Friday, November 17, 2017

Bottle of Stories (41)



"I'm sure that I'm still holding it a while ago." Rey persisted.

"This is what I was saying." Annie said like she knows that is going to happen.

"If you only didn't punch, then I won't be able to let go of the cap when Zhein fell." Rey said.

"Then why you didn't dodge?" Jayson asked with a trace of insult.

"Stooop! Let's just go back there we might still find it!" Annie said to Rey and Jayson.

***

Rey "I can't see it."

Annie "Me too."

Jayson "We will never be able to return."

Annie "Maybe someone already pick it up..."

Rey "Maybe Zhein saw it."

Annie "Who is it?"

Rey "The girl a while ago. The one that Jayson punched."

Annie "Jayson that's too much you punched a girl. I think she earned a bruise."

Jayson "I didn't punch her. She blocked it."

Annie "Huh?"

Rey "Oh yeah. She intended to make your punch hit her. Exactly in the face right?"

Annie "Eh?"

Jayson "Tsk." (She's faster than me. I'll be able to hold it when she suddenly- damn it)

Rey "Not only that, she was so happy when Jayson punched her."

Annie "Maybe she's crazy."

Rey "..."

Rey "Where is she."

??? "Are you looking for the girl earlier?"

Rey nodded.

??? "She returned inside the school. I saw her almost crying."

Silence...

??? "You guy's are in trouble."

Annie "Let's go Rey."

Rey "Did you saw a cap here?"

??? "What cap?"

Rey shows the bottle.

??? "Ayyy I don't saw anything. That's too small."

Rey "Ah. Okay thank you."

They crossed the road.

Rey "Let's wait for her to go out."

Jayson "Then I'll say sorry even it's not my fault?"

Rey "We have no choice. She is the only one I talked to when I'm still holding the cap. Maybe she picked it up when I lose it."

Annie "I'm okay just you will be the one to talk to her."

***

Rey's point of view.

We're her sitting beside the plant. Minutes has passed but I still don't see Zhein. Why the guy said she was almost cried when she is going back? She said she was happy? Maybe tears of joy...

"Hey!" Annie tapped my shoulders.

I'm surprised.

"Haha, you were surprised." Annie teased me.

"No I'm not." I said back.

"How did you know that I won't be able to go back at my place?" Jayson asked me.

"..."

I just felt it... I remember I watched something in the TV. That no matter what they do, they only go in the different places but they can't go back to the place they already visited. But they can only go back on a one certain place...

Haaay. I don't know! I'm not watching that, I only saw it accidentally when the TV is open while sis is cleaning.

"Rey! That's-?" Annie points.

I turned my head.

It's Zhein!

"Zhein!" I called because she is walking away.

She didn't stop walking. She continue to walk.

I run towards her and tap her shoulder just like the first time I met her,

"Zhein."

She was surprised and look at me quickly.

She looks different than the first time. She is holding a plastic (ice inside it) that is covered by a towel applied on her left cheek.

"A-are you calling me?" She asked.

"Yup." I answered.

"D-do we know e-each other?" She stuttered.

"Huh? Do you have amnesia? We only met each other a while ago you already forgot?"

Zhein was surprised from what I said.

She turn away from me and said,

"That was not me."

I don't believe it-

Jayson pulls her right arm, "Sandali, kinakausap ka pa namin."

Zhein faces us and Jayson release her arm.

"Where's the cap." Jayson asked.

"What?" Zhein asked back.

"Cap." Annie answered.

"What cap?"Zhein asked again.

"Cap of a bottle?" Annie said.

"Huh?" She asked again like she doesn't hear what Annie said.

"The cap of the bottle. Deaf!" I said annoyingly.

"Haha. IDK." She laughed.

"Are you sure." I assured.

"I don't really know. Why are you asking me?" Zhein asked.

"Cuz, when you fell-"

"Who did that to you?" Jayson asked while he points Zhein's left cheek.

"..."

She remained quiet.

"My classmate." She answered with a weak voice.

"Liar." I said.

"I don't know." She answered with a weak voice.

"What?" Jayson asked.

She looks up and say,

"I don't know!" She squeaked while wiping her eyes using her right hand.

"You will make your bruise more worse if you are going to continue to cry." We looked back as we heard a voice.

"Sir..." Zhein said.

"I'll bring you home." the man said.

"Ok..." Zhein replied.

"Wait-" I said.

"Hmm?" The man asked.

"We are still talking about something." I said.

"Ah. You can chat while we are walking towards my car. It's... pretty far."

"No." Annie said.

"If you want I will bring you back here. We will pass this school anyway."

Nagtinginan kami nila Annie at Jayson.

"..."

"Let's go." I said.

"Okay... If that's what you want." Annie agreed.

"It would be more nice if we don't go." Jayson said.

"But majority wins Jayson."

"..."

"Okay." I said to the man.

***

At last, we are here infront of the car. About Zhein, I don't talk to her a lot. We just did one question, one answer. Oh  I asked her a lot that has no connections to the cap. But I feel that she will tell me soon when she's ready.

The man opens the door near the driver's seat. I only realize now that we followed a stranger and we will enter a car. I think...

No. I trust them.

The man enters the car and sits on the driver's seat. Zhein opens the door for us. Oh her name is not Zhein. She said I should call her Cy. Why did she doesn't want to tell her whole name?

"Wait a minute." the man said.

So that's why Zhe--- Cy let the door open.

After a minute...

"Its ok now." the man said.

I was going to close it but Cy preceded. I just put my hand down.

"Leave it to me." Cy said.

Then she closed it.

"Wait, I think I forgot something." said the man that immediately go outside and shut the door of the car.

She went to Cy and it's like... he is speaking to her.

