Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile 4

Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile 4

Richard Lim was again waiting for Maya dela Rosa the following day. He didn’t enter the restaurant but just stayed inside his parked car in front of the establishment.

The moment Maya de la Rosa arrived, he immediately saw her and hurriedly gathered the bouquet of flowers he had at the back of his car.

He saw Maya carrying what seemed to be a heavy bag so he tried to help her but she dismissed him.

“Wag na po Mr. Lim. Kaya ko na. Mas maaabala ako kung tutulong pa kayo.”

“This bag you are carrying is heavy. Ako na.”

“Eh heavy pala, akin na kasi.”

But he already successfully got the bag from her and even accompanied her inside the restaurant.

“Mr. Lim okay na po. Salamat!” She said sarcastically. She was not amused to see him at the start of her day.

Her seemingly happy disposition he saw earlier, when she still wasn’t aware of his presence, suddenly turned into annoyance. Her brows were furrowed and he could say that she was trying her best to be polite with him. He just dismissed it and gave her the bouquet of flowers he bought for her.

“Here. This is for you Ms. Dela Rosa.” He had a tentative smile while giving her the flowers.

She could no longer control herself as she didn’t like the attention they are now getting from the early customers of the restaurant.

“Mr. Lim hindi ko tatanggapin yan. Ibigay mo na lang sa iba.”

“But Ms. Dela Rosa, I had this made especially for you. I even personally chose the flowers”

“Bakit sinabi ko ba na bigyan mo ako ng bulaklak?” Her voice is already an octave higher.

“No… but…” he doesn’t know what to say to an agitated lady in front of him.

“Wala akong sakit para bigyan ng bulaklak. Hindi rin tayo close para bigyan nyo ho ako nyan.”

“Ms. dela Rosa, this is my peace offering. Please just give me 10 minutes. We need to talk.”

“Busy po ako at mahalaga ang oras ko hindi kagaya nyo na may oras sa paglalasing.”
He cringed at what she said.

He wasn’t a drunkard.

It only started when he learned that his ex-girlfriend, whom he was still so much in love with, got engaged to another friend.

But his ex was the least of his concerns now.

He is determined to make it up to the lady he violated, he disrespected.

He would do whatever it takes for him to earn her forgiveness.

And bringing flowers is one way to soften any lady’s heart, he thought. But he was wrong.

Maya dela Rosa gave the flowers to Lino even while he was still around. She even told Lino to throw it.

But that didn’t deter him from his intention of earning the forgiveness of Maya dela Rosa.

If he’s lucky, he might even earn her friendship as well.


“Grabe ka naman Maya. Ang ganda kaya nung flowers tapos ipinatapon mo na naman lang.” Emman who already had an exaggerated horrified look on his face even frowned at his best friend.

“Oo nga medyo oa na ata yan inis mo kay Mr. Mabango at Mr. Pogi na si Mr. Lim. Pang limang araw na yang flowers na yan ha at palagi mong ipinapatapon. Mukhang mamahalin pa naman yun mga flowers.” Edz commented.

“Maniniwala na talaga ako na the more you hate, the more you love, este, the more na obvious na he’s your crush.” Emman again added.

“Oy hindi ah! Tigilan nyo nga ako. Kung gusto nyo sainyo na lang yun bulaklak. Ipakuha nyo kay Lino dun sa basurahan.”

Pikon na si Maya as her friends were tag-teaming her.

After that day, when he personally gave Maya the flowers, which unfortunately ended up being thrown, Mr. Richard Lim had been sending various kinds of flowers to Maya’s work place every single day.

It was his driver Joma who was delivering the flowers as Mr. Lim had been busy with work lately.

All these flowers ended up in the trash bin as well.

Though she really wanted to keep the flowers, Maya couldn’t do it coz she will surely get a lot of teasing from her friends.

Mr. Lim’s efforts have been effective in gaining her forgiveness already. In fact she was getting giddy when she remembers that kiss he gave her.

But she is stubborn and didn’t want to admit it. Her pride keeps her from sending a thank you note or even a text message to her regular flower sender.

Everytime Richard Lim sends flowers to her, he tells Joma to ask her for any message for him. He even provides a blank note, a pen and he even regularly attaches his calling card.

He doesn’t care if she throws them with the flowers as well.

But no. Maya doesn’t throw the note and the calling cards that comes with the flowers.

When no one watches, she discreetly retrieves it from the trash and keeps it then reads it over and over again in the confines of her bedroom.


Saturday evening, Valentine’s day.

The restobar was filled with customers and the whole team were so busy tending to orders and making each of their loyal patrons enjoy their stay to celebrate Valentine’s. They even hired an acoustic band to sing the song requests of the customers.

Emman and Edz were at the kitchen preparing the dishes being ordered when Lino came in.

“Emman nandyan yun pinsan mo. Emergency raw.”

“Ha! Hala bakit?” Emman frantically ran towards the entrance of the restobar where his cousin Jona was waiting.

It turned out that Jona’s son, Migs, met an accident and since she was hard up on cash, she needed Emman’s help for the hospital bills. Emman was short in cash as well so he was forced to borrow from Maya and Edz. He could easily replenish it since they will have their salaries in the next two days.

“Uy Maya maraming salamat talaga ha! Promise ibabalik ko agad pagkakuha ko ng sweldo.” Emman was teary eyed as he thanked Maya profusely. His nephew Migs was only 4 and he was so worried of him.

“Ano ka ba Emman. Wag mo na munang isipin yun. Sige na. Samahan nyo na ni Edz si Jona. Ako na ang bahala rito. Ayan may pinahanda rin si Sir James na pagkain para kay Migs. Tapos dumaan ka dun sa kanya kasi may ibibigay daw siya. Sige na Emman. I text mo ako kung anong hospital para makasunod ako pagkatapos ng trabaho dito.” Maya has concern written all over her face. She loves kids since she has a nephew of her own, Cho, who’s the son of her only sister Cristina Rose.

