Reunited

Written: August 6, 2014

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A/N: Because I am so inspired by Be Careful with My Heart these days, I simply can’t stop myself from writing another scenario in my mind. This piece is inspired by the August 6 episode of #BCWMH. I have also quoted verbatim the love letter Richard wrote for Maya.

Chapter 1

Maya awakens from deep slumber and is surprised to see herself enveloped in Richard’s warm embrace. The happenings from a couple of hours ago come rushing back to her. She still can’t believe Richard flew all the way to Catarman to be with her. She recalls with fondness the drama that transpired the moment she left her hotel room to welcome the visitor that was waiting for her outside.

Maya: (in tears the moment she sees Richard) Sweetheart! Huhuhu. Andito ka? Hindi ka na galit sa kin?

Richard: (gives Maya a kiss and hugs her tightly) Shhh. I’m sorry, Maya. I love you! Thank God, you’re okay. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself had something bad happened to you.

Maya: Huhuhu. Miss na miss kita, Sweetheart! Sorry na. I love you.

Richard: Shhh, stop crying. Everything will be okay. The important thing is we’re together now. I love you so much, Maya.

Richard: (gently lays a hand on her forehead) Does this hurt? Has a doctor seen this yet?

Maya: (smiles ever so sweetly) Sweetheart, okay ako. Wag ka nang mag-alala. Okay na okay na ko lalo na andito ka na.

Richard: You look tired. Let’s go to our room.

Maya: Teka muna. Kunin ko lang gamit ko and magpapaalam muna ako kay Ms. Calandra.

Chapter 2

Inside their hotel room

Richard: Have you had some sleep yet?

Maya: Hindi ako makatulog, Sweetheart. Sobra kitang iniisip. Ang lungkot lungkot ko nang malaman kong wala ka na naman sa bahay. Tapos nag-alala din ako kasi sabi ni Kute bigla na lang daw naputol pag-uusap nyo. Natakot din ako na baka may nangyari sa yo. Tapos naisip ko baka galit ka pa din sa kin kaya di ka man lang nag-text. Lahat sila sa bahay at San Nicolas nag-text na para kamustahin ako tapos ikaw lang walang text.

Richard: (look of worry crosses his face) Alam nila na may nangyari?

Maya: Oo, sweetheart. Nasa news daw. Pero wag ka nang mag-alala. Nakausap ko na silang lahat. Sa yo na lang sila nag-alala kasi di nila alam kung san ka nagpunta.

Richard: Don’t worry, Sweetheart. It’s almost 1 AM now. I’ll call up Manang Fe in a few of hours to let her know we’re together and she and the kids have nothing to worry about.

Maya: Pero sweetheart, san ka nga ba talaga nagpunta?

Richard: Sweetheart, di ko kayang magtagal sa kwarto natin kasi wala ka dun. So I left and drove myself to the airport para hintayin kita at sunduin. I slept in the car while waiting for you. Tapos Cris called and asked where your flight was. She sounded so worried. Di na natapos pag-uusap namin kasi my phone suddenly went dead. Empty battery na pala. I rushed inside the airport and went to the Time Airways office. I found out everything from Ms. Pacheco. I was so worried when she told me na you were the FA who got hurt.

Maya: (smiles and kisses him) Sweetheart, wag ka nang mag-alala. Okay ako. Habang nasa flight nakapag-isip isip din ako. Na-realize ko may mga mali din akong nagawa. Naisip ko marami pa rin akong dapat malaman at matutunan sa pagdidisiplina ng mga anak natin at sa buhay may asawa. Kaya ready na ko makipag-usap sa yo para maayos natin lahat lahat.

Richard: Sweetheart, we’re both tired and sleepy. Don’t worry. Okay na tayo. Let’s talk about this tomorrow.

Maya: Okay, sweetheart. I love you!

Richard: I love you, too… Oh, before I forget, flowers for you.

Maya: Hihi! Thank you, sweetheart. Pero san ka pa nakabili ng bulaklak sa oras na ‘to?

Richard: Maya, kanina ko pa yan dala nung pag-uwi ko sa bahay from Clark.

Maya: Ay, sorry di ko napansin. Ikaw naman kasi. Nakita mo lang na papasok ako sa trabaho, tiger mode ka na agad. Nainis tuloy ako.

Richard: I know and I’m sorry about that. Pero let’s talk about that tomorrow.

Maya: (finds a folded piece of paper from the flowers he gave her) Sweetheart, ano ‘to?

Richard: (smiles) Love letter. I’ve been trying to call you ever since I got to the airport, but my calls couldn’t get through. Kaya yan, I decided to write you a love letter na lang.

Maya: (smiles) Sweetheart! Pinapakilig mo na naman ako. Pwede bang basahin ko muna bago tayo matulog?

Richard: Okay. And while you do that, I’ll freshen up muna.

Maya: Okay, sweetheart. I love you.

Richard: I love you, too!

Maya smiles as she carefully unfolds Richard’s letter.

HI SWEETHEART! I’M SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED. YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TO GET MAD AT ME.

HINDI KITA PINAKINGGAN AND I ASSERTED MY POINT.

WHEN WE GOT MARRIED, I VOWED TO APOLOGIZE WHEN I MAKE A MISTAKE. I DIDN’T FORGET THAT, SWEETHEART.

THE THING IS, IN TIMES WHEN FEAR AND PAIN GET IN THE WAY, WE TEND TO GET TOO EMOTIONAL. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED.

NASAKTAN AKO SA GINAWA NI NIKKI AT NATAKOT AKO DAHIL KUNG PAANO KUNG MAY NANGYARING MASAMA SA KANYA.

THAT’S WHY I GOT UPSET AND I WASN’T ABLE TO CONTROL MY ANGER. AND ALL I WANTED WAS SOMEONE TO SUPPORT MY REACTION, SOMEONE TO TELL ME THAT WHAT I DID WAS RIGHT. SO THAT I’D FEEL COMFORTED.

SIGURO NAGHANAP LANG AKO NG KAKAMPI, BUT IN DOING SO, PATI IKAW NADAMAY AND EVERYTHING BLEW OUT OF PROPORTION. I’M REALLY SORRY. (quoted verbatim from BCWMH Aug 6, 2014 episode)

Maya clutches Richard’s letter to her heart and her tears simply kept flowing. Richard sees her and rushes to her side.

Richard: Sweetheart, what happened?!?

Maya: (giggles in spite of her tears) Hihi! Sweetheart, na touch lang ako sa sinulat mo. Thank you. I love you! Ang sweet mo talaga!

Richard: (smiles) Oh! I love you, sweetheart! Let’s go to bed na.

Maya: Pero sweetheart, nawala na yung pagod at antok ko.

Richard: (his eyes twinkle) So, what do you want to do?

Maya: (giggles) Ikaw? Ano ba gusto mo? Hihi!

Richard: (winks) Ok! Madali ako kausap. Let’s head to our bed then. The blanket is waiting!

Maya: Sweeheart! Hihi!!! Okay…

They stare right into each other’s eyes with the look of love in their smiling faces and share a lingering kiss. And then the inevitable happens. *wink *wink

Chapter 3

Maya

Ang gwapo-gwapo talaga ng asawa ko kahit tulog. Hihi! Hmmm. At ang bango-bango talaga! At kung makayakap naman! Sobrang higpit! Haaay, sweetheart, hindi obvious na sobra mo akong na-miss. Tulog ka na nga’t lahat, eh kung makaakap ka eh wagas! Parang wala kang balak yata na pakawalan ako ngayong magdamag! Ayiiieee! Kinikilig na naman ako! Paano pa ko makakatulog ulit nito?

Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala! Talagang nag-hire pa siya ng chopper para lang makalipad agad dito at makasama ako. Patampo-tampo pa ko kanina at naiinis kung bakit ni isang text message wala akong natanggap na galing sa kanya. Tapos heto na. At talagang ako na ang may pinakamahabang hair! Haha!

Sino ba naman ang di kikiligin sa mga ginawa mo, sweetheart? Lumipad ka papunta dito para lang makasama ako. Tapos may bitbit ka pang flowers na may sobrang nakakakilig na love letter na kalakip! Ikaw na talaga, sweetheart! Ikaw na talaga ang superman ng buhay ko.

Hihi! Mahal na mahal kita, sweetheart! Sobra sobra sobra. Pa-kiss nga muna.

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Richard stirs from his sleep and is awakened by Maya’s kisses. He kisses her back with all the love and passion he is feeling.

Maya: Ay, sweetheart, sorry nagising pala kita. Ang aga pa. 6 AM pa lang. Tulog muna tayo ulit.

Richard: It’s okay, Maya. I need to call Manang Fe, too!

He reaches for his cell phone and gives Manang Fe a call. After the call, he stares right back into his wife’s beautiful doe shaped eyes and gives her a wink.

Maya: Sweetheart?

Richard: (his eyes twinkle all over again) You woke ME up, Maya!

Maya: Hindi, ah! Gusto lang kita i-kiss kaya.

Richard: Well, now I’m awake. (leans in to give her a kiss)

Maya: Sweetheart! Ahahaha! Ang aga ha!

Richard: Well, you started it!

Maya: Hihi! Okay. Madali naman ako kausap. Pero paano yung flight natin?

Richard: Mamaya pa yun. Yung blanket naghihintay na!

Maya: Hihihi!

They laugh and kiss and then kiss each other some more, and make love all over again! *wink *wink

Chapter 4

Richard awakens to the loud snoring of his beloved wife and he smiles to himself. He kisses her forehead and stares contentedly at her. Then he sits up, reaches for a pen and paper and writes her a love note all over again.

