Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to princemackaroo.
A/N:This is for those who’ve read “The Art of Letting Go” and accused me of breaking their hearts, namely Nay Elyn, Marlyn, and Mimi (my friends and critics as well). This short story came to me while I was pondering on their comments. And to all the avid readers of EBU who relentlessly support this blog page, hopefully this can somehow light up your mood. I got the title from MTV’s reality show “Punk’d” which I guess would speak for itself. So without further ado, I bring you Punk’d. God bless everyone! – princemackaroo
“OMG Ma!! You lost again!” exclaimed Nikki making Richard, Luke, & Abby burst out in laughter. “Grabe ha! Parang nakakahalata na ako! Dinadaya niyo yata ako eh!” said Maya. “No Ma,” chimed Abby, “we’re just getting better at this!” “Oo nga naman mahal,” joined in Richard, “there’s no way na madaya ka naman dito. You’d easily catch us if we’re cheating, right baby?” turning to Abby. “Yes daddy!” posing a two thumbs up. “So pano ba yan Ma,” said Luke while lifting a red lipstick in his hand, “it’s drawing time!” and all four laughed again, except for Maya, who obviously is no longer enjoying the game ungguy-ungguyan as she already lost for 4 consecutive rounds, causing them to draw on her face as a consequence.
Luke placed 3 whiskers on each side of Maya’s cheeks, followed by Nikki who placed a thick mustache, then Abby who placed a goatee. When the three were done, they stepped back a bit, checking the masterpiece they made on Maya’s face. “Wow Ma! Mas lalo kang gumanda! Bagay na bagay!” exclaimed Luke, causing all four to laugh a lot more.
“Dad! It’s your turn na. You haven’t drawn anything on Mama’s face!” said Nikki to Richard. “I’ll pass,” he answered. “You’ll pass?? You’re not going to draw on Mama’s face??” said Nikki giving Richard an incredulous look. “Baka naman you’re just takot of Mama kaya you don’t want to draw anything on her face!” added Nikki. “Dad under ka kay Ma??” said Luke then began laughing at their dad. “No!” Richard immediately said in his defense, “kawawa naman kasi ang Mama niyo. Tignan niyo naman o? Kung anu-ano na kaya ang nilagay niyo sa mukha niya.” explained Richard. “Thanks mahal!” momentarily giving Richard a warm smile. “Pero feeling ko talaga napag-kaisahan ninyo akong apat,” Maya further said, then pouted her lips making the kids and Richard laugh a little more.
“1 week kang walang flight ngayon Mahal di ba?” asked Richard to Maya as they were already preparing for bed. “Oo Mahal. Ang saya nga eh. Kung hindi kasi natuloy ang 1 week na rest days ko, mag-file talaga ako ng leave para naman makapagpahinga at makasama ko kayo ng mga bata ng matagal-tagal,” Maya said. Richard embraced Maya then said, “I’m really glad na mahaba-haba ang bakasyon mo. Na-miss ka ng mga bata. I missed you a lot!” he said then gave Maya a kiss. “I missed you too Mahal,” she said. “Buti nalang at ang mga succeeding flights ko for the next two months ay within Asia lang kaya mas madalas ang pag-uwi ko sa bahay.” “Good!” replied Richard. “Tara mahal. Matulog na tayo. For sure, mag-aayang mamasyal ang mga bata niyan bukas,” he further said. Then the couple went to bed, Maya sleeping soundly on Richard’s arms.
By 11PM, Richard checked if Maya is already in deep slumber. As soon as he made sure that Maya is already sleeping sound, he carefully got out of bed and walked towards his drawer. He opened the drawer and got himself a black marker. Like a thief in the night, he carefully walked towards Maya, and started drawing on her face. After he’s done, he stood up straight and carefully examined his so-called masterpiece. Because he can no longer contain himself, he immediately ran outside, afraid that someone might hear him, and then started to laugh outrageously. He couldn’t stop himself from laughing remembering how Maya looked like. Shortly after composing himself, he immediately went back inside the house and back to their bedroom. Before finally dozing off, he gave Maya a kiss on the forehead then whispered, “Sorry mahal! I love you!” Richard slept with a mischievous grin on his face.
