“Ricardo, joke lang! Kung anu-ano iniisip mo eh. Mabait na tao si Maya. Di mo pa naman siguro nakalimutan yung pinagdaanan ni Maya at kung paano kayo nagsimula di ba? Bakit ano ba nangyayari sa inyo ngayon?”
“Eh kasi Manang, madami na ako napapansin sa kanya. Daming nagbago. Before, morning pa lang nagtetext na, ngayon, she rarely answers my texts and di na nga ako nakakatanggap ng text every morning.”
“Baka walang load?”
“Manang di naman siguro palaging walang load di ba?”
“Di ko alam ang dahilan Ricardo pero alam kong di magagawa ni Maya yan. Sige na at may gagawin pa ako.”
When Manang Fe left Richard thought of calling Rafi again.
“Richard Lim! What is it this time? Tapos ka na mag-isip?”
“Sorry about kanina..RAf, I need to ask you something.”
“What is it?”
“Do you think di na ako mahal ni Maya?”
Richard heard Rafi laugh and he felt his cheeks burning. Damn!
“You’re so funny Richard. I mean, huwag kang magalit ha pero .. i thought dense ka lang, paranoid ka rin pala!”
“Rafi I’m serious!”
He heard her giggle on the other line.
“Okay ,okay.. bakit mo ba tinatanong yan ha?”
“Because I notice that things are changing slowly..parang nagbago na si Maya.”
“Nagbago? Since what?”
“Since that time na umuwi siya from the trip!”
“And what did you do?”
“Baka yun yung reason why she changed, because wala kang ginawa?! You know what Chard, I don’t believe that Maya changed or Maya is not inlove with you anymore. Maya would kill me for telling you this but weeks ago, she called me to ask for an advice.”
“Advice? What advice? And why?”
“Because just like you, may nasense din siyang pagbabago sa’yo. I told her baka kulang lang kayo sa bonding or quality time together then I suggested that you two should go on a trip. I told her to invite you somewhere kung saan ka niya gusto dalhin para it would be memorable for both of you. She was so excited Chard. You know how Maya is.”
“Yes Chard! Kaya nga when you said kanina di kayo natuloy I felt bad..hurt din for Maya. That sweet girl loves you so much Chard! She doesn’t deserve the cold treatment from you.”
“No of course not.. busy lang ako and that trip.”
“Listen Chard .. tahimik ka muna please..You called me, so let me finish!”
Rafi is raising her voice now so Richard stop defending himself. Afterall when it comes to Rafi lagi siyang talo.
“Okay..I asked Maya saan ka niya dadalhin and she said some place na hindi usually pinupuntahan ng lovers pero a place that she knows would help you reconnect yourselves with each other.”
“And she though it’s in CDO?”
“Yes. She said since pareho kayong di mahilig sa mga physical activities sabay daw ninyo gagawin doon for the first time. She thought na in a way it would help you both treasure not just the experience but kung ano ang lesson na makukuha ninyo doon. Yung tipong in every adventure na mararanasan ninyo doon walang iwanan ,and that you have each other to lean on..you need each other and that whatever may come, big or small things you have each other to rely to on…and now you are asking me kung di ka na mahal ni Maya? ”
“Kasi naman ..”
“Chard ikaw kasi eh. When was the last time you took her out?When was the last time you make her feel that she’s special? When was the last time that you put things aside because mas importante si Maya than your work?”
“Rafi, alam mo naman yung work ko di ba?”
“Yes, and I know for a fact that you can change schedules. ..meetings or whatever because you are the boss! With Maya it’s different, nag LOA siya Richard just to spend time with you. And if di talaga pwede na di ka pumunta sana you asked her to come with you na lang di ba. You know how simple Maya is, that gesture could have save you Chard. Sana di ka nag-iisip nang di maganda ngayon.”
Napabuntong-hininga si Richard matapos malaman kay Rafi ang lahat-lahat. Wala man lang siyang idea about their problem and Maya’s struggles to keep their relationship. What a shame! All the while he thought everything is perfect. That okay lang kay Maya..that kuntento si Maya. Now he understands why lumalayo si Maya sa kanya. And so stupid of him someone has to point those things for him para lang marealize niya lahat-lahat. Before it’s too late he needs to do something.
Now, its my turn.. Wait mahal na prinsesa, babawi ang mahal na hari.
Then he smiled of the thought.
Nagulat si Maya nang may marinig sa tabi niya. Napabalikwas siya at napa-upo bigla.
“Good morning beautiful. Rise and shine!”
Richard is sitting at her bed. Nakangiti..gwapong-gwapo..
Super bitin, I know… lagi na lang kasi nasa labas ng bahay these days, busy preparing for the kid’s start of classes … kaya
sorry na, pwede ba…