On the evening of Santacruzan, I met Gideon, the consort of my life.
Months later, we grew closer to each other, but then... he found out about the bet and we split up.
Weeks after our breakup, he confronted and told me, “Panagutan mo ako... Buntis ako”, and I was like, “Gago ka ba?”
Days after my family revealed our biggest secrets, I made up my list.
1. Get to know more about my family's identity, history, and special ability (especially in dealing with a pregnant male partner!)2. Master my family's craft — witchcraft.3. Attend to Deon's needs, assist, and take care of him.4. Protect and keep him away from his pack for nine months (or else our child's gonna get killed because Deon's a son of an alpha b*tch!)5. Plan about our child's financial support and our parental setup. 6. Make sure that the whole pregnancy experience will be tolerable for the first-time mommy (or pappy or whatsoever, I don't really know what to call him, geez...) 7. The child should stay with my family after Deon gave birth because he or she belongs to us, to the kind who needs to keep hiding. 8. And the most important thing to do, love my child with all my heart, mind, and Witchita soul.
I am Angie Lou Pereira, a Witchita, and this is my guide to successful parenting.
"PANAGUTAN MO AKO." Iyon ang mga salitang pambungad ni Gideon sa akin nang tuluyan na akong makalapit sa kanya. He texted me earlier that he was already outside our house and that he wanted to talk to me. Siyempre, pumayag ako kasi aminado naman akong may kasalanan din ako. I'm not one to run from my mistakes. I faced them and be accountable for them. Kunot-noong tinitigan ko siya sa mga mata niya, hinahanap ang kalokohan doon. Gano'n naman kasi talaga siya, maloko. Kaso sa pagkakataong iyon ay wala akong mahagilap na pagbibiro mula sa mga mata niya. "Buntis ako," dugtong niya pa. Ngayon ay hindi ko na talaga napigilan pa ang sarili at humagalpak na ng tawa. Napahawak pa ako sa tiyan ko dahil hindi talaga ako maka-get-over sa sinabi niya. Paanong mabubuntis siya gayong lalaki naman siya? "Gago ka ba?" I asked him when I finally recov
I COULDN'T COUNT how many times I have felt betrayed just for a day, just for today. Una ay ang katotohanang hindi pala kami normal kaya kami palipat-lipat ng tirahan. Pangalawa, ako lang sa aming lahat ang walang may alam no'n! Tapos ngayon ay dito pa talaga sa kwarto ko patutulugin at patutuluyin ni mommy si Deon! “You are letting us stay in one room?!” I shouted even before my mom could exit through my bedroom door. Napabuntong-hininga si mommy at pagod na binalingan ako. “Sweetie, you have to be responsible for him now because you two will have a child. Ganoon ang ginagawa nating mga Witchita sa mga partner natin sa tuwing nabubuntis sila. We take care of them.” “Pero, mom!” pagmamaktol ko pa sabay padyak ng kanang paa ko sa sahig. “I know you can't do anything here. Maselan ang kondisyon ni Deon kaya kailangan maging maingat kayo. You are also wearing your protection charms, your
I AM STILL eighteen years old and currently in my last year in senior high. Well, that simply means I still have to go to school, and I really hate it.Hindi naman ako bulakbol pero wala lang... nakakawalang ganang pumasok lang kasi alam mong lilipat din naman kayo. Nasasayang lang lahat ng memories at efforts ko na mag-excel sa klase. Sa labing-apat na taon ko ba naman kasing pag-aaral ay fourteen times na rin akong lumilipat ng school. Nakakapagod at nakakasawa na talaga!Donning my blue gingham plaid knitted sleeveless vest over my white collared shirt tucked in my high-waist black skater skirt, I graced the hall of that state college which offered senior high school as well. Naka-puting knee socks ako at black sneakers saka nilagyan ko rin ng plain blue headband ang nakalugay kong mahabang buhay. Yakap ko sa isang kamay ang folder ko habang nakasabit din sa balikat ko ro'n ang itim kong YSL sling bag. My outfit of the