"Annie!" Jayson shouted.

I turn aside.

"What?" Annie asked.

"Dodge........" Jayson's words faded and fell to Annie.

"What........" Annie's words cutted and lost consciousness.

What is happenning? Is it wrong that I trusted him? Them?

I felt an ant's bite near my feet. I was going to reach my hand at my feet to remove it when

my vision starts to dim...

Bottle of Stories (41) [Tagalog]



"Hawak ko lang talaga kanina yon eh." pagmamatigas ni Rey

"Sinasabi ko na nga ba eh." sabi ni Annie na parang alam na alam niya na mangyayari iyon.

"Kung hindi ka lang sana nanuntok Jayson eh. Di ko sana nabitawan nung natumba si Zhein." Pagpapalusot ni Rey.

"Bakit hindi ka kasi umilag?" pagtatanong ni  Jayson na may halong pang-iinsulto.

"Tama na! Balikan na lang natin baka nandun pa yun!" Ang sabi ni Annie sa dalawa.

***

Rey "Di ko makita."

Annie "Ako rin."

Jayson "Hindi na tayo makakabalik."

Annie "Baka may nakapulot na nun..."

Rey "Baka nakita ni Zhein."

Annie "Sino ba yun?"

Rey "Yung babae kanina. Yung sinuntok ni Jayson."

Annie "Grabe ka Jayson nanuntok ka ng babae. Nagkapasa kaya."

Jayson "Hindi ko siya sinuntok. Humarang siya."

Annie "Ha?"

Rey "Oo nga 'no. Sinadya niya saluhin yung suntok. Diba nga saktong-sakto sa pisngi niya."

Annie "Weh?"

Jayson "Tsk." (Mas mabilis pa siya kaysa sa akin. Mapipigilan ko pa sana ang kamao ko ng bigla- nakakinis)

Rey "At di lang yon, masaya pa siya na nasuntok siya."

Annie "Baka bal!w."

Rey "..."

Rey "Asan na kaya siya."

??? "Hinahanap mo ba yung babae kanina?"?

Tumango si Rey.

??? "Bumalik siya sa loob ng school. Ma-luha-luha nga siyang naglakad pabalik eh."

Katahimikan...

??? "Lagot kayo."

Annie "Hali ka na Rey."

Rey "May nakita kang takip dito?"

??? "Anong takip?"

Pinakita ni Rey ang bote.

??? "Ay wala. Ang liit naman niyan."

Rey "Ah. Sige salamat."

Tumawid sila.

Rey "Hintayin natin siya lumabas."

Jayson "Tapos hihingi ako ng tawad kahit siya naman ang may kasalanan?"

Rey "Wala tayong magagawa. Siya lang ang nakausap ko ng mga oras na hawak ko yung takip. Malay mo napulot niya nung nabitawan ko."

Annie "Basta ikaw ang kuma-usap sa kanya."

***

Rey's point of view.

Andito kami ngayon nakaupo sa tabi ng mga halaman. Mga ilang minuto na rin ang nakalipas pero 'di ko pa rin nakikita sa Zhein. Bakit sinabi ng kuya kanina maluha-luha siya bumalik sa school? Diba masaya siya na nasapak siya? Baka tears of joy...

"Huy!" sabay tapik ni Annie sa balikat ko.

Nagulat naman ako.

"Haha, nagulat." pang-aasar ni Annie.

"Hindi kaya." sagot ko.

"Paano mo nalaman na hindi tayo makakabalik sa lugar ko?" tanong ni Jayson sa akin.

"..."

Feeling ko lang kasi... May napanood kasi ako sa TV. Na kahit anong gawin nila kung saan-saan lang sila nakapunta pero hindi na nila nababalikan yung tapos na nilang puntahan. Pero nakakabalik sa isang lugar...

Haay. Hindi ko alam! Di naman ako nanonood nun, nasasaktuhan ko lang na nakabukas yung TV habang naglilinis si Ate.

"Rey! Diba siya yon?" turo ni Annie.

Lumingon naman ako.

Si Zhein!

"Zhein!" Tawag ko kasi naglalakad na siya palayo.

Hindi siya huminto sa paglalakad. Patuloy lang siya maglakad.

Tumakbo ako palapit sa kanya at tinapik ko ang balikat niya gaya ng una ko siyang nakita at sinabi,

"Zhein."

Nagulat siya at lumingon siya sa akin agad.

Iba na ang itsura niya kaysa sa una kaming nagkita. May hawak siyang plastic (yelo ang nasa loob) na nakabalot sa panyo na pinapatong niya sa kaliwa niyang pisngi.

"A-ako ba yung tinatawag mo?" Tanong niya na nauutal pa.

"Oo." Sagot ko.

"Ma-magkakilala b-ba t-tayo?" mas nauutal niyang tanong sa akin.

"Huh? May amnesia ka ba? Kanina lang tayo nagkita nakalimutan mo na agad?"

Nagulat si Zhein sa sinabi ko.

Tumalikod siya sa akin at sinabi,

"Hindi ako yun."

Hindi ako naniniwala-

Hinila ni Jayson ang kanang braso ni Zhein "Sandali, kinakausap ka pa namin."

Humarap si Zhein at binitawan naman ni Jayson ang braso niya.

"Nasaan ang takip." Tanong ni Jayson.

"Ano?" Tanong pabalik ni Zhein.

"Takip." Sagot ni Annie.

"Anong takip?" Tanong ulit ni Zhein.

"Takip ng bote?" Sabi ni Annie.

"Ha?" Pagtatanong niya ulit na parang hindi niya narinig ang sinabi ni Annie.

"Takip ng bote. Binge!" Naasar kong sagot.

"Haha. Ewan ko." Natatawa niyang sagot.

