Richard and Maya are married for three years already, so far, all those three years living together in the mansion, everyone’s pretty adjusted and happy . Abby’s in her 3rd grade in grade school. Nikki’s in her Senior year in High School, Luke on the other hand is in his last year in college. Richard is excited knowing that his eldest son will soon join him in his company. As for Maya and Richard, amidst their hectic and conflicting schedule, they are still in the process of working for the little bundle of joy. Both of them are hoping that by God’s grace, their little one will come soon.
Maya alighted from the car at 1 a.m, she just got home straight from her two local flights, one from yesterday afternoon and the other one at 9:00 pm. After a week of barely seeing the kids because of her schedule and not seeing Richard for a week who’s in Singapore for a business trip, Maya is glad that finally she will have the coming weekend with them.
“Thank you sa pagsundo kuya Joma. Good night po.”
Maya thank Joma giving him a warm smile, she wave at him before turning her back and head on to the main door eagerly. Excited to go upstairs and see Richard. In her mind, she’s hoping to find him still awake, waiting for her to get home, though she knows that he should be sleeping at this time. As she reach the master’s bedroom, she didn’t bother knock at the door anymore afraid that she might wake him up if ever he is already sleeping. She entered their bedroom carefully without making any noise. As soon as she enter, she saw him curled in bed. sleeping on his side.
Awww tulog na si Ser Chief ko .. di bale bukas masu-surprise siya paggising niya katabi na niya ako!
Maya said to herself , shaking off the feeling of disappointment within her. She was really hoping to find him waiting for her. Earlier, she imagine him to be waiting for her in his office, in front of his laptop probably working or playing his favorite solitaire. Or maybe in their room, reading a book to keep him awake while waiting for her.
Maya approach the bed, look down at her sleeping husband and then smile. Even when he sleeps, he never fails to warm her heart. She planted a kiss on his cheek, careful enough inorder not to wake him . She was about to go to walk towards their walk-in cabinet to get some clothes when she notice Richard’s hand. He is still holding his cellphone so Maya carefully pick his phone from his hold. She accidentally press it and discovered an unsent message.
Kawawa naman tong chief ko, sa sobrang pagod kahit pagtext di na nakuhang tapusin.
Maya decided to send the message herself, not bothering to read on it and just send it thinking that the message might be important. After doing it, Maya place his phone on the bedside table then proceed to the cabinet. After she freshen-up, she goes back to their bed and lie down beside Richard. She lie on her side, facing Richard, Maya kiss him one last time on his forehead and is about to close her eyes to sleep when his cellphone rings. Afraid that it might wake him up, Maya reach out to pick his phone to answer the call but the moment she’s holding it already, the phone stop ringing.
Sino kaya yon, madaling araw na ah…at may nagtext! hmmm sino din kaya to? Basahin ko ba o hindi?..Naku baka emergency to kasi kung hindi emergency to di ito tatawag at magtetext ng madaling araw..hala baka sina Mama at Papa!
When Maya remembered her in-laws who are currently staying in Rafi’s place for a vacation int the US, she got worried. The caller might be one of them or Rafi, for they are the only people who calls Richard at such hour in the morning. Without hesitation, Maya read the message in his phone.
” Thank God you replied! Been waiting for your call or text the whole day! I was wondering if you’re home safe. Now I can sleep peacefully. 🙂 “
Huh? Baka wrong send..number lang eh..pero bakit ang sabi reply?
Maya is about to put the phone away when the phone receives another message.
“There you go again..di ka na naman nagreply! Oh well, baka nga pagod ka na from your flight at inaantok na. Sleep tight Chard! Mwahh!”
Chard??!! Mwahh??!! What is the meaning of this? Richard Lim!!!
Maya can’t help but feel nervous and perhaps, mad. She doesn’t want to entertain such feeling, but it certainly bothered her. She perfectly know Richard is not that kind of person ..
Oo! Hindi ganun si Ser Chief Maya! Tandaan mo yan!! Baka kaibigan lang niya yan…
Maya tries to pacify herself but her inner self tells her otherwise. Without second thoughts. Maya move out of the bed, Richard’s phone still in her hand and approach the computer table, grab a pen and paper then she copied the cellphone number from his phone. Afraid that Richard might discover what she did. Without closing the message, she place the phone near Richard’s hand to give an impression that he accidentally dropped it there..
