We woke up the next morning with a knock on the door. Danielle put on her night gown and opened the door.
“Madam Danielle, there’s a visitor looking for you. He’s asking about Sir Marco too,” the maid said. “He’s at the gate, at the guard house.”
“Okay, say to him to wait for five minutes.”
She returned to where I was lying down, but I heard their conversation.
“Marco, you have a visitor at the gate.” Danielle said to me.
“Okay, after a bath.”
“Hey…get up…you’re tired?”
“You got my energy last night.”
“Go on….take a bath now.”
I stood up and went directly to the bathroom which refreshed my whole body in the coolness of the water. Danielle gave my casual clothes to wear and went at the gate. “Oh..it’s you my friend Edward!”
“Yes, it’s me!”
“How do you know this place?”
“I was brought here before by Governor Gustilo.”
“I see. Come inside.”
We sat together in the steel garden set and called the maid to served us coffee.
“So, what’s up Marco?”
“I want to spend some time with you and the kid….around Bacolod City.”
“I think, you’re fine with Governor Gustilo and Danielle?”
“Yes Edward, but I had my own family; this is just the same when I was in college.”
“I understand your purpose; I know.”
“Wait for me, just drink your coffee, I’ll change my clothes inside.” I went inside the house, talked to Danielle about Edward and bringing the kid outside. She hesitated at first but I convinced her to trust me. I put on my casual clothes.
“Trust me, it’s just I want to be with him outside with Edward. I love you, don’t be afraid.”
“Okay Marco, I’ll wait for you here.”
“Okay, I’ll use the other car.”
We roamed around Bacolod City, each landmark that we knew, until we entered the Bacolod Cathedral in front of the public plaza and prayed solemnly. I looked at the public plaza, crossed the road and went to the bench where I met Edward for the first time. I fingered the bench edges while my mind wandered for my past.
“Edward, you remember this bench?”
“Yes my friend….where I found you sitting and waiting for the unknown…”
“That was before…but my heart still remained in this place….the friendship that I had for you….” The tears were forming into my eyes when Marco junior asked me. ”Daddy, are you crying?”
“No my son, you are the jewel on this place…I started my life here, on this bench.”
“Marco, stop it….stop it!” Edward suddenly shouted at me.
“Okay, we’re going to Manila now.”
“Where are we going now?”
“To the Gustilo’s house to fetch Danielle….”
I embraced my son tightly, “Marco Junior, study well and be a good boy when I’m away, okay?”
“Grandpa will take care of you, okay?”
We rented a four-seatter piper plane going back to Manila, where I told Danielle to go at her house in Greenhills, San Juan.
“Danielle, my baby boy’s in Greenhills?’
“I’ll get him and wait for me there in your house.”
“Yes Marc, I’ll do that.”
We went to Greenhills and get my baby boy which I missed for a long time. I will deliver my jewel to Ayah Isabel personally; for nobody ever thought that I exchanged my soul for the love of my family and my dreams.
I kissed him with joy inside my heart, and I knew that Ayah Isabel was happy too.
We left Danielle in her house; we bought gifts for my family and went directly to Bacoor, Cavite. When we arrived, Ayah Isabel wasn’t there in our house, only her brother Bryan.
“Bryan, where’s Ayah Isabel?”
“Marco, she’s in the Molino Doctor’s Hospital together with Lina Luna, she gave birth yesterday evening.”
“Yes, Marco.....when you left last December, she’s pregnant that he called me in Bacolod City to help her.” Bryan said.
“Okay then, I’ll visit her first..”
We went in the hospital without having time to ask my children, speeded up along the Molino Road and asked the information section.
“Ayah Isabel….how are you?”
“I’m fine Marco…look at her…a baby girl…”
“Ohhh, she’s beautiful little angel!.. ..can I kiss my baby girl?”
“Yes Marco…go on..”
I kissed my new angel with love, a new love that blossomed instantly within me. “Why you’re keeping your pregnancy to me?”
“I don’t want to disturb you and your job.”
“Next time, relay to me anything about you even I’m away, okay?”
“Yes Marc….Edward, whose baby is that?” Ayah asked Edward.
I took the baby to Edward, kissed him and said, “Ayah, this is our baby from Danielle.”
She’s surprised instantly, hugged the child and started to cry.
“Ayah, its okay….take your rest….don’t worry I’ll be here for you.”
‘Yes Marco, I’m very happy….so happy…”
“Don’t cry….we’ll celebrate Ayah…I’m happy too…..”
I talked to the doctor-in-charge of Ayah’s condition and if she can be discharged, the day after tomorrow. The positive respond from Ayah’s doctor gave another dimension of my excitement to the welfare of my clan.
Yesterday evening, I was planting a seed to Danielle, knew Marco Junior, got my lost baby and had a newborn baby from Ayah. It’s a coincidence or a destiny between these two women in my life? Am I heading the right direction? I questioned myself.
TO BE CONTINUED###
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