The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya, Rafi and Mr. Poon : The Chinito Crooners on Tour – More or No More?

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya, Rafi and Mr. Poon : The Chinito Crooners on Tour – More or No More?

At the Lim mansion, Rafi and her husband, the other Richard, Mr. Poon, decided to spend the night with Ricky and Maya. They will be on an early flight to Iloilo tomorrow for their Chinito crooners album tour.

After being convinced to sing in the charity concert of Rafi’s husband Mr. Poon, a few months back, Richard Lim had been invited to have a collaboration for Mr. Poon’s album and concerts as well. He enjoyed singing and it became his favorite hobby. He does not only have the opportunity to do what he enjoys but he gets to help Rafi and her husband’s charitable causes through their series of shows.

Surprisingly people are noticing him. His employees in LAS and LAI had been calling him ‘The Singing CEO’ ‘Chief Crooner’ ‘The Singing Chief’ and they were relentlessly teasing their boss. Richard Lim was really enjoying his new found hobby and he also enjoys being with his new friend, Mr. Poon. It was also his way of getting to know his best friend Rafi’s husband better.

“Ricky inumin mo nga kasi to. Ang tigas naman ng ulo mo.” Maya was already getting impatient with her husband.

“Chard hon, please drink this na rin.” Rafi was also asking her husband to drink the ginger brew or salabat Maya asked Manang Fe to make for their ‘crooners’.

“Wag na Sweetheart. It doesn’t taste good.” Ricky complained.

“Rafi, hon, masyadong maanghang. Mas masisira lalamunan namin nyan.” Mr. Poon complained as well.

“Ricky sige na. Bukas nyan baka wala kayong boses eh nakakahiya sa mga supporters nyo. Pupunta pa naman sila sa Iloilo para lang manood tapos di pala kayo makakakanta.” Maya was trying to convince Ricky despite his protests.

“You said it. Pupunta sila para manood, di naman para makinig.” He joked, wanting to tease his wife.

“Alam mo hindi nakakatawa ang biro mo.” Serious si Maya. “Bilis na habang mainit pa to.”

But Ricky still didn’t drink the salabat.

Rafi’s husband, the other Richard refused to drink his salabat too.

“Alam nyo you and Ricky here are ‘parang-bata’ . Nakakainis na kayo.” Rafi was also getting impatient with her husband.

“Honey we don’t need that. Nasa condition naman ang boses namin.” Mr. Poon protested.

“That’s true Rafi and besides namaos lang naman kami because ang daldal nyong dalawa ni Maya. Kuwento kayo ng kuwento, di tuloy namin naipahinga mga boses namin”, Ricky said as well.

“So kasalanan pa namin?” Si Rafi ulit.

“Inumin nyo na. Effective to kasi ito ang pinaiinom ni Mamang noon sa akin para gumanda boses ko.” Maya proudly stated.

Ricky chuckled, “Yun boses mo epekto yan ng salabat? Mas lalo kong hindi iinumin yan.”

Tiningnan na siya ng sharp ni Maya pero patuloy pa rin si Ricky…”And besides we can take care of ourselves. Di nyo na kami kailangan pang asikasuhin. Ang kukulit nyo eh.”

Nanlaki ang mata ng wives nila, umusok din ang ilong and both walked out on them leaving the two Richards laughing.

“Lagot tayo. Mukhang napikon yung dalawa.” Mr. Poon voiced his concern.

“No. Hindi yan. For sure konting lambing lang yan bago matulog and they will be fine.” Richard was confident as he already knows the weakness of both Maya and his best friend Rafi.

“Ah yes. Si Rafi hug, kiss at konting serenade lang katapat nyan.” Si Mr. Poon naman.

“Si Maya naman sasayawan ko na lang sa bedroom mamaya.”

Then both men laughed again.

Pero sorry sila at narinig sila ng dalawa.

And of course, alangan naman magpatalo sina Rafi at Maya.

“Hmp! Konting kiss, hug at serenade pala ha!” Rafi was so pissed off with what she heard.

“Lagot ka talaga Ricardo! Sayaw pala ha! Hmp pasasayawin talaga kita hanggat kailanganin mo nang magFlanax sa sobrang sakit ng katawan mo.” Maya was fuming mad as well.

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The following morning Ricky and Chard were suprised to see their wives busy playing with the twins, Sky and Sunshine.

They were supposed to leave in an hour pero mukhang di pa rin nagaasikaso sina Maya and Rafi.

As the two guys were approaching, Rafi made an eye signal to Maya.

Yes, since they were so annoyed with the stubbornness of their husbands, they decided to make them pay for it and make them realize that they are indispensable.

Ayan na si Ricky who kissed the twins then immediately back-hugged his wife while kissing her cheek. “Sweetheart why are you still here? Di pa kayo nakahanda ni Rafi? We will be late for our flight.”

Follow din si Mr. Poon pero he just kissed Rafi sa cheek, shy to be overly sweet in front of the Lims, “Hon ligo at bihis ka na. We have to leave in an hour.”

They were ignored by their wives.

Maya continued to play toy blocks with Sky while Rafi naman was combing the hair of Sunshine’s barbie doll.

Lagot yun two Richards. Galit yun mga asawa nila. They glanced at each other with worried expressions.

“Sweetheart wag ka nang magtampo. We were just joking last night.” Panunuyo ni Ricky.

“Honey, pikon mo naman. Halika na magprepare na tayo. Baka maiwan tayo ng eroplano.” Si Mr. Poon naman.

Both husbands were trying to hug their wives.

“Ano nga Rafi yun sabi ni Ricardo?” Maya was asking Rafi.

“I remember him saying ‘we can take care of ourselves. Di nyo na kami kailangan pang asikasuhin’ yun ang sabi nya.” Rafi answered Maya.

“Rafi naman eh. You’re not helping. Ginatungan mo pa si Maya.” Ricky glared at his bestfriend. Mr. Poon just shook his head and smiled. He’s actually enjoying the banters of the three.

“Excuse me Ricardo! Hindi kasalanan ni Rafi. Ikaw na nga yun may atraso ikaw pa yun may ganang magalit sa kanya.” Naniningkit na rin eyes ni Maya sa asar.

Lagot! He had to stop it or else baka mahuli talaga sila sa flight. So with his pamatay na smile showing his dimples, he stared at his wife lovingly. “You look so hot pag galit ka sweetheart. Mukhang i’d rather stay home than do the concert with Chard.” Then he winked.

Maya was caught off guard. Expected nya is magexplain si Ricky at magsorry pero the nerve he say that in front of Mr. Poon. Okay lang kay Rafi kasi close naman sila, but with Mr. Poon around, she got embarrassed. She blushed at what he said. Kahit asar syempre kilig sya especially when Ricky said it in his soft voice with matching pa-cute.

“Tara na nga Rafi maghanda na tayo.” Umiwas na si Maya kasi she felt that she was all red with kilig.

Of course they were just teasing their husbands. Hindi naman nila matitiis na di asikasuhin yun crooners nila.

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The show was successful.

Their CDs were sold out and the crowd obviously enjoyed their song numbers, spiels and even the meet and greet where they usually sign the purchased CDs and have pictures taken with their supporters and the promoters of the charity show.

