Maya was already sleeping when Richard came home late that night. Good thing her flight was early the next day so she wasn’t able face or talk to him that morning. She was afraid she won’t be able to control herself and would only make things worst if she confronted him as soon as he wake up. She was already at the airport, ready to board the plane when Richard texted her good morning and wishing her a safe flight but she didn’t replied to his message.
Maya and John were sitting at the crew’s lounge in the airport waiting for their next flight. John, who knew Maya so well, finally asked her why she seemed gloomy the past few days. Unable to hide her true feelings, Maya told him the reason.
“Pi, assuming ka na naman! It doesn’t mean na nagawa niya noon magagawa niya ngayon. Sabi mo nga, those days nagrerebelde pa si Richard sa father niya. And look, he was young then tapos di pa sila mag-asawa ni Alex.”
“Mak, di pa nga sila mag-asawa nun pero girlfriend na niya si Alex that time. Girlfriend or asawa, pareho na din yon kasi di ba you are in a relationship na?”
“May point ka naman dun pero di ba sabi nga ni Richard lasing siya nung time na yon. Di niya alam ang ginagawa niya.”
“Yun na nga eh! That time lasing siya, what if ..”
Maya’s nose wrinkled as she grimaced. She just can’t get over with the thought of Richard, drunk and enjoying the company of another woman in bed. Worst, she pictured that other woman as Denise.
“What if di pala niya sinabi na … may nangyari din pala sa kanila ni Denise noon?”
John chuckled .
“Ano yan Maya, gumagawa ka ba ng script? Ibang babae yung kasama ni Richard noon at hindi si Denise. Di ba sabi mo si Denise mas bata sa atin kaya malabo yang iniisip mo. Masyado kang nag-iisip. Dapat nga magpasalamat ka at sinabi ni Richard sa’yo yung little secret nila ni Ryan tapos ngayon di ka mapakali diyan? Alam mo Maya, relax ka lang.. huwag yung kung ano-ano ang tumatakbo diyan sa isip mo. Bakit ka ba nagkakaganyan?”
“Ewan ko ba..pagkatapos yung nabasa kong text last week tapos nalaman ko pa yung tungkol sa secret na yan kung ano-ano na lang naiisip ko.”
“Huwag ka kasi masyadong mag-isip. Para namang di mo kilala si Richard, mahal ka nung tao. Baka masyado ka lang stress sa trabaho tapos pareho kayo busy kaya yan ang resulta. ”
“Siguro nga..alam mo plano ko nga mag-leave eh para makapagpahinga at magkaroon kami ng time ni Richard. Tatanungin ko kung makakapag-leave din siya para mas may time kami together. Di ba?”
“Bahala ka. Mas magandang idea nga yan. Spend time with him para malaman mo gaano ka kamahal ng mahal na hari mo at para di kung anu-ano yang iniisip mo.”
Maya smiled as she thought of spending few days at home with Richard. Baka nga yon lang talaga kailangan niya to relax and free her mind. She must admit, her bad thoughts made her weary this past few days.
The whole family was gathered in their dining table for supper. Maya was glad Richard was able to join them after missing dinner with them the other night. Nikki and Abby were in their usual bubbly self, telling everyone about school and stories about their friends. Luke was telling them about engineering stuff that only Richard could relate making the girls whine and ordered both of them to drop the subject or they will leave the table. Everything went well that night. Maya was glad she listened to John or else nagmumukmok parin siya ngayon and won’t be able to enjoy the company of her family.
That night, while they lie down together in bed. Richard and Maya talked. He was telling her about his plans with the hangar. Maya listened intently, her head lying unto Richard’s chest. His fingers running up and down her bare back as she snuggled close to him. Maya told Richard about her plan to file LOA so she could spend time with him and the kids.
“That’s good, para makapagpahinga ka din.”
“Ikaw, ayaw mo akong samahan?”
“Gusto ko syempre pero madami akong dapat asikasuhin eh. May mga aayusin ako para sa planong upgrade sa hangar. ”
“Ay oo nga pala..sayang naman..”
“Don’t worry, kahit busy ako i’ll make sure meron pa din tayong time together para masusulit mo yung leave mo.”
“Promise yan ha.”
Maya look up at Richard excitedly. Grinning like a giddy school girl. Richard look at her, amused with her reaction.
“Of course, that’s a promise..”
Maya was happy that night. She was able to sleep with a smile.
The following week Maya pushed through her plan. She filed for LOA for five days. A break that came just in time for Abby’s family day affair in school. She was able to convinced Richard to take a leave too so that they could attend the activity together.
The night before the activity, Maya was busy preparing the things they needed to bring to school the following morning. Richard was working his butt in his office, telling her he needs to finish everything para wala siyang iisipin kinabukasan kaya hinayaan lang siya ni Maya.
The next day, Maya and Abby were glad that Richard participated. Prior to the start of the affair, both were worried that he might not participate and would just complain because of the weather. Everything went well until Richard started receiving calls. At first, Maya was worried, thinking that it was urgent. She walked slowly to where Richard was to to tell him to leave if he needed to, but when she saw him laughing while talking to the caller on the phone, instinct tells her it’s not. With a sigh, she turned around and rejoined Abby for the next parlor game.
When Richard joined her and Abby again, she kept her distance. She didn’t talk to him again. Maya was gloomy for the rest of the day. Richard noticed it but she refuse to talk about it. She wanted to give herself time to cool down at ayaw naman niyang pag-isipan ulit ng di maganda si Richard. Keeping in mind what John said to avoid negative thoughts that would make her suffer.
Later that night, trying her best not to think of unhappy thoughts again. She joined the kids at the entertainment room and watched a film while Richard stayed at his home office. When they finished watching, Maya and the kids proceed to their room to rest. Maya waited for him but she was dead tired that she wasn’t able to wait for him any longer.
For the rest of the week, Maya spent it at home. Richard didn’t keep his promise. He was busy with work and she doesn’t want to get on his way so she didn’t remind him. Deep inside she was frustrated. She filed for a leave to be able to spend time with him and the kids but she got to spend more time with Manang Fe, Doris, and Sabel instead. Thinking that she was getting emotional over small things again Maya reminded herself to be rational and patient.
Maya was ready to move on and let everything pass. Though she was sad with the turn of events, she also felt guilty that she has such thoughts about Richard. It would be unfair on his part once he found out.
Maya was fixing their bed while Richard took a shower when suddenly his cellphone rings. Her initial reaction was to tell him about the call but when she read Denise’s name on the phone’s display her heart leaped. She slide the answer button then brought the phone to her ear.
“Hi honey! Liza told me umuwi ka na kaya dito na ako tumawag. Did you received it already?”
Hearing those words, Maya trembled. Her eyes welled up with tears. Whatever Denise was talking on the other line, she refused to hear it anymore. Richard stepped out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped on her hips. Richard was smiling and was about to tell her something but he was surprised to find her crying. She was still holding his phone, her hand shaking. He saw pain and anger in her eyes as she look at him.
“Why are you crying?”
With trembling hand, Maya handed his phone to him and ran out o their room.
He attempted to follow her but stopped when he realized that he was still naked.