I LOVE YOU, MAYA! THANK YOU FOR COMING INTO MY LIFE AND ALLOWING ME A SECOND CHANCE AT HAPPINESS.

YOU ARE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME. THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO LUKE, NIKKI, ABBY, SKY AND SUNSHINE! SWEETHEART YOU ARE THE SUN THAT SHINES EVER SO BRIGHTLY IN OUR LIVES.

I WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE WITH GRATITUDE IN MY HEART TO OUR DEAR LORD FOR HAVING YOU COME INTO MY LIFE.

AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT RELATIONSHIP. THERE WILL BE MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND ARGUMENTS BETWEEN US EVERY NOW AND THEN. BUT I AM COMFORTED BY THE REALITY THAT BECAUSE WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH, WE WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO RISE ABOVE OUR FLAWS, OUR INADEQUACIES, AND ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT WILL COME OUR WAY.

I LOVE YOU, MY CHIEF, MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW.

RICKY

He kisses Maya and stands up from his side of the bed. He then lays his letter for Maya beside her cellphone, before he heads for the bathroom and gets himself ready for the day ahead.

Everything is all right in his world. Richard is with the woman he wishes to spend the rest of his life with. Communication is indeed the key. Sure, they will have that much awaited long talk to settle their concerns and differences, but he knows they will both open their hearts and listen intently to each other.

And before long, all will be well in their world because Richard and Maya both trust, respect and love each other dearly.

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BCWMH: Preoccupied Minds, Restless Hearts

Written: August 6, 2014

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A/N: This piece is inspired by the events that transpired in BCWMH from July 31, August 1, 4 & 5, 2014. Allow me to enter the preoccupied minds and restless hearts of Richard, Maya and Nikki Lim as they struggle to fix the predicament they’ve gotten themselves into.

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Chapter 1

There is trouble brewing inside the Lim mansion between Richard and Maya, all thanks to their daughter, Nikki Grace Lim, who somehow started it all.

NIKKI

Oh my gee! What have I done? What have I done? I know I saw Mom kiss Dad before she left for work, but why do I feel they’re still not okay… The kiss Mom gave Dad was just for show to make us think they’re okay. Pero… oh no! They’re totally not okay and it’s all because of me. Mom and Dad look so lonely and miserable! I feel so guilty!!! This is all my faaaauuuult!

I shouldn’t have gone to the tenement with Tisay at all! I’m so so sorry, Dad!

I know what I did was wrong, pero I still did what Dad didn’t want me to do. He has every right to get mad at me talaga! He forgave me na nga for not telling him about the cell phone snatching incident that happened the first time I went to the tenement, tapos I didn’t make sunod pa what he wanted. I should have just stuck it out with Tisay sa HYC Cafe! What is wrong with me? Why did I have to disobey his orders? He trusted me na nga again by allowing me to meet up with Tisay tapos I did this pa. Hay naku, Nikki Grace Lim, you better get this fixed!

Maybe I should approach Dad and say sorry talaga. I know I’m the one at fault here, after all. He trusted me na nga again after I lied and what did I do? I disobeyed him big time! He and Mom made away pa all because of me! They’re such a sweet, loving couple! I can’t believe I caused trouble between them! Sana lang they will patch things up soon. Because I did what I did, they had to argue pa about me and because of meeee! Haaay! Okay na, I’ve learned my lesson. I have no right to question why Dad is angry. Mom is right. He probably got so angry because he got so worried and feared for my safety. I have to say sorry to Dad talaga and tell him that Mom’s not making me kampi at all. She simply helped me understand the reason behind his actions.

And I owe Kuya an apology, too. Because of me, pati si Dad nagalit sa kanya! Shape up, Nikki Grace Lim! You have got the best family! Don’t be the cause of it’s downfall!

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MAYA

Trabaho naman pupuntahan ko ah! Bakit kelangan magalit agad siya? Eh siya nga mismo ginawa din niya yun sa pagpunta sa Clark! Tapos ngayon kung makasumbat siya, wagas. Pa-text text pa siya na mag-usap kami at ayusin problema, tapos pagdating niya una kong maririnig panunumbat? YOU’RE WORKING?!? ON A SUNDAY NIGHT? Naku Ricky ha, nakakagigil ka! Bakit kasi kelangang tiger mode agad? Hindi ba pwedeng mag-usap ng mahinahon? Bakit galit agad?

Tapos yung issue kay Nikki, di naman kelangang palakihin ng sobra kung kinausap lang niya ng mahinahon yung bata agad. Bakit kelangan ipagpabukas pa? Hmph! Ay, oo nga pala. Sabi nga pala niya, he’s known Nikki all her life. Kelangan ba talagang ipagdiinan yun, Ricky, ha? Ang sakit nun ha. Tagos sa dibdib! Ricky naman, bakit kelangan mong ipamukha pa sa kin na hindi ako ang tunay niyang ina?

Naku Ricky! Di pa nga niya alam na sobrang excited ako umuwi kaninang umaga para makita siya at makapag-sorry ako tapos wala pala akong dadatnan dito? Nakakagalit yun ha. Ako na nga ulit magpapakumbaba kasi sabi ko nga kay Emman, pati yung tiger mode niya and pagiging sobrang bossy niya eh parte yun sa minahal ko sa kanya. Maghapon akong naghintay sa pag-uwi niya tapos siya pa magagalit? Eh siya nga yung wala kanina pang umaga! Di ko naman gusto na magtrabaho ngayong Linggo pero napasubo na ko dahil kinonsensya ako ni Des. Oo, alam ko may usapan kami na walang work dapat pag Sunday. Eh, ako lang ba sumuway nun? Siya din naman ah!

Haay, nakakagigil ka Ricky! Kung di lang talaga kita mahal talaga! Oo na! Pag-uwi ko mamaya mag-uusap tayo at aayusin natin ‘to. Alam ko may mga mali din akong nagawa, pero ang ikinaiinis ko lang eh… Basta! Nanggigil talaga ako.

Sabi ni Manang Fe, wag ko daw pabayaang pagsimulan ng away ang isang maliit na bagay, pero ang hirap kasi nakakagigil mga pangyayari!

Maya, tama na muna emote! Work mode muna. Wag painitin ulo ng mga pasahero dahil sa init ng ulo mo! Smile kahit di mo feel. Smile! Good vibes lang, okay? Okay na? Di pa rin? Naku, Lord, help me po. Eto na magsa-smile na!

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RICHARD

I went home this early Sunday evening with high hopes of fixing things with my dear Maya. I miss her terribly. I bought flowers and wrote her a note. Nothing too mushy, but direct to the point: I’M SORRY. LET’S STOP FIGHTING. I LOVE YOU!

I still don’t get why she reacted the way she did. Don’t I have a right to ask if she’s indeed working on a Sunday night? Why does she have to over react and avoid me like the plague? And why can’t she just call Time Airways and have someone else sub for her? Didn’t we agree before that none of us is supposed to work on a Sunday? And we have a problem na hindi pa nare-resolve tapos ngayon aalis siya on a Sunday? I want us to resolve things muna before things get out of hand. Gumaganti ba siya kaya in-accept niya mag sub?

Okay, I may have done something wrong as well by working on a Sunday and not even texting or calling her about it, but I had to handle an emergency that no one else can handle. Shouldn’t that be reason enough for me to leave on a Sunday?

Pagod ako sa trabaho, tapos pag-uwi ko ganun pa? Lahat na lang sasabihin ko minamasama niya! Akala ko nagkasundo na kami na mag-uusap tapos when I got home, I found her wearing her uniform. I know Manang Fe is right. I’m at fault, too! But I just want Maya and I to talk so that we can settle all our issues.

Was I too harsh with her like Manang somehow implied? I know I hurt her when I said I know Nikki more than she does. I shouldn’t have said that all! That was totally off! I know how badly I hurt her with those words. I did wrong, I know! I should not have shouted at her at all. I want to make it up to her, but I also want her to realize how I feel about the way she handled Nikki…

Maya is still young and has still much to learn when it comes to disciplining our children. We have to really talk some more about how to discipline the kids and make sure we’re on the same page. Hindi pwedeng yung isa kakampi, tapos yung isa kaaway.

Maya won’t even be with us tonight while we watch Backpacker’s Expo’s feature on San Nicolas Dampa. I just hope the kids won’t notice that something is still wrong. I don’t want them worrying about us.

I love Maya. I don’t want us to keep fighting! This is all too much for me! If I have to make the first move, I’ll do it. I miss her terribly!

Chapter 2

MAYA

Delayed daw ang fllight at pwede ako manood ng Backpackers Expo. Matawagan nga si Sweetheart… Ay, di pa nga pala kami okay. Si Nanay na nga lang.

Kung alam mo lang Ricky, miss na miss na kita! Ngayon lang ako lilipad na may matindi tayong pinagdadaanan. Pag-uwi ko, promise. Aayusin natin ‘to. Makikinig na ko sa mga sasabihin mo, pero sana pakinggan mo rin mga saloobin ko. Mahal na mahal kita, Ricky!

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RICHARD

Here am I in the living room sitting with the kids, Manang Fe and the rest of the household. Even the Dela Rosas are watching with us via Skype. Let me call Sweetheart and tell her that the show’s about to start.

I suddenly hear Nanay’s voice via Skype. “Mga apo, eto Mommy niyo. Delayed yung flight niya. Nanonood din daw siya.”

Maya must really be so angry with me to call me and talk…

MAUDLIN.

Now, that’s a word that aptly describes the state I’m in at this very moment. I’m indeed self-pityingly and tearfully sentimental. The tears want to fall, but I won’t let them. I don’t want the kids to worry anymore than they should. I love Maya. I’m aching for her presence now more than ever. I want to envelop her in my arms right here right now and have her know we’ll be okay. We will have a long talk, come to an understanding, and we will never have to live through this same ordeal ever again. I miss my her. I feel so miserable without my wife.