Though the Lim Aviation Services CEO is not used to singing and being surrounded by screaming fans, Richard Lim have always been an eager listener and learner to Mr. Poon’s tips and coaching. He’s learning how to be a performer and now he’s getting really good at it.

He’s also endearingly humble and he always tells the audience that he’s not a very good singer that’s why they love him. He also makes an effort to show how grateful he is to their supporters.

“Grabe pare, marami ka ng fans! Some travelled all the way from Manila, some from Davao just to support our show. Wala akong masabi. At may tarp pa sila.” Mr. Poon said in disbelief. He was pertaining to a group of ladies who flew from Manila and Davao just to support their show. He saw them waving a ‘Singing Chief’ tarpaulin that’s why Mr. Poon knew that it was Ricky’s fans.

Naalert ang Maya. “Nageffort silang bumyahe at may tarp pa?”

Lagot na naman si Ricky.

“Mga kakilala siguro yun ni Liza sweetheart kasi I mentioned to her that we will be having a show in Iloilo.” palusot ni Ricky when he saw Maya’s eyes turning to slits kahit di naman sya singkit.

“Oh kilala sila ni Liza? Kaya pala nataranta kayo ni Chard to sign their CDs and have pictures taken. You appeared so worried for them.” Rafi commented which earned Ricky’s sharp stare to her as well.

“Rafi we were just worried kasi baka maiwan sila ng flight nila. They mentioned kasi na lilipad sila pabalik Manila after the show. Of course we were also concerned. You won’t easily have dedicated and very loyal supporters like them. Some would only be there when you’re on top. Just like our LAS employees who remained loyal to me when I was removed as president of LAS, people who remain with you through thick and thin are those people whom you should value. Remember sina Minerva, Sonny and Engr. Yamagutchi? Di ba they chose to join me at LAI kahit alam nilang hindi secured ang career nila with our new company. Same rin sila ng mga supporters namin ni Chard.” Explained Ricky.

“Oh yes, I remember. Yun ibang employees nyo sa LAS lumipat ng JJ Aviation ng nagkakaproblema na yun LAS, pero sina Minerva talaga super loyal.” It was Rafi. She also knows what Richard went through that time.

Pero mukhang wala sa LAS or LAI ang mind ni Maya. She was not listening to Ricky. Di kasi sya comfortable that may mga fans na si Ricky. She’s imagining them screaming his name, hugging him and even just trying to have pictures with him. She didn’t like what she’s imagining.

Mr. Poon immediately saw her expression.

“Guys I think we should order now. Gutom na ako.” Mr. Poon saved his friend. As much as he enjoys watching the banters of the three ayaw naman nyang magkapikunan sila. Besides they were here to have dinner and celebrate the successful show they had.

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Now sa Lim mansion, a day after the successful show…

“Sweetheart next month daw sa Baguio naman ang show namin. I’m excited already. Maybe we could bring the kids with us even sina Manang Fe. Pwede na tayong magbakasyon.” Ricky was looking forward to their next show.

Maya just stared at him poker faced. Hindi na siya natutuwa.

“O bakit? What’s with the face?”

“Alam mo Ricky, dapat ata tigilan mo na pagsama sama kay Chard. Kaya naman na niya yun. Dapat ata magconcentrate ka na lang sa LAS at LAI. Si Nikki na lang pasamahin natin at si Nicolo.”

“Bakit naman? I thought gusto mo na kumakanta ako. Di ba you said you love my voice?”

“Sinabi ko lang yun sweetheart para di mahurt yun feelings mo pero hindi ka naman masyadong maganda kumanta. Actually mas mainam na sa akin at sa mga bata mo lang iparinig yun boses mo.”

Actually she was just discouraging her husband because selos na sya sa attention he is getting from strangers who attend their shows.

“My voice is that bad?” Ricky pretended to get hurt. He was also teasing Maya kasi alam na alam nya what she’s up to. Ilelevel up din nya ang acting para makunsyensya si Maya. Dinagdagan nya ng matching sad face then quiet na rin siya. He wasn’t even facing Maya. Then a few minutes later he left her to go to the twin’s bedroom.

Maya felt guilty. “Ano ba naman Maya. Sa kakaselos mo nasaktan na tuloy si Ricky.” She said to herself.

She followed him at the twins room. Sky and Sunshine were already sound asleep. She whispered so as not to wake the twins,”Sweetheart tulog na tayo.”

“Mauna ka na Maya.” He answered in a low voice as well.

“Sweetheart alam mo namang hindi ako makakatulog kapag hindi kita katabi di ba?”

“Hindi pa ako inaantok. You go ahead na.”

“Ricky naman eh. Wag ka nang magtampo.”

“Who wouldn’t be. You said pangit yun boses ko. That’s insulting Maya.”

“Uy hindi ah. Sabi ko lang hindi masyadong maganda. Iba naman yun sa pangit.”

“Mabuti pa yun ibang tao, they appreciate my singing. Yun mismong asawa ko hindi na nga maappreciate tapos pinipintasan pa.” Tampo pa rin siya.

Maya hugged him. “Ikaw kasi eh. Ang charming mo kapag kumakanta ka. Ang dami tuloy kinikilig sa’yo.”

“So?”

“Anong so? Siyempre ayoko nun. Baka mamaya kiligin ka sa kinikilig sa’yo tapos…” Her voice became different kasi naiiyak siya sa scenarios playing in her mind.

“Nagseselos ka lang nilait mo pa boses ko.”

“Ikaw kasi eh. Nakakainis ka. Nagpapacute ka pa while singing.” Naiiyak na talaga siya. She’s pikon with herself at nahihiya na siya kay Ricky sa pagiging oa nya.

Ricky saw it and as much as he was amused at his wife, ayaw naman nyang nagtatampo to. “Sweetheart hindi ako nagpapacute. I am cute na talaga. Actually handsome nga is the appropriate way to describe me. Wag ka nang magselos at umiyak dyan.” Then he kissed her forehead while she was trying to stop herself from crying.

“Sige hindi na ako sasama kay Chard sa mga shows nya. I’ll just support their foundation by donating na lang. Promise kayo lang ng mga bata makakarinig ng hindi masyadong magandang boses ko.”

“Ricky naman eh.”

“Shhh… I know you just said to discourage me. Ang selosa naman ng asawa ko. I love it.”

She just slapped his arm lovingly.

“Let’s go to bed? Baka kung patuloy tayo maguusap dito, magising ang kambal.”

“Eh di pa ako inaantok Ricky.”

“Good. I have more time to prove to you my talents.” Then he grinned mischievously.

“At ano na namang talents yan?”

“Ano pa eh di singing and pagpapacute na rin.” He winked at her.

“Gusto ko yan sweetheart!” She giggled as she snaked her arm on Ricky’s waist while they’re on their way to their bedroom.

Sabagay mas mainam na sa room na lang nila magconcert si Ricky.

Ano kayang genre ng songs nya? πŸ˜‚

A/N wholesome yan ah! Baka mamaya iba na naman iniisip nyo sa bedroom concert. Kayo talaga! Maghoholyweek na po!πŸ˜‡

My Safe Refuge – 19 (Finale)

My Safe Refuge – 19 (Finale)

“Maya, hija thank you very much for being here. Naku akala namin ni Roberto hindi kayo makakarating ni Luke.” Esmeralda Lim said as she welcomed Maya with an embrace.

