Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to Weng. This is a continuation to So Much for a Happy Ending – part1.
A/N:Just when I thought hindi ko na dudugtungan ang “So much for a happy ending,” here I am with a Part 2! I’ve always looked forward to see a scene of Maya and Luke talking and was so touched sa episode kanina that I began imagining an alternate scenario of their conversation and then some, para naman sa story na ‘to. Thank you and happy reading!🙂
Weng (a.k.a. Maya dela Wenggay sa comments section, hehe)
KRINGGGGGGG!!! KRINGGGGGGG!!! KRINGGGGGGG!!!
Sharp and successive phone rings awoken Maya one day, all by herself at the condo unit for her roomie Emman had met with his sister. She had no energy, still what with all the crying and mourning over her haunting decision of breaking up with her first and what could’ve been last love.
Yet she knew she had to pick up that phone or else her eardrum will explode.
“Hello Ate,” she mustered to sound as normal as she can.
“Hello Ms. Maya, may bisita po kayo,” said the receptionist.
“Ha…? Ta-talaga? Sino?” She’s not expecting anyone, not even her Ser Chief.
“Si Mr. Lim po…”
“Mr. Luke Lim daw po siya.”
Maya gulped. Si Luke? Thousands of questions flooded her mind, her heart pounded almost in the speed of light.
“Ms. Maya, paakyatin ko na po ba?”
She was brought back to her senses by the almost pitchy, impatient voice at the end of the other line.
“Ay Ate, so-sorry, sige. Paakyatin mo na siya, salamat.”
“Sige po-” she didn’t hear the rest of the response. Maya put the phone down, her eyes transfixed. How can she face him looking like that? She’s in her night dress, hair still disheveled, eye bags looking like an inflated balloon, and worst of all, her heart was weighing tons. Even at work, Maya couldn’t hide the sadness, but her colleagues would hear none of it. She tried to remain focused and professional. After all, she’s living her dream and she can’t let that go. Not that one, too…
Maya tidied herself up. Downing a glass of water, she kept telling herself, “Kaya mo ‘yan Maya, kaya mo ‘yan, kaya mo ‘yan. Hindi ka kakainin nun.” The last part made her chuckle a little.
The knock sounded calm, even normal. A good sign.
There were no words when their eyes met. They couldn’t look straight at each other without looking away a split second after. Luke broke the awkward silence.
“Ate Maya, puwede ka bang makausap?”
There was a slight smile in his face, a sincere look in his eyes.
“Ah sige, sige, oo naman, ah… Pa’no mo pala nalaman kung pa’no pumunta dito?”
“‘Di ba hinatid ka namin dito nung prom? Natandaan ko ‘yung place…”
“Ah, eh, ganun ba? Sige, sige… Tuloy ka Luke, upo ka…,” she nervously led him toward the couch. “Ah, ano bang gusto mo? Ah, tubig? Juice? Mero-”
“Ate Maya, kalma. Tara, upo muna tayo.”
Maya couldn’t comprehend what was happening. It’s as if someone’s playing a joke on her, or she’s in a really deep dream.
Face to face, Luke held both of Maya’s hands.
“Ate Maya, sorry. Sorry kasi hindi ko agad natanggap ‘yung sa inyo ni Dad. Sumama lang kasi ‘yung loob ko dahil hindi niyo agad sinabi sa’min eh.”
Maya let go of Luke’s hands. The moment was overwhelming but she had to say what she had always wanted to as well.
“Luke, pasensya ka na rin ha. Hindi pa kasi ako handa no’n eh. Hindi sa relasyon namin ng daddy mo, kundi dahil sa kaba ko kung pa’no niyo tatanggapin. Hindi ko inasahan na sa ganung paraan niyo pa malalaman ni Nikki nung tinanong niya ‘ko. Ang gusto ko lang naman ma-”
“Ate Maya, hindi mo na kailangang magpaliwanag. Naiintindihan ko na,” he politely cut her off with a smile. “Hindi naman talaga kita ayaw para kay Dad eh.”
Her eyes widened at his last sentence.
