ang has a face

anonymous asked:

I recently found a kitten uder my porch a d I took him In but it been a while ang he is still so thin. He so bony he has a bony face and bony legs but eats like a horse

oh friend, he might have parasites! my Pangur had giardia when I first got her, and until we rid her of that she was just a bundle of twigs

bless you for taking him in - I hope you figure out what’s keeping the weight off!

MY PRINCE-SS CHARMING

Chapter 20

Nakauwi na sila sa bahay ni Julie at masaya silang nagkkwentuhan na dalawa habang nanunuod ng movie.

“Alam mo ba, pati si Thor nadepressed nung wala ka. He missed you kaya.” sabi ni Julie. Napangiti si Elmo at saka kinalong ang aso ni Julie.

“Really? You missed me buddy?” tanong niya sa aso at kumahol naman ito at dinilaan siya sa mukha.

“Hey! That’s mine, Thor!” saway ni Julie sa alagang aso tsaka pa mahinang pinalo ang nguso nito.

“H, grabe ka.” sabi ni Elmo kay Julie habang nagpipigil ng tawa.

“Aba. Kung ikaw bawal sayo na lumapit ako sa ibang guys, bawal ka din no. Kahit aso ko pa yan. Akin lang yan!” she said as she points his face.

“Possessive ha?”

“Wow! Nagsalita ang hindi! Gusto mo refresh ko sayo lahat ng sinabi mo saken kanina? Ha?” pang-aasar ni Julie sa kanya.

“Hahaha. Sabi ko nga possessive din ako eh. Ikaw naman di mabiro.” sabi ni Elmo. Binaba niya si Thor sa sahig at saka niyakap si Julie at pinupog ng halik sa mukha.

“Yuck, Elmo! Amoy aso ka!” reklamo ni Julie. Tumigil si Elmo sa paghalik sa kanya at saka siya tinignan ng nakakaloko.

“Amoy aso pala ha?!” sabi niya saka na hiniga si Julie at kiniliti. “Sinong amoy aso?! Sino?!” asar niya habang patuloy na kinikiliti ang dalaga.

“Hahahahahaha. Shit. Elmo stop! Hahahahahahaha. H-hindi na ko makahinga!” tumatawang sambit ni Julie habang pinipigilan ang mga kamay ni Elmo na kumikiliti sa kanya.

“Ano munang amoy ko?!” asar pa rin ni Elmo.

“Hahahahahahaha! Mabango na. Di ka na a-amoy aso. J-just stop! Hahahahaha.”

Tumigil na si Elmo sa pangingiliti tsaka tinulungan si Julie umupo ng maayos.

“Good. Akala ko mag-iinarte ka pa eh.” sabi ni Elmo.

“Kadiri naman kasi. Dinilaan ni Thor yung pagmumukha mo tapos manghahalik ka?” sagot ni Julie.

“Haha. Eh kasalanan ko bang nababakla si Thor sa akin?” sabi naman ni Elmo. Tinignan siya ng masama ni Julie at tinaasan pa ng isang kilay.

“Anong sabi mo?” tanong ng dalaga sa kanya. “Hinawa mo naman yung aso ko sayo. Hahaha.”

“Aba’t!” akmang kikilitiin nanaman sana niya si Julie nang salubungin siya nito ng halik. Nagulat siya kaya natawa ang dalaga.

“Hahahaha. Whattaface, H. First kiss lang ang peg?” asar naman ni Julie.

“Nagnanakaw ka ng halik. Alam mo bang pwede kitang ipakulong sa ginawa mo? Ha?” banta niya.

“Pakulong mo. May pang-bail ako.” ani niya.

“Ah ganun ha!” sabi ni Elmo. Kinulong niya sa mga bisig niya si Julie at saka niya hiniga ang mga katawan nila sa sofa. Humahagikgik naman si Julie saka na sinuklian ang yakap niya.

“Dito ba ko makukulong?” Julie asked. Tinitigan niya ang dalaga at saka ito nginitian. “Kasi kung dito ako makukulong di bale nang mabulok sa kulungan. Basta sa mga yakap mo lang ako makukulong.” sabi niya.

“Ganun? Kahit di ka na magtrabaho ayos lang? Kahit di na tayo umalis dito okay lang sayo?” tanong niya. Tumango ang dalaga saka siya nginitian.

“Basta ikaw kasama ko, ikaw ang katabi ko, ikaw ang kayakap ko, ayos na ayos na ko. Feeling ko ako na pinakamayamang tao sa balat ng lupa.” she said. Napangiti naman si Elmo at saka siya hinalikan sa noo.

“Ako din. Yung moment na tinanggap mo kung sino at ano ako, I felt like I’m the richest guy on Earth. Parang mas mayaman pa ko kay Prince William, Oprah, Ellen, Manny Pacquiao, Pres. Obama in one. Kasi sila, they have all the money in the world. Pero wala naman silang Julie Anne San Jose sa buhay nila.” sabi naman niya.

“I love you baby.” Julie said and snuggled up to him saka pa nito hinalikan ang jaw niya. “Mahal na mahal kita.”

“I love you too, H. Mahal na mahal na mahal din kita.” sabi naman ni Elmo.

