Before The Twins Are Born

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Author: iamgarie

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Written: April 14, 2014

BEFORE THE TWINS ARE BORN
by iamgarie

Part 1

Maya’s 7th and 8th months of pregnancy passed by like a breeze as she spent her maternity leave either at home supervising the kids and all household needs OR at Lim Aviation Services attending to Richard’s needs and getting to know their business more. In between, Maya also attended the remainder of her Lamaze sessions with Richard, helped Nikki & Abby in their growing business, and supervised the designing and decorating of their new home which they can finally transfer to come November.

Maya is also in constant touch with her Dela Rosa family. She is happy to know that the house they’re having constructed in San Nicolas is finally built, that their karaoke business is doing well, and that Nanay Teresita and Tatay Arturo are doing okay since they got back in each others’ arms during the Lim-Dela Rosa Cebu trip, all thanks to Maya playing Cupid.

It is now the month of September and Maya is excited at the prospect of giving birth a week from now, never mind if it’s via Caesarian-section. She is one lucky pregnant wife as Richard has been giving her the very best care possible. Richard has also made arrangements with Liza about getting the whole week off next so he can take care of Maya and the twins. Luke, Nikki, and Abby, although busy with school, are just as excited as everyone else.

Over breakfast with Richard and the kids this happy Sunday morning, Maya makes a special request.

Maya: Sweetheart?

Richard: Yes, sweetheart?

Maya: Pwede ba after mass, bumisita tayo ng mga bata kay Alex?

Richard: (smiles) Okay. It’s been quite a while since we last visited her. Girl talk na naman kayo?

Nikki: Hihi! That’s a great idea, Tita Mommy. We haven’t visited Mom in a while.

Luke: Oo nga po, Dad. Tsaka we also want to tell Mom something.

Nikki: Yes, Daddy. There’s really something we want to tell Mom.

Richard: Ano naman yun?

Abby: It’s a secret muna po, Dad.

Richard: Okay.

Maya: O sige na, tapusin niyo na yung kinakain nyo, para makapagbihis na lahat tayo at hindi ma late sa mass.

Part 2

Inside Alex’s mausoleum, the kids are happily sharing stories with their Mom–

Luke: Hi, Mom! Guess what? Daddy and Tita Mommy gave me a really cool car for my by 18th birthday, and I’ve been driving myself to school since then. You don’t have to worry po. I’m a very careful driver.

Nikki: Buti pa po si Aira nakasakay na sa car ni Kuya, kami ni Abby hindi pa.

Luke: Nikki!

Nikki: What? I’m just saying.

Luke: Ahh, ganun ha? Mom, nakwento na po ba sa inyo ni Nikki si Nicolo?

Nikki: Kuya! You are so GRRR! Rawr!

Luke: What? I’m just saying!

Abby: Kuya, Ate, you’re both so funny! Hi, Mom!

Nikki: Guess what, Mom? I’m doing great in school. Westeatro has also been receiving a lot of praises as we continue to stage relevant and timely stories.

Abby: And yung weekend business po namin ni Ate is doing really good.

Nikki: And that’s all thanks to you, Mom! Thank you for teaching me how to bake the most delicious cookies and cupcakes ha. Business has been really good.

Abby: Pero don’t worry, Mom! School remains a priority for all of us.

Luke: Ahhh, Mom, there’s something we want to tell you. We are all excited cos Tita Mommy is giving birth na po next week.

Richard holds Maya’s hand as they both continue to listen in on the kids’ conversation with their Mom.

Nikki: And Dad and Tita Mommy are having twins, Mom! A boy and a girl po. We’re going to name them after our Lolos and Lolas– Robert Arthur and Emerald Therese.

Abby: I’m finally going to be an Ate na to baby Robby and baby Emma! Yehey! (Claps her hands)

Nikki: Mom, we’ve been thinking. Since our twin siblings will be born na next week, is it okay with you if we start calling Tita Mommy ‘Mommy’?

Maya: Nikki?

Nikki: Yes, Tita Mommy. Kuya, Abby and I have been talking about this with Mom na po for a long time. We really want to call you Mommy if that’s okay with you.

Luke: We don’t want baby kambal to be confused and to ever think they’re different from us.

Abby: And Tita Mommy is really a Mommy to all three of us po. Please don’t get mad po ha.

Nikki: Abby, Mom is a very kindhearted and loving Mom. I’m sure she’s not mad.

Luke: We are so sure she’s happy pa nga that Tita Mommy came into our lives.

Nikki: Kuya’s right, baby! I think Mom was even responsible for having Tita Mommy come into our lives. Mom only wants us to be happy.

Maya is in tears as she listens to Luke, Nikki and Abby, her three children whom she loves so much. Richard wipes away her tears and kisses her forehead.

Luke: And you know what, baby? Sure kami ni Ate Nikki na okay lang kay Mom, that we start calling Tita Mommy ‘Mommy’.

Abby: Really, Ate, Kuya?

Luke and Nikki nod.

Abby: (Looks at Maya) Is that okay with you, Tita Mommy?

Maya: Oo naman basta ikasasaya niyo, mga anak. Mahal na mahal ko kaya kayo!

Nikki: Then it’s settled. We will start calling you Mommy from now on!

Abby: Aren’t we lucky, Ate, Kuya? We have the best parents in the world and they’re not only 2! There are three of them! Mom, Mommy and Daddykins!

Luke: You’re right, Abby! We love you, Mom! We love you, Mommy! We love you, Dad!

Nikki: Mommy, Daddy, we’ll stay in the car muna po. We know you also want to talk to Mom.

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Richard and Maya: Hi, Alex!

Richard: Well, I guess nakwento na ng kids lahat. Except for one thing. We’re transferring to a new house in a couple of months. And excited na lahat.

Maya: Mahirap ba manganak, Alex? Kinakabahan na ko. Hihi. Buti na lang, maalaga itong si Ricky… After ko manganak, promise. Bibisita kami agad dito para naman makilala mo sina baby kambal… Alex, salamat ha sa lahat-lahat. Alam mo na kung bakit. Wag kang mag-alala. Habang buhay kong mamahalin si Ricky at ang mga bata.

Richard: (smiles lovingly at Maya and kisses her forehead again) We will come visit you again soon, Alex.

Still holding each other’s hands, they both say a silent prayer to Alex.

Richard: Alex, thank you. I think the kids are right in assuming you had a hand in all this. You were the one who made sure that Maya will come into our lives and like magic, make everything all right. Always remember that I will always love you. Thank you for giving me three wonderful children. And thank you for Maya!

Maya: Alex, salamat ng marami. Pakiramdam ko tama ang mga bata nang sinabi nila na may kinalaman ka sa pagtatagpo naming lahat. Salamat! Maraming-maraming salamat. Mahal na mahal na mahal ko si Ricky at ang mga anak natin. Wala ka nang dapat ipag-alala. Mamahalin at aalagaan ko sila habang buhay.

Part 3

After dinner, Richard and Maya, head straight to bed after a fun and tiring day with the kids. As Richard and Maya lay in bed, with Maya’s head resting on Richard’s chest, Maya is in deep thought.

