Beauty and Madness – part 9

Continuation of Beauty and Madness – part 8.

There’s sunshine after the rain.

Richard arrived at New York late in the afternoon. His parents and sister were waiting for him at the airport.

Rafi: Kuya….

Rafi welcomed him with a big hug.

Richard: Namiss kita little sis.

Rafi: Excuse me! Stop calling me little sis. I’m a grown up now.

Richard: Hi Ma, Pa!

Esme: I miss you son.

Roberto: Kamusta sa Pinas?

Richard: Ok naman po. ‘Yung business na iniwan sa akin ni Ryan doing good.

Rafi: Maybe we can go home first. Para I can get my pasalubong na!

Richard: Pasalubong? Wala akong dala.

Rafi: What? Kuya, ang sama mo ha! Hindi mo dinala yung paborito ko?

Richard: I’m just joking. Nasa luggage ko.

Rafi: Thanks, you’re the best talaga.

When they arrived at their house, they ate early dinner right away.

Rafi: Kuya, ako na mag-ayos ng gamit mo ha!

Richard: Sige, salamat. Kunin mo na yung mga suman mo diyan. Ilagay mo agad sa freezer yung iba.

Rafi: ok.

Roberto: I want to stay here with you kaya lang I need to rest.

Esme: Sige na honey! At matulog ka na. Mag-uusap lang kami ni Richard.

Richard: Good night Pa!

Esme: When we talked over the phone, you told me you gonna say something?

Richard: mamaya na Ma! Ano ba talaga bakit pinapunta nyo ko dito?

Esme: I miss ypu. We miss you.

Richard: ‘Yun lang?

Esme: Well, Rafi wanted to go to Philippines.

Richard: And?

Esme: I wanted you to be with her.

Richard: Ma! ‘Yun lang?

Esme: Oo, yun lang.

Richard: I came all the way here, para samahan ko si Rafi. I thought you have  a serious matter here.

Esme: Like what?

Richard: Me, being a bachelor.

Esme: And that one also. You want to talk about it? Are you seeing someone?

Richard: Wala pa. But I have a friend and I like her. No! I think I’m in love with her.

Esme: And? Do you make any moves?

Richard: Supposedly. I was about to tell her but…

Esme: NAhiya ka?

Richard: Kind of.

Rafi: E kuya torpe ka pala eh!

Richard: I just want to make sure, that’s it. And besides, she’s a really good friend. Ayoko naman na after ko sabihin magiwasan kami.

Rafi: What do you think ba? Can’t you feel baka may gusto din sya sa’yo.

Richard: I doubt it. Her ex married another woman more than  a year now. I’m really not sure if nakamove-on na talaga sya or she’s just saying she’s ok now.

Rafi: Kuya, did you ever try to tell her? DI ba hindi? How would you know if you’re not gonna tell her.

Richard took a small box out of his bag.

Rafi: Kuya, ang ganda naman nito. Is this for her? What’s her name?

Richard: Maya

Esme: you will propose to her?

Richard: I wanted to.

Rafi: Iba ka din ano? Hindi mo pa nga nasasabi na gusto mo sya. Hindi ka pa nanliligaw. Proposal agad? And how can you be so sure, she will say yes to you?

Richard: She will. I asked her before what if that girl rejects me ang sbi nya ligawan ko ulit. If I truly love that person, I’m going to continue to court her.

Rafi: Awww! So sweet. E kasya ba naman sa kanya yung singsing?

Richard: Of course! Siya ang isinama ko when I ordered that ring.

Rafi: Oh-my-gee!

Esme: I’m hoping Maya will say yes.

Richard: Sana nga Ma!

Rafi: Ma, dapat kay Kuya magkalakas ng loob magsalita. E tameme naman.

Richard: You know what, instead of discouraging me, turuan mo na lang ako ng sasabihin ko sa kanya.

Rafi: I’m ok with that.

Esme: Hay naku! Sige na. Maiwan ko na kayong magkapatid ditto.

Rafi suggested many things to Richard. Her plan: How to propose to a girl 101? It’s past midnight when they finished their conversations. He went to his room and grabbed the homephone.

