This is a continuation to Almost – part 9.
Days passed after their little fight, Maya seemed preoccupied with work and her new found “hobby”. Whatever it is, this kept Richard curious. She seemed so hooked with it that it took alot of her time. Richard kept asking her about it but Maya wouldn’t tell him.
One afternoon, knowing that Maya will be home early, Richard wanted to surprise her. He went home early, brought her favorite blueberry cheesecake from her favorite pastry shop only to found out that she hasn’t gone home yet.
“Wala pa po si Maya Manang Fe?”
“Wala pa eh. Bakit, sinabi ba niya kung anong oras siya uuwi? May usapan ba kayo?”
“Wala naman po. Gusto ko nga sanang sorpresahin. I even bought the cake that she likes. I wanted to spend time with her kasi this past few days parang lagi na lang kaming nag-aaway.”
“Ganun ba. Oh, eh di tawagan mo. Baka nasa kaibigan lang niya, nagpapalipas ng oras kasi kung uuwi naman siya dito mag-isa lang siya at lahat kayo nasa labas kaya di pa umuwi.”
“Sige po, tawagan ko na lang.”
Manang Fe left Richard while he was calling Maya but she didn’t pick her phone. Thinking that she might be busy, Richard tried calling John. Fortunately he was able to talk to him and found out the reason that keeps his wife busy.
“Di ba niya sinabi sa’yo?”
“Kasi nag enroll si Maya sa zumba class at nagpa-member din siya sa isang health and fitness club. I think kumuha siya ng sariling PT niya.”
“Yung Zumba class si Emman ang kasama niya dun…yung sa PT I think yung schedule niya is Tuesdays and Thursdays. And since Thursday ngayon malamang nasa kasama niya Personal Trainer niya sa gym this time.”
“Oh… bakit daw?”
“Anong bakit Chard?”
“Bakit siya biglang nag-decide mag take ng zumba classes and magpa-member sa fitness club?”
Richard was really wondering what makes Maya decide to do such stuff when she even hates running.
“Eh di ko po alam eh. Baka na-encourage lang ni Emman..”
Richard could only sigh in frustration.
“Thanks for telling me John. I guess I’ll just have to ask her later when she gets home. Di kasi niya sinasagot ang tawag ko kaya ikaw na lang yung tinawagan ko.”
“No problem. Baka nahiya lang din siyang sabihin sa’yo but i’m sure may plano yon. Di ka naman natitiis ni Maya eh.Sige I have to go. I have to prepare for my next flight.”
Richard hang up and decided to call Maya again. This time she picked it up.
Maya seemed out of breath, hearing her only confirmed what John said earlier, that she was in the gym.
“After you’re done there..uuwi ka na ba?”
He doesn’t want to scare Maya by sounding impatient but he just can’t hide it anymore. Maya was silent for a moment.
“So alam mo na?..Oo, uuwi na ako. Sorry di kita nasagot kanina..Kakatapos lang namin eh .”
“Anong kakatapos lang ninyo Maya?!”
Paranoia strikes again that he imagined a male personal trainer holding Maya so close to him suddenly popped out of his mind when he heard those last few words from her.
“Mag-exercise..Kakatapos lang namain mag-exercise..”
She said calmly.
“Linawin mo kasi!”
“Malinaw naman tayong nag-uusap ah. ”
Maya answered innocently. Richard felt his face warmed from blushing. Not wanting to keep arguing with her over the phone, he ordered her to go home early because he wanted to discuss this with her.
An hour later, Maya arrived home. As soon as Richard told her to forget about going to the gym, they started arguing. It didn’t help when she showed him the picture of her female personal trainer. He was furious when he saw that Maya was wearing a sexy black tank top and cycling shorts!
She almost jumped when he heard his loud voice.
He was pointing on her on the picture.
“Anong problema ko diyan?”
“That’s exactly why ayokong mag-gym ka. ”
“Ahh..don’t worry Ricky…all girls lang kami diyan sa room. Di naman ako sasama kung may boys na kasama sa amin noh..kakahiya kaya. ”
“Shhh no buts…saka, kasi napapansin ko parang lumalaki na ako. Ayaw mo nun sexy pa din asawa mo?”
“I don’t care kung tataba ka or what…..at saka bakit ba bigla ka naging conscious sa katawan mo?”
Ayoko kaya mapalitan!”
“Wala lang, gusto ko lang maging fit.”
“Okay fine.. sabi mo nga you want to be fit, pagbibigyan kita sa zumba. Pero yung membership mo sa gym drop it! N-O!”
“Ricky! May three weeks pa ako..pwede bang tapusin ko na lang yon? Sayang yung binayad ko dun eh.”
“NO! End of discussion!”
Richard left their bedroom and went down to his home office. She was upset with him but Richard was firmed on his decision.
