(What happened to her?)
By: Faith Lucky.
“Wake up sleepy heads” I heard Vanessa’s pesky voice in my head and I had to jerk out of sleep.
“Aww! Is it morning already?” Esther grumbled.
I sat up on the bed and itched my eyes while yawning.
What a long night.
But I still felt like I needed more sleep.
“Hello Annabelle” Vanessa said with a smile and I managed to look at her through my blur vision.
“Yeah – hi” I mumbled and yawned again and she laughed.
“Come on now. Breakfast is set already. Mum and dad are waiting” she said and walked out of the room.
Leaving just Esther and I on the bed.
Renee was probably at the dining already.
“Good morning sis” I said to Esther.
“Oh! Kiddie. Wats up?” She asked blearily as she left the bed and I just chuckled.
I wonder why they love seeing me as a kid. I mean, I’ll be 20 in four months time.
I watched her as she walked into the bathroom and I stood up as well and joined her.
We brushed our teeth together and washed our faces and when we were done, we proceeded to the dining immediately.
Mum and dad were already seated there together with Vanessa and Renee.
“Good morning mum. Good morning dad” Esther and I greeted
“Good morning princesses”. Dad replied.
” How were your nights?” Mum went ahead to ask.
By this time, Esther and I had already taken our seats next to each other.
“Boring” she was the first to reply.
“Mine was fine” I replied and mum smiled.
I looked at the table and discovered pasta, eggs and vegetables were being served for breakfast.
“Let me help you out” Renee said and stood up, taking an empty plate before me.
“Woah! Look who’s being nice this morning” Esther teased as she served breakfast for me.
I just chuckled and watched her.
She put in some pasta and eggs and tried reaching for the vegetables.
“Have you forgotten Annabel doesn’t like vegetables?” Vanessa chipped in and she exhaled deeply.
“Sorry, it slipped my mind” she said and I just smiled as I collected the meal from her.
“So, who’s gonna serve me mine?” Esther asked with an eye roll and I stood up and did while the rest laughed.
“But I wonder why you don’t like vegetables, Annabel. Trust me, you’re missing a lot” Renee said as I returned to my seat after serving Esther her meal.
“Well…I don’t know. Maybe I’ll try to learn” I replied with a shrug.
“Dad, how was dinner with Senator Sigmund and his family yesterday?” Vanessa asked after a brief silence.
“Well..it went well. It was okay. And that reminds me Annabel, Christian sends his regards” dad said and my eyes dimmed.
“Really?” Renee beamed.
“Hold on dad, you mean Christian sent his regards to just Annabel?” Esther asked with her eyes
“Yes. He was specific” mum said with a smile.
“Wow! So, he’s falling for her already?” Vanessa said teasingly.
“Well, tell him he’s a bit late. Leo has taken over already” Renee winked at me.
“Really? Leo?” Mum asked.
“It’s not true mum. Nothing is going on between Leo and I” I said and added “not yet” under my breath.
“Well, we’ll see about that.” Renee said and showed her tongue to me and I laughed.
“By the way girls”, dad continued.
” I must say I’m impressed with the recent sales at the company. Good job angels”.
“Awwn. You welcome dad”
“Love you dad”
My three sisters replied ecstatically.
As for me, I was still in college but still took part in little activities of the company. Just that, I couldn’t contribute much compared to my sisters.
“With the look of things, we’ll be hitting our target before the end of the month and when that happens, I’ll be throwing a big party to celebrate our success” he added excitedly and my sisters cheered.
“I can’t wait for that!” Esther exclaimed.
“Don’t worry daddy; more of it are coming” Vanessa also said and they made a toast.
Finally, we were done eating and we all went ahead to take our bath so we could all go out.
My sisters were going to the office of course, but I had to go to school.
“Remember to get in ready in time Annabel. We wouldn’t wanna be late for the party” Vanessa said from behind as I brushed my hair in front of the mirror.
I didn’t say a word till I was done brushing my hair and parked it in a fine ponytail.
“Yeah” I muttered and reached for my bag.
“How do you feel so comfortable going out without make up Annabel?” Esther asked.
“Let her be, girl. Besides, she’s still pretty and charming without it” Renee chipped in and Esther mumbled a ‘whatever’.
I just chuckled and didn’t react to it.
Well, applying of make up was just not my thing. I preferred being simple.
“I’m off, girls. Bye” I said as I headed for the door.
“Bye kiddie. See you later” Renee replied while Esther and Vanessa just waved at me.
The time flew like the wind and finally, it was time for the party.
I wonder why they’re so interested in this party. It was actually the birthday party of an acquaintance.
His father was a close business partner.
Well, even if I didn’t want to attend in the first place, I had to because of Leo.
I was so curious to know what he had to say to me.
But to be sincere, I had a bad feeling about going to the party.
I took a shower and looked for something nice and simple to wear.
Just as if they’ve been waiting for me to get dressed up, my sisters came in immediately.
“Hey! Look who’s all ready” Renee was the first to speak as they walked into the house.
I sighed and sat on the bed.
“Welcome home” I stated.
“Yeah. Thanks baby” Vanessa replied while Esther hurried to the wardrobe.
“What are you po putting on, Annabel? Why didn’t you go for something s3xier?” Renee asked, placing her hand on her waist.
“Well, I’m okay this way. Don’t worry about me” I said and she replied with a ‘sooth yourself looking’.
Well, that was me for you.
I hated short dresses that were likely to expose my shapes.
Soon, they were all done dressing up and we finally left for the party together.