The next day, Maya prepared herself for work. Richard is still sleeping. She kissed him on the cheek. She wanted them to be okay, she will talk to him later.
She is busy with her work but she kept on glancing on her phone whenever there’s a chance. She is waiting for a call or text from Richard, but to no avail. So, she texted him instead.
Sir Chief, kumain ka na ba? Okay ka lang ba? Bibisitahin kita mamaya after ng flight ko. I Love you. Tama na tampo ha? (:
She waited for his reply but he didn’t texted her back. She called Doris instead as soon as the plane landed.
“Hello Maya, napatawag ka?” Doris happily answered
“Ah..wala naman, kakamustahin ko lang sana si Sir Chief. Ikaw ba kasama ni Manang Fe sa pagbabantay?”
“Ay, hindi mo ba alam? Lumabas na si Sir Richard kaninang hapon sa ospital. Nandito na kami sa bahay.”
“Ah ganoon ba? O sige, dadaan ako diyan” she hangs up and went outside to ride a taxi
“Maya!” Someone shouted her name and she saw Joma waving at her.
“Oh, kuya Joma bakit nandito ka?”
“Eh, pinapasundo ka kasi ni sir.”
“Ha? Bakit?” She was confused.
“Ewan ko. Ano, tara na?”
Joma helped her with her luggages and they drove off. She leaned on the passenger’s seat thinking if Richard is still mad at her.
As they reached the mansion, she hurriedly went inside wanting to see his Sir Chief. It is 9 in the evening and the house is quiet. The kids might be sleeping now, she thought.
She went to Abby’s room and find her in deep slumber, she kissed her and tucked her before heading to Richard’s room.
When she reached the door, she knocked and peeked her head before finally entering his room. She found him lying on his bed, wide awake.
“Kamusta ka na?” She asked as she walk closer to his bed. He just stared at her, not answering her question.
“Bakit pinasundo mo pa ako kay Kuya Joma? Baka kung ano pa isipin nun.” She kissed Richard on the cheek as she reached his bed.
He finally spoke to her not looking into her eyes “Ayoko lang na may ibang maghatid sa’yo.”
“Ito na naman tayo eh.” She doesn’t want to argue anymore.
“Tell me, paano mo ako masisisi if he just thanked you for inspiring him?!” He tried not to shout but his face is burning from anger.
“Saan mo naman nakuha yan?”
“He thought it was you when I answered the phone, I’m right. He likes you. You promised you’ll stay away.” He looked away from her misty eyes
She kept silent for a moment thinking what to say to pacify him.
“Eh gusto ko ba siya? And, I kept my promise pero mahirap naman na hindi ko siya pansinin lalo na pag may mga times na magkasama kami sa flight.”
“I don’t know. After you said no to my offer, I am not sure what else to feel.” he is still not making an eye contact to her. So, that is still the issue here!
“Ano ka ba, hindi ko siya gusto okay? Richard naman eh, bakit ka ba ganyan. Sabi mo naiintindihan mo di ba?” She pursed her lips trying so hard not to cry
“I know..” Face scrunched up, he took a deep breath before continuing “okay, I’m sorry for being such a jealous guy.” He is now looking straight into her eyes and then he kissed her.
She just want that conversation to end. She smiled at him and took care of him for the rest of the night.
The light coming from the sun barged in the room through the window. He closely opened his eyes and saw Maya sitting on the couch of his room quietly reading a book with her feet stretched on the length of the sofa. He quietly stood up, his wounded legs are now healing but his broken arm needed more time to heal.
Richard lifted her feet up sat down, placed Maya’s legs on his lap and massaged it while he kept his gaze at her. Maya was startled she put her book down and stared at Richard.
“Oh, gising ka na pala. Bakit ka bumangon? Baka bumukas yung sugat mo” she is more of concerned now
“Almost 1 week na akong nakahiga, and besides I think my wounds are starting to heal.”
“Kahit na, nagsisimula pa nga lang gumaling di ba?”
“Hayaan mo na ako. Anyway, what are you reading earlier?” He asked while still massaging her legs with his one hand.
“Wala naman, a love story kind of book. Hinihintay lang kita magising. Kumain ka na ah.” She stood up and started to get him something to eat
“Wait, saan ka natulog? Don’t tell me dito sa couch?” His brows furrowed
“Yep. Diyan nga. Bakit?”
