Notes From The Heart- Chapter 27: Festival

Chapter 27: Festival

(A/N: helloooo. Super thanks sa mga nagcomment pati na din sa nagttweet sa twittuuur. Haha this is not that long so, sorry. πŸ™‚ yung susunod na update, di ko pa sure when but I am working on it. Happy reading! :))

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Maya is living in Treviso, Italy a city near Venice with her aunt. It is a little walled city with medieval gates and cobbled streets. She is working in the office of a spa which is also located in Treviso, Italy. The place where she is living right now is peaceful which she needed during those days when she’s hurting. At that point of her life, she cannot say that she fully had moved on, yet she no longer cries whenever she remembers Richard.

Richard.. That guy whom she loved the most yet still managed to break her heart. Sometimes, she still wonders on what he might be doing right now. Is he alright? Is he happy being alone? Is he eating the right amount of food? Is he drinking again? Those questions keeps on flashing in her head. She can’t help it. She is still concerned to him.

But of course, as time flies, all of those concerns lessen. There are times when she won’t think about him anymore. And that is a fresh start. These past few months, she is starting to live a happy life.

piΓΉ veloce Cielo! faremo tardi!” Maya’s aunt shouts at her son. They are on their way out of the house to watch the festival that day.

“Maya, sumama ka ha? Wala ka naman gagawin dito sa bahay. Para naman malibang ka. Sumama ka na sa’min ng pinsan mo” her Aunt requested. Maya would opt to stay at home and read a book or watch movies instead in the internet as she usually does. But at that moment, she wants to experience that much awaited festival.

“Sige po.”

bene! andiamo … ehi, Maya vieni?” Cielo, Maya’s cousin went downstairs and asked her if she will join them. Cielo is Maya’s cousin whom she got close with during her 10 months stay in Italy. They are actually at the same age.

SΓ¬. Cielo, I’m coming!” She excitedly said

“Good! Let’s go pretty couz!” He held her hand and pulled her out of their house. With smiles plastered on their faces.
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After the long trip to Italy, he finally landed in Marco Polo Airport. His stop on that nth trip of him to Italy is Venice.

An archipelago of 118 islands connected by bridges. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. The city’s picturesque waterways and historic architecture make Venice, Italy one of the most famous and romantic cities in the world.

After checking in his hotel, he rested for an hour before going out and started strolling.

Carnevale di Venezia is an annual festival held in Venice. The said festival is famed for its elaborate masks. Approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for Carnival. And Richard, is one of them that year. He made it to the point to visit Italy every time he can. He is silently hoping to see her there. Maybe destiny will finally let them see each other again. It is Lent season so he had another opportunity to go out of the country and visit Italy.

He went to Rome before, where the city welcomed him with exhibit walls of what seemed to be like an outdoor museum. It is indeed wonderful for his eyes, yet, his eyes couldn’t see anything much more beautiful than Maya. He also visited Florence, Milan and Cinque Terre before. All of those beautiful places that one may had dreamt to visit someday. However, he cannot find the happiness in those places. He can’t still find her.

Richard once asked Maya’s parents on her whereabouts but they refused to tell him where their daughter is staying. Even when he pleaded, still they didn’t give her address to him. In the end, he made a decision to find her himself. After all, it is all his fault on why she left him. He should then do everything just to see her again.

There are no cars in Venice so he walked and walked passed an enormous number of people. The streets are filled with people dressed in colorful costumes and masks especially in Piazza San Marco. His eyes feasted on the wonderful masks and costumes of the people around him. Even the buildings surrounding the city attracted him, too. However, he is also looking for that familiar woman. Her eyes he can never forget.

“Mask, la maschera piu bella! mister! Only 70 euros.” A beautiful handmade mask, very detailed one was offered to him by the vendor beside the street. He stopped and take a look of it.

“This one fits you! It is a Pantalone mask. It means he who wears the father figure. It represents a sad old man. You’re not that old. Although you look sad.” The vendor said. A Pantalone is a half-mask with an oversized nose and high brows and slanted eyes. Is he really that obvious? Why does someone would always notice that he is not happy? He slightly shook his head in disbelief.

“Okay, I’ll buy that one.” He said and bought the mask. He should at least try to blend in the people around him even just with the mask.

He wore the mask as he continued walking again. He captured almost every corner of the place. Treasuring all of the things that his eyes sees with his lenses. One thing that he had learned with all of the things that he experienced is to treasure every moment spent here on earth.
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“Wear this one pretty.” Cielo bought her a moretta mask and handed it to her. “We should blend in, you know?” She obliged and wore the moretta which means dark one lady. It was a small strapless black velvet oral mask with wide eyeholes and no lips or mouth.

They are joining the group of people who are buying things on the side of the street. Maya couldn’t help but smile with the place. She’s been living in Italy for almost a year, yet this place still amazes her.

“Oh, dyan na muna kayong dalawa. May bibilhin lang ako dun.” Her Aunt Pia bid goodbye and left the two of them.

Cielo and Maya were enjoying each others company. Sure they’d grown so close because they are holding each others hands all throughout their sightseeing. Others who don’t know them could really guess that they are not blood related because of the closeness that they have. They looked like a couple out on a date.

Maya is standing beside Cielo who stopped in front of a coffee shop. They are currently watching outside the shop all of the people who joined the mask parade. They are smiling from ear to ear with what they are seeing.

“Sobrang ganda pala dito, Cielo!” She looked like a little kid on her first day of trip.

“Yup. Ikaw kasi, you always decline our invitation whenever we asked you out.” Cielo learned how to speak Tagalog from her mother because when he was younger, Pia was still new in Italy so she herself finds it hard to speak the language.

“Eh nakakahiya naman kasi eh. Pinapatira nyo na nga ako ng libre tapos ayaw pa ni tita na mag-abot ako ng kahit konti mula sa sweldo ko. Nakakahiya kaya.” She said.

He smiled at her and started pinching her cheeks “We are family, remember?” He said. Maya smiled at her cousin who never fails to make her happy. Cielo knows about Richard and was the one who told her to move on and to find someone else in Italy. Cielo even arranged dates for her but Maya still cannot find someone who is deserving of her love. Or maybe, it’s because she is still hoping that one day, Richard will realize that he loves her. And now, he is willing to let Alex go.

“Oo na, grazie couz! You’re the best!”
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“la sfilata Γ¨ qui!” A bystander shouted. And Richard understands very well that the parade is already there. He can now understand their language. He had learned it since he is visiting the country very often.

He stopped and readied his camera to capture that parade. A group of people accidentally pushed him to his left causing him to move. He glances to his left and someone caught his attention.

