Interlude II: Secret Moonlight Rendezvous

I love this night.  It’s kind of cold but I like the soothing, gentle breeze on my skin.  I breathe in and out, filling my lungs with the chilly air.    The view here from our rooftop seems so new to me as if I’ve never seen it before.  There really is no place like home…

 

It was cloudy and just a few stars were in sight but it is nonetheless a beautiful night.  The moon, fighting its way through the dark clouds finally shed its light.  Sayang, hindi ko nadala ang sketch pad ko o kahit ang phone ko man lang.  I could have at least taken a picture.

 

I smiled to myself.  Ang tagal ko nang hindi nagawa ito.  This became my habit when I was younger whenever I feel restless.  Our rooftop has sort of been a refuge for me.  I spend hours here when I want to calm down or take a break from all the pressure.  Tuwing marami akong iniisip tungkol sa trabaho, sa pamilya ko… whenever I feel down or lonely, I climb up here instead of curling up and crying on my bed face down.

 

“You’ll catch a cold if you stay here long.  Alam mo ba ‘yon?”

 

I gasped aloud when all of a sudden that familiar voice filled my completely quiet night.  I turned around and found him painstakingly walking towards me.  Ang laki niyang tao pero ni hindi ko siya narinig o naramdamang dumating.  He moved like a cat and I found that fascinating.

 

On instinct, I offered him my hand.  He suddenly pulled me not so gently that I almost screamed when I tripped.

 

“Hello, Love,” he whispered, embracing me so tight as if ensuring me safe.  Jetlag aside, just being near him awakens all my senses.  Oh, God, how long has it been?  I feel like something’s been taken away from me and now I have claimed it back…

 

Still stunned, I looked at him as I try to get away from his embrace.  “Ano’ng ginagawa mo di—,”

 

Anything I would have said was caught in my throat.  His lips suddenly were on mine.

 

I closed my eyes.  Shivers run down my spine.  It seemed at that moment the world stopped turning.  His hands were on my back, their warmth I could feel from the thin fabric of my pajama top to my skin.  My knees felt like jelly.  When my hands moved from his arms to his shoulders he let me go.

 

“Welcome back,” he smiled as he whispered and ran his thumb finger on my lower lip.  I sucked my breath, gawking at him in shock.

 

Pull yourself together, girl!  I scolded myself silently.  You know what his kiss can do to you!

 

“Ano sa tingin mo ang ginagawa mo?”  I pretended to be angry instead, an instant defense mechanism.  “Paano ka nakapasok?  And how did you get here?”

 

“Why, I missed you too, Princess,” he answered, obviously hurt that I snapped at him.  “Your brother saw me outside.  I said I wanted to see you kaya pinapasok niya ako.  Then we saw you up here.” he looked around and then up and down.  “Itinuro niya sa akin kung saan ako dadaan…”

 

“Kung ganoon, humanda sa akin ang lokong ‘yon!” I marched going back to my room’s window but he stopped me, pulling me to him.  My back was against his chest as his arms snaked around my waist.

 

“Huwag mo siyang pagalitan…” he whispered, planting a soft kiss on my temple.  “I promised him na sandali lang ako…”

 

 “Alam mo namang hindi pa tayo pwedeng magkita…” I answered without looking at him, trying my best to ignore the intense voltage running through my body when he started showering me kisses from my temple, down to my cheek, to my jaw, to my neck…

 

“Hmm… I always loved your scent, Baby Girl,” he murmured, totally ignoring what I said.  His lips finally reached my shoulder, his soft stubbles gently grazing my skin.  I gasped when he gently bit me.

 

“Please, makinig ka naman muna,” I pleaded weakly.  I turned around, taking a few steps away from him.  I tugged the lacy strap of my pajama top which he must have slid down and brought it back to place.  I didn’t even feel it… or should I say, I loved what he was doing kaya hinayaan ko lang siya.  He caught me off guard.  He could easily bring my defenses down— now more than ever, when I missed him so much…

 

He just stared at me.  His eyes were begging, asking me to forgive him.  The moment he stroked his hair, I knew it that he’s weary.

 

I feel like I’m being inconsiderate.  He must have felt I don’t want to see him at all.  Oh, My Angel, if you only knew…

 

“I’m sorry.  I just… I’m dying to see you…” his voice was just in above whisper.