“This is too small, Maya. Pwede ka naman tumabi sa’kin.” He winked
“Hahahaha. Ikaw talaga, hindi pwede baka mamaya bigla ka silipin ng mga bata magulat pa sila. Sige na kukuha lang ako ng food mo” smiling, she closed the door and went down stairs
He is still sitting on the couch. He knows that he needed to tell his kids that they are already together. He is also tired of keeping this as a secret, he wanted so bad to kiss and hug Maya but he just can’t do that anytime that he wanted.
He is busy talking on his phone with his employees giving them things to do when Maya entered the room. He hangs up and faced her.
“Ah, Oo nga pala, pupunta ako mamaya sa airways kukunin ko yung sched ko for next next week. Nag-leave kasi ako for two weeks para maalagaan ka.”
“Oh, you don’t have to do that. Nandito naman si Manang Fe and medyo gumagaling na din naman ako.”
“Kahit na. Eh babantayan kita dahil baka mamaya pag wala ako, magtrabaho ka na naman diyan. Bilin pa naman ng doktor magpahinga ka lang.”
“But I am bored and they needed my help.”
“Ah basta! Hanggang phone calls ka lang bawal magpuyat sa laptop ha.”
“Okay, fine. Magpahatid ka kay Joma mamaya.” He looked at her seriously
“Opo na.” She smiled
“Kuya Joma, salamat sa paghatid, sige baka matagalan ako eh bumalik ka na sa mansyon baka may iuutos din si Manang Fe. Magtataxi na lang ako pauwi.”
“Oo. Sige ingat” she waved him goodbye before entering the airways
The rain started to pour so hard outside. Looks like there is a storm but the weather forecast tells that there isn’t. As she stared on the window inside the airways, she texted Richard that she’ll be home in a bit and he shouldn’t worry about her.
She waited for a taxi outside but every cab that passed on her has a passenger. She stomped her feet as she gets impatient.
Suddenly, a blue top-down car pulled in front of her. It is Nathan, the guy that Richard is jealous to for the longest time.
“Maya, sakay na.”
“Ha? Nako, wag na.” She remembered her promise to Richard that she will stay away from him. And even if she’ll be stranded here, she will keep her promise.
Nathan went out of his car and approached Maya.
“Ano ka ba naman, wala ka na masasakyan tsaka sigurado ako nag-aalala na mga tao sa bahay niyo.”
“Hindi, okay lang talaga ako.” She shook her head
Nathan walk backwards and stopped on the side of the road letting the rain pour on him. He is getting wet already.
“Uy! Anong ginagawa mo? Baka magkasakit ka niyan!!” She shouted at him so that she could over power the sound of the rain
“Hindi ako aalis dito kapag hindi ka sumabay. Geez! It’s really cold.” He said as he acted that he is shaking
Breathing heavily, she pursed her lips “Okay. Sige na! Pumasok ka na nga sa kotse baka magkasakit ka pa.” She finally agreed, she is also concerned on her friend and she wanted to go home, too.
They were stuck in traffic, the noise from the horns joined the noise coming from the rain.
Her phone buzzed, she received a text message from Richard.
Maya, pinasundo na kita kay Joma. Bakit ba kasi pinabalik mo pa siya? Ang lakas ng ulan!
She could see his forehead creased as he type that message. Oh no! What will she say?
They reached the mansion at 7pm. He opened the door for her and she thanked her for the ride home. Unknown to them, Richard is watching them from a far.
She waved goodbye and waited until the car is off her sight.
She went inside and saw the kids and Richard having dinner. The kids smiled upon seeing her.
“Ate Maya!!” The three said in chorus, while Richard didn’t even bother to look at her.
“Come, join us ate Maya.” Nikki asked her to eat with them. She sat beside Abby and joined them for dinner.
“Ate Maya, ang lakas ng ulan noh? Sobrang hirap po siguro sumakay. Nabasa ko kasi sa mga status sa fb ang dami daw stranded!” Luke said
“Ay, Oo nga! Some of my classmates went out and super stranded daw sila. Buti ate Maya nakasakay ka agad? You texted kuya Joma daw kasi to go back here na lang sa house kasi nakasakay ka na.” Nikki added
Maya tried to study Richard’s face but he just kept quiet and continued eating.
