Kuwentong Maya & Ricky : Diary

A/N : Pantawid fanfic muna while tinatapos yun CWSOA.

Richard Lim was inside his car waiting for Maya.

Her flight will be arriving in an hour. He was early for he thought it was traffic going to the airport. Fortunately it wasn’t but unfortunately too, it meant he would be waiting for an hour or so.

He decided to work while waiting so he reached for his laptop at the backseat of his car.

His attention was caught by a cute notebook with a Mickey Mouse cover. He smiled for he knows that it was Maya’s. She has a certain fondness for the rodent Disney character.  It must be her Time Airways notebook where she writes her flight schedules.

Richard got curious so he got the notebook and opened it.

He smiled at her handwriting. Even by the way she writes, he knows that Maya is a very intelligent person.

He flipped the pages until he realized that it wasn’t just a notebook but a diary. Instead of using those expensive diaries/ journals/ planners sold at the bookstore, Maya used what appears to be a kiddie notebook and used it as a diary. She’s really practical and very resourceful.

He knows that he should stop reading it the moment he learned that it was a diary. He shouldn’t be reading something that’s supposed to be private and was just unintentionally left inside his car.

As hard as he tried to stop himself from continuing reading what’s in the diary, curiosity got the best of him and he succumbed to it. It was just a diary and nobody would know about it anyway. Besides he needs to know what his chances were on trying to get Maya’s elusive ‘yes’. It’s not like he’s committing a crime or something. He also saw the accidental encounter with her diary as a divine intervention so he could court her in the way she wanted. He only needs some ‘tips’ and he was sure that it would be found in her diary. Richard tried to make excuses for what he was about to do.

So yes he continued reading the entries in her diary.

“Buti naman at maraming turista sa bayan ngayon. Medyo lumakas kita namin ni Kute.”

“May paparating na bagyo sa San Nicolas. Sana naman wag masyadong malakas kasi baka bumigay yun bubong namin.”

“Diyos ko po sana wag naman malala yun pilay ni Kute atsaka sana ok yun resulta ng x-ray nya.” Richard remembered this story which became one of the reasons why Maya had to work harder. Her sister Cristina Rose, or Kute fell while fixing their roof during a typhoon. She needed to be hospitalized and their mother had to mortgage their house so they’ll have enough money to shoulder the medical expenses. He admired Maya and her family’s resilience here. Instead of sulking because of their misfortune, they helped each other to find a solution to their problem.

“Ang saya namin!!! Naka 100 si Cho sa test niya. Mana talaga sa akin ang inaanak ko, Hehehe!” Richard couldn’t help but be proud of Cho also.  He already met the boy and he instantly like him.

“Kahit ano man na kamalasan aba swerte pa rin kami. Kumita ng 1,050.00 yun Souvenir Shop. Pwede na kaming makabayad ng kuryente. Nakakaawa si Cho mag-aral sa dilim. Salamat po at dininig nyo panalangin namin.” His heart went out to Maya’s family.  He admired them all the more for their simple joys in life.

There were lots of entries about how hard life was for Maya’s family in San Nicolas. He admired her more. He didn’t know most of it. Maya didn’t use her life story to earn pity.

“Nakakatakot pala dito sa Manila. Mahirap magtiwala.  Sabagay kahit nga kababayan ko mahirap pagkatiwalaan.” She must be pertaining to her kababayan who scammed her. She was supposed to work in Dubai but eventually found out that her kababayan fled with her money.

“Salamat sa Jollibee CR. Nakapaghilamos at bihis ako. Salamat din sa Manong guard ng BDO kasi hinayaan nya akong magpalipas ng gabi sa may pintuan ng bangko. Binigyan pa nya ako ng karton at kape. Saan ka pa!” His heart went out to her. He never thought she went through this. She never mentioned it either. He just smiled at the way she wrote. She was still finding positivity even in a very difficult situation.

“Oh my God! Akala ko mamamatay na ako kanina! Muntik na akong mabangga! Tapos may lumitaw na anghel. Correction – gwapong anghel! Haaaayyyy!” Richard chuckled. Kinilig. She was pertaining to him. This was their first encounter. “Sa lahat ng pangit  na nangyari sa akin, siya yung pinakagwapo.” She even drew stars and hearts. He was enjoying it.

“Hala nakita ko ulit si gwapo kaso mukhang pumangit siya sa akin. Ang sungit! Pagbintangan ba naman ako na kikidnapin anak nya.  Ako na nga ang nagmagandang loob para iligtas yun bata. Aba at ako pa yun muntik makasuhan. Salamat na lang sa CCTV napawalang sala ako. Pero asar pa rin ako dun sa gwapo, este pangit na mamang yun.”  He felt guilty when he remembered how he shouted at her and even dragged her to the airport security.

Peace na kami ni gwapo na naging pangit na gwapo na ulit. Inalok nya ako ng trabaho!!! Siguro guilty lang yun kasi nga napahiya siya ng pinagbintangan ako. Pero salamat pa rin. Aba okay na yun kahit yaya ako ng anak nya. Magaan ang loob ko dun sa bata. At nangako siya na papagaralin nya ako. Sana naman tuparin nya. Pero thank you sa biyaya na to.” He shook his head at how she described him. “Pangit pala ha.” He chuckled to himself.

Ang laki ng bahay ni gwapong singkit. Parang mall! Mababait naman yun mga tao. Makulit si Doris at Sabel. Si Manang Fe parang nanay. Namiss ko tuloy si Mamang. Yun teacher ni Abby masungit. Mukhang hindi nagtratrabaho ng maayos. Aba babantayan ko siya para wag masayang yun bayad ni gwapo sa kanya. Si Kuya Joma may hitsura din. Mukhang latino.” He frowned at this. “Pero syempre walang tatalo sa pinakagwapong person in town, ang aking gwapong boss na si Mr. Richard Lim.” Ear to ear na ang smile ni Ricky while reading. If someone saw him, they would think that he’s crazy laughing by himself.

“Yun pala si Mrs. Lim? Bakit hindi sya nakatira sa bahay? Hiwalay kaya sila? Or baka sa ibang lugar nagtratrabaho. Pero mukhang hindi siya bagay kay Ser. Pula yun buhok kasing pula ng lipstick tapos kung manamit parang kinapos sa tela at masikip. Siguro payat pa siya ng binili yun damit tapos  tumaba na lang. Aba pwede ko syang bigyan ng sobrang tela sa super habang mga damit ko, hihihi! Pero hindi talaga sila bagay ni Ser. Mukha siyang bakla.” Richard was laughing so hard now. Maya was talking about Stephanie whom she mistook for Alex, his late wife.

“Nakakahiya kanina! Nahulog ako sa pool. Nagpanic ako kasi nakabalot yun mga paa ko. Dumating si Ser. Akala ko naman lulundag sya sa tubig para sagipin ako. Nahopia ako dun. Sayang!” He shook his head. He remembered this. He arrived from work and was in his default tiger mood when he saw Maya in the pool and Abby was crying while watching her yaya helplessly. He pulled Abby to safety while grabbing the pool cleaning pole for Maya to hold on to. He remembered smiling at her foolishness for the first time.

