Rain Again: Tears of Heaven

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Summary

Upon the rainfall, the cloud in the sky will eventually beget raindrops that will form into a human to wipes off the tears of those who are longing for someone, with their tears reflected their blue memories. Nevertheless, there's this one special raindrop who possesses a golden eye, met this girl on his way to his prospect who cried vague tears. Let's all discover what this special raindrop found out. Whom is she longing for?

Genre:
Fantasy / Romance
Author:
LORAIN
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
1
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

1st Raindrops

CHAPTER 1:
Golden lightning


AMORA was still half-awake when the voice of her father and brother echoed in her ear when she entered the kitchen.

“Good morning. What's with the noise?” Aniya at naghihikab na umupo siya sa island counter at yumoko.

Antok na antok siya dahil sa kakulangan sa tulog. Mag-uumaga na ata ng matapos siya sa pagbabasa ng libro, masyado siyang nawili na 'di niya na namalayan ang oras.

Nag-angat si Amora ng paningin ng hindi siya sinagot ng ama at kapatid na patuloy lang sa pagtatalo sa isang bagay na hindi naman niya maintindihan. Balak niya lang patigilin ang dalawa ng bumungad sa mga mata niya ang isang maliit na bagay na lumilipad papunta sa direksyon niya, sa gulat niya ay agad niya 'tong nasalo.

“Gah! Poppa! Kuya! Ganito naba bumati ng good morning ngayon?” Nawala na ang antok niya at ngayon ay gising na gising na ang diwa niya.

Tinignan niya ang bagay na sinalo niya at nangunot ang noo sa nakita. Itong bagay na 'to ang pinagtatalunan nila?

Iniangat niya ang susing hawak-hawak. “... What is this key for?” Binigyan niya na nagtatanong na tingin ang ama at kapatid.

Amora was confused when her father and brother looked at her with their eyes sparkling, then, grinned.

O-oh, she has a bad feeling about this.

Hindi nga siya nagkamali. The next time she knew, she's standing in front of an old store. “Maison de Invenire. An open book.” Basa niya sa mga nangingitim na letra na nakapaskil sa harap ng tindahan.

Is this the right place?

Ang sabi ng ama ay special daw ito sa anak ng may-ari na personal na pasyente ng ina. Sa sobrang espesyal, her police ‘may duty ako' father, Sebastian, and her taken ‘I've got a promised date' brother, Ivan, were sent to clean this personally. But with their excuses, she found herself coming here instead.

She was forced!

Pero ano bang special dito? The store looked old from the outside, may kung ano-anong nakasulat sa mga ding-ding at kinakalawang na ang roller shutter door. Kaya ano pabang aasahan niya sa loob? Maybe, the entire place would be cover with heavy dusk.

Gah! Iniisip palang niya na gano'n nga ang lilinisan niya ay sumasakit na ang katawan niya. “I'll have my compensation later.”

Napapakamot siya sa ulo bago sinubukan ang susian. Dapat talaga tumakbo na siya kanina, kung alam niya lang talaga. Iniangat ni Amora ang roller shutter door ng may paghihimutok ng bumungad sa kanya ang loob ng tindahan.

For a moment, she was stunned.

Amora blinked multiples times para makasigurado kung tama ba ang nakikita ng mga mata niya. “It's not named an open book for nothing. It’s a bookstore,” Amora mumbled to herself.

How could she not realize this earlier?

“Gah! It’s a haven! Naabot ko na ang langit!” Amora screams with joy ng makabawi.

Amora began to explore the entire place with a huge smile plastered on her face. It's a room full of books organized accordingly. It has a dim light that makes the ambiance so classic but a fresh feeling. Some books are old and in bad shape showing how many times it has been read.

Nilapitan niya ang mga libro at binuklat para langhapin ang nakakaadik na amoy nito.

Hindi na nakapagtataka kung bakit gano'n nalang siya kung papuntahin ng ama at kapatid dito, alam ng mga ito ang gusto niya, ito iyon, isang Lugar na punong-puno ng mga libro!

Nang mabusog ang mga mata sa nakikita ay nagsimula na siyang maghanda sa paglilinis. The good thing is the storage room has all her cleanings need. At para ma-enjoy niya ang paglilinis kumuha siya ng isang libro na babasahin niya habang naglilinis.

While her one hand busy wiping the desk her free hand flipping a page of a book. Every chore she does, she made it while reading.

As time passed, Amora lay on the cold floor while the book she was reading a while ago is now covering her face. She felt exhausted, kung kanina ay hindi niya ramdam ang pagod dahil nakatuon siya sa binabasa ngayon naman ay ramdam niyang nanghihina na siya. Bumibigat na ang talukap ng mga mata niya at ilang segundo lang ay kinain na nga siya ng antok.

NAGISING si Amora ng maramdaman niyang tila may nasipa siyang bugkos ng mga libro. Ilang oras din siyang nakatulog sa sahig, ang sakit-sakit tuloy ng likod niya.

Tinignan niya ang nasipa. Ito na pala ang huling bugkos ng mga libro na pinagpatong-patong niya mula sa pagkakalapag sa kung saan-saan. Binuhat niya iyon at isa-isang isinalansang sa mga lalagyan ng aklat ng makuha ang atensyon niya ng isang libro na tila pamilyar ang pabalat.

Parang nakita na niya ang libro na 'to?

Nagkibit-balikat na kinuha niya iyon at nag-ayos para umuwi. Bago siya umalis sa tindahan, Amora has collected more or less 10 books that took her interest. At pinagkasya niya ang mga iyon sa dala niyang bag habang nag-iwan naman siya ng isa na babasahin niya sa daan pauwi.

Amora browsing the book while walking when her phone rang. She quickly put the book on her already filled bag to answer the call without knowing she drafted one of her books.

