Richard was in his clinic at the top floor of the hospital when Liza arrived. He was staring at some laboratory results in front of him.
“Doc you called for me?”
“Yes Liza. Can you please bring these to Dr. Ryan Molina in St. Luke’s? Joma will accompany you.
“Oh Dr. Molina?”
“Yes Liza, and please have him call me once you are there.”
Richard handed her the lab and test results of Luke Andrew dela Rosa.
Maya and Emman were busy fixing Luke’s things. He has been discharged from the hospital and will just be waiting for the results of his laboratory tests at their home.
He has been staying in the hospital for 3 days now and Maya is relieved that her son will finally be allowed to go home.
“Emman, salamat ha. Babayaran kita pag dumating ang sweldo ko.”
“Naku naman bessie, wag mo na nga munang isipin yan. Siyempre i’ll do everything for my gwapo at kamukha kong favorite inaanak.”
“Tito Emman, you are not gwapo po.”
“Hmm at kinokontra ako ni favorite inaanak…. ”
“Kasi po you are pretty, not gwapo.”
“Aba at marunong bumawi ng bonggang bongga. Kayo talagang mag-ina kayo. Sige na bessie settle the bills na para makauwi at makapahinga na kayo.”
“Sige Emman. Sana hindi masyadong mahal.”
“Naku bessie, kung mahal man yan eh sulit naman sa lahat ng facilities, gamot at tests na ginamit for Luke. Para nga tayong nasa hotel nito eh.”
“Naku bessie baka pag inabot yun bill, ako naman ang himatayin.” She chuckled.
“Di bale, nandyan naman yun new found friend mong super gwapo, bango at napakabait na si Dr. Richard Lim. I’m sure sasaluhin ka nya.”
“Sssshhh… Emman naman baka may makarinig, nakakahiya.”
“Eh totoo naman na gwapo, mabango at mabait siya di ba?”
“Oo pero baka kung ano ang isipin nya. Baka sabihin pinagtsitsismisan natin siya. Sige na nga kunin ko na yun bill. Ikaw talaga Emman.”
“Naku si bessie namula, naconscious, may feelings, may crush. Affected!”
Emman and Luke giggled and Maya left to settle their bill.
“Ma’m baka po nagkakamali kayo.”
“Eh Mrs. Dela Rosa, yan po talaga ang computation. Napirmahan na po yan. Dalhin no na lang po sa cashier tapos pwede na po kayong umuwi.”
Maya was confused and upset.
She went back to their room only to find Dr. Lim inside.
“Oh good morning Mrs. Dela Rosa! I’m just checking Luke here. Seems malakas na ang pasyente natin. Right kiddo?”
“Yes po doc, super strong na ako. I can take care of mama again.”
She has a serious face.
“Doc pwede ka muna pong makausap?”
“Sure Mrs. Dela Rosa. Is anything wrong?”
Then she just dragged him out of the room.
Richard and even Emman was surprised at Maya’s action.
Maya dragged Dr. Lim just outside Luke’s room, for from Emman and Luke’s hearing distance.
Richard raised his brows in curiosity.
“Dr. Lim hindi naman po pwede ito.”
“Ang alin Mrs. Dela Rosa?”
“Eto pong bill. Impossible naman pong 700 pesos lang ang babayaran ko.”
“Ah Mrs. Dela Rosa, i’m not the right person to talk to regarding your billing concerns. Doon sa accounting department ka magtanong.”
“Kinausap ko na sila doc. Tingnan mo po, walang kasamang tests at pati yun kwarto ng anak ko hindi kasali.”
“Ah yung room, since hindi si Liza makakuha ng available na kwarto, pinagamit nya yung room na designated for me and my family since wala namang gagamit. Hindi yun kasali sa mga binabayarang rooms dito kaya wala siya diyan sa list. Yun tests naman, free naman lahat yun. But you have to pay for the hospital food for 3 days. ”
“Pero… bakit? ”
“Bakit napakabait nyo po sa amin? Bakit tinutulungan nyo kami?”
“Kahit naman sino sa posisyon ko would readily help.”
“Hindi naman po. Kayo lang yun nakilala kong ganyan.”
“So is it wrong to help?”
