Long-held Torch – Part 10

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Author’s Note:  Again, thank you to Ms. Chuchy for always checking my work prior to submission or posting.  My very special thanks go to Ms Alpha Grace for critically reviewing my draft so that I can come up with a better quality work.  My effusive thanks to the readers who always make the effort to leave encouraging comments. As I have said many times over, your comments/reactions keep me typing and typing and typing…parang Energiser Battery lang ang effect😉

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Much earlier that day, Maya’s time was spent mainly on woolgathering.   She had been absently smiling as she silently reminisced how her stargazing date with Richard went like a dream the night before. She was even singing a love tune while she did her household chores.  Mamang even caught her using the feather-duster as a microphone when she sang the chorus verses.

“Ang saya-saya naman ng apo ko,” commented Mamang as Maya gave her grandmother a quick hug when Maya encountered her in the living room “kaya lang wala pa rin sa tono.”

Maya giggled good-naturedly.  She never cared whether she sings out of tune.  She is in love with Richard and he ‘says’ he feels the same.  Under the stars, he had confessed that he had been in love with her for almost a decade. And she is beginning to believe him.

“Mamang…”

Her grandmother paused in her tracks as she was about to return downstairs to the shop.  “Ano yun, apo?”

“Ang ganda po talaga ng mga bituin sa langit, Mamang.” Maya sighed dramatically.

“Bituin?” Mamang looked up at the late morning sun that was intensifying as the day reached noontime. “Bakit ka nakakakita ng mga bituin?  Nabagok ba ulo mo?”

Maya smilingly shook her head as her grandmother checked her head for any lump or swelling.

“Hmmmp!”  Mamang pursed her lips and considered her youngest grandchild before heading back downstairs  “Teresita, itong bunso mo, nakakakita ng bituin kahit sikat na sikat ang araw…nagha-halusinasyon na…”

In the late afternoon, she had an unexpected visit from Capt. James who spent a few hours with her while his return flight was delayed due to minor repairs on his aircraft.  Since she was euphoric with how her relationship with Richard was progressing, she got a bit overzealous in congratulating him when he had confided that he was finally committing himself to taking on the deputy managing director’s post long offered to him by his dad. This meant that he will not be regularly flying commercial routes anymore.

Sensing that Capt. James was also attempting to formally express his feelings for her, Maya pre-empted him by stating that she has been in love with someone and that particular someone returns her feelings.  Capt. James smiled ruefully and stated that he had suspected that there has to be a special someone for Maya to keep on ignoring him, even joking that most women found him irresistible otherwise.  Like a true gentleman, Capt. James accepted the situation and they parted as friends.

Maya was bubbly the entire dinner time.  Then, the clock indicated 7pm which progressed to 8pm and then to 9pm. It was almost 10 in the evening and Richard was still nowhere in sight. She texted him but he did not answer.

“Bunso, kalma ka lang,” teased Kute as she noticed Maya jumping to see over the  front road window each time a vehicle passed by.

Nasaan na kaya si Singkit? Sabagay, wala naman siyang sinabing gabi-gabi siyang dadalaw.  Mahirap pala itong nasasanay agad-agad.

“Hmmmp!”  Maya pursed her lips in annoyance.

“Busy yun,” explained Kute as she noticed her sibling’s darkening expression.

“Kahit anong busy niya, nandito siya pagdating ng gabi” Maya argued.

“Wow, Maya! Daig mo pa ang asawa, ah!” Kute was laughing as she tried to balance the shop’s accounts that were spread in front of her.

“Kute, ano ka ba?  Baka marinig ka nila Tatay.”

“Pakinggan mo nga kasi ang sarili mo, ni hindi mo pa nga boyfriend yung tao, mukhang gusto mo nang rendahan!”  observed  Kute “saka nasa kuwarto na sila Tatay.  Si Mamang naman naghihilik na kanina pa.”

“Matutulog na rin ako,” Maya left her sister in the family room and locked herself in her bedroom to sulk.

Richard’s light gray suit jacket was on a wire hanger and was dangling by her wardrobe cabinet handle.  After a few minutes of debating on the wisdom of visiting a man’s home, she took the jacket and went out of her bedroom.  No one was about in the living areas so she decided to just leave without telling anyone.  She should be back before anyone realizes that she was gone anyway.  She trekked the sandy beach to reach the villa where Nana Benita and Tata Igme was just about to lock the side kitchen door behind them.  The old couple let her in and said their farewells.  Before they went, Tata Igme forewarned Maya that the boss was in a foul temper since late afternoon.

Maya may probably have been able to cope with Richard in a bad mood but she was certainly no match against Richard in an amorous mood!  Her physical attraction to him was just too strong for her to withstand his advances.  She had just had a small taste of his prowess in bed that had her behaving so carelessly and so wantonly.  She was delirious with pleasure as he seemed to instinctively hone in on all her erogenous zones.  He had caressed and stroked her so intimately that she was helpless as he brought her to heavenly heights where she burst into flames.

As she slowly came back down to earth, Maya’s sensual bliss was quickly replaced by acute embarrassment.  If only one can be swallowed up by the earth merely by wishing it, she would have done so to avoid facing Richard afterwards.  There she was lying in a wicker daybed with him, behaving like an overly emotional female as tears flowed in post experience reaction.

