Love at the Start - Chapter 3 (from the archives)

I have previously posted links to this story on Tumblr but I am now posting the text of each chapter in its entirety for those who don’t want to follow links. However, if you are so inclined, you can view the entire story (to date) on AO3 and Fanfiction.net. Enjoy! 

Chapter 3: The Gathering 

The castle was abuzz with preparations for the gathering. People were already starting to show up at the castle and it was filling up rapidly. Jamie knew that there would be an oath-taking during the first night of the gathering. He badly needed not to be there. His position was delicate. His life was in danger, no matter what he did. If he gave his oath to Collum, he would be in line to succeed him. Dougal would have none of that. He’d be dead by the next morning. On the other hand, he couldn’t insult the Laird by not giving his oath. The clansmen would have his head if he were to do so. He thought it best to just stay hidden and out of the way until the ceremony was over.

Over the last few weeks at Leoch, he spoke to Claire as often as he could. She visited him every day in the stables, bringing lunch and fresh bandages for him. They got to know each other even better in those quiet moments together. Jamie looked forward to seeing her, whether it be in the stables, glimpsing her in the garden, or simply gazing at her across the great hall. He caught her looking at him too, apparently searching him out as he was searching for her. They took advantage of short moments during the day to connect in some way. A hurried kiss in a dark alcove or a quick embrace in the stables. There never seemed to be quite enough time to be truly alone.

Tonight would be different. Tonight was the oath-taking and Jamie would be sequestered in the stables, in a corner room, hidden behind Donas’ pen. It was the perfect place to hide. It was very small, with only a rough pallet laying on top of a bed of straw. He had a small table and a couple of hooks on the wall. He had a hearth of sorts made out of a pile of stones, only big enough to take the chill off while he slept. It wasn’t ideal, but it was a far cry better than what awaited him in the castle this night.

He had arranged for Claire to meet him here in the stables as soon as she could sneak away. She had to make an appearance as the guest of the Mackenzie, but once she was seen, she would quickly move through the hidden passages that he had shown her and make her way out to the stables. He was so excited to have some alone time with her. He was a bit nervous too. They would be alone. He wasn’t sure he trusted himself to be alone with her, but he was a gentleman, despite his wish to be otherwise in this circumstance. He wanted her badly, but he would not taint their future marriage by succumbing to lustful actions.

Claire had just left the great hall, having slipped away unnoticed by her protectors. She had told Mrs. Fitz that she wanted to retire for the night and would be in her room all night. She asked that she not be disturbed, then bid her goodbye. She quickly made her way to her surgery to get her cloak and a small basket of food for her and Jamie to share.

She was getting very nervous. What was she doing? A secret rendezvous with Jamie? It seemed so soon. Was she thinking clearly? Was this a smart thing to do? All she knew was that she wanted him. Really wanted him. And even more, she loved to be near him. He had such charm and intelligence besides the devastatingly handsome hero thing. It wouldn’t hurt to explore this relationship, she told herself, would it? With that, she slipped out of the surgery, locking the door behind her, and went down the hall towards the hidden passages to the outside.

Claire surreptitiously creeped across the castle grounds to the stable yard. Once inside the stables she moved toward Donas’ pen and called out, “Jamie? Where are you?”

“I’m here Sassenach,” a voice called out just behind her. She turned around to see him looking at her with a sly smile. “Shall I show you to my humble abode?”

“Of course. I’ve brought us some supper.”

He took her hand and led her behind Donas, very carefully as not to spook him, and through a small door at the back of the pen. Suddenly they were in close quarters, alone in his temporary makeshift room.

Jamie sat down on his pallet and motioned Claire to join him. “I’m sorry that it isna the best place to meet, but at least it is safe.”

Claire said, “That is really the important thing, isn’t it? Besides, it doesn’t matter to me as long as we are together.”

Jamie smiled warmly at her and patted her hand in acknowledgement. Claire began opening up the basket of food that she had brought. “Hungry?”

“Always, Sassenach.”

