( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
“So tell me dude, when did you have a pretty maid as that one?” I asked with a knowing smile.
He creased his eyebrows and stared confusingly at me, “who? You know I don’t really give a damn about the maids in the house.”
“The one that had hurriedly left your room in tears.” I supplied with a smirk.
“Oh! Hera? Mom recently employed her to tend to Delaney and I.” He shrugged.
“Wow! Dude, she’s pretty and curvy. I’m sure she’s gonna taste good.” I made a moan sound while Xavier hit e on my arm.
“Geez Rio, you don’t even know her and you’re already thinking of f*cking her?” He asked flatly.
“Do we have to know someone before we f^ck them? The last time I checked, we f*ck random b*tches.” I rolled my eyes and crossed my legs, darting my eyes around his room.
“Really now?” He grunted and eyed me.
I chuckle lightly at his action and raised my hands up in a surrender like way.
“She’s just a maid alright, a maid to serve Delaney and I. If you want a girl to f*ck then go to a club or an hotel.” He said and stood up from his bed.
“Speaking of Delaney… Where is she?” I asked.
He was quiet and I wondered why. He took a shirt from his closet and wore it on his singlet.
I heard him sigh before turning to look at me, “we had a little argument.”
“What happened?” I asked, suddenly interested in the topic.
“She isn’t from Earth. She’s more like from another planet and she told me a lot of things I found unbelievable.
My head seemed messed up and I told her to leave my room – and that was about an hour ago.
She left and I haven’t heard from her or any sound at all. Maybe she’s asleep.” He sighed despondently and placed his back on the wall.
“I’m speechless dude. Well, you two have really been close this past few weeks and I noticed some few changes in you ever since she came.
You even took her as your prom date. You just have to talk to her and don’t really take it too much to heart.
Who knows, she might decide to leave to where she came from and you don’t want that, do you?”
“Who knows, she might decide to leave to where she came from and you don’t want that, do you?” Those words continued to ring endlessly in my ears.
I suddenly felt so scared and uncertain.
I don’t want Delaney to leave. I’ve really come to like her and get used to her presence in the house.
I was once lonely until she came.
Her character sometimes pisses me off but I can’t get to stay mad at her for a long time.
I sighed and stared at Rio, not knowing what to say.
“Think about it bro.” He patted my arm.
After Rio had gone, I hastily got to Delaney’s room and knocked repeatedly on the door but I didn’t hear a single word.
I pushed the door open and I was welcomed with the room quietness.
“Delaney!” I called aloud, checking every doors in the room and still, I didn’t hear a single word.
My heart did a flip and I got scared.
I knocked on the toilet door and there was no response. I opened it and there was nobody.
I did same to the bathroom and I couldn’t find her.
I panicked and quickly ran out of the room.
I asked the workers in the house and they all said same thing – “I didn’t see her.”
I was almost going in mad with worry.
Where did hell is she?
Did she perhaps leave the house?
She pulled away from the hug and smiled at her.
“Can we go over somewhere and talk? I just wanna talk to you.” Kenny sighed and looked at me pleadingly.
With those eyes staring pleadingly at me, I couldn’t say no.
And then I found myself nodding my head, “sure.’
We walked, with her leading the way.
We got to her car and I didn’t know what she did, but the roof of her car got opened.
I was wowed as it looked beautiful and magical.
“How did you that?” I couldn’t help but ask, looking so amazed at the opened roof of the car.
She laughed and pulled me into the car. She touched some buttons, push and then, it made a sound and the car roof closed and when she did it again, it got opened.
“Wow!” I smiled while she giggled.
We sat on the roof of the car and it felt I could see things from afar and up.
“You look sad and even if there’s a smile on your face, I can tell that you’re not happy.” I voiced out, staring at her as the cool breeze blew her hair in different direction.
She sighed and smiled sadly.
“Yeah, you’re right.” She smiled at me.
She took a bottle of wine from the seat of her car and corked it open. She placed in her lips and drank from it in large quantity.
“My husband has a mistress and the mistress had a child for him.” She exhaled and tears slide down her cheeks.
