He said in between gritted teeth while smiling to everyone. he was standing at my front na and smiling. I looked at her and she pointed Raph. So ayun nga." He said and winked at me... Ayos naman siya. dumiretso kami dun sa table nila and sat down beside her. nung nakita ko ang mga tao sa table nila. "Nice meeting you. this is my date. akala ko ba nagkasapukan ito? Friends na sila? Don't get me wrong. Rhys was sitting at Vincent's left side. Vincent. "Thanks. right. Mukhang alphabetical order to ah." . Bad. Then konting program. pero wasn't it really fast? Ibang-iba talaga ang mga lalaki sa mga babae no? We chatted happily at the table naman. I'm glad na nagkaayos sila. kasama mo naman si Raph'.. Looking good..
Sa tingin mo. it was kind of fading. Napatingin ako sa kanya. "And you know what. but it's kind of good to know to meet another person who makes you look like you've lost nothing. "Eh bakit dun pa? Malayo naman yun sa school mo?" "Hmm. I saw Rhys dancing with Gabby and I couldn't help but feel a pang of jealousy. Then he pulled me back again and he chuckled.. I know. That's not even a joke!" I scowled at him. Kasama mo si Vincent nun. indeed. Everyone was looking and I couldn't be more happier. no one. the second time I saw that girl.. I mean. "Y-Yeah. I chuckled with him nalang din." I whispered to Raph. Raph naman eh." He whispered.." "Second time? Yun na ba yung umiiyak ako?" "Hindi. right?" "Wrong. "Yeah. "Small world. your eyes were the brightest at pakiramdam ko." "Aisshh. but I have a big feeling that he'll regret this whole thing. Hindi ko alam. don't you think?" He smirked." He smirked." I whispered to Raph.. Bukas mo nalang ako pasalamatan." He grinned." He winked at me and spinned me around." "Oh come on." "Ha?" "Compared sa first time kitang nakita with those two guys. I moved my eyes away from his gaze para maitago ko ang storya sa likod ng aking mga mata. maybe kasi I was waiting to see that 'girl' I've seen before?" "It's not me. you were with those two guys I just met." "The first time I saw drinking coffee at the shop. it was screaming of happiness. The second time I saw you. you're more intimate with the other guy though. "Yeah.. than Vincent. pero feeling ko alam na alam niya kung anong nangyayari. "Hindi ko alam kung anong storya ninyong dalawa." I smiled at him. so hard." "You mean. So medyo nabigla ako kasi we were doing a slow dance kasi nga first dance diba? So medyo nabigla talaga ako and even yung magpartners sa gilid ko.. your eyes doesn't shine anymore. she was crying. ." He said. let's enjoy the night. dahil kaya sa lalaking yun?" He moved his eyes to Rhys' direction and I followed his gaze. "Alam mo. "I really owe you a lot. I'm not thinking of a romantic relationship with this guy. "Yeah. "Oh.1 We went to the dancefloor and I had my first dance with Raphael Perez." "Rhys." "Nandun ka din?" "Yeah." "Really?" "I noticed. I always drink coffee there." He smiled at me.Chapter 26. sorry. you owe me big time. "Thanks a lot. Natawa ako ng konti kay Raphael.
"Yeah?" "So you're." He said and smiled again. "Hey. But Rhys.. ayaw niyang marinig ang sagot ko. Nakatingin lang ako kay Rhys." "Right." He just smiled. Probably. It's a very. it hurt like hell." He said. yun nga. "Well. I'll always be. I'll always be-" Then switch places. "Y-Yana. Sayang naman kung hindi ko kukunin. what? After ng first dance. "No. announcement na kaagad ng prom queen and king. Nakatingin lang din siya saken. Pero wala eh. It was damn deafening. I thought so too. "Yana. Silence. it's Rhys. In which he exactly knows kung ano. "Hm?" "N-Nothing. "Oh. ang lalim ng iniisip niya." He looked at Rhys again. Nung kami pa.. "Hey. Then suddenly. I can see at his eyes that he's hesitant to open the topic about it." "And." He smiled at me." He shook his head. Yeah. So. you know. he's super quiet. So medyo. We sat down at our table na while others are still dancing parin.. but his eyes said it all. yoon. Silence. Silence. "Goodluck. Yung votes and nomination will be taken from the girls parin." He said while smiling. sayaw tayo.. I mean. switch partners." He leaned and whispered on my ear." I said. He looked at me while dancing at Katie's arms then he smiled like. you look good tonight.. congratulations.. I don't know why. you always look good. 'nevermind'.. naghihintay ng "joke" at the end of what he said. nagsusumamo na yun. napaisip din ako kung bakit siya nagkakaganyan. napagod na ako.. France?" He asked nervously. It seemed like. "He's actually looking at you. the jokes.. And again. I looked far away and smiled to myself." I smiled back at him.." "Bakit naman kasi hinde. I've seen that.. I was surprised when I found myself in Rhys' arms and smiling face. Then after awhile. He doesn't even talk to Gabby that much. You should go.. kwento siya ng kwento.. may prom king. . napakaganda mo kaya.. "Hmm." He let out a heavy breath and smiled.." I said and smiled back at him. good opportunity." Vince asked me so napatayo narin ako at sumayaw kami ni Vincent. "Yeah. "It's good to know that you and Vincent are friends again. "Thank you." He laughed. really going to. so umupo na ulit kami and everyone was laughing sa table namin kasi Raphael was making his banat na naman to everyone."Hahahaha." He broke the silence and I flinched." "Thanks. "Yeah. Yung parang. Anyway.
. "And. karamihan sa nominated andun lang sa gilid namin. Raph and Rhys went up stage together.. "Very nice! Very handsome guys! Right." She opened the envelope and her eyes widened and she smiled. Miss Strasbourgh Juliana Antonio!" Bea and I looked at each other." *drumrolls* "Rappphh!!SeefffffRhyyysssssVinceeeeeeeeeee!!!!" "Our Prom King for 2008 is. :] Then may binigay na naman na envelope kay Miss..Tapos ang kulet kulet niya pa. We cheered. there will always be one. "Aba." She winked and an enveloped was passed to her. "Wow. "Congratulations. okay! The votes were tallied! That was really fast. girls?" "Woooooooooohhhhhhhhh!" "Now for your Prom Queen nominees. you really deserve to be up here. He just smiled and went upstairs. "What do you want. Napatahimik nalang ako at napatayo sa gilid. "Vincent Yap!" Napatingin kami kay Vincent. super saya kasi nominated ang partner.. who will stand out.... Rhys Romualdez and Raphael Perez!" Syempre nagkatuwaan na sa table namen kasi hamakin mo. look at these four guys. for PROM KING!" Everyone clapped and cheered again. the Prom queen or the Prom king?!" "Proooooooommmmmmmm Kiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnggggggggg!!" "I thought so too. "You all look gorgeous and handsome. Syempre si Bea. may I have Gabrielle Altuna! Ashley Uy! Pauline Jimenez! And Juliana Antonio!!" Pumunta kami sa harap and smiled at everybody. ". She smiled at me before going up the stage. So here it goes. Indeed.. "Hello ladies and gentlemen.. Gauchingco taking the mic so napatingin kaming lahat sa stage." "Woooooooohhhhhhhh!" . "Our Prom King iss. "Oh. Pano ako napunta diyan sa nominations?! Bea winked at me and pushed me up stage.. Right girls?!" "Wooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh!!" "And now.. Make your speech. One from the our gentlemen and one from our ladies. for our Prom Queen! Come on right here. Rhys. duh. napasigaw sigaw din kami ni Gabby." Raph whispered at me and smiled. Hiyang-hiya pa ako kasi. "Ano to. this can't be happening. thank you Prom Committee!" She smiled sweetly at the girls na nasa gilid ng stage. "Josef Penuela!" Josef whatever ran to the stage and everyone cheered for him." I teased him. "Ashley Uy!" Umakyat din si Ashley and smiled at everyone. "Can I see the nominees? Come on! Josef Penuela! Vincent Yap! Raphael Perez! Rhys Romualdez!" Yung apat na lalaki pumunta sa harap at ngumiti lang." Yung iba napa." *drumrolls* "Rhys Romualdez!!!!!" Everyone cheered and Rhys went to the centerstage. "And don't be sad if your bet's do not make it to the final judgment.. they all deserve to be right up here and be crowned as Prom King. Gabrielle Altuna!" Gabby as expected.. "Hindi.. I just smiled at everyone and Raph winked at me. sweeeetttt!' and all. Syempre. "Pauline Jimenez!" Umakyat din si Pauline at ngiting-ngiti sa lahat." We heard Ms. parang spot the difference yung dating ko dito no. Although its really flattering to be up here. "So here goes for our nominations.. mga escort lang namen. 'ayyyyeeeee." She smiled and everyone cheered. Pero bakit ngayon. two more. But of course.. "Woooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" Everyone made some noise again.. sabotahe?" I whispered to myself. No. may nagnominate. "Wow..