I HELPED LOLA Panya sat on her rocking chair that was settled in our patio.“Aray... Aray ko–” ani lola habang iniinda ang sakit ng balakang niya.Pagkaupo ay agad naman siyang ngumiti sa akin dahil nakaramdam ng relief. Kita ko tuloy ang bungi-bungi niyang mga ngipin.“Salamat, apo.”Kagagaling ko lang sa gym room at katatapos ko lang din mag-ehersisyo. Mommy encouraged me to go out with her, Chadleen, and Mignonette for a jog but I refused. Iwas ako sa pakikipagkaibigan o pakikisalamuha man lang sa iba ngayon. Para saan pa kung hindi rin naman kami magtatagal dito, ‘di ba? Nagsasayang lang ako ng energy at efforts.Naupo na rin ako sa katabing upuan ni Lola Panya at inabot ang tinimpla kong orange juice sa ibabaw ng patio table namin saka ininom iyon gamit ang isang bamboo straw. Aside sa ayoko sa mga plastic, I sincerely care for the
ONE OF THE rules that I have learned and strictly follow from the Mean Girls was that, ‘On Wednesdays, we wear pink.’ That's why today I'm sporting a white tube underneath my pink cropped buttoned blazer partnered with its matching pink high-waist midi skirt. High-waist kasi bawal kita ang pusod dito sa state college which honestly surprised me kasi bawal iyon pero hindi bawal ang tadtad sa tattoo. I'm not hating on Deon's best friend, Felix, who was tattooed. I just find it so weird why they're letting him in and loose. Dapat fair! I want to wear crop tops kasi and this rule was preventing me from doing it.Anyway, I had my long straight hair tied in a half-ponytail using a pearl barrette. I also put on some dangling earrings that were composed of connected daisies and a pair of white stiletto from Louboutins.“There!” I happily announced after closing Chadleen's backpack.
NAKAPANGALUMBABA AKO SA armchair ko habang nakatingin sa board sa harap kahit wala naman doon ang isip ko at lumilipad lang. Deon was surprisingly snob and withdrawn today. I don't know what to feel. Magbubunyi ba akong sa wakas ay tumigil na siya o ano. Pero as someone na lagi niyang kinukulot ay legit na nakakapanibago iyong kinikilos niya ngayon. Baka may pinagdadaanan itong isang ito ngayong araw. Sana naman ay hindi maapektuhan nito ang activity namin sa PE today lalo na at partners pa naman kami. Ang hirap kayang paganahin ang teamwork kung mukhang wala sa sarili iyong kaparehas mo. Sana lang talaga ay umayos siya mamaya. Pati ako ay madadamay sa kanya, e. We were told to wear our PE uniforms because we will be having the activity today. Dinala kami ng PE teacher namin sa field kung saan iyon gaganapin. Pagdating namin doon ay naroon din ang ibang sekyon, particularly ang section ng girlfriend ni Deon.
NAKATINGIN LANG AKO kay Deon na hindi naman mabaling-baling ang atensyon sa akin kahit na magkatapat lang kami. We were partners again for an activity. Natiyempuhan ulit na napili kami bilang magkagrupo. Our teacher asked us to go to our pairs respectively.Pinalipat ako ni Felix sa pwesto niya dahil siya na naman daw muna ang tatabi sa pinsan ko. Nanggigigil na tumayo ako sa upuan ko at nagmartsa na palapit sa kay Deon na halatang iwas pa rin sa akin. Ano bang problema ng isang ito ha? Konting-konti na lang talaga at masasapak ko siya, e. Ang arte! Kung may problema siya sa akin ay bakit hindi na lang niya ako prangkahin?Pinagharap namin ang mga upuan namin. When I sat back, I crossed my legs in a sophisticated way. I loved sharing my OOTDs, just so you know, I was sporting a terno yellow and white gingham plaid tweed bishop sleeves jacket and skirt over its matching cropped spaghetti strap top. Naka-knee socks din ako and white Gucci sneakers. I was
GET LOST.Pagkatapos kong sabihin iyon ay napatulala lang sa akin si Deon. However, I noticed how conflicted his eyes were. This was easier for us both. Ayaw niya naman pala sa akin kaya bakit ko pa ipagpipilitan ang sarili ko sa kanya? I don’t like being friends with the likes of him. Iyon bang they cannot be themselves when they were around me simply because they always thought and believed that I was way out of their league.He licked his lips, slightly lowered his head, and frowned. I couldn’t help but frowned as well as I continued watching him. It seemed like it was his way of contemplating about something. Very funny because despite hiding in his strong façade, his soft qualities inside would always surface. Unlike me, he just couldn’t conceal them. He was not good at it no matter how hard he tried. Pretending was simply not built for him. It was not his strongest suit.Hindi nagtagal ay muli siyang nag-angat ng t