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Crossroads – Chapter 11

Chapter 11
‘Stranded’

Maya and Richard returned to the house more than an hour before the agreed pick-up time with Captain Ventura and Captain Corpuz. They walked through the garden with Maya’s arms around Richard’s waist.

“I feel energized, my love, after that lovely nap. I slept like a baby, in your arms.” Maya said, smiling at Richard. “Thank you. Now, I understand why you like that spot of all the places in this beautiful island.”

“We can always go back here and stay longer, especially there.” Richard hugged Maya and kissed her forehead. “It was also very nice to sleep, with you in my arms, Honeybun.

The two of them, shared giddy smiles, just very happy the way their ‘first date’ turned out.

“Sayang, hindi tayo nakapag-swimming at nakapag-snorkel. Feeling ko, magaganda ang coral reefs sa lugar na ito, kasi, malapit lang din dito ang Apo Reef.” Maya remarked. She loves swimming and snorkeling. She also would like to take a scuba-diving course.

“Sabagay, wala rin naman pala akong dalang swimsuit and snorkeling gear dahil sa sobrang surprise mo sa akin, Babe. But I like your surprise very much kahit wala akong nabitbit, maliban sa sarili ko.” Maya smiled. “Talagang dinidibdib mo ang panliligaw sa akin, ha.”

“Siyempre naman, Honeybun.” Richard said. “Baka mabawi pa ang matamis mong oo. Kaya nga, heto handa kong akyatin ang pitong bundok para sa iyo. Tawirin ang lahat ng ilog at sungkitin ang mga bituin para sa iyo.”

“Ha, ha, ha, Mr. Lim. Hinahanap na nung hiniraman mo ng lines ang mga linya niya. Sabi niya kasi, itinapon na raw niya ang mga iyan sa sobrang corny, pinulot mo pa!” Maya laughed and teased Richard. “I never thought you had that in you, Babe. Makata ka pala, with a slight American twang.”

“Effective ba? Kung hindi, maghahanap pa ako ng ibang lines online, courtesy ni Mr. Google.” Richard grinned. “Kailangan kasi sure na sure ako na wala ka nang kawala Ms. Dela Rosa.”

“Babe, huwag kang mag-aalala, hindi ako tatakas. Wala rin naman akong balak tumakbo, pero kailangan kong makita na magsibak ka ng kahoy at mag-igib ng tubig.” Maya teased Richard.

“Ha, kailangan pa ba iyon, Honeybun? Electric at gas na ang lahat ng gamit ngayon sa kitchen. Tapos, you know may faucet na rin. Kung wala namang tubig sa gripo, we can just buy mineral water sa supermarket o magparasyon.” Richard said, pretending to be serious, in deep thoughts, and analyzing Maya’s challenge to him . “But for you, I will do it. Sabihin mo lang kung nasaan ang palakol at pang-igib. Para sa pagsuyo ko sa iyo, gagawin ko ang lahat.”

Maya laughed. “Ikaw talaga, Babe. Hindi ka nauubusan ng supply ng pang-counter sa akin. Halika na nga, let’s go and freshen up bago dumating ang sundo natin.”

They continued walking along the path, hand in hand, laughing and teasing each other outrageously.

“Sir Richard, Sir Richard! Mawalang-galang na po. Kanina pa po tumutunog itong cellphone na naiwan niyo sa veranda. Katutunog lang po ulit, kaya nagdesisyon na akong hanapin na kayo.” A middle-aged guy, rushed towards them from the direction of the house, when they rounded a corner, holding Richard’s cellphone.

“Ganoon po ba, Manong Benito. Salamat po. Tatawagan ko na lang po iyong tumatawag. Maya, this is Manong Benito.” Richard introduced the caretaker to Maya. “Manong Benito, si Maya po, nobya ko.”

“Ikinagagalak ko po kayong makilala, Ma’am Maya.”  Manong Benito offered Maya a shy, friendly smile.