March 19. A few weeks before the graduation. "Not now. high school students or high school girls furthermore. Funny. "Thanks again..." He grinned." I said and rang on the doorbell." Then he turned around and got in his car. Who else? "Hey.. Rhys. Gabrielle Altuna!!" "Wooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh!" As expected. They went center stage and held the crown at his head. Ni hindi lang man ako nakapagsalita. No matter how hard and high our goals are. 2008. everyone was busy deciding kung san papasok sa college. I was expecting the teacher would actually call my name. "Good night. lalabas ng bansa. go ahead. Today will be the last day of us being called." He said and smiled at me. I guess that's it for tonight. Mr." He pointed his crown. ". Bye. Nagkibit balikat nalang ako at pumasok ng bahay. then. but for a second there. Gabby and Rhys. today will be the start of a new ... but if we make it right. ayoko pang magcollege. Graduation. "This is terrific! Let's rock!" "Wooooooohhhhhhhhh!!" "Thank you." I smiled at her. "Geeeeekkkk!" "Beea. Now for your Prom Queennnn!" *drum rolls* "GabbbbbbbbYanaAshhhPauiiiiiiii!!" "Our Prom Queen is."Hey. You'll smudge your mascara all over your face. Hindi ko alam kung anong nararamdaman ko. "Something wrong?" "That guy. I know. right?" "Huh?" "Is he. Don't you think they look good together? I do. sa Ateneo papasok. we will never ever fail.. "Same here. Parang excited akong magcollege and at the same time. make it true and all. I don't know what's gotten into me. kagaya ko.the future is not in our hands. I'll. Parang yan lang ata ang tatlo na papasukan nila." Bea smiled at me while a tear fell from her eyes. gandahan mo ang speech mo. The Prom King and Queen. Gabby will get the crown. nevermind. I had a great time. honestly. When the gate opened. Karamihan samen. "Go right up there. Romualdez. Yung iba. I turned around and looked at my arm with his loose grip." I said to Raph when he dropped me off at my house. See you around. as long as we are determined and focus.. it's goodbye. uhm. we can make it.." I grinned at her and went upstage. Raph held my right arm. yung iba sa UP at Lasalle. Well. thank you for this. Geez. with the help of the Lord..
.journey that we will all explore.. "Congratulations. our camaraderie that we formed here at Lourdes Academy. I feel happy because I've finally finished one part of my life. And as Miss Huyett shouted.for real and for good. it didn't help me at all. Mixed emotions. scared because I will be in a new environment after a short while. hurt because. I wish you all the best in life and let us don't forget each other. . Let's always remember our bonds. sad because I'm leaving my friends. my tears started falling. Thank you and may God bless us all." Just after I went down the stage. graduates!". our friendship. I still wasn't able to say goodbye at Rhys . they would say.
Gabby. that look... na dapat. "Sure. for Yana. Nga pala." "R-Rhys. His mom followed his gaze at dun niya ako nakita." I said to Mom and excused myself. .. "Soo. We were all crying so hard. yung tingin niya na alam mong madaming bagay nasa isip niya at iisa-isahin niya yun kapag nag-uusap kayo." "Yeah. That's another thing we weren't able to do.. then it stopped when he caught my eyes. "Yana.. "Congratulations. Then he gave me a sad smile. kanina ko pa inalis. kahit anong poses na. that one I fell for. right! Like that one works.. I smiled in return and went back to talking to Bea and Vincent. I saw Gabby throwing her body to Rhys and Rhys caught her up fast and hold on to her firmly.2 "I'm so gonna miss you guys!" Hariette told us. Dumaan ako sa hallway ng Lourdes trying to memorize every angle of it. nagkamabutihan na ang dalawang ito simula nung prom. I'll be back.that look." Narinig ko ang boses ng mother ni Rhys and when I moved my eyes on the left. Laging nagchichill and napakashowbiz. at least. I'm not even sure if makakabalik pa ako. My heart will never be fixed. That's one thing I wasn't able to do with Rhys. Ouch. And there was Vincent smiling widely at Bea with flowers on his right hand." Sabi ni Bea then naglakad na ako papunta kina Daddy na kinakausap ang teachers ko and some of the parents ng mga studyante na friends nila ni Mommy. "Vincennntttt!" Bea shouted kaya napalingon ako. I couldn't look at her straightly. Bea and Vince gave me a comforting smile. The girls gathered for one last group picture. kiss.. Hindi ko alam kung anong naramdaman ko. see you at the party mamayang gabi ha?" I said to Bea and Vince.. Iniinsist na "friends" lang daw talaga sila. Congratulations!" He said and hugged Bea. I saw his whole family walking towards Gabby and his Mom hugging her. you brought me flowers. Always. "Mom.Chapter26. super saya and super lungkot. "Awww. His family never liked me. hugging each other and smiling for the cameras. The thing is. That's when I heard a loud sound of shattered glasses. yung tingin na yun. "And. Ouch. Yeah. But it's good.. no problem.. Matatagalan din bago ako bumalik dito.. pero isa yun sa mga pangyayari sa buhay ko na hindi ko maialis-alis ang aking mga mata sa tinitingnan ko.. Never. Huminga siya ng malalim at inayos ang pagkakatayo niya. That's when I saw his eyes wandered around the coliseum. that look. yung tingin niya na sumisigaw na 'mahal kita'. It was like before. Ouch. Hahahhaa. comforts lang muna ako." I was surprised to see him leaning on the wall opposite of the girl's comfort room. But she gave me a nod and one fourth of her smile compared to onewhole to Gabby. "Rhys!" I heard Gabby shouted at nowhere so medyo napalingon kaming tatlo nina Vincent. he found someone na gusto din siya. yung tingin niya na nakakatunaw. "Congratulations!" Rhys smiled at Gabby and kissed her on the cheeks. congratulations!" He said and I hugged him too. this school will always be with my heart. I did.
" He suddenly hugged me and when I thought it wouldn't end. Gusto kong umiyak at that instant. party party. I guess. Hindi kasi pasado yung curriculum ng Philippines sa curriculum nila.. and he waited right outside the girl's comfort room just to say that. good bye." I said to him kasi gagraduate narin siya sa susunod na araw. Everyone was almost leaving.." Syempre. Raphael asked me to go to the poolside-area.. He smirked. Nang makarating ako sa kinatatayuan nila." Silence. Tara. congratulations." I said in almost a whisper. pasok na. aalis ka na bukas tapos di pa kita sisiputin ngayon? Nu ka ba?!" He laughed kaya natawa narin ako. He just suddenly disappeared at the corridor. and I don't think I'll have the chance to say it personally sa saktong araw na yun. ano nga pala ulit ang sasabihin mo?" "Right." "Yeah." I smiled at him. "Ahh.. For a second there." "Hindi. . "Hahhaa. It was as if he was looking past me. That was all he had to say. Lol." I said to him awkwardly. Mom and Dad was waiting for me at the entrance of Lourdes. Then at the middle of the night. I don't. Take care. "T-Thank you. I just-" "I dont know-" "Ikaw na. this is goodbye. I slowly walked down the aisle back to the coliseum. "Hindi mo ba pwedeng sabihin iyan before ka umalis ng bansa? Like. then nakita ko siyang umakyat sa kotse nila with Gabby. "Take care.. ganun ba."Congratulations. diba sa Septe-" "Kumuha ako ng advance classes para naman mas mapadali yung pag-aaral ko. he let go and ran away from me. "Hmmm. I saw his face turned into a blank. "No. He looked at me straight in the eyes and here goes 'something' from his stare that makes my knees weaken. sa September. pero wala ng luha ang natira sa mga mata ko. Life of the party ata ang lalaking to. That was too fast ni hindi ako nakapagsalita sa nangyari." I smiled at him. Ikaw din. I looked around for Rhys. "So. "Of course. you first. RHYS. I'm leaving tomorrow." Huminga siya ulit ng malalim. [PLAYING: KEEPER (chorus) . husky voice. So ayun nga.Yellowcard] "Raphael. thank God you could come!" Inakbayan ko si Raphael pagpasok niya sa bahay that night." "Well. loko. I just want to say. I had my one last look on him. This is really goodbye." He said in a deep. All that was left of him in my mind was the running figure of Rhys. madami ang masaya kasi andito si Raphael.. "Ha? Bukas? Bakit naman? Diba. Charismatic. then I met his gaze. I don't get it. May mga classes na kelangan kong kunin before proceeding to my major..
almost a month pa lang nga tayong magkakilala. Kuya's eyes would scream sincerity and apology. PLAYING: Can I have this Dance? . It was quieter out there." . under the twinkling stars. and to make it special. and he would promise me na hindi na ulit mangyayari iyon." "19th birthday then?" "Nope.. may gift ka saken?" I teased him."Why. When his classmates would come at my house and make fun of me. you had your chance before. How about the last year of my college?" "Won't you be that busy already?" "Hmm." I smiled sweetly at him. you wouldn't talk to me or be close with me naman because you got those two guys. He would talk to me and say sorry. "Nahhh." He smiled at me. mga sweethearts na naguusap at yung mga getting to know each other." I answered back. pero of course. Ngumiti siya saken and extended his right arm towards my direction.. "Next year?" "Err. so where's your gift?" I looked around trying to find out what is his gift for me. He sounds so different. we found the rhythm to follow with no music at all. kung san close na tayo or kung san I've known you a whole lot better.. "Hmm." I told him while smiling at him. The lights were dimmed and candles were lit. That'll be two years from now. but still sweet.. "You know what. "Yeah. Konti lang yung mga tao." He whispered and I shivered at his breath near my ears. dun ka naman aalis. "Oh. trying to point out those 'you-see-me-in-the-coffee-shop' days. there's no music. "But.HSM3 "Can I have this dance?" He smirked. then he would get angry with them. "You should promise me. I can sometimes see my Kuya's eyes at him when we were kids. Then pinupuntahan niya ako sa kwarto while I was crying. "Too bad. Mostly mga nakatambay sa pool area. Sige. And Raph's stares remind me a lot of Kuya's. looked around and tried to listen to the surroundings. not to me for you." "Y-you're right." I looked at Raphael. I already gave you my gift. saying goodbye to everyone kasi you'll spend your four years of existence to some place very far away from here. "I promise. here you are. Napatingin ako kay Raphael. tapos we don't chill more often pa." He smiled at me sounding so serious and led me to the pool area. Honestly. "Nope." I smiled at him." He chuckled. He sounded like a little boy na iiwanan ng mother pero ayos lang sa kanya. twenty-first birthday it is. Then I just found myself slow-dancing with him with our shoes off. His eyes are so honest and sincere." "Then. But I want to give you something that you will always remember. I wasn't able to spend a lot of time with you. no." I answered and gave him my hand. I mean" "You mean?" "I mean. Not too soon." I looked at Raphael and he turned away trying to avoid my gaze. I promise I'll be here for your birthday. "Nevermind the music. "Then.
