“Maraming salamat Ricardo. Huwag mong pababayaan ang sarili mo at ang asawa at mga anak mo.”
“Oo naman po Manang. Wag nyo na kaming alalahanin. Mamimiss ka namin pero magiging okay kami. Just think of yourself and your husband.”
Manang Fe is teary eyed, bidding goodbye to her alaga, Ricky.
She just got married to her childhood love, Mang Anastacio, whom Joma and Luke fondly calls, Mang Nasty.
The household had been teasing Manang Fe days and even weeks before the wedding.
Sabel and Joma were even giving Mang Nasty tips on how to make labing labing with Manang Fe, who seemed uptight and appalled with the idea of intimacy.
Tonight, before they leave for their honeymoon, Manang Fe couldn’t seem to let go of the family she dearly loves.
Mang Anastacio just watched them. He didn’t want to intrude at this moment between Manang Fe and Ricky.
He knows how important they are to each other.
Maya was also watching them.
Her heart goes out to her husband whom she knows, is greatly affected by Manang Fe’s new life which definitely means her also leaving the mansion.
She was very much aware that, even though Ricky shows his support to Manang Fe, despite Ricky telling her that he is okay with it, he is really greatly affected.
Who wouldn’t when Manang Fe served like a second mom to him and to his kids.
It is indeed difficult and sad to let her go.
“O sige na po Manang at baka gabihin na kayo. Ihahatid at sasamahan na kayo ni Joma.”
“Manang Fe hugged Ricky again then Maya.”
“Sige mga anak.”
She left teary eyed too.
Umalis na sila Manang and Mang Nasty with Joma.
Joma is driving them to their honeymoon gift from Ricky.
Ricky rented a yacht for Manang Fe.
He knows that she loves the sea and also watching the sunrise so he was sure that it would be a perfect wedding gift.
Oh well of course he also gave them a house, which Maya calls a gift by her husband to himself because the house is just a few blocks from the mansion.
Back to the honeymoon gift, Ricky rented the yacht from a friend and he made sure that Joma will accompany them too.
At least he had someone he really trusts near Manang Fe.
Maya was laughing at the idea of having Joma tag along during the honeymoon.
“Nakakatawa ka sweetheart! Imagine sa edad ni Manang Fe pinasamahan mo pa siya kay Kuya Joma. May chaperone si Manang.”
“Stop it sweetheart! Hindi nakakatawa! I am just protecting Manang.”
“Protecting Manang? Wala ka bang tiwala kay Mang Anastacio?”
“Hindi sa ganun but I hardly know him, I mean, bigla na lang siyang dadating then all of a sudden, Manang got married and is leaving us.”
“Ricky, kilala siya ni Manang. At maayos naman siyang nagpaalam sayo di ba? Wag ka nang magworry. Mapapasaya niya si Manang.”
“I know sweetheart, I just… I just miss Manang Fe.”
Naawa si Maya kay Ricky. He was indeed affected.
She hugged her husband to comfort him.
“Awww Ricky. Wag ka nang malungkot. Atsaka malapit naman ang bahay nina Manang di ba? Sigurado lagi yun nandito.”
“I know. But siyempre priority na niya yun asawa nya, hindi na tayo, hindi na ako.”
Ricky looks really sad.
“Sus nagtatampo ang asawa ko. Halika na nga pasok na tayo sa kuwarto.”
Ricky just followed Maya.
He was still quiet and in a sullen mood.
“I remember nung unang araw ko sa school, I was more scared of Manang Fe than my mom.”
Ricky had been reminiscing memories with Manang Fe for about an hour now.
Maya was indulging him.
She was beside him, nestled in his arms.
“Asan na kaya sila ngayon?”
“Baka nasa dagat na Sweetheart.”
“Baka mahilo si Manang?”
“Ricky hindi naman madaling mahilo si Manang Fe.”
“Baka lamigin siya.”
“Ano ka ba naman Sweetheart, nandun naman si Mang Anastacio para yakapin siya. Naku kinikilig ako!”
“Stop that Sweetheart. Hindi nakakakilig!”
“Aysus, napakapossessive naman ng asawa ko. Ricky, okay nga lang yun si Manang at sigurado ako na hindi siya pababayaan ni Mang Anastacio.”
“Basta I’m not comfortable. Dapat ata sa hotel na malapit ko na lang sila pinaghoneymoon para hindi ako nagaalala ng ganito.”
Maya was finding the whole thing absurd and really funny but ayaw nya namang ipakita kay Ricky.
