A/N : Sorry po kung natagalan!
Chapter 10 – Finale
“Oy James! Kumusta?”, Maya said when James called her that morning.
“Eto, ayos lang, trabaho pa rin.” He answered. “Eh ikaw? Wait, let me rephrase. Eh kumusta kayo ni Richard?”
Maya giggled after hearing James’ question. “Ayun, tulog na tulog pa. Ni hindi nga nagising sa alarm ko eh.”
“Wait. Are you now living together?”
“Oy! Hindi no! Nagsleep-over kasi kami dito pero dapat hindi talaga. Nagyaya kasi si Richard na dalhin sila sa bahay, para daw magkalaro si Abby saka si Luke at Niccolo. Ayun, nakatulog yung kambal dito, hindi na kami pinauwi ni Richard.” Maya explained.
James smirked. “Saan ka natulog?”
“Ha? Sa ano, dito! Sa bahay ni Richard.” Maya answered.
James chuckled. “Saang kwarto? Kaninong kwarto?” he teased.
Maya was silent.
James finally let go of the laughter he’s trying to hold back. “Oh? Natahimik ka? Hahaha. Sa kwarto ka niya natulog no? Magkatabi kayo no?”
“James naman ehhh!” Maya said quite embarrassed. “Wag ako sisihin mo! Si Richard! Saka natulog lang naman kami eh! Kasi dapat dun ako matutulog sa –“
“Maya, you don’t have to explain. Lalo ka lang nagmumukhang guilty eh!”
“Ehh kasi naman, James –“
“Don’t be embarrassed, Maya. Kayo naman nung tao eh. Imbitado ako sa kasal ha!”
Maya fell silent on the other line.
“Oh? Ano na naman to Maya?”
“Ehh. Wala naman atang kasal eh.”
“Ha? Why did you say so?”
“Ehh. Hindi naman nagpo-propose si Richard eh.”
“Maya, hindi kaya atat ka lang? I know it’s been quite some time now and all pero baka naghihintay pa ng moment si Richard.”
Maya sighed. “Siguro nga.”
“O sya, I have to go. Nangangamusta lang talaga ako. Bye Maya, take care.”
“Bye James! Ingat ka dyan sa Amerika.”
James disconnected his phone and before returning to work, he looked back at his conversation with Maya earlier.
Hay nako, Maya. Kung alam mo lang ang plano ni Richard.
After the call, Maya went back to bed to wake up Richard, but she didn’t have the heart to do so. Instead, she watched him sleep.
Maya put her hand on his face, caressing his features. She is in awe of this man. She couldn’t imagine any guy who would still continue to love her despite of all her baggage and the shenanigans she committed. She was so sure that he’s the man she wants to spend her life with. She was so sure ever since he said that he’s willing to open a new chapter to her life.
I want to marry you, Richard. What’s taking you too long to ask me?
Tama nga ba si James?
Oo, Maya, atat ka lang. Hintay-hintay lang. Patience is a virtue diba?
Richard suddenly steered from his sleep then he finally woke up. He smiled at the sight of the woman in front of him.
“Good morning, Hon.” His voice husky.
“Hon ka dyan. Good morning Chard ko!” she replied happily.
“Kakagising mo lang?”
“Hmm, medyo kanina pa. Tumawag kasi si James.”
Si James? Did he slip? May nasabi ba siya kay Maya?
“Oh, natahimik ka dyan?” Maya lie down and hugged Richard. “Selos ka?”
“N – no. Anong sabi niya?”
“Wala, nangangamusta lang naman.”
Richard was relieved. I thought nadulas na si James. He then hugged Maya tight.
“Let’s go back to sleep, Maya ko?” he asked.
Maya gave a giggle. “Ang sarap namang pakinggan nun.”
Richard kissed her head, then he closed his eyes to go back to sleep.
The lovebirds are almost in deep sleep when the twins came inside the room without even knocking.
“Daddy, Daddy!!” Luke said.
“Mommy!! Mommy!!” And Niccolo was calling her mother. The two were talking at the same time making Richard and Maya to wake up.
“Daddy!! Nagluto po kami ng breakfast!” It’s Luke.
“Opo Mommy! Tinulungan po kami ni Manang Fe! Tara na po!” Niccolo said.
“Ang babait naman ng mga batang ‘to.” Maya said. “Lumakad na kayo sa baba, susunod na kami.”
“Ok po Mommy!” Niccolo said. Then the two ran and left the room.
Richard turned to Maya. “They would usually wake up Alex first, pero since umalis na siya, tayo na ata ang napag-tripan. Manang-mana talaga sa’yo yung mga anak natin sa kakulitan.”
Maya’s heart was overwhelmed when he heard the term “anak natin.” Richard again lie down and took Maya with him, engulfing her again in a hug.
“Huy, Chard, inaantay na tayo nung mga bata.”
“Don’t mind them. I still want to sleep. With you I might add.” He said, eyes already closed.
Maya pinched his cheek. “Babalik yung mga yun kaya tara na.”
“Aww!” he was suddenly awake. “And what makes you say na babalik sila?”
“Mana rin yung mga anak natin sa’yo no. They don’t stop until they get what they want. Kaya bumangon ka na!”
Maya attempted to rise up but Richard caught her again. This time, he was looking lovingly at her eyes. “Happy anniversary.”
