(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
I removed my lips from Delaney’s as soon as she coughed out water.
She weakly opened her eyes and stared intently at me, looking rather confused.
I stood up and helped her seat up.
“What happened to me? Why am I drenched?” She asked as she stared at her wet clothes.
She was all soaked and her hair was plastered all over face, making her look like one of those possessed people in movies.
“Well, you dumbly fell into the pool.” I said sarcastically and rolled my eyes at her.
“Huh? I didn’t fall into the pool myself. Someone pushed me.” She creased her eyebrows.
“Wait, what? Someone pushed you?” I asked and scoffed.
“Yes. But I couldn’t see the persons face. The persons face was covered.” She groaned lightly.
“That’s unbelievable. It’s just your imagination. You fell into the pool and you assumed someone pushed you.” I huffed.
“I’m not assuming, I’m very sure. I was pushed into the swimming pool.” She defended.
“Okay. But who would want to push you into the pool?” I asked.
“I know you wouldn’t believe me, so just forget about it.” She snorted.
“Get up, let’s get you dried up else, you’d catch a cold.” I offered nicely and stretched out my hand for her to use as support to stand up.
“Thank you.” She smiled.
“Thank you buddy.” I told Rio as the three of us walked towards the car.
“It’s fine dude. I just couldn’t watch her drown.” He shrugged and patted my shoulder.
“Thank you Rio, you tried to save me even when you don’t know her to how to swim. Seriously, I’m grateful.” Delaney smiled appreciatively.
“It’s fine Delaney. You’re like a family to Xavier and Xavier is my buddy, so it’s nothing.” Rio laughed lightly.
We got into the car and the chaffeur drove off.
“Cheers girls for a job well done!” I squealed happily and raised my my wine glass up.
“Cheers!” They chorused with smiles on their faces and we clicked our glasses together.
“Oh my goodness Brielle.” Brianna giggled excitedly and drank from her wine.
“Yeah, our plans worked and I’m sure she’d probably have drown by now, all thanks to Jessica for carrying out the plan.” I giggled and drank from my wine glass and smacked my lips together.
“We’re going to check out what happened few minutes from now. Let’s see if her stomach is already bloated because she drank too much water to death.” Blair laughed.
We all laughed and poured wine in our glasses again.
“But seriously Brielle, I’ve been wanting to ask you this question since the very day you decided to hurt Delaney.” Blair started, looking all serious.
I dropped my wine glass and paid full attention to her.
“What is it Blair?” I asked.
“Why did you ever think of harming Delaney because of Xavier? What about Chelsea, is she not a threat to you in getting Xavier? Why didn’t you think of hurting Chelsea but Delaney?” Blair asked and exhaled.
“Nice question Blair. An intelligent question.” I beamed.
“You see, I’m still thinking of a right plan and the right time to attack Chelsea.
I have to remove the weaker one, which is Delaney and plan on hurting the stronger one, which is Chelsea and think of a good plan to harm her which is gonna be really tough.
I’m just excising patience and thinking of how to eliminate her and have Xavier for myself.
I want to get rid of the weak ones. So, if Delaney’s out of my way, I’ll fully focus on getting rid of Chelsea.” I grinned proudly.
“Wow Brielle, you never told us about this idea of yours.” Brianna chuckled.
“I’m smart right? I know.” I giggled and winked at them.
“I definitely get your point. You’re always so smart.” Blair smiled and nudged my arm playfully.
We raised our glasses up and clicked it.
I chopped the vegetables while mom washed the the meats and fish.
“So mom?” I called calmly, still chopping on the vegetables.
“Hum?” She answered, her attention on the meats and fish she’s washing.
“Mom? I have a question to ask.” I gulped nervously and stopped chopping the vegetables and turned to stare at her.
“What is it Alicia? You’re looking all serious.” Mom sighed and rinsed her hands.
I brought out the picture from my pocket, looking so nervous.
