flights of fancy

By: kichi kenterong

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Wednesday, 15-Feb-2006 15:14 Email | Share | Bookmark

he has lost count just how many times he spent this so-called lovers' day alone. five times? he pretends not to care. perhaps he should put up a 'vacant' sign around his neck?

he stares into the distance, his fingers absentmindedly caressing the now-empty glass.

he contemplates his most recent trip back home to see his mother. she has learned to steer clear of a particular subject, the old lady. the last time some relatives brought it up, she didn't know what to do. so, she opted to just do the dishes at the kitchen sink, even though the guests were still seated in the living room, albeit with gaping mouths. she never thought he would've replied in such a shocking manner.

his mother apologized profusely to the relatives at the front gate later, and said that maybe marriage isn't a really fond subject for him.

his mother told him that she now likes to go to the new tesco that opened up some time back. it's not like she ever buys anything there, but she says it helps her fill her time. otherwise, she gets bored at home. it's a good thing the place is close to home.

he smiles as he gets up to leave, thinking about his mother. but it is a bitter smile that actually reflects a painful truth:

yet another another night, all alone, at his favorite eatery.

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