CHAPTER 3 LAINe Series: JEW & DREI
“Hey Sweetheart” sabay yakap sa likuran ng dalaga habang nakatingin sa fireworks and he whisper over her ear “I’m sorry I have to talk with some colleagues, anyway congratulations, every friend I met awhile were asking me if you’re the one in charge in this event, they told me you’ve done such a great job again, I’m proud of you.” He gives her a long kiss over her ear.
Yes, Joseph and her were still together, they had this understanding that they will try to be with each other but still she’s allowed to see anyone she likes, no questions ask. Yes Joseph is martyr, and still she’s trying to understand that thing. For now she treats him as her other best friend, because when Mosh is not around, this man is always ready to take over. She realized that the man is good for her, well to mend her tantrums about men, at present she’s not seeing anyone simply because she wants to change for better, and her Auntie is so happy about it, ngayon nga at almost a month na sila ni Joseph exclusively dating and steady naman ang relationship nila, they never argue over anything which sometimes makes her thinks if its good or not.
“Thanks sweety.” She replied while looking at the fireworks. Hindi na muna niya inentertain ang anumang gumugulo sa kanyang isip baka mahalata pa ng boyfriend niya. ‘Wow to her surprise concern na siya ngayon sa iisipin nito?’
In the meantime at the other end of the hall was a man looking at the couple who were happy whispering with each other. He can’t believe his self. Kanina lang ay kararating niya from Bahamas at dapat may jetlog pa siya at natutulog but he choose to be here because her Ate Julia wants him to buy a new car at her expense, pa consuelo pa nito sa sapilitang pag papauwi sa kanya, siyempre he’ll jump to the opportunity to drive home his own Ford. So he went to the party with her Ate Julia, who in turn has to leave him because of a call from someone he don’t care at all who or what was it. Buti na lang he was easily recognized by some of his batch mates from high school kaya may mga kausap siya kanina before from nowhere that lady came at hinila siya paalis sa mga ito.
Ewan ba niya pero hindi na siya nagsalita pa habang nag papa charming ito sa mga kausap niya basta sumunod na lang siya rito- paano namang hindi? eh kanina pa niya ito tinititigan. From the time she enters the hall and started to mingle with guests, he felt this kind of feeling that he is fascinated with her, the way she smile, her charm, and oh god her legs that little awakes his manhood plus the face she had that he love to stare. How he wish that the lady will come to where he is and entertain him a bit. Well to his surprise, it is more than from what he expects it to be ng hinila pa siya ng dalaga, and oh he kiss her well at first to stop her from so much talking, but god that kiss lasts and he felt something inside him. At ngayon nga ay unti-unti na niyang nakikilala ang dalaga. Basing from what he heard sa mga guests ay ito ang nag organize ng big event na iyun at ngayon lang niya napagtanto na napagkamalan siyang si Mosh nito, ‘Heck did I look so girly?, yes I and Mosh were so identical pero sa pananamit pa lamang you will know who is who.’
And now seeing the lady with that man who interrupted them awhile, parang may kung anung inis siyang nararamdaman, ‘Dammit, is he jealous?’ tanung ng ego niya “Nah, I’d just met her awhile, infatuated lang ako because of the kiss, that’s all’ to his surprise his other ego answers. Then he decided to leave- he can’t stand the party, the craziness of his mind and the couple who he was staring at all throughout the night.
Kanina pa tapos ang party sa NBC Tent and the whole AIM team decided to have an after party at the near bar – Fuel Up.
“Demi have you seen Mosh?” tanung niya, kanina pa niya talaga ito gustong makausap kaya lang palaging nakatabi sa kanya si Joseph kaya naman ng makakuha siya ng tyempo ng mag rest room ito at sinamahan naman niya ay-.
“No Ma’am” takang sagot naman nito. “Diba Ma’am kayo na rin ang nagsabi na sick ngayon si Sir Mosh.”
“Kanina sa may terrace, I’m with him before you came and call me.” Takang paliwanag niya rito.
“Yun Ma’am na lalake?, hindi ko naman masyadong napansin kasi medyo madilim, but I’m sure his not Sir Mosh di sana sumabay na siya sakin pabalik ng hall, sumunod na rin kasi agad ako sa inyo ni Sir Joseph at di ko na tiningnan siya ulit kasi I thought his one of your, you know! forgive me Ma’am” halos mapayuko ito dahil hindi malaman kung paano sasabihin ang nais, na baka isa nanaman sa lalake niya!? Ganun?
