Forever's End (Part 1)

By: Akhi Ryu Go

Philip is a 14 year old boy with lots of attitude problems. Palaging sakit ng ulo ng mga magulang nya at hindi nag aaral ng mabuti. He's developed these characteristics magmula nung malaman nya na ampon lang sya at na discover nya recently sa sarili nya that he's gay but couldn't tell his homophobic family about it. He's kinda mean to everyone but he's not one of the bullies. He just doesn't want to let anyone near him because growing up, he's been through a lot of challenging emotional hurricanes.

One day at home...

Mom: Philip anu ba?! Tanghali na! Late na late ka na sa school! Kailan ka ba titino ha? Bakit hindi mo gayahin ang mga kapatid mo at wag pasakitin ang mga ulo namin? Masyado ka nang pabigat!

You might be thinking those words were harsh. But Philip is used to this setup eversince nagkamuwang na sya. With a heavy heart, nagsuot ng sapatos si Philip and headed for the door skipping food. As he was walking his way through the humid sunny day, may nakita syang isang pusa. At gaya ng sabi ko, masama ang ugali ni Philip, sinipa nya ito nang makasalubong nya.

Philip: Wag kang paharang harang sa dinaraanan ko!

Kumaripas ng takbo ang pusa. Maya maya pa napadaan na ang mga nangbubully kay Philip sa school.

Jordan: Hoy bakla! Anu nanaman iniimagine mo jan? Puro lalaki nanaman nasa isip mo!

Magkakasama si Jordan at tatlo pang mga barkadang bullies. Sa galit ni Philip, kumuha sya ng bato and threw it towards Jordan. Tinamaan sya sa ulo at dumugo ito.

Jordan: Gago kang bakla ka ha?!

At lumapit silang apat. Hinawakan ng isa sa kamay si Philip at ang iba ay salit salitang sumusuntok at sumisipa sa kanya. Iniwan nilang bugbog sarado si Philip ngunit nakakatayo pa naman sya. Ng maayos nya ang kanyang sarili, may nakita syang isang lalaki. Nakaupo at hawak hawak nito ang pusang sinipa nya kanina. He was feeding and petting the poor thing. Sa tantya ni Philip, mga 24 years old ang lalaki. Napatingin ito sa kanya at nakita nyang napaka gwapo at maamo ang mukha ng lalaki ngunit lalaking lalaki parin. Matipuno ang katawan. Ngunit kakaiba ang suot na damit. Nagbaling ng tingin ang lalaki then walked away.

May kakaibang naramdaman si Philip and also, curiosity was building up on him kaya minabuti nyang sundan ito. Mabilis itong maglakad. Sa hindi malamang dahilan, kahit tumatakbo si Philip parang hindi nya maabutan ang lalaki. The guy went into a narrow alley and Philip was losing sight of him. When he got to that alley, he was surprised. There was some kind of a vortex. Right behind it was obviously a dead end dahil mataas na pader lang ang nandodoon. He's terrified but his curiosity was too much that it gave him courage to go through that vortex. As he got sucked into it closing his eyes, naglaho ito and the alley was once again returned to normal.

As he got through the other side, he opened his eyes only to be greeted by a huge and what seemed to look like a frog but it has tusks and three red eyes. By the looks of it, it sees Philip as a very delicious meal. Natumba at napa atras si Philip. He was crying because of so much terror. The monster took one step forward then Philip screamed with all his might.

Sa hindi kalayuan, nandoon ang lalaki. Narinig nya ang sigaw. It was a forest kind of setup kung nasaan sila. The cat talked to him.

Rasia the Cat: May batang nasa panganib Eric!

Eric: How is that possible? Wala namang nagagawi dito kungdi kami lang mga "Edgers"?

"Edgers" Ang tawag sa resistance in this unknown otherworld.

Madali nilang sinundaan kung nasaan ang sigaw na kanilang narinig. Then as they got to where Philip is, they saw that he was being attacked. Eric ran towards them and got between the boy and the monster. He raised his hand at nagliwanag ito. Suddenly, a sword appeared in his hands and with one swift move, he sliced the monster into two. After the monster was killed, the sword dissapeared into thin air. Eric sighed and then faced Philip. Lumapit sya dito and then offered his hand.

