It was unearthly, the touch of his lips against mine feels different. Hindi ko na napigilan ang pagpikit sa pagdampi ng labi nya sa akin.
I gently wrapped my arms on his nape and pulled him closer towards me. Every move of his lips makes me breathless and wanting for more.
Nanatiling nakaawang ang labi ko at nakita kong nagmulat s'ya ng mata at namumungay ang matang hinuli ang akin.
"Follow my lead, honey." He whispered sensually, giving me a teasing peck.
"I-I don't know how," I whispered.
"Just follow me, hmm?" Malambing nyang bulong. I slightly nodded, taking a glance on his parted lips before staring at him again.
"P-Pero paano? You know, Jer, I can't follow--"
"I want you to part your lips and let me enter," Bulong nya at marahang hinaplos ang pisngi ko.
"Your body will know what to do after," Aniya sa malambing na tono. "Just kiss me like how you want it, I won't judge, honey." He chuckled.
My cheeks flushed. Hinampas ko ang balikat nya at natawa s'ya ng bahagya.
"Hindi ako marunong, Ejercito!" I hissed. "Hindi naman ako kagaya mong--"
He shut me up by giving me a kiss again and cocked his head.
"Quiet, shhh..." Aniya. Umirap ako sa kanya at napangisi s'ya at umayos ng dukwang sa harapan ko.
"Don't ruin the mood here, Lena." He said. "Now, kiss me."
"Wow, bossy!" I tsk-ed and gently cupped his cheek to slightly kissed him on the lips.
"Hmm, alright." He hummed as he smiled. "Hon, one more?"
Napailing ako at dinampian sya ng halik. This time, he caught my lips for a more sensual and deep one.
My mouth parted as he entered me and I definitely lost my senses at that moment. I began kissing him back, like it was the most natural thing to me, kissing him, savouring his lips.
Mas yumakap ako sa batok nya at naramdaman ko ang paghapit nya sa baywang ko. We began sucking each other's tongue, making us lost with our own desire and world.
My stomach started clutching as if the butterflies started going out of their pupa and flying inside of me, dancing with their own song. Dancing happily, because finally they all went out and did the thing they've been always wanting, to fly.
Hinahapong humiwalay ako sa kanya at nagtagpong muli ang aming mga mata.
His eyes was the reflection of a deep blue sea with a glint of happiness from the morning sun and mine was definitely that of the dark sky with the light of shining stars.
"J-Jer," I whispered.
"Yes, Hon?" Hinanap nya ang mata ko at hinuli ang tingin ko.
"You're an asshole," I spatted softly.
"Oh, I know." He chuckled in a deep baritone. "Breaking my own rules because of you."
"Ikaw pang nagsabing gawain 'yun ng asshole tapos ikaw pala..." Giit ko.
"Is that bad, then?" Bulong nya. "Do I kiss bad, Leona?"
"Hindi," I pouted. Humiwalay ako sa kanya at natawa sya bago napailing.
"Great," I said. "I mean, hindi ako sure! Kasi syempre diba first kiss ko 'to kaya wala akong magpakumparahan--"
"Tatadtarin ko 'yan labi mo ng halik kapag sinabi mo pa 'yan," Dumilim ang itsura nya roon
"What?" I laughed.
"Don't you ever think of comparing my kisses to other man," Aniya at hinaplos ang labi ko. "Because you won't get to kiss another man," Sumulyap sya sa akin.
"Ako lang, Lena." He said darkly. "And when I say you're my property, you are. No one could ever lay a finger, ako lang dapat."
My heart thumped at that, napalunok ako at pilit na pinakakalma ang nagwawalang puso at sumulyap sa kanya.
"Y-You're so possessive, Jer." I said. "Hindi pa nga tayo."
"O edi tayo na," Mabilis nyang sabi. Nanlaki ang mata ko at nalaglag ang panga ko.
"Ejercito!" I hissed.
"Yes, honey?" A glint of amusement was plastered on his eyes.
"Ahm, sige." I answered.
Bigla s'yang napaupo sa lapag at nanlaki ang mata ko roon.
"T-Talaga?" Aniya. I nodded shyly and bit my lip.
"I-I can't hide my feelings anymore." I confessed. "I ain't sure why I'm feeling this but uhm, my...my heart keeps on beating wildly just by merely hearing your name."
