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This Time- Chapter 7: Who’s that Girl?

Chapter 7: Who’s That Girl?

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Once Richard and Maya entered the lobby of the five star hotel, few businessmen with their respective partners were talking in a corner. Some turned their heads toward Richard, acknowledging his presence. He only nodded in return while keeping his hand at the small back of Maya.

Maya took a deep breath she is not used in situation like this. She is not really the partying type especially if rich businessmen are approaching them trying to engage her in a conversation that she lacks knowledge of.

Good thing, Richard kept his promise of staying beside her and asking questions that were thrown at him confidently.

Before they can even find a table, a certain man appproached Richard. Maya smiled at the man and only nodded when asked simple questions answerable by yes and no. Richard and the man continue with their conversation about a possible partnership that is when Maya allowed her mind to think things through.

Maybe Richard would give her the ring later after this event. Then they would kiss goodnight. Wait. Hell no. Where did that thought came from? Maya bit her lip and tried to shake off that thought away.

She can’t like him. But how is that possible when he is this good looking every single day? Ugh. She needs to try. She can’t complicate things more than it already is.

“Yes, she’s my girlfriend.” Maya heard Richard said. She was startled since she never heard the question as her mind wander off.

She look up at him and to the mid-40’s businessman in a white suit in front of them who has a huge grin on his face.

“Oh, I see. So the rumors about you pursuing-”

“It is up to you if you want to believe it.” Richard quickly cut him off. Maya fidgeted as she became uncomfortable with the amused expression on the man in front of them directed at her. As if he was surprised that she is Richard’s girlfriend.

Richard suddenly held her hand noticing her discomfort. She glances at him and gave her a small smile.

“If you’ll excuse us Mr. Castro.”. He nodded at the man in front of them and steered Maya around the room until they find a table at the corner. There are three people already seated and Richard smiled at them.

“Hey guys.” He greeted them quite cheerfully so Maya assumed that these people are somehow his friends.

“Hi Chard! Finally dumating ka din akala namin di ka na dadating eh.” The girl wearing a red dress said. Smile never leaving her face.

He raises an eyebrow “kanina pa ako nandito hinarang lang ako ng mga partners and CEOs.”

“Oh. Anyway, sino siya?” The guy who is also in the table asked him. Maya smiled nervously at them. All eyes are directed on her.

“Oh! Yes. She’s Maya. Maya, this is Janine, Greg and Reyes. Guys, this is Maya, my girlfriend.” He smiled at them, his hand still on her back. Maya stiffened but still manage to give a smile.

Surprised was an understatement on how the three reacted at this. Why is it that hard to believe it? “Ah.. Hi.” The three waved at her giving an awkward smile. “Upo na kayo.”

She took a seat beside Richard and remained quiet just listening to the conversation of the four.

They talked about work and personal lives that Maya doesn’t know anything about. She started feeling left out when suddenly they were curious about her and Richard’s relationship.

“So, since when pa naging kayo Chard?” Janine asked Richard before taking a sip of her wine.

“Just a few weeks ago”

“So bago lang pala..”

“Yes. We just met, we have a common friend who introduced us and the rest is history.” Richard explained as short as possible. All the while his friends were staring at Maya, as if examining her.

“Oh. Kaya pala we never met her before..” The other guy, Reyes spoke softly. His eyes scanning her.

“Yes.” Richard nodded. “Wait, sweetheart.” He turned his attention to Maya. Before she could turn her eyes at him, she saw Janine raises an eyebrow. Maya tried to brush it off but can sense that they don’t like her at all.

“Uh.. Bakit?” She asked, almost in a whisper. Her self confidence was taken away from her.

“I will get us some food, I am starving. Just stay here, okay?”

Maya, too is hungry but she won’t allow him to leave her with a group of people she barely knew and who hates her already. “Uh.. No, sama ako.” She murmurs. Her hands tagging his arm.

He chuckled a bit. “No, just stay here. Dun lang naman ako.” He pointed at the buffet table “I will be back.” He smiled at her before leaving. She swear she could feel the stares of the people of the table with her

They kept quiet and the only sound could be heard is the soft music playing somewhere.

Maya tried to smile at them and focused on her phone, playing some random app that she forgot about its existence there.

She could hear Richard’s friends talking again about work, totally ignoring her.

All of a sudden, laughters and chats died out. Their table became quiet. She wasn’t exactly sure on the reason why the conversation died down.

So she sets her phone down and looked at them only to find them staring at something behind her.

