It's been very busy in this part of the world, and this week has been a KILLER. Ang daming ma-drama dito sa Melbourne and I totally want out. Anyway, I decided to party it up a bit because (as they say in L'Oreal) I'm worth it. Buti na lang may birthday ang aking friend Indiana (O DIVA ang taray ng pangalan ng ghurl)
Anyway, guess who I saw in the partay? Merlot. Siyempre, being Ms. Universe Runner-Up for 1986 onwards, totally poised ang lola niyo.
"Why, hello, Mel."
May I smile lang sya. Demure. Parang thank you girl ang smile nya.
Amalia Fuentes! Smile din ako and I continued my walk (with matching "You are My Star") around the room.
After a few beers, I was medyo hello. Parang konti na lang, Ms. USA 2006 na ako with matching tapilok in evening gown. So I decided to go home. Buti na yan bago ako tuluyang mawalan ng foiz.
Anyway, paglabas ko sa bar, aba hello. Ang Merlot naghihintay?
Sabi ko sa sarili ko: "Bakla. Wag. Hindi mo ito gusto."
Sabi ng bayag ko: "HELLOOOOOOO!"
Ms. Universe Runner-Up Ever: "Hi Merlot. How are ya?"
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I invited him home AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND he said no.
Medyo nakakalito a? He waits for me outside the bar so that we can walk to the bus stop together, where strangely enough, we will part ways. Naghintay pa siya! Ano ako? Hindi marunong umuwi na mag-isa? Hindi ako tanga, at lalong lalo na, hindi ako inutil.
I can take care of myself thankyouverymuchbow. Weird was, the entire walk to the bus stop, wala syang imik! Aba! All of a sudden, shy type ka? GANON?
And then I realised something. I have power over this. I have the power to say no thanks. I have the power to walk away. I have the power to pretend he does not exist. And the worse part is I know he doesn't. He doesn't have a lot of friends (dahil medyo kakaiba ang kanyang sense of humour) and although I can confidently say I can afford to lose him as a friend, he cannot say the same.
And with that, I boarded the bus and put on my iPod.
Bayag: "Oh, he's waving at you, Marcus. Wave back."
Ms. Universe R-UE: "Oops. I forgot."
And, as Madonna once sang, "I'm not sorry. It's human nature."