The Guardian Angel – part 3

A/N: This is a continuation to The Guardian Angel – part 2.

 

Author: princemackaroo

 

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Richard brought Maya to his condo unit as soon as she was discharged from the hospital. While confined, he closely monitored her progress alongside with his bestfriend Ryan, who has a background in psychiatry. Though Maya did not really sustain any physical injuries, both Richard and Ryan suspected that she might have experienced trauma that caused for her brain to shut off her memories, effectively giving her amnesia.

Ryan had initially offered shelter for Maya, reasoned that he can take better care of her and regularly check on her development but Richard refused. Though he knows that Ryan has nothing but Maya’s best interest in mind, he simply can’t let himself trust her just to anyone else, not even to his closest and most trusted friend. If indeed Maya was the very same guardian angel he had back when he was still a child, then by all means, he needed to know what exactly happened to her.

Richard had just helped Maya to bed, willing her to rest. “Dito ka muna hangga’t hindi pa bumabalik ang memories mo. You still can’t remember anything don’t you?” Maya, bowing down, simply shook her head. Richard smiled sympathetically at her and held her hand. “It’s okay. Things like these usually take time. One day, maaalala mo rin ang lahat. But for now, magandang magpahinga ka muna.”

Maya nodded her head. She looked up and saw the sincerity in his eyes. “Thank you,” she muttered and after a few seconds, smiled.

Snippets of memories he had with her before flashed before his eyes. And before he could even control himself, he moved closer to her, pulled her in his arms and hugged her tight. “I’m so glad you came back for me. I knew you were real. I always believed.” He closed his eyes, relieved that the angel he knew he had when he was a kid was real, that she wasn’t something conjured up by his imagination. “I missed you Maya. I missed you so much.” His yearning came out spontaneously that he had no time to process everything he does and says.

“Richard.”

Her voice filled with much uncertainty pulled him out of his stupor. He immediately pulled back and offered an apologetic smile. “I – I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. . .”

“I understand,” she replied in a less-sympathetic manner. “Gusto ko lang munang magpahinga.”

‘O – of course. Of course.” He tried his best to sound casual and shrug off the sense of awkwardness that starts to invade them. “I’ll just be outside if you need anything. Don’t hesitate to approach me.” She simply gave him a nod. “Right.” He gave her another smile before getting up on his feet and walking out of the bedroom.

As Richard closed the door behind him, he cannot help but smile. He walked towards his own bedroom and lay down on his bed. With his hands at the back of his head, he started blankly into space and remembered snippets of the moments that he and Maya shared together. He may no longer remember everything they shared together but one thing is for sure, she was someone that he has never forgotten. At a very young age, he had come to learn what it is like to fall in love. Maybe it wasn’t love after all, maybe it was only infatuation. But seeing her again after all these years, he’s never been more certain. She always had a special place in his heart that no one else has ever gone close.

He reminisced every single moment that his mind remembers until it went back to the last day he ever saw her.

His tears could not stop from flowing as Maya had just told him that she already had to leave for good. “But I will never see you again, right?”

She nodded her head in confirmation. “You may never see me again, but I will always be here.” She lifted her hand and placed it on his left chest, to where his heart is.

With his small little hand, he placed it on her left chest. “Will I always be here as well?”

“Always.”

He never really understood what she meant. All along he thought that having her in his heart was already enough, but he was wrong. As days went by, he started to grow weary and in constant yearning for her presence and company. He starts to miss her so badly that he usually cries himself to sleep at night and call out her name.

His parents tried to comfort him until they grew tired of it all. They had him be checked by a psychologist and that’s when they started instilling in his mind that everything that happened isn’t real but are just things made up by his imagination. He tried to fight it off at first and stick to what he believed in until later on, he found himself getting confused and no longer knows what to believe in anymore. He eventually let himself believe whatever truth they wanted him to believe.

As he grew older, he became better and lived a normal life. He graduated from college, pursued a medical degree, dated a couple of women until he met Alex. Meeting Alex reminded him of someone in his past. A past that he wasn’t even sure ever existed. He loved Alex until the cheating happened. And when he thought that everything is going to crumble down, his savior came. His Maya came back.

Seeing her once again, proved everything he held on dearly to be true. The sight of her made his heart ache that nobody ever did. And that’s when everything had been clear, everything she said that night, she indeed, will always be in his heart.

 

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It was already dinner time but Maya still hadn’t gotten out of her room. Making sure that the table is already set, Richard walked back to her bedroom. “Maya?” He tried knocking on the door but when no response is heard, he decided to open the door.

“Maya?” He peeked through the small gap and noticed that no light had been opened yet. He tried to call her again but when no response was made, he let himself in. As he was walking towards her bed, he noticed Maya slightly tossing on her bed, moaning and slightly restless. He immediately approached her, deducing that she was having a dream. “Maya! Maya!” He tried to shake her to wake her up.

She stopped in her movements and opened her eyes, looking blankly into space. It took her a couple of seconds to register where she was and when she looked on her right, she saw Richard, worriedly staring at her. “Richard?”

