We waited until office hours to book our flight going to Bacolod City. I brought Aira with my own accord that I greatly took care of her even in a single minute. Inside the plane, I thoroughly watched her but she slept all throughout our travel. I, on the other hand felt the extreme emotional worry that I cannot explained. The thing that bothered me was unknown to my conscious mind, but I anticipated these deep inside.
After disembarkation, we went to the city center, looked for a hotel and rest until lunch time. I chained Aira on the bed, went outside the hotel to buy her personal supplies. When I’m back, she’s sitting looking at me that I put the plastic bag in front of her saying nothing. I gave her wrists a freedom to check the content of the bag.
“Can I have a bath now…,” she said while taking her clothes off. I answered, “Yes,” in a manner that I felt awkward about her actuation. She’s young and beautiful I knew that from the start. I was not inclined for her situation. All that matters to me was the game that excites me, and the energy that’s being released by my body when in danger. I needed it; I knew it.
I saw her came out in the bathroom wrapping her body with towel. She went directly to me sitting in a sofa.
“Where’s my new dress? You bought some personal hygiene only?” She demanded like a child in front of me. I got surprised by her action that I stood at once and held her arms.
“Don’t worry…I’ll stay with you until the end.” She surprised me again, that I went outside the hotel and bought her a pair of jeans and T-shirts. I came back hurriedly, opened our hotel room and find her in the kitchen making smoothies for both of us.
“Where did you get that stuff?” I asked her.
“Inside the fridge, why?”
“Nothing…is it fresh?”
“Yes…try this..,” as she gave me the drink. I tasted it and gulped instantly.
“Do you trust me now sir?”
“Why I have to do that to you?”
“Because I liked to be with you…I mean….always be with you. You know, I’m longing for my father for a long time now. My grandfather wanted us to forget him.”
I kept my silence thinking of my situation looking at her while she’s talking; when a sudden banged at the door made us both to be near each other and hide at the back of the fridge, where the towel wrapping her naked body dropped at the floor. I hastily got the towel in a crouching position and gave it to her. I fingered the gun that I kept inside my pants.
“Marco, I know you are there…where’s the girl? Let’s stop this craziness of yours!” I heard Danielle shouting at the other end of the dining hall. I knew it’s her.
“Why you wanted the girl?” I shouted back at her where my energy started to rise.
“You don’t know? I saw her in Manila….. I’m sure she’s my daughter! Don’t be a fool Marco!”
With my amazement for what I’ve heard, I suddenly looked at Aira who was looking for me too. “Danielle…your mother…,” as I whispered to her. She nodded positively. “Why my mother’s here?”
I caught by my sudden emotion that I held Aira’s body to stand up, clamped my left hand over her shoulder and make her a shield to Danielle.
“Are you alone? Show yourself at the open! Now!”
I viewed Danielle aiming a gun, eyes on us and ever ready to kill. I estimated my position to her angle and anticipated the recourse in defending Aira too. My conscience was to defend Aira, not as a shield but bait for Danielle to come out openly.
“Now Danielle, who is this girl I’m holding?”
“She’s my daughter Shaira!”
I whispered into Aira’s ear, “Is she your mother?”
“Yes…,” that she started to cry and said, “Why the two of you are fighting each other?”
I didn’t answer for Airas’ question instead, I asked Danielle, “Where’s Roger Ferrer….your husband?”
“He’s with Mike Luna at your house.”
“Are you sure?”
“I said yes!”
“Then why you’re alone in pursuing me?”
“Because I want to get my daughter….that Roger didn’t want me to!”
“He wanted the money only….not my daughter!”
All of the sudden, I saw Danielle fall on the floor and blood started to spread onto the carpet. Aira cried miserably, ran into Danielle’s lifeless body and shouted in pain. I pulled her shouting, “Come…quick…”
TO BE CONTINUED###