Angel of our Hearts – Epilogue

“Sky! Sunshine! Stop running. Baka madapa kayo.”

Maya called out their twins who were excitedly chasing each other.

Winter, their 5 year old Maltese who was Snow’s daughter were running behind the twins as they approach Luke’s grave.

The family were on their way to Nikki Grace’s school. Nikki, their 10 year old daughter will be the lead star of their school play.

They dropped by Luke’s grave, like they always do whenever they have special occasions and events.

“Kuya, watch over me ha para wag akong kabahan mamaya. Guide me on my lines like yun last time, promise Kuya ha.”

“Oo nga Kuya Luke, kagabi pa kinakabahan yan si Ate Nikki”, Abigail Ruth, their 8 year old joined in. Maya named her after her favorite preschool student back in Dubai.

“Nikki okay naman yun kabahan, normal yun. Maganda nga kasi mas maeexcite ka at mas mataas yun energy mo sa play.”

“But Mom, I’m the lead eh. Baka magkamali ako. It would embarrassing.”

“You will do great Nikki. You prepared and practiced enough for this. Atsaka mana ka kaya sa mom mo who is a best actress, kaya nga she can easily make me follow her eh.”

Maya slapped her husband’s arm lightly then clinged to his arms.

“Sweetheart talaga.”

Then Ricky hugged her and gave her a kiss on her lips.

“Ewww Mommy! Daddy!” Sunshine, one of their 2 year old twins, suddenly screamed as she saw her parents kissing.

“Ewww Mommy! Daddy!” Sky the other twin imitated his sister but went near his mom wanting to be picked up and also wanting a kiss by pouting his lips.

“Mommy kiss din daw po si Sky.” Abigail reacted as she saw how Sky really wanted to be kissed by his mom.

Then Maya kissed him too.

Ricky picked up Sunshine and gave her a kiss also, then, while still carrying Sunshine he gathered Nikki and Abigail close to his arms and hugged them as well.

“Naku my girls are growing so fast already. Tapos isa lang si Sky. Dapat ata Sweetheart we have an addition to the family.”

The girls squealed in delight. Sky, who doesn’t know what they were talking about squealed as well.

Ricky just wiggled his eyebrows at his wife and Maya just shook her head, both smiling at each other.

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After the play the family had their lunch at South Curves then proceeded to watch the latest Disney movie.

After the movie, Ricky brought them to BGC to buy some doggie stuff for Winter at Hobbes and Landes.

The couple, seated by the bench in the area just enjoyed watching their kids playing, tickling each other, running around the area while Winter was also running with them.

Maya leaned her head on Ricky’s shoulder, while their fingers were intertwined.

Then Ricky heard her shallow breathing indicating she’s crying. He disengaged from her hold to look at her.

“Oh why Sweetheart?”

Maya furiosly wiped her tears then clinged to her husband’s arm again.

“Masaya lang ako. Nakakatuwa yun ganito. Nakikita nating lumalaki ng masaya yun mga bata, tayo. Maraming salamat Sweetheart ha! Napakaswerte ko talaga, napakaswerte namin ng mga anak natin,” then she got teary eyed again.

“Naku best actress talaga itong misis ko. Kaya naman napakagaling ng panganay natin.”

She just stared at him with her teary eyes and beaming smiles.

“Me too Sweetheart. I would never be complete without you, without our five kids. I couldn’t ask for more.”

Then Abigail came near them all sweaty from too much running after the twins.

Maya immediately got her handtowel and wiped Abigail’s sweaty face.

“Mommy you cried?” The little girl wondered after seeing her mom’s wet cheeks.

“Your mom cried kasi naiiyak siya sa pagiging sobrang gwapo ni daddy.”

“Ang yabang mo Sweetheart!”

“Of course not! I’m just stating a fact di ba kids, daddy is gwapo?”

“Oh my God daddykins you are so humble!” Nikki joined in and kissed her dad.

“Of course your mommy din!” Ricky added.

“Hali na nga kayo at nagbobolahan pa tayo.”

Maya carried Sky while Ricky carried Sunshine.

The family are on their way home.

This was a usual sight in their family.

Finally Dr. Richard Lim has the woman of his dreams beside him to share his life with.

Maya dela Rosa-Lim was also given another chance of happiness after losing Simon and Luke years ago.

They both found their happy ever after together with their wonderful kids and their angel up there who will never be forgotten.

Luke, who was the reason why Ricky and Maya found each other will always be in their hearts.

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A/N: Thank you for reading and supporting “Angel of our Hearts”.

I enjoyed writing this one. Thank you for all your comments, your funny and sometimes impassioned reactions. It inspired me to continue writing.

I will continue writing stories with Richard and Maya as main characters until they again show up on TV. Sana may show na ulit sila para matapos na akong magsulat. Mahirap kaya to think of ideas. Now I know what the writers of bcwmh went through.😁

This story may have ended pero marami pang unfinished stories. I’ll try my best to finish them very soon.

Again thank you and God bless! 😊

 

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Angel of our Hearts 17 – Finale part 2

A/N Sa ganitong chapter ng kwento I admit, mahina ako. So you need your wild or mild (whichever you choose 😝) imagination na lang para maitawid ang chapter na to.

Please bear with me. Actually di ko alam kung bakit napunta ako sa pagsusulat ng mga ganito. I’m a Star Wars and sci fi stories’ fan na super layo sa Ricky and Maya stories but sa di ko mawaring kadahilanan, aba nagawan ko sila ng mga kwento. Hay see what these two can do to me.

I better stop explaining na nga (read: palusot😁).

Here’s the finale part 2 of this story.

Enjoy reading. I hope you do.😊

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They were greeted by their families and friends as they arrived at the reception area for their wedding.

They wore wide smiles, holding hands and silently exchanging meaningful glances.

Ricky also kissed Maya a lot, on her cheeks, her hands and sometimes lips when no one is looking. Maya, though shy, just allowed Ricky.

Ricky’s parents were beaming with happiness that finally their son had someone with him. He was the most hardworking, responsible, selfless and loving person and he really deserves someone like Maya.

Maya’s sister was also comforted by the fact that Maya would have someone to take care of her. They were aware of all that she had gone through. The pain, sadness and struggles she had especially when she lost her son was something they thought she won’t be able to handle but she found Ricky, or should they say, Ricky found her and from that moment, he never stopped taking care of her and of her son, even when Maya hid herself from him.

As the couple were seated in front of their guests, various numbers were offered to entertain them.

The doctors gave a funny, naughty dance number to the amusement of all those who were at the reception.

Ryan even cajoled Ricky to give a song number for his wife in which he gladly agreed.

Teasing and laughter pervaded. Since most of the visitors were colleagues of Richard in the medical field they were relentlessly teasing the couple about their honeymoon.

Maya gamely laughed with them and Ricky constantly reminded his friends that they were already embarrassing his wife.

Emman also teased the couple and even led the crowd in the constant clinking of glasses for the couple to kiss. Ricky was grinning all throughout and he wanted to thank Emman. Maya on the other hand was so embarrassed already that she pinched Emman when she had the chance to be near him.

It was a very happy celebration of love for the couple.

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After the reception they immediately flew to Palawan for their honeymoon.

Actually this was just a part of their series of travels for their ‘you and me time’. Most of their godparents’ gifts were travels to different countries for their honeymoon.

But now, they are on their way to Palawan. The couple decided to travel within the country first since they were both exhausted from the wedding preparations and from entertaining visitors. Besides, Maya also wanted to visit Palawan. This was actually Emman’s gift for them.

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It was already dark when they arrived in Amanpulo.

Before proceeding to their room, they both decided to have dinner.

Both were equally excited and nervous.

“Ricky, mauuna na akong maligo ha. Ang lagkit ko na sa byahe.” Maya was trying her best to calm herself and delay the inevitable.

“Okay sweetheart but wag kang magtatagal ha.” He winked at her amused at Maya’s shyness.

She nervously laughed. “Oo naman bakit naman ako magtatagal.”

