Step 2: The Arrival
“Magi-ingat ka ha? Tawag ka palagi!” Mom kissed my cheeks.
”Be a good girl.” Dad smiled. He understands Tagalog, but he can’t speak. He’s got that funny accent. LOL.
“Opo, mahal ko po kayo.” I headed to the line going to the plane. Great, I’m travelling alone.
My aunt will fetch me at the airport, then after a day, she’ll go back to States. I’m alone >__<
I wonder what kind of environment and people does the Philippines have. I just know they don’t have winter.
Okay, I’m supposed to have my thoughts in Tagalog. But I’ll save it. For now, I’ll take a nap. Get myself ready.
For I know, the moment I open my eyes, there’ll be no turning back.
The voice telling the passengers that we’re landing awakes me. Gosh. I’m here!
I picked my things up and walked through the doorway.
I easily saw my aunt, holding a big “WELCOME SUSHI SCOTT!!” sign. We hugged.
“Tita!” She patted my head.
“You’ve grown! So much! You’re a young lady now!”
“Salamat po!” I have to grow up…
“Tama yan! Mag-Tagalog ka! Haha!” Okay, >__<
“Hindi po ba pangit yung accent ko? You know, ince a month lang ang Tagalog day sa family namin..”
“Believe me, kung hindi ka lang maputi, pagkakamalan ka talagang Pilipino.” Okay, medyo nalito ako doon. Kailangan talaga mabilis yung pagsa-salita? >_<
Nakarating kami sa house ni Tita. Dun mun ako tutulog pero bukas, sa condo na ako ni Sephie.
The exact place where she died.
”Sigurado kang gusto mo dun? Pwede ka naman dito.. May maga-asikaso pa sayo..”
“Thanks but no, Tita. Gusto ko maging independent.. At ma-feel ang presence ni Sephie..” She nodded and left me.
I’m too tired to eat, so I spent my first day on the Philippines sleeping.
When I woke up, it’s already morning, and my aunt is getting ready for her flight. It’s hard to adjust with the timezones! >__<
Binigay na ni Tita yung susi ng condo sa’kin tapos umalis na siya. Nagma-madali eh.
Now, I;m totally alone.
I packed up, thanked the maids, rode the taxi and mentioned the name of the condominium.
Pagka-pasok ko, may tumawag kay Sephie.. Huh?
I glanced at the mirror. Oh, it’s me.
“Welsome back, Miss Sephie! Bagay sa inyo ang gupit niyo!”
“S-Salamat!” Sabi ko sa staff sa may entrance tapos dumiretso na ako sa floor ng kwarto ni Sephie.
I imagined her lying on the floor.. I can still feel her..
I miss you so much, Sephie..
After a minute of crying, I fixed my things, cleaned the room and arranged my belongings.
Pinatong ko sa sde table yung picture naming ng family ko. Buo pa kami..
To keep myself from thinking about her, I decided to fix my schedule.
Today, June 3.
Tomorrow, June 4 – Enrollment.
June 5 – Familiarize myself with the places here.
June 6 – Study Sephie’s diaries and slambooks.
Binigay sa’kin ni Mommy lahat ng records ni Sephie. Mas may karapatan daw ako dun.. I just left her death certificate,. It’s too painful for me to keep that.
Everything’s in her diary. Lahat ng taong nakilala niya rito. May picture pa kaya makikilala ko rin sila. I have to.
Of course no one will doubt me being Sephie. We look EXACTLY alike. Kahit sina Mommy nalilito saming dalawa.. Well, the only difference is that I have a birthmark in the center of my chest. No one could see it, though. No one should.
Cause from now on,
I am Seraphine Scott.
|Jung Roo||as Sunshine Scott|
|Kim Kyung Rok||as Kai Matthew Canzares|