Saturday, August 30, 2014

Continuation...Divine Arrow


Chapter Five

     Krisssandra started awake from a deep sleep, shivering and sweating. She looked around the house, dimly lit by the small “gasera”, a table lamp. Her nightmare brought tears to her eyes, and she heard Crisanta call her.
    “What is wrong?” she asked her.”You called out in your sleep.”
     Her breath came in short grasps so at first she could not reply; for she was still filled with the terror of the dream, and a whimper rose from her throat. Crisanta waited no longer, but went inside, without her invitation, to find her sitting wide-eyed on her bed of blanket, looking around at the floor as though something were after her. Crisanta went to her side, grasping her arms. She choked out another cry.
    “Keep off me!” she murmured. Crisanta looked around the house.
    “Keep off me!” She shook her lightly. “Wake up, Krissandra. You only dream.”
     She looked at her with frightened eyes that began to focus on their true target, and she finally realized she had indeed been dreaming. But there was something about it that remained ominous to her.
     “Ipis!”(cockroach) she whispered. “There were…’ipis’…all over around me! Crawling over me!”
     She frowned. “It’s just an ipis… so what!”
     “I… don’t know,” she answered, searching her eyes. “But I… I feel it has something to do with fate…a bad omen. I remember my father told me before. Take care of yourself and your husband. Yhecho… I am afraid something terrible happened to him.
    She squeezed her arms. “If you feel this is so, then I will call the elders together and we will hold a prayer, we will offer prayers to all the spirits to watch over you and Yhecho since he is on training. Don’t be afraid… believe in HIM. We will send it to him, and we will be strong!”
    Give me courage, Crisanta!” Divine Arrow is watching over us. She prayed silently. “Fill me with your great strength, and remember thaty in my vision I was protected by the great Arrow! Help me now, my Father, in Heaven, in my moment of great need!”
    “You can overcome this, Krissandra, You must, for I am always here for you.”
    “Crisanta!” she whispered, tears filling her eyes.she must be calm and not panic.
     For hours she lay there, praying and feeling warmth and power flooding through her.
     Yhecho is in danger.”Give me a hand Saldivar!”We need to leave this place as soon as possible.All around him he could see nothing but the deeper pit. He could not be certain just how long they stayed in that foxhole. But he could sensed that he move too quickly, he would be detect by armed men few miles away from their area. Without changing his position and thereby risking his life for the combat they are in. Brave elite force (SAF,Special Action Force) not afraid to fight for the people …for the country.He could not know what was behind them.But he would not lay there and die and rot in that stinking hole with rifles as his graveside partners! He had to get out! Even if it was so impossible he crawled, he would have time to reach the edge before the enemy noticed them.At least that way he could die above ground and aimed his weapon to the enemy’s position. Upon hearing unusual sounds of explosion he took a deep breath and reached out for a ledge on the wall of the pit.He got a firm hold with his left hand. “Nothing lives long, nothing stays here,” he chanted again. Where are my comrades, my buddy?”Shunning all fear of the war, scrambling towards freedom into the wonderful, warm sunshine! How he wanted to cry out with his joy! He was above the ground! He was free and alive, and cries of joy and laughter pushed at his throat for release. He takes a moment to compose him and determine whether anyone was still around before deciding what his next move would be. He heard similar whispers his comrades, his buddies no one drop dead for this battle. “They were alive, Thank you, God!”
     “Yhannie , look!” Crisanta called out.” “It is a sign! It is a good sign. Long live Yhecho! It is good a good sign.”
      The lighted candle, this is a good sign!  She looked up the Divine Arrow.”Our prayers have helped Yhecho. Thank you, God!” she whispered, her heart feeling lighter. She prayed that the lighted candle in the altar was a good sign. And she weep, she heard Crisanta telling her, “This is a good sign.””I weep with joy.” She said.

    Yhecho reach the campsite to see that they had broken camp and left. He noticed for a moment at the hated canyons. – To be continued by mahaliahscent. Dear readers…complete copy of this book will soon read at National Library, Philippines.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Divine Arrow

Chapter Twenty (20)

“It is wise to think of such things. What would you do if I did not come back to you?”
Illa’s heart tightened.”I… suppose I’d give all but a few of Yhecho’s belongings was left in their private pad. And then I’d have you take you with me to my mother in Maricaban maybe at Seventh Street…. And I’d find a way not to let Krissandra notice our plans. I try to find way to get home to get some of my stuff and the car and we will travel goin no where… hmmm maybe to our place… home to Tara.” Her eyes teared at the terrible thought of Ycho not coming back.”I… have a cousin there.” We can also stay the next town for us to be safe.”
    Yhecho stop and grasped the reins of her own mount, making her stop. He stayed back with Illa. “I do not say these things to make you sad,” he told her. “I say them to make you think.” He waves his arm to Illa’s face.”Look if we will leave together… you think it is the best decision? You think you won’t feel regret? What about your family…Your husband…Your children and your work…or that you could even leave your commitments and responsibilities. “Tell me Ycho that you could go back to your family and forget us… forget this affair, and the dreams … the plans. Tell me Yhecho that you could truly do this, whether with me or without me.”
   Their eyes held in a moment of understanding. “I don’t know, Illa. I just don’t know.”
   “I say you do know. I say already your heart belongs here. You belong to me. I say already you know what you will do. You know whats your decision will be when you come for this relationship. You owe me and I owe you a lot. If this is a mistake… I won’t allow anyone to ruin our relationship. If this is wrong well I don’t really care…. What I know is I love you … I love you Yhecho and I really can’t afford to lose you… my dear Ycho.
   She suddenly realized she was trying to help him decide. “Thank you.” He told her quietly. He thought a trace of a smile passed her lips, but Ycho did not smile easily, and it was hard to tell. He just keeps silent and gives Illa a stare and he deep breathes … trying to recall the past… What have he done? What makes his life miserable this time? Leaving his own family and forget his wife Krissandra... This is not fair!
  “If ever Krissandra knows all about this…what do you think will happen? If I will not return to my family, I belong to them and you to your family? He asked, suppressing a grin when he lay his gun on the table. He turned to look at her surprised eyes.
   “I would belong to no one but to you!” she answered defiantly.
    “You are Yhecho’s woman not a wife. I am Krissandra’s husband and you have given her over a lot of trouble… disrespect  and we both cheated her.  I could make you as my woman but not my wife, if I wished… it won’t be realized no matter what we do... still were not forever.
   She raises her eyebrow and got her penny.”Not without my consent. Besides, you don’t want me for a wife than you’d want me as your woman… your mistress…Exactly, right.” It was hard to tell where a man likes Yhecho to make decision… an embarrassment for both of them. With courage and enough money we could settle down on a piece of land or find a small apartment maybe near Evangelista. Illa could rent a new apartment there. Perhaps they could be together and he could give her the comforts of a lover’s dwelling, yet they would still be among the partners by purpose most of the time. There were some of their friends and relatives who are settlers down on Maricaban, and she would be safe near Evangelista’s Street. It seemed as though she want to know Yhecho’s decision. Will he accept the plan! But that would have to wait.  The waiting would be difficult and she is worried about how he would wait for it.
    -mahaliahscent 8/30/14.

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