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Chapter 23: CHAPTER 22 • PART I: OOPS, STALKER!

Irene Adler's POV

Kamukha niya si... Ayt wait, hindi pala hehe. Kahawig lang pero hindi kamukha. Or hindi rin naman kahawig? Ayt, mabagal pag-iisip ko sa pag-contrast or pag-compare ng mga bagay, hayst.

Russ went near me. Kumuha rin siya ng isang copy ng sketch ni Ceah. "Familiar siya. Bakit parang nakita ko na siya?"

"You know him?"

"Parang." Russ said. "Saan ko nga ba siya nakita?"

Sof approached us and got his own copy. "Ha?! Kilala ko 'to!" Bulalas niya.

"Kilala mo?" Curious naming tanong ni Russ.

"Oo."

"Sino?"

"Kamukha siya ni..."

"Ni?"

"Jose Rizal. Oo, si Jose Rizal bago siya nagbago ng hairstyle—" Aniya pa ngunit bago niya naisabi lahat ng sasabihin niya ay binatukan ko na agad siya. "Araaaay! Para saan na naman ba iyon Irene?"

"Tigil-tigilan mo nga ako sa mga kalokohan mo Sof ah. Malilintikan ka talaga sa akin."

"E totoo naman 'di ba? Tignan mo 'yung bangs niya. 'Yan 'yung mga usong hairstyle nung time ni Rizal—" Aniya at natigilan ulit. "Para saan naman 'yung pangalawang batok? Masakit na ah!"

"Natural na ba talaga sa 'yo 'yang kalokohan mo?!" Pasigaw kong tanong sa kaniya.

"Huwag mo akong sigawan. Baka gusto mong sabihin ko sa lahat 'yung sikreto mo." Aniya pa at napangiti. Nanlaki ang mata ko nang ibuka niya ang kaniyang bibig at akmang magsasalita nang ibusal ko ang aking kamay sa bibig niya. Tinignan ko siya ng matalim.

"Anong sikreto ba ang gusto mong sabihin, Sof?"

Imbes na si Sof ang magsalita ay ako ang nagsalita. "Ah, nothing Russ. Kalokohan niya na naman 'yun panigurado."

"Sigurado ka Irene? We're family here not just a club, you can tell us anything." Russ said.

"I'm sure Russ. Thanks for the concern but I think I can handle myself."

"Okay." She said and looked at her own copy of Ceah's sketch. She looked upon me after. "Kamusta na pala si Ivan?"

"He's recovering. I talked with our family doctor and he said makakauwi na daw si Ivan sa makalawa."

"Good news." Aniya. "Kailan ba namin siya pwedeng bisitahin. I want to meet him."

"I'll look for a perfect timing." I said and she smiled. I turned my gaze to JD na chill lang na nakaupo sa sofa. "JD, hindi mo ba 'to titignan?"

"Why would I?"

"Baka lang naman ho 'pag nakita mo, may maalala kang tao 'di ba? Pero kung gusto mong maka-appreciate ng gawa ni Ceah, you can also consider that as a reason."

"If I'll look at that sketch, that's not because I'm interested to it but I'm just required to look at it, you understand?"

I rolled my eyes. "Need not to explain, mister. Alam ko namang wala kang pakialam sa kahit na anong bagay sa mundong ibabaw." I got a copy and lent him after. "Are you familiar diyan sa lalaking 'yan?"

"No. Okay, I don't even know who's this man. Why do Ceah even sketched his face? Is he missing or else?"

"Alien ka talaga, JD." Ani Russ at napailing. Nagtaka naman si JD.

"'Yan 'yung nakausap ni Ceah just last last week. Lutang ka na naman. Siya 'yung anak nung Camil Haviel."

"Ah, is he this?"

"Oo nga. Ang kulit kasi." Ani ko bago napakamot ng ulo. "Ano? Kilala mo?"

"Even if I always look at it, I still can't recognize him."

