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Chapter 23: A Taste of Fire (part 2)

Chapter Eighteen

A Taste of Fire

Part Two

NAGISING ako sa lamig ng hangin..o aircon? Basta, napakalamig sa Bagiuo at talagang dalawang sweater ang suot ko ngayon. Tinignan ko si Effie na katabi ko sa kama, she is comfortably sleeping. Sunod akong tumingin sa phone ko para macheck kung anong oras na.

3:15 am

I breathed heavily. Madaling araw na at talagang nagising pa ako ng ganitong oras. Tumayo ako sa kama para sana kumuha ng tubig nang mag ring ang phone ko.

"Ano yun?" Tanong ni Effie na kinukusot ang mga mata.

Agad kong sinilent ang phone ko. "Wala yun. Matulog ka na ulit. Sorry sa abala." Ngiwing sabi ko.

Tumango ito. Akala ko matutulog na siya pero tumayo si Effie, kinuha ang unan saka lumabas ng kwarto. Baka sa sala siya matutulog. May fireplace kasi sa sala ng cabin nila. Sa sobrang lamig kasi siguro.

Sinagot ko ang kanina pang nagriring na phone ko. "Hello?"

"Friday! Bakit ang tagal mong sagutin ang tawag ko?"

Oh. It's Monday, my sister.

"Pasensiya na. Kagigising ko lang." Sambit ko. "Bakit ka nga pala natawag?"

Monday spoke. "Kasi, tatanungin sana kita kung sumunod ba diyan sa inyo si Daeril."

Kumunot ang noo ko. "Hindi. Busy siya as president ng student council. Hindi siya kasama sa amin. Bakit mo natanong?"

Monday tsked. "Dapat kasi lalabas kami kanina kaso sabi niya, hindi raw siya makakapunta dahil babyahe siya papuntang Bagiuo."

Nanlaki ang mga mata ko. "Bagiuo? Pupunta siya rito?"

"Oo! Kaya nga kanina pa kita tinatawagan para kapag pumunta siya diyan, hindi na kayo magulat." Ani Monday.

Huh? Bakit naman pupunta si Daeril sa Bagiuo? Para magbakasyon din? Knowing him, hindi niya tatalikuran ang mga trabaho niya sa Liberty High.

"Sige. Ipapalaam ko ito sa mga kasama ko. Thank you sa pagsabi, Monday." Sabi ko.

"Wala yun. By the way, alam mo bang nickname pala ni Daeril ay 'beast'? May tumawag kasi sa kaniyang beast. Natawa nga ako eh. Ang corny kasi." Tumatawang sambit ni Monday.

I gasped. "B-Beast? Sino a-ang tumawag nun kay Daeril?" Kinakabahang tanong ko.

"Hindi ko alam eh. Naguusap kami sa phone tapos may tumawag na beast sa kaniya. Sabi niya, ang meaning behind his name is beast kaya nickname iyon sa kaniya." Sagot ng kapatid ko.

I rapidly catch my breath. H-Hindi.. sana naman ay iba ang totoo sa iniisip ko ngayon.

Pero..bigla kong naalala ang sinabi ni Effie sa akin. Na may pilat sa mukha ang beast. Saktong may pilat sa mukha si Daeril..

Oh no..

"Friday? Ayos ka lang? Nandiyan ka pa ba?" Rinig kong sabi ni Monday sa phone.

"O-Oo. Ayos lang ako. Sige na matutulog na ako. Bye." Sambit ko at dali daling lumabas.

Ang bilis ng tibok ng puso ko. Sana naman iba ang iniisip ko.

Nang makapunta ako sa salas, nakita ko si Matix na nakangangang natutulog sa sofa, si Effie na nasa lapag natutulog malapit sa fireplace at si Chaos, na abala sa papel na nasa coffee table.

"Chaos.." tawag ko. Should I tell him? Tell him that Daeril's nickname is "beast" at posibleng siya ang matagal na niyang hinahanap?

But no, Daeril is too young to be the beast. Imposibleng siya ang pumatay sa magulang ni Chaos. Chaos was six years old when the massacre happened and Daeril was eight years old.

Tama, nagkataon lang na beast ang nickname ni Daeril. Hindi ko mapigilan ang kabang nararamdaman ko. Nawala na rin ang antok ko. Lalo na't papunta si Daeril dito sa Bagiuo.

