The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Ryan : Starstruck

Richardย and Ryan were busy talking about a property they were planning to purchase when Maya and Ivy came over.

“Akala ko ba Sweetheart pumunta tayo dito para magenjoy. Hinahanap ka na ng mga bata dun sa dagat o. Sarap sarap kayang magswimming.”

The entire Lim household together with Ryan, Ivy and their son Raymond are having a weekend outing in Palawan.

“Sige na susunod na lang kami ni Ryan.”

“Ay brod, parang gusto ko na ring magswimming. Tara na dun na tayo.”

“Ah sige brod. Mauna na kayo. May kukunin lang ako sa kwarto. Sweetheart samahan mo ako.”

Maya accompanied Richard to their room.

“Anong kukunin mo Sweetheart?”

“This. Palagay ako sa likod Sweetheart.”

Naku Mr. Lim napaka vain mo. Akin na nga.”

Ricky asked Maya to put sunscreen all over his body.

“Ayan you are completely covered na.”

“Your turn naman Sweetheart. Talikod ka na.”

“Ay naku Sweetheart naglagay na ako kanina. Halika na.”

“You are scared aren’t you?”

“Scared?”

“Scared that you won’t be able to resist my soft fingers caressing your back…”

“Aynaku Mr. Lim nagiging naughty ka na naman. Let’s go na nga.”

“Ayan ka naman Sweetheart. Ikaw ang naughty not me. There’s nothing naughty with applying lotion on your back.”

Maya threw him a sharp stare.

“You are polluting my mind Sweetheart.”

“Ricky isa pa!”

“Biro lang Sweetheart. Eto naman pikon agad. Okay ako na. Ako na yun may 101 ideas of naughtiness. You want us to try them.”

She playfully slapped Ricky’s arm.

“Puro ka talaga kalokohan. Tara na.”

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The families spent their time swimming, playing beach volleyball, building sand castles

The kids enjoyed especially Abby, Sky and Sunshine who were running around with Sabel, Leah and Doris running after them.

Luke, Raymond and Joma spent their time on the jetski while Nikki was tagging along with her mom and Tita Ivy enjoying their girl talk and bonding.

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Evening came and Ricky found Maya at the terrace with Ivy.

“Ang gwapo nya no?”

“Sobra Maya. Sobrang kisig, sobrang bango at nakakapanghina.”

“Siya na ang pinakagwapong nilalang sa buong mundo.”

“Oo nga eh. Ang swerte swerte natin, nakita natin siya.”

“Kelan kaya siya uuwi? Dapat mapicturan natin siya.

“Baka bukas. Halika puntahan natin.”

Ricky’s ears were alerted. He heard everything so he joined in.

“Sinong pupuntahan nyo?”

“Ah eh Sweetheart nandyan ka na pala. Asan si Ryan?”

“Magpapahinga na ata.”

“Naku Ricky ang aga pa para magpahinga. Tawagin ko na muna si Ryan. Pwede naman kayong mag tig-isang bottle of beer.” Ivy suggested.

“Oo nga Sweetheart. Doon na muna kayo sa cottage. Masarap magkwentuhan dun.”

“No. Im already tired, let’s go to bed na Sweetheart.”

“Ricky hindi pa ako inaantok. Sige na mauna ka na. Nagkukuwetuhan pa kami.”

“Sweetheart you know I can’t sleep without you.”

“Naku sige na Maya. Bukas na lang natin ituloy yun kwentuhan at stalking natin. Parang may gagawin pa kayo ni Ricky eh.”

Ivy teased her.

“Ah eh, wala naman kaming gagawin.”

Maya was still shy when being teased with things they do as couple.

“Sige na. Goodnight Ricky.”

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In their bedroom, asar si Maya. She and Ivy were supposed to go somewhere that night.

They were excited kaso nangungulit si Ricky.

“Tara na Sweetheart let’s sleep na.”

With brows furrowed Maya faced her husband.

“Alam mo nakakaasar ka. Nagkukwentuhan pa kami ni Ivy ang kulit mo.”

“Kasi nga Sweetheart matutulog na tayo.”

“Eh hindi ka naman si Sky na kailangan pang patulugin.”

Maya was really pissed at the thought that she and Ivy might not be able to do what they were supposed to do.

Ricky was curious as to why his wife and Ryan’s wife were acting strange.

Who could they be referring too.

He was annoyed but pretended that all is well.

They slept that night not even facing each other.

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The following morning, Ricky woke up and Maya was no longer beside him.

It was just 6 in the morning but his wife had already left their bed.

He immediately put on his glasses and went out to search for his wife.

He couldn’t find Maya anywhere.

He went to the kids room and found them still sleeping soundly.

He saw Manang Fe who was having coffee.

“Manang nakita nyo po si Maya?”

“Kanina Ricardo. Nakita ko siyang kasama ni Ivy. May pupuntahan ata sila.”

“Saan daw Manang?”

‘Hindi ko alam eh. Baka namasyal sa beach. Alam mo na. Masayang maglakad lakad kapag maaga pa. Antayin mo na lang. Hayaan mo na lang muna at nageenjoy yun asawa mo na kasama si Ivy.”

“Ah okay lang naman po yun Manang. Nagalala lang ako kasi wala siya. Hindi ko alam na may kasama naman pala siya.”

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It was already 7 in the morning when Maya and Ivy arrived with wide smiles on their faces.

Ricky and Ryan were already frowning.

Maya was the first one to greet them.

“Good morning sweetheart! Good morning Ryan! Eto may dala kaming mga local kakanin. Mainit pa. Masarap na breakfast. Gising na ba yun mga bata?”

“Hindi ko alam. Ryan, Ivy balik na muna ako sa kwarto.”

Ricky answered her in a pissed off manner then stood up to proceed to their room.

“Anong nangyari dun? Bakit nagsusungit?”

Maya asked Ryan.

“Mabuti pa kausapin mo na lang Maya. Mukhang mainit yun ulo eh.”