Maya: Sweetheart?

Richard: Yes, sweetheart?

Maya: Sana okay lang magtanong. Nagtataka lang kasi ako.

Richard: Ano yun?

Maya: Nasan ang pamilya ni Alex? Bakit parang ni minsan, wala pa akong nakikitang bumisita na kamag-anak ni Alex sa mga bata o kahit tumatawag man lang? Maging ang mga bata parang wala din namang kwento tungkol sa pamilya ni Alex.

Richard: Alex is an only child. She was born and raised in the US to a Chinese Dad and a Filipina Mom. When Alex was 10 years old, her Dad met a car accident and died on the spot. Her Mom singlehandedly raised her after that. Then when Alex was 17, her Mom fell in love and remarried. Alex was so happy for her Mom then.

Maya: Hmmm.

Richard: Kaya lang, Alex realized na no matter how hard she tried to be a dutiful stepdaughter, her stepdad still didn’t like her at all. He was mean to her and he made her feel she was not welcome to stay with them and her two stepsiblings. He was only nice to her everytime her Mom was around. By the time Alex was 18 and about to go to college, she made a decision to come home to the Philippines.

Maya: May mga kamag-anak siya dito?

Richard: Wala, actually. Her Mom was orphaned at a young age kasi. Pero yung bestfriend ng Mom nya was a teacher at PUS. Her Mom allowed her to come to the Philippines and study basta sa PUS siya mag-aaral para her Mom’s bestfriend can somehow look after her din.

Maya: Pano kayo nagkakilala?

Richard: There was a semester when one of my former professors asked me to give a series of seminars sa PUS. I was already working for Mr. Go then. Remember, si Mr. Go, yung dati kong boss and Ninong natin sa kasal?

Maya: (nods)

Richard: Alex was already in 4th year college then. She was among the participants dun sa seminar. We met and it was love at first sight.

Maya: Hahaha!

Richard: O, bakit?

Maya: Kayo ni Alex, love at first sight. Ako naman na love at first sight din sa yo. Pero ikaw, sabi mo nga, it took you awhile before you realized it… Na mahal mo na pala ako. Hahaha!

Richard: Tulog na nga tayo. Nagseselos ka na yata, eh.

Maya: O, joke lang, sweetheart. Alam ko namang mahal na mahal na mahal mo ako, eh. Tuloy mo na kwento.

Richard: Before the series of seminars was over, naging kami na.

Maya: Agad agad?

Richard: Oo. And we got engaged even before she graduated from college. A month after her graduation, we got married even if Papa and Mama were against it. Her Mom came to Manila for her graduation and stayed til our wedding.

Maya: Grabe ka, Mr. Lim! Ang bilis ah!

Richard: Eh ganun eh.

Maya: Sweetheart, na-meet ba ng mga bata yung Lola nila? Yung Mommy ni Alex?

Richard: Well, a couple of times lang. She came to the Philippines for a short visit. Luke was around 7 at that time and Nikki was 4 years old. Hindi na siya na-meet ni Abby kasi a year after her visit, she succumbed to cancer. Alex didn’t even know that her Mom was sick na pala when she came to visit then. She only knew about it when her Mom’s bestfriend finally told her about it. This was like three months before her Mom died. The moment she learned about her Mom’s illness, we all flew to the US together. The kids and I stayed no longer than one week cos Luke and Nikki had school, while Alex stayed there to take care of her dying mom for almost 3 months din.

Maya: (in tears) Ang lungkot naman.

Richard: Yes.

Maya: Buti na lang nagkatagpo kayo at nagmahalan. Ang lungkot-lungkot pala ng mga pinagdaanan niya.

Richard: Yes.

Maya: Pero, sweetheart, wala bang nakilala si Alex na kamag-anak from her father side?

Richard: Wala din, eh. Her Dad’s parents were against his marrying Alex’s Mom. Nothing personal. They simply didn’t like her Mom kasi Filipina siya and hindi Chinese like them. After her Mom and Dad got married, they decided to live in the US na lang.

Maya: Ahhh.

Richard: O, curiosity satisfied na ba?

Maya: Yes, sweetheart. Tulog na tayo.

Richard: Finally! Kanina pa ko inaantok, eh.

Maya: Haha! O eto na lang pambawi ko.

Maya raises her head, blows butterfly kisses all over her husband’s handsome face, and then cups his chin and leans in to him for a lingering kiss that totally blew him away.

Richard: Wow!

Maya: Ahaha! Yan lang pala gusto mo, eh.

Richard: Wow!

Maya: Haha! Sweetheart, okay ka lang?

Richard: Sweetheart, you think it’s okay to ask your OB kung pwede ka na manganak bukas?

Maya: At bakit masyado kang nagmamadali?

Richard: I miss you. I miss us spending hours in bed pleasuring each other…

Maya: Sweetheart!

Richard: Ikaw, eh! Bakit ayaw mo ba?

Maya: Siyempre, gusto din. Ahahaha!

Richard: Yun naman pala, eh.

Maya: I love you, sweetheart!

Richard: I love you more, sweetheart!

With satisfied smiles on their faces, Richard and Maya suddenly gaze at each other with passion, deep longing, and desire mirrored in each others’ eyes. Then their lips finally come together for a kiss neither of them didn’t want to end at all… :-)

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Disclaimer: I do not own the creative minds behind ABS-CBN’s Be Careful with My Heart TV show. This creative endeavor is just for fan fiction purposes. The characters are ABS-CBN’s BCWMH TV show’s sole property.

Allow me to acknowledge and thank BCWMH’s brilliant Creative Team as some of the scenes and lines mentioned in this piece may were taken from the TV series.

Letters (20) To Baby Twinnies, From Ate Nikki with Love

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Written: April 12, 2014

TO BABY TWINNIES, FROM ATE NIKKI WITH LOVE
by iamgarie

Dear Robby and Emma,

Hi there, twinnies! I am your Ate Nikki. In a couple of months, we’re going to see each other na and I am so super excited na kaya! I promise to be the best Ate to both of you. You are going to be so loved, babies!

You know what, baby kambal? You are both going to be born to the best family ever. Our Daddy and Mommy are the very best parents any child could hope for. Our Daddy is very responsible, hardworking and such a loving, caring and sweet Dad. He may be strict at times, but that’s only because he loves us so much and wants only the best for us. Our Mommy is also very responsible, hardworking and such a loving, caring and sweet Mom. She can also be very funny at times. The best thing I love about her is she knows how to listen and she gives the best advices. Our Daddy and Mommy are the best. No matter how busy they get, they always make time for me, Kuya and your Ate Abby. You know what, twinnies? I often watch Daddy and Mommy from afar and I am in awe of how much they truly care and love each other. Awww! They are just so sweet all the time! They just love each other so much!

Daddy says our new house will take longer to build pa daw, and that’s okay, I guess. I would love for the both of you to experience living in this house, too! This house is just oozing with so much love, laughter and good vibes. And with the both of you arriving soon, I simply can’t wait to make kwento about this house, our home sweet home!

