Can Love Find A Way Back to Your Heart? No 1

It had been almost half a decade since James Ventura last laid eyes on both of his cousins and had gotten into a bitter misunderstanding with a cousin and former business partner Richard Lim over the latter’s affairs of the heart and the running of their family business, but to his utter disappointment, nothing had really gotten resolved between his cousins and him as he had now come to realize neither he nor any of his cousins truly wanted to yield or compromise to a possible solution to their impending predicament back then.

He had not been taken by surprised though for not only is their family unit a stubborn lot to begin with, he had now come to recognize the fact that he may never have met a more  unyielding and obstinate brood than his own flesh and blood, so he was no longer taken aback by the continued refusal of his cousins to deal with him, nor with their decision to remain estranged with him, as he had now come to realize neither one of his kin nor their beloved patriarch truly wanted to yield or compromise with him then,

James however is saddened by these as he had expected more from his cousins and their patriarch as he had practically grew up with them, He knew he was disappointed with their decision to choose that so-called cousin of theirs over them but he had now come to realized that not only may his family have “reasons, he had now come to realized that he too had not been totally blameless of the fiasco either for he had now come to realize the error of his ways,

He knew he had blamed not only his cousins but their patriarch as well for siding with that so-called cousin of theirs but he too had come to realized he too may not be totally faultless in the fiasco too as he had now come to realized that he had inadvertently withheld some information from them the last time they met,

He had not meant too though

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He realizes he had been wary of this possibility since he had thought of it, but he too realizes this is not the time nor the place to be thinking of his cousin nor their possible troubles as he still has a business to run and clients to see so he now decides to block his mind on his cousins for the time being as he gets out of his reverie then and return to work.

James is now out of his doldrums and is about to resume working once more, but to his utter surprise, he  no longer finds himself alone in the room, as he now finds his able and efficient assistant standing before him and awaiting that he acknowledge his presence.

He however was curious as he had now come to realized his assistant had never done this kind of stunt to him before, but he too soon had come to realize that she would not have done this kind of stunt to him without a reason so he now confronts his right-hand girl then and is taken aback not only by her confession that she had been requested by his cousin to intercede for her behalf so that she could have a chance to meet up with him again at the earliest possible time, but he is now shaken by the next jolt she gave him as Minerva not only tells him of his younger presence inside their presence, but she also informs him that she had been anxiously awaiting her turn to see him.

James could not help but gaped at his assistant then as he had now come to realize he had already been taken aback by Minerva’s double whammy this day

 

James could not help but gaped at his assistant then as he had now been taken aback by Minerva’s double whammy this day, but he too had come to recognize the fact that something must be terribly amiss in their home front to force any of his cousins to come here and possibly brazen his wrath as he knew them well enough to know neither of them would have dared to do so without a reason so he now glances at his assistant and requested that she retrieves his cousin for him.

James could not help but gaped at his assistant then as he had now been taken aback by Minerva’s double whammy this day, but he too had come to recognized the fact that something must be terribly amiss in their home front to force any of his cousin to come here and possibly brazen his wrath as he knew them well enough to know neither of them would have dared to do so without a reason so he now glances at his assistant and requested that she retrieves his cousin for him.

 

 

His assistant, of course had obliges to the request as James had now come to realize this had been part of her job description to his organization all along, but what had intrigued him had been the conundrum she had opted to leave behind for him to decipher upon her wake as he had now come to recognize the fact that she had not done this to him before.

He knew his assistant would normally challenge him whenever she can, but he had never expected  
be this snobbish as he knew hew well enough to know she had never been a snobbish person at all, He knew he had been taken by surprised by her unexpected cattiness but he soon realizes something must be amiss here as he now realized Minerva would not be acting this way otherwise for he not decides to decipher the clue now and is taken aback that he had gotten stumped by it.
James now realized he was truly irked, but he had opted to remain calm and collected as he had now come recognizes the fact nothing would be gained if he would go to deep end now.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Love Find A Way Back to Your Heart? No. 2

So he forces himself to calm down now and just wait for his assistant to come back with his assistant as he had now come to realize his right-hand girl may have eventually all the answers to his inquiry upon coming back to the room so he just opted to wait for her to come back with his cousin and was not disappointed by his assistant’s explanation.

