(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
What’s he doing here?
I stared at him, surprised.
“You” he muttered and found his way pass the door and I made path for him.
“Who’re you huh? What do you want here?” He asked.
“I’ve….I’ve explained everything to your mum already” I replied.
“Well, I’m not my mom and need my own explanation”
“I’m sorry, but…. it’s a long story and I don’t think I can explain it now to you”
“What?” He scoffed and folded his hands.
‘Anyway, listen to me and listen pretty good. If I get to know you’re lying to me and my mum; if I get to know you’re actually a spy, trust me, you’d regret it. So, now you still have the chance, I’d suggest you leave. Just leave”.
I stared at him silently as he spoke with so much anger. Why’s he mad at me?
There’s no way I’m leaving. I mean, I can’t. Where would I go, huh?
He scoffed again and left.
Seriously, I don’t understand mums reasons for wanting to keep this lady here. What exactly are her plans? Is she gonna stay here forever?
I may be a player, but I hate it when a particular lady’s stuck around me. I hate seeing a repeated female face.
Chelsea’s the only female friend I have and I don’t think I’d be able to cope with someone else b
Somehow, I think I’d have to send this lady away.
After a while, a maid showed up and told me I was being called by the woman who wanted us to go out.
Hmm. Where does she plan on taking me?
I followed the maid to what she’d referred to as a *sitting room* and I sat on one of the good looking chairs.
I couldn’t find the woman and the maid asked me to sit and wait for her. Probably, she was on her way.
I tapped my legs as I sat all alone in the big beautiful room. I guess the people on earth were so lucky because life seemed soo easy here compared to Marazona.
I smiled and stood up to feed my eyes. Yes….just to view…I wasn’t going to touch anything.
I folded my hands behind my back and looked around.
Wow!! So many interesting things. Incredible.
I smiled as I walked around and my eyes caught something more interesting.
I gasped and looked at it more intently.
It was a mirror!!! My own reflection!!
I giggled and touched it and seeing my face made me so happy.
Wow!! I was so beautiful, wasn’t i?
Although, the mirror looked different. It was dark and flat.
In Marazona, we only had one mirror and that was the sacred mirror found only in the Queen’s room.
I’d only had the opportunity to use it twice when Hera had snuck me in.
I smiled and touched it. It felt so good seeing my own reflection.
But I saw something like buttons on it and wondered what they were. Hm. Well, I guess everything about earth was different.
Mistakenly, my hands touched one of the buttons and I flinched when I saw a light from the mirror.
I moved back to observe and to my greatest surprise, I saw people In it.
My head spun in confusion and anxiety.
What’s happening? Where are these people coming from?? Who’re they???
I watched in fear as they did things I couldn’t understand. What sort of mirror is this??
I ran to the back to see if there was a door or something. But there wasn’t.
It was so scary that I didn’t realize when I screamed.
And I pushed the mirror hard to the floor, making it crash.
I walked into mother’s room and found her sitting on the bed, drinking from the wooden cup.
“You sent for me, mother” I said with a bow and she sighed and placed the cup beside her.
“Sit” she instructed and I nervously sat beside her.
For a while, she was silent.
“Why did you let her go?” She asked and I felt my heart skip again.
Oh! Saviors….are we still on this?
I bit my lower lip and stared down at my fingers, unable to give a reply.
“You just risked a lot of things, Hera. A lot of things” she sighed and gulped down the liquid from the cup.
“We the Marazons” she began
“We actually came from men. A long long ago, we were living in a peaceful place where the gender was mixed. We had men and women”.
What’s she talking about? What’s men?
“I’d fallen in love with someone, but a witch took him from me. She made him hate me and that was how I lost him.
She actually became pregnant for him, while I became pregnant for someone else – a man who never cared about me. A man who made me suffer so much.
A war had broken out which led to the deaths of many – including the man I was pregnant for, your father.
Then, the females formed a union and decided to run to another planet – Marazona.
Only females made it and at that time, I was yet to give birth.
Unfortunately, the witch who betrayed me was made queen over us because coming to Marazona was actually her idea. So, the rest of the fools made her queen.
Few weeks later, she put to bed and I also did same. She gave birth to a daughter, while I gave birth to you. And when luck shun on me, she got missing after a few days.
She actually dumped her daughter and left for earth”.
She paused and sighed.
“She’s Delaney’s mother – the first Queen of Marazona.
“The truth is…..I was the reason she left, Hera. And…I believe she’s on earth. If she’s still alive and she gets to see Delaney, I’m afraid something bad might happen. I’m afraid she might recognize her somehow and do something evil with the treasure. My reign would be over, Hera. I’d be gone”.
I could see so much pains in her eyes as she spoke and my heart tore into pieces at the sight of that.
Oh! What have I done?
“You risked a lot of things, Hera” she winced.
“You’re trying to destroy everything I’ve worked so hard for”.
I sniffed and placed my palm on hers.
“I’m so sorry, mother”.I said.
“I’m sorry for helping her. I just….I just didn’t want her dead because….I really committed the crime she was being punished for. I committed the crime and put the blame on her”.
She looked at me in surprise and guilt gripped me.
“But I promise you….” I continued.
“I’ll go to earth, I’ll find Delaney and I’ll bring the treasure back”
The woman came running into the room immediately.
“Oh my God!!” She exclaimed and placed her hand on her chest.
Her eyes were fixed to the strange mirror on the floor which was already broken.
“What the hell did you do? What happened to the television?” She asked in an alarming tone.
Tele what? What did she just call it?
“Oh! Delaney…What happened?” She grouse.
At that moment, the son stepped in and his eyes widened in shock as well.
