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SCENE 1:

A spotlight centers on a tall woman in a majestic tailored, white dress. The fit of her dress begins just on the peak of her busts, part of her skin spilling just the right amount from the cups. The corseted dress laces her waist tight. The petticoat under the skirt, lifts the white heavy laces of the skirt, forming the perfect shape. Her dress ends on its wide spread trail that slid across the dance floor.

A man, just a little shorter than her, stood close to her in his black coat over his light blue collared shirt finished with a navy blue necktie. They stepped from side to side, moving to the slow beat of the song.

MIA rested her chin on NEO’s padded shoulder. Neo held her close with a pleasant smile on his face. They both had their eyes closed, reveling in all the years they’ve spent together.

The song makes a transition and they pull away. Mia’s father takes the place of Neo and began to dance with her.

 

HOST

Thank you Mr. Loyola, now for Mia’s 18th rose, the one and only, Mr. Deckard Aquino, the father of the debutant.

 

The lights transition and there is a montage from the formal dancing to the after party. Phil, Mia and Neo are taking shots in front of the camera with its flash pointed at them. Mia had changed into simpler dress. More dancing.

Mia and Neo are found sitting at one of the empty tables, staring at the dance floor packed with people. Mia should be there but she decided to take a break.

 

NEO

[Pouting]

Miaaaa.

 

MIA

Whaaat?

 

NEO

Ang hina mo naman eh.

 

MIA

Ano nanaman?

 

NEO

Why aren't there any good looking guys in your party?

 

MIA

[Eye roll]

Oh fuck me, this party wasn't thrown for you. Bakit nanaman? Are you that raw for it?

 

NEO

Mia it's a party. It's your party. I'm slightly disappointed.

 

MIA

Excuse me, but my party has an abundance of very alluring women.

 

NEO

[Eye roll]

Ugh. You know I don't crave for women that way.

 

MIA

[Seriously, with a raised eyebrow]

Yes, I'm very aware.

 

NEO

[Pause]

Oh fuck you.

 

MIA

You never did.

 

Both Mia and Neo makes a face at each other. Neo stares back at the wide expanse of a nearly empty events hall.

 

NEO

Anyway, there's only one good looking guy here, and I'm fairly tired of just staring at him.

 

MIA

You're not just staring at him, you're also lusting for him.

 

NEO

[Swings head back to Mia and speaks with a more innocent voice]

Kailangan kasi demure, diba nga? Let them come to you.

 

MIA

Or on you.

 

NEO

Or in you.

 

MIA

[Scans the ballroom]

You kinky shit. Where is it?

 

Nudges chin far across the middle aisle where a tall, olive skinned man, dressed in a suit and a dark green tie sat on the table next to girl far shorter than him but shared a few facial features. He had long black hair which was slicked back. MIA takes a few seconds before her eyes lands to the object of NEO’s desire. They both stare at him before Neo spoke again.

 

NEO

Name?

 

MIA

I don't know yet.

 

NEO

But he's your guest?

 

MIA

He's probably Cessie's brother.

 

NEO

She has a brother?

 

MIA

Apparently.

 

NEO

Why is he here?

 

MIA

Chaperone.

 

NEO

[Replaces his expression with a feral smile]

I have to get me one of those.

  

MIA

Careful though, he's a fuccboi.

 

NEO

You've heard he's a fuccboi, but not his name?

 

MIA

Iba ang kamandag niyan, friend. I also hear he's just as much of a heartbreaker as you. Except he's from the green territory—

 

NEO

[Swings his head to Mia and aises his arms up defensively]

—Whoa. I am not a heartbreaker—

 

MIA

—Oh poor, Phil. —

 

NEO

—Phil knows that was nothing!

 

MIA

[Crosses her arms under her chest]

Not according to his last update.

 

Neo straightens up, looking away from Mia. His lips fall into a line.

 

MIA

[Tutting at Neo with a finger]

Neo, honey, you don't play with men like that, they're not toys.