Maya: sino kaya’to? Ahmmmm, hello!

Richard: Hello to the most beautiful Sungit in the world.

Maya: Kulit!!!

Richard: Aray! Sakit sa tenga naman ng tili mo.

Maya: Ay! Malakas ba? Sorry. Ngayon ka lang dumating?

Richard: nope, kanina pa. Sorry, I didn’t call you right away. Nag-usap pa kami nila Mama.

Maya: Kaya ka pinapunta diyan!

Richard: Sort of. And I told them about the girl and I showed them the ring.

Maya: Nakuha mo na? Ang daya ah hindi ko naman nakita.

Richard: I’ll show it to you when I get back.

Maya: Ok, sige. Kulit madaling araw na diyan. Get some sleep.

Richard: I will. So pano? I’ll update you na lang.

Maya: Ingat ka diyan. Bye.

-*-*-*-*-*

The day went so fast. Too many orders for cheesecakes that made Maya busy.

NT: Nak kumain ka na.

Maya: Sige po papahinga lang muna ko.

While she was sitting on the couch, she heard someone is calling her outside.

Maya: Si James! ANong ginagawa nyan ditto?

James: Maya, mag-usap naman tayo kahit sandali lang.

Maya: Ano pa bang pag-uusapan natin? Wala na!

James: Please give me another chance.

Maya: Chance: Matagal nang wala.

James: I already filed an annulment.

Maya: I don’t care. Kahit ilang beses ka pang magfile wala akong pakialam. So stop this craziness.

James: I love you Maya.

Maya: Well! I don’t. I love Richard.

James: He’s not your boyfriend. You guys lied to me. Akala mo hindi ko malalaman. He’s just a business partner.

Maya: So!? Is there anything to you? Oo, hindi ko sya boyfriend. Pero hindi naman sinabi na masamang mahalin ang tao.

James: You love me first.

Maya: You hurt me the most. And please lang, stop bothering me.

James: NO!

Maya: Umalis ka na ditto.

James: Tell me you love me.

Maya: How could you? I told you already I love Richard. Gusto mo tagalugin ko para maintindihan mo.Mahal ko si Richard. Mahal na mahal. Hindi ko sya ipagpapalit sa isang tulad mo. Makakaalis ka na.

James: Please Maya, I beg you.

Kute: Bunso, sino ba yan? … Ang kapal din ng mukha mo eh noh? Pagkatapos ng ginawa mo sa kapatid ko may gana ka pang magpakita. Tigilan mo na sya.

James: Cris, ang gusto ko lang naman bumalik sya sa akin. Mahal na mahal ko pa din si Maya.

Kute: hindi mo ba sya naintindihan hindi ka na nya mahal. PAg hindi ka pa umalis, ipapabarangay talaga kita.

James: Please…

Kute: Nakakaawa ka James. Pero hindi ka naawa sa kapatid ko sa ginawa mo sa kanya. Tapos ngayon eto ka,

James: Gusto ko ngang maayos yung sa aming dalawa.

Maya: Wala na tayong dapat ayusin. Kung anuman meron tayo noon, wala na yun ngayon. Umalis ka na. And don’t even try to come back. Wala ka ng babalikan dito.

James left. He realized the mistakes he did. The woman who loved him before, is now a totally different woman. Mga panahong nasayang. He had pleasures for quite some time but ended up with miseries.

Kute: Bunso, totoo ba ‘yung narinig ko kanina?

Maya: Alin dun?

Kute: Yung sinabi mo?

Maya: Alin dun? Ang dami kong sinabi eh!

Kute: ‘yung tungkol kay Richard!

Maya: E kasi Kute,

Kute: uy! Si bunso lumalove life.

Maya: Naman eh!

Kute: Kailan pa?

Maya: Hindi ko alam. Basta paggising ko isang araw, gusto ko sya ‘yung una kong itetext. ‘Yung Masaya pag magkasama kami. ‘yung mga simpleng bagay or gestures nya na nagpapakilig sa akin. ‘Yung thoughtfulnes nya. Yung pag-aalaga nya sa kin. ‘yun nga lang hindi naman ako ang gusto nya?

