Ricky and Maya arrived from the PAS anniversary celebration.
“Tigilan mo nga ako Ricky.”
“Hep hep bakit parang baliktad. Bakit parang ako yun may kasalanan ngayon?”
“Ikaw naman talaga.”
“Of course not!”
“Of course yes! Ikaw kaya. Hindi ka na nahiya kay Ryan. Hindi mo na naisip yun kahihiyan ko.”
Maya was glaring at her husband with brows furrowed.
“Sweetheart unang una, I wasn’t aware na he’s the one driving. Di ba dapat ikaw yun nakakaalam kasi ikaw ang nagpauwi kay Mang Lem kina Manang Fe at mga bata.”
“Malay ko ba na hindi na si Mang Lem bumalik.”
Maya was so embarrassed that Ryan heard everything they were arguing about kanina. hiyang hiya siya kay Ryan not only with her recent mishap but also with those others in the past.
“Kaya nga Sweetheart, walang may kasalanan and besides it’s only Ryan.”
Ricky doesn’t want an argument anymore for he was so looking forward to Maya’s consequence happening in their bedroom tonight.
“Anong it’s only Ryan. Paano naman ang dignidad ko?!?”
“Yes my dignity! Pano na lang kung ano ang iisipin ni Ryan. Nakakaasar ka talaga Ricardo”
Richard could only raise his eyebrows. He could sense that Maya really wanted to have an argument with him.
He could easily read his wife.
Gusto na naman nitong makalusot. Pero he won’t allow it. Not this time.
So as much as he wants to counter his wife, he opted to play the very patient husband role.
He is so sure that Maya would do the consequence and he will definitely be rewarded tonight.
“Sweetheart wala naman yun kay Ryan. He is a very close friend.”
“Anong wala! Ibig mong sabihin okay lang sa’yo if kami naman ang magkukuwento ni Ivy at sasabihin ko rin na naked ka?”
“Of course not. Atsaka it’s entirely different. Yun sa inyo ni Ivy you will be deliberately telling her while yun kay Ryan, accidental yun. Atsaka hindi ko naman dinescribe di ba?”
“Kahit na! Ewan ko sa’yo Ricardo, jan ka na nga!”
Maya rushed to the mansion’s second floor while Ricky was following her.
Then nasalubong nila si Manang Fe.
“O anong nangyari sa inyong dalawa, bakit nakakunot mga noo nyo at salubong ang mga kilay nyo?”
“Etong alaga nyo kasi Manang, napakapilyo!”
“Huh, wala naman akong ginawa ah!”
“No Manang, wala akong ginagawa sakanya. Nagpapalusot lang yan si Maya kasi ayaw nyang gawin yun dapat nyang gawin mamaya.”
“Bakit ano bang dapat gawin nya?”
Maya frantically covered Ricky’s mouth afraid that he might spill to Manang Fe about her “consequence” tonight.
Manang Fe just shrugged her shoulders and left the two.
She smiled inwardly amused at the banters of the two.
As soon as the couple entered their bedroom, Maya proceeded to the bathroom to take a shower and prepare for bed.
Ricky did his nightly ritual as well as soon as Maya went out the bathroom.
Ricky was excitedly anticipating Maya’s “show” tonight.
But the moment he’s done and he returned to their bedroom, Maya was already sleeping.
He was disappointed but he knows that Maya was really tired from the days events and also from keeping up with the twins who joined the earlier activities of the PAS celebration.
With a sigh of frustration, he went to sleep.
The following morning Ricky woke up to an empty space beside him.
Maya had gone to work without waking him up.
It was just 6 in the morning yet she already left for work.
He called her.
“Sweetheart you left early. Why didn’t you wake me up?”
“Kasi ang himbing ng tulog mo sweetheart eh alam ko namang pagod ka at 9 pa naman ang una mong appointment sa office.”
“Eh bakit maaga ka? It’s only 6am, di ba 9 din ang flight mo?”
“Kasi Sweetheart sumabay na ako sa mga bata. Magpapahatid ako kay Kuya Joma. Hindi kasi makakasundo yun service ng Time Airways.”
“Dapat ginising mo ako para naihatid kita.”
“Sweetheart okay lang naman atsaka at least nakabonding ko yun mga bata. O nandito na kami sa school nina Nikki at Abby. O mga anak bye na kayo sa daddy nyo.”
“Bye daddykins!” Nikki squeled at Maya’s phone
“Bye dad. Enjoy your day po.” Si Abby naman.
“Bye kids. Study hard ah!”
His heart still melts at scenes like this and he cant thank his wife enough for allowing him and his kids, their kids, the happiness anyone would wish to have.
