Story by, Rejoice
#Nana ‘s POV
“..He left me… He broke up with me for Becca..” I cried as I droped petals of flowers on my mom’s grave..
“Mom.. I love Jardel. I love him so much. I can’t believe Becca could do this to me.. She took him away from me..” I dropped another flower on her grave.
Tears rolled down my eyes uncontrollable.
“You and dad should do something… My heart is broken.. I can’t sleep. I can’t do anything. I feel so down. Im loosing my job cos I don’t focus anymore.. Help me mom.. bring back Jardel to me. I love him so much..” I said.., and I threw another flower..
“I got to go pick Kiania from school. She’ll be waiting.. Bye mom. Bye dad. I love you both..” I threw the last flower, turned and left..
Out of the grave yard.
I pulled into my creamie..(My car) and zoomed off with tears still rolling down my cheek.
It’s okay… I will tell you my story..
My name is Nana Santos… I was still in college when dad and mom left…
Kiania, was just a year then.
They had a terrible car accident…
I cried for weeks,months and wished they’do come back.. But they couldn’t.. And all I could do is visit their grave all the time and tell them anything I wish to.
I met Jardel at my last year in college. Gosh! The way he approached me… The words he said. Everything about him was just beautiful.
He made me happy… Kiania liked him alot and I fell inlove with him deeply.
He loved me so much..
Till Becca came back from New york months ago..
He said he knew her and Becca said same thing.
Then…. Just few days ago..
I met them at Becca’s house, kissing..
God! At fitst, I thought it was all a dream..
I thought I was dreaming…
But it wasn’t.
They were truely kissing. Lips to lips..
I stood transfixed and watched them as I felt my heart shattering bit by bit..
When they finally saw I was there..
Becca did the most heartbreaking thing.
She gave me a mockery smile and pulled Jardel along into her room, leaving me to stand there and stare..
I felt hot tears run down my cheek..
My legs wobbled, shaking.
I picked up my shoulder bag which had dropped down my hand when I met my boyfriend and my best friend kissing..
I picked it up, took a brief stare at the entrance to Becca’s room which they went in through.. and then I turned and walked away with so much tears…
When I got into my car and drove off.. I bursted into loud cries.
Kiania kept asking me what’s wrong with me.. Why I’ve been crying..
I couldn’t just tell her..
She’s only five.. Five and knows nothing of heartbreaks.
I saw Jardel text messages, later that night, telling me it’s over between us cos he is inlove with Becca now and she’s more better than I am..
Cos she was giving him sex and I was keeping my virginity till I get married.
I told him this and when I did. He showed no sign of anger..
He told me, he accepts whatever I wanna do..
That he loves me alot and respects my decisions..
But he broke my heart.. With my best friend cos she gave me what I can’t..
I cried hard as I drove on…
I need to go to Learners Academy to pick Kiania from school.
People say, spirits could hear, listen and help their families.
And that’s the reason I’do go to my parents grave..
They have to do something…
I can’t help to loose Jardel to Becca… I really Love Jardel.
I love him and really want him to come back to me…
I was crying, and my vision were blur.. I thought I saw someone sitting in the middle of the road.. and… and I was just few drives away from him!
“Jesus Christ!” I yelled out and did my best to stop my car before it hit him.
My car was just inches away from him..
I almost hit him!!
What would a sensible guy be doing, sitting in the middle of a road!
He immediately stood up like he’s suprise and confused and rushed to my car window.
Is he mad?
But he doesn’t look like someone out of his mind.
I drove to a safe spot and stopped.
He followed and began knocking on the window..
I wind down the glass a little..
“What the heck is wrong with you!! Why would you sit in the middle of a road huh? Are you crazy??” I screamed at him with anger.
He pushed his front hair back like a frustrated being and looked upwards and swallowed… I saw it by the way his Adams apple stuck out and then went back in just immediately..
He had a golden hair that was barbbed just in a bad boy’s style.
Then he brought down his face and looked confusely or was it pleadingly at me… and there, I saw such sweet golden eyes i’ve never ever seen before.
He’s so handsome….
But huh! I shouldn’t be thinking about such rubbish… Right?
I should better just wind up my window glass and drive out of this Highway..