“Malay ko ba if gusto mo akong takasan. Remember I have a key sa bathroom.” He teased her.

“Ricky ha!”

She hurriedly entered the bathroom leaving a laughing Ricky in their bedroom.

Maya spent almost an hour in the tub scrubbing while imagining things that she expects them to be doing. She closed her eyes embarrassed at her thoughts.

After quite sometime of assuring herself that it will be okay and trying to keep herself calm, she left the tub and dried herself.

She wore her pajamas totally ignoring Emman’s red negligee gift which he specially got for her honeymoon.

The moment the bathroom door opened, Ricky who was watching TV, was alerted.

If he was disappointed that Maya didn’t wear the red negligee Emman gave her, he never showed it. He appreciatively stared at his wife and smiled.

“Hmmm ang bango mo sweetheart. Pa hug nga muna.”

“Eehhh Ricky maligo ka kaya muna. Galing tayo ng byahe.”

“I smell good pa naman sweetheart atsaka baka mapasma ako. Halika na. I need a hug.”

“Hoy Ricky hindi ka po mapapasma kasi wala ka namang ginawa. Hindi ka naman nagdrive. Ligo na.”

“Pero I can’t wait to finally….”

Maya shoved Ricky to the bathroom not wanting not hear what he was about to say.

She was already getting affected by his constant teasing and playfulness, a different side of him she now sees.

After 5 minutes he was out of the shower and smelling so good. He was also wearing his white shirt and gray pajamas. He doesn’t want to shock Maya so he decided to wear a conservative sleepwear. Besides it would be more exciting to be removing more layers of clothing. He smiled to where his thoughts were leading.

For God’s sake, he is a grown man and Maya already had a son yet they were equally nervously anticipating what would happen.

He thought it was really silly for them to feel and act this way. But this is Maya and he wants everything perfect with her.

She was gazing at the window lost in her own thoughts. She didn’t notice Ricky behind her.

He snaked his arms around her waist and settled his chin on her shoulder. She was a bit startled.

“Ambilis mo namang maligo.”

“I told you I can’t wait.”

He began to kiss the side of her neck.

“Ricky ang ganda pala dito no? Ang galing naman ni Emman pumili.”

“Ako rin magaling pumili at napakaganda rin ng napili ko. You are so beautiful sweetheart.”

“Ricky!!!”

He momentarily stopped his kisses.

“Let’s go to bed. Bakit nandito ka sa may window. May I know what you are thinking? Ang lalim ng iniisip mo.”

“Wala naman akong iniisip. Tinitingnan ko lang ang magandang view ng dagat.”

He secretly smiled.

“Sweetheart ang dilim sa labas. Wala ka namang makikita.”

“Inimagine ko?” She replied while nervously laughing.

“Sweetheart you’re silly. I know you’re nervous. I am too. I am nervous and very excited.”

“I’m not nervous Ricky. Nahihiya ako. Paano kung i fall short of your expectations. Hindi ko na alam …”

Then he resumed kissing her neck, near the lower side of her ear.. “We’ll rediscover it together sweetheart and don’t worry. You’re perfect. We’ll be fine. Trust me.”

He slowly turned her so she could face him.

She shyly gazed at him while smiling. He smiled too and gently cupped her face.

“You are so beautiful Maya. Thank you for making me the happiest person now. I love you so much.” He softly told her and Maya’s eyes automatically brimmed with tears and she was smiling.

“Mahal na mahal din kita Ricky. Salamat sa….”

She wasn’t able to finish what she was saying for Ricky lowered his lips on hers for a gentle coaxing kiss.

While still kissing her, he slowly carried her to their bed. She was lost in his kisses and responded equally to him, letting him feel her love too.

The slow, gentle kisses suddenly became passionate, fiery and Richard’s hands were slowly finding its way to the buttons of Maya’s pajama top.

Maya could only writhe in pleasure with what her husband is doing to her. He was gentle and she could say how he revered her in the way he touched her, made love to her.

Richard exerted a lot of effort to control himself from what he wants to do.

Though Maya had a son already, he was aware that she hasn’t done it after the first time she did it which gave her Luke.

He kissed her gently while momentarily pausing to give Maya time to breathe, time to recover.

She could feel Ricky’s love for her and she also wanted to show him what she feels for him so she tried her best to match what he’s doing, allowing her hands to roam his body,to feel him, caress him.

Her clothes have been discarded and when Ricky stood to remove his own, Maya tried to cover herself with their blanket, suddenly shy from being totally exposed to him.

He smiled and gently removed the blanket she covered herself with.

“You don’t have to cover yourself sweetheart. You are so beautiful, so perfect..”

Then he continued to trail kisses all over her body, all the more aroused at his wife’s moans and reaction to what he’s doing.

Maya was helpless to the pleasure Ricky is giving her. Her hands were on his back, his hair, his arms, and when the pleasure became unbearable she just closed her eyes..

She was ready, Ricky knew it as soon as his fingers found its way down so he readied himself and staring at Maya’s eyes with all the love he has for her, he took her slowly, allowing her to adjust to him.

Maya’s fingers gripped his arms while she was unaware that her nails already dug on his skin. She was crying in pleasure as they became one – body, heart and soul.

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“Did I hurt you sweetheart?” Ricky asked as they lay cuddled after their lovemaking.

She smiled at him, her face glowing with happiness and love for her husband.

“Hindi sweetheart. Thank you ha.” She grinned.

“Thank you saan?”

“Sa patience. Alam ko naman na grabe ang pagpigil mo kanina.” She giggled again.

“Ah so you were aware pala! Don’t worry Mrs. Lim. Ngayon di na ako magpipigil..”

Then he started another round earning giggles, shrieks and laughter from his wife.

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Dr. Richard Lim and Mrs. Maya dela Rosa Lim, finally found the love they both deserved. The journey was not all that easy, the ride may be bumpy but their enduring, unending love for each other led them back together. And their angel, Luke will always be there to remind them of their love amidst pain, amidst problems and trials that they are yet to face.

A/N

Finally nakatapos din ng story!!!

Thank you for the support, for reading, for understanding the delay and the grammar lapses.

Ricky and Maya fanfic readers are the best!😊

Sana lang talaga we would see them on TV together soon kasi kahit may fanfics, may DVDs na pwedeng mapanood anytime, may YouTube videos, may teasers na kahit ngayon ay pinanonood natin, may mga concerts at shows na lagi pa ring binabalik-balikan, may mga pictures na nakastore sa kanya kanya nating computers or phones, may CarMor splitserye para lang mapagsama sila, iba pa rin yun saya, good vibes at positivity na dulot nila araw-araw. Siguro naman kung each one of us have this same wish for Christmas, baka pakinggan at pagbigyan din tayo. Sana…

Again thank you so much for supporting one of my favorite story, Angel of our Hearts.

Goodvibes! Kapit bisig! 😍😊

Angel of our Hearts 16 – Finale part 1

“Welcome back Doc Richard and Ma’m Maya!”, Joma greeted the couple as he fetched them at the airport.

The couple arrived 6pm at the NAIA. Their flight was on time that Joma didn’t have to wait for long.

“Hello Kuya Joma!” Maya happily greeted Richard’s driver.

Richard nodded in acknowledgement. “Joma yun inutos ko?”

“Okay na po Doc.”

Unknown to Maya, Ricky had Liza reserve dinner at South Curves and had Joma order a bouquet of flowers for Maya.

As they boarded the car, Ricky immediately signalled to Joma to get the flowers which was at the back seat of his SUV. When Maya had settled herself in her seat, Joma handed the flowers to Richard who offered it to Maya.

“Ricky thank you. Pero ano na naman to? Nagpahanda ka pa.”

“Well, I wanted to welcome my fiancee with flowers.”

“Anong welcome me with flowers eh magkasama naman tayo.” She argued.

“Ah eh di, I wanted the flowers to welcome the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Lim.” He gave her a wide grin.

“Ikaw talaga puro ka kalokohan.”