Eric: Ayos ka lang ba?

Umiiyak parin si Philip pero naging kampante sya dahil alam na nya na patay na ang halimaw so he didn't accept Eric's hand. He stood up and dusted himself off then said:

Philip: I'm okay. But what the hell was that thing?

Eric examined the boy. Tiningnan nya ito mula ulo hanggang paa. Then Rasia spoke to him:

Rasia: Hindi sya mula sa mundong ito. Sya yung batang sumipa sakin kanina.

Nagulat si Philip

Philip: Aaaaah! The cat just talked! Hindi dapat nagsasalita ang isang pusa!

Eric crossed his arms and brows furrowing

Eric: Is this how you greet strangers who saved your life kid?

Napatingin si Philip kay Eric

Philip: Well I never asked you to!

Rasia: The nerve! We should've just left him to die Eric. He's rude and has no manners!

Eric: Bakit ka nga ba nandirito? Paano ka nakarating dito?

Philip: Nakita ko kase na hawak mo yang matabang pusa na yan. Kaya na curious ako at sinundan kita!

Rasia: Did he just call me fat?! You've got some nerve human! My claws aren't sharp for nothing kid so be careful what you say!

Eric: Yun lang ba ang dahilan kung bakit mo ko sinundan ha bata?!

Nilapitan ni Eric si Philip. He was taller than him. Eric looked down on him and they're bodies just inches away. Tinitigan nya sa mata si Philip. Nag blush si Philip and he couldn't look him straight in the eyes. Napakagwapo talaga ni Eric.

Philip: What are you doing?

Eric: Look into my eyes and tell me honestly na yun lang ang dahilan?

Hindi parin makatingin si Philip. Eric also has the ability to feel emotions that are targeted towards him. Naramdaman nya na attracted sa kanya ang binatilyo. So he chuckled then Philip spoke:

Philip: Anung nakakatawa?

Eric: Kayo talagang mga nilalang mula sa mundo ng tao. Napaka hina nyo sa mga ganitong emosyon. Biruin mo, muntik ka nang mamatay dahil lang sa sinundan mo crush mo?

Philip: Anung crush pinagsasabi mo? Wala akong gusto sa'yo.

Eric: Hahaha.

Then Eric kissed Philip on the cheek and moved away. Napahawak si Philip sa pisngi nya and was feeling so embarrassed. Tiningnan sya ulit ni Eric at nakita nyang may mga pasa pasa ito. He worried then asked

Eric: Bakit may mga pasa ka? Nasaktan ka ba nung halimaw na yun?

Philip: Hindi. Ibang klaseng mga halimaw ang may gawa nito sakin. Ang tawag sa kanila, Bullies!!!

Eric: No need to treat me like a stupid person kid. I've lived in your world for quite some time.

Rasia: Nako! Deserve nya yan dahil sinipa nya ako kanina!

Philip: Salbaheng pusa!

Eric: Kid, do you have any Idea what place this is? You're no longer on earth!

Philip: Ha?! Ibalik mo ko samin!

Eric: As much as I want to, I can't. You see, people in this world stops aging after 26 and 1 week on earth is 1 year dito. That portal you just went into, that was designed for Edgers and it only opens up every 10 years here in Angaia and that's 10 weeks on earth.

Philip: What?!!! Magiging adult ako dito tapos pag uwi ko it would only be a few weeks?! No way!

Napailing nalang si Eric. He sighed and leaned on a tree still looking at Philip.

Eric: That's what you call, consequence Kid. You will age up here and return to your world suddenly weeks later as a young adult. Curiosity is good but you've got to be prudent. Hindi all the time nakakabuti ang pagiging curious.

Philip cried out loud kase hindi nya matanggap ang sinapit nya. Eric stood up straight then started walking. As he did he spoke:

Eric: Well, kailangan mong sumama samin ngayon dahil hindi ka pa makakabalik sa inyo.

Philip: I would never!

Eric: Bata, wala ka nang choice. Unless gusto mong maging hapunan ng ibang mas nakakatakot pang halimaw, sumama ka nalang samin.

