Note: This is a continuation to My Only Love – part 4
AN: Hi everyone… I wanted to say Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. For all your wonderful comments and prayers for me and my family. Eto na po ang next chapter sa kwento nila Maya at Richard. As suggested by “Cathy, RSS9485 and a few others… I’ve decided to add to the story, para naman makita ang side ni Richard. Sana po magustohan nyo. Excuse any errors.
Happy Reading =)
Richard was back in her office after 30 minutes. Everyone was gone when he returned. Maya and Doris was finishing up the front office. They all went to the breakroom and had dinner. Nag kwentohan sandali before Doris decided to call it a night. “Sige Insan.. Richard. Mauna na ako sa inyo”. she said as she stood up from the table. “Richard, ikaw na ang bahalang mag hatid sa pinsan ko ah” Doris said before walking out the door. “Oo naman” he answered
Richard and Maya cleaned up the leftover food before heading back to her office.
Richard: Bes.. gaano kayo katagal sa Baguio?
Maya: Friday hanggang Sunday. Bakit?
Richard: Eh baka naman, pwede akung sumama sa inyo?
Maya: (gulat ulit, looking up from her desk) Ah.. eh… sa Baguio Medical Center kasi kami eh.. may charity event sila para sa mga bata. (looking back at her charts) Baka ma bored ka lang.
Richard: Sus… hindi naman. Pwede rin naman akung tumulong eh.
Maya: Eh.. (Richard cuts her off)
Richard: Ayaw mo lang yata akung kasama eh. (sad face)
Maya: Hindi ah… wala akung sinasabi
Richard: (smiling) Well then it’s settled.. sasama ako
Maya: (looks at him again) sige.. it’s up to you. Aalis tayo dito nang 5am friday morning ah.
Richard: Sige, sabay na lang tayo. I’ll pick you up nang 4:30am.
Maya: (kilig sa sarili) Okay (smiling at him)
Richard arrived at her house 15 minutes early. Maya was surprise to find him in the living room waiting for her. “Wow, talagang even before 4:30am ah… hindi ka naman ata n’yan” Maya teased “Sabi mo alis tayo nang 5am, so here i am. Sa labas na nga ako na tulog eh…” he said (grinning at her) “Ano? Sa labas ka na tulog?” she answered (surprised by his comment). “Joke lang po, ang lapit kaya nang bahay namin. Uyy concerned sya!” he added (grinning at her) “Oh sya… sige na, alis na tayo at baka ma huli pa tayo sa daan” she added as she picked up her brown bag and made her way to the door, as Richard walked behind her. He reached from her stuff…. “akin na nga yan, baka batukan pa ako ni Ninang, at sabihin hindi man lang kita matulongan” he joked. “Sus, sabihin mo bumabawi ka lang kasi malaki ang atraso mo saakin” she smiled, as she hit him on the shoulder. “hindi ah…. sabi ko naman sayo super busy kasi ako sa trabaho” he added as they both walk out the door.
Richard opened the passenger door for Maya before making his way to the back of the car to put her stuff in the trunk. Once everything was set they drove down to the clinic. Everyone was already there when they arrived. Maya was happy to see that outcome of their trip, so many of her staff came. “This was going to be a best trip ever” she thought to her self (smiling as she glanced at everyone in the room). Her thoughts were interrupted when she heard a familiar voice. (turning around to see how it was).
“Mayaaaaa” Sabel joyfully gleamed. “Day, kamusta ka na? Long time na tayong hindi nang kikita ah” she added as she hugged her tightly. “Ok lang ako Ate Sabel, buti naman at nakasama ka saamin ngayon. (hugging her tightly) Eh Ikaw, kamusta ka na?” Maya asked. “Sa kakulitan ba naman ni Doris, paano naman ako makaka tange, at isa pa… hindi pa ako na kaka punta sa Baguio eh, kaya pumayag na ako” she happily replied. “Sus insan… wag kang maniwala dyan kay Ate Sabel… unang hirit ko pa lang nang Baguio atat nang sumama yan” Doris said laughing. (Playfully pushing Sabel from behind – all 3 of them laughing at the comment).
Sabel: Aba… hindi ko alam kasama pala si Chard ah. (Looking up at Richard, who was standing behind Maya)
Richard: Hi Sabel, long time ah… i see hindi ka parin nag babago.. (teasing smile, as he moved closer and gave her a quick hug)
Sabel: Ikaw rin Chard… gwapo ka pa rin. (smiling at him as she playfully slapped him on the shoulder) Balita ko may bago ka na raw girlfriend..
