Chapter 17: What Happens Next
this is not that long and things won’t be that clear..but soon, things will be. What happened in between…
He found it impossible to sleep that night. He woke up bathed in sweat even though the storm is lashing on the whole city outside.
He dozed off and woke up again several times. But the same scene inside his head endlessly repeated itself. He has been dreaming about that scene almost every night.
Her beautiful face that anyone would be lucky to look at everyday, Her sweet smile that would melt your heart, her eyes that is like a magnet once your own eyes lay on hers attracting your whole body and even mirrors her own soul.
He couldn’t stop thinking about her. Hell! It feels like hell every single day without her since that rainy evening a year ago.
He blankly stares at the ceiling while he lazily lays on his bed, hoping that another day of misery will soon come to an end.
He never thought he could miss someone like this before. He’s been used to her being around whenever he needs her. And now she’s gone. Gone for now but he is sure, not forever.
Maya, wherever you are right now, please.. Please tell me. I miss you teribly.
He sent her a text message for the nth time. He usually does that whenever he wakes up early in the morning. Even though he was sure that she already had changed her number, he still doesn’t want to let that one last hope of his to slip away. Silently praying that she is still using the same number and is reading all of his messages every day. He imagined her face brightening up after reading his texts. He smiled with the thought as well. Hell! He’s beginning to go crazy!
He is staring at the screen of his laptop that morning without having breakfast. He’s used to it, especially after Maya left him he would spend a day without eating that much. His whole day focused in his work.
Completely ignoring the world, his mother came inside his home office after knocking, but Richard didn’t hear any of her knocks. “Son, we are leaving now.” Esmeralda sat on the chair in front of him. Behind those eyeglasses, his mother can see deep within his eyes all the pain that he’s feeling. But she cannot do anything. And for a mother like her, it hurts her like hell.
Without even looking up from his screen, Richard only gave a nod.
“Ricky, we will be back soon. 1 week lang kami sa Canada. A..alam mo naman na may inaayos kami dun na business deal di ba?” Her mother keeps on telling him this everytime she will leave him to go to Canada with his father. As if to check whether he is listening. Esmeralda, together with her husband went to Canada for the fourth time this time with the same reason.
“Yes, Ma I know. I’ll be fine.”
“If you want, Ricky, you could go with us and have a short break, you know?”
He didn’t respond right away. Sure, he also wanted to have some break. But a vacation would only give him more time to think about her. Indeed, that will only make him crazy.
He took a deep breath. Words couldn’t come out of his throat right away. “I’m fine, Ma. Don’t worry about me.” He forced a smile for his mom to see. But a mother knows you very well. She knows that he’s not okay. After all this time.. He had suffered a lot. She wanted to know what happened to them.. But he never answered her. And for the past year, all he keeps on telling her is that, he will fix things because he loves her.
And what his parents doesn’t know, is that Richard is also clueless on what is the real reason on why Maya left him that night.
Damn! One agonizing year had passed and still, no one can tell him where Maya is. He tried asking his parents, but they were clueless. Afterall, they don’t know what happened. He even asked them to call Maya’s parents, but they too can no longer be found. He’s sure that she left the country, maybe with her parents. He searched for her in the Philippines, but he couldn’t find her. How long would it take him to search the rest of the world? Someone please? Can someone just tell him how long? That could take forever. And he’s dying with the thought of that.
His mother stood up after a few minutes of silence. “Sige anak, I’ll see you after a week. Wag kang magpapagutom ha?” She kissed him on the cheek and left afterwards.
“Any good news? Have you seen her?” He asked, hope was evident in his voice. His friend, Ryan has been helping him all this year searching for his wife.
“Negative. She’s not in Cebu, nor in Palawan. Bro, aren’t you losing hope?”
“No.” Was his quick response
“Kung sana kasi nakinig ka sa’kin simula pa lang…”
“Bro!” He cut him off. “I don’t want to be reminded of what happened, okay? Now kung wala ka namang magandang ibabalita, just don’t call.” He pressed the end call button and threw his phone on his bed. Damn! He’s so exhausted.
He leans his head on the headboard of their bed and closes his eyes.
“Mom, anong oras daw po dadating?” Maya asked her mother for the nth time. She’s sweating the whole time, although the weather is usually cold that day. Maybe it’s because she’s nervous. Yes, she sure is.
“Mga gabi na anak. Sasama ka pa ba?”