Just be safe. ba't andito ka?" I asked him. NAIA. What makes me a lot more sad is the fact that "this" person never arrived to say goodbye. Maybe this is indeed reality. I hugged all of them.. Maybe. I'm gonna miss you a lot. Take care of yourself.si Dad din. Take care. Dumating din naman kaagad si Raphael and Vincent. PLAYING: One Year and Six Months . Maybe I'll like Paris. Maybe I'll find friends there. I'm so gonna miss you!" "I'm gonna miss you too. "Promise." I smiled at him." He smiled and let go of me. "Yana. Ihahatid ako ni Mommy sa Paris. Then he winked. ayoko namang sayangin lang yun just to see my friends and family again whenever I feel sad or anything as such." Napatigil ako at napatingin kay Vincent. Paris is not that near and accessible to all of us. Worse is. natawa ako. same here. "Aish." "Ikaw din. "Mag-iingat ka dun ah? Tsaka. Basta. I'll learn to love Paris." Sabi ni Bea habang yakap-yakap niya ako. Be the best that you can be. I'm just an IM away. Plus. matuto kang magsalita ng French so that they won't trick you or something. or an email away. before getting in. What is this girl thinking? "So you think I'm going to do it?" "Of course not! Baka lang? Okay? You have nothing to lose.. It's sad to know that the time has finally come for me to say goodbye to friends.7:45 am." "Promise too. Bey. Goodbye Philippines. Flight to Paris. "I wouldn't be there to cover up for you. She'll find me a place muna and make sure that I'm settled comfortably before she goes back here at Philippines. "Oh.." She said and kissed me. So I should do the same.. "Lika nga dito." "I know. Ingat ka din ah? Really. We were both crying.. This is what God is telling me." Then suddenly. Syempre. Kahit may pera kami to buy tickets from here to there or vice versa. ang sama mo naman." She whispered to me. "Take care. I laughed. "Just kidding. "You take care of yourself." He said and started walking away. remember her? You should bring a condom daw everywhere you go. MAYBE. hindi katulad kina Bea pero okay nadin. So.Yellowcard . I'll be right here. Goodbye Rhys.. he forgot everything we've had already." Vincent said to me habang niyayakap niya ako. "Waaah. Okay? Or a call away. Maybe I'll also find someone who'd kill the time with me. sabi ni Jenica. pinage na yung mga passengers for the flight to get in of the departure area. Forget everything you had and have for him kasi hindi kami para sa isa't-isa." I suddenly burst out crying and we hugged each other again." I suddenly hugged him and he hugged me back.
Malamang. "Salamat sa oras. Marahil. Humiga ulit ako sa kama at napatingin sa kisame ng kwarto ko. love her... siya ang bagay kay Yana. Just let me try. Romualdez. Last na talaga to." Napatingin ako kay Raphael Perez. Me and Yana. "Hayaan mong alagaan ko siya habang wala ka." "Hindi rin naman siya papipigil." My fists turned into a ball. matutulungan niya si Yana." "Hayaan mong alagaan ko siya. Nakasakay na ako ng eroplano. hindi ikaw yun Raphael Perez. huh?" "Yep. Should I say goodbye? NO. 5:30 AM. pero parang nakita ko ang sarili ko sa kanya. "More than I do.1 RHYS' POV [." He nodded. "Just. Should I say goodbye? YES. Siguro kung may isang taong makakapagpigil sa kanyang lumabas ng bansa. "Rhys!" Napalingon ako at napatingin sa kanya. Marahil. I need to see her one last time. Kung meron mang isang taong ipagpapaubaya ko si Yana. Napatingin ako sa kawalan habang hawak-hawak ang bote ng beer. Ewan ko ba. I promise. Then after this." Dahan-dahan akong naglakad palabas ng resto. NO. WALA NA. I want to make everything right. Siguro nga this is real life. may plano kang pigilan siya?" Napatingin ako sa kanya. And I should start with Yana. pwede sila. Hindi ikaw yun.Chapter 27. alam mo kung sino yun.. pero walang Rhys na dumating. I need to say goodbye. Tumayo ako at kumuha ng tshirt.. "Hindi na ba talaga siya mapipigilan?" "Bakit." Sabi ko sa kanya." I got on my car and left Perez standing there." "Hindi. "Just let me try.] "She's really leaving." Pinatong ko ang beer sa mesa at tumayo. "Wala.." "Hindi na ako babalik sa kanya. I put on my shorts and started running my way to the garage. Walang last moment na .
Bakit?" "Hmm. She mentioned na lalabas kayo. Anyway. of course.I'm trying so hard to give up on her. She was here kaya last week. "Hey babe.. I do hope he hears it. Rhys!" Bigla akong napalingon at nakita si Bea. pero she didn't mention na bumalik si Yana." "Oh." "Yeah sure. so I know wala na." I sipped on my cup. Although alam kong hinding-hindi ko siya makakalimutan. "Where's Gabby?" "Hmm." She smiled and looked outside the window.... I'm kind of happy with Gabby narin.. "You might want to catch up with each other. Bea and I would usually bump into each other during parties or night outs. "Paalam. I don't think it's right to have contact pa with Yana or anything as such. why?" "Yana was there." ." Nagsimula na siyang magtaka. "Hmm. you had a nightout with the Lourdes girls last Sat diba?" "Yeah. She's been really sweet and supportive and all. "Bea. "Hey. Walang ganun ganun. "Hmm. And besides. "Right." She smiled again. hindi mo namention saken. "Nagkita?" "Yeah. we weren't able to see each other. Maybe she just forgot. kumusta na?" I asked." 7pm. We had an-all girls nightout kaya last Saturday. "I mean. "Gabby didn't mention?" "No. And yes. I don't mean anything by this naman ha? It's been years narin since you parted ways. but we never got the chance to open up a topic about her.. "Teka. She has a class eh.. I'll meet her around 7. Ni hindi ko nga alam na bumalik siya. "Vincent will be here any minute now." She smiled again." I chuckled. nagkita ba kayo ni Yana?" Bigla akong napatingin kay Bea.." I whispered to myself." "Something wrong?" "Wala naman.'please-dont-go' effect. I've heard nothing from her again. It has been two years since she left." Gabby kissed me. right?" "O-oo." I smiled. been months since we last saw each other. "Ayos naman." Pilit kong ngumiti sa kanya.continuation of Rhys' POV. alam ba ni Gabby?" "Yeah.." She then looked around." I shook my head." She smiled innocently. -. "Right. "Ohhh. "Hey. Ateneo. di kami magkasama. Matagal-tagal ko narin siyang di nakikita.
ikaw ang mahal ko. ano ba.. "Ikaw.." "Ahhh." "Si Yana parin. si Yana.." "Rhys. "Gabby." I answered calmly. Ikaw ang mahal ko. it doesnt mean na mahal ko parin siya. my eyes will betray me. Nagkita kami nina Vincent kanina e. I'm afraid that if I look at Gabby.. Tumahimik lang ako. right? . don't make such a big deal about this." "No." "I love you."H-hindi ba? Well... okay?" I held her face and stared at her eyes.. "Ba't mo tinatanong?" Her voice sounded firm and it was asking for an answer. tinatanong kita! Ba't moko tinatanong tungkol kay Yana?!" "Gabby. She came back for a vacation.. "Crap! Ba't ka umiiyak?" Hininto ko ang sasakyan sa gilid and then I looked at her. come on. "Rhys." Hindi ko inalis ang mata ko sa daan.. I was just asking kasi magkaibigan rin naman kami." "No! You stil do Rhys!" "I dont..." "Why are you askin?" "Wala lang." And I kissed her. I love you. Bea mentioned that you had a nightout daw nung Saturday. huhuhu..... She suddenly turned silent and then I heard sobs. I'm just asking. hinde." "Gabby. I do. you still do.. with Yana." "You still love her." "Gabby." "No Gabby. yeah. Break daw sa kanila e.
