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Kara kruz: sins of desire (14th palkat)


Kara Kruz: Sins of Desire (14th palkat)

Kalis Marco S, M.R.B.

I love you.
-Jessica Jones

I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home.
-Dorothy L. Sayers

Part V, Da Formula 5

Disclaimer: This work of fiction is based on true events and confessions during tita Judge Aramina’s trials and tribulations. Names, places, and events are slightly modified and altered not to sensationalize but to hide the true personae and identities of the characters and any similarities to your real life experiences are purely accidental, co-incidental, and unintended. Peks man, cross my heart and hope to die. Discretion is strongly advised as some readers might find the contents just a little offensive.

(apparently, I have to keep it non-erotic, non-explicit, and non-wet dreamy, tita Judge Aramina can only hope)

Suddenly, like tita Elisa and tita Henrietta, my eyes were also focused on the SW on the Rock… tita Alexandria’s voice seemed to echo inside my mind… bouncing like a pinball, am I regretting not having told tita Alexandria what tita Jessica Jones couldn’t say… the words ‘I love you’… especially to Kil…

“OMG Kal-EL,” Alma tugged at my left foot again, “you watch too much Jessica Jones! Now you are talking to yourself too much just like her, snap out of it! Summon your own super-hero Kara Kruz now so she can punch and break that rock and save tito Edo and tita Alexandria already!”


Actually, it was tita Ariana Siddiqi who’d watch Jessica Jones with me sitting on her lap when she stayed with us in Princeton, and just like when she watched Chucky with me sitting on her lap, she’d cover my eyes with her hands when she did not want me to see the scary parts… or when she’d use her own hands to cover her own eyes, she’d cover my entire head by pulling my head under her shirt. Well, I’d say it worked because it was so dark under her shirt, it was so dark I was so afraid to open my eyes.

But when she watched Jessica Jones, there were really no scary scenes because tita Ariana wouldn’t cover her eyes but she would cover my eyes once in a while, all I could hear was moaning and groaning, at some point I think tita Jessica made her bed collapse on the floor:



That’s what you get for bouncing up and down your bed as if you were riding a galloping horse, that was all I could say in my mind.

“Look, over there, no need to call your super KK Kara Kruz!”

Tita Erika was excitedly pointing at the far side of the rock. Topet was excitedly clapping his hands. There were two shadowy images that seemed to have materialized from the dark… and then my heart lept… or leapt… my future gelpren tita Alexandria! She’s back!

(Tita Preci immediately hugged tito Edo… probably not as tight as with tito Charlie)

Tito Edo and tita Alexandria appeared confused, so confused they had forgotten to lick their ice cream that had started to melt and flow along the stem of their ice cream cone and into their fingers. Then tita Alexandria frightfully exclaimed, pointing at the top of the alukon tree:

“I told you Edo, Kapres are real! And there are two of them with cigars… the Kambal-Kapres! That’s why we got confused and lost our way!”

(apparently, according to my mommy Miss Brenda, kapres have the ability to control your mind, confuse you, and lead you to nowhere… mangiyaw-awan a Nay-yaw-awan)

“Ah, eh, Alexandria, those are not kapres…” Tia Sidni did not finish her sentence because the three Christmas tree decors suddenly broke free from their parachute:




Tia Sidni was trying so hard not to laugh:

“There’s your daddy Chief Rock, and Heneral Ramas with his personal aide Kumander Cristi Corpuz.”

(Tita Cristi Corpuz bounched up quickly, she’s tough, I thought to myself… and with her M16 slung on her back, she’s looking more like… tita Rosita Espinosa)

Chief Rock, massaging his butt while attempting to stand sheepishly offered an explanation:

“We came as fast as we could when I read your cuzin Lara Mae’s text… what happened?”

“You just fell from the sky father.” Tita Alexandria still appeared confused.

“No, I meant… you and Edo coming from behind this large rock, with melting ice cream in your hands…”

Tita Alexandria looked at her melting ice cream, then at tito Edo’s melting ice cream, then tito Edo attempted to formulate an explanation, his eyes warily observing Chief Rock’s clenched fist:

“W-w-well, Ser Rock, t-t-there was this beautiful woman… hooded… or more appropriately, she was wearing a hijab…”

“You saw Ariana, but she was with us in Makati.” Chief Rock’s fist relaxed.

