December 3, 2020


Mind blowing palace

House of secrets episode 6

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House Of Secrets

Episode 6



‘How sweet’ I smiled as I fondled the photo album, this must I’ve

belonged to Grace I mused. The album contained numerous

pictures but none caught my attention like the one she took with

Mark, that got me thinking, were they close?

I was quite sure the smiling light skinned girl was Grace, I see

why my employers freaked out once they saw me, we shared a

strong resemblance but our eyes were different.

I now understood why Mark was the only one that could tell the

difference, from the pictures I saw, it seems they were pretty

close, even dating.

I arched my brow, that didn’t seem right, I could never date my

employer or any of his family members, I smirked and closed th

album. I needed to sleep, there was so much work to do the

following day and I couldn’t disappoint.

As I neared the cupboard to return Grace’s album, a thin sheet fel

from its pages, I quickly picked it up, though the room now

belonged to me, I had no right to go through her things, I was

intruding her privacy.

‘What do we have here’? I straightened the sheet.

There is a house on Maryland Street, Cross River State.

It has a blue roof and its body is painted milky white.

This house is built on Secrets, dirty and dark ones.

I pondered briefly on the words of the note, ‘a house built on

secrets’? what did that mean? I had no idea, it wasn’t making any

sense, so I placed the note carefully and returned to my bed.


He watched his wife carefully, she had fallen asleep, he was sure

of this, he couldn’t sleep, thoughts of his daughter gave him

insomnia, he just had to see her to calm his nerves.

He waved his palm over Helen’s face to be sure she wasn’t awak

certain of that fact, he slipped on his pajamas and left for Rose’s

room, they had a lot to discuss, Helen’s recent suspicion bothere

him, he couldn’t have his wife snooping around his back like a


‘Open up baby, it’s me your daddy’ he knocked gently on her


‘Daddy? I’ve waited so long for you, how I’ve missed you’ she

flung her arms round him once she opened the door.

‘I miss you too my darling girl’ he pressed his lips against hers,

while his hands roamed her body and searched for an opening i

her night gown.

‘Wait, how about mum?’ she whispered.

‘She’s asleep, I assure you’ he slipped a hand underneath her

nightgown and reached for her panties.

‘I love the way you make me feel’ she moaned softly against him

as his fingers reached her core and stroked it gently.

‘I live to please you’ he replied and carried her gently to the bed.

He parted her legs swiftly and plunged deeply into her, he

moaned against her hair while her soft cries of ecstasy brought

him to his peak.

‘That was awesome, let’s go again’ she smacked his backside.

‘No honey, there are things we must talk about’ he declined and

sat on the bed facing her.

‘Things like’? She wondered.

‘Your mother is suspecting me, she feels I’m seeing someone an

you know that isn’t right for us. I need her to trust me’ he

caressed her hand.

‘Yes, she came to my room asking me questions about the fight

had with Grace, I think she feels you slept with the maid and I

found out and fought with her’ Rose replied dryly, not a bit

interested in her mother’s suspicion of their affair.

‘What did you say in return’? the Pastor asked eagerly.

‘Nothing, I told her Grace disrespected me and that was all’ she


‘Good, we have to be very careful, that’s why I’m doing this’ he

focused on her face. They had to stop seeing each other for a

while to mellow Helen’s suspicion, maybe if he spent more time

with her, she’d believe he was innocent.

‘Excuse me? Why should we stop seeing each other, you know I

can’t do without you? How do we stay apart from each other?

How could you even say this’? Rose was exasperated.

‘Hey baby, it’s for the best, if your mother ever finds out about u

you know what that means, please, you have to understand,it’s

just for a while’ he begged.

‘I can’t believe this, so because you’re scared of her, you’re now

ending our relationship, tell me, who do you love more? Helen or

i?’ She rose to her feet and pointed a finger to his face.

‘I am not scared of your mother, why are you even asking that’?

he wasn’t pleased with the way she was handling the whole thin

It was simple, they take a break and resume when things were


‘Really? Just get out of my room and don’t ever come back, you’ll

pay for this’ she scowled.

‘Baby? Why do we have to quarrel about this? Please don’t push

me away’ he begged.

‘Goodnight father’ she shut the door against his face and sobbed

uncontrollably on her bed.

How could her mother jeopardize her relationship with her father

She wiped her face and vowed to deal with the woman later, she

had her plans, she knew her mother was cheating, all she neede

was evidence, but for the mean time, she needed someone else i

her bed.


The morning had come very fast, maybe because I was so

nervous that I couldn’t sleep or maybe because it was a short


I did the dishes and swept the house, what surprised me was th

my employers were still asleep, it was eight A.M and no one was

awake. I sighed and continued dusting the chairs, the house was

really unkempt, I began to wonder what Madam’s daughter did i

the absence of a maid.

‘Good morning gorgeous’ Mark walked past me.

‘Morning sir’ I became nervous, I didn’t want to get personal with

him, I preferred we stayed formal, so I called him ‘sir’. After

seeing those pictures of him and Grace, I needed to be careful.

‘Funny, call me Mark or forget it’ he laughed and fetched a can of

soda from the fridge.

‘Okay’ I replied silently and continued with my cleaning.

‘Don’t you talk?’ he gulped greedily from the can.

I shook my head in answer, what was I supposed to say. ‘Hello,

found an album in my room and I saw pictures of you and


‘You know, Grace was a real talker, very lively and fun’ he smiled

as images of his love flew past him.

‘You guys must have really been close’ I said.