Breakfast time. Richard and the kids were already seated on the dining table to have their breakfast. “Daddy, where is Ma?” asked Abby. “Nasa kwarto pa baby. Tulog pa,” answered Richard. “Tulog pa si Ma? Eh tanghali na ah? Dad don’t tell me pinuyat mo si Ma kagabi,” teased Luke. Richard just shook his head and said, “Silly! Nagbabawi lang ng tulog yun. Ngayon lang kasi siya nagkaroon ng time para makapag-relax after a hectic schedule.” “Oh c’mon daddy! You’re making palusot pa eh!” chimed Nikki. Luke and Nikki laughed at the latter’s comment, then Abby suddenly asked, “Ate, Kuya what do you mean? Anong dad is making palusot?” giving them a quizzical look. “Oh that’s nothing baby. We’re just making dad asar,” answered Nikki. “Ah. Ok po,” smiled Abby.
A couple of minutes later, “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!” “What’s that? Si Ma ba yun?” asked Luke, as everyone in the house heard a high pitched scream coming from the bedroom at the second floor. Everyone, including the house helpers, heard the scream and were all startled by it, when a second later, another scream was heard, “SEEERRRRR CCHHHIIIIIIEEEEEFFFFFFFF!!!!!” This time everyone were pretty sure that the scream, an obviously angry scream, had come from Maya. Everyone ran to where Maya was, except for Richard and Manang Fe. “Ricardo! Hindi mo manlang ba pupuntahan si Maya?” asked Manang Fe. Richard simple gave Maya a naughty grin. When Manang Fe saw Richard’s reaction, she just gave him a sharp look and followed the others to check on Maya.
“SEEERRRRR CCHHHIIIIIIEEEEEFFFFFFFF!!!!!” screamed Maya once more. “Ma what ha- Oh my gee!!” gasped Nikki, covering her mouth, shock written all over her face. “What happened to your face?” she asked. “Ma ano bang nang-“ Luke was not able to finish his question as soon as she saw Maya. When Doris, Sabel, and Joma saw Maya, they were shocked with what they saw as well. After a few seconds, as if on cue, everyone started to laugh at Maya. “Naku day! Bagay na bagay pala sa iyo ang may bigote!” teased Sabel. “Oo nga Maya! Pati yung balbas mo! Lalong nagpa-cute sa iyo!” added Doris. “Pero Maya, in fairness, maganda ka pala maging pusa!” said Joma. Everyone were surely having a good time, except for Maya, who is now on the verge of tears because of the humiliation she’s facing right now and the flaming anger that she’s feeling for Richard. Manang Fe, followed by Richard on her back, saw the whole thing. Manang Fe was simply smiling all along while Richard, tries his very best to suppress his laughter.
Manang Fe went near Maya then said, “Naku! Kayo talaga! Si Maya naman ang napagkaisahan ninyo! Sige na Maya. Pumunta ka na muna sa banyo para maghilamos.” “Yun na nga ang problema Manang eh! Naghilamos na ako! Nagsabon na ako ng ulit ulit pero ayaw pong matanggal!” said the helpless Maya which made everyone laugh even more. Finally, Richard making him seen by Maya, said, “Don’t worry mahal, you still look beautiful. And tama sila Sabel, Doris, and Joma, bagay na bagay sa iyo. Mukhang nadaig ko pa si Da Vinci sa pagguhit.” “Oh my gee dad! So it’s you who did that to Ma?? You’re so sama!” said Nikki. But Richard simply took Nikki’s reaction as a compliment and gave the her a wide grin making them laugh once more. Maya, on the other hand, walked out and went inside the bedroom crying.
