Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Birthday

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Birthday

“Alam ko na where to celebrate your birthday brod. Pumunta na lang tayo sa bar. Isama natin yun mga engineers.” Atty. Ryan suggested.

“What? No! I won’t go to a bar to celebrate my birthday!” He said in a louder than normal voice, upset at his friend’s suggestion.

“Mabuti naman at pinansin mo na rin ako.”Atty Ryan was actually just trying to get the attention of his friend, whose mind seemed to be drifting elsewhere. “Kanina pa ako nagsasalita dito. I’ve been talking for about 15 minutes already brod and you were totally ignoring me. You’re hurting the feelings of your friend who cleared his schedule just to visit you on your birthday.” He even exaggeratedly remarked.

“Oh stop it Ryan!” He was really in a foul mood and he couldn’t even hide it.

“Brod bakit ba kasi? It’s your birthday tapos nagsusungit ka? Even yun mga nagsurprise sa’yo sa office kanina mukhang natakot sa’yo.”

“And why would they be scared? I even thanked them.”

“You thanked them nga pero halata naman na aburido ka. Siyempre takot yun mga empleyado mo.”

He just smirked and shook his head.

“Bakit nga? May problema ba brod? Si Maya ba?” Atty. Ryan asked again.

He sighed. Sadness and disappointment evident on his face.

“Aha! So si Maya nga ang dahilan. LQ ba kayo brod?” Ryan pried some more

“LQ?”

“Lover’s quarrel! Don’t tell me hindi mo alam yan. Naku dapat aralin mo ang mga terms na yan brod at yun mga millennial terms na malamang kabisado ni Maya.”

“We’re not lovers! She’s not even my girlfriend yet.”

“Hindi ba? Hindi pa? Akala ko ba nililigawan mo siya? Hindi ka sinagot? Nabasted ka?” Atty. Ryan was surprised that Maya is not his friend’s girlfriend yet. He knows Richard’s been courting Maya for more than a year now.

“Ryan watch your term! Anong nabasted? Of course not!”

“Eh ang tagal mo nang nanliligaw hindi ka pa rin sinasagot? Aba bro ang hina natin ha! Baka naman ayaw  lang ni Maya na masaktan ka kaya hindi ka nya magawang ibasted.” He teased again the already infuriated Richard who stared sharply at him. Galit na siya.

“Biro lang brod. Eto naman ang seryoso. Will you loosen up. Birthday mo pa naman.”

“Ikaw eh. Mainit na nga ulo ko sumasabay ka pa!”

“Oh so mainit nga ang ulo mo! And why is that?”

He shook his head. No sure whether to open up to his friend.”

“Brod promise hindi na kita aasarin. Now tell me bakit inis na inis ka sa mismong birthday mo? Did something happen?”

“Si Maya kasi. I was expecting her to be here today kaso ayun pa sa San Nicolas. I even celebrated with the kids yesterday and left them dun kina papa at mama so we could spend time by ourselves today pero I found out na hindi pala siya sumabay sa flight today.”

Richard was trying his best not to show his annoyance but he couldn’t control himself. He was very disappointed that everything he had planned for today was all for nothing.

What incensed him more is that she didn’t even call to greet him this morning.

He was expecting Maya to be the very first person to greet him knowing how thoughtful she was.

“Brod baka naman may dahilan kung bakit hindi siya nakabalik today. Tinanong mo sana.”

If he saw Richard upset awhile ago, Ryan could now see the sadness in his friend’s face.

“She didn’t even call.” Was all he could say.

Atty. Ryan couldn’t believe it as well. He knows Maya and it’s so unlike her to totally forget Richard’s birthday. “Brod baka naman may surprise. Baka pag-uwi mo eh nakahanda na sa bedroom mo yung…” Ryan tried to joke but was instead met by Richard’s angry stare again.

“That’s not funny at all Ryan! Maya is a decent woman.”

“Wait brod! That’s not what I meant. Ibig kong sabihin eh baka she’s preparing a surprise like a cake or handa dun sa bahay nyo. Of course mas surprise kung sa kwarto mo. Brod sorry, honestly hindi yun ang ibig kong sabihin. I really meant her decorating your room. Yun lang talaga kaso pinutol mo yun sinasabi ko. I know that Maya is a decent woman.”

“Mabuti na ang malinaw.”

“As I was saying, maybe she has a surprise. You better go home at baka naghihintay na siya dun.”

“You think so?” Richard was suddenly hopeful.

“Well oo. Pwede! Sentimental si Maya. Maybe she prepared something special. Pero if hindi naman, I’m sure may dahilan siya.”

Richard’s face suddenly lit up.

Maybe Ryan was right.

Maybe there was a surprise waiting for him at home.

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“Kumusta na siya?” Manang Fe was talking to someone on the phone when he arrived.

“Ayun Manang tulog pa rin. Nagpupumilit na bumiyahe kaso napagalitan na ni Nanay. Pinainom na namin ng gamot. Nataranta kami ng nahimatay eh.” It was Kute whom Manang Fe was talking to on the landline.

“Hesusmaryosep na bata yan! Ano raw ang dahilan bakit siya nahimatay? Sigurado nagpakapagod na naman yan si Maya.” Manang Fe sounded worried.

This was what Richard heard the moment he entered the house. He rushed to get the phone from Manang Fe when he heard Maya’s name. He got it even before Manang was able to inform Kute that she’ll be handing the phone over to Richard.

Kute was still talking at the other line “…okay naman siya kahapon. Sobra ngang excited makabalik dyan. Umaga pa lang nakahanda na. Tapos may pinuntahan sa palengke. Namili ata ng pasalubong. Ayun bigla kaming tinawagan ng suki ni nanay sa palengke. Nahimatay daw si bunso.”

“What? How is she now? Did you bring her to the hospital? What did the doctor say?” Richard blurted nonstop. He was so worried.

Kute who thought she was still talking to Manang Fe, was surprised to hear Richard Lim’s voice.

She was also touched by the sound of his voice which meant that he was very much concerned of Maya. Maya already told Kute of her dates with her Ser Chief and she already told her of how he takes care of her even after she stopped being Abby’s nanny. The daily trips to and from Time Airways, the food deliveries at Maya and Emman’s condo, how he took care of her when she got drunk from the Wine Tasting activity –Kute was aware of all these. She thought that Maya was just exaggerating it because of her ‘crush’ on Richard Lim. Hearing how worried he is confirmed what Maya had been telling her. She can’t help but smile.

“Ah eh Sir Richard kalma lang po. Okay na po si bunso. Medyo nahilo lang kahapon kasi nakipagsabayan sa maraming tao sa palengke eh hindi pa nag-almusal. Pinacheck-up namin eh sabi ng doctor over fatigue daw kaya ayun pinagpahinga na muna sya. Tumawag lang naman ako kasi alalang alala si bunso na hindi siya makabalik dyan eh birthday nyo daw po. Happy Birthday nga po pala.”

“Thank you Cris and just call me Richard. Please stop calling me Sir. How is Maya now? Kumakain ba siya? Does she drink her medicine? Sinong kasama niya.” He was frantic again.

“Sir este Richard okay na si bunso. Konting araw lang na pahinga siguradong babalik na yun sigla nya. Si nanay po ang nagbabantay sa kanya sa kwarto at pinapagalitan siya kapag hindi kumakain.”

He sighed, relieved to know that Maya is well-taken cared of. “I am just so worried. Alam ko naman that she is in good hands lalo na at kayo ang kasama nya. Thank you for informing me Cris. I was already worried when she didn’t reply to my messages and I couldn’t even reach her phone.”

“Yun nga po ang dahilan kung bakit ako tumawag. Sobrang alala kasi ni bunso na hindi ka man lang niya mabati ngayong kaarawan mo. Nung nahimatay kasi siya nawala yun cellphone nya sa palengke. Nahulog yata. Sana yun nakapulot eh ibalik pa sa kanya. Pero ayun hindi ka nya matawagan kasi hindi nya kabisado yun number mo. Ang saulo nya eh etong landline ng mansion.”

“Tell her not to worry about not being able to greet me. Pakisabi na magpagaling siya. I’ll see her in a few days. Please tell her too na wag pabayaan sarili nya at kumain ng mabuti. And please give her my number or kahit save mo na muna sa phone mo so I can talk to her there.”

“Ah sige Richard. Kunin ko na yun number mo at ipapaabot ko kay Maya lahat ng sinabi mo.”

“Thank you so much Cris. Pakisabi na rin kay Aling Teresita na salamat.”

“Salamat din Richard sa pagaalala mo kay Maya at sa lahat ng pagaasikaso mo at pagaalalay sa kanya dyan sa Manila.”

“Your sister is very important to me Cris. She is very special too.”

“Halata nga. Salamat at happy birthday ulit.”

The moment they ended the call, Richard still couldn’t seem to calm down. He was still worried of Maya and he felt helpless being far from her.

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“Nay bakit ka ganyan makatingin?” Maya woke up to see her Nanay Teresita adoringly staring at her.

“Wala lang. Ang bunso ko kasi dalaga na. May naiinlove na.” She teased.

“Nay naman eh. 25 na po ako hindi na dalaga. Atsaka kung si Simon na naman yan…” She gets upset every time her family teases her to her childhood friend Simon who had been very vocal of wanting to court her.

