Chapter 19: Valentines Day
Red. That is the color of the day whenever Valentines day arrives, and that is also the color of her blouse that Saturday. It is still early in the morning and she’s been waiting for Richard’s text or call greeting her happy Valentines day. This is their first Valentines day together and she could no longer wait to celebrate it with him!
Yesterday, she’s been dying to know what to expect for the Valentines date with Richard. And of course, to be able to know what to expect, she should ask his ex’s. And the only available source that she has is Alex’s notebook. Sure enough she had read that parts way before, there are, as long as she remembers, three Valentine days written on it but she totally forgot some details about those days for she’s envious about the sweetness of Richard. She never experienced that with James before.
February 14. First Valentines day with my love. This is the first time that we’ll be spending such special day, and I can no longer wait!
I was so surprised when someone came with a delivery of fresh bouquet of roses and my favorite dark chocolates. He’s busy today with his meetings but he made sure that he will make me feel important and loved.
There’s a voice recorder that is inside the box handed to me by the delivery guy. When I pressed the play button, I heard his beautiful voice saying: “happy first Valentines day together, love. I’m so excited to spend Valentines with you. Mahal na mahal kita. See you!” A short message that made my heart do somersaults. I love this guy! We also had dinner, we danced and he also sang to me our themesong. Isn’t he sweet? I can’t wait for another special event with my love!
There are two more entries about the Valentines day that they had spent before. But she decided not to read the others because she can no longer bear the pain. She shouldn’t be jealous because it is already in the past, but maybe, it’s the thought that she might expect too much to him and that expectation may not be met.
Whatever happens though, she can no longer wait for tomorrow. And their day together will also be a memorable one.
Nine o’clock in the morning and she still doesn’t hear anything from Richard. She is starting to get furious when, suddenly, the door bell rang.
She immediately ran outside to open their gate, half-expecting Richard but then, a delivery boy greeted her a goodmorning instead.
“Good morning po ma’am. Happy Valentine’s day po. Delivery po para sa inyo.” He happily gave the bouquet of sunflowers to Maya.
Maya quickly took the note from the flowers and read it.
“Hi baby, Happy Valentines day. I’ll pick you up at 12nn.”
She smiled genuinely. With a simple note, her mood has changed.
At 1pm, they are already having their lunch in a restaurant inside a certain mall. There are a lot of couples inside, good thing Ricky made a reservation for them.
“Ah.. Ricky, thank you sa flowers ha? Yung gift ko sa’yo nagustuhan mo ba?” She gave Richard an expensive polo shirt from her savings. The moment she saw that shirt, she knows it’ll fit him perfectly.
He smiled. “Yes. Thank you. You don’t really have to, Maya.”
“Hindi pwede na wala akong gift no.” She glances at him and smiled before spooning her food. “So, saan tayo pupunta after lunch?” She is expecting a surprise from him. She knows that there is something waiting for her.
He paused for a while to think. “Well, let’s watch a movie. Anything you want.”
Her eyes lights up. “Talaga? Anything I want?” She had this childish smile plastered on her face which Richard loves about her.
They ended up watching a romantic-comedy Filipino movie that is showing that day. Never did she pictured that she will watch a chick-flick with the great Mr. Lim.
After watching the movie, they stroll inside the mall while holding each other’s hands. It is still early so the lights are still on, ladies inside the mall would cast a glance at her boyfriend. He is so handsome that day. Dashing as ever. Girls would really envy her, whether they are single or not.
“Ah.. Maya, what do you want as a gift?” He asked her as they stopped outside a boutique of designer shoes and bags. She stared at Richard, why does it felt like he is not prepared with their first Valentines together?
“Wag na, hindi naman kailangan. May flowers na ako kanina, okay na yon.” She said, although she expects that he already have something for her ready wrapped days ago. Because she, herself had a hard time of thinking what to give to him, she thought he’s like that as well.
“No. Gusto ko may regalo ako sa girlfriend ko. I’m really sorry na hindi ako nakabili. I’m really busy with work.” He apologized, his voice so smooth and sweet.
Maya nods. Whether he apologize or not, he’s already forgiven. He kissed her forehead before pulling her inside the store.
As soon as she entered, a saleslady already approached them and suggested their latest shoes and bags in which Richard immediately asked for a size and a bag color.
She felt like she’s his princess, like cinderella when he slipped in to her right foot a very beautiful blue stiletto. It felt so good to have a prince charming, and she will never ever let any witch or villain take her prince away.
“You like this? Bagay sa’yo ‘to.” He told her after letting her fit the shoe on
“Hm.. Sa tingin mo?”
“Well, yes of course. Anything looks good to you.” He grinned. Her heart do somersaults. “And please, don’t look at the price when you choose. My princess deserves anything.” He said when he noticed that Maya kept on saying no to beautiful shoes and bags handed to her whenever she sees the price.
