The Garden and the Butterfly : Her

Maya, the star of the night is super busy. From one table to another palipat-lipat siya ng mesa to greet her guests. Music is played by the hired band and food is lavishly served to the guest. A party is held to celebrate her graduation and birthday party. Finally, she graduated on her BS-BA and on top of that she nailed it. She topped the class.

“Hi everyone!” Maya greeted her friends and classmates who are all seated in one table and are busy with their usual chit-chats but they stopped when she arrived.

“Salamat ng marami sa pagpunta ha. Please help yourselves okay, madami pang food. And..wala munang uuwi ha!” and diin ni Maya habang tinataas pa ang kanyang finger gesturing a warning to her friends.

“This is our night, let’s celebrate okay?! Cheers!” sabay taas ng kanyang wineglass.

“Cheers!” everyone shouted followed by clinking of their glasses.

“Guys, I’ll be back later. I just have to greet the other guest quickly then I’ll be back,promise.. Sam, stay hmm” .

Sam or Samantha is her close friend. They met noong pareho pa silang freshmen sa university kung saan sila nag-aral. Dahil sa parehong only daughter kaya madaling naging close and they treated each other like sisters narin.

“Of course sis, don’t worry di ako aalis kaagad. I’ll take care of them kaya go kana sa ibang guests mo.” sabay ngiti ni Samantha sa kanya.

“Maya,sweetie come here.” Tawag ng daddy ni Maya sa kanya. Agad namang nagpunta si Maya sa kanyang daddy na kasama ang kanyang mga kaibigan sa kabilang mesa. Nakita niyang mga business associates ng kanyang daddy ang naroon at ang iba naman ay di pa niya nakita or nakilala pa.

“And this is my precious daughter, Maya.” pakilala ng kanyang daddy sa mga kasama nito na nasa mesa.

“Hello po good evening.” She greeted them with a warm smile.

“Hope you are all enjoying the night po.” dagdag ni Maya. A few minutes of chit-chat with the group before siya pinakawalan ng kanyang daddy. And as soon as she was able to escape him, takbo na siya kaagad sa kanyang mga friends.

Successful naman ang party. Maya and her friends had a great time. Hating-gabi na nang natapos ang party. Lubos ang kasiyahan ni Maya lalo na’t double celebration din yon kasi birthday party niya, kaya kahit late na parang andami pa niyang energy na natira sa katawan . Naisipan niyang buksan ang mga regalo na natanggap niya. Parang bata excited siya makita ang laman ng mga boxes na nasa kwarto niya. Dress, shoes, accessories,etc but one present she particularly love is the electronic diary from an anonymous person. It’s just like a cellphone which is password protected. You can type on it but it also works as a recorder if you want to just record your voice. It comes with a very nice case of red.

Whoever you are, thank you super like the gift. Mahahalikan kita promise.

Bulong ni Maya sa sarili habang yakap ang box ng diary sa kanyang dibdib. Nagligpit na si Maya ng nahagip ng kanyang mata ang alarm clock sa bedside table niya.

“Oh my..2:54 a.m na pala!” binilisan niya ang pagliligpit ng nagkalat na gift wrappers sa sahig at inayos na ang higaan para matulog.

 

Oh my gee! Ang ganda ng mga flowers!

Sigaw ni Amanda ng makita ang sari-saring bulaklak sa garden. Red, yellow, orange, pink..you named the colors and the different flowers meron na ata doon sa garden. And the garden smells heavenly!

Wow! Ang gaganda talaga. I have to pick some to give it to mom.I’m sure she’s gonna love this!

Busy si Maya sa pagpitas ng bulaklak and while picking meron siyang nakitang parang may puting tela na nasa kalayuan so she went to check kung ano yon. Turned out isa palang white blanket na naka spread na nasa middle ng garden. Habang papalapit she also notice the picnic basket. Bigla tuloy siya nagutom at nauhaw. She checked the garden if meron bang ibang tao doon pero mukhang wala naman kaya naisipan niyang sumilip sa basket at tingnan baka meron siya maiinom or makain. Pabukas niya ng basket cover..

Ayy!

