(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
In school, I didn’t find it difficult to learn or assimilate, all thanks to Xavier.
He had taught me very well the previous day and though I couldn’t get everything, I still learnt and remembered the very important ones.
When it was lunch break, Xavier, Chelsea and I went to the cafeteria together.
Thank goodness, this time around, Chelsea didn’t make any move to tell me to leave. But I could tell she wasn’t happy with the fact that I’m sitting and eating with them.
Having Hera in my house as lessened some works for me.
At least, she do the dishes, she arranges the house and scrubbed the house neatly.
Sometimes, she even wash my clothes and that as hell reduce a lot of stress for me.
It has also fill the vacuum of me not having a child.
She’s taken away the sadness of not having a child in my life; I don’t even mind keeping her forever.
I finished working and I was asked to go see my manager.
I just hope she has something important to say.
I just pray she wants to increase my salary and that’d really be great.
“Good evening.” I greeted politely to the manager, who’s probably in her late forties.
Her name is Julie and she’s a very quiet woman and she hardly comes out of her office ever since she was employed about four months ago.
“Yeah, evening.” She said and twirled her swivel chair around.
“Well, you might be confused as to why I called you.
The truth is that, the owner of the cafe called…” She sighed and stared sadly at me.
“He asked me to remove every worker that’s ranging from the ages of 40.
So in essence, I’m saying that you’re fired. I’m really sorry ma’am Emily.” She spoke calmly.
My head rang a loud bell as I stared doubtfully at her.
What did I hear I say?
“Are you really serious? Why?” I huffed disbelievingly and shook my head.
No, it can’t be.
“I don’t know the reason ma’am but I’m following according to what I was told.
There are about four of you that’s leaving.
I’m really sorry.”She exhaled.
“What about my pay?” I asked sadly.
“Oh! I’ll send you the full amount to your bank account.” She said.
So, just like that I was fired?
I’ve been working in this cafe for the past four years and this is how they repay my hardworks and diligence?
This is so unfair.
Where do I start from?
Where do I start looking for a job now huh?
I sighed dejectedly and walked out of the cafe premises.
I got home and had my bath. I didn’t even bother to eat dinner because I already lost my appetite.
I still felt pained and bittered about the whole thing.
I was fired even without a tangible reason.
This is not so fair at all!
After my sleepless night, I got ready for job hunting.
Hera already prepared breakfast but I wasn’t hungry.
I took just few amount of money before leaving the house.
After hours of fruitless search, I became tired.
I went to a cafe and cafeteria but I wasn’t employed.
I also checked hotels and I wasn’t given any job too.
I felt tired and exhausted.
My waist and legs hurt and it felt as if I would fall any moment.
I was weary and it was late already too.
I stared at the big mansion in front of me and sighed sadly.
I need to give it a try even if there’s no sign for any job vacancy.
I breathed in and out and walked to the huge gate.
I knocked loudly on the gate and a stern, mean and huge looking man opened the gate.
After some brief interrogations, I was allowed in by a woman I think is the owner of the house.
“You’re fortunate to have dropped bye.
One of my cooks resigned today because she’s leaving the country.
There are two cooks but the work would be too much for me.” The woman who had introduced herself as Jenny Maddox, said with a smile.
“Is it just the space of the cook that’s vacant?” I asked politely.
“For now, yeah.” She smiled.
“Okay. So, you know what? I’d give you a call tomorrow and tell you if you’re hired or not.
You’d send me your number.” She smiled sweetly at me.
She looked really nice.
“Okay, thank you and I’ll be expecting your call.” I enthused.
We exchanged numbers and I stood up to leave.
“Thanks ma’am.” I smiled.
“It’s okay Emily.”
“And by the way, that boy looks handsome.” I smiled and pointed to a very cute boy’s picture on the wall.
“Oh! That’s Xavier my son.” She beamed proudly.
I nodded my head positively and suddenly thought of Hera.
They’d make a great couple.
I slept soundly at night because I felt at rest.
And before I had slept, I prayed that I get the job even if it looks obvious that I’ll definitely get the job.
In the afternoon the next day, I was so restless.
I was waiting for Mrs Jenny to call.
Or wouldn’t she employ me?
“Hello. Yes ma’am. Okay ma’am.” I smiled happily over the phone.
“Yes!” I screamed happily.
“Hera!” I called out to Hera.
She came running down looking confused.
“I finally got a job at the Maddox house and they have a cute son!”
I stared at Emily confusingly because I didn’t understand quite well what she meant.
