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Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to AttyMayiVR. This is a continuation to Please Be My Legal Wife – part 7.
To be fair, at wala rin naman talagang time, wala rin akong binabasang story. But of course I cannot skip my nightly routine to watch the day’s episode sa iwantv.
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Richard: Maya! Why are you here outside, ba’t hindi kayo duon sa loob?
Maya: Good evening po, Sir Chief.……Uhm…Sir James, my boss – Mr. Lim. Sir Chief, si Sir James po, college professor ko po.
The two men instantly shook hands and exchanged good evenings.
James: Atty. James Ventura.
Richard: Engr. Richard Lim.
James: Nice to meet you Richard. I was about to go actually.
Richard: Any relation to Jaime Ventura?
James: I’m his only son.
Richard was surprised to meet Maya’s Sir James. Richard just smiled but was thinking “He is the Sir James, the mentor and friend,Maya was talking about? How can he be so young and good looking? I imagined him to be older than I am!”
Richard: So you’re Jaime’s only son who refused, and still refuses, to be his VP. Jaime is a noble man. It’s great to do business with him. Actually, Travel Air is the top client of Lim Aviations Services. I’m glad he’s taken over Time Airways.
Maya: Time Airways, Sir Chief?
Richard looks at Maya and just confirmed how revealing her dress is. He got dismayed but tried his best to compose himself and be clam.
Richard: Well, in case you don’t know yet, Travel Air owned by their family just recently consolidated with Time Airways. I’m sure you know what happens in consolidation. But of course, since Travel Air is bigger, they have control over management, and no less than his father, the Jaime Eduardo Ventura, will be heading it.
Maya: Yes, consolidation – two companies join together to form one larger company. You own Travel Air, Sir James?! Maya asked in surprise.
James: Not me, my family.
Maya: Sir James naman eh, ganun na rin yun. Ayan, nadagdagan na ang utang mo na kwento ha.
James: I told you, we really need to go out soon so we could do some catching up. Look, I really would love to stay and spend more time with you but I’m running late. James looks at Richard and offers his hand for another handshake. Again Richard, it was nice meeting you. It’s really a small world after all. I guess we’ll be doing business soon.
Richard: Looking forward to it, James. I’ll be seeing you around then. Regards to your father.
James gave Richard a nod then returned his attention to Maya. James took both Maya’s hands and looked at her in the eyes.
James: So, Maya, I’ll be seeing you soon, okay?
Maya: Promise, Sir James.
James: James leaned forward to give Maya a beso beso then a hug, which she reciprocated. Take care my dear.
Maya: Ikaw rin Sir James.
When James went inside his car, Richard, whose placid face instantaneously transformed into a distraught one, turned his back and raced towards his BMW to move it in the garage of the mansion. Maya trailed behind but stopped at the base of the pathway leading to the service gate and watched James maneuver his sports car towards the main road as she waved her hand goodbye.
Richard: Maya! Halika na nga dito, isara mo na yang gate.
Maya: Opo, Sir Chief!
Maya went inside and closed the service gate. When she looked up, she saw Richard standing at the driveway fronting the main door of the mansion, staring at her with creased eyebrows and puckered lips. In her mind “Patay, mukhang may sapi na naman itong si Ching Chong Chai. Haaay!”
Maya had an idea on why Richard seemed to be upset. So, she braved herself and faced him.
Maya: Sir Chief, yung ganyan pong mukha nyo, eh parang alam ko na po ang ibig sabihin nyan. Kasi, kahit hindi naman kayo naka shades, parang nagdidilim ang paningin nyo sa akin eh. Siguro naalala nyo na naman po ang impyerno noh, kaya uunahan ko na kayo.
Imitating Richard, Maya said “Maya, why the HELL are you wearing that BLOODY dress?!”
Richard crossed his arms against his chest and gave Maya a sullen glance.
Maya: Sir Chief ha, iniirapan nyo po ako ha. Tama po ang iniisip ko noh?
Richard: Bakit nga ba kasi ganyan ang suot mo?!
Maya: Ha?! Sir Chief, mainit. Sobra! Patapos na po ang summer, pero ang init pa rin po eh.
Richard: Your dress is just too revealing! It’s showing too much skin!
Maya: Summer dress nga po, Sir Chief.