Nagulat siya sa paru-paro na biglang lumabas mula sa basket. Matutumba na sana siya kung di lang napigilan ng isang kamay na nakahawak sa kanyang likod. Humarap si Maya para magpasalamat sa taong tumulong pero di niya maaninag ang mukha sa sobrang sinag ng araw, she blinks her eyes a few times saka niya tinabunan ng kanyang mga kamay ang sinag.

Thank y..

“Sweetheart”

Nagising si Maya sa tawag at yugyug ng kanyang mommy Teresita.

“Maya gising na..tirik na ang araw di ka pa kumakain. Baba kana, join me and your dad.”

Her mom was sitting on her bed  when she dreamily opens her eyes alternately.

“Mom, just when i was in the middle of a beautiful dream..panira ka talaga ng moment oh!”

Her mom laughed.

“Bilis na, gising na anak. Dad is waiting.” pangungulit ng mommy niya sa kanya.

“Mom, 5 minutes pa.”

“Five minutes ka dyan..sige na nak alam mo naman daddy mo di ba. Gusto niya sabay tayong kumakain. Sige na baba ka na ha”

Her mom slaps her behind sabay tayo at lumabas na ng kwarto.

Nakatulog pa siya ng 15 minutes, kung di pa niya narinig ang sigaw ng mommy niya sa labas ng pinto niya di siya babangon. Nag shower na siya then after 30 minutes nasa harap na siya ng dining table nila with her mom and dad.

“Maya pagkatapos nating kumain join me and your mom sa office ko. There is something we need to talk about.” sabi ng daddy ni Maya in the middle of their brunch.Mukhang seryoso kaya medyo nagtaka siya.

“Yes, dad.” sagot niya sabay tango.

They continue eating, pinag-usapan ang event last night kaya medyo biglang balik sa dating sigla na silang tatlo habang kumakain. Maya-maya pa nasa loob na sila ng office ng daddy niya which is located adjacent sa living room ng bahay. In close doors medyo kakaiba ang mood ng daddy Greg ni Maya.

“Maya, now that finally tapos ka na mag-aral. What is your next plan?”

Nakatayo ang daddy ni Maya sa harap ng bitana ng office niya sipping his coffee, patalikod sa kanila ng mommy niya. Di niya makita ang facial expression nito but she sense seriousness sa tono pa lang. Nagtinginan si Maya and her mom, pareho silang naka-upo sa chairs infront Greg’s office table.

Feeling niya parang bumalik yung time na nag-aaral siya. Noon kasi when there is something he wanted to talk to her concerning her studies laging ganinto ang mood, but since she graduated already di maiwasang maging uneasy siya. She knows there is something wrong and it concerns her.

“Actually,that is something i want to talk to both of you too. I would like to study fashion design. I think it would be better if i have a little background in it too so that i can help both in the financial and production management. In that way i can be of help to you dad and of course to mom. What do you think?”

She wanted to lighten the mood. Kaya medyo pa cheerful pa ang effect ng sagot niya sa daddy niya. Sa isip niya kung sakaling mabanggit niya ang planong pagtulong sa family business nila magiging maganda na ang mood ni Greg. But nothing changed, both her mom and dad remained silent. Nagpalitan lang ng tingin as if trying to hold back something.

Crap! Guys answer me..what’s up with the sudden exchange of looks? There is something with you guys and it’s making me nervous.

Maya thought. Palipat-lipat siya ng tingin sa kanyang mommy and daddy.

“Oh!? I think it would be great..but there is one thing I need to ask you..a favor..and I’m taking not taking no as an answer.” sagot ng kanyang daddy sabay latag ng kanyang tasa sa mesa, umupo sa kanyang silya, crossed his arm, and stare back at her with full authority.

favor?

Sa isip ni Maya habang nakatitig sa kanyang ama na nagtatanong ang mga mata.

“Favor? What favor dad?”

“I WANT YOU TO GET MARRIED..TOMORROW!”

Get married..tomorrow..what the hell are you talking about Dad?

Maya answered his dad with a big laugh. Ang haba ng tawa ni Maya. Aliw na aliw siya sa narinig sa kanyang ama.

