( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
I sighed and turned to stare at Delaney who’s gaze was on the floor.
She didn’t look bright like she just did something she liked.
“Laney?” I called and sat beside her on the bed.
“I thought you just did what was in your mind, I know you don’t like her and you don’t want her here either.” I said and placed my arm on her shoulder.
I heard her sigh and she took her gaze to stare at me.
“When I came here for the first time, you told me that I should make sure I ain’t lying to your mom – that if you find out that I’m a spy, I’ll regret it.
I know my character was strange and you were irritated by it.
You were always pissed at me and truth is that, I didn’t like that you were always angry with me.
I was acting strange and did strange things too…” Delaney said, to my surprise and confusion too.
I didn’t quite understand her and where exactly she’s heading to.
She was still staring at me, not even blinking her eyes or breaking the eye contact.
She looked all serious and tears we’re in her eyes and I could tell she was fighting it from flowing down her cheeks.
I just stared at her dumbfounded, not having any words to say.
“I’m not from Earth and what I told your mom wasn’t all a lie – it was the truth.
I’m from a place more like another world called Marazona. There, we don’t have cars, we don’t have clothes like this, we wear leaves.
We don’t know what a TV is or look like. And the most shocking part is that, we don’t have male over there.
I’ve never seen people of your gender before till I got to Earth. There in Marazona, we have only the female gender and seeing you, I had been so confused and that was why I was always calling you son – because that was I heard your mom call you.
I didn’t even know you were called a male.
Many things were so strange to me here.
Even the houses here, it was strange.
Now, in Marazona, I had a best friend and we were very close. She was the princess and her mother the queen ruled us.
I didn’t know my mother, I just grew up on my own.
And there we had magic powers.
The princess did a lot of bad things and if the queen gets to Know, she’ll put the blame on me and I’ll get punished for it.
The queen was wicked and she hated me, it was obvious she did hate me.
But I got tired, I got fed up when she lied against me again.
This time, the queen declared for me to put to death. I was angry and sad too. I tried to prove my innocence but the queen didn’t believe me because her daughter claimed I did it.
But that night, I escaped with the help of the princess. To punish the queen, I took the sacred necklace of the kingdom and entered the portal that leads to Earth.
And then, I had found myself in a strange place naked and your mother had helped me.
That girl, she’s the princess and my once best friend.” She explained with a sad sigh.
For a while I was speechless.
She’s not from Earth?
“Are you serious right now Delaney?” I scoffed unbelievably. This is just too hard for me to believe.
“Yes, I’m damn serious. She said lowly.
“Is that why you hate her?” I asked.
“I don’t hate Hera. And trying to get back at her is piercing my heart, it’s not something I love doing.
I’m not good at repaying someone unkindly. She even came to Earth for the necklace because I’m pretty sure her mother’s life is at stake.” She explained with a sad sigh.
“Okay Delaney, this looks like a fairytale. It’s had for me to believe what you just told me, it’s had for me to take all these.” I laughed like a maniac.
I find it all funny and strange.
“Are you mad at me?” She looked sad.
“No but I need sometime…” I said.
“You should leave Delaney, I want to be alone.” I added and climbed onto the bed.
“Xavier…” Her voice sounded sad and low.
“Leave.” My voice wasn’t stern but I was damn serious.
She glanced at me before leaving my room.
The male who I hadn’t seen before pulled away from the hug and wiped my tears.
“Hey, are you okay?” He asked worriedly.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” I sniffed in my tears.
“Are you a new maid to Xavier?” He asked.
I nodded my head and sniffed in.
I looked at him questioningly, how did he know Xavier and what’s he doing here?
“I’m his friend; we are both friends.” He smiled, as if reading my mind.
“Okay.” I mouthed and quickly walked away.
God! He looked so beautiful. I don’t even know who’s more beautiful – him or Xavier?
I don’t even know his name and he looked nice unlike that arrogant but pretty Xavier.
I sighed softly and shook his cute face away from head.
His not my problem now…
I wiped my tears and got down from my bed. I slipped my legs in my slippers and walked to my closet.
Xavier’s mom had made one of the maids – Sara to teach me on how to dress. And just few weeks, I already learnt a lot.
I rummaged through and finally settled for a knee length gown and then, I wore a hoodie because the weather was chilly.