“Awww ang sweet ni Ser. Nag-alala din sya sa akin.  Pinabigyan nya ako kay Doris ng hot compress para sa napilay kong paa. Haaaaayyyy! Kilig!”

Hihihi! Napilit namin ni Abby si Ser sumagot sa slumbook. Ang cute nya kanina kasi nagsusungit pero sumagot naman. Ay ako pala halos sumulat at si Ser Fred yun sumagot. Pero grabe si Ser. Misteryoso talaga.” He was again laughing while he remembered how silly he was to be forced to participate in the slumbook-answering session. He remembered how Abby hugged her after he participated in what she considers a game.

Hmmm mukhang bumabait na si Daddy Pogi at Daddy Bango. Haaayy ang bango nya talaga. Nagsmile na sya ng binigyan ko siya ng kape.

Ang sarap dito sa Baguio. Ang sarap din gamitin etong jacket ni Ser. Ambait nya talaga. Pinahiram nya sa akin yun jacket. Buti na lang nakalimutan kong magdala ng jacket, hihihi!”

“Pangalawang araw namin dito sa Baguio. Sinamahan ako ni Ser bumili ng Bahay Kubo na kumot. Hihihi ang sarap siguro kung katabi ko si Ser sa ilalim ng kumot. Ay naku ano bang pinagsusulat ko! Di ko pa naman mabubura kasi dudumi etong diary ko. Sabagay ako lang naman nakakabasa, hihihi!” Richard swallowed hard. He felt guilty for reading the diary and he also felt hot all of a sudden at Maya’s comment of them being under the blanket. He continued reading, brushing off the feeling of guilt. “Grabe yun tibok ng puso ko kanina. Tinanong ko kasi si Ser kung ano yun gusto nya sa babae. Pagkatapos nya sabihin yun mga katangian, sabihan ba naman ako ng ‘ikaw’. Aba yun pala tinatanong rin nya ako. Jusko hopia ulit. Intsik talaga si Ser. Mahilig manghopia! Hihihi!”

“Sakit sa loob. Dumating yun kaibigan ni Ser. Aba akala ko naman lalaki kasi Raffy yun pangalan. Yun pala Rafi as in Rafaela. Maganda siya in fairness. Bagay sila ni Ser. Ay erase erase Maya! Wag sasaktan ang sarili! Okay bagay silang magbestfriends ni Ser. Ayun!” He remembered Maya’s sour face when she found out who Rafi was. He could even remember the fleeting expression of sadness and hurt in Maya when he hugged Rafi. “So nagseselos na siya noon pa.” He thought to himself and smiled.

First day of classes ko. Hinatid ako ni Ser! Ay hindi pala, hihihi! Isinabay lang nya ako. Pero grabe yun kilig nang inayos nya yun seatbelt ko. Buti hindi ako hinimatay!”

“Pasado ako! Magtraraining na ako sa Time Airways! Ang saya-saya ko! May bonus pang yakap galing kay Ser!”He remembered how he was unable to control himself then that he hugged her. He was so proud of her. He also chuckled as he remembered himself being edgy that time. Maya’s closeness affected him as well.

“Nakakatampo. Akala ko isasama ako sa mall. Yun pala hindi. Balak ko pa naman sana silang bilhan ng regalo.” This was the time he didn’t bring her because he actually bought her a gift. She got hurt that she even avoided him at home.

“Oh my God kaya pala hindi ako isinama kasi binilhan ako ng regalo. The best boss in the world talaga to si Ser.”

“Lagot nakita nya yun picture nya sa phone! Nakita pa nya na hinahalikan ko to! Jusko naman Maya dela Rosa! Nakakahiya!”

Akala ko panaginip. Totoo pala! Naamin ko na na crush ko siya. Diyos ko sana lamunin na ako ng lupa! Paano na ako haharap sa kanya nito?”

He was reading more entries and he was enjoying it so much when he was startled by a knock on his window.  He hurriedly opened his window thinking that it was the guard.

The moment he opened it “Hi Ser Chief! Kanina ka pa?” It was Maya giving him her sweet smile.

“Crap! Ah eh… Lipat ka na sa seat mo Maya.” Nataranta na! He was caught red-handed! Or not? Maya didn’t seem to notice that he was actually reading her diary. The moment Maya walked to go to her side of the car, he hurriedly hid the notebook. He actually sat on it but Maya saw it.

“Uy ano yan Ser Chief?” She didn’t have a close look buti na lang.

“Nothing,  just office papers.” Gosh he must lie or else Maya would hate him. He wouldn’t want that to happen.

“Ay akin na. Ayusin ko. Magugusot yan kasi inupuan mo.”

“No it’s okay. Dito lang to.” He’s beginning to sweat despite the cool  temperature in his car.

“Ser Chief akin na kasi.”

“Wag na Maya.”

She noticed that he’s hiding something and his eyes looked shifty. She knew he was lying.

“Ser Chief  hindi yan office papers eh.  Patingin!”

“No! This is for my eyes only. Hindi mo naman maiintindihan to.” He couldn’t think of anything else to say but he saw the hurt in her eyes. “Maya I meant….”

“Okay lang Ser Chief. Kuha ko naman na hindi ako dapat mangialam sa lahat ng bagay.” Her tone was sad. The jolly mood she has awhile ago suddenly changed.

He felt bad. He was guilty.

He carefully drove the car out of the airport. Maya was still quiet. He knows that he was to blame.

“Maya sorry…”

“Wala kang dapat ihingi ng sorry Ser Chief.” She said this with a voice without warmth. His aircon was cold but Maya was colder and he hated it.

He parked the car when he saw a gasoline station.

He started in a very careful manner and in a very soft voice.

“Ano kasi… nahihiya ako to show you what I was reading. Ano kasi…” He couldn’t find the right words to say to her. He’s not even sure if admitting that it was her diary he was reading would appease her or further infuriate her.

“Ano?” She faced him now but she didn’t bother to hide her annoyance anymore. Sharp na tumingin si Maya so scared na rin si Ricky.

“Kasi I was reading… Ano.. uhm…” He swallowed hard.

Maya raised an eyebrow at him. She even crossed her arms.

He swallowed again. “Ano I was reading… an FHM magazine.” God he’ll rot in hell for lying.

Nanlaki eyes ni Maya then she turned red. There was an awkward silence. She knows that her Ser Chief is sometimes playful and naughty but she never imagined him reading that kind of magazine where ladies posed for men to ogle on. She looked away. She even thought that if he was reading that kind of magazine then he must be comparing her to the ladies in it. She closed her eyes and shook her head, obviously disgusted at what she found out.

“Maya…”

“Sige na Ser Chief. Uwi na tayo. Ayoko rin makita yun binabasa mo.”

Lagot. Minus pogi points siya kay crushmate. He knows that Maya thinks of him differently now.

