Maya and Ricky just came from Sky and Sunshine’s Parents-Teachers meeting and election of officers.
They weren’t talking to each other.
Maya’s furrowed brows could put Sesame Street’s Bert’s eyebrows to shame.
She is seething in annoyance.
“I hate you, Ricardo!”
“I hate you too!”
“Nakakaasar ka din!”
“Naiinis ako sa’yo!”
“Naiinis din ako sa’yo!”
“Nakakapikon ka din!”
“Ayaw kitang makita.”
“Ayaw din kitang makita.”
Natigilan si Maya.
She stared at him. Naiiyak siya sa asar at sa sinabi ni Ricky.
“Ayaw mo akong makita?”
Her voice was trembling, bordering anger and hurt.
Alert bells are ringing in his brain. Again.
Maiisahan na naman siya ni Maya.
“Ikaw eh. Ikaw naman ang nag-umpisa. Ginagaya ko lang yung mga sinasabi mo.”
She just stared at him, teary eyed.
“Pero sinabi mo na ayaw mo akong makita.”
Then she slowly looked away. She directed her gaze on the road.
Naniningkit na rin ang mata nya sa galit na parang gusto nyang makipagkumpetensya sa singkit na mata ni Ricky.
Then all of a sudden, her eyes mirrored sadness naman.
Ricky could see the play of emotions on her face reflected at her side mirror.
She uttered in a whisper but still loud enough for him to hear.
“Ayaw mo pala akong makita.”
At times like this, Ricky doesn’t know if Maya is just acting it out or if she is really serious.
Hindi nya mabasa si Maya.
It doesn’t help that he’s aware of the Dela Rosa women’s pang best actress skills.
Nalilito siya if talagang galit si Maya or ginugoodtime siya.
The tears that automatically appear in her eyes aren’t indicators either. Maya could easily cry from sadness then from happiness all of a sudden. How would he know if those tears forming in her eyes are not just tears to trick him.
It is confusing him. But that was one of Maya’s traits which he finds endearing and definitely amusing.
“Arghhh! Stop it Ricardo. Dapat galit ka. It is not amusing nor endearing” He reminded himself.
“But what if she was really hurt with what he said? What if dinamdam ni Maya yun sinabi nya?”
“Nah! Impossible! Atsaka she said it first. Tama ka Ricardo. Maya is just pretending so you would give in again.”
Pati yun inner voice nya nalilito na.
How to handle this?
“Aha! Silent treatment is the best option. Hindi siya mapapahamak for sure.”
He tries to explain why it is the best option in his brain.
“Maya kasi is like ang attorney really. She can interrogate me, she can make me blurt out words which she would eventually use against me. Cunning, manipulative, playful, sexy, beautiful….”
“Argh cunning and manipulative lang siya now Ricardo.”
He needed to remind himself again.
But he is a very conscientious person.
And this works against him when it comes to Maya.
Malapit na sila sa bahay.
Tahimik pa rin pareho.
Pumasok na sila ng gate.
Maya hurriedly went down the car.
Ricky just took his sweet time to get down the car. As much as possible dapat hindi sila sabay pumasok ng bahay ni Maya.
He doesn’t want any of the household to notice na may alitan sila ni Maya.
Nauna na sa loob si Maya.
Nasalubong niya si Manang Fe.
“Oh ano na naman yan? Nag-aaway na naman kayo ni Ricardo?”
“Ayaw daw nya akong makita Manang.”
If her face while in the car was mad at ayaw patalo, ngayong kaharap na nya si Manang Fe, nakakaawa masyado ang mukha nya.
Papasok na si Ricky.
He saw Manang Fe with Maya.
Nakatalikod na si Maya, she’s on her way to their bedroom. She left Ricky and Manang Fe.
