One Fine Day – 4
Richard had no choice but to bring Sunshine to his office at the Lim Aviation Services building.
He was carrying the little girl atop his shoulders and everyone they met greeted them.
They loved seeing Richard with his daughter. They knew that despite being separated from his wife, Richard Lim is a very good father to Sunshine and that her daughter adores her dad so much.
“Good morning Sunshine! Good morning Sir!” Liza, Richard’s assistant greeted them as soon as they entered his office.
“Good morning Liza!”
“Good morning Tita Liza. Look at Gus. She has a new ribbon.” Sunshine proudly showed her stuffed kitty’s pink ribbon.
“Oh wow that’s so pretty Sunshine. You can play with Gus at your dad’s big chair. You want something to eat?”
“No Tita Liza. We just had breakfast a while ago that’s why we were late for the field trip.”
“Oh today yun field trip Sir? Hindi kayo umabot?”
“Unfortunately nahuli kami Liza that’s why Sunshine will be staying with us her today.”
“That would be great. I’ll take care of Sunshine Sir.”
“No need Liza. I have her toys here in her backpack. Sunshine can just play here. Right Princess?”
“Yes daddy. I will just play with Gus.”
When Sunshine started bringing out her toys and settled at his big sofa inside his office, Richard went behind his desk to check on his schedule.
“Liza si papa nandyan pa ba?”
“Naku Sir he already left. Galit yun kanina kasi wala ka pero when I informed him that you brought Sunshine to her school, ayun kumalma rin. He’s on his way to the airport for his 10 am flight to HongKong.”
“Ah okay. Thank you for bailing me out Liza. Hindi ko naman kasi alam na hindi ako aabot sa meeting kanina. Kindly corrdinate na lang with Eng Yamaguchi about the new Time Airways planes for repair sa Clark Hangar and please clear my schedule today. I will stay here but I want to bond with my daughter.”
“Okay Sir. I’ll also bring your coffee in a while and a chocolate drink for Sunshine.”
“Thank you Liza.”
The moment Liza left, Atty Ryan entered. Sunshine gave him a kiss.
“Oh the pretty little Princess is here. Kaya naman pala wala ka kanina brod. “
“Obviously yes. She’s supposed to have her field trip kaso nahuli kami. There’s this parent ng classmate ni Sushine kasi who got late. Ayun nadamay tuloy kami.”
“Sino naman? Babae ba yan? Yan ba yun dahilan for that phone call?”
“Oo! Gusto ko lang bwisitin. Ang sungit kasi at ang ingay.”
“Aba at binigyan mo pa ng pansin by making up a fake phone conversation. Sobra ka naman atang apektado. Maganda ba?”
He didn’t answer but Sunshine, who heard her Tito Ryan replied. “She is very beautiful po Tito Ryan. Her eyes is like the eyes of Gus.”
“Oh she’s beautiful pala at doe-eyed… hmmm…”
“Naku Ryan whatever it is you’re thinking stop. Hindi ako maaattract sa ganun.”
“Napakadefensive mo brod. I wasn’t saying anything.”
“You were about to.”
“Hindi no. O baka saan pa mapunta ang usapan. Hinintay lang kita to give you this. Yan yun documents for the lot we purchased beside the Paranaque hangar. Aalis na rin ako kasi I have a hearing after lunch.”
“Ah sige brod. Salamat.”
His phone rang and he immediately answered it.
“Maya apo hindi ko pwedeng bantayan si Sky. It is my spa day today. Dapat sinabihan mo kasi ako ng maaga.” The voice on the other line was unfamiliar.
“Hello who is this?”
“Who are you? Bakit hawak mo ang telefono ng apo ko?
He was surprised so he checked his phone and found out that it was Maya dela Rosa’s phone.
“Ah eh. I am Richard Lim. I am…”
But before he could say more the voice on the other line got excited.
“Oh Richard Lim, the poster boy of Lim Aviation? Ikaw yung nasa malaking billboard sa EDSA, sa SLEX, NLEX at sa NAIA?”
“Yes mam, unfortunately that’s me. You see my dad wants to save money so he made me pose instead of getting celebrities to do it.”
“Oh my God you look so handsome in it. At ang ganda rin ng boses mo. (bumabawi bumabawi! hahaha!) Lahat nang nakakita ng billboards mo mukhang gustong bumili ng eroplano para lang may maparepair sa Lim Aviation.”
