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Chapter 4

Nang matapos ang tanghalian ay agad bumalik ng kuwarto si Maya.  Gustong-gusto na niyang makalayo kay Richard dahil hiyang-hiya na siya dito.  Hindi na nito magawa ang gusto nito.  Ni ang simpleng pakikipag-date sa girlfriend na si Celeste ay hindi na rin nito magawa.  Lahat ng ito ay dahil sa kanya.

Kaninang umaga ay tahimik silang umuwi ng bahay ni Richard.  Hindi nagkikibuan habang nasa sasakyan ng huli.

Matapos ang nangyari sa kanila ng nakaraang gabi ay hindi na nya alam kung ano ang gagawin niya, kung ano ang sasabihin niya.   Parang wala na siyang mukhang ihaharap dito lalong-lalo na sa girlfriend nitong si Celeste.  Ano na lang ang sasabihin nito na pagkatapos niyang hiramin ang boyfriend nito at pakasalan ay nagawa pa niyang akitin.  Yes she seduced him, siya naman talaga ang nagsimula ng lahat.  Kung hindi niya ito hinalikan ay hindi naman siya nito gagalawin.  Maraming oportunidad para pigilan niya ang pangyayari pero alam niya sa sarili niya na gusto niya, gustong-gusto niya.

Maliit pa lang siya ay crush na crush na niya ang kanyang Kuya Richard kahit sabihin pang pitong taon ang pagitan ng kanilang mga idad.  Kapitbahay nila ito before sa Cebu at dahil sa nag-iisang anak lang ito  madalas ay nasa bahay nila ito para makipaglaro o kaya naman ay alagaan silang magkapatid.

Sino ba naman ang hindi magkaka-crush dito bukod sa guwapo na ay napakatalino pa, madalas ay ito ang nagtuturo sa kanya kapag nahihirapan siya sa Math.  Ito rin ang naging tagapagtanggol niya kapag pinaiiyak siya ng mga kaklase niya dahil madalas ay tinutukso siyang patpatin at atis dahil sa dami ng pimples niya.

Aaminin niya na umiyak siya ng magpa-alam ito para manirahan na sa Manila.  Nakatapos ng Engineering si Richard at kahit sabihin pang mayaman ang angkan nito sa Cebu ay mas pinili nitong mamasukan muna sa ibang kumpanya to gain some experience at ngayon nga ay may sarili na itong kumpanya, ang Lim Aviation Services.

Noong una ay nakakauwi pa ito sa Cebu ngunit ng lumaon ay unti-unting naging madalang ang pag-uwi nito.  Ayon sa mama nito ay naging busy si Richard sa pagpapalago ng sarili nitong kumpanya.

Madalas ay nakakatanggap siya ng cards mula rito lalo na kapag may okasyon tulad ng kanyang birthday.  Lahat ng iyon ay sikretong nakatago sa kanyang tokador.

Kay Richard niya hinulma ang imahe ng kanyang ideal man.  Kaya naman ng magdalaga na siya at kahit naging marami ang kanyang manliligaw ay hindi siya nag-boboyfriend hanggang sa dumating sa buhay niya si Bart Ramirez.  Kapwa- FA niya ito sa Time Airways.  Matalino, guwapo at isa sa pinakamasugid niyang manliligaw ang huli.

“Girl aminin mo nga, tomboy ka ba?” si Emman, isa sa pinamatalik niyang kaibigan.

“Ha, hindi no!  Bakit mo naman naitanong yan?” si Maya.

“E kasi naman girl marami namang nanliligaw sa iyo tapos ni isa wala kang sinasagot.  Lalo na iyang si Bart, perfect!  Kung ako ang liligawan niyan naku bukas kasal na kami.”

Natawa si Maya.  Naaaliw talaga siya kay Emman kasi alam niyang crush na crush nito si Bart.

“Ikaw talaga.  Alam mo naman ang reason kung bakit diba.”

“Sino yung Kuya Richard mo na naman na ten years mo ng hindi nakikita.  Girl magmove-on ka na puwede ba.  Baka nga mamaya may asawa na yan hindi ka lang naimbita sa kasal.”

Kahit sabihin pang biro lang ang sinabi ni Emman, deep-inside ay nasasaktan siyang isiping baka nga may asawa na si Richard o kung hindi naman ay girlfriend.  Ang totoo, ang mga cards na natatanggap niya noon ay nawala na rin.  Nakalimutan na nga siguro siya nito.

“H-hindi naman sa ganun, gusto ko lang mag-focus sa pagiging FA ko alam mo na gusto kong maging International FA.  Isa pa alam mo naman si Papa masyadong conservative.”

“Girl hindi ka na teenager.   My God 23 years old ka na.  Maiintindihan naman siguro ng papa mo kung mag-boboyfriend ka na.  Isa pa give yourself a chance, masyado mo kasing inilagay sa pedestal ang Kuya Richard mo kaya wala ka ng nakitang maganda sa ibang lalaki.  Give Bart a chance.”

And she did, sinagot niya si Bart at naging mag-boyfriend sila hanggang mangyari ang gabing dalhin siya nito sa isang motel.

