Seconds passed and yet she still seemed shock and unable to move. Blinking once..twice..thrice… seeing her slightly opened mouth, Richard move and press his lips unto hers again for a lingering kiss.
Feeling his soft and warm lips once again, Maya could only close her eyes, carried away by the sudden gust of new emotion she feels inside brought about Richard’s declaration of love and sweet kiss.
“Maya, please forgive me. Call me stupid, I know I am..I regret what i did to you in the past, just let me have this one last chance..please.”
Richard pleaded as soon as their lips parted. Cupping her face, he look at her straight in her eyes .
“Am I forgiven already?”
“Akala ko ba next week pa kita hahatulan? Nagmamadali ka ata?”
Maya answer him with a slightly raised eyebrow, suppressing a grin to tease Richard.
“Next week pa talaga?”
Richard frown upon hearing her reply.
“Well, ikaw ang humingi ng extension di ba. Pero kung sigurado ka na talaga na na-convince mo na ako..eh di sige ngayon na…Sigurado ka na ba?”
“Uhmmm willing pa naman akong maghintay. Anyway, di naman ako nagmamadali eh. Wala naman akong pupuntahan. So sige, next week na.”
“Sure ka? Kasi..kung sigurado ka na..bakit pa natin hihintayin ang next week. Pwede namang ngayon na..”
“Okay na…tulog na tayo..tapos ko na namang tanggalin yang make-up mo eh.”
Richard get out from bed and walk towards the bathroom to throw the used cotton in a thrash bin . As soon as he is out of sight, Maya can’t help but giggle.
Oh ano ka ngayon Maya? Susuko ka na ba? Magwagayway ka na ba ng puting bandila? Ceasefire na ba?..
Maya thought. Nang makita si Richard palabas ng banyo, Maya thought of teasing him further.
“Sure ka next week pa talaga?”
“Oo nga, sige na matulog na tayo.”
“Okay, bahala ka. Excited pa naman sana akong sabihin na..”
“Good news or bad news?”
Seeing her shrugged her shoulders.
“Okay na..next week na ..mukhang di ka rin sure sa sasabihin mo eh.”
Richard teased her back. He join her in bed once again. Maya lay down first, turning her back on him. Richard lay down. Nang di siya pinaalalahanan ni Maya tungkol sa unan he slowly move closer to her.
She knows it’s coming.. naramdaman niyang unti-unting lumalapit si Richard sa may likod niya until his arm encircles her waist to spoon her. She let him, alam naman niyang wala ding patutunguhan kung makikipagtalo pa siya.
Nagpahalik ka na nga kanina tapos kung yakapin ka ngayon aayaw-ayaw ka. Nonsense Maya, enjoy the warmth he’s offering. Buti nga hanggang yakap lang. Kabahan ka kung iba naka…ay naku! Kung ano-ano na lang naiisip ko!
Shaking the thought out of her system, Maya close her eyes until she slowly drifted to sleep.
Richard woke up alone on their bed. He let his eyes wander across the room hoping to find her but failed. Richard move to sit, when he suddenly felt dizzy, he grab his glasses on the nightstand and put it on.
Damn may lagnat na naman ata ako! ..Where is she? Umalis ba siya ng maaga?
Richard called out weakly, he get out of bed and approach the bathroom, knocking at the door but when no one answered him he decided to go out of their bedroom and look for her outside. He found her sitting at their dining table, reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee on her hand. When she saw him coming, she smile at him and greeted him.
“Ang aga mo ata nagising?”
“Nope, actually ikaw ang late.”
“What do you mean? Anong oras na ba?”
“Past eight na po.”
“What?! Oh no, late nako!”
Richard run back to their bedroom to change. Maya is following him shaking her head, she stop just right at the door and lean on it, crossing her arm on her chest with a a serious look on her face.
“Mr. Lim, sabi mo kagabi wala na kayong meeting? You promised me pupunta ka sa doctor ngayon di ba?”
“Yeah, mamaya after lunch pupunta ako..hey wala kang pasok? Bihis ka na late na tayo.”