He cannot see her face. But his eyes and heart knew that the woman he is staring at is the woman whom he is longing for. “ei Γ¨ bella” he uttered. She is indeed still beautiful even with her eyes only seen because of the mask covering her face.

What pierced his heart is on how the man beside her is whispering so close to her face. And the lady is laughing with what he is saying! Richard’s face turned red with anger. But he should confirm it first if that woman is really Maya. He should be sure before he snatched her from that man and punch that guy on his face!

After few more seconds, the lady slowly took off her mask and started wiping her face with her handkerchief. His heart momentarily stopped from beating. It’s her! It’s his Maya!

The guy beside her also removed his mask and Richard found the guy extremely handsome. Although he is sure that he is much way more attractive than that guy, his heart still ached on that scene of seeing her with another man.

Even so, Richard immediately made his way towards them. He is approaching. Bumping with the strangers who is blocking his way. Unfortunately, a group of girls walked pass him, blocking his view. He shouted “Maya!!!” With all his heart

But when the group of girls left, Maya is no longer where she is earlier.

At one moment, he thought that maybe he is just hallucinating of seeing her there but he is so sure that he saw her! Damn! How and When can he see her again? He sighed deeply. At least now, he knows that he is near.. Yet so far from her. Finally! She is in Venice. Without second thoughts, Richard started to walk again with his chinky eyes scanning almost everyone in the area. Hoping that she will appear somewhere in the crowd.

“10 months is enough, Maya.. I can no longer wait for us to be together again…” He is determined. He will never lose hope.
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(A/N: ciao! Addio! Haha. I would like to apologize if there are any errors whatsoever in this chapter. Thanks for the comments and for following this blog. Grazie! :)))

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Notes From The Heart- Chapter 26: I Love You, Goodbye

Chapter 26: I love you, Goodbye

(A/N: hi po. Super duper thank you sa mga comments and all. Natutuwa akong magbasa. Hehe. Sorry medyo minadali ko lang ‘to para di kayo maghintay ng matagal. Hehe πŸ˜‰ busy lang din nowadays. But I’ll try to update as fast as I can. πŸ™‚ this chapter is for arlyn011087 thanks sa effort magcomment haha. Happy reading! :))

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The gray sky surrounding the whole country pictures the loneliness of the man inside his room. It’s been 2 weeks since they broke up and ever since, Maya never appeared in their office. Liza told him that Maya is resigning because of a much way better offer elsewhere. At first, he wanted to suggest to Liza to double Maya’s offer but then, he knew that money is really not the real reason on why she is leaving the company. He let her go again. Space is neccessary for a fresh start.

His phone would explode of the missed calls that it’s receiving but he is not in the mood to answer any of them. He is becoming the same old Richard again, ignoring the world.

The notebook on top of his bedside table caught his attention. Since the day that Maya gave it back to him, he never dared to open it. Afraid of refreshing all of those sweet memories with Alex and unable to move on again. He’s missing Maya so bad and he wanted to move on with his life together with her.

But at that moment, he felt the strong desire to touch it again and read its content. Maybe, he needed this.
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“Anak, mag-iingat ka duon ha? Wag magpapalipas ng gutom. At wag ka masyado gumala ng hindi nagsasabi sa tita mo at baka maligaw ka duon.” Her mother reminded her while they are inside the cab on their way to the airport.

“Opo..” She answered and forced a smile.

Her mother still doesn’t know about her break up with Richard. Yes, most of the time she sees her daughter’s puffy eyes and sometimes would hear her crying at night but she gave her daughter some time. She wants Maya to voluntary tell her what’s wrong when she’s ready.

She once thought that Maya and Richard are facing some problem in their relationship but when she asked her daughter earlier if Richard would be there too in the airport, Maya told her that he won’t be there because they already broke up. So that is the reason on why Maya decided to accept her aunt’s decision that fast. Maya even asked if she could go there soon enough. Her daughter is broken, she can see it in her eyes. However, Maya doesn’t want to say anything on why they broke up.

“Basta anak, mag-enjoy ka din duon kahit papaano. Wag puro trabaho. Ipapasyal ka daw muna ng tita mo bago ka magsimula ng trabaho sa Lunes. Mag-iingat ka duon ha? Tatawag ka kapag wala kang ginagawa.” Maya’s mom added.

“Opo.. Wag po kayong mag-alala sa’kin.”

Maya’s father who is seated on the passenger’s seat glances at her daughter from the rear view mirror. He, too noticed how her daughter is slowly breaking inside.

Their cab halted as they reached the airport. Maya’s parents immediately went out of the cab and took her luggages. Maya breathed in deeply the air of her country. Sure thing she will miss everyone she will be leaving here. She sent messages to her friends for the last time and informed them that she will be leaving for Italy.

They all wished her a safe flight. Somehow, she waited for that familiar number to flash on her screen. How silly of her to even wish that he’ll stop her when he doesn’t know that she’s leaving the country.

“Alex, I may not know you.. But I do have a favor.. Please do take care of Richard…” She silently utter before she bid goodbye to her parents. Tears are shed once again because of the separation.

“Mamimiss ka namin ‘nak.” Her father said

“Ako din po, ingat po kayo!” She embraced them again and started walking away. This is goodbye..
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“Why are you here?” Richard’s face scrunched up with annoyance as Liza suddenly appeared inside his room after few knocks.

“Ah.. Sir, sorry pero kasi I really need your approval of these papers. Ang dami na po kasi and it needs your immediate response. Yung father nyo po tumatawag na from China asking me what’s wrong…”

Richard half-listened and continues to stare back at the window. “Just leave it there. Then close the door when you leave.” Was his cold reply.

“Alright, sir.” She turn her heels and was about to go when she felt that she needs to inform him on something. “Sir, I just want to tell you that Maya is leaving in about 3 hrs for Italy. She will be working there.” After saying that, Richard finally shifted his eyes and looked at her.

Liza waited for what he will say but he remained quiet. “Sige po sir, aalis na ako.” She bid goodbye and closed the door as she was told.

Richard couldn’t believe it. Maya is really leaving her. The space that she gave him is too much. Italy is so far away! He thought that the offer that she accepted is within the Philippines. Never did it crossed his mind that Maya can really leave this country just to move on and stay out of his sight.
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The hours is passing so quickly. Few more moment and she will leave this country where she grew up. How ironic, she wanted so bad to leave this place and settle down elsewhere but now, her heart is breaking on just a mere thought of staying in another country. That was her original plan before, to stay settle down abroad but things really do change when love enters your life.

