Alas sais na ng gabi at papunta pa lang siya sa org ng Ate niya. Madalas sumabay si Rina sa ate niya kapag ginagabi ang klase niya. Normally, hanggang 3 PM lang ang klase niya pero every Friday, 6 pm ang tapos ng class niya.
Seven pm pa ang uwi ng ate niya pero mas pinipili ni Rina na pumunta muna sa club nito. Her Ate’s club write papers for their school and isa sa mga writer ang ate niya. Welcome naman siya sa club at halos ka-close na ni Rina ang mga members—well, except for one. Si Winter.
Sa pagkakaalam ni Rina, illustrator ang role ni Winter sa club. Magaling ito sa mga graphic designing at minsang ipinakita ng ate niya ang mga sketches ni Winter.
Both Winter and Rina were freshmen—they didn’t have the same group of friends, but they definitely knew each other, kahit pa sa mukha lang. Marami rin silang subjects na magkaklase sila. Although Rina couldn’t remember the time na nag-usap sila nang matagal ni Winter.
She couldn’t even remember the time Winter addressed her by her name. Rina had always found it funny considering that she’s very close to Ryujin, Winter’s cousin. Minsan iniisip niya kung ayaw ba sa kaniya ng kaklase. Okay naman kasi ito kay Giselle and Lia.
But thinking about it, it’s also partly her fault. She never approached Winter either. Hindi alam ni Rina kung bakit pero gusto niyang si Winter ang unang lumapit at kumausap sa kaniya. Petty, yes, but she’s also scared Winter wouldn’t even spare her a glance, let alone talk to her kapag siya ang unang gumalaw.
Although she admits it was a bit presumptuous of her to already conclude how Winter will treat her knowing the latter was anything but a snob.
If anything, Winter had always been nice even though very quiet. Her Ate Irene kept on gushing about Winer. Very mabait na kid daw. Masunurin and polite. Winter is smart, too. Probably one of the smartest ones sa class.
They’re halfway through the first semester and yet, it still felt like six degrees of separation ang drama nila.
Something happened, though, that day.
Rina was unable to attend her morning classes. She had a terrible headache that morning and told her friends na sa afternoon class