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Two Sides of a Coin

After a tiring day, Gabrielle raced his feet to their palatial abode. He enjoyed staying at his room where he had all the gadgets a teenager needs: his laptop and mobile phone. He had nothing to worry because they have helpers who will do the errands in the house.

After a tiring day, Lucky had to walk a mile to reach a shanty they considered home. He would wash the dishes, sweep the floor, and watch his younger siblings while his parents worked for them to live.

Without his knowledge, Gabrielle’s father earned their monthly income from his drug syndicate. His underground business continued to exist despite the government’s all out war against drugs. Why would he be scared? He had guards and most importantly, he had connections. He and his family had enough protection.

Lucky learned that his father was a drug pusher when he reached Grade 5. When Mang Lando lost his job in a department store, he entered that particular work because he saw the rewards of it, neglecting its peril. From his earnings, Mang Lando was able to pay the rent and give allowance to his family, yet their safety was always at stake.

On a gloomy, rainy Tuesday, Gabrielle’s and Lucky’s lives changed.

Gabrielle won the student government election after Mr. Go sponsored his son’s campaign. He came to school that day using their newly-bought expensive car. As a reward, Mr. Go bought his son a new tab. For him, he could give anything for his son.

Lucky had to be absent. Two masked strangers gunned down his father. Mang Lando was gone. Lucky had to beg on the streets to look for money to spend for the living and the dead. He had nothing except the new pair of  slippers that Mang Lando bought for him two days ago.

Gabrielle’s father might have a chance to change anytime he wanted. If times got worse, he surely would. For now, he enjoyed the money coming to him since he almost had the monopoly of the market.

Mang Lando talked to his son two days ago. “I know it’s dangerous now to deal with drugs. I saved up enough money to start a Lugaw business. The transition might be difficult. We need to be wise in spending every single centavo.” Afterwards, Mang Lando gave his son a new pair of slippers. “Take this. You will be needing this when you help me sell our Lugaw after school.”

Lucky’s father would not have any chance to change. Lucky witnessed his father’s corpse wrapped with adhesive with a note, “Drug pusher ako, huwag tularan.”

Gabrielle navigated the features of his new tab.

Lucky decided not to use his new pair of slippers. “I don’t need this,” he thought as he asked for mercy in all the jeepneys in the metro.

Gabrielle’s and Lucky’s fathers were both involved in drugs. The former’s alive; the latter’s dead.

After flipping a coin in the air, there will be two chances as it lands on the ground. Can we control it?

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