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"I might wanna fly like a paper plane but in the end, I'd still choose falling for you..."

Kabanata 11

I was preoccupied on my way back to the university, instead of going here with Auntie Alice, ako nalanh bumalik mag-isa.

Dinahilan ko lang na makikita s'ya ni Jer kung sakali pero ang totoo ay gusto lang mapag-isa.

He passed the exams to Harvard. He'll go to the law school there, he'll reach his dreams. What's saddening about it, Lena?

Dapat na masaya ka sa kasintahan mo dahil roon! You should be glad he'll fly for his dreams.

Dahil ba malalayo s'ya sa'yo? Pero bakit ko s'ya pipigilang lumayo kung iyon ang pangarap n'ya?


I noticed Ejercito sitting on the entrance of the university the moment I got in. Pinaglalaruan n'ya ang bola ng soccer habang nakasampay sa balikat ang coat at nakabukas ang butones ng uniporme.

My badboy of a boyfriend looks good on that spot, I saw a lot of girls looking at him, silently admiring him but all the adoration vanished the moment Ejercito saw me.

"Lena!" He stood and like a kid, hopped his way towards me habang hawak-hawak ang bola.

"Jer..." I greeted and flashed a small smile.

"Late ka ata," Pansin n'ya nang masalubong ako.

"Uhm... Sinamahan ko si ang Papá at may inasikaso." Dahilan ko.

I saw him stared at me for a while, his deep blue eyes glistening tila binabasa ako.

"Stop smiling fakely, Hon." Komento n'ya at bumagsak ang balikat ko at nawala ang ngiti ko sa labi.

"H-Huh?" Buong pagtataka kong tanong.

"I know your sincere smiles so I can distinguish which one is fake when I saw one." Aniya at nakagat ko ang labi ko nang kunin n'ya mula sa akin ang libro kong hawak at inabot ang bag ko.

"Jer... Ako na." I tried pulling my bag pero umiling s'ya at inilagay sa kanyang balikat ang bag ko at hinawakan ang libro ko habang hawak ang bola.

"May problema ba?" Marahang sabi n'ya at hinanap ang mata ko.

"Wala naman," I sighed and looked at his eyes. "Medyo napasama lang siguro ang gising ko kaninang umaga." I lied.

"Bakit? Nalaglag ka sa kama?" Kumunot ang noo n'ya at marahang inabot ang siko ko. "Are you hurt, hon? Do you have scratches or--"

"I'm totally good," Napatawa na ako roon at kumapit sa braso n'ya at nag-umpisa na kaming maglakad. "Masama lang ang gising pero okay na siguro dahil sa'yo."

"Damn, hon." He groaned and stared at me. "Dahan-dahan naman magsalita ng ganyan, bumibilis ang puso ko."

I chuckled, kinurot ko ang baywang n'ya at napatalon s'ya at tumawa sa akin. Naglakad kami patungonsa room habang nakakapit ako sa braso n'ya at pinagtitinginan kami.

It isn' new to them so they won't mind. Sa ilang taon ba naming magkaibigan ni Ejercito ay hindi na kami mapaghiwalay kaya normal na sa kanilang ganito kaming kalapit dalawa.

Some says, inaalipin ko raw ang kanilanh iniirog na Sandejas dahil pinagbibitbit ko ng gamit ko pero hindi ko naman talaga pinipilit ang isang 'to noon, he wants to carry my back so I'll let him.

Syempre, dakila lang ang puso ni Jer, iyon ang akala ko pero may gusto na pala sa'kin, hindi ako na-inform!

Ang nakakagulat siguro ay kung maghahalikan kami rito sa gitna... That would be more shocking, I guess.

Dumiretso kami ni Jer sa paborito naming pwesto sa likod ng klasrum at nakita ko kaagad na nakareserba ang upuan roon.

