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Richard: What time is our date on Thursday?
Maya: Date? Maya looked at Richard after she placed the cups on top the breakfast nook.
Richard: Ah, eh, hindi ba date nyo ni Emman dapat yun, and I’m the substitute for Emman. So technically, it will be our date on Thursday, right?
Maya: Of course, Sir Chief! 7:30 pm po yung show.
Richard: Okay, we’ll just finalize the plan Wednesday night.
Maya: Maya ran back to Richard and pinched his cheek. Mmmmmmm! Kakagigil ka talaga sa tuwa. Thank you po uli Sir Chief! Good night po!
Richard: Good night Maya. Fascinated and tickled, Richard watched her go with a big smile on his face.
The next morning, Maya woke up very early, before everybody else. She wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies for the kids. While waiting for the cookies to be cooked in the oven, Maya took out some items from the ref and meticulously, prepares healthy sandwiches for Luke and Nikki. She was so involved with what she’s doing, she didn’t notice Manang Fe coming in.
Manang Fe: Para sa mga bata ba yan?
Maya: Ay!…Manang Fe naman, nang gugulat kayo. Opo, baon po ni Nikki at Luke. Nagbake rin po ako ng cookies para hindi naman magtampo si Abby.
Manang Fe: Gumising ka ng maaga para lang diyan? Hindi mo naman kailangan gawin yan eh. Maya, hindi na yan parte ng trabaho mo.
Maya: Manang Fe naman, ngayon lang naman po. Kasi, first day of school ng mga bata. Si Nikki first day ng first year nya sa high school. Si Luke naman, first day ng last year nya sa high school.
Pag first day, excited po ang lahat. Ang tataas ng mga energy ng mga yan. Kadalasan, nauuna ang daldal kaya bago pa man makabili ng food sa school café, ubos na ang recess or lunch time. Naku, lalo na siguro si Nikki. At least, pag may baon sila, kahit nagdadaldal, may kinakain na sila. Siguradong hindi malilipasan ng gutom.
Manang Fe: Napaka buti mong bata Maya. Maganda ang pag papalaki sa iyo ng magulang mo. Sigurado ako, yang ginagawa mo, nakita mo yan sa Mama mo.
Maya: Ay opo Manang Fe. Si Mama, kahit anu pang busy nya o puyat sa gabi, siya ang nag aasikaso ng almusal at baon namin. I can still remember nung bata pa ako, gigising sha ng maaga para lang ipagluto ako ng champorado at tuyo for breakfast kasi favorite ko yun. Hindi nya pinagagawa sa kasambahay. Siya po talaga. Kaya tulog pa lahat, siya nasa kusina na abala.
Manang Fe: Sigurado ako na magiging isa kang mabuting ina balang araw, katulad din ng iyong Mama. Maswerte ang mapapangasawa mo.
Maya: Hahaha! Asawa agad Manang Fe? Boyfriend muna, wala pa nga akong boyfriend eh.
Manang Fe: Maya, dadating din ang lalaking tinadhana ng Panginoon para sa iyo. Pagtatagpuin at pagtatagpuin nya kayo. Malay mo, pinagtagpo na pala kayo, pero hindi palang panahon para sa inyo.
Maya: Manang Fe naman, lalim managalog. Eh bakit po kayo? Hindi na nag asawa.
Manang Fe: Maya, ito ang itinadhana ng Panginoon para sa akin. Masaya naman ako ng ganito eh.
Maya: Naisip ko lang po ngayon Manang Fe, kawawa naman pala si Mama nuon.
Manang Fe: Bakit naman?
Maya: Nuon po wala naman ibang mapaglilibangan masyado habang nag aantay maluto ang champorado. Wala pa ata cable nuon eh. Ngayon, may cable, may internet, may radio station na maaga mag program. May makakasama ka o mapapaglibangan kahit sobrang aga pa.
Meron po akong kilala Manang Fe, si Tita Myrna, public servant pero mag early retirement na. Bago pa man mag alas singko ng umaga, nag hahanda na ng almusal para sa husband nya at kambal nila na papasok din sa work. Hayun, habang nagaantay maluto ang almusal, para hindi antukin, nililibang sarili sa kababasa ng mga fanfic.
Manang Fe: Fanfic?
Maya: Fanfic po Manang, mga short stories sa internet. Mga ginagamit na karakter sa istorya, mga kilalang karakter sa mga teleserye sa TV, katulad nung sa ABS-CBN. Hhmmm…parang ano po, parang modern komiks po.
Nakakalibang daw po talaga, minsan nga daw po tumatawa raw siya mag-isa sa kusina eh. Manang Fe siya rin papasok pa sa opisina. Biruin nyo, ilang taon na nyang ginagawa araw-araw ang paghanda ng almusal ng pamilya nya. Dakila po talaga mga nanay no?
