Thank you for your kind words for Letters (19): To Our Dear Baby, From Daddy and Mommy with Love.
Inspired by Rafi’s ‘brilliant’ suggestion to Richard at the end of the January 17 episode, as well as the January 20 teaser, here goes another scenario in my mind…
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HE LOVES, SHE LOVES
Richard enters the dimly lit masters bedroom to find his beautiful, pregnant wife peacefully asleep. He feels bad about coming home late again and not being able to join Maya and their kids for dinner. Thank God, Nikki is back from the hospital and his Mama is coming home for a few days to look after her. He no longer wants Maya to stress over not being able to look after Nikki. Work has been tough as of late, what with Lim Aviation’s numerous expansions in the works. As much as Richard wants to spend less time at work and be with his family, he couldn’t.
He walks slowly to his wife’s side of the bed, sits beside her, leans in, touches her tummy and gives their unborn child a kiss. “Hello, little buddy. Daddy’s right here, okay? I love you!”
Then he moves closer to his wife and kisses her forehead and says, “Good night, Mahal! Sweet dreams. I love you…”
He stays beside her a little longer than usual as he recalls the conversations he had with his Mama and Rafi the day before. The thoughts in his head are endless as he lovingly gazes at his dear wife.“Why would you even believe that? You must really love me so much to resort to that belief. The last thing I want to happen is for you to worry about me… Should I even consider what Rafi is suggesting? Should I even pretend successful ang paghakbang mo and nalipat sa kin paglilihi mo,” he chuckles and shakes his head. Then he finally says to himself, “Anything for you, Mahal!”
Richard then proceeds to the bathroom to freshen up. He joins his wife in bed not soon after. He was asleep in no time.
Maya is the first to wake up. And just like yesterday, she is once again devoid of any morning sickness. Seeing her husband fast asleep, she muses, ”Mukhang effective, ah. Tulog na tulog. Hihi! Yes! Matulog ka muna, Mahal. Okay lang ako at si baby bunso,” then she kisses him on the lips.
Maya joins Luke and Abby for breakfast.
Luke and Abby: Good morning, Tita Mommy!
Maya: Good morning, mga anak.
Luke: Tita Mommy, si Daddy po?
Maya: Naku, ayun tulog na tulog. Mukhang sobrang pagod, eh. Tinawagan ko si Liza para i-check kung kelangan nila ang Daddy nyo sa office nang maaga. Mga 10 AM pa naman daw kaya mamaya ko na lang sana siya gigisingin. Sana okay lang sa inyo.
Luke: Of course, Tita Mommy. Buti naman makakapahinga si Dad nang mas matagal.
Abby: Tita Mommy, do you want the pancit Daddy cooked for you? I’ll ask Ate Sabel to heat it up for you po.
Maya: Naku baby, okay lang ako. Mukhang maayos na panlasa ko kaya di ko na makain luto ng Daddy niyo.
Luke: Haha, Tita Mommy! Mapait po ba yung luto ni Dad?
Maya: Oo, eh! Hihi! Okay na ko dito sa luto ni Sabel.
Abby: You’re sure, Tita Mommy? Ayaw na ni baby bunso ng luto ni Daddy?
Maya: Sure na sure!
They all laugh.
Inside the masters bedroom
Maya: Mahal, gising na.
Richard: (moves slightly) 5 minutes pa…
Maya: Mahal 8:00 na. Sabi ni Liza may ka-meeting ka daw ng 10 AM.
Richard: (smiles mischievously at Maya) Kiss muna…
Maya leans in and gives Richard featherlight kisses on the lips. The feel of his wife’s lips on his awakens his senses. Richard envelopes Maya in a warm embrace, pulls her back in bed, and gives her a lingering kiss. Before long, the inevitable happens much to his and Maya’s delight. *wink *wink
In the dining area
Maya: Good morning, Mahal! Breakfast ka na.
Richard: Good morning! How are you and baby bunso? Did you eat na? You want me to cook something for you?
Maya: Okay kami ni baby bunso. Kumain na kami kanina kasabay sina Abby at Luke.
Richard: Bakit di mo ko ginising kanina para nakasabay ako sa inyo?
Maya: Naku, Mahal, ang sarap kaya ng tulog mo kanina kaya di na kita inistorbo.
Richard: Oo nga eh. At ang sarap ng gising ko. Sana maulit muli…
Richard: O, what? Gusto mo matulog na lang tayo all day?
