You are on page 1of 369

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez

Dedicated kay Jam! Ang aking beloved cover maker! Love! :>> Follow me on twitter
and tweet me your fave line! :> @beeyotchWP

--

Prologue

(Alys' POV)

"These are your books, and this is your schedule," sabi sa akin nung blonde na
babae sa office tapos may inabot siyang papel. Naman, oh! Kakadating ko lang sa NY,
tapos schedule na agad ang bumungad sa akin! Huhuhu. "And these are your keys,"
sabi niya sa akin tapos nagstart na siyang maglakad palabas sa office.

Nandito kasi ako ngayon sa dorm. Ewan ko ba kay Mommy bakit dito ako dinala. Kasi
naman, nasa Cali si Dane, nandito ako sa New York. So far away from my baby bro!!

"Your parents specifically requested for you to be rommates with the smartest kid
in this building," sabi niya tas nagpatuloy siya sa paglalakad. Ang sama talaga ni
Mommy!! Pero okay na din 'to, at least may magtuturo sa akin pag mahirap ang
assignment ko. Advertising kasi yung degree program ko dito. Huhuhu. Mamamatay na
ako. :(

Nagstop siya sa isang room. Okay naman sa building na 'to, malinis tsaka comfty
yung atmosphere.

"Oh, Kei's not around. Oh, well. Your things are already inside. I'll leave you
now," sabi niya tapos iniwan niya na ako.

Pumasok ako tapos nahiga ako sa kama. Dalawa lang pala kami dito. Mabait kaya si
Kei? Naman! Ayoko po ng masamang roommate, Papa God. Sana po good girl si Kei. Baka
po kaugali niya si Kei sa SCA. Wag po!!

Inayos ko muna yung mga gamit ko pero syempre nilabas ko muna yung laptop ko!!

"Hi, Drake!!" sabi ko sa screen tapos nag wave ako. Hehehe. Wala pang one week na
wala ako sa Pilipinas, sobrang miss ko na si Drake!

Nag 'tss' na naman siya tapos uminom siya nung banana milk niya. Ang adik dun ni
Drake! Hmp! Ayaw niya nga akong bigyan kahit na nung aalis na ako. :( Ang meanie!

("Why are you calling at this time of the day? Shouldn't you supposed be sleeping
or something?")

"Grabe ka, ha! Ikaw na nga namiss, ikaw pa galit!"

("I'm not mad. I'm just concerned about your welfare, Noob. It's ten in the evening
there.")

=___=

Bakit pati timezone sa America alam niya?! Bakit ang genius niya?! Bakit lamang ng
40 points ang IQ niya sa IQ ko?! Bakit hindi ako matalino para sa Pinas pa din
ako?! Huhuhu!!
Medyo nagmove ako pa gilid tapos kumuha ako ng strawberry milk mula sa ref. Huh!
Akala niya! Sinabi na yata ni Mommy lahat ng need ko sa room eh. Kumpleto na gamit
ko, ako na lang talaga ang kulang. Stuffed na din ng strawberry food ang ref. Love
ko talaga si Mommy!

Ininom ko din yung Milk ko habang nag eenjoy siya sa Banana Milk niya. Kainis!
Namimiss ko pa din si Drake kahit na kaharap ko siya!

"Eeeee! Hindi ako mapakali dito, Drake. Wala akong makausap. :((("

("Then talk to them. That's where you are good at, talking to people.")

"Huh??"

("You annoy most people so they are being forced to talk to you. That's what you
did to me the first time I met you. You annoyed me.")

GRRRR!! Ang bad pa din ni Drake! Akala ko magiging mabait na siya sa akin dahil
sabi niya love niya na ako, pero ang meanie pa din niya!

Inadjust ko yung monitor tapos dumapa ako sa kama. Ang sarap! Ang lambot!!

("Noob.")

"Hmmm?"

("I can see your prematured boobs from here. You might wanna change position.")

>////////////<

Tumayo ako agad! Grabe naman ang pervy na ni Drake!! Simula nung gabi na yun,
naging super pervy na siya!! Huhuhu! Naiilang pa din ako pag ganyan siya. Di ako
sanay, lalo na pag naaalala ko yung sinasabi niya na hinihintay niya yung 20th
birthday ko! Feeling ko rerapin niya ako. Hehehe.

"Ang bastos mo!!"

("What could I do? You tempt me so much.")

Sabi ko sa inyo eh! Ang pervy na niya! Nahawa na siya kay Daddy! It's his fault!!

Tumakbo ako papunta sa closet at kumuha ng sweater. Grrr! Kailangan kong i-protect
ang aking body, ang pervy ni Drake, eh!

Bumalik na ako sa harap ng monitor with my beloved shield, aka, sweater. Medyo
malamig na dito pero okay lang. Batang aircon ako, di ako aatras sa lamig! Hahaha!

("So, how are you coping up?")

Nagpout na ako. "Hindi ko gusto dito. Madaming blonde, ang tatangkad ng mga tao, at
higit sa lahat, puro sila English speaking!!"

Natawa si Drake sa akin. Omo! Ang cutie niya talaga magsmile! Gusto ko siya i-
kiss!!

"Sige, tawa pa. Ang meanie mo na simula nung umalis ako. Di mo na ako mahal, no?"

Nagsmile siya sa akin. ("Stupid. I love you, of course. I wear this,") sabi niya
tapos pinakita niya sa akin yung bigay ko sa kanya na ring. Good!! Pinaghirapan ko
yan sa timezone dati! ("Even though it looks weird.")

=___=

"Hindi kaya! Ang cutie niya!"

("Whatever. Anyway, did you already meet your roommate?")

Umiling ako. Wala pa eh, sino nga roommate ko? Kei ba? Omg lang talaga kung
sinumang Kei 'to! Wag sana b-itchy kagaya ni Kei Chui!

("Be nice, Noob. She'll be with you for quite some time. Even if you're stupid in
English, try to speak. Anyways, they won't notice your grammar since they're using
wrong grammar, as well.")

"Talaga??"

Nagnod siya. ("Good night. I have to help my Dad tomorrow.")

"Bakit magssleep ka na ba?? Umaga jan, di ba??"

("Yes. Can't I sleep during daylight? Tss.")

"Wag muna!!"

("Miss me that much, Noob? I'll call you later. Bye.")

"I love you!!"

("Fine. I love you more.")

Tapos... nag heart sign ako bago patayin ni Drake yung call! Hihihi. Kinikilig pa
din ako pag nag I love sa akin si Drake! Dati kasi puro Tss lang lumalabas sa bibig
niya, ngayon may variety na! May I love you at I miss you na! O, di ba? Improving
na si boyfriend!

Inayos ko muna ang books ko at konting gamit and then nagsleep na ako. Baka hindi
na dadating si Kei. Bukas na lang.

--

(Tripp's POV)

"Pa, bakit naman sinama mo si Tofer dito sa akin? Labo naman, oh!" sabi ko kay Papa
sa telepono. Pano ba naman, pumayag na nga akong pumunta dito sa NYU, ang kaso
lang, kasama ko naman 'tong magaling kong pinsan.

Nahiga si Tofer sa kama. Si Papa may flat dito sa New York, buti na lang walking
distance lang sa NYU kaya dito na kami. Labo lang talaga! Bakit kasama pa si Tofer,
eh ang bwisit niyan sa buhay ko! Kung bwisit na si Drake, mas doble kabwisitan
nitong kutong lupa na 'to sa'kin. Napaka bad influence kaya nito. Psh.

"Oy, Tripp. Papanget ka agad niya. Chill lang, pinsan," sabi niya tapos kinuha niya
yung bag niya at naglabas ng mga kalat niya. Aish!

Binato ko sa kanya yung kalat niya. Kakadating lang namin dito, puro kalat na agad
sa apartment. Puro balat ng chichirya. Gagawin pa yata akong alipin ng bwisit na
'to eh.
"Aray naman, Tripp! Dati naman kay Drake ka lang ganyan, bakit ngayon pati sa akin
ang sama mo na?"

Akala ko pa naman matatahimik na yung buhay ko dito kasi wala ng mga asungot na
pinsan, yun pala may kasama pa ako. Ang pangit pa jan, eto pang Tofer na 'to! Mas
matitiis ko pa si Drake eh.

Kinuha ko yung susi dun sa lalagyan. "Kakain ako. Sama ka ba?"

Dali dali naman siyang tumayo. "San ka ba kakain?"

"Daming tanong? Sa Diner jan sa labas. Ice na basta pagkain. Tara na."

"Oo nga, oo na. Napaka PMS mo na din, para ka ng si Drake."

"Isa pang sabi ng pangalan ni Drake, papatulugin kita sa labas para mamatay ka na
sa lamig."

=____=

Pagkatapos mag ayos ni Tofer, lumabas na kami. Bakit ba nga kasi biglaan paglipat
ko dito? Psh. Tas pasukan na agad, eh sa Pinas bakasyon pa. Labo. Dapat next sem na
pala ko nagsimula. Hay.

--

(Aya's POV)

"Aish, ano na naman, Kent?!!"

Kainis na si Kent!! Ang clingy much niya. Psh. Hindi ko alam anyareh dito eh.
Simula talaga nung naging classmates kami ni CB sa isang klase, naging super duper
clingy na ni Kent. Ugh! Medyo nakakasuka!

"Bee naman. Hehehe. Sige na, punta ka na sa dinner sa bahay??"

Umiling ako. "Ayoko nga. Mamaya pakilala mo pa ko sa parents mo eh!"

"Oo kaya nga kita inaaya, di ba?"

Umiling ako lalo. Di pa ako prepared sa meet the parents! Buti sana kung kagaya
lang ni Mama na baliw yung nanay ni Kent, eh di go, pero huhuhu di ko alam baka
masungit pala ang Mama niya! Miss ko na si Besh! Ano kaya naramdaman niya nung
pinakilala siya ni Drake? Tsk. Ang cool din kasi ni Tito Steve kaya feeling ko easy
lang kay Besh yun.

"Bee naman... Malapit na kaya tayong mag six months..."

"Oh tapos?"

"Bee naman!! Sige na, pumayag ka na."

Aish.

"Kent, ayoko. Next time na lang, ha?"


Tumalikod na siya. Hala.

"Ewan ko sayo, Aya. Yung ibang babae, gustung gusto ipakilala sila sa magulang ng
boyfriend nila. Ikaw naman, ayaw mo. Bahala ka jan. Dun ka na sa Sheen mo."

Anyareh?!!!

--

(Drake's POV)

"Drake, say cheese!"

-____-

Psh. If not for the favor I'm asking, I wouldn't have agreed to this stupid set up.

Dad approached me. "Anak naman, family picture ang sabi ko, di funeral picture!
Smile ka naman jan!"

I tried my best to smile. I look weird when I smile so I don't smile often. Alys
said she likes seeing me smile but I still think I look weird so I still won't
smile... unless she does something stupid. Stupidity is Alys' middle name. She's a
noob.

Tita Katrina stood beside me and my Dad on the other side. Her tummy's already
bulging. I wonder if my brother would like me. I think I'll make a really cool
brother. I'm waiting for Ethos already. I want the baby. I want to have my own baby
but I should wait.

We all tried to smile and it's awkward. My Dad is the only person who likes this
idea. I think even Tita Katrina finds this set up weird. I find this really weird.

After the photoshoot, I went out and tried to call Alys. I want to go there, too,
but my Dad won't allow me to. He said I should finish first my studies here. He's
being unfair. I heard that Tripp is there as well. It's not fair.

"Drake?"

My Dad said. He followed me outside.

"What?" I said and then I tried calling Alys again. She's not picking up. Maybe she
got into trouble again. She's a trouble maker, for all I care.

He took a deep sigh. "Alam ko naman na gusto mo talagang sumunod sa New York."

"Yes. Can I go now?"

He shook his head. This is unfair. I've been following him around. I agreed to the
photoshoot, I even agreed to going back to the house, I even signed those d-amned
papers saying that I won't get my inheritance if I take my studies for granted.
I've been practically licking his a-ss.

"I have a deal," he said.

"What?"
"Take an APE for your minor classes, pag napasa mo yun, papayag akong magbakasyon
ka. Bakasyon lang."

I nodded. "Easy. Prepare my tickets now."

"Ang yabang mo."

"I'm a genius, Dad. I thought you knew that already? Anyway, bye. I'll be studying
to be sure."

--

Author's Note:

Since I'm busy (I really am. It just so happened that I'm a bum so I frequently
neglect my studies hahaha), di ko mapagtutuunan ng pansin 'to. Kung ayaw niyo,
pwede niyo naman wag muna basahin or what. Kung mag uupdate man ako, super bagal.
Ang priority ko ay ang A Little Too Late at That Uptight Man.

Anyways, di pa din ako sure na ano mangyayari dito. Let's just see where this would
lead us all! <3

Ps, soon to be published ang FHADGK, at kung magiging successful yun, possibly,
mapublish din ang SDP under Summit! Let's pray! :>

xx

-1-

(Alys' POV)

"What the heck is wrong with you?!"

Omg sabi na nga ba, masama ang pakiramdam ko dito kay Kei eh! Kei Chui nga! Bakit
siya nandito sa NYU?! Akala ko ba sa Russia siya pupunta? Hello! Ang layo naman ng
Russia sa New York!

Medyo naglakad ako palayo sa kanya. Umagang umaga kasi, nagagalit na agad siya sa
akin. Wala pa nga akong ginagawa eh... Kakagising ko lang tapos kumain lang naman
ako... Tapos nagsisisigaw na siya. :(

Naglakad siya palapit sa akin habang ako naman, naka clutch yung kamay sa
comforter. Natatakot ako kay Kei! Sobrang scary niya! Ano ba ang nagustuhan ni
Sheen dito? Gusto ba niya yung mga nakakatakot na babae?

"Alys Zyril Perez," sabi niya na nakakatakot. Jusko, Alys! Breathe in, breathe out.
Kaya mo yan!

Medyo mahina lang yung boses ko kasi scared pa din ako kay Kei... "B-bakit?"

Nakataas yung kilay niya tapos tumingin siya sa pinagkainan ko.

T^T

Kasi naman. Hindi ako marunong mag wash ng dishes!! Hindi naman kasi ako naghuhugas
sa bahay kasi nandun naman sila Manang! Tsaka nung nasa condo ako, may dish washer
naman. E dito, walang dish washer! Ano naman gagawin ko? Huhuhu.
"Uhm... tatapon ko ba yung plato?"

Inirapan niya ako tapos naupo siya sa bed niya. "You're hopeless. Why are you even
here?"

Sinuklay ni Kei yung kamay niya sa buhok niya tapos tinanggal niya yung boots niya.
Grabe, ang pretty pretty ni Kei! Swear! Pwede ko na siyang maging girl crush. Yung
buhok niya, naging blonde na, tapos mas pumuti pa siya tsaka pumayat siya. Basta
super pretty niya! May boyfriend na kaya siya? Kasi ang alam ko, hinihintay siya ni
Loves... Sana wala pa. Alam ko kasi na mahal na mahal ni Loves si Kei kahit na mala
monster siya.

Dahan dahan akong naupo sa kama ko. "Dito ako mag aaral?"

Tinaas niya yung kilay niya. "Are you effin' kidding me? You? Alys Perez? The
lowest in our batch?"

Grabe! Binabawi ko na yung sinabi ko! Kahit na ang pretty niya, ang sama ng ugali
niya! Sana nakamove on na si Loves sa kanya!! Grrr!

"Grabe ka naman, Kei. Mataas naman yung grades ko last sem..." sabi ko. Totoo
naman, mataas yung grades ko. Kaya lang naman ako lumipat dito kasi na din pakiusap
ni Mommy. Ewan ko ba sa kanila ni Dad, ayaw yata nila ng anak sa Pilipinas, e.
Tignan mo si Dane, nasa Cali. Ako, nasa New York. Gusto yata nila ng long distance
relationship. Weird.

Natanggal na niya yung boots niya pati yung leather jacket niya. Tignan mo, chicks
na chicks na si Kei! Gusto ko din maging ganyan. Puro sweater lang ang dala ko eh.
Sana makapag shopping ako dito. Huhuhu. Gusto ko din magmukhang rockstar!!

"Whatever."

Lumapit ako dun sa plato tapos tinapon ko sa labas. Tsk. Bibili na nga lang ako ng
mga disposable. Ayoko talaga mag wash ng dishes. No.

Pagbalik ko, nakalatag na lahat ng books ni Kei, laptop, study lamp. Ayos! Ready na
si Kei mag aral. Tumabi ako sa kanya. Siguro naman hindi niya ako kakagatin, di ba?

"Kei..." sabi ko. Ang cutie ni Kei. Nakasuot pa siya ng glasses! Bibili din ako
niyan. Ano ba 'to? Nagiging idol ko na si Kei!

"Oh?"

"Ano'ng course mo?"

Tumingin siya sa akin. "First, Alys, the term course refers to the 'subjects.' The
proper question is, 'what is your degree program'."

Tumango ako. Grabe! Ngayon ko lang nalaman yun. Hehehe. Alam na kaya ni Drake yun?
Gawin ko ngang trivia sa kanya yun!

"So, ano ang degree program mo, Kei?" Tanong ko sa kanya. Omo! Pareho pa pala kami
ng degree program, sabi niya. Hehehe. Alam na! Kaya lang nakakuha na yata ng
advance subjects si Kei dito kasi dito na siya since last sem... Hahabol na lang
ako.

Nagtuloy na magstudy si Kei. Umagang umaga, nagsstudy na siya. Lumabas muna ako
para mag jogging, ang sarap kasi mag jog dito sa Central Park. Ang lamig lamig.
Kinuha ko yung earphone ko tapos nagpalit na ako ng shorts, sweater, at running
shoes. Nagtext ako kay Drake, hindi pa nagrereply, e. Siguro natutulog pa 'yun.
Mahilig na mag beauty sleep yun, e. Good for the skin daw! Daming alam ni
boyfriend!

-Singing radio head at the top of our lungs, with the boombox blaring as we're
falling in love. Got a bottle of whatever but it's making us drunk, singing here's
to never growing up.-

Namimiss ko na sila Aya, Kent, Sheen, lahat ng friends ko! Haaaay. Pero sabi naman
nila sa akin, susubukan daw nilang magbakasyon dito. Love na love ko talaga sila!
Sabi din sa akin ni Drake, magkakaron din daw ako ng friend dito. Maghintay lang
daw ako tsaka magsalita daw ako minsan, baka daw kasi mapagkamalan akong pipe.

Habang nagjjog ako, may sumabay sa akin na babae. Hmmm?

-Call up all our friends, go out this weekend. For no d-amn reason, I don't think
we'll ever change. Meet you at the spot, half past ten o'clock. We don't ever stop
and we'll never gonna change. Say, won't you stay forever, stay if you stay
forever. Hey, we can stay forever young.-

Nagsmile siya sa akin kaya nagsmile na lang din ako. Huminto muna ako sandali.
First time ko kasi magjog. Ewan ko ba bakit ako nagjog dito, siguro dahil ayoko sa
room dahil hindi ako pinapansin ni Kei. Pati wala din akong kilala dito kaya mas
okay magjog, hindi ako forced na makipag usap sa peoplets.

Kinuha ko yung phone sa side pocket. Uyyy. Nagtext si Boyfriend!!

From: The Drake Palma Way

Call me.

OMG OMG! Wait!!

calling...

The Drake Palma Way

"Drakey!!"

("Tss. Missed me?")

"Oo kaya. Hehehe. Namiss mo ako?"

Grabe! Sobrang love na love ko si Drake. Iiyak talaga ako pag nagbreak kami. Kasi
naman, bakit kaya ganun? Sa totoo lang, wala talagang ginagawa si Drake para
magkaganito ako. Pero grabe, kahit simpleng tingin niya lang sa akin, nagvvibrate
talaga ang puso ko!

("I don't know. I'm liking this set up, actually.")

"Ha?! Why naman?! Ayaw mo ba akong makita??"

Grabe. :(

("Yes. Because I'm tempted whenever I'm near you.")

O______O
"GRABE KA, DRAKE SEBASTIAN PALMA!! YUNG KATAWAN KO LANG BA ANG HABOL MO?!"

Narinig kong tumawa siya mula sa kabilang linya. Tignan mo 'to! Simula nung umalis
ako, lagi na siyang natatawa. Nagiging comedian na talaga ako!

("I was kidding. I'm busy here. I was with Dad the whole day. What's up with you?")

"Eto, nagjjog. Kakapagod pala 'to."

("Stupid. Of course. Did you meet your roommate already?")

Sheez. Si Kei nga pala. Sasabihin ko kaya kay Drake? Oo na lang! Para pwede din ako
magreklamo sa mga nararamdaman kong pang aalipusta sa akin ni Kei!

"Si Kei Chui..."

Hindi nagsalita si Drake. Anyareh?! Na shock din ba siya? Na shock din kasi ako!!

May bigla akong narinig magsalita sa background pero hindi ko masyadong marinig.
Sino ba yun?

"Drake? Still there?"

("Ah, yes. What were you saying?")

Sinabi ko ulit sa kanya yung about sa kay Kei nga. Jusko, Lord, sana po magkasundo
kami ni Kei. Gusto ko naman po talaga siyang maging friend nung nasa SCA pa lang
kami kaya lang po hindi po talaga ako makalapit sa kanya dahil po sikat siya sa
school, ako po hindi po masyado pero cute naman po ako. Sana po ngayon na roommate
na kami, maging close na po kami.

("Kei seems good. You should befriend her.")

"Oo naman. Hehehe. Drake?"

("Hmm?")

"Pwede ka bang magbakasyon dito? Bakasyon naman, di ba? Kahit one week lang?"

Napahinto siya ng ilang seconds. ("Why? I said I'll visit you on Thanksgiving.
Can't wait?")

Hindi niya siguro ako namimiss. Kasi nanjan naman si Shaira. Haaay. Pero sabi naman
ni Shaira, ittry niya daw na wag harutin si Drake pero kahit na! Alam ko naman na
deads na deads si Pugits sa boyfriend ko. Delikado pa din!

"Kasi naman--- ano ba yan! Bakit namatay?! Tsk."

Binaba ko na yung phone kasi hindi na ako maka contact. Haay. Magwowork kaya kami
ni Drake? I mean, mahirap ang LDR, di ba?

--

(Tripp's POV)

"Tripp, tara na! Libot tayo sa NYU!"


Naman o! Binato ko nga ng unan. Umagang umaga, nangungulit na naman 'tong hampas
lupang 'to. Sampid na nga siya dito sa apartment, ang kulit kulit pa. May bahay
naman dito nanay niya, bakit nagsusumiksik siya dito sa apartment ng tatay ko? Labo
talaga ng pamilya ng mga Palma. Hindi ko maintindihan minsan.

Nagtalukbong ako ng kumot tas tumalikod sa kanya. Centralized kasi yung bahay, ewan
ko ba kung bakit. Malamig na nga sa labas, dito din sa loob, malamig. Sira yung
temperature adjustor kaya sa tingin ko, malapit na kaming mamatay sa frost bite
dito.

"Ewan ko sa'yo, Tofer. Umalis kang mag isa," sabi ko. Ayoko nga umalis ngayon.
Gusto ko lang matulog ng matulog. Magsisimula na yung klase sa isang araw at
kinakabahan ako. Wala din kasi akong kilala dito. Nagbabakasyon lang ako dito kaya
wala din ako kaibigan. Pati matatalino mga tao sa NYU, kailangan ko mag aral ng
mabuti para pagbalik ko sa Pinas, mas magaling na ako kay Drake. Yun lang naman
gusto ko sa buhay kasi nasa kanya na si Zyril.

Kinuha ni Tofer yung susi niya tas nagsuot siya ng running shoes. Problema nun?
Tsk.

Pagkatapos ng ilang oras, bumangon na din ako. Nagluto ako ng kakainin ko, buti na
lang wala dito yung asungot, nakakain ako ng maayos. Pero lumabas ako sandali dahil
sa Starbucks. Leche naman kasi, bakit di sila nagdedeliver? E di sana mas madali
yung buhay ko.

Nung madaan ako sa park, parang nakita ko si Zyril? Tama ba? Tsk. Baka namamalik
mata lang ako, nasa Pinas kaya si Zy. Ano naman gagawin nun dito, e patay na patay
yun sa pinsan ko. Hay labo ng buhay. Sarap magbigti minsan.

Kumain na ako tapos pumunta ako sa library. May listahan na ako ng mga libro na
kailangan pero wala nung isa, e. Kahit online wala akong makita. Labo. Ano yun,
ancient na libro?

"Miss, I got this first," sabi ko dun sa blonde na babae.

Humarap siya sa akin. Shet chicks 'to!

"Are you finished ogling at me?" Labo. Sungit din. Ayoko na. "I need this book.
I'll borrow it from the lib," sabi niya.

"Kailangan ko din yan! Bwisit naman." Sabi ko. Hindi naman maiintindihan nito,
mukhang Amerikana eh.

Tinaasan niya ako ng kilay. "Excuse me?"

"Wala. Sige, sa'yo na yan. Pasalamat ka maganda ka."

Ngumiti siya sa akin tapos kinuha niya yung libro mula sa kamay ko. "Thanks."

Ha? Naintindihan niya ako?! Akala ko ba Amerikana? Ay shet ang labo ng buhay!

--

(Aya's POV)

"Kent naman..."
Hindi pa din ako pinapansin ni Kent. Grabe naman magtampo 'to! Para di lang ako
nakasama sa dinner, e... Valid naman yung reason ko, natatakot ako.

Nagpatuloy lang siya sa pag aadvance study niya kasi magssummer class yata siya?
Ewan, di ako sigurado. E may balak na kaming dalawin si Besh sa New York tapos
etong KL na 'to, nagbabalak naman mag summer! Lakas tama!

Umupo ako sa tabi niya tapos sumandal ako sa balikat niya. "Bee... Sorry na..."

Hehehe. Hindi siya nakatiis kasi humarap siya sa akin at sinarado yung mga libro
niya. "Aya, alam mo naman na ikaw lang talaga yung babae na ganito nagtagal sa
akin, diba?" sabi niya tapos tumango ako. Ang tagal na namin ni KL, magsisix months
na! Akalain mo, natagalan ko ng six months ang pagiging ultra super duper mega
clingy niya?! "Gusto lang naman kita ipakilala sa parents ko... Bakit ayaw mo?"

Humarap din ako sa kanya tapos hinawakan ko yung kamay niya. Medyo improving na
kami, dati nandidiri ako pag hinahawakan ni Kent yung kamay ko, buti di na ganun
ngayon. Mehehe.

"Kasi naman... sure kang ipapakilala mo ako? I mean, ako? Si Gabriella Pineda,
seryoso ka, papakilala mo ko sa magulang mo?" sabi ko sa kanya. Seryoso. Di ba siya
natatakot na ma turn off magulang niya sa akin? Medyo wala akong manners, e.
Hehehe. Hindi lang talaga sanay.

Hinawakan niya din yung kamay ko tapos ngumiti siya. Nako nako! Ayan na naman yung
ngiti niya! "Bakit naman sila matatakot sa'yo? Dahil ba mukha kang gangster? Dahil
ba minsan para kang may topak? O baka naman dahil minsan bigla ka na lang
nanununtok? Di ba hindi naman sila dapat matakot sa'yo?"

=_____=

"Gusto mo bang di na tayo umabot sa pitong buwan? Ibbreak kita, right here, right
now!!"

Nagpout naman si KL. Yuck. Kadiri lang di bagay!! "Bee naman. Lagi mo na lang
panakot sa akin yan."

"E kasi dun ka lang naman natatakot."

"Kasi nga mahal na mahal ni Kent si Aya. Di ba? Hehehe."

"Ewan ko sa'yo," sabi ko. "Magpapasched na ako ng flight. Anyareh ba sa'yo?"

Napahinto naman siya sa pagyakap sa akin. "Tuloy na ba talaga?" Tumango ako. "Hindi
ako makakasama, Bee... Kailangan ko mag summer kasi hindi inooffer yung subject ng
first sem. Mahuhuli ako sa curriculum."

Hindi ko naman magawang sigawan si Kent, no! Kung ako hindi medyo seryoso sa pag
aaral, etong si Kutong Lupa, seryoso mag aral yan kaya hindi talaga ako sumasabay
pag may exam yan. Parang yun kasi ang bisyo nito, mag aral. Weird no? Weird din
kasi siya.

"Pero, Bee, promise mo sa'kin hindi ka magkaka crush kay Sheen pag pumunta kayong
US, ha?"

Binatukan ko nga. Daming alam!

--
(Drake's POV)

"Kamusta exam?" Dad told me as I return to home from the school.

"It was easy," I said while I went to the kitchen to get my Banana milk. Alys was
always drinking her Strawberry milk. I had to find my own drink so I resort to
making Banana milk my favorite drink.

Dad tailed me. He's like a stalker. He's annoying. "Kailan daw malalaman resulta?"

I shook my head. I didn't know when but I'm sure I aced it. The exams were easy,
most of the questions they asked, I have already read somewhere. That's why I like
reading.

Dad sat down on the chair in the dining room. The maid prepared my dinner. Tita
Katrina's missing, but I like it. I don't like it when she's around. I feel like
I'm being unfaithful to Alys. I haven't even told her I moved back here.

"Sabi sa akin ng Tito Tristan mo, dun daw sa flat niya nakatira si Tripp at Tofer?"

Tofer? That annoying guy. He's really loud and annoying. I think Tripp's being
downright annoyed. Serves him right for being there while I'm here.

"Malapit pala sa dorm ni Alys yun. Teka, alam mo bang nagddorm si Alys?" I nodded.
"Nako, buti na lang at mataas pala ang grades ni Alys last sem kaya nakapasok sa
NYU. Pati inayos mabuti nila Dana at Andy yung essay at paper ni Alys."

I looked at him. "And so?"

He just smiled at me. "Wala, anak. Kahit na sobrang talino mo, dito ka lang sa
Pilipinas. Ayoko ngang malayo sa'yo."

"Clingy. You're disgusting."

After dinner, I went upstairs. I actually came from Shaira's condo. She was
avoiding me like I'm a plague. It's weird because she's my best friend. I told her
to stop acting like I'm dead. I don't care if she likes me, she will always be my
friend. I told her to stop liking me because it will do her no good. She said
she'll try but it will be hard because I'm so handsome. This is why I hate my face,
but I like my face when Alys is drooling at me.

I opened my laptop and checked my mail.

From: toferpalma@gmail.com

Hi, Drake! Nakita ko si Alys kanina, ganda ng girlfriend mo, bro! Crush pala siya
ni Tripp? Hehehe. Mas love ko si Tripp sa'yo eh! Bleh!!

Tss. I really need to go to New York.

--

(Eydee's Note)

Follow me on twitter! @beeyotchWP and like the page! Eydee's Stories for updates!
xx
Hi sa mga tiga UPIS! I'm a fan girl. Ang imba ng utak niyo! <3

-2-

(Alys' POV)

"Hi, are you new here?" sabi sa akin nung babae na kasabay ko magjog kanina.
Huminto muna ako at uminom ng tubig dun sa may water fountain. Ang noob ko naman
kasi, nakalimutan kong magdala ng wallet! Sigurado ako pagtatawanan ako ni Drake,
ay joke lang, di naman tumatawa yun e. Titignan na naman ako ng masama nun,
sasabihin na 'why are you even my girlfriend?' Sorry naman kasi na hindi ako
matalino!!

Tinie ko muna yung shoe lace ko tapos tumingin ako sa kanya. Buti naman hindi siya
blonde! Jusko, Lord! Tama na po sa blonde, puro na lang blonde nakakausap ko. Una,
si Miss na naglibot sa akin sa dorm, tapos si Kei na ubod ng sungit. Wag na blonde,
please.

Nagsmile ako sa kanya. Naku, baka maging friend ko pa siya! I'm in need of friend!
Sino gustong maging friend ko? Mabait po ako tsaka cute. Tsaka po pag madaming
sobra sa allowance ko, nanlilibre ako ng strawberry ice cream. Tig isang tub
tayo. :)

Inextend niya yung kamay niya sa akin. Ang nice ng watch niya! Nako, nako,
kailangan ko na talagang magshopping! "I'm Karen," sabi niya.

Nagsmile ako tapos nakipag handshake ako sa kanya. "I'm Alys Perez." Hooo! Go,
Alys! Kaya mo yan, isipin mo lahat ng tinuro ni Drake na English sa'yo! Kembot
kembot here and there!

"Nice to meet you, Alys," sabi niya tapos sumandal din siya sa bench kagaya ko.
Mukhang mabait si Karen. Sana maging friend ko siya!

"Uhm, Karen?"

Nakapikit pa din siya pero sumagot naman siya sa tanong ko. Ang pretty ni Karen,
mukha siyang Latina. Morena tapos sexy tsaka long brown hair. Gusto ko siya maging
ate!!

"What's your fb account? I'll add you so we could be friends!"

Bigla siyang natawa. :(((

Dinilat niya yung mata niya tapos pininch niya yung cheeks ko. Ouch.

"You're so cute, Alys. Your like my little sister," sabi niya tapos pinat niya
naman yung ulo ko kagaya nung ginagawa ni Tripp sa akin noon. Haaay. Kamusta na
kaya si Tripp? Hindi man lang kasi ako nakapagpaalam sa kanya... Kasi naman, hindi
ko siya mahagilap. Gusto ko pa naman magthank you kasi siya yung tinuturing kong
third best friend. Syempre una si Aya tapos next si Loves. "Anyways, search me up.
The name's Karen Bermejo."

Nagsmile ako tapos tinandaan ko yung name. Karen Bermejo. Jusko sana hindi ko
maforget. Medyo short term memory kasi ako. :(

"Bermejo? Are you a Filipino, by any chance?"

Jusko malapit na akong mag nosebleed!


Nagnod siya. "Born in the Philippines, raised all the way here in USA. How about
you?"

"I was born in the Philippines, was raised there, and I wanna go back now."

"Awww, you're such a cutie pie. Come here," sabi niya tapos lumapit naman ako tapos
niyakap niya ako. Ang sweet sweet ni Ate Karen. Para na akong may big sister!!

Hinagod hagod niya yung likod ko. "You'll be fine here, baby girl. Why are you
here? Studies? Family crap? Work?"

Sinabi ko sa kanya yung sa NYU. Ayun pa pala! Mygosh, anong gagawin ko?! Nakita ko
yung textbook, oh my holy strawberries, I can't understand a thing! Ano'ng magic
kaya ang ginawa ni Mommy para tanggapin ako sa NYU? Inofferan niya kaya na bibigyan
ng pera yung Dean? Possible yun.

"Oh, that's nice. I'm studying there, too. Tho I'm aleady on my masterals."

*O*

"Really, Ate? So you could teach me??"

Nagsmile siya sa akin tapos uminom siya ng Gatorade niya. I want. "Sure, baby girl.
If I'm free, I'll teach you. You really resemble my little sister."

"Really? Then she must be cute like me??"

Nagnod siya and smile. "Yup, she's so fluffy I wanna die. Come, let's eat. I'll
treat you."

--

"Do you eat Thai food?"

Tumango na lang ako kahit di ako kumakain nun, pero sabi naman ni Dane masarap daw.
Sige na nga, matry para hindi ako masabihan ng noob! Tinanong ako ni Ate Karen kung
ano ang order ko, sabi ko kagaya na lang nung sa kanya. The Drake Palma Lesson 101:
Pag hindi ka familiar sa lugar, go with the flow lang para hindi ka magmukhang
noob!

Naupo kami sa chair, mukhang sikat pa 'tong napuntahan namin! Ang daming peoplets.

"Hey, could someone join your table? The place is packed," sabi nung isang crew.
Dahil mabait naman si Ate Karen, sabi niya, "Sure, whatever."

After ilang minutes, dumating na yung food namin. Amoy peanut. :|

"The crew said I could seat here?" may lumapit sa amin na lalaki. Bakit navvibes ko
si Kent sa isang ito?

Nagshrug lang si Ate Karen tapos si guy naman, naupo sa chair kaharap ko, bale
katabi siya ni Ate.

Si Ate Karen, lumabas sandali kasi may tumawag sa phone niya, boyfriend niya yata,
ay ewan. Basta ayoko maging chismosa, bad daw yun.

"So, you are?"


Dahil nangangailangan ako ng friend, sinabi ko yung name ko kahit na sabi ni Daddy,
"don't talk to strangers."

"I'm Christofer Ann Palma," sabi niya tapos itinaas niya yung kamay niya. "Don't
laugh. Ann is from my grandmother. I'm her only grandchild so yeah, whatever I'm
Ann."

"Pffft! Hahaha. Ang pambabae naman ng name mo!!"

"Wait, Filipino ka?"

O___O

"FILIPINO KA DIN? OMG PWEDE NA AKONG MAG TAGALOG!!"

Natawa siya sa akin. Whatever pwede na akong mag Tagalog! Hindi naman ako pansin
dito, puno din kasi yung lugar at kanya kanyang business ang mga peoplets!

"Sssh, ang ingay mo," sabi niya tapos medyo tinakpan niya ng menu yung mukha niya.
-____- "Ano nga pangalan mo?"

"Alys Zyril Perez."

"Alys Perez?" sabi niya. Hindi ba siya makapaniwala sa name ko? Bakit, hindi naman
weird yung name ko kagaya nung sa kanya. Pffft! Hindi pa din ako maka move on sa
Ann! Kung ako siguro yun, malamang magiging sama ng loob ko yun hanggang sa
kamatayan ko. Pero si Ann, mukha okay lang sa kanya. "By any chance, boyfriend mo
ba si Drake?"

O______O

"Bakit mo kilala si Drake??"

Ngumiti siya tapos inextend niya yung kamay niya. "For the second time around, ako
si Christofer Ann Palma."

Inabot ko yung hands niya, aba ang lambot! "Pwede ba kitang tawagin na Ann?"

Ann: >.>

"Gusto mong halikan kita??"

"Bakit mo naman ako hahalikan?!!"

"E iniinis mo ko e. Nanghahalik ako pag naiinis."

"Grabe ka naman mainis!"

"Oo. Kaya wag mo akong inisin."

Grrrrrr!! Para siyang pinaghalong Aya at Kent! Magulo, makulit, ang sarap ihagis sa
outerspace!!

Tinignan ko siya. "Ikaw ha! Crush mo ko no?" sabi ko sa kanya. Nako, nako, ang
lakas talaga ng charms ko! Kakakita pa lang namin ni Christofer, crush niya na agad
ako!

"Yuck. Mandiri ka nga. Di kita type, type ko yung kasama mo."


"Sino? Si Ate Karen??" Tumango siya tapos kinain niya yung kung anuman na
nakakadiring bagay na yun. Ugh. Di na talaga ako uulit sa Thai resto. "May
boyfriend na yun tsaka ang bata mo pa kaya! Nagmmasters na si Ate Karen."

Nagshrug siya. Nako, ang harot ng isang 'to! Kent na Kent!

Ang tagal ni Ate Karen, anyareh dun sa labas?!

"Kung ikaw si Alys na girlfriend ni Drake, e di ikaw din si Zyril na deads na deads
si Tripp?"

=_____=

Wow ha.

"Alam mo ba na nandito si Tripp?"

--

(Tripp's POV)

Tsk. Ano ba naman 'to! San ako hahanap ng libro na 'yun? Bakit naman kasi chicks
yung blonde na babae, nasuko ko tuloy yung libro. Ang tanga ko din e.

Naupo na lang ako sa sofa. Buti na lang wala si Tofer, kung hindi, baka mas lalo pa
akong bad trip. Pero ang labo talaga ng buhay!

"Tripp, nasan yung laptop ko??" sabi ni Tofer, pagpasok na pagpasok niya sa pinto,
tumakbo siya papunta sa kwarto niya. Pano ngang hindi niya makikita ang laptop niya
e parang bundok ng basura sa kwarto niya? Psh.

Inabot ko yung remote tas nanood na lang ako ng NBA. "Hanapin mo jan sa bunok ng
basura mong kwarto."

Lumabas siya tapos humarang siya sa tv. Anak ng! Ang bastos talaga ng lahi ng
baklita na 'to! Kung hindi lang ako pinagalitan ng nanay niya sa pagtawag ko sa
kanya ng Ann, Ann talaga tatawag ko sa bwisit na 'to. Sino ba naman kasi matinong
nanay ang papangalanan ang anak ng Ann? -____- Buti na lang si Papa kahit may
sayad, matinong pangalan binigay sa'kin. Mamamatay yata ako sa hiya pag Angela
Tripp Palma ang naging pangalan ko.

"Ano ba?"

"Pahiram ng laptop mo."

"Ayoko."

"Tripp naman!"

Tignan mo 'to, parang bata! Nagdadabog pa sa harap ko. Aish! Bakit ba kasi ako
pumayag na isama sa akin 'tong isip bata na 'to?!

"Nasan ba kasi yung laptop mo?!"

Naupo siya sa sofa. "Hindi ko nga makita. Pahiram muna, please. Mageemail lang ako.
Promise yun lang gagawin ko. Di ako magddownload ng p-orn."

"Aish oo na."
Pumasok ako sa kwarto tapos inabot ko na yung laptop sa kanya. Buti na lang naayos
ko na laptop ko, dati kasi si Zyril desktop background ko e. Ngayon kulay black na
lang.

Nakangiti pa habang nagttype ng email si g-ago. Ano bang problema nito? Naabno na
naman.

Binalik niya sa akin yung laptop ko. "Thanks, Tripp. Ikaw talaga paboritong pinsan
ko!"

"Ice yan. Ako at si Drake lang naman pinsan mo."

Ngumiti siya na parang abno tapos lumakad papuntang ref at kumuha ng frozen pizza
at nilagay sa microwave oven. Akala ko ba kakain daw siya sa labas, sabi niya sa
text?

"Tripp, di ba crush mo yung girlfriend ni Drake?"

Binato ko siya ng unan. Nagmmove on yung tao tas babanggitin yung pangalan. Medyo
bastos.

"Aray naman! Pero teka nga, crush mo, di ba?"

"Dami mong alam. Uwi ka na sa Pinas."

"Tripp naman. :("

Aish nakakabading kasama sa bahay 'tong isang to!

Tumayo ako tapos inabot yung yung coat ko. "Oo na, oo na. Crush ko na leche dami
mong alam."

"Oy san ka pupunta??" sabi niya tapos nakalagay na sa plato niya yung pizza niya.

"Kahit saan na wala ka."

"Ang sama mo. Pero dahil favorite cousin kita, ilalakad kita sa crush mo."

Tinaas ko na lang yung kamay ko. "Ge. Add mo sa fb si Zyril tas lakad mo ako sa
message box niya. Thanks in advance."

Daming alam talaga ng Ann na yun. Sarap ilagay sa box at ipaship sa Air21 e.

--

(Aya's POV)

Nakayakap sa akin si Kent.

"Bee, miss na agad kita."


=______=

Tinupi ko yung damit ko tapos pinasok ko sa maleta. Isang bag at isang trolley lang
dala ko. Ayoko nga maghatak ng gamit dun. Tsaka two weeks lang naman kami dun.

"Sumama ka na kasi," sabi ko. Ang boring din pag wala si KL. Parang clown kasi yan,
daming alam na joke. Hindi ko nga alam kung san niya kinukuha yun e. Pati mga pick
up lines. Kaya lang nung minsan binanatan ako ng bastos na pick up line, sinapak ko
nga. Ngayon alam niya na. Sapat na yung black eye para patunay na hindi ako
madadaan sa kabastusan niya sa buhay.

Umiling siya. "Kasi kailangan ko talaga yun."

"E di dito ka na lang. Two weeks lang naman."

Tinanggal niya yung yakap sa akin tapos naupo siya sa kama. Hula ko magddrama na
naman 'to.

"Bee, pano pag nainlove ka kay Sheen dun? Pano na lang ako? Ako na lang ba yung
'the one that got away'?"

Binatukan ko nga siya. Bakit ba iniisip niya na magkakagusto ako kay CB? Duh!! Mas
malakas pa umiyak sa akin yun e! Tsaka hindi ba hinihintay niya si Kei? Tsk. Napaka
paranoid forever talaga nitong Kutong Lupa na 'to!

Lumapit ako sa kanya. "Alam mo, Kent Justin Valdez, best friend mo si Sheen, at
nakakadiri mang isipin, girlfriend mo ako. Wala tayo sa soap opera, okay? Wag ka
ngang praning jan. Di porke aalis kami at pupunta sa ibang lugar, pagbalik namin,
kami na ni CB. Wag praning, mahal kita."

Ngumiti siya tapos niyakap niya ako. "Improving na si Bee. Nasasabi mo na na mahal
mo ako ng hindi lumalaki butas ng ilong mo."

=_____=

"Alam na alam mo talaga kung pano ako inisin no?"

"Hehehe. Love you, Bee ng honey ko. Uwi mo sa akin si Liberty ha?"

Tumango ako. "Ge titibagin ko Statue of Liberty para sumaya ka."

"Kaya love na love kita, Bee. Lakas ng tama mo! Susuportahan kita jan sa pagtibag
mo."

--

(Drake's POV)

"Shaira, you're being pathetic."

I'm here at her house. Her Dad said she won't eat. She's being crazy again. The
last time, she tried to cut herself, and now, she's on her hunger strike. What's
next? Her Dad will be calling me telling me that his daughter purchased ropes?

"Go away, Drake," she said and then she rolled over her bed. I sat down on the bean
bag in her room. I hate her room, it's all pink.

"Shaira, you're being your usual crazy self again."

She straighten herself and sat on her bed. "Because I think I love you again."

"You said you don't love me yesterday."

She nodded. "Yes, but I woke up and then I realized that I'm in love with you
again."
I shook my head. She's a hopeless case. "You're nuts."

She pouted and then messed her already messed up hair. "I know. Ugh!! I made a
promise to your girlfriend that I won't flirt with you ever again but I can't help
it. I've been flirting with you for all my life that it's become a habit!"

I got my phone from my pocket and then dialled Alys' number. She's friends with
Shaira now, and I have no idea how it happened. I guess being both crazy made them
friends.

She's not answering. D-amn it. Then I suddenly remembered Tofer's email. That
nutbag. I'll tell his grandma that he's being an a-ss again. He's a grandma's boy.
Good thing I'm not. I'm no one's boy, I'm just Alys' man.

I returned my phone inside my pocket and then looked straight at Shaira. She looks
like a real mess.

"Shaira, we'll never be more than friends. I suggest that you go and find someone
else."

She shook her head and then pouted. "I don't think I could."

"You're crazy. I'll be going, call me when you're back to your usual self."

"But you said I'm usually crazy! I'm crazy now! I'm usual!"

I got my things and then opened the door knob. "No, you're usually just crazy; now,
you're extra crazy."

--

I drove myself back to our house. Tita Katrina's approaching the last trimester of
her pregnancy. Soon, Ethos will arrive. I hope Alys will see Ethos and she'll
consider having a baby because she will find him cute.

"Drake?"

My Dad was on the front lawn, waiting for me.

"Hmm?"

He showed me an envelope and then smiled at me. "Congrats, you passed the tests.
Your flight schedule is tomorrow afternoon."

--

(Eydee's Note)

Comment naman, guys! Ang haba nito o! Hahaha. Ps, tatalon tayo ng yearS dito!
*winks like a drag queen*

-3-

"What's wrong with your face?"

Pagkatapos na pagkatapos sabihin sa akin ni Ann yung tungkol kay Tripp, medyo
nagblackout yung paligid ko. Feeling ko nga medyo oa yung reaction ko. At saka isa
pa, bigla na lang umalis yung Tofer na yun! Parang eat and run lang ang drama! Tsk.
Pero buti na yun kasi biglang dumating yung boyfriend ni Ate Karen, baka kung ano
pa kasi gawin ni Tofer kung nakita niya. Sabi niya kasi di ba crush niya si Ate
Karen?

Naupo ako sa edge ng bed ko tapos tinanggal ko yung rubber shoes ko at nagpalit ng
slippers. Kumuha din ako ng clam at ginawa kong bun yung hair ko. Dahil nga kasi
wala akong dalang pera, naglakad ako pabalik. Nakakapagod talaga siya!

"Ah wala 'to, Kei," sabi ko sa kanya. Hindi pa naman kasi kami close ni Kei para
magsabi ako sa kanya ng problems ko, di ba?

Nagshrug siya. "Whatever you say. Hey, I'll be going later. Wanna come?"

"Talaga??"

She nodded. "Since I think I'm going to be roommates with you, might as well be
friends with you, right?"

Nagsmile ako ng malaki. Yes, yes! Magiging friends na kami ni Kei!

--

"How about this?" sabi ko kay Kei tapos pinakita ko sa kanya yung nakita kong
leather boots na knee high. Kasi ganito yung nakikita kong suot ng mga peoplets
dito! Gusto ko din makijoin. :)

Umiling si Kei tapos kumuha siya ng ankle high boots. "This."

:(

"Gusto ko nun. Gusto ko maging rock star."

Ganito yung itsura ni Kei: -_______-

"Are you on drugs, Alys? What the heck? Rock star? Really?"

Kinuha ko pabalik yung boots ko tapos tinry ko siya. Omg I feel like a rock star
na! "Eh bakit ikaw allowed magsuot ng rock star boots tapos ako hindi? Ang unfair!"

Biglang natawa si Kei tapos kumuha siya ng kagaya ng boots ko tapos sinuot niya
din. Mukha kaming twin! Kaya lang mas pretty siya sa akin. Alam ko naman yun, basta
cute ako.

"You know, Alys, you don't look like a rock star. You look sweet. You can't pull
off boots like this one."

Hmmm. Sa tingin ko naman tama si Kei kaya hinubad ko na yung rock star boots ko
tapos kinuha ko na lang yung binigay niya sa akin. Bumili din ako ng pumps,
stilettos, flats, and many other things! Nako, bahala na sila Mommy sa Pinas pag
nalaman nila mga pinagbibili ko dito.

After namin bumili ng shoes, dumiretso naman kami sa clothes store. Pinadeliver na
lang namin sa Dorm yung shoes. Haay, I'm starting to love New York na! Sa Pinas
kasi, konti lang yung place na pwede kang magshopping freely. Sa mga SM kasi, super
crowded. Dun lang sa certain places magkakaron ng freedom to shop.

Naka sit down lang ako tapos si Kei, inaabutan niya ako ng damit. Kahit nga hindi
ko na isukat, e. Super idol ko kaya si Kei pagdating sa mga fashion na yan. Nasilip
ko kasi yung damitan niya, nakakainggit! Naka sort by color yung clothes niya.
Hehehe.

"How's Sheen?" bigla niyang natanong.

Bigla naman din akong napasmile. Nako, nako! Siguro namimiss ni Kei ang Loves ko!
Kasi naman bakit pa siya umalis sa Pinas? Kung tama ang pagkakaalala ko, okay na
okay sila ni Loves bago siya umalis e. Sobrang nalungkot si Loves nung umalis si
Kei, pero I think okay na si Sheen ngayon. May third wheel spiel pa nga siya, di
ba?

Inabot ko yung coat na binigay niya sa akin at sinukat. "Okay naman si Sheen.
Magbabakasyon sila dito..." sabi ko. Nagulat si Kei pero agad naman siyang naka
recover.

"Really? That's good to hear. Excuse me first," sabi niya tapos lumabas muna siya
ng shop. Okay? Sobrang nagulat siya? Nako, pagdating dito ni Loves, pagsasamahin ko
agad sila ni Kei! Dapat maging sila na ulit para naman pwede ko ng irecruit sa best
friend's club ni Kei!

Pumunta na ako at binayaran yung nabili kong damit. Hehehe. Sorry, Mommy. Ngayon
lang naman ako naging magastos, e. Feeling ko mas magastos naman si Dane. Hindi pa
sapat 'tong $ 10, 000 na nagastos ko. :>

Lumabas ako para hanapin si Kei pero bigla siyang nawala. Naman o! Wala pa naman
akong number niya! Eto talaga madalas kong problem, number ng mga tao. Nung kay
Drake nga dati, halos malapit na kaming mag one year magkakilala bago ko nakuha
number niya e.

Chineck ko muna kung nasa vicinity ba si Kei pero wala talaga. Iniwan niya kaya
ako? Hindi naman siguro. :(

Naglakad na ako pabalik sa Dorm pero may nadaanan ako na coffee shop na nagsserve
ng strawberry shortcake kaya pumasok muna ako. Start na ng klase bukas. Seryoso na
ako bukas.

Umorder ako ng cake at coffee tapos nagsit down ako sa chair near sa window kasi
natutuwa akong tignan yung mga tao na dumadaan sa gilid ng shop. Ang saya magtake
ng pictures! Siguro eto din yung naffeel ni Tripp. Hobby kasi niya magpicture
picture.

Ano kaya ang gagawin ko pag nakasalubong ko siya bigla dito? Sabi pa naman ni
Talkative Tofer, sa NYU din si Tripp! Si Tofer naman pala, sa ibang school, di daw
kaya ng utak niya sa NYU. Tsk. Buti naman. Ang kulit kulit niya super!

Siguro pag nakita ko si Tripp, uhm, maghhi ako?

"H-hi, Tripp?"

Omg eto na nga. Nag Hi ako.

--

(Tripp's POV)

Bad trip talaga si Tofer. Kita na ngang ayoko pag usapan si Zyril, siya pang pilit
ng pilit. Tsk. Lumabas na lang ako para bumili ng groceries. Kahit na mag one week
pa lang kami dito, paubos na yung stock namin dahil kay Tofer. Isang palaboy talaga
yung baklita na yun. Siya umuubos ng pagkain e.
Hindi pa ako kumakain, kaninang umaga pa huli kong kain. Aish! Oo na, oo na. Kakain
na lang ako ng strawberry kasi naaalala ko na naman si Alys.

"H-hi,Tripp?"

Shet. Si Alys.

Bakit-- Ano'ng ginagawa niya dito? Di ba nasa Pilipinas siya?!

"Hi?" sagot ko. Ano bang gagawin ko? Shet shet! Naupo na lang ako sa upuan sa harap
niya. Bakit ba ganito ako umarte? Magkaibigan pa din naman kami ni Zyril kahit na
ano... kahit na girlfriend siya ng pinsan ko, di ba?

Ay labo ng buhay!

Ngumiti si Zyril tapos kinain niya yung strawberry cake niya. Di pa din 'to
nagbabago, mahilig pa din sa strawberry. "Nandito ka pala..."

Tumango na lang ako. Nasan ba napunta yung dila ko? Di ako makapagsalita.

"Ikaw din. Kasama mo si Drake?" tanong ko. Kasama ba niya si Drake? Nagbakasyon?
Bakit ba siya nandito? Ang labo! Nakatagal na nga akong two weeks siyang di
nakikita tapos magpapakita na naman siya ngayon! Ano ako, back to square one na
naman? Ice na ice yan.

Umiling siya. "Hindi, a. Dito na ako mag aaral. Ikaw ba?"

Tumango din ako. Ano pa ba malapit na eskwelahan dito?

"Sa NYU ako, ikaw?"

"NYU din."

Tumayo ako kasi naiilang ako. Ayoko muna makita si Zyril kasi iba e. Nakapangako na
ako kay Drake na off limits, hands off ako sa girlfriend niya. Pero pag ganito na
alam kong nasa Pilipinas si Drake, si Alys nandito lang sa harap ko, baka bigla
kong makalimutan na girlfriend ng pinsan ko 'tong magandang babae sa harap ko.

Nginitian ko muna siya bago ako tumalikod at naglakad palabas. Bahala na. Mamaya na
ako kakain, makabili muna ng groceries. Aish!

"Tripp!"

Binilisan kong maglakad. Ano bang problema ni Zyril? Alam naman niya na may gusto
ako sa kanya, sinabi niya naman sa akin na si Drake ang gusto niya. Bakit ba niya
ako hinahabol? Hindi pa ba niya nahalata yun nung one week ko siyang iniwasan nung
nasa Pinas siya? Alam ko na kasi na pupunta ako sa New York nun kaya ayoko na
siyang makita tsaka magpaalam kasi... basta.

Dahil mas matangkad naman ako kay Zy, naunahan ko siya. Kaya lang...

"Aish." Napatigil ako. Nadapa kasi siya. Sino ba naman kasi nagsabi sa kanya na
magsuot siya ng ganyan kataas na boots? Tama ba? Hindi naman siya naggaganyan dati.

Lumapit ako sa kanya tapos tinignan ko yung tuhod niya. "Kaya mo bang lumakad?"

Kinagat niya yung labi niya tapos umiling siya.


Tumingin ako sa paligid. Walang malapit na pharmacy.

"Zy..."

"Hmmm?" sabi niya tapos tinitignan niya at hinihinpan yung sugat niya.

Pano ko ba makakalimutan 'tong babae na 'to? Masyado siyang mabait, ang ganda niya,
nakakatuwa siya kasama. Bakit ba kasi lahat na lang ng babae, mas gusto si Drake?
Bakit? Gwapo din naman ako, matalino din naman, di nga lang kasing talino nung
weirdo na yun. Gifted child yun, e. At isa pa, di ako masungit at hindi ako one
liner kagaya nun. Mas okay naman ako pero lahat na lang sila, patay na patay dun.
Labo ng buhay!

"Piggy back ride?"

Tumingin lang sa akin si Zy. Ayan na naman siya sa tingin niya. Gusto ko siyang
halikan pag tinitignan niya ako ng ganyan.

"Pag binuhat mo ako, ibig sabihin balik best friends na tayo?"

Tumingin lang ako pabalik sa kanya. "Kailan ba tayo naging best friends?"

"Best friends tayo, di ba? Ikaw si Batman ko?"

Napangiti ako sa kanya. Naalala pa pala niya yung pinahiram ko siya ng shirt. Ang
ganda nga niya nung suot niya yung shirt ko, mas lalo siyang gumanda. Siguro, kung
mas nauna ko siyang nakilala kay Drake, baka ako yung mahal niya ngayon. Minsan,
naiinggit na lang talaga ako sa pinsan ko e.

Lahat ng gusto ko, nasa kanya. Lahat ng gusto ko, pinapaiyak niya lang. Ang unfair
ng buhay.

Pinat ko yung ulo niya. "Sige na, sige na. Ikaw si Catwoman, ako si Batman. Sakay
na," sabi ko tapos tumalikod ako at binuhat ko siya. Katulad ng dati, sinakal niya
pa din ako pero sanay na ako.

Grabeng pagpipigil ginawa ko. Nakahawak ako sa legs ni Zyril. Umayos ka, Palma.
Girlfriend ng pinsan mo yan, 'best friend' mo yan.

"Ano'ng degree program mo, Tripp?"

Sabi ko sa kanya na ganun pa din. La e. Ganun pa din talaga. Si Papa naman namili
nun, sumunod na lang ako kasi wala din naman akong magagawa. Photography talaga
gusto ko kaya lang wala daw akong mararating dun. Oo na lang.

"Magka college tayo?"

Hindi ko alam. Sana wag. Ayoko na.

--

(Aya's POV)

"Ikaw, Sheen, best friend kita. Alagaan mo girlfriend ko, ha?"

=____=

Napaka oa talaga ni KL! Parang two weeks lang naman ako mawawala, kung magbilin kay
CB, akala mo isang taon ako mawawala! Siya din naman may kasalanan, mas gusto
niyang mag summer class kaysa magbakasyon sa New York.

Ngumiti naman si CB as usual, eto si Mr. Friendly e. Lahat na lang friend niya,
promise! Tumakbo ngang freshmen rep yan tas landslide victory! Pano ba naman lahat
ng freshie, gusto siya. Lagi kasi siyang naka smile.

Kumaway ako kay Kent nung papasok na kami ng airport. No prob na kasi naka set na
yung flight last week tapos okay na din ang visa and passport.

Sa may coffee shop muna kami sa loob ng airport since mamaya maya pa naman ang
flight namin. Maaga lang kami kasi excited na akong makita si Besh!

"Kamusta kayo ni Kei?" sabi ko kay Sheen. Sabi kasi ni Besh, roommates daw sila ni
Kei! Akalain mo yun! Sa dinami dami ng magiging roommate ni Alys, si Kei Chui pa!
Pero sabagay, dapat thankful si Besh kay Kei kasi si Kei talaga ang dahilan kaya
naging sila ni Drake. Dahil sa kabaliwan ni Kei kay Drake dati. Weird talaga kasi
type na type nila si Drake e ubod ng sungit yun. Never ko kaya naging crush si
Drake!

Ngumiti, as usual, si Sheen. "Okay lang."

"Weh? Okay lang?"

Tumango siya. "Nag uusap naman kami minsan sa Skype."

"So kayo pa din?"

Umiling siya. "Friends lang kami. Iba na yung gusto ko e." Nakatingin siya sa akin.

Napalulok na lang ako ng mabilis sa kape ko. Ayan na naman siya sa mga kilabot na
binibigay niya sa akin!

--

(Drake's POV)

"Drake," my Dad said after knocking.

"What?" I said as I was preparing my things. Apparently, my Dad already fixed the
plane tickets the day he offered me to take the exams. Good thing he knew that I'll
be acing those exams.

He walked in and sat on my bed. "Nandyan si Shaira," he said.

"Tell her I'll go down in a while."

"Ayaw mo bang papasukin ko na lang siya dito?"

I stared at him. "I have a girlfriend, Dad. Kindly bear that in mind," I said and
then I walked out of the room and went downstairs.

"Drake..."

"What?"

She smiled at me. "I've decided to leave this country."

I just stared at her. Maybe it's just one of her impulsive whims. It always
happens.

"I talked to Alys last night and she's so nice. Bakit ba kasi ang bait ng
girlfriend mo?!"

I don't know. She's too nice it's kinda irritating. One day, I wish to see her
being bad. I want to see her in a whole new light.

"Because of that, I've decided to go to my Tita in London na lang. I'll stop


studying for a year and see how life would go."

"Are you sure?"

She nodded and then she went near me and hugged me. "Mamimiss kita, Hubby!!"

I smiled and pat her head. "Sure, Shaira. Call me."

She shook her head. "I won't call you until I'm sure I'm over you. Wag mo akong
iforget, ha?"

"Of course, Silly. When's your flight?"

She'll be flying next week. I'll be flying this afternoon. I'll miss her, for sure.

After a hell lot of goodbye, she left. I continued fixing my things. See you
tomorrow, my girlfriend. And Tripp. And Tofer.

-4-

(Alys' POV)

"Are we clear now, Perez?"

Kanina pa ako binibrief ni Kei tungkol sa schedule ko. Medyo naguguluhan pa kasi
ako! Akala ko dati, maliit lang ang NYU pero naman! Para palang isang bayan 'tong
university na 'to! Walang wala ang SCA at Brent. Feeling ko bigla na lang akong
maliligaw dito. Hiwa hiwalay kasi ang buildings. Para akong nasa subdivision na
imbes na bahay, buildings at establishments ang nakalagay.

Tumango ako kay Kei kahit na ang totoo niyan, hindi ko pa alam ang gagawin ko.
Hehehe. Baka kasi sungitan niya ako kapag pinaulit ko na naman ang instruction!

Nag ayos na kami at nagready para pumasok sa school. Dahil ahead na sa akin si Kei
ng units, hindi kami classmates. Tsaka hindi naman per bloc dito, broken schedule.
Bahala ka sa buhay mo, ganon.

Sinuot ko din yung binili naming boots! Hehehe. Ewan ko lang kung bagay ba sa akin
at sa weather. Medyo hindi naman malamig ngayon dahil April pa lang pero bakit ba,
gusto kong magsuot ng rock star boots!

Dahil malapit lang naman ang school, nagwalk lang kami ni Kei. Medyo nagugustuhan
ko ng maglakad dito. Ang saya kasi maglakad dito sa NY dahil walang masyadong dirty
pollution tsaka pwede kang bumili ng kung anu ano sa vendors habang naglalakad.
Medyo paborito ko na nga yung corndog, e!

"Tignan mo nga naman pag sinu swerte ka," may narinig akong bumulong. Tumalikod ako
at nakita ko si Tripp!

Tumakbo ako papunta sa kanya. Mabuti na lang at nasasanay na ako sa heels kaya
hindi na ako nadadapa. "Tripp!"

Ngumiti siya sa akin at kumaway. Thanks po, Papa God! Alam ko naman na hindi niyo
ako pababayaan. Buti na lang at classmates kami ni Tripp.

"San ang class mo?" masaya kong sabi sa kanya. In fairness, ang gwapo ni Tripp
ngayon! Nakasuot siya ng pants, white shirt at combat boots. Hehehe. Nahilig na din
yata si Marco sa boots!

Sabay kaming naglakad. Ewan ko kung saan kami papunta. Siguro naman hindi ako
maliligaw dahil kasama ko naman si Tripp. Matalino din si Tripp pero iba si Drake.
Gifted yun, e. Si Tripp, nasa normal level ang talino.

Pareho pala kami ng papasukan! Pumunta na kami sa room namin pero may nakalagay sa
board na 'No Classes Today. Next meeting, submit a paper about Advertising Schemes.
12 TNR Double spaced. Minimum of five pages.'

O__________O

Grabe naman! Parang sa makalawa na yung next meeting, a! Ano ba naman 'tong
napasukan kong eskwelahan, pwede ng icompare sa purtagory!

Biglang natawa si Tripp sa itsura ko. "Hoy, okay ka lang, Alys?"

Tulala pa din ako. Pano ko tatapusin yun?!

"Tara, simulan na natin. Dala mo ba yung laptop mo?"

Kahit wala pa din ako sa katinuan, sumagot ako ng oo. Sabi kasi ni Kei, dapat daw
lagi kong dala yun kasi kailangan ko daw sa pag aaral yun. Buti na lang Macbook Air
na yung laptop ko. Super keribells bitbitin! Kakatakot nga lang kasi baka biglang
masira. Ang gaan kasi.

Si Tripp yung naglead ng way. Pumunta kami sa isang coffe shop. Tama nga. Coffee
shop buddy talaga kami nitong si Tripp Marco Palma! Pansin ko, e. Laging sa coffee
shops kami nagkikita.

Umorder muna siya, sabi niya siya na daw oorder sa akin dahil alam niya na daw yun.
Kakatouch!

Binuksan ko na yung laptop ko. Dahil sensitive naman akong tao, pinalitan ko muna
yung background. Alam ko naman na crush ako ni Tripp, at pinsan niya si Drake. Wala
naman akong balak maging source of away nila, no! Di ako kagaya ni Shaira!

Nagsearch search ako sa internet. Buti na lang may online library na. Dun na lang
ako kumuha ng ebooks about advertising. Lord, sabi ko nga naging masama akong bata!
Pero sobrang hirap po ng parusa niyo sa akin. Paper!! <///3

After ilang minuto, nakapagtype na ako ng pangalan ko at student number ko. In


fairness!!

Nag inat inat si Marco.

"Nakaka tatlong page na ko. Ikaw?"

O_________O
E nakaka 30 minutes pa lang kami, a! Ang daya!!!

Nung hindi ako sumagot, tumayo siya at tinignan yung laptop ko. "Tsk, Alys. Sa
tagal natin dito, yan lang talaga na type mo?"