Richard: But your back is practically naked and that neckline is way too low! Y-your c-cleavage is already showing!
Maya: Maya instinctively puts her left hand in the middle of her chest. Eh bakit po kasi kayo tumitingin.
Richard: Maya,I wasn’t looking. But even if we just look at your face, kahit hindi pa tumingin ang kausap mo, mapapansin yan! Maya, may mga lalaki dito sa bahay who is not your father or brother. Tapos humarap ka pa sa bisita mo ng ganyan?! Richard suddenly grabbed the edge of the sweetheart neckline of Maya’s dress and tried to pull it up near Maya’s collar bone. Yan, itaas mo nga yan!
Maya clutched on to the collar of her dress and fixed it to hide her cleavage. She felt pleased to know that Richard is really a conservative guy and is not the type who will take advantage of a situation like that. Somehow, she felt thankful too, that he cares for her welfare.
Maya: Si Sir Chief naman oh. Akit ang init na naman bigla ng ulo nyo? Huwag muna po kayong maging incredible hulk jan. Let me explain first. I wasn’t expecting po na may dadating na bisita except for Emman. Sorry po, hindi ko na na i-paalam na dadating si Sir James.
Hindi po kasi nakapunta si Emman kahapon as planned kaya kanina lang nakapunta. Nandito na po si Emman sa mansion when Sir James called him. It just so happen that Sir James was on his way home from a court hearing in Taytay, kaya dumaan na po dito kasi on the way naman.
Since biglaan nga po ang pagdating ni Sir James, hindi ko na po naisip magpalit pa. So can you not be mad anymore, anyway I didn’t wear this on purpose?
Richard: Richard calms down a little. I’m not upset because you had visitors here. But you don’t wear something like that with men around. Baka may mag take advantage sa iyo. You might be sending wrong signals, you might get misinterpreted, at mabastos ka.
Maya: Sir Chief, si Sir James lang po yun. Hindi po sya ganun. He is such a gentleman………parang…….kayo. Richard slightly gives off a lopsided smile showing his dimple. Ooooooy! Ngumingiti na sha!
Seriously po, mabait po si Sir James, hindi po salbahe. At si Emman naman po, bading nga. Walang malisya.
Richard felt disturbed remembering how James got physically close to Maya. His eyes turned into thin lines as he grimaced in disgust.
Richard: Kahit na, mga lalaki pa rin yun!
Maya: O Sir Chief, yang mga mata mo oh, mukha na namang stick ng chopsticks sa sobrang singkit! Parang gusto ko tuloy kumain ng pancit!
Richard: Maya! Can’t you ever take things seriously?
Maya: Huh?! Sir Chief, were you not listening? Hindi po ba kasasabi ko nga lang na, “seriously po, mabait po si Sir James.”
Richard: Eh pero kung maka lapit nga siya sayo…… well….from the way I saw it, either he is just too forward, or you two had a thing in the past.
Maya: Too forward?! Si Sir James? Sir Chief, beso beso lang po yun which is normal between two old friends, lalo na we have not seen each other for a looooong time.
Richard suddenly recalled the time when Maya said that the reason why she has not gotten into a romantic relationship yet is that she is still waiting for her heartmate. He is now wondering if James is the one she’s referring to. He felt he had to know, so he tried his luck.
Richard: So, uhm…you…you two really had a thing in the past?
Maya: Uy Sir Chief hindi po ah……pero…….muntik na.
Richard: W-what?! You mean to say he courted you in the past tapos humarap ka sa kanya ng ganyan? Akala ko ba “si Sir James lang yun” at walang malisya? Then you’re telling me now that you almost had a thing in the past? At nag nagdisplay-display ka pa ng ganyan sa labas ng bahay kasama siya!
Maya: Almost courted me Sir Chief………at hindi naman po ako nag display noh, paalis na po si Sir James kaya hinatid ko lang po sa labas. Pasakay na nga po siya ng car when you arrived.
Haaay! Sige na nga po Sir Chief. Fine, inappropriate na ang suot ko. Sorry, na excite lang po kaya hindi na nakapag isip mag palit ng damit. Tagal ko na po kasing hindi nakita si Sir James eh. Hindi na kasi nagpakita sa amin nung graduation. He had to leave for the US with his wife.
Richard: Oh, so he is married?
Maya: Was married.