“Uh-oh!” cried out Luke after seeing Maya’s reaction. “Lagot ka dad! Pinaiyak mo si Ma! Mahirap pa namang suyuin yun!” warned Luke, laughing. “You’re so sama dad! I can’t believe you just did that to Ma!” said Nikki, folding her arms and pouted her lips. “Ang arte mo Niks! Nakitawa ka rin kaya kanina!” countered Luke, giggling softly. “You’re so G-R-R-R-R-R kuya! Eh it’s so nakakatawa naman kasing talaga eh!” replied Nikki. “Pero Ma is crying now. Oh my gee dad! You have a lot of panunuyo to do. You really made Ma angry big time!” said Nikki, matter-of-factly. “Ay nako ser, basta kami ni Doris walang kinalaman jan!” said Sabel. “Oo nga po! Hindi kami kasali jan!” added Doris. “Oy kayong dalawa! Magsitigil na nga kayo jan! Hala sulong! Balik sa trabaho! Pati ikaw Joma!” reprimanded Manang Fe. “Sabi ko nga po babalik na sa kusina,” answered Sabel. “Opo nga Manang. Pakakainin pa si Abby. Tara na baby,” said Doris, turning to Abby and went back to the dining area. “Good luck dad!” said Luke and Nikki in unison, giving their dad a pat on the shoulder before going back to the dining table. “Ikaw talaga Ricardo! Kung anu-anong kalokohan yang naiisip mo. Sige na, puntahan mo na si Maya sa kwarto at mag-sorry ka na sa kanya,” smiled Manang Fe. “Opo Manang,” answered Richard.
Richard knocked on the door first before trying to open. He knows that Maya is burning in anger and sensed that he’s in a very big trouble. When he heard no answer, he slowly opened the door and called out for Maya, “Mahal?” Maya was still not responding. He went inside their room and found Maya hiding under the comforter. He went beside Maya and started stroking her arms softly. “Mahal, sorry na. Please. Alam mo naman na nagbibiro lang ako di ba?” said Richard softly, pleading Maya for forgiveness. “Sige na. Kausapin mo na ako. Sorry na o. It was just a joke. Ikaw naman napipikon agad,” he added. After hearing what he said, she immediately removed the cover from her face and gave Richard a very sharp look, “pikon pala ha! Che!” said Maya and hid her face under the comforter once more. Richard almost laughed at Maya’s response but willed himself not to. He knows that Maya will really not forgive him if he’ll laugh at her again. He then tried to say sorry to Maya, over and over again, tried to console her any way he can, gently stroke her arms, even teased by tickling her, but Maya didn’t budge even for a bit. Richard then resigned to the fact that he really pissed Maya big time. Left with no other ideas, he heaved out a huge sigh, walked out the door, and joined the others at the dining room.
Richard is now reaping the fruits of his labor, the effect of the prank that he played on Maya. After the prank, he was not able to talk to her nor come near her for a couple of days. He was no longer able to sleep by her side as Maya opted to use the guest room instead. Whenever he comes home from work, Maya had already locked herself inside the guest room and will only go out once Richard is no longer in sight. He tried calling her and sending her text messages but she simply ignored them all. This continued for 5 days. Maya’s anger had not been easily dissipated.
“Oh my gee dad! Now it all makes sense! Kaya pala you said pass when it’s already you’re time to draw on Ma’s face! You’re planning something bad pala!” said Nikki. “Oo nga! Naalala ko yun! Ikaw talaga dad! Sana sinabi mo sa akin para natulungan kita!” laughed Luke. Richard laughed at what Luke said. “Gusto ko lang namang biruin ang Mama ninyo eh. Katuwaan lang naman. Kaso napikon. Tignan niyo, tatlong araw na pero hindi parin ako pinapansin o kinakausap man lang,” said Richard in an apologetic tone. “Anong katuwaan lang dad? What you did was nakaka G-R-R-R kaya! Look at Ma! Hindi man lang niya na-enjoy ang vacation niya because of what you did! Lagi nalang siya dito sa bahay. Hindi makalabas sa hiya. What did you use ba kasi dad? Bakit 3 days na hindi parin natatanggal yung naka-drawing sa face ni Mama?” inquired Nikki. “Oo nga dad. Ano ba yun? Sure ka bang ordinary marker lang yun?” added Luke. Richard suddenly felt guilty and does not know how to answer his kids. “Ah. Eh.” He said, hesitant to spill out the truth. “What dad?” asked Nikki. “Errr.. I used something. Umm.. I used a different kind of ink,” Richard said. “Different kind of ink? What kind?” asked Luke. “Well.. Errr.. I.. I used a high grade indelible ink..” WHAT??!!?!” Luke and Nikki said in unison.