She couldn’t make fun of it seeing how worried and anxious he is.
“Mabuti pa tawagan ko si Joma.”
“Sweetheart wag na kasi maiistorbo mo pa sila.”
But Ricky was already dialing his phone.
“Joma kumusta dyan? Bakit ang tagal mong sumagot?”
“Ah eh Ser, naidlip po kasi ako. Okay naman po dito. Ayun sina Manang tinitingnan yun buwan.”
“Ano? Hindi sila pumapasok ng kwarto?”
“Ah hindi po. Gusto rin kasi ni Manang makita yun dagat.”
“Baka mahulog sila!”
“At hindi po Ser. Safe naman po.”
“O sige Joma. Wag mong hahayaang mawala sa paningin mo si Manang Fe.”
As Ricky ended the call, Maya couldn’t help it anymore. She laughed at her husband.
“Sweetheart ang oa mong magalala. Atsaka talagang hindi mawala sa paningin ni Kuya Joma? Ginawa mo pang mamboboso yun tao.”
“Oo, kasi nga di ba honeymoon nila. Ikaw talaga!”
After 30 minutes, he again called Joma but he wasn’t answering anymore.
He couldn’t keep calm so he decided to do something.
“Sweetheart, magbihis ka. May pupuntahan tayo.”
“Basta. Please don’t argue with me na muna sweetheart.”
“Ah eh, sige. Okay.”
“Ano? Gagawin natin yun?”
Maya is not agreeing with Ricky’s plan.
He wanted to follow Manang Fe to make sure they are okay.
She tried to convince him not to do it but Ricky was being unreasonable already so she just relented.
They were on their way to meet his friend at 2 in the morning.
Ricky told his friend that he needed another yacht for him and his wife asap.
He got his request and they were on their way to where its docked now.
While Ricky was talking to the captain, Maya bought some balut and chicharon from a sidewalk vendor nearby.
Sa loob loob nya..
“Bahala si Ricky sa kapraningan nya. Naku nakakahiya kay Manang Fe. Nagutom ako kaya kakain na lang ako ng balut.”
She also bought extra for later.
Ricky requested that the captain should cruise their newly rented yacht near the other one he rented.
He made up a story that she wanted to surprise the passengers of the other one.
He requested that they should go near stealthily.
Hinayaan na lang ni Maya si Ricky in his plan to trail behind Manang Fe.
Tutal alam na alam ni manang ang ugali ni Ricky so malamang hindi naman ata ito magagalit.
“Joma! Joma! Halika dali!”
“Bakit po Mang Nasty?”
“Tingnan mo. Parang may sumusunod satin!”
Joma indeed saw another vessel going towards their direction but he already knew who is on it.
Ricky already called him up but instructed Joma not to let Manang Fe and Mang Anastacio know that they were following them.
“Ah sabi po ng kapitan, marami naman talagang naglalayag dito. Baka naghohoneymoon din.”
Natawa si Mang Nasty.
“O siya, papasok na ako sa kwarto namin at mukhang antok na si Fe.”
Mang Nasty went inside the room much to Joma’s relief.
Sa other yacht….
“Ser di po tayo pwedeng masyadong lumapit dun sa isa.”
“Okay lang dito lang tayo. Ang importante natatanaw natin.”
“Ricky, okay lang ba ang ginagawa natin? Baka magtampo si Manang Fe kapag nalaman niya.”
“No she won’t know it.”
Then all of a sudden, he saw the lights in the other yacht being turned off then on again, off then on again repeatedly.
He got worried.
He called Joma.
“Eh Ser, sa kwarto po yun nina Manang. Baka naman makaabala ako pag kumatok ako.”
“Just go near their room and try to hear if Manang Fe is okay. Don’t end the call. I wanna hear them myself.”
Joma scratched his head then proceeded to the new couples room.
He was just about to get near when suddenly the door opened with Manang Fe shrieking.
“Tigilan mo nga ako Anastacio!”
“Joma ano yun? Joma? Joma!”
But Joma couldn’t answer the phone because he was being used by Manang Fe as shield against Mang Anastacio.
All Richard could hear was the shrieking and his paranoid mind made him worry all the more.
“Gusto ko bukas ang ilaw.”
Manang Fe turned it on again.
“Felicidad, mas mainam kung madilim.”
Mang Nasty turned it off again.
“At anong mainam mo dyan. Ayoko! Gusto ko maliwanag.”
She turned it off again.
This went on for a few minutes but in the end, while the light was still turned off, Mang Nasty grabbed the chance to tickle Manang Fe.