I’m very quick at learning things and I already mastered a lot of things especially dressing and writing well – all thanks to Xavier and his mom.
I quietly walked out of my room and down the stairs.
Since Xavier is a little bit upset with me, I need the be alone too. To think about my life.
I feel sad because Xavier doesn’t want to talk to me.
I need to cool my head because I’ve been crying.
Taking a quick glance around the quiet house, I tip toed out of the house.
I don’t care if I miss my way around as long as I’m away from all these.
As long as I’m able the clear off my head…
“𝙨𝙤 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙢𝙖, 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣?” I asked grandma as we ate dinner quietly but I decided to break the silence.
Grandma was chewing on her veggies slowly and her attention was just on the food.
Mom was lost in thought because she barely even touched her meal – just tossing on it.
She was just stabbing the meatballs with her fork and I felt for the poor thing ; she was stabbing the meatballs so hard like it was the cause of her problem.
Grandma cleared her throat and turned to look at me. She wiped the corner of her lips with the dinning hankie.
“𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙢𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙠. I couldn’t wait to get discharged and go home.” She shrugged and continued eating.
“Yeah. I hate the smell of hospital too grandma.” I scrunched up my face while she chuckled lightly.
“You couldn’t even visit me at the hospital Alicia, you’re a bad child.” She whined and took from meatballs and ate it.
I laughed at her childish character.
“I’m sorry grandma. Mom told me to make sure I stay at home and do the chores while she promised to always visit you.” I pouted.
“Yeah, yeah, your mom actually told me.” She smiled and patted my back.
“Clarissa, is everything okay?” Grandma asked as she stared at mom who looked like she wasn’t part of this Earth again.
“Yes, yeah. I’m fine.” Mom rushed her words as if there was an hot food in her mouth that she wanted to get rid quickly by swallowing it quickly.
“Are you sure? You looked all lost and you’ve barely touched your food and you’ve been stabbing the poor meatballs.” Grandma persisted, staring intently at her.
“I’m fine grandma.” Mom sighed and dropped her fork.
She stood up from the chair and drank a little water, “thanks. I’ll be in my room.”
“But you haven’t even touched your meal.” Mom protested.
“I don’t have the appetite.” She shrugged and started for the stairs.
“What’s wrong with your mother?” Grandma asked, her gaze on mom’s messed up meal on the table.
“I don’t know.” I shrugged plainly and continued eating.
“Hurry up Alicia! You aren’t gonna take the whole day, are you?” Mom yelled from downstairs as I got dressed.
“I’m coming mom!” I yelled back and quickly slipped my legs in my sandals.
I took my clutch bag and hurriedly got out of my room.
I met mom at the door and we both walked out of the house.
We boarded a taxi and throughout the ride, neither me nor mom spoke a word to each other.
We were quiet with different thoughts running through our minds.
I was both nervous and uncertain – I didn’t Know what to believe: if everything would work out fine.
We got to our destination and mom paid the cabbie.
I exhaled sharply as mom and I stood face to face to the huge mansion gate.
My nervousness increased and I’m scared too. Mom? I couldn’t tell if she was nervous or scared – there was no expression whatsoever on her face.
She looked less bothered too but me… I was almost freaking out.
My legs were suddenly heavy as we made it closer to the gate.
Mom rang the doorbell and the same huge guy I had seen opened the gate and stood face to face with mom and I.
“Hi, how can I help you?” His deep voice made me shiver just like the other time.
“I’m here to see Jerry.” Mom said.
“Why? He didn’t say he was having a visitor.” He growled.
“Whatever. We want to see him.” Mom insisted.
“I’m sorry but you can’t. He didn’t tell me you were gonna come and as such, I can’t usher you in.” He groaned.
Mom suddenly started screaming loudly and the guard looked really surprised and be tried to stop her but her scream only increased.
I joined and we both screamed loudly.
We heard footsteps and fortunately, we met dad.
“Daddy!” I called happily and ran to hug him. He didn’t hug me back but I didn’t let it get to me – maybe he’s just surprised to see us, that’s all.
“Clarissa? What are you doing here?” Dad asked as he scrutinized mom who had a slight frown on her face.
“I came to see the father of my daughter.” Mom rolled her eyes and placed her hands dramatically on her waist.
