This is the continuation of Ms. Giddy Meets Mr. Grumpy – Her Struggles
A/N: Sorry late again. I’ve been busy these days because of the holiday and some preparations for christmas. Busy sa totoong buhay. hehe Tapos nagloloko pa ang internet ko. Hope maenjoy nyo. Promise pagkatapos nito may malilinawan na talaga! thanks you. 🙂
After his conversation with Maya, he drove back to the mansion.
Luke: Dad, where’s Tita Maya?
Nikki: Yes Dad! I’m so excited to have a tete-a-tete with her! Where is she Dad?
Richard was mum. He doesn’t know how he will answer the question. He sighed.
Luke: Is there a problem Dad? You’re not like that when we were talking. (he noticed the change in the mood of his Dad. His Dad was upset or somewhat sad.)
Nikki: Oh my gee Dad! Did you and Tita Maya fight?
Richard: Oh no, no, no, Niks. She just…uhhmm, she just needs to uhhm go home early. She needs to uhhhmm…finish something.
Nikki: Alright… uhmm it’s just unusual that she didn’t even say hi. Anyway Dad, I’ll just call her.
Richard: Okay. I’ll go to my room. I just don’t feel well. Luke, your sisters, okay?
Luke: Sure Dad. Are you okay Dad?
Richard: Yes. I’ll rest and I’ll be okay.
Nikki: You sure Daddy?
Richard: Yes honey!
It was a normal busy day at work for him. He looked normal to everyone at work but not to his secretary.
Liza: Sir you will be having a meeting after lunch with the engineers to discuss the new development in the new hangar.
Richard: Okay Liza. I’ll read on those. ( he said his eyes focused on the folder he’s holding)
Liza threw her boss a questioning look. She found his answer kind of odd but she refused to question her boss and decided to just leave him alone. He didn’t notice the confusion in Liza’s face as he’s so focused on the folder.
Richard: Liza, where is the financial report last month that I’ve been asking you?
Liza: Uhhhmm, Sir…
Richard: What? Don’t tell me it’s not yet done?
Liza: It’s done sir. Actually, ah that’s uhhhmm, the one you’re holding.
Liza: I hope you don’t mind me asking but are you okay, Sir?
Richard: I’m fine.
Ring, Ring, Ring
Doris: Oh, friend napatawag ka?
Liza: Friend, may nangyari ba?
Doris: Nangyaring ano? Kanino? Kung sa akin, hindi talaga umusad ang lovelife ko!
Liza: Ano bang bago jan? Anyway, kamusta ba yung boss mo jan?
Doris: Grabe ka friend ah! Pero si Ms. Maya? Eto tulala. Ngayon nga e nakatitig lang sa halaman nya sa office. E teka, bakit mo tinatanong ang boss ko?
Liza: E kasi yung boss ko wala sa sarili.
Doris: E ano namang kinalaman ng boss ko kung wala sa sarili yang boss mo?
Liza: Ano ka ba Doris! Diba COOOONNNNNFFFIIIRRRRRMMMEEEEDDD na!
Doris: Ay oo nga pala. E alam mo na, baka LQ!
Liza: Siguro nga. Ngayon ko lang nakita si Sir na ganito. Ang lala e!
It was a starry and bright night; calm and soothing. A complete opposite of what he’s feeling. He was looking at the night sky with his hands on the railings of the veranda. It could have been perfect if only…
Manang Fe: Ricardo, bakit ba kasi nag-aalangan ka?
Richard: Ano pong ibig nyong sabihin Manang? (he turned to face her.)
Manang Fe: Ricardo, sa akin ka pa ba maglilihim? Kilala na kita at alam kong babae ang pinoproblema mo.
Richard: Si Manang talaga, kahit kailan! ( he tried to avoid her eyes)
Manang Fe: Wag mong sabihin na mali ako?
He gave her a flat smile.
Manang Fe: Ano ba kasi ang inaalala mo?
