Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to spazzbuster. This is a continuation to After All – part 7.
Part 8: We’re in this together
The day has finally arrived. Today, Maya and the rest of the Dela Rosas will find out if the baby’s going to be a boy or a girl. They all excitedly went with Maya to the OB-GYN’s clinic. What they didn’t know is that the detective was also waiting for the result so he could give the information right away to the CEO of LAS.
Simon was more than willing to give the Dela Rosas a ride to the clinic. He somehow feels part of the family now considering that he’s been around Maya since he found out about the pregnancy. They reached the clinic with warm smiles on their faces.
Cho: Tita Ninang, sobrang excited na po akong makita si Insan! Sigurado pong kasing gwapo ko rin po sya!
Mamang: Oh eh cho, pano ka naman nakasiguro na lalaki ang magiging pinsan mo aber? Tingin ko babae yan kase ang ganda ganda pa rin ng Tita Ninang mo oh.
Cho: Eh Mamang ano pa naman kinalaman ng ganda ni Tita Ninang sa kung lalaki o babae ang magiging pinsan ko?
Kute: Naku Cho, eto kaseng si Mamang, naniniwala pa rin sa matandang kasabihan na kapag maganda ang nagbubuntis, babae ang anak. Pero kung pumangit yung buntis, lalake daw.
Cho: Ah ganun po ba Nay? Ibig sabihin po ung pinagbuntis nyo ako pumanget kayo?
Mamang: Tumpak Cho!
Kute: Oh..oh..Mamang naman! Okrayin ba ako? ( they all laughed)
Nanay Teresita: Hay naku, tama na nga kayo dyan! Kinakabahan tuloy lalo si Maya (wraps her right arm around Maya) Kung lalaki man o babae, ang importante malusog ang bata.
Maya: Tama ka Nay! (smiles at her ) Basta magiging kasing bait at kasing lusog mo Cho ang pinsan mo, magiging masaya na si Tita Ninang.
Cho: Sigurado po yan Tita Ninang! Nasa lahi talaga natin ang malusog at mabait (grins from ear to ear)
Simon: Galing mo talaga Cho! ( gives Cho a high-five)
Doctor: Patient Maya Dela Rosa?
Maya: Ay yes doctora. Andito na po ako. Pupunta na po ba sa loob?
Doctor: Yes please? So big day nga pala today, kaya pala kasama ang buong pamilya ( gently smiles at the excited Dela Rosa family)
Maya: Okay lang po ba doc na sumama sila sa loob? Gusto kase nila lahat makita ang baby ko.
Doctora: Sure Maya. Ah eh…pati ba si Simon? (Looks at Simon and then Maya. The doctor once thought that Simon is the dad of the baby but soon enough she realized that he’s just Maya’s friend)
Simon: aaah…eh doc, hindi na po. Maya, hintayin ko na lang kayo sa labas. Kelangan ko rin kase bantayan yung kotse.
Maya: Uhmm…sige Simon. Salamat (turns to go inside the clinic with the rest of the family following behind)
As soon as the family’s inside the clinic and Simon has gone to check on the car, the detective slowly emerges from one of the adjoining corners. He then sends an SMS to Ser Chief.
To: Mr. Lim
Sir, pumasok na si Maya sa clinic. Kasama buong pamilya at si Simon. Maghihintay na lang ako dito sa labas.
Richard received the message right in the middle of one of his meetings. He tried to concentrate on the discussion but the anticipation is killing him. The meeting would have to continue tomorrow as he simply can’t focus at the moment after reading the SMS, so he adjourned the meeting early. When everyone has left the room, he couldn’t help but pace around the room as if Maya’s already in labor. Somehow deep in his heart he wishes that they will have a baby boy. Luke is already a grown man and it’s been such a long time since he felt how nice it’s to carry his son in his arms.
Ser Chief: (in his head) I hope it’s a boy…it’s going to be a boy.
Meanwhile, inside the clinic, Maya was asked by the doctor to raise her blouse so she could put the ointment on her belly. Maya did as told and soon enough the ultrasound proceeded. All eyes were glued at the small screen where the image of what’s inside Maya’s abdomen could be seen.
Cho’s eyes widened when the doctor pointed at a small circular object on the screen. Apparently, the one creating the loud heartbeat they could hear reverberating around the room is this small being.
Cho: (whispering to Kute) Nay? Yan na po ba si insan? Ang liit liit po pala nya?
Kute: ( smiles ) Oo nak, sya na nga. Medyo mahiyaan ayaw pa pakita kung lalaki ba sya o babae.
Both Mamang and Nanay Tere are having a hard time seeing the image on the screen clearly but the smiles on their faces never wavered. The doctor continued searching for any sign of the fetus’ sex. Maya held her breath when she seemed to have seen a tiny elongated object right between her baby’s thighs. As if on cue Maya and the doctor quipped simultaneously…”Lalaki”
The doctor looked back at Maya with a smile. The soon to be mom is now tearing up as the realization that she’s going to have a son dawned on her. Excited cheers filled the room soon after. They all gave Maya a group hug.
