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, Emman & WordPress: Fun Fan Fic

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya, Emman & WordPress: Fun Fan Fic

“Huy roomie why are you so sad? Parang Byernes Santo ang mukha mo.” Emman had been watching his bestfriend for a few minutes now. He arrived from his flight and he saw Maya alone at their Time Airways cafeteria. She was toying with her barely-eaten pasta, while in deep thought and seemingly spaced out.

She didn’t even hear him so Emman needed to wave his hand in front of her. “Maya dela Rosa Lim!” Emman said in a loud voice.

“Ay Maya! Ha?! Ano? Bakit?” Then when she realized that it was just Emman she even frowned. “Kainis ka naman Emman. Nakakagulat ka! Akala ko naman kung sino.”

“Aba at nagalit pa! Hoy roomie kanina pa kita pinagmamasdan. Tulala ka kaya! What’s wrong? C’mon share! Sa flights ba? With Ms. Calandra?” She didn’t react but when Emman said, “Si SerChief Ricky?” Maya heaved a deep sigh and her face again turned sad.

“Oh si Ser Chief Ricky nga!” Then Emman worriedly asked, “Nag-away kayo? Roomie normal naman yan sa mag-asawa, dapat lang eh mag-usap, magdamayan at wag….”

“Hep hep! Anong away? Excuse me Emman!  Hindi kami nag-aaway ni Sweetheart Ricky ko no!” She was quick to react.

“Eh di kayo na ang mag-asawang di nag-aaway! Teka kalma ka nga! Grabe ka naman maka-react.  O siya kung hindi kayo nag-aaway  or nagtatampuhan,  why are you sad? Look o wala kang ganang kumain ng lunch. Naku ano yan? Naglilihi ka?” Emman askd with an exaggerated expression on his face.

She blushed and shook her head. “Uy Emman hindi ah! Assumer aka rin! Ang liit pa kaya nila Sky and Sunshine para masundan.” Then she sighed again then added, “Namimiss ko lang si Ricky. Dalawang araw ko na siyang hindi nakikita.” Then her eyes automatically glistened with tears which she immediately wiped. “Pasensya na. Ang drama ko!”

Emman felt sorry for his friend pero ayaw naman nyang sabayan yun pagiging emotional ni Maya. “Naku roomie tama ka! Ang drama mo talaga. Dalawang araw pa lang naman pala kayong hindi nagkikita ng iyong dear hubby eh yun hitsura mo daig pa yun may mga asawang seaman na ilang taon na hindi nagkikita.  Atsaka nasa Clark lang naman si Sir Chief Ricky, di ba?”

She sadly stared at him. “Oo nga pero iba pa rin kapag nasa tabi ko siya.”

“Ay ang oa mo roomie!”

Maya just rolled her eyes at him.

Then an idea hit Emman. He suddenly got very excited. Actually he wanted to share it with Maya weeks ago but Edz and Ruby prevented him. They were afraid that Maya might feel uneasy and awkward once she finds out. But Emman thought otherwise. He was sure that Maya would even be proud of it.

“Roomie alam ko na what you should do para malibang ka. I’m sure hindi mo masyadong  mamimiss si Ser Chief Ricky. Actually secret dapat namin to ni Edz at Ruby kaso mukhang you need to know about it na rin.” Then Emman naughtily wiggled his brows.

“At ano naman yan Emman?”

Emman excitedly typed something on his phone then after a few seconds, he showed it to Maya.

“Seryoso to Emman?” Maya couldn’t believe what she’s seeing.

“Yes roomie. Si Edz ang naghanap nyan kasi one of her passengers mentioned about it. Sikat na sikat kayo ng iyong dear hubby! Maraming stories dyan roomie at kayo ni Ser Chief Ricky ang main characters. Nabasa ko na kalahati nyan and I must say nakakakilig siya.  Read it roomie para malibang ka and you won’t miss your hubby that much.”

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Richard Lim took a short break from what he’s doing. He wiped his forehead and drank the glass of water Lisa handed him.

He looked tired and stressed. He also lacked sleep.

“Sir here is the list of Engineer Yamaguchi’s pending work. May tatlong A330s pa at isang A300 from Cebu Pacific na kailangan matapos this week.”