“Maya, what’s wrong sweetheart?” Richard softly asked in concern, which made her tears flow even more profusely.

“Maya?” Richard questioned softly.

Maya abruptly sat up and gathered her front, still crying silently.  She would have gotten up and walked away just as quietly had Richard not barred her way.

“Maya, look at me.”  Richard’s voice had a hint of pleading but Maya still can not bring herself to look at him directly. “Sweetheart, please talk to me.”

“I want to go home,” Maya hiccupped her response.

“What do you want me to say, Maya?  I cannot say I am sorry for what just happened coz I’m not,” was the unapologetic response as Richard framed her face.

Maya turned her head away as Richard tried to kiss her tears away. She desperately needed to get away from him. Now!

“Okey, fine!”  Richard bit out when Maya struggled out of his hold.

Richard and Maya both had mutinous facial expressions on the ride home.  The minute the Land Cruiser stopped, Maya jumped out without waiting for Richard to open the door for her.  She ran upstairs like the devil was at her heels and locked herself in her room.

She looked terrible the next day as she was not able to sleep for each time she closed her eyes, she could see Richard and how he caressed her traitorous body.  She would then get embarrassed all over again.  She stayed in her bedroom all day, feigning sickness.  Hence, it was easy for her to avoid Richard when he visited that evening with Kute making excuses for her.

Maya was on tenterhooks the entire hour that he stayed.  She could hear him chatting with her Tatay Arturo discussing structural reinforcements and other projects her father would like to do.  She could not hide in her bedroom like this, night after night.   She could travel back to Manila to stay at her condo in order to give herself a reprieve from Richard’s advances.  So, the next day, she informed her family that she needed to be back in the capital city for a few days to sort out some things.  Kute had looked at her with disbelief but did not ask probing questions.

Maya’s flight back to Manila was uneventful.  It was just what she needed to calm herself and try to rationalize what had happened between herself and Richard. The answer was pure and simple of course.  Powerful mutual physical attraction. With the strong pull between them, it was but natural that they would end up in bed. Sooner or later.

Pero hindi ko pa siya sinasagot! Saka sabi niya maghihintay siya!

Well, he did wait. He waited until the next day and almost made love to her! The worst part of it was she just let him.  No, that was not entirely accurate nor honest. She enjoyed his love-making.  With his vast sexual experience, she was certainly no match for him. And that was not fair!

Pilyong Singkit na yun! Sobrang eksperto sa aparato! Hmmmp!

She was still wearing a disgruntled frown when she went through the airport gates. The expression was still in place when,  Emman, her gay flatmate and fellow TA flight attendant, opened the door for her as she was struggling to find  the right key for the front door.

“Roomie? What are you doing back here?”  her friend asked as he followed her into their minuscule flat that barely had room to swing a cat.

“Dito ako nakatira diba?”

“My pink gosh!”  Emman’s left delicately plucked eyebrow was raised. “Ang alam ko, isang buwan ang bakasyon mo.  So, what’s up?”

Maya tried to look relaxed as she checked her mail. They were mainly bills as per normal but one was from TA training department which she quickly opened.  It was reminding FA’s of the first aid refresher courses that started to run from last week. She had another week to be able to attend one of the sessions.

“I just have to attend the first aid refresher course this week,” Maya quickly used the new information as her alibi as she glanced at the reminder letter  “Baka umuwi din ako ng San Nicholas pagkatapos.”

Emman smiled as he peered at her closely. “Roomie, meron kang hindi sinasabi sakin.”

Maya was taken aback. Did she really look different after almost making love with Richard?  Goodness, will everyone be able to tell?

“Ha?  Anong pinagsasasabi mo?” she asked worriedly.

Emman, perceptive as always, shook his head. “There is a sparkle in your eyes that was not there when you left.”

“Well…” Maya avoided her flatmate’s knowing gaze.

“My pink gosh! Meron ka na bang boylet?  Finally?” exclaimed her gay friend excitedly.

Maya smiled at the term ‘boylet’ and how highly unsuitable it was to describe Richard.  He was anything but a boy.

“There is someone but… I am just…well,” Maya paused as she tried to verbalize  the overwhelming feeling she had at the speed of how the relationship was progressing. “basta…saka ko na lang ikukwento sayo, kapag hindi nako nahihilo sa bilis ng mga pangyayari, ha?”

“Sige promise yan. Kukulitin talaga kita.”  Emman retorted as she headed towards her bedroom.

Maya just smiled ruefully as she closed her bedroom. She unpacked, undressed  and garbed on a thick towelling robe. She then gathered all soiled clothing into her laundry basket.  She glanced at her wall clock which just ticked a few minutes after 8pm.  She went to her ensuite bathroom and turned on the tap to fill the bathtub with very warm water.  Then, she lit her chamomile scented candles to fill the bathroom with a relaxing ambience.

With her long tresses in a high chignon, Maya was already soaking in the bath when Emman hollered that he will go to the mall to meet up with a few female colleagues from TA to watch the last full show screening of  a chick flick.  She yelled back that she was in the bath and requested that Emman lock the door behind him.

Resettling herself in the warm water, she took the ball puff  to scrub herself in places that was reminding her of her last encounter with the bespectacled chinito.  He had touched her in the most intimate places which were still very sensitive at the moment.  Even the gentle laps of water against the swell of her breasts were echoing the caress of the man who preoccupied most of her conscious thoughts at the moment.

