A/N : Hey guise! I’m home early!! And I got my dose of Starbucks. Weeee!
I just wanted to say that I appreciate your comments so much! Haha. Kung ano-ano yung thoughts sa kung anong mangyayari dito sa chapter na ‘to at may nakatamang sagot hoho.
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Happy Friday the 13th mga kapatid!
“Do you know how to start the engine?” he teased.
“Oo naman!” They are now inside the car, as Richard insisted that he’ll be the one re-teach Maya how to drive.
Maya instinctively inserted the key and turned it, giving life to the car. “O diba?”
Richard gave a soft chuckle. “Tell me what you know about driving a car like this.”
“Uhmm. Basta ang alam ko tatlo yung pedal dito. Yung clutch, brake saka gas. Tapos kada magsi-shift ng gear, kailangan naka-clutch. Tapos pag pipindutin na yung gas para mag-drive, kailangan nakapindot din yung clutch ng onti, parang ibabalance. Yun.”
“Marunong ka naman pala eh!”
“Ehh matagal na Chard. Naku, pag ako naaksidente dito –“
“Then I’ll save you.”
Maya blushed. Naku Maya, sobra na ‘to. Hindi ka pwedeng mahulog sa anghel mo.
After that, Richard guided her in driving. Commanding her when to shift gears, when to hit the brakes and after a while, Maya can finally drive the car through the streets.
“There. Marunong ka na.” Richard said.
“Naku! Ang galing! Salamat Richard!” Maya said gladly as she glances at Richard.
“Eyes on the road.”
“Opo anghel na singkit.” Richard smirked. He’s in a good mood today, especially after the incidents earlier with Maya. Then he remembered Simon.
“He likes you.” Richard said after a beat.
“Ha?” She asked. She was still smiling from what had happened earlier.
“I said he likes you.” He said again, eyes still on the road.
“That Simon. He obviously likes you.”
“Ha? Hindi kaya!” She was bewildered. Ano kayang naisipan nito at biglang si Simon ang topic?
“No. He does like you. I can see it. Lalaki rin ako, Maya.” He said, tone rising up.
“Oy Richard ha. Masamang magin g judgemental.” Maya answered. She’s getting distracted because of their topic. She’s having a hard time focusing on the road.
“I’m not being judgemental. Nanliligaw ba siya sa’yo?” He continued to ask, not looking at Maya.
“Eh .. oo.” She answered shyly. Her eyes are now shifted to him. Bakit ba to ganto? Nagseselos ba to o ano?
“See? Bakit hindi mo pa sagutin?”He said, looking back at her.
“Ehh kaibigan lang yung turing ko sa kanya eh!” Maya answered, her voice also rising up.
“Kaibigan pa ba ‘yung tawag dun? Sagutin mo na nga lang kasi.”
“Bakit ba ang kulit-kulit mo Richard? Hindi ko nga mahal yung tao saka ‘wag mong ipilit sa’kin kasi hindi mo naman alam yung nararamdaman ko.”
“Eh pinapaasa mo lang yung tao eh! Kung sinasagot mo na sana .. MAYA!!!”
Richard was unable to continue what he’s saying. He was catapulted from the car. He quickly opened his wings to get a view of what happened.
All he can see is this curve where Maya was driving and a truck which suddenly stopped that was not on its lane. He’s carefully searching for that silver car. He started to worry when he cannot see it.
Then his gaze shifted to the sea beside the curve. It was where he saw the silver car.
“No .. NO! Maya!!” he flew as quickly as he can to the car which is now submerging. He went past through the material and saw Maya crying.
“Richard, hi – hindi ako makalabas.” She said as she cries. He noticed that Maya has bruises on her skin. Blood was seen on a part of her head.
“Nasubukan mo na yung pinto? Eh yung bintana?”
“Nasubukan ko na .. hindi ako makalabas.” She continued crying.
“Try it again. Kailangan mong makalabas!”
Maya barged her door but it won’t budge. She tried the window but it won’t open. The front of the car is now submerged and water is quickly getting inside.
“Richard .. “ Maya said, her face telling him that she’s losing hope.