“Kaya nga. Baka mamaya umayaw na ako kasi kinukulit mo ako.”
“Sige na Mrs. Dela Rosa pumunta ka na sa cashier at bayaran mo na yan at may gagawin pa kami ni Luke.”
“May tests pa po siya?”
“Ah wala. Maglalaro lang kami.”
She was about to proceed to the cashier but turned around.
“Hindi po ako misis at kung pwede po Maya na lang ang itawag nyo sa akin.”
She shyly requested.
“I would love to, Maya.”
Then he smiled at her making her heart race a bit.
When she returned, she saw Dr. Lim seated at the foot of Luke’s bed while Luke was also sitting in the middle of the bed. They were building a transformer robot.
“Mama look binigyan po ako ni doc ng toy.”
“Doc sobra na po yan.”
“Huh? This is nothing Maya. Besides I’m not playing with it anymore. Kawawa naman yun laruan, bored na doon sa bahay ko. Mas maaalagaan ito ni Luke.”
Emman was silently observing them. Smiling while doing so.
“Hey kiddo, what other things do you want to build?”
“Kahit ano po. Basta yun binubuo. Gusto ko po kasing maging engineer paglaki ko at itatayo ko si mama ng malaking bahay.”
“If you want to grow up and be an engineer you should eat healthy. Dont eat too much chips and candy para healthy ka at di na magworry si mama, okay?”
“Okay po doc.” The kid smiled and Richard ruffled his hair.
“I have to go. Maya, ill have Liza contact you for the results. I had it sent pa kasi sa isang doctor. All set na kayo to go?”
Then he pressed the button to call for a nurse.
“Yes Dr. Lim?”
“Please assist them kasi uuwi na sila.”
“Ah yes po Dr. Lim.”
Then his cellphone beeped. After reading the message…
“I have to go. Kaya nyo na dito? Luke be healthy kiddo!”
“Kaya na po namin Dr. Lim. Maraming salamat po talaga.”
“Sobrang ng pag thank you yan.”
“Kulang pa po yan.”
“Sige magrerequest na lang din ako para makabawi ka.”
“Kahit ano po doc, basta makakaya ko.”
“Sige magmula ngayon, wag mo akong ipo-po. Masyado mo naman akong pinapatanda, Maya.”
“Ah eh… sige po. Ay sige doc.”
“Good. That’s settled then. I have to really go. Emman, Maya.”
“Thank you very much Dr. Lim.” Emman joined in.
He just smiled and stared at Maya.
“Thank you ulit doc”, Maya uttered in a small shy voice.
He smiled one more time then left the room.
As Dr. Lim left the room…
“Oh my God bessie! Ang haba ng hair mo!”
“Ano ka ba Emman. Tumigil ka nga!”
“Kasi naman bessie kinikilig ako. Ang gwapo gwapo ng doctor slash friend mo.”
“Doctor lang Emman hindi ko friend.”
“Ay ang choosy lang!”
“Hindi sa ganun Emman kaso parang ang atribida lang na mag assume na friend kami dahil lang tumulong siya kay Luke. Ganun naman siya for sure sa lahat.”
“No bessie. I’ve done my stalking, este, research and i found out that Dr. Richard Lim is a bachelor but serious, mailap sa tao, hindi sociable, suplado and very strict. This means you’re an exemption to his rule. Special ka bessie. Ayiiii!”
“Emman tumigil ka nga! Kainis to. O ayan hindi ko na nagamit yun hiniram ko kasi 700 lang yun binayaran ko.”
Upon hearing it, all the more that Emman wiggled his brows at her and teased her some more.
Maya just sighed unable to stop her bestfriend from teasing her.
Now at the lobby of the hospital..
“Dito na muna kayo bessie, kunin ko lang yun kotse at abangan nyo na lang. Matatanaw naman dito.”
All of a sudden, they both saw a very sexy, beautiful lady, by the hospital’s entrance.
Then they heard that very familiar voice.
Dr. Richard Lim approached the lady and he gave her a very tight hug and a kiss on her cheek.
Maya who saw the incident, tried to fumble for her cellphone in her bag and pretend to be unaware of what happened right before her eyes.
Emman saw it too but just proceeded to get his car with a sigh of frustration.