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Sunday, October 5, 2014

LOVE AGAIN: Chapter 9

RINDEL'S POV

“So, a little birdy told me that you’re living with someone?”, sabi ni Rhoi sa akin nang makipagkita ako sa kanya.


“Paano mo nalaman?”, I asked curiously.


“Well, your credit card is still under my name after all and the billing goes to the hotel. You can guess what happens after I see a lot of recent purchases.”


Natawa naman ako sa sinabi nito. Of course he would check what’s up with the bill eh sa dami ng pinamili naming gamit sa bahay, malamang umabot ng ilang daang libo ang bill nun.


“Well, yeah. He’s name is Jared. He’s interesting.”, I said and then took a sip of my coffee.
Napabuntunghininga naman si Rhoi.


“Oh no. Here comes the lecture.”, naisip ko.


“Mark, you know that you’re going o hurt him in the end. Bakit mo naman naisip na makipag live-in sa sarili mong secretary?”


“Hey, it’s not like sasaktan ko siya. He’s different. I can feel it.”


“Look, I’m not trying to be an ass pero sinabi mo rin yan tungkol sa ex mong ginago ka lang.”


“At least give me a shot at this. I’ve realized that I can’t keep going through different guys every time. I also have plans of settling down and this might be it with him. If it doesn’t work out then boohoo, I’ll move on and so will he. But for now, I can tell that we both want this.”


He looked at me. I can see concern in his eyes.


He sighed and spoke. “Okay. But be careful.”


Tumango lang ako.


“I mean it. Be careful not to hurt him and hurt yourself.”


“Opo itay!”, pabiro kong sabi rito. Dahilan upang kutusan ako nito.


“I’m serious Mark.”


I looked at my cousin’s face. He really is serious.


“I know. I am too.”


We just sat there and enjoyed each other’s company for a while before I decided to go back to work.



JARED’S POV
I woke up to the smell of bacon. I looked around for Rindel pero wala sya. I must’ve slept in.
Tinungo ko ang kusina, nagbabakasakaling naroon siya ngunit wala rin. Sa halip ay may nakita akong maliit na piraso ng papel na nakaipit sa baso sa lamesa.


“I went ahead for work. Masyadong mahimbing ang tulog mo kaya hinayaan nalang kita. Last night was perfect. I’ll see you at work. Or not. -RINDEL


Napangiti ako sa nabasa ko. I remembered falling asleep in his arms. Hindi ko akalain na may gusto rin pala sa akin si Rindel.


Nagpasya akong kumain na at nang makapunta na ako sa opisina. Don’t judge! I am going there for work! Well, that and to see Rindel. I’d still have to act professionally and be just his secretary when we’re at work.


Matapos kumain ay mabilis akong naligo at nagbihis. I checked if I have everything; my phone, wallet, keys at nang masigurong dala ko lahat ay ini-lock ko na ang bahay at tinungo ang garahe. It’s a good thing that I have my car or else mahihirapan akong lumabas ng subdivision.


Papasok na dapat ako ng kotse nang may tumawag sa aking atensyon.


“Excuse me?!”, pasigaw na tawag ng isang di pamilyar na lalaki sa aking atensyon.


“Po? Ako po?”, tanong ko rito.


“Yeah. Uhm, andyan ba si Mark?”, tanong nito?


“I’m sorry, sino po?”, takang tanong ko rito.


“Ahh, si Mark, Mark Rindel?”


“I see. Umalis na po siya eh.”


“Ganun ba? Ikaw ba si Jared?”, patuloy na tanong nito.


“O-opo.”, alangan kong sagot rito.


“Please, drop the formalities. Hindi naman yata nagkakalayo ang mga edad natin. I’m Rhoi by the way. Rhoi Justin. Pinsan ako ni Mark.”, pagpapakilala nito sabay abot ng kamay.


“Jared.”, pakilala ko sabay abot sa kamay nito. “But you already knew that.”, dagdag ko kapagkwan.
He chuckled at this.