"Yung totoo." Paninigurado ko.

"Hindi ko nga alam. Bakit niyo ba sa akin hinahanap?" Tanong ni Zhein.

"Kasi nga nung na-"

"Sinong may gawa niyan sayo?" Tanong ni Jayson habang tinuturo ang kaliwang pisngi ni Zhein.

"..."

Napatahimik siya.

"Kaklase ko." Mahina niyang sagot.

"Sinungaling." Sabi ko.

"Hindi ko alam." Mahina niyang sagot.

"Ano?" Tanong ni Jayson.

Tumingala si Zhein at sinabi,

"Hindi ko nga alam!" Napipiyok niyang sagot habang pinupunasan ang mata niya gamit ang kanan niyang kamay.

"Mas lalala yang pasa mo kung iiyak ka pa." Napalingon kaming lahat sa narinig namin nsa likod ang isang boses.

"Sir..." Sabi ni Zhein.

"Hatid na kita sa bahay niyo." Ang sabi ng lalaki na nagsalita kanina.

"Sige..." Sagot ni Zhein.

"Teka-" pahabol ko.

"Hmm?" Tanong ng lalaki.

"May pinag-uusapan pa kami." Sabi ko.

"Aah. Pwede naman kayong mag-usap habang naglalakad tayo papunta sa kotse ko. Medyo malayo kasi yun dito eh."

"Wag na lang po." Sagot ni Annie.

"Kung gusto niyo hahatid ko kayo pabalik dito. Madadaanan naman tong school."

We look at each other.

"..."

"Sama tayo." Sabi ko

"Sige... Kung yan ang gusto mo." Sabi ni Annie.

"Mas maganda kung hindi tayo sasama." Sabi ni Jayson.

"Pero majority wins Jayson."

"..."

"Sige sasama kami." Sabi ko sa lalaki.

***

Sa wakas, nandito na kami sa harap ng kotse. Kay Zhein naman, hindi ko siya masyado nakausap. Isang tanong isang sagot lang ginawa namin. Ay marami pala ako tinanong sa kanya na walang kinalaman sa nawawalang takip. Pero, feeling ko na sasabihin din niya sa akin pag handa na siya.

Binuksan ng lalaki ang pinto sa harapan ng kotse. Ngayon ko lang na realize na sumama kami sa hindi namin kakilala tapos sasakay pa kami ng kotse. Parang...

Ay hindi. May tiwala ako sa kanila.

Pumasok sa loob ang lalaki at umupo sa driver's seat. Pinagbuksan naman kami ni Zhein. Ay hindi daw Zhein pangalan niya. Sabi niya tawagin ko daw siyang Cy. Bakit ayaw niya sabihin yung buo niyang pangalan?

"Wait lang, pasingawin muna natin." sabi ng lalaki.

Kaya pala iniwan lang ni Zhe--- Cy nakabukas ang pinto.

Matapos ang ilang minuto...

"Ok na." sabi ng lalaki.

Sasaraduhin ko na sana ang pinto ng maunahan ako ni Cy. Ibinaba ko na lang ang kamay ko.

"Ako na." sabi ni Cy.

At sinarado niya ang pinto.

"Teka, may nakalimutan ako sa labas." sabi ng lalaki na dali-daling lumabas at sinarado ang pinto.

Pinuntahan niya si Cy at parang kinausap niya ito.

"Annie!" sigaw ni Jayson.

Napalingon naman ako.

"Oh?" tanong ni Annie.

"Umi........" naputol ang salita ni Jayson at natumba kay Annie.

"Ano........" naputol ang salita ni Annie at nawalan ng malay.

Anong nangyayari? Mali ba ang desisyon ko na nagtiwala ako sa kanya? Kanila?

Nakaramdam ako ng kagat ng langgam sa banda paahan ko. Kakapain ko pa sana para tanggalin 'yon pero-

unti-unti dumilim ang paningin ko...

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bottle of Stories (40)



Rey's point of view

"Where am I?" I asked. Shoot! It's impossible she will answer my question. I look so dumb!

"You are infront of the school named De Castro College." she answered.



"Ahh th-"

"in Bulacan, San Jose Del Monte city." she added.

Thank you. You let me finished talking. wait-

"Do I said it wrong?" she asked.

"Not really." I answered that makes her smile.

"Are you looking at my back for a long time?" she asked again.

"No." I answered.

"Good." and she smiles again.

You are doing something suspicious are you? haha

"What are they doing?" she said while pointing at Annie and Jayson.



Is "What are they doing?" really needed? Oh no. I know it. I know now... She is not innocent.

She walks towards Annie and Jayson. I followed her.

"He is sweating." She said.

"Rey, help me." Annie said to me.

The student put her bag in her front and took her water container. She give it to me.

"Here, this might help." she said.

I open the container.

Aha!

I grin and suddenly throw the water right on Jayson's face.

"AAH!" Annie's surprised reaction

"HAHAHAHAHAHA"

"Woah you wake him up! I didn't expect that! Is this how treat people who is dehydrated?" She asked.

"Huh?" I don't know... She was like, really amazed on what I've done... or... maybe she is being sarcastic...

"I learned something today. Thank you." She said to me.

Is she being sarcastic?

"Grrr.." Oh no he's mad.

Jayson stands up... If he'll punch me... No. He can't. He's still dizzy. I can dodge it quickly.

Jayson step his left foot and prepared his fist.

Ha! He won't hit me!

But... the student suddenly blocked herself and the punch landed straight to her left cheek.

She lose her control on her feet and fall towards me making me fall on to the ground too.

"Ouch!" I cried after being bumped by this girl.

The students around starts to look at us. Well, if you saw a boy hit a girl,

"You deserve that too. You are helping Rey to trick me." Jayson said to the student.