 

NEO

[Eyes the man with slicked back hair]

That doesn't stop him.

 

MIA

Doesn't stop you either.

 

NEO

[Chuckles]

Why would it? I love playing with them, in more ways than one.

 

MIA

[Half teasing, half serious]

Ingat, Neo.

 

NEO

[Turns back to Mia and quirks and eyebrow]

Are you challenging me, Mia?

 

MIA

Up for it?

 

NEO

What do I gain?

 

MIA

Eternal glory.

 

NEO

How far are we talking?

 

MIA

All the fucking way.

 

NEO

[Calmly]

Challenge accepted.

 

They both look back at the man. He’s stood up along with his sister and has started to cross the aisle, nearing their current displacement on the chair.

 

MIA

[Quietly singing to Neo’s ears]

Here he cooomes

 

Neo’s eyes never left the man’s and as they get near, the man never left his own blue pair. Neo does a slow once over at him, finishing his viewing with a small smirk, before turning to CESS. She takes Mia into a hug and kisses her cheek before greeting her.

 

CESS

Hi Ate Em!

 

MIA

Hi sweetie!

 

CESS

Happy Birthdaaaaay!!!

 

MIA

Thank you!!

 

CESS

[turns to Neo]

Hi kuya Neo!

 

NEO

[Nods and waves a had]

Hello Cess.

 

CESS

[Brightly waves back before turning to Mia again]

Ate Em thank you nga pala kasi you let me have a plus one!

 

MIA

Oh it's no problem! Kaso I thought you were bringing a date?

 

NEO

[Turns his eyes back to the man]

Oh so he isn't your date?

 

CESS

Bakit kuya Neo, type mo?

 

NEO

Maybe.

 

CESS

[Giggles]

Besides, my "date"'s already here na eh. So I just needed a driver.

 

The man’s eyes roll at his sister, but still with a pleasant smile.

 

CESS

This is Salle, my driver.

 

SALLE

Gago.

 

Cess chortles at this and SALLE takes this time to lean in to Mia who sat down. He shakes her hand and leans in further, pressing his cheek to hers. Neo’s eyes widen at the gesture. Salle speaks and his voice is low, almost sultry.

 

SALLE

Ikaw pala si Mia.

[Straightens up]

Happy Birthday. Salamat...

[Pause]

Sa pakain.

 

NEO

[Snickers, covering his mouth this the back of his hand.]

 

MIA

Oh thank you so much, Salle.

 

SALLE

[Winks at Mia]

 

CESS

Kuya, this is kuya Neo.

 

SALLE

[Extends his arm to Neo]

 

NEO

[Takes Salle’s hand]

What a very strikingly handsome driver.

 

CESS

Nagmana sakin yung good looks niya eh.

 

SALLE

Excuse you, I'm older than you kaya.

 

Cess giggles and talks with Mia. Salle walks around the table and gestures to take a seat next to Neo. Neo nods.

Salle continues to stare at Neo with a big, flirtatious smile, while Neo calmly looks away, eyes landing on Cess and Mia’s convo. Salle shifts in his seat, closer to Neo’s frame.

 

NEO

[Softly]

Wish I had someone to ride me home too.

 

SALLE

[Chuckles]

I think you mean give you a ride home?

 

NEO

[Swings head back at Salle]

Oh that's obviously what I meant.

 

SALLE

[Chuckles again. He looks away for a second before turning back to find Neo’s eyes.]

Then,

[Pause]

I'm at your service.

 

NEO

What kind of service?

 

SALLE

[Stares down Neo with dark eyes]

Anything you want from me.

 

NEO

What a pleasure.

 

SALLE

Pleasure's all mine.

 

Salle and Neo stares at each other with much heat.

 

 

SCENE 2:

Neo is pushed against the wall and a moan escapes him. Salle follows through, hovering over Neo’s small frame. The sounds of their lips sucking and pressing against each other’s echoed across the empty lobby of the events place. They were at the far corner and didn’t seem to care whether people saw or not.

