(Warning: May contain scenes not suitable for very young hushkins, reader discretion is advise)
Let me introduce Fren.
His relationship went south sometime October of 2010 and as mortals, we look for outlets to forget about the pain and strugglingly move on. Fren heeded to Mother's advise and was embraced welcomely in her Planet called Romeo. Because Fren was blessed with good genes, his hands were kept busy by the constant buzz and footprints to catch his attention. 'Masyado ka ata flawless sa main pic mo!', was my constant banter.
Kian informed him that he wanted to straighten his old ways and had decided to finish his degree at the University of Baguio. He was just a semester away from graduating his course and by then, he will relocate again to Manila. Fren was ecstatic upon hearing this. Finally, he'll get the chance to meet his dream boy :) HIs beb. :)
I told Fren straightforward, 'Uy, pwede ko sya hiramin for one hour lang? Wag ka naman madamot!', and relentlessly teased him, 'Aba, mahilig ka na rin pala sa trophy boyfriend!!', which I am known for. haha Fren just responded with a giggle. Puttanesca, I was both happy and envious with the luck he stumbled upon. Swerte!
Fren's brother went up to Baguio one sunny day to celebrate his relationship's anniversary. Fren texted Kian to meet his brother, but Kian begged off as he was too shy to talk to his brother… hmmmmm….
Because I am curious in nature, I told Fren to introduce me to Kian over the phone. The initial reaction I had was, 'bakit boses Inday Garutay eto'. I mean, the way we do things in our courtship is we try to impress each other with our husky or bedroom voice, but definitely not our Garutay voice. Still, I gave Kian the benefit of doubt.
Hush: 'Pare, rinig ko raw maganda sa Nevada'
Kian: 'Oo, sa Fridays or Hex kami palagi nagtatambay'
H: 'Talaga? Sabi nga ni Fren na somebody tried to offer you a drink, pero you blatantly refused it, bakit naman?'
K: 'Eh ayoko eh. I can afford to buy my own drink'
Ang Taray ng bruha! Gusto ko sya sabunutan. Cute naman sabi ni Fren. Hay, the adjectives we use when we are infatuated. hahaha
H: 'O, punta kami sa x ko dyan sa Baguio come Christmas, hope to see you there!'
K: 'Sinabi ko na kay Fren eh. May family gathering kami sa Ilocos. Sayang nga eh'
My eyebrow perched a bit. Maybe a bit higher. Somehow I smelled a rat, but I kept it to myself.
Came January 2011.
Fren bought himself a new car and as a breakthrough test, we decided to go to Baguio. The stars were aligning that week and pointed North. He had wanted to name his car after Kian, but later reconsidered as it might not turn out well and he'll get stuck with that name.
Fren wanted to surprise Kian and tried to get his address at his apartment. We were chasing him around the city but to no avail. On Saturday night (January 22), we decided to go to Caffee Klutch (which is sooo nice by the way), which is near the place he was hanging out, Citycamp. Text messages were thrown, as follows:
Kian: 'Beb, ba't parang ang lamig mo ngayon..'
Fren: 'I'm in Baguio now'
K: 'weeh. di nga?? Mabaog ka?' (Puttanesca, who the hell uses those words, mabaog?)
F: 'Di pa sabi mo love mo ko and love din kita, so ginawan ko ng paraan para magkita ta. Now it's your turn to prove that you love me. I'm at Caffee Klutch now with friends. Andito din si Hush. Di ba sabi mo malapit ka lang rito?'
K: 'Beb, wag ka ngang ganyan! Naiiyak na ako' (OA ha!)
F: 'Kaw ba talaga yung nasa friendster account na pinakita mo?'
K: 'Oo naman!'
F: 'Kasi noong una, ayaw mo i.meet brother ko, then ayaw mo din i.meet si Hush, ako na ang makipagkita sa yo. And to prove that I am here, labas ka muna and silipin mo. There's a baby blue and red car parked in front of the caffee. You'll know that I am not lying'
K: 'Ayoko! Di ako nakabihis! Mabaog ka sana sa pinaggagawa mo!'
I was already thinking, forcing him to meet Fren will not do the trick. Clearly, he was not the Kian that Fren have come to love. I was already realigning our strategy.
H: 'Fren, text mo sya na malambing way. Tell him you still love him despite his appearance, kahit naka slippers or brief lang sya, minahal mo na sya'
And so the text messages sounded this way
F: 'Alam mo beb, mahal naman kita kahit ano pang itsura mo eh'
K: 'Naiiyak na talaga ako rito beb.. Alam mo naman na di talaga ako yung nasa picture di ba?'
The rat! Our suspicions were right.
F: 'Oo naman. I love you for what you are and for what you are not.' (ehem hehehe :) )
K: 'Eh pano kung mukha akong babae?'
We stopped dead in our tracks. He can't be possibly serious, but why would he say that unless it's partially true??
F: 'Kahit mag mukha kang aswang, ok lang sa akin beb. I've come to love you already..'
We were not able to meet the poser that night, but a little coaxing did the trick and he befriended Fren on Facebook. You be the judge!! Puttanesca!!
|His name is Jam Mhie|
I'll end on my friend's post in FB:
"Someone just asked me if its possible for me to love a transgender...i said life is full of possibilities...Lahat may karapatan magmahal at mahalin kung anuman uri sya ng tao...pero di mu pilitin ang tao na gustuhin nya ang hindi nya naman gusto...my preference maybe different and thats justifiable...wat is not just is when u pretend to be someone else becos u wanted me to like u or to love u...thats foolish…:( "
Hush hush for now**