“Ganoon din po ako, Manong Benito.” Maya liked the caretaker. “Maraming salamat po pala sa inihanda niyong lunch sa amin ni Richard. Ang sarap po, lalo na ang mga seafood. Fresh na fresh.”

“Wala pong anuman, Ma’am Maya. Basta para kay Sir Richard. Pagkalaki-laki po ng utang na loob ng pamilya namin sa kanya.” Manong Benito said.

“Naku, wala po iyon Manong. Basta para sa inyo ni Manang at sa mga anak niyo.” Richard simply said.

“Sir, nang dahil po sa inyo, nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang dalawa naming anak at maganda na ang kanilang mga buhay. Para po sa aming mga magulang dito sa probinsya, iyon lang po ang matinding hangarin namin sa buhay, ang maisaayos ang mga anak namin.”

Richard smiled at Manong Benito. “Mabubuti po kayong tao ni Manang Linda at saka matatalino ang mga anak nito. Okay na po iyon sa akin. Para ko na rin kayong pamilya rito.”

The caretaker smiled at his boss. “Salamat po ulit, Sir at di pa rin po ako magsasawang sabihin iyan. Sige po, mauuna na ako at kailangan ko lang i-check iyong generator natin dito sa isla.”

Maya looked at Richard with so much love. “My generous, humble, and kindhearted, Babe.” Then she kissed him lightly on the lips.

Richard smiled at Maya, caressed her lower lip. “I just gave back a bit, Honeybun. They are good people. Masikap, masinop sa buhay, very trustworthy at saka sobrang loyal sa family namin. Enough na nga, I’m getting embarassed na. Teka tawagan ko lang si Captain Ventura, siya pala ang tumatawag and 10 na ang missed calls niya.”

“Yes, Captain Ventura?” Richard said, when the pilot picked up his call.

“Sir Richard, I just want you to know that Captain Corpuz and I might be delayed in picking you and Ms. Maya. We are still in Manila. Hindi kami makalipad kasi kanina pa masama ang panahon dito. It’s been raining the whole afternoon.” The pilot told Richard.

“Oh, ganoon ba.” Richard said. “No worries. Maya and I are okay here. Maganda naman ang weather dito. Make sure lang na it is safe na for you to fly when you leave Manila. Kung hindi talaga kaya, and medyo alanganin ka, don’t. We can manage here. Keep me updated, please.”

“Yes, Sir Richard. I will.” Captain Ventura assured Richard. “Hopefully, in the next hour, it will be okay na ang weather kasi ang tagal na rin namang umuulan.”

Richard said goodbye to the pilot.

“My love, we can’t leave yet. Hindi kasi makalipad sina Captain Ventura from Manila. Sobrang maulan daw doon.” He told Maya.

“Oh! Mabuti rito maganda ang panahon! Good thing na rin they delayed na lang the pick-up kasi mas importante na safe silang lumipad.”

“Now, we have some time to swim and snorkel a bit.” Richard said.

“Naku, paano? Wala naman tayong dalang damit and gear.” Maya asked.

“Hmmm, actually, part iyan talaga ng surprise ko for you today. Remember the suitcase that Captain Corpuz handed to me? Swimming clothes and a change of clothes for you and me ang laman noon. Plus snorkeling gears.” Richard said.

“I forgot about it earlier. Saka, when I remembered, we were in the hammock na, and mas gusto ko naman iyon kaysa mag-snorkel. I preferred you in my arms.” He said, smiling.

Maya smiled sweetly at Richard. “Pero grabeng planning talaga ang ginawa mo rito sa most memorable ‘first date’ natin, Babe ha. Thank you and I love you.” Maya said, feeling very happy and touched at Richard’s gesture.

“Let’s go, have a swim na, kahit one hour lang.” Richard put his hand on Maya’s back, propelling her inside the house. ‘If ever naman, makikita natin kung parating na sina Captain Ventura.”