“Happy Anniversary po sainyo ni Tito Roberto. Siyempre po pupunta kami sa importanteng selebrasyon nyo.” Maya shyly greeted Richard’s mother with a smile.

Then Esmeralda turned to Richard, “Ikaw talaga Ricky. Sabi mo hindi makakapunta sina Maya. Nalungkot pa naman ako.”

“Ma, surprise nga di ba?” Then he laughed at his mother’s expression while now putting his arms on Maya’s shoulder to lead her inside his parents’ house.

Luke already went ahead as Nikki excitedly brought him to the backyard where the children of their neighbors and employees were playing.

It was Roberto Lim and Esmeralda Lim’s 50th wedding anniversary. They celebrated it with close friends, neighbors and their employees. The Lims don’t have relatives in the Philippines and Roberto and Esmeralda were very happy that Maya and Luke celebrated with them. They already treated Maya and Luke as part of their family.

The mother and son returned to their normal lives in San Nicolas. Despite what happened to them, Maya and Luke were able to recover, not only from the physical pain inflicted by James but they were also able to accept the emotional scars he gave them and treat them as part of God’s way of making them stronger.

They were able to move on from that dark chapter of their lives with the help of Richard, his family and their friends as well.

Luke was allowed to continue his studies even after being absent for months. With the help of Roberto and Esmeralda Lim who were benefactors at Luke’s school and Richard who was also a PTA officer, they were able to convince the school to accept Luke again. Luke didn’t have difficulty in catching up with missed lessons as his teachers and Nikki helped him.

Six months after being rescued from James Ventura, Maya and Luke now looked very happy and determined to move on and move forward. Richard was beyond blessed to have been given the chance to be with them again.

“Ricky kung hindi agad kinuha sina Tatay at Nanay siguro ganyan din sila sa Mama at Papa mo. Di ko na masyado maalala pero si Tatay sobrang sweet din kay Nanay noon. Siguro magcecelebrate din sila ng anniversary nila at sasayaw din ng ganyan.” Maya commented while watching Esmeralda and Roberto dancing to a Tony Bennet medley. They were just seated as they already danced to a couple of songs earlier.

“Maya I’m sure they’re also celebrating every occasion up there.” He smiled at her and held her hand.

She smiled back but there was obvious sadness in her voice, “Sana hindi naman sila kinuha ng maaga sa ganun na paraan. Sana nabigyan ko din sila ng mga handaan na ganito. Sana nakilala ka nila Ricky.”

“I bet they already know me Maya and they’re watching over us. Atsaka sigurado ako mas engrande ang celebration nila doon. I’m sure your Nanay and Tatay also have the chance to dance. Mas maganda ang music nila doon at for sure mas masarap ang pagkain.” Richard was trying to make her laugh and lessen the sadness Maya is feeling.

Aware of his attempt to make her smile, Maya tried to hide her sadness.
“At ano naman ang kinakain nila dun?”

“Yun manok ni San Pedro ginawa nilang lechong manok.” Then Ricky stared at her expecting for her to laugh at his joke.

“Naku Ricky ang corny mo!” But she was already laughing.

“Corny pero bumenta naman sa’yo.”

“Siyempre. I don’t want to hurt your feelings eh.” Then she leaned on his shoulder. She was also very blessed to have Ricky by her side.

“Seriously Maya, I am very sure that your parents are watching over you and Luke. And I’m really sure that they already know me.”

“Naniniwala naman ako dun Ricky. At alam ko na kilala nila kung sino yun taong nagligtas sa amin ni Luke. Alam nila na ikaw yun Ricky. At alam nila na mahal na mahal mo kami ni Luke.” Then she shyly added, “Alam din nila na mahal na mahal kita.”

He lovingly stared at her, touched by what she said. He kissed her forehead as they continue to watch his parents.

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A few days after his parents’ wedding anniversary, Richard surprised Maya with a beautiful flower arrangement and her favorite cake and coffee. He also brought some goodies for Luke, Manang Fe and even Leah.

“Ricky ano na naman to? Di ba sabi ko wag mo na akong bibilhan ng mga ganyang flowers. Ang mahal nyan eh.” She appreciated it but she also wanted to let him know that he didn’t have to continue giving her flowers as his presence alone is enough for her.

“Shhh. Ang reklamo mo. Of course I have to give you one kasi baka magselos ka sa bibigyan ko. I actually had two of those. At sige para makalma na ang kuripot side mo, this one is not as expensive as the other one doon sa car.” Then he chuckled as he saw her raising her left eyebrow at him.

“Alam mo hindi nakakatuwa ang mga ganyang biro mo.” She acted pikon. Actually she really is and Richard loves teasing her all the more.

“Halika nga, paakap. You’re really cute when you’re like that.” He hugged her tightly and gave her a reverent kiss on her forehead. “Sige na bihis ka na muna at may pupuntahan tayo. Magdedeliver tayo ng flowers. Let’s just drink the coffee sa car.”

“Saan tayo pupunta?”

“Stop asking na. Bihis na sweetheart. We have to go there while it’s early.” Then he kissed her again and she blushed. She still feels giddy whenever he’s overly sweet. She just lightly slapped his arm, “wag ka nga. Makita tayo ni Manang, nakakahiya. Sige na magbibihis na ako.”

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Ricky maneuvered the car to the place where he planned a surprise for her.

Maya suddenly became quiet.

She was transported back to time and the many memories she’s been wanting to forget and bury all these years. She never visited the place. She just sends Manang Fe and Leah to clean the place and to regularly bring flowers and candles.

Ricky brought Maya to the old San Nicolas cemetery, to the grave of her parents. Because of the nature of how they died and because she badly wanted to erase that traumatic memory of witnessing how her parents were killed right before her eyes, Maya refused to visit the place. She would always find a reason not to visit the place. Richard didn’t know this because Maya never mentioned it to him.

When he parked the car, he glanced at her and was expecting to see her happy but instead he saw apprehension and sadness in her eyes.
“Sweetheart?”

“Ricky matagal na akong hindi nakakabisita kina nanay at tatay. Actually sinadya ko kasi kapag pumupunta ako dito naaalala ko yun nangyari sa kanila.” Now she was getting teary eyed and Richard got worried.

“Maya I’m sorry. I didn’t know. I just wanted to pay my respects kay nanay at tatay.” He held her hand then faced her.

“Alam ko naman yun. Sorry ha. Di lang kasi ako handa. Atsaka naguguilty ako kina Tatay at Nanay kasi never ko silang dinadalaw dito. Kahit si Luke hindi alam ang lugar na to. Sobrang sakit lang kasi. Nahihiya akong humarap kina Tatay at Nanay. Feeling ko ang sama sama ko…”

“Maya they would understand. Alam nila that you have reasons for not going here. Alam rin nila na wala kang nakakasama noon going here but now, I will always accompany you to this place. I will also help you forget the bad memories you associate with this place. Papalitan natin yun ng good memories okay?” He lovingly stared into her eyes while holding both her hands reverently wanting to let her know that everything will be okay.

He then tried to dry Maya’s eyes. “Hey stop crying. Baka akalain nina Nanay at Tatay pinaiyak kita. Baka kurutin ako mamaya while I’m sleeping.”

