CHAPTER 1: Eri

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Chapter 1


Eri


"Fiya, you don't understand!" I whisper shouted to my cousin.

Pasimple kong nilingon ang bartender na busy haluin ang kaka-order lang na inumin ng aking pinsan.

"Understand what, Eri?" she asked, confused. The audacity! I was the one who was supposed to be out of my wits by now!

"Magagalit si Miss Terry sa atin!" I shouted almost hysterically. I would also flail my arms if the act wasn't an exaggeration.

Was Fiya already drunk? Three hours pa lang kami rito sa bar and she wasn't even drinking much! We weren't even in those crowded, noisy bars either. There would be hell to pay if Ms. Terry would ever found out that we went to a bar, worse a low class one.

"Chill, Eri," she rolled my eyes at me. "We're here to celebrate my birthday, loosen up a little."

Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ang kalma kalma lang ni Fiya ngayon e ako na itong parang nasasakal na sa panic. I coudn't even relax kahit ilang oras na kaming nandito. I knew I shouldn't have agreed with this stupid celebration!

"Once lang ako mage-eighteenth birthday, Eri. Samahan mo na akong mag-celebrate."

Duck me and my weak, weak heart for my stone cold cousin.

Kung may iba siguro kaming kaibigan ay baka sila na lamang ang pinasama ko kay Fiya. But being the only two granddaughters of a business matriarch, it was not really easy for us to make friends. Sure, she was no longer living and our parents were missing too, but she left her uptight assistant to care of me and Fiya. Idagdag pa na home schooled kaming dalawa and never pa naranasang makihalo sa isang classroom ng mga studyanteng ka-edad namin.

Fiya doesn't have any complains about it, since she preferred to keep to herself most of the times; a true introvert inside and out. Kabaligtaran ko siya. I had this insatiable thirst for adventure. I always wanted to go out, make friends and explore. Kung hindi lang talaga nakaka-intimidate si Ms. Terry madalas, baka kung saan saan na ako nakarating.

But not like this. Hindi ko alam kung paanong napapayag ako ni Fiya sa ganito.

Or maybe I did. First time ni Fiya magyaya na lumabas kami. It has always been me who always begged to go outside. So in retrospect, I'd be a fool if I'd let this chance pass by.

Mabilis akong napapayag. I thought what she meant by celebrate was a trip to a theme park or something. Hindi ko naman alam na bar pala ang gustong puntahan ni Fiya at mga alcoholic drinks pala ang hanap niya.

The bar was classy, expensive. Like every little thing laid out for us on a silver platter. But that doesn't mean I enjoyed it. Wala akong hilig sa mga ganito. Si Fiya lang talaga ang may hilig uminom ng mga wines and strange drinks. Something about wanting to taste more of the world. Whatever that meant. Di naman gawa sa lupa from different countries ang mga iniinom niya, so how could she taste the world in them?

Weird talaga.

"Sige. But after an hour, uuwi na tayo. Ha?" I said with finality. Fiya might be older by eight months and made more sensible decisions beforehand, but now I should take the reign. Feeling ko kasi lunod na si Fiya sa eighteenth birthday buzz niya, e.

Nagpatuloy ako sa pagsimsim sa sarili kong inumin. I ordered strawberry milkshake, it was a miracle they had milkshakes here, just so I would have something to parch my throat as time passed by.

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