Nanay Teresita ignored her. “Kumusta na pakiramdam mo? Nakahanda na yun dinner mo sa labas or gusto mo dito na lang. Kaya mo na bang tumayo?”

“Nay hindi naman ako lumpo. Kaya ko na po atsaka buong araw na po akong tulog.” Then she suddenly remembered something. “Nay si Kute po tinawagan na po ba nya si Ser Chief? Binati na po ba nya? Naku sasama ang loob nun sa akin.” She was worried now.

“Maya natawagan na ni Kute. Wag ka nang magalala dyan. Atsaka alam kong maiintindihan naman yun ni Sir Richard mo.”

“Kasi naman nay nung birthday ko masyado nyang ginawang espesyal tapos ako ngayon…”

“Maya nagkasakit ka. Mas magagalit si Sir Richard kung nagpumilit kang bumalik sa Manila.”

“Kahit na nay. Ang dami namang araw na magkakasakit eh kung bakit sa kaarawan pa ni Ser Chief.”

She didn’t notice Kute joining them. She also had a teasing look. “Baka naman kasi bunso sobra kang excited sa kaarawan ni Ser Chief mo kaya hayun nagkalovenat ka tuloy.”

“Uy Kute hindi ah! Kaasar to!”

“Hindi pero namumula na. Naku Maya umayos ka nga. At mag-ayos ka ng buhok mo. Ayun binigay ni Ser Chief mo yun number nya. Tawagan mo na para masabihan mo na nang I love you, este Happy Birthday pala.”

“Kute ano ba!” Pikon na si Maya. “Pahiram na muna nga ng phone mo.”

Nanay Teresita enjoyed watching her daughters.

“Naku mag-ayos ka na muna Maya tapos lumabas ka na muna para kumain na tayo. Mamaya mo na tawagan si Sir Richard.” Her nanay said with finality then left the room.

“O bunso magpaganda ka na para naman magtunog kang maganda sa phone.” She teased some more.

“Excuse me Kute maganda talaga ako!”

“O siya sabi mo eh! Bilisan mo na para makakain na tayo at para makausap mo na si Ser Chief mo. Para na rin matanggal yang lovenat mo kapag nakausap mo si crushmate.”

“Kute!!!! Marinig ka naman ni Nanay! Tayong tatlo lang ni Ser Chief ang may alam dyan eh. Nakakainis ka!”

“Oo hindi na! Kaya mo na ba talaga ha? Hindi ka na nahihilo?”

“Hindi na Kute. Okay na ako. Sige na mauna ka na dun at wag mo akong bibiruin sa harap ni Nanay. Kahiya!”

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After fixing her hair and changing her clothes which she had been wearing since last night, Maya went out her room and proceeded to their dining table. She was surprised to see what her nanay and sister prepared. All her favorite dishes were on the table.

“So how are you feeling Maya?”

The gentle voice that she missed so much startled her and gave her goosebumps. Even Richard Lim’s voice never fails to make her feel giddy.

Maya turned around slowly. She thought her ears were playing tricks on her.

The moment her eyes met his, she was unable to control herself, he flung her arms around him for an embrace. “Nandito ka Ser Chief! Happy Birthday!”

She was beyond happy to see him.

Though a bit embarrassed that Maya hugged him in front of her parents, Richard hugged her tightly in return. He even kissed her forehead. “You overworked yourself again kaya ka nagkasakit. You made me worry. ” He tenderly told her in a voice that made her knees wobble with kilig.

Also in a whisper she replied. “Sorry na. Kala ko naman kasi kaya ko eh.” They were still in an embrace while talking to each other. They occasionally look into each other’s eyes while doing so.

“Ehem ehem… ang dami nang langgam… yun pagkain.”

The two suddenly broke the embrace, both blushing.

Richard sheepishly smiled. While Maya pouted and gave her pikon glare at Kute.

“Ano Maya? Bakit ganyan ka makatingin? Huy bunso may basbas naman na ni Nanay yan so okay lang. Go lang kayo.” She joked.

Nanay Teresita was just observing them but she was happy to witness Richard’s concern for her daughter.

“Anong basbas? Anong pinagsasabi mo Kute?”

Richard interjected, “Ah eh, Maya kanina I already made my intention clear to Aling Teresita and Cristina Rose. I asked their permission to court you and they gave me their blessings.”

If she was already blushing awhile ago, Maya even turned redder this time. She was shy all of a sudden especially as to where the conversation was leading to.

Richard was quick to notice how she became uncomfortable. “Hey what’s wrong?” He even tucked her errant hair in her ear.

She was really shy. “Ah eh wala! Wala  naman.”

“Maya I asked permission so that your nanay and sister would know that my intentions are clean. I also promised them that I’ll take care of you and won’t give them any reason to worry. This is the right thing to do Maya and gusto ko na alam nila that I’m sincere when I say that you are very special to me. I also want them to know that I would always support you and never get in the way of your dreams kahit, hopefully, maging tayo na. I also want to assure them that I would always protect you, never give you a reason to be sad or upset or mad. And most of all I would take care of you and always be careful with your feelings, with your heart.”

“Sir Chief!”

“What?”

“Eeeehhhh! Nagpapakilig ka nang masyado baka himatayin ulit ako nyan.”

“Silly!” Then he hugged her again and kissed her forehead leaving both Nanay Teresita and Kute in awe of the man who flew all the way to San Nicolas just to make sure that their daughter is okay.

He even gave both the dela Rosa women flowers and asked the local restaurant to prepare food to celebrate his birthday with Maya and her family.

“Ehem ehem sabi ko nga di ba ang dami na pong langgam ng pagkain…”

“Yes let’s eat now.”

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After a hearty meal shared by the family and even their neighbors, Maya and Ricky were now seated at the small sofa in the dela Rosa living room. Kute and Nanay Teresita were at the Chibugan. They wanted to give Richard and Maya privacy so they left them alone.

“Ser Chief salamat ha!”

“For what?”

“Nagpunta ka pa talaga dito. Kawawa naman yung mga bata.”

“No. I already celebrated my birthday with them yesterday and nandun sila kina mama at papa. I cleared my schedule today kasi nga I have plans to celebrate my birthday with you. Kaso yun nga nagkasakit ka.”

“Nagalit ka ba nang hindi kita natawagan at nabati?”

“No. Of course not!”

“Hindi ka affected?” Sad sya to learn na wala naman kay Ser Chief na hindi siya nabati.

“Syempre affected. I was expecting to hear your voice the moment I woke up eh to greet me. Pero hindi ako galit. Tampo is more like it. But when I found out you got sick it’s more of worry. I had to ask Captain James to fly me here.”

“Si Ser James? Seryoso? Akala ko naiinis ka dun.”

“No hindi ako naiinis. Nagseselos ng konti siguro. But that was before. Now alam ko that there’s nothing to be jealous of.” Then he gave her his confident smile.

“Ang yabang!”

“Bakit do I need to be jealous of him?”

“Siyempre wala. Pero dapat hindi ka na nagpunta. Pwede naman na akong lumuwas bukas.”

“No. We’re staying here for three days. Ipinagpaalam na kita sa Time Airways and I already  asked Liza and Atty Ryan to take care of LAS matters.”

“Ser Chief hindi naman kailangan eh. Mas kailangan ka sa LAS.”

“But I want it here. I want to take care of you. I also want to experience what it’s like to live here in the province kahit three days lang. I’ll make sure na magpapagaling ka.”

“Magaling na nga ako Ser Chief. Ang kulit.”

“Shhh stop arguing with the birthday celebrant.”

“Ay teka Ser Chief may surprise ako sa’yo.”

“A kiss?” he teased.

Namula si Maya and she lovingly slapped him. “Ano ka ba! Hindi! Ikaw talaga!”

He made a pout.

She just giggled at how cute he looked.

 

Then she stood up and got something from her room. “Regalo ko to na pinagawa ko sa palengke kahapon.”

It was a shirt with his face on it

In front it showed

 

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Before meeting crushmate

At the back…

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When I Met You

She gave the shirt to him and hid her face while giggling at what she had printed on it.

He chuckled, amused at her. Maya never fails to make him smile.

“Nagustuhan mo?” She asked him.

“Of course. What’s in this shirt is true. I only began to smile when I met you.”

“Pakilig ka na naman eh.”

“I love the shirt but of course it would be better to have a birthday kiss too.”

She was blushing again.

“Bakit bawal ba?”

“Ah eh… hindi naman pero…”

But before finishing what she was saying Richard already captured her lips with his and gave he a gentle kiss which made Maya close her eyes and hold on to Richard’s nape.

 

A/N: No hindi pa sila pero pwede naman ata yun kiss. Birthday naman ni Serchief Ricky eh.

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Can We Start Over Again 11

Can We Start Over Again 11

Maya dela Rosa’s career continued to flourish  and she became one of the highest-paid, most sought-after singer-actress in the entertainment industry.

Richard Lim on the other hand was also able to land a high paying job in New York and is now starting to build a name for himself. He is currently handling a very big project in the architectural firm he’s working for.

They would still communicate but not as often as before.

This saddened their parents who have always been praying that their children would end up together. Roberto and Esmeralda Lim and Arturo and Teresita dela Rosa never meddled with their children’s affairs. They just continue to hope and pray that someday it would happen.

