It is ten o’clock in the morning. Anna is just staring at her room’s white ceiling – thinking about many things, when her mobile phone rang. She did not feel like moving, but she has to take the call. She knows how it feels when someone does not answer the call.
"Who could this be?" She said under her breath."Badtrip! Abala naman!" she said as she stubbornly reached for her phone. "Hello?"
"Hi. Good morning. I hope I did not wake you. You sound as if you just came out of bed," a guy on the other line said.
He's right, She came home late last night or should she say that she came early this morning, it’s like four in the morning. She had spent her whole evening with friends in a club, Limitless Studio. As a result, she’s in bed, wearing only her top and panties. It’s unusual for her to wear that little, even in bed.
"Kung nandito pa din sana siya,” she murmured to herself.
"Hello? Are you still there?" asked the guy on the other line.
"Yes, I'm here. Ano nga ulit `yon?" Anna asked. This past few weeks or should we say months, Anna has been spacing out a lot, lalo na kapag naaalala niya si Joshua.
"I'm asking if, naistorbo ba kita sa pagtulog mo. Mukhang kagigising mo lang.”
“No, gising na ako nang tumawag ka. By the way, who are you calling?" she hesitantly asked, making sure he’s calling the right person.
"I'm calling for Ms. Anna Miller."
"I'm Anna Miller. Who am I speaking to?" Anna made sure that she sounds just like a professional.
"Good. This is Gabriel Anderson from well, the Anderson Company. Are you free today?" tanong ng lalake.
"Yes. I'm free. Why?"
“I just called to remind you that your interview is today,” Gabriel said sternly.
“Interview? For what exactly?”
“I've sent you an e-mail a day ago about the interview. Hindi mo ba natanggap?” he asked as he was beginning to doubt. "Wait. Didn't you apply for my company, as my secretary?"
“An e-mail? Can you hold for a minute? Titignan ko lang ang e-mails ko,” she’d put the call on speaker so she could easily access her laptop.
Binuksan niya ang browser. She signed in on her yahoo account and opened another tab for her gmail account. To her surprise, she found an e-mail on both accounts with the same subject and sender. It’s true that he sent her an e-mail.
“Meron, `di ba?” Gabriel asked on the other line.
She picked up her phone again, and deactivated the loudspeaker feature. “Yes. I have one on each of my e-mail addresses.” Anna told him while biting on her fingernails and staring at her laptop’s screen. “How did I apply again?”
“You've sent tons of application letters.”
"No. I did not," Sagot ko. "Can I see the letters for myself?"
"Sure. You can come at three," tipid na sagot ni Gabriel.
"Yes, of course. Thanks. Bye." She ended the call and flopped down on her bed again.
"Sino kaya ang gagawa ng ganun?Hala! Baka si mama."
Napagdesisyonan niya na puntahan ang mama niya. She stood up and prepared for the day ahead.. She took one granola bar as she has no time to cook breakfast.
"Hello, `Ma?" She called her mom while driving. "Can I have lunch with you?"
"Of course, hija. You can always come for lunch," her mom said lovingly. "I cooked your favorite. Ingat!"
"Thanks, `Ma. I love you. On the way na po ako."
After five minutes…
"Ma!" sigaw niya nang nakarating at nakapasok sa bahay. "Asan ka po?"
Sa salas pa lang amoy na amoy na niya ang niluluto ng ina – Chicken pastel. The one dish she misses the most.
"Mama!" bati niya habang abot tenga ang ngiti.
"Anna, kamusta? Buti naman naisipan mo akong dalawin. I've missed you so much." She hugged Anna.
Minsan na lang may dumalaw sa kanya. Ang mga kapatid ni Anna ay may sari-sariling pamilya na. At lahat sila ay busy na sa trabaho.
"Okay lang po ako. Kayo po?" Magkayakap pa rin sila. "Miss din kita. Doon ka na lang kaya tumira sa bahay ko, Mama?"