He knows grabe na ang atraso nya for lying.

He’ll indeed be punished up there for lying.

Oh well it’s better than suffering from the wrath of a woman whose diary he read without permission.

 

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The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Capt. James :  Missed Lang !

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Capt. James :  Missed Lang !

“Nasa parking na ako sweetheart. Are you done?” He sent her a message.

“Tapos na rin ako kaso alam mo na. Kailangan ko pang samahan si Capt. James as per instruction ni Ma’m Ina. Nagseselos ata siya na may ibang lumapit dito na girls. As if naman kagwapo! Hayyy….😡😡😡” she texted him back.

“Silly! Hindi pa ba siya tapos?”

“Hindi pa sweetheart. Hindi pa nya nakukuha yun binayarang award nya.”

Maya dela Rosa and Capt James Ventura were in attendance at the annual awards for Pilots and Flight Attendants. Everybody in Time Airways had been teasing Capt James Ventura that he was just given the award because of his charming ways.

“Hey don’t say that. Masend mo nga yun message mo sa kaniya.” He was laughing as he read his wife’s message.

“Totoo naman eh. They’re trying to make him appear like a very responsible CEO of Time Airways. Eh panay lang naman travel at night out. He’s trying to be like you.  Nakakainis kaya kapag they compare him to the very handsome at hardworking CEO of LAS.” She complained.

Of course natuwa naman si Ricky. Even his heart was happy and he felt proud with how his wife described him.

“Hey hayaan mo na. Hindi ka na nasanay kay James. Atsaka akala ko he’s your friend. Eh bakit parang asar ka sa kanya ngayon?”

“Ewan Sweetheart. Basta naiinis ako sa kanya. Naiingayan rin ako. Dapat I’m with you na kaso andito kailangan ko pang sayangin ang oras ko para samahan siya.”

He raised his eyebrows at what he read. “Oh that’s new. Ikaw usually ang nagtatanggol sa kanya. I’m loving it. At least we’re on the same side now and he won’t be part of our conversations anymore.” He sent his reply.

He actually hates it when Maya talks about the conceited pilot but since James is already Maya’s friend, Ricky just tolerates it. Now he’s happy na asar si Maya kay James.

“So how was your day?” He added.

“Nakakapagod pero sulit naman. I’m sure matutuwa sila Nanay sa award ko. Ako na talaga ang Best Stewardess in Town.” She texted him back.

“I’m really so proud of you Sweetheart. So anong ginagawa mo now?” He asked again

“Eto missing you. Missing you ng sobra sobra! Kung hindi lang ako nakaupo sa harap I would have rushed to where you are.”

“And?…” He was feeling giddy.

“Siyempre bibigyan kita ng big hug.” Kilig na rin siya.

“And?…” Aside from giddy uncomfy na din. Those pictures of her posted at the Time Airways IG account today immediately came to his mind.

“Siyempre with kiss.” She was already blushing as she also remembered how handsome he was when he left for work this morning.

“And?…”

“Sweetheart ha! Behave nga. I’m blushing already. Ang dami pa namang press people here. Baka they’d assume  na I’m blushing because of Captain James.  Feeling pa naman masyado ang isang to. Yuck!”

“You started it.”

“Anong I started it. Hindi ah! I only said I want to hug you.”

“Oo you started it. You’ve been teasing me with those pictures of yours. Grabe ka sweetheart. Di ako makaconcentrate. Pinahirapan mo ako.”

Siyempre tuwang tuwa siya. She was really teasing him. “Sweetheart I want to look my best especially that you’ll be celebrating your birthday already.”

“Sweetheart sa pictures mo baka di ako umabot ng 45th birthday ko. Ikaw talaga! And you always look your best pero those pictures are hot sweetheart.  Mukhang you want something…” He teased her.

“Wala ikaw talaga. Yun photographer sa Time Airways ang nagpagawa sa akin ng mga poses na ganun. Maganda ba? Gusto ko rin na proud ka siyempre.”

“I am proud and also very  jealous. Nakakainis that si Ventura ang katabi mo now.” He sighed.”

“Sweetheart kalma ka nga.”

“Kasi naman eh…”

Tuwang tuwa si Maya as she could imagine Ricky in his tiger mode.

“Don’t worry sweetheart madali na rin ata tong matapos. Babawi ako sa’yo mamaya.”

“Really?”

“Oo naman. Kahit anong request mo gagawin ko.”

Ricky was smiling ear to ear now. “Talaga lang Sweetheart? Oh God I can’t wait!”

“Talagang talaga!” Kilig na kilig si Maya

“Sweetheart  para rin matuwa ka. I also have your favorite.” He texted her again.

“Ano?”

“You guess muna…”

“Ikaw ang napakagwapo at napakabangong kong hubby! Ikaw ang favorite ko!!!”

“Naku not me. Nakahanda na sa bahay yung favorite dish mo. Alam ko kasing gutom ka na.”

Her face lit up. She was so happy. Gutom na kasi talaga siya. Excited na siya to see hubby and excited na din to eat her favorite. “Kare Kare sweetheart?”

“Yes. Ako nagluto. I went home early kasi nagrequest yun mga bata ng ice cream. I decided to cook for you na rin kasi alam kong pagod ka and that you will be late because of the awarding ceremony 😊”

“Oh my God! I can’t wait na sweetheart. Gutom na talaga ako. I love you.❤”

“I love you more.❤❤”

“❤❤❤”

“❤❤❤❤”

“❤❤❤❤❤”

“❤❤❤❤❤❤”

“❤❤❤❤❤❤❤”

Hindi natapos yun paramihan nila ng heart hanggat natapos yun awards night.

Si Captain James? Wala. Busy sa pagpapacharming sa ibang lady FA’s. He can’t do it to Maya kasi takot rin naman siya kay Mr. Lim.

 

A/N : Short lang ulit.

Kuwentong Maya & Ricky : Zip it Tarzan!

“Ayoko sweetheart! Ayoko talaga!”

Her eyes were tightly shut as she hugged him.

“You can do it. I will go ahead of you naman. It is perfectly safe.”

They were going to try the Tarzan Swing extreme ride at some secluded resort in Camsur.

She was actually the one who had been badgering him about the extreme rides the moment she saw the big billboard about it at the entrance of the resort. After being pestered nonstop, he finally agreed.

Now that they were already safely strapped to the ropes while atop the mountain where they were supposed to jump for the said adventure, she is backing out and hugging him tightly.

“Sir mukhang ayaw na po ni Mam. Rule po namin na wag pilitin yun ayaw kasi po baka magkaproblema.” Their client’s  safety was the primary concern of the staff that’s why they suggested to Richard Lim not to let his wife proceed with the Tarzan Ride.

The staff were amused at how the lovely doe-eyed lady clinged to her husband and the onlookers especially the ladies, were giddy and envious as well at how the goodlooking husband protectively encircled his arms around his very nervous wife.