“I found this in your drawer when I was cleaning it up this morning.” I gulped nervously and handed over the picture to her.
Her face dropped immediately and her face was devoid of emotion.
Her hands shook as she stared at the picture. A tear slipped down from her eye and landed on the picture but she was quick to wipe it away.
She had a stern look and dropped the picture on the counter.
“Who’s that man mom? Is he my father?” I asked the question that has been on my mind since I saw the picture.
I’ve been restless and been thinking endlessly.
“What kind of a question is that?” Mom snapped and glared at me.
“It’s just a question mom. And mom, is he not Chelsea’s dad; the man we bumped into at the mall the other day?” I further asked.
“Stop asking me questions Alicia! That guy you saw in that picture was a close friend of mine and nothing more.
And when the time comes, I’ll tell you about it.” She said and walked out of the kitchen.
“Finish the cooking!” She yelled, so I’ll be able to hear her.
What if Chelsea’s father is my father too?
Alicia’s mom pov
Tears rolled down my cheeks uncontrollably as I stared at the picture.
The pains I thought might have gone years ago were still there in my heart. It resurfaced and this time, more painfully.
We were a happy couple. We were happy together but everything ended within the twinkle of an eye.
We were so much in love with each other and we were happy together.
I didn’t want to believe he’s never going to be mine but as time went on, I knew that really, we were never going to end up together.
I fell for his sweet-talks and I loved him with everything I’ve got but what at the end, what did he do to me?
He left me shattered and heartbroken.
I sobbed quietly and held the picture close to my chest.
“Alicia, I’ll be stepping out for a while. I’ll be back very soon.” I told Alicia, clutching my handbag.
“Okay mom, do take care.” Alicia smiled and pecked my cheeks.
“Alright, bye.” I kissed her hair and made for the door.
We waved at each other while I walked out of the sitting room and closed the door.
I bought just few items in the grocery store and also bought some drugs for headache; since the previous day after crying my eyes out, I’ve had a pounding headache which refused to go.
I don’t want to fall sick– definitely not now or later.
As I stood at the bus stop waiting for the next bus, a car suddenly drove past me but it came back and stopped in front of me.
I stared at the car and the tinted windows were rolled down and I got a clearer view of the person.
“Clarissa?” The woman called and I stared intently at her.
Wait, she does look familiar.
“Don’t you know me Clarissa?” She asked and alighted from her car.
She removed her sunshade and walked closer to me.
She had a huge smile on her face.
“Oh my goodness Delaney! What on Earth happened to you?” Xavier’s mom shrieked as she stared at my wet body.
I wasn’t drenched and soaked like I was when I just got out from the swimming pool. It got a little dried as we made our way home.
“It’s nothing mom.” I shrugged.
“You can’t say you being wet from your hair down to your toes means nothing. What happened? There wasn’t rain today, so how come?” She asked worriedly.
I chewed on my bottom lip and looked at Xavier for help.
“Well, she fell into the swimming pool at the celebrant house.” He scoffed.
“Huh? How did it happen?” She rushed her words breathlessly.
“An anonymous pushed me into the swimming pool.” I mumbled, but clearly enough for her to hear me.
“What? Who could that be?” She asked and placed her hands on her waist.
“I’ve got no idea.”
“And you won’t believe it mom, she almost got drown. But Rio and I were quick to save her.
She’s lucky I got to know on time else, she’d have drowned.” Xavier said and rolled his eyes.
“You don’t know how to swim?” She asked, with her eyes almost popping out from it’s socket.
“No.” I shook my head negatively.
“I’d be in my room mom. Delaney is such a kill joy. We left the party before it even ended.
And I didn’t even tell the celebrant I was going home already. Delaney ruined every of my plans.” Xavier grumbled and glared at me.
I lowered my gaze to the floor, feeling guilty.
“I’d be in my room mom. And don’t forget to ask Delaney all about the party.” He said sarcastically and without waiting for his mom’s reply, he jogged towards the stairs.