"Salamat, anak, pero alam mo naman na hindi ko kayang iwan ang bahay natin." Maluha-luhang sagot ng ina niya.
"Bakit naman, Ma? Luma na din naman itong bahay. Bakit hindi na lang natin i-pagbenta?" Anna irritably asked.
Imbes na pagalitan siya ay lumayo na lang ang ina sa kanya. Anna understood. Malaking bahagi ito sa pagkatao ng Mama niya, kaya naiintindihan niya na hindi ito bastang papakawalan ng ina.
"Halika na, kain na lang tayo." Alok sa sa kanya ng ina habang naglalagay ng chicken pastel sa bowl.
"Sige po. Namiss kitang kasabay sa pagkain." Kumuha ako ng dalawang plato at nilagyan ng kanin.
"Mama?" simula ko. "Hindi mo ba naisip na ipagpasa ako ng application letter sa Anderson Company?"
Napatingin sa kanya ang ina. `Yung tingin na 'pinagbibintangan mo ba ako' at 'hindi ko alam ang sinasabi mo'.
"Hindi, at hindi ko din alam kung saan ang company na 'yan," defensive na sagot ng ina. "Anong position naman ba ang i-na-applyan ng application letter mo?"
"Secretary daw po, e."
Hindi napigilan ng Mama niya ang pagtawa. "Secretary? Lalong hindi mo ako dapat isali sa pinaghihinalaan mo. I know you don't have the what it takes to be a patient secretariat."
Anna didn't know what to feel. She's confused if she'll get offended or ngingiti na din lang dahil nakikita niya na masaya naman ang kanyang ina.
"Grabe ka naman, Mama." Sigaw ni Anna. "Thanks for boosting my self-confidence mom." She walked out of the kitchen and went to her old room.
"Nothing changed." she whispered to herself as she reached for her old doll.
"Hey, Miss Aubrey. I missed you so much. Did you miss me too?" she felt weird talking to her old doll.
"Of course, I missed you too, little missy," her Mom said in a little voice, imitating the sound of a child.
"Oh, mom," I sighed. "What will you say now?"
"I'm gonna say that, I'm sorry. I’m sorry I made you feel that way."
"Well, I'm sorry for snapping at you. I knew you were just being funny. I love you, Mom." She hugged her. "Hindi naman po pwede na hindi kita patawarin. I've done so much to hurt you, but every time you forgave me."
She hugged her back. "I love you too, little missy."
"I got to go mom. I have a meeting at three. I don't want to be late." Anna kissed her goodbye.
It was a thirty minute drive, from her mom's house to the Anderson Company. She made it just in time and have five minutes to freshen up. The building has this serious feel – nakakakaba at parang gusto na n
"Ma! Nandito na ulit ako!" Sigaw ko."I'm in the kitchen."She knows what would interest me. I made my way to her kitchen. It was dim lighted, only the light of the chandelier.
"Oh dear. I have to decide until this afternoon," shehid myself under the covers."Ano ba yung naaamoy ko? Ang bango."--
FIVEDumiretso siya sa ground floor, she’s looking for Miss Jean. She couldn’t leave without thanking her. She decided to wait a few minutes just in case she sees her. Ten minutes passed, she felt it was time to go. She was about to leave when someone called her."Ms. Miller," the voice came from behind her.
