Only Love – Chapter 13

Chapter 13
New beginnings

“Ricky…..”

“Maya…..”

Richard and Maya both spoke at the same time. They gazed at each other, then without words, as if they were in a trance moved towards each other and  hugged each other tight after their emotional talk, as if both of them wanted to feel the need to connect physically, to fully feel that it was real, that they have met again after all those years apart, of sadness and loneliness, and that they managed to not only to clear the past, but bridged it to the present so they can both move forward, perhaps towards a future together. How long it will take and where they are going exactly, they are not sure yet. The only thing that Maya and Richard were sure of at that moment is that they still love the other very much.

“Maya, thank you again for giving me another chance.” Richard said after a while, gazing at Maya as he can’t believe that they did it, they found each other again after eight long years.

“Ricky, we are giving each other another chance.” Maya smiled at the love of her life. “This is a new beginning for us. Now, we can go from here.”

Maya may have not say it yet, but Richard is getting more optimistic of a future with the only woman for him. Surely, after what they have been through, they deserve to be happy. At that moment, Richard was completely at peace.  Maya felt the same as if the dark clouds that has been in her life for so long was replaced by a rainbow.

Richard loosened his embrace, stood up and went to the kitchen after telling Maya that he will just get something. Maya nodded. When he returned, he was carrying two flutes of champagne. He handed Maya one and offered another toast.

“To second chances. To us!” Richard said, gazing with Maya with all the love he was feeling.

“To us, and new beginnings!” Maya replied, looking at Richard and feeling warm all over with the heat of his gaze at her.

Richard and Maya drank to that, then settled comfortably on the sofa, at first content to watch the twinkling lights, and enjoy each other’s company. After a while, they continued chatting until it was already the wee hours of the morning. The quiet night and the empty restaurant became a backdrop to the chat that flowed freely between then. They felt like they needed to catch up on eight years they have been apart in a single night!

Maya accidentally noticed the time during a break in their conversation. “Oh! Ricky it’s already very late!  How about Mang Mario and your chef? Napuyat na rin sila ng dahil sa atin!”

“No worries, Maya, I sent them home earlier, when I went to the kitchen to get the champagne. It is just the two of us here.”

“Oh, good!” Then realized what she said, that her reaction could be construed for something else.

“What I mean, errr, good that they don’t have to wait for us to…..” She trailed off, her complexion, turning red. Her loose tongue, must be the wine or just the fact that she is with Richard again. She felt intoxicated and unable to think clearly beyond him and his presence!

Richard grinned at Maya. She really looks cute flustered. He is glad to know that Maya has remained unchanged this way through the years. How he missed her and their moments like this.

“Huwag kang mag-aalala, I will be a gentleman.” He teased a bit.

“Ricky, I know naman.”  Maya replied, pouting a bit prettily at his teasing.

“Saka, manunuyo pa ako. Liligawan kaya kita ulit.” There he said it.

“Really!” She grinned.

“Yes naman, Ms. Maya Dela Rosa. So be ready for Ricky’s courtship 2014 edition.” He bantered.

“Ha, Mr. Lim, that I have to see.” Maya quipped getting into the mood of the moment. “Eh what moves naman kaya will you make that you haven’t shown me before!”

“That’s for me to know and you to find out and see, Ms. Dela Rosa.” He grinned happily and little naughtily.

They smiled at each other, then Maya, unable to help it, yawned.

“Oh, you are sleepy na! Sorry to keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, Maya!”

“It is okay, Ricky. I’m glad for this evening, and this moment. I never thought this will not happen na. All the times, I envisioned seeing you again, it never occurred to me that it could be like this.”

“Me, too, Maya. Me too. Come, I will take you home.” Richard stood up and held out his hand to Maya.

The two of them turned off all the lights in the restaurant, put their coffee cups and the flutes in the kitchen, then headed towards the elevator, holding hands. Going down to the basement, they sometime shared a look, and a sweet smile towards each other. Maya’s heart was aflutter.

More than an hour later, they were at the gate of Maya’s house.

“I will see you inside.” Richard said as he unbuckled his seatbelt and was out of the car before Maya can say that she can manage from there. He opened the door for her.

“Thank you, Ricky. I will be okay from here.” Maya said. “Sobrang late na rin. Ilang oras na lang, umaga na.”

