A/N: To my fellow readers and addicts, thank you so much for your kind words…they really inspire me more…I just hope you’ll like how this story goes. To the admin, endless thanks to you guys for creating Excess Baggage and of course, for posting my story. Just like BCWMH the series, reading stories here in EB has already become part of our lives too. 🙂
Emman: Hello po Mommy……
Mommy Jean: ....Jean. You can call me Mommy Jean.
Maya: So, Mommy Jean, tama ba your daughter Bea loves Jojo the Circus?
Mommy Jean: Oh yes! She loves the colors of the circus. She loves Jojo the Circus cartoons and she loves to watch magic.
Emman: So to start with, I suggest we choose the circus theme for your daughter’s 7th birthday party?
Mommy Jean: Yes! But I can’t imagine how you’ll do it…..
Maya: Ah, leave that to us, kaya kami nandito, to help you. This is the ballroom for the party, right?
Mommy Jean: Yes it is. She’s our only daughter and bunso pa, so it will be a big party for the family. I think there will be 75 kids plus their parents so plus 150 agad. There will be other guests and I estimate it at about 400 max.
Emman: Wow! Partei! Partei! Buti na lang Mommy Jean maaga pa. Nakuha nyo na ba ang reservation for this ballroom?
Mommy Jean: Yes, actually dalawang ballroom sha. I made sure there will be ample space for the party kasi.
Maya: Great! We can turn this place into a circus….complete with clowns, trapeze, colourful buntings, pati yung tao na nakatungtung sa stick while walking around!…..pwede rin sa entrance will put draperies para parang entrance talaga ng circus. We can provide tickets for game booths and food booths, meron din magic show and animal show parang circus talaga. We’ll include sa invites request to come in circus outfit with a prize for the best in costume. Bea’s immediate family will have a particular set of costume, maybe something to do with the deck of cards, you can be a queen of hearts, the daddy the king and so on…or tignan natin if pwede ipasok ang characters sa Jojo the Circus!….. we can provide also center piece for each table. Marami akong design na naiisip na unique…..….mmm maybe a carousel? A moving one? For the loot bags……
Mommy Jean: Wow! I’m impressed! No need to say more. I’m closing this deal. So, let’s sign the contract now?
Emman: Ah, Maya, that’s your department. Mommy Jean and I will go around for the projected floor plan of the party. Malaki ang ballroom! Baka pwede tayo magpasok ng elepante!
“Wow! Malaking party ito, at mukhang walang problem sa financial aspect. So, wala ring hesitations for big ideas which will definitely require money. Matrabaho nga lang pero masaya to! Circus! Mabuti mahaba pa ang panahon!”
Maya: Emman! May nakita akong ads! Looking for a tutor for a pre schooler, may allowance, may own room, may driver, may provision for education kasi open to college students, madami benefits…. basta at least 2 years in college, patient and kind, female and single, willing to -!
Emman: And what’s the catch?
Emman: Anu ang catch? Girl, for sure may catch yan kaya ganyan ka attractive ang perqs! Baka difficult child! Bakit naman need nya ng private tutor? Baka torture ang ugali nung bata!
Maya: Ah….catch….Eh yung nga lang….stay in dapat…..at sa Antipolo ang location…..
Emman: Stay in? As in para kang yaya na hindi? Ano, parang Julie Andrews, Maria of Sound of Music lang ang peg?
Maya: Parang ganun na nga…….stay in, as in dun ako titira sa house nila…
Emman: ….sa Antipolo? (Maya nods)
Emman: Girl, ang laki ng Antipolo. Baka naman sa liblib na parte ang bahay nila at malayo sa kabihasnan! Naku Mayabelles! Baka maniac ang tatay nung bata! Bakit kailangan female at single aber? Or wicked ang mommy! Tapos sa Antipolo? Sa bundok lang?