Joma who was witnessing his boss and his fiancee was smiling. He was thankful that finally Dr. Richard Lim found someone who would really make him happy. Actually, he was happy that Maya came back to Richard for she was only one to put back the smile on his employer’s face.

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Maya and Richard was married after only three months of engagement.

Richard used his influence to have the wedding preparations done in a short span of time.

He couldn’t wait to have Maya as his wife and many years had been wasted already for them to wait again to tie the knot.

Maya preferred a simple wedding with just their families and friends but she took into consideration Richard’s profession and business and he definitely wouldn’t agree to a simple wedding.

They got married at Manila Cathedral and it was one of the most anticipated and most applauded wedding in the medical community. Their most eligible bachelor finally found the woman of his dreams.

As Ricky waited for Maya at the altar…

“Brod namumutla ka na, relax ka lang.” Dr. Ryan who served as his best man joked. He could sense Ricky’s apprehension and excitement that he might faint anytime soon.

His father Roberto clasped his shoulders to show his support. He smiled at his son.

His mother Esmeralda was now teary eyed as well. She can’t contain her excitement for her only son.

She was very much aware of what her son had gone through and though a part of her should be blaming Maya for the pain Ricky had to endure, she couldn’t even feel hatred towards the woman her son loves so dearly.

Maya easily warmed up to her and the few encounters they had was enough to show her why her son was madly in love with Maya.

Mama Esmeralda was trying her best to contain her tears. She didn’t want to remove the attention on Ricky whose eyes were already puffy as he tried to stop his tears from flowing. His nose was already red and his hands were cold.

As the main door of the church opened, collective gasps were heard.

The crowd was in awe as the very lovely bride walked towards the altar.

Many were in tears.

Maya was accompanied by her brother in law, Jeff and her best friend Emman, who was actually like a father, mother, brother, sister rolled into one. She requested Emman to personally do this for her and Emman happily obliged. He felt so special that Maya regarded him as such and he readily accepted when Maya shared the idea of walking with her to the altar.

“Bessie, masayang masaya ako for you and Doc Ricky.” Emman whispered to her as they were near where Richard was waiting for her.

Jeff was just smiling at the two best friends. Maya’s sister couldn’t walk her to the altar for she just gave birth to a new baby girl 2 weeks ago. She was at the wedding but definitely wasn’t allowed to walk the long carpeted way to the altar.

As they reached Ricky, he immediately shook hands with Jeff and Emman. Maya kissed mama Esmeralda and papa Roberto then together with Ricky they stood in front of the altar.

Both their hands were cold and they were emotional that they were already crying even when the ceremony was just beginning.

“Maya baka pagalitan tayo ni Father. Ang iyakin natin pareho.” Ricky whispered to Maya.

“Sshhh…. ang ingay mo Ricky.” She was trying to lighten the mood for they were both on the verge of really crying already.

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The wedding ceremony went on and everyone was so moved by the solemnity of this very special celebration for their beloved couple.

“Maya, words aren’t enough to express the happiness I feel right now. I am very blessed to have you. I may have healed many people but only you have healed my heart, only you, made me complete. I can never thank you enough for coming back to me. And I promise you that from this time until my very last breath I will do everything to protect you, make you happy because your happiness is mine as well. I love you so much Maya.”

Ricky’s voice was quivering as he was overcome with emotions. The people in the crowd especially their very close friends and families were all silently crying.

Maya was also crying as well and tried so hard to maintain her composure to be able to say her vows.

“Ricky, sa simula ng nakita kita, ng nakilala ka namin ni Luke, lagi ka na lang hero, savior, tagaligtas namin. Kahit na hindi mo kami kilala hindi ka nagatubiling tumulong. Kahit na malayo ang agwat natin sa buhay, tinanggap mo ako bilang kaibigan at hinding hindi mo ako iniwan sa pinakamadilim na kabanata ng buhay ko. Mahal na kita noon pa man kaya lang nahihiya ako sa’yo. Ang alam ko kasi sa sarili ko, may taong mas nararapat sa’yo. Kaya lang dumaan ang maraming taon at hinding hindi ka nagbago. Iniwasan kita at iniwan ngunit ganun ka pa rin. Hindi ka nagalit at hindi nabawasan yung pagmamahal mo sakin, sa anak kong si Luke. Sinamahan mo yun anak ko na hindi ko nagawa kasi nasa Dubai ako. Napakahalaga sakin nun Ricky. Hindi mo pinabayaan si Luke kahit wala ako, kahit na iniwan kita…”

Maya is having a hard time to continue as she was really crying now.

Ricky held her hand to give her the strength to continue.

Maya mustered enough courage to go on with her vows…

“Kaya ngayon Ricky, ako naman. Pinapangako ko na aalagaan kita, aalalayan kita at susuportahan kita sa lahat ng ginagawa mo. Mamahalin kita ng higit pa sa buhay ko gaya ng pagmamahal na ipinakita at ipinamalas sa akin. Kung si Luke ang anghel ko sa langit, ikaw naman ang nagiisang anghel ko dito sa lupa. Mahal na mahal kita Ricky.”

Then unable to help herself, she tightly hugged him.

Everyone was crying after hearing that moving and very heartfelt messages from the couple.

Even the priest was speechless. He knew the couple and was aware of their love story and he was so moved by their messages which really pierced through his heart and everyone in the crowd as well.

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A/N break muna. Kahit ako affected sa vows. Naiimagine ko kasi sila. 😊

Angel of our Hearts 15

Maya’s eyes automatically welled with tears upon seeing Ricky.

“Who knows how long I’ve loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

For if I ever saw you
I didn’t catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart

And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
Oh, you know I will
I will.”

Ricky was singing while playing the piano.

She never knew that he could sing and play and she never imagined that he would do it for her in front of many people.

He was staring at her lovingly that Maya had to fight the urge to run to him and wrap her arms around him and give him a kiss.

They were in the middle of the stage and many parents were there.

When the song ended, Ricky stood up and approached Maya.

The kids started singing the song again while he was now in front of Maya.

Even some of the parents in the audience joined in singing as they were moved by what was happening before their very eyes.

Ricky held Maya’s hands and guided her to stand.

“Ricky… paano mo nagawa to?”

He just smiled at her then fished something out of his pocket before kneeling.

Maya’s heart was beating fast in anticipation of what was happening.

The moment Ricky kneeled, she was already sure of what’s going on.

“Maya the first time I ever laid my eyes on you, I am already sure that you are very special, that you will have a very important role in my life. You have captured my heart the moment I saw you and Luke. Years have passed and my love for you remained the same, stronger even. I want to be with you forever, to build a life together. I am praying that you want that too.”

Ricky was also nervous while doing this. He had been practicing the most important speech of his life. He had revised it many times but ended up deciding that he will just go with what he feels. He would just pour his heart out.

He continued.

“Maya, will you marry me?”

Maya was so overwhelmed that she was unable to speak.

She couldn’t believe that her Richard, her Ricky followed her. And he was kneeling in front of her and proposing.

It took her a few seconds before giving her reply.

With tears already flowing down her cheeks…

“Yes Ricky I will marry you. Yes. I want to be your wife.”

The crowd were all cheering, some of the parents and co-workers of Maya were even teary eyed.

Then Ricky slowly stood up. He held her face tenderly the kissed her forehead, the tip of her nose and was about to kiss her lips when Maya shyly whispered to him…

“Ricky may mga bata.”

Ricky smiled.

He anticipated this already and was ready for it.

“Kids….”

Then on cue all the kids covered their eyes while their parents were laughing at their synchronized gesture.

Right that moment, Ricky took the chance to kiss Maya on her lips.

As they broke the kiss, everyone stood up and applauded the couple. They were clapping their hands and shouting their best wishes to the couple.

That was when Maya realized that seated together with Emman were her Ate Cris, Kuya Jeff, Cho and she was so surprised to see Ricky’s parents Roberto and Esmeralda and also best friends Celeste and Ryan. Even his secretary Liza was there.