Tsk. Sorry naman hindi ako matalino. At saka it takes time, no! Matagal magprocess
ang utak ko!

Hinatak niya yung upuan niya at saka nagttype sa laptop ko.

Kinain ko lang yung strawberry salad ko. Yeps! Ang cool cool dito. Puro strawberry
sa bowl tapos may syrup and cream. Pati yung milk shake ko. Hehehe. Courtesy of
Tripp yan! Di niya ako siningil, e.

Bigla naman tumingin sa akin si Palma. "Tsk. Pano ka ba nakapasa dito?"

"Hoy ang meanie mo, ha!"

Patuloy pa din siya sa pagttype. "Paano ka papasa dito kung di ka magseseryoso,


Alys?"

"Sorry na po, Itay. Kausap ko kasi si Drake madalas kaya hindi ako nakapag advance
review."

Umiling iling siya pero patuloy pa din siya sa pag gawa ng paper ko.

After ilang minutes, natapos na siya sa draft. Meron siyang binigay sa akin na
links, basahin ko daw yung tsaka ako na ang magpolish ng paper ko. Nung pagtingin
ko, halos complete na nga yung paper! Ang kulang na lang ay conclusion. Mas nauna
pang natapos yung paper ko sa paper niya...

"Tripp?"

Tumingin siya sa akin. Nakasuot pa din yung nerdy glasses niya na binigay ko sa
kanya nung nag Timezone kami.

"Thank you," sabi ko. Napangiti naman siya. Ang tanga tanga tanga to the infinity
ni Shaira pugits! Binasted niya lang 'tong poging nilalang na 'to?! Grabe!

Hinintay kong matapos si Tripp tapos lumabas na kami ng coffee shop. Siya din ang
nagbitbit ng gamit ko kasi ang sakit ng balikat ko. Naglakad lakad kami sa busy
streets ng lugar na 'to. Inaya ko nga si Tripp na sumakay ng subway, hindi pa kasi
ako nakakasakay dito! Pag pumupunta kasi kami nila Mommy, palaging naka car o kaya
naman pag sa ibang State, naka eroplano. Ang nadadalaw ko pa lang naman na lugar
dito ay Miami, pag pumupunta kami kila Aunt Glorie at Andrei at Cutie Pie Allison
at sa Cali, pag binibisita namin si Daney Baby at Nana at Dada.

Dahil naging mabait na bata si Tripp, nilibre ko siya ng street foods! Yehey!!

--

"Wag kang makipag chat muna kay Drake. Tapusin mo yung paper, ha?"

Nagroger sign ako. "Yess, boss!"


Napangiti na naman siya. Cute ko daw kasi pag tinatawag ko siyang boss

Tumalikod siya at naglakad palayo. Hinatid niya kasi ako sa dorm, at saka hinahanap
na daw siya ni Tofer. Nako buti na lang hindi ko nakita si Tofer! Isa siyang
malaking nakakaiyak na nilalang!

"Where were you?"

"Ay jusko po!"

Nasa likod ko si Kei. Grabe, nakakagulat naman siya!

"Ah, pumasok ako kanina?"

Nagshrug siya at nagsimulang maglakad papalabas. "Someone's waiting for you."

O-kay?

--

(Tripp's POV)

"Tripp!"

Aish! Christofer Ann Palma, ang bwisit ng buhay ko.

Tumakbo siya papunta sa akin. "O, ano na naman problema mo?"

Nagpout pa siya. Tsk. Minsan talaga, nagdududa na ako na bading 'tong si Tofer.
Mahilig ngumuso, tapos napaka chismoso. Minsan, sa kanya ko lang nalalaman yung mga
balita tungkol sa mga pinsan ko sa Pilipinas. Na nagdivorce na daw si ganito,
nabuntis daw si ganyan. Daming alam nitong baklita na 'to.

Hinubad ko muna yung sapatos ko.

"Nandito na daw si Drake!"

Napatigil ako. Si Drake? Ah. Nandito na si Drake kasi nandito si Alys. Oo nga
naman, Tripp. Nagulat ka pa e girlfriend ng pinsan mo yung babaeng gusto mo. Tsk.
Laking tanga mo minsan.

Sumunod sa akin si Tofer nung kumuha ako ng tubig sa ref.

"Sabi ko kay Tito Steve, dito na lang magstay si Drake, pero ayaw daw ni Drake.
Maghohotel daw siya. Ang sama talaga ni Drake. Ayaw niya ba sa atin?"

Potek. Hahaha! Hindi ko mapigilang matawa kay Tofer. Seryoso? Nagtataka ba siya
kung bakit ayaw ni Drake dito? Kung papipiliin nga ako, sa hotel na lang din ako
kaysa dito, e.

"Alam mo ba kung bakit ayaw niya dito?" tanong ko.

Umiling siya. "Kasi nandito ka. Alam mo naman na allergic sa'yo yun."

Sumimangot na naman siya. Bading talaga. Nakakasira sa lahi ng Palma. "Ang sama ni
Drake. Ang bait naman ni Alys pero ang sama ni Drake. Di sila bagay. Mas bagay kayo
ni Alys."

Nabulunan ako sa sinabi niya. Nababaliw na naman si Tofer!

Bumalik ako sa sala at kinuha yung laptop ko. Nagsimula na akong magtype. Sigurado
naman ako hindi matatapos ni Alys yun, tatapusin ko na ngayon yung sa akin tas
tutulungan ko na lang siya bukas sa kanya. Pano kaya makakagraduate si Alys kung
palaging ganun siya? Buti sana kung lagi akong pwedeng tumulong sa kanya.

--

(Alys' POV)

"Hi, Girlfriend."

O_______O

O_______O

"D-Drake?"

Dahan dahan akong naglakad. Oh to the M to the Gee! Si Drake ba 'to?!

Ngumiti siya at lumakad din papunta sa akin. "Stupid. Won't you hug your
boyfriend?" Dahil jan, tumakbo ako at niyakap ko siya. Gosh ang nostalgic! Parang
for two whole weeks, puro sa monitor ko lang siya nakikita pero ngayon, nandito na
siya sa harapan ko!

Yinakap ko siya sa loob ng isang buong minuto. Grabe. Namiss ko ang Drake Sebastian
Palma ko!

Naupo kami sa kama ko. Ang dami dami kong gustong itanong sa kanya!

"Bakit? Paano? BAKIT KA NANDITO?"

"Easy on the questions, Noob. Can you let me sleep first? My head hurts," sabi niya
saka nahiga sa kama ko at pumikit.

Habang natutulog siya, pinagmasdan ko lang siya. Yung mukha niya, yung ilong niyang
ang tangos tangos, yung mata niyang mas maliit pa sa mata ko, at yung lips niya.
No, Alys. Iwas sa temptation! Sa 20th birthday mo pa pwede, remember?!

Naupo lang ako sa tabi niya habang natutulog siya. Inabot yung yung phone ko at
kinuhanan ko siya ng selfie. Hehehehehe.

"Ang pogi pogi mo talaga, Drake. Kaya ang dami kong kaagaw e," sabi ko habang
kinukuhanan ko siya ng pang apat niyang selfie. Me approves!

Ang tagal matulog ni Boyfriend. Kinuha ko muna ang mahiwaga kong laptop at
sinubukang basahin yung ginawa ni Tripp. Grabe! Ang talino ni Marco, no wonder
nakapasa siya dito. Nagdududa na talaga ako. Siguro sinuhulan ng Mommy ko mga tao
dito.

Sinubukan kong iedit yung gawa ni Tripp pero parang lumala lang lalo.

"What are you doing?"

Napaigtad naman ako kay Drake. Gising na pala ang mahiwagang boyfriend ko!

Isinara ko yung laptop ko. Three hours na pala ang nakalipas! Konti na lang, pagabi
na. "Ah eh, wala. Okay na yung ulo mo?"

Tumango siya tapos lumapit siya sa akin at inakbayan ako.

>//////////<
Kailan ba ako masasanay~~~

"I missed you, Noob. Let's eat outside?"

Nagnod ako. Hay, Alys Perez. Bagsak ka man sa academics, pasadong pasado ka naman
sa lovelife! Pwede na din!

--

Umorder na kami. Sa medyo fancy resto kami kumain. Ayaw kasi ni Drake sa diner,
maingay daw tsaka masikip. E di pagbigyan. Minsan lang pupunta ang Boyfriend ko
dito. Dapat nga sa Thanksgiving pa, e! Kamusta naman. Kailan pa yun, e April pa
lang ngayon!

"What's up with you? Since when did you start wearing boots and... make up?"

Nagsmile lang ako. Hehehe. Kasi naman, lahat ng peoplets dito, naka make up. Pati
si Kei my girl crush, naka make up. Ako na lang yata ang pinaka maputlang nilalang
dito kaya naki go with the flow na ako!

Sinamahan ako ni Ate Karen na bumili ng make up kit pati tinuruan niya ako. Fave ko
yung smokey eyes! Lakas maka Kim K! :>

Dumating na yung food namin. Kumain muna kami pero syempre nagkwentuhan muna kami.

"Drake, bakit nandito ka? I mean, ang saya ko pero nakakagulat naman!"

Nagshrug lang siya. "My conscience tells me you're missing me too much so here I
am."

"Ay grabe! Pakisabi sa conscience mo, super thanks!"

Umiling iling naman siya. E ganun talaga. Pero ang totoo niyan, pinapanood ko lang
siya kumain. Kakamiss kasi! Namimiss ko yung buong week na sabay kaming magdinner
kasi nga, 'secret lovers' daw kami! Halos madaling araw na kami natutulog kasi
pupunta siya sa unit ko ng 12mn tapos kakain kami at mag uusap hanggang 3 am. Kaya
kinabukasan, pareho kaming bangag ni Drake.

Umorder din kami ng desserts tapos lumabas na kami para maglakad. Sa hotel pala
nagsstay si Drake.

"Sa dorm ka na lang, Drake..."

Pinitik niya yung noo ko. "Are you suggesting pre-marital sex, Alys?"

O_________O

"Hindi! Grabe ka naman! Dun ka lang matulog kasi namiss kita!"

Ngumiti siya tapos hinalikan niya yung noo ko. Feeling ko sobrang love ako ni Drake
pag kinikiss niya ako sa forehead. Sabi kasi ni Mommy, mas special daw ang kiss sa
forehead kasi alam mo na nirerespect ka ng guy. Sabi ko naman, e di hindi siya
nirerespect ni Daddy kasi sa lips siya laging kinikiss ni Daddy kong retarded?

Hinatid niya ako sa dorm ko tapos kiniss niya naman ako sa lips. Mehehe. Pero
sandali lang.

"See you tomorrow, Girlfriend?"


Nagnod ako kahit na hindi ako sure. Full pack kasi ang klase ko tomorrow. Ay bahala
na si Batman!

--

(Tripp's POV)

"Perez, Alys."

Nasan ba si Alys? Classmates kami ngayon pero wala siya.

Natapos na sa pagchecheck ng attendance yung professor pero wala pa din si Alys.


Natapos na sa pagdidiscuss yung professor pero wala pa din si Alys. Nasan ka na ba,
Alys?

Bago lumabas yung professor, nagsabi muna siya sa amin.

"To those who are absent today, tell them to submit a five pages worth of essay
about the reason for their absence. Don't come in my class without that."

Lumabas na siya. Hanep, Alys. Simula pa lang ng klase, nagbibilang ka na ng sakit


ng ulo.

Uuwi muna ako sa apartment dahil maya maya pang alas tres yung susunod kong klase.

Kung suswertehin ka nga naman.

"Ice yan, Alys. Unahin mo yung boyfriend mo kaysa sa klase mo."

--

(Alys' POV)

"Are you sure, Noob? I could wait."

Umiling ako kay Drake. Hindi naman siguro ako mamamatay sa isang absent lang, di
ba? Tsaka three days lang pala siya dito! Pang second day niya na ngayon. Bukas
last day na. E ngayon, start ng class ko mula 9 am hanggang 7 pm. Ano na gagawin ko
after 7?!

Sabi naman ni Drake, maghihintay daw siyang matapos ang class ko. Ayan tuloy,
napilitan akong magsabi na nag announce na walang class today. Sorry po, Mommy at
Daddy. One time big time lang 'to, swear!

Pumunta kami ni Drake sa cinema house tapos nanood kami ng old movie. Ang cool kasi
blac and white siya!

"Alys?"

"Oh?" sabi ko sabay inom ng kool aide.

"I moved back to the house."

"Talaga? E di okay!" sabi ko. Namimiss na kasi siya ni Tito Steve kaya okay na okay
yun, di ba?!

Nagnod siya. "And Katrina's there. And I am telling you this because I don't want
to keep things from you. I hate secrets."
Nagsmile ako sa kanya. "Good, Boyfriend. Ayoko din naman ng secret, e."

Tinapos na namin yung movie tapos lumabas kami. Ang dami naman kasing pwedeng gawin
dito to the point na hindi ko na alam ang gagawin!

Dahil madaming botique dito, ginawa na lang namin ni Drake yung bagay na pareho
makapagpapasaya sa amin. Hehehe. Nagshopping kami. :>

Nakakapagod pero masaya. Grabe! Nagshopping kami for hours tapos nagtext yung
professor ko. Hindi ko alam kung san nakuha yung number ko! Baka sa form? Ay ewan
bahala na! Nagtext sabi pumasok daw dahil iddrop niya pag absent ngayon. Naman e!

"Drake, papasok ako. May class pala ako. Hehehe."

Umiling iling siya. "Tsk. Bad girlfriend. You lied to me?"

"Sorry na! Gusto ko lang naman magbonding tayo ngayon," paliwanag ko.

Naglalakad kami ngayon tapos bigla niyang hinawakan yung kamay ko. "Why do you
always act like I'll be gone? I'm not going anywhere, Alys. I'm here, beside you,
holding your hand. I won't go anywhere."

Ngumiti ako sa kanya! Hindi pa din talaga kumukupas ang TDPW!

"I love you, Drake," sabi ko sa kanya. First time 'to! Hindi ko pa siya nasasabihan
ng I Love You. Puro sa skype lang yun.

Nagstep forward siya tapos yumuko siya kasi medyo mas matangkad siya sa akin. "My
love for you is crazy, and I don't like crazy. Being in love with you makes me do
crazy things, makes me go to different heights, and to be honest, it's scaring the
shit out of me. But I love being in love with you, Alys Perez. And so long as I
live, I'll continue loving you. To the moon and back, Alys. To the moon and back."

After nun, niyakap niya ako. Parang ang weird namin na nagyayakapan dito sa gitna
ng Madison Square but who cares! Mahal daw ako ni Drake!

--

"Good morning, Sunshine!"

Pagkatapos ng cheesy confession ni Drake. Ahihihi. Pumasok na ako sa school. Lychee


buti na lang pumasok ako! Nagpa quiz yung professor at nakasagot ako! Binasa ko
kasi yung ginawa ni Tripp na paper ko at halos nandun lahat ng tanong. Saviour ko
talaga si Tripp!

Nagmamadali akong umalis sa classroom. Medyo bastos ko nga kasi hindi na ako
nakapagbye kay Tripp, mamayang gabi na kasi ang alis ni Drake kaya last bonding day
na namin ngayon!

Muntik ng malaglag yung puso ko nung makita kong papasok si Drake ng taxi. San siya
pupunta?

"Drake?" sabi ko habang naglalakad ako papunta sa kanya. Dahan dahan lang kasi
kinakabahan ako. Aalis ba siya? Hindi naman siguro. Bakit naman niya ako iiwan, di
ba? Kakasabi niya lang kagabi na mahal niya ako. To the moon and back, Alys.
Kumapit ka sa sinabi niya.

May sinabi siya sa driver tapos pumasok yung driver sa loob pero hindi pa din
umandar yung taxi.
"Aalis ka na?"

Tumango lang siya. Bakit ganun? Parang siya na naman si Drake na walang pakielam sa
akin?

Nag ooverthink ka lang, Alys. Napaka paranoid mo talaga.

Ngumiti ako sa kanya. "San tayo pupunta?" sabi ko tapos kumapit ako sa kanya.

Tinitigan niya lang ako at saka tinanggal yung kamay ko sa braso niya. "I'm going
home."

"Akala ko ba mamayang gabi pa? Kainis naman! Napaaga ba yung flight mo??"

"Stop acting stupid, Alys. You know what I mean. I'm heading home."

Unti unting napapaiyak na ako. Bakit na naman ba? Ano na naman yung ginawa kong
mali?! Pinilit kong ngumiti kahit na mukha akong tanga kasi tumutulo na yung luha
ko. Naman, Alys! Bakit ngayon mo pa napiling umiyak?

"Bakit... Drake? May nagawa ba akong masama?"

Hindi niya ako sinagot. Nakatingin lang siya sa akin.

"I'm not good for you, Alys. I won't lie to you since I hate lies. Stop thinking
about me, stop wasting your time on me. You're here. Study. Make your parents
proud, make me proud."

"Mag aaral naman ako! Bakit mo kailangang makipagbreak sa akin?!"

Wala na akong pakielam kahit na pagtinginan ako ng mga tao dito. Nakikipagbreak sa
akin yung taong mahal na mahal ko!

"Lower down your voice, Alys."

Hindi ko siya pinakinggan. "Drake, mag aaral naman ako, please, wag naman ganito,
ha? Wag mo naman akong iwan..."

Aanhin ko pa ba yung pride? Minsan lang ako magmakaawa sa buhay ko. Siguro, ngayon
na yun. Kung si Drake naman yung kapalit ng pride ko, sino pa ba ako para humindi?

"I have made up my mind, Alys. Let's call it quits."

Tinalikuran niya ako at nagsimulang maglakad papunta sa taxi.

"Subukan mong pumasok sa loob ng taxi, kakalimutan na talaga kita, Drake Palma."

Napahinto siya at humarap sa akin. "You can't forget me, Alys. Deep down, you will
always love me."

Mas lalo akong napaiyak. Alam naman pala niya pero bakit niya sa akin to ginagawa?
Dahil sa pag aaral? Niloloko ba niya ako?! Dahil sa pag absent ko kahapon? Joke ba
siya?!

"Kahit mahirap, kakalimutan kita, Drake. Iwan mo ako ngayon, pangako sa'yo, hinding
hindi mo na ako mababalikan."

Sunud sunod pa din yung tulo ng luha ko. Pinagtitinginan na kami ng mga tao, may
ilan, nakuha pang kumuha ng litrato pero wala akong pakielam.

Hinawakan niya yung mukha ko at iniangat. "I'll wait for you, Alys. Maybe we're not
together but you'll always be my Alys."

"Ang sama sama mo, Drake! Ang sama sama mo!"

Kahit na nakikipagbreak siya, ginaganito niya pa din ako! Paano ko siya


makakalimutan niyan!

Ngumiti siya sa akin. "Study hard, Alys. Go back to the Philippines and make me
regret letting you go. Show me. Show me the retard that I am for breaking up with
you."

Pagkatapos nun, pumasok na siya sa loob ng taxi. Pagsisisihan mo 'to, Drake.

About Chapter 5, ipopost ko yun sa August 3, Saturday. Ngayon, may pa game. Kung
sino ang pinakamagandang fan art na mapipili ko, siya ang mapapasama sa main cast
ng DAP. Di ba ang main cast ay si Tripp, Drake, at Alys? Madadagdag ka jan. Yun.
Kahit hindi ikaw ang gumawa basta ikaw ang magpapasa, let's say na pinagawa mo sa
friend mo, okay lang. Basta wag galing dito sa internet tapos niloloko mo lang ako.
Hahaha.

Dapat isang scene siya sa DAP or SDP. Tapos lagyan niyo ng DAP sa lower right ng
drawing para may watermark or whatever man tawag dun. Okay? :)

Send niyo sa beeyotchwattpad@yahoo.com wag po sa FB ko kasi mawawala lang yan sa


dami ng messages ko. :) Wag din sa twitter kasi natatabunan po :)

Pag less than 10 sumali, walang choice. On hold muna po kasi kailangan ko talaga
yung bagong character bago ako makapag update. :)

Sige po. Good luck! Pati sa magu UPCAT sa weekends! Baka makita niyo ako dun. LOL.
Nasa Main Lib lang ako pakalat kalat.

Watch niyo rin tong vids! Promise parang totoo. Hihi. Thanks kay Gielsie Mae
Cruztat! Nasa external link at sa multimedia yung vids!

xx

-5-

"Please remind me kung bakit ako pumayag na sumama ka dito," sabi ko habang
tinitignan ko si Tofer na naglalakad pabalik balik sa shop ko at ginagalaw lahat ng
gamit na nakikita niya. He's the most annoying person I have ever met! Hindi ko
alam kung paano ko siya natagalan maging kaibigan for four years! God, I must have
been so desperate for a friend na pinatulan ko na si Tofer!

Binuksan niya yung cupboard sa kitchen at ginalaw yung jars dun. "Because kailangan
mo ng magbabantay sa'yo?"

I rolled my eyes at kinuha ko mula sa kamay niya yung jar. Kakauwi lang namin dito
sa Pilipinas, ni hindi pa nga ako nagpapakita sa pamilya ko, e. Dumiretso na kasi
kami agad dito sa shop ko. The reason why I came back? Simple. Ayoko na dun. I
missed Philippines. I missed the traffic, the pollution, the people. God, I missed
everything!
"I don't need a baby sitter, Tofer! I'm 22 and I lived alone for four years," I
explained. He didn't seem like listening because he was just pacing back and forth
the kitchen and the counter. I think may ADHD siya. He's so hyper! Feeling ko anak
ko siya na kailangan kong bantayan palagi.

Umupo siya sa stool. Finally, about time!

"But Tripp thinks different. Kaya nga pinasama niya ako dito e," he said then gave
me a smug smile.

Oh, yes. Tripp Marco Palma, my beloved boyfriend.

I signalled a hand at Tofer na lalabas muna ako. Being in a closed space with him
is beyond suffocating.

("Missed me?")

"Yeah, I missed you. The moment I see you, I'm gonna strangle you to death," I said
through seethed teeth.

Narinig kong tumawa siya. God, I missed Tripp! It's been like a month mula nung
huli ko siyang makita. After NYU, I went to Paris and I've been staying there for
quite some time. The time zone was different from New York but we managed. Okay
lang naman sa akin since sobrang busy ko nun sa Paris, I barely have time to sleep
pero si Tripp, kahit na sobrang hindi ko siya maasikaso whenever he's in town, he
still goes there once a month. He's really sweet.

("Well, sorry, Zy. Iiwan mo ako dito mag isa, magdusa ka jan kasama si Tofer.")

"Thanks so much, Tripp. You're the best boyfriend ever." I said, he should note the
overflowing sarcasm.

("Boyfriend. Ang sarap pa din pakinggan,") he said dreamily.

I kept the giggle from being voiced out. "Shut up, Marco. We've been together for
two years. Hanggang ngayon kinikilig ka pa din sa akin?"

Truth be told, I feel the same. At first, nag hesitate ako na bigyan ng chance kami
ni Tripp. I have many reasons. One, pinsan siya ng ex ko. Two, I believed he's be
my rebound guy. And three, I don't deserve him! He's practically perfect! He's kind
and nice and sweet and caring. He's every woman's dream. And I managed to snag him!

Since sobrang nagdadalawang isip ko, I asked my best friend, Aya. Sabi niya, okay
lang naman daw since sobrang tagal na naming break ni Drake. Ngayon, we've been
over for four years. Wow. Ang tagal na pala talaga.

So there, after kong mag isip, I gave us a chance. Actually, si Tofer talaga ang
pumilit sa amin. Ayaw namin parehas ni Tripp. We know it's gonna be awkward. Ako,
he's my best friend. Siya, I was the one who got away. But Tofer's really
persistent. Kinulit niya kami ng sobra hanggang pumayag na kami. And the rest was
history.

("Ganda ng girlfriend ko, e.")

"Dahil jan, umuwi ka na dito. Please, please?"

There were times na iniisip ko kung minahal ko ba talaga si Drake or was I just in
loved with the idea of being in love? I mean, yes, I was happy when I was with him
but this time, it's different. Siguro dahil immature pa ako nung kami ni Drake.
Puro kilig, mga ganon. But with Tripp? It's love in a whole new level. It feels
nice.

("After a week. Sabi ko naman kasi sa'yo sabay na tayo, e.")

The reason why naiwan siya sa New York ay dahil may tatapusin pa siyang business
deal. Ang galing, no? Sobrang bilis ng panahon. Parang kahapon lang, nagsstruggle
pa ako para makatapos ng college pero ngayon, I'm so done with school! Aaminin ko,
my college years were hell. After breaking up with Drake, sobrang nagtry akong mag
aral. I did well, but I wasn't happy. I still think breaking up with me to make me
study hard is the lamest reason ever.

"Fine. Galingan mo na lang. Love you."

"Love you more. Sige na, magttrabaho pa ang boyfriend mo."

"Baliw."

Then I hanged up. Oh, this is the life that I want.

--

"Mommy!"

I ran towards them like a mad woman. Si Mommy, mukhang nagulat pa. Si Daddy naman,
nakasmile lang sa akin at si Dane, there he was, nagbabasa ng encyclopedia. I neevr
thought na nerd ang kapatid ko.

Mom stood up at niyakap ako. "Alys, why are you here? I mean, I'm happy that you're
here but why are you here?" she asked while hugging me.

I was busy giving her a hug worth four years. Hindi ako umuwi sa Pilipinas for four
years. During the first two years, dahil ayokong makita si Drake (which was totally
true that time. I hated him). And for the next two years, because I was so busy.
Swear. Sobrang fast phased ng buhay sa ibang bansa. Getting eight hours of sleep?
Dream come true.

Naupo ako sa sofa. Nagbago na din yung bahay namin, a. Siguro naisipan na naman ni
Mommy na mamili ng gamit. It's like her stress reliever. Balita ko kasi, may bagong
secretary si Daddy, and Dane said she's hot.

"I'm staying here for good."

Dane smirked. Oh, such a cutie! "Nice accent, Alys. Keep talking."

I rolled my eyes. Sorry naman. I stayed in Paris for too long na na adapt ko na
yung accent nila. I find it really sexy. Pag English lang naman ako nagkaka accent,
pag Tagalog, normal pa din.

"Here's for Mom, and for you, Dad. And of course for my baby boy," sabi ko habang
inaabot ko yung pasalubong ko sa kanila.

Of course pera din naman nila Daddy yung gamit ko pambili nun but hey, it's the
thought that counts, right?

Nag lunch na kami after nun and I took a nap. Another reason kung bakit ako umuwi
dito, dahil may first project na ako sa Philippines.

Hiniram ko muna yung convertible ni Dane. I learned how to drive, nagpaturo ako kay
Ate Karen, sabi niya she'll visit me soon. I kinda miss her na din, e. I learned
when I was in Paris, sa NY kasi, useless din magka car. People there like to walk.
And seriously, san ka magpapark dun?

I went to a resto in a hotel. Dun kasi imeet yung client. Heard that it's a wedding
and I'll be doing the cake! Seven layered cake for strawberry's sake!

I ordered champagne while waiting. One thing that I learned, I learned to drink and
to gamble a bit. College life.

My attention was diverted when I heard the bells chime. Lumingon ako and then I saw
a pretty lady. Siguro siya yung bride.

Tumayo ako at lumapit sa kanya. "Hi, are you Miss Stinson?"

Ngumiti siya. She reminds me of someone. Si Tita Katrina, she's like an angel din
kasi. Oh, goodness. Si Ethos! Inaanak ko nga pala si Ethos, si Tito Steve kasi, e.
Sabi niya kahit break na daw kami ni Drake, gusto niya pa din na maging ninang ako
ni Ethos. Kahit daw hindi na ako maka attend ng binyag, si Aya na lang pinaattend
ko. Siguro dadaan ako sa kanila one of these days. Pero sana wala si Drake, I'm not
yet ready to face him. Ano ba ang dapat maging reaction ko?

Binigyan niya ako ng smile. "Yes, I am. You? You're Miss Perez?"

We exchanged pleasatries for a while. Medyo masakit pa din yung ulo ko dahil sa
jetlag pero hindi ako nagpahalata. Ito ang una kong project, hindi ko 'to
isasabotage dahil lang sa simpleng head ache, no.

"So, where's the groom?"

Binigyan niya ako ng smile tapos pinakita niya yung phone niya. "He's on his way.
Sorry, busy kasi talaga siya."

"It's fine. Papakita ko muna sa'yo yung list ng cake designs, okay?"

Tumayo ako para kunin yung book sa likod ng shop. Iinom na din ako ng coffee kasi
konti na lang, pipikit na naman yung mga mata ko sa sobrang antok. Nagtext na din
ako kay Aya. Gusto ko na kasi siyang makita! Ang dami kong gustong itanong, e. Kent
and Aya broke up months ago, and guess what? Dahil kay Sheen! That bastard. Si Aya
pala yung babaeng lagi niyang dine describe pag nag uusap kami!

Tripp Palma

calling...

"What? Missed me agad? Tulog ka na jan!" I checked my watch, oh yes! Marunong na


akong magbasa. Ilang beses akong nabatukan ni Tripp para lang matuto pero marunong
na ako ngayon. Hahaha!

He yawned. ("Maya na. Ano'ng ginagawa mo jan?")

Sinilip ko muna si Miss Stinson, mukhang busy pa naman siya sa pagtetext kaya
kinausap ko muna si Tripp.

"Meeting with my client. Ikaw ba? Tripp, 11 na jan. Tulog ka na."

("Kakain muna ako. Busy ka ba?")

Gusto ko sanang sabihin na oo kaya lang gusto ko pang kausap si Tripp kaya
nagsinungaling muna ako. Makakapaghintay naman siguro si Miss Stinson.

Nag usap kami and here it goes.

Me: Hindi naman. Nagmmeeting nga lang kami. Ikaw ba? Patapos na project mo jan?

Tripp: Oo. Wala na kasi si Tofer, alam mo naman yun lang pakielamero sa buhay ko.

Me: Ssh. Marinig ka ni Tofer, mag eemote na naman yun. Hahaha!

Tripp: Oo nga, e. Kahapon pa nag eemail sa'kin yun. Baka namimiss ko na daw siya.
Sa tingin mo ba may crush siya sa akin?

Me: So, aagawan niya pa ako ng boyfriend??

Tripp: Malay mo naman. Patay na patay yata sa akin yun e.

Me: So, iiwan mo na ako?

Tripp: Siguro. Hindi mo na ako mahal, e.

Me: E kung sinasakal kaya kita?

Tripp: Joke lang naman. Ice ka talaga kausap, Zyril. Brutal masyado.

Me: Uwi ka na kasi dito.

Tripp: Gusto ko na nga. Pero may inaayos pa kasi ako dito.

Me: Sige ka, si Tofer na lang idedate ko.

Tripp: Hahaha! Sige lang, Alys. Pag nagawa mong lalaki si Tofer, papakasalan na
kita.

Me: Sabi mo yan, ha! Sige na, bye. Magpplano na ako sa date namin ng pinsan mo.

*silence*

Me: I mean, ni Tofer. Tsk. Ang dami mo naman kasing pinsan, e. Sige po, bye na po.
Love you, Tripp.

Woo! Ang awkward nun! Nakalimutan ko na insecure nga pala si Tripp kay Drake. Kaya
as much as possible, iniiwasan kong topic si Drake. Ayaw ko kasi na naiinsecure ang
boyfriend ko sa ex ko. Ang mali nun sa feeling.

Kinuha ko muna yung book mula sa kitchen counter at inayos ko yung buhok ko. Mula
kasi sa buhok ko dati na long, black, at may bangs, ngayon naka long, wavy, at
brunette na ako. Bagay naman sa akin, e. Ang ganda ko na nga daw sabi ni Mommy.

"Eto na nga pala yung---"


Oh. No.

"Miss Perez, the groom, Drake. Babe, si Miss Perez, yung gagawa ng wedding cake."

*awkward silence*

Fudge! Nawala lang ako ng four years, pagbalik ko, ikakasal na siya?!

Napatingin ako kay Miss Stinson, or should I call her Mrs. Palma na nakakapit sa
braso ni Drake. Nawala na nga si Shaira, eto naman ang pumalit!

"H-Hi, Drake."

Nakatingin lang siya sa akin. God naman, Drake! Magtititigan ba tayo dito?! Dito sa
harap ng "fiance" mo?!

Inoffer ko yung kamay ko at nilakihan ko yung mata ko para isignal na tanggapin


niya yung kamay ko. After a few seconds, tinanggap niya na. Shems. Ang lamig ng
kamay niya.

"Hi."

O-kay. How to face your ex without looking awkward? Dapat mag magsulat ng ganyang
libro, e! Hindi naman sa may feelings pa ako kay Drake pero ayoko pa talaga siyang
makita. Alam mo yun, ang last na nakita ko siya, pinaiyak niya ako sa gitna ng New
York. Siguro naman may dahilan ako para magalit, di ba??

"Tumatawag si Mama. Labas muna ako, Drake. Behave."

Lumabas ang fiance niya. Okay. Okay. Don't panic, Alys! Matagal mo ng pinractice
'to, di ba? At isa pa, nagpromise ka kay Tripp na pag nakita mo si Drake, walang
kilig and stuff. Pure friends na lang kami.

Awkward akong naupo sa upuan dun. "So, long time no see, huh?"
"You look different."

Inisip ko kung ano ba ang suot ko ngayon. Naka ankle jeans ako, black pumps, at
white sheer blouse. Mukha naman akong normal, a. Hindi nga ako naka make up ngayon,
e. Naka lipstick lang ako na red. Anong different dun? Baka pag nakita ako nito na
nagpaparty, isipin niya ibang tao na ako.

Binigyan ko siya ng awkward smile. "I'll take that as a compliment."

Sheez nasan na ba yung fiance niya?!

"I have a question," sabi niya. Inabot ko yung coffee sa harap ko habang medyo
nanginginig pa ang kamay ko. Geez, Alys! "Is it really true that you're dating my
cousin?"

Bigla akong nabulunan sa tanong niya. What the?!

Inabutan niya ako ng tubig.

"Alys, are you dating my cousin?"

Kumuha ako ng tissue mula sa purse ko at pinunasan ko yung bibig ko. "Oo. Ano naman
sa'yo?"

He shrugged. "Nothing. I'm just checking the competition."

"WHAT?!"

He gave me a smile. Dude, it looks like danger's approaching. Nawala ako ng four
years, pagbalik ko, para akong nasa alternate universe! Hindi ko kilala yung Drake
na nasa harap ko!
"Someone told me that since I let you go, I should be the one taking you back."

I swear my jaw just fell! Ano'ng nangyayari?!

"Drake, boyfriend ko si Tripp. Ano'ng problema mo?"

Hinawakan niya yung kamay ko na nakapatong sa lamesa pero pilit kong kinukuha. "But
where is he? He's in New York, I'm here."

"AND YOU'RE ABOUT TO GET MARRIED!"

God! Masisiraan na ako ng bait dito!

"The marriage is not until next, next month."

"AND SO? ANO BA ANG GUSTO MONG IPARATING?"

Tumayo siya at hinalikan niya ako. FUDGE!

"I'm returning the favor, Alys. Tripp betrayed me, I'm just doing the same. See you
around."

-----

Hinahanap ko pa kung sino ang gumawa nung fan art! Please papost sa MB ko kung ikaw
yan and ikaw ang gagamitin ko. Paki indicate ang gusto mong name! Ang ganda ng gawa
mo!! Loves!

xx

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -6- (p.1 of 9)


-6-

"Right, right?!"

Kanina pa ako pabalik balik dito sa condo ni Aya. That's right, she got herself a
condo. Aya's now one of the promising designers in the field of fashion. Nag intern
pa siya sa Mommy ko noon and now she's working for her!

"Stop right there, Alys. Nahihilo ako," she said and then motioned me to sit on the
bean bag next to her. "So, you're telling me that Drake's hit on you?"

I nodded. D-amn that man! Ikakasal na siya pero nakuha niya pa akong halikan? What
a jerk! Kawawa naman si Miss Stinson.

Umayos ng upo si Aya tapos nagpatuloy siya sa paglalagay ng French tip sa nails
niya. "Maybe he's still into you."

"But he was the one who left me, remember?"

God, Aya is the sole person on earth na nakakaalam ng lahat ng pinagdaanan ko nung
iniwan ako ni Drake. I would bug her every single day para tanungin kung ano meron
kay Drake, kamusta kay Drake. But I guess time really does heal everything. I went
on like that for three freaking months! On the fourth month, I guess I just started
accepting the fact that he gave up on me. And it says a lot.

"Maybe seeing you again brought back the old flame?"

I rolled my eyes. "Old flame my a-ss, Aya. I'm with Tripp, and I'm happy with him."

She raised her hands in protest. "Hey, not saying anything, Besh. Ang sakin lang
naman, maybe he still thinks na you're his. You know? What you guys had was pretty
great."

I gave her a smile for that. What we had sure was pretty great. Pag naaalala ko,
napapangiti na lang ako, but pag naaalala ko yung pang iiwan niya sa akin, I
cringe. But as it really is, what we had was a thing of the past. Move on, look
forward.
"Yeah, it was pretty great. But hey, kamusta kayo ni Kent? Still not talking, huh?"

Kumuha ako ng beer sa fridge ni Aya. No, she still does not drink. All college life
niya, si Kent ang kasama niya and I tell you, Kent is like the ideal son-in-law to
every mother! He does not drink, he studies hard, and once he commits, he commits.
Ang resulta? Isang matinong Aya. I cannot even beg her to go to a club. She's all
too Miss Goody-Two-Shoe.

She shook her head. "Come on, Besh. Three months pa lang kaming break ni Kent. It's
too soon to talk."

I shrugged. "Nothing's too soon, Aya. The longer you don't talk to a person, mas
lalaki yung chance na makalimutan mo how it feels to be with them. And seriously,
once you forgot what it feels like, the moving on process is just a piece of cake."

She wiggled her eyebrow. "Real talk na ba, Besh?"

"What? No! Stop with your segue na. What I've been meaning to tell you, kung mahal
mo pa si Kent, which you still obviously do, go talk to him. Don't wait for some
random s-kank to snag him away from you."

Biglang tumawa ng tumawa si Aya. Did I say something wrong?

"Why are you laughing?"

Umiling iling pa siya habang tumatawa. "Wala, Besh. Hindi lang ako sanay na may
accent ka. Para lang akong nanonood ng Harry Potter ngayon."

I rolled my eyes again. Seriously, big deal masyado? Pati si Mommy at Daddy,
kinukulit ako sa accent ko. Sorry naman!

I jumped on her couch and made myself comfortable. "So, ano na nga? You would go
talk to him na?"
She gave me a half smile. "Maybe. I'll think about it. Masyado pa ding fresh sa
utak ko yung pinag awayan namin, e."

Shrugging my shoulders, I got my phone from my pocket. Nagtext pala si Miss


Stinson, and it turned out, she's Cristine Stinson, and her father is Tito Steve's
business partner.

As I was saying, pagdating ko, nagsimula siyang magspill ng details about kay
Cristine and stuff. Hindi ako nagtanong or what, basta na lang siyang nagsalita!
Ang weird niya.

I read her text and turns out, gusto niyang makipag meet. Kakakita lang namin
kahapon, a?

Hindi ko muna siya nireplyan. I'm still pissed with Drake. Hindi ko pa nga nasasabi
kay Tripp yung paghalik niya sa akin, e. I know he would freak out! And I
definitely don't need him freaking out. He needs all the concentration he could get
dahil sa final presentation niya dun.

After bugging Aya, umalis na ako sa condo niya. Good thing nasa taas lang ng unit
ko yung unit niya. 20th floor siya. Bumalik na kaya ako sa condo ko? Well, check ko
muna kung nandun pa si Drake sa unit niya because if he's there, no way in hell na
babalik ako.

-Four years ago-

"Yuck, ha, Alys. Pumunta ka talaga dito sa apartment para umiyak?"

Huhuhu. Kainis naman si Tofer! Wala na nga akong assignment sa core course, binreak
na ako ni Drake, tapos ngayon iniinis naman ako ni Tofer! Bakit ba nagkakaganito
ang buhay ko?!

Binatukan siya ni Tripp. "Aish. Tigilan mo nga si Zyril, Tofer." Inabutan niya ako
ng isang tub ng strawberry ice cream. "Ayos ka lang ba? Namamaga yung mata mo. Tsk.
Matulog ka naman kasi."
Tumango ako habang binubuksan ko yung lid nung ice cream tub. Pati ba naman lid,
ayaw makisama sa akin?!!

Kinuha ni Tripp yung tub at binuksan niya. Tumayo din siya at kumuha ng spoon mula
sa kitchen. "T-thanks."

Pinat niya yung ulo ko. Three weeks na simula nung iniwan ako ni Drake. Ugh!!
Sinubukan ko naman siyang iblock sa facebook pero hindi ko magawa! Ayoko din siyang
iunfriend kasi madami siya palaging friend request, paano pag nagbago na yung isip
niya at balikan ako? Pano kami magiging friends at paano ako magsesend ng
relationship request?!!

"May ticket ako para sa movie. Upper east side tayo mamaya?"

Tumango ako at kumain ng ice cream. Nakakahiya nga kay Tripp, e. Lagi siya yung
binubwisit ko pag naiisip ko si Drake. Wala naman kasi akong ibang friend dito sa
New York. Si Ate Karen, busy sa PhD niya, si Kei, busy sa buhay niya. Speaking of
Kei, inaaya niya akong magbar pero ayoko. Makakasira daw yung sa studies ko sabi ni
Drake. Ayan, si Drake na naman naiisip ko!!

After kong mag eat, hinatid muna ako ni Tripp sa dorm para magbihis.

"Where are you heading at?"

Nakita ko si Kei na nagbabasa ng book sa kama niya. In fairness, hindi siya


nakaayos ngayon. Nalaman ko na nagka crush pala sa kanya si Tripp. Well, hindi ko
naman masisisi si Tripp, ang pretty ni Kei! Pero hindi kasi siya type ni Kei. Si
Sheen pa din ang gusto niya. Hay ang gulo. Yung gusto mo, ayaw sa'yo. Yung ayaw mo,
may gusto sa'yo.

Kumuha ako ng coat mula sa closet. Ang lamig ngayong gabi. Baka hindi lang ako
heart broken, ma brain freeze din ako. =____=

"Movies. Sama ka?" aya ko sa kanya. Inaaya niya naman kasi ako pag aalis siya. At
isa pa, crush nga siya ni Tripp! Baka eto na yung chance na makabawi ako sa help ni
Tripp. Ilalakad ko na lang siya kay Kei!
Umiling siya. "Pass. Have a great time, tho. You need it."

Nagsmile ako. "Thanks, Kei."

Bigla siyang nag Indian sit sa kama niya at ibinaba niya yung book niya. "I don't
want to be nosy but what's with you and Drake?"

Natigilan ako. Hindi ko kasi naikwento sa kanya. Wala pa kami sa level na ganito.
Siguro nagtataka siya kung bakit mukha akong walking dead ngayon. Puro eye bags na
si Alys Zyril Perez. Hindi na ako pretty. :(

"Ah... Ano kasi... Break na kami. Hehe."

Tinap niya yung space sa kama niya kaya nagpunta ako dun at naupo. "Everything will
be fine. He's a jackass for letting you go. You'll be fine, promise." And after
that, I had been fine. De joke lang. Sabi kasi ni Aya (di ko alam bakit sa kanya
ako nagtanong) moving on is a process daw. Sa ngayon, nasa acceptance stage pa din
ako. Para daw yung Denial, Acceptance, Bargaining, ay nakalimutan ko na yung
dalawa. Pero ganun nga daw, makaka move on daw ako. Time heals everything daw. Tsk.

Nag ayos ako sandali tapos lumabas na kami ni Tripp. Nanood kami ng film, actually,
animated film siya. Funny pero hindi ako natatawa. Hay, Drake. Instead of making me
inspired, you made me miserable.

"Hindi ka man lang natawa? Ang cute kaya nung penguin!" sabi ni Tripp nung
naglalakad kami palabas ng movie house.

Nirub ko yung dalawa kong kamay kasi nilalamig ako. "Tumawa kaya ako! Brrr." Bakit
ba ang lamig ngayon? Wala pa namang winter season!

Kinuha ni Tripp yung kamay ko tapos nilagay niya sa pocket ng coat niya. Medyo
nagulat pa ako kaya binawi ko yung kamay ko.

"Ice yan, Zyril. Walang malisya. Bilis na, lalamigin ka."


Medyo nanginginig pa yung kamay ko nung kinuha niya yung kamay ko at nilagay niya
sa loob ng pocket niya. Naka stop lang kami sa gitna ng daan. Nakapatong din yung
kamay niya sa hands ko. Ang warm ng kamay niya, yung kay Drake kasi, malamig.
Aish!! Stop comparing na nga!

"Okay na?" tanong niya habang hawak pa din yung kamay ko.

Shems naiilang ako. NO!

"A-ah. Oo. T-thanks, Tripp."

"Sus, wala yun. Ikaw pa. Sushi tayo?"

-Present-

I just can't help but smile whenever I remember how I found Tripp. I mean, not
literally. Took us almost three years before we had the guts to admit that we want
to be together. Sure, Mom asked me at first kung seryoso ba talaga ako kay Tripp.
She said baka daw rebound ko lang si Tripp. Seriously, what's with rebound? Can't a
girl just fall out of love from a guy who broke her heart and fall in love with the
guy who's been there for her? Is it really so impossible?

I arrived at the VIP room. Bakit ba kasi dito pa magmmeet?

"Good noon. Lunch?"

I swear my jaw fell. Drake again?!

My eyes roamed the room. No sign for Miss Cristine Ann Stinson. Nasan na ba siya?
Akala ko emergency meeting 'to? Why is Drake here? Siya ba ang may dibs sa cake?

"Where's Miss Stinson?" I asked, still not sitting down.

He shrugged. Oh, God. Wag mong sabihin na isa na naman 'to sa 'Get-You-Back" agenda
niya? It's getting way out of line!

"Lunch, Alys?"

It gave me chills, how he said my name. Parang may galit or something. Siya pa ang
may karapatang magalit? Tsk. Really, really complicated man.

I waved my phone. "I'm calling her. If she'll not be here, I'm leaving." I dialled
her number and much to my surprise, nagring yung phone sa table. "Why is her phone
with you?"

He gave me 'that' smile. It's a 'I-Know-What-I'm-About-To-Do-Is-Bad-But-You'll-


Like-It-Anyway' kind of smile. It's annoying and creeps me out!

"Left it with me. Because that's how relationship works, Alys. You need to trust
your partner."

Sinabi niya yan ng nakatingin sa akin. Two can play this game, Mr. Palma.

I sat down on the chair and placed my order sa waiter na kanina pa nanonood sa amin
ni Drake.

"Sure. Let's talk about trust, gusto mo?"

He shook his head. "We'll have time for that. For now, what's with your slutty
clothes?"

"Pardon me?"

He pointed out what I was wearing. "Really short shorts- check. Extra thin top-
check, I can see your lace bra, by the way. Black wedge- check. And really
distracting red lipstick. Slutty attire," he said and then had a spoonful of
whatever he's eating.

I took a deep breath. And smiled.


"For your information, this is called trend."

"Sure. Does Tripp like it that way?"

"He likes me in anyway."

He grabbed his glass of wine and sipped it. "Good for him."

"Tha--" I was about to say thanks when he cut me off.

"I don't like you that way. Change your clothes. I'm dating you today."

--

100 tweets tonight why you love DAP, update again tomorrow. Wala lang bored ako.
Hahaha! Tweet meeeee @beeyotchWP

xx

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -7- (p.1 of 5)

-7-

Kanina ko pa pinupukpok yung ulo ko. Bakit ba kasi hindi ako matalino?!

"Aaah!! Nakakainis!!"

Pilit kong sinasabunutan yung ulo ko ng biglang may humawak sa kamay ko. Hindi ko
na kailangan tumingin dahil alam ko na naman kung sino yun. Isa lang naman ang
kakilala ko na ganito humawak, si Tripp Marco Palma. Pag hinahawakan niya yung
kamay ko, iba yung pakiramdam talaga. Para bang safe ako palagi? Ganun yung feeling
pag kasama ko si Tripp pero pag si Drake, may adventure. Alin ba ang mas maganda?
Yung safe ka, or may risk kang palaging itatake?
"Tama na nga yan," sabi niya tapos inalis niya yung kamay ko sa ulo ko. Naupo siya
sa tabi ko, tinignan ako ng maigi, at saka bumuntong hininga. "Inaabuso mo na yung
sarili mo, Alys. Nagbreak lang kayo ni Drake, hindi siya namatay."

Medyo nanginginig pa yung labi ko habang tinitignan ko si Tripp. Alam ko naman na


tama siya e. Hindi naman namatay si Drake pero kung makaiyak ako, akala mo forever
bye bye na. Pero mas masakit kaya. Yung alam mo na nandyan lang siya somewhere pero
hindi ka niya pinupuntahan kahit alam niya na nasasaktan ka na?

"Mahal ko pa din siya, e..." bulong ko.

Nagsquat siya sa harap ko tapos hinawakan niya yung dalawang kamay ko na nasa lap
ko. "Alam ko. Pero hindi tumitigil ang ikot ng mundo, Alys. Siguro may rason si
Drake para iwan ka, pero sa ngayon, wag mong sirain yung buhay mo dahil sa kanya.
Bata ka pa, madami ka pang makikilala."

"Pero ayoko sa iba. Si Drake lang ang gusto ko."

Ngumiti siya sa akin. "Alam ko din. Ano ba ang sabi sa'yo ni Drake bago siya
umalis?"

Pilit kong inalala yung sinabi ni Drake. Make me proud? Sana kasi kaya ko! Sana
kasi totoo yung sinasabi sa mga movies na once na nasaktan ang babae, automatic na
nagiging matalino siya, maganda, palaban. Pero hindi kasi ganon sa totoong buhay.
Pag iniwan ka, it's either siguro magiging panget ka kagaya ko, o magiimprove ka.
Pero either way, choice mo naman yan. Ikaw pa din naman ang mag eeffort para
maganap yan...

"Make him proud daw..."

Tumayo siya at pinat niya ang ulo ko. "Make him proud pala, e. Kamusta naman?"

Yumuko ako sa lamesa. "Hindi naman kasi madali. Ang hirap kayang mag aral!!"
reklamo ko. Totoo naman! Hindi naman ako magically tutubuan ng brain cells dahil
nakipag break siya sa akin! Medyo weird talaga ng reason ni Drake. :(

Natawa na naman si Tripp. Ayan na naman yung dimples niya, kakainis!!


"Tara, pasyal muna tayo, gusto mo?"

Nagpunta kami ni Tripp sa central park. Wala lang, naglakad lakad lang kami at
kumain ng bagel at corndogs sa street vendors. Ang sarap huhuhu. Hindi na kasi ako
masyadong kumakain, e. Nawawalan ako ng gana. Pati sa strawberry nawalan ako ng
time. :(

"Gusto ko pa. T^T"

"Wala na yung nagtitinda," sabi ni Tripp.

Naupo ako sa sahig. "Gusto ko pa ng bagel."

"Aish. Wala na nga."

"Gusto ko ng bagel."

"Ano gusto mong gawin ko?"

"Iluto mo ako ng bagel."

Kahit labag sa loob ni Tripp, niluto niya ako ng bagel. Ahehehe. Buti na lang wala
si Tofer sa apartment. Palagi niya na lang akong binubully. :( Nung isang araw kasi
sinabihan ko siya ng bakla, hinalikan ba naman ako sa cheeks!! Nakakainis talaga
yung panget na yun!! Grrr!

"First time kong magluto. Wag kang magrereklamo pag hindi 'to masarap."

=____=
Gutom ako. Kahit ano kakainin ko.

Kinuha ko muna yung cellphone ni Tripp at pinakailamanan ko. Aha! Isang stalker!!
Bakit ako may picture dito!! Habang busy siyang magluto (ang cutie pie niya kasi
naka apron siya. Hehehe), pinakailaman ko yung phone niya.

Wala namang kakaiba bukod sa stolen pictures ko at mga texts ko na hindi binubura.
Lakas talaga ng crush sa akin ni Marco!

Nakita ko yung number ni Drake. Pilit kong pinigilan yung sarili ko na wag siyang
itext. Wag, Alys. nakailangan text ka na sa kanya dati, di ba? Hindi siya nagreply.
Tama na, please.

Nagscroll down ako.

Scroll down lang ng scroll down.

< prev | next >

Aish! Sino bang niloloko ko?!

To: Drake

Hindi mo ba tatanungin si Alys?

There. Sent.

"Malapit na kong matapos," sabi ni Tripp. Medyo kinabahan pa akong binura yung
message baka kasi mabasa niya.

"Ah. Eh. Hehe. Sige, gutom na ako," sabi ko na lang.

Lumipas ang 5 minutes, 10 minutes... Walang Drake na nagrereply. Hindi na talaga


niya siguro ako mahal, no?
Naiiyak na naman ako nung sinerve ni Tripp yung bagel.

"Oh, bakit umiiyak ka na naman?"

Pinunasan ko yung luha ko. "Wala. Gutom na kasi talaga ako," sabi ko tapos inabot
ko yung pagkain kahit alam kong mainit pa. "Awww." Ang sakit! Napaso pa ako!

Dali daling kumuha si Tripp ng toothpaste.

O____O

"Tutoothbrush-an mo ako?!" sabi ko kahit medyo ouch pa yung labi ko. Aray ha!!

Pinitik niya yung noo ko. "Baliw. San ba masakit?" sabi niya habang titig na titig
sa labi ko.

*Gulp*

NOOOOO!!

"Dito ba?" sabi niya sabay turo sa gilid na part ng lips ko.

"H-hindi," sabi ko. Medyo naiilang na kasi ako. Tinuro ko yung sa medyo gitna. "D-
dito."

Dahan dahang kumuha ng toothpaste si Tripp at pinahiran niya yung lips ko. Grabe!
Parang may karera ng kabayo sa dibdib ko ngayon!!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 9 of 50 >
"Ayan. Mamaya mawawala na yan," sabi niya ng nakasmile.

Ayoko po 'tong tanungin pero curious talaga ako!

"Ah, ano... Walang malisya 'to, ha?" Tumango siya. "May ano... uhm, first kiss ka
na ba?"

Napatulala si Tripp sa akin.

"Ay wag mo na ngang sagutin!" sabi ko tapos tumayo ako at nagstart maglakad palayo
sa kanya. Brrr. Malamig na nga, may chills pa akong nararamdaman mula sa pagtitig
effect niya kanina!

Nagstart na akong maglakad ng bigla niyang hatakin yung braso ko tapos niyakap niya
ako mula sa likod.

Nakapatong yung ulo niya sa balikat ko. Shet. No.

"First kiss? Wala pa, e. Hinihintay ko kasi yung babae na magpapatibok ng puso ko.
Ang corny pero ganun talaga. Yung babaeng hinihintay ko kasi, may mahal pang iba.
Kaya sana pag nakalimutan niya na yung g-ago kong pinsan, mapansin niya naman ako.
Na meron palang isang Tripp Marco Palma na nagmamahal sa kanya."

Gusto ko sanang humarap para magpasalamat sa kanya pero....

"Bakit kayo magkayakap? PORN!!! SUSUMBONG KO KAYO KILA TITO!!"

=_____=

Tofer.

--

Follow me on twittahhhh @beeyotchWP and ano, nasa page ang character chart! Yehey!
Susubukan ko pong magupdate palagi, pwera na lang pag tambak ako ng school works.
~(-.-)~

Happy reading, guysh! xx

< prev
<< start
< Part 9 of 50 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -8- (p.1 of 8)

Dedicated to Jane! Happy Birthday, baby girl! :>

-8-

I raised my hand up in the air. "Are you nuts? Seriously, Drake, what is wrong with
you?" I asked, sincerely.

He smiled at me and cut a portion of his steak. "Nothing is wrong with me."

"Then why are you being like this?" I asked him. Tapos na kami, four years and
counting pero heto na naman siya, nanggugulo. I thought he made himself clear, he
did not want me, and I was expecting that he does not want me. I have waited for
two years! Alam mo yun, two years akong naghintay, e. Hindi naman ako yung tipo na
break na kami tapos move on na agad ako. Naghintay ako ng two years... Kahit na
alam na alam ko na noon na gusto ako ni Tripp at gusto ko din siya, hindi ako nag
give in. Bakit? Kasi deep down, I was expecting he would come back for me and get
me back. But that did not happen.

"Why am I being what?"

"You're playing with me. Damn, Drake! Ayoko na, okay? Can't you please spare me
from your emotional torture?!" I seethed. Kinuha ko yung wine glass sa table at
ininom ko. God, I'm losing my cool! Nasan na ba kasi si Tripp?! Don't worry, Zyril.
Three days na lang dadating na ang boyfriend mo. Hold on.

He shook his head. "There's no emotional torture here, Alys. I'm just going to date
you today. What's so wrong with that?"

That's it. Tumayo ako at naglakad palabas.


< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 10 of 50 >

Bastos na kung bastos pero may choice pa ba ako? He's playing me again! Back then,
I was naive and gullible, pero ngayon, I'm a whole lot better and I won't give him
the liberty to toy with me again. Not now that I'm contented with my life. I love
my life right now.

I was strutting towards the door when he caught me by my arm. "Where do you think
you are going?"

I sighed. "Home, Drake. Pagod ako, okay? Hindi pa ako natutulog, and I'm going to
lose my sanity. Wag ka ng dumagdag."

Unti unti kong tinanggal yung kamay niya sa braso ko at humarap sa kanya.

"Drake, seriously, I don't want you back. Please stop bothering me."

--

"Alys?"

Lumingon ako. Today's a new day. I was pretty exhausted yesterday with Drake's
drama. Good thing nakausap ko si Tripp kagabi and I didn't tell him about that
'talk.' May good news din siya! Mapapaaga ang uwi niya, thank God! Mababaliw na
yata ako pag wala pa din siya.

"Tito Steve called you. Punta ka daw sa bahay niya," Dane said. Wala si Mommy and
Daddy kaya kami lang ni Dane ang nandito sa bahay palagi. Dahil kakalabas lang sa
rehab ni Dane, not that may drug related problem and kapatid ko. It's just that,
he's emotionally vulnerable as of the moment.

I flipped the cover of the glossy magazine that I was reading. "Bakit daw?"
"Ewan. Punta ka daw dun."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 10 of 50 >

I sighed and punched Tito's number on the landline.

"Can I talk to Tito Steve?"

("Why?")

Aww. There. Kahit sa landline ayaw akong tigilan ni Drake.

"Tatanong ko lang kung bakit gusto niya akong papuntahin jan," I said. I figured
dapat siguro magkaroon na kami ng talk ni Drake, no? Para ma clear na yung black
clouds sa pagitan namin. Syempre, meron pa din naman akong galit sa kanya. He broke
my heart. Pero ngayon, since pinsan sila ni Tripp and it's inevitable na magkita
kami, sana siguro maging kahit civil kami sa isa't isa. I wanna cut the chase and
just be friends. After all, the damage has been done. The best thing we could do is
to be friends, or acquaintance, at least.

I heard some crying on the background.

("It's Ethos' birthday.")

OMG! Bakit hindi ko alam?! I'm such a bad ninang!

"Shit," I uttered.

("Since when did you start cursing?") he asked whilst Ethos was crying on the
background. Aww! Even his sobs are so cute! I've seen baby pictures of him and he's
nothing like Drake! Kung si Drake, mukhang snob, si Ethos ay more like Tripp. He's
like an angel. Nagmana sa Mama niya, and he's white like milk!
I erased the thought of comparing the two Palmas of my life. "Since I don't know.
Tell Tito Steve that I'll swing by later," I said then hanged up on him. Hah! Feels
good!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 10 of 50 >

Umakyat ako sa kwarto at nagpalit ng damit. Pupunta muna ako sa mall. Si Ethos ang
first na inaanak ko kaya syempre kailangan special ang first gift ko sa kanya! Nung
baptism niya kasi, si Aya na lang ang pinabili ko ng gift. I'm such a bad
godmother.

"Baby, pakisabi kila Mommy na punta lang ako kila Tito Steve, okay?"

--

Kanina pa ako ikot ng ikot sa Mall. Sana pala sinama ko si Aya! Nakasalubong ko
kasi si Kent kanina, e di sana nagkachance na magkausap yung dalawa! Hay naman
kasi, obvious naman na gusto nilang magbalikan pero nag iinarte.

"Which one's better?" I asked the sales lady kung ano ang bibilin ko between the
minion stuffed toy na super cute or yung baril barilan with helicopter and stuff.
Baka kasi maging violent si Ethos kung yung baril ang iregalo ko. God! Ganito pala
kahirap maging ninang. Pera na lang kaya ibigay ko? Tsk.

After awhile, I settled down with a miniature train na toy. Okay na siguro to kasi
hindi siya violent! Kumain din muna ako before pumunta. I'll just swing by kasi
talaga, wala akong balak magtagal kasi may lakad din kami ni Tofer today. I made a
promise na sasamahan ko siya sa store niya. Nagventure kasi siya sa food business
kasi matakaw talaga yang si Tofer, ang payatot lang talaga.

"Sup, Panget?" I said while munching my glazed donut. Nasa Krispy Kreme kasi ako
ngayon.

("Malapit na akong matapos sa proposal. Nandyan na ako by the day after tomorrow.")

My eyes twinkled. "Really?!" sabi ko, muntik na akong mabulunan sa kinakain ko kaya
uminom muna ako ng coffee.
Nagchuckle siya sa kabilang line. ("Dahan dahan lang, mabulunan ka, baka mawalan
ako ng panget na girlfriend.")

Mas lalo naman akong nabulunan sa sinabi niya! "Grabe,Tripp Marco, ha!"

("Joke lang naman. Miss na miss na kita, Panget ko...")

Nagblush naman ako. Nakakahiya naman, baka may makakita sa akin dito, mas red pa
ako sa strawberry! Nagtakip ako ng tray ng coffee dito. "Sabi mo, e. Uwi ka na
dito. Wala kang mahahanap na magandang babae na magpapauto sa'yo jan sa New York,"
I said. Hahaha! This is what I like about him, we could just talk and have a good
laugh. Sometimes, people don't want a complicated relationship. In my case, I like
things like this. Simple, comfortable, walang chaos. Just pure rainbow and
butterflies, no stormy days.

("Ang gwapo ko kaya. --Palma, get your butt here. They're looking for you!-- Aish.
Bye na, Panget. Tinatawag na nila ako.")

I sighed. "Okay... Bye, Panget. I love you."

"I love you din. See you soon!"

Binaba ko na yung phone at tinapos ko muna yung kinakain ko then dumiretso ako kila
Tito Steve. Wala namang nagbago sa bahay nila, still the same. The garden looks
amazing, nandun pa din yung roses! May green thumb talaga si Tita Katrina. Now,
medyo nagffade na yung paedophile na image niya sa utak ko. Time really does change
everything.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 10 of 50 >

"Tito Steve!" I ran towards him and hugged him. Grabe, namiss ko si Tito Steve!

Niyakap niya din ako. "Alys! Buti naman nakapunta ka!"


He looks good! Grabe. Years have passed nga! Mas nagmature si Tito Steve pero ganun
pa din, playful. Namiss ko 'to...

Inabot ko yung gift ko. "Gift ko for Ethos. Where's my inaanak, Tito?" I asked,
looking for my inaanak.

"Nako, na kay Drake. Ikaw na ang mag abot niyan sa kanya."

Nagpaalam si Tito Steve sa akin. Nakita ko si Tito Tristan kaya nagtago muna ako.
Hindi pa kasi ako pinapakilala formally ni Tripp. Ilang beses ng nagtry si Tripp na
ipakilala ako pero lagi akong nakakalusot. Hindi pa ako kasi ready. Ang alam ng
buong Palma clan, girlfriend ako ni Drake. Grabe naman kung after a few years, si
Tripp naman.

I went straight to the back of their maneur. Hinahanap ko yung pool na dati naming
pinuntahan ni Tripp. Yung first time na hinalikan niya ako sa cheeks.

"Napaka cute ni Baby Ethos. Di ba, baby Ethos? Napaka cute!"

I was taken aback by what I saw. Nandun si Drake, Cristine, at baby Ethos. They
looked like... a happy family. For one second, I really thought that they're a
family.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 10 of 50 >

Ethose enthusiastically nodded. "Yes po."

Awww! Ang cutie pie niya!

"Masungit ba si Kuya mo?"


Ethos shook his head. "Ethos loves Kuya. Kuya not bad."

And they burst into laughter. And that's my cue, I stepped back and left my gift on
the table. I guess we both got what we want. We got our happiness.

--

Follow me on twiterrrrrrr @beeyotchWP :))) More updates soon! Sana po magcomment


kayo! xx

< prev

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -9- (p.1 of 7)

-9-

"Okay ba 'to?" sabi ni Tofer tapos pinakita niya sa akin yung plate na kinuha niya
mula dun sa kitchen. In all fairness, maganda 'tong restobar ni Tofer! Hindi ko nga
lang makuha kung bakit nagpakahirap siya ng four years sa NY sa degree niya na
Adverstising din kung sa food industry siya magvventure. Sometimes, ang hirap
talaga intindihin ng logic sa utak nitong si Cristofer, e.

Tinikman ko yung crepe and it tastes good. Pwede na din.

I gave him a thumbs up. May mga crew na din dito sa restobar, actually puro sila
babae. Weird. Wala man lang lalaki dito.

"Uhh, Tofer, why is that all your employees are girl?"

Nagsigh si Tofer then he pulled the chair in front of me. Nagpout din siya at
nagcross arms. See? He's such an annoying cutie pie! "Si Dad kasi, e. Sabi niya pag
nakakita daw siya ng lalaki dito, itatakwil daw niya ako."

"Hahahaha! Di nga?!"

He nodded. "Mukha ba talaga akong bading?"


I tried to suppress my smile but I just could not. Super adorbs ni Tofer ngayon!
Para siyang problemadong problemado! Minsan lang mangyari 'to. If I were to say, sa
four years na kilala ko 'tong si Tofer, one time ko pa lang 'to nakita na genuine
na malungkot. He's all flowers and rainbows. Palagi lang good vibes. Medyo
nakakapanibago pag ganitong seryoso siya.

I patted his head. "Kulang ka lang sa masculinity but you'll live."

"Alys!!"

I gave him my sweetest smile. "Why, Baby Tofer?"

"Ugh!! Kainis naman, e! Porke ba mahilig akong mag dress up at mag lip balm, bading
na agad? Judgmental!!" then umalis na siya pero bumalik siya. "Wala kang crepe!" at
kinuha niya yung crepe ko... Binayaran ko yun, e... Bakit niya kinuha? Tsk.
Ilalagay ko sa blacklist ko 'tong restobar niya, e!

Hinabol ko siya papunta sa kitchen.

"Oh, no. You just didn't do that!" I exclaimed. Tinapon niya ang crepe ko sa trash
can! This jerk!

Nagmarch siya papunta sa labas at naupo sa stool sa bar.

