It seems like I have to post a story of this at the end of each week because of the teasers. Anyway, pasensya na po kung medyo mabilis ang phasing ng story na ‘to. Hinahabol ko po kasi yung sa series.
After their kiss and make up, Richard wanted to sleep so badly. He still got work to do in the morning, yet it was already 2:30 in the morning.
It was worth the wait, she’s always worth the wait.
Richard slept at Maya’s room but he slept on the floor. He insisted to sleep there even though Maya asked him to sleep with her on her bed.
There’s no need to rush, Richard. By the time you sleep beside her, it will be forever.
He woke up with a start. The thing where he slept on is not as comfortable as the bed he has at home. He turned on his phone and found out that it was five in the morning and that he only slept for three hours. But when he turned, all those complaints were gone. He might be sleeping on the floor but the woman he loves is just on the edge of her bed, facing him. A smile suddenly crept through his face.
That is the face I want to see every time I wake up.
Maya suddenly moved making Richard to hold his position, then Maya suddenly fell from her bed and landed beside him. Richard is still holding his breath, afraid that Maya will wake up but he was wrong. After the fall, Maya stirred a little, faced Richard then went back to sleep. He couldn’t help but to smile.
Tulog mantika din pala ‘tong magiging asawa ko.
He decided to get his phone and to text Liza saying that he might not be able to go to work today. After that, he turned to face Maya. He lifted his right hand to caress her face.
I hope you’ll say yes.
And then he whispered “I love you”.
He then closed his eyes, and drifted off to sleep.
Maya felt very comfortable while sleeping today. She doesn’t know why but she felt very safe. She decided to open her eyes to see what’s making her so comfortable. Her eyes grew wide at the sight of her Sir Chief beside her. His right arm is around her waist, holding her close, and his face is only a few inch before hers. She might be shocked but she was also happy at the thought.
Sana araw-araw na lang ganito.
She suddenly remembered what happened last night. All of those tears were gone like the wind. The mere thought of Richard staying awake just to wait for her to go outside her room makes her smile. And to top it all, he even sang to win her back again. Maya also remembered that Richard insisted on sleeping on the floor and not beside her. She knew from that moment that he’s willing to wait, he’s always willing to wait for her.
Mahal ka niyang talaga, Maya. ‘Wag ka nang magduda. Mahal na mahal mo rin naman siya eh.
Maya leaned closer to kiss Richard’s nose. Richard stirred a little from his sleep and his chinky eyes opened.
“Good morning Sir Chief.” She whispered.
Richard smiled. “Good morning. I love you.”
“Sir Chief ha, umagang-umaga!” she said but couldn’t help but to blush.
He let out a chuckle. “Basta tatandaan mo ‘yun.” Then kissed her forehead.
“I love you, too.” Maya said. “Pero teka, bakit ba ako napapunta dito sa baba? Saka anong oras na ba?”
“Nahulog ka sa kama mo. Ang likot mo kasi eh. But when you fell, you’re still asleep.” He then closed his eyes. “I don’t care what the time is. I still want to sleep.” He tightened his arm around Maya’s waist, pulling her close to him.
“Ehh Sir Chief, may trabaho ka pa diba?”
“I texted Liza. Don’t worry, may flight ka ba?” his voice is soft like he’s already in slumber.
“Wa-wala naman. Mamaya pang gabi saka bukas ng umaga.”
“See?” his eyes opened a little. “You need to sleep. Para may energy ka mamaya saka para bukas.”
“Sir Chief –“
“Please Maya?” he looked at her with pleading eyes.
“Sige na nga. Ang hirap mo namang tiisin eh!”
Richard closed his eyes. “Thank you. Hindi mo lang alam kung gaano kahimbing ang tulog ko kapag katabi ka.”
Maya smiled. Ako rin kaya. Then she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep again.
Maya was the first one again to wake up. When she opened her eyes, they were still in the same position, but Richard is awake now.
“Kanina ka pa gising?” she asked.
He only nodded. “I was watching you sleep.”
