Note: To @JuliElmo_101, thank you. Alam mo na yan. And belated happy birthday to @JE_Underground. To all readers, um hi! It’s been a while, hehe. I wasn’t gonna post anything but malakas kayo sakin eh. Chos. Anyway, sorry in advance and enjoy! ✌️
"Tell me something i do not know."
I said as I started to back away.. But she was fast and before i knew it, her arms was around me and her face settled on my back.
"Mahal kita. Mahal na mahal na. At kung alam mo na din yan then talk to me. Dahil kung hindi pa sapat na sakin mismo nanggaling-"
I turned around, cupped her face and kissed her. I kissed her like my life depended on it. I kissed her like she was my oxygen. I kissed her full of love and affection. I kissed her because at that moment, i knew. I knew she was the one for me and i knew that i fell. I was already deeply inlove with her.
She broke the kiss, tears running down her face. I wiped those away and gave her my sweetest smile.
"No you’re right. Yun lang sapat na."
"CUT! Great job today everyone!"
Unti-unti syang humiwalay sa akin. For sure, pulang pula ang mukha ko. I saw her blushing hard.. Hehe. Cute.
"Remember everyone, may rehearsal tayo ulit 4:30 pm sharp tomorrow. Don’t be late! Dismissed!"
Ang lambot lambot ng labi nya. Para bang anghel yung hinahalikan ko.. Grabe lang talaga. Napacute nya, pati labi nya ang cute cute..
Yung mata nya grabe, hazel sya, dude. Hazel! Tapos yung ilong nya parang ang sarap panggigilan. Yung eye lashes nya, ang cute cute din hihi.
Ay isa pa, ang ganda ng boses nya! Grabe tol, parang nakikinig ka sa anghel. Angel face and voice na with hot sizzling body.. Sinasabi ko na talaga sayo, she’s perfect. She’s-
"Aray! What the f-"
"That one is for day dreaming about your drama play partner.." Ani ni Nico, sumabay pa sa tawa si Migs.
"What?! Psh. Ako? Tss. Daydream daw. Sus.. Aray!"
"That one is for lying about daydreaming about your play partner.."
"Hindi nga kasi! Tigilan nyo na kakabato ng tinapay sakin, please lang."
"Sus, hindi daw. Eh maya’t maya mo nga syang tinatawag." Sabi naman ni Migs. "Pabulong bulong sa hangin tas pangiti ngiti. Sinong niloko mo boy?"
"Pwede ba, hindi ko type si Julie. Tsaka alam na naman nating hindi nya din ako type no. I’m the biggest jerk and everyone knows that, even her."
"Try mo munang tanungin kung gusto ka nyang samahan sa homecoming bago ka nagpapakanega dyan. Moses, chance mo na to!"
"Ayokong diretsyo. Let’s add up some spices to the game."
Bigla naman akong inakbayan ni Migs sabay tango kay Nico.
Bumulong pa sakin na.. “Bahala ka bro. Pero kasi alam mo? Feeling ko.. si Julie na karma mo.”
Ano daw? Karma?
"Kapag sinabi kong maganda ka, it’s either i’m being sarcastic o maganda ka talaga.."
Leaning away her table and putting her feet up her desk, she continued.
"Pero kapag sinabi kong ‘you’re ugly’ then too bad, so sad.. I’m pretty.. Choke on it biatch."
She saw how the model almost cried. Tsk. Audition pa more, hindi naman makatanggap ng ‘no.’
"Ma’am, please po. Kailangan ko po yung trabahong to. Please ma’am."
Aw. It does look like she needs the job more than anyone else. But then again..
"Excuse me but i have the best adverstising firm ever so as much as possible, i want the best of the best. And if you can’t accept that then i’ll have to call security."
Nagpalakpakan lahat ng nasa drama room. Pati na yung babaeng nilait lait ko kani-kanina lang.
"Wow! Julie Anne San Jose is in da haus! Grabe Jul, i’ve always known that you’re an actress but damn girl, you act so great when you have a fiesty character! Buti na lang talaga, always different scenes every class! Nalalabas yang inner macho mo!"
