(And the strange maiden)
By: Faith Lucky
I returned home from school and met dad in the sitting room, going through a magazine.
“Good evening, dad” I greeted casually and tried walking away, but he called back my attention.
“How was school today, Chelsea?” He asked, flipping through the pages of the magazine.
“Yeah…it was fine” I rolled my eyes.
“I guess….mum isn’t home, right?”
“No. She’s still at the office”.
“Perfect” I grumbled and tried walking away again.
“Are you angry with id, Chelsea?” He called back my attention again.
What the heck??
“Seriously dad; what do you expect?” I snapped and for the first time since I arrived, he lifted his face from the magazine to look at me.
“You need to understand this – Chelsea. Whatever your mum and I are doing is actually for your benefit…”
“Oh! Please…what’s the need of having a wealthy lifestyle when I feel so alone?” I snapped.
“I get it – I live like a princess, I have all I want, but not all I need. I don’t have my parents’ attention!” I said, almost yelling
And he sighed.
“I understand you, Chelsea. But don’t worry, soon enough, we’ll have all the time in the world to ourselves” he said and I scoffed.
“Old story” I rolled my eyed and walked away.
Damn it! I just needed to leave this place.
I stared keenly at the woman as she smiled mischievously.
“So, this is going to be the plan and please Delaney, don’t fail me okay?” She breathed out and made me seat on a chair beside the mirror; she also sat down.
“Okay ma’am, I’m going to try my best.” I smiled nervously.
“So…” She drew closer to me and whispered some words inside my ear while I nodded my head understandably.
“So, can you do it?” She asked with a sided smile.
“Uh… Yes… Ma’am, I can.” I stuttered and nodded my head positively.
“Alright, just wait a little for some minutes before you’ll carry out the plan.” She smiled.
After I had gotten dressed up in a pair of white trousers and white shirt, I sat on top of my bed.
Rio already left seconds ago because he had an urgent call and he had to scream my name and tell me he was going.
I took my phone and unlocked it. Immediately, a message popped on my screen from Chelsea.
Urgh! I mentally groaned.
We just saw each other not less than an hour ago and now she already messaged?
I grumbled lightly before typing a quick reply.
“I just wanted to check up on you.”
“Yeah, thanks.” I typed back and dropped my phone.
I suddenly felt tasty and I decided to get water from the kitchen.
I stood up and went towards the door. I opened the door and got out.
I climbed down the stairs and I roamed my eyes around the sitting room but it was empty.
There was no sign of Delaney. I don’t even know why exactly why I even care if she’s in the sitting room or what.
Perhaps, it’s because she broke a glass cup and I wanted to know if she was still there picking the broken bottles.
I ignored what ever my subconsciousness was saying and made my way to the kitchen.
I got to the kitchen and her son; Xavier, wasn’t there.
I waited patiently until I heard footsteps.
I walked to the door and peeped fortunately for me, it was Xavier coming.
I quickly took the cup I kept and let it fall from my hand.
I bent to pick it and I pricked my tiny finger.
And immediately, the door opened and Xavier walked in.
He creased his eyebrows and stared at me like I’m some piece of dirt.
Please let this plan work! I prayed fervently in my heart as I stared my already bleeding finger.
“Ouch!” I winced lightly as my blood dropped on the floor.
He looked at me and rolled his eyes.
“Always clumsy.” He muttered and walked past me.
I took a quick glance at him and he was drinking water.
Gosh! He looked so cute as he drank elegantly from the cup.
When he was done, he licked his lips and dropped the cup.
I took my gaze back to my bleeding finger and thank goodness the pain wasn’t too much.
It was just a slight pain but the blood coming out it’s as if I’ve gotten a big injury.
He grumbled angrily and rolled his eyes annoyingly.
He shook his head pitifully and made for the door.
Oh God let this plan work!
I winced again and tried touching my injured finger when I felt a hand grab my wrist.