“Anong oras na?”
“It’s nine in the morning.”
“Gutom ka na?”
He nodded again.
“Tara na. Mag-breakfast na tayo.”
Maya rose from the comforter. She was about to stand up when Richard hugged her.
“I love you.”
Then he stood up, leaving Maya speechless.
Ano kayang nakain ni Sir Chief?
“I need to go, Maya.” He said after they ate breakfast.
“I need to go home. Baka hinahanap na ako nina Mama.”
“Ahh. Sige sige. Bye Sir Chief.”
“Bye Maya.” He kissed her on her cheek. “I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
“Ricky, saan ka ba nagpunta kagabi? Nag-text ka nga, hindi mo naman sinabi kung nasaan ka.” Esme said when she saw his son go through the doors of his house.
“Sorry Ma, na kina Maya ako kagabi. Nakita kasi akong may kasamang babae. Ayun nakipag-break.”
“Ma, kalma lang. We’re okay. It’s just a misunderstanding.”
“Ayos na? Kayo na ulit?”
Richard chuckled. “Yes Ma. Ah, Ma. I have to go. May gagawin nga pala ako.”
Richard quickly went to his room to take a bath. Then went to his office to call someone.
“Hello?” Just the mere sound of her voice made Richard nervous.
“Hello po, Aling Teresita. Si Richard po ito.”
“O, Richard, napatawag ka?”
“Uhm, may ipagpapaalam lang po sana ako sa inyo.”
“Uhm, mas maganda po kasi sana kung personal kong sasabihin. Pwede po ba kayong lumuwas ngayon? Ako na po ang bahala sa ticket.”
“Ngayon agad anak? Hindi ba pwedeng ipagpa-bukas ‘yan?”
“Eh, Nay, ayoko po sana.”
Teresita was confused and all but when she heard Richard call her ‘Nay’, it already gave her a hint.
“Isama niyo na rin po si Mamang saka si Cristina Rose.”
“Si Mamang nalang Chard, sigurado akong magpapa-iwan si Cristina Rose eh.”
“Sige po. Tatawagan ko na lang po ulit kayo kapag ayos na yung tickets. Salamat po.”
He ended the call and called another one.
“Huy Roomie! Ang sweet niyo naman ni Sir Richard!” Emman said as he drinks his juice while Maya is preparing her things for her flight.
“Ito talagang si Emman oh. Teka, kasabwat ka nun no?”
“Eh Roomie, sino ba namang hindi makakatanggi dun sa boyfriend mo? Saka isa pa, sinabi niya sa’kin na magpo-propose na siya sa’yo!!”
Maya halted. “A-ano Emman?”
“Girl! Siguro yung babaeng nakita natin dun sa mall, baka yun yung kinakausap ni Sir Richard about sa singsing! Oh my pink walls!!”
Maya couldn’t say a word. Kaya ba sobrang maglambing si Sir Chief kanina? Teka. Handa ka na nga ba Maya?
“Roomie .. Roomie .. Roomie!!”
“Ay, bakit Emman?” She was finally free from her reverie.
“Natulala ka na dyan eh!”
“Ehh ano. Emman, hindi ‘yun! Hindi yun magpo-propose. Saka pa yun.”
“Roomie, sinabi nga sa’kin –“
“Eh Emman, baka naman dahilan niya lang yun para makausap niya ako. Ah basta, ayokong mag-assume.”
“Hay nako, Roomie, isipin mo na rin, okay? OMG talaga! Flower girl ako ha? Pretty please?”
“Flower girl ka dyan, Emman. O sya, aalis na ako, at may flight pa. Babay Emman!”
Teresita and Conchita landed on Manila around three in the afternoon. Richard was waiting for them at the airport.
“Oh, nasaan si Maya?” Mamang asked him.
“Hi-hindi po niya alam na pinapunta ko kayo dito.”
“Ay, ganun ba? Eh ano bang meron at pinapunta mo kami dito sa Maynila?” Teresita asked.