“Delaney, go freshen up already, so you won’t catch a cold.” Xavier’s mom smiled lightly at me.
I nodded my head and turned to leave but her gasped made me stopped walking.
“Oh my God Laney! Did you dress like this to the party? And where are your shoes?” She gasped.
“She’s crazy mom. Only a girl like her that would still dress like this in this twenty– first century.
She looked funny in them.” Xavier suddenly laughed.
Eish! Her voice was too loud and now, Xavier is gonna tease the hell out of me.
“Son, I thought you were already in your room.” She said and stared up at him on the stairs.
“I was almost there but your gasp made me take just few steps backwards.” He laughed.
“And don’t forget mom, you might need to employ someone that will take her lessons on dressings. Seriously, at this age she can’t dress properly.” Xavier laughed and before his mother could say something, he already ran up the stairs.
I sighed and stared down at my feet.
“We need to talk Laney, a lot.” Xavier’s mom said sternly while I nodded like a drenched puppy and trailed behind her as she walked away.
Alicia’s mom pov
“Joanne?” I called in shock.
“Oh my goodness, it’s really you Joanne!” I exclaimed happily.
“Nice to see you again Clarissa.” She beamed and we both hug briefly.
“It’s been so long Clara.” She smiled and ran her eyes all over my body.
“Yeah. And it’s nice meeting you again. You were the last person in my mind I thought I’d see today.
And you’re looking pretty and elegant.” I smiled as I mentally admired her clothes, her shoes and her appearance as a whole.
Wow! She looked so pretty and she screams wealth.
“You don’t look bad yourself. It’s been so long.” She smiled.
“Yeah.” I said with a faux smile.
She looked rather sophisticated and I wonder how she became this wealthy from the last time I saw her. She’s really changed.
“Why don’t you get into my car so I’ll drop you at your house and we can talk better along the way.” She suggested.
I pondered over it for just some seconds before I shook my head negatively.
“There’s no need for that Joanne.” I declined politely.
“Oh!” She mouthed disappointedly.
“Okay, how about we exchange contact?” She asked.
“Yeah, sure.” I agreed without any reluctancy.
“Okay.” She nodded.
She went to her car and took her phone and came back to me.
We exchanged contact and bid each other goodbye with pecks.
“Hey.” I took my gaze from my phone to stare at Delaney.
She looked better unlike when she looked like a soaked chick drenched under a heavy downpour.
She was simply clad in a gown that stops just on her knees and her wasn’t wet and it was packed up freely.
She doesn’t look pale and she looked refreshed.
“What do you want?” I asked grumpily.
“Why are you always grumpy? You look mean when you grumble and speak rudely at me.” She pouted and walked to my body.
“If that’s a compliment, then thanks.” I said sarcastically.
“Okay, I’m here because of something.” She fondled with her fingers, looking like a cute innocent baby.
“Okay, go on. What is it?” And this time around, I didn’t speak grumpily or rudely, just plain.
And as if she noticed it, a big smile curved on her lips.
“Well, why did you put your lips on mine when you brought me out of the swimming pool? What does that mean?” She asked.
Is this girl kidding me right now?
“I don’t understand what you mean.” I lied, denying that I didn’t remember.
There’s no way I’m going tell her that, that was kinda a kiss.
And I almost forgot, the last time I checked, she doesn’t know the meaning of kiss, so I’ll just go by it.
“When I woke up, I noticed that your lips were placed on mine and I knew it was that action that saved. So, what exactly is it?” She asked.
This girl won’t stop right?
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Me, I placed my lips on yours, how?” I insisted that I don’t remember.
“Like this.” And before I could process that word, I felt her soft lips on mine.
This Delaney is too inquisitive 🤦😋
Am so sorry guys that I have been delaying the story but the thing is that I ain’t feeling too well.. But don’t worry guys am getting better.. Just bear with me I promise to make it up to you all…
Good morning guys 💓😊
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
Love you all 💋