Gim sits up and reaches for his phone.
Gim: Quien este? (Who’s this?)
Gim: Delete, delete!
Me: Noooo!!!!!!!!!!! *Grabs Gimmi’s phone*
*Gimmi and I energetically tussle on the bed, fighting for phone domination. I win, natch.*
Me: (typing furiously on his phone) Hi back!
*I smile impishly. After a few moments… Beep beep*
090823112**: Hehehe. Ctt?
Our Phone: Who’s this? ASL?
090823112**: Uhm.. I’m Charlie. Kaw? (You?)
Our Phone: James.
*Gimmi and I break out in giggles.*
090823112**: Hi James. U stud?
James: 4th Year High School. You?
090823112**: Ah. College na po. San ka nagstudy? (Am in college. Where are you studying?)
James: Ateneo High. What year you?
090823112**: Uhm 4th po. Nursing. Lang taon ka na? (How old are you?)
James: I’m 15. Do you have a picture? Pwede pasend MMS? (Can you send a picture via MMS?)
090823112**: Ah ic. Yep, meron. Kaw? Ala aq xtra load. Hehe. Nxt tym. K lng b? Wat yr kna? (You? I don’t have load. Next time, ok? What year are you in?)
*Boring messages in between. Charlie seems to be very interested in James.*
James: What would you say is your most beguiling feature? Who do you look like, celebritywise?
James: Oh, I see. Have you heard of the current global financial crisis? What are your thoughts on that?
090823112**: What about it? Nosebleed man ako sau. (You’re giving me a nosebleed.)
James: Joke lang yun. What do you prefer? Short or long?
090823112**: Please specify. Anung long or short? Hehe.
*More giggles from Gim and Fli*
090823112**: Hehe. Bata ka pa. (You’re still a kid.)
Fli: What do we reply, Gim??? You have any more interesting questions in mind?
Gim: I know, I know! *types something on the phone and shows it to Fli*
Fli: (squeals) Gimmi!!! Don’t send. Here, let me. *Grabs Gim’s phone.* Uh- Whoops!!!!!! Oh no!
James: Hehe. Pasensya ka na ha, if I’m a bit direct. But I’m kind of curious abt guys…
Fli: Gimmi!!!! Look what you made me do!!!! Na!
090823112**: Ah, ic. Gnun b? Hehe. Y curious? Uhm. Wat yr kna b? Uhm. Im a bi po pala. (Ah, is that so? What year are you in? By the way, I’m bisexual.)
Fli and Gimmi break out in laughter. Uhm, ya. We know.
James: What city are you from pala?
090823112**: Zamboanga, Tumaga. (Our hometown)
Flisha and Gim: Shit! Hahahahahaha!!!!
James: Pasonanca. Summer Hills. Meet tau. (Let’s meet.)
090823112**: Huh? Now? I wud love to. But its late na. Are u allowed 2 go out at ths tym pa?
090823112**: Hope I could get d chance 2 knw u bter.
James: By the way, u never asked, bt im a girl pala. U lyk girls ryt?
090823112**: Huh? Are u? Ow? Are u kiddin me? Wats ur name?
James: James. Short for Jamie.
090823112**: Can we tok?
James: Is there a prob? Ur bi, right? Me too…
*Very very long pause. Disappointed, Gim and I start to turn in for the night.*
090823112**: Hehe. Rili. None. Nice. Wat r u doin.
(Sudden change of tone. Sounds very manly. “Nice.” in the Philippines is an expression often used by young men, rarely by women.)
*Flishi and Gimmi break out in loads of laughter.*
Conclusion: He really is bi.