She smiled at his attempt to make everything bearable. He always does it and Maya appreciates that Richard always acknowledges what she feels and understands her reasons for that emotions she’s been harboring all these years. He also has his way of making everything seem okay.

She wanted to be okay. She wanted to face everything now and not hide in fear, in pain. She knows that with Richard by her side she would be able to do it.

“Sweetheart if you really don’t want to, ako na lang ang pupunta to bring the flowers. You can just wait here.”

“Hindi Ricky. Sasama ako. Pipilitin kong maging okay.”

“You’re sure? Maya ayaw ko namang…”

“Okay lang Ricky. Napagisip isip ko na kailangan ko naman talagang harapin yun malungkot na pangyayari sa buhay ko. Alam ko na hindi na ko kailangan iwasan kahit sobrang sakit. At alam ko na kailangan kong ipakilala at ipagmalaki ang napakabait, napakamaalaga at napakagwapong boyfriend ko kina nanay at tatay.”

He smiled at what she said. He was relieved that Maya seemed okay now, though he knows that it took her a lot of courage to decide to visit her parents.

“Wag mo naman akong masyadong ibida Sweetheart baka madisappoint sila sa looks ko. Baka they would expect me to look like Robert Downey or Ryan Gosling or even Park Bo-Gum and JinYoung.”

Maya laughed this time. “Sweetheart hindi naman nila kapanahunan yun mg yun, ikaw talaga. Atsaka mas gwapo ka pa sa mga yun.”

“Sabagay you are right, I even look better than them, kaya nga you fell for me.”

“Uy hindi ah! Hindi lang kagwapuhan mo minahal ko, yung buong pagkatao mo.”

“Oo na. Oo na. Pero we better go inside na kasi baka magalit na talaga sina Tatay at Nanay. Baka akalain we’re doing something…” Then he winked at her. She smiled now forgetting about what being in this place makes her feel.

He reached for the bouquet of roses for Nanay Teresita and Tatay Arturo at the backseat of the car.

“Do you think they’ll like these Sweetheart?” He was asking her opinion but instead of answering him, Maya was unable to contain the appreciation and love she felt for him so she planted a kiss on his lips then hugged him very tight. “Thank you Ricky. Thank you dito. Thank you sa lahat. I love you so much.” Then she was teary eyed again.

“Hey hey… you just said you love me tapos naiiyak ka na naman. Tama nang iyak sweetheart. Swollen na ang eyes mo. Haharap pa naman tayo sa parents mo.”

“Ikaw kasi eh.”

“Ako pa ngayon? Tara na? Let’s go.”

Then they walked hand in hand towards the resting place of Arturo and Teresita dela Rosa.

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Maya led Richard towards her parents grave. He laid the flowers on top of the stone bearing the name of Nanay Teresita and Tatay Arturo. He also had candles and lighted them while Maya was watching him.

“Nay Tay, kumusta na po kayo? Sorry ngayon lang ako dumalaw.” Maya was starting to be emotional again.”Pero promise ko po magmula ngayon, lagi na akong pupunta dito. Isasama ko rin po yun apo nyo. Si Luke po ang laki na nya. Hindi man nya kayo nakita, kilalang kilala po kayo ng apo nyo at mahal na mahal nya kayo. Okay na po kami ni Luke. Masayang masaya na po kami. Sana nakikita nyo kami ni Luke.”

Ricky was just listening to her. He was relieved that Maya seemed okay now. She was really talking to her parents like they were really here.

She held his hand. “Nay, Tay ipapakilala ko po si Richard, boyfriend ko. Siya po yun naging sandigan namin ni Luke. Siya po yun nagligtas sa amin ni Luke doon sa bagyo at kay James. Inaalagaan nya po kami ni Luke. Kahit magulang nya po itinuring na rin kaming parte ng pamilya nila. Siya po yun nagpapasaya sa akin.”

Richard was so touched with what Maya said. He squeezed her hand gently. “Maya may I?” He asked her permission. He also wanted to say something to her parents.

Maya nod her head.

“Nanay Teresita, Tatay Arturo…ako po si Richard or Ricky na lang po. I am very blessed to have known your daughter and your apo. They both made my life brighter. If Maya said na pinapasaya ko sila, well, she is like that to me and my family as well. You have raised a very loving daughter po and she genuinely shares that with anyone she meets. Napakaswerte ko po to be able to experience being with her. I also promise na aalagaan ko sila ni Luke. I won’t give her any reason para maramdaman nya ulit yun mga masasakit na nangyari sa kanila noon.” Then he glanced at Maya who was silently crying. He smiled at her and wiped her tear-streaked cheeks. “Nay Tay, actually gusto ko talagang pumunta dito para magpaalam para ligawan ko yun anak nyo,” he paused and again stared at her whose eyes were also staring into his, “kaso Nay, Tay, ipinakilala na ako ni Maya bilang boyfriend nya kaya po…”

He fished for a small box in his pocket.

He opened it and smiled at Maya again, who was now staring at him in disbelief.

He continued, “Nay, Tay… Gusto ko pong hingin ang kamay ng anak nyo. Please allow me to propose to Maya.” Ricky was also getting emotional. He wasn’t supposed to do it here but he decided that this is the perfect moment to propose to her. Her parents need the assurance that their daughter will now be safe and taken cared of.

“Ricky…” Maya leaned hugged him.

Ricky then kneeled on one knee as he removes the diamond ring from its box.
“Maya dela Rosa, with your parents as witness to my pure and noble intentions, will you marry me? Will you allow me to be your husband and your son’s father? Will you be my Mrs. Lim?”

Maya was now crying and she was no longer trying to stop it. She was overwhelmed with everything. She never expected the surprise Ricky did.

“Ricky yes! Yes I will marry you.”

Then he stood up and carefully slid the ring to her finger. Then he gently kissed the back of her hand then her cheeks. “I love you so much Maya. Thank you for saying yes.”

“I love you too Ricky. I love you so much. Salamat. Extra special to kasi nasa harap tayo ng puntod nina Nanay at Tatay.

Both were now facing her parents grave with her leaning on his chest. They were quiet but they were aware that both their hearts were beating with happiness.

“Maya you think payag din sina Nanay at Tatay?” Richard asked her but before Maya could reply, a cool yet gentle breeze was felt in a rather sunny and hot morning.

They didn’t voice their observation but they just smiled at each other. They knew that they now have the blessings from Maya’s parents.

Richard admired the strength of Maya to have endured every storm in her life. He vowed to never leave her in whatever storms she had to encounter in the future.

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My Safe Refuge – 18

My Safe Refuge – 18

A/N Since nakapagpost na ng lighter story kanina, I’m sure kaya nyo na tong slight mala-mmk na continuation. Matatapos na to. Final chapter na ang sunod dito.

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It was morning when Luke arrived at the hospital with Manang Fe. It was Richard and Rafi who stays with Maya in the hospital. Rafi went home to change and Richard was alone when they arrived.

They brought Richard’s clothes which were prepared by his mom Esmeralda. There was also food for him.

“Tito Richard hot chocolate po. Ginawa po yan ni Lola Fe. Yun breakfast po inaayos pa sa table.” Luke handed Richard a mug as he sat beside him inside Maya’s hospital room.

“Thank you Luke. I’ll have breakfast later. Kayo kumain na ba?” Richard got the mug of hot choco then placed his arm on the boy’s shoulder to draw him closer to him.