Richard: (puzzled look) Wala ah… kanino mo naman na kaha ang balita mo?
Sabel: Talaga lang ah… (looking at Doris)
Doris: Ohh eh bakit saakin ka naka tingin? sabi ko may babae, hindi ko sinabi girlfriend… At saka.. mukang super taray ang girl noh… hindi yan ang mga type ni Richard (quickly turning her head to look at Maya)
Maya: (confused look) Ohh, eh bakit sa akin ka naman naka tingin? Wag n’yo nga akung sina sama sa mga kalokohan n’yo dalawa. (Serious face – trying to hide her true feelings for him)
Richard: Wow… ang taray!
Maya: Isa ka pa Bes ah…. nakakarami ka na! Ang aga aga… nang aasar ka na.(slaping him on the arm)
Richard: (rubs his arm) ano naman ang ginawa ko sayo.. (playfully poking her side)
Maya: Ano ba…. (trying not to laugh) tama na please.. (as he pokes her again) isa… (serious look on her face)
Richard: Okay… okay… mamaya na lang ulit (nakangiti lang kay Maya – his lopsided smile) Alam mo Bes… ang KJ mo talaga ngayon! Kulang ka lang sa tulog! (teasing her.. as Doris and Sabel laughed)
Doris/Sabel: Day… hindi ka naman affected much.. (laughing)
Maya: Bahala na nga kayo dyan.. (turning her back from them….)
Richard: Naks si Bes… na pikon agad (still teasing her)
Maya: Mr. Lim… ikaw rin, tigil tigilan mo nga ako… bahala na nga kayo dyan.. madami pa ang akong gagawin (As she walked away from them, heading to her office) Wish ko lang.. she said to herself.. (smiling)
Maya made her way to her office to grab a few things she can work on while on the road to Baguio. “Knock Knock” Peter said standing outside her office door. “Oh Maya, Kamusta na? Ready ka na ba?” he asked “Hi Peter… Oo ready na ako. Gusto ko lang mag dala nang ibang chart na pwede kung tapusin habang nasa daan tayo.(smiling up at him) Ikaw, kamusta na?” Maya asked in return, looking up at him. “Ok lang ako, eto I can’t wait til we get to Baguio, alam ko mag i-enjoy ka” he said cheerfully. “Peter, nga pala… ok lang ba na sumama si Richard?” Maya asked (concerned look on her face). “Oo naman, the more the marrier” he added. (Deep down he was kind of sad. He was hoping for a chance to spend time with her and try to get her mind off of Richard) “Sige na.. kung ready ka na alis na tayo, mag 5am na eh. 4 to 5 hours din ang travel natin from here to there.” he quickly added, as he walked over to her desk and grabbed the folders she was planning to take with her. “Ako na” he said (smiling at her) “Salamat” she replied as she got up from her chair and walked out of the office together. Shutting the door behind her.
“Maya gusto mo sumabay sa akin” Peter asked, as he turned around to face her. “Ahh.. eh kasi… nag tanong na rin kasi si Chard kaninang umaga” she replied (sad face) “Ah ganon ba” he said. “Sorry Peter ah” she added. “Wala yon” he answered (giving her a warm smile) “Ano tara na” he asked “Let’s go” she happily replied.
5am as planned they were off to Baguio. Maya and Richard drove in one car. Sila Doris at Sabel sumabay kay Simon and Peter drove with some of the other staff members at the clinic.
Richard: Bes naman, hanggang dito ba naman work ka pa rin (pouting) Akala ko ba FUN weekend!
Maya: Sus… nag salita ang isang workaholic. (teasing) I learned from the best.. (grinning at him)
Richard:Hindi naman… minsan lang..(trying to focus on the road as he drove)
Maya: Anong Minsan…. madalas noh!
Richard: Lagi sayo ang last word ahh…. (laughing)
Maya: Eh bakit kaya hindi ka na lang mag kwento saakin kung ano ang ginawa mo sa Hong Kong at bigla ka na lang nawala. (sad face… turning away to look at the view outside)
Richard: Sabi ko naman sayo busy lang ako sa trabaho, kailangan serious diba.. yon lang yon!
Maya: Chief naman eh… kala ko ba ako ang best friend mo?
Richard: Ikaw nga… at wala nang iba!
Maya: Eh bakit ayaw mong mag kwento? Don’t tell me may mga secrets ka na saakin ah (sad face again) Ang daya daya mo… (pouting)
Richard: Eh kasi wala naman akung e-kwekwento sayo…. isa pa, baka ma bored ka lang.
