Sa puntong ito, sigurado akong hindi na nakakapag-isip ng maayos si Tito. Siguro'y natakot na siya ng lubos mula nang banggitin ko ang tungkol sa kaniyang asawa.
Nang matanggap ko ang address galing sa kaniya ay agad kong ibinigay kay Renzo ang aking cellphone. Lumapit naman si Jessica para iabot ang papeles. Mabilis ko itong inilabas sa envelope at tinignan ang mga pirma. There is indeed Spencer's signature.
Matapos maihanda ang lahat ay saka lamang bumaling sa akin si Renzo. "Let's go."
Sa biyahe ay tahimik lamang kami pero hindi ko na siya ginulo pa. Alam kong mahirap para sa kaniya ito. Ayaw niyang pumayag na kitain ko ang aking tiyuhin dahil hindi naman kami sigurado kung ano ang naghihintay sa akin doon. Pero kung hindi rin naman ako mapapakali hangga't hindi ko nasisiguro sa sarili kong mga mata na ayos lang ang aking ama.
Huminto ang sasakyan sa tapat ng isang apartment. Tinanaw ko ang mahabang kalsada, walang dumaraang sasakyan at wala ring masyadong kabahayan sa paligid. Tinanaw ko ang nasa tatlong palapag na apartment. "This must be it." I said.
Bago ko pa mabuksan ang pinto ay naramdaman ko ang paghawak ni Renzo sa aking palapulsuhan. Hinila niya ako parahap sa kaniya at mariing hinalikan. Napasinghap ako sa kaniyang bibig habang dinadama ang mainit niyang labi.
"Stay safe.." He whispered.
Nag-init ang puso ko nang maramdaman ko sa kaniyang halik ang nagbabadyang takot.. Ngumiti ako sa kaniya at tumango. "I'll be safe, I promise. I will finish this once and for all, just wait for me."
He sighed and smiled as he caressed my cheek. "I have always been waiting for you." He gave me one last kiss before pushing the door open for me.
I hopped out of his car and entered the small apartment. On the 3rd floor, two armed men are waiting outside of a unit. One of them opened the door for me.
Agad na dumapo ang tingin ko sa aking tiyuhin na nakaupo sa couch. "You came." He said.
Natigilan naman ako nang sa maliit na kama ay naroon si Emily. Her brow shot up as her lips formed into a smirk. "Surprised?" I looked at her with disgust. Minsan talaga, kapag desperado ka nang umangat, kakapit ka kahit kanino.. kahit nakakadikiri, kahit nakakasuka.
Nilingon ko ang aking tiyuhin. "Where's my father?"
He didn't answer but Emily stood up and entered another door. Tulak-tulak ang wheelchair ni Dad ay sabay silang lumabas galing sa silid. Padarag kong hinagis ang envelope sa coffee table na nasa harap ng aking tiyuhin at agad na tumakbo kay Dad.
"Are you okay?"
He stared at me for a while and then nodded. I nodded back and stood up. Hinarap ko si Emily at ang aking tiyuhin. "You're disgusting."
"Disgusting or not, we have already have the power." Saka niya inangat ang dalawang envelope. "What else can you do?"
I blinked once and returned to my calmest state. Tinitigan ko ang dalawa at halatang halata ang pagiging kabado sa kanilang mata lalo na, si Emily.
"You always act like you're fine but in reality, you're bleeding inside." She smirked at me trying to conceal the fact that she's nervous.
Bumukas ang pinto. Niluwa nito si Denise at gulat nang masaksihan ang pangyayari ngunit alam kong inaasahan niya rin ito. "Dad.. did you really.. do this?"
Namutla ang aking tiyuhin at saglit na natahimik. Bumubuka ang bibig ngunit walang masabi. Following behind Denise are four policemen and General Arce. "Mr. Harold Feriol?"
"What the?" Agad na umatras si Tito ngunit natigilan nang tanging pader na lamang ang nasa kaniyang likuran. Lumapit ang General kay Tito at nag-abot ng isang papel. "We have an arrest warrant for you.. You are being arrested for the crime of Kidnapping. You have the right to-"
Natahimik ang lahat sa pagsigaw ng aking tiyuhin. Nilingon ni General Arce ang aking ama bago muling bumaling kay Tito. "What do you call this then, Mr. Feriol?"
"I.. I didn't do anything! Do you have evidence?!"
The door opened once again. Renzo entered the room followed by a handcuffed familiar man. It's the nurse.
"Your accomplice confessed everything and we retrieved the CCTV footage from the manor that supports his confession. Also, I am sure that this woman with you will not deprive us of the truth." Lahat kami ay lumingon kay Emily na namumutla na at hindi alam kung kanino titingin.
"Arrest the both of them."
"No! No! You can't do this!"
Kitang kita ko ang pagtitig ni Emily kay Renzo na nasa aking tabi, tila nanghihingi ng tulong. Nilingon ko si Renzo at natigilan nang mahuling nakatitig lang siya sa akin. He held my waist and pulled me close. "Can't wait to take your home.."
