in megamall the other day:
I was malling alone in mega A the other day when I had an eye to eye contact with a very tall, respectable-looking, lanky man. tancha ko probably in his late 40s to early 50s. he smiled and being the friendly smurfet that I am, I smiled back (bad decision). he looked quite surprised seeing me and hurriedly galloped towards me and gave me a light peck on the cheek (eiwww).
an awkward conversation followed:
HIM: oh, hi! how are you, sister!
ME: *bewildered* I’m okay. how about you? -> pinatulan ko pa talaga.
HIM: long time no see, ha! oh, you don’t remember me na, noh?
ME: I’m so sorry, I don’t mean to be rude. but I really don’t remember where we met, eh.
HIM: we met a year ago, sa isang prayer meeting, di mo ba nare-recall?
*** okay, okay. I DO NOT ATTEND PRAYER MEETINGS. at this point of the conversation, I wanted to get out of mega already! by the way, all this time, he was holding my arm ***
ME: prayer meeting…? ah, uhm, I really don’t remember eh. -> turo ng mum ko yan, dapat polite pa din kahit halata kong niloloko na ako.
HIM: oh, anyways, sister. malungkot kasi ako ngayon. do you have a minute (ME: may choice ba ako? hawak mo na braso ko eh). you see, my dad who is also a lay minister of our community is in the hospital right now (ME: ooh.). but his doctors said, di na magtatagal ang buhay niya and he is given just a few days to live (ME: hmm.). so we were asked to buy morphine to ease his pain before he pass away (ME: duh?).
bumili daw kami ng 9 bottles of morphine, I already bought 8 bottles. kaso Php900.00 ang isa (ME: eh, so?)…
kakapalan ko na sister ang mukha ko ha, tutal I knew you from way before pa. could I borrow Php300.00 so that I can buy the last bottle for my papa?
MY THOUGHT BUBBLE: lintik ‘to ah!
ME: ay, sorry po. wala na po akong pera eh, naibili ko na ng mga ito (pointing to the toy kingdom bag I was carrying containing tffee’s pumpkin loot bag).
HIM: that’s okay, nagbabasakali lang naman ako. okay, bye!
AGAIN, MY THOUGHT BUBBLE: what the?! anong nangyari?!
and you know what? all this time, I was feeling a bit queesy while I was talking to him. he had the spookiest eye to eye contact with me. for a minute I felt my knees weaken, and my peripheral view of the mall became a slight blur. immediately I suspected he was trying to hypnotize me. so I started to look away, look far beyond him, looked at his ears, looked at the mall’s ceiling and at the other mallrats who were passing us by (we’re infront of almon marina, btw). I got nervous but I knew exactly what I had to do – and that is never to look AT HIS EYES AGAIN. that explains why he was gripping on my arm siguro.
bakit ba ako ay lapitin ng mga may sayad na tao?
well, ingat lang mga kapatid. too many opportunists nowadays. this scum of the earth will do anything to milk you out with your hard-earned money and then some. I wish everybody well and a great amount of caution.