(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
As soon as she left, I started hearing voices outside the room – like she was talking with someone or something.
Shortly, the door opened and her son walked in, looking pretty angry.
What’s wrong with her?
“Hey, you! Take off my shirt” he said and I arched my brows in surprise.
Oh! The shirt is his, right?
But….does he want me to go na*ked in front of him?
Immediately, his mum walked in.
“Hey! Xavier. Come on, son. What’s wrong with you? Let’s talk outside” she said calmly and held his hand, but he still looked pretty angry.
Why’s he acting this way?
“Of all the clothes in the house, mum, does it have to be my shirt? One of my favorites??” He queried.
“Um…I’m really sorry….son. Don’t worry, I’ll take off the shirt” I said and started looking for a way to take it off my body.
I didn’t even know how the woman wrapped it on in the first place.
“Why the heck did she just call me her son?” I heard him ask.
“Hey, hey, Delaney. What do you think you’re doing? Stop it” the woman rushed to me and held my hand.
“Don’t worry about it, okay?” She said and I nodded and she turned back to the son.
“Now, come with me!” She said strictly and forced him out of the room.
“Seriously, mum; you wanna harbor a stranger in the house?? An alien?” I demanded as I stood with her in the room.
“She’s human, Xavier. So, stop acting like she’s a ghost or something” she replied, getting me more bemused.
“Hold on; so what? You just picked a random lady from the street and decide to keep her here? For how long would she have to stay here, mum? Seriously?”
“Xavier please. The most important thing is keeping her safe for now. Besides, she seems to be a loveable person. She…”
“A loveable person?” I scoffed
“Someone that refers to me as a girl? That calls me her son? With her hair so long and untidy… She’s a complete alien, mum. You can’t be serious about keeping her here. What if she’s just pretending? What if she’s actually an assassin? Or a spy? Or something more?”
“You’re totally wrong. I’ve studied her, okay? She’s harmless. And even if you’re right, then I’m ready to bear the consequences. But for now, just let her be. Okay?”
I rolled my eyes and tucked my hands into my trouser pocket.
“Besides, you know I’ve always wanted to have a girl around me” she added with a pout.
“Just make sure she stays away from me” I stated blatantly and walked out of the room.
I sat sullenly in the sitting room, my eyes glued to the TV, although my attention was elsewhere.
So many thoughts kept flying through my mind and ruined my mood.
Shortly, I heard some feet slapping down the steps and turned to see it was mum.
She walked with her hands busy in her bag.
“Honey, I’m off to work, okay? Hopefully, I might be back before you leave for school tomorrow” she said in a brisk and I scoffed.
“Hold on; are you sleeping at the office again??” I asked and she stopped to look at me.
A look of guilt crept into her face.
Well, of course, she should feel guilty.
“I’m sorry baby. Okay? The call just came in urgently and I really need to leave now. Okay?” She cooed and I stared at the floor in a pathetic way.
“Dad is out of the country. And you’re sleeping at the office. Seriously mum; what am I to you guys?”I asked a bit angry.
“Well….why don’t you go to Xavier? You can spend sometime with him right?”
I rolled my eyes and looked away.
“Hey; its something wrong?” She asked, noticing my strange behavior at the mention of Xavier.
“Chelsea, talk to me. Are you two having issues?”
“No” I mumbled, staring down at my nails.
“Then, what’s the problem, huh? Tell me”.
I sniffed and looked at her.
“Could you….spare me a minute? I’d love to ask a question”.
“Okay, sure” she hushed and sat next to me.
I took in a deep breath before proceeding.
“What do you when….someone you love is actually a player?” I asked and her jaws dropped.
Damn! I needed to ask.
“Is it Xavier?” She asked and I nodded slowly and she sighed.
Well, the thing is – I was truly in love with Xavier. But the fact that he’s a player keeps breaking my heart. He isn’t ready for love.
“Well….” She tries speaking, but was suddenly interrupted by a phone call which she received.
☎what?? He’s there already???
☎Oh my! Please, stall him a little. Just give me 10 minutes and I’ll be there, please.
☎Yes, do all you can”
By this time, she was already on the feet with her bag.
She ended the call and threw the phone into her bag.
“I’m so so sorry, baby. But one of the major clients is about leaving. Don’t be angry, okay? I’ll….I’ll call you over the phone so we can talk about it. Okay? I love you” she bubbled.
She pecked me on the cheek and ran out of the room, leaving me in ultimate shock.
I sat quietly in the room for a long time,doing nothing. And after a while, I laid on the bed.
I was so bored.
Suddenly, I heard someone hitting the door and sprang on my feet.
Who’s there?? Who’s hitting the entrance??
Why’s there even a door in a room?
“Who’s it?” I asked but didn’t get a reply?
Could it be the woman?
But she doesn’t hit at the door before coming in.
I got to it and opened it like I’d seen her opening and to my greatest surprise, I found the son standing there.
What’s he doing here?
What’s he doing here?
I stared at him, surprised.
“You” he muttered and found his way pass the door and I made path for him.
“Who’re you huh? What do you want here?” He asked.
