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  1. #61

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    thanks sa update TS .. sana tuloy2x na ..

  2. #62

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Quote Originally Posted by sakura07 View Post
    Hahaha! Sorry naman, eto na kasunod. Hehe.

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    more bwhahahahhaahha
    no pressure!
    hahahahahhaha

  3. #63

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Ang bilis ng update. Maraming salamat hehe

  4. #64

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjan17 View Post
    thanks sa update TS .. sana tuloy2x na ..
    Hehe. pasensya na, tinamaan ng sakit at nagka-Netflix kaya ganyan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus001 View Post
    more bwhahahahhaahha
    no pressure!
    hahahahahhaha
    Hahaha! eto na, nanginginig pa. Hahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piojohnlouie View Post
    Ang bilis ng update. Maraming salamat hehe
    Thank you!

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    CHAPTER 28

    Kapag talaga nag-give in ka na sa nararamdaman mo everything feels natural and you feel happier. Wala pang nangyayari masaya ka na and that's exactly how I feel now.

    Yung car ride papunta sa mall na halos dalawang oras namin binaybay dahil ayaw namin magbaka-sakali sa mall na malapit dahil baka may maka spot sa amin, naging super special dahil sya ang kasama ko. Pero honestly? Nakakapikon ang trapik sa pilipinas, but it was worth it dahil halos di nya bitiwan ang kamay ko habang nagddrive and we talked about everything and anything.

    It feels so natural talking comfortably with him; it feels natural to laugh at the stupid things he says at laking gulat ko rin na marunong syang mag-joke. Nakakataba ng puso na ako ang napili nya out of all the girls he could have pero at the same time nakakatakot. Parang nasa dulo ako ng isang matarik na bangin and I'm not sure if pag nahulog ako may sasalo ba sa akin or matutuluyan na akong matigok pag nalaglag. Nanlalamig ang kamay ko pero I tell him na dahil malamig lang ang aircon ng kotse nya pero sa totoo lang mixed emotions ako, I'm super nervous but I can't deny the happiness I feel.

    I look at him and smile, napalingon sya saglit sa akin pero ngumiti rin sya, "What are you thinking?"

    I want to tell him kung anong gumugulo sa isip ko pero nagsinungaling na lang ako, baka masira ang gabi namin. I pout, "Wala lang, bakit? Bawal ka ba tingnan?"

    Nakatingin pa rin sya sa kalsada pero umiling sya, "Daya mo."

    Mejo kumunot ang noo ko, "Anong madaya?"

    Ngumiti sya ng slight, "Ikaw pwede mo akong titigan, pero I can't do the same to you. Hindi dahil nagddrive ako, dahil alam ko pag ginawa ko yun mahihiya ka. So, madaya ka."

    Natawa ako, "May point."

    Napailing lang sya at kinuha ulit ang kaliwa kong kamay sabay inipit ang braso ko sa braso nya, syempre napaurong ako palapit, "Fine. I'll have to be satisfied with this", Sabay halik nya sa kamay ko.

    Hinatak ko ang kamay ko palayo habang tinatakpan ang bibig ko, "Huuuuuy wag kang ganyan. Kinikilig ako bwisit ka."

    Natawa sya ng malakas pero hindi nya binitiwan ang kamay ko, "Dito ka lang."

    Wala na, patay na naman ako dito. Napailing na lang ako, lintek na pag-ibig yan nakakapanghina.

    ***

    Halos mawasak na yata ang labi ko kakangiti ngayong gabi, hawak hawak ko ang bucket of popcorn ko at nilalapag ang soft drinks ko sa cup holder. Napalingon ako kay Chuck na nasa tabi ko, pero biglang nawala ang ngiti ko.

    Umangat ako sa pagkakaslouch ko sa chair at hinawakan ko yung braso nya, "Huy. Anong nangyari? Bakit ka nakasimangot?"

    Nakasimangot nyang tiningnan ang hawak kong popcorn, "This is going great. First date natin and we're having popcorn for dinner."

    Natawa ako, "Sus. Kala ko kung ano na, di bale bawi na lang tayo next time."

    He still doesn't crack a smile, "First time natin kumain sa labas we had isaw. Isaw, Andi."

    Sumubo ako ng popcorn at nagsalita, "Oh e ano naman? Sarap kaya ng isaw."

    He smirks and swipes his thumb on my lower lip, "Ang dumi mo kumain."

    Pinunasan ko ng tissue ang bibig ko at tinaasan sya ng kilay, "Pero crush mo ko."

