The One That Got Away- Chapter 13: Don’t Know What To Do

Chapter 13: Don’t Know What To Do

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The darkness enveloped the whole house. The only light that was still on is the one in their main door. Richard is pacing back and forth like a soldier protecting his home. But the real reason is that, Maya hasn’t still come home yet.

He checked his wrist watch, and it is already eleven in the evening. He is getting more impatient. His brows were knitted and his eyes were already gone.

“Ricardo..” Manang Fe called his name. He looked back and saw Manang Fe standing behind him.

“Yes, Manang?”

“Wala pa din ba si Maya?”

“Wala pa din po. I don’t have any number of her friends. I don’t know how to reach her anymore. She’s not responding to my texts!” He helplessly said

Manang Fe’s face was also full of concern. It is the first time that Maya went home late after her bonding with her friends. “Sigurado naman akong may dahilan kung bakit hindi siya nakakasagot sa’yo. Padating na din siguro yon at hindi naman ganun yang batang yan eh.” Manang assured her ward

He heaved a sigh. “Yun na nga, sabi nyo she’s not like this. What if something had hapened to her?” Manang Fe smiled at Richard’s voice full of concern. It has been a long time since she saw him like this. She remembered one time, when Maya didn’t went home after her prom night because she told her parents that she will sleep in one of her friend’s house, Richard couldn’t help but got worried. So in the end, he fetched her at midnight in Maya’s friend. Maya’s parents agreed on her overnight so Maya got pissed when Richard fetched her, but eventually, she felt giddy with the act.

“Alam mo, gabi-gabi ganyan si Maya. Hindi mapakali kakahintay sa’yo. Kahit na sinabi ko na nagpaalam ka at may meeting ka pa, ayun. Ayaw pa din magpapigil na hintayin ka. Hindi mo daw kasi sinasagot mga tawag nya.” She made him feel guilty. She taps his shoulder and said, “sasamahan na kitang maghintay.”

He ignored what she said about Maya waiting for him. He is aware of that and in those days, he is pissed whenever he’ll go home with her waiting for him. “No, Manang. It’s late. You should sleep. I’ll be fine”

“Hindi rin naman kasi ako makakatulog nito.”

“Just rest Manang. Sige na. She will be home, soon. I will tell you kapag dumating na siya.”

“O sige na nga. Papasok na ako sa loob.”

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The clock is ticking, the hour hand is getting nearer and nearer to twelve. He was about to call their parents to tell them about Maya when he heard the creaks of the gate. Maya came in wearing a black shirt and maong shorts. She looks really tired.

“Maya! Alam mo ba kung anong oras na?” He is half shouting as he walks near her.

“May 400 ka ba dyan?” She asked him without answering his question

“Wh-what?” He was confused with her question

“Sabi ko, may 400 ka ba? Or kahit 500? Dali na naghihintay kasi yung taxi.” She said

Richard peeked in through their gate and saw a white cab in halt. He sighed and fished his wallet. He took out a five hundred bill and handed it over to the driver. “Here. Keep the change”

When the taxi left them, he pulled Maya inside their house. “Ouch!” She almost yelled in pain.

“What?”

“Yung tuhod ko! Dahan-dahan naman kasi.”

Richard’s eyes darted over to her knees and saw a wound on her left knee. Hell! “What happened to you?” He examined her face, then back to her knee.

She pushed him a little “I’m fine. Mamaya na ako magkkwento. Gutom na ako eh, may food pa ba?” She asked while rubbing her tummy.

“What? Hindi ka pa kumakain?”

“Hindi pa”

“Saan ka ba galing? I thought you’re with your friend? Hindi ba kayo kumain?!”

“Shh.. Please, gutom at pagod na ako eh. Mamaya na mga tanong.”