I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say.
“The child is grown up. In fact, she’d probably be in her final year in high school. I didn’t know all these years and he didn’t bother to tell me.
Not until the mistress came to the house with her daughter and I finally got to know the truth.
My husband didn’t deny it. I was bittered and then, I left the house.
It hurts!” She bursted into hot tears and drank from the wine bottle again.
I adjusted closer to her and placed her head on my shoulder.
Seeing her in tears also made me sad.
I wiped her tears and stroked her hair. I barely know her but it feels like I’ve known her forever.
“So, what about you? You looked sad too.” She sniffled and tucked her loosed hair behind her ear.
The wind blew slightly and I shuddered a bit because of the cold.
I exhaled sharply and brushed my hair backward.
“I told the guy that I’ve become so close with a secret of mine and he was mad at me.
It saddens me to see him mad at me and I had to leave the house.” I told her.
She took her head from my shoulder and turned it to look at me.
“What secret? I don’t mean to pry though.” She said.
“That I’m not from Earth.” I sighed sadly and rubbed my palm together.
“Then, where are you from?” She asked, her full gaze on me.
I don’t know but I felt the strong urge to trust her and tell her the truth.
“I’m from Marazona, more like another planet.” I bit my lip nervously.
“Wait! What?” She shrieked with her eyes bulgy unbelievably.
“You’re from Marazona?”
“You have to leave now Clarissa, you’ve outstayed your welcome already.” Dad grumbled angrily as he matched up to mom and I in the sitting room where we were watching TV.
Mom snorted and glared at dad.
“Really now Jerry? Is this what you’re supposed to tell your child and the mother? A child you didn’t know about?
Is this how you’re gonna treat us?” Mom snarled angrily and stood up from the sofa.
“That’s not what I meant Clarissa. My wife and I are gonna have a huge misunderstanding and I don’t want her coming back from wherever she went to meeting you here.
I’m glad my daughter, Chelsea would be spending the night at her aunt’s place. What would I have told her?
Please Clarissa, you have to leave and I promise, I’ll come see you and we’ll talk this out.” Dad begged, rubbing his palms together.
“There’s nothing to talk about Jerry, for your information, we are staying here and we are not going back.
Tomorrow, you’ll send one of your bodyguards to go bring my mom because she’ll be staying here as well.
I’m the mother of your daughter and I have same right as your wife and child.” Mom yelled and poked his chest.
“Don’t mane this any hard for either of us, leave or I’ll tell the guards to throw you out.” Dad said sternly.
I just sat, watching the both of them batter words with each other.
Why’s dad being like this?
I’m his child right?
Why’s he treating us this way?
Dad sighed and ran his hands through his hair as mom bursted into hot tears.
“After everything we had together! After everything we shared. Is this how you’re gonna repay me?” Mom sobbed and crouched on the floor.
“I’m sorry okay, I didn’t mean it that way. Please stop crying, you know how much I hate seeing you cry.” Dad cooed and pulled mom up.
Mom sniffled while dad pulled her into his embrace.
Mom stared at me and a smirk curved on her lips.
I just got to find out dad’s weak point; tears. And mom just used it on him.
I paced to and fro in the sitting room as I waited eagerly for Delaney to walk in through the damn down.
I was panicking and my whole body was shaking in fright.
I called Mom earlier and it kept directing me to voicemail.
I sighed and plonked hard on the couch – already tired of standing.
I tried to keep myself busy with my phone but all I could think of was Delaney.
I couldn’t help but panic more.
Where the hell is she?
What happened to her?
Is she safe?
My head was messed up with different negative thoughts and I feared I might go crazy.
“Delaney!” I groaned in frustration, raking my hand through my hair.
I just hope nothing bad should have happened to her.
As I stared at Delaney in sheer disbelief and shock, I suddenly went speechless.
She’s from Marazona?
How’s that possible?
“Are you telling the truth?” I asked hoarsely.
“Yes ma’am.” She nodded her head.
“Then I want you to tell me all about Marazona, everything you know and your family too.”