“I’ll wait until you are inside before I drive off.” Richard insisted.

Maya fished her keys from her bag, then opened the gate. “Good night Ricky. Drive carefully.”

“Good night, Maya. Thank you again for this evening.” He smiled, then moved forward, lowered his lips and gave Maya a gentle kiss on the cheek like he used to. “Go inside na. Sweet dreams.”

Maya looked at him. Her senses reacted to that light kiss. It has been too long. Then she went inside, floating with the wonderful feeling she was experiencing at that moment.

Sabel left a light for her, and a note, saying that she didn’t wait up for her since she was with her Prince Charming. Reading the words, Maya was reminded of Emman and his use of the same while they were sharing an apartment in New York. Emman, bes, if you only know what happened to me this evening, she mused!

She went through her nightly rituals and was about to get into her bed, when her phone beeped.

Home safe and sound, Ms. Dela Rosa. Good night again. Sweet dreams, my one and only love of my life.

Maya grinned happily and her heart skipped a beat, well skipped several beats with that statement.

Good night, Mr. Lim. Sweet dreams too. Not bad for a start. Looking forward to more of Ricky Lim’s moves [wink, wink, wink!]

Richard was chuckling as he walked through the darkened living room of his condo unit, having read Maya’s reply to his text message. He didn’t bother turning on the light as he knew he can find his way to his room on the second level of the unit. He was so very happy. He felt so alive again.

Both of them went to bed very happy that dawn, looking forward to their next meeting.

It was the beeping of her phone that woke Maya up after several hours. She groped for her phone groggily, disoriented.

“Grabe, ang aga naman nito.” Maya grumbled. She tried to focus and read the message. It was from Richard. Suddenly, she felt very much awake.

Rise and shine, sleepyhead. Sayang ang araw. Spend the afternoon with me please. Tomorrow we have work na.

“Ha, kakahiwalay lang namin ah.” Maya smiled goofily at his message.

Okay! See you. Saan tayo magkikita?

Instead of a message alert tone, Maya’s phone suddenly rang.

“Good morning Ricky!”

“Good afternoon, Maya!”

“Ha, afternoon? Bakit anong oras na ba?” Maya asked, then checked the time. “Oh my God, 12:30PM na pala! Ang haba ng tulog ko!”

“Hahahaha, true, me too. One of the best sleeps I had in years. Must be because of the wonderful night I had.” Richard said. “Kagigising ko lang din. This is what I did first! Haven’t had my coffee fix yet.”

Maya smiled at that, her heart melted. “Ako rin, Ricky, I slept like a babe. Teka, I better get moving na pala. Hindi na nga tayo nakapag-breakfast, late pa tayo makakapag-lunch. Saan tayo magkikita?”

“I will pick you up in an hour or so! Would that be okay?”

“Yes, but can you give me an idea where we are going so I know what to wear.” Maya said.

“Hmmm, I don’t have anything in mind, I just want to be with you.” He simply said. “How about lunch in one of the restaurants in the Timog area and then we take it from there? I have something in mind after that, something I’m sure you and I haven’t done in a long time. Just wear comfortable clothes!”

“Okay, I’ll see you.” Maya said, getting excited with her trip with Richard.

Maya went down more half an hour later, dressed in casual clothes that still looks lovely on her despite its simplicity.

“Ma’am Maya, good morning, este, good afternoon na pala!” Sabel greeted her when she saw her going down the stairs. “Hindi na kita ginising agad. Parang feeling ko, sobrang late ka na nakauwi. Sandali po at ipaghahain na kita. Iinitin ko lang itong breakfast mo na tanghalian na ngayon! Coffee?”

“Sabel, coffee lang and pandesal, please.”

“Ha, diet ka Ma’am? Ala una na ah!” Sabel asked, surprised.

“Naku, hindi. I’m waiting for Ricky kasi. We will go out.” Maya said.

“Labas ulit?” Sabel asked. “Kayo na ulit ni ex-boyfriend?” Sabel asked before she can stopped herself. “Ooppps sorry….,” then she grinned sheepishly at Maya.

“Hahahaha, Sabel, I know you! You are dying to know.”

Sabel scratched her head, “Ma’am Maya naman, suspense pa talaga, ganon.”

“Well…..” Before Maya can finished whatever she wanted to say the doorbell rang.

