“The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and the Munings : Happy Valentine’s Day TigeRRRR Lim”
Maya was all smiles as she entered the mansion. The kids -Luke, Nikki, Abby, even Sky and Sunshine together with their yayas Doris and Leah all gathered around her. They were all happily welcoming the new addition to their memorial park gang – a new kitten Maya found abandoned at a gasoline station just a few hours ago.
The new kitten whom they named ‘Courage’, was introduced to the rest of the feline gang who occupies a big area of the Lim Mansion, much to the annoyance of the head of the house.
Everyone had their attention towards the round eyed, malnourished kitten that they failed to notice the chinky eyed tiger who also entered a few minutes after Maya did. He directed his gaze at everyone flocked around the kitten. He’s totally pissed.
Feeling ignored, he proceeded to the kitchen to get a glass of water. He badly needed it to cool down his temper.
“O Ricardo nandito na agad kayo? Nakabili na kayo ng mga panregalo sa mga empleyado ng LAS at LAI?”
“No Manang. Si Liza na lang papagawin ko nun.” He said in a serious voice, trying his best not to sound rude in his response to Manang Fe.
“Eh teka kala ko ba mag dadate din kayong mag-asawa? Di ba….”
“Hindi na natuloy Manang. Meron na naman kasing istorbo.” He shook his head as he imagined that cute little kitten his wife and kids were now so fond of, the cute little kitten which destroyed the special day he excitedly planned to be spending with his wife.
He didn’t elaborate anymore. He didn’t want to say more knowing that with his temper, he might blurt out words he’ll be regretting later. “Sige po Manang. Doon lang ako sa office. I’ll just check my emails. They don’t need me anyway.” He said with bitterness in his tone then left the kitchen.
Sabel, who was just listening the whole time, afraid when she saw how upset Richard was, finally asked Manang Fe, “Manang ano po bang nangyari kay Sir Richard? Bakit parang tigre na naman yun. Ang saya saya pa lang nya kanina. Nagpaplantsa pa nga nung damit nya kasi may espesyal daw silang pupuntahan ni Mrs. Chief ngayong Valentine’s. Anyare dun?”
“Naku Sabel wag na nating pakialaman yun mag-asawa. Halika na, maghanda na lang tayo ng masarap na ulam kasi dito pala kakain sina Ricardo at Maya.”
“Ay sige po Manang. Pasasarapin ko po talaga para mabawasan ang init ng ulo…”
The Richard arrives again. Natahimik si Sabel.
“Manang si Joma po?” He asked with an angry tone.
Joma who was drinking coffee at their quarters immediately rushed to the kitchen when he heard his name.
“Nandito po ako Sir. May ipapagawa po kayo?”
“Joma bakit walang gas yun kotse kanina? Di ba it is our rule na dapat full tank yun mga sasakyan bago iparada sa bahay?” He was really mad that he needed an outlet. Joma was the convenient outlet for his outburst. Joma, for him, was the reason why they needed to stop by the gasoline station. He was the reason why they came across that kitten.
“Sir kasi po sumakit yun tiyan ni Ma’m Nikki kahapon ng pauwi na kami kaya dumeretso na agad kami sa bahay. Tapos may inutos rin po si Mrs. Chief na gawin doon sa higaan ng mga kuting kaya di ko na po napansin yun oras. Sorry po Sir.”
He couldn’t argue with Joma’s explanation especially that it was his daughter’s painful stomach which caused Joma not to drop by the gasoline station on their way home. Even if Maya didn’t ask him to do something for the kittens, it would also be very impractical for Joma to go out and drive a good 30 minutes just to have the car’s tank filled up with gasoline. It wasn’t Joma’s fault either that he chose to drive the Benz which was for the kids than his usual BMW.
After staring at the worried Joma, he just said… “Next time sasabihan mo ako kung may gas o wala yun dadalhin naming sasakyan ni Maya. Kung di sana kami nagpa gas eh di hindi sana nya mapupulot yun istorbo.” He mumbled the last line but Joma, Sabel and Manang Fe still heard him.
Then he left again.
“Galit si Sir Richard Manang? Bakit ano po bang istorbo? Huy Joma ano yung sinasabi ni Sir?”