 

“Naiintindihan ko.”  I walked back towards him.  “I terribly want to see you, too…” I held his face, looking straight into his eyes.  “You know how much I missed you.  Nag-aalala lang kasi ako… not for me but for you…”

 

“I know, Love.  But I won’t survive another two weeks without seeing you.  Lalo na ngayon…”

 

My whole being wanted to scream out and tell him how much I feel the same way.  We weren’t supposed to see each other until the end of the month but here we are, breaking rules.  Hindi kami tumupad sa usapan.  But I have to admit I am enjoying this— this kind of rush, how my heart raced whenever we are together; the thrill moments like these give us.  He’s the only one who made me feel this way.  He introduced me to a different kind of freedom…

 

He sighed and sat down.  Offering me his hand, he helped me sit beside him.  “I have something to give you… ibibigay ko dapat sa ‘yo bago ka umalis…”

 

I took my breath sharply when he took a tiny box from his pocket.  He laughed aloud.  “Ano ka ba?  Huwag kang kabahan, hindi pa ito ‘yon.” He ruffled my hair.  “Excited ka masyado, e.”

 

I pushed him and pinched his side while he continued laughing.  My whole face turned red.

 

He opened the box and in it a simple but stunning gold band ring.  He took it out and put it on my right ring finger.

 

“I know you don’t like flashy accessories, so…” he shrugged.  “Like the necklace I gave you, just wear it whenever you feel like it…”

 

I smiled while staring at my hand.  “Thank you.  It’s pretty…”

 

He didn’t say anything and smiled.  And I didn’t bother to ask what it’s for.  Ganito naman siya kahit noon pa.  Bigla na lang magbibigay ng regalo kahit walang okasyon.  But I wonder why a ring this time…

 

Holding my hand, he firmly kissed the part where he put my ring.  For seconds, our gazes locked.  His eyes then tell me enough of what he wanted to say when he put it on me— ‘you are mine as I, yours…’

 

 “You’re cold.” He said after a while.  “Balik ka na sa room mo… kung di ka pa rin makatulog, just read a book or something…”

 

I tensed, suddenly feeling a bit empty.  “Aalis ka na…?” I asked in a small voice.  What’s happening to me?  Kanina lang ay halos ipagtabuyan ko siya…

 

He looked at me, surprised.  Then he spoke tenderly as if I’m a little child. “Gusto mo bang mapagalitan ang brother mo?”  

 

I shook my head.

 

“Gusto mo bang magalit sila sa akin?”

 

“No…”

 

He held my face, his eyes bored deep down on mine.  “But you want me to stay?”

 

“Yes.” I whispered softly.

 

His eyes brightened as he beamed.  He took off his jacket and made it our makeshift blanket.  We lie down, his arm as my pillow.  We watched the moonlit sky above us, my arms around him while he kissed my hair.

 

We began talking nonsense, exchanging mostly sweet nothings.  Then he asked how my trip was, the places we’d gone to, my performances.  We talked about his new movie, how the filming was going along and updates about his upcoming teleserye.  Random things, sweet things… even Christmas plans.

 

“Ang ganda ng clouds, o,” I spoke out of the blueand pointed to the sky when we ran out of things to talk about.  “Heart shaped ‘yung isang ‘yon.  ‘Yun naman parang bunny ears…”

 

“Oo nga, no?”  He laughed and pulled me closer, keeping me warm.  “But the stars are gone because of them…”

 

“Nandiyan lang naman sila,” I fondly smiled at him.  “The clouds might have covered and hidden them, but you know they’re still there, shining down on you…”

 

He smiled and rubbed my nose with his.  “You’re right.  Parang ikaw sa ‘kin.  Kahit ‘di kita makita, I know you’ll always be there for me, loving me…”

 

I just smiled and embraced him, marveling at the vast skies, the warmth I found in his arms… his gentle heartbeat I hear as I put my head on his chest.  

 

There was silence between us again.  He was the first to break it.  “Baby Girl…”

 

“Hmm?”

 

“Parang may tao sa posteng ‘yon… I think he’s taking our pictures…”

 

“What?!” I sprung and looked around.

 

“I’m kidding,” he laughed heartily.  He’s so cute and irritating at the same time when he’s making fun of me.

 

I sighed in relief and hit him.  “Puro ka talaga kalokohan!”

