Caroline's eyes widened. "What-? Are you serious?" she asked in disbelief.
"I'm pretty serious...Caroline," Mike said. "Besides, I'm more than ready to start a family with you," he insisted.
"And what about my daughter?" she asked him.
"I will accept baby Cathy as my child. I'm willing to adopt her if you allow me," he said.
Caroline took a deep breath. "But I'm not ready yet to get married, it's too soon," she keeps making alibis. "Let's just enjoy each other's company first," she appeals.
Mike smiled, he was not even disappointed with her answer. "So, let's put it this way. Will you marry me after six months? One year or after two years? Give me a specific time please," he begged again.
"You're cunning," Caroline retorted. She understood why Mike was doing this. He has no plan to ever let her go. This is his way of making her commit to their relationship. "I will marry you after two years," she thinks that's more than enough to make her know him better and see if their relationship will last for two years.
Mike smiled happily after hearing that she will marry him after two years. This means she had plans to marry him after all. It's already a good start to their barely one-day-old relationship.
"Thanks for your commitment, sweetie, I feel at ease now that you indeed have plans to marry me," he beamed. "As much as I wanted to imprison you here in my room, but you need to go back to your room so that we can go downstairs and eat breakfast together, okay?" he pinched her nose.
"Alright, Sir!" she rose to her feet and was about to leave the room but he intercepted her halfway to the door.
"How about my kiss?" he leaned down.
Caroline rolled her eyes. "You're such a baby!" she planted a quick kiss on his cheek and exited the door without looking back.
Mike has died in his bed, kissed by the apple of his eyes. He never knew that having a real relationship with a woman can be this addicting and amazing. He was feeling over the top, it's overwhelming. It's his first time having a relationship with a girl and it's so different than he ever experienced with his previous relationship with men.
Last night he tasted heaven when he finally able to taste the sweetness of her mouth.
In Caroline's room.
She lies down in her bed trying to digest everything slowly. She comes here to Davao City to buy a piece of land, in the end, she got a new boyfriend, but not the piece of land. How ironic is that? The turn of events in her life is unpredictable.
But no harm was done, she and Mike were both single and matured adults already.
'Everything should be alright,' she thought to herself.
She went to the bathroom and changed into a classy stylish pink ruffled sleeveless blouse and black pants for her lower attire.
Done dressing, she left the room.
She found Mike sitting in the lounge area waiting for her, he's wearing a brown polo shirt over dark grey denim jeans. He looks dashing in his outfit, he always is.
Wearing a wide smile on her face she approached him and sat beside him on the sofa.
"You look lovely, sweetie!" he admired her attire and planted a quick kiss on her forehead.
"Shall we go down now to the restaurant? I'm starving!" she said.
"Sure thing. Let's go!" replied Mike.
They linked arms together and went down the stairs happily.
When they arrived in the restaurant, it was almost empty because it's no longer breakfast time. They chose a table for two near the window and Mike handed her the menu.
"I will eat what you order," he said.
Caroline perused the breakfast menu. She ordered Creamy Cheesy Penne Pasta, Lumpia Shanghai, Scrambled Egg, and Hot Coffee.
Ten minutes later, the food arrives and they began eating.
One hour later, they finished eating the food and done sipping their hot coffee.
They still have a few hours to spare, they hired a taxi and went to the heart of the city, entered a mall and brought some native sweet delicacy as presents for folks back home. Done shopping, they found a nice restaurant that offers native dishes and decided to have their lunch there.
After done in the city, they returned to their hotel accommodation and began packing their belongings because their flight schedule is fast approaching.
By 4:00 in the afternoon, they were already boarding the hotel's service car that would take them back to the airport terminal. They arrived at the airport without any hiccups.
At 5:00 sharp they boarded the passenger airplane going back to Manila.
Inside the plane's cabin.
Caroline was seated near the window and she's liking the outside view very much.