Richard only gave her a smile and grabbed their luggage. “Tara na po.”
Richard drove in a restaurant, got out of his car to open the door for Teresita and Mamang.
“Bakit dito tayo nagpunta, nak?”
Richard kept on walking until they reached a table where his family are.
“Nay Teresita! Mamang!” The kids were so happy to see them. They stood up to give their manners then went back to sit.
“Nay Teresita, Mamang, I want you to meet my parents. Si Papa Roberto po saka po si Mama Esmeralda. Ma, Pa, Si Nay Teresita po, nanay ni Maya at si Mamang po, lola niya.”
Teresita and Manang were seated beside them. “Ah magandang gabi ho.” They greeted them.
“Magandang gabi rin.” Richard’s parents greeted back.
“Eh, maaari bang magtanong? Ano bang meron Richard at nandito kami sa Maynila?” Teresita asked again. Richard was seated near her.
“I want to ask your permission po.”
Richard gulped. “I .. I want to marry your daughter.”
Teresita was shocked. “Gusto ko po siyang pakasalan. Yun ay kung payag po kayo.”
“Wag po kayong mag-alala, Nay. I’ll take care of her for the rest of my life. Mahal na mahal ko po si Maya.”
Teresita could not hold back her tears anymore. “Sigurado ka ba dyan, nak?”
“Opo. Ito na po ata ang pinakasiguradong desisyon na ginawa ko sa buhay ko.”
Teresita hugged him. “Payag ako, Richard. Aalagaan mo si Maya ha?”
The two turned their attention back to his family. Surprisingly, Esme and Conchita get along well especially through beauty products. That was when Esme noticed his son.
“Ricky, nasabi mo na ba kay Teresita?”
“Yes po Ma.”
“Ang alin?” Mamang asked.
“Magpo-propose na si Ricky kay Maya!”
The two women shrieked. “Balae!!” They both said at the same time.
Richard was so happy on what he is seeing.
A few more steps, Richard and you’re good to go.
Maya came home a little earlier than she expected. She was surprised that she’s not exhausted compared to the previous flights of that schedule.
Siguro nakatulong yung tulog namin ni Sir Chief.
She blushed at the thought. She finally opened the door to Emman’s condo and was surprised at what she saw.
“Maya!!” Mamang shouted.
“Mang? Nay? Bakit po kayo nandito?”
The two women hugged her. “Pinapunta kami ni Richard, nak.”
“Ha? Bakit daw po?”
“Ay Nay, wag pong ganyan. Pero Nay namiss ko po kayo!”
After a few seconds, Maya let go of them.
“Teka Nay, tatawagan ko lang po si Sir Chief.”
“I want cellos and violins for the background music. And .. and flowers.” Richard said as he paced back and forth in his office.
“Anong flowers, Sir?” Liza asked him, trying to contain her kilig because of the way his boss is behaving.
“Anything you can find. I want this to be perfect.”
His phone rang. He picked it up and smiled when he saw the name flashing.
“Sir Chief, sabi nina Nanay pinapunta mo daw sila dito?”
“Ha? Ehh bakit?”
“It’s my surprise to you. Miss mo na sila diba?”
“Eh Sir Chief –“
“Maya, just say thank you, okay?”
“Okay .. Thank you.”
Richard smirked. “There. Ah, isa pa. Are you available tomorrow night?”
“Uhm, oo. Umaga naman yung flight ko.”
“Good. Can you accompany me? May cocktail party kasi and I need a date. I was hoping na ikaw.”
“Ahh. Sige sige.”
“Okay. I’ll text you the details okay?”
“Okay Sir Chief. Babay. I love you.”
Richard smiled again. “I love you, too.” Then he ended the call and turned to Liza. “Where were we?”
Liza on the other hand could only shriek a little. “Gee, Sir!”
“Eh kasi naman, nakakakilig kayo ni Maya eh!”
Richard could only chuckle. “Alright. So here’s the list of songs I want them to play. I think they can make an arrangement with these.”
