This Familiar Feeling

It was 8:27 pm on a Monday night. I’m still at my work place even if my shift ended at 5 pm. Everyone had gone home while I was doing work. The guard only knocked and told me that I’m the only one left in the building and he needs to lock it. Good thing I was already fixing my things. I turned off the lights, locked the door and left as the guard was turning the lights off of the building. With each step I take, the place got darker. No, I wasn’t scared. I’m no longer scared. Not of ghost or other elements…but finding out that once again, I am alone.

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500

Eto ako sa tapat ng laptop, nakatitig sa “create a post” na page ng blog kong walang nagbabasa.

Isang pamilyar na alert tone ang bumasag sa katahimikan

Grindr: New Message Received

Yan?

Yes?

Can’t believe you’re still here.

May problema ba kung andito pa rin ako?

Wala naman.

Sino ba’to?

Hulaan mo…

K bye.

Uy saglit. I held your hand sa taxi once.

Nick?

Yeah…hahaha so hindi mo pa pala nakalimutan?

Tangina mo, hindi mo pa nababayaran yung 500 na inutang mo.

Babayaran ko na, paglumabas tayo bukas.

Sa BPI na lang. may gagawin ako bukas.

Booking?

Oo. Pake mo?

Yan, aantayin kita sa bench sa tapat ng boat na mukhang swan sa Burnham Lake.

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Schedule

5:43 am, makulimlim at tila hindi pa sumisikat ang araw.

Nakita ko sa facebook na dumating na si Reg galing Korea. Halos apat na taon na kaming hindi nagkikita. Alam ko na umuuwi siya ilang araw bago magpasko pero hindi kami nagkikita.

6:27 am, sumakay ako sa taxi na amoy expired na air freshner. Nakakahilo.

May nag-DM sa akin sa Instagram kaya ko binuksan. Ang una kong nakita, post ni Reg. Nasaloob siya ng Victory Liner na bus, window side, kitang kita na kakalampas lang sa Lion’s Head. Caption: “I’m Back.” May 2 comments at 5 likes. Ako na yung pang-anim.

12:23 pm, Lunch. Monggo at Lechon Kawali. Lakas maka-healthy living to kababuyan real quick.

Nagbasa sa twitter ng mga kagaguhan ng mga tao for entertainment. Nag-notif yung messenger. Si Reg.

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Crossing

EXTERNAL. Lower Session Road. Pedestrian Lane sa tapat ng PNB

Kakaturn lang ng stoplight to red. Napatingin si L kay C at napansin nitong ilang araw nang matamlay ito.

L
Okay ka lang?

C
Hinde.

L
Bakit?

C
Hindi ko lang maiwasan isipin yung araw na nagkakilala tayo.
Yung araw na nagsimula tayon maging friends.

L
Ang drama nito. Ano bang problema?

C
Hindi lang ako mapalagay.

L
Di ba sinabi ko naman sayo na okay tayo, we’re still friends naman.

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Stats

More than 7 Billion on Earth
More than 100 Million in PH
More than 1 Million in the City
More than 10,000 at my workplace
More than 1,000 co-employees
More than 500 colleages
More than 100 relatives
More than 50 acquaintances
More than 30 Friends
More than 20 crushes
Less than 15 close friends
7 cousins
3 grannies
2 parents
1 ex
1 best friend
0 sister
0 brother

I actually forgot the reason for this list. Perhaps, absorbed by counting with what I have or I just got lost…

Yes, lost.

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