Dusk was approaching and the evening lights were starting to appear like distant stars being uncovered slowly by hovering clouds. There was a slight drizzle – enough to dampen Benny’s clothes.
He was wearing a light blue polo shirt and a tie which complemented well with his dark blue slacks. He was on his way to the University. He had thought, it wasn’t going to rain so he did not bother to bring additional clothing.
The bright lights at the Professional School – which was the tallest building on that side of the street – came on.
On the right side of the imposing building, there was a sprinkling of various establishments- the Jollibee fast Food, the Glaxo Internet Cafe, the DJ drugstore and a series of small eateries where most students whiled their time away.
On the left side was the spacious parking lot for the University’s diverse clientele.
Benny had enrolled in an evening class in Law School because he worked as a paralegal “gofer” during the day.
The money the native folks had contributed had been deposited at the Land Bank and Benny refused to touch a single centavo.
It was not his ego which came into play in this one, it was his sense of responsibility; he wanted that the hard earned money of the old folk would be able to earn them interest.
To return the money would be considered a slap to the faces of the elders. He knew the old folks were happy to know that they took active part in his education, and they did.
Their concern was heart warming that it had fed the burning desire in his heart to pursue his studies. He had to make it on his own finances or he could never claim he had succeeded. Julia stayed mum on the topic after she realized nothing could persuade him to use the money.
Benny momentarily paused in his tracks as he remembered Julia- Ah- Julia! His adorable wife was still able to arouse him so intensely. With a one year old child, he had thought the passion would fade. On the contrary, they were more ardent in making love now more than ever: exploring new erotic zones and experimenting on unique wonderful ways of expressing their ardent love for each other.
Andre was one of the most wonderful things that happened to their lives – The boy displayed initiative and courage even at his very young age. Once he toppled precariously because he was trying to pick a cat out of a bicycle’s path.
Julia almost fainted when he saw the wheels of the bicycle almost on top of her son’s face. The person had stopped in time to save both boy and cat. He was a precocious, adventurous tot that surprised even him and Julia.
Benny smiled inwardly as he remembered how Andre had inherited his looks but had Julia’s round, dark brown eyes. He always looked forward to spending time with the two most precious persons in his life.
The evening shadows played on the contours of his face. He had noticeable lines now on his forehead and on the corners of his eyes. His wavy hair had grown longer and had curved inwardly towards his face. The fierce intensity in his eyes had now the knowing look of someone who had seen more than the ordinary at his age and time. His muscular and lean physique had not changed a bit in spite of the lessened physical activity- he no longer walked very long distances- but he jogs every morning before reporting to work.
Enrolling in the Juris Doctor Program had not been easy as there were several prerequisites he still had to finish, and finished he did. Now he had finally made it! It was the third day of classes and Benny found it to be taxing but challenging nevertheless.
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Research assignments were given everyday and he did not have ample time to do extensive research. He found Introduction to Law relatively easy with their happy-go-lucky Professor, Atty. Miranda.
In Criminal Law 1; however, they had an extremely strict disciplinarian – Atty. Lagum as their professor. He treated them like undergraduate students. Benny knew, Atty Lagum wanted to intimidate them, for what reason – he still could not fathom.
And Criminal Law 1 was his first subject that evening. The first assignment was on Evidence Gathering.
There was a string of questions to answer : “Who are the primary persons involved in the crime?” ” What were their specific roles in the crime?” ” Why did they act the way they did? etc, etc, ” It seems like he was in a psychology class and not in a law course.
But the professor insisted that as future lawyers, they had to be familiar with the machinations of the complex human mind.
(TO BE CONTINUED)