A/N : I kinda like this chapter. I hope you will, too. 🙂 Happy birthday! HAHA.
Pagod na po ang manus ko. Enjoy po!
“Have you taken your pills?” Richard asked. Maya has just finished eating despite the fact that she been eating her dinner for almost an hour. The two seemed to be long lost friends for they couldn’t stop chatting with each other. Richard, as before, was always teasing Maya.
“Oo ininom ko na kanina.” She said then something crossed her mind. “Teka, paano mo nalaman na may iniinom akong gamot?” she asked.
“Ha? Ehh di ba may sakit ka? So I just assumed –“
“Hindi eh.” She cut him off. “Kasi meron namang di kailangan ng gamot. Saka ikaw pa ‘tong nagsasabi na bawal akong ma-stress.”
Richard sighed. He knows that he needs to be honest with Maya. Might as well start now. “Fine, fine. I was with you during your check up.”
“Yes. I was with you most of the time after our argument.”
“Ha? Eh paano? Hindi naman kita nakita ah.”
“It’s because I don’t want you to see me back then.”
“Bakit?” she continued to wonder.
Because I promised myself that I would only make myself visible when I finally know my feelings for you ”Wala lang. I just don’t want you to.” What happened to being honest, Richard?
Maya suddenly felt nervous. Kung may ganung gift si Richard edi .. “Richard. Nung .. nung .. ka-kasama ba kita kanina bago ako umuwi dito?” Naku, Maya! Baka nakita na niya yung totoong siya.
“Uhm. No. Saan ka ba galing? Ang tagal ko kayang naghihintay dito.”
Maya was finally able to let go of the air she’s been holding on. Akala ko naman. So close, Maya. “Ahh, ano. Galing akong uh, LAS. Nag-overtime ako eh.” She lied.
“Ahh. That explains it.” He seemed convinced.
“Eh ikaw, saan ka ba galing?”
“I was at the park since yesterday.”
“Sa park?” she chuckled. “Ano namang ginawa mo dun?”
Richard paused for a while as if searching for the right words to say. “Nag-isip.”
Maya was bewildered. “Haaa? Nag-isip ng ano?”
Kung alam mo lang, Maya. “Uhmm, about my mission.”
Maya bit her lower lip. Baka sina Sir Robert yung misyon niya. “May idea ka na ba kung ano yung misyon mo?”
The angel paused for a bit. “Wala pa eh. But I remembered an important event in my mortal life.”
Maya felt her heart beat go fast. “A-anong event?”
Richard looked away from her, as if the next words that he’s going to let go is so painful to him. “My death.”
The mortal kept silent, waiting for Richard to continue what he said. This is the last confirmation, Maya. Kung tumugma yung aksidente ni Richard Lim sa kanya, ibig sabihin, siya talaga ‘yun.And it’s not your death, Richard. You’re still alive.
“O? Natulala ka dyan?” Richard teased when he saw Maya just staring at him.
“Naman o! Iniintay ko yung kwento eh!” she tensely replied.
Richard let out a chuckle, then took a deep breath. “I died from a plane accident. Well not really a plane, but a helicopter. I was flying somewhere with the pilot ….”
Maya’s mind drifted off as Richard tells her his memory. Richard’s missing puzzle piece is the same as the one Richard Lim has. She’s now finally sure that her angel is Richard Lim.
Ano nang gagawin mo ngayon, Maya? Sasabihin mo ba kay Richard? Oo, yun ang tama eh.
Pero kapag ginawa ko yun, babalik na agad siya sa langit. Hindi niya magagawa yung misyon niya.
Malay natin, nagawa na niya yung misyon niya nung nagkahiwalay kayo. Pero –
His voice brought her back from her thoughts and also, Richard is now close to her. His face is only a few inches away. They both stared into each other’s eyes. Both of their hearts are screaming their feelings for one another but both of them are deaf to hear it. Maya was the one who broke their contact.
