( Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
“Hera, we’ve got to go now. I just received an emergency call from a close friend of mine.” Emily panicked as she ran up to me, with her phone in her hand.
She looked perturbed.
“Huh? But the son isn’t back yet. Can’t we wait a little longer?” I asked, feeling rather despondent.
I’ve been so eager to meet the son and now Emily is saying this?
After getting my hope so high.
“We can’t Hera, in fact, we have to leave immediately.
It’s an emergency and delay is dangerous. Maybe another time you’ll get to meet him.” She said hurriedly, glancing through her phone anxiously.
“Okay, fine. Let’s go.” I grumbled and stood up from the couch.
I didn’t spare her a glance as I started towards the door.
I felt rather exasperated.
“Hera dear, please don’t be upset okay? There’s a next time.” She cooed softly as she ran up to me.
“No, I don’t think there’s a next time.” I rolled my eyes and stepped out of the house.
I breathed out and sighed sadly.
“Hera…” She sighed and held onto my arm.
“You don’t know his important it is for me to look for Delaney – the girl with the necklace.
Time is not on my side and my mother’s life is at risk, so as the throne.
I’ve got to be fast else, everything my mother worked very hard for would go down the drain.
I really need to find her, I need to find Delaney and take back the necklace.
She’s my hope and the most important thing to me right now.” I cried out and made for the gate, not sparing a glance.
The gate automatically opened by itself and a car drove in.
The car drove into the compound and I peered my eyes to see who it was in the car.
The glass was tinted but the window at the backseat was a little bit down.
As the car almost got close to where I stood, Emily suddenly pulled my hand and we both left the compound.
I didn’t get to see the persons face.
Who knows if it was the son?
The drive home was quiet as none of us spoke a word to each other.
She looked sad and pale and her gaze had been on her phone.
There wasn’t even a tiny curve of smile on her face.
She looked perturbed…
We finally got home and as the chaffeur drove into the compound, the girl I had met, I think twice – I saw her and her mother.
What’s she doing in the mansion?
Or perhaps her mother works here?
I really don’t know all the workers in the house because I really don’t care about them.
So, maybe her mother is one of the workers in the mansion.
I was the first to alight before Delaney.
She walked lazily, dragging her feet on the floor as we made our way into the house.
I was about placing my hand on the door knob when her hand touched mine – she was also going to open the door.
We both stared at each other and I was the first to look away.
I removed my hand from hers while she opened the door.
There was this spark I felt as our hands touched. There was this feeling I couldn’t point my finger to.
It was strange and new to me.
What could it mean?
I haven’t felt like this…
If I say the silent treatment Xavier is giving to me isn’t hurting me, then, I’m a big liar.
I tried talking to him but he wouldn’t even listen to me.
I feel so hurt and I don’t even know who to blame.
Is he gonna believe me it’s not what he thinks?
Just when our relationship was going on smoothly and we were becoming close and more free with each other, that is when this s^it had to come in.
Just when, we were becoming close to each other and just when I thought, our relationship was going on smoothly.
Why does this have to happen now?
Xavier had seen Rio and I in a compromising state and I doubt if he’d believe me that nothing had happened.
And that, it wasn’t what he thought…
I’m so confused as to what to do.
Or perhaps, I should tell his mom…
“Okay girls, let’s pray our plan works out perfectly well.” I sighed.
“It’s gonna work. We just have to be optimistic about it and everything would go perfectly well.” Blair smiled assuringly.
“Yeah. I trust that the person we hired will do a good and clean job.” Brielle smirked.
“Alright. Let’s get this done over with.” I nodded my head.
“Yeah, it’s now or never.”
I brought out my phone and dialed Chelsea’s number.
Just at the second ring, she answered the phone.
“Hello Chels.” I feigned, feeling enthusiastic.
“Hey Anna.” She giggled over the phone.
“Chels, can you come over to the house? We have a surprise for you.” I grinned mischievously.
“Really? Sure. I’ll be on my way now.” She giggled excitedly.
“Yes!” I laughed happily.
“She said she’d be on her way already.” I smiled.
“What! We can’t do that Alicia! Your father would be the last person I’ll ever meet for any kind of assistance.” Mom blurted out angrily.
“But mom, grandma’s life is in danger.
She needs urgent treatment mom.” I tried to make her see reasons with me.
“It’s no need holding this discussion okay?
I’m not asking your father for any help and it’s final. This conversation is going nowhere.
