(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
“What?” The teacher gasped loudly in shock as she stared wide eyed at the object on the floor.
The whole class attention were now on me and they were gawking at me.
Did I do anything wrong?
“Delaney?” The teacher called and took her gaze from the object to stare at me.
“Why did you do that? Why did you smash the laptop?” She asked still shocked.
She walked closer to meet me on my seat and picked up the object.
“What did you call it? Lap… What? Or lap tight?” I asked as I tried to pronounce what she had called the object.
The whole class suddenly bursted into amusing laughter.
Did I say anything funny?
The teacher chuckled and looked at me awkwardly.
“A laptop, I said. Now, why did you smash the laptop?” She asked, this time, sternly.
“Well ma’am, I thought it would open that way. I tried opening it the way I saw others doing but I couldn’t and I thought that by smashing it, it will open.” I said and fondled nervously with the tip of my hair.
“Really? Where exactly are you from? You don’t know how to open a laptop?” She asked.
“No ma’am. I’ve never seen an object like this before.” I said innocently.
“What? Jeez! What on Earth are you?” She gasped shockingly.
“I…” My statement was cut short when Xavier suddenly spoke up.
“Ma’am Teresa, I bet you don’t want to use the whole day talking to her? The time is ticking, tick-tock.” He said and did the his tongue in a way I couldn’t really understand.
The teacher sighed and looked me.
She shook her head sadly and walked back to where she stood in front of the class.
I turned to look at Xavier and he gave me me an hard glare.
I gulped down nothing and looked away.
The teacher taught and seriously, my mind wasn’t there.
The students were using the laptop or whatever, while I just stared at them like they’re performing some sort of magic.
I yawned lightly and stretched out my tired body.
The sunlight illuminated the room and flashed through my face.
I groaned and turned to the other side of the bed.
After what seems like forever, I finally squinted my eyes opened.
I opened my eyes fully and rubbed them sleepily.
I yawned lightly and sat on top of the strange mattress. But it was so comfy and I really enjoyed my night.
The previous day, the woman took me to her house which I found rather too strange to be called a house.
It wasn’t very big but it still was big.
The structure and everything looked totally different from the one back there at Marazona.
In fact, everything here looks so strange and different from that of Marazona’s.
The woman whom I haven’t quite gotten familiar with, made me take my bath under something like a rain, but she called it *shower*.
Jeez! I haven’t seen something like that before.
She taught me how to use it since I couldn’t; I don’t even know how to use it.
She also gave me strange leaves she called *clothes* for me to wear.
I had wrapped them around my body like I used to do to leaves but she had gawked at me and looked weirdly at me.
She had taken the clothes and wore it for me in a strange way too.
She had called me strange but I don’t know between I and her who’s more strange.
Nothing looks familiar to me.
I walked out of the room and followed the same place we had followed yesternight.
Finally, I got to the sitting room and a sweet smell waft through my nose.
I sniffed in the air and suddenly, my stomach grumbled noisily.
I held my stomach to shut it up from growling noisily.
I haven’t eaten since the previous day and I’m hungry.
I look around the sitting room and I was really bedazzled by the beautiful decorations and strange looking things.
I saw a wide and dark mirror which was on top of something. But the mirror still looked strange.
I moved closer to it and stared at myself but it wasn’t clear.
I couldn’t see myself properly. Back at Marazona, the mirror in my room is placed to stand upright and it’s long and plain glass white.
But this one here is something different.
“Hey.” I heard. I turned swiftly and saw the woman coming towards me.
In broad daylight, I could see her clearly now.
She’s a middle aged woman and she’s tall and pretty.
She had her hair rolled up in a messy bun and she had beads of sweat on her forehead.
She had a smile on her face.
“Good morning.” I greeted calmly.
“Morning dear. What are you doing standing there?” She asked.
“Uhm, nothing. I was just staring at myself on the mirror.” I shrugged.
“Huh? Mirror?” She asked and furrowed her eyebrows.
“Yes, mirror.” I nodded my head and pointed at the black mirror.
She chuckled in amusement and stared at me.
“That’s a tv.” She giggled lightly.
“A … Tv… What?” I stuttered, not wanting to bite my tongue because of how difficult the name sounded.
“A tv.” She said slowly.
“What’s that? What’s a tv?” I asked as I stared at her.
“You know what? We have a lot of things to discuss. I don’t even know your name yet.
But first, breakfast is ready. Let’s eat and after that, we’ll talk better.” The woman said and held my hands.
Without any further hesitation, I followed her.
After the teacher had left, the students started stealing glances at me and whisperings amongst themselves and I need not anyone to tell me that they are whisperings are about me.