“Yes it’s me.” He took her hand and gently caressed her face. “Are you alright?”

“Yes. May napanaginipan lang ako,” she said in a soft voice.

“Do you still remember it? Your dream?”

Maya nodded her head. “There’s. . There’s a boy,” she started and played the dream inside of her head. “I was in his bedroom.. Putting him to sleep.”

“Do you know his name?” he asked, curious to know the details of her dream.

“No. But. . I felt a certain kind of connection with him. I don’t know. I just can’t explain it.” She started staring into space once more. “Para kasing. . I know him at malapit talaga siya sa akin.”

Richard felt his chest tighten. Though he doesn’t know who exactly she dreamt about, he cannot help but be jealous over the fact that Maya felt a certain kind of connection for the boy she just dreamt.

“Tingin mo ba may kinalaman siya sa nakaraan ko?” she asked, looking closely at Richard.

“It’s really hard to tell. Is this the first time you’ve had this kind of dream?”

She thought back. “Yes.”

Richard nodded his head and starts to give her the possibilities. “That boy could’ve been someone from your past or it could also just be a random dream,” he said. Though he wanted Maya to regain her memories back, he was also hoping that whatever it is she dreamt is just something random. “We can discuss it with Ryan tomorrow. He might be able to interpret it better for you.”

Maya gave him a nod and smiled.

“I’ve made dinner for us. Tara sa labas para makakain na tayo.”

Together they went out of the bedroom and walked towards the dining room. Richard assisted Maya in her seat and settled himself beside her. He led a prayer of thanks before placing portions of food onto Maya’s plate.

“Okay lang if hindi ka nasasarapan sa luto ko. I have fruits in the fridge if –“

“No it’s okay. Masarap naman siya eh,” she said truthfully.

“Ang tahimik mo lang kasi. I was already getting worried that you don’t like what I cooked,” he reasoned with a smile.

Maya smiled back. “Ikaw lang ba mag-isa ang nakatira dito?”

Richard nodded his head. “My parents are living in China. Mas gusto kasi ni Papa na mag-settle doon. But I prefer staying here. Dito kasi ako lumaki sa Philippines.”

“Hindi ba sila magagalit pag nalaman nilang nagpapatira ka ng taong hindi mo naman kakilala?”

Richard let out a chuckle. “I’m sure they won’t. Besides, I’m already old enough to make decisions for myself.” He wanted to stress out that he really knows her but forced himself not to, worrying that it may make things awkward again.

“Ikaw?” she asked. “I know you’ve already told me that you knew me from before, pero sabi mo nga bata ka pa noon? How can you be so sure na ako nga yun?”

Richard contemplated for an answer. “I just know. I can never be mistaken.”

“But how is that even possible?” she asked in an incredulous manner. “For sure marami nang nagbago lalo na sa physical appearance ko. But how can you be so sure na ako nga yung nakilala mo ng mga bata pa tayo?”

“Because you never changed.”

“I didn’t what?”

Richard took a deep breath. “I’ve known you all my childhood life. I guess ever since I was born you were already there for me.” He looked at Maya and said, “You were my guardian angel Maya.”

Maya simply looked curiously at him, unable to immediately process his words.

“It may seem hard to believe. Kahit nga ang parents ko hindi naniwala sa akin.” He bowed his head down and smirked. “After you left, I was so lonely, especially after everyone told me that you are not real, na imahinasyon lang kita. And I believed them. As time went by, I let myself believe them.” And with a sigh, “I just accepted the fact that you were just something made up by my imagination.”

He turned and looked at Maya once more. “But after seeing you again. . .” he said and smiled. “I knew then that those memories are not made up. That you are not made up. That you are real.”

Maya still had no words to say. Richard took her hand and held it firmly with both of his and looked deeply in her eyes. “You were my guardian angel Maya. You were the first girl that I loved. And we made a promise to each other that we will never forget each other.”

Maya pulled her hand away and starts to look at him warily and with a sense of panic. “Just stop. Please, just stop.” She averted her gaze and looked away.

“Maya.” He watched her closely and noticed her anxiousness. “I’m telling you the truth.”

“This is a mistake Richard. Hindi mo ako dapat dinala dito sa bahay mo.”

“But you have nowhere else to go.”

“I know there’s some place I can stay aside from here,” she said. “This is wrong. This is all wrong.” Her heart raced at the possibility that Richard is losing his sanity. “Hindi ko alam kung ano ang nangyari sa’yo noon o kung ano ang binabalak mo. Pero imposible ang sinasabi mo Richard. Hindi ako isang anghel.”

“But you are! You are Maya. You may not remember it now but I assure you. You are the guardian angel that I used to have.”

“Richard please,” she pleaded. “This is insane. I may have lost my memory but I haven’t lost my mind! Hindi ako isang anghel!” she pointed out.

“But –“

“Richard please!”

Richard fell silent. He could only stare at her, stunned with her reaction and obey her request. Sadness starts to fill him as he realized that she cannot only remember him but she also thinks like everyone else who did not believe him. “I – I’m sorry.”