Maya: Anu ba…..sabi ko, nakakita ako ng ads…..hindi ko naman sinabi na employed na ako dun. Pinagiisipan ko pa kung patulan ko. Sabi nila, everything happens for a reason. Eh bakit ko naman nakita pa yung ads na yun sa news paper kanina sa Shang? I don’t look at the classified ads, I barely even read newspaper! Parang nag pahanap talaga sa akin yung ads na yun eh. Ang cute kasi ng presentation…..parang mabait yung bata at mahilig sa drawing eh….nakaka curious lang talaga kasi…..
Emman: And you think papayagan ka ng parents mo?
Maya: Eh hindi naman ako mag papa alam eh…..ipapaalam ko lang sa kanila pag okay na!
Emman: Huwhaaat?! Nakakalurkei ka na ba Maya dela Rosa! Isn’t that dangerous?
Maya: Haay, I said leap of faith nga ito! Dinasal ko kay Lord bigyan ako ng magandang work, yung swak sa lahat….o eto…..baka eto na ang sagot sa prayers ko! Besides, I’m almost 26! I don’t need to ask permission. Eh kung sa kasal nga I won’t be even needing parental advice at my age.
Emman: Ewan ko sa iyo! Gora na nga tayo!
LIZA: Good morning Chief! Maaga kayo sir, 8:00 pa ang meeting nyo with the engineers sa taas.
RICHARD: Good morning Liza. I just want to make sure that Abby (looks at Abby who was trailing behind him with Mamang Fe) is settled for later, you know. (Liza nods at the thought of the scheduled interview of Maya)
LIZA: Ay, Manang Fe, good morning po. Hello Abby! (Abby waves at her and gives her a kiss on the cheek) Awwww, you are so sweet to Tita Liza! You’re going somewhere later with Daddy? (Abby smiles and nods). Would you like to wait in the day care room? There’s a lot of new stuff there which I’m sure you will like! (Abby looks at Richard for approval and when he nods, Abby runs to the day care room)
RICHARD: Are you sure she confirmed? Are you sure she’s coming this morning?
LIZA: Well, she confirmed, sir. In fact she was the one who suggested this date. But of course I cannot assure you if she really is coming. Chief, if you don’t mind, may I ask why the concern for this particular applicant?
RICHARD: (Richard shakes his head as he realizes that Liza has become aware of the attention he is giving to Maya dela Rosa) If she shows up and everything turns out as I expe –, if everything turns out as I hope to be, then you’ll soon find out why.
LIZA: Sabi ko nga, sir. Dba, parang iba sha, and I have this gut feeling that she will show up for this interview. Ganito na lang Chief, I will inform you right away if she arrives even before her appointment at 10:00, kahit nasa meeting pa kayo.
RICHARD: Okay, Liza. Punta na ako sa meeting. Ikaw na muna bahala kina Manang Fe and Abby.
Maya: Good morning manong guard! Ako po si Maya dela Rosa! Magtatanong lang po ah……san po ba yung office ni Ms. Liza?
Guard: Applicant po kayo na tutor noh?
Maya: Ay korek ka manong, pano nyo po nalaman?
Guard: (nangiti lamang)… Ha? Ah…..eh…..sige po Ma’am Maya, akyat po kayo sa 8th floor, pag dating duon, may guard uli, hanapin mo si Liza at ituturo ka nya sa office ni Ma’am Liza.
Maya: Salamat po manong!
Guard: Good luck po ha at sana naiba ka sa kanila….
Maya: (talking to herself) Huh?! Anu daw Maya? Talagang naiba ako sa kanila kasi ako ang magiging best tutor in town!
8th Floor, LAS
Maya: Good morning manong guard! Ako po si Maya dela Rosa! Pwede po kay Ms. Liza?
Guard: Yes Ma’am. Pasok po kayo dito, tapos diretso lang po, tapos bandang kaliwa may receiving area po dun na makikita, may pinto po dun, pasok kayo tapos may lamesa po na malaki sa may bungad lang at nakaupo ang magandang babae, si Ma’am Liza na po yun.
Maya: Salamat manong!
