Chapter 47: Shakespearean Tragedy
It felt so real. But I know that it wasn’t. Dahil kung totoo ito, paano ako muling napunta sa lugar na ito? The crescent moon was actually smiling at me. The stars were enchanting as they show different colors in each second. The yard and the fountain looked dark and mysterious. I could see everything from here. I could see everything from the balcony of this enormous Victorian mansion. I knew that I shouldn’t be here but the contentment of just standing in the balcony was all I wanted right now.
I gasped as someone grabbed my waist and hoisted me up the porch railings. “I’ve always known you wanted to kill me. But can’t you think of more creative ways than to make me fall to the ground?” Biro ko nang mapagsino ang taong iyon. Ngumiti siya sa akin. That genuine smile that kept me swooning. He was beyond gorgeous. You just have to look at his stunning dark eyes and you would know that you were under his spell. Everything about him was created to make an enchanted fairy tale. He was the perfect villain Prince only a Dark Fairytale could offer.
“Stay with me and you’ll be safe.” Even his voice was captivating. I couldn’t help but close my eyes. I felt his fingers through my hair, playing with each strand.
“I should be with you,” I whispered when he tucked a loose hair behind my ear. This time, he became serious. I saw his face inching towards mine closer and closer and I closed my eyes, anticipating his kiss.
Subalit isang tinig ang tila sumisigaw sa utak ko. It was like an alarm clock. It was annoyingly demanding me to be awake. Oh, crap. Kung ganun ay panaginip lang ito? Unti-unti kong naramdaman ang sarili kong nagigising. At isa ito sa pinakamasamang gising na naranasan ko. My head was achingly throbbing. It was also hard to breathe. My body felt weak and exhausted and moving a finger seemed to be impossible. Agad kong naalala kung saang sitwasyon ako naroon. Uh. Elixir of Life. It could give you dreams that you wanted to have. To fulfill your deepest desires. So tell me, iyon ba talaga ang gusto ko?
“The test failed…” Naririnig ko na rin ang mga boses sa paligid ko. They seemed frustrated. Hindi ko alam kung lumipas na ba ang isang buong araw. Pakiramdam ko, pagod na pagod ako. All I wanted was rest. Gusto kong muling matulog. Gusto kong bumalik sa panaginip na iyon.
“Ilang beses na nating na-review ang data…”
“She’s so tough… really tough…”
“Ilang tests kaya ang kakayanin niya?”
Of course. They were talking about me. Apparently, I was once again the lucky human tester here.
“Do it again,” utos ng isang tinig. Wala nang muling nagsalita. Naramdaman kong ipinagpapatuloy nila ang kung anumang ini-uutos sa kanila. I didn’t even want to open my eyes. I just wanted to stay in this calm darkness. But something was urging me to do the opposite. It was urging me to wake up. And so I used all my energy to do it.
Sa una ay liwanag lang ang naaaninag ko. At sa ilan pang pagkurap ay unti-unti nang lumilinaw ang paligid. I was still on the sixth floor. Inside a big box made of glass. Mukhang lahat ay abala samantalang ako ay nakahandusay sa sahig. Of course, I was their own personal guinea pig to test. Life could sometimes do terrible things.
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