    Natawa sya at napailing, "I wonder why."

    Napaatras ako kunyari naoffend, "Ouch."

    Biglang namatay ang mga ilaw so humarap na ako sa screen at sumandal sa chair pero napa-angat ako nang maramdaman kong may braso na nakaextend sa upuan ko, tumingin ako kay Chuck, "Excuse me. Braso mo po."

    Ngumiti lang sya, nagpa-pacute, "I'm fine here. Thanks."

    Tinaasan ko sya ng kilay, "Move. Your. Arm."

    Inalis nya ang kamay nya sabay sabing, "Fine. But I won't put my arm around you unless you ask."

    Napanganga ako, "Wow. Lakas ng dating mo ah." Sumandal ako sa chair ko at tumingin sa kanya, "Don't hold your breath."

    After thirty minutes

    Puta ang lamig.

    Ubos na ang popcorn ko at ang soft drinks na parang isang sipsipan ko lang inubos.

    Nakalagay na ang mga kamay ko sa ilalim ng hita ko para hindi pasukin ng lamig dahil lintik na to parang nangangatal na ako sa ginaw. At ang bwisit kong date nag-aantay talagang sabihan na i-warm ako, so syempre dahil nakipagmatigasan na ako tinuloy ko na. Magkamatayan na, walang bawian.

    Pero dahil sa dami ng liquids na naconsume ko, naiihi pati ako. Tinapik ko ang braso ni Chuck na seryosong nanonood ng action film na pinili namin, "Huy."

    Tumingin sya sa kin at ngumiti, "Yes?"

    Inirapan ko sya, "Wag kang feeling hindi ako magpapayapos. Mag-CCR lang ako."

    Tumango lang sya, "Okay. Just let me know when you need me. My offer stands."

    Umirap ako ulet at bumulong ng, "Adik."

    Nag side step ako sa row namin na buti na lang hindi masyadong matao, pumasok ako sa banyo at tinapat ang mga nanlalamig kong palad sa air dryer pagkatapos kong magwiwi at maghugas ng kamay. Siguro nag stay ako dun ng lampas ten minutes pero keber na muna kahit di ko na maintindihan ang story. Puro saksakan at barilan naman kasi.

    Nang finally bumalik ako sa upuan ko hindi manlang ako pinansin ni Chuck at talagang nakatutok sa pinapanood nya. Typical.

    Dahil mejo nainitan naman ako sa banyo nakatagal ako ng another twenty minutes bago narealize na halos isang oras pa ang movie na 'to. So lunok ng pride, Andi.

    Sumandal ako sa upuan at dumikit sa braso ni Chuck para magpainit kahit konti pero ang lintek umurong palayo sa akin. Napairap lang ako at nakatagal ng another five minutes bago sumuko.

    Dumikit ulit ako sa kanya at bumulong ng "psst".

    Ngumiti sya pero hindi lumapit at nagpretend na hindi ako narinig.

    Huminga ako ng malalim, umangat sa upuan ko at nag turn para nakaharap ako sa kanya at kinalabit ang braso nya, "Huy."

    Tumingin sya sa akin habang nakasandal sa kabilang side ng upuan nya at nakapatong ang siko sa armrest, ang kanang kamay nya nasa mukha nya at nakapatong ang index finger nya sa labi nya habang pinipigilan ang tawa.

    Nanginginig na ang baba ko pero nagtry pa rin akong mag-smile. Hinaplos ko ang braso nya at sinabing, "Sige na."

    Tumaas ang mga kilay nya at sabi nya, "What?"

    Tumango ako at hinaplos sya ulit, "Sabi ko sige na."

    Nakatingin pa rin sya sa akin with confused expression at ini-spread ko ang arms ko sabay sabing, "Sige na. Gawin mo na ang gusto mo."

    Napahalakhak sya at nanlaki ang mata ko sabay tabon ng kamay sa bibig nya, "Shhh. Wag kang maingay."

    Tumatawa pa rin sya nang hatakin ako papunta sa tagiliran nya. Nakabalot ang isa nyang braso sa likod ko at nagrest ang kamay nya sa balakang ko. Nararamdaman ko pa rin ang quiet laughter nya habang binalot ko naman ang braso ko sa dibdib nya.

    Sumiksik ako sa side nya at nag enjoy sa body heat nya, "Hay."

    Tumingin sya sa akin and I had to crane my neck a bit para makita ang mukha nya, "Bakit?"

    Ngumiti sya at hinalikan ang noo ko sabay hatak ulit sa akin at masaya akong sumiksik sa tagiliran nya.