A moment of silence ensued as not one of them dared to speak up first. Then Maya took a deep breath and spoke. “Kailangan kong maghanap ng ibang matitirhan. I clearly cannot live here.”

Panic started to strike him. “No. Hindi mo kailangang lumipat pa. I told you, you can stay here.”

“I clearly can’t.” She faced him and looked in his eyes. “You are a doctor Richard. Ikaw ang mas nakakaalam kung ano ang makakabuti para sa iyo.”

“But I’m fine. I’m okay,” he said. “You’re the one who needs to be helped and looked at and I can do those.” He tried to reach for her once more. “I can help you and I can look after you.”

“This won’t work Richard.”

“It will. Trust me, it will.”

“I don’t think I can trust you in that matter,” she said flatly.

Richard’s heart sank. If she cannot trust him, then there’s nothing more left for him to try. He bowed his head down and closed his eyes. “I understand.” He looked at her with sadness but still managed to give her a reassuring smile. “I’ll. . I’ll arrange something for you then. I’ll talk to Ryan and see if his offer’s still up.”

Maya heaved out a sigh. The idea that she will only be transferred to one of his friends does not appeal to her much but she also knows that she doesn’t have much of a choice. She then realized that being with his friend is better than being around him. “Okay then. Thank you.”

 

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The Guardian Angel – part 2

A/N: This is a continuation to The Guardian Angel – part 1.

 

Author: princemackaroo

 

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Richard drove around the city wanting to free his heart from the hurt and betrayal he was experiencing, but it was to no avail. His mind kept going back to the scene he had witnessed in his very own bedroom. His fiancée in the arms of not just another man, but one of his best pals, James Ventura. His grip on the steering wheel tightened further at the thought of their betrayal.

As he was driving, he spotted a bar that had just opened up for the day. He pulled his car over and drove to the parking lot. Within minutes, he was already settled inside and ordering himself a bottle of scotch.

Maya could only watch him from afar. She had already meddled too much and stayed longer around than she should. The rules are clear. She can only look after the child she was assigned to and once time is already up, she needs to go back home to report and possibly accept her new assignment. But seeing Richard again made her lose any sense of order or responsibility. She was too caught up in the moment that the only thing she wanted to do is watch him and know that he’ll eventually be okay.

For years, she had tried to get over him. And just as when she thought she really had, the unexpected turn of seeing him again proved only one thing, she has never really forgotten him. Funny how a single boy stood out from the thousands of children she had looked after over the centuries. But Richard had been special. From the moment she laid her eyes on him, she knew he was different.

“You made me a fool Alex. You made me a fool.” Richard nursed the glass in his hand. He raised it and watched the amber liquid swirl inside it. He tipped it on his lips and swallowed its content in one go. He grabbed the bottle and started pouring himself another half-full.

“Of all people. Kailangan pa talaga sa mismong kaibigan ko.” He let out a smirk before drinking his scotch. The routine went on and on until his bottle is almost empty.

“I yilly thought. .hik. .you were like my gajan a – angel. Hik. .” He shook his head and had another gulp of his drink. “Shino ba naman kashing may shabe na tso-tsoo ang gajan angel? Tsanga ka tsalaga Richard. And you even call yourshelf a doctor! Pathetic!”

He tipped and emptied his bottle on his glass. He finished everything in one gulp and when he tried to pour himself some more, nothing came out from the bottle. He peeked through the hole and slammed it on the countertop after being convinced that it indeed is already empty. He started calling for the bartender and demanded for another bottle but deeming his drunken state, the bartender refused to give him another. Richard persisted some more but the bartender stood his ground. In the end, Richard gave up altogether and decided to take his leave.

Maya watched him as he swayed towards his car. He opened the door and fought hard to lock his seatbelt in place. A few more seconds had passed and the sound of his car’s engine roared. He stepped on the accelerator and made his way out to the highway.

Maya settled on the passenger’s seat. She looked at Richard with concern and worry in her eyes. She watched him closely as he try his best to focus his hazy alcohol filled eyes. She knows she can’t do anything for him at the moment so she just helplessly watched him on the side. A couple of minutes more and she saw tears welling up his eyes.

“Richard. . .”

He tried wiping off the tears. He lifted one of his hands from the steering wheel and recklessly rubbed his eyes but it only clouded his vision further. He rubbed them insistently and closed his eyes longer. The next moment he knew, loud honking sound is heard upfront. Instinct took over him. He maneuvered his car and took a full turn of his steering wheel to the right. He tried to decelerate but it’s already too late. He lost control of his car until it slammed onto the side concrete barrier of a bridge. His car flew over the edge and dove into the river. The airbag burst open slamming his face onto it that left him unconscious. Blood started to gush out from his nose while water starts to seep inside his vehicle.

“Richard!” Seeing him unconscious had Maya in frenzy. She tried to fight off the urge to help him and follow their policies but the thought that he may not wake up in time, troubled her greatly. Images of her time with him when he was still a child flashed before her. Their happy and sweet memories together that can never be forgotten.