“Naku, ito namang si Sir Richard, wrong timing.” Sabel said jokingly. “Sandali nga, Ma’am, pagbuksan ko na si Prince Charming.”

Sabel opened the gate. Ang guwapo talaga, she thought. Richard was wearing a white casual, dress shirt, sleeves folded a bit, and a well-worn pair of jeans.

“Good afternoon po, Sir. Tuloy po kayo. Nasa sala na po si Ma’am Maya.”

“Good afternoon din, Sabel. Thank you.” Richard said, then followed Sabel to the living room.

“Hi Ricky! Ang bilis and ang aga mo. Wala pang an hour.” Maya greeted Richard with a big smile, while Sabel on the other hand, excused herself and went to the kitchen.

“Hi Maya! Yes, wala kasing masyadong traffic, being a Sunday and medyo alanganing oras pa for malling.” Richard said as he leaned forward and gave Maya another kiss on the cheek.

Like the kiss last night, or this morning, Maya was startled with this one as it also brought back wonderful memories. She felt herself colored a bit.

“By the way, for you.” Richard said as he handed Maya one long-stemmed red rose, with a note.

“Ha, another one, not that I am complaining. Heto pa ang mga rose na ibinigay mo kahapon. Hindi ko na nga mabilang.” Maya made a sweeping gesture.”If it is okay with you, except for some, Sabel and I would like to donate it to the village church.”

“Sure. Those were for the eight years I have not given you one, like I used to!” Richard said looking at Maya lovingly, then teasingly said, “Hmmm, let’s see, 8 years multiplied by 365 days more or less, maliban sa may leap year, then you get the number of roses. And this new one is for today.”

“Oh, Ricky!” Maya was suddenly felt overwhelmed with emotion. “It is a very nice, grand gesture. Thank you.”

“For you, Maya, because I love you still, you know.” Richard suddenly said, suddenly needing to say it again. “Hindi na ulit kita pakakawalan, Ms. Dela Rosa!”

“Ricky….”Maya started, then took a deep breath, but before she can say anything anymore, Richard stopped her for some reason.

“Maya, like I have said last night I just want you to know, no pressure, no hurry. I will never get tired of saying it to you, though, and proving it to you.” Richard said as he put his finger on Maya’s lips to silence her. “Come on, I’m getting very hungry. It looked like, you haven’t managed to drink your cup of coffee yet, because of me.”

Maya set aside whatever she wanted to say for another time. She is getting hungry too. The perfect time will come.

Thirty minutes after, Richard parked his car in front of an old house in a quiet street in the Timog area that has been converted into a restaurant offering very nice food, according to his secretary Liza. He called her earlier to ask for a nice place in Quezon City where they could eat.

Richard and Maya opted to dine at one of the nooks of the house-turned-restaurant upstairs. Richard helped Maya up with a hand on her elbow. The friendly waiter led them to a room which looked like the living room of a house, complete with comfortable sofas and a coffee table in the middle. The place was partly lit by the glass opening in the ceiling and it looked so relaxing. They had a wonderful lunch.

Maya and Richard were on the road again after having coffee and dessert to finish their very filling lunch. Liza was correct. The restaurant was the best. They went towards the direction of Commonwealth Avenue, and after driving a while, they arrived at their destination.

“La Mesa Ecopark!” Maya said. Richard never fail to surprise her in all the time she had known him. She never thought that they would end up here today. But she likes this a lot. It reminded her of their trips to Central Park.

“Yes, I hope you might like this, than strolling through the shops and restaurants in Bonifacio High Street.” Richard said with a smile. “I have been meaning to check this park ever since Ryan mentioned it.”

“I agree. This is so much nicer.” Maya said excitedly, getting out of the car without waiting for Richard to open the door.

They went inside with a map of the park and chose which side of it they would like to explore first. The place is cool with all the big trees around. It sooths the senses and one’s weary spirit. They decided to rent bikes after a while and went around in those, chatting, and then looking around, just enjoying nature. When they got tired, they rested against the trunk of a big tree.

“Does this remind you of something?” Maya asked while leaning against Richard’s chest, in between his legs as he supports the two of them by reclining against the tree.

“Hmmm, Central Park? Our first picnic.” Richard smiled, remembering their wonderful time.

“Yes. This is really nice.” Maya remarked, then turned and looked Richard in the eyes. She just felt that the moment is right. “Ricky….” she started, heart beating fast.

