(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
Jesus! This girl is bad.
Even after all the warning signs I gave her, she still went ahead to tell me.
“Really Xavier?” Mom asked and hastily moved towards me, before I could move away, her hand were already firmly on my ear.
She pulled me by the ear while I winced.
“Mom? It hurts!” I whined.
“What did I tell you about Delaney before going to school?” She asked, with a- stern-like voice.
“That I should take care of her.” I grumbled.
“And did you?” She asked.
I kept shut and tried to freed her grip on my ear but she twisted it painfully.
“Ouch!” I groaned.
“Answer me Xavier!” She ordered.
“I didn’t. Jeez mom, my ear hurts already.” I groaned.
“Seriously? You’re so stubborn.” She said and rolled her eyes.
“Delaney, go up and freshen up. I’ll come meet you shortly.” Mom said, still twisting my ear.
“Okay ma’am.” She giggled lightly.
Mom smiled lightly and pulled me by my ear and walked towards the stairs.
I glared at Delaney while she stared blankly at me.
I got back from school and I was damn tired.
I went to my room and had a quick shower.
I wore my clothes and went down to the kitchen.
I opened the pots and I was damned when I didn’t even find a leftover.
“Dang it!” I cussed angrily.
Mom and grandma weren’t home and they didn’t even bother to even leave if it’s just a leftover for me.
My stomach grumbled noisily, reminding me that I’ve got to feed it.
Having no other option, I drank a lot of water and dragged my tired and hungry self back to my room.
As I laid on the bed, my room door suddenly creaked opened and mom walked in.
“Hey Alicia, you’re back.” She said the obvious.
“Well, as you can see.” I rolled my eyes and turned to another direction.
Well, get your butt of the bed and wear something nice. We’re going out.” She said.
I snapped my head to look at her and sat on my bed.
“What’s the occasion mom? What are we celebrating?” I asked with a smile.
“Nothing special. Let’s just say I got a new job with a good pay.” She shrugged.
“Oh mom! That’s good news.” I smiled.
“Alright, so hurry up before I change my mind.” She said and walked out of my room.
“Yes!” I smiled elatedly.
I got down from my bed and hurriedly got to my wardrobe, looking for something nice to wear.
I wonder where we’re going to.
I got into the house and as usual, I was expecting to see an empty house apart from the maids, but I was damn so shocked to see my both parent seating on the sofa and watching TV.
“Mom? Dad?” I called surprisingly and walked up to them.
“Hey princess.” Mom beamed and walked to hug me.
I let her hug me but I was still so shocked to find them both at home.
“Welcome princess.” Dad smiled lightly.
“What the… What happened? Why are you guys home? I thought you were supposed to be home by the end of the month.
But you’re home now.” I voiced out, still finding it hard to believe that my parent were both home.
Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t unhappy to see my parent but it’s a shocker to see them.
Anytime my parent are about leaving and give me a particular date they’d be home, they’ll never fulfill their promise.
They’ll always have an excuse to extend their stay.
But this time around today, they are home, more earlier than I imagined.
“We just decided to surprise you.” Mom beamed happily.
“Really? Surprise indeed.” I said nonchalantly, like I didn’t care but I do care.
“So, princess, freshen up and get dressed. We’re going out.” Dad smiled.
“What? We’re going out!” I half yelled happily, not believing my ears.
“Yes dear.” Mom said.
“Hope this isn’t a joke?” I asked sternly.
“Of course not.” Dad said and smiled.
I got dressed and my parent and I got into one of the cars; a red Bugatti Veyron.
I smiled and watched the view happily as the chaffeur drove off.
I admired the beautiful tall skyscrapers and other beautiful buildings.
Not as if I fancy them or something but for the fact that I was happy made me gaze admiringly at them.
The chaffeur finally pulled over in front of a classic restaurant and we alighted.
I removed my sunshade glasses and walked elegantly with my parent into the restaurant.
I chatted with my parent as we ate on our meal.
If felt so good to finally seat, eat and talk calmly with them, without me getting angry like I would do when I’m being told about their departure again.
After we were done eating and drinking, I decided we dropped by at the Mall to get some stuffs I needed.
Mum and dad were still in the car and I stepped out before then, headed for the entrance. But unfortunately, a clumsy lady bumped into me.
“Hey! Are you blind??” I snapped at her.
“Seriously?” She scoffed.
That face! She looked really familiar.
“You????” We both exclaimed at the same time.
“What the f**k are you doing here? And why’re you always being so clumsy?!” She snapped at me, making me shocked.
She was the same filthy lady my driver had splashed mud water on.
“Seriously?? I think I should be asking you that damn question. What’re you doing here? We actually don’t need low lives in the mall” I scoffed.
“Listen to me, you little brat” she pointed her finger at me.
“I’m not gonna take any more insults from you, okay?”
“Alicia!” A young woman came calling after her.
“Hey! Alicia; what’s wrong? What’s going on, huh?” She asked and held the lady’s hand.
So, Alicia’s her name?
“I unfortunately bumped into an animal, mum” the Alicia girl replied and my eyes widened in shock.
What the heck???
Did she just call me animal??
