Bago pa man naging sikat ang salitang Friend Zone, at bago pa sumikat yung palabas ni Ramon Bautista sa YouTube na Tales from the Friendzone, isang kahindik-hindik na kaganapan muna ang mangyayari sa isang lalake na nag-aaral noon sa kolehiyo. Isang pangyayari na malaki ang magiging epekto sa kanya sa mga susunod pang taon ng buhay niya. Malaki talaga yung naging epekto, tindi nga eh. Pano ko nalaman? Eh kuwento ng buhay ko ‘to eh!
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
As he looked at the clock sitting on top of the piano, Detective Raines let out a slow sigh of annoyance. He had been on the phone with this particular client for more than two hours already, yet to him it felt like they’ve barely started.
Chapter 2: Never Let Her Slip Away
One Sunday morning, Sunshine Boy sent a message to his friend, Barkada Guy.
“Tol!” In the Fellowship of the Grid, this was a term they generally used to address each other.
Barkada Guy, who was probably busy that day, replied with a simple “Why?” and waited for the reply.
A second hadn’t even passed yet when Sunshine Boy sent a new message.
“Last Friday was just.. really great,” he said. “The most amazing thing happened.”
“I talked to a girl.”
Realizing how cheesy he sounded, Sunshine Boy laughed out loud.
“Ano pangalan mo, Kuya?”
Tsk. Wala na. Nung narinig ko yung tanong sa kin nung babaeng katabi ko unang araw palang ng pagkikita namin, parang ang tumatak lang sa isipan ko eh yung salitang pinantawag niya sa akin:
Not more than a month since we started our relationship, my girlfriend asked me if I wanted to join her on their trip to South Korea, scheduled the following year. To those of you who know all too well how I’m not really a fan of overseas excursions, you can easily guess what my reply to her was.
Chapter 1: Can We Just Stop And Talk Awhile
Simple, yet meaningful. This was to be a recurring theme in the lives of Sunshine Boy and Rainbow Girl. Even now, none of them would have thought that a simple encounter would be the starting point to this amazing tale.
When they first met, they knew nothing about each other, only the fact that they were meeting for strictly business reasons. There were no bells, no doves, no sentimental music playing in the background. He gave her the shirts she ordered, she gave him her payment, and that was it. Their roads branched out, and they each lived their own adventures.
Today, in the midst of all the fanfare and commotion brought about by the season, we remember an important person. Not because of his status in life, or how much money he had in the bank. We remember him, because of the difference he made in our lives. He was Raemond Dieter Racho Arizala, a son, a brother, a friend.
They say he made some wrong decisions in life, and that it was these decisions that led him to his death. Perhaps there was some truth to it. True, to all those who knew him well he was a great person, but great as he may be, RD was no saint. There are those who may affirm how much RD had hurt them, how he may have led them to believe in forever, and how just as subtle, paved the ground with his own deceit. I for one may never know the true story behind all this, for what I know are mere whispers of what actually transpired.
Minsan talaga, anuman ang gawin mong pag-iwas, darating at darating ka sa puntong makakaharap mo ang palaisipang mag-uudyok sa ‘yo para tumigil, at magnilay-nilay.
Matapos ang isang nakakabusog na almusal ng samu’t-saring ulam, kanin, at kakanin na nakalatag dun sa malaking mesa sa gitna, nagsibalikan na kami sa mga kanya-kanya naming pwesto, at pinagpatuloy ang mga bagay na kelangan naming gawin. Sa gitna ng paghihintay sa pag-usad ng oras, at ng mga makinang nasa harapan namin, samu’t-saring mga paksa ang aming napag-usapan.
Nawala sa isip ko kung paano nagsimula, at kung ano ang nag-udyok sa isa kong kaibigan para magtanong, pero bigla na lang nyang sinabi ang mga salitang ito:
“Bakit kaya tayo nagmamahal ng mga taong hindi tayo mahal?”
Me isang forum ako dati na sinalihan, yung binansagan namin na Unity Forum ng klase namin. Ang intensyon sana namin non eh mag-post yung buong klase sa forum na yon. Wala lang, para sa “unity”. Haha. I-ilan lang kaming nag-post dun, mabibilang mo sa mga daliri ng kamay mo.
Matagal ng walang pumupunta sa forum na yun. Makalipas ang Graduation, hindi na talaga natupad ang mga una naming pinangarap nung nagsisimula pa lang ang Unity Forum. Ako na lang ang madalas pumupunta dun, nagpaparamdam sa shoutbox, kunwari eh me sasagot sa akin.