Ethan

He silently watched his wife chat with her sister and friends. Discretely he also stared at Katrina and he couldn't help but compared the two. They both have the same smiles but Karina had a habit of either tilting his head or winked at the person she's smiling at.

Also, his wife laughed louder and warmer compared to her twin.

"At first akala ko si Katrina. Ang ganda eh." Pang-iinis ni Nathan kay Karina.

"I hate you!" She pursed her lips in annoyance. "I thought your loyal to me."

"Thanks Nate! Karina marami talagang nagsasabi mas maganda ako sa iyo." Katrina added.

"Sinong marami? Si Nathan at si Jaime lang naman ang nagsasabi sa iyo niyan."

"No, pati kaya si Mark. Diba Mark?" Nahuli niyang palihim na kinindatan nito si Mark. "He said to me at his parents' anniversary party na mas maganda ako sa iyo."

"Talaga?" Naningkit ang mga mata ni Karina ng tumingin it okay Mark. "Playboy ka talaga. Nate remember? When we were at the coffe shop he also said I'm prettier."

Sabay pang natawa sila Mark at Nathan. Halatang iniinis ang asawa niya.

"Hate you all!" Tantrum ni Karina.

Sasabat na sana siya sa usapan pero naunahan siya ni Jaime na magsalita.

"Tanggapin mo na kasi na mas maganda sa iyo ang asawa ko." Dagdag pa ni Jaime. "Even Ethan here thought earlier it was Katrina."

Biglang natahimik ang lahat at napatingin sa kanya.

"Jaime..." Sabi ni Katrina.

"Nice one Montano. You really didn't know when to keep your mouth shut!" Sita ni Nathan.

"Yes I remembered Karina. I said it to you when you're with Nathan. Kat sorry but I just said that to boost your self confidence. But I think Karina's more beautiful." Mark said to appease his wife.

"Baby you know. I'm just joking right? Mas maganda ka naman talaga." Nathan said too.

Karina laughed a fake one. "Ano ba kayo. Okay lang iyon! Wala sa akin iyon." Her lips smiled but not her eyes. "You all know the score between Ethan and me. Of course Katrina's prettier in Ethan's eyes kaya nga si Katrina ang nagustuhan niya."

"I never said she's prettier than you. I just thought it was her." Gusto niyang itama ang maling intindi nito sa sinabi ni Jaime.

"What's new? You always thought I am her." She smiled at him.

He saw the pain in her eyes and it pained him more. Damn him! Instead of making her feel better, he made it worst.

"Mark, next time you need me. Just give me a call ha." Karina turned her gaze to Mark.

"Nagustuhan mo noh?" Tanong ni Mark. "Alam ba ninyo na aayaw-ayaw pa itong si Karina noong una. Tapos ngayon humihirit pa ng isa."

"Baby, hindi naman pwedeng palagi na lang ikaw ang cover." Nathan tried to tease her again.

"No, pwede. Diba this month ako? Eh di next month si Katrina naman."

"Wow, gusto ko yan! Game!" Sang-ayon ni Katrina.

"Hindi pwede Misis!" Saway ni Jaime kay Katrina. "It's a men's magazine. Kanina nga si Ethan ang sabi hindi daw si Karina iyong nasa magazine kasi--"

"Jaime, I just gonna use her name, pero ako pa rin ang mag-pose sa magazine." Putol ni Karina sa sinasabi ni Jaime. "Pwede naman iyon Mark diba?"

"I don't know. Ask Katrina kung papayag siya." Nag-aalangang sagot ni Mark.

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