Admin Note: *Contributed Story* Please give credit and thanks to AttyMayiVR. This is a continuation to Please Be My Legal Wife – part 15.
A/N: Inabot na naman ng isang buwan…thank you for your understanding, patience and support…. 🙂
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Maya: Good evening Sir Chief!
Without moving his head from reading position, Richard took a deep breath then looked at Maya. His flushed face and wrathful eyes gave away his enraged state, causing Maya’s enthusiasm and sincere smile to fade away. This time, it was Maya who took a deep breath and felt pain deep inside. She bowed down and braced herself for all possibilities, then spoke once more.
Maya: Sige po, mauna na po ako.Excuse me po.
When Maya turned and started to walk away, Richard lost his control. He stood up and bellowed at Maya.
Richard: So, that’s it? You act as if it’s nothing? You seem so nonchalant! How dare you Maya!
Maya stopped and faced Richard.
Maya stood still and looked at Richard in the eyes. It was then she realized that he was not just in another enraged state. He’s very much angry and that anger is directed at her. For what ever reason, she doesn’t exactly know. All the same, she resolved to handle the situation in a very calm manner even when she’s hurting inside, something she’s not accustomed to when being confronted and reprimanded by her Sir Chief.
Since she was not certain on how to take his accusatory remarks, all she could say was“S-sir Chief?”
Richard: Bakit ngayon ka lang umuwi?! Where have you been?
Maya: Po? Sir Chief, 8:30 pa lang po. Maaga pa naman po, dba?
Richard: You’re under my employ and you’re my responsibility! So I have the right to know your whereabouts!
For a moment, Maya stared at Richard while breathing sporadically and without saying anything. She had seen him unleash his fury and heard him shout his lungs out so many times in the past, even threw offensive words at her but she didn’t get affected. In fact, she just dismissed them all. However, seeing him now in that infuriated state and hearing him say those words to her, surprisingly hurt this time.
Maya: Sir Chief, hindi ko naman po nakakalimutan na empleyado nyo po ako. Nagsabi naman po ako earlier, nag text po ako sa inyo that I’ll be buying books. You said K, and I thougth it was really okay.
Richard knew Maya felt affronted as he saw the transition in her facial expression and heard the crack in her voice, a reaction that he never expected from her. He has gotten used to Maya retorting at him with so much confidence and conviction, taking him lightly when he’s in that mood, giving him maximum tolerance, making efforts to endear him to calm him down, and even initiating an apology even if not at fault just to buy peace and get good vibes. Richard took a deep breath, controlled his temper and tried to speak in a composed manner.
Richard: Maya, I didn’t mean it that way. You are more than Abby’s tutor… you’re very much treated like family and you know it! But you left early afternoon and you’ve been gone for more than 6 hours!
Maya: Sir Chief, I didn’t mean to be abusive of your kindess and consideration. Hindi naman po ako dapat puputa today as I was scheduled to go this Sunday with my mom. Kaya lang po may biglaan lang pong important event that I need to supervise for some special people this Sunday and wala na po akong ibang time that is why I was constrained to go today.
I am very sorry if I went overboard and my work was compromised. I-vacation leave ko na lang po today but I’ll make up for the lost time on a Saturday. Pasensha na po, hindi na po mauulit Sir Ch –
Feeling uncomfortable with Maya’s unusual reaction, Richard got a little annoyed with her poignant statements and cut her off.
Richard: Oh don’t be so sensitive! I am not particular with your working hours and you very well know it too!
But seriously Maya,you spent more than 5 hours in the bookstore?! You certainly owe me an explanation and that is the whole point of this conversation!
Maya: Sir Chief, majority po ng law books that I need are not found in an ordinary bookstore in the mall. Sa Rex Bookstore lang po. The nearest branch in this area is in Shopwise, Cubao. Ang traffic po going to Cubao. Tapos nag transfer na pala ang Rex Bookstore ng location. Hinanap pa namin ni Sir James –
The sound of Maya saying the name of James irritated Richard and caused his temper to rise once more.
Richard: Yeah right!
Maya was getting frustrated because Richard refused to listen, but continued with her explanation.
