Sinadya kong gumising ng maaga para mag download ng magandang song na gagamitin namin ni Alpha para sa practicum namin sa PE. After I took a bath and fixed myself I headed straight to the dance studio near the University. Mga 7:30 nang makarating ako. Tamang-tama lang para eksaktong 8 makakapagpractice na kami nang matapos na ito.
30 minutes passed and I can’t see any signs of Alpha Yen. I waited for another 30 minutes patiently. Still, no Alpha showed up. Heck. Is she ditching me? Paano na’to? Next week na ang practicum. Ayoko namang makakuha ng INC. Sa PE subject pa talaga. Takte where are you Alpha? Then I saw Jerome and Samantha went inside the studio. Siguro magpapractice din sila.
“Do you know where Alpha is?” I asked Sam who shot me a ‘have-we-met-before?’ closer look. She just told me na baka daw nasa apartment niya. She gave me Alpha’s address and excused herself so they could practice.
It seems like my feet have its own brain. I just found myself in front of Alpha’s apartment. I pressed the doorbell twice. Agad namang iniluwa ng gate si Alpha na naka loose T-shirt lang at shorts. She looks simple because of her ponytailed hair. Hindi mo aakalaing ang maarteng Alpha na nakikita ko sa school ay ganito magsuot ng pambahay at may mga detergent soap bubbles pa sa kamay. Halatang naglalaba. Mas maganda pala siya pag simple lang siya manamit.
“What are you doing here?” Nakataas kilay na tanong niya na ikinunot naman ng noo ko. “Why didn’t you come to our dance practice? Alam mo bang mahigit isang oras akong naghintay!” I blurted. She’s poker-faced. The eff wala ba talaga siyang pakialam?
“Nakalimutan ko. Marami akong labahin kaya hindi ko napansin ang oras.” Walang ka emo-emosyong sabi niya.
“Yun lang ang isasagot mo sa’kin?” Tumataas na ang boses ko.
“How do you expect me to answer Mr. Mariano? That I was really sorry for ditching you? Well to be honest, I don’t. Kahit na ulitin pa natin ang oras I’d still choose to laundry my clothes than to be with you.” Dinuro niya ako. What?
“I guess you don’t want to have an INC written in your records Ms. Yen. You don’t have a choice but to practice with me.” I pointed a finger to myself. I saw a rage of anger in her face. Lalo namang naningkit ang mga singkit niyang mata.
“TANGNA NAKAKAINIS KA!” She shouted so loud that everyone around us shot a gaze. I covered her mouth with my hand.”Shh ano ka ba? Nasa labas ka ang you’re cussing? Hindi ka na nahiya!” Nagpumiglas siya at kinuha ang kamay ko sa bibig niya.
“Hoy! This is a democratic country and I can say whatever I want to say. If you really insist my cooperation for the dance let’s practice here. I have lots of things to do na hindi ko maiwan dito. At kung hindi ka pa rin sang-ayon umalis ka na.” Napasinghap ako. Pumayag nalang ako sa sinabi niya nang matapos na talaga ‘to.
Pinapasok niya na ako sa apartment niya. She excused herself para kumuha ng merienda. I was amazed of how organized and OC this girl is. Her clean and well-arranged things said it. Then my gaze shifted on a picture frame. May singkit na batang babaeng karga-karga ng ina niya. This girl must be her. Ang ganda ganda naman ng ina niya.
“Is she pretty?” Nagulat ako sa kung sino ang nasa tabi ko. Si Alpha pala may dalang tray ng cookies tsaka juice.
“Yes she is. Mom mo?” And when I asked her I spotted a speck of sadness in her eyes.
“Oo. Lika practice na tayo nang matapos ko na ang mga labahin ko.” Pagyayaya niya. She let me borrow her laptop and speaker so we could start. We chose waltz because it’s easy to memorize the steps. “Marunong kang sumayaw?” Tanong niya habang nireready ko ang song. “You’ll see.” I smirked.