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MICHELLE

I woke up at 3 am with a heavy heart, tatlong araw ng ganito ang nararamdaman ko. I needed some energy para sa pag-alis naming mamaya papunta sa Cotabato, instead of being okay and fine. Mas lalong bumigat ang dibdib ko dahil sa mga nangyari. Ganito pala 'yung sakit? I should have done it early pero sa tingin ko parehas lang ang epekto noon sa akin.

I went out of my room at pumunta sa balcony para magpahangin. Hindi na naman ako maka-tulog. This has been my routine for the past three days at hanggang ngayon at wala pa ding improvement sa akin. I should be happy, right? Hindi ko na masasaktan si Josh. He'll definitely move on from me sooner or later. He deserves someone who will be there for him until he gets old. He deserves nothing but the best.

My phone suddenly lit up and I received a message from someone. My heart skipped a beat when this guy  messaged me out of nowhere.

Ricci: Hi.

Ilang linggong hindi nagparamdam and finally, he did. Good to know that he's alive.

Pinunasan ko ang luha ko at tuluyang in-unlock ang cellphone para makapagreply sa kanya. But before I could even typed, he messaged me again.

Ricci: Seen?

Asshole, I'm still typing!

I mentally roll my eyes at him kahit hindi niya ako nakikita. Ricci can be so annoying at times like this. Hindi ko alam kung paano siya natitiis ng mga teammates niya. More specifically, si Brent.

Michelle: gago.
Why are u still awake tho? 😮

Ricci: Can't sleep. Ikaw?

Michelle: Yeah. Same.

Ricci: are u up for some late night ride? 😏

Michelle: nawp, ain't got time for that. Sorry cci. ✌

Ricci: Okay lang :) drink some milk para makatulog ka, small bean. Liliit ka Lalo niyan eh!

Michelle: Corny mo ha! Di ka pa din nagbabago. Always the bully. 😤

Ricci: Hahahahah, call?

Michelle: G.

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It's 7 am and I am currently eating breakfast with my family. Our place's quiet far from the airport kaya dapat maaga akong umalis ng bahay. Our call time is 9 am and by 9, I am pretty sure na nandoon na ako sa airport. After eating, I did my usual everyday makeup. I didn't put too much at naglagay lang ako ng liptint sa cheeks and lips. As usual. Then, I went to Mico's room para magpa-alam. He's busy playing with his Nintendo. While Ate Camille's in Singapore for some work. 

"Okay na ba gamit mo? Wala ka nang nakalimutan?" Mommy asked. "Wala n-- Ay wait!" I hurriedly went upstairs at kinuha sa isa sa mga picture naming ni Josh sa polaroid na naka-sabit sa fairy lights doon sa headboard ko.

"Okay na?" Mom asked again and I nodded, "Okay na." I smiled at hinalikan ang pisngi niya. She already reminded me about my do's and dont's at niremind niya na din ako tungkol sa mga bagay-bagay. I know, she can be annoying sometimes but I don't really mind now kasi ang alam ko at gusto niya lang ako maging safe. That's why I am thankful for my family.

"Ingat sa biyahe, Michelle." Dad said. I kissed his cheeks before I went out the car. The guards helped me carry my luggage dahil mas mukhang malaki pa ito kesa sa akin. Sakto naman na nandoon na ang halos lahat ng Lady Spikers at Green Archers sa harap ng departure entrance.

"We miss you, Michie!" ate Kianna welcomed with a hug. "Hi baby rookie slash sophomore!" bati sa akin ni ate Majoy. We're like a big bunch here at nagsisimula ng mag-ingay ang lahat. We're just waiting for the others bago kami pumasok, our flight's still at 11 am though.

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