She was so happy that she hugged Ricky and cried on his chest.

“Ricky naman. Sobra sobra naman tong ginawa mo.”

“Hey mababasa na shirt ko. Dapat pala nagdala ako ng towel. Ang iyakin mo talaga.”

She pinched him slightly and whispered while still in his arms.

“Ikaw kasi eh. Grabe ka magpakilig. At grabe naman ang paghahanda mo.”

“Of course I want what’s best for you.”

Then while still embracing her, he took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in his elaborate proposal.

“Thank you Inah, thank you Cris, Jeff, Cho, Emman, Celeste, Ryan, Liza, Ma, Pa and to all the parents and school staff here. Thank you kids for helping Tito Ricky in singing for your Teacher Maya.”

Maya wasn’t aware that after their 2nd Skype session, Ricky already planned on following her.

It meant that during all their succeeding online chats, he was actually already in Dubai and was preparing for his proposal.

With the help of Jeff, who was friends with some of Maya’s coworkers, they were able to practice with the kids without Maya’s knowledge.

It was easy because the kids loved Maya so much and they also wanted to surprise her.

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After the proposal, Ricky and Maya joined the celebration of the kids and teachers which they usually do during the closing ceremony of the school year.

They stayed for a few minutes. Ricky got a glimpse of how everyone loved Maya especially the kids. Even the parents knew her and loved her.

Maya was very good with kids. This was one of her qualities that endeared her to him.

The couple said their goodbyes after a few minutes. They will be joining their families and friends.

Their friends, Ryan, Celeste and Emman already went ahead of the couple together with Liza, Ricky’s parents and Maya’s family.

They proceeded to the restaurant at the hotel they’ve been using for the past few days that they were in Dubai.

Ricky asked Liza to arrange everything from the accommodations and plane tickets for their stay in Dubai.

Liza had reserved a table for them at the restaurant where they will be having lunch after the proposal.

When Ricky shared with them his intention of following Maya and proposing to her, they all knew that it would make Maya very happy and feel very special.

Everyone was excited and happy for Ricky and Maya and they easily agreed to accompany Ricky to Dubai as he was about to propose to the woman he loves so much.

Doc Ryan and Doc Celeste and even Emman readily took a leave from their work just to be able to celebrate this very special moment with the couple.

Roberto and Esmeralda Lim were so supportive that they even shouldered all expenses for the accommodations and plane tickets even Ricky didn’t ask them to. They coordinated with Liza on this.

The couple arrived shortly and joined them for lunch.

“Ricky, I must admit but you beat your papa in what you did right there. Aba! I didn’t even know you could sing at maganda pala boses mo.”

“Ma, you’re embarrassing me.”

“No. It’s true di ba Maya? Atsaka dagdag, what do they call that? Ah pogi points. Am I right Maya?”

“Ah eh opo. Sobrang nadagdagan ng kumanta at tumugtog siya.”

“See what I meant son?”

They were all laughing at mama Esmeralda’s quips at Ricky’s expense.

Emman joined.

“Alam mo Bessie, I was literally jumping with joy ng tumawag si Doc Ricky and he shared his plans. Ang saya saya ko for both of you. Alam nyo naman. Ako ang earliest witness sa pagmahahalan ng dalawang to. I knew it. Mahal na mahal ni Doc Ricky si Bessie noon pa man.”

Richard just smiled as he remembered his earlier encounters with Maya and her son Luke.

“Tama ka Emman. At eto si Ricky, aba halos matulog na sa hospital noon para lang makasama palagi sina Maya.” Ryan added.

“Nothing beats this. Ricky actually stood me up sa isang dinner with a friend he set up for me. He was supposed to be my chaperon. Aba hindi sumipot at pinagsolo ba naman ako at yun pala was the time he first met Maya and Luke accidentally.”

Maya was surprised learning these things.

“Yun sa taxi ba yun Ricky?” Maya asked.

He smiled at her and admitted it.

“Naku Maya before he met you lagi lang yan nakahospital attire or yun kanyang boring wardrobe. When he met you akalain mo naglevel up yun damit ni Ricky. Maporma. Oh well gwapo at maporma naman talaga tong kaibigan ko kahit na anong isuot nya but he took effort to really look good. Nagpasalon pa nga yan.” Ryan was teasing his friend.

“Hey brod, you’re exaggerating. Di ako pumupunta sa salon.”

Tawanan sila.

“Yan naman si Maya, kaya pala hindi pinapansin kung sino sino na ang ipakilala namin. Ayun naman pala, si Doc Ricky ang very special person sa puso nya.”

“Ate Cris. Wala namang laglagan.” Maya pleaded.

“Naku bunso eh totoo naman yun sinasabi ko. Atsaka may lagi kang pinaghahandaan na araw, magluluto ka, magsisimba tapos magkukulong sa kwarto. Ewan ko kung ano ang ginagawa mo sa kwarto. Birthday pala ni Doc Ricky yun mga araw na yun.”

“Ate Cris!”

Ricky was so amused and happy to learn that Maya didnt forget him too.

Sumabat si Emman.

“My God Bessie! Alam kong may picture ka ni Doc Ricky tapos nagkukulong ka sa kwarto? Siguro you’re fantasizing about him. Yiiiiiii!!!!”

Namula si Maya.

“Emman!!!!”

Ricky gathered a very embarrassed, blushing Maya in his arms.

“Hey guys tama na at baka mapikon si Maya magbackout pa to.” Ricky asked them to stop teasing her.

“Naku hinding hindi yan magbabackout Doc Ricky. She wouldn’t do that. Crush na crush ka rin kaya nyan ni Bessie kahit nung earlier days pa lang. Kilig na kilig kapag bumibisita ka sa kwarto ni Luke.” Emman added.

“Really Maya?” Ricky asked Maya who was still blushing but trying to maintain a cool, brave, unaffected front.

“Lahat naman may crush sa’yo sa hospital. Normal lang yun.”

“Anong normal Mayabels eh halos matanggal na yun arms ko sa kakahila mo tuwing dumadalaw si Doc sa apartment. My poor arms! Biktima ng kilig ni Bessie. Pasalamat ka doctor ang love of your life at madali nya akong mabibigyan ng prosthetic arms if ever naputol nga yun arms ko.”

“Emman I hate you. Akala ko best friend kita.”
“I love you Bessie!”

Mas inasar pa nya lalo si Maya.

Cho who was just listening to all of their banters blurted out.

“Tita Maya, si Tito Ricky pala yun nasa story mo? Yun doctor na gumamot sa heart ng mommy ng nawala yun baby nya? Yun sinasabi mong mukhang prince na singkit na doctor?” Cho innocently asked.

Maya couldn’t speak.

She could deny what Emman was saying but never what Cho said. Hiyang hiya na siya to the amusement of Ricky.

“Uy bunso sagutin mo si Cho.”

“Ah eh… oo Cho. Si Tito Ricky nga yun.” She answered as she buried her face in Ricky’s chest in embarrassment.

“Hey guys enough na talaga.” Ricky requested with finality.

“Nakakakilig naman kayong dalawa. Naku Ricky ang swerte swerte mo. Nakakainggit kayo.” Celeste joined in.

“Don’t worry Celeste. Bukas mamamasyal tayo dito sa Dubai.” Si Ryan.

“Sabi ko na nga ba, kayong dalawa rin naman sa huli.” Ricky teased his best friends, relieved that the attention was on them now.

“Hoy Richard! Kung biro man yan, hindi ka nakakatuwa!” Celeste replied.

“Hindi ko naman yan idadate Ricky. Mamamasyal kami sa Dubai para maghanap ng possible lovelife nya. Akala nyo ako? No way!”

“Isa pa Ryan ha!”

They all enjoyed their lunch as they celebrated the couple.

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Richard’s parents Roberto and Esmeralda, Ryan, Celeste and even Liza already went back to the Philippines after a week of stay in Dubai.

Emman returned to Canada as well.