Our Kuya Luke is also the best Kuya. He makes me asar all the time, and we argue and tease each other like crazy. But he has proven to me many times how much he cares for me as his little sister. Although Kuya is busy with school and with his friends, he is just as excited as I am about your arrival. You are going to be so loved by Kuya, babies!

My baby sis Abby, your big sis, is such a sweet girl, and she is so excited to meet you na din. Although she has been our baby and the center of attention for so long, she’s not at all wee bit jealous about your arrival. She’s so super excited to meet you both na! Do you know that your Ate Abby and I have decided to continue the business we initially started merely to raise funds so we could buy the best gift for you? Thank you, babies ha. Because of you, your Ate Abby and I have a growing business na. Yay!

Baby Robby and Baby Emma, enjoy your time lang in Mommy’s tummy ha? Don’t be in a hurry to come out agad ha. Come out lang, when it’s time na. You don’t have to worry about a thing. You’re in the best tummy ever! Our Mommy loves you guys so much. I’m sure she’s giving you the most amazing tender loving care any child could hope for. And as for our Dad, we are quite certain, he’s making sure you guys and Mommy are receiving the best care from him, as well. I can’t wait to have you experience the love and care of Daddykins and Mommykins! They’re truly the best parents ever!

I love you, Robby and Emma! See you soon, okay?

Love,
Ate Nikki

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Disclaimer: I do not own the creative minds behind ABS-CBN’s Be Careful with My Heart TV show. This creative endeavor is just for fan fiction purposes. The characters are ABS-CBN’s BCWMH TV show’s sole property.

Allow me to acknowledge and thank BCWMH’s brilliant Creative Team as some of the scenes and lines mentioned in this piece may were taken from the TV series.

Heart’s True Desire – part 23

A/N: This is a continuation of Heart’s True Desire – part 22

Author: Hanah6181

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Richard saw Maya’s eyes turned teary, he calmed down. He suddenly felt guilt for almost scolding her. He sat on the bed beside her.

“Maya, I’m sorry. I was just concerned.” He looked at her directly in her eyes. There was tenderness in his tone.

She nodded. “Thank you sa concern mo.” Her pride was still hurt but she managed a weak smile.

As they spoke, their eyes were glued to each other. Slowly their expressions changed. As if there was a force that pulled them, their faces moved towards each other. Then, their lips touched as their eyes closed at the same time.

She felt his warm lips touched her lips tentatively as if waiting for her reproach. But nothing came out of her mouth. She pressed her lips closer to his and she felt him move away a bit. She opened her eyes and found him gazing at her.

“Maya?” He looked at her with question in his eyes.

She smelled the alcohol he consumed but she found it exciting. It was the moment she was waiting for. She instantly snaked her arms around his neck and pulled him back to her. There was no escape from her as she kissed him.

Richard’s lips opened when he realized she wanted the kiss. Although unsure where the two of them would lead to, he was drawn to her sweet lips. A second later, he took over and lead their kissing to become more passionate.

Then, they heard a loud knocking on their door. Their kissing stopped but their eyes mirrored each other’s need for each other. Then, another knock was heard and followed by a voice calling out Richard name.

“Richard…. Richard.” It was his father-in-law. Richard heaved a deep sigh of frustration as he sat up.

“Wait a while.” He touched her blushing cheek before leaving her on the bed.

When Richard opened the door, he found Papa Arturo outside. “O anak, matutulog ka na ba? O bakit basa ang T-shirt mo?” Papa Arturo noticed the water stains in Richard’s T-shirt.

“Ahh, sa sink lang ito Pa. Nabasa when I splashed water on my face. Anyway, bakit po n’yo naitanong kung matutulog na ako.” Richard quickly thought of an alibi so as not to unnecessarily make his in-law worry about Maya’s fall on the bathroom.

“Meron pa pala akong iko-konsulta sa’yo. Ehhh, tutal eh… hindi pa naman kayo tulog… wala naman pa siguro akong naistorbo sa inyo.” Papa Arturo seemed to have an urgent issue in his mind that he really wanted to share with his son-in-law.

Richard took a deep breath. He was tempted to tell latter that he actually interrupted them. In the end, he chose not to say anything.

“Ah ganoon po? Sige Pa, sandali po. Sabihan ko lang si Maya at magpapalit lang din ako ng Tshirt.” Richard closed the door and returned to the bed. Maya was still there and fully covered by the comforter.

“Bakit daw, Ricky?” She asked.

He kissed her on her forehead and then lovingly informed her. “Hon, may pag-uusapan pa daw kami ni Papa. I’ll join you later.”

She just nodded. “Sige. ‘Wag ka nang masyadong uminom ‘ha.” She reminded him.

He smiled at her and then turned to get a new t-shirt from the closet. He changed into a new one before leaving her in the room.

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It was past midnight when Richard returned to their bedroom. When he came back, he found Maya sleeping soundly. He proceeded to the bathroom for a quick shower and minutes later he was out, ready to join her.

He stood on the side of the bed where Maya sleeping and gazed at her lovely face. He bent down and kissed her lightly on the lips as her angelic face tempted him.

“You’re such a beauty.” He whispered near her ear. She didn’t move. She was really asleep.

So, he turned off the lights leaving their room dimly lit with a faint light coming from window. It was full moon that evening. He laid down on the empty side of the bed. Lying beside her with his arms behind his head, he mind was in turmoil. After the kiss earlier, he thought he couldn’t just lay there beside her and do nothing. He turned on his side to face her. While her back was turned against him, he could smell her sweet scent. In the end, he succumbed to the temptation.

He shifted his position so he could be closer to her. With his legs touching the back of her legs, his chest pressed on her back, he caressed her hair.

He gently turned her so he could have access to her face. He uttered. “Maya… I love you.”

Maya stirred in her sleep. She felt his warm body pressed so close to her. “Honey… I love you.” This time, Maya seemed to have heard him.

Maya opened her eyes and saw Richard’s face close to her face. “Hmmm, Ricky you are here.”

“Yeah.” He nuzzled her hair. Maya hands started to move and hugged him. Then, she hesitated.

“Nananaginip ba ako?” She whispered as she felt Richard’s kisses were trailing from her earlobe to her cheek and then to her eyes.

“No, honey, you are not dreaming.” Richard’s voice was husky when he responded.

Maya’s heartbeats raced when she became fully aware that she was indeed not dreaming. Their bodies were so close to each other that she could hear the loud thudding of his heartbeats. And so, when Richard kissed her mouth, she was ready to receive him.

“I love you too, Richard.”

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Richard and Maya woke up the following morning still in other’s arm. Her head was on his chest and an arm was over his hip. Richard’s arm on the other hand was around her waist keeping her comfortably close to his body.

When she opened her eyes, she realized that it was already morning as she saw the sun was already shining. It must have been late morning because the sunlight was no longer directly shining in her bed.

“Good morning, Ricky.” She reached up to him. She removed the hair covering her face as she planted a kiss on his lips.

“Good morning, honey.” He smiled at her as he received her kiss.

