It Happened in Paris- Part 2

PART 2

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She must have had shifted her frustrated attention onto him because of Jeffrey. That sure thing made her feel like as if she loves him. You can’t love someone in that short span of time, right? Besides, she believes in long courtship. So, this is just because she’s alone in Paris and she found a good company with him.

Yes. That’s just it. Nothing more.

She sighs deeply. All the time that she’s on the plane, her mind wanders back to him. She wonders what he’s doing at that moment. She is trying so hard to deny that she misses him. Whatever reason that she can come up to just to hide what she truly feels, she’ll buy it!

As her plane landed, with her luggage at hand, she quickly went outside the airport while waiting for her parents to fetch her. It’s already near sunset. She watches the people around her, hugging and crying after seeing their loved ones again.

She shrugged her shoulders. She surely misses her parents but she won’t cry that much. Heck, it’s just few weeks since she left.

At the sight of a familiar man and woman walking their way towards her place, her face lights up. She waves her hand happily and shrieks. Dang! She couldn’t believe she missed them that much.

“Mom! Dad!!” She’s thrilled to see the two of them that day. Although they’ve been separated years ago, it is nice to know that they remained friends for her.

The three of them embraced like a happy family. She can see how much they miss her. Duh. As if she’s gone for years.

“Ma, Dad, ang OA. Ilang weeks lang naman ako nawala.” She complained but she’s happy to be loved unconditionally by them.

“Anak, mahirap na hindi ka ma-miss. At isa pa, sobrang malungkot ka nung umalis ka kaya syempre nag-alala kami.” Her father said and starts examining her face. “But, mukha namang napabuti ang vacation mo. You look lovelier anak!” Maya smiled with his father’s compliment.

“Sus! Kayo talaga. Thanks dad.”

“Mabuti naman at mukhang masaya ka na ulit, anak.” Her mother added with misty eyes. Oh the so dramatic mother of hers.

“Ma naman!” She groaned. “Anyway, let’s eat somewhere. I’m hungry!”

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“Bakit nga ba naisipan mo na umuwi?”

The question was thrown at her as soon as the food were given. “Hmm.. Okay na po ako eh.” She said, and it is true. She is better than the day that she left.

“Talaga? Dapat sigurado ka na anak ah? Ayokong balikan mo yung lalaking yon!” His ever so protective father told her. The two of them knew what happened and they are also the reason why she went to Paris. Her parents gave her that vacation to mend her broken heart. Her mom even teased her that she might meet someone new there that might help her to heal. And indeed, she met someone. Geez!

“Ma.. Mabait naman si Jeffrey. And I think we should talk.” She answered

Maya’s mother was surprised. “I knew it! Anak ah! Ayoko dun. Sinaktan ka na nun. Akala ko pa naman kaya ka bumalik dahil okay ka na, yun pala makikipagbalikan ka?” Her mother is angry and she cannot blame her. Her mother was aware how much she loved Jeffrey.

“Ma, I said we should talk. I never said na makikipagbalikan ako.” She rolled her eyes.

“Kahit na kausapin hindi na din kailangan yun, Maya.” His father butted in “ano pa bang kailangan pag-usapan? Mamaya mabola ka na naman nun. Ayoko na makita kang umiiyak na naman! Mahal pamasahe sa Paris.” His father added the last statement to lighten up the atmosphere as he also hates Maya’s idea.

She laughed. “Dad, we will just talk. At least to end things or whatever. Ang dami ko din kasi gustong itanong sa kanya. Just trust me. Please.” She requested. She decided that she really needed to talk to Jeffrey. She knows his intention, he wants her back but for her, all she wants is to talk to him. About their relationship before.

Her mother sighed. “Fine. Ikaw ang bahala.”
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She is stirring her cup of coffee for a while now as she patiently waits for Jeffrey. She texted him the day after she’s back to finally meet him again.

She wouldn’t deny it, she misses him, too. Heck! They’ve been together for like forever so it is not that weird if she’ll miss him. She’s not totally healed.

“Hi.” A familiar voice behind her sent shivers down her spine. She never thought she will hear his voice again.

She looks back to meet his gaze. “Hi Jeffrey. Upo ka.”

He took a seat in front of her and lovingly fixes his eyes on her. Before, such looks would make her heart do somersaults but now, she feels uncomfortable with his stares.

“So.. How are you, Maya?” He’s the first one who cuts the thick air of awkwardness.

“I’m good. Ikaw?”

“Better because I am now with you.” Geez. He is really such a romantic man. No wonder why she answered yes before. But then she remembered Richard. She can compare him to Richard and now it seems impossible that he could have liked someone like Jeffrey when there was someone as perfect as Richard in Paris.

Oh wait. No. Why is she even thinking about him? She doesn’t like him, right? It’s all just because he is a good man, and she needs someone with her in Paris. That’s just it.

“Okay, so bakit gusto mo akong makausap?” She ignored what he said earlier

“Well, Maya I think I already told you my intention. I want you back. I am sorry if I hurt you. I know sorry is not enough but.. I-”

“Wait.” She raises her palm for him to stop as he keeps on talking too fast. “okay, gusto kong malaman kung anong pagkukulang ko sa’yo.”

“Pagkukulang?” He repeated as if he didn’t heard her

“Yes. Kasi nagawa mo akong lokohin eh, so malamang may pagkakamali siguro sa side ko. Iparealize mo sakin na may mali ako, at hindi yung tanga lang talaga ako dahil sobra kitang minahal at pinagkatiwalaan.”

Jeffrey’s looks like he doesn’t have an answer ready for that. Like someone who reviewed his notes all night but the test paper is asking him a question that he never thought would be asked. “Y-you…” He breathed deeply as he gathers strength “I am the one at fault Maya. And I regretted it. I’ve realized my mistakes and I am asking for forgiveness and second chance.”

Though he seemed sincere, Maya can no longer trust him. She is still sure that she still do love him but only for like twenty percent. The rest was already occupied by Richard. Oh no. Wait. She meant her family. Yes, her family occupies the rest of the percentage. She sighs.

“I don’t know, Jeff.”

“Alam ko Maya na mahirap na ako mapagkatiwalaan. But still, please give me another chance to prove myself to you.”

“Hindi mo ba naisip na nasaktan mo yung babae na pinalit mo sa’kin para balikan ulit ako?” She is now angry. She couldn’t believe that he still doesn’t know what he wants. He’s acting like a child playing with others’ lives.