Mga nanay nuon, walang ganyan, imagine Manang, nakatunganga sila mag-isa sa kusina, habang ang lahat nananaginip pa. Si Mama ko po, pag buburda ang libangan.
Manang Fe: Ako nabigyan ni Donya Esmeralda ng maliit na cassette player. Kaya mula nuon, bitbit ko ang cassette player ko para libangin sarili ko sa kusina. Paulit ulit lamang ang tug-tog. Pero si Sabel na ang abala sa umaga, kaya hindi ko na kailangan pa ng libangan, kay Sabel pa lang para na akong nakinig ng programa sa radio.
Maya: Oo nga po, si Sabel at Doris. Donya Esmeralda? Yung mommy po si Sir Chief?
Manang Fe: Siya nga. Napaka bait din nya na amo. Ako ang nag alaga kay Ricardo mula ng sinilang siya ng Mama nya.
Maya: Aaay, Manaaaang Fe, dakilang dakila rin po kayo, kasi para nyo na talagang anak si Sir Chief eh. Kaya pala parang may takot sa inyo si Sir Chief noh?
Manang Fe: Malaki ang tiwala sa akin ni Donya Esmeralda, kaya kapag umaalis sila ni Don Roberto para sa negosyo, pinaubaya nya sa akin ang pag didisiplina kay Ricardo.
Maya: Napalo nyo po si Sir Chief Manang?
Manang Fe: Sa kamay at sa pwet! Nung tumanda na, hindi na bagay ang palo kaya sermon at parusa ang katapat ni Ricardo pag lumalabas ang kapilyuhan nya.
Maya: Si Sir Chief, pilyo? Anu pong parusa nya Manang?
Manang Fe: Akala mo ganyang tahimik at seryoso si Ricardo? Naku, may kapilyuhan at kakulitan ang batang yan. Naging seryoso at mapag isa na lang mula ng mawala si Alex.
Nung binata yan, marami ring kalokohan, kaya busog sa sermon sa akin pag wala ang mama nya. Minsan, pag matindi ang kasalanan, hindi ko pinagbubuksan ng pinto ng bahay, o kaya, hindi papayagan mag maneho ng walang kasamang driver, si Lem.
Palagay ko, pinili na rin nyang maging ganyan dahil siguro sa lumalaki na ang mga bata, lalo na si Luke. Gusto nyang maging magandang huwaran, lalo na at wala ng ina na gagabay sa mga bata.
Maya: Ay! Okay na po yung cookies! Wait lang po ha, i-aahon ko na muna ang cookies para hindi matusta sa init ng oven. Ay naku Manang Fe, hindi na pala ako nakapagpaalam na gagamit ng oven!
Manang Fe: Maya, hindi ba sinabi sa iyo ni Ricardo, na tratuhin mo na parang bahay mo rin ito. Kaya libre kang gumamit ng kahit ano dito.
Maya: Eh iba pa rin po yung mag papaalam o mag sasabi man lang, di ba po.
Huh! Hala! Anung oras na?! Manang Fe, iwan ko po muna kayo, gisingin ko yung dalawa. Kailangan, maka alis sila dito ng maaga. Matrafik sa Katipunan eh, baka malate sila!
Manang Fe: O sige, sige! Bibilisan namin ang pag handa ng almusal.
After abount 30 minutes, Richard came out of his room and saw Doris coming from the other side where the rooms of Luke and Nikke are located.
Richard: Gising na ba ang mga bata?
Doris: Ay Sir Richard! Opo, gising na po kanina pa, pinapatawag na nga po para mag almusal. Susunod na raw po sina Sir Luke at Ma’am Nikki, Sir. Nagbibihis lang.
Richard: But it’s only 5:30.
Doris: Nakahanda na po ang almusal, Sir. Dapat daw po maaga maka alis mga bata kasi sabi po ni Ma’am Maya, mainam na raw po ang mas maaga kasi matindi daw po ang trafik sa Katipunan.
Richard: Gising na si Maya?
Doris: Opo, kanina pa po, siya nga po ang nang gising sa mga bata kanina eh.
Richard: Ah…eh si Abby?
Doris: Si Abby po? Gisingin din po ba? Sabi po ni Ma’am Maya hindi naman daw po kailangan gisingin pa kasi maaga pa.
Richard: Sige, susunod na rin ako.
Doris: Opo, Sir.
Luke and Nikki were still not around when Richard reached the dining table. As he pulled his chair, he saw Maya in the Kitchen, busy doing something.
