(She’s too Perfect)
By: Faith Lucky.
I boarded a cab home, but close to the gate, I stopped the cabby and got off so my family wouldn’t spot me and know I took a ride home.
I walked sullenly towards the house and stopped in front of the gate, knocking on it. The gateman opened up and I walked in.
“Welcome home, ma’am”, he said cheerfully and I just smiled at him and continued walking.
When I got to the entrance of the sitting room, I stopped by the closed door and felt scared of going in.
This house was more like hell for me – considering all I have to and how they treated me.
I stood outside the door and could hear them playing happily. They were so lively, but as soon as I go in, they treat me like an outcast.
“The red gown looks good on me, right?” I heard Tammy ask.
“I seriously can’t wait for the party!!”
“I just hope I get to meet Noah”.
And the two sisters ended up laughing.
“Don’t worry, girls” I heard my uncle say.
“Very soon, I’ll be having a huge surprise for you all” he said and their eyes beamed.
“Oh my Goddd! What surprise, dad? You know I love surprises!” I heard Ruby exclaim.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get to know soon enough” he said and I heard them giggle.
I took in a deep breath and decided I couldn’t just stay there forever and so, I decided to go in.
I opened the door slowly and walked in and they all stopped talking as soon as they noticed me.
Oh, right! Let the war begin.
“And finally…the Queen is home” Tammy teased while Ruby smirked.
“Good evening, aunt.
“Good evening, un…”
“And why are you just coming home?” My aunt cut me off and I lowered my gaze to the floor.
“I…I had to walk home. Your daughters wouldn’t let me share the car with them” I replied pathetically.
“Are you trying to say it’s our fault?” Ruby snapped.
“Maybe she needs a slap to reset her brain.” Tammy added.
“Hmph. Anyway, hurry up and change your dress. You’ve got a lot of work to do” My aunt said and I nodded and took the stairs to my room.
My uncle didn’t even say a word but just kept staring at me.
Oh, mum! Dad! Why did you have to leave me so early? Why did you have to abandon me in this cruel world? Why didn’t you just take me along with you?
As soon as I got into my room, I sat heavily on the bed and reminisced on how pathetic my life was. Will things ever get better for me?
I opened my bag and brought out the little cash Pablo had given to me. At least, this should be able to get some of the books I need.
But for my fees…I really don’t know what to do. How will I be able to settle them?
Gosh! Everything was just so complicated. I seriously don’t know why my uncle has refused paying a dime for me this semester.
I laid upwards on the bed and took in a deep breath and suddenly, I recalled the incidence at the bar – a moment I’ll never forget.
I couldn’t believe Noah was actually there – together with Rex.
So, he had seen me dance?
Oh my God!
But what was Noah doing in a place like that? I mean, I thought his type could only go to Million-worth bars. Although, Pablo’s bar was classic, but I never expected to see someone like Noah there.
If I had known, I’d have put in my very best – dance to the fullest.
The thing is – when I’m at the bar, I just dance for fun – dance casually.
If I had known someone like Noah was actually watching, I’d have given him my magical steps.
I paused and laughed.
And why the hell did I run away? Geez! Maxine! I should’ve dallied a little to see if perhaps, he’d say something to me.
I paused and laughed again. What am I even thinking? How on earth am I expecting the World’s Best Dancer to speak to me? I should actually feel honored he was able to watch me dance. That’s like the biggest honor of my life.
Oh my! He was so cute. I’ll never forget that face. His family and friends are so lucky to always be around him.
I tossed on the bed, still smiling when a knock on the door snapped me out of my wonderland.
“Maxine!!” I heard Tammy scream.
“What the hell are you still doing in there? Hurry up so you can fix my nails!” She bickered and I sprang on my feet.
I laid on the bed in a ruminative mood, deeply thinking about dad’s offer.
Why on earth does he want me to get married before gaining possession of the company? This was the second day. How am I expected to find a wife in less than 12 days?
God! This man is just being impossible. Is he trying to punish me or what? He knows I’ve always wanted to be in charge of the company because of my love dancing. Why’s he trying to punish me for it, huh?
I thought angrily for a long time and finally decided to get a drink to cool me off.
I headed for the sitting room and met mum on a phone call. I walked pass her to the refrigerator and pulled out a drink.
She yelled on the phone.
☎That’s not possible! The party’s tomorrow. How can such a thing happen at this moment?
I turned and watched her curiously. I wonder what has happened again.
She kept grumbling on the phone, looking like she wanted to cry and after a while, she dropped the call.
“Oh my God!!” She winced, throwing her phone away.
“Mum? What’s wrong?” I asked cursorily.
“It’s the dancer, Noah!” She groaned.
