Chapter Eleven

Magsimula sa umpisa

The switch happened when they were in college. Second year si Maxwell habang ang dalawa naman ay third year. Someone named Apple made an appearance. Doon na nagkagulo lahat. Napansin ng lahat ang pagdikit ni Rush kay Maxwell, kung dati ay hindi pa masyado, lumala daw iyon during that time.

Pati ang tungkol sa car incident, sa mga lalaking pinag-oblation run ng mag pinsan sa campus dahil sa ginawa nila kay Maxwell. Lahat ay kinuwento ni Johan.

I learned that Rush left her that same year. The reason was unknown, but that urged Grant and Maxwell to spend time together. Pero nang gumraduate si Grant ay madalas mag-isa si Maxwell dahil wala itong kaibigan.

After all the story telling, ganoon pa rin ang end game, Rush got the girl. They were engaged for a year and now it's been a year and a half since they got married. Si Grant pa nga daw ang best man.

Wala man ako sa pangyayaring iyon ay nasasaktan na ako para sa kanya. I can imagine the look on his face. How it'd be void from any emotion but his eyes would somehow end up betraying him. I wonder how it feels. To see the one you love with someone else. Does it hurt that bad?

Hindi ko pa iyon nararanasan. I dated a few but I was never really in an official relationship with them. I couldn't connect with some of the guys, while some can't handle me. I've been infatuated a lot of times but I don't think I've ever fallen in love.

"And if what you said about him being in love with his cousin's wife, man, that blows." umiling si Johan at uminom sa bote niya. "If we'll count the year Rush left during their college days, it's been five years. Hindi pa rin siya nakaka-move on. Wow. He must really love her that much."

May kumurot sa puso ko sa komento ni Johan tungkol sa nararamdaman ni Grant para kay Maxwell. A huge part of me wanted to reject the thought. It made me want to hurl.

"He does. Nakita ko." napatingin ako sa alak na nakapatong sa ibabaw ng lamesa. My hand was curled around it but I couldn't lift it up. Parang bigla na lang sumama ang pakiramdam ko.

The feeling made me scowl. I mentally shook my head, shaking the uncanny feeling along with it. I grabbed the bottle and drank what's left of the liquor straight.

After two more bottles and a tequila shot, I was buzzed. Nang ayain na ako nila Noelle para sumayaw ay hindi na ako tumanggi. The floor wasn't that packed and I was wearing a skimpy dress, yet I can still feel the heat that's licking my skin.

I stopped moving when the song changed. Nagpaalam ako na pupunta lang ng bar. The girls just nodded and continued dancing.

I'm going to get another drink. The boys are the designated drivers tonight. Being plastered won't be a problem dahil hindi naman kami pababayaan ng dalawang yon.

A few guys smiled meaningfully at me as I passed by which I ignored. Guys that you meet in the club are majorly all about casual hook ups. I've been in the club scene for so long and I know the guidelines by heart. Though I've never had a casual hook up before, nor am I planning to.

I stopped from my tracks when I saw a guy sitting by the bar alone. Both of his arms were casually resting against the counter. The other arm was slightly raised in the air. He was moving his hand in a circular motion, playing with the liquid inside the whisky glass.

Tumingin ako sa paligid para hanapin ang kahit papaano ay pamilyar na mukha na mga kasama niya dati sa Harlow pero wala akong nakita. Wala ring nakaupo sa dalawang stool na nasa tabi niya.

His attention was solely focused on the glass, seemingly lost in his own thoughts. I continued staring at him. I wonder what's on his mind. The weather? Maybe. Work? Possibly. Maxwell? Definitely.

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