Maya: Eh…..Manong, parang walang tao dun, baka tapos na ang mga interview at may nakuha na.
Guard: Ay hinde, talagang walang applicant na iba. Ikaw lang ang naka schedule for interview ngayon. Sabi nyo kayo si Ms. Maya dela Rosa d po ba? Ibinilin na po kayo ni Ma’am Liza na may appointment ngayon.
Maya: Ahhhh, ganun po ba…. (talking to herself now) Haay, akala ko late na ako.
Guard: Ay hinde. Actually maaga ka pa nga. Wala pa si Chief sa loob eh, nasa meeting pa sa taas Puntahan mo lang si Ma’am Liza at sha na bahala sayo. Sa loob ng office nya may waiting area pa na isa dun, malilibang ka habang nag aantay. Kung may iba ka pang tanong, mainam si Ma’am Liza na ang tanungin mo ha. Sige Ma’am, good luck ha at sana naiba ka sa kanila.
Maya: Jusme, anu ba itong a-apply-an ko, bakit ganun ang sinasabi ng mga guards? Hay naku Maya! Nandito ka na, kaya wag ng aatras pa. Baka dito ka pinapupunta ni Lord……Haay Lord, ikaw na po ang bahala sa akin.
FLASHBACK – weeks ago LAS Office
Liza: Sir, I forwarded the applications sent to me via email to your email but I also made print outs. Here are the files. I took the liberty of not including the files of previous applicants….unless you want to interview them again?
Richard: (with a blank look) No. Previous applicants hindi na. Thanks Liza. I’ll check them later na lang sa house.
Richard: Uhm, Liza….(Liza looking back) Do you think we’ll find somebody for Abby? Alam ko nabusisi mo na ang mga applications….
Liza: I hope there is, sir… (seeing the frustrated look on his boss’ face) ….well…..there is one particular applicant that I am curious about……kasi medyo sha ang naiba sa mga applicants….. (Richard raises his eyebrows)….I will not tell you now, pero kasi……basta….I don’t want to pre-empt your judgment, Sir. Sana lang, may mahanap na tayo na tutor for Abby para naman kahit hindi sha nasa formal school, nakakasabay sha. Oh by the way Chief, your appointment with Abby’s doctor for this afternoon is still good. Nagconfirm po yung secretary ni Doktora.
Richard: Thanks Liza….(Liza smiles) If wala ka naman ng gagawin, you can go. Nandito naman na lahat sa table ko ang mga for signature, dba? Happy week end, and thanks again Liza.
Liza: Nanjan na po lahat. Sir, I’ll go ahead. Hindi ko na po tatanggihan at bihira ito. Thank you and happy week end Chief!
Manang Fe: Ricardo, nanjan ka na pala. Maaga ka ata ngayon umuwi? Tamang-tama, nag hahain na sina Sabel, sabayan mo na ang mga bata.
Richard: Sige lang po Manang, hindi pa naman ako gutom, at marami pa po akong dapat tapusin. Inuwi ko na lang ang trabaho.
Manang Fe: Ricardo, minsan ka lang umuwi ng maaga. Sabik ang mga anak mo sa iyo, lalo na ang makasabay ka kumain. Hindi na nga kayo halos nagkakasabay kumain kahit sa almusal, maghapon pa kayong hindi nagkikita. Sayang naman ang pagkakataon na ito na magkasabay sabay naman kayong pamilya kumain.
Richard: (now feeling guilty and sorry) Okay po, Manang. Tawagin nyo na lang po ako sa office pag handa na ang lamesa.
Richard: Hello, Liza?
Liza: Chief! Is there any problem, sir?
Richard: I already checked the files of the applicants. Kindly schedule them for interview immediately just please limit it to 5 applicants per session. Uhm, ah…there is one applicant I want you to schedule na sha lang, and if possible, mauna na sha sa iba. Maya dela Rosa. Please inform me when her schedule will be.
Liza: Got it sir! (Knowing her boss, she immediately said) …..and yes sir, it’s strictly confidential!
