(She’s too Perfect)
By: Faith Lucky.
My was dropped immediately. What?
I looked at the paper in my hand and couldn’t believe it. Who was she?
And what does she mean by my parents were murdered and she knows what happened to them?
Oh my God!
The man beside me kept staring keenly at me but I couldn’t care less. It was beyond shocking.
Could she be telling the truth?
“Who’s stopping before the bank?” The driver’s voice broke into my thoughts and I looked to see I had gotten to my destination.
“It’s…it’s me” I cleared my throat and replied and he stopped the car.
I paid him before coming out of the car with my bag, making sure the paper was still with me.
I gave the paper one final stare before slipping it into my bag.
Was I going to do this? She asked me not to trust anyone. Could she be someone I could rely on?
I took in a deep nervous breath and went into Pablo’s bar. I was so scared and nervous.
My hands were all sweaty as I walked in and met the workers all busy as bees. But Pablo was not at the counter where I always met him. He wasn’t there.
I swallowed hard and met one of the waitresses.
“Hi. Good morning” I called her attention and she turned to look at me.
“Oh! Good morning, miss.” She replied.
“Um…I’m looking for Pablo. Is he around?”
“Pablo? I’m sorry, but you’re a bit late. He just left”.
Oh my God!
“Huh? Where did he go?”
“I’m not sure. But I think he was going to get some supplies”.
I sighed despondently and itched my head. Why does this have to happen? Why today of all days? Where did Pablo go?
“Alright. Thank you”, I muttered and left the bar.
I stood by the roadside for a long time, lost in thoughts. I didn’t even know what exactly to think.
But, I think right now, Rex was the most important. I had to think of his proposal.
What if he’s already awaiting me in school because it was 24 hours already? Definitely, I can’t give my body to him. So, does it mean the only option I had left was becoming his maid?
Oh my God!!
How does he intend taking care of them?
I’ll become close to him.
For a moment, I paused and thought. On one hand, I saw it as a good idea; becoming close to Noah.
But, on the other hand, I was scared. I don’t know; I just felt scared.
I took in a deep breath and boarded a cab and after a long ride, we got to the school area where I came off.
I settled the cabby and started sullenly towards the school building. I sure looked like a ghost cause thousands of thoughts kept crowding my mind.
The strange lady;
So many things!
And I felt so confused.
I was so fixated that I didn’t realize when I bumped into someone. My books came crashing on the floor.
“Oh my God!” I exclaimed.
“I’m so sorry”, I apologized and reached for my books without sparing a glance at whoever I had bumped into.
I succeeded in packing up the books and that was when I decided to look at him.
Oh my God!!
“S…sir?” I stuttered
He was the same person that had taken me to Rex the previous day. It was him!
“Hey, miss”, he smiled.
“Trust you’re having a great morning?”
I looked around and gulped nervously. It was definitely Rex. What do I say to him?
“Well, I don’t have much time and would very much want us to go straight to the point. Mr Rex sent me to get your reply. So, what’s your take? Are you having s*x with him? Or working as his maid? Or…you’d prefer he sends the video to your family?” He asked icily and I froze.
I stood speechlessly, not knowing what to say.
Oh my God! I wish I had someone to run to.
“Maxine..” He broke into my thoughts.
“I’ll do it” I finally spoke out.
“I’ll…I’ll be his maid”.
He smiled and looked at his watch.
“Alright then. I’ll convey your message. Thanks for your time” he stated and left, leaving me in total confusion.
What is happening to me?
I stood in front of the mirror, trying to button my shirt when my phone awakened with a mighty ring.
I checked and…oh! Just the right person.
I said curiously on the phone.
Rex – she’s agreed to the deal. She’s ready to be your maid”
He said and I threw a blow in the air.
I exclaimed and laughed
Good job. I guess you know the next step – getting her family to agree. You know what to do”. I told him.
Yes, yes, of course. Bye”.
And the call ended.
Finally, I was one step to getting my revenge.
Oh! That veiled lady – crazy dancer – I really needed to find her. She was more important.
Well, I guess its one thing at a time. And now, I just accomplished my first mission.
I zipped up my black leather shirt and brushed my hair before checking the time.
It was almost 3 p.m.
Time for my meeting.
I added a little lip gloss to my lips and gave myself one sweet stare in front of the mirror.
I may be heartless and all, but not to the extent of watching someone suffer in her own wealth.
Maxine should be living the life of a princess – not the other way round. I can’t sit back and watch someone btches turn her into a slave after killing her own parents.
Today, I’m going to expose them. I’ll tell Maxine the truth and help her get her revenge.
Yes, she deserves it.
I exhaled deeply and took my bag, ready to go.
I got to the door and opened it and my bag dropped my hand as I beheld the frightening sight.
He was standing there – leaning on the wall beside the door as if awaiting me to step out.
Oh my God!
No; this is not happening.
Don’t tell me he found me.
“Marcus?” I called in shock and he smiled.
“Marcus?” I called in shock and he smiled.
I shuddered and moved away from the door and he followed me in.
“Hello Charlene” he smirked
“Are you surprised?”