“No, di ako papasok..ikaw din di ka papasok.. I know you are not well. Nakita mo na ba sarili mo sa salamin? Look how pale you are Chard!”
“No buts Chard. I filed a leave just to go with you sa doktor, kaya sige na..tawagan mo na secretary mo at sabihing di ka na makakapasok.”
Kahit masama ang pakiramdam niya, di maiwasang mapangiti ni Richard. It surprised him to know na nag-aalala din pala si Maya sa kanya. Maliit na bagay, but it means alot to him.
“Sasamahan mo ako today?”
“Yes. Sasamahan kita..babantayan..aalagaan ano pa gusto mo?”
“Tseh!..sige na, promise sasamahan kita dito today.”
Richard couldn’t help but smile when he noticed her blush.
“Oo nga..kulit mo!”
“Okay you win. . ”
“Good! Now, where’s your phone?”
“Yes! Para tawagan mo na si Liza. Nakikinig ka ba?”
“Oh, that! Wait..”
Richard pick his phone from the nightstand, look for Liza’s number and call her. Maya left him to give him privacy, she walk back to the kitchen to prepare his breakfast. After a few minutes, lumabas na ulit si Richard at sinundan siya sa kusina.
“Alam mo bang nagulat ako sa kusina natin?”
“Last thing I know, puno pa yung cabinet..may stock tayo ng karne ref at kung anu-ano pang kakailanganin natin..and then this morning, I was shocked to find the cabinet almost empty . Cup noodles na lang nakita ko eh. When was the last time pumunta ka ng grocery?”
“The other day.”
“The other day? So yung binili mo yung mga noodles lang? Bakit?”
“Eh kasi di ka naman umuuwi dito para kumain eh. Every morning, bread lang din kinakain mo..So naisip ko, sayang naman yung bibilhin ko di naman ako magaling magluto. Noodles and coffee lang okay na ako.”
“Yung bread every morning saan mo yon nakukuha?”
“Binibili ko diyan sa tapat ng building natin, may isang bakeshop diyan di ba? Every morning bumibili ako. ”
Nang marinig yon, di maiwasan ni Maya na ma-guilty at sisihin ang sarili kung bakit nagkakasakit si Richard.
“I ordered something, sorry di ko kasi alam na wala pala tayong stock magluluto sana ako kanina. Mamaya daan na lang tayo sa grocery para mamili.”
“Okay lang..sasamahan mo akong kumain?”
She wants to decline pero para makabawi naman kay Richard she just nod.
Everything went perfectly fine that morning. After they had their breakfast, they went to see the doctor, Dr. Tan. Maya is glad that she insisted or else mas lumala pa hanggang sa kakailanganin ni Richard ng tonsillectomy or the surgery that involves removal of the tonsils. Aside from prescribing the right medicine for him, Dr. Tan advice him to rest, drink plenty of liquid, and to rest his voice.
Masaya si Richard at habang nasa loob ng clinic ni Dr. Tan, they are acting like a true married couple. Maya on the other hand feels awkward at first but somehow manage to do well and eventually began to feel as ease. Acting like a true and loving wife to Richard.
They are now inside his car, on their way to the grocery when Maya received a call. Nang tingnan ni Maya, si James ang tumatawag without hesitation sinagot na niya ito kaagad at baka may nangyari sa opisina. James asked her if she could come to the meeting that afternoon at kailangan nila ang report niya sa department nila. Dahil sa pag-aalala niya kay Richard kanina, nalimutan niya ang mahalagang meeting at basta-basta na lang siyang nag file ng leave. Nagising siya kanina nang maramdamang may mabigat na nakapulupot sa beywang niya . Discovering it’s Richard’s arm, she lift it to free herself from him then naramdaman niyang medyo mainit si Richard. She checked his temperature by pressing her palm on his forehead and nakumpirma nga niyang may lagnat ito.
“Meeting lang , mamaya pa naman..”
“But you promised me sasamahan mo ako . Kala ko ba naka-leave ka?”