The show ends and I congratulate and bid the Dela Rosas goodbye. I retreat to my room only to feel even more empty because Maya is not there with me.

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NIKKI

Dad is obviously soooo affected by what’s happening between him and mom. He tried his best to show us that he’s okay while we were all watching Backpacker’s Expo, but I felt it. Kuya, Abby and I felt it. Manang Fe confirmed it pa. I am soooo to blame for all this! Why do I have to be so pasaway? I belong to the best family pa naman who loves me and cares so much for me!

If I have to beg just so maging okay na sila, gagawin ko! Kung kelangan lumuhod, then so be it! I don’t want things to get out of hand between Mom and Dad. They’re the sweetest, most loving couple I know! I’ll never forgive myself if they never patch things up… Oh no, I can’t sleep… Maybe I’ll start by texting Dad muna. I don’t want to text Mom and tell her I know that she and Dad are still not okay! Ayoko mag worry siya for us while she’s working.

Text to Daddy:
Daddy, I’m so so so sorry! I know what I did was wrong. You trusted me na nga again tapos I disobeyed you pa. I really didn’t mean to, Daddy. It was a spur of the moment decision lang po. I’ll no longer argue. I’m fine with the consequences that you want to impose. I love you so much, Daddy! I know you and Mom got into an argument because of me. I also know you’re still not okay. I hope and pray po talaga that you’ll be okay na. I love you and Mom so much, Dad! Promise, I won’t disobey you ever again.

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RICHARD

While I am preoccupied with thoughts about Maya, I receive a text message from Nikki. I smile as I realize my firstborn daughter has learned much from all this. I am also saddened because she did notice that her mom and I are still not okay.

I text her back. NIKKI, IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GET SOME SLEEP. LET’S TALK TOMORROW. I LOVE YOU. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME AND YOUR MOM. WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. I’M SURE WE’LL BE ABLE TO FIX THIS.

Chapter 3

MAYA

Naku, pano ba ‘to? Sabi ni Ms. Calandra zero visibility daw sa Tacloban at mag-eemergency landing kami! Naku naman po, Lord, sana walang masamang mangyari. Di pa kami nagkakaayos ni Ricky tapos mangyayari pa po ito?

Mahal na mahal ko po si Ricky at ang mga anak namin. Wag niyo pong pahintulutan na may mangyaring masama sa aming lahat na sakay sa eroplanong ito.

Mag-uusap pa kami ni Ricky. Magso-sorry pa ako sa kanya. Aayusin pa namin ang problema namin. Wag po, Lord! Iligtas mo po kami sa kapahamakan.

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RICHARD

Restless and awake for the past two hours, I couldn’t stop thinking about Maya. I am both angry and in pain.

I’M NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK, FINE!

I stare at the text message I just composed for Maya. I’m tempted to send it to her, but Manang Fe’s wise words stop me from doing so, “Minsan Ricardo ang magandang intensyon, nasasapawan nang masamang pagsasalita… Ingat sa pagsasalita. Pag nasabi na isang bagay, di na mababawi.”

I erase the text message, give Time Airways a call, stand up from our bed, and head for the bathroom. I get dressed. I’m fetching Maya at the airport and we’ll settle things between us.

Inside my car, I stare at the flowers I bought for Maya. I crumple the message I wrote earlier and compose a new one for my dear sweetheart. I write from the heart. I smile at the message I just composed. I know Maya will totally love it and this note will most likely end up in her scrapbook. This note will remain as our constant reminder to never let a simple argument go on for days without talking.

When did you become so mushy, Richard Lim? It’s so uncharacteristic of you. You’ve always been direct and straight to the point. You don’t like mincing words. You don’t like sugarcoating. I can only think of one reason. Maya is responsible for this change in me. Her happiness means the world to me.

I learned to become mushy the day I fell in love with this beautiful woman who possesses the most beautiful doe-shaped eyes and the most loving and most caring heart. She loves me. She has learned to embrace everything about me. I’ll definitely do anything and everything to make you happy, Sweetheart!

I smile as I think about my dear Maya, love of my life, my reason for being!

I’m coming, Maya. I’ll fetch you from work. We’ll fix things between us. I love you, sweetheart! I love you so much.

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WHAT’S NEXT!?!

Waah! What exactly will happen next in today’s episode? I’d like to think that nothing too life shattering will happen. I’d like to believe that the writers will be very careful with our hearts and won’t have us go through something our hearts and minds can’t take.

I’d like to believe that the emergency landing will indeed take place, but there’ll be no dreaded plane crash. The passengers and crew will incur minor injuries from the impact of the landing, but will immediately be taken to nearby hospitals and attended to.

And Richard and Maya will be back in each other’s loving arms in no time, each with a solemn promise to never let a day pass without settling their issues ever again. Sure, the much needed long talk will happen because that’s the only way to settle their issues, but they will truly listen to each other’s thoughts and feelings. They will both talk to Nikki as well and make her understand the gravity of her actions. And everything will be all right in their world. Communication is key, after all!

What happens from here on in, we’re all excited to find out, I’m sure!

Thank you, dear writers, for giving us the suspense of our lives and for tackling all these parental and marital concerns in the show. Having all these issues come to the fore make the show even more authentic. BCWMH has indeed become a reflection of real life and how we love it!

My forum friends and I have been having a blast in Viber since last week as we engaged ourselves in lengthy discussions about who’s in the right and so on. We have so much to discuss all over again! Thank you for a truly amazing life experience, BCWMH!

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Congratulations, RICHARD YAP!

You’ve surely come a long as an actor! As you kept the hurt you were feeling all bottled up inside regarding your current predicament with Maya, the pained expression in your eyes spoke volumes! Ang galing galing! That was non-acting at its finest. Your emotions were so real, so heartfelt! You’re one amazing actor to reckon with! Can’t wait to watch more of you in other projects and witness your brilliance as an actor unfold every single time!

The Guardian Angel – part 1

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

 

Author: princemackaroo

 

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Elle, together with her father Edmund, sat at the waiting lounge. She and her mother Susie were on their way to Megamall in Ortigas when an over-speeding bus unceremoniously cut them out causing Susie to lose control over their car and slam it against a post. Elle miraculously survived the crash and much to everyone’s bewilderment, unscathed. Unfortunately, the same could not be said of her mother. She suffered a severe head trauma, a couple of broken ribs, and broken left femur and right fibula. Her chances of survival are very minimal.

I was standing at one corner, watching Elle sleep in her father’s arms. She looked so peaceful, oblivious of everything that’s happening around her.

“Everything will be okay Elle. Mommy will be okay,” Edmund whispered in Elle’s ear. The troubled expression never left his face. He’s been anxiously waiting and praying for Susie to wake up, for her to survive this. But Father has different plans for them.

“It’s time.” The good angel Simon stood by my side, looking impassively at Susie’s frail body. We both knew what he meant. I turned and looked at Elle and her father. “They’ll be fine. Father will see them through it all,” said Simon.

I looked at him and nodded my head. We may be a higher form of being and cannot feel pain the same way a human does but we know how to have compassion and love, the same way the Father does.

In a couple of seconds, loud disturbing noises came from the apparatuses that are attached to Susie. Edmund got up on his feet, looking frantic more than ever. Nurses were scampering around, followed by a doctor.

I watched through the glass window how the nurses and the doctor tried to save Susie and stabilize her dropping heart rate, all to no avail. Her heart rate continued to drop until it went flat. Susie’s soul detached from her body and she was approached by Simon.

“Come,” Simon called out to her.

Susie smiled at him and took his extended hand. She stopped momentarily in front of me and smiled. “Thank you, for saving my baby.”

“Her time has not come yet. She still has a full-life ahead of her.”

Susie nodded her head in understanding and was ushered by Simon to her now new home. I watched as they disappeared in thin air. I was about to glance back at Elle and his dad when the people inside the ICU caught my attention. Almost a minute had already lapsed but the doctor is still adamant and determined in bringing Susie back to life. He discarded the CPR equipment and tried to manually pump her chest. The nurses were already calling out his attention, asking him to stop, informing him that it is all over but he would not hear any of them. He continued to give Susie CPR. And when his strength waned down, he finally stopped. With much resignation, he turned to one of the nurse and informed them of Susie’s time of death.

I watched as the doctor hung his head low for a few seconds before he straightened up and went out of the room and approached Edmund and Elle. His vigorous efforts to save Susie and the sincere anguish he felt when he failed to save her impressed me. Even when half of mankind had gone bad and went on with their evil ways, there still are a lot of things that are admirable about them, and this is one of them.

As the doctor finally reached Edmund and Elle, only then have I noticed him closely. He was relatively tall, approx. 5’10” in height, well-built, and a Chinese who possess a pair of expressive eyes. Eyes that reminded me of someone – Richard.

With an apologetic tone and sincere sympathy, the doctor informed Edmund that Susie had passed away due to the internal injuries that she sustained. The doctor placed a hand on Edmund’s shoulder, as the latter broke down and cried over his deceased wife.

“Dr. Lim!” A nurse approached the doctor, stopping from his tracks as he was already about to leave. “Doc, kailangan niyo pong i-sign ito.”

The doctor took the papers from the staff and signed it. After handing it back, he continued to walk away and for some reason, I found myself following him. He rode the elevator, disembarked, and entered an office where his name is nicely etched on the glass door, Richard T. Lim, M.D. Neurosurgeon. And I smiled. For the first time, after the night that I left him, I saw him once more, the boy who holds a very special place in my heart.