Ricky asked Maya one last time. “Ayaw mo talaga sweetheart? We can just do the simple rides. Or if not let’s just take a dip sa pool.” He even suggested.

“Ayoko na talaga sweetheart. Sa picture kasi parang madali lang pero ngayon nakakatakot pala. Sorry.” She was embarrassed and very apologetic to her husband.

“Hey what are you sorry for? It’s okay Sweetheart.” He assured her and even kissed her forehead  forgetting that they were actually being surrounded by people who were excitedly waiting for everyone who tries the Tarzan Ride.

They realized that they were being watched when they heard collective ‘awwws’ and gasps of kilig from the audience. Maya turned red of embarrassment and hid her face on her husband’s chest while Ricky just sheepishly smiled at their audience.

“Manong we will just skip the ride. Yun payment namin  transfer na lang namin sa ibang activities” Ricky suggested.

“Ay Sir hindi po pwede kasi nasetup na po namin yun ropes at yun harness. Non refundable po iyon kapag nalagay na yun equipment. Kung kanina po kayo nagbackout pwede po yun.” The senior staff patiently explained.

“Ay ganun ba? Naku sayang naman yun 400 pesos na binayad namin.” They paid 200 per person for the ride and Ricky didn’t like the idea of wasting it on just being strapped on the harness and ropes.

With a deep sigh he suddenly quipped. “Sige Manong tutuloy ako.”

“Ah sige po Sir!” The staff got excited again. They were actually promoting their extreme rides and they were happy everytime someone tries it.

“Sigurado ka Ricky? Gagawin mo yan?” Maya asked her husband.  She knows that Ricky is not fond of extreme rides and that he just agreed to do it because she wanted to try it. Now that she backed out, she expected him to do the same.

“Yes Sweetheart. I’m already strapped. I might as well try this.” Then he smiled, gave her a teasing look and whispered to her ear, “Pandagdag pogi points din for your husband.”

Of course Maya is so proud. Kilig na kilig din siya and Ricky looked so manly wearing all the gears and straps for the ride.  “Sweetheart di mo naman kailangan ng dagdag pogi points kasi ubod ka na nang pogi sa akin. Perfect ka na!”

“I know.” Then he winked at her while he was being assisted by the staff to the jumping point of the ride.

“Manong teka lang po!” Maya then went near Ricky and gave him a full kiss on his lips. “Ayan para wag kang kabahan Sweetheart!”

Because of the kiss, Ricky was in heaven and he did the ride forgetting the anxiety he felt and the fear of heights he usually had.

The crowd went on cheering for him and Maya was cheering so loud for her husband.

The ride went on for two minutes with Ricky being tossed and turned while hanging on the ropes where he was safely strapped.

The moment the ride ended, Maya immediately hugged him “Ang galing galing mo Sweetheart! Pakiss ulit!” Then she also hugged him.

“Sweetheart pinagpawisan na ako. I don’t smell good.” He complained and avoided her hug.

“Anong you don’t smell good. Lagi kang mabango para sa akin Ricky.”

Their sweet exchange was interrupted by the staff who was about to remove his harness. “Sir tanggalin na po natin yun harness nyo.”

“Ah wait lang Manong. Di ba dalawa yun binayaran ko? Ako na lang gagawa ng para sa asawa ko. Dalawang beses ko gagawin kasi sayang yun 200 niya. Pwede naman yun di ba?” (Kuripot, este practical talaga si Ricky 😂)

“Ay oo naman po Sir. Atsaka maraming matutuwa kasi tingnan nyo po, marami na kayong fans. Maraming napopogian sa inyo.” Then Ricky glanced at the audience and found that many ladies both young and old and even few men were watching him. They were even taking his pictures and surely videos as well. Natawa siya but of course hindi natuwa si Maya.

“Sweetheart wag mo nang gawain. Mapapagod ka lang.” Maya was already upset that her husband was attracting attention.”

“Gagawin ko na Sweetheart kasi look at them, sobra  silang  excited to be able to see a Chinito tarzan. O di ba mas matipuno pa ako kay Tarzan”, then he whispered naughtily to her ear, “and I could do more stunts than him.”

Nanlaki eyes ni Maya for her husband’s naughty quip. “Ricky!”

Then after planting another kiss on her lips, off he went to jump for another Tarzan ride while the crowd was again cheering and some were even shouting “More! More!” and some ladies were even commenting on how handsome he was.

They also tried some other rides that day and they even did the zipline together.

Maya who was really afraid of heights felt safe with Ricky by her side.

They both enjoyed their time together away from the kids and from work.

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“Opo Ma ginawa po yun ni Ricky at dalawang beses pa kasi nanghinayang siya sa ibinayad para sa akin.” She giggled.

“Naku iha kuripot talaga ang asawa mo. He’s very much like your Papa Roberto.” Mama Esmeralda was also laughing.

She was talking to their Mama Esmeralda on the phone while Ricky was already looking impatiently at her. He’d been shaking his head and giving her all the expressions he could think of to convey his annoyance. It didn’t work. Maya instead laughed at how silly he looked.

Maya had been on the phone for about an hour already. She had talked to the kids, to Kute, to Nanay Teresita and even to Manang Fe and while she was about to turn off her phone the call of Mama Esmeralda came in. She answered it despite Ricky’s protests. She was excited to share about their adventure to the very eager mother of Ricky.

“Sweetheart stop reporting kay Mama. You need to give your full attention to me. Akin na yang phone.”  He grabbed the phone then talked to his mom, “Ma stop disturbing us. How can we work on giving you more grandchildren if you would always have Maya’s attention on you?” Then he turned off  her phone and turned to his wife.

“Ricky nakakahiya kay Mama ano ka ba!”

“Sssshhh stop talking about  Mama. Get ready for bed na sweetheart so I can show you a new jungle adventure.”

“Eeeeehhhhh stop it Tarzan!”

Maya was shrieking while being attacked by Tarzan Ricky with kisses and more.

 

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A/N :

Eto na muna. I’m rusty and busy eh.

Be Careful With My Heart

Be Careful With My Heart

July 9, 2017

It’s been five years since the showing of the very first episode of the undisputed phenomenal series of ABS-CBN and Ms. Jeany, the head of the unit responsible for the series, threw a party to celebrate the highly successful show.

She sent invitations weeks ago and even instructed everyone to enter the venue of the party in their serye character just like what they did in the Fairytale Wedding and After Wedding Party. She thought that it would make the celebration more meaningful and memorable.

Every member of the BCWMH family, from the actors to the staff and even utility personnel were excited to finally have the chance to see each other after the show ended.

The show was very special to them and every member behind the serye had wonderful memories of the show.

BCWMH gave them a steady source of income for two years and four months.

It started the careers of the showbiz newcomers then but famous actors now – Luke, Nikki, Nicolo, Inigo, Joni, Joey and Chesca.

It also made the stand-up comediennes Sabel and Doris famous which opened lots of opportunities for them in other shows as well.

BCWMH also opened opportunities for independent film and theatre actors like Emman and Leah.