Maya followed her husband.

Ryan and Ivy went to the bigger cottage where breakfast was being prepared by Manang Fe and Sabel.

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Ricky was lying in bed when Maya went in.

He had a pillow covering his eyes.

“Sweetheart kong masungit….”

Hindi nya pinansin si Maya.

She went near him and tried to remove the pillow but Ricky held on to it.

“Uy sweetheart bakit ang suplado mo na naman? Akala ko pa naman tapos na yung sumpong mo kagabi. Kaaga aga ang sungit pa rin!”

He just ignored her.

“Uy Ricky! Bangon na dyan. Breakfast na tayo. Uy!”

“Nothing. I’m just tired. Mauna na kayo.”

“Tired? Kakagising mo lang. Eh wala ka namang ginawa atsaka nagbabakasyon tayo di ba? Bakit ka naman tired, aber?”

He just smirked, shook his head then covered his face again.

“Ay ang arte mo sweetheart, kung ayaw mo di wag!”

Then she bolted out of their room.

Sa loob loob ni Ricky… “Aba talagang iniwan ako!”

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“O Maya, asan na si Richard? Natulog uli?”

Nakasimangot si Maya.

“Ewan ko dun. Andropause!”

Humagalpak ng tawa si Ryan. Ivy sniggered and Ricky who actually followed Maya heard her.

Mas tiger mode na siya.

“What?!!!?”

Nagulat si Maya. Patay siya kay Ricky.

“Wala! Sabi ko ang cute mo, ang bango mo, ang bait bait mo at hindi ka sinusumpong. Kain na sweetheart!” She said in her saccharine voice.

Ricky just looked at her. Asar siya na inaasar siya ni Maya.

But Maya just downplayed it. Patay malisya lang. She is sure na di naman siya matitiis ni sweetheart nya.

Linapitan pa nya si Ricky na kasalukuyang nakaupo na to have breakfast, she back-hugged him and kissed his cheek from behind.

Nahiya si Ricky.

“Sweetheart we’re in front of Ivy and Ryan.”

“Sus nahiya ka pa eh kung ikaw nga ang gumagawa, okay lang kahit sa harap pa ng maraming tao. Ang cute mo talaga!”

Then she tickled his tummy. She knows that he is very ticklish in that area.

Napatawa nya si Ricky.

“Yehey tumawa na siya. Bati na tayo sweetheart!” Then she hugged him again sabay sabi..

“Tara na Ivy, puntahan na natin kasi uuwi na sila ngayon. Hindi pa tayo nakakapagpapicture.”

Then without waiting for their husbands approval or objection , the two ladies hurriedly left. They even brought Nikki with them.

Ryan and Ricky were left dumbfounded.

“Where will they go?” Ricky said in his higher-than-usual voice.

“Hayaan mo na brod. Minsan lang naman magbonding yun dalawa. Atsaka kasama naman nila yun anak nyo.”

“Pero why are they so excited?”

“Naku brod, may nakita atang artista. Si Ivy panay ang kwento kagabi. Si Maya ba hindi?”

“So yun pala yun pinaguusapan nila kagabi.”

“So alam mo pala brod?”

“Ah no. I just overheard them. Sino daw ba?”

“Ewan ko. Masyadong excited si Misis eh. Nagbihis pa yun at dala yun camera. Magpapapicture daw sila.”

“What? No! I won’t allow Maya to do that with an actor. It’s embarrassing.”

“Hayan mo na brod atsaka bata pa naman si Maya. Okay lang yan. Si misis nga di ko naman pinagbawalan.”

“You allowed Ivy?”

“Oo naman. Para naman kiligin at matuwa siya.”

“What! I won’t allow my wife na kiligin sa iba.”

“Brod artista yun, paghanga lang, fan lang sila. It’s not like they will pursue him.”

“Kahit na. I won’t allow them to join the crowd of shrieking people begging to have their picture taken with an actor.”

“Naku brod, normal yan. Ang kj mo naman. Mamaya maaasar talaga sayo ang misis mo pati si Nikki. Atsaka wag mong itutulad sa edad mo yun edad ni Maya. She’s fun-loving, free-spirited. You can’t curtail her from acting her age just like when doesn’t complain if your being your grumpy old self.”

“I am not!”

“Yes you are. Kaya ka napagkakamalang….”

Then Ryan laughed.

Ricky just shook his head.

He was annoyed at the thought of his wife feeling giddy, kilig over someone other than him.

Siguro he is jealous too.

Ryan could easily read the mind of his friend.

“O sige brod para lang makampante ka, halika sundan natin sila.”

“Okay. Para makita ko rin yun siguradong pangit na artistang yun.”

“Wow ang gwapo natin brod!”

“Yes we are! Tayo lang ang dapat gwapo sa paningin nila. I can’t even believe that you’re cool with it.”

“Kasi brod you are overreacting. Atsaka are you doubting Maya’s taste of who’s gwapo or not? Kasi if oo, e di alanganin yun hitsura mo? Hindi ka rin sure if you are kasi baka nagkamali lang ng taste si Maya.”

“Stop being her lawyer brod. Tara na puntahan natin.”

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In the beach, a shooting for a show was being held. The camera is rolling.

The fans who were watching the shoot were all giddy and excited to see their favorite actors.

Nikki was so kilig with the teenage actor while Maya and Ivy was eyeing the mature actor.

The actor was still inside the cottage. Maya and Ivy overheard that he will go out of his cottage to join his family in swimming.

Everyone was excited. Cameras were ready for the shoot.

Even the fans who were watching had their own cameras not wanting to miss the opportunity to take pictures of the actor.

Maya was so kilig. She was squeezing Ivy’s arm.

“Naku lalabas na siya. Makikita natin yun abs nya? Mag swimming trunks kaya or shorts?”, she told Ivy.

“Kahit ano Maya basta lumusong siya sa tubig at makita ang abs nya okay na sakin.”