Maya: Sus, kailan ba ako na bored sa mga kwento at adventures mo sa buhay? (teasing smile)
Richard: wag na talaga Bes….
Maya: Sige na… sa sobrang tagal mo sa Hong Kong, don’t tell me wala ka nang ibang ginawa doon? Eh diba sabi mo doon mo na meet si Karen? (Yong mataray na girl… na pa bulong sa sarili)
Richard: Ano yon? hindi ko na rining yon last part?
Maya: Wala….. sabi ko mag kwento ka na.
Richard: Oh sya… You win! Para matigil na ang kakulitan mo! Alam ko naman hindi ka mananahimik dyan eh. Isa pa… mahaba haba rin ang biyahe natin…. baka mag tampo ka pa.. mahirap na. (he said teasing her and pinching her cheeks)
Maya: Aray… (pouting) Aray naman… ang sakit non ah.. (still pouting)
Richard: Eto naman… hindi talaga sayo bagay. Ang bilis mo talagan mapikon ngayon noh (poking her side to make her smile) Sorry na.. eto na po, mag kwe-kwento na ako. Pero wag mo akong si-sisihin pag na bored ka ahh. (he teased again, bago nya sinimulan ang kwento).
Flash Back (Richard’s Trip sa Hong Kong)
March 8, Richard arrived at Hong Kong International Airport. He made his way to the Baggage Claim to get his belongings. As he was going to pick up his luggage his hand brushed down at the person standing next to him, also grabbing for the luggage. “Oh.. I’m sorry, I thought that was mine” She said (smiling) “It’s no problem” he said, not wasting anymore time on her and just continued to pick up his things and make his way to the front entrance so he can hail a cab and head off to his hotel. He was outside waiting when he was stopped again by the same lady. “Excuse me Sir” she called to him. Richard turned around “Yes, Miss… ” he replied looking down at her. “Sorry again about the mishap earlier… by the way, I’m Karen Deleon” she smiled extending her hand to him. Richard puzzled and a bit irritated, smiled and said “Hello Karen, I’m Richard Lim” shaking her hand in return before turning away from her to check on the cab. “So Richard, are you vacationing here? I’m also in town for a mini vacation and also to visit my father” She added. Still smiling at him hoping to get his attention. “I’m sorry Karen, i don’t mean to be rude.. but i’m here on business trip and well… I really have to go. I’m running a bit late and i still have to meet up with my client. I hope you understand” he said kindly, turning away from her again and riding in the cab. Leaving her standing at the front of the airport. “Gwapo sana… very serious naman” she said to herself as she watched his cab drive away.
Richard arrived at “The Upper House” Hotel at 10am. Check-in was in the room as there is no formal reception area. As soon as he arrived at the 48th floor he checked in and immediately put his stuff down and headed in the bathroom. He got ready so he can head off to meet up with his client at “Cafe Gray” located on the 49th floor of the hotel he was staying at. He was glad he didn’t need to go to far for his meeting, since it’s located in the same building.
It was 10:45am when Richard walked into Cafe Gray and was greeted by the hostess. “Good Morning Sir” the young lady said, as she happily smiled at Richard. “Do you have a reservation” she asked (still smiling at him) “Yes, it’s under the name Richard Lim. I’m meeting my client here at 11am” he said as he searched the room. “Oh, right this way Mr. Lim. Mr. Deleon and his company arrived a few minutes ago” she added as she motioned for him to follow her to the location of their table.
Upon reaching their table, Richard saw Mark Deleon was seated next to another person. When he got to the table he was greeted by his friend, Mark who also introduced his daughter to him. “Richard, it’s so good to see you again, wow it’s been a long time.” Mark said as he stood up from his chair and shook his hand. “By the way Richard, this is my daughter, Karen Deleon” he added as he turned to his daughter who stood up and turned to face him. (Both shocked) “We meet again, Mr. Lim” she greeted (smiling at him) “What a small world” she added, as she shook his hand again.”Ah yes, from this morning? right?” Richard said as he turned to look at Mark. “I’m sorry, you two know each other already?” Mark asked (confused look on his face) “Yes Dad, we ran into each other at the airport” she said, glancing over to her dad and turning her attention back to Richard.
Their meeting lasted a hour, before they went their separate ways. Richard and Mark talked about the plans for the new site in Hong Kong, as Karen just listened to them chat and continued to stare at Richard until they parted ways. As they were leaving, Richard stood up from his chair and turned to Karen.
