The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya, Rafi & Friends: Independence Day?
“So what are you guys doing this June 12?” Rafi asked Ricky and Maya while they were having their breakfast near the airport. Ricky and Rafi who came to visit the Lims decided to fetch Maya from her early morning flight.
“Are we supposed to do something?”
“Aba oo naman. It’s Independence day. It’s another reason to celebrate.”
“So? Ano naman ngayon if it’s Independence day? How will we celebrate? Pupunta kami ng Luneta to sing Lupang Hinirang?” Ricky sarcastically replied.
Maya was just observing her husband and his best friend. She’s always amused whenever they try to annoy each other.
“Ano ka ba Chard. Ang corny mo talaga! I bet nahihiya na si Maya sa mga sinaunang jokes mo. I mean celebrate… kayo ni Maya. Kami kasi ni Chard, my very own mabait at sobrang gwapong Chard, we have this independence day celebration. Yun independent kami from each other, magkahiwalay kami ng lakad every June 12. Like last year, he went out with his dad to play golf, kami naman ni mommy nya went out to shop. This year I’m planning to have my spa day with my friends then he will have a karaoke night out with his sessionista friends. It feels great and liberating. Try nyo.”
“We don’t need it Rafi. I’m sure Maya prefers to stay with me on that day. There are surely more fun activities to do ‘together’on independence day. Right Sweetheart?” He stressed on the word together then he winked at his wife who was, unfortunately for Ricky, actually considering Rafi’s suggestion.
“Alam mo, mukhang maganda nga yan sweetheart. Try natin. Magkanya kanya tayong lakad sa independence day.”
“What? No! Hindi pwede!”
“Ang oa mo Chard! It’s not like buong araw kayong hindi magkikita ni Maya. Atsaka it’s healthy for a married couple’s relationship. You give each other space and time to breathe.”
“Rafi it is healthy for your relationship with your husband kasi palagi mong inaaway yun tao. He needs freedom from you kahit isang araw lang. I bet he prays that everyday should be independence day.” Then he laughed.
“Of course I don’t! I am a very loving wife and we have a very harmonious relationship. Atsaka wag ka ngang kontrabida Richard Lim. Maya wants it so pagbigyan mo na. Right Maya?”
“You really want it sweetheart?”
“Oo Ricky. Subukan natin. Mukha namang masaya eh.”
“You think so? You really like it? Mas masaya if magkasama tayo on that day.” Ricky was not happy at all with Rafi’s suggestion. He was so looking forward to a special day with his wife on Independence day. He planned to take her out and have a movie date since they both have no work. The kids have no classes as well so they could stay with Sky and Sunshine. He had everything planned already until his best-friend/ beast friend suggested her silly way of ‘Independence day’ celebration to Maya.
“Subukan lang natin Ricky. Sige na please.”
Rafi was grinning. She knows Ricky would give in to Maya’s wish.
While shaking his head, smirking ang giving his sharp stare at Rafi, Ricky sighed deeply and agreed. “Okay fine!”
“Yes! Thank you sweetheart!” Then she stood up from her seat and hugged her husband unmindful of the stares of the customers who were also having their breakfast.
Both were preparing for their ‘separate’ dates. Maya was fixing her husband’s collar.
“Sweetheart bakit doon kayo pupunta nina Emman? Why don’t you just have dinner somewhere else then spend the night na lang talking to each other.” He suggested because the idea that Maya will be spending her evening with Emman, Josh, Edz, Ruby and her other FA friends at a karaoke bar didn’t sit well with him.
Maya promised him that she’s just excited for the karaoke part and that she wont take any alcoholic beverages because of what happened to her during that ‘wine-tasting’ mishap years ago. Ricky can’t help but still get worried of the possible dangers inside any bar.
“Ang boring naman nun sweetheart atsaka di ba walang pakialamanan? Promise hindi naman ako iinom at si Emman di rin naman yun umiinom. I will be safe.”
“Why did we even listen to Rafi.” He sighed again.
“Hep hep! Gusto ko to atsaka tama si Rafi. Healthy to sa relationship ng mga mag-asawa.”
“Our relationship is very healthy and we don’t need this.”
“Sssshhh… reklamo reklamo. Tara na at baka malate na tayo.” Then Maya dragged her poor husband out of their bedroom.
Ricky accompanied her to the said karaoke bar and didn’t leave until Maya shooed him away.
“O sige na sweetheart okay na kami dito. Punta ka na sa gimik mo with friends. Matraffic pa naman baka mahuli ka.”
“Ah no. I’ll just be at the sports bar dyan sa tabi nito. Nandun na sina Ryan. We will play darts.”
“Ano??? Sweetheart naman. Di ba sabi natin kanya kanya.”
