So this is for safe keeps in case my groupmates cannot open the file that I sent them.
Alfred, The Male Cinderella
In a very spectacular village in Manila, there lived a man named Alfred. Alfred lived in a very expensive house with his step mother and two step brothers. The two step brother was very mean to Alfred while Alfred keep a very patient treatment to his brother. There comes a time when their Mother ill buy stuff and Alfred gets none. Alfred tried to understand the situation. But the more he kept his cool, the more his brothers would trigger his strong emotions. And then, the inevitable happened.
(In their house while Alfred is doing some chores)
Mikko: Mygod where is my iPhone bro?
Dean: I don’t know Bro? Look for it somewhere maybe you misplaced it?
(Mikko eyes Alfred suspiciously)
Mikko: Or maybe.. this guy took it..
Alfred: Woah! How come it would be me? I didn’t touched your stuff.
Mikko: But you’re the last guy who went to my room last night!
Alfred: Yes. But I only brought your laundry.
Mikko: Stop with your stupid excuses! Let’s check his things bro!
(Mikko and Dean went to Alfred’s room and look anywhere. They found the iPhone at his bedsheets)
Mikko: I KNEW IT! You’re such a liar and a stealer!
Dean: Mom will know about this immediately. We’re so tired of your failures Alfred. Get a life!
(Alfred was so frustrated that he started kicking things in his room and crying)
(So Dean and Mikko told their Mom what happened. She called Alfred and as usual, she believed her eveil sons.)
Madam Rita: You! You are nothing but a piece of nothing in this house! We feed you, gave you clothes and everything then you’re going to steal from your brother? Ain’t you be just thankful on what you got? How dare you Alfredo! How dare you! Now what do you want me to do with you?
Alfred: I think it’s better if you just let me leave this house so there will be no more disappointments.
Dean: Yes you should Mom. Or maybe my things are next.
Mikko: You should listen to Dean Mom.
(Madam Rita excused his son for a brief conversation in whispers)
Madam Rita: If you will let the bastard leave, who will do our household chores? Who will cook our food, wash our clothes and feed the dogs?
Mikko: But we have maids here Mom.
Dean: Why are you so concerned about that?
Madam Rita: That’s my point. I want more money for my casino. And these maids’ salaries are pulling off more money for my gambling resources. So I’m evicting them. And I will make Alfredo our house boy.
Dean: that’s a great idea mom. Now I can have revenge with that guy.
(So the maids left the house and Alfred became their house boy. He was treated more unequally, like a real house boy, like he’s not a part of the family. He eats alone, he lives at the old maid’s quarter and he do all the household chores.)
Mikko: Hey boy! You wash these dishes after we eat.
Dean: Then was my basketball uniform after. I need that tomorrow. So better hurry up!
Madam Rita: Don’t forget to feed the dogs and make sure the house is clean before we sleep. And the breakfast ready when we wake up.
Mikko: Do press my uniform also. And prepare my things tomorrow.
Dean: You wash my car. I’m using it tomorrow.
(And all Alfred can say is, “YES I WILL.)
(He cried himself at night why he had to face this and was his Dad aware with all these things happening to him. He has no phone and laptop to contact his Dad.)
Then one day, Alfred was putting the garbage for the garbage truck pick up. He noticed the his old friend’s house in the neighbourhood have new tenants. He tried to take a peek and he saw a beautiful girl. The most beautiful girl he saw in his lifetime.
Alfred: Oh! Someone bought Renzo’s house already?
Madam Rita: Yes. And better hurry up. You still have bathrooms to scrub.
Alfred: (saw the girl) She’s the most beautiful being. She’s like an angel that has fallen from the sky. Wow. I can’t believe I’m looking at a goddess right now.
(His daydream was cut short when he felt a pinch from Madam Rita)
Madam Rita: Dream big. But you ain’t getting no luck with that girl. Look at you. You little piece of garbage! Go ahead and clean the house!
Alfred: Yes Mom.
There’s not a day he did tried to catch a glimpse on the girl. He used the garbage as an excuse for him to take a sight of the girl. Then one day, the neighbour’s maid was doing the same chores as his. Since his family was gone for the day, he talked to the maid.
