While Ari and Savannah were in the middle of the ballroom, a tall guy from the entrance of the ballroom was watching them dance. He felt a dagger was thrown into his heart. It was hard to watch them dance the way Ari held Savannah in an intimate position. He had difficulty breathing. He went out for a while and breathed, then after 20 minutes he went back and whispered something to the person guarding the entrance of the hall. The guard went to Ari and whispered something. That time, Ari and Savannah were now seated at the table.
Let him in and join us here at our table. Ben, please add another chair beside me. My nephew is here.
A tall guy is walking to the table with a wide smile and hugs Ari.
Hi Uncle Ari, It's been a while.
Yes, it's been a while...good to see you, Adam.
Hey, Adam, it's you! Why are you here?
Yes Sav, it's me! How are you?
I am fine Adam... Thank you!
Did you know each other? Ari was surprised.
Yes, Ari. He was my seatmate for 14 hours. We chatted, ate, drank, and laughed the whole time we were confined in that aircraft.
I see...14 hours? Ari retorted.
Yes, 14 hours Uncle Ari. We bonded over those long hours.
Ari pulled Adam on the side...how is Susan?
She's fine Uncle....
You're not here to visit me, you're pursuing someone? Tell me.
You're always five steps ahead of me. Uncle, yes I am pursuing Savannah. I liked her a lot.
Adam.... let us talk about this tomorrow.
Then the music "The first time I've ever saw your face" is now playing in the ballroom.
Uncle, may I have the pleasure of dancing with your date? I was told that Savannah is your date.
Sure Adam...only one time.
Sav was talking to Chu when Adam approached and asked her to dance. For some reason, she looked at Ari, then he nodded.
Adam holds her hand and they proceed to the center of the ballroom.
I miss you Sav.... Adam whispereded
Is that why you're here?
Yes, I miss you so much!
Adam, let's continue to be friends. I am sorry that you traveled all the way from Tarlac for nothing. I am really sorry.
Are you dating my Uncle?
No...that's not the issue. I am not open to a relationship. I will leave soon. I don't want to get hurt and I don't want to hurt you. On second thought, I will have Chu look for real beauties who are looking. That way, your time coming here will not go in vain. How's that?
You mean, matching me?
Yes, that's what I meant.
All right then. Adam said you're the boss. Can I request something from you Sav?
Yes, what is it?
I have looked up to Uncle Ari since I was a child. He is a good person. This is the first time he brought a date on this yearly military ball, I was told. He did not even brought his deceased wife to attend this event. His colleagues and friends were surprised when he announced that he had a date for tonight's event.
Why are you telling me this ? We are not even dating? What's going on?
I don't know Sav, there's something that in it. Did you meet him in the past?
Savannah was speechless. No, I haven't met him.
While Adam and Sav are dancing, Ari's eyes are focused on the two. He felt so jealous of his nephew, spending 14 hours with Savannah on the airplane.
Meanwhile, a group of military upper class just entered the party. They are directed to General Ari, being the high-ranking officer and the host.
Ari was able to think fast, an opportunity for him to cut in and get Savannah from Adam's embrace. As his date, he will introduce her to his colleagues.
Sorry, Adam, I need Savannah. I will introduce her to my colleagues.
Ohh that's okay Uncle, I'll see you later Sav...lunch tomorrow?
I can't, I have errands, I have to go to the municipal office to work on the documents of our properties. I will be busy tomorrow.
Yes, rain check. By the way, where are you staying?
He will stay at my house or in the resthouse? Where do you want to stay Adam?
Your resthouse Uncle, If I may?
Sure, Adam, you're my nephew.
Stay Adam....we will have dinner with Sav later.
Okay, I will wait. Adam said.
Ari grabbed Savannah's hand then proceeded to the private dining room. His colleagues are waiting for them.
Adam settled himself at the table then started chatting with Chu and the rest of the attendees.