She smiled and laid out the food in front of them, pulling out a wine bottle in the process. “Allow me, Claire,” Jamie said as he took the bottle, opened it, and poured two cups of the fragrant liquid. He handed her a cup and she took a sip.

He watched her as they ate, talking of this and that, castle politics, horses, and herbs. After they ate, he sat down his cup on the small stool beside the pallet and took hers as well. He reached over to her, taking both her hands in his. They looked at each other intently.

“Claire, I must ask you something.”

“You can ask me anything, Jamie.”

“I know we’ve only known each other a few weeks, but in that time I think that we’ve got on very well and have become…very close. And of course we have kissed and such, and I, well, just wanted to ask you if…if…you would allow me the pleasure of courting you, properly.” He gulped, nervousness apparent on his face. He looked at her with those hopeful blue eyes.

“Jamie, I….,” she started. “I want to make sure I understand what you’re asking. Are you saying you want to marry me someday?”

“Weel, uh….yes. When you are ready. Claire, you have been in my heart since the moment we met. I just want to show you that I’m worthy of you. Worthy to be your husband.”

Claire thought for a minute. Was this really happening? Was this beautiful, sensitive, perfect man saying he wanted to be with her? To marry her?

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A/N: I’m back! I’m not 100% happy with this but I figured I had to post something.

Trigger warning for kidnapping and small spaces.

Aubrey looked at the two other girls in the room. She had seen them both at auditions earlier, the redhead had been good, but she didn’t understand what the other girl was doing here, she was pitchy and uncoordinated. The redhead smiled at her and waved from her seat across the room. The other girl paced nervously between Aubrey and the redhead.

“Do you know what this is about? Did we get in?” The redhead shrugged and bit her thumbnail. The other girl kept pacing frantically, shooting annoyed glances at both of them. “This is not how it’s supposed to go. They’re supposed to blindfold us and take us to the auditorium to take the oath before the party.”

Aubrey and the redhead shared a look. “I’m sure they’ll come get us soon,” Aubrey said standing up and walking towards the other girls. “I’m Aubrey.”

“Chloe.” The redhead looked up with a bright smile.

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“I was just an ordinary highschool and college student. I was just like all of you. And YES, I failed”

“There is no such thing as FAILURE, only DELAYED SUCCESS”

“Being number one in the April 2011 ECE Board Exam is just a TITLE”

-Billy Joe Serrano Rivera [April 2011 ECE Board Exam Top 1 | Mapua Institute of Technology | 92.5 | Absolute Endorser]-

July 2014 CPAs Oath Taking and Testimonial Dinner

Dahil sa hectic sched ko sa work, hindi na ako nakapagshare dito sa blog ko, so eto yung latest. Last September 2, 2014, We took our oath to formally welcome us to the profession. It was held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Dati, dream ko talaga na maging venue ang PICC para sa graduation ko, pero hindi siya nangyari. Pero okay lang, kasi kahit di siya naging venue para sa graduation ko, naging venue naman siya para sa oath taking ko as CPA. Napakabait talaga ni Lord. :)

After the Oath taking ceremony, nagorganize yung school namin ng Testimonial Dinner for us successful PSBA CPA Passers sa Gloria Maris. It was a private program na kami kami lang ang andoon kasama ang family. Aside sa kainan, we, the board passers shared our experiences as a student, a reviewee and our testimony on how we prepared for the CPA Board Examination. You all know that my life is really an open book, so shinare ko lahat ng pinagdaanan ko simula nung nasa Adamson pa ako until nagtransfer sa PSBA hanggang sa pagrereview ko sa CPAR and of course nung nalaman ko na CPA na ako.