“Please.. you gotta help me.. I kinda lost my way… I need to get to Tur Moel.” He said, putting his hand together in a pleading way.
“Huh?” I raised my brows..
I wanna understand where’s he’s actually going to.
“Let me come in..Please. Im stopping at Tur Moel. I kinda lost my way.” He said..
“You.. Lost. Your. Way??” I asked.
Tur Moel is such a far distance.
How did he lost his way.
“Yeahh.. I can’t really tell how. But you just gotta help me.” He said.
“How do you expect me to help you when you don’t even wanna explain yourself well?” I asked.
This guy scared me.
He has tatoos and when I got myself and senses, I couldn’t help but think he’s a Highway thief.
My heart began beating..
He pushed his front hair back.. He’s been doing that.
Then brought his face to the window..
My heart jumped.
“I can’t really explain babe.. I just need a damn help. Can’t you see? Please?” He said.
I didn’t see any truth in whatever he was talking.. And being alone with this guy on a lonely highway scared me and all I could do was wind up my window glass.
He began knocking and talking at the same time but I wasn’t hearing all he’s saying..
I took my eyes away from him, got my hands on the steering and made to drive off… but just in a swift, I saw him standing at the front of my car.
My eyes went wide open and I stared at him through the windscreen with agape lips as I tried to recollect what just happened.
How did he got there so fast?
I swallowed and tried hard not to over think and over imagine nonsense.
He was talking and I wind down my window glass to hear him.
“…If you dont wanna fucking help me, then you just gotta fucking crush me with this damn car of yours..”
Damn car of mine?
I made to turn right and drive away but he was more faster and stood in the front.
I pulled the brakes!
I almost hit him again!
“What’s wrong with you! Are you outta your mind!!?” I screamed at him.
Kiania… I need to go pick her up! Time is fast going.
He spread his hands wide.
“Help me or kill me. Two things. Pick one. You get that huh!” He yelled..
I breathed angrily and stared at the passing cars and none stopped to just find out what’s going on..
None even looked our way.
Well, everyone’s minding their business. Right?
After staring briefly at the crazy guy, I had no other choice but to help him..
He seemed like he’s not gonna give up.
“Fine! Get into the car but Im not reaching Tur Moel. Im stopping at Danar. ” I said to him.
He laughed out and rushed to the door, pulled it open and jumped into the passenger’s seat, beside me and faced the windscreen.
I first looked at his tattoed arms… then stopped at the side, where his polo sleeve ended. Then my eyes went up his Tattoed neck.
Every part of his skin had tattoos.
Stupid tattoos but they fitted him.
He had a black ear-rings on and God really blessed him with such a sweet looking pink lip.
I rolled my eyes and turned to the steering wheel..
I can’t keep staring at this weird guy like an idiot.
He looked like he’s just eighteen or maybe nineteen.
He can’t be above that..
Now start driving Nana..
Kiania is waiting!
I breathed in, then out..
Ignited the engine and zoomed off..
How was this chapter?
#Nana ‘s POV [Continues]
As I drove on…
I couldn’t help but steal little glances at this guy..
I swear it.. He looked super handsome and so young and so sweet looking..
At some points, our eyes meets cos he too was glancing at me. And we’do look away instantly.
But the way he was glancing at me felt kinda awkward cos he seemed as if he was tryna get something about me or maybe as If he knew me from somewhere.
I ignored it and drove on, but then I stole a glance again and our eyes met.
We both looked away.
“I… I wanna tell you sonething.” He suddenly said. He’s voice was too calm and soft.
“What?” I asked, trying to sound authoritative..
He got silence.. it was just too long that I had to glance at him.
He was looking calmly at me…
Like a little child.
He has such an innocent sweet face but I know he’do be rough with the hairstyle and tattoos and rings.
He blinked his eyes and did his lips in a childish way.
It made me smile within..
“Thanks.. thanks for helping me.” He said.
Then he kept looking at me.. It made think there’s sometthing else he wanna say..
“Do you think.. im awkward in any way?” He asked.
I looked confusely at him, but then looked away to the steering cos im driving.
“I think you were weird there, sitting in the middle of the road.. Who does that?” I said.
He kept silent… It made me think and I don’t wanna think, so I tried something that could distract.
Asking him about himself.
“What’s your name?” I asked him.
