Chinoy and Chinggay : She Aches, He Breaks (A TABH Spin-Off)
A/N : Meron pala ako nito. I was about to delete this kaso baka gusto nyong pagtyagaan. I am more fond of using Ricky and Maya in the stories kasi and hindi ko masyadong gusto yun tunog ng names nila sa tabh. Pero for this particular ff, hindi bagay sina Maya and Ricky because tabh yun plot.
Ginamit ko pala yun ibang lines ng movie. Credits to the people behind the movie for the names, dialogue (some) and for the teasers/trailer which served as my source in coming up with this story.
Ay ang haba ng paliwanag… Basta eto na yun. Sana magustuhan nyo rin.
“Sir Frank uwi na po kami. Salamat sa pamerienda”
“Thank you Sir!”
“Mauna na po kami Sir! Chinggay see you tomorrow.”
“Sir enjoy po kayo ng date nyo.”
“Chinggay ayan na yun hinihintay mo girl. Kwento ka bukas tungkol sa date nyo ni Sir ha!”
That line from one of her officemates got her attention. Sumimangot si Chinggay. “Anong date…”
Frank cut what she has to say.
He immediately dismissed his employees so they won’t go on teasing her. Mahirap na. It took him weeks and much effort to invite her for dinner. Baka magbackout pa si Chinggay.
“Sige na guys you can go home now. We will also go ahead.”
Then before Chinggay could even say anything, he held her elbow and led her towards his car which was already parked in front of his office.
Inside the car:
Her brows were furrowed as he stared at him. “Anong date? Bakit date ang sinasabi ng mga yun?”
“Don’t mind them. Siyempre we’re having dinner together so they assumed we’re on a date.”
“Excuse me! Hindi to date!”
“Then what is it?”
“Pinagbigyan lang kita ng dinner kasi ang kulit mo.”
“Nakukulitan ka sakin?”
“Oo. Di ako makaconcentrate sa trabaho sa pangungulit mo ng dinner kaya eto pinagbibigyan lang kita.”
“Pinagbibigyan? But I heard your friend. Sabi nya na eto na yun hinihintay mo. Aminin mo, you’re also looking forward sa paginvite ko sa’yo.” He was giving her the teasing look.
“Hindi ah! Kainis to.” Then she hid her blushing face by directing her gaze at her car window.
But he already saw it.
“Eh why are you smiling and blushing?”
“Magdrive ka lang nga. Nakakaasar ka.”she secretly smiled, unable to contain her kilig.
Frank secretly smiled as well.He’s finally making progress in his move of wooing Chinggay back.
In his trademark gentle yet manly voice…
“Thank you for accepting my invitation Chinggay. You just don’t know how happy I am.”
“Wag ka ngang madrama. Dinner lang to and nothing else.” She countered.
“Kahit na. Masaya pa rin ako that you said yes to my invitation.”
“Eh di masaya na kung masaya.” She sarcastically commented.
“Hey bakit ang sungit mo naman sakin?”
“Eh ikaw eh. Bakit ka ba kasi bumabalik?”
“Dahil namiss kita.” He replied in a voice that gave Chinggay the goosebumps which she couldn’t help from being evident on her smile.
Seeing her reaction, Frank attempted to do what they were fond of doing before, that is tickling each other.
“Hmmmm…”he tickled her side.
She was still smiling, but obviously annoyed, both with herself for she’s again being so transparent and also vulnerable to her ex-lover’s charm, and with Frank for easily making her smile and giddy despite what he did to her in the past. She really wasn’t sure whom to hate more.
“Frank ha! Tumigil ka!” She tried to stop him from what he’s doing.
“Okay sorry. Namiss lang talaga kita.” Then he behaved himself while Chinggay secretly made that kilig face which Frank saw reflected in the car’s side mirror. It made him smile. He was sure that she still has a space for him in her heart.
They had dinner and was now trying the wine Frank suggested.
“Alam mo isang glass lang talaga. Ayokong uminom ng higit pa sa isa.”
“Why? Scared that you would get drunk?”
She just stared at him. She very well knows what goes on in his mind. She knows him too well.