“Maya okay ka lang dito? Sa hospital ka na lang namin hintayin?” Edz asked again. She needs to go with Emman since her ATM card was left at her apartment. She needs to get it to be able to withdraw cash for Emman.

“Oo Edz. Marami naman kami atsaka nandyan si Sir James. Kayang kaya na namin rito.”


It was already 1 am and he was already getting sleepy when he saw her emerging from the restobar alone. He immediately got out of his car. And she immediately saw him. She reverted to her ‘annoyed-of-him’ front again.

“At ano na naman ang ginagawa mo dito Mr. Lim?” She said in a raised voice.

“Ah eh…I was hoping to invite you out… for coffee sana earlier kanina. I thought you will be out early.” He sheepishly replied.

“Sa tingin mo sasama ako sayo? Atsaka Mr. Lim di ba may kape rin kami dito?”

“Well, pwede namang iba na lang. If you don’t want coffee, sa ice cream shop, or tea house, or donut shop. Anywhere you like.” He was really nervous and he doesn’t even know why Maya de la Rosa has that effect on him.

“Mr.Lim salamat na lang sa imbitasyon mo pero nagmamadali ako. Wala akong panahon makipagkulitan.” Then she was flailing her arms to hail a taxi completely ignoring him.

“Hatid na kita sainyo. Mahirap maghanap ng taxi ngayon.” He volunteered but Maya pretended not to hear and continued extending her arms to hail the cabs passing by.

He sighed and just stared at her.

She was getting frustrated. It’s past 2am already and at 2:30 her other workmates and boss James will find out that she’s still looking for a cab. They were volunteering earlier to bring her to the hospital where Emman’s nephew was confined but she was too adamant to decline. Maya never liked getting favors from anyone.

Sensing her frustration, Richard offered again. “Ms.dela Rosa, halika na. Ihatid na kita. It’s getting late and you need to rest after a long day’s work. I’m sure pagod na pagod kayo sa dami ng customers nyo. Gusto ko lang makabawi sa napakalaking atraso ko sa’yo. Please?”

She stared at him and saw sincerity in his eyes.

He added, “And I won’t do anything foolish. Hindi ako nakainom at takot rin kaya ako na masipa mo ulit.”

That made her smile a bit. He liked that. She was softening up  already.

“Halika I’ll bring you home. Saan ba yun bahay nyo?”

“Sige pero walang kapalit ha! Ikaw ang nagpumilit.”

“Of course wala. Ako nga yun may atraso di ba?”

She nodded her head.

“Sige payag ako pero hindi ako sa bahay magpapahatid. Sa St. Luke’s. Nakaconfine kasi yun pamangkin ng katrabaho ko. Okay lang ba sa’yo?

“No problem Ms. dela Rosa. Anything mapatawad mo lang ako.”

He gave her his lopsided smile which caught her heart off-guard.

She wasn’t able to stop herself from giving him a smile as well.

“Ayan marunong ka naman palang ngumiti.” He was staring at her.

“Pwede sa daan ka lang tumingin Mr. Lim. Baka mamaya nyan maaksidente tayo.”

“Oo na po Ms. dela Rosa. And please just call me Richard.”

“Hindi ko gagawin yan Mr. Lim at wag nang magpumilit at baka mag-expire yun kabaitan ko sa’yo.”

“Okay I’ll be quiet na”


When they arrived at the hospital, Maya thanked Richard and asked him to leave. She didn’t want her friends to find out that he accompanied her.

“No I’ll just stay here. I’ll wait for you. Di ka naman pwedeng mag-stay sa hospital without your things. Sige na. I’ll just take a nap.”

“Ang kulit mo! Bahala ka na nga dyan kung umagahin ako sa taas. Wag mo akong sisisihin.”

“No I won’t. Sige na hinihintay ka na ata nila.”

But Richard Lim was right. Maya couldn’t stay in the hospital. Emman was no longer there. He went home to their province to ask his parents to ask for additional cash.  Edz already went home. Jona and her husband were left with their son Migs and Maya is not that close with Emman’s cousin. It would be awkward to stay for the night.

She wasn’t able to contact Edz and Emman because her phone went dead even before she finished her shift in the restobar.


Before proceeding home Richard suggested to have coffee. Maya agreed for she knows that he needs it so he can stay awake while driving.

As they were waiting for their orders…

“Why are you such a man hater?”

“I am not!”

“Yes you are!”

“Excuse me Mr. Lim. Wag mong idadamay yun iba. Isa lang ang hated ko at ikaw yun.”

“Di ba I said sorry already? Why do you hate me that much?”

She just stared sharply at him.

“Okay okay. I get it. Dahil sa kiss. Ganito na lang para you won’t feel na lugi ka. Gantihan mo na lang ako by doing that to me also. At least quits na tayo.” He maintained a serious innocent-looking face

He was amused with Maya already.

“Eh siraulo ka pala talaga!”

“Hey hey! I don’t get it why you women always talk about equality. You say that everything a man does, a woman could also do it. Pero sa ganitong pagkakataon it is always a man’s fault. Di ba it’s logical na para makaganti ka sa akin, eh di just kiss me too. Quits na tayo.”

He was trying so hard to hide his smile.

He knows that the moment Maya decided to take his offer for a ride to the hospital then on her way home, she had already forgiven him. She just wouldn’t admit it.



Next Chapter:

“Miss Liza busy ba si Mr. Lim?”

“Hindi naman po Ms. dela Rosa. Teka sabihin ko na nandito ka.”