They visited famous tourist destinations in the area after Richard’s proposal with Maya as their tour guide.

They wanted to stay longer but they have work and they also wanted to give the couple time for themselves.

Maya was very happy to learn that Ricky extended their stay for a month.

He knows that Maya would love to stay longer for her family and friends. He, on the other hand also wanted to enjoy their time together, far from work.

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They were now at Maya’s house watching TV after a tiring day visiting famous places.

“You mean hindi mo pa napupuntahan ang mga lugar na yun?”

“Hindi. Wala naman akong time. Atsaka wala naman akong hilig sa mga pasyal pasyal.”

“Really? Alam ko you love travelling. O baka naman ayaw mo kasi hindi mo ako kasama?”

“Ay ang yabang mo Ricky! Pero sige, tama ka naman. Mas masaya mamasyal kapag kasama ka.”

“Mamasyal lang?”

“Siyempre masaya gawin ang lahat ng bagay kapag kasama ka.”

“Like?”

“Yun ganito, kahit simpleng panonood ng TV, simpleng kwentuhan. Masaya kapag kasama kita Ricky.”

She stared at him lovingly.

Ricky smiled and held her face, slowly laying his lips on hers, kissing her slowly, tenderly. Maya responded by following his lead.

Then their kisses turned urgent and demanding. Maya’s body vibrated with heat and anticipation from what Ricky is doing to her.

His lips are now travelling down her collarbone and shoulders and Maya was lost.

She allowed him. She was his. He was about to unbutton her blouse when they heard her Kuya Jeff’s car.

Her sister’s family arrived from their appointment with the doctor.

Maya and Ricky quickly fixed themselves while trying to recover from the kisses they shared.

“Sorry Maya. I got carried away. Sorry.”

Ricky was still breathing heavily.

She held his face and gave her a swift yet tender kiss on his lips.

“Ano ka ba! Bakit nagsosorry ka? Di naman ako galit. Parehas naman tayong nadala eh. Okay lang yun Ricky. I love you.”

“I love you so much Maya.”

Then he gave her another kiss on her lips which started to turn passionate again as the front door opened and they quickly disengaged from each other.

“Oh bunso nandito pala kayo ni Ricky? Kumain na kayo? Oh bakit ganyan ang hitsura nyong dalawa?”

“Ah eh nanonood kasi kami ng horror film.”

“Aynaku bunso magpapalusot ka pa. Matanda na kayo at hindi naman ako nanay na magbabawal sa inyo. Atsaka wag ka ngang pademure dyan. May anak ka na no! Binata na nga dapat si Luke. Eto talaga!”

“Kute!!!”

Ricky was amused with the way Cris talks to Maya.

She’s very frank and very realistic too.

But he has to leave and allow Maya to spend her last few days in Dubai with her family.

He will have her for himself anyway when they return to the Philippines.

Angel of our Hearts 14

Ricky and Maya were having their Skype session.

It’s Maya’s second day after her return to Dubai.

“Alam mo ba yun estudyante ko si Abby, ang lambing nya. Tapos binigyan nya ako ng drawing. Goodbye gift nya.Tingnan mo Ricky.”

Abby had a drawing of Maya and a guy giving her a bunch of flowers.

Ricky’s expression changed and his brows furrowed.

“And who is that guy giving you flowers?”

“Si Lance yan Ricky. Kaklase ni Abby. Every morning kasi he gives me flowers. Ang sweet din na bata. At bakit ganyan ang hitsura mo? Don’t tell me pati sa bata nagseselos ka.”

Then she giggled.

“Malay ko ba na bata yan. He’s tall.”

“Ricky bata din yun nagdrawing nyan. Wag ka nga.”

“Hmp malay ko ba. Baka may teacher who’s giving you flowers.”

“Ricky wala po and for the past five years na magkahiwalay tayo, wala man lang nangligaw or nagbigay ng flowers sakin.”

“You’re just saying that.”

“Totoo nga. No one courted me.”

“Sa ganda mong yan? Nobody courted you? I don’t believe you. Baka naman marami at di mo lang nahalata. Or baka malabo ang mata ng mga lalaki dyan.”

“I never allowed anyone to court me. Alam nilang hindi ako available. Sabi ko kasi may mahal na ako.”

“Hmmm? Hindi ka available? At sino naman yun maswerteng mahal mo na yan?”

He just raised his brows while waiting for her to reply. He was excitedly anticipating her response even though he already knows whom she pertains to.

“Si Luke. Sino pa ba? Akala mo ikaw no?”

She was teasing him. It felt more comfortable to tease him while he’s away kasi she could easily leave the front of the laptop whenever she felt herself blushing or getting overly giddy with kilig at his quips.

“Sus idinamay mo pa si Luke. Nahiya ka pang umamin. But seriously, nobody courted you talaga?”

“Wala nga sabi. It’s all work and family for me here. Sina Cho, Ate Cris at Kuya Jeff lang ang
kasama ko on my spare time. I didn’t like going out on dates. Hindi naman ako mag-eenjoy.”

“Bakit naman?”

“Kasi nga ayoko. Atsaka it would be unfair for them kasi alam ko naman na I won’t like anyone else. There is no one who could replace the one I left in the Philippines.”

“Really? So balak mo pa palang tumandang dalaga kung di mo na ako nakita muli?”

“At bakit ka naman nasali sa usapan? Wala naman akong sinabing ikaw yun ah.”

She again laughed as she teased him.

“Maya!!!”

“Nakakatuwa ang hitsura mo Ricky. O sige na nga, ikaw na yun sinasabi ko. Sino pa nga ba?”

He gave her his beaming smile, obviously enjoying what she said that even his already chinky-eyes turned into smaller slits as he smiled.

“So alam na nila that you’re leaving? How did they take it?”

“Oo nakapagpaalam na ako. They were sad siyempre but when I told them about you, about us, tuwang tuwa sila for me. They supported me. May despedida party pa nga daw na inihanda next week.”

“You mean hanggang next week ka pa? I won’t allow that! Di ba sabi mo 5 days ka lang. That’s too much already!”

“Ricky kalma ka nga. Nakiusap kasi sila. Tapos na rin naman kasi yun school year kaya nakiusap sila na mag attend na ako ng closing ceremony. A few more days lang naman yun extension ng pagstay ko dito. Dun na din yun despedida sakin. Ang mga bata kasi Ricky, they want to see me as they sing at the program. Okay lang naman yun di ba? Ten days lang then solong solo na kita at solong solo mo na rin ako.”

She felt giddy at what she said. She could imagine herself with Ricky.

She’s excited to be with him finally and if he asks her to marry him, she would readily say yes. She wanted to start a family with him already.

“Hmp ang tagal pa. I miss you.”

“Ricky second day ko pa lang dito atsaka naguusap naman tayo. Ganito. Kahapon nga magkausap na tayo tapos ngayon naman. Parang nagkikita lang naman tayo nito.”

“But it’s different from having you here where I could wrap my arms around you. I could kiss you and whisper words in your ear. Its different from being able to caress you and nibble your ear… ”

She was getting goosebumps at what he was saying.

“Tumigil ka nga Ricky! Ikaw talaga!”

“What?!? I’m just stating the big difference of not having you by my side.”

“Eeehh wag ka nga. Kinikilabutan ako sa mga sinasabi mo.”

“Kinikilabutan or kinikilig? You want that too di ba?”

“Ricky!!!”

The two continued their Skype session which usually lasted for several hours. They never run out of topics and they never get tired of talking to each other and teasing each other.

Maya, with the approval of Ricky, decided to stay until the closing ceremony of the preschool where she works.

As much as she wanted to be with Ricky now, they both decided that she owes her employers a lot for giving her a very good job and formally finishing the school year is a small effort for her to show them her gratitude.

The kids would definitely love seeing her too while they do their usual closing program which also includes showcasing the kids’ talents.

Every year Maya would be in charge of the songs the kids will be singing. They practice with her. Maya being so good with kids enjoys doing it a lot. It’s like playing for them.

