“If we only die once? Who would you like to die with? If we only live once? Who would you like to live with?” What do we really need in life?
What happened to Phoebe and Lexie’s plan? Who is Mimi? When is Jerry going to ask Yassy to be his girlfriend? Why is Ronnie jealous? What’s going to happen to Jess and Chase? Will Cy get the chance to meet the Anonymous writer?
One Saturday Morning – Jessica – messy hair tied up, nerdy eyeglasses, big shirt and a pair of booty shorts, went down to the kitchen. Turned the lights on, took a cup of coffee and sat down. Daydreaming – the phone rang.
“Hello?” She answered
“Hey! It’s me, Chase, this is my sister’s number. You were not answering my calls so I decided to use my sister’s number. Can I invite you for dinner?”
“Dinner? Like, later?”
“But I just had dinner at your house the other night?”
“Is it an issue?” He asked
“Ah, nah – I – ah.. I’ll let you know later” She answered in a very monotonous voice.
Chase tried asking why she suddenly felt a bit off and was about to ask why she suddenly left the other night.
“Ah, is there any problem Jes?”
“Ah, nah. It’s okay Chase. I just ah, I ah – woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” She answered.
Tiff preparing breakfast for the kids.
Tiff: “Darls! Carlo! Kids come on down.”Shouting. Calling the kids. While preparing for two cups of coffee. “Baby, Mimi has never changed. She still looks sexy”
“Babe, have you checked the latest iPhone?” Matt, tryna change the topic.
“We just bought the latest two months ago..?” Tiff answered.
“I know, but it’s not for us. It’s for Darlene. I think it’s time to give her a cell phone. Besides she is already a teenager. It’s for her birthday anyway.”
“Awwww, that’s so sweet of you. But baby you don’t have to.”
“No, it’s okay. Let’s buy her one tomorrow.”
Matt — Tryna make things cool. He seemed like he’s hiding something from Tiff.
“So, whatchu think of Mimi? Dom dated her in college right?”
Matt, turned the TV on and sat on the couch.
“Yeah? I dunno babe. I have no idea.”
Tiff (confused), holding two cups of coffee, one for her and one for Matt.
“You have no idea??? Are you okay? (Giving the other cup to Matt) You were the one who told me that before!? You told me that Mimi and Dom dated? And that Mimi was awesome, and she was good in bed and that is…?? Hmm she is.. ugh.” And suddenly stopped talking for a second.
“Is there anything that I need to know Matt?” She asked.
“What? What do you mean? There’s none! What are you saying? Come on babe! It’s so early!” Matt became a little vex and for some reason, he decided to just leave Tiff’s house.
After a few minutes.
Tiff talking to Matt over the phone “What is wrong with you?!”
“What is wrong with me? Look, it is so early in the morning and you are such a nagger! Even in front of your children!” Matt yelling.
“I WAS JUST ASKING YOU, WHY WERE YOU SO ANGRY ABOUT IT? I DON’T UNDERSTAND! MY GOD.” Dropped the call.
Matt headed to the coffee shop right away.
Lexie: “Are you ready Phoeb?”
“I don’t think I can make it dude!”
“HAVE THE COURAGE… Remember? It’s better to try than not to. At least, you get an answer. What if it’s a yes?” Lexie answered
“And what if it’s a NO?!” scaredy-cat
“Whatevs! Let’s just try it okay? Do not be a cowardly dog, you idiot! Get ready! I’ll be there by 1.”
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Cy: “Hmm, not sure yet. Maybe I will just go to the cafe and read some stories.”
Pots: “Alright, text me or call me when you are already there. I will ask Caleb to drop me off at the cafe after we finish the invites”
“Jess! Coffee later? I hate Matt!”
“Ugh. Okay. But Tiff I don’t have any plans of going out today, can we just have coffee at home? Come over here. Call Yassy and let’s talk it over a cup of coffee. What happened?”
“I dunno. I think he is hiding something.I hafta figure out. I’ll call Yassy and we’ll be there at 1.”
1PM – that same day (Phoebe’s house)
(Phoeb, in a hurry, locking the door, with her black backpack, wore his cap and hopped into Lexie’s car)
Phoeb: “I dunno. But, do I have a choice?”
Lexie: “THE FUDGE! Do you want this or not?”