Luke just nodded and smiled at him.

After what happened, the bond between the two of them got stronger. Luke already treats him like his own father and the boy was even protective of Richard’s daughters Nikki and Sunshine. He acts like a kuya already even if he’s just a few months older than Nikki.

Luke and Manang Fe were staying at Richard’s Manila house together with Richard’s mother, Esmeralda. The kids, Nikki and Sunshine had to go back to San Nicolas with their grandfather Roberto after they visited their Tita Maya. Nikki still had classes. Roberto also volunteered to talk to Luke’s teachers so they still could reconsider him despite being absent for a long time.

Everyone in Richard Lim’s family were helpful to Maya and Luke. They loved the mother and son and they vowed to take care of them not out of pity alone but because they already owned their hearts as well.

“Tito Richard thank you po ha.”

“Luke…”

“Kung hindi po sa inyo nandun pa rin kami kay dad. Baka kung ano na ang nangyari kay Mommy. Sinubukan ko naman po to save mom pero ang strong ni dad. Then he locks the door para di ko matanggol si mom…” There was anger ang pain in Luke’s eyes as he recalls how they suffered from his dad.

Richard stared into the boy’s eyes wanting to assure him that everything is okay now, “Luke you have saved your mom. If not for you, we wouldn’t have found you. You should be very proud of yourself. I am very proud of you and I’m sure your mommy is very proud too.”

“I wished I had a different father. Daddy James is like a monster. His eyes would get red and he would always curse and say nasty things. He wouldn’t stop hitting mom even if I beg him.” The boy is shaking in anger now. Richard could see how Luke unknowingly clenched his fists.

He drew the boy closer to him.

“Luke, your dad did those things because of the drugs he had been taking. He was not aware of it anymore. He wasn’t in his right mind.”

“I hate him Tito Richard. I wished he wasn’t part of our lives.”

“Don’t say that Luke. He is your father and I’m sure if it wasn’t for his wrong decision of taking drugs, he loved you and your mom. You wouldn’t be here if not for that love your mom and dad had for each other. You have to understand him and pray for him. Nasa prison na siya Luke and he will pay for what he did to you and to your mom there.” The boy just stared at him but the hurt and anger is still evident in his eyes. Then he nodded and gave his Tito Richard a pained smile.

Richard hugged Luke. He knows that the young boy’s mind still couldn’t fully understand why his own father did what he did to them. He knows that Luke, just like his mom needs to learn to trust people again despite everything that happened to them. He would gladly be that person to help them erase the pain in their hearts.

“Luke, listen to me.” He again stared at the boy and calmly explained, “Bad things happen to anybody without us understanding why. Sometimes sobrang painful na and you can’t help but feel sad and angry. It’s normal to feel that way. Before, when Nikki and Sunshine’s mom died, I also felt so sad. I was angry at everybody. I blamed myself. I could have saved their if I only found out about her cancer on it’s earlier stage. I hated myself that time but then I realized that people who love me doesn’t deserve seeing an angry, sad and bad Richard. I still have many things to be grateful for – my parents, my kids, my friends and right now kayo ng mommy mo. I realized that what happened to me before led me to meeting you and your mom. That alone Luke already removed all the pain in my heart. That’s why it’s okay for you to feel bad for now pero don’t allow yourself to feel that for a long time. Atsaka ang goal natin is to make your mommy happy di ba? Partners tayo in doing it? Help Tito Richard in making mommy happy okay?”

“Opo Tito Richard.” Then the boy’s tears are flowing this time. He couldn’t help it. He was so thankful that they were saved from his dad. “Thank you po ulit.” Then he sobbed now into the arms of their saviour.

“Sssshhh… It’s okay now Luke. Safe na kayo and I’ll make sure that no one would hurt you and your mommy again.”

Manang Fe was just listening. She was so thankful that her prayers for Maya and Luke have been answered. An angel was again sent to save them just like what Rafi and Charlie did years ago.

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Maya stayed in the hospital for more than two weeks. The doctor said that she could already go home after her fifth day but Richard and also Rafi decided that Maya had to fully recover before going home. At least the doctors and nurses would be able to take good care of her and Maya wouldn’t insist on working or even doing chores.

They could actually take good care of her at home but both Richard and Rafi knows how stubborn she is. Maya doesn’t want to depend on others. She dislikes being served. This made them decide to just let Maya rest and recover in the hospital.

Richard never left her side while Maya spent most of her days sleeping. The doctors had to sedate her so she won’t feel the pain in her body. Aside from the visible wounds, she also suffered broken ribs and even her abdomen had suffered from the pain inflicted by James.

On her seventh night, she woke up at the middle of the night.

“Richard?”

“Hey how are you feeling?”

“Medyo okay naman pakiramdam ko. Bakit gising ka pa?”

“I’m answering emails lang. Do you want something?”

“Wala naman. Matulog ka na Ricky. Di mo naman ako kailangan bantayan. Mapupuyat ka nyan eh. Baka pati ikaw magkasakit nyan.”

“No Maya. I’m okay. Di pa naman ako inaantok. Masakit pa ba yun mga sugat mo?”

“Medyo Ricky pero magiging okay na din to. Hindi ko na nga masyado maramdaman yun sakit kasi nandyan kayong lahat. Nandyan si Luke at lalong lalo na ikaw.” She lovingly stared at him wanting to communicate the love and gratitude she has for him.

She wanted to embrace him tightly but she can’t with all the tubes attached to her.

“Pagaling ka ha. I missed you.”

“I missed you too. Luke said you didn’t leave the entire time lalo na nang palagi akong tulog. Lagi kang nandito. Ricky baka napapabayaan mo na sina Nikki at Sunshine, yun mama at papa mo, yun negosyo nyo.”

“No Maya. Don’t worry about it. Kayang kaya na nila dun.”

Then his eyes became evasive and she easily noticed it.

“May problema ka ba? Ricky…”

“Wala. I was just…I’m ashamed of myself. Nahihiya ako sa inyo, sa’yo. I didn’t know how to face you. I promised to take care of you and Luke but I failed.” He looked down, not wanting to meet her eyes.

“Richard wala ka namang kasalanan. Ako yun naglihim sa’yo.”

“But I still failed to protect you and Luke. I could never forgive myself. What if we weren’t able to locate you. What if di nagkaroon ng chance si Luke to call. What if…”

Then she held his hand. “Richard kung hindi dahil sa’yo baka kung ano na ang nangyari sa amin ni Luke ngayon. We owe you our lives. Palagi mo kaming nililigtas. Dati iniligtas mo kami sa bagyo. Ngayon naman kay James.

He slowly lifted his head to be able to look at her. “But i allowed him to get you and Luke. Hindi ko man lang siya napigilan…”

She caressed his cheek. “Kasi wala kang alam. Kasi inilihim ko sa’yo. Wala kang kasalanan.”

He touched her face, her forehead, her hair. “I am so sorry…”

“Stop saying sorry. Alam mo ba na punong puno ng pagpapasalamat ang puso ko paraΒ  sa’yo? Hindi na nga magkasya eh.”

“I love you Maya.” He lovingly told her while caressing her hair.”

“Ako din Ricky mahal na mahal kita. Salamat sa lahat.”

Then Richard slowly planted a soft kiss on her bruised forehead careful not to exert pressure on it.