Naging isang malaking iskandalo ang nangyari lalo na ng makita pa pala sila ng kanyang Tita Amanda na lumalabas ng motel ni Bart.  Kahit anong paliwanag niya ay ayaw siyang pakinggan ng kanyang ama.  Kilala ang kanilang pamilya sa pagiging konserbatibo at hindi matanggap ng Papa niya na ang nag-iisang anak na babae nito ay naging isang pakawala.

Pinuntahan niya si Bart upang humingi ng tulong to explain to her father na walang nangyari sa kanila pero ng puntahan niya ito sa condominium nito kasama si Emman ay wala na ito.  Bigla itong naglaho na parang bula.

Mula noon ay naging malamig na ang pakikisama ng kanyang ama sa kanya.

“Mapapatawad lang kita kung makakasal ka.”  Iyun ang mga salitang narinig niya sa kanyang ama ng minsan ay subukan niya ulit itong kausapin.

Napapikit si Maya, parang sumakit na naman ang ulo niya ng maalala niya ang mga nangyari.

Nakarinig siya ng mahinang katok sa kanyang pintuan. Binuksan niya ito at nagulat siya ng makitang si Richard ang kumakatok.

“I-I’m sorry.  Gusto ko lang malaman mo na we need to pick up Celeste at 7.”

“H-ha ah e h-hindi na lang ako sasama.  Ako ng bahala kay Tita.  Go ahead with your date with Celeste.  Matagal na rin naman kayong di nakakalabas na kayo lang.”

“Are you sure?” nakakunot ang noong tanong ni Richard.

“O-o naman.  S-sige na, ako ng bahala kay Tita.” Ulit ni Maya.

“Okay.” Ang walang ganang sabi ni Richard.

Agad na sinara ni Maya ang pintuan.  Nagseselos siya, selos na selos siya.

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Bumalik si Richard sa kanyang kuwarto.  Gusto man niyang gibain ang pinto ng isara niya ito pero hindi niya puwedeng gawin dahil maririnig ng kanyang ina at magtataka ito.

Pasalampak siyang humiga sa kama niya.  He closed his eyes and put one of his arms on his forehead.

“Ano ba itong pinasok mo Richard?”  tanong niya sa kanyang sarili.

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Chapter 2

8 months ago…

“Bart parang hindi ito ang daan sa pupuntahan natin.”

Hindi sumasagot si Bart at lalo namang kinabahan si Maya ng makita niyang papasok na sila sa isang motel.  Nang makapasok na ang sasakyan sa garahe ay agad bumaba si Bart at binuksan ang pinto ng kotse kung nasaan si Maya.

“Maya let’s go.”

“Hindi ako bababa!” hindi malaman ni Maya pero galit ang nararamdaman niya para kay Bart.  Niyaya siya ng boyfriend na lumabas pero hindi niya akalain na sa isang motel siya nito dadalhin.

“Maya please kung talagang mahal mo ako papayag ka.”  si Bart.  Halos isang taon na silang magkasintahan ni Maya pero hanggang simpleng halik lang ang nakukuha niya sa dalaga kaya nagpasya si Bart na dalhin ito sa isang motel hoping na hindi na ito makakatanggi pa.

“Bart kung talagang mahal mo ako hindi mo hihingin sa akin ito. “  Bumaba ng kotse si Maya  at aktong lalabas ng garahe pero agad naman siyang napigilan ni Bart.

“Ano ba Maya huwag ka namang gumawa ng gulo dito.”

“Uuwi na ako!  Kung gusto mo maghanap ka ng babaeng papayag sa gusto mo.”

Humarang si Bart sa daraanan ni Maya.  “Ok, ok uuwi na tayo ihahatid na kita.”

Tumingin lang si Maya kay Bart at parang nagdadalawang-isip na bumalik at sumakay ulit sa kotse ng huli.

“Maya please.  Ihahatid na kita.”

Tahimik lang na sumakay si Maya at ganun din naman si Bart.  Agad na pinatakbo ng huli ang kotse nito palabas ng motel.

Lingid sa kaalaman ng dalawa ay nakita sila ng Tita Amanda ni Maya dahil sa nagkaroon ng problema ang sasakyan nito sa mismong harap ng motel kung saan sila nanggaling ni Bart.

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Present time…

“Mukhang tinanghali kayo pareho ng gising, hindi ko kayo nakasabay sa breakfast kanina.” Si Donya Esmeralda, ang ina ni Richard.  Pansamantala itong tumigil sa bahay ni Richard dahil may ilang meetings itong kailangang puntahan sa Manila para naman sa mga businesses nito sa Cebu.

“Dito ba kayo natulog kagabi?” tanong ulit nito.

Parehong hindi sumasagot si Maya at Richard.  Napansin din ni Donya Esmeralda na parang umiiwas ang mga tingin ng mga ito sa isa’t-isa.  Humugot ito ng malalim na hininga sabay tanong ulit.  “Magkasama ba kayo sa iisang kuwarto kagabi?”

“Ma!” gulat na sabi ni Richard samantalang namula naman si Maya.