He kept silence for awhile before answering,
“Jay” He said.
“Can I know how you lo..”
My phone vibrated, interrupting.
I took it up and it’s Ms Sarah. Kiania’s teacher.
I picked the call and got it to my ear.
“Hello Ms Sarah.. Im on my way. I’do be there in the next few minutes please.” I said.
“Im concerned. Kiania’s worried.” She said in her usual tiny voice..
“Is she there with you, hand her the phone, lemme speak with her.” I said.
“Alright…. Kiki your sister wanna talk with you.” She said and few seconds I heard Kiania’s voice.
“Nana… You don’t wanna come pick me huh? Where are you? im so worried.” She said in her meek but bold voice.
I smiled and glanced at the guy beside me..
He was staring at me like he really wanna know about this call going on.
“Kiki… Im so sorry.. I closed up late at work today. I’ll with you in the next five minutes. I promise.” I said to Kiania.
“I know why you closed late cos you kept thinking about…” Then she paused.
“Kiki..” I said coldly, shutting my eyes.
“Fuck it!!” I heard the guy shout! and the next thing, I saw his hands on the steering and then the next thing! A trailer sped pass, and It we could have sped into it if he didn’t do that!
I still had the phone on my ear and I could hear Kiki calling..
“Nana… Nana are you there?”
“I… I will be with you soon.” I said and dropped the call..
My heart beat was so loud and I felt my hands shake but I held strong to tge steering and drove..
“Be careful next time.” He said, looking at me.
“Thanks for that.” I said.
“Who was that on the phone?” He asked.
Just like he wanted.
“My kid sister.” I said.
“You going to pick her up from school?” He asked.
I wonder why im just answering this guy’s questions.
The rest of the drive was quiet till I got to Learners Academy.
I pulled into the school parking lot.
“I’ll be back.” I said.
He nodded and watched as I got down from the car and walked towards the school building.
#Jay ‘s POV
When she left… I felt kinda hot.. (so I guess) So I wind down the glass window and just as I did… A litle boy with his mom who stood just a bit away widened his eyes immediately and pointed anxiously at my direction.
At the car.
“Mom.. look, that car window must be authomatic. It wind down by it’s self!” He shouted to his mom who was busy with her phone call.
“Mom..” He called, trying to get her attention but instead she patted his hair and went on with her call.
Do it mean.. This boy wasn’t seeing me?
But She saw me..
The girl with this car saw me.
Who am I! What am I!
I turn up the window glass and the boy pointed again, almost pulling his hands off his mother’s hold to rush towards but his mom’s hold was stronger.
“Kyle.. Stop.” His mom said, as the call finally ended.
“Mom.. Look over there. The car window glass is opening and closing authomatically. Can’t you see?.” He jumped up and down, hitting his mom.
His mom looked over..
“What are you saying Kyle? come on let’s go.. You got alotta homework to do.” She said and pulled him along..
The boy kept turning to look..
I didn’t just know what to do and I didn’t know what’s happening to me..
What if she doesn’t see me as well?
What would happen?
What do I fucking do now!
Opening this door would only cause stares and attention.
Why am I invisible when im a human..
Why’s no one seeing me except her?
What really happened to me!?
Or am I suddenly a ghost?
What happened to me!
Then I saw her and a little girl coming..
My heart jumped.
I tried seeing if I could pass through the closed door but no! My hand hit the car.
They was no way out for except opening the door.. And doing this would cause something awkward..
They were almost here and all I could do was sneak into the back of the car, briefly open the door and pull myself out, close back the door and hide away, behind a car.
No one was seeing me so I was only hiding cos of her.
I hide behind a bus.
When I got to my car.. The guy was no more inside.
“Nana.. You said you saved someone.” Kiania said.
I looked around in confusion and disbelieve.
“Yeah, but now he’s nowhere in sight. Where did he go to?” I asked no one and searched around.. Calling his name lowly as I searched, but no answer.
When I got tired, I walked back into my car.
Kiania was sitting on the seat he was sitting and had her seatbelt over her.
“He’s gone? Maybe he’do find his home from here. Don’t worry Nana.” She said with a smile.
I smiled and turned on the car engine, reversed and drove off, my eyes still searched for him as I drove off.
Why did he leave without telling me?