Then, they heard a voice outside the bedroom. “Richard, Richard… Maya.” The two heard knocks at the door.

“Sandali lang po, Mang.” Richard responded. He finally stood up and walked inside to gather all their clothes that were lying on the floor.

“Don’t leave the bed baby… I’m coming back.” He instructed and then gave Maya a wink.

Seconds later, Richard opened the door and found Mamang in the living room waiting for him.

“Richard, Good morning.” Mamang stood up from where she was seated and walked towards him.

“Mang, pasensya na po. We overslept.” Richard informed their grandmother.

“Ay hindi, okay lang matulog pa kayo. Kaya lang kasi, kanina pa itong phone mo na nag-ri-ring. Parang importante kasi kanina pa may tawag ng tawag. Pasensya na kayo at nagising ko yata kayong mag-asawa.” Mamang explained. She peeked thru the door and noted that Maya was still in bed covered up to her neck. She smiled secretly.

“Thank you po, Mang. Pagising na po kami ni Maya. May flight po kami pabalik sa Manila ng lunchtime. So, timely naman po ang pagkatok n’yo. We’ll just have breakfast before we go.” Richard informed Mamang. He didn’t realize he forgot his phone in the living room until that morning.

“Ano ‘ka mo? Lunchtime ang flight n’yo?” Mamang looked surprised.

“Opo, bakit po?”

“Eh naku apo, lunchtime na. Eleven thirty na. Mukhang napuyat kayong dalawa, ah.” Mamang facial expression brightened especially after seeing the guilty look in Richard face.

“Hindi naman po.” He let out a soft laugh. “Anyway, we’ll just have to take the afternoon flight then.” Richard hoped that the Sunday afternoon schedule was not fully booked. Although, he wanted to stay longer in San Nicolas, he had a morning appointment with the following day. So, needed to be in Manila by Monday.

“O s’ya sige. Maghanda na kayong mag-asawa at maya-maya lang ay mag lu-lunch na tayo.” Mamang left Richard to instruct their maids to prepare the dining table and check on the dishes.

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Richard returned to bed and lied down beside Maya again. He pulled her body close to him so he could feel her whole body in his.

“So, what was that, Ricky.” She cuddled with him.

“Wala. It was just my phone.” He responded. He really loved the feeling of having her in his arms. “Hon, much as I am tempted to have you for my meal. We have to go out of this room, it already lunchtime.” He told her.

As soon as she was up, he wrapped his arms around her. “Love you. You want me to help you in the shower?” He whispered. Maya caught the twinkle in his eyes.

“Ricky…tantanan na ha. I thought you were sincere in your offer to help me.” She tried to disengage from his embrace. But, he kept her still and even hugged her tighter.

“Oo naman, sincere naman ako ah. Ikaw yata ang may iniisip na magada eh. Game ako dyan.” He smirked.

“Ewan ko sa’yo. Ang cute mo!” She gave him a smack on the lips and finally disengaged from his hold as she hurriedly went to the bathroom.

Once inside the bathroom, she heard him knock. She locked the door so he couldn’t get in. “Hon, be careful there. Baka madulas ka na naman. How about I accompany you?”

She replied from the other side of the door. “Thanks but no thanks. Mr. Lim. I need to take a shower alone. Tanghali na po.”

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Richard and Maya were holding hands as both were sleeping on the plane on their way back to Manila. She was on the window seat but her head rested on his right arm. They were a picture of an intimate couple.

When the plane landed 1 and half hours later, it was Richard who woke her up.

“Maya, we’ve landed in Manila.”

She opened her eyes and smiled at him. “I slept throughout the flight.”

“Yeah, hon. I must have really exhausted you out last night.” He commented as he returned her smile.

She touched his face and gently turned it to another side. “Uumpisa ka na naman. Lets’ go, Mr. Lim. Pwede dinner out tayo tonight?” She requested.

“Sure, my dear wife. We need to celebrate. Let’s just drop by the house to leave our luggage and get my car.” He replied as they deplaned.

A/N: If you read this chapter and thought there were missing scenes, you are correct. This chapter has been edited to pass the general patronage rating. :-) :-) The cut scenes will not affect the whole story.

Home Sweet Home

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A/N: This piece is inspired by the April 8, 2014 episode of BCWMH. Since I was out of town from April 9-11, 2014 and had bad wifi reception where we stayed, I did not have the chance to post this earlier. I have yet to see the April 9-11 episodes of BCWMH and have no idea how our favorite story has progressed. I’m hoping to watch the episodes I missed after I post this. I hope you’ll still enjoy this piece. Happy reading, everyone!

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Author: iamgarie

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Written: April 9, 2014

HOME SWEET HOME
by iamgarie

Part 1

With his hands full at work, as he balances his roles as Chief Engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Lim Aviation Services, Richard Lim couldn’t help but feel guilty about being away from home way longer than he should. Good thing he has a very understanding and loving wife who supports and believes him all the way.

Maya Lim, his very beautiful pregnant wife, inspires Richard like no other. Because of her, he has learned to venture out of his comfort zone, has since learned how to listen to her and the kids, and has since been open to adjustments, compromises, and dialogues as they both make decisions for their growing family.

Having Maya with him earlier as he presented his plans for LAS in front of the board of directors felt so right. Reminded of how exciting and wonderful life is with his beloved wife– his partner for life, he tried his best to convince the board about getting a partner to help in LAS’ expansion. He reasoned with the board so well and finally got everyone’s nod to his proposed plans much to the delight of his dear sweet Maya who was cheering him on the best she could.

Maya has since gone home after their little celebration at the office and Richard is still working til now. When he finally takes a break, he is surprised to see his secretary Minerva with dinner for him. “Pinahatid po ni Ma’am Maya, “ Minerva tells him. A sweet smile escapes his lips as he calls Maya on the cellphone to thank her for her thoughtfulness. After dinner, Richard is on a roll, hoping to finish up the job sooner than expected, so he could come home to his loving wife and cuddle up in bed with her.

Part 2

It is almost 4 AM when Richard finally arrives home and a feeling of nostalgia hits him. It is only a matter of time before he, Maya, and their children leave this place they call home forever. In the peace and quiet, he surveys every nook and cranny of his house as he recalls all the wonderful memories he has shared with the children and Maya (both pre and post wedding) in their home sweet home.

Richard recalls the day he carried Maya in his arms back inside the house as she fainted from overfatigue on the driveway. With Doris and Sabel on leave and Manang Fe at sick bay, his ever dutiful employee, Maya Dela Rosa, made no complaints about singlehandedly attending to his and his children’s needs during their first few days at the mansion. His respect and admiration for this woman whose integrity he doubted at the beginning grew in leaps and bounds.

Amazing how every single part of this home reminds him of his beloved Maya, the woman he is meant to spend the rest of his life with.

Richard enters the porch and is reminded of all the nights he and Maya would sit side by side each other as they talked about anything and everything for hours over cups of coffee. The porch held other special memories, of course. It was also where he and Maya sang their first ever duet, celebrated their first ever Valentine date, and where he nonchalantly told her about not being sorry for kissing her after the prom. He walks further and looks up at the starlit sky and thanks God for Maya.

