"ANO na naman tinutunganga mo diyan?"
I blinked twice and smiled. I rested my chin in the middle of my palms while looking up to him.
"Enjoying the handsome view." I chuckled.
"You have to review this case file, Miranda."
"Of course; I would, Selvantes."
He smiled and leaned forward to kiss my forehead.
"Let's go on a date later okay?"
I slowly smirked. "Miss me, huh?"
"Aba, saang banda? Heheheheheh, anyways I'll book the place later."
"Yes! We've been sitting here for ages, we deserve a break."
He slowly massage my shoulders. "You tell me, you're the workaholic one."
"You are the same."
I laughed while he was laughing, he caresses my face while rested his forehead into mine.
"Time to w*--"
What is he saying? I suddenly felt like deaf. His mouth is moving yet I can't hear a voice.
Then, I slowly felt something tugging my clothes while tears are dripping down my cheeks.
I opened my eyes and suddenly my friends are the one I saw.
"Omyghad! You're crying while sleeping, Elara!" Ophira shouted.
I frowned. "Huh? Really I did?"
"Ano ba 'yang ini-imagine mo? Mala-teleserye ba?" Tanong ni Lav.
"Wag mo na inisin." Dagdag ni Kanluran.
My throat is suddenly dry, I cannot speak. What was it again?
What did I dreamed of?
"Hay, magsi-uwi na nga kayo, may mga trabaho pa kayo bukas." Sigaw ni Ophira.
"Grabe naman 'to mangtakwil! Baby Isaiah, Paps will be backkk!" Sigaw ni Kanluran.
I shook my head and kissed Isaiah's forehead. "Nangnang will also comeback tomorrow, okay?"
"Yes! Drive safely po."
We all smiled and hug him once more.
I drove home as usual. Drop myself in the bed while thinking until I fall asleep.
"GOOD morning, Judge."
"Morning!" I smiled and walked to my office. "Today's schedule?"
"Oh, today is the founding anniversary of rhe school. I cleared your whole schedule except the meeting with the Prosecutor this evening."
"Is that so. He still hasn't given up huh." I smirked. "Thanks, Rey."
Just an usual day, work, eat and work. Nothing special.
"Sera, double check this file for me and review tonight's appointment."
She nodded. "Yes, Judge. How about the foundation ceremony?"
"Order some flowers and send them a gift. Go there in my behalf."
"Will you be fine alone, Judge?"
I smiled. "Yes. Don't worry, my brother is just next to my door."
"Well then, I shall do what you want."
She smiled and quickly left my office.
I leaned in my chair while massaging my temples. I slowly stared in my ring and smiled.
"Five years huh, five years."
I smiled and went back to my work.
"Attorney, I need you to sign this." Sabay pasok ni Iñigo.
"Hmm, come here."
"Attorneyyy, please check this out." Biglang sulpot ni Jaspher.
"Miranda, consultation." Dumagdag pa si Sto. Domingo.
I sighed first. "Lagay mo ang mga dokumento dito, Iñigo. Jaspher ayusin mo muna 'yung presentation bago ko 'yan i-check. Ikaw Sto. Domingo, halika rito."
"Yes, Attorney!" Malakas na sigaw nila.
Maya-maya lang si Sto. Domingo nasa harapan ko na.
"Why would the almighty Judg-- Attorney Sto. Domingo asked for a consultation huh." I said in sarcasm.
He smirked. "Try to be civil for once, Miranda."
I smiled. "Don't drop the formalities."
He stared first before answering. "Fine."
I laughed before checking the case he bought.
"A murder huh. Sounds fun."
He groaned. "Like hell it would. Another headache for me."
"Want me to handle it?" I smirked.
He quickly grabbed the file. "I asked for a consultation, thief."
"I didn't steal it yet. What kind of advice do you want."
"Since there is a murder scene, I could investigate it and deal it on my own right?"
I sighed. "How could you be so stupid? Are you really a board passer?"
He rolled his eyes. "Yes I am! I'm also a top-notcher."