“Julietaaaaa! Pakape kami ni Marie Frencheska M— Ayy!!” napapitlag silang dalawa nang makita si Sef na nakatayo sa likod ng sofa na hinihigaan nila. Mataray itong nakatingin sa kanila habang ang isang kamay ay nakapatong sa dibdib niya na akala mo ay gulat na gulat sa nadatnan. “Sabi sayo Maq eh! May mga pusang naglalampungan sa bubong!” sabi nito sabay higit kay Maqui na papasok pa lang ng bahay.

“Sef?”/ “Maq?” sabay na sabi ng dalawa.

“Ay kaloka. Rehearsed lang sa pagkakasabay.” sabi ni Sef. Tumingin naman si Maqui sa kanila at napangiti.

“Hahahaha. Tama ka nga, bakla. May mga pusang malalandi nga. And baka naistorbo natin sila. Dun na lang tayo sa bahay.” sabi naman ni Maqui habang tumatawang hinahatak si Sef palabas.

“Eeeeeh!! Ayaw ko dun. Ditey tayiz sa baler ni Julieta. Aba babaita, hahayaan mo lang sila alone?! What if makabuo sila over here and andun tayo over there sa inyo? Friend, hindi pa ready maging ninang ang lola mo.” sabi ni Sef kay Maqui.

“Hahaha. Sef, matatanda na sila. Right age na kaya sila to have a baby. Tsaka teka nga. Kakasagot lang naman ni Julie sa pinsan ko. Ang advance mo mag-isip bakla ka!” sabi naman ni Maqui.

“Uhm… Magkakape ba kayo? Tara dun tayo sa kitchen.” istorbo naman ni Julie sa dalawang kaibigan. Tumingin sina Maqui at Sef sa kanila.

“Ay! Alam mo bff, sa lahat ng sinabi mo, yan ang pinakabet ko. Tarabels!” sabi ni Sef tsaka na sila naglakad na apat papuntang kusina.

*****

Nakaupo na silang apat sa bar counter habang nagkakape. Tinitignan pa rin sila nina Maqui at Sef.

“What?” tanong ni Elmo nang mapansing di sila tatantanan ng dalawa sa mga nakakalokong titig nila.

“Wala naman, Moe. Natutuwa lang ako kasi finally bati na kayo and kayo na.” sagot ni Maqui.

“Ako, wit akiz happy shalala sa inyo.” sabi naman ni Sef.

“John Paul Joseph!” sabay na sabi nina Maqui at Julie.

“Oh. Ikaw ba naman makitang more more pa sa lampungan mula elevator hanggang office at aba friend di pinalagpas ang bahay?! Sinetch ang matutuwa? Wit akiz nakapagkape on time alamoyun?!” angal niya. “Mga malalanding to. Di makapagpigil?!” tanong niya sa kanilang dalawa ni Elmo.

“Hahaha. Bakla ang OA mo.” sabi ni Julie sa kaniya.

“OA ka diyan?! Di ah. Kalokang to.” irap naman ni Sef.

“Teka nga. Bakit ba dito niyo naisipan makikape? Iniwan ka namin sa office nagkakape ka. Tapos makikikape ka nanaman dito sa bahay?” pagtataka ni Julie habang nakatingin kay Sef.

“Hahahaha. Nagkwento kasi tong si Sef saken kanina. Sabi niya nga may malalanding pusa daw siyang nawitness sa elevator ng office building niyo. Ang bakla, nagrereklamo kasi di nga daw siya nakameryenda on time at baka daw pumanget ang lola niyo. Tapos nung nagmeet kami kanina after ko sa resto, ayan. Nagyaya dito at may masamang kutob daw siya. Hahahahaha.” kwento ni Maqui.

“Oh bakit? Kung wit akiz nagyaya ditey baka may nangyaring kababalaghan na no?” sabi ni Sef.

“Hahahaha. Sef, wala naman kasing nangyayari. Para kang tanga diyan.” sabi ni Elmo na kanina pa nagpipigil ng tawa sa inaasta ng bestfriend ni Julie.

“Elmo, wala PA! May emphasis sa PA. Eh kung di kami dumating? Mamaya niyan…” he trailed off.

“Hahaha. Bakla, sasabihan naman kita kapag magddo kami ni Elmo.” asar naman ni Julie sa kanya.

“Yuuuuck! Save it, bff. Eww ka ha?” nandidiri kunyaring sabi niya.

“Hahahaha. Ang overprotective mo naman kasi kay Julie, bakla. Kasama yan sa relationship no. Pavirgin ka pa eh.” sabi ni Maqui sa kanya.

“Maqui, di pa nga kasi akiz ready.” sabi niya.

Tumawa silang tatlo sa kanya.

“Bakla, di naman ikaw ang bubuntisin. Ako naman. Tagabili ka lang ng pagkain ng magiging baby namin. Hahahahahaha.”

“Oh see?! Maqui! Gagawin akiz yaya ng junakis ni Julieta. My gosh! My beautiful being?! Sa ganda kong to, yaya lang ako ng junaknak mo? No way!”