When they entered the house, a middle-aged woman greeted them. “Magandang hapon po, Sir Richard, Ma’am.”

“Hello po, Manang Linda. Magandang hapon din po.” Richard smiled at Manang Linda. “Maya, ito si Manang Linda, asawa niya si Manong Benito, para ko na silang mga magulang dito kasi dito ako parating pumupunta dati kapag gusto kong mag-unwind o to let out steam. Mga 20 years na namin silang caretaker dito sa isla. Tama, Manang, di ba?”

“Opo, Sir Richard.” Then she smiled at Maya. “Ikinagagalak ko po kayong makilala Ma’am Maya. Ngayon nga lang po pumunta si Sir Richard dito ng may kasamang nobya.” Manang unintentionally revealed, and Maya’s heart skipped a beat. “Sige po, maiwan ko muna kayo at nang maipaghanda ko kayo ng merienda.”

Manang Linda excused herself and went to the kitchen. She is glad that her Sir Richard finally brought a girlfriend here. First time, talaga. Private talaga kasi para sa Sir niya ang lugar na ito. Mukhang mabait pa at ang ganda ng nobya ng Sir, Manang thought. Parang in love na in love nga ito. Masaya siya para rito.

“What she said is true, Maya. I haven’t brought anyone here, except you.” He admitted, gazing at Maya lovingly. “Para ko kasi itong sanctuary and I promised myself that I will only bring here the woman I love very much, the most precious person in my life.”

“Oh, Babe! Grabe ka nang magpakilig ha.” Maya touched Richard’s arm and caressed it. “Sobra, sobra, sobrang memorable na talaga ng araw na ito.”

“Like I have said, earlier. Anything for you, Honeybun.” Richard kissed the tip of Maya’s nose. “Halika na nga. Nandoon sa sala iyong suitcase kanina.”

The suitcase was no longer in the living room, so Richard and Maya went to the bedroom that Richard usually uses when he stays here. It was on the side of the bed. Richard opened it and handed Maya a shopping bag.

“I hope that is okay. I just asked my secretary Liza to get that for you. I just described you to her.” Richard said.

“Hmmm, and how did you describe me to your secretary, Babe.” Maya teased.

“Well, I told her you are very beautiful. Mas maganda ka pa kaysa kay Megan Young. Then I told her, for size, that you are on the sexy side, tall and slim.” Richard said, smiling, remembering hearing his secretary sighed after he was finished describing Maya. She remarked that he must be in love. Richard laughed and said yes. Liza is also a friend, so he didn’t mind her commenting on his personal life.

“O bakit ka napapangiti, Babe.” Maya asked, as she started opening the shopping bag.”Saka salamat sa description ha. Todo-build pala ako. Hindi naman ako mas maganda kay Megan Young, kasing ganda lang.” Maya joked.

“Silly!” Richard laughed. “Mas maganda ka kaya. No arguments there. Saka for a man in love, siyempre wala naman talagang mas gaganda pa sa kanya kundi ang minamahal niya. My secretary also remarked about me being so in love with you. She said she sensed it by the way I described you. Napangiti ako kasi naalala ko ang remark ni Liza when I asked her to buy you the swimsuit.”

“Babe, awwwww, talagang unlimited supply na iyang pampakilig na iyan. Sabi nga ni Cris, colonies of ants na ang nasa paligid. Thank you.”

Maya smiled at Ricky and looked at the swimsuit she got out of the bag. Richard on the other hand, took out another shopping bag from the suitcase.

“Ekkkk, Babe.” She shrieked. “I don’t think I can wear this!!!”

Richard looked up, in time to see Maya waving a skimpy two-piece swimsuit at him. Richard smiled at her reaction and Liza’s mischievousness. “Patingin nga. Come here.”

Maya gave him the little pieces of clothing. Parang retaso lang ang dating sa liliit!

“Yes, it is on the skimpy side. But I think you can wear it naman. Tayong dalawa lang naman ang nandito, saka sina Manong at Manang. I don’t think they will check on us or look. Promise, I will not stare….” He smiled and teased her, “much!”….