Can Love Find A Way Back to Your Heart? No. 3

 James had now come to realize he was truly out of his mind now for he knew deep inside him that he should not be even trusting any of his cousins now nor giving them the light of day as he now realized both of them had already deceived him several years back. He however is a firm believer of second chances and would want to give his cousin another chance to be with him so he had promised himself to give them a fair chance to explain and was stunned by the revelation she made for not only had he expected any of this to happen to his cousins. he could not help but be angry with himself now for he had now come to  realized his nemesis may have made a fool of him then,

He could not help but be furious with himself now as he had come to realized how stupidly he may have fallen for the trap by a con artist then, but he too realized things were pretty heated up between his cousins and him so he was no longer surprised that the twin sisters had taken advantage of the situation. James however

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His sister and cousin are now back inside the room, but Richard could not shake the feeling that he at least was being closely watched by his sister and cousin for both of them were still  scrutinizing him closely. He knew his sister at least was itching to ask him what transpired behind his closed door meeting with Maya but he for one, has no plans of telling her anything as  he knew those words are only for him and him alone. He realized that his ex-fiancée would not have singled him out  if she had truly intended for someone else to know what she planned to let him know.
His sister, however was not pleased as she really wanted to know what transpired between her brother and best friend as she was earnestly hoping for a reconciliation soon. Her brother, however refused to comment about the said meeting as now realized his private conversation between him and Maya were only meant for the both of them. His sister, however could not seem to understand this so she was irked by his refusal and thought that she was being left in the dark once more. She was only appeased when she sense some positive changes in her brother and this gave her hope, so  she just opted to leave things be for the moment and just allow nature to take to its course.
James however, could not leave things alone as he now realized Maya was once more falling for his cousin and was scared that she might get hurt once more. He knew he should be happy with this new developmentbut he still could not help but be scared for his friend as Richard had already managed to turn his back on her once. He realized now it had not been his cousin’s fault that he had been forced to leave her, but he was still frightened that the incident would once more break them apart so he opted to speak to his cousin and was relieved when Richard  promised to take care of Maya if she would accept him again. James was now relieved as he now realized his cousin truly learned his lesson so he opted not to prolonged his cousin’s agony  further by telling him he would always be there for her and Maya.
Richard was appeased by his cousin’s words and thanked him for understanding him. He however tells him this was not the time for them to talk about his relationship with Maya as they still were having two separate problems hanging on their heads. James on the other hand was surprise by his cousin’s new attitude as Richard had now truly changed to a better man so he clasped his hand and told him that they would speak of it again once their twin dilemma gets resolved.
His cousin smiled then and told him that they better plan their next move as he had already word from his sources the twin renegades are once more planning to cause havoc on their family once more. James obliged but he then informs Richard that they better call Maya and Rafi first as he was sure they would want to know the latest update on the case. 
Richard obliges so he summoned Manang Fe to the study and request that she informs his sister Rafi to come to the den for a meeting. Meanwhile, James was now calling Maya at the restaurant and just as he had anticipated her was not too happy to be summoned at the last minute for no one would take charge of their restaurant but he had convinced her that this meeting is more important than the eatery so Maya relented and assigned their assistant Edselyn to take her place.
Maya was now in Richard’s home and she could not help but feel a bit nostalgic as she spent many hours here when she and Richard were still together. She knew she missed this place and Manang Fe but she opted to brazen herself to the present as she realized she had not come here to think of the past. Maya knew they were here to formulate a plan for the evil twin sisters so he glanced at the two men before her and asked what their plans were and was surprised when she learned that James had already uncovered a possible link between the two sisters.
Maya knew she was surprised as she now realized for a fact that neither her friend nor Richard had found a possible link between the two women when she and Rafi last spoken to them a week ago. Had they withheld the information from both of them once more or was this information truly new. She knew she was confused so she confronts both men and was surprised when both of them refused to answer her inquiry and instead asked her to recruit his family and friends in San Nicholas for him.
She was truly shocked for Richard had been adamant of her family’s involvement from the start. What happened? She knew she was confused, but Richard would not give her any explanation  besides that he had now decided to accept her offer and was now asking her to convince her family and friends in San Nicholas to join forces with them in their battle against the twin siblings.
 
 
 
 

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James obliged but he could not help but wonder why Rafi had suddenly requested her to follow her out of the room when he could see that Maya still needed to talk to all of them. He now looks at his cousin and ask her to explain the reason for her summon. Rafi was forced to tell him then about Maya’s request and he could not help but worry as he knew how gullible his friend was whenever his cousin was concerned.

He realized that they should not leave the two of them alone but he then realized that he could no longer control his friend so he forced himself to calm down and relax. Meanwhile, back inside the room Maya continuous to stare at Richard as he had remained still even though James and Rafi had already left the room. She knew he was aware of them being alone in the room but he still refused to talk to her and that irks her for she now realized both of them wanted to say something to one another so she began airing her grievances to him and this seemed to catch his attention for he now asked what he could do for her.