The two were so kilig.

“Okay take. Lights camera action!”, the director shouted.

Everyone waited with bated breath.

Then the actor came out in his pajamas and proceeded near the shore to assist his onscreen wife.

“Cut! Good take!”

Murmurs of disappointment were heard.

“Pajama sa beach? Naku naman!” Maya was complaining as if nalugi siya.”

“Tapos hindi man lang nabasa yun paa!” Ivy added.

Natapos yun shoot.

The fans were given the chance to mingle with the cast.

The lead actress and actor was so indulgent with the fans who wanted their signatures and pictures.

Hindi napigilan ni Maya yun sarili nya.

“Ms Jodi bakit nakapajama si Sir Richard sa eksena?”

The actress laughed. She mischievously glanced at her onscreen husband then burst into laughter again.

She patted his back while saying..

“Dadami kasi yan si partner kapag nababasa ng tubig. Ipinaglihi kasi sa gremlins.”

Her partner added.

“Oo at pag dumami ako baka magkaproblema sina Direk.”

The two joked which made their fans very happy and Maya and Ivy less disappointed even if they didn’t see what they expected to see.

After taking pictures and giving signatures, the cast were called by the crew to prepare to leave.

Yes the show being shot at the same beach where Richard Lim and his family together with Ryan Molina and his family were staying was ABS-CBN’s top show Be Careful With My Heart and the actors were Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria.

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Maya, Ivy and Nikki were on their way back to their own cottage when they met Ricky and Ryan.

“O akala ko ba magtatagal kayo dun. May shooting daw sabi ng staff ng resort?” Ryan asked.

“Tapos na.” Ivy answered.

“O why do you look disappointed?” Ricky asked as well.

“Kasi dad, yun crush ni mom na actor, hindi man lang nag proper beach attire. He’s in pajamas dad.”

Ricky sniggered.

“Anong tinatawa tawa mo dyan?”

“Sweetheart ikaw kasi nandito naman ako pupunta punta ka pa dun. I bet his body and legs needed to be covered. Baka mataba, baka may peklat yun legs. Tama ako brod pangit yun.” Ricky confidently said.

“Oy hindi ha! Gwapo kaya siya. Kamukhang kamuha mo nga.”

Then Maya showed them the pictures she took.

“Brod kamukha mo nga!”

“Aba oo at gwapo pala talaga.” Ricky agreed.

Pero feeling lugi pa rin si Maya so she dragged her husband.

“Tara na sweetheart swimming tayo at mag beach attire ka ha!”

“Hey hey wag mo akong idadamay sweetheart. I don’t wanna swim now. Mamaya na.”

A look of disappointment was seen on Maya’s face. Ricky was quick to notice it.

He hugged her. Sabay bulong….

“If you want me to do that dahil lang hindi ginawa ng actor na yun, I’ll give you a better alternative.”

She also answered in a whisper.

“At anong alternative yan sweetheart?”

“Siyempre a better place to swim at hindi tayo mangingitim kahit wala swimming attire.”

He naughtily smiled at her.

“Puro ka talaga kalokohan!” She slapped him.

“Oy brod, Maya bakit panay ang bulungan nyo?”

“Nothing brod. Pasok muna kami ni Maya sa kwarto. I’ll pacify her muna.” He grinned.

Nagblush si Maya at she lightly slapped him.

“Grabe ka!”

Then the couple proceeded to their room.

Ryan shook his head and placed the “don’t disturb” sign at his favorite couple’s door.

A/N. Mashed up story kasi di gumagana braincells ko for a serious story. Pasensya po. Pero yes, kamukhang kamukha ni Ricky ni Maya si onscreen hubby Richard ni Jodi. And si Nikki? Si niccolo yun fave naman nya. Magulo ba? โœŒ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Heart Never Forgets 21

Richard basked in the warmth of the hug his son gave him. He held him tighter. His son’s small arms tried to embrace him too.

“Luke daddy loves you so much. I hope its okay with you that I’m your dad”, he said while still embracing Luke.

He felt his son nodding his head.

Then as he disengaged from the embrace he stared at his son’s teary face.

“Luke don’t get mad at daddy and mommy. We love you so much. I’m so happy right now holding you like this.”

He wiped his son’s tears then Luke wiped his tears too in return.

“Hindi naman po ako galit.” The boy said in his small voice.

“But you’re sad kaya mom and dad is worried.”

“Baka po you won’t like me.” Luke’s eyes which was like his mom’s stared at him.

“Luke don’t say that. I already liked and loved you even when I was just Tito Ricky. All the more now that I found out that you are my son. I love you so much and daddy is very proud of you.”

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Earlier….

The merry-making continued but Luke was still quiet. He would laugh at jokes by Joma and would play with the other kids but he would avoid Richard.

“Chard ipasok ko na si Luke. Patulugin ko na muna.”

“Okay Maya.” He felt dejected by Luke’s reaction.

Inside the room, Luke was still quiet but he was extra clingy to his mom. He requested for his mom to stay in the room and not leave while he’ll be taking a shower.

Maya had prepared his pajamas while Luke was inside the bathroom to clean up and brush his teeth.

As Luke was getting ready for bed, Maya took the chance to talk to her son.

“Anak, galit ka sa akin?”

“Hindi po.”

“I’m sorry. Mommy wasn’t brave to tell Tito Ricky that you are his son before. I’m sorry anak. I was scared din to tell you.”

“Mommy what if he doesn’t like me?”

“Anak he loves you. He was so happy when he found out.”

“Paano si daddy James?”

“Si daddy James ang nagsabi kay Tito Ricky. He wants you to be happy. He wants you to have a daddy who will always be here.”

“Hindi na po aalis si Tito Ricky?”

“No anak, he will stay with us if okay sa’yo.”

“Mommy you love him?”

“Sobra Luke and he loves me too, he loves you. Mabait siya and hindi nya kasalanan na hindi nya alam. It is mommy’s fault.”

