The Heart Never Forgets 16

At the convent, Father Francis was harvesting tomatoes from his vegetable garden when Mother Elena arrived for a visit.

“Wow Father ang dami nyan. Who would have thought that the soil here is good for vegetables. Dati kasi they just use this area as garage. I’m really impressed on how you transformed the sad state of this backyard to a vegetable garden.”

“Marami nang naharvest dyan Mother. I actually sent you a basket of tomatoes tapos may avocado din yesterday. Yun driver na nagdala kasi pumunta ako ng cathedral kahapon.”

“Oh thank you. Baka nandun na sa kitchen namin. So how’s the bishop?”

“He is so excited for his big show. Everyone is so busy there. He invited many visitors. Stressed na yun mga pari dun.”

“Si bishop talaga. I heard he even hired someone from abroad to be in charge of the show.”

“Ah oo si Ricky. He is the same person who directed your school play actually. Swerte ng diocese that he’s around. Pabalik na rin yun sa Rome next week. He is teaching there.”

Mother Elena was surprised. She never knew anything about Richard Lim anymore. The only thing she knows was that he lives and works overseas. That’s what Manang Fe told her the last time they accidentally saw each other in church.

“You mean Ricky? Richard Lim?”

“Yes. He’s the one who directed your school concert. You already met him Mother. He’s a very talented young man, charismatic and very passionate in everything he does too.”

“Yes I know him already. He lives in Rome? Ano siya doon?” Mother Elena can’t help but ask Father Francis.

“He’s assigned there. He teaches too and is also in charge of the choir and orchestra there. He will be ordained next year and I hope he still decides to be a priest. Medyo nalito ata ng umuwi dito.”

Francis Francis said in jest. He never suspected that the person he is talking to is very significant in Ricky’s life.

“He’s going to be a priest? Oh I thought he was just connected to you because he was teaching music.”

“Ah no. I met him years ago in Rome during my short studies there. I learned that he’s from the Philippines too so we got close. He was still a seminarian then and he just came from a mission in some African country I couldn’t even remember, marami na kasi siyang napuntahan. He was a favorite sa lahat ng communities na napupuntahan nya. Very selfless. He’s actually alone. No parents and no siblings as well.”

Mother Elena nodded, digesting all the information Father Francis was telling her.

Father Francis continued.

“He was to be ordained next year. Umuwi lang naman siya for the wedding of his friends. He just opted to stay a bit longer kasi inasikaso nya yun properties nila. Coincidence that I was assigned here to where he came from.”

“I thought he was married. You never mentioned he was a seminarian.”

“A deacon actually. He requested not to be treated such kasi daw he wants to be a normal guy when he’s here. Nagkamali ata kami eh. Dapat hindi namin pinayagan with that set up.”

“Oh. He wanted out?”

“He’s considering it. He’s confused now. Reconnected with a past girlfriend ata. Kaso she is already married and with a son.”

“He will leave the church to pursue her?”

“I don’t think so. He said he will leave the church not to pursue her but because it would be unfair if he couldn’t give his entire self anymore.”

Mother Elena was in deep thought.

“Masyadong mahirap Mother to give advice kasi I wanted him to continue to be a priest. We really need people like him but he’s also a very good person, very selfless. Yun buong taon nya in the seminary, in his missionary work, even in school, he never complained, he was always giving and sharing. Right now I’m just praying for the happiness he deserves. Whatever decision he makes, I’m sure that wouldnt change him. Innate na yun pagiging mabuting tao nya.”

“If he decides to go out, what does he need to do?”

“He needs to speak with his Spiritual Director first then decide from there. Itutuloy pa rin ata nya yun pagtuturo doon. I can’t see him staying here to pursue the lady and destroy her family. He is not like that.”

“I am sure he’s not.”

=================

“Maya can you please calm down. Nahihilo na ako sa’yo.”

Maya was preparing for her meeting with Richard. It was just 12 noon but she already dressed up and was badgering James to bring her to the venue.

“Eh James paano naman ako kakalma. Natatakot ako kung anong magiging reaksyon nya. Baka magulo ko siya, baka magalit siya, baka kunin nya si Luke sa akin.”

She was really worried, scared even.

“You know him better than I do Maya. Sa tingin mo, kaya nyang gawin ang mga yan?”

“Hindi. Pero paano kung sa galit nya, gawin nga nya. Hindi ko kakayanin na kunin nya si Luke.”

“I don’t think he will do that Maya. He is a sensible man from everything you told me about him. He has the right to know about his son. Luke has the right to know who his real dad is. Siguro it was fate that the two of you crossed paths again to be able to settle everything that needs to be settled.”

“Madaling sabihin yan James kasi hindi ikaw ang nasa sitwasyon ko.”

