(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
I’d returned home from school only to meet a strange lady in the sitting room, putting on my shirt!!
Mum didn’t tell me she was getting a new maid. And even if she was a new maid, why would she be putting on my shirt???
And why’s her hair this long and….untidy?
“Don’t you talk?” I snapped at her.
“Why’re you putting on my shirt??? Who’re you??”
“You….you’re her son, right? You’re the son?” She asked and I made a crumpled look.
What’s she talking about?
Before I knew what was happening, she started coming towards me.
“You look so different” she mumbled and touched my face.
“Hey! What do you think you’re doing? How dare you just touch me?”
Immediately, mum showed up.
Perfect. Just at the right time.
“Xavier??” She called and rushed to us.
She was so beautiful – but different. Why’s she acting like she doesn’t like me? Well, its probably because I’m a stranger to her.
“Xavier?” I heard someone call and turned to see the woman.
“Hey Delaney, what’re you doing here?? Why did you leave your room?” She asked and held my hand.
And I took my eyes back to the son.
“Its your son, right?” I asked.
“She looks so different from us. Where’re her bre*sts? Where are her….”
“Mum, who the hell is this???” She cut me off with a spiteful look.
“First of all, what’s she doing here? Secondly, whys she in my shirt??? Thirdly, why’s she referring to me as a *she* or whatever??”
“Calm down Xavier, please. I’ll…I’ll explain everything to you, okay? Just….go into your room, freshen up. And I’ll be with you shortly” the woman said quickly and held my hand.
“You’re beautiful” I said to the son before she finally dragged me away.
“Why did you leave your room, Delaney? Why did you have to go out? I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with you” the woman queried as soon as we got into the room.
“I’m….I’m sorry. But when I’d woken up, I couldn’t find anyone in the room. and…I decided to search for you” I replied, feeling a little bad she was angry.
“Gosh! Anyway, that’s my son. And you need to be careful around him, okay? He can be pesky at times”.
“Why’re you calling her that? Is that her name? He?” I asked with a bemused look and she gasped.
“Jesus! Are you for real?? Over here, you don’t refer to him as “she”. He’s a male, okay? Not a female” she enthused.
“Really? There’s a difference, right?” I asked.
“Well, of course. There’s a huge difference. He’s a boy. And you’re a girl!”
A boy, the word resounded in my head.
“Come on, come with me” she held my hand and took me to the bed, making us face each other.
“Now, I want you to tell me nothing but the truth. Okay?” She said and I just nodded perfunctorily.
“Where exactly do you come from?”
My eyes itched at the mention of that.
Oh saviors! I knew she was going to ask about that. What do I do?
Really, I’m acting weird. I mean, everything is strange here. So, you wouldn’t blame me. But what do I do? Do I really tell her the truth?
“Hey Delaney, talk to me” she tapped me on the hand and I looked at her.
I gulped nervously and licked my lower lip
“Actually…” I began.
“I come from a different place – a different planet. And….this is actually my first time on earth”.
Her eyes dimmed immediately.
“Whaaat??” She shrieked.
“You’re an alien??”
“Woah! Hold on…what’s the name of your planet? I mean…where are you from?” She asked, clearly dripping in curiosity.
“Its….Its called Marazona. I’m not so sure you’ve heard of it. But over there, only females exist”.
“Females??? So….how do you reproduce? How do you give birth?”
“We don’t. I mean..I haven’t seen anyone give birth. We’re just growing. There’s….there’s no new one among us”.
“Whaaat??? This is just super crappy amazing” she exclaimed and I wondered what she meant.
“So, you’re trying to say….you’re just like a community and you don’t have any new ones amongst you? So, how did you came to be in the first place? Did you guys just fell from the sky or what?”
Unfortunately, I didn’t know the answer to that and I just shrugged.
“Okay, okay” she took in deep breaths.
“So…Delaney, let’s assume what you’re saying is true. Why then did you leave your *planet*? What’re doing here on earth? Are you on a mission?” She asked and I bit my nail.
I Can’t tell her that, can I?
“Actually….I had to leave. My…my people no longer needed me there. They’ve been so cruel to me and I was forced to leave” I replied, hoping she’d be confused.
She stared at the treasure on my neck and touched it
“Did you get it from there?” She asked and I nodded and moved back a bit so she’d stop touching it.
“Gosh” he muttered and sighed.
“So, what do you plan to do? Do you know someone here?” She asked and I shook my head vigorously.
I didn’t even know a fly.
“So, what’re your plans, then? When you were coming here, what did you plan to do?”
“Actually, I didn’t even know I’d be coming to earth. I just needed to leave the planet as soon as possible and I grabbed the slightest opportunity I’d seen. You’re the first person I’m meeting on earth” I added the last part in a whisper.
“Seriously?” She mumbled and touched her hair.
She didn’t say a word for a while and finally stood up.
“I’ll check up on you later. Okay?” She said and I nodded like a child.
Please, just tell me she’s someone I can trust.
Well, she doesn’t look harmful, does she?
I watched her as she opened the door and left the room.
I stood outside the door and listened to the unbelievable conversation between mom and the *alien*
Hold on…is this woman kidding my ass??? Where the hell did she get these lady???
Suddenly, the door opened and her jaws dropped when she found me there.
“Xavier??” She called in surprise.
“What’re you….what’re you doing here?”
“Seriously mum?” I scoffed.