He continued, “Don’t worry kasama mo naman ako. I’ll take care of you kapag nalasing ka.”
“Ah hindi na. Hindi naman ako malalasing kasi hindi na ako iinom. Tama na yung isang baso.”
“Baka naman you’re scared of what you might do kapag nalasing ka. You’re more scared of yourself than me.” He teased her more.
“Alam mo hindi ka nakakatuwa. Ubusin mo na yan tapos ihatid mo na ako.”
“As you wish Ms. Chingit”
“Chinggay na masungit. Napakasungit mo kasi sakin.”
“Wag mo nga akong tatawagin nyan! Parang singit. Siguro isisingit mo lang naman kasi ako sa sobrang busy mong buhay. Gaya noon na kapag malungkot ka saka ka lang magpapakita. Ganyan naman talaga di ba?”
“Hey easy! That was meant to be a joke. But is that what you felt?”
“Di ba ganyan naman talaga yun ginawa mo?”
“No. Hindi ganun. I was a mess then and I didn’t feel I’m worthy of your love. Wala pa akong napatunayan sa sarili ko.”
She just smirked. She was trying hard to ignore what he was saying. She’s not comfortable with the topic especially when Frank was being his charming self.
When Frank suddenly appeared in her life again, the feelings for him that Chinggay had deeply buried in her heart were suddenly stirred to life. She was sure that he could easily melt her defenses that’s why she’s been avoiding him.
“Late na Frank. Ihatid mo na ako.” She suddenly said. It was her attempt to end the conversation Frank was trying to have.
“It’s still early. Are you tired?”
“Oo kasi sanay akong maagang matulog. Di naman ako lumalabas kapag gabi.”
“Oh that’s good to hear. At least alam ko na you’re not seeing someone. It means wala kang ineentertain na manliligaw.” He smiled.
“Oy excuse me may mga manliligaw ako no! Gazillion!” She exaggeratedly countered.
“Asan? I don’t even see any of them na dumadalaw sa’yo sa office.”
“Hindi naman sa office sila dumadalaw. Sa bahay.”
“Yeah right! Halika na nga . Ihatid na kita at mukhang dumadagdag yun mga imaginary suitors mo.” He teased her again.
“Alam mo Frank ang yabang mo!”
“Really? Eh why are you blushing when I stare at you like this?” She was indeed melting whenever he stares deeply into her eyes.
“Hindi ako nagblublush dahil sa kilig no! Dahil yan sa inis ko sa’yo!” Now naaasar na sya and Frank saw it.
“Sorry na. Binibiro lang naman kita.” He said in his soft voice again.
“Ihatid mo na ako.”
“Ching di ko maalis yun arm ko!”
“Kasalanan mo. Ang kulit mo kasi. Sabi nang ako na lang.”
“Pero ginagawa ko naman to before at kasya naman. Mukhang hindi naman binago yun gate nyo. Yun dati pa rin to. Bakit hindi na kasya yun braso ko. Ang sakit!”
“Yan kasi, pa gym gym ka pa! Palaki laki pa ng biceps. Nagpapacute at nagpapaimpress siguro to sa mga babae dun.” She said in a whisper which Frank heard.
“What did you say?”
“Wala! Sabi ko dahan dahanin mong hilahin yun braso mo kasi kapag nabigla baka magmaga yan. At baka mapunit din yun damit mo.”
“Oh so you’re concerned too?”
“Sa gate namin oo! Baka yun gate yun masira!”
“Ang sungit mo talaga.”
Then when she saw that he wasn’t faking his difficulty in removing his arm from her gate, she showed concern and helped him.
“Ayan nagalusan ka na nga. Kulit mo naman kasi Frank. Sinabi ko nang ako na. Ayan o napunit na tuloy yun damit mo atsaka ano to? May sugat ka nga! Teka gamutin muna natin yan.” Then she dragged him inside her apartment with the intention of applying first-aid to his wound.
Her concern for him made her forget the promise she made to herself , the promise to maintain a safe distance from him since her heart had been badly broken by the very same person in front of her now.