“Oo nga kanya kanya. I will be with Ryan and you will be with Emman. Atsaka hindi naman ako makakampante so that’s my decision and it’s final.”
“Okay pero promise hindi mo kami pupuntahan dito ha at wag kang mangungulit sa phone.”
“Promise. O Emman ikaw na bahala dito kay Maya. Josh, Edz, Ruby aalis na ako. Enjoy your night guys.” He kissed Maya’s forehead and stood up to leave.
“Bye Mr. Lim!”
An hour later, Maya got distracted after checking her phone. Engineer Yamagutchi just posted several photos of the LAS engineers playing darts. One of the pictures unintentionally showed Ricky at the background talking with an obviously drunk Stephanie.
“Uy roomie okay ka lang? Ikaw na ang kakanta o!”
“Ah eh… Emman pwedeng samahan mo muna ako?”
“Ha? Saan? Magrerestroom ka? Naku Maya hindi ako pwede sa girls restroom kahit prettier pa ako than most girls dyan.”
But Maya wasn’t laughing. In fact she didn’t even hear what Emman said.
“O ano bakit ganyan ang hitsura mo?”
Without explaining it to Emman, she stood up and excused herself and Emman from their companions.
She dragged him towards the sports bar where Ricky and the LAS engineers were spending their night. She spotted a corner table where she could clearly see Ricky but where he won’t be able to see her because of the dim lights of the bar. They sat and ordered soda.
“Roomie nakakahiya yun ginagawa natin. Tara na. Magagalit si Sir Chief Ricky nito eh.”
“Wag ka ngang maingay Emman. Samahan mo lang ako. Atska wala siyang karapatang magalit. Kung may pwedeng magalit, ako yun!”
“Naku roomie unreasonable ka na. Atsaka look behave naman si sweetheart mo.”
They could see Richard talking to Atty. Ryan now. Kalmado na sana si Maya when she saw Stephanie approaching Richard again. She’s holding a wine glass and was staggering towards Richard and Ryan. She was really drunk. She even tripped and was lucky that Richard was fast enough to catch her. Oh well if Stephanie was lucky, Richard clearly isn’t if we base it on Maya’s reaction. Her brows were furrowed, her face red with anger. “Roomie relax. Hindi naman kasalanan ni Sir Richard yun.” But Maya wasn’t listening to Emman. She was about to approach her husband when she saw him stand up and assist Stephanie. Then he led the drunk woman outside the bar.
Maya and Emman just stared at each other.
“Roomie baka naman papasakayin lang ni Sir Richard sa taxi. Kalma ka muna ha. Hintayin na lang natin si Sir Richard dito.”
Maya just kept quiet. She also didn’t want to make a scene. She decided to wait for her husband.
“Atty Ryan asan Chief?” Maya and Emman could hear the Engineer Yamaguchi.
“Hinatid na muna si Stephanie kasi medyo lasing na.”
“Naku lagot si Chief.” It was Sonny this time.
“Nandun naman si Fred sa parking. Ihahatid lang ni Chief kay Fred.” Atty Ryan replied but Maya didn’t hear it anymore for she already stood up and hurriedly left the bar.
Emman followed her.
“Roomie kalma ka lang please.”
“Emman iuwi mo na ako.”
“Roomie magagalit si Sir Richard nyan eh. Halika na balik na tayo kina Edz tapos tawagan mo na lang si Sir Richard.” Emman suggested.
When Maya stared back she already had nanlilisik na eyes and was evidently very angry. “Emman uuwi na ako. Kung hindi mo ako ihahatid, ako na lang uuwing mag-isa.”
Emman didn’t have any choice but to give in to his roomie’s request to be brought home. She even turned off her phone and requested Emman to do the same after he informed Edz, Josh and Ruby that he needs to bring Maya home because of an emergency.
After assisting Stephanie to Fred’s car at the parking, he returned to the bar and enjoyed playing darts with the engineers. He called Maya but wasn’t able to contact her for her phone was turned off. He thought that she turned her phone off because she wanted to enjoy her night. Not wanting to disturb his wife, Ricky decided to just enjoy his bonding with the LAS guys and just wait for his wife’s call once she decides to go home.
It was already 3 am and he already texted her several times without getting any reply so he decided to fetch her from the bar where he left her. He was surprised when he was informed that the group already left as early as 12:30 am.
Worried that something might have happened to his wife, Richard frantically called Emman’s phone which he also didn’t answer. He couldn’t contact Maya as well.
He finally called home and was relieved to learn that his wife was already home. He was unaware of why she left him and went home ahead of him. He thought that she just wanted him to enjoy his night.
It was already 3:30 in the morning when Ricky arrived.
The house was dark and quiet. Everyone was asleep.
Though he didn’t enjoy the day much, he was still happy for allowing his wife to enjoy with her friends.
