The scent Episode 3 & 4

“What was that?” Lia asked after we had settled down on the small pavement at the road side.
“Alex!” She called again when she saw that I made no attempt to answer her question.
“I’m sorry… I’m so sorry!” I begged instead.
” I know Alex! Trust me, I know you are sorry… But just answer my question. What was that Alex?” She asked.
This will be the first time she made such a lengthy s£ntence since I have known her.
“She must be really angry with me”I thought.
I knew how much she despise stealing. She prefer starving herself and begging to stealing.
“I’m sorry Lia. I’m truly sorry… When I got to the garbage can and was about to open it, I saw that purse and I thought it must be that the owner has forgotten it there so I took it. I never knew she was there until I heard her shout.” I explained to her.
I stared at her, expecting her to shout or to at least say something but all she did was sighed.
The main reason I took the purse was because of Amelia. I have always wish to buy her a nice meal someday, and when I saw that purse, I was more than happy that I would use whatever money that’s in there and buy us a better food to eat tonight.
She doesn’t know I knew about her indigestion. Amelia is pas-sing throu-gh a lot a girl her age shouldn’t. I just pray for a saviour and helper for us.
Slowly and steadily,I move closer to the two panhandler. I got to where they were sitting, and I saw a clear view of their bruised up b©dy.
Oh Christ! The lady was having a small cut very close to herl-ip.
“Hi” I greeted them.
“Good morning sir” the guy replied but the lady didn’t.
“Why are you like this? I mean you are all bruised up” I ask directing at the boy because he seems to be the only one willing to chat with me.
“I….st…st…stole a woman purse, and she ordered some group of guys to beat us up” he explained with a broken voice.
What! A woman?
So it was a woman purse they stole earlier?
Why would she order to beat up a fellow human to this level?
Did she have a concience at all? I mean she can just collect her purse and leave the poor guys alone. I thought.
“A lady?” I asked again to be sure.
“Yes sir a lady. She was putting on a short yellow dress sir” I heard him say.
Wait! Short yellow dress? Isn’t that what that spoilt,rude, and arrogant br@t was putting on earlier?
“What type of purse did you stole from her?”
“A small fancy shiny purse sir” he said.
This is now ma-king a lot of s-en-se. No wonder she arrived late. So the one who ordered their beating was Lucy??? She’s not just arrogant, clumsy, and rude but she’s also a human without concience.
“I swear sir I didn’t know she was the owner. I thought it was a lost purse” the guy said pleadingly.
Did he think am a police man?
” It’s okay” I replied him.
I looked over at the lady and her expression seems as if she hasn’t been listening to our conversation. I looked at them both and di-p my hand into my pocket to retrieve the remaining cash I have there.
“Take this and maybe go and treat yourself in the hospital!” I said extending the Money to the guy. He was about to collect it when I heard the lady’s voice for the first time since I have standing there with them.
“Don’t” she said staring at the boy.
“Let’s go” she added standing up.
“I’m sorry… But thank you sir!” The guy quic-kly said before standing up too.
Holding hands, they walked pas-s me and,
That SCENT! I smelled that SCENT again!
“But where?…. Where?… Where? ” I keep asking myself.
I turned back to look at them, and I regretted not going after them earlier.
This life is just so cruel to some people.
“LUCY!….that bastard!” I said to myself with gritted teeth before shoving the cash back into my pocket.
I started my car engine,and drove home in anger and regret.
I got home and saw my mom in the living room. Without greeting her, I made my way upstairs to my room. I can’t believe she actually set me up on a d@t£ with a wretched guy.
When I got into my room, I threw my heels angrily and re-moved my clothes quic-kly.
First, it was those dirty and stinking beggars and another is mom set up with a poor guy.
“Ouuuch I’m damn hungry” I gro-an ed.
I left my room and headed downstairs to go find something to eat in the kitchen.
“Lucy!” My mom shouted immediately she saw me.
“What mom? You want to set me up with a farmer this time around?”I retorted at her.
” What are you talking about?” She asked pretending not to know.
“You c@m£ in just now and walked pas-s me without greeting me and I know you saw me sitting down here. Where are your manners!?” She yelled at me and I flin-ched.
” Mom!…Mom!…Mom! What you did really angered me. Why would you set me up on a blind d@t£ with that kind of person hun? You nee-d to see how shabbily he dressed. I was even ashamed to sit and chat with him” I told her.
” Shabbily? Ashamed to sit and chat?”she asked confusingly.
” Yes Mom” I replied her.
” Wait….are you sure it was Dwayne Moor you saw?” She asked again.
” Ahhhh Mom! was him.”
“Dwayne Moor!” I told her.
” Now I can see and believe that you are dumb” she shouted at me.
” What! Dumb!? Mom!!!” I called loudly.
” Yes Lucy…you are dumb. Because if not, you won’t stand here and say the only heir the Moor’s family and the CEO of the Moor’s corporation is poor!” She said and my eyes wi-de-ned.
“What ! CEO of Moor corporation? I asked disbelieved with wi-de-ned eyes.
It been two days now since the purse incident happened. Alex have been quiet and I don’t know why.
For the past two days now, he haven’t been going out. Just wondering around the forest and sometimes slee-ping. I have been the one going out to all the restaurants, roadside food stall and all the garbage can I could find to get something so we can eat. except for that restaurant of course.
I didn’t agree to him slee-ping outside. I told him he can sleep inside also but very far away from me. He told me he wanted to go plunge some fruits earlier so am the only one in this small hut we now call our home.