Ricky agreed that Maya should be there for the kids. He knows how she loves them.

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“Ms. Maya the parents are so excited with our program. Ang dami nilang manonood ngayon. Siguro alam na din nila that you’ll be leaving. You know these parents, favorite ka nila. They will certainly miss you.”

“Naku Ms. Ina mamimiss ko din kayong lahat, yung mga bata, yun mga parents nila na mababait at siyempre kayo na mga katrabaho ko. Salamat sa lahat ha!”

“Oh Maya. We will miss you.”

The two colleagues hugged each other.

“Miss Maya someone is in the visitors area to see you.”

Their guard informed her.

“Sino daw po?”

“Ayaw pong sabihin eh. Surprise daw.”

“Kuya naman. I hate surprises alam mo naman yan di ba? Naku sino kaya to. Maguumpisa pa naman na ang program.”

Maya followed the guard.

She was just approaching the couch where her visitor was waiting when…

“Bessie!!!”

“Emman!!!”

The best friends hugged each other.

“Anong ginagawa mo dito Emman?”

“Ay parang ayaw mo akong makita Maya?”

“Ang arte mo Emman! Siyempre gusto. Biglaan kasi.”

“Siyempre it’s your special day Maya dela Rosa dapat nandito ako.”

“Sus despedida ko lang atsaka ayoko nga na alalahanin na last day ko na dito. Mamimiss ko yun mga bata.”

“Aynaku bessie sige go na at baka you’ll start the program already. I’ll just watch there sa auditorium.”

“Sige Emman ha! Thank you so much Bessie! Kwentuhan galore mamaya!”

Then she kissed and hugged Emman again before she proceeded to where the kids were excitedly waiting for their program to start.

Emman joined the audience in the auditorium.

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The program started. The first part was the awarding for the kids’ performance in school.

Everyone received different awards and the kids were so happy being called on stage with their parents as they were given a medal and a gift from the school.

Maya and the rest of the teachers were so proud of the kids.

The second part was where they showcased the kids’ talents.

Everyone participated. Each kid was asked to sing, dance, do storytelling and some even played some instruments.

Maya’s heart swelled with pride as she watched the kids’ performance. They were part of her life here in Dubai.

She also missed Luke while watching them.

Luke used to sing and dance too.

She was getting teary-eyed remembering her son.

After the last number of the kids, they swarmed around Maya and asked her to sit at a chair in the middle of the stage.

She knows that this was their despedida surprise for her. She was anticipating it already but she hoped that they would do it not in front of many people. She was not used to being the center of attention.

Then she heard Miss Ina speak…

“Today we are saying goodbye to our very own Teacher Maya who will be returning to the Philippines. We will really miss you Maya and everything you did for the school, for the kids. We hope you enjoy this special surprise we prepared for you.”

Then one by one the kids gave Maya flowers and some cards they did themselves.

The kids all gathered around her then she heard her favorite song being played in the piano.

She couldn’t see who was playing until he started to sing.

“Who knows how long i loved, you know i love you still, will i wait a lonely lifetime, if you want me to, i will.”

Yes, the guy playing and singing his heart out was the love of her life, Richard Lim. 😊😍

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A/N The last scene with the kids and the Beatle’s song “I Will” was inspired by a scene in the film “Love Affair” of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty.

Two chapters to go then finally it’s the end of Angel in our Hearts. I enjoyed writing this one.

Thank you everyone for following the story and for all your comments and encouraging words. Thank you for taking time in joining me in coping with the loss of our fave TV couple Maya and Ricky, by doing fanfics of them.

Yes stories become more interesting by just naming the main characters Ricky and Maya. It’s inexplicable why even their names give a sense of ‘kilig’. Iba talaga sila!

Good vibes and God bless! 😊😊😊

Angel of our Hearts 13

“Celeste sigurado kang si Ricky ang nagpabili nito?”

At the table were various platters of food – noodles, pasta, kakanin, salad, pizza, barbecue, chicken, salad and many more. It could actually feed the whole hospital staff.

“Oo nga. Tinawagan ako ni Liza kanina. Pinadeliver raw ni Ricky. On the way na raw dito at gusto niya tayong makita at makausap.”

“Hmmm at ano kayang nakain non? Sinaniban ata ng mabait na espiritu.”

“Kapag narinig ka Ryan lagot ka. Whatever it is, I’m glad at mukhang okay si Ricky today.”

“Of course I’m just kidding. Alam mo namang mahal na mahal ko ang kaibigan natin. Liza what’s the occasion?”

“Hindi naman sinabi Doc. Nagpabili lang siya nyan. Yun ibat ibang department nadalhan ko na rin. Parang fiesta nga.”

“Oh my God! Baka despedida to ni Ricky para sa sarili nya. Liza nagbabalak bang umalis Ricky?”

“Wala naman po siyang nababanggit doc. Wag naman po sana.”

They were still chatting when then door opened and Richard came in with a beaming smile.

Three pairs of eyes were staring back at him totally bewildered.

He laughed at them.

“O bakit ganyan ang mga hitsura nyo?”

Celeste went near Ricky and felt his forehead.

“Okay naman Ryan. Wala namang lagnat.”

Richard chuckled again.

“Eh Ricky, what’s this? Bakit may fiesta?” Dr. Ryan couldn’t control it anymore so he asked.

“This is my peace offering to you guys for being a jerk for the past years. It’s also a way of thanking you for your patience.”

The two smiled and Celeste hugged Richard.

“Awwww… He’s back!! We missed you Ricky.”

“I missed myself too guys. I missed my old self.”

Then his phone rang. He answered.

“Paakyat ka na? Sige see you. Love you.”

Ryan and Celeste exchanged glances. Then Ryan blurted out…

“Aba kaya naman pala good mood eh kasi in love. Finally you’ve moved on.”

Richard just smiled and shook his head.

“Teka lang. Babalik ako.”

The three were left curious of who could have caused Ricky’s happy disposition now.

The moment the door opened, Ricky and Maya stepped in.

Ricky’s hand were on Maya’s waist.

“Oh my God it’s Maya!”

Celeste couldn’t contain herself that she immediately hugged Maya.

Celeste was even teary-eyed.

“Kaya naman pala napakasaya ni Ricky. Maya it’s so good to see you. Thank you for putting back that smile in our friend’s face.”

The two best friends of Doc Ricky were really happy for him.

“Good morning Doc Celeste, Doc Ryan.”

Maya was overwhelmed with the love and acceptance they showed her despite what she did.

“Where have you been Maya?”

“Sa Dubai ako nagtratrabaho Doc Celeste. Kumusta na kayo?”

“We’re good Maya. Etong si Ricky ang hindi. After you left wala ng social life yan, kahit lovelife. He keeps things to himself. Hindi na nga makausap eh. I’m really thankful na nandito ko. Had I known that it is you who would put that smile back on his face, sana hinanap na kita.” Doc Celeste answered her.

Doc Ryan added.

“Masungit yan Maya. Hindi mo na yan makitang tumawa o ngumiti man lang.”

“Hey guys kain na lang tayo. Kakarating lang ni Maya kung ano ano ang pinagsasabi nyo. Don’t mind them Maya.”

Maya and Richard enjoyed their simple lunch with Ricky’s best friends Celeste and Ryan.

It gave Maya a glimpse of how Ricky was when she left and she couldn’t help but regret what she did.

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After the visit to the hospital to meet Richard’s friends Ryan and Celeste, the two were on their way to his parents.

Maya was quiet.

“Hey okay ka lang? Mabait sina papa at mama. You don’t have to worry. They will love you Maya.”

Then he squeezed her hand.

“Ok naman ako Ricky.”

“Are you tired? Do you want to go home? You can meet mama and papa some other time if pagod ka na.”

“Ah eh. Hindi. Hindi naman ako pagod Ricky.”

She smiled at him.

“Bakit tahimik ka?”

“Wala naman.”

“Maya….”