Getting home, I felt really sad.. I don’t just know why I was so sad that Jay left without telling me.
After I helped him!! He just left that way!
I opened the door and Kiania and I went in..
I dropped my handbag on the couch and collapsed beside it, rubbing my forehead with my fingers.
I looked over at Kiania and she’s sitting on a rock-chair, pulling off her shoes and stockings.
“Do you wish to see him again?” She asked.
I know who she’s talking about but I gotta ask.
“Who?” I asked.
“The cute guy you saved. You said he’s super cute.” She said.
“Yeah.. He should have at least said thank you to me for saving him.” I said.
Actually the truth was that, I needed him to just stay without saying goodbye.
Seriously? am I even going crazy?
“Is he more cute than Uncle Jardel?” Kiania asked.
I know Kiki loves Jardel alot and she’do been wondering why I’ve not talked of him this few days.
I tell Kiki almost everything even though she’s just too young..
But she’s my closest companion. My only family left… and my sister.
I love her so very much..
“Jardel is handsome..” I said quietly.
She looked at me, pausing what she was doing…
Then she continued.
“You said is too coldly like you don’t wanna say it.” She said.
I know Kiania!
“Kiki im not.. You must be really hungry. Lemme go make flakes for you.” I said and stood up..
My black skirt felt so tight.
I cant wait to take it off.
I walked to the front door and locked the door, then made to go towards the kitchen entrance..
“You and Uncle Jardel are fighting?” Kiki asked.
“No.. Kiki. Your questions are so much..I’ll be back to bathe you.” I said and went into the kitchen.
#Jay ‘s POV
It’s been up to thirty minutes in here at this school..
I just sat on a flower pavement, beside the parking lot as I felt so bad for coming out without saying ‘bye’ and ‘Thank you’ to her.
Damn it!! I don’t even know her name!
People passed without looking to me.
Obviously, no one was indeed seeing me.
I was starting to believe I had become an invisible being..
But how? What happened to me!
How the fuck did I end up this way?
I tried getting up to leave but I couldn’t just do it cos I still wanted to see her and I felt so sure she would come back to search for me.
But she didn’t come…
Everyone left.. Teachers left… No one else was left here except the two securities and some school cleaners..
The gate got locked.
It was dusk and I wondered what the time would be now?
Suprisingly, I wasn’t feeling a tiny hunger.
Not even thirsty.
Well,not so suprising cos I got no idea who I am really now.
No one sees me except her.
I wanted to see her.
She is the only one seeing me..
I wanna let her know that she is the only one who sees me and ask her why she is?
I wanted to ask her why am this way? and ask her so many questions..
Also let her know that I had to creep away to avoid her getting too afraid (or not tho) when she finds out her kid sister isn’t seeing me.
Or would her kid sister see me too?
I pushed my front hair and sighed.
I waited for her for a long time I guess was up to an hour and when she never showed up, I stood up and walked out towards the gate.
Foolish! I didn’t even think about this?
What if she came back to search for me and then finds me and start calling me and talking to me..
Damn! The securities would sure think she’s going crazy?
But! Uhh! Im so fucking confused..
I got to the gates… And yes it was locked.. I wouldn’t have mind if it was unlocked and i’do just open it and walk out… And the securities could spend the rest of their day wondering how the gate opened and closed back.
But all the same, I tried seeing if I could open it, but it was causing some noise and it attracted one of the securities…
So I took my hands out of the gate locks and tried resting my back on the gate to think of what to do but then,..
I just found myself OUTSIDE and out of the gate!
I stared at the gate…. then at the people, cars,everything my eyes got..
No one was looking my way.
Cos they can’t see me, yeah!
After wondering what just happened, I breathed, shrugged, put my hands into my pockets and walked away.
I need to find a bus heading to Tur Moel.
I need to get home..
I walked on…
I got to some place where people got too crowded..
I joined to walk over to the other side where I could see a long red streetcar heading for Tur Moel..
I walked slowly with others..
They were bodies touching me, hands hitting me but I wasn’t feeling them and they weren’t feeling me as well.
No one looked at me.
No one glared at me to walk slowly! just like they were hurling at others..
“Fuck!?” I yelled out as I felt someone pass through me..
A man with long sleeves funny shirt and bulky trouser, Fat and tall! with his briefcase in his hands..