“That is why hindi kita nasundan sa Paris, Maya. I wanted to be there to see you as soon as possible when I realized that it is you who I really love. But then, I have to talk to her and ask forgiveness. I am such an idiot. I’ve broken girls’ hearts. She’s my first love and when she came back, lahat nagbalik eh. Akala ko mahal ko pa din siya, pero mali ako. I just missed being with her dahil we never had a closure. Then it was too late. I already lost you when I realized that. And hell! We were supposed to get married. Sobrang dami na palang nangyari. Sobrang dami ko ng maling desisyon.” He said, shaking his head. Tears started to roll from his eyes. This is the first time that she saw him cry like this.

“Maya, I am not asking for you to accept me again in a snap. Mahirap gawin yun, alam ko. That is why all I am asking for is for you to at least give me another chance to prove to you that I really do love you.” He added and reached for her hand that is resting on the table. She was speechless.

She bites her lower lip, unsure of what to say. “I don’t know, Jeffrey. Bahala ka. Prove whatever you want to prove. Just don’t expect too much from me.”

A glint of hope was seen from his eyes then he nods. She wasn’t sure if she did gave him a false hope. She didn’t gave him assurance, right? All that she approved of is that he can do whatever he wants. But he should never expect that she’ll accept him again. What he did is too much for her heart. And she isn’t ready for another chapter with him again.
~~~~~~

Some people are meant to fall in love with each other but not meant to be together…

That is what she concluded after reading a book that she bought earlier that day. She’s been reading all day inside a coffee shop. After giving too much time to reading, her thoughts were back to Richard. He’s been visiting her thoughts every now and then. She couldn’t deny the fact that she misses him. He loves her! But somehow, it feels strange and weird. They are alone in a foreign country. Shouldn’t they expect everything as a dream?

She sighs. Maybe the book is right. But still, she regretted that she never asked where he is working. At least she can see him again after their trip. Okay, given that she still do have his number but that’s his number in Paris. If he’s still there, wouldn’t it be weird if she will be the one to call him? Oh yeah, as if he will call her after she dumped him.

Ugh! She wanted to scream. What is she thinking? Her mind is messed up right now. She’s been missing Richard, yet she doesn’t trust her heart that what she feels can be equated with love. She needs more time, but are there any more time left?

Beep. Her phone beeps with a message.

“Hi. Your fave movie is out! Let’s watch it? Please?”

Great. Now Jeffrey is pushing his luck. He’s been there all the time. Calling her, sending sweet messages, asking her out on dates. And yes, she’s accepting his offers because she’s been too exhausted at work and a few hours off wouldn’t hurt. Her mother would often remind her about what happened before and not to give away her heart to him again, Maya assured her mother that she knows what she’s doing.

“Ok. I’m already here sa mall. Sunod ka na lang.” She replied.

“Ok. Be there in a bit! (:”

While she waited for him, she raises her phone and took a picture of herself. Her hair is on a ponytail and she’s wearing a white shirt with the Eiffel tower printed on it. The one that she bought in Paris. Richard told her before buying it that she’ll look good on it.

She posted it on her instagram account with a caption. “Missing Paris already! Cup of coffee for today. xx”

She scanned all of the pictures on her instagram account and found the picture with Richard way back in Paris. The one and only picture that she had with him with a caption “with a nice stranger!” Good thing that her mom doesn’t have an account. She couldn’t bear all the teasing. It is indeed unfair that she’s aware that Richard has a lof of pictures of her, she wonder if he deleted them already after she left him. Geez. She hopes he didn’t.

Is he still in Paris or is he back? Will they see each other again?

Her thoughts were interrupted when Jeffrey reached her table. “Hi.”

“Hi. Tara na.” She greeted back and pulled him out of the coffee shop.

~~~~~

Everything is gold and silver in this garden party, with red roses arranged in oversized glass vases on the tables. There are ribbons on the backs of the chairs, a little stage on a corner, a string quartet playing softly off to one side and a five-layered cake. And Maya is standing beside Jeffrey as they walk passed the gate to their house and their garden. She’s wearing a simple blue dress that fits her perfectly with her hair on curls that is resting on her shoulders.

For a moment, she regretted being here. It’s like meeting the parents the second time around. Well, okay, Jeffrey’s parents are really nice but she doesn’t know why she agreed to be here as his date. And with the looks of the people around them on her, she is so sure that they are aware that she’s the ex-girlfriend who was actually dumped for another woman but then stupidly accepts him again. But they were wrong, being with him tonight doesn’t prove anything, right? She’s just here because she loves Jefferey’s mom, and it’s her birthday so she should be here.

She scans the place and saw familiar people. She had attended a lot of family affairs of Jeffrey before so there are a few people that she knows. From his cousins, niece, nephews uncles and aunts, she can still remember some of their names. Like duh, they only broke up for few months and not years.

Which adds to the strange part where he had asked his “first love” to marry him after few weeks of seeing each other again and dating behind her back, to realizing that he doesn’t really love that girl and he’s so into Maya. Weird, but he says, that is love, it will redirect you to someone else only to make you realize that you took the wrong path and make you go back to where your heart truly belongs to. Should love be that way?

“Oh Maya! Good thing you’re here.” Jeff’s mom greeted her with a kiss on the cheek. She is really happy to see her again, there’s no doubt about that.

“Same here, tita. Happy birthday po.”

“Thank you. It’s really nice na finally my son realized that it’s you who’s worth loving. I am happy to see you two together again.”

Oh great. She thinks they’re already back to each other’s arms. “Ah.. Ma, I am still courting Maya.” Jeffrey informed his mother which earned a frown from his mom as she expects that they already patched things up.

“Oh. Well, at least you guys are here. Thank you, Maya for attending and giving my son a chance.” She embraces Maya and gave her a smile. “Anyway, Jeff, maupo na kayo and kumain na. Your cousins would be thrilled to see Maya.”

“Yes, Ma.”

“Sorry about that.” He whispered, he apologized for what her mother had thought of them.

