Chapter 16

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Chapter 16

"Can I ask you a question?"

"Nagtatanong ka na di ba?" I rolled my eyes. We're here in our house. As usual. Nothing's changed. Hello? I'm still grounded.

"Meron ka siguro no? Kanina mo pa ko sinusungitan eh." Yeah, right. Ikaw ba naman ang ma stranded kasama ang isang lalaking nagngangalang Andy Guzman sa bahay mo, tignan ko lang kung hindi ka ma PMS.

"Shut up. What do you care about my monthly cycle?"

"Nagtatanong lang naman. May good news pa naman ako sa'yo." That rings a bell. I love good news. I really need good vibes. With all the issues in my life? It's a miracle i still have my sanity intact.

"Spill."

"Naah. Pilitin mo muna ko."

"Then don't. I won't buy your pa cute effect. You're overrated."

"Hindi naman kasi ako nagpapa cute. Nac cute-an ka lang talaga sa'kin. Ang lakas talaga ng charm ko." Then he make this weird pogi sign. Grabe. Who do he hang out with lately? He has this weird things going on. Last time, he sang a line from Hot n' Cold, now he's doing this pogi sign. What's for next?

"Fine. You're cute. Pang aso lang naman kasi ang cute eh. Suite yourself. Sobrang cute mo, Andy. Ang cute cute mo. Hari ka ng ka cute-an. Walang tatalo sa pagka cute mo." I said that while pinching his cheek. I'm just returning the favor. He pinched my cheeks yesterday!

"Hindi ka nakaka appreciate ng beauty."

"I do. Sobrang naa-appreciate ko ang God-given beauty ko."

"Conceited."

"Naah. I'm just being honest."

"Whatever."

"Wala ka lang kasing masabi. Loser ka talaga."

"Loser nga ako.. Talunan ako basta ikaw ang pag uusapan. Ang lakas mo sa'kin eh. Hahaha."

"Kakaiba ka din eh noh? Ikaw lang ang tumatawa sa jokes mo. Tss."

"Kill joy ka kasi. Ayaw mo pang tumawa, bahala ka, sa iba lalabas yan." Then he rolled his eyes. The heck! Ako lang ang pwedeng gumanyan dito!

"The door is wide open. You can go now," i told him while smiling. Truth be told, konti na lang masusura na ko talaga.

"Lifted na."

"Lifted ang alin?"

"Hindi ka na grounded.."

"Ano naman—Ano?! Totoo ba yung sinasabi mo? No joke? I'm a free man again?" No exageration, I'm happy!

"Yeah. Yeah. Pasalamat ka mahal kita, kahit hindi mo ako pinilit—" I cut whatever he's saying because i jumped unto him and whispered, "You have no idea how happy i am.." And i did the unexpected, i kissed him. No hatred involved, just pure happiness.

***
"Let's party!" We're here at Area19, Quezon Ave. Gahd, i missed my night life. It's been what? A month since i last partied?

"Tama na nga yan, nakakailang shot ka na ah.."

"Shut up, Andy. I can manage myself. You know what? Go there and find a girl. Flirt and have sex. And have fun while i'm enjoying myself." He's being a kill joy. I'm just celebrating my freedom, right?

"Fine. I'll go and have sex. Suite yourself."

***

Andy's Point of View

Badtrip talaga si Dana pag nalalasing, kung anu ano lumalabas sa bibig. Hindi ko malaman kung seryoso ba o nagloloko lang. Ang labo!

"Scotch, please." Nung iniinom ko na yung order ko, napansin kong may babae pala sa tabi ko. Grabe, lahat na ba ng babae ngayon lasinggera?

"Isa pa nga!" Sabi niya sa bartender

"Kanina pa po kayo umiinom, baka hindi na po kayo makauwi, ma'am."

"Shut up and give me my order, stupid guy!" Nagkamot lang ng ulo yung bartender tsaka umalis. Kinausap ko naman yung babae, "You shouldn't have done that. Tao din yun. He deserve to be respected, you know?"

"Ano bang alam mo?"

"Madami."

"Get a life, mister."

"You should, too. Don't waste your self. Ang ganda mo pa naman." She's pretty, pero mas maganda pa din si Dana syempre. Fair skinned, rosy cheeks, slim, may dimples. A hot drunkard.

"Thanks."

"I'm Andy, by the way. You are?"

"Jamie Henares."

"Jamie Henares. Your name sounds familiar. Ano nga pala problema mo? Why go to place like this?" Tinanong ko, mukhang bata pa siya eh. 17?

"May nagpadala sa'kin ng video ng boyfriend ko na may ginagawang milagro. Ang galing noh? Ang saya saya ng buhay. Cheers!" Ininom niya yung beer niya. Bottoms up. Expert na yata to eh.

"Baka naman dati pa 'yun. Alam mo na, bago pa kayo magkakilala. Kayo kasing mga babae nagc conclude agad, hindi man lang kayo nagtatanong."

"I've seen it with my two naked eyes. He's unfaithful! And worse, best friend ko pa yung napili niyang isabay sa'kin. Ang saya ng buhay ko talaga. Unfaithful boyfriend, Whore best friend, Btch bully, Broken family, ano pa ba?"

"Think positive, wag kang aayaw." Sabay ngiti at inom ng scotch. Ang gulo nga talaga ng buhay niya. Wala akong magagawa kundi makinig sa problema niya.

"Jamie.." Biglang napalingon si Jamie, hindi na ko lumingon. Hindi naman ako yung tinatawag eh. Hehe

"What do you need?"

"What are you doing here? And when did you start drinking?"

"You don't care." Sabay talikod. Eto na ba yung boyfriend niya na loko loko?"

"I care because i am your boyfriend."

"Break na tayo."

"What?! You can't be serious, Jamie."

"But i am serious. In fact, i already have a new boyfriend. Andy, meet Tim, my a hole ex. Tim, meet Andy, my boyfriend." Ano daw?

***

Dana's Point of View

Where the hell is that guy? There he is, flirting with— Jamie? What the fuck?

"....Tim, meet Andy, my boyfriend." I dropped my bottle of beer.

"Dana, i can explain—" I didn't let him redeem himself. For what? To play with my feelings again? To let him tell me that he loves me when in fact, he belongs to someone else. And to make it worse, he is Jamie's boyfriend! Lagi na lang inaagaw ng magkapatid na yun lahat sa'kin.

I immediately went out of the bar and find a cab but luckily, walang dumadaan.

"Dana, wait!" Papalapit na si Andy so without thinking, i cross the road—then somebody pulled me and all went black.

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