Note: This is a continuation to My Only Love – Part 6
AN: Hi everyone… Eto na po ang part 7. Sorry for the long delay. I have been so busy with work, projects and deadlines that I had to put my writing aside. I’m happy to be back… even if only for awhile, before my schedule gets hectic again. I will do my best to continue with my stories as time permits. Thank you for understanding.
Happy Reading =)
Doris: Sus insan.. kung ako sayo.. si Peter na lang. Pag bigyan mo na lang sya… malay mo.. mag ka gusto ka rin sa kanya at ma-inlove. Ano pa ba ang hahanapin mo… Mabait na.. masipag pa… at higit sa lahat super pogi at super inlove sayo. (smiling)
Sabel: Oo nga Maya… wala naman masama kung bibigyan mo sya nang chance eh. Malay mo sya pala ang Mr. Right mo. At that way… wala ka rin pag sisisi sa bandang huli.
Maya: Alam mo, tama kayo… (smiling) gwapo nga sya at mabait… (napa bulong sa sarili.. kahit si Chard ang sinisigaw nang puso ko) Tama… baka wala na nga akung pag-asa kay Chard (looking across the way to where Karen was)
Sabel/Doris: go.. go.. go.. (they all chuckled)
Maya: Sige… promise ko sa inyo.. i will give Peter a chance. (all 3 of them picked up their glasses and yelled “cheers”)
Doris/Sabel: Yehhey… promise yan ah!
Maya: Opo.. (smiling… as she picked up her glass to take another sip of her drink).
They left the lounge around 11:30pm. Maya dropped off Sabel and Doris before going home. While on the road, she thought about their conversation. “baka tama sila doris at ate sabel. Baka time na nga for me to move on and just forget about Chard. Kailangan kung tangapin na hanggang magkaibigan lang kami at best friend lang ang tingin saakin ni Chard”. (sighing) “I will move on… matututunan rin kitang kalimutan Richard Lim”. she said softly to herself as she drove home.
5:30am, Maya was startled by her alarm clock the very next morning. She looked at the clock seated on her night stand and just stared at the ceiling…. trying now to doze off again. “is it time already” she whispered to herself. After hitting the snooze button for the 5th time, she decided to hurry up before Richard arrived. After all he was very prompt when it came to time and schedules. She kicked off her covers, jumped out of bed and went straight to the restroom to take a shower. It was 7:15am when she made it down to the kitchen area where she found her parents seated by the dining table having their morning coffee.
NT: Good Morning anak… (looking up at her. Her Tatay also smiled her).
Maya: Good Morning Nay… Tay… (she softly greeted, making her way to her parents to give them a hug and pulling on the empty chair to sit next to her nanay.)
NT: Oh Maya.. anong oras ba ang lakad nyo ni Richard ngayon?
Maya: 8am po, he should be here soon. Alam mo naman si Chard.. (she chuckled)
NT: Oo nga pala anak… kamusta naman ang lakad nyo nila Doris at Sabel kagabi? Nag-enjoy naman kayo?
Maya: Oo nay…. kakamiss rin ang hangout namin mag pinsan.
NT: Buti naman kung ganon. Kailangan mo rin naman yan eh. Puro ka na lang kasi trabaho. (worried look on her face)
Maya: Oo nga nay. (giving her nanay a conforting smile)
Tatay: Nga pala anak.. tumawag kabagi si Richard. Sabi ko nasa labas ka kasama sila Doris at Sabel.
Maya: Salamat po tay.
Maya always enjoyed whatever time she spends with her parents. Although their chats in the early am or late night after her work was not long, she still made it appoint to hang out with them whenever time permits. They spent the morning laughing and just talking about everything that happend during her work and her time spent with her cousins over breakfast.
Richard arrived at her house 5 minutes to 8am. Maya was seated in the living room when he walked in the door. “Hi Bes, ano ready ka na ba? “ he asked. “Mukang pagod ka pa ah” he joked. “Hi Chard. (smiling at him) hindi naman” she happily replied. “Musta naman ang outing nyo kagabi? (As he joined her on the couch) Hindi ka man lang nang imbita” (frowning at her) “Sus… wag ka nga ganyan. Girl’s night out nga eh.” she answered (playfully poking him on the side) “Ano ready ka na?” she asked. “Let’s go, para maka rami” he answered. “Ano nga pala ang gusto mong pagkain?” He added. “Hmmm actually sumabay ako kila nanay kanina eh” she said “hindi ka pa ba kumakain nang almusal? May pagkain pa sa kusina.. i-pag ahin ko si manang. Gusto mo mag breakfast ka muna dito, tapos pag timpla kita nang kape” she asked. (smiling at him) “Sige ba, mamaya na lang kita ililibre” he answered (as they both got up from the couch and made their way into the kitchen area)
It was 9:15am when they finished and left her house for Greenbelt Mall. They went around the shops and just looked at everything they can find for the give-aways at the Gala and gifts for their families and friends for the upcoming holiday. Maya also started to look for something nice to wear. It wasn’t until they got to the 5th store when she was finally able to find a beautiful blue dress that she thought would look nice at the Gala. As she danced side to side by the mirror admiring the dress… Richard was at the back watching and admiring his view. “Ganda talaga ni Bes” he whispered to himself. (smiling)
After almost 3 hours at the mall, they spoke with the sales rep regarding all the stuff they will need delivered to the main event and LAS. Once everything was set they gathered all the other stuff they bought and headed for home. “Gusto mo drop off natin lahat nang pinamili natin tapos labas na lang tayo?” he asked her as he focus on the road. Maya looked at him and smile. “Sure, saan mo gustong pumunta?” she asked “Kahit saan… basta kasama kita” he replied. “Sige, katulad nung dati” she answered. They dropped off the stuff at the house and left for the park. They walked around and finally found a shady place to sit down and just chat. As he listened to Maya talk he felt his phone vibrate again… looking down at the screen he saw he had 7 missed calls and 4 text from Karen. “Babe call me…. where are you?” pushing to the next message “are you avoiding me, call me pls.” and the next “Babe I miss you… aren’t we going to meet today, please call me” checking the last message trying not to seem annoyed he read “Richard Lim, are you avoiding me… please call me. Kala ko lalabas tayo ngayon?”. After reading all her messages, Richard selected them all, pressed the delete option and turned his phone off. Maya couldn’t help but ask since she saw his tiger mode face. “May problema ba Chard?” she asked politely. Richard startled, he put his phone back into his side pocket before answering her. “wala lang… mga email lang from work” he replied. “nasaan na nga ba tayo” he added as he tried to change the topic. Maya just smiled at him as she thought “kung alam ko lang.. siguro si Karen na naman yon” she whispered to herself.