Pepper: Hello there cutie!
Alfred: Ugh. Hi. Can I ask you something?
Pepper: If we can get married? Yes! Sure!
Alfred: No. I saw a beautiful girl at my age in this house lately. What’s her name?
Pepper: Oh. Samantha?
Alfred: Yes. She is. Is she around?
Pepper: She’s at school right now.
Alfred: Tell her. I’m Alfred and I said “Hi!”.
Pepper: But why?
Alfred: Just tell her.
(Samantha at school)
Samantha: I’m tired of all the boys who has a very short attention span. I want a guy who can give me his full attention and all.
Mikko: (out of nowhere) Well, maybe I’m the guy.
Samantha: (turns around) Oh hi! Are you… my neighbour?
Mikko: Yes! I saw you this morning.
Samantha: Yes. You are that guy who lives across the street.
Mikko: Yes I am. Wait. What time is your dismissal? I can give you a ride.
Samantha: Right now?
Mikko: Perfect! It’s mine too. So can we go?
Samantha: Sure. Thanks.. what’s your name again?
Mikko: I’m Mikko. You are?
Samantha: Sam. Samantha. Call me Sam.
Mikko: Let’s go Sam?
Mikko and Sam go on a date for almost everday while Alfred daydream about Sam that he can caught just a smile from Sam. But his dreams fade away when Mikko introduced Sam as his girlfriend.
Mikko: Mom. This is Samantha. My girlfriend. She lives across the street.
Madam Rita: Oh what a lovely lady! Come, join us for dinner.
(Shocked and clumsy, Alfred slipped the juice on Samantha’s clothes)
Mikko: YOU’RE SO DUMB! You embarrassed me in front of my girl!
Alfred: I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. Here’s my handkerchief. Take it. Please wipe yourself.
Mikko: NO! Those have some clumsy germs like you.
Sam: Baby, it’s okay. I’ll take it.
Alfred: I’m really sorry Sam.
Sam: It’s cool. I know it’s not intentional. *smiles
Mikko: Go and hide your shameful face in the kitchen. NOW!
(On the way to the kitchen, Alfred slid a bracelet on Samanthas bag that was sitting at the living room)
As time goes by, Mikko and Samantha’s relationship become worst. Mikko would drink and go out with his friends while Samantha would wait all night for text or call that would not come. Sometimes, Alfred caught Sam crying on their balcony. Alfred was so frustrated to his step brother that he wants to punch Mikko in the face. But he thought a better plan. He wrote a letter and made the best plan he had ever made in his life. The next morning, he saw Pepper bringing out the garbage.
Pepper: Hey handsome!
Alfred: Can you do me a favour?
Pepper: Well sure for a lovely face.
Alfred: Here’s a letter. I didn’t put my name on it. You should bring it to Sam. Please? I’m begging you.
Pepper: Chill bro! I’ll do it.
Alfred: Thanks Pepper! You’re the best!
So Pepper put the letter on Samantha’s dresser. That night, Samantha went home crying because of a big fight with Mikko. She went straight to the dresser to cry when she saw something unusual.
Samantha: What’s this? A letter? From A? Who would that be? (she opened the letter and she read the most touching and the most appreciative letter in her whole life)
I have always admired your smile and the way you flip your hair from the very first time I saw you. You’re like an angel sent from above to light up someone’s world and unluckily, you end up with a douche. I’m sorry. But you don’t deserve to be crying at night. You should be sleeping soundly. You don’t deserve do be waiting for thing that can’t happen. You should not be an option but a priority. You should not be crying, instead you should be smiling because someone did that for you. You deserve better than this Sam. And for what I can see, I am the one you need. I can’t promise you that I will love you but I will just do it. I will be the very best man you’ll ever have. For now, I’m afraid to show who I am because it will scare you. And I know you’re still with your boyfriend. But given the chance, I want to give my everything to you. I’m sure I’m not the one for you. And I’m sure you will not reply this letter. I just tried my luck anyway.
Samantha was so startled with the guts of this guy who wrote to him but she still wonder who gave that. So she wrote a letter back and she left the letter on her dresser and slept. The next morning, Pepper was delighted to see a letter that Samantha wrote for Alfred. Pepper sneaked u to give Alfred the letter.
