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From the Black Book

coffee art Out of the blue fog of the airport he races, arms full of packages, long legs making short work of the distance between gates.

I see him first, of course, and then moments later, I see the wife, struggling to keep pace. As though by law of reciprocity, she turns her head and sees me. “Where to?” she mouths the words at me. Deliberately, I smile in return the four-letter name of my destination, feeling like a giddy fish, trapped behind coffee shop glass.

Outside the glass, her words were audible, and so he turns his head towards their direction. I watch him pause mid-stride as he catches my eye. I hold that gaze with the clarity of a camera lens. His face breaks into a wide smile, and he follows that with, for him, an out of character jaunty wave.

I do not watch their backs disappear into the dwindling line of people at Gate 5, but I knew the moment that they were gone.

Maybe it’s the coffee, the lack of sleep, or the soporific disorientation at airports, but suddenly, I am ecstatic.


8 thoughts on “Reciprocity

    isko said:
    October 20, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    This reads like the first page in an chick lit novel. Anita Shreve-ish. LOL. Excellent start, impatiently waiting for the second page. Keep it coming.

    thebee responded:
    October 21, 2006 at 9:53 am

    OK so I had to google Shreve, I had no idea who she is hehe. Fiction huh? My real life is often stranger than fiction.

    Isko, ara na ko da Nov. 3, may plans to go to NY thanksgiving week. See you and Etta?

    petite said:
    October 22, 2006 at 9:25 am

    lovely, lovely! 🙂

    are you coming to the u.s., melissabee? if so, is sfo/bay area in your itinerary? do let me know if you have time to meet up! ingats and have a fun trip! 🙂

    lee said:
    October 23, 2006 at 5:15 am

    hey you bando, etta and isko,
    please eat a few calories and caffeine in my behalf. birthday ko sa 4!

    thebee responded:
    October 24, 2006 at 3:39 am

    Petite: I’ll be there on business (and lakwatsa) for about 2-3 weeks. Wish SFO was on the itinerary, I’ll surely look you up. Next time!!!

    Lee: Scorpio rising huh? wala ka na ga eat da, basi super slim ka na ha, malipong ako sina. 😀

    etta said:
    October 25, 2006 at 6:51 am

    meli, booking a ticket right now to fly to NY on thanksgiving day, will be there weekend after thanksgiving, back to Houston on Nov. 27 (Monday).Email me your contact number when you get here in the US. excited na ko!!!
    Leesan, I wish I have your determination to loose wt. hay,,,daw wala gid. Keep up the good work!!

    thebee responded:
    October 25, 2006 at 7:48 am

    Etts!!! yehey! So it’s official we’ll meet aroudn that time. Super excited na ko! Isko, note the dates ha. 😀

    isko said:
    October 26, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    OK guys, it’s a date!!! yehey. Leesan, you know you are always invited.

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