“A-anong sabi mo?” She stammered. Her heart is still beating too fast.
“Uhm, a –about my mission.” Richard stammered also. Why did I do that?
“Anong meron dun?”
He took a deep breath. “I think that I was thinking about something before I died. I recalled that I was smiling the whole time during the ride. I think that’s my mission. I just need to remember what I was thinking of.”
Kahit ako, hindi ko rin alam eh. Sa dami ng nalaman ko sa’yo, Richard, yun pa yung hindi ko nalaman.”Wag mo munang alalahanin. Di ba sabi mo, hindi ka naman nagmamadali?” Wag kang magmadali, Richard. Gusto kong lagi kang nasa tabi ko.
Richard looked at her and gave her a smile. He noticed the sudden change in color of Maya’s cheek that made his heart flutter. “You’re right. Hindi ako nagmamadali.” If only I could be here forever with you Maya.
Maya was getting ready to sleep when Richard went inside her room. “Do you need me to be here or I can sleep on the couch as before?” he asked. “I – I’m just concerned of your, your situation. I-its not like I have other intentions!” Gee Richard! You sound guilty, in fact, you look guilty!
His mortal smiled. Ang sweet talaga nitong si Richard oh! “Ayos na naman ako eh.” She saw a frown in Richard’s face after she let go of those words. “But if you want, you can stay here.” She continued. “Para makampante ka.”
A huge grin replaced the angel’s frown. “Yes!”
“Yes ka dyan.” She said but couldn’t help but smile at his reaction.
“Ah, wa-wala. Alangan namang ‘No’ ang sabihin ko, diba?”
“Bahala ka nga dyan.” She said but deep inside, kilig is all over her. As soon as she was on bed, she grabbed her phone and went to ‘Gallery’, then selected the image of the man she loves.
Paano kaya pag tao ka na, Richard? Sweet ka pa rin kaya? Malakas ka pa rin kayang mang-trip? Sana naman kapag nakabalik ka sa katawan mo, hindi ka magbago. Kasi kay Richard ako na-inlove, hindi kay Richard Lim.
“Anong nginingiti-ngiti mo dyan?” Richard asked as he went near to Maya. He tried to catch a glimpse of what Maya is staring at but failed went the mortal put her phone against her chest, unabling Richard to see the picture.
“Sino yan?” He asked.
Maya smiled. “Secret!”
“Anong secret? I’m your guardian angel! I deserve to know why my mortal is smiling foolishly!” He exclaimed. Maya continued to smile and even let out a laugh. Nagseselos na ata, Maya. “Hey! I demand to know!”
“May pogi kasing picture sa phone ko.” She teased. Sige, tignan natin kung anong gagawin mo.
“Anong pogi?” Richard is getting more and more infuriated. Sino bang pinagpapantasyahan nito!
“Pogi! Yung itsura ng lalaki. Pogi. Pogi yung lalaking nasa picture.”
“WHAT? You have a picture of a guy on your phone?! I demand to see it!” he continued to exclaim.
Maya continued to laugh. “Ayoko ngang makita mo yung crush ko. Saka bakit mo ba gustong malaman?” she paused for a bit.
“I .. I .. Urgh! Basta! I need to see that picture! I have every right to do so! And your crush?! Seriously, Maya? Sino ba ‘yan?!”
“Si Richard Lim.” Maya blurted out and as soon as she realized she said his real name, she felt nervous. I just said his surname. Maya naman!! Sa lahat ng pangalan na pwedeng sabihin, bakit yung tunay pa niyang pangalan? Baka maalala niya lahat!
But before Maya started to worry too much, Richard’s next words stopped her from her track.
“Sino ba yang Richard Lim na yan? Do I know him? Is he someone from your workplace?” he asked. Maya was astonished. He didn’t remember anything. He still doesn’t know that its him!
“Hi-hindi mo kilala si Richard Lim?” She decided to test the waters.
