Friday, May 20, 2005

A Second Luke

Thanks to an entry in Phillip’s blog, I decided to check out his DL account and take a peek at his list of friends. Who I was looking for and why isn’t the point of this episode. Suffice it to say that I didn’t find who I was looking for there.

What I saw instead was a familiar picture: a guy wearing a suit, smirking for the camera. Hey, isn’t that Luke? I didn’t know he was also Phillip’s friend. Then I saw the name: it wasn’t Luke. I clicked open his account and checked his pictures. Unlike Luke’s which had only one picture his had five, two of which were taken at a different time and place. Without a doubt, Phillip’s friend is the real owner of the picture in Luke’s account.

Then I remembered my conversation with Luke:

“Hey, when was your picture taken? Obviously it was before your sickness, but why the formal suit?” I asked him.

“I wore that for my thesis defense,” he explained. “I didn’t want to take public transpo wearing that suit, so I asked my dad to drive me to school. Funny, the girl who took my picture kept asking me to pose for her. I think she had a crush on me or something. Matandang dalaga yata. She sent the picture to me through her phone.”

My inner Nancy Drew was awakened.

• His Nokia phone is an old model, one with no MMS capability.
• Assuming that she sent it to his email address, the picture is still too sharp and “clean” to be taken via a phone camera.
• To give such a long-winded, elaborate story at a drop of a hat, one needs a certain level of lying experience. Either he’s great at adlibbing or he’s had prior practice.

I was supposed to meet up with him Friday evening. He had invited me to go drinking with him at his favorite bar in Malate. “I always go there alone,” he said. “The waiters already know me there. But at last I don’t have to drink alone.”

This morning he sent me a text message reminding me of our date tonight. I replied: I have two questions: why did you use someone else’s picture in your account? And why lie when I asked you about it?

His text message: Sorry if I lied about my picture. But everything else is true. I understand if you’re angry with me. I’m sorry.

I was thinking of texting him back, but decided against it.

He hasn’t texted me so far.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

seeshhh one of 'em pathetic liars. I don't know with you guys but I have my own biases against people who use other's pics. I've been fooled not only once though.

10:30 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

That's why I decided not to text him back. Maybe he's a good person over-all who's just insecure with his looks (though I don't see why) so much so that he uses another person's pic just so he can meet others. Still, I don't like starting with a lie.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

I smell a drama coming. ;-)

11:40 PM  
Anonymous XP said...

Do you have any EB Horror stories?

11:54 PM  
Blogger Punks said...

That's very upsetting.

6:42 AM  
Blogger BERNADETTE said...

hey . . give the guy a chance . . .

sabi nga ni cris villonco . . . why don't we give the world a chance to live again . . . .

wehehehehe .

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Phillip said...

Ate, pagbigyan mo na siya. Tutal nakipag kita na siya sa iyo once upon a yosi break. At pogi din naman di ba? Hihihihi. Di ba ganun din si J.Lo sa Maid in Manhattan? Nag-lie siya sa umpisa tapos in the end, jowa na niya si Mr. Politician. So malay mo.... teka, nakalimutan ko point ko.

Basta, keri lang!

11:44 AM  
Blogger BERNADETTE said...

mcvie: teka . . . . teka . . . . . teka . . . . may najisip ever akey . . . . what if kung . . . . . pati yung chenes na Luekemia eklavu, na kinaloka ng karamihan sa 'men, eh kacharingan den . . . . .

aba . . . . aba . . . . aba . . . . 'dun eh hindi na akey papayag . . . ako mismo ang sususgod sa otoko . . .

7:28 AM  
Blogger Kervin said...

Go with your instincts J, I believe you have enough faculties to delve and decide :) heres hoping for something good which ever which way things go ^_^

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Liquidus said...

How disappointing. I hate to sound like an uber righteous saint (even though I am...hehehe), pero mahirap nga pagtiwalaan yan. If he thought he could get away with that, you kinda wonder what else he thinks he can get away with. But maybe you can give him a chance to earn back the trust. :) Start over nalang.

6:44 PM  

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