He wore his hair the same way the last time I saw him- spiky, and fashionably styled. I had always been a fool for men with nice hair. He looked at me, mouth agape, for a moment.
“Gabby?! Hey, how have you been?” His eyes showed his surprise, and possibly, delight.
“I’m good. I just arrived from the airport.”
People had started to board the train, so we moved away from the crowd. He gestured to the nearby bench.
“That explains the traveling bag then.”
I laughed. “Yeah, I’ve been lugging around this heavy thing since early morning.”
“Where do you work now?”
“I’m not employed, actually.” I said. I was suddenly aware of my rumpled shirt. “Ah, after I resigned I decided to study again full time in the province.”
“How about you, still with Info?”
“Yeah. Six years and going strong.” He sat next to me on the bench.
“Up for another promotion?” I asked.
“Nah, not really. The teams I handle have not been doing well. Besides, I doubt if they have openings at this point.”
We were silent after we discussed work-related things. I smiled awkwardly.
“I guess I’d better be going. Tatat is waiting for me at Shaw Station.”
“No kidding. She left months after you did. Without much dramatic flair though…” He teased, referring to how I left the company years ago.
“Forget about that. I was a little crazy.”
“So you’d join us again at Info?” He smiled.
“Unlikely. I’m done with that industry.” I said, standing up.
“Hey, want to go out sometime, while you’re still in town?”
I gave it to him.
“It was great to see you. I’ll call you sometime.” Standing up, he towered over me. He put his hand on my shoulder and squeezed.
My heart gave an involuntary leap. “Alright.”
I walked towards the train, turning around and giving him a wave just as the doors started to close.
As the train started moving, I was once again lost in my thoughts. Seeing Eric today, on my first day in Manila made me realize how much I had missed him. I’ve always wondered if I had made a mistake, leaving Info. I would have just settled to being one of his friends just so I could see him everyday.
You’ve already made the decision, I told myself, so stick to it!
In the distance, I saw the morning rays cast a glow to the city skyline.