5 years had gone so fast.. may plano ka ba dati na dun na din sa labas magtatrabaho?" ." I looked at him and smiled softly. It's been awhile since I last saw Tito. kaen muna tayo. I'm gonna visit Dad on his company. "Kumusta na pala kayo ni Raph?" He asked. di moko kinontact!!" "I'm so sorrry. sige sige. Alam mo naman. "I love you. Sobrang namiss ko yung bonding na to with Vincent and the others. mahilig mag OT.2 Labas-pasok ako ng Philippines for so many times." "Errr. "And I couldn't believe that you'll be forever here with me." He whispered at my ears. Pakiramdam ko. "I love you too." "Bakit.Chapter 27. "Ayos naman kami. I never had the chance to see "him". I can't breatheee!" "Wala kang hiyaaa! Pumunta ka ng Paris. "He's very happy na dito ako magtatrabaho. "Sure ka?" "Oo. "Tara. "Anbilis lang ng five years diba?" He asked me while hugging me from the back. "San mo gusto?" "Hmmm." I dragged him to his car and we just laughed together. Iba talaga yung KFC dito sa MOA." He grinned. pero di ako kumakain dun e. "Mamaya pa yung dismissal nun sa work. All I heard was the beating of his heart." "Of course.successful and proud. tara na. Hindi ko alam. bumalik ako sa high school. I couldn't believe that I've finally come back here at my beloved country ." I grinned back. "Yannnaaa! Arayyy." I smiled at Vincent. right? "Vincentttt!! I can't believe I'm seeing youuuuu!" I screamed and hugged Vincent Yap. Or maybe. KFCCC!!" "KFC?! Wala ba yan sa Paris?" "Meron. I do. wala na talaga. it's weird and hindi kapani-paniwala na wala talaga siyang may narinig sa pag-uwi ko. 24 hours lang naman kasi ako dun! Busy pa! Nasa meeting hall lang kaya ako!" "Kahittt na nooo!" Binatukan ko siya ng mahina at kumalas naman kaagad si Vincent.. "Sama ka saken tomorrow. Maybe hindi niya alam na umuuwi ako dito. I missed a lot of these stuffs while I was in Paris. "Nasan yung girlfriend mo?" I asked." Silence. pero to think of that Gabby and I go out everytime umuuwi ako.." I answered back." I smiled. pero sa mga uwi kong iyon.
Biglang lumakas yung kabog ng dibdib ko. Everyone." "Vincent?!" Hinampas ko siya ng mahina and we laughed again. Hindi ko madescribe kung anong naramdaman ko the first time I saw him for five years. Hindi ko alam. You know what I eat. Napatingin lang ako sa counter ng KFC." Vincent chuckled. I smiled back at him. Rhys!" Bati ni Vince sa kanya. si RHYS parin na minahal ko noon. happier. Everything." I chuckled. lumapit na saken si Vincent na ngiting-ngiti. Then after awhile. wala iyon. Pareho lang naman yung offer. Then I found myself standing sa harap ng KFC. "Gosh. I missed MOA. And smiled at me. sinundan ko din yung direksyon na tinuro niya." Nang tumingin ako sa direksyon na tinuturo ni Vincent. "It's been a long time na din. What I can earn there. Okay." "Oh. my life is really here. "Oh. contented and very very handsome. "Pasok na tayo?" Vincent asked." Then Vincent disappeared. Ikaw. . Sure. right. I can earn here. Plus.. pero parang hindi ko pa kayang harapin si Rhys. "Uy. bigla akong di makahinga." He continued laughing. "Ba't ka nakangiti?" I asked. Then she turned around." Tinuro niya si Rhys sakin kaya ako naman." I grinned. Ibang-iba na siya. "Loko lang. But I changed my mind. at patuloy na minamahal. nakangiti nga siya. "Order lang ako. "Ayooooonnn. "I'm sorry." I smiled. "Hindi pa e. okay?" "Sige.. pero parang everything in the past flashed right back at me. "Uyyyy." I smiled again and looked at him. "So. But in his eyes. Andito si Rhys o." I smiled. Kokonti lang yung vacant and yun yung medyo okay. I was still observing from afar at bigla akong napatalikod sa kanila. "Dapat di ako kasama mo dito e. He looked more mature. pa pretend. kunwari. Bigla kong nasabi sa sarili ko that I missed him so much.. Crap. nagkita na ba kayo nina Rhys?" Bigla akong napatahimik. nakita kong nakangiti na si Rhys. "No. RHYS. Dun ko napansin ang lalaking nakaupo sa mesa 3 tables away from me. I've let go." He suddenly said. Dinala ako ni Vincent dun sa gilid na table. bigla kong naalala ang lahat. "Sure."Sana.. Hindi ko alam. pero hindi nakangiti ang kanyang mga mata. Napatingin lang ako sa mga taong nakaupo dun sa foodchain." We got down from the car at pumasok na sa mall. kunwari di ko nakita na andun si Rhys.
"Wala na. tumawa nalang kaming apat. 30minutes and more. *krrriiinnggg." "Nakuu. nagkakaroon ng reunion ang Lourdes. "Una narin ako. Hindi yun . Then I smiled again. Take care. "Well. *kriiinggg. "Ingatan mo. "Been a long time. "Share nalang tayo ng table dun. Tumahimik lang naman si Gabby and Vincent sa gilid. Walang high school." He said. I smiled at Rhys and Gabby. Andito si Yana. of course. Alam mo naman kaming dalawa. sige sige. it's an office work. "Oo nga eh. "Wala na diba?" Vincent asked. We would always go out and drink. "Ha? Won't we be disturbing them?" "Nahhh." I smiled. "What do you mean?" "Hmmm. something went wrong with her report e." I answered confidently.. Si Rhys din. "Hehehe.. Bye. Baka di ako pwede dun. nakaupo lang kami dun at nag-usap usap. it was about college and the present.. pati din yung Ateneo boys." Napatingin lahat kami kay Vince. "Oo kaya. I have to check it again sa laptop niya. basta girlfriend talaga. "It seemed like everytime umuuwi si Yana. I followed Vincent. "Ingat ah?" Sabi ni Rhys kay Vincent. Gabby? Tara Yana. Lika na." yaya ni Vincent saken. Okay." "Hahahaha." Gabby laughed. Nalaman ko that Rhys is working for his father. una nako. It's nice seeing you both again. what? Puntahan kita? Ngayon na. And I know you know why too. Sensya na ah. We all know why..." She started laughing." "So you're going there?" "Yeah. I'll be there.. Mostly sa mga topics na pinag-usapan namen." I waved goodbye to the two of them at lumabas na kami ni Vincent sa kFC. BFFs. dinaan lang sa ngiti-ngiti. SILENCE." He turned to Rhys. I know why." He said and tumayo na. I heard lagi kang andito sa Pinas. lagi naman silang magkasama e. She chuckled.." "Uy." Kaya napatayo nalang ako at napasunod kay Vincent. "Bea. finish na?. okay. "Pare.Gabby. "Is it really okay if I go with you sa office niya?" Vincent turned to me. but my eyes were fixed on him. Oh. Tumabi naman si Gabby kay Rhys and Vincent and I sat at the other side of the table kaharap sila. Emergency e. We had fun nga diba?" I asked Gabby. "Is there a problem?" I asked worriedly. Syempre." I said to him. "Yeah. Maliban dito sa ugag na tuh o!" Sabi ni Vincent. Let's chill soon. Minsan lang naman to. His gaze were fixed on me too. while Gabby is under an ad agency.
I looked around the mall and started strolling. krrriiingggg. I was waiting for a taxi." Rhys said firmly. hunn?" Gabby asked Rhys. I tried calling Dad pero mukhang nasa dinner meeting siguro. Thank you. pero wala ring sumasagot. edi sa-" "Ihahatid kita sa destination mo. I walked up to them. Then I checked my phone." I breathed a sigh and went into his car. Rhys smiled at me from inside. but natatakot din akong sumakay ng taxi kasi mag-isa lang ako. it was almost 10pm. Rhys nodded. I'm waiting for a taxi. "Hindi pwede sa Rizal. "Okay. . Baka mapano ka pa diyan sa taxi taxi na iyan. okay. then to Gabby." "Hmm. "But-" Lumabas si Rhys sa sasakyan niya and went to me. I tried calling Mom. hindi na. I couldn't contact anyone. "Okay." "Pero hindi naman pwedeng-" "Tawag nalang ako kay Dad and magpapasundo ako dito. "Yana!" Tumaas yung boses ni Rhys. Kaya nagmadali na akong lumabas ng mall. "May nakalimutan ba kayo?" I asked." "Hindi. "Yana! Yana! Here!" I saw Gabby tucking her head out of the car window. "Don't let me drag you papasok ng auto.. Seriously. May sundo ka ba?" "Hmm." I smiled and stepped some few steps away. Baka mapano pa sya. ibaba niyo lang ako sa Roxas." He said." "Hmm. Marami kayang tambay diyan. "See? You're in a hurry." "What about Rizal. "Hmmm." "But Yana-" **krinnnggg.. "You-" "Come with us. oo e. well." I smiled." He said." I smiled. Mas maraming kanto boys dun. "Yana!" Someone shouted from afar kaya napatingin ako kung san galing ang boses. I'll be okay. hopeless. "Tara na. Then I tried calling Raph.makakaconcentrate.. I'll be fine. Gabby nodded naman." "G-ganun ba.. but he isn't answering din. Umupo ako sa likod then Rhys went back to the driver's seat." I smiled again. And it made me uncomfortable." "Ba't sa Roxas?" "I can ride the bus from there. Take care.then at Rhys." Gabby offered. "No. Hatid ka na namin. "Taxi? Magtataxi ka sa ganitong oras?" Rhys suddenly asked." "Oh. I saw Gabby threw a flashing look on him. Napatingin lang ako sa kanya. I looked at her. Baka san pako dalhin niyan no. So I stood outside. "Pumasok ka na. "Hmm.." He smiled doubtedly and went on his way.
