Together, we call ourselves Chemelena. Yes, it sounds tacky. But at the time we came up with the name, we thought it was simply brilliant.
We no longer hang out much after high school. Chem is in the U.S. and when she is home, Elena and I are too busy with school or too busy avoiding having to spend a lot of money hanging out with Chem and of course, with whomever she has to tag along as chaperone. But, we still love Chem. It doesn’t change the fact that she is a great friend.
Elena, on the other hand, (or as I like to call her, Elaine) I can always spill out anything to her. Every frustration and desperate, wishful thinking. I find it comfortable to tell her everything because we come from the same situation. Even if there have been past events that made me want to ditch our friendship, I’m glad we managed to keep it intact. She is taking her licensure exams for Accountancy now and hopefully, she will be able to pass them.