“Happy anniversary, Richard!” then she gave him a hug.
They were a lovely scene to look at whenever they are all together. A perfect picture, if that’s what you would call it. Maya thought that she’s the only one who wants to keep this picture. Little did she know that Richard also wants it. And he wants to keep it for the rest of his life.
Just wait, Maya. I’ll be yours, soon.
“Chard, alis na ko ha. ‘Wag mo na kong ihatid, ang dami mo pang trabaho eh.” Maya said to Richard, whose busy working in his office.
“Pasensya ka na kung hindi kita maihahatid, Maya. Last minute naman kasi ‘tong trabaho na ‘to eh.”
“O sya, wag nang mainit ang ulo. Babalikan ko na lang sina Luke at Niccolo mamaya pag-balik ko mula sa flight. Sige na.” Maya said then quickly turned to leave.
“Maya wait.” Richard said, and then he stood up from his chair and gave Maya a tight hug.
“I love you, Maya, more than you know.” He whispered to her ear.
“I love you, too Richard.” Maya was quite taken back at Richard’s sudden expression of his feelings.
Richard kissed her on her lips. Then said “Just wait.”
“Ha? Wait for what?”
He kissed her again. “Just wait. Lumakad ka na, male-late ka pa.”
“Si-sige. Babay Chard ko. Happy anniversary!”
When Richard finally saw Maya outside he shouted, “Kids! Tara na! We’re late for our schedule!”
“Good afternoon Sir! What do you like? Coffee, tea or juice?” Maya is currently on her flight. She’s extra happy today because it’s their anniversary. Somehow, all of the passengers are also smiling after they were served by her. It’s what Richard calls nakakahawa.
“Good afternoon Sir! What do you like? Coffee, tea –“
“Mommy, I want juice.” Luke said.
“Ako rin Mommy I want juice.” It was Niccolo.
Maya was shocked to see her kids on the plane. “Bakit kayo nandito? Si – sinong kasama niyo? Sinundan niyo ba si Mommy?” she asked them.
“Hindi po, Mommy. Kasama po namin si Daddy.” Said Abby.
“Ha? Ehh nasan si Richard?” Maya looked at the seats near the kids, but failed to see Richard.
“I’m here.” Maya turned around and saw Richard standing quite far from her.
“O, bakit kayo nandito?” Maya asked.
Richard started walking towards her. The other passengers were looking at them.
“I’m here to give you my gift.”
“Yes. It’s our anniversary, diba?”
“Kailangan talaga dito?”
“Yes. This couldn’t wait.” Then he stopped in front of her. “I couldn’t wait anymore.”
Maya can feel her heart beating fast. She has no clue what’s going on. At the same time, she’s also feeling shy because of the passengers inside the plane and she’s also at work.
“A-ano bang ibibigay mo?”
Richard could only smirk.
“I haven’t bought a bag Maya because I believe that my sense in fashion doesn’t work quite well in the ladies’ section. I haven’t bought you any perfume because it’ll be gone soon. I haven’t bought you any jewellery because I don’t know what you’ll like because I’m a guy.”
Maya could only laugh at what Richard said.
“So, I’m giving you something that I know you’re going to treasure forever.”
He reached for her hands.
“I’m giving you my life, and with that, I’m also giving you all the love that my heart is willing to give.”
Maya felt tears flowing from her eyes.
“I’m sorry it took too long but I want you to know that from the day that we finally reconcile, I knew that you’re the last woman I’m going to love. You’re the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
Then finally, it happened. Richard bent down on his knee and took out a blue velvet box and he opened it.
“Will you marry me, Maya?”
Richard was holding his breath after he said those words. He’s waiting for Maya’s answer. All he wants is for her to say ..
“Yes, Richard. I’ll marry you.” Maya said as she tried to stop her tears.
Richard put the ring on Maya’s finger and quickly stood up to give her an embrace.
The passengers on the plane were also delighted by Richard’s proposal so they started clapping and shouting “kiss”.
The couple could only laugh at the request. Richard cupped her face and gave Maya a long lingering kiss.
“Thank you, Richard.” Maya said after the kiss. “Thank you for barging into my life kahit na hindi maganda yung unang tagpo natin.” She teased
“It was one of my best idiot doings, Maya. I’m glad I did it. I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
Richard hugged her again while the three kids also joined the hug. The perfect picture was captured during that moment, and it will always remain in their hearts forever.
The End. //
A/N : Let’s all pray po for our beloved country. Isang linggo po atang suspended ang klase namin because of Maring. I was lucky to be home early morning yesterday from Cavite without experiencing the strong rain. Sana po maayos po kayong lahat, kung nasaan man po kayo. Umalis na raw po yung bagyo pero nahahatak niya si Habagat. Nakakabagabag din po pala yung walang araw at puro ulan yung dumadaan sa buong araw. Let’s all continue to pray that the sun will soon give warmth again and also for the people who are greatly affected by the storm.
Thank you po sa sumubaybay ng The End Where I Begin! This will be the last chapter of this fan fic. I’m currently working on “Have Faith”. As much as I want to publish it, ayoko po muna kasi baka mabitin ko po kayo sa updates ko. Baka po ma-move ang midterms namin eh. Pero I’m telling you guys, it’s worth the wait.
Let’s all continue to pray for our country. Kapit-bisig po tayong lahat! May the good Lord bless us!