WITH all the graduate studies, awards and the good performance rating Nicole had, Manong Bert taught of no other reason why this lady was rumored to be in that forbidden relationship. But as Nicole continues to narrate and explain her side, Manong Bert can no longer endure the sympathy he felt, as if his heart melts when the tears were flowing non-stop from the eyes to the lips of Nicole - a crying angel. Manong Bert then, was tempted to speak very softly and only in his mind; “Nicole if only I have been born thirty years ago, I courted you already”. Yet as a gentleman, he never has done so. Thus, the most important question he has to ask is whether, there was truth in the rumor. What will a woman do, if no gentleman had the courage to tell the sweetest magical words, Nicole would like to hear. And being so young, will she not have the right to choose the perfect guy, which will bring her to the highest pedestal in heaven. Yet, with running time as the most undeniable hindrance to such goal, the right to choose is no longer, that right. Even with Nicole’s attitude problem coupled with over high standard in choosing men, what would be her end, if not a married man good in the art of winding gullibility. And so alas, Nicole answered positively. Manong Bert never reprimanded Nicole for the admission. For even the biblical woman - Magdalene, despite the sins she committed, has a special place in the heart of a Savior. And so what he did is to convince Nicole to transfer in other schools, far away from the eyes of the judgmental and prying public. Then he called Eve.
Eve was a fat teacher. But once upon a time, she has that beautiful looks both in mind and body, almost all men will long for. But because of the mental stress, often experienced in an overpopulated and undisciplined learners in a public school environment, she has to look for something that will maintain her sanity. As what she found, the most efficient method to counter insanity is to eat and eat. Naturally, the body will bloat. Manong Bert then giggles, no wonder Eve’s husband, being human, was destined to the powerful call of temptation – Nicole’s appearance no man can resist. Manong Bert then became an instant doctor, expert in diet and health and with the voice of a lovable nurse had advice Eve to exercise regularly and gobble fruits. So he said to Eve, “An apple a day keeps your husband’s temptation away”. To be fair as to who will be blamed for the scuffle, Manong Bert also was able to convinced Eve to transfer in any school near to her residence. And for Bruno being so masculine in looks, was it a sin to fantasize a married man? The world does not care so long as all his fantasies were restricted in his mind and will not come out in actions. With all these decisions, the public will be looking at the sea, as to who will be blamed.
Now Manong Bert then proceeded to the Division office for his last hooray. To his surprise, the one who will replace him was a woman. Dreams come true; sometimes. But unknown to Manong Bert, a series of protest will be made, by the battle-scarred men who were unceremoniously excluded.