When I Met You, Maya…

Written: August 24, 2014

Inspired by last week’s episodes (August 18-22, 2014), here goes another scenario in my mind. Some lines were lifted from the BCWMH concert, I Heart You 2.

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It’s Sunday evening and Richard and Maya are having a nightcap at the veranda, while the rest of the household was fast asleep. Maya takes a sip of her coffee as she stares lovingly at her husband who is deep in thought. She knows exactly what he’s thinking. She chuckles and Richard doesn’t notice. She clasps his right hand with her left, and brings his hand to her lips for a kiss, and her husband finally looks at her and smiles.

Richard: What was that for?

Maya: (Smiles) Sweetheart, kanina ka pa tulala. Nakita kita kanina. Affected ka na textmates na si Luke at Joni!

Richard: You know why, sweetheart.

Maya: Alam ko naman yun. Pero sweetheart, pwede bang time out muna sa pag-aalala? Pabayaan na muna natin na magkakilala ng lubos si Luke at si Joni. Sa totoo lang, pakiramdam ko talaga okay si Joni, eh.

Richard: I surely hope so.

Maya: Nakita mo naman pati sina Sky and Sunshine tuwang-tuwa sa kanya. Parang si Abby lang dati. Diba tuwang-tuwa din siya sa kin simula pa lang? And ikaw dati, you kept looking at me with contemptuous eyes. Haha!

Richard: I did? (Laughs)

Maya: Oo kaya. And nakita ko kung paano mo tingnan si Joni kahapon ha. Mukhang natakot siya sa yo.

Richard: You do know that I don’t want to see Luke get hurt. I want him to be cautious when it comes to dealing with Joni. I still can’t help but think that she might be up to no good, given her very competitive nature. She’s so driven! And everyone knows that she’s really hoping to work for Lim Aviation Services in the future.

Maya: Diba the best sa aviation idustry ang LAS? Siyempre sweetheart, marami mag-aaspire na makapagtrabaho sa LAS. Pwede si Joni lang ang very vocal sa desire niya na makapagtrabaho sa kompanya natin, pero for sure lahat sila pinapangarap yun.

Richard: You’ve got a point there, sweetheart. But this is our son we’re talking about. You know how protective I am when it comes to you and our children.

Maya: I know! Hmm. (Laughs)

Richard: O, anong nakakatawa?

Maya: Eh kasi, ako nga pala dati, pinag-isipan mo nang masama. Pakiramdam mo may masama akong balak sa inyong lahat!

Richard: Sweetheart!

Maya: Sweetheart, bakit kaya di mo na lang pa-imbestiga si Joni tulad ng ginawa mo sa kin dati? O kaya pakuhanin mo ng NBI Clearance. O di kaya–

Richard: Sweetheart! I already explained to you countless times why I did that.

Maya: Ang sa kin lang, sweetheart, bigyan mo ng chance si Joni. Wag mo sana siya pag-isipan ng masama. Okay andun na ko. Competitive siya at driven, pero hindi ibig sabihin gagawa na agad siya nang masama.

Richard: Fine! Okay, sweetheart. Your wish is my command. For you and for Luke, I’ll try to keep an open mind about Joni… I really hope you are right about her.

Maya: (Suddenly giggles)

Richard: O, bakit na naman?

Maya: Pwede mag-flashback? Naalala mo dati nung sa airport? Muntik na kong makulong dahil sa yo. Tapos nung nagsimula akong magtrabaho sa yo, lahat na yatang kasamaan sa mundo parang gusto mong isipin na kaya kong gawin o gusto mong isisi sa kin.

Richard: (Rolls his eyes) Sweetheart!

Maya: I love you, sweetheart! Naaaliw lang ako mag flashback. Pagbigyan mo na ko.

Richard: Okay. But do you want to know why I had apprehensions about you when I met you then?

Maya: Bakit nga ba?

Richard: You were too good to be true. Parang wala kang pinoproblema o kung meron man, may solusyon ka kaagad sa mga bagay. Then I saw how you were with Abby and I wondered how someone like you who hardly knew my little girl would love her completely.

Maya: O, anong masama dun?