Richard: It was nice meeting you again Karen. Hope you enjoy your mini vacation here sa Hong Kong (smiling)
Karen: Same to you, Richard. I hope this isn’t the last I will be seeing of you (blushing)
Richard: It probably won’t be, since I will be working closely with your Dad on this project. (turning to Mark) Mark, I’ll go ahead. I will see you tomorrow at the site. (Shaking his hand again).
Mark: Ok Richard, I will see you tomorrow. (As they all went out of the cafe)
Richard made his way back to his suite. He unpacked his stuff and sat in the living room, admiring the site from the the full length windows that provided the stunning views of the Victoria harbour and the city. As he sat there he thought of her… his best friend. “Ano kaya ang ginagawa nya?” he asked himself. Still staring at the window, he gazed on the counter table and reached for his phone. He looked at their picture and sighed “Miss na kita Bes!” he whispered. Before putting his phone down, he sent Maya a short text “Hi Bes, kamusta na?” and stood up to get his laptop from the room.
He made his way back to the living room and turned his laptop on. After reading most of his emails from work, he decided to send Maya an email of his day in HK. After a few hours of not getting a reply he called her. He spoke to her every day and also sent her texts and emails when he wasn’t busy. He made sure he kept in touch with her. Richard also went home for the weekends, but had to go back to Hong Kong.
Days turned into nights, Richard got so busy with work, he had to stay longer. Considering how hard it was to leave when their meetings ended late. He tried to make it to his scheduled flights on time but this was causing major tolls on him. This was very tiring and stressful for him, that he had to make a decision regarding his travels. He decided to just stay until the New Site was completely done. With that in mind, he stop going home on the weekends. He didn’t get the chance to let Maya know since he had a lot of other things on his mind. During the time spent in Hong Kong, he also got to know Karen more. She was there when he needed someone to talk too, or when he needed a friend. Since he had a hard time contacting Maya when she was busy at work. He would talk to her about his busy work days, the stress and of course his Best Friend. Although Karen didn’t seem interested in hearing about Maya, she just smiled and pretended to listen when he would start talking about her. To her, it was the one thing that she could careless for. “Just another boring topic” she thought to herself. After all, she is just a friend. In her mind, she wanted to be more than what Maya was to him. She visited Richard and her father every day at the site. Sometimes she would stay until they were done with work. She would bring them lunch and just find any excuse she can come up with to see him and just get to know him more. She would go out with Richard in the evenings or spend the whole weekend with him just hanging out, going to different restuarants, watching movies, going to the mall or just site seeing. With everything that was going on with him, he was starting to spend less time texting and calling Maya. This also put a damper on their communication with each other. He was so pre-occupied with his site and his new found friend, he forgot all about Maya and their promise to keep in touch through calls, emails and text. Even to a point where he was forgetting to reply to her messages or calls. He was so busy with everything else going on around him…right there, right now. Weeks turned into months… sometimes he was so busy with work that he didn’t have time for himself. He was so focused on getting the site completed. He wanted to make sure everything would go as planned. Richard was so intuned to his work that he didn’t even remember to let his family back home know that he was ok.
Karen on the other hand was so thrilled having to spend all the time she had with Richard that she decided to stay in Hong Kong for as long as he was there. She didn’t want their time together to end. She was so into him that she was falling for him. Although she didn’t know if he felt the same way about her. She made it a point to visit him daily at the site. She was determined for him to notice her and forget about Maya that maybe if all works out, he will fall inlove with her. Richard was someone she wanted to be with and she was willing to stay with him no matter what it takes. She needed to know if there was a chance for her… for them to be together. She was happy with him, she didn’t want to give that up. She was affraid what the outcome will be when he has to return home. She knew he was only there for his company, but at the same time she didn’t plan on falling for him. She got to know him and she wanted to keep what they had for as long as she can. She was willing to follow him back to Manila if he was willing to commit to her. She wanted to believe that their time spent in Hong Kong was strong enough that he would never let her go and in the end he would give her the same love she felt for him.
After so many months of pure stress… Richard’s site was coming to an end. The build was almost complete and soon he would be able to go back home. Things started to change, he was less focused on his business there since he had people helping him run the site and everything was going as planned. He had assigned Mark to run the site in Hong Kong after he goes back to the philippines.
“As for Karen” he said to himself, the night he was packing up his stuff before his early flight back to Manila. “I enjoyed her company, but i’m not inlove with her, she is just a friend. Nothing more. Hopefully she will understand”. he whispered. After a few months of going out, he was starting to feel uneasy. He liked spending time with her, but there was something missing, he just couldn’t figure out what it was at that moment. A few days before his flight back to manila, he called his parents to let them know he was heading back home. It has been 8 months since he has been back in manila. He missed them and he missed her. Although he knew he was wrong for not keeping in touch with them, he also knew that they would all understand. After all, this is his company.. they knew how important this was to him.