Salle continues to slide his tongue across Neo’s neck. His arm wraps around  Neo’s small waist. Neo throws his head back on the wall.

 

NEO

[Softly moaning]

Mmm you don't even know who I am.

 

SALLE

[Moaning]

Mmm you don't know who I am.

[Kisses neck]

What I've done.

[Kisses jaw]

What I can do.

 

NEO

[Breathless]

Maybe you should show me.

 

Neo pulls on Salle’s hair and locks his lips with the others. Salle cups the back of Neo’s neck.

 

CESS

KUYA UWI NA TAYO!!!

 

Neo and Salle continue to ravish each other.

 

CESS

Kuyaaaaa!! Ihahatid pa natin si Addieee!!

 

Cess pulls Salle by the collar and the two boy’s kiss release with a smack. Neo leans against the wall, giggling as he stares at Salle being pulled away.

 

SALLE

[Giggling]

Call me!!

 

Mia’s arm is suddenly at the side of Neo’s face. Neo barely faces her with a stupid smile.

 

MIA

Birthday ko ba or birthday mo?

 

NEO

[Chortles]

 

MIA

You didn’t go all the way.

 

NEO

[Regains composure]

You didn't set a time limit.

 

Mia slowly pulls her arms into a fold across her chest. She raises her eyebrow at him with a smirk.

MIA

So it begins.

 

NEO

[Gives her a smug look]

 

MIA

May the best fuccboi win.

 

NEO

[Eye roll]

I’m not a fuccboi!

 

MIA

[nudges her chin from side to side]

Eyymmm nnetthh teh faekbeey. My ass.

 

Mia pulls at Neo’s neck-tie.

MIA

Come on. Phil’s dead again.

 

 

SCENE 3:

Salle walks on the sidewalk of the La Salle Building in Taft Avenue. He’s texting as he walks.

 

Chat bubbles:

 

                      1:06 PM

                      Blue:   Hi babe ;)

                      Salle:   Hey ;) musta?

                      Blue:   Miss mo na ‘ko?

 

Salle stops in his tracks, feeling his chest thrum faster. He smiles anyway.

 

                      Salle:   Haha yeah. Kita tayo?

 

CUT TO

SCENE 4:

Neo and Mia sits at a table in Starbucks. Mia’s taken Neo’s phone. First for selfies, but then she started texting.

 

MIA

Oh miss ka na raw niya. Kita raw kayo.        

 

NEO

Oh, leave it.

[Extends a hand at Mia]

Akin na.

 

MIA

[Pulls the phone further away]

Wait san muna kayo magkikita?

 

NEO

Give it back, Mia.

 

MIA

[Giggles as she hands it over]

So how are things going with him anyway.

 

NEO

Eh. It's okay.

 

Mia stares at him, waiting for more information.

 

NEO

What?

 

MIA

'Yun lang?

 

NEO

Yeah...?

 

MIA

Okay...

[Pause]

Well I mean. Should you claim the crown of eternal glory na?

 

NEO

Ha?

[Snickers]

No.

 

MIA

No? Why not?

 

NEO

[Begins to read off his small black book]

Eh kasi... We haven't done it eh.

 

MIA

What?!

 

Mia’s face drops, confused. Neo shrugs. Mia straightens her face.

 

MIA

What, are you like waiting for marriage or something?

 

NEO

[Bursts into laughter]

 

MIA

Are you engaged now? Is that it? —

 

NEO

Nooo!

 

MIA

Then what?

 

NEO

Wala! I don't know.

[Looks away]

Maybe, wala na ko sa mood I guess.

[Shrugs and turns back to his book]

And besides, midterms are coming up.

 

MIA

Ha? So anong ginagawa niyo? Momol lang?!

 

NEO

Nothing! We don’t do anything. We haven’t kissed nga eh since like the night of your debut.

 

MIA

And why haven’t you?

 

NEO

Ewan ko!

[Laughs]

 

MIA

Doesn’t he want it?

