Chapter 22: Rekindle?
The day after Richard and Maya had talked about their past, they are seated on the couch of Richard’s sala waiting for their lunch to be prepared. He’s smiling like a fool as Maya allowed him to borrow her phone that is full of their baby’s pictures. While Maya patiently answers all of Richard’s questions regarding their baby. Her full name, birthday, first smile, and other stories about Abby that he had missed.
Richard’s been listening attentively and noting everything about his baby. He noticed how his baby looks like him. No one can ever doubt that Abby is his child.
At that moment, they looked like they are good old friends who enjoys their time together, but the truth is, they still haven’t talked about their relationship. All they converse about was Abby. After their dinner last night, they hadn’t talked about them anymore.
Surely, Richard wanted so bad to patch things up between them. However, he doesn’t want to scare Maya away for she might run again if he open up the topic. He is afraid of losing her for the second time especially now that he found out that he has a child with Maya. He is more determined to win her back but he should be sure in his ways and actions for its consequences might affect them big time.
Maya beamed when her phone flashed Abby’s picture in her pj’s while she grins to the camera. Maya happily narrated what transpired behind the camera when Abby would laugh every time Maya’s father make funny faces.
Too many months he had missed of Abby’s life. He should be the one playing with their baby, making her laugh. He should have been there for Abby every day that she grows.
“Richard?” Maya called his name when she noticed that he’s been staring at the phone but his mind is wandering elsewhere.
“May problema ka ba?” She asked
“Wala naman.. It’s just that.. I-I am overwhelmed of seeing Abby in pictures.. B-but..” He started then trailed off, unable to finish his sentence. He wasn’t sure if it will be all right to Maya, but maybe he should push his luck.
Maya gave him an assuring look that whatever it is, it would somehow be okay. She already has a hunch on what he wanted.
“Can I.. Can I see her personally?” He said in a huff, words stumble right after the other. “I-I mean, if or course it is okay with you..” He added, staring through her eyes hoping that she will allow him to.
Maya took a deep breath and stared back at him. Her baby indeed looks like this man in front of her. How can she even take away his right from him to meet their child? Anyway, she saw in his eyes that he had been honest to her since yesterday. Although she would constantly remind herself never to trust this man again that instant, she should only apply that to herself. Somehow she knows that their baby needed a father, and that is actually why she is here.
If Richard wouldn’t accept or believe her that Abby is his, then he won’t push her baby to him but if he happily embrace the news, she won’t take his rights away as a father.
“Of course, you can. Actually kaya ako nandito talaga. Gusto ko na makilala mo din siya. Ayoko namang ipagkait yung karapatan mo na yun.” She said, his eyes light up with that. “Tsaka gusto ko din mapabinyagan na si Abby. Uuwi na lang din siguro kami dito for you to meet her.”
Her words make his heart ache with so much love for them. Indeed, Maya remained the nicest person he had met. She never hated him and still thought of his rights even though he had hurt her once upon a time. She make him love her more than ever.
“So hindi pa siya nabibinyagan?”
“Nope. Gusto ko kasi nandun ka sa event na yun. Tsaka gusto ko din na dito siya mabinyagan since nandito din yung mga kaibigan ko and other relatives.” She explained.
“Okay. I will talk to mama so that she can help me with the place, church, and food.” He excitedly told her. “And oh! By the way, when is the date? When will I finally see my baby?”
She pursed her lips trying so hard to prevent herself from laughing. She had never seen Richard this excited. “Ah.. Okay lang Richard. I can talk to my mom na lang since may mga kakilala naman kami. We can ask them to help us with the preparations.”
“No, no, no.” He shook his head in disagreement. “Please Maya let me do it. Mama can help me para naman wala na kayo isipin. Ito man lang pambawi.”
What else can she do with his deadly stares? “Okay, fine. Mas okay na din yun para pag uwi namin dito konti na lang din siguro ang iisipin namin. Para afterwards, makabalik kami agad sa Canada.” She said as if she had planned everything a few weeks ago.
Richard paused for a while as he processed what she had told him. She is leaving again after their baby’s Baptism? Oh no. Not again. He won’t allow it. “So.. You mean babalik kayo sa Canada?” He asked slowly, as if testing if he heard her right.
“Oo.” She answered
He nods and bit his lip. He wanted to stop her, but how? He can’t just say that he won’t allow her to leave. She might get mad at his possessiveness and might tell him to back off because they are no longer together and worse, she might hide again.
He can’t take that risk. Not now. “Uh…”
She saw how his face changes emotions after she told him that they will go back to Canada, and she knows that he might stop her. But she already made her decision. She won’t stay. She is not here to rekindle their relationship. All she wanted from this trip is to let him know about Abby and to fix things between them for the sake of their daughter and not for their own benefit. Just for Abby.
“Don’t worry Richard, you can always visit Abby there. And pwede ko din naman siya ipahiram sa’yo dito pag medyo malaki na sya.” She laid what she thought would be a better set-up.
He slightly nodded and gave a tentative smile. “Y-yeah. All right.”
Whatever set-up Maya could possibly think of, Richard can’t seem to handle without being with her again. Whatever it takes, he will win her back.