It took Maya two days before she completely gave up on convincing him. In order to make her feel better, Richard reasoned out that one reason why he doesn’t want to allow her was because it was taking alot of her time. That she barely have time for him anymore. To avoid arguing with him, instead of exercising at the gym, she bought a treadmill that she can use and placed it on the veranda. A few days after, the kids started joining her making exercising more fun for Maya.
Exercising at the veranda quickly became a family bonding. Motivated to be fit just like Maya, Nikki also tried sports and began to love volleyball. Maya was supportive of Nikki that she was thrilled once she learned that Nikki thought of joining the volleyball club of their school. To help Nikki, build confidence. She bought her a volleyball and played with her on a nearby court whenever she have time.
Richard was back in his office after a short meeting with the engineers in the conference room when Liza rushed inside.
“Sir have you checked your email?”
“I guess you need to check it. I received an email from Mr. Yu and they are reconsidering their plan of co-financing the hangar upgrade.”
“Really? I guess this has something to do with Denise.”
“Denise Sir? ”
“Yes…it’s a long story and i’m not comfortable to talk about it. I’ll check the email.”
Liza left Richard who was already checking his email. Richard found one email from Mr. Yu stating that they are reconsidering their plan of co-financing the upgrade of the hangar due to some financial problems that their company is experiencing. But knowing what happened days ago, Richard already knew this was coming.
What Denise wants, Denise gets!
Thought Richard. But despite the fact that this would greatly affect his plans about the Manila hangar, he would prefer putting his business plans on hold for now. His marriage is more important for him than his business.
Richard fished his phone from his pocket and called Maya but she was out of reach so he called home. After several rings, he heard Manang Fe on the other line.
“Manang naka-uwi na si Maya?”
“Wala pa Ricardo..ano bang oras ang uwi niya?”
“Alas dos ang sabi niya. I tried calling her phone pero naka-off.”
“Baka papauwi pa lang or baka lowbat kaya di matawagan. Pag-uwi niya sabihan ko tawagan ka.”
“Sige po Manang, salamat..Ay si Joma po ba sinundo na si Maya?”
“Hindi eh. Kanina nung hinatid ni Joma sinabihan daw siyang di na magpapasundo at sasabay na lang siya kay John.”
“Ah, sige po..salamat, Manang.”
After the call and two more failed attempts to reach Maya, Richard decided to start working again. Not long after, Richard got busy with paper works that thoughts about his wife’s whereabouts slipped off his mind once again. If not because of Liza, who got inside his office once again to ask permission if she could leave early due to some important stuff that she needed to attend to, Richard would have completely lost track of the time. Calling his home once again, Richard talked to Manang Fe once again.
“Ricardo di naka-uwi si Maya kasi may nakipag-swap daw ng flight sa kanya. Ang sabi ngayong alas-sais ng gabi ang dating niya.”
“Ah ganun po ba. Nagpapasundo ba kay Joma?”
“Nung tinanong ko sabi niya makikisabay na lang daw siya sa kasama niya o baka sasabay na lang daw siya sa company service. Ayaw na magpasundo kasi daw susunduin pa daw ni Joma ang mga bata ayaw niyang magmadali si Joma sa pagdrive pauwi para lang masundo siya sa oras.”
“Okay. Sige ako na lang po susundo. Paalis na din ako dito.”
“Mabuti pa nga..sige mag-ingat kayo.Dito ba kayo kakain?”
“Di na siguro Manang. Tell the kids na mauna na silang kumain, sa labas na kami kakain ni Maya.”
“Okay..sige mag-enjoy kayo.”
Despite having a bad day, thoughts about going home and seeing Maya made him smile . Minutes later, Richard was already on his way to the airport to fetch Maya. It suddenly dawned on him that he haven’t done this for her for quiet a long time already, he suddenly missed those days when he would come to the airport either to drop Maya off to work or to take her home. Memories of the past, especially when she was still his girlfriend, suddenly came flooding back in his mind making him smile.
Richard was nearing the entrance when he spotted Maya talking to someone. He was about to ready to make his presence know to Maya when he saw her get inside a blue car. Richard got his phone to call Maya but her phone was out of reach, so he continued to follow them till he saw the car stopped infront of a chinese restaurant. Richard doesn’t have any idea who the owner of the car was until he saw James alighted from the car. He opened Maya’s door and assisted her out. Seeing them together walk inside the restaurant, Richard knew he shouldn’t get mad at her right away just because she was with James but when he remembered her recent activities and their fights. How she told him that doesn’t trust him anymore and how quickly she forgave him when he told her about Denise.
No, di pa niya ako pinatawad..she said okay but that was it! Bakit di ko yon napansin! Ang tanga ko!
Richard figured it out. Remembering all of these things that happened recently, Richard just can’t stop himself but suspects Maya is trying to get back at him. And she knows just how to do that, through James.