Backstage. After the concert.
As always, Cassy looked so beautiful tonight. I saw her surprised yet confused eyes while talking to her. I couldn’t stop myself from smiling because finally, she’s here…with me now.
“I don’t understand, Zev. Am I dreaming?” she mumbled, gawking at me. I really missed the way she gazed through my eyes.
“No Cassy, you’re not. This is real.”
“But how did you~”
“Would you like to hear a story?” I asked, clutching her hands toward an empty seat and allow her to sit first.
“Yeah.” She nodded.
I was almost to start telling her the truth but then Cassadee Pope interrupted our conversation.
“Hey Cassy. Glad you made it. You really have an amazing voice you know. I’m so much happy to know you. A fan from Philippines? Actually I never expected it.” She was smiling. Afterwards, she gaped at me. “And you too Zev Boulanger, thank you for introducing her to the band. We love her.”
“What? You introduced me to them?” Cassy asked anxiously, looking at me with plenty of questions in her eyes.
“You didn’t know?” Cassadee snapped.
“Hey ladies. I think some things here are quite vague. So, I believe it would be nice to talk about it in private. Right, Cassadee?” I slightly patted her shoulder showing an ‘Am I right?’ expression. And I was delighted she got the point.
“Oh yes, of course. Anyway Cassy, here is a our latest album. This is for you.” Then she gave an autographed copy of their CD. “Merry Christmas!”
“Oh my God…Thank you so much Cassadee!”
“Uh-oh. I’m the one who must thanked a fan like you.” And then she walked away. This is the right chance, right?
“Let’s go,” I said.
Cassy remained speechless while we’re walking along the road going home. Maybe because she did not know what question she’ll going to ask first. Well, I guessed we felt the same way. Indeed, it was absolutely difficult for both of us especially in dealing this sort of surprisingly brilliant situation.
“Ahm~” I reluctantly uttered.
“Would you~ Ehm, okay. I hope you’re not mad at me, Cassy~”
“Why should I, Zev? I just don’t understand why this is happening, yet, I am deffinitely overwhelmed.”
Oh thank God!
“Wow. That’s good to know.”
I took a deep breath befor speaking again.
“Actually, I’ve already met your mom.”
She suddenly stopped from walking then exclaimed, “Ano?!”
“Oh, I mean ‘What?!’?” she clarified.
“I’ve met your mom. Yesterday actually~” So then I started narrating what really had happened before the concert. When I told her that I was already sure about what I felt toward her, she did not give any response. Instead, she just bowed her head and continued walking.
Nak ng tinapa naman talaga ang mga sunod-sunod na di maipaliwanag na nangyayari sakin ngayon oh!
Una, na-weirdohan ako sa ugali ni mama kahapon. Pangalawa, nakita ko si Zev sa mismong concert ng Hey Monday na nagbigay pala ng ticket dun kay mama at sya din ang dahilan kung bakit ako naging ‘special guest’ raw ng banda. At pangatlo~
“I think I’m fallen in love with you, Cassy. I’m sure about this. My thoughts were haunted by your lovely face. My heart couldn’t let go of your name. I knew I’m harebrained for hiding this feeling, for following you wherever you go, for talking to your mom first, for~ Aish! For not asking for you number.”
Shets!!! I bursted into laughter. Nagsisi pala sya kung bakit hindi nya hiningi ang number ko. LOL na LOL! Pero, mahal na raw nya ako. Totoo ba sinasabi nya?
Tumahan ako mula sa pagkakatawa.
“I think I’m fallen In love with you, Cassy.”
“I think I’m fallen in love with you, Cassy.”
Hayyzt! Bakit ba nagpa-flashback?!
Pinaliwanag na nya sakin ang lahat. Kaya medyo nalinawan na ako. Naku mama, kasabwat ka pala dito ah. Lagot ka talaga sakin pag-uwi ko.
