ASTRID woke up that morning without Bullet in sight. When she realized that it’s already seven in the morning, she hurried and got up despite her splitting headache. After taking a shower, she quickly got dressed and left a note on the nightstand.
She was about to get inside the elevator when she heard someone approaching from a distance and when she turned around, she was surprised to see Bullet beside a tall woman. Based on how the woman put her arms around him, it’s pretty obvious that something’s going on between the two. He’s grinning from ear to ear as if he had just won a million dollars. Well, it certainly looks like it.
Astrid turned away and pressed the elevator button, praying that it would open before Bullet notices her because she still didn’t know how to deal with him after what happened the night before.
She immediately went inside when the it opened and finally, she breathed a sigh of relief. But her relief was fleeting because even before she could tie her hair up, the sweet love birds entered the elevator, which almost made her jump.
To avoid being recognized, she immediately bowed her head and cover her face with her long hair. But it was too late.
He frowned while trying to figure out if she was the woman he thought she was. She’s not supposed to look back but Bullet came closer and looked directly at her face.
“What are you doing here?” he inquired as he tried to get away from the woman’s embrace.
The shock on his face was too obvious that she had to try hard not to smile. She didn’t respond. Instead, she stared at the floor indicator on top of the elevator door and waited for it to reach her destination. And after a few minutes that seemed like forever, the elevator opened and she ran out of it as fast as possible and headed to the hotel lobby.
She was ready to get into a taxi when Bullet suddenly appeared in front of her, gasping.
“Where are you going?” he wondered. He apologized to the driver before slamming the car door shut. “Are you leaving without even saying goodbye?”
By the tone of his voice, she felt like a little child being scolded by her father for leaving without saying a word. “You were out when I woke up. Was I suppose to wait for you?” She protested. “I left a note on the nightstand anyway and left the sweatshirt that I borrowed last night, as well as your license.”
“Is that it? You’re gonna leave just like that?”
Astrid narrowed her eyes and looked at him intently. “So, I was right all along. You didn’t help me because you’re kind or charitable. You helped me because you have an ulterior motive.”
A taxi pulled up in front of them but then again, Bullet stopped her from getting on it. He looked at her sharply. “That’s not what I mean,” he maintained. “I thought you went here to find your boyfriend so why the sudden change of plan?”
“Because I realized that it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t want to be found.”
“So what’s your plan B?”
“No plan B. For now, I just want to go back to Manila,” she said calmly and adjusted her bags over her shoulder. “Anyway, thanks again, Bullet.”
“That’s it?” he insisted.
“What else do you want?” Again, another taxi passed by but she was not able to take it because Bullet was still in front of him, blocking her way.
“Won’t you even give me your number?”
She smiled and shook her head. “Wow, you were just with a woman earlier and now you’re already hitting on me? You’re really living up to your reputation, aren’t you?”
“Oh, that?” She’s just someone I met last night. Don’t be jealous because really, she’s nobody.”
“Again, wow! I’ve never met someone as cocky as you, just sayin’.”
“And you will never meet another man as charming as me, just sayin.” Bullet grinned, ignoring her joke. “Come on, breakfast. “I know you haven’t had breakfast yet and so am I.” Without warning, he grabbed the bags from her and headed back inside the hotel.
Astrid couldn’t do anything but to follow him because she’s gradually feeling her stomach growl. She also couldn’t understand why she had no ability to say no to Bullet and she’s still in the process of figuring out why her brain has diffulty working every time he stares at her eyes. Does that mean that she has moved on and is now ready to fall in love again?
Of course not, Astrid!
It just so happens that Bullet was a good looking guy and yeah, he’s probably right that she’ll never meet another man as charmig as him. Yes, she’s attracted to him and maybe, that’s just about it. Maybe, the excitement she’s feeling at the moment will soon come to pass. Oh yeah, that’s for sure.
And so she followed him to the hotel cafeteria, sat on the chair he had pulled for her and waited for him to order her breakfast. The place was packed with tourists and good thing, Bullet was able to persuade one of the staff to get a table for them.