“Ang arte!” sabi ni Maqui sabay binatukan si Sef.

“Hahaha. Sef, kapag naman nabuntis ko si Julie, sisiguraduhin ko namang hindi kayo masstress. Syempre ako mag-aalaga sa kanila ng baby namin.” sabi ni Elmo.

“Ay. Dramahan na ditey. Joke lang kasi yun! Hahahahaha. Elmo, kahit isang dosena pa anak niyo, keriboomboom ko no. Willing akiz maging ninang ng mga bata. Spoiled pa saken yan.”

“Grabe ka sa isang dosena! Masaya na ko sa isa, Sef.” ani Julie.

“H, isa lang?!” protesta ni Elmo.

“Oh bakit?”

“Gawin naman nating 2.”

“Ay. Nakakapagod manganak kaya. Napapanuod ko sa tv kapag nanganganak akala mo ikamamatay eh. Tsaka magiging losyang ako!”

“Hahaha. Di ka naman lolosyang, Jules. Sa ganda mong yan?” sabi naman ni Maqui.

“Friend, wag na choosy. Pag nagustuhan mo naman hahanap-hanapin mo din. Pavirgin ampota!” sabi ni Sef. Hinampas naman siya ni Julie at saka pa kinurot.

“Gago ka!”

“Oh bakit? Bet mo ikwento ko kay Elmo yung cry me a river moment mo nung nagpunta ka sa condo? Hahahahaha.”

“Ano yun?” pagtataka nina Maqui at Elmo. Nanlaki ang mata ni Julie saka na pinasakan ng tinapay ang bibig ni Sef.

“Wala yun! Niloloko lang kayo ni Sef. Hahaha.” sabi niya. Pinanlakihan niya ng mata si Sef na kasalukuyang ngumunguya ng pagkain. “Diba, Sef?”

“Oo. Waley ever yun. Umiyak lang naman kasi siya kasi nga binitin mo daw gago ka.”

“SEF!!!” sigaw ni Julie. Tumawa sina Sef, Elmo at Maqui. “Pakshet ka!”

“Hahahaha. H, gusto mo ituloy natin ngayon?” sabi naman ni Elmo.

“Ay! Aaction na sila, Maq. Gorabels na tayiz!” sabi ni Sef saka na hinatak si Maqui paalis. “Byers na!”

THE LUCKY ONE

Chapter 14

Waking up has been a dread to me ever since I started living alone. But this time? Waking up feels like heaven. I opened my eyes and saw this beautiful lady pressed against my chest. As if we were puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. She was still sound asleep. Her lips a little swollen from all the kissing we made last night. A few strands of hair covers her face. I pushed her hair strands and tucked them behind her ears and stared at her for what seemed like forever. Taking in every detail of her face. She looked very beautiful and the sunrays seeping through her window made her even more wonderful. It’s like you’re staring at a painting of a scenery. So calm, beautiful and perfect. It’s like with just a look of her, you’re in paradise.

I kissed her lightly on her nose and her eyes fluttered open.

“Hi.” I greeted her.

“Hi.” she said and hugged me. “Good morning.” she added as she kissed my chest. I smiled as she tightened her embrace and I gave her a hug as well.

“How’re you feeling?” I asked her.

“Good. Beautiful. Wonderful. Happy. Giddy. I don’t know.” she said.

“I love you, Julie.” I whispered to her.

“I know.” she said and she gave me a chaste kiss on the lips. “What do you want for breakfast?”

“You.” I answered. She pinched my nose and we both laughed.

“I asked you a serious question.” she told me.

“And I gave you a serious answer. I want you for breakfast.” I said.

“No.” she said and stood up. I watched her look for something to wear then she found my polo and decided to wear it. I smiled at how it looked on her. Perfect. Just perfect. She puts her hair in a messy bun and walked to the door but paused to look at me. “Aren’t you coming?” she asked.

“No. Too lazy to move.” I said. She walked back to bed and stood there giving me the eye as she placed her hands on her hips and taps her foot impatiently. “Pull me up.” I said and lend her my hand. She grabbed my hand with both her hands and pulled me up but then I decided to play a trick on her and pulled her down instead.

“Oowww!” she cried when she landed on me. “Elmo.” she said as she looks at me. “Baba na tayo and make breakfast. You have rehearsals today remember?”

“Screw those rehearsals because I wanna cuddle with you all day.” I said and wrapped my arms around her. She kissed me lighlty on my nose and then smiled.

“Halika na. Gutom na ko and you know how grumpy I am when I’m hungry.” I laughed and kissed her on the lips before I nodded.

“Okay manager. Before you turn from hungry to hangry.” I said as I sat us both up. I was now sitting and she was on my lap, arms wrapped around my neck. “Pero bago tayo bumaba…”

“Ano?” she asked as she brushed my hair with her fingers.

“Kiss mo muna ako.” she giggled but gave me a long kiss, it left me short of breath.

“Oh halika na baba na tayo."and she pulled me and dragged me out of her room.

*****

This is by far the best morning I had. Waking up next to that person who made me the happiest woman alive. Giving him hugs and kisses and making him as happy as how he made me. I was wearing his polo from last night and I couldn’t help but smile.