Lumaki ang ngiti sa labi nya at napatili ako sa gulat nang bigla nya akong dambahin ng yakap habang tumatawa.
"J-Jer?" Hindi sya sumagot at natawa nanaman habang hinihigit ang baywang ko at nakasubsob sa balikat ko.
"Are you laughing at me?" Sikmat ko. He chuckled again and shook his head. I shivered when I felt him kissed my neck and puffed a breathe on my skin.
"I...am just happy." He whispered. "So, so much I can't stop laughing."
"R-Really?" Bulong ko at iniangat ang kamay ko at marahang hinaplos ang buhok nya.
"Hmm, now, Lena." Lumayo sya sa akin bago titigan ako at sapuin ng pisngi. "Do I get to call you honey now?"
"As if you're not calling me honey or darling or mahal?" I said and rolled my eyes. "You have too many endearments, Hon."
I saw how his eyes widen, napaubo pa s'ya roon kaya natawa ako at hinila ang suspenders nya sa kanyang damit kaya napalapit ang katawan nya sa akin.
His hair fall on his forehead, mas namungay ang asul nyang mata at halos kuminang sa aking paningin ang namumula nyang labi sa halik ko.
Our faces are just inches apart I can almost smell his minty breath.
"When I say you're mine too, can you promise me there's no other girls?" I asked him hopefully.
He nodded and a smile escaped my lips.
"There's no other girls, honey." Aniya.
"Nah," Umirap ako. "Wala nga pero sobrang lapitin ka!"
"Kasalanan ko ba 'yun? E, sobrang gwapo ng kasintahan mo--"
"Oh, there comes the wind!" I lifted my hand in the air and it landed on his cheek kaya napamura sya at natawa ako.
"Leona Harriet!" He groaned.
"Joke lang," Tawa ko at hinaplos ang pisngi nyang tinampal ko at dinampian ng halik.
"Ayan, does it still hurt?" I asked.
"Hmm," He nodded and pointed his lips. "Hon, parang tinamaan din dito."
Ngumuso ako, dumaing naman sya at parang nangingiwi pa.
"Aray! Aray! Parang dudugo 'yung labi ko!" Daing nya.
"O, saan?" I asked and lifted his chin. Pumikit-pikit sya roon at ngumuso, pinapakita ang labi nya.
"Parang dito o, hon--" I flicked his lips. Napasinghap sya at sumimangot.
"Shut up, Sandejas." I hissed. "Now, be a good boy and dance with me."
Tumayo sya, hawak ang batok nya ay inalalayan nya akong patayo habang nakanguso.
"Kaka-boyfriend palang inaalipusta na ako?" Bulong nya. "Paano na kapag asawa? I'll be a battered husband!"
Husband? Halos magpilantik ang daliri ko sa saya. Ngumuso ako, pinipigil ang ngiti at nailing sa kanya.
"You're childish, hon." I said.
Bigla nanamang namula ang tenga nya at napahagalpak ako nang takpan nya ang tenga nya at tumalikod sa akin.
"Fuck, hindi ako kinikilig!" He whispered. I chuckled, marahang niyakap ko ang likod nya at pasimpleng suminghot.
"Dance with me, Jer?" I whispered on his back. I heard his fast heartbeat, lalo na nang marahang hawakan nya ang daliri ko sa tyan at umikot paharap sa akin bago iniangat ang kamay ko at hinalikan ang likod ng palad ko.
"It would be an honor, my Queen." Bulong nya habang nakatitig sa mata ko at nangiti ako bago lumapit pa sa kanya at ipinatong ang aking kamay sa balikat.
He gently pulled my waist for a tight hug before resting his face on my neck. I heard the music playing from the inside hall and I smiled when we started swaying.
"I'm no good in dancing, my love." Bulong nya.
"Another endearment, hmm?" I whispered.
"Hmm, yes, irog?" Bulong nya. Natawa ako. I slapped his back and he chuckled and pulled me more.
Every time our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby, when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away
I smiled and sighed as we dance with the soft song.
I've never been this close to anyone or anything
I can hear your thoughts, I can see your dreams.
"Leona Harriet," Bulong nya.
"Yes?" He sighed and I was starled when he sang with the song, almost whispering the words to me.
I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side
Napapikit ako at dinama ang malamyos at malambing nyang tinig na tila ikinekwento sa akin ang liriko ng kanta.