Maya: His wife died of cancer. Buti na lang wala pa silang baby.
Ay Sir Chief! Ang galing. Isipin po ninyo, pareho ko kayong mga Sir. Pareho pa kayong mga balo. Pareho pa pala kayong nasa aviation industry! Ang galeng noh?!
Hmmmm ………. siya isip bata ………. ikaw, mukhang bata …..….. pag naka nakangiti! hahahaha……….. Yun nga lang Sir Chief, kung siya………….. joker face ……….ikaw………..poker face! Hahahahaha! Maya sings and sways her body.
Po-po-po-poker face po-po-poker face mum mum mmum mah
Po-po-po-poker face po-po-poker face mum mum –
Maya: Okay! Ang hirap nyo naman po kasing patawanin oh.
Richard: Hindi ka nakakatawa.
Maya: Huwag na kasi kayo sumimangot. Look at you, para kayong DOM na tinanggihan ng babae.
Richard: What?! Maya! Nagsisimula ka na naman ha!
Maya: Eh kasi naman po Sir Chief, kanina okay ka pa naman. You looked pleasant and in a good mood when you were having conversation with us ni Sir James. Tapos bigla ngayon, nakabusangos ka na agad at parang galit na galit. Ganyan ba talaga sumpungin ang mga bipolar?
Maya: Sorry po. Grabe naman kasi ang mood swings nyo eh, extreme! Para kayong may sapi!
Look at your face, it’s all wrinkled up! The kids will see you in a while and you have that look in your face? Nakakatakot kaya kayo tignan.
Eh kulang na lang tungkod, at mahabang puting balbas, mukha na kayong ingkong ng Chinese movies diyan oh. Mamya jan bigla na lang kayong lumilipad lipad jan ha.
Matatakot na naman mga bata lumapit sa inyo at hindi na naman sila sasalubong nyan.
Richard calms himself down after hearing Maya’s concern with his kids. He heaved a sigh and asked Maya a question that was bothering him since he met James earlier.
Richard: Do I really look that old that is why…..uhm….. unlike James, you can’t drop the po and opo when you talk to me?
Richard: That one.
Maya: Ha? Sir Chief, ngayon lang po yun kasi ni-request po ni Sir James na i-drop ko na ang po at opo sa kanya.
Richard: Eh bakit ako, I have requested you several times to drop the po, but you stubbornly refused. You make me appear and feel older. Are you that close with James kaya you heeded his request right away?
Maya: Sir Chief, si Sir James po WAS my former professor, who became a mentor and a friend. Kayo, boss ko, and me, your employee.
Richard: Eh bakit, are we not friends too?
Maya: Friends po tayo Sir Chief?
Richard: Hindi ba?
Maya: Friends?……Eh lagi nga kayo nang aaway jan eh. Hindi ba inaaway nyo na naman po ako ngayon?
Richard: Pano, ang kulit mo kasi.
Maya: Ako po makulit? Hindi po ah…… Sir Chief, huwag na po kayo mag tampo if I can’t drop the po and opo. It doesn’t mean na gurang na kayo. Ang akin lang po, boss ko po kayo, kaya yun po ang dapat, kasi yung po ang tama.
Okay, mas bata nga po sa inyo si Sir James ng about 10 years, PERO hindi naman kayo nagkakalayo tignan eh. Pareho kayong gwapo, matipuno, at parang ilang taon lang naman ang agwat nyo. Promise!
Richard: Now you’re making fun of me.
Maya: Ha? Making fun of you agad? Hindi po ba pwedeng I was just giving you a complement?
Why? Is it not convincing na gwapo at young looking kayo? Eh for sure naman po, marami na siguro ang nagsabi sa inyo that you’re handsome and that you look very young for your age, hindi po ba?
Richard: Hesitantly, Richard answers. Y-yeah.
Maya: Talaga?! Marami na?
Richard: Richard felt uncomfortable talking about himself and answered shyly. Oo nga.
Maya: At naniwala ka naman sa kanila?! Hahahahahahaha!
Richard: See?! You’re really making fun of me!
Maya: Hahahahaha! Si Sir Chief, ang pikon! Joke lang po yun! Kasi hindi ka pa rin ngumingiti eh.
Ang serious nyo kasi, ayan po oh, poker face ka pa rin. Sir Chief, loosen up na kasi. Peace na po!