    He sighs then says, "Crazy Andi."

  5. #65

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    CHAPTER 29

    Sabi nila time flies when you’re having fun, I guess this is true dahil yung two weeks na nakalipas is parang super bilis. Siguro dahil araw araw akong masaya, kahit stressed pa sa trabaho at wala na akong panahon makipag date ulet kay Chuck ayos lang, we talk every day and every time we do it just feels normal. Parang we’ve been together for more than just two weeks and I’m slowly finding out that more and more I like the Chuck I’m getting to know little by little, day by day.

    Also, ngayong I’m living the life I want to – although hindi pa sya perfect ngayon, na-realize kong hindi ko kailangan ang romcoms ko as much as I needed it before. Pag ang buhay mo nagiging pang pelikula or tv series na, you don’t feel the need to watch them anymore. Parang mare-realize mong mas maganda na ang buhay mo kesa sa mga pinapanood mo. Yun lang kailangan mo talagang ipagdasal na di kagaya ng mga napapanood mo na sana kasing swerte ka ng bida na maging happy rin ang ending mo.

    Kakaisip ko sa mga pelikula hindi ko namalayan na may tao na pala sa cubicle ko.

    Nag-give up na ba sya?” I swirl in my chair to face Ms. Claire na nakasandal sa cubicle ko with her arms crossed over her chest.

    I give her a confused expression, “Who po ma’am?”

    She nods towards my table, “It’s been a while since I’ve seen flowers on your table. Binasted mo na?”

    Napangiti lang ako kasi I told Chuck na we need to keep a low profile so ang ginagawa nya ngayon is he leaves the bouquet of flowers in the passenger seat of his car, pag uwian na nya binibigay sa sakin. So even if my table is bare, my room is not. Super flowery ang kwarto ko with the flowers he’s been giving.

    Tumingin lang ako sa boss ko at nag-shrug, “Nanawa na siguro ma’am.”

    He twists her lips, “He’s not worth it then.”

    Hindi na ako sumagot, dahil ano naman isasagot ko diba? I’m being sobrang careful in talking to her lalo na ngayon, I feel a slight twinge of guilt every time I have to lie or not tell her the whole truth.

    She sighs, “Anyway, how’s the planning of the Teambuilding? Do you need me for anything? I have time now if you can update me.”

    “Okay ma’am.” I stand up and unplug my laptop then follow her into her office.

    I show Ms. Claire some of the things na napag-decide-an namin ng committee, syempre dahil kasama sa committee si Chuck it’s been challenging not to interact with him sa meeting the way I want to – for example? Pag may sinabi syang bright idea hindi ko pwedeng kurutin ang pisngi nya sa gigil or pag napagod na ako sa pagtayo hindi ako pwedeng kumandong sa kanya kahit na gustong gusto ko, yung mga ganung tipo.

    Tsaka para kaming may warden pag nandun si May, it’s like she’s waiting for something to happen para may maireport sya sa mga kaibigan nyang mosang, or worse she can tell Ms. Claire about my and Chuck’s relationship. She’s being very cooperative at nag-dududa ako sa intentions nya, Chuck tells me I’m just paranoid pero iba ang instinct ng babae kaya alam kong may pinaplanong kakaiba tong si May – di ko pa nga lang sure kung ano.

    “This looks great, Andi. Good work, give the team my congratulations.” Ms. Claire smiles at me and I puff out my chest na parang panabong na manok sa pagka-proud. Sana lang mag-materialize lahat ng plans.

    “Thanks ma’am. We also need you to give a welcome speech when we get there, para lang ma-boost yung morale ng mga tao and to get them excited with what we have planned for them.” I look over at her while folding my laptop.

    She leans back on her chair, “Do I need to? I mean, you guys should do it since you worked hard for it, I don’t want to take any of the credit.”

    See? Super nice talaga tong si Ms. Claire.

    “You should do the welcome speech ma’am and we’ll take the acknowledgements during socials night, after all you wanted the people to get to know you so kailangan talaga na mag-share kayo and get involved in the activities. It would mean a lot to the employees.” I give her a small smile.

    Nag-isip sya ng konti at tumango, “Okay. I’ll do it. Just help me polish it when I’m done.”

    Nginitian ko sya, “No problem ma’am.”

    Parang nag-iisip pa sya at parang may sasabihin pa so hindi muna ako umalis, then she starts, “I noticed something pala.”

    Inangat ko ang mga kilay ko in question, “Yes ma’am?”