As he looks down at the swimming pool, the garden and the basketball court, he recalls with fondness more memories he shared with Maya and his kids– his and Maya’s unforgettable monthsary date, camping, lighting the lantern, Maya, the kids and the rest of the household playing in the rain, Abby and Nikki’s birthday parties, Abby’s graduation party, Abby’s swimming lessons courtesy of Maya and Luke…

He heads back inside the dining area and is reminded of how much fun family meals have been since Maya came into their lives.

As he fetches a glass of water and something to snack on from the refrigerator, he is suddenly reminded of the night Maya candidly admitted having a huge crush on him. He also recalled how much he enjoyed watching her make coffee for him countless times over, and how Doris and Sabel told Maya once that no one can make the kind of coffee she makes for her Sir Chief cos “ikaw lang ang makakahalo ng kape ni Sir Richard ng may pagmamahal!”

He steps inside the principal’s office with his water and food to eat, and is reminded of the countless times he has called Maya in to reprimand her, to have her help him make plans for Abby’s birthday, to talk with her about the kids and his concerns. He also remembered that one time he coached her for a job interview. He chuckles as he recalled how agitated and how funny Maya seemed back then, and realized that his wife’s giddiness as he asked her various questions back then must have been caused by her huge crush on him. He finishes his meal before he leaves his office with his trademark lopsided grin.

As Richard re-enters the living room he is reminded of that fateful day when he finally admitted to his kids that he loves Maya and that she is his girlfriend. As he recalled the tension he and his two elder kids eperienced back then, he could not help but smile at how different things are now and how much his kids love Maya like their very own mother.

Before he climbs the flight of stairs, he locks the main door and collects the flowers and laptop bag he left on the table when he came in earlier. Once upstairs, he opens Abby’s former bedroom, now the twins’ nursery room, and he smiles. Various flashback scenes come rushing back to him as Abby’s room holds very precious memories of Maya– the night they both fell asleep in Abby’s room as they both waited for Abby to talk, the night he saw Maya kiss his picture on her cellphone, the day she made him laugh non-stop with her Giripit joke, and all the evenings he would check up on Abby and actually see Maya talking or laughing with her, or animatedly sharing the story of “The Mahal na Hari and Mahal na Prinsesa” with her.

He enters Nikki and Abby’s room to check on them and he is suddenly reminded of that moment more than a year ago when Nikki didn’t open up her door for him because he didn’t allow her to go to the prom with Inigo as date. Thanks to Maya who tried her best to make Nikki understand Richard’s decision, Nikki finally opened her bedroom door for him and talked with him. Inside the room, Richard gazes lovingly at his two girls, amazed at how much they have grown and just how loving and sweet they are to him, Maya and everyone else. There is pride in his eyes as it hit him that he has raised them well.

He enters Luke’s room right after and could not believe how much his firstborn has grown. He remembers all those times he and Luke argued and fought, and could not help but thank Maya for coming into their lives and helping him fix his strained relationship with his son. There is also pride in his eyes as he gazes lovingly at him. The proud Dad is happy that Luke is following in his footsteps by taking up Engineering.

Richard passes by the entertainment area and recalls with fondness the time he, Maya and the kids played “ungguy-ungguyan.” How he enjoyed spending that evening with her and the kids!

Part 3

Still carrying his flowers for Maya and his laptop bag, Richard finally enters the masters bedroom to find his wife fast asleep. Sometimes he still could not believe that this amazing woman loves him and actually married him. Just how lucky and blessed can a man be in one lifetime? Then he looks at her tummy and could not help but marvel at the thought that twin babies are growing inside his beloved wife’s tummy. As Richard stares at his sweetheart with intense love and longing in his eyes, she suddenly stirs. He joins her in bed and hands her the flowers. Clearly missing each other, they hug and cuddle real tight.

Richard: Sweetheart, I miss you so much!

Maya: Ako din.

Richard: No more overtime for me starting next week.

Maya: Talaga? Good news yan ah.

Richard: I want to make it up sa inyo ng mga bata. Mag out of town tayo? Let’s go to Bohol or Cebu. Sama natin si Manang Fe para she can take care of the kids while we simply stay in bed and cuddle up to each other. Sama din natin sina Nanay, Tatay Arturo, Cristina Rose and Cho.

They cuddle up and talk with each other some more and get at least a couple of hours more sleep.

Part 4

By noontime, Richard and Maya surprise the kids by taking them to their new house much to the kids’ delight and happiness. With the construction still ongoing, it looks like the house might take longer to build. Nevertheless, everyone is excited to see and explore it.

Before leaving the house, Richard, Maya and the kids feast on the lunch Manang Fe and Joma brought for them.

Nikki: Wow! Daddy, Tita Mommy, it’s our first meal as a family in this house!

Maya: Oo nga, Nikki. O, kain lang kayo ng kain ha. Ang sarap ng inihanda ni Manang Fe.

Luke: Yes, Tita Mommy. And don’t worry, uubusin namin lahat ‘to.

Abby: Daddy, when can we transfer here po?

Richard: Baby, baka after baby kambal are born na. The architect says they might not be able to finish this house in two months, eh. It might take them longer pa.

Nikki: That’s okay, Dad! It would be nice for Baby B and Baby G to still experience living in our house now. Sabay-sabay na lang po tayo lumipat sa house.

Abby: Ate Nikki is right, Daddy. We will give the twins a tour of the house while we’re still there.

Luke: We will also share with the twins all the exciting things that happened to us there.

Nikki: Oh my gee! Now that I think about it, I will really miss our house. So dami na our memories there kaya.

Luke: Oo nga. Ang dami niyo ng memories ni Nicolo dun!

Nikki: Kuya! Daddy, o si Kuya! He’s making me asar again.

Richard: (smiles) That’s enough, Luke.

Maya: Tama kayo. Mami-miss natin lahat yung bahay. Ako na lang, ang dami-dami ko kayang hinding-hindi makakalimutan sa bahay.

Abby: Because of me, Tita Mommy?

Maya: Tama ka, baby.

Richard: And because of me, sweetheart?

Maya: Oo naman, sweetheart. At dahil din kay Luke and Nikki.

Nikki: Aww, Tita Mommy! We’ve had the most amazing girl talks in that house kaya.

Luke: Sobrang dami po talaga ng happy moments natin sa house. Medyo nakakalungkot din po na lilipat na tayo.

Richard: That’s true. That house will always be special for all of us. Pero we will also be building new memories here in this house, too.

Nikki: Truly, Daddykins! Oh my gee!

Luke: Ano na naman, Niks?

Nikki: Two months na lang kasi Kuya and we still haven’t decided on the names for baby kambal.

Luke: Oo nga po. So far po, we’re left with three choices.

Abby: I like Angelo and Angela.

Nikki: Me I like Robert Arthur and Emerald Therese.

Luke: Ang cool lang ng Sky and Sunshine kaya.

Nikki: What do you think Dad, Tita Mommy?

Richard: Well, since you, Luke and Abby all have two names, I think Robert Arthur and Emerald Therese would be perfect for baby kambal.