Richard: Maya? Why are you up this early?
Maya: Ay, good morning Sir Chief! Early pa po ba?
Manang Fe: Talagang maaga gumigising si Maya Ricardo. Pero ngayon araw na ito, sobrang aga, wala pang alas singko, dinatnan ko na dito sa kusina nakapag bake na ng cookies at nag hahanda ng baon ni Luke at Nikki.
Richard: Maya, thank you for doing that. You really didn’t have to. May mga allowance naman ang mga bata eh. They can just buy from the school canteen. But as I’ve said, thank you, it’s very much appreciated.
Maya: Eh Sir Chief, pabayaan nyo na po, anyway tapos na diba, na bake ko na, nahanda ko na. Baka hindi po kasi maka kain ng maayos, magutom. Sir Chief, pinag daanan ko rin ang mga first day of school, and sigurado po ako, well at least kay Nikki, na gugutumin sya before maka uwi ng bahay. At least they have something to munch on when necessary. At, sigurado pang healthy.
And, since hindi nila halos magagalaw ang allowance nila, they will realize it and will get interested in saving their allowances, sigurado pa kayo na malinis and healthy kinakain nila sa school.
Richard: Maya, that is so sweet and thoughtful of you. Thank you.
Maya: Welcome po. Eh, Sir Chief, wala na pong bawian yung kagabi ha?
Richard: Richard looks at Maya sideways with narrowed eyes and a smile that teases. Maya, are you doing this to make sure that I’ll go with you on Thursday?
Maya: Sir Chief hindi po ah. Para talaga sa mga bata ito, otherwise, dapat pati kayo ginawan ko rin ng baon, diba? I just mentioned about last night kasi baka naman pinag trip-an nyo lang ako and like Emman, bigla kayong mag-back out last minute.
Richard: I also keep my promises, Maya. Thursday WILL happen. Promise.
Hindi ka pa ba tapos sa ginagawa mo diyan sa kitchen? Why don’t you join me here for breakfast.
Maya: Patapos na po. I’m just wrapping the sandwiches.
Richard was in awe when Maya finally emerged from behind the breakfast nook and approached the dining table. Maya smiled at Richard while she placed the resealable bags with cookies inside and the sandwiches wrapped in sandwhich paper placed inside bigger resealable bags.
Richard: Maya, why are you wearing that uniform?
Maya: This was MY uniform when I was in my senior year. Galing noh? Kasya pa hahaha! Pero ang skirt masikip na kaya half open ang zipper.
Richard: Maya, hubarin mo na nga yan.
Maya: Eh teka lang po, wala pa si Nikki eh, surprise ko ‘to
sa kanya …pang Kodak moment lang Sir Chief. M-masagwa po ba?
Richard: Frowning at Maya, Richard said No, you’ll actually pass as a high school student…and that’s just it. You make me feel so old. Para tuloy kitang panganay na anak eh, parang yun ang nakaka asiwa.
Maya: Pwede! Daddy Chief!
Maya: Haha! Asusssss! Maya lightly taps Richard’s chin with her left hand. Kayo talaga, ang sensitive nyo sa age noh? Eh sasabihin ko naman po sana na papasa rin kayo na high school –
Richard: Richard smiles at the gesture of Maya but gets defensive and instinctively cuts her off to hide his pleasure. Principal? That’s what you’re going to say, right?
Maya: No, I was going to say high school teacher.
Richard: E ganun din yun eh.
Maya: Hindi kaya. Sir Chief, when I was a sophomore, nagulat kami during our first general assembly na may bagong male teacher ang mga 4th year! May iba naman pong mga male teachers pero they’re old na. Pero yung new teacher super young, cute pa! Hmmm, siguro mga 8-10 years older sa amin. Shempre since all girls kami, hayun, crush ng buong high school!
Richard: And that includes you?
Maya: Hindi naman talagang crush crush…more of kilig lang.
Richard: So crush mo nga.
Maya: Sir Chief hindi nga po. Kilig lang kasi, parang fairy tale story kasi…you know….. teacher student thing.
Richard suddenly felt unfathomably apprehensive with how their conversation was going. He couldn’t comprehend why he suddenly felt that way, but it also made him curious. So, he went ahead, and asked a question even before he hesitated.
Richard: Why, do you think it is not possible in real life? I mean, that kind of thing – because it’s a May December affair?
Maya: Possible! In fact, naging topic ng mga reunion kasi, he married one of his students! Imagine?!
Richard: Why, was it not acceptable? Because the teacher was older and married one of his younger students?
Maya: Kaya nga po topic ng reunion, nakaka kilig because it’s a fairytale story happening in real life.
Richard: Which means, IT IS acceptable, right?