“Yes, Maya.” He said, giving her his lopsided smile she loves.

“Ricky, I want you to know that I love you still, too.” Maya said simply. “I never stopped.”

“M-maya….” He stuttered, surprised at her declaration, his heart somersaulting hearing the words. Then he smiled in wonder. “Oh Maya! I love you, I love you very much!” He managed to say, overwhelmed!

Richard hugged Maya tight, then loosened his embrace to gaze at her lovingly, caressing her face. Then he lowered his lips to hers, and they shared a sweet, gentle kiss.

 

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  1. #1 by lirahc2014 on November 25, 2014 - 10:58 PM

    hello Antigone…i was just waiting for these updates. it made my heart break when they separated but now as they rekindle their love for each other this makes my heart beats faster…its so heartwarming especially now that the show is finally ending up. i hope you will still continue to make memorable stories for the two…

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  2. #3 by Alpha on November 25, 2014 - 8:04 PM

    Hi Antigone. Ang dami ko nang na-miss na chapters to share my comments. Thank you for writing continously.

    Mabuti at nagkabati na sina RIcky at Maya dito, though I just felt short lang na ang bilis lang na nakabalik agad si RIcky sa buhay ni Maya compared to the 8yrs of heartaches na binigay nito. Heheeh, pero ako lang naman yun Ms.Writer, at alam ko naman na light stories ang ating plots dito.😜😀

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    • #4 by Antigone on November 25, 2014 - 9:39 PM

      Uy welcome back Alpha!!! I missed your comments! 🙂 Writing is a good stress reliever too! 🙂 Kaya siguro ganito rin ang takbo ng mga story ko. I do conflicts pero parang ayoko ng prolonged ones. Gusto ko in line pa rin sa vein ng ating favorite serye, GV in general! 🙂

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      • #5 by Alpha on November 25, 2014 - 10:12 PM

        Oo nga, let’s keep the good vibes.😉 Naging busy lately pero nababasa ko mga updates, only cannot comment dahil limited lang access from where I was, kaya pagbabasa na lang nagagawa. It’s good to know that writing R&M fanfics makes you happy….makes us happy too.😃

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  3. #6 by gianni on November 25, 2014 - 7:08 PM

    Yaay!!! Ang saya…balikan na sila he3x…thanks a lot!!!

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  4. #7 by anne on November 25, 2014 - 4:09 PM

    yeheyyyyyyy, hakutan na naman muli ng langgam … salamat ms. antigone, katulad ng ibang mga sisters malaking tulong ang mga ff nyo pag overcome ng lungkot na hatid ng malapit na malapit ng pag end ng show … tama Maya, life is too short na mag dwell sa past na wala na tayong magawa kac nangyari na un, what is important ay may lesson na natutunan sa experience na un and this time Richard is gonna make bawi-bawi big time 😀

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    • #8 by Antigone on November 25, 2014 - 9:42 PM

      Hindi pa rin nagsi-sink in sa akin na come Monday, wala na akong papanoorin pag-uwi ko sa house! 😦 Bahala na si Batman. Hays!!!

      Naghahanda na ang mga batalyon ng langgam sis! They will be back with a bang! 🙂

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      • #9 by anne on November 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

        ako sis, since pag announce nila na mag e-end na hanggang ngayon hindi na ako nakabangon sa lungkot, just keep on thinking my life without BCWMH, sa tanang buhay ko ngayon lang ako naging ganito ka attach sa isang show ng sobra sobra

        yang mga langgam na yan ang palagi kong inaabangan sa update mo 😛 … always waiting ng muling paghahasik ng lagim ng mga langgam 😀 😀 😀

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        • #10 by Antigone on November 25, 2014 - 10:10 PM

          Like you, this is the only show na na-attach ako ng sobra. Heto nga, napasulat pa ng mga FF sa kaadikan! Kahit ang pagka-fan ko ng Downton Abbey, hindi umabot sa ganitong level. Anyway, sis, like I have said before, the show will continue to live in our hearts, na minsan may isang extraordinary show na nakapagpasaya sa atin ng todo and we feel all the GV! 🙂

          Tomorrow, I’ll try to update. Let’s see kung marami ng mga langgam. 🙂

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          • #11 by anne on November 25, 2014 - 10:17 PM

            ako naman sis, hindi talaga mahilig sa tv pero bcwmh gumastos ng todo sa mga dvd at baliw sa pagbabasa ng mga ff na parang baliw na ngumingiti sa kilig 😛

            proven and tested na yang mga langgam mo sis, walang patawad kung umatake haha … advance salamat ’till tomorrow then, good night and God bless

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          • #12 by Antigone on November 25, 2014 - 10:20 PM

            Good night, sis! 🙂 Have a good sleep and sweet dreams!