“Bakit mo sasabihan ang asawa mo na ayaw mo syang makita? Alam mo ba kung gano kasakit yun sa isang tao? Hindi mo ba nakita yun mukha ng asawa mo? Parang gumuho yun mundo nya. Mag-ingat ka naman sa pananalita Ricardo. Misis mo si Maya at hindi empleyado. Hindi ako natutuwa sa ginawa mo. Hindi muna kita kakausapin hanggat hindi ka humihingi ng tawad kay Maya.”
Manang Fe bombarded him nonstop.
“Pero Manang siya naman ang….”
Ricky wasn’t able to finish what he’s telling Manang Fe kasi sa galit ni Manang nagwalk out ito sa kanya.
He just proceeded to his home office and spent the rest of the day there. Now he’s worried that even Manang Fe was mad at him too.
That evening in their bedroom…
Hindi nya nakita yun nakakaawang mukha ni Maya na sinasabi ni Manang. Palaban uli ang mukha nito at inirapan sya.
Ricky just sighed deeply.
He took a shower.
Paglabas nya, he saw Maya in a red zone mode (like dogs who are agitated and ready to attack.)
Silent treatment approach, he reminded himself.
He took his side of the bed, covered himself with a blanket and closed his eyes.
Maya was moving a lot.
She was obviously wanting his attention.
But he forced himself to just ignore her.
He doesn’t want to have a full blown argument with her.
He believes that the issue was even so petty to be turned into a full blown argument.
What was the issue anyway?
Even Ricky wasn’t sure anymore of what was Maya’s reason for being mad at him at the twins’ PTC meeting and elections.
Di na nakatiis si Maya…
“Hindi mo talaga ako kakausapin?”
As much as he doesn’t want them to argue further, he wont be able to sleep anyway coz Maya was adamant to get her way.
He hesitantly removed his blanket, sat up and stared at her.
“O what do you want to talk about ba?”
“Nag maang maangan ka pa. Alam mo naman na.”
“No Maya hindi ko alam. I don’t know what’s your reason for getting mad all of a sudden.”
“Hindi mo alam?”
“Eh bakit galit ka rin?”
“Kasi naasar ako sa’yo. Hindi mo na lang ako pinansin for no reason. Para akong walang kasama dun sa meeting.”
“Parang walang kasama eh enjoy na enjoy ka nga.”
“I wasn’t pero siyempre hindi ko naman pwedeng ipahalata.”
“Halatang halata ka Ricardo. Masyado kang obvious na aliw na aliw ka dun sa auntie ng classmate ng kambal.”
“I was not!”
“Yes you were!”
“Maya ha, dont accuse me of what i know is running in your mind.”
“Totoo naman eh.”
“Maya hindi maganda sa’yo….”
“Sinabi mo yan ha! Hindi ako maganda. Kaya pala siya yun ibinoto mo kanina.”
“Hey i wasn’t finished with what I’m saying yet. Don’t twist my words.”
But she didn’t hear him anymore kasi iniwanan na sya ni Maya at pumasok na sa banyo nila.
Ricky followed her. Luckily she didn’t lock the bathroom.
They spent the whole evening just waiting for the other to speak. Neither wanted to give in.
Both realized na umaga na at kailangan na nilang pumasok sa trabaho.
So with the absence of sleep, they prepared for work.
At LAS the morning after…
“O brod, bakit ganyan ang mga mata mo? Gusto mo atang palitan yun nasa logo ng world wide fund.”
“Stop it brod. Masakit ang ulo ko.”
“Good morning to you too. We’ll ano bang atin? Maybe i could help. Pinuyat ka ni misis? You can’t keep up?”
Tiningnan ni Ricky si Ryan ng masama.
“Whoah.. easy brod. Kakampi ako.. hindi kalaban.”
Ricky just shook his head.
“Well, seriously brod, may problema ba? Wala naman sigurong kailangang pagpuyatan kung tungkol sa LAS or LAI.”
“No wala brod.”
“Eh ano nga?”
“Si Maya kasi eh.”
Ryan grinned.. “so napuyat nga kayong dalawa.. sabi ko naman sa’yo brod eh. Dapat magjoin ka na dun sa gym na pinupuntahan ko, alam mo na you’re no longer 100% performance-wise. Kung agile ka before, fragile ka na now brod.”