Naglakad lakad ulit sila around the park… nang kwentohan.. tawanan. When they made their way around the corner after the playground they saw some food carts and decided to get something to drink until Maya heards someone say “Balot…. Balot” as the vendor yell out. Maya turned around and smiled at Richard… “Chard.. gusto mong balot?” They both smiled and Richard turned around to stop the young man selling the Balot. “Boy.. pahingi nga po nang dalawang balot” he kindly said to the young man. After paying, Richard and Maya sat down by the bench and just continued their converstation and bonding. They were enjoying each other’s company na hindi nila namalayan ang oras until Maya heard her phone ring. She picked up her bag and took her phone out, looking at the screen ‘Nanay Calling’. she quickly excused herself “Chard, sandali lang ah baka kasi imporante eh”. motioning to Richard. “Hi Nay” she answered. After a few minutes she put her phone back in her purse and looked up at Richard. “ano na nga pala yong pinag uusapan natin” she asked. “Ano sabi ni Ninang” He asked. “Ah.. wala lang. Gusto lang n’yang malaman kung ano oras tayo uuwi at kung doon ka sa bahay maghahapunan” she answered. “Ano sabi mo” he asked “sabi ko soon at oo kasi alam ko na favorite mo ang ulam namin ngayon” she answered (grinning at him). “Let me guess… Kare Kare, right” he replied happily. (Maya just smiled at him as she thought to herself) “Ayyy naku Chard… paano kita makakalimutan, kung lagi kang nandyan”.
It was past 7 pm when they got back to Maya’s house. Richard stayed for dinner and just spent time with Maya and her parents. It was an enjoyable evening. After a few hours at the dela Rosa residence, Richard decided to call it a night. The rest of the weekend went really quick for them. Maya spent all day sunday with her parents and also tried to finish up some charts that she had brought home before monday morning. Richard on the other hand avoided all of Karen’s calls during sunday. He was so pleased that she stopped calling late that evening that he thought she had finally given up. “Ayy sa wakas” he said (before heading off to bed).
8am monday morning as he entered the office, the first person that greeted him was Karen. “Hi Honey, where have you been? I’ve been so worried about you… I’ve been trying to reach you all weekend but I got no response from you.” she said as she tried to hug him. “Karen, please… ” he looked at her with disappointed eyes “Can you please behave yourself, this is a business I am running not a party club” he said to her (upset tone) as he turned around to face Lisa. “Good Morning Lisa, any messages for me” he asked. (trying to stay calm) “No Sir, no messages but you have a meeting with Mr. Santos at 9am regarding the New Hanger sa West” she said. Richard smiled at Lisa and thanked her before turning away to head to his office. (Leaving Karen alone) She was a bit shocked by what he said to her, but quickly got over it. After seeing Richard enter his office, she picked up her bag from the chair next to Lisa’s desk and followed him.
As she entered his office without even bothering to knock, she slammed the door behind her and dropped her bag on the floor before making her way to his table where she found him sitting infront of his desk. (taking his laptop out of his case) She slammed both her hands on his desk she confronted him…
Karen: Babe, what the hell was that all about? (upset look on her face) What did I do to you? Why did you make me look like a fool out there. (she yelled angerly)
Richard: Ang alin? (not looking up at her, as he continued to open up his laptop after placing it on his desk)
Karen: Ang alin? Seriously… ikaw na nga ang hindi sumagot sa mga tawag at mga text ko.. buong weekend, tapos ikaw pa ang may lakas na magalit? Hindi mo man lang ako na isap? Saan ka ba galing at bakit hindi mo ako sinasagot?
Richard: (Tiger mode… he looked up at her) Karen, wala naman tayong commitment sa isat isa diba? diba sabi natin hanggang friends na lang tayo. Kala ko ba tapos na itong topic na to between us. Wala na tayo at hindi na magiging tayo muli.