She couldn’t help but be impressed because that was the first time that someone had ordered food for her. Whenever she had a date with Josh, she’s always the one who’s ‘in charge’ - he lets her decide where they are going, when and what to eat. Bullet was indeed a breath of fresh air. But then she realized, she’s not on a date with him. It just so happens that she always meets him whenever she needed help.
“Breakfast of the day - fried rice, scrambled eggs, Ceasar salad, grilled tapa, hot coffee and orange juice,” Bullet offered, pointing at each dish. “I don’t know what do you usually have for breakfast so I just ordered whatever I found appetizing. I hope this is okay.”
“This is fine, thanks.”
“Are you sure? They still have a lot of breakfast selections, you might want to-“
“No, Bullet, this is enough. Thank you.”
He responded with a sweet smile and sat down in front of her. He even arranged everything for her - from the plates and cutlery, to the glass of water and a cup of coffee.
From the food on the table, she looked up at the man in front of her. “Are you always this thoughtful with women?” She interrogated as they started eating.
“Nope. This is the first time, actually,” he replied with a wink.
Astrid gave a disapproving gesture because she knew that it wasn’t the truth. She just watched the way he enjoys his meal as if he had not eaten for several days.
“Are you sure you don’t want to look for your boyfriend anymore?”
“Correction - ex. Ex boyfriend,” she corrected. “All I want right now is to go back to Manila. And besides, I don’t want to waste my time for someone like him.”
“Good for you,” Bullet said quite loudly. “Because he’s not worth it. I’m sure you’ll find someone else, someone better.”
“I doubt it. Someone told me last night that men are all the same so why bother?”
He smiled and just played along. “Well, yeah but I’m sure there’s always an exemption. Just have faith, Astrid.”
She frowned at him because she knew that he’s just teasing her again. “ Thanks but no thanks. I don’t want to get hurt anymore.”
“You’re just saying that because you’re still in love with your ‘ex’-boyfriend and I’m sure that when you see him again, you’ll forget about everything and beg him to come back.”
She laughed at his absurd idea. “No way. When I see him again, I’ll skin him alive, cut him open and let him bleed to death.”
“Ha, ha! That’s an interesting sight to see!” Bullet laughed out loud, which made the others look at their direction.
Surprised, Astrid and Bullet looked up to see from whom the voice came from.
“JOSH?” Astrid stood up when she saw Josh coming over. He was glaring at her as if he wanted to eat her alive. But she didn’t care about it because her attention was on someone else - Ellen, who was holding Josh’s hand. She looked as if she had seen a ghost.“What are you doing here?” Josh asked softly. He was wearing the red sweatshirt with the logo of his favorite basketball team, which was her gift on his last birthday.She knew she had to say something but nothing came out from her mouth. Thankfully, Bullet was quick-witted and immediately stood up. He put his arm over her shoulder and joined the conversation.“She’s on vacation, with me,” he chimed in, smiling. “So, you are ‘the’ Josh. Astrid has told me so much about you. By the way, I’m Bullet, the new boyfriend.”Astrid turned her head and saw Bullet smiling. He tightened his grip on her shou
ALL throughout breakfast, Bullet heard nothing from Astrid. She was just quiet while stirring her coffee and occasionally getting a glimpse at Josh and Ellen. He could clearly see the sadness in her eyes and he knew that she’s trying her best not to cry.“You look awful,” he whisper against her ear. “Do you want to get out of here already?”But she just smiled. She inhaled sharply and drank her coffee. He was suprised when she held his hand but he understood what it meant - that she needed his support so he squeezed her hand to let her know that she could count on him.“So guys, what are your plans for today?” Bullet inquired, just to break the ice.Josh and Ellen looked at each other. “Well, we’re thinking of visiting the Grotto first. How about you?”“I have a lot of places in mind so I think we’ll go ahead, right Astrid?” He stood up, grabb
AFTER 3 MONTHS...BULLET has been glancing at his cellphone several times since he arrived at Margarita Ville. It’s already nine o’clock in the evening but Miles was still out of sight. He should have gone back to Mania instead of staying and waiting for some girl.Miles is a singer at The Lounge, his go-to bar whenever he needed to unwind. She’s sexy, beautiful. She’s fun to talk to, sweet and yeah, she’s good in bed. She’s the type who knew what he wanted and she could do all the crazy things in bed, even things he never thought possible. That’s why he’s here now. Because she promised to keep him warm in this cold night.But he’s been sitting there at the bar for more than an hour, has finished four bottles of beer and he’s already losing his patience because he wasn’t born into the world just to wait for a woman.He poured some beer to his
