Chapter Nineteen

Magsimula sa umpisa

"Somewhere." inosenteng sagot ko habang inaayos ang vintage denim backpack sa magkabilang balikat.

"G-word." Rio coughed the word. I look at her direction and made a funny face. Kumuha siya ng french fry mula sa box at hinagis iyon sa mukha ko. Nagawa kong saluhin ang fry. Ngumisi ako.

"See you at my gig, okay? Sunduin niyo ako sa bahay!" i pointed at them with the fry before popping it in my mouth and turning around to leave."

"Fallon!" sigaw ni Noelle. Humarap ako sa gawi nila habang naglalakad patalikod.

Kumaway ako at ngumiti ng malaki. "Later!"

I was in a good mood the whole ride to the building. Just like the usual, I wasn't stopped by the guard or the receptionist when I came in. Tuloy-tuloy lang ako sa elevator hanggang sa nakarating ako sa floor ni Grant.

Wala ang assistant niya sa desk nito. It was past office hours, so maybe his assistant already left.

Kumatok muna ako ng tatlong na beses sa pinto bago pinihit ang door knob para buksan. Sumilip muna ako sa loob at nakita agad si Grant na nakaupo sa desk niya at ang mga mata ay nasa akin na agad.

I smiled and widened the gap on the door to enter his office. "Hey," I said with a cheerful tone.

Grant stood up from gus swivel chair. I noticed that his usual black coat was missing and was left with his white dress shirt that was tucked in and hugging his body. Both sleeves were folded to his elbows.

My eyes next landed on his chest and realized that his tie was loose and the top two buttons were unbottoned. I froze on my steps, gulping hard at the tempting sight. I resisted the urge to lift my hand and check if I was drooling.

His lips parted and then closed. Surprise and a subtle hint of something... bright–crossed his face.

"Fallon," my name came out a relieved sigh. He cleared his throat and walked around his desk to close our distance. "What are you doing here?"

I bit my lip and commanded my brain to function properly. I could barely see his chest, for God's sake! At nakita ko na rin siyang topless dati. I don't know what I'm fussing about.

"Ah—I just wanna make sure na pupunta ka mamaya sa gig ko. Yes. That's it." mabilis na tumango-tango ng ilang beses. Sinundan ko pa iyon ng malawak na ngiti para mas mag mukhang convincing.

Grant's brow raised. He scanned my face, like he was trying to see through my smile but my lips didn't twitch a bit.

Nang hindi pa siya nakasagot agad ay naglaho ang ngiti ko. I tried to think of another way to divert his thoughts.

A bright bulb appeared on top of my head. I quickly put on my best sad face, making it look convincing as possible. Ilang beses ko na ito kay Daddy kaya baka sakaling gumana rin kay Grant.

"Hindi ka pupunta?" nagpanggap pa ako na tinatago ang lungkot sa mukha para mas maging effective.

Nanatili ang mga mata ni Grant sa mukha ko. Ilang segundo pa ay nagbuntong hininga siya. Naglakad siya palapit sa akin at inabot ng kamay ang pisngi ko.

My body stilled, every muscle in my body locked. I held my breath when he stepped closer, his body was just a foot away from me.

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