( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
“Delaney!” I screamed and ran to hug her.
She didn’t hug me back, she just stood and I could tell she was confused or rather my action was unbelievable to her.
I released her from the hug and stared at her face, “you made me worry almost to death.”
She just rolled her eyes and walked away from the door, walking further into the house.
“Delaney?” I called and held her left arm and made her turn to look at me.
“I need to sleep okay? It’s late already.” She sighed and yanked my hands away from his grip.
I watched as she started towards the stairs.
My jaw dropped and I felt bad. It was as if my heart was pierced with a knife.
I lowered myself on the nearest couch and sighed sadly.
After worrying myself almost to death and staying awake waiting for her, this is what I get?
I alighted from my car and locked the doors. I took slow strides into the house and all I felt was anger and betrayal.
I opened the door and walked into the house, it was quiet and I couldn’t find anyone in the sitting room.
I plonked myself on the sofa and crossed my legs. I placed my bag on the table and loosened my hair and let it fall down freely down my shoulder.
I pulled my shoes and placed my back to rest properly on the head of the sofa.
I closed my eyes and sighed tiredly. Then, I heard footsteps, it was close and that made me snap my eyes open.
“Kenny, you’re home.” Jerry smiled and stood in front of me, his hands were behind his back and I could tell that he was nervous.
His hair was wet and he was on his pyjamas – looks like he just had his bath.
Even till now, I still admire and droll over him.
“I’d just go to bed now.” I scoffed and stood up from the sofa, picking up my stuff’s.
“Before you get mad at me and take any drastic situation, can you at least please here what I have to say?” He said and held my arm firmly.
“Be quick!” I snapped and yanked his hand away and sat back on the sofa.
Just then, I heard footsteps and I saw the woman and her daughter climbing down the stairs.
I felt angry but I didn’t want to do anything drastic that I’ll regret forever.
If Jerry doesn’t have a good explanation for this, then he should get ready to loose Chelsea and I.
He is lucky that Chelsea isn’t home but he’s definitely still gonna explain himself to her when she returns. And of course I know Chelsea would really be mad at him.
“Hi.” The woman smiled at me but I huffed and rolled my eyes.
Why’s she smiling?
Does she think I’ll just accept her into my matrimonial home just like that?
She’s must be a joker and a dreamer.
“So, firstly, I want to apologise sincerely to the both of you. And I’m sure that you two might have lots of questions going on in your head and tonight, I’ll try to clear any air of confusion.
And I want us to settle this amicably.” He said and darted his eyes to the three of us.
He took a deep breath and adjusted properly on the sofa beside me.
“I met Clarissa first. We were in love and we planned our future together, we made promises to each other.
My colleagues and I had gone to the beach today have fun and when we’re done, we decided to leave. We had gotten to the parking lots when I remembered that I left something behind.
I told them to wait for me as I wanted to get something and I’ll be quick about it.
I went back and to my utmost surprised, I saw a naked woman coming out of the water and looking lost.
I tried to run away but she called me back and told me she wouldn’t harm me. I mustered enough courage and went to meet her.
I pulled off my jacket and used it to wrap her nudity.
I took her home and she told me everything. That she wasn’t from Earth and all that.
I decided to take her in and help her. I didn’t tell Clarissa because I was afraid that she’d break up with me and I didn’t want that.
The woman Kenny was like strange because she acted strangely and she didn’t Know a lot of things.
Weeks later, I noticed that ever since Kenny came, things had been working out greatly and exceptionally.
I had different huge contracts worth billions of dollars and then, I concluded that she might be an angel in disguise.
I helped Kenny learn a lot of things by giving her a tutor.
I didn’t know but I felt selfish as I suddenly fell in love with her.
I was in love with two women!
I didn’t tell Kenny I had a lover and I didn’t tell Clarissa too.
Then one night, Kenny and I made love to each other.
I felt guilty because I knew what I was doing was wrong but I couldn’t help it.
Kenny became pregnant and considering everything she had done for me and the love I had for her, I decided to get married to her.
I didn’t want my child to be a bastard and grow up without a father. We confessed our feelings for each other and I promised to get married to her.
I felt really bad and I knew I had to end my relationship with Clarissa.
I ended my relationship with Clarissa and I told her my reason was because I didn’t love her anymore – that wasn’t the truth because I still loved her but I couldn’t keep two women.
Clarissa was mad at me and she was very sad. She had begged me but I refused. She told me I shouldn’t leave her but I told her couldn’t.
And that was when she broke the news that she was pregnant.
I was confused ; really confused.
I tried to talk to her but she ran away. Days later, I went to look for her but I was sad and down casted because she already left.
Her neighbor gave me a letter she dropped before she left and in the letter she said she had gone to look for happiness elsewhere and I shouldn’t bother them look for her.
