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I had difficulty sleeping that night. Although hindi mawala ang aking pagkadismaya sa nalaman, it was nothing compared to the joy I felt when I met him... Sige na nga, them nalang. Kawawa naman si Von. Mabait din naman yun.

I never saw him again after that incident. Oo,malaki ang Ateneo but I don't think it's big enough for us not to bump into each other even once a week.

Noon nga, halos everyday ko siya nakikita sa campus o kaya sa gym, pero now, wala na.

Nubanaman yan tadhana, ang sama naman ng timing mo. Kung kelan friends na kami, saka mo pa siya ilalayo sakin. Kala ko mga lalaki lang paasa, ikaw din naman pala.

Hay. Instead, I just busied myself with my studies and training... and thinking of him. Think lang naman. Pang motivation lang.

It has been almost three weeks.

At dahil bored ako while waiting for my next class, I decided to stalk him on Twitter. Nope, I don't follow him there, which was okay cos his profile is not private. Kayo ba naman may thousands of fans. Sanay na siya sa public.

Wow naman kada tweet thousands ang favorites at retweets. Sikat talaga ang loko. I scrolled through his feed and only stopped when I saw a convo between him and Von. It was only yesterday.

Napaisip tuloy ako if I'm the only one who knows about their secret. Their fans seemed oblivious to it just as I was weeks ago. Well, ako nga na super duper mega fan girl (pero secret lang), di napansin ang something nila, yung iba pa kaya.

I was careful to not favorite any of his tweets. Naku mahirap na. Akalain pa niya interested ako sa kanya. Di ko na nga nakikita, baka iwasan din niya ako. Sad life ako pag ganun.

I was scrolling and scrolling looking for hints I missed when...

Kief: Ly! Gawa mo?

Footspa! Muntik ko ng mabitawan phone ko when he appeared behind me. Him and his boyish grin. Sa sobrang lapit ng mukha niya sa mukha ko, I held my breath unconsciously. He took that as an opportunity to take my phone out of my hand in one swift move before standing straight again.

When I realized what he just did, I stood up and tried to get it out of his hands. But he's so tall and he raised his hand on top of his head. Kasalanan to ng Cherifer e, nagkulang ako ng onti sa height.

Ly: Oy Kief akin na!

I jumped up and down, never giving up. Paano nalang pag nakita niyang nistalk ko siya? Huhuhuhu

Ly: Akin na oy! Kief naman e!

Kief: Abutin mo muna!

Ly: Kiefer!!! Akin na sabi!

I tried to slap him on his arms but he just swat my hand away. Tinry kong itickle sya pero wa epek pa rin. Kala mo a? Volleyball player kaya ako so I hit his arm hard enough for him to say 'aray ko'. But he still wouldnt give the phone up. So I gave up. I sat back on the bench.

Ly: Bahala ka na nga.

Kief: To naman, tampurorot.

He sat beside me when he saw that I was mad and annoyed. He handed me my phone.

Kief: Sus kinukulit ka lang e. O eto na phone mo..

I got it and placed it in my bag without saying a word. Afraid that as things settled down, I might not find the right words to say to him.

My heart was beating frantically at the moment, and I had no idea how to control it. Naman Ravena, konting space naman.

Nafeel ko tuloy na pinapagalitan na ako ni Tadhana. 'Hoy Alyssa sabi mo gusto mo makita e ngayong nakita mo na, hihingi ka ng space. Aba gaga.'

Kief: Alyssa, sorry. Kala ko... Kala ko friends na tayo. So I thought pede na rin kitang kulitin.

Nag sorry siya? Nag sorry siya!!!

Kief di naman ako galit e o kayay nagtatampo. Natakot lang talaga akong makita mo kung anong ginagawa ko sa phone ko. Yan ang gusto kong sabihin sa kanya. But instead...

Ly: Feeling close ka ba talaga?

WHUT

I expected him to be taken aback by my question but he just looked at me and smiled.

Kief: Ayaw mo ba?

Oh my gosh!!! Nag puppy eyes siya! Ang cute! Sarap niya halikan all over.... his face! Oops... Kalma. Kalma.

Ly: Di naman sa ayaw kaya lang naweweirdohan lang ko. We just met weeks ago, never saw each other after that, tas biglang napaka kulit mo na towards me.

Kief: Again, ayaw mo ba?

Ang kulit!!! Pero duh as if naman irerejct ko friendship niya. Kinikilig na nga ako dito o. Sayang chance.

Ly: Friends?

I extended my right hand for a hand shake. He took it.

Kief: Friends.

We smiled at each other as we settled back to our usual positions.

Kief: So since friends na tayo... Ano nga ginawa mo sa phone mo kanina?

Hala grabe! Kala ko nakalimutan na nya yun. Hindi ako informed na sobrang talas pala ng memory niya.

Alyssa: Wala nga.

Kief: Damot naman nito.

He frowned. Ang cute cute po. Huhuhu. Kiefer Ravena, kung di ko lang alam na jowa mo si Papa Von, papatulan talaga kita e. Wapakels na kung baklita, crush ko e! Sarap kurutin ng cheeks!

I was about to say something when the bell rang.

Kief: Ly what time na?

Ly: Uhhh... Ten.

Kief: Hala! Sige Ly una nako. Malayo pa classroom ko e! Bye new friend!

He stood up and arranged the straps of his backpack on his shoulder, before giving me a kiss on the cheek. Wag ano, beso lang yun. Friends na nga kami diba.

And speaking of beso, huhu, confirmed talaga.

Ly: Ingat, new friend.

With that, he walked towards a different building. But before finally disappearing he called me again..

Ly: Ano na naman?! Late ka na!

Kief: Sabihin ko lang sana na wag kanang mahiya mag favorite ng tweets ko! Friends na tayo e!

HUH? O.O

Kief: And follow me na rin!

I felt my face heat up as he turned around and ran.

WHAT THE HECK. ALAM NIYA?!!! KAHIYA PLS.

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