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I am walking ahead of Xion towards the condominium building. I know he's just behind me and just observing my actions. I know he's not kidding about what he said earlier that if I shed even a single drop of tear, he will surely drug this condominium down. And I don't like him to do that coz Cruz family are kind and I don't want to ruin his family's relationship towards Cruz just because of me and Sandra. I was about to enter the building when the guard call me.
"Ma'am Ashley, dito po. Wag na po kayo pumasok sa taas. Andito na po mga gamit nyo dito." He then pick the plastic bag beside him. I was hurt of what Sandra did but I tried my best not to cry in front of Manong guard and Xion. Maybe, it's better this way that we never face for now. I can't still manage to face her. I may sounds strong but I am broken into pieces. I hold the patch in my forehead, it reminds me of what she did.
"Thank you, Manong." I get the my things which are insid the plastic bag. But I hurriedly stopped and immediately opened the plastic bag. I am trembling of thinking she might destroyed it. I was relieved when I saw the frame. It is our picture together with my parents. It was when I celebrate my 18th birthday. But when I touched it, the glass of the frame was broken. I made a sigh and I am still glad that the picture was there. I will not cry. I will not. I looked up and saw Xion looking at me intently. See self? You should not cry. You know what this man can do, don't be selfish. I stood up an started to walk. Xion get the plastic bag in my hands. I thought he will just get the plastic but he hold my hand firmly.
"Kuya Anthony, I will be the one to drive. You can go home. I will bring Ashley to my condo." He said to kuya driver and asked for the key. Condo? His condo? Me? He'll bring me there? No!!!!! 😱
He looked at me when kuya driver got out of the car. "What's with your face? Your little dirty brain thinking of something don't you?" He then pinch my nose.
"Of course not! But why we need to go to your condo? Why not to your parents house?" I asked him and hide the embarrassment I felt.
"I know you will not be comfortable if you're in our house especially that I am there. And, don't obey Mom and Dad for you being my assistant coz I am not a child anymore. You will be living in my condo since there's no one there. That would be great so that someone will clean my condo." He then smirked at me.
"But I would like to ask Tita and Tito, if they can hire me as a maid. In return of letting me go back to my studies in college." I bow my head, I felt ashamed for telling him that.
I can feel him staring at me like he sees me of having no head at all. I know, it may sound ridiculous to him but I am serious that I will apply for a maid to there house. I made my decision while we were in the car awhile ago.
"Do you think I will let you do that. I can support your studies without asking my parents for a work. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like you to work as a maid but you don't need to work inside our house. You can work in the office. You know, you can be my secretary since I am already done with my studies. I will now start to work in our company." I looked at him and smile. I don't want to take advantage of their kindness.
"Xi, I already made a decision. Let's go back to your house please. I still need to talk with your parents. I need to say thanks to them." He sighed and drive the car to their house.
When we arrived in their house, we saw that his parents we're already at home. They're in the dining so we went there. When they saw us, they smile and Tita stood up and walk towards me while smiling ear to ear. She's been like this. I am thankful that she adores me this much. But I cannot let myself take advantage of her.
"Sit down, Hija. I'm glad you both are here now. Let's eat na, kanina pa namin kayo hinihintay." She hold me in the waist and dragged me to her side. She let me sit down beside her and Xion followed and sitted beside me. Ano ba tong tukmol nato. Palagi nakasunod. He can sit naman to the other side.
"Xion, you sit to the front. Bakit ka ba palagi nakasunod kay Ash, di naman namin siya ilalayo sayo." His mom teased him.
"But Mom I want to sit beside her."
"No, you sit there son. Or else!?"
"Or else, what?"
"Ah, basta maupo ka na dun anak. Maganda sa harap makikita mo ng mabuti ang ganda ni Ashley."
I blushed of what she said. Sometimes his mom really is naughty and playful.
"Tssk! Whatever Mom." But he stood up and sat in front of me.
"Okay son. Do you have anything to say?" He's father asked him. I am afraid to say even a word though I really want to open my mouth.
"As what I've said last night when Ash was still asleep due to the incident last night when she collapsed, I am serious Dad that she will be with us and with me. I admit, we're not in relationship and I don't know her answer yet. But I am positively thinking that she'll say yes " He's staring at me with a smirk in his face.
"Hoy, bakit, nanliligaw ka ba? Di ka naman nanligaw ah? Assuming pre?" Dinuro ko pa siya ng tinidor. And, I froze after coz I forgot that his parents was with us. Anak ng tipaklong na lumalangoy! Kainin nawa ako ng lupa, as in now na.
I heard his mom laugh out loud and his father also tap his shoulder while laughing.
"Manligaw ka muna anak. Wag ka mag bilang ng sisiw, wala pang itlog." His mom was now laughing with tears.
"Edi manligaw. Madali lang yun. Tsaka sasagutin mo naman ako agad di ba?" I looked at him when he talked to me straight in tagalog.
"Asa! I will continue my study first." I continue to eat. I don't know but I felt comfortable with his parents.
"Aray anak, busted agad haha. Pero first daw, ibig sabihin sa second baka sagutin ka na nya, di ba iha? After ng studies mo?" Nabilaukan pa ko.
"Water!" He gave me the glass of water.
"Siyanga po pala. I have a favor to asked tita." I need to change the topic right now.
"Can I apply as a maid here? I will work and at the same time go to school during my free time." I slowly bow my head. I am really shy this time.
"No! I won't hire you as a maid. I gmhave lots of maid already. You know, I want you to be the assistant of Xion if you like?" She's smiling now.
"No tita. I don't like to be his assistant. Ahm, ano kasi, ano."
"Then, might as well be his secretary. You know, your tita and I need to have a vacation. And we also need to look for our other business abroad. The company will be take by Xion. He needs a Secretary. Also, you can have your class at home. You don't need to go to school, Hija." It's Tito who's looking at me while smiling. "And I won't accept no. Coz if you deckine this time. I won't accept you either in our house. " He sounds serious this time.
I thought of things of what have happened in my life. The struggle that I faced for a year and all. I think, I need to grab this opportunity. It will be a good tomorrow for me.
"Okay tito. I will accept the offer this time. And I am so thankful with your kindness." I smile at them.
"Woaaahhh!! Thank you Hija." Tita hugged me tight.
"Good, now let's continue our dinner. "
I bow my head and continue eating. This time, I never saw how Xion and his father smirk to each other.
Haayyy salamat, nakapag-publish din hihihi. Good night to all. Bukas na lang ulit ang kasunod.