One Fine Day – 6
“Are you done eating?” Richard asked Maya.
“Oo tapos na. Wait lang aayusin ko lang muna etong mga gamit namin ni Sky.” She just finished the sandwich and juice which was supposed to be Sky’s food at the field trip and was now fixing everything in the small lunch box.
He was observing her with an amused expression on his face.
“O bakit ganyan ka makatingin? May dumi ba ako sa mukha Mr. Lim?”
“Wala naman. Nakakaaliw lang kasi very orderly kahit paglagay mo nang empty bottles at sandwich bags. Wala nang laman yan. You could just throw everything inside. You’re such a control freak.”
She was even folding the used napkins after wiping the juice bottle.
“Mr. Lim maayos lang akong tao. I want everything orderly, neat and clean.”
“It’s boring that way Ms. Dela Rosa. You’re wasting precious time trying to keep insignificant things in order.”
“Mr. Lim hindi insignificant to! I got used to it already kaya maayos akong tao.”
“Naku kawawa ang magiging boyfriend or even manliligaw mo. Do you have any suitors?”
“Mr. Lim that’s a waste of time. Sky is enough for me. I don’t need to complicate my life. I don’t have time for that.”
“That’s because of your Captain Hook complex.”
“Your Captain Hook complex.”
“There’s no such thing!”
“Yes, there is and you have it. At hindi ka magkakaroon ng suitors because of it.” Then he stood up grinning at her.
She stood up as well pretending to act pikon though she’s actually enjoying their banters already.
He glanced at her and gave her his smile.
His be-dimpled smile caught her off guard. She wasn’t prepared for its effect on her. Her heart was beating fast all of a sudden and she had nothing to say as if she was in a trance.”
She didn’t even hear her son calling her.
“Ms dela Rosa I think Sky needs something.”
“Ah… eh… oo nga… yes baby?” Then she proceeded to Sky, thankful to be distracted from what just happened. She is sure that she was blushing already.
Richard Lim just shook his head and smiled. He is sure of his effect on her but he’s already used to ladies admiring his good looks. It was no big deal but he surely felt proud and happy with it.
Then his phone suddenly rang.
It was his secretary Liza calling about a document he needed to sign.
“What? Can’t you ask just someone to sign it for me?”
He ended the call. He was visibly upset.
“May problema Mr. Lim?”
“Ah may nangungulit lang.”
“Kung may kailangan kang puntahan go ahead. Ako naman ang bahala sa mga bata.”
“No wag na. They’re both a handful. Mahihirapan ka.”
“Mr. Lim kinaya mo nga kanina. I’m sure kakayanin ko naman. Sige na. Baka importante yan.”
“Are you sure?”
“Bibilisan ko lang. Promise. I’ll be back in 20 minutes. Let’s just meet here.”
“Okay lang. Gawin mo na kung ano man ang gagawin mo. Baka mapagalitan ka sa work mo.” She was really concerned.
“Okay then. Thank you Ms. Dela Rosa.”
She just nodded her head and smiled. Then as he was about to leave she called him. “Do you have any instructions? May bawal ba kay Sunshine?”
He turned to face her again. “Wala naman. I completely trust you.” He again smiled then left.
Since they don’t have anything else to do, she suggested for the kids to have ice cream which they happily agreed to. There was a small ice cream shop near the park.
Sunshine had a strawberry ice cream while Sky had cookies and cream ice cream as his mom didn’t approve of his request to have the chocolate ice cream. Maya had ube for herself.
The kids were happily telling her stories about the puppets at the daycare, about their lunch a while ago and about their stroll at the park. They were even sharing their ice cream with each other.
“Sunshine, where does your daddy work?” She wanted to fish some information on Richard.
“My daddy works at a big building Tita Maya.”
“What is his work?”
“Daddy fixes things at the talyer.” The LAS engineers calls the hangar ‘talyer’ as their inside joke. They also call each other mekaniko.