Maya: Of course naman po. Eh di ba wala naman pong rule na dapat mag ka-age or magka-generation and couple? Sa batas nga, dapat lang at least both 18 years of age para ikasal.
Richard: Point well taken, attorney.
The two were so engrossed talking, unaware that to some people watching them, they appear like they’re so into each other.
Doris: Sabel! Tignan mo sila oh, nakaka kilig! Maka tingin naman kasi si Sir kay Ma’am Maya oh.
Sabel: Doris! Hindi lang tingin, tignan mo, naka ngiti si Sir! At hindi tiger mode ha.
Doris: Oo nga! Ayieee! Habang nakikipag usap, nakatingin sa mata, hindi gaya ng dati, habang nakikipag usap, naka yuko o nagbabasa ng dyaryo. Sabi ko sayo eh, love story in the making ito!
Sabel: Korek ka! Waaaaah! Para akong hindi maka hinga sa kilig!
Doris/Sabel: Para lang silang mag-asa –
Manang Fe: Anu na naman ang pinag chi-chismisan nyong dalawa diyan?!
Doris: Ay! Manang Fe! Tignan nyo po oh, sarap silang panuorin, para silang mag-asawa!
Sabel: Oo nga Manangg Fe! Tignan mo alaga mo oh, naka ngiti! At kumakain pa ng almusal!
Doris: Makakasabay pa nya mga bata!
Sabel: Oo nga, speaking of mga bata, ayan na yung dalawa.
Nikki: Oh my gee! Tita Maya is that your high school uniform?!
Maya: Hi Nikki! Oo, para picture picture tayo, pang facebook at instagram.
Nikki: Dad?! Oh my gee Dad! You’re eating breakfast with us?
Richard: Good morning Nikki, Luke.
Nikki: Oh this is really a good morning!
Luke: With all smiles, Luke greets Richard and Maya with all gusto. Morning Dad! Tita Maya!
Maya: Good morning!
Luke: Tita Maya, papasa po kayong high school student sa uniform na yan.
Maya: Talaga? Teka, may uniform na kayo sa high school?Nung time namin, civilian lang sila eh.
Luke: Opo, ito na po yun.
Maya: Parang mas okay nga pag may uniform. O, kain na bilis, mahuhuli kayo sa byahe baka malate kayo.
Manang Fe: Luke, Nikki pinag handa kayo ng baon ni Maya.
Nikki: Wow! Cookies and sandwich? Awwww, that is so sweet Tita Maya. I’m really going to eat this.
Luke: Ako rin po, Tita Maya. Thank you po.
Maya: Wow, sulit yung gawa ko. Alam nyo, ma se-save nyo pa ang allowance nyo pag kinain nyo yan.
Richard: That’s right.
After the quick breakfast, Luke and Nikki asked to be excused to get their school bags. Richard did the same and proceeded to his home office to get his laptop and office files. Maya on the other hand, went outside and waited for Nikki by the main door to have their picture taken.
Richard was the first to come out of the main door and saw Maya browsing through her mobile phone.
Richard: Maya, why are you here outside?
Maya: Waiting for Nikki, picture picture po kami dba?
Richard: Oh that’s right.
Maya: Sir Chief tayo muna mag selfie! Maya went close to Richard and raised her mobile phone to take their picture.
Richard: No, kayo na lang ni Nikki.
Maya: I can be fun pala ha. Selfie lang ayaw na. Eh di corny ka nga.
Richard: Okay, fine! Just do it quick.
After the selfie shot, Richard noticed that Maya was strangely looking at him with a mischievous grin on her face.
Maya: Sir Chief?
Richard: Anu na namang kalokohan o pang aasar ang nasa isip mo?
Maya: Sir Chief, were you a normal kid?
Richard: Richard chuckles. What do you mean?
Maya: Normal kid, like when you eat ice cream and it melts, did it ever get messy with you? Did you also lick your lips? Or were you always that prim and proper? Hahaha! Naka long sleeves na 5 years old habang kumakain ng ice cream complete with table napkin tucked in the neckline of your shirt –
Richard: I was a normal kid Maya. I did lick the dripping melted ice cream.
Maya: Talaga? Pati yung mustache ice cream nyo?
Richard: Yes, Maya.
Maya: Okay. You have to do that now. I mean, lick your lips.
Richard: What? And why should I?
Maya: Kasi may catsup po sa may lips mo.
Richard: Hahaha! Seriously? Maya, all the long talk just to tell me that I have catsup in my lips?
Maya: Oo na po, sige na, dami akong pasakalye. At least I’m not in my 40’s and a messy eater.
Richard: Okay, fine. Richard slides his tongue between his lips. Okay na, wala na yung catsup?