With paperbags hand in hand, after a couple of hours, the day is soon to end. They are outside a seafood restaurant located in Manila waiting for a table. It is jampacked with customers, mostly couples having dinner dates. They wasted an hour or so waiting for a vacant table. She hated the fact that Richard hadn’t planned on spending the whole day with her because he didn’t even bother to reserve a table for dinner, but she doesn’t want to dwell on it. He must be really that busy with work. Well, who wouldn’t be? Especially that he is the boss of two companies? She should stop on expecting things from Richard, especially having the notebook as the basis of her expectations. Her and Alex are different she should not compare the past from the present.
“I love this place. Gives me peace. Kaso crowded ngayon because of Valentines. But believe me, this place is really good. Let’s eat again some other time here kapag wala masyadong tao.” He said staring at the ocean beside the restaurant.
It is indeed a romantic place to have a dinner date with. She wondered if he once brought Alex here. Well, for sure he did.
As soon as they were eating their orders, a waiter came and handed Maya a long stemmed white rose.
“Happy Valentines day po ma’am.” He said and turned to look at Richard as he adds “galing po kay sir.”
The man left after, while the two lovebirds on the table were gazing lovingly at each other. Maya could smell the scent of the rose and felt so loved.
“You’re welcome. Sorry about this date, medyo to be honest, not as romantic as the other dates that you might have watched on movies. But it’s still the best, right? What is important is that we’re together.” He reached for her hand on top of the table and squeezed it. Maya realized that too. This date is somehow not what she expects but the date turned out to be memorable. Because a date will be a date as long as a couple is together. It doesn’t need to be as romantic as those in movies. What is important is-them.
She nods her head. “Thank you, Ricky. Sobrang saya ko!”
“Me too baby.”
Monday morning came and Richard didn’t fetch her. She didn’t even got any calls or texts from him telling her why. She is late today because she waited an hour waiting for Richard to come.
She’s worried sick. She sent him several messages but she didn’t got any reply from him. Maybe he’s out of town for an important project. But why wouldn’t he let her now if there was one? Or maybe there’s an emergency thing in his other office that he needs to attend to?, she is starting to ask her innerself. Where is he?
The clock ticks, still Richard is not yet in his office. She stood up from her chair and took few steps to approach Liza, who is currently talking to one of their employees, as if telling her orders.
“Hi, Liza. Good morning.” She immediately greeted her when Liza glances at her.
“Oh, Maya. May kailangan ka ba?”
“Ah, yes. Nasaan si Ricky? I mean, si sir Ricky?” She asks.
Liza pauses to shift her gaze back to the other employee that she’s talking to. “Well, Dianne, pakibigay kay sir yan, okay? You may go.”
The other lady nodded her head and turned to walk away from them. Liza shifted her eyes back to Maya. But before she could say anything, Maya asked her again. “Saan pupunta si Dianne?”
“Kay Sir Ricky. May pinapakuha kasi siya.”
“Eh nasaan ba siya? Hindi niya sinasagot mga tawag at texts ko eh.” She worriedly asked Liza.
“Don’t worry, Maya. Sir Ricky is sick but-”
“What?!!” She gaped
“Hey, it’s okay. He is alright. Galing ako dun kanina and he told me na sabihin ko daw sa’yo na kay Mang Lem ka magpahatid pauwi. Dapat actually ipapasundo ka din niya kay Mang Lem kanina kaso nalimutan niya.” She informed her calmly.
She’s mad at him for not informing her that he’s sick! “Bakit hindi man lang niya sinabi? Kung pupunta dun si Dianne, ako na lang. Ako na lang ang magbibigay nung nalimutan ni Sir.” Her eyebrows are furrowed. She wanted to go where he is.
Liza heaved a sigh. “Maya, kasi, Sir ordered me, and it’s very clear na kay Dianne ko daw ipadala yung pinapakuha niya. Ayaw ka niyang mag-alala.”
“No! I’m his girlfriend. I should be there.” She had enough. If earlier she’s trying to stay calm, she is now half-shouting with too much annoyance. She’s upset, alright.
“Fine, okay. I will call Dianne para pabalikin. For sure hindi pa nakakalayo yun.” And with that, Liza went back to her office to get a piece of paper.
The paper is already crumpled in her palm which Liza gave her. Richard’s address is written on it. She rode a taxi on her way to Richard’s house. She is excited to see where he lives for the first time. They are a couple for a few weeks now, but he never bring her to his house. She doesn’t really care if he still hadn’t introduced her to his parents, they had been together for quite sometime, so it doesn’t really matter to her, yet.
The taxi stopped in front of the gate of a subdivision. She is not really that surprised to see such place, she knows that Richard is rich but the subdivision really did amazed her.
“Good evening po. Sino po ang kailangan nila?” The guard asked Maya on the backseat, with the windows of the taxi rolled down.
“Uhm.. Dun po ako kay Mr. Lim. Ricky Lim.” She smiled warmly at him
The man stared at her. “Aah. Opo, kayo po ba yung taga dun sa company? Ineexpect nga po kayo ni Sir. I.D na lang po.” He said, his palm opened wide, asking for something.
She fished for her ID and handed it to him. The guard quickly looked at it before handing in back. “Okay na po, ma’am. Sign in na lang po kayo.” Maya filled up the rectangular notebook with her information before the guard let them in.