Richard: Wala naman. But I have never met anyone like you. So it was easier for me to question your motives and to doubt you, than to trust you completely. But then you kept surprising me. Not only did I see how much you cared for Abby. You made an effort for Luke. You also reached out to Nikki. And even if I made things so difficult for you, you never gave up on me.

Maya: Sinong mag-aakala na mai-in love ka sa kin at magkakatuluyan tayo, ‘no? Eh dati wagas ang inis mo sa kin! At wala kang ginawa kundi pagsabihan ako, pangaralan at pagalitan. Naalala mo nung first time na magkasama tayo sa kotse?

Richard: I do! (Laughs) Ang kulit at ang daldal mo, Maya! Wala kang preno! Non-stop ka kung magkwento! And you can’t even take a hint. I turned on the radio to drown out your voice pero wala pa rin. Yung boses mo ang sakit sa tenga.

Maya: Ah ganun ha! Eh bakit ka na in love sa kin?

Richard: Hindi ko nga rin alam, eh!

Maya: Ricky!!!

Richard: Sweetheart, magtatagal tayo dito kung gusto mong isa-isahin ko why I fell in love with you… You are the best thing that ever happened to me, Maya! You’re amazing! You’re beautiful inside and out. You make me smile. When you came, my dark world suddenly lit up. You made me hopeful, happy and whole again. You brought out all those feelings I have already buried a long time ago. You also–

Maya: Aww, sweetheart! Okay na. Pinapakilig mo na naman ako!

Richard: Sanay sa sanay na ko na kinikilig ka sa kin. (They both laugh.)

Maya: Pero sweetheart, seryoso ako. Wag ka nang masyadong mag-alala. Kilala natin si Luke. Hindi impulsive ang anak natin. Pinag-iisipan niya nang mabuti ang mga bagay-bagay. Sa kanya tayo magtiwala.

Richard: (Nods) I guess you’re right. Let’s just hope and pray that this Joni girl is not bad news for our son.

Maya: Oo, sweetheart. Palagay ko hindi siya katulad ng co-intern mo dati. At uulitin ko. Feeling ko okay naman si Joni. Sa mga kwento nina Luke at Nikki, mukhang mabait siyang anak at kapatid. Tapos sobrang sipag pa niya at may pangarap sa buhay.

Richard: Parang ikaw lang, sweetheart?

Maya: Oo naman. (Then sips her coffee)

Richard: Iyakin din kaya siya?

Maya: Ewan ko. Bakit?

Richard: Naalala ko lang. Do you still remember when we picked up Luke at Nicolo’s? Nung na-snatch yung cellphone nya?

Maya: Oo. Bakit?

Richard: Nung pauwi na tayo, diba Luke and I talked? I’ll never forget how you were crying dun sa backseat. Nakakatuwa ka.

Maya: Sobra lang talaga ako na-touch talaga nun! Nakakatuwa ba talaga o nakakatawa?

Richard: Actually, pareho. I appreciated how you already cared so much about my kids, then.

Maya: Yung kids lang? Hindi mo na-feel na nagke-care na rin ako sa yo nun? Di mo na feel na crush na kita?

Richard: Hindi.

Maya: Hay naku, sweetheart. Tama talaga si Rafi. Dense ka talaga!

Richard: Truth is, I think I was starting to like you as a person then. We may have started off on the wrong foot. But you know what? You’re so easy to like! Best of all, you’re so easy to love, too!

Maya: Aww, sweetheart!

Richard: Speaking of flashback, it’s been almost four years since you started stalking me.

Maya: Stalking you?!? Excuse me, Mr. Lim!

Richard: Oh, come on! Eh ikaw na nga nagsabi mismo na crush mo na ko nun pa. Dine-deny mo pa! Diba parati kitang nahuhuli?

Maya: (Rolls her eyes) A-ha?

Richard: Pa sulyap-sulyap. Minsan paamoy-amoy!

Maya: O sige. Okay. Aaminin ko. Eh kasi ang bango mo naman talaga. Eh ikaw nga lagi mo ko pinapakilig. Kakaiba ka!

Richard: (Smiles as he takes a final sip of his coffee) Eh lagi ka naman kinikilig!

Maya: Ha, nagsalita! Eh ikaw nga diyan, eh. Kung titigan mo ko wagas! Kung akapin mo ko parang walang bukas! At tuwing hahalikan mo ko, feeling mo parati yun na yung ating last kiss.