Karen: (Upset at what he said) Ano? Paki-ulit nga yon? (irritated at the person infront of her) Ano to Richard Lim.. Friends with benifets? Niloloko mo ba ako?? Paano yong samahan natin sa Hong Kong… wala lang yon lahat? Baliwala lang yon sayo? (looking straight at him, trying to hold the tears that are set to fall from her eyes) Well let me tell you this Richard Lim, para saakin tayo parin! Hindi mo ako basta pwedeng iwan nang ganong ganong lang.
Richard: Ano bang pinag sasabi mo dyan. Wala naman nangyari saatin dawala ah. We just hangout and enjoyed each others company para hindi tayo malungkot. Lumabas labas at nag hangout.. yong lang yon. Friends lang… hanggang magkaibigan lang ang kaya kung ibigay sayo. Sinubokang natin maging tayo sa Hong Kong.. pero hindi naman nag work out diba, kasi iba ang mundo natin. Thankful ako na masaya ang samahan natin sa Hong Kong, pero diba nga nag agree tayo na hanggang friends na lang talaga.
Karen: Wala akung natatandaan na pinagusapan natin na yon. Hindi ako papayag na ganong ganon lang Richard… we are more than friends, ako pa rin ang girl friend mo at boy friend pa rin kita! Walang bawian. (as she tried to hug him) I know you love me, i can feel you do. Please say you still love me… diba i’m the only one for you? diba mahal mo ako… (crying) We were so happy when we were in Hong Kong, why can’t it stay the same over here.
Richard: (took his glasses off and placed it on his desk before he spoke again) No Karan.. hindi kita mahal. Never kung sinabi sayo na mahal kita. Like i’ve told you a million times… sa Hong Kong at dito… Friends lang tayo at yong lang ang kaya kung ibigay sayo. Sana maintindihan mo ako.. hindi kita mahal… hindi kita pwedeng mahal.. dahil.. (he pauses and stares out his window)
Karen: Dahil what… dahil may mahal kang iba (she yelled at him, as she slaps him on the shoulder to get him to look at her)
Richard: (Still looking outside… and not saying a word) No, because i don’t feel that kind of love for you! Don’t you get it, there can never be anything between us. You are young and beautiful… you shouldn’t waste your time on someone like me. I know you can be happy. (turning to face her) I’m just not the person to make you happy.
Karen: I don’t believe you, Richard! Who is she… why do you hurt me like this?
Richard: I don’t know what you’re talking about… there is no one. (Thinking of Maya)
Karen: Sino sya Richard… (on the verge of crying again) Kilala ko ba sya…. sino sya Richard (as she got closer to him again and started to hit him a few more times) sino sya.. (she screamed again)…
Richard: (blocking her…) Please Karen, don’t make a scene… this is my office. Kung hindi mo ma-control ang emotions mo, please leave. (as he pointed to the door)
Karen: (crying) you owe me this much… I gave you all my time and my heart. The lease you can do is be honest with me and tell me the truth. Meron ka bang ibang mahal? Sino sya Richard… (sobbing)
Richard: As I’ve told you before wala.. wala akung mahal. At sa panahon ngayon wala rin akung time sa mga pag-ibig na yan. I”m sorry kung mali ang inakala mo about you and me. I still want to be friends.. pero hanggang doon lang talaga. Nothing else.. nothing more. (as he looked at her and then down at his laptop screen)
Karen: I still don’t believe you Richard… i’m not giving up on us. I didn’t agree to any of this. Saakin ka lang, you hear me. As far as you and I are concerned tayo pa rin. Hindi ako papayag na mag hiwalay tayo. I will find out who that girl is and when i do… humanda kayong dalawa. You don’t want to make me anger or upset. Tandaan mo, akin ka lang. Pag nalaman ko kung sino yang babae na naninira saatin dalawa. Humanda sya… baka bigla na lang syang mawala sa mundo mo (she turned away from him as tears continued to fall and she grabed her purse from the floor and stormed out the door). Leaving Richard alone in his office.
~*~ at the Clinic
Maya arrived at the Clinic before 8am. She was greeted by Doris who was already at the front lobby preparing the charts for today’s patient list.
Doris: Good Morning Insan…. (happily greeting her)
Maya: Hi Doris.. kamusta ka na? How was your weekend? (smiling back at her cousin)
Doris: Ok lang, super enjoy kami ni Ate Sabel sa pag labas natin tatlo. Pero wala na kaming ginawa nong sabado at linggo. Nag tatanong nga si Ate Sabel kung kailan ulit tayo lalabas eh. Kaka miss daw talaga yong bonding natin tatlo. (Cheerful smile) Nga pala.. Ikaw, kamusta pala ang shopping nyo ni Richard?
Maya: Ok lang, ayong nakuha namin lahat nang kailangan para sa Gala at na bili na rin namin yong mga regalo namin para sa mga familiya at mga kaibagan.
Doris: Really… ako insan meron din akung regalo… (twinkle in her eyes)
Maya: siyempre naman.. ikaw pa. (winking at her) ikaw ba, na ka hanap ka na nang damit para sa event? Darating ba si Boris?
