After hours of traveling, Evan finally arrived at his destination, a private island. There are no public boats available to go on that island, making it difficult to travel.
"I would like to take this project." Evan pointed out.
"Are you sure Evan?"His father asked, a bit confused by his sudden suggestion.
"I want to take it."Weeks have been too hectic lately and when he saw a picture of the island whilst going through the pending projects, he got the urge to take it. Work on it.
"The location is not advisable for you to work on. There are no ships or boats all the way there."
His father said as he took away the papers in his hands. That's solely the reason why he chooses this project, he wants to go somewhere far away.
"I am no longer a child Dad! And also, I can borrow my friend's ship to send me there."
Referring to his friend Simon who owns a small boat. He'd better call him later to ask.
"We have a lot of pending projects to choose from Architect Evan. Plus, no one could accompany you, if you go there. It is a secluded area."
His father stated with finality in his voice whilst waving the papers in front of him. Evan could see through his father's face that he won't agree with whatever he says, but he only needs to negotiate with him more. Persuade him! A small voice shouts in his head.
"Just a month. Give me a month to stay there. Or three weeks. No, just a week. A week would do."His father stared at him blankly, trying to read what his son is thinking.
'Why is this young adult wants to go to a secluded island?' his father can't help but think about what's wrong with his son, acting weird lately.
"Oh, c'mon Dad!"
Bea stepped out of the boat and removed her hat. The fresh wind blows, caressing her bare face. Inhaling clean air with zero pollution.
This is what she's been longing for, a place to hide. A place that relaxes your soul. Bea's in euphoria whilst observing the place. It had white sand and the saltwater is clear as crystal. You could literally see what's underneath it. Plus the waves are calm.
"Hmm, I wanna stay here forever."
She declared with her arms wide open and eyes closed, feeling the wind's embrace. She swayed a bit letting her summer dress flow with the breeze. Not actually bothered with its coldness.
She took out the map from her backpack, which a friend had given her.
"How should I read this?"
Too excited to step out of the boat and enjoy the beauty of nature that she forgot to ask the boat's captain for direction. Bea gazes at the vast ocean hoping to see the boat yet it already has come far. Sheez!
"What am I gonna do? Where should I start? Where is their mansion located?"
She hissed in panic.
Hours had passed yet Bea can't understand what was written on the map. Cristal, who recommended the place told her that when she reaches the island, she'll look for a mansion in the middle of the mountain. She looked for a signal and tried calling Cristal but then, it is an island, gadgets have no use.
"I'd better start walking now."Bea started walking not quite sure if she got the direction right.
"Isn't this the tree I've seen a while ago?"She pointed at the tree, confused.Three hours had passed yet Bea can't seem to find the mansion. The place is getting dark and she's scared.What if a ghost suddenly shows up? She had goosebumps.She's lost. It is also a deserted island, therefore, she can't call for help.
At night, you'll hear a voice of a child, crying and asking for help. Cristal joked before giving her the key. She doesn't believe in ghosts. They don't exist, those are just overrated stories to scare children.
"Oh, I regret coming here now."She complained as she drank a bottle of water and rest underneath a big tree.Bird's tweet and whooshing of trees had been heard. Away from the noise, away from stress and heartaches.
She took a step to continue her journey when suddenly she froze. There's a snake, a cobra to be exactly right in front of her! She's scared, causing her to tremble and excrete more sweat.
"Please, stay away from me."
She pleaded as she holds her breath and eyes tightly closed. She tried her best not to move. People say that when you encounter a snake, all you have to do is to stay still. Unnecessary movements might only attract the deadly creature.
Why is life too cruel to me? She complains silently. All she wanted was to find peace for her weary soul. She wanted to breathe as she tries to pick herself up again. She came here to find herself not to be bitten by a poisonous snake.
The place is filled with silence, Maybe the snake is already gone! She slightly opened her right eye to check if the cobra is still there.
"It's still there, sheez!"She exclaimed and closed her eyes once more. This moment would be the most terrifying experience she has ever had. First, she got lost on this secluded island. Second, she came across a raging cobra, ready to make her a dessert. What's next? Ma, help!
"Have mercy on me handsome snake. Promise I'd be a good girl."She pleaded as if the snake would understand whatever she was saying.
Why is the snake didn't bit me yet? Isn't snakes suppose to produce an 'sss' sound? Then why is it too quiet in here?She slightly opened her eyes and take a closer look at the deadly animal.