"Tofer, really, what's the problem?"

He gave me a sigh. "Wala lang 'to. Nakakapressure kasi maging pinsan sila Drake at
Tripp. Ang taas ng expectation sa akin." he explained. I placed my arms around his
shoulder and gave him a half-hug. "Kasi naman, alam mo..." he said and then the
tell tale continued. Here he was, telling me tales I have never heard before. I did
not need to ask. With Tofer, the scoop would pour out eventually.

Apparently, bata pa lang pala si Tripp at Drake, may competition na sa kanilang


dalawa. It started way back sa time palang ng parents nila. It was between Tito
Steve and Tito Tristan pala, and then it continued up to date? No, hindi siguro. As
far as I am concerned, walang communication si Drake at Tripp ngayon.
Since si Drake ay gifted, si Tripp ay may above the average na IQ, si Tofer pala
ang left behind. Aww. I feel for him. I know how it feels kasi. Si Dane kasi,
sobrang talino din but that did not stop me from loving him. We still share the
same blood and I love my brother to bits. Anyhow, my point is, hindi naman siguro
ako lang talaga ang reason ng pag aaway nila. Maybe.

"...tapos ngayon, si Drake, mas ayaw niya na akong pansinin..."

I raised a brow. "And so? Akala ko ba si Tripp and favorite cousin mo?"

"Oo naman! Kaya lang... ay basta, wag mo ng intindihin yun."

"Ikaw bahala. Sige, alis na ako, okay? Call me."

--

"Where's Mommy?" I asked the woman on the front desk. She gave me a smile. "And you
are?"

I gave her a smile. My professors said that you should establish boundaries between
you and other people so that they would know where to stand. Not that I've grown an
extra head pero I have learned it the hard way, sometimes, you just gotta use your
connections. After all, what's the use of money?

I leaned it. "She's my mom," I repeated. Mukhang narelaize niya na yung sinabi ko
kaya pinapasok niya ako agad.

Wala pala si Mommy doon, may pinuntahan sandali kaya naman naghintay muna ako sa
waiting room. I was reading some wedding magazine when suddenly, Cristine appeared
out of nowhere. No, she emerged from the fitting room, wearing a majestic wedding
dress.

Wow.

Hindi niya yata ako napansin kasi busy siya sa pagtingin sa sarili niya sa salamin.
She really looks... great. No wonder Drake will marry her. She looks awesome and
she's good with kids. Naalala ko na naman yung nakita ko sila ni Drake the other
day. They really look like a family.

"It's kinda loose here," she said then tinuro niya yung sa waist part. Nag usap
sila sandali nung babae then, nakita niya ako. "You're here," she said as if ayaw
niya akong makita.

Is it really just me or parang ayaw niya talaga sa akin?

"Well, yes. Good to see you."

"Good to see you, as well," she said, with some spite. Am I just paranoid?!

Bakit nung nakita ko sila ni Drake, she seems so bubbly and stuff pero ngayon na
kaharap ko siya, sobrang stiff and snob ng aura niya sa akin. Does she hate me?

"So, how's the wedding preparation?"

She turned around and gave me a smile. Mukhang nagbago ang mood niya kasi bigla
siyang naging mabait. "Medyo stressfull but it's pushing through. Good thing
Drake's really hands on with all these stuff."

All I managed to give was an 'oh.'

"Good thing na hands on si Mr. Palma, right?"

She nodded. "Yes. Even though he has so many things on his plate, he still finds
time to help me with all the arrangements. One in a million, that he is. Good thing
I found him."

Suddenly, I grew interested with the conversation. I put down the magazine and
pushed her to go through with the conversation. "So, how did you two meet?"
I patiently listened to her story. Medyo nakakagulat lang kasi their anniversary is
the same with our anniversary! So, nung time na sinagot ko si Tripp ay time din na
naging si Cristine at Drake? Wow.

They met through a common friend dahil nasa iisang organization sila. She told me
stories I have never heard before. Nagkaroon pala ng madaming kaibigan si Drake,
good for him. Wala kasi talaga akong balita sa kanya. I don't know any college
stories about him because I totally cut him off from my life. It worked. The longer
I don't hear anything about him, the easier it was to move on.

Best friends din pala sila, and she's Ethos' favorite playmate. Kaya naman pala,
she's always in their house.

I could not help but compare. What's with her that Drake dropped on his knee na
wala sa akin na nakayanan niya akong iwan dati?

And, does she know that I dated Drake for almost a year?

Does she know about Tita Katrina?

Does she know anything about him prior to the time she met him?

"So, cutting the story short, Drake and I are really meant for one another. Don't
you think so, too?"

I just nodded. "You'll make a great couple."

"We'll surely do, Alys Perez. We'll surely do."

--

The next couple of days, I was busy as hell. Grand opening na kasi ng Cupcakes by
Alys and it was epic!

I slumped back on the couch. Man, I was exhausted!


"What time is it, Dane?"

"3 pm."

I stood up and prepped up. Pupunta ako kila Tito Steve ngayon. Since naging masama
akong ninang, plano kong makipag bonding kay Ethos. I checked Drake's sched na din
through Tofer (seriously, he knows everything!) and he said Drake's gonna be in his
office for the whole day so I'm safe.

"Tita Katrina?"

She gave me a warm smile and hugged me. Aging seems to be doing a good job with
Tita Katrina. She looks really good!

"Oh, Alys! Nabisita ka. May kailangan ka ba?"

She motioned me to sit down so I did. Nakita ko si Ethos na nagpplay sa gilid. He


looks really adorable!

"Just visiting Ethos," I answered. We both looked at Ethos. There's no way in hell
na anak siya ni Drake. He looks like Tito Steve.

Nagpakuha siya ng snacks then we chat for awhile hanggang nakarating kami sa most
dreaded topic ko. "So, did Drake invite you to his wedding?"

Suddenly, my mouth went dry. "A-ano po?"

Tita Katrina held my hand. "Alys, I know I have no right to say this to you pero,
Drake has patiently waited for you. He waited for you, Alys. And now that he's
happy with Cristine, please don't ruin this for him."

"Wait, what? Ako pa yung nanggugulo?" I can't help but ask! Ako pa ang nanggugulo?!
Ako pa?!
She held my other hand and nodded at me. "You're messing with his head again, Alys.
You always does."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -10- (p.1 of 6)

Dedicated to Faye Vidad for the awesome covers of my story! Pati kay baby Jam! Love
love!

-10-

I was about to ask Tita Katrina about her statement na I am always messing with
Drake's head ng dumating si Tito Steve.

"Alys! Nabisita ka!"

I immediately discarded my thought to interrogate Tita Katrina even more at lumapit


na lang ako kay Tito Steve at niyakap siya. Bakit kasi sobrang bait ni Tito Steve
to the point na kahit tapos na kami ng anak niya, hindi ko siya kayang ilagay sa
past ko? Sobrang nakakaguilty kung kakalimutan ko sila...

Tinignan ko si Ethos na masayang naglalaro ng train at ngumiti ako. "Binigyan ko


lang po ng regalo si Ethos."

Nagsmile din si Tito Steve sa akin. "Parehong pareho kayo ni Drake, iniispoil niyo
si Ethos."

"He's worthy to be spoiled," I commented.

Pinabayaan muna naming maglaro si Ethos ng toys niya habang si Tita Katrina naman
ay naghanda ng makakain namin. Tumigil na pala sa pagtuturo si Tita Katrina. Good
thing. Baka lang kasi mag history repeats itself na naman siya sa isa niyang
estudyante. Better be cautious, di ba?

Naupo kami ni Tito Steve sa garden nila. Good times.


"So, kamusta naman, Alys? Hindi tayo nakapag usap nung birthday ni Ethos," Tito
Steve said.

I nodded. "Oo nga po, e. Ang dami kasing tao."

Nag usap muna kami about Ethos for a few minutes. Nag aaral na pala siya sa
kindergarten. Ang cute niya siguro pag naka school uniform! Bale si Tita Kat na din
yung tutor niya. Mabuti na din na hands on mom siya.

I was hesitant to ask about Drake and Cristine but since nagtanong na din naman si
Tita Kat, hindi ko na kayang icontain yung curiosity ko! "Tito, tell me about Drake
and Cristine."

Brave thing to do, you may say. But then, it takes a brave man to ask brave
questions, di ba? Worse naman yata kung gagawin ko na lang dreaded topic si Drake
at Cristine. I need to face facts. Besides, mukhang okay naman si Drake at
Cristine. Who am I not to be happy for them e in the first place, masayang masaya
ako kay Tripp.

"Drake and Cristine?" he said and then paused. "Ikaw talaga yung gusto ko sa anak
ko, Alys, pero wag kang madidisappoint, ha? Mabait na bata din kasi si Cristine at
hindi niya iniwan si Drake. Wag mo sanang masamain dahil masaya ako para sa kanila,
ha?"

Binigyan ko ng ngiti si Tito Steve.

"Of course, Tito. We're over. If they're happy, I am happy."

Nginitian din ako pabalik ni Tito Steve. "Mabuti naman, Alys. Iyan kasing si
Cristine, best friend ni Drake. Pero hindi naman sila agad naging mag best friend,
mga siguro ilang buwan pagkatapos niyong maghiwalay ni Drake."

"After po naming mag break?"

Tumango si Tito Steve. "Ah, oo. Kasi, classmates talaga niyan si Drake at Cristine.
Madalas sila dito sa bahay dahil ewan ko ba, gusto nila dito gumawa ng project ng
mga group mates nila. Pero nung mga sumunod na araw, si Cristine na lang ang
pumupunta. Tapos ang maganda pa nun, napasali ni Cristine si Drake sa isang
organization. Good influence sa kanya si Cristine kaya magaan ang loob ko dun, e."

Natahimik na lang ako. Parang medyo masakit. Hindi ba ako good influence kay Drake?

Ano ba ang ginawa namin ni Drake dati? Wala naman akong matandaan na ginawa namin
paa maisip ni Tito Steve na bad influence ako kay Drake. Hindi ko naman siya
tinuruang mag inom, mag sigarilyo, o kaya naman mag drugs. Hindi lang ako nag
eexcel academically pero hindi naman ibig sabihin nun bad influence ako!

"Uhm, kailan po naging sila?" I said after beating around the bush.

Umiling si Tito Steve. "Hindi ko din alam, e. Nagulat na nga lang ako ikakasal na
daw sila," he said then he shrugged. "Pero pumayag na ako, bagay naman sila.
Parehong matalino tsaka ewan, magkasundo talaga yung dalawa na yun."

Dumating si Tita Katrina dala ang isang tray na may pitcher ng juice at dalawang
slice ng cake. Napatingin ako sa kanya pero nag iwas siya ng tingin.

"Ikaw naman, Alys. Kamusta? Four years kang nawala!"

Ngumiti naman ako kay Tito at nagsimulang nagkwento ng masasaya kong memory sa
Paris at New York. Hindi ko na sinabi yung malulungkot kong ala-ala. Ayokong isipin
nila na miserable ako habang si Drake dito, masaya kasama si Cristine.

--

"Alis na si Ate Alys..." sabi ko tapos kinuha ko yung gamit ko. Kanina pa kasi ako
nakikipaglaro kay Ethos dito sa playroom niya. "Bye, baby Ethos," sabi ko sabay
kiss sa cheek niya.

"Bye, Alys."

"Aww. Call me Ate Alys, will you?"


Umiling siya. "Don't like."

"Why naman, baby Ethos?"

Hindi niya ako tinignan tapos nagplay lang siya sa robot niya. "Alys mean. You're
the reason why kuya used to cry. Alys bad."

I bit my lip to prevent myself from shedding a tear. Hindi ko din alam kung bakit
ako naiiyak. D-amn!

I tried to compose a smile and then patted Ethos' head. "Ate Alys is not bad, okay?
I'll explain it to baby Ethos next time."

Tumayo na ako at naglakad.

"I don't want to see you, Alys. You will make my kuya cry again. I don't like
that."

And there. A tear fell. D-amn, Drake! Ako na yung nasaktan mo dati pero ako pa yung
masama ngayon?!

--

"Oh, bakit ka nagpatawag ng SOS?"

Nandito kami ngayon sa isang bar. I don't know where basta somewhere high end.
Ugh!! Naffrustrate pa din ako sa pag uusap namin ni Ethos kanina! Paano ba akong
nagawang frustrated ng four years old na bata?!

Umorder ako ng isa pang round ng cosmo.

"I need someone to get me home later," sabi ko kay Tofer. SOS means duh, emergency.
Nung nasa Paris ako, pag may night out ako, si Tofer ang tiga sundo ko. Si Tripp
kasi, nasa New York. At saka hindi naman ako pinapayagan nun magbar. Lolo yun, e.
He snickered. "Back to b-itchessa ka na naman, Zyril?"

I rolled my eyes. Nung nasa Paris kasi kami, I made my friends there call me Zyril.
And by being Zyril, I was kinda bad assed. Yeah. I know, mahirap iimagine but
please do. My life when I was in New York was pretty messy. I tried to be excellent
with my courses but I just could not! What the eff' was Drake's reason ba naman
kasi?! Did he think na poof magiging matalino ako just because he asked me to?!
After two sems, I transferred to a culinary school in Paris. I knew no one there so
I took the oportunity to re-invent myself. Gone was the sweet and naive Alys. I
tried to be different. You wouldn't want to know what I became while I was there.
Even Tripp was mad at me when he saw me after months. I was... worse than ever.

It took him months of begging and bugging bago niya ako napahinto. I took a break
from all the partying and the drinking... when he's around. When he's not around,
it's just an endless pit of darkness. After school, diretso bar. What could I say?
That's the only consolation I got for myself. I pitied myself so much.

Once, Tripp caught me crying inside a stall holding Drake's picture. Those months
were horrible. Ayoko nang balikan.

Once was enough.

Twice will be a mistake. A big, big mistake.

I turned to look at him and gave him my loopsided smile. "Am I back? Yes, Tofer.
Meet Zyril, my doppelganger."

--

Please like the Dating Alys Perez Page sa FB! Nasa external link o kaya eto po!
https://www.facebook.com/DatingAlysPerezOfficialPage

Follow me din on twitter @beeyotchWP and check the Eydee's Stories na page kasi may
announcement dun. Kung di niyo ichcheck, kayo din. Bwahaha!

xx
SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -11- (p.1 of 8)

-11-

"Alys, wake up."

I pulled the sheets over my head and rolled on the bed. I looked at my imaginary
clock. 7 am pa lang naman! Why is Dane waking me up?!

He kept on calling my name and so I gave up.

I sat down on my bed and glared at him. "You just woke me up in such an ungodly
hour, Dane. Ano'ng meron?" I said with lace of annoyance. I brushed my hair with my
hand and watched my brother shook his head. "What?" I asked him.

He shrugged. "Nothing. You look weird yesternight, by the way. Good thing Mom
didn't see you. You look stupid drunk."

Aish! Oo nga pala. We partied 'til dawn ni Tofer. God, nakita pa ako ni Dane umuwi
ng ganoon ang itsura ko! Ano'ng klase akong kapatid? Sobrang bad influence ko sa
kapatid kong walang ibang ginawa kung hindi ang mag aral. Tsk.

"Sorry..." I whispered.

"It's nothing. Anyway, Mom said take care because we'll be gone for awhile."

"Huh?"

Dane stood up and picked a strawberry from my night stand. Pinapalagyan ko kasi ng
frozen strawberry yung table tuwing umaga. Bakit ba, ganyan ako magbreakfast.
"We'll go to a resort in Alegria, I don't know. Yun. Pinapasabi lang nila Mom kasi
hindi na sila makakauwi dito."

I pouted. "Iiwanan mo ako, Baby Dane?"


He nodded. "You don't need me, anyway. You need Drake. You look stupid, Alys."

And there, he walked out on me.

I need Drake? Huh! I survived for years without him. What difference does it make
ngayon na wala siya? And besides, alin ba ang hindi makuha ng mga tao? Ikakasal na
siya, for Christ's sake! Mahirap bang intindihin yun?!

I decided to take a nap since Dane disturbed my slumber.

--

"This is what you call beer, okay?"

Tumango na lang ako at kinuha ko yung beer na inaabot sa akin ni Jane. Grabe! Kahit
mas bata sa akin si Jane, ang dami niyang alam. Isa kasi siya sa mga nauna kong
naging friends dito sa Paris at pinakilala niya ako dito sa tinatawag niyang night
life.

Inabot ko yung beer at sinubukang inumin. "Ugh!" naisuka ko yung beer. Yuck! Ano ba
naman ang lasa nito! Kadiri.

Narinig kong tumatawa si Jane at Faye sa akin. "Hahaha! Such a baby, Zyril. Can't
handle a beer?" inis nila sa akin.

Tsk. Mga babaeng 'to!

"I don't like the taste of this one. Give me another drink."

Nagshrug si Faye tapos sumigaw siya. Ang ingay naman kasi dito sa club! Wala na
akong marinig. Puro sumasayaw yung mga tao, actually, hindi na nga sila sumasayaw,
e. Dry humping na ang ginagawa nila. Hmmm. Hindi na ako naninibago. Dito naman
kasi, kahit saan ako lumingon, may nagkikiss. Wala lang, nasanay na ako.
< prev | next >

"Three rounds of tequila on my tab!" sigaw niya sa bartender. After a minute, may
dumating na tray ng tequila ba yun sa table namin.

Binigyan kami ni Faye ng tig iisang shot ng tequila at lemon. "To girls!"

O_______O

Ang sakit sa lalamunan!

Tinignan ko sina Faye at Jane na kinuha muna yung lemon tapos ininom yung tequila
tapos yung salt. B-itch talaga 'tong dalawa na 'to! Hindi man lang ako sinabihan na
ganun pala dapat!

"Another round?" sabi ni Faye tapos itinaas niya ang kilay niya.

Kumuha naman si Jane ng shot at itinaas. "To boys, may they be forever damned!"

Another shot.

Another shot.

"Where are we? Hahaha."

I tried to stand up but I just can't. My vision is so blurry.

"Hey, b-itch. Where are you going?" sabi sa akin ni Faye number 1. Bakit naging
tatlo yung ulo ni Faye?

Sumagot ako ng yes sa isang ulo ni Faye. Hindi ko alam kung sino bang ulo yung
nagtanong sa akin. Bahala na silang mga ulo kung sino ba ang nakarinig sa sagot ko.
Parang naging zigzag yung daan ko pero napunta ako sa gitna ng dance floor. I don't
know hahaha! Gusto kong sumayaw ngayon...

"Hoy babae!!"

"Ugh! Ano ba natutulog yung tao!"

Gumulong ako sa kama tapos nagtry ulit na matulog. After a few seconds, may narinig
naman ako na kalampag ng kaldero. WHAT THE?! Saan nanggaling yung kaldero?!

"Gising na, Alys! Gising na, Alys!"

Bumangon ako at nakita ko si Tofer na parang baliw na nagmamartsa palibot sa kwarto


ko habang may hawak na kaldero at sandok. Nababaliw na naman siya!

Tumayo ako at kinuha ko sa kamay niya yung sandok. "What the heck is your
problem?!"

Nakikipag agawan siya sa sandok sa akin. Aba! "What the heck is my problem?! Hoy,
babae! Ginising mo ako ng alas tres ng madaling araw para magpasundo sa bar! Nasira
ang beauty rest ko!"

Shems. Nasa bar nga pala ako kagabi! Nasan na si Faye at Jane? Sila ang kasama ko
kagabi, di ba??

"Nasan na yung kasama ko?" tanong ko kay Tofer.

"Kasama?" sabi niya tapos nagsalita ulit siya. "You mean, yung dalawang blonde na
lasinggera?" Tumango ako. Ganun nga si Jane at Faye. "Ah, naiwan kahapon sa bar.
Nagwawala ka na kasi kaya pinauwi ka na nila. Ganun ang friends mo, Alys. Iiwan ka
pag wala ka ng silbi."
Hindi ko na lang siya pinansin at nagpunta ako sa kusina para kumuha ng tubig.
Nauuhaw na kasi ako. Kung nagtataka kayo kung bakit ko kasama si Tofer, nasa iisang
apartment kasi kami. Ewan ko ba kung bakit sumama sa akin dito yan e mukha okay
naman na siya sa NY. Pero okay na din kasi at least may isa akong kakilala.

May iniabot siya sa akin na tubig. "Iinom inom kasi, hindi naman sanay."

Kinuha ko na lang at saka ininom. "Kaya nga umiinom para masanay, di ba?"

Ganun lang ang takbo ng buhay ko dito. Siguro sa loob ng isang linggo, apat na
beses akong sinusundo ni Tofer sa bar kaya naman naisipan niya na lang na sumama sa
akin. Hindi naman umiinom 'to, wala lang, gusto niya lang makichismis sa mga tao
dito. Bakla yata talaga 'to.

Pumasok muna ako sa class ko tapos nakipag meeting ako sa groupmates ko.
Nagsisigarilyo sila pero hindi ko talaga kayang gawin yun kaya lumabas muna ako.
Sakto naman na tumawag si Tripp.

"Why?"

("Woah. Mainit yata ulo natin, a?")

Nagbuntong hininga ako. Hindi ko naman gustong sungitan si Tripp. Siya na nga lang
yung nandyan para sa akin, susungitan ko pa ba? "Hindi po, sorry. Medyo masama lang
pakiramdam ko," I reasoned.

("Masama? Pa check up ka kaya?")

"Nah. I'm just feeling under the weather. How about you? How's life alone?"

Naupo ako sa pathway. Wala namang dumadaan sa curve na 'to so feeling ko okay lang
ako. ("Ganun pa din. Ikaw? Naka adjust ka na ba?")

Gusto ko sanang sabihin na sobrang naka adjust na ako. Nakukuha ko na ngang mag bar
at umuwi ng madaling araw, e. Pero syempre hindi ko sasabihin kay Tripp yan.
Masyado na akong nakaabala sa kanya dati, ayoko na hanggang ngayon.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>

"Okay na ako dito. Sige, may gagawin pa ako," sabi ko. Ang totoo lang naman niyan,
ayoko siyang makausap dahil puro kasinungalingan lang naman yung lumalabas sa bibig
ko. He deserves better and I am not better, I am worse. He doesn't deserve the end
of a shmick stick.

I went inside and tried one of those sticks. It's awful. Not my thing.

--

I woke up feeling still light headed. Nevertheless, I stood up and prepped myself
up. Wala sila Mom for days and I have the house all to myself! Papayag kaya sila
Aya kung magssleep over kami dito? We haven't done that in ages!

Some lipstick and mascara and I'm ready to go! I got my keys then went to the
garage. Aalis na sana ako ng maabutan ko si Drake. He was standing on the path way.

I pressed the honk loud enough.

I rolled down the mirror because he wouldn't move. "Ano na naman, Drake?!" I
shouted. Not today, Drake. Gusto ko ng perfect day. Don't ruin this for me.

He moved towards the car and then bigla niyang binuksan yung side door. Son of a
jerk! Nakalimutan kong isara!

"Where are we going?" he asked.

"Where are we going your arse! Bakit ka ba nandito? Close tayo?" I asked, finally
unleashing my inner sarcasm.

He gave me a smile. "We were pretty close. You're my ex, remember? We used to hug,
to cuddle, to---"
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 13 of 50 >

"Ugh!" hininto ko yung break ng sasakyan at hinarap ko siya. "What the hell,
Drake?!"

Sumandal pa siya sa upuan at nilagay yung kamay niya sa likod ng ulo niya. The
nerve! Nakuha niya pang magrelax?! "Chill, Alys. You'll grow wrinkles if you keep
on frowning."

"Ano naman kung magka wrinkles ko? What do you care?!"

He gave me one of those annoying smiles of his. Ugh! "Tripp doesn't like ugly
girls. Anyway, go drive."

Inhale, exhale.

Kalma lang, Alys. Kalma.

Ugh! I can't!

I stepped on the gas. Good thing nasa medyo liblib na daan kami kasi baka may
masagasaan ako sa bilis ng takbo ko. Si Drake? Ayun, walang pakielam. Nasan na ba
yung fiance nito?!

Binagalan ko yung takbo ng sasakyan then inabot ko yung phone ko and I dialled
Cristine's number and sinuot ko yung bluetooth earplugs. "Hello, where are you?" I
asked.

("Uhh, I'm here in my office. Why?")

"Nothing. Thanks!"
Tinignan ko si Drake na tahimik na nakaupo dun sa sasakyan. Nagdrive ako papunta sa
office ng fiance niya. Bakit ba ako napunta dito? Ako pa ngayon yung nagdadala sa
kanya sa fiance niya! I must have left my brain somewhere!

"Baba."

He turned and looked at me. "Are we here yet?" he asked then he yawned. "Oh, why
are we here?" sabay niyang tanong ng makita niya yung building na pinagttrabahuhan
ng fiance niya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 13 of 50 >

"Go meet your fiance. Drake, please stop bothering me. Tapos na tayo. Remember?
Four years ago? In front of the hotel you were staying at? Remember, me, Alys
Perez, the girl you destroyed?" I pointed myself. "Look at me now, Drake. I'm
better, and I'm doing good without you. I worked for this for years. Don't pull me
back to the pit you've created for me."

He sighed then unbuckled his seatbelt.

"See you tonight."

UGH!

--

Most sabaw update ever. Lol. May pagame po ang @WattpadPinoy at @WattpadUniv sa
Tuesday, August 20! Sali kayo! Maganda ang prize!

Anyhow, check out the preview for Ethos' story! http://fb.me/20120pBMv Or nasa
external link din siya!

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -12- (p.1 of 6)


Chapter 12

I shut the door close. Sobrang hangin mo talaga, Drake! Years have passed but
you're still the same arrogant person that I knew.

Nakahawak ako sa steering wheel while blowing my bangs off of my face. Wala pang
one month akong nakabalik ng Philippines pero sobrang stressed na ang inaabot ko
kay Drake! What does he want? We're obviously done. Tapos na kami and I have no
intention to get back to where we left off.

I'm being redundant now. I was hurt, very badly. At ngayon? I don't want to
experience the same thing all over again. I like myself better now. Sure, the Alys
he knew was good but I'm better. Siguro naman he knows that I'm not bound to be
immature forever. At some point, I will grow up. I'll mature. And here am I.

"Tsk," I uttered as I unbuckled my seatbelt. Lumabas ako ng sasakyan at sinundan si


Drake. I should stop this madness right now. Babalik na si Tripp after two days,
ayokong bumalik siya na ganito ang sitwasyon namin ni Drake. I love Tripp so badly,
hindi ko kakayanin pag nagkaaway kami dahil kay Drake.

I showed my ID to the lady in the front desk.

"Miss Alys Perez?"

I nodded. Bakit parang suprised na surprised naman siya? "Why?"

She gave me a timid smile and then handed my my visitor's pass. Tinanong ko din sa
kanya kung saan ang floor ni Drake and she told me na 31st floor daw.

< prev | next >

Pumasok ako sa elevator and then nung pinindot ko yung 31st, kailangan pa ng
passcode. Really, Drake? Sobrang pa special ka lang?

I breathe hard. Kalma, Alys. I thought of calling him but it's no use since wala
naman akong number niya. Ayoko ding tawagan si Cristine, no! We're not in that kind
of relationship na tatawagan ko siya out of the blue. I think that Cristine's nice,
well, according to what Tito Steve had told me. Pero bakit ganon? Whenever she sees
me, she's nice pero alam mo yun... something is obviously off and I can't pin
point. It's frustrating!

Nagtry ako ng code since 3 tries lang naman.

Think, Alys.

1131?

Nah. Bakit naman gagawing passcode ni Drake yun? Hindi nakamove on ang peg? E may
fiance na nga siya!

Nilagay ko yung anniversary namin ni Tripp since sabay naman yata, which really
weirds me out. Talagang sabay kami sa September 13? Too much of a coincidence pero
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Malay ko naman kung nagkataon lang talaga,
di ba?

0913

Incorrect code.

Aish! Pag nakatatlong mali ako, hindi na ako makakaakyat. Sayang ang effort! Buti
na lang walang masyadong sumasakay dito sa elevator... dahil ba pang executive lang
'to? Weird! Parang napaka special naman ni Drake! May sariling elevator, may code
pa ang floor!

Medyo nanginginig pa yung kamay ko pero sige na...

1131.

There. Screw it, Drake. 1131?!

--
Cristine's POV

"Hey, Palma," I said to Drake. Kanina pa siya tahimik, which is normal. Simula
naman kasi nung college kami, tahimik na talaga siya.

He gestured that he's listening kaya nagsalita ako. "Until when are we gonna play
this game?" I asked him.

Tumigil siya sa sinusulat niya and he looked at me. "Why? Are you tired?" he asked
me.

I shook my head. I'm not tired, I'm just... confused. As you can see, Drake and I,
we're not together. He's my best friend but we were never romantically involved.
And I don't think we will ever be. I like to be with him because he's smart.
Sobrang talino niya kaya fascinated ako pag magkasama kami kasi madami akong
natututunan. And ako, I don't know. He said he likes being with me din naman. Ewan.
We just click together.

"We're not playing, Cristine," he said.

I shrugged. Wala naman akong magagawa, he's Drake and he rarely wants something.

He is like the most generous person I know. Nung college, para siyang naging tutor
ng buong bloc. Hindi naman siya nagrereklamo, nagtuturo lang siya. Pero hanggang
dun lang, turo. No personal interaction whatsoever. Ang dami ding girls na
umaaligid sa kanya but he wouldn't even spare them a glance because may girlfriend
siya.

He's so dedicated and cute!

Pero all went south nung magstart ang second semester. I don't even want to
remember it because as Drake's friend, it hurts. Alam mo yun? You see him
struggling to keep their relationship alive but then one day, babalik siya dito sa
Pilipinas looking like nawala sa kanya lahat ng mahalaga sa buhay niya?

It was... heart breaking. Really, really heartbreaking.


Ganun kasi yun, di ba? When someone who is strong gets hurt, the pain intensifies
kasi alam mo na kahit strong sila, nakuha pa din nilang masaktan. The pain must
have been too much for them to succumb. And Drake is so strong. Alys must have
really hurt him.

"So, paano yung kasal? Don't tell me papakasalan mo ako. Bloody hell, I won't!" I
said. Base kay Drake, kung hindi lang din si Alys, malamang sa malamang pakasalan
niya ako. No. I like him but I don't like him that much para ialay ko ang lifetime
ko sa kanya!

He smirked at me. How arrogant of him sa taong pumayag maging pretend fiance niya!
"You know who my bride is."

I smiled at him and exited his office.

Yes, I know. For Drake, it has always been Alys... and it will always be Alys.

--

Alys' POV

Okay, kalma lang, Alys.

Nakapikit pa ako nung bumukas yung elevator.

< prev | next >

O-kay? Weird. Buong floor pero walang laman! Ano 'to, bodega?!

Nung makita kong wala namang tao, bumalik na ako sa elevator. Sayang oras, sayang
effort!

Nakababa na ako sa ground floor nung magring ang phone ko.


"Panget!!" I said in glee. Hindi kasi siya tumawag kahapon, namiss ko 'tong panget
na 'to!

("Tingin ka sa likod,") sabi niya.

Dali dali akong tumingin sa likod ko, expecting na makikita ko si Tripp. "Niloloko
mo ba ako?!"

Bigla siyang tumawa sa kabilang linya. Sasagot pa sana ako ng biglang may yumakap
sa akin mula sa likod. "Tripp!" sabi ko. "Nakauwi ka---- Drake?!"

Nagulat ako. Nakayakap siya sa akin. Nagsasalita pa din si Tripp sa phone pero para
akong yelo na naninigas. Sht.

("Hello, Zyril? Hello?")

Tinakpan ko yung phone ko at nagsalita ng mahina. "What the hell, Drake?!" then I
glared at him. He looked at me and then kissed my neck.

This a-hole!!

"What the melon?!!" hindi ko mapigilang hindi mapasigaw. He kissed me! He freaking
kissed my neck!!

("Perez, uy? Nanjan ka pa ba?")

Keep your cool, Alys. "Busy right now, Panget. Call you later, okay?"

("Pero---") I didn't let him finish what he was saying kasi pinatay ko na yung
phone.

I pushed him away from me.


"Drake, ano bang problema mo, ha?!" I said, trying to contain my anger. Sobrang
naiinis ako ngayon! TAPOS NA KAMI, INIWANAN NIYA AKO! Hindi ba maliwanag pa sa
sikat ng araw yun?!

He shrugged. He freaking shrugged!

I pointed my finger at him. "Wag mo ng uulitin yun." I said, meaning every word.

"I can't promise you that one," sabi niya. "We missed your 20th birthday. Don't you
remember?"

THIS FREAKING A-HOLE!!

-- AN--

Bukas (Saturday, August 31) may trending game sa twitter! Paramihan ng tweet na may
hashtag na #DatingAlysPerezWattpad dapat and isa pa na pagandahan naman ng tweet!
Bukas. 8 pm. And yes, may update ulit bukas para masaya! Sana lang magcomment kayo,
hane? :>

Twitter ko: @beeyotchWP

Prizes: Books with my signature. Kakahiya!! Lol.

xx

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -13- (p.1 of 6)

Chapter 13

*slap*

I slapped him hard, with my hands still trembling because of the rage that I feel
for him. I heard him cuss as he held his now reddish face.
"A-hole," I uttered.

"Why did you slap me?" he asked as he continued to caress his face.

Nanginginig pa din ako sa inis. "It was well deserved, Drake! How dare you mention
my 20th birthday like you didn't break my heart when I was 18?!" I screamed and
assaulted him with my bag.

Hindi niya ako pinigilan, pinabayaan niya lang ako na hampasin siya ng bag ko.

"Freaking, freaking jerk..." I said as my energy went down the drain. That moment,
he caught me and held me.

Hindi na ako nakagalaw.

"Sssh, Alys. You still love me, don't you?" he softly whispered in my ears.

I shook my head firmly. "Hindi na kita mahal."

He released me and then kissed my forehead. "Then we'll have to do something about
that, Noob," he said and then smiled at me.

Ipinikit ko ang mata ko at saka nagbilang at huminga ng malalim. No, Alys. Don't
let him trigger your anger. It's just a simple pet name, okay? Walang dahilan para
magreact ka ng ganyan.

"Drake, paulit ulit na lang ba tayo? Ayoko na, di ba?" I said sincerely as he
tugged me forward.

"Alys, do I really need to make myself freaking obvious? I won't stop until you're
mine again," he seethed.
Itinaas ko yung isa kong kamay at inilagay sa kamay niya na nakahatak sa akin.
"You're nuts, Drake. Puro kabaliwan na yang nasa utak mo."

He stopped on his tracks and faced me. "My mind is a beautiful place, my love. It's
full of thoughts about you."

--

(2 years ago)

"Congrats, Zyril tabachoy!!"

=_______=

Bastos talaga nitong si Tofer, e!

Hindi ko na lang siya pinansin at nagpatuloy sa pagngiti. Niyakap naman ako ni


Tripp kaya niyakap ko siya pabalik. "Congrats, Panget," sabi niya sa akin habang
nakayakap siya.

Kinidatan ko siya. "Ako pa. Wala kayong tiwala sa akin, e," I reasoned out. He
patted my head and then kumuha siya ng isang champagne glass at inabot sa akin.

"Congrats talaga, Panget. We're so proud of you," sabi niya sa akin.

Tinanggap ko yung glass at uminom. Nasa loob kami ng limousine dahil umarkila pa si
Tofer, baliw talaga 'to! Umuwi kasi ako dito sa New York dahil gusto kong personal
na ibalita sa kanila yung formal admission ko sa culinary school na gusto ko. One
year na kasi akong nag aapply pero ngayon lang na process yung application ko.
Hindi ako humingi ng tulong sa parents ko this time kasi gusto kong magkaroon ng
pangalan because of my skills, not because of my family's influence.

< prev | next >


"Where are we heading?" sabi ko kay Tofer. Kanina pa kasi kami nandito sa loob ng
sasakyan. Kakaland ko lang dito, straight from airport, pinuntahan namin agad ni
Tofer si Tripp.

We owe him this much. Siya 'tong ginagawang Manila-QC ang New York at Paris, e.
Ngayon nga lang ako mageeffort na bisitahin siya sa NY.

Nakasandal si Tofer sa upuan niya. "Las Vegas," sabi niya.

"What?" sabi ko. Vegas?

"Las Vegas, Tabachoy. Bingi much?"

Sinaway naman ni Tripp si Tofer. "Umayos ka nga Tofer," warning niya kay Tofer.
Nagbelat naman ako kay Tofer.

"Kainis! Tignan niyo kayong dalawa, ang harot harot niyo pero pag tinanong kayo,
sagot niyo, 'friends lang kami.' Nakakabaliw kayo!"

Natawa na lang kami bigla ni Tripp. Bakit ba kasi sobrang big deal sa kanila kung
ano kami ni Tripp? Por que ba magkasama kami madalas, magkausap madalas, kailangan
na naming bigyang ng romantic label yung relationship? Can't a boy and a girl
hangout and just be friends?

Lumipat ako sa upuan ni Tofer at naglean sa balikat niya. "Awww. Tampo ka pa ba,
baby Tofer?" sabi ko sa kanya. Para talagang baby 'tong batang 'to.

"Ayan pa! Ayan pa! Ginagawa niyo akong baby ni Tripp. Ano tayo? Happy family? Ikaw
nanay, siya ang tatay? Friends pa lang ba kayo niyan?!" sabi niya.

Tinaas ni Tripp yung dalawa niyang kamay. "Chill, Tofer. Ano bang problema niyo
ngayon?"

May sinabi siyang mahina pero hindi ko naintindihan kahit na katabi niya lang ako.
Huminga siya ng malalim bago nagsalita. "Ako na kasi yung napapagod para sa inyo,
Tripp. Ano ba kayo ni Alys?"

Natigilan ako sa tanong niya. Ano nga ba kasi talaga kami ni Tripp? Friends? More
than friends na nagpapanggap na friends lang? Ayokong ijeopardize ang relationship
namin ni Tripp. What we have is too precious for me. I learned enough. After the
romantic feelings die, the chance of being friends again is almost impossible. At
kay Tripp? Hindi ko yata kaya. He's the most precious thing I have right now.

"We're... friends," sagot ni Tripp. He looked at me and smiled.

Huminga na naman ng malalim si Tofer. "Fudge fudge! Isang tanong, isang sagot:
Tripp, mahal mo si Alys, di ba?"

Napatingin ako kay Tripp and bit my lips.

"Sobra," sagot niya.

Natigilan ako. Sht, Alys. Kahit na ilang taon na yung lumipas, kahit na ilang beses
ko siyang ireject, kahit na anong iyak ang gawin ko sa kanya, kahit na gaano ko
sabihin sa kanya na nasasaktan ako dahil sa pinsan niya... mahal niya pa din ako?

Tinignan ko siya at binigyan niya ako ng ngiti. Yung ngiti na nagsasabi ng 'sorry,
Alys. Mahal lang talaga kita... hindi ko kayang pigilan.'

"Umamin din!" sigaw ni Tofer. Humarap naman siya sa akin ngayon. "Ikaw, babae.
Isang tanong, isang sagot: ano ba si Tripp?"

(present)

Thoughts of Tripp and me came flashing back to my mind. No, Drake. I won't destroy
what Tripp and I have just for you. You're just... not worth it. You're not worth
our beautiful memories.
I raised my hand. "Stop thinking about me, Drake. Because me? I stopped eons ago."

He raised his head and smiled at me. "That thought never crossed my mind. The
thought of forgetting you is too much for me. You've stolen my heart, Noob. It's
yours and I have no intention of getting it back. You could either choose to make
me or break me, Alys. My faith relies on you, Love."

I smirked at him. Hindi na ako magpapadala sa iyo, Drake. The Drake Palma Way of
making me fall? Bulls-hit. You're just gonna make me fall just to pound me into
pieces once again.

I took a step back. "I choose to break you, Drake. That's my choice."

"You can break me but I'll never stop loving you, Alys. Five years ago, you appeard
in front of me out of nowhere and delared me as your boyfriend. I have no intention
of falling this deep for someone but you made me fall this hard! Damn, Alys! I am
Drake Palma. I don't fall this hard, I just can't let myself be into someone as
much as I am into you... but for you I let my guard down. I fell so deep, so hard,
and still... you still choose to break me. You're breaking me over and over again.
And it f-ucking hurts."

I stood there. Listening to him. No, Alys. You can't cry right now.

--AN

Start na ng game. Hehehe nag enjoy ba kayo? Kakaiyak si Drake. :(((

@beeyotchWP

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -14- (p.1 of 7)

-14-

"Alys," Dane called out my name. Hindi ko siya pinansin and I slammed myself on the
sofa. God, Drake! You're exhausting me too much!
Resting my head while closing my eyes, I asked Dane. "Why?"

I suddenly felt someone kiss my cheek. Binuksan ko yung mata ko. "Hi, Panget," he
uttered with that familiar boyish grin that I missed.

"Tripp!" I said in glee and hugged him. "Bakit nandito ka na!" and I continued to
wrestle him and pin him down.

Tumatawa siya habang pinupukpok ko siya sa dibdib niya. "Chill, Perez. Wala bang
kiss muna?"

"Bwisit. Kainis!" sabi ko tapos hinalikan ko siya sa cheek niya.

I heard someone cough then I looked at Dane who looked utterly disgusted with me
and Tripp. Oh, my baby brother. "You're both disgusting." And then he stormed off.

Umiling iling na lang si Tripp habang inaayos yung buhok niya na nagulo ko kanina
nung niyakap at pinukpok ko siya. "Ayan, natakot tuloy si Dane sa'yo. Grabe naman
kasi, Zy. Mahal na mahal mo lang ako. Tsk. Nakaka pressure, ha."

Kinagat ko yung labi ko para pigilan kong matawa pero hindi ko talaga kayang
pigilan! Sobrang nakakatawa yung sinabi ni Tripp. Para bang nappressure siya sa
'sobrang pagmamahal ko sa kanya.'

"So, tinatawanan mo na ako ngayon?" sabi niya sa akin nung hindi ko na mapigilan
yung tawa ko.

"Hahaha! Kasi naman, Panget, arte much? Akala mo naman hindi mo ako mahal! Sobra pa
nga, di ba?" I said and then winked at him.

Kinuha niya yung kamay ko then hinalikan niya. "Oo naman, Zyril. Sobra pa sa
sobra."
And then, I just can't help but smile. Ito na yun, e. This is the kind of love I
wanna have, and this is not the kind of love that you can have overnight. This
love... takes time. But it's constant. And I love consistency.

I pulled him back into a hug and kissed his cheek. "Gutom ka na ba?" I asked him,
mukhang kakadating niya lang kasi. Amoy airport pa 'tong lalaking 'to! Kulang na
lang airport tag, papasa ng bagahe!

"Luto ka naman, Panget. Miss ko na, e."

Nagsmile ako sa kanya then sabay kaming pumunta sa kusina para magluto. Buti na
lang wala si Mommy and Daddy, solo ko 'tong lalaking 'to. One month kaming hindi
nagkita, e! Miss na miss na miss ko na si Marco.

Tinignan ko yung laman ng cupboard at ref, well stocked naman. "Anong gusto mong
kainin?" I asked him kahit na hindi naman siya particular sa kinakain niya.

He shrugged habang nakaupo sa stool dun sa island. "Pinoy food, Panget. Sawang sawa
na ako sa pagkain dun," reklamo niya.

Natawa naman ako sa itsura niya. Siguro puro pizza at Chinese takeout ang kinakain
nito dun! Kakawa naman. Tsk. Busy kasi masyado sa trabaho, e. Pati mag isa lang
siya sa apartment kasi pinasama niya si Tofer sa akin sa Paris.

Kumuha ako ng ingredients for adobo and soup. "Hindi ka kumakain dun, no? Tsk."

"Kumakain ako," sabi niya.

"Liar. You look thin," I stated. Pumayat siya, e. Ang payat ng face niya. Hindi
talaga dapat to pinapabayaan mag isa, e. Tinatamad kumain. Bad, bad Marco.

Busy ako sa paghiwa ng potato ng yakapin niya ako from behind. "Ano na naman?" I
asked him kasi nakasandal yung ulo niya sa balikat ko. Ang bigat pa naman ng ulo
niya!

"Inaantok ako. Patulog muna," sabi niya.


"Ano! Nagluluto ako! Tsk."

"Sssh. Halos one day akong bumyahe. Tutulog muna ako, Panget," he said as he nuzzle
the crook of my neck.

I 'tsked' and then continued with what I'm doing. Hindi naman siya natutulog, e!
Nung sinubukan kong lumakad, lumakad din siya. Tignan mo nga naman yung tama ng
lalaki na 'to!

"Di tayo matatapos dito, e," I said. At this rate, baka gabi na, hindi pa din ako
tapos magluto.

He chuckled and then lifted his head off of my shoulder. "Isang kiss pa," sabi niya
and then umalis na siya papunta sa receiving area, I think. Matutulog muna yata.
Pinabayaan ko na since inaantok pa talaga siya.

--

"Marco, Marco," I called out his name and lightly tapped his cheek. "Mahal ko,
kakain na po tayo," sabi ko sa kanya.

He quitely stirred and then opened his eyes. "Hmm?"

"Kakain na tayo," I said.

He stared at me for blank seconds and then he grinned tapos tumayo na siya.
Problema ng isang 'to? "Tara na, Panget," sabi niya then he offered his hands.
Sabay kaming naglakad papunta sa dining room.

Matagal din akong nagluto kasi gusto kong matulog muna siya. Gumawa pa ako ng foam
cake and nag squeeze pa ako ng orange juice. Ang dami ko yatang niluto, ang payat
naman kasi nitong lalaking 'to! Ginugutom yata yung sarili niya dun sa New York.

"Salamat," sabi niya sa akin.


Nagsmile lang ako. Eto ba? Wala pa 'to sa lahat ng ginawa para sa akin ni Tripp. Sa
mga gabi na lumabas siya kahit nagssnow para lang puntahan ako sa dorm, sa
pagtulong niya sa akin sa projects ko nung halos mamatay na ako sa sobrang dami at
sabay sabay, sa pag una niya sa akin kahit na may iba siyang ginagawa, and mostly,
for not giving up on me when I was at my worst. He picked me up when I was at my
lowest and helped me pick up the pieces.

Pinagmasdan ko lang siyang kumain while I contented myself with a glass of orange
juice.

"Why are you here, Marco? I thought you'll arive the day after tomorrow?" I asked.

"I missed you, Panget. Not reasonable enough?" he asked.

Nagsmile ako sa kanya then rolled my eyes.

Pinabayaan ko siyang kumain and then I felt my phone vibrate.

From: Cristine Stinson

Can we meet tomorrow?

I quickly composed an sms telling her that I can't. After what happened earlier
today? I just can't face her, and Drake.

"Anything interesting?" Tripp asked.

(Earlier that day...)

"That's preposterous, Drake," I said. "You're ploying again. Tama na, okay?!" I
exclaimed and then pushed him away from me.
He captured my hand and pulled me towards him. His face is just an inch from mine.
S-hit, Drake. Ano ba!

"I love you, Alys. Can't you f-ucking feel it? Because me, I feel it too much and
it's killing me," he said through his teeth. His eyes were tired but intense.

I stared at him with equal intensity and mocked him. "Oh, please, Drake. Fine,
mahal mo ako. Do I need to love you back? Ganun na ba ngayon? Just because you love
me, I'm supposed to love you back? Because if that's the case, it's still a no. I
won't love you. Not now, not someday. I loved you before, Drake. I loved you way
too much, way better than I love myself pero ano yung ginawa mo? You broke me into
tiny, little pieces. You devastate me beyond repair. You crushed every hope I had
inside my body, Drake. Ngayon, please, ibalato mo na sa'kin 'to. I don't want you
now. I don't want to want you. Loving you is toxic, Drake. It's exhausting every
good thing I have in my life."

Then I saw pain in his eyes. I don't want to hurt him even though he pained me so
cruelly before but I need to do this. I need to show him that we? We can never
happen. Not now, not someday. Ayoko na.

When girls fall in love, they fall hard. They give way too much, care way too much,
invest way too much. But when they get hurt and move on, you just can't appear out
of nowhere and take them back. No, not after they withstand every pain and agony.
That's just not how it is. Once you left a person who loved you a great deal,
getting her back is a suicide mission.

"Please, Drake. Move on, okay? Maybe you loved me before, but you need to move on.
Live in the present, Drake. Maybe we're just not meant to be..."

Binitawan niya yung kamay ko and took a step backward.

He shook his head. "This is the present Drake, Alys, and he's very much in love
with you. The future Drake will be in love with you... not just like this but way
more in love. You started this ploy, Alys. You played seducing Drake Palma when you
were in high school. Now, face the repercussions because I'm here to stay."

(present...)

I shook my head and gave him a smile. "Nothing. After mo jan, uwi ka na, ha?
Matulog ka na," I said.
< prev | next >

"Pinapauwi mo na ako?" he asked, faking a hurt.

"Baliw. You'll see me tomorrow. You'll be seeing a lot of me, Marco. For now,
matulog ka muna. You look freaking tired," I stated.

You will need all the energy you can get, Marco. Drake won't leave us alone.

--

Thanks sa kahapon! Nagtrend ang #DatingAlysPerezWattpad No.1 Nationwide (nasa photo


sa gilid hehehe)! Ahehez. Nikikilig ako! Now, for the winner, for the
pinakamaraming tweets, si Miss @DianeAnthonelle papalag pa ba kayo sa 300 tweets
niya?! Hahaha! Sa pinakanakakatuwa, si @alliahmalditaaa Ang cute cute ng batang
ito! <3 Salamat din sa tumulong na watty accounts. @WattpadPinoy @Wattpad_Quotes
@wattpad_user @WTPDcharacters na nagpush talaga! Love love

Ayun! Thanks! Mahaba pa tong story. Kapit kapit din pag may time!

-Eydee

< prev
<< start

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -15- (p.1 of 9)

-15-

I have never worked so hard in my entire life.

"Baka naman ma overworked ka niyan?" Aya asked me while she was comfortably lying
on my couch. Tsk. Pasalamat siya rest day niya ngayon. If I hadn't known better,
iisipin kong buhay reyna si Aya. But since she works for my mother, I'm sure her
work's hell, as well. Duh. She work's for my Mom. Do I need to expound?

Tahimik lang ako sa ginagawa kong pagmmeasure. Nandito ako sa old condo unit ko.
It's mine to use naman. Regalo ni Dad sa akin 'to, e. I've checked with the
management and I found out na hindi na pala nakatira si Drake dito so... safe zone
here!

I glanced at the list pinned on my cupboard. Ang haba, a!

"Saw Kent yesterday," panimula ko kay Aya. They look silly naman kasi! Obvious na
obvious na sila talaga dapat pero nagpapaka immature at ayaw mag usap! Nakakabaliw
sila!

She shrugged. "Tapos?"

I sighed an exasperated sigh. "Come on, Aya. Ano nga? He told me he's been pursuing
you again pero you always turn him down. Nasa witchy stage ka na naman ba?"

Because of my 'witchy' comment, I received a glare from her. "Naman, Alys! Don't
you know better? Di ba nga kaya kayo nagbreak ni Drake ay dahil sa... well, hindi
ko talaga alam kung bakit pero di naman kita kinukulit, di ba? Extend the same
courtesy to me?" she said then batted her eyelash. Pasalamat ka ang cute mo, Aya!

"Fine, no more intruding. But please talk to him? He likes you big time. And he's
good for you..." I said.

Kent's the best guy for Aya, I'll bet my life on it. Sure, Sheen's great as well
pero hindi naman kasi yung greatness ng isang tao ang measurement kung compatible
ba sila sa'yo, di ba? You should be with someone not because he's good but because
you become good when you're with him.

We continued talk while I was baking. Ayoko kasi sa shop magbake kasi may chance na
puntahan ako ni Drake dun, and I won't risk it. Besides, kumppleto naman sa gamit
dito, e. And namiss kong kausap yung best friend ko!

"I saw Tripp yesterday!" sabi bigla ni Aya. Nagulat naman ako dun! "Grabe, Alys. I
knew he looked good but damn, ang gwapo ni Tripp ngayon lalo!"

And there... natawa na ako talaga! Never ko pang nakitang mag express ng admiration
'tong babaeng 'to. She works in the field of fashion, di ba? Sure as hell madaming
nakakatrabahong model 'to (one of the reasons bakit lagi silang nag aaway ni Kent
dati) pero not once siyang nagsqueal na parang teenager! Hahaha. Ang gwapo talaga
ng Marco ko.
"So, crush mo na ngayon?" I said and then wiggled my eyebrow. "Come on, Aya. I
won't bite. Sanay na akong madaming admirer yung panget na yun."

I remember dati kahit sa New York pa lang, ang daming nagpapapansin dun. Niloloko
nga namin siya ni Tofer dati, United Nations ang fans club niya. May European, may
American, pero mostly Asian. Iba e... Ibang level kagwapuhan ni panget! Di ko kaya
minsan.

Aya laughed. "Fine, fine, he's my crush. Kaya bang pigilan? That boy looks
freakishly good!"

We continued to gossip about Tripp. Ang sama kong girlfriend, chinichismis ko si


Tripp. Lol. Fun times with Besh. Namiss ko talaga 'to!

Siguro mga three hours kaming nag uusap while I bake some goodies. Nagtext kasi si
Cristine, and she told me to meet her sa resto somewhere. She recommended me sa Mom
niyang may party na ioorganize and kailangan kong magdala ng taste test somewhat.
Pumayag naman ako since ayokong maging bum, no. Besides, work naman 'to.

Hinatid ako ni Aya sa destination ko. Papasundo na lang ako kay Tripp mamaya kasi
di ko dala yung car ko.

Pumasok ako sa loob and tinulungan naman ako nung bell boy na dalin yung mga dala
ko. Nagpareserve naman ng VIP room si Cristine and nauna ako dun. She sent me a
text saying na she'll be late pero sandali lang naman.

While I was waiting, tinawagan ko muna si Marco.

("Tatawag sana ako, e. San ka nga, panget?")

I told him na nasa resto nga ako and other stuff. Hindi ko pa din naoopen yung
topic kay Drake kasi... wala lang, ayoko. Soon siguro, but definitely not now.

("Panget...") he said and his voice trailled off.

"Hmm?"
("...may reunion kami this weekend. But if you don't want to come, okay lang
naman.")

Natigilan ako. Sheez. The last time na nakita ako ng Palma clan, si Drake ang
boyfriend ko. Now, after four years, pupunta naman ako as Tripp's girlfriend.
Really, Alys? Playgirl much?

But I have to harden my resolve: I'm Tripp's.

I smiled lovingly at the thought. "No, pupunta ako. Bakit ayaw mo akong papuntahin?
Nahihiya ka ba sa akin??" I faked a gasp.

Tripp laughed. Heaven talaga ang tawa nito! When he chuckles, he looks super
adorable! Lalo na pag lumalabas yung dimples niya pati ewan ko, when he sticks his
tongue out, it's super cute!

("Baliw. Di ah. Mahal na mahal kaya kita. Sobra pa nga, di ba? Sige na nga,
magttrabaho na ako, Panget. Sunduin kita mamaya, ha?")

"Sige, Marco. Bye. I love you, too."

We ended the call then naghintay naman ako kay Cristine. Wonder what's taking her
so long? Buti na lang at madami akong free time kundi baka umalis na din ako after
15 mins. I'm not the waiting type of person na kasi. Ang daming pwedeng gawin kaysa
maghintay, di ba? So why waste time?

"I'm sorry," Cristine said after niyang pumasok. She was holding her bag and
breathing heavily. Saan ba nanggaling 'to? She looks... disarrayed? "I had to
attend a last minute announced meeting. Sorry talaga, Alys," she said. I nodded
since mukhang sincere naman siya.

She plopped down on the chair. I gave her time to breathe.

"Well, anyways, did you bring the goodies?" she asked, I nodded. "Can I like you
know, drive you there na lang? My Mom can't make it, e."

I smiled and stood up. "Sure," I said.


She helped me with the basket. Nandun kami sa front ng hotel, waiting for her car
na kinuha nung valet attendant. "By the way, Alys. If you're to be married, how do
you want your gown to look like?"

"Ha?"

Ngumiti siya sa akin. She really looks good. "How do you envision your gown?" she
asked with that pretty smile. If Drake has this kind of fiancee, bakit ba niya ako
hinahabol pa? I mean, look at Cristine! She's beautiful, she isn't a b-itch, she's
not whiny like Shaira, and she's nice! Plus point pa yung botong boto sa kanya si
Tito Steve and Ethos!

I described my dream wedding gown. It's every girl's dream to get married naman so
describing my dream gown is so easy... it has to be beautiful. Yung may long
trail... I don't know, I fell in love with Bella Swan's wedding gown. That kind of
gown. It's so pretty!

She shook her head as if tinatandaan niya yung sinabi ko. Weird, ha. May wedding
gown na siya, di ba? I saw her at my mother's last time and she was nothing but
breath-taking!

"E where do you wanna get married?"

I shrugged. "Anywhere would do as long as I'm with the person I love pero sana
beach wedding."

She squealed! She looks cute! "Di ba?! I kept on telling Drake about beach wedding,
e! Sabi niya rough daw ang sand sa paa and all other sort of excuse. Ang daming
arte nung lalaking yun!" she admonished.

Natawa naman ako. She looks like a kid na naagawan ng candy!

"A wedding is a bride's affair. If you want a beach wedding, have a beach wedding,"
sabi ko kay Cristine.

She smiled at me. "So, beach wedding?"


I nodded.

Just then, dumating na yung car niya. Pumasok na kami sa loob. Her car smells like
vanilla.

"Hello?" she said nung sinagot niya yung phone niya. "Yeah, she's with me," she
said. Sino ba ang kausap niya?

"Huh? Pupunta ka sa bahay namin? Why! No! Ano ba, Drake!"

Sht. You really can't leave me alone, huh?

Cristine was having a misfit then tumigil siya. "You'll take Ethos with you? Fine.
Thank Ethos! Tsk. Abnormal autistic guy!" then she ended the line.

She faced me and smiled. "Drake's gonna be there, as well. It's okay naman, di ba?
I mean, he said that you were high school classmates?"

I gave her a nod. Yeah. High school classmates... and many other things.

--

"Hi, Mommy!" Cristine said.

Binaba ng Mom niya yung magazine and scolded her. "Stop running, young lady!"
Huminto naman si Cristine and she pouted. "Is she Alys?"

Nagnod si Cristine and introduced me. Her Mom looked at me in a very... degrading
manner.

"Alys Perez, Madam," I said.


She nodded and motioned me to sit down. She interviewed me and asked for my
credentials. Job interview ba 'to? Hindi ba titikman niya yung dala ko and then
we'll sign the deal?

"Impressive," she commented. "My daughter finished her undergrad at St. Claire's
and her MBA at Harvard," sabi niya. Okay?

Nginitian ko na lang siya as respect. I'm not competing with Cristine but why do I
think that she's competing with me? I mean, yung Mom ni Cristine. Weird weird.

After a few minutes, the inevitable happened. Dumating si Drake.

Tumayo si Mrs. Stinson and welcomed Drake with open arms. She's really fond of him,
e?

"Drake!" she said and hugged him.

Cristine leaned in and whispered. "May crush yata si Mommy kay Drake. I think she
hates me for marrying him," she said. Natawa naman ako! She's so funny! No wonder
papakasalan siya ni Drake, ngayon ko lang nakikita.

Napatingin sa amin si Drake. Nagsmile ako sa kanya, trying to be civil and


everything.

"Cristine!!" Ethos said and then she hugged Cristine.

"Hi, baby boy! Missed Cristine?" sabi niya. Nagnod naman si Ethos and kissed her on
the cheek. "How about your Ninang Alys? Kiss her, baby," she nudged Ethos.

Ethos only half willingly kiss me. He really dislikes me.

I got a cookie from the basket and gave Ethos. "You want?"

He shook his head. "No."


Okay, Alys. He's just a kid, okay? Wag personalin. Pinsan ni Tripp yan.

Umalis yung Mom ni Cristine for a while since may conference call bigla sa study.
Naiwan kaming apat dito.

"Drake, I told you. Beach wedding. Alys said she likes beach wedding din!" she
said. Ako pa ginawa niyang reason, ha!

"Okay," sabi ni Drake. Yun na yun? Wala nang rough sa paa ang sand?

Cristine clapped her hands. "Yehey! And about the wedding dress, Palma, I'll change
it, ha?" she said and then winked at him.

Drake nodded. Ang lakas naman ni Cristine dito. She asks and Drake gives in.

Cristine hummed and then picked Ethos up. "I have many lollipops in my room. Wanna
come, baby?" And Ethos... he ran towards her room. Nakakainggit naman si Cristine.
I wanna be close to Ethos.

Okay. Kaming dalawa na lang dito!

"I'm done. Alis na ako," I said. Iiwan ko na lang yung goodies dito. Drake held my
arms bago ako makaalis. "What?" I tried not to glare at him.

"Are you going to the reunion?"

I nodded. "Tripp invited me."

"Don't go," sabi niya. "Alys, please don't go."

Huminga ako ng malalim. "Bakit na naman, Drake? Give me one good reason."

Binitiwan niya yung braso ko and looked at the me. "Because... because I want to
introduce you as my wife... someday. Please don't confuse my family by being
Tripp's girlfriend and my future wife. Do them a favor, Alys."

--

Update again whenever! =)) Thanks sa nakasama ko kahapon sa Aklatan! Sa 14 ulit sa


SMX! =))) xx @beeyotchWP

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -16- (p.1 of 5)

-16-

"Panget, why the long face?"

Napaangat ako ng tingin. Sobrang pagod na ako, hindi ko man lang namalayan na
nandito na pala si Tripp! God!

Kaagad akong tumayo at niyakap siya. "Sorry, Panget. Kasi naman si Cristine!" I
said then vented out my frustrations.

As far as I am concerned, hindi ako wedding planner. But why the hell ako ang
nagpplano ng wedding nila ni Drake?! I was caught off guard! Bigla niya akong
tinanong kanina kung payag ba akong maging wedding planner since biglang nagresign
yung wedding planner nila (which is weird! Kung ano yun, I would sue whoever that
woman is! You don't cancel just weeks away from my wedding!) then she asked me kung
pwede ako. It took me blank minutes to think and before I could even say a word,
she hugged me! And the rest was history.

Tripp made himself comfortable on the couch inside my office. Nandito pa din kasi
ako sa shop ko. Mabuti na lang din at nakakuha na ako ng staff, thankfully because
of Tofer. Remember pinaalis ng Papa niya lahat ng guy staff sa resto bar niya? I
gladly offered those dudes a job. They accepted it naman so I'm okay na.

"You could cancel," sabi niya. Mabuti naman at hindi siya nagfreak out... oh, well.
I left the part where I should have mentioned that Drake's the groom. Bakit hindi
niya alam? Palma siya, after all. Ikakasal ang pinsan niya, hello??

Umiling ako. I can't say no to Cristine, super nice niya. Ang her Mom got me a job!
Magseserve ako ng pastry sa isa sa event niya sa re-opening ng art gallery. How
could I say no when her Mom just offered me my biggest break here in the Phil? Her
Mom's art gallery is one of the finest!
Hinintay pa ako ni Tripp since I promised him a dinner, kasama din namin si Tofer
kasi namimiss niya din daw si Tripp. Kapal talaga ng mukha! Girlfriend lang?

Tinapos ko muna yung run down ng wedding invites. In fairness, kakilala ko lahat ng
invited! Pati nga family ko, invited. Oh, well. Siguro family friend sila Cristine
nila Mom. After all, the elite world is just too small.

"I'm done," sabi ko. Lumapit ako kay Tripp and offered him my hand. Before he could
stand up, hinatak niya ako pababa kaya napaupo ako sa tabi niya. He embraced me and
rested his head on my shoulder. "Mushy much?" matawa tawa kong sabi.

"Ang busy mo naman kasi, Perez. Wala ka ng oras sa akin," he said.

I kissed his cheek and patted his head. "Kaya nga magdidinner tayo ngayon, di ba?"
I reminded him. Oo nga naman kasi, I've been real busy. Gig here and there makes
Alys timeless for her boyfriend. And besides, busy din naman siya sa work niya.
Busy kaming lahat, actually. Syempre hindi na kami high school students, mayroon na
kaming kanya kanyang work.

"Pero kasama si Tofer," reklamo niya. I chuckled at his annoyed expression. "Bakit
ba kasi kasama si Tofer?"

I explained to him na miss na miss na nga siya ng pinsan niya. Aba! Take
responsibility, Marco. Ikaw kaya ang favorite cousin ni Tofer. Play nice. Hahaha!

Dinaanan namin si Tofer sa restobar niya. Ang daming tao sa bar ni Tofer, in
fairness!

Diretso kaming pumasok sa loob but Tofer's nowhere in sight. Nasan na kaya 'yun?

"Where's Tofer?" I asked one of the bartenders. He said na nasa office daw si Tofer
and so I went there. I knocked but no one's answering kaya pumasok na ako agad.

There he was, talking to someone over the phone. "What? No! Don't send them a
notice, I'll arrange for it, okay? You hear me? Good."
I stood by the door. Mukhang naiinis si Cristofer Ann, a. Minsan minsan ko lang
kasi siyang marinig sumigaw. It feels odd pa din.

Nagulat naman siya nung nakita niya akong nakatayo sa pinto to the point na
napahawak pa siya sa dibdib niya. Seriously?

Pumasok ako sa office niya. "You should control your caffeine intake," I uttered.
Hindi naman pala girly 'tong office niya. I was expecting a room that looks like
Hello Kitty puked all over it that everything is... pink.

He nodded and he arranged his things. "Kanina ka pa ba?" he asked.

I shook my head. "Just long enough to hear your supposed assault over the line.
Sino kausap mo?" I asked him. He doesn't fume naman kasi, ngayon lang kaya naman
curious ako! Sino kaya ang may kakayahang magpagalit kay Tofer? Grabe, ha! Idol!

Umiling siya. "Stalker. Kadiri talaga! Hindi ko naman siya type, ew."

Matawa tawa ako habang sinusundan ko si Tofer palabas ng office niya. Kwento naman
siya ngayon ng kwento tungkol sa babaeng stalker niya na apparently, naka blind
date niya! Grabe naman yung father ni Tofer, bading ba talaga tingin niya kay Tofer
to the point na pinapa blind date niya?

"Tripp!"

And... there goes the reunion of two star crossed lovers.

"Ano ba, Tofer!" sabi ni Tripp habang pilit kinakalas si Tofer mula sa pagkakayakap
sa kanya. Me? Nakaupo ako habang pinapanood yung magpinsan mag PDA. They look
freaking cute! Sobrang crush ni Tofer si Tripp, ha! Dapat na ba akong kabahan? Lol.
That would be incest!

While Tofer was busy annoying the hell out of Tripp, nagvibrate naman ang phone ko.
Cristine's calling! Ugh. Can't I have one peaceful night with my guy and my best
boy friend?

"Hello?" I said, finally answering the call after debating inside.