Her eyes feasted on the enormous houses inside that subdivision. When she was still a little girl, she used to dream on living inside such house. She even promised her parents that she’ll buy them one when she grow up. Actually, she’s still saving for her dream house and these houses are wonderful. She wondered what would Richard’s house looks like.
The taxi stopped at the number of the house that her address says. She had to blink her eyes several times, she couldn’t believe what is standing in front of her. It is what she wanted. It is a big house painted in white and brown, mostly the whole house is made of glass. Such structure where in you can appreciate nature whatever part of the house you lay your eyes on.
Just by looking at it, you can feel its peacefulness. She could stare outside from its glass walls for eternity.
She rang the doorbell thrice and waited for few minutes before the gate flew open. A woman dressed in uniform opened it for Maya.
“Yes ma’am? Ano po yun?” The woman asked Maya
She smiled warmly before answering “ah.. Si Ricky Lim po ba nandiyan? Dala ko yung pinapadala niya.” She said peeking through the woman’s shoulder to have a view of the house.
“Ay. Opo ma’am. Sabi po ni sir, kunin ko daw po sa inyo tapos ibigay ko sa kanya.” She said firmly.
Maya understood what she meant. She should just give the files to the maid then she should leave, but she won’t do that. She will take care of her boyfriend. “Ah.. Miss, pwede bang ako na lang yung mag-aabot nito sa kanya?”
“Ay nako po, ma’am. Ang utos po kasi sa akin wag ko daw po papapasukin, kunin ko lang daw po.”
“Ah.. May importante din kasi akong sasabihin.” She tried to push
“Ako na lang po ang magsasabi.” No. She can’t be moved.
Maya scratched her head. “Okay, ganito na lang. Pakisabi nandito sa baba si Maya, Maya dela Rosa.” She asked, trying to smile.
The woman half-smiling reluctantly obliged. She left Maya outside the gate and went inside. Maya followed her with her eyes from the glass walls of the house. She saw the woman went upstairs and inside a certain room. After a few minutes, the woman came back and opened the gate widely.
“Sige daw po, pasok. Akyat na lang po kayo ma’am sa 2nd floor. Pangalawang pinto sa kanan.” She stepped aside to give Maya space as she went in.
The house is very clean and the furnitures are surely expensive. The paintings pinned on the walls around the house gave it that magnificent look. It added amusement to her eyes. She halted on the huge picture frame of Richard and Alex’s wedding picture hanging on the corner of the house where it’ll welcome the visitors. They still really look good together to her.
Running her hand slowly on the rail of the stairs, she slowly go up the stairs appreciating every corner of Richard’s house. She finds it cool to be walking inside his boyfriend’s home. Feels like she first landed on the moon.
Turning the knob of Richard’s room, she exhaled deeply. Her heart pounding fast. She’s worried about him and upset at the same time for not informing her about him getting sick.
The first thing that she saw is him laying on top of his bed, his eyes closed. His scent can be smelled all over the room. With the scent slowly fading as she gets accustomed to it.
Richard’s eyes flew open once he felt her prescence. “Hi.”
She smiled and rushed to him. Putting the files on top of his bedside table. “Okay ka lang ba? Bakit hindi mo sinabi na may sakit ka?” She asks him while her hand is touching his forehead, checking his temperature.
“I’m okay. I’ll be fine soon. Lagnat lang naman.” He answered feeling tired.
“Kahit na. Ricky naman pinagaalala mo ako! Hindi mo man lang ako tinext or tinawagan! Tapos parang ayaw mo pa ako papuntahin dito. Nakakainis ka!” She half shouted with her arms crossed.
He reached for her hand and squeezes it. “I’m sorry baby. Ayoko lang mag-alala ka that’s why I ordered Liza not to tell anyone.”
“Sorry, sorry! Ewan ko sa’yo! Kahit hindi mo sabihin mag-aalala ako, hindi mo kaya sinasagot tawag ko!” She pouted. He laughed.
She frowned. “Come here.” He pulled her and she ended up leaning on his chest, him hugging her and feeling his heartbeat. He is very warm because of his fever but she doesn’t mind.
“I love you, Maya. I’m sorry.” He whispered and kisses her head.
Without thinking,”I love you, too.” She replied. Good thing that her face is buried on his chest so he couldn’t see her blushing.
“Kumain ka na ba?” She asked him as soon as she escaped from his tight embrace.
“Not yet, I’m not hungry though. Ikaw ba?”
“Kumain na ako kanina. Ricky, kahit walang gana kumain ka, okay? Paano ka gagaling nyan? Ganito na lang, ipagluluto na lang kita.” She happily suggested.
Feeling very ill, he could only smile weakly as a response. Every movement tires him very bad. After a few, she kisses him before she went out of his room and headed in to the kitchen.
“Pinagawa po niya talaga ito para sa kanya.”
A/N: thoughts? Sorry if I’m such a cliff hanger. Haha salamat po sa mga nagcocomment and nagbabasa. Pafollow po jochard acct ko sa twitter. @mehlefangirl 🙂