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  5. #13 by ichiquintos on November 25, 2014 - 3:30 PM

    Its so nice to follow Maya and Richard even through these stories. We were wishing that BCWMH would never end but alas it would be ending this week so we have to satisfy ourselves reading these stories to entertain us fanatics until maybe ABS-CBN may think of continuing the soap opera again.. Hopefully they do as we would like to see what would happen to the kids after the story unfolds.

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  6. #14 by edzmag on November 25, 2014 - 1:53 PM

    yes finally! they can continue where they left of… and love can be even more beautiful for these two people because a love like theirs was molded by faith, respect, trust and understanding.. Maya accepted Richard and has forgiven him even before they met again.. a true essence of love… thank you for the update.. a nice chapter to ease my stress and heartache… have a nice day..

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  7. #15 by Virgie on November 25, 2014 - 12:11 PM

    Oh my how sweet this 2 together…thanks for update ms Antigone, love in second time around…looking for next one, soon please

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  8. #16 by jan1000 on November 25, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    Yey, go na talaga Maya!.. You both been waiting for so long, now na! Todo na!… Love it!!!
    Next chap na pls..Super thankee!

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  9. #17 by batiboj on November 25, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    Thank you, Thank you, thank you, salamat salamat din xie xie, xie xie,

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  10. #19 by Marian N. Yip on November 25, 2014 - 10:44 AM

    Thank you Antigone for this wonderful update. Wooooooooooo, love, love love is still in the air between Ricky and Maya and they’re back to each others arms na, happy together. Tuloy, tuloy na ito, right? Pero she’s going to Mindoro diba, at sasama si Rafael……papano na – di may jealousies pa si Ricky nyan. Next chap na please…….cheers!

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  11. #20 by floe on November 25, 2014 - 10:40 AM

    Yay, super kalurkey ang kilig ko… At sa wakas cla na ulit ligawan mo pa rin ricky kahit kau na ulit pkita mo ang d moves 2014 version..thanks sa update..

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  12. #21 by MsBunBun on November 25, 2014 - 10:28 AM

    Sweetness over load, ayan Mr. Lim punta na sa New Jersey kay Tita Tess para mamanhikan then kasalan na!. Thanks for the update Ms. Antigone.

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  13. #22 by elvie on November 25, 2014 - 8:47 AM

    At last, happy na ulit ang ating R&M! Am
    enjoying their love affair so much esp
    now that they’re past their heartaches.
    Thanks and God bless.

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  14. #23 by rom23316 on November 25, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    reading this, i feel so wonderfully in love too, love hurts but it’s always nice to be in love and it conquers all. thank you so much for this update.

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  15. #24 by pekotalasa on November 25, 2014 - 8:08 AM

    happy for both of you! wonderful love story….

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  16. #25 by Eden1214 on November 25, 2014 - 8:03 AM

    Hay salamat at umamin na ulit si maya… 8 years is long enough … Wag na nilang patagalin kasalan na ..

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  17. #26 by chuwie966 on November 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM

    Ooohhhhhh !!!!! What can I say Ricky on any BCWMH fanfic she never failed us showing how a true gentleman in love even on the show I love him to death !!!! I so happy for them they were really meant to each other … after all these years and faith led them to one another !!!’ Love it love it love it !!!!! Thanks Ms Antigone for the update ….

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    • #27 by chuwie966 on November 25, 2014 - 8:02 AM

      Sorry for the typo error I menat ” he never failed us” sorry po!!!!!!

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  18. #28 by ims218 on November 25, 2014 - 7:53 AM

    ayieee back to sweetness na sila. Sige singkit pakita mo kay maya ung ricky’s courtship 2014 edition kahit kayo na ulit. Thank you Ms antigone sa update. God bless..

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  19. #29 by graciealwaysnforever on November 25, 2014 - 7:52 AM

    Yay! Thanks for the update again …

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