    She put her index finger on her lip then points to my laptop, “Chuck is in charge of the socials?”

    Hindi ko ineexpect yung tanong so mejo nanlaki ang mata ko, I recover and give her a tight smile, “Yes ma’am. I think May included her in the invitation sa meeting namin. He volunteered to be in charge of the socials. Hindi na nga po ako nagtanong kasi syempre Manager sya so tinanggap ko na lang.” Ay, isang tanong lang ang dami kong
    sagot? Hindi ka naman masyado halatang nag-papanic no?

    She puts her hand on her mouth ulet, “I’m just curious. He’s never liked doing those things before. I just find it weird.”

    I laugh a little, “Baka gusto nya lang tumulong ma’am. Hindi naman siguro masama na mag-volunteer, diba? Or baka nagbago na sya, di natin alam.” Ay, depensa? Basketball player?

    Bigla syang nag-backpedal, “No. Of course he just wants to help, I’m just wondering why. I just find it odd kasi he doesn’t like going to parties, kahit nga nung kami I need to drag him by the elbows pag may event akong kailangan puntahan, but now he doesn’t intend to just attend but actually plan a party? Diba? Hindi ba weird yun or I’m just reading too much into it?”

    Nag-isip ako ng isasagot, ano nga bang pwede kong isagot dun? Weird nga? Or hindi weird kasi parang alam ko kung bakit gusto nyang sumali sa committee? Dahil sa akin? Ganda ganda ko talaga. Syet.

    Bago pa ako makabuo ng sagot nakita ko si Ms. Claire na kagat kagat ang bottom lip nya, tapos bigla syang nagsalita, “I don’t know. I can’t help but think that…” tapos ini-shake nya ang ulo nya, “No. It’s crazy.”

    Lumapit ako ng konti sa kanya kasi I’m dying to know what she’s thinking, “What ma’am? Ano sa tingin nyo? Bakit kaya?”

    She bites her bottom lip again and leans in para bumulong, “Do you think it has something to do with me? Because I wanted this to happen? Na parang he wants to help me out? Indirectly or without me knowing?”

    Napalunok ako.

    She continues, “Do you think he still cares about me?”

    Napalunok ulet ako at parang nag-dry naman ang lalamunan ko. Paano naman ako sasagot sa tanong na yan? At ang itsura pa nya, she looks – hopeful and I’m caught between telling her the truth, crushing her hopes in the process and lying – giving her false hope. Shit.

    I think about it for a minute then decide on the best answer I can give.

    I look straight at her and say, “I think the only one who can answer that is him, it’s very dangerous to speculate what his motives are.”

    Kumunot ang noo nya, “Are you suggesting I ask him?”

    I think about my options and I’m filled with dread when she finally finds out about us. Wala akong maisip na maisagot sa kanya at this point.

    Then she huffs a breath, “No. I don’t think that’s what I should do.”

    Nag-iisip si Ms. Claire at ako naman nagdadasal na matapos na ang usapang ito.

    She snaps her fingers, “I know what to do.” Then she stands up and walks over to her desk, dismissing me na pero I follow her.

    “What ma’am? Anong plan nyo?” Syempre hindi ko mapigilang magtanong.

    She grins at me, puts her elbows on her desk, puts her entwined fingers under her chin, “I’m going to find out during the teambuilding.”

    Wala akong maisagot na matino pero para akong na-stuck sa pagkakatayo ko dun, what the hell does that mean?

    She looks down on her laptop but addresses me, “Andi, I’ll be coming with the committee for the advance party and please assign Chuck to the car I’ll be riding.”

    Nanlaki ang mata ko, “Po?”

    She looks back up at me, “You have an advance party going to the venue a day before the actual event diba? I want to join you guys and I’ll ride with where Chuck’s riding.” She smiles at me, “We can talk in the car, just like we used to.”

    Hindi ko alam kung nakangiti ba ako or naka-ngiwi, parang hindi ko maramdaman yung mukha ko. Parang nangangapal.

    So tumango lang ako at parang robot na naglakad palabas ng office nya at naupo sa pwesto ko.

    What the hell do I do now?

  6. #66

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Matinde to haha. Paktay na ang naglason

  7. #67

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    may bago na naman akong pagpupuyatan sa muling pagsilip ko dito sa original literature.. pasubscribe po

  8. #68

    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Quote Originally Posted by piojohnlouie View Post
    Matinde to haha. Paktay na ang naglason
    Kakaloka. Hahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by demon spade View Post
    may bago na naman akong pagpupuyatan sa muling pagsilip ko dito sa original literature.. pasubscribe po
    Salamat.

