Chapter 9: HongKong
Richard and Maya landed in HongKong in the afternoon. Maya is busy unpacking their clothes in their luggages while Richard keeps busy checking his emails.
She took her notebook out, excited with her plans for the whole week with him. She smiled as she pictures what might happen on the upcoming days. Shopping, long hours of walking and riding the local transportation with him, surely it’ll be fun!
Maya glances at her husband and found him occupied with his emails. She slowly approaches him and sat beside him on their bed. “Uh.. Sweetheart, can we go shopping later after dinner? Masaya kasi mamili dito sa gabi di ba?” She asked him sweetly.
“Uh yes, their night market.”
“So, oo na?”
“Yes, yes. I am also bored here”
Maya shrieks inside her head and made a mental list of the things that she wanted to buy for her family and house helpers.
The couple’s hotel is near the Temple Street Night Market so as soon as the sun goes down, Maya and Richard went to enjoy the night market.
Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon where the night market is located is filled with people all over the world , the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge when the couple arrived.
Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.
Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the festivity of a Chinese market. Maya is happily strolling around while pulling Richard behind her. She was all smiles while Richard kept on looking around, scanning all the people around them. Maya didn’t notice this strange action from her husband, she’s busy stopping and shopping.
“Ricky! Look! Should I buy this blouse? Cute no?” She asked, and she noticed that Richard is staring on his left side. She shifted her eyes to glance at where he is looking at and only found a group of people chatting.
“Bakit? Anong meron dun?” She asked him which startled Richard
“Ah.. W-wala. What were you saying?”
“Sabi ko, if I should buy this ba?” She held high the blouse.
“Uh. Yeah.” He answered, his mind still occupied. “Are we done? Madami na din tayo nabili and we have a week here anyway. Just buy that and go back to the hotel for the room service, okay?” He said.
“Wait. Aalis ka? Saan ka pupunta?”
“I will.. I just..need to.. Uh.. I will meet a possible client who happens to be here. He’s near na din naman and he said that it’s okay with him if we meet tonight. Don’t worry, saglit lang ako.” He told her. Maya unconvincingly nodded her head. She can’t do anything about it anyway.
“Alright. But sweetheart, saglit ka lang ha?”
He nodded and bid goodbye to her before he finally left her. Maya couldn’t explain what she is feeling. There is something wrong. She watches as Richard walks away from her and as the crowd engulfs him and after a few, he is nowhere in sight. Maya could ony heave a sigh and to hope that her instinct was wrong.
“Hi miss, are you alone?” He pulled her by her waist and whispered to her ears which made the lady to blush.
“Actually no. I am looking for someone. Sabi nya kasi he’s around here somewhere.” She told him sweetly.
“Oh. Kaya pala nagmamadali syang makita ka. I bet he misses you a lot.” He kissed her on her forehead and embrace her.
“I miss you, Chard” she hugged him back. “Uh.. Can you come with me? I wanna buy something sana eh. Let’s stroll.”
“Uhh.. I think that’s not a good idea, Sandy. Why don’t we just hang around your hotel room? Di ba, I already arranged your hotel para malapit lang din.”
“She’s also shopping here, isn’t she?” Sandy asked casually
“Yup. So.. Uh.. ”
“It’s alright, Chard. Let’s just go to my room.” She seductively whispered to his ear and gave it a kiss before pulling him away from the crowd.
Sandy told her co-FA’s that she will be staying in with her relatives in HongKong so she won’t stay with them anymore. It was all Richard’s plan for he wanted to spend some alone time with her as well. And that night, they shared a quality time together while Maya ate alone inside their hotel room staring at the sky wishing to the stars that may her wish be granted. Her long time wish.
She is sitting on her side of the bed waiting for Richard. It’s been 4hrs already since he left her for a meeting with his possible client that night. She just can’t help but to think different scenarios that she hates to happen.
“Richard, asan ka na ba?” She keeps on asking while her thumb is busy typing a message for him.
She stood up and starts pacing back and forth. Why is it that every night, she is like this? She can’t sleep while he is not beside her. It is really hard when you’re not secured. Simple things will never stop bothering you.
Around three in the morning, she stirs on her bed. As she slowly open her eyes, she was surprised to find a sleeping Richard beside her. He seems so tired as it looked like when he got back, he just slumped on their bed and sleep. He is still wearing the same polo shirt that he is wearing earlier and his pants and socks were still on. Normally, Richard would sleep in his pajamas.
Maya examined his face. His eyes were closed. He is so handsome and cute. Like a child peacefully sleeping that you will never want to disturb. His nose that is tempting to be pinched and his lips.. That lips of his that is waiting to be kissed.
She leans in to give it a soft and gentle kiss but stopped from doing so when her eyes landed on his neck. She immediately sat back and stared at it again.
She is so sure, it is not hers. There is a kiss mark on his neck. Heck! She racked her mind trying to recall if he is meeting with a girl client but as far as she could remember, he told her that it is a “HE” so it is a guy, right? Did they drank and went to a bar to unwind before going home?
Maybe he just gave in to his client’s request to drink and to mingle with girls so that he could win his possible client’s trust?? Right, that’s just it, Maya. He is not cheating on you. The last time that he did was way back when you guys are not yet married and they are nothing serious.
She closed her eyes while trying to convince herself. She sighs. Slowly, she stood up to get a tissue on the comfort room and went back to Richard to wipe that kiss mark on his neck. That bloody lip stick stain. “I won’t give up on us, Ricky. I believe on us. I love you.” She whispered on the sleeping figure of Richard and dozed off to sleep afterwards.
happy mom’s day yesterday to our moms and to the moms out there. :’) I am trying to update fast but my sched won’t let me. Sorry. Happy reading anyway. 😀