When In Europe, You Take Pictures And Post Them On Social Media

In the days that followed, the man made a number of posts across all his social media accounts that featured his wife and him posing in various locations in Europe.

The man is in his early 30s. He is always well-groomed with his long straight hair always brushed up to reveal his long face that seemed to excude a constant positive mindset. The man’s wife, who was almost the same age, shared her husband’s cheerful disposition. Her chinky eyes were framed by laugh lines developed through office gossip.

Europe is a big continent the man realized.

“You can only post so much pictures.” He told himself when he reviewed the images captured by his camera and smartphone.

There was a picture of him looking at what appeared to be a meat shop decked with all the processed and sliced meat that you can possibly imagine and devour. In another post, the man and his wife were in what appeared to be a watering hole supported by a number of mahogany beams or some other strong wood that only the Germans can pronounce. There, they shared smiles and beer.

One of the couple’s pictures included a shot of a brown leather bag; a lady’s bag with a familiar insignia that cost thousands of Pesos solely because of its name. The wife’s hand can be seen on the bag; the position strongly suggesting that she was caressing the leather when the picture was taken. Outside the frame, the wife’s smile was irrepresible and apparent.

In a video that the man took, two street performers can be seen, one was juggling four bowling pins and another was a mime with an impressive act. The mime acted out a scene wherein he was trapped inside a glass encasement, seemingly feeling every dimension of his imaginary prison.

The people applauded as they are expected to. They tossed pennies and small change inside a hat the performers placed on the ground. Beside the hat was a white dog that obediently stood to protect his masters’ earnings. The performers showed their gratitude by bowing lower than they should before their street audience.

The video was posted with a short introduction which read:

“It is in the little moments, the simple pleasures, that we find true happiness. Let us remember to step back, take a break from all the drudgery of everyday life, and just appreciate it.”

Days before their departure from the Philippines, the man posted a self-composed aphorism:

What is money but a means to a want? And why do we always want things we don’t need? What is money but paper? Material and therefore temporary.

The man and his wife, upon coming home to Manila, brought smiles and little trinkets for his employees. In turn, the employees took the small packages and smiled back, trying to hide their wild anticipation for the couple’s return.

They had been guessing, creating scenarios in their sleep-deprived heads, as to when another meeting would be held to announce who would be the next ones to be laid-off from the man’s failing post-production company. The investment had led nowhere much like the company’s direction.

And now, the accountant is being pressed for documentation that could not see any justification to the declared company expenses.

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The air-conditioner blew strong as the bus ride dragged along EDSA. The passengers were close to sure hypothermia and neither the driver nor the conductor cared. At the very last row of the passenger seats, a man in his mid 20’s sitting by the bus window can’t help but be bothered by another man two seats apart from him. The other man, appearing to be in his early 30’s, with a remarkable straight, brushed-up hair, thin face, and large sunken round eyes seems to be staring at him with great enthusiasm, and is not shy at being noticed.

The man in his early 20s who is sporting a V-neck body fit blue shirt resorted into ignoring the stranger altogether. He pulls down his black baseball cap to cover his eyes. He rubs his scruffy, square jaw, unzips his military-green knapsack and pulls out a faux leather jacket to cover himself before dozing-off.

When the man wakes after what he felt like an hour, he noticed under the brim of his cap that the bus had not even moved an inch. However, he felt something rather strange. A hand seemed to be trying to finds its way into his inner leg. He jerked to find that the other man, the straight-haired man, is already sitting beside him, his nose to the side of his face and his lips by his ear. He whispered, “Come on, I know you like this.” He then grabs him hard by the balls and squeezes it.

The square-jawed man with the baseball cap, pained and appalled pushed the other man away. His force almost drove the straight-haired man to the opposite side of the row. Although taken aback, the straight-haired man smiled and added, “I noticed you staring earlier handsome.”

Furious at this invasion, the square-jawed man pinned the other man’s left shoulder and started punching his face and then his gut. The other passengers, whose attention was finally caught by the commotion behind, could do nothing but stare. The conductor finally gained the courage to tear the square-jawed man from the now bloodied straight-haired man when he heard a loud crack.

In Facebook, a day after the incident, the straight-haired man posted a picture of him with a bruised face. Regions of his head had stitches. His nose appeared to be broken and blue.

In the post, he claimed that he only professed his honest feelings to a man he chanced upon a long bus ride in EDSA; a man with a beautiful square jaw. He reasoned that he had to feel his flesh against his. He reasoned that he is only human wanting to be loved. And for it, he was inflicted violence.

The comments section were filled with support. The LGBT community were quick to condemn the nameless square-jawed fiend. Terms like, “machismo” and “homophobia” were tossed around. Other netizens reminded the success of gender equality in the US and accused the nameless assailant as someone “backward” and probably dealing with “latent homosexuality”.

The face and the story of attraction and honesty of the straight-haired man went viral over social media.