“Maya alam ko but when will you tell him? Consider Β today as your only chance to tell him. Its either you tell him or not. Pero once pinalampas mo, don’t regret anything, don’t sulk. Panindigan mo ang desisyon mo. You have to think about Luke.”

“Alam ko James. Salamat ha. Duwag lang talaga ako, alam mo naman yan.”

“Hindi ka duwag Maya. You are brave kasi kung hindi, you wouldn’t have raised Luke on your own. Di mo sana siya napalaki ng maayos.”

“Hindi naman ako nagiisa. Nandyan ka naman.”

“No. I was not. I was far. I’m just someone whom he calls dad but I wasn’t really a dad to him.”

“James ikaw ang dad ni Luke at kahit na sabihin ko kay Richard and totoo, hindi ko naman inaasahan na gagampanan nya ang pagiging tatay nya kay Luke. May sarili na siyang buhay. ”

“No Maya. After you tell him the truth, let him decide what he will do. Pag-usapan nyo for Luke’s welfare. And you my dear, don’t be too harsh on yourself. Don’t fret about things na di pa naman nangyayari. Malay mo everything will be in your favor. Malay mo, Ricky would go back to your life.”

She sharply stared at James.

“Hindi magandang biro yan James. I’m not amused.”

“Hey relax! Okay sorry na. Ang seryoso mo kasi. Don’t worry whatever the outcome is, nandito lang ako Maya. I’ll always be here for you and Luke. Halika na nga.”

James gave her a hug to comfort her. He knows the inner turmoil Maya is going through.

===============

Maya and James were on their way to South Curves.

James would just drop her off and proceed to Mother Elena who called awhile ago requesting for James to visit her. Luke stayed home to do his homework. Leah was with him.

“James kumusta hitsura ko?”

Natawa si James.

“Stunning. Lovely. I don’t think Richard Lim could stay still in his seat.”

“Hindi ako nagbibiro James!” She was upset.

“Oy ang init ng ulo mo, relax ka nga.”

“Ikaw kasi eh. Kinakabahan na nga ang tao. Ano nga hitsura ko? Maputla ba? Halata bang kinakabahan?”

He reached for her hand.

“Hey Maya, si Richard lang yun. Kumalma ka nga. Halatang halata ka naman nyan na sobrang affected sa presence nya. Relax, okay?”

She inhaled deeply.

“Okay.”

=================

“Good afternoon James. Maya. Doon tayo.”

Richard was waiting for Maya at the entrance of South Curves. He needed to calm his nerves too. He was disappointed to see James with her but he maintained his cordial demeanor.

“Ah no Richard. Hinatid ko lang si Maya. See you at home na lang mamaya? Richard okay lang sa’yo na ihatid siya sa bahay? Wala kasing kasama si Luke at yun yaya nya.”

He was surprised that James would entrust Maya to him but he also realized that the two must have a very secured relationship for him to completely trust his wife.

“Oh no problem James. Ihahatid ko si Maya sainyo. Thank you.”

“Sige pare. Maya.”

Then he gave Maya a hug and a kiss while whispering..

“Everything will be alright Maya.”

James left them to finally have their long overdue heart to heart talk.

A/N Oftentimes it is very easy to see what needs to be done but if you’re in the situation itself, the whole decision-making becomes very difficult.

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33 thoughts on “The Heart Never Forgets 16”

    1. Dapat like bcwmh ang pambitin, hahaha! Weekday pambitin or weekend? Joke! Trying to lighten the mood lang din. Ang heavy sa heart gawin ang story na to. 😒

  1. As much as I eagerly anticipate the things that will unfold in the succeeding chapters, I am also filled with utter curiosity as to what happened to the people who inspired this story. Can’t help but be moved by your A/N’s & comments. Just thinking about them makes me ache for those people. Anyway, thanks for such a gripping and moving story and of course, for giving us regular updates.πŸ˜„

    1. I’ll give the glimpse of the true story after I finish this one. Sad pero okay naman yun people who were my inspiration for this story. Thanks Kris for reading. Waiting for your updates too. 😊

  2. What will happen kaya? Sana naman after nun pag uusap love love love na…,plsssssss!!!!. Kaso afraid ako Kay mother elena parang me something sa kanya na di KO gsto parang kontrabida sa love story ni Maya at richard….

  3. Hay naku Maya lay your cards now..as in NOW! Dimko feel ang father Richard kaya please lang umusad ka na! Baka maunahan ka ni tadhana! waaaaaaaaa

  4. Oh lalaaa!! Cliff hangeeerrr ang peg! Di ako makahinga sa magiging takbo ng usapan nila. Nakaka guilty yun for maya, si Lord ang karibal nya waaahh!! Salamat po,Miss Timmy next na please!!

  5. Thanks ms tommy. More revelations and i agree tnat easy to see whatcwe need to do but hard to excecute when you’re at it already but im still hopeful that the talk is fruitful, hindi lang naman ang pag papari para mag serve kay Lord you can be a cservice too by doing good to other people and family. One more chapter please.