“Well, bakit hindi?  Mag-asawa naman kayo.”  Kaswal na sabi nito.  “Kahit palabas lang ang kasal ninyo, sa mata ng mga kaibigan at kakilala natin mag-asawa kayo kaya kung hindi kayo matutulog dito sa bahay siguraduhin ninyo na sa iisang kuwarto kayo maglalagi.

Hindi na alam ni Richard kung anong gagawin sa mama niya.  Talaga naman kasi kung minsan ay napaka-prangka nito.

Buti na lamang at tumunog ang telepono.

“Ricardo, si Celeste.” Si Manang Fe.

Agad na tumayo si Richard at kinuha ang telepono kay Manang Fe.

“Thank you po Manang.”

Hindi napigilan ni Maya ang hindi sumimangot ng marinig ang pangalan ni Celeste na agad namang napansin ni Donya Esmeralda.

“You’re calling my phone?…  Sorry we’re having lunch, I forgot it in my room… Dinner tonight?… Sure, sure… I”ll pick you up, say seven??… See you then, bye.”

Bumalik si Richard sa kanyang upuan.

“O Maya, bakit parang hindi yata nababawasan ang pagkain mo?” tanong ni Donya Emeralda ng mapansing parang walang ganang kumain si Maya.

“P-po… masama po kasi ang pakiramdam ko.  Medyo masakit po kasi ang katawan ko.” Gusto sanang ibalik ni Maya ang nasabi niya ngunit huli na.  Naramdaman niya ang pamumula ng mukha niya lalo na ng makita niyang nakatingin si Richard sa kanya.

“Aba iha, you need to take some medicine.” Pag-aalalang sabi nito kay Maya.

“S-sige po.  Kakain lang po ako kahit kaunti.”

Bumaling muli ito kay Richard.  “You’re going out tonight son?”

“Yes Ma.  I’m going out with Celeste.” Nakatingin pa rin si Richard kay Maya.

“Ricardo, may I remind you that people knows that you and Maya are married.  Ano na lang ang sasabihin ng mga tao kung lagi pa kayong nagkikita ni Celeste?  Pumayag yang girlfriend mo sa set-up ninyo so she also needs to obey the rules and one of the rules is hindi kayo puwedeng lumabas dalawa lalo na kung hindi ninyo kasama si Maya.”

“Ma, dinner-date lang yun.”

“Ricardo, inumpisahan mo ang kalokohang ito kaya kailangan panindigan mo!” ang mariing sabi ni Donya Esmeralda.

Wala ng nagawa si Richard kundi tumahimik.  Tama ang ina niya siya ang nag-umpisa ng lahat ng ito.

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Chapter 2

8 months ago…

“Papa let me explain.” Kahit nararamdaman pa rin niya ang sampal na ibinigay ng ama ay binalewala niya iyun. She needs to explain her side to her father.

“At ano pa ang dapat mong ipaliwanag. Nakita ka ng Tita Amanda mo with that Bart Ramirez going out of a motel.”

“Pero pa wala pong nangyari sa amin.”

“Sinong lolokohin mo?” Isa pa sanang sampal ang dadapo sa pisngi niya kung hindi lang napigilan ng nakakabatang kapatid niya ang ama.

“Pa, hindi ko po alam na sa motel niya ako dadalhin kaya sumama ako sa kanya pero pa wala po talagang nangyari sa amin.”

“Pakakasalan ka ng Bart Ramirez na yan dahil kung hindi, pareho ko kayong mapapatay ng lalaking yun.”

“Pa please.” Umalis na ang kanyang ama.

Wala na siyang nagawa kundi ang umiyak na lamang.

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The Night before…

“Maya where have you been? Kanina pa kita hinahanap.” Si Richard. He felt a little guilty for leaving her with their friends. He needed to talk to Celeste about something really important.

Hindi sumasagot si Maya. Sapo-sapo lamang nito ang ulo at umiiling.

“Maya…” ulit nito.

“What?!”

“You’re drunk.” Umupo siya sa tabi nito and started rubbing her back.

“I-I’m not drunk t-tipsy lang ako.” Hindi na alam ni Maya kung tipsy lang ba talaga siya o lalo siyang nalalasing dahil sa ginagawa ni Richard.

“Stay here. I’ll be back.”

“Iiwan mo na naman ako?” parang batang sabi ni Maya.

“Sandali lang ako. Just stay here huwag ka na uling mawawala ok.”

Tungo lang ang naisagot ni Maya.

Ilang sandali pa ay bumalik na si Richard. Inalalayan ni Richard si Mayang makatayo. Napapikit si Maya at napasandal sa dibdib nito, smelling his sexy, masculine Armani perfume. “Ang bango talaga ng lalaking ito.” Sa loob-loob niya.

“W-where are we going?” medyo nararamdaman na talaga ni Maya ang hilo.

“I got us a room.” Ang simpleng sagot nito. Napangiti si Richard ng makita niya ang panlalaki ng mga mata ni Maya.

“Don’t worry, magpapahinga ka lang hanggang kaya mo ng umuwi. Mapapagalitan tayo pareho ni mama kapag nalaman niyang pinabayaan kitang uminom.” Ngumiti ulit ito.

Nang makarating sa pintuan ng kuwarto at mabuksan ito ay lalong nagulat si Maya ng buhatin siya ni Richard. Dahan-dahan siyang inilapag nito sa kama at saka umupo sa tabi niya.