“It’s okay.” She replied with a shrug
~~~~~

Two hours pass so quickly, she’s been seated on a round table together with Jeffrey’s cousins. Jeffrey is seated beside her but he was called earlier by his father to introduce her to some of their business partners, so she was left with his cousins chatting about what happened to her while she and Jeff were separated. They were all happy that she’s attending a family gathering again, but she made it clear to Jeffrey’s cousins that they are friends for now, nothing more.

They are done eating their dinner when the music started playing. Jeffrey is again called by his father to meet new people. He said sorry about it, but it’s really fine with her.

The tables begin to empty as everyone crowds onto the floor for a dance, even Jeff’s cousins.

“Ate Maya, we will dance na muna ha? I’m sure kuya Jeff will ask you later pagbalik nya. Lalo na sa slow dance!” They tease her. She just laughed at them.

“Sira. Sige na, sumayaw na kayo at masaya yung music oh!”
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The music started playing slow songs that made her feel sad all of a sudden. She doesn’t know why such love songs would give her an alone feeling. Geez! She’s not even alone there.

As she stares at the center of the garden where couples are now gathered, suddenly, Jeffrey appeared beside her and offered his hand. He’s asking her to dance. She shook her head no, she hates dancing. “Jeffrey, you do know I don’t dance.” She said apologetically as she can see the disappointment in his eyes when she declined

“It’s okay, Maya. Kahit maapakan mo pa ako. I don’t care. Pleaseee?” He asked again and all of his cousins who are back on their table butted in.

“Sige na, ate Maya. Pagbigyan mo na si Kuya, please.” Trish, the youngest among them who’s only seventeen pleaded.

“Oo nga ate, please.” Josh, who’s eighteen which Maya is close to joined

“Kahit one dance lang.” Dianne, the eldest said.

“Make it two!” Josh again said, teasingly.
~~~~

Later on, Maya is dancing with Jeffrey in the middle of the room with the other couples around them. She accepted his hand for a dance earlier. Maya’s hands were on his shoulder while Jeffrey’s hands were on her waist.

Forevermore started playing, bringing back good old days when they were still happy and in love. “You remember this song, Maya? It’s our themesong!” Jeff informed her which she can only answer with a smile.

She cannot look at his eyes as she was feeling uncomfortable. They keep dancing quietly as her eyes roamed the place. She can see in the corner how Jeff’s cousins were watching them with grins. She could only shook her head. These kids really like her a lot to be Jeff’s future wife.

Her eyes keeps on bouncing at one table from another, when suddenly, her eyes caught someone. Her eyes grew big in surprise! It’s him! She is so sure!

Their eyes locked, and she’s so sure that he’s been looking at them for quite some time now. He’s seated with Jeffrey’s college friends, could he be one of his friends? No, that can’t be! She never saw him in any special occasions of Jeff. But why is he here?

“Ri-chard.” She mumbled the words ever so softly. She wanted to make sure that it’s him, to the point that she wanted to push Jeff away and run to where Richard is.

They are still staring at each other that she didn’t notice that Jeffrey’s talking to her. “What?” He asked her what she said earlier as Richard’s name came out of her mouth in a whispher.

“H-ha?” She looks back at him. “Ah, wala.” She gave him a reassuring smile and glances back at Richard. He is still looking at her but now, his eyes were turned into slits. What happened to his melting gaze earlier?
~~~~~

I know, sabi ko two parts lang but naisipan ko habaan ng slight. Slight lang naman baka di umabot ng 5parts. I am still sad sa sudden news guise and busy din with school so, ayun. Will try to update soon.

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The One That Got Away: Chapter 18: In Between

Chapter 18: In Between

The plane landed safely. Esmeralda called Richard, while Roberto called the real reason why they are there in the first place.

It was because of Maya’s parents.

Finally, after all this time, they contacted them. Maybe, they can give them answers to their questions. Answers on what happened to their children and even on why they left and cut off whatever connection that they have with them.

This trip should be able to clear things. They badly needed answers.

“Art, we are already here. Nasaan na kayo?”

“Aaah. Robert, nasa bahay kami. Medyo sumakit lang ulo ng asawa ko kaya ayun, pinasundo na lang namin kayo sa driver. Nandiyan na yon.”

“Ah ganon ba? O sige. Salamat.”

“Anong sabi?” Esmeralda asked after she also hung up her phone after talking to her son

“Ipapasundo daw tayo.”

And that is how they ended up inside a car with hope that things will end up well after talking to their old friends.

They wanted to be enlightened on what did really happened to their son and to Maya. Before all of these transpired, they are seeing changes between the two. To the point that they believed they will soon have a grandchild and that Maya and Richard will stay happy like them. But again, they were wrong. Are they really wrong in the first place in arranging a fixed marriage?

They were afraid that they might be.

~~~~~~

The car halted outside a typical american two-storey house located within Quebec. Roberto and Esmeralda were excited! Their friends were living here all this time. Well, they actually have found out about this last month but since they still don’t know where Maya’s family are staying in Canada, and their investigators still hasn’t found out, they opted to keep it as a secret from Richard. They don’t want him to expect too much.

And now, they’re here. Esmeralda wanted Richard to know as soon as Arturo called them one night but their family requested to keep it as a secret to Richard. She feels guilty about this. Her son has suffered enough, but what can she do? She’s been dropping hints about their trip to Canada, she keep on insisting him to come but he seemed unable to notice this.

She is also aware that Richard hired an investigator, so she called it and asked for a report. Good thing that when Richard’s investigator also had found out about Maya living somewhere in Canada, Esmeralda had found out first so she requested the investigator to keep mum about this for a while.

She had promised herself that when everything’s okay and when they already talked to Maya, she will be the one to blurt the news to her beloved son.

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Silence filled the living room as they patiently waited for Art and Tere to come down.

Time went slowly. Only deep sighs from Esme and Roberto will be heard inside the room every now and then.

Few minutes after, someone went down the stairs. The two shifted their heads and stood up. Finally, it’s Arturo and Teresita smiling at them while approaching.

“Esme! Rob!” The two shouted from the stairs and half ran their way to them. They hugged the couple and smiled. Oh how they miss their friends!

“Kamusta na kayo? Grabe ang pagkamiss namin sa inyo. Nagtampo kami dahil isang taon nyo kaming iniwasan.” Esme sadly told them she’s been hurt more because of their son rather than for herself.

“Sorry. Kailangan lang kasi. Maupo muna kayo.”

Roberto and Esme sat on the sofa while Arturo and Tere took chairs and sat in front of them.

Silence. A deafening silence ensued. No one knows what to say first. There are a lot of things that should be discussed that day. They don’t know how or where to start.

Finally, Arturo gained courage and cleared his throat. “Ah-.. Kamusta ang byahe?”

Esme and Roberto exchanged glances before Roberto answers “maayos naman, but we barely had enough sleep. We are thinking all this time kung bakit ngayon nyo lang kami naisipang kausapin… ” He trailed off, he glances back to his wife and find her staring at him. “Our son.. We wanted to know what happened sa kanila ni Maya. Sobrang lungkot nya”

A pause. Arturo and Tere were also thinking on what to say. “Ah. Sa totoo lang, hindi din namin alam. Ayaw din kasi pag-usapan ni Maya. Sa ngayon.” Tere answered truthfully. They, too after all these months were clueless on what happened. They were just there to support Maya.