She is currently waiting for her flight, her heart slowly dying as the minutes passed. Her phone suddenly flashed again and her mother sent her another message about reminders. Her mother, Teresita had reminded her thousand of times already, yet Maya would still smile of her mother’s concern.

When she touched the home button of her phone, she smiled bitterly of her wallpaper. It’s the last photo taken of her and Ricky. The last dinner date that they shared wherein she is already noticing the changes in their relationship. As she stares at the photo of her and Richard, she noticed how Richard’s eyes were lacking of the love that she wants to see. Maybe it’s only because she hates him at that moment that she is starting to notice that, or maybe not.

Without having second thoughts, in order for her to move on, she went to the photo gallery of her phone and started deleting all of her pictures with Richard. She had to do that. This is really goodbye.

“Makakalimutan din kita katulad ng pagkaya ng puso kong kalimutan si James dati. Dadating yung araw na hindi na ako masasaktan kapag naaalala kita. Mas masakit pala ito kaysa sa pinagpalit ako ni James dati.. Kasi ang kakumpetensya ko, wala na pero siya pa din ang mahal mo… Salamat Ricky, bye.”

She threw her phone inside her bag and stares back at the digital clock of the airport. Few more minutes left and she will be out of this country that is her home for years. Goodbye mother country! When I come back, I will be the better version of what I am now.
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He is reading the notebook of Alex silently. He is smiling at the memories he spent with his late wife as the notebook reminds him of his past. Before, he would cry as memories filled his mind but now, He no longer misses Alex that much and he was surprised.

He reached the last part of the notebook and was so shocked to read it. The last journal is not from his wife but from the woman who is occupying his mind for weeks.

Dear Alex,

Hi. I honestly don’t know what to tell you. Maybe, I wanted to thank you for I believe, giving us way to meet. I do know that it is not an accident that I saw your notebook. You made him left that on purpose. For us to meet, for him to move on. You are so lucky to be loved by Ricky, you know? I even envy you when I was reading this notebook of yours. I can feel his love for you through the words that you put here. I also wanted you to know that today, we are already a couple. I hope you don’t mind. I promise I will take good care of him. I swear I would.

I may not love him the way you do, only you can give such love. But I swear, I will love him in my own way. Gee, I love his smile. I know you do, too. It’s actually awkward to say these things to you but since you are really special to him, and also to me, I would like to tell you this. He still loves you, and it’s okay. You are worth his love and I wouldn’t mind if you still occupy a portion of his heart, as long as I know I’m also loved it doesn’t matter.

Again, Thank you Alex. Please do pray for our love to last.

Maya.

Tears started welling up from his eyes once again. His sobs were uncontrollable. He is so stupid not to realize the love he was showered with. Things are really not a coincidence, there is a purpose on why he accidentally left that inside the train.

There is a reason on why the notebook was found by Maya. Maybe Alex wanted him to be happy again. To finally let go of his memories with her. Maya might be right, Alex guided him to her. She wants him to be happy with Maya.

Maya… The woman who is invading his thoughts. She left him. And this is much way more heartbreaking than when Alex left him. Because with Alex, he is so sure that he will be the last man she’ll ever love and she has no choice but to leave him. But Maya, she has the freedom to love someone else.

He checked his watch and found that it’s already more than an hour left before Maya leaves the country, as what Liza had told him. Immediately, he reached for his phone and called on Liza. He asked her all of the information about her flight. He needs to stop her. He love her and he can’t picture the next days, months and years without her in his life. He is now sure. He wants her to be part of his life.

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The sky has lost it’s colour
The sun has turned to grey
At least that’s how it feels to me
Whenever you’re away

The rain that the clouds were holding all the time started falling on the ground. It had caused traffic jam and the loud honking of cars were heard everywhere. Obviously people hates the delay that it causes all of them. Some, maybe are hurrying for their reservations in a fancy restaurant or in a cinema that is showing the most talked about film today.

But the man inside the black BMW is pissed with the whole situation. He is really in a hurry to catch Maya’s flight! This happens all the time! When he is in a hurry, traffic is really heavy! And add to that, it is raining so hard. Is the heaven against his plan of reconciling to Maya?

Heck! Enough of that. Nothing can stop him now from getting Maya back.

Without even thinking, he went out of his car and ran as fast as he could away from the traffic, leaving his car in the middle of the road. He doesn’t even care if he is starting to get wet. He runs and runs and runs. Like as if he is joining a fun run and Maya is the prize.

When he saw a cab in a street where there is no more traffic, he immediately stopped it and went in.

He ordered the driver to hurry up and offered to triple the price of his bill. He needs to catch Maya. He needs to stop her from leaving him. His heart needs to see her. Or he will die the second time if he didn’t.

I crawl up in the corner
To watch the minutes pass
One second, one minute, one hour
Each one brings me closer to
The time you’re comin’ back

“Please, Lord. I need her.. I need her. Please hear my prayer this time..” He silently prayed and begged

The cab halted in front of the airport. He pulled out a few bills from his wallet and handed it to the driver and quickly went out.

I can’t take the distance, I can’t take the miles
I can’t take the time till I next see you smile
I can’t take the distance and I’m not ashamed
That with every breath, I take I’m callin’ your name
But I can’t take the distance

He made it passed the guards and had entered the airport. He searched and searched the whole area with her eyes. Too many people were walking everywhere and his eyes and heart are helping one another to find that familiar woman that he is longing for.

I still believe my feelings
But sometimes I feel too much
I make believe you’re close to me
But it ain’t close enough
Not nearly close enough

I can’t take the distance, I can’t take the miles
I can’t take the time until I next see you smile
I can’t take the distance and I’m not ashamed
That with every breath I take I’m callin’ your name

His eyes are starting to well up again. He scanned the whole place but cannot find her. He looked at his watch and noticed that he is already 20 minutes late. “Don’t give up Richard! She is worth the fight. Maybe her flight has been cancelled or delayed.”

He ran in front of the information center, had asked anyone he can see about the flight where his Maya is.

The man in front of the counter had told him that the plane had just left. He asked him if he was late and didn’t make it to his flight. He even asked if he wants to book another flight. But Richard’s mind is wandering elsewhere. He had lost her. He doesn’t know where in Italy she will be living.

What should he do? The woman whom he had took for granted is gone. He doesn’t know when she will come back or if he will see her again. Just the thought of losing her forever pierces his heart in so much pain. “I love you, Maya… I don’t want to say goodbye.. I’ll see you soon.. I will find you.”