Richard: Manang iba na po kasi ngayon. May mga anak na ko. They are my priorities.
Manang Fe: Ricardo, alam mong mahal ka ng mga anak mo diba? Hindi nila kailan man ipagkakait ang sumaya ka.
Richard: Opo Manang. Pero hindi po ako sigurado sa mangyayari. Mas importante po sila above anything else.
Manang Fe: Walang sigurado sa pagmamahal, anak. Kapag nagmahal ka dapat handa kang sumuong at sumubok. ( she tapped his arm to comfort him)
Richard: Natatakot po ako sa magiging reaction ng mga bata.
Manang Fe: Natatakot ka ba para sa mga bata o para sa sarili mo?
Richard: Manang, sobra ang sakit nung mawala si Alex. Iniisip ko nga kung kaya ko pang magmahal ulit.
Manang Fe: Puso ang gumagawa ng mga pinaka-importanteng desisyon natin sa buhay, hindi ang utak. Piliin mo kung san ka sasaya. Buksan mo ang puso mo sa pagmamahal. Ang tunay na pagmamahal ay hindi natatakot masaktan.
Richard: Manang, gusto ko po kapag nagmahal ako ulit yung magtatagal na. Hindi ko na po kakayanin kung mawawala pa ulit.
Manang Fe: Hindi naman tayo pupwedeng maglagay ng kondisyon kapag nagmahal tayo. Ricardo, tandaan mo, dalawa lang naman yan. Mamili ka, bubuksan mo ang puso mo na magmahal muli ng walang kasiguraduhan at bigyan ng pagkakataon ang iyong sarili na sumaya o maging sigurado sa lahat at talikuran ng ganap ang bagay na maaring makapagpasaya sayo.
Richard: Ayaw ko lang po magkamali.
Manang Fe: Ricardo, lahat ng tao nagkakamali. Kahit ano pa man ang mangyayari, kasama mo kami at tatanggapin ka pa din namin. Yan ang tatandaan mo anak. At saka wag mo munang pangunahan dahil alam kong alam mo ang dapat mong gawin. Tiwala ako sa mga desisyon mo.
Richard: What will I do without you, Manang?
He said his thanks to Manang Fe as he hugged his former nanny. He was truly blessed to have her in his life; a second mom indeed.
Richard: Good morning everyone! (he greeted as he approached the dining table.)
Kids: Good morning Dad!
Luke: You seem to be in extra good mood today Dad. So tell me Dad, is it because of that girl you’ve been telling me about?
Richard: Son, you talk too much. (he chuckled)
Nikki: Oh my gee Dad! Do you have a girlfriend already? (her brows raised)
Luke: Why? Do you have a problem with that Niks?
Nikki: It’s not that Kuya! I will be very happy if Dad has someone by his side BUT it’s just UNFAIR that only the two of you know about it. Care to share Dad? You’ll never know, maybe the one to give you the best advice.
Richard: Surely honey but not today as you have classes. And for the record, I don’t have a girlfriend yet. (he winked at her.)
Nikki: Oh my gee! Okay Dad! I can’t wait!
Abby: Will she be our new mommy Dad? I want to meet her.
Richard: Sweetie, that’s too early to tell.
Luke: See Dad? You have nothing to worry. We’re all okay with the idea.
Richard: Thank you kids. This really means to me. I love you guys!
Kids: We love you too dad!
Nikki: Awwww… GROUP HUG!!
He was glad to have his children. Their understanding and love for him is immeasurable. He cannot contain his happiness. He now realized that he was determined to go after the girl, the girl that is inside his heart. It’s time.
He drove to that familiar place, grinning like a fool. He was just happy. Never in his life, after Alex died, had he thought of himself to be like a lovesick puppy once again. He came here with his best smile and a letter in his hand.
“Richard what are you doing? Why do you keep on watching her from afar? You have to make a move and make her a permanent part of your life. It’s now or you’ll lose again your chance.” He thought.