"Okay." Pagtatapos ko ng usapan namin. Masyado pa ring uncomfty, ewan kung bakit. Pero isa pang rason, ayaw kong makipagtalo sa lutang. Hayst.

Napalingon ako sa pinto ng may narinig akong katok. It was one student of SH. Nagngitngit naman ang mga ngipin ko nang makilala kung sino 'yun.

"Anong ginagawa mo rito?" Masungit kong ani.

"Teka, kilala mo siya Irene?" Tanong ni Russ. Sino ba naman ang makakalimot sa lalaking 'yan? "Oo Russ, tandang-tanda ko pa. Nakalimutan mo na ba kung sino 'yang kupal na 'yan?"

Tinignan pa lalo ni Russ ang lalaki samantalang nagsalita 'yung lalaki. "Aba, miss. Huwag mo naman akong tawaging kupal."

"Bakit? Hindi ba bagay sa 'yo?" Ani ko sa kaniya. Napatingin ako sa direksyon nina Sof at JD. Nag-iba ang awra nila, malamang kilala na nila kung sino 'yun.

"Aha!" Sigaw ni Russ. "Siya 'yung lalaking nagsabing walang kasalanan si Twinkle sa nangyari kay JJ Dy."

"Exactly Russ." Ani ko kay Russ. Napakamot nalang ng ulo 'yung lalaki.

"E anong ginagawa mo rito? Matapos mo kaming siraan hindi lang sa buong paaralan kundi sa buong delegates ng Pilipinas doon sa contest sa Korea, ang lakas naman ata ng loob mong humingi ng tulong ngayon."

"Okay people. Can we just forget all the things that happened in South Korea? Masyado naman atang mababaw ang galit ninyo sa akin." Mayabang niyang ani.

"Ay wow, ikaw pa may ganang mag-demand, kupal ka!" Nagtitimping ani ko pa rin.

"Okay. Nagpunta ako rito hindi para mang-away. I came here because I need help. At alam kong kayo lang ang makakatulong sa akin."

"I'm sorry but your name is on our blacklisted list. Bawal manghingi ng tulong ang kung sino mang naroroon." Ani ko. Lumapit naman sa tainga ko si Russ at nagtanong.

"Meron ba tayo nun?" Tanong niya. "Wala naman ata tayong napagkasunduan na ganon."

"Noon wala, pero ngayon meron na. Just be quiet, I'll handle this man."

"Ah ganoon ba? Pero kailangan ko ng tulong—"

"You can solve it by yourself. After all, this is a school where detective stuff is taught. Siguro naman may kaunti kang background about that."

"Oo pero hindi ako marunong ng kailangan gawin." Aniya pa. "Ganito, if ayaw ng buong grupo ninyo na tulungan ako. Can I just ask for a help from your techie?"

"I'm sorry but no is my answer." Ani ko, masungit pa rin ang tono.

"Ayt, sino ka ba sa tingin mo ah miss. Hindi naman ikaw ang president nitong club ah—"

"But I am the techie. And you can't ask for help."

"Hindi ba talaga—?"

"Hindi—"

"Cut it Irene." Ani JD sa likod. "You're starting to act childish again. What if he's in danger. I'll just remind you that our club's aim is to help people in distress—"

"Fine, fine. Madali lang akong kausap. Pero sa isang kondisyon." Pagputol ko ng sinasabi ni JD. I looked at our client.

"Ano 'yon?"

"You're a vlogger, right?"

"Yes, I am."

"How many subscribers ulit?"

"I have 2.4 million subscribers."

"Highest views attained?"

"I have this particular vlog na nag-abot na ng 36 million views." Aniya. "Teka, bakit mo ba ako tinatanong ng ganiyan?"

"For the condition. You just have to  promote us in one of your vlog after we solve your case. Kailangan mawala mo sa mindset ng lahat ng nakarinig sa 'yo na mali 'yung sinabi mo. So ano, deal."

