“Liza, can you book me another flight for tomorrow”
“Why Sir, di ka pa ba babalik today?”
“No..I think I need to stay here for another day.”
“Okay, Sir. I will just text you the details later.”
“No problem Sir. Bye!”
As soon as he finish the call, Richard place his mobile phone on the bedside table.Then pulling up the blanket to cover their bare body, he snuggle back to Maya who is still sleeping peacefully beside him. He just love to smell her hair and feel the warmth of her bare body close to him. Last night was utterly wonderful. He didn’t expect that everything would eventually lead to them making love. He didn’t expect it to happen soon, let alone, plan it but he didn’t regret it. He just felt that its the first step in setting things right between him and Maya. What happened last night, for Richard, signifies that she truly belongs to him now, officially.
Richard slide his arm under Maya neck then the other one over her waist, spooning her while lying on bed. Pressing his nose closer to her nape, Maya purr when she felt his breath on her skin. Moving her back closer to him, Richard hug her closer. After awhile, he drifts off to sleep once again.
It was almost 10 in the morning when Maya woke up.
Richard greeted her first.
“Good morning! Anong oras na ba?”
“Malapit na mag-ten in the morning.”
Napa-upo si Maya, sabay hila ng kumot to cover her chest.
“Di ba may flight ka ng 9 a.m?”
“It’s okay. .I told Liza na bukas pa ako babalik. Come here..”
Pulling Maya back to his embrace . He started kissing her again when suddenly they heard his tummy grumbles making both of them laugh.
“Gutom ka na?!”
“Yeah..kanina pa, pero ayokong gisingin ka and besides I would rather stay snuggle up with you than eat alone.”
“Mabuti pa bumaba na tayo, I’m sure nagtataka na si Manang Fe di pa tayo bumababa.”
“After what she saw last night, alam ko she knows the reason why.”
“Oh no!! hhhhhuuuuhhh”
Maya covers her face with her pillow that makes Richard laugh louder.
“Pinagtatawanan mo ako? Bakit ikaw ba di ka nahihiya kay Manang Fe?”
“Hindi! Bakit naman ako mahihiya eh mag-asawa tayo…now you’re blushing again! You’re so cute when you blush, do you know that?”
“Eiii kahit naman di ako nagba-blush cute parin ako eh!”
“hehehe halata ba?…halika na,baba na tayo para makakain na!”
“Bakit? Ayaw mo pang kumain?”
“Ikaw ang gusto kong kainin eh..”
He whispers to Maya and kiss her neck that turns her face crimson red.
“Ano ba .. Break na muna..Tsaka wala ng laman yung..”
Maya pointed the small box.Richard chuckles.
Pagkaraan ng ilang minuto, nakumbinsi din ni Maya si Richard na bumaba na sila para kumain. Buti na lang at di nagtanong si Manang Fe kung bakit tinanghali sila ng gising, but just before she left them she gave them one of her knowing smile. While eating, Maya thought of asking Richard about the new hotel’s preparation.
“Kumusta na pala yung preparation?”
“hmmm okay lang, malapit na din matapos.”
“Excited for the opening?”
“Of course! It’s my first big project. It’s just like waiting for your baby to be born. Excited ka and at the same time worried. What if I will fail..what if mapapahiya lang ako kay lolo..what if ako lang ang magiging dahilan na masira ang pangalan ni lolo ..what if I wouldn’t meet lolo’s expectation..what if..”
“What if maging successful to?..Richard, sa dami ng what if mo, puro na lang negative. Sabi nga nila think positive. Kaya mo yan, ikaw pa!”
Richard let out a big sigh, he reach out and hold Maya’s hand and brought it to his lips.
“Thanks Maya..aside from lolo, ikaw ang isa sa mga inspiration ko to do well. ”
Maya gave him a weak smile. Richard notice it.
“Nothing..kain na tayo.”
Maya doesn’t want to ruin the mood. She is happy right now and she is hoping that Richard also feels the same way too. But she just couldn’t ignore the presence of Catherine in Richard’s life. She is suddenly confuse about their situation. One thing is certain though, she is falling into Richard. She wants to ask him as to where she stands right now, but she doesn’t know how to open the topic regarding Catherine.
Richard and Maya return to their room after they finish eating. Parang mag-asawang nasa honeymoon lang, they spent most of their time talking and cuddling. Hapon na nang niyaya ni Richard si Maya na lumabas sila for a date. Excited si Maya, it will be their first time to go out on a date.
Nagpunta sila sa isang mamahaling restaurant para mag dinner. Sinusulit nila ang oras na magkasama at ilang araw din silang maghihiwalay kinabukasan. While having dinner, Liza called Richard and told him about the details sa flight niya kinabukasan and to tell him about an important documents na nasa office niya na kailangan daw mapirmahan.
“Maya, pwede tayong dumaan sa office? May kailangan lang akong pirmahan sandali dun bago tayo umuwi.”
“Okay, no problem.”