Rasia: Nako Eric! Okay lang yun ano. Hindi natin sya kailangang tulungan dahil hindi naman natin kasalanan kung bakit andito sya.

Sumimangot si Philip. Nang makita nya na papalayo na sila, bigla syang natakot.

Philip: Sandali! Sasama na ako! Wag nyo ko iwan!

At ayun sinundan na nga nya sila Eric.

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They entered a strange looking city. There are huge concrete buildings and houses that are mostly rounded and arched. There are small planes flying in the skies and the streets were filled with merchandise. Tahimik lang silang naglalakad ng magkasama. Minsan nagnanakaw ng sulyap si Philip kay Eric while they walk side by side. Sa isip nya "Ang gwapo naman nitong taong 'to." Biglang nagsalita si Eric

Eric: Like what you see?

Nagulat si Philip kase hindi naman nya nakitang lumingon si Eric kaya sigurado syang hindi sya nahuhuli nito.

Philip: You wish!

Maya maya pa, kumalam ang sikmura ni Philip.

Eric: Gutom ka na? Pahinga muna tayo at kumain.

He pointed into a building that seems to be a bakeshop.

Philip: No thanks!

Pero pagkasabi nya, he's stomach protested. Mas lalo pang lumakas ang tunog.

Eric: You need to stop acting tough kid. When someone is kind enough to offer you help just be greatful.

Sabay akbay ni Eric kay Philip at hinila nya itong papunta sa may kainan. Habang nakaakbay si Eric sa kanya, bumibilis ng bumibilis ang tibok ng puso ni Philip. At dahil sa kapangyarihan ni Eric, ramdam din nya ito ngunit hindi nalang nya pinansin.

Pagkalapag ng mga pagkain sa kanilang lamesa, agad agad na kumain na parang patay gutom si Philip. Hindi nya siguro namalayan dahil narin sa sobrang gutom. Makailang subo pa, napansin nya na nakatingin lang sa kanya si Rasia at Eric na namamangha kaya bigla nyang ibinaba ang kinakain nyang tinapay ng dahan dahan at nagsalita

Philip: Ehem! Hindi pa kase ako nag aalmusal tapos buong araw tayong naglalakad.

Eric: Hey! I'm not judging kid! Just keep eating.

Philip: Eh bakit naman kase ganyan kayo makatingin?!

Tumawa lang si Eric at nagsalita si Rasia

Rasia: Ngayon lang kase kami nakakita ng kasing takaw mo! Hahaha

Sumimangot si Philip at binato ng tinapay ang tumatawang pusa.

Rasia: Aray! Bakit mo ginawa yon?!

Philip: Salbahe ka kase!

Eric: Bata, hindi ko nagustuhan yung ginawa mo ha? Hindi lang sa mundo nyo may nagugutom na mga tao. Kahit dito sa amin meron. Kaya ang pagkain ay hindi dapat ginagawang laruan o armas!

Natahimik si Philip at kumain nalang ng tahimik.

Rasia: Kita mo yang batang yan! Hindi man lang marunong humingi ng sorry! Hmmf!

At kumain nalang sila ng tahimik.

Pagkaubos na pagkaubos ng pagkain kinausap sya ni Eric.

Eric: Since wala kang ibang maasahan sa mundong ito kung di kami, wala kang choice kundi tumirang kasama sa bahay namin. Pero kailangan mong matuto ng manners.

Philip: Sus! I don't need to.

Eric: *Sigh* so nabanggit ko sayo na isa akong Edger. Ang Edgers ay mga kagaya namin na may kakayahang gumamit ng Hauwaor (Tawag sa mahika sa Angaia) na nagmula sa natitirang mga angkan ng mandirigma ng rebelyon. Nandito tayo sa syudad ng Arlisse. Sa lahat ng syudad sa mundong ito, dito mas maraming naninirahang gaya namin, Mga rebelde. Kung mahal mo ang buhay mo, manatili ka lang kasama namin at umiwas ka sa mga kagubatan at sa mga lugar na pagmamay ari ng Luican.

Philip: Ano ang Luican?

Eric: Sila ang gobyerno rito. Ang nagpapahirap at umaalipin sa mundong ito. Mga abusadong nilalang. Hindi dapat sila nabubuhay!