I brave fire and I brave rain
To be by your side I’d do anythin’
I can’t take the distance

I will go the distance, I will go the miles
That’s how much you mean to me
‘Cause I can’t take the distance, I can’t take these miles
I can’t take the time till I next see you smile
I can’t take the distance and I’m not ashamed
That with every breath I take I’m callin’ your name

I can’t take the distance
It’s hard to remember as long as you’re away
When I find solace there’s only one way
It’s hard to remember as long as you’re away
When I find solace there’s only one way
It’s hard to remember as long as you’re away
When I find solace there’s only one way
It’s hard to remember as long as you’re away
When I find solace there’s only one way

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(A/N: The song that was used is “The Distance” by Evan and Jaron. You guys try to listen to it ;)) leave some comments pls :))

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All of me (this is not a story lol)

I just felt this strong desire to post this bc of what happened yesterday.

First, I am really sad bc I did not make it to Sir Chief’s mall tour which is very near in my school. Then I saw his pic and was surprised to see him attend Matteo’s birthday. I’m glad I saw him haha he is singing eh. Lol anyway, I wanna say that I am happy for ate Ash who’s also in Matt’s party.

I saw her a lot of times and the last photo there is our pic taken with her. I miss her a lot and I am just so happy to see that she is happy. It’s about time. πŸ’‹πŸ’˜πŸ˜

And when they sang all of me, omg the feels! 😊 Vice, Sir Chief, Christian were all there in Tipsy Pig. All are witness. I don’t know what’s the real score tho I am happy for her. I miss you ate Ash. See you soon!! 😊

Abt the update of the stories, i’ll post it soon sry busy po eh. Sryyy

Notes From The Heart- Chapter 25: Quid pro quo

Chapter 25: Quid pro quo

(A/N: helloooo! Mag-uupdate na ako today since aalis ako bukas. Hahaha sino pupunta sa Lucky China Town Mall? Andun si Sir Chief di ba? Tama ba ako? HAHA Sana maaya ko Lyce friends ko after kuhanan ng grades. Haha pls. :’)) anyway, ito na. Happy reading po! :)).

 

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“Hello, anak?” Maya’s mother phoned her in the office that morning. Maya is bothered with Ricky. She just heard from Liza that the latter had just arrived yesterday from Cebu yet he didn’t call her. Liza also informed Maya that Richard is in the other company in Pasay attending some meetings. She tried calling on him but he never did accepted her calls.

She wanted to cry as negative thoughts are filling in her mind again. What if Richard met another woman? What if he realized that he doesn’t love her anymore? She is trying to stop her tears from falling by filling up her mind with positivity. ‘He is just busy with work’ was her mantra that day.

Good thing her mother called during lunch time so she can divert her attention to her mother and she could have a break from thinking about Richard.

“Hello, po Ma.” She responded trying to pretend that she is okay.

“Oh, kumakain ka na ba? Lunch break nyo na” her mother asked. She’s concerned about her daughter because it didn’t ate her breakfast earlier and told her that she will just eat in the office’s canteen.

“Ay, kakain pa lang po ako Ma. Bakit po pala kayo napatawag?” She lied. She had lost her appetite since this morning.

“Eh kasi yung kapatid ng tatay mo tumawag. Yung tita Pia mo na nasa Italy.

“Opo, si Tita. Bakit daw po?”

“Eh may available na work daw duon. Ang sabi sa’kin pag-applyin daw kita at sayang naman. Sabi ko sasabihin ko sa’yo. Malaki daw ang sweldo tapos dun ka na daw sa kanila tumira para menos sa renta.” Her mom informed her.

She wasn’t surprised at all, because after her graduation, she told her parents about her plan of working out of the country when an opportunity will be given to her. Her aunt who lives in Italy once told her that she will look a job for her and after few yrs, finally, her aunt had called.

If she’s in her old self, she would definitely scream and jump for it is her dream of working abroad and add to that, living there, too. Since she was a kid, she loved seeing pictures of different tourist spots abroad. Her dream is to live in any place in Europe or in America. And now, her dream will come true. Should she grab it? But why would she? Everything had changed. And her dream has already come true. Being with Richard is a dream come true for her and that is enough.

“Ah.. Ma..” She paused, unable to think on what else to say.

Sensing her daughter’s doubt, “Anak, di bale, pag-isipan mo na muna. Okay din naman yung trabaho mo dito tapos malapit ka pa sa’min ng tatay mo. Kung gusto mo, kausapin mo na muna si Ricky. Itanong mo sa kanya kung anong masasabi nya.” Her mother adviced.

That’s a good advice, she thought. She needs to talk to him anyway. She’s missing him like crazy! She cannot take it anymore, she made a decision. She needs to talk to him and see him at that very moment!
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Ryan is sitting on the couch in the office of Richard drinking a cup of coffee prepared by Richard’s secretary there. He took a glance of his friend who is seated beside him and saw how devastated he looked like. He cough to caught his attention, but Richard remained staring at his mobile phone. Somewhat waiting for someone.

“Huy Richard!”

Richard immediately stared at him with his brows furrowed. “Opps! Sorry, ayaw mo nga pala magpatawag ng Richard or Chard or Chardie. Because only Alex can call you that.” He told him truthfully

“Shut up.” He replied somewhat annoyed

Ryan shook his head in disbelief. “Hey bro, it’s almost 2 years now. And Maya is there with you. Eh mukha ngang hinihintay mo sya tumawag. Pero kapag nababanggit si Alex, nakikita ko parin how much you miss her. You’re being unfair.” Finally, he had the courage to tell his friend on what he notice in his relationship with Maya. He thought that Maya could give his friend the same happiness that he had before, but Ryan was wrong. It seemed as though Richard is still living in the past, not able to move on with his life. He is still trapped in the past.

Richard remained mum. He, himself is confused. He is being unfair, he knows that. But he also can’t let Maya go. Call him selfish but he loves Maya, too. Just not as how much he loves Alex. Not at that moment.

“Bro, I’m being a friend here. Break up with her kung wala ka naman palang balak na ibigay kay Maya yung 100% ng puso mo. Kung si Alex pa rin talaga, then set Maya free. She deserves someone better. Kung hindi mo naman pala siya mahal edi-”

“No! I love her!” Richard’s voice roared in the room

Ryan couldn’t believe how his friend is acting. “Okay, sige. Pero mahal mo din si Alex. Okay lang naman yun bro eh. Hindi naman niya hinihiling na kalimutan mo yun. Habambuhay nasa puso mo si Lex. Pero sana iparamdam mo din kay Maya na importante sya at mahal mo sya. Kung mahal mo pala, ano bang problema?”