November 2, that morning as he was entering NAIA to head down to the Baggage Claim, he heard a familliar voice call out to him. “Richard” she said. As he turned around he saw Karen standing there. (shocked) “Hi.. ah.. i didn’t know you were on the same flight”. he said (confused) “Yes, I was able to change it” she replied. “Are you headed home” she asked. “Yes, my family is waiting for me” he replied as he started to turn away. “May i join you later?” she asked “Ah.. well.. I’m going to visit my Bes…” he started to say, but she cut him off. “Oh, that’s great. Maybe we can grab something to eat later, after you visit your friend” she quickly added. Richard was lost for words, he didn’t know what else to say so he just nodded. “Ok, well then, I will just see you later” he said, as he started to walk away. “Great, I will call you later than.” she replied (slowly turning away) she turned back around and kissed him on the cheek. “Bye Richard, I will see you later” she added (Big smile on her face) as she disappeard in the crowd. “What just happen?” he thought to himself. (shaking his head) he turned away and headed to the front entrance. “Not good Richard, you should of just let her know that kaibigan lang ang turin mo sa kanya”. He kept repeating in his mind. “You have to let her know soon, you don’t want to cause her pain”. he said softly.
Richard: Tapos yon… na kabalik na kami sa Mani… (looking at Maya and then focusing back at the road) Hoy Bes…. nakikinig ka ba?? (Waving his right had infront of her, while trying to focus on driving with his left) Maya!! Hello…
Maya: Ay Maya… (startled) Huh, ano…
Richard: Nakaka inis ka naman… Kanina pa ako daldal nang daldal dito.. pero muka naman hindi ka nakikinig eh.
Maya: Nakikinig ako noh…
Richard: (talaga lang ah..) Eh bakit parang tulala ka na naman dyan?
Maya: Wala lang… na isip ko lang, kaya pala nakalimutan mo kami dito, kasi may iba kang pinag aabalahan (she teased – deep down she was hurting. She wanted to know… mahal ba ni Chard si Karen?)
Richard: Earth to Maya… ano ba ang iniisip mo dyan?
Maya: Ah.. eh.. wala. Na tutuwa lang ako para sayo…
Richard: Natutuwa? para saakin?? para what?
Maya: Oo, kasi alam ko masaya ka na.
Richard: Huh… hindi ko na get?
Maya: Wala… Chard, pwede kaya mag stop muna tayo? Tawagan ko sila, baka naman pwede tayong kumain muna? (Trying to change the topic) Gutom na kasi ako eh. (smiling)
Richard: Sige, sabihan mo na lang sila Simon.
Maya: Sige… salamat (As she took out her phone from her bag and started to call the rest of her friends)
After 15 minutes they found a place where they can stop for awhile. Everyone got out of the cars and found a few shady benches where they can setup the food they had prepared so that everyone can eat. It was almost 9am when they finished eating. Maya and Doris started to packup the stuff. “Maya… ok ka lang” Peter asked as he got closer to her. “Oo naman” she replied (smiling at him) “Bakit mo naman na tanong” she asked. “Eh kasi, kanina ko pa na papansin na parang malungkot ka” he answered. “Hindi naman” she said (smiling) “ikaw talaga, lahat na lang nakikita mo” she teased, as she playfully hit him on the arm. “Buti ka pa na pasin mo” she said to herself. As Peter started to help them with the baskets, the cooler and the other stuff. Richard was watching them from afar. He had his tiger face look when Sabel tapped him on the shoulder.
Sabel: uyy si chard, affected na naman (she teased him) Yan kasi, ang torpe torpe mo. Kala ko pa naman you will grow out of that… hanggang ngayon pala… mas Super Torpe ka. (laughing)
Richard: Hindi ah..
Sabel: Sus, hindi daw.. ako pa niloko mo! Kilala kita nong 8 years old ka pa lang. Alam ko kung gaano ka importante sayo si Maya.
Richard: Hindi nga… ang kulit mo rin. (he teased, still staring at Maya and Peter)
Sabel: Alam mo Richard Lim, sa sobrang tagal na nating magkakilala, alam namin lahat na may feelings ka rin para kay Maya, ayaw mo lang aminin. Bakit hindi ka tumulad kay Simon (smiling)
Simon: Oh Ate Sabel… ako na naman ang nakita mo (as he walked over to where Richard and Sabel were standing)
Sabel: Eh diba ikaw rin, matagal mo nang crush si Maya.. (poking him on the side)
Simon: Dati yon…. hindi na ngayon. isa pa magkaibigan na lang kami ni Maya (staring at maya from afar)
Sabel: Sabi mo eh.. (teasing him)
Simon/Richard: Wala nga… (they said in unison)
Sabel: Oh eh sige, si Simon pwede pa akung maniwala… kasi may GF na sya. Pero ikaw Richard, kailangan wag ka nang mag deny. Alam naman namin na may nararamdaman ka para kay Maya eh.
