The One That Got Away – Prologue

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Author: EyyHuston

 

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Nikki Grace Lim isn’t your typical girl. She’s perfect. Her life is perfect. Perfect

brother, perfect little sister, perfect father, perfect step mother… lahat, perfect.

O yun lang ang akala niya? Paano kung may isa pa palang dahilan kung bakit

matatawag na perfect ang buhay niya? Ano yun? Bakit niya alam? Ano yung bagay

na yun? O bagay nga ba talaga yun?

——

Luke Andrew Lim is one of the hottest guys that has attended PUS. And he is Nikki

Grace Lim’s brother. Ngunit hindi kagaya ng inaakala ng iba, hindi siya ganun

kaswerte dahil lang kuya niya ito. She’s like… Luke’s anino, for all sake. Halos

lahat na lang yata ng babae sa paaralang iyon ay gusto si Luke, samantalang siya

ay nakikita lang bilang kapatid ni Luke. She’s always been Luke’s younger sister sa

mata ng mga kapwa nila estudyante. And no, wala siyang sama ng loob sa kapatid

niya. They were like ‘tight as ever’ kind of siblings.

——–

Everything is white… everything is in place… everything is at peace…

“Calling all passengers of flight DX 918, Manila to San Nicolas, to –”

“Heyyy…” a lady approached a guy in backpack. “You’re there! Thought

you’re not coming, oh anyway that’s our flight, let’s go…”

The scene was cut. Suddenly, they were inside the plane.

“Oh my, what is…”

“I love you so much, Nikki Grace Lim, ano man ang mangyari, mahal kita.

Mahal na maha–”

“We are requesting all of the passengers to please calm down…”

“Niks, gising na,” narinig niya ang isang pamilyar na boses. Naramdaman din niya

ang bahagyang pagyugyog ng katawan niya. That means someone is waking her

up. That dream again…

She got her pillow and covered her face. This is how she hated school. Kailangan

niyang gumising ng maaga araw-araw para pumasok.

“Five more minutes, kuya,” sagot niya sabay talikod kay Luke. She then heard his

footsteps leaving the bedroom.

Akala naman niya he can wake me up by just that na lang… sa isip niya.

Nagulat na lang siya ng biglang lumamig ang pisngi niya na kanina lang ay

tinakpan niya ng unan.

“What the…” she sat up quickly. Nakita niyang may hawak na yelo si Luke at

natatawa siya nitong tinitignan. “You are so G-R-R-R talaga, kuya!”

She screamed on the top of her lungs habang pinupunasan ang pisngi niyang

nabasa.

Luke just shrugged ang headed his way to the door.

“7:30 na Niks. Dalian mo dyan o iiwan ka na namin ni Nicolo.” Ikinalaki ng mata

niya ang narinig.

Mabilis ding napadapo ang tingin niya sa alarm clock na nasa side table niya.

“Oh my gee, 7:30! Why didn’t you woke me up ng mas maaga kuya!” Sigaw niya

sabay upo sa kama.

Its as if on cue, their step mom, Maya, enters into the scene.

“Luke, tama na,” saway nito sa kuya niya. “Nikki, kalma lang… 5:30 pa lang.”

Kumunot ang noo niya. 5:30? Noon lang nagsink in ang lahat, Luke changed the

time of her alarm clock.

Napanguso siya. “Its early pa pala, kuya is so G-R-R-R talaga as ever!”

Ngumiti si Maya sa kanya at tinabihan siya nito sa pagkakaupo. Hinaplos nito ang

buhok niya, gaya ng palagi nitong ginagawa pag naiinis siya sa kuya niya.

“Okay lang yan, hindi ka kasi maihahatid ni kuya Joma, kay Abby na siya ngayon

kaya kay Luke ka na sasabay palagi, alam mo naman yun di ba?” Mahaba nitong

paliwanag.

Tumango na lang siya.

“At isa pa, may morning practice sila Luke ngayon,” dagdag nito. “Ligo ka na,

ihahanda ko na yung almusal niyo.”

Ngumiti siya at niyakap si Maya. She’s the bestest step mom in the world talaga.

Pagkuwa’y napakalas siya ng yakap dito at napakunot ang noo.

“Oh bakit?” Tanong ni Maya sa kanya.