Maya: Tapos names pa siya in honor of mga Lolo and Lola niyo kaya okay din.

Luke: Robert Arthur sounds cool, too! Pwede po ba mag-suggest ng nickname? Let’s call him Robby!

Maya: Uy, maganda yan!

Abby: And for Emerald Therese, can we call her Emma po?

Maya: Wow, baby! Robby and Emma! Like na like ko yan!

Richard: Luke, Nikki, Abby, Robby and Emma Lim do sound right, I guess.

Nikki: But I do have another suggestion.

Luke: O, kokontrahin mo suggestion namin ni Abby?

Nikki: No, Kuya. Actually, Dad, naisip po namin nina Kuya that is if okay kang po kay Tita Mommy…

Maya: Ano yun, Nikki?

Nikki: Tita Mommy, diba once baby kambal are born, you’ll have them call you Mommy?

Maya: (smiles and nods)

Nikki: Okay lang po ba if Kuya, Abby and I also start calling you, Mommy?

Maya: (smiles) Talaga?

Luke: Yes po. Sa totoo lang, you’ve been a mommy to us for the longest time na.

Nikki: We already love you like a Mommy. Super tagal na.

Maya: Pero pano si Alex?

Luke: Of course, we love Mom and we will forever love her, pero that doesn’t mean we won’t be able to love you just the same and also call you, Mommy!

Nikki: We love Mom. We will always love her. But I’m sure she’ll understand why we want to call you, Mommy, too!

Maya: Naku, kayo talaga, papaiyakin nyo na naman ako.

Nikki: So is it settled na? Can we start calling you Mommy na? We don’t want baby kambal to ever wonder or think that they’re different from us. Okay na ba, Mommy?

Maya: (Teary eyed) Okay na okay sa kin siyempre, mga anak. Mahal na mahal ko kaya kayo.

Abby: Yes! I love you, Mommy!

Maya: I love you, too, baby!

Luke: I love you, Mommy!

Maya: I love you, too, Luke!

Nikki: I love you, Mommykins!

Maya: Aww! Nikki, I love you, too! Paakap nga sa inyong tatlo.

The three kids all hug Maya tightly. Richard then smiles and teases his kids.

Richard: And, what about me?

Maya: Naku naman, sweetheart! I love you, too!

Luke, Nikki and Abby: We love you, Dad!

And they all give them a hug, too, as Maya suddenly squeals.

Richard: Sweetheart?

Maya: (Smiles) Sweetheart! Sumipa sina Robby and Emma. Love ka din daw nila!

Nikki: Really, Mommy? Can we touch your tummy and feel them, too?

Maya: Sure!

One by one, Luke, Nikki and Abby take turns in touching their Mommy’s tummy as they excitedly tell the twins how much they love them and how they can no longer wait to see them.

All is well with the Lim kids, and Richard and Maya can’t help but thank the heavens for the gift of their kids and their wonderful family. After lunch, they all head back to their old house. On the drive back home, they all reminisce about everything they ever experienced in their home sweet home.

Part 5

Inside the masters bedroom, Richard and Maya cuddle up to each other, as they both get ready to sleep.

Maya: Alam mo, sweetheart? Sobrang mami-miss ko itong bahay natin.

Richard: Me too, sweetheart. You know what I did when I got home early this morning? I explored the whole house.

Maya: Talaga?

Richard: And I realized that we have special memories of each other in every nook and cranny of this place.

Maya: Aww! Oo nga, sweetheart! Sobrang dami na nating memories dito sa bahay na’to.

Richard: We will surely miss this place.

Maya: Oo naman. Pero diba ikaw na din nagsabi, we will also make new memories sa bago nating bahay. Tayo pa? We always have the best time basta sama-sama tayo ng mga bata, diba? Lilipat lang naman tayo ng bahay sweetheart, pero sama-sama pa rin naman tayong lahat. Kaya sure na sure ako, na yung bago nating bahay will be our home sweet home in no time.

Richard: You’re right, Mrs. Lim!

Maya: And may mga naisip na kong gawin habang naghihintay ako manganak.

Richard: Ano naman yun?

Maya: Basta madami, sweetheart. Iniisip ko na kung pano natin ide-decorate yung bago nating kwarto, ung kitchen, ung living room, etc. Pwede na tayong makipag-usap sa interior designer, diba? For sure, maging sina Nikki mae-excite yun. Pwede ko na rin i-supervise pagpa-pack ng mga bata at nina Manang Fe ng mga gamit na dadalhin natin sa bagong bahay. Tapos pwede akong tumulong kay Nikki at Abby sa business nila…

Richard: Maya, you also need to rest, okay? Use your maternity leave as an opportunity to rest, too.

Maya: Oo naman sweetheart. Ikaw talaga di mo pa ko pinatapos.

Richard: May gusto ka pang gawin?

Maya: Oo naman. Pwede rin bang sumama ako sa yo minsan sa LAS? Pwede kitang i-assist sa mga kelangan mo at ipagtimpla ng kape. Kahit once a week lang, sweetheart. Gusto ko iparamdam sa yo how much I appreciate lahat ng ginagawa mo para sa pamilya natin kasi. At tsaka siyempre basta gusto din kita makasama nang mas matagal kasi. Okay lang ba?

Richard: Sweetheart, that’s a brilliant idea! I’ve been meaning to ask you the same thing kasi. Naunahan mo lang ako. I was about to tell you that you’re free to come with me to work, twice or thrice a week while you’re on leave, so you can familiarize yourself with our company, too. It’s our company, after all.

Maya: Talaga, sweetheart? Pareho na naman tayo ng naisip pala. Talagang we’re birds of the same feather pala, kaya we fly together. Hihi!

Richard: Haha! I love you, Maya!

Maya: Ako din, sweetheart! I love you ng sobra sobra.

Richard and Maya share a lingering kiss and cuddle up to each other some more before they finally doze off to sleep in their home sweet home. :-)

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Disclaimer: I do not own the creative minds behind ABS-CBN’s Be Careful with My Heart TV show. This creative endeavor is just for fan fiction purposes. The characters are ABS-CBN’s BCWMH TV show’s sole property.

Allow me to acknowledge and thank BCWMH’s brilliant Creative Team as some of the scenes and lines mentioned in this piece may were taken from the TV series.

Heart’s True Desire – part 22

A/N: This is a continuation of Heart’s True Desire – part 21.

Author: Hanah6181

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“Bruised Pride”

Maya’s eyes squinted as she slowly opened her eyes. She was lying on her left side facing the window of her room. It was a Sunday morning and she was at San Nicolas. She went home to her ancestral home alone on Saturday. As expected, Richard didn’t join her since he other plans that weekend. It was good her parents and her grandmother didn’t probe deeper about Richard’s absence. Otherwise, she may have been forced to lie.

She spent her Saturday mostly in the farm where she could get fresh air. She didn’t even go to La Esperanza hotel, as she knew she would end up working. She wanted time to be alone to think about her situation.