 

“Namutla ka naman bigla.” He kept giggling and pulled me, now I’m on top of him.  “I think no one would go that far… but then again you know what they’re capable of.” He continued with a pained tone.  “Ngayon pa nga lang kung sinu-sino na ang ginagawa nilang girlfriend at nililigawan ko raw…”

 

There.  He finally let it out.  I could feel something’s bothering him even when I left and while I was in Cali.  I know those bad write-ups affect him so much even if he doesn’t tell me.

 

“Nahihirapan ka na ba?”

 

He sighed and put the unruly strands of hair framing my face behind my ear.  “Mahirapan na kung mahirapan.  But I wouldn’t trade moments like these with you with anything else in the world. I won’t give them the pleasure of prying into our private lives once they know the truth at pagpiyestahan ang relasyon natin.  Atin lang ‘to.  ‘Di sila kasali dito…”

 

My throat tightened.  Saying nothing, I leaned my head on his chest.  He kissed my hair as he stroked it tenderly.

 

I can’t help but cry.  There will always be difficulties and rough roads ahead but we’ll take one day at a time.  I told him it’s now my turn to fight for him… kaya ko ba talaga?  Would I be able to pay the price?  How far would I go?  How much will I be able to bear?

 

“Hey,” he must have felt my tears.  I couldn’t control it… I wet his shirt.  He got up and looked at me, worried.  “What’s wrong?”

 

His fingers wiped away my tears.  “Love, please tell me.  I hate seeing you cry…”

 

I held his hands on my face.  Smiling thru misty eyes I answered.  “I love you… so much sometimes it scares the hell out of me…”

 

Raising his eyebrows, he chuckled and pinched my nose.  “Ikaw, ha?  Saglit ka lang sa U.S. pero nagugulat ako sa mga term mo lately…” he shook his head, his eyes still teasing.

 

I pouted.  “Akala ko pa naman kikiligin ka sa sinabi ko.” I sniffed and lied down on his jacket again.

 

This time he was the one gazing down on me.  His eyes shone in amusement, in adoration.  “More than that… do you want to know what I really feel?”

 

He held my hand again and intertwined my fingers with his. “Hindi ‘to puro feelings lang.  We have a bond stronger than that.” he kissed my nose and continued.  “And yes… I love you just the same that the mere thought of losing you again scares the hell out of me too…”

 

I laughed and closed my eyes, cherishing his words.  He held my hand and looked at my ring again.

 

“This looks good on you.  And it fits perfectly…” he twirled it but not removing it from my finger.  “I should remember this size para sa susunod na bibilhin ko…”

 

My eyebrows furrowed.  “Bakit?  Ilang singsing ba ang balak mong ibigay sa akin?”

 

“Um, maybe two more,” He squinted, giving me that boyish sexy grin at the same time.  “One with a huge rock on it, and the other…” he started kissing my fingers one after the other.  I’ll give you… together with my last name.”

 

I gasped softly.  My heart just did a triple somersault.  He said it with so much passion in his eyes, giving me hope, assuring me that it will really happen someday…

 

“You’re blushing again,” he inched his face closer as he whispered.  “You’re so beautiful, Baby Girl,”

 

Smiling wide, I touched his cheek.  “So are you, Love…”  The moon created halo over his head, making him look like a real angel.  My Angel…

 

We kissed— forgetting everything.  Ngayong gabi, kami lang ang tao sa mundo… ngayong gabi, all that matters is him and me…

 

“Too much light in this window, don’t wake me up…

Only coffee no sugar, inside my cup…”

 

Oh, Chris Brown, baby… I don’t want to wake up either…

 

“Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up, up…

Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up, up…”

 

I purred and reached for my phone beside my pillow.  Not opening my eyes, I turned off the alarm.  Who wants to wake up from that beautiful dream?  Smiling sleepily, I embraced my pillow.  Matutulog ulit ako.   Baka may continuation pa…

 

Then I remembered we’re leaving for Cebu.  My eyes flew open and I jumped out of bed.  While I was fixing my sheets, my right hand got my attention.

 

I didn’t bother to take it off.  I’m still wearing the ring he gave me. 

 

My lips broke into a ludicrous smile.  I wasn’t dreaming.  He was here last night… It was all real!

 

I went down for breakfast and kissed Mom good morning when I saw her.  She eyed me suspiciously as I was still donning that silly grin.  Dad suddenly showed up from the back door, complaining that the security alarms on the backyard were all turned off.  My brother came out of his room, smiling at me conspiratorially.