He strides along, hands in his pockets, shirtsleeves rolled up to the elbows. He glances at her with his bright gaze and gives his lopsided smile.
Maya tried to hide her blush with his stares but couldn’t do so. She reminded herself to stay away from him but his actions and sweetness these past few days couldn’t left her mind and heart. Fortunately, she had already managed to guard her heart and built a wall that he can’t break that easily.
The sun is just beginning to turn orange, sprinkling drops of gold through the windows. Her flight back home would be today. She promised Richard and his family that she will come back after two weeks with Abby and her parents.
“See you and Abby after two weeks.” He smiled at her hoping that she will be back sooner than that.
Maya nodded and smiled back before she took his luggage from his hand and embraced Richard’s parents who also insisted in sending her off. “Mag-iingat ka Maya.. I can’t wait to see my apo again!” Esme embraced her tight, kissed her cheek and waved goodbye
Her footsteps were heavy, as if her feet remembered what it feels like when she left Richard before. She was sad then, more than the fact that she hated him, she still feels unhappy with her decision. Now she can’t understand why such feeling is bubbling up inside her once again. She shouldn’t feel like this especially when she will be back again soon.
Indeed, love is a trap. She would need those two weeks to keep her mind off him, to remind herself of the hurt that he had caused him. Even though what Sandy told her wasn’t true, Richard and Sandy still had a relationship before and he loved her.
After a few, she quickened her steps and never dare to look back.
“Hi. We’re here sa church. Everything’s okay. The venue, the food, invitations. Ipapamigay na lang.” He called her two days before her supposed flight back. He’s been very excited. Richard would always update Maya about the Baptism, every detail that he could share, he will call her right away. Indeed, it was an excuse just to hear her voice as frequent as possible.
“Ahh.. Okay. Thank you Richard! And oh! Pwede pakisend sa e-mail ko yung invitation? Even scanned copy. I will send it to my friends here na gagawin kong ninong at ninang sana.” She replied
“Sige, no problem. I will e-mail it to you agad. Hey, by the way what’s Abby been doing? Can you send me a photo of her, too?” Almost everyday, Maya will send him pictures of Abby in his e-mail which he would stare at all day.
“Eto, natutulog. Kakatulog nga lang, nagising kasi kanina. Anyway, thanks. Sige I will send you pictures later. Bye.” She hung up immediately without waiting for his reply. She’s always like this whenever he calls, always the first one to hung up.
He doesn’t even notice her action. He’s been too happy just to hear her voice on the other line.
They are all too early to pick up Maya. Richard’s been so excited that he even lack sleep. He stared for what seems like eternity on Maya and Abby’s picture that was taken by his mother when Esme visited Maya and Abby a month ago.
Maybe he even dozed off a bit for he remembered having a dream of Maya and Abby with him, out for a family outing. He is so happy that he wish it was real. Whatever, if that is just a dream, he will make sure that he will make it real.
“Anak, I think palabas na si Maya.” He jolted up from his sleep inside the van when his mother reminded him of the time. True enough, Maya’s plane already landed.
A lot of people were walking around the airport some are waiting for their family and others are on their way out to hail a cab. Richard’s neck has been stretched already as he looks everywhere for Maya and Abby.
His eyes lit up, his lips curved up in a smile as soon as his chinky eyes saw Maya, and her parents walking behind them. He waved his hand at them and started walking towards them to greet them. He didn’t notice his baby. He wondered where is she?
He was already near them when his feet got glued on the floor. Behind Maya’s parents was a man. Tall, good-looking, possibly just as old as Maya, and to worsen his imagination, that man is carrying Abby.
His heart beats race. He felt a sudden ache in his chest. Whoever that man is, he have to be assured that he is just a friend of Maya, or rather, a gay friend who happened to be one of the godfathers of Abby. Someone should do it now before he starts to get mad.
“Hi.” Maya kissed him on the cheek as she greets him and also did the same to his parents who was unaware of his feelings.
“Ah.. Good morning po. Ma, pa.” He greeted Maya’s parents. Art and Tere nodded and smiled at him.
The man behind them is still holding Abby in his arms. Maybe they noticed him looking at that man because Maya took Abby away from him and went back to where Richard is. “Say hi to daddy, Abby.” Maya held Abby’s right hand and waved it Abby smiled at him. He grinned at the sight of their baby. Whoever that man is, he will settle that issue later. For now, he will be the best father for Abby.
He scooped Abby from Maya and kissed her cheek lovingly. Esme ‘awwed’ and took a photo of Abby and Richard because she insisted that such moment shouldn’t be missed.
The whole family then went inside the van, Abby is still with Richard, their parents were behind him, chatting like forever. While he looked back and searched for Maya only to find him smiling and walking beside the man who’s with them.
To make things worse, that stranger also went inside their van and sat beside Maya on the third seat. If he will also eat with them later, he might kill someone.
Staring at the rear view mirror, Richard noticed how close they were. With that guy’s actions, he is sure that he is an enemy of him. He is not just Maya’s friend, and also he is not gay. He is sure of that.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! My next update will be part 4 of IHIP na muna. If there are any errors, sorry. Di ko na binasa ulit. May we all have an awesome 2015!! God Bless! 🙂 🙂 🙂