“If I know him, magtatanong ba ako?” he continued to still try to look for the picture. “Let me see his picture! I shall fold that guy into pieces!”
Realizing he still doesn’t remember anything, she finally laughed again. “Bakit ba parang kailangan mo talagang makita to?” then she paused. “Selos ka no?” Si Richard nagseselos sa sarili niya? Bago to ah!
Richard halted, finally stood up like he was defeated. “Yes. Yes! I am jealous! I envy whoever that guy is because unlike me, he has the chance to be with you!” Maya stopped laughing after she heard Richard. Tama ba yung narinig ko?
”A-ano Chard?” she asked, trying to be sure if she heard those words right.
“You heard me, alright. I envy that guy. I envy him. Kasi siya, pwede ka niyang malapitan, pwede ka niyang ligawan, kaya niyang maging laging nandyan sa tabi mo. As for me, oo nalalapitan kita pero it is not enough! I can’t always be here beside you, I can’t prevent other guys from asking you out, I can’t court you and I can never be with you forever.”
Maya couldn’t utter any word. She’s rooted to her spot, not moving. Tama ba tong naririnig ko? Baka nananaginip ako. GIsing na Maya!
“I want to know who this guy is, so that if ever I leave Earth, alam ko kung sino ang sisisihin ko sa bawat pag-iyak mo. Gusto kong malaman kung sino siya para makilatis ko kung tama siya para sa’yo.”
“Ba-bakit, Chard?” Those were the only words that managed to escape her mouth.
“Why?” He took ka deep breath before continuing. “Because I love you. Mahal kita, Maya. I know it doesn’t look right because I’m your guardian angel and I’m immortal and all but I’m telling you, from the bottom of my heart, I love you, Maya.”
After he said those things, he left her room leaving Maya who is still gobsmacked at Richard’s revelation. Tears sprung from her eyes when it finally sank to her the last words that Richard said before he left. He loves me. He loves me back!
Maya immediately went down her bed and proceeded outside her room to look for his angel. Her heart beat faster when she could not see him anywhere on her condo. “Richard? Richard? Richard! Nasaan ka?”
The wind blew inside her condo, blowing the curtains from the veranda. She realized that it was open. She nervously went to the veranda and finally saw the man, or perhaps the angel she loves.
His back was to her as he stood before the railings, his head straight, as if looking at the stars above. Maya smiled at the scene. It’s just perfect.
“Richard.” She called out.
“I’m sorry, Maya. I .. I did not intend to say such words.” He said, not turning around to look at her.
“Pero, yung sa part na sinabi mo na ano, totoo ba?”
Richard was bewildered, so he turned around. “Sinabi kong ano?”
“Yung ano ..” she blushed.
“Anong ano, Maya? Ang dami ko kayang sinabi.”
“Yung sinabi mong mahal mo ko, totoo ba ‘yon?” she said quickly, never pausing.
His lips curled up into a smile. “Yes. I love you.” He paused. “I don’t expect you to say anything, Maya. I know our situation and ..“
“I love you, too Richard.”
“I know. That’s why I was sorry and I shouldn’t have –“ he stopped, her words finally sank in his mind. “Wait. What did you say?”
“Sabi ko I love you.”
Maya chuckled. “Sabi ko mahal kita!”
A huge grin crept through Richard’s face. “YES!” He went near her. “I know our situation is hard. But I promise you, I’ll do everything to make it work. I promise, Maya.”
His mortal nodded. “Alam kong gagawin mo lahat ng sinabi mo, Chard.”
“Have I told you why I don’t like being an angel?”
“Ha? Why?” she replied. Curious at the sudden change of their topic.
“Because if I were still human, I would hug you tight and I would happily claim your lips.”
Maya smiled. Maghihintay ako, Richard. “I love you, anghel kong singkit.”
“I love you, too, Maya.”
P.S. HINDI pa po ending yan!