Maya get inside his car, waving back at James who is still standing outside TubeGen’s main door. Richard caught her watching James through the wing mirror making him jealous even more.
“Still can’t get over him, huh?”
He heard her chuckle . Trying his best to control himself, he didn’t say anything further, afraid to let Maya know how hurt he is whenever he notice that she’s still into James. He knows it won’t be easy for her to forget and move on after her breakup with him but how he wish she will also realize that he is there also.
She notice Richard’s unusual silence making her uneasy.
Galit ba siya kasi nakita niya si James kanina?
She wanted to ask but decided to wait for Richard to open the topic. Afraid that she might be assuming too much.
Surely, he couldn’t be mad just by seeing me with James. We didn’t do anything but talk. James was just offering me company while waiting for him.
Maya kept glancing over her shoulder but Richard kept his gaze on the road. She wanted to start a conversation with him but felt that it’s not a good timing. He obviously look serious and not in a good mood to talk so she remain quiet beside him. After a few minutes, they are nearing the entrance way to the building’s basement where the parking area is located. Richard found a good spot to park his car, he got off first and open Maya’s door. Still not talking to her. Following closely behind, they strode towards the elevator that would take them to their floor. After awhile they are lifted to their floor, still in complete silence. Maya could only hear his heavy sighs and when she look at him, she saw his jaw clenched. They soon hear the bell ring and the elevator door slide open, side by side Maya and Richard move out from there then walk towards their unit. Richard entered the password , a few seconds more and the door open.
“Chard, ano ang gusto mong dinner magluluto ako.”
Maya finally found a way to catch his attention. Richard is walking ahead of her to the direction of their room.
“Up to you..di naman ako kakain. I’d rather sleep, i’m tired.”
“You have to eat kasi iinom ka ng gamot mo. Ikaw naman kasi sabi ng huwag mo na lang akong sunduin at magpahinga na lang, ayan napagod ka pa.”
“And what? Si James ang maghahatid sa’yo?”
Richard blurt out finally. He turn around to face her,both hands on his hips glaring at her.
“No..wala akong sinabi na ihahatid ako ni James…teka nga lang, galit ka ba kasi nakita mo si James kanina? Come on Chard, magkasama kami sa trabaho di maiiwasang makita mo kaming magkasama.”
“Yeah right, di rin ba maiwasang mahahawakan ka niya sa bewang at ikaw naman aayusin yung buhok niya? ”
“What? I didn’t do that! May nakita akong konting dumi na nasa buhok niya, kinuha ko lang…masama ba yon?”
“What about yung kamay niya? May dumi din ba sa bewang mo kaya nakahawak siya dun?”
“Okay fine..i guess it’s because nasanay lang na.. teka, bakit ba natin pinag-uusapan si James…”
“Maya akala ko ba sabi mo hiwalay na kayo? Bakit parang sa nakikita ko hindi pa? Are you purposely doing this to get even with me..to hurt me? If you are, then you succeed. Because right now Maya nasasaktan ako. Whenever nakikita ko kayong magkasama nasasaktan ako kasi nakikita kong masaya ka.. kanina nakita kong tinitingnan mo pa din siya kahit magkasama na tayo .. For Pete’s sake Maya, you’re still my wife!”
“Look Chard, di ko sinasadya na makita mo kaming magkasama . Kanina while waiting for you, nakita niya lang ako sa labas ng building and told me na sasamahan niya ako habang hinihintay ka. Wala naman sigurong masama kong samahan niya ako di ba?”
” Honestly? Mas gusto kong wala siya and you wait inside your office than makita kong bantay sarado ka nga ni James and kung saan-saan nakahawak sa’yo.”
Nang marinig ni Maya ang sinabi ni Richard at makitang namumula na ito sa sobrang selos di niya napigilan ang sarili na tumawa.
He’s really jealous? Nakakatawa ka Richard Lim!
“Di naman niya yon sinasadya, eh..”
“At talagang pinagtatanggol mo pa?”
“Eh ikaw kasi.. wait, kalma ka muna..namumula ka na sa selos oh..di pa man tayo nagkabalikan sobrang higpit mo na..Baka naman kung pumayag akong magbalikan tayo pati pagtingin sa akin ng ibang boys bawal na din?”