Teka. Ihahatid kita sa Katipunan." Nagpanic na ako sa back seat. "Hmmm. *toot toot 1 message received Raphiie co. . Love you. "Napaka out of the way kaya." I answered. Yana?" "Yeah?" "Umupo ka sa front. "I'll take you home first." I insisted. I'm doing my termpaper. Nakakahiya. Don't bother. pag hinatid si Gabby. I'm very out of your way. "Nope. "Bye." She said and smiled. but Rhys kissed her cheeks." He turned to Gabby. . He revved up the engine again.Sure. "Hey-" . SILENCE. Napatingin ulit si Gabby sa kanya. Gabs. "Rhys is right." I smiled. Ingat. nasan ka ba? Puntahan kta. Hintayin kita? Sino kasama mo? * Sina Gabby. "And." Nakaupo parin ako sa back seat observing the two of them." "I won't allow you to just go down kahit san. Wait ha? . "Ingat kayo ah?" She smiled again. Rhys. katipunan."Nooo! Hindi na..Andito ako sa Calleya. She smiled irritatedly.Nasan ka na? * Hmm. "Okay?" "Okay." Biglang lumiko si Rhys and off our way to Gabby's.." He answered. . Pano to? Then dumating na kami sa bahay nina Gabby." "But super out of the way. "Thank you. Mwa." Gabby smiled. Gabby reached for Rhys' lips to kiss him goodbye and good night.Lve you too. Napanganga si Gabby habang nakatingin sa kanya. Ingat. Hatid ka na namen. "San ka?" Rhys asked again. Bumaba kaagad ako and transferred sa front seat. SILENCE. dito nalang ako.. Crap. kaming dalawa nalang. SILENCE.
. "San ka dito?" "Calleya." "Yep." He smiled and we went inside the coffeeshop. "Antagal niyo na pala ni Gabby no?" I asked. of all place. "Yeah. Almost 6." He chuckled. "Sino?" "Si Raph." He looked at me.. 2 palang. Ingat sa pagdrive." I closed the door and started walking towards Raph." I smiled. "Si Perez pala.." He said. or at least. "Then. "Paris changed you a lot huh?" "In what way?" I asked. "I didnt expect to see you. "Ikaw na." I smiled at him. pretending not to. nasa Katipunan na kami. surprising. sa KFC pa. Thank you so much. okay.never minding the car. I paused and looked again if andun parin si Rhys. "Yeah. "I'll go ahead. "Everything?" "Maybe.." I repeated what he said and smiled to myself. "Thank you for going out of your usual way." "Aw. "Yeah. . I saw Raph naman kaagad sa terrace. "Yeah. I took off my seatbelt and smiled at Rhys." He parked the car then looked around at Calleya."Hey-" We laughed awkwardly." He said firmly. I was always willing to. Raph was looking at me ." "Great." "Yeah." I smiled. Tara. That was." I smiled. thank you. "Today was." Napatigil siya at napatingin sandali saken. "Oh. "Perez." That's all he was able to say." I answered. indeed surprising.." "I always do that to you. MY knees weaken and I looked away. "Great." I answered softly." "Ikaw?" "Hmm." Then before I knew it. "Romualdez?" He asked habang nagnakaw ng tingin sa sasakyan na hindi parin umaalis hanggang ngayon. I kissed him on the cheeks and he smiled. Galeeng.
Twas fun. .But I saw his car moving on and speeding away. loving you again.
"That was Romualdez, right?" He asked. "Uhuh." I answered. We sat down sa table malapit sa window. "We accidentally saw each other kasi at the mall." "Where's Vincent pala?" He calmly asked. "Pumunta kay Bea. She needs him. Emergency daw about her proposal for the meeting." I smiled at the lady who gave us our coffee and cakes. "Ahhh. And he left you-" "No, he didn't leave me on purpose. I insisted na wag niya akong ihatid kasi out of the way na masyado. And life and death na yun for Bea. I couldn't go with him rin naman." "Ahhh. Buti nalang di ka napano. You should've called me." "You have a class kaya." I smiled at him. "I can always skip it for you." "Nahhh. I arrived safely naman. And we both know Rhys naman e." "But still-" I looked at him and smiled sheepishly. "What?" He asked. "What are you thinking?" I smirked. "I should ask you that!" He chuckled. "You're all red, o." "Hindi ah." "Hahahaha. You're..." "No I'm not!" "Defensive.. Hahaha. Bakit ano sana sasabihin ko?" "W-wala." I laughed. Then I smiled sweetly at him. "I love you." I mouthed. He looked at me, his eyes beaming. "I love you too." He mouthed back. Then we chuckled.
It's been days narin since I came back. I didn't know what to expect. Oo, alam kong susulpot si Rhys sa buhay ko ulit, pero I didn't expect na ganito kadalas at ganito ka lakas ang impact saken tuwing nagkikita kami. "Ew, we haven't done that yet noh. I have no plans pa of doing that hangga't hindi pa kami kasal, Claire. Kaw talaga." Bea said in her squeaky voice. "Hahaha. Baka lang naman eh. You know naman Vincent, manyak kaya iyan." Tumawa kaming tatlo. "Si Vince? Manyak? At sino naman ang may sabi?" I asked. "Manyak iyan.." Sabi ni Claire at tumawa kagad ulit kami.
"Lanya, wala namang ganyanan sa boyfriend." Sabi ni Bea.. kunwari seryoso siya. "Uy, remember mo yung laro natin last last summer pa?" "Alin?" "Yung HOT or NOT, then WHY?" "Oh, riggghhtt. Fave pastime natin yun dati." Claire added. "Oo. Laro tayo?" I suggested. "Sige sige. Wala naman mga boyfriend natin ee." Claire chuckled again. Bea and I agreed. That's when a guy entered the chilling spot. "Not." Claire said. "Not too." I added. "Three nots." Tapos may pumasok na naman. "Hmm, can I answer, in between?" Claire chuckled again. "Cute." "Hindi pwede, hot or not lang." Bea reminded us. "Edi not." Claire said. "Oo, not nalang din." "Okay, 3 nots again." Then isa pa. "Hot." Sabi ni Claire. "Sizzling hot." But then, pagpasok palang kilala ko na kung sino ang lalaking yun. "Uy, hot or not?" Bea asked me. Napatingin lang ako sa lalaki.. then Bea and Claire followed my gaze. That's when he took off his glasses and smiled at us. "Dang. Rhys Romualdez." "Gee." "Hot." I whispered. Napatingin silang dalawa saken. O_O I smiled at the two of them. "We can't deny the fact that he's really hot." I said calmly. Their mind kind of stopped for awhile then processed what I said. That's when they reacted. "Oh, right." "Tama nga naman.. past is past." Claire said. Tapos we laughed awkwardly. And it caught his attention. "Bea.." He called out and smiled at us. Mabilis ko namang hinawakan ang frappe ko and sipped from it to keep me busy. "Claire.. and.. hey." He said. I looked above and saw him smiling softly at me. "Heyyyy... how'd you been, Rhys?" Claire broke the silence.
But I swear, our eyes locked for 3 secs or so. And it was electrifying. "Uhmm.." Mabilis niyang sagot. "I'm doing good. Ikaw? Kayo? Bea? Yana?" Merong kakaiba sa tono ng boses niya when he mentioned my name. "Okaayy naman ako. Busy sa work." Claire answered. "Ako din. Alam mo naman yan siguro. That's why I don't go out a lot na. Vincent and I. Siya na nga lang yung tumatambay sa bahay pag Saturday kasi tinatamad na akong magmalling or do something sa labas ng house. Pagoooddd." Bea said. Tumahimik lang ako. "Yana?" I looked up at him again. "Uhmm, I'll start working next week. So ngayon, medyo rest muna.. you know, get together with friends and acquaintances." I smiled. "Right. Uhmm, I think I won't chill with you girls muna. I have somewhere to go. Just dropped by to buy some coffee. So I'll see you around?" He smiled. "Yeaaah." "Sure." "See you around." Then his car sped away. Napatingin naman si Claire and Bea sakin, Bea most especially. I looked back at them and I guess I know what they're thinking. "N-no.. No.." I said while I shook my head. Then I let out a soft chuckle. "Nooo.." "Oh come on!" Bea growled. "No! Really." I smiled at the two of them. Tumahimik lang naman kaagad silang dalawa so hindi ko na pinagpatuloy yung argument or opened any topic about Rhys again. I figured, if indeed I want to stop the talk about the two of us since high school, I'd rather keep my distance and silence about it. "Oh, right. Uy, what will you two do pala next weekend?" "Nothhiiinngggg!" Bea answered. "bakeett? San tayoo? Ukay ukay at Baguio!" She suggested happily. "Baket?" "Hmmm, Bob is planning kasi to celebrate his birthday at his lola's island at Pangasinan." "Geez, hundred isllaaaanndds?!" Bea asked again. "Uu." "I wannaaa gooo! Roadtrippp. Sama ko si Vince, pwede?" "Uo naman." "Yana, you go with us too. Sama mo si Raph.. okaaayyy?" Claire asked. "Hmm, titingnan ko pa if he could come kasi medyo busy sa masteral niya." "Oh right. Why does he has to get a masteral pa ba?" "Hmm, his dad wanted it." "Oh well, you should make pilit talaga that he should come."
"Sure." I smiled.
Nagkita-kita kami sa bahay nina Claire. Everyone was there, Vincent and Bea, Bob, Frida and Leo, Trish and her husband Jonathan... "Yana, where's Raphael?" Trish asked. "Susunod siya?" "Or we'll see him nalang at Pangasinan?" Frida added. I paused at napaisip ng isasagot sa kanila. "Hmm, I'm not sure if susunod siya, but he couldn't come with us as of now." I said softly. "Why naman? Sayang naman!" Bea said. "Oo nga eh, he's finishing their thesis kasi kaya medyo busy tsaka he has a dinner meeting with their company's board members." "Damn, Raph is so busy huh?" Jonathan asked. "Yeah, damn busy." I answered him with a smile. "Anyhow, we should get moving. Malayo pa yung destination natin." Claire said and everyone hopped on the van.