“No his not what you think he is. I swear he is -” bigla siyang natigilan at pinili na lang na wag ng ipagpilitan pa na si Mosh nga iyon. “Ugh just forget it Demi, let’s go” sa isip niya pag uwi na lang ni Mosh sa condo saka niya kokomprontahin ito sa kung anung drama nito at nagawa siyang halikan – ‘Oh well’ bigla siyang natigilan ‘how stupid she is, that is part of the bet, he kiss her to prove that he is a real man at that moment, oh bull shit, she almost fell on his tricks, what the heck, humanda ito’ sa isip isip niya.
Today is the day to confront Mosh. It’s been three days long she waited dahil ngayon lang naman ito pumasok sa office nila at tonight pa lang babalik sa condo nila ayon na rin dito while talking with him sa phone yesterday. Their at her office and mocking at each other and to her dismay “Are you sure you didn’t attend the party or even just drop by?” ulit pa niyang tanong rito dahil gusto niyang masiguro na hindi ito nag prepretend lang na kunwa’y walang alam sa lahat ng nangyari sa kanila sa party.
“Hello, earth calling Jew..read my lips..No.. no.. no. Big no, why your so kulit ba ha, hows I can attend if my eye bags are sagging and feeling like jinombag jombag ako ng kung sino man?” maarte pa nitong inakto ang mga pinagsasasabi. “About our bet, I can’t, I simply can’t but I’m real damn sick that night!” he almost shouted at her.
Actually four days ago before the Ford launch ay nasa ClubEast sila ni Mosh, at gaya ng dati na nilang nakaugaliang dare game ay nanalo nanaman si Jew, pinagpustahan nila kasi ang rising star hunk model na si Fabio Ide na noon ay kapapasok pa lang ng bar. Dapat before the night is off ay mayaya iyon ni Jew na lumipat sa table nila na sa akala naman ni Mosh ay napaka-imposible dahil sa dami ng mga kasama nito at may dalawa pang babae itong inaakbayan. Well super crush ni Mosh ang model na yun and even dared her na hindi ito lalandi sa Ford launch at magpapakalalake ito sa gabing iyon meaning coat and tie period. Ayaw sanang tanggapin ni Jew ang hamon pero napukaw ng interest niya ang pusta ni Mosh, well she can’t just turn down the bet, ang mag-suot ng suit para kay Mosh ay kamatayan na ng fashion style nito kaya hindi na siya nagdalwang-isip though baka ma-front page nanaman siya. Napanganga na lang si Mosh ng makitang tumayo siya at lumapit sa table nila Fabio, and thanks to her karisma that God has given her, madali niyang naagaw ang atensiyon nito sa suot niyang red bareback haltered dress plus revealing her oggling legs at yun na nga hindi lang si Fabio ang na-invite niya kundi pati mga kasama nito, at kahit na dalawa lang sila ni Mosh sa cubicle table eh ang mga ito pa ang nagkusang lumipat sa table nila, so end of the story.
Pero ngayon kinakabahan na talaga siya, who was she with then and who kiss her? Damn, she swears it was Mosh. Sasabad pa sana siya but her Auntie came in to the office -.
“I think you’ll be sure busy again Jewish, you’ve got three clients lined up, actually there’s five but I decided to give Mia the other two” – tukoy nito sa co- event organizer din niya. “By the way Mosh what’s the update for Star Magic Catalogue”
“So far, doing so good Ma’am, the shoot will start on Wednesday and half of the shots ay located sa Palawan so now I think bye bye Makati for me muna. Bongga ang concept and sure you’ll be surprise even Ms. Mariol already praise me the last time we talk.” Kinikilig pa ito sa naging pahayag.
Napatawa na lang siya ng mapakla, gusto niya sanang sumabat kaya lang ewan ba niya mas gusto niyang isipin pa rin ang lalakeng iyon. “What’s wrong with you Jewish” ang tanong na nagpatigil sa kanyang bigla sa kaiisip ng mamalayang pareho na palang nakatitig sa kanya ang dalawa at nakatayo pa sa harapan niya as if she’s in a court hearing and caught guilty.
“Aah what is it?” patay malisyang balik tanung niya rito.
“Hay naku Aunt Heather, kanina pa siya ganyan, out of focus and her mind is still somewhere over planet Jupiter tsk..tsk…”
Awtomatikong tiningnan niya si Mosh ng masama, as if telling him to shut up! “I’m sure okay Auntie, don’t mind Moshing. Anyway what about the three clients?” changing the topic to save her self.