I pushed her back so she and I will be able to stand.

I stand. She too.

"This is the first time I was punched in my whole life. I'm very happy. So this is how it feels." She said.

And blood drips from her mouth. Then she smiled.

Ok... This is really weird. I saw it in my two eyes she intended to be hit in the face.

"Grrr... Whatever." and he walks out.

"Wait!" Annie shouted at Jayson. She runs toward Jayson but stops. She approach the student.

She give her handkerchief to the student before continuing to catch up to Jayson.

The student only look at the handkerchief in her hand.

It is so obvious she doesn't know what to do with it.

Ah! Why me?! If she didn't blocked, no one will be hit(ten).. This is annoying.

I walk towards her. I take the handkerchief in her hand. I wipe the blood near from her chin, straight to covering her mouth.

Her smile is creepy. There is nothing to smile about. Why is she smiling?

"Sorry."

She shakes her head.

After that, she only wave her hand at me.

I want to know her name before I leave.

"Your name?"

She look at her ID but there is a paper inside covering it. She get her phone from her pocket and type something before showing it to me.

Zhein...

I took the phone and type:

Rey is my name

And I look at the phone a little bit.

After that, I ran away. Annie and Jayson leave me. Eh I need to chase them.

"Heey! Wait for me!"

***

Jayson stop walking.

Rey and Annie stop walking too.

"Where are we?" Annie asked.

"Bulacan. She said." Rey answered.

"Idiot." Jayson referred Rey.

Rey reacts on how Jayson refers him.

"You are still calling me idiot!?" He madly asked.

"You said earlier that we will return IMMEDIATELY once we arrive on a wrong place." Jayson said.

"Ah..." Rey look at his right hand where he is holding the-

"HUH? I'M STILL HOLDING IT A WHILE AGO!"

"WHAT?" Annie shouted.

"Really an idiot." Jayson stated.

Bottle of Stories (40) [Tagalog]

Rey's point of view

"Nasaan ba ako?" tanong ko. Impossible sagutin niya yung tanong ko. Para akong bal!w!

"Andito ka ngayon sa harap ng De Castro College." sagot niya.



"Ah sa-"

"Bulacan, San Jose Del Monte city." dagdag niya.

Salamat. Pinatapos mo akong magsalita. teka-

"Mali ba yung pagkasabi ko?" tanong niya.

"Hindi naman." sagot ko na ikinangiti naman niya.

"Kanina ka pa ba diyan sa likod ko?" tanong niya ulit.

"Hindi."sagot ko.

"Mabuti naman." at ngumiti ulit ito sa akin.

May ginagawa kang kababalaghan no? haha

"Ano ang ginagawa nila?" tanong niya habang tinuturo sila Annie at Jayson.



Ginagawa talaga? Sabi ko na nga ba eh. Alam na... Hindi na siya inosente.

Naglakad siya papalapit kina Annie at Jayson. Sumunod naman ako.

"Pinagpapawisan siya." sabi nito.

"Tulungan mo ako Rey." sabi sa akin ni Annie.

Nilagay ng estudyante yung bag sa harap niya at kinuha ang lalagayanan niya ng tubig. Binigay niya ito sa akin.

"Eto, maaring makatulong 'to." sabi niya.

Binuksan ko ang tubigan.

Aha!

Napangiti ako at bigla kong binuhos sa mukha ni Jayson ang tubig.

"AAH!" Sigaw ni Annie.

"HAHAHAHAHAHA"

"Nagising siya! Hindi ko inaasahan yung ah! Ganito mo ba ginagamot ang mga taong dehydrated?" tanong niya.

"Huh?" 'di ko alam... parang manghang-mangha siya sa ginawa ko... o baka nakikipagplastikan lang siya...

"May natutunan akong ngayong araw na 'to. Salamat." sabi niya sa akin.

Nakikipagplastikan ba siya?

"Grrrr.." naku pikon na.

Tumayo si Jayson... Kung susuntukin niya ako, di niya kaya. Nahihilo pa siya eh. Mabilis lang ako makaka-ilag.

Hinakbang ni Jayson ang kaliwa niyang paa at bumuelo.

Ha! Dukling to!

Pero... Biglang humarang yung estudyante at saktong sakto sa kaliwa niyang pisngi ang suntok ni Jayson.

Na out of balance ito at napatumba ito sa akin kaya natumba rin ako. Natabunan ako ng babae na'to.

"Aray!" sigaw ko ng matabunan ako ng babaeng ito.

Nagtinginan ang mga estudyate sa'min. Ikaw ba naman makakita ng lalaking nanapak ng babae eh.

"Mabuti na rin yan sayo. Pinagtutulungan niyo ako ni Rey." sabi ni Jayson sa estudyante.

Tinulak ko ang likod nito para makatayo na siya at makatayo na rin ako.

Tumayo na ako at siya naman ang sumunod.

"Ngayon lang ako nasuntok sa buong buhay ko. Napakasaya ko. Ganito pala ang pakiramdam." Sabi niya.

Tumulo ang dugo sa bibig nito. Ngumiti na naman siya.

Ok... iba na to. Kitang kita ng dalawang mata ko na sinadya niyang patamaan ang mukha niya.

"Grrr... Bahala kayo." At nag walk out na si Jayson.

"Sandali!" Sigaw ni Annie kay Jayson. Hinabol niya si Jayson pero huminto. Pinuntahan niya ang estudyante.

Binigay ni Annie ang panyo niya sa babae bago sinundan si Jayson.

Tinitigan lang ng babae ang panyo ni Annie na hawak-hawak niya.

Halatang-halata na hindi niya alam ang gagawin niya.

