“Tita, I'll go ahead."
"Xian, thank you for taking Kim home.”
"Tita, you don't have to say thank you. I kept telling you that I don't mind. Besides, it's all part of my job as her personal assistant.”
“No,” Kim's mom shoo her head. “She has a driver and her road manager. They can easily take her home, especially since our house is out of the way from yours."
"Eh, tita, I wouldn't be appeased anyway if I don't personally know that she is home safe and the only way I could do that is by bringing her home myself."
"Kaya naman mas panatag ang loob ko. Thank you."
“Oh, be careful driving, okey?”
“Yes, tita,” he nodded before he gave his boss' mom a quick peck on the cheek.
“Uhm, ma,” Kim finally spoke. “I'll just walk him back to his car, okay?”
“Good night, tita.”
“Good night, Xian.”
“Kim, you know you really don't need to walk me back to my car,” Xian said right after Kim closed the door behind them.
“You think after that thank you speech my mom just gave you, she would let me not walk you back to your car?”
“Sige na nga.”
“So what's your plan this weekend?” Kim asked just as they reached his parked car in front of her house. “I mean first weekend off after a very long time. Dapat bongga ang plans mo.”
“Are you sure that you don't need me this weekend?” He asked skeptically.
Kim rolled her eyes at her friend. “Xian, I'm going to Cebu with my family for my cousin's wedding. Seriously, I don't think I will be needing a personal assistant there,” she assured him.
They met when Xian was doing an internship with Star Studio for his Entertainment Management course thesis. He was actually assigned as Kim's road manager's assistant but at that time, it was actually Kim who needed an assistant so it was decided that she gets Xian instead.
Admittedly Kim was rather wary about the set up, especially because of the she's from Venus and he's from Mars situation, you know, privacy, modesty.
“What if I need help putting on make up or worst getting dress?” She asked her road manager, Tata, right after they told her the news.
“Then I'll help you,” Tata replied.
“What if you're not there,” obviously, Kim was not sold on the idea.
“Then your new personal assistant will go find someone that can help you. Besides it'll be temporary. When he's done with his internship, then we'll get you an assistant that from Venus too.”
That was three years ago.
Now, Xian works directly under Kim. She was so impress with Xian that she hired him right after he graduated to become her permanent PA slash body guard. He was focused, diligent, efficient, organized that he was like an Android and iPhone rolled into one. Also, as it turned out the whole Venus and Mars thing worked to her advantage as she has the best of both words when it came to opinions and advices. They also clicked that it really didn't take that long for them to be very good friends. And then there's her mom, for some strange reason, her mom has a strange affinity to him.