On Valentine's Day, Lucy Torres shares a snippet from her then-budding romance with Richard Gomez.
At that time, they had not defined their relationship.
She was confused. She thought of not seeing him again. Her heart was broken.
It seemed to be a turning point in their relationship.
But Richard's quick visit to the Torres house in Ormoc City, a big embrace, and a bunch of wild sunflowers eased her troubled heart.
More than two decades later, Lucy would recount it vividly, and gush, "Happy Valentine, my irresistible love. And I love that to this day, you still bring me flowers."
Published as is, here it is:
"We had not labeled what we were to each other. There was just this magic that was always there when we were together. But the night before was somewhat.....strange. Off. (I will leave the details to a page of that little book of short stories I will one day write.) Suffice to say that the circumstances of that night (in the disco????) was enough for me to tell myself I should maybe not see you (or someone like you) again. My young heart was broken.
"The next day I turned my corner of the room upside down. Just to get you off my mind. And I promised myself I would not take your calls. I was on the floor, sorting through drawers and somewhat drenched in sweat, when I heard a knock on the door. Someone was there to see me the yaya said.
"I went down to the sala. You were there. In khaki shorts and Doc Martens, a white shirt. Wild hair. Strong shoulders. Beautiful eyes. A bunch of wild sunflowers in your hands. You looked at me. And then scooped me in a big embrace. I am covered in sweat, was all I could say. You are beautiful, you tell me. Not many words were said after that. You just sat me down on the sofa and held my hands, making those eyes of yours say the words you needed not speak anyway. (After all, we did not even know what we were to each other.) I came to see you, I’m glad you’re home. And I stopped by the roadside when I saw these flowers, you said, all in one breath. I looked at the flowers, wrapped in newspaper. They are beautiful, just like you and your eyes, I wanted to tell you. But I was too shy to actually say that.
"You then left to catch your flight home. I did not finish sorting through those drawers. And I spent the rest of the day thinking of you, the broken pieces of my heart from the night before finding their way back to each other to mend somehow.
This photo @richardgomezinstagram. This is how you looked that day (but with more clothes on????). Happy Valentine, my irresistible love. And I love that to this day, you still bring me flowers."
Richard and Lucy have been married for 21 years, and have a 19-year-old daughter named Juliana.