I was in Mercury drug store when someone shouted, “karlo/carlo!”
Of course, there are a lot of karlos/carlos in the world but I looked at the direction and saw ‘karlo’ who to my surprise is gay.
I remembered my ‘karlo’.
The first days we were ‘us’, he shocked me when he pretended to be gay. He looked so convincing and I hate the look in his face enjoying my shocked expression.
“grabeh sis, ang hirap magpretend ng ganito especially kasi eldest son ako noh!”
“Oh ano surprised ka na bakla ako?! Totoo…”
“Ang hirap nga kasi may close ako sa office si Mike at di niya alam may feelings ako sa kanya…”
“Bruha, wag kang tatawag sa bahay at sasabihin bakla ako at papatayin kita!”
He enjoyed every moment torturing me with my confusion. Don’t get me wrong, I am not homophobic, but was I really dating a gay person? Was my boyfriend really gay?
When he called at the office, I told him if it was really true,
“gaga, ano ka ba biro lang yun noh.”
… but then he did it again and again which became really very annoying to me.
So one time, when he was at my place he commented on how the Korean managers in the office have already recognized his voice. He did not need to introduce himself anymore.
“Hello, good eve, can I please speak to Honey?”
Sejin: Oh hi James, yes wait for a while!
He liked the thought that he was getting quite popular in the office so he told me about it.
“Kaso yung korean guy si michael, galit pag siya kausap ko at binababa ang phone busy ka raw.”
“kaaway ko yun eh” I replied.
“So di ba sila nagtatanong bakit ako tawag ng tawag everyday?” He was really enjoying the attention.
“Yap dati. Pero kasi sabi ko gay ka!”
(Moments of reflection…)
Naka strike one na ako.
“Ah okay sige, next time pagtumawag ako I will pretend to be gay na lang” in a very malumanay voice.
Then imelda, an officemate and housemate entered in the living room.
“Imes, si James, James si Imes”
Imes: Hi! (clearing her voice) Siya ba? Sabay ngiti.
“Oh, he’s gay!”
(Moments of reflection ulet)
Naka strike 2 na rin ako.
Madali kasi mamula si Karlo kaya nakakatuwa tingnan ang kanyang reaction. Imes left the room with an evil grin.
After a while karlo said, “Bakit ganon sinabi mo?”
“You like to pretend you are gay, so I also like to pretend you’re gay! Oh di ba masaya! ”
He never pretended to be gay ever again.
Naka-strike 3 ako.