“O sige na Sweetheart. Magalmusal ka na. Nagluto ako ng champorado kanina at inihimay na kita ng tuyo.”
“Okay sweetheart. Have a safe flight. I love you.”
“I love you so so so much more Sweetheart Ricky.”
What she said made him smile but wait! He shouldn’t be fooled by Maya ‘s overly sweet gestures coz it ony means one thing…. she wants to be freed from her consequence.
So he texted her.
“Don’t forget tonight Sweetheart and no excuses na please. =D”
He waited for her reply. After a few minutes he called her again but she is no longer answering her phone.
Ricky was already in a sour mood when he entered his office.
He didn’t even acknowledge the employees who were greeting him and offering their congratulatory messages for the very successful PAS anniversary celebration.
With that mood he’s having, no one even talked about his participation in the pageant. No one except for…
“Brod! kumusta ang Ginoong PAS?”
Ryan was grinning widely while sitting in front of Liza’s table when Richard arrived.
Richard just stared at Ryan then proceeded to his office.
“Uh oh. May masama ang gising ngayong umaga. Sige Liza susundan ko na. Salamat sa kape.”
“Sige Atty. Ryan, kausapin mo na si Ser kasi kawawa naman ang mga empleyado if ganyan yan buong araw.”
“I’ll try Liza. Mukhang sobrang sungit eh. Baka di ko kayanin.”
They both chuckled and Ryan went inside Richard’s office.
“O brod anong atin? Bakit sambakol ang mukha mo?”
Ricky just smirked at Ryan.
“What are you doing here Ryan? Akala ko may hearing ka ngayon. And why are you smiling?”
“Naaaliw lang ako sa hitsura mo. Parang kang napagkaitan…”
“Why are you here Ryan?” Ricky asked again.
“Hey easy. Ayun i brought the legal docs regarding JJ Aviation. Inoorganize ni Liza for your signature.”
“Pero maiba tayo. Bakit nga ba ang sungit mo? Di ka napagbigyan ni Misis ano?”
Ryan wiggled his eyebrows and Richard let out a deep sigh.
“Ikaw kasi brod eh!”
“At ano naman ang kinalaman ko? Ba’t nasali ako jan?”
“If you didn’t react last night…”
“Baka kung saan pa napunta usapan nyo.”
“Hindi no. Kung hindi ka sumabat, hindi mahihiya si Maya.”
“Oh! So tama ako. Di ka nga napagbigyan.” Ryan sniggered.
Richard just shook his head, getting more upset that his friend is making fun of him.
“Brod dahan dahanin mo naman kasi. Siyempre ang mga babae gusto special ang lahat ng bagay, pinagplaplanuhan, pinaghahandaan.”
Richard raised his eyebrows totally not getting what Ryan wants to point out.
“Kami kasi ni Misis, everytime we have a big event coming up, pinaplano nya, yun mood, yun ambiance, pati yun amoy ng room, klase ng bedsheet, pati kurtina brod.”
Now Ryan had Richard’s attention so he continued.
“Alam naman nating sentimental ang mga babae. Special sa kanila ang mga ganung events. I assume si Maya bihira naman nya gawin yun pinagagawa mo kaya dahan dahanin mo lang brod.” Ryan was serious now.
“Umiiwas brod eh. Parang ayaw.”
“Imposibleng ayaw. May kambal na nga kayo. Sigurado ako gusto nya na pinaghahandaan yun. Treat it like a celebration. Kami ni Misis hinahanapan namin lahat ng reasons to celebrate, like yun first time to use the bed celebration, job promotion celebration and (now whispering) even buy my wife a thong celebration.”
“Absurd na kung absurd but sa mga misis natin, importante yan. Mas sasaya sila nyan. I suggest umpisahan mo sa pagregalo ng something intimate like negligee.”
“I do that.”
“Baka naman you choose the boring designs. Mas okay brod yun mejo wild, a thong perhaps.”
“I wont do that! My wife is conservative and so am I.”
“Si Maya conservative, ikaw conventional!”
Then Ryan laughed at Richard’s annoyed expression.
“Easy, im here to help you brod. Ang sa akin lang, your wife is younger than you and ikaw lang naman ang una nya sa lahat. You wouldn’t want to deprive her of that i’m sure. Atsaka ang mga kaibigan nyan for sure nagkukuwentuhan about sa happenings in their married life. I am sure you wouldn’t want to disappoint your wife.”
Natigilan si Richard. Realization hit him.
“O sige brod. I have to go ahead. At relax lang, mukhang kulang na lang kainin mo yun mga empleyado mo.”
“Sige na brod. Thank you.”
Richard arrived home earlier that day. He preferred to stay with the kids since he doesn’t have anything important to do in the office anyway.
