PRESENT, December 20, 2008
Ngingiti ba siya? Tama ba na ngumiti siya?
Tumayo si Evan mula sa pagkakaupo at hinintay na makalapit si Celine. She was wearing something formal that night, a very simple black dress, which was paired with black high-heels. He just looked at her as she comes closer.
“Hi, it’s been a long time.”
“Yeah,” sagot ni Celine. Too long, in fact. Naupo siya at hinintay lang ang susunod na sasabihin ng binata. Iba-iba ang nararamdaman ni Celine nang mga oras na iyon – excitement, fear, apprehension, disappointment. Yes, she’s feeling a whole lot of feelings at that certain moment. It has been two years. Two goddamn years! It was like she’s waiting for a death sentence.
“How have you been?”
“Good.” What else should she say? Na halos gabi-gabi siyang hindi makatulog, na bawat minuto niya itong iniisip at walang araw na hindi niya pinalangin na sana ay hindi na lang niya sinabi ang mga nasabi niya sa e-mail sa binata.
“You look great.”