Maya who’s now 22 had been linked to famous actors, singers and also some famous bachelors in the Philippines. It was expected since she’s a very famous actress now. She just ignored all talks linking her to them. She believes that it comes with her being in the entertainment industry.

Richard also dated classmates and some colleagues at work. He had a few share of girlfriends as well but the relationships he had never went beyond 6 months. His longest was with his colleague at work Rafi Alcantara. It didn’t last because they just decided to just be friends. Rafi loves her former classmate Charlie and she also knows that only one person occupies Richard’s heart and that is Maya dela Rosa. Rafi and Richard remained very good friends and she would even encourage him to pursue Maya.

“Ang bagal mo Lim!” She would always tell him.

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“Maya you need to do a final rehearsal with Darren.” The concert’s director informed her at the backstage of The Theatre in Solaire.

“Okay po Direk. Susunod na po ako.”

Maya is celebrating her 10th year anniversary with a thanksgiving concert. It was her way of giving back to her fans and supporters.

She will be singing her top 15 songs from her various albums. Special guests will be joining her.  James Ventura, who still remained her friend despite not being her love team anymore is also  part of her concert.  They will do a funny dance number.

For her finale, she will be singing a song of Coach Leah with Darren who was still Maya’s idol. Darren eventually turned out to be a very good friend to her too.

Coach Leah will also attend the event. She remained one of Maya’s mentors and defender against the cruel world of the entertainment industry.

Maya was excited and very nervous at the same time.

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As they were rehearsing, the moment Darren sang the first line of Ms. Saigon’s ‘Last Night of the World’, Maya couldn’t help but be nostalgic, be emotional. The other Ms. Saigon song ‘Sun and Moon’ was her and Richard’s audition piece in The Voice Duets. That show opened lots of opportunities for her.

She remembered him and it made her think of the many what ifs – what if Richard also pursued a singing career with her? Would they still be a duo? Would they be more than friends now? What if she chose her simple life back then? Would she be happier?

“Sorry Darren!” She was apologetic to her partner when she wasn’t able to sing her part well as her voice was already shaking.

“Okay lang Maya. Meaningful kasi yung song sa’yo. Ako rin I tend to cry kapag ganyan.” Darren was always patient with her. He’s always been a source of inspiration and he would always tell Maya words of encouragement every time they chance upon each other.

“Ang iyakin ko kasi. Sorry talaga.”

“Ano ka ba? Atsaka abswelto ka today kasi araw mo to.” Darren even joked.

Coach Leah’s song had been instrumental in what she had achieved in her life. Coach Leah’s song was her audition piece with the person whom she still considers her best partner ever.

It brought back the memories of yesteryears. They have grown apart already and she’s missing him. He played a major part in her career as well and she wanted to show him how grateful she was for everything he did for her.

She missed Richard Lim.

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The two hour concert of Maya dela Rosa is about to end. Every number she did was applauded. They even gave her standing ovations in many of her productions numbers.

She’s now at the backstage while her final production number was being set-up. Her song with Darren will be her final number.

“Ok ka na Maya?” her partner asked.

“Oo na. Naiiyak ko na kanina. Atsaka nasa audience si Coach Leah. Matatakot yun mga luha ko sa kanya. Aatras sila.” She even managed to joke.

“Baliw ka talaga. Naalala mo na yun blocking natin ha?”

“Oo naman. Pero ang arte ni Direk. Mala Phantom of the Opera ang design ng stage eh Miss Saigon yun song.” Maya laughed as she commented.

“Hayaan mo na. May identity crisis si Direk. Jusko baka marinig tayong dalawa eh mawalan tayo ng trabaho.” Darren also added. They were having a light moment backstage when they were called for the final number.

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“In a place that won’t let us feel

In a life where nothing seems real

I have found you

I have found you”,  her partner began to sing.

She knows that voice and it’s definitely not Darren.

It made her turn around though she was instructed during rehearsal that she would just face her partner when she starts singing her line.

She turned and indeed there he was. Richard Lim was smiling while slowly approaching her.

Maya stood surprised. She could no longer sing her lines as she was already overcome by emotion upon seeing him. She felt her eyes getting misty then unable to control it, her tears made its way to her pink cheeks.

Richard continued to slowly walk towards her. Every step making both of them excited.

He was overwhelmed with joy to see her. She’s stunning as always but the way she looked at him, the way her eyes told him that she missed him, that she’s happy to see him made him want to run to her and engulf her in his arms.

The crowd felt the emotional reunion of the original loveteam. Some of them even shed tears as well.

As soon as he was in front of her, they were only able to utter each other’s name then Richard held Maya in his arms. She allowed herself to feel his arms around her. It felt so good. It felt like home. She was sobbing silently while Richard was slowly swaying their bodies as Coach Lea and Darren started to sing the song again.

In front of the crowd, with their mentor Coach Lea and Maya’s idol and now friend, Darren singing ‘Last Night of the World.’, Maya and Richard were lovingly engulfed in each others’ embrace while slowly dancing to the song.

“I missed you so much Maya.” He whispered.

“I missed you too Ricky.” She whispered as well.

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When the song ended Maya was wiping her eyes with the handkerchief Richard gave her.

They exchanged only a few words but clearly shy in front of each other. Maybe it’s because they’re no longer the young Ricky and Maya who last saw each other during Richard’s last visit to the Philippines before Maya’s 18th birthday.

“O ano kayong dalawa? Magtitinginan na lang kayo? I know you guys missed each other bigtime. Go on give each other another big hug, wag nang mahiya. Kami lang and your 1,700 plus fans na pumuno dito sa Soliare ang nanonood. Go on hug each other more.” Coach Leah was teasing them as she knows that both Maya and Richard were emotional upon seeing each other.

When both just shyly gave each other a light hug, she even added “Oh my God yun lang? Go ahead guys kiss already!” Ms. Leah even joked. “If you won’t do that Maya, I’ll be the one to kiss this gentleman beside you. Ang gwapo mo na Richard Lim. Napakaswerte ng Team Leah. Guys when did you grow up? I feel like a lola already.” She exaggeratedly commented.

The two just smiled.

“Ten years ago, I turned my chair in our singing contest ‘The Voice Kids’ for these two. Actually all three coaches turned but they chose me. I am very proud of what Maya became in the entertainment industry and of course of what Richard is now. He’s a big shot engineer in the States. And ladies he’s still single.” Coach Lea joked some more.

Maya’s heart skipped a beat when she heard that Richard is still single. She thought that he was already serious with Rafi.

Coach Lea continued, “When we first interviewed these two, I told them that I could see that spark, that chemistry in them. Syempre bata pa sila then 12 and 15 so malay naman nila sa pinagsasabi ko. Now that you guys are grown ups, was I right?” Coach Lea continued to tease them while the crowd was joining the cheers and teasing as well.

“Basta if ever… ninang nyo ako ha!” was her parting words.

Maya and Richard then sang their original TVD piece ‘Sun and Moon’ upon the crowd’s request. Both were seriously contemplating what Coach Lea said. Both were now very much affected with each other’s presence.

Maya hopes that Richard would see her more than just his childhood friend.

Richard hopes that Maya would see him more than her childhood friend as well.

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“Anak totoo ba?” Teresita asked the moment Maya answered her call. She was surprised to learn that Maya already talked to her management. She already retired from showbiz.  Auntie Fe informed Teresita.

“Opo Nay. Uuwi na ako dyan. Gusto ko na kayong makasama ni Tatay. Babawi rin ako kina Tito Roberto at kay Tita Esmie. Magkakasama na po tayo” She said.

She was very excited.

“Anak napakasaya nang balita na to. Namiss ka na namin dito.”

“Kayo din nay miss na miss ko. Pati na rin sina Tito at Tita.” Nay Tere already noticed that for the second time Maya failed to mention Richard.

“Teka kanina ka pa. Kami lang talaga ang namiss mo at gusto mong makasama?” her Nanay teased. She knows her daughter so well.

“Siyempre si Ricky po. Si Nanay talaga.” She was shy all of a sudden. “Uuwi na po ako sa isang linggo pero wag nyo na po munang sabihin kila Ricky. Gusto ko silang sorpresahin.”

 

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Kids

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Kids

The kids came to the breakfast table and found their dad smiling as if imagining something. He was even blushing. He seemed  amused. Kahit yung eyes nya smiling. Isang linya na lang sa tuwa.

“Uy si dad very happy. What are you thinking about dad?” It was Luke.

Hindi siya narinig ni daddy nya. Ser Chief’s mind was on something else. He was indeed thinking about the “tipsy” incident and he couldn’t help but feel kilig. Parang kinukuryente and yun butterflies sa stomach nya di makalma. He’s been grinning, shaking his head, smiling… he looks like a lovesick fool.

“I bet dad is thinking about his crush. Ayan he is nagbublush!” It was Nikki in her typical ‘Nikki-like’ comment.

Of course naalert ang ears ni daddy nya when he heard the word crush.

“No I’m not!” Of course deny naman ang daddy nila, panic seen in his eyes.

“Of course you are, dear daddykins. Even nga your ears are red and you look like Kuya whenever he is daydreaming about Ate Joey. Naku nagmana pala sa’yo si Kuya.” Nikki further teased her already uncomfortable daddy.