Maya: When we found the bookstore, alanganin pala po yung new location nya and walang parking sa area. So we had to drive around and park in Gateway, walk and cross some streets para balikan yung bookstore. Then we had to wait kasi there was a long queue, marami na po nauna na customer and matagal din ang pa-engrave ng name sa mga codal and mga hardbound books, add to that, may kasama na rin kasi na pag plastic cover sa service nila kaya–
Richard was visualizing what Maya was saying and pictured James walking so close to her side by side, holding on to her when they crossed the street and enjoying every moment with her.
Richard: But the fact that you were with your former professor will not justify your inadvertence, Maya! You should have informed me…the people in this house, kung nasan ka na, kung anung oras ka uuwi!
Maya: Ang bilis namn po kasi ng oras, hindi ko na po namalayan na ala–
Richard assumed, from the words of Maya, that she enjoyed the company of James, that they enjoyed their moment together and lost track of the time. These frustrated and exasperated Richard because he went home early expecting Maya to be there. He was looking forward to her company and spending time with her and the kids, but he ended up eating dinner alone.
Richard: Maya, while you were enjoying someone’s company, merong naghihintay sa iyo sa bahay na ito!
Richard thought that it would be risky to drop hints but was certian that it’s too early for him to make admissions, more so that he resolved to act as normal as he could to ensure that he’ll keep their friendship secured. Besides, he wasn’t really ready to lay down his cards on the table especially not after Maya went out with James earlier. His pride helped him in keeping the truth to himself.
Richard: Si Manang Fe! She couldn’t go to sleep kasi she was waiting for you!
Ni hindi ka nag text or tumawag! Hindi mo man lang ba naisip na may mga nag aalala dito?! Tapos dadating ka and act as if okay lang? Bale wala lang? We’ve talked about this! Bakit hindi ka na naman nag text o tumawag?!
Maya: Sir Chief drained na po yung batt –
For the nth time, Richard did not let Maya finish her explanation. He lost control of his temper. He smacked the table and even let out a line of invective.
Richard: Oh shit Maya! What a LAME alibi! It is so UNACCEPTABLE especially coming from you! Such a disgraceful act of falsehood!
The invectives hurled against her felt like stabs in her heart. Maya wanted to run away from Richard but stood still and stared at him without blinking. However, the tears that have pooled in her eyes already gushed down her cheeks as she breathed unevenly trying to control her silent sobs.
But sensible that she is, Maya just absorbed everying with open mind. In fact even in that predicament, she had the urge to give Richard a lecture on alibi, but knew that it isn’t the appropriate time. Besides, she was ready to acceptdefeat. Richard was not ready to listen so there was no point in going further with her explanation.
Then too, she thought that Richard was right. There is really no excuse for not texting or calling. She realized early evening that she doesn’t know the contact numbers of anyone in the Lim family by memory, not even Liza’s. She should not have relied on her phone’s contact list and memorized at least the land line of the Lim Mansion. James tried to help. Unfortunately, his card case where he put the calling card of Richard was in his other car which he did not use because of the color coding scheme.
She swallowed, took a deep breath and pushed words out of her mouth with hope that she would say everything without breaking down.
Maya: O-okay po Sir Chief…pagpasenshahan nyo na lang po ako for my inadequacies… Sorry po for being inconsiderate and negligent.
Richard looked away from a tearful Maya and sat down. Then he spoke sternly with an upset face.
Richard: Sige na Maya, you’re excused. Just go and proceed with what you want to do. We’re done talking here.
Even if he wasn’t looking, Maya nodded to acknowledge his directives. Then, she rushed to her room and immediately placed everything she held in her arms on the study table. She took a very deep breath to stop herself from crying then went to the bathroom to wash her face with cold water. After drying it with towel, she rushed outside her room without looking at her reflection in the mirror. She quietly ran to the front door and discreetly went out to get the eco bag which she left earlier.
After being able to drag the eco bag inside the house, she slowly locked the front door, careful not to make any noise that would catch Richard’s attention. She doesn’t want to deal with him once more as she’s very sure that she wouldn’t be able to endure any hurtful words that he might throw at her again.
Maya inhaled deelply then squat down to lift the ego full of books and ran with it to her room. Richard was still in a reading position but saw her in his peripheral view. He is still a little puzzled at how Maya reacted, on how she easily succumbed to his fury without her usual smart and quick responses.
