Forever's End (Part 5)

By: Akhi Ryu Go

Nakita ni Meghan ang ginagawa ni Philip so she immediately summoned the hauwaor of light then struck Prima Philip's hand with a whip at nabitawan nya si Lily.

Prima Philip: And who's this?

Nagtitigan silang dalawa ni Meghan.

Prima Philip: I see... You're the other half... The Edger that holds the Hauwaor of Day. You bitches are the twins of Light and Darkness...

Meghan: I don't know who you are, but I am certain that you're not Philip!

Then she cast a light beem towards Prima Philip but he evaded. Dali dali syang lumapit kay Lily at chineck.

Meghan: Lily, are you still with me?

Lily: Oo Meghan... Thank you for rescuing me. *cough*

Prima Philip: Hahahaha! *evil laugh* This was fun but I'll have to let you go this time. I'm warning you, if you ever try to wake me up again, I will kill you...

Then he looked at the HQ.

Prima Philip: ... and everyone in this pathetic little rabbit hole.

While sitting there and holding Lily, Meghan stared at him again.

Meghan: Who are you?

Prima Philip: All will be answered in time you insignificant little worm. We'll be seeing each other again someday, when this boy reaches the ripe age. Now, don't go telling anyone else about this encounter or else I'm going to slice off your tongue, and eat it. Sounds good huh?

Then he suddenly fell to the ground unconscious. Maya maya pa tumatakbo papalabas sila Eric at Harron para hanapin si Philip at nadatnan nila ang eksenang nangyari. When Eric saw that Philip was unconscious, he rushed to him.

Eric: Philip! Anung nangyari sa'yo? Gumising ka!

Lumapit si Harron kina Lily.

Harron: Anung nangyari dito?

Nagtinginan lang si Lily at si Meghan because they remembered Prima Philip's warning.

Lily: Uh...

Meghan: We were having a spar using our special abilities. Hindi sinasadya, natamaan si Philip ng hauwaor ko.

Harron: Woah! Some spar it is. Tindi! halos malagutan ng hininga si miss Lily.

Lily just looked away brows furrowing and looking so frustrated that she couldn't tell the truth. Meghan sighed then helped Lily stand up.

Meghan: Anyway, you better go check on Philip.

Harron: Uh, ayos lang ba kayo miss Meghan?

Meghan: Don't worry Harron. This is nothing we can't handle.

Inalalayan ni Meghan si Lily papasok sa HQ at si Harron naman ay lumapit sa kinaroroonan nila Eric at Philip.

Harron: Eric, ayos lang ba sya?

Maya maya pa nagkamalay na si Philip.

Eric: Philip, ayos ka lang ba? Wala bang masakit sa'yo?

Bakas na bakas sa mukha ni Eric ang pag aalala.

Harron: Sabi ni miss Meghan natamaan ka raw ng hauwaor nya kaya ka nawalan ng malay.

Umupo si Philip at pilit na inaalala ang mga pangyayari kanina but he couldn't remember at all.

Philip: Ang alam ko lang, may humila sakin tapos bigla na akong nawalan ng malay. Si Meghan ba kamo? Hindi ko sya nakita kanina.

Tumingin si Eric kay Harron at nagtanong

Eric: Why is Meghan using her powers so recklessly?

Harron: Ewan ko. Nag duduwelo daw sila ni miss Lily at di sinasadya natamaan si Philip.

Eric: then who grabbed Philip?

Harron: Yan ang hindi ko alam pero siguro miss Lily tried to move Philip so he wouldn't get hit. Siguro in the process pareho silang tinamaan kase parang halos maghingalo na si miss Lily.

Eric: *sigh* I'm sorry about that Philip. Kaya mo pa bang pumasok?

Philip: I don't know. Sobrang sakit ng ulo ko. It's like my head is going to explode. *clutching his head with one hand*

Eric: Sige. Wag ka munang pumasok. Magpahinga ka muna.

Harron: Awe! Mag isa nanaman ako ngayong araw.

Eric: Hayaan mo baka bukas makakapasok na sya. Sige mauna ka na Harron.

Harron: Sige po! Maiwan ko na kayo.

Sinubukan ni Philip na tumayo ngunit pinigilan sya ni Eric.

Eric: Wag mong pilitin. Bubuhatin nalang kita. Kumapit ka sakin.

Binuhat ni Eric si Philip pabalik sa loob ng HQ at sa kwarto nito. Inilapag nya si Philip sa higaan.