She was slowly warming up to Emman’s suggestion. Maybe, he was right, she thought. She would need to fight her battle soonest. She can’t be crying forever. If he likes playing the field, then it will be up to her to tow him line.

She fell asleep that night praying and thinking about him. She knew she dreamt of him again because she was hugging him in bed. When she woke up in the middle of the night, she was alone. She went back to sleep hoping to resume her dream.

With the sunray directly hitting her eyes, Maya turned her back so she could lie on her right side. She just wanted to shift her position but her eyes popped open in surprise. Her heart thumped loudly because beside her on the bed was Richard’s sleeping figure. In fact, his face was just few inches away from her. He was in deep slumber.

Although initially surprised, Maya’s heart began to celebrate. It couldn’t be a dream because when she pinched herself, she felt pain. He was there in San Nicolas. Waking up beside him was like a morning gift to her. She had longed to be close to him and it was a fortunate moment at that time.

Then, Maya saw his eyelids move as he stirred. So, she immediately closed her eyes to pretend she was still asleep. Her heart beat fast while she waited for his next movement.

Then, she felt his lips on her forehead and heard him whisper. “Good morning.”

She felt his weight leave the bed which meant he was really up. She knew he went to the bathroom because she heard him close the door. Maya couldn’t contain her giddiness with his gesture that morning. Regardless of what it meant, her morning was very good, full of promises. Prayers indeed work, she thought. She closed her eyes again to savor the moment.

~*~

“Maya, Maya.” She heard his voice. When she opened her eyes, a freshly showered Richard was seating on the side of the bed.

“Ricky, nandito ka?” She asked. She pretended it was the first time she realized he was there.

“Yeah, I arrived last night. I didn’t wake you up anymore. Besides, mahirap kang gisingin pag himbing ka.” He chuckled at the memory of the previous occasion when they slept together in his room.

“I thought you weren’t coming here.” Maya sat up, ready to leave the bed.

“Natapos ko na yung inaasikaso ko. Anyway, let’s go for breakfast. It’s already 9:00 a.m., they might be waiting for us.” He looked at his watched as if to confirm the time.

“O sige. Mauna ka na sa labas. Maliligo lang ako.” She finally stood up and went to her closet to get fresh clothes.

~*~

Richard and Maya were having breakfast while her parents and grandmother sat with them at the dining table. They were done with breakfast when the young couple joined them.

“Ehhh, mga anak, kaylan kaya tayo magkakaroon ng maliliit na tsikiting dito sa bahay? Napaka tagal ng walang maingay dito sa bahay. Naka-miss din lalo na pag ako lang ang nasa bahay.” Mamang asked the controversial question. It was the question that their respective parents have been talking about behind their back.

Richard choked on the rice and danggit he was eating while Maya seemed to have missed the question. She was busy putting eggs on Richard’s plate and pouring orange juice on his glass.

Richard coughed several times that Maya had to pat his back while she gave him water to drink.

“Ricky, okay ka lang?” She checked with him since his face was all red.

He nodded as he stopped her hand from massaging his back. “I’m okay, Maya. Thank you.”

Mamang and her parents were all smiling as they observed the two. “Awww, how sweet.”

Mamang further commented. “Ricky, bakit nasamid ka naman. Ang tanong ko lang eh kung kelan ako magkaka-apo sa tuhod. Sigurado ako ang Lolo mo nagtatanong na rin.”

“Okay lang po Mamang. It’s not about your question. May sumabit lang po danggit sa lalamunan ko talaga.” Richard responded. He has fully recovered and glanced at Maya who finally heard the question.

“So ano nga ang sagot? Wala pa ba?” This time it was Mama Teresita who asked the question.

Maya responded without hesitation. “Wala po, Ma. Don’t worry po, pag meron unang-una kayong makaka-alam.” She glanced at Richard who was observing her as she responded. He had a blank expression on his face.

“Naku eh, bilis-bilisan ninyo. Hindi kayo makakarami niyan. Mahirap ang isa lang ang anak, malungkot.” Mama Teresita added.

Richard had picked up on the conversation and did his share. “Bata pa naman po kami.”

“Anong bata? Ikaw Richard ay 30 na at si Maya 26. Ngayon ang magandang time na magka baby, para habang lumalaki ang mga anak n’yo para lang kayong barkada.” Mamang emphasized her point.

Knowing her parents and grandmother, Maya knew that the conversation will drag on. So, she uttered what they wanted to hear. “Sige po, mag-do-double time kami sa pag-gawa ng apo n’yo.”

Richard seemed to think her statement was funny since he chuckled.

Maya glared at him. “What? Bakit parang tawang-tawa ka dyan?” She didn’t mind the olds observing them.

“Parang totoo ah. Convincing!” He chuckled some more. He really couldn’t help but get amused at her facial expression. It looked real in his eyes.

~*~

It turned out that Richard and Papa Arturo had a business meeting at La Esperanza that day. As such, the two men spent most of the day at the hotel’s conference room with their some of their managers. It was a Sunday and yet they maximized the presence of Richard that day.

Maya, on the other hand, chose to stay at home in the morning. But after lunch, she went out to visit one of the children’s foundation that she used to support and visit at least once a month. She enjoyed her time there and momentarily forgot Richard.

She returned to their house at around 5:30 p.m., which was the same time that her father and Richard went back home too. Papa Arturo went immediately to the main house while the two walked slowly. It was as if they were waiting for the other to start the conversation.

“So, how was your day?” He asked. They stopped walking as they reached the foot of the stairs leading to the main door of the mansion.

“Okay lang. Nanggaling ako sa hospisyo kanina. Dinalaw ko lang ang mga bata.” She responded with a smile on her face.

He looked at her intently. “So, you like kids?”

She nodded as her eyes brightened. “Yeah, actually. Nakakatuwa sila especially yung mga ages between 2 to 5. Ang sarap na nila kausap.”

“Hmm, so I assume that you’d want to have your own kids in the future?” He smiled but the smile didn’t reach his eyes.

“Yeah. Hopefully.” Then, her eyes became sad. “Ricky…” She was to add something more when her phone rang. When she checked, it was James calling her up.

“James, bakit napatawag ka?” She didn’t expect his call.

“I’m just checking Maya. Arnold confirmed that from Wednesay until the weekend, we’re booked in your hotel. So, tuloy pala ang grupo. Will you be there? You’re in San Nicolas, kasama mo ba si Richard?” James asked his questions.

“James, Yes. Andito si Ricky.” Richard eyebrows arched as he heard his name mentioned. They were still standing in front of each other. Maya thought that the call was somehow business related.

“Anyway, Na-free up yung ilang room so we can accommodate 15 rooms as requested by Arnold. I understand yung flights were also confirmed so I think your group is good to go…. Yeah, I will most likely be there…. Mag-uusap lang muna kami ni Richard.” She and Richard glanced at each other.

“Anyway, if you are going then we can have time together. Baka pwedeng mag-extend ka ng one or two days, I mean no commitment, no pressure.” James requested from the other end.

“Huh?” Maya’s facial expression turned serious. She couldn’t respond to his request with Richard within hearing distance.

