My heart was pounding. It was like having a heart attack. I think the walls are closing in on me. My name was called. I entered the well-lit room. I swallowed hard but my saliva was as hard as a golf ball. It was stuck in my throat. I felt like I was about to choke. I was asked to be seated. I coughed a little. It was cold. Or was it just me? I was as stiff as a board.
Then a voice called out ” Kumusta ka, Joyce”
“Ok naman po…Kuya!”
“Alam mo ba kung bakit kita ipinatawag?”
“May slight hint po. I think this is the “takdang panahon” that you were saying.”, I replied trying hard not to sound sarcastic.
“Ipinatawag kita dahil gusto kong malaman ang iyong saloobin tungkol sa isa mo housemate na si ______. Napagusapan natin noon na magpapataw tayo ng palugit at panibagong mga house rules. Ano sa tingin mo ang naging epekto matapos na ipataw ang mga pagbabagong ito?
“Well, honestly, Kuya.. Wala naman masyadong pinagbago. I think.. Tigers don’t change their stripes overnight….Opinion ko lang po ito.
“Ano sa tingin mo ang nararapat nating gawin?”
I took a deep breath. It was intense. I can feel the tension…
“Joyce, ano sa tingin mo ang mas nakakabubuti sa lahat?”
“Uhhm..Mag-yoga na lang po tayong lahat para ma-relax tayo…Umm. joke lang po. Sa tingin ko po, Kuya….mas nakabubuti po kung kayo po magdecide kasi bahay nyo po ito…..”
“Gusto ko malaman ang iyong opinion, Joyce.”
“K-U-Y-A!!!!!!!! Pressure!!!! ”
**To be continued**