Tumikhim ang Kapitan dahilan kung bakit kami napatingin sa kanya.
"This is Benjamin. He's the quartermaster, my right hand." turo niya sa lalaking nasa tabi niya. I smiled at him binigyan niya din ako ng tipid na ngiti at tinanguan.
"Maven, the boatswain. He is the one supervisoring the boat. Checking everything in it. His substitute is Lark." tinanguan ako ng lalaking nasa tabi ni Benjamin kaya ngumiti ako sa kanya.
"Junger the cabin boy, he run errands for me." the Captain explained while pointing Jungle.
"Junger? That's Jungle." I corrected him.
"What?" he asked. And then everyone looks at me confusingly.
"Your name is Jungle, right?" I asked the boy.
"Junger po Miss, hehe." sabi ni Jungle na si Junger daw sabay kamot sa kanyang batok tila ba nahihiya.
I heard the Captain chuckled sexily when he saw my eyebrows ceased.
"You can call him anything you want tho," he assured me.
"Now, that's Marcillo, the carpenter. The is the one responsibe for fixing anything that is broken in the ship." he told me.
"Alex the Gunner, his sub is Xander. Ferdin the navigator, his sub is Ellan. Rieki and Raeki the Doctors, they are twins. And Gae together with Galvin, the cook." he told me.
Now, he faced me. He looked at me like he's sipping my soul out.
"Lastly, me. Fauve Maverick Arc, the Captain." he said with full of power.
We looked at each other intensely. I noticed that his eye color is so unique. Parang magkahalong color green at gray.
Hindi ko na pinatagal ang pagtitinginan namin dahil baka matunaw ako.
After dinner, mag pepresenta na sana akong tumulong para maghugas ng pinggan pero hindi nila ako pinayagan bagamat isa daw akong bisita dito.
Visitor? No I'm already a part of this crew.
Dahil hindi kaya ng powers kong pilitin sila, umakyat nalang ako sa deck ng barko para magpahangin.
Nakita ko ang mga tao sa labas na may kanya kanyang ginagawa.
May isang naglilinis ng mga baril at mga kagamitan na siguro ginagamit nila sa pandagat na digmaan. May tao din doon sa itaas. I think it's called the crow's nest. I'm not sure.
Nag ikot ako dito hanggang sa umabot ako sa front deck o sa pinaka harapan ng barko. May parte doon na pwedeng upuan kaya umupo ako doon, admiring the view.
The moon is full and bright. Agad kong naalala si Kuya.
Sa gilid ng aking kinauupuan, may nakita akong gitara na baka naiwan dito ng isa sa mga tauhan sa barko. Kinuha ko iyon at tinignan kung nasa tono ba.
I adjusted some strings a little and started plucking it softly.
I looked at the moon, took a deep breath while closing my eyes feeling the cold wind of September and started singing.
"I know you're somewhere out there, somewhere far away. I want you back, I want you back." referring to my Kuya.
"You're all I had, you're all I had." I sang.
He's the only person who stayed. When our parents died, he took care of me and never make me feel that I'm alone.
"I sit by myself," I took a deep breath before singing the chorus.
"Talking to the moon, try'na get to you."
"In hopes you're on the other side, talking to me too, or am I a fool, who sits alone, talking to the moon." hindi ko na mapigilang maluha habang kinakanta ito.
I let my tears flow down my face at saka pait na ngumiti. I looked at the moon who's giving light to the dark and cold night.
"I know you're somewhere out there, somewhere far away." I sang the last lines saka niyakap ang gitara, as if it's giving me warmth.
Nang naramdaman kong mas lumamig ang gabi, napagdesisyonan ko nang tumayo saka isinandal ang gitara sa kung saan ko ito kinuha kanina.
I noticed something. May nakasulat sa ibabang parte nito.
Hindi ko na iyon pinansin at tumalikod na para sana bumalik sa cabin ko.
I saw the Captain staring at me while holding the wheel. Beside him is Benjamin holding a telescope.
I gave him a small smile and continue walking back to my cabin.
Nadaanan ko ang mga ibang crews na nagpapahinga sa duyan na sinasabit nila siguro kapag gabi lang kasi kanina wala namang ganun.
Tinatanguan nila ako at ganun din ako sa kanila hanggang sa nakarating na ako sa cabin ko.
I noticed a glass of milk na may takip para siguro kahit na umuga uga ang barko hindi ito matatapon.
There's a note beneath it saying,
Magandang gabi Miss, ipinadala po ito ni Kapitan pero hindi kita naabutan sa kuwarto mo kaya inilagay ko nalang dito. Inumin mo po iyan bago ka matulog.
Oh. So it was Jungle, na Junger daw ang pangalan niya.