Pagod na pagod kami pagdating sa island nina Bob. Sosyalen. Habang pababa ng van, may kumuha ng mga gamit ko. "T-tek-" Paglingon ko, nabigla ako sa nakita ko. RHYS. Anong ginagawa niya dito? "Hey, Rhys, andiyan ka pala." Claire said. "Tulungan mo nlang si Yana, ha?" She smiled. Earth to Yana. "Wag na, I can carry it." I said and kinuha ko yung dalawang bags ko sa kanya. "No, it's alright." He smiled. That smile.. I looked away. "Okay, suit yourself." I said coldly at pumasok na sa loob. Nang pumasok kami, everyone looked at us. I searched for a familiar face that may react badly at the view, pero wala. "Ehem. I guess we should eat dinner." Claire broke off the silence and the awkward stares. Everyone scrammed naman then I turned around to Rhys. "San si Gabby?" I asked. "San si Perez?" He asked back. Tiningnan ko siya ng masakit. He chuckled. "Right, you asked first. She couldn't come. Nasa Bangkok siya." "Oh."
" Kinuha ko sa kanya ang mga bags ko at nilagay sa sala since wala pang room assignment. Naman. "Loko. I glanced at Rhys. sino. Napatingin lang ako sa kanilang dalawa. "I am. "Basang-basa kaya ako nun." I guess that wasnt supposed to be loud enough para marinig ko. bakit?" Frida asked. Oo.hiniram ko pa yung jacket ni Loise nun. "Bakit. pati kay Frida and Leo." He laughed. I looked at him again. andami pa nilang kwento tungkol samin ni Rhys. Akin na ang bags ko.." He smirked." Rhys answered. eh walang dumating." Claire added. yun nga. I just looked at him. "I mean. wala pa akong dalang payong." Tumawa naman si Vince. Napatahimik lang talaga ako. diba? . kay Trish din and Jonathan. Dami rin kwento tungkol kay Rhys at Gabby. Tapos." "Mukhang lagi naman eh." He smirked and sumunod na sa dining table. you should be understanding. "Sino kaya yun. "Ayiii. "Kasi dati." Bea said while giggling." "Lanya.. "Ako. naaalala mo si Yana nung 4th year?" Trish said. Busy. eh hindi ako ganong makarelate kasi wla naman ako dito nung college days namen. I looked at him then he started chuckling." Sabi ni Rhys. ba't ako ang topic? "Sino. matagal na yun tsaka may mga kanya-kanya nang buhay. si ano yun e."Nasan si Perez?" "May work and study. Eh hindi ko naman pwedeng hayaan na umuwi siyang mag-isa na ganun kalakas yung ulan.. Even myself. Biglang umulan ng malakas.. nawala na yung amoy kasi nabasa ng ulan." I froze at napatahimik. Yans?" She teasingly asked me. Everyone silenced. ".. I looked at her and smiled. ang baho nun!" "Hahaha. "Sino?" Tanong ni Bob. nakita ko si Yana na hinihintay sundo niya. "Hahaha.. Tapos ayun. yung kay Loise? Yun ba yung fave blue jacket niya?" "Hahahaha. in other words. sino?" Napatingin si Trish saken. "Sure. "Walang pikunan ha? Afterall. then may nakita akong tumatakbo...
." "Hm?" He looked at me with those same eyes as when he confessed to me he loved me. "Hi. I mean. di man lang nagchecheck. "Rhys.. "Honestly. And I miss those times." Napalunok ako before finishing the sentence. "Hey. "No problem.. did you really fall out of love with me. "Yeah. "Pasensya na kanina if I spilled those all out. ". We do those kinds of stuffs. Napatingin ako sa kanya." He said. Random things were spinning on my mind." Rhys sat down beside me." I smiled back and nilapag ko yung phone ko sa buhangin sa harap ko.. we were young.. So napaupo ako dun sa beach sand. "Nasa past narin naman yun e. And.that's why we broke up back in high school?" .." I smiled at him." He said. Seryoso. again.Mga around 12 na yun na nagkanya-kanya na ng tripping. Eh ako. It's been a long time since I started keeping these questions and stopping myself from asking him kasi I was afraid that I would get hurt. Di pa nagtetext at tumatawag since yesterday e." I answered. he knows kaya that I'm going to travel. medyo lumabas ako ng house kasi hinihintay ko tawag ni Raph.
focusing his vision on the open sea. and third would be asking this to Rhys.. First was when I let go of Rhys. "Alam ko namang hindi mo sasagutin e. Nakaupo parin si Rhys sa tabi ko while silently looking at the open ocean. I looked at him. Silence. I looked at my phone in silence na nakalapag parin sa buhangin. "Closure? You want that?" He asked while looking at my eyes na pakiramdam ko. "I didn't fall out of love with you. Then he closed his eyes for awhile. I understand.. waiting for an answer. Hindi ko alam kung tama yung ginawa ko." I looked at him while questions started to fill my mind again. "To tell you honestly." He sat down again and shook his head. "It's okay.Chapter 28. Tahimik lang siya habang nakatingin sa langit. And honestly. "Honestly. I can't.. "Yana. "But. it's just that.. Napatingin lang ako kay Rhys. those were the days that I really hated myself. made that double for me. that broke my heart. "S-some.. maiisip mong wala na talaga. "I'm sorry if I ended it up in a bad way. I just want a "closure"." He said in a soft voice." I said softly.. a reason that would make you hate me. "I needed a reason." "You have no idea how much it hurt. No." He said to me at huminga siya ulit ng malalim.. Then he looked away. it's not like I'm still. Hindi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko. you know. "I mean. I just can't answer it." He looked at me.." Silence.. "I'm sorry.. I shouldn't ask questions as such." "Nevermind.." . "Indeed. wala na akong maisip na paraan to break up with you. Huminga siya ng malalim at nahiga sa buhangin. Silence. kung tama na tanungin ko siya. I still have this part of me. "Kung gaano kasakit ang naramdaman mo noon. I smiled. I'm happy with Raph. I just want to know.. I can't just do this to her." I smiled at him again. he saw my soul through it. "It's alright. Yana. Tiningnan niya ako and he smirked..how." At napayuko ako while my fingers played with the sand." He looked at me.2 The third most bravest thing I did in my entire life." "Hindi. I can't love him fully kasi nga I still have this part of me asking "why" to Rhys." He said. clos-" I hurriedly explained to him. A kind of breakup na masasaktan ka. Ayoko munang magsalita." I was about to stand up when he said something that made me stay. A reason na. Nakatingin parin ako sa kanya. Wala akong gustong ipahiwatig or what. a big part of me that belongs to Rhys." I said softly. All in all. for good. it alll started and goes back to him. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mga tamang salita na dapat kong gamitin at sabihin sa kanya. Second would be the day I said "I love you too" to Raph. "I'm sorry." Sabi niya and silence wrapped us again.
I was just there." "R-Rhys. I didn't move. searching for insincerity in everything he says and do. . And his lips met mine." I didn't flinch. I didn't turn away. "Rhys. "And you have no idea how much it still hurt. until now." He held my face and I was taken aback.I looked at him and I saw everything in his eyes.. looking through his eyes..
. Hindi ko alam kung umiiyak ba ako kasi my lips betrayed everything in me... "Yana. Gabby and Raph." "Sino to? Nasan si Yana?" Silence. Umiyak ako ng umiyak." She smiled again.." "I'm sorry too. "I let him kissed me.." I stood up and ran back to the main house.. Your eyes just simply sparkled. He let out a heavy sigh. He held my face and tried to kiss me again but I pushed him back and turned my head away." She smiled at me.Chapter 29 [Playing: Chorus of Fall For You. And that kiss told him everything I felt and still feeling up to now." "Yana. The first time I saw seeing Rhys again. "Something wrong?" I was crying. Yana." "B-Bea. "Damn it!" *Beeeeeepppp* *Beeeeeeppp* ." "And alam mo kung anong naramdaman ko? It felt like everything came rushing back to me. Hindi ko alam kung bakit.How much pain he inflicted on me back at high school. or kasi. "Ang sakit sakit na Bea. or kasi I felt guilty that I betrayed Raph. *Riiingggg* *Riiinggggg* "Hun." He looked at me when I pushed him back. "That after all these years." I closed my eyes. but my body didn't... I'm so sorry I wasn't able to text you. I was busy-" "Hello. Ask him. I knew that kiss told him everything. I poured everything on that kiss I gave him. and there's Raph. "I know.. Hindi ito tama. "I'm sorry. My mind told me to stop. "But this is wrong. I kissed him back. I have no idea what she was talking. As if the two men are waiting who's gonna shot first and who's gonna die first.. meron pa. I think it's time you should know the truth. Bea saw me running up to my room. "Yana. And I did the sweetest sin." "Nakikita ko yun sa mga mata mo. There's Gabby. So she followed me. and I'm not even sure if he really meant that kiss-" "Hindi ganyan si Rhys. Hindi ko alam kung anong ibig sabihin ni Bea. "I still have this heart and love of mine for him.] His lips impatiently searched for mine under the pale moonlight." I said softly while tears streamed down my face. Pero alam mo kung ano yung pinaka grabe?" "What?" She asked understandingly." Kumatok siya sa pinto and she suddenly opened it. That kiss. how much it all hurt.. And I knew right then. A kiss that betrayed my mind and two people who are both involved with the two of us." Bea hugged me tightly.