With grim determination, Maya closed her eyes and tried to blank out any thoughts on Richard.  The very warm scented water eventually soothed and relaxed her body.  Maya frowned as she felt the light caress of fingers over her uppers arms which travelled to the upper swell of her breasts that were visible above water.  Maya languorously opened her eyes and saw Richard lowering himself into the bathtub,  causing a lot of scented water to overflow.  Maya blinked as he poised himself above her before his lips claimed hers in another searingly hot kiss.

Maya’s hands involuntarily went to his wide chest and felt his bare warm skin. Richard further deepened the kiss and she felt his length covering hers as water gushed around them.  The bath water may have cooled down, but Maya’s temperature was rising again as Richard’s hands were lightly stroking her while he continued with his drugging kisses.

Maya’s breathing hitched when Richard’s lips travelled down her neck to one upturned peak that leapt alive as he suckled hungrily and then fondled the other.  Maya was mewling with pleasure as Richard shifted his attention to her other peak.  Then his hands were exploring further down, much further down.  Maya bit her lower lip to stop herself from groaning when she felt his fingers probe between her feminine furrow.  She gasped as he found her hidden nubbin and started caressing it like before.  With eyes squeezed shut, Maya could only hold on to him as she felt hedonistic delight taking over.

Wordlessly, she felt one of his hands shift to cup one of her derrière and she felt him wedging her thighs open. Then she felt a blunt tip nudging her feminine entrance that made her eyes flutter wide open. She looked up at him and saw that his chinito eyes were glittering down at her before he swooped down again to cover her lips.  Maya felt herself being stretched as his male shaft inched its way into her feminine core.  When Richard released her lips, Maya’s breathing was very much uneven.  Richard gathered her in his arms, as his painstakingly slow invasion continued.

Maya’s hands went up and gripped his upper arms and rested her cheek against his left chest.  His heart was beating hard and loud. In fact, it was getting louder and louder that it alarmed  her for his heartbeat sounded very different from the ‘lub-dub’ that one normally hears.  It was more like the pounding of wood, like someone knocking very hard on a wooden door!

That was when Maya’s eyes finally opened.  She was still half-immersed within the scented water with her hands gripping either side of the bathtub while her legs were spread-eagled under the scented bath water.  But she was alone!  Her hands went to her hot cheeks in shame.  It was just a dream, albeit a very vivid erotic dream!

Damn the man!  She can’t even escape him even though she had already placed a great distance between them!  Her traitorous body certainly remembered, as she was reduced to fantasizing about him!

The hard knock came again.  She ignored it at first but was forced to get up as the relentless knock got louder by the second.  Any harder and the front door would be in danger of getting knocked off its hinges.

“Sandali lang!” she yelled out which halted the wood pounding.

Maya climbed out of the bath and self-deprecatingly noted the very dry bathroom floor tiles. She haphazardly towelled herself dry before putting on a towelling robe. Emman must have forgotten his set of keys again, Maya thought as she quickly padded barefoot to the front door.

“Emman?  Nakalimutan mo na nam—!”  Maya’s jaw dropped as she opened the door for it was Richard standing there with a thunderous expression on his face.

“Who the hell is Emman?”  Richard demanded as he walked through the door, brushing past Maya.

“Richard, anong ginagawa mo dito?” Maya finally asked as she recovered, ignoring his question.

“I should be asking you that question, Maya” he verbally threw back with both hands on his hips as he stood in the middle of the condo’s tiny living room.

“I don’t have to tell you anything!” she yelled defiantly but stepped back as Richard advanced on her like a tiger eyeing his prey “Well, if you must know I have training this week.”

“Really?” he questioned, scepticism written all over his stern face.

“Yes, really!”

“So, you were not actually running away from me?” he baited as he continued to advance.

“Bakit ko naman gagawin yun?”  Maya parried with another question as she moved away from him, her back now against the wall as she gripped  the doorknob.

“Dahil natakot ka sa nangyari nung isang gabi” he replied with eyes mere slits.

“Hindi ah!” was her vehement denial.

“Good!”  Richard looked pointedly at her towelling robe “Change into something decent.  We’re going out for dinner.”

In a bad mood, Richard can be derisive, demanding or domineering.  At the moment, he was all three which took her breath away, in a really very bad way!  How dared he imply that she was dressed indecently!  For goodness sake, she was in the bath when he arrived unannounced!  And he did not even ask if she wanted to go out with him. He just declared that they were and that was that!

“Sinong may sabing sasama ako sayo?”  she bristled, unwilling to be browbeated.

“Are you not hungry?”

Maya shook her head vigorously.

“Okey, then we’ll stay in and order food to be delivered.” Richard eyed her almost balefully.

“What? You can’t stay here!” Maya protested in panic.

His response was to close the door a bit more forcefully  than necessary as he closed the gap between them.  She was rooted at the spot, her back against the wall.  Then, Maya felt Richard’s right hand go round her waist while the other angled her face so he could directly look into her eyes.

“You are driving me insane,” he murmured as he lowered his face to hers.

“Richard, please!” Maya protested in a breathless voice as she tried to avoid his kiss.