“Are you ok? Do you want anything? Coffee?” halatang-halata ang pag-aalala ni Richard para kay Maya.

Iling lamang ang naisagot niya sa lalaki. Richard has always been a gentleman kahit naman nung mga bata pa sila.

Maya placed her hands on Richard’s face and started caressing it. “Thank you.” Blame it all in the alcohol that killed all her common senses but soon she pressed her lips against his. And with a whisper that was barely audible, she told him she wanted him.

“M-Maya…”

“Richard…”

“A-are you sure?” si Richard. He wants to know.

“I am so sure to be scared.” Maya told him.

Alam ni Mayang pagkatapos ng lahat ay pagsisisihan niya ang kung ano mang damdamin ang pinakawalan niya. But she has always loved him.

Richard bent his face to kiss her. Slowly at first but it became demanding, passionate.

He started undressing her until she was naked before him. Richard stops kissing her for awhile and started admiring her, tracing his hands on Maya’s body.

“God you’re more beautiful than I imagined you would be.”

“R-richard…” Maya is on emotional wreck right now. Hindi niya alam kung pipigilan pa ba niya ang nangyayari but she started it. Kasalanan niya. Bukas na lang siya magsisi.

Richard looking on her swollen lips kissed her again and started removing his own clothes.

He went down and licked the top of her breasts repeatedly, leaving butterfly kisses as he went.

Hindi na alam ni Maya kung ano ang gagawin niya. She just closed her eyes… these are all knew to her.

Richard then traveled south and parted her legs and teasing “it” gently with his lips. When Richard thinks it’s time he finds his way to her lips and kissed her again.

Richard straddles her and gently lowers himself to her… breaking the barrier.

Maya gave a soft cry, her innocence now gone.

He leaned his forehead against her. “I’m sorry baby, if I could take the pain for you I would.”

“R-richard…”

“Shhh, just let the pain subside.” He moves in and out of her until both reached their climax. Richard collapsed on top of her.

Pareho pa silang naghahabol ng hininga ngunit ng makabawi, Richard gathered her to his side at mahigpit siyang niyakap nito.

“Sleep now baby.” Then Richard kissed her forehead.

Pagkatapos ng lahat ay tsaka naramdaman ni Maya ang pagtulo ng luha niya.

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Nakaramdam si Richard na parang may kulang kaya naman nagising siya. Nang makita niyang nag-iisa lang siya sa kama ay agad siyang bumalikwas ng bangon. Hinahanap niya ang babaing kagabi lang ay kasiping niya at sigurado niyang kani-kanina lang ay kayakap niya.

Inikot niya ang mga mata sa kuwarto. Nakita niya ang sapatos nito kaya alam niyang nasa confort room lamang ito at nagbibihis. Nakahinga siya ng maluwag.

Alam niyang magiging malaki ang pagbabago sa kung ano mang relasyon meron sila.

Kinuha niya ang kanyang pantalon at nag-umpisang magbihis at dahil hindi niya makita ang kanyang polo ay pinili na lang niyang umupo sa gilid ng kama at hintayin ang paglabas ni Maya.

Nasa ganun siyang posisyon ng makita niyang lumabas si Maya at dahan-dahang sinasara ang pintuan ng banyo.

“Where do you think you’re going?” tanong ni Richard na ikinagulat naman ni Maya.

“Ahh k-kasi ano kasi.” Maya kalma lang, saway niya sa sarili.

Lalo siyang sumimangot, halatang naghihintay ng matinong sagot mula kay Maya.

“U-u-uuwi na sana a-ako.”

“Uuwi ka na and you didn’t even bother to wake me. Ano iiwan mo lang ako dito?”

“K-kasi ang himbing ng tulog mo ayaw naman kitang gisingin.”

“Maya iisang bahay lang ang uuwian natin bakit kailangan mong umuwi mag-isa?”

Lumapit si Richard kay Maya na lalo namang ikinataranta ng huli lalo pa’t walang damit-pang-itaas si Richard.

“Are you okay? Did I hurt you?” tanong ulit nito.

“U-umuwi na tayo.”

Richard leaned over and tried to kiss her.

“NO!!!” si Maya.

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The Guardian Angel – part 1

A/N: This is a continuation to The Guardian Angel – Prologue.

 

Author: princemackaroo

 

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Elle, together with her father Edmund, sat at the waiting lounge. She and her mother Susie were on their way to Megamall in Ortigas when an over-speeding bus unceremoniously cut them out causing Susie to lose control over their car and slam it against a post. Elle miraculously survived the crash and much to everyone’s bewilderment, unscathed. Unfortunately, the same could not be said of her mother. She suffered a severe head trauma, a couple of broken ribs, and broken left femur and right fibula. Her chances of survival are very minimal.

I was standing at one corner, watching Elle sleep in her father’s arms. She looked so peaceful, oblivious of everything that’s happening around her.

“Everything will be okay Elle. Mommy will be okay,” Edmund whispered in Elle’s ear. The troubled expression never left his face. He’s been anxiously waiting and praying for Susie to wake up, for her to survive this. But Father has different plans for them.

