Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile – 3
“Grabe talaga Edz, Emman kung nakita nyo yun lalaki, malamang maaawa kayo. Nasapul ng sipa ni Maya dito oh.” Lino was animatedly demonstrating to Edz and Emman what happened the night before. Edz had the look of worry on her face, worry for her friend Maya, while Emman cringed imagining how it must have hurt being hit by a solid kick by Maya.
“Eh Lino bakit nasipa ni Maya? Nanggulo ba? Si Mang Lem anong ginawa? Si Maya naman kasi. Sinabihan ko nang wag magovertime ang tigas ng ulo.”
“Nangulit yun customer kasi gusto pang uminom eh pasarado na nga kami. Tapos…” but before Lino could say more Maya already arrived and gave him a warning glare.
“Ang tsismoso mo naman Lino. Atsaka bakit maaga ka? Mamaya pa ang shift mo di ba?” Maya said as she settled her things in her locker.
“Si Maya talaga. Sinusungitan mo na naman ako.” complained Lino.
“Ang daldal mo kasi. Sa totoo lang, hindi nakakatuwa.” Maya obviously was still in a bad mood.
She wasn’t able to sleep properly last night. She can’t forget what happened and she was still pissed.
“Maya relax ka lang. Ang init ng ulo mo. Ano ba kasing nangyari? Edz wanted to hear it from Maya herself.
She regretted leaving her behind last night. Even if Maya wasn’t hurt, Edz couldn’t help but feel guilty.
“Wala Edz, okay na. Naturuan ko na ng leksyon yun bastos na customer. Teka dumating na ba si Sir James?” Maya tried to change the topic and sensing her annoyance, Edz didn’t insist on it anymore.
“Wala pa eh. Pero okay na ata si Lance kasi tinawagan ako ni Sir kanina para iremind yun orders at narinig ko na sa background si Lance. Mukhang makulit na naman.
“Salamat naman. Alalang alala yun si Sir James kagabi. Edz kumusta kanina? Marami bang customers? Si Emman kasi kailangan nyang magluto ng orders ng callcenter dyan sa tabi natin. May seminar sila at tayo ang kinuha na magcater ng lunch nila. Kakayanin ba natin? Sana walang masyadong customers kasi baka kulangin tayo ng staff.”
“Kaninang breakfast Maya medyo marami pero kakayanin naman natin kahit maraming pumasok kapag lunch. Parating na rin ata si Sir James eh. Si Emman tapos na rin yun mga ibang dishes nya so kaya natin to.” Edz assured her.
“Sige kaya yan!” Maya agreed.
They were busily serving their customers when suddenly the same guy Maya encountered last night entered the restaurant. He looked freshly showered and he was wearing a pink long sleeves which matched his pants and shoes and he undoubtedly looked so handsome. The guard in charge during the day, Bugoy wasn’t familiar with him so he didn’t prevent the customer from getting in.
He was standing as if searching for someone when Edz readily met him and assisted him towards a vacant table. Edz knew that he was their regular customer during the night but she wasn’t aware that he was the same guy Maya was so angry with.
Some of the girls in the restaurant were discreetly glancing at him and gushing.
He just sat and smiled at Edz while checking the menu. After ordering and when Edz left, his eyes resumed scanning the place, looking for the lady from last night.
Richard Lim was there to apologize.
“Maya another order of Emman’s lasagna at yun iced tea natin para dun sa napakagwapo at napakabangong customer natin.” Edz was giddy while handing over the order slip to Maya and Emman.
Maya decided to help Emman in the kitchen since her foul mood might annoy their customers.
Even James got worried of her when he learned of what happened last night. He just calmed down when he learned that Maya literally brought the customer down on his knees. But after what happened, James had additional security measures in mind already.
“Hay naku Edselyn, sino na naman yan? Ikaw talaga napakaraming crush.”
“Naku Maya baka kung makita mo makipag-agawan ka pa sa’kin. Customer natin siya palagi pero tuwing gabi lang. Naalala mo yun….”
Before Edz could finish Lino came rushing in.
“Naku Maya nandyan yun bastos na customer na humalik sa’yo kagabi!”
Edz and Emman had shocked expressions. They didn’t know the entire story so they weren’t aware that the customer kissed Maya. They didn’t even know which customer.
This enraged Maya, who, without thinking twice barged outside of the kitchen and right towards the table where Richard Lim was seated.
Richard Lim immediately stood up when he saw Maya approaching him. He tentatively smiled at Maya whose brows were furrowed and fist clenched on her sides.
“Miss can we talk?” he had that remorseful look on his face.
Maya didn’t say anything. She didn’t want to make a scene so she grabbed the customer’s hand and dragged him towards the storage room at the back of their kitchen. She even closed the storage room so that Emman, Edz and Lino won’t be able to hear them.
Emman, Edz and Lino couldn’t do anything. They were no match to an agitated Maya. James was clueless to what’s happening for he was inside his office reviewing orders and deliveries.