Then Doris came in with a smile on her face. “Kacute ng bagong kuting!!! Kaso payat pa at may sugat. Naku may bago na namang dagdag sa koleksyon ng mga bata at ni Mrs. Chief.”
Joma, Manang Fe and Sabel just stared at Doris knowingly. So that’s the reason for the anger of the head of the house.
“Oh my God Chard ganyan kakunot ang noo mo at ganyan ka kasungit dahil sa bagong kitten?” Rafi was laughing at her best friend. She saw him online so she took the chance to ask if the ordered chocoliquor cakes she sent already arrived.
“Wag mo akong umpisahan Rafi. I’m really pissed right now.”
“Whoah!!! Ang sungit nga! Hoy Richard Lim you should be happy that your wife and kids are animal lovers. It means they are good persons.”
“Excuse me Rafi! Do you know the meaning of overdoing things? of abusing the kindness and patience of other people?”
“At sino naman ang inaabuso nila? Ikaw? Naku kitten lang yun. Akala mo naman kung tigre ang inuwi ng asawa mo. Oh well may tigre na pala sa Lim mansion.” Then she laughed which angered Richard more.
Richard have prepared for this day. He put a lot of effort to make it extra special – dinner at her favorite restaurant, tickets to her favorite comedy bar and a room at their favorite hotel to spend the night together. He even had the room prepared for a romantic mood. Flowers, wine and even candles already await them and Liza had fixed everything for him.
He was really very excited.
He didn’t tell her all these because he wanted to surprise his wife. It is Valentine’s day and though he repeatedly told Maya that they don’t need to celebrate it as everyday was already like Valentine’s day for both of them, he wanted to make this as an exception. This year’s Valentine’s coincided with his being named businessman of the year. They were supposed to celebrate his award. It was extra special for him.
Many events happened and he and his family have gone through a lot.
He met challenges, problems after being removed as president of LAS, to singlehandedly putting up LAI to being begged to return and save LAS again.
It was something he wants to celebrate with his wife, his pillar, his support during those dark days or his career. He couldn’t have done it without the support, encouragement, trust and most of all love from his wife.
“Maya pwede ba kitang makausap?” It was Manang Fe. As much as she admires Maya’s love for abandoned kittens, she couldn’t ignore the fact that it is already affecting Richard.
Manang Fe knows how excited Richard was for this day. She also knows everything Richard had Liza prepare for this special day.
Maya smiled sweetly at the elderly woman whose warmth and love had been a source of inspiration to her and to her husband.
“Ano po yun Manang?”
“Dun tayo sa veranda Maya.”
As Maya saw how serious Manang Fe looked, she immediately gave the kitten to Luke and asked Doris and Leah to watch over the twins.
“Maya natuloy ba yun pagkain nyo sa labas ni Ricardo?” Manang Fe wanted to find out from Maya what really happened.
“Naku Manang hindi na po kasi hindi naman pwede yun kuting sa restaurant. Atsaka Manang okay lang naman kay Ricky na dito na lang magdinner kasi at least makakatipid kami at kasama pa namin yun mga bata. Hindi naman namin kailangan mag celebrate ng Valentine’s day kasi hindi naman mahilig si Ricky dun. Baka napipilitan nga lang siya na lumabas kami. Everyday naman valentine’s sa amin.” Then she smiled, kilig while imagining how sweet Ricky is every single day.
“Okay lang kay Ricardo?”
“Opo.” Maya was quick to reply.
“Pa’no yung mga inihanda nya? Pinakansela nya lahat kay Liza?”
“Maya, maliban sa Valentine’s day, espesyal kay Ricardo ang araw na to at gusto nya na ipagdiwang kasama ang pinakaespesyal na tao sa buhay nya.”
Maya wasn’t aware of it. Akala nya simple Valentine’s dinner lang ang pupuntahan nila ni Ricky. She felt bad. She felt guilty for ignoring him.
Manang Fe continued…
“Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mga inihanda ni Ricardo. Si Liza ang nakakaalam ng mga yun pero Maya nakita ko kung gaano kasaya yun asawa mo na makasama ka. Wag mo namang bigyan ng dahilan para sumama ang loob nya.”
Maya saw that Manang Fe was disappointed in her. “Manang sorry po. Babawi po ako kay Ricky. Promise po yan.”
