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Chapter 12: Unexpected Surprise

Maagang nagising si Jenneth, pero hindi muna siya tumayo at hinintay muna na magising si Darlene. Baka kasi magtaka ang bata at mag-alala dahil hindi pamilyar ang silid na kinaroroonan nito ngayon. Jenneth just watched the child sleep peacefully.

Napangiti si Jenneth. Darlene really resembles her mother a lot. As in. Para itong miniature version ni Kristine. Maybe it's because she's a memoire of some sort of the late beauty? Na kahit wala na si Kristine ay nandoon naman si Darlene bilang ala-ala nito sa mga mahal nito sa buhay, partikular na kay Kenneth.

And then, Jenneth suddenly thought, what if hindi sila naghiwalay ni Ryan noon? May anak na rin kaya silang dalawa na katulad ni Darlene? Maybe. Maybe, their child will be Darlene's best friend. Parang sina Kenneth at Ryan. Parang magkapatid. Si Darlene at si Honey Shereen.

But Destiny has other plans, it seems. Hindi nga sila nakatadhana ni Ryan. Hindi nakatadhanang mapanganak si Honey Shereen. Jenneth likes that name. Sadly, she cannot use it to name her future child. Baka ano pa ang isipin ni Ryan kapag nagkataon.

Nagdilat na ng mata si Darlene at kagaya ng inaasahan ay nagulat ito nang makita kung nasaan sila.

"Sa kabilang room tayo natulog, Lene," Jenneth told her.

"Si Tita Sam po?" tanong nito.

"Sa kabilang room siya natulog. Medyo hindi kasi maganda ang pakiramdam niya," ang sabi na lamang ni Jenneth. "Halika! Maghilamos ka na muna sa bathroom para makababa na tayo."

Pumunta silang dalawa sa may banyo at naghilamos. Kumpleto din ang banyong iyon sa toiletries kaya hindi na nila kinailangan pang bumalik sa kanilang silid. Pagkatapos ay bumaba na sila sa may kusina.

Pagbaba nila sa kusina ay nadatnan nila doon sina Kenneth at Ryan. Kaagad na nilapitan ni Darlene ang ama. Pagkatapos noon ay si Ryan naman ang pinuntahan nito.

"Si… Sam?" Kenneth asked Jenneth.

Tumingin muna si Jenneth kay Ryan bago sumagot. "Sa kabilang kuwarto kami natulog ni Darlene. Doon ko na pinadala si Darlene kagabi."

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"So… who likes pancakes?" tanong na lamang ni Ryan to divert the situation.

"Ako po!" excited na sagot naman ni Darlene.

"Then dig in!" paanyaya naman ni Ryan sa tatlo.

Excited na kumain si Darlene. Wala namang magawa si Kenneth kundi ang asikasuhin ang anak. Nagkatinginan naman sina Ryan at Jenneth, wari'y gustong pag-usapan kung ano na nga ba ang gagawin nila sa sitwasyon. Noon naman dumating si Samantha.

Kaagad na napatayo si Kenneth. "Sam…"

Jenneth saw Ryan stopping Darlene from going to Samantha or even speaking. May iba kasi sa aura ni Samantha nang mga sandaling iyon.

"Pwede ba tayong mag-usap?" tanong ni Samantha kay Kenneth, na parang walang ibang taong naroon kundi silang dalawa lang.

Napatingin naman si Kenneth sa tatlong kasama.

"Iyong tayong dalawa lang," Samantha said.

Walang nagawa si Kenneth kundi ang sumang-ayon na lamang. "Of course."

Napatayo na si Ryan. "Lalabas na lang kami."

"No! Stay here," pigil ni Samantha dito. "Eat. Kami ang lalabas."

Tumango na lamang si Ryan. Nang biglang may nag-doorbell. Si Ryan na rin ang pumunta sa pintuan at nagbukas noon.

"Sino po kaya ang bisita natin?" Darlene managed to ask.

"Baka yung caretaker lang," ani Kenneth.

But it wasn't. Ryan was surprised to see who it was. He doesn't know his name, though. It was this tall guy wearing a black leather jacket with white t-shirt and grey denim pants. Who would wear a leather jacket sa Pilipinas? Kahit na malamig ay hindi naman ugali ng mga Pinoy ang mag-leather jacket. Iyon ay kung action star ka siguro.

"Hi! Is this Dr. Victor de Villa's rest house?" tanong ng bagong dating.

"Yes…" Bakit biglang kinabahan si Ryan?