Even if I couldn’t see her, I could still tell that she had written the letter in tears and in a broken state.
She also stated in the letter that she already terminated the pregnancy because she can’t take care of a child on her own.
I tried looking for her if not for anything but to apologise wholeheartedly to her.
Kenny and I got married and out love blossomed.
Our marriage was blissful as Kenny was s good wife. We had our first child Chelsea and I was so happy.
I didn’t hear from Clarissa and I concluded that she might have moved on already.
And that was what really happened.” Jerry concluded his speech, staring down at his feet.
I was speechless as I didn’t know what to say.
Clarissa was in tears.
“And Kenny, it was just days ago that I got to know that Clarissa didn’t terminate the child like she had made me believe. That’s her daughter, Alicia.” He added and this time, his gaze was on me.
“So, what’s gonna happen? Are they gonna leave here with us?” I asked, breaking the silent.
Clarissa glanced at me and wiped her tears and I mentally huffed.
“I’ll go to bed now.” I said and stood up.
Since he doesn’t have an answer, it’s best I leave. “Ken…” His voice trailed off as I cut him off.
“Don’t Kenny me.”
Without turning to look at any of them, I made my way upstairs and to my room.
“What is it Delaney, you can talk to me.” Xavier’s mom cooed softly and held my hands in hers.
“It’s about what I’ve been feeling towards Xavier and it seems to be overwhelming and I can’t understand the feeling.
I don’t know what to call the feeling and I’m confused.” I stated and stared at her as if telling her to read my heart and tell me answers.
“Okay? Tell me everything. Explain all what you feel and I’ll tell you what it means.” She smiled at me.
I exhaled and bit my lower lip nervously.
“I want to be close to him all the time, I want to get to touch him, make him look at me with caring eyes.
I want the hold him and I want to be the only one he would look at and pay attention to. I want him to kiss me all the time without caring about people being around.
I want him to smile at me, play with my hair and tease me. I want him to do a lot of things to me and he wouldn’t do it to other girls.
And I get this tingling feeling anytime I see him. My heart will flutter and it feels as if there are butterflies dancing in my stomach.
I feel happy. And hell, the feeling is confusing. I don’t him to get mad at me too.” I explained and pouted my lips.
Her eyes lit up and she looked very happy.
Is it a good feeling?
Why’s she happy?
She smiled at me and hugged me, stroking my hair affectionately.
And I heard her whisper, “love.”
I got to school the next day and I didn’t bother to say hi to Xavier, just sat on my seat quietly.
Mom had called at my aunt’s place telling me that there’s an emergency at home and I should come home immediately we close from school.
She sounded so worried and it even made me worried. I couldn’t even tell why she sounded that way but I know it’s really an emergency for her to speak that way.
I tried my best not to think much about it and focus in class, hopefully when I get home, I’ll get answers.
Xavier’s mom had been happy and I didn’t understand what she meant by love.
She promised to answer my question by enlightening me on my feelings. She’d told me that she’ll take me out and make me learn more about my feelings.
I had agreed and I was happy because finally, I’ll get answers and know exactly what I feel towards Xavier.
The next day, I prepared for school and before I could eat breakfast, Xavier already left for school.
I felt so low spirited because it’s the first time he’d be leaving for school without me.
His mother didn’t say anything and she made me ride in another car. The drive was boring and I felt bad and guilty.
I don’t want Xavier to be mad at me, at all. I know I’m at fault for ignoring him the previous day but I couldn’t help it.
I’ll talk to him today and I hope he’ll listen to me and forgive me and most importantly, 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙄’𝙖𝙢.
I got to school and walked solemnly to the class as if I was mourning someone. I was in a very bad state of mind and my heart was hurting real bad.
What has Xavier done to me to make me feel this way towards him?
“I think I love her.” I blurted out and stared at my fingers.
I couldn’t bring myself to look at Rio because I didn’t want to see a taunting smirk on his face. After my confession, there was silence – like total silence.
Rio didn’t say anything and I was shocked because I know Rio… He’d be laughing or making jest of me for falling in love but not hearing him say anything creeped me out.
I stared at him and he had a knowing but shocked expression.
“I knew it!” He suddenly gasped and jumped up happily.
“Woah! Admit it Xavier, you don’t think you love her, you love her. Yay!” He squealed enthusiastically and spread his arms happily in the air and faced skyward.
He looked happy and I couldn’t help but giggle. Rio is one hell of a funny guy.
“I’m so happy!” He screamed happily.
“Hey, will you keep it down?” I groaned, feeling bashful. I palmed my face and groaned loudly.
He sat down beside me on the bench and turned to stare at me.
“What really happened?” He asked, looking all serious like he wasn’t the one who was screaming loudly in happiness.
