By: Liza A. Carlos
Two months ago, my friend, Madel, invited me to go to their house in Sto. Nino Meycauayan, Bulacan. My boyfriend and I felt Manila at seven o’clock in the evening. It look us two hours to reach our destination. I met Madel when I was still working at this car dealership in Caloocan. She’s married with three wonderful kids.
When we arrived , Gwen, another friend of ours, and her hubby were already there. When we entered their house, I noticed my boyfriend was looking all around the house like he was checking every detail of it. My boyfriend is some kind of clairvoyant but he didn’t want to develop that gift or curse for fear that he would meet paranormal beings.
I asked him why he was looking around but he seemed not to hear me. He just kept on looking all around like he was in another world. My friend looked quizzically at me and asked me what was wrong with my boyfriend. I tapped him on the back and he looked at me like he had just been wakened from a deep sleep. I asked him again what was wrong and he just stared at me. He was beginning to annoy me because it was so unlike him to be so serious. He is usually a very humorous person. I asked him again what was wrong and he said nothing. I left him and went on to chat with my friends. He went to talk to my friends’ husbands. I would look at him from time to time to see if he was okay. I found his silence quite strange and he kept holding his head like it was aching. I sat beside him. I asked him if he was okay and he kept saying, “Umuwi na tayo. Masama and pakiramdam ko. Umuwi na tayo. ( Let’s go home. I am not feeling well. ) I told him we couldn’t leave yet. We had an argument . I stayed outside, in the backyard, with my friends and had a beer. After a while, he came to me and apologized . He just said he was not feeling well. He sat beside me, all the while rubbing his forehead and telling me that his head was aching. Though bothered. I didn’t really pay much attention to him. I was totally getting the hang of our little party. Bea, Madel’s eldest daughter, even joined us in the garden.
I was about to get my second bottle of beer when I noticed someone walking inside Madel’s kitchen. It appeared to be a woman wearing a black dress and a veil covering her face. I looked at my friends but it seemed like they didn’t notice the woman. Bea, on the other hand, had her head down like she was avoiding eye contact with something or someone. I looked at the door again and there she was again. The woman passed again! This time, I felt a chill. I felt a stinging sensation at the back of my head. I knew right there and then that what I was seeing was a ghost. I didn’t tell this to my friends. I just told them I had to go home because I still had work the following day. And also, I was starting to worry about my boyfriend Before in their house. She laughed at me and told me that was very ridiculous. I told her I saw someone walking in their kitchen and that my boyfriend sometimes sees these paranormal things.
On the way home, my boyfriend suddenly stopped the car. I asked him why. He looked like he just woke up from a dream.
“Nasaan na tayo (Where are we)?” he asked.
Amused, I told him we were on the expressway. I asked him if he felt better because he still kept rubbing his head. “Thank God at naisipan mo ring umuwi. Akala ko hindi na tayo makakaalis doon. ( Thank God you decided to go home. I thought we’d never get out of that place).”
he blurted. “Ano ba ang problema (What is the problem)?” I asked him. My boyfriend looked at me. And he told me that when we went inside the house, he saw a very different place. It appeared to him like an old house; not the house of Madel. He thought he was dreaming because the house he saw was designed in the Spanish-Style. He said there were lots of people and it seemed like they were having a party or some social gathering. But the thing he couldn’t forget was a woman wearing a black dress, with a veil covering her face. He said that this woman kept on walking and walking inside the house.
Shoot! That was what I saw! The next morning, I was about to go to work when I received a call from Madel. She sounded very serious and I asked her what was wrong .
“Mare, totoo bang nakakakita ng multo si Eric (Girl, is it true that Eric can see ghosts)?” she asked, obviously agitated.
I thought this girl didn’t believe in ghosts? “Minsan. Pero ayaw niyang pag usapan iyon kasi natatakot siya (Sometimes. But he doesn’t want to talk about those things because he is afraid),” I replied. I told her again that I saw someone walking inside her kitchen.
“Oo nga eh. Kasi si Bea, tinanong ko siya kung bakit bigla siyang pumasok kahapon sa kwarto. Sabi niya natakot kasi siya . Nakakita daw siya ng babae sa likod natin. Naka itim at nakabelo na nakatakip ang mukha. ( I know. I asked Bea why was suddenly went inside our room. She told me she got scared because she saw a lady behind us who was wearing a black dress and veil covering her face), Madel confessed.