He sighed. He is so sure that he loves Maya. But the problem is that he cannot see himself settling down with her. “I.. I.. I just don’t think I can.. Marry Maya.”

A deafening silence ensued. Ryan shook his head frantically. “Bakit, gusto na ba nya kayo ikasal?”

“Hindi naman Ryan.. But I know dun din hahantong. I mean, that’s every girl’s dream, right? I love her, but my heart is not yet ready to give up Alex. I don’t know what’s holding me back.”

Ryan could feel that Richard is really hurting. “Brad wala na si Alex. Nandiyan si Maya.” He tapped his shoulder and said, “dapat brad, give and take sa isang relationship. Sabi nga sa law, Quid pro quo. Kung hindi mo kayang ibigay kay Maya yung gusto nya, let her go. Yun ang sagot. Mas mapapadali ang pag-iisip kung malayo kayo sa isa’t-isa. Mas marerealize mo lahat.”

Richard heaved a sigh. “Wag mong hanapin si Alex sa kanya, magkaiba sila bro.”

He is having a heavy heart. He no longer knows what is the right thing to do. Why everything should be as complicated as this? Actually, he is the only one who’s making everything complicated.
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She is walking towards Richard’s office. His secretary had told Maya that he’s inside and is just talking to Ryan.

She is getting nearer. Her heart is very excited to see him again. Before slowly turning the knob, she run her fingers on her hair and checked herself. With Richard’s door slightly opened, she didn’t intend to overhear their conversation. Her heart fell. Tears started falling down her cheeks. It is confirmed. He doesn’t love her.

She ran out of the building immediately after hearing those words straight from his mouth. She is crying so hard inside the cab as those words continued to play inside her head. “I.. I.. I just don’t think I can.. Marry Maya.” Never did she imagined how words can hurt a person.

Truth hurts that Richard can’t see his future with her while Maya’s been dreaming about their future almost everyday.

With all of the efforts that she exerted in their relationship, still he didn’t appreciate those. “Ano pa bang kulang, Ricky?”
~~

“Maya, I’m in Manila already. Let’s have dinner?”

“Baby, why are you not answering your phone?”

“Wala ka na daw sa office? Maaga ka umuwi?”

“May problema ba?”

“Where are you? I’ll fetch you.”

“Maya??”

Those were all of the messages that Maya had received from Richard that same day. She is inside her room, crying her lungs out. She hates him! She doesn’t want to see him. She is hurting like hell.

There were 20 missed calls all from Richard. Somehow she knows that she should face him soon. He doesn’t deserve her tears nor her heart. And the reason on why he wants to talk, she’s sure he’ll break up with her, so why not break up with him first?

With trembling fingers, she started typing words to her phone. Encoding what she needs to say to him. It reached 6 pages yet she didn’t send it. She deleted her message and started typing shorter message this time.

Controlling her sobs, she made a decision. And she is sure this is the right decision that she’ll make.

“Not now. Let’s just talk some other time. I’ll see you.” She sent it to him and turned her phone off afterwards. The rest of the night were spent by her staring at the ceiling. Contemplating of what she should tell him soon. This decision of hers came in her head like a blink of an eye. Yet, she knows this will happen anytime soon. She should just make things easier for him.

“Sorry Alex if I took him away from you. You’re indeed very lucky. I’m sorry if hindi ko magawang ibalik ang bagay na hindi sa’kin. Promise, I will return it to him” she silently talked to Richard’s late wife. Her heart is still hurting but she knows this is the best way to set him free.
~~

A week had passed. Maya asked for a leave in her office and were often visited by Richard in her home, however, she never faced him. She even changed her number. Maya’s mother would often ask her what’s wrong but couldn’t get any answer from the both of them.

Until this day came. She is waiting inside Richard’s living room. She didn’t inform him that she will come over in his house.

The notebook of Alex is inside Maya’s bag, waiting for the right moment to be given back. She no longer care if he will hate her because of that notebook. Maybe that is even better to finally close their relationship. Enough of those crying nights. This is goodbye.

Her head bowed down, it automatically lifted up when she heard footsteps coming from the staircase. She saw him staring at her. Their eyes locked yet Maya exerted all her effort to tear her eyes away from his gaze.

“Maya…” He finally said. She can see how sad his eyes were but that wouldn’t change Maya’s purpose that day. She is determined to end things between them.

“I missed you!” Richard engulfed her in a bear hug. Maya could hear his heavy breathing. Her eyes started welling up with different emotions bubbling up inside her. He is confusing her! She felt how happy he is the moment that he saw her. Still, that wouldn’t change her mind. She would still break up with him.

He stepped back in his arms length to face her. He found him crying which urge him to embrace her again. “Hey.. Why are you crying? And why are you ignoring me for days? I’m worried sick! Akala ko ayaw mo na akong makita.” He said almost in tears. “Did I do something wrong, baby?”

That’s it! He’s acting like he had not said those words! With all of her strength, she pushed him away. Richard stood few feet away from her. His eyes wide in shock.

“Oo.” She murmured.

“Ha? Anong Oo?” He asked her with confusion

“Oo, ayaw na kitang makita.” She said without even blinking.

It took a while before his mind had processed what she’s trying to say. “Y-y-you’re kidding, right?”

“Mukha ba akong nagbibiro?”

Richard’s heart fell. He never expected this day would come. He is used to seeing her sweet. He’s not ready for this. What the heck did he do for her to do this? “Why?” He had lost for words. His mind could only think of the possible up coming days without Maya in his life.

“Hindi mo alam?” She pursed her lips and forced a smile. “Okay, sige. Isang tanong lang Ricky!” She sniffed. Trying so hard to pull back her tears. She wanted to be strong in breaking up with him.

“Minsan ba, naisip mo din na.. Na.. Gusto mo akong makasama habambuhay?” Those words that pierced her heart for days finally came out. She’s been dying to confirm it again, even if it would hurt.

Richard stared back at her. Words failing to come out of his mouth. That is his issue in this relationship. He cannot give her marriage because his whole heart still belongs to Alex. Something is holding him back.

“I.. I..” He started but cannot continue. Days with her flashed in his mind. They’ve been happy together, why can’t they just settle as girlfriend-boyfriend for a moment while he’s trying to let go of Alex’s memories? How the heck did such thing appeared in her mind? He knew it. This issue will come out eventually. But why this early when he still hadn’t have any solution to that?

Maya wiped her tears and nodded. She perfectly understood what his silence meant. “It’s alright. I will make things easier for you Ricky.” She paused and fishes something inside her bag.