Richard: Thanks, Liza.
Liza: (Facing the back of Maya) Excuse me? Is there anything I can do for you Miss?
Maya: (turning to face Liza)….dela Rosa po……ah….Ma’am Liza? Good morning po!
Liza: Yes….Maya, right? (Maya nodding)… Oh hi! Liza na lang please. (In her thoughts…..mukhang iba talaga ang isang ito ah….high energy pero magaan ang dating nya…..sana sha na nga!)
Maya: Sige….Maya na lang din.
Liza: Ah, Maya, upo ka muna, let me check your file first kung nasa table na ni sir. (Liza goes inside Richard’s office and calls him on his mobile phone) Chief! She’s already here! Maya dela Rosa……yes sir, Abby is in the day care room with Manang Fe…….5 minutes sir?…..okay I will delay her for five minutes……
Maya: Ah maaga talaga ako sa call time. You see, my parents are both lawyers. Sabi nila, mas better na ikaw ang maghintay kesa ikaw ang hihintayin. Kaya yun, I was trained to be early.
Liza: Ikaw naman, are you really this humble? I mean, I know your parents are not just ordinary lawyers. You’re the daughter of Justice Arturo dela Rosa and Atty. Teresita dela Rosa! That is why I’m wondering why did you apply for the job?
Maya: Eh kasi sanay na ako na may work. I mean, earning my own money. Kaya lang nahirapan ako pagsabayin yung lawschool at work ko as legal researcher sa court. Kaya when I saw the ad sa newspaper, napag isip talaga ako. Eksakto naman na nag resign ako. Sabi nyo kasi sa ad, open to college students, ibig sabihin, ’t neey don’t require na buong araw ako mag tutor sa bata. Parang perfect set up for me kasi night school ang law school.
Liza: (Liza already saw Richard come out of the elevator who was cautiously looking at her for signal.) Ah…..Maya, naku, I really want to get to know you more kasi naiba ka sa mga nag apply, kaya lang I need to bring these documents upstairs nga pala for approval para maka release ng pondo for salary ng employees baka maipit, Friday pa naman ngayon. When the meeting is finished bababa naman agad si Chief kasi alam nya ang 10:00 appointment mo.
Pero you can wait there in that room…..dun sa may mga bata sa loob (pointing to a small room arranged like a waiting area of a clinic of a pediatrician, complete with a nursery table and chairs, books in the colourful bookshelves, a TV mounted on the wall, and some toys) malilibang ka doon kesa dito.
Maya: Ah sige po Liza, salamat! May iba pa naman sigurong chance na mag kausap tayo…..kung matatanggap ako.
Liza: Sana nga! (to herself…..sana nga ikaw na ang maging tutor ni Abby….hmmmm……kaya siguro interesado si Sir sa kanya, she has this aura na gugustuhin mong makilala….. )
Maya went to the room as directed. Maya was thankful that she was not discouraged right away. She felt that she’ll be in good hands because there is a space in the office designated for a day care area, maybe for working mothers. This means that the boss is surely reasonable and compassionate.
Maya: Hello po! Good morning po! Sabi po ni Ms. Liza, dito daw po ako mag antay. Ako po si Maya dela Rosa.
Manag Fe: Ay, kamusta ka, Maya. Ako si Fe, tawag nila sa akin Manang Fe. Ito naman si Abby, alaga ko. Abby (tapping the shoulder of Abby and in a soft voice), say hello to Ms. Maya
Maya: Hello Abby! Wow ang galing mo naman mag color ng airplane. Mahilig ka sa airplane? Ako rin mahilig sa airplane!