Doris: Hindi pa nga eh.. pero mag shopping daw kami ni Ate Sabel.. alam mo naman yon! Super excited na. As for Boris, oo dadating daw sya (over joyed with the thought of her BF)
Maya: Ako meron na din damit para sa Gala.. yon nga lang.. sana magamit ko.
Doris: (confused look on her face) ano naman ang ibig sabihin mo nyan?
Maya: Eh kasi nga diba.. ngayon pa lang malalaman ni Peter kung pwede syang pumunta or kung may work sya?
Doris: (hitting her forehead) Ayy.. oo nga pala… (as soon as they mentioned his name…. Peter walked in the front door)
Peter: Good Morning Maya… Good morning Doris..
Maya/Doris: Morning Dr. Delgado…. (both smiling at him)
Peter: Ano meron… parang super formal naman ang greeting nyo saaking ngayon (puzzled look)
Maya: Anong meron ka dyan… it’s monday Dr. Delgado… work ang meron (she said with a serious face.. trying not to laugh)
Peter: Naks.. si Dra. dela Rosa.. nag papa serious mode.. eh kanina lang.. parang na rining ko kayong dalawa nag tatawanan ah..
Doris: Oo nga Insan… (pushing maya playfully on the shoulder) itanong mo na kasi.. para malaman mo na yong sagot (grinning at Maya)
Peter: (confused look on his face… scratching his forehead) did i miss something? Ano yon?
Maya: Ahhh eh… (giving Doris a look)
Doris: What.. (laughing) sige na… kaya mo yan.
Peter: Ano nga yong… wag mo naman akung pakabahan dito. May mali ba akung na gawa? May problema ba tayo?
Maya: (smiling at his comments) hindi.. wala… walang problema. Gusto ko lang sanang malaman kung tuloy pa ba tayo sa Gala? Diba this coming Saturday na yon. Gusto ko lang masiguro kung makakapunta tayo or hindi.
Peter: Ahhh… sus.. kala ko naman kung ano na.
Doris: sus.. kayong dalawa talaga… bagay na bagay talaga kayo sa isat-isa (giving them a thumbs up and smiling)
Maya: So… may work ka ba that evening??
Peter: (Serious face) mukang may trabaho ako eh… sorry Maya ay….
Maya: talaga… ah.. ehh… ok lang. (trying to keep her hurt feelings to herself)
Peter: Jokee.. (chuckles) Of course I’m free to go. Talagang nang hanap ako nang mag cover for me sa ospital. Plus… who would turn down a beautiful date like you. (smiling at her again)
Maya: *blushing* (as she poked him on his side) Kaw talaga… (over joyed)
Doris: Sabi ko na nga ba eh… bagay kayo
Maya: Sha… tumigil na nga kayong dalawa dyan.. at mag open na yong clinic.. puro chikahan na lang kayo.. (turning her back to them, to head to her office so she can put her stuff down and get her lab coat before the patients start to enter the clinic)
The rest of the day went by fast. Maya didn’t hear from Richard at all. She decided to put the thoughts of him out of her head and not make a big deal out of it. She just let it go since she knew he was probably busy with his work and the preparation for the upcoming Gala.
~*~ Alone time (Richard Lim)
After his confrontation with Karen at the beginning of the week, Richard had lots of things playing in his head. He couldn’t stop thinking of Karen’s comments. “I will find out who that girl is and when i do… humanda kayong dalawa. You don’t want to make me anger or upset. Tandaan mo, akin ka lang. Pag nalaman ko kung sino yang babae na naninira saatin dalawa. Humanda sya… baka bigla na lang syang mawala sa mundo mo.” all of her words just continued to play in his head. Richard couldn’t think straight or get any sleep as Karen’s words started to eat him up inside. It kept playing in his mind like a bad nightmare that woudln’g go away. He had to clear his head and start focusing his time on his work and the Gala. He was glad that even with all the stress he was dealing with, he knew that Lisa was there to make sure everything was on time and on schedule.
Come wednesday afternoon Richard spoke with Lias “Ikaw na muna bahala dito” he said as he closed his office door. “Sure Sir, may meeting ba kayo? Do you want me to call you if anything comes up? she asked “Please block all my calls, I need to be alone for a few hours. Ikaw na muna ang bahala. I trust you naman eh” he added. “Ok Sir” she replied. He went to a place he knew would help me remove all the bad vibes he was feeling inside. The park was a special place for him (Because it’s their favorite hang out) He walked around hoping it would make him feel better. Since the park was his happy place, with her.. his Best Friend and the one person he was sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. “if only she knew” he said to himself. But that happy thought only lasted for a few minutes. Moments later his mind was jumbled with Karen’s words again and he couldn’t help but think of what he would do if anything happened to any of his family and friends, but the main person that kept popping in his head was Maya. He knew she was safe and that Karen would never know the feelings he held deep inside his heart for her. He knew deep down that he didn’t have a chance with her and that they will never be anything more than just Best of Friends, but he couldn’t help but fear for Maya’s safety. “What if something happened to her” he thought. “I would never forgive myself” he said again. He kept asking himself.. “Would Karen be capable of hurting anyone… specially Maya. Would she really do bad things to the people he cared about just so she can keep him for herself?” He was lost in his thoughts, that he didn’t notice Abby run infront of him. He was brought back to reality when he felt someone tug on his coat.