“Jeez, I can’t believe her! She acted like a girl from the forest or maybe jungle.” I heard one of the students laughed.
“Seriously Jane, I was really so surprised when she smashed the laptop.
She’s pretty but weird.” Another girl said.
I shook my head and ignored them.
They can gossip for all I care.
I had gotten ready for school feeling so enthusiastic.
I had woken up very early because I was restless and anxious.
I couldn’t even sleep well because I kept on tossing and turning on the bed.
I was just so damn anxious and eager to go to school.
When I had gotten, everywhere looked really beautiful and magnificent. It looked better in real than on tv and magazines.
I had squealed happily and stared around bedazzling.
The principal told me he was gonna tell the students about me and the other students that won the scholarship the following day.
When I got to the classroom, my attention was just centered on Xavier.
Oh my! He looked absolutely breathtaking in his uniform.
Oh God! I can’t believe I’m in the same grade as Xavier and I’ll get to see him everyday.
Who knows, I might have the opportunity to even touch him.
A teacher entered the classroom and I was surprised when a very beautiful and classy girl smashed a laptop saying she couldn’t open it.
I was really so surprised.
She looked really classy like someone from a very wealthy home.
But I didn’t get to see her face properly because I was seating behind her at the back.
But from her side view, I could tell she was really pretty.
It was lunch break already, I walked out of the classroom alongside some of the students.
With the school map in my phone, I got to find my way to the cafeteria.
As I sat down on my booth eating, the cafeteria suddenly became noisy and happy squeals broke out from most especially the girls lips.
I tilted my head and saw Xavier walking in with two girls.
He looked like a demi god as he took slow and elegant strides inside the cafeteria.
He had a a sweet in his mouth and his hands were tucked inside his trouser pockets.
He looked really mesmerizing.
But then, I had a proper look at the girls and one of them gripped my attention.
I stared intently at the girl and…
Wait, isn’t this the girl that I took her strange necklace?
She also attends this school?
And that aside, why’s she with Xavier?
Why did they come in together?
Do they know each other?
Different unanswered questions!
Tch, tch, she better don’t have eyes for my Xavier because he’s mine.
As we stepped into the cafeteria, the cafeteria suddenly became noisy as students screamed happily.
I turned and noticed Xavier had a plain look while Chelsea was clingy to him like a magnet would do to a magnetic object.
She had smiles on her face as she placed her arms around Xavier.
The girls were throwing glances at him and it wasn’t just any glance but I really couldn’t tell the kind of look.
But there seemed to be something special in that look they gave him.
But soon enough, the news died down and the students continued eating.
I shrugged and followed them as they walked towards a strange looking thing that the students sat to eat.
Okay, what’s this?
Why’s everything here looking strange to me?
I don’t want to go about causing another humiliation for myself because of my ignorance. And so, I just decided to ask.
“Uhm, Xavier? What’s this that the students are sitting on?” I asked lowly and tapped him lightly on his shoulder.
He turned and glared at me.
“Dumb head.” He muttered and rolled his eyes.
“That’s a booth.” He grumbled lightly.
“Oh!” I nodded my head.
“Wait! Don’t tell me she’s sitting with us?” Chelsea suddenly grunted with a disdainful look.
“I guess so.” Xavier shrugged nonchalantly.
“Xavier?” She whined.
“She can’t seat with us! I don’t want her to seat with us!” She grumbled angrily.
Xavier didn’t say anything but went ahead to seat down.
As I was about to seat down too, she held me firmly by my arm.
“Hey, you don’t belong here, you know? You’re too dirty to seat with us.
You’re classless and you don’t belong here.
You are not supposed to dine with us.” She snorted disgustfully like I’m a piece of trash or dirt.
“I don’t get you Chelsea.” I said lowly and twitched my lips.
Xavier just sat down and watch us.
“Seriously? Are you that dumb? I don’t want you to seat us.” She hissed angrily.
“But Xavier’s mom said he should take care of me at school because it’s my first time.
If I don’t eat here where then will I eat?” I asked and stared at her crumpled face.
She doesn’t know that she looks the devil’s daughter when she’s angry and having that crumpled look.
“Does he even look like he cares? He’s obviously unconcerned.” She said and smirked.
Before I could say anything, she pushed me hard and before I could even hold anything, I landed hard on the floor with my butt.
Some students turned to our directions and I felt so hurt.
Some students laughed mockingly while my head was bent in shame.
Chelsea crouched in front of me and lifted my chin up.
“I don’t want to see you near my Xavier again. Don’t think because you live with him in his house you should feel like a queen.
You definitely don’t stand any chance with him.” She whispered with a taunting grin.
