The Garden and the Butterfly : Him

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Photo by Donna Fe Gagaracruz

The reception went out well. Parang normal lang na reception ng isang normal na wedding. Lahat masaya maliban sa bride. Maya learned that her mom and dad are leaving for a trip abroad. Pinipilit niya ngumiti para di makahalata ang mga guests but di maiwasang malungkot ito kaya minsan kinakalabit na lang siya ng mommy niya. When the last guest left.

“Don’t you think you guys are too much? How can you leave me just like this?” naiiyak na si Maya.

“I know , I know sweetheart but your mom and I need to do this to give you and Richard the time to get to know each other. Alam namin na if andito lang kami pupunta ka lang ng bahay which is not good. We feel bad enough in marrying you off to someone you don’t know yet. But trust us..please just trust us okay? Hmmm..” sagot ng daddy ni Maya habang yakap siya sabay halik sa buhok ng anak.

“And besides we deserve our second honeymoon..after 26 years.” biro pa ng ama to lighten the mood.

“Dad!!” napatawa na lang si Maya.

They all laugh. Then Maya realize tama ang daddy niya, they deserve a break. Ni minsan di man sila nag bakasyon dahil tutok ang mga ito sa business nila. Kung ano man ang narating ng kanilang business ngayon its because of their hardwork. Walang ibang ginawa ang parents niya kundi magtrabaho para palaguin ang business nila and of course alagaan siya.

Yes you both deserve this..honeymoon..honeymoon?Di ba ako dapat mag ho-honeymoon..yikes! Bakit ba kasi kailangang imention mo pa ang word na yan..kinakabahan na tuloy ako.

Hinatid ni Maya at Richard sina Greg and Teresita sa parking area ng hotel. From there may car na maghahatid sa kanila sa airport. Niyakap ni Maya ng mahigpit ang kanyang mga magulang bilang pamamaalam. Di maiwasang tumulo ang luha kaya pinunasan ito ng kanyang daddy. Habang kayakap ni Maya ang ina nilapitan naman ng kanyang daddy si Richard at nakipag usap. Ilang sandali lang nakita niyang nakigpagkamay ang kanyang daddy sabay tapik sa likod ni Richard. Nang naka alis na ang mga magulang.

“Let’s go. Simon is waiting for us sa kotse.”

Richard ushered her to a CTS Sports Sedan, nakita niyang si Simon sa driver’s seat. Nang makalapit sa sasakyan pinagbuksan siya ni Richard at pinaunang sumakay bago ito umupo sa tabi niya sa back seat. Pagka-upo namangha si Maya sa loob ng sasakyan.

Wow!

“By the way, your parents sent your stuff at home already and I have Manang Fe fixed it for you. When we arrive maybe tapos na nilang nagawa yon.” explained ni Richard sa kanya.

“Simon let’s go.” utos nito kaya pina andar na nito ang sasakyan.

“Manang Fe?” tanong ni Maya kay Richard.

“Yes si Manang Fe. Siya yung katiwala ko sa bahay. Siya ang namamahala lahat ng kailangan sa bahay. Don’t worry when we arrive later you will get to meet her and the rest of the staff.”

“Staff?”

“Yes, there’s Doris,Sabel,Joma, and Gemma. They are my staff, umm I mean our staff. Two of them naka assign for you starting today.”

“Whattt? Bakit?” nagulat si Maya.

Aanhin ko ang staff? Ano ako pulitiko?

“You will need them. ”  sagot ni Richard ng makita ang parang nagtatanong niyang mata.

The rest of the ride home is quiet. Pinagmamasdan lang ni Maya bawat kanto nanadadaanan nila. They entered an exclusive subdivision, bungad pa lang ng entrada nito alam niya di basta-basta ang mga nakatira doon. They travel 10 more minutes bago sinabi ni Richard na nasa bahay  na sila. She saw the elegant gate. Modern design and very high-tech. Nang nakapasok na sila. From afar she saw the marvelous modern architectural design of the house. The exterior glass walls makes  it so neat and soothing to the eyes. Beside the mansion  at the left side is an infinity pool.

Oh my … wow!

“We’re home!” sambit ni Richard sabay tingin at ngiti sa kanya. Nauna na itong bumaba sabay lahad ng kamay nito para tulungan siyang makababa.

“You live there?” tanong ng namamanghang Maya.

“Yes, and ikaw din diyan ka na titira. Unless you don’t like it the we will find something na gusto mo.”

“Are you kidding?!” di makapaniwalang sagot ni Maya

” No..” sagot ni Richard while shaking his head.

Parang na shock talaga si Maya sa kanyang nakikita. Madami na siyang napuntahang bahay na maganda pero ngayon lang talaga siya napahanga ng bongga considering lalaki pa ang may-ari nito. And that guy, is Richard..her husband.

Dito ako titira?

“The house is so beautiful” “Oh good..I thought di mo gusto. Come, they are all waiting for us.”

Sumunod siya kay Richard papasok sa mansyon. Bungad pa lang ng pinto nakita na niya ang mga tao na naghihintay sa kanila sa loob.

“Good afternoon Sir Richard.” bati nito sa kanya.