Pero Sir Chief, totoo po yun ha.
Richard: Ang alin?
Maya: Na gwapo ka and that you look young for your age. At mas lalo kayong mukhang bata pag naka ngiti. Onga po! Peksman po!
Richard: You really think so?
Maya: Oo naman po! Maya looks at Richard from foot up. Mukha talaga kayong bata. Mula paa……….. hanggang leeg! Hahahahahaha!
Maya: Eh kasi naman po Sir Chief, hindi ka pa rin ngumingiti eh! Kaya yang face hindi kasali kasi it’s the face of an old man! Hayan o, lukot pa rin! ……Haaay, sana naging camera na lang ako!
Richard: And why is that?
Maya: Para po pag nakita nyo ako, mapapangiti kayo.
Richard: Maya, nakaka init kasi ng ulo minsan yung ginagawa mo. As I’ve told you before, may mga bagay na pinag-iisipan muna bago ginagawa.
Maya: Oo na nga po, I had a wrong judgment, I admitted and accepted it, at nag sorry na nga po, dba. Si Sir Chief naman eh, ang kulit naman po oh, paulit-ulit lang? Hindi ka pa rin ba maka move on?
History na yan eh, tapos na. Hindi na mababalik pa. Pero I promise, hindi ko na po ito isusuot uli dito sa mansion.
Richard: Whaaat?! You would still wear that dress somewhere else?
Maya: O eh d erase! I-erase ang mansion……I promise, hindi ko na po ito isusuot uli, period!
Okay na po? Maya made a thumbs up sign.
Richard does not say anything.
Maya: Maya tried the peace sign. Peace na tayo Sir Chief?
Richard just stares at her.
Maya: Naka move on ka na ba, Sir Chief?…..Para maka move in-side the mansion naman na tayo?
Richard looks away.
Maya: Sir Chief? Maya jerks Richard on his side but he did not move a bit.
Maya: Over! Ang hirap nyo namang suyuin oh! Siguro ang hirap nyo maging boyfriend. Kanina pa po tayo dito, hindi pa rin po ba ako abswelto?
Maya: Haay si Sir Chief, mas mahirap po kaya ang humingi ng tawad kesa sa mag patawad. Ang daya ha. Kanina pa po ako nagbaba ng pride sa kaka sorry, pero kayo ang damot.
Alam nyo po ang pride, parang panty at brief yan ng mag-asawa, walang mangyayari kung hindi ibababa.
Richard: Maya! As I’ve told you before, may mga bagay na pinag-iisipan muna bago ginagawa. That is not a pro –
Maya: That is not a proper thing for a lady like me to say? Eh totoo naman ah, pag hindi nag baba ng panty at brief ang mag-asawa, may mangyayari ba? May mabubuo bang bata? Eh di po ba wala?
Just because I mentioned panty and brief, inappropriate na? Sobrang strikto naman, ang daming bawal, ang tagal pa ng interrogation at sermon. Para ka palang si Papa.
In fact, dinaig mo pa si Papa ko. Tawagin na lang kaya kitang Daddy! Anyway sa mukha nyong lukot ngayon, papasa akong panganay na anak nyo…..DADDY!
Sige na po DADDY, nakakapagod makipagbati sa inyo eh kaya kung galit ka pa rin bahala kayo….I’ll go inside na po Dad –
Richard: Don’t you dare call me that!
Maya: Pano nga po kasi, may sumpong ka pa rin. Galit ka pa rin sa akin, inaaway nyo pa rin po ako. Kanina pa po tayo dito, kanina pa po ako paulit ulit nag so-sorry, wala pa ring nabago sa mood nyo. Hindi ko kayo mapangiti, lukot pa rin po ang mukha nyo oh.
Haay, naalala ko tuloy yung elepante at langgam.
Richard: And why are you including animals in our conversation now?
Maya: Kasi po, yung elepante laging malungkot, masungit, mainit ang ulo, walang kinakausap, walang makalapit, takot sa kanya dahil ang moody nya. Isip ng isip ang mga hayop as kagubatan kung pano sha mapapasaya. Marami ng hayop ang sumubok patawanin ang elepante pero bigo. Ni hindi man lang nila napangiti.