Nag-init ang aking pisngi ngunit mabilis kong iniba ang usapan.
"And the guards outside?"
I nodded and closed my eyes as he kissed me on my forehead.
"I am not yet done with you, Henry!" Tito tried to reach my father but only ended up being forcibly knelt down by the police men. The room was filled with silence again. We all looked at my father.. then slowly.. he stood up.
I can clearly see the shock etched on my uncle's face. His jaw dropped at the sight of his brother towering over him. "Why are you.. you're supposed to be.."
"Insane?" My father's baritone voice sent me shivers. Isinandal ko ng aking ulo sa dibdib ni Renzo habang nakatanaw sa magkapatid. This is going to be a good show.
Dad and I spent few nights trying to regain his memory and now that they're all back, what's the point of just sitting on that chair?
My father inched towards his brother and immediately took the envelope off his hands. He took the papers out and tore it into pieces in front of my uncle. Tito's mouth formed into a huge 'O' as we all watch his hope vanish into thin air.
I asked Renzo to do all the possible measures to keep this crisis out of public's attention.. thus, my next morning is quiet as usual. Binisita ko si Dad sa kaniyang silid. Hawak niya ang litrato ni Mom habang nakatitig dito.
He looked at me with the same amount of despair just like the past few days. Though I know, that just because he gained all his memory, it doesn't mean that he's not hurt anymore.
"I miss your mother.." Napuno ng luha ang kaniyang mga mata kaya mabilis ko siyang tinabihan at niyakap. "She's in peace now, Dad."
My father, who is known to be the most powerful man in this industry, is now spending all his nights crying and wailing for his wife's death and this state of him really breaks my heart.
Sometimes, one really has to lose everything to learn his greatest lesson.
I went back to my room after my breakfast and took a warm bath. I also replied to some of Gigi's messages. She's currently in Cavite for a convention and Julius came with her. We already talked about everything last night but I guess, she's too shock that she can't get over it until this morning.
Nang matapos akong mag-ayos ay bumaba na ako sa sala kung saan naghihintay na roon si Renzo. He stood up and smiled. "You're beautiful."
I bit my lower lip and nodded. I can't imagine that my heart is racing like mad just because of his simple compliments. His smile grew wider as we walked out of the mansion.
We boarded his car and went straight to the detention center. Naghihintay sa isang lamesa, masama ang tingin sa amin ng aking tiyuhin. "What do you want?"
Renzo handed me the document then I placed it on the table. "You ruined your life.. but I know that Denise has a promising future ahead so don't take it away from her. That document is a share transfer agreement. You wife is ill and you'll be jailed anytime soon, Denise's future is shaky but with that shares, you can help her and your wife live a life.. even without you."
He stared at the document that will transfer his ownership to his daughter. He sighed before picking up the pen and signing it all. "Just make sure that you won't outwit my daughter. I know how cunning you are!"
"I only attack those who attack me first."
We left the place and headed to OC. Renzo is very busy at alam kong late na siya nakauwi para tapusin ang trabaho na naipon dahil sa ginawa ng aking tiyuhin.
"You want some history class?" Tanong niya sa gitna ng biyahe.
"Yes. How OC was built?"
I chuckled while he smiled. I enjoyed myself with the view of his jaw and handsome side face. "Of course I know how OC was built."
"Have you not wondered where your father got his money to start the business?"
Though I am curious. Tahimik lamang kami hanggang sa makarating kami sa kaniyang opisina. "Then tell me now."
He smiled and pulled me beside him. Naupo lamang kami sa sofa habang hinahayaan ko siyang laruin ang aking mga daliri. Sumandal ako sa kaniyang dibdib at marahang pumikit.
"This is what your father has told me before."
Dumilat ako at tumingala sa kaniya. "Uh..huh.."
"OC's first capital came from your uncle."
Dahan-dahan siyang tumango. "The money was supposed to be for his first born's operation but your father borrowed it."
Dumiretso ako sa pakakaupo. "What?!"
He sighed and pull me back into his embrace, now playing with my hair. "Your father promised his brother that he will pay him back after a month. Pero isang buwan na ang lumipas, hindi nakapagbayad ang daddy mo dahil hindi pa kumikita ang OC noon. Thus, your uncle's first born died."
My heart sank as I stared at him. "Denise is not his first born and his first son died.. then.. O.. OC is not ours to begin with?"
Hindi ko alam kung alin ang una kong itatanong dahil gulong gulo ako. He picked up a document on the coffee table and handed it to me. "This is part of your father's plan. He knows that to build OC, a family member has died. So he assumed, that he will need to give it back sooner or later."
I stared at the agreement. It's a consent that will transfer my 30 percent shares to Denise. I sighed and nodded at my realization. "I guess it's just right to give OC to its rightful owner.."
He smiled and nodded too. "Fidel Cruises, is your real inheritance. Your father never used any schemes to bring it on top. It purely came from his hardwork."