“Okay. I grew up without a mother and I was told that was the only parent one could have in Marazona.
I don’t know my mother, I was told she abandoned me and ran away.
In Marazona, we wear leaves and there are just females there…” She sighed softly and bent her head.
“You’re really from Marazona!” I confirmed with my eyes popping out widely.
Years ago, we lived in a planet ; there was peace and tranquility amongst the people.
We had both males and females.
I had a best friend Alice, and we were so closed. I didn’t know she was envious of me.
I fell in love with one of the most handsome men in the kingdom and we both started dating.
When Alice got to know that I was dating a guy, she became angry. She told me to my face that she had loved him but I had taken him away from her.
That day, we had a hated argument.
Then, she started another man.
We got pregnant and we were in our early regnancy when a war broke out with another kingdom.
They killed many of our people and my husband and Alice’s own were amongst the unfortunate ones to die.
Some of the women who survived including Alice and I ran to another place and found shelter.
Some women were pregnant too at that time.
They needed a ruler and I was chosen. Alice was jealous and she didn’t try to hide it. She hated me and we stopped being friends.
I had gone into labour and due to the strength I lost and how tired I was, I passed out. When I woke up, I was told my baby had died.
It was more like a still birth. I wept bitterly because I couldn’t even get the chance to see my baby.
Alice had her child too and it was a baby girl.
I had to flee when Alice tried to kill me. I knew she wanted the throne so badly and she would do anything to seat on it.
I came down to earth and I was saved by a man.
He took care of me and gave me shelter. It was hard for me to settle down fully and get used to Earth’s life because it was different from ours, but I finally did get used to the life.
I got pregnant for him and we did a quiet marriage. He told me I was good luck to him because ever since I came into his life, things had been working fine with him.
We were both in love and our marriage blossomed. I was tutored at home and I got to learn a lot of things.
He had his own company and I started working with him.
“Ma’am? Are you okay?” I felt a light tap on my shoulder and that made me shudder in fear.
“Uh! You startled me!” I gasped as I jolted out of my reverie.
“I’m sorry but you suddenly zoned out and I’ve been calling you like since forever but you didn’t even answer me.” She sighed and stared apologetically at me.
I couldn’t help but stare longingly at her.
“What are you doing on Earth?” I asked instead.
“It’s a long story.” She shrugged plainly.
“Care to share?” I asked.
Wow! Now, everything seems to make sense to me.
Delaney told me about the necklace and everything the queen and her daughter had done to her.
I felt pity for her and at the same time, I was glad she took a bold step to take the necklace to punish the queen.
After few talks with Delaney, I decided to drop her off at her house. Thank goodness, she knew the way around even if she didn’t know the name of the streets or the house number.
With the directions she gave, I finally got to where she stays.
She told me so many things about herself. And I did too. I told her I had come from Marazona and she was more than surprised.
I made her tell me about Marazona and she did and I must say, she did have a boring childhood.
Before she alighted from the car, I pulled her into a warm hug and stylishly pulled the tip of her hair.
“Bye.” I waved at her as she made to open the huge gate.
“Bye.” I waved back at her with a smile.
I smiled to myself and drove away into the night.
I didn’t know that we had both spent a lot of time talking because we lost track of time.
But glad I get to spend time with her.
“The queen… She’s barely alive!” A maid panicked as she dashed out of the queen’s room.
The palace workers stared at her as she ran out of the palace, screaming the queen’s name.
Soon, the healer arrived and she immediately walked to the queen’s room as she saw her lying pale on the bed, barely alive – she’s been that way since and she had opened her eyes just once when she wanted to tell them something.
She had struggled to talk but she finally did talk.
The healer hook her head sadly and raised her head skyward.
She performed some rituals on her but the queen looked dead.
“She won’t survive it.” The healer shook her head sadly.
And just then, the moon shone brightly; indicating the seventh day in Marazona.
The queen started coughing terribly and then, blood dripped from her mouth and nostrils.
Her body shook violently and then, her body went lax and her hand dropped down from the bed.
She stopped breathing.
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