("Alys, sorry to bother you with this, ha? Pero I'll be going to Paris for a
convention. I won't be back until the day of my marriage. Please coordinate with
Drake na lang?")

"WHAT?!"

("I'm sorry, really but this one's really important, e.")

Is she mental? Aalis siya and dadating on the day of the wedding itself?!

"Can't we just you know, push the wedding back?" I suggested. Ang impossible naman
kasi ng iniisip niya! Ano ang feeling niya, dadating siya bigla then poof, kakasal
sila ni Drake? Ugh! She's making me crazy!

("No, no. The date will be the same. Aalis lang naman ako, Alys. You can call me,
still. It's just that, wala na yung physical presence ko. Nanjan pa din naman si
Drake, e. Okay? Bye. Nanjan na yung flight ko! Thanks a lot, Alys! Break a leg!")

WTF Major WTF!

Just when I was busy cursing all the gods inside my head, I received the most blood
boiling text ever!

From: unknown number

Cristine's gone. It's you and me... again. Hello, pseudo bride. Make your groom
happy, you read?

--AN--

Thanks sa lahat ng nakasama kahapon sa Wattpad Meetup! Super fun, di ba?? Next year
sana ulit! Hi din sa Yellow Team oink oink! =))

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -17- (p.1 of 8)

Dedicated to Ctrix of Wattpad_Quotes dahil sobrang helpful niya and approachable!


<3
-17-

Sa sobrang frustration ko kay Drake, hindi ko napigilang mag vent-out kay Tofer ng
inis! Kasi naman, sino ang hindi maiinis sa kanya, ha?! Ginawa niya akong pseudo-
bride! To hell with him!

Kakatapos lang ng dinner namin nila Tripp and hinatid nila ako sa bahay... but
then, I sent a text to Tofer na nagsasabing SOS Club West.

Yep, that's our secret code, kung hindi pa masyadong given 'yun, no. After akong
ihatid ni Tripp, nagbihis muna ako ng damit kasi kanina ko pa suot 'to. I wore
comfy clothes, hindi naman kasi ako magpaparty, kailangan ko lang talagang maglabas
ng inis! Baka kasi masakal ko si Drake bukas pag nagkita kami.

Few minutes later, dumating na si Tofer.

"Ano ka? Pupuntang palengke?" sabi niya nang makita niya ang suot ko. Napatingin
naman ako sa suot ko. Ano bang mali dito? Naka shorts at cropped top naman ako, a!
Ganito na ba ang attire ng mga namamalengke?!

I rolled my eyes at him at pumasok sa sasakyan niya. Gosh, I love it here talaga!
Strawberry scented yung air freshener niya!! Kung i-blackmail ko kaya si Tofer na
isusumbong ko siya sa Dad niya na gay siya kung hindi siya papayag sa sunduin niya
ako? Ayoko din kasing nagddrive, nakakatamad kaya!

Nakapikit pa ako and nakasandal sa front seat ng bigla niya akong batuhin ng mini
pillow niya. Ang meanie talaga nito!

"Papikit pikit ka pa jan. Ew, ha!"

"Ano'ng ew sa pagpikit ko?!" I asked, nawweirduhan ko kasi. What's wrong sa


pagpikit ko?

"Para kang... nirerape. Really, Alys, disturbing image!"

Hay, Alys. Don't complain, ha? You've managed to tolerate him for years, ano pa ba
naman kung itolerate mo siya for this night?

He drove us to Club West. Actually, hindi naman 'to club na as in maingay na


maingay, tama lang. May part kasi na para sa mga teenagers na wild (yung mga kung
uminom at magparty akala mo wala ng bukas) and sa isang part para sa mga corporate
na tao.

Nagorder ako ng cosmo for us and we settled our self in one of the booths. Haay,
finally nakapagrelax din ako! Puro stress ang inabot ko kay Cristine these past few
days!

"So, what's up?" Tofer asked nung dumating na yung drinks namin. Kinuha ko yung
drinks ko and kinain ko muna yung inorder kong finger foods. Haaay, kung hindi lang
talaga against si Tripp sa pag-inom-inom ko e di sana kasama namin siya! Pero hindi
din pala pwede dahin si Drake ang magiging agenda namin for this night. No Drake
related topics for Tripp. Di ba rule na yun? Don't you dare mention your ex in
front of your present. That's just a no no.

"Di ba ikakasal na si Drake and Cristine?" I said as a conversation starter. He


raised a brow. "What? Don't tell me hindi mo alam?" I asked, confused. Bakit hindi
niya din alam? Hindi din alam ni Tripp, e! Kasi for sure if he knows na si Drake
ang groom ni Cristine, he'll beg me to drop the job.

I can't see why Tripp is so insecure. I mean, why? He's handsome and nice and
lovable and every girl would die to be his girl but still... I feel that he's very
insecure of our relationship. Hindi naman ako nagbibigay ng motive para mainsecure
siya. I never mention Drake in front of him simula nung naging kami and ginagawa ko
naman lahat para ma-feel niyang love ko siya.

He shook his head. "Kasal? Really?!"

It's my time to show him my confused face. "Yeah, like he's gonna tie the knot in
less than a month."

Biglang nawalan ng color yung face ni Tofer, parang nagulat siya sa narinig niya.
Okay? I mean, may karapatan naman siyang magulat kasi hello? Pinsan niya ikakasal
tapos hindi man lang siya informed! Pero parang extreme naman na yata ang
expression ng face niya!

"Kanino?"
"Cristine Ann Stinson? Ring a bell?"

He shook his head. Hindi niya alam na si Cristine ang bride and hindi niya alam
kung sino si Cristine. Well, feasible pa rin naman since nagstay din siya sa States
at Paris kagaya ko. Hello, hindi ko rin kilala si Cristine! Nagulat lang din ako na
may Cristine palang nag-eexist, but that does not mean na hate ko si Cristine.
She's really adorable! Feel ko magkakasundo sila ni Tofer kasi pareho sila ng gusto
sa buhay.

So ayun, kinwento ko kay Tofer lahat ng alam ko kay Cristine. If I'm not mistaken,
best friend ni Drake si Cristine nung college days since si Shaira ay nagmigrate.
Tito Steve said na good influence si Cristine and stuff.

"...they all like Cristine, you know? Everybody likes her for Drake."

"So, you like her for Drake?"

I gave him a smile. "Of course. Drake and I? We're not meant to be. Siguro sila
talaga ni Cristine," I said with utmost sincerity.

He gave me a scrutinizing stare na para bang pinag-aaralan niya kung tama ba or


mali ang sagot ko. "Really, Alys?"

I gave him a double nod. I'm sure. Drake and I? We tried but we gave up before
things could go deeper. That's where it went wrong because I'm pretty sure if he
had not let go of me, if only he asked me to wait for him? Things would be
different. Ako? Ako si Alys Perez, e. Kung sinabi niya sa akin nung 18 years old
ako na hintayin ko siya? I'll freaking wait for him. Martyr na kung martyr pero I
know how much I loved Drake. I loved him a great deal. I would have given up
everything for him in a blink of an eye. Pero ano ang ginawa niya? He threw that
away. It hurts having the person whom you trusted with your everything ruin you for
nothing. It feels regal... regal betrayal.

"I'm 22, Tofer. Maybe dati masaya na ako sa pakilig kilig pero things are now
different. I want assurance, I want constant love. Are you getting me? Sure, Drake
used to make me feel like my heart's gonna pop out of my chest with his simple
gestures. That was the 18 year old me... He let go of me when I was 18, he should
expect that he could get me now that I'm 22. It's just not how things are like. I'm
22 and wiser... and 22 and in love with his cousin."

With my answer, napangiti si Tofer. He drank another shot of his drink.


"Dapat ni-record ko yun! Pang beauty pageant lang yung sagot mo! Pinag-isipan mong
mabuti?"

Binato ko nga siya ng chips. Ang kapal, ha! Masama na bang maging profound?

Tumawa siya sa ginawa ko tapos binato niya din ako! Ang meanie nito! Wala man lang
gentleman bone sa katawan kahit konti!

"Kidding aside, Perez. Mahal na mahal ka ni Tripp, naiintindihan mo ba ako?"

I nodded. Mahal na mahal ako ni Tripp, alam na alam ko... ramdam na ramdam ko.

"You'll break him once na iwan mo siya. You'll destroy him once na iwanan mo siya
for Drake."

--

My head really hurts!! Bwisit na Tofer yan! After niya akong pangaralan about kay
Tripp, pinainom naman ako ng pinainom. Hah! Nasa tab niya lahat yun, magdusa siyang
bayaran lahat ng ininom ko. Kainis!

Halos gumapang ako papunta sa cr dahil may meeting kami ni Drake ngayon para sa
gown ni Cristine. Apparently, ako nga ang temporary bride niya! Ako ang magsusukat
ng gown! Magka size ba kami ni Cristine e mas payat naman sa'kin yun! And mas
matangkad ako sa kanya kaya.

Nagdadalawang isip pa ako kung maliligo ako. Should I call in sick? Ang sakit
talaga ng ulo ko, e.

Haaaaaaay.

Call rejected.

Drake's been calling me since forever! Nakaka ilang missed call na siya (or should
I say rejected)? Nagtext naman ako na on the way na ako! Impatient much?!
Dumating ako sa boutique ni Mom since dun pala nagpagawa si Cristine. Good choice!

"Good morning, Miss Alys," bati ng receptionist sa akin. Palagi kasi akong nandito
kasi bukod sa dito nagwwork si Mommy, pati si Aya nandito rin so... hello, tambayan
ni Alys!

Dumiretso kaming dalawa sa fitting area.

"Is this necessary?" I asked him. He nodded.

"Why?" he asked.

"Hindi naman kami magkasize ni Cristine!" I fumed. Anong silbi naman kasi nito kung
hindi naman kami magkasize ng bride niya, di ba?

Naupo siya sa couch dun at nagcross legs. "So are you saying that you're fat?"

O_______O

"WHAT?!"

He smirked at me and kumuha ng wedding magazine at hindi na ako pinansin.

HOW DARE HE CALL ME FAT?! HINDI BA NIYA ALAM NA WORST INSULT YUN NA MAKUKUHA NG
ISANG BABAE?!

Pumasok ako sa fitting room at kinuha yung gown ni Cristine. Mataba pala ha! Pag
ako nagkasya sa gown na 'to, sinasabi ko sa'yo!

"Miss, baka masira yung gown..." sabi sa akin nung nag-aassist.

"Shut up, please," sabi ko dahil pressured akong magkasya dito. "Zip it up."
Okay, Alys. Stop breathing for a while!

I closed my eyes and held my breath. "Okay na ba?" I asked her.

"Opo..."

Yes! I looked at the mirror and... I really am Dana Ferrer and Cyriel Perez's
daughter.

Lumabas ako sa fitting room looking all smug. Fat, huh?

Naglalakad na ako para makita nitong si Drake yung sinasabi niyang mataba ng may
marinig akong kinakausap niya. May nakaharang kasi na divider ko hindi ko pa siya
matanaw.

"Sir, bawal po makita ang bride. Hindi po ba kayo naniniwala sa premonition?" I


heard one of the staff said.

There was a long pause... and the feeling is freaking familiar.

"The girl in that gown is Alys Perez so what makes you think I'll let anything, let
alone anyone, stop our wedding?"

--AN--

So, news for those na hindi pa alam! Magseself publish po ako ng book ko na Hindi
Ko Inakala! If interested, patignan po sa page ko (Eydee's Stories) ang info!
Thanks! Love love

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - -18- (p.1 of 6)

-18-

"Uhm..." I shifted my weight from my left foot to the other. Sheez, why am I
fidgeting? Kung kailan naman kami nagbreak ni Drake at saka ako kinabahan sa kanya!
Before, yeah, looking at him makes my knees go weak pero never akong nakaramdam ng
takot. I'm scared. Freaking scared for myself.
He looked at me, his scrutinizing stare never leaving my face.

"Same old Alys," he whispered but I heard him, still. "Let's go to our next
destination?" he said.

I stared at him with disbelief evident on my face. Yun na yun?! I mean, halos hindi
na ako huminga para magkasya sa gown ni Cristine tapos SAME OLD ALYS?!

Tumingin ako sa babaeng nag assist sa akin and I politely asked her to leave.

"Drake, what are we doing?" I asked him with utmost sincerity. I know deep down na
I'm cheating on Tripp. I'm not naive. Alam ko sa bawat pag-alis ko na hindi ko
sinasabi sa kanya na si Drake ang kasama ko, I'm breaking his trust. I'm slowly but
deliberately breaking the trust he has given me.

He took a step closer and leaned in. He kissed my forehead.

"What are we doing, Alys?"

Hindi ko alam pero bigla na lang tumulo yung luha ko. Why the hell is everything so
confusing?! I'm perfectly fine with my life. I love my life as it is. Call me a
coward but I loathe every complication, every freaking mishap that has happened in
my life. I like my life simple and predictable. That's just who I am. I don't do
complications but since I met Drake? Complication has taken its place as my middle
name. And it sucks. And I hate it.

His hands found its way on my face. He was caressing my face the same way he did
years ago. Years ago, Alys. Years ago.

I slapped his hands. "F-uck off, Drake."

He was taken aback by the hostility I have shown him. "Yes, Drake. This is who I
am. Hindi na ako yung Alys na kilala mo dati. I curse, I drink, hell, I gamble when
I want! I grew up, Palma! You left me to freaking grow up, hindi ba? Now, look at
me! I grew up and I don't want you anymore. Please, please. Tigilan mo na ako...
Please don't start where we left off because I don't want to start over. I want to
continue my life as it is."
What he did? He stood there. He stood there and looked at me. He placed his hands
inside his pocket and smiled at me.

"I'll take whatever you are, Alys. Don't belittle what I feel for you. Childish or
not, you're still Alys Zyril Ferrer-Perez."

I took a step forward and slapped him. And slapped him.

"Ayoko na sa'yo! What the hell is wrong with you?! Are you obsessed with me?!"

I tried to slap him for the third time but he caught my hand and placed it just
above his heart.

"Feel that, Alys? That's the heartbeat of the man who's obsessed with you. You made
me your dog! Throw me a bone and I'll catch it for you. You made me yours, Alys.
Deal with it."

< prev | next >

I punched him in the gut. Screw you, Drake! Going back to the Philippines is the
worst thing I did in my life! I just wanna crawl back to Paris and snag my quiet
life back.

Right now? I feel all those complications coming back... and I don't quite like it.
Tonight I'm coming clean. Ayoko na mag-away kami ni Tripp. I can't lose him...
hell, I don't wanna lose him.

I glared at him. "Binabalik ko na yung puso mo, Drake! Fall for anyone but me.
Please lang. Wala kang mapapala sa akin."

"You make me happy so I'll stay."

Another tear fell from my eye. No, it's not pain. It's tear of annoyance. "You
disgust me, Drake."
There. I left him while I went out to hail a cab. The hell I care kung naka wedding
gown ako. I'm pissed!

--

"Whoa." Napatingin sa akin si Tripp with his eyes wide open. "Magpapakasal ba tayo
ngayon, Panget?" he asked with disbelief.

"Ha-ha-ha."

He grinned and pulled a chair for me. "Bakit nga? Run away bride? Sabi naman sa'yo
wag kang manood ng movies, e."

Umupo ako at kinuha ko 'yung unopened bottle of water sa lamesa niya. Nandito ako
sa bahay nila ngayon. Hindi ko kasi alam kung saan ako pupunta. I can't go home,
nandun si Dane and I hate explaining complicated things to my brother. Wala si Aya,
wala si Tofer.

"Tripp..."

"Hmm?" he asked while still staring at me.

I was gonna come clean and tell him about everything but I decided na mamaya ko na
sabihin. "I'm wearing a gown and you... well, you look decent enough. Where's my
ring?" I asked while my eyebrow is arching up.

Slowly, a chinky grin appeared. "Nagpopropose ka ba sa akin, Perez?"

"Duh?"

Lumapit siya sa akin and kissed me softly. "Kakausapin ko muna si Tito Cyriel. Wag
kang atat."

"Atat. Big word coming from you!" I said then laughed. Siya nga 'tong palaging
nagpopropose, e. Not serious, tho. He was being playful all the time whenever he
visited me. Nagpropose na yata siya in every place imaginable. Whenever he feels
like it, he's gonna drop on his knee. Seriously, the first time he did that, muntik
na akong maniwala!

He then enveloped me in a hug. "Magpoproppose naman ako, hindi lang ngayon. Chill
ka lang, Perez."

I decided to let it go. I know he won't propose anytime soon kasi napag-usapan na
namin 'to. He's still working and I'm still building my name.

"So, bakit ka nga naka wedding dress?"

"Preview lang para sa'yo. Ang ganda ko, no?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 20 of 52 >

He frowned. I slapped his arms.

"Oo na, ang ganda mo."

"Napipilitan ka lang niyan?" I asked while my eyes are doing this 'matakot-ka'
thing. Sabi kasi ni Tofer I look scary when I stare. Sabi naman ni Tripp, hindi
raw. Tripp and Tofer? Mababaliw ka pag kasama mo sila, swear!

He chuckled and kissed me again. "Hindi. Ang ganda mo. Sobra pa sa sobra."

And there... who ever said that life with Tripp is boring?

Nagbihis ako ng damit ni Tripp (he likes it when I wear his shirt) na pinahiram
niya sa akin. It still fits me! Yung Batman shirt na pinahiram niya sa akin once?
Nung nasa NY pa kami, minsan iyon ang pantulog ko. Madalas kasi akong mag overnight
sa kanila. Wala kaming ginagawang masama, no! Movie nights and such. Busy kasi lagi
si Kei so si Tofer and Tripp madalas kasama ko.

I also wore his boxer shorts. And it feels... weird. Weird in a good way, tho. Ang
igsi sa akin! Para akong naka microshorts. Mabuti na lang mahaba yung shirt niya.
Napangiti si Tripp ng makita niya ako. See? When you want to cheer him up, all you
gotta do is wear his shirt. Ang dali niyang pasiyahin.

"Alam mo..." he said as I snuggled close to him. "Pag nakita tayo ni Dad dito, iba
ang iisipin niya."

I chuckled. "Yeah, right. As if, Tripp."

We cuddled for a couple of minutes and then nagluto kami ng sabay. First time lang
yata namin matahimik ng ganito, palagi kasing nandyan si Tofer to ruin our peaceful
day.

< prev | next >

Bakit ka nga naka wedding gown?"

Sheez, I almost forgot about that.

"Uhm, Marco?" I said, hesitating for a moment. Ayokong mag-away kami pero mas
mabuti na na sa akin manggaling kaysa sa iba, di ba? "Drake... hmmm."

I seem to caught his attention ng sabihin ko yung Drake.

"I'm sorry, Marco, pero si Drake yung groom ni Cristine. Promise, I didn't intend
to spare you from the details pero ayoko kasi na mag-away tayo. Please don't be
mad?" I said without even hitching a breath.

He was silent for a second.

He closed his eyes for a brief moment and took a deep breath. "I trust you."

"Talaga?"
He held my hand and enclosed it with his. "I trust you so much, Alys. I don't trust
Drake."

I smiled at him pero ang totoo, I'm sad. They're are cousins pero hindi sila nag-
uusap. I'm not saying na mababaw ang pinag-awayan nila pero... they're cousins!
Kahit pa sabihin na ako yung dahilan, I can't fathom na forever silang magkakaroon
ng gap because of me! It feels like a heavy burden.

"Hindi na ba talaga kayo mag-uusap ni Drake?" I asked him, even nudging him to give
it a shot.

He shrugged. "Two years, Alys. Niligawan ba kita sa loob ng two years? Hindi, di
ba? Naghintay ako ng two years bago kita niligawan tapos pagbibintangan niya ako na
inagaw kita? No. Hindi kami mag-uusap."

--

follow me on twitter!! :DD @beeyotchWP and fb (Eydee's Stories)

< prev
<< start
< Part 20 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez - Special Chapter! (p.1 of 6)

**Special Chapter to, ha! Hindi to connected sa story! Bored lang ako. Hahaha!
Anyhow, happy reading! twitter: @beeyotchWP

--

Special Chapter :">

"Sandali naman!"

Kainis, ha! Sabi ko naman kasi sa kanya, 10 am na lang! Siya tong nagpilit na 7 am
kami umalis, e!
"Slow poke. Noob," sabi niya sa akin.

=_______=

Kailan ba madidigest ng stomach ko na isang DRAKE SEBASTIAN JIMENEZ-PALMA ang


boyfriend ko?! E hari ng kasungitan yan, e!! Siguro kung nakaka stroke ang pagiging
masungit, baby pa lang si Drake, na comatose na yan! Sabi kaya ni Tito Steve
sinusukuan ng mga yaya niya si Drake nung baby pa siya. Hehehe. Ang cutie siguro ng
baby Drake!! *O*

Binilisan ko na yung pagboblower ko ng buhok. Syempre dapat pretty ako, no! Hindi
na nga ako masyadong 'great' brain, e! Nakita ko yung mga fangirls ni Drake, ang
gaganda nila. >.< Dapat magpaganda rin ako! It's a must!!

"Slow," ulit na naman ni Drake.

"Eto na nga!" sabi ko sabay takbo palapit sa kanya. "Bakit ba kasi ang aga??"

Inirapan niya lang ako at nagsimula na siyang maglakad palabas. Tignan mo 'to!
Kinakausap ng maayos, e! GRRRRRR

Sumabay akong maglakad sa kanya, pero syempre medyo tumatakbo ako. Hehehe.

"Drake Palma~~~"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 21 of 52 >

Hindi niya pa rin ako pinapansin. T~T Bakit hindi ako pinapansin ng sarili kong
boyfriend???

"Drake! Drake! Drake!!"


Bigla siyang huminto sa paglalakad niya. "Stop it. You're annoying."

"E kasi naman... 7 am pa lang. Kain muna tayo?" sabi ko sa kanya sabay pout. Hindi
pa kami kumakain! Kasi naman, 6 am pa lang nasa unit ko na siya. Tapos hindi ako
makakain kasi tinulak niya ako papasok sa CR tapos hinagisan niya ako ng damit sa
loob! TDPW of good morning!!

Tinitigan niya ako sandali tapos may kinuha siya sa back pack niya.

"Ano 'to?"

=_____=

Sabi ko gutom ako, mukha bang mabubusog ako rito sa bigay niya??

"Banana milk. Are you really that stupid?"

"Hindi naman 'to nakakabusog, e!"

"Brat." Tapos bigla niyang inagaw yung Banana milk at ininom niya. TIGNAN MO ANG
BASTOS TALAGA KAUSAP NITO!!!

Nagpatuloy na kami sa paglalakad hanggang makarating kami sa baba. "Nasan na yung


sasakyan mo?"

Nagshrug lang siya tapos pumara ng taxi. Pumasok na siya sa loob. Hindi talaga siya
gentleman, maloloka na ako!!

"Faster," sabi niya.

"Isa na lang, Palma, tatamaan ka na sa akin," bulong ko sa kanya.


Napalingon naman siya sa akin. TAPOS NGUMITI SIYA! Weird niya! "Really?" parang
amazed pa siya sa sinabi ko!

"Really really really much!!"

Bigla siyang natawa--- for 1 second! Tapos nagnodnod pa yung head niya. "We'll
see," sabi niya tapos si Manong driver naman yung kinausap niya. "Batangas," sabi
niya.

"Po?" sabi ni Manong driver.

Binulungan ko si Drake. Di ba bawal yun? Ang layo kaya ng Batangas! Nababaliw na si


Drake. Alam ko naman baliw siya pero extra yung pagiging baliw niya ngayon...
dagdagan pa ng kasungitan niyang taglay!

"Really?" sabi niya. After 1 second, hinila niya ako palabas sa taxi. "Change of
plan."

Sabay pa rin kaming naglalakad pero magka holding hands na kami!! :">>> Hindi niya
na kasi binitiwan yung kamay ko nung hinila niya ako palabas sa taxi. OMG eto na
naman yung wild palpitations!

Hindi na ako nag ingay kasi baka sungitan niya na naman ako. Nagpaanod ako sa agos
ng buhay. Hehehehe

"Drake, saan tayo pupunta?"

"Mom."

O___________O

"Di ba patay na ang mommy mo?"


Tumango siya.

"B-bakit tayo pupunta sa kanya??"

Bigla siyang huminto tapos humarap sa akin. "I'll introduce you. Why? Don't wanna?"
sunud-sunod na tanong niya sa akin. "Why not? Are you ashamed of me?"

"H-ha?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 21 of 52 >

Lumapit siya sa akin unti unti. Shets napapakanta na naman ako!!

?? Inch by inch Drake's moving closer

Feels like a fairytale ??

O-OMO

Bumulong siya sa akin. "Do you wish Tripp's your boyfriend?"

"H-ha?"

SHEMS BAKIT HA LANG ANG NASASABI KO?!!!

Yumuko siya para magkalevel kami tapos bumulong siya sa akin. As in magkadikit na
yung left cheek ko at right cheek niya at tempted na ako na ikiss siya!!!
>/////////////<

"Even if you want, I won't let you. You're my noob. Mine."


I'm gonna die!! Huhuhu! Kung nakakamatay ang sobrang kilig, matagal na akong
nakabulagta sa kalsada!!!

After nun, hindi niya man lang ako kiniss. :((((

--

"Wala pa ba tayo?"

Pagod na ako. Hindi ako pinansin ni Drake at binuksan niya yung gate ng isang
parang mausoleum.

"Alys," tawag sa akin ni Drake, "Pay your respect."

"H-ha?"

Umiling iling na lang si Drake. Aba't parang disappointed pa siya sa akin!

"Mom, remember the stupid girl? She's here," sabi niya sabay turo sa akin.

=_________=

Lumapit ako sa puntod ng mommy niya at nag bow. "Hello po. Ako po si Alys, at hindi
po ako stupid *insert glare kay Drake here* Ang bait ko po, promise!!"

"Look at her, Mom, she's exactly how I described her."

*insert super glare here!!!*

"Paano po ba ako dinescribe ni Drake?" tanong ko sa Mommy niya. Huhu tatakbo ako
palabas dito pag sumagot ng yung Mommy ni Drake, promise!! Lumingon ako kay Drake.
"Ano ba sinabi mo sa Mommy mo? Baka naman siniraan mo ako, ha!"
Bigla siyang nag chuckle. AND IT'S RARE GOSH!

"That you're stupid and a noob and clumsy and klutz and messy and idiot and
barbaric and that I love you."

Okay.... Hinga, Alys. Kalma lang. Kalma lang. Boyfriend mo na si Drake, dapat sanay
ka na sa mga The Drake Palma Way niya.

OMG I CANNOT! SHET KA, DRAKE! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!!

Nung napansin niya na nagbblush ako, inirapan niya ako tapos umiling iling pa siya!

"Bye, Mom."

Hinatak niya na naman ako pero ano ba, okay lang! Kung maghoholding hands naman
kami tuwing hahatakin niya ako, WHY NOT CHOCONUT!

"San tayo pupunta?"

Hindi na naman siya sumagot. Sabi ko nga, pipe talaga siya! Bakit ba nag eeffort pa
akong makipag usap minsan?

After 10 minutes, nakasakay na naman kami sa taxi. Bakit kasi di na lang siya
magdrive! Ang tamad talaga!

"Drake, Drake!" sabi ko sa kanya. Traffic kasi dito kaya bored na bored na ako.
Huhu. Ang saya saya naman nung driver, naku! Ang taas na ng babayaran ni Drake.
:DDD

Nakasandal siya sa upuan, bored na rin siguro siya. "What?"

"Si Tripp ka ba?"


Tinitigan niya ako bigla ng masama!!

"Bilis na! Pick up line 'to! Sabihin mo 'bakit'."

Hindi niya ako pinansin, tinitigan niya lang ako ng masama!

"Oh, kunyari sabi mo bakit... Ehem ehem... kasi TRIPP na TRIPP kita, e! Gets mo???"

Mas lalo niya akong tinignan ng masama! Grabe! Di man lang ba niya na appreciate
yung pickup line ko?!

"Ikaw ba si Alys?" sabi niya bigla.

*O*

SHET

Nag. Tagalog. Si. Drake.

"B-bakit?" sabi ko, natatakot ako. Shet.

Nakatitig pa rin siya sa akin ng masama. "Gusto kitang pa-ALYS-sin dito sa taxi.
Isang Tripp pa, itutulak kita palabas."

SHET ABNORMAL BA AKO? BAKIT AKO KINILIG NUNG SINABI NIYANG ITUTULAK NIYA AKO?!

"A-a---" Hindi ako makapagsalita. Shems. Shems. Shems.

Tinitigan niya ulit ako, mas masama sa kanina! "Stupid," bulong niya. "It's our
monthsary and you dared mention Tripp. Stupid noob."
OMG MONTHSARY NAMIN?!

< prev
<< start
< Part 21 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -19- (p.1 of 6)

-19-

"Okay," sabi ko kay Tripp. "Wag ka ng serious jan," I continued and then winked at
him. Bigla naman siyang tumawa, salamat naman! Sobrang serious niya na kasi kanina,
kinabahan ako bigla. The last time we had a row, sobrang naiyak ako. Drake is his
deal breaker. Ewan ko ba kung bakit! Given na naman na... Oh, well. I keep on going
back to that road. Now, kailangan ko ng tumigil sa pag-iisip about dun. Taboo na
siya, Alys. You hear? Good.

Tumayo siya and then hinatak niya ako sa entertainment room nila. We sat down while
he went to out get our popcorn. Kinuha ko naman yung controller and then I scanned
their movies. Hmmm. Di pa showing yung iba dito, a! Pirata talaga 'tong si Tripp!

While I was busy choosing a movie, biglang nagvibrate yung phone ko. And then I saw
on the caller ID Cristine's phone. I don't know pero nafeel ko na si Drake yung
nasa kabilang line kaya pinatay ko yung phone ko.

Tonight is about me and Tripp.

Nilagay ko sa table yung phone ko tapos nagpatuloy na ako sa pamimili ng movie.


Sige na nga cartoon na lang! Dun din pala kami mauuwi. Ayoko na kasi ng stressful
na movie. Gusto ko lang ng good laugh for tonight. I've had enough drama, time for
laughter.

"Ano'ng papanoorin?" asked Tripp.

I pointed using my lips.


Tumaas naman yung kilay niya. "Hotel Transylvania?" I nodded and then he sighed. He
blew his bangs off his forehead. "Minsan nakakalimutan ko na in love nga pala ako
sa isip bata."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 22 of 52 >

Hinampas ko nga siya! "Kapal mo!"

Tumawa na naman siya tapos sumandal siya sa balikat ko. Tahimik kaming nanonood sa
movie pero 'tong si Tripp, nakuha pang mag multi-tasking! He braided my hair tapos
pinaglalaruan yung daliri ko! Kanina pa niya binibilang. As if naman bigla na lang
magbabago yung bilang nun, no! 10 pa rin yun!

"Stop it." He was tracing circles on my palm. Nakakakiliti kaya! "Tripp!"

He pursed his lips, trying to hide his smile. "Ano?" he said innocently.

I narrowed my eyes and scowled at him. "Nagcoconcentrate ako sa movie, ano ba."

"E di magconcentrate ka," sabi niya. Ang pilosopo rin nito!

Hinatak ko yung kamay ko pabalik tapos kinuha ko yung isa niyang kamay tapos
pinatong ko sa isa niyang kamay. "There. Play with your hand, okay?" He kissed my
cheek tapos sumandal ulit sa balikat ko.

"Pagod na pagod na pagod na pagod na pagod ako kanina, Zy. Patulog muna, ha?" sabi
niya. I adjusted and let him doze off. Kawawa naman 'tong batang, 'to. Araw araw na
lang siyang pagod, napapansin ko lang. Ano bang ginagawa niya sa trabaho?
Nagbubuhat ba ng hollowblocks 'to?

--

Tuna sandwich or pasta?

I bit my lip while deciding. It's past nine o'clock at gutom na naman ako. Ano bang
lulutuin ko? Midnight snack ba 'to? I'm pigging out! Sobrang takaw ko feeling ko
buntis ako. Well, impossible naman 'yun unless ako si Virgin Mary.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 22 of 52 >

I was busy circling their kitchen ng mapansin ko na may invitation na nakapatong sa


microwave oven nila. Bakit naman nandito 'yun?

Hastily, I opened the envelope and it said na tungkol sa annual reunion ng mga
Palma.

Oh.

I was busy reading the entire text when someone poked me from behind. "Huy," he
said. I turned around and saw Tripp looking dazed. "Anong ginagawa mo dito?"

I tried to hide the envelope pero nakita niya. He took it from my hand and stared
at it.

He puffed a breath and stared at me.

"Will you go with me?" he asked.

"H-ha?"

Slowly, he said, "Sabi ko... pwede bang maging date kita sa reunion namin?"

I bit my lip again and asked him, "Akala ko ba ayaw mo?"

He gave me a half shrug and leaned on the marble counter. "Nagkita na naman na kayo
ulit ni Drake kaya... wala na rin."
"Pero akala ko ba ayaw mong makausap si Drake?" I asked him. Sobrang bothered ako
sa kanila. Sana magkabati na sila. Not for me pero para sa mga sarili nila.
Magpinsan sila, e.

He nodded. "Ayoko nga, pero magkikita at magkikita kami. Magpinsan kami," he


stated.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 22 of 52 >

Although I knew it was not the perfect time, I smiled at him and diverted the
topic. "So... pasta or sandwich?"

I proceeded to making both of us something to eat while si Tripp, gumawa ng fresh


orange juice. Natawa pa nga ako kasi mali yung gamit niya sa juicer, natalsikan
tuloy siya! Medyo tanga rin pala 'to! Hahaha!

"Tawa pa," sabi niya habang nagpupunas ng mukha.

I stuck out my tongue. "Moron."

He tsk-ed at me and then umalis siya para magbihis. As I have said, medyo tanga.

After eating, hinatid niya ako sa bahay namin. Good thing the lights are all out.
Ayoko ngang magpaliwanag kay Mom and Dad kung bakit nakadamit ako ng lalaki, more
so naka boxers ako!

"Good night, Marco."

"Good night, Zy. Tulog ka na," he reminded.

I roger-ed at him and ran towards our house.


The following day, I woke up with a heavy head. Ah, I think I'm gonna be sick!

I literally rolled out of bed and picked up the phone. My eyes were swirling and I
felt really dizzy.

With my eyes half closed, I composed a text saying, "I'm sick. Can't come. Sleep."

I half heartedly scrolled down and when I saw something like Palma on the name, I
hit select and send. Oh, screw this headache!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 22 of 52 >

After sending my apologies to Tripp, I crawled back to bed. Inabot ko rin yung
remote control nung AC and turned it off. I'm really gonna get frost bite sa
sobrang lamig!

I reached for the comforter and rolled and rolled until I feel like suffocating.
Seriously! Bakit sa lahat ng araw na pwede akong magkasakit, ngayon pa?!

I feel like a suman. Nakabilot sa akin yung comforter. Aaaaah, so comfty!

Smiling, I tried to bring myself back to sleep. Yes, Alys. When you wake up, you're
gonna feel better, okay?

--

"D-drake?"

My lids were half closed. Who was this guy?

He didn't answer my question, he just kept on checking my temperature.


I badly wanted to stand up and shoo his hand away from my face but my body felt so
limp. I can't even lift a finger. Ah, seriously so annoying.

He stared at me, not saying anything. Or so I thought.

He breathed in and began speaking. "You're sick," he stated. "Alys Perez, the thing
I hate the most is making myself pathetic. Do you know that? Of course not. You
hardly know anything about me because you refuse to. Why am I even talking?" he
paused. "Ah. Because right now is the only time I have where you will listen to me.
Every time I try to smack some sense in to you, you shut me out. You're so
stubborn.

"Why do you hate me so much? Was that because of what I did four years ago?" he
asked.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 22 of 52 >

I really, really wanted to say yes. Why did he leave me? Why? But... there's this
part inside me that said no. Don't listen, Alys. You're happy now. Wag mo na siyang
pakinggan. He'll ruin everything... like what he did to you before.

"Do you want to know?" he asked, again.

He stared at me and caressed my face. He stood up and got his keys from my
nightstand. "Ask me, Alys. You never really did ask so don't hate me for not
telling."

And then, I saw his back walking away from me.

Did I just pull his last straw?

< prev
<< start
< Part 22 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -20- (p.1 of 6)

Twitter moi! @beeyotchWP

Meetup on Oct26, MOA with @jonaxx (author of Mapapansin Kaya, Baka Sakali, etc!)
See you there? x

Chapter 20

"Problema mo?" asked Dane.

Kanina pa nakaalis si Drake and here I am, inuuntog ang sarili sa pader. Why do I
feel freaking guilty?! Wala naman akong ginawa, in the first place!

I shook my head and waited for him to place my food on the coffee table.
"Porridge?" I asked him. Gutom na gutom na ako! Can't he give me something more
substancial? As if naman mabubusog ako sa lugaw!

He snickered and shoved the spoon on my hands. "Daming arte. Mukha ba akong
marunong magluto kasi?"

"E kasi nandyan naman si Manang! Sinabi ko bang ikaw ang magluto?"

Ah, seriously! Anak talaga si Daddy tong si Dane! Sooooobrang pilosopo!

He stuck his tongue out and smugly walked out the door. Tignan mo 'tong batang 'to!
Akala mo di ako matanda sa kanya ng four years, a!

I reached for the spoon and started eating. I wanted to go to the reunion but
sadly, hindi ako makapunta. I feel really sick, idagdag mo pa yung stress sa
pagpunta ni Drake dito.
"Ah, seriously!"

Do I need to ask him? But why? I'm happy with my life, do I need to complicate
things again? Ugh!

"Hey!"

"Hey..."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 23 of 52 >

She shrugged and rolled on my bed. "Sabi ni Tita Dana may sakit ka raw," she said.
I nodded and continued on eating this thing. Seriously, Dane! Wag na wag ka ng
tatapak sa kusina.

"Body ache."

"Oooh. So dito ka lang sa bahay?"

I nodded. Instead of going with Tripp, nandito lang ako sa bahay maghapon. Nice.

Aya beamed and then nilabas niya yung HD niya. "Movie marathon?" I shook my head.
"Please?"

I sighed. "Kakanood ko lang kagabi, e. Iba na lang?" I tried to persuade her. if I


would be asked, mas gusto ko na lang matulog maghapon tapos energized na ulit
bukas! Almost one week na lang bago ang kasal! Ah, freak!

She pouted and rolled over once again. Isip bata pa rin! "Boring mo naman, e."
"Sorry naman na may sakit ako."

She stuck her tongue out. What's with people today? Lahat na lang sila ginagawa
nila 'yun, ha.

"Kwentuhan mo na lang ako about Drake! Bilis!"

"Aya!" I reprimanded. Anong feeling niya sa amin nila Drake, soap opera?
Sinusubaybayan ang bawat pangyayari? Alam ko naman na mahilig sa chismis si Aya
pero... oh, well. Hindi naman ako exception sa kanya!

"Why?" she said with a puppy look on her face. "Sige na, Besh! Nacucurious kasi
ako! If ever na matutuloy ang kasal nila next week, so... game over na talaga sa
Dralys?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 23 of 52 >

I frowned at her. Dralys? Really? Wala talagang magawang maganda sa buhay si Aya!
Susunod pipilitin ko na siya na makipag-ayos kay Kent! Masyado na siyang lalong
naging baliw since nagbreak sila, e!

"Ang damot naman nito!" she whined.

Naupo ako sa tabi niya, indian sit and pinitik ko yung noo niya. "Ang chismosa mo,"
I said.

"Can you blame me? Ang interesting kaya ng story niyo! Popcorn na lang kulang,
pwede ng movie!" sabi niya with that freaking glow in her eyes.

Grabe, ha, Aya! Di mo talaga ako best friend, e! Isa lang akong random na babae sa
gilid na nagkataong interesado ka sa love life.

"Heh. Shut up."


Umusod ako sa tabi at kinuha ko yung pillow ko at niyakap ko iyon. Sumiksik naman
siya sa tabi ko. Annoying Aya!

"Besh... pero seriously, end game na talaga pag kinasal sila... unless may peg kang
maging mistress? Susupport pa rin kita! Dralys 'til the end of time!"

Kinuha ko yung unan at saka ko pinukpok sa ulo niya. "Aish. Ikaw talaga! Nung isang
araw gwapong gwapo ka kay Tripp, ngayon may pa Dralys forever ka pa dyan!
Undecisive much, Gabriella Pineda?"

Because I said her complete name, natahimik siya. I only use her name kasi pag
seryoso na ako.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 23 of 52 >

She sighed. "Serious na, Alys. Paano na nga?"

I paused. Why do everyone keeps on asking me kung paano na? It's not as if bigla
akong tatakbo para pigilan si Drake magpakasal! It's not only me... Nandyan na si
Tripp, si Cristine. Hindi lang naman ako yung apektado rito. Everyone will be hurt
once I make a mistake.

"He broke up with me."

"And there has to be a reason," she said.

I smiled at her and tapped the pillow I was holding. Here we go again... that
damned reason! Para siyang box na gusto kong buksan pero natatakot ako sa makikita
ko once na buksan ko siya. There's two possibilities: either I'll go running back
to him or I'll hate him even more and continue with my life. Both choices has its
risks.

"Yeah, there's a reason..."

"Alam mo na ba?" she asked, urgency evident in her voice.


I shook my head and closed my eyes. "Don't wanna."

"Alys!" she shouted. "Tanungin mo siya!"

"Ayoko," I said without any energy. I'm sick and tired and exhausted.

She held my hand and made me look at her. "Ask her, Alys Zyril Ferrer-Perez. Ask
him at kapag ayaw mo pa rin sa kanya, I'll shut up for life."

"Aya..." my voice trailed off. "Tripp is a good man. Bakit ba hindi pwede na siya
na lang, na kami na lang?" I asked her.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 23 of 52 >

Everybody wants me with Drake. Drake, Drake, Drake. Bakit walang nagtatanong kung
ano ang gusto ko? Kung saan ako sasaya? Eh ano naman kung gusto ako ni Drake? Dapat
ba magustuhan ko na rin siya? Wala na ba akong choice? E di ba buhay ko naman 'to?

She raised both her hands and cupped my face. "Makinig ka. You and Tripp= good
together. You and Drake= epic together."

I smiled at her. Yeah. We're epic when we're together. We had our time.

"Now, kakausapin mo na ba siya?" she asked, one more time.

I nodded. "Yes."

Maybe I am finally ready.


She clapped her hands and jumped on the bed, again. "Yehey! Wait, I'll call him,
ha?"

"H-ha?"

She smiled and gave me a 'peace sign.' "He's just outside! nakasalubong ko kanina
nung papasok ako. Sabi niya you won't talk to him kaya ayan, pinilit kita. Hehe."

"You traitor!" sabi ko at hinabol ko siya. Tawa naman siya ng tawa. Really, bakit
baliw ang best friend ko?

She was panting when we stopped. She raised her hand and motioned me to stop.
"Wait, Alys... Akala ko may sakit ka! Wala naman yata!"

"Traitor!!"

"Heh! Shut up! Tatawagan ko na si other half ng Dralys!"

Tumalikod ako at pumasok sa CR. I got a pill from the bottle and swallowed it.
Okay, Perez. Kalma lang. After nito, matatahimik ka na... finally.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 23 of 52 >

I stayed for another 2 minutes inside the CR. Wala na si Aya, I'm sure. If she's
still there, sigurado akong pinasok niya na ako dito sa CR at hinatak palabas.

Natatakot akong lumabas... ano ang sasabihin ko pag nakita ko si Drake? Hi? Hello?
Sorry sa kanina? Bakit mo ako iniwan?

Too many things left unsaid.


Slowly, I opened the door. Okay, Alys. Everything will be alright.

And he's there, standing by the door frame.

"Drake," I uttered.

He was staring at me, like he's waiting for me to ask the damn question.

Why the hell did you leave me before? Ang dali lang sabihin pero once na nasabi ko
na, there's no turning back. This question will open a hell-hole of what ifs.

"Talk."

He sighed and took a step forward. "You were too in-love with me, Alys. That's
why."

< prev
<< start
< Part 23 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -21- (p.1 of 8)

Thanks for all the greetings! Love you to the moon and back! (Drake's ver) Loving
you all to the moon and back is never enough! (Tripp's ver)

**

Chapter 21

I was there, standing with my mouth hanging open.

Too in loved with him?


"W-what?" That was everything I managed to say.

Shit, Alys. Pull yourself together.

I closed my eyes and took deep breaths. Hindi ka iiyak, okay? Kahit isang luha,
please, 'wag. Bwisit ka, Drake! I have tortured myself into thinking na kung
anumang reason ang meron ka kaya mo ako iniwan noon, it was all worth it.

Worth every pain, every tears, every slap on the face whenever I think that I'm one
lacking woman kaya mo ako iniwan.

...and then this. You gave me a crap of a reason. Gee, thanks!

He wasn't giving away anything. I looked at his face. He's still Drake. That
freaking Drake that always drives me insane whenever. Hindi ko malaman kung ano ang
nasa isip niya, kung ano ang nararamdaman niya.

He's like a freaking puzzle na hindi ko kayang i-figure out! I've tried everything,
alam ko! One year. We almost lasted for a year and I swear I've been nothing but
good to him.

'Alys, okay lang yan. Tahimik talaga si Drake, e.'Wag mo ng masyadong dibdibin
kapag hindi ka niya kinakausap.'

For years, I've convinced myself na ganyan ka lang talaga, na kahit sobrang sama mo
in your exterior, inside, you care for me. Pero ano? You're a freaking downer!
Sayang, e! Sayang yung isang taon na pinaghintay ko sa'yo... Sorry pero pwedeng
magmura? Tangina... sayang.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 24 of 52 >

"Iyon lang 'yun?" I stuttered.


He nodded and continued, "You can't handle being in love with me and actually
living your life, Alys."

"Ha... ha... ha."

Mukha na akong tanga, natatawa ako. You did it again, Drake! For two years,
nakumbinsi ko yung sarili ko na hindi na ako mabibigla in case na malaman ko kung
ano nga talaga. Naisip ko na lang ng possibility! Na baka dahil kay Tripp kasi ayaw
mo na mag-away kayo, or baka naman bumalik si Shaira o baka naman dahil nga kay
Cristine! Matatanggap ko naman kung ang dahilan ay dahil sa'yo kasi alam mo, Drake?
Selfish ka.

"Yun na yun?"

He looked at me and nodded, once again.

"Walang complicated shit? Walang masakit sa ulo na reason? Walang nakakapang dudang
excuse? Yun lang? Just plain 'I can't handle being in love and living a life' crap?
Yun lang?"

Hindi siya lumapit sa akin. He kept his distance.

Those eyes... F-uck there he goes again.

"It's not just that, Alys. I broke up because you're like a ticking bomb. Can't you
see, you're throwing your life for me." His voice was raising a bit.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 24 of 52 >

Not once. Not once ko pang nakitang magalit si Drake. He's always calm, always
composed, always ahead of me. I can't read him, I can't understand him.

I pursed my lips. "You don't get to decide what's good for me."
"At that time, I could. I was your boyfriend when I decided that I wasn't worth all
the shit your pulling," he said, still freaking calm!

"I wasn't pulling shits, damn you! Ano na naman ba 'to? Tungkol na naman sa pag-
aaral ko?! Hindi ako matalino, Mr. Genius! Akala mo ba tatalino ako over night
dahil iniwan mo ako? Hindi! I dropped out! Alam mo yun, Drake? Alam mo kung ano
yung ginawa mo sa akin?" I stopped and took a deep breath.

Eto na naman, Alys.

"Boyfriend kita... Ikaw sana yung dapat na nageencourage sa akin na mag-aral. Nasa
ibang bansa ako, I barely knew anyone. Shit I've never felt so alone, dun lang.
Kahit saan ako lumingon, wala akong kakilala, wala akong makausap. I felt so
lonely, Drake... ang hirap hirap...

"Naalala mo bago ako umalis? Alam mo na sobrang naghihintay ako na pigilan mo ako?
Isang, 'Alys, don't go.' Iyan lang naman yung gusto kong marinig sa'yo... Yan lang,
Drake. Three words, 10 letters pero pinagdamot mo pa sa akin... Alam 'yun, Drake? I
was so in loved with you to the point that I'll beg my parents na wag akong
paalisin. Alam mo 'yun? Syempre hindi na naman! Ano bang alam mo sa feelings ko, di
ba? E ako lang naman si Alys na nagpumilit maging girlfriend mo!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 24 of 52 >

Shit I can't breathe. All these raw feelings coming out, kulang pa lahat ng iyak
ko. Kulang pa.

"Now that I've mentioned it, I feel so cheap," i said and then wiped my face with
the back of my hand. "Siguro ganun yung tingin mo sa akin, no? Para pala akong
aso... following you around, barking at whatever you say, waiting for your command.

"Kaya ba sobra mo na lang ako kung i take for granted, Drake? Kasi alam mo na kahit
anong gawin mo, ay mali pa, na kahit wala kang gawin, nandito lang ako palagi? Ha?
Ganun ba yun?"
Bakit ba ako umiiyak? Ayoko ng umiyak! Ayoko na! Two years na yung nawala sa akin,
e... Two years akong malungkot, two years yun... Ngayon na akong nagsisimulang
makalimot, to finally let go of the past, to look forward to my future... pero
bakit palagi na lang may humihila sa akin pabalik? It's like I'm bound to be back
to this wrecked relationship!

"Mahal kita."

And then everything froze. Palagi naman. Tuwing ganito siya, nawawala ako sa sarili
ko... pero ayoko na, please. Tama na...

He took a step forward, just one. "Are you done, Alys?" he asked.

I shook my head. "I'll never be done, Drake. You'll never hear the end of it."

He gave me a small smile and said, "Good, because I don't care whatever you say
about me as long as you're talking to me."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 24 of 52 >

Naglakad siya papunta sa akin and he fished for something from his pocket. Nilabas
niya yung panyo niya and offered it to me. "Stop crying."

Hindi ko tinanggap yung bigay niya and instead, I pushed him away. Ayoko. This is
too close for freaking comfort.

I walked towards my bed and sat on the edge. "Talk."

"I won't talk if you're going to cry everytime I say things. That's not how it's
supposed to be, Alys. You talk, I listen. I talk, you f-ucking cry. How am I
supposed to talk, Alys? I hate making you cry, damn it!"

There. Sige lang, Drake. Galit ka na ba? Galit din kasi ako.
He went in front of me and gave me his handkerchief again.

"Talk," I said again.

"Stop crying."

I looked up and saw his jaw clenched. "You don't get to decide for me now, Drake.
Hindi na kita boyfriend."

He nodded. "But I love you just the same as when I was yours. And Alys, I'm still
yours, you just refuse to acknowledge. I'm yours, you just hate to admit it."

"Stop," I whispered. "Stop saying you love me, Drake. Mahal ko si Tripp."

He sat near me but not beside me.

"You want to know what I feel, right? Hear this: I'm still f-ucking in love with
you, Alys. Always am, always will."

I clenched my fists and took heavy breaths while bracing myself of what's to come.

"Why I didn't ask for you to stay? Because I don't want you to stay," he said. "You
always say how selfish I am, alright. I am selfish if wanting what's best for you
is called being selfish. I talked to your parents. I asked them to let you stay, I
told them I'll help you. Did you see me that day? Alys, I never begged for anything
in my life. Never. Not once. But I was there, almost begging for something I know I
can't have. I even asked my Dad, alright. I wanted to follow you around, to be your
dog but I can't. You're my life and he's my father. I've been a bad son and back
then was the time he needs me most. Little time was all I'm asking for.

"And then I realized why... you've always devoted your time to me. Am I selfish for
wanting you to have a time for yourself?" he turned and looked at me. "I can do the
devotion, Alys. I can give you one hundred percent of my time and attention while
living my life. But you can't. You can't. Alys."
Tears were streaming down my cheeks and I hastily wiped them with his handkerchief.
"Kaya ko..." I whispered.

He shook his head. "No, Alys. You just don't know but I always see whatever you're
doing. You just don't know it but I'm always watching out for you. Do you know how
you screwed with my brain while I was watching you throw away your life just for
what? Just to follow me around?"

My hand automatically raised and slapped his left cheek. "F-uck you, Drake! I
wasn't following you around, I was loving you!"

A hand mark was on his face. It hurt.

"You don't see it the way I see it, Perez. In my eyes, you're destroying your
life."

"You're a destruction, anyway, Drake. You wreck things."

He said, "Not you, Alys. Did I wreck you? No. I set things straight."

"You broke me. That's what you did."

This was the truth. They said that the truth will set you free pero bakit iba yung
nangyari sa akin? Bakit parang mas nakulong pa ako sa nakaraan ko dahil sa nalaman
ko?

He caught my hand and held it real tight. "I want you to love me without the
expense of throwing your life. I'll do the loving, the following around, the
worshipping, the efforts, everything, Alys."

I closed my eyes and thought of Tripp. "No."

"I'll wait for you, Alys. Just say yes."


He stood up and kissed my forehead.

Nagsimula na siyang maglakad but I asked him, "Will you do it again, Drake? Set
things straight? Leave me even if seeing you do that breaks me in half?"

He turned to face me and said, "I'll do the worshipping and

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 24 of 52 >

devoting, Alys. I'll live the double life. I'll love you while you live your life.
I'll do all the loving. Say yes."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -22- (p.1 of 7)

Chapter 22

"Hey!"

"Ano ba!" I said then hinampas ko si Tofer. Bigla naman kasing nanggugulat!

Nagpout pa siya tapos sumandal sa sit niya. Kanina pa kami dito sa restobar niya at
kanina pa rin ako nagbubuntong hininga. It's been three days simula nung tinanong
ako ni Drake... and I haven't slept, normally that is. And I feel like a hypocrite
kasi iniiwasan ko rin si Tripp. S-hit I feel so guilty!

Para akong nakikipaglaro sa kanilang dalawa... but I know I shouldn't. Nung sinagot
ko si Tripp, sinigurado ko sa sarili ko na kami na. Walang in betweens, walang
reason to doubt. I gave myself fully, committed fully.

"Ano ba kasing problem mo?" asked Tofer.

Oh, Tofie. How I wish I could tell you...


I shook my head and smiled at him instead. "Wala, stressed lang ako sa kasal ni
Drake at Cristine," I said. And truthfully, pagod ako dun.

I spent every waking moment planning and arranging their wedding.

Somewhere inside my head, umaasa ako na sana umuwi na si Cristine. Please,


Cristine, ayusin mo yung fiance mo. He's making me insane!

"Kapos ka na ba sa pera, Alys?" he asked.

"What?"

He stared at me. "Ang alam ko kasi mayaman ka... bakit ka pumayag na maging wedding
planner ng sarili mong ex? Kapos sa pera? Or masochist lang talaga?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

I huffed. Siguro nga masochist ako. Kasi deep inside my head, I imagine Drake and
Cristine getting married. I imagine na once na makita ko with my two eyes na kasal
na sila, I'd be finally free from the shackles of my past. Call me desperate and
pathetic but that's just how I am. Seeing him settle down with someone will really
put an end to all this madness.

Siguro kung ibang babae, I'd feel doubtful. Drake is a great person, I know. It's
just that we had our moment at the wrong time. He loved me a great deal. And
Cristine? She has all my blessings. She's wonderful...

"I have my reasons, Tofer. Don't butt in."

Nagpout na naman siya. What a girl!

"Di ba wedding planner ka?" he asked again, I nodded. "Pwedeng humingi ng


invitation?"
My brow shoot up. "Wala kang invite?"

He shook his head. "Alam mo namang Bonnie and Clyde kami ni Drake, e. Hehehe.
Isingit mo naman ako sa guest list!"

Grabe! Now, I'm really getting curiouser than ever! Ano ba ang ginawa ni Tofer kay
Drake para kainisan siya ni Drake ng ganito?

"Ano muna ang dahilan bakit inis na inis si Drake sa'yo?" I asked him, fishing for
information.

Sobrang tagal ko na kayang gustong malaman yung reason! Nasa States pa lang kami,
gusto ko ng malaman but neither Tofer nor Tripp would tell me! Stupid bro code!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

Bigla namang umiling si Tofer. "Hah. Asa ka pa, Zyril."

"Kasi naman! Ano nga?"

Umiling ulit siya.

Tsk. Fine, whatever.

"Fine. No invites for you. Mag gate crash ka na lang," I said, nanghihinayang sa
information sana!

He shrugged and sipped his milk shake. "Whatever, Alys. Sure ka bang totoong kasal
yan? 'Di kaya scam lang yan?"

"Ano?"
Nababaliw na ba siya? Ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng scam wedding! Ano namang meron
sa ganun? And... bakit magkakaron ng scam wedding si Cristine and Drake if ever na
nageexist nga ang scam wedding? Ah, thoughts!

"To tell you honestly, wala sa pamilya namin ang may alam na ikakasal si Drake..."
he said.

"What? Ano? Paliwanag mo naman ng maayos!"

God, ano na naman 'to?! Three days before the wedding tapos parang mababaliw na
naman ako!

Tinaas niya ang kamay niya and motioned me to chill. "Chill. Kasi po, Miss Perez, I
asked my mom and my dad pati na sila Nana, walang may alam sa kasal. Akala nga nila
nagjojoke ako e! At alam mo..." he said, nambitin pa!

"Ano ba ituloy mo! Hilig mambitin!"

Natawa siya ng kaunti sa reaction ko. Gah! Swear, sasakalin ko na 'tong half half
na 'to!

"Sabi ni Nana nung tinanong ko kung ikakasal na ba si Drake, 'Si Drake? Hindi ko
alam, hijo. Ang alam ko lang e sabi ni Steve e hinihintay yung girlfriend niyang
nag-aaral sa ibang bansa.' Di ba! Di ba! Naku! Buti talaga wala si Tripp nung
nagtanong ako kay Nana, kung hindi magkaka world war 2 na naman sa Palma family!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

Okay, wait.

No, Alys. Hindi lang ikaw ang nag-aral sa ibang bansa. Don't assume.
But damn! Wag ka na ngang stupid, Alys! Halata naman na ikaw yung tinutukoy ni
Drake! Ugh! Drake and his crooked world!

"I'll really kill him!"

Tofer tsk-ed at me. "Akala ko talaga si Shaira na yung pinaka pag-aawayan nila.
Ikaw pala! Grabe, Alys! Penge naman ng kagandahan!"

Napatigil ako. "What? Kagandahan?"

Oh, no, Tofer. Please wag ka ng dumagdag. Isantabi muna natin yung pagiging curious
ko sa totoo mong sexual orientation.

--

After talking to Tofer, lumabas ako agad at pumunta sa hotel room na pinareserve ko
para sa mga gamit ni Cristine. Medyo malayo 'to since sabi ni Cristine sa akin,
gusto raw niya ng beach wedding. I drove for hours. I opted to drive para mablanko
yung isip ko. Puro na lang si Drake at si Tripp ang naiisip ko. It's really getting
out of hand.

Pagkadating ko sa hotel room sa Batangas, pumasok ako sa comfort room and stayed
there for a while. I don't know why but I find staying inside the comfort room very
comforting. I just sat down and think.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

My phone kept on ringing. Tumatawag si Tripp.

You're such a bad girl, Alys. Pano mo nagagawang lokohin si Tripp? You had the
audacity to lie at his face over and over again. Yet nakukuha mo pang sabihin na
mahal mo siya. Just... you're a freaking coward.

With trembing hands, I picked up the phone.


"Tripp..."

("Zy?")

"I'm sorry... I'm sorry..." I sobbed.

Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako umiiyak. I feel so terrible. Ayokong saktan si Tripp,
ayoko. Pero...

"Tripp, I'm so sorry... Mahal kita, okay?"

("Ano? Hindi---")

I ended the line before I could pour my soul. Ayokong pag-usapan yung mga ganitong
bagay sa telepono. I'd rather face him and tell him about my lies. He's Tripp. He's
my Tripp. I'd rather look like a terrible person and tell him everything than to
feed him with my lies. He doesn't deserve any of this. Sobrang bait ni Tripp. I'd
rather break Drake's heart than Tripp's. I just... I just can't afford.

And I hate explaining and thinking and hurting. I hate everything that's happening
right now. Hindi ba pwedeng magrewind na lang nung wala pa akong problema?

I was about to come out of my comfort zone ng makarinig ako ng boses.

"Gah! I missed Philippines! Di kita namiss, Drake! Panget mo pa rin!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

Napahinto ako sa pagbubukas ng pinto. Si Cristine. At si Drake.

I carefully closed the knob and stayed near the door, listening to every word they
say.

"Stupid."

"Heh! Stupid ka jan! Ikaw na nga 'tong ginawan ko ng favor, e! Alam mo bang ayokong
nagpupunta sa Canada but for you!! Kainis ka!"

My heart was beating fast twice than its normal rate. Bakit ba ako nagtatago dito?
Pwede naman akong lumabas.

"Then you should've gone to other place. Stupid."

"Hmp! Ikaw na nga ginawan ng favor! Ingrate!"

"Tattletale."

"Bastard."

"Flirt."

"Hindi a!"

"Shut up."

"Weh! Oo nga pala may nakilala ako dun, si Fier. Hihi ang ganda niya! I invited her
nga na magvacay sa Philippines. Gusto mo rin siya ifriend para dalawa na kaming
friend mo?"

"No. Shut up, that would be better."

"Meh. Sungit! Oh, eto na ba yung gown? Ang pretty niya! For sure malalaglag mata mo
kay Alys nito!"
Wait what?

"She's always beautiful."

"Nuxx! Improving! Di ka na stoic, medyo na lang!" Then I heard her laugh.

Please, please. Ano ba ang nangyayari? I wanted to crawl out and ask them but I
can't... Natatakot ako sa pwede kong marinig. All these things... Damn it all makes
sense.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 25 of 52 >

The gown...

The place...

Na hindi alam na ikakasal siya kay Cristine...

Na akala nila ako pa rin ang girlfriend...

All the chasing and the screaming...

Damn.

"Hay, Drake. I just wish na hindi mag backfire yung plano mo. I've done my part and
you did your begging. Now, it's up to Alys. If she'll say yes. And I do hope she'll
say yes."

< prev
<< start
< Part 25 of 52 >
SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -23- (p.1 of 6)

Tweet me your reaction! Panigurado wild yan! Hahaha! @beeyotchWP :DDD Sana 500
comments or more! Maguupdate ako bukas por syor pag ganun :D

-23-

I can't believe it.

"Kailan ang proposal?" Cristine asked him.

May gana pa silang mag-usap habang ako rito, hindi ko na alam ang gagawin ko. Pano
nila sa'kin 'to nagawa? All along akala ko okay na, akala ko kaibigan ko si
Cristine... akala ko alam ko na yung lahat... Puro lang pala ako akala.

Nanginginig ang kamay ko habang hinihintay kong sumagot si Drake. Damn this life!
Mahigit isang buwan pa lang simula ng bumalik ako pero puro na agad problema ang
dinadanas ko rito! Sana pala hindi na lang ako bumalik!

"The day before the wedding..." said Drake.

I was frantically sobbing with everything. Ayoko na, please...

"Hmm, okay. What if hindi siya pumayag?"

"She will."

"Nuxx the confidence, ha! Go, Drake!"


"Tss."

Hinintay ko silang umalis. Ako? Mind-f-ucked. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin
ko... Magpopropose siya sa akin! My god! Ano ang gagawin ko?!

Breathing in and out, I calmed myself.

"Think, Alys." I washed myself and then stared at the mirror. "End this madness,
Alys."

Pagkatapos kong kalmahin ang sarili ko at maghanap ng mabibilhan ng tubig, umalis


na ako. Mabuti na lang pala na dala ko yung sunglasses ko kasi baka pagtinginan ako
ng mga tao rito. My eyes looked freaking bloodshot! Mukha akong umiyak ng umiyak.
Pati yung ilong ko ay namumula.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 26 of 52 >

The drive was long and winding, mabuti na lang talaga at narerelax ako kapag
nagddrive ako kung hindi baka binunggo ko na lang 'tong sasakyan ko sa puno at
humiling sa Diyos na magka amnesia sana ako! God, I'd give anything para
makalimutan ko lahat ng alam ko ngayon!

Pagbalik ko sa Manila, dumiretso agad ako kay Tripp. Ayoko ng magsinungaling. Ayoko
na. Pakiramdam ko anytime sasabog na ako!

"Tripp..." I said. Nandito ako ngayon sa office niya. Mabuti na lang at lunch break
ng secretary niya, ayokong marinig niya pa ang pag-uusapan namin. I know this will
go down dirty.

He looked at me, shocked.

"Bakit ka umiiyak?!" he said and then lumapit siya sa akin, wiping the tears.
"Umupo ka nga," sabi niya tapos dinala niya ako sa swivel chair niya.
"Tripp..."

That was all I can say. Puro Tripp, puro sobs. Hindi ko alam kung san ako
magsisimula. Natatakot ako na baka pagkatapos nito, talikuran niya ako. Ayoko ng
secrets. God knows how much I despise secrets! Alam ko na 'yun ang dahilan kaya
nasisira ang relationships... Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit kami nasira ni Drake.
Ayokong mangyari rin sa amin ni Tripp iyon... We're better than that.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 26 of 52 >

Umalis siya at iniwan ako.

God! Ngayon pa lang naiimagine ko na na ganun yung gagawin niya once na malaman
niya yung mga nangyayari! Paano pa kaya kapag nangyayari na talaga? Kapag nasa
harap ko na mismo siya, na nagagalit sa akin kasi all along nagsinungaling ako sa
kanya?

Bumalik siya na may dalang bottled water at inabot niya sa akin.

"Uminom ka muna," sabi niya tapos binuksan niya yung cap ng tubig at pinainom ako.
He was caressing my back while watching me drink. God, I'm so stupid! Ito ba yung
relationship na gusto ni Drake na baliwalain ko para lang sa kanya?!

After drinking the water, he cupped my face and looked at me worriedly. "Okay ka na
ba?"

I was still sobbing but nothing beyond control. I nodded and another tear fell from
my stupid eye.

"Y-yeah..."

He nodded and then hinawakan niya yung kamay ko. "Okay. Bakit ka umiiyak, Zyril?"
he asked, still worried.
Mas hinawakan ko yung kamay niya and stared at him with my most pained expression.
"I'm sorry..."

His eyes trembled with fear sa narinig niya sa akin. I guess he'd seen this coming,
too.

"Kanina ka pa nagsosorry." He sighed. "Tell me, may problema ba tayo?"

I'd trade anything para sabihin na 'no, wala tayong problema.' But who am I trying
to kid? May problema kami! And the longer I prolong this, the messier this will be.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 26 of 52 >

"Wag kang magagalit, okay?" I cooed him.

He took a deep breathe and closed his eyes briefly. "Tungkol na naman kay Drake?"

I nodded. God, this is hurting already!

"Please, makinig ka muna, ha?" I said softly. "I... I heard na magpopropose siya sa
akin..."

