A/N: This is a continuation of Have Faith 1 – In The Beginning
“Welcome sa condo ko!” Maya welcomed Richard when they got home.
“Ang kalat naman.” Richard teased.
“Oy! Masamang manglait!” Maya exclaimed.
“Joke lang! Peace tayo, Maya.” He said, then he smiled, but it did not reach his eyes.
“Oh? Bakit mukhang pagod ka na?”
“Using my gift so many times today was exhausting. Hindi ko alam na ganito pala ang epekto nun.” He said as he sat down on the couch.
“Oy, sorry ha? Alam ko na ipagluluto kita!” Maya said and quickly stood up.
“Maya! Nagjo-joke ka ba?” Richard said.
“Hindi! Ipagluluto talaga kita. Promise ‘yan. Wait ka lang.”
“Maya! I can’t intake food. I’m an angel remember? I’m technically what you call dead.”
“Ay! Oo nga no. Ehh paano yun? Pano babalik yung dati mong lakas?”
“Iidlip lang ako. I hope you don’t mind.”
“Ay sige lang. Kakain lang ako ng dinner ha?”
Richard nodded and closed his eyes.
Maya did all of her routine. She ate dinner, took a quick shower then returned to the living room where she left Richard. He’s still sleeping. Maya decided to bring out her phone and take a picture of her angel.
Her phone is now on camera function but when she focused it on his face, she cannot see him on her phone.
“Ha? Bakit ganun?”
She tried it again and again, but failed each time.
“Anghel nga kasi, Maya. Wag makulit.”
Richard’s mind was back in heaven. He’s in the same place where he was before.
“O, Richard, why are you back? Hindi mo pa naman naaalala ang past mo ah.” The voice said.
“I’m just here to recharge. Nalimutan kong ganun nga pala ka-hassle sa Earth.” Richard answered as he sat on the floor.
“So, how do you find your mortal, Son?”
Richard smirked. “She’s amusing but she’s always busy. There are so many stuffs she needed to do. And her boss, do you know him? He’s so tough on the outside, and he has this stern look on his face but .. but when I looked into his heart …”
“Looks can be quite deceiving, eh Richard? Humans are one of the most enjoyable creatures I have created. You see, they are so good at adopting things. Na nagagawa nilang magpanggap just so others cannot see what they really feel.”
“Why are they like that? Why are we like that?”
“I just simply created you. You yourselves make everything complicated.”
Richard smirked. “Touche.”
“You need to go back now, Son. Your mortal might need you.”
Richard nodded and closed his eyes. “Thank you, Lord.”
When Richard opened his eyes, he saw Maya holding a phone in front of him.
“That won’t work, you know?” Richard said, then he laughed at Maya.
“Ehhh nagbabakasakali lang naman! Ito! Sa lahat ng anghel ikaw lang ata ang malakas ang trip.” Maya said then stood up to walk away.
“Uy, sorry na.” Richard tried to grabbed Maya’s hand but his hand simply went past Maya’s.
Maya felt something cold that went pass her hand so she looked back at Richard. She saw him at still and looking at his hand.
“Richard? May problema ba?”
“Ah .. wa-wala.” He said then he tried to smile, but it didn’t reach his eyes.
He nodded. “Pagod pa ata ako. I’ll just stay here. Call me if you need anything.”
“Sige, dun lang ako sa may dining area, may gagawin lang akong paperworks.” Then she left.
Richard sat again on the couch, and then he looked at his hand. He knew that he can’t really touch any mortal but he never thought that experiencing it would hurt.
The next day came and much to Maya’s surprise, Richard was not annoying today. He’s simply quiet in her office, sometimes sitting on her desk, sometimes looking outside her window.
“Richard, may problema ba?” she asked.
He just shook his head.
“Maya.” Liza knocked on her door. “Tawag ka ni Sir Robert.”
“Na naman?” Left with no choice, she stood up and headed for Roberto’s office.
When Maya entered his boss’ office, Roberto greeted her with a smile.
“Maya, you’re finally here.”
Maya confusedly looked at Richard. He gave Maya a smirk.
“He’s now familiar with my presence, that’s why he’s at peace.” He said.
Maya nodded and put a smile on her face. “Good morning po Sir Roberto!”
“Good morning din Maya. Please take a seat. May kailangan lang akong ipagawa sa’yo. I need you to do a report in all of the expenses of LAS this year. Coordinate with the Accounting team if you must, pero ang gusto ko ikaw ang gagawa.”
“Po? Ehh hindi ba po, trabaho ng Accounting Department po ‘yun?”
“I know. But I want you to do it.”
“O – ok po. Kailan po kailangan?”
“By Monday sana, if you can.”
“Sige po Sir. Kakayanin ko po ‘yan.”
Roberto again smiled. “You remind me so much of my son, hija. You can go.”
“Thank you po Sir.”
Maya left Roberto’s office with a smile on her face, while Richard was flying beside her still with a serious look on his face.
“Richard, ano bang problema? Nag-aalala na ko sa’yo.” She said when they reached her office.
