Day Three: Mano Po (Blessed Me)
The wind was particularly cold and Jake still thinking what his father had said. He noticed himself that he thinks more often this few days and wrote nothing. He had this idea of young boy whose father been killed in the storm.
At first, he was excited. He was staring on the wave, how it sometimes so selfish and took lives. It was a 20,000 words. At first, he thought, it will be a good length story of a novel but his mind can not pump a single thing. He had suffered a writers block. He been distracted when he came home and the pained back from his childhood were unbearable. He thought he already escaped at it, and he’s wrong.
When the night came, only few stars shown at the southern turquoises sky of Mindanao. The sea behaves violently wild. Waves snarling and it crashes at the shoreline.
His father already in the bed. The radio transistor squeaking. Anchor man announces a tropical depression brewing in the Pacific is already a typhoon. It continue to speak some recent events but his mind were gone already elsewhere. A music went into the air.
It was an old Christmas song, old compared to their little lives on this world, so little that he can’t help himself saddened how it gone quickly.
He thinks of his older brother Bein, where it was now— at this moment.
It’s been 16 years since he left that night. It was raining—
It’s always raining on this part of the world. The rain he thought will made you smile. The clouds started to turn dark, usually…
It seems the world solemn, and everything turned into a dim gray fields. The butterfly will go elsewhere. The birds hide in nest with its youngsters. The wild deer went into caves. Feeling so sadly remembering the green grass. People will stayed inside the house. Lovers hug each other from the cold. While some looking at the window in solitude and feel blue.
He cried when Bein told him he had to go somewhere. He don’t understand what he meant. Now that he was on this stage, he still puzzled, why people had to leave. They left despite of your protesting. It so selfish but he need to understand everything. He had too.
He climbed into his bed and closes his eyes. He laid for almost an hour and can’t sleep. A chirrups singing. He heard his father changes the channel. Then turned it off.
Candle glowering inside his room then it ceased followed by darkness—
The next day, he expected to see his father at the side of his Mom, cheering her. How she felt so sad when her boys went away. No mother in this world who doesn’t feel sad when their child, at young age scattered. Marissa had been on all of these.
She loves Henry even the first time she saw him. Her father died when she was young, and grown up at her aunt who had no child. Her mom can’t support her and decide to gave her for adoption. Henry sitting infront on her at the library. He was reading and caught her looking at him. They were freshman in college. He was shy, sat erect in a gentleman manner. He smiled at her then continued on his reading. They became friend at first then Henry courted her after. He was so kind and a good loving husband, but changes is inevitable. He had changed after the death of their third child. He been tortured by the military men while their child is dying at the hospital. He was a good citizen on this country. They said that they were under martial law and everyone is subject for treason.
Jake already had made his mind. He went at the kitchen and found out that his father went at the barangay hall. His mother only in the table with his aunt attending her. He took her hand and put it on his forehead and kissed it. A sign of respect honoring their parents.
His aunt told him that there was a shipwreck last night.
Henry standing at the window when he saw a distress signal coming from the boat. He informed immediately the official in the barangay and they rescued everybody.
Henry came inside all wet. He had fish on his hand. Jake walked near at him and took the fish and placed in the basin. Henry were surprised at his unexpected behavior.
Jake took his hand and put it on his forehead and kissed it.
He said, ” Papa…” Henry cried and Marissa had joy on her heart. She threw her gazed at above. She been asking it for so long. All wounds were meant to be healed.
They cried while the rain is pouring outside. Hard deafening rain…
“ I’m going to fetched your brother. A sailor in the barangay hall had told me that your brother is alive and well. He had family already in Koronadal.”
Jake told him he wants to come but his father told him he better stay with his mom.
It would be a perfect Christmas.
Time to forgive…