“Shino ba naman kashing may shabe na tso-tsoo ang gajan angel? Tsanga ka tsalaga Richard. And you even call yourshelf a doctor! Pathetic!”

She remembered him muttering those words earlier. Throwing all sense of rationality aside, she let her impulse take over and helped Richard out of the vehicle. She swam him back to shore where she tried waking him up.

His head throbbed in pain and his mind swirled restlessly. He slowly opened his eyes and hazily stared at the figure looming over him. Her bambi eyes struck him the way they did the very first time he laid eyes on them. “Maya?” He saw a glimpse of her smile before he drifted back to unconsciousness.

 

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“Where have you been? You should’ve been back hours ago to report.” The senior angel Zenaida asked Maya as soon as she went back to heaven.

“I’m sorry. I had some place else to go,” she admitted sheepishly, unable to look at her superior’s eyes.

“You know the rules Maya. We can’t simply neglect the duties assigned to us without asking permission from Father,” Zenaida reminded kindly. She let out a sigh and informed Maya that she was being summoned. “Father wanted to speak with you.”

Maya could only close her eyes. She already saw it coming and had already tried to brace herself for the things to come. She nodded her head and made her way to the garden where Father was. Feeling contrite for her actions, she bowed her head down as she approached him.

“Maya.”

“Father.”

“Why do I feel your deep sense of fear?” he asked.

“I’m sorry Father! I’m sorry!!” She started to sob as she recalled how she defied heaven’s rules and orders. “I acted on impulse again and meddled with the affairs of a man.”

Father simply looked at her kindly and smiled. “Did you now? In what way did you meddle with him?”

“I. .” She took a deep breath to calm herself down. “First, I tried to stop him from hurting anyone. And the next thing I knew, I was already helping him out of his car so he would not be left to die. I’m sorry Father! I really am!” sobbed Maya.

“Are you sorry for helping him?” Father prodded on.

“No,” she answered softly. “But I am sorry for defying your wishes.”

“What is it that you know about what I wish?” Father watched her and waited for an answer but she gave none. “I wished to be obeyed and trusted Maya. I only want my children to trust me with all their hearts and minds. Believe that I know what is best for them and that I will only give them what’s best for them.”

His words struck her to the recesses of her heart. As an angel, she should have known better than to act on impulse. Instead, she acted on her own accord without praying and asking for guidance from her Father. “I’m sorry.”

“No sin can be left unforgiven especially if you seek forgiveness with a remorseful and humble heart,” he said. “But every action has its own consequences.”

Maya closed her eyes and humbly accepted whatever consequence is found fit for her actions.

 

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A week had already passed since the accident. Richard was still in the hospital though he only incurred minor concussion on his head and a twisted ankle. Thanks to the seatbelt strapped securely around him and the safety features his car had, he did not suffer any major injuries.

He was deep in his thoughts when the door opened and in came Alex with a basket of fruits at hand. “Hi babe!” she greeted enthusiastically.

“What are you doing here?” he asked sternly.

“I’m here to visit you. Look I brought some fruits for you.”

Richard closed his eyes and took some calming breaths to control any sudden outburst of emotion. “Alex look, I’ve already made it clear the last time. It’s already over between us.”

Alex looked at him with alarm. “Babe, you’ve got to understand. You’ve just been through something traumatic. I know this is not easy for you and –“

“Seeing my fiancée having sex with one of my best friends can really be very traumatic, don’t you think?” he asked sarcastically.

“Babe I already told you, hindi namin sinadya ang mga nangyari.” She walked towards him and tried to hold his hand but Richard simply yanked it away. “Wala kaming relasyon ni James. Things just got out of hand and before we know it. . .” she paused as her eyes started to get watery. “It just happened Richard but we never meant any of it!” Her tears started to fall down her face as she regrets every single thing that happened.

“Things don’t just happen Alex. It would never have started if either one of you went against it,” he said. Alex could only answer him with her cries. He heaved out a sigh and continued on. “Please Alex. For both our sakes, just leave.”

“Pero Richard –“

“Please,” he insisted. “If you still have some self-respect, just leave.”

Alex straightened up but still the tears won’t stop. “I’ll leave Richard. But I won’t give up on you. I won’t stop until you forgive me.” With much hesitation, she turned her back on him and went out of the room.

Richard sighed in relief and not for long, found himself pre-occupied by another being. He reached out for his crutches and went to the room next door. He approached the bed where an unconscious woman was lying. He sat on the edge and held her hand. All his worries and troubles suddenly forgotten and a smile appeared on his lips. He watched the woman sleep when all of a sudden, her eyes started fluttering and her lids slowly opened. She looked around, trying to register everything around her.

“Maya? Finally you’re awake!” Richard beamed at her and waited for her to respond.

“Nasaan ako?”

Richard’s heart brimmed with gladness as he started to hear the same exact voice he had etched on his mind. “You’re in a hospital,” he said. “You came back. You actually came back!”

She trained her eyes on him and looked at him curiously. Her brows started to furrow as she tries to recognize the man in front of her. “Sino ka?”

