The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky and Maya : Torete
A/N : Dahil highly successful ang pagbabalik ng Be Careful With My Heart by way of their rerun sa @JeepneyTV in SkyCable at dahil sa torete pre-ligawan scenes ang episodes nila now, here’s an AM story.
“How do I look? My clothes? The color of my shirt? My hair? My cologne? Hindi kaya masyadong matapang? Baka maturn-off siya.”
“Ricky okay na. You look handsome my son. Wag ka ngang masyadong ninenerbyos at pati ako nadadamay.”
“Argh! I just want to be perfect para sa date namin. Baka di nya magustuhan tapos di na masundan. Do you think I should bring her to an expensive restaurant? I asked Liza to reserve a table for us already but baka she prefers a different place? Do I ask her first? Saan ba magandang kumain? Dapat yun hindi masyadong matao kasi baka mahiya sya na kasama ako.”
“Nakakatawa ka Ricky. You’re acting like a teenager. I bet mas swabe pa si Luke manligaw sa’yo. Maya would love kahit saan kayo kumain. Atsaka bakit naman siya mahihiya? Matutuwa yun na kasama ka nya. I am very sure of that.”
“You really think so? Eh kasi yun age gap namin. She might feel uneasy to go out with me.”
“Wag mo ngang isipin yan. Gusto nyang magkasama kayo. She agreed sa date nyo. Ibig sabihin hindi nya iniisip yang mga ikinakakaba mo. Bilisan mo na at baka mahuli pa kayo. Hindi ba siya ang pupunta dito? I know she was supposed to visit Abby.”
“No Ma because she had a meeting and ayaw ko naman na mapagod siya before our date. I also don’t want her to witness how nervous I am.”
“Oh well she would see it naman later.” Then Doña Esmeralda laughed amused at how her son acts. She is fixing his collar. “Naku Ricky kumalma ka nga. Here palitan mo na nga ang panyo mo at kanina mo pa yan ipinupunas sa pawis mo. Oh my God son mas torpe ka pa pala sa daddy mo.”
“Ma! Hindi ako torpe. I’m just not used to doing this.”
“Oo na! Sige na Ricky. You better go at baka maghintay na yun si Maya. I bet she’s as excited as you are.”
“I hope so Ma.” He kissed his mom and headed for the door. Before opening it he remembered something very important. “Ma please yun promise nyo…”
“Oh yes my son. Ako lang ang makakaalam ng date nyo. Now go.”
When he got the assurance he needed, lumabas na siya.
A knock on the door was heard.
Maya rushed to open the door.
“Ser chief? Bakit bihis na bihis kayo? May pupuntahan ka?”
He got embarrassed. Maya didn’t seem to be aware of their date. Maybe he assumed that she knew it was a date he invited her for. Maybe in his excitement, he wasn’t able to confirm it with her.
He looked like a fool. He felt like one. He was really embarrassed.
“Ah eh….ah…. magpapasama sana akong bumili ng gift for Nikki (palusot nya. Tamang tama bday na ni Nikki next week). Are you available?”
“Bibili ka lang ng gift pero bihis na bihis at naligo kayo ng pabango?”
“Ah… I met with Ryan kasi… Ah with a client. Oo kasama ni Ryan yun client.”
Maya further teased him, “Siguro babae yun client nyo.”
“What? No!!!!” Defensive si Ricky.
“SerChief kalma. Natanong ko lang kasi ang pogi pogi nyo at ang bango bango pa, pero sabagay palagi naman. Pero oo naman. Basta kayo. Available ako. Upo muna kayo SerChief. Itimpla ko muna kayo ng kape?”
He sat on the colorful sofa of the equally colorful living room of the condo owned by Emman.”Wag na Maya. I just had one before I left home.” And mas nenerbyosin sya sa kape, he thought.
Maya was wearing a cream sleeveless blouse and a white slim jeans which highlighted her slender legs. Her hair was tied in a simple ponytail which exposed her neck and collarbones. She also smelled so nice with her cologne or lotion, he’s not sure. Her skin was glowing and he fought the urge to touch her arms.
He was fidgety, clumsy even. He bumped his knee twice on the center table of Maya and Emman’s small living room. He was even perspiring that he needed to wipe his forehead and neck a couple of times.