"ANO?!" sabi niya tapos napatayo siya. "Ano'ng sabi mo?"

And then as if on cue, naiyak na naman ako...

"K-kasi... n-naalala mo y-yung wedding nila n-ni Cristine? Sa... para sa amin pala
yun... Sorry, Tripp! Hindi ko talaga alam!"

He was pacing back and forth while massaging his temple. And then nagulat ako ng
bigla niyang ihagis yung phone sa lamesa niya.
"I'll kill him! Shit talaga siya!"

Tumayo ako agad at niyakap siya mula sa likod.

"Wag ka ng magalit, please..."

"What the fuck, Alys?! Hindi pa ba ako dapat magalit sa lagay na 'to?! Magpopropose
siya sa girlfriend ko! Sa girlfriend ko! Alin ba sa sentence na yun ang hindi
malinaw?!"

Mas lalo kong hinigpitan ang yakap ko sa kanya. Natatakot ako... ngayon ko lang
nakita si Tripp na ganito... Nanginginig siya sa sobrang galit. Nakita ko rin na
dumudugo yung labi niya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 26 of 52 >

"Hindi naman ako papayag, e! Alam mo naman na ikaw ang mahal ko..."

Unti unti niyang tinanggal yung kamay ko na nakayakap sa kanya.

Humarap siya at hinawakan yung mukha ko.

"Alam kong mahal mo ako, Alys. Pero tatanungin kita... ako lang ba ang mahal mo?"

Tumango ako agad. "Ikaw lang ang mahal ko. Ano ba namang tanong yan!"

Bigla niyang tinanggal yung kamay sa mukha ko at tinalikuran ako. "Shit. Bakit
ganun, Alys? Kahit ilang beses ko na marinig na ako lang yung mahal mo, iniisip ko
pa rin na ako lang yung panakip butas kasi wala si Drake... na ngayon na nandyan na
naman siya, bigla mo na lang akong iiwan?"
"Tripp naman..."

"Bakit kasi ganito ako? Alam ko naman, Alys. Kumpara sa meron sa inyo ni Drake,
walang wala ako. Hindi naman ako yung pinagkabaliwan mo. Parang pilit lang naman
tayo, di ba? Hinabol kita sa loob ng dalawang taon. It was all hardwork, walang
free falling. Siguro kahit kailan hindi natin mapapantayan yung kung ano yung meron
kayo ni Drake, no?"

I slapped him. Hindi ko alam kung bakit. Naiinis ako sa lahat ng sinasabi niya.

"Ano ba naman, Tripp! Nandito ako, okay? Pilit kong inaayos pero ikaw ganyan ang
iniisip mo?!"

Hinawakan niya yung pisngi niya na sinampal ko. "Damn, masakit yung sampal mo pero
mas masakit pa rin yung nararamdaman ko, Alys." Hinawakan niya yung dibdib niya at
tumingin sa akin. "Ang sakit pala... Yung kahit anong habol ang gawin mo, kahit
anong sabi niya ng mahal ka niya, alam mo na hindi pa rin... kasi nandyan yung
nauna."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 26 of 52 >

Lumapit ako sa kanya at hinampas siya. "Bwisit ka! Ano pa ba, ha?! Umiiyak na ako,
oh! Kung wala akong pakielam sa'yo, sa atin, e di sana nagpakasal na lang ako kay
Drake! Ano pa ba, Marco! Ha?! Ano pa ba?!"

Tumingin siya sa akin.

"Pakasalan mo ako, Alys. Pakasalan mo ako para matahimik na ako."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -24- (p.1 of 6)

Tweet niyo with #DAP24 hashtag para makita ko! Kahit wag niyo na ako itag :))
@beeyotchWP

Enjoy reading!
Chapter 24

"A-ano?"

Isang minuto akong hindi nakapagsalita.

Marry him?

He looked at me, bit his already bleeding lip and nodded. "Oo, Alys. Pakasalan mo
ako. Mahal mo ako, di ba?"

"Tripp..." I trailed off. God! Hindi ko alam kung ano ang sasabihin ko. Oo, mahal
ko siya pero hindi ba masyado siyang nagpapadalos dalos sa sinasabi niya? Bakit ba
niya ako gustung pakasalan? Kasi threatened siya kay Drake? What kind of a pompous
reason was that?!

He smirked at tinalikuran ako. Inilagay niya yung mga kamay niya sa batok niya. "So
dito rin pala tayo babagsak, Alys. Drake pa rin."

"Stop it!" sigaw ko sa kanya. "Bakit ba puro ka Drake?! Nandito na nga ako, di ba?!
Nagpapaliwanag na ako and yet you're being an ass!"

Natawa siya sa sinabi ko. God, what's happening?! Nasan na yung Tripp na kilala ko?
Yung Tripp na tahimik lang?

"Ass, Alys? Siguro naman may karapatan akong maging ass, di ba? Shit, Alys. 2
years. 2 years akong naghabol sa'yo. Tapos nung sa wakas nahabol kita, 2 years
naman akong nanghula kung ako na ba talaga. Shit, Alys. 4 years na akong nababaliw!
Siguro naman may karapatan akong maging gago kahit minsan!"

Hinablot ko yung tubig na iniinom ko kanina at ininom. Ano ba! Kasalanan 'tong
lahat ni Drake!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 27 of 52 >
"Ako? Hindi mo ba naisip kung gano ako nag effort na ipakita sa'yo na ikaw na, ha?!
Palibasa puro insecurities mo ang nakikita mo! Pano naman ako?!"

Tumalikod siya sa akin pero nararamdaman ko na umiiyak siya. God, he's shaking.
Damn, Alys! You're hurting him!

I wanted to come near him and console him... but I can't. Not now. Sobrang gulo
naming dalawa. Siguro dahil na rin ngayon lang lumalabas lahat ng issue namin.
Akala ko talaga perfect kami sa isa't isa kasi alam mo yun? Hindi kami nag-aaway.
We're always together, always agreeing on the same things. Pero yun pala, pareho
lang kaming in denial. Gusto namin ng perfect relationship kaya pilit naming
iniiwasan yung issue... si Drake.

And guess what? Hindi niya kami tinigilan.

"Alys, iwan mo muna ako," he said after a few seconds.

"Ayoko."

"Please."

Lumapit ako sa kanya at ipinatong ko sa balikat niya yung kamay ko. "Tripp
naman..."

Nagulat ako ng hawiin niya yung kamay ko. Damn. Masakit pala talagang itulak ka
palayo ng taong gusto mong lapitan. Nakakabaliw pala talaga.

"Umalis ka muna, Alys. Mag-aaway lang tayo kung hindi mo ako iiwan."

Huminga ako ng malalim bago tumango.

"Okay," I said. "Pero babalik ako, Tripp. Hindi pa tayo tapos mag-usap."
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 27 of 52 >

Lumabas ako sa opisina niya at nakita ko ang secretary niya na nakatingin sa akin.
Siguro narinig niya ang sigawan namin, siguro nagulat siya na sumisigaw si Tripp.
Kahit naman ako nagulat din. Ngayon lang... ngayon ko lang siya nakita na ganyan
kagalit, na sa sobrang galit niya, naiyak na siya.

Bakit ayaw niyang makita ko siyang umiiyak? Mas masakit, e. Sana naman ipakita niya
sa akin na nasasaktan siya kasi ako nasasaktan din ako. Sana naman alam niya yun.
Hindi lang naman siya yung nahihirapan, ako rin naman. Hindi lang naman siya yung
nagmamahal, ako rin naman.

Pumasok ako sa sasakyan ko at umiyak.

Gusto ko na lang matapos lahat ng 'to. Ayoko na. Gusto ko lang naman ng simpleng
buhay, ayoko ng ganito. Parang araw araw na lang may nangyayari. Minsan natatakot
na akong gumising kasi tuwi na lang gigising ako, may masamang nangyayari.

Pero ako rin naman ang dapat sisihin. Sinimulan ko 'to. Gaga ka rin kasi, Alys.
Ginusto mong maging boyfriend si Drake Palma, sana inalam mo lahat ng kasunod.

From: +639161905***

Let's talk.

Ipinikit ko ang mata ko at huminga ng malalim.

"Ssh, Alys. Kalma," sabi ko sa sarili ko habang pilit kong iniaalis ang panginginig
sa kamay ko.

To: +639161905***

Let's end this madness.


< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 27 of 52 >

Pagkatapos kong i-send sa kanya 'yun, nagdrive na ako papunta sa kung san nagsimula
ang lahat.

--

"Drake, just... just stop this."

Iyan agad ang una kong sinabi sa kanya pagkakitang pagkakita ko sa kanya.

Nakatingin siya sa akin na para bang alam na niya kung ano ang mangyayari. Sa
bagay, alam niya naman siguro. Sumugal siya sa akin. Gusto niyang magpropose kahit
alam niya na kami ng pinsan niya. Akala niya, sigurado akong taya. Pero nagkakamali
ka, Drake. Tapos na tayo. 'Nung sinabi ko sa'yo dati na sa oras na sumakay ka sa
taxi na 'yun ay tapos na tayo, hindi ako nagsisinungaling.

Ayoko na.

Puro ka pahirap.

"What?" That was all he said.

"This. The chasing and the begging and the hurting. Please, ayoko na. Seryoso,
Drake, tama na..." I said, almost begging.

I never begged... just once. Sa kanya. Tapos ngayon, sa kanya ulit. Wow. Ito pala
ang napapala sa pagmamahal sa kanya, puro pagmamakaawa.

He shook his head. "I won't stop."

"Ayoko na nga e!"


"I don't believe you."

Umiyak na ako sa harapan niya. Frustration. Inis. Galit. Hindi ko na alam kung ano
ba ang dapat kong maramdaman. Hindi na siya yung Drake na kilala ko. Yung Drake na
kilala ko, hindi ako papahirapan ng ganito...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 27 of 52 >

Lumapit ako sa kanya at hinawakan yung kamay niya. "Drake, kung mahal mo talaga
ako, please, tama na..."

Hinawakan niya rin ang kamay ko at tumingin sa mga mata ko. "I wish I can... but I
can't... and I don't want to."

Unti unti na akong nawawalan ng pag-asa. Hindi niya ako titigilan at hindi rin
naman ako papayag na ganito na lang kami ng ganito. Pagod na ako. Pagod na pagod.

Iniangat ko ang kamay ko at sinampal ko siya.

"Stop begging, Drake! Kahit na magmakaawa ka, kahit na lumuhod ka sa harapan ko,
wala akong maibibigay sa'yo. Wala na, narinig mo? Binigay ko na lahat kay Tripp!"

Nakahawak siya sa mukha niya na sinampal ko at hindi pa rin siya nakaharap sa akin.
Unti unti siyang humarap at nakita ko ang galit sa mga mata niya.

"You think I like begging, Alys? You think I like making a fool out of myself?"
Umiling siya. "No, Alys. I don't like. Ayoko. You're tired? Damn, I'm more tired
than you are! You're always saying how I broke you but did you ever think about me?
About what I feel? Damn, Alys. You have no fucking idea what happened to me.

"I left you, yes. Tangina, Alys, alam na alam ko. Every fucking night I remember
the look on your face when I left you. Shit, I always picture you breaking down and
begging me not to go. Do you have any idea, Alys? Every. Fucking. Night. Your face
haunts me every night. Tangina hindi mo alam kung gano ko gustong pumunta sa New
York at magsorry sa'yo. Shit, Alys.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 27 of 52 >

"But of course you don't have any idea. Who am I anyway? I'm just Drake. The guy
you loved, the guy who could do without you. I'm just that, right? But do you
fucking know that I'm also the guy who cried when he knew you're with his cousin?
Damn it, Alys. My Dad hated you for what you did to me. You never saw me, Perez.
You never did.

"It's always about you. The way I hurt you, the way you suffered. But what about
me? I had no friends, Alys. I had no one. You have Tripp and Tofer. I didn't have
anyone. You think that's fair? Tangina, hindi. Ang daya mo. You were living your
life hating me while I was here living mine while wishing you'd come back to me.

"And now you're saying that I'm pathetic? Then yes I am! I'd spent the last four
years being pathetic over you, Alys. Four years. What more if I'll be pathetic for
the next two days?"

I was sobbing so hard. Hindi ko na alam. Ang gulo gulo na... Ayaw ko na... Please,
tama na...

He put out a box and handed it to me. "Come and marry me or lose me forever. I'll
be pathetic for the last time."

And then he left me, with my heart and mind broken.

< prev
<< start
< Part 27 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -25 (p.1 of 7)

PLAY THE SONG ON THE SIDE! Para mas mafeel niyo :) And #DAP25 okay? Congrats dahil
nagtrend kahapon ang #DAP24! :) Love lots!
Enjoy reading!

--

Chapter 25

Ayoko na.

I was left there with my mind bleeding. Lose him forever? Hindi pa ba yun ang
nangyari nung iwan niya ako dati? Ano ba yung dati? Lose him temporarily and then
have him once again the moment I got my life back? Ano ako? Laruan lang na kukunin
once na maayos na? Hindi ba ako tao? Wala ba akong feelings na nasasaktan?

Umupo ako sa harap ng sasakyan ko at tahimik na umiyak. Damn. Ganito na lang ba


palagi? Iiyak na lang ng iiyak?

Hinihintay kong umalis si Drake pero nandyan pa rin siya. Hanggang pag-iyak ba
naman hindi niya ako titigilan?!

I walked up to him and knocked on his window. "Leave me alone."

"Go in your car. It's dark already."

"Wag mo nga akong pakielaman! Hindi mo ako girlfriend, okay?! Wala kang
responsibility sa akin!"

He nodded and then ignited his car. "Fine, Alys. Push me away until I really give
up."

And then really, he left me. And damn, I think it's for good.

Napaupo na lang ako at umiyak ng umiyak. All those people staring at me like I'm
crazy. Yes, I think I'm going crazy. I freaking received two proposals in a day!
And I don't think kaya kong sumagot sa kanilang dalawa! Damn they wanna marry me
for all the wrong reasons. Ano ba ako sa kanilang dalawa? Prize sa laro nila na
pataasan ng pride?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 28 of 52 >

"Damn this life," I said habang naglalakad pabalik sa sasakyan ko.

Dumiretso ako sa bahay at hindi ko kinausap kahit sino. It's been a long day. Gusto
ko na lang matulog at kalimutan lahat. Sobrang sakit na ng nararamdaman ko...

Hindi ko naman ginusto ang lahat ng 'to. God knows I just want to be happy. I want
me to be happy, I want Tripp to be happy, and I certainly want Drake to be happy...
pero bakit parang ang hirap hirap naman abutin ng gusto ko? Is it that impossible
to be happy without the expense of hurting anyone? Sobrang far fetched na ba ng
pangarap ko?

I stared at the ceiling, wondering why my life has been like this. Has been... this
wrecked.

Maybe because I've been damn too selfish. Tama naman si Drake, puro ako na lang
yung iniisip ko. Pero masisisi niya ba ako? He hurt me too much! Too damn much that
I can't even bear thinking about his pain because my own pain was too much for me
to handle. 'Yung sakit na binigay niya sa akin sobra pa sa sobra... hindi ko na
yata kakayanin kung iisipin ko pa yung nararamdaman niya.

And Tripp... God, Tripp! I've given you my time and devotion. Kulang pa ba yung
dalawang taon? I've been nursing this relationship pero ikaw, hindi ka pa rin
kuntento. Can't you see how much I've given? Two years, Tripp. Two years 'yun hindi
lang dalawang araw.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 28 of 52 >

I was in the middle of crying when my Mom entered my room.

"Alys!" she said the moment she saw my tear-stained face. She came near me and
enveloped me in a hug. I cried in her arms. Ayoko na, Mommy... Ang hirap hirap
na... Sobrang sakit na... "Oh, my baby..." she said as she cooed me.
"Mom... ang sakit sakit na..."

"Ssh, baby. Everything will be fine, all right?"

How I wish, mommy. Sana in a snap of a finger, maging okay na ang lahat. Sana
maging okay na kami kasi damn, sobrang hirap ng ganito. Para kaming naglalaro kahit
na alam namin na sa huli, may isa pa rin na matatalo. We're staking our all, our
everything.

She hugged me and whispered comforting words. I wish I could just stay here and be
with my mom. I don't want to go outside and face the world. Call me coward but it
just hurt damn too much. I care for them both... and seeing them do this to me
hurts me way more.

"What happened, Alys?" she asked me.

"Mom..." I trailed off. I didn't even know where I'd start. I didn't even know how
to tell it. In any way, alam kong may magmumukhang masama, may magmumukhang
selfish. Bakit ba kasi ganito magmahal? Palagi na lang may nasasaktan.

She caressed my hair and told me, "Is this about the cousins?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 28 of 52 >

I nodded.

"Oh, baby. Just follow your heart. It's love, it's gamble. May masasaktan at may
masasaktan, Alys. You have to make your choice, place your bet because if not,
you're gonna lose them both and hurt them both..."

Tears came down running. Was it too much for wanting not to hurt anyone?
"I can't. I just can't."

She smiled down at me and cupped my face. "It's a big world you're living in,
honey. Be brave or lose it all."

Mom kissed my forehead and tucked me into bed. I didn't choose... The stake was
just too high.

The night passed by a blur. I woke up with my heart feeling crushed and pounded.
Pictures of Tripp being mad and Drake shouting and cussing embraced my morning.

"Morning," my brother greeted me. "Nandyan si Tripp tsaka si Drake."

"A-ano?"

He pointed to the receiving room. "Kanina pa sila dun."

I went to the sink and grabbed a glass and filled it with water. Here it was,
again. Will I cry again? Ngayon na naman? Hindi ba pwedeng time-out muna? Pahinga
muna? Sobrang sakit na ng puso ko.

Kulang na lang gumapang ako papunta sa sala. Ayokong humarap sa kanila. The pain
yesterday was already destroying everything I've got. Ano pa ba ang gusto nila? Did
they really think I'll choose?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 28 of 52 >

"Alys..." they both said.

I took a deep breath and then raised my hand. "You two... just stop. Bigyan niyo
naman ako ng pahinga."
And then I caught a glimpse of Tripp's face. He had a cut on his lip and a fresh
bruise on his face. "Tripp!" I immediately went near him and nursed his face.
"Ano'ng nangyari sa'yo?" I asked him worriedly. I caught him looking at Drake and
smirking at him. Damn. Competition ba talaga ako sa kanilang dalawa?

He placed his hand on top of mine and held it. "Pinoprotektahan ko lang kung ano
ang akin," he said while looking at Drake.

I looked at Drake who was staring at me with intensity. Drake... you're just too
stubborn for your own good. "Ano'ng ginagawa mo rito?"

He was staring at me like... like he's emotionless. Those pair of cold eyes
piercing into my very soul. Shit, Drake. Why do I feel like I'm killing you right
now?

"I just wonder how it would feel like... you attending to him when I'm just as
equally hurt," he said and then continued looking stoic. "I thought it would hurt
like hell. But Alys, I feel nothing. You made me numb."

I felt like a glass shattering. It felt surreal... the pain felt surreal. It's too
much.

Tripp's hold tightened, na para bang pinipigilan niya ako sa kung anuman yung
posible kong maramdaman. Bakit, Tripp? He's your cousin and we're destroying
everything that's left of him! Hindi ba pwedeng ceasefire muna? Can't we just
please, just this once, understand that more than us, he's hurting.

"Wag, Alys..." he whispered. I was about to go to Drake but he trapped me in his


arms. "Dito ka lang sa'kin, please."

I looked at him, begging na kahit ngayon lang payagan niya naman ako. All these
years siya lang ang inalala ko. Feelings niya, siya... God, he's been always my top
priority. Ngayon lang, Tripp. Seeing him slowly breaking was killing me.

"Tripp naman..." I said with my voice breaking.

He shook his head. "Kahit naman ngayon ipakita mo sa kanya na ako na 'yung
priority, Alys. Buong buhay ko palagi na lang akong pangalawa. Ngayon lang, oh.
Kahit ngayon lang sana mauna naman ako. Sana yung nararamdaman ko naman yung
mauna."

I bit my lip to prevent the sob from escaping my lips. What have become of my life?
I'm really torn. I didn't wish for any of this... sobrang hirap na alam mo na kahit
ano ang piliin mo, may isa sa kanila na masasaktan. Their bet was on me... and
they've risk everything and yet here am I, still on the verge on just turning my
back and walking away, regret on the plate.

Drake was still staring without any hint of emotion. He's like a broken toy. We've
broken him. I knew we did but now? Now... he's like beyond repair.

"Tripp, palagi ka namang una sa akin, di ba?" I held his hand. "Ngayon lang, oh.
Please, kakausapin ko lang si Drake..." I pleaded and pleaded.

His grip tightened and his jaw clenched.

"Alys alam kong mahal mo ako," he said and then closed his eyes. A tear escaped and
fell. Damn, Tripp. "Shit alam ko rin naman na mahal mo pa si Drake..." His voice
broke and he's crying really hard. "Pero Alys sana naman ipakita mo na mas mahal mo
ako. Okay na sa akin na dalawa kaming mahal mo, e... Pero please naman sana lamang
ako. Kahit konti lang. Kahit kaunti lang talaga."

I was there, literally watching two men cry because of me. It wasn't anything
fairytale like. Damn this was torture.

"Alys..." Tripp said and then enclosed my hands inside his. "Please, ako naman."

Drake finally snapped out of his reverie. He looked at me and then smiled. "I can't
do this anymore, Alys. I give up."

And then he turned his back on us... for good.

< prev
<< start
< Part 28 of 52 >
SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -26- (p.1 of 7)

Here's the chapter! xx #DAP26

Chapter 26

Cristine's POV

Haaaay, I'm so darn tired! Kainis naman kasi si mommy, alam niya naman na fake lang
yung wedding namin ni Drake pero kung mag-act siya akala mo naman totoo na 'yun!
She even bought a dress for the wedding! Seriously, mom, you're making me go
insane!

I sat down on the couch and rested my head. "Ayoko na," I said and then pouted.

Just when I was already beginning to relax and finally feel the comfort of my own
house, my phone rang.

"Hello?" I said.

("Cristine!")

I pulled the phone away from my ears and tinignan ko yung caller ID. Hmmm it's not
registered naman sa phone ko. Sino kaya 'to?

My brows were curling as I asked her the question... "Uhm, who's this?"

("Fier, you biatch!")

OMG OMG! Si Fier!


Tumayo ako and jumped around the house! Buti na lang wala si mommy because I'm sure
she'll shout at me na naman! Ayaw niya kasi na tumatalon ako, so unlady like raw!

"OMG! You're here in the Philippines na?" I asked even though obvious naman na
nandito na nga siya. Nagkakilala kasi kami ni Fier way back pa when she was
studying here in the Philippines. She's half Filipino, half Spanish kaya sobrang
pretty niya!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

She laughed at me. Huhu palagi na lang! She always calls me stupid. Bad Fier!

("Obviously, honey. Anyway, I'll go to your house tomorrow, okay? My brothers


ditched me!") she protested. Hay nako! Hindi pa rin nagbabago ang twins! Pasaway as
ever pa rin!

I was about to say yes kaya lang naalala ko na wedding na nga pala bukas! Syempre
as Drake's only friend dapat nandun ako! Speaking of which, di ko pa nacocontact si
Drake! Ano kayang nangyari sa snob na yun?

"Oh, no, Fier... may pupuntahan kasi ako tomorrow. Can we like resched or
something?"

("Hmmm where? I'll come with you na lang. I'm so bored! Walang tao sa bahay kung
hindi maids, tapos si Chance at Lourd nambababae! Grabe talaga!")

I chuckled at her. Nako, Fier Sandoval, ang cute niya pa rin! Omg ipapakilala ko
nga pala siya kay Drake! I know naman na Drake will snob her (lahat naman ng
ipinakilala ko sa kanya ni hindi siya nagsmile e) pero for the heck of it, I'll
introduce Fier na rin.

Sighing, I agreed. "Fine, but wedding yung pupuntahan natin. No pasaway business!"
I reminded her. Once kasi nagpunta siya sa wedding ng long time crush niya wearing
black dress! Omg talaga yun feeling ko mamamatay ako sa kahihiyan e cousin ko pa
naman yung guy! Di ko naman akalain na ganun ang gagawin ni Fier! By invite lang
kasi yung wedding and I added her as my plus one then... huhuhu hindi na ako
nakaharap nun kay Kuya Luke simula nun.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

She laughed. Nako, pasaway talaga! ("Alright, honey. Sige, I'll sleep na! Good
night.")

After talking to her, I ate my dinner na. Wala pa rin si mommy, mabuti naman. I'd
hate for her to make sermon na naman about Drake and me! Kasi naman di ba niya
magets na 'US' is almost impossible? Like dang, Drake's head over heels kay Alys!
Kaya nga walang kwenta efforts ko na palawakin ang social circle ni Drake. Nako
puro Alys Alys Alys. Feel ko tuloy kilala ko na si Alys kasi pag si Alys lang ang
topic tsaka sisipagin magsalita si Mr. Palma. Naku!

"Miss Cristine, may naghahanap po sa inyo..." Manang said while I was reading a
mag.

"Sino raw po?"

"Si Sir Steve po."

Hmmm ano kaya ang ginagawa ni Tito Steve?

I went out and saw him standing, he looked worried.

"Tito?" I asked.

He looked up and I saw him really worried. Oh... "Cristine, nandyan ba si Drake?"

I shook my head. The last time I talked to the snob was yesterday pa! And the
wedding is tomorrow na.... Naku baka naman nag stag party na si Drake! Hahaha! Omg
what an idea! Baka itulak palayo ni Drake yung mga girls na lalapit sa kanya.

"Why po, Tito? Wala ba siya sa inyo?"


Umiling siya. "Hindi pa siya umuuwi simula kahapon, e..."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

"Hala. Nasan kaya si Drake?"

"Hindi ko rin alam, e. Sige, Cristine, kung alam mo pakisabi naman sa akin," he
said. I nodded at him and then hinatid ko siya sa gate. Hala, Drake! San ka
nagsususuot? Bukas na kaya ang wedding! Omg nako baka nagpropose na kay Alys yun!
Baka naman nagcecelebrate!

Okay fine, matutulog na ako para pretty naman ako bukas!

--

"Good morning, brat," my mom greeted me.

"Ano na naman, mom?" I asked while stretching. Morning na morning iniinis niya na
naman ako! Hay nako, mommy!

She sat down on my bed and then crossed her arms. "If you just followed what I
said, e di sana son-in-law ko na si Drake ngayon!" she whined.

I closed my eyes and shook my head. "Mom, if you want Drake that badly, ask him to
marry you instead."

She gasped. Buti nga! Kulit kasi!

Pumasok na ako sa CR and performed my daily rituals. I looked at the mirror. Not
bad! Ang pretty ko pa rin! Pero bakit kaya wala akong boyfriend pa rin? Kainis!
Gusto ko na kaya ng boyfriend! I'll be very good naman as long as love niya ako.
Gusto ko yung kagaya ng love ni Drake kay Alys... yung epic love.

After dolling myself up, lumabas na ako and sinuot ko na yung dress ko. Truth be
told, wala namang masyadong invited sa wedding! As in intimate wedding lang... ewan
ko ba kay Drake. Nako.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

"Cristine," my mother called me. "Fier's here! Ang gandang bata. Naku, bakit ba
hindi ka ganun kaganda," she complained.

"Kasi mana lang ako sa'yo, no!"

Mommy talaga napaka negative!

Lumabas ako ng room na nandun na si Fier, looking... duh. Fierce as usual. Naka all
red from head to toe! Kulang na lang magbleed yung lips niya sa pagkapula!

"Ang pretty ko, right?" she said with that familiar flirty laugh. Naku!

"Whatever, Fier. Let's go."

Lumabas na kami and ang kapal ng mukha, ha! Ako pa ang magddrive! Kainis! Pero wala
rin naman akong nagawa sa dulo... nagdrive rin ako.

"So..." she said. "Sino ba ang ikakasal?"

I concentrated on the road. "Si Drake."

"Drake who?"

"Drake Palma."
"Sounds yummy!" sabi niya then she giggled.

"Fier!" saway ko sa kanya. "Ikakasal na yung tao! Avoid dirty thoughts naman!" sabi
ko.

She made face at me. Kainis, ha! Ako na nga nagvolunteer na magdrive tapos... ugh!
"Hah. If I know you like him tapos malungkot ka cos' magpapakasal na siya sa iba
no?" she teased.

Yuck. Can I puke right now? Kadiri na, ha! Hindi nga kami ni Drake! Like in my
nightmares pwede pa!

Kinulit niya ako ng kinulit hanggang makarating kami sa venue. Pagdating namin sa
venue, walang tao... Oh, my god.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

Tumakbo ako papasok sa venue and... damn. There he was.

Hindi ko na inintindi si Fier at naglakad ako papunta kay Drake. He was at the
altar, sitting alone.

Hindi ko alam pero my feet are shaking while I was walking. I may not love Drake
but I surely care about him. Kahit na I think absurd na yung faith niya kay Alys, I
supported him because I know she'll make him happy. Pero the last days, hindi na
happiness yung nakikita ko. I hate Alys. Of course kay Drake ako kakampi! He's my
friend! Alys may be good but the way I see it, she's destruction for him.

"Drake..." I called out his name.

He looked up to me and I saw him smiling. "Cristine," he said.

He looked perfectly fine. Naka ordinary day attire lang siya pero yung mukha niya
naka... oh, God! She turned him down!

"Drake naman!"

Nakatingin na naman siya sa floor ng simbahan. He was playing with his hands. "Stop
shouting," he whispered. "I've had enough shouting to last my week."

Biting my lip, niyakap ko si Drake. He needs me! I hate you, Alys! Bakit mo
palaging ginaganito ang best friend ko?!

"Alis na tayo dito..." I murmured.

He did not even move a bit. Nandito lang kami, nakaupo. He wasn't even crying! Ano
ba, Drake! Cry if you want! Mas natatakot ako na ganyan ka e...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 29 of 52 >

"Drake, please alis na tayo dito?"

I was busy asking him na umalis na kami ng magsalita si Fier.

"Look, Mister, your bride ditched you. Move on!" sabi niya while chewing a gum

"Fier!" sigaw ko. How dare she?! Dapat talaga hindi ko na sinama ang babaeng to e!
She's trouble!

She raised her brow. "What? I'm just saying the truth here, Cristine. She left him.
Move on, dude. Hindi titigil ang mundo dahil iniwan ka niya."

"You don't know them, Fier. Please stop bitching," I said. Please naman wag ngayon.
Drake's broken.
She shook her head. "Hay naku. Look, Mister, I don't know you so outsider's opinion
lang naman ang binibigay ko. From how I see it, she doesn't care. I hate it when
people beg for something they can't have. If you want it bad enough, make it
happen. Begging will only make you look pathetic."

And oh my god! Drake looked at her! For a second, natigilan si Fier. Kanina pa kasi
nakayuko si Drake habang kinakausap niya.

"Shut up."

And then he walked out, dala niya yung ring sana ni Alys.

Tapos si Fier sa tabi ko. "Shit. She's so gonna regret letting him down. Pahingi ng
number nung masungit na yun!" she said to me while watching Drake walk away.

< prev
<< start
< Part 29 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -27- (p.1 of 8)

I wish to finish this before the end of 2013. Sorry kakatapos lang ng climax, medyo
floating pa. Foreshadow muna tayo! Context clues everywhere. x 23 chapters to go!
#DAP27

Chapter 27

"Tito Tristan, si Tripp po?"

It's been days simula ng iwasan ako ni Tripp. Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit niya
ako iniiwasan. Siya naman 'yung nasunod, di ba? Hindi ako pumunta kay Drake kahit
na gusto ko. Siya yung pinili ko pero bakit ginaganito niya ako?

Pumunta ako sa bahay nila to check on him. Wala siya sa office niya, wala siya kila
Tofer. Hindi ko alam kung san ko siya hahanapin, ni hindi siya sumasagot sa phone.

Tito Tristan looked at me na parang naguguluhan siya. "Si Tripp?" he asked.

I nodded at him. "Opo. Where's he?"

He cocked his head and then sipped his coffee. Umaga pa lang kasi, mas inuna ko pa
ngang pumunta dito kaysa sa trabaho ko, e. I've been really sleepless these past
few days. Hindi ko na alam kung ano ba ang gagawin ko, parang wala akong choice.
Hindi ko makausap yung pinili ko, hindi ko maiharap yung mukha ko sa iniwan ko.
It's like I'm bound to be doomed.

"He's in New York, Alys. Last Tuesday pa siya nandun. Akala ko naman nasabi niya
sa'yo."

My world felt like falling apart. He left?

"A-ano po?" My voice was shaking. All these raw feelings rushing back to me. Tripp
left... pagkatapos niya akong papiliin, iiwan niya rin ako? And he didn't even give
me the courtesy of goodbye. Wala lang ba yung almost five years na pinagsamahan
namin? It will all be put into waste?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

He nodded and gave me a small smile. I could see pity in his eyes. Siguro naaawa
siya sa akin kasi iniwan ako ng wala man lang pasabi. Oo nga, nakakaawa nga naman
talaga ako. "Sorry, Alys. I thought he informed you. Biglaan kasi 'yung project.
Hindi ko naman ineexpect na kukunin ni Tripp kasi good for one month 'yung
project."

Just when I thought I've had it all coming, mas lalo pang tumindi. One month? E
yung few days nga na hindi kami nag-uusap halos mabaliw na ako sa sama ng loob at
guilt! Pano pa yung one month?!

"One month?" I asked, disbelief evident in my voice.


"One month, Alys. I'm sorry. Kung gusto mo ibibigay ko sa'yo yung number ng hotel
na tinutuluyan ni Tripp?"

I bit my lips to prevent myself from crying. I can't cry in front of his Dad. Damn,
ayoko ng umiyak! Sawang sawa na akong umiyak!

"'Wag na po, Tito... Sige po, aalis na ako."

I turned my back on him and started crying.

Hindi ko alam kung saan ko pa kinukuha lahat ng luha na lumalabas sa mata ko. Akala
ko ubos na, akala ko naubos na ni Drake at ni Tripp pero akalain mo capable pa pala
akong umiyak.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

I hastily opened my car and sat on the driver's seat. Mabuti na lang at heavily
tinted 'yung sasakyan ko. Hindi ko alam kung kakayanin ko pa ba pati kahihiyan.
Lahat na naramdaman ko.

I got my phone and dialed Tripp's number but to no avail. Ganyan ka ba kagalit sa
akin, ha? Akala ko ba mahal mo ako? Bakit mo ako ginaganito?!

Instead of calling him, I composed an email. Sana mabasa niya.

'Tripp, please wag na tayong mag-away. Wala si Drake, nakita mo naman, di ba?
Tinigilan niya na tayo... pero bakit ka naman ganyan? Was I your trophy? Kasi gusto
ako ni Drake kaya gusto mo rin ako? Ngayon na hindi niya na ako gusto, iiwan mo na
lang ako? Wag naman, Tripp...'

Sana kung ganito lang ang gusto mo sa akin, sana sinabi mo. Tripp, you made me fall
for you! Minahal kita tapos gaganituhin mo ako?! You'll drop me like a hot potato
now that the competition is done? Wala ba akong halaga sa'yo?
Monday rolled in fast. Akala ko hindi na matatapos yung weekend ng buhay ko. It's
been a week since Tripp walked out and left and I still feel the same crushing
feeling I've had when I learned what he did.

Everything seemed to hurt. I can't think. I don't know what I'm supposed to think.

"Alys!" Tofer stormed into my room without even giving me the courtesy of knocking.

I looked at him using my tired eyes. See? Even looking at someone tires me. My life
has turned from wonderful to train wreck.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

"What?" I said, using all my will to even utter a single word.

He sat on the edge of my bed and then bit his lip. Hinawakan niya yung kamay ko and
then asked me. "Hey, okay ka lang ba? Nag-aalala ako kahit hindi halata!"

I tried to smile but I think it turned into a grimace.

"What do you want?"

He pouted at me. Buti pa si Tofer nag-aalala sa akin. Si Tripp kaya naaalala ako?
Ni isang text o tawag wala man lang akong natanggap. Sana kahit isang text lang o
kahit 5 seconds call lang magiging masaya na naman ako, e. Wag naman 'yung
ganito... Pakiramdam ko kinalimutan niya na ako, lahat ng pinagsamahan namin.

"Sabi ni Tito Tristan wala raw si Tripp e so ikaw muna ang guguluhin ko!"

My face fell into a frown. Akala ko immuned na ako. Masakit pa rin pala pag
naririnig ko na iniwan niya ako without even a sentence of goodbye or explanation.
I adjusted myself on the bed to occupy him. Inabot ko rin yung water ko sa table
and drank. Feeling ko konting konti na lang maddehydrate na ako.

"Then sundan mo siya sa New York," I suggested with my voice sounding really cold.

"Alys naman... wag mo naman akong idamay sa away niyo ni Marco! Best friends
forever kaya!" he said and then enveloped me in a hug.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

I smiled at his gesture. He's right. Wala dapat madamay sa nangyayari sa amin ni
Tripp. If I'm really losing him, hindi ko na afford na may mawala pa sa akin. I
can't afford to lose Tofer. I can't live without my family and friends. Kung sila
rin iiwan ko, I'll lose my sanity.

"Sorry for being moody. Let's eat outside?" I offered. Maghapon na akong nakakulong
dito sa bahay, I need to go out. Mababaliw na talaga ako ng tuluyan.

Tofer clapped his hands and tinulak niya ako sa loob ng cr. Mukha daw akong
depressed, ang pangit pangit ko na daw kaya maligo na raw ako. Tss!

Since I'm still not feeling well, nagsuot lang ako ng white shorts, cropped top,
and nude pumps. Last time na lumabas kasi kami ni Tofer na naka Keds lang ako,
sinabihan niya ako na mukha akong maggrocery kaya conscious na ako sa sinusuot ko.

"San tayo?" I asked him nung sumakay ako sa shotgun seat ng car niya. Buti naman! I
mean, I don't have the energy and the heart to drive. Baka mabangga lang kami.

He was driving when he shrugged. "Where do you want? Early dinner then night out
tayo, please?"

I sighed, giving in. "Fine."


We went to some resto and then diretso na sa The Fort. Hindi ko alam dito kay Tofer
kung bakit dito pa e ang daming tao dito! And besides, I hate drinking since I went
back to the Philippines. The reason why I drink when I was in Paris was because I
want to forget. And now, wala naman akong gustong kalimutan... or not. No, kahit
ganito kami ni Tripp, ayoko siyang kalimutan na lang. We need to talk and
straighten things out.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

"VIP lounge tayo!" Tofer shouted at my ears.

Tignan mo! Kaya ayoko sa bars, e! Sobrang ingay! Parang bibigay yung tenga ko any
second.

I shook my head and tried to come up with an explanation.

"May kukunin lang ako sa car! I'll find you later!" sigaw ko sa kanya. Mukhang gets
niya naman kaya nag thumbs up siya sa akin and pumasok na siya sa bar.

I went out and sat on the hood of his car. Damn. Miss na miss na kita, Tripp. Kung
nandito ka lang e di sana nag-eenjoy tayo ngayon at tinakasan natin na sabay si
Tofer.

My head was hanging low when I heard familiar voices. The night was at its peak and
sobrang madilim sa paligid. I'm not worried kasi safe naman dito.

"Sorry talaga, Drake!" I heard someone said. My body automatically froze upon
hearing his name. "Fier naman, stop clinging onto him like a bitch!"

I can't make a decent face of the girl who's clinging onto Drake. All I could see
was figures.

"Shut up, Cristine. Hindi naman nagrereklamo si Drake pero ikaw ang ingay ingay!"
an unfamiliar voice said.
"Anong hindi! Tignan mo nga halos magdikit na yung kilay ni Drake sa inis sa'yo."

"Heh shut up! Go home na nga kung magnanag ka lang buong gabi. I'll manage Drake na
lang."

"In your dreams, Fier. Takot ko lang na bigla mong rapin si Drake, no."

It was like time has froze. I was there but I felt like I wasn't there.

I saw Drake but he didn't see me. No, I knew he saw me but it was like he didn't.

"Uy, Drake, why did you stop walking?" the girl said. Drake stopped and so did
Cristine.

Drake didn't utter a single word... It was Cristine who broke the deafening
silence. "Alys..." she said as if she's guilty.

I forced a smile and stood up. "H-hello."

My eyes were glued on the woman in front of me. She was staring at me with her
brows rising. "Why are you staring at me?" sabi niya sa akin.

Hinampas naman siya ni Cristine. "Fier! Wag mong sigawan si Alys!"

Shocked registered on her face. It seemed like recognition. Kilala niya ba ako?
Kasi ako, hindi ko siya kilala.

"Oh! Ikaw si Alys!" she said. "Oh, well. I think I should say thanks."

"H-ha?"
She smiled at me and rested her head on Drake's shoulder. "Thanks for breaking this
man's heart. I'm here to collect the pieces."

She went near me and patted my shoulder.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 30 of 52 >

Hindi ko alam kung ano ba ang dapat kong reaksyon. She's so cocky! Sino ba siya?!

"Sino ka ba?" I couldn't help but ask.

She smiled at me and then clung onto Drake like he's her life saver. "Marie Fier
Sandoval, darling."

Cristine butted in and she looked at me with pity. My life had really crashed from
almost perfect to wrecked. "Alys, sorry, ha? She's like that lang talaga. Please
don't be offended."

May karapatan ba akong ma-offend? Wala naman.

I smiled at her, at them. "Non taken. Sige, baka may pupuntahan pa kayo..."

Cristine looked at me keenly. "Okay..." she looked at Drake and Fier. "Let's go
na!"

And then that was it. No hi, no hello. It looked like he really meant it when he
said give up.

< prev
<< start
< Part 30 of 52 >
SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -28- (p.1 of 7)

Sa mga oorder ng HKI book for batch 2, nagsisimula na akong magtext brigade sa
inyo. Napupudpod na yung daliri ko! Hahaha (Payment until Dec. 1 dun!) :D Pls do
send me a message if di ko kayo natext : 09326515958

Chapter 28

Right after they left, pumasok na rin ako sa loob. Wala rin naman akong mapapala sa
labas. I'll just look really pathetic standing alone outside while the people I
know were having the time of their lives.

It took me ten minutes before I spotted Tofer. He was talking to some girl at
mukhang naiinis siya. His forehead creased and the girl was too close. I knew when
a girl flirts and she's definitely getting it on with Tofer. Tss too bad he doesn't
like her. I mean, he's never really liked anybody!

"Tofer!" I tried to shout but to no avail. The club was really packed and kahit
anong sigaw ko, I doubt na maririnig ako ni Tofer kaya I just used all my might
para pumasok sa club. God I felt so filthy! All those gyrating bodies!

He smiled once he saw me emerging from the crowd.

"Alys, san ka nagpunta?!" he shouted at my ears.

I explained to him na lumabas nga ako minus the fact na nakita ko si Drake... at
Fier. I mean, did I need to elaborate on that?

He pulled me into one of the booths after naming umakyat sa VIP lounge. Salamat
naman! Akala ko mapipipi na talaga ako sa dance floor.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

"Drinks?" he asked.
I shook my head. Okay na yung sakit ng ulo ko ngayon, I did not need another
hangover to add.

He shrugged at my response. Tahimik lang siyang uminom habang kinakain yung order
niya. Bahala ka, Tofer. Hangover's a bitch. Bahala ka sa sakit ng ulo bukas.

I let my eyes roam around the club. Typical scene. Nakakasawa. Tumayo ako hanggang
sa makarating ako sa iron rail ng VIP lounge and there, I saw Drake and Fier
dancing.

--

Fier's POV

God, such a kill joy!

Kanina pa kami nakaupo sa booth and seriously, I'm almost considering stabbing
myself sa sobrang boring!

"Really? Mauupo lang tayo buong gabi?" I asked with with my face na konti na lang
mamumula na sa inis.

Cristine nodded and Drake? Well, he's Drake. What would I expect?

"And we're not just sitting naman, Fier. We're drinking din! Hehe. Di ba, Drake?"
she asked her really, really grumpy best friend. Buti na lang hot si Drake kung
hindi nag walkout na ako sa kanya! I mean, ilang beses ko na siyang kinausap pero
di pa rin kami friends. Ang tipid naman kasi magsalita!

I rolled my eyes at them. Hay nako!

The music blasted. OMG! Favorite song!

I immediately pulled Drake from his seat. "Sayaw tayo, please?"


< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

He looked at me na parang nababaliw na ako.

"PLEASE?"

He shook his head.

Nilakihan ko yung eyes ko.

"Ayaw mo? Hahalikan kita dito mismo pag hindi ka pumayag!" I told him. Hindi man
lang siya gumalaw! Hindi ba siya naniniwala sa sinabi ko?! "Hindi ka naniniwala?" I
asked with disbelief.

He didn't even flinch! Nakatayo lang siya dun! God what the hell was wrong with
him?! Ano ba kasi ang exact na ginawa dito nung Alys na yun para mas maging mas
malamig pa sa yelo tong ex boyfriend niya?!

I did what he did not expect me to do. I grabbed his head and kissed him.

"Oh, my god, Fier!" Cristine shrieked. Nabitiwan niya pa yung baso niya sa sobrang
pagkabigla sa ginawa ko. Sorry pero I really do what I said I'll do.

I pulled out from the kiss. Ano bang inaarte ni Cristine? It's not like I raped
Drake! It was just a peck! Kung makaarte akala mo I violated his best friend.

Tignan mo, reaction-less pa rin si Drake. I guess I should have kissed him harder.
Hmm next time!

Tumayo si Cristine and pulled Drake away from me. Grabe! Protective? Mother hen
lang?

"Cristine!" she said again. Palagi niya na lang sinasabi ang pangalan ko ha!
Napapansin ko na!

I rolled my eyes and grabbed my glass of tonic. "What?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

"Why did you do that?!"

I shrugged. He challenged me, duh. "Wala lang. Bakit ka ba nagagalit? It's not like
I raped him or anything. Chill, honey!" I said and then inabot ko sa kanya yung
drinks niya. "Come on, Cristine. He's old enough and he's hot and single! Let the
man have a life," I said and then wiggled my eyebrows.

She shook her head at my response. Sobrang uptight din kasi nitong si Cristine kaya
hanggang ngayon, zero lovelife. I mean, she's really pretty pero alam mo yun? KJ.
Boo. Boring!

Ayoko namang magmukhang tangang sumasayaw mag isa sa dance floor kaya lumapit ako
sa reaction-less pa rin na si Drake at hinatak siya. Finally bumigay din siya!

"Let's dance!" sigaw ko sa kanya. Yeah you need to shout at times like this.
Sobrang lakas ng music and I love it!

Since ayoko naman ma maging sardines kami nito sa gitna ng dance floor, pinilit
kong makaakyat kami sa stage para maluwag. Yeah maluwag since kami lang naman sa
taas nun!

Nung nakaakyat na ako sa taas ng stage, nagsigawan yung mga tao. I know, right? I
frequented this bar bago ako umalis for Canada and all the faces here are familiar!
Oh, it's so good to be back!
"Stop it," he mouthed. Oh, shy boy! Mukhang nahihiya siya sa gagawin namin!

I just chuckled at him and winked. "Loosen up, Drake! Come on, tara na sa stage!" I
urged him pero hindi pa rin siya gumalaw. This man was really testing my patience,
huh! Pero hindi kita titigilan, Drake. I'll never give up hanggang hindi ko
nakikitang nag eenjoy ka. I'll make it my personal mission na alisin ka jan sa
malungkot mong mundo.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

The people were cheering for Drake na pumunta sa stage. After seconds of silently
wishing na umakyat nga siya, finally!

I live for the night I live for the lights I live for the high til I'm free fallin'
I live for the night I live for the lights I live for the high til I'm free fallin'
Til I'm free fallin I live for the nights

"I thought ipapahiya mo ako sa crowd," bulong ko sa kanya. Baka kasi hindi niya ako
marinig sa sobrang lakas ng music kaya lumapit na ako sa mismong ears niya. And
damn, this guy smells so freaking good!

He did not respond, typical of him. Basta ako, masaya na ako na napaakyat ko siya
sa stage! Way to go, Fier!

I held his hands at inaya ko siya sa mismong gitna ng stage. People were dancing
wildy and I love it! God this was exactly what I missed about clubbing! The dancing
and feeling free!

"Come on, Drake, dance!" I taunted him.

I winked at him and started dancing.

I am tryna holla got that ink up on my colla' Drinkin til it's nada, isn't whiskey
I don't bother My b-itches ain't no dimes they be mothaf-uckin' dollars

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

I turned my back on him and started grinding myself against his statue-like body. I
meant statue as in hindi siya gumagalaw! Pero pwede rin na statue as in his body
was like really ripped! Sheez talaga, Drake! Why so hot?

Nung hindi siya gumalaw, humarap ako sa kanya and kissed his cheek.

"Dance with me, Drake. I swear I'll volunteer you sa body shot kapag hindi ka pa
rin gumalaw!" I said, really meaning it. God, naiimagine ko na nga kung saan saang
part ng katawan ng statue na to pwedeng mag body shot e!

"You're a pervert," sabi niya.

OMG, Fier! Nagsalita na siya!

I winked at him. "It's fun, try mo minsan."

He shook his head and then smiled a little. Ooooh, that sexy smile! Nagpakita ka
rin!

So we stack our drinks up high, skyscrappin' til we taller Ring ring hit that up
show that universal love If you bleed that red blood dance until you get enough

And then we danced... Well I danced and he kinda did dance. But that's not the
point, he's enjoying himself and that's my goal!

--

Alys' POV

Drake's dancing. He never danced with me before.


Hindi ko na kayang makita yung napapanood ko. Bumalik ako sa table kasama si Tofer
at ininom ko agad yung shot na para sa kanya dapat.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 31 of 52 >

"Oh, dahan dahan, Alys! Here, lemon," he said then inabot sa akin yung lemon and
yung lalagyan ng salt.

Damn tequila! Masama pa rin ang lasa mo!

After drowning myself, inabot ko naman yung black label na katabi niya. Seriously
bakit ang daming alak sa booth namin?!

"Geez, Perez. Do you want to drink yourself to the hospital? Baka ma alcohol
poisoning ka niyan!" he worriedly said after kong magsalin ng ice and poured JD sa
baso ko.

I clanked my glass with his and took the drink in one gulp. Sheez! Alcohol really
was a b-itch.

"Relax, Tofer. Titigil ako kapag gusto ko ng tumigil."

I smiled at him and poured myself another drink. Damn you, dalawang Palma!

--

Sa mga oorder ng HKI book for batch 2, nagsisimula na akong magtext brigade sa
inyo. Napupudpod na yung daliri ko! Hahaha (Payment until Dec. 1 dun!) :D Pls do
send me a message if di ko kayo natext : 09326515958
< prev
<< start
< Part 31 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -29- (p.1 of 8)

Published na pala ang book ko under PopFiction entitled For Hire: A Damn Good
Kisser! Story siya ng parents ni Alys! Check it out! :)))

Thanks for the long wait. Eto na siya!

--

Chapter 29

"Alys! Alys!"

What again? Ang aga aga pa, e.

"Why?" I asked Tofer. Nandito ako ngayon sa shop ko, trying to keep myself busy.
Ilang araw na akong walang ginagawang productive.

Tumakbo siya papasok sa office ko at sinara 'yung pintuan. What's with him?

"Alam mo na ba? Alam mo na ba?" he shouted.

Tinakpan ko yung tenga ko. Ang lakas niyang sumigaw! "Hindi ako bingi, goodness!
Isang beses mo lang sabihin, maririnig ko!" sabi ko sa kanya.

Ano ba kasi ang meron at parang sobrang excited siya? Don't tell me magcoconcert
ulit si Riri sa Philippines? Yun lang naman ang nagpapa excite dito e!

He beamed at me at nilagay niya yung mga kamay niya sa table ko. "Umuwi na si
Tripp!"

What?

He snapped his fingers in front of me. "Earth to Alys? Umuwi na si Tripp! Aba galaw
galaw din!"

Wait... umuwi na si Tripp?!

Napatayo ako bigla at hinawakan ko siya sa magkabilang balikat niya. "What? When?
How? WHERE?! Nasan siya ngayon?" I asked him.

Hinawakan niya yung kamay ko na nakahawak sa kanya at tinignan ako ng mabuti.


"Kalma, Alys. Breathe in, breathe out..." he said then guided my breathing. "Ayan,
okay ka na?" he asked and I nodded. "Now, si Tripp, nasa bahay nila. Galing kasi
ako dun kanina tapos bigla siyang dumating. Puntahan mo na siya dali! Ang gwapo
lalo ni Tripp!"

Psh. May hidden desire pa rin siya.

I wanted to see him pero natatakot ako. Ano yung sasabihin ko pag nagkita kami? Hi?
Hello? Kamusta ang New York? Damn. Ngayon lang ako naubusan ng sasabihin kay Tripp.
Dati rati, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-uusapan. Time really did change us.

"Hindi ka ba pupunta sa kanya?" tanong ni Tofer sa akin nung umupo ulit ako.

I shook my head. "Baka bukas na lang, Tofer."

"But why? Ang tagal mo siyang hinintay! Nandito na, oh!"

Smiling at him, I said, "Hindi dapat minamadali yung mga ganitong bagay, Tof. Mag-
uusap din kami, okay? Let me do things when I want to do my things."

He sighed and then shrugged. "Fine, sabi mo, e." He sat on the couch then crossed
his legs. "Anyway, san ka ba napunta nung isang gabi? Bigla ka na lang nawala nun,
a!"

Ah, that night. Kung pwede lang sanang ibaon sa limot lahat ng nangyari, sana
ginawa ko na. Pero sabi nga nila, there are things you could never undo. Kumbaga,
once na nagawa mo, permanently etched na siya. The only thing you could do is to
think that soon, things will get better.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 32 of 52 >

I slumped back on my chair and closed my eyes. "Nothing, Tofer. Nothing."

Hard as I try to deny it, masakit pa rin, e. Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit ako
nasasaktan. I feel like a slut. Sinasabi ko na mahal ko si Tripp pero bakit nung
nakita kong nakangiti si Drake kasama si Fier, biglang sumakit yung dibdib ko? What
has became of me?

I remember asking him nung mag-isa lang siya sa booth niya. He looked really drunk
but he wasn't. He's still Drake. He always knows his way with words.

"Drake," I called out his name. Kahit na malakas ang tugtog, alam kong narinig niya
ako. He looked at me and then closed his eyes. Ayaw niya ba akong makita?

I tried smiling even though I was hurting.

Ganun pala yung feeling? I wonder how he felt seeing me with Tripp? Did he feel the
same way? Ako kasi, I felt like my insides were crushing. Ang sakit pala sa feeling
na makita mo yung tao na gusto mo na masaya kasama ng iba. Yung tipong mapapaisip
ka kung bakit sa iba, kaya nilang maging masaya. Yung ano ba yung wala ka para
maghanap pa sila ng iba para sumaya?

So many questions left unanswered.

I was staring at him... and he was ignoring me. Pakiramdam ko, bumalik kami sa high
school. Pero ang kaibahan ngayon, he was ignoring me because I made him do it. I
made him hate me. And I hate myself even more because of that.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 32 of 52 >

Everything felt unreal. Ang gulo gulo na. Hindi ko na alam kung paano kami umabot
sa ganito.

"S-Sino si Fier?"

He chuckled at my question.

"B-Bakit ka tumawa?" I asked. Hindi ko alam pero natatakot ako sa isasagot niya.

He shook his head. "Why are you here, Alys?" he asked me while looking right at my
eye. Hindi ko mabasa yung mata niya. Dati, kapag tumitingin ako sa mata niya, alam
ko yung nararamdaman niya. Alamko kapag galit siya, kapag naiinis siya, kapag
masaya siya. Pero ngayon? Hindi ko na alam. We've really broken up. The connection
was long gone.

I tried to smile but I could not.

"I asked you first..." I whispered.

He sighed at my response. "Goodbye, Alys," he said and then he stood up. Bago pa
siya makalayo, hinawakan ko yung braso niya.

"Drake naman..." I said and my voice broke. It sounded like a plea... and I guess
it was indeed a plea. I looked so helpless. I used to have everything but now I
felt like I have nothing. Everything was gone.

Tumingin siya sa kamay ko na nakahawak sa kanya and then at my face. "Let go."

His words pierced through my heart.


Let go.

Two words but I felt like I've been stabbed a million times. Bakit ganun? Di ba
sobrang ironic naman ng kasabihan na 'you'll only know the value of someone when
it's gone?' Bakit ganun? Bakit kailangang mawala muna bago mo malaman yung halaga?
Hindi ba parang ang sama naman nun? Ano pa ang silbi na malaman mo yung halaga kung
hindi naman babalik sa'yo? Wasn't it all bullshit? Para maramdaman mo lang yung
sakit at hinayang sa pinakawalan mo? Ang unfair. Sobrang unfair.

"Drake..."

That was all I could do. Call out his name.

He muttered, "Tripp." Napatingin ako sa kanya. "Tripp. You gave me up for him,
Alys. Go to him. Stop bothering me."

He ruthlessly freed himself from my grasp and walked away. Was I being a masochist?
Bakit ko siya hinahabol? Bakit ko siya sinusundan kahit na sinabi niya mismo sa
akin na ayaw niya na?

"Drake!" I shouted.

Lumapit ako sa kanya nung huminto siyang maglakad. "What's your deal?"

He looked at me. "What's my deal?" he asked me back.

I nodded at him, tears falling from my eyes. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako umiyak.
Maybe because I have been acting tough but inside I was already hurting. Ngayon
lang ako nagpakita na nasasaktan ako. And damn, I was hurt so bad.

"Sino ba si Fier? Siya ba yung pinalit mo sa akin?!"

Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako sumisigaw. Was it the alcohol talking? Hindi ko alam.
Basta ang alam ko, ang sakit sakit na.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 32 of 52 >

"You're drunk."

Tinalikuran niya ako at nagsimulang maglakad.

Damn it, Palma!

Hinubad ko yung sapatos ko at binato ko sa kanya. Kahit na lasing ako, natamaan ko


pa rin yung balikat niya. Ugh! Yung balikat niya na kinapitan ni Fier kanina!

Napahinto siya sa paglalakad at pinulot niya yung sapatos ko na ibinato ko sa


kanya. Humarap siya sa akin at huminto sa harapan ko.

"Stop it, Alys."

Lumuhod siya sa harap ko at sinuot sa akin yung sapatos ko. Hindi ko alam kung
bakit ako umiiyak.

"Drake..." I called out his name. "Drake..."

Natapos niya ng isuot yung sapatos ko sa akin pero hindi pa rin siya tumatayo.
Nakaluhod siya sa harap ko pero hindi siya nagsasalita. He was quiet. He was
being... Drake.

Nagulat ako nung tumingala siya sa akin, smiling.

"Alys?"

"Hmm?"
He was still smiling. "Don't be jealous. I think you know I still love you, right?
When I said I love you to the moon and back, I actually meant I think I won't be
able to love anyone after you. I love so a great deal, noob. You drained all my
love."

He stopped for a beat.

"But that was it, Alys. We had our time. I'll always love you but please let me
live a life. Don't worry about Fier, she's nothing compared to you," he said. He
stood up and cupped my face. "You let me go. I let you go. We let each other go,
Alys." He kissed my cheek and smiled at me. "Take care of my cousin..." he said.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 32 of 52 >

His touch lingered, like I was supposed to savor every moment. Na para bang hindi
na mauulit.

"Best wishes."

I snapped out of my reverie and saw Tofer drinking a cup of tea.

"Hey! Kanina pa kita kinakausap, a! Okay ka lang ba talaga?" Tofer asked.

Nodding and smiling, I said yes. Tama si Drake. We had our closure. Siguro it was
just my ego talking. Hindi lang ako sanay sa idea na may ibang babae na
nagpapangiti sa kanya. We let each other go. Siguro dapat tanggapin ko na na wala
na talaga kami.

He's right.

We had our time... And it was done.


"Let's go to Tripp!" sabi ko bigla kay Tofer. Bigla naman niyang binitawan yung cup
niya at ngumiti siya sa akin.

Mas excited pa yata siya. Siguro may crush talaga siya kay Tripp.

He clapped and beamed. "I'll drive! Tara!"

Before we went to Tripp's, namili muna kami ng dadalhin na cake and champagne.
After all, sort of welcome back party ni Tripp 'to!

Today was the start of something new. Finally, nagkaroon na ako ng closure kay
Drake. Dapat magfocus na ako sa kung ano ang meron ako ngayon kaysa sa manghinayang
ako sa kung ano ang dapat meron ako.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 32 of 52 >

Dumating kami sa kanila after 30 minutes of driving.

"Si Tripp po?"

Tinuro ni Manang yung garden. Nauna na ako since nagpark pa si Tofer. Ang arte
kasi, ayaw na lang iwan sa driveway. As if naman may mangcacarnap sa kanya sa
kalagitnaan ng araw sa loob ng posh village.

I was counting my footsteps when I heard some laughter.

"Shut up! I look good blonde!"

I heard his voice saying, "No. Who said that? Niloloko ka lang nun. Naniwala ka
naman sa bola."
And then I heard some more laughter. The voices were familiar.

Lumakad pa ako and then I finally saw them. The girl who was laughing with my
boyfriend stood up and hugged me.

"Alys!" she said.

I hugged her back. "Kei..."

< prev
<< start
< Part 32 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -30- (p.1 of 6)

Again, pls do buy For Hire: A Damn Good Kisser in bookstores nationwide!!! :D Story
of Alys's parents! Anyhoo, please vote if you must! Votes are kinda needed
nowadays. Lol

AND! Drake Palma book: the announcement about this will be posted on my fb page!!
Pls be posted ;)

--

Chapter 30

She pulled me with her and asked me to sit. "Hey, are you alright?" she asked.

Napatingin na lang ako sa kanya... at kay Tripp. Bakit sila magkasama? I thought
hindi sila magkasundo? Dati kasi nung nasa New York kami, hindi sila nag uusap
dahil masyadong nasusungitan si Tripp kay Kei, and the same as Kei, hindi niya
gustong kasama si Tripp. What happened? Nagkaroon ba ng apocalypse at hindi ako
informed?
"Here, water," sabi ni Kei sa akin sabay abot ng glass and poured water in it.
Napainom ako. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako kinakabahan. I mean, I shouldn't be,
right? Kei's almost my sister. Alam niya lahat ng pinagdaanan ko nung nasa New York
ako. All those sleepless nights, all those inconsolable crying... She wouldn't
betray me now that I was fighting for my only shot at happiness.

Si Tripp? He was avoiding my stare. Bakit, Tripp? Guilty?

After drinking, I turned to her. "B-Bakit ka nandito?"

She beamed at me. She still looked as good as ever. She's still blonde. She's still
Kei.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 33 of 52 >

"I just finished my internship and MBA!" she said. "I just want to visit the
Philippines, you know. I've been far from home since high school."

"What did Auntie say?"

She shrugged. "I don't know. Bayaan mo sila, I'm an adult so hindi na nila ako
kayang i-stop if I want to spend my life here," she said and then winked at me. And
then she stood up and clapped her hands. "Speaking of Mom, she asked me to give
something to you. Wait up! I'll get it from my car lang, ha." She sped away and
left us here.

The silence was eating us. No one wanted to talk.

"So..." I said, breaking of the numbing silence. "You're back."

I didn't understand how it could possibly feel so awkward talking to someone you
love. We've been through a lot... So much. Pero ngayon? It felt like I was talking
to a stranger. Someone I barely knew.
He tried to smile. "Oo nga, e."

"Kasama mo si Kei." It was meant to be a statement but it sounded like it was an


accusation. Well, maybe it was. I just can't seem to understand why they were
together when in fact, they couldn't be at each other's back.

He shrugged. "Oo nga, e."

I was getting pissed off. He's avoiding me.

"Tripp, ano ba."

He looked at me now. "Ano'ng ano ba?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 33 of 52 >

"Iniiwasan mo ako."

"Iniisip mo lang yan, Alys."

And then it stung. Alys. He called my Alys.

"Galit ka pa rin sakin, e..." I said, my voice breaking. I couldn't help but cry.
Ang tagal kong tinago ng mga nararamdaman ko. Yung mga gusto kong sabihin sa kanya,
ngayon ko lang nasasabi. He was avoiding me for what it felt like an eternity.

He crossed his arms and slumped back. "You're overthinking."

Hindi ko napigilan pero I slammed my fists. "Talk to me, then! Hindi yung iniiwasan
mo ako!"

Tripp's jaw clenched and then closed his eyes. He muttered something inaudible.
Tripp, bakit mo ba ako ginaganito? Hindi mo ba ako mahal? Akala ko ba ayaw mo ng
umiiyak ako?

"Go home, Alys. Mag aaway lang tayo."

"Then let's fight pero please let's talk!"

He stood up like he didn't even hear what I said. "Go home." He started walking
away from me but I tugged on his arm. "Alys..."

"Tripp naman... Wag mo naman akong ganituhin..."

Before I even knew it, I was crying again. Damn these tears. Kailan ka ba mauubos?
Parang sa sobrang dami ng mga pinagdaanan ko, hindi ka nauubos. Sa lahat ng
naramdaman ko, nandiyan ka lang palagi.

"Wala akong ginagawa," he uttered.

I hugged him from behind. Wala akong pakielam kung may ibang makakita sa amin. Wala
na akong pakielam kung magmukha akong naghahabol dito. This was my last shot. It
felt like everything's gonna break apart. I need to salvage what I can salvage.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 33 of 52 >

"Please do something, anything. Wag yung ganito, Tripp. Mas masakit, e..."

I felt him taking in deep breaths. He held my hand and his hand felt the same. His
warm hands against mine. His familiar touch lingering...
He turned around and looked at me. His gaze didn't feel the same. It was like I was
staring at another person. How could he possibly change in a short period of time?
Bakit sobrang nag iba na siya?

"Give me space to breathe, Alys. Mag uusap tayo pag okay na ako."

"Pano naman ako, Tripp? Pano kung hindi ako okay? Naisip mo man lang ba yung
nararamdaman ko?" I asked him. I sounded so desperate but I was more than willing
to be. I have already lost everything, it wouldn't hurt to fight for this last one
even if it meant lowering myself.

He smiled a little. "Pano naman ako, Alys? Naisip mo rin ba yung nararamdaman ko?"

"Ikaw nga yung pinili ko, di ba?! I chose you! Why are you being an ass?!"

He just stared at me during my utburst. "You didn't choose me, Alys. I was the
option. Iniwan ka ni Drake, so ako na lang. Ganun 'yun, di ba? Si Tripp na lang
yung nandyan, e. Sige siya na lang. Akala mo ba masaya sa pakiramdam yun?" he shook
his head. "Nakakagago, Alys. Sobrang nakakagago." He turned his back on me. "Umuwi
ka muna, please. Mag usap tayo pag pareho na tayong okay."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 33 of 52 >

And then he started walking away and for a moment, I felt my hopes were crushing.

"Hey?" Kei returned just in time to see me crying. She was with Tofer who was as
clueless as she was. "Why the hell are you crying?!"