The boy gave a small smile.

“Mom anong itatawag ko sa kanya? Dad or papa?”

Maya hugged her son knowing that he finally showed some acceptance.

“You can call him dad or even papa, its up to you.”

“Eh si daddy James po?”

“Daddy James will always be a dad to you. O di ba nadagdagan pa siya. Dalawa na ang daddy mo.” She tried to make the mood light.

Luke slept with his mom hugging him.

But as soon as Maya slept, the boy sneaked out of his room to call his daddy James.

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Luke didn’t want to disturb his mom so he decided to make a call outside the room. He knows everyone was sleeping already.

When he wasn’t able to call his daddy James, Luke stayed in the cottage and cried.

He loved his Tito Ricky but he doesn’t know him. He was just a new friend to him.

He stayed there until his dad saw him.

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Maya woke up very early but Luke was no longer beside her. She wasn’t aware that her son went out last night at actually slept with his dad.

She hurried to seek for Luke worried on where he must be.

When she went out of their room, she heard the most beautiful sound she never gets tired of hearing, her son’s giggles and chuckles.

She saw Richard and Luke together with Joma and Fely’s kids playing patintero by the beach. They seemed so happy. It warmed her heart knowing that they are okay now.

“Maya halika join us.” Richard called her.

After a few more minutes of playing, they were called by Manang Fe to have their breakfast.

Richard and Luke went to wash their hands. Maya was surprised at the sudden closeness of Luke to his dad.

Richard caught her expression and he just winked at her.

Before starting breakfast, Richard led the prayer then gave his message to the very special people with him at the moment.

“Thank your for the warm welcome. Thank you at hindi nyo pinabayaan ang bahay at mga negosyo ni lolo, natin. Wala man akong pamilya, madami namang naging kapalit. Nandyan kayong lahat. Manang Fe salamat sa pagaruga, pagalaga, pangungunsumi at pagtyaga sakin, Mang Anastacio at Mang Lem salamat at tumayo kayong parang tatay ko. Liza, I can’t thank you enough for keeping everything in order. Joma, Sabel, Doris salamat sa pagaalalay nyo kina Manang Fe. Maraming salamat sa inyo. At dito din sa despedida na naging welcome party nyo.”

They all approached to hug him.

Richard added.

“Ngayon naman, may surprise din ako sainyo. Gusto kong ipakilala si Maya bilang future wife ko.”

She was beside him and his arms were draped on her shoulders while Luke was on his other side. She blushed and felt embarrassed at his announcement.

A lot of teasing and congratulatory messages followed.

He continued.

At ipapakilala ko din, ang aking anak, anak namin ni Maya, si Luke.

Everyone was surprised. Manang Fe immediately hugged the little boy. She was overwhelmed.

“Sinasabi ko na nga ba. Tama yun hinala ko.” She said while in tears.

Everybody was happy. Luke finally accepted his dad. They even got a call from James who was dying for updates from them. James promised to come home to settle the annulment so Maya and Richard could get married the soonest time possible.

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After the weekend together, Richard brought Maya and Luke to Father Francis.

She didn’t like the idea at first. She was apprehensive on how he would react but Richard assured her that everything will be okay.

It was Richard who first entered Father Francis’ room at the convent. Maya and Luke stayed at the visitors area. Visitors especially ladies can’t be allowed to enter the priest’s private quarters.

“Ricky you’re really back!”

Father Francis gave him a big welcoming hug.

“So naasikaso mo na?”

“Opo Father. Maayos naman pong lahat.”

“Ano na ang balak mo? Akala ko you will still stay there in Rome at di lang tutuloy sa ordination.”

“Father may sudden changes sa plan eh. I found out that the son was mine and her husband even suggested annulment.”

He was beaming.

Father Francis on the other hand was surprised.

“What? So you’ll pursue her? You’ll marry her?”

“Yes Father. And kayo ang napili namin to officiate our wedding. In fact kasama ko sila. Ipapakilala ko po. I’m really very happy.”

Father Francis couldn’t react anymore. He was also excited to meet this woman who turned Richard Lim’s life around.

He was just by the door when he saw Maya and Luke.

“Oh my God! Si Maya and Luke?”

He gathered both in his arms.

“I don’t know what to say. Kanina may agam agam pa ako when you said you’re getting married. Pero ngayon naku, I’m accepting the invitation to officiate it.”

“Salamat po Father.” was all Maya could say.

“Luke, kaya pala ang galing ng batang to manang mana sa daddy nya.”

“I’m happy for you Richard. I’m now assured that you’ll be in good hands.”

“Si Father talaga.”

“So kelan ang kasal? Ay teka, kailangan muna ang masinsinang usapan. Since I’ll be your wedding priest, you need to have a one on one seminar under me. Para naman masermonan ko kayong dalawa.” He was joking but he indeed would love to hear the story of the two and give them his advice and guidance as well.

My Safe Refuge 1

“Mom! Mom! The architect is here.”

Luke Andrew dela Rosa was at the foot of their stairs calling his mom.

“I’ll be right there anak.”

Maya hurriedly changed into a pair of jeans and white shirt and proceeded to meet with the architect, her friend, Rafi recommended.

“Good morning Architect Molina. Glad that you made it here. Medyo malayo talaga itong lugar namin.”

“Hi Mrs. dela Rosa. No worries about that. I have projects farther than your place. Anyway just call me Ryan. I prefer it that way.”

“Okay. You might as well call me Maya.”

“So Maya can I check the place now?”

“Sure.”

Maya led Ryan as he checked her vacation house to be renovated.

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It was an old wooden two storey house built by her parents some 50 years ago.

When both her parents were murdered by the robbers who entered their house, Maya, who was an only child, decided to leave the place, find a job.

She met her husband, James Ventura and they had a son Luke Andrew.

They lived in a village in the city. Maya never visited their old house. She never mentioned it either. She wanted to forget the sad memories of that house.

