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A nerve-wracking marriage of two old lovers who broke up once few years ago If there will be a reverse button, would they choose to click it

Annulment is usually a long process. But for people who have their methods.. can make it way faster. Katulad ni Dad, siguradong kaya niya itong pabilisin. "Just leave him right away.." He said.

Inside his office are me and my parents, sitting on a couch facing each other. Mom took a sip on her coffee and gently placed it back on the saucer. She agrees.

I stared at my father.. confused.. "What do you mean?"

"The marriage was not valid in the first place.."

What? I gulped and waited for him to elaborate what he said.. "The marriage contract was invalid."

I leaned my back against the couch. I don't know what to feel.. should I be relieved? I tilted my head sideways.. trying to figure out why he did it on purpose..

"Why?"

"In case this.." he pointed his finger like I am more like a messy situation than a human.. "Happens."

I stood up and nodded. "Then I'll go ahead first."

Tumalikod na ako pero nang tawagin ko ni Mommy ay agad kong lumingon.. "Take care of yourself, Wendy.." Ngumiti ako at umiling.. "I'll be fine."

I went home.. pero hindi ko alam kung tahanan bang maituturing ito. The first and last time that this house was filled with love is the night before Emily showed up again.

This night, will be the first and last time I will cook for Renzo. I already feel so drained. Wala nang luhang bumubuhos kundi puro pagkirot na lamang sa puso. Papasok sa kusina ay may nagdoorbell sa gate. Lumabas ako para lang matuklasang si Emily ang naghihintay sa labas.

"Wala pa si Renzo." I said without opening the gate.

Umiwas siya ng tingin. "Ang sabi niya.. maghintay raw ako rito."

What? That bastard just made our house their meeting place?! Umirap ako at hinayaan siyang makapasok. Habang papasok ay sobrang layo ng distansya niya sakin kaya halos matawa ako. "Huwag kang mag-alala, wala akong gagawing masama sayo dahil buntis ka." I rolled my eyes and walked faster.

Habang tinatapos ko ang niluluto ko ay naramdaman kong may nagbukas ng fridge. Nilingon ko iyon at naabutan si Emily na kumukuha ng tubig. "Na-nauhaw kasi ako.." Her dark aura was really gone.. she looks like a stray cat.. pitiful and weak.

Nagtungo siya sa counter kaya tinuloy ko na ang paghihiwa ng mga gulay. "Mahal mo ba ang asawa ko?" Ang tanong ko nang hindi lumilingon sa kaniya.

Nanahimik ng ilang saglit bago siya sumagot. "Oo, mahal na mahal." Napangiti ako ng mapait, mahal na mahal ko rin naman si Renzo pero bakit kay Emily siya ibinigay?

"Alagaan mo siya." Kung mahal nila ang isa't isa, pwes magsama sila. Hanggang dito na lang ako sa buhay ni Renzo, ayoko nang ipilit pa.

Hindi na ako nagsalita pa at tinapos na ang pagluluto. "Tutulungan na kita." Balak niyang kunin sa akin ang mga plato pero hindi ko binigay. "Just sit. right. there." I glared at her so she immediately followed my order.

Biglang may kumatok sa pinto kaya nagkatinginan kami. "Ah, ni-lock ko kasi. Ako na ang magbubukas."

Tinanguan ko lang siya at tinapos ang pag-aayos ng lamesa. Naglakad ako patungo sa sala at nakita kong gulat si Renzo habang nakatingin kay Emily. Hindi inaasahang narito ang babaeng ito. E, akala ko ba pinapunta niya 'yan dito?

Agad akong tumikhim para malaman niyang narito lang ako dahil baka maghalikan pa ang dalawang ito sa harap ko at maihagis ko sa kanila ang mga plato rito! Muling nagulat si Renzo at mukhang hindi alam ang gagawin kaya umirap na lang ako kahit ang totoo ay ang sakit sakit na. Sige, magpanggap ka pa, Wendy. Galingan mo.

"Magdinner na tayo." Dumiretso ako sa kusina nang hindi hinihintay ang sagot nila.

Umupo na sila kaya nag-umpisa na kaming kumain. Ako ang nasa dulo ng lamesa habang si Emily at Renzo ay magkatabi sa kaliwa ko. How sweet. Tahimik lang kami hanggang sa basagin ni Emily ang katahimikan.