Ah! Kailangan ako pa?! Kung hindi naman siya humarang eh wala namang matatamaan sa amin dalawa... Kaasar.

Lumapit ako sa kanya. Kinuha ko ang panyo sa kamay niya. Pinunasan ko ang tumulong dugo sa bibig niya diretso takip sa bibig niya.

Nakakatakot na kasi yung pagngiti niya. Wala naman dapat ikangiti, bakit siya ngumingiti?

"Sorry."

Ginamit niya ang ulo niya para sumagot.

Hindi siya sumang-ayon. Kinaway niya ang kaliwa niyang kamay sa akin.

Gusto ko malaman ang pangalan niya bago ako umalis.

"Pangalan mo?"

Tiningnan niya ang ID niya pero may nakaharang na papel dito. Kinuha niya ang phone niya sa bulsa at may ginawa muna siya bago niya ito pinakita sa kin.

Zhein...

Kinuha ko ang phone niya at t-nype ko ang ang mga salitang...

Rey ang pangalan ko

At may tiningnan ako saglit

Pagkatapos nun ay tumakbo na ako paalis. Iniwan na ako nila Annie at Jayson eh. Hahabulin ko pa sila.

"Hoooy! Hintayin niyo ko!"

***


Huminto sa paglalakad si Jayson.

Huminto rin naman sina Rey at Annie

"Nasaan na ba tayo?" Tanong ni Annie.

"Asa Bulacan daw." sagot ni Rey.

"Hangal." tawag ni Jayson kay Rey.

Agad namang sumagot si Rey sa sinabi ni Jayson.

"Tinatawag mo pa rin akong hangal hanggang ngayon?!" Galit na tanong ni Rey.

"Banggit mo kanina na tayo'y babalik AGAD kapag hindi sa lugar ko tayo naparoon." Sabi ni Jayson.

"Ah..." tiningnan niya ang kanan niyang kamay kung saan hawak niya-

"HALA! HAWAK KO LANG KANINA YUN AH!" Pagtataka ni Rey.

"ANO?!" Gulat na sigaw ni Annie

"Hangal talaga" Sabi ni Jayson.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bottle of Stories (39)



Rey, Annie and Jayson are singing:

“A-B-C-D-E-F-G. H-I-J-K-LMNOP. Q-R-S. T-U-V. W-X. Y-Z.”


“(*Sigh)… Singing again and again makes me tired. I'll do my assignment.” and Rey returns to his seat.

Annie and Jayson stayed to the place they are sitting.

“Let's continue to what are we doing yesterday. Where are we… We are in letter K. Ka… Ke… Ki… Ko… Ku…” Annie said.

Because Annie and Jayson are busy, they didn't notice that there is someone coming near to them. It proceeded to Jayson's back and prepared it's hand.


It touched Jayson's hair. Jayson stops speaking the syllables.

“What are you do-“

“You're hair is soft… and it's thin…” He continue touching. “What do you use? This is my first time to t- OUCH!” He screamed after the girl pinch him.

“Stop it! The person is studying!” and she look at Jayson.




“Hello. My name is Shermaine. Please pardon Ryan for interfering. Haha.” then she looks back at Ryan "Our teacher is here let's go." she pull Ryan until they reach the front seats.

“Ryan is always like that, I was surprised too when he suddenly start touching my hair." Annie said to Jayson with a annoyed face.

“Later.” Annie returns to her seat beside Rey.

***

Break Time…

“Let's eat the food that mom made me bring.” Annie invited.

“What's that?” Rey asked.

“Bread with peanut butter.” Annie answered.

“Why are you eating near my seat?” Jayson asked.

“So we can eat together!” Rey answered.

“I'm not hungry!”

“OK I'll just eat yours.” Rey bragged. He is going to eat the bread.

“No! Mom said that I should give it to Jayson." Annie pulled Rey's hand. Rey hardened his arms so Annie won't be able to pull his hand. When Annie let go, Rey's hand go straight to his necklace making his hand bump to the bottle.

“Ouch!”

“Karma.” Annie said.

“Grr... It's annoying I can't even remove this thing.” and Rey get the bottle under his uniform so they can see it.

“You can't still remove it? Even if you use scissor?” Annie asked.

“No it can't.” and at the same time, he bite the bread. Rey give his bread to Jayson. It is still wrapped and not reduced.

After eating...

"I know how I can go back. Just need to remove the cap of the bottle, I can already return." Jayson stated.

"How did you know?" Rey asked.

"You already know it but why you only said it now?" Annie added.

Jayson remembered that he followed Rey and Annie when they are going to depart. He wants to know how they can go home with just putting back the cap to the bottle but he did not expect that he'll be included.

"It will be hard for you to go back." Jayson answered.

"Of course not. I'll hold the cap tightly haha." Rey joked.

"Do you really want me to return?" Jayson asked with a trace of sadness on the words he just said. No matter how hard he tries it, its obvious that he is sad.

"NO!" they both shouted.

"I'm scared to open the bottle again." Annie said.

"Looks like you're enjoying here. It is really nice to be here haha." Rey said.

"But... I feel like... It won't be easy to go back." Rey added.

"How can you say." Jayson said seriously.

"I don't know. I want to try (english) it first so I'll be able to know if I was right." Rey answered seriously too.

"What?" Jayson asked.

"I want to try(tagalog) it first to see if I was right." Rey repeated but now he sound like a poet.

"How will you try?" Jayson asked again.

"I'll open the bottle." Rey said while holding the bottle that is hanged on his neck.

"NO! I'M NOT READY!" Annie cried.

"HAHA. Okay. Let's do it after the class." Rey said taking back what he said a while ago.

"WHAT?! NO!" Annie cried, trying to explain that it is not what she meant to say.