“Ricky!!!!” Maya protested, then smiled, realizing she is making a bit of a fuss. Confidence lang ang kailangan diyan, Maya Dela Rosa, she told herself, kaya mo iyang suutin. “Sus, halika na nga. Kasi naman sobra yata ang description mo sa secretary mo. Baka ang description mo sa akin, pang-cover ng FHM.” Maya teased.

“Honeybun, I will not do that. Cross my heart, cub scout at boy scout ako noong maliit at gentleman naman ng lumaki na.” Richard said, smiling.

They both laughed, finding humor in the situation.

Maya changed into the swimsuit. It fitted her perfectly. In fairness to Richard’s secretary, she chose well, in terms of size and comfort. Iyon nga lang, skimpier ang suit and very revealing than what she normally wear na medyo on the conservative and sporty side.

When she finished checking what she was wearing,  Maya went out of the room that Richard earlier brought her, when she asked where she could change. She went looking for him. He was not in his room so she went down.

Maya found him on the lower veranda, gazing at the sea, holding their snorkeling gears, waiting for her. She gulped when she noticed what he was wearing. The swim shorts was not that revealing but it hugged his lower body perfectly.

“Wow”, was all she managed to say to herself. Not only her boyfriend is very handsome, he is very well-built, and has a body to die for. She felt like swooning. Daig pa ng Babe niya ang mga actor at model na rumarampa sa mga underwear show!

Richard heard Maya made a sound. He turned, with a smile on his face that got frozen when he saw her standing by the door leading to the veranda. His breath got caught in his throat.

Richard gaped and was speechless for several seconds. His girlfriend is so beautiful and very sexy. Those long legs and curvaceous body! It elicited a reaction in him, which he immediately tried to control. He does not want Maya to feel uncomfortable. Her near-transparent wrap, revealed, more than hid, her beautiful shape.

“Wow.” He uttered. Then told himself, Richard, you need all the control you can master to survive this swimming trip. “You are very beautiful and very sexy, Honeybun! I like Liza’s taste na pala.” He said, teasing Maya a bit.

Maya blushed. “Babe, don’t look at me like that. Nako-conscious ako.”

“Honeybun, I can’t help it. You are so beautiful and very sexy talaga.” He replied. “But I promised to be a gentleman so I will stop. Let’s go.”

Richard held Maya’s hand as they walk towards the water. They went a bit farther than the house. Richard told Maya that it is the best place to snorkel, and he was right. They swam side by side and marveled at the beauty they saw underwater.

When they got tired, they just swam near the shore. Despite Richard’s promise to have more control, he was not able to resist kissing Maya passionately, when they were emerging from the water. She also kissed him back.

“Honeybun, I think we need to stop. I’m having difficulty controlling myself.” Richard said, his voice thick with desire.

Maya was also having difficulty controlling her body’s response to Richard’s kiss and touch. “Me too. Let’s go take a quick dip again, and go back to the house to shower and change. Baka dumating na rin ang sundo natin.”

They swam playfully for several minutes, dunking each other, then hugging and kissing a bit when they can’t help, but give in, to the intense emotions they were feeling.

Maya and Richard were smiling at each other, as they walked back to the house , marked by short stops to share, quick, sweet kisses along the way, just very happy the way their day turned out, even with the delay in their return to Manila.

“Babe, this is the best day talaga. I love you.” Maya said.

“I agree, my love.” Richard said, cupping Maya’s face. “I love you, too.”

They shared one more kiss before they went inside the house, fingers interlaced.