“Maya may gagawin ka pa ba? Or pwede mo na akong samahan? He wanted to leave because he was feeling tense already. He is not used to this kind of feeling and it embarrasses him more that he seemed to act like a teenager in front of his crush while Maya seemed okay and even unaware of their date.
“Wala naman akong gagawin na. Pero wait lang SerChief. May kukunin lang ako sa kwarto.”
Then she entered her room.
The moment she closed the door she covered her mouth and screamed silently.
Kilig na kilig sya. Ang gwapo ni SerChief and yes she is not dreaming. He is actually here for their date.
Pero gagamitin nya yun best actress skills at hindi magpapahalata na pinaghandaan din nya yun date nila. She wouldnt let him know that kagabi pa eh aligaga na sya sa excitement for their date. No she must be prim and proper. Dapat demure sya.
So after screaming (silently nga) she composed herself and got her purse.
Best actress mode on, she opened the door and gave a shy smile to a fidgety Richard Lim.
Inside the car, she saw the bouquet of flowers at the backseat the moment she entered. She felt giddy. Alam nyang sa kanya yun. She cant help but smile.
SerChief noticed her. “Why are you smiling?”
“Wala po. Nagandahan lang ako sa flowers ayan sa likod.”
“Ah eh… ah eh… that one” lagot nakita ni Maya. Nahiya sya, “that’s for nikki.”
“It’s her birthday remember.” Pinagpapawisan na sya. He’s not really good at lying.”
“Di ba SerChief next week pa naman ang bday ni Nikki? Malalanta yan.”
“Ah oo nga pala… i mean oo. I’m aware of it. I just wanted to … to…” hirap na hirap na sya magpalusot.
Maya giggled then covered her mouth.
“SerChief sorry pero di ko na mapigilan.”
“Akin na yun flowers. Alam ko naman na para sa akin yan. At alam ko na may date tayo ngayon. Binibiro lang kita kanina.” Then she giggled again.
“Maya naman eh. Alam mo bang I was so embarrassed kanina kasi I looked like a fool. Excited ako sa date na di ka naman pala aware. Nalungkot din ako because i thought hindi important sa’yo yun invitation ko to go out with me.” He pretended to be really hurt and tampo.
“Naku bumibest actor ka na din SerChief ha! Binibiro lang kita. Seryoso mo kasi.”
“Maya hindi ako umaakting. I’m really hurt.” He gave her his pinakasad face.
Naniwala naman ang Maya so she instinctively snaked her arms on one of his biceps para amuin sya.”Uy SerChief wag ka nang magalit at magtampo. Kinakabahan rin naman kasi ako eh kaya dinaan ko na lang sa pagbibiro.”
Syempre tuwa si Ricky. Nakaembrace ba naman si Maya ng slight sa kanya. He loved it even though it was just his right arm. Di naman sya nagpahalata na big deal yun kapit biceps ni Maya. “Eh bakit ka naman kinakabahan?” He asked her.
In a small voice, “eh first time ko kayang makipagdate. Syempre di ko alam kung ano ang ginagawa.” She shyly hid her face sa arm ng kilig na kilig na Richard Lim.
“Really?” He felt like the luckiest man alive.
She shyly glanced at him. “Uhm oo. Pero SerChief ha kahit first time ko makipagdate alam ko naman yun mga hindi dapat gawin.”
“Mga di dapat gawin? Like?”
“Alam mo na yun SerChief. Di ko na kailangan pang sabihin, ikaw talaga.”
“Eh ano naman yun mga hindi bawal?” He asked her again.
“Ano po… magkwentuhan, kumain, maglakad lakad, magvideoke…”
He was smiling and he even raised his eyebrows as he was amused with Maya’s reply.”At humawak ng pagkahigpit higpit sa arm ko?” He teased her.
Nahiya si Maya at dali daling bumitaw.
Then she added, “SerChief di pa tayo aalis? Kanina pa tayo dito.”
“We could have left kanina pa kaso di ko naman magamit yun kamay ko kasi ang higpit ng hawak mo sa arm ko.” He was still laughing. Maya is really red now.
“Sorry SerChief, di ko namalayan na nakahawak pala ako.” She tried to hide her face by looking out her window.
“Hey it’s okay Maya. Wag ka nang mahiya. Ako lang naman to.”