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you.
"Jer," I whispered and swayed with him. Humiwalay sya sa akin at hinaplos ang pisngi ko at ngumiti bago nagsalita.
The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby, you surround me.
Lumunok ako at binasa ang labi ko, pilit na pinipigilan ang saya na gustong kumawala.
Touch every place in my heart
And it feels like the first time every time
I want to spend the whole night in your eyes.
"I like you...very, very much, Jer." I whispered. I saw how his lips lifted for a smile, placing his head on mine as he gripped my waist.
"I'm so inlove with you," He murmured. I nodded, staring at his eyes.
"K-Kahit hindi na tayo matalik na magkaibigan?" I asked.
"Hmm, I want to be your man more." Aniya. "I like it more than just being a friend."
"E, paano kapag nagkahiwalay tayo--"
"Damn," Lumayo sya sa akin at sumimangot. "Sinagot mo ba ako para hiwalayan?"
My mouth parted. Sumama ang mukha nya at napatawa ako at pinanggigilan ang pisngi nya.
"No!" I chuckled. "Of course not, my love." I caressed his cheek. "I just...you know, kinda scared. Kasi diba, it's a new to me. Y-You're my first boyfriend and--"
"I'll be your first and last, mark that." Sikmat nya.
"Atsaka ikaw, marami ka ng naging babae--"
"You're my first girlfriend, Leona. Shut it." Umirap sya. Napangisi nanaman ako at humalik sa pisngi nya.
"Natatakot pa akong sabihin kina Mamá." I whispered.
"Hmm, trust me. We'll be together in every way."
"Talaga?" I asked, hoping and when he nodded, I felt relieved.
"Hmm, I promise. I will guide you, let me be your strength if you're scared. I'll never..." He breathe. "Ever gonna let go of your hand."
"Jer..." I murmured. "Ang lambing mo masyado, umiikot ang tyan ko."
He bursted out laughing, sinapo nya ang pisngi ko at paulit-ulit na hinalikan ang noo ko.
"I'm going crazy, Lena." Aniya na natutuwa. "My heart will burst of happiness. Damn it, sana matagal na akong umamin sa'yo."
"Huh?" Nanlaki ang mata ko.
"I've been loving you for years, Lena." Aniya at sumulyap sa akin. "I just...keep on stopping myself because I want you to be ready for me."
"But I only thought you want me to be your friend,"
"Uh-huh, I want to be your friend so you'll get to know me."
Nag-init ang pisngi ko at niyakap sya sa leeg at sumubson sa kanyang dibdib.
"N-Naninibago ako." I confessed.
"Gawin mo lang kung anong nakasanayan natin," He chuckled. "It's still me, Harriet. Status lang ang nagpalit sa atin."
"Would you promise me there will be no other girls?" I asked.
He hummed, combing my hair.
"There's no other girls, hon, ikaw lang..." He whispered. "And no boys for you too."
"Okay," I answered.
We both stopped when the clock from the church nearby started giving a sound. Napahiwalay kami at napasulyap roon sa orasan and I pouted when the clock strikes twelve.
"It's time," I breathe.
"Is it you, my Cinderella?" Asar nya. I slapped his arm, natatawang humawak sya sa aking baywang at marahang higitin ako bago yakapin at halikan ang gilid ng aking ulo.
"I have to go back home, Jer. Papá will be mad."
"Hatid kita?" Bulong nya.
"No need, kaya ko naman."
"No, ihahatid kita." Aniya at humiwalay bago muling sumulyap sa orasan. I heard the professors inside delivering their ending speech at humawak ako sa kamay ni Ejercito.
"What if my Dad see you?"
"It's great then, magpapakilala na ako kaagad."
"Asshole, you can't!" I hissed. "Inis iyon sa'yo."
"Bakit? Sa gwapo kong 'to?" Nanliit ang mata ko at ngumisi sya at natawa.
"Kidding, ganda." He chuckled. "Oo na, hindi na. Liligawan ko na rin sina Tita at Tito. Hope it won't be hard."
"You can do it," I smiled. Ginulo naman nya ang buhok ko bago hawakan ang daliri ko at marahan akong inalalayan palakad.
"I have to take you home at midnight," Natawa sya.
"Yes, but unlike Cinderella I didn't left something." I said.