 

Note: Doube treat, abot pa, sa ‘third monthsary’ ng My Sunflower World. Thank you for the support and appreciation my co-adiks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Crossroads – Chapter 10

Chapter 10
‘First date’

Maya woke up with a start, feeling disoriented, as she realized that she was not in her own bed. The bed cover is different. The room decor, leaning towards yellow, then her lavender-hued room. She tried to shake off sleep which was very hard as she felt she just went to bed. In between sleep and wakefulness, she wanted to bury herself under the blanket until noon. She and Cristina chatted most of the night. Sheer tiredness forced them to finally go to sleep. A persistent sound woke her up. Maya tried to absorb the sound she was hearing. She realized it’s The Proclaimers’ ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), her current ringtone. She looked for her phone, finding it under her pillow. She smiled when she saw who is calling.

“Hello Ricky, my love.” She said sleepily, smiling. “Good morning. Ang aga mo ah. Are you going here na? Anong oras na ba! OMG,  eight o’clock na pala!”

“Maya, my love! Good morning, Honeybun. Did I wake you up?” Richard asked. He had been awake for hours, arranging his special treat for Maya. He wanted their ‘first date’ to be the most memorable day ever and something to add to their wonderful and very unusual courtship. “I’m sorry. I thought eight o’clock is a decent enough hour to phone you.”

“It’s okay, Ricky. I needed to get up, anyway. Though, Cris and I went to bed at close to four o’clock in the morning!” Maya told Richard. “Don’t worry, Babe, coffee lang ang katapat nito.”

“Is it okay if I pick you up in an hour or so?” Richard asked. “You know for our ‘first date’, Honeybun.”

“I think it would be okay. I can manage that. Let me just get a cup of coffee and take a shower.” Maya stood up, gathered her toiletries to go to the bathroom. “Check ko rin kung gising na si Cris. Saan nga pala tayo pupunta?”

Richard smiled. He is excited. Kaya rin siguro ang aga niyang nagising. The night before pa niya sinimulang iplano ang lahat. He hopes Maya will like his surprise for her.

“It’s a surprise. I hope you will like it, para naman wala na talagang bawian iyang sweet yes mo sa akin, dear Honeybun!”

Babe, you are still on probation kaya.” Maya teased Richard.

Honeybun, I’m sure, pagkatapos nitong date natin na ito, permanent na ako. Permanent na ako diyan sa puso mo.” He countered, smiling.

“Naku, nagsisimula na naman ang mga corny line mo, Mr. Lim.” Maya smiled. “But you know what…..?”

“What, Honeybun?”

“I love you very much, Babe, kahit minsan corny ang mga linya mo.” Maya told Richard.  This is really a nice to wake up, she mused, very happy.

“Ganyan daw talaga kapag love mo ang isang tao. You love the person, warts and all.” Richard said. “I love you too, Honeybun.”

If people will look at them at that moment, they would see two people sporting goofy grins, and with so much love in their expressions. Maya and Richard were so happy to be reconnected. It felt like a very long night since they last talk, when it fact it was just several hours since they parted.

Richard picked up Maya as scheduled. He had another bouquet of flowers for her, this time, a very beautiful arrangement of tulips. He also brought Maya her favorite brew from Cafe M. It was in a small thermos so it was still hot.

Richard kissed her on the cheek and handed her the coffee and the flowers. “I asked Eleonor for that. She told me you always have that every morning. So, para hindi mo ma-miss, dinala ko na.”

“Thank you, Babe. You are the sweetest boyfriend. Ilang pogi points din ito sa panliligaw mo sa akin.” Maya hugged her boyfriend tight, teasing him.

“You’re welcome, my love. Basta para sa iyo, anything.” Richard said lovingly.

Maya and Richard smiled at each other, and was about to kiss when someone said ‘Oopps’….

“I’m so sorry, love birds. Nakalimutan ko na nandito nga pala kayo sa lanai. May naiwan kasi ako dito kagabi.” Cristina smiled and looked at her cousin and Maya with a teasing smile. “Naku, teka, baka wala na pala akong madaanan sa dami ng langgam sa paligid niyong dalawa!”

They both smiled at Cris. “Naku, Cousin, Maya and I will get going na nga rin. Paano, goodbye na, in the meantime.” Richard said, his hand on Maya’s back as they stood up, then the of them approached Cris.