I chuckled at that, inilahad sa akin ni Jer ang upuan ko at naupo ako roon pero nagtaka nang makita ang isang kuwaderno roon na may nakaipit na pulang rosas.

Mabilis akong sumulyap kay Jer na ngumisi lang at tinaasan ako ng kilay at ipinatong sa lamesa n'ya ang gamit ko.

"Saan mo ito pinitas?" Bintang ko.

Natawa s'ya, he licked his lower lip and brushed his hair before leaning in for a whisper.

"Binunot ko sa hardin," He whispered.

"What?!" I shook my head and smacked his arm. "Yari ka kapag nalaman ng guidance! Ikaw talaga, Jer!

"I'll just use my charms, then." He shrugged.

Sumulyap ako sa laman nito at napangiti nang buksan ko ang kuwaderno. It was a series of handwritten letters kaya sumulyap ako kay Ejercito na tamad na nakasandal sa upuan at nakapatong ang kamay sa hita ko.

"Kailan mo ginawa?" I asked him.

"Matagal na," He looked at me and his lips twitched. "Magkaibigan palang tayo ginawa ko na 'yan... I was just finding the right time when will I give it to you."

My heart melted, naramdaman ko ang maingay na pagkalabog ng puso ko at napabuntong-hininga ako at sumulyap sa kanya.

"Thank you," I murmured.

"Welcome," His lips protruded. "But...uhm, hon, would it be okay if you'll read it when you're alone? I mean... It was embarassing so..."

"Okay, okay..." I laughed and nodded. "Hindi na," Sinara ko ang notebook at sumulyap sa kanya.

"Why are you holding that ball? Soccer?" I asked him.

"Later," He murmured and gave me the ball, kinuha ko iyon sa kanya at bahagyang nilaro.

"Sa uwian?" I asked him.

"Yeah," He nodded. "What do you wanna do for our break?"

"Hmm, how about we start studying? Next na ang final exams. We should start reviewing articles, lalo na sa law. Sumasakit ulo ko." I sighed.

"Leave it to me," He smiled. "I'll teach you how to study articles, library?"

"Sure," I smiled.

He nodded, kinuha ko mula sa kanya ang libro ko at sinubukang buklatin, I saw him looking at me, nang sumulyap ako sa kanya ay isinandal n'ya ang ulo sa balikat ko at tumitig rin sa libro.

"Do you have plans after grad, Lena?" He suddenly whispered.

I froze, naalala ko naman ang usapan namin ni Auntie.

"Mayroon na rin," I murmured. "You?"

"Hmm, wala pa. Plano ko palang pakasalan ka kapag graduate." Aniya.

My eyes widen, gulat na tinignan ko s'ya na natatawa sa tabi ko.

"Ang aga pa para doon, Jer!" I exclaimed.

"Hmm, hindi mo naman siguro ako sasagutin na wala kang balak pakasalan ako?" Aniya sa akin.

"Oo naman," Nag-init ang pisngi ko. He chuckled and swiftly kissed my cheek. Nanlaki ang mata ko at hinampas s'ya bago tumingin sa paligid at nakitang wala namang nakatingin.

I was about to sigh in relief when I saw my friend, Cecille, grinning from the front row. Napaubo ako bigla roon at tumawa si Jer sa tabi ko at nagthumbs-up naman si Cess sa harapan at ngumisi ulit.

"Nice one, Jer!" Cecille exclaimed kaya tumingin ang mga kaklase ko sa amin na nagtataka.

Napatikhim ako at halos sumabog na ang pisngi sa init. Natatawa lang naman si Jer sa tabi ko at pasimpleng inabot ang kamay ko sa may ilalim ng lamesa at ako'y kinukurot s'ya ng pasimple.

We went out the room the moment the professor left, kaagad kaming nagtungo sa canteen kasama si Cecille at mabilis na pinag-angat ako ni Jer ng upuan para makaupo.

"Thanks," I murmured.