Philip: Eric, *sigh* salamat. You always have to carry me. I'm such a clumsy boy.

Eric: I just happen to be always around whenever you're in trouble.

Hinawakan nya si Philip sa pisngi at naramdaman nyang maiinit ito.

Eric: May lagnat ka yata?

Philip: Huh? Ewan ko. Nahihilo ako at ang sakit ng ulo ko. Medyo nanghihina din ako.

Eric: Try to get some rest okay? I'll be checking on you constantly. Kung may kailangan ka, you know how to reach me. Padadalhan nalang kita ng pagkain kay Aunt May.

Philip: Thank you Eric. Pero may request pa sana ako kaso...

Eric: Anu yun?

Philip: Nahihiya ako... Kase baka lagyan mo ng ibang kahulugan.

Eric: hahaha anung klaseng request ba yan? *winks at Philip*

Philip: Can you... h-hold my hand until I fall asleep?

Eric: *thinks* (denial I see. I guess he's still not aware about my special ability)

Because Eric can feel emotions targeted towards him. At ramdam nya ang damdaming nag uumapaw mula kay Philip para sa kanya. He can feel that this young boy is so in love with him.

Eric: Is that all you wanted? I can do more than just that you know. *wink*

Philip: Wag na nga! Nakakainis ka talaga!

Eric: Haha okay okay sige sorry na. Heto na hahawakan ko na.

Philip: Hmmf!

Itinago ni Philip ang kamay nya sa ilalim ng kumot.

Eric: Wag ka na magtampo bata.

Eric reached out his hand and stared at Philip. Nang makita ni Philip ang titig ni Eric feeling nya matutunaw sya sa sobrang kagwapuhan ng lalaking nasa tabi nya at nakatitig pa sa kanya. He looked so gentle yet so manly. He blushed, looked away and then grabbed Eric's hand without saying any word.

Eric: Now have some rest. I won't leave your side hanggang makatulog ka.

About half an hour has passed at hindi parin pinipikit ni Philip ang mga mata nya at nakatingin parin sya in the opposite direction. Nagtataka sya bakit parang hindi gumagalaw si Eric. He slowly turned his eyes to where Eric is sitting only to catch him staring straight back at him smiling with his chin rested on the palm of his other hand. He quickly looked away and his face turned red. Eric chuckled.

Philip: *thinks* (Has he been staring at me this whole time? Oh shit! I hate this! This isn't good for my heart.)

Eric: Something bothering you?

Philip: *sigh* You know why I want to hold your hand?

Eric: Maybe...

Eric look to the side, with a crooked smile teasing Philip.

Philip rolled his eyes and looked at Eric.

Philip: Pwede ba, stop the teasing.

Eric: Can't help it. I really enjoy seeing your reactions.

Philip: Haayyy nako!

Eric: Anyway, bakit nga ba?

Philip: Kase last night, when I held your hand by the lake, I felt something familiar.

Eric: Oh?

Philip: *sigh* Yeah... I don't know... I've never been with my real parents pero feeling ko last night it was like I am with my real dad. Para bang hawak nya ang kamay ko. It felt so comfortable.

Eric: Real parents huh? You're adopted then?

Philip: Oo. Pero hindi naman ako mahal ng mga umampon sakin. Everyday of my life my kasamang sermon, sumbat at pangaral. I'm always left behind. Pag may lakad ang pamilya, hindi ako kasama. Every holidays and my birthdays, I don't get a gift. Like I don't even remember the last time I celebrated my birthday. Pag nabubully ako sa school at umuuwi akong may pasa, ako pa pagagalitan. Pagsinabi ko naman na hindi ko kasalanan, sasabihin lang I should learn to take care of myself.

Eric: Hmmm... That explains why you have such an attitude problem.

Philip: Whatever. *rolls eyes*

Eric: hey, it's not your fault. You're just a victim. Pero sana ngayong nandito kana, you would change that.

Philip:...

Eric: Hindi ka namin pababayaan dito. You could even stay here with us.

Philip: No... This isn't where I belong.

Eric felt sad because somehow he was hoping na mag decide si Philip na manatili nalang.

Philip: Well anyway thanks for hearing me out.

Eric: No thanks needed. I'm here for you.

He ruffled Philip's hair.

Philip: Hey! Don't do that! I'm not a kid anymore!

Eric: Yeah sure. Hahaha Matulog ka na.

