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By Renante Bolo
When I was still in Grade 4, my friends and I played hide-and-seek on the night of November 1, 1994. My parents didn’t want me playing at night, but that day they weren’t home because they were staying the night visiting my uncle’s grave at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. Playing hide and seek at night is so much fun; no one can see you running and hiding in different places.
That night, we played until it was almost midnight. The deeper the night, the darker the surroundings, the better the game, especially when someone starts scaring the others. “Lagot, paglingon mo mamaya may white lady sa likod mo (Beware, when you look later there might be a white lady behind you),” they would say. I was scared but I ignored their teasing as I was having so much fun.
I usually hid behind a parked car near the “it” because it was easy to run to home base. When one of my friends noticed this, she said, “Ang dugas mo naman, lagi ka na lang diyan nagtatago. Maghanap ka naman ng ibang pagtataguan (You’re cheating, you always hide there. Look for another hiding place, will you).”
I laughed and said, ” Sige na nga, sa iba na lang ako magtatago (Okay, okay, I’ll hide somewhere else).”
I couldn’t find a new hiding place because all the good ones were taken. Just as time was about to expire, I hid by the creek. I silently laughed, thinking that it was a good hiding place. Suddenly, I felt a cold wind blowing against my back.
I shivered from the cold and I was starting to feel afraid, but I had to stick to the game. When the cold wind blew again, I noticed something in the water. At first I thought It was a piece of trash but I saw it move. It turned out to be a floating woman, and she turned her head and looked straight at me!
I bolted and ran home. I would only learn the next morning that several of my friends had also seen the white lady. We never played hide and seek at night from then on.