“No! You can’t die!” surprisingly, tears are now forming in his eyes “Pumunta ka sa back seat, dito ka lang, hihingi ako ng tulong sa labas –“
“They can’t see you, Richard! Ako nga lang diba? Wala kang mahihingan ng tulong sa labas! It’s over. .. “
“No! Wag kang sumuko! Kailangan mong mabuhay!” he exclaimed, tears now flowing in his eyes. “I know you, Maya. Hindi ka madaling mag-give up! Hindi ka –“
“Wala na nga Richard! Hindi na ko makakalabas! Wala na kong magagawa.” Maya said between sobs. Yes, she knows that she’s going to die. She wants to absorb this reality. Although she couldn’t help but regret that she wasn’t able to fulfil her dreams and she hasn’t done anything to help Richard.
“It doesn’t have to be this way!” he said angrily. He tried to push the door himself but he just pass through it. And every time he returns inside, his heart sinks more at the sight of his mortal crying.
“Maya .. I – I’m sorry.” He said as he sat down beside her in the back seat.
Maya couldn’t answer. She’s mentally having a countdown of the time she has left.
“I’m sorry.” He said again. “Ang sabi ko ililigtas kita pero .. “
“Wag mo kong iwan, Richard.” She whispered.
“I won’t leave you. I promise, Maya.” Richard could only stare at her. He wants to comfort her so bad but he knew too well that his hug will just go pass through.
Maya is now shivering because of fear while Richard is just staring at her and could not do a thing.
“I’m sorry, Maya. Kung .. kung tao sana ako –“
Then it hit him. There’s still hope.
Richard closed his eyes and tried to reach heaven. When he successfully made it, he saw that the barrier before was even taller today. But he doesn’t care because he needs to talk to a certain someone.
“Lord! Please save Maya! Please!!” he screamed.
“Please! Save her!!” he continued to scream when he heard no answer.
“Help Maya! Please! Hindi siya dapat mamatay!” Richard interrupted the voice when he heard Him speak.
“Kung oras na niya, oras na niya, Richard. Wala na kong magagawa.” The voice said.
“I beg you! Please save her! Hindi naman niya kasalanan eh! Ako, ako ang may kasalanan.” His voice getting weaker.
“I’m sorry, Richard.”
Richard’s tears continued to fall.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Hindi pwedeng mamatay si Maya!
My job was to protect her and yet she’s out there in trouble and I couldn’t do a thing!
Is this really the end? Is there no way out?
Does she really need to die?
Am I letting her?
Richard was already loosing all the hope in the world. He knew sooner or later, he needs to accept this fact. That fact that he couldn’t do anything, and that he’s loosing her.
He already accepted defeat when he had an idea.
“Take my wings.” He whispered.
“What?” The voice asked.
“Take my wings. For exchange, ipahiram Nyo muna yung mortal kong katawan. Just so I can save her.”
“Please. Take my wings, I don’t need them; I need her more. Just lend me my mortal body. Kailangan kong iligtas si Maya. I’m desperate.”
Richard heard Him sigh. The voice could really see that Richard is indeed desperate to save the mortal, and He doesn’t have the heart to stop him. “Alright Richard, you win.” His mission might be over soon.
When Richard opened his eyes, he’s back in the car which is almost filled with water. There are only a couple of inches left before the car will be filled with sea water. He then turned to his left, and he saw Maya unconscious, which made him panic.
“Maya .. Maya! I’m here! Don’t lose hope, I can save you. I will save you.”
He quickly barged the door but it won’t open because of too much water pressure brought by the water outside. He then tried the window, barging and punching it with all his might until it fell down in pieces He quickly grabbed Maya and swam outside, leaving the car behind. He swam to a shore not far from where they are. Even though Richard is now losing his breath, he still pushed himself to swim to that shore. He needs to. No. He must.
“Maya .. Maya .. wake up.” He’s lightly tapping her cheek when he lied her down. She’s still unconscious.
“Maya! I’m here! Wake up! Please!” He’s getting more worried now.
Richard leaned down to check if she’s breathing. His heart stopped when he learned that she’s not.
He quickly closed their gap and sealed her mouth with his, giving her air to breathe. Then he shifted to give compressions on her chest. He then checked if she’s now breathing but it was a negative.
“C’mon Maya. Breathe!” he said as he was doing it all again. Tears surprisingly falling from his eyes.
A few more rounds and he still failed to revive Maya. So he did it again for the last time.
“Maya .. please .. don’t do this ..”
He’s down with the compressions and he whispered. “Don’t leave me. I need you.”
Richard was losing all the hope in the world when Maya still hadn’t respond to his first aid. He just held Maya’s hand and kissed it.
“I beg you, Lord. Please save her. I don’t think I can last here on Earth without her.”