“I….I saw people moving in them. It was….it was scary” I stuttered to the woman.
Why do I feel like….I did something wrong?
“Hold on; she broke the television on purpose?” The son asked and I took my gaze to the floor immediately.
Why do they keep calling it television? Or is that what it is over here? Do they call their mirrors televisions??
“Seriously mum, Is this the kind of attitude you wanna tolerate here? I’m….”
The son tried speaking but paused and groaned.
“This is just unbelievable” he muttered and walked away.
Why’s everyone mad at me?
“I’m sorry” I turned to the woman and said.
“I….I didn’t know..I mean…I saw people walking in them and I was scared they were….”
“Well, that’s because it’s a movie, Delaney! a movie! What did you expect??” She said with a little rancour and sighed.
Movie? What’s a movie? Why’s everything just being confusing, huh?
“Anyway” she continued.
“You can go back to your room and rest. I’ll just have one of the guards take care of this” she pointed to the strange mirror on the floor.
“Um….I thought we were going out? One of the maids actually…..”
“Yes, yes. I’d intended taking you out for shopping. But an urgent call just came in now and I need to leave right away. So, don’t worry, we can just go in the morning” she replied and started walking away.
“Ma’am” I called her the name I’d been hearing the maids call.
“Oh. Um….go to the kitchen, you’ll find a maid there. Ask her to give you some food, okay? I’m running late already. So bye” she replied quickly and hurried out the door.
Hmm. Where’s the kitchen?
I turned around and looked at the broken mirror on the floor. Why does it seem important to them, huh? And why were they acting like….the people moving in the mirror were normal?
I was about walking away when the door opened and the handsome son walked in with a strange boy. Someone I’d never seen before.
“Woahhh” the new boy exclaimed, his eyes on the broken mirror.
“What happened to the television?”
The whole time, I was staring at him. I couldn’t believe they had a lot of males over here.
“All thanks to the alien” the son replied with an eye roll.
The new boy lifted his eyes and rested them on me.
“And who’s she, dude? Is she a new house help? But…..isn’t that your shirt?” He asked and pointed to me.
“Seriously, Rio. I don’t wanna talk about it now. Come on” the son replied and started walking away.
The new boy kept staring as they walked pass me.
“Um….son” I called back their attention and he turned to look at me with a scoff.
“Hey; I’m not your son,okay? My name is Xavier”
He said with a disgruntled look.
“Xa…Xafier?” I tried pronouncing it and his friend laughed.
“Its Xavier, okay? Xavier”.
“Okay. Xavier” I repeated with a nod.
“I’m sorry but….where’s the kitchen, please?”
He wore a crumpled look and was about saying something when a maid showed up.
“Perfect” he mumbled and walked away with his friend.
Hmm. How rude.
“Please, where’s the kitchen?” I asked
“This way, ma’am” she replied and led the way.
We took a corner and entered a different room and a *wow* escaped my lips immediately.
Good saviors! What a kitchen!!
Why’s everything about this place so different? Why?
“What would you love to eat, Miss?” The maid asked but I couldn’t reply as I continued gazing round the incredible room.
I saw a lot of amazing things.
I walked over to a table that had some good looking things on it.
“Are these eatable?* I asked the maid, pointing to a particular plate.
“Of course, Miss. Those are bananas” she replied and I arched my brows in surprise.
Bananas? What are bananas?
I plucked one out and started eating it and…..
It was damn bitter!
“Hey; hey; why’re you chewing it that way? You didn’t peel off the back” she ran to me and said as I chewed with a crumpled look.
What back? I wondered?
“That isn’t how its done, miss. You should’ve….”
“No, no. Give me something else. It isn’t sweet” I stopped her from plucking out another.
It tasted so…gross.
She shrugged and got me something else.
This time around, she called it rice.
She’d given me a strange object to use with, but I couldn’t and insisted on using my hands instead.
Hmm. It was delicious.
When I was done from the kitchen, I left so I could return to my room but unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the room.
Well, the house was so big and different and you wouldn’t blame.
Still turning and turning around, I came across a room with familiar voices.
I stopped and placed my ear on the door so I could listen properly. It was the woman’s son and his friend.
“Do you think it’s a good idea going there?” I heard his voice.
“Of course, dude. There’s gonna be plenty of asses to f**k” his friend replied and I cringed.
What’s asses? And what’s f**k?
“Do you think Chelsea would be there?” The son asked again.
“Well….it’s possible. So, she didn’t speak to you throughout the rest day in school?”
I think that’s a female.
“Yeah….I’ve got no idea what her problem is, anyway”.
“Come on, dude. Hurry up . the earlier we go, the better for us…..”
Hmm. It seems they’re going out?
I left the door and walked away, taking the long thing called *stairs*
Where are they going to huh? It sounds fun.
His mother isn’t at home. And now….he also wants to go out? They wanna leave me all alone?
What if…..I go out with him?
I walked out of the house and looked around.
They normally go out with the tiny houses, right? The ones they call cars?
Hmm. How do I identify the car they’d be going out with? They were so many of them.
I bit my nails and did a guess work.
There was a red house – sorry car – closer to the house and I ran towards it and opened the back door.
The inside was very dark but I got in and laid on the seat. I wonder why they call this a car. Its almost like a house.
I breathed heavily as I laid on the car and not long after, I heard their voces.
They were talking and laughing so noisily.
Good saviors. I hope they’re making use of this car.
Their voices and footsteps got closer and closer until I heard the front doors opening.
I was in the right car!!!
“You sure you wanna drive?” I heard his friend ask.
“Yeah….leave it to me” the son replied and immediately, the car started moving.
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