Hmmmnnn…you smell very nice,” he murmured as his kiss fell on the side of her face while his right hand travelled upwards to go under her robe to freely explore.  His lips were making a trail across her neck while his hands cupped her twin peaks under the fabric.  Maya could only whimper as little ripples of pleasurable sensations coursed through her body.  She was helpless as Richard swooped up again for a passionate kiss.  All coherent thought processes fled once again as Maya’s traitorous body revelled in the attention that Richard was giving her.  Of their own accord, her hands had crept around his neck as she hesitantly kissed him back which made Richard just deepen the kiss.

“So, who is Emman?”  he asked when he broke the liplock only to trail his lips along her jawline.

Maya frowned. “Emman?”

“Hmmnnnn… when I arrived, you thought I was Emman.  I seem to keep on tripping over your boyfriends. What’s he to you?” he prompted in deceptively soft tone.

“He’s not my—oohhh!”  Maya forgot what she was trying to say as his thumb pad teased her nipples.

“Go on,” Richard prompted as he kissed the corner of her mouth.

“He’s not…my boy…friend,” Maya managed to gasp with unsteady breathing “he’s myyyy g—gay…flat…mate…”

“Good!” Richard said before kissing her that obliterated all rational thoughts from her head.

After a while, Richard released her lips and looked down at her.

“Maya?” he whispered.

Silence.

“I am sure you have something to say,”    he said huskily.

“No?” he sounded amused as Maya shook her head wordlessly. “Well, if you have nothing to say, we might as well continue this in your bedroom, hmmm?”

Maya gasped and then looked up at him.

“And daya-daya mo!” Maya complained as she glared at him “Dinadaan mo ako palagi sa bilis, eh!”

Richard’s brows merely lifted as he tried to suppress a smile which further annoyed Maya.

“Sabi mo maghihintay ka, diba?” Maya whined petulantly. “Ano?  Express Lane na naman?”

“Maya,  FYI,” he indicated towards his lower body where his hard-on was clearly visible against his pants “I am still waiting.”

“Oh!”  Maya blinked in realization, her doe-shaped eyes as big as saucers.  While she was consumed with passion, she did not even spare a thought for him.

Richard laughed in that throaty deep voice, his chinito eyes slanted upwards in very good humour despite his unsatisfied state.

Maya blinked again as she finally remembered that she was half exposed.  Her hands flew to gather her robe lapels as she tried to escape, her eyes avoiding Richard’s knowing gaze.  She went nowhere as Richard refused to release her.

“Maya, look at me,” Richard softly commanded as he gently turned her jaw to face him.  “There is nothing wrong with what happened the other night, if that was bothering you. What happened was just as natural as my loving you.”

Maya still kept mum, lost for words.

“Are you shy, Maya?”

Maya wordlessly nodded her head.

“Sweetheart, you shouldn’t be,” Richard laughed again throatily.  “We are physically attracted to each other so ‘this’ was inevitable between us.”

A rumbling sound interrupted their conversation.  It was Richard’s stomach growling with hunger.

“I haven’t had lunch and I am really getting hungry,” Richard informed her ruefully as he stepped back to release her. “It’s too late for a proper course dinner but I am sure we can find something if I drive around.”

With head averted, she quickly went into her bedroom.  For a minute, Maya weighed the merits of locking him out of her room.  He will probably just break it down and wake up the entire condominium building’s residential populace in the process!

“And Maya, I am just giving you 10 minutes.  If you are not dressed in that time, I will go in there and continue where we left off,” he hollered through her bedroom door.

That threat got her moving in lightning speed, unwilling to risk another bout of love-making with Richard. How was she going to get through the next couple of hours with him?  She would die of embarrassment each time he looked at her.

Funny enough, Maya was able to survive the late night date with Richard.  They went to a 24-hour American diner that always served breakfast and steak dinners.  She was even able to muster a smile when Richard ordered a banana with her steak and rice meal.

Richard’s behaviour changed, though.  At first, he had insisted on holding her hand as he drove his BMW.  It was like a tug of war at first, but he eventually won as he firmly held her hand against his thigh.  Then he was either holding her hand, or his hand would be at the back of her waist when they were walking.  And she had even felt his palm stray downwards to her derrière once or twice!  He had also held her very close when they were standing by the diner’s foyer, waiting to be seated.  He even stole a kiss as he did a quick lipsmack before guiding her as they followed the waiting staff  to their table.  While waiting for their food, he was holding her hands across the square table.

Richard was behaving like a boyfriend!  More specifically, her boyfriend!  He had decided that they are ‘together’ despite the fact that they never did the DTR.  Maya almost laughed at herself.  Richard had almost made love to her once, or twice, if you count what happened tonight.  Yet, she was still wanting a verbal confirmation of their relationship status!

When they got back to her condo, Richard had kissed her thoroughly for several minutes before releasing her and then watching her go through her front door.  He had whispered that he has an important meeting the next day  at the corporate head office that finishes by midday  but he would call her so that they can have lunch together.

First thing in the morning, Maya left for TA head office. She picked up her payslips and checked her next roster.  Then, she sauntered off to the training centre located on the third floor.  She presented herself to the elderly lady facilitator, who was part of the company nurse team, and confessed that she was not able to book herself as she had been away.  The facilitator smiled and waved her in stating that she did not have many attendees for that morning.  Maya breezed though the CPR training and finished early but the facilitator said something that struck Maya.

