Chapter 7.1

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“At least this time sa restaurant naman ang date natin,” Tristan amusingly said to her as his eyes travel all over the place.

They were at the restaurant sa isang hotel kung saan sila naka-check in ng anak. Dito na kasi sila dumiretso galing sa airport kanina. Nagpaalam na lamang siya sa kanyang ama at kapatid na mamasyal na lang muna sila ni Kylie sa Camelot.

“So, what do you want to talk about?” tanong nito. Tristan was wearing a cap and an aviator sunglass. Marahil ay nagdidisguise na naman ito.

Huminga siya malalim. “I want us to talk about Kylie.”

“Ah… So you want to talk about my niece?”

Parang may nagpanting sa kanyang tenga nang marinig ito.

“C’mon Steff. Don’t try to deny this. Kitang-kita ko na ang ebidensya.” Sinabi nito habang sumusubo ng steak.

Hindi pa rin niya alam ang sasabihin sa binata. She was speechless. May parang bara sa kanyang lalamunan. She was not prepared for this. Anong gagawin nito sa kanyang anak? Would the palace take her daughter away from her? No! hindi siya makakapayag. Kylie was her life. She was the only person in this world that she valued the most. Everything that she worked for was for her future. She would give everything for her daughter – including her life. Hindi siya makapapayag na may makapaghiwalay sa kanila.

“Hey! Chill out, Angel! You look like you’re going to faint any moment.”

She looked at Tristan. His smiling face looked very laid back and relaxed. He was teasing her. It’s very obvious.   

Hinawakan nito ang kanyang kamay. He looked her in the eyes.

“Don’t worry. I will not do anything. Trust me on this.”

He looked very handsome with his sheepish smile and his auburn hair.  

Bumuntong hininga siya. She still cannot help herself but to worry. For about five years. Only few people knew of Kylie’s identity; Valerie, Sofia, Michael Angelo and Gareth himself. And now, Tristan knew of her too. Ano na kaya ang mangyayari sa kanila?

“She looked beautiful, angel. Just like you.” She sensed his sincerity.

“Tristan… Your highness… Please don’t tell this to anyone. Nakikiusap ako sa ‘yo.” Finally, she was able to summon her voice.

“Angel. Shhh… Again, ako ang bahala sa ‘yo. Kailan pa ba kita binigo?”

Tumango-tango na lang siya.

“Does he know about this?” tanong nito.

“He knows, I told him during the night we broke up.”

Muli na naman niyang naalala ang mga pangyayaring pilit na niyang kinalilimutan. She just stared at the food in front of her. She didn’t want Tristan to see her that way. So vulnerable. So weak. So sad.

Isang luha ang sumungaw sa kanyang mga mata. Papahirin n asana niya ito nang maunahan siya ni Tristan. His finger softly caressed her face.

“I hate to see women cry. It breaks my heart, angel.”

Tinitigan lang niya ito.

“Can you smile for me? Mahirap na, baka may mga paparazzi dito. Ano na lang ang sasabihin ng mga tao, that I am a heartbreaker? So cheer up. Mas gaganda ka.”

Her mood suddenly lightened because of what he said. Kahit na alam niyang puno lang ito ng pambobola. She still managed to smile for Tristan.

“That’s better. Always smile, Angel. For me, it’s the most beautiful curve in a woman’s body. So every time we are together, never forget to smile.”

She was genuinely touched by this. “Thank you, Tristan.”

“You know what, we can actually be best friends.”

“But I already had Sofia. She’s my best friend.”

Bumalik na naman si Tristan sa pangungulit nito. “Sofia is your girl best friend. And I can be your guy best friend who cares for you a lot – in a very friendly way, that is.” Kinindatan siya nito.

She eyed Tristan suspiciously. “Where are we going with this, Tristan?” Tanong niya.

“Well… I just thought you want someone to talk to. Alam kong busy ngayon si Sofia sa anak rin nito. So, if ever you want a best friend, tawagan mo lang ako. I’ll be your shoulder to cry on. I’ll listen to your every problem. I am all ears for you, Angel.”

Muntik na talaga siyang matawa. He looked very serious.

“Seriously?” she asked.

“Seriously.”

“Thank you, Tristan I really appreciate it.” Talking to him was indeed the right thing to do. Kung kanina’y nag-aalala siya dahil nalaman na nito ang totoo, ngayon, she felt suddenly happy that Tristan already knew. She felt refreshed. At least ngayon may mapagsasabihan na siya ng mga bagay-bagay na bumabagabag sa kanya. And she knew also that she could trust him.

“Salamat, Tristan.”

“I do have one request though.”

Tumingin siya dito.

“What is it?” she asked.

“Can I take you both in a date tomorrow? Me, you and Kyle at the amusement park?”

Isang ngiti ang sinagot niya dito. “Sure.”

“I’ll pick you up here tomorrow?”

She nodded to him.

She was really happy. Tristan had been nothing but good to her. So with an open heart, she welcomed Tristan as her new best friend.

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