They both knew that everything will be okay from now on. Maya knows that the worst nightmare she and her son experienced is over now. Richard vowed to make Maya and Luke experience the love, the care and protection that they had been deprived of while they were with James. He would erase that bad memories from Maya’s husband.

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and the Munings : What’s In A Name?

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and the Munings : What’s In A Name?

– Just a short pang goodvibes post.-😸😊

Ricky was at their veranda when he heard his wife.

“Sige kaya mo yan! Push!” Then after a few seconds, “Yan very good! Ang brave mo talaga! Awww ang cute nyo.” Then she was giggling. She sounded so happy.

Nabother si Ricky. What on earth is his wife up to this time.

Dali daling bumaba mula sa veranda si Ricky to go where his wife is.

Naabutan nya to sa cat house with gloves in her hand and with bloodied blankets on the floor.

“Sweetheart what’s that?” Nanlaki eyes nya sa nakita.

“Sweetheart ssshhhh nanganak si Harmony. Halika tingnan mo pero wag ka maingay ha.”

So tiningnan naman ni Ricky and he saw five new kittens.

When he turned to look at his wife, she was already staring at him with wide-eyed excitement waiting for what he would say.

“Ang gaganda nila no sweetheart?” Maya was beaming. Super happy siya that even yun eyes nya kumukutikutitap.

But Ricky didn’t say anything and instead of smiling he even smirked then shook his head.

Dali daling siyang hinatak at inilayo ni Maya para di siya makita ni Harmony.

“Ano ka ba sweetheart mastress sa’yo si Harmony naglalabor pa naman. Bakit naman ganyan ang hitsura mo?”

“Stress? Naglalabor? You’re absurd sweetheart! Pusa lang yan.” Ricky was already laughing at his wife, amused at what she said.

Maya covered his mouth with her other hand, yung walang gloves. “Ssshhhh Ricky naman ano ba! Magdudulot ka ng emotional scar sa kittens Kawawa naman. They would feel unwanted.”

“Emotional scar? Unwanted? Ano yan tao? You’re really funny sweetheart.” Then he chuckled again.

“Hoy Ricky kahit pusa sila may feelings sila at nararamdaman nila kapag hindi sila gusto ng tao. Kaya hindi malapit sa’yo kasi lagi mo silang sinusungitan.”

“I’ll just give them food babait yan sa akin at sa kahit sino. Hindi yun dahil sa you smile at them.” He countered.

Pero no time to argue si Maya because she’s not sure if may lalabas pang kittens kay Harmony. Hindi siya makafocus kasi kinukulit siya ni Ricky.

“Naku sweetheart pasok ka na nga sa bahay. Wag mo na nga kaming istorbohin. Inaaway mo na naman yun babies namin nina Nikki at Abby.”

“Now I’m emotionally scarred and I feel unwanted.” He exaggeratedly feigned hurt.

“Orte orte mo sweetheart. Dun ka na nga at aayusin ko muna dito.”

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That night sa bedroom…

“Nakakatuwa si Harmony sweetheart! Ang cute at lahat healthy sina Celeste, Josephine, Stephanie, Consuelo at Catherine.”

Lumaki ang eyes ni Ricky.

“Sweetheart!”

“Oh bakit? Ang oa naman ng reaction mo.”

“Why did you name the kittens after them? That’s so mean!”

“Anong mean? Dapat nga pasalamat sila kasi kahit asar ako sa kanila ginamit ko pa names nila sa new kittens.” Ooopss she slipped there. She shouldn’t have mentioned na asar sya.

“Asar ka kina Stephanie, Celeste, Atty Jie, Consuelo at Catherine? Why?” He wasn’t aware of it.

“Eh slight lang naman.” Paiwas si Maya.

“Bakit nga?”

“Basta.”

“Maya…”

“Kulit mo naman Ricky.”

“Maya…’ He’s now serious.

“Kasi nagseselos ako sa kanila. Pero konti lang ha!” There she said it.

“At bakit ka naman magseselos sa kanila? I never had any relationship or even had slight interest in any of them.”

“Sus wala raw pero lagi namang ginagamit yun mga names nila sa fanfics.” Tampo si Maya.

“Huy Mrs Maya Lim hindi ko kasalanan na sila yun names na ginagamit ng writers. They don’t mean anything to me. You’re cute. Nagselos ka talaga? Eh if nagselos ka bakit mo pa ginamit na names yun?” Natuwa ang Ricky.

“Oy sweetheart wag mayabang. Sabi ko konti lang. Atsaka para masanay ako sa mga pangalan na yan at wag nang mainis kapag naririnig ko.”

“Masanay?”

“Oo! Di ba kapag paulit ulit mong maririnig, masasanay ka na. Atsaka sa love kong kittens ginamit yun names kaya di ko na magagawang maasar.” She explained.

May point nga naman. Ricky was really amused at the foolish and funny ideas of his wife. Eccentric nga si Maya at times but he loves this side of her.

He drew her closer to him. She rested her head on his chest.

“Pero sweetheart baka naman magalit sila kapag nalaman nila that you named your kittens after them. Alam mo na, your intentions might be misinterpreted.” He voiced his concern.

“Sweetheart, hindi naman sila pumupunta dito. Hindi naman nila malalaman. Atsaka hindi ko na papalitan yun names at di mo na ako makukumbinsi pa.” She said with finality.

“Okay di ka naman magpapatalo eh.”

“Talaga!” Then she giggled. Talo na naman nya si Ricky.

“Eh kung lalaki ang kittens pwede ba ako din ang magbigay ng names nila?” Ricky asked with a mischievous smile.

“At bakit ganyan ang ngiti mo sweetheart? Ano naman ang ipapangalan mo?”

Then he leaned closer to her ears and whispered something that made Maya laugh so hard while slapping him. “Ang sama mo sweetheart! Ayoko nga! Tunog mabaho naman yun pangalan. Kawawa yun kitten.”

Then they both laughed at the joke that only the two of them knows about.

A/N Ano ba naman kasing pangalan yan Ricky? Ayaw ko na ring alamin. πŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Sunshine : You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Sunshine : You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine

“Ricky naman kasi, kasalanan mo to!”

“Why me?”

“Eh ikaw yun nagpakain ng ice cream sa mga bata.”

“I asked your permission at pumayag ka. That means may kasalanan ka rin.

Sunshine came home from school coughing while Sky is in his grumpy mood.

Maya and Ricky fetched the five year old twins from their pre school and dropped by the ice cream parlor to have some ice cream when Sunshine requested it. Ayaw pumayag ni Maya at first but Ricky joined the twins while they begged her in their puppy dog pleading eyes.

Tuwang tuwa si Sunshine because her favorite strawberry flavor was available while nagsusungit si Sky kasi naubusan na ng Cookies and Cream which is his favorite.

“Hep hep nagsisihan pa kayong mag-asawa. Parehas kayong may kasalanan kaya tigilan nyo na ang pagdidiskusyon. O eto yun gamot Maya. Bihisan mo na muna yung mga bata. Tapos pakainin ko mamaya ng niluto kong sopas.” It was Manang Fe who was able to end the bickering of the couple.

When Manang Fe left them…

“Ikaw kasi Ricky, napagsabihan tuloy tayo ni Manang.” Nagumpisa na naman ang Maya.