"Sure. Tara sa baba?" pag-aaya ko kay Dianne."Sige. Gusto ko ng hawaiian pizza, madaming pineapple."Kung hindi ko siya kilala, I might think na nababaliw siya. Kanina umiiyak, tapos ngayon parang bata na nagrerequest sa mama niya kung ano ang gusto niya for dinner. But I know her, alam ko may tinatago siya. It's her way of keeping her thoughts inside her head."Anna?" tawag niya sa akin after ko tumawag sa pizza shop."Hmm?""Are you sure you're okay?" she asked me."Oo naman. Bakit?""Wala lang. Just making sure na okay ka."Dianne hugged me so tight. I know she's really worried. I couldn't blame her. I know she can see it in my eyes. Sabi nga nila, 'eyes are the window to the soul'.Ding dong!Dumating na ang pizza na inorder namin. Just as Dianne wanted, maraming pineapple. Tuwang tuwa naman ang bruha dahil halos di na makita ang crust dahil sa dami ng pineapple. Tahimik kaming kumain, paran
Natapos na ang pinapanood naming movie. Tawa ako ng tawa dahil iyak ng iyak si Dianne. Halos hindi ko na napanood ang movie dahil sa kanya na lang nakafocus ang mata ko."Antok ka na?" tanong ni Dianne habang nagpupunas pa ng luha."Hindi pa." Sagot ko.There's too much on my mind. Madaming tanong at hindi ko alam kung saan ko makukuha ang sagot. Gusto kong malaman kung ano ang nangyari kay Joshua, pero natatako ako. Naungkat na naman kasi ang tungkol doon dahil nakita at nabasa ni Dianne ang journal ko. Idagdag mo pa ang stress na nararamdaman ko sa pagpasok ko sa Anderson Group of Companies. Kinakabahan talaga ako."Gusto mo ng tea?" pag-aaya ni Dianne. "Gawa tayo Anna, please." Pagmamakaawa niya.“Nagkape ka na kanina, di ba?”“Kanina pa naman 'yun. Kape kanina, tea ngayon. Please. Magkaiba naman sila, e.”Hindi na bago sa akin ang pagiging tea lover ni Dianne. Bata pa lang kami ay gustong-gusto na niya ang
It was morning, I can tell. Maliwanag na sa kwarto ko, pero medyo dim pa din. Makakapal kasi ang kurtina na gamit ko, kaya hindi basta napepenetrate ng sikat ni haring araw. I can see na hindi ako iniwan ni Dianne, she's still under her blanket at mahimbing na natutulog. Habang natutulog siya, tinititigan ko siya. Maganda siya, parang greek goddess. She has this, sexy and pink thin lips, matangos ang ilong at mapupula ang pisngi na parang manipis ang balat dahil bakat ang maliliit na ugat."Oh my God!" Sigaw ko nang maalala ko na ngayon ang simula ng pagtratrabaho ko sa Anderson Group of Companies.Tinignan ko ang oras sa cellphone ko. "Shit! Seven fifteen na!" bigla akong napabangon."Dianne!" panggigising ko sa kanya, niyugyog ko siya ng mahina."Hmm... Inaantok pa ako, mamaya na tayo magkwentuhan." Sagot niya."Dianne naman. Tulungan mo ako." Kailangan ko siyang gisingin kung gusto kong kumain muna bago pumasok. Natataranta na ako."Diann
"Why wouldn't I be formal? You're my boss and I’m just an employee." Inayos ko din ang dress ko."Maybe because, I would and will fire you, if you continue being so formal." Ngumiti siya at tumalikod.Napanganga na lang ako sa mga sinabi niya. "He's so unbelievable Dahil lang dun tatanggalin niya ako?" Bulong ko sa sarili ko."Follow me Anna, if you want to continue working for me." Nagsasalita siya habang palayo sa akin, palabas ng pantry. Wala akong nagawa kun’di ang sumunod sa mga gusto niya. Sabi ko nga kanina, I'm just an employee and he’s my boss."Have a sit." Itinuro niya sa akin ang upuan sa harap ng table niya. Umupo ako doon at tinignan ko siya habang umuupo din siya. "Alam mo na ba ang gagawin mo? Sigurado ka ba na kaya mo ang magiging trabaho dito? I don’t tolerate quitters, Anna.""Of course, kung hindi kaya, kakayanin pa din. But honestly, hindi ko pa rin naman alam ang mga dapat kong gawin, pinaalis