Balik Manila and balik trabaho na sina Maya at Richard a day after that sweet and surprise celebration in San Nicholas. Kahit kulang sa tulog at pagod di halata kay Maya dahil sa sobrang saya niya sa nangyari. Napagkasunduan pa nina Maya, pamilya niya, at Richard na babalik sila doon para sa pamamanhikan kasama ang parents ni Richard.
“I have to work double time para matulungan kita sa preparations. “
Richard said while slowly putting her luggage down on the floor.
“Sir Chief, wala pa nga ang pamamanhikan preparation na ang nasa isip mo.. malay mo baka di matuloy..”
“Wait..what are you saying Maya?!”
Nagulat si Maya ng marinig ang biglang pagtaas ng boses ni Richard. Napalingon tuloy siya kay Richard habang nagsasalin ng tubig sa baso para ibigay kay Richard.
“Sir Chief! Relax ka lang, joke lang naman yon eh.” (she handed him the glass of water which hindi niya tinanggap )
“Joke? It’s not funny!”
Lalo tuloy nagalit si Richard. Hands resting on his hips now and he is glaring at her.
“Sorry..kasi naman eh..”
Di parin nawawala ang galit sa mukha ni Richard, so she thought of a way to somehow pacify him.
“Uyyy excited ka na talaga sa kasalan noh?” (poking his sides )
She saw him blush..not with giddiness but with furiousness.
“What do you mean? Na ako lang ang excited at ikaw hindi?”
“Enough Maya! Huwag na nating ituloy!”
“Ano?Dahil lang sa joke ko di na natin itutuloy? Naman Sir Chief! Walang ganyanan!”
Alam niyang konting lambing lang bibigay din si Richard kaya lumapit siya dito and wrapped her arms around his waist and rested her head on his chest. Listening to his heartbeat.
“Babe huwag ka na magtampo. Joke lang talaga yon. At saka sino bang hindi excited. Di nga ako masyado nakakatulog this past few days eh..”
She nodded and hummed her answer. She felt him moved and wrapped his arms around her too.
“Sige nga..bati na tayo, pero kiss mo muna ako.”
Maya could only burst into a soft laugh.
“Sabi ko na nga ba..pa-style ka pa eh..”
“Ikaw naman kasi, alam mo naman di ba minsan ang slow ko sa mga joke joke mong ganyan tapos you always tease me.”
“Sorry na nga..mag-aaway na naman ba tayo?”
“Hindi na..if.. you kiss me.”
“Sige na nga!”
She gave him a quick peck on his cheek
“Yun lang yon?”
“Eh di ba sabi mo kiss?”
“I know..but..what i want is something different. I mean..”
Namula si Maya when she realized what Richard is up to.
“hmmmmm well pwede “
He answered her with a naughty glint in his cute eyes.
“Wait…di pa ako prepared… ( covering her face with her small hands) ..pwedeng mag tooth-brush muna?”
“Silly!” (laughing at her cuteness)
He uncovers her face and cup her face with his own hands. He tilted a little and brush his lips with hers for a few times before he kiss her passionately. Maya was caught unaware of the emotion building deep inside her. They kissed for what seems like forever..tasting each other’s sweetness..growing deeper and deeper as each seconds passed..
“OH MY PINK TOES!!! SOOOORRRRYYY!!”
Then they heard the door shut back! Sa sobrang gulat, agad naghiwalay sina Richard at Maya. Maya is touching her mouth while she turned to face the other direction. Biting his lower lip to suppress a smile, he grab her back to hug her. Isinubsob ni Maya ang mukha niya sa dibdib ni Richard sa sobrang hiya.
“huuuuuuuuu nakakahiya kay Emman!”
“Tell him we’re getting married. And besides wala namang masama dun di ba. We are just kissing. It’s normal for couples to kiss. I mean, yung iba nga di ba..”
Di na tinapos ni Richard ang sasabihin niya at alam niyang mas lalo lang magiging uncomfortable si Maya to hear it.
“I think I should be going, para naman makapasok na si Emman.”
He release her from his embrace.
“Call me pag pagdating mo sa bahay.”
“Yes, I will. Alis na ako.”
Richard kiss her again, this time a quick kiss on her lips. When Richard left, Maya immediately went inside her room to avoid seeing Emman. Minutes later, she heard him went inside and shouted .
“Good night roomie!! WET I mean sweet dreams!”
Emman teased. Kahit wala namang tao, Maya blushed while she pulled her blanket over her head as if hiding from someone.
Two days passed…
Sinundo ni Richard si Maya sa airport. It was a very long and tiring day for Maya. 3 local flights kaya sobrang pagod na pagod na siya.
“Maya are sure okay lang if tumuloy tayo dun?”
“Yes okay lang.”