“As I was saying, here’s the files” giving her one by one while telling the instructions. “First is a wedding, actually I know that wedding is not your line as of now but it’s for the Senator Escudero’s son, so I cannot turn them down. Then an eighteenth birthday of the Vice President’s daughter she personally requested you, and last a yacht fashion show at Puerto Prinsesa in which tandem ang team niyo ni Mosh”.
“Ay I love that yacht party! Madir gows na tayo, now na! -” natawa naman silang tatlo dahil halos gayahin nito si Tito Boy.
Another busy day for him but its just the usual signing of papers, reading files, e-mails from clients, meetings and then the day ends for him just like that. It was his second day at work but he had this feeling as if his working for the company almost a year. Napailing na lang siya sa naalala.
Ang Ate talaga niya, ni hindi man lang siya pinagbakasyon even just a week, para siyang batang nakikiusap rito the other day na payagan siyang pumunta muna sa Palawan bago sumabak sa trabaho ngunit nabigo lang siya at sinabi pa nitong ‘God Andrei almost eight years ng nakadikit sa balat mo ang buhangin ng Bahamas, hindi ka pa rin nagsasawa? No! suit yourself at work’ kilala niya ito, whatever decision she made is always firm and can’t be simply ignore, wala naman siyang magawa kundi sundin na lang ito, part of his self pa rin naman kasi is guilty dahil wala naman nga siyang naitulong rito mula ng mamatay ang mga magulang nila, mabuti na lang at pa consuelo nito sa kanya ang brandnew FH10, which is the third latest model launch by Ford as of this year, hindi na rin masama ani niya, dahil sa totoo lang ay gusto niya talaga yung F120, simply because he remembers someone from it.
“Ugh what is this that I’m thinking?” At one moment he remembered the party he attend days later and that kiss, the sweetest lips he had ever taste. ‘No stop this, I need you Drei to get focus at work” saway niya sa sarili ng bigla na lang may boses na tumikhim-.”
“Yes you need to get focus” mariin na pagkakasabi nito sa kanya.
Sobra na yata ang haluscination niya with that woman that he even not notice that his sister enters the office and now in front of him as if like ready to command her slave. “A-Ate!?”
“First things first, a week is too much to ask but I’m giving it you young man to familiarized yourself with our operations. I will leave to your hands this company in two months time, I hope that’s enough time collection of experience, criticisms-well you can expect from me a lot of it and hopefully expertise so you can very well manage this company even I’m not around for the next eight months while I’m in Australia. Is that all clear to you?”
Wala talagang preno ang bibig ng Ate niya when it comes to giving instructions. As if may choice siya to say No in front of her commanding acts. “Yes Ma’am” panunudyo niya rito but to his dismay no reaction talaga ito.
“Anyway you will join me at dinner tonight in Makati. I have a meeting with Mr. Lim & Mr. Singson, two of our biggest investors, its time for you to get along with them.” Isang tango lang ang sinagot niya rito.
“I must admit that our market is at stake because of depletion plus the fact that U.S is still under recovery from major recession but definitely your rest assured that your investments were..-
“For a starter like you in this line of business Mr. Safiena, Why do you think we should trust any of your word?” putol ni Mr. Singson sa mga sinasabi niya
Ang mga tanong nito ang nagpapantig sa kanyang tenga, He’s been sitting in front of them as if bibitayin na siya anumang oras. “ your trusts will be under the guarantor here on my side” referring to her Ate Julia “Besides I believe that I’m determined to proved in the coming days that I’m worth to hold my position and not just because I’m the brother of the owner. I have plans of actions lined up Plan A to Z on how to increase our sales from ten percent last year to twenty three percent until the end of this year.”
Mapaklang tumawa si Mr. Singson “Easy young man, were not as if driving a sports car here, thirteen percent increase in sales? Hindi bat masyado ka naman yatang ambisyoso?”
Naalarma na ring natigilan si Julia at napatingin sa kapatid na hindi naman niya nakikitaan ng any sign of regret sa mga salitang binitawan nito awhile at halata naman nitong his still calm and on good posture, until he speaks- “Business matters is what we are talking here sir, so I think being so ambitious is not bad, anyway Mr. Singson I think you should just heard me at the coming Quarterly board meeting and reserved all your questions for that special day, assurance of ten to thirteen percent increased in sales is what I promise backing it up with my feasible reports and a good team under my control.