“Fine. Tara na sa kitchen” he pulled her again, gently this time inside their house.
~~~

Richard reheated the dishes that was left earlier during dinner. Maya’s face is burrowed in her palm. She is seated on one of the stools in their kitchen waiting for her dinner to be served. Geez. She’s so hungry that she could eat a horse!

“Hey, tell me what happened.” Richard took a seat in front of her and placed the dishes that he heated. Maya immediately took some from the plates and ate as if there’s no tomorrow.

“Let me eat first.” She said

Richard could only heave a sigh. What else can he do? He watches his wife eating like a kid, enjoying her dinner with gusto. His lips curved up in a smile as he watches her.

As she was nearly done with her plate, Richard started to ask. “Why are you home this late? Lahat nag-aalala na.”

“Including you?” She pauses from chewing, waiting for his response.

“Of course. So ano nga?” Her eyes sparkled with joy

She swallowed her food and stared at him. “I was with Eds earlier and some of our High school friends. Umuwi kasi si James and Jeffrey from Canada and Italy. So ayun, bonding. Eh nung naghiwa-hiwalay na kami para umuwi, ayun ang malas ko!”

“And why didn’t you tell me kung nasaan ka?”

She answered the question like it’s the easiest question in a quiz bee “Eh never ka naman nagtanong di ba? At isa pa, sabi mo dati wag na ako magpaalam.” She’s right. He did told her that because she’s quite annoying when she’s updating her very often about her whereabouts even though he’s not asking.

“But I’ve been calling you since this afternoon!”

“Naka-silent yung phone ko. I’m so engaged in my friends kaya I didn’t notice.” She remembered that she did received a lot of texts and missed calls from him when she checked her phone on her way home before it got snatched. Oh yes, that snatcher took away everything from her.

“And what about that wound on your knee?”

“Nadapa ako! Kainis!” She pouts.

He laughed with her child-like actions.

“Sige tawa pa! Bwiset na magnanakaw yon! Kainis.”

He stopped laughing when her words sank in. “Wait. Magnanakaw? Nanakawan ka? Hinabol mo ba kaya ka nadapa?” He leans forward, his face showing concern

“Oo. Eh kasi-”

“Hindi mo na dapat pa hinabol! Look what happened. At isa pa, paano kung anong ginawa nun sa’yo?”

“Eh kasi nga, hindi ko na alam paano makakauwi. Tapos ang hirap pa makasakay ng taxi. At wala pa akong pera na. Tapos nasa bag ko pa yung gift ko sa’yo.”

He was surprised. Gift? It is not his birthday. “Gift? For what?” He asked.

She gazed at him somehow searching through his eyes that he is only lying. But she is only fooling herself, for the nth time he forgot. “Wala naman, trip ko lang. Anyway, I know na that gift is not worth my life. Dapat talaga nakisabay na ako kay Jeff pauwi. Eh di sana, hindi nawala yung bag ko.” She is now pissed more than ever. Earlier, she was such an idiot running and risking her life just to catch the snatcher to get her gift for him, yet, she is once again fooling herself.

“Of course. You don’t even have to give me anything Maya. Kahit na meron or wala mang okasyon.” Maya kept silent and nodded slowly with his response. Heck. He really doesn’t remember!

When the taste turns to weight, she stood up and stacks up the plates to put it in the sink but Richard stopped her. “Bukas na yan. Go up stairs and rest.”

With the sudden annoyance that she felt towards him, she walked away from him.
~~~

The next day, Maya is still sleeping soundly on their bed. Richard is wide awake beside her watching Maya as she sleeps. It is still early so he didn’t bother to wake her up for breakfast. Not just yet. He is still enjoying the beauty that is laid in front of him. Such beauty can only be appreciated by him on rare times. And today is one of those days. When he woke up earlier, the sun still hadn’t shone yet his eyes sparkled when he saw her sleeping beside him. Her beauty made him feel like as if today would be a beautiful day because she’s like a sunshine who would give you hope for another day.