Immediately, mum and dad showed up.
“Hey! Chelsea, what’s going on?” Mum asked as she stood beside me with dad.
I kept throwing glares at the puppies in front of me.
But then, I noticed something – the young woman was fixing her eyes on dad.
And dad….he was staring back at her as well.
“Clarissa??” He suddenly called out.
“Jerry?” She called out as well.
Hold on; do they know each other or what???
What’s going on? How do they get to know each other? I wondered.
They still had their eyes locked into each other’s faces, surprise clearly written on them.
“Do you…..know each other?” Mum asked, causing a separation between their eyes.
But before dad could speak up, the other woman did.
“No, we don’t. Come on, Alicia. Let’s go” she said sternly, gripped the clumsy lady’s hand and scurried off.
Mum turned and looked at dad who wasn’t saying a word.
“Honey, who’s she?” She asked, but he still didn’t say a word and angrily, she started walking away to the car.
Dad got himself back and we both started walking to join mom.
I grumbled in disappointment as we walked to where the car was parked.
I didn’t even get to buy what I needed all because of that woman and her good for nothing daughter.
Why did they have to show up now?
“Mom? My shopping!” I whined and tung on her arm.
“Really? Next time.” Mom said.
We got to the car and we slide in.
The drive home was so quiet and it was uncomfortable.
None of my parents said anything but throw glares at each other; especially mom.
Who the hell is that woman to dad, huh?
As mom and I walked to the bus stop, she looked lost in thought.
She hasn’t spoken a word since we left the Mall after bumping into that rude brat’s parents especially her father.
I tried starting a conversation with her but she ignored me.
I sighed softly and continued to walk beside her. Her smile had faded and she held no expression whatsover.
She just look lost and in deep thoughts.
We both got home. While I went to the kitchen, mom went to her room.
Actually, today was fun with mom. She took me to an eatery and I ate to my satisfaction.
And my shopping bags were four because I had bought lots of things I’ve been dying to buy.
I bought some beautiful clothes and shoes.
Mom made me choose whatever I wanted and I was speechless because I didn’t know mom had such amount of money.
I happily choose whatever I wanted while mom just picked few things.
We went to the grocery side and we both bought food items.
We bought frozen foods, sea foods, cereals and breakfast food, canned food, pasta and condiments.
Our bags were filled and it was heavy.
But I was really happy that we got to go shopping and buy lots of things.
I don’t even know the last time we did such.
I prepared dinner and serve mom hers in her room.
I kept Grandma’s in the kitchen because she returned not quite long and she was having her bath.
After eating dinner and taking my bath, I wore my pyjamas and climbed onto the bed.
I tried falling asleep but sleep wouldn’t come.
I kept seeing Xavier’s cute and smiling face.
I finally gave up sleeping and got down from my bed.
I turned on the light and went to my old cabinet where I keep my drawing materials.
I actually love drawing and I draw perfectly well.
I arranged my drawing materials and took my pencil.
I’m gonna draw him.
Xavier’s mom made Xavier tutor me about what we learnt at school.
He was grumpy and refused at first but when his mom pulled his ears, he begrudgingly agreed.
We sat on a chair in his room with a table in front of us.
“Now, listen to me and listen very good” he began.
“You must do exactly as I say, okay? And don’t even think of stressing me cause I’ve got no time to waste”.
I just nodded so he doesn’t get angry.
“First of all, rewrite these sentences” he said and placed a book and pen in front of me.
On the book was written some sentences, but the problem was, I didn’t know how to me use of a pen.
Back there in Marazona, we wrote with sticks, touched in colors.
I held it in a funny way and placed it on the book, trying to copy what the boy’d asked.
“And what do you think you’re doing?” He scoffed and I looked at him.
“Seriously? Is that how to hold a pen?”
I bit my lower lip and stared down at the table bashfully.
“Gosh” he mumbled under his breath and held my hand.
His skin was so soft.
“You hold it this way” he stated calmly, but I could see he was forcing himself to be calm.
“Your index finger should be here……and this, here”
He placed the fingers the way he wanted and asked me to continue.
“T….Thanks” I told him and tried focusing on the paper.
It so wasn’t easy writing on it, but I tried.
“Holy Crap!” He exclaimed when I was done with one sentence.
“I can’t believe you used ten f**king lines in writing just one sentence!!”
What are lines? I pondered and looked at the book.
Actually, I saw some lines across it. But….did they really matter?
He took the book and stared at it. Then sighed.
“I guess we need to start with handwriting” he mumbled and brought out another book from the bag.
Alicia’s pov: I yawned lightly and sat on top of my bed.
I stretched out my body and got down from the bed.
I pulled off my clothes and tied my towel around my body.
I got into the bathroom and had a cool shower.
I smiled enthusiastically as I waited patiently for Xavier’s car to drive into the school compound.
And just as I thought, his car drove into the school compound.
I walked towards his car, but my joy seized when he came out with two ladies – urgh!!
The spoilt brat from yesterday and the other lady who’d lost her necklace.
Why’re they together, huh?
I quickly diverted to another direction cause I didn’t want to see them.
But how do I give the drawing to him? I really wanted him to notice me!
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
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