“You’re so clumsy, aren’t you?” He groaned angrily.
He crouched in front of me and placed my hand on his.
“I don’t know why mom’s still keeping you in this house!” He grumbled rudely.
This guy sure deserve an award for the being rude and arrogant.
He doesn’t even smile.
“Just stand up.” He groaned authoritatively and help me stand up.
“And Delaney or whatever you call yourself, stop trying to pick broken pieces of anything you break, it’s harmful.
Just call one of the maids and it’d be taken care of.” He snorted.
“I don’t even know which of the planet you fell from that you’re behaving like… Argh! I don’t even know.” He frowned.
“I’m sorry… If I make you feel uncomfortable with my presence in this house.” I muttered lowly. I feel so intimidated and nervous with his looks and harsh words.
“You should be!” He snappy and purposely pressed my finger that got injured lightly while I winced loudly.
“I’ll have a maid clean up this mess.
Meanwhile, let’s go to my room so I can treat your finger.”
I didn’t say anything but followed him like an obedient puppy.
We got to his room and he walked in while I trailed behind him.
He made me seat on the bed and he brought out a weird box from side of his bed.
“This is a first aid kit in case you don’t know.” He said and rolled his eyes.
Hmm, what’s a first aid kit?
He opened the kit and brought out some strange objects from it.
He told me their names begrudgingly and it was just few of the object names that assimilated. The other names were too long for me to even pronounce.
He sat beside me on the bed and put a cotton wool; like what he had called it earlier on a bottle that I didn’t know the name.
Then, he placed it on my finger.
I winced as the cold cotton wool touched my finger, it was painful.
After doing other strange things on my finger, he brought out what he called a plaster.
He took my hand and after a little hesitation, he started blowing air on it.
Jeez! It felt so good.
I watched him keenly and admiringly as he continued to blow air into it.
Suddenly, it hurt and I found myself screaming.
“Arghh!” I screamed and jumped on him, holding him tight.
“Delaney!” He hushed, but i didn’t let him go as I wrapped my hand around him.
Well, that was part of the woman’s plan.
And immediately, the door opened, revealing Chelsea.
My jaw dropped in shock as I stared at the position in which Xavier and the strange girl were.
Xavier quickly pushed her off his body and stood up from the bed.
I came all the way from house to see Xavier and let’s enjoy each other’s company and now all I get is this?
It’s so heartbreaking.
“Oh Chels, you are here.” He muttered and scratched the back of his head awkwardly.
I gave the strange girl a death glare and stomped out of the room.
“Chelsea!” I heard Xavier call out to me but I didn’t even stop walking or even spare him a side glance.
I sighed and rubbed my forehead.
Xavier turned and gave me a long and angry stare before finally running after Chelsea.
Oh my! Did I do something wrong?
Why did that lady have to come in at the wrong time, huh?
As I got out of his room and closed the door, the woman suddenly walked up to me with a smile.
She looked around carefully and held me by the wrist.
She dragged me along with her.
We got to her room and we both went inside.
She made me seat on the bed and we sat facing each other.
“So, how did it go?” She grinned and held my hand.
How about a little prank?
Yeah, that’ll do.
She looked so hopeful and I could tell she really needed a positive reply.
“C’mon Delaney, how was it?” She urged me and stared intently at me.
“Well… Erm ma’am. I’m sorry.
It didn’t work out well.” I said forlornly and bent my head.
“Huh?” She asked and I could sense a hint of disappointment in her voice.
I took my gaze to look at her and her smile had faded. Her face dropped in disappointment.
“It worked!” I suddenly yelled happily. The woman stared at me surprisingly.
“I was just trying to pull your legs. It worked!” I giggled and I was expecting a hug or something, instead I got a smack on the head.
“Ouch!” I winced though it wasn’t painful.
“Jeez Delaney, you almost gave me an heart attack. I was really sure that it was gonna work out well.” She said and smiled broadly.