“Well, I’ll be waiting til then, surprise us, I want to heard more from you, Julia I think you have someone here that interest me” aniya ni Mr. Singson at nakangiting baling nito sa kanyang Ate na sa pakiwari naman niya’y nasisiyahan sa pagkakataong iyon.
“Young man, hearing your views, I know you can do more! keep it up” baling naman sa kanya ni Mr. Lim.
“Thank you sir” he give him a warm smile, kasabay noon ang pagsungaw ng kakaibang fondness na kanyang biglang nadama habang natatanaw ng paningin niya ang familiar charming face na kapapasok pa lamang sa loob ng restaurant at naglalakad na patungo sa loob ng isang private cubicle ng resto ay malaya niyang napagmamasdan ngayon ang kanyang object of attraction since the very day of his arrival here in the Phil.
“Drei, Andrei!?-” tumikhim pa ito. “Mr. Lim & Mr. Singson are leaving now” a little bit of impatient on her tone this time. Tumayo na ang mga ito at ganun rin naman sila ng Ate niya.
“A-ahm Yes -” he clears his throat “Again, thank you for your time sirs.” While shaking hands with them at nagpaalam na rin ang mga ito kasama ng mga guards nila. Ng makaalis na ang mga ito ay naupo muna sila ng Ate niya roon kung saan naman hindi nakaligtas sa paningin niya ang pagpasok sa cubicle ng babaeng iyon ang isang dalagita na animo’y may kasamang yaya at mga bodyguards pa na naiwan lang sa labas. Nakahinga siya ng malalim ng mapansing mukha namang kliyente ang mga iyon at least hindi ka-date ng babae.
“Drei, since were already here in Makati, Why don’t you check Adrian at his condo, I have an urgent meeting sa Shangrila within thirty minutes with my friends eh baka ma bored ka lang so just drive me there then stay at Adrian’s place then I will call you later to pick me up, is that okay or unless you want to come with me or have other plans out?”
Wala talagang patid ang bibig ng Ate niya “No Ate, I’ll just visit Adrian instead, I’ll just call him to find my way to his condo, besides I want to rest a bit.” Well sa loob loob niya ay gusto din niyang makausap ang kapatid para tanungin tungkol sa babaeng pinakatititigan niya ngaun. He knows that his brother knows her. Hindi naman niya kasi ito masyadong natanung noong mga nagdaang araw dahil nahihiya siyang magpakita ng interes ukol dito, baka kung anu pang isipin ng kakambal niya. But now seeing her again, ugh ngayon ay desidido na talaga siyang kulitin ang kapatid.
It was such a tiring night for her, masyadong maarte ang anak ng Bise-Presidente sa loob-loob niya. If its not just part of her job and the bill is right eh nunca siya sumama sa dalagitang iyon na talo pa ang magpapakasal sa demands sa buhay. Just a debut but more or less 2000 ang nasa guest lists na invited. No wonder she’s the youngest daughter of the former Vice President of Phil. so the only thing to do is suggest, follow a bit, and smile.
Almost one a.m. at kararating lang niya sa condo, tinungo niya muna ang room ni Mosh to check, she knows na narito na ang bading dahil nakita na niya sa car park ang car nito while parking her car. She first went to his room to check on him, hindi na niya binuksan ang lights dahil baka magising pa ito, naaawa naman siya rito dahil kung anu-anong dramang sakit ang dinadaing nito ng nagdaang mga araw. Lumapit siya at naupo sa may side ng bed nito at hinimas ang pisngi nito and to her surprise, he moan! Tama ba ang narinig niya, it was such a masculine moan that made her nerves affected, inakala niyang nananaginip ito kaya marahan niyang niyugyog ang balikat nito. “Moshing are you okay, hey wake up! Are you dreaming?” while whispering over his ears ng bigla na lang bumukas ang ilaw.
“What are you guys doing?” kahit nagtataka ito ay maarte pa rin.
Salubong na kilay ang tumambad sa kanya ng kaibigan ng tumingin siya sa nagbukas ng ilaw. “Moshing!?” takang tanung niya sabay tingin sa nasa harapan niyang halatang naalimpungatan kaya nagising at ngayon nga ay matamang nakatitig sa kanya na halata rin namang nagulat. Awtomatiko naman siyang napatayo at ito naman ay inayos ang sarili at umayos ng upo sa kama while his finger is combing his hair.