“What’re you doing here? What do you…”
Before I could finish up my statement, he landed a slap on my face
“How dare you think of acting this foolish? You ran away for years and suddenly return with the intention of f**king up the plan? What has gotten into you?” He snarled.
“Let me go, Marcus. I don’t have any connection with you. And no matter what you do, I’m still going to tell the truth. So, its better you kill me right here if you don’t want that to happen”,I said angrily and he fumed.
He fisted his hand and looked like he wanted to hit me, but restricted himself.
“Oh! Charlene”, he sighed
“You’re lucky you’re my favorite. Else, I swear, you’d have had your head rolling on the floor this very instant”
I scoffed and threw my face away.
“Well, as you can see, Marcus, i was on my way out. So, I’d really appreciate it if I leave” I said and tried reaching for the door but immediately, he gripped me from behind and brought out a syringe from his pocket.
“Marcus! What are you doing? Let me go!!” I struggled with him but he injected me with the syringe and I passed out.
A tear dropped from my eye as I sat on the bench, awaiting the strange lady. I was at the location where she had asked me to meet her and for almost an hour, there’s been no trace of her.
I couldn’t tell why exactly I was crying.
If it was a result of the strange lady who was delaying in coming. .
She had given me hope; made me feel there was something I needed to know about my family. So, why wasn’t she here? What happened?
Could it be possible she was just lying to me?
I bent head and sniffed.
Or maybe I was crying because of Rex.
Maybe I didn’t want to work as his maid. Why would he want me to become his maid? What’s gonna happen to me during my stay in the mansion?
And my family…will they ever let me go?
I checked the time and…gosh! It was extremely late. My family were definitely going to question my whereabouts. I needed to leave before I get into more trouble
I stood up with my bag and wiped my face.
I just felt bittered and confused.
I looked around but there was still no trace of her. What the hell happened?
And having one final thought, I finally left.
“Noah? Noah?” I heard mum call as she knocked on the door.
“You can come in”, I replied and she opened the door and walked in.
She was putting on a long pretty gown, obviously ready for the dinner.
“Here you are!” She called and came to meet me in front of the mirror.
I was fixing my buttons, but she collected it from me.
“You’re looking good, son” she complimented as she helped me with the buttons.
“Thanks” I smiled.
She focused on what she was doing and didn’t say a word for a while.
“Um…I’ve been wondering, about your father’s demands regarding the company, have you been able to find a wife?” She asked and I scoffed.
“That’s ridiculous, mum. I don’t have anyone in mind yet.” I replied.
“So, what are you gonna do? You have less than two weeks left. You need to find a wife, Noah”.
“I know…I just don’t have anyone in mind right now”.
I sighed and touched my head. She rounded up the buttons and went to my collars
“Well…I heard Mr Richard has two pretty daughters. Probably, you should be able to pick interest in one of them, don’t you think?” She asked with a wink and I rolled my eyes.
“Well, either way, Noah; you still need to find a wife” she shrugged and went to sit on the bed.
I sighed and reached for my hair brush, brushing my hair
“By the way, what do you think about this crazy dancer?” She asked, looking at the TV.
I smiled as I also looked at it.
“Well…she’s incredible” I muttered.
“Hmm.I wonder why she wears a veil”.
I got lost staring at her images again.
God! I wish I get to know her soon.
“Come on, Noah; we’re running late” mum urged me and I continued brushing my hair.
I gave my gorgeous self one final stare in front of the mirror before turning to look at mum. The make up artistes were still in the room.
“Mum, are you sure I’m good enough?” I asked nervously and she touched my cheeks
“Of course, Ruby. You look like a princess” she complimented and I blushed.
“You can leave” she turned to the make up artistes and said and they all left the room
“Ruby” she called lowly, holding my hand.
“Listen to me; this is a golden opportunity – a very rare one – and I want you to make good use of it. Someone like Noah coming to our house is just like the coming of Jesus Christ and I want you to make sure he doesn’t leave the same. You must capture his heart.
“So, I want you to remember the steps carefully. I’ve already planned with the maid and she knows what to do. While she’s trying to pour him some drink, she’d purposely spill some of it on his dress and after the nagging – of course – He’s gonna have to use the restroom and that’s where you come in.
“You’ll offer and insist on taking him to the guest room and when that happens, when you’re alone in the guest room,”
She paused and smiled.
“I’m sure you know what to do. Get him, Ruby! Get him!” She spoke with so much imbued enthusiasm in her voice.
“Do you understand?”
“Of course,,mum” I took in a deep breath and said.
“Good. Make sure you make me proud” she tapped my cheeks and said..
“But, mum…why’s Maxine not home? You know the plan was to make sure she stays in door till they leave. I don’t want them to see her – especially Noah.
“She should be back by now. What if she returns when we’re already together and eating? You know that girl can be totally hapless at times? I don’t want Noah to see her” I grumbled.
“Mmm. That’s true. Where the hell is she?” She placed her hand on her chin and asked.
Immediately, the door opened and Tammy showed up, looking like she wanted to fly.
“Mum! Ruby! They’re here!” She beamed in excitement and my nervousness increased.
Noah’s here already.
And Maxine’s not home!
They’re definitely going to meet.