She had a blissful married life with James for 7 years until he suddenly changed.

He became alcoholic, he got into drugs and started doing illegal stuff like smuggling, gun running and selling illegal drugs as well.

James also got into gambling and womanizing that even their personal savings and even the small fortune left by her parents was beginning to be consumed.

Maya tried to put up with him. She would always rationalize that James was a good guy and he was just under the influence of drugs and alcohol that’s why he tended to be violent at times.

Yes he would be violent.

He would hurt her. He would be rough to her in their bedroom and he would also humiliate her in public.

She suffered in silence. She never told anyone of her pain and hurt.

She shielded her family from what others would say. It was the only one she had anyway.

James and Luke were the only ones she had and as long as her family were together, she could sacrifice even herself. She wants to do this for their son.

But the very reason for her holding her family together was also the reason why she decided to let go.

What made Maya decide to leave James was when he started hurting their son Luke.

So one night while still black and blue from being beaten up by her husband, Maya and her son Luke was fetched by her very best friend Rafi and her husband Charlie.

James was soundly asleep when they escaped. Luke and Maya only had a small bag for themselves. She couldn’t bring many clothes for she didnt have time to prepare. James would also definitely be aware of it once he sees their bags.

It was a good idea that she never introduced Rafi to James. James would be jealous of anyone so she never mentioned any of her friends to him.

James knew that it was only him and Luke in her life. He was so secured with the fact that Maya didn’t have anyone else to even think of leaving him.

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“Hesusmaryosep! Anong nangyari sa’yo Maya?”

Manang Fe, Rafi’s childhood nanny was shocked when she opened their front door.

She knows Maya and Luke.

“Manang pakiayos na po muna ng guest room. Dito muna sina Maya at Luke.” Rafi requested her nanny.

“Maya don’t worry. He couldn’t hurt you anymore. Safe kayo ni Luke dito.” Charlie assured her wife’s best friend.

Maya still in tears and trembling in fear just nodded her head.

“Hon, I’ll go to the pharmacy first. Maya needs medicines and bandages for her wounds. Wala na tayong supplies.”

“Okay hon.”

“Charlie, Rafi salamat ha!”

“Don’t mention it Maya. Basta ang importante is wala na kayo dun and he won’t be able to hurt you again.”

Luke just remained in the arms of his mom.

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Maya and Luke stayed with Rafi and Charlie. She used her savings for their needs. Good that her husband wasn’t aware of all the properties and small fortune her parents left. At least she has fund to use in times of emergency like now. Luke was forced to stop going to school for his safety.

They stayed for 7 months when Charlie was suddenly assigned by his company to work at their main office in Canada. Rafi is included as well.

Maya and Luke had no choice but to leave the place.

Rafi already suggested that they stay with Manang Fe but Maya decided to leave and go somewhere her husband won’t be able to find them.

She decided to go back home to their old house in San Nicolas.

Rafi and Charlie decided that Manang Fe would be better left with Maya. The old nanny agreed. She loves Maya and Luke already.

Before the couple left, they helped Maya and Luke settle on their old house. Since repairs are needed, she recommended her colleague Architect Ryan Molina.

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Preview of the next chapter:

“Maganda siya brod.”

“Brod, isusumbong talaga kita kay Ivy nyan eh.”

“Ang kj naman nito. Just a little companionship or friendship, masama ba yun?”

“I know what runs in your mind Ryan. Tigilan mo na.”

“Pero malungkot naman siya. Namatay ata yun asawa. I could make her happy.”

Richard Lim just shook his head, totally annoyed with his playboy friend.

A/N New story. Let’s see how this will go. Matatapos na kasi yun THNF and also AOUH. This is pure fiction.

The Heart Never Forgets 20

After sharing their very first kiss after 7 years, both disengaged with very contented smiles.

Richard embraced her and kissed her forehead. Her arms encircled his waist.

“I never imagined that this could still happen Maya. I am very happy right now.”

“Ako din Chard. I’m very happy. Hindi ko inakala na maaakap kita ng ganito.”

“At mahahalikan din?” He teased.

“Oo.” She shyly admitted.

He smiled and shook his head amused at how awkward yet giddy they felt at this very moment.

“Me too Maya. Hindi ko inakala na I could still find you and be with you.”

She slid her palms to his and was comforted by the warmth it brought her.

Both were overwhelmed.

“Halika dun sa loob ng bahay. Ano ang gusto mo? Magluluto ako. Magcelebrate tayo.” She was excited.

“No. Wag na. Let’s just go out. Ipapasyal ko kayo ni Luke.”

She got worried.

“Chard, baka may makakita sa atin at kung ano ang isipin ng mga tao.”

“Bakit naman? We hang out naman before di ba when we were practicing for the school concert?”

“Kahit na.”

“Don’t worry too much Maya. I won’t allow na malagay kayo ni Luke sa alanganin.”

“Alam ko naman yun.”

“Yun naman pala. For now, magprepare na kayo ni Luke at ipapasyal ko kayo. We won’t tell anyone as long as hindi pa natin naaayos ang lahat. I just want to spend time with both of you.”

Maya relented. She wanted to spend time with Richard too especially now that the hope of being together is getting clearer. She would not think of his vocation, her marriage with James and other complications yet. All she wants right now is to be with him and their son.

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Richard brought Maya and Luke to their beach resort.

Yes the resort where they created Luke.๐Ÿ˜Š

The resort was well maintained and it remained operational even if Richard wasn’t around.

The resort had been opened to the public but usually it was rented for family events and company gatherings.

All of Richard’s family businesses have been flourishing despite his absence. His grandfather was really blessed with a competent and trusted staff who were actually like family already.

The proceeds of the businesses were used to finance all the charities and foundations they support. They were also used as source of fund for the expenses of the staff and household.

Liza with the guidance of Manang Fe manages all the businesses of the Lims. Mang Lem oversees the farm with the help of Joma. They actually grew up in with the Lims already and out of love and respect to Don Roberto and Richard, they made sure that everything is well taken cared of.

