“Ser Chief nandito na naman kayo? Bakit nandito na naman kayo?” Maya was surprised to see Richard waiting for her again at the lobby of the Time Airways building.
It was his fourth consecutive day of waiting for her. Nahihiya na siya. Nakakaabala na siya kay Ser Chief nya atsaka the Time Airways employees are already wondering why the LAS CEO kept fetching their FA Trainee.
Though most of them know that Maya dela Rosa once worked as the nanny of Mr. Lim’s daughter Abby, they still find it unusual that Mr. Lim kept on fetching her when he could just ask their driver to do it instead of him.
Some were already asking Maya about it. Even Ms. Ina was already curious why Mr. Lim would use his precious time to fetch Maya.
Now that he fetched her again, sure si Maya that they would be bugging her with questions again the following day. She would always tell them the same excuse her Ser Chief tells her. For the past three days he would tell her that he had a meeting nearby and just dropped by since he would be passing by Emman’s condo on the way to the mansion anyway.
“Good afternoon Maya. Are you done with the training? Halika na ihatid na kita.” he casually said, not answering her question so she asked again, “Ser Chief bakit nandito na naman kayo?”
“May meeting ako nearby.”
“Na naman Ser Chief? Aba ang layo ng LAS dito. Di kayo napapagod? Bakit hindi na lang sa malapit sa LAS ang meeting nyo?”
Naku she’s noticing it already. He is so obvious. Now baka umiwas na naman sa kanya si Maya. He didn’t want that to happen.
“Ah eh yes we had our meeting sa coffee shop nearby. We preferred it here kasi kasama namin si Mr Ventura kanina. So let’s go Maya? Tara na sa kotse.”
She can’t do anything besides mas pinagtitinginan na sila sa kakukulit nya. She’s drawing attention already eh ang gwapo pa naman ni Ser Chief nya so he would definitely attract attention. Ayaw naman nya nun kasi secretly selosa siya and she doesn’t want other women ogling at her Ser Chief.
Inside the car, Maya still wouldn’t stop.
“Ser Chief di ba sabi ko hindi mo naman ako kailangan sunduin araw araw. Nakakaabala na ako sa’yo eh. Sobra na pong nakakahiya.”
“Maya how many times would I tell you that hindi ko sinadyang puntahan ang Time Airways. Nagkataon nga lang. I was just around the corner. Atsaka boring magdrive papunta ng bahay ng walang kausap. Matraffic pa naman yun way going home so it’s really better na daanan na lang kita. Hindi ka nakakaabala. Never mo akong naaabala.”
“Ser Chief hindi ka naman matratraffic kung hindi mo naman sasadyain yun Time Airways eh.”
“Maya sabi ko nga di ba, we had a meeting nearby so dumaan ako para may kasama ako sa byahe paguwi. Actually it’s you who’s doing me a favor. Baka nga ako na ang nakakaabala na sa’yo.” He is trying a different tactic this time para wag mafeel ni Maya that she’s a bother to him.
“Ser Chief, pwede naman nga na sa iba na lang na lugar magmeeting.” she countered again.
“Ang kulit mo naman Maya. Di ba sabi ko nga, malapit yun meeting dito kasi kasali si Mr. Ventura.”
“Kasama nyo po si Ser James?”
“Eh pano pong nangyari yun eh buong araw sa conference room si Ser James. Hindi po siya umalis dun kasi may mga bisita kaming dumating?”
Lagot! Buking siya.
Pero he can still recover from it.
“No not James. Yun daddy nya.” Ayan lusot siya. He sighed in relief.
“Ha? Umuwi na pala si Don Jaime? Sabi kasi ni James nasa Europe pa daw parents nya. Kaya nga siya yun busy sa mga bisita kanina.”
Uh oh! This is embarrassing. Wala na siyang lusot. She found out that he is just making excuses
So since wala na sya mabigay na excuse, he opted to keep quiet.
He started the car and drove out of the Time Airways parking area.
Panic naman si Maya. She have made her Ser Chief feel bad. Binuko nya yun mga palusot when she already knows that he’s really going to the Time Airways to fetch her. She felt bad tuloy.
Now she’s thinking kung pano babawi.
An idea hit her. Patay malisya mode na lang na as if the previous conversation didn’t happen. She fished inside her bag and found her uneaten burger na binili nya sa canteen ng Time Airways. Pwede na to start a topic again with the now-sulking Ser Chief.
“Ser Chief kain ka na muna nito. Alam kong pagod at gutom ka.” she wants to make ammends sa ginawa nya kanina.
He glanced at her. “Sa bahay na lang Maya. How can i eat eh I’m driving.”
