February 5, 2019, Tuesday
Although I was hungry, I waited for my sister to come home from work. She told me she filed for half-day so the two of us could hang out together before I leave for the airport.
She came home at 12:30 pm and the two of us started preparing for our lunch.
I told her I just wanted to reheat lugaw. She got a small casserole. I placed it on the gas stove. My sweater caught fire and I thought it was only the sleeves. I heard my sister scream a-te! a-te! a-te! I saw the front part of my sweater was also on fire. My sister was trying to put off the fire on my back. Actually, I didn’t know that my back part was also on fire. I just felt her hitting my back, then she hugged me while continuously screaming a-te! a-te!. Yun pala she saw the fire literally crawled from the bottom of my sweater up to my shoulders. It was good I braided my hair and tied it in a bun or else my hair would have caught fire too.
My sister cried while hugging me. She was traumatized by the sight of the yellow fire on my back. Me naman, para akong wala sa sarili. I was dazed. Parang meron akong signos sa apoy. Diba nung baby ako yung yaya ko caught fire and died. I don’t want to go near the gas stove na. I will just reheat my food using the microwave.