“Ah eh… wag na. Wag mo nang sabihing dumaaan ako. Gusto ko lang makasiguro na wala siyang sakit at okay lang siya.”

“Okay naman po si Sir. Nasa opisina lang siya parati at bihira lumabs ng mga nakaraang araw.”

“Sige Ms. Liza, alis na ako. Wag mo nang sabihin na dumaan ako.”

“But Ms. dela Rosa, Sir Richard pays me to tell him everything. Teka lang tawagin ko.”

But the moment Liza disappeared to inform Mr. Lim of her presence, Maya hurriedly left his building premises. She doesn’t know how to face him.





Pasensya na po sa delays. Busy with other things lang. But don’t worry, tatapusin ko yun mga stories, kahit medyo matagal ang updates.

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Traces of Love 11 (Epilogue)

TRACES OF LOVE 11 (Epilogue)

“Amiel stop running! Grandpa can’t keep up with you.” Richard was trailing behind his youngest grandchild from Nikki.

The boy was giggling while holding the colorful ball he’s been playing with for hours now.

“Pa, ako na po bahala kay Amiel.” Nicolo who was watching his father-in-law and his son took charge. He carried the sweaty child who was still holding on to his ball.

His father looked tired from playing with his three younger grandchildren. He sat on the bench at their backyard to catch his breath.

Nikki and Nicolo’s eldest Lance who was now 10 years old readily gave his grandpa a glass of water.

Their two younger kids, Amiel is three and Chloe is barely 6 months old.

The two other kids were Sky and Bettina’s rambunctious twins Pocholo and Louie, who were two years old. They were just running, jumping and screaming while giggling. They were following whatever Amiel does. Their nannies, Doris and Leah were also behind them ready with the towels for the twins who didn’t stop running and jumping as they were so amused watching their cousin Amiel.

“Nicolo, pasok muna ako. I’ll take a nap. Napagod ako sa mga bata.” Richard stood up.

“Sige po Dad. Rest na muna kayo para mamaya may lakas kayo pagdating ng mga bisita. Sabi ni Sky hindi pa naman po dumating yun eroplano.” Nicolo replied.

“Oo nga. He also called me awhile ago. At least I have time to take short nap and also prepare. Kayo na muna bahala dito. Kids give grandpa a hug.”

The three younger kids scrambled towards their grandpa.


Sky was fetching his dad’s visitor’s from the Philippines. They were some of the people he and Maya worked with before – Cris, Terry, Jeffrey, Neil and Jeany.

Jeffrey, their former Director seldom does projects now but the last one he did earned him an award in New York that’s why they were visiting. He will be receiving the award during the weekend but since it was their good friend Richard’s birthday anyway, they decided to arrive a few days before the awards night and spend their days visiting places and also celebrating Richard’s 68th birthday and Sky volunteered to drive for them.

When the former cast and crew of that unforgettable TV show were invited to their wedding by Richard and Maya 5 years ago, they all flew to the States to be part of the very special event of their most loved couple who became their friends and family already.

The show changed their lives and they were all grateful that beyond the fortune they got from its very successful run, they gained lifetime friends as well.

When Maya and Richard stopped any communication with them, they all got worried and sad but they all respected their decision. Little did they know that their two leads, had a very sad and difficult life.

When Maya called Terry, who was her mother at the series before, she was beyond happy. They spent hours on the phone and hours on Skype as well. Then eventually they got in touch with Cris, Jeany and Direk Jeffrey.

Whenever they are visiting the States, they stay at Maya and Richard’s place. Whenever the couple visits the Philippines they make it a point to have a get-together as well.

Now they were visiting and staying for a few days.


Richard had taken a nap already and had showered and changed his clothes as well. Even at his age, he still looks very handsome, he still carries himself well, looks dapper in anything he wears and he still smells so good.

While waiting for their visitors, he just decided to stay indoors. He can’t keep up with his grandchildren and he didn’t want to look all tired and sweaty as he face their visitors.

He loved it whenever the house is filled with people. He loved the sound of the kids’ laughter, the unending stories of Nikki, Sunshine and Sky. He loved having visitors coming over.

He was by the piano playing his favorite, yet hauntingly sad song, the song which brought him wonderful memories of yesteryears.

“Faded photographs covered now with lines and creases….”

He was softly singing while his long and wrinkly fingers tried its best to put pressure on the piano keys.

As he was playing, his eyes went to their family pictures atop the piano.

Nikki and her husband with their kids, Lance, Amiel and Chloe occupied one frame.

The other one was of Sky, Bettina and their twins Pocholo and Louie.

There was a solo picture of Lance when he received a trophy for their school soccer team.

And there was a picture of Sky receiving his Masters diploma in Harvard. He was flanked by his sisters Nikki and Sunshine.

Another picture was an old one. It was a group picture of their TV family where he met the love of his life. He smiled reminiscing the wonderful memories of the show.

Another picture was their wedding. They both wore smiles of genuine happiness. Even their eyes were smiling. It was the picture that has been teased a lot by the kids. Sky would always comment that it seemed that their parents couldn’t wait for their honeymoon in that particular picture.

Richard shook his head and smiled. Their son was really funny and he could have been a good entertainer like his mom if he pursued showbiz.

There was another picture of them exchanging their wedding vows. He immediately remembered the promises they gave each other when the got married in that small church four years ago. It was a solemn private family event which was prepared by the kids. They just invited a few friends to witness the bond of their parents.

Richard remembered how his wife made him the happiest man on their wedding. They even surpassed the vows they promised each other. Life has been wonderful since the day they found each other again after being away from each other for many years.

There were pictures of the wedding of Sky and Bettina as well.

Another was a picture of him carrying the giggling twins on both his arms.