Maya: Hahaha! Sabi ko na nga ba eh! Prim and proper ka nga nung bata pa. Sir Chief, pati sa pag lick ng lips poise na poise? Ayan, hindi natangal ang catsup. Ganito kasi oh.
Maya demonstrates by sticking out her tongue and leisurely moves it up from the left corner of her lips down to the corner right. Richard stared at her thinking “and you’re already 25 but still doesn’t know what your tongue demonstration could actually do to a man in his 40s….”
Maya: Sir Chief kayo naman, do it this way ha… then she moves her tongue up again from the corner right down to the left side.
Richard: Stop. Just…stop, Maya. I got it. But I’d rather wipe it off with a hanky. I think that would be much easier.
Richard wiped his lips but failed to get off the dried catsup lining his upper lips. So Maya took the hanky from Richard’s hand and started wiping.
Maya: Let me do it. Maya held Richard’s face and gently rubbed the hanky against his upper lip while Richard looks on. Hayan, wala na yung catsup!….pero meron namang bula ng toothpaste sa collar mo. Naman Sir Chief? Messy at 40?
Maya tried, but her effort, to remove the stain from the collar with the hanky was futile.
Maya: Haaay! Pano ba kasi kayo mag tooth brush? Do you have perfume in your pocket?
Richard: Why would I put one in my pocket?
Maya: Because girls do. Teka po.
Maya digs in her handy mobile phone pouch hanging on her wrist which she brings all the time. There, along with a lip gloss, short eye pencil and small pack of wipes, is her tiny perfume automizer which she took out. Spontaneously, Maya sprayed some of her Clinique Happy perfume at the corner part of the hanky, not minding Richard who was just watching her in wonder.
She rubbed the wet part of the hanky against the collar of Richard, who was already intoxicated by the scent, and by now was under her spell.
Maya: Tada! Ang galing! Wala na. This really works. Maya fixed the collar and lets her hand glide down Richard’s chest and finally taps it lightly. Okay na Sir Chief! Sir Chief?!
Richard: Richard recovers quickly. Ah…thank you. A-asan na ba mga bata? Baka ma late na sila.
Instantlaneously, Nikki and Luke came out of the main door.
Nikki: Oh my gee Daddy, you’re here?
Maya: Shempre naman Nikki, send off kayo ng Daddy nyo, first day eh. Hindi ba Sir Chief?! Maya winked at Richard, who responded by nodding his head.
Nikki, Halika na! Bilis! Picture picture na tayo at ma le-late na kayo! Luke, paki naman please. Maya hands him over her mobile phone.
Luke: Sure Tita Maya! Okay, 1-2-3! Isa pa, 1-2-3!
Nikki: Kuya sa phone ko rin please. Here oh.
Luke: Okay 1-2-3! Isa pa uli, 1-2-3!
Maya: O, “selfie” tayong tatlo, 1-2-3! O sige na go na. Ay, wait! Kayo namang tatlo ng Daddy nyo, sige na Sir Chief bilis dito ka. Maya just grabbed Richard and positioned him in between Luke and Nikki.
Smile! 1-2-3! Ayan, ang ganda!
Richard: Sige na, baka ma late pa kayo. Joma, pagka hatid mo sa mga bata, yung pina aasikaso ko naman ha. Paki tutukan para ayos na bago mo sunduin mga bata.
Richard: Opo Sir.
The kids kissed Richard goodbye and rushed to the car.
Nikki: Bye Dad! Bye Tita Maya!
Luke: Bye Dad, Tita!
Richard: Maya, what about you? When is the first day sa law school?
Maya: Next Monday po. Okay naman po ang class schedule kaya walang mababago sa schedule namin ni Abby sa morning. Yun nga lang, mababawasan po ang play time namin sa hapon.
Richard: That’s okay. Actually kaya ko tinatanung para maayos ang schedule ni Joma sa pag hatid-sundo.
Maya: That won’t be necessary. I’ll bring my car. Mas okay po yun.
Richard: We’ll talk about this some other time. I also need to go now.
Maya: Okay! Bye Sir Chief!
Maya went back inside the mansion and was about to go to her room to change clothes when Abby, who was coming down the stairs, chanced upon her. Abby ran to her and tugged on the uniform Maya was wearing.
Abby got upset and cried after learning that her siblings have gone to school while she was still sleeping. She told Maya that she’d love to wear a school uniform and asked why she couldn’t go to school just like her Ate Nikki.
Maya: Abby, sa school, students are required to talk. Eh di ba ikaw, ayaw mo mag talk?