“No daddy,” tita Alexandria paused momentarily, trying to remember how it all started, “Detective Precious was singing Havana pinoy version, in 3rd Palkat:

My Heart is in Habana Oh kin na-na-na

Then there was this hunchback whom we thought was attempting to throw a grenade but it was not really a grenade that he was holding… it was an atis fruit. Then he ambled away and we followed him… here.”

“That’s when the hunchback went inside a kalapaw, a small nipa house… and then the window of the hut opened… and we saw a binukot, a hooded beautiful woman…” Tito Edo’s eyes seemed to grow larger.

“Then Edo and I debated whether the hunchback and the beautiful woman are husband and wife…”

“Because…” tito Edo paused for a moment, “because when he came home, he did not announce:

Hi honey, I’m home!”

“Well, because apparently, a house is not a home according to an old song, and I told Edo what’s the relevance of that song to the beautiful girl and the hunchback, probably he is the father… or the brother…”

“But then, the most strange thing happened…more strange that the Bangsit painting that shredded itself…” Tito Edo again paused, his forehead started to sweat.

“The woman closed the window… and then… after a few moments, the hut began to shake…” Tita Alexandria paused, probably for effect, “then Edo asked me if I could feel the earth move under my feet… was it trembling… an earthquake… but we both knew… we were standing still, the earth was not shaking…”

(there was a faint giggle…and a shhh)

“So, Edo, Alexandria,” Tito Karm’s Tia Sidni’s voice broke the silence, what was happening inside the hut…why was it shaking?”

“Well,” tito Edo took a deep breath, “it was not what’s happening inside the hut… the hunchback actually hitched the hut, the kalapaw on a carabao, then the carabao started to pull the kalapaw.”

“Ooooh, a mobile home!” tita Henrietta exclaimed.

(more giggles, more shhhhs)

“So, eherm,” tita Alexandria cleared her throat, “we followed the kalapaw, they crossed the Naga River, Edo and I crossed the Naga River too.”

“Oh, that’s why tito Karm’s Tia Sidni said they crossed over,” tita Lara Mae whispered to me, her lips nearly touched my lips when she turned her head towards me.

Then tita Precious exclaimed, “Ohhh, that’s why when we came here looking for both of you, you were not here… and so was the hut!”

Tita Alexandria and tito Edo looked more confused, probably they were wondering how did tita Preci know where to look for them. Tita Preci sensed their confusion, so tita Preci elaborated:

“Alma and Kal-EL seem to know where to find you.”

Then tita Alexandria noticed that I was piggybacking with tita Lara Mae, although looking more confused, she approached us and she gently squeezed my left earlobe and gave me the sweetest smile.

Hmn, now it’s me who’s a little confused, I mumbled to myself, because I could still remember when I was a maladaga, a very young baby, each time I dede, when my mommy Miss Brenda would breastfeed me, my daddy Marco San would squeeze my mommy Miss Brenda’s left earlobe… then my mommy Miss Brenda would giggle… then my mommy Miss Brenda would whisper “he is still awake” so I’d pretend to fall asleep and my mommy Miss Brenda would put me inside my crib bed in my room… then I could hear them giggling and they would be so noisy I couldn’t really fall asleep:


I tried to cover my ears with my pillow but the baby monitor was right beside my head… dang, I thought to myself, my mommy Miss Brenda switched the baby monitor again; she placed the speaker monitor near me and the microphone monitor right on their lamp table beside their bed.

Ooops, I digressed too much. Enihu, tita Alexandria handed me her melting ice cream, tito Edo handed his melting ice cream to Alma but Alma pointed to Topet who was blankie-riding at tita Elisa’s back:

“Hey I didn’t see you there little fella,” tito Edo handed his melting ice cream to Topet who was grinning from ear to ear, “you are looking more like Kalis Marco San!”


“Enihu,” Tito Edo paused for a moment, then looked at tita Alexandria, “we kept following the kalapaw that was being pulled by the carabao… then suddenly we reached the Dam…”

“There is a water dam in the Naga River?” Tita Christine suddenly blurted.

“No Christine, not a water dam, we reached the Dame, Notre-Dame.”

(there was a chorus of oooooh)

“Wait a minot,” the forever quiet tita Annette suddenly spoke, even Old Pug the rapping dog, tita Annette’s new boypren’s dog looked surprised, “you mean to say… you went all the way to…

Paris France…

O My God!”


Kalis Marco San, M.R.B. ©2018

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