Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gossip Girl: Crazy Cupid Love


It's another picture perfect Valentines Day in the Upper East. Lovers kissing on the streets, couples holding hands, letters in the mail; it's enough to turn a doubter into a believer. But guess who's not celebrating? With no lovers in sight, word is Kane and his friends are sitting this tradition out.

"So tell me: What  incredibly romantic plans do you have for Valentines?" Vackie asked.

"Let's see. I'm writing a report at work and I'm still debating whether to go to the gym after and be tagged as a loser," I replied. "Or, I'd probably just order take out and try to finish Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried."

"That sounds ... well, pretty awful," V said. "Staying at home and reading a story about war on Valentines?"

"Well ... I haven't had a special Valentine in years. The last one was with my ex and as you know, well ... that was a pretty long time ago," I said. "But ... it's a good thing it's your birthday ball honey!!!"

I hope you haven't forgotten ladies. Cause when the day of hearts comes, we all know it's time for V's birthday.

"Honey!! Happy Birthday!!!" I shouted after I arrived at the bar. V was wearing a blue plaid polo that was utterly divine. "Well ... if it's possible, I think you look more dashing than ever," I declared.

"Well … I guess it is possible," he answered and we both laughed.

"OOOoooohh," I said. "So Jay is here." Jay was his ex-boyfriend, his last and they were together for more than four years. Jay has a boyfriend now, but the guy was out of town.

"OOOoooohh," V said. "So Gino is here."

"Hahaha. You got me," I said. "Explanations will have to wait because right now, I need a drink!!!"

We all started mingling with the guests, chatting, drinking, dancing. It was, as always, a blast. Patrick was among those who came. He was one of my long-time crushes and he just seemed to become more charming through the years. But we never got around to going out. He was either in a relationship or something comes up and our date gets canceled. Or maybe he just wasn't interested.

I approached him and said hi. We chatted about work and small updates about our lives. He touched my hair and smiled. "Dapat ganyan ka na lang lagi. Bagay sa iyo."

"Hahaha. Pasaway ko no? Sigh. I wish I could but I can't. This is just a one-night-only," I said laughing.

"Grabe no, ang tagal na nating magkakilala," he suddenly blurted out.

"I know. I still remember the first time I saw you," I replied smiling. We were both much younger then, barely even men.

"Weeeehh ... di nga?" Patrick said.

"Yeah. That was like maybe eight years ago? You were still with your ex."

And then I said it. "The truth is, you're my longest running crush."

Patrick was startled. "Ha? Ako?"

I don't know what came over me. Maybe it was the scotch. Or the blue and green lights that sprayed across his face, and made his elven features more enchanting than ever.

"Yeah. Ikaw," I said and paused. "Maybe we can go out sometime?"

Spotted: K confessing his heart out on V day. But the night is still not over, ladies. We hear another prince has his eye on this boy.

Vackie was tipsy already. Everybody had drunk copious amounts of alcohol and we were all inebriated. He was talking to Patrick when he suddenly said, "Alam mo, you're one of the people who made me sad on my birthday. I really liked you ... but I guess you don't feel that same way."

V told me later on what happened. I also told him what I told Patrick. "Sigh. How many times can we keep on doing this?"  I asked him. "We liking the same guy over and over again?"

We were both quiet. "Well, maybe it's because we both have great taste in men?" V said and we both laughed.

"Hay ... mabuti pa si Fran."

Every year, Valentines Day comes and goes leaving behind a trail of memories. For  some, it's a day to celebrate love found and kept.

I sidled up to Fran who was dancing with her lover David. "You really look happy, honey." I whispered.

"Really?" she said smiling. "I am hun. Sobra."

For others, it's a time to celebrate with friends, both old and new.

But sometimes, there's just no candy coating the fact that you can still feel all alone. Even on your birthday.

"So ...what's your birthday wish honey? You happy?" I asked.

"I am, I  am. It's been a great year,  and I'm happy you guys are with me. But ... sana makahanap na tayo ng someone to spend our lives with," he replied wistfully.

"Sana nga. Hay ... sige na nga, kahit mauna ka na!" I said and hugged him.

But the most surprising of all; is when the people you least expect, begin to show their true colors.

"Honey, Jay just texted," V said. "Weird."

"Why?" I asked. "What did he say?" The night was ending and we were all about to head home.

"He said 'You and Arlan are welcome to stay at my place if you want'." 

Uh oh V. Looks like you just played Cupid. Who shot an arrow through his own heart.


"OMG! What?" I said. We were both stunned. "I love. Talagang you and Arlan lang. Kulang na lang sabihin niyang, don't bring your other friends. Hahaha. Iba talaga itong si A. Lahat na lang gusto siya!!!"

"So ... how does it feel that your ex-boyfriend wants to fuck your best friend?" I asked, with a wicked grin. "You know what they say: if you can't stop them, join them."

They say Valentines, like the best kind of traditions, brings people together. The strangest pair can become bedfellows under the most unlikely circumstances. Happy Heart's Day everyone.

Come together. Right now.



the geek said...

looking at the pictures, i can literally say, everything went in a blur.

i miss fran. she still is gorgeous.

Mac Callister said...

you're the kulot guy at the photos kane?

ang saya saya lagi dito sa blog mo party party ever!

Mugen said...

Valentines is just a day - even for taken guys like me. Haaahaaa!!

Mugen said...

Pero alam mo, I really try to imagine what your blog would be like when the great kane finds his prince! Lol.

LJ said...

Happy Birthday Vackie!

Another heartfelt post.

Nimmy said...

may nagsabi na friend sa akin last week...

Some people call it Valentine's day, I call it Tuesday.


same with Mugen. Aabangan ko ang araw na mamumukadkad ang bulaklak mo para sa isang prinsipe. nagbabagang bulaklak ang peg. chot! Hahaha

Désolé Boy said...

Kane, I just realised spending Valentine's Day hooked up with some boyfriend/partner, whatever they call it nowadays, is one of the most boring thing there is. Let's save that part when we're old. But while we're still on our prime, why waste those heated parties just waiting to be blown away by our holy presence? Hehe.

itsMePeriod said...

oh my, sino si patrick?!ahahaha

Peter said...

Late as it may be Kane, Happy Valentine's. Take care.

♥N said...

V-day revelations, huh? It's never easy to confess, but to do so on V-day seems sad somehow.

Leo said...

Dear Kane, I love your hair! :)