Ay, naflatter naman ako bigla. Hahaha. Lakas mambola nitong bespren ko eh.
"Sus, wag ako Cece, wag ako. Hahaha. Bola pa more. Idribble kita dyan at ishoot eh!"
Sasagot pa sana sya ng lumapit yung teacher namin. He looked at me with all smiles. Makes sense, lagi namang nakasmile tong si Prof. eh.
"Hi Sir Jann!" Bati naming dalawa ni Cece.
"I couldn’t help but overhear what Cece said. And she was right, with what you just showed, you are going places Ms. San Jose with Mr. Magalona."
"Wow sir. Thank you- wait what? With Elmo?!"
Napatingin ako kay Cece na nakangiting parang ewan sakin. Nyareh? Sinasapian yata.
"Yes! With Mr. Magalona! Try watching you two, which is actually impossible, but sinasabi ko sayo Julie, once you see you and Elmo up that stage.. Geez it’s like you two were made for each other!"
Ano ba naman tong si Sir, walang preno yung bibig. Made for each other? As if.
"Prof, wag kang ganyan.. Baka mainlove agad sakin si Julie Anne!"
I know that voice. Please elaborate why he’s here.
"In your dreams, Elmo Magalona."
"Can’t do that, Julie. You’re already in them." Sabay kindat sakin. Ew.
Napuno pa tuloy ng sigawan yung classroom. Hay nako. Puro, “Ayiee yun yun eh!” at “Naks! Ikaw na Elmo!” Tss. Teens will be teens.
Bigla naman akong hinatak ni Elmo sa kanya, nagpunta kami sa kabilang side ng classroom tas inakbayan. Feeling na naman nito?
"Ano ba, Elmo. Bitawan mo nga ako."
"Tsk, wag kang maingay."
"Don’t tell me what to do."
"Be quiet or i’ll kiss you senseless."
Napatahimik naman ako dun. Ano ba talagang trip nya?
Nabigla din ako sa sinabi ko but it made me smirk. I love the fact that Julie is irritated by my presence. She’s so cute whenever she’s irritated. Actually, she’s cute everytime.
"I’m just gonna warn you, Ms. San Jose."
She looked up to me, curiously, she’s so close that i almost got distracted by her red luscious lips.
"Warn me? Ako? Why?"
I smiled devilishly.
"By the end of the drama season, you’ll be in love with me."
And by that, she jumped out of my arms. “What in all of Earth and galaxy are you talking about?!”
"Shh shh. Be quiet, love. I’m just warning you. It happens."
Ang cute nito. Sarap pagtripan. Halos matanggal na yung mata nya sa sobrang pagkagulat.
"Are you crazy?! There will be no way, no way in the whole world or.. Or even alternate world that i’ll be in love with you!"
"Is that a challenge?"
She smirked, devilishly.
"Sige.. Sige lang. Try me, Mr. Magalona. Pero kapag.. Kapag mas nauna ka pang mainlove sakin. You’ll have to tell me, in person.. Na talo ka na, gets mo?"
I took a step closer, i felt her shiver against my skin then i whispered, “We’ll see.”
I pulled away. I was afraid that i’d really end up kissing her if i didn’t.
"Julie and Elmo! Mamaya na kayo maglampungan dyan, hihi. Rehearsal for the ‘Audition’ scene! Let’s go!"
Narinig kong sigaw ni Prof. Jann from the other side of the room so I started to make my way to him but i didn’t hear any footsteps behind me. Lumingon ako at nakita kong parang nakapako si Julie sa kinatatayuan nya. I smiled. Cute.
"Julie, tawag na tayo ni Sir. Ano, dyan ka na lang ba? In love ka na no?"
That seemed to do the trick ‘cause as soon as i said that, she almost tripped her way to the other side of the room. Just like i said, cute.
Drama season’s been going well. Julie and me have been at it for as long as i can remember. Oh wait, since last week lang pala. Hahaha. Parang ang tagal na kasi. I’m gonna admit, she’s a great opponent. She knows how to play her cards.. Like that one time..