They regularly call Richard to update him and for his final say on important decisions.

When he arrived he was so impressed on how they managed to retain all the businesses, they even improved and embarked in new ventures.

He couldn’t ask for more. Everything was doing well in the home front then now…

Maya is with him and they even have a son.

Richard Lim is the happiest person at the moment.

“Chard ang ganda na dito. Sainyo pa rin to?”

“Yes Maya. Sila Manang, they manage it. Well magagaling yun staff. Actually mga alaga ni lolo before, malalaki na sila at sila na rin namamahala dito. You liked it?”

“Oo naman. Siguro magandang magretreat dito kesa doon sa pinuntahan natin.”

“Ah where you slipped?”

She slapped him lightly.

“Pinaalala mo pa.”

Then she shyly averted her gaze. She remembered the reason why she slipped and became embarrassed all of a sudden.

“O Bakit?”

“Wala. Naalala ko lang kung bakit naslide ako nun.”

“Oh? Bakit ka nga ba nagslide. From what I know, antok at pagod ka that time. You were even a little bit grumpy then. Masungit.”

“Kayo kasi ni Rafi. Akala ko you were courting her. Naasar ako kasi she is married and I thought you were too.” She was blushing now.

He raised his eyebrows amused at what she was saying.

“Naasar or nagselos?” He teased her.

She didn’t say anything but just avoided his gaze.

He gathered her in his arms again.

“Oh my God Maya. Why haven’t I noticed?”

He regretted not having seen the signs of her jealousy. He was so busy trying to control what he was feeling for her that he totally missed the glaring evidence that she was still in love with him.

“Ang importante ay nandito ka na sa tabi ko, sa tabi namin ni Luke. Ang saya ko Chard.”

“Parehas tayo.” He held her hand and brought it to his lips.

“Halika na let’s go to Luke. Pa set up na rin natin kila Joma yun barbeque. Manang Fe will be arriving later. You want to spend the night here? They have a live band kapag gabi.”

“Ah eh gusto ko sana kaso hindi pa nila alam? Paano yan? Nakakahiya ata.”

“Bakit naman? Besides they know we are very good friends anyway. Sige na Maya para maenjoy naman ni Luke yun very significant place for him.” He smiled.

She understood what he meant and shyly smiled.

“Ikaw talaga. Sige payag na ako pero wala kaming dalang damit eh.”

“Can we ask Leah to prepare it? Samahan na lang siya ni Joma.”

They both decided to spend the night at the resort. Leah went back to the house to prepare clothes for Maya and Luke.

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Since it was on a weekday, there were few guests on the beach.

Luke happily swam together with his dad while Maya just watched them by the shore.

It was such a heartwarming scene before her eyes. She can’t help but regret the years wasted for not telling him the truth.

She vowed to herself that she will do everything to make up for the years lost.

After over an hour Luke got tired and asked his mom if he could go inside and play with his tablet.

Maya agreed and Richard led them to the cottage he asked Manang Fe to prepare for them.

“Maya you and Luke can rest here. Complete naman yun gamit sa bathroom and may snacks din sa fridge. I’ll just stay dun sa labas. Antayin ko rin sina Joma.”

“Sige Chard, thank you.”

“Thanks Tito Ricky.”

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“Si Luke?”

“Nakatulog na. Napagod yun kasi bihira naman magswimming. Hindi sanay.”

Richard was seated at the sofa of the cottage.

It was actually a villa type made of coconut and shells. It had 3 bedrooms each with a bathroom. The villa has complete facilities, a kitchen, a dining area and a living room. At the back of it was a covered pool for guests who preferred to take a dip indoors.

“Come here Maya.” He asked her to sit beside him.

Maya took the empty space beside him and comfortably leaned her head on his shoulder.

“Chard so paano yan? Hindi ka na babalik sa Rome?”

“Nagpaalam na ako Maya. I also resigned from my job. I teach kids kasi there. Okay naman sila with my decision.”

“Eh ikaw, okay lang sayo na hindi ka na magiging pari?”

“I’m very happy with my decision Maya. I wanted to be a priest but knowing that you’ve always owned my heart, and i also own yours, I don’t think I would be able to be a good priest. Hindi ko mabibigay yun buong sarili ko. Even kung wala si Luke, and I’ve learned that you still love me and pwede pa rin tayo, I would still choose you. I could help naman even if I’m not a priest.”

She stared at him.

“Oh why are you looking at me like that?”

She is misty eyed.

“I just want to memorize your face. Kasi ngayon matitingnan kita ng hindi lang sa picture.”

He held her hand and placed it on both his cheeks.

“You can stare at me all you want. Ako din, it’s your picture that kept me company all these years Maya. At least ngayon hindi rin lang picture.”

He kissed her forehead.

“Chard paano natin sasabihin kay Luke?”

“We can tell him together. I hope he will be happy to know that I’m his dad. I would love that very much.”

“Baka magalit sya sakin. Baka magalit siya na naglihim ako sa kanya.”

“Luke is a sensible boy. I’m sure he will understand. Let’s do this together.”

“Salamat ha.”

“Salamat?”

“Kasi di mo ako sinumbatan sa paglihim sayo.”

“I know you had your reasons Maya. I respect your reasons. What’s important is we are given the chance to correct all our wrong decisions.”

“Ambait mo Chard alam mo yun?”

“Maya I’m doing this hindi dahil mabait ako. I do this because I love you. I love you so much. Kayo ni Luke.”

Then unable to control herself, Maya cupped Richard’s face and kissed him tenderly pouring her love for the only man whom she loved in her entire life.

“Mom you’re kissing Tito Ricky?”

A bewildered boy witnessed her mom kissing his Tito Ricky, the person he is so fond of.

“Anak…”

“Luke…”

The boy alternately stared at them with confusion.

