Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to MaiA. This is a continuation to Story of Me – part 2.
Now its time for Richard’s DaMoves.
Story of Me PART3 Hello and Goodbye
After an hour, nakapaghanda na si Maya para sa event. Napakaganda in her little black dress, light make up and hair tied in a bun. Sinalubong nya ang mga bisita. Tiningnan ang listahan ng special guests, “Bakit wala pa si Mr. Lim?
Sa di kalayunan naman, ilang minuto nang nakatitig sa kanya si Richard in his black suit. “Wow”
Richard: “I guess, a proper introduction is in order. Hi, I am Richard Lim of Lim Industries.” And he extended his hand for a hand shake.
Maya: “I am Maya Dela Rosa, I’m the president of the Student Council” and took the hand shake.
The simple handshake send shivers to their spine, and they both felt it. Maya blushed and Richard gave her a half smile.
Richard: “You look different today. So unlike the Maya I met awhile ago and also in my office months back. “ with a smile, he teased Maya by reminding her of their past encounters.
Maya: “Sorry po talaga”,
Richard: “Sorry for what?”
Maya: “Sa abala ko sa inyo”. Nakayukong sinabi ni Maya.
Richard: “No need for that”.
Maya: “Thank you po”, with a smile on Maya’s face
Richard: “I should be the one to thank you.”
Richard: “Yes, you made me smile again. I don’t understand but you do amuse me.” He was about to say something more but was interrupted by the Dean.
Dean: “Mr. Lim, thank you for coming. About the surprise announcement for later, are you ok with our recommendations?”
Richard: “Yes, thank you.” The dean left and Richard turned to face Maya. “You’re in for a surprise later, baby” bulong nito sa sarili.
Maya: “Huh? Sir? Ano po iyon?”
Richard: “Ahhm, wala, sabi ko, are we seated on the same table?” palusot ni Ricahrd
Maya: “Yes, we are on the same table together with the other speakers. Let me lead you to our table.” Napangiti si Richard.
Maya: Good evening everyone, I will be your host tonight and let me start by introducing to you our Dean, Mrs. Francisco.
Maya returned to her seat beside Richard. Richard was lost in thought as he is seated next to Maya. He occasionally glanced at the beautiful face of Maya while she is focused on listening to the speakers. After the speech of Mrs. Francisco, she called on Richard, to join her on the stage.
Dean: “May I call on Mr. Richard Lim, to make an announcement”
Maya : “Sir, tinatawag ka na sa stage” Nagulat si Richard, may binulong kay Maya bago tumayo paakyat ng stage.
Maya: “Para saan po?”
Richard smiled at Maya and went to the stage.
Richard: “Your school is considered to be among the top Engineering schools in the Philippines and it is my privilege to invite 3 of your top students from the graduating class to join Lim Industries. We will provide you with trainings here and abroad to equip with the necessary skills in your chosen field”
Dean: “I would like to award this invitation to: May we call to the stage, Enrico Tan, Manuel Ortega, and of course our Ms. Maya Dela Rosa.”
Di makapaniwala si Maya, she looked at Richard who gave her his killer smile. Full of happiness but still surprised and amused at what’s happening, she went up the stage.
Richard extended a congratulatory handshake to the two awardees then turned to Maya to congratulate her as well. But this time, he gave her a peck on the left and right side of her cheek.
After the event, lumapit si Maya sa table ng kanyang mga kaibigan.
Simon: “I am so proud of you. “Tumayo si Simon at niyakap sya ng mahigpit,
Maya: “Salamat din sa iyo Simon, malaking parte ka ng buhay ko. Lagi kang nandyan sa tabi ko, in good times and bad times.” Di nila namalayang, papalapit na si Richard.
Richard : “Ms. Dela Rosa” seryosong sabi ni Richard. Nagulat si Maya at bumitaw kay Simon.
Maya: “Ay, Mr. Lim”, natataranta “Ah eh, si Simon po, kabarkada ko po. Sila din po mga kaibigan ko.” At pinakilala nya kay Richard ang mga kaibigan.
Richard: Tiger mode, very politely saying. “Our HR will call you. I won’t be seeing you on your training as I will be out of the country for 1 year to set up a branch office in the US. Heres my card, call me anytime if you need anything.” They shook their hands and he said goodbye. Di maintindihan ni Richard kung bakit nalungkot sya sa pagkakataong iyon. Nanghihinayang sa mga pagkakataong magkakalapit sila ni Maya.
Lumipas ang isang taon, nakapagtrabaho na sa isang malaking Telecoms company si Simon, si Rafi naman ay naging professor, si James ay nagtayo ng Computer company at si Jeff ay lumipad patungong Canada at dun nagtrabaho.
Si Maya ay kinilala bilang isa sa pinakamagaling na Enigneer ng Lim Industries.
Richard is on his flight back to Manila. “I will see you again Maya”.