Her hand shaking, she handed him his wife’s notebook. Richard immediately recognized it and was surprised that all along it’s with Maya. He felt betrayed. “Nasa iyo ‘to? Gaano na katagal? How? Binasa mo?” Was Richard’s immediate question. Gone was his sadness about their coming break up. His reaction had changed. From that moment, Maya knew he is still very much in love with his and Alex’s memories together.

“Yes. I.. I’m sorry kung hindi ko agad sinoli. Nung una, nahiya lang ako kasi alam kong iisipin mong pakielamera ako. Pero hindi ko naman kasi alam na.. Na makikita kita ulit. Di ko naman alam kung kanino ibabalik yan. Pero nung gusto ko na syang ibalik sa’yo.. Narealize ko na.. baka pag binalik ko yan, bumalik ka na naman sa pagiging malungkot… Yung.. Katulad nung araw na nakita kitang… umiiyak sa train..”

“Train?”

“Yes. Dun mo naiwan yan. Ang lungkot mo nun. Balak ko naman talagang ibalik yan.. Pero nung nakita kitang masaya na.. Naisip kong baka bumalik ka sa dati pag naalala mo sya. Kapag nabalik yung bagay na makakapagpaalala sa kanya.” Tears started to fall from her cheeks once again. This time, she let it all out. She is sobbing.

“Tapos.. T-tapos.. N-nung na-naging tayo, sabi ko.. H-hindi kita papalungkutin kahit kailan. Gusto ko na palagi kang makitang nakangiti kasi deserve mo yun. Mahal kita kasi.. Yun yung sabi ng puso ko.”

“P-pero.. Mali pala ako,.. Kasi.. Siya pa din yung naaalala mo kahit na wala sa’yo yung notebook nya. Siya pa din yung mahal mo. Yung laman ng buo mong puso. Yung mas pipiliin mong makasama forever…hindi ko naman hinihiling na kalimutan mo sya. Hindi naman pwede yun eh.. Hindi ko din hinihiling na sana mas mahalin mo ako kasi hindi naman dapat sinusukat yung pag-ibig..kahit lang sana.. Sana.. Iparamdam mo, na mahalaga din ako s’yo.”

Richard is breathing heavily. Everything is taking toll on him. And he deserve it. Maya paused to gasp for some air. She waited for any response from Richard but he continued staring at her with misty eyes. That sullen face that she had once promise never to see again.

She sighed and wiped those tears that is making her eyes blurred. “Naiinggit ako Ricky.. Kasi kahit wala na sya.. Siya pa din eh.” Her lungs is having a hard time gasping for air. Her heart is slowly breaking. Richard keeps staring at the notebook that he’s holding now. Listening to everything that Maya is telling him.

“Hindi ko na kayang intindihin ka. Sabi ko dati, makahanap lang ako ng lalaking katulad nung kinekwento ni Alex sa notebook na yan, siguro… Siguro magiging.. Kasing saya nya ako.. Pero.. Pero mali na naman ako.. Kasi.. Kasi.. Sya lang yung.. Yung kaya mong bi-bigyan ng ganung happiness…” She cried even harder this time. Everything is slowly making sense to her.

“I have to let you go. Makikipag-hiwalay na ako Ricky. Hindi lang para sa’kin. I know it’s the best for us.” She said those words in tears. Her mind is sure about her decision, but her heart tells her to hang on. To keep on believing. But she refused to follow her heart this time. She needs the happiness that Richard couldn’t give her. It’s time.

She smiled at him before she slowly walk her way outside his house. Richard remained standing there, his feet were glued on the floor. Watching Maya walk away. He is letting her go. He is breaking, but at that moment, he is so fazed up. He doesn’t know what to do. He sat on the couch and covered his face with his hands. He cried so hard. He allowed her to go. It felt like he is slowly dying again with the pain that he is feeling.

Maybe, Maya’s right. This is what they need. It’s for the best. She needs all the love in the world and he cannot give his whole heart yet, because it still hadn’t fully mended when Alex died.
~~

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Notes From The Heart- Chapter 24: Happy Birthday!

Chapter 24: happy birthday!

(A/N: things are still not that good, tho I would like to thank all of those who are waiting for an update of this. Things will be better.. In time. Haha btw, thank you po Flevents and Fanficnewbie for the help, this chapter is dedicated to both of you. Salamat po ulit sa detailed help. Haha I already made a Library. Just check it out. Happy reading! :))

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It’s been days since the last time that Richard spoke to her. But Maya made sure that she will connect to her boyfriend through sending him text messages every now and then even though she never received any replies.

Today is Richard’s birthday, she already has plans on how to celebrate it with him but after days of not talking to each other, she was bothered and couldn’t focus on her surprise. Good thing that Emman helped her in preparing a surprise inside Richard’s office.

Liza made sure that Richard will be there because she told him that he needs to attend an important meeting there.

The clock keeps on ticking and Maya, together with her friends are all busy as a bee. Inside his room, they set-up a long table and had placed different dishes on it. Mostly were cooked by Maya at 2 in the morning, while some are from Emman, Simon and Liza which they bought somewhere.

Richard’s room is also filled with balloons in blue. The glass walls of Richard’s office gave the place a happy atmosphere. She still hadn’t greeted Richard even so by only sending him a message, she wanted to surprise him even if she really doesn’t know if he can make it. At least, she made an effort.

“Oh girl, ayan na so pagpasok nya, sisigaw tayong lahat ng surprise!!” Emman suggested

“Teka, parang mas maganda kung Happy Birthday?!” Simon countered

Emman shook his head “no, no, no! Mas maganda kung surprise. Surprise party nga eh!”

“Eh obvious namang surprise party kaya dapat happy birthday na lang.” Simon pushed

“Tse. Malamang din naman alam nyang birthday nya, so, surprise na lang ang isigaw natin! Di ba, Maya?” Simon slightly shook his head and Liza bursted out laughing with their banter. As the three of them glances at Maya, they found him staring at her gift.

Emman tapped her shoulder. “Uy girl. Ano bang laman nyan? For sure naman magugustuhan nya yan sobra ka namang bothered.” He commented

“Sa tingin nyo ba magugustuhan nya lahat ng ‘to?” She asked them in a sullen face.

The three all nodded and smiled at her. “Don’t worry too much Maya. Sir, already texted he’ll be here in about 10 minutes!” Liza informed her.

“Okay. Salamat, Liza.”

“Group hug!!” Emman squealed.
~~

That morning, Richard went to the cemetery and stayed there for two hours. That is how he would always celebrate his birthday, by staying there beside his wife, wondering on what might had happened if she’s still beside him.

His phone rang. The name of a familiar woman flashed on its screen. “Hello.” He happily greeted the person on the other line.