“A cute son? What’s a cute son?” I asked, completely perplexed.
“Really?” She asked, with her eyes wide open as if they’ll fall off. She gazed at me like I’ve asked the most unheard question.
“You don’t know who a son is? Like, a male child or a boy?” She asked, nonplussed.
I scrunched my face in confusion as she called out what I didn’t understand and what I’ve never heard before.
“What are all those names you called? Are they names of places or what?
I don’t understand.” I said, feeling so confused.
“Okay, I thought you were joking. But it seems you are not.
You’re damn serious.” She laughed lightly.
“But first of all before I tell you what it means, I just wanna let you know that, I’ve gotten a job to be a cook in a wealthy house.” She sighed softly.
“Okay.” I nodded my head.
“Now, let’s go seat on the couch, so I can explain to you the meaning of a son.” She smiled and pulled me to seat.
“Well, a son is a male person. Just like we have you as a female, we also have another gender called the males.” She explained.
“Really?” I asked, seemingly interested about the whole thing.
“Let me continue. Now, just like you’re a daughter to your mother, that’s how a male is a son to his mother.
We aren’t the only kind of gender in this world.” She added with a smile.
“Really? Oh my! Wait! Those strange people that wanted to harm me that night, they are the sons you’re talking about.” I asked, recalling those strange creatures or whatever.
“Exactly! They are the males or rather, boys.” She smiled.
“Oh my!” I laughed hysterically, not knowing exactly while I bursted into an uncontrollably laughter.
Emily looked at me and she joined me in laughing.
We laughed like crazy people until we stopped to catch our breathe.
School wasn’t boring as it was the first day I had arrived.
When we got home, I spent the evening with Xavier’s mum until she’d asked me for something.
“Look Laney, I want you to give this juice to Xavier. Make sure you don’t spill it.” Xavier’s mom beamed happily.
“Okay ma’am. But ma’am, I’ve been wanting to ask you this question but it keeps escaping my mind.” I said shyly with a smile.
“What is it dear?” She asked and tucked in a loose strand of my hair behind my ear.
“What’s your name?” I asked, feeling a little bashful.
“Oh dear! That’s a good question.” She beamed.
“My name is Jenny.” She enthused.
“Okay. I’ll start addressing you as ma’am Jenny. Hope that’s okay by you?” I asked.
“C’mon Delaney, you can call me mom.” She pouted like a child that’s being deprived of sweet.
“Huh? M…om?” I twitched my lips.
“C’mon Delaney, say it well.” She urged with a smile.
“Mom?” I said with a shy smile.
“Yes! Don’t feel shy to call me mom okay?” She smiled.
“Okay ma’am, sorry I mean mom.” I said and we both laughed lightly.
“Okay. C’mon now. Take it to his room.” She said and handed me the glass of cold orange juice.
I held it and smiled at her.
“Alright, go now.” She whispered softly.
I chuckled and walked out of the kitchen.
I opened Xavier’s door and he was only on his towel wrapped around his waist.
His hair was dripping wet and his pink lips shone brightly and it made it more pinkish.
I stared admiringly at him as his eyes caught with mine.
“What the hell? Why did you just barge in without knocking?” He queried.
That strange word *knock* again. What exactly does it mean?
“Erm, I’m sorry.” I said shyly, not knowing exactly what to say.
“What are you doing here?” He asked and ran his eyes all over my body.
“Erm… I came to give you this.” I smiled sweetly and stretched out the glass of juice to him.
“Okay.” He replied perfunctorily and took it from me.
“You can leave now.” He said with an eye roll.
As I made to leave, my eyes suddenly caught with something strange below his waist inside his towel.
The thing was bulgy and though I couldn’t see it, I knew it would be thick and long.
What exactly is that?
“What are you still doing here?” He asked.
When I didn’t say anything, he followed my gaze and he gasped.
“Hey, what are you looking at?” He half yelled.
“What is that? Why’s there looking big and bulgy?” I asked perplexed and moved closer to him.
“Hey stop there!” He yelled and moved back.
“I mean no harm okay? I just want to know what exactly is there.” I said, my curiosity getting the best of me.
“What’s there doesn’t concern you!” He snapped.
I stood rooted on my spot but then, I turned and walked to the door.
Then, I turned sharply and grabbed the huge bulge in his towel.
Geez! It felt so huge and thick in my grasp.
“Argh!” He yelled and poured the glass of juice on my body.
Delaney wants to see what they use in making…🚶🚶
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
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