I couldn't even utter a word. It felt like if I said a thing out loud, I'd
breakdown again.

"Is it Drake again? I swear, that ass!" Kei cursed.


Si Tofer, umupo sa tabi ko and hugged me. "Okay lang yan, Alys. Inaway ka ba ni
Tripp?"

"Wait what, Tripp? Di ba he's your boyfriend? Why the hell would he make you cry?"

I just shook my head and looked at them. "Look, I really don't want to talk. Could
you just please take me home?"

--

Days after my talk with Tripp, nothing happened. He didn't make any effort to talk
to me again, much less to even see my face. Were we really breaking up?

"Honey, come on."

My Mom dragged me to one of the company's party. Apparently, it was obligatory for
the family to attend.

"Coming!" I shouted. Well, at least my family's okay even if everything was broken.

The drive was long and winding but finally, we arrived just in time. Dad and Mom
disappeared from our vision, probably talking to the business partners. Dane? He
left me to eat alone. My brother's such a lonely guy. When he returned from the
States, he was really, really weird.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 33 of 52 >

I was walking mindlessly when I bumped into someone.

"I'm so--" I was about to utter my apologies when I noticed that it was Drake...
tending to a very drunk Fier.
He wasn't shocked to see me shocked.

"Alys!" Fier said, her words were slurry. "You little bitch!" she said. All the
people near us looked at us.

Drake whispered something in her ears which made her giggle like a kid. "Come on,"
he said. He looked at me for a beat. "Sorry, she's just really drunk."

I smiled at him. Looking at her, I can't find it in me not to compare. Drake said
she doesn't even compare. But how come I feel a wee jealous everytime I see her so
close to him? And it felt really inappropriate feeling this...

Drake dragged her from me but she just kept on mumbling things. "Alys... I hate
you, you know!" she shouts while she was being dragged. "You broke up with him but
I still can't get him from you! You're a horrible person!"

That was the last thing she said before her voice disappeared from my hearing.

< prev
<< start
< Part 33 of 52 >

DP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -31- (p.1 of 11)

Sa mga di nakakaalam, magkakaroon ng self published book ang Drake Palma! Nasa
external link for more details! :)

Chapter dedicated to Ate Aeya! Pagaling ka po! <3

Chapter 31

How come when you want something so badly, it never felt like the universe will
help you get it? Wasn't that supposed to be the other way around? For me, it felt
like everything, everyone conspired for me to be miserable.
"Tama na 'yan, okay?"

I was at the dining room. Hindi ako pumupunta sa shop ko because lately, everything
felt so tiring. Parang wala na akong ganang mabuhay.

My Mom suddenly snapped out and looked at me. "That's it. You're going with us
later," she said.

I arched my brow. "Where?" sabi ko sabay abot sa coffee ko.

"Fund raiser."

"Mom!"

She shook her head. "No, Alys. I've had enough of your sighs and silence. You're
going."

I looked at her with pleading eyes. Ayoko talagang pumunta sa fund raisers. Sure,
maganda yung goal nila pero... I hate being sold! The last time I went there was
when I was 14 and I was sold for half a million tapos I was forced to spend my time
dancing with that jerk face Lourd Sandoval!

"Nope. Not working. Pick out a nice dress. I'll have manong drive you later."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

"Pushover," I commented.

"Still not working, Alys. I'll go, okay? See you later, honey."
And so I was left with no choice. Pupunta ako sa fund raising ball even though I
hate it... no, I loathe it.

Time passed by and I didn't even notice it. All day, I was staring at my phone,
even so blindly hoping that maybe, just maybe, Tripp will have the decency to send
me a message. I mean, we're not over, right? We're taking a break, all right, but
we're not done. We're not done.

I even passed by his facebook account and I saw that he's posting pictures.
Photography has always been his thing. Nung nasa New York kami, he'd bug me to be
his model pero ngayon, wala na. Sayang lahat kung mawawala na lang bigla.

A picture grabbed my attention while I was browsing through his albums.

"Kei..." that was all that had left my mouth.

In the picture, she was walking at the airport while looking at her hand phone. The
picture looked so innocent yet there's something... there's something that hurt my
heart.

Hindi naman pwede, di ba? She'd never betray me. Not like this. Alam na alam niya
kung ano ang pinagdaanan namin ni Tripp. Hell she's been there while we're
struggling to be together. Ni hindi ko naisip na kahit minsan, she'll betray me.
She's the closest thing I have for a sister next to Aya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

My hands were shaking while scanning the album. There were snapshots of her, all
stolen. And when everything was all too heavy, I closed my laptop and gave it a
rest.

No, she'll never hurt me.


Tumayo ako at naghanda. Mom was right; I've been wallowing in self pity I actually
forgot how to live. There's more to life than this mess I'm in. I need a breather.
I need to see that my life was actually still worth living, that the people around
me were still worth trusting.

I picked out a black dress and a nice shoes to go with it. True to my mother's
words, manong fetch me about quarter to seven.

"Nandun na po ba sila mommy?" I asked him.

Manong nodded and concentrated on driving.

While I was busy watching the busy streetlights of Makati streets, my phone beeped.
It was a text from Kei that said, "Where you at? Fund raising event. Are you gonna
be there?"

I closed and even deleted her message. This was bad. Wala namang ginagawang masama
sa akin si Kei yet somewhere within me, I was starting to hate her. Ang hirap sa
pakiramdam na yung mismong taong itinuturing mo na best friend, pinagdududahan mo
na rin. Where's the sense of living kung yung mismong mga taong dapat
pinagkakatiwalaan mo ay pinagdududahan mo?

I need a resolve. Hindi pwede na ganito na lang ng ganito. I'd die early kung puro
ganito na lang ang mangyayari sa buhay ko.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

Kinuha ko ang phone ko at nagtext kay Kei.

'Yup. See you!'

See you, Kei. And talk to you, as well. I can't keep living like this. All these
paranoia will be the death of me.
--

"Mr. Montreal, my daughter, Alys," my Dad said, introducing me to one of his


business partners, I think. Ganito na lang palagi tuwing may business functions
kaya ayoko na nagpupunta sa ganito. Ang daming tao and they can't seriously expect
me to remember every single one of them, right?

The old man smiled at me and introduced me to his daughter. "This is my daughter
Nathalia." The girl smiled at me.

"Hi," I said. She hid behind his father and then looked at me. I smiled at her and
then waved goodbye as I went to grab a drink.

I was busy sipping my wine when a hand rested on my shoulder. "Thank goodness a
familiar soul!"

I turned around and saw Kei breathing heavily. She looked stunning, as per usual.
"Hey," I said.

She grabbed a drink and drank it all at once. "Hey!" she said after finishing her
glass. "Glad you're here! Goodness, bigla lang akong pinapunta ni mom saying she
was supposed to be here but she can't so apparently I'm filling in for her. Ikaw?
You're with your family?"

I timidly nodded. "May kasama ka ba?" I asked, silently wishing na hindi siya
kasama ni Tripp.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

She shook her head. "Nope. Last minute decision. But I'm ecstatic you're here!"

I smiled at her. How did I ever doubt her? She'll never hurt me... intentionally at
that.
The event started a bit later after the dinner was served. Each of us were given
numbers. Dad said I could spend only a million for tonight. As if naman may bibilin
ako sa human bidding.

"N-nakita mo ba si Tripp?"

Kei looked at me and arched her brow. "Are you two fighting?"

Hard as I try to deny it, hindi ko kaya. It was so damn obvious. Hindi na kami
magkasama ngayon. Back then, we were inseperable by any human means.

She shook her head. "I saw him last time. You two should talk, you know. Walang
sense ang pag iwas sa problem because admit it or not, hindi naman nawawala yun.
The problem's still there. You're just prolonging the agony."

Sana nga kasi ganun lang kadali yun. That confronting the demons of your life is
easy... but it's not. Problems were there to keep our feet on the ground, to remind
us that no matter how perfect our life may seem, somewhere along the way, something
will mess up and will burst our pretty, little bubble of perfect life.

"Sana nga..."

She hit my shoulder. "Stop the pity party, Perez! Come on. We both know na parang
aso si Tripp dati kung humabol sa'yo. Don't let him turn the situation upside down!
You're a wonderful person, okay? Don't let someone let you forget that."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

I smiled at her. "I really missed you."

She winked at me. "Same here, same here."


The event formally started.

"For the first auction... it came from the generous family of Sandoval! A 90 year
old wine from one of the best wine maker of France. The bidding amount starts from
100 thousand."

And... the playtime of the rich and successful began.

Kei and I were talking about the things we used to do when we were in New York when
suddenly, she excused herself. "My mom's calling."

She left abruptly after that and I was left alone, trying to make sense of how come
people waste money with these shenanigans?

"Old hag."

"Ethos?"

He rolled his eyes at me. This kid! "Di ba halata?" sabi niya sa akin. God, he
really did take after his brother!

I looked around, trying to spot either his mom or dad. "Sino ang kasama mo?" I
said, looking at him. He was wearing a tuxedo and his hair was really well done. He
looked really dashing!

He sighed and sat on Kei's spot. "Si Mom at Dad. Ikaw, sino ang kasama mo old hag?"

"Old hag?"

He nodded. "Yes, old hag. Pwede mong igoogle kung hindi mo maintindihan."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >
Oh, God. I was wrong. He's worst than Drake!

"Call me Alys."

"I don't want."

"Ethos!"

"What?"

"Call me Alys."

He stuck his tongue out. "You can't make me."

"I'm telling your dad about your stinky attitude," I warned him.

He cocked his head and smirked at me. He smirked at me, oh my god!

"Okay. Punta ka sa bahay namin."

I shook my head. "No, ngayon ako pupunta. You're a bad kid. Ilang taon ka na ba?"

He raised his hand and showed me his five fingers. "I'm four. And it's been four
years since you broke up with kuya. You're a mean, old hag."

Halos mabulunan ako sa sinabi niya. How could a kid like him say so many things?!

After grabbing my share of froyo, he stood up. "Go to our house, okay? I hate you
but I hate that other old hag more." And then he left me. What's with that kid?
Geez.

Minutes passed and wala pa rin si Kei so I decided to follow her. Baka naman
naligaw na yun. This hotel was big and she's new in town... kind of.

I excused myself from my parents and walked out. The night wind was crisp and
chilly and everybody seemed preoccupied. No one noticed me walking out the door
apart from the one who was responsible for opening the door.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

Carefully, I searched the parameter but no one was around. I finished roaming
around the lobby and the whole of the first floor but Kei wasn't anywhere in sight.
Where could she have been? She won't answer her phone.

As I was passing by the corner, I heard faint murmurs.

"It feels like I'm talking to a dumb person here!"

"Hindi mo sinasagot 'yung tawag ko. What do you expect me to do?"

And that was the exact moment I clutched my hands to my chest.

"Oh god, Tripp! You and me? Not happening! Are you dumb or crazy? Oh, wait, you're
both!" cried Kei.

There was an abrupt pause and with that my heart followed as well. The silence was
torturing me. All my nightmares felt like being real.

I heard someone kcoking over something. "Kei," he said, his voice strong and firm.
Kei shouted. "Tripp, umayos ka nga! You're with Alys, my best friend! Need I spell
it out for you? God, pinapasakit mo ang ulo ko!"

"We're on the rocks."

"I don't care, Tripp Marco Palma. I don't go after my friend's ex. Ikaw at ako? Not
now, not ever. So please, get your head out of your ass and start fixing things
with Alys. I'm nowhere as good as Alys. Don't be a jerk and straight things out
with her. She's a catch and you're an ass. Be thankful she's putting up with all of
your shit because if that was me? You'll see yourself in the dumpster."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

After that, I heard footsteps and I hid myself from her. She stayed after walking
for a few meters and then I received at text from her.

'I'm going home. Sorry for ditching. Rain check?'

At that moment, I did not know whether to smile or to cry. My boyfriend was going
after my best friend.

I was silently sobbing when somebody spoke behind me.

"Anong ginagawa mo dito?"

It was him. His voice was nothing like before. He's now cold and ruthless. Was this
the real him? Was I just being pathetic believing that he was my version of perfect
prince charming?

Wiping my tear-stained cheek and controlling my breathing, I looked at him with the
faintest ray of pride. "Napadaan lang ako."

He shrugged.
God, can I be more pathetic than I already am?

I tugged on his arm. "Tripp..." I called out.

He stopped and I felt him taking a deep breath. "Alys, I know you heard us talking.
Masokista ka ba?"

I had to bit my lip to prevent a sob from escaping my lips. Damn I thought it would
be painful but I never imagined it would be twice as painful as this. This was
beyond torture.

"Tripp, akala ko ba pahinga lang? Hindi naman tayo naghiwalay..."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

He sighed and held me by my shoulders. I was shaking from all the controlled sobs.
It was pretty damn hard not to cry in front of your boyfriend while watching him
slip away.

"Alys, let's break up."

"Ayoko!" I shouted before I even knew it. "Ayoko, Tripp!"

He closed his eyes and bit his lower lip. "Alys, wala na. Tapos na talaga."

"Sinasabi mo lang yan. You're not even trying!"

He grabbed me and shook me. "Naririnig mo ba yung sarili mo, Alys? You're being
selfish. Pabayaan mo na ako. I want a life without you."
And that put a permanent scar on my heart. How could he want to have a life without
me? Did he loathe me that much?

I put my head down and felt my dress getting soaked up with all the tears. My chest
was tigheting and I can't breathe. It was hard breathing... Ayoko na...

My voice was faint... and I was losing faith.

"D-don't you love me anymore?"

It was more of a rhetorical question. He didn't love me. Not anymore. Did he even
love me in the first place?

"I did, and I still do."

"Pero bakit mo ako sinasaktan?"

He lifted my chin and smiled at me. "Because you can't love me the way I want you
to, Perez. Buong buhay ko palagi kong kahati si Drake. Ayoko na pati sa babae,
magkahati kami."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 34 of 52 >

"Buti I chose you!"

He shook his head. "No, Perez. You chose him. I was your safety blanket."

"Tripp..."

He kissed my cheek. "Subukan mo muna siyang habulin, Zy. Pangako kapag hindi mo
siya nahabol, ako ang hahabol sa'yo."
I smiled at his response. "And why were you being a dick?"

He patted my head. "Because if I wasn't, I'd just see myself crawling back to you.
I'm pathetic without you, Perez.

I held his hand. "Then let's be pathetic together. Tripp, masaya naman ako na ikaw
ang kasama ko..."

He shook his head. "Let's try being apart for real, Zyril. I promise you my name.
Papakasalan kita kapag hindi ka binalikan ni Drake. Come on, Perez. Mahirap 'to
para sa akin."

I held his head and planted a soft kiss on his lips. "You really are my soulmate."

He smiled. "Pero hindi lahat ng soulmate nagkakatuluyan."

"I know."

He offered his hand. "Friends?"

I shook my head. "You'll marry me someday."

< prev
<< start
< Part 34 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -32- (p.1 of 10)

Merry Christmas, guys! :) External link: link ng info about the Drake Palma book!
Ang daming humihingi ng palugit so imomove ko na siya hanggang second week ng
January okay? :D
Chapter 32

My head was still aching from all the thinking and pondering I did last night.
Susundin ko ba yung sinabi ni Tripp? Will I chase Drake? And if I did, wouldn't it
be tiring and exhausting? Alam naman namin parehas na mapapagod lang kami. It was
like ours was doomed.

I got up and did my morning rituals. There's no use studying for years kung
magiging tambay lang naman pala ako sa bahay namin.

"Good morning," I greeted my mom. I went near her and kissed her cheeks. Looked
like wala na sila daddy at Dane. "Nasan sila dad?"

My mom motioned me to sit down with her and placed a decent amount of bread and
spread on my plate.

She said after finishing, "Andy's at work and your brother is studying. You? Ano
ang gagawin mo today?"

I was torn between saying na babalik na ako sa shop and lying about it. Seriously
speaking, I want a break. Gusto kong umalis at magbakasyon. Maybe to take things
off my mind. Siguro kailangan ko 'to. Lately, my mind had been doing rash things to
me. There were nights kung saan hindi ako makatulog. It felt like torture; just
lying there and not being able to sleep at all.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

home

"I'm going on a vacation," I said.

My mom beamed at me. "Finally!" she said with glee. "Where are you headed to?"
I shrugged. Wala pa talaga akong plano. I just wanted an escape from the harsh
reality. Somewhere where I could be who I was. To be just Alys... 'yung walang
hangups, walang insecurities, walang problema. I just wanted to become a kid again.

"I don't know yet. Somewhere South, maybe?"

Mom nodded. "Alright. Call me if you need anything, okay?"

"Okay."

After the delightful breakfast, mom went to work. Ako? I went up to prepare my
things. Ilang araw kaya ako mawawala? I think one week would suffice. Siguro naman
after that, my mind would be fresh enough not to screw things up. Susubukan ko
'yung sinabi ni Tripp. Maybe I'll try to fix things up with Drake. No, not chase
him. I just want to have things back to normal.

Maybe tama nga si Tripp, I still love Drake. I think I never stopped loving him. He
was my epic love. Pero I don't want that kind of love. Gusto ko lang ng tahimik na
buhay. Complications would never be my thing.

I finished packing my things after an hour and a half. I went down and got my car
key. Pumunta rin muna ako sa kitchen to get some food. This will be a long drive.

"Hello?" I said after picking up the phone. I saw Aya's name on the caller ID.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

There was a noise on the other line pero hindi ko na pinansin. I was busy checking
my things; baka kasi may nakalimutan ako. ("Alys!") she said with uncertainty.

"Yeah?"
("Nasan ka? Sabi ni Tita magbabakasyon ka raw?")

I ignited the engine. Hay, Alys. Brace yourself for the long drive.

I typed the destination I was headed to. Mabuti na lang my Nana loved me enough to
buy me a European car. How I loved this car.

Sinabi ko kay Aya yung resort na tutuluyan ko. Why was she now interested in my
plans? Dati naman kahit iyakan ko na siya, hindi siya sumasama sa akin. Oh how she
hated travelling.

("Oh, okay, thanks!") she said and then ended the line. Weird.

The drive to nowhere started. I played songs to lighten up the rather sappy mood.
After passing by Manila, I opened the window of my car. The wind was so refreshing.
It was like I wasn't in the Philippines.

The monitor said I was on half an hour away from my destination. Good! I can'tt
wait to put my sunblock on and to toast myself under the sun!

While I was busy driving, my phone kept on vibrating. It was all from Kei. Why was
she calling? Maybe she felt guilty? Pero bakit naman? It wasn't like... nevermind.

I pulled up on the sideway and composed a quick message.

'On a vacation. Look after Tripp for me, okay? Bye! Thanks, Kei! x'

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

Just because I agreed to Tripp's stupid plan of me chasing Drake did not mean that
I'll let him chase after Kei. I just can't fathom the idea. It was... it was
unimagineable.
Dumating na ako sa resort just few minutes after. The place was breathtaking!
Ngayon na lang ulit ako nakakita ng coconut tree, swear! Ang ganda dito!

I dragged my suitcase and the attendees welcomed me. It was like I was in Hawaii.

"Mabuhay!" they said in unison.

I smiled at them and let them carry my things for me. Inabutan din nila ako ng
drinks.

After that, pumunta na ako sa frontdesk. I reserved a room earlier using my Mom's
credit line. Mine was a wreck. Dad had it cut kasi I reached my limit three times
already.

"Hi. I had a room reserved. Alys Perez," I said.

The woman checked on her computer and then smiled at me. "Here's your keycard. You
made a change earlier, right?"

My brows furrowed. "Change?"

She nodded at me. "Someone called and upgraded your room to a suite."

"Ha?"

"You used the same card."

I smiled at her at tumalikod ako. Shit. Bakit nandito si Drake?!

He didn't see me first kaya nagmadali akong maglakad papasok sa looby nila. Nagtago
ako sa likod ng isang halaman and quickly dialled mom's number.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

("Hi!")

"Aya?" Bakit hawak niya ang phone ng mom ko?

("Hi, Besh! Hehehe. Ayaw kang kausapin ng mommy mo, e.")

I massaged my temple. Eto na naman si Aya sa thrill niya sa buhay! Dapat talaga
isinasali siya sa Survivor or sa Amazing Race e! Gustung gusto niya ng ganitong
thrill!

"Bakit naging suite yung room ko? At bakit nandito si Drake?" I tried my best not
to shout pero halata na sa akin na naiinis na ako. God, Aya! Ano ba ang nasa isip
mo!

("Hashtag team Dralys nga kasi ako! Kaya niyo yan! Make love not war!")

"WHAT THE HELL, AYA?!"

("Basta jan ka lang. 'Wag kang KJ!")

"You're crazy."

("I'm not crazy; I'm your best friend, okay? Sit back and relax. Kung wala talaga
sa one week na magkasama kayo, I shall never talk again about Drake. Promise kahit
masakit sa puso magiging hashtag Team Tripzy na ako.")

"Crazy witch!"
("Love you, Besh! Mwa!")

Ugh! Kainis! Babaan daw ba ako ng phone?!

I put my phone back on my pocket and took three deep breaths. Sabi ng instructor ko
sa yoga, three deep breaths dapat para kumalma ako. But hell kahit yata sampu hindi
ako kakalma, e!

I hastily dragged my feet toward Drake.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

"Hi," I said.

He looked at me. "Hi?"

Seemed like wala rin siyang alam. Si Aya talaga!

I smiled at him. "Bakit ka nandito?"

He shrugged. "Dad."

So... balik na naman siya sa one word utterances niya? So Drake Palma.

I nodded at his minimal response. Tumingin ako sa receptionist and ask kung pwedeng
ibang room na lang ako. The suite was too big and I'd like a small room, thank you
very much.

"All rooms are occupied," sabi niya. Tumingin ako sa paligid at kami lang naman ni
Drake ang tao. Sino ba naman kasi ang magbabakasyon sa gitna ng September?
"Are you serious?" I asked her.

She nodded. "All rooms are under Dana Guzman's name."

Shit. Aya!

"But she's not even here!" sabi ko sa receptionist.

She shook her head. "The rooms have been paid. However, the suite room is still
available for the two of you."

I looked at Drake. He was passive.

"You can take the room," he said. "I'll go."

And then he turned his back at me. Bakit palagi na lang ganito yung sitwasyon
namin? Palagi niya na lang akong tinatalikuran.

Sinundan ko siya ng tingin at then I saw him kicking his car's wheel. Out of sheer
curiosity, lumapit ako. Damn. His tires were all flat! Aya!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

home | faq | f

Lumapit ako lalo and goodness! Pati yung sasakyan ko flat din yung gulong!

I grabbed my phone and dialled either my Mom's or Aya's but my phone was cut as
well! Ugh! Conspiracy!

Tinignan ko yung mga crew ng resort and all of them looked away. Siguro binayaran
sila ng magaling kong nanay! Ugh! Isusumbong ko sila kay Dad!

I dragged myself back to the receptionist. "Fine, akin na yung card."

Inabot na sa akin yung card and all of a freaking sudden, nasa likod ko na rin si
Drake. "My phone is useless. My car is useless," sabi niya.

Kulang na lang tumango ako sa kanya at sabihin na 'I feel you, brother.'

I smiled and inhaled. "Share a room?"

He shrugged.

I signalled for the bell boy to follow us. Ang magaling kong nanay, pinili pa
talaga yung suite na malayo sa ibang suite, yung ang kaharap namin ay yung beach.
Great, Mom. Ano ba ang plano mo para sa nag iisa mong anak na babae?

"Thanks," I uttered and gave the bell boy a handsome tip.

My eyes roamed around the room. The place was epic! But there was a problem... isa
lang yung kama.

Drake placed his things on the floor and said, "Take the bed."

"We can share?" sabi ko. I mean, I knew him. Hindi siya sanay mahiga sa sahig or sa
couch man lang. This man was practically a prince! Ni hindi nga pinapagod yan ni
Tito Steve tapos papahigain ko sa couch?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

He looked at me with those scary pair of orbs. "No."


"Pero--"

"I'm a man and I'm in love with you. Don't challenge me, Alys."

And that apparently shut me up.

--

We arranged our things. I'll take the bed and he'll stay on the couch. Binuksan ko
rin yung plasma and wtf was my mom thinking?! Bakit adult channel lang yung
available?!

Kulang na lang ihagis ko yung controller sa screen para mabasag siya! Good thing
nasa cr si Drake at naliligo kung hindi baka nahagis ko talaga out of shock!

Naligo na rin ako and I wore a Sunday dress. The wind was fine and I'd like to take
a walk at the shore later. Siguro pwede naman since private property naman 'to.

"Uhm..." I said, trailing off. Hindi ko alam kung pano magsimula. How did we end up
like this? We used to be comfortable around each other to the point na pinapayagan
niya akong gamitin yung shirts niya pero ngayon ni hindi man lang ako makatingin sa
mata niya. Funny how things work.

He closed his laptop. "Alys?"

Suddenly, my heart was beating fast. "H-ha?"

"Just..." he said, hesitating to continue his sentence. "Just treat me the way you
did before. You acting strange sucks."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >
I smiled at him. He really did love me. Sana makahanap siya ng mamahalin niya. Not
me but someone who's worthy of him. Drake is a fine man. Any girl would be lucky to
have him.

"Sure," I said and smiled.

He stood up and placed both his hands inside his pocket. He was wearing a striped
shorts and a black shirt and a beanie.

"Wanna take a walk?"

I gladly agreed.

Pumunta kami sa labas and I was half running kasi naunang maglakad sa akin si Drake
and plus sobrang mahangin kaya hinahangin yung damit ko.

"Ouch!" sabi ko kasi nadapa ako. Ano ba naman 'to!

Before I even noticed that my scraped knee was bleeding, Drake was already kneeling
in front of me and attending to me. "Tss."

"O-ouch!" I said when he touched the injured part. "Drake naman!"

Out of the blue, he chuckled. Ha?

"Anong nakakatawa?" I asked him.

He was still looking at my knee and then he spoke. "This. Us. It was like high
school all over again."

At what he said, I couldn't help but to smile again. Tama nga siya. This was us.
Drake and Alys. Naglalakad lang tapos siya tutulungan ako tuwing nadadapa ako. That
was me when I first fell in love with him.
"Nakakamiss din pala," I uttered.

He sighed at my statement and then fished for his handkerchief. He wrapped it


around my knee not before blowing on it softly.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 35 of 52 >

"There," he said.

"Thanks..."

He brushed off the sand on his shorts and helped me get up. "Alys?"

"Hmm?"

"Can we be like we were in high school again?"

"Ha?"

He looked down and smiled at himself. "High school was my fondest memory because
when I was in high school, I had you."

< prev
<< start
< Part 35 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -33- (p.1 of 7)


Merry Christmas! Had a good one? Me I had a blast! <3 Enjoy reading!

External link: Drake Palma book payment/order form! :)

Chapter 33

My eyes blinked three times. I had no reaction but I was flushed... internally at
that. The fact that the afternoon wind was blowing against me added to the blissful
effect.

"H-ha?" I just had to repeat what he said. Pakiramdam ko, nabingi ako for a moment.

Nakatingin pa rin siya sa baba at nakalagay pa rin sa loob ng bulsa niya ang
parehong kamay niya. I noticed that he lost weight. Sobrang stressed na ba siya sa
akin? No, ang assuming ko naman kung iisipin ko 'yun. Maybe it was Fier's doing.
Last time, nakita ko na siya ang kasama ni Drake. Siguro nga siya ang dahilan kaya
stressed out si Drake.

He looked at me then. This was the Drake I knew, yung walang insecurities, walang
second thoughts. What you see is what you get. Kapag mahal ka niya, sasabihin niya.
Kaya nga dati it took us months bago ko narinig na sabihin niya na mahal niya ako.
Pero hindi ba mas okay yun? Love should take time, hindi yung biglaan na lang. Love
built on foundation is meant to pass through storm.

"Can we?" he asked again.

Before I even knew that the words escaped my mouth, I said, "Sige."

And then, he offered his hand to me and we walked hand in hand.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >

ho
Tahimik lang kami, no one even bothered talking. Siguro kasi matagal kaming hindi
nagkasama. It's been years, right? Kung tutuusin, Drake's just some fond high
school memory. Ilang taon lang ba kaming nagkasama? 2 years? Ilang taon kaming
hindi nag usap? 4 years. The hate was longer than the fun. Pero ganun yata talaga.
There are people who are exception to the rules. Walang time, walang pinagsamahan.
Once they made their mark on your life, they will be permanently etched.
Magkasakitan man, may magawa man na masama, still, kapag bumalik sila, tatanggapin
mo pa rin, e.

"So..." sabi ko. The silence was suffocating. Hindi ko na kaya. I'd rather suffer
in awkward conversation than to live in deafening silence. "How was life?"

"Boring."

"Ha? Bakit naman?"

He looked at me and smiled a little. "Wala ka kasi."

Siguro kung may iniinom ako, nabulunan na ako. God, Drake Palma! Wala man lang
warning warning?!

"A-ano?"

He, then, chuckled. Damn you, Palma!

"Nothing," sabi niya tapos naglakad na ulit siya. Dahil nga hawak niya yung kamay
ko, nahila niya ako. Muntik na akong madapa na naman pero dahil nakahawak ako sa
kanya, napasubsob lang ako sa braso niya. Damn, nagwoworkout siguro siya.

Bakit ba ganito ang iniisip ko? Tss!

"Saan ba tayo pupunta?" I asked him.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >
He shrugged. Hindi na naman siya nagsalita. Ang tahimik niya pa rin talaga.

"Nagugutom na ako..." I uttered. Hindi pa ako kumakain simula nung umalis ako sa
bahay namin. Malapit ng magdilim. Siguro dapat mag dinner na kami. May makakainan
ba dito or what?

He stopped and looked at me. "Let's go on a date."

"HA?"

And that was it. Hindi ko na mapigilan mapasigaw. He really knew how to surprise
me! Akala ko after all these years, mawawala na yang TDPW na yan! Nandyan pa rin
pala!

He smiled, just a little. "I wasn't able to ask you formally before so... yeah.
Will you go on a date with me?"

Pano ba 'to? Before going here, I made it my resolve na si Tripp ang pipiliin ko.
But being with Drake like this? Hindi ko alam kung paano tumanggi. It was because
there's something about Drake na hindi ko kayang iwasan. He's like a magnet. And I
was damn attracted.

"Pero--" I tried reasoning.

"Tonight and the next days will be me living my dream, Alys. After that, you can go
back to your reality."

"How about your reality?"

He smiled again. "My reality sucks."

"Bakit naman? Nandyan naman si Cristine..." At si Fier.


He cocked his head sideway. Nagpalagay pala siya ng piercing. Bakit kaya? Dati
naman sabi niya masama daw yung mga ganun. Time could really change people and
their beliefs.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >

"What do you mean?"

"I mean--- wala! Nevermind."

Nagsimula na akong maglakad pero bigla niyang hinawakan yung braso ko. "Don't make
me say this."

"Ha?"

Ano ba naman! Puro na lang 'ha' ang nasasabi ko! Nasan na napunta yung iba kong
vocabulary?!

He sighed and closed his eyes. After a few second and after my heart stopped
beating momentarily, he looked at me. "My reality sucks because I can't have you.
So will you shut up and let me indulge myself just for this week?"

Hindi ko alam pero bigla na lang nagsalita ako. "Si Tripp."

Two words pero it could change everything. I really did care about Tripp. Unlike
what he believed in, he was my priority. Iniisip ko siya bago ako gumawa ng
decisions, most of the time.

"Just one week."

"Wouldn't it be selfish?" I asked.


He took a deep breath and looked at the orange sky. "I've been selfless most on my
life. Now, I'd like to be selfish," he said and then turned his gaze at me. "Let's
go?"

Wala na akong nasabi. This was Drake talking to me. And he was practically begging.
Sino ba naman ako para hindi sumunod sa hinihiling niya?

"Drake! Drake!" I tried to sound as perky as possible. Ganito ba ako ka high


pitched nung high school?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >

Drake arched his eyebrow. Nainis yata siya sa taas ng boses ko. Nainis din kaya
ako!

"What?"

I smiled at him and held his hand. "I'll be your fairy godmother." Tumayo ako and
stratigically waved my hand up and down. "Babalik tayo sa year 2013. Boom! Nasa
high school na tayo!" I said and then closed my eyes for a bit and then opened it.
Upon seeing him, I smiled. "Drakey baby!"

He smiled. God, he smiled! Hindi maliit at tipid na ngiti. He freaking smiled!

"Noob."

I bit my lip and smiled at him. "Meanie."

He messed my hair and intertwined our hand. "Date?"

I nodded, a little too enthusiastically at that. "Libre mo ha!"


A few steps later, we found ourselves lost. Sino ba naman kasi ang nagsabi sa amin
na maglakad lang ng maglakad sa kawalan?

"Hala! Nawawala na tayo!"

The matured me would have panicked by now pero dahil ako si Alys before, I put my
whole trust in Drake. Hindi naman niya ako papabayan.

"Shit."

Narinig kong magcuss si Drake. Hala! Ano ang nangyari dun?

Dali akong pumunta sa kanya and saw a broken twig on his feet, medyo nagdudugo pa
yung toe niya.

"Anong nangyari?"

"Stupid twig."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >

May dugo! Ang daming dugo! Ugh nasusuka ako!

Tumakbo ako palayo sa sugat niya at nasuka. Sheez! Ayoko talaga ng nakakakita ng
dugo. Dati kasi sa Paris, nahiwa ako ng knife yung partner ko tapos ewan ko ba ang
lakas niya yata maghiwa kaya halos matanggal na talaga yung finger niya. After
that, nahihilo at nasusuka ako kapag nakakakita ng dugo. Disgusting. Nakakadiri.
Ugh.

After pacifying myself, bumalik na ako. Si Drake? Ang seryoso na naman niya.
"Okay ka na ba?" I asked him, avoiding the blood.

He nodded. Tumayo siya and started walking away.

"Huy!" I said, then hinabol ko siya. Medyo iika ika pa siyang maglakad pero ang
bilis niya. Halos nga tumakbo na siya. Ano ang problema niya? "Drake!" I shouted.

He didn't hear me, or rather he didn't stop even after hearing me.

I stopped on my tracks.

"Drake."

My voice was cold. Ayoko ng ganito. Bakit niya na naman ako iniiwasan? Akala ko ba
truce? Ceasefire?

He stopped pero hindi siya humarap sa akin.

"What the hell is your problem again? Kanina lang okay tayo a!" I couldn't help but
shout. He's maddening and frustrating! Hindi pa rin siya nagsalita kaya kumuha ako
ng buhangin at binato ko sa kanya. "Ano ba! Hindi ka ba sasagot?!"

Before my very eyes, he was already in front of me and he grabbed me by the


shoulders.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 36 of 52 >

"Are you pregnant?"


"What?!"

His stare was icy and scary. After asking me that dumbing question, tinalikuran
niya ako. What the hell?! Tatanungin niya ako ng ganong tanong tapos tatalikuran
niya ako?! Nababaliw na ba siya?!

"Drake Sebastian Jimenez Palma!"

"What?" He answered, tired.

"Ano naman kung buntis ako?"

"Don't ask me question you're not prepared for the answer."

It was like I was challenging the devil. The thrill was enveloping my very soul. It
was like playing with fire. Alam mong delikado pero gusto mo pa rin.

I cocked my head. "Ano ba ang sagot mo?"

He went near me and pulled me. "I don't care about the baby's father as long as
you're the mother. Damn it Alys I don't care about anything else. Just you. I just
want you and everything else is just fucking bonus."

< prev
<< start
< Part 36 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -34- (p.1 of 8)

Shoutout to Ate Jonah Torres! Hihi ingat ka jan sa Italy! Hintayin mo yung books
ha! <3

External link and details about the Drake Palma book! :D

Put #DAP34 sa tweets niyo okay? :D


Chapter 34

"Drake..."

My voice sounded more like a plea and not a refusal. It was like a choice between
heaven and hell. Pero I promised him I'll make his dream come true... But what if
his dream would be my reality? All was complicated. Ang hirap na pala talaga.

He clenched his jaw but clasped my hand inside his.

"Are you?" he reiterated his question.

I shook my head. "Hindi."

Living in abroad for almost five years, sleeping around has always been a freaking
option. Most of my classmates did that pero ako? No way in hell. Few years back, I
promised him myself. Stupid promise. Nagbreak na kami at lahat, nakatatak pa rin sa
isip ko lahat ng sinabi niya sa akin, lahat ng pangako niya. It was like his
memories would forever haunt me.

He nodded and then hugged me. "Thank you."

"H-ha?"

I felt him kissing the side of my head. His breathing was heavy and his familiar
musk intoxicated me. Mabuti na lang at yakap niya ako kung hindi, sigurado ako
kanina pa ako napaupo sa sahig. Damn it's been freaking years yet the effect was
still the same... intensified even. How could he do that to me?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >

hom
"You... This... Everything," he said.

I smiled. "Grabe ka naman!" I said, trying to lighten up the mood. "Ang sappy mo,
Drake!"

He shook his head and then smiled at me. He breathed out one last time and then we
started walking side by side.

The September wind was blowing so softly against us. Ang sarap sa feeling maglakad
sa gabi sa ganitong panahon. The atmosphere was so serene and with Drake here, the
silence wasn't so bad. It had always been like this. His silence, his stares, his
words; it has always felt like home.

"Hindi pa ba tayo kakain?" I inquired. Sobrang gutom na ako.

"There's no food around."

I shook my head. "Tss. Grabe gugutumin mo lang pala ako."

He stayed silent as we continued to walk on. After half an hour, finally,


nakarating na kami pabalik sa suite. Wala ring magawa! The cable was freaking
useless, yung wifi may password at ayaw ibigay ang password! Nakakainis na talaga!
Wala talaga akong choice kung hindi kausapin si Drake, matulog, o mabore.

"Haaay!" I said as I laid my body down. My feet were freaking sore from all the
walking and my eyes felt so heavy. Nakakapagod mag adventure kasama si Drake!

I was on the verge of sleeping when he suddenly poked me.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >
"Noob."

"Oh?" I said, half asleep. Pagod na talaga ako. I need sleep.

Gumulong ako sa kama palayo sa kanya kasi kanina niya pa ako niyuyugyog. The bed
was spacious kaya hindi ako takot mahulog.

"Noob."

"Ano baaaa..." I said in prolonged tone. Drake, sorry pero mas matimbang ang antok
ko sa'yo.

I felt him moving towards me. In just a split second, he flipped me over so I was
staring at him looking at me.

"Ano ba!" I said, blushing. He was wearing a black sando? But that wasn't the
point! Ugh! Ano ba namang view yan, Drake?! Ano ba ang ginawa mo habang wala ako?
Tumira sa gym?!

His face was unreadable. Naaamaze ba siya? Naiirita? Hindi ako makapag concentrate!

"Eat."

"Huh?"

He pointed the table using his hand and... oh, my god! May fiesta ba?!

"Ano yan?"

"Food," he simply said.

"Alam kong food yan, Drake! I mean, bakit ganyan kadami?!" I asked, my eyes still
feasting from all the foods! Mas naramdaman ko yung gutom ko sa dami ng pagkain.
Oh, gosh! Was it crispy pata?! Namiss ko yun!

He shrugged. "I'd never let you go hungry. There. Make yourself happy," sabi niya
tapos hinatak niya ako patayo.

Hindi ko alam kung matatawa ba ako o ano! Why did he do this?! I was just kidding
around!

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >

Namamangha pa rin yung mata ko sa dami ng pagkain nung hinatak ni Drake yung upuan
para sa akin. Meron pang sparkling white wine! Oh, Drake. You really did overthink.
May downside din pala ang pagiging genius mo!

"What do you want?" he asked.

The choices was vast. Ano ba ang kakainin ko?

"Surprise me," I said.

He put a portion of everything on my plate. Kanina, sabi niya magdate kami pero in
the end, naligaw kami parehas. Ngayon, this felt more like a date. Mas masaya yung
mga ganito kaysa sa kung pupunta pa kami in some high end place. Masyadong maraming
tao. Here, it was just us. It felt more like a date.

"Ang dami naman!" I said.

"Fatten up."

"Ayoko nga!"
"Why?"

"Pinaghirapan ko kaya yung figure ko!" I defended. It was jog, jog, and jog! Pwede
naman akong kumain ng kahit anong gusto ko but I had to jog every other day... and
yoga.

He pursed his lips and continued putting something on my plate. Beef jerky! Gosh,
Drake! Ano bang food choices, ang random!

"You honestly look like a stick."

"What?!"

"I could draw you using stick figures."

"Ang sama ng ugali mo!"

He shrugged. "Come on, eat."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >

Kinuha ko yung chicken leg and chewed it while shooting daggers at Drake. This mean
man! Bumalik na naman siya sa pag iinsulto sa akin!

Napatingin naman ako sa braso ko. Okay naman, a! He shouldn've seen VS models! Yun
ang mga stick figures! Obese pa nga ako kung itatabi sa kanila. Tss!

"Drink," he said then inabutan ako ng four seasons drink.


"Tss," sabi ko pagkaabot ko.

Kumain lang ako ng kumain habang tinitignan niya akong kumain. Spell awkward!

"Stop looking at me."

He just shrugged.

"Seriously, Sebastian, hindi ako tatakbo. Eat," I said and motioned for him to eat.
"Eat!" I said kasi hindi pa rin siya gumagalaw.

He shook his head. "Just shut up and eat, Alys. I'm fine."

"Hindi ako makakain ng nakatingin ka!"

"Then close your eyes and eat."

"What?!"

"Shut up and eat."

"Ugh! Mean!"

He smiled irritatingly. Nakakainis! "Thank you."

Kumuha naman ako ng shrimp puffs at dinip sa mayo. Ang sarap ng food! Kung ganito
ng ganito, mataba na ako pagdating ko pabalik sa Manila. For sure papagalitan ako
ni mommy.

"Drake," I said in between bites. "I won't run. Chill. Kain ka rin."
He shook his head. "You always say you won't run but I always find myself chasing
after you because you always know how to break your words."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >

I sighed and then put down the shrimp. "Drake," I said, looking at him. "I won't
run. Not now, not tomorrow. I'm all yours for this week."

"And then what?"

I was torn to lie and to say to him about me giving him a chance. I promised myself
na si Tripp na pero I also did promise Tripp na susubukan kong bigyan kami ng Drake
ng chance. Siguro whatever will happen shall happen na lang. I'll give us this
week. If after this week I'd find myself in love--no, I'd always been in love with
this guy--be able to trust him not to lie to me again, then maybe it's the sign for
us to start over again. It was all I was asking for: trust. I'm a big girl; I'm
sure I could handle the truth.

It was what destroyed us: him lying to me. Makakaya ko naman if only he told me the
truth. Siguro by now we would have been married. When we were together, Drake has
always made me feel like he'll be my future. Ewan ko but he has that effect. Siguro
kaya rin ang dami kong kaagaw siya kanya before and today. Girls and women are all
attracted to this damn, young man.

"Stop thinking and let it happen," I said. "Just enjoy the chase and then accept
the result. Drake, happy endings aren't always the best part of the story. The
chase, the memories, the fun... Those are the things that make endings happy."

He started talking. "I'd rather suffer during the chase as long as the end game
includes you barefoot and naked inside my kitchen."

"Drake!" I said, my face flushed scarlet red!

He chuckled. "If we didn't break up, Noob, I'd have you pregnant by now."

Muntik na akong mabulunan sa iniinom ko.


He continued assaulting my innocent mind. "I know I promised 28 but it was just
damn too long. I plan to have you pregnant and then let your dad beat the hell out
of me. That was the dream."

"Drake!" I said, again. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang irereact ko sa mga naririnig ko
sa kanya! Had the years apart made him perverted?! No, I knew he's a perv but now
he's a super perv!

"Alys," he said, seriously. "Did you ever consider marrying me?"

I stayed silent. Yes, Drake. It was the thought that used to make me stay up all
night. Marrying you was the best dream... until you lied to me. That was the game
changer, you know.

But I chose not to lie. "Yes, that was an option."

"Was?"

"Fine, is."

He nodded. "Did Tripp ever propose to you?"

I shot it right away. "Hindi. He didn't ask me." Sure he did pero lahat naman yun
ay biro lang para sa kanya. Did he even consider marrying me? We've been together
for years already. Siguro naman... kahit minsan, di ba?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 37 of 52 >

"He's an ass for not asking."


I smiled at his comment. "Yes, he is."

"But I should thank him. Marrying you is my plan, my dream, my obligation, my


reason for living," he said and then looked at me. "Alys, I can't let you return to
your reality. Give me this week and I'll make you remember why you loved me so
madly when we were young."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -35- (p.1 of 8)

One batch lang ang Drake Palma book! Order order na! Hihi :) Link sa external link!

May OP confession nga pala sa fb ko! Wala lang share! Nakakatawa kasi talaga!

Dedicated to: Mira! Eto na oh! Hahaha

Hashtag #DAP35 sa violent reactions niyo ha!!!!

Chapter 35

"Ha-ha-ha! Ikaw talaga nagjojoke ka!" I held his hand and stuffed my mouth with
food. "Kain na!" I said while eating whatever my hand could hold.

He shook his head and then sti back comfortably. How could he?! Ako nga super
awkward dito tapos siya naman akala mo walang nangyari!

I glared at him while finishing my food. Drake Palma talaga! Bakit ba sobrang
confident niya sa sarili niya? Not in an absurd way, actually. It's just that... he
never felt insecure, for me. He knew what he had and he's just damn confident about
it. Seriously, nakakaloko!

Natapos na akong kumain and nakatitig pa rin siya sa akin.

"Stop staring."

"Can't help it."


I rolled my eyes inwardly. Ano na namang banat 'to, Drake? Give it to me, prepared
na ako!

He seemed to have studied my face. "You're really thin."

Ugh! Ayaw niya pa ring tigilan yung topic na 'yun! Bakit ba mas concerned pa siya
sa weight ko kaysa sa akin?

"Bakit ba mas concerned ka pa sa akin?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

"I'm concerned about everything about you. Your weight, your height, your dreams,
your aspirations. Everything."

I stood up and walked away but he was still in my earshot. "You need not stress
yourself, Drake. Malaki na ako and I could handle my own mess."

He was there still sitting and looking at me. I was comfortable with him looking at
me. Para bang sanay na ako. Nung nasa high school pa kami, ganun naman na talaga
siya. I used to call his stares scary kasi nakakatakot naman talaga siyang
tumingin; para bang gusto mo na lang mapaupo sa sahig sa lakas ng intensity. Pero
ngayon? It was like home. Drake staring at me was part of my normality.

"I'm sure you could but I still want to. It's part of loving, Alys. When you love
someone, you'd want to help her in every way possible, to make things easier for
her. That's what loving is. Seeing what you could give and not looking for what you
could receive."

And that was so profound, I just got to smile. The years did him good. Drake had
always been mature but he was much better now.

"Fine, suit yourself," sabi ko and then iniwan ko siya at pumasok sa cr.
As I was bathing myself, I couldn't help but wonder if he'd do as he said. Will he
really take me back after all these mess? I still love him, that's for sure, pero
hindi ko alam kung deserving ako sa lahat ng nakukuha kong pagmamahal at attention
kay Drake. It was like it was all not meant for me. Sa lahat ng ginawa ko sa kanya,
I didn't deserve any of his love, much more his devotion.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

Pero who was I kidding? He's Drake. Pag gusto niya, gusto niya. And when he wants
something so bad, he'll get it. Walang exception to the rule. Lahat nakukuha niya.
He was just like that. It was like everything he wants were bound to be his.

Paglabas ko ng kwarto, everything was cleared. Si Drake? He was comfortably


sleeping on the sofa. Seryoso nga siya na dun siya matutulog.

I smiled at the image of him sleeping and then tiptoed my way to him.

"Good night, Drake," I said as I kissed him good night.

--

"Good morning."

My eyes were still blinded from all the sleep kaya it took me seconds to adjust
from the light.

"Morning," I mumbled as I stretched my body. "Ano yan?" I said as I saw a tray


spread in front of me.

He handled me the utensils and poured orange juice on the glass. "Breakfast in
bed."
I smiled at the gesture. "Parang bagong kasal lang, ah," I commented.

"Take this as practice."

"Huh. Confident!" I said while enjoying my breakfast! Kahit alam ko na inorder niya
lang naman 'to, natutuwa pa rin ako. Gestures like these would never fail to make a
girl smile. A timiless act, in fact.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

He nodded. "You fell for me, and you'll fall for me. It's inevitable."

I shook my head while smiling. "Ewan ko sa'yo, Palma."

I tried to concentrate on my food when Drake suddenly got up and then put a small
box in front of me.

"Ano yan?" I said with my brow arching up. The box was small and looked antique.
Mukha siyang jewerly box, actually.

He opened it in front of me and I was in awe with the beauty of the jewelries!

"Oh, my god!" Nasabi ko na lang.

Drake smirked at my reaction. He crossed his arms and then shook his head. "Girls
and their jewelries."

I pouted at him. "Boys and their toys."

He shrugged. "These are all yours," he said and then nilapit niya sa akin yung box.
Napanganga na lang ako. Was he for real?!
"Niloloko mo ba ako?!" I said, my face bewildered and excited at the same freaking
time! Kung niloloko niya lang ako, babatukan ko talaga siya!

He shook his head. "I never kid," he said and then sinuot niya sa akin yung ring.
He was smiling from ear to ear while he was doing that. Since when did little
things start to please him?

"What's so funny?" I asked.

Staring at my finger, he said, "It feels nice holding your hand and talking to you.
You feel like home."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

I was blushing too hard at his compliment. He was never this vocal about his
feelings for me. Nakakapanibago lang but it felt freaking good! Having him made me
thankful for breathing and waking up everyday.

"Thank you," I said. It was a due gratitude. "Pero para saan ba 'to?" I said,
pointing at the jewelry box.

"These," he said, holding the box wide open, "were my gifts. Birthday gifts,
anniversary gifts, monthsary gifts, sorry gifts, I love you gifts, thank you gifts.
I don't know; just gifts because I'm so damn happy you're in my life."

The statement was...

Fudge. I grabbed him and kissed him.

"Damn you, Palma."

He smiled at me. "Yeah, damn me."


--

The days passed and before we knew it, patapos na yung week namin dito. I didn't
want this week to end. It was like this was our escape from reality. The feeling
was soothing and having him here made me believe that I did the right decision.

Tripp was right. I still love Drake. I always did. I will always do.

Tama nga sila. No matter what happened, when you love a person, wala, e. Dun at dun
din lang ang bagsak mo. It was like your destination was long decided. And in my
case, Drake's my end game. Alam ko naman na hindi pa ito yung katapusan. We'll pass
through many storms, we'll argue and fight, pero I trust us enough to make things
work. I know we'll handle it well enough because we trust and love each other.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

hom

Kinuha niya yung gamit ko. I called my Mom and demanded na maayos na yung cars
namin. True enough, pagkagising namin, okay na yung sasakyan. Good. Nadadaan naman
pala siya sa pakiusap.

"Tara na?"

He nodded and we left the suite. Damn all these memories inside this very room.

We drove using different cars since dala namin pareho. Inside the car, tinawagan ko
muna si Tripp, asking him to meet me. Sasabihin ko na sa kanya na kami na ni Drake.
He asked for it. And I'm decent enough to inform him. That's what matured people
do, confronting reality rather than running from it.

("Kailan?") he asked.

I looked at the time. I could still make it. "This afternoon?"


("Sige.")

"Thank you, Tripp."

I heard him sighing on the other line. ("Alys?")

"What?"

("Panindigan mo na 'yang desisyon mo. People are hurting already. Tama na. Last na
'to,") he said with such sadness.

"Yeah. I'm sorry, Tripp."

("Magsorry ka in person, Perez. Tingin ko naman deserve ko 'yun.")

"Yeah. See you later, Tripp..." and then I ended the line.

Tripp was a part of my life. Sabi ko nga, best friend ko siya, soulmate even. Pero
we can't be friends anymore. I just knew we can't.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

While we were driving, biglang nagiba ng way si Drake. Akala ko sabay kaming
pupunta sa bahay namin? He was the one who insisted na ipakilala ko siya sa parents
ko!

I decided to follow him from a distance. I don't know but something felt odd... and
I don't like odd.

After a while, nakarating kami sa isang hospital. He was walking really fast and
his mind was somewhere far away kaya ni hindi niya napansin na sinusundan ko siya.
I wonder what was he thinking?
He was at the nurse station and he was looking really derranged. Matapos niyang
magtanong, umalis siya agad agad. Sobrang nagmamadali siya.

"Sinong hinahanap niya?" I asked the nurse.

"Marie Fier Sandoval."

Si Fier?

"Anong meron sa kanya?" I asked out of curiosity. May sakit ba siya kaya siya
pinuntahan ni Drake?

"Kaano ano kayo ng pasyente?"

Ugh kahit magsinungaling na friends kami ni Fier, hindi ko magagawa. The thought
was impossible.

I smiled at the nurse and followed Drake instead. He was walking fast, really fast,
para bang mamamatay na si Fier at siya yung huling hinahanap nito. The thought was
silly but... what the hell. I could dream.

Huminto siya sa tapat ng isang room. There, Cristine was crying and punching
Drake's body.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 38 of 52 >

"Drake..." she was repeating and repeating. "Drake, I'm sorry..." she said, now
crying.

Hindi ko alam pero natatakot ako sa sasabihin niya. I just got my happiness back...
it was too early to ruin it.

I turned back and started to walk away. Wala akong pakielam kung sabihin na duwag
ako. I just can't handle the truth now. Pwede bang magbulag bulagan muna ako? Pwede
bang masaya muna ako kahit sandali lang?

But it was impossible to be happy. I know that after happiness comes sadness. And
this was it.

"Si... buntis si Fier, Drake. Hindi na kayo pwede ni Alys... I'm so sorry,
Drake..."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -36- (p.1 of 9)

Hahahaha ang funny ng chapter na 'to or ako lang ba ang natawa. Lol. Enjoy reading!
<3

#HappyBirthdayDrakePalma and #DAP36

Chapter 36

I was running really fast. I didn't want to look back because I knew that if I did,
I'd be devasted more than I ever was.

My breath was hitching and suddenly, I couldn't breathe. I clutched my hand to my


chest and then as if it was the cue, the words said by Cristine echoed in my mind.

"Si... buntis si Fier, Drake. Hindi na kayo pwede ni Alys... I'm so sorry,
Drake..."

It can't be Drake's right? Hindi naman niya magagawa sa akin yun... He loves me! At
least that was what he said...

My phone was vibrating and so were my hands. It was Tripp.


I needed someone to talk to... I needed my best friend.

("Nasan ka na? Akala ko ba magkikita tayo?") he asked.

They said the hardest time to control your sobbing was when you're acting tough but
really, all you just want to do is to breakdown. It was a tiring cycle, and
damning.

I ended the call before I could even cry. Tripp had already been through hell
because of me. Ayoko na hanggang ngayon isama ko pa rin siya sa problema ko. Tama
naman siya, people are already hurting. Masyado ng madaming nasasaktan. Kung si
Drake ang pinili ko, kailangan ko 'tong panindigan. May baby o wala, papanindigan
ko 'to.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

home | fa

I sent him a text message instead.

'Feeling bad. Bukas na lang?'

And then I walked back to my car while crying my heart out because of the
possibility that my boyfriend cheated on me and got someone pregnant. Damn if this
thought didn't kill me.

As I was walking, it started drizzling. Bakit parang nakikisama pa 'yung panahon?


It was like the earth was helping me wallow in my self pity. Imbes na dumiretso ako
sa sasakyan ko at umuwi at umiyak, dumiretso ako sa swing na dati kong
pinupuntahan. Dito yun, e. Dito ako umiiyak tuwing sinasaktan ako ni Drake dati.
Nandito lahat ng masasakit na alaala namin.

Ilang beses na ba niya akong sinaktan at pinaiyak? Hindi ko na nga mabilang, e.


Alam ko hindi ko naman dapat bilangin kung ilan kasi ako rin naman yung may gusto
nito. I chose to love him, threfore, I chose to be hurt by him. Ganun naman talaga
yun. Pag mahal mo, asahan mo na masasaktan ka. What is love without little pain?
Sa lahat ng dahilan ng pag-iyak ko sa kanya, ito na yung masasabi ko na hindi ko
alam kung paano ko isasaksak sa isip ko kung paano ko tatanggapin. Damn gusto kong
tanggapin pero hindi ko alam kung saan ako magsisimula.

As I was swinging myself along with my loneliness, someone tapped my back.

"Alys?"

I turned around and saw Sheen looking weirdly at me.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

"Umiiyak ka ba?" he asked and then he brought out his handkerchief and offered it
to me. "Oh," he said and when I was to hurt to accept it, he wiped my tears for me.
"Bakit ka ba umiiyak? Panget ang umiiyak na babae. Dapat nakangiti ka lang palagi."

I missed him. Namiss ko yung pagiging palagi niyang positive. Siya lang yung taong
kilala ko na positibo sa lahat ng bagay. He always knew how to see the best in
someone. Kahit na masama ang trato mo sa kanya, he'll let it pass and instead find
something in you na magugustuhan niya. He was always just like that. He's close to
being an angel...

Instead of replying, I hugged him.

He chuckled and then patted my head. "After all these years, bata ka pa rin, Alys."

I bit my lip and smiled at the familiarity of this scenario. Para akong bumalik sa
high school with Sheen here consoling me. He's still that person who waits until I
stopped crying. Kaya nga ako nagkagusto sa kanya kasi alam niya kung paano ako
pangitiin at patigilin umiyak. It was enough for me to like him.

"Hindi naman..." I whispered. "Bakit ka nga pala nandito?" I asked him, knowing na
hindi naman siya tiga village. Kinuha ko yung panyo sa kanya at ako na yung
nagpunas ng luha ko. The handkerchief was enough to stop my crying, at least.
Siguro kung wala si Sheen, nandito lang ako magdamag, asking why the heavens wanted
me hurting all the time.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

home |

He smiled and then sat on the adjacent swing. "May hinahanap lang ako. Ikaw?"

"Umiiyak, obviously," I said.

"Ikaw talaga," sabi niya tapos ginulo niya yung buhok ko. "Bakit ka umiiyak?"

With Sheen, I felt comfortable spilling all the demons of my life. Para kasing
sobrang trustworthy niya. Alam ko na hindi niya ako huhusgahan, na nandyan lang
siya para makinig, para magbigay ng advice kung gusto mo. He was just a good
listener and the best friend anyone could have.

I adjusted myself not to look directly at him. It felt a little bit silly na
magsumbong sa kanya. Was I being a tattletale? I didn't think so. I just wanted
someone to talk to. Yun lang naman...

"It's about Drake..." panimula ko. He stayed silent and waited for me to go on and
so I did. "We broke up and then now, kami na ulit. All was hell and then all was
supposed to be finally hell but something big happened..." I said, trying so hard
for my voice to not break. "I-I think he got someone pregnant."

I thought after I finished my sentence, I'd cry. Pero hindi, e. I was just there,
absorbing everything. My problem wasn't silly. It was serious. How could I handle
this? I love Drake. I loved him for years already pero hindi ko alam kung kaya ko
siyang agawin kung totoo man na may anak na siya. It was just cruel for the
innocent kid...

"Siya ba mismo ang nagsabi?" he asked.

I shook my head. "Confirmation wasn't necessary, Sheen."


"Alys, never assume unless directly stated. Rule of accountancy. Rule of life."

I smiled and shook my head. "How can I? Hindi ko yata kayang itanong pa, baka bigla
na lang akong maiyak..."

"Ano ba ang gusto mo kasi? Dalawa lang yan, Alys. Una, wag mong tanungin at
macurious ka habang buhay. O pangalawa, tanungin mo at masaktan ka pero mahahanapan
naman ng solusyon."

Pwede bang wala na lang choice? Pwedeng back to square one? Sa Math naman pwede
yun, di ba? Bakit dati feeling ko sobrang komplikado ng Math, pero ngayon? Sana
pala puro Math na lang kasi sa Math, pwede akong magstart from the beginning. E sa
mga nangyayari sa buhay ko? Wala, e. Iyan na 'yun. Live with it or run from it.

I took a deep breath. "Pwedeng null pareho? Anak na yung pinag uusapan, Sheen.
Paano kung tanungin ko siya at ako pa rin pero naman... paano ko maaatim na
makipag-agawan sa anak?"

"You underestimate Drake, Alys. Kilala ko si Drake simula elementary. Kahit ilan pa
ang mabuntis niyan, ikaw at ikaw lang ang uuwian niyan. He's in love with you. Di
mo pa ba alam yun?"

"But the kid..."

He stood up and pulled me with him. "Hindi naman yung bata ang papakasalan ni
Drake, Alys. Ang papakasalan niya, yung babaeng mahal niya. At ikaw yun."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

ho

I smiled and hugged him again. "Thanks, Sheen."

"Wala yun, ikaw pa. Tara, samahan na kita sa inyo."


We walked home and left my car. ipapakuha ko na lang siguro.

While walking home, I couldn't help but still feel anxious. Would I ask to confirm?
Pero bakit iniisip ko pa lang, nahihirapan na ako ng sobra. It was hard thinking
about it but a lot harder actually doing it.

Nung dumating na kami sa bahay, he said he'll visit me again soon. Sana nga.
Kailangan ko ng katulad niya. Unbiased and just positive.

"Alys."

His voice. It was Drake talking to me. Nakatayo siya sa harap ng pintuan ng bahay
namin, just probably waiting for me.

"Bakit?" I asked him, trying to sound normal. Hindi naman niya alam na alam ko na.
Sasabihin niya ba sa akin o magsisinungaling lang siya? Both hurt so much.

He took a step forward and caressed my face. "Were you crying?" he asked in the
most gentle manner.

I tried to smile and said, "Hindi."

I removed his hand from my face and walked in. The house was empty, hindi ko alam
kung nasaan ba sila pero mas maayos na siguro 'to. Hindi ko gusto na makita nila
ako na ganito, na nasasaktan. Palagi na lang kasi, nakakasawa na.

He followed me inside, just silently tailing me around.

"May kailangan ka ba?" I asked.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

home | faq |
Umiling siya at naupo lang sa stool sa kitchen habang kumukuha ako ng tubig. All
the crying was dehydrating me.

"Alys..." he said.

"Ano?"

He smiled. "I love you."

My heart stopped beating. Ito na ba yun? Sasabihin niya na ba sa akin na 'I love
you but I can't marry you.' Dapat na ba akong maghanda?

Nanginginig ang kamay ko, hindi ko alam kung paano hintayin ang kasunod na
sasabihin niya.

"Drake, may sasabihin ka ba sa akin?" I asked.

He stared deep into me and then sighed. "You hate lies. I hate lies."

I nodded. Lies are destructive. Lies will kill your relationship.

"I hate lies. I loathe them," I said back. The moment was intense, anytime sasabog
na yung kanina ko pang nararamdaman. Sabihin mo na, Drake! End this misery!

"Fier's pregnant," he said. There, finally.

I bit my lips to stop myself from crying but damn this one tear that left my eye.

"Ikaw ang ama?"

He nodded.
I turned my back and cried. Naibato ko yung hawak ko na baso. Hindi ko na alam.
Sabi ni Sheen mas okay na malaman ko... Pero bakit ang sakit sakit? Bakit
pakiramdam ko mamamatay na ako sa sobrang hirap?

Sumisikip yung dibdib ko. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang dapat kong gawin.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

"Alys..." he said.

"Drake, umalis ka. Iwan mo ako, please!"

"Listen---"

Humarap ako sa kanya. Wala na akong pakielam kung makita niyang umiiyak ako.
Nasasaktan na ako. Ayokong makita niya akong ganito. Ang sakit e.

"Umalis ka nga, di ba?! Hindi ka ba makaintindi?!"

"Listen to me first!" bigla siyang nagtaas ng boses. "I want you, Alys. I don't
want Fier."

Hinagis ko sa kanya yung prutas sa bowl. Bwisit ka, Drake! Palagi mo na lang akong
ginaganito!

"Sana naisip mo yan bago mo siya anakan!"

He went near me and restrained me. "It's done, Alys. I can't do anything about it
but be responsible and man enough to claim the child. And I'm man enough to still
ask you to be with me. Alys, ikaw lang. Ikaw lang naman palagi, e..."
His words were beautiful but still weren't enough to heal all these scars.
Magkakaanak siya sa ibang babae. Sa ibang babae, hindi sa akin. Saang parte ng utak
ko ba dapat isiksik yun?

"You impregnated her, Drake. Wag mo naman iexpect na papalagpasin ko 'yun."

He nodded. "I don't expect you to but I expect you not to leave me, Alys. Please
don't."

I bit my lip and put my hand on my head. "You had her pregnant. Damn, she was your
first! Gusto mo bang mabaliw ako?!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 39 of 52 >

"Are you marrying my virginity or me?" he asked.

Damn you, Palma! Ako pa ang may issue sa virginity mo ngayon!

"To hell with virginity! Drake, nabuntis mo si Fier! Ineexpect mo ba na matutuwa


ako?"

He stared at me. "I'll get you pregnant tonight if you want."

"Seryoso ako! Wag mo nga akong gaguhin!"

He took another step and held me by the arm. "Alys, you're the only one I want to
be pregnant with my child. Fier was a mistake but you will always be my choice."

< prev
<< start
< Part 39 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -37- (p.1 of 8)

Happy new year, kiddos and mas matanda sa akin na people! Ingat sa paputok! <3

Drake Palma book details sa external link! Sorry makulit, wala na kasing batch two
and ayoko na kulitin ako in the future para sa batch two kasi wala na nga :D

#DAP37

Chapter 37

Hindi ko alam kung nagbibiro ba si Drake o seryoso siya sa sinasabi niya. How could
he take things like this one lightly?!

"Palma, umayos ka. Konting konti na lang tatamaan ka sa akin," I said while glaring
at him. Sumasakit pa rin ang ulo ko sa katotohanan na magkakaanak siya sa ibang
babae tapos siya, nakukuha niya pang loko-lokohin ako. "Bakit ba nakukuha mo pang
magjoke?!"

He shook his head as if he was an innocent child. Damn if he was innocent. For all
I knew, he spent a freaking night in Fier's bed!

"I wasn't joking. I long wanted a child from you."

"Ugh!" I said then binato ko siya ng iba pang prutas. "Bakit ba ang kalmado mo?!
Hindi ka ba pwedeng magpanic kahit konti?! Damn, magkakaanak ka na!"

Drake took a deep breath and then looked at me. "I'm calm because you still aren't
running away. Try to run, Alys. You'll see me panicking."

I closed my eyes and prayed. God, paano ko ba 'to gagawin? I love Drake, I really
do. Kaya ko siyang tanggapin kahit na may anak siya sa iba, oo, pero hindi ko alam
kung kaya ba ng konsensya ko na manakit ng bata. Paano na lang kung magtanong siya
sa hinaharap kung bakit wala siyang daddy? Hindi ko yata kaya na ako yung
idadahilan. 'Ah, wala kang papa kasi kasama siya nung malanding si Alys.' Baka
habulin ako ng bangungot na 'yan.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

"Drake," I said, now relatively calm. "How...paano mo 'to nagagawa? You're having a
baby with Fier. Shouldn't you be with her?"