“Yun sinabi nina Doc Celeste at Doc Ryan…”

“Don’t mind them. They’re just exaggerating. Alam mo naman yun dalawang yun.”

But she wasn’t convinced.

She was aware that Ricky became sad and hurt when she left.

He already told her that but learning from Celeste and Ryan that he even neglected his health, his friends, at times his work, she felt so guilty.

She was also hurt when she left but that paled in comparison to what she learned he went through.

He noticed that she was in deep thought.

He doesn’t want to ruin what they have now with her feelings of guilt.

He doesn’t want her blaming herself.

Whatever happened to them was nobody else’s fault.

Fate played a major part in it.

He stopped the car at the side of road and faced her but she tried to avoid his eyes as she was overcome with shame and guilt.

“Please look at me Maya.”

As she did so, he held her face and he kissed her forehead reverently.

“What’s important is you are here now with me Maya. I am very happy that you came back. The few days we had already banished all the years of sadness without you. I couldn’t ask for more. Dito ka lang masaya na ako.”

“Ako din Ricky. Masaya ako na magkasama na tayo. At pangako, hinding hindi na kita pakakawalan.”

He smiled, contented with what she said.

“I love that Maya. And since we are both happy siguro its better to let go of what already happened di ba? Let’s enjoy.”

“Yes Ricky I agree.”

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“Napakaganda naman pala talaga nito ni Maya kaya hinding hindi makalimutan ni Ricky.” Richard’s dad, Roberto commented.

“Naku Ricky katulad ka talaga ng papa mo. Kahit ako noon iniwan ko siya para magtrabaho sa US, hindi rin yan humanap ng iba. Alam mo Maya almost 9 years ako pero hinintay nya ako.”

They just finished having dinner and Richard’s parents already warmed up to Maya.

They even joked at the expense of their son.

“Naku ma, wag mong bibigyan ng idea si Maya. Baka umalis uli yan.”

“If she does, follow her. Ang hina hina naman ng anak mo Roberto.”

“Ma! Pa!”

They were enjoying each other’s company.

“So Maya you work in a preschool in Dubai?”

“Opo. I teach toddlers. Masaya makalaro ang mga bata.”

“Ah yes! Masaya talaga kapag may mga bata. It makes you feel like a kid too.”

“Opo atsaka di sila naauubusan ng kwento, di rin sila nauubusan ng tanong.”

Ricky was just watching Maya as she happily shared her experiences in her work.

“Naku hija, sabi ko nga dito kay Roberto eh dapat araw araw mag invite ng mga bata sa orphanage para naman maaliw kami. Ang lungkot kaya dito. Kaming dalawa lang ni Roberto.”

“Don’t worry darling, I’m sure we will have little apos soon, right Ricky? Right Maya?”

Maya blushed at what Richard’s father said.

Ricky, though amused, knows that Maya is not used to it so he hugged her.

“Ma! Pa! Kayo talaga. Tinakot nyo pa si Maya.”

“Aba Ricky we are not. You are both getting old. Atsaka I’m sure Maya wants to have kids na rin. She’s very good with kids.”

“Ma! Naku Maya pagpasensyahan mo na sina mama at papa. Palabiro talaga sila.”

Maya just smiled shyly.

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Ricky’s parents went to bed earlier and left the couple by themselves.

They were seated by the couch while watching a movie.

“Maya when will Ate Cris and Jeff go back to Dubai?”

“Next week na. Pero kailangan ko daw munang sumama sa kanila para ayusin yun pagresign ko sa trabaho at makuha na rin yun mga gamit ko. Okay lang ba yun sayo Ricky?”

“What? When will you be back?”

“Madali lang ako. Siyempre gusto kong makabalik agad. Mamimiss kita eh.”

“Can I accompany you?”

“Wag na Ricky. May trabaho ka. Madali lang naman ako. Atsaka kailangan ko rin namang magpaalam ng maayos sa mga boss ko doon.”

“Okay. Basta mabilis lang ha. At dapat araw araw maguusap tayo. You know how I am without you by my side.”

“I know kaya nga po madali lang ako. Gusto kong makasama na kita lagi.”

“I would love that Maya. I love you so much. Thank you for making me so happy.”

She embraced Ricky and snuggled closer to him.

Maya felt so secure in his arms.

Just like before when Ricky used to be with her, she felt that she now had someone to call her own, someone to take care of her.

She won’t feel alone now.

And she vowed to herself that she will do everything to make Ricky happy.

Angel of our Hearts 12

After sharing the kiss, Maya and Ricky held each other savoring the warmth they derive from their embrace.

“I missed you so much Maya. Alam mo yun? This place is where I always stay kapag I need to clear my head, I need peace of mind, I need solitude. Lagi kong binibisita si Luke, hoping that one day I would chance upon you here. Wala naman akong makausap to share my sorrows, my pain or even my little triumphs with. Since wala ka dito na lang kay Luke.”

“Ricky….”

“I shut my world Maya. It was just work and home for me. Siguro nawalan ako ng gana, ng motivation to live. How could I when the person who brightened up my world left me.”

“Ricky naman eh. Pinapakonsyensya mo naman ako nyan. Di ba sinabi ko naman sa’yo kung bakit.”

“I’m not. It’s just that I stopped living when you left Maya. Nasaktan ako ng sobra. But I am very happy that you are here now. And knowing your reasons you left make me feel like a fool. Sana naexplain ko agad, sana I exerted more effort. Sana hindi na lang ako napromote becaushidhat’s what started it.

“Ricky…”

“Everything I achieved, all the awards, accolade, they meant nothing because the person I wanted to share it with, to celebrate it with, is not with me. Fate played with us Maya. But we’re blessed that Luke is here. Luke talaga is always the reason why we find each other.”

“Alam naman kasi ni Luke na ikaw lang ang makakapagpasaya sa’kin Ricky.”

He smiled and held her tighter.

“So are you going back to Dubai?”

“Depende Ricky…”

“Depende saan?”

“Depende sa mga bagay, sa mga mangyayari, depende sa’yo…”

She shyly admitted and hid her face in his chest.

He held her tighter amused at what she said.

“I will never let you go Maya. I will never allow that to happen again.”

They shared another kiss when Richard heard Maya’s stomach grumble.

“Oh parang may negrereklamo na dyan.” He joked.

“Hindi pa kasi ako nagaalmusal. Gusto kasi kitang kasabay kumain.”

He smiled.

“So what did you cook? Parang andami naman nyan.”

“Adobo, sinangag, omellete, pang breakfast lang to Ricky. May tsokolate din.”

“Wow mukhang masarap nga Maya.”

“Ikaw anong baon mo?”

“I just brought sandwich and coffee then cake. Pero the cake I give it to the kids dyan sa may labasan. May mga bag of goodies din sa sasakyan for them. May cupcakes, candies and drinks din tapos toys. They really enjoy it Maya. Masaya magdistribute later.”

Her heart warmed at the thought that Ricky had been doing for the past years.

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

She just smiled, got teary eyed and hugged him again.

“Sige Ricky kain na tayo para maibigay na natin yun sa mga bata.”

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They spent a few more hours while building the Millennium Falcon.

“You give this to Cho later Maya. I’m sure magugustuhan nya to.”

“Oo matutuwa yun. Nagpapalakas ka kay Cho ha!” She joked.

“Kailangan ko pa ba?”

“Siyempre hindi na!”

They fixed their things and was ready to leave when Richard held Maya’s hand and urged her to sit beside him as they moved closer to Luke’s grave.

“Luke, I’ll court your Mommy na ha! Then I’ll ask her to be my wife.”

“Ano ka ba? Puro ka naman biro eh.”

“I’m serious. We’ve wasted 5 years Maya kaya magpapaalam na ako kay Luke.”

“Hindi naman kailangan nang magpaalam. Gustong gusto ka naman ng anak ko.”

Then she addresed Luke…

“Anak I’ll grant your wish na to make Tito Ricky a part of our family.”

Ricky was happy at what he heard.

He gathered Maya in his arms then kissed the top of her head.