“A’ah eh, its not what you think it is, Mosh.” paliwanag niya ng ni isa man sa kanila ay wala pa ring magsalita, paano ba naman kasi, base sa ayos nila kanina bago mag lights on eh hindi maiiwasan ang konting malisya, she’s wearing mini skirt at halos tumaas pa itong lalo while reaching the man’s shoulder para gisingin ito at ngayon nga ang binata naman ay napansin niyang naka unbuttoned ang polo shirt plus the fact na hindi nakabukas ang ilaw kanina, ano nga naman ang iisipin ni Mosh?
“Girl, I’m sorry I forgot to tell you my twin had just arrived, too busy sa office kaya no time na tayo to chika eh.” Paliwanag nito habang nakaupo na silang tatlo sa may terrace ng condo, naipaliwanag na rin niya ang lahat ng nangyari kanina and in turn si Mosh naman ang nag eexplain na iniwan niya lang daw sandali ang kapatid to test drive ang car na Ford nito, kaya lang nagkaroon siya ng urgent call from friends at dumaan siya ng bar kaya yun hindi na siya nakabalik agad, he knows naman kasi na nakatulog na ang kambal niya bago siya umalis.
“I’m really sorry that I have to intrude at your condo” sabay tikhim nito wari’y naghihintay ng reaction from her.
Now she’s so amuse sa dalawang mukhang nakikita niya, yes this two man were the same face, little difference lang ay may cute na dimple malapit sa upper lip ang lalakeng nasa harap niya ngaun. “A-Ahm Yeah Its okay, medyo nagulat lang ako” while smiling sweetly towards him “I thought you were Mosh and having a nightmare kanina kaya I try to wake you up” sabay pa ang pagkumpas ng kanyang kamay “But really its okay” Yun na lang ang naisagot niya because she can’t stand the way he looks at her plus the fact that she remembers the kiss, god yes it was him.
“Anyway I haven’t introduced myself, I’m glad to meet you, I’m Andrei, his twin.” Tukoy nito sa katabi at inilahad ang palad sa harap ng dalaga.
She accept his hand just to feel something somewhere over her but she ignore it and – “I’m Jew, Jewish Mari Favela, his bestfriend.” Napangisi naman siya.
“Oh so okay na ang mga pangyayari, we understand each other! Issues were close.”
At the back of Jew’s mind, ‘I think there’s still one issue that is not solve, the jerk –oh the handsome jerk who kissed me at the party’ but she choose not to tell about it, baka sabihin pa ng binata eh affected siya, it’s just a kiss –‘no it’s not’ hiyaw ng utak niya.
“You two were okay, and were all okay.” Patuloy pa rin sa pagsasalita nito sabay muestra pa ng kamay pabuka na siya namang ikinatawa nilang lahat then a phone rings -.
“Yes Ate, yeah fifteen minutes on my way there” sabay off nito ng phone at bumaling sa dalawa. “I guess I have to leave you guys now, nagpapasundo na ang Boss ko, you know her.” Baling nito kay Mosh at ngumiti naman sa dalaga.
“Kawawa ka naman brother pinauwi ka rito para gawing driver ni Ate” panunukso niya sabay hinalinhinan ng halakhak ng makitang tiningnan siya ng matalim nito na sa pakiwari naman niya’y hindi gaanong naiinis but then umandar na naman ang kapilyahan niya so he even try to kiss on his cheek for goodbye na halata namang hindi nito nagustuhan.
“Anu ba Adrian?” Habang hinaharang ang palad sa mukha nito na ikinatatawa naman ni Jew.
“Back off, sige I’ll get going, ikaw na munang bahala dito sa sira ulong kakambal ko” paalam niya kay Jew who were still laughing over them at nagmadali na siyang tumakbong parang bata palabas ng condo.
A smile on his lips when he reach the car park, still remembering Jewish face and he even heard her say ‘bye’ to him awhile ng pinipilit niyang tumakas sa kakambal. Oh he’s crazy. Kanina lamang pagkapasok pa lang niya sa loob ng condo ng kapatid ay mukhang hindi na niya ito kailangan pang tanungin tungkol sa babaeng gumugulo sa isipan niya ng mga nagdaang araw dahil nasa harap na niya ang sagot, sa laki ba naman ng portrait nito na naka frame sa sala ng condo, god she is a goddess, at tinanung lang niya ang kapatid about who the lady in the portrait eh naikwento na yata nito sa kanya ang talambuhay nito even her reputation about men though hindi naman niya kakikitaan na sinisiraan ito ng kambal niya, sa tingin niya ay proud pa nga ito sa mga pinaggagagawa niya kunsabagay baka partners pa sila sa mga kalokohan.