"Hmm, but you stole something." He said. Nanlaki ang mata ko at napatingin sa palad ko at napakurap.
"Huh? Wala naman--"
"My heart," He said smoothly. "You took my heart with you."
Pumirmi ang labi ko at tinaasan sya ng kilay.
"Aww, aray!" Humawak sya sa dibdib. "I can't breathe! I think I need mouth to mouth--"
"Gusto mo sakalin kita?" I spatted at umayos sya ng tayo at ngumisi at umiling sa akin.
"No, mahal." Aniya. "Baka matuluyan ako, paano na ang future nating mga anak? Gusto ko mga tatlo or apat."
"Ay, grabe. Planado mo na rin 'yun?" Umirap ako.
Tumawa lang sya. Iginaya nya ako sa kanyang sasakyan at pinagbuksan ako ng pinto.
"You get to drive this?" I asked.
"Yep, pinayagan ako ni Dad. Sabi ko kasi i-uuwi ko ang girlfriend ko ngayong gabi." Pilyo nyang sabi.
Nasapo ko ang noo ko at nailing sa kanya.
"Parang mamamatay akong maaga sa'yo, Sandejas." I hissed.
"Oo, sa sarap." Bulong nya at napatalon ako nang tumama ang hininga nya sa tenga ko.
"Sshh, no!" I groaned. "Behave, Ejercito. Kakasagot ko palang sa'yo kaya umayos ka. Kapag ako..."
"You can't break up with me," Nagkibit-balikat sya. "Sa gwapo kong 'to?"
"Here comes the wind," I said.
It was almost the shortest yet the happiest trip on our way home. Hawak ni Ejercito ang kamay ko habang nagdadrive at panaka-nakang dinadala iyon sa labi nya para hagkan.
I was just smiling, feeling the loud thump of my heart. I was just staring at him, quietly admiring the glint of his eyes as it illuminated by the lights from the road at sa t'wing magtatagpo ang mata namin ay kikindat lang s'ya at natatawa lang ako.
Hindi ko na napansin na nasa tapat na kami ng mansyon at kung hindi lang pinisil ni Ejercito ang kamay ko ay hindi ako matatauhan.
"That was fast," I said.
"Hmm, unfortunately." He sighed. "The happiest is always the fastest, isn't it?"
He went out of the car and I watched him as he jogged towards my side, he opened the car and offered me his hand at marahan kong inabot iyon.
Isinara nya ang kanyang sasakyan at hinarap ako. He combed my hair out of my face with his fingers, gently placing it at the back of my ear.
"You look beautiful," Aniya sa akin.
I blushed profusely but managed to speak. Maraming nagsabi sa akin nyan kanina but his compliment is way more better than those.
"Y-You look handsome too," I said. A playful smile tugged on his lips.
"Go inside, hon." Aniya sa akin.
"Mauna kana," I answered. "Kapag nakaalis ka na tsaka ako papasok."
"No, you go in first."
"Hindi, ikaw muna kasi ako dito na ako tapos ikaw--"
"No, Leona. Pumasok ka na, you know I won't go home if I didn't see you entering your house safely." Masuyo nyang hinaplos ang siko ko.
"Sige na nga," I pouted. "Uhm, see you tomorrow?" I asked.
"That..." Tumigil sya at hinanap ang mata ko. "I'll be gone for a week, Hon."
My forehead creased at that.
"We'll go to Cambridge tomorrow." Aniya.
"It's so sudden,"
"Yes, Dad has been telling me to go there."
"Bakit? Mamamasyal kayo?" I asked.
Nakita ko ang pag-aalinlangan sa mata nya, saglit syang nag-iwas ng tingin na ipinagtaka ko at muling sumulyap sa akin.
"I think so," He smiled. "I'll be back, as fast as I can."
"One week is too long but I guess," I shrugged.
"I'll make it in five days, no, I can make it three." Napaisip pa sya kaya natawa ako at humalik sa panga nya.
"It's alright, just be back and show me your face? Okay? Mag-iingat ka roon."
"Dadalian ko lang," He said and hugged me closer to his chest and kissed my hair.
"Will you miss me?" Bulong nya at hindi ako umimik at niyakap lang ang likod nya and he groaned frustatedly.
"Please miss me too, my love." He whinned.
Song used: Amazed-Lonestar