Abby: Hi Tito Richard (she greeted as she tugged at his coat again)
Richard: (startled, as he looks down at the little girl in front of him) Hi.. A-abby.. w-what are you doing here? Where’s Alex (he asked, looking around)
Abby: Mommy is over there (pointing at person walking towards them from a distance)
Richard: (Kneeling down) Are you done with school already?
Abby: Yes Tito (as she reached out to him and gave him a hug)
After a few minutes Alex was able to join her daughter and Richard. After meeting Abby and Alex’s family a few months ago.. it finally put a closure on all of Richard’s pain and suffering. All the hate that he felt for her changed when he met little Abby. Specially when he thought Abby could be his daughter. Richard was able to forgive Alex and move on.
Alex: Hi Chard, what a plesent surprise (smiling at him and giving him a quick hug)
Richard: Hi Alex, how are you? Si Dominick hindi nyo kasama?
Alex: May trabaho pa sya eh. Pero we are going to meet him for dinner later. Abby just got out of school and she wanted to play in the park kaya here we are (smiling at him). Ikaw, bakit parang ang lalim na iniisip mo. Wala kang work ngayon?
Richard: Wala.. ok lang ako. Nag papahangin lang.
Alex: Ah ganon ba.
Richard: (Changing the topic) Nga pala… natangap nyo ba yong invitation para sa LAS Gala?
Alex: Oo… salamat ah. (smiling at him) Excited na nga si Abby nung nakita n’ya na kasama sya sa invitation eh.
Abby: Oh.. yes.. Tito Richard. (smiling as she looked up at him) Thank you, this will be my 1st big party. (she cheerfully answered) Si Dra Maya po? Is she going too?
Richard: Yes baby, she wouldn’t miss seeing you. In fact she was the one that reminded me to not forget about your invitation. (Abby all smiles..) Yehhey… (she cheered loudly)
Abby: Mommy… can i go over there (pointing at the swings where the kids were playing)
Alex: (turning at the direction Abby was pointing to) Ah.. sure baby… come on. I will go with you.
Richard: (looking at the swings) May i join you guys?
Abby: Really Tito… (cheerfully saying as she grabbed them by the hand and started to pull him and Alex towards the swings)
As Richard spent the afternoon in the park with Alex and Abby… he was able to forget about his problems as he played with Abby on the slide and the swings. He was so preoccupied that he didn’t know someone had been following and watching his every move. At the far end of the playground, Karen was seated by a shady bench, pretending to read a news paper. She continued to watch Richard and Alex. “Sya ba ang mahal mo Richard” Karen whispered to herself. Her hand tightened to make a fist. (crimpling part of the newspaper she was holding) “Mahuhuli ko rin kayo Richard, you can’t replace me that easily. Saakin ka lang…” she angerly said. Karen placed the newpaper on the side of the bench and took her phone out. She selected the camera option and started to take pictures of Richard,Alex and Abby. After a few more minutes she searched her contacts and called someone. “Hello…. i need you to do something for me” she said as she continuted to watch them by the swings. Once her phone call ended, she stood up and left the park. After a few minutes Dominick arrived at their location, they stayed at the playground a little longer since the saw how much Abby was enjoying her time with the other kids, before they all parted ways. Richard left the park and decided to go back to the office to get some work done and also to check on the progress of the Gala that was set to start in 3 days.
He was able to hangout with Maya thursday afternoon. He came by the Clinic, after work and just hangout in her office while she finished her charts and other reports. Richard told her about his day spent with Abby and Alex at the park. They ended the evening by having dinner at a near by resturant and then going to Star Bucks for some coffee before he brought her home and called it a night.
~*~ @ the Gala
The rest of the week passed by quickly, before everyone knew it, it was Saturday morning already. Maya and her cousins all met up at her house to prepare for the party. Lisa also met up with them there to help Maya and the girls with their makeup. It was going to be a great evening. Everyone in the dela Rosa resident was excited for the evening to start.
NT: Good Morning mga anak… (she greeted the girls as she passed by Maya’s room)
Everyone: Hi Tita… hi nay…. (they all greeted her)
NT: Maya anak.. handa na ba ang mga gamit mo para mamaya? Anong oras ka ba susunduin ni Char… este Peter.
Maya: Nay naman… (grining at her nanay) Mamaya pa po… (smiling) si Nanay super excited talaga.
NT: Sorry anak… kala ko kasi kayo ni Richard ang magkasama eh (winking at her daughter) everyone cheering on
Maya: Kayo talaga.. puro kalukohan… Diba nga may ibang kasama si Chard. (trying to keep a smile on her face)
Sabel: Sus.. if i know.. affected ka na naman kay Richard Lim. (tugging at a strand of Maya’s hair)
Maya: Sabel talaga.. hindi ah. Friends lang kami ni Chard noh!
Doris: Basta insan… gawin mo na lang yong sinabi mo last week….
Sabel: Oo nga Maya… malay mo… si Peter talaga ang para sayo.. (super kilig)
Lisa: Aba… Maya.. hindi mo saakin sinabi na may something pala kayo ni Peter ah… (poking maya’s side)
Maya: Lisa naman eh… wag ka nga makinig dito sa dalawa kung baliw na pinsan…. (Nanay Teresita laughing at her comment)
Doris/Sabel: Aba Maya dela Rosa…. don’t tell us wala lang yong pinang usapan natin sa resto…. don’t tell me na kalimutan mo na si Karen.