“It’s time.” The good angel Simon stood by my side, looking impassively at Susie’s frail body. We both knew what he meant. I turned and looked at Elle and her father. “They’ll be fine. Father will see them through it all,” said Simon.

I looked at him and nodded my head. We may be a higher form of being and cannot feel pain the same way a human does but we know how to have compassion and love, the same way the Father does.

In a couple of seconds, loud disturbing noises came from the apparatuses that are attached to Susie. Edmund got up on his feet, looking frantic more than ever. Nurses were scampering around, followed by a doctor.

I watched through the glass window how the nurses and the doctor tried to save Susie and stabilize her dropping heart rate, all to no avail. Her heart rate continued to drop until it went flat. Susie’s soul detached from her body and she was approached by Simon.

“Come,” Simon called out to her.

Susie smiled at him and took his extended hand. She stopped momentarily in front of me and smiled. “Thank you, for saving my baby.”

“Her time has not come yet. She still has a full-life ahead of her.”

Susie nodded her head in understanding and was ushered by Simon to her now new home. I watched as they disappeared in thin air. I was about to glance back at Elle and his dad when the people inside the ICU caught my attention. Almost a minute had already lapsed but the doctor is still adamant and determined in bringing Susie back to life. He discarded the CPR equipment and tried to manually pump her chest. The nurses were already calling out his attention, asking him to stop, informing him that it is all over but he would not hear any of them. He continued to give Susie CPR. And when his strength waned down, he finally stopped. With much resignation, he turned to one of the nurse and informed them of Susie’s time of death.

I watched as the doctor hung his head low for a few seconds before he straightened up and went out of the room and approached Edmund and Elle. His vigorous efforts to save Susie and the sincere anguish he felt when he failed to save her impressed me. Even when half of mankind had gone bad and went on with their evil ways, there still are a lot of things that are admirable about them, and this is one of them.

As the doctor finally reached Edmund and Elle, only then have I noticed him closely. He was relatively tall, approx. 5’10” in height, well-built, and a Chinese who possess a pair of expressive eyes. Eyes that reminded me of someone – Richard.

With an apologetic tone and sincere sympathy, the doctor informed Edmund that Susie had passed away due to the internal injuries that she sustained. The doctor placed a hand on Edmund’s shoulder, as the latter broke down and cried over his deceased wife.

“Dr. Lim!” A nurse approached the doctor, stopping from his tracks as he was already about to leave. “Doc, kailangan niyo pong i-sign ito.”

The doctor took the papers from the staff and signed it. After handing it back, he continued to walk away and for some reason, I found myself following him. He rode the elevator, disembarked, and entered an office where his name is nicely etched on the glass door, Richard T. Lim, M.D. Neurosurgeon. And I smiled. For the first time, after the night that I left him, I saw him once more, the boy who holds a very special place in my heart.

I passed thru the door and stood before him. He was sitting on his swivel chair, leaning back with his eyes closed. One can easily sense his somber mood. This somehow tells me that he was still the same old Richard that I knew. The Richard who is compassionate, selfless, and loves helping other people, especially those in need.

“Everything okay brod?” A man, wearing a lab coat on top of a white polo, tie, slacks and leather shoes entered the room and approached Richard.

Richard opened his eyes. “Not really brod.” He sat up straight and heaved out a sigh. “I just lost a patient.”

Richard’s friend nodded his head in understanding. “I heard. But I don’t think there really is anything that could be done to save her. From what I heard, grabe daw ang injuries na na-sustain niya from the crash.”

“Yes. The injuries she sustained from the crash are what caused her to die. But still, it’s not an excuse for me not to have saved her. You should’ve seen her daughter. She was still so young. And now she’ll have to live her life without her mother by her side.”

“Brod, you know how everything happens for a reason. Besides, kung talagang oras na niya, oras na niya. You really won’t be able to do anything about that fact. Nothing we do can ever save her from her fate,” explained Richard’s friend.

“I know Ryan.” Richard let out another sigh. “Naaawa lang kasi ako sa naiwan niyang mag-ama.”

Ryan smiled at Richard, and I can tell he too was amused by Richard’s kindness and compassion. “They’re being watched over brod. They’ll get through this. Hindi naman sila bibigyan ng ganitong pagsubok ng Diyos kung hindi nila ito kaya eh.”

After a few more minutes, Ryan eventually got up on his feet. He informed Richard that he still has a couple of rounds before he call it a day. As he was making his way towards the door, Ryan turned his head and looked my way giving me a sense that he somehow knows I’m here or that he could actually feel my presence. But before I could further ponder on the possibilities, Ryan continued to walk and went on with his way.

Richard leaned back on his swivel chair and closed his eyes once more. I don’t know what’s going on in his mind but I can feel his sadness. It shows in his aura.

Without shifting from his position, he took out his mobile phone from the pocket of his pants and started dialing a number. After a couple of tries, he’s still getting the same response. He tried scrolling down on his phonebook and called a different number. After a while, a smile emerged from his lips and he started to speak.

“Hi Ma!” Richard said.

“Ricky hijo! Napatawag ka?” His mother Esmeralda asked.

“Wala naman Ma. I just missed you.”

“Ang anak ko talaga! Well I missed you too hijo!”