Kute: May nililigawn sya?

Maya: Wala pa. Pero malapit na. Bumili na nga ng singsing eh!

Kute: Proposal agad?

Maya: Parang ganun na nga.

-*-*-*-*-*-*-

Esme: Rafi, mag-iingat ka dun ha! Makikinig kalagi sa Kuya mo. Richard, ang kapatid mo ha!

Richard: Yes Ma!

Esme: Balitaan mo ko about sa proposal mo ha!

Ricahrd: I will. Sige Ma, Pa alis na kami. MAg-iingat po kayo ditto.

Rafi: Bye po.

-*-*-*-*-*-

When Richard and Rafi arrived at NAIA, they rented a cab. Hindi kasi sila masundo ni Maya for she has so many orders to make.

Rafi: Kuya, I’m so excited to see Maya.

Richard: Call her Ate Maya.

Rafi: ok,

Ricahrd: I’ll just call her.

Sa sobrang busy ni Maya, hindi nya namalayan na nagriring ang phone nya…

Richard: Hindi sinasagot eh baka busy. Mamaya na lang.

Rafi: malayo pa ba?

Richard: Malapit na tayo. In 5-4-3-2 and 1. Here we are.

Rafi: Wow! Ang ganda ng bahay mo ah!

Ricahrd: Of course. Bitbitin mo ang mga gamit mo ha!

-*-*-*-*-

It’s already past lunch nang natapos si Maya.

Maya: Bakit kaya hindi pa tumatawag si Richard?… Naku! May tawag pala ako, nakasilent kasi tong phone ko eh..

She dialed his number…

Richard: hi Sungit! Miss me?

Maya: ya! I miss your call.

Ricahrd: Funny. So what’s up? I was trying to reach you. Busy ba?

Maya: Medyo, Daming orders eh! I’ll pass by tomorrow I’ll bring your favorites.

Richard: Ok, And I want you to meet my…

Hindi pa natatapos magsalita si Richard…

Maya: Kulit, sige ibaba muna kita ha, may gagawin pa ko eh.

Ricahrd: OK! I’ll see you tomorrow?

Maya: Ya. I’ll pass by sa shop mo.

Maya thought that Richard will introduce his girl. But we all know that it’s not. It’s Rafi he wanted her to meet.

The following morning…

Maya: Ang hirap naman! Excited ka na dumating sya tapos ano, ipapakilala lang nya sa’yo yung girl. Eto na nga bang sinasabi ko eh! But Maya, nagsabi ka na na dadalan mo sya ng mga favorites nya sog awin mo na lang.

She drove to Ricahrd’s shop. As soon as she enters, she saw Richard and a girl hugging each other. Ricahrd noticed her.

Richard: There you are.

Maya: Iwan ko lang ‘to. Aalis na ko. I have meeting to attend to. Sige maiwan ko na kayo.

She gave a fake smile to both of them.

Richard: Wait Sungit! Sandali lang.

Maya: Sige na bumalik ka na dun.

Ricahrd stil troubled. Hindi nya alam bakit change of mood si Maya.

Ricahrd: Teka muna! Can we talk for a second?

Maya: I really need to go.

Richard: Ok fine, tomorrow. I’ll go to your shop.

Maya: Baka hindi kita maasikaso dun. Marami akong gagawin.

Richard: Is it too much to ask a little bit of your time? I just want you to meet my sister?

Maya: Sister? (She turned and look at Richard.)

Richard: ‘Yung kayakap ko kanina. Naglalambing kasi.

Maya: Your sister.

Richard: Yes! My sister. Or maybe kung hindi ka pagod, tomorrow let’s have a dinner together.

Maya: Ok. Sa dinner na lang. I really need to go, Late na ko. Bye!

Richard: I’ll call you later.

While Maya was driving her car, she couldn’t help it but to smile.

Maya: Kapatid naman pala eh! Akala ko yun na! nakakahiya ka Maya.

6 thoughts on “Beauty and Madness – part 9

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