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I saw Michelle walking on her way to the field. She sat on the bleachers and I saw her covering her face. Umupo ako sa bench di kalayuan sa bleachers, I was observing her all the time. I just realized that she's crying.

Feeling ko ang tanga ko sa part na 'to. Instead of comforting her, pinapanood ko lang siya.

What the hell, Ricci Paolo?

I wanted to comfort her but I do respect her privacy at the same time. We're not even friends to begin with. I need to know my limitations especially that she's taken now. Brent's right, I need to stop this nonsense. She's not even my business.

"Sahia, anong ginagawa mo d'yan?" muntik na ako mapa-talon sa kinauupuan ko ng biglang sumulpot si Ahia sa gilid ko. "H-ha? Nothing. I was just watching the football game," I explained. "Wala naman nagla-laro ng football eh!" He shook his head in disbelief. "Gago ka ba?" Ahia added.

Napa-tingin naman ako sa field. He's right. Wala pala nagla-laro ng football.

"Puro ka kalokohan eh! Tara na balik na tayo sa dorm," sabi niya at inakbyan ako. Tumingin ako sa bleachers for the one last time pero nawala na si Michelle doon.

MICHELLE

I sighed for the nth time, naglalakad ako pabalik ng dorm dahil may training pa kami mamayang 5 pm. My professors already sent me all of the handouts and modules that I need to review.

"Hi baby rookie!" bati sa akin ni Ate Cyd habang nakaharap sa laptop niya. "Hello achi," I replied weakly dahil naubos ang drain ko sa kakaiyak kanina. Buti nalang walang nakakita sa akin.

Umakyat ako sa taas at kinuha ang laptop ko para makapagreview na din ako ng modules ko. Kami palang ni Ate Cyd ang nasa dorm dahil may lakad at klase pa ang iba naming mga teammates.

"Have you eaten your lunch, already?" tanong ni Ate Cyd at umiling naman ako.

"Sabay ka na sa akin mamaya, okie?" she said and I nodded.

Nagsimula na ako magreview ng modules ko and sumagot ng online quizzes. We finished reviewing at exactly 12, I stretch out my arms and I heard my bones click. 3 hours din ata kaming nakaupo dito ni Ate Cyd.

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"Spikers, let's go!" sigaw ni Ate Kianna at nagline up uli kami papuntang Razon's. Medyo napa-aga ang punta namin doon dahil may meeting daw lahat ng coach mamayang 5 pm. I'm almost half asleep earlier ng bigla akong bulabugin ni Ate Kianna.

"Inaantok pa si Mich!" Ate Dawn teased at tumawa naman sila. "Iwan lang daw siya dorm," dagdag pa ni Ate Des while tapping my back. I shook my head dahil ako na naman ang naisipan nilang pagtripan, I yawned again for the nth time. "Kung pwede lang magpa-iwan. I already did," I said and covered my mouth because I'm yawning again.

"Your eyes look so puffy." Aduke commented while touching both of my cheeks para iharap niya ang mukha ko sa buong team. Sabay sabay naman kaming pumasok sa elevator and they started intriguing me.

"Ay oo nga pala baby rookie. I saw your eyes earlier di ko lang nasabi sayo kasi nawala sa isip ko. What happened?" Ate Cyd added.

"Wala 'yun achi. I overslept earlier sa library." I lied. I always live for whitr lies and shits.

"You overslept?" Ate KAF asked and I slowly nodded. "Lodi ka! Hindi ka nahuli ni Voldemort?" she asked — referring to our scary librarian na feeling namin lost twin ni Voldemort. Aside from the fact that they have a quiet resemblance, they also share the same personality.

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