“I’m sorry. I know this is sudden but I need to talk to you about Mark. Would it be okay if you’d come with me?”


“Ahh, eh, papunta na kasi ako sa trabaho eh.”, pagdadahilan ko dito. Malay ko bang kidnapper pala siya. Pero ang gwapong kidnapper naman neto. Syempre hindi ko naman talaga masisiguradong pinsan nga ito ni Rindel kung kaya ay hindi ako agad-agad na pumapayag.


“I know you’re in doubt but I could call Rindel. I’m sure it won’t be a problem if you miss work for today.”, sabi nito na para bang nabasa ang iniisip ko.


“Naku, wag na. Baka makaabala pa sa trabaho niya. I’ll go with you. I’ll just send him a message.”, sabi ko rito.


“Great! Tara. You can ride with me or you can use your own car if you’re uncomfortable. Any way is fine.”, sabi nitong nakangiti.


“Yeah. I think I’ll just use my car.”, sabi ko rito saka tumalikod at pumasok sa kotse ko.


Honestly, it crossed my mind to not follow him. But something in my gut told me that he’s not a bad person. So sinundan ko ito hanggang sa makarating kami sa isang branch ng Starbucks na malapit sa opisina.


We looked for a seat at umorder ng maiinom. He insisted that he would pay for our drinks para daw makabawi siya sa abala niya sa akin.


“So.”, simula nito. “Ang totoo niyan ay hindi alam ni Rindel na pinuntahan kita. You see, we just talked earlier and we talked about you.”
He was straight to the point. Walang paligoy-ligoy.


“Ako? Why me?”, tanong ko rito.


“Well, sort of. We were actually talking about both of you.”


“Bakit?”


“As you know, Mark hasn’t exactly been a saint. He’s had his fair share for adventures, ika nga. That’s why I wanted to talk to you.”


“I don’t see why I have anything to do with it.”, I said truthfully.


“For starters, because I know you have a thing going on with him. I’m not sure if you would put a label on it but I could see that you have a mutual understanding. You like each other – to put it simply. And I think that it’s fair to warn you beforehand.”


“Warn me about what?”, I asked. This time confused.


“About Mark.”


“What about Mark?”, I asked cautiously.


“I know you know na may reputasyon sa pagiging playboy ang pinsan ko. He hasn’t been in a relationship for a long time and all he did was hook-up with random men and I don’t want you to get hurt if he goes back to his old habits. You seem like a really nice guy and he may be my cousin but I think you’re too good for him.”, paliwanag nito.



“I get what you’re trying to say. Pero it may be a little too late.”, I said 


Napakunot ito ng noo. "What do you mean?", tanong nito.


"I mean, I think I may have developed a crush on Rindel.", I said not looking into his eyes. Alam kong namumula ang pisngi ko dahil ramdam ko ang pag-init nito.


I faintly heard him chuckle.


"I guess wala na tayong magagawa. But I would advice you to be cautious.", tumayo ito saka tinungo ang pintuan ng coffee shop. Ngunit bago ito tuluyang lumabas ay muli itong nagsalita.


"I think you're going to be a good influence to Rindel. Just don't give up on him.", sabi nito saka tuluyang umalis.


Napagpasyahan kong umuwi nalang at hueag nang pumasok sa opisina. I need to think this through. Ano ba 'tong pinasok ko?


Dumating ako sa bahay at nagpahinga sa kwarto. Maya-maya pa ay tumunog ang cellphone ko.


It was Rindel calling.


"Hello.", sagot ko.


"Nasaan ka? I've been waiting for you.", tanong nito. Halatang iritado.


"Sorry, nagpasya akong wag na muna pumasok. Medyo sumama kasi ang pakiramdam ko.", sabi ko rito. It wasn't an entire lie. I was feeling a bit of headache but nothing a good rest can't cure.


"Are you alright? Do you want me to come home?", tanong nitong malumanay na ang boses.


