Chapter Fifty Three

"Ateee!" nagulat nalang ako.numg biglang yumakap sa bewang ko si Leila. napangiti ako saka niyakap din sya.

"Hi babe." i kissed her cheeks and went back to what i was doing.

"Wow! Red Velvet. just in time!" napangiti sya bago kiniss yung tyan kong impis pa naman. "Hi Baby love naming lahat." she greeted.

"di ka pa nya maririnig babe. dugo pa lang sya eh." nilagay ko na sa tray yung mga batter sa tray saka nilagay sa oven. bumalik ulit ako sa harap nya. "Sino sumundo sayo?" i asked.

"Sila Kuya Anton. bibili lang daw sila eh. Pears and avocado ice cream mo oh." inabot nya saken yung plastik. napangiti ako nung nakita ko yung peras. ang grabe ko lang. kinuha ko yung peeler agad saka binalatan.

"Takaw mo Ate." Napangiti nalang ako. ewan ko ba. kahit walang lasa yung peras. ang sarap sarap nya lang.

"Wag kang kakain ng Cupcake." binelatan ko sya. natawa lang saken. parang baliw.

"asan sila Ate Laine?" tanong nya. napangiti naman ako. simula nung kinancel ni Alaine yung kasal naging okay na sila ni Leila. she loves Alaine now. lagi na nga lang kaming tatlo magkakasama dito sa bahay since laging busy si Jerome sa negosyo nila.

"Nagdate sila. dadaan naman daw sila dito mamaya eh." napangiti naman sya ako. tinuloy ko yung pagkain ko ng pears. hmm. ang sarap lang.

"Andito na kami!" Isa isang lumapit sakin sila Anton. minus Sammy and Tiff. magshoshopping daw eh.

"Hello." kinagat ko yung pisngi ni Anton.

"Aray naman V! babatukan kita eh!" napangiti ako saka kiniss sya ng madiin sa pisngi bago inikot yung braso ko sa leeg nya.

"ang gwapo mo Ton. pakasalan mo nga ko." nanlaki yung mata nya sa sinabi ko. si Andrea naman saka si Alexis tumawa ng malakas. Anton freed himself from my hug and stayed away from me.

"Kadiri kaaa!" tili nya. natawa lang ako saka hahabulin sana sya nung niyakap ako ng dalawa.

"Bawal tumakbo ang buntis!" nakangiting sabi ni Andrea.

"Naman!" napangiti ako saka niyakap yung dalawa.

"Namiss ko kayo." lumambitin pa ko sa kanila.

"ang bigat mo!" Reklamo nilang dalawa.

***

"Kamusta kuya mo?" i asked Leila. nasa living room kaming lahat kasi gusto daw nila ng movie marathon. naghahanap palang sila ng movie.

"Nasisira na ulo. di kasi nakikinig sakin eh. ayan tuloy." sagot nya saka tumabi saken. "Namimiss mo ba Ate?"

"Hinde. ayaw naman akong pakasalanan non eh." i said softly.

"Gusto ka kayang makita. di ko lang sinasabi kung nasan ka. nabwibwisit pa kasi ako sa kanya eh. Kung di pa ata malalaman na buntis ka. di pa nya titigilan yung palabas nya." nakasimangot na sabi nya.

"di na nya kasi ako Love." i pouted. parang pangtimang yung dillema ko. haha

"mahal ka non ate. Kailangan ko pa nga lang batukan at bugbugin si kuya para maisip nya yoon. pupunta sa dulo ng mundo yon mahanap ka lang." she said seriously "he'll look for you in all the edges and ends of the earth just to have you back. you just have to wait Ate. my brother may be stupid but i know theres only you in his heart." napangiti nalang ako.

sana ngaa. sanaa.

"Wala pa tayong snaaacks!" Lumapit si Alexis sakin saka tinabihan ako.

"Eh di bumili na tayo." nagsitayuan sila saka lumabas na kami nung maalala ko yung binabake kong cupcake.

"kayo nalang pala..yung cupcake eh!" sabi ko sa kanila.

"Sige. Babalik kami agad." sumakay na silang lahat sa kotse.

pumasok ako ulit sa loob saka inantay na maluto yung cupcake. Nung okay na nilagyan ko na ng mga creams sa ibabaw saka nilagay sa plato. nilalagyan ko na ng strawberry nung may marinig akong nahulog. napatingin ako bigla sa pinanggalingan ng ingay.

and my Jaw dropped when i saw who just arrived uninvited.

***

"Meeting Adjourned." Papa dismissed the board. pero wala pa rin don yung isip ko. i was mentally absent the whole meeting and i think Papa noticed that but did not say anything. patayo na rin sana ako nung hinawakan nya yung balikat ko.

"Any news?" he asked. umiling nalang ako. after we cancelled the wedding. kinausap nya na ulit ako.

"keep finding her son." tinapik nya yung balikat ko saka umalis.

tumayo na din ako saka dumiretso sa Elevator. i need to be alone.

suddenly i have this urge to be in our wedding house. maybe there i wont miss her too much.

dumaan ako sa Convenience store saka bumili ng in can na beers.

i drove straight to our house. pumasok ako sa bahay para sana kumuha ng baso saka yelo dun.

nabitawan ko yung plastik na hawak ko nung makita kong may ibang tao.

and not just any other person.

its Venice. in flesh and blood.

napatingin sya saken. shocked is written all over her face too.

"what are you doing here?!" she asked me when she recovered from shock..

"And what are you doing here?!" i answered back. yeah..i should be gentle but give me a break. never expected to see her today. i was shock. dito pala siya nagtago! should have known!

"last time i check. you gave me this house. now. answer me. what are you doing here?" she asked. she even crossed her arms at me. she just got herself back.

i looked at her and i dont know what to say to her. nilapitan ko sya.

"i- I - i - I missed you." i went to her and hugged her tight. gosh! i miss my wife so much.

***

"what are you doing here?!" i asked Lance when i recovered from shock. shit!

"And what are you doing here?!" he answered back.

"last time i check. you gave me this house. now. answer me. what are you doing here?" i asked. i crossed my arms at him. yes. i'm in our wedding house since i ran away from him. 2 weeks ago.

"i- I - i - I missed you." he went to me and hugged me tight.

once again. i'm shock. but when i recovered i pushed him away.

"Missed me? how can you miss somebody you dont even wanna be with?" i asked.

"i wanna be with you!" he answered. a little bit desperate.

"wanna be with me? last time i checked. you dont have anything to do with me." i answered. totoo naman eh. he pushed me away a lot of times.

"Lets get Married Venice." he said. serious this time. napalingon ako sa kanya.

"Why do you wanna marry me?" i asked.

"for the baby's sake." he replied.

"For the baby's sake?! ha? for the baby's sake Lance? magpakasal ka nalang mag-isa mo! kasi kahit anong gawin mo hinding hindi ako magpapakasal sayooo!" tinulak ko sya saka umakyat sa kwarto namin.

marry me for the baby's sake? wrong reason for marriage nanaman?!

ayoko nang magpakasal sa kanya.

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