“Mr. Lim its good to chance upon you here.”
James met Richard at the Time Airways office. He was fetching Maya from a morning flight while James was also there because he was the pilot of the said flight.
“Hi James.” He blandly replied.
“Oh, having a bad day?”
Richard just smirked at James.
As much as he wanted to be cordial with him, Ricky couldn’t stand James boisterous, loud, cocky attitude. It’s as if James lives to annoy him.
Too bad for Ricky, this guy he despises is a very good friend of his wife.
Maya seems to be so fond of James too and Ricky loves Maya so much so he doesn’t have a choice but be friendly with James.
“Oh!” Then James raised his eyebrows up and down.
“Couldn’t keep up Mr. Lim? I mean with husband duties (he whispers near Ricky’s ears) inside the bedroom?”
“James please. I’m too tired to joke around and I’m having a migraine right now so will you please…”
“Sorry Richard. You know me. I’m just like this, a really fun-loving person. Actually I’m just like your wife kaya magkasundong magkasundo kami. Well, see you around at LAI. I have my class pala tomorrow, boss!”
Ricky just nodded and went to sit at the waiting area. He ignored the teasing tone of James when he said ‘boss’. Besides he is James’ boss in LAI anyway.
Maya suddenly appeared.
James saw her first and approached her.
“Oy Mayabels, yun sweetheart mo, he’s having a migraine daw. You know what to do. Madaling matanggal ang migraine nyan.” Then he wiggled his eyebrows at Maya.
Maya slapped her friend lightly.
“Ikaw talaga James. Inasar mo na naman si Ricky ko. Ang sama mo talaga.”
“Excuse me. Ako? Masama? Yun kayang supladong asawa mo ang mahilig mang-away. I was very friendly.”
“Friendly nga, tinutukso mo naman lagi. Bahala ka, mamaya niyan sisantehin ka nyan sa LAI.”
“Naku afraid ako Maya, mawawalan ako ng work. Paano ko na papakainin ang aking maybahay at ang sandosenang anak ko.” James exaggeratingly joked.
Bentang benta naman kay Maya kaya tawang tawa siya while in the corner observing them was the tiger mode, Mr. Lim. His eyes were turned into slits, his jaw clenched and his eyebrows furrowed.
“Tumigil ka nga James. Ang kulit mo talaga. May makarinig sa’yo baka maniwala.”
Then James glanced to where Richard was seated and saw his expression.
“Uh oh, nakakatakot na yun asawa mo Maya, baka karatehin ako nyan. Afraid ako. Sige na nga bye bye na.”
Then he hugged Maya and gave her an air kiss near her cheek which she gladly accepted.
As she approached Ricky, she saw how pissed he was of James. Actually naaaliw si Maya whenever Ricky is like this kasi she gets to make lambing. Ang cute rin ni Ricky suyuin.
Giving him her saccharine smile….
“Sweetheart!!!” Then she kissed him and gave him a big hug.
Richard returned the hug but it wasn’t warm at all.
He treated her coldly.
Then he stood up, gathered her luggage and walked towards the exit of Time Airways office.
Maya trailed behind him.
“Sweetheart teka naman.”
But Ricky ignored her.
Uh oh, whenever Maya calls him that it could only mean one thing – galit na rin siya.
He stopped on his tracks and turned to face her.
“Bakit ang sungit mo?”
“I’m tired. Get in the car na sweetheart.”
Maya followed him pero galit galitan rin siya.
Driving home both were silent.
Pero midway towards their home, di nakatiis ang makulit na Maya.
“Bakit ang sungit mo?”
“Your friend started it.”
“Bakit mo kasi pinapatulan eh alam mo namang gusto ka lang nyang asarin.”
“Eh his getting in my nerves. Nakakaasar! I can’t imagine na kasundo mo talaga siya.”
“Ricky mabait nga si James. Mabiro lang. Ikaw kasi ang seryoso mo. Dapat wag kang magpapatalo at wag pikon. Loosen up nga dapat di ba? Atsaka mamaya niyan mas madali kang tatanda. Magkakawrinkles ka, magkakaroon ka agad ng puting buhok, mapagkakamalan kang lolo, este, tatay ko.”