"Oh my god, Bea! How stupid could you be?"She exclaimed to herself, laughing after finding out that it is not a snake. She breathed out, her knees became jelly, and let herself slum in the ground.
"All I thought you're a snake, yet you are just a petiole of the coconut leaves? I've been scared for nothing."She picked up the petiole and look closely at it. It had a shape that resembles a cobra's head. She then throws it away. She inhaled deeply and exhaled. Using her palm, she dried her sweats.
"I'm so stupid! Haha."She laugh at herself, thinking how stupid she was a moment ago.
Bea continued her journey, she was tired and her knees are getting weaker, she could feel she will faint anytime. Just as when she's about to surrender, she got a peek of the mansion.
"Finally!"She walked at a faster pace, giving all her best or she'll faint on the way. Outside the mansion was a terrace, she laid herself on the bench she saw and everything turned black.
Evan woke up in the middle of the night. He's still not used to the place, the reason why he can't have a good sleep. He fell asleep after cleaning the whole room so he had no time to make dinner.
"Gotta cook."He went downstairs with a flashlight to lit his way. There's no current in the entire mansion since everyone abandoned it. Suddenly Evan heard a woman crying and sobbing. He stopped midway and focused on the sound he heard. Is it a ghost? Goosebumps. They say ghosts come out in the middle of the night.
Who would it be if it isn't a ghost? Evan is the only person in the mansion and it would take 4 hours away before you found a village located on a nearby island.
The woman continued sobbing.Evan doesn't believe in ghosts, or maybe he can reconsider. The sound is coming outside the main door he guesses, So he walks slowly towards it, with his heart pounding too fast. He took a deep breath before opening the door slightly. He was like the protagonist of one of the horror movies he had watched, with a melancholic, scary, and eerie music background.
It was as if she was begging for something. It had been left empty ever since the owner's wife died five years ago, her sister shared when he is packing his things.
He successfully opened the door and pointed out his flashlight. A woman's face suddenly popped up.
They both screamed and run as fast as they could. Evan went back to his room caught his breath and locked the door.
"That was terrifying! Did I just see what they call a white lady?" He exclaimed. He laid himself, facing the bed, and covered his whole body with a blanket.
"I should've listened to my Dad!"
Whilst Bea, on the other hand, had nowhere to run to, but to hide underneath the bench she had laid herself to a while ago.
'As early as the morning come, I am going back' she promised herself.
As the daylight breaks, Evan hurriedly packed his things, already decided to leave the island. For him ghosts are superficial but due to the incident last night, it's appropriate to leave."The owner's wife jumps off from the rooftop. It was believed that her spirits linger around the house."He could hear her sister talking in his head. He didn't care, all he wants was to travel away from the noise and find peace yet he can't deny the fact that he somehow feels the uneasiness in the mansion.He carried his backpack and stepped out of the room quietly. He walks down the stairs as quietly as he could or he might attract a bad spirit with just a bit of sound. Holding his breath, motioning to open the main door, he looks around to see if there is someone outside yet he sees none. He let go of his breath and stepped outside. After locking the door, he suddenly froze when he heard someone whimper."Uh!"It was like a woman who's having a hard time, crying and was like asking for help.'Is
Bea planned on spending her time on the island alone when she left. It never occurred to her that she might meet Evan here. Evan of all people, why does it have to be him? The world's indeed small.She keep pinching her pinky finger, realizing what he had done. She just threw a spoon at Evan. She can't forget how his face darkened when he exited the room. "Oh god, Bea!"She blurted out in annoyance to herself. "It is unintentional, it is just an act of adrenaline rush."She tried consoling herself. She straightened her back when the door opened and saw Evan with a blank face. In his right hand is a new spoon.'Is he mad?'For a short while, their gazes locked, but Bea averted her gaze. Her heart is racing too fast. She can't focus on what to do next.She watched him walk near the table and took the bowl of porridge."Eat this."He handed her the bowl. "Uhm.""I cooked this for you. C'mon, let me feed you."He said in a monotone. Evan sat next to her and took a spoonful of food and
Evan is busy observing and studying the whole structure of the mansion from the outside. It gives an aura of the history when the country had been seized by the Spaniards. The entire structure is beautifully-designed. It had many arches and curves dominating aesthetics. They also used a terracotta roof tiles. Though, some part of it was already damaged since no one is taking care of it to maintain its beauty. Evan lists down everything he observed for the renovation, planning to make it a bit modern without removing its Spanish look."Evan."He faced Bea who is walking toward him. She was dressed in a white t-shirt with a 'vote for congresswoman Salazar's embossed on it and a shaded circle with a number seven on its side. She tucked it into her high-waisted denim shorts, flaunting its long and smooth legs. Not even a single scar can be seen. Her shoulder-length loose hair is hung behind her right ear."Are you campaigning?"He asks suppressing his laughter."What?"Her eyebrows wrink
