Destiny Cheated Me (Excerpt)

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I took a mouthful of my Bolognese and absently glanced at the table next to ours.

The guy sitting there alone was staring at me.

I dropped my gaze at tried to listen to what Beau was saying, pero hindi ko mapigilan ang sarili ko na tumingin ulit sa lalaki.

But he was now concentrating on his pizza.

I studied him, his hair was inky black and shiny that contrasted his pale skin, his nose was a perfect shape…

“Hoy, Louise, nakikinig ka ba sa pinag-uusapan namin?” Tanong ni Beau.

Nagulat ako ng tapikin ni Beau ang braso ko. “Of course,” I lied.

“I don’t think so. You were looking at him!” Nikki said smiling at saka inginuso yung guy na nasa kabilang table. Agad namang nilingon ito ni Beau.

“What are you talking about? I wasn’t looking at him!” I said defensively.

“I think he’s cute,” Beau commented.

Habang tinitingnan nila yung guy ay tumayo ito at pumunta sa condiments area. Hindi ko alam kung na-sense nung guy na may mga nakatingin sa kanya, pero sinundan pa rin ito ng tingin nina Nikki at Beau.

“He’s gorgeous actually,” sabi ni Nikki.

“He’s tall…” Sabi naman ni Beau.

“And he’s got a kind of outdated fashion,” si Nikki uli. “It looks good on him, though,” dagdag niya. The guy was wearing plaid shirt over a round neck white t-shirt, denim jeans and black Converse sneakers.

“Will you guys stop it and shut up!” Naiinis na sabi ko.

“You’re scarlet Louise! I can’t believe it!” Beau exclaimed.

“Because you’re embarrasing me!” I said.

“No, it’s because you like that guy,” Nikki said and she started to laugh.

“Et tu, Brutus!” Sabi ko kay Nikki na umiiling.

“Aminin mo na kasi girl, you were staring at him,” pagpupumilit ni Nikki.

“Looking is different from staring,” sabi ko.

“So tumitingin ka nga sa kanya!” Sabi ni Beau na tumatawa na rin. “About time. Magkaka-boyfriend ka na Louise!”

“Boyfriend agad? Hindi ba pwedeng…”

“Crush? Ano ka teenager? High school ulet, Louise?” Sabi ni Beau.

“Hindi ba pwedeng tinitingnan ko siya kasi…” God. Bakit ko nga ba siya tinitingnan? Kung sasabihin kong kaya ako tumitingin kasi cute nga yung guy, lalo akong aasarin nitong mga ‘to. Kung sasabihin ko namang nahuli ko yung guy na tumitingin sa ‘kin, naku, mas malaking problema.

“Let me find out his name, shall I?” Sabi ni Beau at saka tumayo.

“Beau!” Impit na sabi ko pero nakalakad na si Beau palayo, to my horror, papunta sa condiments area.

“What’s he doing? Nikki, is he crazy?” I said frantically.

“He’s asking the guy’s name. And knowing Beau, yes. He’s crazy.” Nikki said patiently.

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