The One that Got Away – part 1

Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to EyyHuston. This is a continuation of The One that Got away – Prologue.


A/N: Hello ther here’s the first chapter of The One That Got Away.
Sorry po kung NicNik ‘to. Planning write a Mr. & Mrs Chief Fan Fic
din. 🙂 enjooooy!

 

Author : EyyHuston

 

~*~

 

Chapter One: Cookies

“Niks…”

She looked up to the one who called her. It is their lunch break and
here she is, munchin’ her cookies and drinking her juice.

“Oh hey, Stacey… you take your seat…” she smiled at her. “Uhh, cookies?”

Umiling si Stacey. “Um, no, but thanks.”

Napansin niyang iba ang aura ni Stacey. Parang hindi ito lively at
parang may nangyari ritong di maganda. She decided to ask her
bestfriend.

“What’s with the gloomy aura, Stays?” Kunot-noong tanong niya rito.

“Wala… asar lang ako kila Aira, they came up rushing kasi and bumped
into me and yet they didn’t even bothered to appologize,” napasimangot
siya sa nasagap na kwento. Ugggh! That Aira talaga! Di lang talaga
siya yung tipo ng nakikipagaway pero she really feel sorry for her
bestfriend.

And speaking of which, she saw her enter the canteen and headed her
way to her kuya’s company. And of course, Aira is with her two alalays
na naman. While her kuya naman is hanging up with his team mates and a
few friends.

She saw Nicolo scratched his head. Mukhang asar ito, well, alam naman
niyang asar ang buong campus sa Aira na yun. Even her kuya is lukot na
ang mukha. She feel sorry for them, hindi naman kasi nila pwedeng
supladuhan si Aira. Babae pa rin ito  at ayaw naman nilang matanggal
sa team dahil lang naoffice sila or something. How she wishes she can
throw them a life-vest.

“Karma is a bitch, Stays… hayaan mo sila, one day the whole
university will laugh at their face na lang bigla.” She said.

“Oh my gee, Niks!”

Napatingin siya kay Stacey. Nagulat siya dahil bigla na lang itong nag
oh my gee na patang binuhusan ng asin na bulate. Take note, she had
that gloomy aura pa earlier.

“What?” She asked her.

Stacey’s chin is leaning on the table. Para itong nagde-daydream or
something. She’s dreamily looking at something… or must we say,
someone.

She followed her gaze. At napabuntong-hininga siya nung malaman na ang
tinitignan ng kaibigan niya ay ang grupo ng kuya niya, particularly
Iñigo. He’s looking at them and smiling, she smiled too.

Iñigo is a good friend of Luke. And known to be a guy who has a crush on Stacey.

She can’t blame talaga the girls swooning over that group. What can
she say, Luke is handsome in his clean-cut hair. And Nicolo is gwapo
rin naman in his rugged and dirty haircut. Walang tapon, lahat sila
gwapo plus they are these so-called sport guys.

She’s looking at them ng biglang mapatingin Nicolo sa kanya. He smiled
and waved at her.

Halos mapaubo siya dahil kasalukuyan siyang umiinom ng juice. Nagulat
lang naman siya. She smiled too and waved. Mula bata siya, kilala niya
na si Nicolo, ever since kinder kasi ang kuya niya, ito na ang palagi
nitong kasama. Guess that made them the best of friends.

Naaasar lang talaga siya rito minsan dahil palagi itong nangunguna sa
pangaasar sa kanya. Both her kuya and him knows well how to piss her.
At sa sobra nila siyang kilala ay there’s no way na hindi siya nito
maaasar.

Inialok niya rito ang juice na iniinom niya, at umiling lang ito. He’s
staring at her na para bang may nagawa siyang mali, or not? Why is he
looking ba like that, ah! I know na! Inialok niya ang cookies na baon
niya. She saw him laugh abit and shook his head. With that, he broke
their eye contact.

Nagring din ang cellphone niya kaya di niya na ito napansin pa. She
looked to see who’s calling and frowned.

“Yes, tita-mommy?”

“Nikki, nandito ako sa high school department, pwede ka bang pumunta
dito?” It was Maya.

“Ah yes Tita-mommy. Is it okay if I bring Stacy with me?”

“Ano ka ba, syempre okay lang, at saka dalian mo bago matapos ang breaktime mo.”

She smiled and nodded. Kahit pa alam niyang di naman siya nito
makikitang tumango ay ginawa pa rin niya.

“Let’s go, Stays,” yaya niya sa kaibigan.

Papalabas na sila ng canteen ng tawagin siya ni Luke.

“Niks!” She heard him called from afar. She turned to look at him,
tumatakbo ito papalapit sa kanya with who else. “Saan ka pupunta?
Papasok ka na?”

She shook her head. “Ah, no, kuya. Tita-mommy called. Nasa high-dep
siya ngayon and she asked me to meet her. Wanna go with us?”

She saw Nicolo elbowed Luke. “Tara ‘tol, sama tayo kay Niknik.”