“Alam mo Ate Maya, nung sinabi sa’min ni Dad na may girlfriend na siya, dun ko lang siya ulit nakitang ganun kasaya. Ang sarap makita na ‘yung Dad ko, may nagpapasaya rin sa kanya, ‘yung hindi lang kami nina Nikki at Abby o ‘yung fulfillment niya sa work. Gusto kong maging masaya si Dad, Ate Maya, at wala na ‘kong ibang naiisip na puwedeng magmahal nang ganun sa kanya pati sa’min kundi ikaw. Iba ‘yung sayang hinatid mo sa’ming lahat, Ate Maya.”
Here went the tears again. She couldn’t help it. She didn’t realize how much she meant to Luke until this moment.
“Buti nalang dito kita pinuntahan, kung sa labas tayo at nakita ng mga taong umiiyak ka, baka isipin nila, pinapaiyak kita.”
They both chuckled. Luke, also teary-eyed, then approached closer and gave her a warm embrace.
“Sana Ate Maya, magkaayos na rin kayo ni Dad. Sobrang lungkot niya after he told us that you broke up. Alam kong ayaw mong magkaproblema ulit kami, pero hindi ko kayang makita ulit si Dad nang gano’n. You are his happiness, Ate Maya.”
Wiping her tears with her knuckles, Maya smiled.
“Salamat, Luke, ha. Sobrang salamat. Pero-”
Suddenly, his phone rang.
“Umm, Ate Maya, sandali lang ha, si Dad, tumatawag.”
“Luke! Where are you?! You left the house without asking permission! Pati si Manang Fe naga-alala sa’yo!” Richard’s old temper was back.
“Ah Dad, sorry po hindi ako nakapagpaalam. I was about to call-”
“You’re not answering my question! Where are you?!”
“Sa condo ni Ate Maya, Dad.”
“What? What are you doing there?” The old temper seemingly died down as the feeling of surprise took over.
“I talked to her Dad and apologized. We’re okay now…” Luke looked at Maya and smiled. A large thorn was pulled out from her chest. Still, the storm is not completely over. She has to talk to her Ser Chief, and Nikki. Nikki, Nikki, Nikki… what to do?
Small tears started to swell in Richard’s eyes.
“Thank you, son… Thank you for going out of your way to make things better between you and Maya.”
“Umm, Dad, puwede po bang i-meet namin si Abby sa mall? I’ll treat them ng ice cream. Pasamahan ko nalang po sana si Abby kay Ate Doris at Kuya Joma.”
“Wait, you didn’t bring a car? Anong sinakyan mo papunta kay Maya?”
“Nag-cab ako, Dad…”
He could’ve ranted, You rode a cab! I told you not to commute because it’s not safe! Richard, however, could only heave a huge sigh. His son disobeyed him, but he couldn’t stay mad at Luke for he did something that made him truly happy and proud as a father.
“Okay, I’ll call up Manang Fe. But be home early, okay?”
“Yes Dad. Thanks, Dad! You’re the best!”
“You, too, son. I’ll see you.”
See Maya, this is not over. We are not over. I know it. And I know you know it, too, Richard thought as he hung up the phone. Finally a spark of hope, after days and days of feeling all forlorn.
“Ate Maya, okay lang ba, ‘yung ice-”
“Oo naman, eh makakatanggi ba naman ako sa inyo ni Abby?”
“Thanks Ate Maya!”
“Sige sandali lang Luke ha, maga-ayos lang ako.”
He said it with an assurance that she exactly needed.
Though uncertain about what comes next, Maya simply savored the moment and thanked God that one of the worries burning her inside has been extinguished.
* * * * *
Hours later in the Lim residence, Nikki went downstairs after she got bored playing iPad games. It was unusually quiet that it made her wonder where on earth everybody was.
Finally, she saw Sabel.
“Sabel, where’s Abby?”
“Ah, Ma’am Nikki, kasi, ano po eh, lumabas, nag-ice cream.”
“Alone?!” One of her eyebrows rose at a mountain’s peak.
“Hindi Ma’am Nikki, ah kasama niya sina Doris at Joma. Pinuntahan nila si Sir Luke at May-” Sabel immediately covered her big mouth. Lagot. Patay.
“Magkasama sina Kuya at Ate Maya? At sinama pa nila si Abby?”
Sabel was speechless.
“Ah kasi, Ma’am Nikki, ano po, kasi, eh…”
Manang Fe emerged to Sabel’s rescue.