“Richard! Wake up!!” Raffi said as soon as Richard answered his phone. “You have to make sure na hindi na kayo maiiwan ng cruise ship. This is too important!!”
He chuckled. “Alright, alright. I’m getting up.” Then he hung up.
He turned to get his eyeglasses and saw a piece of paper with something written on it using crayons.
“Goodluck po Daddy”
“Nay, aalis na po ako.” Maya said. She’s wearing a black cocktail dress and her hair is tied up neatly.
Teresita could only hug Maya as her tears fall down.
“Oh Nay, bakit po?”
“Hay nako, Maya, hayaan mo na yang Nanay mo. Nagmo-moment lang yan.”
“Ricky! Ang polo mo naman, ayusin mo.” Esme said as she fix Richard’s collar of his maroon polo.
“Esmeralda, ginagawa mo namang bata si Ricky eh!” But he also went near him to tuck the right side of his polo. “Ang singsing?”
Richard got the black box from his right pocket. “Eto Pa.”
“Good. My boy is all set.”
“Ricardo, eto na yung coat mo.” Manang Fe said.
“Salamat po, Manang.” He put the box on his bed to grab the coat.
“Aalis na po ako. I hope I don’t stammer.” He smiled then he left.
“My unico hijo. He’s too excited.” Esme said.
Roberto put his arm around Esmeralda. “I never thought that this day would come again.”
Richard entered the condo unit while he’s still prepping. He wants this to be perfect. Then he heard footsteps and saw Maya.
The two of them smiled at the sight of each other. Richard put his right hand inside his pocket to feel that box, but to his surprise, it’s not there.
Oh shoot. I think I left it on my bed.
Richard closed their gap and kissed her on her cheek. “You look beautiful, Maya.”
Maya blushed. “Thank you.”
Richard ushered Maya inside his car. He got his phone and dialled home.
“Hello, Ricky. Ano na?” His mom answered.
“Ma! Could you please check my bed? I think I left the ring.”
“What? Teka lang. Doris! Tumakbo ka nga sa kwarto ni Ricky tingnan mo kung may itim na box sa kama niya.”
“Yes po, Ma’am!” Doris quickly ran to Richard’s room and she did saw the little box. She quickly grabbed it and ran downstairs.
“Meron po Ma’am! Ito po.” She said as she breathe heavily.
“Ricky, nandito nga!”
“Gee.” He said on the other line. “Uhm, Ma. Ganito na lang. Tell Joma to meet me at the pier. Pakidala nung singsing. Pakisabi bilisan niya.”
Then he hung up the phone and went inside his car.
“Sir Chief, okay ka lang ba?” Maya asked.
“Yes.” He gave her a small smile. He’s too nervous.
Damn Richard! Sa lahat ng maiiwan mo, yung singsing pa. Baka hindi pa matuloy ‘to.
“Sir Chief.” Maya held his hand. “O, ang lamig ng kamay mo. Masama ba ang pakiramdam mo? Wag na lang kaya tayong tumuloy?”
“No! Tara na.”
Richard drove silently. There’s only one thing running around his head.
The ring. God, the ring. The ring!
He decided to call back home.
“On the way na si Joma, Ricky. Wag ka nang mag-alala.” His father said.
“Okay Pa.” He let out a breath.
His father chuckled. “Masyado ka namang ninenerbyos eh. Mahahala ka ni Maya nyan.”
Richard turned to the woman beside him. She’s just looking straight. “You’re right Pa. Basta pasabi kay –“
“Joma na bilisan. Yes, yes. Luke is with him. O sya. Asikasuhin mo na yang daughter-in-law ko.” His father hung up.
“Bakit Sir Chief?”
“I’m sorry. May .. may naisip lang ako bigla.”
“Okay ka na, Sir Chief?”
“Positiive.” And he gave her a smile.
Maya smiled. “Ayan ang boyfriend ko. Marunong ngumiti.”
They reached the pier and Richard couldn’t see the Mercedes Benz that Joma drives.
“Sir Chief, bakit tayo nandito?”