Hindi parin ako makapaniwala kaya hanggang ngayon, di pa ako makasagot. Ano ba dapat kong sabihin? Na mahal ko rin sya? Parang ang bilis yata. Pero mahal ko naman talaga sya eh. But I’m not ready. Ano kaya ang feeling ng may boyfriend?
Malapit na kami sa hotel pero tahimik parin kaming naglalakad. Kaso bigla nya lang hinawakan ang kamay ko at napatigil kami pareho sa paglalakad dahil humarap sya sakin kaya napa-‘ekk’ ako. Yung isa nyang kamay ay nakahawak naman sa beywang ko. Medyo nakiliti pa nga ako when he grabbed me. Tiningnan ko sya sa mga mata nya. Nakaka-miss pala ang deep gray eyes nya. Ito yung gustong-gusto kong makita.
Nagkatitigan kami ng matagal. I couldn’t explain the feeling. Umiinit ang buo kong katawan. Sumisikip ang dibdib ko dahil sa bilis ng pagtibok ng puso ko. Uwaahhh! Anong gagawin ko!!!
Ngumiti sya sakin. Siguro yung pinaka-magandang ngiti ng isang lalaki. Yung nakakatunaw na ngiti.
“Je t'aime du fond du cœur, Cassy,” sabi nya.
Sumingit lalo ang mga mata ko. Hindi ko kaya naintindihan yun.
“It means?” tanong ko. Gosh hindi parin nya ako binibitawan. Tsug. Tsug. Tsug.
“I love you…from the bottom of my heart.”
Bigla na lang akong napapikit. He slowly bend forward to reach my lips through his. Oh no! Hahalikan nya ako!!! Pero umilag ako. Hindi pa pwede noh. Bakit? Boyfriend ko na ba sya? Hindi pa naman eh.
“Sorry,” he said with a slight embarrassment in his face.
Binitawan nya ako at naglakad kami ulit. Nung nasa harap na kami ng hotel~
“By the way, I’m living there.”
Tinuro nya sakin ang Musique Zone D’Zev. Nagulat ako sabay mangha. Sabi ko na nga ba! Sa kanya nga ang music store na yan!
“But…why did I never see you around here?” nagtataka kong tanong.
“It’s because I chose not to show up. Sorry for that.” He slightly chuckled.
Buti maunawain ako kaya sa halip na magalit, I just said ‘no worries’. OA masyado kapag magagalit ako sa kanya. Para ano pa?
“So I guess I have to go inside now, Zev. My mother is waiting for me.”
“Yeah. Good night. Tell your mom I said hi.” Nag-wave sya ng kamay saka lumakad na patungo sa store nya. Pero hinintay pa nya akong makapasok sa loob bago sya pumasok.
Pagdating ko sa room namin, ang lakas ng tawa ni mama. Nabaliw na! Sinugod ko sya hindi para sampalin at bugbugin kundi para i-hug na sobrang higpit.
“Anong ginawa mo ma?” tanong ko. Samantalang ang mga walangya kong luha eh nagsipatakan na pala.
“Sorry nak. Nakiusap kasi syang wag sabihin sayo eh. Pasensya na talaga nak ha? Akala ko kasi magiging masaya ka kapag makikita mo sya sa concert eh. Tahan na.” Hinimas-himas ni mama ang likod ko.
Bumitaw ako mula sa pagkakayakap sa kanya at nagtanong, “Sino bang may sabi na hindi ako masaya ma?”
Sumaya bigla ang mukha ni mama.
“Talaga nak? Salamat naman at natuwa ka.”
“Eh, ma, okay lang ba sayo kapag ligawan ako ni Zev?” tanong ko na medyo nahihiya.
“Oo naman dear. Mabait na bata si Zev. Sana nga sincere nga sya sayo kundi ako na mismo ang bubugbog sa kanya.”
Nagtawanan kaming dalawa. Wala na talagang mas babait sa mama ko. This vacation is really worth appreciating!