Not my fault na iyon ang pagkakarinig ko. I think I'll just call him Jungle kasi mas cute at iyon na ag tumatak sa isip ko.
I drank the milk before dozing off to sleep, hoping that this is all a dream.
I woke up, with a weird feeling on my feet.
Inalis ko muna ang kumot at itinaas ang dress ko para makita kung anong nangyari.
"Damn! It looked like an ube now." I told myself looking at my bruised feet.
Naka dressed naman 'yung sugat pero makikita talaga na namamaga ito dahil nga violet na ang color.
I tried to walk but hindi ko malagyan ng force 'yung paa ko, causing me to fall.
"Ouch!" I shouted when I felt the pain in my bruised feet.
Mukhang mas lalala pala ito huh.
Agad na bumukas ang pinto saka bumungad sa akin ang nag aalalang mukha ni Kapitan.
"What happened?" he asked me. His voice is not cold na? Parang mas nangingibabaw ang worry doon.
Itinaas ko ang dress ko saka pinakita sa kanya ang bruise doon.
He hissed and carried me. Bridal style!
"Uhh... I think I can walk naman." I told him while holding unto him kasi baka mahulog ako dahil hindi naman stable talaga 'yung barko eh. Syempre waves are still hitting it.
"You won't fall if you do." he said kaya hinayaan ko nalang siya.
Bumaba siya sa I don't know what floor it is but may pinasukan kaming kuwarto na puro puti lang ang makikita mo. Iba ito sa pinuntahan namin kahapon. Kung iyon ay parang clinic lang, ngayon ay parang mini hospital.
"Rei, we need help." tawag niya sa lalaking nag oorganize ng mga kagamitan doon. I looked at him and I saw a scar on his nose, hindi ko ito nakita kahapin.
Dahan-dahan akong binaba ni Fauve sa kama doon saka itinaas ang aking dress hanggang tuhod.
"It looked like an ube," ani ni Rei.
We both chuckled pero we stopped when we saw Fauve's serious face.
Tumikhim naman si Rei saka pumunta sa mga section ng mga gamot para tignan kung anong pwede niyang ibigay sa akin.
"May masakit ba sa iyo?" Fauve asked.
"Wala naman po Cap." I told him.
"Don't be too formal, just call me by my name."
"Okay, F-fauve." I slowly said. Nakakahiya kasi!
He chuckled saka nag iba din ang ekspresyon nito noong bumalik na si Rei may dalang gamot.
"This is just an ointment. Wag mo lang masyadong pinapagod ang paa mobinibini." ani ni Rei.
Magkapatid nga talaga sila ni Rae. Pareho 'yung takbo ng utak.
Nang natapos na ang paglalagay niya ng ointment, binuhat na ulit ako ni Fauve kaya kumapit lang ako sa kanya para hindi ako mahulog.
"How was your sleep last night?" the Captain asked."It was good not until I feel something weird in my feet, 'yun pala may bruise na." I narrated."Just don't force yourself to walk or run. I will ask Junger to assist you until pagaling na ang paa mo." he said at tumango naman si Junger na nasa tabi ni Benjamin."No need. I think I can handle myself." ani ko. Nakakahiya naman, parang pabigat lang ako dito."I know you can handle yourself but you can't handle yourself yet. Don't be stubborn, you're the only lady in this ship then expect that all the man in here will treat you like a princess." He told me.I blushed on what he said. Nakakahiya talaga."Is there any rule that I should be aware of?" I asked him."Nothing much. Just be kind to everyone in the room. Do not make any stupid decision and let the crew do their own job. If you want to learn something, do tell." sabi niya sa akin while looking at me intently.Woah. A pira
"Pinagsasabi mo Jungle?" I asked him saka tumawa ng malakas.Sumimangot lang siya sa inasta ko. Ang cute!"Totoo nga Miss. Kasi kung hindi ka niya gusto bilang tao, hinding hindi yan magdadalawang isip na sasagipin kahit may mga pating at isinama pa nga sa biyahe." parang naiinis na sabi niya na gusto niya talagang ipamukha sa akin 'yung punto niya."Okay. Whatever. Huwag ka nang magalit, pumapangit ka." sabi ko sa kanya sabay tawa.He just blushed at that but he keep me company while I'm stuck in my cabin.Weeks had passed and I can walk freely na without pain.The wound gave me a scar on my skin that makes me conscious and insecure about myself but luckily, mahahaba ang mga damit na sinusuot since wala namang maigsi kaya natatabutan ang scar ko.I'm now wearing a cream colored off shoulder dress na para talagang pang prinsesa noong simaunang panahon. Mas gusto ko nga iyon. I'm living my life as an aesthetic girl."What's the