She pulled my cheeks playfully and hugged me.
“So, tell me the full details.” She said eagerly.
“Well, I acted according to plan. He was grumpy and all at first but eventually, he helped me.
He took me to his room and brought out what he called a first aid kit and started doing some strange things to my finger.
He decided to blow air in my finger before he’ll finally put what he called a plaster around my finger.
And when it hurt a little, I screamed and jumped on him.
And boom! Chelsea opened the door and saw us in that position and she looked clearly pissed.” I explained and breathed out.
“Chelsea?” She asked and I nodded.
“Hm” she mumbled and placed her hand on her chin like she was thinking or something.
“Ma’am….Is there a problem?” I asked and she shook her head.
“Of Course, not. Come on” she replied and stood up with me.
“Chelsea?” Xavier called calmly and held my arm.
“What!” I snapped at him and yanked his hand away from mine.
“Why are you suddenly pissed Chels? I didn’t do anything wrong, did I?” He scoffed and rolled his eyes.
“Really? You were in close proximity with that strange girl you know nothing about!
You’re already flirty with someone you barely even know?” I huffed and ran my hand through my hair.
“And the last time I checked, it was none of your business!” He snapped, shocking the hell out of me.
“Xavier?” I called, more like a whisper as I stared at him.
“Look Chels, you’re taking this too far. You shouldn’t be thinking about something irrelevant because of how close you saw us.
I don’t even owe you an explanation.” He said and walked back into the house.
She’s gonna be a threat to me!
From the very first day I saw her, I never liked her and I knew she’s of no good.
I’m gonna give her a piece of my mind!
She better stop whatever it us that she’s planning to take Xavier away from me.
He’s mine and mine alone!
If I have to make her leave this house, then I will. As long as she’s far away from Xavier.
“Hey you! I want to have a word with you.” I snapped at the girl as she made to go to the kitchen.
She bent her head lowly and walked sluggishly towards me; more like she’s counting her every steps.
She got to where I stood beside the couch and I closed the remaining space in between us.
“What’s your name?” I asked and ran my eyes irritably at her.
Wait! Why didn’t I notice this soon enough?
She’s looking different in a better way.
And I swear, I felt jealous.
She’s so pretty with her long hair.
She’s really a threat to me in winning Xavier but I won’t allow it.
“Delaney.” She smiled sweetly.
“Now Delaney or whatever your name is, listen and listen very good. I don’t know where you came from and what your plans are all about, but I want to warn you to leave Xavier alone.
Don’t try to even get closer to him.
If I have to make you leave this house, then I will!
My eyes are on you!”
I felt myself lying on something cold and dirty.
I coughed and opened my eyes and discovered i was on dry land – covered with sand.
Was I there already? Could this be earth?
I coughed and stood up, then looked around.
I was stark na*ked!
Where were my leaves??
And where exactly was I?
How do I find her??
It was getting so dark.
I looked around and spotted a group of strange people coming towards me.
Why’re they looking so different?
I mean….their hair was short, and…they didn’t seem to have bo*bs as well.
They just looked straight and different.
“Woahhh! Who the f**k do we have here??” One of them exclaimed and chuckled with the rest.
Maybe I should ask them about Delaney? Could it be possible they’ve seen her?
“Young lady, are you lost or something?” Another asked and I looked around.
“Um…..I’m looking for someone – Delaney. Have you seen her?” I asked and they looked at each other and laughed.
“Who’s Delaney?’ Another asked.
“She….She was my friend. But she stole from us and ran away. So, I’m looking for her” I answered and they stared at me like I was insane or something.
Suddenly, they whispered something amongst themselves and turned back to look at me.
“Well….we know where you can find her. Come with us” one of them said with a smile.
It seems Hera has fallen into the wrong hands oo
Am so sorry guys for not posting yesterday… I wasn’t so strong and was adviced to rest. That was why I couldn’t post yesterday but I promise to double the episodes today…
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