Sobrang bilis ng phasing this 2014, 3 months after graduation, CPA Board Exam naman, then after one month, oath taking, tapos 2 days after oath taking start na ng work ko. Gusto ko talaga magpasalamat kay Lord kasi never niya ako iniwanan sa journey ko, sabi nga ng mga friends ko, sobrang lakas ko daw sa Kanya kasi lahat ng hinihiling ko tinutupad niya. Sabi ko sa kanila, lahat naman tayo pantay pantay tingin niya sa atin, may iba iba lang tayong paraan kung paano humingi ng tulong sa kanya, ask Him for something as if nasa tabi mo talaga siya, kausapin mo na parang kapamilya mo, Nasa imagination lang siya, yet, nagpprovide siya ng needs natin, siyempre always remember din na Faith without action is nothing so if we ask for something, we should work on it. Hindi yan basta basta dadating, pinaghihirapan yan. Pero ang maganda doon, kahit naghihirap tayo abutin ang mga bagay na gusto natin makamit, andyan si Lord, kasama natin. :)

To my family, sobrang saya talaga kasi yung success ko, hindi lang para sa akin, para sa kanila talaga. Hati kami sa success na to, kung hindi naman dahil sa kanila, wala lahat ng ito. Kaya dapat lahat ng ginagawa natin, isipin natin yung feeling na mararamdaman ng family natin the moment na maging successful tayo sa pagabot ng dreams natin. 

Yun lang, excited pa ako magshare ng mga upcoming experiences ko, now that I am working as an Audit Associate of the number 1 professional services firm here in the Philippines. :)

So help me God. :)

Finally, took my oath last friday at The Manila Hotel. I am a full pledge Pharmacist now.

Kevin Francis Josol Tibayan, RPh.

Perhaps it’s really nice to have that RPh after my name, but I know it’s more than that. It’s no joke to become a pharmacist. I’m taking this seriously, yah know. HAHA. :D

Yiiieehhh! :“>


Before we were all just student nurses then after 4 excruciating years of studying and passing the board exam we became board passer then today we are now officially PROFESSIONAL NURSES. We are just one step closer to become Registered Nurses. <3 Dreams do always come true :) We promise not to administer unnecessary drugs to our patients that will cause harm to them.hihi :D

Ganito ko nalaman na pasado ako.


Galing kami sa simbahan. Eh, iniiwan ko CP pag nagsisimba kami. Aba, pagkakita ko sa phone ko may missed call! Tiningnan ko. Si David pala. Binasa ko rin mga new messages. Si David pa din.


Pasado ka.

Ako naman, natulala. Una kong naisip, Weh???

Pagtapos, nagmadali ako sa PC! Tinext ko din si Dave. Maya tumawag siya. Oo nga daw. Pasado ako. Yun nga, nakita ko na din ang list.

Pasado ako.

The End.

*pagtapos nun, puro post na at like sa FB*

*back to normal na*

*sa oath-taking na next*

*maraming salamat David P. Mercado! Ikaw unang nagsabi sa akin :>*

Our Dean Clotilde Arcangel is indeed proud! :)

The University of Santo Tomas College of Education did it again!

  • Top 1 Performing School (LET) for Secondary Level
  • Top 2 Performing School (LET) for Elementary Level

Congratulations Batch 2012! :)

An oath towards Professionalism

Paulinian Nurses Batch 2011 Aimants Du Couers De Jesus Et Marie pledged in front of BON Sto. Tomas, SPU-CNAHS Faculty, their families and God at the Chapel of Crucified Christ in St. Paul University Manila last September 2, 2011. 

It was supposed to be a Thanksgiving Mass and a little celebration for the Paulinian Nurses. However, a week or so before the celebration the Board of Nursing announced that the Mass oath taking will not take place because of economic crisis but the NLE board passers can take the oath on the same day of their registration may it be individual or group. Complains and petitions arise but my lovely batchmates suggested that we should take the oath as a batch in our dear alumna. Fortunately, our ever caring dean, Ms. Rhoda Reyes took heed. 