“The lady who’s supposed to dance at the party! They just called and told me she had an accident and has been admitted. What the hell am I going to do? This is already evening! We have just a few hours led. Dignitaries will be there – its gonna be aired live. We can’t just disappoint them now!
“Gosh! This party’s meant to be a blast! I wanted everything to happen perfectly. Why the hell does this have to happen now, Noah?”
I scoffed and drank from my glass.
“Well, we can just look for someone else” I suggested.
“How am I sure she’s gonna be as perfect as this lady? I needed a very good dancer, Noah and this lady was the best. I seriously don’t get why she had to be admitted now” she grumbled and plonked herself on the couch.
I suddenly recalled the girl at the bar. She was kind of a good dancer.
Well, I didn’t know her and I couldn’t find myself going after someone. So, I guess mum would’ve to sort out her problem herself.
“Maxine!! Maxine!! Are you dead or what?” My aunt’s bleary voice came penetrated into my deep sleep and forced my eyes open.
She was banging on the door.
Oh my God! Is it morning yet?
“Maxine!!!” She yelled and banged on the door again and I sat up.
“I’m…I’m coming, aunt!” I replied tiredly.
“How can you be sleeping like a corpse? Will you get off that bed before I burn you alive?” She snarled as I itched my eyes.
“I’ll…I’ll be there shortly, aunt” I replied and heard her walk away.
Gosh! I was so tired and dizzy. I really needed a lot of rest.
I itched my head and was about leaving the bed when my phone started vibrating. Thank goodness it was on silent.
I checked the caller and of course, it was Pablo
I smiled faintly as I picked it up.
I called, making sure my voice was low enough.
☎little pretty girl”
He called and I chuckled.
☎How are you doing baby?
☎I”m fine. Good morning, Pablo
☎Good morning, little girl. Listen to me, I’ve got some great news for you. I need you to come over to my bar on your way to school. Please, Maxine. Come as fast as you can because its very important. Is that understood?”
He said with his voice imbued with so much seriousness like I’ve never heard before.
☎Um…Okay, Pablo. I’ll be there.
☎Okay, good. I’ll be waiting”
He said and dropped the call and immediately, I fixed the phone into my bag.
Come to think of it; why’s it so urgent for Pablo to see me this early? What does he have in mind?
I shrugged and left the bed, going out of the room to the sitting room.
On my way down the stairs, I found Tammy and Ruby in the sitting room, trying out their dresses for the anniversary party tonight.
They kept laughing and looked so happy.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to attract Noah by the time I step into that hall” Ruby smiled.
“Yeah – and I’ll go for Rex” Tammy also said and they ended up laughing.
They looked so charming and pretty. Too bad, I won’t be able to attend the party.
Well, of course. They’ve already told me I won’t be attending. Besides, I don’t even have what it takes to be there. The whole country – if not the world – will be watching – and I can’t go to such a party dressed in rags.
“What’s she staring at?” Tammy asked with a glare and I quickly took my eyes away.
This lady has no respect. I mean, I’m older than her yet, she talks to me like we were age mates.
“Come on, Tammy; let’s hurry up and prepare for school” Ruby said and they left the sitting room together.
I did what I had to do that morning – made me breakfast, tidied the house and set everything Tammy and Ruby needed for school.
And thankfully, they left without me again. Well, I was praying for that because I needed to meet Pablo at the bar.
When they left, I set out on the road as well and boarded a cab to Pablo’s bar. I was so curious and at the same time – excited.
I was curious to know why he wanted to see me that morning.
After a long ride, we got to the bar and I settled the cabby and hurried in to meet Pablo. I just hope he doesn’t make me late for school.
Since it was still early, there weren’t much customers yet and I met Pablo busy at the counter.
“Pablo” I called when I got closer to him and he turned to look at me.
“Hey; little pretty girl” he chuckled.
“You’re here; finally. Come on, come on. We don’t have much time”.
He came out of the counter and took me to the inner room where he made me sit, facing him.
“What is it, Pablo?” I asked curiously.
“Okay; listen to me, little girl. I’ve got a very interesting job for you. A splendid one.
“I’m pretty sure you’re aware of the Sigmund Anniversary party coming up tonight. Now, listen to me; the lady who’s meant to dance at the party got involved in a terrible accident last night and right now, she’s at the hospital. So, I’ve got some connections at the institute and they’re desperately in need of a very good dancer”.
He paused and held my hands.
I still couldn’t understand where he was headed.
“Little girl, I want you to be the dancer at the party” he said and my eyes beamed.
By: Faith Lucky.
My eyes beamed as my hands fell freely from his.
I scoffed and blinked rapidly. Did I just hear him correctly or what?