“Why Nicolo has to be with us pa?”

Natawa si Maya. “Maligo ka na, Nikki.”

——–

“Good morning, Niknik!” It was Nicolo.

She rolled her eyes. “What’s so good in the morning kung kasabay ka namin ni

kuya?”

“Niks, ano ba? Inaano ka ba ni ‘tol ha?” Sabat ni Luke. Sounding pissed at her

rudeness. “Mas okay pa nung di ka– Ah, basta. Bakit nga?”

“Duh kuya, the earlier Nicolo is around, the earlier he can make me asar!” Naiinis

niyang sabi. She thought, ‘Why Nicolo has to be my kuya’s bestfriend pa kasi, he

knows nothing naman but to make me asar!’

“Nikki Grace Lim, stop it, or else…” it was their Dad.

She looked on Maya’s face to ask for some help but she just mouthed ‘Sorry… tiger

mode!’

She sighed in defeat and thought, ‘I am always talo naman, hmp!’

——–

She sat on the bleachers. Wala rin naman siyang magagawa kundi ang umupo

sa bangko na iyon at panoorin ang kuya niya at si Nicolo na magpractice. This

is what she hated the most, dahil di pa siya pwedeng magdrive, at hindi siya

pwedeng ihatid ni kuya Joma, which is their driver, eh napipilitan siyang pumasok

ng maaga kapag may practice ang kuya niya. At kailangan niyang tumunganga

until her first class starts. She knows naman na that is the consequence of not

knowing how to commute, well, not that she wanted to know how.

“Niknik,” Nicolo called her.

Tumingin siya, iniwan ang pagiisip ng kung anu-ano. “Why?” She asked.

“Pabili naman ng bottled water,” sabi nito.

“Ako rin, Niks!” Luke shouted from afar as he dribbles the ball.

She sighed. And when she’s with them at this early time in the morning, they

always make her utos and she knows that she has to make sunod dahil iiwan siya

nito pauwi. Not that she wants to be left alone sa school until the night comes.

Natawa si Nicolo sa kanya ng umirap siya at nagdadabog na tumayo mula sa

pagkakaupo.

He handed her money.

“You don’t have to make tawa! Nakaka-asar ka. You and kuya always treat me

as your utusan!” She glared at him. If only looks could kill, ika nga. But as usual,

parang wala lang iyon kay Nicolo.

“Ang cute talaga nitong batang ‘to kahit kailan,” he said to himself but not too soft

that she can still hear him.

“Like duh, Nicolo. I’m not a bata anymore!” Then she left him. Nicolo, on the other

hand, is grinning widely. Ang arte talaga, hay.

Habang naglalakad si Nikki papunta sa vendor machine, nakakita pa siya ng grupo

ng mga kababaihan na patungo sa gym. So nakakaasar talaga! There is Aira na

naman with her two alalays!

Aira, one of PUS’ beauties, is also one of Nicolo’s so-called fans. Di nga niya

malaman kung bakit ang daming nagkakagusto sa dalawang yun, not that she’s

telling na pangit sila, they are gwapo of course but not for her. They are very

annoying kaya! – said her mind. And when she say madami, it means the whole

PUS girls! Well, excluding her.

Kung di pa niya alam, manonood lang sila Aira ng practice game kaya sila nandito

ngayon. They even smiled at her nung napansin nilang nandun siya. Like duh! She

can’t believe na may handang gumising ng ganito kaaga para lang manood! And

knowing na si Luke at Nicolo lang naman ang papanoorin nila, oh my gee!

“G-R-R-R!” She hissed as she inserts the coins for two bottled water.

Naiinis siya dahil alam niyang plastic naman ang mga ngiting yun ng grupo ni

Aira. Dahil lang naman yun sa kapatid siya ni Luke. Always Luke’s sister… and add

onto that, she’s a Lim.

She is Nikki Grace Lim, she is a Lim, one of the younger sisters of Luke Andrew

Lim, a shadow of Luke-Nicolo or Lim-Cortes tandem. And yeah, she will always be

seen and treated as that. Or not?

– First chapter will be posted soon.

© December, 2013

EyyHuston

2 thoughts on “The One That Got Away – Prologue

  1. Pingback: The One that Got Away – part 1 | Excess Baggage

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