Another picture was of the ladies in his life – Maya, Nikki, Sunshine and baby Chloe. It was taken when Chloe was 3 months old.

And the last one was Sunshine’s graduation picture when the whole family attended. They were all in the picture wearing beaming smiles. It was taken the very same day his wife fainted and was rushed to the hospital.

Richard’s heart constricted as he remembered that day. His fingers stopped playing the piano as he was overcome with emotion just remembering what happened.

“Mr. Lim can I talk to you privately?” the doctor who attended to Maya requested as he saw that the patient had lots of company.

“Sure doc.” Then he addressed the kids ” Nikki just wait here. Kayo na muna bahala kina Shine at sa mga bata.”

They were all worried of their mom. She has been the healthiest in the family and they couldn’t imagine her getting sick.

“Baka naman naglilihi si Mom?” Sky tried to joke despite the worry etched in his face. He wanted to lighten the mood of his siblings.

“Kuya naman eh!” Sunshine was between upset and angry. She’s so worried of her mom and Nikki was hugging her.

After undergoing various tests, Maya have been diagnosed with colon cancer.

It was the most devastating day for the family. It was the day that Richard hates remembering.

He took the picture of their wedding vows atop the piano and caressed the picture of his wife. His eyes were now misty.

He hugged the picture tightly. “I love you so much Maya. I love you so much.” His tears were now streaming down his cheeks.

“Mommy, grandpa is crying.” 3 year old Amiel rushed to her mom Nikki.

Richard was startled. He wasn’t aware that his grandson was in the room with him. He quickly wiped his eyes and returned the picture to its place.

In a few seconds, Nikki was trailing behind Amiel who was pointing to his grandpa. Sunshine was following behind as well. They were donning aprons as they were still busy in the kitchen.

“Dad! What’s wrong?” Nikki frowned as she saw her dad’s puffy eyes.

“Nothing. I just got something in my eyes. Napuwing lang ako.”

“Grabe naman na puwing yan dad, both of your eyes are red and puffy. Ano ba kasi yun?” Nikki insisted.

“Wala nga. Don’t mind me. Sige na tapusin nyo na ang ginagawa nyo.”

Sunshine joined in. “Alam ko na Ate Nikki. I’m sure tiningnan na naman ni dad yun pictures natin.” Then Sunshine took her graduation picture.

“Ano yan Shine? What will you do with that one?” Nikki asked, puzzled as to why Sunshine suddenly took her graduation picture.

“Kasi Ate Nikki everytime dad sees this one, naiiyak siya. He remembers mom kasi.”

“Naku naman dad. Ayan na naman tayo eh. Nagsesenti na naman on your birthday.” Nikki smiled and shook her head while hugging her dad.

“Sige ka dad, you won’t look gwapo with those swollen eyes. Kasama pa naman si Tito Neil. He will surely take lots of pictures.” Sunshine joked then joined her sister in hugging their dad.

“Ay bakit nandito kayong dalawa? Inilabas ko lang yun steak at barbeque dun kay Nicolo nawala na kayo sa kitchen. Shine yun pasta baka ma overcook yun.” Maya suddenly emerged. Her hair was messy and she smelled of the food she was cooking. Her eyebrows were raised but she was trying to hide her smile.

“Oo na nga po mom, punta na kami sa kitchen. Si dad kasi nang-iistorbo.” Sunshine, who was still holding the picture frame was now about to go out of the room. Nikki followed her but still had something to say “Naku Shine let’s go at baka kung ano pa ang gustong gawin nina mom and dad. Let’s give them some privacy muna.”

“Naku mom, dad remind ko lang that the kids are around ha! Amiel might see you.” Sunshine added.

“Nikki! Sunshine! Go you two! Dun na nga kayo sa kitchen.” Richard just shook his head and smiled. He was already used to the kids’ teasing.

As soon as Nikki and Sunshine left, Maya held her husband’s face wanting to confirm that he really had been crying. He tried to hide his face.

“Sweetheart bakit? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing. Halika dito sweetheart. Sit on my lap. I just need a hug right now.”


“Halika dito.”

Maya hesistantly sat on his lap. And he engulfed her in a very tight hug.

“Amoy ulam pa ako Sweetheart. Nakabihis at ligo ka na, magiging amoy kusina ka na rin nyan.”

He just shook his head and hugged her tighter.

“Bakit ba kasi? Bakit ka umiyak?”


“Chard kung tungkol na naman yan dun sa medical findings sakin, di ba we already went to different doctors at pare pareho sila ng sinabi that I don’t have cancer. Atsaka di ba yun mismong nagdiagnose sa akin ang nagsabi na nagkapalit yun results namin ng isang pasyente.”

“Yes but what if that’s true. What if talagang nagkasakit ka? Di ko kakayanin sweetheart.”

“We’ve been through a lot Chard. Marami na tayong pinagdaanan. Wala namang sigurado sa buhay pero kung ano man ang mga haharapin pa natin sa kinabukasan alam kong kakayanin natin kasi magkasama tayo. Alam kong hindi mo ako pababayaan at ganun rin naman ako.”

“I know but..” He was teary eyed again.

“Naku ang asawa ko napakasenti. Gusto mo lang atang ma offeran ng project ni Jeany mamaya eh. Alam ko may gagawin silang bagong movie at naghahanap sila ng senior actor.” Maya teased him while wiping his tear-streaked cheeks.

“Silly!” He now managed to smile. His wife had somehow calmed him and removed his worries.

Maya gave him a deep and passionate kiss. “Ayan para matahimik ka na. Paunang birthday gift ko sa’yo!”


“Oo parang preview ba, teaser, ganun kasi yun karugtong na gift hindi ko pwedeng ibigay dito. Ayokong magmadali sa oras at ayoko rin na hindi ako nakaligo or nakabihis ng maayos.” Her eyes twinkled naughtily.