I passed thru the door and stood before him. He was sitting on his swivel chair, leaning back with his eyes closed. One can easily sense his somber mood. This somehow tells me that he was still the same old Richard that I knew. The Richard who is compassionate, selfless, and loves helping other people, especially those in need.

“Everything okay brod?” A man, wearing a lab coat on top of a white polo, tie, slacks and leather shoes entered the room and approached Richard.

Richard opened his eyes. “Not really brod.” He sat up straight and heaved out a sigh. “I just lost a patient.”

Richard’s friend nodded his head in understanding. “I heard. But I don’t think there really is anything that could be done to save her. From what I heard, grabe daw ang injuries na na-sustain niya from the crash.”

“Yes. The injuries she sustained from the crash are what caused her to die. But still, it’s not an excuse for me not to have saved her. You should’ve seen her daughter. She was still so young. And now she’ll have to live her life without her mother by her side.”

“Brod, you know how everything happens for a reason. Besides, kung talagang oras na niya, oras na niya. You really won’t be able to do anything about that fact. Nothing we do can ever save her from her fate,” explained Richard’s friend.

“I know Ryan.” Richard let out another sigh. “Naaawa lang kasi ako sa naiwan niyang mag-ama.”

Ryan smiled at Richard, and I can tell he too was amused by Richard’s kindness and compassion. “They’re being watched over brod. They’ll get through this. Hindi naman sila bibigyan ng ganitong pagsubok ng Diyos kung hindi nila ito kaya eh.”

After a few more minutes, Ryan eventually got up on his feet. He informed Richard that he still has a couple of rounds before he call it a day. As he was making his way towards the door, Ryan turned his head and looked my way giving me a sense that he somehow knows I’m here or that he could actually feel my presence. But before I could further ponder on the possibilities, Ryan continued to walk and went on with his way.

Richard leaned back on his swivel chair and closed his eyes once more. I don’t know what’s going on in his mind but I can feel his sadness. It shows in his aura.

Without shifting from his position, he took out his mobile phone from the pocket of his pants and started dialing a number. After a couple of tries, he’s still getting the same response. He tried scrolling down on his phonebook and called a different number. After a while, a smile emerged from his lips and he started to speak.

“Hi Ma!” Richard said.

“Ricky hijo! Napatawag ka?” His mother Esmeralda asked.

“Wala naman Ma. I just missed you.”

“Ang anak ko talaga! Well I missed you too hijo!”

“How was Papa?”

“Your papa is doing fine son. Ikaw? How are you doing there? Is everything okay?”

Richard heaved out a sigh. “Okay naman Ma. Just another day in the hospital.”

“You sounded tired son. Baka hindi ka nagpapahinga ng maayos ha? Hindi naman tama yan hijo! You’re a doctor and you yourself should know that too much work isn’t good for your health! You should rest as well!” reprimanded Esmeralda.

Richard chuckled at her mother’s rant. “Ma, I’m okay. I don’t take my health for granted. I don’t overwork myself. Na-mi-miss ko lang talaga kayo ni Papa.”

“Aww.. Well I miss my unico hijo so much as well. Don’t worry son. I’ll ask your Papa na umuwi kami diyan para magbakasyon at makasama ka namin.”

Richard smiled. “That’ll be a wonderful idea Ma. I’ll look forward to it.”

“Well you definitely should!” chuckled Esmeralda. “By the way, how was Alex?”

“She’s doing fine Ma. We’re doing great.”

“That’s good to hear son. Ang gusto ko pag-uwi namin ng Papa mo, makapag-bonding naman kami niyang fiancé mo. And sana naman ay pag-usapan narin natin ang details ng wedding niyo.”

Richard let out a laugh. “Ok Ma. I’ll tell her.”

“Good. O pano son? I got to go. May pupuntahan pa kasi ako. I’ll catch up with you soon okay? Always take care of yourself ok?”

“Yes Ma, I will. You guys take care of yourselves as well. I love you.”

“I love you too son. Bye.”

After the phone call with his mom, Richard’s mood visibly changed. He’s now smiling though the hint of sadness is still there lingering in his eyes. He pressed the speaker on his desk phone and dialed an extension.

“Yes Dr. Lim?”

“Hi Liza. Do I still have any scheduled appointment?”

“Wala na po sir. You are free for the day.”

“Thank you. I’m leaving early today. Just call me for any emergency.”

“I will Doc.”

After the conversation, Richard packed his things up and went out of his office. He rode the elevator once more and this time hit the basement. As he got out, he went to his car and started driving. Am not really sure where exactly he is going but I just sat back at the backseat, contented to simply watch him, look over him just like how I used to when he was still a young kid.

He stopped by a flower shop and bought a bouquet of red roses. A couple of minutes more, we rounded a corner and entering a basement of a high rise condominium building. We boarded the lift once again and disembarked on the 20th floor. We turned left and I watch him stop in front of a unit and enter the code onto the security pad.

As we entered the unit, a nagging sense hit me. Something isn’t right. I brushed the feeling off. In a way, I know what I doing was wrong. I shouldn’t actually be loitering around and following another human who was obviously beyond my jurisdiction. By now, I should’ve been back to heaven and inquiring about my next assignment but I got too preoccupied by Richard that all I want at the moment is to catch up with him and know how and what he has become.

“Alex? Babe?” Richard called out but got no answer. He walked to the living room and found everything in place. He then walked to the kitchen and got himself a glass of water. Rinsing the glass, he placed it back on the rack. He was already on his way back to the living room when he stopped on his tracks. He turned right and started walking towards one of the bedrooms. His face had a darkened expression and only then did I start to notice the noise coming from the bedroom. Before I could react any further, Richard was already opening the door.

I may not have the ability to read minds or know everything that’s happening or that’s going to happen, but the dark, hard as stone and cold as ice expression that looms over his face and the menacing look he has in his eyes are already enough to predict the things that are running in his mind. Without thinking twice, I reached out to him, touched his shoulder and washed him with some calmness.

Reluctantly, he turned his back. With tears rolling down from his eyes, he started walking out of the unit.

 

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I Heart You 2, BCWMH!

Written: July 9, 2014

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I HEART YOU 2, BCWMH!
by iamgarie

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First off, Happy 2nd Anniversary, Be Careful with My Heart! Thank you for 2 amazing years of unforgettable happiness, kilig, love, laughter, tears (happy or otherwise) and good vibes! To Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, and the entire cast & crew, thank you for all those long days of hardwork and numerous sleepless nights to give us the best show ever. Thank you!

The Big Change

The Big Change has finally happened. 1 and 1/2 years have passed in the lives of our most beloved Richard, Maya and their beautiful family, and here we all are still hooked to this show we love and adore like no other. Isn’t it amazing how this show continues to keep us glued to the boob tube even after 2 wonderful years on air? We simply can’t get enough of BCWMH as it never fails to surprise us with its never ending heartwarming moments and brilliant, unconventional storytelling. There is never any room for lengthened bad vibes or prolonged fights or conflicts in this wonderful show that always leaves us feeling good about ourselves and happy, and hopeful & excited about life.

Fast Forward

The fast forward that came about was truly a welcome development for the show as we are now all the more excited to find out how our favorite Lim family, their extended families and their friends are. The Big Change led us through several fast forward scenes that showcased several milestones for the family– 2 Christmases, 2 New Year’s Eve celebrations, several of the twins’ firsts including their first birthday, Nikki’s high school graduation, Sabel’s wedding, and so on… Just like in the episode One Month After last December 2013, things start “in medias res” and we are all the more curious than ever to find out not just what’s up with our favorite Lim family at present, but what we have somehow missed out on in their workaday world in the past one and one-half years because of the fast forward. What an exciting new development for a two year old show that feels and looks brand new!

Here’s what we know so far since the fast forward that occurred.

Richard, though he is excelling as CEO of Lim Aviation Services with his company amassing awards left and right, remains the sweetest husband and the most loving Dad.

Maya, the homemaker who now knows how to bake pandesal and confidently run the household, is still the best wife to her Ricky and the best Mom to all 5 Lim children.

(Of course, we are totally loving the new look of our beloved couple. Richard, with his slimmer figure, new Swissflex frames and brand new shirts and polos that make him look younger and handsomer than ever, and Maya, with her new addition to her wardrobe: sexy nighties and what looks like a never ending supply of shorts which highlight her very beautiful legs.)

Luke is in 4th year college and has an OJT to busy himself with, a girl intern to argue with and his very own condo to come home to, Nikki is having a hard time adjusting to college life as she remains friendless (to top that off, her Nicolo is at present courting Georgina), and 11- year old Abby is bothered by the reality that she is the shortest in class and has become a butt of jokes among her obnoxious boy classmates. The twins, Sky and Sunshine, remain everyone’s stress tabs as they continue to bring joy and elicit love and laughter from their loving family with every little thing they do.

As for other developments, here goes: Kute is back in school, Tay Arturo and Nay Teresita are back in each other’s arms, Sabel is now a married woman, Joma is a Daddy to a cute little boy, and Doris is finally done with make up school (and oh, in case you did not notice, she’s done with her bangs, too! Ha!)

Savoring and Embracing Change

Change is inevitable and we are amazed at how our favorite Lim family has learned to savor and embrace all the changes that have come their way. With a beautiful, astonishing and massive new home sweet home, exciting new challenges and adventures for every member of the Lim household, and a promise of even better, brighter things to come, I cannot help but still wish that this show stays on forever, as I still have endless questions that need answers and endless scenarios that need to be played out—

When do we get to finally see the entirety of the beautiful new home of the Lims? Will we finally see Richard take a dip in the pool with Maya and the kids? Hehe.