Maya now shook her head and said nothing for she now realized Richard could no longer do anything for her but truly bare his soul to her so she asked him to trust her once more and Richard realized that Maya was asking him to truly open his heart to her again. He knew this would be a difficult decision for him so he asked her if she could give him a week to think things over.

Maya realized she did not want to grant the extension Richard requested of her but she knew she had no choice in the matter as her request could not be easily be fulfilled. She knew Richard must weigh his options before committing to her so she granted the extension but not a day more.

Richard was now weighing her options and for the first time in a long time he could see more clearly that he was better off with Maya than without her. He knew his being enigmatic had almost cost him the woman he loved and he now realized that he would be a fool if he allows her to escape once more so he decided to change his ways and grant her utmost desire.

He knew it wouldn’t be easy though as he had always kept everything to himself but he was now willing to change for Maya’s sake now. He now glanced at her and asked what she wants to know. Maya was stunned at his inquiry as she never expected Richard to open to her now but she opted to take the chance and request that he tells her the reason why he had lost his trust on people.

Richard was taken aback by his ex-fiancée’s inquiry as this was the last question he had expected her to ask, but he opted to answer her truthfully by saying that he had trusted someone close to him but later on stabbed him in the back. Maya realized then who the person her ex-fiancé was referring to, but she opted not to comment as she now realized he had been hurt badly by Celeste’s betrayal.

She could not blame him though for they considered that “witch” family. Maya knew she was being sarcastic once more but she for one never trusted the woman. She realized now that she should have trusted her instinct from the start but Celeste had managed to fool all of them in the beginning. She even thought she would be a good ally for her only to realized that a snake was hiding among them. Maya had discovered Celeste’s evilness a few months after they hired her but she managed to turn the tables against her so Richard had no choice but to let her go.

Maya now realized that she and James were the first casualties of the plan for when Celeste managed to disposed of them, she was able to do her true aspirations on the family. She now glanced back at Richard and tells him that it was not right to shield himself from the outside world just because he had one bad experience with his supposed cousin. She reiterates her point by telling him of the various trials and tribulations she had to encounter before she and James were able to succeed in the restaurant business.

Richard realized then that he had wallowed in self-pity for much too long and he now realized it was time to stop and fight back, so he thanked Maya for the pep talk she gave him and promised that he would be a better person from now on. Maya felt elated and gave him a sweet smile. He in turn reciprocated the gesture by giving her a light smack on the cheek before recalling his cousin and Rafi back to the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would I Be Able to Trust You Again? 1o

James however, confessed that she saw the woman again, but this time he confesses he was disappointed with what he saw. He tells his cousins and Maya that he had expected Carina to have straightened her life by now, but instead he finds her more involved in the world he left her. He tells them that he came to realize he made an error of judgment with her, but then he could no longer rectify the mistake as the girl had already gone from bad to worst.

He narrates to both Maya and his cousins that when he first met Carina and requested her to be their link, she was simply a small time crook trying to appease her stepfather so that she would not be beaten up by him, but now he learns that she had become one of the most dangerous criminals running around the country as she had now become one of the leaders of the drug syndicate.

James now informs both Richard and Maya that he and his team had been trying to pin her down for months but to no avail so he requested them to help him out and they promised to do so provided that he continue on with his story. James obliged and told them that after Carina had managed to escape them, he came across a young socialite named Celeste Madrigal. At first he admitted that he was not interested in her since he did not like rich, spoiled girls, but the uncanny resemblance to Carina and her had made his interest pricked.

He told his friend and cousins that this was nothing new to him since he usually gets this kind of feeling whenever something doubtful occurs during his investigation so he decided to check on the new information and was stunned when he learned that the two women were actually identical twins separated at birth.

Richard and the girls were stunned by James revelation, but they still managed to ask him how the twins were separated so James told them the rest of the tale and was not surprised when he glanced back at his friend and saw her in tears. He and Richard knew then that Maya was feeling sorry for the two sisters and they could not allow that for it would completely ruin the plan, so they approached Maya and request that she puts her bleeding heart on hold. Maya realized then that the two men was right so she opted to follow their advice and harden her heart.

She, however realized that it was not an easy feat to accomplish since she now realized that she could no longer  allow any distractions to stand in her way. Maya knew that was not an easy thing to do since Richard would always be by her side, but she now realized they could never be a couple unless they could resolve this issue with Celeste. She now glanced at her friend and they both realized it was time for them to stop running and fight back so Maya bravely spoke up at the meeting and requested that they begin to plan for the downfall of the two siblings.

