an ex­cerpt from xian mer­cado’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, chap­ter 2, the real xan­der ford

Scout - - FICTION - By CHISE

THE DATE 50 years ago, I posted two videos of our late great pres­i­dent ng Repub­lic of the Pa­nis at ang ak­ing su­per close beshie- friend na si Xan­der Ford. Not brag­ging, but many would agree that those videos were the cat­a­lysts kung paano nag­bago yung tin­gin ng mga tao kay Xan­der, which led him to be­come the peo­ple’s cham­pion later on.

Naaalala ko like it was yes­ter­day. There were Christ­mas puno ng mistle­toes yung kwarto ni Xan­der, and gifts from pre­pubescent fan­girls were abun­dant. We were chillin’ like vil­lains sa nag- aya si Xan­der bum­aba bigla from our com­fort­able, air- con­di­tioned rooms to make sala­muha with the lesser be­ings of the streets. I was hes­i­tant dirty, and of not know­ing why he was so ea­ger to go, but I even­tu­ally gave in to Xan­der’s puppy dog eyes.

We made our way to the quaint karinderya down­stairs where they served lo­cal hol­i­day del­i­ca­cies like is­pagheti and ham­berg­ers Bes, bil­han natin ng pagkain yung mga bata. Naaawa ako pag nanlil­imos sila. Nakikita ko yung sar­ili ko sa kanila. Gusto ko sila tu­lun­gan kahit sa maliit na bagay lang, tu­tal malapit na na­man ang Pasko grabe, so nice na­man niya. That’s when I de­cided to take the video even Wag mo akong kuhanan ng video, ha. As in, wag mo akong kuhanan ng video nang patago para i- post sa so­cial me­dia at mag­ing vi­ral ’tong gi­na­gawa kong kabu­ti­han I posted the video on­line and the world was shookt be­cause of Xan­der’s kind­ness. They couldn’t be­lieve the Many peo­ple think that I changed the game of hid­den cam­era videos that day, with my raw, gen­uine, and in-your-face style of stalker videog­ra­phy (which I did na­man ta­laga), but we can never for­get the boy that started it all.

Af­ter that, I con­sis­tently posted the se­cret videos of Xan­der’s good deeds on my so­cial me­dia page against his will. He was truly the Christ­mas sav­ior we never had. I may have an amaz­ing sub­ject. Sleep, my lit­tle prince, fall asleep.

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