It is almost mid afternoon, a boy stretching his arms while yawning on his messy bed tries to recover from a deep sleep last night. Nikko is still on his recollection of the terrible nightmare. Nightmare that replays every time he goes home late at night in his new fad in Manila. But this moment leads him to feel so tired. And decided not to attend his work..
It was the saddest year when Nikko Angeles, young at 13 and was on his 6th grade of schooling, when his parents were murdered at their own house an hour before he arrived home from school after his successful elementary graduation. He was dead silent while he was staring at his father and mother’s body bathing on their blood. No signs of chances to live. Nikko was shocked and never had uttered any word. Crying, he slowly walked to his mother. Looked at her so grief-stricken. He held his mother’s hands and kissed.
“I–I waited for you… and dad. I wanted to.. to surprise both of you, that I endeavored the great gifts to offer you. I waited for you because I wanted to tell the world that you are the best mother in the whole world. Here, (crying) my medals as the class valedictorian. I did your advise dad”, reaching his father’s arms. “I made it. I wanted you to be so proud of me”.
Now, it is ten years after that dreadful afternoon of his parent’s murder. Those years when he struggled to live by himself and faced the most traumatic event of his life. Ten years of mourning and surviving each day with sadness and anger. Anger to those who took the lives of his loving parents. Ten years of succeeding his target of becoming a fully pledged lawyer. Ten years of nightmares and this day is what he’s waiting for. Revenge.
Ten years indeed had passed but the memory of his parent’s death is still fresh in Nikko’s mind. Even now that he’s a successful lawyer.The traumatic scenes of the terrible moment spoken to, and invaded him at night through nightmares every time he sleeps.
Still on his cluttered bed, he struggles to get up and heads his way to bathroom to take his hour shower. Yes, he was tired last night and this day, instead of relaxing all day, gives him the courage to step forward in his plans. He’s going to the Law Firm to file his long week leave of absence.
The office granted his long week of absence. Without wasting much time, he packed a couple of shirts, jeans, shorts and underwear and prepared his other personal things. He’ll be spending at least four days in their old house in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Nikko again called to his mind the scenes of his teenage trauma. He remembered that day after his parent’s interment, his aunt who stayed in Manila asked him to come with her since there was no one to look after him. He was only thirteen then. He left their house but the memories lived even until now. But he is now ready to take chances of finding even single and little clues about his parent’s death, there in their old house. He also recalls the last time he visited the house in December two years ago. His one night stay there just gave him so much pains of the past. But he is certain this time. So sure of succeeding all his plans.
It’s already twilight when Attorney Nikko has finally arrived home. Mang Intoy, the caretaker of the house opens the gate and greets attorney a pleasant evening.
” Good evening sir”, said the caretaker.
Nikko replied with a plain nod and a bare smile.
“Why didn’t you call that you’ll be coming tonight sir. My wife and I should at least prepare something for you”, Mang Intoy uttered with excitement.
But Attorney didn’t mind his talking instead continued walking and staring around the house. Nothing has changed in it. Everything is in proper order. The arrangement of the appliances, furniture and all. He moves on to his room. Puts his bag down and lies flat on his bed. Due to his tiring travel, he fell asleep.
“Bang! Bang!” the sound wakes him up. It was again another nightmare. He gets up and goes to the kitchen, opens the fridge to drink a glass of cold water.Then, walks around the house. First, he enters to his mom and dad’s room. The setting dos not change at all. The family size bed, the pillows on it, the side table with an antique lamp shade. On the wall still hangs up the family picture, the panting of an angel… Everything hasn’t changed for the past ten years. He sits on the bed and feels its softness. He stands up and proceeds to the side table. He opens the drawer. There he sees a small box. He unties the box and his wonder pointed on a folded paper. He picks it up but hesitant to read. Instead puts the letter in his pocket and leaves the room.
It’s past midnight but Nikko is still fully awake. In his mind is the letter he got from his mother’s box. But he is afraid. Afraid to find the truth. What if the letter is about the death of his loving parents. He gets the letter and slowly opens it…
To our only son,
We are so blessed because God has given us a good and bright boy. We are so happy seeing you grow. Your smiles whenever we give you toys, and your crying face whenever you fall from your bicycle. Your dad and I are very proud of you.
On your graduation day, we know even if you are not telling us, that you are the valedictorian of your class. Well, you cannot keep a secret from us.We know all your moves and we believe in your abilities. Keep it up son. After graduation, your father and I decided to send you to our closest friend’s house in Manila to continue your studies. We prepared everything for that. After a year, we will also follow you there. We just have to watch our businesses here. After all, it is only one year and we will live together again as a happy and a perfect family.
With this letter is a gold pendant with our pictures. Keep it. It is a sign of our undying love to you. We also prepared a gift. But we made it with a twist. Like having a treasure hunting in our house. Are you ready son?
Good luck and remember that we always love you.
With all our life and love,
Mommy and Daddy
Follow these steps to get your reward…
Unlock the green box placed under the piano. But you must find the key in your room. Clues are hidden so you must be keen. When you opened the box, run to the attic, you will see our gift.
Crying so deeply, Nikko was puzzled about the letter. He missed his mom and dad. But he never wasted time. He headed directly to the sala where the piano stands beside the stairs. He saw the dusty green box but was locked. Then holding the box, led to his room to find the key. He stood amidst his room to think where possibly his mother put the key. The Adidas cap caught his attention and obtained it right away. Inside, he saw they key and excitedly opened the box as if a child hungry to drink his milk. There he read the clue:
“TREASURES ONLY FOR YOU.
PLACED IN A BOX SO BLUE.
IN THE ATTIC
FULL OF STICKS
OUR PRESENT, OUR GIFT
GRAB IT WITH MIGHT and SWIFT”.
Puzzled, he ran into the attic. He turned on the lights and moved his eyes around. He couldn’t see anything but boxes. Thousand of boxes. He struggled and tried hard to find the blue one. He paused a while thinking his luck in front of the small blue box. He carried it all his hands and put down beside the door. Opened it and was surprised to see a basket full of diamonds and a note:
WE LOVE YOU SON. WE KEEP ALL THESE FOR YOU. BUT YOUR AUNT WANTED ALL OF THESE. AVOID HER. SHE WILL KILL US FOR THESE DIAMONDS…