 

NEO

I don’t know. When we’re together and I start talking a lot, he gets quiet and just stares at me.

 

MIA

Have you tried kissing him?

 

NEO

Tried… Well I mean I lean in, pero he just touches my face.

 

They both let the statement hang for a while before Neo shrugs again.

 

MIA

So you’re dating?

 

NEO

What? No. I can’t date him.

 

MIA

Why not?

 

NEO

Because… He’s just like me.

 

MIA

And you are?...

[silently mouths]

A slut.

 

NEO

[Tosses a hand at her]

Gago.

 

MIA

So you’re afraid of falling for your own kind?

 

NEO

[Raises an eyebrow at her]

 

MIA

[Warningly]

Rule number one Neo, unang ma-fall—

 

NEO

[Plants both palms on the table]

—Talo. I know, okay. Look, one, I’m not ever going to fall for him. Two, we’re not the same kind—

 

MIA

—You just said that he was “just like you”—

 

NEO

—I meant — I mean like, we both like the company. We like fooling around. Except he fucks around, and I don’t like fucking around, I’m very choosy. And I don’t choose him.

 

MIA

[Sarcastically]

Okay then Mr. I-Don’t-Fuck-Around. My god, so defensive.

 

NEO

I’m just saying, you keep making a big deal out of this, Mia. Eh like, wala naman talaga akong pake sa kanya okay.

[Laughs]

He’s just nice to keep around, but I mean once he gets bored with it, I'm pretty sure he’ll stop.

 

MIA

And what if you get bored?

 

NEO

[Pauses with one eyebrow lifted and the other furrowed in the middle]

I don’t see how this could be a bad thing?

 

MIA

So you’re just going to toss him aside once you’re done with him?

 

NEO

He probably does the same thing.

 

MIA

Be thankful it isn’t Phil you’re doing this to, kasi if it was, sinapak na talaga kita.

 

NEO

[Laughs more]

 

MIA

Puta ka.

 

 

SCENE 5:

Salle and Cessie’s condo unit. The siblings are both on the floor. Salle, lying on it, with his phone raised above his face and Cessie, hunched over different pieces of fabric.

 

SALLE

Ceeeessss.

 

CESS

Ano nanaman?

 

SALLE

Why isn't he replying?

 

CESS

Kuya it's just been 5 minutes?!

 

SALLE

Two weeks ago it took him less than a minute!

 

CESS

And so? Why are you so concerned with that guy anyway?

 

SALLE

Ewan...

 

CESS

Don't tell me you like him?!

 

SALLE

HINDI KAYA.

[Pauses]

Medyo...

 

CESS

Ay nako kuya. Why? Nagsex ba kayo?

 

SALLE

[Straightens up]

Uy grabe ka.

 

CESS

[Lifts her head to meet his]

Ano nga?!

 

SALLE

Well… Hindi nga eh.

 

CESS

Maybe he's momolta to you?

 

SALLE

If only that could be the reason, kaso… We only made out once eh.

 

CESS

[Eyes widen]

HA?!

 

SALLE

Oo. That time we met nung debut ni Mia.

 

CESS

Pano nangyari ‘yun? Eh you've been seeing each other for like a month na ah?

 

SALLE

Eh... I don't know nga rin eh.

 

CESS

What do you guys do ba when you see each other?

 

SALLE

[Rises from lying down to sit up straight]

Well we... mostly we just hold hands. He talks about his... uhmm, readings. He's really smart, Cess, tangina. Then he asks me how my day went. Then we...

[Pause]

Ewan I usually kind of find myself just staring at him.

 

CESS

Yuck.

 

SALLE

I know.

 

CESS

He doesn't kiss you when you stare at him?

 

SALLE

No.

 

CESS

Ang boring naman.

 

SALLE

Says you ha.

[Lies back down on the floor]

 

CESS

[Laughs]

Well... Why do you think he doesn't?

 

SALLE

I don't know.

 

[Pause]

 

Salle stares at the ceiling, stroking his hair.

 

CESS

Do you kiss him?

