Chapter 8: Willing
Richard is on the same spot that weekday. He is waiting for Sandy’s flight back to Manila in their usual place. He should be estatic to see her again after the weekend. But no. He is not that excited today as he usually feels.
Chard, let’s talk after my flight. We need to talk.
He was worried of Sandy’s text to him yesterday. He texted her a couple of messages asking what would they talk about but he got no response from her. It shake the hell out of him, especially that such same thing happened before. He cannot afford to lose her.
He took a sip of his second cup of coffee. Waiting and waiting as minutes passes by. His imagination getting worse with every minute. He wonders what is wrong now. What did he do this time?
And then, he saw her. Walking towards him with her luggage at hand. Her hips swaying with her every move. She is indeed, gorgeous. Yet there is something in her eyes that he noticed. It lacks that spark. She is not happy, and it worries him more.
He stood up to greet her as she stops in front of his table. He smiled at her and looked straight into her eyes somewhat reading through her soul. “Hi.”
“Hi.” She answered. Richard leans in to kiss her cheek. She allowed him to do so despite the random thoughts that’s occupying her brain.
She sat across him and took the cup of coffee that he bought earlier for her. It is now cold as cold as how she treats him right at that moment.
Shaking, he reaches for her hand resting on the table and squeezes it. “What do you want to talk about, my love?” He asked with his eyes staring at her lovingly. He wanted to make her feel that he loves her and that their love is enough.
“The girl.. Before..” She answered right away watching his reaction as she threw the words ever slowly at him.
His face was shocked upon hearing that again from her like cold water splashed on his face. Why is that issue opened again? He thought that they’ve already settled that. Heck. What is it about now with Maya?
“Wh-what’s with her?” He asked, hoping for the best
“I’ve read an article. Richard, if there is something you have to tell me, say it now. Tell me the truth. Who is she?” She asked again. Words seemed like a knife stabbed to his heart. Her eyes mirrors fire of anger.
“She..she’s.. Uh..” He stammered, afraid to reveal who Maya is to his life.
Sandy eyed him carefully. Waiting for him to spill the beans. “Chard, wag mong hintaying.. Ugh! Who is she?”
He heaved a sigh. He is so afraid as he looks straight to her eyes. One wrong move and he’ll lose her. Everything else in the coffee shop seemed like in slow motion while he is thinking what to say. Lying wouldn’t help either so he made a decision to tell her everything.
“Just.. Just promise me that you’ll let me explain, ok?” He said, his voice pleading.
Sandy’s eyebrow raised and rolled her eyes. “Fine.”
“Alright..” He took a deep breath before continuing. “She’s Maya, my wife.” He said. His eyes looked at her intently. Sandy’s face fell. She already knew and expected such answer from him. But she didn’t expected how it’ll hurt when it come straight from his mouth. Those last words from him were playing on repeat in her head like an unknown ancient chant.
Unaware, tears started falling from her eyes. Richard immediately reach for her face and wipes those tears falling on her cheek. “I– I’m sorry. B-but believe me, I don’t love her. We were married because of an agreement. Our families wrote our own destiny. Since we were kids, I already know that we are engaged. That’s why while growing up, I enjoyed life. I jump to relationships one after the other. Until the day we married, I became loyal to her. But when I met you, I am so happy. Finally, I know what is the feeling of loving someone. To love and be loved. You make me happy. Only you.” He caressed her cheek after his explanation. She is still crying.
He stood up and took his chair to seat beside her. His arm resting at her back, pulling her close to him. She cried some more on his chest. Her heart is slowly breaking but she is so in love to this man and she is not sure what to do.
“Parang sobrang excited ka naman ata, Maya” Manang Fe is standing beside her helping her pack her things for their out of the country trip next week. She is so excited after hearing the news from Richard. She loves how their parents supports them so much. She immediately called them to say thanks and opened her laptop to plan the things that they will do.
“Manang, ito na ‘to!! Chance ko na ‘to para maipakita kung gaano ko siya kamahal. Sobrang tagal na ng space na binigay ko, tama na siguro yun. Hay. Siguro kailangan ko bumili ng bagong damit na maisusuot no? Sa tingin mo po?” She said, her voice full of excitement.
“Hija, ok na naman ang mga damit mo ha? At saka, maganda ka kahit ano ang isuot mo. Panigurado, pag balik nyo ay totoo na ang nararamdaman niyo para sa isa’t isa.” She pats Maya’s shoulder and gave her a warm smile.
“Sana nga po.”
Maya saw her phone on the bedside table and took it to send her husband a message.
“Sweetheart, anong oras ka uuwi for dinner? I will cook something.” She texted him and waited for a reply but minutes passed and she didn’t got any response from him. She tried to call him but he isn’t answering. As always.
Her eyes were still red from crying. Her head remained resting on Richard’s chest as he never let her go from his embrace. They are still inside the coffee shop and strangers around them would’ve thought that this sweet couple had just finished a lovers quarel and are now alright.
Richard planted a kiss on her head and mumbled. “I’m sorry, I love you.”
Sandy straightened up on her chair and looks at him. “I love you, too.”
His smile slowly appeared on his face. Gone was the worried look earlier. “So.. Are we ok?”
“Look, I don’t want to be your number two. Not forever. But for now, I will be okay to settle as that. But promise me, you will never give up on me and you will fix everything.”
He nodded frantically without even making that “fix everything” clear to her. He is not sure what she meant by that, but right at that moment, he is just happy, so happy to be with her.
He reached his house at exactly one in the morning. He was about to go upstairs when he noticed that the lights were still on in the dining area. With the intention of putting it off, he walked his way there and was surprised to find Maya sleeping. Her arms were on the table supporting her head as its pillow.
There are still plates and food on the table waiting for him. He felt guilty. He is enjoying his time with Sandy that he forgot about his friend. Yes, he still do care for Maya but not as his wife, rather as his childhood friend.
Slowly, he carried her up in their room and laid her on their bed. She is sleeping soundly but he noticed that her brows were knitted as she sleeps.
goodnight, my love. Btw, I forgot to tell you that I will have a flight in Hongkong next week. I will be away for a while. I’m gonna miss you.
Richard received a text message from Sandy that same night as he took his side of the bed beside Maya. He immediately smiled upon reading her message. Seems like odds are on their favor.
Smiling like a foolish boy, he replied.
I won’t miss you. I will see you. Believe me, we will. Good night 😉
He sent her the message and slept with a smile on his face.
I know, this is quite short. Sorry, nasira kasi phone ko and my stories are stored there. Mas madali kasi sa’kin to write using my phone since I can write kahit nasan ako. 🙂 I will try to update again sooner. Thanks. :))) mjo masakit pa mga scenes. Hang on tho. 😉