Richard just sighed. The list Lisa gave him meant that he needs to stay in Clark until he finished all of Engineer Yamaguchi’s work. He was still finishing the Boeing 737 of Time Airways. He had a competent group of engineers but he can’t just leave the work to them.

His reliable head engineer had an emergency and was needed by his family in Japan. Richard had no choice but to take over Engineer Yamaguchi’s work.

He missed his wife and kids. They haven’t seen each other for two days and the phone calls weren’t enough for him. After they got married, he got used to waking up with his wife every single day. Maya just simply makes every single day worth living for him. He smiled as she imagined her. Then he turned lonely again.

“Lisa please don’t accept any maintenance jobs muna. I’ll just finish the four planes then uuwi na ako. Please tell Engineer Gutierrez to take charge of the Paranaque hangar while I’m here.”

“Yes Sir. Anything else?”

“Ah yes. Please order spaghetti, pizza and ice cream for the kids. Cupcakes na rin for the twins.  Atsaka flowers na rin for Maya.”

Lisa smiled at her boss’ sweet gesture. “Sir miss na miss mo na talaga sila.”

“Yes Lisa. Sobra.”

“Don’t worry Sir. I’ll take care of it. Atsaka nagorder na rin pala ako kanina ng pagkain natin dito. I ordered your favorite sandwich and salad na rin. I asked Mam Maya of your preference kaya I’m sure tama yun inorder ko.”

“Thank you Lisa.” He thanked his secretary then continued his work.

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Ricky just finished taking a bath and returned to their room to find his wife still holding her laptop. She’s again giggling while her eyes were glued to what she’s reading.

“Alam kong mayaman ka, sir chief. Pero tandaan mo, nasa dayuhang lugar ka. Baka maubusan ka ng baon mo.” She says as she goes through racks to pick out clothes for him. “Eto subukan mo.” She holds out to him a checkered long sleeved polo top. He makes a face of disgust but accepts the shirt anyway.

“Uy, joke lang. Di yan bagay sa’yo. Eto ang bagay sa’yo.” She gives him a dark red short sleeved polo shirt as well as a violet long sleeved shirt. “Sukatin mo yan habang maghahanap ako ng pangtulog mo.” She announces.

“Oh don’t worry about that. I can always sleep in the buff.” He smirks. Maya’s face turning red as she abruptly turns away. (Trippin’ – by Fleetingnote)

Maya was blushing while reading.

Ricky got more curious on what Maya has been reading. She’s too engrossed in it that she even failed to notice that he’s done taking a bath.

Just this morning when he fetched her from her flight, he found her teary-eyed and with a red puffy nose while reading something. He was worried but when she saw him, she smiled and ran to hug him.

When he asked why she was crying, she giggled and said that she was just feeling what she was reading. She just read ‘Intense by Kimbelle’ and she was so affected by the misunderstanding of the two characters.

In the afternoon, while the twins were having their nap, he saw Maya again busy with her laptop.  She was laughing this time.  She was reading ‘Reunited by mrsacc’ where Emman said that he wants to burn her tattered and torn handbag.

He interrupted her. “Sweetheart why are you laughing?”

“Nakakatawa kasi tong binigay sa akin ni Emman na website. Ang gaganda ng stories. Ang gwapo at ganda pa ng mga bida.” She purposely omitted mentioning that it was actually them on the stories. “Ang kulit ng mga characters. Ang sweet din ng bida. ” She replied.

“Can you share it with me? Same rin ba yan ng binabasa mo since I arrived this morning? Nakakatampo na ah. I missed you so much while I was at Clark while ikaw eh busy naman pala at hindi man lang ako namiss.” Tampo mode on.

Her eyes twinkled then she laughed at him. “Ay ang drama ng asawa ko. Halika na nga dito. Paakap at pakiss.”

“Maya hindi mo ako madadala sa yakap at kiss lang.” Tampo pa rin.

“Walang problema Ricky! Eh di halika na sa room for more.”

Ricky’s eyes grew in anticipation, “Sure ka sweetheart? Hug,  kiss and more?”