Slowly, Maya turned her head and saw what they are seeing.

Richard. With a very beautiful woman.

Beautiful is even an understatement on how to desribe her.

She’s talking to him. They are few inches apart. He is smiling at her and that smile reaches his eyes.

Maya’s heart started to ache. That familiar pain that she’s feeling whenever Richard seems not to care so much about her. And tonight the pain is worse.

“Alexis is here.” Reyes said

“She’s gorgeous, no wonder why Richard is so captured.”

“Hey. Shh someone might hear.”

Maya heard them loud and clear. They might have intended for her to hear it.

Maya tore her gaze away from them for she can no longer bear it. What is happening to her? And who is Alexis?

And why the heck does she cares?!

This is too much.

“Excuse me.” Maya stood up and walks her way to the comfort room. She doesn’t care what will they think of her. She just needs to breathe.

She inhale a calming breath

Her eyes lifted from the sink up to face her own reflection on the mirror. She’s been very confident on how she looks earlier, but now she’s been very insecure.

Too many questions she wanted to throw at him. But who is she anyway? She’s not even his real girlfriend.

Beep. A message.

She fishes out her phone out of her pouch and reads the message from Richard.

Maya, nasan ka?

And another one.

May ipapakilala ako s’yo.

Although she really doesn’t want to go out and see him. She can’t stay there forever. And who cares on who he wanted her to meet?!

She sighs heavily and checks her face again before leaving the rest room.

Her eyes instantly met his. He’s smiling at her once he saw her approaching him and his friends.

She didn’t even notice Alexis standing beside Richard until he introduced her.

“Sweetheart, this is Alexis a good friend of ours. We are all friends since college.” He said, his hand resting on her back.

Maya forced a fake smile before extending her hand to Alexis. “Nice to meet you. I’m Maya.”

“Same here, Maya. Finally I’ve met you. Richard’s been telling me about you.” Alexis gave her a warm smile. And did Maya mentioned that she looks like an Angel? She even notice Richard staring at her. Crap.

Richard and his friends told her about their college life. How close they were. And she hates it even more that Alexis and Richard would often remember stories in the past about them. Like how she secretly slides in a book in his bag which belongs to the library and on how the sort of alarm came ringing when he’s about to go out of the library without checking out the book.

“Imagine how shocked he was! Hahaha!” Alexis was laughing together with everyone.

“I was really shocked! I mean, why would I even check out a cheesy book?! And even steal it?”

“Hahaha! You two are really funny.” Says Janine.

The banter went on like forever. Of course she doesn’t care, she hates Richard for bringing her here. She feels so left out. The only thing that calms her is Richard’s hand that is still holding her close. But she still hates him!

As the laughter died down, a sweet music started playing and couples are gathering in the middle of the room swaying to the music.

Richard reaches for Maya’s hand and looks at her before redirecting his attention back to his friends. “Excuse us, guys. I need some alone time with my girl. We will go and dance for a while. Enjoy the evening.” He nodded at them and stirs Maya out of the group and in to the middle of the room.

With Richard’s hands resting on her waist, and hers on his shoulders, they sway to the beautiful music for a bit before Richard broke the wonderful dream Maya is having.

“You ask me once what will I gain for helping you…”

Maya spaced out trying to remember that day.

“Well, I introduced you to her… You are actually helping me to win her back. Thank you.”

He leaned in to the point that his lips were close to her ears. Those words shattered her heart into pieces and now she admitted to herself that she fell in love with Richard. She fell so hard and he didn’t catch her.

“Now, after our dance I will propose to you. In front of her and our friends. You will say yes.”

HOW DARE HE COMMAND ME!


I DON’T WANT TO.

But that would also mean there would be sweet moments with him.

Everything is fake. Her feelings are real. This is Karma. Ano ba itong pinasok mo, Maya!

She wanted to cry, but she can’t.

She can’t look weak.

“Then, I am asking you for a kiss. Just one, don’t worry I won’t take advantage of you. But it’s okay if ayaw mo.”

He looks at her expectantly.

“It’s okay.” She said before thinking about it. Damn feelings. Her heart started to beat fast, like it’s excited for that kiss.

“Thank you, Maya.” He stares at her and gives her a grateful smile.

“You really love her. Siya ba yung pinapadalhan mo ng flowers?” She asks after a beat. She regretted the question once it escapes her mouth for she already knew the answer and she doesn’t want to hear it anymore.

“Yes. I’ll explain everything to you after this night, sweetheart.” He laughs and winks at her.