He chuckled at what the lady at the other line said.
“O bakit ka tumatawa? Seryoso ako. Magaling yun tatay mo at ikaw ang pinagpose sa ads niyo. At napakagwapo mo iho. Pwede kang magartista.”
“Hahahaha!!! I’m really flattered po Mam…?”
“I’m Conchita, apo ko si Maya. But ikaw you can call me Connie. Teka are you dating my apo? Wag mo siyang pababayaan ha? Moody yan at masungit pero mapagmahal. Si Sky naman mabait na bata kahit makulit kung minsan. Yun tatay nya rakista kasi kaya hayun naghiwalay sila ni Maya. Pero wala namang problema yun kasi annulled na sila. Richard mamahalin mo si Maya ha at wag na wag mong paiiyakin. Atsaka bagay kayo.”
“Ma’m Connie, I’m not dating Maya po. Classmates po yung anak namin but we’re not that close. Kanina lang kami nagkita and ayun nagkainisan pa kasi our kids weren’t able to join the field trip kasi nahuli kami. And now nagkapalit pa kami ng phone.”
“Oh! Oh! I’m sorry. Naku nakakahiya naman sa’yo Richard. Akala ko nagdadate kayo. Kaya pala ganun yun text ni Maya kanina. Hindi ko pa naman nasagot yun tawag nya kasi I was preparing for my spa day. Naku baka iwanan nya si Sky sa daycare sa Buendia kasi walang mag-aalaga sa bata. Sige sabihan mo na lang na ihatid nya sa akin dito si Sky.”
“Oo where the Makati workers drop their kids. Ayaw ko kasing iniiwan nya si Sky doon kasi nabubully yung bata. Sabihan mo na lang si Maya na ihatid dito sa QC si Sky. I can’t travel na kasi to get him. Medyo hindi ko kinakaya ang traffic.”
Richard had to make a quick decision.
“Don’t worry po Ma’m Connie. I’ll take care of it. You go ahead with your spa day. Ako na ang bahala kay Sky.”
“Really? Hindi ba makakaabala sa’yo?”
“Hindi po and my daughter is also with me now. At least may kalaro siya.”
“Oh my God! Thank you Richard. Promise kapag naisipan mong ligawan ang apo ko, may 100 plus pogi points ka na agad..”
He laughed then ended the call.
Another call came in…
“Naku Maya nasaan ka na? Nandito na sa board room si Sir Jaime at Captain James. Si Ma’m Ina kanina ka pa hinahanap. Maya naman. Ngayon ka pa talaga malalate. Mawawalan ka nang trabaho nito eh.” A very worried voice was heard at the other line.
“Wait… this is not Maya. This is her phone pero mukhang nagkapalit kami when we were bringing our kids to school kanina. This is Ricky Lim. Classmate yun kids namin. May I know where Maya is working?” He purposely used his nickname as he didn’t want to be recognized like what happened with Maya’s grandma.
Emman was surprised as well. “Naku kaya naman pala hindi tumatawag. Sa Time Airways po ito Mr. Lim. I am Emman Castro, his officemate. She was supposed to give her presentation with the management. Wala pa po siya.”
“Okay Emman, Maya will be there shortly. Can you just tell her boss that she’s doing her best to be on time. Nahuli kasi mga kids namin so she had her son with her. Alam mo naman how kids are. Kindly tell your boss. I’m sure she’ll understand. “
“Sinabihan ko na po but of course nakakahiya pa rin. Please tell her na lang po Mr. Lim na naghihintay na kami dito just incase she calls her phone which you have right now.”
“I will do that Emman.”
The moment he ended the call, he dialed a number using his office landline.
“Hello Ina. This is Richard. I have a favor to ask…”
Sky was grumpily following her mom towards the Time Airways office. She was already rushing as she’s already late for her presentation. On their way to her office they met a mishap when Sky accidentally spilled his orange juice on his mom’s blouse. Maya had to return to their house to change.
It also didn’t help that she was unable to contact her officemate Emman. She accidentally swapped her phone with her most hated person of the day.
“O Maya what happened to you? And bakit ganyan ang hitsura nyo ni Sky? Nagkaproblema ba?” A concerned Ms. Ina met her.