." "Raph?" "Yeah. I just want to talk. my brother will still die. "R-Rhys. The thing is. "Ikaw parin. unless I give up on you." Bigla na naman akong nataranta.." His voice was hoarse and serious and firm. you want it? Right? I'll give it to you. Your Dad threaten my father's friends that if they'd help us.." ." I said softly. Let go." He showed me my phone and he handed it to me. Rhys was standing sa harapan ko with his hands on hanging on the air." "So-" "It took me a lot of courage. you should have-" "Told you?" He scoffed.. Did he answer it? Nalaman ba ni Raph that I'm with Rhys? He let out a heavy breath. or patago?" "N-" "You don't understand. That's when I decided to check up the time on my phone. thinking and time to decide on what to do.. I have to go there. But we couldn't find any. Kahit ganyan ang gawin natin noon." His voice cracked and I knew right then. We weren't able to find a bone marrow that would match his. Pero nang binuksan ko ang pinto. "Akala ko wala na. they too would be bankrupt. we couldn't find a bone. kahit alam kong kaya ko pa. And live again. "He called. annoyed. Yana. "I had to end it. Maybe naiwan ko sa beach. "Closure. "I'm not going to kiss you again or anything as such." "Rhys. Umupo ako sa upuan sa gilid ng kama.. I couldn't afford to give up on you. but then nataranta ako when I realized that my phone is nowhere by my side. It was either I break up with you or Paolo dies. will you?" I looked at Rhys." "Y-You left your phone. But I was given no option. You know what I felt when I saw you again?" He looked at me. Our business went bankrupt. So I stood up. Akala ko. But I couldn't afford to give up on my brother too. Even Tito Gary wasn't able to help us out to think of that Vince did everything to convince Tito to help us." He chuckled. He bit his lips. we had saved enough for Paolo. I had to end it with you. Okay lang samen yun." "Rhys-" "You wanna know what happened talaga 6 years ago?" "Please-" "I had to do it for Paolo. Bigla siyang pumasok sa kwarto ko and closed the door and locked it. tinapos ko na ang lahat. siguro kakatok pa sana siya. You don't know how powerful and influential your family is.." "Pao-" "He needed a bone marrow transplant. right now and then. But he was scared." "But Rhys. "Hindi pa pala. he was crying. "I don't think-" "Just listen." He said while sitting down on my bed. "Can we talk?" "We've talked enough. "Then what? We'll break up.I was just lying on my bed habang gulong-gulo parin ang isip ko.
" I whispered. "Hindi mo ba sasagutin?" He asked. I'm not expecting to be with Rhys again. no matter-" "I loved you. I am contented na of what I found out last night. I just savored the moment with him. After I left the place..." "Is something wrong. I've had enough of myself. siya parin ang laman ng puso ko. I never contacted him and the others. I'm selfish. last night was the best-est night for me. I looked at Raphael and his face looks a little confused. I LOVE him. Kelangan ko ng rason na masasaktan ka ng todo-todo. Something that will make you hate me. No. I don't even know what I will feel about myself. I had his body memorized and familiarized by my hands. "Your phone is ringing." Lumapit ako kay Rhys and knelt down at the floor facing him. And if I have to give myself to someone na buong-buo. I'm done with everything else. But I couldn't lie anymore. I never regretted anything. I even smiled before I left him at my room sleeping like an innocent child under the white sheets of that soft bed. I let go of guilt. I looked at my phone and shut it off at tinago sa bag ko. Tell me. Yana. it would be to Rhys Romualdez. Hindi ko alam kung ano na kaagad ang mangyayari saming dalawa. "I would have answered it if it was. Instead. Something that will make you think that there's nothing left between us. I held his face and smiled at him. We kissed for the second time. *Riiingggg* Riinggggg * Rhys Romualdez is calling. For now." "Gabby. I have no plans of answering the call. Sa limang taon na di kami nagkita. It's been a week since the outing and since that "thing" happened between us. I just want to spend my night with him under these white sheets with thoughts of him and him only. And I have never thought of what Gabby and Raph will feel kapag nalaman nila ito. "Wasn't it important?" He suddenly asked. May iniwan narin akong note sa room ni Bea before I left and even sent her a text message para naman di siya magpanic kapag nalaman niyang wala na ako sa island nina Bob. Yana?" ." He said and he pulled my face into his. I loved Rhys." Muntik na akong mapatalon sa boses."I had to hurt you. I love you. Kahit si Bea hindi na ako macontact at tinatiming naman lagi na di rin kami nagkakaabutan. Siguro I'll just deal with Raph and Gabby later on. Pero sa pangalawang pagkakataong iyon. "Mahirap Yana. Sa ngayon. Sobrang hirap. Alam kong hinding-hindi ko pagsisihan ang pinagdesisyunan ko kagabi. Nagsimula na akong magtrabaho at sinubsob ko na ang sarili ko sa trabaho ko. Nagpasundo ako kay Manong Freddy early in the morning. I have to say. "Rhys. bumalik na ako ng Manila. I just have to deal with Raph and my family. Nakatingin lang ako sa cellphone ko na nakapatong sa tukador. Mga around 4am.
"You're acting weird since last week. "I'm just a little stressed out."Wala. "Oo. Why don't you call this a day and get some rest?" "Right.. May dapat ba akong malaman?" "Girls act like this paminsan-minsan. "I'm sorry. "Chill. There's nothing between me and Rhys!" Nakita ko ang pagkabigla sa mga mata ni Raphael. When I went down from his car and started to walk papunta sa loob ng bahay. "You were with Rhys last week. The most unexpected thing happened." "Am I supposed to know something?" "Wala. black. "Ihahatid na kita." I flatly answered. right?" My hands started to shake and my knees trembled. Bakit? You've been asking the same question since last week pa." He said and hinatid niya ako sa bahay. . Tumahimik si Raphael sandali." "Ano ba Raph?! There's nothing wrong." I started to fix my things. "You can always open up to me." He said and walked away from me. everything went blur and." He smiled. "I understand." I let out a sigh and sat down. I just need a little rest." I answered irritatingly." "Yana-" He held my shoulders from the back and hugged me.
" "I am so disappointed.." My tears started streaming down. Tita." I slowly opened my eyes and they all looked at me smiling." He said softly. It seemed like biglang umakyat sa ulo ko ang dugo ko. you'll consider it wrong." Nabigla ako sa sinabi niya. how are you feeling?" "I'm feeling all tired. "No. Hindi ko din alam kung anong sasabihin ko. It can be ours. Why am I here? Did I really collapse? Hindi na ba kaya ng body ko?" "I have something to talk with you." . I'm willing to take all the responsibility. Raph!" I turned my head away." "Make sure it doesn't go out in the media yet before the wedding." "Yana. "I can raise this. But Yana. natuwa din ako. But you have to make sure you're feeling all right." "Bakit? What happened ba?" He sat down at the left side of the bed and held my hand. It can be mine. "Ayokong itanong kung anong nangyari. Raph?" "I don't know if. "R-Raph..Chapter 30. "Take responsibility?" I asked. Raphael. "You're pregnant. Raph?" "Yana this is-" "No! This is for your reputation's sake! Sa inyo ni Dad!" "Calm down. ". I'll treat it as if it's my own flesh and blood.." "At ano? Pakakasalan mo ako? Ganun ba. "Yes. Tito." I heard Dad's voice low and firm.." "This is something I want Yana!" "No. Ako na po bahala sa lahat. Bigla akong nahiya sa sarili ko and most especially kay Raph. "I can't let you." "Y-You should take a rest. It's not good for your bod-" "I can raise this child on my own." He said softly. "Yana don't get me wrong." I squeezed his hand. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang magiging reaksyon ko.. I don't want you to get into something you don't want. very glad. Raph. But at one point there. "I-Is something wrong with me. I'm carrying Rhys' child." He smiled. But at the same time." "This is your child. "Yes. kung kailan at kung sino.." "No.." I looked at him. I looked at him fiercely. "R-Raph. Hindi ko alam.
He was late for around 5-6 minutes." "But-" "Take a rest. I sat down at the table located at the centermost of the restaurant.. "I heard what happened. I can't believe Raph would do such a thing. Does he deserve everything of this? I can't let him marry me just because I spent a night with someone named Rhys which is also taken by another person and that night bear into something like this. kung alam na niya." Pero syempre I wouldn't believe him." He held my hands pero kinuha ko ang kamay ko. hindi rin naman yun katangahan. Yana. And here it is now. I looked at my phone and pressed the green button. I closed my eyes and held on my blanket tightly. When I saw him." Sabi ko. Rhys Romualdez is calling. nadischarge na ako sa hospital and went back to working. I love you so much. pero stressed out na ako sa kakaisip kung anong gagawin ko." "Anong sabi niya?" "You're pregnant."Look. What happened to me was very confidential. Pag-isipan mo ito.. "True. "Rhys." "But Raph-" "And I'm willing to give in and give up everything for you. What did I do? What was wrong with me? Sabi ko I'll deal with this later. I can raise this child if I want to. "Yana. "He talked to you. After two weeks of avoiding him. Hindi pa kami nagkakausap ni Raph but Mom is excited for the wedding and for her first apo. I have finally decided to see him again and clear things out . kitang-kita ko sa mukha niya ang pag-aalala. Then we'll talk again. "Y-yeah. Ang nakakaalam lang ay sina Dad. I can't let Raph partake any responsibility at my stupidity.." My vision shifted to nowhere.that is." . The next day.." I put down my phone and fixed my things. He looked at me. okay." He smiled and kissed me on the forehead. Pero. I don't even know if the nurse assigned to me got any idea kung ano talaga ang nangyayari.. Raph. my lips tight. Mom and the doctor na kaibigan ni Dad. Hindi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko sa mga nangyayari. I can always raise this child by myself. See you.
