Sabayan Mo Ang Pagluha Ng Langit

Author’s Note: This is the first time na lilihis ako sa estilong nakasanayan ko na. This a POV-styled story. I just hope it will be worth the while of the readers. Thanks to all of you who continue to read my works!

One of them days when I feel miserable…or probably just the weather…or siguro ganito talaga ang tumatanda na. Stress? Ewan ko lang. I cannot pinpoint what’s wrong.

Although most of the time i love this kind of weather na medyo maulan at nagbabadya pa ito ng paglakas. Dont get me wrong. Ayoko naman ng bagyo. But there is something in the steady rhythm of the rain that makes it relaxing…that brings serenity to one’s thought. Yun eh kung nasa loob ako ng bahay and just puffing my vape (yung di mausok ha?) habang nasa bintana ako ng kuwarto ko. Good bed weather ika nga. Just being plain lazy and nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately wala ako sa bahay today. Im stuck here sa Burger King malapit sa Welcome Rotonda dahil dito ako inabutan ng gutom at paglakas ng pagpatak ng ulan. Somehow I knew it was a wise decision na magpark muna and fill myself up habang naghihintay ako ng pagtila ng ulan. Grabe pa naman kung magbaha along Espana at wala akong balak gawing bangka ang kariton (car) ko.

Stuck on You ang peg ko…while i listen to the Ryhthm of the falling rain dahil kung hindi ako sisilong malamang ay Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head at kung di ako mag iingat eh Slip Sliding Away ang kalalabasan na kung magiging sobrang kamalasan pa, magtatapos sa Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door…

See? Those were 5 songs na sunod-sunod pumasok sa isipan ko? Ganyan ako ka bored… and when I am, my mind play things in my head to keep me amused…Or less bored. So at this very moment, I’m resigned to my fate of waiting for this rain to stop. Okay na rin habang nakatingin ako sa pintuan nitong fastfood and amusing myself sa pagbibilang ng mga taong labas masok dito…

…And then she walked in…

The first thing that caught my eye was her confidence. She walked like she doesn’t have a worry in the world except siguro yung gutom niya…or probably gusto rin lang magpalipas ng ulan. Shoulder length hair. 5’5″ – 5’6″ ang tangkad. Maputi. Gluthathione beauty? Nakasukbit sa bag niya ang isang maroon-colored hoodie.Naka fitting na maong shorts folded sa hita making her shapely legs more prominent while maiimagine mo na rin siguro na tamang tama lang ang size ng dibdib nito based on how her black shirt appears. In short, sexy. Pero hindi hipon ang dating. Ang may pagkasingkit nitong mata, may katamtamang tangos na ilong, ang her lips na tipong luscious dating. Huh, no make up! Reminds me of Gloria Diaz’s lips with a face like that of young woman with japanese blood in her. Damn! Kung bata-bata lang ako, liligawan ko to…definitely…and most definitely basted ako.

The way she held her folded umbrella makes me think about that lovely hand holding something else except an umbrella. Napangiti ako at napailing sa kabastusang pumasok sa utak ko. I started sipping my coffee.

“Is there something funny, mister?”

Muntik nang matapon ang kapeng iniinom ko. Nakalapit pala siya sa kin nang di ko namamalayan.

“Ha? ” patanong kong sagot sabay kunot ng aking noo.

“Nahuli kitang nakatingin sa kin tapos bigla kang napangisi…Maybe there’s something funny coz i failed to catch the joke.” may halong katarayan ang tinig nito.

“Look, Miss…Perhaps youre right at nakatingin ako sa direksyon mo. But it doesnt mean to say im laughing or smiling about you. A funny thought did occur in my head but it has nothing to do with you…But if you feel that way, then I offer my apologies for making you feel uncomfortable,” kalmado at mababang boses kong paliwanag.

Inismidan ako ng magandang dalaga. Hmnn…early to mid 20s? Nahhh, early twenties. Tinalikuran ako nito at sinimulang maglakad patungongs counter kung saan mahaba na ang pila sa bawat isa. Damn, what bumpers! Sarap pisil-pisilin while…Shit, lecheng lakad yan! Napollute lalo nang maduduming imahinasyon ang utak ko habang minamasdan ko ang pag imbay ng kanyang mga bewang. Kulang na yata ako sa pagrerelease ng libido. I hate you, Rose!

Rose was my last affair. More than 6 months ago. Oh well, she had to move on. Found someone new and promised we could still be friends…Yeah…Like a consolation prize. Di ko lang na clarify kung friends with benefits ba. Hahaha. Sigh. It stings a bit knowing she’s with another na but I guess that’s life. You win some. You lose some. That story is done with. The pen has finished ika nga and having written an end will find another story to write (or lives to fuck!). Tigang mode so far. So moving on ang peg.

Nakita ko siyang umupo diagonally located sa mesang inuupuan ko. That was the only table left vacant. Kaaalis lang nung previous customer. She was having a burger and fries with coffee or hot choco I think. Probably the choco. Then, as per the usual thing now, nagsimula siyang magbasa or mag browse sa kanyang phone. This time, I found myself really looking at her and being entertained by her facial reactions –ngumingiti, sumisimangot, napapatawa, kumukunot ang noo – while reading something or typing on her phone. Nasa Messenger siguro or commenting sa FB. Whenever she’s about to tilt her head up, bumabalik naman ako sa mismong phone ko na kunwari ay binabasa ko rin. Tsk, stalker mode na ba?

Tumunog ang CP ko. Marco. Kaibigan at kaututang dila. Nasa bilyaran daw siya. Sa pwesto ko. The only source of my income since coming back to stay sa pinas. Anim na tables. Ok na rin. Kumakarir na rin ng minimum na 40k monthly after expenses. And being alone it is more than enough. Di naman ako maluho sa katawan. Nalibang ako sa pakikipag chat sa kaibigan ko kaya pansamantalang nawala sa isip ko ang babaeng suplada. Then the chat stopped. Pagtingin ko sa puwesto niya, wala na siya dun. Napailing ako sa sarili ko. What am I thinking anyways? Makakaiskor ako sa babaeng yun? Duh! Matitikman ko lang labi nun kung inabangan ko yung lalagyan ng naubos niyang drink.

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