Alam mo, yung pag pasok sa school, hindi ko yun pwede i-solve eh. Ikaw lang ang may solution dun kasi pag ready ka na mag talk, ready ka na rin pumasok sa school like Ate Nikki’s school. Ang magagawa ko lang for you, i-tutor ka and help ka sa home school mo. Parang ganun din naman yun, pero sa bahay nga lang.
Maya could not make Abby stop from crying, and it’s making her upset to see Abby so sad.
CEO’s Office – LAS, 8th Floor
Maya stayed behind the entrance of the office, and silently peeked to check if Liza is at her table. Lucky for Maya, she is. In a very soft voice, Maya calls Liza.
Maya: Ms. Liza! Ms. Liza!
Liza: Maya? Maya immediately puts her index finger to her lips to warn Liza not to make a fuss. So, Liza stood up and went to Maya. Abby immediately kissed her.
Oh hello Abby! Hhmmm, let me guess, hindi ito alam ng boss ko no?
Maya: Oo eh. Si Abby kasi, hindi ko mapatahan, kanina pa. Eh dapat ikot ikot lang kami sa kalye ng mansion, eh dito kami naka rating. Gusto raw makita si Daddy nya. Tiger mode ba? Super busy ba? Naku, pag nakita kami dito baka maging linya na lang ng alkansya ang mga mata!
Liza: Ikaw talaga Maya! Busy or not, pag si Abby naman yan, priority ni Sir. Halika nga dun sa loob.
Maya sat on the visitor’s chair across Liza’s table and placed Abby on her lap.
Liza: Meron lang ka meeting si Sir sa loob. Si Atty. Ramos. Hindi naman siya tiger mode. Parang nakita ko nga kanina nakangiti eh. Teka, dumating yan kanina in a very good mood, pasipol sipol pa. May nangyari ba sa mansion?
Maya: Baka dahil nakasabay nya kumain ng breakfast mga bata. Bihirang bihira daw mangyari yun eh. Sobrang gulat pero saya ni Nikki and Luke kanina.
Liza: Ah, ganun ba. Sana hindi mag bago ang mood. Sobrang busy kasi ng schedule nya today. Halos walang break. Dami kausap na tao. Kakastress!
Liza looked at the direction of the sofa at the waiting area just outside and pointed to the woman in black skimpy clothes and high heels.
Hayun nga oh, umaasa na maka singit. Eh wala naman appointment, makulit lang talaga. Patay na patay kay Sir, umaasa na maka score! Eh sa akin pa lang, hindi na makaka porma yan eh. Nakaka lokang kausap.
But don’t worry for sure, Sir will find time, masisingit kayo ni Abby.
Maya: Gusto lang naman siya makita ng bata. Sana lang wag mag tiger mode kasi wala akong laban eh, hindi ako nag paalam, I used my car and drove here dalawa lang kami ni Abby.
Liza: Bakit? San si Joma?
Maya: Uy ikaw ha, hinahanap mo si Kuya Joma ha.
Liza: Maya ha. Hahaha!
Maya: May inutos si Sir Chief sa kanya eh. Besides, wala naman sa plano to.
The woman waiting outside noticed Liza entertaining Maya and was getting pissed watching them with their pleasantries. She stood up and approached Maya.
Steph: Excuse me. Connect me if I’m wrong, but uhm, are you here to see Richard too?
Maya looked at Liza who just winked at her, giving her the cue to go with the flow.
Maya: Actually, yes. I’m here to see Richard.
Steph: Really? Same here! Actually, kanina yun. Hindi na ngayon.
Its like this kasi, I was walking alone the corner of the street where this building stands, then it suddenly don’t on me that I only get to see Richard ones in a full moon, so I decided to dropped off and visit him. But that was hours ago! And lucky me I saw Engr. Yamaguchi and he’s taking me out for a lunch out! Hinahantay ko lang sha.
Maya: Oh, is that so.
Steph: Yes. So, I hope you don’t mine me asking. Do you have an appointment? Kasi if none, good luck! Richard is so busy with business and staff, you’ll just waste your time waiting. It doesn’t worth it, you know.
Liza: Stephanie, she happens to be a very important woman, so with or without an appointment, priority sha ni Sir.
Steph: Oh my gas! Really? So, Richard is on you? Ikaw? Eh you are so choppy!
Steph: Yes! Parang ang dami mong laman. Look at those cheeks! Look at that face, bilog na bilog, parang buwan!
Maya didn’t mind the grammar of the woman, in fact the “inglesera sa kanto” type of English even amused and entertained her. It’s the attitude of the woman that was annoying. Unknown to Liza and Stephanie, Maya was just grinning to mask her disgust, but she actually wanted to say Ang lakas ng loob ng babaeng ito mamintas, para namang napaka ganda nya. Eh mapanga naman. At ang baba ha…pwede ng mag retire si AiAi de las Alas!