Lisa: si Karen?? aba.. bakit hindi ako kasama sa outting na yan (frowning) at bakit lagi na lang ako huli sa mga balita…
Maya: Ano ba kayo…. mag ready ba tayo or mag chikahan na lang.. (trying to change the topic)
Doris: Insan… ang aga pa kayo noh! it’s only 9:30. Ayaw mo lang pag usapan si Bwesit at si Richard!
Lisa: Anong meron… sino si bwesit? Fill me in naman..
Sabel: Kasi ganito yon… (as she was about to tell the story of their outing last friday)
Maya: Hoy Sabel… wag ka nga…
Doris: Insan… quiet ka na lang dyan… nakikinig sila Nanay at Lisa oh.. (Maya turning to look at her Nanay at her friend who were both eager to hear what Sabel was going to say).
As Sabel continuted on she told them about Karen and how rude she was to them. She also mentioned about Maya giving Peter a change and trying to move on so she can forget about Richard.
NT: Talaga anak.. sasagotin mo na si Peter? (concerned look on her face. knowing how much Maya really loved Richard)
Maya: Nay naman…. sagot agad! Hindi ba pwedeng labas labas muna to get to know each other.
Doris: Sus… ilan beses na kayo lumalabas ni Peter noh… siguro naman kilala nya na ang isat isa..
NT: May point si Doris.. (giving Maya a warm smile)
Maya: Basta… sabi ko, I will try. (pouting at them)
Lisa: Pero alam nyo guys… masama talaga ang ugali nang Karen na yan. Alam nyo ba na dumating yan sa LAS tapos nag sisigaw ba naman sa opis ni Chard.
Everyone: Talaga…. kailan?
Lisa: Last Monday… something about Richard not returning any of her calls or text. (Napa isip na lang si Maya) Anyway pumasok sila sa opis ni Richard. We can hear them arguing, tapos after 20minutes or so lumabas si Karen sa office at umiiyak.
Sabel: buti nga sa kanya..
Lisa: ewan ko ba.. pero since then parang ang lungkot ni Richard. Hindi nga maka concentrate sa trabaho eh.
Maya: (napabulong) wala naman syang na bangit saakin nong nagkita kami.
Everyone: ano yon? may sinasabi ka… (all eyes on Maya)
Maya: Ang sabi ko.. hindi naman sya mukang problemado when we met up on thrusday afternoon.
D/S/L: ayyyy nag kita sila… (teasing Maya)
NT: (see her daughter) Ay naku mga anak… tama na nga yan… baka lahat tayo ma late pa.. (giving maya a conforting smile) Maya looked up at her Nanay as if to say Thank you with her smile) Halika na muna kayo sa baba at mag almusal na tayo. Tapos na siguro yong mga hinandang almusal ni Manang. (everyone got up from Maya’s bed and followed NT done stairs to have breakfast).
It was around 6pm when everyone finally came down to the livingroom. Maya saw that her parents were already ready for the event and were seated at the veranda having a cup of coffee. Everyong admired one anothers dresses. Maya was in her Blue dress that reached up to her knees. Wearing black heels and carrying a black mini purse to match. She had her hair up in a bunt with little diamond studs in her hair. Lisa was wearing a white outfit with matching diamond necklace and bracelet. Doris was in a Black dress that reached to her ankles while Sabel had a pretty red dress. Peter arrived around 6:15 to pickup Maya and the others, not long after Boris arrived along with Simon and Eds. Around 6:30 everyone left the dela rosa residence and made their way to the Gala.
The event was being held at Grandview Events Place in Metropolitan Avenue in Makati City @ the Aphrodite Hall, which house upto 400 guest. When Maya and her friends arrived they were all taken back at the lovely view of the hall. Maya was so empressed and surprised by everything she saw, it was nothing like she had imagined it would be. It was breath taking. There were sparkling white and blue lights all around. The tables and chairs were covered with white satin sheets and baby blue ribbons that tied around the chairs. “Wow… ang ganda” she thought to herself, as she scanned to room to see if he was around. She was mesmerized by the center pieces on each table (crystal clear vase with tiny twigs covered with snow like sprinkles. there were tiny christmas orniments hanging from the twigs and lost of dark blue and silver snow flakes and tiny stars in the vase). Looking up at the corner by the stage there was a Big Christmas tree filled with beautiful ornaments and was covered with white, and blue lights. The gift boxes under the tree were spectacular. They were wrapped it different shades of bright colors, some had sparkles with big ribbons too. She was busy admiring the fabrics and flowers that were by the side tables next to the food area that she didn’t notice Richard standing beside her. “Bes” he softly whispered in her ear. Startled by his jesture, making her jump “ay kabahyo” she cried out (Making Richard Laugh) “Chard naman eh.. gulatin ba naman ako” she said (as she playfully slapped him on the on the arm) “Kaw kasi eh.. hindi mo ako pinapasin, kanina pa ako naka tayo dito” he answered softly to her. Maya looking around the room again “Wow Chard.. ang ganda talaga” she said again (admiring the view of the hall). Richard on the other hand was looking at Maya as he answered “Oo nga eh” before he turned away to make sure no one heard his comment. Richard showed them to the 2 main tables where Maya and her friend were all going to be seated. Everyone found their name on the table and sat down. “Bes, sama ka muna saakin” Richard said as he entended his hand to her. “Saan tayo punta” she asked before taking his hand to stand from her chair. “Doon kila Mama at Papa” he quickly replied. As soon as she got up, she turned around to Peter who was busy talking to Simon. “Excuse me lang, sandali. Puntahan ko lang sila Ninong at Ninang” she kindly said to Peter before she left his side. (Peter nooded and smiled at her).