“Ewan ko sa’yo Maya..it’s so easy for you to make fun of me kasi alam mong mahal kita…di naman ako magkakaganito kung ..”
“Kung binibigyan mo ako ng assurance… kung alam kong kahit andiyan si James..o kahit pa sino sa kanila basta alam kong akin ka na di naman ako ganito mag-aalala..”
With that, tumalikod na ulit si Richard at pumasok sa kanilang kwarto. Napangiti na lang si Maya sa narinig kay Richard. Certainly, Richard has this something that could make her feel giddy like a high school girl. He has this charm that could send her heart somersaulting. She had loved James, he did things that moved her and make her special. But none of them could compare to the feeling Richard can make her feel right now.
Wow Maya haba ng hairrr.. PBB teens lang!
Maya prepared kare-kare for dinner. Alam niyang paborito ito ni Richard kaya ito ang niluto niya. After preparing the table pinuntahan niya si Richard sa kwarto at nadatnan nitong nanonood ng tv habang naka-upo sa ibabaw ng kama nila. Seeing him in his boxer shorts and sleeveless shirt, his favorite get-up when his home, Maya couldn’t help but notice how fit he is. Bigla tuloy niya naisip how good it must be to be cuddled close to him and feel his strong arms around her. Maya felt herself blush, cursing herself deep inside for thinking such things.
“Chard your kare-kare is ready.”
“I said i’m not going to eat.”
Mainit parin ang ulo at halatang nagtatampo pa din si Richard sa kanya. And she knows just how to calm him down.
“Sabi mo din matutulog ka pero di mo ginawa. If I know gutom ka na, naghihintay ka lang kailan ako matutulog saka kana kakain, daya!”
“Sige na..di mo ako sasamahan? Magsisisi ka!”
Flashing him a stern look, Richard gave up and slowly move out of bed.
Then he follows her outside.
Richard enjoyed Maya’s kare-kare. He thank her for cooking his favorite . Teasing Maya if its her way to ask forgiveness after she made him jealous.
“Hindi noh! Wala lang akong ibang maisip na lutuin. Di ko naman alam ang mga gusto mo eh.”
“Yeah right..di mo alam ano ang gusto ko but you pick just the right one!”
Richard kept teasing her more kaya nagsisimula ng mahiya at mairita si Maya. Richard knows its time to stop or else away na naman. Nang manahimik sila pagkaraan ng ilang sandali, Maya remind him to take his medicine, like an obedient little boy, Richard obeyed. Amused by how scared he is whenever she pretends to be mad, Maya could only smirk.
Nasa loob ng kwarto na sina Maya at Richard. He is watching a soccer match on ESPN while Maya is busy with his laptop. Wearing a headset, she is deeply engrossed with what she is watching making him curious. Peeking over her shoulders, he rest his chin on her right shoulder to take a look. It was an old teleserye, he knows it.
“You’re still watching it?”
“Yeah, over and over again..di parin ako nagsasawa panoorin ang love story ni Sir Chief.”
Maya said dreamily.
“Kasi he is my ideal guy..suplado pero gentle, strict but sweet, caring .. loving..hopeless romantic..and he loves Ruth unconditionally.”
Maya narrated looking at him in his eyes. They’re so close that their lips almost touch.
“hmm.. Siya ba yung dahilan why you called me Sir Chief noon?”
Taken by surprised, Maya just look at Richard. Di alam kung paano nalaman ni Richard that she used to call him Sir Chief…her original Sir Chief.
“Ummmm di ata kita tinawag na Sir Chief noon..”
“Nakalimutan mo na ba? You called me Sir Chief then kiss me on my lips that night we first met.”
“Yes..naalala mo na? I’m your Sir Chief di ba? ”
“Ako yung original Sir Chief mo.. you keep watching that show for the last six years of your life..You said he is your ideal guy..Does that mean for six years ako parin ang ideal man mo at di mo parin ako nakakalimutan?”
Maya is speechless.
“Ayaw mo lang aminin but I still hold a special part in your heart…right Maya?”
“What if…I say ..”
Richard ask, moving even more closer to Maya..
His face light-up and smiles foolishly.
” Honeymoon na ba?