I was cooking pancakes when I felt him hug me from behind.

"Jules…” he said as he gives me chicken kisses on my shoulders.

“Hm?”

“Sama ka sa akin sa work please?” he said.

“Ano ka ba. I have work too.”

“Ehh.” I turned around and faced him. He was pouting na akala mo nalugi.

“Tsk. Don’t pout on me like that. Di mo ko madadaan diyan no.” I told him and pinched his ears. He leaned his forehead on mine and kissed my nose.

“Wag ka na pumasok. Please?”

“Hindi pwede. May deliver kami sa isang party mamaya.” I answered and kissed him on the lips. “Wag na makulit ha?” I said.

“Ts. Fine. Di na. Pero let’s have dinner later?” he asked as he tightened his embrace and even swayed our bodies like there’s music playing.

“Mmmmm… Pag-iisipan ko.” he stopped and looked at me. I smiled at him and nodded. “Oo na. We’ll have dinner later.”

“Nice.” he said and brushed his lips against mine. I placed my hands on his neck and we deepened our kiss. The smell of burnt pancakes filled the air but we didn’t mind. Because kissing each other is the best breakfast ever.

“I’m gonna take a bath.” I said when we break apart.

“Sabay tayo?” he asked.

“Shut up.” I answered and ran upstairs.

“Hahaha. Julie andyan na ko!”

“Tsk. Stay away Elmo!” I yelled. I heard his laughter echoing around the house and I couldn’t help but laugh with him. Siguro this is what it really feels like being with the one you love.

“Jules.” he said peeking through my door.

“Ano?”

“Sabay tayo maligo.” he said.

“Tigilan mo ko. Gusto mo lang makascore ulit eh. Nakakailan ka na ha.” I said.

“Eh.”

“Eh your face.” I said and entered the bathroom.

When I got back to my room, I found him curled up in bed and sound asleep. I smiled as I watched his shoulders go up and down as he breathes. I went to bed and laid next to him. He has this peaceful aura in him. His face so calm and handsome. I could watch him all day and never get tired of it.

“Stop staring at me, I might melt.” he said and opened his eyes. “Hey there.”

“So you’re not asleep?” I asked him.

“I was but then I smelled strawberries and vanilla and I knew it was you.” he answered.

“Haha. Whatever. Let’s go?” I asked.

“Now? Can’t we just stay here?”

“Elmo I’m 1 hour late for work already. Baka sakalin na ko ni Jana.” I told him.

“Okay po. Tara na nga.” he said and kissed me on the lips before he stood up.

He brought me to work but had to go immediately because his rehearsals will start in 2 hours and he hasn’t prepared his things yet.

“I’ll pick you up after work okay?” he asked when I brought him to the door.

“Yeah. Hintayin kita dito.” I said and smiled.

“Okay. Kiss ko?”

“Tsk. Nakakahiya.” I said and slapped his chest gently.

“Kinakahiya mo ko?” he pouted.

“Hindi. Eh ang daming tao po kasi. PDA po tayo.” I said. “And remember. Medyo artista ka po no? Alam mo naman baka maissue.”

“So?”

“Tsk. Mamaya na. Save those for later okay?” I said.

“Psh. Fine. Mamaya ha? Tatandaan ko yan. Bye na.”

“Bye. Ingat ka ha?”

“Yes po. I love you.” he said.

“You too.” and he smiled at me. He walked to his car and blew me a kiss before he went in.

*****

“Anak ng. Brader, baka gusto mong liitan ngiti mo. Nakakatakot na eh.” I heard someone said.

I was brought back to reality and saw Sef sitting beside me on the bleachers. We were already at the studio rehearsing for tomorrow’s show.

“Ha?”

“Ts. Kanina ka pa nakangiti. Nakakahiya naman sa araw yung liwanag ng ngiti mo. Hahahaha.” he said. “Bakit brad? May nangyari ba?”

“Ts. Wala dude.”

“Weh. Di nga? Yung girlfriend mo sa Bacolod ano na?”

“Ha? Si Julie?”

“Oo yun. Musta na kayo? Nung meeting mukhang badtrip ka eh. Lq ba kayo nun ha?” he asked.

“Hindi. Medyo ano lang. Uhm. Hindi naman kami eh. Bestfriend ko nga diba?”

“Lul mo. Bestfriend pero sa isang kwarto natulog? Tapos kung maglandian sa dancefloor kala mo magshota.” he said. “Seryoso na kasi pare. Wag na pa-showbiz.”

“Tsk. Wala nga. Di ko sure kung kami na ba. Basta. Mahirap i-explain.”

“Pero nakascore ka na?”

“Dyan ka na nga.” I laughed and went to go to our other co-artists.

“Hoy!!” he yelled after me. I glared at him and he just raised his hands in surrender. “Fine. Di na nga eh.”

After rehearsal, I ran to the parking lot and I think I beat the world’s fastest car’s record because in less than a minute, I was out of the building and on the way to Julie’s shop.

I was whistling as I was on my way to her shop getting excited for what could possibly happen tonight.