“Life is so precious and you never know what’s around the corner.  One minute, you are laughing with a passenger, a colleague, or a loved one.  The next minute, something happens and they are gone.  So, you need to be prepared but do not blame yourself if you cannot save that life, because there are no guarantees in life.”

There are no guarantees in life.  That statement kept on replaying in her head as she stepped into the elevator.

In retrospect, Maya thought about Señor La Rosa and his wife. They were both in the prime of their lives.  He had a brilliant career.  He had many plans, intended to have many children, hoped to fill the Spanish villa with love and laughter.  But it all came to a crashing end with the unexpected death of his wife and his own death soon thereafter.

The thought of Richard dying was unthinkable.  Yet, she had cowardly left Richard when she could not handle the situation.  He quickly followed but anything could have happened in between.  Then she thought about his chopper and she felt nauseous just thinking of the mishaps that could have happened to him while travelling to and fro Mindoro night after night just so that he could be with her.

She ran out of the elevator as soon as it stopped on the ground floor level.  Maya practiced some breathing exercises to calm herself down.   It took several minutes before her breathing regulated and her pulses beat in normal steady rhythm.

Without meaning to, the facilitator drummed a few home truths to her this morning.  In the final analysis, she loves Richard and he loves her.  Whatever the future brings, she owed it to herself and to him to have a chance at happiness.  There would definitely be problems with the difference in personalities.  She was not that naïve not to expect any.   But they can compromise which had always been the key to successful relationships.  And as long as he remained devoted and faithful to her, they can work out the rest.

With that decided in her head, she was again light on her feet.  It was an hour before lunchtime.  Maya would surprise him and visit him this time.  She was smiling as she hailed an oncoming taxi.

Despite the hideous Makati City traffic, Maya was practically beaming when she finally reached Richard’s head office.  The clerical staff were busy as she went through.  It was a good thing Miss Lisa came out of the boardroom and saw her.

“Miss Maya,” she smiled at her as Maya warmly kissed her cheek in greeting “Your Kuya Ryan is not here.”

Maya smiled shyly. “I am looking for Richard, actually. Is he free now?”

Lisa smiled conspiratorially at her. “We just finished a meeting with the public relations company.  You go into the boardroom.”

Maya hesitated not wanting to intrude on Richard when he has clients and employees with him. When she saw several people filing out from the boardroom, she went towards the door, smiling in acknowledgement as she passed them.  She quietly opened the door, but was transfixed like a statue as she saw Richard talking in hushed tones with a very beautiful woman in a very clingy backless halter top and silky black pants that showed off her curvaceously stunning figure. But what was damning was that the woman’s arms were around his neck while he was holding her upper arms.

Maya felt a searing pain in her chest.  She stood there for a few seconds unconsciously gripping the doorknob before she finally remembered where she was.  Pulling a deep calming breath, Maya plastered on a smile as she felt the adrenalin rushing through her bloodstream as she switched on the fight mode.

You messed with the wrong woman, Richard Lim!

Maya walked further into the boardroom and stopped when she reached Richard’s line of vision.

“Maya!” he greeted in surprise.  But was that delight that she can also detect in his voice?

“Hello, Richard” she smiled which did not reach her eyes, “TA’s head office was nearby so I thought it was better for me to come instead of you fetching me for our lunch date.  But I can see you are otherwise busy with your favourite  ‘casual proclivity’.”

“Maya, it’s not what you think.”  Richard protested as he finally pried Catherine’s arms from around his neck but had to hold her upper arms again as she tried to snuggle up to him once more.

“Richard, who is this girl?  Tell her to go away so we can be alone.”  Catherine piped in as she looked up at Richard with sultry eyes.

Maya felt nauseous at the sight of Richard holding another woman.  “Miss Whoever-You-Are.  Let me introduce myself, I am Maya dela Rosa and I am his girlfriend,” she said, enunciating every syllable of that statement very clearly.

Maya allowed for a few seconds for her words to sink in to the creature between herself and Richard.

“You are?” Catherine questioned rather dumbly as she turned her head towards Maya.

“I would have been his fiancée if I had accepted his marriage offer.”  Maya informed her hardly as she glared at Richard.  “But after today, you are quite welcome to him. Coz I do not want to see his two-timing face ever again!”

“Maya—”

“Excuse me.  I need to go coz  I can’t stand your combined stench!”

Catherine gasped at the insult but Maya could not care less as she walked out of the boardroom with head held high.

Maya could hear Richard talking exasperatedly at Catherine as he tried to follow her.

“Maya, please wait!” Richard pleaded but she ignored him.

She smiled at Lisa who was just outside the boardroom door.  Her progress slowed down for she could not see where she was going. Her vision got blurry with tears.

“Miss Maya, are you okey?”  Lisa was looking at her with concern as she was handing her a tissue from a box of Kleenex.

“Thank you, Miss Lisa” Maya sniffed as she controlled her tears. “I will be okey.  I just need to get out of here.”

Maya pulled a deep breath and smiled tremulously at Lisa.  With head held high, Maya was the epitome of grace under pressure as she walked with poise towards the lifts which was opportunely held wide open as someone noticed her approach.