Maya stirred in her sleep, she was about to wake up. When she opened her eyes, she saw Richard still sleeping. He had closed it just in time. Still mad at him, she mumbled “I hate you. Sabagay, never mo naman naalala ang wedding anniversary natin. It doesn’t matter.” She pushed her covers and stood up to go to their bathroom.

The door closed with a thud. Richard’s eyes flew open, wide in shock. Hell! Why are dates that important to women? The heck. He never really cares before but today, he saw how disappointed and sad Maya is. He felt guilty about it. She ran after the snatcher last night because of his gift and he never even got a clue that it’s their wedding anniversary. So yesterday is the exact third anniversary of theirs. The exact day of the 3rd year of their marriage.

He sat up, his hair still messy. His eyes were staring on the bathroom’s door thinking of what to do. His mind is starting creating ideas when he heard his phone beep on his bedside table. Lazily, he reached for it and wasn’t surprised to see Sandy’s morning text to him.

Good morning, my love! Lunch later or how ’bout dinner? (;

His thumb started tapping the letters until it turns into words, then a sentence.

Goodmorning, too. I am still not sure if I’ll be free today. Will check.

Was his formal reply. He misses Sandy, too. But he needs to do something to make Maya happy. He felt guilty about totally forgetting their special day, and at the same time, her being in danger. Never did he wanted that to happen to his friend.

But you promised…

She texted again

I know, but I’m still not sure. I’ll call you later.

He texted back which earned an “okay” from Sandy.

When he lifted his gaze from his phone back to the bathroom door, he saw Maya staring at him with her bathrobe on. Her eyes glued to his phone.

“Uh.. Good morning” he greeted her.

“Good morning. Maligo ka na, bababa ako mamaya to help in reparing your breakfast.” She told him and turned to face their cabinet to change.

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She is in somber mood that morning. She caught him smiling before whenever he reads his messages every morning. Sometimes it even annoys her when his phone will beep very early. As if it is the sender’s routine. She hates whoever that person is for disturbing her sleep, even her thoughts.

“I will pick you up later around three in the afternoon. Maaga akong aalis ng office. We will go somewhere.” He told her during breakfast. She searched for any emotion from his face but found none. She is looking for a certain emotion, however, his face never showed it.