I parked my car in front of her shop and whistled my way in and to her office. I wanted to surprise her because I’m an hour early but it seemed that I’m the one who’ll be surprised.

“Uy, Moe pare.”

“Hi, Muppet!” she greeted me and kissed my cheek. “Uhm. Napadaan si Quen dito.”

“Yeah. Bought cupcakes for Julia.” he said and raised the box he’s holding. “Uhm. Sige Julie. I’ll uh… go ahead. Thanks sa cupcakes ha?” he said. He looked at me and smiled as he patted my shoulder before he completely went out of the shop.

“You’re here early.” I heard her say. “Moe?” and she snapped her fingers in front of my face.

“Ha?”

“Wala. Sabi ko ang aga mo ata. It’s only 10pm. Your rehearsals should finish at around 11 pa diba?” she asked.

“Uhm. Direk had to go early kaya he let us go ng maaga din.” I answered absent-mindedly.

“Oh. Anything wrong?” she asked and cupped my face with her hands. “Ha?” she said and kissed me lightly on my lips.

“Wala. Pagod lang siguro.” I answered.

“Aww. Kawawa ka naman. Halika muna sa office. I’ll massage you first before we go okay?” I nodded and we went inside her office.

She made me sit on the couch as she sat on the couch’s backrest and she leaned my head on her lap. She started massaging my temple and my body began to relax.

“Moe?”

“Hm?”

“Wala. I thought you’re mad because Enrique came here.”

“Ha? Uhm…”

How will I tell her that I am mad. Not to her but to that guy. Pero I don’t want her to know that I am. She might think that I’m a selfish prick.

“No. Hindi ako galit.” I answered.

“Uhm… Sure ka?”

“Positive.” I said and took her hands and kissed them. “Halika na. Mukhang nalipasan ka na ng gutom. Let’s go.”

“Uhm. Uwi na lang tayo. I don’t feel like eating.”

“Ha?”

“Wala lang. Let’s just… Let’s just go home.”

*****

I went to Maqui’s place the next day. I wanted to talk to her about what’s happening to me. I feel confused. I feel weird.

“Maq?” I called her while she was getting us a cup of coffee.

“Yes?”

“Uhm. Last Friday…”

“Oh ano? What happened last friday?” she asked and handed me the mug. She sat next to me on the couch and faced me with her legs crossed.

“Uhm… Ano kasi. Si Moe…”

“Oh anong meron?”

“May sinabi kasi siya eh. Ano…”

“Anak ng. Julie isa pang pambibitin mo huhulog kita sa hagdan.”

“Fine. Ito na. Last friday, he told me na mahal niya ko.”

“Shut up! Shut up!!” Maqui beamed. “Seryoso Julie?” I nodded and she hugged me. “Yihee! Edi kayo na nga talaga?”

“There’s a problem, Maq…”

“What is it? Don’t tell me nagpakipot ka nanaman? Sasakalin na talaga kita. Magsusuot pa ko ng gloves na may pointed studs para mas masakit.” she said.

“Maqui kasi nagpunta si Quen sa shop ko kahapon…”

“Heto nanaman po kami sa Quen na yan.” she said as she rolled her eyes. “Oh. Anong ginawa niya dun?”

“Uhm. He told me that he really likes me. Tapos uhm…”

“Oh. What else did he tell you?”

“He asked me if I would give him a chance.”

“And what did you tell him?” Maqui asked as if she was my mom and I did something that would make her mad once I say the wrong words.

“Uhm…”

“Ano na Julie? Pakasimple naman oh.”

“I told him that I love someone else.”

“Oh. Tapos?”

“He told me na okay lang daw and that he’s willing naman to be a friend na lang.”

“Eh yun naman pala eh. Oh anong hinihimutok mo dyan?”

“Si Elmo kasi.”

“Ano?”

“He came to the shop an hour early eh sakto andun pa si Quen. Tas I asked him if he’s mad. Nilambing ko pa nga eh. Sabi niya hindi naman daw.”

“Eh anong inaangal mo? Buti nga hindi galit eh.” Maqui said.

“Maq kasi eh. Alam mo yung feeling na I was waiting for him to get mad para naman sure akong nagseselos siya and hindi lang dala ng galit sa akin yung confession niya about his feelings. Na hindi niya lang sinabi yun kasi ayaw niya mawalan ng bestfriend.” I said. Maqui heaved a deep sigh then looked at me.

“Julie, will you stop doubting him? Elmo loves you okay?”

“Maqui kasi eh…”

“Jules please naman. Give yourself a favor. Mahal mo siya. Mahal ka niya. Makuntento ka dun and stop thinking that he doesn’t love you that much. Alam mo kung bakit?”

“Bakit?”

“Hindi naman kasi siya magiging sunud-sunuran sa iyo kung hindi ka niya mahal eh.”

MY PRINCE-SS CHARMING


Chapter 10

Julie woke up early the next morning. Gusto niya kasi na umaga ang mass na aattendan nila ni Elmo para madami pa silang oras para mamasyal mamaya.

She walked up to Elmo’s house and rang the doorbell. Agad naman lumabas si Maqui and let her in.

“Morning, Jules. Ang aga mo ata?” Maqui asked as they walked inside the house.