Pagkatapos magbayad ay umalis na sila kaagad at nagpunta sa LHM. Umakyat sila sa hotel using the private elevator na ginagamit ni Richard at ng ibang empleyado.
“6th floor? di ba nasa 5th yung office ninyo?”
“Yes, but I want to show you my suite .”
“Oh, meron kang sariling suite dito?”
“Of course. Noon, if tinatamad na akong umuwi dito ako natutulog.”
The elevator door slide open. Holding her hand, he lead her to the far end of the lobby. He took out a card from his wallet and slide it to the keycard lock then they heard the bell indicating that the door is now open.
“Woah! Ang ganda naman dito! ”
“I’m glad you like it. Come, may ipapakita ako sa’yo. ”
Richard open the curtain and pinakita kay Maya ang magandang tanawin sa labas. Kitang-kita ang buong siyudad. Namangha si Maya makita ang view ng buong siyudad sa gabi, parang christmas lights tingnan ang mga ilaw sa baba.
“Iiwan na muna kita dito ha. Dito ka na lang, baka kasi ma-bore ka lang doon sa office. Babalikan na lang kita dito mamaya.”
Maya smiled and nodded. After half an hour, binalikan na ni Richard si Maya.
Maya is still looking out at the window. He walk towards where Maya is, as soon as he is behind her he reach out his hands and hold her waist. Press his lips for a kiss on her shoulder.
“Chard ang ganda ng view dito noh. Nakaka-relax tingnan ang mga ilaw. Kung titingnan mo sila dito sa taas para lang ang peaceful nila, di maingay .. walang magulo..”
Richard turn Maya around to face him, pulling her gently. Kissing her passionately. His hands on her back to press her body towards him.
“Let’s make this evening extra special Maya. We have the room all by ourselves. You don’t have to be afraid now.”
Binuhat ni Richard si Maya at dinala sa kama. He took off her sandals and undress himself too before he join her. Claiming her mouth again, he slowly worked on the zipper of her dress and slide it open and took it off her. Richard’s hands works expertly, minutes later she found herself completely naked already. Richard touching her on right places that completely drives her crazy, turning every inch of her skin on fire. Richard and the pleasure he offers her is something that Maya didn’t expect. Heights of unimaginable pleasure building inside her as they shared the sensual rhythm that only both of them know. He was ready, and she was almost there. Richard suddenly open the drawer and retrieve a small packet, tore it open, and slide it on before its too late. Leading her on again, he reach out to her and pull her so she sits and straddle him, hugging her tightly as he kiss her passionately. Moments later, they are both out of breath, lying on the bed, tired but sated.
The side trip to the hotel was memorable for Maya. It was something worth remembering, another milestone of their relationship. One of their so-called “firsts’ that she will never forget.
The next day, sabay umalis ng bahay si Richard at Maya. Just like the first time na pumunta si Richard sa Cebu, nauna muna nilang ihatid si Maya sa school, but this time, it’s quite different now kasi mami-miss niya ito ng sobra. Sa sobrang saya niya, ayaw na niyang umalis sana si Richard, but she knows hindi pwede.
“I will miss you Maya.”
“Ako din..uwi ka kaagad after the event ha.”
“Of course. Di pa matatapos ang Saturday, nasa tabi mo na ako.”
“Promise yan ha!”
“Promise! I will call you often din..and ingat ka dito.”
After a kiss and a hug, bumaba na si Maya sa kotse at umalis na din sina Richard. Di pa nga nakakalayo si Richard pakiramdam ni Maya nami-miss na niya ito.
Ang OA lang Maya ha..para naman di na kayo magkikita muli..five days lang kaya kayo maghihiwalay.
Maya said to herself. Nang tuluyan ng di na makalabas ang sasakyan ni Richard ay naglakad na rin si Maya papasok sa school building nila.
The week was extremely difficult for Maya and Richard. They talk for hours on the phone during the night. Maya would even joke na para daw silang mga teenagers lang na may long-distance relationship or parang mag phone pal lang, just to lighten the mood. Friday night, Maya wished Richard good luck para sa event niya kinabukasan.
“Thanks! I wish you could join me but I know you also need to rest kasi busy ka sa school. I will just see you tomorrow night”
“Uuwi ako agad..I miss you.”
“Miss you too.”
Matagal ding nag-usap sa phone ang dalawa until nakatulugan ni Maya si Richard. Di na ito nakapag-paalam , nagulat na lang si Richard nang biglang tumahimik na ito sa kabilang linya at di na sumasagot.
Richard is in front of the mirror fixing his tie when he heard Liza knocking and calling him at the door.
“Sir..Excuse me po SirRichard pero may problema po tayo Sir.”
Nag-alala si Richard nang marinig si Liza, ilang oras na lang mag-start na ang program tapos saka pa nagka-problema. Dali-dali niyang pinagbuksan ni Liza ng door.
“What’s the problem Liza?”
Nagulat si Richard na makita si Maya at ang lolo niya sa labas ng kanyang pintuan, nakangiti at naka-ayos pa.