"Easy. Deal." He said as we shaked our hands.

We let him in and sit on the couch while inaasikaso ang documents sa application nitong si Andrew Rozen. Yeah, his name is Andrew Rozen.

Ini-ready ko ang aking laptop sa ibabaw ng conference table. We let him sign the paper. I told him to sit in front of me habang nasa likod namab sila Russ, Sof at JD. Si Ceah, hindi pa rin bumabalik.

"So, now tell us what your problem is."

"I have a stalker." He said.

"What kind of stalker?"

"An online stalker."

"Paano siya umaatake or sumusunod sa iyo? Via online lang ba or he/she eavesdrops too?"

"Online."

"What do you think is the main reason?"

"I really don't know actually. Maybe because I'm a vlogger and he's just an obsessed fan or else."

"Okay." I said. "Saan ka niya minamanmanan? I mean what online platform? What way?"

"Sa gmail ko. He used to send me pics of me outside the school. I mean hindi naman malaswa 'yung mga pictures but picture of me from behind."

"Ibig sabihin nag-eeavesdrop din siya, knowing na he's taking you pictures from behind."

"Baka rin." He said nang may pag-aalala.

I typed on my laptop's keyboard. I opened an app used for hacking services. "Lend me your phone. Tanggalin mo 'yung security at ako na ang bahala mag-track sa kaniya. Don't worry, privacy is yours, wala akong papakialaman, I just need your phone and your account." He lent me the phone at agad ko iyong sinaksak sa laptop gamit ang OTG wire. "You can go back to your room. I can manage it on my own."

"Okay, thank you." He said and bowed his head to us. Lumabas rin naman siya pagkatapos niyang magpasalamat.

"So, what are you gonna do, Irene?" Tanong ni Russ.

"Hack the stalker's location. Kailangan natin siyang mahanap, we have to know what's his/her motive sa pangi-stalk. And we need good image rin kaya tutulungan ko talaga siya. Hehe."

"How? Paanong paraan mo ba siya hahanapin?" Tanong ni Sof.

"You all know the types of hackers and hacking?" I asked them all.

"Yeah. The white, black and grey hat hackers right? What about that?" JD said.

"They all are hackers but they have different intentions to hack. Basically, I'm a white hat hacker, because I'll be using my ability to hack for good sake. Opposite goes to black, sila 'yung more of hackers ng mga syndicate and rebellion groups. 'Yung grey hat hacker, a combination of good and bad intention."

"Need not to explain, we knew that already." Masungit na ani JD. "Just tell us what way will you use in hacking the stalker's location."

"I'll use the most basic. I'm gonna send him a link and if he opens that, it will automatically sends signal to me. It's the most basic but critical. Kung hindi man siya kumagat sa pain, I'm gonna use the complex way instead."

"What link? I mean, what exactly link?"

"A website's link. 'Yung link na kapag ni-visit mo, you'll take time scrolling it. Kailangan kasi ng ten seconds na naroon siya sa website para ma-track ko 'yung location."

"What if hindi siya magtagal doon?" Sof asked.

"The process will be declined. Hindi mata-track ng tracker ko 'yung location. Sinabi ko na ring, I'll gonna use the more complex way kung hindi talaga mag-work." Ani ko sa kaniya habang nagtitipo sa keyboard ng aking laptop. "This may take time until I got the response. Please don't disturb me for a while. I have to be focused on this."

I copied a website's URL, then sent it to the stalker's account on gmail. Medyo mahina 'yung internet ng club namin so it was sent five minutes after I did the message.

The stalker's gmail account is dumboversexy222@gmail.com. Yeah, the gmail address is quite weird but mysterious. I don't know why did he used such combination of words and numbers in making his/her own address.

Analyzing the gmail address, he is a boy indeed. I sent him a URL of the world's most famous magazine brand for men, I think I should not say the brand. I don't know but I think magtatagal siya sa katitingin ng mga naggagandahang babaeng naka-underwear lang. I consulted Sof too and guess what, he copied the website and he started scrolling in it. Lalaki nga naman.