Sitting on the Sandy floor, I remembered the man from the other day who offered Alex and I some cash.
I really wanted to take that money but I’m just afraid of taking something from someone of his kind not because of anything but because of the past memory of such.
A man once gave me money when I never ask from him. I was so happy then. But not so long, he c@m£ back and asked for a payback. I was confused then.
“But I thought you gave me that money then,so why do you want to collect it back now sir?” I asked confusingly.
“Young lady!… Don’t Tell me you don’t un-derstand me” he said moving closer and I felt his hand on my face c@r£ss!ngit.
Then it occurred to me the way of paying back he was referring to.
I quic-kly skrie-k away from him and when I saw that he wasn’t ma-king any attempt to come closer, I ran for my dear life and sanity.
So since then, if you offer me anything without me asking for it, I won’t take.
I heard footsteps at my back and I quic-kly turned back to see Alex standing there holding a lot of strawberries. He didn’t whistle this time around? Something is definitely wrong with him.
He gave me some and I muttered a “thank you” before I saw him enter the hut.
I arrived at work very early this morning. Something I will never do unless I have a must-do meeting with a very important client.
Even though am the CEO, my secretary Mrs Loreen has always been the one to handle all the task am suppose to. But today, I don’t even know why but I just feel like coming early to work.
I surprise look on all my workers face when I arrived this morning didn’t pas-s by me.
“Good morning Dwayne. This is the file you requested for” Mrs Loreen,my secretary said while placing the file on my desk.
I know she’s also surprised seeing me come to work so early but as a old woman she is, she masked the surprise look up with a smile smile plastered on her face when she saw me.
Mrs Loreen is a very loyal employee and she has been my dad’s favorite before his death and now she’s mine.
“Mrs Loreen, if I may ask, which perfume are you using?” I ask her all of a sudden.
” Perfume?” She asked confusingly.
” Yes perfume”
” Oh Lilly…it’s Lilly” she replied.
” Oh okay…thank you…you can go now” I discharged her.
” Aaaaaash” I gro-an ed frustratedly,I unloos£n my tie and ruffled my hair with my hand.
Why is it so ha-rd for me to remember where have smelt that beggars scent? Have asked almost all my workers that same question I asked my secretary today and the awkward look they gave didn’t went unnoticed.
But wait! She’s a beggar for Christ sake!
She won’t have the money to buy herself a perfume would she?
Then it only means one thing.
That’s her natural scent! And have definitely smelt it somewhere before. But where??? Why is it so ha-rd to remember?
Is it a childhood memory?
It can’t be an illusion right?
The scent smells balsamic and very plea-sant to the nose.
After checking all the important mails my secretary s£nt, I felt exhausted. To me, the time seems to be slowing down today.
Come to think of it, my mom hasn’t call me since the day she ask to go on a blind d@t£ with that rude br@t.
“Should I call her ” I thought.
Isn’t it better now? That means she really want to keep to her promise.
I won’t call her.
When I felt hungry, I called Mrs Loreen and ask her to help me get something to eat.
After what seems like forever, after the rotate, rotating and rotation, the clock finally got to the company closing hour and I quic-kly gr@bb£d my coat jacket and head outside.
I took the elevator to the last floor and when it landed, I got off it and retrieved my car key from the coat jacket I was holding, ignited the engine and drove off.
I didn’t go home but instead, I drove straight to the exact place I saw the two panhandler.
Two days now!
It’s been two days since have been coming here hoping to see them again prove ab-ortive.
Even today, I still found myself at the exact sp©t after searching for them in this vicinity.
I thought only crazy people doesn’t stay at a place.
“Do beggars do that too?” I thought as I keep roaming my eyes around maybe I could get a glimpse of them.
After sitting and waiting for an hour, I stood up and got into my car. Waiting for another 15minutes again, without seeing any of them, I drove home feeling downed.
“Mom plea-se…I’m sorry mom” I pleaded.
It’s been two days since my mom dropped the bombshell that that guy is the CEO of the Moor’s corporation.
“Momm…I’m sorry!” I begged again and that’s what have been doing for the past two days.
“So what do you want me to do now huh? I gave you the opportunity that would last you for a lifetime and you threw it away as if it was nothing!” She said angrily.
” Mom am sorry…plea-se I’m so sorry”
“Okay! Okay! Okay! So what do you want to do now?” She asked more calmly.
Thank God she’s willing to hear me out now.
“Mom plea-se follow me to the Moor’s mansion” I said and she gave me a disgusting look.
” And why do you want to go to the Moor’s mansion?”
“Oh, so you think Dwayne won’t have inform his mom on the way you lashed him? No wonder she hasn’t called me since then. So you want to use your rude self and cause a rift between us?” She asked getting angry again.
Oh…this is getting serious than I thought.
“I’m sorry mom!…mom plea-se calm down” I begged going to sit besides her.
” Mom see all you have to do is to just follow me and leave the rest for me” I explained.
” You know Dwayne is not leaving with his mom in that mansion right?” She asked.
” Really?” I asked excitedly.
” Of course yes”
” Woow mom…then thats better” I said giggling happily.
” And who told you I will agree to follow you?” Mom asked again.
“Because I know you won’t want to miss the chance of becoming the Moor’s mother-in-law” I said proudly and I bet I Saw a little tiny smile pla-ying on herl-ips.
“Wait and see Dwayne!…I’m coming to get your love..” I said to myself.