“Hello, Richard! I missed you!” The woman exclaimed. “Happy Birthday.” She added

“Thanks Mama!” He had almost forgot that he should be happy at that time.

“Let me guess kung nasaan ka, you’re with my daughter again, am I right?” She asked in which Richard nodded. “Yes.”

“Well, I guess my daughter would love it if I will borrow a few hours with my son-in-law.”

“You’re here in the Philippines?” He asked. Alex’s parents decided to move in the US after their daughter died in order for them to easily move on. Richard would have wanted to do the same but his parents didn’t agree. They wanted to be there with him as he heals his broken heart.

“Yes, I’m here to celebrate your birthday. I’ve dreamt of my daughter last week. I think she’s requesting me to go home for you.” She responded.

“Alright, Ma. I’ll see you.” He immediately hung up and stood up.
~~

The two are having their lunch in a Japanese restaurant. Both are catching up about things that happened when they didn’t see each other. Richard is really happy to see Alex’s mom. They really looked a like. Alex’s mom, Sandra and Richard were really close like as if Richard is really Sandra’s son.

“I’m so glad to see you, again. You look good.” She said as she took a sip of her tea.

“Thanks Ma. You look good, too.” He responded with a smile.

“Anyway, so how are you doing? Are you seeing someone?” She asked casually.

“Uh..” He had lost for words. It seemed awkward talking about your new love to the mother of you past.

“It’s alright Richard, I’ve heard that you are dating someone. It’s good. First step of moving on. Ayoko namang habambuhay ka na maging malungkot.” She took a sip of her tea some more before she continued. “But, ayoko lang sana na ang ipapalit mo kay Alex ko ay yung malayo sa kanya. I mean, yung alam mo yon?” He could only nod. Of course, this is Alex’s mother, what could he expect?

“Don’t worry Ma. I still love your daughter. Forever will.” He assured.

They both keep quiet. His phone beeped. It was a text from Liza, informing him of his meeting.

“Cancel it.” He replied.

He wasn’t able to put his phone back in his pocket as he received another text from her. “Sir, nandito si Maya, hinihintay ka. May surprise sya eh. Pls sir wag nyo naman hindi siputin. Sobrang lungkot na po ng girlfriend nyo.” She filled him up with information. She doesn’t mind spoiling the surprise because if she didn’t do it, there will be no one to surprise.

Guilt filled Richard that very moment. He thought that Maya is already mad at him and wouldn’t mind greeting him, yet she managed to surprise him. This woman is really worth all the love in the world. “Uhm.. Ma, I’m sorry I have to go. I’ll see you again some time, ok?” He smiled and left immediately.

“Alright. Happy birthday, son!”

~~

“Liza, girl, wala pa ba? Anyare sa 10 minutes and he will be here? Almost 1hr na ah. Baka mapanis na yung dishes!” Emman said quite annoyed. He hates how he sees his friend, Maya sad.

“Parating na talaga, malapit na. Sabi nya kasi i-move ko daw yung meeting saglit or if I could ask them to wait for a while. Na-traffic siguro.” She lied a little but at least, Richard is really on his way.

Few more minutes of waiting, the door of Richard’s office flew open surprising the people inside. It was Richard and no one had said the magic words “surprise” nor “happy birthday” they just stayed standing there. Glued to their spot. Unable to move.

“Aah.. Happy Birthday sir!” Liza, Emman and Simon finally greeted and it earned a smile from Richard. “Thanks guys.”

He, then took a glance at Maya. She seems sad, her eyes were almost crying. He moved closer to her and engulfed her in a hug. “How are you? I’m sorry baby. I’m a bit busy.” There is no doubt, he missed her terribly.

Maya embraced him tighter. “Alam ko naman, Ricky. I love you. Happy Birthday!” She expected more explanations from him. Such is unacceptable allibi. But she’ll let it pass, again. It’s his birthday anyway. And she’s just so happy that time that finally, she saw him again.

“Thank you. You made me happy.”
~~

They are all eating and chatting at the same time. Maya missed serving Richard so his plate is full with food. He insisted that they should just share a plate. She giddily agreed though she is not aware that he’s just really full because of his lunch out earlier with his mother-in-law. She thought that he’s just being sweet.

After their lunch, Simon, Liza and Emman went back to their respective tables and resumed working. Richard asked Maya to stay for a while in which she happily obliged.

“Ah.. Ricky, gift ko pala. Sorry, wala kasi talaga ako maisip tapos lately, di pa tayo masyado nagkikita so ayan.” She explained while handling him her gift.

“You don’t have to explain, Maya. I appreciate everything you give for my birthday.” He said while opening Maya’s gift. Inside the box she gave to him is a small picture frame of him and Maya during one of their dinner dates. He smiled upon remembering that night with her.

“Ah.. Eh.. Naisip ko lang na since di na tayo palaging nagkikita, at least kapag nasa office ka or sa bahay mo, maaalala mo ako.” She said. ‘Lalo na at puro pictures nyo ni Alex ang nasa bahay at office mo.’ Her mind wanted to add but her mouth refused to blurt that out.

“Thanks, Maya. I’ll find a place for this.” He told her and placed it on the shelf next to his plaques and awards that are displayed on it. She would have wanted him to place it on his desk because he never spend time staring on that shelf and most of the time he’s busy working on his table. Anyway, maybe Richard wanted to boast everyone on their relationship like the awards displayed on that shelf. Maybe he’s just proud of their relationship.

But whenever Maya would see his table, she will envy that woman who almost filled his table with her pictures. There are three frames on top of it, one is with Alex, the other one is his family and another of a solo pic of his wife. How she hoped there is a space for her there, too.
~~

After that day, Richard traveled to Cebu for another meeting. He is expected to go back after 3 days. Richard told her that he will be very busy there but assured her that even though he might not able to text or call her, he will be thinking of her most of the time.

Maya erased all of the negative thoughts about her relationship with Richard. She understands him perfectly. She love him way too much. And she can feel that Richard loves him too. He is just not that showy.

She received a text from him that night.

“Baby, goodnight. Always remember that I do love you. Things are difficult but I am trying to adjust. There are things going on in my head and I promise to fix everything. After 3 days, let’s talk. I’ll see you in 3days. Take care while I’m away.”

She was puzzled on his message. She managed to reply “ano ba yun, sweetheart?” But he didn’t replied anymore, so she texted him some more. “Alright. See you in 3days. I miss you.”

After a few, she heard her phone beeped. “See you. Love you.”