The show also became instrumental in creating a name for Ms. Jeany’s unit, which eventually earned them more projects. Every time people finds out that they were the same team behind Be Careful With My Heart, people would never fail to praise them for the show and be grateful to the point that they support any project the unit does to show their gratitude.

The show made Richard Lim the very famous actor and bankable endorser he is now. Richard Lim became a highly in-demand actor. He was given more projects after playing the role of the very much loved and revered Ser Chief. He starred in movies, had guested in some TV shows, he even had an album with another Chinito guy. His businesses flourished and also benefitted from BCWMH as people would normally support his business endeavors whenever they learn that their most loved Ser Chief owns it. Richard was very much aware of what the show did to him and he was truly grateful. He never failed to show how thankful he was by constantly mentioning it. This attitude of his endeared him to most of his fans. They see him as someone who knows how to look back from where he came from and someone who had his feet planted to the ground. He remained humble and approachable.

Maya dela Rosa became noticed now. Her talent was now being appreciated. She had been around the business for many years already but only after she took on the role as the positive, bubbly and very loving wife of Ser Chief, did she become noticed by the network. She was now regarded as one of the pillars of the Star Magic which was formerly dominated by other actors. She was given many projects as well and many endorsements too. The show also influenced her personal life. She became a better person because of the show and because of those she worked with in the show. Everyone positively influenced each other.

Even those who played support roles in BCWMH were given projects after it ended. Nanay Teresita, Tatay Arturo, Don Roberto, Dona Esmeralda, Manang Fe, Cho were given seryes one after the other.

Kute got into government service.

All the writers and staff of the show had a steady source of income as Ms. Jeany ensured that they will always be part of every project her unit handles.

The original singer of the theme song of the serye was also very thankful that his song skyrocketed in the sales when it was used as the serye’s OST.

BCWMH opened many opportunities for everyone.

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“Direk Jett nagkita ulit tayo.” The good-natured soft-spoken Director was the first to arrive at the venue of the party. He was met by Ms. Jeany. They were actually together almost every day because of their ongoing series.

“Maagang natapos yun taping ng The Better Half eh. Gusto rin nga nilang makisali sa party.” He joked. “Asan na yung iba? Mukhang napaaga nga ata ako.”

“Okay lang. At least may kasama na ako. Sila Panching at Bon nandito na kanina pero pinakiusapan kong bumili ng miniature cakes para sa mga bata.”

“Masaya to Jeany. Masaya at makikita ulit natin sila. Malalaki na sigurado yun mga bata. Yun mga teens naman natin matured na. I’m excited to see them.” The director quipped.

“Ako din. It’s been years but hindi ko pa rin malimutan yun masayang samahan natin.” The unit head added.

They went on reminiscing about the great times they had while doing the show.

“Direk Jett! Ms. Jeany! We are back!!!” The funny and well-loved triumvirate of the Lim household chorused upon entering the venue. Behind them was the guy who played Joma who was escorting Manang Fe.

“Ang ingay nyo talaga Sabel, Doris at Leah.” Manang Fe pretended to act like her role in the series which got everybody laughing.

“Masungit si Manang Fe kasi wala si Mang Anastacio.” Joma also joked which earned him a pinch from Manang Fe.

Ms. Nel and the writers were also in attendance and they were relentlessly praised for the success of the show. Everyone believes that the well-written and thought off script of the show was the reason for its success.

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“Wala pa ba si Direk Melvyn?” Direk Jett was looking for his co Director.

“Naku Direk baka matagal pa yun. Alam mo naman he’s still using his old volkz.” Joma commented which made everyone laugh.

They were noisily chatting in groups. The staff had a small group, the older cast were also talking to each other and the teens as well.

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“Hi Niks!”

“Hi Nicolo? How’s your mom?”

“Ayun lumalaban pa rin. Salamat sa mga prayers nyo ha! It meant a lot.”

“Nicolo we’re like family di ba? Kasama nyo kami ni Tita sa battle nya.” She assured her former LT who even became her bestfriend.

Nicolo tried his best not to show the inner struggle he was having. His voice was already shaky. “Thank you Niks.”

Nikki gave him a tight hug to comfort him.

Luke, Louie and Inigo also arrived together with Joey, Aira, Joni, Amiel, Stacey and the other teens of the show. They happily chatted which also made Nicolo forget even momentarily what his family is going through.

They were all updating each other of their present projects and they even vowed to constantly see each other even after the party.

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Finally the leads arrived:

Richard had to fetch Maya and also the kids who played their twins Sky and Sunshine. They followed Ms. Jeany’s request to be in their show’s character and they gamely played it.

“Naku late kayong dalawa. Kanina pa kami dito.” Kute teased Richard and Maya who just arrived at the party. They brought wine and more food and gifts for everyone.

“Eto kasi si Sweetheart and tagal. Ayaw lumabas ng bedroom. Ayaw akong pakawalan sa bed.” He naughtily joked which earned more teasing from their companions and which made his partner turn crimson.

“Naku bunso ah! Baka mamaya may mas bunso pa kina Sky and Sunshine.” Kute added.

“Kute ha!” she managed to say.

“Ano? Totoo naman. Atsaka Maya dela Rosa, malalaki na rin naman tong kambal. Pwede nang sundan.” Kute continued to tease them and Richard gamely joined.

“See sweetheart agree si Kute. I told you dapat sundan na yun kambal because malalaki na sila and they’ll eventually go to school. Malungkot na sa bahay, wala nang babies. Oh well ikaw pala yun baby ko.” He acted so sweet that she was already blushing.

“Tumigil ka nga. Sumosobra ka na! Ikaw rin Kute! Tara na nga kain na tayo. Gutom na ako. Ang tagal kasi nito ni partner.”

They were all having a blast teasing each other like they used to before.

They celebrated the anniversary of the show and they celebrated the years of friendship as well.

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“Ms. Jeany do you think they’ll make us continue the series? Open-ended naman yun last episode natin eh.” Richard got curious.

“Maybe. Hindi ko alam. If ever, would you guys still do it?”

“Of course! Basta ba sama sama pa rin tayo.” He readily agreed.

“Ako rin. I will never trade what we had in BCWMH for anything.” Maya also agreed.

Ms. Jeany was very happy and proud that the positive vibes of the show had been adapted by everyone who became part of it.

She’s hoping to do the show again, that is if we veiwers would still want it.

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Happy Anniversary Be Careful With My Heart!

Thank you for the wonderful memories!

Join us in reminiscing the show in twitter using the hashtag #BCWMHAlwaysInOurHearts

Kapit Bisig!

Can We Start Over Again – 14

Can We Start Over Again – 14

Richard arrived at the Dela Rosa residence after a long drive. It was close to midnight but he didn’t hesitate to knock on their door. He just wanted to make sure that Maya was home.

He’s been worried already when he couldn’t contact her. Maya didn’t call him either, like what she told Liza she’d do.  It’s so unlike her and he’s really distressed as many scenarios were already playing in his mind.

