Nasa favorite café na naman sina Julie at Maqui. It was their day-off and so they decided to meet up.
Jules, ha. Pag late yan, turn-off na kaagad sa akin. Tseh. Sambit ni Maqui habang tinitingnan ang wall clock sa loob ng café.
Alam mo ikaw ang arte mo. It’s still 15 minutes away from the agreed time. Baka na-traffic lang.
Nagtaas ng kilay si Maqui habang tinitingnan si Julie. She was about to say something when…
Hi Julie. It was Elmo. He flashed a big smile at nakipag-beso kay Julie and then shifted his attention to Maqui.
And you must be Julie’s best friend, Maqui. I’m Elmo, by the way. Sambit ni Elmo at inabot ang kamay to shake hands with Maqui.
Maqui smiled, obviously pleased with the way Elmo behaved. Umupo si Elmo sa gitna and ordered a cup of coffee.
Elmo could feel that Maqui was sizing him up dahil ilang beses niya itong nahuli na nagnakaw-tingin sa kanya and he couldn’t help but think that she was being protective about Julie kaya siya ina-analyze nito.
For Maqui, Elmo was a contradiction to Julie’s type of guy. Mahaba ang buhok nito na naka pony tail. He was wearing a plaid blue shirt, bleached jeans and sneakers. He looked very easy and laid-back and she couldn’t help but compare him with Richard who was every inch a sophisticated man. Richard always plans his outfit for every occasion and his hair and face always looked sleek and close to perfection.
Boyish face. Puna ni Maqui. Pero di niya maikakaila that Elmo is a very attractive guy. Malinis ang mukha nito, maganda ang ngiti at higit sa lahat, she saw how beautiful his eyes were. Napaka-expressive ng mga mata nito and that’s how she understood…
If looks could kill. haha. Biro ni Elmo kay Maqui na ikinagulat ng huli. Elmo saw that Maqui looked embarrassed because she knew that she had been caught staring at him.
Si Julie naman ay nakikitawa kay Elmo.
Maqui gulped a glass of water na parang gustong mahimasmasan.
Sorry, Elmo. I know that it’s rude to stare.
No. That’s alright, Maqui. I expected that. Nakangiting sagot ni Elmo.
Ah, I see. Sagot naman ni Maqui as she shifted her gaze to Julie. What else did my best friend here tell you about me?
Wala, ah. Sagot ni Julie habang tumitingin-tingin kay Elmo.
Oh, okay. I’ll take your word for it for now, Jules. Wag kang tsismosa ha. Biro ni Maqui.
A few seconds of silence ensued but it was Maqui who broke the ice.
So Elmo. I heard that you play scrabble, too. Nabanggit kasi ni Julie sa akin that the two of you have been playing scrabble at the studio and I heard that you’re quite good at it. Gusto mo bang maka-experience ng pagkatalo? Let’s play scrabble some time, the three of us?
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