( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
I silently scoffed as I stared at the sullen face of Hera.
She had a pained expression on and I could tell that she was sad because of the way Xavier had pushed her down.
I wasn’t expecting it from Xavier – but what else should I accept from an arrogant guy like him?
Just mere looking at him and reading his expression, I can tell that he doesn’t like Hera.
Hera stood up and stared angrily at Xavier.
“Why did you push me off like that? You should be glad that a princess as pretty as I am touched you.” She scoffed angrily and eyed Xavier.
“Really?” Xavier mocked and held me more tightly to himself.
“Laney, do you know her?” Xavier asked, turning to face me.
“Yeah.” I frowned at Hera and if eyes could kill, I’d have been dead because of her hard and angry glared at me.
“Really? I’ve seen her a couple of times before.” Xavier sighed.
“Oh, really?” I mouthed speechlessly.
So, Xavier and Hera had met before – no wonder, Hera had looked happy seeing him and out of the happiness, she decided to hug him, not knowing it was actually a bad idea.
“How did you two know each other?” Xavier asked, his gaze on Hera, like he was scrutinizing her.
“It’s a long story and I’ll tell you all about it later.” I shrugged plainly.
“So, Delaney, I’m still asking for my necklace, where the hell is it?” Hera fumed.
“I told you Hera, I misplaced it and since you came to Earth to get the necklace, you can go look for it.
I don’t know where it is and I can’t look for it. It’s none of my business, you can as well look around the Earth, searching for the necklace.
As it is now, I don’t know where it is.” I said nonchalantly.
“Really now huh? Can you hear the nonsense you are sprouting out from your mouth?
I’ll be back Delaney and you better get the necklace else…” She smacked angrily, casting haughty glares at me.
“Else what? You can’t do more that a dead fly. I’d advise you go back to Marazona and stay with your mother before she dies.” I glared back at her.
“Oh! You’ve suddenly grown wings right?” She huffed.
“Can you please stop battling words with each other?” Xavier cuts in angrily.
“You should leave now Hera, we don’t know each other – from the day you lied against me and the day I came to Earth, I cut off ties that has to do with you because you aren’t a true friend.” I snorted disdainfully and started towards the stairs.
“I’ll be back for my necklace Delaney and you should pray that you find it and hand it over to me!” Her voice trailed behind me.
I scoffed and climbed up the stairs.
“Hey, are you okay?” Xavier asked, jolting me out of my reverie.
“Huh?” I breathed out and held my my thumping chest.
“Sorry I scared you.” He apologized with a smile.
I nodded my head and sat properly on my bed while Xavier sat on my reading chair.
I didn’t even know when he walked in because I was in deep thoughts.
I know he’s gonna ask me about Hera and everything I meant when I was talking to Hera.
How will he react when he finds out that I’m not from Earth?
That I’m from another world?
Are we still gonna get close or will he hate me?
Geez, I don’t want to even think of Xavier hating me.
“It’s fine.” I said at last.
“So, are you gonna tell me what happened out there with that girl?” He asked after a brief silence between us.
“I’m sorry Xavier, but maybe another time. Right now, I’m not in the right state of mind to tell you anything. But I promise, I’ll tell you everything.” I sighed lowly, staring intently at him.
“Okay, whenever you’re ready, I’ll be waiting. It’s your decision and I’ll wait patiently for you when you’re ready to tell me because I know there’s more to you that I don’t know.
So, I’ll respect your decision.” He smiled and patted my hair.
“Stop that, I’m not a kid okay?” I whined while he chuckled.
“To me, you are.” He smirked and before I could protest, he placed a quick kiss on my lips and ran out of my room.
“Huh Xavier!” I whined and I heard him laugh.
As I stared at Chelsea as she walked gracefully into the classroom, I suddenly thought of my life.
How would it feel if I enjoy same luxury as Chelsea?
How would it fell like to dress in expensive clothes, wear expensive perfumes, wear expensive jewelries and eat expensive meals?
How does the life of the rich feels like?
I really want to enjoy these luxuries, I really want to.
Dad paid for grandma’s hospital bills and the operation was carried out successfully.
In few days time, she’d be discharged.
Dad had told mom and I not to allow Chelsea and her mother to know that he has me as his daughter.
He promised to take care of us, and I’m grateful.
But seeing Chelsea living a luxury life that I’m supposed to live too, I suddenly feel that I should enjoy that life too.