Still catching her breath, Maya wasted no time and headed downstairs to Manang Fe’s room.
Manang Fe: Maya, nakarating ka na pala.
Maya: Opo Manang Fe, mga 8:30 po ako naka uwi. Pasensya na po, na-abala ko pala kayo sa paghintay sa akin.
Maya went on to tell her journey to the bookstore and explained in detail why she decided to go earlier instead of the weekend, and why she failed to make a call or to send a text message to inform them of her whereabouts.
Manang Fe: Maya, huwag kang mag-alala, patulog pa lang naman ako eh. Hindi ka naka abala. Kailan man ay hindi ka magiging abala iha. Bakit namumula ka? Ang ilong mo, pulang pula.
Maya: Po? Ah…eh…b-baka po sunburn? Kasi nga po naglakad-lakad po kami sa Cubao ng nakatirik pa ang araw.
Manang Fe: Eh bakit pati mata mo namumula? Umiyak ka ba?
Maya: Ah…eh sa paglalakad po, pakiramdam ko nga po lahat ng dumi at alikabok ng Edsa Cubao at Aurora Cubao eh nagsalubong sa magkabila kong pisngi, ang lagkit at makati sa pakiramdam. Kaya po pinang-gigilan ko po ang paghilamos, nalagyan po ng sabon yung mata ko, kaya po ganyan.
Maya hesistantly answered with a lie. She had to do it to avoid further inquiry from Manang Fe if she finds out she cried, but she really felt guilty and uncomfortable not being honest at all.
Manang Fe: Ganun ba? Eh, nag-kita na ba kayo ni Ricardo? Hinahanap ka sa akin kanina eh.
Maya: Opo, Manang Fe, nagkausap na po kami. Ay magpapa alam na rin po ako ngayon. Mas mahuhuli po ang pagbalik ko bukas ng umaga mula sa misa, Miyerkules kasi, may novena po yung misa eh.
Manang Fe: Sige, sa hapon na lang ako.
Maya sensed that Richard was still in his home office when she came back from Manang Fe. So, she locked herself in the room and focused her attention to her purchases instead of dwelling on what transpired earlied. She was highlighting some words in the latest Revised Penal Code she purchased when her mobile phone rang.
Maya: Hello, Emman.
Emman: Bestie! I’m here in the beautiful Flower Island in Taytay Palawan! Na-miss kita!
Maya: Eh kasama mo naman yung balik-bayan best friend mo diyan eh, kaya nga hindi ka na makaka nood ng VG concert diba.
Emman: Huwag ka naman na mag tampo. You know, overflowing ang South Sea Pearls dito, you’re favorite jewel! Naalala nga kita eh and I really miss you!
Maya: Buti naman naalala mo ako. Truth is, I really wanted to call you ayaw ko lang maka istorbo sa vacation mo. Wala kasi ako maka usap eh.
Emman: Naku, Maya ha, don’t tell me krung krung at prem prem matter ito.
Maya: Sinigawan na naman ako kanina, at ang sakit ng mga sinabi nya.
Emman: Nasa liking each other palang LQ agad? At talagang affected ka ha. Baka hindi na yan just liking, baka nahulog ka na nga at love na yan…
Maya: Emman, how can you not be affected, ang sakit talaga ng mga binitawan na salita. Tagos sa dibdib, masakit.
Emman: Tagos talaga? As in, it penetrated your rib cage and it pierced your pink heart?
Maya: Oo, na-iyak ako sa sakit…ayoko na –
Emman: Ha? Ayaw na? I thought you’re looking forward to the days ahead and what the future lies for the two of you? Tapos break na agad hindi pa nga kayo? So ano, ex-future na lang ngayon si krung krung, ganun?
Maya: Emman, I was about to say ayoko na muna siya makita at makausap kasi na-iyak na nga ako kanina, ayoko na uli umiyak sa harap niya! Besides, baka hindi ko na kayanin ang mga sasabihin pa nya.
Emman: Dahil you shed tears for him, alam ko na ipapasalubong ko sa iyo! I’m sure it will make you happy! Kaya nga pala ako tumawag kasi I wanted to know ano ang gusto mo na pasalubong!
