Chapter One: PAST♛

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 CHAPTER 1

“Past is the place of reference, not of residence”

“Daddy Prince, the weather is so nice for today’s yearly ritual. Let’s have a picnic after okay?” Pagyaya ni Chantel sabay talon sa kama ko. Effective talaga 'tong anak kong alarm clock.

 [PriHun'sNote: Chantel read as Shantel]

I’m Prince, 23 and I’m a father, single-father to be exact. Well, I had my daughter six years ago.

Just the same year when I had the accident, a car accident.

“Sure baby. Go fix your things and I’ll prepare first our food, okay?” Sabi ko while touching her face. Saka siya bumaba sa kama ko “Okay daddy”

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When we reached the riverside, hinanda ko na agad ung mat pati ang basket. I was just looking how Chantel enjoyed the place. She was running through the green grasses with a lovely smile. I love my child.

I treat her like my own.

I turn my attention to the flowing river nang maalala ko ang nangyari sa akin last year. Isang  taon na rin pala ang nagdaan magmula nun. A yead had passed when I met that woman who changed my life one morning. I feel the heaviness of my eyes so I close it. A picture of her fills the darkness I see.

Her good mornings,

Her home-like dishes,

Our breakfast,

Our playtime,

Her cuteness,

Her swet smile

Her moodiness

Our dates

When she's ignored

When she cries

I remember everything

When she makes me laugh

When she's serious

When she's laughing

When we argue

When she's mad

When she's naughty

I haven't forgotten

Then, I reminisce again...

Those Days in Venice..

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A year ago…

“To all passengers, we have successfully landed to….”

I checked the time. It’s 6:30pm na pala. Grabe ang biyahe. Nakakapagod. Buti na lang na-aliw ako sa movie sa plane. After I took my baggage, I can feel the breeze of the place.

 “Welcome me back, Venice” 

Pumara na ako ng taxi pagkalabas ko ng airport. “The Villa please” Sabi ko sa taxi driver.