“Bes, we will just see you, in two months.” Maya said as she hugged Cris. “Let me know if you need anything from here and I will send it promptly. We can just talk on Facetime or Skype if you have time.”

“Thank you, Bes. I will take you up on that.” Cris said, feeling both sad and happy at the same time. Happy that she will finally be with Stephen, but sad since she will be far away from her family and friends. “Lalo na about the clothes for you and the other bridesmaids who will be coming from Manila.”

“Kuya Ricky, Maya, enjoy your ‘first date.”  Cris smiled. “Feeling ko talaga, baligtad ang mundo pagdating sa inyong dalawa. Para talaga kayong may sariling universe.”

“Have a safe flight, Cousin. Maya and I will see you in two months.” Richard said. “Malay mo by that time, baka hindi na lang ikaw ang ikakasal.” He gave Maya a mischievous smile.

Babe, hep, hep, hep, teka, teka, anong wedding? Kaninong wedding?” Maya asked, though she knew Richard is teasing her, trying to get a rise out of her.

“Hmmm, kanino sa palagay mo, my dear Honeybun.” Richard touched Maya’s chin lovingly. He was actually, half-serious with that statement. Many things can happen in two months and he knew already that is where he and Maya will be heading. He had not felt this way before. He also knew that Maya wouldn’t have said yes to him, if she is not serious about their relationship, considering that he is her first boyfriend, despite the fact that a lot courted her. In fact, di ba dalawa nga ang karibal niya recently!

“Ha, bakit ang feeling ko, parang nasa warp speed ka, pagdating sa ating dalawa, Babe.” Maya teased Richard, remembering the term from watching old Star Trek films with her Dad.

“Hindi naman, Honeybun. Hindi naman ako si Captain Picard o kaya si Captain Kirk. Saka sabi ko lang naman, baka…..baka sakali, you know. Di ba, sabi nga sa hinaba-haba man ng prusisyon sa simbahan din ang tuloy!” He finished, grinning, which earned him a loving pinch from Maya. Maya’s heart also beat faster, hearing Richard mentioned a wedding between them.

“Hahahaha, kayo talagang dalawa. Third wheel na naman ang peg ko.” Cris said as she hugged Maya again, then Richard. “I will surely miss your witty and loving repartee. I love you both. I’m happy that my two favorite people ended up together.”

“Bes, awwwww, I will miss you. Basta chat chat tayo ha. Take care. Have a safe flight.” Maya was a bit teary-eyed. She really have a difficult time dealing with people leaving, to saying goodbye. But she is trying to overcome it as Cris is just moving somewhere, not dying like her Dad. And she is very happy for her best friend.

Several minutes after, Maya and Richard were on their way.

“Maya, don’t feel sad. Makikita mo pa rin naman si Cris and you can always see each other.” Richard put his hand over Maya’s as he comforted her. He  sensed she is feeling sad at the moment.

“I know, Ricky.” Maya said, caressing Richard’s hand. “Thank you.” She simply said, touched by his perceptiveness.

“Saan nga pala tayo pupunta? Hint, hint, hint, please Babe.” She asked, deciding to concentrate on their ‘first date’.

“Secret!” Richard simply said, grinning. “But I do hope you will like it. Take a nap muna, Honeybun, so you have enough energy for our first date.”

“Marathon ba itong first date natin, triathlon, o kaya mountain climbing at kailangan ko ng enough energy.” Maya asked trying to trip Richard to reveal where they are going.

“Ha, ha, ha, ha, Honeybun, hwag nang makulit. Nap na please.” Richard told his love. Alam niyang hinuhuli ni Maya kung sasabihin niya kung saan sila pupunta.

Maya at first refused to take a nap. She kept trying to tease Richard into saying where they are going, but he just smiled at her, sometimes caressing her face. There was heavy traffic on the way due to a stalled car and a minor accident. Because she really had little sleep, Maya eventually dozed off.