“Well…I don’t know. The feelings…I can’t deny them anymore. It’s something that’s growing bigger each passing day.
I was really so scared to the teeth and I was worried almost to death because I couldn’t find her. At that moment, I knew I didn’t want her to leave. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to her.
I was so scared and I couldn’t even bring myself to sleep knowing that she’s not home and she doesn’t even know her way around. And when she returned and she didn’t want to talk to me, I felt more heartbroken. I’ve never felt the way I feel towards her towards anybody and I didn’t need anybody to tell me that I’ve fallen in love with her.
I’ve read books and watch movies and I know I couldn’t deny the feelings any longer.” I explained.
Rio sighed and clapped his hands, smiling sheepishly.
“Wow! I knew you were gonna fall helplessly in love with her.” He smiled.
“Yeah, whatever.” I snorted.
“So, what are you gonna do? Are you gonna confess your feelings to her?” He asked.
“Yeah, but I have a plan though.” I said and did a lopsided smirk.
School was over and I hurriedly took my backpack and left the classroom heading to the parking lots.
Fortunately, my chaffeur was already waiting for me and so, I just slide in and locked the door.
I got home and just standing by the door, I heard yells and screams – like an heated argument was going on.
I pushed the door opened and got in and I met my parents, exchanging words hotly.
Mom was filled with rage and she was in tears too. I stood gob-smacked, watching my parents fight.
They stopped as soon as they noticed my presence.
“Chelsea!” They both called and advanced towards me, looking guilty.
“Mom? Dad?” I called, finding it hard to believe seeing my parents exchange words hotly.
I haven’t seen them this way and the reason behind it, I still and couldn’t fathom it.
“Chelsea dear.” Dad called and I could tell he was nervous. “Come sit, we have something to tell you.” He added, more like a whisper.
I dragged my feet lazily from the floor and walked to the sofa and sat on it.
My parents stared at each other – mom actually glared at dad, before sitting down opposite me.
“I have a confession to make…” Dad started and rubbed his palms nervously.
Okay, what the hell is going on?
I really need answers and seeing them this way made me feel like I’m in the dark, I’m lost.
“Your dad has a mistress!” Mom suddenly snapped and glared angrily at dad and if looks could kill, then I’m sure dad would’ve been six feet below the ground.
My mouth snapped open in shock and my head seems to ring.
“What!” I gasped in shock and stared at mom – with eyes that said ‘tell me you’re lying.’
Dad glanced at her and sighed before turning to look at me.
“Well, the truth is that I have a daughter from my past relationship with a lady.
I swear, I didn’t know until few days ago they showed themselves to me and the lady told me the truth.” Dad said and looked at me pleadingly.
I was speechless… I laughed and stared at him like he’s grown two heads on his head.
Just then, I heard footsteps and I was so shocked to see Alicia and a woman that looks familiar.
“That’s Alicia and she’s your sister.”
And that left a huge bang on my head.
When Xavier and I got back from school, I apologized to him and he did same. He told me he wasn’t angry with me and he accepts me just the way I am and that brought tears to my eyes.
I was so touched because I didn’t expect him to accept me once.
We became friends like we used to and we even became closer.
He was still tutoring me and I was learning faster and getting to know things. Things I thought were strange or like magic, I knew them and their uses.
I got to know names of food and also learn how to eat them, and also learn how to use the cutleries appropriately.
According to Xavier and his mom, I’ve learnt so many things and I’m a fast learner and that had made me happy.
Xavier’s mom had taken me out to shop for new clothes but she had actually did the picking since I couldn’t.
The clothes were pretty and she also bought dresses for the prom party. She had been so happy knowing that Xavier and I were prom partners. According to her, she’s gonna make me look really pretty that he wouldn’t be able to take his eyes off me.
It was so much fun but exhausting too.
She never gets tired.
I stared in shock as I stared at the result. It was written positive.
I had taken the strand of Delaney’s hair to the lab so a DNA test can be conducted between the both of us.
And now, it confirmed it that Delaney is really my daughter.
Tears filled my eyes – I didn’t know if it was tears of joy or sadness but I knew I was happy.
I thought my child had died!
I have a daughter apart from Chelsea.
Will she believe and accept me?
Oh my God!
“You should clean my room thoroughly okay?” Delaney ordered as I entered her room with the cleaning equipments in my hands.
She hissed at me and walked out of her room, not after giving me a hard glare.
I gulped down and stared around the room.
The room was scatters and clothes were littered carelessly around the room.
I knew she purposely messed up her room to frustrate me.
I walked towards her table and a beautiful drawing was on it. I picked up the drawing paper and stared admiringly at it. As I turned to walk away from there, my leg kicked the table and her bag fell and the content in it spilled.
I quickly bent to pick up the things and just then, something fell off from in between her books.
I picked it up and my eyes widened in shock.
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