“So anung dahilan kung bakit kami nandito?” Esme is now more curious than ever. Why did the two asked them to go there if they couldn’t explain why they cut off all their connections to each other?

Maya suddenly emerged from the stairs. She’s been hiding behind the wall of their stairs, quietly listening to their conversation. She somehow missed their parents-in-law. Richard’s father is so like him in terms of being workaholic and being a scary tiger when mad. “Hi po, ma, pa..” She greeted the two politely and gave a tentative smile.

Rob and Esme were surprised to see her. After all these months. She is even prettier than the last time that they saw her, though she gained some weight, she is still gorgeous. She is not really fat, she just gained some weight. Maybe she’s used to living here and she’s happy. Esmeralda would never tell her son that Maya seemed happy without him. That would make him more devastated.

Esme stood up immediately and walks where she is standing. Esme engulfs her in a bear hug. Maya always loves the way Richard’s mom hugs her. It feels like home. Like she’s drawn back on those days with them, when she and Richard were still together. “Kamusta ka na, anak?” She asked Maya after creating a small distance between them.

“I’m okay, Ma. Kayo po? Namiss ko po kayo.” She was almost in tears.

“Namiss? Eh hindi mo nga kami kinontak.” Esme pouts. She was deeply hurt on why Maya never called them but she was never mad. Roberto finally stood up beside his wife.

“Ma, sorry. Sorry po talaga. I cannot tell you yet, why. But the reason why I asked dad to call you is because of.. I– ugh.. I wanted to tell you something very important.” She’s nervous. She never thought that this will be hard.

Esme eyed her curiously. “What is it, hija?”

“Ma, I am really am sorry. Kung.. Kung ngayon ko lang sasabihin..things are just hard and.. And..” She cannot continue as tears started falling from her eyes. Esme embraces her immediately while Roberto pats her back.

“Maya, what is it? Tell me.” Her voice is very soothing, and kind as ever. Which makes Maya more guilty of not telling them.

“Ma, Pa… ” Before she could continue, Maya’s parents went down of the stairs. The drama scene made them unaware of Arturo and Teresita’s sudden disappearance earlier.

And now Art and Tere are back from upstairs, holding a cute little girl as the baby keeps on smiling and cooing at the sight of her grandparents. As if the baby knew all along that they were the parents of her father.

Their attention was shifted to the baby who looks like a girl version of Richard. Her eyes, nose and ears were all from Richard! There’s no doubt. The baby got her smile from her mom though.

Esme and Rob couldn’t believe it! They look back at Maya as if asking if this is true, if the baby is real or if they are dreaming. Maya nodded as a confirmation that the baby is their grandchild. Roberto’s lips curved into a smile while Esme cried with happiness. Esme immediately carried the baby while Roberto played with her tiny hands.

“Ang apo ko!” Esmeralda cried again while holding and kissing the little baby girl. The sight of the two happily playing with their grandchild is such a picture perfect moment. Maya is happy to see them like that, but she can’t help but notice. Why do they look like they just had their first grandchild? Is Richard keeping a secret to them?

“Abigail, they are your lolo and lola. Say, hi Abby!” She hold up her hand and waved. The little girl smiled in delight.

“Awww! Ang cute cute ng apo ko!” Esme proudly said which earned a hearty laugh from them.

~~~~~~

Esmeralda and Maya sat across each other on the living area while Roberto and Maya’s parents were upstairs playing with their grandchild. Maya decided to talk to Richard’s mother. She knew that she still needs a lot of explaining to do.

“Ma.. I am sorry. The day I left, nun ko lang nalaman na I am pregnant. Two months na pala, I didn’t know because irregular talaga ako tapos, hindi din naman kasi ako maselan. And I didn’t notice any changes.” She explained trying so hard not to break the eye contact to make her know that she’s sincere.

“Okay, so… Let’s skip the part on why you left, since sabi mo sooner sasabihin mo din ang dahilan. Even Richard hates it when I am asking him why. So, fine. But I wanted to know details about the baby. Ilang buwan na siya? And nabinyagan na ba? Did you include our surname?” She shoots question one after the other.

“Ah.. 5months po siya. And hindi pa po nabibinyagan. Yes, I included Richard as her father sa birth cert. Hindi ko po inaalis yung karapatan nya. I just needed time.”

Esmeralda nodded. She cannot understand why the two are allowing this misery. She can see the same sadness in Maya’s eyes that she’s also seeing in her son. She can only sigh. “So, kailan mo naman siya ipapakilala kay Richard? Para sana nandun siya sa binyag ni Abby.”

She nods. She also wanted Richard to be present on that day. Just for their daughter not for something else. “Ahhh.. Ma, kung pwede po sana, wag na muna.”

“Ha?!” She was surprised. She cannot hide anymore something as good news as this to his son. She doesn’t want to see him sad again.

“Ma.. Ang gusto ko po sana ako yung magsasabi sa kanya.” She quickly added before Esme could say something more.

“Okay. Sige. Pero sana soon. Gusto ko na siyang makitang ngumiti ulit, Maya.”

~~~~~~

Richard is inside the airport. He is on the same spot where he’s usually seated before. At the coffee shop, on one of the tables where he and Sandy usually chats. He doesn’t know why, but indeed, he’s happy way back then. Hell. It does make him furious that once upon a time, he really did felt something towards another woman and he cheated on his wife. And now, he lost a friend and a wife. She surely hates him that much.

Although he knows that maybe, that is one of the reasons why she left him, he cannot really tell the real reason on why she left. For all he knows, she already forgave him after he said sorry. He thought they patched things up. What did urge her to leave him? They were okay on the last few days before she decided to leave him. They are sweet, much way sweeter than before. What the hell had happened?

He gulps the remaining coffee in his cup and waited some more. As usual, people are busy with their own world around him. He’s been dying to know what Maya’s been doing on the past year. Is she happy without him? The thought breaks his heart more.

He checks his watch for the time. It is already eleven in the morning and he’s waiting for Sandy for a while now. She called him last night to ask him if they could see each other after her flight. He was reluctant at first but is more curious on why she wanted to see him. Anyway, no one would now care if he will meet Sandy. Maya doesn’t care anymore.

Beep. A message had arrived, whenever his phone flashes a message, he still hopes that it’s Maya. But for the nth time, it wasn’t. Instead, the screen flashes the name of Sandy.

“Chard, cancelled yung flight namin pa-Manila. I can’t meet u. Sorry. I’ll just call u again. We really needed to talk.” She texted him.