“The party is in the cruise ship, Maya.” He said as he look around. Where are you, Joma?
“Ah. Oh, ayan ka na naman.”
“Nag-aalala ka na naman na ewan.”
Richard smirked and gave her a hug. “I’m sorry.” He gave her a kiss on her nose. “Pwede bang mauna ka na sa loob?”
“Yes. I’ll join you later.”
Richard guided her inside the cruise ship then he heard the familiar sound of the motor of his Benz.
Right on time.
Maya was bewildered the moment that she entered the ship. There are lighted candles on the floor, leading her in a pathway. She could also saw the flowers inside, and most of them are sunflowers. Then the candles led her to the balcony of the ship, where she could hear the sound of the strings playing “Please be careful with my heart.”
“Maya.” The familiar voice called her from behind. And when she turned, she saw the man of his heart looking so dashing on his silver coat and he’s all worry-free.
“S-sir Chief, ano ‘to?”
“I promised to myself na babawi ako.” He smirked. “Can you remember the story behind this song? It was the first song that we sang together. Ito yung nasintunado ka.” He said.
“Ay Sir Chief ha. Kailangan pati yun alalahanin?”
“Of course! Gusto kong i-treasure lahat ng memories natin together, Maya. In fact, I want to treasure our memories, together forever.”
Then Richard was on his knee, giving Maya the idea of what Emman said yesterday.
“Maya, the reason why Nanay Teresita and Mamang were here is because I asked their permission to something. And I was so glad that they approved. Don’t worry, magkasundong-mangkasundo ang pamilya natin. Todo ang suporta nila para sa’ting dalawa.”
He reached for the box inside his pocket. “I know this is all too soon but I’ve never been so surer in my entire life. I want to see your face every time I wake up. I want to hold you in my sleep. I want to say I love you every time you open your eyes. I want to be the man who’s going to be beside you for eternity. In my entire life, this is the first time that I want to be the last man. I want to be the last man that you’re going to love.”
He opened the leather box.
“Will you marry me?”
Maya was shocked. Totoo yung sinabi ni Emman? Tapos kaya ako niyakap ni Nanay kanina gawa nito?
“Maya .. Maya. Are you okay?”
“Ay .. oo, Sir Chief.”
“Will you marry me?” he repeated the question, he’s even more nervous this time. What’s taking her too long to answer?
Maya bent down a little to put her index finger on Richard’s cheek. “Nananaginip ba ako, Sir Chief?”
“I can assure you that you’re not dreaming, Maya.”
“Hi-hindi ka nagsisintas ng sapatos?”
“Teka, niyaya mo ako ng –“
“Kasal, Maya. Gusto kong ikasal tayo. I want to be yours forever.”
Everything finally sank inside Maya’s head. Niyayaya ka nga Maya! Hindi ka nananaginip! Magpapakasal na kayo ni Sir Chief!
Tears suddenly formed from her eyes. She could not believe that this is all happening. Her fairy tale finally came true.
While Maya was having all those thoughts, Richard was loosing hope little by little. Maya was taking too long to answer and he thought that she doesn’t want to get married.
He’s already on the verge of closing the box when he heard the magical words came out from her mouth.
“Yes, Sir Chief. Yes, Sir Chief ko! I will marry you.”
Richard was relieved. He got the ring from the box and slid it on Maya’s ring finger. Then he stood up to give her a tight hug.
“Akala ko hindi ka na sasagot eh!” he said.
“Eh ikaw kasi eh! Sorry na.”
“I love you. I love you. I love you, Maya.”
“Mahal na mahal na mahal din kita Sir Chief.”
Richard loosened the hug for a bit and kissed Maya on her lips. The kiss seemed to last for eternity, but for them, it’s only the start.
A/N : Have Faith on Friday night!! Woooo! I can finally publish it. Please include me in your prayers. Exam ko na po this week. Salamat po sa inyo! Salamat po ng sobra sa pag-aabang!! Comment lang po kayo, nakakaganda po ng araw ko eh. C: God bless!