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    CHAPTER 30

    “What the hell do you mean I have to ride with her?” Nakapamewang si Chuck habang naktatayo at ako naman nakaupo sa sofa naming sa bahay.

    Nilagay ko ang daliri ko sa bibig ko, “Shh. Wag kang maingay baka marinig ka ni chang.”

    Umiling lang si Chuck at umupo sa tabi ko, “Explain to me one more time how this happened.”

    Ang mga siko ko nakapatong sa tuhod ko at nilagay ko ang mukha ko sa mga palad ko, “Pang ilang ulit ko nang explain e.”

    Nagbuntong hininga sya, “I just don’t get it. Humor me. Explain it one more time.”

    Sumandal ako sa sofa at humarap sa kanya, seryoso syang nakatingin sa akin.

    Huminga ako ng malalim at nilinaw ko ang pagsasalita ko nang may diin ang kada salita, “Kasi nga napaisip sya kung bakit raw gusto mong mag-join sa committee kasi ang alam nya daw ayaw mo ng mga ganun nung kayo pa, tapos nalaman nyang active kang gustong magparticipate so parang ang inisip nya gusto mo pa rin syang tulungan kaya para malaman nya kung tama ba ang hinala nya gusto nya magkasama kayo sa sasakyan papunta dun sa venue para makapag-usap daw kayo.”

    Ginaya nya yung pwesto ko at nakaharap sa akin, “Why the hell would she think that? I’ve never given her any indication na I want to get back together.”

    Hinaplos ko yung pisngi nya at mejo rough na yung baba nya pero nakakakiliti sa palad ko, “Kailangan mo nang mag-shave.”

    He stops my hand from touching his face, “Stop distracting me.”

    Napangiti lang ako.

    He sighs before saying, “Just tell her I’m not part of the advance party.”

    I roll my eyes, “Nakita nya nga yung plan e, so nakita nyang kasama ka.”

    Sa totoo lang hindi naman sya kailangan pumunta dun ahead of the participants pero gusto sana namin makatakas ng saglit ng walang mga matang nanonood. Mga lima lang kami sana na pupunta dun the day before the event at nagawan namin ng paraan na hindi kasama si May, pero ang saklap ng pagkakataon dahil masisira yata ang mga plano namin.

    He snaps his fingers, “Or just tell her that the resort is fully booked.”

    Naisip ko na rin yun so, “She’s not maarte enough na gusto nya ng sariling room so malamang sabihin nya lang na she doesn’t mind sharing a room with me.” At nag-eyeroll pa ako, “Or with you.”

    He gives me a look that says ‘are you trying to be funny?’

    Huminga ako ng malalim, “I don’t think we have a choice so you should just get it over with. Car ride lang naman e.”

    I look at him, “It’s a good thing rin siguro so you can make things clear for her, she’s a good person and she’s confused right now. Siguro dahil she’s not over you.”

    He looks at me seriously, “So you’re okay with this? You’re okay if I spend two to three hours alone with her?”

    Napapikit ako at napangiwi, “Sana hindi traffic.”

    He gives a soft laugh, “You trust me.”

    Hindi sya question so ngumiti lang ako sa kanya, “Alam kong malakas ang tama mo sa akin.”

    He laughs and puts his arm around me, “I don’t like it, Andi.”

    Sumiksik ako sa kilikili nya, “I know.”

    “I’d rather have a roadtrip with you.” He says.

    I nod, “Sayang no? Kainis naman.”

    I’m in a very weird situation kasi kahit na naiinis ako dahil nasira ang quality time sana namin ni Chuck na magkasama at the same time I feel bad for Ms. Claire, because she’s going to get her heart broken again by the same man – I can’t imagine how she’ll feel when they talk.

    Tumingin ako sa mukha ni Chuck, “Anong sasabihin mo sa kanya?”

    He looks down on me and studies my face, he puts his left hand up and brushes my hair off my forehead, “If she asks about my personal life I’m going to tell her that I’ve met someone.” He looks me in the eyes and says, “I won’t hurt her with the truth. I’ll just give her what she needs so she’ll know that I’m spoken for and no longer interested in getting back together with her.”

    Napakunot ang noo ko, “What do you mean you won’t hurt her with the truth? Magsisinungaling ka?”

    He shakes his head, “I’m just not going to tell her the complete story, but I’ll give her enough information so she can put the pieces together herself. She’s smart enough that she’ll figure it out without my having to outright say it.”