She saw Richard striding towards her as she quickly pressed down on the button to close the elevator doors faster.

to be continued…

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60 responses to “Long-held Torch – Part 10”

  1. Katniss says :

    Naku naman sasagutin na e… Pwede ba isako na si catherine?!? Nakakatense sila.. D ako mapapakali nito hanggang nabasa konna ung kasunod.. Thanks ms cyndi… Hope the next chapter will be coming very very very soon…🙂

  2. tams says :

    finally the much awaited chapter is here! grabe this is an emotionally and sexually charged one ms cyndi, thanks so much😉 you def left us hanging here and wishing for the next one agad agad lol demanding much😀

  3. marie0626 says :

    Thank you, Ms. Cyndi. Ang galing mo talaga!

  4. Rivs says :

    Cyndi. Bakit dito ang cliffhanger?😥 I dont think I can bear a long wait with things being like this😥 Maawa ka sa amin. Im so sorry for being demanding, it’s just that it’s sooo painful, Im suffocated by it. The entire time I was beyond giddy because of Maya’s acknowledgement of her feelings. I shared her joy and I actually felt her excitement thinking about the relationship. Then that scene — my heart shattered with her. It’s just so heartbreaking because earlier that day she was willing to make the odds work for them, if only he can remain faithful and devoted to her.

    Personally, I dont think Richard was fooling around with Catherine. Kaya lang I am so into Maya’s character that I sort of “know” how she felt upon seeing them in that position.

    I trust you wholeheartedly Cyndi. I know the resolution of this conflict will be way more beautiful than our imagination can conjure. Kaya lang nasasaktan lang talaga ako, sorry. Cant help it, sniff, sniff…. Sana wag masyadong matagal ang kasunod ha, pretty please?

    This is how I try to console myself:
    – Cyndi’s the writer. The resolution of this will be beyond satisfactory. It will be fantastic and beautiful, to say the least.
    – Huge hue row. Hot hot kiss and make up to follow.

    Now that I’ve expressed my sorrow, let my relay to you my appreciation. Your words blow me away! You are such a fantastic weaver of words and imagination. you came up with characters that are so lifelike! I can almost touch them. Kaya ganito ako ka affected eh! Thank you for this update cause you strive to give us the best despite your busy schedule. And I hope you continue being inspired for days, weeks, months and years to come!

    (next chapter if you can ha. my chest feels so heavy :()

    • Cyndi Resti says :

      Hello Rivs, thank you for your feedback…I quite like being a ‘WEAVER OF WORDS’…got a poetic ring to it😀 And don’t fret, Richard will do ‘damage control’ pretty quickly and will relish ‘making-up’ with Maya.

      • Rivs says :

        Btw, now that I have recovered (a bit) and onto my second reading, just want to tell you that my heart just leapt (then and until now) when Maya introduced herself as his girlfriend!! Grabe, we were spared of the usual and very ordinary way of accepting a man’s suit.

        Ewan ko bakit ako kinilig dun! Did you really intend it to be so? Nakakakilig lkaya ang thought na unknown to him, boyfriend na pala ang regard sa kanya ni Maya! It was so funny and nakakakilig for him to have found out about it that way! Despite the whole fiasco and if I were Richard, it would have been a terribly sweet and triumphant moment for me. Siguro abot-tenga na ang ngiti ko nun and no amount of anger from her can shake me out of my great disposition.

        Maya can no longer deny her feelings for Richard even if she tried. Sobrang bistado na!😀

      • Cyndi Resti says :

        Hello Rivs, I know they never did the DTR but Richard had already ‘claimed’ her the night before when he behaved like a BF. My critical reviewer advised that ‘two can play at that game’ so she claimed him as well and then BROKE OFF with him almost in the same breath.😀

  5. katie says :

    Naku naman!!! Tsk…tsk…

    Thanks for the update ms cyndi. Sana malapit na mapost next chapter… kaabang abang ang gagawing panunuyo ni mr lim kay maya…

  6. RMR61 says :

    grabe nag init ako!!! uminit din ulo ko kay Catherine!!! next please at mukhang mahihirapan akong makatulog nito LOL

  7. princemackaroo says :

    Tawa ko kay Mamang! Nabagok talaga ang ulo ni Maya kaya nakakakita ng mga bituin! LOL! Mamang never really fails to amaze me.Ü

    I already had a hunch that Maya could’ve been embarrassed kaya siya naiyak. It’s somewhat natural since first time niya sa mga ganitong bagay. She’s still new to this stuff. But what can I say about the erotic dream she had of Richard. It was all so surreal for her! so I guess effective ang ginawang exorcism ni Richard sa kanya. Kahit sa sub-conscious ni Maya talagang tumatak siya. At mukhang binalak na namang ulitin dahil sa selos kay Emman! LOL!XD

    Maya did a well job in proving that she really is an epitome of grace under pressure. The words that she just said to Catherine left me speechless! What more to that whore. Talagang bow ako kay Maya dun.

    Now, we really can’t blame Maya if she’ll get jealous. She may still haven’t gotten over the idea of Richard being a womanizer. And with how fast paced their relationship went, they still need to strengthen their base/foundation. Hopefully, hindi makalimutan ni Maya yung tinuro ng facilitator that there are no guarantees in life. We only live once and we ought to seize the day. Sana with that in mind, maisip niyang pakinggan ang sasabihin ni Richard.