Wait..laging nakasunod ang beast sa amin at nagmamatyag sa kilos namin. What if, sinundan kami ni Daeril dahil siya ang beast?

"Friday! Tatayo ka lang ba diyan? Why did you call me?" Chaos asked.

I gulped. "A-Ano..ano yang ginagawa mo?" Tanong ko. I am not ready to tell him what I found. Hindi pa ako sigurado. I don't have any clues and evidence that Daeril is the beast.

"I am solving the clues we found. Naalala mo yung sentence na nasolve natin?"

Tumango ako. "It was: To fuss over these betas ist the stone hated by thee descendants of ancestry. The sentence doesn't make sense, Chaos." Sambit ko.

"We will make it sensible, Friday. Knowing the beast, he is always full of mysteries. Somehow, he reminds me of Daeril." Ani Chaos .

Nanlaki ang mga mata ko. "D-Daeril?! Why?"

"Daeril is full of mysteries. Kahit mga bata pa kami. He is always everywhere. Kung nasaan ako, nandun din siya. Lagi siyang nakatingin sa gawi ko kahit ngayon. Then all of a sudden, he shows up with a mask on his face." Chaos explained.

"Sabi niya, his face got burnt by his dad because he got a failing score on an exam." Sabi ko. I know that it's not my story to tell, but I want Chaos to put the puzzle pieces together since I can't solve this one.

Nakakunot ang noong humarap sa akin si Chaos. "Dad? He doesn't have a dad." He pointed out.

"What?"

Chaos spoke, "his dad died years ago, he said."

I furrowed my eyebrows. "But he said.."

"I'm sure he said that as an excuse." Sambit ni Chaos.

I sighed. "You're right. Daeril is someone full of mysteries."

Natahimik kami. Chaos was busy solving the clues at nakatingin lang ako sa kaniya. The sentence really doesn't make sense kaya wala rin akong maisip.

Lumapit ako kay Matix at tinapik siya sa pisngi. Agad naman ito nagising. "W-What?!" Garalgal na boses na tanong nito.

"Kailangan mo maopen ang confidential file na nasa laptop mo." Utos ko.

Matix rolled his eyes and hugged his pillow. "Mamaya na, Friday. Maaga pa." Anito saka natulog ulit.

Niyugyog ko siya sa balikat. "Please? Gusto ko nang malaman kung sino ang beast na 'to. Kapag mas pinapatagal pa natin ang panahon, mas maraming tao ang madadamay."

Matix pouted and took his laptop. "Fine. Eto na. Mabilis naman 'to. I'm now seventy five percent of completing the code." Aniya.

I sighed in relief. Mabuti naman. Para atleast, kapag nakaharap na namin ang beast, may alas kami kung sino talaga siya.

"FINALLY!" Chaos shouted. Lumingon ako sa kaniya.

"What is it?" Tanong ko.

Si Effie naman, biglang nagising at kinukusot ang mga mata. "What happened?" She asked.

"I know what this statement means!" Chaos exclaimed kaya napalapit kami ni Effie sa kaniya. Matix is busy on his laptop kaya hindi na namin siya naabala pa.

"Ano ibig sabihin nun?"

Chaos clasped his hands. "Okay, so we shouldn't focus on the statement itself. We should focus on each words. The words are just jumbled words. For example: betas is actually beast, hated is just the jumbled word for death."

"So we have the words Beast and Death. How about the others?" Tanong ko.

Tumingin muna si Chaos sa mga papel bago muli tumingin sa amin. "I tried jumbling the others but it doesn't make sense. So tried the process of elimination. I tried to remove a particular letter in each word. Like the word these, I removed the letters s and e, and the word stone, I removed the letters s and t; and for the word ist, I just removed the letter t."

So we have the words Beast, Death, the, is and one.

Chaos spoke again, "but for the word 'death', I changed it to killed."

Kumunot ang noo namin at hindi nalang nagsalita. Hinayaan namin si Chaos na magexplain.

"As of the others, fuss, over, thee and descendants of ancestry, I thought of some of their synonyms." Aniya.

"Thee is just the archaic for your. Over is a preposition. So we will remove it as it is just an extra word. Descendants of ancestry, when you search it on google, the phrase means family."

