It was a beautiful evening when I arrived from the airport after I explore and visit all over the world. When I first step at the airport here in the Philippines, I remember all happened and the reason I went out the country and explore the world. But before I explore the world, there where so many events happened to my life after the war and before explore the world. After the war, I left my job and went home to my province to visit my relatives if they’re where alright and I went there to unwind after what happened in the war. After one month, I came back to manila and found a new job. Just like the old times, I never forget to appreciate the quiet evening every time I walk from my home. I really love the breeze when the evening comes. But every evening when my work is done, I always walk around the city, hoping to find someone. That someone is Maria. It’s Maria I always still remember when I walk around the city, I’m still hoping to see her again. After the war, I never seen her again until now. To tell you the truth, I miss Maria. She is the reason why I always walk around the city of Manila, still hoping to see her again. I always walk around the Magallanes street and around Bonifacio drive to where I saw Maria is sitting on the first bench. Here where I discovered and knew about her life.
One day, when my work is done. As usual, I walk around the Bonifacio drive, then I saw a girl, a beautiful girl. At first I thought it was Maria, because she is beautiful just like Maria. I sat beside her and begin to start a conversation.
“Hi, what a wonderful evening, is in it?” I said.
“Oh hello, yes it is wonderful” She said with a smile.
I smiled and said “I’m Felix by the way. Sorry to bother you.”
“No, it’s okay. I’m Mary by the way. Nice to meet you.” She said and smiled again and she shake my hands.
That moment I forget about Maria. I forget the reason why I’m at the Bonifacio drive because of Mary.
Mary and I talked about each other life. She is 25 years old and also working here in Manila. She live alone on her apartment. Her family is in the province. Mary and I become friends that day. We see each other every weekend and took a walk in the streets of Manila. One day when I was alone in my room, I felt something weird, something about her. It felt different. It felt like butterflies in my stomach. I think I’m falling in love with Mary. So one weekend, we are walking around the city and I decided to tell her that I like her and ask her if she wants to be my girlfriend.
“Mary I want to ask you something.”
“Yes, Felix? What is it?” She replied.
“I don’t know if this is right, but I will never miss this chance to tell you this, Mary.”
“what is it, Felix? Tell me. You getting me all nervous and sweaty.”
“Look, Mary. I don’t want to ruin our friendship because of this, I’m afraid you will walk away or feel uncomfortable with me. But I think you should know about this.”
“No, Felix. Just say it and I will listen.”
I took a deep breath and said “I like you, Mary.”
Mary was shocked and her cheeks turned red. She is speechless. She don’t know what to say that time. It was so quiet, it feels like the whole world was in silent and also waiting for her response.
Then she replied. “You know what, Felix?”
“I like you too.”
I was surprised. I don’t know what to say and what to do, but at that moment I just want her.
So with no hesitations, I asked her. “Will you be my girlfriend?”
She said yes!
I’m so happy that time. I can jump on a building because of the joy that I’m feeling that time.
Months passed by, me and Mary was happy together.
One evening, when decided to fix my things, I saw a book, my copy of Greek Myth. On that moment I remembered someone, I remember Maria. I went out and walk by the streets with the book. I went to the courtyard where Maria lived before the war. I took a moment and think, then realize that I still want to find Maria.
I want to Mary and talk to her, I explained everything. Our relationship ended, but we still remain friends.
After talking to Mary, I took a moment to think how can I find Maria. So I plan to go around the world to find her, hoping to see her. I went so many places and countries just to find her. But I never see her.
So here I’am back in Manila, it’s been years. Before I go to my home, I decided to walk around again for the first time I left. I walk around the streets. I walk around the Magallanes streets and lastly I went to Bonifacio drive. While I’m walking, on my left hand, I’m holding the book of Greek Myth. Then I Quietly sat on a bench. Their this girl sat beside me. She is Beautiful. She is around mid 20’s. I want to look at her face but I don’t want to scare her. But later on, the girl looked at me, and that moment I finally found Maria. She doesn’t change a bit, she is still beautiful. So without hesitations, I introduced myself.
“Hi, Maria. Do you still remember me?”
She looked at me and replied “Oh! It’s that you, Felix? Sorry I didn’t notice it was you.” She smiled.
I miss that smile of her.
Then we talk and talk about each other life. Asking what happened after the war. We talked the whole evening. Then she noticed the book that I’m holding, the book of Greek Myth. Then Maria remembered the book, the one I lend to her for a while and the one she read.
She said “I remember that book, It’s a great book. It’s a good thing you never lost it.”
“Yes, I thought I lost it, but it didn’t” I said. “It came back and found it again.”