She secretly smiled. At least hindi tiger mode si Ser Chief and he’s still talking to her kahit nga obviously tumamlay siya unlike when he was excited upon seeing her awhile ago. Unlike the previous days din when he insisted that they have their snacks before going home, hindi na naginvite si Ser Chief. Nagtatampo nga talaga.
Maya hurriedly opened the burger then also got a bottled water in her bag.
“Ser Chief eto o, susubuan na lang kita ng burger para kahit nagmamaneho ka pwede kang kumain.”
Nagulat siya. Natuwa. Napasmile.
“O bakit parang sweet ka bigla?”
“Hindi ah! Ayaw lang kitang magutom.”
“Yun lang ba?”
Na shy ang Maya.
“Ehh kasi tumahimik ka bigla. Nagtampo ka sa kakulitan ko. Sorry na Ser Chief.”
“Ikaw kasi eh. Don’t you want me fetching you? Ikinakahiya mo ako sa colleagues mo?”
“Naku Ser Chief hindi! Hindi kita ikinakahiya kaso para namang alangan di ba? Yun pinagkakaguluhan ng maraming kababaihan na boss ng Lim Aviation Services na napakagwapo, napakatalino, napakabait eh magsasayang ng oras sa tulad ko. Ang weird lang di ba?”
“What’s weird with that?” he raised his voice not liking what she was saying.
“Ser Chief kalma.”
“I don’t want to hear any of those kinds of arguments Maya. What’s wrong if I want to spend time with you. Anong weird doon? Atsaka I don’t notice na pinagkakaguluhan ako ng kahit sino because I myself I just try to focus on you.”
“Si Ser Chief nagpapakilig pa…” namula siya with what he said.
“Ikaw eh and arte arte mo. Sinusundo ka na nga, ang reklamo mo pa. I was expecting a different reaction tapos ayaw mo pala.”
“Ser Chief hindi ko sinasabing ayaw ko ah. Siyempre gusto.” she shyly admitted.
“So it is settled. I wont be hearing any complaints kapag sinusundo kita, okay?”
“Okay Ser Chief.” she softly told him. “Sorry din. Hindi lang kasi ako sanay na may lalaking kaibigan na sobrang sweet sa akin.”
“We’re not just friends nga di ba. Crushmates nga tayo, di ba?” He again gaver her his pamatay na smile.
“Ewan ko sa’yo Ser Chief.” She was giggling while hiding her blushing face from him.
“So do you really mean what you said?” He asked again.
“Ang alin Ser Chief?”
“Yun sobrang sweet ako. You really find me sweet?”
“Oo Ser Chief. Sobra.” She giggled again.
Kinikilig na rin si Ricky.
“Pero mukhang unfair naman ata yun Maya.”
“Ang alin Ser Chief?”
“Yun ako lang yun sweet. Dapat sweet ka na rin sa crushmate mo.”
“Ah eh Ser Chief naman…”
“I’m just kidding Maya. Asan na yun burger? As usual nakakagutom to argue with you.”
“Eto na Ser Chief.” Then she carefully held the burger for Ricky to bite. She even wiped the corner of his mouth with her hand. Kilig na kilg si Ricky. She finds the act a little intimate for him.
“Uy bakit ganyan ang ngiti mo? Ser Chief ha baka kung ano na ang iniisip mo ha!”
“Why? What do you think am I thinking?”
She seemed embarrassed so binawi ni Ricky yun naughty quips nya.
“Wala Maya. I was just smiling kasi mabuti na lang you’re sweet while feeding me that burger. At least di ko maisip na ang sama ng lasa nya.”
“Ay grabe masama pala yun lasa ng ginawa ko?” She joked.
“No! I meant…medyo lang …hindi naman… argh!”
“Ser Chief ang cute cute mo talaga!” Then she pinched his cheeks. “Binibiro lang kita. Binili ko lang yun burger sa canteen namin. ”
Both of them were surprised at what she did.
She thought nasaktan sya sa kurot nya sa cheeks so she caressed it.
He pretended to be hurt because he loved what she’s doing.
“Alam mo you should do what yun ginagawa mo kay Abby kasi ang sakit ng kurot mo.”
“Ano naman yun?”
“Eh di the magic kiss.” he grinned.
“Ay Ser Chief ha! Hindi pwede yang mga ganyan mo! Tara na ihatid mo na ako sa bahay.”
“I’m just kidding Maya.”
Then he got her hand, kissed the back of it, gave her a very sweet smile and even winked at her.
Si Maya? Oh well panay pray nya that she survives the 1 hour trip to Emman’s condo without melting sa sweet moves ng sundo nya. It didn’t help that he’s even singing her favorite Eraserheads song, Ligaya.