———-

“Hi Tita maya!” Stacey and Nicolo chorused.

Nakangiti si Maya na binati ang mga ito. “Oh wala din kayong klase pa?”

“Ah Tita Maya, kaya niyo ba pinapunta si Niknik dito dahil may dala
kayong lunch?” Asked Nicolo. Maya laughed at what he’d said.

“Oh my gee, Nicolo. You are so matakaw talaga!”

Maya put hands on her shoulders. “Nikki okay lang yan. Madami-dami
naman ‘tong dala ko ngayon. Alam kong di ka na naman kakain ng heavy
meal ngayong lunch. Nikki ha, masama ‘yang ginagawa mo. Luke, bantayan
mo nga ‘tong kapatid mo, pati ikaw Nicolo ha. Ikaw Stacey isa ka pa,
ang babata niyo pa para magdiet ha.”

Natawa ng malakas si Nicolo at Luke sa kanya. “Ayan kasi, Niks! Diet
ka ng diet!” Said Luke.

“Mataba ka na kahit ano pang gawin mo, Niknik!”

“Urgggghhhh! You are so G-R-R-R-R talaga. I am not mataba kaya! Take
it back! Nakakaasar kayo!”

Tawa lang tawa si Maya sa kanila. She glared at her na dahilan ng
pagtatakip nito sa kanyang bibig para pigilan ang pagtawa. Maya
stopped laughing and pulled her into a hug which she gladly returned.

“At least di ka naghihilik kapag natutulog,” bulong nito na patama kay
Luke. “At Nikki, di ka mataba, okay? Ikaw ang pinakasexy kong anak.”

She smiled, heart-melted. Alam niyang pinapagaan lang ng tita-mommy
niya ang loob niya. Dalawa lang naman kasi silang step-daughter nito,
she and Abby, which is 12 years old pa lang. Tama lang na siya ang
pinakasexy for Abby isn’t that dalaga pa.

“At saka ikaw Nicolo ha, bawas-bawasan mo ‘yang pang-aasar kay Nikki
Grace, baka magkatuluyan kayo niyan.” Baling ni Maya kay Nicolo.

Nikki just hissed her ever famous G-R-R-R-R.

Nasamid naman si Luke habang umiinom sa tumbler na dala ni Maya.

Maya eyed him knowingly. “Baka nasobrahan ka sa sago Luke, dahan-dahan kasi.”

“Wow! Sago’t-gulaman ba ‘yung dala mo Tita? Penge ako!” Said Nicolo.
Palagi kasi silang ipinaghahanda ng sago’t-gulaman ni Maya. Samahan mo
pa ng pritong saging na saba na sinawsaw sa asukal. Or her champorado
with tuyo.

“Sige lang, may cup dyan sa paperbag, madami naman yan eh,”
tumatangong sagot ni Maya.

Nikki take her seat beside Stacey. Katapat niya si Nicolo at katabi
niya sa kabilang side ang kuya niya. Si Maya naman ang katabi ni
Nicolo.

Her bff Stacey is busy giving them paperplates. Napangiti siya. Maya
really know them well, kaya madami itong dinala. She’s nonstop
pagdating sa pagte-thank you kay God na si Maya ang binigay sa kanila,
and not the ‘witch kind’ of stepmom.

She brought the foods out of the paperbags. There are lots of
different dishes. And her cookies!

“Ay Nikki, dinala ko nga pala ‘yang cookies na ginawa mo kagabi, pero
huwag kang magalala, nagtira ako sa bahay,” Maya told her. She smiled
and said its fine.

“Ah… Tita pwedeng pahingi ako?” Said Nicolo, who is busy chewing his food.

“You are so takaw talaga! You can’t make lunok na nga your food dyan
sa mouth mo eh!” Then she stopped. It felt that… parang… de jàvu.

Napatigil din ang binata at napatingin sa kanya. Tinapos nito ang
pagnguya at saka nagsalita.

“Ibabaon ko…” seryoso nitong sabi. “At isa pa, hinahanap-hanap kaya
ng panlasa ko ‘yang cookies na yan palagi. Ewan ko kung bakit. May
gayuma yan no? Naku–”

She doesn’t know if she heard him right. Palagi? She stared at him as
if nakapatay ito ng tao, she’s observing him.

Napatingin itong muli sa kanya. “Oh bakit Niknik?”

Umiling siya. Yeah, maybe she’s just misheard him.

“Ah… Ah, ano…” It was Luke. “Mabuti pa dalian niyo na dyan,
malapit nang matapos ang breaktime.”

Maya sighed and looked at her. Sympathy is written all over her face
na hindi niya maintindihan kung bakit. Psh, people are acting so
weird.

She then heard Luke murmured, “Tol, tiran mo ako ah.”

And Nicolo answered him, “Bespren huwag na. Akin na lang ‘to.” He even
make simangot to her kuya.

— Eyy ❤

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