 

SALLE

No...

 

CESS

Why don't you?

 

SALLE

I don't... Know... Ewan.

[Looks at Cess]

Hindi ko kaya.

 

CESS

Hindi mo... Kaya? But you did it once —

 

SALLE

Yeah I know pero...

[Shrugs]

I don't know. I mean of course gusto ko siyang i... Ano... Pero hindi. Ewan. Hindi ko kaya.

 

CESS

Siya, ayaw ba niya?

 

SALLE

Puta hindi ko rin alam.

[Pause]

[Quickly sits up and hesitantly]

I mean kasi... He's always rubbing his foot on my leg under the table. Tapos humahawak siya sa thigh ko when we sit next to each other. Tapos he always teases me like 'crush mo 'ko no?' ang annoying... Puta.

[Stares at the floor]

Tapos bigla na lang niya kong di kakausapin.

 

[Pause]

 

CESS

When did he stop talking to you?

 

SALLE

Like a week ago?

 

CESS

Have you tried calling him?

 

SALLE

Yes! Everyday!

 

CESS

[Lifts an eyebrow]

You call him everyday?... Kuya? Ikaw talaga?

 

SALLE

[Shrugs]

 

CESS

Maybe he got annoyed. Magpamiss ka kaya.

 

[Pause]

 

SALLE

[Nods letting the possibility sink in]

 

CESS

[Teasingly]

Or... Maybe you've fallen for someone of your own kind.

 

SALLE

Hindi kaya!

 

CESS

Ay… Kuya kilala kita. Ikaw is fuck and leave.

 

SALLE

Hindi pa nga kasi kami nagfu-fuck!

 

CESS

Then you should have been bored by now.

 

Salle falls silent, realizing the truth in Cess’ words.

 

CESS

But you’re not. So this only means one thing…

 

SALLE

[Swallows. Looks away.]

 

CESS

Ingat, kuya. Karma’s a bitch.

 

SALLE

[Shakes his head]

 

CESS

Tough isn’t it? Na nakahanap ka na ng katapat mo.

 

Salle sighs and stands up. He picks up his wallet and keys. He reaches the door.

 

CESS

Where you going?

 

SALLE

I need to fuck.

 

CESS

[Scrunches her nose in disgust]

Sad! Cause they’ll be having a different name while you’re at it!

 

The door slams shut.

 

 

SCENE 6:

Salle’s alone in his car late at night, checking his phone from time to time. There’s a stop light and the red numbers begin counting down from 80 seconds. A minute.

Salle unlocks his phone. There are no messages. He locks it.

 

65 seconds.

 

Salle unlocks his phone again. Still no messages. He locks it.

He begins nibbling on his thumb as he stares at the windshield.

 

58 seconds.

 

He unlocks his phone again.

 

                      11:47 PM

                      Salle:   Miss you…

 

44 Seconds. He hits send.

25 Seconds. He sighs.

19 Seconds. He throws his phone to the passenger seat.

10 Seconds. He wipes a hand across his face.

5 Seconds. He puts the car in motion.

 

SCENE 7:

Neo’s phone brightens with a sound at the far end of the table.

He stares at it.

He looks away.

He trains his eyes on his laptop screen.

He sees the time.

He bites his lip.

He scrolls through his screen again.

He sees a photo of Salle on Facebook.

He rolls his eyes.

 

He looks back at his phone.

He sighs. He momentarily lifts himself off the chair to take his phone.

 

He unlocks his phone.

One message from “Green”.

 

                      11:47 PM

                      Green:   Miss you…

 

He stares. He frowns.

He unlocks his phone to open the message.

 

                      7:21 AM

                      Green:   Morning!

 

                      8:06 PM

                      Green:   Hi, have you eaten?

                      Neo:       Yeah I have :)

                      Green:   That’s good! What did you have?

 

                      9:14 PM

                      Green:   Good night.

 

                      11:47 PM

                      Green:   Miss you…

 

He squeezes his eyes shut.

