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.