Then Ricky stared at her. Figuratively speaking, mukhang dragon na siya at konti na lang uusok na ang ilong.
Maya just smiled sweetly with her peace sign.
“Sweetheart biro lang. Wag ka nang magalit.”
But Ricky just drove in silence ignoring her.
“Uy, sweetheart…mahal….mister kong mabango…. mister kong gwapo….. mister kong mabait… mister kong sexy… Uy!… Sorry na!”
Now how could he remain angry at her? How could he be angry at this woman whose antics drives him crazy. Maya always has her own way of removing his anger, his pikon.
“Uy… Pinakamamahal kong Sweetheart….”
“Stop nga sweetheart! You’re exaggerating. Binobola mo lang naman ako eh. Sige na. I’m not naman mad at you.”
Then he smiled at her at briefly kissed her when their car was halted by a red traffic light.
“Talaga namang di mo ako matiis no?”
“Oo na. Hindi kita matiis!”
“Ako din naman… di ko matiis na di ka asarin….”
Ricky smirked at her.
“Alam mo Sweetheart, kaya ka asar na asar kay James eh dahil masyado mo siyang sineseryoso. Gayahin mo lang siya. Cool. Super friendly. Funny.”
He raised his eyebrows at her.
“I won’t be like him.”
“Hindi naman like him. Loosen up lang. Be friendly. Aminin mo di ba nagseselos ka kapag nakikita mo si James na lumalapit sa’kin.”
“No I’m not.”
“Talaga lang ha! Eh bakit kulang na lang umusok yun ilong mo kanina ng inakap nya ako?”
Richard looked away. Nagseselos nga siya everytime James is getting comfortable with his hugs to his Maya.
“O di ba tama ako? Nagseselos ka pa rin kahit alam mo namang hindi dapat. Friendly lang si James. Kaya ikaw dapat ganun din at wag suplado.”
“Try mo lang Sweetheart. Gayahin mo lang kami, jolly, friendly sa lahat ng tao. Mas sasaya ka, promise.”
In Ricky’s thoughts “Hmmm.. sinabi mo yan sweetheart ha! Humanda ka.”
LAI was holding a dinner for their successful 1st year as an Aviation school. Prominent people from the industry were in attendance.
Richard and Maya were both busy entertaining guests.
Then he saw him again, the person who makes his blood boil.
But like what Maya said, he must be cool… friendly… like James.
He will try his best to follow her advice despite seeing James giving Maya a hug and a kiss on her cheek right now.
As the night progressed, two of Richard’s former colleagues, Catherine and Josephine, arrived. They were invited by Minerva who didn’t know that Maya didn’t like these two so much.
“Richard! Glad that you invited us here.”
“Oo nga we were surprised, really.”
Nagulat si Richard. He didn’t expect them. He will have to ask Liza later.
Naalert yun tenga ni Maya ng marinig yun boses ng dalawa but she was with James so she maintained her sweet friendly smile at James while her ears and even eyes were alert on what these two ladies would do to Ricky again.
Richard glanced at Maya’s direction. He was well aware na medyo pinagselosan ni Maya sina Catherine and Josephine dati kaso ng makita niya si Maya, she was all smiles at James and giggling at his corny jokes too.
So he thought wala na kay Maya that Catherine and Josephine were here.
She met the ladies and gave each of them a hug and kisses on both their cheeks, yun medyo tumutunog pa. Hindi naman kasi nya alam yun ‘beso’.
Pati sila nagulat din coz it was never the stern, serious and suplado Richard Lim’s attitude to do that.
Maya saw it and her mood suddenly changed. She immediately stood up and left James.
The moment Richard glanced at her, wala na si Maya.
He searched for her.
“James have you seen my wife.”
“Try the restroom Richard. I saw her heading there.”
He tried the restroom but she wasn’t there.
Then he saw Maya inside his office. She was fuming mad at him.