‘Yes, I wouldn’t lie, I loved her very much, but it hurts me that sh

didn’t feel the same way, I was ready to do anything for her’ he

sighed and tossed the can into the trash bin.

‘What makes you think she didn’t return your love’? I was

curious, the picture I saw the night before was a proof that she

was crazy about him, she’d seemed so happy and content.

‘She left. She just packed her things and left without saying a

word to me’ I could feel the pain in his voice.

‘I’m so sorry, if you really love her, you could search for her and

find out why she disappeared’ I suggested, that was really

strange. The Ita’s were a very rich family, why would someone

want to leave such comfort? I wondered.

‘I want to make something very clear to you Ajunwa, I hired you

here to work for me and not to seduce my son’ Helen had

awoken and to her dismay, she found her son chit chatting with

the new maid, that wasn’t the problem, the subject of their

discussion was Grace, the very name that gave her goose


‘;Good morning Ma’ I bowed my head while Mark gaped at his

mother in disbelief.

‘You didn’t have to say that mum, we were just conversing’ he

walked out on her angrily.

‘If I ever find you two discussing about that miserable girl, just g

your things and pack out of this house’ Helen yelled and left for

her garden. She needed to think, she needed to clear her head.

‘Yes Ma’ I nodded.

As she stormed out, my eyes followed her, I noticed how angry

and defensive she became anytime Grace’s name was mentione

My being employed was a pure miracle as I shared a strong

resemblance to this Grace.

Something wasn’t right, ‘A house of secrets’, I recalled the words

from the note.

‘If you’re done gaping outside, I need my breakfast’ it was Rose’s

turn to terrify me.


The smell of her garden lilies and roses gave her life as their swee

scent infiltrated her nostrils. She needed to think, she needed to

plan. First, Nelson and her were never to see each other again, b

he had seen something, the decayed hand that he disposed. No

she thought about it, she hated herself the more, she had been s

carried away, now he knew something about her family that she

wished it to be secret forever. There had to be only one way to

end that, she needed to kill Nelson.

‘Here’s your breakfast ma’m’ I placed the tray in front of her, I

noticed she was lost in thought.

‘Wait’ she beckoned on me and I waited, at that same moment,

her daughter Rose joined her for breakfast.

‘You can go, meet me later’ she dismissed me, I wondered why

she had called me, it seemed something weighed heavily on her

mind, did she want to sack me? I wondered as I walked away.

‘Good morning mother’ Rose greeted and shifted uncomfortably

in her sit, she didn’t like the look her mother gave her, that

penetrating gaze.

‘Morning my darling child, how are you this morning’? Helen

sipped from her mug. She had her plans, she’ll set her husband

up with the new maid to test his loyalty since he feigned


‘What’s on your mind? You don’t look well’ she observed her

mother, maybe her father was right, they had to slow down else

they’d be heading for disaster.

‘Nothing Rose, nothing much, I want to go shopping today, fetch

me Nelson’ Helen sighed.

‘Okay mum’.


He woke feeling sated, he’d had a good taste of his darling the

night before, it was then time to go about his normal activities. A

a pastor, he had a lot of work to do, when he wasn’t organizing

programs or attending meetings, he was counseling members o

his congregation.

‘It’s going to be a glorious day’ he hummed a tune and rose to hi

feet, luckily, his wife was not there to start a fight. He checked his

file and went through his day’s activities. He didn’t have a Person

assistant like most pastors because Helen had offered to do that

job freely, but now they weren’t on good terms, he had to find

someone capable of handling his personal files.

‘Mark it will be’ he decided to use his son, though the boy was

busy, he could squeeze out some time to be with his father.

He smiled as he thought about his children, years back, they had

all been kids, now they were mature, most importantly, his Rose

was grown enough for their relationship to blossom fully.

His phone buzzed and he rushed to pick it, he never missed his

calls, his members called him all the time, and he was willing to

pray or give them advice pertaining to whatever situation they

found themselves.

‘Hello, it’s Pastor Ita on the line’ he answered and waited for the

person on the other line.

‘I know who you are, what you’re doing makes me sick, I am

going to tell’ the caller replied.

‘Hello, who’s this?’ the pastor asked, but the line went dead.


He’d been lost in his own thoughts, though he’d acted like what h

saw didn’t bother him, he wasn’t able to sleep the night before, h

had a bad feeling. He’d been having an affair with the pastor’s

wife, but helping her dispose of a human part is something he

didn’t bargain for. Though he’d buried the hand somewhere, his

conscience pricked him thoroughly and he knew the only way to

feel better was to confront his mistress about it. However, that in

itself was folly, he had so much to lose.

As her lover boy, he had gained so much, she gave him money

which he used to care for his family, so confronting her could

cause her to end the relationship and revoke the favours.

‘No’ he shook his head, he had to tread softly till he got what he

wanted, once he was done, he’d dump her like she never


‘Come on in’ he called to whoever was knocking.

‘Mother needs you in the garden’ Rose stepped into his room.

‘Alright, I’ll be there soon’ Nelson rose to his feet. Helen’s daughte

was very beautiful, he had eyes on her once but she was snobb

and very arrogant, that killed his appetite.

‘Your room is beautiful’ Rose scanned his bare body, she

suddenly felt moisture between her legs as she imagined him

making love to her.

‘Thank you’ Nelson replied, it seemed she had something else to


‘Can I ask you for a favor’? Rose asked sweetly. She was horny

and she needed to quench the fire between her legs since her

father had abandoned her.

‘What’s that’? Nelson narrowed his brows.

‘I want you to kiss me.



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