Maya: Ah?! Baby! Ikaw pala! Sabi ko na nga ba nakita na kita dati eh. Di ba ikaw yung baby sa airplane kasama sina ate at kuya? (Abby nodded) Ang laki laki mo na! Natatandaan mo pa ako? (Abby nods, points at her necklace and gives her a thumbs up)
Ahhh….ang galing naman ng memory mo! Teka, bakit ka nandito? (Abby does sign language and Maya tries to interpret)…ah….kasi…..nag-wo-work si mommy mo dito? (Abby shook her head)…hinde?….eh bat nandito ka sa day care nila? (Abby puts her hands on her eyes to make it chinky then puts her fingers around it to demonstrate eyeglasses)..……ah….alam ko na, si Daddy mo ang nag wo-work dito?….. (Abby nods excitedly)….
HA?! Dito? Dito sa building na ito nag wo-work si Daddy sungit mo? (realizing that Manang Fe was around…) ah, ibig kong sabihin si Daddy singkit mo…(all smiles, Abby nods)
Manang Fe: (Manang Fe was so happy to see Abby socializing and got amazed on how Maya was able to understand what Abby tried to say…) Ah, Maya, dito nga nagtratrabaho ang daddy nya.
Maya: (pouts and whispers to herself) “pag minamalas ka nga naman, sa tinagal ng panahon, baka magkita na naman kami, at sa lahat pa ng lugar, dito pa talaga? masisira pa ata ang araw ko!”)
Manang Fe: Nagkakilala na pala kayo dati nla Abby? Si Ricardo, mabait naman yun eh….marami lang iniisip sa trabaho.
Maya: Ay, pasensha na po Manang Fe, narinig nyo pala yun?……eh hindi naman po kami nagkakilala talaga. Flight Attendant po kasi ako dati, tapos pasahero po ng Time Airways papuntang Hong Kong sila Abby nuon. Kasama niya yung sina…….ah…Luke, tama Luke at si Nikki that time. Mga travelling minors po sila nuon kaya may assisting Flight Attendant sila. Kaya lang si Nikki may naging konting problema tapos si Abby parang may tantrums na kaya tumulong po ako sa co-FA ko.
Matapos kong asistahan at ihatid pabalik si Nikki sa upuan nya, napansin ko na naiistorbo na yung mga katabing pasahero kasi si Abby uneasy na tapos umiiyak. Binati ko si Abby tapos bigla po sha yumakap sa akin at ayaw ng bumitaw! Hayun, hindi na ako pinakawalan kaya pinaupo ako sa seat nya kandong sha. Nakatulog nga sa dibdib ko eh. Kaya po sumama ako sa co-FA ko sa paghatid sa mga bata palabas, hanggang sa dumating na yung Daddy nila na NUKNUKAN ng sungit at bastos pa.
Manang Fe: Ganun ba hija, pagpasenshahan mo na lang si Ricardo, marami lang iniintindi yun. Mabait na tao si Ricardo. Hindi naman ako tatagal sa kanila ng ganito kung hindi sila mabait at mabuting mga tao. Eh, anu ba ang nangyari at nasabi mong bastos siya?
Maya: Ininsulto po niya kami ni co-FA ko. Hindi muna nag tanung kung bakit natagalan kaming nakalabas. Sinisigawan nya kami nung kinwestyon nya bat natagalan nailabas ang mga anak nya at sinabihan kaagad kami na inefficient ni hindi pa nya inintay ang sagot namin. Eh kaya nga kami natagalan kasi nga po si Abby ayaw bumitaw, tapos si Nikki, nag request na huli sila bababa para wala ng tao masyado kasi Manang nagka stain ang skirt nya dahil first time nya magka period.
Ang lakas ng boses mag sisigaw tapos ang mata linya na lang po Manang sa panlilisik! Mga bata nga natakot, at si Abby kumapit lalo ng mahigpit sa akin. Kaya lalo pang nagalit akala nya ayoko iturn over ang bata sa kanya. Sha kaya ang dapat sisihin, bat kasi pinag travel ng mag-isa ang mga bata eh!