Now that Richard is hell-bent on spending more time at home with the kids, what exciting new adventures will he and the kids get into? How will he handle the twins? Will he take them to the park and to the zoo? Will he teach them to make toy airplanes as well?

Aside from pandesal, what else has Maya learned to bake (and to cook) for her family during her 2-year hiatus from work?

Has Maya built a small vacation house in San Nicolas yet? The one she intends to build for her family so they have a place to come home to every time they visit San Nicolas?

What exciting new adventures will Maya have as an international FA? What conflicts/ problems will she encounter at work? Will her unpredictable schedule eventually pose a problem for her family? (While their family was having dinner at Luke’s condo, the kids already made Maya promise that she has to be present in all the important occasions of their lives.)

How long can Luke keep his secret from his fellow on the job trainees? Who will eventually make a major slip of revealing his true identity? Will it be Liza, Minerva, Sonny, Engr. Yamaguchi or Ms. Madrigal? How will Joni find out? Is Aira still in the picture? Are she and Luke still as close as ever? Who will Luke eventually end up with? I think Team Aira pa rin ako. Haha!

What new adventures will Luke get himself into now that he’s living on his own? Despite their endless banter, Luke and his little sister Nikki are so close. Will Nikki be Luke’s constant visitor in his crib?

As it seems, Nikki is still in love with Nicolo, and Nicolo is still obviously not over Nikki yet as we see him constantly accompany her everywhere in school every chance he gets. BUT… What prompted Nicolo to court Georgina? Why did he waver? Why did he not wait for Nikki to grow up?

When will Nikki open that “ugly” jar and read the last note Nicolo put in? Could that last note be a profession of his love?

How will Nicolo finally find his way back to Nikki? Would an introduction of a new suitor for Nikki be the only means for him to finally confront his true feelings for her?

What other adventures will Abby get herself into in her pursuit of becoming taller? And why has she suddenly become a know it all who corrects Nikki every time the latter speaks Taglish? Her Ate Nikki used to be her idol in everything. What happened? And, where is her bestfriend, Lance?

I have a feeling that Simon is the suitor Eds is talking about. I’m hoping I’m right! :-) ‘Can’t wait to witness their budding romance unfold.

Have Rafi and Charlie tied the knot yet? Did the Lims attend the wedding? It would be exciting to have Rafi visit the mansion while she is heavy with child.

How is Jeff? Has he come home for a visit in the last 1 & 1/2 years? Has he finally met Kute and Cho’s Tatay Arturo? How are things with him and Kute?

Is Kute destined to find love in school as Maya insinuated? Is she going to fall for a girl? How will Cho and everyone react to this if it happens?

How will LAS manage with less of Richard and more of Ms. Madrigal, the current COO?

When will Doris find the man of her dreams? ‘Hope the love story the show spins for her is just as exciting and kilig as Sabel’s.

When will Don Roberto and Donya Esmeralda visit Ricky and Maya in their new home?

Shouldn’t Don Roberto and Donya Esmeralda be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary soon given that Sir Chief would be celebrating his 49th bday in the show anytime? (It is already June 2016 in the world of BCWMH now.) Waah! It would be interesting to have Richard and Maya surprise the elderly Lims with a simple yet elegant and memorable wedding ceremony and reception to celebrate fifty years of their love and togetherness. Truly, a kapit bisig moment for the Lim family!

When will Richard and the Lim kids board a plane with Maya as FA and Capt. James Ventura as the pilot? ‘Would still love to see Capt. James in the show one more time. ‘Would want to know if he has found himself a girl to love as well.

When will the Lim family take an out of town or out of the country trip again? Their Baguio adventure in 2012 is unforgettable. ‘Would love to see them in a similar adventure again.

This may sound a bit lame for some already, but I still would want to know some more about Alex’s family and why none of them have ever checked up on Luke, Nikki and Abby. Tsk, tsk!

My list can go on and on and on…

Cheers to Family

We love the Lims because they represent the family we all aspire to have: a loving, caring family who will forever remain our support system (kapit-bisig!) as we all embark in our individual journeys to become the persons we are meant to be.

Richard is a fine example of a husband and dad who is selfless. He understands that “a person who reaches for his dreams is a person that’s fulfilled and is able to give more love.” Hence, we see him encourage Maya to go back to work as an FA as he knows this will make her truly happy and fulfilled. He has also allowed Luke to leave the family nest to find himself and learn to be on his own. He knows that leaving home will be good for him. I was also initially in shock that he allowed Nicolo to drive Nikki to school on her first day in college. I didn’t realize then that it was also a statement of sorts. He wants Nikki to know that now that she is more mature, he will start to trust her with the decisions she will make in life. Richard is an almost perfect husband and dad. Haaay!

Their story also reminds us that we should all continue to remain hopeful and positive even if major setbacks come our way. When the show started, we all felt Richard’s pain of losing a wife. We all saw how he and his three kids struggled to exist back then as they were each devoid of life, hope and love. Thankfully, Maya eventually came into their lives and like magic, made everything alright.

Friendships Formed

I am not surprised that beautiful friendships have been formed among the cast and crew of BCWMH in the past two years as we all have witnessed and enjoyed their constant banter on Twitter & Instagram and interviews on TV.

What is surprising though is the fact that friendships have also been formed among the very loyal viewers of the show. Isn’t this show truly amazing?

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RY and JSM, The Best Reel Couple!

BCWMH did not only give us the best love story ever, it also gave us a love team unlike any other. Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria are perfect in their roles as Sir Chief and Maya. Their chemistry is undeniable! They register so well on a screen as a happy couple who are so in love with each other! Waaah! How we love them! Let me say it again. I cannot imagine anyone else essaying the roles of Sir Chief and Maya with conviction as much as RY and JSM!

I hope their partnership, their love team, will not end when the show ends. I would surely love to see RY and JSM on the big screen, as they figure out in various love stories to remember for all time. I’m sure that their love team will make a killing at the box office once they start making movies! Paging Star Cinema! ‘Would love to see RY and JSM on the big screen come Valentine’s Day next year. I do believe that their partnership deserves several movies! :-) (I don’t know if ABS-CBN and the show is aware of this, but there are various blogs on the net devoted to writing fan fiction about Richard Lim and Maya Dela Rosa. And wow! The stories that have been written about them always leave the readers giddy with love and excitement, as well. For starters, visit Excess Baggage.)

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Happy Lang, Walang Ending

If the show is truly ending this December 2014 (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t just yet!), would another fast forward be too much to ask for? I would sure love to see Luke graduate from college and work at LAS for real. I would also love to see Nikki celebrate her debut. It would also be exciting to see the 3 year old twins finally start preschool and bond with their Mommy and Daddy, Simon and Eds getting married, and Maya getting pregnant again (There’s an overload of sweetness between her and Richard these days. Then there’s even that promise of you and me time. Tsk, tsk. She’s bound to get pregnant again one way or the other. Haha!) Like I said before, BCWMH is a story of life and endless possibilities. I hope it never ends para happy lang lahat kasi walang ending!

Truth be told, I HEART YOU 2, BCWMH! You are truly unforgettable!

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Maya to Richard: The only thing constant is you and me time.

For us avid viewers of the show, the only thing we want to remain constant is to see BCWMH on TV for the rest of our lives. Ha!

Thank you, BCWMH, for coming into our lives exactly two years ago today, for touching our hearts and souls, for giving us hope, for always relieving us off our stress, for inspiring us to become the best that we can possibly be and for constantly giving us an insurmountable amount of happiness, kilig, love, laughter and good vibes. You are simply the best!

Congratulations, Team BCWMH, Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria for all the awards you have reaped, endorsements you have made, world tours and Kapamilya caravans you have performed in, countless magazine covers you have graced, DVD’s and music CD’s you have sold, high TV ratings you have consistently gotten and all the other worthy achievements you have gained since the show started. For sure, there will be more to come!

Here’s one to look forward to. ARANETA, here they come!

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For the nth time, let me say it again, I’ll remain a fan and a staunch supporter of this show no matter what. It’s simply the best show to ever grace Philippine television in years!

Mr. and Mrs. Stag – Part 2

Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to AttyMayiVR.  This is a continuation to Mr. and Mrs. Stag – part 1 .


A/N:   Finally after 300 years!  I hope you’ll like this one. :-)

Author: AttyMayiVR

 

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  Previously in Chapter ONE
 Maya: Batchmates? Kaya naman pala… so Atty. Lim and Atty. Molina, I was right all along. You were just accommodating Atty. Reyes!
 
 Angelo: You’ve met them, Mai?
 
 Maya: Naku Tito, sila yung mga lawyers na pinagalitan ng judge kasi mga sinungaling! If they could lie to the judge with a straight face, I’m sure they lie to their wives as well!
 
           Tito, I’m sorry, will you excuse me? I see some friends waving at me. Dan, Mitch… looks at Ivy too ….. Atty. Molina, and Atty. Lim, excuse me, dun muna ako, see you around.
 
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Continuation…
 Chapter  TWO
Revelations
 Mitch: Kasali ka dun Dan?
 
 Dan: Hindi ah.
 
Ivy: Hon, siya ba yung kinwento mo sa akin before?
 
Ryan: Yes Hon, wala akong kasalanan dun.
 
Ivy: She looks nice. Mitch, let’s get some food?
 
Mitch: Sige. What about you, boys?
 
Dan: Mauna na kayo, maganda ang usapan dito.
 
Angelo: So, what was that all about?
 
Richard: She’s your niece?
 
Angelo: Yes she is! My most favorite in fact.
 
Ryan: Naku, favorite niece daw Stag!  What a revelation!
 
Angelo: So? Anyone? She sounded upset and disappointed.
 