Nanay Teresita opened the door and was startled to see Richard. She craned her neck expecting to see her daughter but was confused when she didn’t see her. “Richard si Maya?” She questioned the anxious-looking Richard who greeted her with a kiss on her cheek.

He treats Nay Teresita  like his own mom and they were very close even when Maya was away.

She led Richard inside their home.

“Nay yan din ang reason why I’m here. Maya went to the office earlier today. Unfortunately I was out. My secretary told me that umalis si Maya after an hour to meet a friend. She promised to return to the office and she even told Liza that she’d call me. But I couldn’t contact her. I tried calling Tatay Arturo kanina pero he wasn’t answering too.”  Worry was etched on his face.

Nanay Teresita got worried as well. All she knew was that Maya will be visiting Richard and that she will surprise him.  She never mentioned any friend aside from him.

“Teka tingnan ko yun telefono. Hindi ko pa naman pinapansin yun. Yun Tatay Arturo mo may dinaluhang convention kaya hindi yun makakasagot sa tawag. Ayun nga sobrang pagod kaya tulog na tulog. Naku Maya asan ka bang bata ka?” Nanay Teresita frantically searched for her phone inside their bedroom.

She was relieved to find messages from Maya informing her of the exact same thing she told Richard’s secretary but Nanay Teresita knows that something was amiss. She knows her daughter so well. She dialed her number while returning to the living room where Richard was waiting.

“Maya nak? Asan ka ba?” She blurted out the moment Maya answered the call.

Relief was etched on Richard’s face the moment he heard Nanay Teresita talking to Maya on the phone.

“Nay yun tinext ko sa’yo. Yun na po yun. Saka ko na lang ipapaliwanag.” She couldn’t admit to her mother what she found out and how hurt she was. She knows that her mother is close to Richard and his parents.

“Maya akala ko si Richard ang pupuntahan mo?”

“Nay wala siya doon atsaka… basta Nay. Saka ko na lang ipapaliwanag. Kapag tumawag si Richard dyan sa inyo, bahala na po kayong magpaliwanag. Hindi ko na muna siya kakausapin.” Then she stifled her sob which didn’t escape her mother.

“Maya kung ano man yan, ikaw na ang magpaliwanag kay Richard. Nandito sya. Kanina pa to nagaalala sa’yo.” Nanay Teresita handed the phone to Richard not allowing Maya to avoid talking to him which Nanay Teresita suspects her daughter was doing. She felt that something happened which compelled Maya to avoid  Richard.

“Maya! Where are you? I’m sorry wala ako kanina. I felt so bad to have missed your visit. Akala ko babalik ka? I waited for you. Tinawagan rin kita. Where are you? Masaya ako that you’re home. Are you just visiting or is this what you told me?” He was excited that he talked nonstop.

“Ricky hindi ko pa sigurado. Sasabihin ko na lang kapag nagkita tayo. Sige na gabi na kailangan mo nang magpahinga.” Her lackluster reply didn’t escape him but he ignored it.

“When are we going to see each other? I’ve already blocked the rest of the week. I’m all yours.” He still sounded excited despite Maya’s reaction on the other line.

“Hindi mo na kailangang gawin yun. Hindi ko pa sigurado kung kailan tayo magkikita. May mga aasikasuhin pa ako. Sige na Ricky. Pahinga ka na. Thank you sa pagpunta dyan kay Nanay. Dyan ka na matulog kasi delikadong magdrive. Late na.” Her voice couldn’t hide the sadness and hurt she felt. Even the sound of her voice betrayed what she felt. He could tell that something was bothering her.

“Are you okay? Why do you sound like you cried? Do you need me there?”

“Wag na Ricky. Dadamayan ko na muna etong kaibigan ko. Nalungkot lang ako sa kwento nya. Pupuntahan na lang kita kapag okay na siya.”

“Maya you’re making me worry here. I don’t even know where you are or kung sinong friend yan? Can you at least tell me?”

“Ricky wag na. I’m okay. Kaya ko naman ang sarili ko. I’ll just call you kapag free na ako. Wag kang mag-alala. I’ve survived Manila. Kakayanin ko naman dito sa New York.”

“So you’re in New York? Asan ka nga Maya? Tell me. Pupuntahan kita. I won’t bother your friend. Please just tell me where you are. Hindi ako mapapakali nito. I know something’s wrong. Please tell me.” He was pleading already.

He disliked being left in the dark on what’s happening to her.

“Ricky naman eh. Mapilit ka naman. Kaya ko na ang sarili ko.”

“But Maya …”

“Can you at least give me privacy. I also have my own life, you know. Sige na Ricky. Bye.” Then she ended the call, not allowing him to say more.

The annoyance in her tone was evident and it left Richard clueless as to why she acted that way. He was also hurt that he seemed unimportant to her.

Teresita dela Rosa just stared sadly at the handsome man she already treats like her own son.

“Nay alis na po ako. These flowers are for Maya pero sa inyo na po.” He tried his best to act normal not wanting to worry Maya’s mother.

“Dito ka na lang magpalipas ng gabi Ricky. Tawagan mo na lang sila mama mo.”

“Wag na po Nay. I also need to be at the office early tomorrow. Mukhang okay naman po si Maya. Wag na kayong mag-alala. Tatawag na lang raw sya sa akin. Mukhang may dinadamayang kaibigan. Hindi nga sinabi kung sino. Hindi naman siguro boyfriend.” He even tried to joke.

“Wala naman akong alam na may boyfriend si Maya, Richard. Sigurado ako kaibigan lang kung sino man yun.”

He just smiled then bade goodbye to Nanay Teresita.

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After she left Richard’s building, Maya decided to check-in at a nearby hotel. She couldn’t roam around looking pitiful and distraught at what she learned.

She tried to recall her past conversations with Richard and she realized that he had always been fond of Rafi.

She couldn’t help but compare herself to Rafi again.

She regretted not paying much attention to him when he was still very vocal of his care and concern for her.

She made him wait until he already found someone else to take her place.

Maya sent messages to her mother, not wanting to upset her.

She just needed a few days to clear her mind and at least calm her heart.

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Preview:

Richard was searching for any clues about Maya online after he failed to contact her weeks after that one phone conversation they had the day he went to her place.

He saw  these about her:

“Maya dela Rosa retires from showbiz to join her boyfriend.”

“James and Maya – expecting to be parents soon!”

“Maya de la Rosa, biglang nagretiro sa pagaartista upang pagtuuanan ang pagbubuntis sa anak nila ni James Ventura.”

“James Ventura keeps his silence about Maya dela Rosa.”

These and a few more articles appeared.

Richard didn’t realize that he was already clenching his fists.

 

A/N : Kalma lang po.

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Wardrobe Disagreement

Kwentong Maya & Ricky :  Wardrobe Disagreement

“You’re wearing that?” Ricky blurted out when Maya opened the door of the condo she shares with Emman. His brows were furrowed. He’s obviously in a bad mood.