." "No. I scoffed. "I have to go. it's the person involved simula pa noon. Rhys." "Rhys please.. A talk with everyone. You don't have any part on this. Not only Raph. this is what I need. "No. This time. She smiled softly. Hindi ko na kaya na kasama siya while it's you on my mind. tell me you love me. Pumasok ako sa cakeshop and seated sa harapan niya. She was holding a cup of tea and looking at nowhere.." I said and stood up.." I looked at Rhys. Sophistication and beauty all combined. I picked it up and she was asking if we could meet. is now buried in the past. I guess." "I can't hurt Raph-" "You've hurt him enough. Gab Altuna is calling. So please Yana. Isa-isa kong pinrocess ang mga sinabi ni Rhys at ni Raph. Rhys. It's you I've always dreamed of growing old with me. "You'll marry me? Yeah right. Ikaw yung gusto kong maging ina ng mga anak ko. Four people involved. "Simula't sapul ikaw na ang mahal ko." "Yana-" "I don't need anything from you. "Please. I'm willing to take any responsibility with my deed." I looked at him while everything started to spin inside my mind. I will.." He looked at me in the eyes and smiled." He held my hands." "And you just gave me a reason to marry you and love you forever. but also yourself. "I can't continue hurting her like this. I have to go. What happened that night last 3 weeks ago." "What?" I sarcastically asked." "Yana.. I agreed.." "Rhys-" "Yana. I arrived at Calea's and there she was." "Gabby and I broke up..."I have to verify it to you. I can raise this child by myself. From Raph to Rhys to Gabby." I got on my car and that's when my phone rang again. . "Yana-" Hinawakan niya ako sa braso to stop me. Yana. and I'll marry you." "Verified. "I'll wait." Nabigla ako sa sinabi niya. including me. Ikaw yung gusto kong magmamahal sakin habang buhay. You can have your own family without thinking of your child to me.
I let him used me for a long time. She left me speechless and a lot more confused." She chuckled again."Gab-" "Don't say anything. but then I held on to this little hope that." She sighed and looked at me. Yana.. only to be dumped when he sees you again. Nanlaki ang mga mata ni Daddy at namula ang kanyang mukha sa galet o sa hiya. "No. we cheated on you back at high school. Cool off kami ni Rhys when he went with you guys. "And I have no choice but to let go of the grip." "Kanino?" "I don't think you want to find out.." "Gabby. "But then again. it wasn't a cheat. Alam kong mahal mo parin si Rhys.." Her tears started to stream down at her face. I'm so stupid. "Where are you going. I packed my things up. . he'll learn to love me and he'll realize that I will always be there for him. The moment I arrived at home. even if it hurt me like hell. "Let the child live. magpakatotoo for once in your life.. Malas naman. "Gab-" "Yana. I stopped from dragging my suitcase and looked at him. "You know what's funny? Ever since that day we saw each other at KFC." "Gab." I calmly said due to respect. Simula't sapul palang sana." She chuckled nervously. Hinawakan ako ni Daddy sa braso." I said softly. he started acting weird. I can't believe karma does exist. maybe someday. "This is not Raphael's Dad.." She looked at me." She smiled. "What are you talking about?!" "Dad-" "You are going to marry Raphael and give birth to that child!" Tiningnan ko siya na para bang kinamuhian ko siya. Nang lumabas ako. "What do you mean." I said and continued dragging my suitcase. Juliana?" "This is not Raphael's child. "I have been hurt enough. kissed me on the cheek and stood up. Because letting go would make him happy like no one else in the world." Gabby is so transparent." She smiled. Binaba niya ang hinahawakang tsaa. Hindi ko masabi. Noon pa lang. I should be the one saying this to you-" "No. dun naman dumating si Daddy. "Alam ko. I'm so sorry." She motioned me to keep quiet. hindi na ako pumasok sa ganito." She let out a heavy breath. "Away from here. you are-" "Please. alam na alam ko na na ikaw ang mahal niya at mamahalin niya. Juliana?!" He shouted. "He decided on it alone. And I knew right then what was going on.. I am going to raise this child-" "And let him be the father.
" . Nung una hindi ko alam kung san ako pupunta. I stepped back. I'm just telling you about my plans." I smiled.. raise the child and go back at Paris. Kung anong nangyari saming dalawa ni Rhys. "Mom. still afraid to hurt my father. But somehow. "Pagod na ako. got a ticket. After all. let me leave. it calmed my mind. So don't worry. "I'm fine. And after I've found out all of that. "Alam ko na ang lahat. leave this country." He held my face gently. everything back at high school. Kung anong ginawa mo sa pamilya niya. did you?" "Y-Yana." I said firmly and went out of the house. Where have you been?" She asked worriedly.. I left my car on the airport. Then I figured I should go to somewhere that would calm my mind.." I started crying so hard that I couldn't finish what I was trying to tell him. "I'm going to raise it. Kumakain. namimili ng kung ano-ano. when I have finally figured out what I'd do in my life. let me decide for myself. I didn't do anything. he slapped me.. I'm not asking permission. "You just didn't do that. "Yana!" Mom hugged me." I told him firmly. I graduated there naman and I got friends back there. 2 days and counting. called Manong Fred to fetch it.. let me live my life. Ambooring. Nagiinternet. "Yana. Nasa Bora lang ako. meron naman silang duplicate key and I'm off to Bora. how can I be proud of you and give you the right to control my life?" I asked in almost a whisper. ". Babalik na ako ng Manila tomorrow. "Thank God. I know what I should do. I think I need to start again.. you're okay. Nagpipicture-picture." "What did you do?" She was horrified. My eyes welled up and I can feel the pain lingering on my cheek.. "Why Bora?" I asked myself. I just went back to get my passport and visa. Nakatingin sa sunset.." "Visa? Baket?" "I think I need to go back to Paris. tell me. especially to his brother." Dad looked at me." "I'm leaving." "But Yana-" "Please. I got on my car and just drove around. Pagod na akong sumunod sa iyo! I have been following for the past living years of my life! For once. "Kay Rhys!" He raised his hand and before I knew it. "I'll come back."Answer me! Kaninong anak yang dinadala mo?" I looked at him angrily. Let me..
Speechless. He was looking at my eyes. magpakatotoo for once in your life. everything's fine between us. "Thank you so much. And I couldn't thank him enough for everything. make it double for the child. Kumuha na muna ako ng hotel room and stayed there for almost two days. so you better take care of yourself." He cried... The bell rang so I stood up at pumunta sa door. I love you. He just hugged me so tight. "Mag-ingat ka dun." Hindi ko alam kung bakit bigla akong nagtagalog." "I can't believe you left me.. "Thank you so much." He said smiling. The spoon dropped at the floor. this is it. Then he took off his hat and smiled at me. And I knew right then. and most kind person in this whole wide world. Mag-ingat ka dun. "S-Strawberry cake? Hindi ako nag-order. Pero darating din daw yung time natin. "Take care. for the second time." I smiled crookedly. "And let him be the father. Whatever happens to you. Hindi gaanong malaki ang sweldo." He said and I looked at him. Take care of yourself better kasi may kasama ka diyan." He said. kain ng kain. "Live your life. My body froze." The guy said. we're always here." I whispered in his ears. "If I didn't leave. the kind of kiss that you didn't want to stop but you just have . would you find yourself here?" I smiled teasingly to Rhys. Raph is the sweetest. "It wasn't our time back then. pero okay narin for now. Dad arrived. Guess the baby is really craving for strawberry ice creams. Then Raph got out of Dad's car. Biglang tumahimik ang mundo ko. Yana. For you. That's when he wrapped me in his arms and showered me with kisses. nasa apartment lang ako nakahiga. Then I hugged Mom for the last time." And he kissed me in the lips. Raph. "Oui?" "Strawberry cake. I arrived at Paris safe and sound.. I bit my lip. No words were exchanged. Nang palabas na ako ng bahay. Alam kong mahal mo parin si Rhys. I didn't peek kung sino ang sa labas. and I guess. Live it well. If you need something. I called some of my friends already and I got a job na at an advertising company. and for that little child. And he hugged me back.I went back to my room at kinuha ko ang passport and visa. Just one call away. delivery. It was a Saturday afternoon. I just opened the door." He let go of me and smiled. "Dad's right. "R-Rhys. I hugged him." Mom said and hugged me again. Hindi ko alam kung anong sasabihin ko sa kanya. Its as if I wanted to cry like I wanted to laugh out.
sweetie. Looking at Rhys and Adrian playing together with Daddy on their side watching them. . And what amazes me is that everytime I wake up. not Lola." "Lola." I whispered. If I didn't." Mom laughed while listening to Adrian. I couldn't help but smile. Best kiss. I just find myself falling over and over again with these two boys in my life. you kiss your lola na. I wouldn't know how happy I am right now. "He grew up to be a sweet adorable child. Okay.to because you couldn't help but smile. I'll go find Daddy. "Thank you. Thank goodness I chose to live and get control of my life." "Awww. so far. "You tell your Daddy to fix it for you.. Adrian. THE END. my apo. can you fix this?" "Aww. "Oh. why is it broken?" "Kasi." Then he ran to find Rhys.. "." I told him. right." She smiled.. I played with my doggie awhile ago." Mom said to me. eh he made it his teether. "I'm proud of you. Adi.
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