Ryan: Ito kasing si Richard, binwisit yang pamangkin mo sa isang maritime case. Kami nila Anthony ang mga kalaban nya. Anthony wasn’t ready for trial so nag papa reset. Then itong si Stag, kada suggested date for next hearing, nag imbento na may hearing kung saan saan kaya hindi raw siya available.
 
 
          Richard didn’t want to admit that he felt slighted and provoked by Maya’s frankness and straightforward statements made in open court, embarrassing him in front of other lawyers and litigants. It was actually his first. With his good looks and charm, Richard always found his way to make things work to his advantage. But with a young lady lawyer like Maya not being smitten by his chinito charisma, Richard not only felt frustrated but that he got a big slap on his ego.
 
 
Richard: Hindi ko siya binwisit. Come on, that usually happens in court. Ginagawa nyo rin yun.
 
 Ryan: Grabe naman din pala yang pamangkin mo, madetalye! When Richard said he has a conflict of schedule in another court, she asked which court may conflict.
 
            Eh sa lahat ba naman ng korte, Quezon City Court ang naisip nito, at sa lahat ng branch ha, yung sa mother ni Atty. Dela Rosa pa ang ang dinahilan. Hayun, buking, napagalitan tuloy kami nung judge. Mabuti na lang hindi kami na contempt at na-sanction eh.
 
 Richard: I didn’t mean to offend her. I just didn’t find postponing the trial of the case a big deal. It’s very typical, normal nangyayari sa korte. She just assumed we were accommodating Anthony.
 
 Dan: Eh hindi nga ba?
 
 Ryan: Yeah right. Dinamay pa nya ako. Eto pa, ang yabang pa mag-suggest ng date nitong si Stag, June 19, Linggo pala! Hahahahaha!
 
 Richard: Sige, ilaglag mo ako, eh sumagot ka naman! Sabi mo “I’m not available.” Hahahaha!
 
 Ryan: Mabuti na lang hindi nila napansin.
 
 Angelo: Hahaha! Mga gago pala kayo eh, kaya napikon yung pamangkin ko.
 
 Ryan:  So, Angelo, is she really like that? I mean, it’s been about 6 months and she still remembers it?
 
 Angelo: I’m sure wala na yun sa kanya pero now that it all came back to her memory, nainis lang siguro kasi nalaman nya na magkakabatch kayo at pinagkaisahan nyo siya.
 
           She does not have any chips on her shoulder. She is such a nice person.
 
 Richard: Brod, I did not mean to instigate na pinagkaisahan siya. I just did not like the idea of going to Manila for trial during the rainy season. It’s so hard, ang trafik, lalo na binabaha. Don’t you agree with me?
 
 Ryan: I get your point pare. Pero sabi nga, the end does not justify the means. Pati tuloy sa akin nagalit pamangkin nito.
 
 Angelo: She’s just upset. Hindi galit yun. Give her some time, maya maya lang wala na yun.
 
 Dan:So what happened to the case?
 
 Ryan: She got what she wanted, the trial was reset to June 21, pero hindi lang din natuloy because the Mayor declared suspension of work sa Manila kasi baha na sa konting buhos ng ulan. Tama nga itong si Richard.
 
 Richard: See? Is it not annoying? You go to court prepared tapos i-rereset lang dahil baha. Eh di lalo lang nag cause ng delay.
 
 Angelo: At talagang annoyed ka rin up to now ha.
 
 Richard: ‘Tol hindi naman. I just remembered what happened that time. Kasi, the judge already warned the three of us. Remember, we were accused of coming to court unprepared, so, we made sure that we’ll be in his court ahead of time prepared on that next trial date.
 
 Ryan: Lunch pa lang magkakasama na kaming tatlo nila Anthony. At take note ha, lahat kami, naka suit! Hahaha! Para talagang obvious na pinaghandaan namin ang kaso.
 
 Dan: Saang branch ba yung kaso?
 
 Ryan: Sa Branch 38, kay Judge Vicente Cruz.
 
Richard: Hahaha! We decided to have lunch somewhere near para siguradong hindi kami male-late. Pero nagtalo muna kami where to eat kasi nga we were in suits.
 
 Ryan: Eh sa NAPOCOR Building yung Branch 38 diba, sa Bonifacio Drive, sa port area lang.
 
 Richard: Kaya we ended up at Manila Hotel kasi nga mga naka suit kami.
 
              Nakakatawa kasi when we entered the lobby, we were being ushered to this wedding reception.
 
 Ryan: Sabi agad nung lobby attendant kay Stag “To the Yap-Sta. Maria wedding reception sir? This way to the Maynila Ballroom.”
 
 Richard: Tawa kami ng tawa nun. Ito kasing si Anthony ang kulit eh. Sagot nya, “Thank you!” sabay hatak sa amin sa gilid.
 
 Ryan: Sira ulo nga, pagka gilid namin, sabay sabi kay Stag “May wedding pala eh. Stag, papasa kang relative nung groom! Let’s go! Lauriat yun!”
 Angelo: Hanggang ngayon trip pa rin ni Anthony ang mag gate crash?
 
 Ryan: Don’t worry, we still ended up at Café Ilang Ilang. Yun nga lang while enjoying lunch, biglang umulan. Buhos ha!
 
 Richard: Buti na lang sa may likod lang ng Manila Hotel yung court.
 
 Ryan: Nagtalo na naman kami. Which car to take. Lahat kami may dala eh.
 
 Dan: Hirap pa naman ng parking dun.
 
 Richard: Exactly….at umuulan pa.
 
 Ryan: We ended up taking a cab. Kontrata, ang lapit lang ng tatakbuhin eh.
 
 Angelo: I thought hindi natuloy yung trial?
 
 Ryan: We got there at about 1:30. Then after a while, lumabas sa court room yung Branch Clerk of Court, sabi baka ma reset ang trial.
 
 Dan:Pero ready ba naman kayo with your witnesses?
 
 Ryan: Ready! Pinapunta ko dun ng 1:00 pm kaya when we got there, nasa court room na sila pareho.
 
 Richard: Parusa yung suit, ang init! Nag brown at pare!
 
 Ryan: Likot mo kasi! You kept on looking back at the door behind us, inaabangan mo yung kalaban.
 
 Richard: I was making sure walang makaka kontra sa resetting ng hearing.
 
 Ryan: Maya-maya, dumating na nga ang kalaban…yung pamangkin mo. We were expecting yung handling lawyer talaga na si Atty. Villacorta.
 
 Dan:Anung nangyari? Inisahan nyo uli?
 
 Ryan: Anung uli? Hindi naman kami naka isa sa kanya nung una diba? Siya nga ang naka isa sa amin eh.
 
 Angelo:Let me guess, binwisit uli ni Richard?
 
 Richard:No! I behaved the entire time.
 
 Ryan: Hahaha! Tahimik nga yan the whole time, wala ng imik from the time na dumating si Atty. dela Rosa at tumabi sa kanya.
 Richard:Pare walang laglagan.
 
 Ryan: Hahaha! Can’t forget that face, she really looked disappointed.
 
 Angelo:Why?
 
 Richard:Kasi nga na postpone lang yung trial.
 
 
FLASHBACK
 
           Richard, Ryan and Anthony were waiting at the lawyer’s table in the court room. The two witnesses of Anthony were seated at the front row just behind them. After a while, Atty. Santos, the Branch Clerk of Court went inside. “Naku mga attorney, ma re-reset ang hearing.”
 
           “What?” Richard asked in an upset tone.
           Ryan followed and asked “Why? Readying ready pa naman kami. Ang aga nga namin eh.”
 
           Anthony confirmed by saying “Yes, my witnesses are ready. Nandito na sila kanina pa.”
 
           “Baha na po kasi. We’re just waiting for the announcement by the executive judge. He is still confirming if the Mayor really declared suspension of classes and work here in Manila.”
 
           Annoyed, Richard blurted out “Ayan na nga ba ang sinasabi ko eh! Such a waste of time.”
 
           “Lalabas pa ba si Judge? Or we do the resetting now?” Anthony inquired from the Branch Clerk of Court.
           “Wala pa po yung confirmation of suspension Atty. Reyes eh. Paki intay lang po ng kaunti. Anyway, wala pa namang 2:00 pm.”
 
           “You’ll make us wait until 2:00?” Richard was getting impatient.
           “Atty. Lim, we’re still waiting for the confirmation. Ganun din naman po, if wala naman palang suspension, then matutuloy ang hearing and your case will still be called at 2:00 p.m. Besides, baka parating na rin yung plaintiff’s counsel, better para you can all agree on the resetting date.”
 
           Within seconds, power was out. “Naku, ayan brown out na. Don’t worry, in a while ma restore ang power pero generator lang. Sige po, paki intay po, pasok muna ako sa staff room at tatawag sa executive judge para alamin.”
 
           “Bad trip!” Ryan said. “Sayang yung suits, napagastos pa tayo sa lunch. Buti na lang may mga appearance fee tayo at bawi dun.”
 
           Richard did not have plans of waiting for long. “Pare pag wala pa si Atty. Villacorta by 2:00 let’s insist on resetting right away, even without her.”
 
           “Ayan ka na naman pare, conspiracy na naman yan eh.”
 
           “Tama si Stag Ryan. We can’t wait beyond 2:00 p.m. We need to go back to Manila Hotel and get our cars, baka tumaas yung tubig, will get stuck in Manila.”
 
