( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
Delaney laughed hysterically as I tickled her.
“Xa…vier…s.t…op.” She said in between laughter, trying to swat my hands away.
“Beg me.” I smirked as I continued to tickle her.
“Pl…ease…Xavier…stop.” Her words broke as tears rolled down her cheeks, with her still laughing uncontrollably.
I smirked and finally stopped tickling.
She wiped her tears and frowned her face.
She rolled her eyes and turned to face the other side of the car, with her gaze outside the window.
“Are you mad at me? I’m sorry okay?” I apologized and tried to touch her but she pushed my hands away.
“Delaney, please I’m sorry.” I cooed softly and held onto her arm but she ignored me like I wasn’t talking to her or even close to her.
“Delaney, don’t be mad at me. I won’t tickle you next time okay? Stop giving me the silent treatment.” I whined and hugged her from behind.
She wriggled out of my embrace and without even knowing how she swiftly turned, I received a very hard knock on my head.
She stuck out her tongue mockingly and smiled.
“I’m not angry with you anymore okay? The knock was more than enough.” She laughed.
“Delaney!” I was literally speechless.
This girl is so unpredictable.
I rubbed my hurting head and winced.
That did hurts a lot.
We arrived at school in no time and the chaffeur parked in the school’s parking lots.
As I made to alight, I quickly stole a kiss from Delaney and hurriedly alighted from the car.
When she alighted too, she glared at me – playfully and I could swear I saw her cheeks were reddened, but it wasn’t too obvious but surely, she did blush.
Guess, she likes it when I kiss her even it’s unexpected.
Her lips is like an addiction ever since the day I kissed her. And mere looking at her all the time, her lips always entice me and it’s screams *kiss me!*
When she pouts, oh Lord! It’s as if I should just kiss her senselessly without caring about our surroundings, but then again, I don’t.
I only get to steal kisses from her when we are not within sight especially in front of mom.
And I know she craves for more just like I do.
I got ready for school and ate breakfast with mom. It was a very quiet breakfast.
I thanked mom and left for school.
During the ride to school in a cab, I kept fantasizing on me being driven to school by luxuries cars, just like the ones that drives Chelsea to school and take her home.
I thought of how I would own my own bodyguards and they’ll bow at me and open the door of the car for me.
How I would majestically alight and all eyes would be on me – enviously looking at me.
I hope that one of these days, it won’t only be a fantasy but reality.
I sighed lowly and stared outside the cab window.
As soon as I got to school, I suddenly got nervous. Nervous because, I’ll be giving Xavier the necklace.
Now, not as if I don’t know the owner of the necklace, but strangely enough, I don’t want to give it back to her.
I don’t know why, but I just don’t want to return it anymore. I had the chanced to return it but I didn’t and now, I don’t want to give it to her.
I know she already accepted the fact that she lost it and she isn’t having it back.
I’ll tell Xavier not to wear it to school or when he wants to, he should tuck it in inside his sleeves.
That aside, I walked deeper into the school compound.
“Hi Xavier.” I smiled shyly at Xavier whose hands were tucked inside his trouser pockets and his gaze on me, with no expression whatsoever, just a plain look.
“Yeah.” He replied, perfunctorily and popped out the chewing gum in his mouth.
Wow! He looked really cute doing that.
Everything he does is always cute.
“So, we’ve talked before. In case you don’t remember, I was the girl that gave you a drawing of yourself.” I smiled lightly.
“Okay?” He rolled his eyes.
Geez! He’s too arrogant but I still like him.
“So, I just wanted to hand you this – it’s a gift from me to you and I hope you like it.” I smiled and stretched out the necklace that was wrapped in a fancy small box, towards him.
He looked at the box and then, me.
I suddenly felt scared that he might reject it but after few seconds, he surprised me by taking it from me.
He wasn’t smiling as he took it from me.
“You can open it.”
He hesitated for a while before he opened the box.
He stared at the necklace and it was a long stare – like he was trying to remember something.
It can’t be right?
He doesn’t know who it belongs to right?
My heart was thumping loudly against my chest – I felt so scared.
He closed the box and stared at me, “thank you.”
I breathed out a sigh of relief and smiled at him.
I watched as he majestically walked out of the hallway, diverting into the biology lab.
I smiled to myself and walked away too.
I was a bit shocked when the crimes of the B3 girls were announced during the assembly in the morning.
I wasn’t too shocked because I suspected them anyways.
Chelsea apologized to Delaney and also to me again and we forgave her – Delaney and I.
As I sat class, doing nothing, my mind suddenly went back to the necklace Alicia had given to me.