The guy's eyes seem to light up.

"I'm looking for Samantha. Is she here?"

At iyon na nga. Ryan might not be a genius, but right there and then, he knew who this guy in front of him is. Ito na nga ba ang kinatatakutan niya. Of all people, bakit ang lalaki pang ito ang pagbubuksan niya ng pintuan?

Bago siya makasagot ay napatingin ang lalaki sa loob ng bahay. Nakalabas na pala sa may sala sina Samantha at Kenneth, and the guy saw who he's been looking for. The guy looked at Samantha lovingly, at wala nang nagawa pa si Ryan kundi ang papasukin ito.

"I guess you could come in," Ryan said as he moved out of the man's way.

Pumasok ang lalaki at dire-diretsong nagtungo kay Samantha.

"Babe..." the guy said.

Samantha looked shocked. "...Allan?"

Allan smiled and embraced Samantha. Napalapit na lamang si Ryan kay Kenneth.

"Surprise!" Allan said to Samantha after they embraced. Hindi nakasagot si Samantha, pero hindi nito natinag si Allan. "I think you're surprised."

"Yeah… I am… very surprised…" ani Samantha nang makabawi. "What are you doing here?"

"Well, finally I was able to get my vacation. I decided to not tell you to surprise you. I called Kuya Raul to inform them that I'm coming, and they told me you're here. They gave me the address, then I headed straight here from the airport."

"So, you haven't slept yet."

"Yeah, but... jetlag."

Dahil sa narinig ay lumabas na ng kusina si Jenneth. Napasunod naman sa kanya si Darlene. There they saw what's happening in the living room. May bago pala silang kasama sa rest house.

"Uh… mga kaibigan ko," ani Samantha kay Allan. "This is Ryan… si Kenneth…"

"Oh! Hi guys!" Kinamayan ni Allan ang dalawa. "I'm the boyfriend."

Nagulat sina Ryan at Kenneth. Maging si Jenneth ay natigilan sa nasaksihan, kahit pa nga alam niyang may boyfriend naman si Samantha. Maybe it's because bigla na lamang itong sumulpot doon? This is really very unexpected.

"This is Jenneth," Samantha continued.

"Oh! Hi! Nice to meet you," ani Allan habang kinakamayan si Jenneth.

Jenneth just smiled. Hindi niya alam kung ano ang sasabihin.

"And what's the name of the beautiful young lady?" Allan said, pertaining to Darlene. He stooped down to face the kid.

"Darlene po," sagot nito.

"Hi Darlene! I'm Allan." He shook hands with her.

"Hello po!"

"You know you don't look like you're one of their classmates slash friends," ani Allan kay Darlene.

"She's Kenneth's daughter," ani Samantha.

"Ah!" Tsaka hinarap ni Allan si Kenneth. "You have a very lovely daughter."

"Thank you..." ani Kenneth.

Allan seems like that guy who's very easy to be with. Parang ang bait nito sa lahat. Jenneth looked at Ryan, wondering what he's thinking. Hindi na siya nagtaka pa nang makitang parang naiinis ang lalaki.

"So..." Allan looked at Samantha, then went to her and held her by the waist. "I'm starving." He winced.

Samantha just looked at him. Si Darlene ang sumagot kay Allan.

"We have pancakes!" ani Darlene.

"Oh, that is so nice!" ani Allan. "And would you share them with me?"

"We just have enough for each of us," ang sabi naman ni Ryan.

At napatunayan na nga ni Jenneth ang hinala niya. Inis nga si Ryan kay Allan.

"Oh... okay," ang sabi na lamang ni Allan as he looked at Samantha.

Naawa naman si Jenneth kay Allan. Kahit naman sabihing kontrabida ito sa plano nina Ryan ay hindi naman siguro nito iyon kasalanan. Kaya hindi ito dapat makatanggap ng hindi maayos na treatment mula sa kanila.

"I'll make some for you," ang sabi ni Jenneth.

"Wow! Thank you so much and I'm sorry for, uhm..." Halatang hindi alam ni Allan ang sasabihin. Obvious naman kasi na nararamdaman nito ang hostility na ipinapakita ni Ryan. At parang nahiya si Jenneth dahil doon.

"It's okay," Jenneth said with a smile.

"Wala na tayong pancake mix," singit ni Ryan.

"Then, let's just make whatever is available," ani Jenneth. "Let's go!"

Bumalik na sa kusina sina Darlene at Jenneth. Sumunod naman si Allan habang nakaakbay kay Samantha. Naiwan naman sa may sala sina Kenneth at Ryan.