His eyebrows were knitted while reading her message. What is it that they should talk about in person? He sighed in resignation.

“Alright. Take care.” He replied and stayed where he is for a couple of hours before he decided to go back to his office and bury himself with work.

~~~~~~

It is already 8 in the evening after dinner. Her parents and Richard’s parents were all inside the nursery room, playing with Abigail. She wanted to give Richard’s parents time to make it up to their grandchild. She’s guilty of keeping her away from them.

And because of that, her thoughts were drifted back to Richard. She’s ready to accept him, to love him forever and to trust him again. But maybe, what happened before is already a sign that she should give up on that love. She had suffered too much. She should love herself, too.

It is still clear in her mind how her decisions changed because of what happened that rainy day. She’s broken as she keeps on walking. Tears rolled down her face. The words from that someone whose name she wanted to forget were still being absorbed by her brain.

She’s feeling weird again that day, she didn’t mention this to Richard yet because he might worry that much. So, she decided that she will go out for a checkup after Richard left her for work.

 

 

 

After an hour of waiting for the result, she was dumfounded. She cannot believe it. This is the first time that she felt as happy as this. The result says that she’s pregnant. She’s ben craving for food lately but she always loves eating so it never crossed her mind that it is already a sign. She decided she will surprise Richard later and ask him out for dinner.

 

 

She texted Richard and he happily agreed to meet her later at dinner in a restaurant. She will blurt out the news to him that night. All her married life, she wished for such blessing and now it came true!

 

 

As she waited for that dinner date with her husband, an unregistered number come flashing on her screen. The same number called her three times already as she keeps on declining the call because she doesn’t know who it was. Thinking that it’s an emergency, she already answered it and the moment that she heard the voice on the other line; she regretted answering the phone call.

 

 

It’s Sandy.

 

 

She asked her if they could meet that day. She doesn’t want to go, but there is something in Sandy’s voice that tells her to go and meet her. Her heart started beating fast with her words before she hung up. “We need to talk. There is something you need to know. I’ll text you the details where. Bye.”

 

 

And indeed, that day changed their lives completely. Maya’s dreams about her future vanished.

 

 

Maya wondered what happened to them now. She still doesn’t have that courage to ask Richard’s parents about them. For all she knows, Richard must be keeping everything as a secret to them. She will face him soon. Just one more week for her to think, maybe, that is enough.

Her grip on her wedding ring tightens before she places it back inside her drawer. “See you, Ricky… I’ll see you soon.” She whispered

“I am already here, Sandy.”

“Okay, just wait for me. Papunta na ako.”

He ended the call and waited for her inside the terminal’s coffee shop. Whatever it is that she needs to say, he only hopes that it won’t change anything as things were already messed up.

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I’ll try to update sooner. 🙂

It Happened in Paris -Part 1

It Happened in Paris

hi! This is a two-part short story update. Yung TOTGA is still on le process of writing. Medyo mental block. Hahaha :)))

Anyway, share ko lang moment ko kay Nanay Teresita. 😀

Nay Teresita: Ilang taon ka na?
Me: 20 po
Her: ah! So College. Akala ko High School lang kayo.

Magdiwang, mukha akong bata talaga. Hahaha :3 au revoir! Next update ko Totga pramissss :)))

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A dusting of brown leaves crunches underneath her feet as she walks her way in the busy streets of Paris. Her curls that beautifully lay on her shoulder made her look more beautiful than usual.

The Seine River gave her that peaceful time of the day as she was already exhausted for too much walking. Indeed, most tourists would love to visit Paris because it is tagged by many as one of the romantic places on earth. She would definitely agree if only someone is with her during that trip. Unfortunately, she is alone.

The famous iron lattice tower known as La tour Eiffel located on Champ de Mars is already lighted early that night as the whole city was filled with darkness.

As she was already settled on a table outside the coffee shop, her eyes scanned the whole place. She remembered her trip here before. It was one of the happiest trips of her life. She was with her ex boyfriend. They held hands, laugh at each other, and they even kissed near the Eiffel Tower. It was very romantic together with your love one.

The two of them even went to Pont des Arts Bridge to lock a padlock on the bridge to show their affection towards each other which symbolizes their undying love. Her heart pierced with pain. How funny that the love locks are now banned because too much weight of love as they say, might cause the bridge to collapse. She laughed as the thought crossed her mind, because indeed, their love had already collapsed.

She took a bite of her Panini and grabbed her cup of coffee before standing up and walking once again.

She passed by Pont-Marie known as the bridge of lovers. Maybe, just maybe, if they had kissed under this bridge and wished for eternal love, as legends say, then maybe they are still together. Maybe he didn’t leave her to marry another woman. That man is a jerk!

~~~~~
Richard is busy taking pictures for his room of memories. His whole room is filled with snapshots of places that he had travelled to. Capturing scenes that he doesn’t want to be forgotten.

He loves photography but his father is against it so he only captures pictures for fun. He is on his vacation after a stressful year in their company. He deserved such rest, and maybe if God will bless him, he might as well give him a bonus. A girl, that will also capture his heart.

~~~~

She went back to Hotel de Ville where she is staying. It started to drizzle so she had no other choice but to go back. She wondered when she will be able to move on.

~~~~

The rain started pouring hard. He started running his way back to his hotel. Hotel de Ville, one of the romantic places in Paris. Maybe that is why he chose this hotel. He is hoping he could meet someone new here. Someone, who is deserving of his attention.

He is already drenched when he reached the cafe of the hotel. He decided to grab a cup of coffee so that he won’t get sick. Few people spare him a glance but went back to talking to their respective partners. Somehow he envies them for sharing a cup of coffee with someone. The whole place is full of people. Most are couples sharing coffee and laughter, while others are with their friends. He shook his head, all are happy with someone. He is the only one there who would have his coffee alone.

He took a deep breath and took a step backwards. He had lost his craving for coffee with the mere thought of sitting there alone, all soak and wet.

As he was about to enter the lobby on his way out of the cafe’s door, he saw someone sitting alone. And she’s the only one who is drinking her coffee without a company. He smiled as he pauses for a while to stare at her.

She is very beautiful. He cannot see her whole face as she was seated sideways. He can only catch a glimpse of half of her face, yet he knows that she is gorgeous. Her lips are inviting whenever she bites her lower lip after a sip of her coffee.

Without thinking twice, he ordered a cup of coffee for himself and two slices of chocolate cake. He made his way confidently to her table and coughed just enough for her to look up and notice this handsome man standing in front of her.

