The Sunbaked King

Homebound: Single Guy Says Goodbye

You look at your watch. It’s 4 PM. The plane leaves at 6. You have two solid hours to roam around the airport, eat, and skim through the book you brought with you. It’s the same old routine, the road easiest to travel, the path of least resistance.

But somehow, this time, you just want to take a seat and look around.

The guy in front of you is fiddling with his laptop, muttering under his breath about how there’s no socket anywhere. He absentmindedly messes up his well-gelled hair in frustration. As he closes his laptop, his phone rings. There’s nothing but frustration in his voice. His body screams for release; his demeanor reveals nothing but resignation.

The woman two seats down is reading a greeting card from someone you surmise is her beau. Her smile is radiant and fills her face like a thousand beautiful Japanese lanterns. At one point, she tucks her hair behind her ear and giggles silently. You begin to suspect that the greeting card isn’t as long as she makes it appear; she has been reading it again and again.

Kuya!!!”

To your left, a ten-year-old boy is busily punching his brother by the shoulder. You are first saddened by the sight; your brothers mean so much to you. As the scene unfolds more clearly in your sight, however, you realize that the youngster is laughing as he “mock” jabs the elder. On the older brother’s lap is a puzzle book. Clearly they are having a competition, and the younger one just lost on a question. You wait for their parents to arrive (perhaps holding two Smokey’s frankfurters), but no one comes. The brothers are all on their own.

Philippine Airlines Flight MC5 flying to Manila is now accepting passengers for boarding.

The corporate guy, just finished with his phone call, looks at the plane with a hopeful look in his eyes. It’s just work, those eyes say. There’s something beyond the islands, beyond the seas, and I will find my rest.

The woman leaps out of her seat, grabs her bag, and rushes to the front of the line. It’s been too long, that jump says. The words from the endless exchange of letters shall now become reality, the words shall now bear fruit.

The older brother takes the youngster’s bag and carries it with his own luggage. With one arm holding the bags, and the other draped around the youngster’s shoulders, the two walk the short path to the queue. They have just left their parents and their childhood behind; it’s now time to be men and move on with their lives.

You smile. A tingling sensation runs from your toe all the way to your head. As you stand, a single thought crosses your head:

“Three.”

The future has never looked so bright.

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Filed under: Domesticated, Eros, Fiction, Yes?, Utter Joy

9 Responses

  1. lazy john says:

    hmmm 3? is something new with you kerker?? hehehe;p

  2. kerwinray says:

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. πŸ™‚

  3. Mendz says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Tsikee says:

    hoy, ano ang three?!

  5. J says:

    wait..bakit parang di napagusapan ang topic na to last nyt? :-p

  6. kerwinray says:

    @ Tsikee: Gets mo na dapat yan, Tsik! πŸ™‚

    @ J: Hahaha. Nag-CR ako for some time, di ba napag-usapan? Hahaha. πŸ™‚

  7. lazy john says:

    Kasal ka na Ker??? andaya bakit hindi ako invited??

  8. jessica says:

    yo. i’m linking you ha. i like the airport waiting slice-of-life piece.

  9. kerwinray says:

    @ Ryan: Late response. Di pa ako kasal. Haha.

    @ J: Sure, J. I hope the site gives justice to the linking. πŸ™‚

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