Richard is an airconditioned bus driver and his route is going SM North every day. As early as 4 am, he started to pick up passengers and went home by 8 pm every night.
One night, he went back to the bus station by 8:30 pm to park the bus without any passengers and he dropped off his conductor in one of their offices to remit their earnings for the day.
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(a) He was very tired and because he badly wanted to go home, he speeded up. The bus station is near his home. He’s near Sta.cruz, but because he felt sleepy, he acc1dentally h1t the lady riding a bicycle.
He didn’t know what to do, he can’t see the lady he hit because it didn’t stand up and the bus is quite high. The fearful driver was afraid to get down from the bus because he has no money to pay the possible hospital bills. Richard doesn’t also want to be impr1soned because he has children he whom he sends to school and his eldest is a 3rd-year college student.
Richard tried to look around, making sure if there are people who saw the incident. Then he started up the engine again and speeded up to escape. He felt that he run into the girl again. (a)
After he parked the bus, he didn’t go home first. He stayed at the park to calm himself but his heartbeat is still so fast, his arms are shaking, and feels like running out of his breath. What if the incident was caught on the CCTV and he will be traced? The worried driver didn’t text or call his wife because he left his phone on the bus. After 2 hours, he decided to go home.
(a) But when he finally arrived home, his son Jonathan said:
“Tay! si ate Jonalyn nasa ospital!” humahangos na sabi nito, hindi na siya nakasagot dahil sa taranta na marahil, tumakbo na sila ni Jonathan sa sakayan ng tricycle.
At the hospital, he saw his wife looking afar. She was hugged by her cousin Linda.
“Kuya, wala na si Jonalyn, doa ang bata,” said Linda.
“Hayop siya!” shout by Richard’s wife.
“Anong…paanong…” hingal na hingal at hindi niya matapos ang sasabihin, napakasakit ng kanyang dibdib. Ang prinsesa niya, anong nangyari?
Their cousin who is also in the hospital explained: “Kuya, sosorpresahin ka sana ni Jona kaya nag-bike papuntang bus station, sasabayan ka raw niya pag uwi mo. Nabundol siya, at tinakbuhan ng driver.Ilang oras siyang nakahandusay at doon na binawian ng buhay dahil walang ibang nakakita.”(a)
“May dumaan na vendor ng candy at ito ang humingi ng tulong pero wala na, malamig na ang katawan ni Jona. Hindi na namin alam kung sino ang driver.”
But Richard truly knows who’s the driver. And his world was totally devastated.
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In reality, we don’t really know what life can bring us. We don’t want to experience such a sudden experience. The best we can do in other to have a peaceful life is to be fair to others and avoid doing bad things to them.
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