“Don’t mind me.”
“Richard naman eh. Masama sa anghel ang ganyan. Baka kunin ka agad ni Lord nyan.”
He smirked. “Hindi Niya ako kuukunin agad. Alam ko kung kailan ako mawawala.”
“So, hindi ka forever nasa tabi ko?” Maya asked.
Richard nodded. Maya felt sad when Richard confirmed it.
“O, ikaw naman ang nalungkot. Anong problema?” He teased.
“Wala. Ayan, bumabalik ka na rin sa sarili mo. Ano ba kasing nangyari sa’yo?”
Richard flew near her. “Last night. May naramdaman kang malamig diba? That’s why you turned around.”
Maya nodded, remembering the incident.
“That was me.” Then he demonstrated it by putting his hand on top of hers, but it simply went pass through.
Maya gasp at what happened. “I know I told you before na hindi kita mahahawakan. Pero I was hurt when I figured out that it’ll be like this.” Richard said.
Maya felt Richard’s sadness that’s why she stood up. “Tara, Richard.”
“Ha? Saan tayo pupunta?”
“I’m going to make you feel better.”
“Office hours mo pa ah.”
“Awas na ko! Spaced out ka kasi kaya hindi mo na namalayan ang oras! Tara na.”
Maya went to a park with Richard flying beside her.
“Masaya bang lumipad?” she asked.
“Of course! Show me someone who doesn’t want to.” He replied.
They settled on a bench.
“Richard, tao ka rin ba dati?”
“Talaga? Anong pangalan mo? Eh pano ka naging anghel? Pano ka naging guardian angel ko? Saka ano pang powers yung kaya mo?” Maya’s question seems to be endless but then she stopped when she saw Richard laughing.
“O? Ano na naman? Lakas na naman ng trip mo. Ayoko na nga.” She said as she turned to look away.
“No! It’s just that people are looking at you. They can’t see me diba? So sa kanila, kinakausap mo ang hangin.” And he continued laughing.
Maya took out her phone and pretended to call someone.
“Aa naman Richard eh! Kailangan bang tawanan mo ko lagi?”
Richard is now trying to stifle his laughter. “Aba, ang talino ah!”
“Naman! Ano nang sagot mo?”
“Ang dami mo naman kasing tanong Maya eh.”
“Basta sagutin mo na lang.”
“I – I can’t remember anything from my past.”
Maya looked at Richard. “Weh? Wag mo na kong lokohin, Richard.”
“It’s true. Wala talaga akong maalala. I just woke up in a room, alone. All I know is that my name’s Richard. Yun.”
“Yun na yun?”
“As far as I know, yes.”
“Bakit ka naging guardian angel?”
“I told The voice na may mali. I don’t know why pero pinagbigyan Niya akong bumalik dito. As your guardian angel.”
“Ahhh. So may misyon ka pala. Eh paano mo hahanapin yung maling yun kung wala ka ngang maalala?”
“That’s the problem. Pero alam ko namang hindi Niya ko pababayaan.”
“Hmm. Baguhan ka palang anghel, no Richard?”
“Paano mo nalaman?”
“Eh kasi apektadong apektado ka nung pagtagos ng kamay mo eh.”
Richard smirked. “Ewan ko ba. Para kasing pinapaalala sa’kin na patay na ko. Na kailanman, hindi na ko pwedeng mabuhay. Hindi na ko pwedeng makaramdam, hindi na ko pwedeng makita, hindi na ko pwedeng makipag-usap. I’m nothing.”
“Chard, nandito naman ako eh. Kung kailangan mo ng kausap, nandito lang ako. Tutulungan kitang maalala yung past mo.”
Richard was touched by what Maya said except for the part that she’s going to help him remember his past. It’s at the bottom of the list that he wants to do.
“No, Maya hindi na – “
Maya was startled by the ringtone of her phone. Someone is calling.
“Hello?” Maya answered. “Simon!!”
Richard was bewildered when he heard the name Maya called.
Simon? A guy’s name?
“Oo, awas na ko. … Nasa park. … Ah, nandito ka rin? Nasan ka? .. Ahhh. Sige pupunta ko dyan. Sige .. Babay!!”
“Who was that?” Richard asked as soon as Maya ended the call.
“Si Simon. Kababata ko.”
“Eh bakit ganun? Iba yung tono ng pananalita mo?”
“Ha? Anong iba ang tono?”
“Hindi ka naman ganun makipag-usap sa ibang tao ah. Bakit pag sa Simon na ‘yan, high pitched yung boses mo?”
“Ha? Ang gulo mo, Richard. Tara na, pupunta ako dun sa may fountain. Andun si Simon.”
“No!” Richard said.
“Chard, tara na! Bakit ka ba nagkakaganyan?”
“You’re meeting up with a guy!” Richard can’t explain this feeling.
“Kababata ko naman ‘yun! Tara na! Ah basta, pupunta ako dun.”
Maya left Richard who’s just staring at her.
Ano bang problema mo Richard? He thought. Why are you being so over-protective?
Nagseselos ka ba?