"Nakakaloka Louise! How dare you cancel on me?! Ngayon yung model shoot mo with Kian! Ano na namang dahilan mo this time?!"
I can see how fuming mad she is already.. Hala. Patay kang bata ka.
"Okay whatever! Be back as soon as possible.. Shut your trap. Yeah, whatevs."
She then threw her phone across the room.
This is my chance.
She rolled her eyes. I hugged her from behind.
"Cath, baby ko, wag ka na mastress, kay?"
"Ugh. Not now, Kian."
"Tsk. Nasaan na yung ‘I love you’ ko?!"
"Ah ganyan? Okay. Bye."
I started to walk away and counted.. 1.. 2.. 3..
"Uy joke lang, dito ka lang please."
Tapos hinarap ako sa kanya at niyakap.
Bumulong bigla sya.. “Ano, Elmo. In love ka na ba?” Sabay halik sa leeg ko.
I froze.. And had a mind block. Wait, ano ulit yung line ko?!
"And.. Cut! What was that, Elmo? Tsk tsk. Minus points for you this time."
Humiwalay agad si Julie sa akin sabay takbo kay Cece. I swear i heard her giggle and say, ‘Julie-1, Elmo-0’.
See! She’s not playing fair! But tbh, i love the fact that she’s getting comfy with my presence. Nanghahalik na sa leeg eh. Hihi.
"Aww. Wawa naman si Elmo boy. Minus points sa drama class. Huhu."
"Tsk. It’s all your fault."
She pretended to be shocked by this and acted all innocent.
"Me? Wala akong ginagawa sayo ha. Wag mo akong sisihin sa fact na naiinlove ka na sakin." Sabay tawa ng malakas.
Nang-aasar talaga to eh.
"I told you, try me, Elmo. But yeah, i never said you’ll regret it."
She said that then she winked at me and walked away. Sakto namang dumaan si Cece sa harap ko.
Lumingon sya, “Oh, Elmo. Musta? May kailangan ka?”
"Oo. Magtatanong lang kasi ako kung ano yung bagay na gustong-gusto ni Julie?"
Natawa ako. “Paano mo nalaman?”
"Minus points. Up revenge."
"Yes exactly.. So will you help me?"
It’s payback time.
After a week of that scene with Elmo, medyo hindi sya nagparamdam. I barely see him, kahit sa drama class. Okay.. what’s up? It’s not like i miss him or anything ‘cause that ain’t even close to possible. Yeah, definitely yun nga.
I tried shaking my head as if the thought of him might be gone when a student approached me and gave me one yellow flower. Then i kept walking straight then i got another.. Then another.. Then another.. And then two more.. And then I saw Cece.. She’s holding two orange ones this time. She gave it to me and a card. She never spoke and so i didn’t as well.
As soon as she left, i opened the card.
"Payback time, babe. Go to the field, i’ll be waiting."
Without reading the sign, i already know who’s behind all this.
I reached the field and oh my goodness, was i shocked. There, in the middle of the field, is a giant hot air balloon. I repeat. A. Hot. Air. Balloon. Oh. My. Gosh. I’ve always wanted to ride one! How did- speak of the devil..
"Did you like it?"
A guy wearing a V-neck shirt, simple pants and converse approached me.
"What is this for?"
"Just to say my thanks."
"Thanks for what?"
He didn’t answer me. Instead, he reached out his hand and grabbed mine.
"Hey, wag mo naman akong hatakin."
"Tsk, you wanna ride or no?"
"Ay sus. Eto na nga eh. Let’s go let’s go! Chop chop, Elmo!"
"Sino nanghahatak ngayon?"
I can tell he’s smirking pero gusto ko na talaga sumakay dun sa balloon! Ang bagal nito ni Elmo eh!
Finally we made it, after a few minutes, we were up in the sky.. Me and Elmo sat down and felt the nice cold breeze. I saw him get up.. And i’m glad i did because we were watching the sunset. And oh boy, it was quite a view..