 

When we left the house, Mom asked me about the ring.  Ngayon lang daw niya nakita ‘yon at hindi naman daw ako mahilig magsuot ng singsing.  I told her the truth.  Ayaw din naman naming maglihim pa sa kanila.  He even told me to call him in case Mom gets angry.  She did pero nawala rin naman agad.  She said as long as we know our limitations and responsibilities, she’ll try to be okay with it.

 

He’ll be in a press conference today for a magazine.  I wonder what happens… it’s the interviews he hates the most.  We talked about it and he told me not to worry.  But I’m still curious what he’ll say…

 

Oh, well… I closed my eyes and decided to take a nap when the plane took off.  Focus… focus muna sa work.  Busy days are here again…

~~~~~

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

🙂

(picture credit: shantimarie.wordpress.com)

 

A/N:  Hello, readers!  Please, please don’t forget to give proper credit to the author/writer (me, jynkitty) if you wish to copy/paste, share this to your page/blog.  Thank you!  

45 thoughts on “Interlude II: Secret Moonlight Rendezvous

  1. Yehey!!!!!!! WOW!!! I super love the follow up story. Thank you sa isang magandang kwento na baon ko for the weekend🙂 Ilang beses ko na naman kaya ito uulitin basahin while waiting for the next one. God bless you more! I’m inspired!❤

  2. Wow such a very touching story. Someday, they will have the time to shout to the world, how happy they are being in love and together. Thank you. Inspire us more.

  3. another awesome story… Nakakakilig talaga while reading it i imagined both of them in each scene sana talaga totoo lahat ng eto…. thanks writer for bring my ashrald’s spirit again… Hoping to read more of your stories ASAP :D… God Bless…

  4. Wahhh…again U amaze me such a good writer U are sana wag kang mag sawang mag sulat🙂 U made my day after reading your luv story🙂 thanks a lot sa pag update at keep it coming🙂 cheers!!!

  5. A story of great love that will last a lifetime. Thanks for letting us in their world… God bless your heart dear writer.

  6. Amazing! Wonderfully written story. Seems extremely true to life as if you are Sarah herself. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more to come.

  7. ayyiiiee!!! kilig overload talaga itong story mo… again, thank you so much for taking time to write this. I pray that you’ll be able to write again, soon. thank you!!!

  8. Youre stories feels so real! Sobra! Parang si Sarah and Gerald ang nagsulat! You are really good. Hoping to read more of your stories! God Bless!❤

  9. My alam ka Talaga…gusto kung isipin ikaw c sasa 😊, anyway…totoo man o kathang isip lang, malaking bagay ang naidudulot nito sa akin/sa Amin as fans a feel good story, nkakakilig, nakaka inspired. Til next chapter MS.WRITER or whoever you are. I love you💋

  10. “One with a huge rock on it, and the other…” he started kissing my fingers one after the other. I’ll give you… together with my last name.”- i just died! thank you for continuously sharing a part of you with us, for spreading GV, and for keeping the SaGe Love burning:-D as they say kapit lang, malapit na ang pinakahihintay natin;-) thank you ulit! see you on your next update!:-D

  11. Such a wonderful story i could really visualize Sa and Ge here and imagining its real.
    Such a brilliant writer never failed to amazed me. Keep it up and more power! And more updates po. AshRald for the win!

  12. hi dear writer when will be the next chapter?????superb excited to read your next story….. ur superb galing and the readers can really feel the emotions uv shown in the story……u really r good…been a fan from the very beginning…God bless u more..

  13. _Hay ang sarap nman once again….u make our heart melt..kun sino k man poh maraming maraming salamat sobrang dami mo napapasaya dahil dito kun pde lang everyday meron eh,hehhehehhe…weekly?month?hehheheh..wag nman poh yearly;( salamat tlga poh,nd n kita kukulitin kun sino k man bsta masaya ako kase sobrang ganda nun story mo buong year ng MMK pde toh..hahahahhha….i wish and pray whoever u are that u have more idea,patient,courage,love,and dedication to write more about OUR LOVE SASA&GEGE…WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH…and I KNOW U LOVE THEM TOO..coz u cant create a BEAUTIFUL STORY LIKE THIS IF NOT RIGHT…waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh,kinikilig ako sobra as in…ang saya saya…moremoremore p poh ha…and take your time…its always worth the wait nman eh:) many thanks more power pleasepleaseplease wag kang magsasawa pagpatuloy to ha no matter what…WE LOVE U SO MUCH IDOL:) THANK YOU THANK YOU … WORLDCLASS SARAG H. treding topic miya:) so excited n SGL:) SALAMAT HA..MORE PLEASE:) THANKS!!!HMMMWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAAHHAHA…522 ASHRALD EVER