Pabulong ang Maya, “kaya nga nakakahiya kasi ikaw yan eh. Naku naman Maya dela Rosa umayos ka nga.”
“What was that?”
“Wala Ser Chief. Tara na po.”
After their date, they were now leisurely walking towards Maya and Emman’s unit. Both of them were smiling like fools while walking hand in hand. After Maya tripped while they were strolling along Manila Bay, Richard took the opportunity to hold her hand. Initially, it was just to support her but it felt good. He loved holding her hand that he didn’t let go up to now while they’re already nearing the condo unit.
“Sige SerChief dito na po ako.” Maya said. She was in front of their unit now. She was smiling shyly still unable to wipe that dreamy look she has for being able to go out on a date with her SerChief.
“You won’t invite me in?” He said. He still wants to spend few minutes with her. He too gave a hopeful smile.
“Ah eh… pwede naman SerChief. Tara pasok muna kayo.” She said in a low voice.
Actually nahihiya si Maya kasi she is sure that Emman is already home. He will surely tease them but her SerChief wants to get in so she relented. Bahala na sa mga pangtetease ni Emman.
“Baka you’re already tired. Uwi na lang ako.”
“Ay hindi po. Hindi naman ako napagod sa date natin. Pasok ka na muna SerChief. Magkape muna tayo.” She now invited him for coffee.
“I would love that very much Maya.”
He let go of her hand as she fished for the keys inside her purse but the moment she opened the door…
“Andito na sina roomie tita Esmie!!!”, shrieked Emman. Yes Ricky’s mom is with Emman. Both wore excited smiles.
“Ma! What are you doing here?” Richard’s eyes grew wide upon seeing his mother with Emman.
The all gave each other hugs and beso.
“Ano pa eh di nakikibalita. So how was your date?”
Tumingin si Maya sa kanya and he couldn’t mask that ‘nabuking look’. He told her that nobody knows about the date. It would be embarrassing that Maya would find out how excited he was. Alam nya that he prepared pero yun extent of the preparation hindi naman nya sinabi. Si Maya din naman, she didn’t tell him how super excited she was. Ang sinabi nya kay Ricky, saktong excitement lang.
“O bakit? What’s with the face Ricky? You went out on a date di ba?”
Then she turned to Maya “Maya hija kumusta naman yun hitsura ng anak ko? Naku halos ilabas na nya lahat ng damit sa aparador nya sa kakapili ng isusuot sa date nyo.”
“Ma!!! That’s it let’s go home.”
Hiyang hiya na si Ricky.
“Naku SerChief Ricky okay lang yan. Hindi lang naman ikaw yun super excited sa date nyo. Si roomie din kaya. Di na nga yan pumasok sa work para makapagbeauty rest at ang aga aga nyang nagbihis. Alas sais yun date nyo lunch pa lang bihis na yan.”
Now si Maya naman yun nahiya sa pambubuko ni Emman. “Uy Emman hindi yun lunch ha! After lunch na kaya yun. Sobra to.” She was actually blushing much to the amusement of Ricky who was relieved to learn na parehas pala sila excited.
“Uwi na nga kami ni Mama. Maya tawagan kita mamaya ha. Next time na lang yun coffee.” He said in a whisper kasi di nga naman sila makakabuwelo with the noisy and nosy roomie and mommy.
“Sige SerChief.” Pabulong din si Maya.
“Ma let’s go.”
“O bakit? It’s still early Ricky. Besides I am so excited to listen about your date.”
Ricky hugged his mom to stop her from ranting on. “Ma sa amin na lang yun ni Maya and it’s already 11. It’s past your bedtime. ” Then he kissed his mom on her forehead.
“Sige na nga Ricky. Pasensya ka na anak. First time ko kasi to experience na manligaw ka so excited din ako. O sige let’s go home na para makapagpahinga na rin sina Maya.”
Lumabas na sila ng condo unit but Ricky requested na mauna na si Emman and his mom and that he and Maya will just take the next lift. Gusto pa nyang masolo si Maya even for just a few seconds.
The moment they stepped out of the lift…
“Bakit ang tagal nyo? Nagkiss kayo roomie no?”
Maya vehemently denied. “Uy Emman hindi ah! Grabe ka!”
“Eh bakit namumula ka?” Emman teased some more.
Then Doña Esmeralda even joined. “Naku Ricky let me wipe your lips. Mukhang may lipstick pa na naiwan si Maya.” She was grinning.