Umiling siya. "Alys, you can't make me marry her. I have a clear mind. I don't
marry someone because she's having my kid. I marry the person I love."

Ang saya sana pakinggan. 'Yung tipong against all the odds' pero hindi ko talaga
kaya. I need to settle the issues with Fier, with everyone. Ayokong maging selfish.
Oo, gusto ko si Drake, pero gusto ko rin yung mga tao sa paligid ko. I don't want
to have just him, I want to have everything about him.

I tried to smiled at his explanation. "Mahal din kita, Drake. Pero gusto kong
kausapin si Fier, kung pwede."

"Alys, I already told---"

"Drake, please lang. Mababaliw ako kapag hindi ko siya nakausap."

"You'll be crazed by her. You shouldn't talk to her."

I stood by my stand. "Let me talk to her, Drake."

Huminga siya ng malalim. "Alright, tomorrow."

I smiled and then pressed his hand against me. We still have each other despite
everything. Alam kong malalagpasan namin 'to. This is just but a little wave in our
boat; it won't sink our ship down.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

He stayed for a little while, refusing to leave until he made sure I was fine. He
fed me and waited for my parents to arrive.

"Drake?" my Mom said with a familiar grin. Oh, how she wished for this. Lumapit
siya kay Drake and then nagbeso sila. "What are you doing here?"

My dad was shaking his head. Natatawa pa siya kay Mom. Tss. How she loved playing
cupid.

Drake smiled at them. Comfortable na kasi siya. Lahat na yata ng kahihiyan with
Drake nakita na ng parents ko. Looking back, oo nga nakakahiya kaming dalawa.
Naaalala ko pa yung second base talk na yan. Lately ko lang narealize na bata pa
lang kami, manyak na si Drake.

"Feeding your daughter," he said.

Daddy looked at me. "Diet ka ba? Oo nga, pansin ko ang laki ng pisngi mo ngayon..."

I rolled my eyes at him. Corny niya pa rin kahit kailan! Ano ba nagustuhan ni mommy
dito? Tss. Daddy talaga, oh!

Mom clapped her hands. "Would you stay for dinner?"

Drake nodded but I shook my head. "Aalis na siya, mom. Next time na lang," I said
then hinila ko si Drake palayo.

My parents were looking at me weirdly. Mas okay na 'to. I didn't know how to react
kapag napag usapan yung issue with Fier. I did not appreciate an outsider's point
of view as of the moment. My own opinions were too much to handle already.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

Nung makarating na kami sa labas, I took a deep breath. "Uwi ka na. We'll talk
tomorrow, okay?"

He nodded. He was obedient for the first time.

"Okay."

I turned around, didn't stay to watch him leave. Nung makapasok ako sa bahay namin,
my phone vibrated. I fished for it inside my pocket and read a text message from
him.

'You can only make me marry you. 1131. Always.'

I smiled at the phone. Drake Palma, you really knew your way with words.

The moment I went back, my mom bombarded me with question. Seriously, she's one
nagging woman.

"What was that?" she asked.

"Mom, I'm tired. Bukas ko na lang ipapaliwanag."

"Okay," she said, giving up.

Umakyat ako sa kwarto. I cleaned myself but while I was at it, hindi ko magawang
magrelax. Puno pa rin ng tanong ang utak ko. Sana talaga maging okay ang lahat. For
Drake, I'd be willing to compromise. Pero sana naman magcompromise din si Fier. It
takes two to tango. She can't make me give Drake up. We should meet halfway.
After bathing myself, I rolled in my bed. This week has been exhausting. I wish the
next months would be more relaxing. Ayoko na ng stress. It would be damning and
excruciating to live in constant worry and fear that something might ruin your
happiness.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

home | faq | fu

The night passed by and the morning rolled in fast. I took time to dress myself up.
Pupunta kami kay Fier ngayon. I postponed my meeting with Tripp. Hindi ko rin kasi
kaya na irisk na kausapin siya while my mind was practically at the eye of the
storm. Parang sinabi ko na rin na tatakbo ako pabalik sa kanya.

I didn't even eat breakfast because I couldn't bring myself to. I just wanted to
finish talking to her to calm myself.

'Meet me at the hospital,' I texted Drake.

A few minutes of driving and drinking water, nakarating na rin ako sa hospital. I
was pacing back and forth, kinakabahan ako. Gusto kong lumaban pero kapag ginamitan
ako ni Fier ng baby niya, baka hindi pa siya tapos magsalita, sumuko na ako.

She's having a baby with Drake. Ano ba ang laban ko dun?

Dumating si Drake after a while. He was actually really calm! Bakit ba kung umarte
siya parang normal lang?

I seized him through gaze.

"Palma," I said.

"Hmm?"

I tried to be really serious. Damn, I was serious. "Fier is really pregnant with
your child. Kapag nalaman ko na niloloko mo lang ako, God knows what I'll do with
you," I said. If this was one of his messed up tricks, God, I'll kill him!

He nodded. "I wouldn't even try anything to jeopardize our relationship."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

hom

Pumasok na kami pagkatapos kong kalmahin ang sarili ko. This was freaking harder in
actuality! Akala ko kagabi, pupunta lang kami and then settle things. This was
much, much more complicated.

Nakarating kami sa harap ng kwarto ni Fier in no time. This was it.

He held my hand. "Do you really want to talk to her?"

I nodded. "I need to talk to her. For my sanity."

Huminga siya ng malalim and then kissed me. "After talking to her, ask me again and
I'll still say you're the one I'm gonna marry."

I smiled at the sweetness of his assurance. Drake Palma ka nga talaga.

Pumasok kami sa loob. Fier was not alone.

"Sino kayo?" the tall guy asked.

Fier interjected. "Don't be so nosy, Lourd. Iwan niyo nga kami."

The two guys left her room. Sino ba sila? Baka naman sila yung tatay ng anak ni
Fier? What was I thinking? Lahat na lang talaga gagawin ko basta lang hindi maging
si Drake ang tatay.
"What do you need?" sabi niya sa amin.

I took a really deep breath to make me calm. I need all the calmness I could
muster. "Can we talk?"

She rolled her eyes. Kumuha siya ng apple sa gilid ng mesa niya and ate it. She
looked really pretty kahit na may mga dextrose at naka hospital gown siya. No
wonder she got Drake to sleep with her.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

"What else do you want?"

"Are you really pregnant with his child?" I asked. Gusto ko lang ng assurance. Para
kasing ayaw ko pa ring maniwala. Hindi naman ako masisisi. Somehow I was still
hoping. Hindi naman kasi virginity ni Drake ang issue. Ang issue ko, may anak siya
sa iba. Sa iba. Hindi sa akin. Ang layo talaga.

Fier let out a hearty laugh.

"It's my body, Alys. Surely alam ko naman siguro kung sino ang ama ng anak ko, di
ba?" she said while giving me a smile. She then looked at Drake. "And you, fucker,
anong ginagawa mo dito?"

Drake sighed. "Don't call me that."

"Ano ang gusto mo? Asshole? Jerk? Douche? No, I still prefer f-ucker. Bagay sayo
yun. You freaking banged me then sasabihin mo na ayaw mo akong panagutan?! The hell
with you, Palma! I'm not a freaking w-hore! Pinag-aral ako ng magulang ko hindi
para lang anakan mo at takbuhan!" she said. She's actually crying while shouting at
Drake.

I was lost at the situation. It felt like they were the only ones talking.
"I didn't run."

"Walking out wasn't considered running?! You freaking moron!" she said and then she
threw something at his face. Drake didn't even bother moving. Tahimik niyang sinalo
lahat ng binabato sa kanya ni Fier. "Drake, I'm not some slut unlike what others
might actually think. I'm educated. You don't get to treat me like a trash," she
said while tears were streaming down her eyes.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 40 of 52 >

Ito na yung iniisip ko. I was afraid this would happen. I'm also a woman. Alam ko
kung gaano kahirap ang pinagdadaanan ni Fier. I couldn't even begin to imagine kung
paano ang gagawin ko if I was in her place. Begging someone to marry you wasn't
exactly something anyone would want to do. It was pathetic and degrading.

"Fier..." Drake started talking. "Don't do this again."

"I only beg once and you rejected me. Sino ka ba para magmakaawa ako? You're just
some guy I slept with and unluckily, nabigyan ako ng souvenir."

"A-aalis muna ako," I said. Hindi ko na kaya yung mga naririnig ko sa kanila. It
was too much to hear, much more to handle.

Fier said, "No. Listen, Alys. I'm gonna have this child and you're gonna have to
suck it up. I was Drake's first and I am the mother of his child. Marry him, get
his name pero hindi mo maalis sa akin kung ano ang meron ako. You'll never outwin
me, Perez."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -38- (p.1 of 7)

Last day ng payment for the Drake Palma book tomorrow! Expect your books by the end
of January <3 :)

#DAP38
Chapter 38

I went home and my spirit was more than crushed. Kanina pa sinasabi ni Drake na
dapat hindi ako magpaapekto but the truth was, I just can't. Every word, every
stare, they all got into me. Kahit na anong sabi ni Drake na wag akong makinig,
hindi, e. Maybe because I knew that inside, she's telling the truth. She had
something I'll never had.

"Stop thinking about that," he said and then held my hand. "I told you talking to
her isn't a good idea."

Ano ba yung mas okay? Yung marinig ko na lahat ng dapat ko marinig ngayon o
magbingibingihan lang ako palagi kagaya ng gusto mangyari ni Drake? But I seriously
can't. Siguro kung hindi ko nakausap si Fier, habang buhay na akong makukonsensya.

I sit back and looked at him. "Then what's the better idea?"

"I don't know..." he said, "But it definitely doesn't include you stressing
yourself over this."

How can I not stress myself? My boyfriend was having a baby with someone else and
that someone else wanted him with her. Wasn't that preblematic enough because if it
wasn't, I had no idea what a real problem could be.

"Hindi ko kaya, Drake. At the back of my head, naiisip ko yun palagi..." I told him
honestly. Ayoko na magsinungaling kasi alam ko na pag nadagdagan pa 'tong problema
namin, it would be impossible to resolve. There were just too much involved.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 41 of 52 >

hom

He held onto my hand tighter. "Just don't."

"Paano?"
He pulled me into a hug and whispered in to my ears, "I love you enough to make it
through this mess, Alys." I smiled at his affection. He hugged me tighter and
kissed the temple of my head. "Just don't run from me."

I hugged him tighter as I could and then looked into his eyes. "Drake, hindi ako
tatakbo. Bakit ba palagi mo na lang yang iniisip?"

He took a breath and placed both of his hands on the steering wheel. He looked a
lot like my Drake Palma when he's like this. I missed him. Yung pagiging tahimik
niya, walang pakielam, minsan nakakasakit siya, oo, pero kapag inisip mo, he was
just telling you the truth. He didn't do sugarcoating. When he tells you something,
he means well. It's just that people so often misunderstood him because he has his
way with words.

"Maybe because I'm paranoid," he said.

"But why?"

He didn't look at me this time. He kept his eye in front of him. "Because I think I
love you way too much, Alys. And I don't think this love is healthy anymore but I
can't do something about it because I don't want to do something about it. I love
you so much that the thought of you gone again will really kill me."

"Drake," I called out his name. He still wasn't looking at me. I moved towards him
and made him face me. "Look at me," I said and then caught his eyes. His eyes were
sad and it's making me sad. I leaned in and kissed him softly. What have I done to
this man that the mere thought of me being gone was making him like this? "I'm not
running away. Don't be scared."

"I wish I could."

I held his face. "Drake, will you marry me?"

I knew this plan was the worst plan of them all pero I didn't know. Words just came
pouring out of my mouth. I have always knew I wanted to marry this guy... and now
was nowhere near perfect but my heart just kept on telling me to marry him to end
all his doubts, and mine as well.
He stiffened at my question.

"Drake Sebastian Jimenez-Palma, I knew I rejected you so many times already that I
lost track of it. Alam kong mali 'tong gagawin natin considering the fact na
magkakaanak ka na... and I know this isn't fair for the baby nor for Fier. But I
love you so much. I know myself, Drake, deep inside, I know that one day, when all
these are too much to bear, I'm gonna give you up. And the thought scares me. I
don't wanna give you up... Ayoko na. I gave you up so many times already. Tama na
yun. Ayoko na.

"Can I be selfish just this once? Can you marry this selfish girl, Drake?"

I looked at him, hopeful. Of all the days and nights I spent in my dire life,
ngayon lang ako naging ganito ka impulsive. But I knew I won't regret this
decision. Marrying him was my long time dream. Siguro nga I was doing this for all
the wrong reason but who cares? I'm doing it for the right person so screw all the
wrong reasons. I love this guy. So much.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 41 of 52 >

He was still speechless.

"Drake..." I said.

He wasn't moving nor talking. It was like his tongue got tied and it was scaring
me. Ayaw niya ba akong pakasalan? Was marrying me repulsing him? Was he planning on
marrying Fier for the sake of the baby?

I didn't know that I was crying until Drake wiped the tears for me.

"Ayaw mo ba akong pakasalan?" My voice was shaking because of the fear that maybe
he didn't want me anymore...

He chuckled and then pulled me and kissed me. "Are you crazy?" he said. "I'd marry
you in a heartbeat, Alys. Anywhere, any time."
"E bakit ayaw mong sumagot agad?" I said, punching his chest. "Gusto mo ba akong
patayin sa kaba?"

He smiled at me and he was smiling. Just smiling. "Damn, Perez, I love you so
much," he said and then pulled me and kissed me long enough that I knew he just
took my breath away.

--

We were walking hand in hand on our way inside our house. The smile on our faces
can't be denied. We're just meant to be together.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 41 of 52 >

home | f

"Where were you?" Mom asked me the moment na makita niya kami.

There was this worry inside me. I didn't like the feeling. My mom and dad were
there, as if they were waiting for us to arrive.

"Somewhere else..." I said. "Why?"

My mom motioned for us to sit. I didn't like this setup. My heart was racing.

"Mom, may sasabihin ako," I began. Better end this agony of waiting. "We're getting
married."

The look on my mom's face was unreadable, it was like she was happy and sad at the
same time. She closed her eyes and said, "Sorry, Alys, you can't."

Right then, the description that my world stopped spinning was very apt. How come
my life was this screwed up? I just fixed things with Drake and then now, my
parents were making things difficult for me.
My breathing was being rugged and my head was spinning. Everything was just so
messed up.

"Bakit?" I said, looking at her and my dad.

"Alys..." My dad said.

"Tell me why, Dad! Give me a reason!" I said.

"Don't shout at your dad, Alys!" My mom said.

I laughed at our situation. Can my life get anymore fucked up? I think not. Sobra
na sa sobra lahat ng nararanasan ko. Siguro pwede ng ipasa as movie 'tong buhay ko.
Yung tipong drama.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 41 of 52 >

ho

"Paano akong hindi sisigaw?" I said. I was about to continue explaining myself when
Drake held my hand. "What?!" I glared at him.

"Calm down," he said.

"I can't calm down!" sigaw ko. Naiinis na ako. Sa buhay ko, sa sitwasyon ko, sa
lahat! Everything was tangled up and it's making me crazy! "Why can't we get
married?" I asked my mom.

"Because Drake's having a baby with someone, Alys! What in that sentence can't you
understand?!" my mom shouted at me.

I was stunned. The sentence kept on echoing inside my head. He's having a baby. And
we can't get married.
Napaupo na lang ako. My whole being couldn't take it anymore. All the stress and
the madness were bringing me down. It was exhausting.

"Tita," Drake started but he was cut off by my mom.

"Drake, you just can't."

"Mom!" I interjected. "How could you say that? Kung si Daddy nga tinanggap ka kahit
na may anak ka sa iba, why can't you do the same?!"

Before I even knew it, I was slapped by my own mother. No amount of words can
explain what I was feeling. I was hurt and humiliated.

"Alys, I'm sorry," she said.

I stood up and walked upstairs. I didn't know what I was doing. Kinuha ko yung bag
ko and packed my things. I love my mom but I just can't do this right now.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 41 of 52 >

"Alys, baby, don't leave," my mom said nung sinundan niya ako at nakita niyang
kinukuha ko yung mga gamit ko. "Alys naman, anak, iiwan mo ba ang mommy mo?"

My mind was closed. Ayoko na. Sumasakit na lahat sa akin, yung ulo ko, puso ko,
isip ko. Things were just too hard to handle. I didn't want to breakdown but things
were pushing me to.

I was running away.

"Drake?" I called out his name. "Let's run away."


SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -39- (p.1 of 6)

Chapter 39

I was pacing back and forth, throwing anything my eyes could see. I have been
disappointed plenty of times already pero this one's different. I wasn't only
devastated, I was also hurt and broken.

"Alys..." he stuttered.

I was there, offering him my hand, asking him to run away.

He was standing there, as if what I was asking him was the most outrageous thing he
has ever heard. He wasn't moving but he was breathing raggedly, like he was
measuring the decision he was about to make.

"Drake?" I said, my hope was slowly fading. He wasn't gonna say yes. A tear fell
off my eye as realization hit me. "You aren't coming with me," I stated.

Itinaas ko ang ka"may ko at pinunasan yung luha mula sa mata ko. Screw my life.

"Alys," he said and then he took a step forward. "Running away isn't the solution."

I knew he was trying to be reasonable but I wasn't. Ayoko na sa logical


explanations, sa reasons. Wala naman akong napapala sa pagiging reasonable kung
hindi ang masaktan! Why would I bother thinking about other people kung sa huli, sa
akin din bumabalik yung sakit. It comes back three times worse... and it freaking
hurts.

"Kung hindi ka naman pala sasama, just leave me alone, Drake."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 42 of 52 >
"Alys..."

"JUST FUCKING LEAVE ME ALONE!"

He was startled. It was the first time I shouted at him. He can't blame me.
Everything was just so screwed up. I can't think straight, my mind was a pool of
mess.

I took a deep breath and looked at him. "Umalis ka na," I said to him. My Mom was
watching us, like she was scared. It was the first time she saw my outburst. I was
her jolly child, ngayon niya lang akong nakitang magalit. It was all a surprise.
"Mom, leave me alone, too."

They did as I ask. They left me alone.

Kanina pa ako umiiyak, hindi ko na alam. Palagay ko nga naubusan na din ako ng
luha. Sobrang sakit na. Ang sakit sakit na...

Habang nakaupo ako sa gilid ng kama ko, tumunog yung cellphone ko.

It was Tripp.

I reached for the phone hurriedly and answered his call. "H-hello?" My voice was
shaky from all the crying and I didn't do anything to hide it. I was at my lowest
state and I need him the most now. He's my best friend. I just need some consoling
and assurance that everything will be better.

("Hi?") he said. ("Umiiyak ka. Nasan ka?")

I asked for his location instead. Hindi ko na kayang magtagal pa dito. It felt like
my sanity would fly out the window if I stay for a little bit longer.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 42 of 52 >

Everything was blurry. Mabilis akong lumabas sa bahay, not minding my Mom's longing
gaze. It was like I was there but I wasn't. I can't feel myself. My mind was
somewhere else. And that place was horrible.

Thirty minutes and I was there. Tripp was leaning against his car. He still looked
the same, mas pumayat nga lang siya.

The moment he saw me, lumapit siya and inabutan niya ako ng panyo.

"Nawala lang ako sandali, umiiyak ka na naman," he said while helping me wipe my
tears. I forced a smile. "Bakit ka umiiyak?"

Napahikbi ako. My sobs were getting uncontrollable. "Siya pa rin..."

He placed both of his hands on my shoulder. "Di ba mahal mo?" he asked and I
nodded. "Pag mahal mo, wala lang yung iyak, Alys. Mahal din kita kaya alam ko. Pero
mahal mo si Drake kaya please lang wag kang sumuko. Wag mo naman sayangin yung
pagsuko ko. Mahirap sumuko, Alys... lalo na at alam ko na kung lumaban ako, alam ko
sakin ka mapupunta."

I nodded at him. "Pero ang sakit sakit na talaga..."

He smiled at me, hinatak niya ako at niyakap. I feel so serene whenever I'm with
him. I love Tripp, surely I do. He's my soulmate, magkasundo kami sa halos lahat ng
bagay. Too bad he wasn't my epic love. Siguro masaya at tahimik kami ngayon kung
siya yung mahal ko ng sobra. I knew he wouldn't hurt me...

"Zyril, hindi ko alam kung paano papagaanin 'yung loob mo."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 42 of 52 >
"But it really hurts..."

I felt him kissing the top of my head. "Mawawala din 'yan."

"Alam ko naman na mawawala 'to... But the memory of hurting would forever haunt me.
The stigma will be there. Alam mo ba naiisip ko na na palagi akong masasaktan. It's
crazy but that's how I feel..."

His hug tightened. I could feel his heart beating kasabay ng pagdaan ng hangin.

"He would hurt you and it would be worth it. When you love someone, everything is
worth it."

I smiled at him. He matured in such a short period of time.

"Are you really giving up on me?" I asked him. He said he's waiting but I don't
want him to wait. Tripp's very special. I love him kaya ayoko siyang maghintay. He
should chase someone who's worth the chase.

He shook his head. "Hindi pero gusto kitang sumaya," he said and then he stopped.
"Shit ang corny ko na."

And then we shared a good laugh.

"Nagugutom ka na ba?" he asked me. Just then, I remembered I haven't eaten anything
yet. Kakagaling lang namin sa hospital. Kamusta na kaya si Fier? I hope she's
fine... Galit man ako, ayokong may masamang mangyari sa kanya o sa baby niya.
Wishing someone harm is just so low. Hindi ako ganun, ayokong maging ganun.

Umalis siya sandali papunta sa sasakyan niya. Pagbalik niya, mayroon siyang dalang
paper bag.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 42 of 52 >

"Kain ka na. Ikaw talaga ganyan ka pa rin. Kailan ka ba matututong kumain ng walang
nagpapaalala sa'yo? Tsk," he said while opening the container for me. Tripp's the
sweetest. Sana talaga makahanap siya ng babae. But I don't want Kei for him. I
don't know. I'm being selfish.

We ate for a while. Kumain kami, actually pinilit niya akong kumain. Wala ako sa
mood kumain. Masakit pa rin sa akin na hindi pumayag si Drake. My ego was bruised.

After eating, I looked at Tripp. "Tripp?"

"Hmm?"

"If I ask you to run away, sasama ka ba?"

He smiled at me. "Secret. When these are all too much to bear, ako ang bahala
sa'yo. Wag ka ng mag-alala. Prinsesa kita, 'wag mong kalimutan yan."

That was the last thing he said bago kami naghiwalay. He assured me na magiging
okay ang lahat. Sana nga.

The morning came and I was still tired. Wala akong ibang ginawa magdamag kung hindi
mag isip. Ang hirap magisip lalo na kung masasakit na bagay yung iniisip mo.

Bumaba ako matapos kong magayos sa sarili ko. Wala akong plano ngayong araw. Ayoko
na lang mag-isip. Bahala na. Gusto kong umalis at mag unwind.

"Alys," he said. He was here.

I looked at him. He looked dead tired. "Bakit?"


< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 42 of 52 >

Hindi ako galit kay Drake, nasasaktan lang ako dahil hindi niya ako pinaglaban.
Gusto ko lang naman umalis. Running away wasn't the solution but it would ease the
pain.

"I'm sorry."

I walked past him and went straight to the fridge. "Okay."

"Are you angry?"

"Hindi."

I heard him sigh. Sorry, Drake. Hindi ako galit pero sobrang disappointed ako.
Pabayaan mo muna ako...

"Where were you last night?"

"Kasama ko si Tripp."

Napahinto siya. Tumingin ako sa kanya. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ko 'to sinabi,
maybe because I was hurt and I wanted him to feel the same.

"I almost asked him to run with me, Drake."

"But you didn't," he said. His eyes were hopeful.

I nodded at him. "Because I promised you I wouldn't run. Drake, just marry me.
Malapit na akong mabaliw."
Faster than a blink of an eye, he said yes. "I'll marry you."

I smiled and then hugged him. "Thank you..."

After hugging me, he looked at me. "Your parents would hate me for this... but yes,
let's get married."

And then he pulled me and we drove away. Was this the start of our happily ever
after? I hope so.

< prev
<< start
< Part 42 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -40- (p.1 of 7)

Sabay sabay tayong magtweet sa Saturday (Jan25,2014), 8pm?


#SeducingDrakePalmaTHEMOVIE help us make this dream come true! :>

--

Chapter 40

I smiled at him. We just got married, for heaven's sake!

"Are you happy?" he asked me. Ngumiti lang ako sa kanya. Words can't suffice what I
was feeling at that moment. I held his hand tighter and intertwined our fingers.

Sabay kaming naglalakad pabalik sa sasakyan. Kahit pa sabihin nila na civil wedding
lang ang mayroon kami, kasal pa rin kami. Iyon lang naman ang importante sa akin,
e.

"Saan tayo pupunta?" I asked him. Patuloy lang siya sa pagddrive, I didn't push it.
Ang mahalaga sa akin, kami na ang magkasama habang buhay. 'Yun lang naman ang
importante, 'di ba?

Minutes after driving around, nakarating kami sa bahay nila. Sobrang nostalgic ng
pakiramdam. Parang biglang bumalik lahat ng high school memories ko ngayon. Dati
kasi nung pumupunta ako dito, puro masasakit na alaala lang 'yung natatandaan ko...
Siguro nga tama sila all along, nagkukunwari lang akong okay pero ang totoo, miss
na miss ko na si Drake.

He stopped the car momentarily.

"Bakit tayo nandito?" I asked him. Instead of answering my question, he just smiled
at me and kissed my cheek.

Sabay kaming lumabas ng sasakyan. Kahit kailan hindi ko pa naranasan mapagbuksan ng


pinto ng sasakyan ni Drake. I don't know, it's just not his cup of tea. He's a
gentleman but not to that extent. I remember dati lagi kong kinukumpara si Drake
kay Tripp. When I was with Tripp, I was a princess. All things were prepared before
me. Kumbaga, wala na akong kailangang gawin. Nandyan na lahat, e. Pero kay Drake? I
have to work hard. I used to hate that about him, pakiramdam ko kasi wala siyang
pakielam sa akin...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 43 of 52 >

But then I asked him why. Napapangiti na lang ako kapag naaalala ko.

"Why would I? You're not invalid, Alys. You're independent. I trust you enough to
let you do things on your own. You may think that I don't give a damn but really, I
do. You just don't see it but I am always watching over you. It's fucking corny but
I always do."

And when he said that, I felt good about myself. Maaring nasayang yung years na
hindi kami magkasama but in reality, being apart did us good. Mas naging
independent ako, mas nakilala ko yung sarili ko. Isa sa mga kinatatakutan ko na
nangyari sana ay yung nawala yung tunay na Alys dahil sa na in love siya kay Drake.
Ayoko nun. I want to be myself while being in love with him.
What would love bring us if along the process, we would lose ourselves? Wasn't that
deception? Making yourself believe that you're just in love when in reality, yes
you are but where's the sense? You're not yourself anymore... And it's painful.
Nagmahal ka nga, nagbago ka naman... I just can't see the sense.

"Bakit tayo nandito?" I asked him habang naglalakad kami.

"I'll introduce you," he simply said. I could feel his hand getting colder every
second. Kinakabahan siya... Kinakabahan din ako pero alam kong kaya namin 'to.
We've been through the worst, I'm sure we could handle this.

Nakapasok na kami sa bahay nila at naabutan namin si Ethos na naglalayo kasama yung
mga kaibigan niya.

"Where's dad?" asked Drake. Tinuro lang ni Ethos yung receiving area nila. Drake
nodded at him. He was about to start walking when Ethos tugged on his pants. "Why?"
he asked him, looking down.

"The old hag is also here."

Old hag? Was he referring to me?

Natigilan si Drake. He looked at me and motioned me to sit.

"Stay and wait for me," he said and then abruptly walked away. Nakatingin ako
habang naglalakad siya palayo. Why do I feel bad about this?

I was on my reverie when Ethos nudged me.

"Hoy," sabi niya sa akin.

Nasaan ang manners ng batang 'to? The last time I saw him, marunong pa siyang mag-
po. Habang tumatagal ba mas nawawalan siya ng manners? Paurong ang pagtanda?

"Bakit?" I asked him.


Kumakain pa siya ng lollipop. Ang sama yata talaga ng ugali ni Ethos? Si Dane naman
hindi ganito nung bata... Bakit kaya ganito 'tong kapatid ni Drake?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 43 of 52 >

Napatingin ako sa mga kasama niyang bata. Mukhang mabait naman sila, ah. Bakit kaya
napagtitiisan nila yung ugali ni Ethos?

"Hi, what's your name?" tanong ko dun sa batang maputi at maliit.

He smiled at me and offered me his hand. "Julian Lee."

"Hi, Julian!" I said. Ngumiti lang siya sa akin at pinaglaruan yung ipad niya.
Tumingin naman ako dun sa isang bata na ginugulo si Julian. Parang ang kulit niya.

"Ano'ng name mo?"

"Chrischen po," sabi niya.

Oh, my gosh ang cute nilang dalawa! Bakit kaya hindi ganito si Ethos? I mean, wala
naman sigurong mawawala sa kanya kung magiging cute siya paminsan minsan, di ba?

Nakipag usap ako kila Chrischen and Julian ng makarinig ako ng parang may bumagsak
sa bandang receiving area nila.

"Ano yun?" I asked myself.

Ethos looked at me. "Dito ka na lang..."


"Ha?"

For the first time since forever, he smiled at me. "Wag mong iiwan ang kuya ko.
Kahit ayoko dahil pinaiyak mo siya dati, wag mo siyang iwan."

I smiled back at him and kissed his cheek. "Of course," I said. I pat his head and
then tumayo ako. "Sandali, ha. Puntahan ko lang kuya mo..."

Sinubukan niya pa akong pigilan. Weird.

Naglakad ako papunta sa receiving area nila ng makarinig ako ng malakas na sampal.
Napatigil ako.

Hindi ko alam pero parang kumakabog 'yung puso ko.

"How dare you!"

My heart was beating faster than ever. My hands were shaking. Nahihirapan akong
huminga.

"What do you mean you don't want to marry my daughter?!" a voice said.

Dahan dahan akong naglakad papunta sa pinanggalingan ng mga boses. Pakiramdam ko


kahit anong oras bigla na lang akong aatakihin sa puso... Palagi na lang ganito...

"Sir..." I heard Drake's voice.

Just then, I heard Fier crying. "Dad naman! I told you his name hindi para saktan
mo siya! Akala ko ba makikipag usap ka lang!"

"Shut up, Fier! I didn't raise you to be pregnant and unwed!"


"But Dad!"

"I said shut up!" the voice said. "And you, Palma, marry my daughter! You won't
like it when I'm mad!" he said and then I heard another voice.

"Pwede bang mag-usap na lang tayo ng mahinahon?" said Tito Steve.

Hindi ko alam kung paano maging mahinahon sa panahon na 'to. Alam ko kanina pa nila
sinasaktan si Drake... Nasasaktan ako na sinampal niya si Drake...

I heard them moving. Ako? Hindi ako makagalaw... Hindi ako makahinga...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 43 of 52 >

"Ano ba ang gusto mong mangyari, Mr. Sandoval?" I heard Tito Steve ask.

There was a beat of silence. "I need for your son to marry my daughter."

"Drake?" Tito Steve broke the silence.

He answered faster than anything and it was a firm, "No. I won't."

"Aba't!" I heard the man shouted.

"Dad! Stop hurting him!" Fier shouted at his father.

Gusto kong tumakbo at tulungan si Drake pero hindi ko kaya... Natatakot ako...
"Drake, hindi ba talaga?" Tito Steve asked him, para bang frustrated na siya sa mga
nangyayari.

I heard Drake sigh. "No, Dad. I won't. Not now, not ever."

"Dad, wag mong ipilit, please. He doesn't love me and I don't wanna push myself.
Please, umuwi na tayo..."

I heard another voice. "She's right, Dad. Don't push it."

"Shut up, Lourd, hindi kita kinakausap! Magpapakasal ka, Fier, and you'll follow
me. Kung ayaw kang pakasalan, wag kang uuwi sa bahay. I'll cut all your resources.
Dito ka tumira hanggang hindi ka pinapakasalan."

"WHAT?!"

"Let's go, Lourd and Chance. I hope our next meeting would be a pleasant one, Mr.
Palma."

I heard footsteps approaching kaya nagtago ako. Nakita kong lumabas ang isang
matandang lalaki at dalawang lalaki na halos ka edad ko lang din.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 43 of 52 >

"Dad, seryoso ka bang iiwan mo si Fier dun?"

"Yes. Hindi ko kasalanan na nabuntis siya. Kayong dalawa, kung ayaw niyong makitang
galit ako, umayos kayo."

The guy with blonde streaks laughed. "I'm always protected."


"Asshole."

"Tumigil nga kayo. Tara na," the old man said and then walked away.

Ako? Naiwan ako dun. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko. Dapat bang puntahan ko
si Drake? Hindi ko alam... Akala ko nadaanan ko na yung pinakamalala... Hindi ko
akalain na may ilalala pa pala ang sitwasyon namin...

"Drake," I heard Fier say. "You can't push me away. I'm pregnant. Ayokong tumira sa
kalsada."

Drake drew a deep breath. "Fine."

"Thank you."

"But I still won't marry you."

"Alam ko. But don't plan for the ending yet, Drake. Titira tayo sa iisang bahay.
You have no idea what will happen."

Drake smirked. I saw him smirk.

"I'm already married, Fier. I married Alys earlier. I thought it was an impulsive
decision but seeing how your Dad's practically threatening me to marry you, that
may have been the best decision I have ever made."

< prev
<< start
< Part 43 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -41- (p.1 of 8)

Chapter 41
"Alys, alam ko minsan baliw ka but this?!"

Kanina pa ako sinesermunan ni Aya. Three days na din simula ng tumira kami ni Fier
sa iisang bahay. The idea was crazy... but I was way more crazy. Never once in my
life did I consider doing something like this. This idea was sorcery. It was
unimaginable yet somehow I still did it.

I sat down and tried to calm myself. Fier wasn't trying to help either, she was
being bitchy and all to me...

"Tama na, okay?" I said to her. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. Hindi na
rin ako makatulog sa gabi. Nights were stressful the most. Kailangan ko na yatang
pumunta sa OB. Normal ba yung inaarte ni Fier? She was acting like a lunatic...
Alam ko naman na buntis siya but how she's acting was just too much. She's pregnant
and not psychotic.

Aya sat down and placed her hands on her chin.

"Okay, mag usap tayo ng matino, ha?" she said and I nodded. "Alys, why the hell?!
Oo kasal kayo ni Drake pero paano mo nagagawang pumayag tumira sa iisang bahay
kasama ang-- forgive my term-- kabit?!"

I sighed. Ayoko talagang naririnig na kabit si Fier... Nasasaktan ako para sa


kanya, para sa akin. She's just a victim like anyone else. Kahit kasi anong pilit
ko sa sarili kong magalit sa kanya, naaalala ko pa rin yung fact na buntis siya sa
anak ni Drake. Ang that fact alone's enough to pacify my heart.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

hom

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -41- (p.1 of 8)

Chapter 41
"Alys, alam ko minsan baliw ka but this?!"

Kanina pa ako sinesermunan ni Aya. Three days na din simula ng tumira kami ni Fier
sa iisang bahay. The idea was crazy... but I was way more crazy. Never once in my
life did I consider doing something like this. This idea was sorcery. It was
unimaginable yet somehow I still did it.

I sat down and tried to calm myself. Fier wasn't trying to help either, she was
being bitchy and all to me...

"Tama na, okay?" I said to her. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. Hindi na
rin ako makatulog sa gabi. Nights were stressful the most. Kailangan ko na yatang
pumunta sa OB. Normal ba yung inaarte ni Fier? She was acting like a lunatic...
Alam ko naman na buntis siya but how she's acting was just too much. She's pregnant
and not psychotic.

Aya sat down and placed her hands on her chin.

"Okay, mag usap tayo ng matino, ha?" she said and I nodded. "Alys, why the hell?!
Oo kasal kayo ni Drake pero paano mo nagagawang pumayag tumira sa iisang bahay
kasama ang-- forgive my term-- kabit?!"

I sighed. Ayoko talagang naririnig na kabit si Fier... Nasasaktan ako para sa


kanya, para sa akin. She's just a victim like anyone else. Kahit kasi anong pilit
ko sa sarili kong magalit sa kanya, naaalala ko pa rin yung fact na buntis siya sa
anak ni Drake. Ang that fact alone's enough to pacify my heart.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

hom

Bumili muna ako ng prutas para kay Fier. Minsan iniisip ko kung bakit ako ganito.
Siguro kung ibang babae ako, nagwala na ako at pinagsasampal ko si Drake.

Pagdating ko sa bahay, wala pa si Drake. Siguro nasa trabaho pa siya? Kami lang ni
Fier ang tao dito. Si Tito Steve nasa trabaho din, si Ethos naman nag aaral pa.
"Kumain ka na?" I asked her.

She nodded and returned her attention to the glossy mag she was reading.

Naupo ako sa tabi niya. "May dala akong fruits..."

Dahan dahan niyang ibinaba yung magazine at tumingin sa akin. She gave out a heavy
sigh. "What game are we playing, Alys?"

"Ha?"

Umayos siya ng upo at humarap sa akin. "Quit this being nice act, okay? Alam kong
galit ka sa akin. Be bitchy or whatever, I don't care. Just quit acting like you
care."

Bakit ba siya ganito? Oo hindi ko siya gusto pero hindi naman ako ganung klase ng
tao na aawayin siya. She's pregnant. She should be taken care of.

"Fier--"

"Drop it, Alys. You don't care. Deep inside, gusto mo mawala na lang kami ng anak
ko, di ba?"

"Fier naman."

Tumayo siya at humarap sa akin. The bump on her tummy was becoming more visible.
She's really pregnant...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

Naiinggit ako. Gusto ko ding maranasan na maging ina. Siguro masaya yun kasi
masarap magkaron ng anak. But not now. Masyado pang magulo yung buhay namin. Gusto
kong bumuo kami ng pamilya kapag maayos na yung lahat. Kapag ang tangi na lang
naming problema ay kung ano ang ipapangalan namin sa anak namin...

"Stop it, Alys. We both know how this is going to end," she paused for a while.
"One of us has to go." She stared at me. "You're married to him and we're having a
child. Can't you see how crazy our situation is?" she said and then forced a laugh.
"This baby," sabi niya at saka niya itinuro yung tyan niya. "This baby will be
labeled a bastard, Alys. A bastard."

She was speaking when suddenly, she clutched her hand on her tummy. "A-aray."

"Fier!" sabi ko sabay punta sa tabi niya. "Oh, my god, anong nararamdaman mo?"

Oh, no, kumalma ka, Alys. Hindi ka pwedeng magpanic.

"Ugh bitiwan mo ako!" sabi niya sa akin sabay alis ng kamay. Nagulat ako. Ganito ba
siya kagalit sa akin na kahit nahihirapan na siya, ayaw niya pa ring tanggapin yung
tulong ko?

Napahawak siya sa upuan at saka huminga ng malalim. Gusto ko siyang tulungan pero
tinutulak niya naman ako palayo.

"What's happening?"

Sabay kami ni Fier napatingin sa nagsalita. It was Drake. He was looking at us and
asking what the hell was happening. I had no idea. I was willing to help but she
was pushing me all too willingly.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

Hindi naman ako nakikipagkumpitensya sa kanya... She's pregnant. I would give way
kung makikiusap lang siya ng maayos.
Lumapit sa akin si Drake and asked me. "What's happening?"

"I-I don't know."

"Please, Drake, pakisabihan mo nga yang asawa mo na hindi ako nandito para maging
best friend niya. Stop trying to be my friend. Di ko kailangan," she said with
spite.

She was limping because of pain habang naglalakad siya pataas. Ako? I was there
standing, hindi alam ang gagawin.

I faced Drake with a torn apart face.

"Drake... I'm sorry... Hindi ko naman alam na makakasama yung pagkausap ko sa


kanya," I said. Kung alam ko lang na makakasama sa baby yun, sana hindi ko na lang
siya kinausap. I meant good. Hindi ko alam na masama pala yung ginagawa ko.

Drake sighed and held me by the shoulders. "It wasn't your fault," he said and then
kissed my forehead. "Did you eat already?"

I nodded.

"Alright," he said. "I'll just talk to Fier. Wait for me here," he continued and
then left me there.

While waiting, iniisip ko kung tama ba si Aya. Maling desisyon ba na tumira ako
dito? Siguro nga tama siya, mas masama kaysa mabuti na tumira ako dito.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

"Oh, Alys," Tito Steve said nung dumating siya. Kasama niya din si Ethos pero hindi
man lang ako pinansin ni Ethos at dumiretso siya sa taas. Kasama niya din ang mommy
niya.
"Hi po," I said. Hindi pa din ako comfortable na tawagin siyang Daddy. Siguro saka
na kapag okay na ang lahat.

"Bakit ka nandito? Wala pa ba si Drake?" he asked habang naupo siya sa upuan sa


harap ko.

I smiled at him. "Nasa taas po, kausap si Fier."

Napatango na lang siya. Alam niya na siguro. Alam kong weird din para kay Tito
Steve ang setup namin. Aaminin ko, muntik ng atakihin sa puso ang mommy ko nung
malaman niyang ganito ang nangyayari. It took me all my will power para pigilan
siyang kausapin si Fier. Knowing Fier, alam ko magkakasagutan lang sila.

"Alys," Tito Steve said. "Ako kasi ang nahihirapan sa inyong tatlo."

"Nahihirapan din ako, Tito."

Napapikit sandali si Tito Steve.

"Hindi ko alam kung ano ang sasabihin ko," he said. "Gusto kita para kay Drake, at
kasal ka na naman na sa kanya kaya wala na akong magagawa. Pero si Fier... Hindi ko
naman pwedeng paalisin yun dahil dinadala niya yung apo ko," he continued.

"Tito Steve..."

He looked at me and smiled. "Wala to, Alys. Naguguluhan lang talaga ako. Sige,
aakyat na ako."

Just then, it hit me. Siguro nga dapat na akong umalis.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >
Minutes later, bumaba si Drake. His right cheek was red. She slapped him. Again.

Sa ilang araw na pagtira ko dito, ilang beses ko ng nakitang sampalin ni Fier si


Drake. Apat? Lima? Hindi ko na maalala. Nasasaktan ako para kay Drake pero hindi ko
makuhang sigawan o saktan si Fier. She's pregnant, yan ang lagi kong pinapaalala sa
sarili ko.

"Drake?" I called out his name. He looked at me and then I touched his swollen
cheek. Lumapit ako and I kissed his cheek. "Does it hurt?"

He shook his head. Liar.

I smiled at him. "I have a solution, Drake."

He looked at me. "Please don't tell me you're leaving again."

"I'm not leaving, Drake. Makikita mo pa rin naman ako. Hindi nga lang ako dito
titira."

"You're leaving, then," he said.

"Dummy, I'm married to you. How far do you think I would go?"

He held my hand and placed it on top of his heart.

"One inch is already far enough for me to miss you. If I could, I'd carry you
around with me. You bewitched me to the point that I'd go crazy if you dump me once
again," he said.

Napangiti ako. Pero seryoso, minsan dadalhin ko si Drake sa psychiatrist. Masyado


yata siyang naapektuhan sa breakup namin dati.
"Drake, my decision is final, aalis muna ako. No, hindi kita tatakbuhan, okay?
Nahihirapan lang ako na ikaw yung napagbubuntungan ng galit ni Fier dahil sa akin.
I will always be a call away," I said, trying to make him understand.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 44 of 52 >

I smiled at him one last time at saka tumalikod. Aalis na sana ako ng hawakan niya
yung kamay ko.

"You're not running away?"

I shook my head.

"Never, Drake. To the moon and back, remember?"

He smiled.

"Yeah. To the moon and back." Nagsimula na akong maglakad when he called out my
name. "Alys?" he said. I looked at him. "I love you."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -42- (p.1 of 10)

Hi, please don't comment kung ang ilalagay niyo lang ay kapareho lang to ng ending
ng GGGB. I don't recycle endings. Wag na lang magcomment kaysa maiinis ako kasi
paulit ulit na tayo. Thank you po. xx

Chapter 42

I looked around the condo unit. Pareho pa din ng dati, walang nagbago. Ako lang
naman yata yung nagbago dito, e.

Kakaalis lang ni mommy mula dito. Pinipilit niya din ako na sa bahay na lang umuwi
but I said no. Malaki na ako. Kailangan ko ng matutong mag-isa. I don't want to
live under their shadow for the rest of my life. I knew they meant well but I just
need this for myself.

Drake had checked on me as well. Ayaw ko talaga na nagguilty siya. Mas nahihirapan
ako. Di bale, less than a year lang naman 'to. Pagkatapos manganak ni Fier,
magiging maayos din ang lahat. Sana.

Lumabas ako para kumain since nakakawalang gana din naman na kumain mag-isa sa loob
ng unit. Parang ang lungkot lungkot ko naman kapag ganun ang ginawa ko.

I grabbed my purse and a cardigan and went straight to the lift.

"Alys!"

Napahinto ako ng biglang lumabas si Shaira kasama si Tripp mula sa elevator.

"Shaira?"

Bigla niya akong hinampas sa braso.

"Wag mo ngang hampasin, Shaira," saway ni Tripp sa kanya. Hindi man lang nakinig si
Shaira at hinampas na naman ako sa braso.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

She was shaking me nung nagsalita siya. "You! Kung hindi pa ako makikiskype dito
kay Tripp hindi ko pa malalaman how wrecked your life is!" she said.
Napatingin ako kay Tripp and he gave me a half smile. Ang ingay naman, oh. I was
trying to keep the situation a secret. Ayokong masira si Drake sa ibang tao. We
live in a moral country. And what we're doing is considered immoral, I know. Pero
ano ba ang magagawa ko? Nandito na 'to. Ang I would definitely not leave Drake.

Bigla akong hinatak ni Shaira papasok sa elevator nung magsasara na sana 'to.

"Come on, talk!" she said. "I travelled for hours para sayo so give me everything!"
she continued.

Napailing na lang kami ni Tripp. We thought na kahit konti magmamature si Shaira.


Hindi pala. She's still a brat.

Pumasok kami sa loob ng elevator dahil wala na din naman akong magagawa. Imbes na
hampasin ako ng hampasin ni Shaira, sasama na lang ako. At mas okay na 'to kaysa
kumain ako mag-isa, di ba?

"So, who's Fier?" panimula niya sa akin nung matapos kaming umorder ng pagkain sa
Lim Chinese Restaurant.

"Shaira, bayaan mo ngang kumain muna si Zy," sabi ni Tripp.

Shaira glared at him. Hindi pa rin nagbabago. Isip bata pa rin. "Time is important,
noh! Besides wala pa naman yung food!" she said. "So, spill everything na! I'm all
ears!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

Bumuntong hininga na lang ako at sinimulang magkwento. Si Shaira, absorbed na


absorbed sa lahat ng sinasabi ko. Si Tripp naman, napapailing na lang. Alam kong
nahihirapan si Tripp sa sitwasyon ko pero gaya ng napagkasunduan namin, kakayanin
ko to. Pagsubok lang naman 'to, e...

"Si Fier kasi, buntis kaya iniintindi ko na lang. Hormones siguro?" sabi ko.
Shaira rolled her eyes. "Hormones my arse! I have a cousin na pregnant but she's
not like that noh! Sabihin mo she's crazy as hell!"

Natawa na lang ako.

"Anong tinatawa tawa mo jan? OMG, Alys! I knew you're stupid but not to this
extent, please lang!"

Si Tripp, kumain na lang. Sanay na kami nito kay Shaira. College days pa lang, alam
na naman kung gaano siya ka pushy. She destroyed my debut, remember? When she wants
something, she'll sure as hell get it.

I smiled at her, to stop her relentless nagging. "Anyhow, done's done, Shaira. I
moved out of the house. No biggie."

"SAY WHAT?!"

I nodded. "Umalis na ako. I did mention na sinasampal ni Fier si Drake, right?


Ayoko nun. Mas matatanggap ko pang umalis kaysa ganun ang nangyayari."

She took a deep breath and stood up. "That's it. Ubos na ang pasensya ko. I'll
smack some sense in that woman!" she said and then stormed out of the restaurant.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

Narinig namin ni Tripp na tinawag niya yung valet. Iiwan niya kami? Dala niya yung
sasakyan niya. Shaira talaga, oh.

Nagkatinginan kami ni Tripp afterwards.


"Okay ka pa?"

I nodded and forced a smile. "Oo, kaya pa."

Kaya ko pa. Ano ba naman to sa lahat ng iniyak ko dati? Ngayon pa na alam kong
mahal na mahal ako ni Drake. Alam kong may kakapitan ako. Kung nung dating high
school pa kami nagawa kong magtiwala sa kanya kahit na hindi siya vocal sa
nararamdaman niya, ngayon pa kaya na nagagawa niya na akong sabihan ng I love you?

"Nandito lang ako, okay?"

"Oo naman, alam ko."

Sumandal siya sa upuan niya. "Alam mo, minsan naiisip ko na bakit si Drake pa? Mas
gwapo naman ako, di ba?"

"Seryoso ka sa sinasabi mo?"

Tumango siya.

"Oo wag ka ng kumontra. Yan na lang ang pampalubag loob ko. Mas gwapo ako kay
Drake," sabi niya saka tinawag yung waiter para sa bill. Binayaran niya na yun at
saka tumayo. "Tara, sundan natin si Shaira, baka mabaliw na naman 'yun at kung ano
ang gawin kay Fier."

Tumayo na din ako at nagsimula kaming maglakad. Bago siya makalabas, hinawakan ko
yung braso niya.

"Tripp?"

"Hmm?"

"Wag mo akong iwan, ha? Wag muna ngayon. Hindi ko pa kaya."


< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

"HOY GIRLFRIEND KA DIYAN!! SINAGOT NA BA KITA? DIBA WALA TSKA DI KAYA LUMIGAW !!
ABAT MAY MUKHA KA PA TALAGANG TAWAGIN AKONG GIRLFRIEND NGAYON AH!"sigaw ni Shan

"basta! balang araw...wala nang ligawan ligawan..OO na ang sagot mo ^_^ "

"KAPAL MO !! HANGIN PA!" sigaw ni Shan..

"Tara na nga! bago pa kita hulugin.....dito sa puso ko..." sabi ni Ryan

=_= korny naman nito...

"ABAT BOLERO KA NA NGAYON HA!!" sigaw ni shan then....tinulak niya ito ..at nahulog
sa pool..tapos winalk-outtan lang kami -__-

"psh...lamig ng girlfriend mo sayo ah!.." sabi ni Jake

"Psh..kaya mahal ko yun eh hahaha...oi hiram na lang damit at pantalon mo ha!" sabi
niya kay Jake
tumanggo lang si Jake then hinila niya ako palabas...

"Oy san mo ako dadalhin?"tanong ko..

"basta...daming satsat.." sabi niya...HMP! kung makaag mura kala niya kung sino
siya..! mga lalaki talaga..

sumakay kami sa kotse niya...

heh?

Amusement park?

ano naman ang ginagawa namin dito?

"Anong gagawin natin dito?" tanong ko..

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 9 of 91 >

Ngumiti siya. "Hindi pa. Hindi ko pa rin kaya."

Sabay kaming sumakay sa cab na dumating. It took us almost 30 minutes para


makadating sa bahay nila Drake. And what I heard made me weak on the knees.

"Shit," Tripp cursed.

Dali kaming tumakbo sa loob. Naabutan namin na nagsisigawan si Shaira at Fier.

"You bitch! Sino ka ba?!"

Shaira crossed her arms. "Best friend ako ng lalaking pinagpabuntisan mo! Don't
call me bitch!"

Hindi ako makagalaw. Nagulat ako sa nakita ko. Nakatayo silang dalawa at
nagsisigawan. Pati yung mga maids nila Drake ay hindi din alam ang gagawin.

"Would you rather I call you palengkera?! You went here para sigawan ako?! Are you
crazy?!"

Itinuro ni Shaira si Fier. "OMG ano ba ang nakain ni Drake to decide na mabuntis
ka? Let alone kiss you! You're a horrible person!"

Fier looked like hihimatayin siya sa inis anytime soon. Goodness, Shaira!

"Shaira, stop it!" I exclaimed.

Itinuro naman ako ni Shaira. "No, you stop it! Honestly, Alys, hindi ko alam why
are you accepting all of these crap! You're married to him yet in your pretty,
little mind, you don't seem to understand. YOU ARE HIS WIFE. Bakit ikaw ang umalis
sa bahay?!"

"Oh fuck it," sabi ni Fier at saka tumalikod at nagsimulang umakyat sa hagdan.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >
"I'm not done with you, Miss Home-wrecker!"

Tumigil si Fier sa paglalakad at humarap kay Shaira. "Miss whoever you are, watch
your words. Wala kang alam."

"I know enough, okay? Kung hindi magrereklamo si Alys, I sure as hell will!"

"Ewan ko sa'yo. Bahala ka sa buhay mo," sabi ni Fier at saka nagpatuloy sa


paglalakad palayo.

Si Shaira? Kanina pa nagpapapadyak sa sobrang inis. Siguro kung nasa bahay nila
kami, pinagbabato niya na yung mga gamit na nakikita niya. She has panic episodes.
Since college school alam na namin yan kaya pinagpapasensyahan na lang namin.

"Alis na tayo," sabi ni Tripp.

"What?! No! Hihintayin ko si Drake! Nababaliw na ba siya? OMG oo nababaliw na


siya!" she said and then she started pacing back and forth.

Pinabayaan na lang namin siya ni Tripp and instead pumunta na lang kami sa likod ng
bahay nila Drake.

Kagaya ng ginawa namin dati, naupo kami sa edge ng pool at inilubog yung paa namin
sa pool. Nostalgic ng feeling.

"May itatanong ako," sabi bigla ni Tripp. "Bakit kalmado ka lang? Ang ibig kong
sabihin, siguro kung ibang babae yan, malamang basag na ang lahat ng bagay sa bahay
nila Tito Steve."

Napaisip din ako. Bakit nga ba ganito ako? Sinasabi ng isip ko na magalit ako. Pero
pilit kong inuunawa si Fier. Narinig ko naman mula mismo sa kanya na hindi niya
naman ginusto na dito tumira. Biktima lang siya ng desisyon ng tatay niya. Siguro
nga unfair to sa sitwasyon ko... Pero naisip din ba ng ibang tao yung nararamdaman
ni Fier? Masakit masabihan ng kabit, masakit magkaroon ng anak na tatawagin ng iba
na bastardo. Ang hirap ng sitwasyon ni Fier. Yung pang unawa ko na lang ang tanging
maibibigay ko sa kanya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

"Kasi babae din ako."

"Pero nahihirapan ako sa'yo."

I smiled at him. "Sabi mo nga, normal lang na umiyak. Sabi ko naman, normal lang na
masaktan."

He suddenly stretched out his hands. "Ang komplikado ng buhay natin."

I nodded at him. "But all the complications make the ending much sweeter, don't you
agree?"

He shook his head. "Iba ka talaga," he said and then offered me his hands. "Nandyan
na yata si Drake, tara na bago pa siya saktan ni Shaira."

Tumayo na kami ni Tripp at tama nga siya, nandun na si Drake. Kasalukuyang


nagsesermon si Shaira ng dumating kami.

"...sinigawan ako! Goodness, Drake! Saang market mo ba napulot yung babaeng yun?!
Ugh!"

She was walking back and forth.

"Paano na lang yung magiging inaanak ko? Oh, my! Baka walang breeding yun! Akala ko
pa naman ikaw ang pinakamatinong kilala ko, hindi din pala! Kung gusto mo ng anak,
anjan naman si Alys, or kung sino man sa mga ex mo! Bakit yung babaeng yun pa?!"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

Dumiretso si Drake sa upuan at naupo. "Shaira, I'm tired."

"Tired? Si Alys sa tingin mo hindi pagod? Alam ko mabait si Alys pero alam ko din
hindi niya gusto yung nangyayari," sabi niya then humarap siya sa akin. "Tama ba
ako, Alys?"

Hindi ako nakasagot. Tama nga ba siya?

"Shaira, wag mo na silang pakielaman," Tripp said.

She arched her brow. "No. I'm Alys' friend and I hate what's happening. It's unfair
in so many levels. You married her, Drake. Take responsibility."

"What do you want me to do?" Drake said. I felt chills. Natakot ako sa sinabi niya.
Ngayon lang siya nagsalit tungkol dito. Tahimik lang siya palagi.

"Be with Alys, for Christ's sake! Ibalik mo si Fier sa pamilya niya! Goodness,
Drake! Ang taas taas ng IQ mo pero ang baba ng EQ mo! Sa tingin mo ba papabayaan ng
magulang niya na mamulubi sa kalye yung nag iisa nilang anak na babae?! Oh,
goodness! Mas matalino na ba ako sa iyo ngayon?!"

Drake looked at me. "Nahihirapan ka na ba?" he asked me.

Hindi ako nakapagsalita. It was the first time he asked me how I feel.

I tried to smile but it was damn hard when you know that everything's just really
hard.

He stood up and then walked up. Natahimik lang kami nila Shaira na tinignan si
Drake na umakyat.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

Tripp then clapped his hands. "Show's over. Shaira, tara iuuwi na kita." Tinulak
niya si Shaira ng mahina palabas. Tumingin siya sa akin. "Aalis na kami. Mag-usap
kayo, okay?"

I nodded at him. He smiled at me and then walked away.

Kinakabahan ako habang naglalakad ako papunta sa kwarto ni Fier. Natatakot ako sa
kung ano ang maririnig ko.

Dahan dahan akong naglakad. Hindi ko magawang kumatok. Sumandal lang ako sa gilid
ng pintuan ni Fier, umaasa sa nakaawang na butas sa pinto.

And then I heard a slap.

"Ganyan mo ba siya kamahal, ha?!"

Napapikit ako. Hindi ko alam kung kakayanin ko bang tumingin. Marinig ko pa lang na
sinasampal niya si Drake, nasasaktan na ako.

"Sumagot ka nga!"

Nilakasan ko ang loob ko at tumingin sa loob ng kwarto ni Fier. Napatakip ako sa


bibig ko para pigilan ang pagiyak ko.

Drake...

"Tumayo ka nga, Drake! Sa tingin mo madadaan mo ako sa luhod mo?!"


Nakayuko lang si Drake. Hindi na siya nagsasalita. Parang pagod na pagod na siya...

"Ano ba, Drake! Kung nahihirapan ka, nahihirapan din ako! Kasalanan ko ba na
ganito, ha?! Hindi naman! Bakit ba nila ako sinasabihan na malandi? Inagaw ba kita?
May girlfriend ka ba nung magkasama tayo dati? Wala naman! Palagi na lang ako yung
masama... Hindi ba nila naisip na nasasaktan din ako? Wala namang babae na
ginustong maging kabit. Ayoko. Hindi ko pinangarap. Pero ano? Nandito na. Ano pa
ang magagawa ko? Pinakasalan mo si Alys kahit alam mong nandito ako, magiging ina
ng anak mo. Narinig mo bang sinumbatan kita? Hindi, di ba? I fucking accepted it
all! Kasi alam ko na wala. Si Alys talaga. Drake, kahit ngayon lang isipin mo naman
din ako. Nasasaktan din ako."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 45 of 52 >

Drake stood up.

"Fier..." Drake said.

Hindi ko na mapigilan. Naiiyak na ako, naawa na ako sa lahat ng nangyayari. Ayoko


na.

"I'll be a good father but I can never be your husband."

And then there was silence.

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -43- (p.1 of 7)

Follow me on twitter! :) @BeeyotchWP

Chapter 43
They said that if you really love the person, you got to set them free. But isn't
that a bit hypocrite? If you really do love someone, you should fight for them...
But when everything is just too much to handle, you should take a breather and
think things over. Maybe there's something wrong, maybe you should change something
for the benefit of the both of you.

The silence after the storm was numbing. Hindi ako makagalaw. Hinihintay ko kung
ano ang susunod na sasabihin ni Fier. It was as if anytime, I would die from heart
attack.

"So, that's it?" her voice was cold as ice.

I didn't hear anything but my own heart beating.

I heard footsteps pacing back and forth. It was Fier walking.

"Well," she said, "Okay. You know what, Drake? You're an asshole. I don't know why
people think you're perfect. Hindi, e. You got me pregnant yet somehow, gustung
gusto mo akong mawala sa buhay mo. Yes, I threw myself at you pero it fucking takes
two to tango! Ginusto mo din to."

Ang sakit pala talagang marinig na yung taong mahal mo, may nakasamang iba. Kahit
sabihin mo kasi na nangyari yun nung wala kayo, nung may away kayo, ang sakit pa
rin, di ba? Kasi kung mahal ka niya, hindi naman siya susuko. Iyon yung ideal. Pero
wala naman kami sa ideal world, nasa totoong mundo kami. At dito sa mundo na
ginagalawan namin, nakakagawa kami ng kasalanan.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >

"I'm sorry..." Drake mumbled.

"Ano'ng magagawa ng sorry mo? Magiging tatay ba yan ng anak ko? Hindi, di ba?" she
said and then paused. "Know what, Drake? You're so selfish. Dahil selfish ka naman,
siguro naman okay lang din na magpaka selfish ako, no?"

My heart was racing so fast. Kinakabahan ako sa sasabihin ni Fier. Ayokong marinig.
Natatakot ako at nasasaktan ngayon pa lang.

"I'll give you the freedom you're so fucking desperate to have. Wala ka ng
responsibilidad sa akin, o sa anak mo. Pero wag ka na ding umasa na makikita mo
yung anak mo. Did you hear me? Wag kang umasa, Drake. Simula ngayon, wala ka ng
anak. Akin lang 'to. Ako lang ang magulang niya."

Shit. No. Hindi pwede.

"Fier."

"Oh, fuck! Don't look at me like that! Ito yung gusto mo, di ba? Well, eto na!
Binibigay ko na sa'yo! Don't expect me to come on your terms, Drake. I wasn't born
to be a saint. Tao ako, masama ang ugali ko. This is the best I could give you."

And then there were noises. Hindi ko alam pero napaupo na lang ako. Ang hirap hirap
na. Kahit na para sa iba dapat matuwa ako, hindi ko alam kung saang parte ng
nangyayari ngayon ang dapat ikatuwa ko.

"Goodbye, Drake," she said.

Bigla akong nagtago sa gilid. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko haharapin si Fier kaya
mas minabuti ko na lang na magtago.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >

Tears were falling down my cheek while I was watching her go away. Dapat ba masaya
na ako? Eto na, oh. Siya na mismo yung nagpasya na umalis sa buhay namin ni Drake.

It took me minutes to calm myself down. Gusto kong ayusin muna yung sarili ko bago
ako humarap kay Drake.

I stood up and wiped my tear-stained cheek. I need to look brave. Hindi ako dapat
mahina. Kung manghihina ang loob ko, mas panghihinaan ng loob si Drake.

"Drake," I called out his name.

Nandun siya sa dulo ng kama ni Fier, nakaupo at nakalagay yung kamay niya sa ulo
niya. Parang hirap na hirap na siya. 22 pa lang siya pero pakiramdam ko ang tanda
tanda na namin sa lahat ng nangyayari sa buhay namin.

Dahan dahan akong naglakad. He wasn't crying but his face gave it all. He was
hurting.

When he saw me, he smiled.

Naupo ako at niyakap ko siya. He hugged me back; he hugged me tight.

I was caressing his hair and told him, "Okay lang umiyak..."

He didn't move a bit and so I just listened to his ragged breathing. I took this
opportunity to pacify him, even tho I, myself, haven't even digested everything
that had happened. Masyadong mabilis ang mga pangyayari. Ni hindi ako makasunod.
Para bang bigla na lang nangyari yung lahat.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >

Who would have thought that three weeks could change everything? Drastically, even.

"Are you alright?"

He didn't answer.

"Drake, kakausapin ko si Fier, okay. I'll tell her na okay lang sa akin na dito
muna siya. Please wag kang malungkot, mas nasasaktan ako kapag ganyan ka..."

He held my hand. I could feel him hurting kahit sa simpleng yakap lang. Ganito ba
talaga ang epekto ng epic love? Parang kapag nasasaktan yung mahal mo, mas
nasasaktan ka... Triple pa nga kung minsan.

For the first time, he looked at me.

"Why are you like that?"

"H-ha?"

He smiled. "Why did I fall in love with such a selfless girl?"

"Sa'yo lang naman ako ganito, Drake. Sa iba? Siguro mas uunahin ko yung sarili ko.
Sabi nga nila, survival of the fittest. Pero kapag ikaw na yung usapan? You're my
priority. Ganun din naman ang gagawin mo para sa akin, di ba?" I asked him. But it
wasn't necessarily a question. Kapag nagbigay ka, dapat wala kang hinihinging
kapalit. That's when you'll know that what you feel is real. Give but don't ask.

That night, we ended up cuddling together. Kahit na sinabi sa akin ni Drake na wag
ko ng kausapin si Fier, I have decided to do things on my own. Ayoko siyang
makitang magsisi dahil mas pinili niyang unahin ako kaysa sa anak niya. Ayokong
pagsisihan niya yun pagdating ng araw.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >

home | f

Kinabukasan, nagising ako na wala na si Drake sa tabi ko pero may pagkain sa


bedside table.

Walang note. Ewan ko ba, kahit minsan daig pa ni Drake yung yelo sa pagiging cold,
sanay na din ako. Kasi siya yan e. Ganyan na siya nung nakilala ko. Bonus na lang
na minsan sweet siya. Ayoko ngang pilitin siyang magbago para sa akin. Ganyan siya,
tanggap ko siya.
Umalis ako sa bahay namin papunta kina Cristine. Wala akong clue kung saan nakatira
si Fier.

Dumating ako sa bahay nila, pinapasok naman ako kaagad ng guards, siguro dahil
nakapunta na din naman ako dito dati nung 'pinaplano' ko pa yung kasal nila ni
Drake. Siguro kung pumayag ako dati na pakasalan siya, wala ng ganito.

Pero ano nga ba ang sense ng what ifs?

"Si Cristine po?" I asked one of their maids. Itinuro niya ako doon sa likod, sa
may garden.

Naglakad ako at nakita ko sila na nag uusap ni Fier habang nakatalikod sa akin.

Hindi ko gustong makinig sa pinag uusapan nila pero narinig ko ang pangalan ni
Drake.

"Are you sure about that?" Cristine asked her.

Fier was holding a glass of water. Kahit nakatalikod, ramdam mo yung lakas ng
dating ni Fier. Minsan naiinggit ako sa kanya. Ang lakas ng loob niya. Kapag gusto
niya, sasabihin niya. Ako kasi, minsan iniisip ko muna yung sasabihin ng iba, yung
mararamdaman nila. Masaya sa loob pero minsan, nakakasakal din. Hindi mo magawa
yung kung ano yung gusto mo talaga.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >

She nodded.