Itinapat niya sa tenga ang phone. “Hello, Momma.”

“Amora, nasaan ka? Your dad and brother won't answer my call. Kasama mo ba sila?” Ani ng kanyang Ina na si Ayessa mula sa kabilang linya.

“Hindi, momma. Hindi ba nila nasabi na may Duty at Date sila ngayun?”

“Duty? Date? I ordered them to...”

“Momma, wag mo 'ko piliting sabihin na ang sakit ng katawan ko kasi pinapunta nila akong mag-isa dito sa lumang tindahan. Hala, Nadulas. Momma, pinilit mo ako ha.” She giggled in excitement.

It's payback time. Nagpapasalamat siya sa ama at kapatid dahil sa kanila ay nakapag-uwi siya ng mga libro pero naghirap parin naman siya.

Nagsisimula na siya mag-isip ng mga senaryo kung paano pagagalitan ng ina ang mag-ama ng mapansin niya ang pagtahimik ng kabilang linya. “Momma?”

Narinig niya ang malalim na paghinga ng ina. “I’m sorry, sweetie. I'm just tired. Let's talk when you get home.” Her mother said in a plain voice.

Nagtataka siya sa boses ng ina pero wala nadin siyang nagawa kundi magpaalam dito. “Okay, momma. See you.”

Her mother ended the call. Nakatayo lang siya gilid ng kalsada habang nakatitig sa cellphone niya. She was worried by her mother who happened to be busy these days.

Nabaling ang atensyon niya ng may pumatak sa braso niya. Amora looked upon the sky and witness when the light rain began to fall.

Maliwanag ang kalangitan dahil sa sinag ng araw. Napaisip tuloy siya kung bakit ngaba umuulan kahit may araw o kung minsan naman ay makulimlim. No matter what the sky shade, It would rain.

Gah! What's the difference? And why does the sky have to cry? All over again?

She wondered as she closed her eyes and feel the rain.

Without noticing right behind her there’s one fallen raindrop that shines above others that when it touched the ground it formed into a human.

Idinilat ni Amora ang mga mata ng medyo nababasa na siya ng mahihinang patak ng ulan. Inilagay niya ang phone sa bag para umalis ng mapansin niya tila may kulang sa mga librong dala-dala niya.

“Huh? Asan na 'yon?” Agad niyang nilingon ang dinaanan niya and she eventually spots the books lying to the ground…next to one tall figure?

She's too tired to get the book back—No, It's more likely an excuse—Hindi niya maintidihan ang sarili, there's something arisen within her that she can't point out. Amora eyeing the back of the unknown person.

“Pwedeng pakiabot 'yong libro?” Amora asked with a pleasing voice to the unknown person.

Astonished, Amora pursed her lips tightly. Nagulat siya sa tono ng boses niya, hindi niya intensyon na magsalita. What's with her?

The unknown person didn't stop.

Parang natapakan ang dignidad niya ng hindi siya nito pansinin. “Gah! I'm talking to you. Hindi ka man lang ba hihinto?” Ano ba itong ginagawa mo Amora sa sarili mo?

Amora's eyes were alarmed when the unknown person stopped and slowly turns his body to face her.

“You can see me?”

Hindi niya maintindihin kung bakit gano'n na lamang ang tanong nito pero tumango siya bilang tugon.

As she eyed this unknown person, Amora noticed the person was outfitted in white: gloves, full-face masked and no skin can be seen by naked eyes. Regardless, she was sure, It's a man. The built and deep cold voice says it all.

She shoves her thoughts and points her fingers to the book in the ground, asking for the man to pick it up.

How shameless she is. She may be out of her mind.

The man followed where she pointed, picks up the book, and takes a step to reach her. After a few steps, he reaches her.

“You are wet,” The man said.

Amora's eyes grew bigger and she could say red spread over her face. Gah! She's blushing even so she knew what this man means. Of course, Kahit mahina ang ulan ay nababasa pa rin naman siya.

“Take it and holds it tight,” The man added. Iniabot ng lalaki sa kanya ang libro at walang salita-salita na kinuha niya ito pero hindi naman ito binibitawan ng lalaki. Nagtakang tinignan niya ito.

“Y-yes? I'm sorry for taking yo-” before Amora could finishes her sentence the man started to walk together with the book she's holding kaya napatianod siya kasama dito.

“Wait, my book…”

“Do not let go and run with me.”

The moment her own body disregard her and listened to this man. The rain froze in the midway of falling. Amora doesn't know if it's posible but they're running together without touching each other, yet, both holding the same thing while everything around them is not moving as if the time stopped only for them.

She was cough at the moment nang lumakas ang buhos ng ulan. That's the cue, she eventually came back to her senses.

What just happened? The rain stopped! Guni-guni niya lang ba 'yong kanina?

Dito palang niya na-realize na nakarating sila sa isang waited shed, sa harap mismo ng lumang tindahang nilinisan niya. Tulad ng lumang tindahan ay luma nadin ang waiting shed, ang bubong ay kinakalawang at ang upuang semento ay nalalatagan ng lupa.

Mula sa ulan ay nilipat niya ang tingin sa taong nagdala sa kanya roon. “Thank you-” Amora was taken aback when the man encircled his arm to her waist and pulled her closer.

The moment Amora saw the luminous eyes– like a strike of golden lightning– of this man, her eyes began to blur, and before she realizes tears wet her face.

Is she crying? Why?

The man caresses her face where tears run and gently wipe her tears.

Her eyes are getting heavy? What’s happening? She can’t fall asleep!

Even how much she tried not to fall asleep, She failed. Unconsciously, she heard the voice of the man right before she is taken into oblivion.

“Who are you longing for?”

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