About the background of a white hat hacker. They are also called the ethical hackers. They test existing internet infrastractures to create loopholes of a service. They create algorithms and performs methodologies not only to strengthen them but to serve people a good service.

I believe that that's self-explanatory. No further explanations.

It is actually thirty minutes since I had sent the message to the mysterious stalker. Hanggang ngayon, he still haven't responded yet. Tumunog rin ang school bell showing that this is recess time. Unfortunately, I can't abandon this work for the mean time kaya nagpasabay na lamang ako ng pagbili kay Russ.

Hindi naman nagtagal ay bumalik sila dala ang kaniya-kaniyang tray of foods. Si Sof 'yung may dala ng foods ko which is a piece of pizza and pineapple juice. I owe them my deepest gratitude at hinayaan na lamang nila ako na mag-isa rito sa conference table.

It was again lunch time at hindi pa rin siya nagrereply. I'm losing my patience sa pag-antay ng pag-reply niya. I set the profile of Andrew's phone and my laptop in outdoor mode, para naman kahit umidlip ako, marinig ko pa rin kung may notifications na mangyari.

I leaned on my chair, which is actually Ms. Fuentebella's chair here. I find it comofrtable kasi so I got it knowing na I'll take time waiting for this stalker's response.

Kumuha ako ng panyo sa aking bulsa at inilagay ito sa harap ng mukha ko. 'Yung mokong kasing si Sof once na akong pinicturan ng nakatulog ako, bukas pa bunganga ko doon. Ayoko rin namang maulit 'yon and guess what, ni-send niya iyon kay JD. What an embarrassing moment, shit.

Hindi rin naman nagtagal ay bumitaw na ang mga mata ko sa pagkurap at pagpigil ng antok. Nakailang hikab rin ako at sa wakas, nakatulog na rin ako.

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"Ey, Irene. Are you okay?" Ani JD na solong nakaupo sa couch.

"Yeah, I'm okay." Ani ko bago inilibot ang tingin sa buong clubroom. "Nasaan 'yung mga tao?"

"They went out. They will be handling a mild case of a student."

"Bakit hindi ka sumama sa kanila?"

"It's a mild case and I don't think they might need my deduction skills. However, I don't want to leave our clubroom while the sleeping sleepyhead is sleeping."

"Anong sinabi mo?" Mataray na ani ko. My brows were raised too. "Sinong tinawag mong sleepyhead?"

"It's you, isn't it obvious?"

"Tse!" Mataray pa ring ani ko. "By the way, wala ka namang narinig na tunog mula sa phone and laptop ko right?"

"I'm here all the time, and I didn't hear any ring from what so ever."

"Good." I said and he faced me with his poker face. Agad naman siyang bumalikwas ng tingin at agad na hinanap ang kaniyang phone bago magsimulang maglaro ulit.

I did get my phone too, it's already two o'clock in the afternoon and the hacker still haven't responded yet. Okay, I'm gonna wait for two hours more and kung hindi pa siya mag-reply, I'll use the more complex way.

Hindi nagtagal ay dumating na sina Russ, Sof at Ceah. "What's up guys? Anong kaso 'yung hinawakan ninyo?" I asked.

"Just a woman trying to suicide. Buti nga naagapan." Ani Ceah.

"How did you do it?"

"We used the reverse psychology. Ang sabi namin ituloy niya 'yung balak niyang gawin at wala namang kaming pakialam sa kaniya. We knew na hindi niya naman kayang gawin 'yun so we made the case possible." Sof explained.

"About the stalker, may updates na ba?" Tanong ni Russ.

"Wala pa rin siyang response doon sa ni-send ko. Wala ring location na nata-track for now."

"What's your plan?"

"Wait for two more hours and kung hindi pa rin ma-track 'yung location, I'll start to use the more complex way of tracking."

