It was noon on the 9th of July when Irik Penguin arrived at Benson City after 8 years of being away from his native land. Popularly called “the Penguin” by his chums, he left Benson in 2003 as part of the advancement of his career. At that time his career was on an uphill climb with so much opportunity under his chest, earning enough to travel his family all over the world, Irik was a made-man. It was that first time that he would ever leave Benson City after spending much of his life there. Though somehow having a life which is more rough than smooth, Bird opted to build his career in that unpopular and small city because of his love for it. Bird worked his way around in his native city dabbling from being a waiter, collector, messenger, teacher, writer and almost all that you can think of. He never faltered on his dedication to his craft whatever was on his hand because of his great love for his family. Marrying at a young age of 21 this prompted him to work doubly hard to earn a living. Though it was so hard for him, he enjoyed it. He loved it and he was happy with it. Irik’s dedication had pushed him to his limits oftentimes surpass it.
It was in 1997 that the big break came. An upstart telecom company has planned to put-up its customer service office in Benson City and was looking for somebody from the place who could manage their branch. Incidentally, at that time Irik was just hired as a Planning Officer in a government agency which just opened its regional office in the city. Barely a month in his new job, Irik grabbed the job opportunity in the telecom company. He has always wanted to work in a private company rather in the government sector whom he has perceived to be inefficient. Going against the prodding of his mother to remain in the government sector, Irik immediately prepared all his credentials and proceeded with his application with the private firm. Law and behold, after several screenings Irik got the job he has always wanted as the branch supervisor of the firm. Although in a job that is not in his line of studies, practicality-wise it was the job that would put more money into his pocket as the pay was substantial, or so he thought. Indeed, that was the start for Irik’s career to flourish and would earn him much for his family.
When Irik set foot again in his native city, gone are the usual comforts that he used to have. He has no more house to live, no family, no friends but only with a hope of new beginning. “Can you find me a place to stay either for one night or for the rest of life?” Irik asked his friend Jun who is a longtime acquaintance. Seeing the need to help an old friend, Jun readily obliged. Irik would then stay in a small room just near Jun’s in an uptown suburb about two kilometers from the city proper. Although not an strategic place to live from his supposed office, Irik decided it would be the best move for the meantime. Anyway, by the next day he would start a new job with his politician-friend which was the reason why he came back to his old place. Though not as financially rewarding as his previous job, this time he would land a job that he would love doing since he was in college. A graduate of Political Science, working with a politician is the most closest to his heart.
Meeting his politician-friend on that Monday morning was full of excitement for Irik. While on his way to the office of his would-be boss, Irik got to meet some old acquaintances who were all very surprised seeing him after several of years being out of sight. When finally he got to his friend’s office, Irik would reluctantly introduce himself since he would never be sure if anybody in that office would recognize him. Lemuel, his friend then arrived and immediately summoned him to his office where they extensively discussed the nature of his work. Although in a new environment, it didn’t take so much adjustment on the part of Irik since the nature of the job is what he loves doing. Not long after Irik had his first day at work, he was back to his old self again doing what he does best and buckled down to work. He was so engrossed to his work that he has somehow forgotten the heartaches left by several failed relationships, including a failed marriage. Irik has just moved on from nursing a broken heart and have resolved to start anew. Although in a long distance relationship, he was more concerned of finding the right girl whom he has longed for.
Irik was enjoying his new-found work as he was able to meet a lot of new acquaintances both in and out of politics. Aside from his desire of going back to Benson City, Irik has also dreamed of sharing his talents and skills to people whom he wants to serve. Through this work and desire combined, this led him to be involved in a friendly and humanitarian organization in the City. The organization caught the interest of Irik owing to its idealism and commitment to be of service to the Benson community. Though reluctance clouded his desire to join the organization, this was overcame with his love to be part of a serving and responsible individual in the community. Irik worked his way in to be part of the organization. Getting the trust and accolade of the officers of the group, Irik was taken in to be part of the organization’s pioneer set of officers. To reciprocate the trust bestowed on him by the officers, Irik unselfishly gave his time and effort in the humanitarian projects of the organization.
As fate would have it, Irik met Faith Villa a young lass from a nearby city, in the organization. Rally rounded by her pretty eyes, her beauty has caught the discriminating taste of Irik. Her captivating smile that would make a turn-around among men, simply struck the eyes of Irik on Faith. But this admiration would never flourish as Irik was still in a relationship with another girl. However, the relationship was already going sour and was only waiting for the exact time for it to fall apart. It didn’t take awhile when Irik had to end his relationship with the girl. Irik felt that it was the right thing to do as problems besetting their relationship have gone out of hand that even respect would already slip away out of their hands. Unfortunate though, it had to happen.
That fateful night of October 8th smiled on Faith and Irik. Though having failed a couple of nights ago in luring Faith to a dinner, this time would be different. Although not as romantic as any dinner would be for couples, what followed was far more important. The talk, the giggle, the stroll, the drinks, the massage, the kiss and the hugs just made the night complete. It was a night that everyone would ever want to wish. But it wasn’t that easy that Irik and Faith would seal the relationship as there were doubts and fears from past relationships that Faith had to resolve. But with no let-up, Irik stood firm on his feelings towards Faith. He would summarize Faith as a “completely molded individual who is a realization of my dreams.” A dream that Irik never thought would come. Irik believed that Faith was the girl he has loved all these years but was just waiting for the right time he would meet her. Soul mate perhaps, but it didn’t matter to him. She’s now in his arms, within his breathe, close to his body and tattooed in his heart. The day that would lead Irik back to his hometown was no coincidence. It was meant for a bigger purpose and destiny. Irik would recall in his journey that he has done everything “pinguinly” possible and all was worth the pain and the sorrow that he took along the way. Having Faith in his arms was the greatest fruit of all his labor and sacrifices.
Many obstacles will still come their way, but surely they will overcome it. They shall live, love, happily ever after.