I shook my head no, kahit na hindi nya naman nakikita. "Huwag na. You need to be in the office. Sorry hindi ko matrack lahat ng appointments mo ngayon but don't forget the 4:00 PM meeting at the JX Building with Mr. Ricamonte. Importante yun."


"I understand. Sige. Magpahinga ka nalang. I'll get there as soon as I can.",sagot nito.


Tumango ako. "Okay. Bye.", and I dropped the call.


I kept on repeating what Rhoi said earlier in my head. Tama ba 'tong ginagawa ko? I mean, I could also move on without his help. Pero hindi ako titigilan ni Nick. Ugh!! I hate my life!


ITUTULOY.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When I was Your Man






written by Rogue Mercado

AUTHOR’s NOTE:   Tagging some people I know that asked me to write something o humihingi ng update. As much as possible Im taking it easy sa pagsusulat. If you were offended that I tagged you, feel free to untag yourselves. Before reading this story, alam kong pamilyar ang kanta sa lahat, I recommend na pakinggan niyo tong cover na ito on a repeat mode.


Salamat sa pagpapahiram ng oras niyo!


-Rogue

Uso pa ba ang diary ngayon? Siguro?

Lalo na sa mga taong kagaya ko  na unti-unting sinukuan ng bait. Ewan. Eto a lang siguro yung sandalan ko ngayon habang unti-unting gumuguho yung dating perpektong mundo ko.

Alam mo diary, love letter sana isusulat ko. Pero wala rin eh, gagawin lang kitang masalimuot na resulta ng kadramahan ko.

Saan ba ko magsisimula? Dear Diary?, Sa petsa ngayon?, Sa pagpunas ng luha ko? o Sa Kagaguhan ko? Nakarami na pala ako.

Siguro sa imahinasyon na isinusugod ako sa isang malaking gusali. Natataranta yung mga tao. Yung kabuuan ng gusaling yun parang Heaven ‘pre.  Basta nakahiga ako sa kama pero may gulong yung kama. Na para bang unit-unti akong tinatangay sa sakit na ito patungo sa walang kasiguruhang destinasyon.

Maya maya ipinasok ako sa loob ng isang silid. Andaming ilaw. Parang heaven nga. Pagkatapos yung mga taong nakaputi nakasuot ng maskara at luntiang damit. Teka, May green bang anghel? Pero ewan ko. Ang alam ko lang yung tugtuging pumapailanlang sa loob ng kwarto.

Bruno Mars? nNice. Parang nasa bar lang ah. Parang nung tayo? Siguro pinapatugtog nila yan para marelax sa kung ano man ang gagawin nila sakin. Hindi man ako sigurado kung ano nga ba ang gagawin nila. Magkikwento na lang siguro ako? Sige…..


“Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now”

Naaalala ko pa nung una kitang makita. Sa isang bar na lagi kong tinatambayan. Nakaputi ka noon, tandang tanda ko. Nurse? I guess. Alam mo yung mas basa pa yung mata mo kaysa sa La Mesa Dam. May apat na basyo ng bote sa tabi mo. Alam ko na yung mga eksenang ganyan. Gawain ng mga wasak ang puso.

                                “Hi ‘dre. Lorenzo pala. Nagsosolo ka ah?”

Alam kong nagiisa ka talaga. Papansin lang talaga ako. Gusto kitang bad trip-in o gusto ko lang sirain yung emo moment mo. At Oo, sa gwapo mong yun, imposibleng hindi kita lapitan.

“Our song on the radio but it don’t sound the same”

Tiningnan mo ko ng matagal. Matagal na matagal/ Kinikilatis mo yata kung drug pusher ako o manloloko o gago.

                                “ Angelo”
Maikli mong pakilala. Sabay lagok nung beer na pang anim na yata. Oorder ka pa sana noon. Pero hinawi ko kamay mo na nagtatawag ng waiter.

                                “Ano ba! Tangina mo ah!”
                                “ I was about to say na meron akong alam na lugar na pwede kang magdrama na walang huhusga sa iyo”

Nagisip ka. Tuliro ka pa rin. Alam ko dumagdag ako sa problema mo na nagpataong patong na. Pero wala akong pakialam. Normal ko ng ginagawa ang mga ganito.