"Oh, love birds. Nakakainggit, kailan kaya ko magkaka-lovelife?" Cecille sighed dramatically kaya napatawa kami.

"Tayo ka lang d'yan, Cess." Ani Jer at mabilis na lumipat sa pwesto ng kaibigan ko, I was laughing when he lifted the chair for her too at ngumisi pa.

"Alam mo na feeling?" Jer teased her kaya sumimangot ito at sinipa ang paa n'ya.

"May kaibigan ka ba d'yang lalaki? Ireto mo nalang ako!" She said at natatawang hinawi ni Jer ang buhok bago lumipat sa pwesto sa tabi ko.

"Sama ka mamaya, we'll play soccer, may pumapangalawa sa kagwapuhan ko 'dun, ireto kita." Jer teased.

"Talagang pumapangalawa, huh?" I raised my brow at him at mabilis s'yang bumaling at kumindat sa akin.

"Well, I'm perfect, hon. You only deserve the best and I am the best." He said cooly.

My mouth parted, pumalakpak naman si Cess roon at napailing nalang ako nang mag-apir ang dalawa sa harapan ko.

"What food do you want?" Ani Jer sa tabi ko na tinatanggal ang coat na suot n'ya. He placed it on my leg and placed his hand at the back of my seat.

"Sopas sana... Mayroon kaya?"

"Sopas? You should eat rice, hon." Aniya.

"Ayos lang, after finals kasi diba, may photoshoot ako? For another pageant and graduation? Baka pumangit ang figure ko."

"You don't look fat to me, you're skinny." Reklamo n'ya at pinasadahan ako ng tingin.

"Hindi a?" Sumulyap ako sa katawan ko.

"I know your body, Harriet, I know what I see. Kakain ka ng marami, habang nandito ako, hindi pwedeng nagpapagutom ka." Ngiwi n'ya.

"But still... My figure! I mean--"

"Fuck figure, I don't care. Whatever body size you have, I'll still love you anyway." He shrugged.

"Oh..." Cecille's mouth parted. "That's it, man. Kaya boto ako sa'yo para kay Lena."

Ejercito smirked, nag-fistbump pa sila ng kaibigan ko kaya napairap nalang ako sa hangin at hinayaan sila.

We waited for Ejercito while he falls in line just to buy our food. Nakita kong nakatitig s'ya sa menu sa harapan samantalang nagkakagulo ang mga junior sa likuran n'ya.

Third years... I see.

Tatlo sila roon, the two girls are giggling while pushing a shy classmate in the middle. Nakita kong tinuturo nila si Ejercito na nakapamulsa at nakatitig sa sapatos n'ya.

My forehead creased when I saw the woman looking at Jer and then shook her head. Mas nagkagulo naman ang mga kaklase n'ya at inaasar s'yang lapitan si Ejercito.

"Uy, ayos ka lang, Lena?" Ani Cecille sa harapan ko at sinundan ang tingin ko. "Oh, that's Emily! May gusto iyan kay Ejercito!"

"Sino d'yan?" I sounded cool but I know I ain't happy.

"Yung nasa gitna, mukhang mahiyain." Aniya.

I nodded, tahimik na pinagmasdan ko ang babae na umaayos ng tayo at humihinga ng malalim. I saw her holding a piece of paper and the oblivious Ejercito is infront of her.

"Aren't you gonna go to your boyfriend?" Cecille asked.

"I trust him," I said and leaned on my seat but I was nervous.

I saw how the shy girl, called my boyfriend's attention. Kinalabit n'ya ito at nakita ko kung paano s'ya mamula nang makita ang asul na mata ni Jer.

I saw how confused Ejercito is and the woman is saying something while giving him the piece of paper.

Narinig ko na ang usap-usapan sa cafeteria sa nangyayari. I raised my brow, nakita ko na may sinabi si Ejercito bago umiling sa babae at ngumiti.

I was curious of it but I remained staring.