Maya: Eh ikaw din naman ah. Para ring buwan yung face mo. Yun nga lang kung ako full moon, ikaw crescent moon!
Steph: Excuse me?
Maya: Excuse me your face! Crescent moon, yung ka shape ng banana!
Steph: Look Liza! The nerd of that woman!
Maya: Oh I’m really a nerd. In fact nagbabasa ako ng dictionary when I’m bored.
Liza: Siguro dapat ikaw rin Steph, mag basa basa ng dictionary!
Steph: I don‘t give a dumb about dictionary!
Liza and Maya burst into laughter.
Steph: Stop making fond of me! How dare you two gun up on me! And you better shock your mouth Liza otherwise –
Liza: Otherwise what? Isusumbong mo ako kay Sir? And why would he listen to you?
Steph: For your FYI, I happened to be a very important guest relations officer of LAS! Isa akong hulog ng langit! So you should retreat me properly!
Liza: Ikaw kaya isumbong ko, on how you insulted Maya.
Steph: Maya? Is that your name? As in Maya the bird? Pinaglihi ka ng mama mo sa ibon?
Maya: And so? Malamang nga kaya siguro kasi marunong ako kumanta, parang ibon! Ikaw for sure sa mangga pinaglihi. Pero hindi lang pala hugis ng mukha ang nakuha mo sa mangga. Pati kati at aligasgas nakuha mo, kaya ganyan ugali mo.
Hulog ka pala ng langit ha. Eh kaya hinulog ng langit kasi hindi ka bagay dun!
Steph: How dare you spoke to me like that, you beach! And…and…why does Richard even like you? With that choppy body and face?
Maya: Choppy pa rin ba ang issue mo? Paulit ulit lang? Well, why would a man like a woman with a sexy body if her attitude is ugly and her brain is empty? Hindi bale ng chubby pero nice naman and brainy…men find that sexy.
Steph: Give me alone Liza!
Liza: Heller?! Ikaw kaya ang lumapit dito at sumingit sa conversation namin ni Maya.
You know what? You better leave us alone now. Kasi pag inabutan ka ni Sir and he learns how you treated Maya, it will infuriate him and for sure, hinding hindi ka na tatawagan ng LAS for a job!
Steph: Okay,find! I’m leaving!
Liza: Told you nakaka loka kausap.
Maya: Seriously? GRO nyo sha? I really don’t mine yung grammar nya. Okay na sana eh, kaya lang ang bad ng dila, maka insulto, wagas. Pinatulan ko tuloy! Buti na lang naka tulog na tong si Abby oh. Sino ba yun?
Liza: Si Stephanie, siya tinatawagan para mag entertain ng mga bisita from Japan, mga suppliers or clients. Ewan ko ba san napulot ni Atty. Molina yan.
Maya: Atty. Ryan Molina? Kilala ko yun! Pero okay lang naman pala eh, mga Japanese kausap nya, magkaka intindihan na sila ni Stephanie. I’m sure the Japanese would’t mine her English. Hahaha!
Liza: Hahaha! Ang pilya mo rin talaga eh no? Nakahanap siya ng naka supalpal sa kanya.
Maya: Pano, she was making fond of me! Ipamukha bang choppy ako! My gas!
Liza: Hahaha! Siguro kung nag kataon na si Atty. Ryan ang ka meeting ni boss sa loob, at nagka abutan sila ni Steph, riot pag nag sama kayong tatlo. Grabe rin sumakay si Atty. Ryan pag yan kausap eh.
Maya: Madalas dito si Atty. Ryan?
Liza: Basta pag may legal matters, nandito yan. Or i-meet ni boss sa labas. Pero today pinadala ng law office si Atty. Ramos. Naku, isa pa yun, kaya siguro matagal sa loob, nililigawan si sir. Ang code name ko run si Lyn.
Maya: Talaga? Bakit hindi ba Lyn ang real name nya?
Liza: Nope! Code name lang yung Lyn para kasing linta ang lips! Literally and figuratively. Promise!
Maya: Hahaha! Liza pilya ka rin ha.
Liza: You’ll see in a while. I’m sure naiinip na si Sir na umalis yan. At naiinis na sa akin yang si Sir dahil ang tagal kong sumaklolo. Naku, baka mag tiger mode na naman. Wait lang nga, nalibang ako sayo eh.
Liza calls Richard from the intercom.
Richard: Yes Liza?
Liza: Your 11:00 o’clock appointment is already here, Sir.