“I promise Luke, I’ll take good care of your mommy.”

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Maya and Ricky distributed the goodies for the kids.

Maya didnt expect that there were even grocery packs and medicines for the residents just outside the memorial park.

The moment the crowd saw Ricky, they were excited and they even prepared a simple salo-salo complete with song and dance number from the kids for him.

They also prepared a personalized banner which says ‘Thank you Doc Ricky & Luke’.

They do this yearly and Maya is overwhelmed at the kindness and love Richard is showing her, her son and other people as well.

“Mang Lem eto po si Maya. Siya yun mommy ni Luke.”

Mang Lem and his family were caretakers at the park.

“Kayo pala si Maya. Wag kayong magalala, araw araw naming dinadalhan ng bulaklak si Luke at araw araw ding linilinis ng mga anak ko yun puntod nya.”

“Maraming salamat po Mang Lem.”

They spent a few more hours with Mang Lem’s family and the other residents nearby. They entertained them with songs from the kids and they also prepared a simple merienda of pansit, turon and gulaman.

Maya realized that everyone treated Ricky like family. He was known by almost everybody.

“Ricky lagi kang dito?”

“Yes. Masaya dito. Simple lang sila but they are very happy.”

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After a tiring yet fulfilling day, they were now on their way home.

Richard brought Maya to her sister’s place.

Cristina Rose had a pleasant, welcoming face and a warm smile as she met Richard.

She was pregnant that’s why she wasn’t able to visit Luke. She’s been feeling uncomfortable due to the sudden change of environment.

“Ate Cris, si Ricky yun kaibigan namin ni Luke.”

“Naikuwento na sakin ni Jeff. Ah ikaw pala si Dr. Richard Lim? Kaya naman pala excited si Maya. Ikaw daw yun napakaespesyal na tao sa kanya at sa pamangkin ko.”

He was about to offer his hand but Cris, embraced him.

“Maraming salamat Doc sa pag-alaga kina Maya at Luke ng mga panahong hindi ko man lang siya nadamayan. Maraming salamat.”

Maybe due to being pregnant or overwhelmed with gratitude and also guilt for not being able to be with Maya before, Cristina Rose became emotional that tears welled in her eyes.

Jeff saw it and joked.

“Pagpasensyahan mo na doc. Ganyan talaga ang magkapatid na yan.”

Cris threw him a glare and Ricky smiled.

“Pareho nga sila ni Maya.”

They just laughed. And they proceeded to the living room.

Maya asked Ricky to stay for a few more minutes. She really wanted him to get to know her sister and her sister’s family.

“Cris, how many months na?”

“Five months na Doc.”

“Good that you were allowed to travel.”

“Okay naman kasi akong magbuntis. Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kahit dito sa panganay namin.”

Cho was now busy playing with the Millennium Falcon toy.

“So you’re going back to Dubai?”

“Oo kasi nandun yun bahay at work namin. Umuwi lang kami kasi may sakit yun kapatid ni Jeff. At gusto rin naman naming magbakasyon. Etong bahay na to sa kaibigan ni Jeff, pinahiram lang sa’min. Isang buwan lang kami dito.”

“Anong sakit ng kapatid mo Jeff? I might be able to help.”

“Colon cancer Doc pero stage 2. Buti nakita agad.”

“I see. So he’s undergoing chemo now? San syang ospital?”

“Sa PGH doc, nurse kasi siya doon dati kaya dun na rin siya nagpapagamot.”

“They have very good doctors at PGH but here, I’ll give you the card of my good friend, Dr. Ryan Molina. He is the top oncologist now. He would be very glad to help.”

“Ay doc salamat po pero nakakahiya naman ata atsaka hindi naman ni kuya kakayanin sa private hospital.”

“Ah no. He could visit your kuya at PGH. Kahit saan pwede yan si Dr. Molina. Actually kilala siya ni Maya, kaibigan siya namin.”

“Maraming salamat Doc Ricky.”

They continued exchanging stories.

Richard found out that Maya never had a boyfriend in Dubai and that she would always tell her sister that someone left in the Philippines could never be replaced. He was happy thinking that it was him.

After almost an hour, Richard prepared to leave.

“Thank you so much Cris, Jeff. It was great meeting the family of this very special woman beside me.”

Maya elbowed him and whispered.

“Ano ka ba! Nakakahiya Ricky!”

Cris and Jeff were exchanging glances smiling at what they heard.

“Its true Maya. I really enjoyed this. I would also want to make my intention to court your sister known, Cris. Sana wag nyo na rin siyang isama sa Dubai.”

“Ay manliligaw ka pa lang? Akala ko naman kayo na kasi etong si Maya, aligaga masyado atsaka nasa cellphone nya yun picture mo na laging kinakausap parang sira.”

“Ate Cris!!!”

Maya blushed and hid her face in Ricky’s chest.

He just held her and laughed with Cris and Jeff.

“Eto naman si Maya. Biro lang. Ang pormal kasi ni Doc. Para naman akong nanay na kailangan pang hingan ng basbas.”

“I just want to make everything perfect Cris.”

“Alam ko naman yun. At siyempre payag kami. Alam ko naman na di mo pababayaan si Maya at alam kong ikaw lang naman ang nasa isip at puso nyan eh. Pero siyempre si Maya ang magdedesisyon. Alam ko naman Doc na ikaw ang magpapasaya sa kapatid ko.”

“Thank you Cris. I promise to take care of her.”

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Richard bid goodbye and was accompanied by Maya to his car.

“Thank you for making me very happy today Maya. I will never forget this day.”

“Thank you din Ricky. Ingat sa pagmaneho. I love you.” She blurted out unintentionally that she blushed and was embarrassed.

Ricky saw this and smiled, his heart overwhelmed with happiness.

“I love you too Maya. So much.”

Then they hugged again.

“Hmmm hindi na ata ako kailangan manligaw. We already said we love each other a couple of times today.”

He teased her.

“Ano ka! Siyempre kailangan ko namang maranasan na ligawan kahit tayo na!”

“Tayo na?”

“Oo, ayaw mo?”

“Siyempre gusto! Gustong gusto! And of course I will still court you. I also wanted to feel what its like. Well how about dinner tonight?”

“Naku Ricky, gabi na at alam ko pagod ka na. Bukas na lang.”

“But I still want to be with you Maya.”

“Well pwede ka namang matulog dito.”

“Really!?”

“Biro lang. Siyempre hindi no. Baka kung anong isipin nina Ate Cris. Kita tayo bukas Ricky kung hindi ka busy. At magiingat ka sa pagmaneho. Tawagan mo agad ako pag nasa bahay ka na.”

He was amused at her show of concern. Even before, Maya had always been caring and concerned. She would fuss about what he eats, how he drives. He missed it.

“Yes Mrs. Lim. I’ll drive safely and I’ll report agad pag nasa bahay na ako.”

She blushed again.

“Grabe ka! Sige na bye.”

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She was in bed when she received a call from him.

“I’m home safe and sound and missing you so much Mrs. Lim.”

She giggled at the other line.

“Ang cheesy mo Ricky at tigilan mo nga ang pagtawag ng Mrs.Lim. Nakakahiya!”

“Ikinakahiya mo?” He pretended to be hurt.

“Hindi kaso hindi pa naman eh. Baka may makarinig. Iba na lang.”

“Hmmm sweetie pie?”

“Ang corny naman.”

“Honey?”

“Ricky ang corny din. Kinikilabutan ako. Wag na muna. Pagisipan na muna natin.”

“Okay. Basta we should have our endearment soon.”

“O sige goodnight na. Lunch ka dito bukas. Magisa lang ako. Ipagluluto kita.”

“I would love that Maya. Sige goodnight. I love you.”

“I love you too Ricky. Ikaw lang naman wala ng iba.”

“I know. Dream of me ha!”

“Sige na. Hindi tayo matatapos nito.”

“Goodnight.”

They ended the call and for the first time in years they both slept with contented smiles and hearts full of happiness.