                                “May beer ba dun?”
Kumindat ako.
                                “Yeah. Unlimited Beer. Yun na nga tubig ko eh”


Monday, May 12, 2014

LOVE AGAIN: Chapter 8






JARED'S POV


I was so relieved to know na hindi lang iisa ang kwarto sa bahay. In fact, there were four rooms. tatlo sa itaas at isa sa ibaba. 


Rindel so conveniently took the Master's bedroom while I on the other hand took the room adjacent to his. Pero kahit na nasa kanya ang master's bedroom ay mas malaki ang kwarto na nakuha ko. 

At least marami akong mailalagay na gamit. Naisip ko.


So we went shopping for furnitures. Habang naghahanap kami ay hinayaan nya akong pumili kung ano ang gusto ko and he just went along with it. Ipinagtaka ko ito pero hindi ko na rin tinanong kung bakit.


We had the furnitures delivered sa address ng bahay. Hindi naman natagalan ang delivery at nakarating agad ang mga ito. We had sofas, throwpillows, pillows, beds and beddings, and cooking materials. While on our way, namili na rin kami ng mga makakain. We bought ingredients for food. We also bought toiletries. Frankly, it made me feel as though bagong kasal kaming dalawa and we're getting ready for our housewarming. 



We arranged everything in the house without realizing that it was already getting late.



"It's already nine-thirty, are you hungry? Do you want to grab a late snack?", tanong nito sa akin habang nakatingin sa kanyang wristwatch.



I checked my own wristwatch and agreed.



"Sige. Maliligo muna ako. Medyo nanlalagkit na kasi ako sa pawis eh.",sabi ko rito.



"Sure. Maliligo na rin ako.", sagot nito.



Tumango lang ako saka tinungo ang kwarto ko para kumuha ng towel. He got the room with the personal bathroom. He said something about taking a bath at night. I guess habit niya yun kaya hinayaan ko nalang. After all, wala naman kaso sa akin and this is still his house.



I quickly showered and ran straight to my room. I figured if I was going to have dinner with him, then I might as well pretend that it's a date.



Napangiti ako dun.



Matapos ko magbihis ay lumabas ako ng kwarto. Laking gulat ko nang makitang nakatapis lang ng tuwalya si Rindel na palabas sa kanyang kwarto. Pakiramdam ko tumulo ang laway ko.



He smirked.



"Like what you see?", tanong nito.



Ramdam ko ang biglang pag-init ng mga pisngi ko but I retorted.



"No. I thought someone broke in. Mukha ka kasing tambay.", sabi ko sabay talikod at bumaba.



Yeah, heart attack nga ang magiging rason ng kamatayan ko. Naisip ko nalang.



RINDEL'S POV



It took everything in me not to blush. I mean, hindi naman ako ang tipo ng tao na mahiyain. In fact, i'm proud of my body. It's not well built, but it's taken care of. Hindi ko lang trip magmukhang the Hulk. 


It was the first time in a long time that I was kind of insecure. What if he didn't like my physique? 



Shut up. Did you see the way he blushed?, sabi ng isang parte ng utak ko.



This thought made me smile. I was affecting him.



Nagpatuloy nalang ako sa pagbibihis.




----------------------


"Where are we going?", tanong nito sa akin nang nasa kotse na kami.


"Hillary's.", maikli kong sagot.


"You always do that. I mean giving me short answers. Would it hurt kung hahabaan mo ang mga sagot mo?", iritadong sabi nito.


"I don't see the point."


"Well I do. If I'm going to live with you, we might as well establish some kind of relationship. Ikaw na rin ang nagsabing gusto mong maging magkaibigan tayo hindi ba? The night at my restaurant. Tapos ngayon, you're building up walls around you."