Maya joined Richard in greeting his parents at the main table. “Hi Ninong Roberto and Ninang Esme” she said as she gave them a quick hug. Richard greeted Maya’s parents as well. After a few minutes with their family, Richard took Maya around the Hall so he can show her the rest of the place. They walked out of the Hall and went to the Alethea Lounge. This was a perfect place to refresh before going back into the hall. Maya loved the way the curtains hung from the ceiling along with the cozy looking couch with the beautiful backlite wall and white pilars. Richard also showed her the Helen Lounge where the ladies hungout to retouch their makeup and stuff. After a few more minutes they went back into the main hall where the event was being held. They made their way back to their table and Maya sat down where Peter was. Richard stayed behind her as he greeted their friends.
Richard: How is everyone (as he looked around the table, trying not to look down at Maya)
Simon: Wow Chard… ang ganda naman ah… talagang all out, pare.
Eds: Oo nga Chard.. ang ganda. Buti na lang sumama ako dito kay Simon (looking at the wonderful decorations)
Richard: Oo naman.. kaya nga, I was glad that you all made it. Kala ko hindi kayo dadating eh
Maya: (looking up at Richard) Pero Chard.. ang ganda talaga… lahat nang favorite natin talagang sinama mo ah (yng blue lights.. flowers… )
Richard: (as he cuts her off and touching her nose from behind) Sympre… malakas ka saakin eh. (chuckling) Pero, Thank you talaga Bes… you had a hand in it naman eh. Sinamahan mo pa ako sa mall para ma pick out yong mga decors at flowers. Pati nga yong mga give aways natin ikaw rin ang tumolong pumili diba. Kaya dapat lang kasama yong mga gusto natin dalawa (Sabel and Doris looking at each other)
Everyone: Ang sweet nyo naman mag bestprend… ingat at baka langamin tayong lahat dito (everyone laughing)
Richard: Kayo talaga… (pretending to be serious, trying not to laugh)
Maya: Parang wala naman…. all i did was suggest stuff… pero hindi ko ma-imagine na ganito ka ganda ang outcome (smiling at him)
Richard: Well we can all thank Lisa for that. (as he looks down to where Lisa and Joma were seated) She worked really hard with the even coordinators to make sure everything was perfect. I couldn’t of pulled this off without her. Alam nyo naman she is like my right hand.. dito sa company. (smiling at Lisa.. then gazing back at Maya) Pero alam ko every one of my staff had a hand in making this Gala possible, kaya nagpapasalamat rin ako sa kanilang lahat.
Lisa: Ahhhh thank you Richard. (smiling) So.. when do i get my promotion (everyone laughed)
Richard: Soon… (he happily said) Oh.. by the way Maya… may surprise rin ako sayo… (looking back at her)
Maya: Naku Richard Lim… ano na naman kaya yang surprise na yan…. (puzzled look on her face)
Richard: Basta mag hintay ka lang… parating na si.. (as if in queue.. Abby comes running up to Maya)
Abby: Dra. Maya… Dra. Maya (as she extends her arms out and hugs Maya tightly)
Maya: (Startled by the little girl, she gently turned to her right side to greet her) Hi Abby…. I’m so happy you guys made it here.
Abby: (looking up at Richard) Tito Richard invited us.. as she turned to point to her parents (who were walking up behind her)
Richard: (Maya was able to loosen her grip from Abby’s hug and stood up to greet them) I told you, you would be surprised.
Maya: Hi Alex.. Dominick… (as she gave Alex a hug) I’m so glad to see you guys again. (turning to her friends) guys, you remember Alex, Dominick and Abby from our Bagiuo trip.
A&D: Hi guys.. (as they both happily greeted everyone)
Alex: What a wonderful party Richard.
Richard: Thanks Alex…
Abby: Mommy i’m hungry can we eat now (tugging at Alex)
Maya/Richard: Oo nga Alex… kain na kayo.. (they said at the same time)
Abby: Common lets eat.. (as she reached out her hands to grab Maya and Richard by the hand) lets go na po….
Everyone: (everyone at the table laughed) how cute… (as they watched the little girl pull at Maya and Richard to follow her to the buffet like tables where the food was being served).
Richard and Maya just looked at each other. They had no choice but to follow her to the side tables where the food was being served. Maya looked at all her friends “common guys, lets eat” she happily said and gave Peter a warm smile in hopes that he understood her situation with Abby. When she was able to catch up to Peter, she pulled him aside “Peter… sorry ah, I hope your ok with everything. Don’t worry babawi ako sayo” she said “Ano ka ba… wala yon noh” he happily answered “Basta mag enjoy na lang tayo at i-pangako mo na ako ang first and last dance mo” he said with a smile “Oo naman… ikaw kaya ang Best Date ko” she answered. “Tara na kain na tayo bago ka pa hanapin ni Abby” Peter added as he handed her a plate. (smiling at her).
