“Mom! Mom! The architect is here.”
Luke Andrew dela Rosa was at the foot of their stairs calling his mom.
“I’ll be right there anak.”
Maya hurriedly changed into a pair of jeans and white shirt and proceeded to meet with the architect, her friend, Rafi recommended.
“Good morning Architect Molina. Glad that you made it here. Medyo malayo talaga itong lugar namin.”
“Hi Mrs. dela Rosa. No worries about that. I have projects farther than your place. Anyway just call me Ryan. I prefer it that way.”
“Okay. You might as well call me Maya.”
“So Maya can I check the place now?”
Maya led Ryan as he checked her vacation house to be renovated.
It was an old wooden two storey house built by her parents some 50 years ago.
When both her parents were murdered by the robbers who entered their house, Maya, who was an only child, decided to leave the place, find a job.
She met her husband, James Ventura and they had a son Luke Andrew.
They lived in a village in the city. Maya never visited their old house. She never mentioned it either. She wanted to forget the sad memories of that house.
She had a blissful married life with James for 7 years until he suddenly changed.
He became alcoholic, he got into drugs and started doing illegal stuff like smuggling, gun running and selling illegal drugs as well.
James also got into gambling and womanizing that even their personal savings and even the small fortune left by her parents was beginning to be consumed.
Maya tried to put up with him. She would always rationalize that James was a good guy and he was just under the influence of drugs and alcohol that’s why he tended to be violent at times.
Yes he would be violent.
He would hurt her. He would be rough to her in their bedroom and he would also humiliate her in public.
She suffered in silence. She never told anyone of her pain and hurt.
She shielded her family from what others would say. It was the only one she had anyway.
James and Luke were the only ones she had and as long as her family were together, she could sacrifice even herself. She wants to do this for their son.
But the very reason for her holding her family together was also the reason why she decided to let go.
What made Maya decide to leave James was when he started hurting their son Luke.
So one night while still black and blue from being beaten up by her husband, Maya and her son Luke was fetched by her very best friend Rafi and her husband Charlie.
James was soundly asleep when they escaped. Luke and Maya only had a small bag for themselves. She couldn’t bring many clothes for she didnt have time to prepare. James would also definitely be aware of it once he sees their bags.
It was a good idea that she never introduced Rafi to James. James would be jealous of anyone so she never mentioned any of her friends to him.
James knew that it was only him and Luke in her life. He was so secured with the fact that Maya didn’t have anyone else to even think of leaving him.
“Hesusmaryosep! Anong nangyari sa’yo Maya?”
Manang Fe, Rafi’s childhood nanny was shocked when she opened their front door.
She knows Maya and Luke.
“Manang pakiayos na po muna ng guest room. Dito muna sina Maya at Luke.” Rafi requested her nanny.
“Maya don’t worry. He couldn’t hurt you anymore. Safe kayo ni Luke dito.” Charlie assured her wife’s best friend.
Maya still in tears and trembling in fear just nodded her head.
“Hon, I’ll go to the pharmacy first. Maya needs medicines and bandages for her wounds. Wala na tayong supplies.”
“Charlie, Rafi salamat ha!”
“Don’t mention it Maya. Basta ang importante is wala na kayo dun and he won’t be able to hurt you again.”
Luke just remained in the arms of his mom.
Maya and Luke stayed with Rafi and Charlie. She used her savings for their needs. Good that her husband wasn’t aware of all the properties and small fortune her parents left. At least she has fund to use in times of emergency like now. Luke was forced to stop going to school for his safety.
They stayed for 7 months when Charlie was suddenly assigned by his company to work at their main office in Canada. Rafi is included as well.
Maya and Luke had no choice but to leave the place.
Rafi already suggested that they stay with Manang Fe but Maya decided to leave and go somewhere her husband won’t be able to find them.
She decided to go back home to their old house in San Nicolas.
Rafi and Charlie decided that Manang Fe would be better left with Maya. The old nanny agreed. She loves Maya and Luke already.
Before the couple left, they helped Maya and Luke settle on their old house. Since repairs are needed, she recommended her colleague Architect Ryan Molina.
Preview of the next chapter:
“Maganda siya brod.”
“Brod, isusumbong talaga kita kay Ivy nyan eh.”
“Ang kj naman nito. Just a little companionship or friendship, masama ba yun?”
“I know what runs in your mind Ryan. Tigilan mo na.”
“Pero malungkot naman siya. Namatay ata yun asawa. I could make her happy.”
Richard Lim just shook his head, totally annoyed with his playboy friend.
A/N New story. Let’s see how this will go. Matatapos na kasi yun THNF and also AOUH. This is pure fiction.