“Why me? Ikaw kaya ang malakas ang boses dyan. Narinig tuloy tayo ni Manang Fe.” Ricky argued back.

Then they heard Manang Fe’s not-so-distant voice, “Tigilan nyo na yan.”

Both Maya ang Richard giggled like kids being scolded by their parents.

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While changing Sunshine’s clothes, the little girl who’s as talkative as her mom suddenly said, “Mommy you should come with us ni daddy and Sky sa park tomorrow.”

“Anak Mommy can’t. May work si Mommy and early ako pumupunta ng work.”

“Si Daddy is also working but why can he still play with us sa park?”

Ricky was lying beside Sky, who was now asleep. He smiled at his wife and daughter, amused at their conversation. Maya smiled back at him.

“Shine, Daddy owns the company that’s why he can go to work anytime.”

Tampo ang Sunshine, “It’s unfair. The mommies sa park always talk about Sky and Daddy. Di nila ako pinapansin. Dapat nandun ka rin Mommy para may kakampi ako.”

“The mommies talk about Daddy? Why? Anong sinasabi nila about Daddy baby?” She was suddenly curious.

Naalert ang ears ni Ricky.

“The mommies sa park, they will always go near Daddy and Sky like this tapos…” Sunshine was demonstrating to her Mommy, “some would give daddy sandwich. Yun isang mommy naman would give him coffee.”

“Uh-oh, this is not good…” Sa loob-loob ni Ricky who is now carefully leaving the bed so as not to wake Sky up.

“Continue baby…” Maya was urging her daughter to continue, with eyebrows slightly raised, while glancing at Ricky.

“… they will always say… Ang gwapo ni Sky, mana sa Daddy. May dimples si Sky parang si Daddy. Smile ka nga Sky… O Richeeeerd smile ka din, see magkamukha talaga kayo, hihihi!!… I hate it mommy!” Sunshine was even imitating the mommies at the park.

Lagot! Like-Bert-of-Sesame-Street-eyebrows na ang Maya. This is really not good!

“Then yun Mommy ni Bettina, she would always ask daddy about some songs.”

“Some songs baby?” Tanong ulit ni Maya.

Pinagpapawisan na si Daddy ng malamig. Lagot talaga siya kay Maya.

“She would ask… Richeeeeerd do you know this song??? Tapos she would share her earphones with Daddy.” Non-stop ang Sunshine.

Before she could say more…

“Baby you better sleep now. It’s getting late.” Dali dali ni Ricky kinuha si Sunshine while Maya was just observing him, same pa rin yun eyebrows and now may sharp stare pa to match it.

Ricky just avoided it. Patay malisya ba.

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Thirty minutes later…

Sa bed na yun dalawa…

Tahimik si Maya. This meant only one thing. Galit siya!

“Haynaku! Eto na naman ang pagsusuyo kay Maya na mas mahirap pa than closing a deal for Lim Aviation Services.” Sa loob loob ni Ricky.

“Sweetheart….” Ricky started.

Umupo si Maya sa bed. Arms crossed, chin up, eyebrows raised, waiting for Ricky’s palusot, este explanation pala.

“Nakakatakot ka naman Sweetheart. Listen to me first. Let me explain.”

“Natatakot ka? Guilty ka?”

“Yes! I mean no! Nakakataranta ka naman sweetheart eh. I mean natatakot ako na magalit ka, pero I’m not guilty of anything. Behave kaya ako and it’s not my fault that those mommies are being friendly. Alangan naman iwasan ko sila. That would be ungentlemanly.”

Nakikinig lang si Maya, still with a poker face.

Ricky continued, “yun coffee and sandwiches naman, hindi ko naman iniinom at kinakain. I bring it with me in the office and give them to Liza.”

No reaction pa rin si Maya. She’s just staring at him.

Continue ulit si Ricky, “tapos yun sa earphones, mahilig lang sa music yun mom ni Bettina. She was just asking the title of the song. Atsaka malayo naman yun gap even if she share her earphones with me. Ganito kalayo ang gap sweetheart.” He even tried to demonstrate how it looked.

Maya still didn’t react. But deep inside she was already trying her best not to laugh at her husband. Aliw na aliw sya kay Ricky. He looked so cute trying to explain himself. She enjoys it so much.
“Sweetheart hindi ko naman talaga kssalanan…” Ricky again started.

“Inaantok na ako. Matulog na tayo.” Maya said without smiling at him, without reacting to anything he said.

Ricky sighed. In his mind, “Galit pa talaga ang asawa ko. Yun mga mommies naman kasi.” He never wanted to make his wife feel bad.

“Sweetheart sorry na. Sige kahit sa tingin ko wala naman akong kasalanan, i still want to say sorry.”

Tumalikod lang si Maya.

“Sweetheart…”

“Ricky ang kulit mo. Matulog na tayo.”

“Eh you’re still mad. Ayokong galit ka sa sa’kin. Please, kausapin mo naman ako.” Paglalambing ni Ricky.

But after a few minutes, he heard Maya snore. Nakatulog na to… or so he thought.

Ricky stared at her sadly, still blaming himself for making Maya feel bad.

He just kissed the top of her head, her forehead, then the tip of her nose. “Kahit di mo na marinig kasi tulog ka na sweetheart, i want to say it again, I’m very sorry. I love you. and I can’t stand it na galit ka sa’kin. I love you so much Maya.” He gave her a light kiss on her lips then fixed her blanket.

He stood up and left their room.

The moment Ricky left, Maya got a pillow and screamed on it. Kilig na kilig pa rin siya sa gestures ni Ricky. And she is very sure that her husband will do anything para suyuin sya.

Gustong gusto nya na sinusuyo sya ni Ricky because he becomes overly sweet. Excited siya sa mga surprises ni Ricky just to earn her forgiveness.

She is sure that he will surprise her with a breakfast in bed and some flowers too. And he will surely insist in bringing her to the office instead of just allowing her to take the Time Airways service.

Kilig na kilig sa excitement si Maya that she slept with a smile on her face.

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Kinabukasan…

Maya woke up excited for whatever her husband planned for the day. Sure na sure siya na babawi si Ricky.

She slowly stood up, expecting a breakfast on their small table inside their bedroom pero walang breakfast. There was also no flower or note. Pasimple siyang naghanap ng note sa bedside table ni Ricky pero she can’t find any.

“Sigurado sa bathroom mirror may note yun” she told herself.

Pagpasok niya wala rin and she even saw that basa na yun bathroom, which meant naligo na si Ricky.

Medyo naaasar na si Maya. The expected surprise didn’t happen.

Still hoping that maybe her husband decided to have the breakfast surprise at their veranda, dali dali naman siyang pumunta doon. There was no breakfast by the veranda as well and the house was surprisingly quiet.

Manang Fe saw her. “Gising ka na pala Maya. Nakahanda na yun almusal sa baba. Ipinagluto ka ni Sabel ng daing na bangus at may kamatis din.”

“Ah sige po Manang. Magbibihis na muna ako tapos mag-aalmusal na po. Manang asan po yun mga bata?” It was just 7 am and she couldn’t hear any of the voices of the five Lim kids.

