Chapter 11: Meeting the Monster
“Maya, I’m so sorry kung papaiwan ko muna si Richard ha? May sakit kasi ang papa niya eh nagpupumilit na siya na mag-aasikaso ng kailangan dyan sa company, eh ang sabi ko si Richard na lang tutal nandiyan na din naman siya.” Richard’s mother, Esmeralda called Maya one Sunday afternoon on the day of their flight back to Manila.
The whole week with him still feels like a roller coaster ride. How she wished that it only goes up, but too bad for her there is just so much downs as well. Sometimes, she is confused on Richard’s actions towards her. One moment, he’s very nice and caring then one time, he’ll be distant again. Sometimes she is thinking that maybe being distant to her is all because of his work. She noticed that it’ll start whenever he got home from, what he says, is late dinner meeting with his client. She believes that, she doesn’t want to entertain negative thoughts anymore.
She glances at Richard who is now busy unpacking his things from his luggage that Maya prepared.
He lifted his eyes to Maya, their eyes met. She nodded at him and he went back to unpacking his things.
“Sige po, Ma. Okay lang po.” She said.
“O siya, hija. Sabi ko kay Ricky ihatid ka sa airport aabot pa naman siya sa meeting mamaya. Mag-ingat ka ha?”
“Nag-enjoy ka ba anak?”
“Opo. Masaya naman po kami.”
“Good. Aasa na ba kami?”
“Saan po?” She asked, confused
“Sa apo! Aba, isang linggo kayo diyan.” She teased, Maya blushed as memories that happened the night after their Disneyland trip came in.
“O sige na nga, di na kita kukulitin. Bye hija!” Esmeralda’s tone was teasing. She knew, something had happened. Finally.
The night in Disneyland, on the moment of the last set of fireworks in the sky, Richard turned his gaze to his side where Maya is standing. Their eyes locked and as if it’s all spur of the moment, where the place and everything else just feels so right, Richard leaned forward and his lips landed on hers.
They kissed. It started as a light kiss but as moment passes, Richard pulled her closer and kissed her hungrily. For a while, Maya was surprised but reacted in the same passion. She’s very happy. She felt wanted and loved.
He broke off the kiss, catching his breath. His eyes showed desire which Maya saw only that night.
“I don’t think I am enjoying seeing Mickey anymore. I wanted to see something much more.” He whispered close to her ear that sent shivers to Maya. She knew what he meant and nodded in agreement.
Richard drove his rented car as fast as he could but with the allowed limit. He doesn’t know why that night, he found her very attractive. All he knows is that, he wants her.
As soon as they reached their hotel room, Richard locked the door and started kissing Maya once again. He carried her and laid her on their bed, kissing and touching every part of her body. Maya is in cloud nine, she doesn’t know the different feelings that’s bubbling up inside her. All she knows is that it feels so good.
Richard is kissing her neck and pulled his shirt off then followed by Maya’s top. Like as if he’s in a hurry. “Ri-chaard” she whispered.
“Ricky..” She called again
He paused for a while and looked at her as if asking her why? “Can I take a shower first?”
“No need for that.”
“No.” He said firmly and in a swift move, he took all of her clothes off and started kissing her again.
Maya slept afterwards with a smile plastered on her face. They made love. That’s what she’s calling what just had happened. She only hopes that Richard is indeed in love with her. She murmured her “I love you” to him but she only got a weak smile.
Sun rays slips in through their hotel’s window that morning when Maya stirred on their bed. She slowly opens her eyelids only to find Richard’s side empty. She is still sore, yet she stood up to know where Richard was but she couldn’t find him. He’s not in their hotel room anymore. She should be happy waking up after making love with her husband, but he’s not beside her. She wanted to wake up seeing his sleeping form. But then, his space is empty.
She took a shower and asked for a room service. She waited for him to come back that morning, but he didn’t. She texted him and even tried to call him but he never answered his phone.
At exactly 3 in the afternoon, Richard came back with a bag of food. “I’m so sorry, I just got a client call earlier.” He explained as he walks pass her.
“It’s alright. I understand.” She really do hope that he’s not lying.
“Anyway, kumain na muna tayo. Then let’s go shopping.” He said and planted a kiss on her hair. Richard could be so confusing at times.
“You take care while I’m away. Nanduon naman sila Manang para samahan ka. You can do whatever you want. Go shopping, spa or something.”
She nodded. It’s been years since she stopped working to be a full time house wife. That, she thinks will make it easier for them to get developed with each other. If she will stay at home and be there whenever he needed her, then he will feel loved. And she still thinks that’s the best set up, even though most of the time she’s bored staying at home, she would just volunteer helping in household chores.
“Sige, wag mo akong problemahin, I’ll be fine. Tapusin mo na lang agad yung work dito.”
“I’ll try. Anyway, I still have a lot of things to do back home.”
Richard bid goodbye to Maya and handed her her luggage. Maya stared at Richard for a while and engulfed him in a hug. She will definitely miss him. “See you soon”
“Yeah. Bye.” He embraced her back
Maya is already settled in her seat with the plane now flying in the air. She sighs. Surely, she had a lot of memories to treasure there in HK.
The flight attendant of the plane soon came with beverages in her sort of cart, asking every passenger what they want. When the FA stopped in Maya’s seat, Maya felt someone staring at her. She looked up and saw a beautiful flight attendant smiling down at her. With the FA’s eyes scrutinizing her. Maya smiled at her.
“Hi, Ma’am. You look so lovely today.” The lady complimented her
“Uh.. Thanks. You, too look good.”
“Thanks ma’am. I’m sure your husband is very lucky to have you.” The FA told her again. She doesn’t know why the FA seemed to want a conversation with her while all she does is to ask the other passengers in the plane what beverage they prefers.
“Well, yeah. I do think so, that your boyfriend must be lucky to have you as well.” She said. Maya then saw the FA’s eyes smiling at her. She cannot understand the feeling that she made her feel but it felt different.
“Yeah. He sure is. We’ll be spending the whole time that he will be here in his hotel room while he’s making sure that their company is doing well here. Isn’t he just so sweet? Still, he makes time for me even though he’s busy.” The FA told her. Maya gave her a weak smile. It isn’t necessary for her to talk about her own private life. As if they’re close.
“Well, lucky for you. Anyway, I would want some soda” Maya asked just for the FA to stop talking to her. She doesn’t know why but she just feel so uncomfortable talking to her. There is something about how she converse with her, and Maya doesn’t like it.
“Here you go, ma’am.” She handed her soda. “Have a good flight back in Manila.” She smiled and winks at her. Maya rolled her eyes when the FA left her. Unknown to her, the FA did the same.
The whole house is quiet when she arrived that evening. It felt empty as it usually feels like. Even though Richard would be home late, she somehow misses his presence. Her thoughts are wandering back there in Hong Kong. Wondering how he’s doing. She misses him, but more than that, she’s very scared. Scared on random things that a wife sometimes would think. Especially, that she is not secured.
ayan na po, sorry if there are any errors, di ko na binabasa ulit. haha busy as a bee na talaga, but I am really trying na magupdate agad. Haha :)) keep the comments coming, I’m happy reading ’em all. 🙂