Richard grinned proudly at her. “It’s me, Richard! I’m the one you looked after when I was still a kid.” He waited until she recalls and recognizes who he was but it never came. She just continued to look at him blankly. “Hindi mo na ba ako naaalala? Ako yung batang inalagaan mo Twenty-five years ago!”

“Hindi. . . Hindi kita naaalala. Wala akong naaalala.” She looked around some more and tried to think a couple of things that she can remember, but she can’t remember even a single thing. “Wala akong maalala.”

Richard frowned and worriedly looked at her.

“Si – sino ba ako? A – ano ba ang pangalan ko?” she finally asked.

 

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Nang matapos ang tanghalian ay agad bumalik ng kuwarto si Maya.  Gustong-gusto na niyang makalayo kay Richard dahil hiyang-hiya na siya dito.  Hindi na nito magawa ang gusto nito.  Ni ang simpleng pakikipag-date sa girlfriend na si Celeste ay hindi na rin nito magawa.  Lahat ng ito ay dahil sa kanya.

Kaninang umaga ay tahimik silang umuwi ng bahay ni Richard.  Hindi nagkikibuan habang nasa sasakyan ng huli.

Matapos ang nangyari sa kanila ng nakaraang gabi ay hindi na nya alam kung ano ang gagawin niya, kung ano ang sasabihin niya.   Parang wala na siyang mukhang ihaharap dito lalong-lalo na sa girlfriend nitong si Celeste.  Ano na lang ang sasabihin nito na pagkatapos niyang hiramin ang boyfriend nito at pakasalan ay nagawa pa niyang akitin.  Yes she seduced him, siya naman talaga ang nagsimula ng lahat.  Kung hindi niya ito hinalikan ay hindi naman siya nito gagalawin.  Maraming oportunidad para pigilan niya ang pangyayari pero alam niya sa sarili niya na gusto niya, gustong-gusto niya.

Maliit pa lang siya ay crush na crush na niya ang kanyang Kuya Richard kahit sabihin pang pitong taon ang pagitan ng kanilang mga idad.  Kapitbahay nila ito before sa Cebu at dahil sa nag-iisang anak lang ito  madalas ay nasa bahay nila ito para makipaglaro o kaya naman ay alagaan silang magkapatid.

Sino ba naman ang hindi magkaka-crush dito bukod sa guwapo na ay napakatalino pa, madalas ay ito ang nagtuturo sa kanya kapag nahihirapan siya sa Math.  Ito rin ang naging tagapagtanggol niya kapag pinaiiyak siya ng mga kaklase niya dahil madalas ay tinutukso siyang patpatin at atis dahil sa dami ng pimples niya.

Aaminin niya na umiyak siya ng magpa-alam ito para manirahan na sa Manila.  Nakatapos ng Engineering si Richard at kahit sabihin pang mayaman ang angkan nito sa Cebu ay mas pinili nitong mamasukan muna sa ibang kumpanya to gain some experience at ngayon nga ay may sarili na itong kumpanya, ang Lim Aviation Services.

Noong una ay nakakauwi pa ito sa Cebu ngunit ng lumaon ay unti-unting naging madalang ang pag-uwi nito.  Ayon sa mama nito ay naging busy si Richard sa pagpapalago ng sarili nitong kumpanya.

Madalas ay nakakatanggap siya ng cards mula rito lalo na kapag may okasyon tulad ng kanyang birthday.  Lahat ng iyon ay sikretong nakatago sa kanyang tokador.

Kay Richard niya hinulma ang imahe ng kanyang ideal man.  Kaya naman ng magdalaga na siya at kahit naging marami ang kanyang manliligaw ay hindi siya nag-boboyfriend hanggang sa dumating sa buhay niya si Bart Ramirez.  Kapwa- FA niya ito sa Time Airways.  Matalino, guwapo at isa sa pinakamasugid niyang manliligaw ang huli.

“Girl aminin mo nga, tomboy ka ba?” si Emman, isa sa pinamatalik niyang kaibigan.

“Ha, hindi no!  Bakit mo naman naitanong yan?” si Maya.

“E kasi naman girl marami namang nanliligaw sa iyo tapos ni isa wala kang sinasagot.  Lalo na iyang si Bart, perfect!  Kung ako ang liligawan niyan naku bukas kasal na kami.”

Natawa si Maya.  Naaaliw talaga siya kay Emman kasi alam niyang crush na crush nito si Bart.

“Ikaw talaga.  Alam mo naman ang reason kung bakit diba.”

“Sino yung Kuya Richard mo na naman na ten years mo ng hindi nakikita.  Girl magmove-on ka na puwede ba.  Baka nga mamaya may asawa na yan hindi ka lang naimbita sa kasal.”

Kahit sabihin pang biro lang ang sinabi ni Emman, deep-inside ay nasasaktan siyang isiping baka nga may asawa na si Richard o kung hindi naman ay girlfriend.  Ang totoo, ang mga cards na natatanggap niya noon ay nawala na rin.  Nakalimutan na nga siguro siya nito.

“H-hindi naman sa ganun, gusto ko lang mag-focus sa pagiging FA ko alam mo na gusto kong maging International FA.  Isa pa alam mo naman si Papa masyadong conservative.”