Richard and Maya’s eyes widened.
“Naku di na kayo mabiro. Tara na nga Emman. Let’s go ahead. Iwanan na natin ang dalawang kj na yan.” Then Emman and Doña Esmeralda walked ahead of them much to the relief of the two.
“Maya pasensya ka na kay Mama ha.”
“Pasensya ka na rin kay Emman SerChief.”
They smiled at each other.
“Sabagay pasalamat ako kay Emman coz I found out that you were excited sa date natin.”
“Ikaw din kaya. At grabe ka SerChief. Kahit pagpili na isusuot kinarir mo.” She covered her mouth as she can’t stop herself from giggling.
“It’s because I want to look my best on our date. Gusto ko magmukhng gwapo para you will be proud na kasama ako.”
“Naku SerChief gwapo ka naman talaga kahit ano pang isuot mo at sobrang proud kaya ako na makasama ka. Nagenjoy ako.” She shyly admitted.
“Really?” Natuwa sya sa sinabi ni Maya.
Nashy naman ang Maya so tumango lang sya while paiwas ng tingin kay SerChief.
“So let’s do this again.” He tried to push his luck after Maya said that she enjoyed their date.
“Date ulit SerChief?”
“Yes… sana… pero i know you’re tired. Then busy ka with work. Tapos…” he thought ayaw ni Maya.
“Pumapayag ako SerChief.” She exclaimed with excitement she can’t contain that she blushed when she realized it.
Natuwa siya. “So tomorrow ulit and wag na wag na nating ipaalam sa dalawa ha?” Pabulong sya.
She again giggled. “Yes SerChief hindi natin ipapaalam kay Emman at sa Mama mo.”
The moment they reached the parking Maya and Emman kissed Doña Esmeralda and bid her goodbye.
“Thank you for the merienda Emman. I enjoyed all your kwento. Dalaw ka sa house minsan. Sumama ka kay Maya.”
“Sure Tita Esmie. I would love that.”
Maya also kissed Ricky’s mom.
“Bye po Doña Esmeralda. Ingat po kayo.”
“Naku Maya ha! Call me Mama. Nagdate na kayo ng anak ko. Siyempre next is magiging boyfriend mo na siya tapos asawa kaya dapat Mama na itawag mo sa akin.”
Hiyang hiya si Maya.
“Ma let’s take one step at a time. Tinatakot mo naman si Maya nyan eh.”
“Naku sorry son. Alam mo naman ang mama mo excited. Maya sorry ha. Pero I’m really looking forward to have you as my daughter. Forgive me ha.”
“Wala po yun.”
“Sige tita Esmie na din lang ang itawag mo sa akin for the meantime.”
Sumakay na si Doña Esmeralda sa car.
“Maya, Emman alis na kami.”
“Bye SerChief Ricky. Drive safely.”
Ricky was about to proceed to the driver’s side but tumabi ulit sya kay Maya and whispered, ” I was supposed to give you a goodbye kiss kaso nandito ang dalawang yan kaya bukas na lang.”
Namula ang Maya and she lightly slapped him “Ikaw talaga SerChief ha!”
“Biro lang Maya. I’ll call you later pagdating namin sa bahay. Okay lang ba yun?”
“Goodnight Maya. Thank you for today.”
“Goodnight din SerChief…”
But before she could finish Emman joined in… “Sabi na nga ba. Dapat di muna umuwi sina SerChief Ricky kasi mukhang di matapos tapos ang pagpaalamanan ninyong dalawa. Ako na lang kaya maghatid kay Tita Esmie sa mansion para makaspend kayo ng more time together.”
“Emman!” Si Maya.
“I would love to sana Emman but it’s already very late and Maya needs to rest. Sige this is really goodnight.” Then he just hugged Maya and proceeded to his side of the car.
Seconds later he was driving home to the mansion.
He again had that foolish grin plastered on his face. He didn’t even hear what his mother was telling him. His thoughts were on Maya and their date. He enjoyed every moment of it. He loved listening to her stories, he loved watching her eat, he loved watching her blush whenever he compliments her. God she even blushes with the mere accidental touches of their hands. He knows he blushed a lot as well but he no longer cared.
Maya de la Rosa indeed brought thrill, excitement and happiness to his mundane life.