“Magkakasama sila ni Ricardo. Isinama kasi niya yun kambal. Sumabay na sina Luke, Nikki at Abby sa daddy nila. Kasama rin sina Leah at Doris. Yun van yun dinala nila. Nandyan si Joma. Sabi ni Ricardo magpahatid ka na lang kay Joma kasi baka late ka na daw magising at di na makasabay sa service.”

“Po? Saan ba sila pupunta?”

“Nakapajama naman yun kambal at di pa naman nakasuot pang-opisina si Ricardo. Baka sa park lang sila pakatapos ihatid sina Luke, Nikki at Abby.”

“Ah okay po Manang. Sige magbibihis na po ako.”

Now she’s really angry. Nahopia na nga sa expected nyang surprise, aba bumalik pa sa park at napakaaga pa.

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Maya arrived in Time Airways in a bad mood. Though she’s trying her best to act the same bubbly, positive person she is known for, she couldn’t mask her annoyance and anger at her husband lalo na at di man lang nagtext or call si Ricky. “Hmph! Makikita mo mamaya Ricardo! Outside the room ka!” She said to herself.

Maya was on her way to Ms Calandra’s office to get her flight schedule for today. Before she even entered, she could already hear giggles from someone who sounded like Sunshine. When she entered, it was indeed Sunshine. The little girl was talking to Ms Calandra.

“Sweetheart you’re here!” Ricky immediately went near her for a kiss.

“Good morning po Ms. Calandra.” She greeted her boss then turned to Ricky. “Ricky anong ginagawa nyo dito?”

Before Richard could answer, Ms Calandra spoke, “Okay na Maya. Edz will take over your flight for today and tomorrow. Sumama ka na sa mag-aama mo.”

“Po?”

“Sweetheart, sorry but I talked to Ms. Calandra kasi di ba Sunshine misses you especially dun sa park. Nakiusap ako na kahit today lang makasama ka namin sa park.”

“Yes Maya and since your little girl here has the same convincing powers as yours, pinapayagan na kita at dinagdagan ko pa ng isang araw para hindi naman unfair kay Sky.”

“Naku naman po, nakakahiya! Ricky bakit mo naman ginawa yun?”

“Sweetheart namimiss ka na kasi namin ng mga bata.”

“Naku Maya it’s okay. Atsaka Mr. Lim here promised free maintenance of all Time Airways planes for one month. Naku kahit nga one week pwede kitang payagan.”

“Two days is okay Ms. Calandra. Thank you very much.” Ricky smiled at Maya’s boss.

Maya wasn’t able to say anything. Nagulat siya sa ginawa ni Ricky. At siyempre natuwa.

“Sige na Maya. You go now. Siyempre di ko naman matitiis ang aking inaanak na si Sunshine.” Then Ms Calandra kissed Sunshine. Si Sky nandun kay Leah and grumpy kasi nagising ng maaga.

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After leaving Time Airways, they ate at their favorite fastfood chain. The twins enjoyed the pancakes, while Maya, Ricky, Doris and Leah had full breakfast meals.

“Ano to sweetheart? Bakit mo naisipan to?”

He laughed, “It’s my different kind of surprise. Kasi alam ko naman na you’re expecting it kanina paggising mo at I’m sure nahopia ka.” He chuckled louder this time. “Naghanap ka ng breakfast in bed at flowers for sure. And I’m sure hinalughog mo yun room to look for my sorry note.”

Tiningnan nya si Ricky ng masama, to try to hide her pagkapahiya. “Kainis ka sweetheart! Pero oo! Umasa ako kanina.” Then she giggled while covering her face.

“You’re so cute. Hindi ko ginawa yun kasi it’s very common already. Atsaka you already know my every move. Hindi na talaga surprise yun. Atsaka…”

“Ano?”

“Gusto kong mahopia ka din ng slight. Di mo kaya ako pinatulog kagabi sa kakaworry. You’re so mean to me sweetheart.”

She slapped her husband lightly, “kaya ka gumanti?”

He just grinned at her then she pinched his nose. “Kulit mo Ricky!”

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After their breakfast Ricky drove towards the park. Maya just remained quiet. Slightly annoyed sya kasi nga yun mga sinabi ni Sunshine.

The moment the car stopped, Sunshine and Sky, with Doris and Leah trailing behind them, ran towards the see-saw and swing. The twins were squealing happily. Ricky and Maya were walking towards them hand in hand. They were both enjoying watching their kids.

Then the mommies walked to meet them. They were smiling.

“Richeeerddd pakilala mo naman kami sa very beautiful wife mo.” The youngest of the mommies said.

Nagblush ang Maya. Nahiya.

“Okay mommies, please meet my wife Maya. Kung ang twins at yun mga panganay ang stars namin, eto naman si Maya is my Sunshine who never fails to make my day bright kahit gaano pa kagloomy ito.” He said proudly which earned a malambing na kurot from Maya. Siyempre kilig na kilig ang Maya, her slight jealousy forgotten.

“Awww ang cheesy ni Richard…” All the mommies were kilig.

“Hi Maya. Welcome dito sa bonding area ng babies natin.”

Each one of the mommies gave Maya a beso which she graciously received. She’s beginning to like the mommies na.

“Hay salamat naman at si Maya ang nandito ngayon. Richard makikilala na namin sa wakas ang favorite topic mo sa mga kwentuhan natin.” One mommy said.

“Yes and at last we have someone na for sure fun makausap. Kasi etong si Richard tipid magsalita kapag hindi ang wife or kids nya ang topic.”

“Ay hindi naman.” Defensive si Ricky.

“Oo kaya! That’s the reason why we’re all excited to meet her.” Another mommy said.

“O sige na Mr. Lim. Leave mo na si Maya and the twins here. We will have our mommy talk.”

“What? Papaalisin nyo ako? No!” He complained but after the mommies pangungulit, he relented and instead played with the twins.

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That night sa bedroom.

“Alam mo Sweetheart ambabait ng mga mommies sa park.” Maya commented as she was cuddled by Ricky. They were about to sleep.

“Tapos sweetheart nakakatuwa pa silang kausap. Ang dami nilang kuwento.”

“Eh kagabi lang halos galit ka sa kanila. Then now all praises ka.”

“Sino naman ang hindi magagalit lalo na at si Sunshine ang nagkwento kung paano ka tratuhin ng mga mommies. Syempre di ko naman sila kilala pa.”

“Eh now that kilala mo na?”

“Gusto ko na silang maging kaibigan sweetheart.”

“What about me? Pwede ko rin ba silang maging kaibigan?” Ricky was teasing her.

“Hmmmm… pagiisipan ko muna. Ayoko kayang ishare ang napakabango, napakakisig at napakagwapong asawa ko.” She even made gigil sa arms ni Ricky.

Enjoy naman siyempre si Ricky. “Makikipagkaibigan lang naman, di mo naman ako ishashare.” He countered.

“Ah basta akin ka lang,” Maya was just actually teasing him, “at walang pwedeng magenjoy na tingnan ka or pisilin tong arms mo or panggigilan tong dimples mo…” Maya was already tickling Ricky.

“Sweetheart stop it. Ang kulit mo.”

“Wag ka ngang magreklamo Ricky. Your Sunshine would want to make you very happy tonight.” Then she naughtily winked at the excited at napalunok na lang na Ricky.

 

A/N Ano ang ginawa? Ano pa eh di nagusap. Madaldal si Maya di ba? Kayo talaga.