Maya: Ah…ganun? Sige, I really really like the golden south sea pearls…
Emman: You mean the most rare and most exquisite of all pearls from anywhere in the world?
Maya: Yes…because it is completely natural and the most difficult to produce. Sa Pilipinas lang –
Emman: Oh this is the one declared by President Ramos as the National Jewel!
Maya: Yes…and as I was saying, it’s only produced there in Palawan sa Jewelmer Golden Pearl Farms.
Emman: Yes, that’s very near this island resort! Ang ganda rin dito, it’s such a beauty like us! Okay, sige yun ang pasalubong mo.
Maya: Emman, dehamak na mura siya diyan compared to the retail stores here in the Philippines at lalo na around the world, pero mahal pa rin siya. I was just joking, kinagat mo naman. Kahit wala naman okay lang. Hindi ko tatanggapin kung ibibili mo ako.
Emman: Okay, sige na. I’ll just get you pearls of the other kind. I already have something in mind. Pero huwag ka na sad ha…I’ll see you on Monday na kasi gabi na kami makaka uwi sa Metro Manila.
Kalma lang at…palipasin mo na yan, I’m sure nabigla lang yang si Sir Chief mo at inataki lang nag pagka krung krung kaya wag na rin magpaka premprem diyan, okay?
Maya: Sige Emman, mag-enjoy ka na diyan. See you Monday.
The next morning, Manang Fe was already helping Sabel clean up the table when Richard came.
Manang Fe: O Ricardo, nahuli ka ata ng gising. Kanina pa naka alis mga bata. Gusto mo ba ipainit ko ang almusal?
Richard: Nagbawi lang po ng tulog sa nakaraan na puyat. Sa office na lang po ako kakain. May meeting naman po ako ngayong umaga, and Liza will surely prepare something for everyone to eat.
Richard purposely went down late to skip breakfast. He didn’t know how things will be with Maya after what happened the night before, but what he is certain of is that there will be some awkwardness between the two of them and he didn’t want anybody to notice anything, especially the kids.
Richard is not aware that Maya leaves the house early morning everyday to attend the daily masses at the nearby chapel because she’s home before 6:00 a.m. Today though, Maya planned to stay on even after the novena to find serenity and to avoid crossing paths with Richard. She didn’t know how she will act with Richard around after what happened, but what she is certain of is that she will probably continue avoiding him and she didn’t want anybody to notice anything.
Inside the chapel there were still a few people left inside after the novena mass. Maya transferred to the courtyard and sat on one of the rot iron benches. She looked around and enjoyed the green grass, the bamboo trees and other ornamental plants. The sound of the birds chirping relaxed her. She watched the people busy lighting candles in one corner while thoughts were running in her mind. “Maya, kahit saang anggulo mo tignan, may fault ka talaga.” “Pero still, hindi naman din justified yung mga binitawan nyang salita, lalo na he didn’t let you finish your explanation.”
Maya recalled everything that happened from the text message informing Richard about her trip to the bookstore, until she came home at about 8:30 in the evening. “Kung ayaw maraming dahilan, kung gusto maraming paraan. Did you really exhaust everthing Maya?” “No.” she admitted to herself when she realized that there was another way to reach Richard, that is, through James’ dad, Jaime Eduardo Ventura. Richard knows him and had business transactions with him in the past. That was enough reason to ask James to try asking his dad for Richard’s contact number. But she didn’t.
“Pero they know where I went. Besides, it was still early and so I thought it’s no big deal para ihingi ng pabor yun kay Sir James at tawagan pa yung dad nya eh pauwi naman na rin kami.” Maya rationalized. “But still, you should have done so just the same. It’s what a prudent person would do.”
Admittedly, she failed to walk an extra mile. “Kaya Maya, palabasin mo na sa kabilang tenga yung mga binitawan na mga salita ni Sir Chief, at paliparin mo na sa langit.” “Palampasin mo na ang lahat at kalimutan ang sama ng loob mo. Then move on…and bear in mind that he is your boss more than a friend.”
LAS – Richard’s Office at around 8:30 a.m.
Richard arrived with a straight face. He was just in time before the start of the scheduled morning meeting that day.