Richard: (Smiles) That’s because I love you so much, Maya! Thank you for coming into my life, sweetheart!

Maya: Ako din, sweetheart. Thank you for being the best husband in the whole world. I love you nang sobra sobra so–

Richard suddenly made a lunge for Maya’s lips, catching her off guard. All Maya could do was respond to his mind-blowing kisses. She loved the feel of his sweet lips on hers. When they finally end their kiss and gasp for air, all Richard and Maya could do was smile knowingly and gaze lovingly at each other. Holding each other close, they retreat to their room both with an intent to love, to trust, to respect and to make each other happy for the rest of their lives.

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BCWMH: A Cut Above the Rest

Written: August 13, 2014

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There are many reasons why many of us viewers still continue to watch Be Careful with My Heart. Our most beloved noontime habit is most definitely unlike any teleserye we’ve ever seen before making it such a worthwhile and enjoyable watch.

At a time when the average lifespan of a teleserye has been cut short to 3-6 months, BCWMH has gone beyond the norm. It is now two years old and still counting. Unconventional, phenomenal, magical, brilliant, irresistable, incomparable and most definitely, well-loved! That’s what BCWMH is and more!

We watch BCWMH every single day and we all find ourselves giddy with excitement & love, teeming with so much happiness, hopefulness & good vibes, and in love not just with Richard, Maya and their family, but with the beauty of life, as well.

Faith in humanity restored

While most teleseryes thrive on revenge, violence, helplessness, hopelessness, infidelity, and kidnappings every single day, our favorite noontime habit trod on a different path and focused on showing its viewers the innate goodness of human beings in this feel good teleserye. Each of the characters we have met so far, whether likeable or unlikeable at the beginning, has a story to tell. Remarkably so, the show does not allow us to hate any one character for long. We watch each character face his/her daily workaday world and we eventually learn to accept them for the persons that they are. Each character in the show, although not devoid of a flaw or an imperfection, has a goodness and a kindness and a redeeming quality about them that eventually wins our admiration, praise, respect and love. (We wonder now. What is so good about the backstabbing FA named Des? We all want to personally hand Emman his pair of pink scissors and… ! Haha!) Interestingly, we’ve all learned to embrace, to care, and to love every single character in the show as FAMILY. Because of BCWMH, our faith in humanity has not faltered nor waned at all, but has increased infinitely so. Because of the show, we’ve learned to become even more forgiving, understanding and accepting of the people around us.

Most admired beloved couple

BCWMH allowed us to meet Maya Dela Rosa, who in spite of life’s hardships and her family’s poverty, has learned to embrace life with a smile, with so much hope, love and positivity in her heart. We all fell in love with her at an instant. How we all admired and continue to admire her love and devotion to her family.

The show also allowed us to meet Richard “Sir Chief” Lim, who at the beginning may have been devoid of life, love and hope because he was mourning the loss of his wife Alex, but was a very good employer and such a caring Dad to his kids, most especially to his little girl Abby. In spite of his coldness, his silence and his seeming indifference, we all loved him even then as we all tried to understand his pain. We all loved him when we saw him finally soften up to and fall in love with Maya. And we all love Richard even more now seeing how great a father he is to Luke, Nikki, Abby, Sky and Sunshine and how wonderful and loving a husband he is to Maya. Maya’s Sir Chief has indeed become every woman’s peg for the best husband ever!

Kilig Overdose

As it is, BCWMH’s Creative Team seems to have a neverending supply of kilig scenes for its avid viewers and we’re not about to complain.

Just last week, we all found ourselves giddy with excitement as we all looked forward to the most romantic reconciliation between Richard and Maya. How we all swooned when we saw Richard step out of a chopper he rented all the way from Manila to be with his beloved wife who has just experienced her first ever emergency landing at work! Didn’t we also love the flowers and love letter he gave his beloved wife then?