"You doesn't sound like one. Well for your information, I fucked up the rules so, make you own don't copy me. Xerox."
"Its photocopy duh."
I shook my head when he left the office. I'm alone again, I checked the file Iñigo gave and some other things before going to my final appointment.
To that bastard.
I sighed before sitting in the stool.
"Why did you set an appointment again?" Bungad ko.
"That hurts! My friend! I was the one who is with you when you're alone, why are you like this!" He sounds like crying.
"When did I do that?" I asked while drinking an alcohol placed in front of me.
"Have you been fooling around?"
"Do I look like I am?" I asked.
"Don't twist my word." He said and suddenly pulled my hair.
"You bastard asshole."
I hissed and looked at my hands. I saw the ring once again.
I slowly found myself smiling while looking at it. It was too late when I noticed I was also thinking about someone.
"If you love him so much, why did you two broke up?"
I was taken back at first. It took me a while before answering.
I smiled at him. "He left."
A shocked reaction quickly registered in his face.
Pity? Sadness? Relief?
I couldn't read his emotion after being shocked.
I mean, I'm like that too. I was.
I tilt my head, looking up in the sky. Technically, the roof of the bar.
"Five years ago..."
I closed my eyes and feel the surroundings. I felt something, my mind, my soul, my heart is looking for someone.
I think, he is always with me.
Then, I remembered.
His sweet voice, his warm touch and even his influencing smile.
A blinding face that glows every time. More importantly his poisonous smile and his expressive eyes.
How could I forget my love?
Devon Sirius Selvantes.
The one I was longing for.
The one who always appears in my dreams and memory.
"Anong magagawa ko, iyon ang desisyon niya. Desisyon niyang iwan ako."
It hasn't been a year, since I got back at him. But in the span of that time, my love grew deeper.
The time comes where I couldn't make through a day without seeing his face. Survive a hour without hearing his voice. Pass a minute without glancing him.
I always crumble every time I imagined what life would be without you in it.
As each moments passed by, every memory and experiences we gained. My heart envisioned.
He is going to be my last.
I was right.
"GOOD morning,ladies and gentlemen. Calling the case of the People of the Philippines vs. Maple Santiago. Case number 18 00246 1." She stopped for seconds. "You may all sit down." She added. "Are both sides ready?" The Judge first remark. "Yes, Your Honor." The trial started in an instant. "Please, read the charge." The Judge added, the Prosecutor stood up. "On July 12, 2018, at 8 p.m., the Defendant, Maple Santiago accused the Victim Liam Cunanan of rape and abuse while staying at a luxurious hotel. She threatened the Victim with a knife found in a hotel's mini kitchen and then murdered him by stabbing him twice in the armpit and at the knee. The Prosecutor began walking towards the center, looking at the Defendant. She goes on. "The late Victim would habitually meet the Defendant in a luxurious hotel to eat or date, giving an impression that
"GOOD morning, Ma'am. Table for?" The staff greeted me. I gave a small smile. "I'm here under the reservation of Lake Mancini." "Allow me to guide you, Ma'am." I nodded and followed the staff while my eyes is roaming around the restaurant. Trying to familiarize myself. "This way, Ma'am." The staff smiled and pointed a door. Ah, a private room. "Thank you." I said, the staff thanked me as well before leaving. Before I open the door, I overheard their conversation. "Ang daming article's na sumasabog." "Maganda ang naging flow. Ang angas ng Abogado na iyon." "Naka-broadast pa naman ito sa TV. Kaninong law firm kaya siya nagtratrabaho." "Pabida lang kasi 'yung Prosecutor." "Hala, bakit?" "Life insurance, 3 million dollars." They're talking abou