“Excuse me Ricky.” She walked away from him. Richard stared at her back as she returned to the lawn area. Not waiting for her to turn around, he entered the house.

“James, I’m sorry. I can’t entertain that proposal. I’m married.” She told him directly. When Maya turned around, she saw Richard’s back as he closed the door. She heaved a sigh of regret.

“But the circumstances that you got married…”James countered but Maya cut him off.

“The circumstance of my getting married is different to my choice of staying married. James, I don’t have to explain pa siguro why the reason kasi nasabi ko na sa’yo.” She a little irritated. She and Richard were doing well in their conversation until she picked up the call of James.

Maya and James spoke for a few more minutes until the call ended with the latter still hoping that Maya would give him an equal chance. He was bent on pursuing her.

~*~

Papa Arturo and Richard were in the living room of the 2nd floor of the Dela Rosa mansion having a drink. After dinner, all the women have excused themselves to go to their respective rooms leaving the two men to talk about business, as usual.

At the Dela Rosa mansion, the 2nd floor living room was where they usually congregate as a family. Everyone feels comfortable there including Richard who is the latest member of her family. Around the living room are the bedrooms including Maya’s room.

As the two men drank alcohol, their conversation topic shifted to Richard’s relationship with Maya.

“So, ano bata, parang ang hina natin ah. Wala pa ba talaga?” Arturo asked his son-in-law whose face was already red with all the alcohol they’ve consumed.

“Pa…” Richard shook his head. There was sadness in his response.

“Kaya ko nga kayo pina-uwi dito so I can see for myself what you were telling me. Ehh, mukhang okay naman kayo, ah.” Arturo continued. “Marunong na ngang sumabay sa usapan ang anak ko. Di ba sabi n’ya, you’ll work double time so you can give us grandchildren.”

Richard smiled as he shook his head again. His eyes were red and were tiny slits. “Papa, sa totoo lang, I was amused by her comment but she was just joking. There is no progress in our relationship.” Richard declared as his face turned serious.

“Ano? Ilang buwan na? Akala ko binibiro mo lang ako noong magkwento ka sa akin. So talagang wala?” Arturo couldn’t believe what he was hearing. His daughter was conservative but Richard, as far as he knew, had a way with women and so he wondered what was wrong with them.

“Pa, mahirap ligawan ang anak n’yo. It was like when I took a step forward, the following day, it would result to two steps backward. Hindi ko siya mabasa. I practically asked her directly and I was turned down.” Richard confided to his father in law but choosing not to disclose his agreement with Maya. He was confiding how he was turned down.

“Aba… ang alam ko lang…kaya nag-aalangan ang anak ko sa’yo ay dahil diyan sa mga ex-girlfriends mo. Niligawan mo na pala, wala pa ring effect.” Arturo shook his head.

“Wala, Pa eh.” Richard drank some more.

“Hmm, eto ang payo ko sa’yo ‘no. Dahil parang anak na rin kita at saka gusto ko naman maging maayos kayo, bakit kaya hindi mo daanin sa santong paspasan?”

Richard found the suggestion preposterous especially as it was coming from Maya’s father. “Papa!” Richard’s voice raised in response.

“Uy, wag kang magalit. Hindi ko naman nakakalimutan kung sino sa inyo ang anak ko. Pero kasi sa pagka-alam ko, noong araw ay patay na patay sa’yo yang batang yan. Kaya taking-taka ako at bakit hindi mo mahuli ngayon.” Arturo’s facial expression evidently showed his confusion.

Hearing his father-in-law’s statement, Richard slowly smiled. Somehow the mention that Maya used to be head over heels with him was flattering. He needed a boost to his already bruised ego. He thought that he had tried everything with her even flaunting in front of her his girlfriends but he didn’t get any reaction from her. She had not shown any emotion that she even cared.

Maya was so different with the other women he had dated before. More than conservative, she kept her feelings well hidden. So, when she repeatedly told him that their relationship was purely business, he believed her. He had to because he would go insane if he kept on hoping they have a future. And so, moving on was his final recourse.

The in-laws continued their drinking when Richard heard a thud coming from Maya’s bedroom. While he was outside, subconsciously, his mind was with Maya. His senses were attuned to her and so, he heard her faint voice calling his name.

Richard stood up. “Pa, excuse lang po at parang tumawag si Maya.” He immediately went to their room.

~*~

Moments earlier, Maya was in the bedroom waiting for Richard. She wondered what the two men were discussing about. She thought that she’d have a chance to spend time with Richard alone in their bedroom but her father was monopolizing his time. In the end, Maya decided to take a shower and get ready for bed.

She continued mulling over what to do with Richard as she took her shower. It was the first time that they will sleep in the same bed together. In the past occasions when they slept together, she was the one who slept first and she would wake up finding him in bed. She wondered if she could sleep that evening knowing that he will join her.

After a few minutes under the warm bath that calmed her nerves, she was ready to dry herself. As she stepped out of the shower area, she lost her balance as the floor was slippery.

As she was about to fall and with nothing to hold on to break her her fall, she yelped. “Rickyyyyy!!!!” His name came out of her mouth naturally because she was thinking of him.

Seconds later, she found herself on the floor, butt first followed by her upper torso. “Awwww…. Awww…god…” She whimpered in pain. She was wanted to rise up but she couldn’t move.

It was then Maya heard Richard’s voice outside the bedroom. “Maya? Maya?” He knocked.

She suddenly felt panic and attempted to stand up again but she still couldn’t. She whimpered his name. “Ricky…” She wanted to tell him not she was okay but the door suddenly opened.

Richard’s eyes grew big when he found Maya sprawled on the bathroom floor without any clothes on.

“Honey, what happened?” He asked as he immediately went to her side. “Are you okay?” He looked at her full body and noticed her face was very red. Without waiting for her response, he instantly scooped her in his arms.

“Nadulas ako. Hindi ako makatayo.” She replied. Although embarrassed, she can’t do anything about her situation.

She was still dripping with water when he settled her on the bed. He covered her with the comforter that was on top of their bed. She slowly adjusted herself in bed so she could sit upright. She rested her back on the headboard and could feel a slight pain in her behind.

“Maya, could you be a little bit more careful next time?” Richard looked at her intently. “You seem to be getting into little accidents lately. It’s a good thing I’m around. What if…” He was getting upset with scenarios running in his head.

Maya’s eyes started to water as she felt she was being scolded. She wanted to lash back but she couldn’t. How could she tell him that the two recent accidents she had was because her mind has been so preoccupied with the thoughts of him. How could she tell him that she loves him? Her bruised butt and pride made it hard for her to tell him the truth.

When Richard saw Maya’s eyes turned teary, he calmed down. He suddenly felt guilt for almost scolding her.

He sat down on the bed beside her. “Maya, I’m sorry. I was just concerned.” He looked at her directly in her eyes.

She nodded. “Thank you sa concern mo.” It hurt a bit but she managed a weak smile.

As they spoke, they were looking at each other intently. Slowly their expressions changed and their faces started to move forward to each other. Seconds later, their lips touched as their eyes closed at the same time.