She kept quiet and only answered him with a nod. She didn’t even bother to ask where will they go or even to look at him. Richard knew too well that she is really mad at him. She had been a very understanding wife. It is not really the first time that he forgot about that date, but he never did saw her get bothered like this. So, it bothered him as well.
~~~

Richard arrived in his office 10 minutes early. Still left with few more minutes to finalize his report. He half-run to reach his office without greeting back all the good mornings of his employees.

“Uh sir, good morning. Someone is actually-” Liza told him while walking fast to reach Richard but was cut off by Richard.

“What is it? I still have a lot of things to work with. Please cancel all my meetings after three.” He said and quickly turned pushed his office’s door. He was surprised to see her. Smiling sweetly at him as her eyes shifted to him from the magazine that she’s holding. She stood up and mouthed “hi”

Liza is standing behind Richard. Pissed with the whole scene. She’s been trying to tell him earlier that some ‘girl’ is waiting for him inside his office. “Sir, nagpumilit po siya. Sabi nya hinihintay nyo daw siya.” Liza whispered to his ears when she saw him shocked.

“Okay, Liza. Thanks.” Liza left the two but her eyes glared at Sandy before shutting the door closed.

“Why are you here? I have a meeting. I can’t be late.” He said. His eyebrows shooting up.

She snaked her arms on his neck and said, “sorry, I really missed you. You’re always busy.”

He sighed and pulled her closer. “I miss you, too. But I told you, I’m really busy. So I’ll see you some other time, okay?”

She bit her lips and nodded reluctantly. “Alright. I’ll see you soon.” She kissed him goodbye and left.

There is something wrong on how he was being treated by him. He no longer spends most of his time with her. He would even sometimes decline her dinner offers. That is just weird. It had happened before with her ex. Whatever it is that is wrong, she will soon find out.
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hi. Sorry talaga if the update takes too long. Sabay po kasi school and ojt ko. Naabutan na. And I am on my 4thyr so talagang I can’t update that often. Sorry. Sorry. 🙂

The One That Got Away- Chapter 12: I Want You

Chapter 12: I Want You

“Hi Ma!” Maya greeted that Sunday morning. She’s in Richard’s resthouse where the weekly lunch and dinner with their parents is held. Richard is still in Hong Kong so she went there alone.

“Oh, Hija! Blooming ka ah.” Esmeralda gave her a peck on the cheek.

“Oo, iba ang ganda ng anak ko ah.” Teresita joined the teasing

“Kayo talaga. Maganda lang po ang gising dahil magkikita-kita na naman po tayo.” She smiled at her parents. “Ay! Nga po pala, yung mga pasalubong namin ni Richard binaba ko na sa sala.”

“Salamat, hija. Pero ibang pasalubong sana ang gusto namin.” Esmeralda told her. Maya knew what they meant, she also wants what their parents wanted.

“Kayo po talaga! Let’s all pray for that.” She smiled and faced her parent’s hopeful faces

“Anyway, kamusta naman ang bonding nyo ni Richard?” Roberto asked

“Okay naman po, although madalas siyang may client call.”

“Client call?? But we clearly told Liza not to disturb Richard. And she made us sure na walang work related thing na makakaistorbo sa vacation nyo.” Esmeralda said, her face scrunched up

“Eh.. Sabi po nya possible client daw po kasi. Ewan ko po, wala na din ako balita anung nangyari. Basta ayun, madalas siyang wala. Pero, okay lang po. Bumabawi naman siya minsan.” She told her parents. Her lips curved up upon remembering their Disneyland trip and as well as their mall hopping.

Esmeralda and Teresita glances at each other, while Roberto and Arturo nodded at Maya. They don’t know what Richard is really doing but they know that it is not business related. Before the two got married, he would usually give excuses to Maya or even to them whenever he’ll meet a woman.

And now, it is happening again. They just hope that they’re wrong with their assumption.

“That’s good to hear, buti naman at bumabawi. Anyway, don’t worry malapit na yun umuwi. Ako ang bahala.” Esmeralda will make sure of it.

~~~~~

A minute past twelve midnight when Richard came home from Hong Kong. It has been two weeks since they last saw each other and Maya missed him terribly.

It is very sweet of him to connect to her while he’s away. It’s a first since they got married that Richard checked on her while he’s out of the country. He, once called her asking if she had eaten, once to ask her what are her plans that day. She finds it weird but she will never complain. She would trade anything for Richard’s love and attention.

Maya is seated on their sala when the main door flew open. It’s already midnight and she cannot sleep. As if it’s been her hobby while he waits for Richard to come home every night, she would often read a book under the sala’s lamp shade on their couch. That night, she knows that she’s not waiting for someone to arrive since Richard didn’t mention that he’ll be home by then. So imagine how her eyes rounded in surprise.

She smiled widely when he entered their house. He is looking at her with his brows furrowed. “Why are you still awake? Nagpupuyat ka na naman.” He scolded her

Wow, how sweet of him to greet her like that, she thought. “I can’t sleep. Di ko alam na uuwi ka na pala, di man lang ako nakapagprepare ng something or I should have fetched you.”

“You don’t have to. Anong oras na kaya di ko na sinabi. Biglaan din kasi I have an emergency meeting later in the afternoon. I will just catch some sleep.” He said.

“Ah.. So, matutulog ka na? Wala ka na bang gusto?” She asked with the intention of preparing something to eat for him. She knows that he’s tired from work and from his flight.

