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Rocketeer — Far East Movement ft. Ryan Tedder

MICHELLE

"Why did you take me here?!" I shouted at Ricci.

"Chill. Relax!" sabi niya habang dinidepensahan ang sarili dahil kanina ko pa hinahampas ang braso niya.

"Ricci, sinasabi ko sa'yo. Umuwi na tayo, please." I frowned and I look at the fast move of the ferris wheel infront of me.

"I told you, I'm going to help you face your fears." Ricci pulled me closer to him at naramdaman ko ang pagkabog ng dibdib ko sa kaba.

I felt all my blood rushing down my veins, my palms are undeniably sweaty at hindi ko ma-explain ang nararamdaman kong kaba.

"Promise, this will be worth it." Ricci smiled at hinigpitan ko ang hawak sa braso niya.

Two years, since the last time I rode this kind of ferris wheel dahil usually Josh and I only rode the slow ones-this one is a little bit different. It's faster and it's more open. Ang safe na harang ay iyong nasa may paa mo lang.

What the heck? What if the people will fall? Wala bang mas matino na ferris wheel dito? Yung mas secure?

"Ricci sinasabi ko—"

"Ma'am kayo na po next..." sabi nung taga-bantay at tinignan ko ng masama si Ricci.

"Pota." I scoffed.

Sumakay kaming dalawa and my hands are trembling. All my intestines are rambling at hindi ko talaga maexplain ang nararamdaman ko.

"Galaw galaw din huy!" Ricci said while nudging my arms. "Shut the fuck up Ricci." I muttered while covering my eyes. "Okay fine. I'll let you close your eyes this time but you better be get ready when the right time comes." Ricci smirked.

Hindi ko siya pinansin at naramdaman ko ang pag-galaw ng kinauupuan namin. It went fast at mas lalong kumakabog ang dibdib ko sa mga nangyayari. My hair was blown by the wind, naramdaman ko din ang malamig na simoy ng hangin sa aking balat.

This is a spontaneous night dahil biglaan lang ang nangyari. Ricci called me in the middle of the night at sinabi niyang susunduin niya ako sa dorm—I left with no choice, knowing Ricci, he always get what he wants.

"Tangina, bakit ang bilis?!" I shouted at him but he didn't answer, he just chuckled and I can feel my blood rushing.

"When will this end? Sinasabi ko sayo Ricci. Papatayin kita!" I warned him. "One last round small bean," He answered.

My eyes are still close at hindi ko pa tinatanggal ang mga kamay ko sa aking mata. Naramdaman ko ang pagbagal ng galaw at unti-unti ko na minulat ang aking mga mata.

"Gago ka, wag mo akong kakausapin." that's what I said the moment we went down from the ride. Ricci chuckled, "I'm sorry, okay? Haha. Ngayon ko lang narealize na malaki talaga ang takot mo sa heights. I'm sorry." He said and I just nodded. "Just don't do it again. You might kill me," I timidly smiled. "I can't promise, I am here to help you face your fears, right?" He said and I just shrugged.

Umalis na kami ng peryahan and he decided to treat me out for dinner. We're on our way to his favorite lomi house near Taft pero dumaan muna kami ng drugstore to by some meds because Ashton's sick and nautusan siya ng mommy niya bumili ng gamot. I don't mind though.

"Tara na," Ricci said after parking his car infront of their house. "Dito lang ako, nakakahiya." I said and he frowned. "Saglit lang tayo promise. Riley will be happy to see you." He said.

"Then don't tell Riley that I am here, promise. I'll be fine here." I smiled and he sighed.

Mich - 1 Ricci - 0

Lumabas si Ricci ng sasakyan at pumasok sa loob ng bahay nila. His siblings and mom is here dahil walang pasok ng one week mga kapatid niya kaya pumunta sila dito ng Manila to spend the week.

Few minutes after Ricci went out, I saw Riley running towards the car. He immediately knock on the window and he smiled at me.

"Achi!" I heard him shouting. Of course, I can't resist him that's why I went out of the car. I bet sinabi ni Ricci na nandito ako that's why he went out.

"Hi Riley. It's nice to see you again." I smiled and he is raising his arms again kaya kinarga ko siya at niyakap ng mahigpit.

"Why are you still awake, Riley? It's already late."

"Mommy told me that Cci Cci will be here that's why I waited for him tapos nisabi niya pa kasama ka kaya na excite ako," Riley replied. Aww, cutie. His vocabulary wasn't that clear pero ugh, he's irresistible.
"Mommy wants to see you. Let's go inside achi," Riley said. I left with no choice dahil baka lamigin din si Riley sa labas. The Rivero's house was quite big, sabagay they have a big family. Queen na queen nga nila mommy nila eh kasi siya nag-iisang babae sa Riveros.

"Good evening po." I greeeted them when I went inside the house. All of them were sitting on the couch at tumabi naman ako sa isang kapatid nila. I'm not familiar with the name but I saw him once sa IG story ni Ricci before.

"Hay nako Riley, bakit nagpakarga ka pa sa Achi mo? Bigat bigat mo eh." Tita Abi chuckled and I smiled, "Okay lang po Tita, I can't resist Riley din naman." I answered at pinaupo si Riley sa lap ko. He was busy playing with my phone at tuwang-tuwa siya maglaro.

"It's good to see you again, hija. Sabi ko nga kay Ricci dalhin ka dito lagi para makapag bonding naman tayo." Tita Abi smiled.

"Mom she's busy." sagot naman ni Ricci habang pababa siya ng hagdan.

"Ay ganun ba? Sayan—"

"I don't mind tita, I'm free naman po minsan every Saturday." I replied. "That's great, papasundo lang kita kay Ricci kapag nandito ulit kami sa Manila then I'll teach you how to bake and cook." Tita Abi smiled enthusiastically. Okay lang naman siguro na pumayag ako diba? I mean, the other people wouldn't mind dahil friends lang naman kami ni Ricci and his mom wants to see me dahil gusto niyang may makasama din siyang babae kasi puro lalaki kasama niya sa bahay, right?

Right.

"Saan pala kayo, after?" Tito Paolo asked.

"Umm... We'll eat somewhere in Taft," Ricci answered.

"Take her doon sa favorite lomi house natin, 'nak. I'm sure she'll like it."

"Yeah, I'll take her there."

After a couple of minutes, nagpaalam na kaming aalis ni Ricci dahil gabing-gabi na. I bid goodbye to them and I even talked to Ashton before going.

"Grabe ang ganda talaga ng mommy mo." I said.

"Syempre, kanino pa ba ako nagmana?"

"Duh, ang bait bait kaya ng parents mo tapos ikaw... umm... Nevermind?"

I saw Ricci frowned then he stopped the engine, "dito ka nalang baba ka na." He said in an authorative tone.

"Joke lang! Ito naman, ang bait mo kaya!" I said and pinch his cheeks.


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