“Yes darling, you are getting married tomorrow. I’ve talked to your mom and she agreed already.” sagot ng kanyang daddy  while she continue laughing. Palipat-lipat siya ng tingin between her mom and dad and when she saw the seriousness in their eyes slowly nahinto ang tawa niya.

“Seriously!?!!!”

Tanging naisambit ni Maya.

“Yes, seriously!” sabay na sagot ng kanyang mga magulang sa kanya.

What the .. anong kasal? Di ba nila alam member ako ng NBSB??? 50% never been kissed, 50% never been held..with a total of 100% innocent?? Duhhh! Ay wait! Baka naman panaginip na naman ito? Kalma Maya .. kalma.. pwedeng gumulong-gulong sa carpet para malaman kung gising o nananaginip lang ako? Oh myy gee! Please teasing me dad! Promise magkaka-apo ka rin, from now on stop na ako sa vow of celibacy and I’ll start looking for a hot-blooded man just stop teasing me!

Lintanya ni Maya sa isip niya habang nakatitig sa kanyang mga magulang na ang mata ay parang nakikiusap. Pero wala siyang nakitang pagbabago sa kanilang mga mukha.

♥  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ♥ ♥ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

“He’s here already..come” Greg led Maya and her mom to the judge’s office.  Maya looks calm outside but very very nervous inside..

Lord please .. sanan naman normal ang magiging husband ko. Ayoko ng panot like dad, ayoko ng matanda like him. Ayoko pong maging caregiver for the rest of my 10 or 20 years. I don’t care if you give me someone odd looking huwag lang talagang matanda and dying na.

Dasal ni Maya habang naglalakad patungon opisina ng judge kung saan siya ikakasal. She keeps on repeating this prayer the moment she opened her eyes that morning. She could still remember how her parents told her that this is all for her own good. She couldn’t even believe herself when she said yes last night. She trusts her parents, she knows that they won’t ask her this without any reason. But whatever the reason is, they cannot reveal it yet. They ask her to wait, as to when and what Maya still doesn’t have any clue yet.

Nasa labas na sila ng pintuan ng office nang salubungin sila ng isang matangkad at gwapong lalaki, nakipag kamay sa kanyang daddy at mommy.

Is that him Lord? Hmmm not bad … decent and good looking, i cannot ask for more.

Maya thought while eyeing the handsome man infront of them.

Errr..ma’am? Soon i’ll be your wife, don’t call me that way as if i’m going to buy something from you! Idiot!

Gusto sanang sabihin ni Maya sa lalaki ng marinig niyang sabihan siyang ma’am.

“Come Sweetheart, your groom is waiting for you”, tawag ng kanyang ama sa kanya.

Oh uh! so he’s not the one…Failed! Good Lord, why are teasing me…

Maya rolled her eyes ng malamang hindi pa pala yun ang kanyang magiging asawa. Nasa loob na ng office ang kanyang parents, siya naman nasa may pintuan lang. Pina-una siyang pumasok ng lalaking sumalubong sa kanila. Nakita niyang nakikipag kamay ang kanyang mga magulang sa mga taong nasa loob, nakita niya ang mga matalik na kaibigan ng kanyang mga magulang. Napansin rin niya ang lalaking naka robe na nakikipag kamay sa kanila.

The judge no doubt.

Huling kinamayan ng daddy niya ang isang matangkad na lalaking naka salamin and wearing a tuxedo.
Lumingon ang kanyang daddy at hinanap siya.

“Why are you still there? Come and join your groom.”

My groom! Oh ..so that’s him!

Habang papalapit si Maya nakita niyang ngumiti ang lalaki sa kanya and offered his hand which she kindly took.

Ohh geez why am i shaking.. oh dear nerves, heart, and everything down there..don’t make me look stupid and cooperate for heaven’s sake!!!

“Hi.” bulong ng lalaki sa kanya.

“Hello.” ganti niyang bulong sabay ngiti.

“You look gorgeous.” he praise her.

“Thank you, you look great too.” ganti naman ni Maya sa lalaki.

There exchange of pleasantries is cut-off when the judge clears his throat. A signal that the ceremony will begin. After the exchange of rings, vows, and a short message from the judge the ceremony is about to end ..