Philip closed his eyes then fell asleep. A few minutes later, kailangan nang umalis ni Eric dahil may gagawin pa sya but before he did, he held Philip's hand close to his lips then he kissed it.

Eric: *whispers* Sleep tight princess.

Then he left.

Dalawang araw nagpahinga si Philip sa kwarto nya. Dinadalhan sya ng meals ni Aunt May at dinadalaw dalaw sya ni Eric. Napansin ni Solla na napapadalas ang pagpunta ni Eric sa kwarto ni Philip. Nagseselos sya kaya tinanong nya si Aunt May.

Solla: Aunt May, bakit pabalik balik si Eric sa kwarto ng batang yan?

Aunt May: Ah. May sakit kase ngayon si Philip. Inaalagaan sya ni Eric.

Solla: Ah okay. Salamat. Pwede bang ako na ang magdala ng pagkain na yan sa kanya?

Aunt May: Sige hija kung yan ang gusto mo.

Pumasok si Solla sa kwarto ni Philip.

Solla: *murmurs* Ang pesteng bata na 'to! Sakit sakitan para mapalapit kay Eric!

She checked Philip's body temperature at na comfirm nya na may sakit nga ito.

Solla: *sigh* I can't afford to let Eric take care of you any further.

She held out her hand to Philip's body then a light emits from it. She used her Hauwaor to heal Philip. Nang mawala na ang sakit ni Philip, nagising sya and as he opened his eyes, nakita nya si Solla. She blushed. She was caught red handed.

Philip: I'm suddenly feeling so much better. Did you heal me?

Solla: *blush* Yeah! So what?

Philip: I didn't know you cared.

Solla: Well excuse me! I only did that kase ayaw kong nakikitang pabalik balik si Eric dito sa kwarto mo! If you stayed sick he's gonna keep taking care of you and I can't let that happen at baka mapalapit ang loob nya sa'yo!

Philip: *sigh* and here I thought we could actually be friends.

Nagtataka si Solla.

Solla: What happened to you kid? Usually walang modo kang sumagot at maldito. Bakit parang bumait ka yata?

Parang nanibago din si Philip. Kase hindi naman nya napansin ito until Solla mentioned it to his face.

Philip: Umm... I don't know... I-i guess I'm changing... Not entirely though.

Solla: hmmf! Wala kong pakealam and for the record, even if you do change, we will never be friends...

Philip: Really?

Solla: *blush* Well maybe not until Eric and I get married.

Philip: *murmurs* Haha don't count on it.

Solla: Anung sabi mo?!

Philip: Wala. Sabi ko you can leave me now. Unless you wanna chat some more and braid each other's hair.

Solla: Like hell would I do that! Goodbye!

Solla went out of the room and slammed the door but before she left, sumandal muna sya sa pinto and she was panting kahit hindi naman sya napagod. Nakahawak sya sa dibdib nya because she feels strange. Like all of a sudden parang nagugustuhan nya si Philip. Philip is also a cute boy. He's actually quite charming kung hindi lang masama ang ugali nya. She shook her head then hurried to her own bed room.

In Eric's room, nakahiga lang sya. Still thinking and worrying about Philip. Staring at the ceiling and constantly sighing.

Rasia: Nako Eric, iba na yan ha.

Eric: Ha? Anung sinasabi mo jan?

Lumapit sa kanya si Rasia at umupo sa harap nya.

Rasia: Umamin ka nga sakin.

Eric: Anu namang aaminin ko sa'yo?

Rasia: Nadedevelop ka na dun sa batang walang modo ano?

Eric: *sigh* I don't really know. I'm confused, if it's me or it's just because I can feel his feelings towards me.

Rasia: Eh kung ganun lang yon eh di dapat noon pa man nakikita na kitang ganito dahil kay Solla.

Napaisip si Eric dahil may point nga naman ang itim na pusang ito.

Eric: Doesn't matter. When the time comes, he's going to leave. Just like my parents did.

Rasia: Eric, hindi nila kagustuhang maiwan kang nag iisa sa mundo. They tried their best to save you. They died doing that.

Eric: I know... But I don't wanna be left alone... Again... So whatever it is I'm feeling right now if it is what you say it is, I shouldn't entertain it.

Rasia: Your choice young man. But it wouldn't hurt to open up your heart. Malay mo naman magbago pa isip nya diba?

