Th gardener’s daughter Episode 5 & 6

I stood in front of Rosetta and glared angrily at her. “Have you no conscience hun? You are gonna have problems with me if you try this again. ” I told her.
Rosetta looked at me furiously before walking off.
I looked at Sarah and breathed in. “It’s okay.” I said, patting her shoulder.
Sarah shrugged and smiled. “It’s okay. I’m used to all that. When are we having our next lesson? ”
I looked at my wrist watch. ” Anytime from now. “I replied.
“So, who’s gonna take you home? ” I added.
“My dad is gonna come pick me up. Don’t worry about me. “Sarah said with a smile.
I smiled back and gave her a soft squee-ze on the shoulder before walking back to my seat.
It’s lunch time and Joana and I were at the cafeteria having tea. “I don’t think I can go back to that clas-s. I’ve got to change clas-ses. How come she’s admitted into my clas-s? I’m older than her for crying out loud! “I raved.
Joana looked thoughtfully at me for a while.
“The only way we can make Sarah st©p coming to school is by ma-king her life unbearable right here in school! “Joana said slowly.
I nodded, really interested to know her plans.
“So, what are we gonna do? How are we gonna do that?” I asked curiously.
Joana smiled at me and glanced back. I followed the direction of her eyes and saw Steve, the famous principal’s son and Vicker’s rival.
“What are we supposed to do with him? Why are you looking at him? You still gat a crush on him? ” I asked.
” Of course yes but right now, I have a plan. Steve is so funny and evil…
Everyone knows.
So, we are gonna go to him now and tell him to help us deal with Sarah. He’s gonna happily do it.
He’s the biggest bully ever. ” Joana said with a smile.
” Wow! That’s fantastic. I never thought of that! Are you sure he’s gonna cooperate?” I asked.
” Don’t worry. Leave that to me.” Joana replied.
We stood up and walked towards Steve who is busy with his phone.
“Hello, Stevenson!” We chorused.
He glared briefly up at us and continued what he was doing. “,What??” He snorted.
Joana sat down and smiled. “Well, Stevie, we get a job for you. You will love it!”
The bell rang almost after Vicker told me he was going out to get snacks for me.
I couldn’t wait to tell Dad how I enjoyed my day at school even though the bully was much.
I could hear and feel students all around going about the clas-s and going out of the clas-s.
I heard them talking about the school project and practices.
I felt left out and it hurts so much.
I suddenly felt someone t©uçh my arm. I immediately knew it was a stranger.
“Who are you?”
“Hi! You are sitting alone in clas-s? Oh, well….I can give you a hand to the hall. You are gonna love it there!” He said.
From the sound of his voice,I knew he was a boy. “Thanks for offering me help but I’m waiting for someone.” I replied.
” Come on,I mean no arm. Everyone is in the hall,the person you are waiting for is gonna meet you there ” he replied.
I listened and truly the clas-s was empty. “Okay ” I replied and was trying to reach out for my stick when the stranger handed it over to me.
“Thank you. What’s your name?” I asked with appreciation.
“Stevie. Come on.” He said and led me out of the clas-s.
Soon, we were pas-sing throu-gh an entrance and there were noise all over.
“We are in the hall now ” Stevie said and I nodded.
” Thanks,will you plea-se help me look for Vicker? He must be looking for me too.” I said.
” Oh sure!” The Stevie guy said and fled.
He left me standing there like a statue and I began to feel uncomfortable. I didn’t know where I was standing but I could hear noises. It was impossible to move.
Just then something hit my head and I cried.
I heard laugher all over. They just hit me with a ball.
Another ball hit me and I fell with a g@sp.
“That’s great!!” I heard Rosetta roared with laughter from crowd. They are behind this?
I felt tears pricking my eyes as I stared helplessly,then I felt a familiar pres£nce behind me.
I was so mad at what I saw.
My hands ti-ght£ñed into a fist. “You imps!” I roared and charged forward.
“How could you do this to someone blind! Have you no conscience!” I yelled at them as everywhere bec@m£ still and quiet.
I was Joana and Rosetta and shook my head. “If I had sisters like you two,I will surely disown you. How could you let them do this to your own blood?” I asked.
They sm-irked and looked away.
I walked back to Sarah and lifted her up. Her eyes were full of tears.
No,I’ve got to do something.
I can’t take this again.
“Come on. I will take you home.” I said picking up her stick.
“No you can’t, Vicker. We’ve got practice.” My friends shouted.