He sighs.

He shakes his head. And tosses the phone behind him. It falls on the bed with a bounce.

 

Black screen.

 

 

SCENE 8:

Neo languidly sits on his chair in front of the bed where there are numerous papers scattered. There is a knock on his door. He ignores it.

There’s another knock.

NEO

I know it’s you Mia, you have a key.

 

The door opens. Mia barges in. Neo doesn’t even blink an eye and continues on with his blank voice and passive expression.

 

MIA

Neo.

 

NEO

Mia.

 

MIA

Samahan mo 'ko.

 

NEO

Where?

 

MIA

Taft.

 

NEO

Mia, I have orals tomorrow.

 

MIA

[Sits on the bed in front of Neo]

Sige na, even if you don't study naman you can get an A.

 

NEO

Why are we going there?

 

MIA

Meeting up with Cessie.

 

NEO

Why do I have to come with?

 

MIA

Don't you want to see Salle?

 

NEO

Who?...

[Lifts an eyebrow, trying to keep his composure]

Oh... That guy

[Shrugs]

 Well not really.

 

MIA

[Sighs in frustration and crosses her arms on her chest]

Oh you're impossible Neo.

 

NEO

What did I do?

 

MIA

Didn't I tell you to stop playing with men.

 

NEO

He's a fuccboi Mia, I honestly don't think he cares.

 

MIA

Yeah well what if he does?

 

NEO

[Raises an eyebrow]

And dinedefend mo siya kasi...?

 

MIA

Ugh. I'm not defending him.

[Quickly gets into Neo’s face]

I'm telling you not to fuck with people's feelings.

 

NEO

What feelings?

[Tries his best attempt at a convincing laugh]

[Awkwardly, lightly hits Mia’s shoulder]

 

MIA

[Raises an eyebrow at him]

 

NEO

[His laughter fades into seriousness]

Besides, hindi ko rin naman siya nafuck.

 

MIA

'Yun na nga eh! The challenge was to go all the way, not keep him on the line. Stop keeping him on your hook!

 

NEO

[Sighs]

Mia calm down. He's not on my hook.

[Pause]

He stopped texting me kaya.

 

MIA

Yeah because you weren't replying either.

 

NEO

[Shrugs]

 

MIA

[Raises his arms]

Well, why wouldn't you?!

 

NEO

I don't know...

[Pauses]

[Quickly]

I got bored!

[Pauses]

And hell week na kaya…

 

MIA

I don’t believe you.

 

NEO

Yeah well, I don’t need you to. Now go away, I’m reading.

 [Suppresses a smirk]

 

MIA

See look at you! You're not even sorry!

 

NEO

[Keeps a serious face]

 

MIA

Hay nako. You're coming with me jusko po.

 

NEO

[Drops his book on his lap]

Miaaaa.

 

MIA

Sasama ka!

 

Mia gets up and starts walking to the door. Neo’s face drops.

 

MIA

NOW ANTHONY!

 

NEO

[Snickers]

Yes mom.

 

Neo’s face fell again. He stares blankly for a second. He deeply sighs.

 

SCENE 9:

Salle opens the door. They find each other’s eyes. Salle’s eyes widen for a while and then it falls.

 

SALLE

[Dryly]

Hi.

 

NEO

Hey…

 

SALLE

Didn’t know you were coming.

 

NEO

Me neither.

 

SALLE

[A small laugh escapes]

 

NEO

[Laughs the same way]

 

MIA

Salle.

 

SALLE

Mia.

[Nods]

Cessie’s waiting for you.

 

Salle moves from the door to go back inside and leaves it open. They all get inside.

 

CESS

Ate Em!

 

Cessie jumps from her spot on the floor and retrieves a paper bag and hands it to Mia. The taller woman greets her with a hug and thanks her.

 

CESS

Oh kuya Neo, you’re here din?

 

NEO

Sinama ako ni mother, dear.

 

CESS

[Laughs]

 

MIA

Oh well anyway, since nandito na tayong lahat. I don’t want to just take this and leave.