    Tumango lang ako pero nakakalungkot pa rin. Ano ba naman tong feelings ko, super nagugulo ha, bida nga ako sa storyang eto pero contrabida naman sa storya ni Ms. Claire.

    I sigh, “Is it possible to be happy and sad at the same time?”.

    He shifts so I’m even closer to him, “I think you just care too much about other people, but you have to think of yourself too.”

    I bite the inside of my cheek at nag-isip kung matatawag bang selfish if unahin ko yung sarili kong kaligayahan kesa sa kaligayahan ng iba.

    He wraps his other arm around me and pulls my head closer to him, he kisses my forehead and whispers, “Just think that when you let yourself be happy, you’re making me happy too. Two against one, we win.”

    Napangiti ako at lumayo ng onti para matingnan ko ang mukha nya, “One day.”

    He looks down on me and smiles, “Soon?”

    I think of all the things he said and that he’s right, we deserve to be happy – together so I grin and say, “Soon.”

    ***

    Cue the horror music.

    Kinakagat-kagat ko ang kuko ko habang nasa parking lot at nag-aantay sa pagdating ni Chuck. Syempre dahil may mga mag-aabang sa parking, hindi kami nagsabay pumunta ng office today dahil this is it. The day before our Teambuilding activity, ang araw na kinatatakutan ko ng mahabang panahon.

    Despite our efforts na hindi matuloy ang pag sama sa advance party ni Ms. Claire, nandito sya at tinitingnan ang relo nya habang nag-aabang rin ng isang pamilyar na SUV.

    Late na si Chuck ng ten minutes and sa tagal ng pagkakakilala ko sa kanya I’m pretty sure never pa syang na-late, napabulong tuloy ako ng, “Asan na ba yun?”

    “What did you say?” Tanong sa akin ni Ms. Claire. Lumingon lang ako sa kanya at ngumiti, “Nothing ma’am. I’m just worried we’ll run into heavy traffic if we don’t leave now.”

    She nods, “I know. Chuck’s never late so I’m sure he’s got his reasons.”

    Lumapit sa akin si Cherrie – isa sa mga committee members, “Hi Olga. I think we should go ahead kasi baka ma-traffic tayo.”

    I look down on my watch at nakitang tama sya, pero syempre hindi ko naman pwedeng iwan si Ms. Claire ditong nag-aantay. Hinatak ko palayo si Cherrie at binulungan, “Eh pano si Ms. Claire? Alangan naman iwan ko dito.”

    Ang itsura nya parang ‘okay ka lang?’, then she smiles, “Syempre maiiwan ka diba? Hindi mo pwedeng iwan yang boss mo noh.”

    I must’ve looked like it was the last thing on Earth na gusto kong mangyari sa akin so she says, “Grabe ka naman. Ilang hours lang yung byahe I’m sure you’ll live. Kala ko pa naman magkasundo kayo ng boss mo.”

    I shake my head and put on a fake smile, “Ay, oo naman magkasundo kami.” then I lean closer to her at bumulong, “Pero syempre magkasama sila ng ex nya. Third wheel ako? Diba, awkward.”

    She laughs quietly, “Oo nga no, you’ve got a point.” Then she straightens up and says, “Eh paano lahat tayo male-late if mag-antayan tayo.”

    I bite my bottom lip and sigh, “Sige, sige na. I’ll stay with Ms. Claire na lang, you guys go ahead.”

    She nods and pats my hand, “Good luck.”

    Nag-ngiting aso ako at pinanood habang sumakay na sila sa kotse at umalis. Nagbuntong hininga ako at bumalik sa kinauupuan ni Ms. Claire.

    “He’s on his way so we’re good.” She smiles at me, habang kausap ko si Cherrie tinawagan na nya ang jowa ko? Teka, di pa pala jowa pero papunta na rin yun dun. Hay, ano ba namang klaseng buhay ‘to.

    After ten minutes, tumigil na sa unahan namin ang SUV ni Chuck and I stand dragging my body up.

    Bumaba sya ng kotse at parang nagulat na nandun ako, hindi ko na sya sinabihan na kasama nila ako sa car ride – aba e wala rin naman syang magagawa so, surprise!

    Habang inaayos ni Ms. Claire ang bags nya kumaway ako kay Chuck and I gave him a tight smile. Pero imbes na mainis or magalit sya, he looked down on my body and I felt super conscious, tiningnan ko ang suot kong high-waisted denim shorts and white v-neck plain t-shirt. First time nya palang masilayan ang legs ko and I like the way he’s checking me out.

    He looks at my face and I blush.

