Chapter 2

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I let a long sigh after they left the classroom.

Honestly, I don’t want to teach when they treat me like this. But I still won’t give up on them because I’ll only be teaching them for a few weeks. At isa pa, magmumukha lang akong talunan kapag sinukuan ko agad sila.

I shook my head when I saw the cigarette butts scattered on the floor and the wine bottles in different corners of room.

According to Brinley, they are not prohibited from using anything here inside the campus.

Biglang nag-vibrate ang phone ko. I quickly took it out of my pocket and answered the call.

“How’s your teaching, my daughter?” Bungad sa akin ni Brinley mula sa kabilang linya.

Oh, did she really call to annoyed me?

“It’s fine, Brinley. I really enjoyed it,” I responded sarcastically.

I heard her laugh which made me even more irritated.

“Just be patient, my daughter,” she said.

Habaan ang pasensiya? Eh, isang araw ko pa lang sa pagtuturo rito—inuubos na nila ang pasensiya ko!

What if I stay here longer?

I might get into trouble!

“When will you call me mom? Nakakabastos kasi ang pagtawag mo sa akin sa pangalan.” Pagkaraan ay nagsalita siya. I could hear the sullenness in her voice.

“Sana hindi na lang sila nag-aral!” I was irritated as if I didnʼt hear what she said.

As I was going down the stairs, I was kicking the plastic bottles that were blocking the passage and because of my annoyance, they fell so loudly that they created a deafening noise.

“Kailan ka ba uuwi?”

Bumaba ako sa hagdan habang nakapasok sa bulsa ang isa kong kamay. Tiniis ko ang mabahong amoy na nanunuot sa ilong ko.

“I can’t go home there yet... your dad needs me here.”

“WHAT?!” bulalas ko.

Sandali akong napamaang bago napatampal sa sariling noo.

Ibig sabihin magtatagal ako rito?

Hell no!

Why is she doing her husband’s business when this is her responsibility that I am doing right now?!

“Who’s that, hon?” I heard Laurenceʼs voice in the background. I didn’t wait for Brinley to response because I quickly cut the line.

Para akong sinampal sa katotohanan na wala na akong kawala. I canʼt accept that Iʼll be teaching the Section Gang for several months.

I want to refuse and ask the Dean to assign me to another section ngunit parang may pumipigil sa akin na huwag kong ituloy iyon.

I donʼt know why. Thereʼs a part of me that wants to find out what they are hiding behind their handsome faces. I feel like it is a challenge for me to teach those gangsters. Itʼs like I entered their dark and dangerous world. Well, It will be exciting right?

Napabuntong-hininga na lang ako dahil sa iniisip.

Binuksan ko ang pintuan ng faculty room at nadatnan ko roon sina Sofia, Eunice at Darwin na nasa kani-kanilang table.

I closed the door so hard that they turned their eyes to me.

“O, bakit ganyan ang hitsura mo?” nakangiwing tanong ni Sofia sa akin.

Sheʼs Temporary Teacher Of Section Gang Tahanan ng mga kuwento. Tumuklas ngayon