Maya went back home to the mansion after visiting Emman on his condo. She really didn’t want to leave the house because there are still traces of ink on her face. But after Emman pleaded her, she eventually got convinced. Unknown to Maya, Richard planned this all along. It’s already been 5 days and he hasn’t got a single chance of talking and seeing his wife. He’s been missing her badly and he really wanted to make it up with her.
As soon as Maya stepped inside the house, she was surprised to see it in total darkness. “Bakit naman ang dilim dito sa loob? Parang walang tao? Hindi kaya umalis sila at iniwan ako? Wala yung sasakyan ni Ser Chief sa labas ibig sabihin iniwan nga nila ako?? Strike 3 na nga ang mokong Bumingo pa! Humanda talaga sa akin yun!” Maya tried to look for the house helpers but she can’t find any of them, either. She then decided to go to the garden to catch some fresh air. On her way outside, “Nakita na ngang galit ako. Nakita nang nasaktan ako sa ginawa niya tas ganito pa ang gagawin sa akin. Iiwan pa akong mag-isa dito sa bahay,” thought Maya, as she was already in tears. As she sat herself on the empty bench, she heard a guitar being played on the background. As she looked up, she saw Luke playing the guitar, approaching her together with Nikki and Abby. Both Nikki and Abby had a stem of white rose in their hands, and upon reaching Maya, gave it to her, then went to her side. Shortly after, it was Richard’s turn to walk towards Maya, holding a bouquet of sunflowers. He stopped beside Luke and started singing the song “Sorry, Pwede Ba?” The same song he sang when they followed Maya to San Nicholas to ask for her forgiveness.
After finishing the song, he walked up to Maya, knelt down before her, offered the bouquet of sunflowers then said, “I know what I did was wrong. I know I had hurt you. I was stupid. I was mean to you. I never should’ve hurt you. What I did was wrong, and now, I only want to make things right again. I love you, Maya. I love you that it pains me when you’re mad at me. It pains me when you don’t sleep beside me. It pains me when you completely ignore me. I love you, Maya. I’m sorry for being such a fool. Will you please forgive me?” Maya saw the sincerity in Richard’s voice and eyes. She knows that her husband had fully regretted what he did to her. So Maya, crying this whole time, accepted the flowers and Richard’s plea for apology. They both stood up and hugged each other tight, which was witnessed by everyone and earned the couple a number of shouts and cheers. “Mahal, I know ginalit kita. So here,” handing the marker to Maya, continued, “I am allowing you to draw on my face. Hindi ako magagalit,” smiling encouragingly at Maya. “Naku Mahal! Ok na. Hindi ko na kailangang gawin yan. Wala sa bokabularyo ko ang gumanti,” answered Maya. Richard just smiled sweetly at her, gathered her in his arms once again and said, “I love you so much!” Which Maya answered enthusiastically, “I love you too! So much!” and they hugged each other tight once more.
Three months had passed. It was already 9 in the evening and Richard was still in his office checking some e-mails. He heard a knock on the door and saw Maya holding a cup of coffee for him. Richard gave her a welcoming smile. “Mukhang busy ka pa ah,” said Maya as she went near Richard, placing the cup of coffee on the table. “Just checking some emails. Ikaw? Bakit hindi ka pa natutulog? I’m sure pagod ka from your flight,” said Richard. “Inaantay kasi kita eh. Hindi ako makatulog kasi wala ka pa sa tabi ko,” said Maya, smiling sweetly at Richard. Richard motioned Maya to come near her and let her sit on her lap. “Ok sige Mahal. I’ll just finish this up. 5 minutes nalang then I’ll go to our room na. Ok?” said Richard then gave Maya a light kiss on the lips. Maya then turned around to go back to their room and left Richard in his office. Richard took the cup of coffee and started to take a sip. “Hay. Maya really makes the best coffee in the world. I’ll never get tired of her coffee,” he thought. Richard turned off his laptop, finished the coffee, and went straight to their room. What he doesn’t know, Maya added two sleeping pills on his coffee.