“Sige Maya. Ikaw na bahala. Alam mo naman na kung pano alisin yun tampo ng asawa mo.”
“Sorry po talaga Manang at salamat sa pag gabay sa amin.” Then she hugged the elderly woman who’s already like a mother to her and to Ricky.
She wasted no time in calling Liza and she found out that her husband had instructed Liza to reserve a table in her favorite restaurant, buy tickets for a stand-up comedy show where they once sang an impromptu duet years ago and book them a room in one of those five star hotels near the very memorable Manila Bay.
She asked Liza if Richard had cancelled those already but found out that he didn’t.
She requested Liza not to do so once Ricky calls her to cancel everything.
She also told Liza what happened for her to understand and be a participant in whatever should happen tonight.
Maya is determined to make up for all her shortcomings to Ricky.
She found Ricky in his home office engrossed in his laptop. He didn’t even notice that she entered, or he pretended not to notice her. Galit nga talaga si Ricky.
“Sweetheart…” She called him again.
Not even sparing her a glance Ricky just replied, “What is it? I’m busy.” Then he smirked.
Maya went behind him then hugged him while her chin was atop his shoulder. “Sorry na sweetheart. Naawa at naaliw lang naman ako dun kay Courage. Pero ayun ibinilin ko na siya kay Kuya Joma. Promise hindi na ako lalapit sa kanya ngayong gabi.”
Nilalambing niya si Ricky who remained cold and unresponsive to her embrace and kisses on his cheek and even neck.
“Stop that Maya. I’m busy.”
“Busy daw. Hindi naman ah!” Then she tried to open the sites Richard was accessing in his laptop. Natawa siya. “Busy nga sa solitaire at minesweeper at ano to?” She saw a simple dart board online game where you could personalize the center with pictures of someone or something you wanted to hit. At ayun picture ng one of her previous kittens ang nakalagay. Maya already saw it before Ricky was able to hide it. Pero di siya nagalit. Natawa siya. “Naku kahit talaga sa mga munings namin nagtatampo ang napakagwapo kong asawa. Sorry na nga po from them and from me. Kausapin mo na ako ng maayos Ricky. Please…” Then he hugged him even tighter kahit nakakangawit na yun position nya behind him. “Uy… Sweetheart…”
He sighed. Maiisahan na naman siya and as usual bibigay rin naman siya. He couldn’t stay angry at Maya. Hell he’s not even angry. Nagtatampo lang siya. Nahurt yun feelings nya. “Eh ikaw eh.” He managed to say.
Maya kissed him again then moved his swivel chair so he could face her. She sat on his lap. Then she cupped his face. “Sorry na po Mr. Lim.” Then she planted a soft kiss on his lips which he readily accepted.
He commented after, “So kiss lang okay na?”
“Of course hindi kaya tumayo ka na dyan Ricky kasi itutuloy na natin yun date natin.”
After the dinner and the stand up comedy show and yes after their ‘pag-uusap at you and me time the Ricky and Maya way’ they are now cuddling each other in their hotel room…
“Nakabawi na ba ako Sweetheart? Di ka na nagtatampo?”
“Hindi na pero next time para pansinin mo ako, maghahanap ako ng cat to get your attention. Mas mahal mo pa ata sila sa akin eh.” He pretended to be tampo pa rin.
“Grabe naman to! Hindi no! Maawain lang ako sa mga abandoned kittens.”
“Eh sa abandoned husband di ka naaawa?” He said this still with the matching tampo face.
“Patawa ka Ricky! Abandoned ka dyan! Pero seryoso. Di ba sabi mo to get my attention maghahanap ka ng cat. You don’t have to. Nakahanap na ako ng cat. Hindi lang simpleng cat but a Tiger and he got my full attention. Ikaw yun sweetheart!” Then she giggled unable to contain her kilig from what she said.
“If that’s the case… Rawwwrrrr Mrs. Lim!” Then he attacked his wife again ala tiger style.
A/N Ano na naman ginawa? Nag play zoo ata!🙈 Ewan ko ba dyan sa dalawa. Lahat na lang. 😂
Happy Hearts day! Kahapon to dapat kaso waley ang net sa kinaroroonan ko these days so pasulPost sulPost lang muna. 😂