Richard: Richard looked at the lady lawyer in front of her and repeats what Liza said. My 11:00 o’clock appointment is already there? Eh bakit ngayon ka lang nagsabi? Past 11 na ah.
Liza: Sorry Sir. Nalibang po kasi ako sa kausap ko eh. Sir, meron talagang nag hihintay dito sa inyo ha.
Richard: What? Okay, I’ll wrap this up. Richard didn’t bother ask who is waiting for him. He was just glad that his conversation with Atty. Ramos will finally be over. He stood up and approached her.
I’m sorry Ghie I still have –
Atty. Ghie: Atty. Ghie Ramos stood up It’s okay Richard, I heard you. Is your schedule really this tight? Richard held her by the elbow and guided her out.
Richard: Yes. Nagrereklamo na nga si Ryan eh.
Atty. Ghie: Are you sure you don’t want to join me for lunch?
Richard: Sorry, but I still have a meeting after this…which I can’t cancel anymore, right Liza.
Liza: Oh yes, Sir.
Atty. Ghie: Oh well, I guess there’s always next time. See you then Richard.
Atty. Ghie’s tall stature matched Richard’s which made it so easy for Ghie to wrap her hand around Richard’s neck. She leaned and planted a lingering kiss on his right cheek, intentionally near his ear. The kiss was so lasting, one would think she’s initiating an intimate act. Richard did not move and just looked at Liza with his raised eyebrows, asking for rescue.
Liza: Liza rolled her eyes. Uhm…Sir, your 11:00 o’clock is here.
Richard followed the gaze of Liza and was surprised so see Maya who has a meaningful smile plastered on her face and with a sleeping Abby on her shoulder. Richard suddenly felt uneasy, he was able to gently pull away from Atty. Ramos.
Richard: Uhm…Thank you again Ghie. I’ll just call you or Ryan. Uhm..Liza, can you show Atty. Ramos out.
Atty. Ghie: It’s okay Richard, I know my way out. Bye!
Immediatley, Richard went to Maya and took Abby from her.
Richard: Hi! What are you doing here? Liza, bakit ang tagal mo naman kasi kanina?
The the soft tone in the voice, the refreshed mood, the wide smile, and the excitement on the face of Richard upon seeing Maya did not escape Liza.
Liza: With a naughty smile on her face, Liza answered her boss. Ahh…eh kasi … ang sarap kausap si Maya eh, nakakalibang. Parang mapapasipol nga ako sa galak eh. Tapos sumali pa si Steph.
Richard: Maya, how did you get here? Wait, Stephanie was here?
Maya: Sir Chief, pwede po wag ka muna mag tiger mode ha. Napagod ako makipag argue kay Stephanie kanina eh, kaya pwede po time out muna. Let me explain first.
Richard: Okay, dito tayo sa office so Abby can lie down. Liza, I don’t want to deal with Stephanie. Just deal with her please. And thank you kanina kahit ang tagal mo.
Liza: Don’t worry Sir. Napalayas na namin ni Maya kanina. You should have seen her deal with Stephanie! Hilarious!
Inside Richard’s massive office located at one of the corners of the 8th floor, he laid Abby on the sofa located near the full glass window overlooking the city and the blue sky. The sala of Richard’s office sits across his huge mahogany table which dramatically stands against a wall accented with decorative stones giving that Zen feel.
As he walked to his table, he watched Maya go over the plaques and picture frames on the long console table adjacent to the bathroom door. He thought Maya looked so elegantly lovely in her A-cut floral sleeveless dress that she paired with beige crocheted espadrille wedges. The thick long straps of the espadrille wedges around her legs in criss-cross ending just below the shin made Maya’s long legs appear so sexier. This sophisticated look is far from how she was seen by Richard earlier in the morning with her old high school uniform.
Richard: Maya? Come and sit here.
Instead of sitting on his office chair, Richard sat on one of the visitor’s chair in front of his office table and motioned Maya to sit on the other just across where he is. Now facing each other, Richard initiated the conversation.
Richard: So why are you here? And how did you get here in the first place?
Maya: Sir Chief, pag ka alis po ninyong lahat kanina, nagising si Abby and she was so upset kasi wala na kayong lahat. She was crying and crying, hindi namin mapatahan. Sabi nya sa Ipad nya, she also wants to go to school like her Ate Nikki and she also wants to wear school uniform.
I tried to calm her down pero hindi ko talaga mapatahan. Nakaka awa nga eh. You can feel from how she cried na sobrang sakit ng loob nya. Sabi ko ride kami sa car. Plano ko ikot ikot lang sa street ng mansion. But I ended up here kasi –
Richard: WHAT? You drove all the way here? Just the two of you?
TO BE CONTINUED……….