He handed me another document. A share transfer agreement signed by Spencer. My jaw dropped as I stared at the agreement. "He gave up his share again.. for me?"
"Just like you, he's just turning it over to its rightful owner."
Saglit akong napatitig sa mga papeles bago pinirmahan ang mga ito. Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala kaya nanatili akong nakatingin kay Renzo. He smiled and gently poked my cheek. "Are you okay?"
I nodded. "If Dad believes that Tito Harold is the rightful owner of OC. Bakit hindi niya ibinigay ang OC noon pa? It's been 30 years.."
"Your father cannot give OC to his brother just like that. Kailangan niyang malaman kung karapat-dapat ba ang tiyuhin mo. Nang malugi ang kompaniya nito sa Singapore dahil sa utang at pagsusugal, alam niyang hindi pwedeng mapunta ang OC sa kaniyang kapatid. So we planned everything ahead of time."
I gently nodded. "I feel bad for my uncle."
"He's a relative. It's normal to feel bad." He pulled me into a hug and all I could do is to sigh and close my eyes. Unti-unting gumaan ang pakiramdam ko habang yakap niya ako. Then I realized, his embrace is the only thing that can make me feel that everything is going to be okay.
I don't know how to thank him enough though. All along, I thought he betrayed me, I even slapped him when all he wanted was to let me rest..
"I prepared a turn over ceremony." He said.
"We'll invite everyone so you can clear the rumors once and for all."
"And one of those are?"
Actually, ayaw ko na sanang magsalita pa. Sooner or later, they will eventually forget about this so why bother explaining?
"If you're getting married anytime soon."
I chuckled and threw a hard punch on his chest. Hindi man lang siya natinag kundi ngumiti lamang. "I'm serious."
I rolled my eyes but automatically shut it when he brushed his lips against mine. Everytime he kisses me unexpected like this.. my world is turning upside down and my body is immediately burning in passion. His expert tongue did it's usual work habang ako'y nawawala na sa sarili. Sumasabay ang pagsinghap naming dalawa sa bawat pagdampi ng kaniyang labi.
My heart burst in happiness when I realized that my dark memories with him do not hurt me anymore.. Every flick of his tongue made me feel that this time.. it's going to be me.. only me.
He held my jaw to pull my head closer to him.. "No more escaping this time.."
He pulled me into his lap without breaking the kiss. Nakasuot ako ng pencil skirt kaya agad itong umangat nang paghiwalayin ko ang aking mga binti. I immediately felt his hard on as he gave me warm kisses. I let out a soft moan when his palm caressed my underboob but I suddenly pushed him away when someone knocked on his door! Damn it! I even forgot that we're in his office!
Agad kong inayos ang sarili ko at naupo ng diretso sa couch. He's freaking smiling habang ako'y damang dama pa rin ang init sa katawan. Inirapan ko siya. "What's so funny?"
Umiling siya. "Sorry. You turned me on so much that I forgot where we are." Ngumuso ako. Pareho lang kami!
"Come in. " He said while staring at the door. Pinanood namin si Jessica na pumasok habang ang kamay ni Renzo ay nasa bewang ko na. I slightly cleared my throat and kept my face look emotionless.
"Good day, Miss Feriol." I smiled. "Good day, Jess." Bumaling siya kay Renzo. "Sir, the preparation of the turn over ceremony is almost done."
Renzo nodded and tilted his head to face me. "There will be two of it. One is you, turning over OC to Denise and the other is your father, turning over Fidel to you."
My brows furrowed. "Dad is still quite unwell."
"Your father has worked hard to build Fidel.. without any schemes and underground efforts. Now that it's time to turn it over to you, do you think he'd miss it?"
I smiled and glanced at Jessica. "Did you invite everyone?"
"We invited almost everyone associated with OC and Fidel. Do you have someone specific in mind?"
She smiled and nodded. "Of course, Ma'am."
Renzo nodded at Jessica and it's her signal to go.
Bumaling naman siya sa akin. "Do you personally know your cousin's wife?
I shrugged. "No. I'm just simply her fan. Have you seen her works? She's now a prominent sand artist."
He nodded and hugged me from behind. "The ceremony will be held in a week's time. For now, let's go somewhere. Do you have a particular place in mind?"
My lips curved into a smile. "Is this a date?"
"You can say.. a date for teenagers."
Unti-unti akong napangiti. "Are dates for teenagers and adults different?"
He smirked as his gaze landed on my lips. "I guess so.." Mabilis na nag-init ang mukha ko kaya agad na akong tumayo.." Then.. let's go."
Mas lalong lumawak ang kaniyang ngiti.. "Date? For?.."
Ngumuso ako at agad na naramdaman ang paghaharumentado ng puso ko. "Teenagers!" Nagsimula na ako maglakad patungo sa pinto habang naririnig ang pagtawa niya. Nakakainis! Bakit simple lang para sa kaniya ito pero kapag sa akin ay halos sasabog ako sa init?
"Wait for me, baby.." He chuckled again before pulling me close.