My world was crumbling down.. and yes, it's because of love. Gugmang g-atay. Honey and I were on our longest fight.. we were in ex-communicado. We were holding our grounds on who will make the first move to reach out.. I played it well the first week (and will tell you who yielded in my next blog, but this ain't about it) and I wanted to go out.. I was screaming for Malate that night, and since BED was burnt, no choice but to go to O-bar, the next best thing.
The place was crowded. I was wearing my favorite Zara black polo and I knew I looked good (mayabang ako that night, pero yabang lang hahaha). I was with Ferns and his cousin, Carlo. I hated the place, it's too jam-packed and the people were so-so. Most were twinks (di ba kayo hinahanap ng magulang nyo?, I thought), and I asked myself why Ferns preferred this place over Che-lu. I like the latter, more room to dance. Change of scenery daw, sabi ni Ferns. Cge.
-tugsh tugsh tugsh
The music was deafening, yet everyone was having fun. I wasn't. I was heart-broken (drama). I wanted to forget about honey that night, but no one seems good enough. Then I saw him. Drinking by the bar. He caught sight of my stare, but I turned my gaze elsewhere. Nah, it must be someone else. I looked back, he was still staring at me. Oi, kunin natin yung beer, Fernan tugged at me. Ok, san na coupons natin? Eto, Carlo replied.
-tugsh tugsh tugsh
I thought it was just the house music, but my heart was pumping loudly also. We had to get the drinks at the bar, and Pearl-of-the-Orient (let's just call him that) was there. He was still staring at me (this is true, he stares really hard). He was wearing a tight shirt that hugged him well. Ahhhh.. Armani X. His physique somehow lacked the bulk that I remembered.. maybe he stopped going to the gym.. nevertheless, he still looked good. Stand-out among the sweaty bodies that night.
I gave the coupons to the bartender, 3 Tanduay Ice please. He was just beside me. I could smell his perfume.. Eternity. In my haste to get out of that space, I accidentally dropped one bottle. Saw with my peripherals, Pearl reaching out to save the bottle, but to no avail. Tiningnan ko bartender. Sorry, but it's your fault. I looked at Ferns and he gave another coupon, problema ba yun, eto isa pa! Mataray na diin ni kalbo.
-tugsh tugsh tugsh
The party was soaring and everyone had fun dancing. I was running out of my Ice, so I decided buy another one (puttanesca, doon pa rin sya). I grabbed one, and it was there that he grabbed hold of my hand.
Pearl: I've been staring at you the whole night..
Hush: (I stared at his twinkling eyes) I know.
P: I tried to save your bottle early, sinadya mo ata yun noh? (chuckles)
H: haha why would I do that?
P: (smiles coyly) what's your name?
H: (I smiled devilishly) Pearl. =p
H: I said my name is Pearl! (the music was thumping real hard)
(he stared at me intently.. a confused look on his face)
P: We have the same names.. (hesitated).. You said before it was Hush.
(I was taken aback. I wouldn't consider myself popular among the Malate crowd and last I recall, it was 4 years ago that I met this guy, but kinilig parin ako)
H: how sure are you that I'm Hush?
P: I just recalled
H: awww.. you remembered (wala na, nagpacute na)
P: It just goes to show that I haven't changed my preference.. (sheepish grin)
(puttanesca! Natunaw ata mac ko dito)
I didn't do him that night. I knew too well that he's just play. The first time I met him (at BED, where else), he called me his Cinderella. I was young then, I honestly thought he will be the one. I didn't do him that first night we met, but my defenses turn loose the following night. We did it inside his BMW. He was Mr. Right (the car dude! hahahha). But that was it. No word from him after.
So I skipped him. Maganda ako. hahaha
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