The rest of the evening went well… everyone got their food, drinks and was just having a wonderful time. They talked about work and told stories and just had a marvelous time. As others dance there were also gift give aways. People coming up on the stage to get their prices and gifts. They also had raffles and other prices and games. Everyone at the even was given a little thank you gift from LAS. The evening was turning out according to plan. Maya dance the first dance with Peter as Richard just watched and admired her from his table. When the dance finished Richard made his way to the band and requested a song to be played. Richard walked up to Maya “Bes, tayo naman” as he extended his hand out to her. “Sure Chard” she said cheerfully and grabbed his hand. Maya stood from her seat and turned to Peter. “Sayaw lang kami” she happily smiled. “Sure” he replied (smiling back at her) “Excuse as Pare, hiramin ko lang sandali si Besprend” Richard added. Then he lead Maya to the dance floor. (Becareful with my Heart – started to play in the background). Maya and Richard could hear their friends cheering. She tried to keep calm so that he wouldn’t notice her blush. “Sila Doris talaga” she quickly said. “Ok lang yon… kulang lang sila sa pansin” he answered as he took her hands and put them around his neck and then he placed his arms around her waist and dance to the music. At the main table, Peter couldn’t help but feel alittle jealous. How he wished Maya had feelings for him instead of Richard. “How can I compete to that” he asked himself. “If only i can make her fall inlove with me instead of him” he thought (feeling sad and defeated) “Don’t give up… ” he said as he watched them at the dance floor enjoying each others company holding each other sweetly as they sway to her favorite song. “I won’t give up on us, Maya” he said lastly as the music ended and he saw Maya heading back to their table.
Meanwhile at the other side of the room, Karen was watching Richard greet his staff, family and friends. She watched as he danced with everyone but her. She was upset that he didn’t even call her to pick her up or look for here at the party. “Hindi pa tayo tapos Richard” she whispered. She got more upset as she watched him ask Maya for a dance. While busy watching Richard and Maya at the dance floor, a tall handsome man came up to her and handed her another drink “Ma’am Karen” he softly said, here is the information you wanted. (handing her a small envelope and taking a seat at the empty chair next to her) Karen put her drink on the side table and opened the envelope. She started to read the paper and looked at the pictures that were provided with the letter. “So.. sya pala si Alex, ang long time ex ni Richard.” she said “At yan pala ang familiya nya” she added. “Yes, Ma’am” Brandon answered. “Hindi po sya ang kasama ni Sir Richard, from our findings Alex was Richards first love, pero she left him for her husband now. (pointing at the picture of Dominick) We also confirmed that Sir Richard was trying to locate her for 6 years but never found her, until just recently when Alex and her family returned to manila” he said “Yan po ang asawa at anak ni Alex” pointing to the picture of abby and her father” he added. Karen looked up at where they were all seated and noticed that Alex was seated with the same two people in the photograph. “So.. may clue na ba kayo kung sino ang babaeng gusto ni Richard ipag palit saakin?” she looked back at Brandon, waiting for an answer to her question. “Yes ma’am” he replied. “Well.. tell me kung sino? Kung hindi yan Alex na yan, sinong yong babae!!” she said with irriation in her voice. “Yong kasama nya po ngayon” Brandon pointing to Richard and Maya who was talking with Doris, Sabel and Peter. “What?” she said (surprised look on her face) “are you positive” she asked again (fumming with anger in her face) “Yes Ma’am Karen” he replied, as he took out the picture of Maya and Richard at the park, taken last thursay. “This can’t be… Best Friend lang daw sya ni Richard” she whispered to herself. “are you positive?” she asked again (angery tone in her voice) “Yes Ma’am… matagal nang may gusto si Sir Richard sa kanya. Sabi po nang mga resources ko sa LAS. Pero matagal din nawala si Maya since they migrated to the States. Until she recently came back home.” he added. Karen turned her attention to where Richard was and watch him stare at Maya while she talked with Peter and her cousins. “Humanda ka Maya dela Rosa…. hindi ako papayag na basta na lang ako palitan ni Richard, para sa isang katulad mo. Akin lang si Richard… ” she whispered. After a few minutes, she turned back to Brandon, picked up her purse from the table and handed him an envelope. “This is the payment for the information i requested” she said, as she pulled out another envolope from her purse “I need you to do me another favor” she added as she handed him the envelope. “First of all, did you bring what i asked you to bring” she asked looking up at him. “Yes ma’am nasa kotche na po lahat nang pinadala nyo” he quickly replied as he looked at the contents of the envelope. “Very good” she said. As she gazed at Maya again. “Enjoy your evening Maya dela Rosa, for it should be the last time you will spent with my Richard” she added (wicked laugh). She turned back to Brandon and sat closer to him so she could tell him what she wanted done. She whispered to him… “This is what i need you to do..”
to be continued…..
Until next time ulit mga fellow Richard and Maya fans! (Maya wave) Kapit Bisig po sa inyong lahat!