Richard: Sabel, mag best friends lang kami ni Maya. Parang kapatid ko na yan noh (looking back at Maya) Hanggang mag best friends lang talaga…. (trying to convince himself)
Sabel: Kapatid… eh bakit palagi kang naka tiger-mode dyan pag may kausap na ibang lalake si Maya? Aber?
Richard: kaya nga.. kasi concerned lang ako.. kasi nga para ko na syang kapatid. At kasi na ngako ako kila Ninong and Ninang na aalagaan ko si Maya. Sympre hindi ko sya pababayaan at hindi ako papayag na masaktan sya dahil lang sa mga lalake.
Sabel: Ako ba ang kinukumbinsihan mo.. or ang sarili mo?
Richard: ang kulit… (tiger mode).
Sabel: Ako pa ang binola mo… Hoy Richard Lim, sige ka… baka ikaw ang mga sisi sa huli. Baka umiyak ka dyan pag naunahan ka ni Peter.
Richard: Ang kulit mo rin noh… wala nga akung gusto kay Maya. Mag Best Friend lang kami.. yon lang
Sabel: Sabi mo eh… (looking at Maya and Peter) Pero in fairness ah… bagay silang dalawa. Guwapo at matipuno si Doctor Delgado at super ganda ang pinsan ko. Kaya masaya ako para sa kanilang dalawa kung maging sila nga. (turning her attention to Richard and Simon – Both staring at Maya and Peter). Tama kayong dalawa… ganya nga an mga mukang na hindi affected. (laughing… as she walks away)
Richard/Simon – hindi nga… (they both answered)
Richard: Concerned lang!! He yelled back at her. (Tiger-mode again)
The rest of the drive to Baguio was quiet. They listened to music and just talked about the old days or work. It was almost 11am when the reached Lion’s Head on Kennon Road. They decided to stop to take some pictures and admire the view. Everyone was having a great time. They took pictures of everyone with normal and wacky poses. There were pictures of Doris, Sabel and Maya… a few pictures of Maya and Richard and pictures of Peter and Maya. There was a lot of stolen shots too.
They finally arrived at their destination. Peter introduced them all to his Ninong Carlo and showed them to the rooms they will be staying at. Doris, Sabel and Maya stayed in one room. Simon and Richard stayed in another room with Peter and the rest of the staff shared the 2 other rooms that were vacant. Once everyone was settled in, they all met up in the living room. Peter, Maya and Doris were busy helping with the food so that they can have lunch. Everyone gathered around telling stories and listing to each other joke around and just enjoy their little gathering. After lunch most of them when in their rooms, while others either checked the surrounding outside or just hungout in the living room area just enjoying the rest. Maya left Doris and Sabel in the room since the two fell asleep. She went to check on Richard but both him and Simon were knocked out. She saw that peter wasn’t in the room so she decided to check on Peter. She also wanted to find out about their plans for tomorrows event. After looking everywhere in the house, she finally found him sitting on a bench outside the patio reading a magazine.
Maya: Hi Peter…. (peering from the inside of the doorway)
Peter: Hi Maya… (looking up from the magazine he was reading) Gising ka pa? Kala ko tulog ka na eh.
Maya: May I join you?? (Pointing to the empty spot on the bench)
Peter: Sure… ikaw pa! Alam mo naman malakas ka saakin eh.
Maya: Naks… (playfully pulling his hair, before sitting beside him) kaw talaga… corny mo ah.
Peter: Totoo naman eh.. (smiling at her, as he rubbed his head)
Maya: Peter… anong oras ang lakad natin, para sa Charity event sa Medical Center bukas?
Peter: Alam ko 9am ang start nila, pero we can go there early or even after it starts. I guess it depends kung sino ang sasama saatin at kung anong oras tayo makaka punta doon. (chuckles)
Maya: Diba sa Burnham Park sya gaganapin?
Peter: Oo, mga 4 to 5 hours daw yong event. Sigurado ako mag i-enjoy ka doon. Marami raw mga batang dadatin since the event is for them. So i figured pag katapos natin doon, we can meet up with the people if they want to site see. Kung hindi ok din, kasi they are all free to go where they want since R&R naman nila eto. (smiling at her)
Maya: Tama! (smiling at the thought) Oh eh sige, mamaya tanongin na natin sila, para alam natin kung sino ang gustong sumama sa charity event.