“Nikki!” hala panic mode because his kids seemed to notice him na. Worried sya siyempre.

Namumula siyang lalo.

“Daddy it’s okay to have a crush. At least you’re no longer sungit and we get to see you being happy.” Nikki assured him when she saw na parang nagworry si daddy nya.

“Oo nga dad okay lang naman yan. Atsaka pabor sa amin ni Niks and Abby kasi tumaas allowance naming.” Luke even joked.

Si Abby naman tahimik lang. She’s enjoying eating her cereals for breakfast.

Ayaw pa rin ni Ser Chief patulan yun sinasabi ng kids. Patay malisya na lang. “Kumain na kayo. Malalate na kayo sa school.”

“Si dad iniiba ang usapan. What were you thinking about kasi?” Nikki prodded.

Oh well he was thinking about the tipsy incident of Maya, of course hindi yun kanya kasi nahopia sya when Manang Fe interrupted them.

He remembered how extra touchy Maya was that time.

He remembered how she poked his dimples and pinched his cheeks.

He also remembered when she even told him how handsome he looks and how good he smells.

Kinukuryente na siya sa kilig while imagining it again.

“See kuya. In love talaga si dad.” Nikki again commented.

“Dad kelan mo ba kasi balak ligawan si Ate Maya?” Luke casually asked.

All the three kids – Nikki, Luke and even Abby excitedly looked at him.

Hala caught red-handed si Ser Chief. Namumula. Nauutal. “What are you talking about?” Last attempt nya para magpalusot.

“Dad we all know naman that you like Ate Maya and we all know that everyday mo syang pinupuntahan sa Time Airways.” Nikki admitted.

“Yes dad and alam din namin na kaya ka sobrang inspired lately is because of Ate Maya. So dad when ka manliligaw? Bibigyan kita ng tips dad.” It was Luke.

“Eeewww Kuya! Baka hindi sagutin ni Ate Maya si dad kapag moves mo yun gamitin nya.” Si Nikki.

Ser Chief now smiled. Nakahinga ng maluwag. So the kids know pala and are even okay with it.  He was beyond happy with what he discovered.

“Dad I love Ate Maya. Sana maging mom namin sya.” At humirit pa ang Abby.

“Naku baby masyado kang advanced. Baka matakot si Ate Maya nyan. Pero honestly dad, if ever may papalit kay mom, I hope it is Ate Maya.” Luke assured him.

Nagsmile na lang si Ricky. He didn’t know what to say. Overwhelmed siya sa support ng kids nya.

Yes they were what he calls ‘crushmates’ but he already had elaborate future plans which definitely includes Maya.

“Oh dad wag ka nang magworry kasi okay naman sa amin nina Kuya at Abby. I’m sure you are making tago your kilig kay Ate Maya kasi you are worried na kontra kami. Of course we are not kontra dad. We are 100% behind you.”

“Oo nga dad at tutulong pa kami. Even nga sina Ate Sabel, Ate Doris and Kuya Joma are planning how to help you and Ate Maya.” Luke added.

“Oh yes dad. You’re so bagal kasi. Mamaya nyan baka may makilala si Ate Maya na mas handsome, mas mabait at mas sweet sa’yo sa Time Airways. Marami pa namang gwapong flight attendants. Siyempre alam lang ni Ate Maya na you have a crush on her. Iba dad yun crush lang sa making ligaw na. Sige ka maunahan ka ng iba.” Nikki even warned him.

“So everybody knows?” He was surprised that the entire household knows.

Nahiya tuloy siya kasi he exerted much effort acting na parang wala lang sila ni Maya when in front of his kids and their househelp.

“Oo naman dad. We all know. Even sina lola at lolo knows.” Nikki happily told him.

“Yes dad and lolo Roberto said that you are like a turtle daw po. Mabagal ka daw po.” Abby innocently said.

He was blushing, shaking his head and laughing “When did you find out? I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hide it kaya lang…”

“Dad we understand. Siyempre nakakahiya naman na someone like you is like a high school boy na kinikilig sa crush. Nakakahiya naman talaga yun.”  Nikki interrupted what he was about to say.

He was about to explain about the more serious reason like – the kids may not agree with it or they may not like Maya, pero his kids are really kindhearted. They genuinely like Maya and they thought na nagtatago siya ng feelings kasi nahihiya siya to have a crush at his age.

“O dad we’ll go ahead na po kasi baka mahuli na kami sa school.” It was Luke.

“Bye dad!” Si Nikki.

“Bye dad!” Si Abby.

All the kids kissed him goodbye.

As they were about to board the car, Ricky called all the three of them. “Guys give your old man a hug muna pwede?”

Then the three kids rushed to their dad.

Ricky engulfed the three of them in a big group embrace while whispering “Thank you very much. I love you guys.”

“Awww si dad mushy. You’re making me iyak.” Si Nikki.

“Naku Niks halika na nga. Magdradrama ka pa eh.”

Then the kids left. Ricky was beyond happy. Now he could indeed tell Maya his intentions.

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The kids were with him when he fetched Maya one afternoon. He begged them not to tell Maya that they already know. Ayaw nya kasing maging uncomfortable si Maya. All the three kids agreed.

“Maya kasama ko yung mga bata. Gusto kasing magbonding.” He immediately told her the moment he saw her at the TA entrance.

“Huh? Hala dapat di mo na ako sinundo Ser Chief. Nakakahiya naman sa mga bata. Naabala pa yun bonding nyo.”

“Maya they wanted na kasama ka sa bonding namin. They actually requested na sumama sila to fetch you.”

“Ser Chief naman nakakahiya naman sa kanila.” Worried syempre si Maya.

“Don’t be. They like you. Actually excited na yan pumunta dito. Bitin daw kasi sa bahay because kahati pa nila sina Sabel at Doris sa’yo.” He assured her.

“Sinasabi mo lang yan Ser Chief.”

“No I’m honest.”

The moment they arrived sa car, aba excited nga yun kids. Unahan sila sa paghug kay Maya. Sa loob naman ng car, unahan din silang magkwento about school. Totoo nga yun sinabi ni Ser Chief

Ricky was enjoying every minute of it.

“This will be my future family”, he told himself.

He drove towards a mall to watch a movie which was part of the kids’ request.

After the movie they were having dinner while telling nonstop stories.

Ricky was just enjoying the scene before him when Abby suddenly blurted out…

“Ate Maya when will you say yes po sa panliligaw ni daddy?”

Sabay namula si Ricky and Maya.

Daldal ni Abby. Little Maya talaga sya.

Oh well baka matulungan nya si turtle daddy nya.

Paano na yan crushmates?

Can We Start Over Again 10

Can We Start Over Again 10

Richard busied himself with school as he was about to graduate. It also helped him keep his mind off Maya.

She has been calling him but Richard would always find an excuse not to talk to her.

He seldom stays home too and spent time finding part time jobs while he was in his last year in school.

“Tita Esmie wala pa po ba si Ricky? Hindi ko kasi siya macontact. Medyo ilang linggo ko na rin pong hindi makausap. Okay lang po ba siya?”

“Wala siya dito Maya. He is busy kasi he is going to graduate na. Okay lang si Ricky.”

“Pakisabi na lang po na tumawag ako. Sige po Tita. Magiingat po kayo ni Tito Roberto. Sana po makadalo kayo ni Tito at ni Ricky sa birthday ko.” Mama Esmeralda could hear Maya’s sad voice.

He was actually in front of his mom but he was avoiding Maya. He pleaded his mom to tell Maya that he was not around. He refused to talk to her.

“And what was that son? Bakit mo iniiwasan si Maya? May problema kayo?” His mom was upset.

“No Ma. Wala. I’m just tired. Kapag nagumpisa na kaming mag-usap, I won’t be able to finish my school work.”

“Is that the only reason? Kasi parang may problema kayo eh. She sounded sad on the phone.”

“Ma you’re imagining things. We’re okay. Busy lang ako.”

“Wala talaga? Then why aren’t you attending her debut? You are invited at expected ka nina Tere na sasama ka sa kanila papunta ng Pilipinas.”

“Ma busy ako. I’m graduating remember? And I’m sure she wouldn’t notice my absence. Marami naman siyang visitors on that day. The network will even throw a big party for her. Makakaistorbo lang ako dun. I’ll just send her my gift.”

“But son, your presence is the best gift you could give her. Alam mo namang you are her bestfriend and you very well know that Maya isn’t fond of material things. Mas gusto ng batang yun na bisitahin siya.”

“Ma she has a boyfriend already. Ang pangit naman to still be there. Baka magkaisyu pa because of me.”

“I don’t understand you Ricky. Bahala ka kung kaya mong tiisin na wag pumunta sa special day ni Maya. Kung pwede lang kami ng daddy mo, kami na lang ang pupunta.” Then his mother left him, obviously disappointed with him.

He was also annoyed at himself. He should be blaming himself and not Maya. It wasn’t her fault that he’s such a coward to admit what he feels for her. It was his fault that he’s falling for his best friend.

It shouldn’t be happening.

He has nothing to offer her yet.

Maya has everything right now. A great career, fame, the support of her countless followers from all over the globe and an equally-famous and accomplished boyfriend.

He shouldn’t get in the way.

