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MICHELLE

Days went fast and our schedules are hectic now compared to last time. I haven't talk to Josh in a while dahil nagiging busy na din siya.

"Michelle! Uy!" Aduke's waving her hands infront of my face. I'm spacing out again.

"H-ha? Bakit?" I asked. Aduke glared at me, "You're spacing out again." she mumbles while she's busy doing her plates.

I sighed for the nth time dahil naalala ko na naman ang pag-aaway namin ni Bettina. Usually pag nag-aaway kami after ilang hours okay na kami. This time? It was different, inabot ng isang linggo eh.

Ganoon ba ako ka-tanga?

Gusto ko lang naman protektahan si Josh, I don't want him to get hurt in the near future.

Naramdaman kong may biglang humila ng buhok ko sa likod. I look around and saw Ate Kianna grinning at me. "Hi mga baby girls," she sat beside me at nilabas niya 'yung laptop niya.

"Why are you frowning, baby rookie? Okay na ba kayo ni Betts?" Achi asked and I shook my head. "Sus, magbabati din 'yan." Aduke said and I smiled.

Sana.

I was busy meddling with my laptop when I felt someone cover my eyes. By the manly scent that could give me a thousand butterflies in my stomach kilala ko na kung sino 'yun.

"JOSH!" I squealed noong tinanggal niya 'yung kamay niya sa mata ko. I heard Ate Kianna said, "Tatawagan ko nga si Espejo nabi-bitter ako sa dalawang 'to."

"Hello beautiful, how was your day?" he said and he tuck my hair at the back of my ear. "Uhm, it's good though. Medyo stress lang, ikaw, how was your day? Diba may klase ka pa?" I asked while looking at my wrist watch.

"I was about to go to my class pero nakita kita. My day is not that good pero nakita na kita kaya it's more better now." He said and he winked at me. I felt the butterflies on my stomach and my cheeks went to crimson red.

"Teka nga, mga mamshi at papshi. Nilalanggam na ako, jusko!" Ate Kianna said habang mina-massage niya pa ang ulo niya. Tumawa kami nila Aduke dahil nas-stress si Ate Kianna sa amin.

"I gotta go, babe. See you later?" sabi niya at bigla naman akong  kinabahan.

"Sorry. May gagawin kami ng mga teammates ko mamaya. Next time!" I lied and I saw Aduke's forehead creased, napalingon naman si Ate Kianna and she mouthed me, "what the fuck?"

"Okay. If you say so. Bye, beautiful." He said and he kissed my forehead before leaving the three of us.

"May plano ba tayong mga Lady Spikers mamaya? Parang wala akong maalala," sabi ni Ate Kianna. "Oo nga. Ang alam ko magre-review ako para sa thesis naman eh." Aduke smirked.

"I gotta go guys. See you later," I said shifting the topic away.

RICCI

I saw Michelle walking like a ball of sunshine. The sun rays flashes to her white pale skin and it made her more beautiful. Halos lahat ng nakakasalubong niya ay binabati siya. She effortlessly gave them a beautiful smile. What cute smol litol bean.

"Pre, matunaw." bigla naman sumulpot si Aljun sa gilid ko at inakbayan ako. "Shut up bro." sabi ko sa kanya at binitbit ang backpack ko.

I left Aljun with our other blockmates. I don't know why pero sinusundan ko si Michelle ngayon and she's going somewhere far from Henry Sy building — eh diba may klase pa siya? Okay. Stalker mode has gone hard, Cci. That's too much.

My forehead creased noong bigla siyang umupo sa may gilid ng kalsada. Looking so frustrated at parang kinakabahan. What's wrong with this girl? At first, she's happy tapos bigla naman magiging frustrated? Michelle can be confusing I swear.

She's a big mystery that I want to explore. She's like a puzzle with a missing piece.

Am I overreacting?

Yup, maybe.

I came back to my senses noong bigla siyang nagsalita mag-isa. Now, this gave me goosebumps. She's acting weird.

"Josh... L-let's break-up— Aish! No, mali, mali." sabi niya medyo inaalog niya pa ang ulo niya.

Wait, is she practicing her breakup line?

"Okay. One, two, three." Michelle sighed and started talking again, "Josh, sorry... Pero di nakita mahal?" patanong niya pang sabi and I can't help but to laugh.

She's too cute to handle.

Is he seriously breaking up with her boyfriend? I thought they were okay.

"J-Josh, I'm sorry but we need to break up. It seems like we lost ourselves in this relationship. Trust me, I'm the luckiest girl in the world when I met you. Our relationship may not be perfect but—" Michelle paused at napa-tingin naman siya wrist watch niya.

"Fuck, I'm late." she cursed. I thought she's going to be hysterical at tatakbo siya para habulin ang klase niya but I was wrong she sat there and covered her head using both of her arms.

Paalis na sana ako ng biglang sumabit 'yung strap ng bag ko sa halaman. I pulled the strap pero nahihirapan akong kunin ito. "Fuck," I whispered to myself dahil ayaw niya pa din matanggal. Hinila ko ng napaka-lakas 'yung strap ng bag ko at thankfully natanggal na siya.

Nagulat ako noong biglang matumba yung halaman at napa-tingin naman si Michelle doon. Her gaze slowly averted to mine and our eyes met.

"Ricci?" she muttered. Bigla naman akong kinabahan. It's like I was caught by the guidance counselor doing something wrong.

Nagulat si Michelle noong nakita niya ako malapit sa kinauupuan niya pero hindi niya pinapahalata.

She's really difficult to read.

"Kanina ka pa ba d'yan?" She asked at napa-tayo naman siya.

"Uhh, no! Actually napadaan lang kasi na-attract ako sa halaman. It's beautiful, right?" I said. My hands are trembling dahil ang tanga ng naisip kong alibi. I swear!

"I love nature! Hehe," I added but I swear the 'hehe' thing made it more awkward.

Shitless, Ricci. What have you done?

"Ohh. Okay. It was nice seeing you though. Ganda nga nung halaman sinira mo naman. Sige, I have to go bye Ricci." she said and walked away.

Sinong tanga? 'Yung halaman.

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