Richard noticed that Maya became quiet and when he checked, he saw her nodding her head off. He supported her head as much as he could until they arrived at their first destination an hour later.

Richard parked the car in the basement of his company’s building. Maya was still sleeping. He looked at her beautiful sleeping form, and just like in the fairy tale, and because he can’t resist it, he woke her up with a light kiss on the lips. She slowly stirred, opened her beautiful, expressive eyes. She smiled sweetly and sleepily at him.

“Babe, where are we?” Maya, still drowsy from her nap, sat upright, and noticed that they are in a basement parking.

“In the LC, headquarters, my love.” Richard replied, touching her face gently. “Are you okay? If you are too tired, we can just have our ‘first date’ when you return from Vigan. Wala ka pa nga ring pahinga since you came from Bangkok.”

“Babe, I’m okay. Coffee lang ulit ang katapat nito.” Maya assured Richard. “Saka, I want to know what’s your surprise for me. I’m not good at not knowing.” She admitted sheepishly.

“Hmmm, so when you were a kid, you sneaked to the Christmas tree and try to find out what’s inside the gift boxes your mom and dad had for you.”

“Ha, ha, ha, hindi lang iyon Babe. My mom and dad was not able to detect din that I already opened the gift and knew what was inside. You should know na may pagka-impatient ako. Tapos, I want to know everything din.”

“Okay, okay, we better get going then, so that my Honeybun wouldn’t get impatient.” Richard smiled at his lovely girlfriend.

Richard assisted Maya out of the car, pressed the elevator up, to the topmost floor. Then he assisted her to a short flight of stairs, to a waiting…..

“Helicopter? We are going to ride a helicopter!” Maya asked, gaping at the big machine before them, complete with a waiting pilot and a co-pilot.

Richard smiled at her. “Liking my surprise, so far, Honeybun?”

Maya smiled, looking forward really Richard’s surprise. Looks like her Babe had really planned something extra special for their date. Good thing she had ridden a helicopter before, during the course of her traveling around the country and writing for various magazines. Otherwise, Richard’s surprise will be spoilt.  She mentioned to Richard, during their chats while in Bangkok, about the helicopter ride somewhere North and that it was an exhilarating experience. Besides, she have tried several zip lines around the country, and even went bungee jumping once, so she is not really scared of heights.

“Good morning, Sir Richard, Ma’am.” A good looking guy in a pilot uniform greeted Richard and Maya. “Ready for our trip?”

“Good morning Captain Ventura, Captain Corpuz.” Richard greeted the two pilots. “Maya, meet our company pilots, Captain James Ventura and Captain Simon Corpuz. Gentlemen, this is my beautiful girlfriend, Maya Dela Rosa.”

“Hello, Captain Ventura, Captain Corpuz. Nice to meet you.” Maya smiled at the two pilots. They looked quite young, maybe the same age as Richard.

They both smiled at her. “Nice to meet you Ms. Dela Rosa.” They both told her, one after the other, then shook the hand she offered. Both were also thinking at the time that their boss’s girlfriend is very lovely. Mukha pang mabait. Captain Ventura even thought that she would be someone he would normally be attracted to and pursue. Sayang taken na!

Richard assisted Maya to the chopper. They settled in. Several minutes after they were off to their destination. Maya was very excited at what awaits her at the end of the trip. She and Richard held hands all throughout the flight and looked at each other lovingly. Both were very excited to reach their destination. Soon after, they descended into a helipad situated at the edge of a small island with white sandy beaches, in Occidental Mindoro.

Richard got off first, then assisted Maya out. He thanked Captain Corpuz who opened the door for them. He also handed Richard a small suitcase. Richard and Maya thanked Captain Ventura, who waved at them, before the chopper took off, and flew back towards the direction of Manila.

When everything had quieted down, and they can hear each other well, Maya asked Richard where they were.

