Maya and Richard cuddled to each other after sharing their blissful first night together. He is enjoying the feel of her skin and the smell of her hair next to him. He is gently stroking her hair while she is peacefully sleeping. He still can’t believe that she is here with him, finally! The last three days of his life was a struggle, without even a word of her whereabouts feels like hell.
Thank God for bringing Maya back in my life. I don’t know how I ever survived those days without her. I don’t want that to happen again. Never..
Kissing her hair as he held her even tighter. Never wanting to let her go, even in his sleep.
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Richard called out the moment he woke up and bacome aware that she’s not beside him anymore. It is the second morning of their honeymoon and they moved back in his house. He rose from bed and went to the bathroom but didn’t see her there. He rushed outside, grabbing the towel on the chair and wrap it around his waist to cover his naked body. But still, he didn’t see Maya. He started to feel uneasy, he then went inside their bedroom again and get his phone to call her cellphone but he discovered that she left it on the bedside table. He put on his shirt and pants, grab both their cellphones then head out.
“Eds, si Maya asan?”
“Sir? Di ko po alam. Wala po ba sa kwarto ninyo?”
“Wala, I woke up alone. Akala ko bumaba siya ng maaga.”
“Hindi ko po napansin Sir.”
This doesn’t look good. No..no..no.
Trying to shake the thought out of his mind.He searched for Simon’s cellphone number then call him pero di rin niya na-contact si Simon.
Something’s not right Maya..Please don’t do this to me …please..
He was about to call Sabel when he remembered the unread message he saw earlier before he called her phone. He quickly open his message folder and saw that it was from Maya.
You know how much I love you. I’m sorry but I have to say goodbye. I love you and I’m sorry.
Nanlumo si Richard. Di niya maintindihan kung ano ang nangyayari at kung bakit nangyayari ito sa kanila ni Maya. Akala niya okay na ang lahat..Akala niya walang problema..Sari-saring tanong ang nasa isip niya, tanong na tanging si Maya lang ang makakasagot.
Damn Maya! Bakit kailangan mong gawin sa akin to..
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Richard is in his office infront of his lappy. Waiting eagerly for updates from the investigator that he hired. Tatlong buwan na rin niyang hinahanap si Maya. Kahit isang tawag o text galing kina Maya at Simon wala siyang natanggap. Sina Doris, Joma, at Sabel ay tumutulong din sa paghahanap pero bigo parin sila. Bigla tuloy nagkagulo sa paaralan because Maya left in the middle of the preparation for their upcoming school event. Maraming nagsasabing nagtanan ang dalawa pero dahil alam naman nina Doris, Joma, at Sabel ang nangyaring sekretong kasalan di na rin sila nagsalita pa. What’s making it harder for Richard is wala siyang alam kung sino ang mapagtatanungan niya about Maya. Nung nagkasama sila ni Maya ilang ulit siyang nagtanong about her family pero paiwas siyang sumagot, tanging alam niya is ulila na si Maya at tanging lola lang niya ang nagpalaki sa kanya.
Richard is browsing over the net nang maisipang i-google ang name ni Maya. He knows it’s a pathetic move, pero wala siyang pakialam basta may makukuha lang siyang information about her.Google gave him over 2 million plus results.
Whoah! 2 million? Ganun pala ka sikat asawa ko?
Checking further sa list ng links one particular result shocks him more. It was dated exactly a week after she went missing. Nagmadali siyang basahin ang detalye, he was in the middle of the article when his cellphone rings.
“Hello?” sagot kaagad ni Richard.
“Sir, nahanap na po namin si Maya.” report sa kanya ng investigator.
” Nakita ko na rin siya kaya huwag ka na magsalita. Secretary ko na ang ko-contact sa’yo para mabayaran ka for your services.” without even saying goodbye, he ended the call and continue reading the article.
Maya you are so unfair.. bakit kailangan mo pang ilihim…
Kinuha ni Richard ang cellphone niya at tumawag.
“Lola! ” Agad narinig ni Richard ang sermon ng lola niya but he don’t have the time to argue for now.
“Lola, not now..I’m in a hurry. Help me..my life’s at stake right now.”
“What? Ano ba ginawa mo?” nabigla ang lola ni Richard ng marining ito mula sa kanya.
“I have to get my life back. Help me book a flight to Saint Vincent.”
“Saint Vincent? Why?When?” pati lola ni Richard naguluhan din sa kanya.