He was very tired as well and he’s looking forward to being with his wife. Their simple cuddles would be enough to remove the stress of the day.
He opened their bedroom door but was surprised to find it locked. He tried it again but it was still locked. Maya never locks their bedroom.
Ricky scratched his head. He thought that maybe Maya accidentally locked it.
He softly knocked.
She didn’t open the door.
He knocked again, a little louder this time. “Sweetheart I’m home.”
She still didn’t open it but sent him a message. “Wag kang papasok dito. Ayan yung unan at kumot sa labas. Sa labas ka matulog. Ayaw kitang makita.”
He was surprised at her message.
He knocked again but she still didn’t open the door.
Then he even saw the pillow and blanket.
He’s totally clueless of any wrongdoing to might have caused his wife’s anger.
But he’s not angry at her. He’s not annoyed even though she went home ahead of him. He’s not upset even though he’s tired and he badly needed to rest now.
He suspects that something might have happened.
He got the pillow and blanket and laid them on the floor just outside their bedroom.
Then using his phone he took his picture with his puppy dog eyes while hugging the pillow and sent it to her. “Goodnight sweetheart. I love you.”
Of course naguilty ang Maya when she saw the picture. She also got worried na makita ng mga bata yun daddy nila.
She opened the door.
Ngiting successful naman si Ricky. He knows that di sya matitiis ni Maya but uh oh she looked so upset.
“Wag mo akong masweetheart sweetheart Ricardo!”
Naku hindi lang upset si Maya. She’s mad! She’s actually ballistic whenever she calls him by that name.
“Why are you mad? What did I do?”
“At nagtanong ka pa talaga!”
“Of course kasi wala naman akong alam na reason why you should get mad at me. Ako nga dapat yun magtampo kasi iniwan mo ako sa bar.” He calmly told her.
“Dapat ka talagang iwanan dun kasi mukhang sobrang busy ka sa pag-akbay akbay dun sa Stephanie. At sinamahan mo pa talaga. Siguro kung saan pa kayo pumunta.” She is getting teary-eyed now out of anger and he’s also getting upset with what she’s accusing him of.
“Hey hindi ko siya inakbayan because I wanted to. I did it because she was drunk and she even tripped.”
Tama naman. She saw how Stephanie tripped and was luckily caught by her husband.
Pero tahimik pa rin siya. She just stared at him.
“Atsaka hinatid ko lang siya kay Fred who was waiting for her at the parking area. He wasn’t able to go inside the bar anymore because naka-hazard lang yun kotse nya. He couldn’t find a parking slot.”
She continued to stare at him but her tears are threatening to fall now.
Upset na rin si Ricky at her accusations but when he saw her trying her best not to cry naawa na siya kay Maya.
“Sweetheart do you think magagawa ko yun sa’yo?”
Naku umiyak na nga ang Maya.
“Hey stop crying. Wala namang reason to cry. Wala naman akong ginawa. I was just being helpful there kasi ako lang yun hindi uminom sa kanila. Ako lang yun pwedeng tumulong kay Stephanie. Dapat nga proud ka sa’kin kasi I was being a gentleman there. Don’t cry na Maya.” He then engulfed her in his embrace which she allowed.
Maya had mixed feelings of jealousy, anger at herself for how she acted and also embarrassment at what she did to her poor husband. She hugged him tighter but was still silently sobbing.
“Hey look at me.” He held her face. “Okay na tayo ha? I’m sorry if I made you upset with what I did kanina. I promise lalayuan ko na siya.”
Then in a very small voice kasi she’s embarrassed nga of how she acted, “Sorry din Sweetheart. Kasi naman eh….”
“Hey enough na. Okay na tayo. It’s not my fault and it’s not yours as well.” He assured her to remove her guilt.
“I’ll just take a shower and change. Okay na tayo ha!”
She just nod her head. Then proceeded to their bed.
After a few minutes Ricky joined her donning his pajama. They cuddled.
“Next time I would never agree to spending June 12 separately.”
“Ako rin Sweetheart. Sorry ulit.”
“Don’t say sorry. Hindi nga tayong dalawa ang may kasalanan for what happened today.”
“Eh sino naman?”
‘Sino pa eh di si Rafi!”
And for the first time, Maya agreed with what Ricky said about his best friend. “Tama sweetheart, si Rafi nga ang may kasalanan ng lahat!”
“Let’s not talk about her anymore sweetheart. Let’s celebrate now, the Mr. and Mrs Lim style. Let’s celebrate ‘dependence’ day.” He naughtily winked at her.
“Mas gusto ko yan sweetheart!”
Then he covered themselves with their big brown comforter which perfectly covered both of them but unfortunately wasn’t able to drown his wife’s giggles and whatever noise he would elicit from her later.
Happy 12th of June Mr. and Mrs. Lim!