Living in that huge and magnificent mansion is what I really envy and fantasied on.
But dad had clearly told me that I shouldn’t go there again.
But thinking about it, I really want to live in that mansion because normally, I should be there.
Staring at Chelsea, I feel envious and I really want to be in her shoes…
I really want to enjoy what she is enjoying and thinking about it now, I don’t care if she knows we are sisters or if her mother knows. I don’t even care if she doesn’t accepts me but as long as dad accepts me – that’s all that matters.
All I want is to live in the mansion and enjoy the luxury too.
I boiled with rage as I stomped into the kitchen.
Emily and three other chefs turned to look at me as I stomped in.
“What!” I frowned deeply and glared at them.
One of them hissed and they continued with whatever they were doing.
I shook my body and tamped my feet noisily on the floor.
I was filled with so much anger and rage.
How dare she?
How dare Delaney talk to me in that manner?
And that male – because he’s beautiful he thinks that he’s a god.
But wait, if I saw them together – in the same house, does that mean they live together or does Delaney work there?
How did she even end up in the house of the male?
I should have met him first – then maybe he’d have looked at me with care in his eyes the way he had stared at Delaney.
I don’t know much about feelings but I know that the male cares for Delaney and he’s ready to protect her.
Only that is enough to get me mad.
I want to be the one that he’d look at with care and hold so closely and defend me, and not Delaney.
He’s beautiful and I really want to be close to him.
Why did Delaney meet him first?
But it’s never too late. I don’t care if the necklace is missing but I’d definitely get that male to look at me with care and protection in his eyes.
But he seems not to like me – his reaction towards me showed that he doesn’t want to look at me that way, but I won’t give up.
I’ll try my best and I’ll become close to him.
I’m gonna beg Emily to help me beg the person who employed her to also employ me, so I’d be able to see him all the time.
I’m gonna make sure I start working in this house – I don’t care about the kind of work but as long as I get to see him all the time, that’s all that matters.
After the B3 girls finally confessed, they were told to call their respective parents.
They had deny about it, but when the recorder was played, they shook with fright.
They were utterly gob-smacked and shocked.
Brianna was so scared and I had to hold myself so I wouldn’t burst out laughing because of how they looked – shocked and resigned.
After whatever the police did and our attorney, the B3 girls were found wanting and they were sentenced to a year in juvenile detention and they are not to partake in the upcoming examinations.
Their parents were disappointed in them and I was surprised that they didn’t even do anything to make sure they were released.
My mom was angry and she had wanted the girls to spend a good amount of time in the juvenile detention but our attorney was able to calm her down.
Mom called the principal and principal said she would publicly expell the girls and let the other students know of their bad deeds.
I was more than happy.
The girls couldn’t help but cry regretfully.
“Alicia!” I jolted out of my reverie as I heard mom’s loud voice behind me.
Her voice had made me shocked and so, I held my chest and breathed in and out to calm my nerves.
“Mom, you scared me!” I exclaimed with a pout.
“Really? What were you thinking about that you just zoned out? I called you severally but you wouldn’t even shake a bit.” Mom sighed and sat beside me on the couch.
“Yeah. Nothing really, just thinking about school.” I lied smoothly.
“Are you sure?” Mom looked at me suspiciously.
“Yes mom. What else should I think of?” I laughed nervously.
I don’t want her to know what I was thinking about because I know she’d be mad at me.
And that’s the last thing I’d want from her – for her to be angry with me.
“Okay, if you say so. Dinner is ready.” She smiled lightly and stroked my hair affectionately.
“Okay mom.” I smiled.
I stood up and mom did too, and we both walked to the dinning table.
I sighed for the umpteenth time as I stared at the strange necklace in my hand.
I had suddenly thought of the necklace and I had brought it out.
When we were looking for money to treat grandma, I had tried selling the necklace but the amount that few persons I saw wanted to buy it for was too small.
The money wouldn’t even be enough for my transport fare to school and so, I decided to keep it.
It’s of no importance to me and I don’t even know why I’m still keeping it.
As I continued to stare at the necklace, I suddenly thought of Xavier…
Why don’t I give it to him?
I’ll tell him it’s a gift from me to him and I’m sure he would accept it.
It might look strange but I know he would accept it.
Why didn’t I think about it since?
Tomorrow at school, I’d give it to him. I concluded with a smile as I dangled the necklace in my hand.
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