Then there are Luke and Joni who are obviously developing mutual feelings of admiration for each other. And there are Nikki and Nicolo who are on their way to falling in love all over again (Question is, did they even really stop loving each other? George has finally opted to stay away because she now knows what we’ve known all along– that the girl whom Nicolo holds dear in his heart is not her but Nikki!) After the fast forward, we were all surprised to learn that Nicolo is actually pursuing George instead of Nikki, and we all wondered why. We look forward to a possible disclosure of the reason behind his pursuit of George instead of Nikki soon. Whew! Even our dear Manang Fe, the show’s voice of reason, is well on her way to rekindling her friendship (and “almost” romance) with Mang Anastacio, her The One! Waaah! Manang Fe, our wise speaking guru of life and love, is suddenly giddy with excitement and we are soooooo happy for her! We hope and pray that Manang Fe and Mang Anastacio will meet each other again soon!

Then there’s #SerChiefAndMayas100thKiss happening in today’s episode, and we’re all in pins and needles as we look forward to their best kiss ever. (Something to think about. Is there any show other than BCWMH that keeps tabs of the number of kisses the lead stars share? Waah! Only in BCWMH!) We’ve been told to look forward to this 100th kiss as Richard’s kiss, according to @vaughnic’s tweet, is supposed to make Maya feel that she’s the only girl in the world! This is absolute Limsanity! Haha!

Parental & Marital Concerns and Intrigues at Work

Thank you, dear writers, for tackling all those parental and marital concerns in the show last week. Having those 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. And this week we have found ourselves engaged in conversation once again as we try our very best to understand why Maya won’t even retaliate to Des’s uncalled for remarks! Like Emman, we all think she should. Like Sir Chief, we all want Maya to forget about what Des and the others think, and simply say yes to the promotion because that has always been her lifelong dream! My friends and I have so much to discuss all over again! Thank you for a truly amazing life experience, BCWMH!

Lessons And Realizations

Be Careful with My Heart has taught me to embrace life despite difficulties and trials. It has taught me to remain positive at all times… to love, smile and simply be happy, and to have faith that God will see me through the hardships I will encounter in life. BCWMH is indeed a show that has helped so many people. It’s a show that has given happiness to so many people.

No Goodbyes

Be Careful with My Heart is truly a cut above the rest! It has most definitely made a mark in the hearts of millions of its viewers all over the world! I have already stressed over and over again in my past articles the unparalleled feat BCWMH has achieved and continues to achieve all these years. Two years and still counting, and we still have so much to look forward to in the show. BCWMH is indeed a work of genius!

Although we know that Be Careful with My Heart will eventually end and that a goodbye is inevitable, to fathom such a reality now is unthinkable! Why? I can only think of these reasons. It’s never easy to say goodbye to something that makes one happy, smile, laugh, and feel good about oneself. It is never easy to bid farewell to something that encourages one to remain positive, hopeful, grateful and loved at all times. It is not easy to bid goodbye to Richard, Maya and their beautiful family. It is not easy to say farewell to a family whom one loves and cares for way too much! Saying goodbye to something or someone unexceptional and truly unforgettable is the hardest thing to do! And these, I guess, are the very reasons why all of us avid viewers find it difficult to bid BCWMH an adieu.

Please stay on, BCWMH! We love you! We love you so much!

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The Undeniable Chemistry of RY and JSM

Another obvious reason why we can’t let go, I guess, is because we have learned to love the reel partnership of RY and JSM. They blend so beautifully on screen because of their undeniable chemistry; we simply can’t get enough of them. We are scared that bidding the show farewell might mean saying goodbye to their most well-loved team up, and we do not want that to happen at all. We do not want to say goodbye to this wonderful loveteam who has given us many a reason to have our hearts go a flutter!

For sentimental reasons, we were all somehow hoping that RY’s first ever movie would be with JSM as we all somehow feel that their movie team up will be a blockbuster hit. And though that wish will no longer materialize as JSM and RY are currently working on different movies (which I’m sure we will all support, as well), we know that someday soon they will both work again together. When that day finally comes, we will all happily troop to the cinemas and watch their magical, exceptional and unforgettable love team in their first ever movie together over and over and over again. And once the showing of that movie is finally over, we will surely clamor for more to come!

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Kudos, RICHARD YAP!

You’ve surely come a long as an actor! Last week, as you kept the hurt you were feeling all bottled up inside regarding your 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! I can’t wait to watch more of you in other projects and witness your brilliance as an actor unfold every single time!

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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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