Richard was pacing around their bedroom. He’s been worried about Maya since she left him an hour ago. He tried to run after her as soon as he grabbed his robe earlier but Maya already left. Joma said he saw her boarded a taxi. Richard called her cellphone, but she left it at the nightstand after she stormed outside. He knew very well that Maya will go straight to John’s place so Richard called him again.
It only took a couple of rings then he heard John’s voice on the other line.
“Andyan na ba si Maya?”
“Yes, she’s been crying non-stop. Ano bang nangyari?”
Richard heave a sigh of relief. Thankful that despite the circumstance that they are in, she was safe.
“Can I talk to her?”
Richard heard John telling Maya that he’s on the phone, he heard her yell telling John that she doesn’t want to talk to him then sobbed. It breaks his heart as he listen to her cries. He could only wish he could hug her that moment.
“Chard, ayaw niya eh…ano bang nangyari?”
Richard could only heave a sigh.
“John, please take care of her. Susunduin ko siya diyan ngayon.”
“Teka, siguro huwag muna. Hayaan mo muna siya kumalma. Baka mas lalo lang sasama ang loob niya kung makita ka niya. …Just let her spend the night here.”
“I don’t think it’s proper if…”
“Chard … huwag ka mag-alala. She will stay at my room, while I take the couch at the living room, if that’s what you are worrying about. I give you my word.”
“Thanks John..sorry kung naaabala ka namin.”
“No worries..sige kausapin ko muna siya.”
Richard slumped at the couch nearby. Closing his eyes for a moment, trying to compose himself when he heard his cellphone ringing. He immediately checked his phone hoping that it’s John but discovered it was Denise. Anger flared through him as soon as he saw her name flashed through the phone’s display.
“What is it this time?!”
He just can’t help but yell at her persistent caller. He was really frustrated at her this time. He was considerate of Denise knowing that she is his business partner’s only daughter but knowing that her call earlier upsets Maya is totally a foul already..
“Look Chard I’m sorry. Di ko naman kasi alam na si Maya pala ang nakasagot. ”
She was apologetic, he knows that, but the fact that what she did hurt Maya he just can’t let it pass.
” Ano bang sinabi mo sa kanya at galit na galit ang asawa ko?”
“Nothing, I just asked kung natanggap mo yung pinadala ni dad na proposal. ”
“Are you sure Denise? Di magagalit si Maya ng ganun if yon lang tinanong mo!”
“Okay fine… I called you honey.”
“WHAT???! So that explains everything! ”
“Look I’m sorry! Di ko naman kasi alam… you know that I always call you that way..”
“I know! And everytime you do that sinasabi ko lagi sa’yo to stop it! Look what you’ve done! My wife is hurting and for goodness sake alam ko iba na iniisip niya! You are ruining my life Denise so please..please stay away from me! From now on stop calling me. If you have some important matters please contact my secretary Liza. You have her number already.”
“Chard! I said I’m sorry. Stop yelling!”
“You know very well di to mangyayari if only you listened Denise. Now please stay away from me!”
Richard ended the call. Tossing his phone on the table, Richard bended his arm at armrest as his fingers massaged his temple. He was mad of himself. If only he didn’t tolerate Denise, he could have prevented this incident from happening.
“Maya tahan na…ano ba kasi nangyari?”
John asked her a few times already and yet Maya refused to tell him anything. She just sit there, crying her heart out while he could only rub her back to help her calm down. Ever since he knew Maya, this was the first time he saw her crying that way.
“Pag di ka pa nagsalita tatawagin ko na talaga si Richard para papuntahin dito!”
Trying to threaten her just so she would stop crying and speak up.
“Subukan mo at makakatikim ka talaga sa akin!”
Maya stammered then she blow her nose on a tissue. John suppressed a laugh as he handed her another tissue. It really surprised him to know that Maya can still act tough despite the situation she is now in.
“Ano ba kasi nangyari?”
He heard her cleared her throat.
“Walang hiya.. noon kung anu-ano na tawag ko sa kanya aayaw-ayaw pa siya pero yung Denise na yon, may pa honey-honey pa silang dalawa!”
