A/N: Here it is! The much delayed update. SHORT lang but I hope you like it.
Knock, knock …
“Hay naku.. Nabingi nanaman ang aking bestie. I betcha nag babake at in the zone nanaman kaya walang marinig.”
“Feirygood mudra at the door.” Emman texted
Ring, ring…. “No answer. Hmmm.”
“Wala pa rin.. asan na kaya ang aking favorite friendship?”
Knock, knock … “Hmmp!”
“Where na nga ang susi ng condo ni Bestie.” Emman rummaged through his man purse.
“Luke baby… Ninong Menman is here! ” Emman happily announced himself as he entered the door.
Emman found Maya sitting at the sofa, eyes closed. Luke was desperately trying to escape his mother’s tight embrace.
“Mom. Luke play aeroplen.” Luke pleaded.
“Mom. Mom. Aeroplen.” Luke repeated.
“Bestie?” Emman called out. Emman cannot believe the sight in front of him.
Luke heard Emman and he called out “Ninon, aeroplen.”
Emman rushed to his friend’s side. He gently touched her hand, slowly prying her tight grip on Luke.
“Tenchu Ninon.” Luke happily jumped out of his mother’s lap and skipped to his toy chest to fish out one of his favorire airplane.
Maya simply said. “He just left. I told him about Luke.”
“Ok.” Emman quietly said. He knew right away what she meant. She was fearing this for a long time and now it finally happened. He can feel the sadness and fear in her voice.
Tears slowly fell from her eyes.
“His lawyers will contact me daw.” She continued.
“Emman, he will take my son. He will take my son.” Maya cringed at the thought and started to cry.
Emman hugged his friend.
“Maya, what did he say exactly? Hindi niya basta-basta makukuha si Luke.” Emman tried to console his friend.
Then she suddenly disentangled herself from Emman.
“Emman, He is going to take Luke. I have to do something, I have to do something! I will not let him take my son,” Resolve can be heard in her voice.
She stood up and like a mad woman made a dash for the bedroom.
Emman was relived to see Luke was busy with his plane that he dd not see his mom run out.
“Luke baby. diyan ka lang muna.” Emman said in a sing-song tone as he stepped out of the room.
“Maya! Maya! Anong sinasabi mo? Para kang nasiSISA diyan.” He saw his friend frantically stuffing her suitcase with Luke’s clothes and her clothes.
“We have to leave! We need to escape before his lawyers comes.” Maya said while continuing to put toys in her suitcase.
“Maya, Bestie. You are not making sense.” Emman said. “Sit down, calm down ka muna diyan.”
“He said his lawyers will contact me. I will not wait for that to happen Emman.”
“Do you think he will just take Luke from you? Baka naman may gusto lang niya ng visitation rights. I dont he will be that mean to cut you off from Luke’s life. Baka joint custody lang gusto. Uy,, baka reconciliation ?”
Maya glared at Emman.
“Hmmph! Huwag ka nga padalosdalos at baka kidnapping ang macharge sa iyo”
“Best friend ba kita? Bakit di ka supportive?” Maya lashed out at Emman.
When she realized what she said, she looked at him and apologized but continued to stuff her bags. “Emman, sorry ah. I know you are playing devil’s advocate pero medyo under stress lang.”
“Dont worry bestie.” Emman took the necessary steps to stand in front of his friend and hugged her.
“Maya” Emman continued. “ I am just asking you to think and be practical. Eh, where will you go? May plano ka na ba? Saan kayo kukuha ng pera? Eh kung magkasakit si Luke? Gaano kayo katagal magtatago?”
“Hindi ko alam. Hindi ko alam. Kahit saan basta malayo dito.” Maya answered in between her sobs.
“Paano ang business mo? Yung stall mo sa Salcedo Market? Marami ka nang followers Maya, bigla mo na lang iiwan?” Emman tried to reason.
“Emman, makakapagumpisa ako kahit saan, basta kasama ko si Luke!” She was very determined.
“Atttorney. Yes… Not a corporate case … It is a personal case I want you to handle with the best lawyers you can find….” Richard did not waste time in contacting his lawyer like he told Maya.
Manang Fe’s interest was piqued. She was listening behind the home office door. She did not plan to spy but she saw RIchard enter the house with a very serious face, a face she has not seen for a long time.