“Salut, je peux avoir un siege?” He tried approaching her in French, asking if he could join her. He was sure she’s Asian, or maybe American but he’s in France so maybe he should talk to her in French instead.

She stared at her and didn’t respond. He wasn’t sure if she understands what he had said. Her eyebrows were knitted. Crap. Maybe she was pissed at him or something. Perhaps he is disturbing her privacy.

So he tried again. “Desole. Je vais laisser.” He apologized and bid goodbye instead but before he could turn his heels, she started talking.

“I’m sorry, I don’t speak French. I only know au revoir and merci.” She smiled so sweetly at him. Crap. Her lips made him weak. What is this sudden feeling?!

“Desole. Uhh, I mean, sorry. All tables are already occupied and I saw you here alone.. Uh.. I wondered if.. Uh..So can I-”

“Sure. No problem. I’m tired of talking to myself anyway.” She cut him off. She finds him cute as he stutter while talking to her. Geez. He’s so cute! She wonders if he’s french.. But his eyes are chinky. Maybe he’s korean or Chinese? Perhaps, Japanese? Whatever.

He settled himself across her and gave her a slice of cake. She momentarily pauses from sipping her coffee. Surprised at his thoughtfulness. “Is this mine?”

“Uh.. Y-yes. I just thought of buying you a slice because I am asking for a favor. Just a thank you cake?” He smiled. Oh his teeth are perfect! She just love how guys smile with wonderful teeth. It turns her on. Big time.

“Oh.” She simpers “well, so if I declined, what will you do to the other slice?”

“I’ll eat it of course.” They laughed. Amazing how strangers can be this comfortable in a snap.

“Thanks for this. Anyway, so.. Are you on a vacation, too?”

“Yes. I’m here for three weeks. How about you?”

“Maybe a month. I am still not sure though.”

The two had engage themselves in a long conversation such as after drinking their cups of coffee, they ordered another cup. They lost track of time. Sure enough, they enjoyed talking to each other. Neither one had noticed how attracted they were towards each other. Their eyes are sparkling like stars that night.

The rain had stopped outside when they shared a comfortable silence. Richard wanted to ask more questions. It is indeed very surprising to meet someone from his own country.

“So.. Saan ka nakatira sa Pinas?” He asked her finally in their own language after finding out that she’s from the Philippines as well.

“Hm.. Makati. Minsan sa Manila. If I will stay with my mom, sa Manila ako umuuwi. Eh, ikaw?”

“Ah..Cebu.” He shifted and leaned forward. “Minsan din sa Makati or Pasig. Depende din.”

“Ooh.”She commented. It’s getting cold that night, she suddenly thought of checking her phone and was shocked to find out that it is already almost midnight. They enjoyed talking so much. “Geez! It’s late. Maybe we should go to sleep now.” She quickly took her bag and fishes for her room key.

But Richard wanted to stay there and talk to her some more. She’s like a magnet. Or a flower that attracts a bee. “Uhm.. Alright. But maybe we can hang out together and visit different places together, right?” He offered. Hoping that she would say yes.

“Uhh..”

“If.. If it’s alright?” He checked. Please say yes!

“Sure. Okay. See you tomorrow.” She doesn’t know him but somehow, his looks would just make you say yes.

His heart leaped. “Alright. Goodnight.”

“Night. Merci!” Before leaving him on the table, she pauses when she remembered something. “We’ve been talking for ages here, I forgot to introduce myself. I’m Maya.” She offered her hand for a handshake. Richard took it and squeezes it lightly.

“Hi. I’m Richard Lim.”

~~~~~

Her thoughts circle around the next day while waiting for Richard in the hotel’s cafe. She is not sure whether he will show up. She doesn’t know if he is really serious about going out together that day, and also, she is not sure where they will meet or at what time. So as soon as she woke up, she hurriedly prepared to go out.

It is almost an hour and she’s getting irritated. She hates waiting! She should at least cleared the time and place so that she won’t look like an idiot waiting for someone who seemed not really serious in his invitation. Oh Crap.

Her mind is already having doubts when suddenly; a manly scent engulfed her nostrils. And when she turned her head, she met his gaze.

He is wearing a long sleeve blue striped shirt and jeans. Simple yet he looks deadly handsome on it. Her breath hitches. She find it hard to gasp for some air. Why does he have such effect on her?

“I am sorry. Kanina ka pa? I woke up late. Sorry.” He apologizes as he took a seat in front of her. Actually, he find it hard sleeping last night because of her, so he ended up waking up late.

“Aaaah.. Okay lang.” She smiled trying so hard to hide her nervousness. What the hell. This is not a date, Maya!

“So.. Uh. Let’s go?”

“Yeah. Sure.”

Maya and Richard strolled around the whole rue for an hour before Maya pulled Richard to a theater nearby called Le Reflet Medicis. She wanted to watch something here in France. Given that she knew how well known France is in Film making.

Richard insisted on paying for their tickets which she tried to argue but didn’t win over him. At least she saved some money.

The theater is showing a classic American comedy movie entitled “The Bachelor Mother” starring Ginger Rogers. She loves watching old movies, good thing that Richard really doesn’t mind. She really likes him for being such a good company.

The film started rolling shortly after they managed to find a good spot to sit. This movie started and she loves every bit of it. David Merlin later on fell in love with the salesgirl named Polly which is played by Ginger Rogers and keeps the relationship a secret from his father. David thought that Polly is already a mother of a boy named baby John.

She was so engrossed in watching the movie so it took him some time before she notices that Richard keeps on shifting on his seat. Like as if he’s uncomfortable.

She glances at him and he smiled cutely. Her cheeks blush more for his smile. His arm is close to hers, and suddenly she wants to touch him. She lost her focus on the film. She wanted to lace her fingers to his, but she decided against it. How that would be comforting eh?

He shifts again on his seat with his left arm touching her right arm. She can’t breathe. She glances at him, only to catch him staring back. Geez! She’s paralyzed.

Right at that moment, everything around them stopped. She doesn’t want to press play. His lips slowly curved up for a smile showing his dimple. How much cuter can he get?

With all of her will power, she nodded and bore her eyes to the screen and stiffens. However, she can still feel his deadly stares. She knows, even in the dark that he is staring at her. What the heck!

Maybe she should talk and ask him about the movie? Yes, maybe he’s waiting for her to talk. Sure. That’s it. “Uhh.. Ganda ng movie no? Classic yet, cute.” She commented not giving him a glance.

He nodded in agreement. “Yes. But the woman seated next to me is much way more beautiful to look at.” She blushes. Her whole face is already red like an apple, good thing the shadows can hide her face. What is this guy doing to her? They only knew each other for a day! Just one day!

He is grinning. Her heart couldn’t stop from beating fast. Sooner it’ll explode for sure.

“Ah. Yung katabi mo sa kabilang side?” She pointed at the blondy girl on his right side. Richard shook his head and laughed.

Slowly, she felt Richard’s warm breathe near her right ear as he whispers. “No.”

Thank good heavens as he started sitting straight and focused his attention back to the screen. Is he flirting with her? Because she will seriously gonna freak out. She was used with such guys giving hints that they like her but she would do something mean to them to shoo them away. However, she seemed to like his closeness to her. Heck! She liked everything about him. She rarely knows him yet it seemed as though they had known each other for years already.

After watching the movie, they keep on walking with no exact direction to follow. Richard and Maya bought sandwiches along the way and munch to it while walking side by side.

They’ve stayed and sat for a while near a fountain while talking everything under the sun.
~~~~~

