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.
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?