“I went to Maya’s condo… my son… Luke.. birth certificate. Yes… Listed as the father”
She just knew his anger was due to Maya. And she was proven right with what she just heard.
“Si Maya, nagbalik na pala from Singapore. At nanganak na, Hindi na kasi sumagot sa mga text ko. Naintindihan ko rin naman, naaalala niya si Ricardo kapag kausap ako. ” She reasoned to herself.
”..I want her to suffer.. She is not fit…I.WANT. SOLE. CUSTODY!”
“ Sole Custody? Suffer? Not again! “ Napabuntong hininga si Manang Fe. Richard had moved on, ngayon galit nanaman. Ano kaya ang dapat kong gawin?”
Manang Fe summoned her courage when she heard the phone conversation end, She has to do something. she just knew it. She knocked on the door and she found Richard pacing… thinking…
“Gusto mo ng kape, Ricardo?” For some reason, coffee calms him down.
“Manang, salamat po. Mamaya na lang po.”
Manang just stood there looking at him.
“May kailangan pa kayo, Manang?”
“Merienda, gusto mo? May cake tayo at gusto mo igawa kita ng …”
Richard got irritated. He wanted to plot and plan his revenge but Manang Fe is just delaying him. He knew she wanted to tell him something, and was just trying to find the words.
“Manang. diretchuhin mo na kasi. Ano ba ang gusto mong sabihin? Kailangan ba dagdagan ang budget? kailangan mong magbakasyon? Ano?”
“Nariinig ko ang usapan ninyo ng abogado mo. Bumalik na pala si Maya at si Luke galing ng SIngapore.”
“Alam ninyo ang tungkol kay Luke?” Richard cannot believe what he was hearing. “Ako lang ba ang walang alam na may anak ako?” His voice was an octave higher.
“Hindi na importante yon, ang importante ay alam mo na ngayon. Ang importante ay ano ang plano mo.” Manang did not want to be intimidated by Richard.
“I am filing for SOLE CUSTODY. Yan ang plano ko.” Richard was mad. All the anger he thought he was able to let go just came rushing back.
“Ricardo, paano si Maya? Siya ang nanay, kailangan ng anak ang nanay at …”
Richard interrupted her “At AKO ang tatay! AKO! Kailangan din ng anak ang tatay! Mas kailangan ako ng anak ko! Anak ko si Luke.” He was really upset.
He has been saying that he has a child but the reality has not sinked in until now.
“May anak na ako, Manang Fe” Richard said softly. He looked at Manang Fe teary eyed.
“Ang guapo ng aking anak Manang. Luke Andrew ang pangalan niya.Hindi ko nakunan ng litrato pero kamukha ko,guapo. ” Richard smiled when he realized what he just said.
“Si Maya, nakita ko rin si Maya, Manang Fe. Lalo siyang gumanda, Manang. Bagay sa kanya ang maging Mommy” Richard excitedly said. Then he stopped surprised by what he just said.
Napangiti si Manang Fe. She knew this was the segue to what she wanted to tell Richard.
“Ricardo, may ibibigay ako sa iyo.” Manang Fe took out the little black book from its hiding place in Richard’s office and handed it to Richard.
Richard was amazed with what Manang Fe just gave him.
“Kay Maya ito, naiwan niya noong umalis siya. Hindi ko alam paano ko ibabalik kaya itinago ko na lang dito. Hindi ko binasa yan. Hindi para sa akin ang mga kwento diyan. Hindi naman siguro masama kung mabasa mo. Alam kong matutulungan ka ng mga nakasulat diyan maintindihan ng lubusan si Maya.”
Richard started to leaf through the pages. Manang Fe saw a range of emotions go through Richard’s face.
“Manang, salamat po at ipinagkatiwala niyo sa akin itong diary ni Maya. Pagiingatan ko po ito.”
“Sana mabago ang iyong plano tungkol sa sole custody, anak. Hindi masamang tao si Maya. Alam kong namiss mo siya at mahal na mahal mo siya. Lalo na ngayon at may anak na kayo.”
Richard nodded. “Salamat Manang sa paalala. Bale wala ang lahat ng kayamanan at karangalan tinatamasa ko ngayon kung wala akong mahal sa buhay sa tabi ko.” He said as he slowly turned his attention to the little black book that can change his life.