A week had passed and it is already their routine to go out together, visit random places such as churches and museums even have lunch and dinner together. The two had grown close to each other. And Maya is aware of the stares that Richard is giving him but she doesn’t want to entertain it, even though her heart is jumping with giddiness.

It is very clear to Richard that he likes her. He was attracted to her since the day that he saw her. She is beautiful, indeed but as he gets to know her more, she is not just a pretty face. Her whole personality makes him like her more. He is still not sure whether it’s love; all that he is sure is that he is happy whenever they are together.
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On the 10th day of their vacation, Richard asked her to accompany him that night somewhere. For the past few days, they avoided this place so Maya was surprised on why they are there. It had been known as the most romantic part of Paris, or so she thought.

As usual, Richard is taking picture of the place like as if it’s his first time there. Maya stared at the Eiffel tower in front of her and scanned the whole place afterwards. Couples are making out and are kissing wherever she turn her head. Geez! It made her feel uncomfortable.

Richard took snapshots of Maya. His camera is already filled with her pictures. Some, she even asked for him to delete but he refused to do so.

The flash of his camera startled Maya, she half-run her way to him. “Uy! Ano na naman yan. Idelete mo yan!!”

“Ayoko.” The camera is held high so that Maya can’t reach it.

“Ricky!!!!!!” She stomps her feet in annoyance

“No.” He chuckled

“Nakakainis ka!”

“Okay, I will delete it. If…” His eyes stared right back at her.

“If what?”

He paused. Looks around and grinned. His eyebrows shoot up and down, teasing her more.

She blushes profusely with the thought that he’s asking for a kiss. “Hell no!!”

“No?”

“Ayoko! I won’t kiss you!” She rolled her eyes at him. Richard laughed at loud in amusement.

“Whaaat? I am not asking for one.”

“H-ha?” Crap. Great. What is that sort of disappointed feeling inside of her?

He chuckled. He reached for her hand and held it tight. “Anyway, you just gave me a good idea.”

“Shut up!” She slapped his shoulder using her other hand, not wanting to let go of Richard’s hand.

“Seriously though, I am happy that I’ve met you here in Paris.” His eyes showed sincerity and so much more that she cannot decipher.

“Ditto.” She smiled sweetly.

Maybe because they’re in Paris. The most romantic place on earth. Perhaps, that is the reason why the mood changed. Slowly, Richard touched hair, her cheek and lifts her chin up. His thumb touches her lips and without haste, as if taking all the time in the world, he pressed his lips with hers.

A long lingering kiss. “I love you.” He muttered after kissing her and pulled her to a bear hug.

Maya cannot take it all in. She doesn’t know what to say. She hugged him back and they stayed like that for a while.
~~~~~

“Goodnight.” Richard’s smile was plastered on his face the whole time they are walking back to their hotel. He walks her to her hotel room.

“Au revoir.” She smiled as her eyes lovingly stare on their laced fingers. Finally.

“See you tomorrow.”

“Okay.”

“See you.”

“Yes. Goodnight.”

“Alright.”

“Ricky!”

He chuckled. Somehow he doesn’t want to lose the sight of her. Now he is sure, he loves her. “Okay, fine. You’re shooing me away.” He pouts acting hurt. She pinches him on his side finding him cute.

“I’ll see you tomorrow.”

He sighs. “I can’t wait ’til tomorrow.”

“Stop being so cheesy Mr. Richard Lim.”

“Am I getting too cheesy for you already?”

“Hmm.. For the past few hours. Yes, but I’m loving it.”

“Good.” He pulled her for an embrace and kissed her hair. “I love you.” He pulled back before giving her a light kiss on the lips.
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From: jeffrey2014@gmail.com
To: mayadelarosa@yahoo.com
Subject: how are u?

Hi. How’s Paris? Just wanted to check if you’re doing great. There are a lot of things that we needed to talk about, Maya. Let’s talk. Please.

Waiting for you,
Jeff

She stared at his email for what seems to be an eternity. What is this all about? Such a freak! He already left her for another woman and the last time that she heard, he is getting married. What does he want?

Reluctantly, her fingers started typing.

To: jeffrey2014@gmail.com
From: mayadelarosa@yahoo.com
Subject: shut up shut up

Shut up. What else should we talk about? Everything is crystal clear to me. So, shut up!

Hating you forever,
Maya

He is such a jerk!!!

~~~~~

Richard noticed that Maya is spacing out that day. They are walking around the whole city while her other hand is holding his camera and the other is holding her hand.

“What’s wrong?”

She was startled. She is actually thinking about Jeffrey if he already replied to her email. She’s dying of curiosity on why did he suddenly contact her? “H-ha?”

“You seemed out of reach. What’s bothering you?” He stopped and turned to look at her eyes.

“Wala… Uh.. Kain tayo ng ice cream?”

“Ice cream? It’s cold. Baka magkasakit ka.” He is so concerned; Maya can see the love that he has for her.

“Hindi yan, sige na please.”

