MAYA [CHAPTER 2: DEAD AIR, Scene 2]

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CHAPTER TWO: DEAD AIR (Scene 2)

DR. Santi Rivas put the phone down. He had just listened to a lecture on the history of donut holes and it made him laugh imagining Maya animatedly discussing her piece of trivia. He would not admit it, but though some people were put off by Maya’s sometimes-off-tangent stories or found her an arrogant know-it-all, that was one of the things he liked about her.

Her love of knowledge was evident and indeed, she was knowledgeable. Many years of existence made her that. She could probably add more information to history than any expert could, and debunk long-accepted facts as well. He loved listening to her, loved seeing the nostalgia and excitement in her eyes, and he knew she knew it. No wonder she bombarded him with information as much as she could. That was her idea of friendly bonding.

Fulfilling his promise, he decided to drop by the funeral home an hour earlier, giving himself only a few hours of sleep. He wanted to examine some things in his lab before he went, but Maya was persistent about making him examine the body she found first. He might as well grant her request. Not that Santi needed a lot of persuasion. Santi was a man of logic and science and yet, somehow, when it came to Maya, all logic came out the window, and who cared about science? That was the usual case except whenever she needed him to help find answers important to her, he had to keep remembering to do care again.

Truth be told, he could have been better off without her if not for one thing: he could not believe—could not accept—such a thought. She was trouble, mystery, joy and wonder rolled into one, at least, to him. Not meeting her would have made his life quite boring.

They first met five years ago, a first meeting that was rather out of the ordinary. Extremely out of it.

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NEXT: MAYA [CHAPTER 2: DEAD AIR, Scene 3]

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