"Hahahahaha" Rey laughed.

***

The students are starting to leave. Rey, Annie and Jayson are the only ones who is left in the room.

They are standing at the corner of the room, carrying their bags.

"I don't want to. What if we won't be able to return?" Annie said .

"Trust me." Rey said bravely to Annie.

"Ok... Can I be the one to open it? Because... You might let go the cap." Annie said.

"Alright." Rey agreed to Annie so she will stop worrying.

Annie hold the bottle in her left hand while the cap on her right hand. He pulled the cap but it didn't open. She pull it full force but she didn't notice that she is pulling Rey's neck.

"Oooooooouch! Stop now!" Rey cried.

"Then I'll be the one to open it." Jayson said.

 Jayson tries to open the bottle but...

"I.. c-..can't.. brea... ath..." Rey said even he is running out of breath.

Jayson let go the bottle.

"Tsk!"

"I'll open it. I'll hold it carefully. Promise. If we don't arrive at Jayson's place, we'll return immediately." Rey explained.

"Fine. Stop talking now and open it" Jayson said.

And Rey opens...

***

Rey's point of view

It's like... the surrounding is spinning. I closed my eyes so I won't be able to feel dizziness. A fast movement, I hold the cap tightly on my right hand.

I opened my eyes...

Tricycle...

I wake up at the back of the tricycle.

I try to stand up even my body feels weak. When I feel that I'm okay, what I saw is a big school and students going out. The others have phone too.

Phone? Phone... that means...

Not in Jayson's place? That means I'm right...

"Looks... like...-

I look at my back. It's Jayson...

 we don't... e-... ven... leave... places..." Jayson forced to say this words. That's when he lost consciousness.

"Hey... Are you alright?" Annie said to Jayson that is still on the floor.

I lift my head and I saw a student that is facing the cliff. I can't said it is a cliff because when you fall, it is not deep. The student is looking at its hand. What is that? I don't know because all I can see is her back... So I walk forward.

I tap her arm. She is not surprised nor reacted. Oh no, I think I tap her hard.

She put her phone at her pocket before facing me...

and she smiled.

She is only smiling. Is she waiting for what I'am going to say?

Bottle of Stories (39) [Tagalog]



Rey, Annie at Jayson na kumakanta:

“A-B-C-D-E-F-G. H-I-J-K-LMNOP. Q-R-S. T-U-V. W-X. Y-Z.”





“Hayy… Nakakapagod naman kumanta ng paulit-ulit. Gawin ko muna assignment ko.” At bumalik si Rey sa upuan niya.

Ang naiwan na lang ay si Annie at Jayson.

“Ituloy na lang natin yung kahapon. Nasaan na ba tayo… K na tayo. Ka… Ke… Ki… Ko… Ku…” Turo ni Annie.

Dahil abala si Annie at Jayson, hindi nila namalayan na may lumalapit sa kanila. Pumunta ito sa likuran ni Jayson at inihanda ang mga kamay nito.



Hinaplos nito ang buhok ni Jayson. Napahinto si Jayson sa pagbanggit ng mga baybay.

“Anong ginaga-“

“Ang lambot ng buhok mo… Tapos ang nipis…” Patuloy niya pa ring hinahaplos ang buhok ni Jayson. “Anong gamit mo? Ngayon lang ako nakahawak ng- ARAY!” Napasigaw siya ng bigla siyang kurutin ng kaklase nilang babae.

“Tama na nga ‘yan nag-aaral yung tao eh!” at napatingin ito kay Jayson.




“Hello. Shermaine nga pala. Pagpasensiyahan mo na ‘tong si Ryan. Haha.” Sabay balik ng tingin kay Ryan “Andiyan na si ma’am maupo na tayo.” At hinila niya si Ryan pabalik sa kinuupuan nila sa harap.

“Ganyan talaga si Ryan, nagulat nga rin ako ng hinawakan niya yung buhok ko eh.” Sabi ni Annie kay Jayson na nagagalit na.

“Mamaya na lang ulit.” At bumalik na si Annie katabi ni Rey.

***

Break Time…

“Kainin natin tong pinabaon sakin ni mama.” Anyaya ni Annie.

“Ano yan?” tanong ni Rey.

“Tinapay na may peanut butter.” Sagot ni Annie.

“Bakit dito ba kayo kumakain malapit sa upuan ko?” Tanong ni Jayson.

“Para sabay-sabay tayong kumain!” Sagot naman ni Rey.

“Hindi ako gutom!”

“Sige akin na lang yung sayo.” Painggit ni Rey na kakagatan na ang tinapay ni Jayson.

“’wag! Sabi ni mama bigyan ko si Jayson!” Sabay hila ni Annie sa kamay ni Rey. Diniinan naman ni Rey ang kamay niya para hindi mahila ni Annie ang kamay niya. Nang bitiwan ni Annie ang kamay ni Rey, napadiretso ito sa kwintas ni Rey kaya natamaan ng kamay niya ang bote.

“Aray!”

“Karma.” sabi ni Annie

“Nakakaasar naman kasi hindi ko matanggal.” At inilabas ni Rey ang kwintas niya para makita nila ito.

“Di mo pa rin natatanggal? Kahit guntingin?” tanong ni Annie.

“Ayaw eh.” sabay kagat sa kanyang tinapay. Ibinigay ni Rey ang tinapay niya na nakabalot pa at hindi pa nababawasan. Tinanggap rin naman ito ni Jayson.

Pagkatapos nilang kumain...

"Alam ko na kung paano ako makakabalik. Kinakailangan na tanggalin ang takip niyan at makabalik na ako." banggit ni Jayson.

"Paano mo na laman?" tanong ni Rey.

