"Ano hindi ka pa magso-sorry?!" Sigaw saakin ng lalaking hindi ko kilala. Both my hands are tide to poles at opposite ends. My white shirt was now full of blood, you won't even guess it was white before all flogging. Talagang puputulin ko ang pesteng latigo na iyan pagkatapos nito.
Magiisang oras nadin at heto ako ngayon hinang hina dahil isang oras ng walang pagkain ang naprocess ng tiyan ko.
Narinig ko ang mabibilis na padyak sa labas.
"Izeiah!" Narinig ko ang boses ni ate. I looked up and saw her, two guards stopping her to enter the room.
"Stop. Stop it! Goddamn it!! Where is that old hag?" Galit nitong sabi at tumingin tingin sa paligid. Pero umalis na kanina pa ang pesteng matandang iyon. Letse.
"Izeiah! Stand up, please. Stop them." Ngumiti ako.
"As you wish." Madali kong natanggal ang pesteng chains sa left hand ko. Lumapit saakin ang lalaking nang lalatigo saakin para latiguin sana nanaman ako pero mabilis kong nahawakan ang leeg niya at mahigpit ko siyang sinakal. Wala pang isang minuto nahimatay na yata siya. I used my hand to break the chain so I could get my hand back.
Binuksan tuloy ng bodyguards ang pintuan dahil sa nakita. Mabilis na lumapit saakin si ate Hina at tinaggal ang blazer niya para itaklob saakin.
"Oh, sorry. I'm so sorry." Garalgal niyang sabi.
"Don't be." I pat her back awkwardly because I'm not really use to this.
"Come here, I'll give you unlimited chocolates from now on." Muli niya akong mahigpit an yinakap.
"That's what I'm talking about---I mean--- sounds fair." Tumango tango ako pero nagsasaya na ang kalooblooban ko.
Finally, I've completed the final boss.
My eyelids are getting heavier. I need chocolate.
"Izeiah?" Naramdaman ko ang pagyugyog saakin ni ate.
"Izeiah?!" I'm quite sure naka full volume na ito dahil sa ang lakas na ng sigaw niya pero all sounds started to fade.
Fading and fading until I heard no noise anymore.
"Shhh." They all fell silent as Ivan entered the room.
"What happened to her?" Malamig na sabi niya at lumapit sa natutulog na Izeiah, nagtataka kung bakit hindi siya nakahiga sa likod niya.
Ni isa sa kanila ang gustong sumagot. Meron si Ren, Blue at Green. Nagaaway kung sino ang magsalita dahil baka masigawan sila.
"Green, sabihin mo na ang gusto mo ng sabihin." Merong pagkalakas na sabi ni Ren. Siniko naman ni Green si Ren. Matagal ng bumalik si Hina dahil nabalitaan niyang sinabi ni Ren ang kalagayan ni Izeiah kaya pupunta daw si Ivan kung saan si Izeiah and that's why she left, she can't be seen with Izeiah because Izeiah badly wants to hide her identity from the media.
"Hindi ba nakaipagaway ka pa nga saakin, so ikaw na ngayon na mabait pa ako. Feel free to explain everything also." Kinurot ni Green ang braso ni Ren.
"Blue ikaw ang pinakamatanda dito, be responsible." Bunaling si Ren kay Blue pero mabilis na umiling ito.
"Is someone going to tell me what happend or am I going to find out myself?" Nagsalita muli si Ivan pero ngayon mas nakakatakot na.
"So Blue ikaw ang nakapanood sa CCTV ano ba ang nangyari?" Nanginginig na sabi ni Ren.
"Ikaw kaya ang nasa harapan nito." Balik na sani ni Blue.
"Uggh, guys you cowards ako na nga." Finally nagvolunteer na si Green.
"Someone had tortu---- I can't do this. Blue pick up where I left off." Green took a step back and gave the spotlight to Blue who was now glaring at Green.
"She got tortured by an old lady who only Ren knows, right Ren?" Lumingon ang lahat kay Ren na ngayon ay speechless na.
"Yeah, si Madam Reneve And then Green will tell you what happens next."
"Are you trying to play some shit on me? Just explain what the damn hell happened." Ivan had enough.
"Green." Sabay na bigkas ni Blue at Ren. Green looked at them in disbelief. "Betrayal" bulong niya at sinamaan sila ng tingin.
"She defied the Elders and Madam Reneve took advantage of that and provoked her and as usual---"
"What do you mean as usual? This happens often?"
"Not often but like once every three months, you know. And as usual she argued back causing her to bite on Madam Reneve's trap and everything will always end up on Zeah getting tortured."
"Who is this Madam?"
"Madam Reneve were you even listening? God."
" Reneve Unata?" Tumango silang tatlo na magkakasabay.
"I've heard about her. Grandma used to hate her because she always steals the light back in the ancient times." Tumatangong sabi ni Ivan. Naalarma naman ang tatlo dahil pinaplano na ni Ivan kung paano patumbahin si Madam Reneve.
"Out of all three of us, only Blue is favored by Madam Reneve." Sabi ni Ren
"Well, he knows his way to please people unlike you two" Sinamaan naman ng dalawa si Ivan pero nakasimangot lang si Blue.
Hinawakan ni Ivan ang hem ng tshirt ni Izeiah at unti unting iangat. Doon nakita niya ang mga malalalim na sugat nito. Pumupula ito ito at mukhang isang galaw ay dudugo nanaman ito.
"Who was it again?" Nanginginig sa galit na tanong ni Ivan. Nanlaki naman ang mga mata ng tatlo. Ivan rarely gets mad, he usually gets annoyed or irritated but never this mad.
"H-huh?" Napalunok si Ren dahil sa tinanong ni Blue.
"WHO WAS IT THAT TORTURED HER?!!" He roared. It echoed within the room. It was already night. Izeiah's bed was beside the window and Ivan is standing beside her while the three are behind him.
They glanced at the small window. They saw his reflection. His eyes were red. Burning with bloodlust. He was going to lose it. Now they know how important Izeiah is to him.
"Madam Reneve. Look Ivan you should calm down." Sabi ni Green.
"Calm down?" He turned his head towards them. They could swear they could faint any minute.
"My woman is lying there, enduring pain while that Madam gets to enjoy her coffee in peace?" Natatawang sabi nito.
"If this Clan don't get their shit straight, I will personally talk to them." Malakas na ibinalibag ni Ivan ang pintuan pagkalabas niya.
Napatingin sa isa't isa ang tatlo. Ivan just threatened their Clan. They knew he alone could bring disaster to a clan and the Tria Fylis are no exception.
Afterall, that's just one of the things a demon could do.