“It’s going to be a 2 hour drive so you can rest na din habang nasa biyahe tayo.”
They are heading to a private beach owned by one of Richard’s colleague. Matagal na niya itong plano na dalhin si Maya doon kaya nga lang dahil sa sobrang busy nila pareho ngayon lang niya ito naituloy. They will be staying overnight dun since gabi pa naman ang flight ni Maya the next day. While on the road, pinatulog muna ni Richard si Maya para naman makapag recharge sandali.
Kahit ba mahaba ang biyahe n at walang kausap si Richard, surprisingly di siya inaantok sa biyahe. The mere thought that he will be spending quality time with Maya excites him. He would do everything and anything just to make this overnight memorable for both of them.
Richard turned right and stopped at the gate for inspection.
“Yes.” (gave his driver’s license and after the guards checked it binigay naman ulit sa kanya para makapasok na siya)
Pinatay muna ni Richard ang engine bago nito ginising si Maya.
“Babe we’re here..wake up na “
He caress her face to wake her up. She slowly opened her eyes and straighten up.
“Andito na tayo?”
Lumabas si Richard sa kotse at pinagbuksan si Maya ng pinto. He also took the luggage and a few of his stuff from the trunk.
“Let’s go. “
May naghihintay sa kanila na mga tauhan sa loob ng isang rest house. After sila i-welcome ay hinatid sila ng babae sa kanya-kanyang kwarto nila.
“Maya, after mo mag-ayos let’s have dinner okay.”
They went inside their separate rooms which is magkatabi lang. Stayed for a few minutes bago ulit lumabas na halos magkasabay din.
“Yes, tapos na din..let’s go?”
Magka holding-hands na naglakad ang dalawa. Hinanap ni Richard ang babaeng nag-assist na kanila.
“Miss, nakahanda na po ba yung dinner namin?”
“Yes Sir, dito na lang po kayo dumaan..” ( she pointed the direction to the beach )
“Wow! Paano mo to ginawa?”
“I requested it. I know that you would love it. And I’m not mistaken.”
He smiled proudly. Glad that Maya love his idea. After they were seated, the waiter came and served their food.
“Thank you kuya.”
Then he left them. Masaya ang dinner nila,kwentuhan on how they spent their day in each other’s work. Nangumusta si Maya sa kids and si Richard naman kina nanay Teresita.
“Ang sarap pag laging ganito noh?”
“Ito..spending my dinnertime with you..”
“Don’t worry babe, malapit na..and kapag dadating na ang time na yon. Promise me you’ll never miss dinnertime with me and the kids ha.”
Na-touch si Richard sa narinig from Maya.
“You know what. that’s one thing that makes you so special and different..”
“Ano naman yon?”
“Yung mas masaya ka kung pati ang mga taong mahal ng mahal mo masaya din..the way you think not just of yourself but of the people around you. Just like how you are to me and to my kids. You love not just only me but also my kids.”
“Kasi gusto Mr. Lim pag nagmahal ako completo yon..kahit ba sabi mo may Excess Baggage ka pa..keri ko parin yon. Mahal kita eh, so dapat lang pati sila mahalin ko. Minahal nyo din kasi ako kung ano ako, yung pamilya ko..”
“I love you Maya… I can’t wait for that day na makakasama na kita lagi. “
“I love you too..and sana nga di ka magsawa na samahan ako palagi sa bawat breakfast, lunchtime.dinnertime, and snack time ng buhay ko.”
Richard grin. Maya never failed to make him laugh. He just can’t deny it, Maya is a rare find.
After dinner, they stayed a couple of hours by the beach. Walking on the sand holdig-hands habang nakapaa lang. When it gets too chilly saka pa sila nagdecide na pumasok na sa rest house para magpahinga. Nasa labas na silang pinto ng kwart ni Maya.
“Can I stay in your room tonight?”
“Ano?!” ( surprised by his request )
“Oh bakit? Why so surprise Maya?” (suppressing a smile when he saw her reaction )
“Eiii di pwede..saka na pag mag-asawa na tayo noh..”
“Bakit..pag di mag-asawa di ba pwedeng magtabi matulog? And besides meron akong gusto i-discuss with you tungkol sa kasal natin.”
“Eiiii ayoko nga!”
“Maya..I won’t do anything ..promise…oh well, kung pipilitin mo ako baka meron..”
He manage to joke. Namula tuloy si Maya.
“Why are you blushing?Maya .. i will just hold your hand or hug you ..nothing more..promise!”
Maya still hesitant to let him in. But of course pursigido si Richard manalo sa kanya ngayong gabi.
“I’ll count into 3, if you still can’t decide papasok na ako kaagad.”
He look at herintently ..
Sabay pasok ni Richard sa loob ng kwarto ni Maya.