“Pablo?” I called.
“I…I don’t understand”.
“What’s there not to understand, little girl?” He replied sharply.
“Its very simple. I need you to dance at the party”
“But I can’t. I mean, you know its not possible. First of all, my family will never approve of me going to the party. And secondly, you know very well I’ve been warned to stop dancing. So, how do you expect me to dance?
“And thirdly, its gonna be a big party which will be aired live and watched by millions. How can I…”
“That isn’t the issue, Maxine” he cut in, his hand on mine.
“You’re a perfect dancer and I’m sure you’ll make them go crazy. You’re just good enough for the job”
“But what about my family? They’re gonna be there as well and they’ll kill me if they see me dance”.
He paused and brought out a veil.
“What if…nobody sees your face?”
I flinched and looked at the red veil.
“You…want me to put it on?” I asked, perplexed.
“Yes, little girl. All you have to do is wait behind for your family to leave and when they’re gone, you come out to the roadside where I’ll be waiting for you and. We’ll come here to the bar and get changed – put on the veil and we go to the party. You won’t even spend up to thirty minutes cause as soon as you’re done dancing, I’ll bring you straight home and everything will be back to normal long before your family returns. Come on, little girl. The pay will be huge and with this, you’ll be able to clear your fees and have enough savings. You should make use of this opportunity”.he spoke enthusiastically, making me cogitate on jt.
It kinda sounded cool. But I was scared.
“What if someone gets to know I was the dancer?” I asked
“They won’t, okay? I promise you; your secret will be safe with me and no one; nobody at all will ever get to know it was you” he replied and I sighed.
But what if something goes wrong? Will I be able to do this?
Oh my God! Can I dance at such a huge party? Will it be possible?
My head was muzzy throughout the day in school as all I could think of was Pablo’s offer. Was I really gonna accept it?
It was cool, but sounded too risky to me. What if my family gets to see me somehow? Or my identity gets leaked? I’ll definitely be dead in the hands of my family.
And thinking about the other aspect…will I really be able to dance at such a huge party? With the entire country watching? That alone made me nervous.
The anniversary party was the talk of the entire school as the students couldn’t stop beaming and again, I imagined myself dancing in front of such a huge crowd.
The school coming to a close was more like a relief for me and as expected, Tammy and Ruby went home without me. I seriously wonder where they got this new attitude theirs – always going home without me.
Well, I guess I might really need to dance at the party so I can save up money for a lot of things. I’m just… really really scared.
Pablo had given me some money on my way from his bar and with that, I boarded a cab home with it but as expected, I stopped a little distance from the house and walked the remaining way home. I just hope everything goes on as planned.
I got to the entrance and pushed the door gently, going into sitting room and there I found Tammy and Ruby trying on their dresses. Their mother was there as well.
“Why are you home early?” Ruby snapped and I halted.
“Yes. Didn’t you trek home?” Tammy also chipped in and I thought of what to say.
“I…someone gave me a lift – a lady from the school” I replied nervously.
I should’ve thought about it. They’d suspect I arrived too early.
Oh, please! I really don’t want them to think I have a source of money
“Good evening, aunt” I went ahead to greet and all I got was a glare.
“Save your greetings and hurry to the backyard. I kept some clothes for you to wash”, she said belligerently and I nodded and took the stairs, going to change.
I got into my room and sat on the bed for a short time, contemplating on the whole thing.
Will I be able to do this? Dance at such a huge party?
I looked at the time; it was fast approaching and I needed to make a quick decision.
Maybe, I should just dance after all. I mean, no one would get to know it’s me. Pablo has already promised to protect my identity and I can trust him, right?
Yes; I can trust him.
I stood up and changed into a casual dress and went straight to the backyard afterwards. I was so hungry and can’t believe my first welcome is getting to wash a hip of clothes.
I got to the backyard and my eyes drooped at the sight of clothes I saw.
Whaaaat? How does she expect me to wash these? Oh my God! It looked more like she brought them to a laundry woman. They were damn too much. Couldn’t she be considerate for once?? Huh?
I exhaled tiredly and went to sit in front of the big rubber where I mixed the clothes, water and detergent. Will I be able to get these done before the party?
Immediately, I set out to work, washing as fast as I could.
2 hours passed and I was still washing and by then, my family were already prepared for the party.
My aunt, uncle, Tammy and Ruby. Although, I couldn’t see everyone of them since I was in the backyard but my aunt was the one who came to me, looking like a Roman Queen.
“And here you are” she said when she met me.
She paused and took a look at the clothes.
“Well, when you’re done washing, you can get some food from the kitchen” she rolled her eyes left.