“Oh you’re daddy fixes things.” Maya was surprised to find out where Richard Lim works. He looked so neat for a mechanic, if he is indeed one.
“Yes po. He could fix my bike, grandpa’s car, his motorcycle and he could fix an airplane. Daddy could fix everything he told me.”
Maya smiled at what Sunshine said. “He told you that?”
“Yes po. He even said, he could fix everything that is broken, even a broken heart.”
She now laughed and shook his head. She found his sense of humor endearing even when it was told by his daughter.
“So is your daddy fixing broken hearts?”
“He is fixing Tita Catherine’s heart.”
“Oh!” She suddenly felt sad at what Sunshine said. There was a small pinch in her heart at what she heard.
They continued chatting until she heard her phone ringing. Richard Lim was calling.
“Ms dela Rosa asan kayo?” he asked
“Mr. Lim nandito kami sa ice cream shop sa may left side mo.” She already saw him as they were eating icecream at the al fresco area of the icecream shop.
He turned and saw them. He waved and proceeded towards them when a group of ladies stopped him and chatted with him.
Maya then saw the ladies pose for a picture with Richard.
“Aba feeling celebrity naman ng lalaking to. Nakakaaliw talaga to si Mr. Lim.” She couldn’t believe the confidence of Sunshine’s dad though she was clearly beginning to see his good attributes.
After the selfies with random strangers he went near them. “Did you guys enjoy?” Then he just got Sunshine’s spoon and casually took a spoonful of ube ice cream from Maya before she could even react. “Pahingi nga. Ang init maglakad papunta sa office.”
“Sige sa’yo na. Busog na rin naman ako.”
“No I just need a spoonful. Thanks.” He acted like sharing ice cream with her is a very normal thing to do.
She felt giddy now.
They were now at the soccer field of CSR in Makati where the mini football game will be held.
Maya and Richard were seated at the bleachers while the two kids, who were in their cute soccer outfits were being given instructions by their coach.
Sky was visibly not paying attention to his coach as he was craning his neck trying to see if the person he was waiting for has arrived already.
“What’s wrong with Sky?” Richard observed.
“He’s waiting for his dad. He promised Sky that he’ll be watching his game.” Maya was alternately watching the school entrance and her watch.
“Ah yes Sky told me his daddy will be here. Baka naman natraffic lang.”
“Sana nga Mr. Lim. This has been going on for many times already. Si Sky pa naman kapag nagpromise ang daddy nya, he really looks forward to it.
“Hindi pa naman naguumpisa yun game. He will be here. If hindi naman malamang he has a very valid reason. Atsaka you alone are enough for your son. Hinahanap lang nyan ni Sky yun tatakbo while cheering him up. Kaya halika na, let’s get into action with this soccer game. Ikaw muna ang gaganap na role ng daddy na tumatakbo.” He smiled while offering his hand which she gladly took.
“Thank you for those encouraging words Mr. Lim.” She said as they went near the kids who were now starting their game.
Richard was loudly cheering both kids.
“Kick his ball Sky! I mean kick the ball!”
“Push him Sunshine! Very good!”
He earned disapproving stares from the parents.
“Mr. Lim you are very rude.” Maya commented.
“Ms. dela Rosa soccer is a rough game. Dapat matapang ang mga bata physically at emotionally. Di pwedeng lalampa lampa.”
“Kahit na. Mga babies pa yan eh. Ikaw talaga!”
He just chcukled then he whispered to Maya… “Cheer louder Ms. Dela Rosa. It helps our players.”
Though shy, Maya followed his advice and started running and cheering the kids.
They were at the middle of the game when Jeff arrived. He immediately went near Maya and waved to his son who was visibly very happy to see him.
“Sorry late ako. I had to take the MRT kasi sobrang traffic.” He was apologetic.
“Okay lang. Ang importante eh nakarating ka. Kanina ka pa hinahanap nyan.”
Richard Lim silently left the couple. He didn’t want to intrude and he also didn’t want what he saw.
He saw Maya lovingly staring at her ex-husband.