Richard held Maya’s hand tightly as they both face the most important person to them, their son Luke.

She immediately went to Luke’s side and hugged him.

“Anak… Mom and Tito Ricky, we want to tell you something very important.”

The boy was still staring at Richard. His young mind couldn’t comprehend what he saw. He was still engulfed in his mom’s hug.

Maya carried him and they sat beside Richard on the sofa.

“Anak… Tito Richard… he is your real daddy.”

Luke looked at both of them alternately then without saying anything, he just cried and hugged his mom.

Richard was alarmed. Luke mustn’t have taken it positively.

The boy remained hugging his mom, not letting go.

Richard decided to leave the two by themselves. He needed some fresh air too.

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It was already evening and Manang Fe, Joma, Sabel, Doris, Leah, Liza, Mang Lem, Felt and her kids were all in a celebratory mood.

They were happy with Richard’s decision to stay for good. They weren’t aware of Maya’s role in that decision yet.

Manang Fe on the other hand already suspected something but chose to wait for Richard tell her.

Maya and Richard decided to lessen their closeness while in front of Luke.

After their confession to Luke, the boy had been quiet and distant to him. He would be extra clingy to his mom.

He remained polite though. He would play with Fely’s kids but would immediately go to his mom once he sees her. He wouldn’t smile or acknowledge Richard at all.

Richard understood how it must have been hard for Luke to take all of these.

They’ve been close, but its entirely different now that he learned about his real dad.

He doesn’t know what’s in his son’s mind.

He hopes Luke’s thoughts weren’t unpleasant.

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It was already late and everyone retired to their own rooms. Ricky couldn’t sleep so he decided to walk around, to clear his mind as well.

Then as he neared one of the small cottages at the resort, he heard sobbing sounds and found his son Luke, sitting by himself.

He immediately darted towards his son worried.

“Luke….”

Then with the same doe-shaped eyes as his mom the boy stared at him and cried.

He threw himself to his dad and was immediately engulfed in Richard’s hug.

“Dad….”

“Oh Luke.”

Right there at the small cottage by the beach, a new relationship started, that is the relationship of the father and his son.

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The Heart Never Forgets 19

“Ricardo bakit naman madalian ang alis mo? Di man lang tuloy kami nakapaghanda.”

A very upset and annoyed Manang Fe was fixing Richard’s clothes.

“Manang emergency po kasi. Kailangan ko talagang makabalik doon at makausap si Father Santi.”

“Hindi ba pwedeng ipagpaliban yan?”

“Hindi na po Manang. Mas makakabalik ako agad dito kapag naasikaso ko lahat sa Rome. Kailangan ko na talagang makausap si Father Santi.”

“Makakabalik dito? Babalik ka pa?”

A hopeful smile was seen in Manang Fe’s face. This stopped her from ranting.

Richard hugged her from behind. Nilambing nya si Manang Fe coz he knows how sad she felt when she knew about his flight tomorrow.

“Opo Manang babalik ako kaya wag ka ng magalit. Dito na ulit ako. Makikita nyo na ako palagi.”

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He was on an early flight to Manila and since there’s only one flight from San Nicolas, he was sure that James will be on the same flight. He wanted to talk to him and fix things asap.

True enough James was there.

When they landed in Manila, they spent an hour discussing about the possible annulment and what both their plans for Maya and Luke are.

It was decided that Richard will fix everything in Rome first. He will resign too from his teaching jobs and turnover all his unfinished projects.

James needs to go back to his work as well but he promised to come home if he will be needed by both Maya and Richard.

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“Hi Luke. How are you? How’s mom?”

He called Luke the moment he arrived in Rome.

“Tito Ricky! Okay naman po kami ni mom. She’s cooking spaghetti. I requested it kasi.”

The little boy chuckled. He teared up just hearing his son laugh. He gripped his phone tightly trying to control his tears from falling and trying to control his voice from breaking.

“Asan ka po Tito Ricky? Punta ka dito sa bahay. Eat tayo ng niluluto ni mom.”

That did it. He could no longer control himself that he allowed his tears to flow. He was trying so hard to normalize his voice and stop sniffling but the boy already heard it.

“Tito Ricky, okay ka lang po? You sound like may sipon ka po. Wait I’ll call mom.”

Before he could stop Luke, he already left the phone to call his mom.

“Chard you’re sick daw sabi ni Luke.”

“Hindi naman Maya. Sipon lang.” He lied.

“Naku uminom ka ng maraming tubig at magpahinga ka agad. Papuntahin mo dito si Joma. Nagluto kasi ako ng spaghetti kasi Luke topped his class. Padalhan kita.”

“Maya wala ako jan. Nakabalik na ako dito sa Rome.”

“Ha! Okay. Akala ko kasi dadaan ka pa do to bago ka umalis.”

Her voice turned sad.

“Babalik naman ako. May kailangan lang asikasuhin. O sige Maya. Congrats kay Luke. Hug him for me. You guys take care.”

He abruptly ended the call for he can’t control his emotions anymore.

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It’s been a month after Richard left.

“Tito Ricky!” Luke hurriedly met him by their gate.

The boy leaped in his arms. He carried Luke and he hugged the boy tightly.

They were on the phone daily when he was still in Rome.

Richard makes is a point to call his son. They talk about piano, school, toys, Maya and anything they could think of. Maya never suspected anything. She was beyond happy that Luke is in constant communication with his dad.

Maya was surprised to see him.

“Hi Luke! I got some goodies for you. Go inside na muna and ask yaya Leah to prepare it.”

When Luke left to go find his yaya Leah, Richard approached a dumbfounded Maya who was glued to where she was standing.

He stared at her and with all the love he was feeling, he gave her a very tight hug.

He had tears in his eyes when he disengaged from the hug. He stared at her eyes…

“Why didn’t you tell me Maya?”

“Chard?”

“Why didn’t you tell me about Luke?”

Then she bowed her head, her misty eyes avoiding his gaze.