“Well, nagyaya kasi si Moe magsimba and magpapasama din ako sa grocery. Kaya yun.” she said.

“Oh okay. He’s in his room. I think tulog pa.” Maqui told her.

Tumingin siya sa wall clock na nasa living area nila Maqui and saw that it’s 8:30 already. Balak pa naman sana niya na 9am mass ang attendan nila. Mukhang nabasa naman ni Maqui ang nasa isip niya kaya siya tinawag nito.

“Jules.”

“Yeah?”

“Go up his room na lang. It’s the second door to your left. Hindi naman nagllock ng kwarto yun eh.” she said. “I have to go na din. Inventory day eh.” sabi pa nito. Tumango na si Julie tsaka na siya naglakad paakyat sa second floor.

She walked until she reached Elmo’s room. Dahan-dahan niyang binuksan ang pinto and saw him still sound asleep. Nakadapa ito sa kama, blanket half covering his torso. Nakalaglag pa ang isang kamay nito sa gilid ng kama and his lips slightly parted.

Natawa si Julie at how he looked but at the same time she found him cute.

“Hay nako. Bakit ka ba kasi confused na gago ka ha? Ang sarap mo rape-in.” Julie thought to herself. Napakagat na lang siya sa labi at saka na nagdiretso ng lakad palapit kay Elmo.

He was snoring softly and halata mong malalim ang tulog niya but Julie has to wake him up. Para maabutan nila ang 10am mass. She slapped him softly while calling out his name.

“Moe.” sabi niya habang tinatapik ang pisngi nito. “Elmo, wake up.” she said.

“5 more minutes mom.” he answered. Natawa si Julie but had to stifle it dahil ayaw niyang gulatin si Elmo.

“Elmo, wake up. Uy!” she called again.

Pero hindi pa rin nagmulat ng mata si Elmo. Umikot pa ito at saka nagpalit ng posisyon sa pagtulog. He’s now in fetal position.

“Elmo.” but still, Elmo remained in dreamland. Hindi na natiis ni Julie kaya naman nilakasan na niya ang pagtawag dito. “ELMO MAGALONA WAKE UP!!” she yelled.

Bigla namang napabalikwas si Elmo at saka pa ito nagmadaling tumakbo palabas ng kwarto.

“Asan?! Asan na?!” he asked, yelling.

Bumalik siya sa kwarto at mas lalo pang nagising ang diwa niya when he saw Julie sitting on the foot of his bed.

“J-Julie.” he stuttered.

Julie just looked at him, one eyebrow raised and arms over her chest.

“Uhm… A-anong oras na ba?” Elmo asked. He looked at the wristwatch he’s wearing at nanlaki ang mata. 9:00.

“Bumaba ka na. I’ll make breakfast.” mataray na sabi ni Julie tsaka na nauna sa kanyang bumaba.

Elmo ran after her tsaka hinawakan ang kamay nang maabutan niya ang dalaga.

“I’ll make breakfast. Maupo ka na lang dito.” sabi niya and made her sit on the bar stool.

Dali-dali siyang kumuha ng mga lulutuin. Ham, a couple of eggs, cheese at tinapay. He even turned the coffee maker on.

“Uhm. Where’s Maqui?” he asked habang abala sa pagluluto.

“She went to work already.” Julie answered.

“Ah. Sunday is inventory day pala niya.” he said. Tumingin siya kay Julie pero masama pa rin ang tingin nito sa kanya. “Uhm… Sorry if I woke up late.” he said.

“Nagyaya-yaya kasi, hindi naman kayang gumising ng maaga.” Julie said. Napayuko lang si Elmo saka napakamot sa ulo.

When the food’s cooked ay agad naman nilang kinain ito. Hindi sila nag-uusap at alam ni Elmo na badtrip si Julie sa kanya.

“Sorry talaga, H.” he told her.

“Bilisan mong kumilos. Ako na maghuhugas dito.” sabi ni Julie habang nililigpit ang pinagkainan.

“O-okay.” he replied and went upstairs to take a bath.

*****

Hiyang-hiya siya kay Julie dahil siya ang nagyaya sa lakad nila but he didn’t woke up in time.

“Bobo ka talaga Elmo. Confused na, bobo pa. Wala ka talagang katumbas.” he told himself. “Tsk. Nakakahiya kay Julie.”

He was whistling habang naliligo para matanggal ang kaba niya dahil sa matatalim na titig ni Julie sa kanya kanina. Napabuntong-hininga na lang siya as he lathers shampoo on his head.

He was still taking a bath nang maalala ang nangyari kagabi…

FLASHBACK…

“I’m sure she is. Tara muna sa condo ko. Shot muna tayo dude.”

“Pero…” he hesitated.

“Dude, 5 years tayo di nagkita. Uso catching up.” Aldrin told him saka na naunang lumabas ng resto. Elmo didn’t have a choice. Nahihiya rin kasi siya sa kaibigan dahil nga naman ang tagal nilang hindi nagkita tapos tatanggihan niya pa ito.

They arrived at Aldrin’s condo 30 minutes later. Pumasok sila and went up to the 27th floor where Aldrin’s unit is.