Nang makarating sa kusina ay kaagad naghanap ng lulutuin si Jenneth. Totoo naman ang sinabi ni Ryan. Wala na nga talagang pancake mix. Hotdog and eggs na lamang ang niluto niya. Mabuti na lamang at may loaf bread.

"I'll just go to the grocery store after," ani Allan.

"It's okay," Jenneth said. "We have plenty of supplies naman."

"Is it really okay if I stay?" tanong ni Allan kay Samantha. "I mean, I could just go straight to Tarlac."

"It's fine," Samantha said.

Allan then looked at Darlene. "Is that true? It's fine if I stay here with you guys?"

"Opo!"

Allan smiled. "Well, thank you, Little Miss."

"Hindi po ba siya marunong mag-Tagalog, Tita Sam?" tanong ni Darlene.

Allan chuckled. "Marunong po."

"Nagta-Tagalog po kayo?" Biglang na-excite si Darlene.

"Yup, pero mas sanay ako sa English. Probably because I work with a lot of people belonging to different races. English is our main language to communicate so I just got used to it. Pero marunong ako ng Tagalog. After all, I'm still a Filipino."

Nakapasok na noon sina Kenneth at Ryan sa kusina. Jenneth looked closely at Ryan. Alam niyang hindi nito basta-basta palalampasin ang nangyari kanina. Jenneth is very sure na gagawa at gagawa ito ng pakulo.

"So Allan, saan ka nagtatrabaho?" tanong ni Ryan.

"Facebook," Allan answered.

"Facebook po ang trabaho ninyo?" tanong ni Darlene.

"I work at Facebook... you know Facebook?" Allan asked.

"Opo. Meron po ako noon," Darlene answered.

"Good! So I work there. I'm one of the people who maintain those accounts," Allan explained.

"So you're an IT?" tanong ni Ryan.

"More like a programmer," Allan said. "But still, an IT guy."

"Ano po yung IT?" tanong ni Darlene.

"Information technology," sagot ni Allan. "It's about dealing with information or data by using computers. I guess that's the simplest definition I could give you."

"Ang cool naman po noon," ani Darlene. "Mga computers."

"You know who's cool? This lady." Allan held Samantha by the waist. "The best doctor in the West Coast."

"That's not true," ani Samantha.

Pakiramdam ni Jenneth ay parang naiilang si Samantha sa sweetness na ipinapakita ni Allan. Maybe because kaharap sila ng mga ito? O baka may ibang dahilan… Jenneth brushed that thought off her mind at nagpatuloy na lamang sa pagluluto.

"And she's the most humble," dagdag pa ni Allan as he stared at Samantha lovingly.

Nagulat si Jenneth nang biglang lumapit si Ryan sa kanya. "Ready na yung breakfast. Kumain ka na," anito kay Allan.

Gustong batukan ni Jenneth si Ryan nang padabog nitong ihain ang pagkain ni Allan. Hindi lamang nito magawa dahil baka ito naman ang mapahiya. Pinigilan na lamang niya ang inis na nararamdaman.

"Let's eat!" yaya ni Allan sa lahat, trying to ignore Ryan's demeanor.

Sumunod na rin naman ang lahat kay Allan. Nagsimula na rin silang kumain. Jenneth felt that the air suddenly became colder. It's January and the air is chilly, pero kakaibang lamig ang nararamdaman niya nang mga sandaling iyon. First time did they eat in that rest house na hindi umiimik. Maging ang enthusiastic na si Darlene ay hindi rin nangungulit ngayon. Parang ramdam nito na hindi magandang mangulit sa mga matatanda ngayon.

Pagkatapos kumain ay nagprisinta si Allan na magligpit. Pinigilan naman siya ni Jenneth.

"You should rest. May jet lag ka pa, hindi ba?" Jenneth said.

Ramdam ni Jenneth ang nag-aapoy na tingin ni Ryan. Hindi na lamang niya ito pinansin.

"It's okay," ang sabi naman ni Allan. "I'm used to no sleep at all. Also, you've already prepared my food. It's just right for me to clean up after everything that you've done for me."

Sobrang bait naman ni Allan na parang nakokonsensiya na talaga si Jenneth. Napatingin siya kay Samantha, waring nagpapatulong na kumbinsihin si Allan na tigilan na ang ginagawa.

Mukha namang nabasa iyon ni Samantha.