Getting what she said, Richard smiled mischievously. He got excited. Despite their age, they never neglected each others needs and they always banter like kids when in the confines of their bedroom.

While Maya was still on his lap, Richard suddenly stood up, carrying her.

“Mr. Lim ibaba mo nga ako! Marami pa akong gagawin. Baka dumating na yung mga bisita natin.” She was giggling.

“Mabilis lang tayo. Kulang yun teaser eh. Di ko masyado ma-appreciate.”

They were both laughing while on their way to their bedroom, Richard still carrying the squirming Maya, tickling her when…

“Mom! Dad! Our visitors are here!” It was Sky and behind him were Jeany, Direk Jeffrey, Neil, Terry and Cris. All their eyes were on the couple who appeared to have been caught red handed. They were both blushing.

“Walanjo talaga kayong dalawa! Baka rayumahin na yan si Chard ha Maya! Pabuhat buhat pa kayo.” It was Cris.

“Si Chard kasi. Sabi na eh. Di pa tuloy ako nakaligo at bihis.” Maya blamed her husband.

“Aba Maya manisi ba. Kitang kita naman na enjoy na enjoy ka rin. Kayo talaga! ” it was Cris again.

They all had a good laugh while exchanging hugs and kisses as they welcome their visitors.


A/N Sorry natagalan to. The twitterserye kasi! They are better than fanfics 😁 and they are eating my time.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, follow @IamPhilipTang , @ImCarloAsuncion and @AmorDJPowers in twitter. I don’t know if those accounts are connected sa shows nila or writers yan but they are good. Pero malay natin sila pala yan. 😝😝😝

Thank you for reading and for taking time to leave comments. I appreciate them all. Also if you have spare time, let’s help in letting the network know that we really want our fave loveteam to work together again. JSM had finished Psy and its time for another serye that would again give her the good “role-model” image she had been known for when she played the very positive character ‘Maya’.

We can do this in twitter. You can follow their personal accounts or the network’s accounts as well.

Have a great day everyone!

Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile 3

Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile – 3

“Grabe talaga Edz, Emman kung nakita nyo yun lalaki, malamang maaawa kayo. Nasapul ng sipa ni Maya dito oh.” Lino was animatedly demonstrating to Edz and Emman what happened the night before. Edz had the look of worry on her face, worry for her friend Maya, while Emman cringed imagining how it must have hurt being hit by a solid kick by Maya.

“Eh Lino bakit nasipa ni Maya? Nanggulo ba? Si Mang Lem anong ginawa? Si Maya naman kasi. Sinabihan ko nang wag magovertime ang tigas ng ulo.”

“Nangulit yun customer kasi gusto pang uminom eh pasarado na nga kami. Tapos…” but before Lino could say more Maya already arrived and gave him a warning glare.

“Ang tsismoso mo naman Lino. Atsaka bakit maaga ka? Mamaya pa ang shift mo di ba?” Maya said as she settled her things in her locker.

“Si Maya talaga. Sinusungitan mo na naman ako.” complained Lino.

“Ang daldal mo kasi. Sa totoo lang, hindi nakakatuwa.” Maya obviously was still in a bad mood.

She wasn’t able to sleep properly last night. She can’t forget what happened and she was still pissed.

“Maya relax ka lang. Ang init ng ulo mo. Ano ba kasing nangyari? Edz wanted to hear it from Maya herself.

She regretted leaving her behind last night. Even if Maya wasn’t hurt, Edz couldn’t help but feel guilty.

“Wala Edz, okay na. Naturuan ko na ng leksyon yun bastos na customer. Teka dumating na ba si Sir James?” Maya tried to change the topic and sensing her annoyance, Edz didn’t insist on it anymore.

“Wala pa eh. Pero okay na ata si Lance kasi tinawagan ako ni Sir kanina para iremind yun orders at narinig ko na sa background si Lance. Mukhang makulit na naman.

“Salamat naman. Alalang alala yun si Sir James kagabi. Edz kumusta kanina? Marami bang customers? Si Emman kasi kailangan nyang magluto ng orders ng callcenter dyan sa tabi natin. May seminar sila at tayo ang kinuha na magcater ng lunch nila. Kakayanin ba natin? Sana walang masyadong customers kasi baka kulangin tayo ng staff.”

“Kaninang breakfast Maya medyo marami pero kakayanin naman natin kahit maraming pumasok kapag lunch. Parating na rin ata si Sir James eh. Si Emman tapos na rin yun mga ibang dishes nya so kaya natin to.” Edz assured her.

“Sige kaya yan!” Maya agreed.


They were busily serving their customers when suddenly the same guy Maya encountered last night entered the restaurant. He looked freshly showered and he was wearing a pink long sleeves which matched his pants and shoes and he undoubtedly looked so handsome. The guard in charge during the day, Bugoy wasn’t familiar with him so he didn’t prevent the customer from getting in.

He was standing as if searching for someone when Edz readily met him and assisted him towards a vacant table. Edz knew that he was their regular customer during the night but she wasn’t aware that he was the same guy Maya was so angry with.

Some of the girls in the restaurant were discreetly glancing at him and gushing.

He just sat and smiled at Edz while checking the menu. After ordering and when Edz left, his eyes resumed scanning the place, looking for the lady from last night.

Richard Lim was there to apologize.


“Maya another order of Emman’s lasagna at yun iced tea natin para dun sa napakagwapo at napakabangong customer natin.” Edz was giddy while handing over the order slip to Maya and Emman.

Maya decided to help Emman in the kitchen since her foul mood might annoy their customers.

Even James got worried of her when he learned of what happened last night. He just calmed down when he learned that Maya literally brought the customer down on his knees. But after what happened, James had additional security measures in mind already.