“Oh!” Dad looked speechless.
“Okay! Look Clara, you have to leave with your daughter, my wife is around and I don’t want her too see you.” Dad panicked as he glanced back into the house.
“I don’t care!” Mom snapped.
“Please Clarissa, I’ll come visit you tomorrow but right now, you have to leave.” Dad begged.
My countenance changed as I stared at dad.
He doesn’t want his wife to know about us?
He’s gonna hide us forever?
“We are not leaving!” Mom insisted.
Mom angrily made her way into the house while dad looked scared.
“Come in then.” He mouthed at me.
I nodded my head and sighed sadly.
We got into the mansion and as expected, mom was bedazzled and awestruck by the beauty.
Mom sat comfortably on the sofa and crossed her legs on the glass centered table. While I just sat gently.
“Please Clarissa, you’re gonna get me into trouble.” Dad said, starting occasionally at the sparkly stairs as if he was expecting someone.
“I don’t care!” Mom hissed.
I felt pity for dad because he looked really scared.
“Hun, who’s there?” I heard a tiny voice say from the stairs, followed by footsteps.
Mom and I turned towards we the stairs and there was Chelsea’s mom climbing elegantly from the stairs.
She looked so pretty with her knee length gown which I presume would be really expensive. She had a light makeup on and her long hair fell freely down her shoulders.
She wore a silver sandals and in her hand was a glass of wine.
She looked really elegant and beautiful.
Chelsea did take after her.
Her smile faded as she finally got to where mom and I sat.
I stood up and mom did too.
Dad just stood quietly, staring at his feet.
“Hello. And who are you?” She asked, staring intently at mom.
“I’m Clarissa and I guess we’ve met before.” Mom smiled.
“Oh! Yeah! You were the woman we had bumped into at the mall the other day.” She smiled but the smile quickly disappeared just the way it came.
“So, what are you doing here?” She creased her eyebrows.
“We are here to see my father.” I said and darted my eyes to look at dad.
“I don’t understand.” She laughed and stared at me.
“Jerry here is the father to my daughter here.” Mom supplied with a smirk.
“What!” The glass of wine she was holding slipped from her hand and crashed on the floor, breaking into pieces and the content spilled out.
She went all pale like someone who suddenly saw a ghost.
“Tell me it’s a lie Jerry! Tell me she’s lying.” She laughed, but it wasn’t genuine – it was laced with sadness.
“I’m sorry Kenny. But it’s the truth.” Dad said and bent his head.
Chelsea’s mom looked rather too shocked and speechless.
She didn’t say anything, she just took the car keys on the table and stomped out of the house.
“Wow!” I mouthed speechlessly.
“If your appearance here today cause a rift between my wife and I, I’ll never forgive you!” Dad yelled angrily and started towards the stairs.
“I even plan on staying here with my daughter. So, she better accepts the truth and learn to the truth the hard way.” Mom yelled after him.
Dad shook his head and jogged up the stairs.
I sighed sadly and shook my head.
A maid came to the sitting room to clean up the mess.
“Get me a glass of cold juice.” Mom ordered the maid as she made to leave.
As I walked absent-mindedly, I bumped into someone and fell hard on the floor.
“Oh my! I’m so sorry.” The person I had bumped into, rushed her words apologetically at me.
She stretched forth her hand towards me and I didn’t hesitate to place my hand on it and stand on my feet.
I stared closely at her and she looked really familiar. Her eyes were puffing and it looks like she’d been crying.
“Are you okay?” I found myself asking.
“Yeah. Hope you weren’t hurt?” She asked with a smile.
I shook my head negatively and smiled at her, “no ma’am.”
“We’ve met before right? A night sometime ago.” Her eyes shone brightly.
“Yeah! You’re that lady that I had bumped into.” I recalled with a smile.
“Yeah. ” She laughed.
“No wonder you looked familiar.” I added.
“So, what are you doing here by this time of the day alone?” She asked affectionately.
“It’s a long story ma’am.” I sighed.
“It’s Kenny.” She said.
“My name is Kenny, so stop with the formalities.” She smiled.
I nodded my head and smiled at her. Wow! I like her already.
“And I’m Delaney.”
And to my utmost surprise, she pulled me into a warm hug.
Brought to you by Faith Lucky ✍️
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