“Pwede ka ba bukas?” text ni Inah kay Erwin. “May gusto sana akong sabihin.” Walang smiley, di-tulad ng mga dati niyang text, na laging may kung hindi U na may umlaut ay ‘yung mas may effort na equal sign at closing parenthesis.

“Ano yun?” sabi ni Erwin. Walang short-cut sa mga salita, kunsabagay, ganu’n naman siya lagi.

“Bukas na lang, pwede ka ba?”

“Sabihin mo na ngayon para tapos na,” halatang napikon.

Huminga muna si Inah nang malalim, inhale nang mahaba, “Gusto ko na kasing makipaghiwalay,” saka pinindot ang Send.

Hindi pa siya nakakapag-exhale, tumunog agad ang cellphone niya. One message received. Si Erwin.

“K”.#

*originally published in Jessica Zafra’s Official Blog as entry to the LitWit Challenge 2.9: The End of the Affair

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