“Hay naku Edselyn, sino na naman yan? Ikaw talaga napakaraming crush.”

“Naku Maya baka kung makita mo makipag-agawan ka pa sa’kin. Customer natin siya palagi pero tuwing gabi lang. Naalala mo yun….”

Before Edz could finish Lino came rushing in.

“Naku Maya nandyan yun bastos na customer na humalik sa’yo kagabi!”

Edz and Emman had shocked expressions. They didn’t know the entire story so they weren’t aware that the customer kissed Maya. They didn’t even know which customer.

This enraged Maya, who, without thinking twice barged outside of the kitchen and right towards the table where Richard Lim was seated.

Richard Lim immediately stood up when he saw Maya approaching him. He tentatively smiled at Maya whose brows were furrowed and fist clenched on her sides.

“Miss can we talk?” he had that remorseful look on his face.

Maya didn’t say anything. She didn’t want to make a scene so she grabbed the customer’s hand and dragged him towards the storage room at the back of their kitchen. She even closed the storage room so that Emman, Edz and Lino won’t be able to hear them.

Emman, Edz and Lino couldn’t do anything. They were no match to an agitated Maya. James was clueless to what’s happening for he was inside his office reviewing orders and deliveries.

“Sir di pa po ba malinaw na hindi na kayo pwede dito. Siguro po kung may delikadeza kayo at alam nyong nakaagrabyado kayo ng tao, dapat hindi na kayo pumunta pa dito.”

“Miss don’t call me Sir. My name is Richard Lim. Just call me Richard. I am here to apologize. I didn’t see you so I decided to order and eat while waiting for you.”

“Sir kung talagang sorry kayo eh sana hinintay nyo na walang masyadong tao at hindi yun uupo pa kayo at ano? magsosorry ka sa harap ng maraming tao tapos kapag hindi ka pinatawad, ako yun masisira, yun negosyo ng boss namin yun masisira? Okay rin po kayo no?”

“Hey Miss hindi ganun. Please calm down.”

“Paano ako kakalma pagkatapos ng ginawa mo kagabi. Alam nyo gustong gusto kong ulitin yun ginawa ko kagabi sa asar ko sainyo.”

“Hey wag ha! Pero Miss I’m really very sorry. I wasn’t myself last night and I might have said things that offended you. I also did something I am so embarrassed of.” Mr. Richard Lim was pleading for Maya to forgive him.

“Okay na. Sige makakaalis ka na po Sir. Marami pa po kasi akong trabaho.”

“I don’t think you have forgiven me already. Galit ka pa eh.”

“Hindi na nga Sir. Atsaka wala na rin naman akong magagawa. Kahit galit ako, eh nangyari na yun at di na natin maibabalik. So oo na po, pinapatawad na kita.”

His face was apologetic and he really regretted what he did.

He was so embarrassed of what he did.

Her forgiveness means a lot to him.

He wanted her to wholeheartedly give it to him.

“Miss, I’m really sorry. I haven’t done anything like that in my entire life. I was just so drunk and wasted.”

“Kaya nga Sir, okay na po. Umalis na kayo kasi nakakaabala kayo sa trabaho ko.”

“You haven’t sincerely forgiven me yet.”

“Hindi naman ganun kadali yun Sir. Siguro kapag hindi na kita makita sa restaurant namin, yun ang time na makakalimutan ko na ang galit at inis ko sainyo at mapatawad ko na kayo.”

“But Miss…”

“Makulit din ho kayo eh. Wala na akong gustong sabihin pa. Paulit ulit na po kayong nagsosorry pero hindi naman po pwede na dapat ibigay ko na agad yun kapatawaran.”

“I understand. Sana lang you won’t remain mad at me for long.” He looked dejected.

“Nandun na siguro yun order ninyo Sir. Don’t worry safe po yun at kahit inis ako sa inyo, hindi nabawaan yun quality ng inorder nyong pagkain.”

“That didn’t cross my mind Miss. Never. And if you are really nauseated with what I did, isipin mo na lang that it was your boyfriend who kissed you. At least mababawasan yun asar mo.” He sincerely suggested.

He thought it would help.

But what he said angered Maya more.

With that very angry look, Maya opened the door and with every ounce of self-restraint she just gestured Mr. Lim to go out which he easily understood.


Richard still the ate food he ordered but he was very much aware of the glances thrown at him by Maya’s co-workers. They were not pleasant glances.

It was his fault and he must suffer the consequences.

Richard Lim is a big boss of his company, the Lim Aviation Services.

He was respected, loved and everyone he knows only had good things to say about him.

He never had any enemies in his personal life or even in business.

He was a gentleman and he highly respected women.

These were the reasons why he could also not forego what he did.

That’s why he was highly affected that someone despised him so much.

It was the first time he acted ungentlemanly and he couldn’t forgive himself.

“Edz bakit ba kasi galit pa si Maya eh nagsorry na naman sa kanya yun customer?” Ruby was whispering to Edz but it was loud enough for Mr. Lim to hear.

“Shhh Ruby wag kang maingay. Mas magalit pa si Maya nyan eh.”

“Sayang kasi Edz. Regular customer natin yan atsaka ang gwapo kaya.”

Emman who was also whispering joined them “Kasi po Ruby, ninakawan nya ng halik si Mayabels!”

“Ha!? Hala! Kaya pala. Naku hindi talaga siya mapapatawad nun lalo na’t wala pa namang first kiss si Maya.” Ruby now understood why their friend was very angry at their customer.

Emman and Edz just gave Ruby their ‘now you should understand’ look.

Richard heard it and it worsened his guilt. It made him feel like a complete jerk.

Now he needs to exert much effort to make it up to the lady whom he finds extremely attractive, intriguing and different.


