Richard was sitting in the terrace when Manang Fe came and brought his coffee. Just by looking at him, Manang Fe could tell that he is not in a good mood. She carefully approached Richard then lay down the tray and placed the cup infront of him.
“Di ka pa ba matutulog?”
“Mamaya na po Manang, hihintayin ko pa si Maya. Yung mga bata?”
“Nasa kwarto na nila. Di pa ba tumawag si Maya?”
“Di pa po eh, but I already called John. He said they are together, may party daw yung FAs and Pilots ng Time Airways for their boss kaya magkasama sila.”
“Ah ganun ba. Anong oras daw ang uwi nila?”
“Di po sinabi eh. Sige na Manang, pahinga ka na. I know you are tired and it’s already late, you need to rest now.”
“Pero di pa dumating si Maya, samahan na lang kita dito”
“Okay lang po..sige na po, ako na po ang maghihintay sa kanya.”
Richard gave Manang Fe a reassuring look. Knowing that Richard won’t stop bugging her to rest if she insist to keep him company, Manang Fe gave in. She turn to her heels after saying good night to Richard. As soon as Manang Fe was out of sight, Richard picked his phone from the table to check the time.
11:09 and still you’re not home. .
Richard could only heave out a deep sigh. Frustrated and deeply worried about Maya, he wanted to go to the bar and take Maya out from there, but of course he doesn’t want to make her mad with him again. He knows very well that Maya is only doing this because of what happened earlier in LAS.
Richard wanted to call John again to ask him what time they will head home but decided not to at the last minute. He doesn’t want John to misunderstood him if he called again so might at well just wait.
Richard finished his coffee then went down taking his cup with him to the kitchen and left it on the kitchen sink before he proceed to the front door. Richard was welcome with the chilly air outside as soon as he stepped out of the door. Both arms crossed over his chest, Richard started to pace around the porch, glancing at the closed gate every now and then as he waits for Maya.
Around 12:30, Richard heard a car stopped at the front of their gate, so he went out to check if it’s already Maya. He opened the little iron door located at the side of the gate and went out. Richard was glad to find John’s car park outside.
“Richard..sorry ngayon lang kami. Medyo napasarap ang kwentuhan eh.”
John announced as soon as he alighted from the car. Richard saw Maya opened the passenger seat’s door then slowly alight from the car. Richard went up to her when he noticed Maya’s unsteady bearing. Fortunately he was on her side and grab her waist quickly, or else Maya could have toppled.
Richard said with a sigh, looking down at her as he held her waist to steady her.
“Oh Maya, kala ko ba di ka lasing!”
John teased as he retrieve Maya’s luggage at the trunk.
“Di kaya ako lasing..nahilo lang ako.”
“Yeah right! .. Kasi tong si Maya Richard sumali dun sa Truth or Dare na laro namin kanina, laging talo kaya ayan nalasing. Pinapainom kasi ng tequila kapag dare ang pinipili, siguro mga tatlong baso na ng tequila na inom niyan. Sinabihan na ni Eds na huwag ng sumali ang tigas ng ulo.”
Richard shook his head slowly. He wanted to get mad at her for putting herself on such predicament but he can’t bring himself to.
“Sige John. Thanks for bringing Maya home. Ako na ang bahala sa kanya.”
“Walang ano man yon..Oh Pi, maaga pa flight natin bukas ha, you need to be sober or else lagot ka kay Ms. Mary Faith.”
“Oo nga..sige na umalis kana, ang ingay mo lalo ako nahihilo sa’yo.”
Maya rested her head on Richard’s chest while Richard held her tight on her waist.
“Sige na..bye na.. Richard.”
Richard just nodded then watched John as he got to his car again and left. Richard helped Maya as they walk inside, passing through the narrow little iron gate he opened earlier.
“Slowly Maya .. ”
After closing the gate, they walk towards the main door. Placing his arm over her shoulder, as he lead her along the way, his other hand pulling Maya’s stroller bag . They entered the main door and when Richard saw the stairs he look down at her worriedly.
“Can you still make it? Or you want me to carry you?”
“Okay lang..alalayan mo lang ako. ”
Thankfully, with Richard’s guidance, they were able to make it to the second floor safely. Once inside their room, Maya went straight to the toilet and started throwing up.
“Bakit ka ba kasi uminom alam mo namang di ka sanaya uminom.”
“Huwag ka na maingay. Mas lalo mo pa pinapasama ang nararamdaman ko eh!.”
Maya complained. Richard doesn’t understand whether she is pertaining to their existing misunderstanding or of what she is feeling that moment so he shut up. Rubbing her back up and down gently as Maya continues to vomit.
It took awhile before Maya felt better. Richard helped her freshen up and changed before putting her to bed.
“Anong oras flight mo bukas?”
“Alas-nuwebe pa tapos ang isa ala-una ng hapon.”
“Then you better rest. It’s past 1 a.m already.”
Maya closed her eyes to sleep. Seeing her fine and already asleep, Richard lay beside Maya and kissed her good night.
Richard, Maya and the kids shared breakfast altogether. Richard didn’t dare mention anything about what happened the previous night while the kids are still around. Maya on the other hand knew that Richard was just waiting for the right time. She knew that she has to ask forgiveness for coming home late and drunk. Granted that she was mad on him yesterday, its not an excuse of what she did. When she woke up that morning, she already readied herself of the consequence that she has to face once she talk to Richard.
While on their way to TA, Richard finally found the courage to start their talk.
“Chard before you speak further. Let me say this first. Sorry talaga kung nalasing ako kagabi. Di ko na talaga uulitin. Sorry kung di ako nagpaalam. Wala naman talaga akong plano na pumunta kaya lang ayoko pang umuwi sa bahay ng maaga kagabi. Wala naman si Emman at di pa bumalik kaya sumama na lang ako kay John. Sorry talaga.”