"GOODmorning, Attorney!" I smiled and greeted them too before going to my office. I looked like shit but presentable naman, but minabuti kong mag-shades muna kase tinamad ako mag-full make-up at ayoko ma-late sa first day ko sa firm. Galing ko talaga mag-English! Kaya ko binagsak ng professor ko eh. "Good morning, Attorney!" "Morning!" I keep walking until I reach my destination. Bagong renovate ang lumang office ko, mixture of gray and white. "Ganda ba?" Pagsulpot ng isang demonyo sa tabi ko. "Yeah." "Nemaiah, designed it. Maarte ka kasi sa design." He laugh. "It's perfect, but my coffee maker is missing." I calmly said and sat down to read some cases. "Give me two months." I looked up. "Are you serious?" "In two months
"I have an appointment at 4 p.m., make sure to note that." "Yes, Attorney." "Thanks, you may lea- wait! Give me 10 copies of this, 7 of this and 15 of this categorized them. You can go home by 7 p.m." I smiled at him. "Yes, Attorney." He smiled and immediately went out of my sight. I started reading while sipping my coffee. Today is the last trial, I wish it will be a good successful. I packed up my things and get my car keys. Binigyan ako ni Mancini ng sasakyan pagka-uwi ko dahil mahihirapan daw akong sumakay. Well good for me. I went straight to the court for my trial. Pinasa lang sa'kin 'to dahil last naman na. Babasahin lang naman ang magiging sintensya. "Is this the mighty Attorney Miranda?" When I heard my name called, I turned around right away. "Prosecutor Han!"
"After reading this, I was thinking... Can my daughter really survive this?" He broke down into tears, I immediately grab some tissues and give it to him. Sakto naman ang pagdating ng sekretarya ko dala ang kape, aba'y kay tagal naman magtimpla. May halo bang golden powder `yan? "I thought, you could help us. My daughter is innocent! She was abused and raped by that man! My daughter, mean no harm!" He started shouting. I sighed. "We can work this out, Sir. No need to panic, just tell me everything you know." He immediately shook his head. "I wasn't able to watch her properly because, I was so busy with my businesses. But, I know someone who knows what is my daughter is doing." "Can you tell me his/her name then?" I asked. "Safiyah Castro, my daughter's best friend." Our meeting took mu
"CLOSEfriends sila nung biktima pero walang motif sa pagpatay. Madalas silang nakikitang magkasama pero wala namang nakiktang ibang kinikilos si Ms. Santiago." Bungad ni Jaspher. "Na-contact mo na ba 'yung kaibigan niya?" I asked. "Yes, sasama ko na lang dito kapag okay na 'yung schedule niya." I nodded and started reading. Naka-schedule na ang second trial ni Maple by Thursday, kaya pilit kong hinahanap ng butas 'yung kaso niya dahil Martes na ngayon. "Pagtimpla pa kita, Attorney?" Rinig ko saad ni Iñigo.
KINAUMAGAHAN, nag-aayos na ko para pumasok sa trabaho. Tinamad ako mag-skirt kaya nag-slacks na lang ako at double V-neck white long sleeve blouse, tinack-in ko lang 'yung sa harap tsaka kinuha 'yung gold moon necklace ko, kumuha ng coat tsaka stilettos at ang lagi kong ginagamit na bag. Nag-spray ng perfume kinuha ang susi ng kotse at dumaan muna sa Starbucks para sa kape. "Good morning, Attorney!" Maligalig na bati ni Oreo at Chizkeyk. "Morning!" Pagpasok na pagpasok ko sa office nadatnan ko na si Iñigo sa table niya, may sinusulat sa sticky notes ta's may dinidikitan siya. "Morning!" Bati ko agad naman siyang tumayo.
BINASAko pa rin 'yung copy ng case file niya pero wala talaga feeling ko may mali may kulang. Tiningnan ko 'yung picture sa mismong crime scene, tinitigan ko mabuti 'yon parang may mali kasi. Kinuha ko ang cellphone ko at may tinawagan do'n. ["Yes?"] "Hi bitch, time for my payback." ["What do you need, Attorney?"] "Thinking of visiting Royal Grande? Is that okay?" ["Sure sure, take care."] Tumayo ako, kinuha ang blazer ko at susi tsaka lumabas ng opisina. Agad naman tumay