This is a continuation to The Deleted Nic-Nik Scene
A/N: Hindi ako makatiis dugtungan itong story ng dalawang bagets… thanks for liking the previous one! 🙂
Nicolo let go of her hand as the car turned into the driveway. Nikki glanced at him with a raised eyebrow and he winked at her in reply.
“I’m going to my room to rest, Kuya”, she announced as she got out of the car. She didn’t wait for his reply and walked away immediately.
Luke frowned and scratched his head upon hearing her words. “Ano kaya ang problema nun Tol?” he asked Nicolo.
Nicolo couldn’t answer. Nagalit ba sya? he thought. Akala ko ok sa kanya. Hindi naman sya pumalag nung hinawakan ko ang kamay nya…
“Tol!” Luke tapped him on the shoulders. “Pati ba naman ikaw tulala? Para ka naman si Dad! Si Aira ba yang iniisip mo?”
“Sorry Bespren. Tara, aral na tayo.”
“Binasted ka ba ni Aira?”
“Hindi pare. Hindi ko pa naman talaga sya nililigawan. Hindi na ako sure sa nararandaman ko eh.”
“Ha??? Bakit? Don’t tell me na-affect ka sa mga sinabi ng dad nya”. Luke remembered their conversation last week, how Aira’s dad looked down on Nicolo because of his family’s financial status.
“Well, siguro kasama na yun. Pero pare, nalilito ako sa feelings ko kay Aira. Hindi na kami tulad nung dati. Nung bata pa kami, enjoy na enjoy akong kasama sya. Ngayon, parang masyado na kaming magkaiba. Parang di ko na sya kilala”, he sighed.
Nicolo looked at Luke, who was eyeing him intently. His palms felt sweaty and he felt the heat creep up to his face. Alam ba nya na in-love ako kay Niknik? Patay!
“Meron ka atang hindi kinukwento sa akin eh”, Luke teased.
“Bakit, tol, sa tingin mo ba merong iba sa puso ko?” he chose his words carefully as to not reveal anything. But he wanted to fish for what might be in Luke’s mind.
“Uh huh. Sigurado ako. Meron. Pero sino?” Luke asked.
Nicolo exhaled loudly in relief. He was afraid for Luke to find out. He knew he was protective of Nikki. Besides she was still too young. For sure, her dad wouldn’t allow her to have a boyfriend yet. “Naku Bespren, wag na natin muna pag-usapan to. Malayo pa to… hanggang pangarap lang muna”.
“Naku, sino ba yang maswerteng girl na yan ha? Bakit Tol, di mo ba maabot? Teacher siguro ano!”
“Basta… it’s complicated… tama na. Aral na tayo”.
Nikki sat or her bed staring at her right hand. She touched the back of her hand gently, remembering how Nicolo’s hand was on it awhile ago. She took a deep breath. He’s so GRRR!! Why is he confusing me like this?? Does he like me ba? I thought he was making ligaw that Aira girl? Then she heard their laughter coming from outside. She decided to take a peek. A small peek lang. I’m just curious…
Nikki looked out to the veranda where Luke and Nicolo were. Luke’s back was towards her while Nicolo was facing in her direction. He looked up and saw her. She hid behind the door quickly.
“Bespren, teka lang, CR lang ako”, Nicolo said. He stood up and quickly walked towards the door.
Nikki was trying to back away quietly when Nicolo entered.
“Huli ka, Niknik!” he said, laughing.
“What? I just wanted to see why you guys were laughing when you’re supposed to be studying no!” Nikki defended herself.
Nicolo came closer. Nikki’s heart started racing as he closed the gap between them.
“Niknik, kung galit ka dahil sa nangyari kanina sa kotse…” he began with uncertainty.
“Let’s not talk about that na Nicolo”, Nikki interrupted.
“So galit ka nga? Wala ba talaga akong pag-asa sa yo, Nikki Grace Lim?”
Nikki swallowed. Whaaat? “Nicolo, what are you talking about ba? I’m getting so confused na.” She crossed her arms and pouted.
Nicolo took a deep breath before continuing. “Niknik, hindi naman talaga si Aira ang gusto kong ligawan. Yung gusto kong ligawan ay… yung babaeng nagpapasaya sa akin, yung babaeng masaya kasama, mahilig mag arcade, maganda at mabait, masarap mag-bake ng cookies…”
“Nicolo, stop it na!”
“… mataray, minsan…”, he continued with an impish smile.
“Niknik naman. Oo ikaw yun. Ayan, nasabi ko na.” Nikki looked at him incredulously. “Siguro naman, malinaw na sa yo. Ikaw, Nikki Grace Lim, ang sinisigaw ng puso ni Nicolo Angelo Cortez.”
“Oh my gee, Nicolo! You are so super duper baduy and corny!!” Nikki complained but she was smiling inspite of herself.
“Pano Niknik, payag ka ba kung liligawan kita?” Nicolo asked her hopefully.
Before Nikki could answer, Luke came in from the veranda.
“Kuya!” Nikki said in surprise.
“O, bakit ba ang tagal mo bumalik Tol? Matatapos na ako sa chapter review ah.” Luke complained to Nicolo.
“Sorry Tol, napasarap lang ang kwentuhan namin ni Niknik”, he replied, casting an apologetic look at Nikki. “Tara na nga. Niknik, to be continued ha…”
She nodded and smiled at him.
That evening, she got a message from Nicolo.
Goodnight, beautiful. Sweet dreams!
Nikki buried her face under her pillow. Nicolo! Ano ba? I’m so confused. I think I like you naman talaga eh. And I get kilig everytime you look straight at me. And I couldn’t breathe when you took my hand in the car. Baka naman nadadala lang ako ng kilig dahil kay Dad and Ate Maya? Or am I falling in love with him na ba?
“GRRR!!! I don’t know na talaga!!! G-R-R-R…R!!!” she said out loud out of frustration. Suddenly, the door opened.
To be continued …