    “Okay, let’s get this show on the road!” Ms. Claire interrupts my very, very naughty thoughts. Tumayo ako ng tuwid at binitbit ang mga bag ko papunta sa likod ng kotse ni Chuck, imbes na si Ms. Claire ang tulungan yung bag ko yung kinuha nya. So syempre ako ang kumuha ng bag ni Ms. Claire.

    She smiles and says “Thank you.” Bago sya sumakay sa passenger seat.

    Inaayos namin ang gamit namin sa likod nang hinatak ni Chuck ang laylayan ng shorts ko, “Love these.”

    Hinataw ko ang kamay nya at sinabihan sya ng “Shh!”

    Umalis na ako sa tabi nya at sumakay na sa likod sa side ni Ms. Claire. Sumakay na rin si Chuck at inayos ang rearview mirror nya para nakikita nya ako. Pinandilatan ko sya.

    He sighs happily, puts on his shades then says, “Let’s go.”

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    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    CHAPTER 31

    Oh God this is so awkward.

    Pakiramdam ko ako yung nag-thi-third wheel dito pero technically si Ms. Claire ang third wheel, di nya nga lang alam. At utang na loob ha, kahit naka-shades tong si Chuck I’m pretty sure ako ang sinisilip nya pag tumitingin sya sa rearview mirror dahil kada ginagawa nya yun ngumingiti sya.

    “So, what have you been up to? We haven’t talked in forever.” nag-umpisa nang mag-small talk si Ms. Claire.

    Chuck took his time before answering, “I’m good. Life’s good, great actually”.

    Jusme saksakin mo na lang kaya ng kutsilyong mapurol si Madam?

    “Oh, that’s good. I’m happy for you.” She sounds sad. Hindi manlang tinanong ni Chuck kung kamusta naman sya. Parang gusto ko tuloy bigwasan tong si Chuck, sa totoo lang I understand what he’s trying to do pero naaawa rin naman ako sa boss ko. Ano ba namang klaseng sitwasyon to, I shake my head and come up with a very good idea on how to pass the time. I get my sling bag and pull out my phone and earphones. The least I can do is to not listen to their conversation – respeto na lang sa kapwa kong babaeng si Ms. Claire.

    I’m putting my earphones on when I hear Chuck say, “Hey Andi. You okay back there?”

    I roll my eyes and give him a death glare sa reflection nya sa rearview mirror, “I’m fine.”

    Tumawa lang ng slight si Ms. Claire, “I’m so sorry you’re stuck with us Andi ha. You can just tune us out if you want.”

    Huminga lang ako ng malalim at tiningnan ang dinadaanan namin.

    “Why were you late? You’ve never been late before.” Tinanong ni Ms. Claire si Chuck.

    Napalingon ako kay Chuck at inaantay ang sagot nya, he shrugs and says, “I’ve been late before.”

    She laughs, “No. We were together for two years and you’ve never been late, not once.”

    Kumikirot ang puso ko at parang kumukulo ang tiyan ko sa ewan, halong nerbyos at ngitngit. Alam ko namang di nya sinasadya kaya lang syempre sakit pa rin diba? Pamukha ba sa akin na mas kilala nya si Chuck kesa sa akin?

    “You know things change, right?” Napaka-snippy na sagot ni Chuck kay Ms. Claire. Magkaka-whiplash na yata ako kaka-kampi kay Chuck then kay Ms. Claire at sa akin, nakakahilo tong pwesto ko. Kailangan kong pagsabihan tong si Chuck na wag masyadong maging masungit kaya lang wala akong pagkakataon at nagddrive sya, hindi ko rin naman sya pwedeng i-text diba? Kaialngan ko lang kumuha ng pagkakataon.

    Ms. Claire immediate says, “Of course. You’re right. Sorry.”

    The tension is so thick dito sa loob ng sasakyan kaya I need to do something para mejo gumaan naman ang pakiramdam namin. May two hours pa kami sa byahe at ayoko ng ganitong environment, mababaliw ako. So umurong ako na nasa pagitan ako ng upuan nila Ms. Claire and Chuck at pinindot ang radio para mag-open.

    Nagulat si Ms. Claire at napalingon sa akin, nginitian ko lang sya, “Mag-music naman tayo ma’am. Masarap bumyahe pag maganda ang sounds.”

    Pinag-pipindot ko ang radio habang nakasiksik ako sa gitna ng mga upuan nila, nakaharap ang katawan ko kay Chuck at I know sinasadya nya na i-brush yung daliri nya sa tiyan kong naka-expose dahil sa maigsi kong tshirt. Pinigilan ko na lang mag-react at huminga ng malalim.