“Wow. Ayos pala tong condo mo dude.” Elmo said while roaming his eyes around the place.

“Haha. Thanks.” Aldrin replied. He went back to the living area with a bottle of tequila in hand. “Ayos ba to?” he asked.

“Tequila? Dude di pwede. Baka maamoy ako ni Julie.” Elmo told him. Tinignan naman siya ni Aldrin ng masama.

“Girlfriend mo ba talaga si Julie?” Aldrin asked. Hindi naman nakakibo si Elmo. “Dude kilala kita. Wag mo na lokohin ang sarili mo.”

“I’m not. And just so you know, I really like her. Okay?” he said.

“Whatever. Tsaka konti lang naman ang iinumin eh. Bakit takot na takot ka kay Julie ha?”

“I just don’t want her to get the wrong idea.” Elmo said.

“Na bakla ako? Bakla ka?”

“I am not—”

“Uminom ka na lang.” matigas na sabi ni Aldrin and poured him a shot of tequila.

END OF FLASHBACK…

“Ts. Hindi ako bakla.”

*****

She’s been waiting for him for the past 45 minutes at hindi pa rin ito bumababa from his room.

“Grabe ang bagal kumilos. Wala na kaming maabutan na mass niyan eh.” she said.

She looked at her wrist watch and saw that it was 9:50 already. Napapalatak siya at saka inis na napahilamos ng kamay sa mukha.

“Naflush na ba yun?!” she asked herself.

Umakyat siya sa kwarto nito na inis na inis. Ang ganda-ganda ng gising niya tapos mabubwiset siya dahil lang sa kabagalan kumilos ni Elmo. She opened his door at saka nagsalita.

“Ano ba Elmo? Umiral nanaman ba kabadingan mo at naggown ka pa ata?! Magsisi—” hindi na niya natuloy ang sasabihin dahil pag-angat ng ulo niya ay nakita niya si Elmo na kalalabas lang ng cr at nakatowel lang. His hair is still dripping wet at may droplets of water pa ito sa katawan.

“Oh. Bakit?” Elmo asked.

Hindi nakasagot si Julie dahil natulala siya sa katawan ni Elmo. She saw his body already. Nung photoshoot kasi ay may ibang shots na topless ang binata. But she hasn’t seen him looking like this. The body of a Greek god. Napalunok siya as she stared at his glorious sexy body.

“Julie!” Elmo snapped his fingers in front of her face at nagulat naman ang dalaga.

“Ha? Oh?”

“Sabi ko bakit andito ka sa kwarto?” Elmo asked.

“Eh k-kasi ang b-bagal mong kumilos eh! A-anong oras na oh!” she said trying hard not to stutter. “Tsk. Bakit ba lapit ka nang lapit?!” iritang tanong niya dahil lumalapit si Elmo sa kanya habang tinitignan siya ng nakakaloko.

“Gusto mo wag na tayo magsimba? Dito na lang tayo. You can do anything you want with me.” Elmo teased her.

She backed away pero lapit pa rin nang lapit si Elmo until she reached the wall. She was cornered and Elmo’s smile grew even wider.

“A-anong wag magsimba? U-ulol mo! Bilisan mong k-kumilos.” she said.

Elmo took her hand and pulled her closer kaya napayakap siya rito.

“Jules, pwede naman tayo magsimba mamayang gabi. Dito na lang muna tayo. Remember, wala si Maqui. We have the whole house to ourselves. My bed is ready, I’m ready, and I think you are too.” he said seductively. Julie blushed when he looked at her at saka napaiwas ng tingin.

“T-tigilan mo ko ha?! Kung ayaw mo magsimba edi wag! Ako na lang mag-isa. Leche.” sabi ni Julie sabay kalas sa yakap ni Elmo and stormed out of his room.

*****

Elmo laughed the moment Julie went out. Napakacute kasi ng itsura ni Julie and she was blushing and stuttering the whole time. Especially when he pulled her closer.

“Hay Julie. Iba ka talaga.” he said as he put on his clothes.

Pagbaba niya ay nakita niya si Julie na nakaupo sa couch. Her eyes closed and cheeks still blushing. Napangiti nanaman siya and walked up to her.

“Jules?” he called her.

“Tapos ka na ba?” she asked him, eyes still closed.

“Yes and you can open your eyes now. Nakabihis na ko.” he said. Dumilat na si Julie at saka siya tinignan ng masama.

“Let’s go.” masungit na sabi niya tsaka na naglakad palabas ng bahay.

Umiling na lang si Elmo tsaka na sumunod sa kanya.

They arrived in church just in time for the procession. Nakahanap agad sila ng bakanteng upuan at nakinig na sa misa.

Hindi pa rin pinapansin ni Julie si Elmo kahit pa pasimpleng kinakalabit siya ng binata.

“At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say” the priest said. Tumugtog na ang piano and everyone started holding hands.

Elmo offered his hand to Julie pero hindi ito kinuha ng dalaga. Kaya siya na lang ang kumuha sa kamay ni Julie and even intertwined their fingers. Wala naman nang nagawa si Julie kaya tumuloy na sila sa pagkanta ng ‘Our Father’. After the song ay hindi na pinakawalan ni Elmo ang kamay ng dalaga. Pinipilit alisin ni Julie but he has a firm grip of her hand.