“Sweetheart? Are you okay? Why do you look like you that?”
“At nagtanong ka pa? Eh alam mo naman kung bakit.”
“No Sweetheart, hindi ko alam kasi if I did I wouldn’t ask you. So c’mon tell me why is my very beautiful wife mad at her handsome husband?” he was teasing. Nilalambing niya si Maya.
“I hate you Ricardo. Uuwi na ako. Maiwan kita dito kasama yun dalawang ex mo!”
“Yun sina Catherine at Josephine. Paakap akap ka pa at pahalik halik.”
“Hey Sweetheart, I just followed your advice. You said that I should be friendly.”
“Friendly. Hindi lang yun friendly. Overly friendly yun at since sa kanila mo ginawa may malice yun.”
“Hey don’t say that. Walang malice yun.”
“Sa iyo siguro wala pero sa kanila meron yun.”
“I don’t care if they look at it differently basta sa akin it is just a friendly greeting and teka why are you mad, di ba James does it too? Sabi mo nga wag akong magseselos kasi normal friendly greeting lang yun. Unfair ah pag sa’yo okay lang pag sa akin bawal.”
Maya was still agitated. She answered in her raised voice.
“Iba yun kasi si James hindi ko hinahayaang dumikit yun labi nya sa pisngi ko at higit sa lahat hindi ko siya ginagantihan ng halik.”
“Pero sweetheart hindi naman….”
“Wag ka nang magdeny. Ayan o may marka pa ng lipstick sa pisngi mo.”
He hurriedly wiped his cheeks. The greeting awhile ago was nothing to him that he didn’t even notice that both ladies kissed him back.
“Ayan sweetheart wala na. Hindi ko naman kasalanan if they find me irresistible and they kissed me back.”
Tiningnan siya ni Maya ng masama. He finds it endearing kapag Maya is possessive of him. He’ll use it to his advantage. He slowly went near her. He held her face and with voice so soft.
“Sige sweetheart sorry na. Di na mauulit. I even didn’t invite them eh. Nagulat nga ako na nandyan sila.”
“Mukhang tuwang tuwa ka nga eh.”
“I was not. Gusto ko lang makita mo how I feel everytime James gets to do that to you.”
“Iba naman nga yun ginagawa ni James.” She’s getting upset again.
“Ssshh sorry na. Atsaka hindi naman ako marunong ng beki kiss eh.”
Natawa na si Maya. “Beki kiss? San mo naman nakuha yan?”
“From you and Emman. That’s what I see you do. Naku sweetheart baka si James is like Emman din.”
“Ang sama mo!” But Maya was smiling now.
“So sweetheart, ako lang pala ang allowed magkiss sa cheeks mo?”
It was her turn to tease him.
“Actually sweetheart 13 kayong allowed.”
“What!?? Ang dami naman!” He was starting to get annoyed…
“Si nanay, si tatay, si mama, si papa, si Kute, si Cho, si Luke, Nikki, Abby, Sky, Sunshine, Manang Fe tapos siyempre ikaw.”
“Silly! Halika na nga and I’ll give you a kiss na exclusively ako lang ang pwedeng gumawa.”
Maya was already blushing in anticipation of Ricky’s next move.
He tilted her face and gave her a deep, passionate kiss that made them both gasp for air.
“Bati na tayo ha? Nakabawi na ako.” Ricky told her while still trying to normalize his breathing.
She just smiled teasingly at him then whispered..
“Hindi ka pa nakakabawi Mr. Lim. I’ll make you do more.” Then she winked at him.
Nakaganti si Maya. She knows her husband will be restless for the duration of the event. Ilang hours pa naman ang aantayin nila bago matapos yun event. She smiled at the thought of it.
She left her husband who was excitedly anticipating what Maya would make him do once they arrive home.
Ang hindi alam ni Ricky, more means she will be asking him to babysit Sky and Sunshine kasi nagpaalam sina Doris at Leah na uuwi muna tonight at siya naman ay may 2am flight and she will need to sleep very early tonight.