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"Elizabeth? Are you busy?" Napahinto ako sa pagbabasa ng mga notes ko when I heard papa's voice. I crane my neck to see him at my room's door, Umiling ako at ngumiti.

"What is it pa?" I asked even though I have an idea, huminga siya ng malalim at saka pumasok na. I know what he's going to say, I heard them talking earlier about this project in Bohol again. And as usual, they're going to stay there for months and leave my siblings to me.

"We're going back in Bohol to check our business there and  we're still not sure when we'll be back so I want you to take care of your siblings even though they have a nanny. I don't trust them that much so please just check them out, okay?" paalala nya, ngumiti siya at saka bumaling sa kay mama na nasa hamba na rin ng pintuan.

Ngumiti si mama saakin at pumasok na rin para mas makalapit saakin. Papa has this Spanish-italian look and even though his 42 marami parin nakikita kong mga babaeng nahuhumaling sakanya kahit na sa malls, restaurant, park kahit saan, but it seems like papa's obvilios about it.

Naging front cover na din sya ng isang sikat na magazine saibang bansa at na featured sa iba't ibang shows. He's one of the famous business tycoon in Asia.

Hinalikan ako ni papa sa noo at bumalik sa may pintuan, mom hugged me too. Niyakap ko rin sya to assure her that im fine and I know that it's for our own good also so I don't the right to demand. I saw dad smile at saka lumabas na to visit Lorraine's room too.

"Are you okay?" Tanong nya at saka ako binitawan na. Hinaplos nya ang buhok ko at saka ngumiti, while My mom was a famous model not only here but also in other country, even though may mga anak na sya some people still want her to join runaway. Like dad, she's has been featured in many magazines too and invited to a lot of shows.

Mom's beauty didn't change including her figure. She has this spanish beauty, Straight hair, plump lips, creamy skin, tamed brows, narrowed nose and a perfect jaw and she's already 40 but look like 25, people still find her more beautiful even though she's a mother of 5 child.  pero mas nag fo-focus na sya ngayon saamin kaysa sa career nya.

"Yes ma" ngiti ko, she smiled back at nagpaalam na. Kaya imbes na bumalik sa pag-aaral sinamahal ko nalang si mama to check the room of my sisters.

"You just have to make sure that lorraine's home in time. I saw her last time in a mall... with a boy" striktong sabi ni mama, pero kalaunan natawa na din. Kaya nagtataka ko syang tinignan.

"I was about to burst out, kasi yung lalaki eh nakahawak na sa kamay nya pero noong lumapit ako instead of pagalitan sya eh natawa nalang ako. I didn't know aines type was a bit nerdy" natatawa nya paring sabi. Nilingon ko si lorraine na mahimbing ang tulog, si aines ang sumunod saakin and siya ang pinaka maarte saamin at pinaka mapili.

"Totoo ma?" Natawa na din ako, kasi I remember isabela's nerdy friends they visit here once and aines was panicking because she didn't want them around. Lumapit si mama kay aines para mahalikan ito sa noo at saka inayos ayos ang comforter. Lumabas na kami ni mama at tinungo naman ang kwarto ni isabela.

"Oo, even your dad saw it ayun galit na galit pero inawat ko nalang. tatanungin ko na nga sana sya kahapon but she seems like busy with something" natatawa pa rin nyang sabi.

"I can't believe it." Nangingiti ko ding sabi. "Do you know the boy ma?" Tanong ko. Usually, mama has a lot of connection and base on papa's reaction noong araw pa lang na nakita nya eh pina imbestigahan nya na agad ito.

"Not really, he's from a middle class family but I know her mom" sabi ni mama habang pumapasok sa kwarto ni isabela. Aines is a year younger than me, im 18 and she's 17 but she already dating someone... from a middle class. I was shocked pero di ko nalang pinahalata kay mama. Gaya ni aines, isa is sleeping too.

"I have nothing to worry about isa, she's always with her books anyway" kibit balikat ni mama habang nakangiti. Lumapit ito kay isa at saka hinalikan din sa noo.

Isinara ko pinto ni isa habang si mama ay nauna ng pumunta sa kwarto ni Made, mapait akong ngumiti. Mom's always been this protective, pero hindi kami pinagbabawalan unlike Dad na halos pinapasunod na saamin minu-minuto ang mga bodyguard. I didn't mind though.

Sumunod na ako kay mama at hinintay na lang siyang makalabas ng kwarto ni made.

"Made's been preoccupied these days. Tinatanong ko palagi if may problema ba, but she always says nothing. Do you know something?" Lingon ni mama saakin pagkasarado ng pinto. Umiling ako.

"Hmm okay.. anyway you should go back to your room. It's late eli. I'll tell manang lili to bring you milk" Ngumiti si mama at saka ako hinalikan, tumalikod na ito at pumunta sa kwarto ni Vivian.

"Mama" mabilis kong sabi, nilingon naman nya ako.

"Is everything okay?" Tanong ko, she smiled and assured me everything's fine. Her actions weirded me out.