The two men were taken aback by her words, but they soon realized she was right for the longer they delay, the more trouble both sisters may inflict upon them. James and Richard realized now that both sisters had been exchanging in giving treats and they both realized it must soon stop for not only was it ruining their newly established businesses, both men now realized that it was ruining their chance of happiness so they opted to follow Maya’s lead and began making plans for the eventual downfall of their enemies.

Maya, however realized that they could not do it alone for both of their foe have many friends and followers around the country and these people would surely protect them. She knew she would not mind asking her friends and family for help but she was not sure about her ex-fiancé  stand on the matter as she now realized he had completely lost his trust in people except for the small circle that surrounds him.

She now realized that they must first convince Richard to trust once more before they could truly begin their quest. But, how? She knew her ex-fiancé would not listen to anybody except her and the only thing she knew how was to talk to him alone. She however was clueless on how to go about it until she managed to glanced at her friend Rafi and realized that she could communicate with her through eye contact.

Maya now glanced at her friend and pleaded that she leaves the room with her cousin James as she wanted to speak to Richard alone but Rafi does not seem to catch the silent message she was sending her so she opted to slowly approached her and tell her outright what was on her mind. Rafi at first was surprised with the request but she eventually relented and asked James to follow her out of the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maya knew she was blown away with the news as she had never seen the connection of the two siblings before. She realized that blood is thicker than water, but why would a successful career woman ruin her own reputation and align herself with a lowlife like Carina Afable. Was she being blackmailed by her own kin or was there any other reason behind it. She knew she did not understand, but James was right that she must not feel any apathy towards the woman for she may be also in cahoots with her sister.

She now decides to follow her friend’s advice and was now ready to listen to the rest of the plan, but to her dismay Richard had already started laying out the plans and she now realized that she managed to miss some important details. She knew she was annoyed with herself for daydreaming on the job, but she now realized she no longer have a choice but to rely on her friend. She, however concentrates the rest of the way and just requested her friend to fill in the gaps after the meeting had commenced.

Rafi obliged and filled her on the things she had missed. She however was not pleased so she apologized to Rafi about her inattentiveness and this resulted to a teasing of sorts. Maya knew her best friend would never stop until she learns the reason behind her lost of focus so she guiltily admitted to Rafi that she was bothered with the two sisters working together. She thought she was alone in that theory, but Maya now learns that all of her friends have the same inclination of both women.

She was now really bothered as she knew a hunch could be still be ignored if only one person have it, but when several people have the same bad feeling about it Maya knew it was now time to act. She informs her friends about these common feelings of theirs and they too decided to look at the situation. Maya, however was not surprised by their decision as she and her friends had always been on the same wavelength since they were children so she was no longer a surprise that they would back her up on this one. She, however could not help but worry as she does not know what she would do if her theory is proven right.

She now glanced at James and he assures her without saying anything that everything would be alright. He then informs them that he had already sent his team to gather all the information they could get on the two siblings. James also tells his cousins and Maya that he had asked his former colleagues at the agency to aid them. Maya was now relieved as she now knows she and her team were no longer working alone. She however realized that these brave men and women may not be able to stop these two women if she doesn’t  lend a hand so she offered her services once more and was surprised when Richard had once more rejected her offer.

Maya  was not pleased with the rejection as she now realized Richard and James was once more trying to shield them away from the real battle. She knew they had been trying to dissuade both her and Rafi once more to join them in the heat of battle,  but she has no plans of giving in to their desires, especially now that she really knows what was truly at stake. 

She now glanced back at both men and demands that they level with her as Maya now realized both men were only just toying with them. She now demands for an explanation and that they level with her so both men now realized they no longer have a choice but to heed to her request. They asked her to take a seat once more and when she obliged James opted to tell her how she had met the two women.

He began by telling Maya that his superior had requested him to spy on a woman named Carina Afable for she was supposed to be their link to the drug syndicate the government was after. He however guiltily admitted to Maya that he made one fatal mistake on the mission as he had  gotten attracted to their so called link.

Maya was stunned at her friend’s confession as she could not believe she was hearing this kind of confession from his best friend.  She however still decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and allows him to continue narrating his tale for she now realized James still has some things to confess to her. He now gives her a sheepishly smile and tells her she was right in her assumption that she had fallen for their link, so he began telling her once more on what transpired after she had made that mistake.

She could not help but tease him then but to her surprise James demeanor had not changed one bit. In fact he even remained stoic and serious during the entire time she was teasing him and that surprise her, so she had stopped teasing him and just requested that he continue with his tale. James obliged and informs her that after that one mistake he made he lost track of Carina and thought that he would never see her again.