“Aaah. Oo, nakakahiya din naman kasi kay Kuya Joma.” She smiled at the kids
Richard dropped the spoon. He can’t take his anger any longer. He shifted his gaze to Maya, the kids looked at her.
“Really, Maya? Or mayroon lang kasing maghahatid sa’yo?!” His voice is shaking, he tried to control his anger but he didn’t succeed.
“Ri–” she was about to stop him but he cut her
“Pinahatid kita. You promised you’ll stay away. May boyfriend ka na, sumasama ka pa sa iba!” He angrily stood up and went up stairs. His wound on his left leg opened which made it harder for him to walk, but he did not care.
Manang Fe, Doris, Sabel and Jome over hearing this rushed from the kitchen.
The kids was left astounded. They exchanged glances and stared back at Maya. They kept mum until finally, Luke broke the silence.
“Ate Maya, ka-kayo.. Kayo na ni dad?” He said after contemplating, he waited for Maya’s answer together with Nikki and Abby, and the rest of the household
Maya looked back at them with misty eyes. She closed her eyes, pursed her lips and nodded slightly.
They sighed upon the confirmation, they were all shocked except for Manang Fe.
“Sorry.” Was all that she could say. “Susundan ko lang daddy niyo. Sandali lang” she stood up and stormed her way to Richard’s room.
She didn’t even bother to knock, she went in and saw him nursing his open wound.
“Richard.. Mag-usap naman tayo oh. Please.” She begged.
Richard kept silent. She sat beside him on his bed and snatched the cotton from him and started to wipe it on his wound.
“Ako na.” He said raising his voice
“Ako na lang, please.” She made her voice as sweet as she can to keep Richard calm.
“Tinanong na ako ng mga bata..” She glanced at him before continuing “alam na nila…” Richard just looked at her.
“Please, tama na naman oh. Sorry na.” She hugged him so tight and cried so hard
“Ouch!” He shouted
“Oops! Sorry. Nako. Nako. Sorry talaga. Tinamaan ba yung arm mo?”
He smiled upon seeing the concerned look on her face, how could he ever doubt this woman’s love to him?
“Okay na ba tayo? Sorry talaga. Gusto ko na din kasi makauwi na kaya pumayag na ako sumabay sa kanya. Sorry kung matigas yung ulo ko.” She run her fingers to his arm
He sighed. “May magagawa pa ba ako?”
She smiled upon hearing his voice became softer. “Okay na nga? Hindi ka na galit?”
“Hindi na. And tomorrow, I’ll officially introduce you to them as my girlfriend.” He is also tired, he loved her and he knows that she also do. All he got to do is to trust her.
The next day, they both face the kids and the rest of the household to tell them officially about their relationship. At first, they are shocked but later on, they all congratulated the two of them. Tears of joy filled the room. The two of them agreed to let Maya’s family know about them when Richard is completely healed.
Few days had passed and Richard’s wounds healed. His broken arm is now healing, too. Few more days and he’ll be able to use his other arm again. The doctor already told him that it is okay for him to go back to work and so he did. He just promised Maya that he won’t work late and that he will have his driver with him but of course Richard added to the agreement that he will fetch Maya after her flight.
Their plane landed on San Nicolas safely. As they’re on their way to Maya’s home, the kids are happily seated on the passenger’s seat enjoying the view, while Richard kept quiet, his eyes focused on the road while driving.
Maya could sense Richard’s nervousness, she put her left hand on Richard’s hand on the steering wheel and gave it a squeez. He smiled at her, she smiled back.
When they reach the house, Nanay Teresita, Kute, Mamang, Cho, and Pards are waiting outside. They are all happy to see each other again. They hugged each other so tight.
“Nako, namiss kita anak! Oh, kumain na ba kayo? Dun na muna tayo sa Chibugan, Kute paghanda na natin sila.” Nanay Teresita happily said
“Ah.. Nay, pwede po ba namin kayo makausap ni Richard? Yung tayo lang po?” Maya asked her mother, she is also nervous considering that this is the first time that she will introduce someone as her boyfriend to them.
