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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Usual Tales

On his way home, Optimistic can't stand not to smile and be proud of himself. After all, her daughter, Nightlife, was about to finish college. It was all planned out from the very beginning...

Optimistic and Hesitation, her wife, strived during their early years just to have a stable day-to-day life. When Hesitation gave birth to Nightlife, Optimistic proclaimed that her daughter would be the next barrio doctor. Everyone who knew Optimistic was so excited, for the words coming from his mouth, was hard as oak. Hesitation always warned Optimistic to watch his words carefully and not to loudmouth his plans. But Optimistic was so proud of Nightlife that for every achievement Nightlife acquires, he brags about it during his drinking binges with the townsfolk.

Nightlife was unlike the other kids. She was below average. Although her comprehension was low, she was beautiful and soft spoken. Her hair was gold as cornhair while her eyes were blue as the ocean during the summer afternoons. The respect that people has for Optimistic, was carried on to her. Thus being favorable to her peers and teachers. When she came to age, flocks of men awaited at her doorstep, hoping to swoon her by giving expensive gifts, letters, jewelry, and fine arts. But she already had an eye on someone–Goodtime.

Not long enough Nightlife and Goodtime spent most of their time together. Goodtime relying on allowances provided by Luckily, her mother, used his money on wine, and a few misadventures with women. This he was proud to tell his friends. Nightlife knew those stories were true, but Goodtime promised her that he would change his ways. She believed.

A few months later, after countless unprotected sex and sleepless nights under the same roof, Nightlife got pregnant unexpectedly. She knew Optimistic would raise her hell so she kept quiet about her pregnancy. What's more, she dropped from school always to be with Goodtime.
When Goodtime learned about her situation, he promised her marriage to support the child. But after a couple of days, Goodtime was nowhere to be found. Leaving Nightlife miserable.
How would she explain it to Optimistic? Surely, their well-respected family would be the laughing stock of all town. And today is the day where she must inform her parents about her dilemma...

Hearing the news straight from the horse's mouth crushed Optimistic's heart. All his expectations went down the drain. While Hesitation broke in short sobs that seemingly shorthens her breathing...

Frustration crept their home. They vow their heads in attempt not to attract attention to others when they leave the house. Frustration is the new friend their family never wanted.

Whose fault was it anyways? Optimistic for making plans for Nightlife's good future? Hesitation who was always quiet about the situation? Or was it Nightlife's for falling in-love with the wrong man?
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