Manang Fe: Sobrang mahal lang nya mga anak nya kaya siguro sobrang nag-alala siya nung hindi pa nakalabas mga anak nya. Mabuting ama si Ricardo, Ms. Maya. Kung nagawa man nya yun, dahil yun sa sobrang pag-aalala sa mga anak nya, lalo na’t hindi nga siya nakasama sa byahe ng mga bata at tinagpo na lamang sila. At may dahilan din yun.
Maya: Naku po, Manang Fe. Mukhang masama talaga ang asal ng Daddy nila. Eh kasi, dahil hindi kami maka get over ng co-FA ko matapos nya kaming hiyain at insultuhin, sha naging topic naming habang nag hihintay kami ng next flight. Dun naming narealize na sha rin yung lalaki na nagmamadali sa airport naman sa London kaya nabangga kami pero kami ang sinisi nya. Sabihan ba naman kami ng (imitating a male voice) “Hey! Watch where you’re going!” at Manang Fe ha! After nun sinundan nya ng salitang Chinese! Alam naming mura po yun sa Chinese!
Yun ba ang mabait? E walang pinipili, kung makatrato naman sa babae. Naku kung nalaman ko lang na Pinoy pala yang mamang singkit na yan, hindi ko yun pinalampas!
Unknown to Maya, the people outside the day care room heard her conversation with Manang Fe. When Liza realized that Richard might have been embarrassed and was already infuriated by what he heard, she motioned for Manang Fe to come out of the room. Manang Fe, seeing Ricardo outside, and their faces, asked Maya to be excused to answer the call of nature.
Manang Fe: Ah… Maya, ah….eh…..p-pwede bang iwan ko muna sa iyo si Abby, kailangan ko lang talagang mag CR eh. Hindi ko na mapigilan ito. Mahirap na talaga pag natanda na. Hayun lamang ang CR oh.
Maya: Ay sige po Manang Fe. Masama po magpigil ng wiwi, magkakasakit po kayo sa bato nyan. Sabi po kasi ni Ms. Liza intay lang ako dito kasi nasa meeting pa yung naghahanap ng tutor eh. Ako na po ang bahala kay baby!
O baby, dito ka muna kasama ako ha. Gusto mo, gawan kita ng paper airplane habang story telling? (Abby smiles and nods her head) Sige, hmmmm, there is this princess who loves to fly……and so she loves to make paper planes………but then……
Manang Fe: Ricardo….
Manang Fe: Ricardo. Nakita mo ba si Abby? Nakita mo ang saya sa mukha nya? Tuwang tuwa siya nung makita nya yung Maya. At lalo siyang naging masaya nung naintindihan nung Maya ang gusto niyang sabihin kanina. Nagkakilala na raw kayo sa airport eh….
Richard: Yes, I remember that incident….. Sige na Manang, balikan mo na si Abby…. Liza, can you please call Ms. Dela Rosa.
Liza: (Curious on how the interview will go, Liza smiles) Okay, sir.
After Manang Fe went back and entered the day care room, Liza followed immediately and called on Maya. Richard still watching them.
Liza: Ms. Dela Rosa, can you come with me please.
Maya: Okay, Ms. Liza! Baby, nandito na si Manang Fe. Iwan muna kita ha, kasi kakausapin na ako dun sa labas, makikilala ko na yung future boss ko, kung sakali. (Abby smiles and gives her two thumbs up but does not let Maya go until she was able to give her kisses to the delight of Maya)
Ang sweet sweet mo naman baby! Ako naman isang malaking malaking hug! (After hugging Abby) O sige baby, see you later, buh-bye! (Maya waves at her and walked towards Liza.)
Liza: Ms. Dela Rosa, this way please…..Grabe, ang galing mo pala sa bata! Nakakatuwa, kasi si Abby ngayon lang sha ganyan.
Maya: Talaga Ms Liza? (looks back at Abby who gives her a flying kiss. Maya playfully catches the imaginary kiss from the air and puts it on her cheek. Maya then gives Abby a flying kiss which Abby catches and puts it on her cheek and gives Maya 2 thumbs up sign)
Liza: Oh yes.