He's right. I was building up my walls. But what he don't understand is why I'm building them again. Kailangan kong makasigurong may gusto nga siya sa akin dahil sigurado akong hindi lang basta pagkakaibigan ang gusto kong mamuo sa aming dalawa.


I was liking him and it's getting deeper the more time I spend with him.


"Sorry. Alright. I'll keep them in mind."


He smiled and looked ahead on the road. A smile of content knowing that he's won this argument.


I smiled to myself and continued driving.


Nang makarating kami sa Hillary's ay puno pa ito. I looked at him and saw that he fell in love with the place. Pero sino ba ang hindi? It has an amazing ambience. Dagdagan pa ng acoustic band, and it's perfect.


"I wonder why I've never been here before.", sabi nito.


"That's because you're too busy. Come on. May reservation ako sa isang private room dito."


"Ha? Room? Bakit?", takang tanong nito.


"They have these rooms for people who wants to have a bit of a privacy."


"Oh, okay. Sayang, maganda pa naman sana makinig dun sa banda."


"Meron namang LCD screen sa loob, so you will still see and hear the band perform but if you wanna stay out here, then I'll ask the waiter."


"No. Wag na.", mabilis nitong sabi. "Nakakahiya naman. Dun nalang."


"Are you sure?"


"Yes. Tara na. Medyo nagugutom na talaga ako eh."


I moved towards the room. He followed closely.


Mabilis namang nai-prepare ang pagkain namin. So we were eating in no time.




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JARED'S POV

Hindi kami masyado nag-usap habang kumakain. Sure we talk now and then but it was all small talk. 


We got home after a while and decided to call it a night.


I tried to get some sleep pero nangangalahating oras na ay hindi pa rin ako makatulog. Nagpaikot-ikot ako sa kama. Still nothing.


I decided to get up and go downstairs. Pagbaba ko ay nakita kong nanonood ng TV si Rindel. He looked up when he noticed me.


"Can't sleep either?", tanong ko rito.


He just shrugged.


"What are you watching?", I asked again.


"Just flipping through some channels.", sagot nito.


"Puwede bang makinood?"


"Sure. I don't see why not."


Lumapit ako rito at naupo sa kabilang dulo ng sofa.


"I don't bite you know."


"Well I'm not taking that risk.", sagot ko rito saka nagkibit-balikat.


He laughed.


"Oh my sweet mother of pine trees! You laughed!"


"Uhh. Yeah? Last I checked I am human."


"I know but it's just rare. Parang ang suplado mo kasi. Always putting up your guard and all that. Parang ang hirap mong kilalanin."


He looked thoughtful for a moment. Then he smiled. Tumingin ito sa akin.


"Then tonight, I'll throw away all my defenses. Maaari kang magtanong, any question. I'll answer with the truth. Well, most of them at least."


I rolled my eyes.


"Comforting. I guess I'll take you up on that. Walang bawian.", sabi ko rito.


"Fire away."


"Ilan kayong magkakapatid?"


"Apat."


"Panganay ka?"


"Yup."


"Why are you not living with your parents?"


"They don't like the fact that I'm gay."


"Sorry."


"No worries. I've had enough time to adjust."


"Yeah. I know the feeling.", sabi ko rito.


He just smiled.


"Why do you want to help me get away from Luke?"


He looked at me before answering.


"Because I like you."


"What do you mean?"


"I mean I like you."


"Pero we've only been interacting professionally before last week."


"I know."


Nanatili akong tahimik. Muli naman itong nagsalita.


"Look, since we're being completely honest here, I wanna say something. Asking you to live with me, hindi ko itatangging wala akong hidden agenda. I like you and I want to get to know you more."


"But if you like me why did you still have sex with someone?"


"Look. I'm not a saint. I have needs. I would have preferred you pero ayokong gamitin ka for sex. I want you to be with me. Not just a casual one. So yeah, I had sex with someone but that was just it."


"Well you have a funny way of proving that you like me."


"That's why I'm telling you now. Para malaman ko ang terms mo. If you don't want me to have sex with anyone on the process of getting to know each other, I won't do it."