Dyan ka para di ako mahalata…Lord patawad! Di ko gustong gawin yon pero ..pero…Lord! Ang hirap di mag-assume!
Maya admitted to herself. Those two text messages keeps her awake for hours. Madaming naglalaro sa isip ni Maya..she can’t help it. She hate to admit it..but there is something and she hates what she is thinking.
Morning came, nagmamadaling bumaba si Maya nang makitang wala na sa tabi niya si Richard. Pagbaba niya ay nadatnan niyang kumakain ng breakfast ang mga bata.
“Good morning Ma.”
Bati ni Nikki, Luke, at Abby sa kanya. Salitan din sa pag-kiss sa kanya ang tatlo. Hinanap kaagad ng mga mata ni Maya si Richard at nang mapansin siya ni Luke ay agad nagpaliwanag na maagang umalis ang daddy nila.
“Talaga? Saan daw ang punta?”
“May kukunin lang daw siya sa office at babalik kaagad.”
“Ahhh ganun ba..”
“Ma, kain ka na po. Mamaya lang dadating na din yon si Daddy.”
Umupo na si Maya sa tabi ni Abby at nagsimulang kumain. Since Sabado, di nagmamadali ang mga bata na umalis kaya nakapag-kwentuhan muna sila while having their breakfast. Masaya sila habang nagkukwentuhan kaya panandaliang nakalimutan ni Maya ang tungkol kay Richard.
Ang sinabi ni Luke na babalik kaagad ay dumating din after 6 hours. Di napigilan ni Maya ang sarili, sa inis niya at di agad dumating si Richard di niya ito pinansin. She spent her time with Abby the whole afternoon. Ang mas kinainis pa ni Maya is parang wala lang kay Richard at sa kanyang opisina sa baba lang din ito the whole time at may kinailangang tapusin. At dinner, sabay-sabay silang lahat kumakain sa mesa. Doon lang napansin ni Richard na tahimik si Maya at parang ayaw siyang kausapin.
“Okay Maya, you’re upset..tell me why?”
Richard ask Maya as soon as the kids left the table.
“Upset? Hindi!..Bakit mo nasasabi yon?”
“Kasi di mo ako pinapansin..kanina di mo man lang ako inasikaso. Si Abby lang.”
“Richard, makipag-compete ba naman sa bata?”
“I don’t know, kasi parang..di ka excited na makita ako.”
“Ano? Ako pa ang hindi excited? Sino bang umalis ng maaga at nagkulong sa opisina niya pag-uwi kanina?”
“See! Tama ako, you’re upset!..Sorry..di na ako nagpaalam kasi ayoko gisingin ka. Alam kong late ka na dumating and you needed rest kaya di na kita dinistorbo, but I left a note. Di mo ba nakita?”
Dahil sa pagmamadali kanina, di na nakita ni Maya ang note ni Richard sa kanya na nakalagay sa table.
“I see..so hindi mo nabasa..anyway, sa note nagpaalam ako sa’yo and sabi ko tatapusin ko muna lahat ng work ko para naman we’ll have the rest of the weekend together na walang iisiping work.”
“ahmmm..so tapos na ang work mo?”
“Oo tapos na”
“Good! Kasi may gusto akong itanong, kanina pa.”
“Sino yung nagtext sa’yo na nagtatanong kung nakauwi ka na?”
“uhmmm, kagabi nabasa ko sa phone mo.”
“Binasa mo ang phone ko?”
Tumaas ang boses ni Richard kaya medyo kinabahan si Maya pero pinilit niyang huwag magpa-sindak kay Richard.
“Do you think its right na basahin ang phone ng ibang tao Maya?”
Iritado na ang boses ni Richard which surprises Maya. Di niya tuloy maiwasang mag-isip ng masama sa asawa niya.
“Bakit ayaw mong mabasa ko yon? May tinatago ka ba?”
Nagulat si Richard sa tanong ni Maya.
“Sabihin mo nga Chard, may…may babae ka ba?!”
Galit na si Richard at di nagustuhan ang narinig kay Maya.