“Let us offer each other the sign of peace. ” sabi ng pari.

Humarap si Elmo kay Julie na abala bumati ng ‘peace be with you’ sa mga katabi nila. Nang makaharap ito sa kanya ay agad niya itong hinalikan sa labi.

“Peace be with you, H.” he said. Umiwas naman ng tingin si Julie.

After mass ay agad na naglakad si Julie palabas ng simbahan.

“Julie!” Elmo called her pero di pa rin siya pinapansin nito. “H!” he yelled. Lumingon si Julie sa kanya na halatang naaasar.

“Ano?” she asked.

“Uy. Ayaw sa name niya. Gusto pa sa endearment ko. Ikaw talaga, H.” asar niya.

“Pwede ba Elmo? Kakatapos lang ng mass. Wag mo naman ako pagtripan.” Julie said.

“Di kita pinagttripan, H. Grabe ka naman sa akin.” he pouted. “Nilalambing ka na nga kanina tapos ayaw mo pa.” he whispered.

“Oh. Ikaw naman nagtatampo ngayon?” Julie asked pero hindi niya ito pinansin. Instead, he walked towards the parking lot without even waiting for her.

Nang makasakay sila sa kotse ay tinignan siya maigi ni Julie.

“Alam mo, hindi bagay sayo yung nag-iinarte.” Julie said to him.

“Ikaw na nga sinusuyo ikaw pa may ayaw.” he whispered.

“Anong sabi mo?” Julie asked.

“Wala. Sabi ko saan na tayo pupunta?”

“Let’s eat lunch first.” Julie replied. Tumango na lang si Elmo and drove their way out the church’s parking lot.

*****

Nasa restaurant na sila and are already waiting for their orders. Di pa rin pinapansin ni Elmo si Julie and the latter can’t help but to laugh at how they treat each other. Para silang tanga na nagkapalit ng mood kanina.

Nang dumating ang orders nila ay nagsimula na agad kumain si Elmo.

“Moe, tikman mo oh.” she said saka pa akmang susubuan ito.

“Ayoko.” tipid na sagot ng binata.

“Bilis. Masarap kaya.” pamimilit niya.

“Ayoko nga.” sabi pa rin ni Elmo.

“Tampo pa din ba ang H ko? Sorry na H. Bati na tayo please?” panlalambing ni Julie.

“Anong tawag mo saken?” Elmo asked. Obvious na nakuha na ni Julie ang attention niya.

“H. Diba sabi mo it’s short for honey? Oh. Ayaw mo? Babe gusto mo? Baby? Ano pa?” Julie said. Napangiti na si Elmo tsaka tumabi sa kanya.

“H, Babe, Baby. Kahit ano basta ikaw nagsasabi okay na okay na sa akin.” he said.

“So bati na tayo?” Julie asked. Tumango si Elmo tsaka na kinain ang pagkain na sinusubo sa kanya ni Julie.

“Sarap!” he said.

“Sabi sayo eh. Nag-iinarte ka pa kurutin kita eh.” she said to him. Tumawa na lang si Elmo tsaka na sila nagpatuloy sa pagkain.

If you don’t know them, at hindi mo alam na nasa ligawan stage pa lang sila, you would think that they are a couple. Parang magboyfriend kasi sila kung kumilos. They looked perfect for each other and are very sweet.

“H, gusto ko nung brownie ala mode nila.” paglalambing ni Julie sa kanya.

“Gusto mo? Osige.” sabi ni Elmo tsaka na niya tinawag ang waiter. “1 brownie ala mode.” he said.

“Yehey! Thanks, H!” Julie exclaimed at hinalikan pa siya sa pisngi.

*****

After lunch ay nagpunta na sila sa grocery para mamili ng mga kailangan ni Julie sa bahay.

Nagtatalo sila sa kung anong dapat bilhin at hindi dapat.

“Jules, mas okay ang Olay kaysa Ponds.” Elmo said.

“Yung totoo? Ikaw ba gagamit ng facial wash o ako?” Julie asked.

“I’m just saying. Mas lalambot yang skin mo with Olay.” he said. Tinignan siya ng masama ni Julie.

“So sinasabi mong magaspang balat ko?” she asked.

“No! Of course not. Sinasabi ko lang mas lalambot yang mala-baby skin mo.”

“Hindi eh. Parang iba sinasabi mo eh.” pagtataray pa ni Julie.

“Hindi ah.”

“Ewan ko sayo. Diyan ka na nga. Ikaw gumamit ng Olay.” at saka na naglakad palayo si Julie.

Hinabol siya ni Elmo habang natatawa-tawa pa ito.

“Ikaw naman matampuhin.” Elmo told her.

“Wag mo kong kausapin leche ka.”

“Hahaha. Joke lang, H.” pero di siya kinibo nito.

“Che!” sabi ni Julie sabay lakad uli palayo.

“H!” tawag ni Elmo.

“Ano nanaman?!” iritang tanong ni Julie.

“Love you!”