"Pero hindi ba unfair yun sa part mo?"



"All's fair in love and war daw diba? I just want to know, if I have a shot at proving myself worthy for you. Kasi after I saw you cry because of that guy, I promised myself that I wouldn't let you cry like that again."


I thought about it a little.


Then I closed that gap between him and me and kissed him. Nothing big. Just a peck on the lips.


"Does that answer your question?"


He looked shocked. Then he quickly regained his composure.


"I think I need a little convincing.", sabi nito saka muli akong hinalikan. Only this time, it's a real kiss.


Oh my freaking leprechaun! I'm kissing Rindel! And damn, it feels so good.



TO BE CONTINUED....



Author's Note:


No excuses. I fucked up. But like I said. I'm going to finish this. Here's to make up for it. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Letting Go




What do you do when you feel like you've been holding on to something for so long? Do you let go? But what if the moment you let go, you realize it was a mistake? Can you go back?


A friend once told me that if I've been holding on to something for so long and it starts to hurt, then it's time to let go.



So I decided.


"Bakit ganon ang mga status mo? Is there something wrong?"

Nanatili akong tahimik sa tanong ni Phillip.


"Styx?"



This time I gathered every ounce of courage I had left and told him what I felt. I didn't even care if my voice cracked.



"I think it's time to let each other go.", I started.



He looked shocked.



"You're breaking up with me? Why?", he asked. Hurt evident in his voice.



"Kasi nasasaktan na ako."

"Ano namang ibig sabihin nun?"



"Just like that. Nasasaktan ako."



"Bakit? May nagawa ba ako?"



"Yun na nga Phil. You didn't do anything. I felt like I was waiting for something that was never gonna happen. Feeling ko kailangan lagi ko hingin ang atensyon mo. You were so busy with other things and you barely had time for me."



"Pero nag-uusap naman tayo ah."



"Yes. Nag-uusap. But is that enough? Kung para sa'yo oo, sa akin, hindi. It's not enough na mag-uusap tayo pag-gising and then ang next na pag-uusap na 'tin is kapag matutulog na."



He stayed silent.



"Nakakapagod na eh.", pagpapatuloy ko.



"What do you mean?"

"Nakakapagod mag-expect. Nakakapagod maghintay ng text mo, ng message mo sa facebook. I'm tired. Nakakapagod mag-effort. Mag-reach out sa'yo. Minsan makakalimang text message pa ako bago ka mag-reply. And at times, makikita ko, online ka naman sa Facebook, pero hindi ka nag-memessage. I know mahirap ang long distance relationship pero hindi lang naman ikaw nag nasa relasyong ito. I'm also in this."



Hindi ko na pinigilan ang mga luha ko.



It's really hard for me saying all those things. Mahal na mahal ko si Phil. He was my everything. That's why breaking up with him was hell. But I had to do it. Because I have to be happy. I want to be happy.



"Pero mahal kita.", this time, he was also crying.



"I know."



Pinunasan ko ang mga luha nito.



"It's just that maybe we need more time to ourselves. Mahalin muna natin ang sarili natin. Tapos kapag handa natayo ulit, if at that time we're both free, then maybe, just maybe, tayo talaga.", sabi ko rito.



"Can't we just try again Sty?", he asked, tears still falling from his eyes.



For a moment nag-isip ako. I wanted so badly to say yes. To hug him and to take it all back. But I knew that we had to do this. For ourselves.



"No. Not right now Phil.", I said. Voice cracking.



This time humagulgol siya.



"Please don't cry Phil. Alam mong hindi ko kayang makita kang ganyan."



"Then don't break-up with me please.", he asked again.



"We have to."

"Hindi na ba talaga magbabago ang desisyon mo? I'll do better, I promise.", he asked looking me straight in the eye.



I smiled. A sad one. Naalala ko why I fell in love with him in the first place.
It was his eyes. He had the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. It was a light brown which he got from his mom being  half-Australian.



I shook my head.



"I've made up my mind before I even got here."