"Alam mo naman pala. Pero bakit ngayon mo lang sinabi?" dagdag ni Annie.

Naalala ni Jayson na sinundan niya sina Rey at Annie ng papauwi na sila. Gusto niya kasing malaman kung papaano sila makakauwi sa pamamagitan lamang ng pagtakip ng isang bote pero hindi niya inaasahang masasama siya nito.

"Mahihirapan kayong makauwi." sagot ni Jayson.

"Hala hindi ah. Hahawakan ko na ng mabuti yung takip haha." pagbibiro ni Rey.

"Gusto niyo na ba talaga akong lumisan?" tanong ni Jayson na may bahid ng lungkot ang mga salita na isinambit niya. Kahit na pilit niya itong itago ay halata na nalulungkot siya.

"HINDI!" sabay na sigaw ng dalawa.

"Natatakot nga akong buksan ulit yung bote eh." sabi ni Annie.

"Muka ngang nag-eenjoy ka dito sa'min ah. Maganda talaga dito haha." sabi pa ni Rey.

"Pero... feeling ko 'di tayo madadalian makakabalik sa inyo." dagdag ni Rey.

"Paano mo nasabi." seryosong salita ni Jayson.

"Ewan ko. Gusto ko munang i-try kung tama hinala ko." seryosong sagot ni Rey

"Ano?" tanong ni Jayson.

"Gusto ko munang subukan kung tama hinala ko." sagot ni Rey na may tonong manunula.

"Paano mo susubukan?" tanong ulit ni Jayson.

"Bubuksan ko 'tong bote." sagot ni Rey na hinawakan na ang bote na nakasabit sa leeg niya.

"WAG! DI PA AKO READY!" sigaw ni Annie.

"HAHA. Sige mamayang uwian." pagbawi ni Rey sa sinabi niya kanina

"HALA HINDI!" sigaw ni Annie na gustong ipaliwanag na hindi iyon ang kanyang ibig sabihin.

"Hahahahaha. Wala!" pang aasar ni Rey.

***

Nagsisilabasan na ang mga estudyante. Naiwan naman sa kwarto sila Rey, Annie at Jayson.

Nakatayo sila sa dulo ng classroom dala-dala ang mga bag nila.

"Ayaw ko. Paano kung hindi natayo makauwi?" pagmamatigas ni Annie.

"Magtiwala ka sa akin." matapang na sinabi ni Rey ang mga salita na ito kay Annie.

"Okay... Pwedeng ako na lang ang magbukas? Baka kasi mabitawan mo yung takip eh." sabi ni Annie.

"Osige." sumang-ayon naman kaagad si Rey para hindi na matakot si Annie.

Hinawakan ni Annie ang bote sa kaliwang kamay at ang takip naman sa kanan niyang kamay. Hinila niya ang takip pero di ito bumukas. Hinila niya ito ng buong lakas na hindi niya namamalayan na hinihila na niya ang leeg ni Rey.

"Araaaaay! Tama na!" Sigaw ni Rey.

"Ako na lang ang magbubukas." sabi ni Jayson.

 Sinubukan na buksan ni Jayson ang bote ngunit...

"Di.. a-..ako.. maka... hi... nga..." sabi ni Rey kahit nauubusan na siya ng hininga.

Binitiwan ni Jayson ang bote.

"Tsk!"

"Ako na lang. Hahawakan ko ng mabuti. Promise. Kapag hindi sa lugar ni Jayson tayo nakapunta, uwi na agad tayo." Paliwanag ni Rey.

"Oo na. Ang dami mo pang salita. Buksan mo na." Sabi ni Jayson.

At binuksan na ito ni Rey.

***

Rey's point of view

Parang umiikot ang paligid. Ipinikit ko na lang ang mga mata ko para hindi ako makaramdam ng hilo. At sa mabilis na paggalaw, hinawakan ko ng mabuti ang takip sa kanan kong kamay.

Binuksan ko ang mga mata ko...

Tricycle...

Nagising ako sa likod ng tricycle.

Pinilit kong tumayo kahit na nanghihina ang katawan ko. Nang naramdaman ko na okay na ako, tumambad sa akin ang isang malaking paaralan at mga estudyanteng naglalabasan. Ang iba ay may hawak pang phone.

Phone? Phone... ibig sabihin...

Hindi sa lugar ni Jayson? ibig sabihin tama ako...

"Parang... hin...-

Napatingin ako sa likod ko. Si Jayson...

 di naman... ta... yo... umalis... ng.. lugar..." pilit na sinabi ni Jayson na biglang nawalan ng malay pagkatapos sabihin ang mga salitang ito.

"Huy... Ok ka lang?" sabi ni Annie kay Jayson na hindi pa nakakatayo.

Inangat ko ang ulo ko at may nakita akong isang estudyante na nakaharap sa bangin. Hindi ko masasabing bangin 'to kasi mababaw lang ang babagsakan. Parang may tinitingnan siya sa kamay niya. Ano kaya yon? Di ko alam kasi nakatalikod siya... kaya lumapit ako. 

Tinapik ko siya sa balikat. Hindi man lang siya nagulat o nag react. Naku, napalakas ko ata.

Tinago niya ang phone niya sa bulsa niya bago humarap sa akin 

at ngumiti.

Nakangiti lang siya. Hinihintay ba niya yung sasabihin ko?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bottle of Stories (38)



"Ma, I think you are going too far in helping Jayson." Annie said to her mother.

She doesn't know why but she is getting annoyed.

"Huh? Why?" her mother asked.

"We already let him stay here and now you'll let him go to school?" She asked.

"How about the money my father worked so hard fo-"

"NO, NO you've got that wrong. W-wha..."

"She is not the one who let me study in the school. Ma'am Trish did."