Cho: Ayos! May kabasketball na ako Tita Ninang! (grins from ear to ear)
Maya: Oo nga Cho! ( still tears welling in her eyes)
After Maya has dressed, the whole family stepped out of the clinic still cheering for Maya and the baby. Maya felt so loved and very excited about being a mom. Everyone’s in high spirits as they walk back to Simon’s car to inform the latter about the great news.
Mamang: Simon! Naku Simon! Magiging dalawa na ang apo kong lalaki! ( she broke the news with much excitement)
Simon: Talaga po? Naku Congrats Maya! Oh Cho, siguradong excited ka na rin!
Cho: Syempre naman po Tito Simon. Siguradong kasing gwapo ko rin si Insan.
The exchange of course didn’t escape the ears of the detective. He immediately calls Richard Lim to give him the latest update.
Ser Chief was nervously pacing to and fro inside his office and the sudden ringing of his phone startled him a bit. But seeing the name of the detective flashed on the screen gave him a jolt of excitement. He hurriedly pressed on the answer button.
Ser Chief: Yes detective. Anong balita?
Detective: Sir, congratulations, magkaka- junior na kayo ulet! Lalaki po ang magiging anak nyo ni Maya.
Ser Chief: (his brain went blank for a few seconds…) Okay salamat.
His heart beat stopped for a good five seconds as he recalls what the detective told him ..
“ Lalaki po ang magiging anak nyo ni Maya”
Hearing this echoing in his head, fresh tears started falling from his eyes. He weakly sat back on his chair as the news dawned on him.
“I’m going to have a son…another son. Maya, you’re going to give me a son” he uttered to himself. He felt so much happiness that he threw his fist in the air and shouted “Wooohoooo!!! A son! Yes!”
Liza was startled hearing her boss shouting inside his office so she hurriedly entered the room. But what she saw made her grin from ear to ear. There was no need to panic after all, his boss was just being oddly very happy. She saw him throwing his fist up in the air as if he won in the lottery. It’s been a while since she last saw him this happy about something. When Ser Chief noticed Liza staring and smiling at him, he had to compose himself again.
Ser Chief: (clears his throat) Uuhm…yes Liza. Call Atty Ryan for me. Tell him we need to talk about our next project. Clear my schedule after 6PM. Tell Atty Ryan to meet me at the Horizon Bar at 6:30.
Liza: (trying to hold her laughter) O…okay Sir. I will do that. (slowly closes the door of the office and shakes her head while giggling)
The Dela Rosas safely arrived home and now happily chatting at the living room about their preparations for the Baby Boy. Maya couldn’t help but smile at the sight of her family making a fuss about the littlest details on the baby like the name, clothes, bed sheets, pictures and milk formula. She fell quite for a few minutes and Nanay Teresita was the first to notice.
Nanay Tere: (slowly sitting next to Maya and putting her right arm on Maya’s shoulder) Oh, Maya anak, anong problema? Natahimik ka yata?
Maya: Naku, wala ho eto Nay. Masyado lang po akong masaya.
Nanay Tere: Masayang masaya din ako Maya. Excited na rin akong makita ang apo ko sayo.
Maya: (smiles but starts to get teary-eyed) Salamat po talaga Nay ha? Pasensya na talaga kase kasalanan…
Nanay Tere: (quickly shushes her and rubs Maya’s left arm) Shhhh….ilang beses ko bang sasabihin sayo nak na hindi kasalanan ang magmahal? Nagmahal ka lang. Wala kang tinapakang tao. At ang batang eto ang patunay kung gaano ka kawagas magmahal. Kaya alisin mo na sa isip mo yang mga negatibong bagay. Baka makasama pa yan sa pogi kong apo.
Maya: (smiles back and started wiping her tears) Sabi ko nga nay eh. Pasensya na at nag-eemote na naman ako. Sigurado namang gwapo talaga ang anak ko kase maraming pagmamanahan.
(The rest of the household started listening to the conversation and Cho couldn’t help but join in)
Cho: Naku, tumpak ka dyan Tita Ninang! Syempre lahi tayo ng magaganda at pogi ( making the pogi gesture)
Mamang: Aba’y syempre naman apo! Sakin yata kayo lahat nagmana ng ganda ng itsura!
Kute: Asus! Si Mamang talaga umaapaw sa confidence! ( they all laughed)
Nanay Tere: (looking back at Maya) Pero anak, seryoso. Wag ka ng mag-iisip ng kung anu pa. Lagi mong tatandaan na andito lang kame para sayo.
Mamang: Totoo naman yan Teresita. Ika nga ni Maya —- kapit bisig!
Kute: Yan ang pinakatamang nasabi mo Mamang. Kaya group hug para kay Baby Boy !
Everyone: Group hug!!! KAPIT-BISIG!
The evening was filled with merriment at the Dela Rosa residence. What they didn’t know yet is the impending arrival in San Nicolas of someone from the Lim mansion….. that will change everything.
(to be continued…)