“How was Papa?”

“Your papa is doing fine son. Ikaw? How are you doing there? Is everything okay?”

Richard heaved out a sigh. “Okay naman Ma. Just another day in the hospital.”

“You sounded tired son. Baka hindi ka nagpapahinga ng maayos ha? Hindi naman tama yan hijo! You’re a doctor and you yourself should know that too much work isn’t good for your health! You should rest as well!” reprimanded Esmeralda.

Richard chuckled at her mother’s rant. “Ma, I’m okay. I don’t take my health for granted. I don’t overwork myself. Na-mi-miss ko lang talaga kayo ni Papa.”

“Aww.. Well I miss my unico hijo so much as well. Don’t worry son. I’ll ask your Papa na umuwi kami diyan para magbakasyon at makasama ka namin.”

Richard smiled. “That’ll be a wonderful idea Ma. I’ll look forward to it.”

“Well you definitely should!” chuckled Esmeralda. “By the way, how was Alex?”

“She’s doing fine Ma. We’re doing great.”

“That’s good to hear son. Ang gusto ko pag-uwi namin ng Papa mo, makapag-bonding naman kami niyang fiancé mo. And sana naman ay pag-usapan narin natin ang details ng wedding niyo.”

Richard let out a laugh. “Ok Ma. I’ll tell her.”

“Good. O pano son? I got to go. May pupuntahan pa kasi ako. I’ll catch up with you soon okay? Always take care of yourself ok?”

“Yes Ma, I will. You guys take care of yourselves as well. I love you.”

“I love you too son. Bye.”

After the phone call with his mom, Richard’s mood visibly changed. He’s now smiling though the hint of sadness is still there lingering in his eyes. He pressed the speaker on his desk phone and dialed an extension.

“Yes Dr. Lim?”

“Hi Liza. Do I still have any scheduled appointment?”

“Wala na po sir. You are free for the day.”

“Thank you. I’m leaving early today. Just call me for any emergency.”

“I will Doc.”

After the conversation, Richard packed his things up and went out of his office. He rode the elevator once more and this time hit the basement. As he got out, he went to his car and started driving. Am not really sure where exactly he is going but I just sat back at the backseat, contented to simply watch him, look over him just like how I used to when he was still a young kid.

He stopped by a flower shop and bought a bouquet of red roses. A couple of minutes more, we rounded a corner and entering a basement of a high rise condominium building. We boarded the lift once again and disembarked on the 20th floor. We turned left and I watch him stop in front of a unit and enter the code onto the security pad.

As we entered the unit, a nagging sense hit me. Something isn’t right. I brushed the feeling off. In a way, I know what I doing was wrong. I shouldn’t actually be loitering around and following another human who was obviously beyond my jurisdiction. By now, I should’ve been back to heaven and inquiring about my next assignment but I got too preoccupied by Richard that all I want at the moment is to catch up with him and know how and what he has become.

“Alex? Babe?” Richard called out but got no answer. He walked to the living room and found everything in place. He then walked to the kitchen and got himself a glass of water. Rinsing the glass, he placed it back on the rack. He was already on his way back to the living room when he stopped on his tracks. He turned right and started walking towards one of the bedrooms. His face had a darkened expression and only then did I start to notice the noise coming from the bedroom. Before I could react any further, Richard was already opening the door.

I may not have the ability to read minds or know everything that’s happening or that’s going to happen, but the dark, hard as stone and cold as ice expression that looms over his face and the menacing look he has in his eyes are already enough to predict the things that are running in his mind. Without thinking twice, I reached out to him, touched his shoulder and washed him with some calmness.

Reluctantly, he turned his back. With tears rolling down from his eyes, he started walking out of the unit.

 

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I Heart You 2, BCWMH!

Written: July 9, 2014

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I HEART YOU 2, BCWMH!
by iamgarie

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First off, Happy 2nd Anniversary, Be Careful with My Heart! Thank you for 2 amazing years of unforgettable happiness, kilig, love, laughter, tears (happy or otherwise) and good vibes! To Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, and the entire cast & crew, thank you for all those long days of hardwork and numerous sleepless nights to give us the best show ever. Thank you!

The Big Change

The Big Change has finally happened. 1 and 1/2 years have passed in the lives of our most beloved Richard, Maya and their beautiful family, and here we all are still hooked to this show we love and adore like no other. Isn’t it amazing how this show continues to keep us glued to the boob tube even after 2 wonderful years on air? We simply can’t get enough of BCWMH as it never fails to surprise us with its never ending heartwarming moments and brilliant, unconventional storytelling. There is never any room for lengthened bad vibes or prolonged fights or conflicts in this wonderful show that always leaves us feeling good about ourselves and happy, and hopeful & excited about life.

Fast Forward

The fast forward that came about was truly a welcome development for the show as we are now all the more excited to find out how our favorite Lim family, their extended families and their friends are. The Big Change led us through several fast forward scenes that showcased several milestones for the family– 2 Christmases, 2 New Year’s Eve celebrations, several of the twins’ firsts including their first birthday, Nikki’s high school graduation, Sabel’s wedding, and so on… Just like in the episode One Month After last December 2013, things start “in medias res” and we are all the more curious than ever to find out not just what’s up with our favorite Lim family at present, but what we have somehow missed out on in their workaday world in the past one and one-half years because of the fast forward. What an exciting new development for a two year old show that feels and looks brand new!