“Niyaya sila ng Kuya mo, Nikki, para naman daw magkita ulit si Abby at tsaka si Maya. Ipinaalam niya na sa Daddy mo.”
With eyebrows that could almost clash and lips pouting, Nikki curtly said, “Sige po Manang Fe, babalik nalang po ako sa taas.”
Back in her room, Nikki’s iPhone rang.
She didn’t want to talk to anybody, especially he-who-is-causing-her-crazy-mood-swings-but-she-wouldn’t-admit-it. However, she has no one else to talk to.
“Hello, Niknik! Kumusta?”
“Uy, Niknik, nagtatampo ka ba?”
She knew she could use a friend that moment. And after all, Nicolo is a friend – though not just a friend to her.
“No, Nicolo, we’re okay,” she dryly responded.
“O, ba’t parang wala ka sa mood Niknik? May problema ba? ‘Di ako sanay na ganyan ang boses mo eh.”
Nikki couldn’t bear it any longer and opened up to him.
“Hmmm, well, it’s like this kasi. Kuya met with Ate Maya and I don’t know why. Then I just found out that he asked to meet pa with Abby sa mall para mag-ice cream sila with Ate Maya.”
“Ah, nasabi nga sa’kin ni Bespren na sina Ate Maya na tsaka si Tito. Eh pero bakit naman ayaw mo kay Ate Maya? Mabait naman siya ah.”
“They broke up na. Ate Maya broke up with Dad.”
“O, talaga Niknik?”
“Yeah. Dad said Ate Maya did that daw for us. She knew kasi na I don’t like her for Dad eh. I thought Kuya didn’t like her too pero ‘yun pala, he’s cool with it. Now, ako ang nagmumukhang kontrabida.”
“Eh bakit nga ba ayaw mo kay Ate Maya para kay Tito? Mukha namang bagay sila, tsaka click!”
“Nicolo, don’t say that!”
“Niknik, ‘wag kang magalit. Sinasabi ko lang naman ‘yung nakikita ko… Alam mo Niknik, hindi kami masyadong close ni Ate Maya, pero nakita ko kung ga’no niya kayo bigyan ng importansya. ‘Di ba siya pa nga ‘yung chaperone mo nung prom? Tsaka siya ‘yung nakakita kay Iñigo tsaka dun sa mga tropa nun, nung may balak sila kay Bespren?
“Bihira lang ang ganung tao Niknik, ‘yung sobrang mapagmahal. Kung sana may magmamahal din sa’kin nang ganun, ako na siguro ang magiging pinakamasaya at pinakamasuwerteng tao sa buong mundo.”
“…Really?” she blushed a bit.
“Oo, no! Ang saya kaya nun, kung ‘yung taong mahal mo, mahal din ‘yung mga taong mahal mo. At ‘yung mga taong nagmamahal sa mahal mo, mahal ka rin! ‘Di gaya nung tatay ni ex-Bespren Aira.”
“Huh? What about him?”
“Nagpaalam kasi ako sa kanya na liligawan ko si Aira. Sabi ba naman sa’kin ‘wag na raw akong mag-aksaya ng panahon dahil hindi rin naman daw niya papayagang maging kami ni Aira. Tiningnan pa ‘ko mula ulo hanggang paa. Ang sakit nun Niknik. Kulang nalang sabihin niyang wala akong kuwentang tao. Sana man lang ‘di ba, kinausap at pinakisamahan nalang niya ‘ko nang maayos, kasi may pinagsamahan din naman kami ng anak niya eh.”
“I’m sorry to hear that…” Her mind wandered off. Was I like that to Ate Maya?
“Ganun talaga Niknik. Baka hindi lang talaga si Aira ‘yung makakapagparamdam sa’kin na ako ‘yung pinakamasaya at pinakamasuwerteng lalaki sa buong mundo. Ganito nalang, para pareho tayong sumaya, tara, labas tayo!”
Oh this guy, he just knows how to cheer me up.
“Sige na, kailangan mo lang ng simoy ng mall tsaka masarap na milk tea. Sige na! Kung ayaw mo, kahit samahan mo lang ako. Sige na, Niknik!”
She could imagine him pleading like a cute puppy. How can I resist?
“Sige na nga, I’ll ask Dad. See you…”
“Yes! Thanks Niknik! You’re my savior!”
And with that, Richard’s second child also had something to smile about that day.