Richard walks near the couch where Maya is standing. His brows shot up and grinned. Maya couldn’t decipher what’s running inside his head and on why his face is like that, she finds it cute though. “Uh.. Gusto ko? Uhm.. Actually, there is something.” He said, his voice is teasing

Maya doesn’t know how to react on his action. He is walking near her again until there is no more space that made her to seat back on the couch. Richard is standing in front of her grinning like a fool.

“H-ha?” She stutter, unsure of what he really wants

“You asked me if I want something, right?”

She nods.

Richard bends down such that his face is only few inches away from hers. She blushes which didn’t get unnoticed by Richard. He moved even closer. Maya closed her eyes waiting patiently for his lips to land on hers. She is just so ecstatic to see this side of him. “I want… You” he whispered. His breath touching her lips. He slowly planted a soft kiss on her lips and leans backward to look at her face. Maya’s eyes were still closed. She is processing what he just said.

When realization dawned on her, her eyes flew open. “A-ano?”

“Uulitin ko pa ba?” He smiled. “I’ll go upstairs” he winked at her and went up with his luggage at hand.

Maya doesn’t know what to do. Should she follow him right away? Ugh. What’s happening to him? Why is he acting like that? Did he finally fell for her? How? Why? When? Geez Maya! Just go with the flow. You should be happy.

Few minutes after Richard left her, she followed him upstairs.

Richard is inside the comfort room allowing the water from the shower to drip into his whole body. He doesn’t know why he did what he just did earlier, but the sight of Maya wearing a very short shorts and a white cotton sando that night gave his body some heat. He usually sees her wearing that every night because she is comfortable wearing those. But that night when he came home, he doesn’t know what strange feeling he just felt towards her that moment.

He wants her. So bad. The last two weeks that they’ve been apart made him miss seeing her. True enough, he is happy spending those nights with Sandy in his hotel room, them making love whenever he’s not tired and when Sandy doesn’t have any flights, yet, the night with Maya after their Disneyland trip would invade his mind.

He also doesn’t know what attracted him to her that night. Everything feels just so right. Maybe it’s a spur of the moment thing, or maybe not. He had always knew that he will be Maya’s sort of older brother when they were still young. Protecting her in times of need. He even told her that he could be her Superman in which she happily agreed.

Even so, he accepted the fact that they will get married someday, because of their parent’s agreement. Their parents were very close so they wanted to become a one happy family and the only way is by this agreement. They’ve known each other since they were kids, and maybe that is why Richard is seeing her as his own little sister.

And now, having this desire for her just felt so weird.

He turned the shower off when he heard the clicking sound of their bedroom’s door. He quickly put his pajamas and shirt on and went outside.

Maya is lying on her side of the bed with the covers covering her body up to her chest. She is still reading the book that she’s holding earlier, by the lampshade beside her. Slowly, Richard took his side of the bed facing Maya’s back.

After split second, he slid his arm on her waist, pulling her closer to him. She faced him and she was welcomed by Richard’s lips landing on hers. His kisses were burning with desire. Heck! She is not his younger sister, she is his wife. And he wants her now!

“Ricky, w-wait.” She pushed him a little to put a distance between them.

“Wha-what?”

She pushed herself up and leaned on the bed’s headboard. Her eyes were staring down at Richard who is still lying on the bed.

“Do you.. Do you love me?” There she already said it. She’s been wanting to ask him that after the night that they’ve spent together. She wanted him as much as he wanted her. But want is different from love.

Richard stared at her. “Why did you even ask? We’ve been married for three years.”

“I know. Three years, pero that’s not the answer to my question, Ricky”

He groaned. Why is she asking this right now? Now that he’s also confused in what he’s feeling towards her. He still can’t equate it with love.

“I care for you, we’ve known each other for so long. Of course, I do love you.” He answered truthfully. He does love her. She’s really part of his life for years. She’s her friend, after all. “Let’s sleep. I’m tired, and maybe you are, too. Goodnight” he said and planted a kiss on her head. Pulling the covers up, he closed his eyes and tried to get his needed rest.