[Pause]

Besides, I haven’t made libre to you guys yet.

 

CESS

Libre for what?

 

MIA

My birthday.

 

SALLE

Ha? Eh ang tagal na ‘nun ah?

 

MIA

May-angal ka? —

 

SALLE

Wala po—

 

MIA

Edi kung meron, wag kang sumama.

 

SALLE

Hindi po. Sorry po.

 

Neo stares at Salle. The other, from his doe eyes, switches his eyes to find Neo’s. They both snort at their mutual fear for Mia.

 

MIA

Edi good. Let’s go na. I’m hungry.

 

SALLE

Yes, mom.

 

MIA

[Rolls her eyes at Salle]

 

SCENE 10:

They’ve finished eating and are strolling around the mall. Mia and Cessie were far too gone in their window shopping, paying no mind to the boys. Neo and Salle quietly strolled next to each other.

Neo stares at Salle’s left hand.

Salle catches him.

Neo looks ahead.

Salle looks ahead.

 

Neo takes Salle’s hand.

Heat rises in Salle’s cheeks.

Neo tries to relax himself.

 

NEO

Kamusta?

 

SALLE

[Mildly surprised]

[Laughs]

[Swings their hands together]

Okay naman.

 

NEO

[Nods]

 

SALLE

Ikaw ba?

 

NEO

[Looks up at Salle]

[Weakly nods]

Okay lang.

 

Salle begins talking about his terror prof and Neo listens intently. Neo then talks about how he still had orals the next day. They spend the whole time in the mall talking with their hands linked.

 

They find themselves waiting outside the mall as their hang-out ended.

 

SALLE

Hatid ko na lang kayo sa katip.

 

Mia and Cessie raise their eyebrows at him, then turns to each other questioningly.

 

NEO

Ay hala… [Awkward laugh] Hindi na…

 

SALLE

…Sure?

 

NEO

[Quietly nods]

 

There was silence between them. They stare at each other.

Mia and Cessie’s eyes bounce from one to another. Salle breaks the silence.

 

SALLE

[Hesitantly]

Well then… I guess… Just text me. When you get home?

 

NEO

[Raises eyebrow]

 

SALLE

[Quietly]

Please…

 

NEO

[Hesitantly nods]

Okay.

[Smiles]

Yes. I will.

 

SALLE

[Smiles back]

 

CESS

MOMOLTA! MOMOLTA!

 

SALLE

[Eye roll]

Halika na uuwi na tayo.

[lightly pinches Cess’ ear]

 

MIA

[Laughs]

 

They say their good byes. Cessie and Salle rides a jeep back to their condo. Mia and Neo gets in the cab once it arrived.

While on the road, Neo was quiet.

 

MIA

[Mockingly]

I’m not falling for him.

 

NEO

[Eye roll]

Shut it.

 

MIA

[Laughs, hitting Neo’s shoulder]

 

SCENE 11:

It’s quiet in Neo’s unit. He’s back on his readings for his orals the next day.

He hasn’t texted Salle. Salle hasn’t texted him either.

He looks at his phone.

He blinks a few times. He checks the time.

 

He puts down his readings on his desk. He stands up, taking his phone with him and flops down on his bed, curling himself.

 

He unlocks his phone.

 

Chat bubbles:

 

                      12:03 AM

                      Neo:       I’m home na.

                      Green:   Tagal ah.

                      Neo:       Yeah i got back a few hours ago

                      Neo:       But i just texted now.

 

                      12:04 AM

                      Green:   oh. Well okay. At least your home na.

                      Neo:       :)

 

Neo drops his phone on his bed. He lies down, staring at the ceiling.

His phone doesn’t buzz.

Neo sighs.

He checks the time.

 

He picks his phone up again.

 

                       12:11 AM

                      Neo:       Can I call?

 

Neo drops his phone again and shuts his eyes.

 

                      12:12 AM

                      Green is calling you…

 

Neo smiles. He answers his phone.