“Are you asking me that?? Who the heck is that lady??’
She looked at the closed door, then back at me.
“Come on, son. Let’s talk in the room” she said tiredly.
“Yeah….hold on” I rolled my eyes and opened the door, going into the room.
“Xavier!” She called after me, but I ignored her.
I got in and met the strange lady on the bed who looked surprised.
Well, of course, she should be surprised.
Her bulgy eyes were boring into mine.
“Hey, you” I snapped.
“Take off my shirt”.
As soon as she left, I started hearing voices outside the room – like she was talking with someone or something.
Shortly, the door opened and her son walked in, looking pretty angry.
What’s wrong with her?
“Hey, you! Take off my shirt” he said and I arched my brows in surprise.
Oh! The shirt is his, right?
But….does he want me to go na*ked in front of him?
Immediately, his mum walked in.
“Hey! Xavier. Come on, son. What’s wrong with you? Let’s talk outside” she said calmly and held his hand, but he still looked pretty angry.
Why’s he acting this way?
“Of all the clothes in the house, mum, does it have to be my shirt? One of my favorites??” He queried.
“Um…I’m really sorry….son. Don’t worry, I’ll take off the shirt” I said and started looking for a way to take it off my body.
I didn’t even know how the woman wrapped it on in the first place.
“Why the heck did she just call me her son?” I heard him ask.
“Hey, hey, Delaney. What do you think you’re doing? Stop it” the woman rushed to me and held my hand.
“Don’t worry about it, okay?” She said and I nodded and she turned back to the son.
“Now, come with me!” She said strictly and forced him out of the room.
“Seriously, mum; you wanna harbor a stranger in the house?? An alien?” I demanded as I stood with her in the room.
“She’s human, Xavier. So, stop acting like she’s a ghost or something” she replied, getting me more bemused.
“Hold on; so what? You just picked a random lady from the street and decide to keep her here? For how long would she have to stay here, mum? Seriously?”
“Xavier please. The most important thing is keeping her safe for now. Besides, she seems to be a loveable person. She…”
“A loveable person?” I scoffed
“Someone that refers to me as a girl? That calls me her son? With her hair so long and untidy… She’s a complete alien, mum. You can’t be serious about keeping her here. What if she’s just pretending? What if she’s actually an assassin? Or a spy? Or something more?”
“You’re totally wrong. I’ve studied her, okay? She’s harmless. And even if you’re right, then I’m ready to bear the consequences. But for now, just let her be. Okay?”
I rolled my eyes and tucked my hands into my trouser pocket.
“Besides, you know I’ve always wanted to have a girl around me” she added with a pout.
“Just make sure she stays away from me” I stated blatantly and walked out of the room.
I sat sullenly in the sitting room, my eyes glued to the TV, although my attention was elsewhere.
So many thoughts kept flying through my mind and ruined my mood.
Shortly, I heard some feet slapping down the steps and turned to see it was mum.
She walked with her hands busy in her bag.
“Honey, I’m off to work, okay? Hopefully, I might be back before you leave for school tomorrow” she said in a brisk and I scoffed.
“Hold on; are you sleeping at the office again??” I asked and she stopped to look at me.
A look of guilt crept into her face.
Well, of course, she should feel guilty.
“I’m sorry baby. Okay? The call just came in urgently and I really need to leave now. Okay?” She cooed and I stared at the floor in a pathetic way.
“Dad is out of the country. And you’re sleeping at the office. Seriously mum; what am I to you guys?”I asked a bit angry.
“Well….why don’t you go to Xavier? You can spend sometime with him right?”
I rolled my eyes and looked away.
“Hey; its something wrong?” She asked, noticing my strange behavior at the mention of Xavier.
“Chelsea, talk to me. Are you two having issues?”
“No” I mumbled, staring down at my nails.
“Then, what’s the problem, huh? Tell me”.
I sniffed and looked at her.
“Could you….spare me a minute? I’d love to ask a question”.
“Okay, sure” she hushed and sat next to me.
I took in a deep breath before proceeding.
“What do you when….someone you love is actually a player?” I asked and her jaws dropped.
Damn! I needed to ask.
“Is it Xavier?” She asked and I nodded slowly and she sighed.
Well, the thing is – I was truly in love with Xavier. But the fact that he’s a player keeps breaking my heart. He isn’t ready for love.
“Well….” She tries speaking, but was suddenly interrupted by a phone call which she received.
☎what?? He’s there already???
☎Oh my! Please, stall him a little. Just give me 10 minutes and I’ll be there, please.
☎Yes, do all you can”
By this time, she was already on the feet with her bag.
She ended the call and threw the phone into her bag.
“I’m so so sorry, baby. But one of the major clients is about leaving. Don’t be angry, okay? I’ll….I’ll call you over the phone so we can talk about it. Okay? I love you” she bubbled.
She pecked me on the cheek and ran out of the room, leaving me in ultimate shock.
I sat quietly in the room for a long time,doing nothing. And after a while, I laid on the bed.
I was so bored.
Suddenly, I heard someone hitting the door and sprang on my feet.
Who’s there?? Who’s hitting the entrance??
Why’s there even a door in a room?
“Who’s it?” I asked but didn’t get a reply?
Could it be the woman?
But she doesn’t hit at the door before coming in.
I got to it and opened it like I’d seen her opening and to my greatest surprise, I found the son standing there.
What’s he doing here?
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