He held her face gently and wiped the tears in her eyes.

“I’m sorry Chard. I’m very sorry. Gusto ko namang sabihin pero… pero…”

Then she cried.

He gathered her in his arms.

“It’s okay Maya. Nandito na ako. I won’t leave you and Luke.”

In between sobs, she asked.

“Pano mo nalaman?”

“James. He went to my place before he left. He gave me your box.”

She was surprised and embarrassed as well. She knows then contents of the box bared her life to him.

He noticed it.

“Thank you Maya. Thank you for Luke. Thank you for those letters. Thank you for all the memories you had in that box. I could relive the early years of our son which I missed with that.”

Then she slowly gazed at him with her doe-shaped eyes brimming with happy tears.

He smiled.

Both of them with eyes welling with tears, he slowly claimed her lips and kissed her with the longing, love he felt for her. He hopes for the wonderful future together.

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Preview of the Next Chapter:

“Mom you’re kissing Tito Ricky?”

A bewildered boy witnessed his mom kissing his Tito Ricky, the person he is so fond of.

“Anak…”

“Luke…”

The boy alternately stared at them with confusion.

Richard held Maya’s hand tightly as they both faced the most important person to them, their son Luke.

The Heart Never Forgets – A note on the story

A note on the story

I wrote this story when Be Careful with my Heart was still being shown, last months of 2013 to be exact. I never intended to post this.

I got my inspiration from the story of my friend Amy and her husband Nick.

Earlier this year, as i was fixing my files, i saw this story again together with my other bcwmh files – pics, videos and some stories i tinkered on. I read her story and I told my friend that her very moving journey deserves to be shared.

She agreed thats why i decided to revise, edit and post it para hindi naman masyadong heavy. It was also sort of a catharsis for me since I was also affected by her life.

Baka may lessons din na makuha from their story. Sana.

Since I so love the characters of Richard and Maya and since the show helped me when I was so sad for my friend, I decided to write their story using Richard and Maya in their place.

Yes. Amy and Nick are Maya and Richard in the story. And Luke was their son Archie.

They encountered the same ups and downs like Richard and Maya of the fanfic but in the end they also found their way to each other and spent a happy and blissful life with their son.

I won’t include the details of their real story na out of respect for both of them. Ayaw din naman nya. 3/4 of the one I wrote naman are really true.

They were together for almost 9 years until binawi na ni Bro si Nick. He died in a car accident last 2013. Yes when ongoing yun show. Kaya nga big help talaga ang bcwmh to forget sadness even for few minutes a day lang.

We were kidding each other nga na pinahiram lang sakanya si Nick kasi nga he was about to be a priest before.

But my friend said that she was very grateful that they were given a chance to be a family and spend their time together with their son, albeit, a very short-lived life together.

Now her son will be graduating in college and my friend is now taking charge of the businesses her husband left with their true to life dependable staff they consider as family. She stopped teaching already.

Si James? Well he is our friend, John. Same yun kwento nya sa story but he is not a pilot but an engineer in Dubai. He frequently visits my friend pa rin. I asked him and Amy if hindi ba pwedeng sila na lang, their answer was Nick could never be replaced and they love and respect him so much to do that. No hindi sila nagkatuluyan ng true Rafi. Rafi is already married but very good friends sila. Single pa rin si James, gusto nyong makilala? Joke! Ipapasubo yun friend.

Si Mother Elena? She really exists din but di naman siya aunt ni James in real life. At siya talaga reason why naglihim si Maya. (Sinisi talaga. Hahaha!)

The true Maya has no nanay tere. Siguro part of her bad decisions came from the fact that she has no loving mom who took care of her. At siguro kaya nalito na rin ako kung saan ko isisingit si Nanay Tere sa story. I realized na missing na siya sa last chapters I posted.

Asan ako sa story? Aba siyempre hindi ko isasali sarili ko. Pero isa ako sa super kinulit ng Richard ng story ng pinagtaguan siya ni Maya. I honestly didn’t know where she was then kaya abswelto ako.

Sad? Yes but life was still good to them. They also have their son who grew up like his dad.

You wonder why hindi nakilala ng dad yun anak nya? Hindi naman po kasi sila singkit like Richard Lim na madali madistinguish eh. Seriously, he looks more like his mom when he was younger. Now, aba kamukha na ni dad nya. Kaya parang lagi lang naman ni Amy nakikita si Nick.

And my friend said, the memories they shared could sustain her until they see each other again. Huhuhu…

Thanks for reading and sorry if pinaiyak ko kayo.

And yes. Amy is okay now. In fact she sometimes reads stories here and is amused with your comments. Yun son pala nila is Nicolas (di ba connect din sa San Nicolas ng bcwmh) ang name but medyo slow ang daddy for he never realized it. Sabagay he doesn’t use the name naman at napakalayo ng nickname nya na Archie (very sly ang mom.. tsk!) But yes pagong din yun daddy ng slight, hahaha!

Sad to say hindi bcwmh adik ang friend ko kasi she doesn’t have time to watch TV eh. She buried herself in work. But pipilitin ko talaga to be one of us (parang cult lang๐Ÿ˜).

She also insists na mas gwapo yun asawa niya kay Richard Lim. Owwkayy… Sige na nga pagbibigyan ko tutal I used their story naman eh, hehehe! โœŒ

Well, I’m just trying to lighten the mood kasi as I said mabigat at hindi careful sa heart ang story nila.

I was supposed to post this after ko matapos yun Richard and Maya version kaso I prefer na happy and good vibes yun last few chapters ng story and if I’ll post this in the end, aba eh di malungkot yun last part.

And yes, iba yun magiging takbo ng R & M version of this story.

Buti pa si Maya at Ricky may happy ending at may forever.๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m supposed to post this tonight but since dalawa na napost ko today, I’ll schedule this for 9:30 tomorrow that is if hindi pumalpak ang wp.

Thanks again for reading. Good eve/ day!