Pepper: Hey Alfred! You wouldn’t believe this! Samantha wrote back!
Alfred: REALLY? Weh. Maybe you wrote the letter yourself.
Pepper: NO!!! It’s from Samantha! I saw this letter on the same place where I left your letter!
Alfred: If that’s the case, thanks Pepper.
(Alfred was so happy that day. And when he was about to sleep he read Samantha’s letter. The letter goes like this.)
You should know how much you made me smile tonight. I am so happy that someone still appreciates me even if I made the wrong decision ending up with Mikko. By the way, Mikko and I broke up last night. It was hard but it’s for the better. So I think you can show yourself to me. You touched me with your letter. I hope we can see each other soon.
Alfred then decides to make another letter and it became a routine. A whole week had passed by where Pepper would sneak out and deliver each other’s letter. Pepper didn’t reveal who is the sender of Samantha’s letter. The last letter was sent and has not been replied. The last letter given to Samantha goes like this:
Samantha, I can no longer take this anymore. Let us meet at the playground in the clubhouse. I want you to know who I am. But I will give you a clue. I have slid a bracelet in your bag the first time I saw you smile at me. If you found it, bring it on the tomorrow evening at the playground in the clubhouse at 7pm.
A very confused yet delighted Samantha cried out for help and Pepper heard her.
Samantha: YAYA! Someone’s giving me letters the past few days.
Pepper: (Poker face) And then??
Samantha: He wants to meet me tonight at the playground tonight! And look! He even left a bracelet in my bag the first time I saw him. I want to meet him Yaya! I want to know who put this bracelet in my bag. Why did I didn’t know about this all this time!
Pepper: But you know you are not allowed to go out after 6pm.
Samantha: But Yaya! I need to know who was this man. I am falling for him through his letters.
Pepper: Oh that’s ridiculous Samantha!
Samantha: Yaya! CMon! Help me!
Pepper: Okay. BUT ONLY AN HOUR SAMANTHA! Or else you’ll be grounded and I’ll be fired.
Samantha: Okay. Mom and Dad’s still at the party. But I’ll promise I’ll be back by 8pm.
Pepper: Go ahead! Find your true love!
(So Pepper went to the playground. She waited for a full hour but no Mr. A came. She was so desperate and cold. She went home frustrated and crying. Meanwhile, Alfred was just late)
Alfred: Mom, may I go out? I’ll just play basketball with my friends. I haven’t gone outside for a while.
Madam Rita: Who said you are allowed to go out? You haven’t done your chores yet. Finished the laundry and dishes, then press clothes and then clean the kitchen and floor and then you’re allowed to go out.
Alfred: But Mom.
Madam Rita: Who will do that then? Me? I am your Mother! Your brothers are out. Now, are you complaining?
Alfred: No Mom. I’ll do it.
(Alfred hurried the chores. But he finished it by 8:30 and arrived at the meeting place by 9pm but Samantha wasn’t there. Alfred was frustrated and crying on the way home.)
Alfred: Why is this always keeps on happening? Am I not allowed to be happy anymore?
(at the other side)
Samantha: Why are they’re all the same? They will make you fall in love and then leave you hanging.
(Pepper heard Samantha’s sobbed and comforted. She gave a hint to Samantha about her secret admirer)
Pepper: Oh come here you darling. You know, not all boys are the same. Sometimes, those deserving still have some other responsibilities to attend to.
Samantha: But I only want attention Yaya. Is that too much to ask for? A little bit of A’s time?
Pepper: Of course it’s not wrong but dalring, A has a different life too outside those letters. And maybe that letter is just an escape of his misery.
Samantha: Uhh.. Yaya? Misery?
Pepper: You know well that each person has a misery right? (stuttering)
Samantha: Yes Yaya. But am I asking for too much?
Pepper: Well sort of Darling.
Samantha: Then what would I do?
Pepper: Are you really falling for this man?
Samantha Yes Yaya. So hard.
Pepper: Then find a way to find out who is that secret admirer by your own.
Samantha: But how?
Pepper: Remember the bracelet?
(Samantha saw the bracelet)
Samantha: Yaya. You’re so great!