“Shut the hell up!” I yelled at them before leaving the hall with Sarah.
I was putting on my clothes when Rhea knocked at the door of my room and shyly entered.
Rhea is the youngest of our fourteen maids and she always had this strange air around her when close to me.
She even blus-hes all the time and mom alre-ady as-signed her as a personal maid for me but I had to quic-kly object to it.
It was alarming and embarras-sing to me.
I looked at her as she c@m£ in looking downwards. “Di …. dinner is re-ady.” She announced.
“Alright. I’m coming down now. Is my dad back?” I asked her.
She quic-kly nodded and fled.
I quic-kly wore my clothes and headed straight to dad’s room first before the dinning.
I knocked twice before going into the large room and as expected,dad was on his l@pt©p.
“Here comes my boy!” Dad laughed as he brou-ght me close and gave me a bear hvg.
Dad left home three weeks ago for a business trip and now he’s back.
After all the greetings and all,I finally settled down for the reason I c@m£.
“You look bothered son. What’s the issue? Girl problem?” Dad laughed and I smiled.
” It’s more like it dad and this girl is someone you know too well. It’s Sarah. Mr Miller’s last daughter.” I replied.
” The blind girl? How is she doing at school?” Dad asked with a smile.
” She’s doing great dad. Something happened today at school and it really made me sad.”
Dad frowned. “What happened? Was she bullied?”
“More than that. Dad,what really is the cause of Sarah’s blindness? Whenever I look into her eyes,it feels as though she can see me.
Her eyes are very clear and cutely large. What seems to be the problem?”I asked.
” I believe her eyes happened to be mishandled while giving birth to her by her late mother.
Well,son. Sarah’s blindness can be cured. Her sight can be corrected and resto-red.”
I g@sped and looked more ha-rder at dad. “Really? How? Where! plea-se dad! Just tell me. Sarah is my friend..a friend I love so much!” I said hurriedly.
Dad shrugged. ” Well her sight can be resto-red but it’s gonna cost a lot of Fortune. I’ve thought about helping the gardener but your mom would never hear if it …the money is urge.” Dad said softly.
Tears pricked my eyes as I fell on my knees. ” Dad! You can do this! plea-se,don’t listen to mom. You are a billionaire dad…not just rich. You can do this. I want Sarah to see. I want her sight to be resto-red!”
Written by Sylvia Adaobi Peter
I paced about in my room, anxiously.
Dad had said he would think about it. I was in de-ep thought and did not notice when mom c@m£ in.
“Any penny for your thoughts?”
I turned around and looked away again. I wondered why mom seem to hate the gardener and his daughters but I didn’t say anything to mom.
Dad might as well go on and help the gardener without mom’s knowledge.
“I’m fine.” I replied, sinking into my be-d.
Then I was quic-k to notice mom had tears in her eyes. “Mom? Are you okay?” I asked and she say beside me.
” I’m okay just that I’m gonna miss you.” Mom replied.
I frowned. What’s she talking about? ” Mom, are you going somewhere?” I asked.
She stood up and wiped the little tear on her left eye away. She folded her arms, glaring at me. “No. You are the one who’s going somewhere. I’ve made preparations for you to study in South Korea. ” Mom said and I almost laughed.
” Mom, who? ” I asked.
“You weren’t deaf when I said you. I’ve discussed with your dad and I’ve finally accepted that we help out Sarah on one condition, that you will go study in Korea. The choice is yours.
By next weekend, you are off. ” Mom said and I looked her, bewildered.
I stood up, shocked.” Mom why? Why are you doing this to me!” My voice shook terribly.
” I’m doing this for your own good, Xander. I don’t like the way you mingle with those stinking br@ts! Especially that blind girl. Even now that she’s blind,you can’t do without her. Then I’m sure you are gonna marry her once her sight is resto-red!, I can’t take that.
Just recently, you brou-ght back that blind girl from school. You don’t know who you are!
A prince! Your dad is popular.. we are popular.
What would people say when they see you with a blind girl in school! I’ve had enough of that $h!t.
You are going to Korea and there is nothing…. Absolutely nothing you can do about it. If we are gonna help her then you have to do as I say!. ” Mom said as I looked at her, amazed.
I paced about still shocked at the news.
I turned to face mom again. “I know no one out there!
How do you expect me to go to somewhere so strange and stay on my own! ” I yelled.
” Don’t yell at me. You are gonna do as I say, okay? No more questions.” Mom blurted out.
I placed my palm in my forehead and sighed.