    As for Richard, hopefully he can learn something from this so he can be prepared and not let this happen in the future. Sabi nga sa isang FF, immediately identify the warning/danger signs para makaiwas agad.

    So I guess we’ll have to wait til the issue’s resolved and watch as their love, respect, and trust for each other grow deeper and stronger. This is another great chapter Cyndi. Thanks!Ü

  8. ma.ruby says :

    hindi ko ma express ang gusto kung sabihin.. hahah!! pero ito lng tlaga ang masasabi ko.. I need OXYGEN plssss….🙂

  9. ma.ruby says :

    hindi ko ma express ang gusto kung sabihin.. hahah!! pero ito lng tlaga ang masasabi ko.. I need OXYGEN plssss….🙂

  10. Mitzi says :

    Written like a pro as expected pero Ms Cyndi,ang lupit mo ha? You left us with an unresolved conflict like this for how long this time? maghihintay ba kami ng another three weeks na masakit ang dibdib? Mahabag ka naman…Ms Cyndi!

    • Cyndi Resti says :

      Hello Mitzi, I will TRY very hard to finish the next one earlier than 3 weeks.😀

      • Mitzi says :

        Thankee Ms Cyndi! But of course you have to do it at your pace.Hwag mo masyadong pansinin ang mga drama namin. I understand it always takes time to produce excellence.kami ay maghihintay lang.Your work is always worth the wait.Thank you for chapter 10!

  11. tet0508 says :

    Maraming salamat! Natupad na rin ang pangarap ko. Thank you for making me happy!

  12. purplepuppies says :

    Thanks so much ms. Cyndi…..hope hindi masyado tumagal ang next chapter…..can’t wait for the next chapter…..curious lang ako kung ano ang gagawin ni RL. Goos luck

  13. eden delacruz says :

    si catherine talaga dapat ng maisako eh….sana naman yung susunod na chapter di na aabot next week….

  14. Crunch says :

    Nak nakan namn ng init ang chapter na to! Jusme!! DAYDREAMING pa lang yan ha! Ahhhh nakaka-adik to!! Hindi ko akalain un! Binasa ko ‘to mga around 3am.. Ngayon lng ako nakapag-comment. Ang lamig lamig pero pina-init nito!
    At sasagutin na eh!! Panira lng yang Catherine na un… Pwede bng itali ang kamay para hindi na makalingkis kay Richard, isama na rin ang paa. At lagyan ng tape ang bibig? Ilagay sa sako at itapon sa dagat ng basura?! Haha peace yow!
    Thanks for this! Til the next one!

    • Cyndi Resti says :

      Hello Crunch, grabbbeeee naman yung gusto mong mangyari kay Catherine! VERY DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS talaga…as in napahagalpak ako ng tawa! as in napaluha pako sa tawa! Loved it!

  15. donutella says :

    methinks “Sobrang eksperto sa aparato!” and “Express Lane na naman?” sum up this chapter for me. worth the 21-day, hihihihi.

  16. aries says :

    Wow! This is so HOOOOTTTTT! Even better than the other ero novels I’ve read. Super like it Ms. Cyndi!

    Si Richard pag nag selos, dinadaan sa bilis. Pag si Maya, palaban at may word war 3 pa! Let’s see what Richard will do to appease his gf ( ang declare na si Maya di ba? ^_^)

    Thank you so much for making my Sunday special!

  17. abby says :

    Finally, the much awaited Chapter 10 is here. I like Maya’s becoming bolder in confronting Richard with that flirty woman and still maintain her sophistication and elegance. I want Richard to show his convincing power…his charm, to win back his one true love. @Ms.Cyndi….thank you so much and if it is not too much asking for Chapter 11 to be followed soon…perhaps next weekend? Goodluck and God bless.

  18. rss9485 says :

    Si Mamang ang galing ah, hahaha! Laugh trip sya😀 And James, glad that he’s over and done with. Pati si Emman pinagselosan! Sabagay ndi naman nya alam eh.

    Sabi na nga ba panaginip lang yun eh. Sayang!😀

    Ayun na sana oh! Tanggap na ni Maya eh, excited na syang sabihin kay Richard tapos ganun pa nadatnan. Ouch talaga ha. Well can’t blame her for that. I applaud her for handling the situation that way. Ndi sya basta nag walk-out, she humiliated the chit first and then left. Just the way she held herself and walked with her head held high was really impressive.

    Kawawang Richard. How will he turn things around kaya? And who was Catherine? Yabang nya ha. Can’t wait for Richard’s side of the story and what he will do to appease Maya. Maya, pahirapan mo! Hehehe.

    Thanks for this Cyndi! I will be honest gusto ko na mag demand ng kasunod pero wait pa din ako. Sabi nga, “Great things come to those who wait” and time and time again you prove that saying true. Besides, the wait makes it more exciting!😀

  19. mmd says :

    Ms. Cyndi kelan ang ksunod nito??? prang mbbaliw ata ako sa paghintay naawa ako kay maya, pero sa tingin ko wla nman kasalanan c richard dito ung catherine lang tlaga dapat isako at itapon sa dagat pakain sa pating kainis,,, d tlaga kme ma mkatulog nito while waiting sa inis ko b nman kay catherine.. pls sundan mo naaaaaaa….