Maya doesn’t want to spoil her day so she didn’t mind his mood. She even joked about it.

“Mukhang masama ang gising natin Sir Chief ko. Ang sungit mo naman. Wala man lang goodmorning ah!” She was smiling.

He didn’t smile but instead shook his head and smirked. He did greet her good morning though and also kissed her cheek.

Noticing that his mood hadn’t changed, Maya joked again, “Sir Chief masungit ka pa rin? Siguro natraffic ka no? O kaya may pasaway na driver kang naencounter. O kaya hindi nga nginitian ni Ate Guard dyan sa baba?  Huy ano?”

He just sighed in frustration that Maya didn’t realize the reason for his bad temper.

Maya continued, “Sabi ko naman kasi sa’yo wag mo na akong ihahatid. Pwede naman akong magpasundo sa shuttle ng Time Airways eh. Sina Edz nga nagpasundo rin. Gumising ka pa tuloy ng napakaaga. Dapat natutulog ka pa kasi alam kong late ka nang nakauwi kagabi at pagod ka sa daming eroplanong inayos ninyo.” She even babbled nonstop which annoyed him more.

“Maya hindi ako natraffic, wala akong pasaway na driver na naencounter, hindi ako sinungitan ng guard ninyo, hindi ako pagod at hindi ako antok, I am asking you if you’re wearing that.” He’s pointing to her cream shorts which exposed her slender, flawless legs.

Tumawa pa si Maya. “Di pa ba obvious  Sir Chief? Suot ko na nga, magtatanong ka pa.” Then she giggled pa. Parang nakakaloko.

Tiger mode na talaga siya. He’s just sharply staring at her, not saying anything.

But Maya just laughed at him, amused at his expression. “Ang sungit! Ano nga ang problema mo? Eto bang suot ko? Ayaw mo nito?”

He rolled his eyes which made Maya laugh harder. “Naku hindi bagay sa singkit mong mata ang ganyan. So eto ngang damit ko ang problema mo?”

“Yes.” He replied.

“Naku ang dami mo pang pasakalye. Sinabi mo na lang sana na ayaw mo ng suot ko. Ikaw talaga Sir Chief.”

“I don’t want to hurt your feelings.”

“Sir Chief hindi mahuhurt ang feelings ko kasi hindi ako katulad mo na pikon at matampuhin.”

“Maya!”

“Oo na. Magpapalit na.”

Then she left a relieved Sir Chief alone in their small living room to change her clothes.

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On the way to the Time Airways office where her  co-Fas will be waiting for her,

“Sir Chief bakit mo ako pinagbihis? Pangit ba yung damit ko?” She was curious. Di pa rin nya gets why. Or maybe she’s just pretending na di nya gets.

“Hindi.”

“Baduy ba yun hitsura ko?”

“No.”

“Pangit legs ko?”

“Of course not!”

“Eh bakit nga?”

Of course won’t admit that he didn’t want other guys admiring Maya’s legs.

He won’t admit that he’s getting jealous just imagining other guys admiring his girlfriend.

“Mainit. Baka umitim and legs mo.”

Natawa si Maya. “Ibig mong sabihin Sir Chief magsusuot ako ng pantalon kahit sa pupuntahan naming beach resort?” She stared at him incredulously.

“Yes. You better not swim. It’s not safe for your skin.”

“Huh? At bakit pa ako pupunta ng beach kung hindi lang naman ako mageenjoy sa dagat. Atsaka Sir Chief hindi naman ako katulad mo na natulog lang nung pumunta tayo ng mga bata sa Subic. Tapos nakapajama ka pa.” She was laughing as she recalled that incident where Richard had been incessantly teased by the kids and his parents for walking around the beach in his pajamas.

They were on a vacation then and Nikki and Sabel packed shorts for him and a pajama for sleeping. Since he refused to wear shorts, he just used his pajama during their entire stay.

Pikon na naman si Sir Chief. “Basta don’t wear shorts on the beach.”

“Ay hindi pwede Sir Chief! Pagtatawanan naman ako nyan nila Eds at Emman kung lalangoy ako na nakapants.”

“Wag ka ngang magswimming. You can just stay sa cottage. Mabuti kung private resort yun pupuntahan nyo.”

“Sige pero sabihin mo muna yun totoong reason kung bakit?”

“Di ba nag sinabi ko na. Your legs will be exposed. Iitim yan.”

“Yan talaga ang dahilan?”  Nangungulit si Maya because she knows the real reason why ayaw ni Ricky na nakashorts sya and she already feels kilig.

“Okay fine! I don’t want other guys staring at your legs.” He admitted.

Maya was so giddy. She loves seeing her Sir Chief acting possessive and jealous. “Nagseselos ka?”

“Of course not! Ayaw ko lang.”

“Sus ayaw pang aminin. Don’t worry Sir Chief ko. Hanggang tingin lang naman sila.” Then she whispered to tease him more, “Hindi naman nila pwedeng hawakan.” She giggled.

“Maya!!!!”

“Binibiro lang kita Sir Chief. Kalma ka nga. Focus ka lang sa pagdrive.”

“How could I? Ang kulit mo!”

“Eh ikaw eh, ang cute mong magselos.”

“Hindi nga ako nagseselos.” Ricky denied it.

“Oo kaya.” Maya insisted.

“Hindi nga!” Ayaw talagang umamin ni Ricky.

“Oo!” Of course Maya is Maya.

“Hindi!” Deny pa rin ni Ricky.

“Hindi.” Maya used a different tactic.

“Oo!” Nalito si Ricky.

“Sabi ko na nga ba nagseselos ang Sir Chief ko.” Tuwang tuwa siya that she won.

“Hey I’m not! You just tricked me.”

“Trick trick! Halika nga pakiss!”

Then Maya gave her jealous boyfriend a lingering kiss on his cheek which, of course, diffused his hot temper.

Nagshorts pa rin ba si Maya?

Of course hindi,  kasi hindi na siya tumuloy sa swimming.

She preferred to spend her day with the kids and her Sir Chief instead of joining her co-FAs in their short vacation.

Can We Start Over Again – 13

Can We Start Over Again – 13

Maya bumped into Liza on her way out of the building. “Ms. Maya aalis ka na po?”

“Ah yes Liza. Aalis na muna ako. Tumawag kasi yun friend ko and I’ll meet her first. Wala pa naman si Richard. Babalik na lang ako.” She tried her best to sound normal, not wanting Liza to notice the chance in her voice and not wanting her notice any change in her expression.

“Naku sayang naman po Ms. Maya. I’m sure malulungkot yun si Sir Richard kapag nalaman nyang pumunta at naghintay ka sa kanya tapos umalis ka. Maiinis yun. Miss na miss ka na nun eh.” Liza added which at least lessened the pain Maya was feeling.

“Babalik naman ako Liza.” She simply said.

“Sige po Ms. Maya. Sasabihan ko si Sir Richard na pumunta ka at babalik ka. Pwede ko pong mahingi yun number nyo just in case he asks for it?”

