Ethan

“Congratulation.” Sabi niya kay Katrina paglapit nila rito.

            “Thank you.” Masayang sagot ni Katrina. “Hon, mabuti inimbitahan mo si Ethan.” Sabi nito sa asawa.

            “Hindi, sinama lang siya ni Mark.” Jaime snorted.

            “Jaime, don’t start.” Sita ni Karina kay Jaime.

            Naka-angkla ang kamay ni Karina sa braso niya kaya he just turned his face and whispered on her ear. “It’s okay.” Then he returned his gaze to Jaime. “The wines here are great. I had Domaine and I must say it’s worth the price.” Sabi niya kay Jaime.

            “You had what? That’s expensive.” Jaime exclaimed in disbelief.

            “I know, but Gyiah insisted, ikaw naman daw ang magbabayad.” Pang-iinis niya rito.

            “Damn that girl!” Jaime cursed.

            “Hayaan mo na. It’s your fault, you decided to celebrate here.” Ipinatong ni Katrina ang kamay sa dibdib ni Jaime samantalang nasa nakapaikot sa bewang nito ang kamay ni Jaime. “Gyiah’s here? Nagkabalikan na ba sila ni William?”

            “Hindi siguro. Kasama ni William si Arianna.” Jaime answered.

            “Talaga? Arianna’s here? Asan siya?” Excited na sabi ni Katrina.

            “There she is! Kausap ni Nathan.” Turo ni Karina sa babaing kausap ni Nathan. “Love puntahan lang naming sandali si Arianna ha.” Paalam ni Karina sa kanya.

            “Sure.” He paused and whispered again on her ear. “But keep your distance.” Bilin niya rito.

            “Copy!” Karina giggled and kiss his jaw. “Halika na Kat.” Hila nito sa kamay ng kakambal. “Jaime, be good to my husband.” Banta pa ni Karina kay Jaime.

            Jaime nodded but it’s obvious he was just being complaisant.

            The two left, leaving him with Jaime. His eyes followed them and he saw his wife stopped an arm’s length away from Nathan.

“Good girl!” He said in his mind.

            “Okay na kayo ni Karina?” Jaime said after a while.

            “Oo.”  Sagot niya rito pero nanatili pa ring nakapako ang tingin niya sa asawa.

            “Masaya kami ni Katrina para sa inyo.” Pagseseryoso ni Jaime. “Akala ko noong una sa maghihiwalay kayo.”

            “Iyan din ang nasa isip ko noon at ni Don Eduardo.”

            “Si Lolo?” Kumunot ang noo ni Jaime. “How did you know him?”

            “He happened to be the major investor of my hotel.” Sagot niya.

            “Si Lolo mag-invest sa hotel mo?” ‘Di makapaniwalang tanong ni Jaime. “Papaanong mangyayari iyon? We also have our own.”

            He looked at him half smiling. “Huwag ka ng mag-alala, he’s taking it all back.”

            “Bakit?” Naroon pa rin ang kunot sa noo ni Jaime.

            “Sinabi kasi niya na ang dahilan kung bakit siya nag-invest sa hotel ay dahil kay Karina. But since he was present at your wedding, naisip niyang bawiin na lang ang investment niya habang nasa alanganin ang pagsasama namin ni Karina.” He paused and return his gaze to Karina. “Pero kung ayaw ko naman daw na bawiin niya iyon, kailangan ko daw na tuluyan ng hiwalayan si Karina at mag-file ng annulment.”

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