“I do! I do! I was just kidding! haha Let’s go!”
1PM – that same day (Ronnie’s cafe)
Ronnie – about to sit at the table at the corner where Matt is. “Sorry dude, busy day. So what’s up? What happened?”
“It’s ok. Like as if I’m a customer here! I can manage. I even know how to prepare my own coffee.” Shaking his head. “Dude, I think I’m dead.”
“What the heck did you do?”
“I dunno, I got caught in the middle. I just showed Tiff like I got mad, but the truth is, I do not know what else to do. She kept on asking me about Mimi.”
“Uh-oh. You’re really dead man! I think it’s better if you tell Tiff right away.”
1PM – that same day (Jessica’s house)
“So what made you think he is hiding something from you?”
“Come on Yas! He just got mad! Like as if I did something really bad! I was only asking him about Mimi. That’s it.”
Jess: “Oh okay wai-wait. You mean Mimi? Mimi the Do-you-have-a-car-girl?”
“Exactly!” Tiff answered
“What do you mean Do-you-have-a-car-girl?”
“Well, Mimi, would always go for a guy who has a car. She won’t date you if you do not have a car. Regardless of your relationship status. Single, taken, married as long as you have a car. Old or new. handsome or not.. SHE- would date you.” Tiff answered.
“What the! For real?”
“Well, for the last few years that you were in the US Yas, that has been an issue. We even heard that she dated John Delos Reyes, Mark Felipe, Christian Lim, Anthony Ching, Carl, Nick and the rest of the gang. One group – one girl. The truth is – we didn’t mind. We never thought it’ll be an issue, besides we do not care. Plus, she never dated anybody in our group. But right after we saw her at the party of Dino..” (Shocked. Became a bit quiet. Thought of something.)
Yas: “Oh my God Jess! Do you think???”
“Oh my! No girls!!!!”Tiff
Took their cups and sipped altogether.
Lexie and Phoebe hiding outside.
Lexie: “There she is!! Go to her now and I will just order. I will be the one to do the thing.”
“Okay! Wish me luck!” Phoebe — a little nervous.
Phoebe: “Hey Cy!”
Cy, focused on the story, looked at her and greeted Phoebe. “Hey Phoeb! Who you with?”
“Ah, Lexie, he’s at the counter. Ordering some coffee.” Answered timidly.
“Ah okay. oh. Ordering? Over the counter? But, he can order here? Why does he have to order there?”
“Ah oh yeah. Uhm, he needs to go to the restroom too.” WHEW!
Cy, still reading, didn’t actually mind. “Hmm would you like to move to a different spot?”
“Sure! I think we can just sit at the smoking area. You know, Lexie smokes.”
“Alright, no problem.”
Heading outside of the cafe, Phoebe trying to look for Lexie, opened the door for Cy who is still reading some stories on her iPad.
AT THE COUNTER…
Lexie: “Boss Ronnie, we really need your help. Here’s the plan”
“You really like reading huh?” Phoebe asked Cy while grabbing one chair from the other table
“I am not a fan of reading. I love watching instead. And you know that. But the stories here do not always have a happy ending. REALITY you know.. Unlike in movies. These are like real stories. And I like the writer. Given the chance to meet her in person, I definitely would have the best day of my life.”
Phoebe smiled. “But it says here that she is an anonymous writer right? So how are you gonna see her”
“I dunno.” She answered.
“Hey! What’s up what’s up?! Yours.” (Lexie, giving the coffee to Phoebe and pinched her finger to let her know that everything is all set. Sat down and took a stick of a cigar.)
INSIDE THE CAFE
Matt: “So what do I do? Should I tell her? How? When? I dunno. This is gonna be a very big issue. I mean, you know Mimi.”
“Where is she now? I mean Tiff.” Rica asked. “Hon, can you get me a cup of coffee too, please. Thank you. (Talking to Ronnie)
“She isn’t responding. Kept on texting her and I even called her several times. But na-ah. Well, she usually goes to Jessica’s house.”
Yass: “So you think?…… You really think it happened that time huh?
Jess, slicing a piece of cake.
“Well, the only thing to figure that out is to call Chelsea.” Jess answered. “Try this out! Bought it in Laguna when I visited my grandma last Friday.