(Just after the conversation, a brilliant plan came up. Samantha took a picture of the bracelet and made some flyers asking who owns the bracelet. And whoever owns the bracelet gets a chance to date her. Of course, there is a test that could determine if that guy is telling the truth by means of guessing their pen names in the letters. Many dared for the challenge and none of them was the one. Just as Samantha was about to give up in his search, Alfred learned about Samantha’s challenge. And the timing is great because his family are out for the weekend)
Alfred: (calls upon Samantha’s gate) Hello! Excuse me! Does this flyer belongs here?
Pepper: (looks innocent) Yes. Come in.
(Samantha was surprised to see Alfred try her challenge)
Samantha: Hey.. You are Mikkos houseboy, right?
Alfred: Y…ess. Id like to try your challenge.
Samantha: Before anything else, id like to return your handkerchief. Youre so cute and clumsy the first time we met.
Alfred: (shy) Yeah. Sorry about that.
Samantha: Its okay. So no more buts and ifs. What is the pen name?
Alfred: I am… A. and you are S.
Samantha: (shocked) Omygod! So whats the time are we going to meet last saturday?
Alfred: 7PM but im stucked at household chores so I wasn’t able to make it.
Samantha: Oh you! (hugs Alfred)
Alfred: Oh Ive been waiting for this day.
Samantha: Me too.
Alfred: So.. are you my girlfriend now?
Samantha: Probably? Just kidding. Of course. I love you. You know that.
Alfred: (blushed) I love you tooo Sam.
(Alfred went home ready to tell his family about the news but he was more shocked about his Moms announcement)
Madam Rita: Oh where have you been?
Alfred: At.. the clubhouse.
Madam Rita: Doesn’t matter. Okay so heres the thing. You are going to clean our house for the whole night because your Dad will be home tomorrow. You not going to sleep until you make our house as tidy as possible.
Alfred: So that I can come with you to pick up Dad at the airport?
Dean: Of course not.
Mikko: We are going to pick up Dad and you will stay here and cook.
Madam Rita: But you have to be well-dressed before your Dad and us comes home because I don’t want him to know that we made you a house boy.
(So Alfred spent the whole night cleaning the house but he was so inspired when he saw Samantha at the balcony looking out for him. He smiled at her. He clean and scrubbed the whole house until he didn’t noticed he slept at the doorstep. Without announcement, his Dad was home early as announced to Madam Rita and saw his son lying at the doorstep with a broom on his hand. Don Quintin was startled)
Don Quintin: Son, wake up! Why are you holding a broom?
Alfred: (still groggy and in the dreamland.) Mom wants me to clean the house the whole night. She said I should be well-dressed before Dad comes. She doesn’t want Dad to see me as their house boy.
(Don Quintin was so furious he wake up his son and entered the house)
Don Quintin: (shouts) RITAAA! WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?
Madam Rita: Oh youre home Darling!
Don Quintin: Don’t darling me! What did you do to my son? And why are there no maids in this house anymore?
Madam Rita: But… he stole something from our son Mikko and that’s his punishment.
Don Quintin: HE DOESN’T STEAL ANYTHING AND I BELIEVED HIM. This is the type of guy who wont steal anything! You just framed my son so you will have a good excuse not to have maids to pay for.
Madam Rita: But…. Darling.
Don Quintin: I know you are gambling my money that I am giving to you and I am sick and tired of you that’s why I returned. We are going to be separated forever. Pack your bags and leave this house with your sons!
Madam Rita: But… No.
(Don Quintin forced his wife out of his mansions with their sons. He gave them small amount of money and left them in the street. Meanwhile, Alfred was happy his Dad is back and his sufferings end.)
Alfred: Dad you should not do that. You should have given them chance.
Don Quintin: For what they did to you, I will not forgive them,. They deserve that.
Alfred: But Dad…
Don Quintin: No Buts.
Alfred: Okay Dad. But I want you to know. That I have a girlfriend. By the time she wakes up, ill let you meet her)
(So Alfred introduced Samantha to his Dad. Don Quintin approves the relationship. Alfred was back to school and their families became business partners. About 5 years later, the two got married and had 4 children and they lived happily ever after)