This Time – Chapter 8: We’re Engaged!

This Time
Chapter 8: We’re Engaged!

As the song near its end, Maya felt like she’s going to explode with excitement. After their dance, he will propose to her. A sudden and surprising plan of Richard which Maya, if she’s in her old self would never agreed into. However, from the moment that she accepted the fact that she likes him, she’s very willing to do whatever he wants as long as it would mean that she’ll be spending more time with him.

Even though it hurts to know that he’s in love with someone else.

She’ll deal with that later.

Richard continued to stare lovingly at her. Like she’s the most beautiful girl in the room. His eyes were glued at her face as if he’s studying her. For some reason, Maya couldn’t blame all herself on why she fell in love with this man. If he tried to keep his distance, instead of relentlessly teasing her about their pretend relationship, then she might not act like a stupid girl in love.

“it’s time, sweetheart.” He whispered as soon as the song ended. Maya ‘s knees felt weak just hearing his sweet voice. She could only nod with whatever’s coming next. She could swear that her heart will come out of her chest every step that they take while he steered her back to the table.

Richard’s friends remained seated while surreptitiously looking at them as they dance. Alexis watched them with envy. Her eyes burning with rage. Richard should only be hers alone. She knows that Richard still loves her just by observing him as he looks at her earlier. Alexis knew, he is still hers. He spent a lot of time and effort trying to win her back and it was just recently that he stopped from doing so. That is when, she guessed, is when he met Maya.

Maya is pretty, but not as gorgeous as her, Alexis thought. It is so easy to get Richard’s attention back. She fell out of love before and stood firm that she no longer loves Richard. But when she saw him with another woman, her heart was shattered into pieces. She’s so jealous. She never thought that she will feel such hurt again just by seeing Richard with someone else. And watching Maya and Richard dancing together added fuel to the fire. That should be her dancing sweetly with him and not just any ordinary woman.

Alexis smiled at Maya and Richard as they approaches their table. He smiled at everyone seated around the table while Maya’s eyes remained focus on the carpeted floor of the room. ‘Any moment now’ her mind kept on saying. Reminding her of what’s about to happen making all of her nerves shake. Biting her lower lip, she drew a sharp intake of breath as Richard shifted her body and lifted her face so she could see his beautiful face.

This is it.

He smiled ever so sweetly at her.

A classical music started playing somewhere, while other couple gathered around in the middle to dance again. She and Richard were already in front of the table. His one hand caressing her cheek, while the other is kept inside his pocket. And now, Maya knew, he will propose in front of his friends. An entertainment. A show for all of them to see.

“Sweetheart…” he pauses and grinned at her. Maya’s heart is beating so fast like as if any moment now it will leave her chest.

He slowly took her left hand, kissed it. Maya can feel Richard’s friends eyeing them. Their stares were like laser lights.

He kneeled down, lifted his eyes and stared through her soul, if that was even possible. She would definitely say yes even the question wasn’t still blurted out. She will say yes an marry this man who loves so greatly.

She knows how much love he could give. She will be the luckiest girl in the world.

But then, again… he is not in love with her.

This is just for a show.

Which she directed, somehow. And now, the producers seemed to give the project to someone else where the story line wasn’t good enough for Maya’s heart to handle. She can now foresee, this show would be the saddest story she would ever see in her entire life.

“Maya, will you marry me?” Gasps were heard from her friends, Maya could even feel some other businessmen watching them with shocked expressions. She can somehow read what’s running in their heads. This is the only time that they saw her, and now the great Richard Lim wants to marry her. She must’ve been a rare gem.

Maya blinked back the tears that ‘s about to run down her cheeks. She should be a professional actress. This is all her fault, why not go with the flow?

“Maya? Sweetheart?…” she heard Richard asks again, like as if he is scared that she’ll turn him down, or scared that she changed her mind in helping him win Alexis back.

“I know everything’s fast but it’s just that…” he tried to come up with some words that will somehow convince her into this. But Maya won’t have any of it. She doesn’t want to hear that he loves her, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Because it will hurt more hearing his lies.

That will be too much for her to handle.

Maya touched his lips with her thumb to silence him and reached his hand to make him stand up, she nodded before saying. “Yes.”