No way! This is not happening! Not now when dad’s gonna help Sarah regain her sight!
“Mom… plea-se I don’t wanna go! plea-se!” I was at the verge of tears now.
“I’m sorry, Vic. Preparations has alre-ady been made and I can’t take back my word.
This is for your own good. You are a prince and you should live like one. ” Mom said with a mark of finality.
I sat back on the be-d and let the tears fall. I felt like dying right now.
Dad and I finally left the doctor’s office after some hours.
I noticed some people looking at dad, probably impressed to see him in person.
Dad is popular on TV and I was surprised at all the staring.
The embarras-sing p@rt was that the girls wouldn’t st©p g@sping and ma-king dramas.
It was a relief when we were finally back into the car.
I was extremely excited cos dad paid half of the money requested for Sarah’s surgery.
But another p@rt of me was sad.
In less than two days, I’m gonna leave for Korea.
“Thanks Dad. You don’t know how happy I am. I really want her to regain her sight and that’s why I’ve chos£n to go to Korea for my studies.”
” You know how your mom is. That condition she gave was a way of saying no to me helping Sarah out but it was br@ve of you to do it. You are someone’s hero now for what you’ve done.” Dad said and I hvgged him feeling so grateful.
I slowly stood up from be-d and located my stick before moving forward.
I moved quietly so I wouldn’t wake up my sisters.
I stretched my hand and searched out the door then quietly went out of the room.
Sitting outside in the cool breeze of the silent night when everyone else is asleep really calms me down.
I stepped into the familiar garden and traced my way to the bench.
I sat and put my stick beside me.
I sniffed the air and was quic-k to know someone else was there with me.
“Vicker?” I called, looking blindly all over.
“How did you know I’m here? I was as quiet as ever.” He said with a laugh and joined me on the bench.
My b©dy stiffened when I felt a tickling s-en-sation as he put his arm around me.
I was so uncomfortable cos this feeling was new to me.
“Relax.” He whispered to me.
“Are you okay, Vicker?” I asked cos I could tell he was sad from the sound of his voice.
“Yeah. Sarah?”
“Are you gonna remember me no matter what happens?” Vicker asked and I was taken aback by the sudden question.
“Of course. Vicker…you are the only one who keeps me going. You help me at school, at home…anywhere! I’m never gonna forget you.” I replied softly.
” I….I…love you,Sarah.” Vicker said into my ear and I g@sped.
” Vicker!”
” Yeah I Know we are young to talk about love but what I feel inside right now is not something I can ignore. Do you feel the same way?” He asked, holding my hand.
I could tell he was looking de-ep into my sightless eyes and it made me really shy.
I had to look away.
“You look beautiful,Sarah…even when you are blind.
Your eyes are the cutest ever,you don’t have to be shy when I’m looking into your eyes.” He said as though he could re-ad my eyes.
I smiled at that and thought about his question.
Of course,I feel the same way! He’s the first person and only person who had made me feel wanted.
“I feel the same way, Vicker but you know that’s all. We can’t have anything together cos we live in two different worlds.” I replied.
” I’m gonna bring you over to my,Sarah if I have to.” Vicker replied.
I smiled and blu-shed. “Don’t leave me,Vicker.. plea-se don’t.” I said and curled my f!ngersaround his hand.
My heart did a double fl!pwhen she said that. Do I sound wield tonight?
Should I just tell her about my long trip to Korea?
No….I don’t wanna hurt and see her cry.
Nothing hurts me more than seeing Sarah cry.
My bags and plane ticket are all re-ady and by dawn the next day,I would be off.
“Vicker?” She called and bolted back to reality.
” Yeah,I’m here.” I replied, ru-bbing my thumb against her f!ngers.
My gaze dropped on herl-ips and I swallowed ha-rd .
They look so full and beautiful.
Tonight is gonna be my last day with Sarah in a ve long time.
I want her to be my first….and I want to be her first too.
Lunging forward,I tilted her head up towards mine and took herl-ips softly into my mouth.
She g@sped into my mouth but stayed still.
I de-epened the k!ssand watched her eye lashes flutter down and I could swear I’ve never seen someone so beautiful.
How would she feel if she finds out about my trip to Korea?
That last night with her was the best I’ve ever had.
As I led her back to the house that night,I couldn’t st©p looking at the door she walked throu-gh.
Goodbye,Sarah. Till we meet again….
Sarah is finally going to regain her sight but there will be no sign of her Vicker!
Will they meet again??