Maybe things won’t last between James and Maya. For sure they will break up and Maya would come running back to his arms.

He’s hopeful that it would happen.

But for now, he is determined to make a name for himself first to be worthy of her.

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“Anak dapat masaya ka. Debut mo na ngayon. Ganap ng nasa legal na edad na ang dalaga ko. Sobrang proud kami ng nanay mo sa’yo.” Tay Arturo hugged his only daughter while they were preparing for the big event.

They were staying at their hotel suite where Maya’s 18th birthday party will be held.

“Masaya naman po ako tay.” She hugged her tatay tightly. “Mauna na po kayo sa baba. Tatawagan ko na lang po yung PA kapag ready na ako. Isang oras pa naman po bago magumpisa yun party.”

“Sige anak. Smile ka na. Dapat happy.  Her dad said before closing the door behind him.

Her nanay was busy talking to visitors already but Maya requested for a few minutes to stay in her room.

She was so grateful to everyone who made her feel very special today. There were greetings from the management, her team, her fans, her colleagues in showbiz, from James, from her parents, from Aunt Fe and from her Tita Esmie and Tito Roberto. There were gifts from everyone as well. Even her sponsors sent her gifts and cakes.

She felt so blessed

She’s happy.

She should be happy but she isn’t completely happy.

Not when Richard failed to greet her on her special day. Not when she felt that she’s not that important to him.

He’s been avoiding her for weeks already but she still hoped that he would at least greet her today.

She invited him to attend her debut but he turned her down. She couldn’t understand why he suddenly turned aloof and uncaring when they were still okay when he visited her a few months ago.

Maya has been waiting Richard’s greeting since this morning.

She was already crying silently and she was already mad at him for making her feel that way. She was about to call him when her phone rang. His name was flashing on her phone.

“Happy Birthday Maya! I’m sorry di ako nakapunta dyan. I’m sure you’re having a wonderful time. Enjoy with nanay, tatay and your friends.” He greeted her.

She sniffed but she tried her best not to let him know that she’s crying.

“Are you okay?” He heard her.

“Oo naman,” She kept her voice devoid of emotion.”Sinisipon lang kasi ang lamig dito.” She lied.

“You should drink medicine kasi for sure you will be very busy later.”

Then when he heard no reply from her, he added, “Sige na Maya. You enjoy your party. Ayaw ko namang makaistorbo pa sa’yo. I’m sure you have lots of visitors who want to greet you. Papasok na rin ako sa school.”

She just answered with a simple, “Thank you Ricky.” then ended the call.

She wiped her eyes and tried to appear okay. She had visitors to attend to anyway.

Richard felt the lack of excitement in Maya’s voice when she answered him. He’s worried that she seemed sick. He sent her a message. “Maya if you’re not feeling well, wag mong pilitin sarili mo. You rest.”

She now smiled at his message. At least he still cared enough to worry  that she’s sick. Medyo nabawasan tampo nya. She also texted him. “Don’t worry, okay lang ako. Salamat sa concern.”

Then she prepared herself to face her visitors.

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Back in the States, Richard made sure that he would be very busy on the same day as Maya’s 18th birthday. He couldn’t stand the thought that she would be dancing with James Ventura. He wouldn’t want to imagine her smiling at James Ventura while she was being engulfed in his arms. He needs to keep himself busy or else jealousy would be eating him up.

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Preview:

“Maya you need to do a final rehearsal with Darren.” Her manager informed her at the backstage of The Theatre in Solaire.

Maya is having her 10th year anniversary thanksgiving concert. It was her way of thanking her fans and supporters.

She will be singing a song of Coach Leah with Darren who was once just her idol but eventually turned out to be a very good friend to her.

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As they were starting the rehearsal, the moment the first line was sang by Darren, Maya couldn’t help but be emotional.

Coach Leah’s song had been instrumental in what she had achieved in her life. Coach Leah’s song was her audition piece with the person whom she still considers her best partner ever.

It brought back the memories of yesteryears. They have grown apart already and she’s missing him. He played a major part in her career as well and she wanted to show him how grateful she was for everything he did for her.

She missed Richard Lim.

 

 

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Tipsy


Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Tipsy

“Wag ka na nga Ser Chief. Nakakahiya!” She was covering her face.

Richard and Maya were having snacks in a small coffee shop in front of Time Airways. He was teasing her about the wine tasting activity the TA Training School had a few days ago, where Maya got drunk and did silly things in front of the other FAs and their mentors.

Ser Chief, who again fetched her that day, wasn’t spared from Maya’s antics as well. He’s been pinched on both cheeks, sniffed then she even removed his glasses then tried it on. “Bakit ganito ang salamin mo Ser Chief?”

“Bakit? What’s wrong with my glasses?”

She giggled. “Mas lalo ka kasing gumwapo sa paningin ko eh.” Then she giggled again.

Richard exerted every ounce of control and patience that day. He was already affected by his crushmate’s touchy moves. Maya was very talkative and uninhibited. She’s been telling him how good looking he was, how he makes her feel so kilig whenever he sends her messages or whenever she hears his voice, how her heart leaps whenever he fetches her. In short nasabi ni Maya lahat. Kasi nga she was drunk and unaware. She even leaned on his shoulder then even leaned on his chest. She possessively held his arms too.

Of course sobrang happy si Ricky. Very wide yun smile nya. He felt like he was the luckiest man alive. He even hoped that may part two yung wine tasting activity nila Maya.

“Ser Chief naman eh. Iniimagine mo na naman yun mga pinagagawa ko nung araw na yun. Erase na kasi.” Tampo na si Maya. Medyo napipikon na.

“How could I forget? You were so funny. At you were also extra sweet.” Then he grinned again.

Nagpanic ang Maya. “Sweet? Bakit ano bay un ginawa ko?”

Of course hindi naman ni Ser Chief sinabi kay Maya kung ano yun mga pinagagawa niya. He didn’t want to embarrass her and of course he didn’t want na mahiya sa kanya si Maya at iwasan siya. “Nothing. You were just extra talkative and you were malambing. No harm done.”

“Talaga? Naku nakakahiya! Hindi naman kita sinukahan?”

“No. You did it sa labas ng kotse.”

“Naku sumuka nga ako. Hindi naman nangamoy Ser Chief?” She was already worried na baka nagkalat sya.

“No you didn’t. Pina-gargle kita ng tubig after kang sumuka. Atsaka you don’t have to worry. Hindi naman kita pinabayaan.”

“Yun na nga ang mas nakakahiya. Sa harap mo pa talaga ako nagkalat. Naku nakakaturn-off.” Cover ulit siya ng face niya si Maya.

Tawa pa rin ng tawa si Ser Chief. “Hey stop covering your face. Never akong matuturn-off sa’yo. In fact I enjoyed it. You were so funny. I saw another side of you din.”

“Ha? Another side? Anong another side?”

“Hey don’t worry. Ako lang naman yun nakakita.” Hala mali yun phrasing niya. Baka mamisinterpret ni Maya.

“Ser Chief!!! Anong nakita???” Lagot na.

“Ah eh… nothing. You were just extra talkative, extra funny. Yun lang.” Of course di nya pwedeng sabihin that she was extra touchy, that she even removed her outer blazer kasi naiinitan siya. Buti na lang gentleman si Ser Chief that he never took advantage of the situation. He even used Maya’s scarf to cover her front blouse which she also tried to unbutton kasi nga mainit. Promise never sya tumingin.

“Sigurado? Yun lang talaga ginawa ko?” Gusto nyang malinaw.

“Yes. Yun lang nga. Stop worrying about it. Ako yun kasama ko so you are in very safe hands. Hindi naman kita papabayaan.”

Kumalma na si Maya. “Next time sana ikaw naman ang malasing Ser Chief para makabawi naman ako.” She wanted to take care of him too when he gets drunk.

“I don’t get drunk Maya.

“Weh? Talaga? Kahit marami kang iniinom?”

“I don’t drink. Well konti lang. Kapag may occasions lang so yan, you would never see me drunk.”

Sad ang Maya. Di sya makakabawi.

Ayaw ni Ser Chief na sad siya so an idea hit him.

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Two days after, on a weekend.

Maya was surprised to see Joma, instead of Ser Chief fetching her.

“Kuya Joma?”

“Maya halika na?”

“Ah eh bakit ka nandito?”

“Kasama ko si Ser Richard kaso ayun sa kotse. Medyo nakainom kasi.”

Worried agad ang Maya. “Hala lasing si Ser Chief? Inuwi mo na sana sa mansion Kuya Joma.”

“Walang tao sa mansion Maya. Lahat sila nandun sa bahay nila Don Roberto at Dona Esmeralda. Pupunta kasi ng beach bukas kaya dun na sila matutulog. Si Ser nagpaiwan kasi may kameeting pa kanina kaso hayun niyayang uminom eh hindi naman si Ser umiinom kaya nalasing agad.”

“Naku paano yan? Kawawa naman si Ser Chief. Halika na kuya Joma.”

She hurriedly followed Joma who insisted on carrying her bag.

She saw her Ser Chief at the backseat of the car. His eyes were closed.

“Maya tabihan mo na si Ser dyan. Dito ko na lang sa harap ang bag mo.” Kuya Joma suggested.