  6. priesthood is vocation at tama naman c Richard na it would be unfair na itutuloy ang pagpapari kung hindi nya maibibigay ng buo ang kaniyang sarili, at hindi pa naman sya ordain, kaya hindi pa siya pari. kung ako si Maya ewan ko kung paano ko haharapin ang sitwasyon nya especially na legally married sya. i think si Mother Elena ang magsasabi kay James ng tungkol kay Richard.

  7. Thank u Timms sa update. Anxious ang lahat sa paghaharap nila R&M. Sana maging maayos ang kanilang paguusap at magkaruon ng understanding silang dalawa lalo na at maapektuhan ang estado nila sa buhay at ang naging bunga ng kanilang pagmamahalan-Luke. Cheers!

  8. Ms Timmy_77 thanks, sabi mo para lang BCWMH ang pang bibitin mo pero at least dito puede bang humirit kami for double treat? Affected lang…..

  9. Timmy, promise me, happy ending ‘tong story na ‘to ha…. please lang at baka di kayanin ng mga adiks. Tadhana, makisama ka. Super bitin, sana may update ulit as in double treat? hehehe….kung puwede lang naman, Timmy.

  10. Ahhhh…..Timmy bitin patiwarik pa, you’re such a tease…thanks for updates but all adiks wants more…more please soon..thanks

  11. Naku, pano na yan, Timmy..Di na naman makatulog ang mga adiks? Thank you for the updates and the very soon updates… πŸ™‚
    And like Prince Mackaroo, I miss the show and the characters as well.
    Sana me episode, kahit sa MMK man lang… When you wish upon a star….

  12. Hi Miss Timmy. Grabe! Makapigil hininga at kapana panabik. Can’t wait for your next update. Btw, Can I ask for the passwords of love in a soap? My email ad is saydolly@yahoo.com.
    Thanks and God bless!

  13. pagkakataon na ito Maya para magkaliwanagan sila ni Richard and i hope may kiss and make-up na magaganap sa kanilang dalawa,, aayyyiiieehh !!! ❀ ❀

  14. I still need to read from the very start…marathon reading lang ang peg hihi!!!

    Shameless plugging…to those who wants to read Flashbacks….

    FLASHBACK MEMORIES are flashback from each episode of Be Careful With My Heart.
    NOW ON MY OWN WORDPRESS SITE!

    I will start posting BCWMH Flashback in one site bago maubos ang PEx thread.
    Starting from Volume 1 —already posted.

    BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART EPISODE #/ DATE AIRED/ DETAILS

    VOLUME 1
    1 Date Aired: Jul. 09, 2012 —Maya will do everything to help her family with their financial problems. Will her decision to leave the country help her reach her dreams?
    2 Date Aired: Jul. 10, 2012—“Kapag may pintong nagsara, mayroon pang bintana.” Maya decides to hide the truth from her family and bravely faces the challenges of working in Manila.
    3 Date Aired: Jul. 11, 2012—Maya saves a mute child from trouble, which will lead her to a new job.
    4 Date Aired: Jul. 12, 2012—Maya starts working as Abby`s yaya and gets to know the other Lim children. Tatagal kaya si Maya?
    5 Date Aired: Jul. 13, 2012—Maya discovers the truth about Richard’s wife.
    6 Date Aired: Jul. 16, 2012—Richard allows Maya and Abby to watch a mermaid show. Can Richard stick to his words and not break his daughter’s heart?
    7 Date Aired: Jul. 17, 2012—Maya develops a strong bond with Abby.
    8 Date Aired: Jul. 18, 2012—Richard decides to spend time with his kids together with Maya, who only has one more chance left before she loses her job. May kapalpakan na naman kayang magagawa si Maya?
    9 Date Aired: Jul. 19, 2012—How long can Maya hide the truth from her family, now that they are all becoming very suspicious of her job?
    10 Date Aired: Jul. 20, 2012—“Nasaan ka na ba, Maya?” She can’t let her family down so Maya still pretends that she is in Dubai.
    11 Date Aired: Jul. 23, 2012—May crush, sindikato o may iba pang tinatago? Since Maya has been acting weird lately, Richard decides to check on her background.
    12 Date Aired: Jul. 24, 2012—Maya manages to stay on as Abby’s yaya despite her mistakes.

    See … https://kcrica.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/volume-1-july-9-24-2012/

    Episode titles, updates, comments, POVs, reactions, as well as articles, pictures, GIFs, and videos are mostly from PExers, as well as posts from TFC.tv., YT, and other sites on line. Enjoy all the selected posts from day 1 (July 9, 2012).

    You might want to read all at pinoyexchange.com. Here’s the link of PEx thread 29 which gives you the link from thread 1-28 too. Enjoy! http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727461

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