CHAPTER 18

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"I'm sorry, ngayon lang ako nagka-time i-check ang phone ko since I landed here. I was so busy, grabe! Nakakapagod!" I was talking to Allison through Facetime using my laptop.

Kakauwi ko lang galing duty at katatapos lang din maligo kaya nakahiga na 'ko dito ngayon sa kama ko. Kaninang umaga kami umuwi dito sa Manila galing Mindoro tapos nag-diretso duty na kami kaya nakakapagod din buti na lang rest day tomorrow.

I checked the time on my phone. Twelve o'clock na dito sa Pilipinas and exactly seven o'clock naman sa Russia.

"Take a rest, Aly," Marahan kong sabi sa kanya.

She shook her head. "Let's talk na muna." I nodded. "How's your day?"

I exhaled. "It's fine. A bit tiring. Nag-medical mission kami kahapon sa Mindoro and it's fun. Ang babait at nakakatuwa ng mga Mangyans lalo na ang mga bata. I enjoyed playing with them after we finished the check ups and the distribution of supplies for them." Napatigil ako sa pagsasalita ng maalala ko ang ginawa kong pagsalo kay Jasmine kahapon nung muntikan na siyang madapa.

I back to my sense ng marinig ko ang mumunting hilik galing kay Allison. Pagtingin ko sa screen ng laptop ko ay nakita kong tuluyan na siyang nakatulog. I smiled a bit as I stared at her. She's indeed adorable.

"Good night, Aly," I ended the call.

I closed my laptop and put it back to my table. Pabagsak akong nahiga ulit sa kama ko at napahagod sa buhok. We talked last night at shore. Jasmine and I.

I asked her once again but I still didn't get the answer I wanted. She said, if she told me the reason I would just hate 'her' and I have no clue on who she is talking about. Dinagdagan niya lang lalo ng isa pa ang mga katanungan sa isip ko.

And it hurts me. I know it's wrong but when the time she said na wala naman siyang balak na guluhin kami ni Allison I felt the huge pang of pain inside of my chest. Yun naman dapat talaga ang dapat na gawin niya pero bakit parang ayaw ko?

Hindi ko na rin talaga maintindihan ang sarili ko. Gulong-gulo na ako sa mga oras na 'to! Ginagawa ko naman ang tama at ayos naman na ako dun pero bakit parang may kulang? May kung ano sa sarili ko ang hindi ko mapunuan o kahit ni Allison man.

I want something I can't figure it out or I know it but I just keep denying it to myself? I want something rather; I want someone. Does it finally make sense?

When I heard her say na kuntento na siya kahit pagkakaibigan na lang ulit… I suddenly.. want to disappear for unknown reason. Ayoko na nun, e. Ayoko nang maulit ulit yun. I don't want to hear her say that. I'm afraid! I don't want her to be my friend anymore!

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A phone call disturbed me in the middle of my deep sleep. Ayaw ko naman talaga sagutin ang tawag na yun kanina kaya hindi ko alam kung anong ginagawa ko ngayon sa magulo, maingay at mataong lugar na 'to.

Jasmine called me earlier and to my surprise when I picked up the call it's not her who's the one who called me. A man's voice greets me and asks me if I'm Scarlett and of course I say yes and ask him too, who the hell is him. It turns out that he was a bartender and he called me because Jasmine was drunk and kept saying my name. What a great night!

It's currently two o'clock in the morning, that's why all the people in this club are getting wilder. After eternity, I finally reached the bar counter where she was. She's madly drunk! Nakasubsob na ang mukha niya sa counter at gulo gulo na din ang buhok niyang nakalugay. I pursed my lips as I looked at what she was wearing. She's currently wearing Burgundy shimmer spaghetti straps, cocktail dress. It was so much fitted and hugged her body perfectly. Her back is showing because it's a backless dress and also above her knees. It looks so beautiful but so much revealing! Oh, my god! What's gotten to this lady?!

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