Liza: Good morning, Sir! Ready to start the meeting at your call.
Richard: Good morning Liza. I’m a bit hungry so please tell Minerva to serve the snacks right away. Mauna ka na sa taas, susunod na ako.
Liza: Okay, Sir.
It was a very busy day for LAS and Richard worked quietly in his office after the morning meeting. He skipped lunch because work kept him preoccupied. By 2:00 p.m. Liza thought that he might already be hungry but probably has no appetite for a regular lunch so she asked Minerva to buy gourmet sandwhich and brewed coffee at a nearby coffee shop.
Richard was reading some documents when Minerva came with the food tray which she placed on the upper left corner of the table, the only area that is clear from clutter. He didn’t notice her until she spoke.
Minerva: Sir, dito ko na po nilagay ang lunch nyo, pinabili po ni Ma’am Liza. Pina-serve na po dito at busy po kayo.
Richard: Okay, thank you.
Richard could not resist the coffee as the aroma filled the room. He took a sip and remembered Maya. He took a bite of the sandwich and finally recognized his hunger. Then he vividly recalled the night Maya prepared coffee and sandwich for him. He unconsciously smiles but the image of Maya coming home last night with James came to mind and the smile faded away. He was still upset. What’s more, it’s already past 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon and he has not received any text message from her. Even without his directives, she would send him text messages everyday during tutorial sessions to let him know how Abby was doing. Today there was none. He felt frustrated, so he decides to call the house.
Manang Fe: Ricardo.
Richard: Kamusta po si Abby.
Manang Fe: Marami nakain kaninang tanghali. Masigla at masaya. Nandun na sa kwarto ni Maya. Pero palabas na rin sila mayamaya lang, magme-merienda si Abby eh. Magbonding daw silang dalawa at simula sa Lunes mababawasan na ang oras na magkasama sila eh.
Richard: That’s right Manang, may pasok na kasi si Maya. Baka pati sa hapunan hindi na siya makakasabay kasi night class po eh.
Manang Fe: Bakit baka? Hindi mo pa ba alam ang schedule ng mga klase ni Maya?
Richard: Hindi pa po namin napag usapan. May nabanggit ba sa inyo?
Manang Fe: Wala pa naman. Hindi masyado naimik kanina eh. Tahimik.
Richard: Sige na po Manang, I need to go back to work now.
Richard suddenly became very eager to know the class schedule of Maya. So he sends Ryan a text message requesting him to secure it from the lawschool and email it to him ASAP.
Later in the Lim mansion, Maya is busy sorting out the items she requested Sabel to buy from the market earlier. She thought of cooking dinner since Nikki will most probably get accepted in the theatre club. She was also craving for her comfort foods and decided to cook Kare-Kare and Adobo.
It was past 4:00 o’clock when Maya and Abby finished preparing what are needed for cooking. While waiting for Abby change her clothes, Maya thought of Richard. She wanted to know if he’ll be able to come home early and join the mini celebration for Nikki. It would have been easy for her to ask Richard if last night didn’t happen. But it did and she is simply hesitant to ask. She was staring at the message compose box, contemplating on whether to text, and how to word her question but accidentally pressed the send button in the touch screen.
Maya: Ay! Naman Maya! Arrrgggghhh! Naku, sana nasa meeting at naka silent mode para hindi mapansin!
Richard’s phone gives off an alert tone indicating that he received a text message. Richard pulled out his phone from his pocket and when he saw that it was from Maya, he became anxious with his heart beating so loud. So, when he saw the message box empty, he got a little peeved. He sent her back a message.
Maya: Patay! Ayan na nga ba sinasabi ko Maya eh! Siguradong mahabang interrogation na naman ito. Anu ngayon ang sasabihin mo?
Richard’s Text: What was that Maya?
Maya: Ayan na nga ang mga tanung.
Maya’s Text: Pasensha po sa istorbo, na press agad ang send, wala pang message.
Richard’s Text: Okay. So?
Maya’s Text: Busy pa po kayo?
Maya: Hala ang bilis naman sumagot!
Richard’s Text: Why?
Maya’s Text: I needed to ask a question.
Richard’s Text: What?
Maya: Naman hindi ako maka isip! Ang bilis ha.
