How do you eulogize a dead person whom you have been close with for several years?
Writing has always been a piece of cake for me. I’ve never had a problem coming up with a write up even under a 24hr deadline but even though I’m not talking at all, this choked me up. One of my bestfriends, Lorelei Pineda, just gave me the news that her sister Maureen died yesterday because some fucked up excuse of a friend stabbed her nine times in her apartment and stole her bag with her money and cellphone in it. Her cold hard body was found in her apartment at eight o’clock in the evening. Nine times. How cruel and sadistic. This goes to really show how sick a person could actually get. Even if we do background checks on our friends, we can never escape fate if it is right in front us with a seven inch knife.
Maureen’s family lived across our house and it was hard to not forget her and Lei because the two year difference made them my role models. They have the latest clothes. They have the coolest friends. Anyone who possess those is already cool to my 13-year old mind.
Although Lei is my bestfriend, I followed Mau’s footsteps more. Mau had men sweeping her off her feet all the time and these men are hot. What Lei lack in her social life Mau made up for it so you can just imagine why I love parties so much.
Sadly, the last time I have seen her was last year where we went to Corso with Lei and she treated us to cocktails and told us stories of her last vacation in Hongkong. Life has been challenging for her after she got married at an early age with a guy from Dipolog who has a substance abuse problem until she can no longer handle it and claimed emancipation from the marriage. She took her baby to her parents and worked in Manila then.
When Lei texted last night, I was on my way to the shower. After we talked, I went in to O’s room and cowered there while he slept. My mom called and she made me feel better. Slightly. She said, “Mau knows what a scaredy-cat you are, she wouldn’t do that. And honey if someone –anyone, wants to take your stuff and threaten you with something do not hesitate to hand it to them, okay? Even if they didn’t ask for it, give it right away!” Huh? Well, at least she didn’t go into her litany of the dangers of living away from home and telling me to go back home and bum around. Wherever we are, we are never ever safe from anything even if we are inside the comfort of our parent’s house. Anything can threat your life in an instance and Maureen was just there, inside her apartment, helpless, while she took the stabbings and the last gulp of air before she gives in to death.
Poor Maureen. Sob. Oh, Mau, you didn’t have to die like that. No one has to. Expressing disbelief over a tragedy like this is overwhelming and goosebumps and scared trips to the bathroom is the result.
See you soon in another life, sweetheart.
[UPDATE: Maureen Pineda’s remains now lies in Divine Shepherd Memorial Gardens, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.]