Maya started as she wipes the tears off her cheeks. She reached for the glass of water laid on the table infront of her.
“Oh yun lang nag-iiyak ka na? Oh eh di tawagin mo din siyang darling..or di kaya love…or sweetheart ang asawa mo kung na-iingit ka..”
John replied, trying to lighten the mood .
“Mak naman ehh!”
“Biro lang…kasi naman ikaw .. sigurado ka bang yon ang sinabi? Alam mo naman bingi ka din minsan Pi .. aminin!”
“Sigurado ako sa sinabi niya. Ang linaw-linaw sa tenga, sabi niya honey. Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nun! May relasyon si Ricky at Denise!”
Maya started sobbing again.
“Bakit di mo kausapin si Richard imbes na umiyak ka ng umiyak diyan?”
“Di ko ata kakayanin makipag-usap sa kanya Mak.. alam mo bang ang sakit-sakit ng nalaman ko? Buo tiwala ko sa kanya na di siya katulad ng tatay ko? Tapos ngayon..malalaman kong ..”
“Maya…,mag-usap kayo. Malay mo mali yang iniisip mo!”
“Di ko pa kaya..”
“Kailan mo ba siya balak harapin? Nag-aalala na yong tao Pi!”
“Hayaan mo siyang mag-alala. Deserve niya yon! Lahat ng tao ang akala isa siyang matinong tao. Perfect husband! Yon pala!…ang tanga ko lang talaga Mak! Three years pa lang ang lumipas pero ito na ginawa niya sa akin Mak!”
John wanted to insist that she should talk to him first before judging him but knowing how hurt she was at that moment, he could only respect her decision.
“Okay..sige, kung yan ang desisyon mo, fine! Just calm down okay…di ako sanay makita kang ganyan Pi. Saan na yung good vibes ni Maya? .. I told Richard na dito ka na muna magpapahnga tonight. Tomorrow may flight ka pa di ba, ayaw mo naman sigurong mahalata ng lahat na may problema ka kaya tama na ang iyak or else mamamaga pa yang mata mo. At kung mamaga yan, sure akong bukas madaming magtatanong. Magiging instant celebrity ka na naman at madaming reporters dudumog sa’yo para ma-interview ka.”
Referring to their friends who would surely ask her once they’ll notice her swollen eyes and gloomy mood. John left Maya and proceed to his room to prepare the bed where she will be staying for the night. He knew very well that it would be a tough night for her so she needed all the privacy she needs. Maya will never be Maya if she won’t cry over the situation overnight.
Richard was waiting for her at his home office that morning. John called to inform him that Maya is heading home already. She has a 10:00 o’clock flight to catch. It’s already seven which means that she will also have to leave the house at once. When he heard the gate opened, Richard leaped to his feet and went straight to the main door. The moment their eyes met he felt pangs of guilt shot through him as Maya look at him with sad swollen eyes. He can see regret and anger in her eyes. Things that he can’t bear to see.
Richard grabbed her wrist as soon as Maya walked passed through him.
“Mag-usap muna tayo.. please..”
He asked tenderly. Hoping she would listen to his plea and allow him to explain.
He heard her heavy breathing. Tears started to well up her eyes.
“Bitiwan mo ako. Kailangan ko pang asikasuhin yung gamit ko.”
She answered calmly. Slightly, shaking her hand to free herself from his hold.
“Let’s talk first, kahit sandali lang.”
“Sabi ko bitiwan mo ako…”
“Maya please, don’t make things difficult for us. Let’s talk.”
“Para ano pa? Para magsinungaling ka na naman? Sa totoo lang kahit anong sasabihin mo nahihirapan akong isipin kong mapagkakatiwalaan parin kita.. Akala ko iba ka, yon pala gaya ka din ng tatay ko… Babaero! Manloloko!”
Hearing her words. Richard was hurt. He withdrew his hand holding her wrist and let her go.Leaving him standing at the main door as tears starting to form in his eyes as well.