Sure enough, Richard is acting strange. Sometimes he’s sweet and then later on he’ll be distant and cold. After 3 days, they will talk. She will ask him all of the questions that she needs an answer.
~~

He is indeed fazed with his own emotions. Most of the time he misses her. He really needs more time to move on. He should give his everything to Maya. She deserves everything. For now, he will focus on his work. After 3 days, he will talk to her. Hopefully, things will be better.
~~~~~

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Their Own Haven- Chapter 4: Dinner what?

Chapter 4: Dinner what?

The rays of sun slipped through the window causing her to stir on her bed. She woke up late because she stayed up until morning thinking of the things that she should do to keep her vacation happy without bumping into Richard. Is that even possible? Heck! They are technically living in one roof!

She peeks in through her door looking for a sign of Richard in the hallway. Their bed rooms are across each other and she found it still closed. She wondered if he’s already downstairs or is still sleeping.

Feeling her stomach grumble, she went downstairs for breakfast.

The smell of garlic in the pan welcomed her as soon as she went downstairs. She quickly followed the smell and wasn’t at all shocked to see Richard cooking breakfast.

“Good morning!” She happily greeted him. She knows that she promised she’ll stay away. But she just couldn’t help herself. Her heart is so happy with him near her.

He looks back at her and gave her his heart melting smile. “Good morning. I’m almost done cooking. I prepared the table as well, upo ka na. Sandali na lang ‘to.” He said as he continues to cook.

Her heart almost jumped off her chest. It is a good feeling that someone cares for you a lot. “Sorry tinanghali ata ako ng gising. Ako na lang dyan.” She offered “no, wag na. Upo ka lang dyan.” He casted a glance at her again and smiled.
~~
“So, what are your plans for today?” He asked her as they were seated on a hut ouside the house eating their breakfast. They’ve decided that it is better to eat outside because the view there adds to their appetite.

“Hmm” she pauses for a while to think. “I guess magbabasa ng libro.” She replied

“Oh. Yeah, nakita ko nga yung dala mong libro. Sobrang dami.” He commented “can you really finish those?”

“Oo naman. Pag wala akong ginagawa minsan, walang taping tapos minsan umuulan hindi din makalabas, nagsstay na lang ako sa bahay tapos nagbabasa. Minsan kasi parang sweet escape sya sa reality. Greatest passport kumbaga sa kung saan-saang lugar. Ganon.” She said dreamily.

He nodded at her. He sometimes had hoped in escaping reality.

“Hmm.. Eh, ikaw? Para naman I can, you know, mabigay yung space that you need.” She secretly hope that he will lock himself in his room just to give her some space. She can’t give her heart what it wanted. She just can’t see him every minute.

“Hm.. I think it’s a good day for a swim. Don’t you think?” He flashed her a smile then spoons his food.

“Ha?” Oh no! Her mind wanders off with seeing his bare chest, and his wet look. Geez!

“Yes. I think I should go for a swim.”
~~
The sun is at its highest. It is indeed a sunny day, hot as ever. And the warmth that Maya’s feeling is not just from the sun, but as well as with the hotness of Richard in the beach. She bit her lips and shook her head with her own thoughts. She agreed earlier that she will read inside the house beside the windows to have that serene and peaceful environment and so, she could also take a peek of the view outside. She thought that it would be good for her reading, but she was wrong. Richard is the only one that her eyes sees outside. It distracts her from reading a good book. Geez!

Immediately, she closed the book that she’s holding. She can no longer concentrate. A sleep at that moment would be good for her. An escape for the unfamiliar feeling that is bubbling up inside her.

She is already on the stairs when she heard Richard’s voice behind her. “Maya.” He called her using his sexy voice. Maya trembled.

Slowly, she looked back and saw him with his shorts and with a towel hanging on his shoulder. “Oh? Tapos ka na magswimming?” She managed to ask him normally. Dismissing random feelings inside her.

“Well, yes. Medyo mainit na eh.” He said, somehow, Maya thought that he wants to say something.

“Ah. Eh may sasabihin ka ba?” She asked

He nodded “Well, you know.. I wanna ask you something. But of course, if it’s okay with you to talk.”

“Oo naman. Ano ba yon?” She is confused on what will he say that he looks so nervous.

“Alright. Let’s talk later during dinner. What do you want? I’ll cook something.” His face brighten up.

“Bakit hindi na lang ngayon?” She asked. His stares would kill her!

“Well, mas maganda kung mamaya na lang.”

“Okay, fine. Pero hindi mo naman kailangan na magluto pa. Ako naman ang magluluto mamaya.” She suggested. She actually loves the taste of Richard’s dishes especially that it made it easier for her because she doesn’t need to think what to cook but, she also doesn’t want Richard to think that she is enjoying the idea of him serving her.

“Uh. Ako na lang. How about, tomorrow you’ll be the one to cook. Pero mamaya, ako na muna ulit.” His eyes mirrored a glint of hope that Maya would agree to this. She doesn’t know why but she feels that he is up to something.

“Sige na nga. Ikaw na bahala kung ano gusto mo lututin.”

“Yes!” He threw his fist up in the air. Maya was surprised with what he did and stared back at him. “Uhh.. See you later!” He said and headed to his room. Maya could only shrug and couldn’t wait any longer for dinner. She should enjoy this time with him, even though afterwards, she should face reality.
~~

At exactly 7 in the evening Maya woke up from her sleep and heard someone knock at her door. She stood up to open it up and found no one outside. “Trip ata ako ni Richard ah!” She pouted. She’s about to close it again when something on the floor caught his attention.

A white long-stemmed rose was left outside with a piece of paper attached to it. She took it immediately and reads the piece of paper.

Hi Maya, just go downstairs when you’re ready. I’m excited for our date! (:- Richard

“Date?!!” She blurted out. All he asked for is a talk during dinner, and not a date! She is trying to avoid him and then, this? Chard naman paano kita iiwasan nyan kung palagi kang nandyan?
~~
She is staring inside her closet for quite some time now. She is still undecided on what to wear. Sure enough they will be spending dat so-called “date” inside this rented rest house, yet she wanna look good.

Since she didn’t have any formal clothes that she brought with her, so she decided to wear her white polo and her skinny jeans.

At exactly 8 in the evening, she slowly made her way downstairs. The whole house is filled with only the sound of her footsteps. She doesn’t like such sound for she felt so alone. “Richard?!” She almost yelled.

When she reached the living area, she was more than surprised to find him there. Smiling like a high school who is patiently waiting for his prom date. He is wearing a blue collared polo shirt and jeans. Simple, yet extremely handsome.

She smiled at him. For the first time after months of denying it, she admitted that she is indeed in love with him.

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