Next Chapter:

“Wala akong sakit para bigyan ng bulaklak. Hindi rin tayo close para bigyan nyo ho ako nyan.”

“Ms. dela Rosa, this is my peace offering. Please just give me 10 minutes.”

“Busy po ako at mahalaga ang oras ko hindi kagaya nyo na may oras sa paglalasing.”

He cringed at what she said.

He wasn’t a drunkard.

It only started when he learned that his ex girlfriend, whom he was still so much in love with, got engaged to another friend.

But his ex was the  least of his concerns now.

He is determined to make it up to the lady he violated, he disrespected.

He would do that whatever it takes for him to earn her forgiveness.

Traces of Love 10 (Finale)


“Ate is my hair okay? Yun make-up ko?” Sunshine was nervously pacing back and forth in front of the mirror. She is trying her best to calm her nerves. She had been distracting herself with anything like bringing up random topics to her Ate Nikki. Nikki was fixing Sunshine’s costume.

“Shine you look so beautiful already.” Nikki assured her.

“You’re just saying that Ate because you are my sister.”

“Yes I am your sister and I won’t allow you to look less-beautiful out there. So believe me when I say that you are very lovely Shine atsaka I was the one who put your make-up. Ang ganda kaya. It’s just very light pero your eyes and cheeks and even lips are highlighted. Di na magrereklamo si Mommy na you look pale.”

“Pero Ate Nikki hindi ko kaya makalimutan lines ko? Nakakahiya kina Mom and Dad.”

“Naku Shine, nagmana ka kaya sa kanila kaya I’m sure kasing galing ka nila in acting. Oh well, si Mom oo pero si Dad pala he easily gets distracted whenever he and mom had their scenes before.” Nikki was laughing while reminiscing those years when her dad and her new found mom were still working together. “Naalala ko tuloy when dad usually forgets his lines kapag mom stares at him. They were so cute before.”

Nikki had been close to her sister Sunshine and even to Sky. She was also very close to Maya and though Maya wasn’t her real mom, they get along so well. They share the same interests and since Maya is a very good chef, she would always share her new recipes with Nikki which would always be a hit in Nikki’s restaurants in the Philippines.

Like Nikki, Sky was also very close to Richard and they would regularly bond watching Sports, playing billiards and also talking about Sky’s girlfriend Bettina. He’s been asking tips from Richard when he was just courting Bettina.

“Nananakot ka naman Ate eh. What if I’m more like dad at makalimutan ko din lines ko?” Sunshine got more worried.

“Ay hindi po. You won’t forget your lines kasi hindi mo naman ata crush yun partner mo sa play. Naku Sunshine ha! Baka mamaya crush mo pala talaga. He is cute but you are still very young ha. Kapag you forgot your lines, iisipin ko na you get distracted because of your partner.”

“Hindi Ate ah! I don’t have a crush on him or on anyone in school. At hindi ako madidistract sa partner ko. No way!”

“Nililinaw ko lang. Kasi once I learn na may pumoporma sa’yo, I’ll tell Sky right away para bantayan ka.”

“Ate Nikki talaga.”she pouted.

“I was just kidding. O yan at least nawala yun kaba mo. Halika nga. I’ll give you a big goodluck hug.”

Then she went near Nikki for her big sisterly hug.

That was the scene when Sky entered the bedroom.

“Nandito pa kayo Ate Nikki? Sunshine?”

“Kuya!!! Dun ka na muna sa labas.” Sunshine complained. She didn’t want her Kuya to see her frantic as he would surely tease her again.

Sunshine will be starring in a play that night at the Filipino Community annual gathering in Boston, where they are now based. Her school’s Theater Arts club, which is dominated by Filipinos will be presenting a play and Sunshine, being very good in acting like her parents, was chosen for the lead role.

Richard, Maya and Sunshine are now residing in Richard’s house in Boston. Sky still stays in his own apartment near his school, which is a few minutes drive from his parents home. He just frequently visits them during the weekends or when he is not too busy with school.

Sunshine has transferred to a school nearby and is doing so well both in academics and in her chosen school club, Theater Arts, that she instantly became a lead in their school play. She definitely had her parents’ genes.

Nikki still owns and manages a chain of restaurants in the Philippines with her husband Nicolo and son Lance.

She always visits her mom and dad on every ocassion and holidays. There are also plans for her to transfer to the US to be near her parents. Nikki believes that her family is more important than her business in the Philippines. She wanted to be closer to her siblings and parents. She grew up alone most of the time since her mom Alex already had her own family and her dad was then having difficulty to travel and regularly visit her due to his condition.

Now that everything is okay, Nikki wanted to be near them and enjoy each other’s company.

Just like now, she traveled to the US just to be able to watch Sunshine perform. Her husband was left to manage their business and Lance couldn’t join as well because of school.


“Ang tagal ng mga bata” Maya checked her watch.

They were waiting for the kids at their living room. Richard draped an arm around her and gave her a kiss on her head.

“Maybe they’re still having their girl talk.”

“Naku Sweetheart kagabi pa sila panay girl talk. Asan na ba si Sky?”

“Umakyat rin eh. Maybe he’s pestering his sisters again. Alaskador yun isang yun.” he laughed.

“Oo nga eh. Parang ikaw. Nagmana na sa’yo Sweetheart.”

“I told you. Anak ko na talaga si Sky.”

They were lovingly gazing at each other when the kids joined them.

“Ooops Mom, Dad alam ko na ang mga tinginan na yan. Later na po at baka ma late tayo sa play ni Shine tapos kapag tinanong why Sunshine is late and isasagot ni Shine ay because my parents are…”

“Sky!!!” Maya gave her son a warning look. Richard chuckled. Nikki naman lovingly pinched her brother’s side while Sunshine made a gesture of covering her ears.