Isang araw, lumapit si langgam kay haring leon. Susubukan raw nyang patawanin si elepante. Natawa ang haring leon, sabi nya “sa liit mong yan, may naisip kang paraan?” Sumagot si langgam. “Wala aman pong mawawala kung susubukan.” Kaya hinayaan nila si langgam. Dali dali itong pumunta kung nasaan si elepante at mabilis na umakyat sa tenga ni elepante. Bumulong si langgam kay elepante, at nagulat ang mga hayop dahil biglang tumawa si elepante.
Maya stops and looks at Richard.
Maya: End na nga po Sir Chief.
Richard: What? But your story didn’t say what the ant whispered that made the elephant laugh.
Maya: Ooooy si Sir Chief nakikinig ka pala.
Maya: Okay okay! Gusto nyo talaga malaman ano binulong ni langgam?
Maya: O sige na po, eto na. Maya tip toes and whispers in Richard’s ear. Buntis ako! At ikaw ang ama!
Richard breaks into laughter boisterously and Maya starts laughing too.
Maya: Kung makatawa ka naman po Sir Chief, parang ikaw yung elepante.
Richard: Eh nakakatawa naman pala talaga yung sinabi nung langgam eh. Imagine, how could he ente – never mind! Realizing the context of what he was about to say, Richard stops and pouts again.
Maya: Sir Chief wala na pong bawian, napatawa ko na kayo kaya bati na tayo.
Maya: Huwat? Bakeeeet?
Richard: Richard has ascertained that Maya gets uneasy and disturbed when he is not in good terms with her, so he tries his luck again. You also have to drop the po and opo just like what you did with James. It’s fair enough, right?
Maya: O sige na nga po. Pero, smile na uli. Maya gently pokes and strokes the right cheek of Richard, trying to make his dimple appear. Oooooy, mag sma-smile na uli yan…….
Richard: Richard smiles. Talaga? So, you’ll drop the po and opo? He was not expecting that he would convince Maya right away and give in to his request easily.
Maya: Pero po pag wala lang po tayo sa work place ha, meaning, sa mansion. Pero Sir Chief, kahit na nasa labas po tayo ng mansion, pero tayo tayo lang naman po –
Richard: Okay I get it. I’ll be fine with that. But can you not call me Sir Chief too?
Maya: Kayo ha, sobra na yan, pero sige na nga! I will stop calling you Sir Chief……… Daddy na lang!
Maya: Yes Daddy?
Richard: Okay fine! I’d settle with Sir Chief.
Maya: Peace na po tayo? Move on na? Okay na?
Maya: Maya noticed that the smile on Richard’s face is not enough. Ay kulang.
Richard: Anong kulang?
Maya: Ha? Ah Si Emman po Sir Chief, minsan kulang kulang mag-isip. Basta gwapo, natutulala. Nawawala ang utak. Imagine, binentahan ng shoes at half the price kasi may konting defect lang daw. Hindi man lang tinignan ang shoes kasi natulala sa gwapong kausap nya at inabot lang basta ang bayad nya. Hayun, naloko.
Richard: Alam ko na yan, joke yan eh. I’m sure may punch line ka jan. Anu yung defect, parehong kaliwa?
Maya: Ay hindi po Sir Chief. Yung takong nasa harap!
Richard: Richard breaks into laughter again. You’re silly Maya!
Maya: Ayan! Ganyan oh. Hindi na kayo nakakatakot tignan. Kasi ang ganda na ng ngiti nyo oh. At mukha ka na talagang bata mula paa hanggang ulo! Let’s go!
Maya turned and walked towards the front door exposing her bare back to Richard who is now walking behind her. He was staring and appreciating the smooth creamy skin of Maya’s back while trailing behind her, when Maya unexpectedly stopped to face Richard again, causing their bodies to collide.
To maintain their balance and prevent Maya’s fall, Richard instinctively caught her from the back, with his hands on her bare skin. Maya on the other hand, held on to Richard’s polo shirt, pulling him closer towards her face.
Maya: Ay Sir Chief! Sorry po. Sorry hindi ko po sinasadya. Maya immediately disengaged herself from the embrace.
Sir Chief, hindi ka lang pala gwapo…… amoy gwapo pa! At in fairness ha, ang perfume nyo, hindi pala circa 70s! Hindi ka amoy Charlie Blue! Hahahahaha!