It seems like Evan can't focus on drawing. He had been playing with the pencil in his hands for hours and thinking of what to draw yet the paper is still blank. Being an architect had always been his all-time dream, he enjoys making his ideas into reality. Well, he came from a family of architects and engineers, and no doubt he always tops in school. His mom is an architect whilst his father is an engineer, such a perfect couple, isn't it? Her sister is an engineer as well. "Urgh."He continued to play with the pencil in his hands and tried to focus yet his mind is filled with Bea's angelic face. Evan got out of his room and went straight to the right corridor. In the end, you'll see shelves of books. A button to open the door is located at the very edge of the bookshelves. He rotated it and heard a click, indicating that it was successfully opened. When he walked in, he was greeted by an empty room. A grand piano draped in white cloth sits in the center.Spider webs are scattered
Bea and Evan are riding in a motorboat heading to a nearby island. She has no idea where Evan got it, she rode with him since she had been locked for more than a week inside the mansion. Therefore, when the young man asked if she wants to come, she abruptly said yes. Whilst sailing, she couldn't help herself to be astonished by the beauty of the ocean. The seawater is clear as crystal that you could see what's beneath it. "WOOO!"She shouted in amazement. When her parents died, she never had the chance to enjoy her life by going out. If she did, it would be in cities. She became too focused on work as if she is feeding ten families on her own, that going to this kind of place would only rot on her to-do list. They are close to the shore, and she notices that there are people around. Some are busy fishing whilst some are just having fun swimming. Her heart was filled with excitement as if it had been too long since she had seen anyone other than Evan."Evan, I saw a lot of people on
Bea is sitting on the couch in the living room while reading a book she couldn't understand. She had been stuck on chapter one and can't seem to get over it even if she already had read the first sentence over a hundred times. Her mind continually drifts away somewhere because of the text he received the other day."Urgh."She tried to focus on the book and continued to read from the start. She rolled over the couch and fixed her composure in different styles to find comfort yet it was ineffective."Bea?"Evan called her attention but the woman seemed to be distracted with something else."Beatriz!"He tried to call once more."You're calling my name?"Bea gazes at him."Yes. You okay?"He asked with concern. Ever since they got back from Mr. Mando's house, Bea had been out of focus since then. She cook for breakfast this morning but instead of putting the cooking oil into the pan, she accidentally poured vinegar. "Oh my god, sorry."Bea immediately turned off the fire and washed the
Bea had been away for weeks and she wonders what happened to Alphabette during those days. Did they look for her? Therefore, she decided to pay a visit to their house. She pressed the doorbell hoping for Alpha to open the gates for her yet no one is answering. "Alphabette, it's me Beatriz!"She talks on the camera located beside the doorbell. She tried to have a peep inside the gate and was sure she saw a person behind the curtain. She pressed again the doorbell hoping that this time Alpha would open the gate. Their car is also parked in the garage which confirms that they are inside. Bea took her phone out of her bag and tried to call Alpha. "Answer the phone, Alpha."She was clueless why Alpha ain't answering the phone, it keeps ringing on the other line though.She was excited to meet her but for no reason, she couldn't find her. Maybe Alphabette is avoiding her."Bea?"She turned when she heard someone calls her."Finn."She called his name."What are you doing here?"Finn aske
Bea had prepared a presentation for their office meeting today with the stakeholders. She was one of the candidates who would almost certainly be promoted if it went well yet she missed the opportunity since she was unable to attend. The reason why is that, she secretly followed Austin and found out that he is meeting her ex-girlfriend, Lauren inside a restaurant.Bea's hands clenched into a fist in an attempt to keep her cool as she watched her fiancee with his ex-girlfriend smile from ear to ear. She's curious as to what they're discussing that made them so happy. Nonetheless, rather than intervening and confronting them both, she turned and walked away in silence.Leaving would be the very least she could do to avoid embarrassing herself. If only she will let her emotion take over, she'd storm into that restaurant, yell at the both of them, and slap their faces. She felt deceived knowing that they are meeting behind her back. Since when they are doing it? She was a bold woman but w