My friends and I got out of school earlier than usual. We went home directly at about five in the afternoon to prepare for our two days and two nights vacation at the nearest Island in Davao City. I have never been this excited on vacation, especially that this is my first time going out with a circle of friends. Back then, I could only have a holiday with mom for a day or two.
"Angel, make sure you have everything you need for your out of town. You don't have me there to supervise you," Mom said, sneaking in my door.
Mom coughs while holding her chest; her cheeks flush as she tries to get the phlegm out. It must be a little hard for her.
"Mom, your cough is back again? You should see a doctor. I can't go on vacation thinking you're not well."
Arriving at Pearl Farm Samal Beach resort, we directly settle in each of our rooms. I'm staying with Lea as we requested while the others have their rooms. Our Samal suite has a private beach which is accessible using our private stairs. The interior of the room was a distinctive design of Samal culture.It's my first time staying in a luxury room, and I'm amazed at how the staff treated us like royalty. Extra special with so many amenities that go with the luxury room we get to enjoy, just for Lea and me alone."Oh my God, beautiful. Lea, look, our private beach," I said, removing the curtain. At the glass window, the beach is viewable. Even at night, the water shimmers to the light reflection."Wow, Angel, this is a dream come true for me."<
Cassandra freezes as she is standing in front of us, squeezing her fingers. It appears that she is nervous, which is awkward. I have never seen her afraid in front of us; she always acts arrogantly."Sorry guys, I didn't mean to bother your dinner. It just so happens that we have made reservations at the same restaurant," she said politely. I guess it's safe to say that we were shocked at how she acted, calm and pleasant. There was no trace of sarcasm on her face, and even her choice of words seemed different."That's not a problem for us Cassy, we don't own this restaurant," I said when no one bothered to answer."Thank you, Angel, you are so nice.""What kind of a show is this, Cassandra?" Sam asked; she seemed pi
I wake up with a strange feeling of not being alone in my bed. And my guess was right when my vision landed on Maddox's cute face. He is still sleeping peacefully; I love to stare at his face without him knowing it.I remember making Maddox's arm my pillow last night and the other arm wrapped around me like my blanket. It was sweet to have his warm and soothing embrace until I closed my eyes to sleep.It was good to exchange partners in our room as Lea wants to stay with her boyfriend, Glenn. She requested it at the last minute after we were back from the bar. Who am I to refuse?While staring at Maddox, a scene of him kissing me flashes in my head, making me touch my lips. Thinking of last night's kiss, I check on my sleeping dress immediately. I am relieved to see myself s
The water activity that I've been dying to try is the taklobo and coral tour. Being a nature lover, I find it fascinating to explore the ocean's depth, and there's nothing more exciting than doing it with the one I love, Maddox.My heart becomes erratic, thinking of a million ways to explore the ocean with Maddox. I can't wait to have it with him and my friends as well. It will be the most memorable of our water activities.But before that, we have to try jet skiing, banana boating, and flyboarding. We look so cool wearing black wetsuits as we head to the site to start our water sports."Sam," I shouted when I saw Sam and Luke already on the site. The couples seemed to be really on time in every event or activity Maddox had arranged for us.
Around 6 in the evening, we are still in the Pearl Farm Butik and Cafe having our girl talk, as Samantha calls it. Enjoying the beautiful cafe, still with the distinctive Samal culture interior. At the same time, satisfying our sweet cravings with their variety of drinks.My phone rings while I'm sipping my drink. Maddox's name is on my phone's screen."Guys, it's Maddox; I have to take this.""Hello," I answered the call, putting it in speaker mode."Baby, are you done with your girl talk? The boys and I are preparing something special for the three of you there. Let us know what time you will be back in your room.""Mad, we're almost done." Samantha and Lea nod.
I expect to wake up Sunday morning with the same vibes as yesterday with Maddox beside me. My phone ring awakens me at the break of dawn as the time on my phone tells me it's 5:15. It must be urgent, looking at Aunt Melanie calling me mark's on the screen."Hello, Aunt Melanie. What is it?" I answered but didn't put the call on speaker mode to avoid waking up Maddox beside me."Angel, sorry for waking you up this early. Your mom was rushed to the hospital at around 4 in the morning. I am with her now; I just called to inform you right away."My heart is pounding, listening to Aunt Melanie. It's not the kind of morning I expect to have in one of the beautiful islands in the Philippines."Angel, are you there?"
A knock on the door stops us from discussing what happened during our holiday on the island. What appears on our door is far from what I expect, Cassandra and her friends standing, holding a bouquet of flowers and fruits."Hey, Angel, I'm sorry if we are so late. We woke up late, like nearly 10 in the morning. We had to take our breakfast before leaving the island and come here quickly."Cassandra talks casually, which I am not used to. Her new behavior still comes as a shock to me. I don't even know if she's acting genuinely or just faking it."Cassy, guys, come on in." Finally, I can speak out of confusion."Thank you, Angel. Please take this."Cassandra hands me a lar
It's just mom and me in her hospital room; silence dominates between us. I sit on the chair beside mom's bed."Mom, it's just the two of us now. Can we talk?""If that's about my health, we will. I'm just waiting for someone, and then we can talk."I nod in agreement. "Who? Your doctor?""No, your father, Angelo."I freeze, and my mouth falls open, comprehending if I heard her right. Mom's eyes confirmed it. She looks at me without batting an eyelid."Angel, he is still your father."Mom obviously read me just by looking at my facial expressions.