           After a while, the Branch Clerk of Court went back and informed them that the Mayor has indeed suspended classes and work in the area but the Judge requested that they wait at least until 2:00 p.m. since it was just 15 minutes away.
          Richard was really getting bored and impatient. Then, he recalled what happened during the last hearing which is his first court encounter with Maya, when the judge admonished him, Ryan and Anthony. Court proceedings were already on going for another case and the lady lawyer beside him was obviously attracted to him with how she smiled and looked after every question thrown at the witness. Richard was just glad that the lady lawyer has remained standing as she bombarded the witness with questions in an exaggerated tone, making it obvious that she was trying to impress him.   This gave him visual access to Maya who was sitting next to the lady lawyer.
             So, while he was waiting for his case to be called, he pleased himself by stealing glances at her while she remained focused on the mobile phone she was holding.   Unmindful of his surroundings, he was surprised when Maya moved beside him after the lady lawyer left. His thundering heartbeats have not yet subsided when finally his case was called and Maya almost simultaneously stood with him. He got very excited to be in the same case with her though in opposite positions. Then all of a sudden he was in the middle of an awkward situation and she embarrassed him.
          Coming back to reality, the possibility of Maya appearing that afternoon for the scheduled trial entered his mind, making him anxious. Ryan noticed that Richard kept on glancing at the door behind them looking uneasy. “Pare, okay ka lang? Kanina ka pa tingin ng tingin. May inaantay ka ba?”
 
           “Huh? Uhm…because we were asked to wait until 2:00, so I’m hoping she comes in right now so we can reset and leave.”
 
          “Ahh…pa ra ka kasing kiti kiti diyan eh…” Ryan informed him of his behavior, then turned his head to glance at the door. “Naku, pare! Nagdilang anghel ka, plaintiff’s counsel is here…pero si Atty. dela Rosa.”
 
 
          Richard immediately turned his head and saw Maya just entered the court room. He watched her place her things on the bench nearest to the entrance and remove her khaki trench coat that appeared with traces of rain drops. She looked so elegant in her black pants paired with a double breasted black blazer. Richard hurriedly looked away when he saw her gather back her things together with the coat and was about to approach the lawyer’s table.
          “Hi, work suspended na daw?” Maya made her general inquiry as she approached the three other lawyers.
          Anthony was quick to answer. “Oo eh, actually reset na tayo, we were just waiting for you for the resetting date. Wait, tawagin ko lang yung Branch Clerk.”
 
 
          Richard looked at Ryan who moved his eyes telling him to offer the space next to him. It was the only space left.   Richard glanced at Maya then moved to his right, giving her space to sit on. “Thank you.” she said without looking. Richard’s heart was pounding faster than usual. He smelled her perfume and felt her arm brush his when she moved a little to look at Atty. Santos and Anthony who just walked in.
          “Reset na daw Atty. Santos?” she immediately asked. “Oo eh, nagsuspend na si Mayor baha na kasi sa maraming area ng Manila.”
 
          “Sayang naman, nandito pa naman ata ang mga witnesses?” she looked at Anthony.
          “Oh yes! They’re here since 1:00 p.m. actually.” Anthony proudly answered.
          “Can we not proceed with trial? We’re all here anyway, para hindi naman masayang yung pagpunta natin dito sa court. Sandali lang naman yung re-cross ko eh. Besides, traffic naman na rin sa labas.”
 
          Richard looked at Ryan with creased brows but kept mum. The two other male lawyers did not say a word too. Then she went further. “Atty. Santos, can you ask if okay kay Judge?”
 
           “O sige po, kaya lang baka hindi pumayag yung stenographer. Itanung ko lang po muna.”
 
           Maya smiled and gracefully said “Okay, thank you.” She swung her body to her left and got something from her bag. Then she leaned back with her right shoulder overlapping Richard’s.   After composing a text message, she sent it right away. Richard stayed still even when Ryan kept on nudging him. He painstakingly took out his phone from his pocket and starts to type a message.
 Richard’s Text: STOP nudging me, she might think I’m pushing her, sampalin ako!
 
 Ryan’s Text: Hahaha! Bakit wala kang imik diyan? Tinabihan ka lang umurung na dila mo. Since when did you behave like that with a woman around? Are you even breathing? You look frozen.
 
           Upon reading the message,Richard nudged Ryan back and was about to reply to his message when the Branch Clerk of Court entered the court room.   “Atty. dela Rosa, sabi po ni Judge reset na kasi kawawa naman yung staff na maiiwan, baka mabaha pauwi.”
 
              
              She heaved in frustration but conceded. “Okay Atty. Santos, reset na natin so we can all go home.”
          
                “Anong date po? Wag lang po sa July kasi inventory period, puno na ang calendar ng court.”
          
              “May I say something.” Anthony interrupted.
                The Branch Clerk of Court accommodated Anthony right away. “Yes Atty. Reyes?”
 
           “Yung witnesses ko kasi hindi available for the next coming months of the year.”
 
           “Both witnesses po?” The Branch Clerk politely asked.
           “Yes, yung witness for re-cross dapat today is bound for US this August for operation sa knee cap nya and will be back November na depending on his progress sa therapy after. Yung next witness from PPA naman may special assignment sa Cebu for the second semester, so January na ang balik nya sa PPA Manila.”
 
           “We went here prepared for anything, so I have here medical certificate and personal order. Here, I have copies for everyone.” Anthony distributes the documents.
      Maya wanted to clarify and so she asked “Are you telling us that we cannot have the resetting this year?” Richard glanced at her unnoticeably.  
 
          “Yes at least for my witness from PPA. Yung for re-cross, we can have a setting mid-November but I cannot guarantee his attendance kasi nga its contingent.”
 
           “Don’t you have any other witness to present?” Maya asked further, sounding really frustrated.
           “Wala na eh…in fact I was also prepared to make my formal offer orally kung natapos din sana today yung last witness ko.”
 
           “The best option I can suggest is to have 3 settings for this case. One in November, another in December and the last in February. We blocked January for inventory and forfeitable leave ni Judge.”
 
           “I’m okay with that. May judicial affidavit naman eh. If we’re done with the witnesses by December, I’ll make my formal offer right away and we will not even need the February setting.”
 
           “What about you Atty. Molina?”
 
           “Okay with me.” Ryan answered.
          “Anything goes for me as well.” Richard volunteered before stealing another glance at Maya.
           “Atty. dela Rosa?”
 
           Maya was looking at the calendar on the wall. “Kung one setting na lang sa February, can you give us at least 2 hours?”
 
           “Pwede naman po. Wala pa naman masyado naka schedule sa Feb next year so I can block off the entire morning or afternoon of the date chosen.”
 
PRESENT
 
 Dan: So kalian na reset yung
 
Ryan: February next year!
 
 Angelo:Si Maya talaga…kaya pala
 
 Richard:Why?
 
 Angelo:Naalala ko na. That was June 21 right?
 
Richard:Yes, why?
 
 Angelo:Well, there was this one time that she called me saying she’s stuck in Manila at nagpaturo how to reach QC court riding the LRT. I remember it was a few days before Manila day, so yan yung time na yun.
 
 Richard:What happened to her?
 
 Angelo:Coding kasi si Maya pag Tuesday so she parked her car sa QC Court then took the cab. Sabi nya kinontrata nya yung cab kaya the driver was asked to wait. Pag labas daw nya ng Manila RTC, wala na yung cab. Wala na raw gusto tumanggap na cab to QC kasi baha na so ang option nya mag LRT.
 
           Gabi na nakarating sa Quezon City at sinundo ko na sa Kamuning station sa EDSA. Pagod na pagod at nabasa pa sa ulan. Nilakad pala from NAPOCOR Building to UN Avenue, the nearest LRT station tapos naglakad uli from EDSA Taft to transfer to MRT. She was sleeping like a baby in the car when I brought her home.
 
 Ryan:Buti na lang pala naka kuha agad ng taxi itong si Stag!
 
 Richard:Ahh…uhm, Manila Hotel lang naman kasi tayo eh.
 
           Richard was feeling guilty as he recalled how he convinced the taxi driver to bring them to Manila Hotel.
 
 
FLASHBACK
 
           Richard saw the cab parked near the entrance of the building where a number of Regional Trial Courts are housed. He approached the cab and opened the front door.
 Richard:Boss sa Manila Hotel lang kami.
 
 Driver: Ay boss, pasensha na po, may pasahero po ako sa loob, inaantay ko lang. Kontrata po kasi ako
 
Richard: Ahh…ganun ba? Kanina pa ba pumasok?
 
 Driver:Wala pa pong kinse minutos eh. Pasensha na po, sa iba na lang kayo.
 
 Richard:Bago pa lang naman siya pumasok eh, so matagal pa yun sa loob. Sa Manila Hotel lang naman kami, yung berdeng building sa tabi.
 
 Driver:Baka bigla po lumabas yung pasahero ko, kawawa po ang bait pa naman.
 
 Richard:Sandali lang naman, Manila Hotel lang, wala pa namang limang minuto yun eh. Balikan mo siya agad. Limang daan para sa limang minuto, ayaw mo pa? Mas malaki pa yun kesa diyan sa pinatak ng metro mo eh.
 
 Driver:Sige na nga po, bilisan na po natin.
 
PRESENT
 
          The program was just concluded with the raffle of prizes to some lucky attendees. Couples, including Ryan, Dan and their wives, are now on the dance floor enjoying the music.   Left at the table by himself, Richard decided to get some drink. When he reached the bar, he saw Judge Teresita dela Rosa at the dessert table. He approached her and gave his courtesy.
 
Richard: Good evening Judge.
 
 Teresita: O, Atty. Lim! Hello! It’s nice to see you here.
 
 Richard: Brod ko po si Angelo and he is really a good friend of mine.
 
 Teresita: Really? Kaya pala ang gaan ng loob ko sa iyo, you’re good friends with my youngest brother.
 