“Lalagyan ko nang alcohol to ha! Mahapdi to so kumalma ka lang dyan.” She warned him.
But he wasn’t listening to what she was telling him. He was just staring lovingly at her, like his heart is bursting with love for her.
“Wala nang mas sasakit pa kesa sa sakit na binigay ko sa’yo Chinggay and I am very sorry.” He sincerely said. His face was serious and it scared Chinggay.
She knows that despite denying it, only him owns her heart.
She was sure that she won’t be able to resist him if he continues to woo her back.
She tried to veer away from what he was saying.
“Frank lagyan ko na muna ng bandage to.”
“Chinggay why do you always avoid talking about us?”
“Tapos na yun ‘us’ Frank. Wag na nating balikan pa. Okay na tayo sa ganito.”
“But I want you back. I missed you. I missed being happy. I only felt happy when I was with you.”
“Ako din. Noon. Masaya ako noon Frank when I was with you. Akala ko sapat na ako. Akala ko sapat na yun tayong dalawa lang pero niloko mo ako. Sobrang sakit yun at matagal bago ako nakabangon muli. Matagal bago ako naka-move-on. Kaya please lang tigilan mo na ako. Hindi ko na kayang maranasan yun ganung sakit.”
“Can’t you even give me another chance? Can’t you give me a chance to show you how sorry I was?”
“Frank iba na ngayon. Things have changed. Hindi naman pwedeng basta basta na lang balikan yun nakaraan after mong maging sorry.”
“Is this because someone else is occupying your heart now? Si Ryan ba?”
“It’s okay Chinggay. I get it. You don’t have to say anything. And for the record, hindi kita niloko. There was no one else. Yun mga babaeng nakita mo, I purposely made it appear that i had someone else para magalit ka sa akin, para iwanan mo ako. I had nothing to offer you then. I know that you deserve someone better than me. My life was a mess then, alam mo yun. Ayaw kong madamay ka that’s why I pretended to be a jerk. I never thought that you would be hurt this much. Akala ko mabilis mo lang makakalimutan yun and when we see each other again, you would easily forgive me. I thought that once you see the better version of who I am, you would forget that old, good-for-nothing Frank and take me back. I was wrong. Mali yun inakala ko.”
“Sobra akong nasaktan Frank kasi sobra kitang mahal at hindi ko alam kung kakayanin ko pang pagdaanan yun.”
“I understand Chinggay. I am really sorry. Sorry rin for bothering you for the past months. Sorry for making you feel uncomfortable and for annoying you sa office. I promise to stop doing that from now on. Thank you na rin for giving me this opportunity to talk to you and say what’s in my heart. Thank you for listening.” His face was somber and there was no doubt that just like her, he was hurting as well.
“Sige Chinggay I have to go.” He stood up to leave but paused to fish something from his pocket.
She remained seated trying to take in everything he said.
He faced her again then placed a small black box beside her.
“When we started being a couple before, I badly wanted to give you something like this. but you were aware I had nothing then. Pero hindi ko kinalimutan yun Chinggay. I had this made for you. I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to give it to you kaso that opportunity would never come. Tanggap ko na yun. Wala naman akong pagbibigyan nyan so I’m leaving it with you. Bahala ka na if you want to keep it, throw it, whatever. Sa’yo naman talaga yan.” He bent and gave her a reverent kiss on her forehead. “Goodbye Chinggay. Take care of yourself.”
After that heart to heart talk with Frank, Chinggay realized that she can’t live without him. She realized that it is only Frank who would make her experience that elusive happiness she had been searching for. She vowed to give him another chance, give her a chance to be happy as well.
Frank was absent the following day at the office She was informed that he took a week-long leave.
She missed him and she felt guilty. She was certain that what happened between them was the reason for him not coming to work.
He never reported to work and they were just informed that Frank had many speaking engagements.
The following week she arrived at her office and saw the sad faces of her office mates.
They informed her that Frank just talked to them and said goodbye for he would be going back to the States.
They also informed her that he was already on his way to the airport.
“Kanina pa siya nakaalis?”