  14. hi dear writer i hav read ur twitter if there’s a violent reaction or any reaction at all…can i just request n masundan agad agad…ka excite kc mgbasa ng ung beyond the scenes series eh…wish tom. na agad ang nxt story..hehe..tnx in advance

  15. waaaaaaaah!!! sobrang ganda ng chapter/part na to!!!

    i loved the part where he said about the ring with his last name!!! ayyyiiieeee!!! kilig lang!!

    as usual, miss writer is soooooo effin’ good!!! i always look forward sa updates mo [partida pa un ha, nasa work ako!!! [lagot!] hehe

    take care lagi, and sana you’re always inspired para tuloy2 lang ang stories!!!

    looking forward to the next update [sana soon!!!] hugs and kisses sa writer!!!

  16. You are really good. It seems like the scenes are really happening. Thank you for this because at times like this, kailangan natin ito to keep the AshRald spirits alive. Please continue to share with us your talent. I’ll be waiting for the next one. Thank you so much

  17. i hate to impose but i cant help it, i wish that you will never stop updating, writing, and sharing your talent because you just dont know how much inspiration you are giving me..this is my first time to comment and not used to giving,but i feel that i need to say this, always after reading your story i am left with so much hope, love, and faith..there is no need to name names for us to identify persons you are talking about, your imaginations are vivid as mine and most often than not i am wishing that happenings in your story happened in reality, but you see we can never tell, but it is more than enough for me knowing that i shared the same sentiments with you, if i could write a story as beautiful as yours i would, but since i cant i am contented by just waiting for your updates and forever be thankful for sharing your talent with us. I pray that may God continue to bless you and feed your heart and soul of so much wisdom and knowledge, i am also wishing that this comment will serve as an inspiration for you to keep on doing on what you are good at, which is writing and inspiring.. Thank you and God Bless!

  18. I’m checking your post almost every hour of the day, hoping you will share another beautiful chapter as often as you can., Congrats for another wonderful, beautiful and outstanding chapter. as in SUPERCALIFRAGELISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!!!

  19. so in love with every stories you made…this is the only way that when i am down i read this that makes me inspire again….it make me believe … that this is true ….because this is my first time to love and idoliize an artist like sasa and gege …..thanks writer for sharing us that makes us happy God bless ,,sana meron ulit

  20. Superb! You are an amazing writer! I’m always looking forward to the next sequel of this love story. Thank you for all that you do. This somehow eases the feeling of missing our beloved couple. Reading something like this gives a feeling of hope. I pray that their love story goes on forever so that you’ll be inspired to write more. Keep on writing and inspiring people like me. God bless…

  21. Dear lovely readers ♥,

    How are your AshRald hearts? 🙂 I just want to thank everyone for reading this chapter. Really appreciate it! ♥ I apologize po kung delayed uli ang next chapter; yes, busy po and may work pa rin kahit holiday. Thank you po for your patience and for the inspiration and encouragement. 😀 Hoping everyone a good day and maging positive and happy lang po tayong lahat lagi. 🙂

    God bless po!
    ~JK

  22. Oh..you have a message pala earlier..
    I was supposed to say I’m longing for the next chapter.
    Well anyway, take your TIME. For sure the next one’s WORTH THE WAIT.🙂

  23. _im here poh ulet:) actually,everyday;) my message ka poh pla…hahhahah isa din kase ako sa mangungulit sana:) hahahhaha…sori,cge poh take your time willing nman kami mag wait and as always WORTH THE WAIT naman tlga:) so okey lang poh…MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT SA MAGANDANG LOVESTORY na ito…ff or real…i guess we all decided what we what to believe and i still believe in loving u eh,ano b yun….hahahhah…bsa\ta LOVE KO SIL BOTH at pati poh IKAW…SALAMAT HA…TIL NEXT CHAP.promise waitingmode lang kami/akO;) thankssssss….522
    ILOVEYOUASHRALD

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