Maya shifted a little to face Richard. Hearing her apologies, Richard reached for her hand, bought it to his lips then kiss it.
“Huwag ka na mag-alala di na ako galit sa’yo. How can I still be mad, nung makita kita kaninang madaling araw naawa ako sa’yo. ”
Maya smiled sweetly as she tightened her hold unto Richard’s hand.
“Sorry din kasi alam kong nagtampo ka sa nakita mo kahapon. ”
A frown registered on her face and didn’t escape him.
“Bakit di mo sinabi na dadating pala siya?”
” I didn’t know. Ang alam ko yung dad lang niya ang pupunta dito. He was scheduled to come here to see the hangar in Clark. I was surprised too when I saw her yesterday.”
“Eh bakit may pahawak-hawak pa siya sa braso mo?”
“Sorry na nga..di ko naman alam gagawin niya yon. Tatanggalin ko na sana yong kamay niya nung nakita mo kami kahapon, nasa opisina kaya kami it’s so awkward at pinagtitinginan kami ng mga empleyado ko.”
“Buti alam mo..”
“Sorry na, di na mauulit…by the way, bakit ka umalis kahapon? Liza told me aayain mo daw sana akong magdinner sa labas.”
“Eh nainis ako sa’yo..kaya lumayas na lang ako at pinuntahan si John.”
“What about ituloy natin mamaya, let’s have a date..dinner tayo? Maaga naman ang balik mo right?”
“Oo, mga five makaka-uwi na ako.”
“Okay, ganito na lang. Ipapasundo kita kay Joma mamaya pagdating mo para makauwi ka sa bahay then magkita na lang tayo sa restaurant at 6:30. Would that be alright with you?”
Maya agreed. A smile plastered on her face. She is thankful that Everything turns out fine. She was really nervous this morning. Just like her, Richard was also glad that they were able to talk about it neatly. He as having doubts if Maya would listen to him but fortunately she did. He can’t help but thank God for giving him an understanding and loving wife.
Just as what they agreed. Joma picked Maya that afternoon and brought her home to change. Richard left the office around sic and head to South Curves where he waited for Maya. Not long after he arrive at the restaurant, Maya arrived there. As soon as she approached their table, Richard greeted his wife and kissed her cheek. They ordered their food then talked while they wait.
“So si James na pala yung nagma-manage ng TA ngayon?”
“Oo, expected na yon eh. Lagi na naman yung nababanggit ni Sir Jaime di ba. Even kapag may gatherings, yan lagi ang sinasabi niya kapag natatanong siya kung sino ang papalit sa kanya.”
“Oh well, being the only son, yeah expected na yon..”
“Oo nga..parang sa LAS din, di ba wala namang ibang magma-manage nito kundi si Luke?”
“Well yeah, kung gusto niya.. ano naman sabi ni James?”
“Okay lang sa kanya. Sabi niya kagabi prepared na naman daw siya.”
“Mmmm so di na siya magpipiloto?”
“Hindi na..nakakatawa nga eh..Sabi niya wala na daw siyang choice, mabubulok na daw siya sa opisina. Di tulad ng piloto pa siya may excuse siyang makapag-travel at makasalamuha ng iba’t-ibang tao. Di tulad kapag nasa opisina lang. Magsasawa daw siya sa pagmumukha ng mga taong lagi niyang makikita.”
“Talaga..so, kumusta naman daw siya?”
“Okay lang naman daw. ..sabi niya baka daw…”
Maya was about to relay what she and James talked about last night, about James’ concern. That he worry he won’t be able to marry because of his new job. Maya had to cut what she was about to say, when she noticed Richard’s sudden interest with James.
“Teka nga…mmmm nakakahalata na ako ha..bigla ka ata naging interesado kay James?”
“Wala, gusto ko lang mangumusta..”
“Hmmm kung gusto mong malaman kung nag-usap kami kagabi. Oo,syempre..alanang namang di ko siya kausapin.”
“Marami kami..nakakatawa ka, nagseselos ka ba kay James?”
“I’m just worried..kasi di ba lasing ka kagabi..what if lasing din yung tao tapos may masamang gawin sa’yo. Halikan ka..tapos..”
“Psstt shut up na .. saka andoon naman si John at yung ibang kaibigan ko. Di nila hahayaan gawin ni James yon sa akin.”
Richard stopped what he is about to say when the waiter showed up carrying their orders. Richard and Maya started eating their ordered food. They also talk about alot of topic when someone caught Maya’s attention.
Richard followed Maya’s gaze and found what she was looking at. It was Ryan, seated on one of the table at the far end of the room. And he was kissing another woman.
“Don’t look at them. Finish your food then we’ll leave.”
“Chard, sino yon?”
“I’m not in the position to disclose the woman’s identity to you. Sige na tapusin mo na yan at aalis na tayo.”
Maya lost her appetite and wasn’t able to finish her food . Richard and Maya left the restaurant after several minutes, carefully walking out from there without Ryan’s knowledge. While heading home, Richard and Maya was quiet. Both in deep thought until Maya spoke.
“Ricky..gaano mo na ka-kilala si Ryan?”
“So alam mo lahat ng sekreto niya?”
“Talaga… ikaw may secrets ka ding alam niya?”
Hearing her say that, Richard grew uneasy. He can’t bring himself to confirm it. He just can’t..
“Bakit di mo ako sinagot? Natatakot ka bang tanungin ko si Ryan about your secret?”
Richard was dumbfounded.
Please don’t! Huwag na huwag mong gawin yan Maya ..
Richard could still remember that little secret. Looking back on what happened long time ago .. he still cringed everytime he remembers that one rueful day.