I saw the girl said something but Jer shook his head and looked at my direction. Wala akong ngiting ibinigay kay Jer at nakita ko ang pagturo sa akin ng lalaki at muling umiling.

I saw how the girl shifted her gaze at me with a sad face and I looked away and stared at my hands instead.

I saw her said something back to Jer and then left at muling bumalik si Jer sa pagpila at namulsa.

"Won't you ask what the woman said?" I heard Ejercito said when he saw me quiet on our way to the library.

"Hmm?" Sumulyap ako sa kanya at nakita kong nakatitig s'ya sa akin.

"Are you mad?" Masuyong sabi n'ya at inabot ang palad ko.

"No..." Mahinang sabi ko at ngumiti.

"Are you sure?" He entertwined our fingers and lifted it to place a small kiss on my hand.

"Hmm, may gusto ba 'yun sa'yo?" Malumanay kong tanong.

"She said..." Hinanap n'ya ang mata ko. "She said she likes me, she even gave me a letter pero hindi ko tinanggap."

"Bakit naman hindi?" Bulong ko at hinigpitan ang hawak sa kamay n'ya.

"Kasi ayokong nagagalit ka, sa'yo lang ang sulat na tatanggapin ko." Aniya.

"Ayos lang naman... I won't get mad." I murmured softly.

"Kahit na," He insisted. "The last thing I would like is for us to fight, nag-uumpisa pa nga lang tayo, may ganito na? Of course not, hindi ko itinago ang nararamdaman ko ng matagal sa'yo para lang mag-away lang tayo."

I pouted and chuckled at his words.

"Talaga? Maganda 'yun." I said.

"Mas maganda ka," He hissed.

"Maganda nga 'yun, atsaka matagal na atang may gusto 'yun sa'yo. You should have accepted her letter, baka magbago pa ang nararamdaman mo sa'kin--"

"Do you want to start a fight, Leona Harriet?" Nang sabihin n'ya yun ay madilim ang mukha n'ya at nag-iigting ang panga.

"Of course not!" Natawa ako. "I was just stating--"

"Una, mas maganda ka. Walang mas makakaganda sa'yo." Aniya. "Pangalawa, my love for you isn't shallow, Leona Harriet. Ilang taon ko 'tong tinago para hindi kita matakot at ngayong nasabi ko na at tinanggap mo tsaka ako maghahanap ng iba? No."

I pouted.

"Pangatlo, when I say I love you, I really do. Mahal kita, Leona Harriet. Naiinitindihan mo?" He spatted seriously. He stared at me with his serious blue eyes, mukhang iritado sa mga sinabi ko.

"You understand me, Leona Harriet?" He groaned.

I smiled sweetly at him. I saw how his jaw dropped and closed his eyes in irritation.

"Holy..." He shook his head. "I'm mad right now and you have the guts to smile like that at me?"

I chuckled, my heart jumping in glee.

"Ang gwapo mo pala lalo kapag ganyan ka kagalit 'no, Jer?" I asked him.

He closed his eyes tightly, napahilot s'ya sa sentido habang ako'y natutuwa sa mga kilos n'ya.

"Leona Harriet," He groaned at natatawang tumingin ako sa paligid at nang makitang walang tao ay tinalon ko ang leeg n'ya bago yumakap roon at tumingkayad para patakan s'ya ng halik.

"I understand, Mr. Sandejas and I, Leona Harriet Abelló, love you so much too, your honor." I said.

He rolled his eyes at me, natatawang pinatakan ko ulit s'ya ng halik at napailing na s'ya bago saluhin ang baywang ko para sa isang yakap.

We spent our time studying our lessons for the coming final examination. We take turns, I studied with him to the subjects I'm good at and him, teaching me what to study in our law subject.

He really is good, he taught me how to memorize article codes so I won't get lost. He even elaborated the topics under each republic act like a real lawyer.

After that, we went to the next class and when it ended, we proceeded to the soccer field where they will play for the day.