The moment he entered their bedroom he was surprised to see Maya’s laptop turned on. He realized that she was home so he searched for her in the bathroom. She wasn’t in there.
When he was about to leave the room, to search for her in the twins nursery, the website that she has been browsing caught his attention.
So tama nga si Ryan. His wife has been preparing for her version of the pageant and it seems she’s shopping for a lingerie.
He browsed the site and swallowed hard by merely imagining his wife in any of those and also slowly removing those.
He was excited that he accidentally opened another window that his wife had been browsing.
“No way!” was Richard’s reaction upon seeing the website.
It was a local online shop and Maya already placed purchases for 3 pcs of size xl maxi panties, yes the one that covers the whole thing.
Ricky is very much aware that Maya is not into those very sexy lingeries but he definitely wouldn’t want to see her in those oversized “lola undies”.
He knows the playful at mapangasar nature of his wife so he will just play along and pretend to be unaware of those online purchases. He is certain na ginugoodtime ulit siya ni Maya.
But he will definitely do something about it to his own liking.
2 weeks later.
Richard, Ryan and Liza were discussing the labor issues and legalities of the Lim Aviation Institute when Minerva came in with a FedEx package.
Thinking that it was the Boeing 737 manual he ordered, Richard asked Minerva to open the package.
A gasp was heard from her and Liza immediately went over Minerva to check on her only to find out that the package were undies ordered by Richard.
He immediatley grabbed the package from Liza and Minerva.
“Ah Sir, sa labas na po kami ni Minerva.”
Liza immediately left knowing very well that her boss is not used to being teased in front of them.
She wanted to spare him from further embarrassment especially that Ryan will surely make fun of him.
As soon as the two ladies left, Ryan let out the laughter he’s been suppressing.
“Stop it Ryan. This was your idea anyway.”
“I am proud of you brod. Honestly. Level up ka talaga. At gold talaga! Parang with Maya’s touch, este Midas touch it turns to gold.”
Richard couldn’t do anything and just allowed Ryan’s nonstop teasing besides, he is happy with his purchases. He got Maya a hot sexy red lacy VS underwear and himself a pair of Calvin Klein white undershirt and briefs with the gold garter.
He went home early that day planning to have lunch with Maya whom he knows doesn’t have a flight. He might be able to convince her to do the consequence.
As he was near the kitchen…
“Basta Sabel ha, dapat palibot din ng petals ha. Atsaka yun mga kandila, okay na ba yun?”
“Ay okay na po Mrs. Chief. Nailagay na rin ni Kuya Joma yun mp3 player dun.”
“Salamat Sabel ha. Secret natin to ha. Gusto ko kasi surprise.”
“Walang problema Mrs. Chief. Buti na lang wala sina Doris at Leah”
“Itinaon ko talaga na wala yun mga bata kasi nakakahiya naman kung nandito sila.”
“Korek ka dyan! At hindi rin kayo makakabwelo. Mga anong oras po kayo uuwi mamaya?”
“Mga 4 pm kaya dapat handa na yun room.”
Richard was very happy with what he heard. So today is the day. He better prepare too. He didn’t want Maya to suspect that he heard them so he went to the main door again and called for her.
“Sweetheart I’m home!”
Maya emerged from he kitchen to meet Ricky.
“Sweetheart wala kang pasok?”
“Meron Sweetheart pero I’ll just work in dito sa bahay. Ikaw bakit nakabihis ka? May lakad ka?”
“Ah eh oo Sweetheart. May aasikasuhin lang ako pero babalik naman ako ng maaga. Lunch na muna tayo bago ka mag umpisa magwork.”
“Sige lunch na tayo pero you don’t have to go home early if may mga gagawin ka pa. I might go back to the office rin later to bring some documents.”
He saw Maya’s relieved face and it confirmed his assumption of the big event Maya must be preparing for later.
The moment Maya left the house, Richard asked Manang Fe, Joma and Sabel to go to South Curves restaurant and order food for the kids and his parents. He asked them to bring it to his parents house. It is actually an excuse so he can check the preparations Maya did.
He found out that Maya had asked Sabel to prepare the guestroom. It had candles, petals scattered all around, table with fruits and wine and some mood music.
Tuwang tuwa siya. Maya indeed prepared for this. He didn’t mind if he saw that box of undies Maya ordered. He was sure that it was part of Maya’s playful nature.
Now it was his turn to prepare.
He took a very long shower taking time to scrub. He also made sure to shave. He also took a longer time to choose what to wear but deciding in the end that he will just put a robe over his purchased undies.
It was already 3pm when he finished. Manang Fe, Sabel and Joma had arrived.
“Ricardo, aalis ka?”