Maya’s Text: Hindi na po kayo busy?
Richard’s Text: That’s your question?
Maya’s Text: Hindi po. So, hindi po ba kayo busy at pwede na po ako magtanong?
Annoyed, Richard frowns. But because he’s too proud to call, he types his reply.
Richard’s Text: Maya, it doesn’t matter if I’m busy or not, I’m actually replying to your texts!
Maya’s Text: Ah, okay…
Richard’s Text: So what’s the question?!
He doesn’t get a reply from Maya. He goes back to what he’s doing while he waits.
Maya: What’s the question daw. At may exclamation point pa talaga! Anu nga ba Maya? At ang sungit talaga ha! Ah…teka, ma text na nga lang si Liza.
Maya’s Text: Hi Liza, quiet lang pls., kasama mo si SC? Would you know what time siya uuwi?
Liza’s Text: Hello! Yes, we’re in the same room right now, may ka-usap. Have no idea at all what time he will go home. He’s been working quietly since morning at parang wala sa mood 😦 Ayan, naka kunot ang nuo. May ka text ata eh.
Maya’s Text: Ahhh…na krung krung na naman pala dahil sa akin. Ako kasi ang ka- text eh, hahaha! 🙂 Ang sungit nga sa text kaya ikaw na lang tinext ko.
Liza’s Text: Hahaha! Nakakatawa ka. 🙂 What’s up, importante ba?
Maya’s Text: Kasi today ang release ng results ng audition ni Nikki sa theatre club. Eh most likely naman pasok siya. So I thought of having a mini celebration for her para ma enganyo. Abby and I are preparing na sa kitchen. I was wondering lang if makaka uwi si SC ng maaga or mag o-OT kayo.
Liza’s Text: You’re so sweet Maya! I’m sure Nikki will appreciate it. Sana umuwi ng maaga para hindi kami OT! Ganito, I’ll text you once malaman ko his plans. 🙂
Maya’s Text: Super thanks Liza!
Liza’s Text: Anything for you and for my inaanak. 🙂
Maya’s text: Really? Inaanak mo si Nikki? Cool!
Several minutes passed and Richard was done with the meeting. He was left in the room with Liza and checked his phone but there was still no reply from Maya, so he calls her. Little did he know that Maya was purposely not answering his calls. He texts her again instead.
Richard’s Text: Maya?
Maya’s Text: Po?
Richard’s Text: Your question?
Maya’s Text: Wait lang po.
Liza was startled as she placed some documents on top of Richard’s desk.
Liza:May problema ba, Chief?
Richard: Si Maya, she can really be annoying. Ang kulit. Here, read the thread. Liza takes the phone from him and reads the message. Liza laughs.
Liza:Chief? How’s everything in your house with Maya around, riot siguro. Richardjust shakes his head. Liza was about to finish reading when his phone receives another message. Ay! Sorry Chief, nag text uli si Maya, what time ka daw uuwi? Liza gave Richard a meaningful look and smile as she hands him over his phone.
Richard: And why would she ask that?
Liza: Why don’t you just go home early and find out, baka importante pala. Naku Chief ha, nakakakilig na yan. Parang husband-wife lang ang dating ninyong dalawa! Liza said as she exits his room while Richard makes a call to Maya.
At the same time at the mansion, Nikki and Luke arrived from school. While Luke headed upstairs, Nikki went to the kitchen to look for Maya.
Nikki: Tita Maya! Tita Maya! We’re home! Tita Mayaaaaa! I made it! I’m so in!
Maya: Congratulations! Expected naman na natin yun eh, kaya nga eto we’re cooking. There is a mini celebration for you!
Nikki: Aaaaaww, that is so sweet of you Tita Maya! Thankee! I’ll help!
Maya: Sure! Palit ka muna ng damit.
It was this time that Maya’s phone began ringing. When she saw who was calling, Maya immediately grabbed the meat for Adobo and started mixing it with garlic and soy sauce using both of her hands.
Nikki: Tita Maya Dad’s calling! Is he coming home for dinner?!
Maya: Actually I wanted to ask him nga, kaya ikaw na lang sumagot, madumi na kamay ko oh. Basta dinner will be served at around 7:00.
Nikki swipes Maya’s phone and placed it against her ear.