“Yup more… hug, kiss at ititimpla kita ng kape at ireready ko yun dvd para wag mo akong iistorbohin sa binabasa ko.” Then she giggled again.

“You’re so mean Mrs. Lim.”

“I know.” She bantered.

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When his wife fell asleep, Ricky quietly left their bedroom to proceed to his home office.

He got curious of what Maya had been reading  that he called Emman to ask about it. The gullible Emman divulged that it was actually a fanfiction site made by people who knew them and got inspired by their love story.

Though he was thankful that it did take Maya’s mind from missing him, he can’t help but be upset and jealous of the ‘Richard Lim’ the writers depicted him to be. He was also offended when Maya mentioned that the Ricky in the stories is sweeter than him.  That couldn’t be. Maya shouldn’t find any other guy better than him, even the Richard Lim character in the stories who was a mere product of some writer’s creative mind. He shook his head and smiled at what he was thinking and what he was about to do. It was so ‘un-Richard Lim-like’  but then again he was already very curious so he proceeded to his home office and opened his laptop.

He remembered Emman saying that the website Maya had been reading could be searched online.  He even said to just type Sir Chief and Maya fanfics and the website will appear.

He did that and true enough he found it.

He couldn’t believe that it indeed had many stories, okay, fiction about him and his wife. He tried reading one and he found himself laughing at what was written. No wonder Maya got so engrossed in it. He read a few more and found that the Richard Lim in the stories was a responsible, a perfect husband and father. It warmed his heart. He was like that, he was sure of it. Maya never failed to mention that to him. He read some more and found that the character in the stories was sweeter and more demonstrative than him. So this is what Maya had been saying. He needs to address it soon or else this Maya might prefer the Richard character in the fanfics than him. He read some more and he felt himself get uneasy and he was sure that even his ears turned red at how ‘naughty’ and ‘adventurous’ Richard Lim was. He stopped reading. He might not be able to sleep anymore and might be forced to wake his wife to put into action what he read. He can’t do that.

After calming himself, he made a quick decision. He would show his wife that he was better than what she had been reading.

He dialed Lisa’s number.

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“Sweetheart excited na ako!”

They were on their way to Baguio for a week-long vacation.  They will be staying at a rented villa by themselves for the whole week.

Ricky told her that he would do everything that the Richard Lim in the stories did. They decided to reenact it the real Mr and Mrs. Lim way.

Her husband gave her a tentative smile. “Are you nervous sweetheart?” The question was actually for him for he was indeed nervous and also very pressured that he may not be able to meet his wife’s expectations.

She shook her head. But she noticed that he was fidgety and anxious

“O bakit namumutla ka Sweetheart? Ikaw ang kinakabahan no?” She was even teasing him. She knows that Ricky isn’t the showy type and what he will be doing is totally out of his character. It made her giddy. Kilig na kilig na siya at mas na inlove sa asawa.

“Of course not. Bakit naman ako kakabahan?” He denied it. “Baka naman ikaw?”

“Huh ako? Hindi no! Masyado na nga akong excited Sweetheart! Eeeehhhh!!! Kinikilig ako kapag naiimagine ko yun mga ginagawa mo sa stories.” She was blushing. She was really very excited kasi super sweet naman talaga ni Ricky sa stories. And Ricky promised that he will let her experience all those  during their vacation.

Ricky just swallowed hard. Pinagpawisan ng slight.

She smiled sweetly at him. She really appreciated that Ricky will go out of his way to do the things which she considers as super kilig. She could imagine him dancing with her to the music of ‘So Close’ like what Richard Lim did in the story ‘The Beginning’ which she had been reading many times at the website. She was so sure that her husband would be doing that as well because it was the very first story that one would be reading at the website. Then she also imagined Ricky serenading her while playing a guitar. She also imagined him teaching her to swim on of the stories she read.

Seeing her husband’s anxious face,  she playfully retorted “Sweetheart don’t worry I will guide you.” Then she giggled.

Nanlaki eyes ni Ricky. Then he just shook his head then engulfed her in his arms. Kabado na.

Ten minutes later, “Sweetheart are you disappointed?” he asked the question that has been bothering him.

“Huh? Disappointed saan?”

“Sa akin. Kasi I’m not the like the guy in those stories.”