"I can bring you home, hon." Ani Ejercito sa tabi ko na tinatanggal ang butones ng uniform n'ya.

"It's alright, diba sabi ko aantayin kita?" I brushed his hair. "Atsaka maaga pa, it's alright, I'm gonna watch you play."

"Are you sure?" Tantya n'ya. I nodded and smiled at him.

"Alright, basta kapag gusto mo nang umuwi sabihan mo lang ako, ihahatid kita. We'll just play around first."

"Okay, goodluck!" I smiled sweetly.

He winked, umawang ang labi ko nang bigla s'yang tumayo sa harapan ko nang matanggal ang kanyang uniporme.

I was welcomed by his toned chest and six pack abs!

"Oh my..." I murmured. Nakita kong bumaba ang tingin sa akin ni Jer at ngumisi.

"You can touch it, hon. It's all yours." He murmured.

"H-Huh?" Nanginig ang labi ko habang pinagmamasdan ang katawan n'ya at parang nanuyo ang lalamunan ko.

"Come on," He took my hand and to my horror he placed it on his abs!

"Holy cow..." I murmured.

He laughed, I even saw his brows wiggled at napasinghap ako at inagaw ang kamay ko.

"Ejercito!" I groaned loudly at humagalpak s'ya bago bumagsak sa tabi ko sa bench at inabot ang bag n'ya para sa puting shirt.


"Love you, hon." He put on his shirt and gave me a swift kiss on the cheek before running on the field with his friends.

I was shaking my head with his craziness, sa una ay chill lang ako habang nanunuod sa kanilang paglalaro pero nagsimula na akong sumigaw sa excitement nang naging mainit na ang laro.

It was just a mock game but still, they're all good! Ejercito's team is the winning team!

Mas marami na ring mga tao roon na nanunuod sa laro, each has their supported teams!

I was in awe and amazement everytime I'm seeing my man gliding his feet to goal a score and he never missed!

"Go, Ejercito!" I stopped when I heard a group of girls cheerinh for my boyfriend!

Kaagad kong inilibot ang tingin ko at umawang ang labi ko nang makita ang mga junior na naroon kanina sa cafeteria. They were cheering for Ejercito!

I saw the Emily girl cheering for her crush hardly. Tumatalon pa sya roon at isinisigaw ang pangalan ni Ejercito.

My brow raised, I noticed my boyfriend aiming for another goal seriously.

"Go, Jer! Tingin ka naman dito!" The group of girls leaded by Emily screamed and I saw how my boyfriend stopped and looked at their direction to flash a small smile.

The girls went wild, umawang ang labi ko at kasabay nang magbalik ng tingin ni Jer sa laro ay nasipa n'ya ang bola at nakapasok sa net!

Mas lalo silang gumulo roon. My forehead creased, I suddenly saw Floyd, my ex-crush playing with the opposing team and I smirked.

"Go, Floyd!" I screamed at the top of my lungs and I saw how Ejercito froze in the middle.

Huh, akala mo!

Floyd waved at me and smiled softly. I waved back and smiled.

"Fighting!" I screamed.

"Thank you!" He screamed back and just when he returned to the game, he scored a goal and I clapped my hands.

Floyd looked at me and winked and I was chuckling.

Sumulyap ako kay Ejercito at halos magulat nang makitang nakatayo lang s'ya sa gitna at masama ang tingin sa akin.

I smirked at him and crossed my arms on my chest.

Yabang mo, huh...

"Ejercito! Go!" I heard his team mates calling him but the brute didn't even moved.

He remained glaring at me at napapatikhim na ako roon. I noticed the group of girls talking and looking at my direction.

"Jer!" I heard his team mate called.

"What? Cheer for me, Leona Harriet!" He suddenly exclaimed there.

My eyes widen, napaayos ako ng upo at gulong napatingin sa kanya.