“Sige Kuya Joma. Tapos dahan dahan ka lang sa pagmaneho kasi baka mas mahilo si Ser Chief.” Super worried si Maya. She sat beside her Ser Chief. He smells alcohol nga pero mabango pa rin. Namumula rin face nya pero gwapo pa rin. “Naku Maya tama na muna ang pagkabighani sa face ng crush mo” She told herself.

Hindi rin nya alam ang gagawin. “Kuya Joma anong gagawin ko?” Aligaga siya.

Joma was laughing. Amused kay Maya. “Tulog naman si Ser hayaan mo lang.”

“Pero Kuya Joma mukhang naiinitan si Ser Chief. Pakilakasan ang aircon.” She requested.

“Maya wala nang ilalakas ang aircon. Buti pa buksan mo na lang yun polo ni Ser.”

Panic ang Maya. “Naku ayaw ko nga Kuya Joma!” Namula na rin si Maya.

“Huy bakit namumula ka na? Ang oa naman ng reaksyon mo. Buksan mo yun polo ni Ser kasi naiinitan ang mga taong nakainom. Para mapreskuhan lang si Ser. Atsaka naka tshirt naman yan sa ilalim. Ikaw talaga Maya.”

“Eh Kuya Joma…”

“Sige na Maya. Atsaka mukhang matratraffic pa tayo. Kawawa naman yan si Ser. Wala naman yang malay kaya okay lang yan.”

She followed what Joma told her. She opened the top three buttons of her Ser Chief’s polo. Para siyang kinukuryente. Kilig na kilig kasi.

Kung sa tingin nyo tulog si Ser Chief. You are all wrong. Di ba nga Maya wanted to experience na alagaan din siya kapag he’s drunk para makabawi? So ayan he’s just pretending he’s drunk and pretending to sleep din. Even si Joma walang malay sa lahat. Richard had a few drinks pero he is not drunk. Pero sa suggestion ni Joma, mukhang dapat panindigan nya na drunk sya. Pasaway naman kasi si Joma.

“Kuya Joma nabuksan ko na!” Then she covered her face.

“Nakakatawa ka Maya. Para yan lang pulang pula ka na. Si Ser Richard lang naman yan. Hindi naman yan si Piolo.” (Naku Joma kung alam mo lang. Mas bet ng marami si Ser Chief kesa k Piolo).

“Eeeehhh Kuya Joma mas nakakahiya nga kasi si Ser Chief. Atsaka first time ko kayang magbukas ng polo na ganyan. Kuya Joma nakakahiya!”

“Shhhh ang ingay mo Maya. Baka magising yan si Ser.”

Naku gising si Ser Chief at aliw na aliw sa reaction ni crush nya.  All throughout the trip, Maya remained quiet na. She would check on him once in a while pero malayo sa kanya. Shy si Maya na masyadong dumikit kay Ser Chief.

Ser Chief felt naughty that night at may plano na sya kung ano ang gagawin when they arrive sa mansion. Alam nyang walang tao sa mansion. (Huy not those naughty plans sa minds nyo! Gentleman kaya si Ser Chief!)

Ayun na nga dumating na sila.

They both assisted the nakainom-and-pretending-to-be-drunk na Ser Chief. Of course he acted convincingly or else malalagot sya kay Maya.

Joma and Maya laid him sa sofa sa living room.

“Dito na lang siya magpahinga Maya tutal wala namang tao. Sasamahan ko na lang. Pakihanda na lang pamalit na damit ni Ser. Ako na lang magpapalit sa kanya. Tapos tulungan mo na lang ako na punasan sya. Baka naman kasi mahiya ka ulit dyan.” Joma suggested.

And of course asar na asar yun pretending-na-lasing na Ser Chief. Panira si Joma sa diskarte nya. He should have instructed Joma to stay with the kids.

Of course prepare naman si Maya ng clothes ni Ser Chief. Yun shirt lang syempre. Alangan naman palitan ni Joma ng pambaba si Ser Chief. Maya also prepared a basin with warm water and a small towel to wipe his face.

She was about to wipe his face and arms and Joma was removing his polo when Joma’s phone rang. Sinagot muna nya.

After a few minutes….

“Naku Maya, nakalimutan ko pala yun pinapabili ni Don Roberto na gagawing barbeque. Ihahanda na kasi yun mamaya ni Sabel para sa outing bukas. Okay lang ban a iwanan muna kita dito? Pagising nyan ni Ser itimpla mo lang ng sobrang tapang na kape. Ikaw na rin bahala magpalit ng damit nya kasi baka masarahan ako ng grocery.”

“Okay lang Kuya Joma. Sige na ako na ang bahala dito. Kayang kaya ko na to.” Volunteer agad ang  Maya.

Naku super happy yun pretending-to-be-drunk na SC.

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Joma left.

Maya was left with Ser Chief.

Plan would commence now.

Pakonti konti na gigising kunwari.

He needs to act mala-drunk.

Dumilat na yun eyes. He acted na unaware sa mga nangyayari. He smiled with his pamatay na smile with dimples.

“What are you doing here very lovely lady?”

Nagulat ang Maya. She was still wiping his arms. “Ser Chief gising na kayo? Anong nararamdaman nyo?”

Pacute na smile ulit. At tunog lasing ulit “I feel good. I feel happy. I feel lucky that there’s a very pretty lady in front of me. You look like Maya dela Rosa, the woman of my dreams. You are very lovely.”

“Ser Chief!!!” Pulang pula na si Maya sa mga hirit ni Ser Chief.

He was smiling. Magaling umakting na drunk and he’s enjoying na kilig na kilig si Maya sa mga sinasabi nya.

Dinagdagan pa…

“You look like my crush… wait I’ll rephrase that… you look like the woman whom I want to be my girlfriend… my partner… you even smile like her…ambango mo rin.”

Nanlaki eyes ni Maya. Lumakas heartbeat. “Gusto nya akong maging girlfriend?” She said to herself.

“Ser Chief wag na kayong maingay. Pupunasan ko muna kayo kasi ampula nyo na.” She needs to stop him from talking or else baka himatayin siya sa kilig.

Syempre Ser Chief won’t miss the chance of simpleng innocent touches like yun pagpupunas sa arms. Hindi naman yun bad, he justified. Atsaka arms lang naman at neck, if he gets luckier.

So para maipagpatuloy ni Maya, he closed his eyes again.

Maya wiped his arms ulit.

At he became luckier nga. Maya was wiping his neck na rin with the warm cloth and was about to even wipe his chest when…

“Maya ako na dyan.”  It was Manang Fe. Bumalik pala siya sa mansion.

Nakahinga si Maya, pero slightly disappointed rin.

Nahopia si Ser Chief. Hindi pa nga nya nagagawa yun mga ginawa rin sa kanya ni Maya when she was drunk. Kakastart lang nya.

Then Manang Fe got the warm washcloth from Maya. “Sige na Maya. Maghapunan ka na muna tapos magpahinga. May gamit ka naman kaya dito ka na matulog para may kasama ako sa kwarto.”

“Sige po Manang Fe.”

As Maya left…

Manang Fe pinched Richard’s side. “Gumising ka na nga dyan. Ang pilyo pilyo mo Ricardo!”

“Manang I am drunk.” He complained. Pikit pa rin yun eyes.

“Hindi mo ako maloloko. Lumang gimik mo na yan kahit noon. Lagi mo yang ginagamit sa mga babae noong college ka. Pati si Maya idadamay mo.  Kung may gusto kang sabihin kay Maya sabihin mo nang diretso hindi yun magpapanggap ka pang lasing.”

“Manang lasing nga ako.”

“Lasing talaga ha! Sige ako na magbibihis sa’yo.”

Scared na gawin nga yun ni Manang Fe, he immediately sat. Lasing act forgotten.

 

A/N : Kasi naman Ricardo! Pumaparaang #crushmates nga naman

 

Can We Start Over Again 9

Can We Start Over Again 9

Maya requested from her management that she be allowed  to celebrate with her family. She would skip the dinner sponsored by the network. She didn’t mention that what she meant by family is her bestfriend, Richard Lim.

They thought her parents arrived. No one noticed Richard Lim for he tried his best to be discreet when he attended the awards night.  It was dark where he was seated anyway.

Before the ceremony ended, he already left and just texted Maya that he will be staying at a hotel and he would just meet her when she’s no longer busy.

Maya texted him back and opposed the idea. She told him to proceed to her unit as her Auntie Fe was already headed there anyway. She wanted to see him and celebrate with him that night.

Maya even requested her trusted personal PA (the one who’s not provided by the network) to buy food for dinner. She wanted to celebrate home.

The moment she arrived at her condo, she ran towards Richard and flung her arms around him. She was already crying. “Ricky namiss kita! Namiss kita!”

She was hugging him tightly, not wanting to let go. He hugged her tighter in return. “I missed you too… so much.”

He was trying to let her go but she still didn’t want to end the hug. She even cried harder. “Hey stop crying. Nakakuha ka na ng award. You don’t have to be a best actress anymore.” He joked.

She slapped his chest lightly after she disengaged from the hug. “Nakakainis ka. Totoong iyak kaya to. Siyempre sobra kitang namiss eh.”

He just smiled as he wiped her tears with his hand. He then stared lovingly at her. “I am so proud of you. You were great when your were giving your speech back there.” then he paused, took a deep breath and continued. “You are so lovely Maya. You know that?”