“If that is so, then let’s call her now!” Tiff hurriedly took her phone and dialed Chealsea’s number.
“Wow! This tastes really good.” Yass took a bite.
“It is indeed. Brazo de Fernando from Tedz Sta. Cruz, Laguna.”
“It’s just ringing! Is she busy?” Tiff asked.
“No idea. Or maybe she has an event today.”
“Maybe it’s better if we visit her sometime soon? Coffee maybe?” Yass suggested.
“That’s a great idea.”
“So where is Matt now?”
“I do not know. Or maybe at the cafe.” Responded Tiff.
Rica: “Ladies? Excuse me.”
Phoebe and Lexie looking at each other. Cy was a bit confused. Put down her ipad and looked at Rica.
“Yes Miss Rica?” Lexie pretended he doesn’t know anything.
Rica: “Ah, my husband gave handed these to me and asked told me that somebody came here yesterday and left this here. They were actually looking for you (looking at Cy)”
Cy, shocked: “Huh? Me? Left something? But I was here yesterday.”
“Well, yeah, I believe, an hour right after you left. The person looked okay though.” (Handed the bouquet of flowers with a card that says “You always look beautiful with that smile, Cyril”) A paper bag which has a teddy bear inside, And this. Paid for it yesterday and asked me to give you the coffee that you always order here. — So enjoy your day girls! See you around. I’ll get back to work.” Gave Lexie and Phoebe a wink!
Cy – still shocked. “Who could it be? I mean, I never talked to anybody here except you guys!”
Lexie and Phoebe still looking at each other. Confused. A little tensed though.
“Maybe one of your stalkers? Fans?” Lexie said.
“I swear, I do not have any idea. But the flowers are beautiful though… Wait. You guys ain’t playing me a joke huh?”
“And why would we do that?” Lexie asked.
“Ugh. Nah. I dunno. I just thought of it.”
Phoebe suddenly sent Lexie a message. “Where did you get the flowers???”
“I dunno! I only handed the bear and paid for the coffee and told Boss Ronie to pretend that someone was looking for her yesterday!”
Jessica’s house. at 6pm
Jess preparing dinner for the girls.
Yas: “Jess! Your cell phone is ringing!” Looked at it. “Hey!!! It’s Chase!”
Jessica, heard it. Heard that Chase is calling her. But she didn’t say a word.
Tiff: “Jess? Chase is on the phone?!”
Girls started to wonder why she ain’t responding. And not even answering the call.
Yas went to the kitchen and showed Jessica her phone. “3 missed calls, dear. Something wrong? I thought you guys are now ok? I mean you were there last time. You had dinner with his family? Right?”
“Something happened?” Tiff.
Jessica, preparing the table. “Ah. nah. I dunno. I just felt like, were okay that night. Yes. But.. (stopped for a moment). But I don’t think it is right. I mean yeah, we are friends.”
“I ain’t seeing anything wrong with that? Both of you are single.” Yas, While trying to taste the chicken on the table.
Jessica opened the fridge — And slightly closed it — looked at the two girls. “That’s what I actually thought as well.”
“Okay. So oh my God, you mean he is not single?” Tiff asked.
“I am not sure. But I do not know if I am interested in figuring out.”
Yas: “And why do you think is he calling you?”
“Oh we are always like this. Like we talk once in a while. Then a gap. Then talk again. Then a gap. Talk – gap -talk – gap. He was asking me dinner today though. Maybe that’s why he’s calling again. He called me this morning.”
“But courtesy at least Jess? Tell him you ain’t available?” Tiff.
“I dunno. I just don’t feel like talking to any guys today.”
Ronnie: “Hey! It’s been a long time. Heard that you and Jess are dating again. Or aren’t you? Whe’ where is she?”
Chase: “That’s actually the reason why I am here. I am looking for her. Didn’t she come here today? She told me she works here all the time.”
Matt: “Nah dude. She didn’t. But most probably they are having a girls night out. My girlfriend is also there. Didn’t you call her?”
Chase: “I tried. But she didn’t answer.”
Ronnie: “Oh these girls. Uncontrolled huff you know. Anything to drink Chase?”
Chase: “Oh! Sure! Great, I’ll try your coffee of the day?”
“Hey, girls! Wow! What a beautiful set of flowers. Ugh. This is??” Pots just arrived.