It was already 10PM. The sleeping pills already took effect on Richard’s body. He’s been sleeping soundly that he’s not easily awaken by Maya’s movements. “Kala mo Ser Chief ha. Kala mo ikaw lang ang marunong mag-joke! Pwes humanda ka! It’s now time for my sweet revenge!” Maya thought, with some evil laugh ringing on her head.
The next day, everyone is already gathered at the dining table except for Richard. When the kids asked Maya where their dad is, she simply said that he’s still asleep. Luke and Nikki, gave Maya a knowing look and started teasing her when all of a sudden, “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!” “Teka! Si dad ba yung sumigaw?” asked Luke. Then a few seconds later, “MAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAA!!!!!” Anger is etched on his screams. “Si dad nga!!” The three kids said in unison. The three kids, together with Sabel, Doris, and Joma ran up to the stairs and went straight to where Richard is. Maya and Manang Fe left at the dining table, when Manang Fe asked, “Maya?” giving her a knowing look and smile. Maya simply answered her with a devilish grin.
“MAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAA!!!!!” screamed Richard once more. “Dad?? What ha –“, asked Nikki but wasn’t able to finish her question. As soon as she saw her dad, she was stunned and her eyes went wide like saucers in shock. Luke was just a few steps behind her and started to ask, “Dad? Ano bang nang –,” was all he managed to say because just like Nikki, he was stunned by what he is seeing right now. Sabel, Doris, and Joma also had the same reaction on their faces. They were all stupefied by what they are seeing right now. A few seconds later, Manang Fe is already approaching them, followed by Maya. “Ano bang nangyayari dito?” Manang Fe asked. Abby was the first to answer and said, “Manang Fe, Mama turned Daddy into a smurf!” Then, as if everyone were brought back to reality, burst out in laughter. They all laughed out loud that it brought tears to their eyes. “Oh my gee dad! You really looked like a smurf!” exclaimed Nikki, obvious that she’s still trying to catch some air. “Wala ka pala kay Mama, Dad eh! Now that is what you call a masterpiece!” said Luke then gave Maya a high-five.
Richard was obviously burning in anger right now. Never in his whole life had he experienced being humiliated like this. “Naku Ser! Ok lang yan! Eh mas cute pa kayo sa mga smurfs eh!” laughed Sabel. “Oo nga Ser! Tama si Sabel! Di po namin akalain na bagay na bagay pala sa inyo maging smurf!” added Doris which earned another roll of laughter from everyone. “Sabel! Doris!” reprimanded Manang Fe as she can already sense the flames coming out of Richard’s head. But the group still cannot contain their laughter despite it all. “Ricardo, sinubukan mo na bang maligo? Nagsabon ka na bang maigi? Nag shampoo?” asked Manang Fe. “Manang, hindi ako lalabas ng kwarto na balot ang buong katawan ko mula puyo hanggang talampakan ng kulay asul na pintura! Obviously, that’s the first thing I tried! But the color just won’t come off!! How can I even go to work looking like this!” said an extremely angry Richard which only earned some more laughter from his kids and Maya. “Ano ba ang ginawa mo Maya?” asked Manang Fe to Maya. “Don’t worry Manang. Hypo-allergenic naman po yung ginamit ko kaya hindi po masisira ang balat ni Ser Chief!” which made them laugh even more.
Richard, still hot with anger, “You said wala sa bokabularyo mo ang maghiganti! Look what you did! This is way too much! Below the belt na itong ginawa mo sa akin!” Maya simply smiled at Ser Chief’s accusations before finally saying, “Wala sa bokabularyo ko ang gumanti using the same method na ginamit mo sa akin pero hindi ibig sabihin non na hindi ko kayang mag-isip ng isang magandang JOKE,” giving emphasis to the word joke. “Saka biruan lang naman eh. Katuwaan lang. Ikaw naman napipikon agad,” said Maya in a sweet tone which earned another roll of laughter. “Ah ganon,” said Richard sarcastically. “If this is how you wanna play. Fine!” he said. Maya simply folded her arms, smiled, and gave him a look that says “BRING IT ON!” After seeing this reaction from Maya, Richard immediately retired to his room never wanting to go out or be disturbed. Luke, Nikki, and Abby turned to Maya and said “Nice one Ma!” giving each one a high-five.