My brain was like screaming when he said, “That’s good! You like me, edi tayo na! I’ll call you Babe, ang corny kase kung yung name lang ang tawagan natin. “ Wow ha! Eh kung mine na lang kaya tawag mo sakin bilang parang gusto mo na talaga akong angkinin eh. Feeling ko bukas malamang ikakasal na kami sa bilis nya. Ang tulin daig pa yung bullet train papuntang Paris! Ano ba ito si Kuya Babe, hindi ko alam pano sagutin sya na hindi naman sya ma-ooffend. Parang yung word na “digest” eh hindi nag eexist. YOLO na YOLO ang peg! Nakakaloka!
I tried to compose myself to strategize my next move. My dilemma was, I didn’t want him to be off BUT I’m OFF with his actions! YES I KNOW! It’s CONFUSING! Ikaw ba naman itong kwarenta na at gustong lumande pero nung nilande naman eh hindi kinakaya! Hu! Ang hirap naman LUMANDE LORD! Anyway, I can’t contain myself so I said to him, “Hindi ba mabilis naman yun. I want to know you better. Alam mo yun. I like you but I think we need to take it slow. Besides we just met.”
I can hear from the other line that he took a deep breath. My guess was, he was frustrated with what I said. But I was wrong! He’s not the type who easily gives up. Edi wow! Ang sabi nya, “Alam mo, matanda na tayo. We’re both in our 40’s. Hindi na uso yang take it slow, tapos ano, bolahan lang. Ako eto ako. This is me. I told you about my family, my kids. I even sent you their pictures. This is me. Walang lokohan. I really like you. You are the woman I have been longing for. Promise me that you’ll be mine! Ngapala, it’s my birthday tomorrow. My sisters and I are going to Revel tonight please come with me, I want you to meet them”.
Napanganga ako kay Kuya Babe, wow! Wala akong masabe kung hindi, “Ahh I’m here na sa dorm, I’ll drop the call. Mag aayos pa kase ako eh. Bye… “. Ayun, our call ended. But my mind was like in revolution. Hindi ko maintindihan what to feel. Ang kiligin ba o mabwesit sa mga kalokohan ko. And in times of confusion, I need my dora friends (That’s how I call my inner circle of friends, inshort my bffs). Good thing one of them was available to talk to. So I called Dora 1.
ME: “Bakla! ano ba to, kase nga eh, nagtinder ako, tapos nameet ko tong si Kuya Babe. Ok naman kaso ang bilis. Pero may point naman yung sinabi nya na matanda na kami. Pero alam mo yun para kasing diko peg yung ganon. Tapos may pag invite pa tonight. Pakilala daw nya ako sa sisters nya ”
DORA 1: “Ano pavirgin ka? Virgin ka teh? Tigilan mo nga ako. Tanda mo na! hahaha Pero setting aside joke….. Just enjoy this moment. You deserve it. Don’t overthink! Just go with the flow! You’ll never know until you try. Go out with him. Maganda nga yun makikilala mo family nya. Infairness sa kanya kase proud na proud sayo. Eh diba yun naman gusto mo. Tapos ngayon para kang tanga na umuurong. Pinasok mo na yan eh, panindigan mo. Balitaan moko mamaya ha! hahaha.. Gow!”
ME: “Hay nako, grabe nga tong si Kuya Babe, daig pa nanalo sa Lotto. Sige pag isipan ko kung lalabas ako. Basta wag mong off phone mo ha. Text kita pag natuloy ako, I’ll keep you posted with my location. Tapos kapag nagmiscall ako, ibig sabihin kelangan mo na akong puntahan at itakas OK!”
DORA 1: “Oo na! Gow ka na dun. Wag ka ng pabebe! Arte eh! Message mo na dali. Tapos screencap mo at send sakin reply hahaha. Pag tumawag, idial mo din ako sa kabilang phone para marinig ko!”
ME: ” FINE!”
So ayun, I texted him. And guess what, wala pang segundo tumawag na ulit ang loko. At syempre pa dinamay ko na si Dora 1 para maglisten-in sa convo namin. I told him na I’m ok to go out. Tuwang tuwa naman si Kuya Babe! So we agreed that he’ll be picking me up by 8pm para we can have dinner before heading to the club. I was abit frantic because honestly, I’m not prepared for this. I have no clothes for date nights in my dorm. Hay nako, so as I browsed thru my clothes, I saw this brown turtle neck sleeveless dress, and thought this would do. Atleast it’s way more casual looking than my corporate attire that I was wearing that day when we met earlier.
It’s 8pm and everything was all set. And there he is, car parked outside and waiting for me. I have a mixed feeling of excitement and hesitation. (#Urongsulong feels..) . Nevertheless, I went out and rode his car. To my surprise, it was only me inside the car. No sisters of Kuya Babe in sight. So I asked him where are his sisters, and he told me, they went ahead on a separate car. Hmmm, smooth move again, I thought.
He took me to this fancy restaurant near the club to have dinner. After the main course he ordered few drinks…. gosshhhh! Thank God he did! That really helped me to relax and be at ease with the whole thing. So after 3 glasses of Mojito, I was like a warmed up engine that can go for miles! haha. My tolerance level with Kuya Babe’s cheesy words just shoot up to the ceiling! hahaha “Keri na!” But I had to drink 2 more glasses just to make sure I would stay that way. After that, we decided to head out to the club.
When we entered the club, everybody was greeting him and was looking at me with all smile in their faces. In my amusement, I asked him, “Kilala mo sila?”. He just looked at me and smiled, then he held my hand as we walk inside. So I didn’t ask again. I was looking around and gossshhh I’m surrounded by these socialites — not the kind of thing I am really into. We approached the bar and he got me another round of mojito. And to my surprise, even the bartender knows him and even called him by his first name with a “Sir “. Wow, he is really a club goer, and by the looks of it he is a regular customer. Edi wow ulit! Napaisip ako, so kung panay club si Kuya Babe, bakit ako yung type nya? Eh susko naman, kahit naman maganda ako sa tingin nya eh 40 na ko noh, I’m definitely not the type who party alot. So baket? Tingin ko dapat bata ang hanapin ni Kuya Babe. So ayun bilang malakas na loob ko, I said that to him. “Why me? Why do you like me? I’m totally opposite of you! Daming bata na bagay sayo — sabay turo sa mga chics on the other side of the bar. He turned and looked at me with a serious look on his face. I stared back at him — I suddenly became frozen. I didn’t expect that I would see that kind of look in his face. That moment, I can hear every beat of my heart — “Tog… Tog…. Tog….”. His face was like getting bigger and bigger by the second I was staring at him… I couldn’t bear to look so I closed my eyes when I felt a strong thrust on my lips. I tried to peep to see whats happening…..
And to my disbelief, I saw something I wasn’t prepared at all…
To be continued…