With Maya’s back facing him, he hugs her tight from behind and kisses her neck.
Maya: (smiles and blushes again) Hihi! Mahal, tama na! Maupo ka na nga! O, kain na…
Richard was about to get a serving each of rice, longganiza and egg on his plate when Rafi’s melodic voice suddenly enters his head, “Hinakbangan ka nya. So what? Some guys naglilihi din sila kahit walang scientific basis. Pagbigyan mo na kasi… Kunwari, naglilihi ka din. Sabay kayo…”
Richard: (smells the longganiza and pouts)
Maya: O bakit?
Richard: I don’t feel like eating, Mahal. Sa office na lang siguro.
Maya: (smiles knowingly) Pero tanghali na, Mahal. Baka malipasan ka ng gutom… Wait, pagbaon na lang kita ng sandwich.
Richard: Okay… O, why are you smiling?
Maya: Wala lang. Masaya lang ako na napagsilbihan kita ngayon.
Richard: So, no morning sickness today?
Richard: Good. By the way, what time is your flight?
Maya: After lunch pa tapos before dinner siguro andito na ko sa bahay.
Richard: Okay, good. Wag ka na magpahatid sa service. Mama’s flight is arriving around 5:30 PM. Sabay ko na lang kayo sunduin.
Maya: Okay, Mahal! I love you, Richard Lim!
Richard: I love you more, Maya Dela Rosa Lim!
At the veranda after dinner
Richard: May nagbago sa timpla mo. Did you buy a different coffee brand, Mahal?
Maya: Hindi naman, Mahal. Yun pa din. Ayaw mo ba?
Richard: (Feigns a dislike for the coffee his wife prepared) Iba yung lasa, eh.
Maya: Naku, Mahal, effective yata talaga yung kasabihan.
Richard: Anong kasabihan?
Maya: Yung paghinakbangan ng buntis ang asawa niya, malilipat sa kanya yung paglilihi.
Richard: You really believe that?
Maya: Oo. Diba sabi ko nga sa yo hinakbangan kita. O, tingan mo ngayon. Nawala yung morning sickness ko tapos heto ikaw. Ang haba ng tulog. Di makakain…
Richard: That’s non-sense, Maya. I haven’t had a decent sleep in days kaya siguro hirap ako bumangon.
Maya: E bakit ayaw mo ng kape ko?
Richard: (purses his lips and shrugs his shoulders)
Maya: Naku, Mahal, maniwala ka. Palagay ko talaga dinadamayan mo na ko sa paglilihi.
Richard: You really think so?
Maya: Oo naman.
Richard: Okay, I won’t argue with you, Attorney. If you really think naglilihi ako, then so be it… Pwede bang matulog na tayo. I have to be at work early tomorrow.
Maya: Ano gusto mo for breakfast bukas? After lunch ulit flight ko. Pwede kitang ipagluto.
Richard: (Smiles mischievously) Talaga? I’ve been craving beef steak since this morning. Pwede mo ko pagluto?
Maya: Bakit naman yun pa, Mahal? Alam mo namang lasang adobo yung beef steak ko diba?
Richard: I don’t know, Maya. Sabi lang naman ni Papa yun, diba? But I’ve never tasted your beef steak. And bigla akong nainggit kay Papa. Malay mo, magustuhan ko.
Maya: Okay, Mahal. Dahil naglambing ka, promise ko pagluluto kita ng beef steak para sa almusal Gusto mo ba ng warm milk? Ikuha muna kita para maayos tulog mo.
Richard: Tayo na lang dalawa kumuha, then akyat na tayo.
As he and Maya head to the kitchen to get milk, Richard cannot help but smile as he thought to himself, ”If I have to miss your coffee for a few days, Mahal, I will, para lang ma-feel mo na naglilihi talaga ako. And kahit ano pang lasa ng beef steak na yan, I promise to eat it and not share it with anyone.”
Like Richard, Maya is in deep thought, too, ”Naku, Mahal, salamat naman at mapagsisilbihan na kita ngayon. Ang hirap kaya sa pakiramdam na pinapahirapan kita.”
The following morning, Richard woke up feeling tired, sluggish and hungry yet with an upset stomach. He could not even get up from bed after Maya’s constant nudging. Pissed with himself for how he was feeling this particular morning, tears started falling from his eyes. Soon after seeing her dear husband in tears, Maya starts crying as well as she embraces her husband.