    Nang wala akong mahanap na magandang station, pinatay ko ang radio at bumalik sa upuan ko.

    “Can’t find anything you like?” Nagtanong si Ms. Claire.

    E pano puro love song ang tugtog, ayaw ko nga baka magka-developan pa sila.

    “Nope.” Sagot ko kay Ms. Claire.

    “You should just open your phone so you can connect with my Bluetooth.” Sabat ni Chuck.

    Oo nga naman, so in-open ko ang phone ko at nag-connect immediately ang phone ko sa speakers, may biglang tumunog na “Andi connected”.

    Tumingin si Ms. Claire kay Chuck, “Wait. Don’t you need to give her your password before she can connect?”

    Nanlaki ang mata ko at alam kong nakatingin sa akin sa salamin si Chuck, but he’s relaxed as he answers, “No. I don’t have a password. I don’t open my Bluetooth often.”

    Oh no. I’m pretty sure she’s trying to process that in her head, at tama si Chuck nung sinabi nyang matalino si Ms. Claire.

    “So how have you been?” Tanong ni Chuck kay Ms. Claire, I’m sure trying to divert her attention and distract her from trying to figure out the Bluetooth situation.

    He’s smart in doing this kasi she only needs to open her own Bluetooth to find out na may password nga ang Bluetooth ni Chuck, I’ve just been able to connect a lot before dahil ang cellphone ko ang gamit namin pag nasa kotse kami.

    Kailangan naming maging maingat kundi buking kami.

    She responds, “I’m good. Things have been crazy at work pero I think I’m getting a hang of it.”

    He nods but says nothing else. Internally gusto ko nang sumigaw ng “kausapin mo pa!”

    Nagsimula na akong magpatugtog ng mejo upbeat songs para malunod ang awkwardness sa loob ng kotse. Naka-isang oras na kaming buma-byahe at hindi na ulet nag-try si Madam na kausapin si Chuck and I feel sad for her.

    Papunta kaming Subic so nasa NLEX na kami at nakakita ako ng gas station, “Sir, pwede ba tayong mag-stop over?”

    Tumingin si Chuck sa rearview mirror, “Sure.”

    Nag-park si Chuck at bumaba kaming lahat para mag-wiwi break, halatang wala na sa mood si Ms. Claire dahil hindi sya nagsasalita. I feel super weird asking him so hindi na ako nag-try.

    Pabalik na ako sa kotse nang mapansin kong hindi ko kasunod si Ms. Claire, lumingon ako sa likod ko and see her walking the other way, sinundan ko sya nang makahabol ako sa kanya I ask, “Ma’am? San kayo punta?”

    She gives me a small smile and points, “Starbucks.”

    I nod, “Samahan ko na kayo.”

    She shakes her head, “No. I’ll just be a minute, it’s the least I can do. You go ahead baka hinahanap na tayo ni Chuck.”

    I nod and make my way back to the car, kailangan ko rin naman kausapin si Chuck e so pagkakataon ko na to.

    When I get there, he’s got his arms crossed over his chest, leaning his back on the side of the car with his legs crossed on his ankles, I’m sure kahit naka-shades sya at di ko kita ang mata nya na sa akin sya nakatingin – ang tawag diyan lakas ng loob. Marami ako nyan, charot.

    He gives me a slow knowing smile and I take in a lungful of air. Dahil he checked me out earlier, I’m now returning the favor, he looks so good in his grey t-shirt and khaki shorts. I’ve never seen him so casual and oh my gulay mejo naglalaway na yata ako.

    Napalunok ako at parang gusto kong tumingin sa langit, put my index finger sa labi ko, i-kiss ito at itaas kay God parang yung ginagawa ng mga basketball players pag nananalo sa game. Dahil daig ko pang naka-grand slam sa pagka-jackpot ko sa lalaking to.

    When I get closer, he pushes off the car and gives me a full smile, he opens his arms and I have no choice but to fall into his waiting arms.

    I stand on my tip toes habang binabalot ko ang mga braso ko sa leeg nya. He hugs me like he hasn’t seen me in years as he puts his head on the crook of my shoulder as he breathes in deep, he sighs and says, “I’ve missed you.”

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    Default Re: My Band-aid Heart

    Plot twist: nakasunod na pala si Ms. Claire kay Andi at nakita nya buong pangyayari. Then drop the SB coffee or whatever ay utaas. Good read TS. Mooore!

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