I swallowed and try to recollect what just happened when I felt another person pass through me.
“Fuck it!” I yelled out… Almost hitting the fucking redhair girl.
But I held myself.. But when another person walked pass through me.. I felt so angry and hit him hard on his neck..
He yelled out too loud.
He felt it!! Come’on he felt it!
He held his neck and then thought it was the redhair girl..
Got no idea what happened cos I soon got to the streetcar and went in.
I guess the guy didn’t do anything to her.
I found a seat beside a cute lady and sat down. But just as the tram was about to leave, a tall brawny guy with bald shaved head approached and knowing fully well he was gonna seat in this seat I am, I quickly stood up and stood strait, resting myself at the back of the seat in front.
The guy came over and sat down on the seat I was and so I was standing at his front, looking at him.
Bad! this is fucking bad!
“Hey baby.. you look really beautiful..” He whispered to her. It was a whisper but I could hear it.
The lady blushed and smiled stupidly.
“Fuck it.!” I said out and checked to see if anyone heard me and is looking at me but there was nothing as such.
I searched with my eyes for any empty seat but there was none.
The one the guy sat was already occupied by fat woman.
The tram began moving…
I heard no fucking choice but to stand.
I stares outside through the windown.
The guy kept whispering shits to the lady and some of them were freaking funny and stupid.
“…got a seat there but seeing such a cute one like you.. Damn, I couldn’t keep my eyes away.. Gotta do something.. so I came over and wow, this seat was empty..”
When I was sitting right there!
This gotta be a dream.. I gotta wake up from this fucking nightmmare!
We got to Tur Moel and I tried not to be the last person to get down.
It was getting dark already and I found my way to my home.
I know mom and Vitoria would be freaking looking for me.
Im just wondering if im gonna be invisible to them too.
Or they’re gonna see me just like the girl did?
It took me like twenty minutes to get home.
The gates were closed and resting on it, I went through it and saw myself inside our house.
Weird! too weird and scary..
Im scared at who I am now and I fucking needed to know who I am now.
I looked around and mom is home cos her car is parked. As usual beside her little rose garden.
Vitoria’s too was parked so the both of them are home.
I walked to the porch, over to the door, inhaled and pressed the doorbell.
I heaved a sigh of relieve and waited.
Few seconds, I heard mom’s voice.
“Oh.. That must be Jay! I’ll go see. He got to tell me where he’s been all night and all day! That boy!…”
Then her voice got nearer.
“A son… who keeps giving his mom troubles and headache.. Im gonna deal with him. He crept out last night without telling anyone!”
I remembered. I never told her where I was going last night.
I was going to a night club and telling mom would only make me miss it which I would never wish to.
Soon, the door opened.
She wore her favourite pink singlet and rosy flower pyjamas trouser.
I looked at her with that peading smile that I always give her each time I do wrong.. But she didn’t act like I was there
She was just looking around.. searching for someone who stood in her front.
“Jay? Jay? are you the one who pressed the doorbell? Who did.. Jay?” She kept saying and searching.
Then it occured to me that my mom wasn’t seeing me too.
Her face grew pale after searching in vain and she made to walk in and I followed her but she shut the door before I could get in but I passed through it and went inside with her at my front.
I saw my sister dressing the dinning table.
She’s two years older than me.
“Vitoria?” I called but she didn’t even look..
She didn’t see me too.
I felt tears gathering in my eyes.
“Fuck it!” I yelled out so loud.
Mom turned to her.
“No one was outside.” She said.
“Mom, im sure it’s Jay and his pranks. Have you forgotten how stupid he can be?” Vitoria said.
“Vitoria. Im so worried. He never stays out this long. Im scared. His phone is switched off. Vitoria don’t you think your brother is in harm?” Mom said, tears already in her eyes.
“He’ll come back mom. This had never been the first time of him staying out this long.” Vitoria said.
Yeah.. She’s right. But I always come back with framed up excuses.
“God.. I need Jay here. It’s getting dark Vitoria.” Mom said.
I shut my eyes, opened them back.
“Mom but im here. Can’t you guys just see me. Im here!” I said.
No one heard him..
I tightened my fist in anger and walked out into my room.
Im fucking tired of this!!
Who the hell have I suddenly become!