She stood up and patted my hair, “good girl.” She said with a hint of mockery in her voice.
As I tried to stand up, I felt a strong hand around my waist.
I turned and saw Xavier’s friend, the one that had told me that I look pretty.
He helped me up from the floor. Xavier and him threw angry glare at each other before he held my hands and walked away.
We got to another booth and he gestured for me to seat.
Without any hesitation or reluctancy, I succumbed and sat on the booth.
As I sat on my booth and ate, I suddenly started hearing whisperings from the booth beside mine.
I listened raptly and I got to find out that they were talking about the new student and Chelsea.
Now, only for me to take a look and saw Chelsea bullying Delaney when Xavier is there.
I wasn’t happy seeing Delaney being talked rudely and being bullied by Chelsea.
She has no right whatsover!
Though I use girls, I don’t fancy bullying. In fact, I don’t like it one bit.
Xavier couldn’t even do anything but just seat and watched Chelsea hurt Delaney.
Xavier’s is still blind not to see the mesmirizing beauty of Delaney.
He’s still blind not to notice how beautiful she is.
He shouldn’t worry, until I make her mine before he’ll realise how pretty she is.
I feel I’m attracted towards her and I wouldn’t mind having her myself.
I’m going to make sure I have her and Xavier isn’t gonna stand a chance.
“I’m Rio, in case you don’t know.” Xavier’s friend who helped me, said with a small smile.
“Oh! Okay.” I mouthed lowly.
“So, you are Delaney right?” He asked.
“Yeah.” I smiled lightly.
“Hope you like the meal?” He asked sweetly.
I stared at the food in front of me and stared back at him.
“Yes.” I nodded my head with a smile.
“I’m really grateful Rio.” I said sincerely.
“You’re welcome. And don’t worry about Xavier, he’s always like that; he’s the I- don’t- care type but he’ll definitely come around.
And Chelsea, she behaves bitchy sometimes especially when it comes to Xavier.
So, don’t take her actions toward you to heart.” He told me with a smile.
“It’s no big deal. I don’t really care too.” I shrugged plainly and ate slowly from my meal.
“Alright, eat up. Lunch break is almost over.” He urged and smiled at me.
“Uh! Sure.” I mouthed.
After few other subjects, school was finally over.
It wasn’t too much of fun because the students weren’t nice at all.
They didn’t even want to talk nicely to me.
And the obj… Laptop, I had broken due to my ignorance, was taken away and I was given a new one.
The teacher had taught me how to use it and I was quick to grab the teachings.
For the rest of day, I was able to use the laptop: but not perfectly well. At least, I can open it and turn it on and off.
Chelsea was so clingy to Xavier as we were about going home.
She wanted to come along with us but she said she got things to do in the house.
I was glad because I wouldn’t seat with her in the same car with her throwing angry glare at me at intervals.
She hugged Xavier before going over to her ride.
I got inside the car with Xavier and he didn’t even spare me a side glance.
The drive home was very quiet, with no words said between the two of us.
The quietness was so uncomfortable and I couldn’t wait to go home.
We got home and I was the first to alight.
He alighted too and he surprised me by suddenly gripping my arm, pulling me to an abrupt stop.
“Don’t tell mom about what happened at the cafeteria okay?” Xavier warned sternly.
I yanked my hand away from his grip and stared blankly at him.
“That’s for me to decide.” I snorted and walked into the house.
“Delaney!” His mom screamed happily and ran to meet me at the door.
I smiled lightly at her and went into her open arms.
“How was school today? Do you like the school? Were the students nice to you?
Did the things in the school fascinate you?” She asked all at once, not even giving me the chance to say anything.
“Which one am I supposed to answer?” I laughed lightly.
“Oh! My bad! Sorry, I guess I was too elated. So, how was school today?” She asked with a smile.
“It was fine.” I smiled lightly.
“We’ll talk about the school later, so tell me, how was Xavier to you today?” She asked eagerly.
I turned and caught Xavier giving me a warning sign not to say anything.
“Well…” I was suddenly saying when Xavier suddenly interrupted and walked up to meet us.
“Really mom? Have I become invisible that you couldn’t even welcome me?” He scoffed.
“That will wait. Not until Delaney tells me something nice about what you did to school today.” She chuckled lightly, like a young school girl.
“Seriously mom.” He huffed and glared at me.
“So Delaney, tell me. How was Xavier at school today toward you?” She asked.
“Well, he wasn’t nice. He made Chelsea bully me.” I pouted sadly.
The woman turned and glared at him and walked to cover the remaining space between Xavier and her but Xavier moved backwards quickly and widen his eyes in shock.
“What? Just kill me already!” Xavier exclaimed disbelievingly.
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
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