“ehem!” nasamid ako dun ah! umiinom pa naman ako!
“anong nangyari sa’yo?” Erlyn blurted out.
“oo nga, bakit?” Carla inquired.
“hey, are you okay?” Jake asked me. He stood up and went beside me.
“uh..ehem! oo.” I continued coughing.
“ayos ka lang?” Kryzl became worried.
I finally stopped coughing. “oo..”
“sigurado ka?” Mike asked too. Instead of answering him, I gave him a puzzled look. “tinatanong ko kung sure kang okay ka.” he reiterated but still, I didn’t answer him.
“Hilary, kung ayaw mo ipahiram, okay lang naman eh. sorry, nabigla ka yata” :-\ Drew sounded like he was asking for mercy.
“ang o.a. mo naman Drew! hindi naman kasi yung paghiram mo yung reason kung bakit ako nasamid noh!” I clarified.
“eh ano?” Paolo asked me.
“huh? basta lang!” I answered then turned to Drew “I’ll give the notebook to you later, don’t worry!”
Most of the students already went home. Tumambay lang ulit ako kasi ayoko pang umuwi ka’gad. Naglalakad-lakad ako sa school grounds nang may natanaw ako!
“hoy lalake!” I walked towards the bench where Mike was sitting.
“hoy lalake? ??? dapat--”
“dapat ano?!” alam ko na ulit sasabihin nito! “dapat gwapong lalake!”
..Mike lang. as simple as that.”
Whoa! Mike, anong nangyayari sa’yo? ??? did the globe transformed into triangle? or were the cows able to fly?! pwede rin yung..nagdidiliryo na ba siya?! ???
I sat beside him. “okay ka lang ba?!” ???
“of course I am. baka nga ikaw ang hindi okay dyan eh. Naka-recover ka na ba sa pagkakasamid mo kanina? next time, drink slowly.” he answered calmly staring in the open air.
“alam mo ba kung bat ako nasamid?! huh?”
“sige nga, bakit nga kaya?”
..ayy, hindi ko pala alam. why don’t you tell me?”
akala ko pa naman alam mo! :
“it’s because you said I have a good hand-writing!”
“so? ??? what’s wrong with that?”
“what’s wrong with that?” I sarcastically repeated after him. “eh kahapon lang sabi mo pangit yung sulat ko eh!” I stated loud and clear.
I looked at his reaction. grabe! :'( :-\ :-X ;D :-[ > : ???
“Mike!” I called his attention.
He turned his head to face me. “I was just kidding yesterday.” then he looked away and stared again in the open air.
“kanina, tinuruan mo ko sa ekonomiks tapos in-ofer mo pa na ikaw yung magdala ng pagkain ni Joy na ako naman dapat ang magbibitbit, tapos yung ngiti mo, tapos--”
He suddenly turned to face me again. “come on lady, go straight to the point.”
“okay” I inhaled to prepare myself. “bakit ka ganyan?!”
He leaned closer. “bakit? ganito naman talaga ‘ko ah!” he stated.
“yun nga eh! ganyan ka... ngayon! pero hindi ka ganyan kahapon! nung isang araw! nung isang buwan! you’re not like that before!” I bent backwards.
“what are you trying to say?” he bent forward once more nearer to my face that I could already feel his breath.
“can’t you understand what I’m trying to say?!” I inclined away from him again that I lost balance and ended up lying on the bench. He leaned over my face.
Hala! anong gagawin nito?!
He leaned closer, really close! “no!” he answered then moved his face away from mine.
“i can't understand.” He grabbed my hand and helped me to sit but instead of remaining sited, I stood up abruptly.
“why are you becoming nice all of a sudden?! there! I already told you! sagutin mo na!”
He had a pokerface. It was blank! Very expressionless that I don’t know what’s going on in his mind. After a few seconds, he stood up in front of me. He walked closer to me but I backed off.
Lalapit ka pa ah! “bakit nga?!”
He looked away from me. “I'm doing this cause I won’t be near you anymore!” he spoke in a serious tone.
“kaya ka lapit ng lapit ngayon??” I asked then he inclined forward to me. I could feel his breath again. “kung ito yung sinasabi mong paglapit, hindi ito yun!”
I distanced myself from him and moved away once more. “what you mean is yung pagiging nice mo ngayong araw na ‘to?” he went near me again. “yeah, that’s what I mean”
“your being nice because this is the last day that--” I didn’t finished that sentence. “teka! anong ibig mong sabihin? na ito na yung huling araw na magkasama tayo? aalis ka? ang labo kaya!” I changed it to a question as I stepped backward.
This time he didn’t leaned closer anymore to my face but instead he turned his back and walked away.
“..starting now, mawawala na 'ko sa tabi mo.”