“Opo Manang. Pero magpapasundo na lang ako sa LAS. Iiwan ko yun sasakyan” He lied. He didn’t want to spoil his and Maya’s surprise for each other.
He just actually stayed in his home office trying to eavesdrop if Maya had arrived.
The he heard Sabel talking to Joma.
“Parating na raw si Mrs. Chief. Mga 10 minutes na lang nandito na siya..”
“Huh? Bakit hindi nagpasundo?”
“Ay basta may surprise ata. Wag na tayong makialam. Tara samahan mo akong magtapon ng basura.”
“Ang weird. Si Mrs. Chief ayaw din magpahatid sundo tapos si Sir Richard iniwan din yun sasakyan.”
“Hayaan mo na ang trip ng mga amo natin. Ikaw talaga Joma.”
The moment he heard Sabel and Joma’s fading steps, he immediately rushed to the guest room.
He was so excited that he would be the one to surprise Maya instead. He laid Maya’s lacy VS lingerie. He lighted a few candles and played a soft music.
He was contemplating on whether to still wear the robe or not. He decided to just wear what he bought.
So he leisurely laid in bed while excitedly anticipating Maya’s arrival.
A few minutes passed, he heard the knob being turned so he placed both his hands under his head in a sort of open invitation position.
He had a wide grin in his face when the door opened.
Nanay Teresita screamed upon seeing Ricky. Tay Arturo embraced her while trying to suppress his laughter.
Maya was behind them and happily announced….
“Happy Anniversary Nay! Tay! O bakit Nay?
Maya was wondering why her Nanay reacted that way.
She directed her eyes towards the room when she saw Ricky frantically wearing his robe which got entangled due to his embarrassment. He was red faced and couldn’t even look at his in-laws.
It also didn’t help that Sabel was there for she rushed when she heard Nay Teresita’s scream.
Then Richard just nodded his head at his in-laws rushing to leave the very awkward and embarrassing scene he got himself in.
Richard locked himself up in his home office. He didnt want to interact with anyone.
Maya was knocking.
“Sweetheart buksan mo naman to please.”
He just ignored her. Hiya din siya kay Maya.
“Sige naman Sweetheart. Galit ka ba sa’kin?”
He could now hear Maya’s pleading and worried voice so he opened the door.
Upon seeing her husband, Maya hugged him very tight. They closed the office door and Maya sat on her husband’s lap.
“Hmmm ang gwapo gwapo at ang bango bango mo Sweetheart!”
“You’re just saying that kasi napahiya ako kanina. Oh my God what will Nanay and Tatay think of me?”
“Na sexy ang asawa ko at napakaswerte ng anak nila?”
“You’re making fun of me.”
“Hindi ah! Atsaka buti nga yun, nawala yun kaba ni Nanay sa gagawin nila ni Tatay.”
“And why is that?”
“Kasi nagulat siya sa’yo. Naging icebreaker ka Sweetheart!”
“At anong akala mo sa gagawin nila nanay at tatay, magteteambulding at kailangan nila ng icebreaker?”
“Basta wag ka na ngang kumontra. Tara dun na tayo sa room. Tayo naman ang magteam building.”
Maya playfully teased Ricky intending to make him feel better.
“Atsaka suot ko na oh.”
Ricky saw that she was now wearing the lingerie he purchased.
The couple proceeded to their room.
They saw Sabel was near the staircase going to the second floor of the mansion. Maya knew what to do.
Maya went ahead of Ricky and whispered to Sabel.
“Sabel sabi ng ser nyo, bibigyan ka nya ng bonus basta kakalimutan mo na lang yun nakita mo.”
“Eh Mrs. Chief ang hirap naman kalimutan yun nakita ko eh.”
“Sabel!!!” Ricky’s booming voice was heard.
“Ay oo nga po Ser Richard, kakalimutan ko na po. Iisipin ko na lang na si Sir Luke yun.”
Richard glared at her.
“Ay si Joma na lang po”
Richard didn’t stop glaring at Sabel.
“Si Tay Arturo na lang…”
Nanlaki mata ni Maya.
“Mrs. Chief nakakatakot naman kasi si Ser Richard .”
Richard left the two by the foot of the stairs looking totally annoyed.
“Basta Sabel yun sinabi ko ha! Wag mo na rin sana ikuwento kina Doris at Leah”
“Opo Mrs. Chief.”
As Maya was about to go up the stairs, she paused.
“At Sabel please wag mo na rin idamay si Luke, Kuya Joma at lalo na si Tatay.”
“Opo Mrs. Chief. Para wholesome, si Sky na nakadiaper na lang ang iimaginin ko.”
Natawa si Maya.
“Sige na nga. Akyat na ako. Maguusap muna kami ng Ser nyo para kumalma siya. Tiger mode na kasi.”