Maya leans forward and sniffs Richard near the neck. Sniff sniff. Hmmmmm bango talaga Sir Chief, para kayong nasa 30’s lang. Hahahahaha! Ooooooy si Sir Chief, gustong gusto naman! Ayan oh, ang ngiti nyo hangang tenga, wala ka ng mata! Hahahaha!
Richard: You’re really silly Maya!
Maya: Silly silly. Kanina pa ako silly, pwede nyo na akong i-bicol express nyan Sir Chief!
Ay wait lang, diyan ka lang muna Sir Chief ha, and hold that smiling face. Maya peeks through the door and saw Nikki and Abby engrossed with the party stuffs shown to them by Emman. She enters the door and Nikki immediately noticed her.
Nikki: Hey Tita Maya, why are you sa tagal outside?
Maya: May dumating kasi. Maya opens the main door.
Nikki: Dad! Nikki ran to Richard and gave him a tight hug. I missed you Daddy.
Richard: I missed you too Nikki.
Abby immediately followed. She was clinging on to Richard’s neck so he genuflected, allowing Abby to shower him with kisses on his face. And I missed you too my little princess! Richard felt contented with how his daughters received him. He stood up and looked at Maya as if saying “You were right, I won’t scare them away if I smile.”
But what surprised Richard and touched his heart was how his only son welcomed him. Luke was coming down the stairs when he saw his dad kneel down to Abby. Luke was very ecstatic to see his dad back so at once, when Richard stood up, he hugged him from behind, with his face resting on Richard’s right shoulder.
Luke: Welcome home Dad!
Richard: Hi son! Sorry, I was not able to talk to you guys before I left. You were already sleeping when I came home and the problem at the hangar needed immediate attention so I had to leave early moring the next day but you were still sleeping.
I didn’t have to worry about leaving you anyway. I was confident that you’d take charge while I was away.
Luke: Yes Dad, I did. Kumain na po ba kayo? Let’s eat? I’m hungry. What’s for dinner kaya?
Richard: I’m sorry to disappoint you guys but I have to leave for a dinner meeting with suppliers from Japan.
Nikki: It’s okay Dad, we’re just glad that you’re home. Let’s eat na Tita Maya, Tito Emman?
Maya: Ay Sir Chief, si Emman nga po pala, my business partner and best friend.
Emman: H-hello po M-mr. Lim…g-good evening po. Emman gets mesmerized with Richard’s good looks.
Maya: Nikki, hindi na kami kakain ni Emman kasi gagabihin kami sa daan eh. Abby, uwi muna si Teacher ha. Just like last time diba? Abby nods at her. Pero promise ni Teacher, babalik ako agad agad. I’ll be back on Sunday para tulungan natin si Ate Nikki mag prepare for her first day of school. Okay ba yun baby? Abby smiles and gives a thumbs up.
Pano po Sir Chief, mauna na po kami ni Emman.
Richard: You’re going home?
Maya: Opo, d po ba Friday ngayon?
Richard: Hatid na kita, anyway Makati area yung dinner meeting ko. Sabay ka na sa akin.
Maya: Eh Sir Chief okay na po, kay Emman na po ako sasabay.
Richard: But if I remember it right, according to you, Emman lives in Quezon City. That would be out of the way for him.
Maya: Eh actually po, kina Emman po ako mag stay tonight, tomorrow po kami uuwi sa bahay.
Richard: Maya, can we talk in my office for a minute? Emman, please excuse us.
Emman: Sure Mr. Lim…..take your time.
Maya: Nikki, bahala ka muna kay Emman ha.
Nikki: Sure Tita Maya. Nikki knew why his Dad suddenly requested to be alone with Maya. She smiles at the thought that his dad is just getting over protective of Maya. Tito Emman, bagay si Dad and Tita Maya, noh? Ang sweet nilang tignan dba? I’m so kinikilig!
Emman: Ang gwapo ng Daddy mo! And trulili! Bagay sila ni bestie Nikki. Pwede ba, Emy na lang itawag mo sa akin. Drop the Tito Emman, its so eeeww!
Nikki: Hahaha! Sureness, Emy!
In the office, Richard sat on his office chair and looked at Maya, who is standing just in front of him, with the executive table in between them.
Richard: Please sit down Maya. This may take a while.