"Okay." Ani Russ. "We'll let you focus on what you're doing."

"Sige." I said habang naupo naman sila sa couch at magsimulang magkuwentuhan. 'Yung tatlo naming boys, nagbabangayan na naman as usual. Nagtatawagang bakla and else, buti hindi nagkakapikunan.

Dumiretso ako sa water dispenser ng aming clubroom. Ni-press ko ang hot water at agad na nilagay ito sa aking baso. Nilagay ko ang baso sa mesa at kumuha ng kutsarita. Kumuha rin ako ng kape, creamer and a bit of sugar. Ayoko kasi ng napakatapang.

Humigop ako ng kaunti sa aking cup. Mainit pa kaya napapaso ako. Pero sakto rin ang kape lalo na medyo masama ang panahon ngayon, may LPA ata sa PAR. Pumunta ako sa side nila at pinakinggan ang mga pinag-uusapan nila.

"Ikaw ang bakla!" Sigaw ni Sof kay JD. "E 'di mo nga masabi 'yung tunay na nararamdaman mo sa babaeng mahal mo e. Nasa iisang room lang kayo oh, kung naririnig niya 'to baka matagal niya nang alam ang tunay mong nararamdaman sa kaniya. Bading ka JD, wala kang betlog."

Tsk, alam kong parinig lang 'yun sa akin ni Sof. Why not tell me directly? Para tayo ditong nagpaplastikan.

"Shut up you small dick!" Ani JD kay Sof. Sof and Ceah just chuckled. Masayang-masaya ang mga loko na pinagtitripan ang vice-president nila.

"Galit na ang loko. Hala ka Ceah!" Pabirong ani Sof.

"Hala, bakit ako?" Ani Ceah bago sila nagtawanan ulit. Nahawaan na ni Sof ng katarantaduhan si Ceah. Tsk, siya nalang sana 'yung natitirang matino sa tatlo. Wala na, nahawaan na, grabe talaga ang virus ni Sof, laganap na.

I looked at my phone. It is now three thirty-nine in the afternoon. Madali na mag-alas kuwatro and that's the end of our classes. And remember I said that kung wala pang response from that stalker, I'll be using the complex way, maybe tomorrow or else.

"By the way, Irene may na-track na ba ang locator mo?" Sof asked, I shook my head na tila ba sinasabing wala pa.

Nagpatuloy sila sa kuwentuhan. Ilang saglit pa ay may narinig akong isang ring from a certain gadget. Inisa-isa nila ang mga gadget nila until I realized it was from Andrew's phone.

I immediately went to my chair. Sumunod rin ang clubmates ko patungo sa akin. "Ano daw, Irene? Anong sabi?" Tanong ni Russ.

"He sent a message like: '?'. Nagtataka ata siya kung bakit ko ni-send 'yung website na 'yun."

"Ibig sabihin ba noon hindi mo na-track 'yung location?"

"Hindi naman. I bet he stayed for ten seconds or more doon sa website na 'yun kasi patuloy na tina-track ng laptop ko 'yung location. Almost five minutes nalang, we'll get his location."

Tinignan ko ang screen ng aking laptop. It says ten percent more at makukuha ko na ang location ng stalker.

90% COMPLETED...

In not more that three minutes, makukumpleto na 'to for sure.

95% COMPLETED...

In less than one minute, for sure I'll get the appropriate location ng stalker.

100% COMPLETED...

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU TRACKED A LOCATION...

"At 'yun, nakuha ko na ang location!" I shouted in happiness.

"Talaga Irene?!" Russ asked and I nodded.

"Yes!" Ani Sof. "Saan daw?"

"Block three, lot ten, Greenfield Subdivision."

I smiled. An hour or less later, we'll be recognizing you. Oops, stalker.

[ABANGAN]

*not yet revised, huhu. just wanna update for my dear readerssss~! luvlots!❤*


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