“Ngayon na ba?” Maya nodded to her mother’s question. “O, sige. Yung mga bata pakainin mo na muna. Kute, sunod ka sa’min ni Nanay sa taas ha.” Nanay Teresita told her eldest daughter.
“Sir Richard, ito po magkape muna kayo” Mamang gave Richard a cup of coffee.
“Salamat po, ahm.. Richard na lang po sana ang itawag niyo sa’kin” he smiled at them
“Ay, nakakahiya naman po. Pero, sige. Teka. Ano ba ang sasabihin niyo?”
Richard casted a quick glance at Richard before looking back at Nanay Teresita.
“Ahm.. Kasi po, I’m sorry po na ngayon lang namin sasabihin, but it’s just that…” Richard trailed off, he is so nervous he don’t know what words to say that won’t startle them too much.
Maya, sensing his discomfort, continued what Richard was about to say.
“Kasi po, huwag po sana kayo magugulat. Kasi.. Kami na po.” Maya closed her eyes as she blurted that out.
“ANO?!” Nanay Teresita and Mamang said in chorus. Kute was not that shocked anymore because Maya told her about that before they decided to go to San Nicolas.
She paced back and forth outside their house’s door. Her mother and grandmother requested her to stay outside for they wanted to talk to Richard seriously. She was worried about Richard. She pressed her ear to the door in order for her to hear their conversation.
“Tita Maya! Oh myyy geee! Are you eavesdropping??” Nikki said as she saw Maya.
“Ha? Ah eh.. Kasi kausap kasi nila Nanay ang daddy mo eh.” She stutter
“Hahaha. Oh my gee tita Maya, don’t worry too much about dad. He’ll be okay. He’s a businessman. Come on let’s go, Abby is looking for you.” Nikki pulled Maya down stairs.
“Richard, gaano na kayo katagal ni Maya?” Nanay Teresita asked her, she is keeping herself calm. She is not mad, she just wanted to know.
“Ahm.. 6 months, almost.” He answered
“Ganun katagal na??” Mamang butted in
“O-opo. Sorry po were not able to tell you po. Mahal ko po si Maya. Sobra. We agreed na haharap po kami sa inyo personally to inform you, inaayos po namin yung sched namin pero hindi po magtugma and naaksidente pa po ako, I know it’s not an excuse that’s why I wanted to say sorry po.” He said as he reached for Nanay Teresita and Mamang’s hand. “I promise to love her and to take good care of her po.” He added, his eyes are misty
Seeing his sincerity, Mamang, Nanay Teresita and Kute looked at each other then nodded.
As the door opened, Maya rushed to them and looked at Richard’s face somehow looking for hints if he’s okay. Kute, seeing her sister’s concern teased her.
“Hoy bunso, buong-buo pa ang Sir Chief mo noh! Naku, pero pag sinaktan ka maglalaho na lang siyang parang bula!”
“Uuy Kute ah! Nanay oooh!” They all laughed with that. Richard reached for Maya’s hand and they walk downstairs, their hands intertwined.
Maya asked Richard to accompany him to her favorite place in San Nicolas, her parents’ place. They walk hand in hand as the wind touches their face. Richard held Maya’s hands and faced her.
“Maya, thank you for loving me. This may be a cliche pero I just want you to know that I am so happy that I have you, I am the luckiest man alive!” He smiled so dearly
“No, thank you.” She embraced him.
“You know what, after the accident, I realized how important each day that I should spend it with the people that I love.” He kissed her hair while still hugging
“Oo nga eh. I, too realized something, we are living on a borrowed time so we should make our loved ones happy right?” Maya held his hand and looked into his eyes. She fish something from her pocket and slid it to her finger.
Richard was shocked, he taught he lost that on the accident. “So, y-you mean??” He stutter
He waited for her to answer, knowing what she says next have the potential to break his heart into a million pieces or could make it whole once again.
She nods “Yes. Oo, tinatanggap ko na yung proposal mo, yun ay kung gusto mo pa ako pakasalan?”
“Of course!” He threw his fist up in the air and jumped like a boy, he was so happy. He hugged her once more and kissed her.
“I think we will have another explaining thing to do.” The two of them laughed as they made they way back home.