The cafeteria was filled with people. Loud chats could be heard anywhere. Sweats trickled down to my neck. I rub my forehead with my backhand and sigh. The line moved and it was my turn.
“Good morning, may I have three large bottled water, please.”
“Will that be all?” The cashier asked.
The machine beeped and the price was shown on the small screen in front of me. “Total of 114php.”
I bit my lip. I only had an exact amount of 113php, thanks to my secret coin pocket. Panic began to set in and the line was starting to get lengthy. I breathed out and decided to just cancel one bottled water.
“Is there a problem?” The man next to me asked. His face was quizzical and I couldn’t help but to blurt out my problem. He smiled. “Here.”
I waved my hand. “No, it’s alright.”
He shook his head. “It’s alright, as well. Take this, Miss.” He gave the one peso to the cashier and turned to me. “Really, it’s fine.”
I couldn’t help, but to smile. “Thank you, thanks a lot.”
Although embarrassment reigned inside me, there was still a part where delight feeling rose. A delight for the people who would love to help with nothing in return.