And if she could just capture this moment, his lips curving up in a huge smile, his strong arms engulfing her in a tight hug, and his fingers ever so gently slipping his engagement ring for her and sealing it with a kiss on her lips. She swear she tasted sweet and everything nice! She would definitely store this in her basin of memories. This is indeed one hell of a romantic proposal. Or so, maybe she though it was. Just because Richard had asked her. This is not as romantic as what she sees in movies or even in the internet, but whatever. She still couldn’t save a memory that is fake and a memory that whenever she remembers will surely break her heart.

For it will seemed like she was part of a fairy tale, and then she will wake up realizing that this is not real.

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“Congrats, Chard!” Were thrown at him after their proposal scene earlier. His friends were hugging him, patting his back looking happy for him, even though Maya could’ve guessed that they weren’t that really happy. They are also pretending.

“Thank you, guys!” Richard smiles back at everyone looking dashingly handsome. He is very happy, as if he’d won the lottery. If everyone just knew the reason why he’s happy is because his plan worked.

Somehow, Maya knew that it worked. She’s also a woman, and she knows how a woman gets jealous. She could feel Alexis eyes burning with jealousy. If Alexis could only snatched Richard earlier and kiss him in front of everyone, Maya knows she would.

Maya wanted to hurt her more, so she stayed beside Richard the whole night, clinging onto him. She keeps their hands intertwined, her head on his shoulder. They looked like what a happy newly engaged couple should looked like. Maya could’ve kissed Richard again, but decided against it. For everything might end tonight. Alexis might get Richard back, in which Maya wasn’t ready yet. Oh heck, will she ever be ready?

“Congrats, Richard.” Maya heard Alexis sweetly told Richard before they went out of the building.

Maya is still beside Richard, their hands still intertwined. But as soon as Alexis touches Richard’s arm while she talks to him, he disengaged from her hold and smiled at Alexis. “Thank you.”

“Yeah, goodnight then.” Alexis once again said. Maya knows she’s stalling. Like as if she wanted him to talk to her more. Darn.

“um.. Where’s your driver?” they are now outside the building. Mang Lem, Richard’s driver whom he asked to go there and drive for them just arrived a few minutes ago and is waiting for them. Richard already handed the keys to him and fetches the car.

“Well, I asked my driver to leave earlier. Sasabay na lang sana ako Kay Jana, but then ayun, may biglaang lakad siya. Out of the way na din so sabi ko I will just hail a cab.” She said. Maya can’t read whether she’s lying or not, but whatever she still thinks that Alexis is lying! Great.

“what?” in just one word, Maya could clearly hear his concern for her. “in this time? No way I will let you.” And as if he remembered I am beside him, he asked. “Right, sweetheart? Pwede naman siya sumabay sa atin Di ba?”

I looked at him, his eyes were pleading. As if begging me to agree. Like as if I have the right to say no!
Alexis must have been congratulating her self now. Maya wanted to cry and curse and sulk. But she couldn’t. She just can’t.

“I mean, I know meron kang curfew so uunahin na kitang ihatid, your mom might get worried.” Maya doesn’t know if it’s a suggestion or an order. Things get worse every time she doesn’t talk.

“Nakakahiya naman, Chard. Okay lang naman ako. I will be fine. May grab a car naman para mas safe.” Good! Maya would really suggest that if only she can.

“it is really just fine, Alexis. And besides on the way na din naman yun pauwi.” Richard looks at me then back to Alexis. As if I have a choice.

She gathered all her strength before answering “okay lang, Alexis. Sabay ka na. Gabi na masyado eh.” She tried to smile at her then she reaches for Richard’s arm. “Hatid na natin siya. I also want to make sure that she will be home safely.” She said sweetly at Richard. Crushing the victory that Alexis must have known she already has. “ako na bahala magexplain Kay mommy if malelate ako ng konti.”

“okay then, it’s settled. Let’s go.”

Richard opened the passenger seat for Alexis while Maya’s door was opened by Many Lem. This wasn’t left unnoticed by Alexis. She hid a smile as she settles down inside.

Maya could feel Richard slowly fading from her side. He slips inside the car beside her. Maya took his arm, loops her arm in his and rests her head on his shoulder. She will sleep. And everything will be okay, at least in her dreams.
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A/N: hiiii!! I am back. Haha sorry, sobrang busy lang. I will finish this story, promise. Thank you for reading and for reminding me to write. Haha!  🙂 *huuuugs*

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