Meanwhile, a military officer was watching from a distance and recognized Savannah. He waited until the General and Savannah were back, seated on the table, then he approached Sav.Hi Ms. Sav, I hoped you would remember me. We are neighbors. You’re my sister Ann’s friend.Ohh Yes, I remember you Cris, my neighbor? And we are friends on Facebook, right! Savannah said.Who can forget a childhood neighbor who stole my brother’s heart? Cris jokingly said.You’re funny! Edna here?No, unfortunately, she missed seeing you. Her mother is in the hospital. She needs to attend to her.Sorry to hear that. What happened?She slipped into the bathroom, her hips were dislocated.Is she okay now? Savannah askedShe will be. Let’s have a chat later to catch up. Cris said.Why not now Cris? Sav responded.May I be excused for a while. I need to talk to Cris alone.Ari said, Sure.... Cris,
You told me, Allan, she’s a childhood friend. Tell me something about her, Ari asked.Sav belongs to a big family. Her father has 10 siblings and 8 of them migrated to the US. When we were in high school, she was one of the beauties we had. She's always wearing stateside tops and shoes. Tall, beautiful, and smart. She was one of the most active students in extracurricular activities in our class. Though she was shy at that time, she gained a lot of friends. Her family was very protective of her. She can't attend parties, no weekend movies except she goes with her family. I don’t know if it's tough for her, but it seems that she’s good at coping with her father’s strict guidelines. She turned out to be okay. She is a good person, decent, and focuses on what she does. She doesn’t play around.While Allan and Ari are whispering, Savannah is brought back by Cris.General... As promised, I am returning Sav to you, without any scrat
Yes Cris! I have been waiting for her to come home. Now she's back! This is my only chance to marry my true love.Cris was so stunned but he did not show it to General Ari. He was so worried now about Sav.Let’s go back. Dinner will be served in a minute. This is confidential, Cris.Sure, General, you can count on me.As soon as they get back to their individual table, dinner is served.When the plates were served, Ari was so attentive to Savannah’s plate, he cut the steak into little pieces then turned to her, now eat, it's ready. You have to drink coffee, not wine, since you have a low tolerance to alcohol.Thank you, Ari. I can do that you know. And I can handle at least 2 shots of red or white wine, so I can take care of my heart, Savannah said.No, avoid alcohol, please. There’s more options to take care of your heart. Just accept me and I will take care of you, not only your heart!Everyone was stu
We have time tomorrow, right Sav, how about lunch?I can’t Adam, I have to be in L county to see my relatives. I should be back late afternoon or early evening.I will go with you, Ari interrupted.Ari, I have not told my relatives that I have guests, they might be surprised and intimidated that I am bringing in a General. I will rent a car. I will be okay Ari.I will go with you, no but this time.Adam can go with us, Allan and Mary too. So, while you’re with your relatives, I have them with me. How’s that? I am making it easy for you Sav.Allan and Mary were looking at Sav, giving her a hint to say Yes….Okay, you win.We will contact Stanley to accommodate us at their restaurant while waiting for you Sav, Allan said.Who is Stanley? Ari asksSavannah's cousin and a restaurant owner. A good friend of ours and a classmate in school.Hey Allan, please order my favorite d
I saw her when she was only 15 years old. She belongs to their school’s model platoon that competes in D county. I was a young Lieutenant at that time just got married. You know the story, Adam, about my marriage.If I was single then, I will pursue her. I cannot forget that face.After 10 years, I saw her again, working in the government office in the city. I was then 1-star general. I can't take off my eyes on her. I would like to hug her so bad. She was then married and with 2 kids. Both of us are married. A friend from Tarlac who was their regional director noticed my staring...he whispered to me, she's married.Adam is listening attentively to Ari while drinking Vodka.Does she know you?No, she doesn’t know me.When I was promoted to 3-star general, I was assigned to D county. Her house is only 5 miles away from my office. Every afternoon, I will drove and pass by her house. Sometimes, she was tending her orchids collection
It was an hour's drive to L county. The road was a little bumpy and traffic was bad. While on the road, Savannah was reading the documents that she was going to present to her relatives signed by her elders in Connecticut.Where are these properties? Ari asks SavannahThey are located in the suburbs of L county, belongs to my family. There's a lot of conflicts so it took time to gather all the documents. Some of the elders died already. I was the eldest in our generation so I was given the tasks to finish and be done with it. The transfers are very important to my family.There was this lot in the hill of L county that belongs to my family and will be handed down to any member of our family who is willing to build a ranch house. I will show it to you, we are going to pass the hill anyway, it's on the roadside. My sisters are interested, so I have to put that on our agenda for today.Ari, see that plateau? That will be the location of the ranch house. Nice
I am always interested in butterflies. These beautiful species were considered to be the reincarnation of the soul. In some belief butterflies is a personification of a person's soul; whether they are living, dying, or already dead. One superstition says that if a butterfly enters your guest room and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you most love is coming to see you. Another superstition is that butterflies represent the soul, in some beliefs, it symbolizes rebirth. In our culture, a lingering black butterfly or moth in the house is taken to mean a death in the family. (Wikipedia) Ari and I will visit the famous butterfly farm in the CN province. He invited our close friends, his close comrade in arms, and of course his nephew Adam. We are going to have a catered lunch there with butterflies and colorful flowers. I don't know yet, how we can concentrate on our lunch when these beautiful flying species are hovering over us. I was so excited about Ari's plan.
It was a bright and sunny morning at the Butterfly farm when Savannah said Yes to Ari. Everyone was rejoicing including the butterflies and the moths. The music 'You are so beautiful' was playing in the background, Ari grabbed Savannah's hand and dance passionately. His friends and colleagues were surprised to see the soft side of Ari, they have never seen him act this way in the past.Ari did not stop dancing, embracing Savannah until the music changed to 'The first time I've ever saw your face. Savannah was looking quizzically at Ari.Do you know about these music?Yes, I do Sav, Ari responded.I gave those tapes to you when you're in high school. I passed it on to one of your classmates.So, you're my admirer from afar that did not come forward for many many years.You have to understand Sav, I was married at that time. I fell in love with you decades ago and until now, my love for you multiplies. When I saw you walking on the beach that