Salamat po sa mga nag-aabang! This part happened while Richard was waiting outside.
I suggest a tissue? Para ready lang po. Haha.
Ito na po! God bless! Enjoy C:
It was already 9PM when James arrived. Richard just left a few minutes ago. She felt relieved that she survived another night without Richard knowing what’s happening. Little did she know that this night will be the last night that she had to hide the truth.
“Salamat sa bulaklak.”, said she as they sit on the couch.
“Anything for you, sweety.”, he said.
Maya looked at the roses for a moment then she asked, “James, bakit rosas?”
“Bakit rosas yung binigay mo sa’kin eh ang dami namang klase ng bulaklak?”
“Ahh. Eh diba ‘yun naman talaga ang binibigay sa mga babae?”
“Oo. Pero anong meaning?”
“Kailangan pa bang may meaning, Maya?”
Maya looked unsatisfied with James’ answer. She suddenly remembered what Richard told her when he gave her sunflowers before.
“It’s because it’s uncommon. And it suits you, Maya. You’re not common; you’re one in a million. Sunflowers are often said to give radiance, and you always do that. You gave me hope when things are not going in my way, and you always bring a smile to my face. You’re my sunflower, Maya.” (from Seize the Day)
That’s when it hit her.
Richard is the one who she really loves. The reason why James is here is that she is trying to prove to herself that he is the person fitted for this role in her life. But now she realized that she cannot cast another person when she knew from the start that the best one is already with her.
While James was eating, Maya is just silently watching him.
“Oh? Hindi ka ba kakain?” he said.
“Hindi na, sumabay na ko kay Richard kanina.”
James looked at her for a moment. “Makikipag-break na ako kay Alex.” He said.
Maya was shocked. “Ha?”
“I said makikipag-break na ako kay Alex.”
“Maya, I have you now.”
“Teka James, hindi ba parang ang bilis naman?”
“Alin ang mabilis?”
“Ito! Lahat ‘to.”
“Hindi ito mabilis, Maya. We’re simply continuing what should have happened seven years ago.”
Seven years. Seven years, Maya. Think.
“You’re thinking again. Stop over thinking things, Maya.” He said when he noticed Maya silent.
Seven years. Seven long years.
“Oh, and could you please tell Richard about us? Sabihin mo na habang maaga pa. Masasaktan –“
“Teka James. Wala namang ‘us’ diba? Hindi pa naman ako umo-oo sa sitwasyon ah.”
“Then what do you call this? I know you’re having doubts again, but I promise you, my heart belongs to you.”
No. No! “Eh pano kung hindi ko tanggapin ‘yan?” Maya said. She herself got shocked at what James said.
“Ha? What do you mean?” He replied, equally shocked as the woman in front of him.
“James,” she sighed deeply. “may nauna na. May iba na akong tinaggap, at may iba na ring nagmamay-ari ng puso ko.”
“But – “
“I’m sorry, James.” She said, tears welling up in her eyes. “I’m sorry kung nagmukhang pinaasa kita these past few days. I got confused. Akala ko sign na ‘to ni Lord kung sino talaga ‘yung lalaking para sa’kin. Pero iba pala ‘yung plano Niya. Pina-realize Niya sa’kin kung sino ‘yung lalaking mahal ko. At si Richard ‘yon.”
James was gobsmacked. He can’t find the right words to say.
“I’m really sorry, James. I – “
The two of them turned around to find Luke awake.
“A-anak, ba-bakit ka nagising?” Maya stuttered. She felt nervous that her son and his father are at the same room.
“I thought I heard Papa talking po.” He said drowsily.
“Papa?” Maya and James said at the same time.
“Opo, si Tito Papa po. Si Tito Richard po.” Luke said. “Mommy? Bakit po kayo naiyak?
“Ah wala.” Maya said, trying to wipe her tears. “Na-napuwing lang si Mommy.”
“Mommy? Bakit po kayo naiyak?” now it was Niccolo who came out.
“Gawa po ba niya?” Luke pointed at James, and then the boys went near him. “Bakit niyo po pinapaiyak si mommy? Isusumbong ko po kayo kay Papa! Sinaktan niyo po si Mommy!” they madly said as they hit James’ leg. “Kung sasaktan niyo lang po si Mommy ko, umalis na po kayo!”
Maya felt pity for James at that moment. She can clearly see the man’s pain; the pain that his own sons wants him to leave.
“Uhm, boys?” James said. His voice is shaky, giving Maya a clue that he’s on the verge of crying.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” He said, now his tears are escaping. “Pasensya na kung nasaktan ko ang mommy niyo. May atraso kasi ako sa mommy niyo, ngayong ko lang nagawa.” He said as he pats both the heads of his sons.
“Bakit din po kayo naiyak?” Niccolo asked.
“Eh kasi, late ko na nagawa ‘to. Dapat pala dati pa.” His heart aches more as he talks to them.
“It’s better than late than never po diba?” Luke asked.
James gave a soft chuckle. “You guys are really Maya’s kids. You’re right pero I’m seven years late boys. There are things in life that must be done sooner, kasi hindi na kasing pareho at kasing-saya ang kalalabasan ng late na ng sobra.”
Maya was trying to hold back her tears. She knew all too well that James is apologizing for being absent in his sons’ lives.
“Kung maibabalik ko nga lang yung dati, nagawa ko na. Edi sana wala akong regrets ngayon. Sana hindi namroblema yung mommy niyo dati nung maliliit pa kayo, kasi yung atraso ko, mahirap kapag wala sa mommy niyo. Ang bobo kasi ng Tito James niyo eh, ang bagal bagal pa.”
“Tito, wag na po kayong umiyak.” Niccolo said.