He shook his head. He really can’t say no to this girl beside her. “Alright. How can I say no to you?” He gave her a kiss before pulling her to the nearest ice cream parlor.
~~~~

From: jeffrey2014@gmail.com
To: mayadelarosa@gmail.com
Subject: I ran away

Yes. I am so stupid. I wanna talk to you. I love you. I want you back. I ran away from my wedding. I wanted to tell you all the details but you’re far away. I still can’t go out of the country. I need to fix things. I miss you, Maya. Please talk to me soon. xx

Love,
Jeffrey

She read it for the nth time. He left that girl for her. She is now confused on what to do. She should hate him, right? But why does her heart tells her otherwise?

Her fingers already started typing a reply, creating drafts when suddenly her phone beeped.

From: Ricky icky

Hi. Lunch? I’m already outside ur room (:

Geez! And now here’s Richard. What now, Maya? Do you really like Richard that much? Or are you still stupidly in love with Jeffrey? Crap!

She rested her head on her palms for a while thinking on what she should do before standing up and opening the door.

Richard on his green polo shirt greeted her. Damn he looks so gorgeous.

“Hi, sweetheart.” He kissed her on her cheek and went in.

“Sweetheart??”

“Yes, I decided to call you that. Why? Cheesy na naman?” He chuckled while giving her a tight embrace. “I miss you.”

“Miss agad? Magkasama lang tayo kahapon.” She rolled her eyes at him

“But we always took breakfast together and you skipped it today. I got worried but I thought you overslept.” He said.

Dang! She forgot to eat. She’s totally occupied about her ex’s emails to her. She heaved a sigh. “Sorry.”

“It’s alright. Let’s just eat lunch together.”

She smiled weakly at him “uh.. Parang ayoko kasi lumabas Ricky eh.”

“Oh.” He nodded “Okay, order na lang tayo.”

Indeed, Richard knows how to take good care of her. He is sweet, a perfect man who deserves a perfect girl. Unfortunately, she is all messed up. She cannot give her whole heart. Not just yet.
~~~~

Richard stayed some more in her room after lunch. They watched movies shown on different channels. On the 3rd movie, Richard fell asleep on her bed. She stared at his sleeping form. He is so handsome. Drop dead gorgeous. How can he be so sure that he loves her?

Carefully, she reached for her phone and started typing a reply to Jeffrey. Maybe she needed this. She needed him.

To: jeffrey2014@gmail.com
From: mayadelarosa@yahoo.com
Subject: fine

Alright. Let’s talk. I am planning on going back to the Philippines soon. Maybe we can talk when I got back. Just talk.

Maya.

She bit her lip, unsure if her decision is right. But what else can she do? She doesn’t belong in Paris. She needs to go back home.

~~~~~

Richard and Maya visited Pont Marie. He took pictures of the place as usual and another snapshots of Maya. This time though, his camera captured a very sad woman beside her.

“What is wrong? May problema ba?”

She shook her head and gave him a smile. “Ricky, thank you ha? Sobra. Sa adventures, sa memories, sa pag-aalaga.”

“You don’t have to thank me. The only reason behind my actions is because I love you.” He grinned before kissing her. He loves kissing her, with her lips so sweet, he just can’t get enough of her. He stared at her eyes tenderly. Oh how he loves this woman.

Her hand touching his hand on her face feels so cold. She’s nervous. She doesn’t know what to say. Should she now drop the bomb?

“You know what? Legends say that if you kiss with your loved one here, you can wish on staying together forever and it’ll come true.” He chuckled; he too still finds it weird. “I never believed in anything like that, Maya. But now, I am taking the chances. Because, right after kissing you, I made a wish.”

Silence. The cold wind lashes on to them, touching their faces. Maya couldn’t believe that someone is capable of loving her this much even though they’ve only met for weeks. “How can you say that?”

He turned his head to look at her with obvious confusion. “What do you mean?”

“How can you say that you love me? We’ve only met for few days.”

Richard held on to the brick of the bridge. “I just felt it. I never felt like this Maya. Sometimes, love will come without hints, or clues that the one in front of you is the one whom you will love. Believe me, we’ve been together for weeks, yet it felt as if we’ve known each other for ages.” He explained, his eyes shining that night.

Maya remained quiet, she feels the same way, too. Like as if they’ve known each other for quite some time already. And indeed, it is scaring the hell out of her. Things should be this fast right? You have to be sure with everything. She doesn’t want to take risk.

“Why? Don’t you feel the same way?” he asked. The moment that he blurted those words out, he already regretted it. No. He doesn’t want to know. He wanted to believe that she feels the same way.

Slowly, she faced him and smiled weakly. “I don’t know. I just—“

He cut her off. He’s scared on what she will tell him. “Look, it’s alright if you’re still not that sure. But Maya, my intentions are real. I met different women but this is the first time that I’ve been this happy and—“

“You’re happy because we’re in Paris. That’s just it.”

“Wait. Why are you saying that? I know, you also feel something, Maya. Whenever I kiss you, you never push me away.”

“That is because… because… I am thinking of someone. I am thankful that I met you. Just thankful.”

Richard was dumbfounded. Wait. Did he miss anything? Great! He never asked her if she’s single! Darn it!!

“so…you have someone in your life?”

She nods. Her heart is still occupied, and she is still hoping that when she gets back in Manila, the can fix things between them. She’s ready to be stupid again.

He released the breath that he’s been holding. He’s been very careful in approaching her, in dropping hints about his intention. He never thought things will end this way.

“Thank you Ricky for the memories. Thank you.” She tiptoed to plant a kiss on his cheek and turned her heels to leave him, but he grabbed her arm.

“Then maybe he is not treating you well that’s why you allowed me to kiss you. I am dying here Maya. You could’ve just told me on the first place that there is someone else.”

She quivers. It never occurred to her that he will react this way.

“I thought you are only offering friendship, Richard. Please. Tama na.” she tried to pull her arm away from his hold but he tightens his grip.

“Well, then. Thank you. Thank you for making me act stupidly. For allowing me to take good care of you, for having dates with me, for spending the day watching movies in your room, for letting me kiss you, hug you. Thank you for being such a great friend. I appreciate it!” he can no longer control his emotions. He is badly hurt.

Maya is biting her lip, stopping herself from crying. Why should it end this way? She wanted to stay friends with him, to go out as friends when they get back in Manila. But now, she ruined it.

“I am sorry if you assumed things Ricky. I am going back to Manila. Take care.” With one swift move, he lets go of her.

She is slowly fading away from his sight as the lamp posts gave her needed light from walking out. She needed to breathe. She doesn’t know why but after he released her arm, she wanted to run back to him and to embrace him. To say sorry and to tell him that she likes him, too. But that is such a stupid thing to do right now.

Maybe, what happens in Paris stays in Paris.

He watches her walk away from him. Her slow steps make it hard for him not to hope that she will go back to him. But she didn’t.

He shook his head and smiled foolishly. He is such an idiot to believe that he will find love in Paris. This is a nightmare that he needs to forget.

The next day, Richard didn’t saw Maya, even in the following days. Which made him feel like all that happened was just a bad dream.

He needed to wake up, as soon as possible.

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again, next update yung totga. 🙂