It looked strangely familiar but I couldn’t remember exactly where I had seen it before. I don’t know if I had seen it on Alicia but it looked familiar.
During lunch time, I decided to do what I’ve been longing to do.
Delaney and Chelsea were seated at the same booth while Rio and I were standing in front of the cafeteria.
I had told him of my plans before break and he had supported me.
The cafeteria was filled and the students were quiet – and that’s because, Rio and I were both standing in front of them and they already had the idea that I was gonna say something.
When everybody were both seated and calm, I cleared my throat and began, “so, you all know that prom is around the corner already and I haven’t chosen my date for the prom like you all are expecting.
Well, I’ll be doing that today…” I paused and darted my eyes to the students and all eyes were on me, expectantly.
“So, my prom date would be no other person than…”
From where I sat, my heart was beating loud against my chest.
I was damn so nervous.
I badly want Xavier to choose me and thinking about it, I should be the one he ought to choose.
We’ve been friends for years now and apart from Rio before Delaney showed up, I was the only one privileged to go close to Xavier and also touch him.
I did things to Xavier that other students couldn’t do.
I get to chat happily with him not ignoring me, tease him and touch him.
And I’ve always been the envy of all other girls.
I know girls have always wanted to be in my shoes and that had boosted my ego.
The cafeteria was dead quiet as all eyes were on Xavier, expecting him to call his prom.
The suspense was killing and I just couldn’t wait for him to call out my name so the students would chant my praises.
He wasn’t saying anything, not looking at a particular person, just looking ahead with a straight face.
Oh God! Let Xavier call my name! I prayed within.
Delaney didn’t say anything and she looked lost, and also less interested.
She just stared at Xavier, not having that expectant or happy look like Xavier is gonna say something very important.
Well, good for me.
“So, my prom date would be Delaney!” Xavier suddenly broke the long silence that had made the girls, especially me so nervous.
I heard a loud bang on my head as he said those words.
How did it happen?
Why wasn’t I choosed?
“Delaney please come forward.” Rio said with a smile while the students applauded her.
I felt so hurt and humiliated.
I could see the taunting look on the girls face as they stared at me – they were sure expecting Xavier to call my name.
I stared around the students as they looked at me – looks I couldn’t differ.
I noticed that some of the girls weren’t happy as they held angry faces on while some glared at me.
I didn’t understand what was going on.
Why did Xavier call my name?
What’s a prom date by the way?
Why were the students especially the girls casting hateful glares at me.
I shyly stood up from my booth and took slow and nervous strides towards Xavier and Rio who were both standing in front of the cafeteria.
Xavier was smiling and Rio? He was grinning so hard.
What’s making them happy?
Is it something I should happy about too?
I got yo where Xavier stood in particular and with a small smile on his face, he handed me a small rose flower.
My face heat up and I’m sure it would have gone all red.
My stomach churned and I felt butterflies dance happily in my stomach – I couldn’t explain the feeling but I felt more than happiness.
I felt different, uniquely different.
I took the flower from him and placed it in my nose, perceiving the sweet smell.
“Thank you.” I whispered shyly. He nodded his head and hugged me.
The cafeteria was filled with happy shouts and wide clapping ovations.
I felt happy, even though I didn’t understand what exactly was going on.
As we were still locked in the embrace, I saw Chelsea running out with tears on her face.
Before she got out of the door, she glared at me with loathe in her eyes and I couldn’t help but wonder why.
And then, she ran out of the door.
What’s wrong with her?
Is she perhaps angry that Xavier and I were both hugging each other?
“Emily please…” I whined for the umpteenth time with a pout.
Emily groaned and shook her head. She spread out her arms in a surrender-like way and sighed.
“Okay, fine.” She gave in at last.
“Yay! Thank you Emily! You’re the best!” I squealed enthusiastically and hugged her tightly.
Emily and I got to the house she worked and thank goodness, we met her employee who I think is also the male mother.
She looked beautiful, just like the male.
She’s young and one would think she’s the older sister to the male because of how young she looked.
We greeted her and went straight to the point.
I wanted to work as a maid in the house and Emily had tried to talk me out of it but I insisted.
After interrogations from the woman, she told me to give her just few minutes and she’ll get back to me.
My heart was beating loudly and I felt so nervous. I really want her to employ me so I’d be able to achieve my aim.
I need to be in the house.
“You’re nervous, aren’t you?” The woman beamed at me, but I was too nervous to answer so instead, I nodded my head.
“Alright. Uhm…” She started with a straight face, staring intently at me. I gulped down nothing and hoped for the best.
“Well, uhm, you’re hired.”
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
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