It was an overwhelming transition for us, being able to take the oath at the place where you burn your midnight oil, where your clinical instructors became your colleagues officially, right after the oath. It was a blessing for us, Aimants, instead of having a Mass oath taking, it became an exclusive event, just for us and honestly, i feel so special. It really was an endearing moment seeing your friends, families, the lower batches and your clinical instructors behind you while you are having the oath. Another ego boost, was that we are the first NLE board passers of July 2011 to have the Oath taking ceremony in the whole country. Furthermore, A batch mate of mine, shared to us, that what had transpired that afternoon, served as as inspiration to the lower BSN students. God, I can’t thank you enough for the blessing you have showered upon us.

To my dear batchmates, Aimants Du Couers De Jesus et Marie, Congratulations and let’s show the World, what Paulinian nurses are truly made of. :) 


The 28th Oath Taking Ceremonies of Professional Teachers was held in Saint Louis University last December 20, 2015 which was also my mom’s birthday.

This is the culmination of two months and three days worth of anxiety of waiting for the LET results. And the nerve-wracking moment when I was looking for my name in the Roll of Successful Examinees. I was very lucky to have someone hold my hand while I was doing that! (If you’re reading this: I love you~)

I offer this to my very first teacher: my mom. For always pushing me to be the best person I could be and for always supporting my life choices. What could be a better birthday gift than to see your child take oath as a professional teacher?


We had our oath taking last Nov. 17, 2011 at the Manila Hotel. For me, it wasn’t such a much-awaited event. There wasn’t much to expect actually. Actually, all I wanted was to already take a hold of my own license; to see my name printed on that hard plastic card, my 1x1 picture on the right side, with a written “MECHANICAL ENGINEER” on it.

Last October 11, 2011, I registered myself to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for my license. I was told that I was to register for the oath taking at the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) office which was located just in front of the PRC building. During that time, the issue regarding joining the oath taking was very blunt: some said that we were required to join, some said we weren’t. I was torn!!! In some way I didn’t want to join the oath taking because I heard that it was really expensive to join. But then I also saw it as a one time opportunity.

Posted at the PSME office was this:

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And the first thing that came into my mind was “What the!!!!!!” It was actually too much! Too much! I say.

I repeat, TOO MUCH!!!

We’ve paid “enough” at the PRC (and I think it was a fair payment..  sorta). Then it really shocked me that they were to charge another extra for the membership, pin, sampaguita!!!, and ticket!!!

Before I’ve decided to pay for it I called my parents (actually I told them to call me,, ahihi) first to ask them for their opinion. I first told them about the price and what were they for. When I reached the price of the oath ticket my mom said, “1,200???!!!!!”. But then she got a hold of herself quite fast and asked where the oath taking was and if there was food included already. So I explained what was told to me: I told her that the venue was at Manila Hotel, and that yes,food would also be served.

So she said that Manila Hotel was a nice place and maybe the food would be worth it of Php1,200. So being the supportive parents as they are, they also told me to go ahead and pay and buy 2 extra tickets for the both of them to attend the oath taking too.

So there, everything was settled. All I had to do was to just wait for the oath taking. During that time, the oath taking was dated “October 18, 2011” - very convenient because it wasn’t too far from the releasing. But then it was suddenly change to “November 2011 exact date to be announced”. Honestly, it was quite a hassle for me because I wasn’treally resided at Metro Manila. But nevertheless I didn’t want to stress out myself about that certain thing. What was important for me was my license.

During the last week of October (I’m not sure about this), I received an e-mail from the PSME office that the oath taking was dated November 15, 2011. So then and there, I set that day for that certain event. Then early that November, news was being spread that the oath taking was to be moved on November 17. It quite irritated me because the date was always moved. There wasn’t any consistency - am I right? or is there a better term?

About a week before the oath taking I received a text from the PSME secretariet that the oath taking was indeed to be moved on November 17. So final was final. Hassle, again. It was mentioned on that text message that the registration would start at 12nn and that the oath taking program would start at 1pm.

But to minus the stress I just told my self that at least it was only two days after the “original” date.

November 17 - finally!