Peter: Sige.. (smiles but then turns to a concerned look) Maya… ok ka lang ba?
Maya: Oo naman…. siguro pagod lang ako. Ang haba din nang biyahe natin kanina at ang aga rin natin umalis nang manila.
Peter: Mag pahinga ka na muna.. kasi. Alam ko naman pagod ka rin eh.
Maya: Oo nga. Si Sabel and Doris nag papahinga na rin doon sa kwarto. I guess i will join them na muna.
Peter: That’s a good idea. Kailangan mo rin ang rest noh…. late na rin tayo nang sara nang clinic kagabi tapos ang aga pa natin umalis kanina.. kaya alam ko wala ka pang tulog. At from the the look of things kanina parang wala karin pahinga sa kotse ni Richard. Don’t tell me may tampohan na naman kayo dalawa?
Maya: Wala ah… nag kwento lang sya tunkol sa trip nya sa Hong Kong at tinapos ko rin yong mga charts na dinala ko. (na lungkot bigla… at na alala ulit si Richard at Karen)
Peter: Ah, ganon ba. Eh buti naman at okay pa rin kayo. (smiles at her, but trys to cover up the sadness he saw on her face, as her smile disappeared and her face expression changed)
Maya: Sige Peter, mauna na muna ako. Mamaya na lang ulit.
Peter: (gently put his hand on top of hers) Everything will be ok… (giving her a warm smile) go and rest.
Maya: (puts her other hang on his) Thank you for being there.. (smiles at him)
Peter: Wala yon! sabi ko naman sayo… nandito lang ako para sayo! Anytime. (hugs her slighly)
Maya: I know… kaya Thank You!! At salamat na rin sa lahat nang eto.
Peter: bakit ka naman nag papasalamat sa lahat nang eto?
Maya: Dito, malaking bagay saamin eto ah. Naka abala pa kami sa Ninong Carlo mo.
Peter: Sus… wala yon noh. Natutuwa nga si Ninong eh, kasi ang dami daw nyang bisita. (smiling)
Carlo: (walks up to the patio door, with a smile on his face) Ako ba ang pinag uusapan n’yo? (Nagulat si Peter and Maya)
Peter: Nong, nandyan pala kayo. Sinasabi ko lang kay Maya na ok sayo na nandito kami. Nag aalala sya na baka na-abala ka namin.
Carlo: Naku Maya… wala sa akin yon. Mas masaya pag maraming tao. Ok na ok sa akin na nandito kayo. Mag tatampo ako sa inyo kung sa iba kayo nang stay. (smiling)
Peter: Sabi ko sayo eh… (smiling at her) the best kaya ang Ninong ko! (winking at his uncle)
Carlo: Bolero ka talaga!! (laughs and turns his attention to her) Maya, balita ko magaling na Children’s Doctor ka raw sa Manila? Lagi ka nga kini-kwento nang pamangkin ko sa akin.
Maya: (blushing) Naku po Tito Carlo…. hindi naman po. I just love what I do. Yon lang po, katulad kay Peter, alam ko rin po kung gaano ka importante sa kanya ang mga bata. (smiles)
Peter: Anong hindi… pa hamble ka pa. (smiling at her)
Carlo: Kaya siguro patay na patay sayo ang pamangkin ko (delighted look on his face)
Peter: Ninong naman… binubuking mo naman ako kay Maya eh, baka mag tampo saakin yan (makes a face at his uncle) as he playfully pokes Maya on the side.
Maya: Mabait naman po si Peter (blushing)
Peter: Maya wag mo na lang pansinin ang Ninong ko. (smiles)
Carlo: (laughs) Sige… alam ko pagod kayo, mamaya na lang tayo mag kwentohan. Tutal mahaba pa naman ang oras nyo dito sa Baguio. Basta Maya… mamaya mag kwentohan tayo ah. Para ma kwento mo na rin saakin ang mga ginagawa ni Peter sa Manila. Ang tagal din nyang hindi dumalaw saakin eh. Buti na lang at may Charity event kayo dito. Kung hindi.. baka next year pa yan dadalaw dito.
Maya: Sige po Tito Carlo.
Carlo: Aasahan ko yan ah (he smiles at both of them)
Peter: Ninong naman… (pouting) Alam mo naman busy lang sa trabaho. (smiles at her)
Carlo: Oh sige mauna na muna ako sa inyo. Pupunta muna ako sa baba.