“Biro lang. Kayo naman. Tara na nga at excited na akong kumain dun sa event.”


The play was very successful and Sunshine did her part so well that she earned praises from the audience who watched.

Many of the members of the Filipino community were no longer aware that Richard and Maya were once actors in the Philippines.

But some would still remember them and would sometimes request to have some pictures taken. Maya and Richard would give in but would request for their pictures not to be posted online. They still wanted to remain private. They are no longer actors anyway.

“We are so proud of you Shine. Ang galing talaga parang si Mom.” Nikki commented as the family was driving home.

“What about me ha Nikki?” Richard jokingly protested after not being mentioned by Nikki.

Sky was driving their car while Richard was seated beside him. Maya, Nikki and Sunshine were seated at the back beside each other.

“Ay oo pala, like Dad din pala. Nakuha din ni Shine yun pagpapacute like Dad.”

“I’m not!” Sunshine wouldn’t agree.

“I’m not pacute. I’m really handsome. I don’t need to make pacute.” their dad also protested.

“O baka kung saan mapunta ang usapan.” Maya was laughing already. Richard always looked endearingly handsome whenever he gets pikon from the children’s teasing. He would be red and his eyes would turn to slits. His lopsided grin would turn into a smirk.

Sky winked at his Ate Nikki thru the car mirror. They always love it when their dad becomes pikon kasi whenever they take back whatever teasing they do to him, Richard would end up having food delivered or even treat them to an impromptu movie date. Richard was aware of the kids’ gimiks but he would play along. Maya on the other hand would always tease him for being ‘uto-uto’ but Richard still loved it. He loves his kids and he wouldn’t trade their simple bonding moments for anything else.

Maya who was seated right behind Richard caressed his shoulder. “Oo naman Sweetheart, you are handsome naman talaga. And also pacute, este cute. Kaya nga pinagkakaguluhan ka before diba, during your ‘younger years’. You were being mobbed kaya nga takot na takot kami everytime may shows tayo before kasi baka magka-stampede. ”

“You’re exaggerating!” he shook his head.

“Hindi ah! Totoo yun. Di ba Nikki remember when your dad needed to exit the backdoor of the concert venue kasi super inaabangan na siya ng audience. Tapos yun mga fans nya na may kotse talagang sinusundan pa rin kayo. The network had to hire bodyguards. Naku pang Hollywood ka talaga before Sweetheart. Walang sinabi sina Brad Pitt at Tom Cruise sa’yo”

“Oo ng Mom. Kinakailangan pa ni Dad iligaw yun mga sumusunod sa amin before kasi talagang kahit saan pumunta they would follow us. Kaya nga napa tint ni Dad yun mga cars before. ” Nikki recalled those years when her dad was still an actor and was really mobbed by fans.

“Sabi na sa’yo Sweetheart.”

“Yeah right!”

“O ano dad? San mo kami itretreat?” Sky was asking.

“Kayo where do you want.” Richard just relented so that the teasing would stop.

“Saan daw tayo?”

Then the three- Nikki, Sky and Sunshine took turns in suggesting where they could go for their dad’s treat.


At their bedroom that night…

“Ang kulit ng tatlo. Ang saya saya ko Sweetheart. Okay naman sa’kin na tanggapin lang ni Nikki but higit pa doon yun ginawa nya.”

“Sweetheart, I’ve always told you that Nikki loves you. Paulit ulit naman tayo eh.”

“Hayaan mo na ako. Masayang masaya lang talaga ako.”

“We both have very good children who loves us dearly.” He planted a kiss on the top of her head.

“Pero Sweetheart sana mapabilis yun papers nina Nikki para dito na rin sila. Mas masaya kapag kumpleto.” Maya was really hoping that they would all live near each other and she can’t wait for Nikki and her family to be with them.

“I also hope they would be able to stay with us for good. I already talked to the engineer and Nikki’s house could be constructed in six months. Baka by Christmas kapag maayos na lahat, they would be able to spend it with us already. Nikki could go ahead of Nicolo and Lance para maayos niya yun dadatnan ng mag-ama. Lance could go to Sunshine’s school too.”

“Oo nga sweetheart dapat ata paumpisahan na natin yun bahay nila. Naku excited na ako. May pagkakaabalahan tayo.” Maya excitedly hugged him.

“Pero ang kukulit ng tatlo. I wonder what they talk about. It seems hindi matapos tapos ang kwentuhan.” Richard was really curious why the three wouldn’t run out of stories, tsismis, asaran.

“Masaya talaga kapag ganyang magkakasama sila. Hindi mo aakalain na malalaki na sila kung magbiruan eh.”

“Yes at si Sky ang pasimuno. Siguro Sweetheart you’re as rambunctious as him when you were younger?”

“Oy hindi Mr. Lim ha! Prim and proper ako noon. Very ladylike!”

“Hmmm? You? Ladylike?”

“Oo kaya.”

“Really? Show me nga how ladylike you are Mrs. Lim.”

“Mr. Lim ha you’re getting naughty. Nandyan si Nikki ha, may I remind you.”

“So? What if nandyan siya?” He said as he was already planting kisses on her shoulder.”

“Richard! Hindi pwede kasi may paguusapan pa kami ng mga bata.” She was trying to escape his kisses.

“No! You’ve been talking with them the whole day already. It’s time na ako naman ang kausapin mo. Tayo naman mag-usap, the Mr. & Mrs. Lim way.” He was wiggling his eyebrows at the giggling Maya.

“Chard ang kulit mo talaga!” She was still rying to push him but he was strong and he successfully engulfed her in his arms already.


“Shhh quiet! … ang ingay mo Mrs. Lim!”


A/N May epilogue pa to.

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