A/N : Short lang to. Pambawi lang dun sa sad other story. I don’t know if you still remember this.
“Good Morning Maya.”
Maya was surprised to find Richard very early inside her apartment donning an apron while cooking some breakfast of sinangag, omelette, tocino and pandesal.
She immediately covered herself with the towel she brought as she was about to go to the bathroom. She was suddenly conscious that she was still in her pajamas while Richard was already dressed for work, but yes, wearing an apron.
It was just 6 in the morning. She even thought that she was early. She woke up early because she promised to cook breakfast for the two of them.
“Good Morning. Richard ang aga mo. Paano ka nakapasok?”
“Si Emman. I called him last night and told him about my plan. Ayun pinapasok ako kanina. He went for a jog nga pala. Sabi nya mauna na tayong kumain.
“Ah ganun ba?”Maya couldn’t believe that Emman left her alone with Richard and even allowed him to cook. She was already embarrassed.
Noticing her sudden unease, Richard said, “Sige na you do what you have to do na muna. Ako na bahala dito.” He gave her his trademark smile of his that never fails to give her butterflies in her stomach.
“Ah eh sigurado ka?” She didn’t want to leave Richard alone cooking breakfast but she needs to change into something more presentable. She was wearing her favorite old and tattered Mickey Mouse pajamas.
“Yes. Masarap akong magluto Maya. Magugustuhan mo to for sure. Sige na ligo and bihis ka na so we could go to work na after we eat breakfast.”
She left Richard to take a shower and prepare for the day.
They are now on their way to work…
“Richard, di mo naman kailangan pumunta sa bahay at magluto. Masyado kang mapapagod nyan. Di ba sabi ko sayo ako yun maghahanda ng almusal kanina.”
“Why? Hindi mo nagustuhan? Hindi ba masarap?”
“Siyempre gusto at sobrang sarap! Kaya lang mapapagod kang masyado. Ang aga mong pumunta tapos nagluto ka pa. Hindi ka naman sanay sa ganun eh. Sa bahay nyo nga may tagaluto kayo.”
“But I wanted to do it Maya. Gusto kong iparamdam sa’yo how I want to take care of you.”
“Ehhh nakakahiya naman kasi. Alam ko na ikaw ang pinagsisilbihan parati tapos ngayon…”
“Gusto ko yun ginagawa ko Maya. Please allow me. I want to show you how special you are. Masaya ako to do it.”
“Ganito na lang, I’ll take care of our breakfast then ikaw bahala sa merienda.” Richard suggested.
“Sige na nga. Makulit ka rin.”
“See papayag ka rin naman pala. Atsaka ngayon ko lang maibibida yun cooking skills ko. At ngayon lang may nagsabing masarap akong magluto.”
“Kasi po yun ang polite thing to do.”
“What polite thing to do?”
“Siyempre yun to appreciate what a person does.” Then she laughed.
“So hindi nga masarap?!?” His chinky eyes turned big and sad.
“Uy binibiro lang kita. Ikaw talaga! Masarap nga! Atsaka syempre masarap kang magluto kasi nag culinary school ka di ba?”
Richard had mentioned to her that he went to a culinary school without his parents’ knowledge. It was actually his hobby to cook but he never got to do it until now.
“Yes I studied pero malay ko ba kung masarap.” He looked sad now. Mukhang di ni Maya nagustuhan.
“Uy nagbibiro nga lang ako Mr. Lim! Masarap nga sabi. Naubos nga namin ni Emman di ba? Atsaka di yun palabreakfast si Emman pero naubos nya. Masarap nga. Wag ka nang magtampo. Di ka pa nasanay sakin.”
He glanced at her then smirked, sumimangot. Still not believing her.
“Ano yan? Bakit ganyan ang mukha mo? Ang cute cute mo pa naman. Dapat smile ka para lumabas yun pamatay na dimples mo.” She further teased. Lagot kasi sya at nagtampo si Ricky.
He ignored her and changed the topic.
“Later pala I’ll fetch you around 8. Antayin mo ako. Then well watch a movie.”
“Ay wala man lang lambing yun pagkasabi. Pero sige antayin kita mamaya. 7:30 yun labas namin ni Emman so tamang tama yun para makapagprepare na din ako. Sa bahay ka na lang namin antayin.”
“Okay.” His bland reply.
Maya hid a smile. Matampuhin pala si Mr. Lim. She finds it amusing pero of course she needs to think of how she can make it up to him.
They are now parked in front of Maya’s work.
“Dito na tayo Maya. Have a great day.” He just smiled but his eyes still mirrored sadness. He wants to kiss her din goodbye pero alam nya that Maya doesn’t want it. Baka mas sumama yun loob nya if she rejects him.
“Hindi ka na bababa? Hindi mo ako ihahatid sa loob?”
“Okay. Halika na.” He automatically went out of his car and accompanied Maya inside the restaurant where she’s working.
“Good morning Maya! Good morning Mr. Lim!” Lino cheerily greeted them.
It was still early but the place was already filled with customers.
James and Edz also greeted the couple.
“Richard magalmusal ka muna.” James even suggested.
“Lagot naalala ni Richard yun breakfast. Panira naman to si Sir James.” Maya mumbled to herself.
“Ah no. Hinatid ko lang si Maya. I have to go now.”
“Ah ganun ba. Sige Richard. Salamat sa paghatid dito sa makulit naming kasamahan.” James commented which earned laughter from his other employees and customers as well.
The restaurant of James has this homey feel and everybody felt like family. This is one thing which Richard loves about the place. This is why he frequently spends his time here.
“Sige na. I have to go. Thanks again for inviting me for breakfast James. Maya I’ll see you later.”
Then Richard turned to leave.
“Ricky wait!” Maya mustered courage for this. Kailangan nya talagang bumawi.
“Yes?” He turned around again and saw Maya running towards him.
“Nakalimutan mo naman yung pabaon ko.”
“Pabaon? Pero wag na Maya. May food naman sa office.”
“At sinong nagsabing food. Mas masarap sa food yun pabaon ko.”
Then without waiting for his reply, Maya held Richard’s nape and gave him full kiss right in front of everyone inside the restaurant.
Richard was pleasantly surprised he couldn’t react for a second but eventually gave back the kiss with equal intensity. It took about a minute. They didn’t mind if people are watching them. Gusto lang ni Maya na makabawi.
When they stopped to catch their breath both were flustered and both were smiling into each other’s eyes.
Maya then whispered to his ear, “Sorry na. Siguro naman with that kiss, hindi ka na magtatampo.”
With that Richard gathered her for a hug then kissed her temple. He also whispered back. “Hindi na. I love you. See you later.”
“Ehem ehem… pwede sa labas nyo na gawin yan. Nangiinggit kayo sa mga gaya ko eh.” It was Lino who broke the ice.
Maya and Richard just sheepishly smiled.