Maya: May take a while? Sir Chief Friday po ngayon, baka po ma traffic ka, ma-late ka for your dinner meeting sa Makati.
Richard: That’s not my concern now. Why are you spending the night at Emman’s house? Do your parents know about it?
Maya: Yes, my parents know about it.
Richard: What? Eh bakit ba kasi kailangan dun ka pa matulog? Why not spend the night here instead if tomorrow ka rin pala uuwi sa bahay nyo?
Maya: Kasi po, we have to finish some things for the party tomorrow. I only finished half of them.
Richard: Then finish them here. There are three more guest rooms here. Let Emman choose which he likes to use.
Maya: Eh yung ibang materials po nadun po sa condo ni Emman. So dun namin tatapusin tonight. We always do this pag gahol na po kami sa oras.
Richard: Then why not finish them in your house instead?
Maya: Eh sayang po yung time travelling from Emman’s condo in Quezon City to Makati on a Friday night kasi nga traffic.
So sa condo na lang namin tatapusin then we’ll travel to Makati early morning tomorrow. We’ll stay sa house namin muna, anyway ang party event po namin eh sa Manila Polo Club lang naman, malapit lang sa house.
Richard: Are you sure that your parents know that you’ll be sleeping in a guy’s place?
Maya: Gay’s place, Sir Chief. G-a-y gay.
Richard: Lalaki pa rin si Emman, hindi magandang tignan. Pinayagan ka ng Daddy mo? Tapos yan pa ang suot mo.
Maya: Naku, heto na naman po tayo eh. Sir Chief, bale wala
po itong dress ko kay Emman, kasi sa bahay niya, ganito din ang suot nya. Hahahaha! Ayaw nyo ba maniwala sa akin?
Okay. Sir Chief, bakit naman po ako hindi papayagan ni Papa? Eh hindi nga siya nag object when I said that I’ll be working as stay- in private tutor of Abby, kahit nalaman nya that Abby’s father is a widower. Sa bahay pa kaya ni Emman?
Sir Chief, eh kung ikaw nga na lalaking lalaki, eh harmless. Si Emman pa kaya na bading?
Harmless si Emman, hindi kami talo, lalaki ang type nun. Tignan mo nga kanina natulala at na utal nung nakita ka.
Richard: Okay, I get your point. So how are you coming back on Sunday?
Maya: Si Emmn po uli. May client meeting po kami sa Valley Golf about 3:00 in the afternoon. Kaya after the meeting, ihahatid lang po uli ako ni Emman dito kasi super mega on the way naman dba.
Richard: Okay then, so I’ll be seeing – I mean, we’ll be expecting you on Sunday?
Maya: Yes, sa Sunday po. Kaya, tahimik po ang mansion when you get home tonight hanggang Sunday. Walang makulit na Maya. Hahaha!
Richard just looks at her, not sure if he would be pleased with her statement of fact. He has gotten used to her presence in the mansion, such that she has gotten into his system already.
Richard: I’m sure everybody will feel your absence in this house, Maya. Especially Abby. Sige na, baka gabihin na kayo sa daan. You may go now.
Maya: Okay, sige po Sir Chief. Thank you! Buh bye! Maya waves her hand at Richard and turned around to head for the living room where Emman is waiting.
Richard felt frustrated knowing that when he comes home later at night after the meeting, he wont see Maya in the study catching up with her reading, or in the kitchen at the breakfast nook writing, or in the veranda having coffee, or at the pool side gazing at the stars. Richard still wanted to have a conversation with her. He wanted to tell her the things that happened at the hangar, the changes to be made in the floor plan because of her observations. He wanted to ask her about the kids while he was away, but regrettably, those have to wait until Sunday. He stood up and followed Maya.
Richard: Uhm Maya.
Maya: Sir Chief?
Richard: Please do not hesitate to call if necessary. I mean, in case Emman can not bring you back here, just call para masundo ka.
Maya: Thank you po Sir Chief. Emman tara na. Wait lang I’ll just get my things.
Richard: Emman ingat sa pag drive. Are you familiar with the road down hill?
Emman: Yes po Mr. Lim. Kabisado ko na po ang daan pababa. Don’t worry po, hindi po ako kaskasera mag drive. Si Maya pa.
Maya: Ako? Anong ako?