"Renzo, paabot ng tubig." Inabutan naman siya ni Renzo at pinaglagyan pa siya sa baso. Ngumiti si Emily. "Thank you." Nginitian din siya ni Renzo kaya umiwas na lang ako ng tingin.

Hindi niya na ako kailangan pagselosin, I'm leaving tonight! Nang matapos kaming kumain ay tinawag ko sila sa sala. Ang magagaling na ito, nagtabi pa sa sofa habang ako ay nakaupo sa kanilang harap. Ang isa pang couch ay nasa harapan ko rin.

"May sasabihin akong importante."

I held my head high and stared at them. If I could kill them with my eyes, I'll make it really really painful. I exhaled violently and crossed my arms.. "The marriage.. was invalid."

From his comfortable sitting position, Renzo sat straight. "What?"

My brow shot up.. "Disappointed?"

Bakit? Dahil ba napikot ka ng mga magulang ko at napaniwalang kasal tayo? At dahil hindi naman tayo kasal, kapag nalaman mo, baka naisip mong tumakas na noon pa. Is that right? Of course, I don't expect him to answer because I didn't even voice out my question.

"Kukunin ko na ang mga gamit ko sa itaas." Mabilis akong umakyat sa kwarto at pagkasarang pagkasara ko ng pinto ay agad na bumuhos ang mga luha ko na nasundan ng sunod-sunod na paghikbi. Kumikirot ang aking buong katawan habang hindi mapigil ang tila pagdurog ng puso. I'm trembling in pain as I beg to God above to help me ease the pain.

Nilagay ko lahat ng magkakasya sa dalawang maleta ko habang nababasa na ang ilan sa mga damit ko dahil sa walang habas na pag agos ng luha. Nang matapos ako ay humarap ako sa salamin at inayos ang aking sarili. Bumaba ako buhat ang mga maleta ko pero natigil nang sinalubong ako ni Renzo sa hagdan.

"Ako na." I nodded and watch him gracefully lift my luggage out of the house. Bumaling ako kay Emily na nakatayo sa pinto. "Alagaan mo si Renzo at ang bata.." My voice cracked but I managed to smile.

Naglakad na ako palapit sa aking sasakyan habang si Renzo ay binubuksan ang gate. Nang makalapit siya sakin ay pinilit kong ngumiti.. "This is our ending, I guess.."

He stared at me.. like memorizing every part of my face.. I know.. because I'm doing the same.

"Take care of yourself now, Wendy. You lost weight.. you should eat more-"

I pulled him for a kiss.. a very deep kiss. The passion within me that was once asleep is now burning like hell. He snaked his arm around my waist and pulled me closer. Every move of his lips is pulling me to the abyss of obsession.

I'm gonna miss waking up with him, I'm gonna miss cooking for him, I'm gonna miss everything about him.. pero kailangan ko na siyang bitawan dahil na siya kailanman naging akin mula nang iwan niya ako.. Ang tanging magagawa ko na lang ay maging masaya para sa kaniya at sa pamilyang bubuuin niya.

I pulled away first.. He leaned forward to ask for more but I gently shook my head. Mula sa kaniyang pagkakatitig sa aking labi ay nagtagpo ang aming tingin.. His eyes.. are like begging for me to stay.. "Goodbye, Renzo. Take care of your family.. Maybe someday.. magulat ka na lang.. dadalo ako sa birthday ng bata, hindi ba?" Muling nag-unahan sa pagtulo ang aking mga luha.. He started to panic as he pulled me closer once again but I shook my head to prove that I'm okay..

"Thank you for sharing one memorable day with me before this day comes. I love you so much.. and maybe someday.. when we see each other again, I hope we could look into each other's eyes without feeling any pain.." I sobbed and bit my lower lip. The torment that I see in his eyes is what's hurting me the most.. and the vulnerability that he shows is what tearing my heart into pieces..

"I'm finally letting you go.. are you.. proud of me?" I smiled as bunch of tears trickled like river down my cheeks.

He leaned his forehead against mine. I closed my eyes.. feeling his warm soothing breath on my face.. "Live happily.. your happiness is important to me.. Wife." He whispered the last word. Like it was something that only the two of us must hear. He gently kissed my ear that triggered another set of tears.. I savored his kiss.. his touch.. his warm breath one last time.. with all my heart.


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