Chapter 5: The Legal Wife
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“Hello, Ma’am.” She called Richard’s wife that night.
“Hello, Liza! Ayan ka na naman sa ma’am na yan ha. Drop it already, please.” She nicely asked. They’ve been friends for years since the day that she married Richard. They grew close and all that she asks to Liza is to update her about her husband.
“Basta, mamaya na yang pagtatalo about the ma’am thingy. Ang importante itong sasabihin ko.”
The caller on the other line felt nervous. She somehow knows what is this call all about. She’s been noticing the changes in Richard’s actions that she, herself finds strange. That’s why she take one step forward on her given space to him and had been extra caring and sweet wife. But then, she would caught him most of the time smiling foolishly while texting. Even having phone calls late at night. And she’s so sure that it is not Liza updating him of his meetings.
There is also this time, during their family lunch out, Richard seemed to be preoccupied. As if his mind is wandering elsewhere, but when she asked him what she is thinking about, he didn’t answer her. It’s always like that ever since.
“Ano yun, Liza?”
She paused. “Well, someone came earlier today.”
“I don’t know eh.. She’s a flight attendant. I forgot to ask her name kasi alam mo naman nasanay na din ako sa mga babaeng naghahanap kay sir na nagkakagusto sa kanya, hindi naman pinapansin kasi ni sir, so hindi ko na din binalak na tanungin pa yung name.”
“So, what’s with her?”
“Para kasing may iba e.. Parang interesado si sir sa kanya.” She paused for a while to hear any reactions but she got none. “Kasi napansin ko, first time na hindi kumunot yung noo ni sir kapag may babaeng naghahanap sa kanya, and he even smiled upon seeing her!” She told Richard’s wife the things that she noticed.
Her hands were shaking. Her heart just broke into pieces. Her first love, her first heartache. She knew this day will come but not this soon. “Thanks, Liza for telling me this.”
“You’re welcome. Basta, mas ipakita mo na yung pagmamahal mo sa kanya. Kaysa maunahan ka pa.”
The wife, named Maya dela Rosa-Lim is a beautiful lady with a big love to her husband. They’ve been childhood friends, he is Maya’s puppy love, first and last love. She is aware that Richard doesn’t love her, that’s why she never even dared to tell him what she’s been feeling for years. And the moment that she knew that they’ll end up together, via fix marriage, she just could no longer wait but to grow up!
While growing up, she saw Richard enjoying life and would often meet his flavor of the month. She’s used to it, she allowed it because they are still young and she wants Richard to enjoy his life while they are still not married. One day, she is so sure that he would stop on playing around because she will make him fall in love with her. But that day didn’t came.
The first few months of being married to Richard is tough. He will often come home late and she will be waiting for her until morning. Maya would ask him of his whereabouts but wouldn’t get any reply from Richard. It seemed as though they are both strangers living in a single roof. Their mansion is not a home. It is not filled with love.
“Maya, hindi ka pa ba matutulog?” Manang Fe, Richard’s nanny who also looked after Maya whenever she and Richard are playing when they are still young, asked her. She is waiting in the living room for Richard. It is 11 in the evening and he is still not at home. Her heart is slowly breaking upon thoughts of Richard and that flight attendant spending time together filled her mind.
“Mamaya na po, Manang. Si Ricky po ba hindi nagtext sa’yo?” She asked her. Richard wouldn’t mind texting her but would always call or text Manang Fe instead whenever he will be going home late. He treats Manang Fe as his second mother.
“Ah. Kanina. Ang sabi nya may pupuntahan lang daw siya pero uuwi agad. Sabi ko nga umuwi na at hinihintay mo sya.”
“Po?!” Richard might think that she’s getting clingy.
“Bakit? Sabi nga nya may sasabihin ka daw ba at hinihintay mo sya?” Manang Fe taps her shoulder and said, “Maya, alam kong mahal na mahal mo sya. Iparamdam mo lang sa kanya kung hindi mo pa kayang sabihin.”
She kept quiet with what Manang Fe told her. Maya’s actions these past few days had been obvious however, Richard didn’t get her hint. Or maybe, he is not really into her.
Richard arrived that morning at 2 o’clock. He got lost of time and fell asleep on the couch in Sandy’s condo, the girl that his heart is beating for the past weeks. Sandy’s head is still resting on his shoulder, and she, too had fallen asleep. Sandy even offered him to sleep on the other room beside hers since no one is occupying that and it’s very late but Richard declined, he knows that Manang Fe will get mad at him if he won’t go home.
At the end, Sandy bid him goodbye and kissed him goodnight.
As the mansion’s front door flew open, Richard was startled when she found Maya sleeping on the couch of the sala with the lamp as her source of light. There is a book that was already on the floor, he assumed, that she’s reading that earlier and fell asleep.
Slowly, he approached her to wake her up and ask her to go up stairs. With light taps on her shoulder, he tried to wake her up. Maya stirred in her sleep but continued to sleep some more. It seemed as though she’s in a deep slumber.
“Maya.. Wake up.” He shook her shoulder one last time but still, she didn’t wake up.
With no other choice left, he carried her up stairs to their room and laid her comfortably on her side of the bed.
He stared at her sleeping figure. As he watches his wife, he is silently hoping that it’s Sandy. He knows it is wrong, yet he cannot stop his heart from saying so.
As he lays on his side of the bed, Maya stirred and shifted her position such that her arm is on top of his chest. Maya is hugging him. He slowly lifted it up to put back on her side but she held him tighter. In the end, he let her hug him that night and closed his eyes thinking that it’s Sandy who’s beside him.
He smiled contentedly with the thought.
(A/N: Now, after reading all of your comments, may mga gustong hiwalayan ni Richard yung wife for the FA, right? Nyaha. Comments? :3)
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