Here’s what we know so far since the fast forward that occurred.

Richard, though he is excelling as CEO of Lim Aviation Services with his company amassing awards left and right, remains the sweetest husband and the most loving Dad.

Maya, the homemaker who now knows how to bake pandesal and confidently run the household, is still the best wife to her Ricky and the best Mom to all 5 Lim children.

(Of course, we are totally loving the new look of our beloved couple. Richard, with his slimmer figure, new Swissflex frames and brand new shirts and polos that make him look younger and handsomer than ever, and Maya, with her new addition to her wardrobe: sexy nighties and what looks like a never ending supply of shorts which highlight her very beautiful legs.)

Luke is in 4th year college and has an OJT to busy himself with, a girl intern to argue with and his very own condo to come home to, Nikki is having a hard time adjusting to college life as she remains friendless (to top that off, her Nicolo is at present courting Georgina), and 11- year old Abby is bothered by the reality that she is the shortest in class and has become a butt of jokes among her obnoxious boy classmates. The twins, Sky and Sunshine, remain everyone’s stress tabs as they continue to bring joy and elicit love and laughter from their loving family with every little thing they do.

As for other developments, here goes: Kute is back in school, Tay Arturo and Nay Teresita are back in each other’s arms, Sabel is now a married woman, Joma is a Daddy to a cute little boy, and Doris is finally done with make up school (and oh, in case you did not notice, she’s done with her bangs, too! Ha!)

Savoring and Embracing Change

Change is inevitable and we are amazed at how our favorite Lim family has learned to savor and embrace all the changes that have come their way. With a beautiful, astonishing and massive new home sweet home, exciting new challenges and adventures for every member of the Lim household, and a promise of even better, brighter things to come, I cannot help but still wish that this show stays on forever, as I still have endless questions that need answers and endless scenarios that need to be played out—

When do we get to finally see the entirety of the beautiful new home of the Lims? Will we finally see Richard take a dip in the pool with Maya and the kids? Hehe.

Now that Richard is hell-bent on spending more time at home with the kids, what exciting new adventures will he and the kids get into? How will he handle the twins? Will he take them to the park and to the zoo? Will he teach them to make toy airplanes as well?

Aside from pandesal, what else has Maya learned to bake (and to cook) for her family during her 2-year hiatus from work?

Has Maya built a small vacation house in San Nicolas yet? The one she intends to build for her family so they have a place to come home to every time they visit San Nicolas?

What exciting new adventures will Maya have as an international FA? What conflicts/ problems will she encounter at work? Will her unpredictable schedule eventually pose a problem for her family? (While their family was having dinner at Luke’s condo, the kids already made Maya promise that she has to be present in all the important occasions of their lives.)

How long can Luke keep his secret from his fellow on the job trainees? Who will eventually make a major slip of revealing his true identity? Will it be Liza, Minerva, Sonny, Engr. Yamaguchi or Ms. Madrigal? How will Joni find out? Is Aira still in the picture? Are she and Luke still as close as ever? Who will Luke eventually end up with? I think Team Aira pa rin ako. Haha!

What new adventures will Luke get himself into now that he’s living on his own? Despite their endless banter, Luke and his little sister Nikki are so close. Will Nikki be Luke’s constant visitor in his crib?

As it seems, Nikki is still in love with Nicolo, and Nicolo is still obviously not over Nikki yet as we see him constantly accompany her everywhere in school every chance he gets. BUT… What prompted Nicolo to court Georgina? Why did he waver? Why did he not wait for Nikki to grow up?

When will Nikki open that “ugly” jar and read the last note Nicolo put in? Could that last note be a profession of his love?

How will Nicolo finally find his way back to Nikki? Would an introduction of a new suitor for Nikki be the only means for him to finally confront his true feelings for her?

What other adventures will Abby get herself into in her pursuit of becoming taller? And why has she suddenly become a know it all who corrects Nikki every time the latter speaks Taglish? Her Ate Nikki used to be her idol in everything. What happened? And, where is her bestfriend, Lance?

I have a feeling that Simon is the suitor Eds is talking about. I’m hoping I’m right! :-) ‘Can’t wait to witness their budding romance unfold.

Have Rafi and Charlie tied the knot yet? Did the Lims attend the wedding? It would be exciting to have Rafi visit the mansion while she is heavy with child.

How is Jeff? Has he come home for a visit in the last 1 & 1/2 years? Has he finally met Kute and Cho’s Tatay Arturo? How are things with him and Kute?

Is Kute destined to find love in school as Maya insinuated? Is she going to fall for a girl? How will Cho and everyone react to this if it happens?

How will LAS manage with less of Richard and more of Ms. Madrigal, the current COO?

When will Doris find the man of her dreams? ‘Hope the love story the show spins for her is just as exciting and kilig as Sabel’s.

When will Don Roberto and Donya Esmeralda visit Ricky and Maya in their new home?