Peter/Maya: Sige po, papasok na rin po kami. (as they both stood up from the bench and went inside to their rooms)
The next day, everyone was up early, a few of the staff went on their own while the rest went to Burnham Park for the Charity Event. Maya was thrilled to see so many kids. She was able to help in a few booths. She even joined Peter in a few games with the kids. Maya was helping with some face painting for the kids when she saw a familiar face. “Hi Doctora Maya”, Abby greeted her. “Abby…. ano ginagawa mo dito? Sino ang kasama mo?” she asked surprised to see her”My Mom and Dad are here too” Abby smiled (pointing at the direction of her parents) Soon after Alex came up to them. “Hi Maya, nandito pala kyo?” Alex greeted. “Hi Alex, oo… tumutulong kami ngayon dito sa charity event nila.” she replied. “Wow, what a small word, she answered” Alex added. They were busy talking about the event when Richard and Peter walked up to them. “Hi Tito Richard” Abby greeted “Hi Abby” Richard greeted as he bent down to give her a hug. “What are you doing here?” he asked as he looked up to see Alex standing there. “Hi Chard, nandito ka rin pala “Alex said (giving him a warm smile). “Hi Alex, tumutulong kami kila Maya” he replied. “Ah ganon ba? ” she answered. “Nga pala, Chard… this is my husband Dominick” she added (turning back to her husband) “Honey, this is Richard Lim, my long time friend” Alex added as she smiled at him. “Hi Richard, nice to finally meet you. I heard so much from Alex and Abby” Dominick replied happily. (as he extended his hand to him) “Nice to meet you too” Richard said (as he shook his hand in return) Abby reaches up for Richard’s hand to pull him closer to her. “Tito Richard, can we go over there” Abby joyfully asked as she pointed to the booth where they were handing out stuff toys to the kids. Richard looked to she where she was pointing and turned his attention to Maya. “Ano Bes… lika, samahan natin si Abby” he asked. (grinning at Maya) “Sige ba” she answered as she turned to Alex and Dominick. “Ok lang ba?” she asked. “Sure Maya… dito lang kami” Alex added. “Yehhey” Abby said with gleam. As she reached for Maya’s left hand and reached for Richard’s left. All 3 of them made their way to the booth. Alex just watched all 3 of them from afar. “I’m so glad she is enjoying herself” Alex said to herself.
The charity event was such a success that Maya and Peter was asked to join them again at their upcoming functions before the year was over. They both agreed that they would think about it since it’s hard for them to close the clinic and also deficult for Peter to request time off from his busy schedule at the hospital. After helping with closing the booths, Richard and Maya said their goodbye to Abby, Alex and Dominick.
Abby: Thank you again Doctora Maya for hanging out with me (smiling)
Maya: Anytime Abby (smiles back at her)
Abby: I had so much fun. (she opened her arms to give Maya a big hug. As soon as she let go, she turned around and ran up to Richard).
Abby: Maraming salamat po ulit Tito Richard
Richard: Wala yon, Abby. Nag enjoy rin kami (as he bent down and hugged her).
Maya: Hopefully we will see you guys again (turning to Alex). Hanggang kailan ba kayo dito?
Alex: Hanggang sunday lang, may pasok na kasi kami ni Dominick eh
Maya: Ahh, kami rin, babalik kami nang Sunday.
Alex/Dominick: Anyway, mauna na kami. Maraming salamat ulit sa inyo. I know Abby had the great time.
Maya: Wala yon. It was fun! Sige alis na rin kami. Kita na lang tayo sa next appointment ni Abby sa clinic.
Abby: Sige po, Doctora Maya. Bye po, Tito Richard. (as she grabbed her mother’s hand and waved bye to them before they disappeared into the crowd).
Maya, Richard and Peter along with Sabel, Doris and Simon decided to check out the other spots in Baguio, while the others went on their separate ways. They when to the lagoon to ride the boats and walked around the rose gardens.
After spending some time at Burnham park they maid their way to Mines View Park, they saw the sites and also took some pictures with the St. Bernards, but didn’t stay too long as it was crowded and they wanted to check out other places before they went back home the next day. They passed by “The Mansion” and just took pictures from afar since they weren’t allowed to go passed the gate.
That evening they spent time with Peter’s uncle just talking about what they saw there, how the charity event went and also what they do in manila. They just relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the evening before leaving early sunday morning to get back to manila.
to be continued…..
Until next time ulit mga fellow Richard and Maya fans! (Maya wave) Kapit Bisig po sa inyong lahat!