Annie is speechless after hearing what Jayson said. She know that she is wrong because she assumed and not only that, Jayson heard what she have said. She is so embarrassed that she want to fly straight to the sky.

"Ah so that's what really happened. I'm glad that you and my daughter will be classmates." and she let out a big sigh.

Hic... Hic...

And Annie let out her tears. She go to the second floor or their house so they won't be able to see her crying face. When she reached the second floor, the mother immediately followed her to her room.

Annie lie down on fer bed and cover his face with her pillow. While her mother closed the door so no one will hear them.

"Don't cry... I'm not mad."

"It's not that... It's not... the reason on w-why I'm crying..."

*Silence

"S-so, what is the reason?"

Annie didn't answer. The mother just let her and wait for her to finish crying.

"I don't want Jayson to be my classmate."

"Why? Did he do something bad to you? Is he teasing you? Does he hurt you?"

"No..."

"So why? Tell me."

"B-because when Jayson become my classmate. We are going to share Rey. Rey will not talk to me. They'll understand each other because they are both guys. I will lose my friend."

"You can be friends with Jayson and Rey at the same time."

"Huh?"

"Rey is not the only person in this world. There's a lot more. You can be friends with them."

"I can't leave without Rey. He's my only friend."

"What if one day Rey is gone? You need to let go because he wants to do something new? You need to make more friends. So, when that day comes, you have friends to be get along with just like Rey."

"I can't."

"You can. You can start with Jayson. Apologize to him. Make friends."

"I don't want to."

And the mother did not speak anymore. "Even now, I still can't do my duty as a mother. Maybe my words are not powerful enough to help my eldest child." The words that entered on the mother's mind.

Then she leaved the room.

***

In the school...

Rey, Annie and Jayson enters the room together when their childish teacher welcome them. Her name is ma'am Elizza.

"GOOD MORNING!!!" she greeted.

"Woah!" Annie was surprised.

"You're early." Rey said.

"..." Jayson's emotionless reaction who doesn't have any idea what is happening.

"Okay, you may sit down so your new classmate can start introducing now."

Annie and Rey proceed to their respected seats at the middle on the back. They noticed that all of their classmates are almost present but they only let them be because all of their classmates' attention are into their new classmate.

"Stand in the middle." then signal her hand to the middle.

He walk towards the middle and face his classmates.

The room was quiet. Then he speak.

"My name is Jayson"

"That's all?" said the guy at the back of the room.

"Umm... Jayson, your surname?" the teacher askrd.

"I don't have surname." Jayson answered.

"Wow nice hair color?" the guy at the front complimented.

"How old are you" asked the girl sitting on the front.

"Thirteen years old." Jayson answered.

Jayson received a number of reactions and questions.

"I thought it was a girl that was dressed like a boy." one said.

"You speak our language fluently." (Tagalog)

"How much did you pay for your hair color?" asked the guy who complimented him a while ago.

The quiet classroom become noisy. Jayson is annoyed.

"ONE BY ONE ONLY, THE ENEMY IS WEAK." the teacher shouted.

"I'm not an enemy. But if you want. I will prove to you that I'm not a weak enemy." Jayson said to everyone.

"Umm... that's not what I mean." and the teacher tries to explain.

"What?" said the boy at the back.

"The voice  was weak I can't hear it too." said the girl besides him.

While everyone are talking simultaneously, Rey brought his face near to Annie's ear and whispered "Imagine Jayson wearing a girls uniform."

AND... They really imagined it. They can't stop laughing.

"HAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

It caught everyone's attention. Jayson's eyes become half opened meaning he's annoyed by this two people laughing.

"Stop Rey, I'm staring to remember it again." Annie said who is almost crying because of too much laughing.

"WHAT'S FUNNY?" the teacher said trying to raise her voice so she can be heard at the back.

"Just let them be ma'am Elizza." Jayson said.

The teacher only looked at Jayson.

"Only idiots can laughed without a reason."

Jayson sits on the seat near the window because no one sits there.

He only listened on what ma'am Elizza is discussing. The Filipino subject. It become very easy for him to understand but when the teacher asked him to read a paragraph, he did nothing because he can't understand what is written on the book. The teacher let him pass. That's what also happened on the other teachers. He can't understand Computer, next is Social Studies that he slightly understand and the Science that made him mindblown to much because it answered on how things happened in this world.

Break time...

Annie come close on where Jayson was sitting.

He only look at her.

"S-sorry" (English)

"Sorry? What sorry?"

"Sorry." (Tagalog)

"If you are sorry because you and Rey laughed, I don't really care. But, if it's because of what happened yesterday, I'm not the one you should be apologizing for."

"But, I have many reason why I want to say sorry!"

....

"I have an idea. I will teach you how to read."

This makes Jayson surprised. He didn't refuse to her offer.

Annie write the syllable she tell so Jayson will be able to see the letters.

"ahh... ehh... ee... ohh... oooh... Say it too so you'll remember it."

"ahh... ehh... ee... ohh... oooh..." then point to the letters that he said.

Rey enters the room carrying foods.

"Hey! What are you doing? Let me join too!"

"You're so noisy." Jayson said seriously.

"What a waste, I bought a snack for the three of us." Rey said.

"Let's eat for now." Annie invited him.

"Whatever." said Jayson.

"Join us eat!" Rey said happily.


***

Author's note...
You may noticed that there is a tagalog version. I did that because I think I can write faster in tagalog but don't worry, I won't post the tagalog version unless the english is not finished. The tagalog version will be post first so the english will be on the top of the list. And for now, I'm thinking of the characters full names so any resemblance to a real person is just a coincidence. So sorry for posting on Saturdays instead of Fridays. Next week, I will try to not be late on posting. That's all.