I wiped his tears again.



"Malay mo naman di ba? Makakita ka ng taong paglalaanan mo ng atensyon mo. Undivided. Kagaya ng atensyong binibigay ko sayo."



He stayed silent.



I stood up, picked up my bags and turned around. Letting my tears fall. Habang nakatalikod ako I heard him cry again.



"I love you.", sabi ko. "I will always love you. If someday, our paths crossed again and you feel the same, don't hesitate to tell me."



I walked through the door. Isinara ko ito. And there, outside the door, I cried my heart out. I broke down.


Monday, February 17, 2014

LOVE AGAIN : Chapter 7





RINDEL’S POV

Kumakain kami sa isang fastfood chain noon. Napansin kong hindi pa rin nagbabago ang mood ni Jared.


“Alright, I said I was gonna let it slide but I can’t take it anymore. What’s bothering you?”, tanong ko sa kanya.


“Ah, wala po.”, sabi nito saka nagyuko ng ulo.


“Well obviously that’s a lie since you’ve been moping around all day, kahit noong nasa department store pa tayo. And you’ve barely even touched your food.”


“Sorry po kung pati ang araw nyo ay nasisira ng mood ko. I’ll just go.”, sabi nito saka walang anumang tumayo at nagsimulang maglakad palayo.


“Damnit!”


Agad naman akong tumayo at sinundan ito.


“Jared, hold up!”, pagtawag ko rito ngunit hindi ito tumigil sa paglalakad. Kaya naman hinabol ko nalang ito.


I reached for his right arm and turned him to face me.


“Look, I’m sorry I’m getting into your business but I just want to help. Isn’t that what friends are supposed to do? Ang tulungan ang isa’t-isa?”


“It’s not that I don’t want to be friends with you. I do. Believe me, I do. But I don’t think you can help me with my problem.”


“How would you know kung hindi mo pa sinasabi sa akin?”


“Alright, you wanna know my problem? My ex-boyfriend is back and I don’t know how to get him off my case!”, pasigaw nitong sabi.


I was stunned for a while. Hindi ko inaakalang masisigawan ako nito.


“Well then, how will you help me with that?”, dagdag pa nito.




“Be my boyfriend.”, sabi ko.


He looked shocked.


“What?”


“You heard me, I said be my boyfriend.”


“You can’t expect me to just take that offer, I take my relationships seriously, so there is no way that I’m going to take you on that offer.”


“I’m just saying that we should pretend like we’re together. Para tantanan ka na ng ex mo. 


Then we’ll call it off after we’ve convinced him na hindi mo na sya mahal.”


“And what makes you think na mahal ko pa siya?”, sagot nito sa akin.


“Please, hindi ka naman magkakaganyan kung wala ka nang nararamdaman sa kanya di ba? 

So what do you say?”


Natahimik ito.


“I’ll have to think about it.”, sagot nito matapos ang ilang segundo.


“Think fast cause the offer only stands within the next minute.”


“What?!”


“Take it or leave it.”


“Fine! I’ll be your boyfriend.”


“There’s a good boy, now, let’s go back inside at hindi pa ako nabubusog at hindi ka pa nakakakain.”, sabi ko rito.



JARED’S POV


He just took my hand and intertwined our fingers. Not a care in the world. He just did it and pulled me into the restaurant. Nang pumasok kami ay hindi nakaligtas ang magkahawak naming mga kamay sa mga taong nasa loob ng kainan.


“Rindel, pinagtitinginan tayo.”, mahina kong sabi rito.


“Let them. If we’re going to pretend that we’re together, we’ve got to convince everyone around us. So we might as well get rid of the awkwardness between us.”


“O-okay.”, nasabi ko nalang.


Nakita ko itong ngumiti.


Nang maupo kami sa aming pwesto kanina ay muli itong nagsalita.


“So I guess we have to know a little bit of each other’s lives para maging makatotohanan to. 

Baka mamaya ay magkasalungat ang mga sinasabi natin sa mga taong nakapaligid sa ating, and that’s not good.”