Maya on the other hand still stared at Richard’s back. He just told her that he do love her, but why does it doesn’t seem real? She should be happy, right? But still, it feels that it is not true.

At least, he is starting to notice her. At that point, she should be grateful.
~~~

“Hi , love! Welcome back.” Sandy greeted Richard that night when Richard went to her condo.

“Hey.”

Sandy engulfed Richard in a bear hug and kissed him on his lips. “You look so tired.” She touches his cheeks.

“Well, medyo madaming ginawa sa work” he responded. “How’s your flight?”

“Okay naman, local flights ako ngayon.” They walked hand in hand to the couch in the living room “anyway, dito ka na matulog. Since our Hong Kong nights together, I can’t sleep when you’re not beside me.” She said as she leans on his shoulder

“You know that I can’t.”

She sat straight. “I know, naglalambing lang naman” she pouts

Richard remained seated beside her, staring blankly on the tv in front of them. He’s not really listening to her. His mind is wandering on his wife. This is the first time ever that Maya didn’t checked on him. Before, it annoys him whenever Maya would send messages to him or even when she’s calling him just to ask what time will he go home or where is he at that moment.

Now it frustrates him on why she never texted nor called him.

“Chard?” She checked

“Uh? Yes?”

“Wala!” She crossed her arms. “Let’s just have dinner. I’ll prepare the food. Wait here.” He nodded

He fishes his phone in his pocket and grumpily phoned his wife. Three tries, still no response. He is starting to get mad! “Maya, where are u? Are u at home?” He sent her a message hoping she would reply, but still none.

“Hey, I will go home soon. I’ll eat dinner there” he tried to reach her again.

“My love, let’s eat.” Sandy yelled from the kitchen

Richard stood up and followed Sandy’s voice. “Love, I have to go.” He told her gently while he puts his phone back in his pocket

“Why? I already cooked your favorite dish, kanina pa.” She sounded hurt

“Uh.. I need this office work done and I have to finish it at home.” He reasoned out

She crossed her arms and stared at him “really huh? Or is it because gusto mo lang talaga umuwi dahil you wanted to see your wife? Is that the real reason?”

Richard ran his fingers on his hair. She’s being difficult. Tsk. “Of course not, you know that. It’s just..” She continued to stare at him. Richard could only sigh in defeat. “Alright, I will eat here and go home after. Babawi na lang ako, okay?”

“Fine.” Sandy agreed and sat on her chair reluctantly.

“Can’t you really stay some more?” She asked him sweetly, her arms hooked on his neck.

“I am really sorry, Sandy. I promise I’ll make it up to you.” He kissed her slowly but pulled immediately. He can’t stay some more. Not that night. He needs to scold Maya for not answering his texts and calls.
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He reached their house at exactly nine in the evening. The traffic didn’t help his temper. It makes him more furious as him sending more texts to her got ignored.

He went straight to their room hoping to find her there but she’s not in there. In the kitchen, still no sign of her. He’s getting more angry of not seeing her. When he saw one of their helper, Doris on the entertainment area as she cleans, he asked her. “Doris, nasaan si Maya?”

She looked up and got scared of the face that her boss has. “Uh.. Eh, sir. Ang alam ko po, kanina po umalis si ma’am. Ang sabi po niya pupunta daw po siyang mall kasama yung kaibigan nya. Eh hindi pa po umuuwi.” She told him

His hands on his waist, he asked again. “This late in the evening? Palagi ba siyang late umuuwi?” He has to know. Especially that he usually goes home at midnight so he doesn’t know if Maya goes home late, too.

“Ay, hindi naman po, sir. Ngayon lang po.”

His heart beat raced. What if asomething bad had happened to her? “Do you know the name of the friend she’s meeting?”

“Hindi po, sir eh.”

He shook his head and kicked the vacuum on his side. Where the hell is she?

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