She ran out of their room shrieking. That’s when Ricky heard her.
Unable to stop Ricky from going to where Manang Fe is, (he asked the captain to bring their yacht closer to the one carrying Manang Fe so he could transfer) Maya just decided to support her husband and explain to Manang Fe why they were stalking, este, following them.
“Ricardo anong ginagawa nyo dito?”
Manang Fe’s reaction was a mixture of surprise, worry and annoyance.
Ricky initial anger was immediately replaced with embarrassment when he realized that Manang Fe seemed okay.
He wasn’t able to give a reason to Manang Fe.
Maya saved him.
“Manang, gusto kasi ni Ricky na hatidan kayo ni Mang Anastacio nitong balut.
Maya immediately gave Manang the balut she bought.
Natawa si Joma.
Nanlaki mata ni Mang Anastacio.
Manang Fe glared at Ricky.
Mas nahiya si Ricky.
Maya didn’t know the implication of what she did.
She was totally unaware of it.
Akala nya nakatulong siya.
“Hindi naman namin kailangan ng balut Ricardo. Pinanood lang naman namin ni Felicidad and kabilugan ng buwan sapagkat eto ay napakagandang pagmasdan.”
Ricky was unable to say anything.
Hinila siya ni Manang Fe sa gilid.
“Ricardo ang pilyo mong bata ka!”
“Eh Manang si Maya po….”
“Anong si Maya. Sigurado ako na ikaw ang may pakana nito.”
He doesn’t want Manang Fe to find out how irrational he was.
He doesn’t want Manang to find out about his excessive worry hours ago.
Ayaw nya din magworry si Manang.
“No Manang. Si Maya talaga. Gusto din daw nya maranasan yun honeymoon sa yacht so since you are also here at may iba pa namang rooms, we also might as well have another honeymoon here.”
He smiled and was relieved.
Ang galing niyang magpalusot.
Manang Fe seemed to accept his alibi, este, reason.
“Ay kung sinabi mo agad eh di sana di ka na kumuha ng isa pang yate para ihatid kayo dito. Sabay sabay na sana tayo kanina.”
Nakalusot siya kay Manang Fe but definitely, lagot siya kay Maya, who was already angry at him.
Pumasok na ulit sa room sina Manang Fe.
Ricky was talking to Joma then he turned to Maya with his beaming smile kasi una – hindi nagalit si Manang Fe, pangalawa – he would be able to guard Mang Nasty and last but definitely not the least, he and his wife would have their ‘you and me time’ in the yacht.
But Maya wasn’t smiling. Her eyebrows were furrowed, lips in a thin line, eyes also in slits na parang yun kay Ricky na, nostrils flared.
Tiger o kaya lion mode na si Maya.
They entered a room.
“Wag mo akong kakausapin Ricardo! Hindi ka na nahiya kina Manang. Ako pa talaga ang ginawa mong dahilan.”
“Sweetheart I couldn’t think of any reason. Magtatampo yun si Manang kapag nalaman niya yun mga iniisip ko kanina.”
She just stared at him, arms crossed.
“Atasaka sweetheart, we could really have our ‘you and me time’ here. Bihira to. You and me, Manang and Mang Anastacio. This opportunity doesn’t happen everyday so let’s enjoy it.”
He was wriggling his eyebrows.
He was also very careful in reasoning out with his oftentimes unreasonable wife.
“You get what I’m leading to, sweetheart?”
“Hindi! Ang alam ko lang eh, get out. Get out ka na Ricardo! Naaasar ako sa’yo!”
“But Sweetheart… How about our you and me time?”
“Walang you and me time! Mag alone time ka na lang.”
Asar talaga si Maya so Ricky didn’t have a choice but to go out their room.
Papalamigin muna nya ang ulo ng asawa niya.
He found Mang Nasty with Joma on the upper deck staring at the moon.
He joined them.
“Hay ang hirap talagang suyuin ni Maya.”
“Parang ganun din si Felicidad. Ayaw ng may katabi sa kama? Pinalabas ako.”
Ricky chuckled at the lonely state they are in now.
“Ser, Mang Anastacio mabuti pa kumain na lang tayo ng balut.”
“Wag na Joma. We wouldn’t need extra strength tonight anyway.”
“Ah di eto na lang Ser.”
Joma handed them assorted kinds of hopia he brought as snacks.
With a deep sigh, Ricky got one and proceeded to eat the hopia.
A/N Once in a blue moon na lang nga ata ang honeymoon nina Manang, eh nangistorbo pa si Ricky.