“Oo nga po, Tito. Kung ano man po yung ngayon niyo lang nagawa, sigurado po kaming pinatawad na kayo ni Mommy dun. Sorry nga po pala sa pagpalo kanina.” Luke said.
“Ayos lang ‘yon.” James replied. Kulang pa yung sakit na ‘yun sa sakit na dinulot ko sa inyo.
“Hindi man po kasing saya yung kinalabasan po nung late na, at least po nag-try siya diba po? Saka buti nga po may kinalabasan pa eh.” Luke continued.
“Nakikita po yung effort ng tao. Diba Luke? Yan yung turo ni Ma’am?” Niccolo proudly said.
James tears cannot stop flowing. “Eh kung sa inyo ba nangyari ‘yon, papatawarin niyo ba ako?”
Niccolo and Luke looked at each other. “Oo naman po! Kung si Lord nga po, kayang magpatawad, tao pa po kaya?” they both said.
James finally smiled. “Do you mind if I give you two a hug?”
The twins didn’t answer, they just went near James and they gave him a hug. Maya could see James savouring the moment. He later on gave them a kiss on their heads and she heard him whisper “I’m really sorry mga anak.”
“Sige po Tito, tutulog na po kami ulit. Magagalit po si Mommy eh. Goodnight po!” Niccolo said.
“Basta po Tito, wag po kayong matatakot na sumubok ulit. Kapit-bisig lang po! Goonight din po Mommy!”, the twins gave Maya a hug, then they descended to their room.
Maya continues to cry after the twins left. She also felt James’ pain. But at the same time, she was also glad that even though the message that James gave them was not direct, she knew from the bottom of her heart that he’s apologizing to them and also to her for his absence in their lives.
“James ..” Maya started.
James looked at her, tears still flowing from his eyes. “I’m really late, am I, Maya?”
Maya could only nod. “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be. It’s my own fault. Siguro karma ‘to kasi tinurn-down ko yung gift ni God sa’kin dati. I’m really sorry, Maya. Ang buong akala ko kasi maibabalik ko ang lahat sa dati. I thought na hindi ka pa nakakamove-on, but I was wrong. Kahit yung mga bata nakamove-on na.” James smirked for a second, and then looked at Maya. “Richard is lucky. Siya na ‘yung kinikilalang tatay ni Luke at Niccolo. I felt so much pain when I heard them call him Papa, na dapat ako ‘yun. And I know that you really love him, after you turned me down earlier. “, he chuckled.
“Eh ikaw naman kasi eh! Kung wala kang arte dati edi siguro happy family tayo!” Maya teased. She was simply trying to lift up the mood and she also couldn’t think of anymore to say.
James wiped his tears. “Ewan ko ba sa sarili ko! Hay nako Maya!” He took one deep breath. “I should go.”
“Teka James, pano .. pano kayo ni Alex?”
“I don’t know. But I’m still breaking up with her.”
“James, hindi tama ‘yan –“
“Maya, we’re not exactly in love.”
“It’s just .. it’s my Dad’s arrangement. My father wants to be close to the Lim Family for their business. Parang ginusto lang niya ‘to. I’m not really in love with Alex, and neither is she. Hanggang mag-best friends lang talaga kami. Napag-usapan na namin ‘to long ago, that’s why I told you earlier that I’m breaking up with her.”
“A-alam ni Alex ‘yung tungkol sa’kin?” Maya’s eyes grew bigger at the thought.
“No! No, she doesn’t know anything about this. Ang sabi ko sa kanya, may kailangan lang akong gawing tama. She completely understood and by the looks of it, siguro ito na ‘yung tama. Setting you guys free is the right thing to do.”
Maya’s tears are now attempting to flow again.
“Oh, tama na, Maya. Suko na ko sa pag-sungkit ng pinakamaraming luhang nailabas.” He joked.
“Eh kasi naman ikaw eh!”
“I better go.” He stood up.
“Ihahatid na kita.”
It was dark outside. Maya followed James to where he parked his car.
“So pano? This is finally goodbye.” James said. “Pero bago ang lahat, I have to give my message to you.”
“Ha? Anong message?”
He smirked. “Take care of yourself, ok? Pero hindi ko na naman kailangan mag-alala eh. Alam ko naman kasing aalagaan kayo ni Richard. He’s a good company, and I trust him. Basta take care of the heart you chose to have, Maya. And I hope na hindi mo na puputulin yung connections natin. Marami na yung birthdays nina Luke at Niccolo na kailangan kong bawian. And I have your wedding to attend to.”
“What? It’s true. Eventually, magpapakasal ka. Hindi ka naman siguro magpapakamanang.”
“Eto naman, Manang agad?”
They both laughed. “Basta, if you need my help, I’ll be here. I will be here, always.”
“Salamat James. Thank you so much.” Maya said.
James hugged Maya and gave her a kiss on her cheek.
What happened next was a blur.
James felt an agonizing pain on his right cheek like he was punched.
Wait. Nasuntok nga ako.
When he looked up, he saw Richard so mad and is screaming words.
“Ri-richard .. “ was the only word he can utter.
Maya was shocked to see Richard at the scene.
He’s not supposed to be here. He’s not supposed to be here. Why is he here?!
Little did Maya know, Richard has his own suspicions.
“Si .. si James. Siya yung . . sya yung tatay ni Luke at Niccolo.” She nervously said when he asked her a question. She was so scared, scared at the situation, scared at Richard, scared to what will happen after all of this.
And her fear happened – Richard left.
Maya tried to stop him from leaving, but he won’t budge. He left leaving Maya crying.
James quickly approached Maya who is now crying so hard.
“He left James. He left!” She said as she hugged James back.
Without a doubt, James already knew what he had to do.
“Umakyat ka na, Maya. Ako nang bahala.”
“James .. “
“Trust me, Maya.”