I continued washing – more slowly now because I was getting tired already – and after a while, I heard the sound of the gate opening and their cars driving out and I figured they were done.
Hah! Oh, God!
I stood up and ran to confirm it and indeed, they were gone. They’ve left the party.
Oh, Maxine! Am I really doing this?
I ran my fingers into my hair and thought for a while. Of course!
And without further hesitation, I ran into the room.
I took my bath, got changed and called Pablo afterwards.
☎Little girl! Please, tell me you’re on way. They’ll be calling on the dancer soon.
☎Um…yes. I’m on my way.
☎Okay. Good. I’m by the roadside already. Hurry up.
And I hung up.
I took in a deep breath in front of the mirror and hurried out of the house.
I got out to the roadside and found him like he said – already waiting for me in his car and immediately, I rushed to him and sat next to him at the front seat.
“Thank goodness you changed your mind” he said with relief.
“Please Pablo, hurry up. I need to come home as soon as possible” I said anxiously.
I couldn’t recall the last time I was this nervous.
“Of course, of course” he replied and took off at once.
He took me to his bar where he said I’d be attended to by some make up artistes and fashionistas.
“I…I thought you’d be the only one to see my face?” I asked him as we walked into the bar.
“Don’t worry, dear. I have everything covered. They won’t say a word” he assured me, but I still felt uneasy.
Gosh! How am I sure they can be trusted? What if one of them gets to expose me or something?
He took me to the inner room and there I met them all seated like they were really waiting for me.
They were about five of them and they stood up the moment they saw me.
“Please ladies, we don’t have much time. Try and hurry up as soon as possible. We’re running out of time” Pablo said to them and they all nodded affirmatively.
“Please ma’am; take a seat” one of them said and I gulped nervously and took the seat in front of them.
And with snappy fingers, they set out to work immediately.
I wasn’t looking at the mirror, but I could bet they were transforming my face into something else. Was the make up really necessary? I mean, considering the fact I’d be covering a veil.
After what seemed like forever to me, they finally rounded up their work on my face and asked me to put on the dress. It was a pretty ball gown and I stripped and wore it on. Wow! I loved the length and everything.
I was given a pair of red sparkling heels and some pretty jewelries were worn on me as well.
And after everything, I was finally asked to have a look in front of the mirror and I did.
I walked slowly towards it and stood in front of it and my eyes gleamed at the sight I beheld.
I gasped as I couldn’t recognize my own image. Was this for real?
I had to touch the mirror for confirmation and that was when it became clear to me. It really was me. It was me – Maxine.
So…I was this beautiful?
Oh my God!
Tears threatened to drop but luckily, Pablo entered immediately, bringing me out of my delusion.
“Hey; are you ready?” He asked hastily as I looked at him.
“Yeah” I nodded with a sniff and he came to me with the veil and covered it on my face.
And that way, just my eyes were exposed, making me look like a princess from Arab.
“Come on; let’s go. The organizers are already waiting” he held my hand and said and I followed him out of the room.
Oh, Maxine! You can do this.
“Will you stop drinking, Tammy? Do you wanna get drunk?” I rasped at Tammy and snatched the glass of drink from her.
“Hey; what’s wrong with you, Ruby? Let me have it back. I’m not a baby anymore” she grumbled.
“Really? You’re just 16 and you think you’re not a baby? It seems you need a slap” I glared at her, making sure I kept the drink far away.
“Have some shame for God’s sake!” I growled at her.
“Look at the people around us. Do you really wanna create a scene?”
And she frowned and folded her hands.
Gosh! I wonder why mum and dad are not here. They’ve been busy meeting up with familiar guests.
The party was a beanfeast and trust me when I say this; it was a blast.
Press men were all over, taking record of the whole thing.
Men of high personalities could be seen around.
Geez! This is actually my first time attending such a party and I feel so honored having such parents like mine.
Oh!! I wish there was a way I’d get to meet Noah
Shortly, mum showed up, having a worried expression.
“Mum! You won’t believe what Ruby did to me…” Tammy tried to pout.
“will you just shut up?” I snapped at her and she fumed.
“Mum, is something wrong?” I turned to her and asked.
“Yes, dear. My monthly cramps just came up without a warning and I need to go home. I’m afraid I might end up getting stained”, she said and I flinched.
“You’re going home?” I asked perplexed.
“Yes, I need to. I…I can’t stand the pains”.
“So, you’re gonna miss the party??” Tammy asked, abacked.
“Yes – unfortunately. But if I’m strong enough, I might follow it up from TV. Either ways, I just need to get home now” she winced and took her bag from the table.
“Okay, mum. Bye” I said dolefully and she pecked Tammy and I before leaving.
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