I'm so excited to announce that my first short story, A Moment Like This, has been published along with five other stories for the affordable price of P135 from Buqo.
This wasn't actually the story I expected I'd get published first, as I've been working on several (longer) stories, but I'm just happy to share it with the world!
Kris Mercado and Noel Abad are trapped in a posh resort hotel in Davao City during a particularly bad flood. After spending almost everyday together, they realize that they are undeniably attracted to each other. But reality bites as usual, and they now have to decide whether to chalk their romance up to forced circumstances or to explore what could be the sweetest love they've been looking for...
A few minutes later, Noel came out wearing shorts and a snug shirt. His legs were quite hairy, and she caught a glimpse of his trim stomach when his t-shirt lifted as he dried his hair. Kris told herself to quit staring or he might think she’s the maniac.
He laid down on the bed, made himself comfortable, and closed his eyes before acknowledging her statement. “Okay, what do you want?” he said tiredly.
“That’s it, what do I want?” she asked incredulously.
He looked at her and raised both eyebrows. “It’s not as if I don’t know what to not do such as not stare at your legs if you wear shorts,” he said innocently, but his eyes held a teasing gleam.
Kris flushed. “Touché. Okay, no staring. No going to each other's beds. No undressing in front of each other, no leaving dirty clothes on the floor. I don’t want to see your underwear!”
“What makes you think I wear any?” he said, closing his eyes again.
She gaped at him until he started smiling.
He forced himself to sit up and look at her seriously. “I’m really not going to take advantage of you. I know we’re still in our hormonal years, but I do act like a human being ninety percent of the time,” he said.
This time, she was prepared for his teasing. “And ten percent of the time?” she asked lightly.
“That’s when I start scratching my head with my feet, start licking my balls, and howl at the moon,” he said with mock seriousness before laying down on his bed again.
Kris couldn’t help but laugh at that imagery. She caught him smiling just before he fell asleep.
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