“SO, what’s the story of your life, Mr. Samuel Blake Ortega?” Astrid prodded after emptying her bottle of beer. Bullet looked at her because he was surprised by the sudden serious question. They were the only ones at the bar at that late hour except for an employee who was starting to wipe the tables.“What do you want to know?”“Like what you do besides flirting with girls at the bar?” She was staring at him as she spoke as if she was really interested to know everything about him.“Well, I’m a teacher. I used to teach Math.” He poured beer in their glasses and put ice in them. He could no longer count how many glasses Astrid had but there were at least nine empty bottles in front of her.“Ah, that explains why you’re so good at counting women,” Astrid muttered loudly.“Ouch.” Bullet shouldn’t have been offened by what she said be
ASTRID’S face was just a couple of inches from his. Her breath felt warm and intoxicating. He has consumed a lot of alcohol but he knew that his fast heartbeat wasn’t because of that. He’s the type who gets easily attracted to women but Astrid has a different effect on him. It was as if his eyes were being absorbed by her stare and he couldn’t promise that he won’t be able to control himself from kissing her if she continued to look at him that way.“I think...I’m really drunk now,” Astrid whispered with a smile. They were already standing in front of her cottage, just a few steps from the Villa bar. He slightly moved back when he felt her hand touched his cheek. “Because I suddenly want to kiss you...but of course, I can’t, I shouldn’t.”“Why not?” he joked. Though it’s quite dark in that part of the alley, he could still see her beautiful red face. He actually f
PROBABLY, Astrid was really drunk because even though everything was clear to her and she could taste every kiss from Bullet, she didn’t know why it was happening. She could also hear his deep breathing as well as his moan every now and then every time she passionately responds to his kisses.Why did she let this happen in the first place? Why the hell did she let herself kiss a man who’s almost a stranger to her? She couldn’t understand why she was so attracted to Bullet because his type was far from those men she had dated in the past. Aside from being too handsome and too proud of himself, he’s also a certified playboy, which is one of the things she hated the most in a man.Oh who was she kidding? Any woman would be drawn by his hypnotizing stare. The question was why in the world was he wasting his time with somebody like her, considering that she’s not like those gorgeous and sexy women he’s been?
AND it did. Bullet kissed and licked her bosom. It wasn’t the first time that she has experienced something like this but she has to admit that the feeling he gives her was different compared to others.As he kissed and caressed her left chest, his other hand was busy working on her underwear. He was able to take it off without a hassle and her silk undies fell on the wooden floor. She felt his hot skin against her body and she sighed as his warm palm moved over her stomach, down to her abdomen.This was really happening, Astrid thought at the back of her head. And though she knew it was wrong, she was certain that she couldn’t stop him - no - she’s certain that she had no intention of letting him stop. Everything seemed so right, so perfect. She felt as if she’s been waiting for this man for so long, some to whom she’d surrender all of herself to. But this was going to be her first. Ever.“W-wait...” sh
SHE waited for Bullet to kiss her but he just looked at her - in the eyes, her nose, her lips...and again in her eyes. He was still holding her hands over her head and each time he breathed, she’s feeling his wide chest touched her breasts. He’s doing it on purpose, she’s certain about it because when she glanced at his face, he was all smiles.“I want you right here, right now.” Using his left hand, Bullet kept holding her raised arm while his right hand was busy caressing her chest. “But I won’t do it because I plan to make you want me damn much until you beg me to be inside you.” He kissed her on the cheek, then on her neck. He kissed and licked until she cried out his name. The water coming from the shower was cold but Bullet’s caresses and kisses were warm. Astrid could catch a glimpse of the mist caused by the heat from their bodies and it somehow just made her feel hotter.Finally, he let of