"I talked to the twins already, sila na ang bahala sa papers ko and everything,
I'll stay here hanggang sa dumating ang ticket."
"But you really wouldn't tell me what country?"

"No, Cristine. I'm leaving Drake and everything, and you being his friend puts me
in jeopardy. Mas mabuti na na wala kang alam."

"But I'm your best friend din naman..."

"We could skype."

"That's not fair! Paano ako magiging ninang ng baby kung wala man lang akong clue
kung saan ko ipapadala ang gifts ko?"

Fier chuckled. "Oh, you're such a child sometimes, Cristine. You'll see my baby,
okay? We'll videochat as frequent as possible. Siguro after years, kapag okay and
settled na, I'll let you know kung nasaan kami."

I didn't know she was this serious. Akala ko hindi niya lang kakausapin si Drake,
yung nadala lang siya ng galit niya...

But this?

This was too much.

Aalisan niya ng karapatan si Drake sa anak nila.

"When will you leave?"

"I don't know yet, Cristine. Maybe tonight, tomorrow, or next week. Basta as soon
as possible."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 46 of 52 >
I was lost for words.

Dahan dahan akong umalis sa bahay nila at pumasok sa loob ng sasakyan ko. Ano ba
ang dapat kong sabihin kay Fier para magbago ang desisyon niya?

Papaandarin ko na sana ang sasakyan ng makita ko yung mga kapatid ni Fier. Sila
yung kambal kung hindi ako nagkakamali.

I hastily opened the door of my car and approached them.

"H-Hi," I said.

Napatingin sila sa akin. They didn't recognize me. Nagtago kasi ako nung una kaming
nagkita.

Yung isang lalaki, tinaasan ako ng kilay.

"Why?" he asked.

"Kapatid ba kayo ni Fier?"

"Yes, bakit? Do you know her?"

I took a really deep breath and nodded. "Yes, I'm Alys--"

"Whoa, whoa. You're the Alys Perez?" the other guy with blonde hair asked me.

I nodded.
"Ano'ng kailangan mo sa amin?" sabi nung mukhang masungit na lalaki.

I closed my eyes for a moment and then spoke the unspeakable.

"Please wag niyong tulungan umalis sa bansa si Fier."

< prev
<< start
< Part 46 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -44- (p.1 of 10)

Tweet your feels! With #DAP44 para makita ko! :) And if you feel like it, follow me
on twitter! @beeyotchWP :)

Enjoy reading!

Chapter 44

All of a sudden, biglang tumawa 'yung isang kapatid ni Fier. It was a mocking
laugh, I was certain of that. Kahit nasaktan ako, pinilit kong wag na lang
pansinin. Ano pa ba ang silbi ng pride sa ganitong panahon? Right now, my priority
was to keep Fier in the country so screw pride.

Sometimes, people choose pride over what's really essential. That's just a foolish
decision pretending to be something wise. So yeah, right now you would feel good
because you satiated whatever your ego tells you what's good but give it some time,
you'd feel something hollow within you. You just let go of something important. And
once you let go of that one special thing, there's no assurance that you can chase
it back. Because there's this possiblity that someone has seen its importance and
boy, there's just no turning back in real life.

"Are you crazy?" tanong niya sa akin. His eyes were scrutinizing and mocking me at
the same time. It was degrading, really, but I've got to swallow every goddamn
pride I had inside my body.
I took a calming breath and shook my head. "Seryoso ako. Hindi pwedeng umalis si
Fier. Please."

I may seem hopeless and pathetic but should I care about that? It was a tug of war
between love and obscurity. And honestly, it was insane. Hindi ko din alam kung
bakit ko 'to ginagawa but I just had to... It felt like I would lose all my senses
kung hindi ako gagawa ng paraan.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >

The other brother looked at me and shook his head.

"Chance, una na ako sa loob," he said and then started walking. But then, he
stopped for a bit when he passed by me. "Masasayang lang ang effort mo, Alys. Mas
matigas pa sa bato 'yan," he whispered in my ears and then walked away. His voice
sent shivers down my spine. It was frightening enough and him adding on to that
made everything just worse. Thank you, Lourd.

Seemed like what I was doing was close to a suicide mission but what the hell. This
needed to be done and I'd do it.

"Ano ba ang dapat kong gawin para pumayag ka?" I asked, half minding that I was
actually making a deal with the devil right at this very moment.

He shrugged and then leaned back on his shiny car. His eyes spelled dangerous but
it was a game I was willing to play. Anything for Drake right at this very moment.

"Will you be willing to let go of Drake?"

My jaw fell.

"What? No!" I exclaimed. I would do everything but that! God knows how much I had
suffered para lang makarating kami ni Drake sa puntong 'to. Gagawin ko na lahat ng
katangahan pero hindi 'yung iwan siya. Ang nagagawa lang naman ng paghihiwalay sa
amin ay ang gawin kaming parehong malungkot at desperado. I should know because I
have lived the experience.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >

He, then, shrugged. "Then shut up. Alam mo para kang tanga. Aalis na yung kapatid
ko para mag-give way pero ikaw pa 'tong humaharang."

Nagsimula na siyang maglakad pero ako na naman 'tong parang tanga gaya ng sabi
niya, hinabol siya.

"Hindi naman sa ganun. Paano na lang yung anak nila kung hindi niya makikilala si
Drake?" I tried to sound as reasonable as I could be. It was a useless attempt.
This guy looked like he's used to having things his way. Pero not this one. Not at
the expense of me and Drake being apart. Hindi ko na kaya. Those four years were
torture enough.

Hindi siya huminto sa paglalakad. Talking to this man was exhilarating.

"21st century na, Miss. Mabubuhay yung pamangkin ko kahit hindi magpakita 'yang
asawa mo," sabi niya at saka iniwan ako ng tuluyan.

I watched him walk away, unable to do anything at all. Siguro nga tama siya na
makakaya naman ni Fier kahit wala si Drake. Pero paano si Drake? Hindi ko alam kung
maibabalik ko pa siya sa dati. He's too broken now. God, I just hope he wasn't too
broken to be fixed... My heart would be devastated.

Mas lalong sumakit ang ulo ko sa narinig ko mula sa kanya. Mukhang desidido na siya
na tulungan si Fier na umalis sa bansa.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
Looking at him and how the Sandovals bring themselves, alam kong mahihirapan akong
hanapin si Fier once na magdesisyon siyang hindi magpakita.

My life was such a pool of mess.

Tumalikod ako at nagsimulang maglakad pabalik sa sasakyan ko. This won't do.
Kailangan kong gumawa ng paraan.

I drove back to Drake's office since I figured na wala siya sa bahay nila ngayon.
It's been weird since Fier had decided to take away his rights as the father of the
child. Mas inuubos niya 'yung oras niya sa pagtatrabaho. Minsan nakakalimutan
niyang kumain. Could they blame me if I was exerting this much effort? Nasasaktan
ako sa nakikita ko kay Drake kahit pa hindi siya magsalita.

I knew he loved the child.

Kahit hindi niya sabihin, I could feel it.

Stepping on the grounds of his office, I searched for his presence. I was crossing
my fingers, hoping na nandyan siya, tahimik na nakaupo at nagbabasa ng kung ano man
ang dapat niyang basahin. It's better than seeing him mope. No. Drake didn't do
moping. But I knew him enough to feel him suffering inside.

"Is Drake around?" I asked his secretary. She said yes kaya naman pumasok na ako sa
loob.

I looked around his placed. It looked messy and trashed. He has been spending his
nights here. Again.

"Drake?" I called out his name but to no avail. Walang sumasagot. I decided to wait
on his couch instead. Minutes later, I was so bored that I decided to invade his
privacy. We're husband and wife, after all.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
My heart was torn into pieces nung nakita ko kung ano 'yung nasa laptop ni Drake.

Pictures of kids. Brochure of nursery school. How to be a good father books.

Drake...

Tears unconsciouslly rolled down my eyes. My heart was hurting and I couldn't stop
it. Drake's devastated and it was scaring me.

Ilang beses ko ng nakitang nasaktan si Drake but this was the worst blow. Ngayon
lang siya nagkakaganito. Dati, tahimik lang siya at parang walang nangyari pero
ngayon? It's as if you could see him slowly crumbling down. It was just too much to
bear.

How much of a torture it is to see the man you love slowly fade away? Right in
front of you?

I closed his laptop and slowly digested everything in. Kailangan kong mapigilan si
Fier. I just needed to. Hindi siya pwedeng umalis.

With trembling hands, I dialed her number.

I've waited and waited for her to pickup my call but she just didn't. Maybe she
blocked me in every way possible. Damn it, Fier! Just this once, pwede makinig ka?!
Hindi lang naman ikaw yung naapektuhan.

Instead, I called her best friend. This was my last straw.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >

"H-hello? Cristine?" I said, my voice slowly on the verge of breaking.


("Alys! Oh, my god! Are you crying?") she asked.

I shook my head in attempt to convince myself as well na hindi ako umiiyak. It was
a stupid move, really. My face was giving it all. I was crying and I didn't have
enough to hide it. It was so damn conspicuous.

("Where are you? Puntahan kita jan!") she said in a worried tone.

I stifled my sobs and controlled my breathing. There's no way she should see me
like this. Seeing me at my weakest state would only make things worse.

"No, just talk to me here..." I said. "K-kamusta si Fier?" I asked her.

There was a deep breath and then silence. Ayaw niya sigurong sabihin. And I
couldn't blame her exactly. She's her best friend.

("Alys...")

"Cristine, do something, please."

("As much as I want to, hindi ko kaya, Alys. It's her life. And she's hurt, too.")

"But how about Drake?"

The silence was long. Wala sa amin ang gustong magsalita. It was like taboo. Paano
na nga si Drake? We could survive, sure, but the memory of him losing his child
would forever haunt us. Hindi ko naman hinihiling kay Fier na magstay siya. Ang
ayaw ko, yung umalis siya without the promise of returning back, much more to have
Drake know his own blood.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
("I don't know, Alys... I care about Drake like you. I talked to Fier, I swear! But
she's made up her mind. She was really hurt nung mas pinili ni Drake na umalis siya
despite the face na magkaka anak na sila... It was too much for her...")

I sobbed and sobbed. There was no stopping her.

I bid my goodbye and then sat on the couch.

Dahan dahan kong inayos ang gamit niya. I tried to paint a smile on my face but it
was just so damn impossible at this moment. Masyadong magulo. Mas lalo siyang
madedepress kapag ganito ang nakapaligid sa kanya.

Nagbilin ako sa secretary niya na wag payagang magtrabaho si Drake habang hindi pa
siya nakakakain. That man's just too stubborn for his own good.

Habang palabas ako ng office niya, nakasalubong ko si Tripp.

"Zy?" he asked me, medyo nagtataka kung bakit ako nandun.

Out of the blue, I hugged him. Wala na akong pakielam kung pag-usapan pa ako ng mga
empleyado nila Tito Steve. Damn, I just needed that hug.

"Ayos ka lang?" His voice was full or urgency and worry. I nodded but he just
pursed his lips. "Jan ka lang," he said and then led me to the couch on the lobby.

I watched him as he gave the file to the secretary. May mga iba pa siyang sinabi
pero hindi ko na marinig. Right now, ayoko na lang mag-isip. Ang sakit sakit na
talaga ng ulo ko.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
After a while, natapos na din siya sa pakikipag usap sa secretary. Pinuntahan niya
ako. His face was a painting of heartbreak and hope. God knows how much I want to
let go of Tripp pero hindi ko pa talaga kaya. Was I being selfish tagging him
along? I have been honest with him. It's Drake whom I love but still, hindi ko pa
kayang iwan si Tripp. We have been through so much.

He was gone for a second and returned with a bottle of water in his hands.

"Uminom ka," he ordered. I gladly obliged. Wala na rin kasi akong lakas
makipagtalo.

"Anong problema, Alys?" he asked.

Tumingin ako sa kanya ang tried to stifle my sobs. Ayokong umiyak dito. Masyadong
masakit. Ayokong makita nila akong ganito.

He took a really deep breath and put his arms around me and led me to the elevator.
The silence was enveloping us while we were going down. I was silently sobbing
while he was looking away, biting his lips out of sheer frustration.

Wasn't my case just a hopeless one?

Nakarating kami sa ground floor. Everything was dark.

"Pwede ka ng umiyak," he said when we got inside his car.

The moment he said that, I let out all my controlled sobs. Sa harap lang ni Tripp
talaga ako nakakaiyak ng ganito. Hindi ko alam pero sa harap ni Drake, hindi ko
kayang umiyak ng ganito. Alam ko kasi na hindi siya sanay na makita akong ganito.
Ayokong makita niya ako na sobrang bagsak. I was like this when he left me: a
wreck. Tripp saw it all. Wag si Drake. Ayoko.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
After a while, natapos na din siya sa pakikipag usap sa secretary. Pinuntahan niya
ako. His face was a painting of heartbreak and hope. God knows how much I want to
let go of Tripp pero hindi ko pa talaga kaya. Was I being selfish tagging him
along? I have been honest with him. It's Drake whom I love but still, hindi ko pa
kayang iwan si Tripp. We have been through so much.

He was gone for a second and returned with a bottle of water in his hands.

"Uminom ka," he ordered. I gladly obliged. Wala na rin kasi akong lakas
makipagtalo.

"Anong problema, Alys?" he asked.

Tumingin ako sa kanya ang tried to stifle my sobs. Ayokong umiyak dito. Masyadong
masakit. Ayokong makita nila akong ganito.

He took a really deep breath and put his arms around me and led me to the elevator.
The silence was enveloping us while we were going down. I was silently sobbing
while he was looking away, biting his lips out of sheer frustration.

Wasn't my case just a hopeless one?

Nakarating kami sa ground floor. Everything was dark.

"Pwede ka ng umiyak," he said when we got inside his car.

The moment he said that, I let out all my controlled sobs. Sa harap lang ni Tripp
talaga ako nakakaiyak ng ganito. Hindi ko alam pero sa harap ni Drake, hindi ko
kayang umiyak ng ganito. Alam ko kasi na hindi siya sanay na makita akong ganito.
Ayokong makita niya ako na sobrang bagsak. I was like this when he left me: a
wreck. Tripp saw it all. Wag si Drake. Ayoko.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >
"Alys, ayoko sanang makielam pero ano ba? Wala ka ng ibang ginawa kung hindi umiyak
ah," he said.

I didn't respond because I can't. I was sobbing so hard that I couldn't even
compose a coherent sentence.

"It wasn't Drake's fault..." I reasoned out.

He sighed. He was frustrated. Minsan, sinabi sa akin ni Tripp na ang isang bagay na
nakakapagpasakit ng ulo niya ay ang nakikita akong umiiyak. It doesn't matter if it
was a cry out of happiness or what. Just shed one tear, it will drive Tripp mad.
That's just how concerned he's for me.

"Pakielam ko. Ang point ko, umiiyak ka. Naman, Alys! Iyak na lang palagi? Walang
katapusan? Alam ko sinabi ko na kapag nagmahal ka, okay lang na umiyak, na
masaktan. Pero hindi rin naman tama na magpakatanga. Sorry, pero nagpapakatanga ka
na," he said, looking straight at my eyes.

My voice was so weak. I was struggling to explain but all the came out was, "Tripp
naman..."

Hinampas niya yung manibela out of sheer frustration.

"Ewan ko sa'yo, Alys. I get it, mahal mo si Drake. Pero hanggang saan? Mahal ka
niya, oo. Pero palagi na lang kayong ganito. I've been observing you both, Alys.
You do love each other but that love isn't healthy. It's killing both of you."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 47 of 52 >

I tried to smile.

"Mahal ko talaga siya..."


It was logical enough for me. Mahal ko si Drake. Sobra.

"At kasal kami, Tripp..."

He laughed. A mocking one.

"Wag mo akong lokohin. Sila Tito Steve malamang naloko niyo ni Drake pero hindi
ako, Alys."

I was looking at him, curioused.

"H-ha?" I said, amidst all the crying and sobbing.

He took a deep breath and didn't look at me. Instead, he focused his vision
upfront.

"Hindi kayo kasal, Alys. We both know that. Hindi kayo registered legally. Getting
married is a process. Fuck alam ko yan because I've been preparing to marry you
long before all these mess started. Tapos kayong dalawa biglang kasal na agad?
Niloloko niyo ba ako?"

He looked at me and all it did is to make me break down, crying so hard. "I'll be
asking you once again, ito ba yung buhay na gusto mo? Kasama si Drake pero palaging
umiiyak?"

And that was the biggest question I was about to answer. Was I happy? How can
happiness be measured?

--

Tweet your feels! With #DAP44 para makita ko! :) And if you feel like it, follow me
on twitter! @beeyotchWP :)
< prev
<< start
< Part 47 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - -45- (p.1 of 13)

Tweet with #GoodbyeDAP tag para makita ko! :) And follow me on twitter! @beeyotchWP
:)

Enjoy reading!

Listen to the song on the side: Byul

Chapter 45

I went back home with a wrecked heart. In my entire life, today was the day that I
just had to question why was I still living if all that I'd be feeling was pain and
suffering?

The feeling of your happiness being questioned was the worse of them all.

Bakit, Tripp?

I was holding on to that piece of happiness. Na kapag sobrang hirap na ng lahat,


maalala ko lang na nandyan si Drake, sumasaya na ako. Pero bakit kailangan mo pang
ipagkait sa akin yun?

"Alys?" my Mom called out my name. She was looking at me with pity and I couldn't
blame her. Kahit ako, naaawa na ako sa sarili ko. Sobrang nahihirapan na ako. Kung
laro nga lang to ng basketball, malamang nagtime out na ako.

I approached her with heavy feet. For the sake of her sanity, I tried to smile.
Alam ko na kung nahihirapan ako, mas nahihirapan siya. She's my mother.

"Kamusta?" she asked me.


"It's hard..."

It's damn hard. Mahirap. Masakit. Pero despite all the hardships, kumakapit ako kay
Drake. Siya lang yung nagbibigay sa akin ng pag-asa na makakaya ko ang lahat ng
'to. Na kahit na ang hirap hirap na ngayon, magtiwala ako kasi meron pang bukas.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

She hugged me tight and assured me that everything's gonna be alright. Sana nga.
Sana maging okay na 'yung lahat kasi sobrang nahihirapan na ako sa mga nangyayari.
It felt like I'd explod anytime soon. Just... just anytime I'd crash and burn.

I had a good crying inside the arms of my Mom. She caressed me and then hugged me
to sleep. It was very sweet of hers. Despite everything I did, she still loved me
and would do everything to help me. I was just thankful for having my family beside
me while all these madness consume my being.

That night, I had the longest sleep in weeks. No dramas, no crying. I just slept it
all. I needed it. My body felt so worn out.

Morning rolled in fast and the first thing that I did is to check up on Drake. The
day was gloomy and it looked like it was going to rain hard anytime soon. The sky
was giving a hint of what was about to come: a heavy pouring. I smiled bitterly.
Maybe the heavens and I shared the same feeling. We both needed a good crying. A
damn good one at that.

I stood up and went to the bathroom while holding the telephone in my hands. My
hands were fumbling and my heart was beating fast. I hadn't had the chance to
contact Ddrake last night. My mind was heavy with everything. There was just too
much to digest.

While I was laying in my bed last night, bumabalik lahat ng sinabi sa akin ni
Tripp. Tama nga siya... How can happiness be measured? Can it be measured by the
number of smiles you made? The laughters you shared? Ano nga ba ang basehan ng
pagiging masaya?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

Alam ko sa sarili ko na masaya ako kay Drake... Or at least I was happy. The
memories we shared were the ones I cherished the most. Bawat ngiti, bawat paghawak
niya sa kamay ko dati, hindi ko magawang kalimutan. Kahit na gaano niya ako
sinaktan nood, it was just too hard for me to forget him.

It was like forgetting him was forgetting who I was. He's a part of who I am. And
if given the chance, I'd like for him to be a part of who I would be.

With Drake, everything seemed hopeful. My future, my everything, since I met him,
I've been looking forward to tomorrow because I know it'd be worth it.

"Drake?" I said when he finally picked up the phone. I was in the middle of washing
my face when he spoke. My breathing hitched up. Marinig ko lang ang boses niya,
sobra na ang kabog ng dibdib ko.

I could hear his heavy breathing.

("Yeah?")

"Kumain ka na ba?" I asked him, unable to do anything but to worry. Ayoko siyang
tanungin ng ibang bagay. He's been through too much.

There was a beat and then he answered me with, ("Not yet. Let's eat together?")

I smiled at his question. Mabuti naman naalala niya pa ako. Akala ko palagi na lang
siyang malungkot, e.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >
"Sure. I'll go there in a while, okay?"

("I'll pick you up.")

"No, pupunta na lang ako jan. Okay?"

("Alright.")

I was about to end the call when I remembered... "I love you, Drake. Always.
Forever. To the moon and back."

It was the truth. No matter what may happen, my love for him will never cease.
Sure, mapapagod ako but at the end of the day, mahal ko pa rin. Ganun yata talaga
pag epic love. Masaktan at masaktan ka man, mapagod ka man ng sobra, sa dulo,
babalik at babalik ka pa rin. Bakit? Mahal mo, e.

Minsan, iniisip ko na parang pinaglalaruan lang ako ng nag isip ng kahulugan ng


love. Bakit pag may love may hurting? Hindi ba pwedeng love na lang? Pero sa lahat
ng nangyari, naisip ko na mas okay nga na minsan nasasaktan... Para mas
naaappreciate mo yung mga masasayang pangyayari.

I finished dressing up momentarily. Today, I'd do anything just to make everything


seem normal. Just for today, gusto kong maramdaman na normal na tao lang kami.
Kahit sabihin nila na masamang takbuhan ang problema, ngayon? Gusto ko lang na
tumakas. Kahit isang araw lang. Hindi naman siguro masaya yun, di ba?

Just in time before I wore my shoes, Mom entered my room.

"Bakit po?"

"You're going somewhere?" she asked when she saw my things scattered on my bed.
Kanina pa kasi ako naghahanap ng pwedeng isuot. I wasn't dolling up for Drake. I
was looking for something that would make him feel at home. Yung normal lang?

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

I nodded and then strapped the lace.

"Uhm, okay. But Tripp's downstairs."

"Ha?"

"Tripp's downstairs waiting for you," she said again. She looked at me, para bang
nagpipigil siya ng gusto niyang sabihin sa akin. I waited for her to gather the
guts... And when she finally did... "Alys, baby, you know I love you and I'm just
always behind you in every decision that you make... But please, just please,
unahin mo muna yung sarili mo above anyone else. Just because you love the person
doesn't give you the license to hurt yourself over and over again. If that's the
case, it isn't love anymore. It's just responsibility. Love is bliss, not
ignorance."

I smiled at her. I knew she meant well but I'd rather be ignorant with Drake than
to be smart and alone.

"Thanks, Mom," I said and then looked at myself one last time at the mirror.

She gave in a deep sigh and then kissed me on the cheek. "I love you, baby. Always
remember that, okay?"

"Of course, Mom."

Bumaba na ako while my Mom went to her room. She knew better than to spy on me. It
wasn't a good idea to spy on someone yet I always ended up spying up on Fier. What
an irony.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >
I nodded and then strapped the lace.

"Uhm, okay. But Tripp's downstairs."

"Ha?"

"Tripp's downstairs waiting for you," she said again. She looked at me, para bang
nagpipigil siya ng gusto niyang sabihin sa akin. I waited for her to gather the
guts... And when she finally did... "Alys, baby, you know I love you and I'm just
always behind you in every decision that you make... But please, just please,
unahin mo muna yung sarili mo above anyone else. Just because you love the person
doesn't give you the license to hurt yourself over and over again. If that's the
case, it isn't love anymore. It's just responsibility. Love is bliss, not
ignorance."

I smiled at her. I knew she meant well but I'd rather be ignorant with Drake than
to be smart and alone.

"Thanks, Mom," I said and then looked at myself one last time at the mirror.

She gave in a deep sigh and then kissed me on the cheek. "I love you, baby. Always
remember that, okay?"

"Of course, Mom."

Bumaba na ako while my Mom went to her room. She knew better than to spy on me. It
wasn't a good idea to spy on someone yet I always ended up spying up on Fier. What
an irony.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

"Five years. Five years na kitang mahal, Alys. Ang tagal na, no? Pero parang
sandali lang yung lahat kasi yung mga panahon na kasama kita, sandali lang naman
talaga. Puro nga patago, puro pahiram lang. Pero kahit ganun hindi naman ako
nagsisisi. Yung panahon na tayong dalawa, sobrang saya ko kahit na alam ko na
matatapos naman yung lahat.

"Alys, mahal kita pero hindi ako tanga. Alam ko na si Drake lang talaga. Pwede
naman na pinakasalan na lang kita dati agad, alam ko naman na papayag ka pero hindi
ko ginawa. Parang ang gago ko naman kasi kung ganun, di ba? Gusto ko kung
papakasalan mo ako, yung ako na talaga.

"Sanay ako ng kahati ko si Drake buong buhay ko. Sanay na sanay na ako pero
pagdating sayo, ayoko. Sorry kung sobrang seloso ako dati... Tangina hindi mo kasi
alam kung gaano kita kamahal. Maisip ko pa lang na hindi ako yung nagiisa jan sa
puso mo, ang sakit na. Pero ayos lang. Ganun talaga, e.

"Alam mo ba kung gaano ako natakot nung bumalik ka sa Pilipinas? Hindi mo alam,
noh? Wag mo ng alamin... Baka maawa ka pa sakin.

"Pero ngayon, Alys? Iyak na lang ng iyak, tangina! Kung pwede lang talaga itatakas
na kita kay Drake pero hindi ko kaya kasi alam kong hindi mo naman ako mahal kagaya
ng kay Drake. Epic love mo nga, di ba? Tangina ano ba ako? Best friend. Shoulder to
cry on. Nakakagagong role sa buhay.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

"Kaya ngayon, Alys, please aalis na ako. Tama na talaga. Konting konti na lang
pipitik na ako. Sobrang sakit na. Hindi na maganda 'to.

Nakatingin ako sa kanya. Hindi ko alam kung paano sumagot. Masakit. Ang sakit
sakit.

"Tripp--" I said as I was trying to hold his face.

Iniwasan niya ako. "Tama na, Alys. Bigyan mo na lang ako ng closure. Gusto ko na
talagang mag move on. Nakakagago na yung paulit ulit na nasasaktan. Hindi pala 'to
masaya."
"Bakit ka nandito?" I asked him again.

There was a distance between us. Hindi ko alam kung paano lumapit. He asked me to
let him go. Ang sakit sakit.

Hindi niya alam kung gaano kasakit yung sinabi niya sa akin. I was crying so hard
that even breathing was difficult.

Gaano kasakit na magmakaawa sayo yung best friend mo na iwan mo siya? Sobrang
sakit. Dinaig pa yung breakup namin ni Drake. Hindi ko alam kung paano idescribe.
Yung bawat patak ng luha niya, bawat pagsabi niya ng, 'Alys, iwan mo na ako.'
Sobrang sakit. Kulang na lang saksakin niya ako.

Tumayo siya at lumapit sa akin.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

hom

"Pwede ba tayong mag usap?" he said.

"Akala ko ba lalayuan na kita?"

He sighed. "Alys..."

Itinaas ko ang kamay ko nung nagtangka siyang lumapit sa akin. Tama na, please.
Sinusubukan ko naman na mag let go. Pero proseso yun. Sana makicooperate siya.
Mahirap bumitaw kung yung taong gusto mong iwan, nandyan lang sa harap mo.

"Tripp, gusto mong layuan kita. Makicooperate ka naman."

He was looking at me. Just looking at me.


"Alys, last na 'to. Aalis na ako pagkatapos nito..." he said.

I was tempted to cry. Aalis siya? Bakit ang sakit? Oo alam kong lalayuan ko siya
pero aalis? Hindi ba sobra naman yun?

Best friend ko siya... kahit ganito ang nangyayari best friend ko si Tripp... Pwede
paunti unti naman ang pagiwan sa akin?

"S-saan ka pupunta?"

He smiled. "Basta. Yung malayo. Yung walang Alys. Gusto kong magbagong buhay. Yung
babae na mamahalin ako. Yung to the moon and back din."

Hindi ko napigilan, naiyak na ako.

"Sorry... Tripp, I'm so sorry..."

He bit his lips and smiled. Kahit ang sakit sakit na, nagagawa niya pa ding
ngumiti.

"Wag kang magsorry, ako 'tong na in love sa'yo," he said. He reached for my hand.
"Tara, tutulungan na kita sa problema mo bago ako tuluyang mawala."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

Mawala? Ang... fuck ang sakit pakinggan. How can you let go of someone who's been
there with you through thick and thin? Parang masyadong mahirap. Nakakagago yung
concept.

Before I knew it, nakasakay na kami sa sasakyan niya.


He was explaining to me na aalis na si Fier. It was a quarter to 10 and her flight
was this afternoon. Kailangan namin siyang mapuntahan. Damn it, Cristine! Hindi man
lang nagsabi.

My hands were trembling but I still managed to send a text to Drake. It was concise
and... hurtful enough.

To: Drake Palma

Fier's leaving. Go to her.

Five words but the impact's just too much.

The drive was long and winding. Masakit sa puso. My hands felt cold. My heart was
beating abnormally. It felt like everything's bound to mess up.

Nakarating kami sa bahay nila Cristine and my whole being was just fucking
emotional. Konti na lang talaga magbbreakdown na ako.

"Hindi ko kayang pumasok..." I said.

Tripp smiled at me and motioned me to go on.

"Sige na, Zyril. Kaya mo yan. Mawawala na ako pagkatapos nito. And please, wag kang
matakot na umiyak sa harap ni Drake. Mahal ka nun. Maiintindihan ka niya, umiyak
man o tumawa ka."

I hugged him tight. Magiging okay din ang lahat para sa kanya, para sa akin, para
sa amin.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

Dahan dahan akong pumasok sa loob kahit na ang bigat bigat ng puso ko.
Nakasalubong ko si Cristine, nagulat siya pero wala na akong panahon para
magpaliwanag sa kanya.

"Si Fier?" I asked her.

Mukhang naguguluhan siya.

"She's upstairs... and she's with Drake. What's happening?"

I took a calming breath. "She's leaving this afternoon, Cristine."

"What?!"

"I'll explain it to you later, okay?" sabi ko sa kanya bago ako umakyat.

Every step, kinakabahan ako. I had this feeling inside me that this was going to be
messy. Every ending's messy but this one was just... it was just too much for me.

I followed the instruction Cristine gave me. Nandun nga sila and Fier was pacing
back and forth, nag aayos ng gamit niya. Drake was like a puppy following her.

"Stop following me! Aalis na ako, lumuhod ka man jan o umiyak."

"Fier... Don't do this to me."

"Your chance is over, Drake. Ayoko na sayo. Sure, at some point, naisip ko na baka
nga in love ako sayo. Pero hindi. You hurt me. And pag sinaktan ako ng isang tao,
wala na. Game over na. Sorry but that's how I roll. Ayoko ng nasasaktan, Drake. I'm
sensitive. And you pushed me over the edge."

It was nostalgic. Ang sakit sakit tuwing nakikinig ako sa usapan nila. Pero minsan,
naiisip ko na mas okay to... Nag uusap silang dalawa na sila lang. Minsan kasi
naiisip ko na nagdedesisyon si Drake dahil sa akin. Gusto kong magdesisyon siya sa
sarili niya... At kung ako ang mapili niya, I'd be so damn lucky.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

"Where are you going? Fier naman. Sabihin mo naman sakin."

"Wala kang karapatan, Drake, okay! Wag ka ngang feeling responsableng ama!"

And out of the blue, he pulled her, hugged her and then slowly kneeled in front of
her.

Sumakit yung puso ko. Why, Drake?

"Fier... please don't do this..."

Tumalikod ako at tumakbo palabas. Hindi ko na kaya yung mga susunod na mangyayari.
My heart will soon explode, I could feel it.

I ran to Tripp.

"Alys!" he said. "Anong nangyari?"

I was sobbing so hard. I can't emphasize how hard I was sobbing. Hindi ako
makahinga. My vision was cloudy. Ang sakit ng puso ko.

"Give me the keys," I said.

"Alys..."
"I SAID GIVE ME THE FUCKING KEYS!"

Inabot niya sa akin yung susi and I entered his car. I ignited the engine at once.
Aalis na sana ako when Tripp entered, as well.

"I want to be alone."

"Wag kang magdrive ng umiiyak, Alys."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 48 of 52 >

"I SAID I WANT TO BE ALONE! MAHIRAP BANG INTINDIHIN?!"

I can't be logical. Ayoko. Naiisip ko na nagmamakaawa si Drake kay Fier.


Masyadong... fuck masyadong masakit. Ayoko. Ayokong isipin.

He sighed. "Then drive. Dito lang ako."

Hindi ko siya pinansin and then I drove away. While driving, I was sobbing. Ang
sakit isipin na-- fuck why am I being like this? Ang sakit. Kahit na sabihin ko na
okay lang, para naman sa anak niya yun, wala e. Masakit pa din.

"Alys, dahan dahan lang..." he reminded me.

I didn't listen to him and stepped on the gas even harder. I rolled down the window
and the air was blowing nicely against my skin, drying my tears.

And then everything went black.


--

Tweet with #GoodbyeDAP tag para makita ko! :) And follow me on twitter! @beeyotchWP
:)

Enjoy reading!

< prev
<< start
< Part 48 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - Epilogue (1st Part) (p.1 of 10)

Tweet #DAPepilogue for your reactions! :) Twitter @beeyotchWP

Play the song on the side: The Scientist (Glee cover)

Epilogue (1st Part)

There was blood. And there was...

"Tripp?"

No, Alys. No, please don't cry. Fuck no.

"Tripp? Tripp?"

Oh, Jesus... Why were there blood everywhere?

I tapped his blood covered face. He was hugging me and his eyes were closed. Tripp
naman e...

"Tripp? Tripp naman walang ganyanan..."


I bit my lips hard and then suppressed my tears. Tripp naman... Wag mo naman akong
iwan ngayon. Ayoko pa. Sige umalis ka na pero wag naman yung ganito. Wag naman yung
ganito, please.

Tumingin ako sa paligid ko. No one was around. Kami lang. Walang tutulong sa
amin...

"T-tulungan niyo kami..."

I tried to shout but I just couldn't. Tears were strimming down my face. I closed
my eyes. No. I just can't look at his face. Tripp, hindi mo ako pwedeng iwan. You
fucking moron. Ni wala ka man lang goodbye? Hindi. You can't die. Fuck you hindi pa
pwede.

Slowly, I succumed to the pain. The look on his face was just too much to endure.
Sana hindi na lang niya ako pinrotektahan... Sana pinabayaan niya na lang akong
mamatay.

I looked at him before closing my eyes. Hindi ko alam kung ano but I swear I saw
him look at me and smile.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

He smiled at me while the blood on his head was flowing.

"Maging masaya ka, okay..." it was a whisper loud enough to make me want to die.
Ako na lang.
--

My body was hurting everywhere. My head was throbbing in pain. It was hard
breathing. The moment I opened my eyes, I saw my parents looking at me worriedly.

"Alys!" my Mom exclaimed when she saw me open my eyes. Lumapit siya sa akin but she
didn't come near me, para bang natatakot siyang lapitan ako dahil masasaktan ako.
"A-are you fine? Does it hurt? Tell me, okay? Mom will take care of you," she said
and then she started bursting in tears.

Right at that moment, my head was spinning. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang sasabihin
ko. My throat felt dry, my body was hurting, I cannot move my legs, there was a
cast on my arms. Every breath I take was torture.

I tried to open my mouth but I can't say a thing.

My Mom placed her hand on her mouth to prevent another sob from escaping her lips.

"Alys, baby, don't talk for the m-mean time, okay?" she said and then carefully,
she went near me and kissed my forehead. "You're injured. Magpagaling ka muna,
please. We will tell you everything once na umayos na 'yung pakiramdam mo so please
cooperate... Please, baby?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

Hindi ko alam but I just found myself nodding. My tears were flowing freely. I
cannot speak... and I was thankful. Hindi pa yata ako handang magtanong.

Was Tripp okay?

Was he... was he alive?

Hindi ko kayang magtanong. Hindi ko kasi kayang marinig yung sagot.


Memories of us inside a wrecked car came flooding my mind. He was there, enveloping
me in a hug whie all was being blurry. There was a speeding car and it was too late
to step on the brake. There was a flashing lights. And then I remembered Tripp
hugging me.

And then there was blood everywhere.

And then...

No, Alys. Stop thinking radically. Sa teleserye lang nangyayari yung ganun. Wag
kang magisip masyado. Baka naman kasi nabalian lang ng buto si Tripp. Tapos
magpapakita siya sa akin sasabihin niya, 'OA mo naman, Zy. Ice na ice lang ako.'

Ganyan naman si Tripp. Ayaw niyang nag-aalala sa kanya yung mga tao.

I tried to stand up. Gusto kong makita si Tripp.

"M-om..." I said kahit na ang hirap hirap magsalita. "T-Tripp..."

Bigla bigla na lang siyang umiyak.

"Alys, wag muna ngayon, ha?"

"T-Tripp..."

Please naman, mom. Gusto ko lang naman makita si Tripp. Promise magiging mabait na
anak na ako ipakita niyo lang si Tripp sa akin. Kahit one second lang. Kahit talaga
sandali lang...

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >
She was crying and Dad was consoling her. Gusto kong tumayo. Gusto kong puntahan si
Tripp but my body won't allow me.

I was crying so bad when the doctors came in.

S-si Tripp lang naman yung gusto ko... Promise hindi na ako iiyak ipakita niyo lang
si Tripp sa akin.

"D-Doc, p-pwede bang patulugin niyo muna si Alys?" my Dad asked the doctor.

My Dad rarely cries. Ngayon lang. Bakit siya umiiyak? Hindi naman patay si Tripp,
di ba?

I looked around the room. They were all looking at me with pity. Fuck it hindi ako
nakakaawa! I just needed to see Tripp, okay?

My heart was beating so fast habang papalapit sa akin yung doctor.

"Ssh, Ms. Perez. Sleep now..."

And that was the last thing I heard before I closed my eyes yet again.

--

The days passed by and it was only getting worse and worse. Gusto kong makita si
Tripp! Wala akong pakielam sa bulaklak, sa pagkain, stuffed toys! Kung pwede ko
lang silang sigawan isa isa, ginawa ko na.

My Mom was just telling me random stuff. I hate it.


My Dad was telling me everything will be okay. He's a liar.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

And Drake?

I didn't wanna see him.

"Baby, nandyan si Drake, iwan muna namin kayo, okay?" my Mom said. She looked at me
and smiled. Hinalikan niya ako sa noo bago niya ako iwan kasama si Drake.

I looked at him. I couldn't feel anything at all. Posible pala 'yun? Yung wala ka
ng maramdaman dahil sa sobrang sakit. Sinubukan kong magalit sa kanya pero wala na
talaga akong maramdaman. Hindi ko kayang magalit. Hindi ko kayang masaktan. Gusto
ko na lang magpahinga...

"Alys..." he said.

I opened my mouth to speak. Kaya ko ng magsalita. It's been more than a week, being
here in the hospital. Tahimik lang ako, ayokong magsalita. Sometimes, I would
pretend to be dead. Para kasing mas okay yun. Nakakapagod na mabuhay. Ni minsan
hindi ko inakala na aabot ako sa ganitong punto. Suicidal thoughts? Minsan naiisip
ko na 'yan. But I couldn't die just yet... Kailangan ko munang makita si Tripp. Si
Tripp na ipinagdadamot nila sa akin.

"Ano?" I said, not looking at him.

"You wanna eat?" he said and then showed me the paper bag he was holding.

I looked at him one more time. Wala na talaga. All I gave was love but he gave me
heartaches in return.
Enough is enough. Masakit na. Tama na.

"Dalhin mo ako kay Tripp," I said.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

"Alys..." he said.

"DALHIN MO AKO KAY TRIPP. BINGI KA BA O ANO?!"

I didn't mean to shout at him but I was so desperate... Gusto ko lang naman makita
si Tripp, maassure na ayos lang siya. He couldn't die. Tutulungan niya pa ako, di
ba?

Sabi niya soulmate niya ako... Di ba pag soulmate dapat walang iwanan?

Lumapit siya sa akin and sat on the chair beside my bed. He was looking at me, dark
circles surrounding his eyes. Hindi naman ako tanga. Alam kong binabantayan niya
ako habang nandito ako sa ospital. Pero wala na talaga akong pakielam. Sometimes,
love will destroy every good thing you have in you. Minsan, puro masama na lang
'yung matitira.

They say that being in love is a splendid thing but I say otherwise. Being in love
means gambling everything you have. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will
lose. And when you lose, every damn thing will hurt. And when worse comes to worst,
your reason for living will slowly fade... until the only thing that will keep your
heart beating will be hurt. And pain. And more hurting.

"Drake, please naman. Kahit 10 seconds lang. Gusto ko lang makita si Tripp..."

"Alys, I wish I can but--"

"You wish you can but you can't?! Just for once magkaroon ka naman ng paninindigan,
Drake! Drake, you're a grown-up man. Man up, please! Nabuntis mo si Fier, take
goddamn responsibility! Alam mo bang hirap na hirap akong sundan siya para sayo?
Bakit? Kasi alam ko you've been through too much.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

"Sige, Alys, kaya mo yan. Ikaw na lang yung lumulon ng pride mo para kay Drake...
Fuck. Yan na yata yung mantra ko para sayo. Okay lang. No, Drake, hindi kita
sinusumbatan. Nilalabas ko lang yung sama ng loob ko. Ang sakit sakit na kasi..."

I was clutching to my chest. My heart hurts from too much pain. My eyes were tired
from too much crying.

He was silent. He couldn't even look at me.

Tahimik akong humikbi. Tama na, Alys. Wala din namang saysay.

"Dalhin mo ako kay Tripp. Please lang, Drake. Maawa ka. Mababaliw na ako kapag
hindi ko pa nakita si Tripp."

He slowly nodded and then went outside to get a wheelchair for me. With every
distance spent, lumalakas yung kabog ng dibdib ko. Please wag naman sa morgue.
Please naman. Hindi ko alam kung paano pa ako mabubuhay kapag wala na si Tripp...

Huminto kami sa tapat ng ICU.

"Alys..." he said.

"Please, Drake. I need to see him."

Lumapit siya sa harap ko and kneeled. Hinawakan niya yung kamay ko and kissed my
knuckles. "Alys, y-you can't see Tripp."
As I watch Tripp breathing through the apparatuses attached to his body, my heart
was slowly sinking. He was there, lying mindlessly. Mindless of the people worrying
over him.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

"B-bakit?" I asked him while looking at Tripp's sleeping face.

Before he could even answer, may biglang lumabas na babae.

"Ano'ng ginagawa mo dito?" her voice was cold and she was staring at me with such
vengeance. She, then, looked at Drake. "Get her away. Before I start making a
scene."

Drake stood up and then looked at the woman in white. "Alright, auntie." Tumingin
siya sa akin. "Alys, let's go."

Sinimulan niyang itulak yung wheelchair but I was adamnant. No! Kailangan kong
makausap si Tripp... Kahit makita man lang...

"Wait, Drake! I need to see him!" I shouted. I was shouting uncontrollably. He was
trying to console me but I was unconsolable. Not anymore. My heart felt cold.

Huminto siya and faced me.

"Listen, Alys, that was Tripp's mom. Please, don't try to visit him... She... she
hates you."

My heart broke. If it was even possible because my heart was already broken to
begin with. Ang sakit palang marinig na kinamumuhian ka ng taong pinahahalagahan
mo. Hindi ko naman ginusto na mangyari sa amin 'yun... Sana ako na lang. Sana hindi
na si Tripp... He didn't deserve that...
"B-But... H-Hindi ko naman ginusto na mangyari 'yun..."

He nodded and then kissed my hands. "I know. We know."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

Tears again streamed down my cheeks. Damn these tears. Kailan ba kayo mauubos?

"S-sabihin mo I'm sorry... Sorry talaga."

I was sobbing so damn hard when I felt a stinging sensation on my cheeks.

"Ang kapal ng mukha mo! I left my son alive and then I returned and saw him in the
state of comatose with multiple internal injuries. Ang kapal mo!" she said while
trying to push me.

Drake was shielding me from her assaults but I was there, silently accepting them
all. Kasalanan ko naman talaga... If only I listened to him that night... Hindi
naman 'to mangyayari...

"Sorry..." I said over and over again. "S-sorry po... Hindi ko naman--"

And there was another slap.

"You don't deserve to see my son."

Kulang na lang lumuhod ako. Kung kaya ko, gagawin ko. Wala na akong dignidad. Gusto
ko lang makita at magsorry kay Tripp.
"A-alam ko naman po... P-pero kahit sandali lang?"

She shook her head. "You almost killed him. And you killed your own baby! Ano'ng
klase kang ina?"

That was the last of it. And I lost it all.

"M-my baby?"

She looked at Drake and I saw the color slowly leaving Drake's face. Soon enough,
iniwan niya kaming dalawa. Sabi niya, kailangan naming mag-usap.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 49 of 52 >

Ayoko ng makipag usap. Mababaliw na ako. Konti na lang.

My lips were trembling as I asked him about the baby.

He took a really deep breath and then closed his eyes. "Alys... you were... you
were three weeks pregnant and you had a miscarriage."

My knees were weak but I managed to stand up and slapped him.

"I hate you."

And then I called for the nurses while shouting hysterically.

This was the sign. I need to let go. Too much pain was killing me slowly. Ayoko na.
Tama na.
--

Tweet #DAPepilogue for your reactions! :) Twitter @beeyotchWP

The second part of the epilogue will be posted privately! Kailangan niyo ng wattpad
account and then follow me. Thanks! Will post it in a short while.

Link of 2nd part: http://www.wattpad.com/39816191-sdp2-dating-alys-perez-epilogue-


2nd-part

< prev
<< start
< Part 49 of 52 >

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez


(Completed)
Epilogue (Part 2)

They say everything is bound to reach its ending. Minsan magulo, minsan hindi
pero ang maganda dun, merong closure.

"Your time's up. Go, go," the nurse instructed me para lumabas sa kwarto.

I looked at him one last time and then kissed his forehead. Ang haba na ng
buhok niya, may stubbles na rin sa mukha niya. Pero gwapo pa din. I smiled at
the thought. Ang unfair. Ako tumanda na ng three years pero si Tripp, ganun pa
rin yung mukha. Ang daya.

"I'll return, okay?" I said one last time before I walked out the door.

What happened for the past three years? It was crazy. Naaalala ko pa nung
itinago ng mom niya si Tripp sa akin. She still hates me up to date. It was
maddening how I searched for Tripp.

After having him in a stable condition, pinaayos na ng mom niya yung papers to
transfer him to the States. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko. I was
nursing a broken sould, I was crying for my unborn child, tapos ilalayo pa nila sa
akin si Tripp.

Looking back, I can say that I'm proud of myself. Hindi biro lahat ng
pinagdaanan ko. Kung sa ibang tao siguro nangyari yun, baka nabaliw na sila.

Dahan dahan akong umalis, baka kasi makita ako ng mommy ni Tripp. The last
time she saw me sneaking around the room of his sleeping son, she pulled my
hair so hard I bled. Okay lang. Para kay Tripp naman.

Months passed and my routine continued. I was working as a waitress in a


cafe. In this country, I was a nobody. Pero surprisingly, it felt good. Walang
pressure, walang stress.

I juggled works simula ng umayos yung kalusugan ko. I was a train-wreck back
then. Kulang na lang maglaslas ako. My Mom even entered me in a rehab
because I was so close to killing myself.

Three months in rehab.

Three months of solitude.

And then I ran away. One day, I decided to run away. I begged for Tito Tristan
para sabihin sa akin kung nasaan si Tripp and when I discovered that he was
somewhere in California, I immediately booked a flight. It was hard escaping
from the reality but I did everything I could to escape my reality.

The first time I saw Tripp's face upclose, I broke down. He looked so serene but
I almost killed him. Different scenarios kept on playing inside my head.

Will he hate me?

Will he forgive me for almost killing him?

Will he want to see me again?

Pero bahala na. Basta magising lang siya kahit ano pang repercussions yan,
magiging okay ako.

"Please hug me."

I shook my head and then pulled him and kissed him.

"I fucking love you, Drake Sebastian Palma. Akala ko mawawala 'to kasi ang
sakit sakit na pero hindi pala... Habang mas lumalayo ako, mas namimiss
kita... I fucking love you."

He was wiping the tears while smiling from ears to ears.

"Stop cursing, Alys."

I shook my head.

"I fucking love you. Fucking, fucking love you."

He nodded. "Alright, Alys. Alright."

"Don't you fucking love me, too?"

He pulled me close and then kissed my neck and whispered in my ears. "I love
you to the moon and back... And please marry me. I'll be in a tux and you'll
be the one walking down the aisle."

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - Special Chapter: I/X (p.1 of 7)

I/X

"What about this?" sabi ko kay Drake at saka pinakita sa kanya 'yung gown na
nagustuhan ko.

He nodded and then returned his attention to his laptop.

Nakakainis na siya ha! Ilang oras ko na siyang kasama pero pansin ko na wala sa
akin yung atensyon niya. Kanina pa siya type ng type don! Nakakairita na! Para
kasing hindi siya seryoso na pakasalan ako. Ni wala man lang akong makitang effort
sa part niya. Ako na nga ang nag aasikaso ng lahat, ang hinihiling ko lang naman
yung attention niya kapag magkasama kami.

Yes, alam ko na mahal ako ni Drake pero marami akong insecurities sa katawan.
Hanggang ngayon, natatakot ako na baka bigla niya akong iwan dahil sa anak nila ni
Fier. That news will haunt me for the rest of my life, I know.

"Drake?" I said, my voice icy cold. Tumingin siya ulit sa akin, waiting for me to
speak. Ayokong magalit dahil ayoko na mag away kami. Sa tuwing nag aaway kami ni
Drake, ako yung mas nahihirapan. Hindi ko alam. Siguro dahil naghiwalay kami sa
loob ng mahabang panahon kaya natatakot ako ngayon na mag away kami dahil baka
maulit yung dati and God knows I'd be crazy if ever I lose him again.

"Yes?"

I heaved a heavy breath. I didn't want to fight but I needed to let this out.

"Do you really wanna marry me?"

His forehead turned into a crease. "What?"

"You don't pay attention, you're always typing something in your laptop, you seem
to be somewhere else whenever we're together... Tell me, ayaw mo na ba akong
pakasalanan?"

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >
Tumingin siya sa akin sandali at saka isinarado yung laptop niya. Mabuti na lang at
walang tao dito sa fitting area dahil nahihiya ako. I'm 25 yet I was acting like a
kid. I can't help it. With Drake, I will always be a kid. He makes me feel like a
kid, in a way that he could make me smile with the littlest things. Kahit siguro
bigyan niya lang ako ng candy, matutuwa na ako. I could say that I really am
captivated by The Drake Palma Way. Always have, always will.

He stood up and then placed the back of his hand on my cheek. I could feel him
against my skin. It felt so good. Tama nga sila. Si Drake ang epic love ko. Kahit
gaano kasakit, sa kanya pa rin ako babalik at babalik.

"Alys," he said, his voice sending shivers down my spine... Like he always did.

Hindi ako nakapagsalita. I was, again, enchanted.

"Do you have the slightest idea how much I love you?"

Tumango ako. I knew the answer. It was an answer etched in my mind for all
eternity. "To the moon and back."

He smiled and then caressed my cheek. "Yes, and Alys, I will marry you anywhere.
Baby, I mean anywhere. I don't need the extravagant wedding; all I need is you
walking down the aisle while I wait at the altar."

And he did it again. Kahit yata tumanda ako ng tumanda, hindi mawawala yung
palpitations. Mas tumatagal, mas nagiging wild.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >

"But you deserve all these: the church, the gown, the preparation. I'm willing to
wait for you. I will always wait for you because you are worth waiting for."

I can't help but smile. Drake used to be the most quiet person I know. It was
surreal how much we grew together. From that boy from high school, he turned to be
the best man I know. And I was marrying the best man there was. He chose me despite
all my flaws.

"I love you," I said. Hindi ako magsasawang sabihin paulit ulit. Sabi nila kapag
palagi mo raw sinasabi ang isang bagay, nababawasan daw ang kahulugan. Pero kay
Drake? Hindi, e. Mas tumitindi. Minsan, pakiramdam ko hindi ko na kaya pag wala
siya. Parte na siya ng buhay ko. Wala si Alys kapag wala si Drake. That's just how
it was now.

He pulled me in and kissed me softly.

"1131. Always. Forever."

I smiled at his response.

Naglakad kami at tinulungan niya ako na bumalik sa loob ng fitting room, masyado
kasing mahaba 'yung gown na 'to kaya nahihirapan akong maglakad.

"Drake?" sabi ko sa kanya habang naglalakad kami.

"Hmm?"

"Ano ba yung ginagawa mo sa laptop mo?" tanong ko. Kanina pa kasi talaga siya.
Impossible naman na trabaho kasi hindi siya nag uuwi ng trabaho. Pag work, sa
office lang. Ganun si Drake. Ayaw niya kasi na nakakaapekto yung trabaho niya sa
personal life niya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >

"My vow," he said.

"Your vow?"
He nodded.

"And... why would you do your vow? Akala ko ba spontaneous tayo?"

Napagusapan kasi naman na kung ano na lang ang masabi, yun na lang. We believe that
the best things are those that are unplanned. The excitement lingers. Double the
fun.

Nakarating na kami sa harap ng pintuan pero hindi ako pumapasok hanggang hindi siya
nagpapaliwanag.

"Because."

"Because what?"

"Don't push it, Alys. Just because."

Ito na naman si masungit na Drake!

"Bahala ka, di ako titigil hanggang di mo sinasabi! Makulit kaya ako!" sabi ko at
saka ako nagbelat.

Umiling iling na lang si Drake.

"Fine," he sighed. "I'm afraid that I'd get tongue-tied on our wedding day and mess
the whole ceremony."

"What?" I said and then laughed! Grabe! "Kailan ka pa nagstutter? Hahaha!"

Pinitik niya ako sa noo. Ang sakit nun ah!

"You have no idea how you affect me, you noob. During the day itself, just by
imagining you walking down the aisle while wearing your wedding gown and looking
and smiling at me, I get fucking tongue-tied."
Natawa ako. God. Kung in love na in love ako kay Drake, ganun din siya sa akin. He
stayed with me through it all.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >

"Patay na patay ka sa akin," I stated.

"Yeah, well whatever."

Oh, god! He didn't deny it! Patay na patay sa akin si Drake! Dapat pala nirecord
ko! Who would have thought na dito kami hahantong? Parang nung high school lang,
pinilit ko siyang maging boyfriend ko tapos ngayon?

Damn. Miracles do exist.

Natapos na akong magsukat ng iba ibang gown. Hindi naman ako naniniwala sa
kasabihan na hindi matutuloy ang kasal kapag nakita ng groom ang gown. Ang dami na
naming pinagdaanan ni Drake, ngayon pa ba kami susuko?

"Saan tayo pupunta?" sabi ko kasi akala ko ihahatid niya na ako sa bahay namin.

Hindi siya nagsalita. Well, sanay na naman ako kaya nakinig na lang ako sa music.
Nag iisip pa ako ng kanta habang naglalakad ako patungo sa altar. Ang hirap naman
kasi mamili ng perfect song!

Hindi ko namalayan, nasa isang subdivision na pala kami.

"San tayo?"

Itinuro lang ni Drake yung bahay. Fudge!


"Bahay natin yan?!"

He nodded.

"Thank you!" I said tapos tumalon ako para yakapin siya! Wala akong kaalam alam na
tinupad niya pala yung gusto ko! Grabe! Ano ba ang ginawa ko dati para swertihin
ako ng ganito?! Ang swerte swerte ko kay Drake!

Saktong sakto. Dati, nagdrawing ako ng gusto kong bahay. I drew it out of boredom
dahil bored ako palagi nung nasa California pa ako at nagbabantay kay Tripp. I just
hanged it on my wall. I didn't know Drake saw it... and built it for me.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >

"Are you happy, Alys?"

I smiled at him. "You have no idea. Salamat, Drake."

"There's a payment for that, noob."

"Ha?"

"Babies. I want babies."

"What?!"

Ayan na naman siya sa baby talk niya! Simula ng nag yes ako sa proposal niya, gabi
gabi niyang sinasabi sa akin na gusto niya na ng baby! Si Aya at Kent naman kasi,
nauna pa ang baby sa kasal! Ayan tuloy, atat na atat na magka anak si Drake!
"Babies, Alys. Let's make one."

"Itulog mo lang yan, Palma."

"By every time you say no, the number of our future babies will increase. As of
now, we have 4 babies in line."

"What the hell?! Tingin mo sa akin, baboy?!"

He chuckled. "No. You're the mother of my future 4 kids."

"Ewan ko sa'yo, Palma! Di pa ako ready maging beach volleyball," I said. Totoo
naman. Ang hirap kaya magdiet. Akala naman ni Drake bigla bigla na lang nagsslide
palabas yung baby. Mga lalaki nga naman. Kung humiling ng baby, akala mo bumibili
lang ng candy sa tindahan.

Lumapit siya sa akin at niyakap ako. I could feel his breath on my neck. Ayan na
naman siya.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 51 of 52 >

"Alys, you won't get fat. Making love burns 69 calories. And I'll see to it that
you'll burn hundreds of calories per day."

Ugh!!! My pure mind!! Anong problema ni Drake?

--

A'N: 10 special chaps to so... spread the news! Hahaha if may reaction, do add
#DAPSC para mabasa ko! Thank you!! Grabe namiss ko si Drake at Alys! <3

Anyhow sa mga di pa nakakaalam, published na ang SDP under Pop Fiction! Php195 lang
in bookstores nationwide! ;) And may another batch ang Drake Palma book (self pub:
SDP na POV ni Drake lahat) contact 09438276970 for details! Hindi ko number yun so
text kayo dun if bibili kayo, hindi pangtextmate. Haha thanks!

SDP2: Dating Alys Perez (Completed) - Special Chapter: II/X (p.1 of 6)

II/X

"Ano ba yan, Aya!"

"Hoy, Alys, pinapaalala ko sa'yo 25 ka na. Aba it's the season to flaunt it!"

Hay buhay! Eto ba ang epekto ng pagbubuntis kay Aya? Masyado na siyang naaapektuhan
ng hormones niya! Nagtext kasi siya kanina, nagtatanong kung ano ang gagawin ko
ngayong araw e di sinabi ko syempre yung gagawin ko. Namimili ako ng mga damit na
dadalhin ko sa honeymoon namin ni Drake. Sabi ni Mom dun na lang daw ako bumili
pero ayoko. Baka imbes na magbonding kami ni Drake, maubos time namin sa
pagshshopping.

So... eto kami ngayon ni Aya, naglalakad sa mall. Sa totoo lang, mukhang obese na
penguin si Aya habang naglalakad. Pero syempre hindi ko sasabihin yun! Kakaiba pa
naman ang mood swings nitong babae na 'to. Nung huli kong nakita si Kent, may bite
mark sa braso. Half breed ng penguin at aso ang buntis na Aya! Nakakatakot,
seriously.

"E wala na ngang natatakpan yan e!" sabi ko. Halos hubad na ako dun sa pinakita
niyang nighties! Ugh! Mamaya pag nakita ni Drake yan mas atakihin siya ng perv mood
niya. Nakaka bother!

Inagaw ni Aya sa akin yung bloody red na nighties. "Mahuhubaran ka rin naman, ano
pa tatakpan mo."

"Aya!" sabi ko. Goodness! Ang daming tao, tapos ang lakas lakas ng boses niya!
Bakit siya ganyan!!

"Ewan ko sa'yo, Alys. Sexy kaya nito."

"Porn-ish."
"Magpoporn din naman kayo ni Drake soon."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 52 of 52

"Aya Pineda!!"

Tawa lang siya ng tawa. Ugh! Kung hindi lang nito pinagbubuntis yung inaanak ko at
kung hindi lang dahil kay Kent na naghihintay pa rin na pakasalan nitong si Aya,
baka tinulak ko na 'to sa escalator.

She's too bold! Ganyan ba epekto ng pagiging buntis? Mas ayoko na lalo! Mamaya kung
anu anong kabastusan lumabas sa bibig ko e.

In the end, wala akong nagawa. Binili na ni Aya yung nighties. Bahala siya magsuot
nun. Di naman kasya sa kanya buntis kasi. Ako bumili lang ng pantulog. Aba mamaya
choosy pa si Drake!

Ugh! Ayoko na ngang isipin yung honeymoon! Bakit ba pumapasok sa isip ko yun at ang
babies ni Drake!

Bwisit bwisit!

Nakauwi na ako sa condo na tinutuluyan namin ni Drake. Yes, we're living together
kahit di pa kami kasal. Magpapakasal din naman kasi kami so I see nothing wrong. Si
Daddy okay sa setup pero si Mommy muntik ng himatayin nung nalaman niya. Tsk.

Wala pa si Drake kaya nagpalit muna ako ng damit then rested for a few minutes and
then headed to the bath. While bathing, I checked up on Tripp. He woke up a year
ago. Nakita ko na siya but he didn't see me. I was afraid of the repercussions.
When I visited him, he was crying and shouting my name. It took my everything to
leave. Sabi ni Tito Tristan, pabayaan ko muna si Tripp. He was asking for me over
and over again. It broke my heart but I had to leave. Ayoko na mabuhay siya na
umaaasa sa akin... He needed to get over me. I love him but as a friend. He
deserves someone who will love him unconditionally... And in order for him to find
her, he must forget about me first.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 52 of 52

As far as I knew, he's in the Philippines already. Hindi pa lang kami nagkikita. I
didn't push it. Siguro kapag isang araw na completly moved on na siya sa akin,
magkikita rin kami.

Siguro ayaw niya rin akong makita. If he wanted to see me really, he would find a
way. But he didn't. I wished that he's moved on already. He deserves the best.

I checked Tofer's facebook. He was updated more than anyone else. Apparently, nag
aaral ulit si Tripp. I had no idea what. Maybe he needed that. A new environment.
He's been through hell with me.

After checking up on Tripp, I finished scrubbing my body. Narinig ko na dumating na


si Drake son I hurried up.

Pumunta ako sa kwarto para magbihis. I was drying my hair when I saw him
holding-"Drake!" I said and then marched over there para kunin yung-ugh! Bakit
napunta sa bag ko yung nighties na 'yun!!

"Bloody red, huh," he said with that cheeky smile.

"Shut up!"

He was shaking his head in amusement. He found this amusing?! Kulang na lang
lumubog ako sa sahig sa kahihiyan e!

"I never took you for a kinky lady, Alys. Bloody red nighties, huh."

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 52 of 52

Alam ko pulang pula na ako. Ugh! Aya! I swear sisigawan kita pag nagkita tayo since
hindi kita pwedeng itulak pababa ng escalator!

"Hindi ko binili yan okay!"

"What? Did it crawl its way to your shopping bag?"

Pigilan niyo ako, babatuhin ko ng flower vase 'tong si Drake!

"Wag mo akong gamitan ng Necomachean Ethics at Logic mo ha!"

He was laughing. Oh, god, he's loving this!

"Why are you so ashamed, Alys? I'm going to be your husband, right? I'll marry you
and your everything. Your mood swings, your flaws, your imperfections. I'd take it
all. Because I am in love with you."

God, Alys! Wag kang ngumiti, please! Galit ka, okay! Galit! Pero ugh! Ang lakas
talaga ng epekto ng The Drake Palma Way! Walang kupas!

"Alys, I'll take you even if you're wearing the dirtiest rug. No need to go fancy
over-a piece of cloth. Honestly, is that even wearable?"

Kinuha ko yung paper bag at ipinasok yung nighties. Okay. Itatapon ko na lang 'to
mamaya.

"Hindi ko alam, okay. At wala akong balak malaman kung nasusuot pa siya."

Drake smiled at me and then walked over and draped his arms over my shoulders. He
kissed my temple. "Alright. I won't push you to do anything you don't like... Just
give me my babies."
Ugh! Baby talk again!

--

Natapos na kaming kumain at nagdecide na kami na umalis. May dinner sa bahay nila
Aya, just like the old times. Invited din sila Kei, Sheen, at Tofer.

< prev | next >


<< start | end >>
< Part 52 of 52

In less than an hour, nakarating na kami kila Aya. Nag migrate kasi sa Canada yung
parents ni Aya. Supposedly, sasama si Aya but she's too stubborn. Sabagay, her
career was going well and plus, Kent's here. Pag oo na lang talaga ang inaantay
naming lahat. Yes, lahat kami nag aantay na pumayag na si Aya magpakasal. It's long
overdue!

"You crazy woman!" I said nung nakita ko si Aya. "Bakit mo nilagay sa gamit ko yung
nighties!" I hissed. Buti na lang busy si Drake dun, kinukulit na naman siya ni
Tofer. Like always.

Tawa lang siya ng tawa. She's gone insane.

"Why? Nakita ba ni Drake?"

Bwisit. Pasalamat ka Gabriella Pineda at buntis ka!

Tinulungan ko siya sa paglalagay ng plate sa table since mag isa lang siya. Sabi ko
nga dun na lang siya sa building namin ni Drake para napupuntahan ko siya pero ayaw
niya. Nakakakaba tuloy na mag isa lang siya. Nasa second trimester na siya ng
pregnancy niya. Siguro si Kent na ang gagawa ng paraan para ithreaten si Aya sa
susunod.

Dapat kasi tinatakot muna si Aya bago siya pumayag. Real story.

We were eating and they were talking happily. Si Kei, she's still single and dating
when she has time. Hindi na talaga sila nagkatuluyan ni Sheen. They grew apart. Si
Sheen, he's with someone. Matagal na sila pero hindi pa rin namin nakikilala yung
babae since nasa France yung girl because of doctorate. Kahit na mag ex si Sheen at
Kei, they're cool. Narealize nila na ganun talaga. Some high school love story are
meant to last, some are just meant to change your life.
< prev | next >
<< start | end >>
< Part 52 of 52

Drake held my hand under the table.

"Why?" I asked him.

"Nothing. I just like being with you."

I stuck my tongue out. "You're with me everyday, Drake. Di ka ba nagsasawa sa mukha


ko?"

He shook his head and smiled at me. "I like being with you."

"You will be with me forever. One day, magsasawa ka rin," I said.

We were in this bubble and we were looking at each other's eye. I smiled at him. He
intertwined our fingers together.

"Alys Zyril Perez-Palma, I am in love with you. Deeply, madly, and irrevocably. I
love you so much now, how much more if you give me my babies?"

Ugh! Baby talk again!

--

A'N: Do add #DAPSC for twitter lurkers!! :)

-Eydee