Maya: Ganun ba? Would you believe nakilala ko na sha dati. Nung time na yun ang bata pa nya, ayaw kumawala sa akin eh.
Liza: Yeah I heard your story kanina. (whispering) And guess what, I think na impress mo si Chief kanina with how you handled her daughter…..kaya big points yun for you. Baka ikaw na mapili for the job ni Mr. Lim kasi wala pang tutor o applicant for tutor ang nakagawa nyan kay Abby!
Maya: Huh?! Chief? Yung sir mo na mag i-interview sa akin? M-mr. Lim?
Liza: (Sensing that Maya has realized who placed the ads) Yes, Mr. Richard Lim. And he wants to see you now. (using her eyes, Liza points towards the direction of Richard’s office)
Richard was now sitting behind his table, staring at Maya while waiting. When Maya looked at where Liza was pointing, Maya’s eyes widened and said:
Maya: WHHAAAAATT?! Yang Mr. Singkit na mukhang naluging magtataho kaya bugnutin at masungit ang magiging boss ko?! FORRRRGET it! I may be adventurous to even apply for this job but I’m not crazy enough to work for that inconsiderate and rude man! Walang galang sa mga babae! Matapobre at kung maka insulto naman akala mo kung sinong perfect!
Gwapo nga, sama naman ng ugali! Masungit, suplado, galit sa mundo at feeling sha ang boss of the world at lahat utusan nya. Naku Ms. Liza, I’m sure marami kang natatanggap na summons dito sa dami siguro ng mga reklamo sa kanya. At kung wala pa, ako ang magiging una!
Richard: MS. DELA ROSA! That is enough! I will not tolerate such behavior in MY office! You do not have the right to malign me in front of my employees!
Maya: Well good news Mr. Lim! I will not tolerate men like you too! Therefore, it only means that we won’t be able to tolerate each other’s presence. Mas lalo pa kung ikaw maging boss ko?! So there is no point to go through the interview. Goodbye! (Sabay talikod at walk out.)
Richard: In his thoughts “Ang daming sinasabi! This creature is really pushing me against the wall….My goodness, behind that beautiful face is a dragon!” (Richard approaches Maya and in a commanding tone says) MS. DELA ROSA! I said that is enough!
Maya: Fine! Mr. Chopsticks! I was about to go! (sarcastically smiling at him, Maya adds)…. and good day to you Mr. Lim!
Richard: You don’t have to be sarcastic MS. DELA ROSA! That is really un……
Maya: HEP! (Maya raises her left hand to Richard’s face in a stop position) I’m done talking here, so…… talk to the hand!
With a genuine smile, Maya looks at Abby and waves her good bye, but thinking that Abby might cling to her again, she said: See you around Abby! Be a good girl always okay? Promise you’ll keep the paper plane that I made for you ha! (Abby nods)
Maya starts to walk away from them and heads to the elevator. Richard was still stunned and upset at what just happened. While he knew that Maya might have been offended with what happened in the past, he did not realize until now that she harboured ill feelings and hatred towards him. He was not prepared to be treated that way, and worse, in front of his employees.
Manang Fe: Ricardo……
Liza: (still stunned but gets back to her senses and tries to help)…..Ah sir, uhm…. (points to Maya’s direction) would you like me to go after …. Ms. Dela Rosa …. cause….ah…(now looks at Abby)……and ask her to come back and reconsider?
Manang Fe: Ricardo……parang magiging okay si Abby sa kanya eh…..sayang naman.
Richard heaves a big sigh. Looks at Abby. In his thoughts, “Abby …. Remember, she might be the one Abby needs to finally talk… she’s the one Abby has been looking for all these years”…….he remembers how Abby clearly said Maya’s name while in her sleep a number of times. He then looks at the direction of Maya, who’s waiting for the elevator ride down. To everyone’s surprise, Richard bows down and runs to Maya….