“O-opo.” She answered. Unsure whether her decision was final.
“Sigurado ka?” She checked. Alright! Her mother had noticed.
Maya turned to look at her left side and back to her mom before giving her mother a tentative smile “Yes.”
“Huwag kang kabahan anak ah? Hindi ka namin pinipilit kung ayaw mo. Kami na lang ng daddy mo ang kakausap.”
“Ma, nakapag-decide na po ako. I think tama din naman po ito di ba?”
Her mother nodded “Oo, ‘nak. Tama ‘to.”
“Yes, Ma. I think it’s time.” Maya turned to look at her left side again and smiled at what she saw. “Yes. It’s the right time. We’ll take things slow.”
His phone rang so loud that it woke him up from his deep sleep. His eyes slowly opened as it tries to adjust from the sunlight coming from his window.
He reached for his phone on the bed side table, and without even looking who the caller was, he pressed the button and accepted the call.
“Hi.” He remembered the voice, alright. He was awake. He wasn’t dreaming. He could still remember that voice, the same voice that he wanted to hear way back then.
“Uh.. I-is th-this.. ” Somehow, her name couldn’t come out of his mouth. His tongue couldn’t pronounce her name.
“Yes, Richard.. It’s me.. This is Sandy. Remember me?” Her voice was soft..gentle, even.
Suddenly, a cold wind touches his spine even though only the air conditioning inside his room could be felt and the windows are closed. As if a ghost of his past came to visit and haunt him one more time.
“Yes, I do. Why did you called?” He had to know, but his voice was as gentle as hers because he knows that he is the one to blame with everything, not her.
They had parted ways and as long as he could remember, they didn’t end things well. It was such a dramatic night. And things didn’t went good after that. So they are not okay, why is she calling him again?
“Kamusta?” Yeah. And now she’s checking him.
“Not that good. How about you?” At least, he still should be nice.
“Same. Not that good. But hey, I have a flight. I just checked whether this is still your number. We have to talk. About things… Uh.. Just.. Uh.. I will just call you again, Chard. I will call you. Bye.” She ended the call right away without waiting for Richard to respond.
It made him more curious. What else should they talk about? Is their set up already enough? Oh yes, maybe she’ll say sorry. But he shouldn’t be. He’s the one to blame. It’s all his fault. He sighed and rubbed his temple. For sure, he will have a headache for the rest of the day.
“Hello, son!” Esmeralda called him later that morning.
“Hi, Ma.” His voice was a give-away that he is not feeling well.
“Hey, are you sick?”
“Oh. No. No. I’m just still sleepy. Anyway, nasa Canada na kayo?”
“Well, yes. We just arrived. I called you right away to check on you. You should have your breakfast, okay?”
“Yes, Ma. Don’t worry about me. Enjoy your business trip.” He replied while standing up to prepare for work.
“Alright. Anyway, if ever you decided to have a vacation, just tell me. I will make some arrangements. Kami na bahala ng dad mo if you’re concerned of your work..”
“Ma, I said I’m fine. I don’t need a vacation. Don’t worry. Anyway, I need to hurry, I still have a meeting. Bye.” He hung up. He knows that the conversation will take forever. His mother would always insist on giving him a break. But he doesn’t need that, all he needs is his wife.
But he doesn’t know where to find her. And again, after being reminded of being left alone, his head throbbed in pain. Too much stress would kill him!
“So how was he?” Roberto asked his wife as their car drove the busy streets of the country.
“He said he’s fine. But I know that he is not.” Her face has a sullen look. She’s very concerned of her son.
Roberto reaches for her hand and squeezes it. “Don’t worry, everything will soon be really fine.”
She nodded and sighed “I hope so.”
“We should hope for the best with this trip. It sure will be worth it.”
The couple then went silent as their mind went busy with their own thoughts on what will happen next. They are still hoping for the best. They believe so much of what love can do. True love can build a bridge just to connect two people wherever they are. And if that bridge just collapsed, it sure will be rebuilt again for a continuous flow of their love story.
They will cling on to that. Because indeed, there is no such thing as happily ever after but you have to keep on believing, and that will make you feel alright. Even just for a while.
I know, I know. Haha. I left some hints that will be figured out on the next chapters. You can decipher, I know. Most of the time you guys knows what will happen. Thank you po for reading and waiting for updates. 😀 🙂