Ryan grinned. Inaalaska niya si Ricky.
“Stop it Ryan. It’s not amusing, really. And for the record, I don’t have any problem in that department at all.”
“Ohhhhkayyy…so what seems to be the problem. Bakit ganyan ang hitsura mo? Para kang nagmarathon kagabi at puyat na puyat ka at pagod na pagod din?”
He shook his head and smirked.
“Si Maya kasi… she’s being unreasonable. Nakakaasar!”
“Oh! But brod Maya is the most generous, giving, kind person I’ve met.”
“Sa inyo oo, pero sa akin… i don’t know pero i guess she enjoys annoying me. She comes up with shallow reasons just to have an argument with me. Ayun kagabi, I spent the whole time figuring out why galit siya sakin.
“Why don’t you ask her?”
“I did brod. Ang sabi nya dapat daw alam ko.”
Natawa si Ryan.
“Brod baka naman she’s just being playful. Ikaw kasi boring ang personality mo. Baka she wanted to spice things up.”
“I’m not boring and things between us are spicy enough, very hot even. She said so herself.”
“Wow! With conviction talaga! Ang humble mo naman brod. Ako naman ang napressure dun. I need to check with my wife too.”
Ryan was laughing. Richard shook his head.
“Pero brod, if ganun nga as you claim it to be, anong problema nyo at ganyan ang hitsura mo?”
“Hindi ko nga alam.”
“When did it start? Yun galit nya sa’yo?”
“Kahapon lang. Sa PTC meeting ng kambal.”
“Oh! Nag-away kayo dun?”
“Siya lang. She ignored me na lang bigla sa kalagitnaan ng election of officers.”
“May nagawa ka ba?”
“Wala? Imposible naman brod. For sure may reason si Maya kung bakit galit siya.”
“Oh well, natalo siya as muse ng PTC officers.”
“Yun lang, nagalit na siya? Parang its so unlike Maya naman kung yun lang ang reason.”
“Uhm… well… sort of ako yun reason why natalo siya.”
“Ah eh… i was the last one who voted. Ibinoto ko yun kalaban nya, yung auntie ng classmate ng twins. She lost by 1 vote, my vote.”
“Naku naman brod! Kaya naman pala galit. Kahit ako, kung ako si Maya, hindi rin kita kikibuin at magagalit ako.”
“I did the right thing brod and I don’t regret it.”
“Aba at okay pa sa’yo kahit nagalit na si misis?”
“It wasn’t as if napakalaki ng kasalanan ko. Atsaka, no way i would allow her to be the muse of that mayabang na feeling gwapo kahit hindi naman na escort.”
Naibuga ni Ryan yun iniinom nyang kape.
“So ang bottomline pala is negseselos ka na magiging muse si misis sa escort na feeling gwapo pero hindi naman, tama?”
“Oh well, parang ganun na nga. I wont allow that. Never! Imagine they would be working together. Hindi pwede.”
“Akala ko ba super confident tayo at ni hindi na nga kailangan to spice up a very hot relationship, bat insecure ka, este, nagseselos ka?”
“Siyempre brod. The guy was near her age, medyo may hitsura naman…”
Ryan interrupted him.
“Sige, i understand, nagseselos ka. Pero sinabi mo ba kay Maya?”
“Of course hindi! Pagtatawanan na naman ako nun.”
“Mas gusto mong galit si Maya kesa pagtawanan ka nya?”
“Mas okay yun sakin brod.”
“Pero alam mo ba kung ano ang naramdaman ni Maya ng ibinoto mo yun kalaban nya? Have you even considered her feelings?”
Napaisip si Ricky.
“Imagine brod, muse yun position. It means beauty yun pinaglabanan. Tapos you voted for the other candidate. Parang sinabi mo lang naman na she’s prettier than your wife.”
He realized that jealousy clouded his mind.
Hindi nya naisip yun naramdaman ni Maya.