  20. floe says :

    Ms. Cyndi when po ang next nito??? grabe naawa ako kay maya pero prang na misinterpret lng ni mayawla tlagang gnawa c richars yang c catherine ang may ksalanan.. AFFECTED MUCH!!! sana may next na huhuhu…

  21. rocsan888 says :

    im glad to read this chap 10.. finally, his is hers.. finally , cleared na ke maya. madali ng sundan ni richard. now excited as to how richard wil clear the situation. Ma surpass kaya ng dinner date nila the other night. o liligawan ang buong san nicolas para maniwala ulit sa kanya si maya.. abangan ang susunod na kabanata… thanks cyndi for the wonderful treat today.. you never fail us.. this is a story with a class…and original.

  22. binky says :

    thanks .. next chapter please

  23. joyfulmejoyce says :

    Wow! This is my most favorite chapter, i like how maya carried herself despite how hurtful it can get, but im pretty sure na its not what maya think..flirt lng talaga yung biatch na yun..at mukhang mapapa sabak sa mahaba-habang suyuan itong si ricardo natin.. hehehe.. buti nga sa kanya! Para naman mahirapan.. napa ka galing ng author nito.. super thanks for giving us this story… more power to you!

  24. joyfulmejoyce says :

    Wow! This is my most favorite chapter, i like how maya carried herself despite how hurtful it can get, but im pretty sure na its not what maya think..flirt lng talaga yung biatch na yun..at mukhang mapapa sabak sa mahaba-habang suyuan itong si ricardo natin.. hehehe.. buti nga sa kanya! Para naman mahirapan.. napa ka galing ng author nito.. super thanks for giving us this story… more power to you!

  25. richwill2 says :

    ms.cyndi, I’ve been watching out for your every chapter right from the start. I liked the fact that Richard had a thing for Maya from when she was still a teener. Now, that he is clear on his intentions na, I can’t wait for them to have a happy ending so please pls. pretty please sundan mo na ng next chapter.

  26. ghie2013 says :

    oh oh oh! patay kang singkit ka! hehehehe i love the story, i really enjoy every chapter and i can’t wait for the next chapter sana di matalagan🙂 thanks to the writter!

  27. chobangs says :

    Peste talagang Catherine yan! Leche!

    Oh, pardon the words. I just can’t contain my anger towards bitches. And with that, bravo Maya! That’s poise and elegance gracefully thrown at them. The show and the FF world made me hate the name Catherine ( poor girls who have that name. Sorry!)

    And poor gorgeous, chick (bitch) magnet Richard Lim. With this and other stories, I learned na huwag pumunta sa office kung ayaw mag away ng dahil sa maling akala o magpunta sa office kung may hinala. LOL

    Mahaba- habang paliwanagan to! Go Richard! Back up kami! LOL

    I have something else in mind that’s bothering me.
    May alam ba si Ryan sa mga pinaggagagawa ng bestfriend niya sa little sister niya?
    What’s his stand about this?

    I have a habit of bypassing problems and looking beyond to the reconciliation part kasi naiinis din ako. Parang ako ang involve. Too much internalization. Tsk.

    So I’ll just be looking forward to the kiss and make up part. heheheh

    Thankie very much! I (we) have waited so long and it was worth it!

    • Cyndi Resti says :

      My, you are sharp, Chobangs! Richard has been trying to have a private word with Ryan at the beginning BUT Richard could not find the chance to meet him face to face…and now he is too distracted and always out of Manila…so what do you think Kuya Ryan will do when he DOES find out? Abangan!😀😀😀

      • chobangs says :

        Yown! sabi na eh!😀

        I think Kuya will be totally pissed! LOL
        Richard has been distracted indeed…nakalimutan ng magpaalam.
        May suntukan bang magaganap nito? ahihihi

        Exciting!

  28. Vmoran says :

    Next chapter please…how long should we wait for the next one

  29. abby says :

    Just to let you know that waiting for the next chapter of this most sought fanfic is causing us anxiety. Please…oh please post the next chapter….now na, Gracias por favor.

  30. abby says :

    @Ms.Cyndi…..por supuesto estoy de acuerdo. Sólo pregunto, será Richard y Maya en el papel de Don Desmundo Ezequiel La Rosa y su amada esposa? Es su historia de amor tenga un final feliz?

  31. yish says :

    I am just soooo glad to have found this blog site.. coz I just used to read this great piece in EB.. and I’m really enjoying every twist and turns of events unfolding to another superb master piece!😀 I so much salute Maya during the ‘confrontation in the boardroom’ wherein she claimed to be Richard’s GF but broke off with him at the same time! ha ha😀 and I feel for her and Richard right after! I hope that they could resolve the issue the soonest! pls. don’t keep us hanging for too long @cyndiresti.. *pleading puppy eyes*.. thankee^^ keep it coming too!😛

  32. Bless Castro says :

    Can’t wait for weekend then! I’ve been admiring your work silently… But evidently di na pwede manahimik!hehe kudos for your great writing skill Cyndi!

  33. Bless Castro says :

    Wow! Kahit too hot to handle pa yan, the way you execute it makes me craving for more! 😉😊😊

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