Richard: Why are you asking me kung anong oras ako uuwi?! You plan on going out again?!
Nikki: Ah…Dad! This is Nikki, madumi po kasi yung hands ni Tita Maya eh. She’s cooking dinner. Abby and I will help her.
Richard: Oh hi Nikki, so why is she asking?
Nikki: Ah…she wanted to know lang if maaga ka makakauwi kasi it means makakasama ka mag dinner, in that case, we’ll wait for you. If late as usual, hindi na po namin kayo aantayin. Kakain na po kami at 7:00.
Richard heard the noise in the background.
Luke: Wow! Kare-Kare ang ulam later? Uy! May Adobo rin? Bigla naman ako nagutom!
Manang Fe: Handa ni Maya para kay Nikki kasi matatanggap daw sa acting club ba yun?
Doris: At tsaka nagke-crave daw po si Ma’am Maya ng comforts zone nya.
Sabel: Hoy Doris! Anung comforts zone? Comfort foods!
Doris: Comforts zone, comforts food, comforts room, isama mo pati na comforts women, pare pareho lang naman sila ng silbe, it comforts you! Nagpapagaan ng loob diba? Yung pikakahuli nga lang sobrang gaan, ililipad ka sa langit! Hahaha!
Sabel: Hahahaha! Tumpak BFF! May tama ka! Yung lola nga ng kapit bahay namin sa probinsya naging comforts woman eh.
Manang Fe: Kayong dalawa tumahimik diyan. Ihanda niyo na lang ang mesa at mabawasan ang kaguluhan dito sa kusina.
Maya: Ay! Naku Baby, wait lang. What’s that? Gusto mo na mag bake? Okay sandali ha intayin natin si Ate Nikki mo so she can help us with the dessert.
Nikki: Dad, I have to go, I think Tita Maya needs me na eh… Ingat na lang po pauwi! She hangs up.
Richard is thrilled. He looks at his watch, and then calls for Liza via the intercom.
Richard: Are these all the papers that need to be signed?
Liza: Yes, Sir.
After 15 minutes, Richard goes out of his office.
Liza: You’re going home, Sir?
Richard: Yes, the kids are preparing dinner.
Liza: REA-lly! Oh I’m sure, pakana ni Maya yan!
Richard: You may go home too, Liza. Bilinan mo na lang uli si Minerva.
Liza: Really?! Wow! I am so liking the changes in you Chief.
Richard: Okay, I’ll go ahead. Bye!
Richard immediately walked away and headed towards the elevator.
Liza: YES! Si Maya lang pala makakapag hinto kay Sir mag over time eh!
Richard: I heard that Liza!
Liza: Enjoy your dinner Chief!
Liza immediately sends a text message to Maya.
Liza’s text: Maya, SC just left the office! And I was told to go home too 🙂 Wow! No more OT na, early off pa for me… Thanks to your oplan-dinner! Nawala ang kunot-nuo! What did you tell him at nagbago ang mood?
Maya’s text: Hindi ko nga sinasagot ang text ang sungit kasi. Tumawag! Eh I am not in the mood to deal with his kasungitan at hindi ko naman magagawang i-talk-to-the-hand sha. Si Nikki pinasagot ko! Hahaha!
Liza’s text: He looked excited. 🙂
Maya’s text: Baka naamoy yung niluluto ko? Hahaha!
Liza’s text: Nakakatawa ka talaga! What are you cooking anyway?
Maya’s text: My favorite, Kare-Kare and Adobo.
Liza’s text: Talaga ha? FYI, pareho kayo! Lalo na yung Kare-Kare.
Maya’s text: Naku, na pressure naman ako bigla. Baka my cooking will fall sort of his expectation magsungit lalo. Sige Liza, tutukan ko muna niluluto ko.
Liza’s text: Sure! Sarapan mo ha 🙂
Maya’s text: Will make sure to send some to you tomorrow 🙂 Then you tell me.
Liza’s text: Okay, looking forward sa ipapadala mo.Thanks! Good luck, he’s on his way now!
Maya’s text: Thanks din Liza 🙂 Siguradong matutuwa ang mga bata nito, I won’t tell them na pauwi na ang daddy nila para surprise 😉