Chapter 22:The Wedding Day
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“Ricky, nasaan ka na?”
“I’m stuck in traffic, baby. I’m sorry, I’ll be late.”
“Okay lang, sige.” She hung up immediately. It’s the wedding day of Maya’s friend, Lara that morning. She and Richard are invited. They are supposed to go there together but Richard has an important emergency meeting to attend to, so he will only follow.
“Oh ano na girl? Nasaan na siya?” Dianne, her other friend excitedly asked her. All of her friends are excited to finally meet Richard. It’s the first time that Maya will introduce him to her highschool friends. She, too is excited.
“Eh natraffic daw siya eh. Maya-maya dadating din yun.” She smiled at them
“Hay. Grabe excited na lahat makilala yang jowa mo. Kilala naman kasi yang pamilya nila. And alam ng lahat kung gaano siya ka-gwapo!” Her friend giggled.
“Kayo talaga.” She commented. Everyone in the entourage is now set. The groom is ushered to wait in the altar while the guests are now settled in their seats.
All eyes were fixed as soon as the bride made her way to the altar. Maya’s friend is beyond beautiful that day. Everyone were all in tears as they watch her intently. Maya wondered what would she look like in her wedding day. For sure, she is gorgeous as well. She smiles dreamily when she imagined walking down the aisle while Richard stares at her with love. Speaking of him, where is he now anyway?
She texted him.
“Ricky, where are you? Nagsisimula na yung wedding.”
She then shifted her eyes back to her friend who is now crying as she reaches the altar. A tear fell from Maya’s cheek and quickly wiped it away.
It is a busy day for Richard. He is really thankful that there is an emergency meeting that he needs to attend to. He doesn’t want to attend the wedding, but he also doesn’t like to disappoint Maya. Now he is torn between going or not. So, at the end, he chose to come there late. He texted Maya that he will be late because she is already texting him about his whereabouts.
The road going to the church is not really busy. There is no traffic. It is smooth flowing. So, he decided to take a coffee break at a nearby coffee shop before attending the wedding. After Alex died, he never attended such event because he only remembers that wonderful day with his wife. Their own wedding day.
He could clearly remember how much they prepared for that day. The two of them were counting days as it passes by, very excited for their wedding to come. And when it did, they happily imagined how days would be like everyday with each other. However, their marriage didn’t last that long. Not long enough to make each other feel how much they love each other.
It is already four in the afternoon when he arrived in the hotel where the reception is held. Maya is waiting for him in the lobby in the hotel and greeted him once she saw him.
“Ricky! Kanina pa kita hinihintay. Sobrang tagal mo naman, sayang di mo naabutan yung kasal sa simbahan. Sobrang nakakakilig!” She happily told him as she loops her arm on his.
“Sorry, baby.” He kissed her head and walked towards the lift. “Is the program over?”
“Nope. Kakasimula pa lang din.” He frowned upon hearing that. Heck, the program also started late. Just when he thought that the program will end soon enough as he arrived, but he’s wrong. “Tara, bilisan na natin.”
“To the newlyweds..” The announcer raises a glass “cheers!” And all did the same. The next thing that happened, that familiar sound made by the glass and fork filled the place as all of the guests asks for a kiss from the new married couple.
The guests squealed in delight when the two, kissed in front of them. Richard is uncomfortable seeing this. It’s like he’s drawn back to the happiest day in his life, only to find out that there is really no such thing as happily ever after.
“Ito na, ang pinakahihintay ng mga girls!” The emcee announced in front with an excited tone. “Sasalo na kayo ng bulaklak!! All the single ladies come and join us here, please!”
Every girl in Maya’s table stood up but Maya remained seated beside Richard.
“Uy, Maya? Tara na! Single ka pa din no, hindi ka pa married!” Maya’s friend, Aira teased her.
She blushes. “Oo, alam ko, kaso kasi…” She looks at Richard somewhat asking for his approval, and when he nodded, she quickly stood up and walk with her other friends.
“Sus! Papaalam pa.” Dianne said, and they all laughed.
“Oh, basta ang makasalo alam na! Ako ulit ang gawin nyong emcee sa wedding ng makakasalo
ha?” He joked in which everyone laughed.
“In three! Ready na ba kayo girls? Walang tulakan!! Kalma lang kayo sa may likod ng bride.”
“One!” The bride raises the bouquet in the air.
“Two!” All of the girls were anticipating and were focused on the flowers.
“THREEEEE!!!” The bouquet flew in the air. And like a slow-mo in the eyes of the girls, it flew up and fell down landing on Maya’s hands. She lovingly smiled.
“Oh! We have a new bride! Maybe next year?” The emcee teased her while the other quests did the same. She blushed even more with their teasing.
She was then ushered to take a seat on the stage beside the newly wed as the throwing of the garter is now up on the program.
This time, all of the single guys were invited in front to catch the garter that will be thrown by the groom.
Some guys started to go in front. In the table of Richard, Maya’s girl friends were back and the guys are already standing somewhat waiting for Richard to do the same. But he remained seated on his chair.
“Bro, tara na.” The man named Dan called on Richard.
“Oo nga Ricky, dapat ikaw ang makakuha nung garter for Maya!” Sarah, another friend of Maya told him.
“I’m sorry, I’m not in the mood for this game.” He seriously replied.