“Yes, pero may mahalagang meeting mamaya. They need my report. Babalik din naman ako kaagad.
Richard is frowning and began to keep quiet. Maya feels guilty pero wala naman siyang magawa. Importante din kasi na andun siya sa meeting at kailangan nila malaman ang report ng accounting department. Habang nasa grocery, di parin siya iniimik ni Richard. Everytime may tinatanong siya yes and no lang lagi ang sagot hanggang sa naging iling at tango na lang nakukuha niya.
Once inside his car again. Di na nakatiis si Maya sa sobrang tahimik ni Richard so she decided to talk to him.
“Okay fine, I’m sorry. Alam ko nangako ako kanina na sasamahan kita pero kailangan ko lang talaga pumunta. Babalik ako kaagad, after the meeting.”
Maya shifted, facing him while raising her right hand.
“Okay..sige na..wala naman akong magagawa eh. Ihahatid kita at susunduin.”
“No, magpahinga ka na lang sa bahay.”
“Ayan ka na naman eh…pinagbigyan na kita di ba. This time, pagbigyan mo din naman ako.”
“Okay..sige na. ”
Richard smile at Maya. She turn her head to look outside the window. Di makapaniwala si Maya how different they are right now. And she like it .. she unexpectedly like it. Deep inside naiisip din niyang sana nga kung ano ang pinapakita ni Richard ngayon, di ito magbabago. She like him just like that.
One week Richard…then it will be permanent..
After their early lunch on a restaurant, they went home. Richard volunteered na siya na ang magliligpit ng napamili nila while she prepares herself for the meeting. After a few minutes, sumunod na si Richard kay Maya.
“Yan na ba yung susuotin mo?”
Wearing a striped black and while mini dress, black pumps, and light make-up, Maya who is cheking herself infront of the mirror turn her head to nod at him and smile.
“Okay lang ba?”
“Di naman kaya lang…sleeveless?”
“I will wear a jacket naman sa meeting.”
Maya showed him her floral jacket.
“Ehh yan? Matatakpan din ba yan ng jacket?”
Richard pointing at her legs. Maya chuckles.
“Of course hindi, ano ka ba. Okay lang naman kung makita yan ah..And for the record, wala namang nagrereklamo na nakikita yan.”
“Yeah right … kasi sino ba namang magrereklamo kung pinagpi-pyestahan nila ang legs mo.”
“Ano ? I’m sure hindi noh, malalaman ko naman kung yan ang ginagawa nila eh.”
“Whatever…pwedeng mag pants ka na lang?”
“Meron, pero gusto ko mag dress eh..Mas feminine tingnan..”
“Yeah, feminine na kung feminine but for my peace of mind pwede mag-pants ka na lang?”
“Peace of mind? Eh bakit noon wala ka namang pakialam?”
“Anong walang pakialam, di mo lang alam ilang beses ko gustong itakbo ka pabalik sa condo everytime hinahatid ka kaso sinisimangutan mo lang ako. Di ako pwedeng mag-reklamo.”
“Ngayon pwede na? Nakakatawa ka, alam mo ba yon..wala na tayong time halika na.”
Richard whine. Pulling him to his feet then bent down to pick her bag and folders.
“Remember what the doctor said? REST YOUR VOICE MR. LIM”
She shut him off as she place her finger on is lips,pulling his hand and lead him towards the door.
Four hours passed, while watching a basketball match on tv, Richard received a text message from Maya telling him na tapos na ang meeting niya. Richard immediately left the condo to fetch Maya. Roughly fifteen minutes passed papalapit na ang sasakyan ni Richard sa harap ng building ng TubeGen. He spotted her standing outside the entrance with James. Just watching them talking so close with each other, he can’t help but get jealous. She seems so comfortable around him. Hinayaan lang ni Maya ang kamay ni James na nakahawak sa likod niya habang nag-uusap sila. Just as he stop infront of them, he saw her reach up and slightly tap on his hair. When James saw Richard’s car, binitawan niya ang pagkakahawak niya sa likod ni Maya.
Richard called out.Turning her head, she meet his angry eyes.