“Girl hindi ka na teenager.   My God 23 years old ka na.  Maiintindihan naman siguro ng papa mo kung mag-boboyfriend ka na.  Isa pa give yourself a chance, masyado mo kasing inilagay sa pedestal ang Kuya Richard mo kaya wala ka ng nakitang maganda sa ibang lalaki.  Give Bart a chance.”

And she did, sinagot niya si Bart at naging mag-boyfriend sila hanggang mangyari ang gabing dalhin siya nito sa isang motel.

Naging isang malaking iskandalo ang nangyari lalo na ng makita pa pala sila ng kanyang Tita Amanda na lumalabas ng motel ni Bart.  Kahit anong paliwanag niya ay ayaw siyang pakinggan ng kanyang ama.  Kilala ang kanilang pamilya sa pagiging konserbatibo at hindi matanggap ng Papa niya na ang nag-iisang anak na babae nito ay naging isang pakawala.

Pinuntahan niya si Bart upang humingi ng tulong to explain to her father na walang nangyari sa kanila pero ng puntahan niya ito sa condominium nito kasama si Emman ay wala na ito.  Bigla itong naglaho na parang bula.

Mula noon ay naging malamig na ang pakikisama ng kanyang ama sa kanya.

“Mapapatawad lang kita kung makakasal ka.”  Iyun ang mga salitang narinig niya sa kanyang ama ng minsan ay subukan niya ulit itong kausapin.

Napapikit si Maya, parang sumakit na naman ang ulo niya ng maalala niya ang mga nangyari.

Nakarinig siya ng mahinang katok sa kanyang pintuan. Binuksan niya ito at nagulat siya ng makitang si Richard ang kumakatok.

“I-I’m sorry.  Gusto ko lang malaman mo na we need to pick up Celeste at 7.”

“H-ha ah e h-hindi na lang ako sasama.  Ako ng bahala kay Tita.  Go ahead with your date with Celeste.  Matagal na rin naman kayong di nakakalabas na kayo lang.”

“Are you sure?” nakakunot ang noong tanong ni Richard.

“O-o naman.  S-sige na, ako ng bahala kay Tita.” Ulit ni Maya.

“Okay.” Ang walang ganang sabi ni Richard.

Agad na sinara ni Maya ang pintuan.  Nagseselos siya, selos na selos siya.

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Bumalik si Richard sa kanyang kuwarto.  Gusto man niyang gibain ang pinto ng isara niya ito pero hindi niya puwedeng gawin dahil maririnig ng kanyang ina at magtataka ito.

Pasalampak siyang humiga sa kama niya.  He closed his eyes and put one of his arms on his forehead.

“Ano ba itong pinasok mo Richard?”  tanong niya sa kanyang sarili.

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Chapter 2

8 months ago…

“Bart parang hindi ito ang daan sa pupuntahan natin.”

Hindi sumasagot si Bart at lalo namang kinabahan si Maya ng makita niyang papasok na sila sa isang motel.  Nang makapasok na ang sasakyan sa garahe ay agad bumaba si Bart at binuksan ang pinto ng kotse kung nasaan si Maya.

“Maya let’s go.”

“Hindi ako bababa!” hindi malaman ni Maya pero galit ang nararamdaman niya para kay Bart.  Niyaya siya ng boyfriend na lumabas pero hindi niya akalain na sa isang motel siya nito dadalhin.

“Maya please kung talagang mahal mo ako papayag ka.”  si Bart.  Halos isang taon na silang magkasintahan ni Maya pero hanggang simpleng halik lang ang nakukuha niya sa dalaga kaya nagpasya si Bart na dalhin ito sa isang motel hoping na hindi na ito makakatanggi pa.

“Bart kung talagang mahal mo ako hindi mo hihingin sa akin ito. “  Bumaba ng kotse si Maya  at aktong lalabas ng garahe pero agad naman siyang napigilan ni Bart.

“Ano ba Maya huwag ka namang gumawa ng gulo dito.”

“Uuwi na ako!  Kung gusto mo maghanap ka ng babaeng papayag sa gusto mo.”

Humarang si Bart sa daraanan ni Maya.  “Ok, ok uuwi na tayo ihahatid na kita.”

Tumingin lang si Maya kay Bart at parang nagdadalawang-isip na bumalik at sumakay ulit sa kotse ng huli.

“Maya please.  Ihahatid na kita.”

Tahimik lang na sumakay si Maya at ganun din naman si Bart.  Agad na pinatakbo ng huli ang kotse nito palabas ng motel.

Lingid sa kaalaman ng dalawa ay nakita sila ng Tita Amanda ni Maya dahil sa nagkaroon ng problema ang sasakyan nito sa mismong harap ng motel kung saan sila nanggaling ni Bart.

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Present time…

“Mukhang tinanghali kayo pareho ng gising, hindi ko kayo nakasabay sa breakfast kanina.” Si Donya Esmeralda, ang ina ni Richard.  Pansamantala itong tumigil sa bahay ni Richard dahil may ilang meetings itong kailangang puntahan sa Manila para naman sa mga businesses nito sa Cebu.