“Are you sure, bro?” Dan asked
“Yes.” He replied firmly. They didn’t even dared to ask him once more and left him seated on his chair.
Maya stared on their table. She’s expecting that Richard would join, but she was surprised when he didn’t stood up. More of disappointed that he didn’t join to win her. That is what she feels. Her smile instantly faded away.
“Okay, boys. Kayo naman! Galingan nyo naku! Ang ganda pa naman ng nakakuha ng bouquet ng bride. Ang swerte nyo! Yung makakakuha hingin nyo na yung number nito pagkatapos para kayo naman ang susunod na ikakasal!” The people around them laughed their hearts out. Maya’s friends on the table took a glance at Richard and they found him frowning with what the emcee had said.
“Places! Places! In threeee!!!” The emcee shouted. “One, two, three!” All said in chorus.
After a few, the guy named Dan, who happened to be one of Maya’s friends is the one who caught the garter. He earned a lot of teasing from their friends. He smiled foolishly. That is the time that Richard heard about Dan having a crush on Maya when they are still on High School. Richard frowned some more. His mood becomes worse.
Richard, then checked on Maya’s reaction and found her smiling from ear to ear. As if she’s happy that it’s Dan who caught it. Darn!
“Ayan na! Are you guys ready?” All roared ‘yes’ “hindi na natin papatagalin pa, since we started late so kailangan natin bilisan. You guys look good together, by the way!”
“Higher! Higher!” They all cheered as the garter is slowly moved up on Maya’s legs then to her thigh. Richard’s jaw clenched while watching. He can clearly see how much that guy named Dan is enjoying this moment. His eyes were shooting daggers to almost everyone he hears that is shouting ‘higher’
Maya and Dan had their pictures taken,afterwards. The emcee even requested for a kiss, in which Dan gladly gave to Maya. He kissed Maya on her cheek. That kiss earned another teasing from their group of friends. Richard made a mental note that he would punch that emcee later on his face after the party because he seemed unmindful if the two already had someone special in their lives. Heck!
“Nako, Ricky, sabi sa’yo dapat sumali ka na. Wag ka mag-alala magkaibigan naman talaga yang dalawa na yan.” Dianne, who is seated on his left tapped his shoulder. She might noticed that he’s mad based on how he looks at Maya and Dan.
Is he really that obvious? “I’m okay” he replied. Of course he’s lying, he is not okay! He will burst out of jealousy if Maya wouldn’t stay away from that guy right now!
When Maya and Dan came back to their table, she smiled at Richard although she’s is still disappointed that he didn’t joined, she still had fun.
Richard became quiet until the end of the program. Surely, he would answer all of the questions asked to him but that’s it. He will not engage himself in a long conversation with Maya’s friends. Especially that he noticed how Dan looks at Maya. He would then hold Maya’s hand possessively everytime he notices Dan staring at Maya.
Maya knew there is something wrong with Ricky, but she let it pass for now. She will talk to him later. Anyway, she is enjoying on how Richard holds her hand most of the time.
Richard’s car is parked outside Maya’s house now. Silence filled the air as no one dared to talk. Finally, Maya managed to break the silence. “Ricky, goodnight na.” She smiled at him and quickly removed her seatbelt before leaving his car, but Richard reached for her arm and stopped her. Maya stared at Richard.
“Bakit?” She asked him. He remained staring at her. “Ay! Oo nga, goodnight kiss pala!” She smiled widely before planting a kiss on his cheek. But still, Richard held her arm tighter.
She heard him sigh. “May problema ba?”
Sighs. “Are you really close with that guy?” He finally blurted out what’s bothering him.
“You know who is he. That Dan!” He is pissed just as remembering that guy
She nodded “Aaah. Oo, bakit ba?” She could clearly see how Richard’s face turns red and she knows that he is upset.
“Did she courted you before? Crush ka pa din ba niya? Alam ba niyang he doesn’t have a chance on winning you?” He asked her one question after the other.
Maya’s reaction changed from confused earlier, to a smiling Maya. He must be jealous! She just can’t help but to feel giddy. So to test the water, she played along.
“Ang dami mo namang tanong. Yes nanligaw siya, pero matagal na yun.” She answered and noticed how his eyes turned into slits.
“How about my question if he still has a crush on you?” He asked again without looking at her
“Ewan ko, dapat di ba siya ang tinatanong mo?” She answered. She would really burst out laughing any moment now.
She can no longer help it, she laughed so hard. “Ano ka ba kasi,” laughs some more. “Nagseselos ka ba, Ricky?” She asks as she controls her laughter
He didn’t answer. “Alam mo kasi, dapat sumali ka na lang. Eh di sana, hindi ka nagkakaganyan. Eh di sana, ikaw yung aasarin nila na next na ikakasal kasama ako!” She smiled teasingly.
“Alright, I’m jealous. So stay away from him” he stated
“Sungit! But he’s my friend.”
“Fine. Just.. Just try to stay away, okay?”
She nodded. “Tama na pagiging seloso, Ricky. I love you!” She cups his face and gave him a quick kiss on his lips. “Goodnight!” She bid goodbye and headed inside their house.
Richard remained inside his car, staring on the road. Not leaving yet. Realization sank in to Richard with what Maya had told him. He heaved a sigh. He can’t. He just can’t.
About Richard’s realization, saka na lang. Tho y’all could always guess. Nyaha. :)) salamat po sa mga naghihintay ng update. *hugs*