“Sir di pa po ba malinaw na hindi na kayo pwede dito. Siguro po kung may delikadeza kayo at alam nyong nakaagrabyado kayo ng tao, dapat hindi na kayo pumunta pa dito.”
“Miss don’t call me Sir. My name is Richard Lim. Just call me Richard. I am here to apologize. I didn’t see you so I decided to order and eat while waiting for you.”
“Sir kung talagang sorry kayo eh sana hinintay nyo na walang masyadong tao at hindi yun uupo pa kayo at ano? magsosorry ka sa harap ng maraming tao tapos kapag hindi ka pinatawad, ako yun masisira, yun negosyo ng boss namin yun masisira? Okay rin po kayo no?”
“Hey Miss hindi ganun. Please calm down.”
“Paano ako kakalma pagkatapos ng ginawa mo kagabi. Alam nyo gustong gusto kong ulitin yun ginawa ko kagabi sa asar ko sainyo.”
“Hey wag ha! Pero Miss I’m really very sorry. I wasn’t myself last night and I might have said things that offended you. I also did something I am so embarrassed of.” Mr. Richard Lim was pleading for Maya to forgive him.
“Okay na. Sige makakaalis ka na po Sir. Marami pa po kasi akong trabaho.”
“I don’t think you have forgiven me already. Galit ka pa eh.”
“Hindi na nga Sir. Atsaka wala na rin naman akong magagawa. Kahit galit ako, eh nangyari na yun at di na natin maibabalik. So oo na po, pinapatawad na kita.”
His face was apologetic and he really regretted what he did.
He was so embarrassed of what he did.
Her forgiveness means a lot to him.
He wanted her to wholeheartedly give it to him.
“Miss, I’m really sorry. I haven’t done anything like that in my entire life. I was just so drunk and wasted.”
“Kaya nga Sir, okay na po. Umalis na kayo kasi nakakaabala kayo sa trabaho ko.”
“You haven’t sincerely forgiven me yet.”
“Hindi naman ganun kadali yun Sir. Siguro kapag hindi na kita makita sa restaurant namin, yun ang time na makakalimutan ko na ang galit at inis ko sainyo at mapatawad ko na kayo.”
“Makulit din ho kayo eh. Wala na akong gustong sabihin pa. Paulit ulit na po kayong nagsosorry pero hindi naman po pwede na dapat ibigay ko na agad yun kapatawaran.”
“I understand. Sana lang you won’t remain mad at me for long.” He looked dejected.
“Nandun na siguro yun order ninyo Sir. Don’t worry safe po yun at kahit inis ako sa inyo, hindi nabawaan yun quality ng inorder nyong pagkain.”
“That didn’t cross my mind Miss. Never. And if you are really nauseated with what I did, isipin mo na lang that it was your boyfriend who kissed you. At least mababawasan yun asar mo.” He sincerely suggested.
He thought it would help.
But what he said angered Maya more.
With that very angry look, Maya opened the door and with every ounce of self-restraint she just gestured Mr. Lim to go out which he easily understood.
Richard still the ate food he ordered but he was very much aware of the glances thrown at him by Maya’s co-workers. They were not pleasant glances.
It was his fault and he must suffer the consequences.
Richard Lim is a big boss of his company, the Lim Aviation Services.
He was respected, loved and everyone he knows only had good things to say about him.
He never had any enemies in his personal life or even in business.
He was a gentleman and he highly respected women.
These were the reasons why he could also not forego what he did.
That’s why he was highly affected that someone despised him so much.
It was the first time he acted ungentlemanly and he couldn’t forgive himself.
“Edz bakit ba kasi galit pa si Maya eh nagsorry na naman sa kanya yun customer?” Ruby was whispering to Edz but it was loud enough for Mr. Lim to hear.
“Shhh Ruby wag kang maingay. Mas magalit pa si Maya nyan eh.”
“Sayang kasi Edz. Regular customer natin yan atsaka ang gwapo kaya.”
Emman who was also whispering joined them “Kasi po Ruby, ninakawan nya ng halik si Mayabels!”
“Ha!? Hala! Kaya pala. Naku hindi talaga siya mapapatawad nun lalo na’t wala pa namang first kiss si Maya.” Ruby now understood why their friend was very angry at their customer.
Emman and Edz just gave Ruby their ‘now you should understand’ look.
Richard heard it and it worsened his guilt. It made him feel like a complete jerk.
Now he needs to exert much effort to make it up to the lady whom he finds extremely attractive, intriguing and different.
“Wala akong sakit para bigyan ng bulaklak. Hindi rin tayo close para bigyan nyo ho ako nyan.”
“Ms. dela Rosa, this is my peace offering. Please just give me 10 minutes.”
“Busy po ako at mahalaga ang oras ko hindi kagaya nyo na may oras sa paglalasing.”
He cringed at what she said.
He wasn’t a drunkard.
It only started when he learned that his ex girlfriend, whom he was still so much in love with, got engaged to another friend.
But his ex was the least of his concerns now.
He is determined to make it up to the lady he violated, he disrespected.
He would do that whatever it takes for him to earn her forgiveness.