I almost died.. in anticipation of something suspense. I just encountered a convicted man, and thinking about it now, makes me feel like in some kind of a thriller series. Different scenarios were playing inside my head that time, e.g newsflash: 6 dead on a robbery-holdup inside UV express vehicle. This is what I get from watching too much murder stories.
It was past 10 a.m, I rode a UV express going to Buendia because I was bound to go home for the weekend. The car was jam-packed, and the ac was in low-temp, which is not a very good combination, I must say. As we arrived at Pedro Gil, a loud man was heard answering a phone call. We were only about 7 passengers remaining that time, I was sitting on the third row, beside the window. The traffic light signaled red, I stared at the leaves dancing to the rhythm of the wind as the rays of the sun radiated on my arm. Suddenly, the following lines from the back seat could be heard –
“Ano pre, nandiyan pa ba yung mga pulis?”
“Ang lakas ng loob niyang isumbong ako, pasalamat siya hindi ko siya binaril.”
“Pag nagkita talaga kami, kahit saan, babarilin ko yan.”
“T***i** niya, kahit dito nanggigil ako eh.”
The conversation continued for about five minutes. I remained still, never intending to do any move that might trigger his rage and emotions more. Apparently, the police was looking for him for a case I’m not sure thereof. My speculation was that he was trying to get away from it, that’s why he’s headed to Buendia – where all the bus terminals are. The driver kept looking on his rear-view mirror, but I never dared look behind. I was afraid he’d see me. And it’s weird, like something was telling me not to do so, like a premonition.
I hugged my bag tight, because the robbery-holdup could happen anytime soon. Imagine, he was alone, trying to get away and probably hid somewhere far. What would he need the most? Money. And it’s not going to be hard for him, because he has a gun, and that’s for certain.
But it didn’t happen. All of the assumptions inside my head vanished the moment I stepped out of the public vehicle. I was overthinking again, I sighed.