She got affected by what he said, by the look he was giving her. “Alam ko. Gusto mo lang atang sabihin kong gwapo ka eh. Pumaparaan ka Ricky ha!” She joked because she doesn’t  know how to handle what she’s feeling now that he’s in front of her.

He is no longer her 15 year old friend way back then. Richard Lim is now a very handsome, dashing, confident and very attractive man.

She’s also no longer the 13 year old Maya dela Rosa when she last saw him. If she was cute and adorable back then, Maya is now a very stunning, breathtaking and absolutely a very sexy and confident  young lady.

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Richard Lim spent a week in the Philippines. Maya asked for a week off from her showbiz engagements.  She brought Richard to various resorts in the Philippines. She knows that he loves the sea.

For the first time, they were able to travel on their own without their nosy yet loving parents.

They visited Boracay, Subic and even Baguio. Auntie Fe was with them. They would frequently call their parents to show them the places they were visiting.

Back home, both their parents were happy that their children finally had time to bond after long years of not seeing each other. If they had it their way, they wished that their kids would end up together. That would make them very happy.

Richard enjoyed being with Maya. He learned more about the grown-up version of his best friend and he loved everything about her – her sophistication yet childlike ways, her decisiveness, her eloquence, her wit and humor, and most especially her being kindhearted and simplicity despite the stature she has now.

Maya would be attentive of him. She wanted Richard to enjoy his vacation in the Philippines. She took really good care of him.

He momentarily forgot the painful scene he witnessed during the awards night. They never talked about it for Maya requested not to mention anything about her showbiz career.

This was the reason why she chose private places for their vacation. She arranged everything so that they would have minimal interaction with crowd. She wants to enjoy their vacation.

At their rented villa in Baguio, the two were left by themselves at the couch by the fireplace. It was a chilly night that Auntie Fe went to bed early.

Both were having mugs of hot chocolate while watching an old cartoon series in the local cable. This was their favorite pastime when they were young.

“Ricky sana ganito palagi. Sana ganito kasimple yun buhay no?”

“Maya it’s a choice. You could choose a simple life. You could always return home. You have proven yourself already. Matutuwa sina Nanay at Tatay mo, sina mama at papa at lalo na ako kapag umuwi ka. ”

“Alam ko naman yun Ricky. Kaso kakapirma ko lang ng bagong kontrata. May mga pelikula pa akong gagawin May pinagiipunan pa kasi ako. Kapag natapos ko na lahat uuwi na ako sa atin.”

“But Maya remember that time is very important. Baka sa kakaipon mo, you’re not aware that you’re wasting the precious time you should have been spending with people who matter, with your parents, siyempre kasali rin ako. I matter to you naman di ba?”

She stared at him and saw the sadness in his eyes. He will be leaving tomorrow night and they both don’t know when they will be seeing each other again. She was very sad as well. “Siyempre naman. You matter a lot to me. Sobra sobra. At napakasaya ko kasi dinalaw mo ako dito. Salamat ha!” Then she moved closer to him and leaned on his chest. He just allowed it. They both seeked comfort from each other.

Though sad that they would be parting ways again, Maya and Richard had wonderful  memories to cherish and always remember from the week-long bonding they had.

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Maya was reprimanded by her management after pictures of her and Richard Lim taken by some fan in Boracay, made it’s way to the social media. Many of their former fans became active again requesting the network to bring back the original The Voice Duets partners they loved.

The PR group of the network worked double time to cover the issue by either downplaying it or even to the point of maligning Richard Lim by way of tabloid articles.

Maya who knew about it informed Richard and she assured him that whatever is written in the papers and shown on TV regarding him were just part of the network’s PR moves. She didn’t want Richard to feel bad. She even talked to his parents. She was apologetic to them.

“Maya don’t worry about me. Atsaka hindi naman ako kilala eh. What’s important is your image, your career. Let your management handle everything. Sorry ha. Dahil sa pagbisita ko, nagkaroon ka tuloy ng problema.”

“Ricky wag na wag kang magsorry na pumunta ka dito. Alam mo ba na yun pagdalaw mo  ay yun pinakamasayang mga araw ko. Wag mo namang sabihing nagsisisi ka na dumalaw ka.”

“Hey I’m not. Hindi ko naman iniisip yan. Those were also the happiest days for me.”

“Kaya nga.”

“As i was saying, concerned lang naman ako sa career mo.”

“I can handle that Ricky, wag na nating pagusapan please.”

“Sige. Hindi na. O i have to end this call na muna. You take care of yourself there okay? Baka hindi muna kita matawagan kasi I will be attending a convention for a week. Sina papa at mama muna tawagan mo.” He calmly told her. He knows she was upset.

“Okay lang. May out-of-town shooting rin naman kami para sa movie. Mga ilang linggo rin yun. Mag-iingat ka rin dyan Ricky. Regards kina tito at tita.”

“Shooting? What movie?”

“Yun movie namin ni James. The one we will shoot in Bali.”

“Kayo lang?” He couldn’t help but feel upset learning that Maya will be with James Ventura in a movie.

“Oo kasi siya yun kaloveteam ko. Romantic drama yun gagawin naming movie. Excited na rin nga ako kasi sa Bali yun shooting. Ang ganda dun Ricky.”

“Great.” His bland reply. “Sige na Maya I have to go. Bye.”

“Okay Ricky. Bye.”

The moment he ended the call, lots of scenarios entered his mind. He already saw James Ventura and he doesn’t  trust the guy at all. He searched about him already and found out that he is older than Maya. He has a reputation of being a ladies man. He had series of girlfriends and he tends to court ladies who are at the top of their careers then leaves them when projects are already scarce. Richard couldn’t help but assume that James could also do that to Maya.

“Son are you okay?” His deep thought was interrupted by his father.

“Okay naman pa. Maya says hi pala.”

“Oh you talked to her?”

“Yes pa. Kakatapos lang namin.”

“Is that why you look upset? Is something troubling you?” Roberto sat in front of Ricky. He was just finishing his cup of coffee before he leaves for work.

“Wala naman pa.” He denied it.

“Son, I have seen you and Maya grow up together. And you know me. I don’t meddle in any of your business with her or with any of your friends. But let me tell you this, si Maya parang anak na rin namin yan ng mama mo. I hope that whatever the future holds for both of you, you would still look after each other. Alagaan mo siya even if you both have families of your own, even if wala na kami ng mama mo or wala na rin sina Tere at Art.”

“Pa! ang advance naman ng pagiisip nyo. Of course I will take care of her even if you don’t tell me to.”

“I’m just telling you son. Well with that future family of yours… i hope it’s with Maya.” Then his papa stood up and left Richard thinking seriously about what his father said.

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Maya and Richard didn’t have the opportunity to talk again. Maya focused on her movie while Richard focused on his studies.

Richard would just check the news about Maya and unfortunately he would always see articles about her and James Ventura. Though he gets upset with it, he tells himself that it’s all for show. It’s to entice the fans to watch their movie.

He couldn’t ask Maya about it.

He doesn’t even know if what he feels for her is right.

It may risk their friendship.

That is one thing he won’t allow to happen.

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Maya is a guest in one of the talk shows to promote her new single.

“Sana po you would support my album. It has original songs written by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab. It is for a good cause din. Half of the proceeds will go to Bantay Bata as part of their Anniversary.” She excitedly announced.

“So Maya kumusta naman kayo ni James Ventura?” The host asked her. It wasn’t part of the script but the host asked her anyway. She just finished shooting the film with her loveteam.

“Okay naman kami.” She shyly smiled. She knows James is in the audience. They will be dubbing for the movie’s OST after her interview.

“Ang mga ngiti ba na yan ay may ibig sabihin?” The host asked again.

“Masaya naman kami. Special naman siya sa akin.” She was careful in her answers as she was instructed by the management to act sweet with James and pretend that they have something special for the sake of their movie.

“So does this mean that he will be your escort in your coming debut?”

She will be celebrating her 18th birthday in two months.

She didn’t answer it anymore for she wanted someone else to be her escort in that very special day of her life so she just smiled.

“Hmmmm makahulugan talaga ang mga ngiti na yan. I bet it means yes. Kayo naman na di ba?”

The audience were cheering and the host was waiting for Maya’s answer.

Then she saw her manager seated with the audience. She needs to do what is asked of her for her movie.

“Ano po, we’re more than friends.” She shyly admitted but she was avoiding the camera. She didn’t want to lie but she was instructed to.

“Ayun. Ikaw talaga Maya. Isa lang ibig sabihin nun. It means kayo na at nahihiya ka lang umamin. So it’s expected naman na si James ang escort mo.” Then the camera focused on the grinning James with the audience.

Maya didn’t say anything anymore. She was thinking of her family and Richard back home.

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In the Lim living room, while watching that said interview in TFC, Esmeralda Lim couldn’t help but react.

“Boyfriend na ni Maya yun mayabang na lalaking yun? I don’t want him for her. I need to talk to Teresita.” She was clearly upset.

“He seems okay and Maya knows what she’s doing. Hayaan mo na.” Roberto tried to pacify his wife.

Richard didn’t say anything. He was surprised that Maya admitted her relationship with James on TV.

He felt sad.

He is also mad at himself.