She laughs, a forced and fake laugh. This will be the best night of her life!

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It Happened in Paris – Part 7

Part 7

Maya’s been pacing back and forth in her hotel room. It’s been four hours since Richard left and she already packed her things and showered ready to go back home. She’s been trying to reach him but he is not answering.

If Richard wouldn’t still show up any time soon, they will still be on the road until morning which is not good considering that he still have an early meeting with Jeffrey.

Right, she’s been reminded of Jeffrey again. She’s been more confused than ever. Once, she thought that this vacation would do them good that it can somehow relieve their friendship but of course she was wrong. Because way back in Paris, she knows that what they had was more than friendship her mind just keeps on denying the obvious constant beating of her heart.
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He head to the door at the end of the corridor and bang on as hard as he can.

“R-Richard?” She was surprised to see a tired looking man in front of her room. He’s panting as if he had ran a marathon. “Saan ka galing?”

He ignored her and quickly went inside “Let’s go. Ito na ba yung bag mo? Ibababa ko na sumunod ka na lang.” He started lifting her bags and headed towards the door but Maya shut it close.

“What is wrong?”

He pauses trying to analyze her question. His shirt is drenched in cold sweat, his throat felt dry. He shut his eyes and breathed deeply.

“Richard?” She tried to touch him but decided not to.

She saw how his face changes reactions. She is scared because she knew she saw such reaction before and it was when she left him in Paris.

The faint sound of the ticking of the clock as well as Richard’s heavy breathing were the only sound can be heard. Maya is afraid to talk nor make any movements. She doesn’t know what she had done this time but she doesn’t want to see him like this anymore.

“You are the freakin’ problem here!” He roared like a wild lion. The anger chips him away, even though he try to keep it at bay.

Maya stepped back like a scared cat.
“A-ano? B-bakit ako?” She doesn’t know what to do. Richard remained standing a few steps away from her.

He doesn’t reply for a minute, like he’s thinking.

“You are really good at this. Making people feel like you like them a lot but really, you don’t. And you are just afraid that you will be alone so here I am who wanted so bad to be with you and who’s a very willing victim.”

He sighed harshly and ran his fingers through his hair
“The distance that you gave us didn’t help me to forget you, it just made me fall harder for you.”

She’s not prepared for such conversation. She’s uncomfortable, words have deserted her. She took a long look at him and saw his dark undereye circles, defeated shoulder, unshaven face, why does she just noticed this now? he’s indeed miserable. How long is he like this? So unhappy, so unlike what she met in Paris.

She’s holding her breath. Her eyes are filling with tears.
The rain patters against the glass windows. As if the sky is mourning with the sight of them.

“Bakit?” She ask, and it comes out a lot sadder than she meant to.

He cursed and sighs “maybe because I am so stupid?”

She doesn’t know what to say. She stood still, thinking.

“I love you.” He says “and I’m dead serious. I’m slowly dying here Maya.” He added, pointing at his heart.

She gazes at him, surprised at his sudden declaration of love. It was as if the day that she had left him but this is different because she felt that after this, she won’t be able to see him again. This time around, she have to make the right choice. “Richard.. I-”

He held up his hand to stop her for talking “it’s all right, Maya. Don’t worry, after this I will keep my promise and sign that deal. Then we could stay away from each other.”

“When I saw you with him, you have no idea how hurt I was… You left me, for him. And can’t help but compare him to me which made me feel less confident and contented on who I am… So, my for one last time I have to give in to what my heart wants. And that is to be with you even just for a while.” He pauses and shakes his head

Maya listened and watches him quietly. She doesn’t know how much she had hurt him until now.

“I know I came up with a crazy idea but that is the only way. That makes me realize thatt you do love him. Because you are willing to do anything for him.” He tried to stop himself from crying but tears still fell from his eyes.

Maya wanted to brush his tears away but she too had something to say. She knows that more than her love for Jeff, the real reason that she’s there is because she wants to. Because no matter how much she tries to run away from him, her heart can no longer handle it.

“Don’t worry, Maya. As I said, huli na ‘to. I won’t go near you ever again.” He composed himself and stared right through her eyes.

Maya shook her head as if that is the most stupid idea she just heard. She cannot bear the mere idea of losing him forever. When she left him in Paris before, she still hoped that they will meet again and him leaving her forever is unacceptable.

“Ricky, Ma-Mahal din kita.” She said, almost inaudibly but Richard heard it loud and clear.

