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"Anong oras na?" pagsalubong nya sa akin sa gate. Nagulat ako pero hindi ko ipinahalata iyon. Hindi ka ba magugulat kung saktong pagtalikod mo, nakaabang sya.

"6:49." I answered.

"Don't joke with me, Aviva Lorelei." Ay galit na. Tinawag na naman ako sa buong pangalan ko.

"Okay, I'm sorry. Napasarap lang ng usapan kaya nagtagal. Can we go inside first? Medyo lumalamig na kasi eh." sabay pasok ko sa loob.

"And he even brought you home." sunod nya sa akin.

"You want me to go home by myself?"

"No! When you hung up, I was waiting for you to call me again so I could fetch you but you didn't."

"I'm sorry, okay? Can we talk this over tomorrow? I'm tired, Ga. By the way, where are the kids?"

"They are in the living room waiting for their mother to go home after she meets with some other man from morning to dawn." he said sarcastically. I got tired of what he was implying so I stopped before we could reach the house and faced him.

"Are you implying that I was cheating on you? That I was enjoying his company as a man?"

"Then what?" he said frustratedly.

"I can't believe you thought about that. You think that I would cheat on you? Ang babaw naman ng tingin mo sa akin." A lone tear escaped my eyes so I brushed it off at dire-diretsong pumasok sa loob not minding his calls.

"Mommy!" tawag ng kambal nang lumingon sila sa tunog ng pinto at nakita akong papasok.

"Hi, babies. Have you eaten yet?" I kissed their foreheads.

"Not yet po. We are waiting for you to come home po eh." Leigh said.

"Are you tired na po ba, mommy? Have you eaten na po?" Van asked. Buti pa ang bata alam magtanong kung pagod ka na ba hindi yung puro konklusyon agad sinasabi.

"Medyo. Can I go upstairs and rest na? Mommy's still full pa naman eh. Eat with your daddy nalang and after that, sleep na kayo para maaga rin kayong magising tomorrow." bilin ko.

"Rest well, mommy." They both said and kissed me goodnight.

Umakyat na ako sa kwarto at dumiretso sa bathroom para makapaglinis ng katawan.

I planned on staying in the bath tub for about half an hour to ease my mind. Hindi ko namalayan na naka-idlip na pala ako kung hindi ko lang narinig ang pagbukas at sara ng pintuan ng kwarto ay baka dito na ako nakatulog nang tuluyan.

"Al." he softly knocked on the door. Ngayon, Al na ulit ang tawag sa akin. Akala nya ba ganon ganon na lang yon?

"Naliligo ako." I coldly said. He didn't respond for a while until I heard him say okay at umalis na sa may pinto.

I stayed for 10 minutes more and decided to get up and get dressed.

Pagbukas ko ng pinto ay tumambad sa akin si Gray na nakaupo sa kama habang nakatitig sa pinto ng CR.

"Anong ginagawa mo?" tanong ko nang nakataas ang kilay.

"S-sorry." hindi ko alam kung sa pagtitig nya sa pinto sya nagso-sorry o sa ginawa nya kanina.

"For?" buti at hindi pa nangangalay ang kilay ko sa pagkakataas hanggang ngayon.

"For what I had said earlier. I know na mali ang sinabi ko kanina and I didn't mean it. I was just consumed by jealousy."

I stopped in from of him kaya nakatingala syang nakatingin sa akin ngayon.

"Alam mo? Walang patutunguhan yang selos mo. Anong mangyayari sa atin kung puro selos ang paiiralin mo? Nasaktan ako sa mga sinabi mo kanina." as I've said the last sentence, my tears flow from my eyes.

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