“Well, somebody gave it to me and I still do not have any idea who is it from,” Cy answered.
“Oh, my G! You have a stalker!!!! He must be very handsome, and hot and oh my God!!! This is it!!!! You better find him” Pots, very enthusiastic while thinking who the guy is — or it is really a guy?
Lexie and Phoebe looked at each other.
Phoebe felt a little bad about it. And Lexie suddenly sent him a message.
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It’s okay. Don’t mind them. They actually do not know who the sender is. So that’s fine. Don’t feel bad. Let’s figure out who that is.
Ronnie: “Would you guys like to go out tonight? Catch up?”
Chase: “It’s fine with me. My treat!”
“Sounds great!” Matt said.
The boys went out for a drink. Rica went home already. The three girls are still at Jessica’s house. The teens went home already.
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Phoeb: “Oh my g! What am I gonna do!!!!”
Called Lexie right away. RING! RING!
“Lex!!! the fudge. She texted me! She’s asking me if I can accompany her tomorrow. She needs to buy something for Pots’ wedding!”
“Girl! You know what to do. Push! Goodluck.” Lexie answered
“But I am still wondering who that asshole is?!” Phoebe talking about the flower sender.
“Phoeb I’m already sleepy. Let’s talk about it later.” CALL ENDED
“Sure! I’ll be there tomorrow before lunch?” Phoebe replied to Cyril’s message.
“Oh great! Thanks, Phoeb! You’re the best! See you tomorrow! Goodnight! Kisses!” Cy replied.
PHOEBE – can’t breathe.
Matt: “So Chase, how long do you plan to stay here? Or are you staying for good?”
“I am still actually trying to weigh things first. Well, I will, of course, have to stay for my kid Yanna, as you know, her mother and I separated a few years ago. Her mother already has a new husband and I am only responsible for looking after Yanna.” Chase answered.
“You are still good dad! I can’t believe Jessica let go of you in the past.” Ronnie butt in.
“Ah. Nope. It was actually my choice then. I never really noticed her. I was only into playing computer games way back and I was not into getting committed. And then one day, I saw a post from my friends on facebook and she was tagged in the photo. And I asked my friend if it’s Jessica. And they said yes. I tried finding her right away for some reason that I do not know, but things are getting really hard for the both of us. Fate leads us to a different path.” Grabbed a bottle of beer and took a sip.
“What do you mean?” Matt asked.
“Way back after I graduated from High school, I never saw her again. I got the chance to though, but she was with someone else that time. And when she was studying in college, I got the chance to see her at a bar in the metro but she was with her friends so I didn’t call her. When I added her on facebook and started talking to her again, I thought she isn’t interested in me anymore. And then I tried again when I got back home this month but something happened last week.”
Matt and Ronnie looked at each other.
“I invited her at home last week to hang out and catch up. My mom saw her and invited her over for dinner.” He explained.
“That’s it? I’m not seeing anything wrong with that.” Ronnie said
“But that’s just not it. That same night my sisters asked me to buy a drink for all of us and asked her to stay for a little while so we can bond more. It was okay at first. Heard my kid Yanna crying so I had to ran to her room and check her up. When I got back my sisters told me that she went home.” He added
“But what was the problem? I mean, why did she suddenly leave?”
“I got mad at my siblings I thought they did something bad to make her leave but I realized that Jess and my sisters are very close friends. So I tried calling her again. But no answer. Sent her a message and asked her if something is wrong. Until I received a message late that night.” Took a deep breath. “It was Jess saying she received a message from Donna telling her that she saw Jess at the gate of our house and that she wants to fix things with us so its better for Jess to back off.”
“Wow! That was close! So what did you do? What is your decision by the way?” Matt asked
“I actually do not have any idea. But as you know, Donna gave up on me the day I got back to Dubai and she chose to stay with a different guy only because she cannot stand a long distance relationship. Jessica has been there for me and is still a good friend of mine even if I never liked before.” Chase answered
“Well, dude, we know her well. Even if she really likes the person and even if she has already fallen in love with him, she’d still do the right thing. Well for at least that’s what we know about her.” Ronnie explained
“And she has gone through a lot but she never showed us that she is in pain. She is a very strong person. So you really wouldn’t know if she’s mad or not.” Matt added
The guys decided to just call it a night after a few more bottles. Left the bar and all went home.