“Dito ba kayo natulog kagabi?” tanong ulit nito.

Parehong hindi sumasagot si Maya at Richard.  Napansin din ni Donya Esmeralda na parang umiiwas ang mga tingin ng mga ito sa isa’t-isa.  Humugot ito ng malalim na hininga sabay tanong ulit.  “Magkasama ba kayo sa iisang kuwarto kagabi?”

“Ma!” gulat na sabi ni Richard samantalang namula naman si Maya.

“Well, bakit hindi?  Mag-asawa naman kayo.”  Kaswal na sabi nito.  “Kahit palabas lang ang kasal ninyo, sa mata ng mga kaibigan at kakilala natin mag-asawa kayo kaya kung hindi kayo matutulog dito sa bahay siguraduhin ninyo na sa iisang kuwarto kayo maglalagi.

Hindi na alam ni Richard kung anong gagawin sa mama niya.  Talaga naman kasi kung minsan ay napaka-prangka nito.

Buti na lamang at tumunog ang telepono.

“Ricardo, si Celeste.” Si Manang Fe.

Agad na tumayo si Richard at kinuha ang telepono kay Manang Fe.

“Thank you po Manang.”

Hindi napigilan ni Maya ang hindi sumimangot ng marinig ang pangalan ni Celeste na agad namang napansin ni Donya Esmeralda.

“You’re calling my phone?…  Sorry we’re having lunch, I forgot it in my room… Dinner tonight?… Sure, sure… I”ll pick you up, say seven??… See you then, bye.”

Bumalik si Richard sa kanyang upuan.

“O Maya, bakit parang hindi yata nababawasan ang pagkain mo?” tanong ni Donya Emeralda ng mapansing parang walang ganang kumain si Maya.

“P-po… masama po kasi ang pakiramdam ko.  Medyo masakit po kasi ang katawan ko.” Gusto sanang ibalik ni Maya ang nasabi niya ngunit huli na.  Naramdaman niya ang pamumula ng mukha niya lalo na ng makita niyang nakatingin si Richard sa kanya.

“Aba iha, you need to take some medicine.” Pag-aalalang sabi nito kay Maya.

“S-sige po.  Kakain lang po ako kahit kaunti.”

Bumaling muli ito kay Richard.  “You’re going out tonight son?”

“Yes Ma.  I’m going out with Celeste.” Nakatingin pa rin si Richard kay Maya.

“Ricardo, may I remind you that people knows that you and Maya are married.  Ano na lang ang sasabihin ng mga tao kung lagi pa kayong nagkikita ni Celeste?  Pumayag yang girlfriend mo sa set-up ninyo so she also needs to obey the rules and one of the rules is hindi kayo puwedeng lumabas dalawa lalo na kung hindi ninyo kasama si Maya.”

“Ma, dinner-date lang yun.”

“Ricardo, inumpisahan mo ang kalokohang ito kaya kailangan panindigan mo!” ang mariing sabi ni Donya Esmeralda.

Wala ng nagawa si Richard kundi tumahimik.  Tama ang ina niya siya ang nag-umpisa ng lahat ng ito.

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8 months ago…

“Papa let me explain.” Kahit nararamdaman pa rin niya ang sampal na ibinigay ng ama ay binalewala niya iyun. She needs to explain her side to her father.

“At ano pa ang dapat mong ipaliwanag. Nakita ka ng Tita Amanda mo with that Bart Ramirez going out of a motel.”

“Pero pa wala pong nangyari sa amin.”

“Sinong lolokohin mo?” Isa pa sanang sampal ang dadapo sa pisngi niya kung hindi lang napigilan ng nakakabatang kapatid niya ang ama.

“Pa, hindi ko po alam na sa motel niya ako dadalhin kaya sumama ako sa kanya pero pa wala po talagang nangyari sa amin.”

“Pakakasalan ka ng Bart Ramirez na yan dahil kung hindi, pareho ko kayong mapapatay ng lalaking yun.”

“Pa please.” Umalis na ang kanyang ama.

Wala na siyang nagawa kundi ang umiyak na lamang.

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The Night before…

“Maya where have you been? Kanina pa kita hinahanap.” Si Richard. He felt a little guilty for leaving her with their friends. He needed to talk to Celeste about something really important.

Hindi sumasagot si Maya. Sapo-sapo lamang nito ang ulo at umiiling.

“Maya…” ulit nito.

“What?!”

“You’re drunk.” Umupo siya sa tabi nito and started rubbing her back.

“I-I’m not drunk t-tipsy lang ako.” Hindi na alam ni Maya kung tipsy lang ba talaga siya o lalo siyang nalalasing dahil sa ginagawa ni Richard.

“Stay here. I’ll be back.”

“Iiwan mo na naman ako?” parang batang sabi ni Maya.

“Sandali lang ako. Just stay here huwag ka na uling mawawala ok.”

Tungo lang ang naisagot ni Maya.

