The Garden and the Butterfly: Getting to Know Love

Photo by Donna Fe Gagaracruz

Photo by Donna Fe Gagaracruz

” I will be checking something in the other room, you can rest for now. I’ll just come here when dinner is ready.” paalam ni Richard kay Maya.

“Yeah sure.”

“Okay see you later.” tumalikod na si Richard at tinungo kung saan ang kanilang walk-in closet para magpalit ng damit. Nang lumabas na si Richard ay si Maya naman ang nagpalit tapos humiga muna para magpahinga. Not long after she fall asleep, nanagininip nanaman siya ng tungkol sa hardin. Di nagtagal, nagising din siya when she felt that someone is caressing her cheeks. Pagmulat niya nakita niya si Richard naka-upo sa gilid ng kama at pinagmamasdan siya.

  Oh my, why look at me that way..kinakabahan tuloy ako!

“Oh! sorry. Napasarap ata tulog ko! Sige maghahanda na ako para makababa” biglang bumangon si Maya.

“Why so scared? Di naman kita kakainin. Just take your time. Hihintayin na lang kita sa baba. I instructed Manang Fe to cook something . Is it okay if we have it by the poolside?”

“Sure, anywhere will do.”

As soon as he step out, Maya went to the bathroom for a quick shower. Maya picked the cocktail dress that her mom designed for her, she remembered that Richard wore a formal suit earlier and thought that the dress would perfectly suit it . The tube-cut white dress has a black ribbon at the waist that makes  her look slimmer and emphasizes her body curves. She paired it with a red  stilleto shoes, she hates wearing stilleto but for tonight she will have to endure it. She put light make-up to compliment the beautiful dress and check herself at the mirror before stepping out of the room.

Amaze si Maya sa nakita sa may poolside. Red rose petals and  candles floating on the water. A table for two set-up, meron pang flowers na dala si Richard while waiting for her and a pianist playing the piano nearby.

What the..bakit parang kinikilig ako sa nakikita? Impressive ha. Grabe ang effort mo Mr.Lim.

Kumain na sila ng dinner nila ng tahimik.Parang nagmamasid muna sa isat-isa.

“How’s the food?” tanong ni Richard ng di na nakatiis sa sobrang tahimik niya.

“Great.” sagot niya habang bahagyang nakangiti.

“Glad you like it, I instructed Manang Fe to cook something special for our first dinner together.” sabay ngiti sa kanya.

Oh geeezz saan kaya hahantung ang lahat ng papacute mo sa akin ngayon Mr. Lim..no.no.no..not this time..

Nagtatalo ang isip ni Maya at ang kanyang damdamin habang nakatitig kay Richard.

“What are you thinking?” tanong ni Richard.

“Me? Nothing..wala wala…” napayuko si Maya halatang biglang nahiya. Namumula.

“Ow?..and do you know what  I am thinking Mrs. Lim?”

Mrs. Lim! Yikes..tumatayo lahat ng balahibo ko!!”

Biglang napakagat ni Maya ang kanyang labi. To hide what she feels.

Bago pa nakasagot si Maya biglang tumayo si Richard, lumapit sa kanya at hinila siya. Pulling her close to him kaya bigla siya napayakap nito.

“I’m thinking of asking you to dance with me.” sagot ni Richard habang naka-akap na ang mga kamay sa sa kanyang beywang. Gulantang si Maya sa ginawa ni Richard. When she realized that he is teasing her.

“What a way to ask someone for a dance. You’re really a gentleman indeed!!”

Richard laugh at her sarcasm  and they began to dance to the music. Maya just realized that the pianist is already playing “The way you look Tonight”.

“How do you find our first date ever Mrs. Lim?” tanong ni Richard kay Maya.”Seriously?..hmmm sweet..” amin ni Maya.

“Can I ask something?” tanong ni Richard habang nagsasayaw sila.

“What?”

“What makes you agreed to the marriage?”

“Yung totoo?”

“Yes, I’d prefer you tell me the truth Maya.”

“First, because Dad said he won’t take no as an answer.”

Natigilan si Richard at napahinto sa pagsasayaw, tapos bigla ito napatawa ng malakas.

“Sorry..” Richard said then started dancing again.

“Second, because when I think about it last night, I realized that while growing up every bit of decision that I made turned out a disaster but my dad’s decisions are always the best and I don’t have regrets later on.”

“And you think you won’t regret this decision?”

“I trust my mom and dad, that’s what matters to me ..”

“You’re quite a woman Maya”

“I know..”

“and conceited..”

“just like you” they both laugh.

“Would you like to sit down now?”

” Yes please, my shoes are killing me” Richard lead her to their table.

“Does your friends know that you are married now?”

“nope”

“okay..”

“how about you?” tanong naman ni Maya

“same”

“so, can we make it a secret first?”

“Whatever you like Maya, its fine with me. Let’s take things slowly..how about pretending i’m still your boyfriend”

“that’s fine with me”

“Okay…let’s just keep it that way until you are ready..”

“Thank you for understanding me Richard” Richard just answered her with a sweet smile and a nod.

“Have I told you look so beautiful tonight Maya? .. You make me feel so lucky to have you for the rest of my life”

“Am I?”

“Yes, very much..”

“Thank you Mr. Lim.. I’m glad you find me that way, but please let’s drop that talk because you’re embarrassing me already..”

A soft laugh was his only answer. The rest of the dinner was spent talking, getting to know each other. When they went back inside to their bedroom. After changing their clothes they decided to rest after a long day, Maya slipped to the bathroom when she saw him sleeping already..

“Hi Red! whew! whatta day! Everything happen so fast from the day we met … the wedding..Richard… I would like to slap my face several times just to know that this isn’t real. But this ring i’m wearing now tells me it is. Richard is good, thank heaven he is! He told me he’s gonna wait till i’m ready and i’m just so thankful for that..oh well…oh before i forgot, did I mention he’s hot?! Yup! he is.. and uber sweet! Bye for now, bye!”

When she goes out of the bathroom she was surprise to see Richard waiting for her outside the door,crossed arms, nakasandal sa wall and looks at her in the eye when she came out!

“Done?” tanong ni Richard sa kanya.

“ha? ahh yes..” pilit siyang ngumiti dahil sa kaba.

“Are you talking to someone?” Richard ask suspiciously.

Biting her lower lip she shake her head to deny.

Shit! Bakit parang kinabahan ako bigla? May nagawa ba ako?Wala naman di ba? Bakit parang meron?..nadinig mo kaya yon.

“Gagamit ka? Pwede mo ng gamitin tapos na ako.”

” no..I climbed out of bed wondering where were you when I heard someone talking out here..if you’re done then let’s go back to sleep, shall we Mrs. Lim?”

Richard said stressing out Mrs. Lim as if trying to convey something pero pinagkibit-balikat niya, sa isip ni Maya nag-alala lang si Richard ng mapansing nawawala siya.

   Oh Richard, can’t you sleep when i’m not around?

“Next time, call your friend earlier before you decide to sleep para di ka bumabangon tuwing hating gabi, okay?” bilin ni Richard sa kanya pagkatalikod as if telling her na narinig nga niya.

“Sorry..” sumunod na si Maya sa kanya.

Photo credit to Donna Fe. Check more of her wonderful creations by  clicking here.

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