“He has my number Liza. Atsaka tatawagan ko na lang siya.”

“Sayang talaga yun surprise nyo sa kanya. Ang tagal naman kasi ni Sir Richard.” Liza was really disappointed as well.

“Okay lang yun. I’ll just call him. I’m sure Richard is busy. Hindi rin naman niya alam that I’ll visit him. Thank you ha.”

“Naku wala naman akong naitulong. Si Sir Richard naman kasi ngayon pa talaga natagalan bumalik. Sige po Ms. Maya. I’m very honored to meet you po. Napakaganda nyo talaga. I am a fan of yours and I always watch your movies and teleseryes. Si Sir ganun din.” Liza added.

Maya smiled. At least Liza made her feel good with what she said.

“Thank you Liza. Thank you din for taking good care of Richard. I have to go na talaga. Bye.” She even gave Liza a hug.

She managed to keep her emotions at bay while in front of Liza.

But the moment she left the building where Richard’s office is located, Maya could no longer control herself from crying.

She walked aimlessly along the busy streets of Manhattan.

She could no longer think straight. Her eyes were blinded by the tears she tried so hard to contain.

The reason why she came home was to focus on her life.

She wanted to start building a life with the people important to her.

She enjoyed her showbiz life but she already fulfilled all her dreams career-wise.

She realized that no fame, no awards, no glamour and no wealth could give her the happiness her heart searches for.

She vowed to prioritize her goals and think of her future, the future she thought would include him.

He was the main reason why she quit her career.

She wanted a life here with him, build a family with him.

But she found out that she could no longer be part of his life.

Someone was already making him happy.

Someone far better than her was in his life.

She couldn’t compete with her, not with the woman in Richard’s life.

Not with someone who is sophisticated, an achiever, someone as successful as him.

She felt so unworthy even of his attention.

He deserves someone like Rafi Alcantara.

She doesn’t deserve him.

She doesn’t even have a college degree.

She is only an actress, an entertainer.

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“Why are you smiling Liza?”

Richard arrived thirty minutes after Maya left. Liza met him with her teasing smile.

“Sir someone visited you kanina. A very lovely lady was here.” Liza added then couldn’t help but be giddy for her boss.

But Richard doesn’t want being teased. He gave Liza an annoyed look.

“Liza sumimangot na naman ang boss mo. Naku Chard ha! The more you react that way, baka mapagkamalan ka na naming gay.” Rafi joked.

“Stop it you two. I have no time for nonsense at kung sino man na bisita yan let’s keep it in a professional level. I don’t want being teased.”

“Ay ang sungit!” Rafi was still laughing.

“Sino bang pumunta dito Liza?” He was now impatient.

“Sir calm down. Alam nyo naman na hindi lulusot sa akin ang kung sino lang. Mahihirapan sila to get an appointment with you. Sir, your best friend was here. Ms. Maya was here kanina pero umalis muna. Ang ganda pala nya sa personal at sobrang bait.”

Richard couldn’t believe what he heard. His face beamed with happiness and excitement at what Liza said. He can’t contain what he felt. He’s smiling from ear to ear but the smile turned into a frown when he realized that Maya already left.

“Oh my God Chard umuwi si Maya! Maybe this is what you’ve been waiting for, the one she mentioned remember? Maybe she’ll be staying for good. Tamang tama yung pagcheck natin sa bahay nyo.” Rafi couldn’t contain her excitement as well. She was so happy for her friend.

“Where is she now Liza? You should have told her to wait for me. Sana tinawagan mo ako.”

“I tried to call you Sir pero unattended yung phone nyo.”

He realized that he forgot to charge his phone.

Liza added, “Babalik daw siya Sir so don’t worry.”

He now smiled when Liza mentioned that Maya will be back. “Liza san daw siya pupunta?”

“Sir, Ms. Maya said that her friend called her. She said that may pupuntahan daw siyang kaibigan but she will be back. I asked for her number pero meron ka naman daw pong number nya.”

Aligaga na si Richard. He’s excited, nervous, and very happy. He’s overwhelmed that Maya visited him.

“Alam mo Chard, this gives you time to freshen up. Aba galing tayo sa labas. You should change your clothes and look your best.” Rafi suggested.

Then she instructed Liza as well, “Liza free mo na ang schedule ng boss mo for this afternoon and the following days. I’m sure they have lots of catching up to do.” Rafi suggested.

“I already did Ms. Rafi. Pagkaalis ni Ms. Maya I already rescheduled Sir Richard’s meetings to next week. Yun bukas naman I already requested your secretary Minerva to insert it in your schedule. Kayo na lang Ma’m Rafi ang kumausap sa clients ni Sir Richard tomorrow.”

“Sure no problem. Wag lang nating iistorbohin tong Sir mo. Hindi na nga mapakali akala mo first time manligaw.” Then Rafi laughed then added, “Ay oo first time nga talaga pala nyang manligaw.”

Then both ladies were laughing at him.

“Stop it Rafi or else I won’t introduce you to Maya.”

“You’re so grumpy. Sige ka you won’t look handsome in front of her. Binibiro ka lang namin pikon ka na agad. Sige na freshen up at magbihis ka na.”

“Wait Liza I need to order flowers. Can you do it for me?”

“Ako na Chard. I will personally choose the flowers for you. I don’t trust these online florists. Sunflowers yun favorite ni Maya right?” Rafi volunteered.

“Yes Rafi. Thanks!”

“Anything para wag kang maging matandang binata Chard.” Then she laughed at him. Liza was also laughing. They both were so supportive of Richard Lim’s lovelife.

“Can you both leave me now? Mang-aasar pa kayo. Sige na I’ll better prepare now.”

Both Rafi and Liza left Richard who proceeded to take a shower in his own bathroom inside his office.

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The flowers had been on his table for more than five hours now.

It was already 7pm and Richard had been waiting for Maya for hours already. He couldn’t contact her number.

Rafi already left. She wanted to wait for Maya but she had a date with her fiancé, Charlie.

Liza insisted to stay for she pitied her boss who had been so excited to see Maya dela Rosa for the past hours but who’s now looking very much worried.

Just an hour ago, Richard instructed her to cancel the dinner she reserved at a nearby restaurant then he ordered her to go home. She couldn’t argue with her boss anymore.

He tried to call Maya’s parents but they were not answering their phones as well.

If he was excited hours ago, now that excitement turned to worry especially when he was unable to contact both Maya and her parents.

After a few more minutes, Richard decided to go to Maya’s house.

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Preview:

“Are you okay? Why do you sound like you cried? Do you need me there?”

“Wag na Ricky. Dadamayan ko na muna etong kaibigan ko. Nalungkot lang ako sa kwento nya. Pupuntahan na lang kita kapag okay na siya.”

“But Maya …”

“Sige na Ricky. Bye.” Then she ended the call, not allowing him to say more.

Teresita dela Rosa just stared sadly at the handsome man she already treats like her own son.