Richard: Ms. Dela Rosa! Wait! Ms. Dela Rosa! Please, wait……. (Maya just ignores him) Ms. Dela Rosa….(Maya stays facing the elevator, then presses the button again)…….Maya…..can you please talk to me (Richard holds her by the shoulder and faces her to him)…….Ms. dela Rosa……can we just please calm down a bit and be civil (Maya looks at him with raised eyebrows)……ah….uhm……okay, I’m sorry……I’m sorry for losing my temper in there…..it’s just that you were kinda hysterical and already humiliating me in front of my employees…….and ah…..you also (Maya looks at him with crossed eyebrows)……okay, never mind!….
I’m sorry if I have offended you today or in the past. Can you please go back in there so we could talk?…..please? I’m not forcing you to enter into a contract of employment with me. Just reconsider going in there so we can talk about why we put up the ads for a private tutor and what we can offer you. Who knows this might be the job you would also want. Can you pretend that I am not Richard Lim, the person that you probably hate most? Just please hear me out…even just for my daughter’s sake….she really likes you…..and you might be the only help she could get.
Please?…..(Richard is starting to lose it again) Ms. de la Rosa, obviously dapang dapa na ako dito, and maybe even to your satisfaction. But please, leave a little dignity for me. I am not totally at fault. You maligned me, called me names, you walked out on me!. Huwag mo naman isagad na mapahiya ako sa harap ng mga empleyado ko sa pagtanggi mo after I humbled down. So, please, let’s go back inside and hear me out. I’m sure your parents brought you up well to know what I am talking about.
Maya: Maya tries her best to look calm upon realizing that Richard just put her parents’ parenting skills in issue. Maya looks behind Richard and sees Liza and Manang Fe and all the employees looking at them, then looks back at Richard who seemed very sincere and desparate. She looks at her watch which says 10:03. She then looks at Richard and says….fine!
Maya leaves Richard in awe and proceeds to Liza’s table…..Ah, excuse me, Ms. Liza, I’m back for the 10:00 interview, is it still good? Is the Chief already there in his office by now? (Maya smiles and winks at Liza)
Liza: (Liza gets it right away) Ah yes, Maya, it’s still good. The meeting has just finished. Oh, as a matter of fact, Engr. Lim is just right behind you. Ah, sir, this is Maya dela Rosa, your 10:00 interview. (Maya turns around to face Richard)
Richard: Good morning. Richard Lim here (offers his right hand to Maya for a shake and smiles), I’m pleased to meet you Ms. Maya Dela Rosa.
Maya: (shakes the hand of Richard and smiles back) Good morning Engr. Lim, I’m pleased to meet you too, sir.
Richard: If you’re ready Ms. De la Rosa, this way please…. (points his hand towards his office)
Maya: (leans towards Liza and in a soft voice) Liza, hindi naman kaya bipolar yang boss mo? Baka biglang mag tiger mode sa loob, kagatin ako!
Richard: I heard that! Ms. De la Rosa!
Maya: (aligaga) Huh?! Ah.. yes Sir Chief! Ready for the interview! (leans towards Liza again and whispers to Liza) in fairness, ang lambot ng kamay nya ha. Mas malambot pa kesa sa kamay ko?! Parang….parang siopao lang! hahaha
Liza: Liza giggles. Mamang Singkit? Naluging magtataho? Mr. Chopsticks? Bipolar? Tiger mode at siopao? Hahaha! In her thoughts, “wow….with what you’ve just done and will do to Chief…you are really something else Maya….kakayanin kaya ni Chief ang kakulitan mo?! Hahaha! This is exci….. nakakakilig silang panuorin!”
Richard: Brod! I need your help with something…..I mean, with someone….
Ryan: …….Si Maya dela Rosa?!
Liza: Sir, the secretary of Justice dela Rosa said that the Justice will leave his office at about 5:30 p.m., unless something comes up, a case that he will need to work on asap. But he winds up at 5:00 pm which is the best time to talk to him. Should I confirm sir?
Arturo: What brings you here Engr. Lim?
Richard: ….your honor, uhm ….yo-your daughter and I……