Ilang sandali pa ay bumalik na si Richard. Inalalayan ni Richard si Mayang makatayo. Napapikit si Maya at napasandal sa dibdib nito, smelling his sexy, masculine Armani perfume. “Ang bango talaga ng lalaking ito.” Sa loob-loob niya.

“W-where are we going?” medyo nararamdaman na talaga ni Maya ang hilo.

“I got us a room.” Ang simpleng sagot nito. Napangiti si Richard ng makita niya ang panlalaki ng mga mata ni Maya.

“Don’t worry, magpapahinga ka lang hanggang kaya mo ng umuwi. Mapapagalitan tayo pareho ni mama kapag nalaman niyang pinabayaan kitang uminom.” Ngumiti ulit ito.

Nang makarating sa pintuan ng kuwarto at mabuksan ito ay lalong nagulat si Maya ng buhatin siya ni Richard. Dahan-dahan siyang inilapag nito sa kama at saka umupo sa tabi niya.

“Are you ok? Do you want anything? Coffee?” halatang-halata ang pag-aalala ni Richard para kay Maya.

Iling lamang ang naisagot niya sa lalaki. Richard has always been a gentleman kahit naman nung mga bata pa sila.

Maya placed her hands on Richard’s face and started caressing it. “Thank you.” Blame it all in the alcohol that killed all her common senses but soon she pressed her lips against his. And with a whisper that was barely audible, she told him she wanted him.

“M-Maya…”

“Richard…”

“A-are you sure?” si Richard. He wants to know.

“I am so sure to be scared.” Maya told him.

Alam ni Mayang pagkatapos ng lahat ay pagsisisihan niya ang kung ano mang damdamin ang pinakawalan niya. But she has always loved him.

Richard bent his face to kiss her. Slowly at first but it became demanding, passionate.

He started undressing her until she was naked before him. Richard stops kissing her for awhile and started admiring her, tracing his hands on Maya’s body.

“God you’re more beautiful than I imagined you would be.”

“R-richard…” Maya is on emotional wreck right now. Hindi niya alam kung pipigilan pa ba niya ang nangyayari but she started it. Kasalanan niya. Bukas na lang siya magsisi.

Richard looking on her swollen lips kissed her again and started removing his own clothes.

He went down and licked the top of her breasts repeatedly, leaving butterfly kisses as he went.

Hindi na alam ni Maya kung ano ang gagawin niya. She just closed her eyes… these are all knew to her.

Richard then traveled south and parted her legs and teasing “it” gently with his lips. When Richard thinks it’s time he finds his way to her lips and kissed her again.

Richard straddles her and gently lowers himself to her… breaking the barrier.

Maya gave a soft cry, her innocence now gone.

He leaned his forehead against her. “I’m sorry baby, if I could take the pain for you I would.”

“R-richard…”

“Shhh, just let the pain subside.” He moves in and out of her until both reached their climax. Richard collapsed on top of her.

Pareho pa silang naghahabol ng hininga ngunit ng makabawi, Richard gathered her to his side at mahigpit siyang niyakap nito.

“Sleep now baby.” Then Richard kissed her forehead.

Pagkatapos ng lahat ay tsaka naramdaman ni Maya ang pagtulo ng luha niya.

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Nakaramdam si Richard na parang may kulang kaya naman nagising siya. Nang makita niyang nag-iisa lang siya sa kama ay agad siyang bumalikwas ng bangon. Hinahanap niya ang babaing kagabi lang ay kasiping niya at sigurado niyang kani-kanina lang ay kayakap niya.

Inikot niya ang mga mata sa kuwarto. Nakita niya ang sapatos nito kaya alam niyang nasa confort room lamang ito at nagbibihis. Nakahinga siya ng maluwag.

Alam niyang magiging malaki ang pagbabago sa kung ano mang relasyon meron sila.

Kinuha niya ang kanyang pantalon at nag-umpisang magbihis at dahil hindi niya makita ang kanyang polo ay pinili na lang niyang umupo sa gilid ng kama at hintayin ang paglabas ni Maya.

Nasa ganun siyang posisyon ng makita niyang lumabas si Maya at dahan-dahang sinasara ang pintuan ng banyo.

“Where do you think you’re going?” tanong ni Richard na ikinagulat naman ni Maya.

“Ahh k-kasi ano kasi.” Maya kalma lang, saway niya sa sarili.

Lalo siyang sumimangot, halatang naghihintay ng matinong sagot mula kay Maya.

“U-u-uuwi na sana a-ako.”

“Uuwi ka na and you didn’t even bother to wake me. Ano iiwan mo lang ako dito?”

“K-kasi ang himbing ng tulog mo ayaw naman kitang gisingin.”

“Maya iisang bahay lang ang uuwian natin bakit kailangan mong umuwi mag-isa?”

Lumapit si Richard kay Maya na lalo namang ikinataranta ng huli lalo pa’t walang damit-pang-itaas si Richard.

“Are you okay? Did I hurt you?” tanong ulit nito.

“U-umuwi na tayo.”

Richard leaned over and tried to kiss her.

“NO!!!” si Maya.

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