“Uy hindi Sweetheart ha! Alam ko na naman na hindi ka sanay. Hindi ka adventurous” Then she giggled again as she imagined the Richard Lim in the story ‘His Present and His Future’ playing basketball with Jeff, Cho and Kute. Maybe she could also ask him to try it and be sweaty playing the game with her. Surely they could find a basketball court where they could play.

He gently cupped her face wanting her to look at him. “Be honest sweetheart, kahit konti ba hindi ka disappointed that I don’t do those things?”

She answered truthfully, “O sige na nga. Hindi naman disappointed pero yun gusto ko lang na maging ‘game’ ka kung minsan. Minsan lang naman Sweetheart.  Para naman kapag nagkukuwento si Eds at Ruby ng ginagawa ng mga boyfriends nila for them may maikwento naman ako. Pero naiiintindihan ko naman kasi nga iba ka di ba? Iba tayo.”

He had a shocked expression, “Maya you shouldn’t share those kind of stories. That should be kept private.

Then he added, “Yun boyfriends nina Eds at Ruby they are like that?” He asked again.

“Oo Sweetheart pero expected naman yun kasi athletic yung mga boyfriends nila. Ikaw hindi pwede kasi baka sumakit mga buto mo.” Then she giggled again as she snaked her arms around his waist.

In a whisper, “God they do that? They do what my character do in those stories?”

Maya smiled sweetly at him then said sweetly “Yes sweetheart ganun sila. Ang sweet di ba?”

Edz, Ruby and their boyfriends are fond of hiking, swimming and extreme sports and those were their usual dates. Of course Maya doesn’t expect Ricky to be like that.

He sighed again then said, “Sweetheart we better sleep. We need all the energy for the activities I’ve planned.”

Knowing that his wife is not at all inhibited of what she knows would happen but rather excited, Richard began to relax. His anxiety is now replaced with anticipation.

“Oo sweetheart tulog muna tayo para may energy tayo pagdating dun. Atsaka wag ka ng masyadong kabahan. No pressure sweetheart. Dahan dahanin mo lang mga activities natin. Baka rayumahin ka.” She was pertaining to those harana, dancing, playing outdoor games in the stories. She giggled again. Then she even settled her head on his chest while her hands encircled his waist.

Ricky hugged her tight. He will be fine. He had brought all the props for their ‘activities’. He also brought different kinds of liniment and pain reliever medicines with him. He smiled as many naughty ideas entered his mind.

They were both comforted being in each other’s arms.

Both of them excited with what would happen.

Everything’s settled and from Maya’s reaction, she seems ready for anything.

Richard is now relaxed. He is now focused on how to beat the ‘Richard Lim’ character in those stories he have read. It would definitely be a wearisome task but definitely enjoyable week-long vacation.

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Oh well may konting problema lang.

Maya had been reading the ‘medyo conservative’ na http://excessbaggageuniverse.wordpress.com  while her husband had been reading ‘the naughty fanfic site’  http://csizoe.wordpress.com

Kaya naman pala kabado si Mr. Lim.

At kaya rin naman pala relax na relax lang si Mrs. Lim.

Si Emman naman kasi hindi nilinaw.

Lagot siya pagbalik ng mag-asawa.

Teka lagot nga ba?

 

A/N : CWSOA na susunod. Sorry for the delay.

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.

Anywhere The Heart Goes

Anywhere The Heart Goes by Henry Mancini is one of my most-loved piano pieces. It is also known as Thorn Bird’s ‘Meggie’s Theme’.

 

Coincidentally, Jose Mari Chan has his own version too. I always think of bcwmh, jochard when i see or hear JMC. It’s just like they also have this great chemistry – the singer JMC and the actors JSM and RY.

So here’s Anywhere The Heart Goes by Jose Mari Chan.

 

 

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya, Rafi & Friends: Independence Day?

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.

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Independence day.

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.

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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!”

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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.

“Uy roomie!”

“Emman…”

“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.

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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.

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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.

“Sweetheart?”

“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.

He continued…

“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!

 

 

One Fine Day – 4

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.”

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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.”

“DayCare?”

“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…”

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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.

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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.

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