The following morning.
“Wow! You are so early! Why are you so excited?! But that’s okay. So we can still hang out later after I finish what I need to buy.”
“Let’s go?” Phoebe asked Cy with a smile while hopping into the car
Phoebe: “Hmm? You ain’t holding your iPad?”
“Well, it’s just you and me inside the car. I don’t want to look rude reading and just let you drive. Besides, I might feel dizzy and let’s talk about stuff. You know what?” Stretched her left arm to the headrest of the car and sat comfortably. “I still do not have any idea who the flower sender is.”
“And are you interested in finding him?” Phoebe asked.
“Well only to find out who he is. Make friends or something? Or just to say thank you.” Cy answered
“If it is someone that you know, how would you feel about it?”
“Phoeb if it’s someone that I know, he must have a good reason why he chose to stay anonymous when he can just give the flowers to me personally.” Cy answered
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Jess, just woke up and stretching. Scratched her eyes. And yawn. Took her phone and checked it.
“Ugh. 7 missed calls and 9 messages received!? Who are these people?” Checked her messages one by one.
“Tiff, ugh okay. Uncle Chi. Ryan. Gilbert and uh..”
Chase: good morning.
Chase: are you up already?
Chase: Can we talk?
Chase: please hit me up when you are awake.
Chase: please lets talk.
Put the phone down and went back to sleep. Opened her eyes again. Took the phone again and replied to Chase.
“Okay. Let’s see later”
Yawning. “Ugh headache. This is what I hate the most. I really don’t like this feeling.” Yas
“Hey, girls! The queen is up! Morning! Hangover sucks. Let me know if we will go to Chelsea today. I will have to drop by the cafe first. I will also bring the invitation for my birthday.”
Ronnie’s Cafe – morning
“Morning! Oh. It’s just you?” Yas
“Ah Ma’am no, sir Ronnie is inside.” Guard
“Oh. Okay. Can I just leave this here and just give it to —
“Yassy??” Ronnie saw her.
“Ahm. Yeah. I just dropped by to give this to you. Invitation. For my ah bday this October.”
“Would love to be there,” Ronnie answered excitedly.
“Ugh. Kindly tell Rica to come to.” Yassy added.
“Ugh isn’t ah – the group bonding?” Ronnie asked.
“Isn’t she part of the group? She is your wife so I believe she has to be there too.”
“Ah okay. If you say so.”
“Alright, I will leave now. I have a lot of client meetings today.”
“Oh! Ugh. Yassy? Coffee?”
“Ah it’s okay I already had coffee at home.”
“I insist. Please stay. Even for 30 minutes.”
Yassy just smirked, smiled, put down her bag on the table and sat down the couch.
At the mall..
“Is there anything else that we need to buy here?” Phoebe asked Cyril
“No, I don’t think so. I think we still have time to hang out. Coffee? My treat” Cy offered.
“Oh no! It’s okay. I’ll pay for it. Where would you like to hang out?” Phoeb insisted
“Whatevs Phoeb. My treat okay? Come!” Grabbed Phoebe’s hand and ran to the coffee shop.
Matt: Message sent!
Baby, pls. talk to me. I am sorry about what happened yesterday. I just really felt bad because you were nagging me in the morning.
Tiff: 1 New Message received!
Read the message, put the phone down and took a bath.
Yassy shouting “Tiff!! Jess!! I am already here! Let’s go… It’s a 3-hour drive we have to go now” honk! honk!
“Coming! Let’s go, Jess!” Tiff headed to Jessica’s house this morning and waited for Yassy there. The girls are leaving for a 3-hour drive to see Chelsea. The boys really do not have any idea about this vacay.
“Mom, my friends will visit us today. We will be going out this noon to have coffee. Is there any errand that you would like me to run first?”
“Na-uh honey! You go, it’s fine. You can take a rest today and unwind. You deserve that.”
“Thanks, mom!” Chealsea answered
Who is Chelsea? Will the girls find out what happened to Matt and Mimi at Dom’s party? Who is the flower sender? What was Jessica’s reason why she suddenly felt off towards Chase? Is the 30-min talk at the cafe enough for Ronnie to tell Yas how he feels about getting jealous? Where is Jerry?
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