Maya was apologetic and very embarrassed to have disappointed her boss and mentor Ina. “Ma’m Ina sorry po. Sky has a field trip kanina and hinatid ko siya kaso hindi kami umabot. Ang daming disgrasya na nangyari this morning tapos yun tatay pa nung classmate ni Sunshine na dapat ihahatid ko sa school nagpasaway pa kaya nahuli kami. Pero Ma’m Ina handa po ako sa presentation. Actually kagabi ko pa po pinaghandaan yun at nagusap kami ni Emman na maaga akong pupunta kanina kaso eto nga…” She was already near crying. Her job is very important to her and Ms. Ina had been instrumental in helping her reach the position she has now. She never wanted to let her down.
“Hey Maya kumalma ka nga. Tingnan mo kahit si Sky natatakot na sa’yo. Alam ko na lahat yun. Emman informed me already and I know naman that hindi mo pinababayaan trabaho mo and you wouldn’t be late if it’s not an emergency. Relax ka lang. I moved the meeting to 11 am. You can prepare first or asikasuhin mo muna si Sky. Kalma ka na Maya.”
She was teary-eyed while profusely thanking her boss.
Maya decided to bring Sky to the daycare center where she usually brings Sky when no one would be able to watch him.
It is her son’s most hated place but Maya had to convince Sky. She only needs to leave him for two hours so she would be able to do her presentation. The Time Airways office had no area for kids and Sky will surely be bored.
“Sige na anak. I promise we will eat ice cream and spaghetti after my work. Basta behave ka lang doon and tell Ms. Ruby when big boys tease you.”
“Yes mommy.” Sky sadly agreed.
At the daycare center…
“Here’s Mr. Potato…”
“Oh hi Mr. Potato, can my daughter join your games?”
“What is her name?”
“Her name is Sunshine. She wants to play too.”
Maya decided to leave Sky at a local daycare. They arrived while there was an ongoing puppet show where the performer was hidden. Only his puppet covered hands can be seen by his eager audience.
Maya was so impressed that she was clapping her hands when the short show ended.
The performer suddenly emerged.
It was Richard Lim.
“Oh Ms dela Rosa.”
“What are you doing here Mr. Lim?” Maya was beginning to get agitated again upon seeing him.
“Oh Sunshine got bored at the office so heto dinala ko siya dito. Nakakatuwa pala yun puppet show. Maybe I can make myself useful by doing it regularly here. Are you leaving Sky as well?”
He was nice so she had no choice but be nice as well even though he despised him so much for messing up her day.
“Yes iiwanan ko kasi walang place for kids sa office. Actually ayaw nya kaso napilit naman when I promised his favorites mamaya.”
“Ah eh.. Maya, I know I was a jerk kanina pero I want to make up for it. Let me make up for it. Ako na lang magbabantay kay Sky while you do whatever it is you need to do in your office.”
She stared at him incredulously. “Seryoso ka?”
“Yes. I can take care of the kids you know. And you don’t have to worry leaving Sky here alone. Isasama namin siya ni Sunshine.”
She’s contemplating and had a worried look on her face.
“I promise he will be unharmed at buong buo mong makikita ang anak mo mamaya.” He tried to joke.
“Alam ko naman yun kaso baka mahirapan ka kay Sky.”
“Hindi yan.” Then he asked Sky, “Little buddy do you want to go with Tito Ricky and Sunshine?”
The little boy gave a beaming smile. “Yes po!”
“See mommy! Your son trusts me.” He also gave her his bedimpled smile.
“Sige na nga. Pero please don’t let him eat chocolates kasi nagiging hyper sya. Not too much sweets din, then don’t let him play sa sandboxes dyan sa park kasi di natin alam yun mga tinatapon ng mga tao dyan atsaka….”
“I get it. Don’t worry. I’ll take good care of your son. Sige na baka mahuli ka pa sa work.”
“Thank you.” She sincerely said this time. She gave him her very first smile.
Richard also smiled then remembered their phones.
“Teka before i forget, here’s your phone. Nagkapalit pala tayo.”
Maya got hers then with some final reminders again about Sky, she left Richard and the kids.
Richard couldn’t remove his eyes from her retreating form.
He found her interesting and his heart unexpectedly reacted in a way he only felt years ago when he was still courting his ex-wife.