Napatingin ako kay Elmo. I’ve never seen this side of him. The sweet side. Yung carefree. He looks so peaceful, collected and calm..
"It’s very rude to stare, ya know?"
I smiled and kept my gaze.
"I don’t care. I’m rude enough already, what’s it gonna do anyway."
Lumingon sya. “For what?”
"For this. No one’s ever been this thoughtful you know."
"Took me a week but i guess it’s all worth it."
I smiled. “You bet it is.”
"Bakit? Naiinlove ka na ba?"
I smiled and kept it till i got home.
From: The Devil
Hey cute! I forgot my script at school. Can i come over and rehearse some lines with you?
To: The Devil
What makes you think I’m gonna make you come here and ruin everything of everything?
Napangiti ako. There’s no way he’s— What the? Ang bilis naman magreply nito.
From: The Devil
Because i’m right outside your condo and i will scream that you love me if you don’t?
Oh crap. Dali dali kong binuksan yung pinto. Baka may gawin pa tong demonyong to eh. Aba. Nasa labas nga ang loko. Bwiset.
Ugh ‘babe’.. Yuck.
"May nagpapasok ba sayo? Feel at home ka na agad ah."
Bakit ang gwapo kahit pawisin— Ay Julie Anne, ano ba yang iniisip mo!
"Sshh. Babe, nakakapagod yung basketball practice, tabihan mo na lang ako dito."
"Tsk. Tigilan mo nga kakatawag sakin ng babe. Hindi tayo, boy."
"Ssh. In love ka lang eh. Okay. Basta tabihan mo na lang ako dito."
Aw. Mukhang pagod nga si bab- Julie Anne!
Wala naman ako magawa kung hindi tabihan sya at kumuha ng malinis na towel. Baka matuyuan ng pawis at konsensya ko pa.
I made him take off his shirt and hell, i must say.. His body is a must look at. Hahaha. Sshh. After kong punasan yung likod nya, i left him to grab some shirt na naiwan ng cousin ko last time he was here. Mukhang magkasize sila eh.
"Oh, suot mo na-"
Pagtingin ko, i saw a snoring Elmo.
"Rehearse daw. Matutulog lang pala."
Natawa ako ng lumapit, nakatanday pa talaga kung saan. Kaso bigla biglang nagsasalita. Tsk. Hahaha. Sleep talker pala ang mokong na to.
"Bie.. Bie, wag. Bie."
"Uy, Elmo. Okay ka lang?"
"Bie.. Bie wag mo akong iwan. Please bie. Mahal.."
Nagulat na lang ako ng marinig kong umiiyak na sya.
"Bie. Bie wag please. Bie. Mahal na mahal kita, Bie. Wag. Wag. Please."
Nagising sya and he was crying so hard.. All he was saying was..
"Um, E-Elmo.. Um, ayos ka lang-"
"She left me, Julie. She left me. Sabi nya, her dreams matters more than us. Wala naman daw kaming patutunguhan. Di nya naman daw talaga ako minahal. Wala daw akong kwentang boyfriend.." He looked me in the eyes, nakikita ko yung bigat ng nararamdaman nya. "I told her that the second she walks out the door, kakalimutan ko na yung magmahal. She was my first love and it hurts because i’m still trapped by the fact that she didn’t choose me. Masakit, sobrang sakit."
"Ssh. Tama na."
"2 months after, I saw her. She was with some guy. Nakasalubong ko sila but she acted like she didn’t know me. Sampal sa mukha ko yun. Na hindi nya naman talaga ako iniwan para sa ‘career’ kamo nya. Iniwan nya ako dahil may gusto na syang iba. Nagsawa na sya sakin."
"After that, I never became serious with anything ever again. I hate every girl ever made because i just get reminded of the pain i felt about 4 months ago."
"W-why are you.. Um, telling me this?"
I regretted that question as soon as I said it. Because after it did, he stood up and before he left, he said,
"I dunno. Para makita mo kung gaano ako kaseryoso na mainlove ka sakin. Kasi parang.. Parang talo na yata ako.”
*tbc or the end*