He felt so helpless.

He likes her but he still had nothing to offer her.

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Preview:

“Tita Esmie wala pa po ba si Ricky? Hindi ko kasi siya macontact.”

“Wala siya dito Maya. He is busy.”

“Pakisabi na lang po na tumawag ako.”

He was actually in front of his mom but he is avoiding Maya.

“And what was that son? Bakit mo iniiwasan si Maya? May problema kayo?”

“No Ma. Wala.”

“Then why aren’t you attending her debut? You are invited at expected nina Tere na sasama ka sa kanila papunta ng Pilipinas.”

“Ma busy ako sa work on that day. I’ll just send her my gift.”

“But son, your presence is the best gift you could give her.”

 

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Atty Ryan : Gym Bodies? Gym Buddies?

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Atty Ryan : Gym Bodies? Gym Buddies?

A/N : Namiss ko si Atty. Ryan.

In Ricky’s home office aka principal’s office:

“Brod samahan mo na ako. Makakatipid kasi if dalawa tayong magsisign-up. The second person gets to pay only 50% of the registration fee.” Atty Ryan was convincing Ricky to join him. He wanted to be a member of the newly opened gym near LAS. His panyero owns it kaso nahihiya siya to go there alone that’s why he’s inviting Richard.

“Brod I don’t need to go to the gym. I’m a busy person.” Ricky doesn’t want to.

“Brod at our age, we need to be more fit. We need to burn more calories kasi bumabagal na yun metabolism natin. Atsaka you don’t exercise. I bet you don’t even jog or walk. Yun pool nyo nga nilulumot na  ata kasi ayaw mo man lang lumangoy. Ang alam mo lang eh bahay – kotse – office. You need to be more active brod.” Makulit si Ryan.

“And who says I’m not active. Brod for your information, I get to burn lots of calories daily! And I do it with a more enjoyable and may i add extremely pleasurable activity with my wife. I don’t need to pay those high gym fees.” Ricky bragged.

“May gym equipment kayo dito?” Atty. Ryan got curious. He wanted one for their home din kasi. Papatulong siya sa brod nya bumili.

“Wala. Who needs gym equipment. Kami lang ni Maya. We do our exclusive-for-the-bedroom exercise daily. As in walang palya. That’s the reason why I’m fit, very healthy, very happy, very agile. Same goes for my wife. She’s also very healthy, glowing, very happy. No gym equipment needed just ourselves, just our own equipment.” Then he grinned. Natawa sa pinagsasabi nya. “Ikaw ata ang fragile ngayon Brod.” He couldn’t stop grinning. He teased his friend.

“Whoah nahiya naman ako sa inyo ni Maya brod! At nang-inggit ka pa talaga. Alam mo namang  two months wala si Ivy sa bahay. Iba ka Mr. Richard Lim. Nagpakasal ka lang aba yumabang ka na. Tsk!” Ryan pretended to be annoyed.

Ricky was still laughing. Naisahan nya si Ryan now. Between the two of them kasi, Ryan is the arrogant one, the sweet talker, more outgoing, the sociable one. Ryan would always be the one teasing him kaya he felt good to be able to do it to his friend for a change.

“Kaya naman pala gusto mong maggym kasi wala si Ivy. Naku brod you really need a release.” Dagdag pa ni Ricky.

“Naku brod nilalayo mo yun usapan. Basta isasali kita dun sa gym.  Ako na lang magbabayad kung ayaw mong mabawasan yun laman ng wallet mo. Alam ko naman kuripot ka, nagpapalusot ka lang na you don’t want to go to the gym.”

“Bahala ka. Basta I don’t need to go there ha. Atsaka baka magalit si Maya kapag pumunta ako sa gym. Alam mo na. Maraming mga girls na nagpapapansin sa mga lugar na ganyan.”

“Ano naman akala mo sa sarili mo brod? Yuppie at pagkakaguluhan? Hoy Engineer Richard Lim may I remind you that we’re both middle aged men who would just go to the gym to be able to keep up with our activities with our wives. Pampalakas resistensya para di tayo mapahiya sa mga misis natin. Yun lang yun.”

“Speak for yourself Ryan.” He was still grinning, having a blast with their conversation. Confident siya kasi naman he really feels good and feels strong despite his age. Effective talaga yun daily exercise nila ni Maya.

Nagpipilitan pa sila when Maya arrived.

She kissed Ricky even in front of Ryan. They were already comfortable being sweet in front of their close friends, Ryan included.

She also gave Ryan her customary beso.

“Sweetheart you’re early. I was supposed to fetch you in an hour pa ah.”

“Naku Sweetheart pinauwi na kami ni Ms. Calandra kasi cancelled yun mga flights this afternoon. May sira daw kasi yun runway kaya closed muna. Kahit tuloy yun dapat meeting namin eh cancelled na rin. Bukas daw resumption ng flights. Ayun nagkakagulo na sila sa airport.”

Ryan commented“Naku grabe ang perwisyo nyan. Pero buti na lang Maya nandito ka na. Ikaw na lang magkumbinsi dito sa asawa mo. Ang hirap kasing mapa-oo.”

Ricky was just smiling. He’s very confident that Ryan won’t be able to convince Maya as well.

“Para sa ano yan Ryan? Umoo saan?”

“May bagong gym kasi yun kaibigan ko na malapit sa LAS. Iniimbitahan ko sana si Ricky na sumali para naman may kasama ako at para na rin sa health nya. Okay yun di ba Maya?” Ryan was hopeful.

Ricky was just shaking his head at his friend’s persistence. Natutuwa sya that even si Maya kinoconvice nya when he very well knows that Maya wouldn’t agree because she’s not fond of having workout sa mga gym.

Or so he thought….

“Maganda yan Ryan. Ricky sumali ka na. Makakatulong yan para mas maging fit ka. Para na rin sa resistensya mo. Bagay yan kay Ricky, Atty Ryan. Hingalin kasi to tapos mabilis pa makatulog kapag gabi. Sige na Sweetheart tutal  kasama naman si Atty. Ryan. Ako nga gusto ko rin kung papaya si Ricky na sumali rin ako.” Maya was talking nonstop, oblivious to her now tahimik at mas lalong sumingkit sa inis na husband.

Then Maya needed to leave to answer  a phone call…

“Agile pala, very healthy, very fit brod ha!” It was now Ryan who was teasing him.

“Oo na sasali na ako sa gym mo na yan, tigilan mo lang ako.” Seryoso na si Ricky. Pikon na agad siya.

“Okay okay. Wala naman akong sinasabi.” He stopped na kasi pikon na si Ricky.

“Goodbye Ryan. I would have a word with my wife now to remind her of what she was saying kanina. Bye.”

“Aba at talagang sapilitan mo akong pinapauwi.” Ryan was really about to leave pero natawa pa rin sya with how Ricky acts whenever he’s pikon.

“Magkita na lang tayo sa LAS bukas.”

“O siya. Ingat brod ha. Baka marupok na yan.” He was grinning as he still commented before he left.

Ricky smirked. Asar sya at naisahan na naman siya ni Ryan.

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That night…

Sa bedroom…

“O bakit ganyan ang mukha mo sweetheart?” Maya was smiling sweetly at her husband, unaware that her husband was angry with what she told Ryan.

“Wala. Let’s sleep.”

“Ha? Sleep na agad?”

“Oo kasi di ba yun ang sabi mo kay Ryan. Di ba sabi mo hingalin ako at antukin. Well I’ll prove na tama ka so halika na let’s sleep.”

“Sweetheart nagtampo ka sa sinabi ko kanina? Uy sorry na. Hindi ko naman sinasadya yun eh. Atsaka honest lang naman ako.” She was hugging her husband from behind.  Nilalambing ang masungit na Ricky. She’s even burying her face sa side ng neck ni Ricky.

Pero hindi effective. He just stared at her then sighed.

“Ricky naman eh. Sorry na. Nakakainis naman to. Para yun lang.”

“Huy Maya, hindi yun ‘yun lang’. You hurt my ego. Ipinahiya mo ako kay Ryan. Baka akalain nya eh I’m a failure in that aspect.”

“Failure saan?” clueless na naman si Maya.

“Failure in my duties to make you a very happy woman inside our bedroom.” Seryoso si Ricky. Nagtampo talaga siya.

Maya on the other hand, got shy with what her husband said. She blushed. Then while avoiding his gaze kasi hiya sya. “Hindi ka failure Sweetheart. Very happy nga ako. Ikaw ang best sa ganun in the whole world.” She covered her face with a pillow which Ricky removed.

“How would you know na ako yun best eh ako lang naman ang asawa mo? You’re just saying that para mabawasan atraso mo. Binobola mo lang ako.” Pakipot pa si Ricky.

“Hindi ah. Hindi ako marunong mambola atsaka the best ka kasi nga lagi akong excited kapag malapit nang gumabi.” Shy at kilig ang Maya.

Naalert ears ni Ricky. “You mean you’re looking forward to it din?”

“Oo kaya halika na start na tayo?” Si Maya talaga oo!

Napalunok na lang si Ricky. Feisty pala si Maya.

He really needs to go to the gym to keep up with his wife. Maybe they should really go together.

Naku ang magsweethearts na to.

Who wants to join them? (sa gym ha!)

Anyone?