 Richard: Angelo is your youngest brother Judge?
 
 Teresita: Yes…oh well, it’s a complicated story. He’s the son of my mother sa second husband nya…of course after my father died. Teka, if you’re good friends with Angelo, how come I have never seen you before with him?
 
 Richard: Si Angelo po ang madalas tumambay sa bahay. When we were younger, madalas po sila mag over night sa amin…I’m an only child and my mother was over protective of me.
 
 Teresita: I understand. Nanay rin ako eh. Ganyan din ako ka protective sa mga anak ko, lalo na kay Maya. She’s also a lawyer.
 Richard: Opo, I already met her Judge.
 
 
          Coincidentally, Maya was walking towards the door with the intention of making a phone call outside, away from the noise.
 
 
Teresita: Maya! Anak, halika rito sandali.
 
 Maya: Yes Ma, you need something?
 
 Teresita: Nakilala mo na pala itong si Atty. Lim.
 
 Maya: Opo, ahh…he’s the one I told you before, yung ginawamg excuse yung court nyo…
 
 Richard: That was really an awkward and embarrassing moment. I’m sorry about that. ah…nakakataranta po kasi anak nyo eh…para akong na corner sa cross-examination.   I admit, sa panic ko po, it was your branch that first came to my mind, I guess kasi madalas po ako dun.
 
 Teresita: Ikaw Atty. Lim ha, pilyo ka…
 
 Richard: I’m really sorry. Hindi naman po umubra sa anak nyo eh…
 
 Teresita: ‘Nak, itong si Atty. Lim madalas kasi sa korte ko. You know, family court eh, yung isang mabigat na kaso, minor yung akusado and siya yung abogado. Halos every 3 weeks may bista siya sa amin.
 
 Maya: Ah…ganun po ba…
 
 Teresita: Pag wala yung PAO lawyer ko, siya ang ina-appoint kong counsel de oficio ng mga akusado na i-a-arraign. Mabait ito eh, may mga akusado na hindi na nya binitawan kaya siya na humawak pero libre.
 
 Maya: Such a revelation, Atty. Lim.
 
 Teresita: O, papunta rito si Angelo.
 
 Angelo: Ate, pahiram muna itong pamangkin ko. Isasayaw ko muna. Brod, excuse ha.
 
 
                Angelo took Maya’s hand and led her to the dance floor.
Teresita: Si Maya talaga…ikaw pala yung binuking nya…hahaha…don’t worry, wala yun sa akin. Sige, dun muna ako sa mga retired judges.

 Richard: Sige po Judge.
 
 
          Richard walked back to the bar station and finally got his drink. He stood there and watched Maya and Angelo dance.  After a while he looked at his watch then hurriedly went outside.
           After making an important call, Richard settled himself on one of the sofas at the spacious lobby of sports club. His friends were still on the dance floor and he was feeling bored by himself at the table. He also wanted to avoid crossing paths with some lady guests of Angelo as he was not in the mood to socialize with anyone else inside the function room.
          A familiar scent caught his attention. There she was, just passed by where he was sitting, and stopped at a particular spot at the lobby, holding her mobile phone. Again with her around, his heart began to beat faster and louder. He stared at her back as he straightened up and waited for her next move. Within seconds after Maya put the phone to her ear, he heard her speak.
           “Hi honey! How are you? … Aaawww, I miss you too baby. Are you not sleeping yet?….Okay…well I’m still here at the party…yes, and Mama is here too…..later pa eh……don’t wait up for me na……before you know it, nasa tabi mo na ako, okay? Yes, I promise…….I love you too.”
 
           Maya turned around with head facing down. She was composing a text message while slowly walking. She looked up momentarily then looked down again as she heard her phone give an alert tone. She reads the message then smiled. She was to walk back inside the function room when Richard stood up from his seat and approached her.
           “Hi!” He greeted her warmly with a loving smile showing his dimple. Maya looked up and saw Richard smiling at her. She smiled back and replied. “Oh hi! Ingay sa loob noh?”
 
           Relieved that she responded positively, he nodded and said “Yeah, I just made a phone call too.” His smile faded and his face turned serious and apologetic then said   “Uhm….look, I’m really sorry for what happened at the trial…I mean the first time that we encou -… when I made those stupid excuses…I didn’t mean to offend you or be unethical. It’s just that I was used to lawyers being okay with resetting the hearing. It was actually the first time I’ve encountered one who objected vigorously to resetting.”
 
           “Vigorously?…such a strong word…”
 
           “I mean…well..” Richard struggled for words to say.
           “Hahaha! Totoo naman eh, vigorously nga. I’m sorry too for being difficult at that time. Muntik pa kayo ma-contempt because of me. Pasensha na ha, I was just doing my job. S-sorry na rin for my behavior kanina.”
 
          “So, are we okay now? I mean, hindi ka na galit? Angelo is a very good friend of mine and you are his favorite niece.”
 
           “Yes, wala naman na yun eh, nainis lang talaga ako kanina kasi nalala ko bigla pinagkaisahan nyo akong tatlo. We’re okay.” Maya assured him.
           “Good! So, hi! I’m Richard Lim.” Richard removed his right hand that was resting inside his pocket and offered it to Maya.
           Maya looked at his hand then took it for a shake. “Hi! I’m Maya dela Rosa.  I see you are a very good friend of my favorite uncle.”
 
             “Yeah…we’ve been friends since grade school!”
 
               “Wow! Ganon na katagal?  You are both luck to have good friends.”
 
                “Uhm…Maya?”
 
                 “Yes?”
 
             “This may really make you angry and make your blood boil, but I have to reveal something to you because I do not want you to doubt later the sincerity of my apologies.”
 
            Maya looked at him intently with creased forehead and said  “So it’s not like you have any other choice, right?”  Richard nods at her full of anxiety.
 
             “Then why don’t you say it now?”
 
            “I didn’t know that uhm…well…I did not mean to steal…I was only borrowing…and I – ”

              “We’re both lawyers, so stop going around the bushes.”  Maya calmly said.
              “We took your cab.”  Richard finally released the information.
              “My cab?….”  Maya confusingly asked.  “Oh!  You mean that cab?!”  she continued with an incredulous tone.
              Richard panicked and held Maya’s crossed forearm  “Maya I’m sorry.  I was tasked to talk to the driver.  He said he was waiting for his rider but I didn’t know it was you.  I only asked him to drive us to Manila Hotel which will only take about 5 minutes.  I convinced him because I said  makakabalik agad siya in and wait again for his rider.  Of course if I had the slightest idea that it was you, i would not have  done that.”  Realizing he was holding on to Maya, Richard hurriedly removed his hand. “When Angelo casually told us earlier what happened to you, I really felt so guilty.  I still do, that is why I am explaining and apologizing to you.”
 
               Maya kept silent for a moment while still looking at Richard.  Then she took a deep breath and said  “Thank you Richard for being honest even if you didn’t need to.  You didn’t have to but you did anyway.  That was a long time ago I have forgotten about it.  But you made an effort to explain and apologize.  For that, I have to be honest too.  Its very much appreciated.  Kaya let’s move on…anyway, nakauwi rinnaman ako unharmed and full of learning experience.
 
                 Richard felt very relieved.  “Really?  Your not mad at all?  Thank you.”
 
                 “As I have said, tapos na yun.  There is no point of getting mad about it.  Besides, as I’ve said, dami kong learning experience.”
 
                    Richard smiled and said  “Like riding the LRT and MRT?”
 
                    “Yes!  at hindi lang yun.  I learned the importance of giving more value to myself than work at pati na rin ang bawasan ang kakulitan ko.”  Maya proudly shared.  “O sige na Richard, mauna na ako sa loob ha. I need to talk to my mom eh.”
 
           “O-of course! You go ahead, Maya…and thank you.” Richard watched her go smiling.  He raised his eyebrows and shook his head once. He sat back on the sofa and heaved a sigh of relief.  He was busy with his thoughts when he felt someone sat beside him.
          “Why are you alone here outside? Ang daming tao sa loob.” Angelo asked. He took a cigarette stick and offered it to Richard.
           “Ingay so loob pare, I had to make a phone call.” Richard explained as he took the stick and secured it to his lips. He took the lighter from Angelo and started puffing.
           “How will you meet someone if you will not mingle?”
 
           “Brod, I came here to show support for your candidacy, not to find someone.”
 
           “Ang suplado naman! Kaya pala, hindi mo pinansin yung mga babae kanina! Buti na lang hindi sila botante. They’re from IBP Mandaluyong, just in case you are interested to know.”
 
           Richard chuckled and shook his head. “Don’t tell me isa duon yung sinasabi mong ipapakilala mo sa akin.” He puffed some smoke again then asked.  “Seriously brod, you want me to be with someone like them?”
 
           It was Angelo’s turn to chuckle and shake his head. “Pare, you thought I was just hooking you up with a girl? I’m getting married soon. Ikaw na lang sa barkada ang matitira. I actually wanted you to meet someone special. Malayong malayo naman dun so klase nung mga sinupladuhan mong girls kanina.”
 
           Richard took a lungful from the half cigarette stick before putting it off on the ashtray. “Okay, that’s clear enough. So, where is this special someone that you want me to meet? Kailan mo ipapakilala sa akin?”
 
           “Hindi na pare.” Angelo answered as he tapped off the cigarette ash of the stick he was still smoking.
            Richard looked at him with raised eyebrows. “But why?”
 
           “Hindi na kita kailangan ipakilala. You’ve met her already.” Angelo said in as-a-matter-of-fact tone.  Then he continued. “I wanted you to meet Maya.”
 
           “W-whaaat? Si Maya?” Richard asked incredulously.