“Good afternoon. Andito na ba lahat Manang Fe?” Tanong ni Richard sa matandang babae.

“Yes Sir andito na lahat.”

“Okay good. Everyone I would you to meet Maya. She is my wife. And kung anong respeto ang pinakita ‘nyo sa akin sana ganun din yung ipapakita ‘nyo sa kanya.”

“Hello po.” bati ni Maya sa lahat.

“Magandang hapon po Ma’am Maya. Meron po kaming bulaklak na inihanda para sa inyo galing sa aming lahat para i-welcome ka dito. Congratulations narin po sa inyong dalawa Sir Richard , Ma’am Maya.” iniabot ng matanda ang bouquet sa kanya.

“Salamat po.”

“Thank you for preparing something to welcome Maya. By the way, Maya this is Manang Fe, siya ang incharge dito sa bahay . Kung ano man ang kailangan dito siya ang bahala doon kaya wala ka ng alalahanin pa. And these people is her team. Doris,Sabel, Gemma,and Joma.” Pinakilala ni Richard isa-isa.

“Doris and Joma will be your staff. Doris will be your secretary, assistant, right hand..whatever you call her while Joma will be your driver and body guard. He is expected to be with you all the time, especially when I’m not around to keep you safe.These two are incharge of all your needs.”

“Hi Mrs.Lim, I’m Doris. Please to meet you po.” Doris stepped forward para magpakilala.

“Joma po Mrs. Lim.I’m honored to meet and to serve you po”. Joma stepped forward and bow his head to show courtesy.

“Thank you.” She smiled at Joma and Doris.

Richard dismissed them pagkatapos magpakilala ng lahat. Kaya nakahanap ng pagkakataon si Maya para kausapin siya.

“Can we talk? ” nakita ni Maya na nakatayo sa likod niya si Simon,Doris at Joma.

“Alone..please?”  napansin ni Richard na naiilang si Maya sa tatlo.

“Okay, let’s go upstairs .. in our room para may privacy tayo.”

Umakyat na sila sa hagdanan. Nadaaanan nila ang ilang mga kwarto, at ang isang hallway bago pa niya nakita si Richard na pumasok sa isang kwarto na nasa dulo nito. Pagkapasok niya nakita ni Maya na naghihintay si Richard sa kanya sa may pintuan.

“Before we start, let me take you to a tour first. Come follow me.”

Inilatag ni Maya ang kanyang dalang bulaklak sa kama bago ito sumunod kay Richard. Dinala siya nito sa walk in closet.

“Dito nakalagay ang iyong mga gamit. Konti lang ang sinabi kong ipadala ng mommy mo. Kukunin mo lang sa ibang araw yung iba if meron ka gustong dalhin dito. Most of these are new.”

Pinakita ni Richard kay Maya ang kanyang mga gamit. Nalula siya sa ganda at sa klase ng mga mamahaling bag,sapatos, accessories, damit,at kung anu-ano pa na nakita niya doon. Sa kabilang side naman napansin niya ang mga gamit ni Richard. Halatang alagang-alaga ang kwartong yon kasi napaka linis at orderly ng lahat ng gamit.

“And this aisle leads to our bathroom.” dagdag ni Richard habang tinuturo kung saan ito. Tumango lang si Maya. Nang halatang parang walang interest naman siya at gusto na nitong makipag-usap lumabas na sila ulit doon at nagpunta sa may bedroom.

“And now that I’m done, what is it that you want to talk to me, sweetheart?”

Hearing him call her sweetheart makes her flush and she felt awkward. Seeing such reaction makes Richard smirk.

“Do you realize how cute you look when you flush?”

“Stop teasing me Richard.. I need to ask you something.. what’s with the personal assistant thing?”

“Yes? what’s wrong with them?”

“Why do I have to have a personal assistant? Not to be rude but I don’t need to have one or should I say two!”

“Why not? believe me, you need them.”

“Give me one reason why I should keep them.”

“Because you will need someone to help you and assist you”

“No I don’t! My parents taught me how to do things on my own without relying to anybody else. “

“I don’t question the way your parents brought you up, if that’s the way you are insinuating. I am just trying to make things easier for you especially that I am not here always to help you”

“I appreciate your generosity but for me its too much.”

“That’s not just generosity Maya, it’s something I should do because I am your husband and I promised your dad that I will take care of you.”

Having said it Maya remembers the situation she is in. Questions flooded to her mind right there and then.

     Oh! since you brought it up, I hope you can fill in the blanks the answers to my questions.

“Alright, I demand an explanation to all of this.”

“Explanation to what?”

“Explanation as to why I have to do all of this”

“What did your father told you?”

“He didn’t explained it to me, but he told me to just trust him and mom and you… isn’t that great?!”

“Then i shall tell you the same.. just trust us..”

“What will i get from all of this?”

” happiness …”


Maya sigh and rest her case. She knows that she can’t get the answers to her questions for now. But a slight hope in her heart started to grow.

Happiness.. i’m crossing my fingers on it. He may sound like a t.v commercial but i’m buying it… I know dad and mom won’t hurt me.

 

 

TBC..

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Donna Fe Gagaracruz for the photo. Visit her gallery here.

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