Nakita ni Philip ang matinding poot sa mga mata ni Eric. It was burning like his own hatred for the world he grew up with.

Lumabas na ulit silang tatlo at naglakad.

Philip: Malayo pa ba tayo sa bahay nyo?

Eric: Malayo pa. Teka lang ha? Makiki ihi lang ako saglit.

At pumasok si Eric sa isang gusali.

Rasia: Pssst! Batang walang modo!

Philip: Bakit pusang mataba?!

Rasia: Alam mo ba, dating prinsipe yan si Eric. Pinaslang mga magulang nya nung bata pa sya tapos nag take over na ang mga Luican sa Angaia. Kaya ganun na lang ang galit nya kanina ng mabanggit nya ang mga ito.

Philip: Ganun ba?

Nakaramdam ng awa si Philip para kay Eric. Kaya sinundan nya ito sa gusali para sana humingi ng tawad. Pagpasok nya, hinanap nya ang palikuran. Sa loob ng palikuran, may isa pang pintuan.

Philip: Eric andito ka ba?

Walang sumasagot. Minabuti nyang buksan ang pinto. Pagkabukas nya andun si Eric nakatalikod. Nagulat sila pareho at napaharap si Eric sa kanya hawak parin ang ari nito. Nag blush si Philip.

Eric: As far as I can remember, knocking is customary on earth before you intrude a room.

Hindi itinago ni Eric ang kanyang pagkalalaki. Hinayaan lang nya habang nagsasalita. Maya maya pa napatagal na ang titig ni Philip at nagising sya mula rito kaya tinakpan nya ang kanyang mga mata.

Philip: Well hindi ba uso ang maglock ng pinto rito? Lalo na sa palikuran? Tinatawag din kita kanina pero hindi ka sumasagot so hindi ko kasalanan yon!

Napangiti si Eric dahil nararamdaman nanaman nya ang matinding emosyon ni Philip. He planted his hands to his hips like a proud athlete and spoke

Eric: Philip, sa mga lugar ng rebelde at edgers, we make doors and rooms sound proof in public places. Ginagamitan namin ng Hauwaor ang mga ito dahil madalas lihim na nag uusap tungkol sa mga planong pag aaklas ang mga edgers sa mga lugar na tulad nito. Hindi kahina hinala.

Philip: Ganun ba? Malay ko naman diba.

Sumilip si Philip mula sa pagkakatakip ng kanyang kamay at nakita nya na hindi parin nagbabago ng posisyon si Eric at nakangiti na sa kanya kaya dali nyang binalik ang kamay nya.

Eric: So ano, tatayo ka lang jan at panunuorin ako ganun ba?

Bumilis ang kabog ng dibdib ni Philip

Philip: Anung ibig mong sabihin? Wala pa akong experience sa ganyan!

Napatawa ng malakas si Eric.

Eric: hahahaha tssssss haaaayyyy! Ang bata mo pa malisyoso kana! Ang sinasabi ko, baka gusto mo nang isara ang pinto at hayaan akong maka ihi para maka alis na tayo? O baka gusto mo ko tulungan? *sabay hawak sa pagkalalaki nya*

Philip: Sira! Nagpunta ako dito para magsorry sayo dahil sa inasal ko kanina pero hindi naman pala dapat. Hmmmp! Jan ka na!

He slammed the door shut at nagmadaling lumabas na nagbublush. Pagkalabas ng gusali, dire diretsong naglakad si Philip papalayo.

Rasia: Hoy! San ka pupunta? Wala pa si Eric!

Philip: Lam pake! Jan na kayo! Hmmp!

Hindi alam ni Rasia ang gagawin kung susundan ba nya si Philip o hihintayin si Eric. When she has decided to follow him it was too late kase nawala na sa paningin nya si Philip.

Habang naglalakad si Philip nakaramdam sya ng takot. He has nowhere to go and of course there isn't one familiar face that he's ever gonna see in the crowd except for Eric and Rasia of course. Maya maya pa may humila sa kamay nya and brought him into an alley.

Want more of my works? While waiting for the next chapter you can check out "Confused In Love" Series and "My Hearty". Keep supporting and see you soon.

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