I woke up not so early in the morning kasi mataas na ang sikat ng araw. The rays of the sun touched my skin. It feels so warm. It feels like home.Umunat unat pa ako and took a deep breath. Mabilis akong napa-upo ng tuwid noong napansin kong hindi ako nasa kuwarto ko."What the hell? Where am I?" bulong ko sa sarili ko noong nakita ko ang kabuuan ng kuwarto.If my room is like a room of a princess, then this room looks like a room of a king!Gold and silver colors were scattered everywhere. Mukhang mamahalin ang mga gamit sa loob. The room also smell so manly. I think, this is Fauve's room. But why am I here?The sheets were grey and black. There's a small side table with a lamp. May nga gamit din dun like pens and some things that Fauve use.The structure of this room is similar to my room, the only differences are the colors and things.&
The coldness of the water spread throughout my body. I slowly opened my eyes even though I know it will hurt because of the salty sea. I saw beautiful corals underneath the water. There are sea creatures minding their own lives. Swimming, crawling, dancing with the waves they feel free. I looked far away. I saw darkness. The ocean's mystery. Then, I remembered something. I went out of the sinking ship quickly with my bleeding feet. It was raining, it was dark. Yet, I can see the sun setting down. I don't want to look back, for I will remember the tragedy. Now, I feel nothing. I feel numb. I'm so lost. That was my thoughts before darkness finally consumed me. Naramdaman kong may bumagsak sa tabi ko kaya bumalik ako sa tamang wisyo at biglang natakot. Napagdesisyonan ko na ding unahon. Good thing I'm a swimming, I know how to control my
"Hand me the guitar please." sabi ni Fauve matapos ang mahabang katahimikan.Agad naman na inabot ni Jungle sa kanya ang gitara.He tried to adjust it a little and after that, he strummed the strings softly and started singing.It felt like this already happened before but I can't point out when it was."Incase you didn't know, baby I'm crazy 'bout ya." he sang.He looked at me looking his green eyes trying to take my soul away."And I would be lying if I say that I can live this life without ya even though I don't tell you all the time, you had my heart a long long time ago." he sing the song without taking his eyes off me.His voice. It's familiar.Damn deja vu but can't point it out.I'm confused but I still listened to his voice and it carried my thoughts away."You sing?" I asked him when I heard
"What are your plans tomorrow?" tanong sa akin ni Fauve nang nakarating kami sa harap ng cabin ko.Every step I take, I observe that even his scent smells familiar. It is very nostalgic.I opened the door but I didn't step inside, I faced him instead.Makisig na katawan ang bumungad sa akin. The first three buttons of his polo is open. I can barely see his chest inside. I'm too small for him. I'm just 5'3 and he's probably near 6 ft.I looked up and saw his lips partially open. I looked away a bit."Halos maubos na namin ni Jungle ang libro sa library kaya siguro stop muna kami sa pagbabasa." sagot ko dahil 'yan lang naman ang ginagawa ko palagi.It's not like the crew would let me do something. They won't let me clean, wash the dishes even the laundry. Tanging nilalabhan ko lang ay ang aking under garments."If you're free t
"Ouch," I whispered noong nasagi nanaman ang brason ko.Sa harap ko ngayon si Jungle at tinignan niya ako na nakahawak sa aking braso at para bang naaawa siya sa akin kasi panibagong sakit at pasa nanaman.He's not the reason why I have bruise, it's me. Hindi kasi ako sanay tapos wala silang sword na hindi matalim kaya no choice parin.I have an armor with me, nag long sleeves nadin panigurado lang. Ngunit punit punit na ito dahil nga sa espada. May mga daplis na din ako."I'm sorry binibini," Jungle said."No, no. It's not your fault. The show must go on." I told him and started attacking him again.He taught me the basic attacks and how to defend myself.One step ahead if I know I can beat the enemy, and attack. One step behind if I know I can't, and defend.Alam kong may mas ibibilis pa ang galaw
"Milady, you should stop tempting me." he whispered.Nalalanghap ko na ang kanyang hininga and believe me when I tell you na sobrang bango nun na para bang mas pipiliin ko nalang na langhapin ang hininga niya habang buhay.It is manly. It's like he's inhaling my soul."I am not," I told him. I cannot almost feel myself. Seeing him towering me makes me feel weak but safe.Nanatiling nakaparte ang mga labi ko kasi doon na ako humihinga dahil hindi ko na ata alam kung paano huminga ng maayos."Yeah? Maybe you should start closing your mouth and not parting your lips, because it is tempting me." he told me.Agad akong natameme sa sinabi niya.Anong ginagawa niya? Is he trying to seduce me? Well, I don't think he can. There's a lot of guys from my place trying to get me but no one did.Oh halt. No. There's this one g