Emman: Wala, sabi ko ikaw mepagka kaskaserang mag drive. Not me.
Maya: Uy hindi ah. Mabagal ka lang talagang mag-drive! Tara na nga! Ay wait lang. Maya rushed to the dining area and kissed the Lim kids good bye.
Luke: Bye Tita Maya! Naku, malungkot na naman pag wala ka.
Nikki: Tita Maya you’ll be back naman Sunday right?
Maya: Promise yun Nikki. Excited din ako sa first day of school mo eh. Diba Abby?
Abby smiles and nods at them. She hugs Maya tight and gives her a long kiss on the cheek.
Maya: Promise din baby, I’ll be back agad so we can play together. Be good ha. Huwag iiyak ha. Be nice to Ate Doris at lalo kay Manang Fe. Don’t forget to brush your teeth and say a prayer before you sleep. I’ll see you in your dreams!
Maya kissed Abby on her forehead, then went back to Emman and Richard. Richard witnessed how nurturing Maya can be and how natural she is with his kids, not only with Abby. She adores them and they adore her. Because of her, Richard and his kids are now able to bridge the gap between them.
Emman: Wala ka ng nakalimutan mother rabbit?
Maya: Ha? Emman yung mga nakakalat na tags at souvenirs sa table o, bilang ang mga yan.
Richard: Maya, please text me when you’ve reached your destination.
Maya: Of course Sir Chief. Naku Emman, bilangin nga muna uli natin baka may maiwan.
When Emman saw Richard entered his office, he immediately confronted Maya.
Emman: Hoy Mayabelles! Hindi naman pala incredible hulk ang boss mo eh! Incredible HUNK! Ang cute nya ha.
Maya: Nakaka tacute yan pag galit! Kaya nga sabi ko mala incredible hulk.
Emman: Maya, ang gwapo nya!
Maya: Amoy gwapo pa!
Emman: Inamoy mo?!
Maya: Ha? Hindi noh! Aksidente lang yun kasi muntik akong mahulog, sinalo ako, napalapit ako sa kanya, kaya naamoy ko.
Emman: Muntik mahulog? Naku, mamaya jan nahuhulog na kayo nyan sa isa’t isa ha! Pero kung sa ganyan naman ako mahuhulog, okay lang! Ang cute nyang mag smile.
Maya: Ngayon lang yan at may lucid interval. Bigla na lang yan nagagalit tapos nawawala ang ngiti tapos ang mga mata nagiging linya. Yun, incredible hulk na, Chinese version nga lang. Hahahaha!
Richard: I can hear you from here Maya.
Maya covered her mouth to keep it shut, then she headed towards the main door with Emman who was carrying a boxful of party stuffs. When they were about to pass by Richard’s office, Maya slowly walked with Emman, careful not to get Richard’s attention, but Richard was very aware of his surroundings.
Richard: Have a safe trip.
Emman: Yes, Mr. Lim.
Richard: And Maya?
Richard: Please promise me to change that dress and text me right away when you’ve reached Emman’s place.
Maya: Yes, Daddy!
Maya: Joke lang Sir Chief. Ant and the Elephant! Smile! Buhbye!
Within five minutes from the time that Maya and Emman left, Richard was ready to leave for his late dinner meeting at Makati. He went to say good night to his children who was about to finish eating their dinner.
Somewhere along the road, Richard heard the message alert of his phone. When he reached a stop light, he immediately took out the phone from his pocket and read the message.
Maya’s text: “We have reached our destination. Arrived safely at Emman’s unit, at 18th Floor, The Grand Eastwood Palazzo, Eastwood City, C-5 Bagumbayan Quezon City. Good night.”
Richard’s text: “Okay. Please change your clothes now. Good night.”
Maya’s text: “Katatapos lang po. I keep my promises Mr. Lim ”
When Richard arrived home from his meeting that night, he went straight to the kitchen to get a glass of water. It felt strange that Maya is not in the study, not in the kitchen, not in the veranda or the pool side.
In a short period of time, he has grown accustomed to Maya’s presence in his house and that night, somehow, it didn’t feel right not to feel her there. It simply felt strange not to hear that faint sound of music coming from Maya’s room. This made him wonder what she could be doing that very moment.
Then it just dawned on him. He misses Maya ……… terribly.
To be continued……..