4: The First Meeting
Wala ng klase kaya napagdesisyunan ng barkada na pumunta sa mall. Kung hindi sa bahay sa mall naman talaga lagi ang tambayan ng mga yan eh. Palibasa mga katulong lang ang kasama ko. Nasa ibang bansa ang parents ko. As usual business na naman. Kung saang bansa sila naroon hindi ko alam at wala na din akong balak alamin.
Wala rin naman sila pakialam sakin eh. They think na sapat na pinagaaral nila ako sa exclusive school, may mga maids na magaasikaso at may sariling bank accounts for my needs. Puro materyal na bagay lang ang kaya nilang ibigay sakin.
Bata pa lang ako nung iniwan nila ako kay Ena. Sya ang mayordoma namin. Kaya sya na halos ang nagpalaki sakin. Hindi ko rin naman masasabing hinahanap ko ang pagkakaroon ng magulang dahil nandyan naman si Ena at yung parents nila West. Magkapit-bahay lang kasi kami noon kaya madalas ako tumambay sa bahay nila.
Kaibigan sila ng pamilya namin kaya may tiwala sina Mommy sa kanila.
Naalala ko pa noon ang unang beses na nakilala ko sina West at Aya.
Nagpunta kami ni Mommy nun sa malaking bahay sa tapat namin. Iyon ang araw na pupunta sila ni Daddy sa Italy para ayusin ang ibang business nila dun. Sanay na naman ako na umaalis sila kaya di ko alam kung bakit kailangan pa naming pumunta dun sa katapat na bahay.
“Lance, Yaya Ena’s father is sick so she has to go to their province to take care of her father. As for the meantime you’re Ninang Aiko will take care of you.”
“But I don’t want them mommy, I like yaya Ena!”
“Oh! Baby. You’re going to like them. They have children same as your age. Don’t you want that? You’re going to have a playmate”
Napasimangot nalang ako sa sinabi ni mommy. Ever since I don’t have a playmate so I don’t know the feeling to have one. Only child kasi ako. But somehow the idea of having a playmate excites me kaya sumama nadin ako kay mommy.
When we reach inside the house a very beautiful woman greet us. By the looks of it, you could easily tell that she’s not a pure Filipina.
“Is that your son Layla?”she asked my mom while looking at me.
“Yes Aiko. His name is Lance. Greet your Ninang Aiko Lance.”
“Good morning Madam”
“Ohh!! What a handsome little boy. I’m going to take care of him Layla. Don’t Worry. Good luck on your flight.” The woman said as she hugged me.
I don’t know but the hug she gave me was so warm that it even reaches my heart Right there and then I told to myself that I like this woman.
While my mom and Ninang Aiko were talking I decided to explore the house until I reach the garden. The garden was so beautiful. While admiring the beautiful flowers around me somebody called my attention.
“Hey You Kid! Who are you?”
I looked around to see who it was and I was greeted by a little girl probably 5 years old. She was wearing a lavender dress and white shoes. Her hair was neatly tied. She is so cute.
“Hey You Kid! Who are you?” she repeat the question.
“Me?” I point to myself.
“Who else do you think it was? You and I are the only person here in the garden.”
“oh! I see.” My cheeks turned red.
“my name is Aya and I lived here. What’s your name?”
“Lance. I lived there” I told her as I pointed the house in front of their house.
She tiptoed as she tried to look on the house that I pointed.
“Oh! You lived in the white house?” amusement was written all over her cute face.
Our house was painted white so that was obviously the reason she called it “White House”
“ Aya” someone inside the house called her.
“I’m here at the garden. Come quick” she shouted back.
A little boy probably my age appears in front of us.
“West, this is Lance he lives in the white house, Lance this is my brother West”
The little boy smiled at me as he offers his hand. I smiled back and accepted his hand for a handshake.
“What are you doing here at our house?” the little boy asked
“I’m with my mom.”
“Oh! You’re Tita Layla’s son?”
That was the time when my mom and Ninang Aiko appear in the garden
“It looks like you already meet my children. Kids from now on Lance will be staying here with us until his Yaya came back from province so be nice to him okay?”
“Okay” the two kids answered as they smile at me.
End of flashback
Back to the present…
“Wow ah! Astig!!!Ang prinsipe ng mga Montealegre inuutos utusan mo lang..Alam ba ng pamilya nya yung ginagawa mo sa prinsipe nila.” Narinig kong pang-aasar ni Jake kay Aya.
From the counter napatingin ako sa table kung saan sila nakaupo. And I can’t help but smile to myself when I heard Aya’s answer to Jake.
“Oo naman noh..may permiso ako sa mga magulang nyan”
She was right. My mom adored her so much. Kung minsan nga sa bibihirang pagkakataon na umuuwi sila sa Pilipinas akala mo mas anak pa nila si Aya kaysa sakin. Aya is the daughter that my mom wishes to have.
Kaya ganun nalang kalapit si Aya sa parents ko. Okay lang naman sakin yun. Bestfriend ko naman sya eh.
“Can I take your order sir” nakangiting bati ng cashier.
“ Oi, Lance order mo daw” kalabit sakin ni Lieu
It’s my turn na pala para umorder.
“ dalawang large fries, dalawang coke float at isang spaghetti”
“ sundae Sir, would you like to add?”
“ No, that would be enough”
Matapos maiserve ang order ko I walked towards the table where my friends seated. I noticed some people are looking and smiling at me especially girls. I just didn’t pay attention to them. Sanay na ako sa mga ganung bagay.
“ hey bro, back off” I told to Jake.
Napakamot nalang sa ulo si Jake as he move towards another chair.