Eric: Even so, this isn't the real problem. May mas mahahalagang bagay na dapat alalahanin ngayon. Ayon kay Regaldis when he was Spying in Luican territory, they are brewing something terrible... Something powerful... and they are training individuals who can wield hauwaor. Kaya kailangan na talaga naming mahanap ang napiling mag may ari sa kapangyarihan ng Marba.

Rasia: Masama ito. Alam nating hayag sa lahat na ang Arlisse ay puno ng mga rebeldeng gaya natin. The day might come that they will actually hunt us down. Despite all the protection Edgers from around the world has put into this city. If it really is something powerful, matatalo tayo and we'll be out numbered.

Eric: We won't be. We will train harder and be stronger.

Rasia: I hope when that time comes we're strong enough and prepared.

Eric: *sigh* Sana nga Rasia. Sana nga.

---

A week has passed and Philip has been going to school with Harron. He's changed quite a lot. Hindi na sya masyadong masungit at marunong na syang bumati at gumalang or at least he always knew how to but never implement. That same whole week, once lang sila nagkita ni Eric because he was assigned on a mission to infiltrate another Luican territory.

At school while on class, Philip is having a hard time focusing. They're reading their textbook. He keeps sighing and rubbing his temples. Napansin ito ni Harron.

Harron: Pssst! Philip! May problema ba?

He looked at Harron with a worried face.

Philip: Hindi ko ma gets yung lesson.

Philip has been doing good at school eversince he started so Harron knew that it wasn't the real problem.

Harron: No that's not it. Tell me what's bothering you?

Philip looked at his text book then sighed. He closed his eyes.

Philip: Nag aalala ako kay Eric. Isn't Luican territories dangerous?

Harron: Hayyy... Wag kang mag alala. Eric is a strong Edger. He can handle himself. Besides, kasama naman nya si miss Meghan at Akhiyugo.

Tiningnan nya si Harron and managed to smile a bit.

Philip: Sana nga Harron.

Harron: Teka nga lang. In love ka ba kay kuya Eric?

Philip: Ha?! H-hindi ah! What gives you that idea?

Harron: Eh para ka kaseng jowa kung makapag alala eh.

Philip: Worried lang ako because I owe him so much.

Harron's eyes narrowed to crinkled slits and lips pursed.

Harron: Talaga lang ha?

Philip: A-ano ba Harron? T-tumigil ka nga jan!

Then suddenly, A girl interrupted their conversation.

Nina: Hey you guys. *smiles mischievously* what are you talking about?

Harron: Nina, go back to your chair. This is private conversation.

Nina: Harron, you're no fun at all! Anyway...

She looks at Philip.

Nina: My name is Nina. I want to be your friend and I'm gonna be, like it or not.

She held out her hand. Nagtinginan lang si Philip at Harron. Harron just gestured for Philip to give in and accept it as if to say that "this girl is very persistent there's nothing you could do but to just go along with it".

Philip: Uh *still looking at Harron* well yeah okay. *looks at Nina* Glad to be your friend I guess.

Then she sat on an empty desk beside him.

Nina: So ang pinag uusapan nyo ba ay si Eric, ang Edger na crush ng lahat and the one who was assigned to take the Marba from Earth?

Harron: Ha?! Anung pinagsasabi mo jan?!

Harron thought to himself "how does she know all of these things? It's top secret mission!!"

Nina: Oh come on! I know a lot of things. It's not like we're on Luican territory for Angaia's sake like come on!

Harron: Ikaw Nina napaka chismosa mo.

Philip: No it's okay Harron. I think we can trust her.

Harron: Teka nga Philip...

Then he stood up and pulled Philip then dragged him to a corner.

Harron: Kahit pa walang mga Luican dito at hayag sa mga tao ang mga Edgers in this city, we can't devulge information or talk about things like that openly and in public!

Philip: But I think she's just curious and she can be trusted.

Harron: Unggg.... I don't know....

Philip: Come on Harron. I mean just look at her! She looks harmless.

Harron: Master Lyndon told me before that looks can be deceiving so I have to be prudent.

Philip: That maybe true but it doesn't mean that it is always right.

They both looked back at Nina.

Philip: So?

Harron: Ugh! You two have a similarity. It's hard to say no to both of you!+

Philip: Good! then let's go and be actually friends with her.

Bumalik na si Philip sa upuan nya.

Harron: This doesn't sound so good. He'd better be right or else ako ang malalagot.

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