“I guess. Okay, what do you want to know?”


He smirked.


“What?”, tanong ko rito.


“You didn’t really expect me to play 20 questions with you here right? I mean, I want to know more about you but I want it to be in private. Not in a fastfood chain.”, sagot nito.


“So paano mo malalaman? It’s not like we live under the same roof.”


Napansin kong mas lalong lumawak ang ngiti nito.


“Oh no.”, nasabi ko nalang.


“Oh yes.”


“I can’t live with you!”, pabulong kong isinigaw rito. “I don’t even know you.”


“I’m your boss for so long. You know me.”


“Not well enough to live with you. At isa pa, nakakahiya. Ano nalang sasabihin ng ibang tao? Ng mga kasama natin sa trabaho. We have to think this through.”


“Look, if we’re going to make everyone believe that we’re going out, then we have to make it convincing. We’re both single so I don’t think anything’s wrong if we’re living together.”



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JARED’S POV

I lied there in my bed for hours thinking about what happened two days ago.


“Look, I’m not going to impose this on you. Gusto ko lang pag-isipan mo muna. I’ll give you two days. Wag ka muna pumasok sa office. Take your mind off of stuff and think through it clearly.


Nagpabali-baliktad na ako at nagpaikot-ikot sa kama pero kahit anong gawin ko ay maganda ang plano ni Rindel.


“I guess I just have to go through with it.”


Agad kong tinawagan ang number ni Rindel. After a few rings ay sumagot ito.


“Hello?”, sabi nito sa kabilang linya.


“Kagigising mo lang?”, tanong ko rito. “Sorry. It’s not really my business. I just called to tell you na…”


“Marky, sino yan?”, another voice said from the other line.


“Just someone. Could you please get up, get dressed and leave?”, narinig kong sabi ni Rindel dito saka bumaling sa akin. “Sorry about that. You were saying?”


I just shook my head and ignored that tightening inside my chest.


“I said I’m gonna take you up on that offer. But I just thought of a rule. You’re not allowed to see anyone else while we pretend that we’re together.


“Deal. Now give me 30 minutes, I’ll be there. Ihanda mo na ang mga gamit mo dahil lilipat ka na rito.”


Iyon lang at agad nitong tinapos ang tawag.


Napa-buntunghininga nalang ako. He always does what he wants. I better not fall in love with that person. Whatever I feel for him right now, it has to stop. He will never change. He’s only doing this to help me out.





“Welcome to my house.”, sabi ni Rindel nang makapasok kami sa bahay nito.


“Wait, akala ko ba sa apartment ka nakatira?”


“Well, I bought a house yesterday.”


“So that explains the lack of furnitures?”, tanong ko nang makitang wala pa halos laman ang bahay.


“Yup. And the reason kung bakit hindi pa ako bumibili ng mga furnitures ay dahil gusto kong kasama kita pag ginawa ko yun. After all, I’m not the only one who’s going to live here. Might as well count your opinion for something.”


“Wow. I feel so special.”, sarkastiko kong tugon rito.


He just grinned.


“Alright so, we’ll leave it there for now. Since it’s lunchtime, I want to you out for lunch and then bibili tayo ng furnitures. Think of this as our very first date.”


My cheeks instantly burned when he mentioned that we were having a date. Kahit alam ko namang he’s just doing this for show. But still, I can’t help it.



“Okay, so san ako matutulog?”, I asked him.


“In the bedroom. With me.”, sabi lang nito saka lumabas ng bahay.


And with that, I decided that I have to control my feelings dahil kung hindi, I will die from too much excitement.



TO BE CONTINUED....................


AUTHOR'S NOTE

OMFG!! I am so sorry. I got too lazy to write. But Hell-O! I am back and so is Rindel and Jared! Pakisampal nalang po ako pag tinamad ako ulit. Mehehehehe! But No worries. I will update regularly na. I know talk is cheap but I will make you pay with gold. I love you guys!!

-PENSandPAPERS