Maya: Mahal, sorry ha. Kasalanan ko na naman ‘to. Hinakbangan kita. Yan tuloy, nahihirapan kang bumangon.
Richard: (wipes away his tears) I’m fine, Mahal. I’m just feeling a little bit under the weather. Walang kinalaman yung paghakbang mo sa nararamdaman ko ngayon.
Maya: (in between tears) Wag mo nang pagaanin loob ko, Mahal. Kasalanan ko ‘to. Sa kagustuhan kong wang kang mahirapan dahil sa kin, di ko naisip na mahihirapan ka din pala. Sorry talaga, Mahal.
Richard: (still in tears) Stop it, Mahal. I’m okay. I’ll be fine. I’m just tired and hungry. Let’s just go down and have breakfast.
A knock on the door stuns the both of them. Donya Esmeralda walks in and finds Richard and Maya in tears. A look of worry crosses their Mama’s face as she asks them, ”What’s wrong? What happened to the two of you? Why are both of you crying?”
Maya responds to Donya Esmeralda with a chuckle, ”Naku, Ma, nagkatotoo ang kasabihan sa paghakbang. Nailipat ko po yata kay Ricky yung paglilihi ko.”
Donya Esmeralda: (smiles knowingly at Richard) Really?
Donya Esmeralda: E di mabuti naman maramdam nitong si Ricky kung paano tayong mga babae nahihirapan sa pagbubuntis.
Richard: I’m just under the weather, Ma. I’ll be fine after I take a bath.
Donya Esmeralda: Mabuti pa, Maya, babain mo muna sina Luke at Abby. Kailangan na nilang umalis papunta sa school. Ako na ang bahala mag-assist dito kay Ricky. Punasan mo muna luha mo, bago ka bumaba. Baka pati sila mag-alala.
Maya: Sige po, Ma.
After Maya left, Donya Esmeralda starts laughing to her heart’s content, much to the surprise of Richard.
Richard: Ma, what’s wrong?
Donya Esmeralda: (laughs) I didn’t realize you’re such a good actor, son. Rafi told me. Ang galing mo! Napaniwala mo si Maya na nalipat sa yo ang paglilihi niya.
Richard: But I’m not acting at all, Ma. Totoo na ‘to. I guess nag backfire sa kin ang suggestion ni Rafi. Nung umpisa, I was just pretending. Pero ngayon, totoo na.
Donya Esmeralda: (continues laughing) So, naglilihi ka na talaga, anak? Totoo pala yung mga matandang kasabihan na yun. Naku dapat pala ginawa ko yun sa Papa mo dati.
Richard: (in tears) Ma, stop it na! I can’t believe I even listened to Rafi. Nag backfire tuloy. After breakfast, I have to come clean kay Maya. I hate lying to her.
Donya Esmeralda: O, stop crying na, baby. Why come clean now? E nagkatotoo naman.
Richard: You know I hate lying, especially to my wife… I can’t believe I even listened to Rafi!
Donya Esmeralda: I’m sure Maya will understand, son… (chuckles) Let me help you get up now, my little boy!
Richard: Ma, I’m a grown man for heaven’s sake! I can handle myself! I’ll be fine! Go check on Nikki instead of me. I’ll see you downstairs…
Donya Esmeralda: : Walang scientific basis pala ha. Non-sense pala ha. Naku, anak, you’ll never hear the end of it kay Maya.
Richard: Ma, stop it!
Donya Esmeralda: Okay, okay… I will leave you na… Baba na ko… I love you, son!
Donya Esmeralda hugs her son, kisses him, pinches both his cheeks like she has always done when he was still little, and leaves the room chuckling to herself. She cannot wait but call up Rafi and share with her the state Richard is in now! What a big laugh she and Rafi will share once Rafi knows. She can also almost imagine the hearty laughter she and Fe will share once Manang Fe gets back from her vacation. As an afterthought, she tells herself, ”Naku, pero tulog pa si Rafi sigurado sa mga oras na ‘to kaya si Teresita na lang muna tatawagan ko. Hahaha!”
Disclaimer: I do not own the creative minds behind ABS-CBN’s Be Careful with My Heart TV show. This creative endeavor is just for fan fiction purposes. The characters are ABS-CBN’s BCWMH TV show’s sole property.
Allow me to acknowledge and thank BCWMH’s brilliant Creative Team as some of the scenes and lines mentioned in this piece were taken from the TV series.