I’m gonna try my best so I’d be able to get the money, even if it means me borrowing. But me asking your father, no, it’s not going to happen.” Mom said with an air of finality.
“No more word from you Alicia, we aren’t gonna have this conversation again. My decision is final! I ain’t asking for help from your father.” Mom snapped and walked away.
I sighed tiredly and placed my palm on my forehead and moved around worriedly.
Why’s mom bent on not asking help from my father when she knows he’s capable of paying for grandma’s hospital bills?
My dad is wealthy and if mom would just let go of her pride and meet him, then I’m sure he’d be of help.
But what if I go against mom and meet my dad?
There’s no harm in trying right?
And besides, I’ll finally get to meet my dad and introduce myself to him and I’m sure he’s gonna accept me.
And perhaps, we’d start living with him.
That would be awesome.
I will just have to against mom.
It’s for our own good.
Chelsea came and the four of us went to a new bar that was newly opened.
Chelsea at first was reluctant to follow us but at after a little persuasion, she agreed.
We used my limousine to go to the bar.
“Wow! I never knew a bar like this exist here.” Chelsea mouthed as we entered the bubbling bar which is also more or less like a club.
Soft music was played in the background while just few bodies were moving slowly to the music.
“Yeah. It was just newly opened anyway.
I just got to find out about it.” I beamed.
“So, do you like it?” Blair asked.
“Yeah, I like it.” Chelsea smiled.
“So, was the surprise you were talking about?” Chelsea asked as we looked for a table to seat.
“Yeah. We wanted you to have fun with us. You know, to celebrate the successful plan we made.
Delaney and Xavier aren’t in good terms now and Xavier isn’t talking to Rio too.
We should celebrate because our plan worked and very soon, you’ll be chosen as Xavier’s prom partner.” Brianna smiled and nudged my arm and secretly turn nose up at Chelsea.
I chuckled silently and watched as Chelsea talked happily.
“That’s so thoughtful of you girls.” Chelsea smiled and clasped her hands together.
“Don’t worry, after Xavier chooses me as his prom date, we’d celebrate it more in a grand style.” She enthused with a huge grin on her face.
I mentally scoffed at her and rolled my eyes.
She should keep deceiving herself…
If only she knew what we have in store for her…
“Barman.” I beckoned on a bartender and he briskly walked towards us.
“Two bottles of champagne!” I ordered with a smile.
He nodded with a bow and walked away to get the drink.
I relaxed on my seat properly and smiled to myself.
Few minutes later, the barman came and dropped the champagne on our table.
He opened one of the champagne and poured little amount in our glass cups.
“Thank you.” I smiled and winked at him.
He nodded his head and turned to leave.
“Need anything else?” He asked cheerfully.
“No, thank you.” Blair smiled.
He smiled at us and walked away.
“Cheers!” We clicked our glasses together and laughed heartily.
I smiled in satisfaction as Chelsea chung down her glass of champagne.
Tonight is gonna be a long night…
We talked, laughed and drank as we watched different bodies dance to the blasting music.
The lights were dim red and it gave the room a beautiful look.
The three of them were already drunk but Brielle looked waisted as she continued to drink and laugh crazily.
“I need to use the restroom.” Blair excused herself and staggered away, holding chairs and walls for support.
I chuckled as I watched her stagger away.
“Can we go to the dance floor pretty?” A boy suddenly popped out from nowhere, holding Brielle on her shoulders.
She smiled and said gibberish before standing up and going with the boy.
“Hah! I need to get laid.” Brianna said in her drunk state.
She staggered from her seat and patted my shoulder.
“You aren’t gonna leave me here alone, or are you?” I pouted.
“I’m sorry cutie.” She touched my cheeks and pulled them playfully.
I giggled lightly as I watched her drunken state.
“But you all can’t just leave me here all alone by myself.” I whined.
“I’ll be back in not time okay?” She caressed my hair.
I huffed and rolled my eyes.
“I’m going to get laid.” She laughed and dragged her feet and staggered away.
I heaved tiredly as I watched different bodies dance.
I searched the dance floor with my eyes but I couldn’t find Brielle or the guy.
Why did they leave me all alone huh?
Suddenly, I started feeling tipsy and my vision was getting blurry and my surroundings weren’t clear again.
I shook my head but it only got worst.
Huh? Why am I getting tipsy all of a sudden?
“Hello pretty.” Was the last word I heard before I blacked out.
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