His eyes quickly shifted right where she is standing his face is void of any emotion. She doesn’t know if he like what she had said, while he is not sure if he’s dreaming right now.

“Y-you love me.” He said, more than a statement rather than a question

Maya pressed her lips and nodded. Tears now running down her cheeks. “I.. I was just scared n-nung nasa Paris tayo. Everything happened so fast, Ricky. And baka kasi nadala lang tayo like sa part ko, I am very vulnerable that time… I am not sure if.. If what I am feeling is really love. Tapos si… Si Jeffrey. Sobrang gulo ng isip ko… Akala ko pag nahiwalay ako sa’yo, I can move on but I never stopped thinking about you..” Contrary to expectations, she never stopped loving him

He struggles trying to stand still. He is happy, he sure is. He opens his eyes, when she moved to get her things from him, he clutches her hand to stop her.

Maya stared at him while he stares back. “You love me?” He asks

“Oo nga, ang kulit mo naman.” She smiled weakly

Richard punches up the air all of a sudden. “Yes! Finally you allowed your heart to do what it wants.” Maya giggled on his reaction. It had been so long since the last time she saw him this happy. Grinning like a fool.

He wipe away her tears and embraced her. She nestles into his shoulder but quickly jolted and pushed him away.

“H-hey, why?” He asked, confusion all over his face.

“Your perfume… Amoy babae ka. Saan ka talaga nanggaling, Mr. Lim?” She frowned at him

Richard tried to stop himself from chuckling for he might upset her even more. Here they are who just finally confessed their love for each other and is now having their first misunderstanding. She is so cute when she’s jealous.

“Uh.. Out. Sa restaurant..”

“With whom?” She crosses her arms while waiting for his reply

“The girl dun sa snack bar?”

“What?! She gave her number? At paano naman dumikit yung pabango nya sa’yo?”

“Yes, but sweetheart we only ate then I went back here afterwards.” He try to hold her but she moved away. “Maybe when we bid goodbye, she uh.. Sort of kissed me on my cheek.”

Maya blushes at his term of endearment for a second but quickly brushes it off once she heard that the girl sort off kissed him, she can’t be tamed right now. “Four hours ka nawala tapos sasabihin m-”

“Hey, hey” he cuts her “One hour drive, so two hours yung byahe plus we ate, then uminom ako ng two bottles of beer but I am alone na nun.” He explained “sweetheart, please…kakabati lang natin. Tapos kakasagot mo lang sa’kin” he ended which made her laugh. He really has a way inside her heart.

“Nanligaw ka?”

He arched an eyebrow “Hindi ba?”

“Nope.”

He sighed “Well, okay but tayo na. Liligawan na lang kita every day kahit tayo na. Then we will fix things. Ok?” He said with finality

Maya bit her lip unsure what to say. Sure she is happy if they will be together but how about Jeffrey?

As if he can read her mind, he added “I will still sign the deal but you will break up on him. As much as I’ve learned that you are a jealous woman, I am also a jealous guy, Maya.”

She nods in understanding, “Okay, pagbalik natin I will talk to him. Pero ayoko na makikita kang may kasamang iba! At, maligo ka nga muna bago tayo umalis ayoko ng amoy mo. Siguro yumakap siya sa’yo!” She pouted

Richard laughed out loud and engulfed her in a hug.
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Richard: Sweetheart, take some rest. We will have dinner later, ok? I miss u. I love you.

Richard: I am on my way to the office. Proposal na ng EX mo. It may take two hours of discussion.

Richard: come to think of it, maybe we should just see each other tom. Baka ayain ka ng EX mo in a celebration. Spill the beans already. Tell him u love me..

Richard: I know it’s not that easy but…

Jeffrey: hi babe! See u later. This is my day! We will celebrate later I am so sure. I love you!

These are the messages that were sent to her early that day. Maya’s heart ached after reading these. Her heart was torn apart between Richard and Jeffrey. Sure, she loves Richard more than she loves Jeffrey but he’s been very sweet and loving to her these past few weeks and it will make her guilty if she will just break his heart.

But come to think of it, he once broke her heart!

However, he already apologized and showered her so much love that he wasn’t able to give her before.

Uggh!! She screamed frustrated with herself and with the war that’s been going on in her mind.

Unsure of what to do, she sent each guy a message giving her time to decide on what to do.

To Richard: have a good day, Ricky. I love you.

To Jeffrey: goodluck!! See u soon.

With a sigh, she stood up and headed to the bathroom to take a shower. She needed to clear her mind.
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