“I’ve….I’ve explained everything to your mum already” I replied.
“Well, I’m not my mom and need my own explanation”
“I’m sorry, but…. it’s a long story and I don’t think I can explain it now to you”
“What?” He scoffed and folded his hands.
‘Anyway, listen to me and listen pretty good. If I get to know you’re lying to me and my mum; if I get to know you’re actually a spy, trust me, you’d regret it. So, now you still have the chance, I’d suggest you leave. Just leave”.
I stared at him silently as he spoke with so much anger. Why’s he mad at me?
There’s no way I’m leaving. I mean, I can’t. Where would I go, huh?
He scoffed again and left.
Seriously, I don’t understand mums reasons for wanting to keep this lady here. What exactly are her plans? Is she gonna stay here forever?
I may be a player, but I hate it when a particular lady’s stuck around me. I hate seeing a repeated female face.
Chelsea’s the only female friend I have and I don’t think I’d be able to cope with someone else b
Somehow, I think I’d have to send this lady away.
After a while, a maid showed up and told me I was being called by the woman who wanted us to go out.
Hmm. Where does she plan on taking me?
I followed the maid to what she’d referred to as a *sitting room* and I sat on one of the good looking chairs.
I couldn’t find the woman and the maid asked me to sit and wait for her. Probably, she was on her way.
I tapped my legs as I sat all alone in the big beautiful room. I guess the people on earth were so lucky because life seemed soo easy here compared to Marazona.
I smiled and stood up to feed my eyes. Yes….just to view…I wasn’t going to touch anything.
I folded my hands behind my back and looked around.
Wow!! So many interesting things. Incredible.
I smiled as I walked around and my eyes caught something more interesting.
I gasped and looked at it more intently.
It was a mirror!!! My own reflection!!
I giggled and touched it and seeing my face made me so happy.
Wow!! I was so beautiful, wasn’t i?
Although, the mirror looked different. It was dark and flat.
In Marazona, we only had one mirror and that was the sacred mirror found only in the Queen’s room.
I’d only had the opportunity to use it twice when Hera had snuck me in.
I smiled and touched it. It felt so good seeing my own reflection.
But I saw something like buttons on it and wondered what they were. Hm. Well, I guess everything about earth was different.
Mistakenly, my hands touched one of the buttons and I flinched when I saw a light from the mirror.
I moved back to observe and to my greatest surprise, I saw people In it.
My head spun in confusion and anxiety.
What’s happening? Where are these people coming from?? Who’re they???
I watched in fear as they did things I couldn’t understand. What sort of mirror is this??
I ran to the back to see if there was a door or something. But there wasn’t.
It was so scary that I didn’t realize when I screamed.
And I pushed the mirror hard to the floor, making it crash.
I walked into mother’s room and found her sitting on the bed, drinking from the wooden cup.
“You sent for me, mother” I said with a bow and she sighed and placed the cup beside her.
“Sit” she instructed and I nervously sat beside her.
For a while, she was silent.
“Why did you let her go?” She asked and I felt my heart skip again.
Oh! Saviors….are we still on this?
I bit my lower lip and stared down at my fingers, unable to give a reply.
“You just risked a lot of things, Hera. A lot of things” she sighed and gulped down the liquid from the cup.
“We the Marazons” she began
“We actually came from men. A long long ago, we were living in a peaceful place where the gender was mixed. We had men and women”.
What’s she talking about? What’s men?
“I’d fallen in love with someone, but a witch took him from me. She made him hate me and that was how I lost him.
She actually became pregnant for him, while I became pregnant for someone else – a man who never cared about me. A man who made me suffer so much.
A war had broken out which led to the deaths of many – including the man I was pregnant for, your father.
Then, the females formed a union and decided to run to another planet – Marazona.
Only females made it and at that time, I was yet to give birth.
Unfortunately, the witch who betrayed me was made queen over us because coming to Marazona was actually her idea. So, the rest of the fools made her queen.
Few weeks later, she put to bed and I also did same. She gave birth to a daughter, while I gave birth to you. And when luck shun on me, she got missing after a few days.
She actually dumped her daughter and left for earth”.
She paused and sighed.
“She’s Delaney’s mother – the first Queen of Marazona.
“The truth is…..I was the reason she left, Hera. And…I believe she’s on earth. If she’s still alive and she gets to see Delaney, I’m afraid something bad might happen. I’m afraid she might recognize her somehow and do something evil with the treasure. My reign would be over, Hera. I’d be gone”.
I could see so much pains in her eyes as she spoke and my heart tore into pieces at the sight of that.
Oh! What have I done?
“You risked a lot of things, Hera” she winced.
“You’re trying to destroy everything I’ve worked so hard for”.
I sniffed and placed my palm on hers.
“I’m so sorry, mother”.I said.
“I’m sorry for helping her. I just….I just didn’t want her dead because….I really committed the crime she was being punished for. I committed the crime and put the blame on her”.
She looked at me in surprise and guilt gripped me.
“But I promise you….” I continued.
“I’ll go to earth, I’ll find Delaney and I’ll bring the treasure back”