Huminga ako ng malalim at pumasok na sa kwartu kung nasaan ang dalawang pamilya.
"Finally you're both here!" Kuya Atlas
"This is Ms. Zarina Zenon and Vianna Zenon the minds behind the beautiful creations of Zenon Group" Pagpapakilala ni Kuya sa amin ni Via, our Kuya always look so proud sa mga ganitong mga pagkakataon. Via smiled to them but me no, I never do that to those people who hurt me.
"Girls this is Mr. Robert Malvar the CEO of Malvar Group and Mr. Servin Elzan the CEO of Elzan Group" Kuya said. I saw Xavier sitting at the back, waving to us. Ang bilis niyang makahanap ng upuan, even Helios Elzan is already on his seat.
"Pleasure to meet everyone" I said casually.
"Likewise Miss Zenon" Mr. Robert said, Mr. Elzan is looking at me intently.
"Let's take our seats" Mr. Robert said.
We take our respective seats.
"Miss Zarina, Miss Viana, this is my wife Stella Malvar, my son Titus Malvar, Rion Malvar and Xavier Malvar" si Mr. Robert.
"And this is my wife Mrs. Maurin Elzan, Helios Elzan, my son and my daughter Callie Elzan" Mr. Servin.
"Pleasure to meet everyone" Via said, I just nodded. I don't like the way Titus looking at me, para bang alam niya na ako si Clarence 'Clara' Elzan. No, impossible. Its been 13 years at malaki na ang pinagbago ko. Masyadong prim and proper si Ms. Stella and Ms. Maurin, even Callie well as always mula noon hanggang ngayon, she's also looking at me. I ignored her.
"Via and Zari will be the head of teams handling the construction of The Atlantis" Kuya Atlas said.
"The team from our side that will help you for constructing The Atlantis will be my three sons and my future daughter-in-law Calli"
"Via" I whispered.
"Changed plans" Via nodded.
"Isn't that great? I'll be with the two of you" Xavier grinning, Via smiled at him. I saw how the brows of Ms Stella raised on Xaviers remark.
"As expected Xavier my dear, you're always one step of ahead, Kaya pala ang daling nag yes ng mga Zenon, you knew the two beautiful ladies, May I know who is he dating from the two of you? Or is he dating the two of you?"
"Stella!" Si Mr. Robert. Via and I knew that the first family don't like Xavier, of course his a bastard son, a mistake of his father pero hindi naman iyon kasalanan ni Xavier na lumandi ang tatay niya sa iba.
"Mrs. Malvar my sisters doesn't know the decision of the management ng tanggapin nila ang proposal ng kompanya ninyu" Kuya Atlas said, well his annoyed, kami ni din Via hindi nagustuhan ang sinabi nito. So ganoon ka lala ang tingin nila kay Xavier. I look at Xavier, he looks coldly.
"I'm just asking!" Mrs. Stella.
"Mrs. Malvar that's enough" Mr. Servin.
"Stella" Ms. Maurin.
"Mrs. Malvar you should thank Xavier dahil kung hindi dahil sa kanya, maghahanap na kayo ng ibang kompanya na mas magaling sa amin" They gasped on what I said.
"What do you mean?" Mr. Servin asked.
"My sister and I were planning to decline these project personally to you Mrs. Robert, whether our brother will like it or not and it was already approved by the Chairman of Zenon Group but when we found just right now na kasama si Xavier sa team, our very own bestfriend in College na matagal naming hindi na kasama. We changed our minds"
"Aren't the two of you too arrogant? Just because of him you've changed your minds?" Titus said coldly. I smiled to him coldly.
"Of course, Xavier is like a brother to us maliban na lang kung masyadong malisyoso ang isip niyo sa relasyon namin sa kanya but hearing that comment from a respective woman from you Mrs. Stella was quiet foul I expect better from you"
Para namang binuhusan ng malamig na tubig si Mrs. Stella sa sinabi ko.
"I'm quiet disappointed Mr. Robert, Mr. Servin" Kuya Atlas said.
"For our camaraderie with Xavier pinagpalit namin ang proposal ng King of Middle East para sa The Atlantis and now we are hearing those remarks?" Via said.
"Stella apologized to Xavier!" Mr. Robert said firmly.
"I'm sorry Xavier for my remarks and also to the two ladies, Miss Zarina and Miss Via" Mrs. Stella said, she's looking red of course napahiya.
Dinala ni Mrs. Maurin si Mrs. Stella sa labas habang nagmemeeting para sa schedules ng construction ng The Atlantis.
Pagkatapos ng meeting we decided na umuwi na, nasa lobby ako ng hotel habang hinihintay si Via, she told me to wait in here pwede naman na samahan ko siya papuntang parking lot.
"Miss Zenon?" Napalingon ako sa nagsalita. Si Rion Malvar.
"I would like to apologize on what my mother did, alam namin na maling sabihin ang mga bagay na yun" He said. If Titus is cold and ruthless, silent and calculative naman si Rion. Buti nalang kay Tita Xandy si Xavier lumaki kung hindi baka maging tahimik at nakakatakot din iyon.
"No problem I hope she'll learn from it and for the project will take it seriously" He nodded and smiled. That little boy I once knew is now way taller than me.
"Miss Zari I remembered someone from you"
"Really? Well you're not the first telling me that Mr. Rion"
"You can call me Rion" He said.
"Then call me Zari magiging magkatrabaho na tayo sa susunod na mga araw"
"Yeah you're right"
A car parked infront of us.
"Ate let's go" Si Via. She didn't spared any glance to Rion.
"Well go ahead Mr. Malvar" I said.
"Keep safe Zari and Via"
Napatingin na lang si Rion sa sasakyan na kakaalis. Napailing siya, mula kanina sa Hall hanggang sa private room ni hindi siya tiningnan ni Via.
He should expect these the moment na magkita silang muli.
"No worries let's treat each other that we both