“Oh my God brod, kaya pala sobra yun tampo nya. As in hindi nya ako kinausap ng tinanong ko what her reason is.”
“That my friend is the department where may shortage ka. Be sensitive brod. Dapat you consider that your wife needs to be reassured of her beauty, her worth as a person. Don’t forget na mataas ang tingin sa’yo ni Maya, yun parang unreachable ka. Don’t give her a reason to feel inferior or insecure.”
Richard was quiet. Ryan’s words hit him hard.
Now naguilty tuloy siya sa nagawa niya kay Maya.
“So ano tama ako di ba brod? ”
“I hate to admit it but yes you are.”
“I’m really the best lawyer!”
“No brod. You are the best friend.”
“Naku naman baka tayong dalawa pa ang magkaiyakan nito. O siya alis na ako. I enjoyed this counseling session. Thanks din sa coffee.
Natawa si Ricky. If awhile ago he was annoyed and mad at Maya, ngayon he is annoyed at himself.
He needs to make it up to her.
He called Liza and instructed her to cancel all his meetings for the day.
He boarded his car and called Ms. Calandra then he went to his favorite florist.
Maya was at the Time Airways waiting area. Ms. Calandra pulled her out from the morning flight she was supposed to take.
She informed Maya that she has been assigned to meet an Aviation VIP for a few minutes then she could go home.
Since she was really sleepy due to absence of sleep last night, she readily agreed.
She was waiting at the Time Airways office.
Nakaupo siya sa waiting chair.
She was drifting to sleep when someone from behind kissed her cheek.
Sa gulat ni Maya nasapak nya to at naitulak.
“Aray ko naman Sweetheart!”
Nagulat si Maya ng makita si Ricky. Sa sobrang guilty nya at nasaktan nya si Ricky, dali dali nyang hinaplos yun mukha into kung saan tumama yun kamay nya.
Tapos hinalikan nya ng paulit ulit yun pisngi ni Ricky. She didn’t realize what she was doing or where they were. She just wants to soothe the cheeks that she hit.
Ricky was enjoying it very much. He was grinning like a fool.
“Good morning Mr. Lim.”
Edz and Maya’s co FAs saw them.
They were teasing Maya through their eyes and eyebrows. Pakindat kindat sila Kay Maya.
She blushed, embarrassed at what her friends saw she was doing.
“Good morning ladies.”
Richard greeted them with a plastered smile in his face. Kinikilig rin siya sa ginawa ni Maya because never nya itong ginawa in public.
“Mauna na kami ni Maya. I have to treat my very beautiful wife for breakfast. Puyat at pagod kasi to kagabi.”
Then he winked at Edz and her companions.
“Uy Maya kaya pala panay yun hikab mo kasi busy kayo ni Mr. Lim.” Edz whispered in her ear.
“Oy hindi Edz ha. Wag ka ngang maniwala Kay Ricky.”
“Paanong di kami maniniwala Maya eh may evidence kanina. You were attacking your helpless husband with your kisses. Nabitin ka pa sa lagay na yan ha!”
Edz was whispering but loud enough for Ricky to hear.
Sobra siyang natutuwa sa naririnig nya. Partly naiganti siya ni Edz kay Maya for he knows that his wife is very uncomfortable now with all the teasing.
“Okay na ladies. We have to go because my wife is now red. I should only be the one to see her blush like that.”
“Bye Mr. Lim! Bye Mayabels! Enjoy your (ehem ehem) breakfast.”
Inside the car.
“Bakit nandito ka tapos ngingisi ngisi ka pa kanina?”
“Kasi I want na magkabati na tayo. Sorry na sweetheart.”
Then he reached for the flowers at the back seat of his car.
“Here I brought you flowers.”
She felt giddy seeing the flowers. One thing she enjoys very much is kapag sinusuyo siya ni Ricky. He is overly sweet when he does it.
She snaked her arms around his neck and gave him a full kiss on his lips.
“Ayan Sweetheart. Forgiven ka na.”