Mike didn't bother to check his phone, he just keeps looking at his girlfriend a thousand times and still, he never felt tired. For the first time in his adult life, he finally had a girlfriend and it feels so different than his previous relationships. He was smitten with Caroline's beauty and everything about her.
"What are you looking at?" she asked, amused.
"You. I never get tired looking at you," he answered and planted a quick kiss on her cheeks.
Caroline smiled at him. She placed her head on his shoulder and pretended to sleep. 'He is all warm, loving, generous and accommodating and adored every inch of her, hope he won't change,' she said to herself.
Mike patted her head lovingly. This is so sweet and romantic! He wished they could be like this forever. It's nice that Caroline was slowly getting comfortable and cozy with him. They had known each other for a short time but he feels like he had known her for a long time. He was so lucky to meet her! She is the one for him.
The travel up in the air was smooth and turbulence-free.
The new couple enjoyed the proximity of each other in the confinements of their seats.
Two hours later.
The passenger plane landed in Manila International Airport.
The couple boarded a taxi cab heading towards the Eastwood Subdivision.
When they arrived at the house, the whole family was in the living room waiting for their arrival. Mike handed them the shopping bag containing the native sweet delicacy he intentionally brought for them as presents.
Thelma, Lily, and Jacob were delighted by the presents.
"Thank you, Uncle Mike!" Lily and Jacob said in unison.
Thelma smiled at Mike grateful for his generosity. "Thank you, Mike, for the delicacy and for bringing my daughter home, safe and sound."
"My pleasure guys, don't mention it," Mike grinned.
Caroline and Mike talked for a few minutes on the veranda and then he finally bid goodbye to his girlfriend with a parting kiss on her cheeks.
"I'm going home now," he said to her. "I will call or text you later..."
"Okay, take care on your way home," Caroline said as she watched him get out of the gate and waved at her before boarding the taxi cab.
When she can no longer see the fading taxi, she locked the gate. She went inside the house and took baby Cathy from her mother. She climbs the stairs towards the second floor and headed to her bedroom.
She placed her daughter in the bed and showered her with kisses. "I miss you so much baby...how are you? Did granny take good care of you while I'm away?"
She was rewarded with cute incoherent sounds coming from her daughter's mouth. She put her daughter in the crib and change her clothes.
Done donning fresh clothes, she checked and changed baby Cathy's diaper and put her down beside her in the bed.
The sound of her phone vibrated in the room alerting her of an incoming text. She reached for her phone at the bedside table and began reading the message sent by Mike.
'Hi sweetie, I just text to say... I love you... text you later before bedtime...hugs, and kisses.'
'Mike is acting like a love-struck high school boy,' she said to herself, amused. She placed the phone back in the bedside table and lay down in the bed beside her daughter.
She turns on the TV and browses on the channels wanting to find a good show to watch. She settled on a lifestyle show of the rich and famous.
It's a documentary about the life of a famous model, detailing her early childhood, growing up years, early careers, broken marriages and relationships and success in the fashion industry.
The hands of clock strike at 11:00 in the evening, she was already yawning. Baby Cathy has already fallen asleep beside her. She put her back in her crib.
Her phone rings alerting her that she had a text message. She picked up her phone and read the message coming from Mike.
'Goodnight, sweetie, please dream of me tonight, I love you! Kiss you and hug you.'
Caroline rolled her eyes. She typed a message for him, wishing him a good night and sweet dreams.
There's nothing more to do but sleep, she turns off the TV and closed her eyes to sleep.
All of a sudden, she received another text message. She sighed, did Mike send her another message? Hmp...she will tell him to stop texting her and go to sleep!
However when she read the message it does not come from Mike, it comes from someone else, the number is unknown, not registered as one of her contacts.
She read the message.
'Hey... Miss Caroline Ramirez...How eager you are to own the land? Daniel here...please do add my number in your contact list.'
Caroline's eyes widened, her brows furrowed, the message was sent by Daniel? Huh? How did he know her number?
She quickly typed a message~'How did you get my number?'~and sent it to him.
She waited for his reply...
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