“And now, the moment we’ve been waiting for .. or should I say ..ang pinakahihintay ng lalaking ito.” the judge said while looking at her groom. Lahat ng nasa loob ng opisina ay nagtawanan.

“You may kiss the bride.” sabay ngiti sa kanilang dalawa.

Lahat ng tao ay nahihintay sa kanilang first kiss kaya lalo tuloy kinabahan si Maya.

Can we just skip this until I know his full name, height, weight, favorites and everything? oh my goodness!!!

Pilit pinakakalma ni Maya ang sarili. Her groom faced her, grab her waist kaya nagulat siya. He murmured something that only she can hear.

” Bear this moment and let’s just give them what they want so we can finish this up okay.”

Just then he kiss her slightly opened mouth…1,2,3 the kiss ended then she heard everyone clap their hands and cheered for them. Nga-nga si Maya.

“You can now close your mouth Mrs.Lim ..everyone’s watching you.” bulong ng lalaki sa kanya.

Arghhh kakahiya ka talaga Maya, huwag ka nga magpahalat na first time mo!

Pinagalitan ni Maya ang sarili, biglang binaba ni Maya ang tingin sa sahig sa hiya.Her mom approached her, she kissed and hug her while her father shook  hands with her husband then turned to her and kiss her on the cheeks and hug her tightly. The witnesses surrounded the newly-wed to congratulate and wish them well. Her husband thank their guest and announce that he prepared a special lunch and mention the name of the hotel. The guest are ushered by the young man whom Maya previously mistook as her groom-to-be. When everyone left the room, her parents introduce her husband to her.

“Maya, this is Richard..Richard Lim. Trust us, he is a good man. Alam namin ng mommy mo that he will take good care of you.”

“Hello again Maya. I’m Richard, call me Chard. Family and frieds call me that way…though I prefer you call me honey.” he smiled and wink at her.

Kahit pilit pinapagaan ng kanyang parents at ni Richard ang pakiramdam niya. Naguguluhan at nawiwindang parin siya sa mga nangyayari.

“You can trust him, sweety…” her mom hug and reassure her. She was about to tell her something when the young man who ushered them inside the office earlier approached them.

“Sir, ang mga bisita naka alis napo papuntang hotel.”

“Ah, thank you Simon.Maya this is Simon my right hand. Personal driver, secretary, body guard..lahat-lahat  siya yung tumutulong sa akin. He works for me and starting today he will be assisting you too though magkakaroon karin ng sa’yo, later sa bahay makikilala mo rin sila. For the meantime, let’s join the rest. Baka magtaka bakit ang tagal natin.”

Tulala si Maya sa mga narinig. Di pa niya lubos maisip ang sinasabi ni Richard. Napatitig siya kay Richard. Masyado siyang na-mesmerize sa kanyang kausap. Matangkad, maputi,singkit, gwapo at mala-Diether Ocampo ito kung titigan. Sa tingin niya medyo may edad na, 30’s or 40’s perhaps, pero with his body hindi halata. Masungit tingnan pag di naka smile pero parang dagdag pa nga ito sa karisma niya.

“Maya?” nakangiti habang nakatitig sa kanya si Richard.

“Oh..yes..” natauhan siya when she felt Richard touch her arm, sumunod na siya sa kanyang mga magulang palabas ng opisina while Richard walks with her. His hand holding her back na parang natural na lang sa kanila. While walking saka pa niya napansin na matangkad pala talaga ang asawa niya. She is wearing a 6-inch stilleto pero matangkad parin ito sa kanya.

Holy  cow! I must have been uber obedient to my parents to deserve someone like him. I could stare at him all day…

She can’t believe it. She sense that it is going to be one precious life she is going to start anew, just by looking at this fine man she called Richard, her husband..

Richard, my husband ..

And she smiles from ear to ear.

TBC..😉

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LovelyPink ♥♥♥
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 08:40:59

    Reading your stories again from the start….this just means im bored & na ubos ko na lahat ng new ff stories…i’d rather have a good read from a great storyteller kesa naman mag monologue akong mag isa… ^_^

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