"Allan…" Samantha said as she held his hand to stop him from working. "Let me take you to your room."

Wala na ngang nagawa pa si Allan kundi ang sundan na lamang si Samantha. Nagpaalam na ito sa lahat at saka umakyat na kasama ang girlfriend.

Nasundan na lamang ng tingin ni Kenneth ang dalawa. To the rescue naman si Ryan sa kaibigan.

"Pare," anito sabay tapik sa balikat. "Doon muna tayo sa may beach. Pahangin muna tayo."

"Sama po ako!" ani Darlene.

"Lene," ani Jenneth sabay hawak sa kamay nito. "Pwede mo ba akong samahang maghugas ng plato?"

Kenneth looked at Jenneth. The latter smiled at him. She knew Kenneth needs time to think. Ryan can help him, but Darlene will only give him a hard time.

"Mabuti pa nga, Ling," gatong ni Ryan kay Jenneth. "Maghugas muna kayo dito ng Tita Jhing mo. Tara na P're."

Lumabas na ng rest house ang dalawa. Si Jenneth naman ay nagsimula nang magligpit. Nakasimangot naman si Darlene habang tinutulungan siya nito. Medyo nakonsensiya naman si Jenneth.

"Lene, gusto mo pagkatapos nito kwentuhan tayo?" she asked the kid.

"Ano pong ikukwento ninyo?" Medyo na-curious naman daw ang bata.

"Ikaw… ano bang gusto mong ikuwento ko?"

Nagliwanag ang mga mata ni Darlene. "Iyon pong kwento ninyo ni Ninong!"

Natigilan si Jenneth. Parang bigla siyang nagsisi sa sarili niyang ideya.

"Ang sabi po ni Daddy, love na love po kayo ni Ninong noon."

"Talaga?" Medyo natuwa siya sa sinabi ni Darlene.

"Opo. Kaya Tita Jhing, pwede po iyon na lang ang kuwento ninyo sa akin?"

"O sige."

Wala na rin namang magagawa si Jenneth. Nagkasubuan na. Kaya pagkatapos maghugas ng plato ay nagpunta sila sa may pool area para doon niya ikuwento ang mga nangyari sa kanila noon ni Ryan.

"Pero Lene, whatever I tell you, promise me na hindi mo ipagsasabi kahit kanino, ha?" bilin pa ni Jenneth sa bata.

"Promise po," ani Darlene sabay taas pa ng kamay na parang nanunumpa. "Iyon nga pong secret ni Mommy hindi ko sinabi kahit kanino. Kay Ninong lang. Tsaka sa inyo po. Di po ba nabasa ninyo iyong sulat?"

Tumango si Jenneth. "Sorry kung hindi ako pumayag sa gusto ng ninong mo."

"Okay lang po," ani Darlene. "Ang importante po, nandito na kayo ngayon kasama namin."

Jenneth smiled. "Ano bang gusto mong malaman tungkol sa amin ni Ryan?"

"Kung paano po kayo nagka-crush sa kanya."

"Ano daw?!"

"Iyon po ang sabi ni Ninong, eh. Crush n'yo daw po siya noon."

Natawa si Jenneth sa sinabi ni Darlene.

"Ang kapal talaga ng ninong mo, ano?"

"Sabi ko na nga ba. Si Ninong talaga. Hindi naman talaga kayo nagka-crush sa kanya, di ba po? Siya po yung may crush sa inyo?"

Lalong natawa si Jenneth sa sinabi ni Darlene.

"Actually, that was true. Crush ko nga siya noon. Pero nung una ko siyang nakilala, inis ako sa kanya. Kasi nga alam ko na bully siya. First year ako noon, tapos siya second year. May reputation na kasi siya noon of being a bully. Tapos nakita ko siya in person na binu-bully iyong isang estudyante. Kaya hayun, nainis ako sa kanya."

"Si Ninong talaga…" Napasimangot si Darlene.

Jenneth smiled. She touched Darlene's head and played with her hair.

"Eh paano n'yo po siya naging crush?" tanong ni Darlene sa kanya.

"Paano nga ba?" Jenneth looked away and tried to recall that first time she fell for CPRU's resident bully. "I guess it was that time, sa may gym."

It was January of her first year in high school. Oo, that happened on the same month as they were right now, only eighteen years ago. Jenneth could still recall everything – from the cold January air, to the rough wall of the gymnasium; the heat of the morning sun and the shadow it made on them; and of course, the feeling that Ryan made her feel the first time they locked eyes with each other and almost kiss.


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