Uh oh. I know that voice. I turned to face my best friend, honorary twin sister, and partner in crime, Tatat.
Hug, hug. Kiss, kiss.
“You look fat!”
She pouted. “Bitchy as always.”
“Are you still with CVG?”
“Old news Gabby dear.” She scoffs.
“I’m training with Dell right now.” She removes a pack of Marboro Lights and offers me a cigarette.
“Still a chain smoker, I see. Honey, your nasty habit is wrecking havoc on your skin!” I said, pretending to examine her face.
“That’s a load of bull.”
“Seriously! Anyway, guess who I bumped into earlier.”
“Who.” She said disinterestedly.
I paused to take a breath. She looks into my eyes, reading my thoughts.
“Yes!” I said, “I bumped into him by accident.
She grabs my phone.
“Hey! Give that back!”
“I don’t like this.”
“If you are looking for his text messages there’s none.”
She looks at me. “You erased them?”
“No. Because I don’t even have his number.”
“Somebody’s going to get hurt.”
I looked at her seriously. “I promised myself I’d never again be in a situation like that. I’m not stupid Tat.”
“Just make sure you don’t see him again, because I already know how this is going to end.”
Bzzz! My cellphone vibrated. 1 New Message.
“Hi Gab, it’s Eric. Remember that place at Eastwood where we had Chiqui’s birthday dinner? I’m craving pasta right now. Want to meet me there? My shift ends at in about an hour.”
“Who is it?” Tatat asked.
I look her in the eye. “My mom checking on me if I’ve arrived safely.”
“I brought some binagol, by the way. Give some to Cricket.” I showed her the delicacies I had brought from Tacloban.
That’s Tatat, she loves her food and loves her boys.
“C’mon, I need to leave this bag at your place. I need to leave right away.”
“Got somewhere to go?”
“To Megamall. I need to buy some toiletries.” I lied.
I had been waiting at the table for twenty minutes. I changed into a polo shirt and jeans and practically bathed in my favorite scent.
I saw Eric outside through the window. I wave at him.
“Sorry I’m a little late.”
“That’s ok. I just arrived a few minutes ago.” I smiled.
“Somebody smells nice.”
I laughed nervously.
“I needed to get the airplane smell out.”
The waiter came with the menus and took our order.
“So Eric, do you still travel?”
“Yeah. Went to El Nido last summer.”
“Was it expensive?”
“Not if you stay at the town instead of the resort. You?”
“Just around Leyte. We have great beaches there.
“Who’d you go with?”
“Your trip to El Nido. Your girlfriend? Jen?”
Eric laughs. I have no girlfriend right now, and Jen got married last year.”
“To Royce, of all people.”
I giggled. “No way! How did that happen?”
“They met on a company team building and started going out.”
The food had arrived.
“Smells nice.” I said, having a wonderful time.
“Try my seafood pasta.”
I took a bite.
“Better than sex.” I laughed.
“I’m taking a trip to Galera tomorrow. Wanna go?”
“Hmm I have some things to take care of, and I don’t think I’d have enough money.”
“I’ll take care of the accommodations.”
“Talaga? Who else are going?”
I knew I was breaking my own rules.
“What time do we meet tomorrow?” I asked.