"S-Sinasabi mo d'yan?" I screamed back.

The brute remained unbothered, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang laro habang nakabalandra s'ya roon sa gitna at nakasimangot sa akin.

The opposing team started to reach their score at naiinis na ang mga ka-grupo n'ya.

"Ejercito! Help us!" His team member said.

"What now, Lena?" He exclaimed. "Cheer for your boyfriend!"

I was starled, miski ang mga tao roon ay hindi nakagalaw sa sinabi n'ya.

"A-Anong..." I murmured.

"I'm your boyfriend, right? Cheer for me, then, hon!" He said teasingly.

Nag-init ang pisngi ko at nagsigawan na ang mga ka-team mates ni Ejercito, natatawa sa ginawa ng huli.

Samantalang natahimik ang mga babae roon sa gilid.

"Hindi ako gagalaw dito, Lena! Kapag natalo kami, ikaw may kasalanan!" He even threatened me!

"Sige na, Miss Abelló! Cheer for him!" A member called my attention kaya wala ako sa sarili ko.

They were eyeing me, waiting for my reaction at nang humarap ako kay Jer ay nakapaywang pa ang loko at nakangisi sa akin.

"G-Go, then!" I exclaimed loudly. "K-Kaya mo 'yan!"

"Yun lang?" Ngiwi ni Jer, nang-aasar.

Damn you, Sandejas!

"Go, Ejercito!" I exclaimed. "You can do it!"

"Ay, walang I love you?" He pouted his freaking lips!

"I-I love you!" I groaned and his lip twitched. He laughed, winked at me and clapped his hand and began playing again.

You asshole!

Nakita ko kung paano s'ya batiin at makipag-apir sa nga kasama n'ya at ganadong-ganado ang loko sa paglalaro!

He was dripping with sweat! Basa na ang buhok n'ya pero hindi s'ya nagpapatigil roon at mukhang maraming energy!

The girls there we're cheering pero natatahimik rin ng bahagya at susulyap sa akin.


Damn it, our relationship is exposed!

They won!

Nakasimangot ako habang nakatitig kay Ejercito na saglit na kinakausap ang mga kasama at ang nag-iiscore bago nakikipag-apir.

He looks so damn satisfied of his stunts! Nakita kong inabot n'ya ang bote ng malamig na tubig roon sa gilid ay uminom mula roon.

I saw the girls, trying to get closer to him.

Nang nakalahati na n'ya ang bote ng tubig ay sinuklay n'ya ang basang buhok. His blue eyes reflected the sun starting to set and my mouth parted when he closed his eyes, tilted his head and poured the remaing water from the bottle to his face down his chest.

The water drenched his white shirt, bumakat ang katawan n'ya roon at nakita ko kung paano manlaki ang mata ng mga babae roon sa ginawa n'ya.

Damn it!

"Sandejas!" I screamed at the top of my lungs at nakita kong napamulat si Jer at hinanap ang mga mata ko.

He looks confused, umayos ako ng tayo sa bench at pinanlakihan s'ya ng mata.

I saw how he panicked, mabilis n'yang itinapon ang bote at tinakbo ang distansya namin.

"Yes, hon?" He blinked innocently.

"Hubad!" I groaned.

"H-Huh?" His eyes widen in shock. Niyakap n'ya ang sarili at sumimangot ako sa kanya.

"Basa ka ng pawis! Akin na ang likuran mo!" Inis na sabi ko at tumango s'ya at sumunod sa akin sa bench.

He removed his shirt and sat infront of me, kinuha ko naman ang twalya roon sa bag n'ya at sinamaan ng tingin ang likod n'ya.

Sumimangot ako, mukhang wala s'yang alam sa nasa isip ko at bago ko pa man s'ya punasan ay hinila ko ang buhok n'ya mula sa likod.

"You, jerk!" I screamed and he screamed too.

"O-Ouch! Honey!" He groaned and tried pulling my hand away.


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