“Kakaalis lang. May sasabihin ka sa kanya? Baka maabutan mo pa.”
She rushed to the elevators and repeatedly pushed the buttons praying that they would open at once so she would be able to see Frank.
She was running then she saw him at the entrance of their building, waiting for his driver.
She carefully approached him.
“Frank…” he heard her call his name and he slowly turned to face her.
“Aalis ka?” Her face registered sadness.
“Oo Chinggay. This is the right thing to do. Ayaw ko nang gambalain ka. I promised not to bother you again. I’m keeping that promise.”
“Iiwanan mo uli ako?” she was getting teary-eyed now.
“Yes because I love you at ayaw ko nang nahihirapan ka sa tuwing makikita mo ako. I don’t want you holding back from accepting Ryan to your life just because ginugulo ko kayo. I love you that much to let you go.”
“Frank hindi naman eto yun gusto ko.”
“Hindi ko naman gustong umalis ka. Hindi ko gustong iwasan mo ako. At lalong hindi ko gustong iwanan mo ako.” She was now crying.
“Hey I’m doing this for you. Makakabuti to sa’yo”
“Bakit ikaw ang kailangan magdesisyon kung ano ang makakabuti sa’kin?”
Then his SUV stopped in front of them.
“Frank kapag sumakay ka dyan, hinding hindi na kita patatawarin pa. Hinding hindi na kita kakausapin at isusumpa kita.” She was desperate already for she doesn’t want him to leave her alone again.
He smiled, held her hand then led her to his car. “Then come with me.”
His driver gave them their privacy and quietly went out of the car.
Chinggay just followed Frank. She’s relieved that she was able to prevent him from leaving.
The moment they settled at the backseat she was no longer able to contain herself that she sobbed openly.
“Chinggay please stop crying. I’m sorry. I thought gusto mong lubayan na kita.”
She didn’t say anything but gave him her dagger stare.
“Hey nakakatakot ka naman.” He was trying to joke so she would stop crying.
“Nakakainis ka kasi. Pabigay bigay ka nang singsing tapos mang-iiwan ka. Sino magsusuot sakin nyan.” Then she gave him back the small box he gave her few days ago.
He opened it, held her hand, kissed it then slowly slid the diamond ring on her finger. “Chinggay would you be my girlfriend again?”
He didn’t expect her confused expression. “Ayaw mo?”
“Girlfriend? Girlfriend lang? Akala ko pa naman engagement ring to!” The disappointment was clear on her face.
He chuckled then engulfed her in his arms again. “Engagement ring talaga yan but I’m just too scared that I may not get the reply I’ve been hoping for.”
“Eh bakit di mo subukan? Malay mo magustuhan mo yun isasagot ko.” She teased him. She was now smiling even though her eyes were still red from crying.
He took the ring off again then cleared his throat as he held her hand again. “Chinggay will you accept all that I could offer you including my flaws, my weaknesses, my being crazy in love with you and agree to me my wife?”
Her tears were flowing nonstop now. “Yes Frank. Tinatanggap kita nang buong buo.”
He wasn’t able to control it that he also cried as he was overwhelmed with everything that happened.
He thought she didn’t care at all and that she would just allow him to leave as the same broken man he was.
They lovingly stared at each other then he gently laid his lips on hers. She was smiling as they kissed, he felt that. Then they embraced each other as they needed to be assured that everything that happened was real.
“This is the most unromantic proposal ever.” He commented.
They both laughed as they realized that he proposed inside his car.
“Gusto mong ulitin? Pwede naman Mr. Sison. Pero dont be so sure na pareho pa rin ang isasagot ko.” She teased him now.
“Hindi na. Okay na to. Babawi na lang ako sa wedding.”
“Paano si Ryan?”
“Ssssshhhhh Frank! Don’t say bad words.”
He just chuckled.
Then she leaned her head on his shoulder as they were basking in happiness for they are again back together.
His brokenness and her pain would surely make them stronger as they enjoy the second chance they gave each other.
A/N : I removed Chinggay’s name sa title. Di ko talaga masyadong like yung name nya. Hehehe!