Now he was beaming.
“Sweetheart ako pala ang magsusundo sa twins mamayang hapon kasi wala si Joma. Nagpaalam na uuwi daw siya sa kanila after lunch. Bukas siya babalik.”
Red flag! Napaalala na naman nya kay Maya.
“If I know gusto mo lang makita yung mas maganda pa sa akin na auntie ng classmate ng twins.”
“Hep hep kakabati lang natin sweetheart ha! And for the record hindi naman siya maganda. No one is. Ikaw lang.”
“Sus binobola mo pa ako.”
“No Sweetheart hindi kita binobola.”
“Hindi raw eh bakit yun ang pinili mong muse? ”
“Kasi I’m selfish Sweetheart. Ayaw kitang ishare sa iba especially that conceited escort. Feeling gwapo hindi naman.”
He smirked as he remembered the face of the guy.
“So may isyu na dun kay Mr. Ocampo?”
He became agitated that the guy was their topic.
“The hell I have an issue with him! Pahawak hawak pa siya sa shoulders mo!”
“Sweetheart nature lang nya yun pagiging touchy. Wala sa kanya yun.”
“And you’re defending him?”
“Hindi, kaso bakit ka naman maiinis sa kanya eh di naman nga ako nanalong muse.”
“Yes and I am proud of myself for not letting you win. Para solo lang palagi kita.”
“Nakakaasar ka! Pero Sweetheart maganda ba si Stephanie kesa sakin?”
Si Stephanie yun auntie ng classmate ng twins (at isa sa palaging name ng karibal ni Maya sa fanfic)
“Maganda naman siya Sweetheart, sexy, alluring, captivating, tempting….”
Nilingon nya si Maya at kuting mode na to…
Seryoso or hindi si Maya, he doesn’t know but he don’t want to risk it kasi alam nya unreasonable nga at times si Maya so….
“Ah eh… ampangit nya sweetheart. Hindi proportionate yun upper at lower body nya, yun buhok nya parang sumisid sa dagat, slightly mataba siya…..”
“Ay naku Ricardo stop na nga. Nagiging makasalanan ka pa para lang bolahin ako.”
“Ikaw kasi eh. Gustong gusto mo naman akong pahirapan palagi.”
“Syempre kasi sweet ka pag sinusuyo mo ako…”
“Oh well may surprise pa ako sayo sweetheart.”
He reached for a neatly wrapped box at the back seat of his car.
He was grinning foolishly already imaging his wife wearing the gift while Maya was still unwrapping it.
She was smiling then she blushed upon seeing what’s in the box. She read the message in the gift tag.
Here’s a welcome gift for you.
It would look good on you.
Nanlaki ang mata ni Maya. Balik sa eyebrows-ni-Bert-of-Sesame-Street mode.
Tamang tama nakarating na sila sa mansyon.
She glared at the still grinning, waiting-to-be-thanked-for-the-gift husband of hers.
Nagulat siya at lion mode si Maya.
“I hate you talaga Ricardo!”
Ihinagis nito ang regalong sexy red negligee kay Ricky.
She stormed out of the car leaving her confused husband.
Inayos ni Ricky yun gift at inilagay ulit sa box. Then nabasa nya yun message. Nanlamig siya.
Maya has all the reason to get mad.
Malas nya that his secretary Minerva has the tendency to mix up names, schedules and packages and now gifts.
At sobrang malas pa niya na Stephanie din ang pangalan ng bagong hired engineer ng LAS.
Meanwhile sa hangar while on a break from the orientation given by Engineer Gutierrez, Engineer Stephanie Dizon has a perplexed look on her face.
She received a hardhat with the LAS logo in it as a welcome gift from the company.
The message said:
I am sure you will look so sexy in this.
Back sa mansyon Ricky is again busy with the task of pagsuyo kay Maya.
The task he finds harder that closing a deal in his company.
Maybe he needs to hire a new secretary too.
A/N break muna from those sad fanfics 😁