Everything seems to fall right into place. Since that night that she finally said yes to him, walang araw ang dumaan na hindi naging masaya si Maya at Sir Chief. Well, there’s work, yes..but it didn’t stop them from seeing each other. Richard doesn’t mind those ungodly hours while he sits at the airport lobby just to wait for Maya to come home from her flight. Lalong-lalo na nang ipinagbilin ni nanay Teresita si Maya kay Richard when they left for San Nicholas after her graduation. He could still remember that day..
“Don’t worry po aling Teresita, di ko pababayaan si Maya. Ngayon pa na kami na, of course I will take care of her.”
“Salamat Richard. Alam ko naman kahit di ko siya ibibilin sa’yo gagawin mo parin yon.”
“You don’t have to worry. She’s in good hands”
Richard smiled and gave aling Teresita ang Mamang a quick hug.
“Sir Richard.. ngayon na magiging busy na si Maya sa trabaho niya, sana naman maiintindihan mo din yon di ba. Alam mo naman si bunso pagdating sa pangarap niya..ang tagal niya tong hinintay.”
“Don’t worry Cristina Rose, napag-usapan na namin ni Maya yan. And I perfectly understand her. I promise di ako magiging sagabal sa mga pangarap niya.”
“Salamat po Sir Richard. Maraming salamat din sa lahat ng tulong na naibigay ninyo, di lang kay Maya kundi pati na rin sa amin..sa akin..”
“Don’t mention it. I’m happy na kahit konti meron ako naitulong..And besides, anything for Maya..anything that would make her happy gagawin ko.”
True to his words, he kept his promise. Katulad ngayon, he knows makikipagtalo na naman si Maya nito for sure kasi madaling araw na pero andito siya at naghihintay sa kanya. When she saw him waiting..
“Sir Chief, di ba sabi ko sa’yo..”
“Maya, huwag ka na makigpagtalo okay? Gusto ko andito ako. Mas mapapanatag ako if ako yung maghahatid at magsusundo sa’yo .”
“Pero Sir Chief..”
“Nakakapagod makipagtalo Maya, kaya sige na..halika na..”
Maya could only shake her head.. Oh sige na, di naman ako nananalo sa’yo eh..
Sa loob ng sasakyan..
“Maya I was thinking..pwede na ba nating sabihin sa mga bata?”
Richard is driving kaya once in a while, pasulyap-sulyap siya kay Maya to see her reaction. It’s been a while already, and he wants to make sure na ready na si Maya to tell the kids about their status.
“Sir Chief, ako din naisip ko din na kailangan na din siguro nila malaman.”
“Yeah..and by the way, did I tell you si Nikki asked me one time if I’m dating someone?”
“Talaga Sir Chief? Ano sabi mo?”
“Nothing..I just smiled. What surprised me the most was when she said that it’s okay. So I guess, if we tell them there won’t be any issues anymore.”
“Sana nga Sir Chief..eh si Luke?”
“Si Luke..hmm I think wala din. When he told me na sinagot na siya ni Joey, he said that I deserve to be happy and that I deserve to be with someone, so obviously di na rin siguro magrereact if he will know about us. If you’ll ask about Abby naman, will of course we all know Abby adores you so much.”
Richard smiles at her. Si Maya naman napangiti din sa sinabi niya. If there’s one thing na ayaw niyang mawala regarding her relationship with the kids, its their friendship. Sa lahat ng pinagdaanan nila yung friendship na nabuo niya with them is very precious sa kanya. Tinuring niya kasi sila bilang kapamilya na din. Kaya kung mawawala yun, di niya alam kung ano ang gagawin niya. She loves Richard dearly but she doesn’t want to be the reason na magkakagulo din sila ulit just in case ayaw nila sa kanya for their dad.
“Sir Chief..okay lang ba kung mamaya na lang natin sabihin sa kanila?”
“Of course Maya, any time that you want..di kita minamadali. Nagbabakasakali lang naman ako baka this time ready ka na.”
“Okay lang yun..alam ko din naman kasing ikasasaya mo din to pag nalaman na ng mga bata.”
Richard and Maya agreed that she will have dinner with him and the kids at the mansion that night then tell them about their relationship. Maya is silently praying that everything will turn out okay.
At the Lim mansion that night. Maya came and the whole household are just so happy to see her again. The kids welcome her joyfully, specially Abby who keeps hugging her and holding her hand the whole time. Richard on the other hand is happy to see Maya get along with her kids better, each time na magkikita sila.
While eating at the dining table, naghahanap ng tiyempo si Richard and Maya kung kailan nila pwedeng sabihin yung announcement nila.
“Ate Maya, I’m so happy that you came tonight. There are alot of things that we need to talk about, right. I mean, since that time kasi na you came and played with us di na tayo nagkita at nagkakwentuhan kasi busy kana sa OJT and graduation mo.”
“Oo nga Nikki eh..huwag kang mag-alala. Maya kwentuhan tayo. Ano ba gusto mo pagkukwentuhan natin?”
“Ay naku ate Maya, si Nikki pa talaga tinatanong mo eh alam mo namang halos lahat ata ng topic gusto niya pag-usapan ninyo. ”
Everyone at the table laught at Luke’s remarks over Nikki. Nikki frowned over her brother and does her signature line again making Maya giggle .
“OMG kuya you are so G-R-R-R talaga. Why do you keep annoying me bah. You know naman that we girls love to talk about alot of things, duh!”
“Okay lang yun Luke, at least meron na ako kasama na magdaldal ngayon di ba.”
“You’re super right ate Maya..ii I know inggit lang yan si Kuya kasi tatlo tayo ni Abby magkukwentuhan tonight habang siya, sila lang ni dad ang mag-uusap about things like..airplanes..books..and stuffs about engineering..so boring..”
“Okay lang yun noh..at least meron ako malalaman about my course.”
Luke defended himself..suddenly Nikki gasp.
“Oh my gee! It’s so cute! Para tayong one happy family. Kasi you know, Abby and I have ate Maya who we can talk to about girl’s stuff..si kuya naman about boy’s stuff with dad..di ba Abby ang cute!”
Napaianom tuloy si Maya ng tubig sa baso niya. Nagulat siya sa sinabi ni Nikki. Si Richard naman biglang napatahimik..Great Niks! All of a sudden from girl’s and boy’s stuff you mentioned about a happy family. Just the right connection! ..Richard thought.
Then, Richard clears his throat and began talking. I guess this signals the right time to break the news, Maya. . He look at Maya and gently pats her knees underneath the table, to calm her down.
“Kids, I have something to tell you.”
“Ano yun dad?”
“It’s about me..I hope that after I say this, you will all understand. I guess this is the right time that you should know about a certain thing.”
“What is it about dad? Pinapakaba mo naman kami ni Kuya eh.”
Nikki nervously said. Looking at him intently with a creasing brows.
“Luke remember the time you said if I miss being with someone? And that I should start looking for that special person who could make me happy?..and Nikki, di ba you asked if I am dating? And that you said whoever she is sabi mo she must be someone great? Well.. I found her..” (smiles at his children)
“Really dad? Sino siya?”
That caught Luke’s attention, binaba nito ang hawak na spoon and fork to listen to his dad’s story. Si Nikki naman nagtatakip ng bibig habang bumibilog ang mata sa mangha dahil sa narinig nito kay Richard.
“Oh my geee Kuya! Don’t you get it? Ang slow mo talaga..Dad, tell me I’m right..”
Nakatingin si Nikki kay Maya at Richard alternately..Si Maya naman napatungo lang and started blushing.
Sabay na tanong ni Luke at Nikki kay Richard at Maya.