Effie asked, "ano naman ibig sabihin ng fuss?"

Chaos grinned. "Fuss, one of its synonym is derail. When you jumble the word, it results to Daeril."

I widen my eyes. Parang alam ko na kung saan hahantong ang statement na ito.

"try to replace these words to the clues we have." Chaos ordered na agad naman namin sinunod.

Daeril, the beast is the one who killed your family.

Napatakip ako sa bibig ko. Parang kanina lang, I was indenial of the fact that Daeril might be the beast.

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"Effie told me about this mysterious girl you found by the window." Ani Chaos na nakatingin sa akin.

Nilingon ko si Effie na nag peace sign. "Sorry, nababahala kasi ako kung ano ibig sabihin ng sinulat niya." Anito.

"So alam mo? Akala ko hindi mo alam dahil hindi mo mabasa ang sulat niya?" Tanong ko, nanunubig ang mga mata ko. I still can't get over the fact that Daeril is the beast.

"The one that Rhoanna wrote is just simple! Two plus two is four and seven plus six minus one is twelve. When you multiply it, it results to fourty eight."

"Alam ko ang part na yan. What I don't know is what fourty eight means." Sabi ko.

"Silly. Don't focus on what fourty eight means. Just substitute four and twelve on the alphabet. You get D and L. Six means how many letters in have. Daeril has six letters." Sabi nito.

Nanlaki ang mga mata ko. "So Daeril was the one who killed Rhoana?"

"Probably and he might be the one who kidnapped Effie as well." Chaos said.

"So anong plano natin? We have the beast's name." Ani Effie.

Humarap ako kay Chaos. "Are you convinced that he is the beast?"

Chaos shrugged. "I don't know. I am feeling mixed emotions in my chest. I feel betrayed and angry that someone I trust is the one who killed my parents and sister at the same time I feel happy that I can finally bring justice to may family."

"But Daeril is just our age. Imposibleng siya ang pumatay sa pamilya mo." Ani Effie.

"When we get back in Manila, we will ask him. Hindi tayo titigil hangga't hindi tayo makakakuha ng matinong sagot mula sa kaniya." Chaos said in a stern voice.

I opened my mouth pero walang boses ang lumabas. Gusto kong sabihin na susunod at pupunta sa Bagiuo si Daeril.

I breathed heavily at nagtipon ng lakas para magsalita pero naunahan ako ni Matix na sumigaw. "YES!!" Sabi nito.

"What is it?" Chaos asked.

"I finally cracked the code and opened the file!" Masayang sambit nito.

Lahat kami siyempre, natuwa. What is inside the file has the truth. Whether Daeril is the beast or not.

Bubuksan sana ni Matix ang video nang biglang nangamoy usok sa paligid. Lumalakas ang apoy sa fireplace pero bago pa mapatay ni Chaos ang apoy, nagsihulogan ang mga kahoy mula sa kisame at kumalat ang apoy sa mga sahig.

"We need to get out!" Ani Chaos at kinuha ang manipis na blanket. Ipinalibot niya iyon sa katawan ko at tinakpan ang ilong ko. Ganun din ang ginawa niya kay Effie na umuubo-ubo.

The fire spread across the living room at hinarangan ang front door. "We can pass by the back door!" Effie said in a muffled voice.

Tumakbo kami papunta sa back door at ginagawa ang lahat para maiwasan ang apoy pero nabugahan ako ng apoy sa kanang braso ko. "Aah!" I shouted in pain. Chaos was fast to remove the fire on my arm.

Almost there..nakikita ko na ang back door. Walang mga apoy na nakalat doon. Ilang hakbang nalang pero bigla kaming nabagsakan ng kahoy sa ulo dahilan para matumba kami.

Nilingon ko si Effie na walang malay. Si Chaos na nakapikit ang mga mata at si Matix naman na namimilipit sa sakit. Tumitingin tingin ako sa paligid. "Tulong!" Sigaw ko. Baka sakaling may magligtas kahit alam kong nasa gitna kami ng gubat.

Luminga-linga ako sa paligid. Then I saw a built of a man. Nakapamulsa itong nakatingin sa amin na nakahandusay sa sahig. "Please, help us.." naiiyak na sambit ko.

He just stood there. He stood with the fire like the devil himself.

Daeril, what have you done?


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