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By: Aya Paredes
Billy is a romantic gambler-he dates a lot of different girls. At the young age of 23, Its not unusual for Bill to bring along different dates whenever we would meet up for movies, dinner or just a simple get-together. We call him Don Romantico because of this habit. What’s weird though is that his dates don’t really fall into any of the categories an attractive young man like Billy would choose. He brings along women twice his age, or girls with speech deficeincies. He even brought a girl who doesn’t speak Filipino or English because she’s Korean. Not that we mock these girls- we feel sorry effect. Whenever we confront Bill about it, his answer would always be the same. “She’s got nice feet!What can I say? I like nice, smooth feet. Yes there are a lot of prettier girl, but when you look at their toes….yuck! They’re like gingers!” he would say.
If you don’t change Billy, you’d get yourself in trouble,” we would warn him. Billy wouldn’t listen. One day, while having his car, washed , he saw a pretty girl named susan. She was a balot vendor. She was wearing a pair of slippers and Billy couldn’t resist Susan’s fair and flawless feet. He approached her and introduced himself. They were inseparable for a week after that. Billy would ask susan to wear only slippers or peep-toe sandals. She would oblige. Billy was everything she was looking for in a boyfriend-attractive, young, rich.
A week later, we were surprised when Billy brought another face. We asked him what happened to Susan, but he said nothing. He just said Susan was all over him- she would constantly call or text him- so he dumped her. That night, Billy went home late at night. Living alone in his condo, he was greeted by darkness. He was about to turn on the lights when he felt that someone was inside his condo. He thought it was an intruder so he slowly went to the kitchen to find anything to defend himself with.
He was on the way to the kitchen when he smelled a foul- smelling fume. It was like rotten meat. He reached for the light switchin he kitchen but he soon realized that the flourescent lamp was smashed. He stepped on the broken lamp and it made a loud crashing sound. Feeling helpless, he asked who the intruder was and asked him to leave before he calls the police. There was no answer. Then Billy heard a faint laughter of a woman. He got scared so he ran to his bedroom. He was searching blindly for the door to his room since the darkness was still complete in his condo. When he found his room, he immediately locked the door and searched for the light switch. To his dismay, he found out that the light bulb inside his badroom was also smashed. Someone was pounding on his door, the laughter grew louder. Billy got so scared he ran to his bed and covered himself with his comforter A minute or so passed, the foul smell was growing that it invaded his nostrils. He was already gagging. Then he realized he had a lampshade on his bedside table. He reached for the switch and it illuminated the whole room. He was alone in his room. The laughter also stopped. He guessed that the intruder had already left. Then he realized that the foul smell was coming from inside his comforter. Her jerked the comforter away from the bed and to his horror, he found a pair of feet lying on his bed! They They were rotting and blood-soaked.
They looked like girl’s feet.
Billy ran outside his room, definitely spooked. Before running out, Billy swore he saw the feet move as if jumping off the bed and running towards him. He ran as fast as he could. The incident reminded Billy of Susan so much that he decided to pay her a visit the next day. He went to her place. Her mom was so angry at Billy, saying he was the cause of her daughter’s demise. She appropriately hanged herself because Billy refused to reconcile with her, she said in her suicide letter. When her family found her lifeless body, they noticed that Susan tried to slice off her feet before hanging herself from a ceiling bar. Billy went to Susan’s grave and asked for forgiveness. The next time we saw Billy, he was alone. He told us that he was not interested in dating anymore. He also hated looking at any girl’s feet. He had changed for the better, he claimed. And so we believed him.