Shouldn’t Don Roberto and Donya Esmeralda be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary soon given that Sir Chief would be celebrating his 49th bday in the show anytime? (It is already June 2016 in the world of BCWMH now.) Waah! It would be interesting to have Richard and Maya surprise the elderly Lims with a simple yet elegant and memorable wedding ceremony and reception to celebrate fifty years of their love and togetherness. Truly, a kapit bisig moment for the Lim family!

When will Richard and the Lim kids board a plane with Maya as FA and Capt. James Ventura as the pilot? ‘Would still love to see Capt. James in the show one more time. ‘Would want to know if he has found himself a girl to love as well.

When will the Lim family take an out of town or out of the country trip again? Their Baguio adventure in 2012 is unforgettable. ‘Would love to see them in a similar adventure again.

This may sound a bit lame for some already, but I still would want to know some more about Alex’s family and why none of them have ever checked up on Luke, Nikki and Abby. Tsk, tsk!

My list can go on and on and on…

Cheers to Family

We love the Lims because they represent the family we all aspire to have: a loving, caring family who will forever remain our support system (kapit-bisig!) as we all embark in our individual journeys to become the persons we are meant to be.

Richard is a fine example of a husband and dad who is selfless. He understands that “a person who reaches for his dreams is a person that’s fulfilled and is able to give more love.” Hence, we see him encourage Maya to go back to work as an FA as he knows this will make her truly happy and fulfilled. He has also allowed Luke to leave the family nest to find himself and learn to be on his own. He knows that leaving home will be good for him. I was also initially in shock that he allowed Nicolo to drive Nikki to school on her first day in college. I didn’t realize then that it was also a statement of sorts. He wants Nikki to know that now that she is more mature, he will start to trust her with the decisions she will make in life. Richard is an almost perfect husband and dad. Haaay!

Their story also reminds us that we should all continue to remain hopeful and positive even if major setbacks come our way. When the show started, we all felt Richard’s pain of losing a wife. We all saw how he and his three kids struggled to exist back then as they were each devoid of life, hope and love. Thankfully, Maya eventually came into their lives and like magic, made everything alright.

Friendships Formed

I am not surprised that beautiful friendships have been formed among the cast and crew of BCWMH in the past two years as we all have witnessed and enjoyed their constant banter on Twitter & Instagram and interviews on TV.

What is surprising though is the fact that friendships have also been formed among the very loyal viewers of the show. Isn’t this show truly amazing?

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RY and JSM, The Best Reel Couple!

BCWMH did not only give us the best love story ever, it also gave us a love team unlike any other. Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria are perfect in their roles as Sir Chief and Maya. Their chemistry is undeniable! They register so well on a screen as a happy couple who are so in love with each other! Waaah! How we love them! Let me say it again. I cannot imagine anyone else essaying the roles of Sir Chief and Maya with conviction as much as RY and JSM!

I hope their partnership, their love team, will not end when the show ends. I would surely love to see RY and JSM on the big screen, as they figure out in various love stories to remember for all time. I’m sure that their love team will make a killing at the box office once they start making movies! Paging Star Cinema! ‘Would love to see RY and JSM on the big screen come Valentine’s Day next year. I do believe that their partnership deserves several movies! :-) (I don’t know if ABS-CBN and the show is aware of this, but there are various blogs on the net devoted to writing fan fiction about Richard Lim and Maya Dela Rosa. And wow! The stories that have been written about them always leave the readers giddy with love and excitement, as well. For starters, visit Excess Baggage.)

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Happy Lang, Walang Ending

If the show is truly ending this December 2014 (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t just yet!), would another fast forward be too much to ask for? I would sure love to see Luke graduate from college and work at LAS for real. I would also love to see Nikki celebrate her debut. It would also be exciting to see the 3 year old twins finally start preschool and bond with their Mommy and Daddy, Simon and Eds getting married, and Maya getting pregnant again (There’s an overload of sweetness between her and Richard these days. Then there’s even that promise of you and me time. Tsk, tsk. She’s bound to get pregnant again one way or the other. Haha!) Like I said before, BCWMH is a story of life and endless possibilities. I hope it never ends para happy lang lahat kasi walang ending!

Truth be told, I HEART YOU 2, BCWMH! You are truly unforgettable!

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Maya to Richard: The only thing constant is you and me time.

For us avid viewers of the show, the only thing we want to remain constant is to see BCWMH on TV for the rest of our lives. Ha!

Thank you, BCWMH, for coming into our lives exactly two years ago today, for touching our hearts and souls, for giving us hope, for always relieving us off our stress, for inspiring us to become the best that we can possibly be and for constantly giving us an insurmountable amount of happiness, kilig, love, laughter and good vibes. You are simply the best!

Congratulations, Team BCWMH, Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria for all the awards you have reaped, endorsements you have made, world tours and Kapamilya caravans you have performed in, countless magazine covers you have graced, DVD’s and music CD’s you have sold, high TV ratings you have consistently gotten and all the other worthy achievements you have gained since the show started. For sure, there will be more to come!

Here’s one to look forward to. ARANETA, here they come!

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For the nth time, let me say it again, I’ll remain a fan and a staunch supporter of this show no matter what. It’s simply the best show to ever grace Philippine television in years!