“We are in a small island in Occidental Mindoro, which my Dad bought a long time ago, and had developed as a family vacation place. I thought it would be a good place to spend the day, for our first date, quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. The chopper will come back for us this afternoon.”

Maya looked around the beautiful place. It looks like a paradise! It is a place she can spend day after day, just lolling around. From where they were standing, she can see the outline of a beautiful house.

“This is a beautiful place.” Maya said admiring the view.

“Come, my love. Let’s walk to the main house. We have a husband and wife who take care of the place. I told them we are coming and that we will just walk to the house when we are here. We will just call them when we need them.” Richard told Maya as he held her hand while walking along a path with abundance of beautiful plants and flowers.

“Wow! What a beautiful house! ” Maya exclaimed when they rounded a corner, and saw the two-storey house white house, with a wrap-around veranda and all-glass front, both on the first floor and the second floor. At the second floor veranda, there are also very inviting lounge chairs and a hammock.

“I’m glad you like it! ” Richard smiled. “Come, let’s go inside. Manong Benito and Manang Linda prepared lunch for us at the veranda.”

The house is even more beautiful and very inviting inside. It is like all those beautiful beach houses being featured in house magazines, wherein you feel like jumping into the page, wanting to be there, in the instance you were seeing those beautiful photos.

The all-glass living room offers a wonderful view of the beach and the vast, blue sea. It has a big veranda where one can just relax, getting lulled by the sound of the ocean. The big table there was beautifully set for a lunch for two.

“Now, I’m really hungry. And all my favorites!” Maya saw an assortment of seafood on the table decorated with sunflowers. “Babe, I love this. I think this is going to be the best ‘first date’ ever. Thank you!”

“For you, Honeybun, anything. I want us to have a very memorable first date.” Richard said, giving Maya a quick kiss, then handing her a glass of white wine. “To us. I love you. I’m so glad you came into my life.”

“To us. I love you too. This is more than I dreamt of having, Babe. I’m so happy, I’m bursting with joy, being here with you, like this.” Maya said, too full of the love and happiness she is feeling.

They toasted, took a sip of their wine, then proceeded to have a very enjoyable and leisurely lunch amid the beauty around them and the tranquil ocean in a distance. The lunch was punctuated with them feeding each other little morsels, holding hands, and exchanging kisses.

“Oh my, I’m stuffed.” Maya touched her tummy. “That was the best lunch ever!”

“Me too, I haven’t eaten like that in a long time.” Richard said, replete. “I think we need to balance our lunch with a cup of coffee.” He stood up and went to the coffee maker set in the corner and poured a cup each for Maya and him. They enjoyed their coffee, looking at the view, happily enjoying each other’s company.

“Come, Honeybun, let’s go for a walk.” He told Maya after a while.

Fingers interlaced, they went out from the veranda, through the garden, and ended up at the other side of the island. This side also offers a wonderful view, with the white sandy beach, glowing in the heat of the sun, and with a cool breeze blowing, it was a perfect spot.

Richard let Maya to a big hammock, tied on two big trees. The old trees giving shade, making the place cooler.

“We can rest here, and pass the afternoon, just relaxing.” Richard said. This is his favorite part of the island, very tranquil and he always felt like he was in paradise. He told Maya so.

“It is so beautiful, Ricky. I like it very much also.” Maya said, hugging Richard.

Richard assisted Maya to the hammock, then laid beside her, cuddling her. “I can stay like this forever. You, me, in a hammock, in a paradise island.”

“Me too. I’m content. This is the best date ever, Babe. Thank you very much.” Maya embraced Richard tightly, then lightly kissed him on the lips. “I love you. You are the best Babe in town.”

“I love you too. And you are the love of my life, my Honeybun.” Richard said, as Maya laid on his chest, perfectly content.

Maya and Richard spent the whole afternoon  there. In between relaxing and simply absorbing the beauty and quiet around them, they kissed, touched, and napped.

It was a perfect ‘first date’.

 

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