Me and my parents arrived at the venue at around 12:30pm. And upon the arrival what did we meet? Avery unorganized crowd and long queues. Official photographers were crowded at the entrance to the hall convincing the inductees and their parents to have their pictures taken for the oath taking by them - and let me emphasize that they were there meeting all the inductees in a very unorganized way - the market unorganized type of way. I mean, if they were really official photographers, then they shouldn’t be standing at the entrance like that. They should have at least have a “table” for the “registration” - which is actually the way official photographers really should be doing during the registration period.

At the entrance of the Fiesta Pavilion Hall, we were given copies of the program. Fast forward to when we were finally seated - while waiting for the event to start, me and my parents scanned the program, and stated there, the program starts at 2pm!! And so goodbye late lunch - which my parents and I (and I do think most of the inductees and their guests too) expected to be given to us. Fact: my parents and I didn’t get to eat lunch that time so imagine how hungry we were during the program.

At 1pm, seats were still being arranged for everyone. PSME officers were called to find seats for the inductees and guests who weren’t seated yet. Which, I think, was very inappropriate for a formal event like that.well since it wasn’t really “formal”, the people just went on allowing such.

I wouldn’t be enumerating the whole program so let me just highlight a few events that were quite meaningful:

  1. It was very hard for the officers to find seats because they didn’t even allot ushers to guide the inductees and guests.
  2. There wasn’t an appropriate “head count” so there were last minute adding of table and chairs and not all of the inductees and guests were inside the hall to be able to witness the induction properly.
  3. The emcee kept on telling green jokes. Which I think is very inappropriate for the crowd: there were ladies in the hall, and us inductees were with our parents. I’m not against green jokes but I do believe that there is a right time and right place for it. But regardless of that, some of his jokes were good and okay.
  4. Second to that, he just kept on saying jokes every in between parts of the program. Hindi na siya naubusan nang joke - pinagkatuwaan na lang namin.. hehe!!!
  5. Food served: Pancit, Half Sandwich, Ensaymada, Brownies, and Chicken. Drinks: Coffee and Water. And I think that some of the tables didn’t get to have this full meal. All we had to say when the food was served: “This is worth 1,200?”.
  6. Not all tables were given the whole meal. Also, the program was about to end, and still, some tables haven’t finished eating because of the slow service.
  7. During the speech of the guest of honor he mentioned, “We are thinking of ways to conduct oath takings without any expense from the inductees, but then it is next to impossible”
  8. I think the best part about the oath taking was our No. 1 Top Notcher’s speech. His speech really had depth.
And what are my points about this blog entry?
  1. Php 1,200 is too much of a charge on the oath taking ticket. Compared to what we experienced. It wasn’t worth that much of money. My dad says that some organizations conduct events to raise funds. Well okay, if PSME needs fund raising then fine, but we all agreed (including my dad) that they asked too much and they got too much from the price of the oath taking ticket.
  2. We wouldn’t mind paying an amount of money for an activity like this as long as we receive in return worth the price that has been charged. But adding up the food, service, program content, the “quality” of the event, it does not add up to Php 1,200.
  3. The PSME should have thought about who were attending the event - fresh graduates/board passers (clearly those without much money to pay for themselves) and their parents. Also, not all guests have the money. Some of the inductees come from families who have little income. Considering also those who don’t reside at Metro Manila - they also have to spend to travel. The PSME should have made the price a lot more friendlier. I am pretty sure that a lot would have wanted to attended such an event but that they didn’t have enough money to do so.
  4. I didn’t get to show on the highlights evidence for this but it’s as if we, the inductees, were only “guests”; “audiences”; “extras” during the oath taking when it was supposed to be our time to shine. The program concentrated more on the VIP’s. We didn’t feel special.
  5. Generally, parang pinagkakitaan lang kami. And to think, we weren’t even told what benefits we were to have by joining the society. No orientation or whatsoever to inform us what to expect from the society.
Now was the oath taking worth it? I’m writing this of frustration because I really felt that the oath taking was a waste of time and money. This here blog entry is an eye opener to the society. Please do not take advantage of such activities. Charge us Php 1,200? Give us what we paid for. Better yet, make the price a lot more friendly to the real VIP's of the activity.