By: Faith Lucky.
I gulped nervously as I watched him lean against the wall, staring at me like he’s been waiting for me to come out of the bathroom.
I lowered my gaze and shut the door behind me and after that, I became confused of what next to do.
“Is…is there a problem?” I forced myself to ask so I could reduce my anxiety.
He sighed and Inserted his hands into his trouser pockets.
“There isn’t a problem” he stated coldly and walked towards me.
For a while, I heard a crazy voice in my head, telling me to run.
But luckily, I didn’t.
I swallowed hard and stood my ground as he came to stand in front of me.
“I just wanted to apologize for what happened in the car. I’m sorry, Maxine. I never…wanted it to happen. I mean…I wasn’t thinking straight. You know…”
He paused and touched his eyes.
‘In a nutshell, I’m sorry. Okay?” He added and I managed a nervous smile.
‘Um…its fine. You don’t need to worry about it. I perfectly understand” I replied, hoping my words were soothing enough.
We didn’t say any other thing to each other. Then, he smiled and kssed me.
“Goodnight” he hushed and turned around and finally left the room.
I woke up the next morning, feeling a whole lot better and ecstatic.
Perhaps, it was because I’d be dancing at the Star Dance competition today and thankfully, it was about coming to an end.
I just couldn’t wait for the final stage.
And…maybe, it was because I’d be going to visit the murderers I once called family at the station today.
Well, yes. Noah and I had agreed to make it today and I so couldn’t wait to see the humiliation on their faces.
I smiled as I stood up and went into the bathroom to freshen up.
I brushed my teeth and washed my face and when I was done and returned to the room, I noticed someone knocking on the door.
“Who’s it?” I asked
“Its the maid, ma’am. Your attention is needed outside, please” she replied and I heard her leave.
Huh? What could it possibly be?
I dried my face with a napkin and left the room afterwards, curious to know why my attention was needed.
Could it be Noah? What does he have for me?
I got into the sitting room but couldn’t find anyone. Then, I decided to check outside and there I found Noah standing with…
Tammy and Ruby?
I scoffed as I paused and looked at them.
What’re they doing here again?
I shut the door behind me and went further to meet them.
“Noah?” I called and he looked at me.
“You…sent for me?”
“Yes. Actually, I’m just getting to know Tammy and Ruby had slept in here last night” he replied and I wore a crumpled look.
What’s he talking about?
“Slept in here? How?” I demanded.
“According to them, they’d come in last night but hadn’t met us at home and unfortunately, it started raining. So, they had to sleep under the shade” he explained and I scoffed and folded my hands.
“And you – what right do you think you have to sleep in here without our permission?” I asked angrily and unexpectedly, they went on their knees.
“Maxine…” Ruby called ruefully.
“We’re sorry…please. We know we’ve wronged you, but right now, we really need your forgiveness,please. Please Maxine.
“We…we’re ready to work as your maids. Yes – accept us as your maids and we’ll do the entire chores. Please, all we seek is shelter”
For a moment, I was stunned.
I mean…it seemed more like a miracle to me. Tammy and Ruby – the same ladies who used me as rags – kneeling in front of me?
I smiled and shook my head.
“Seriously…you must be dreaming to think I’d ever let you share the roof with me. Even if I’d wanted to help, I simply can’t stand the sight of your faces because all I see are the faces of the people that murdered my family!!
“So, I’m sorry too. But I simply can’t do what you’re asking”.
And immediately, I turned around and rushed into the house, ignoring their dramatic calls.
Oh, God! I couldn’t do it.
I just couldn’t do it.
I zipped up the luggage properly and rolled it out of the room to the sitting room..
“Ella! Ella!” I called out and she came scuttling from her room.
“Yes, mom?” She answered.
“What’re you doing? Are you done packing up your toys?” .
“Yes. They’re all in the box now”
“Okay, Good. Go get them down cause we’re about leaving”.
And I watched her scurry off.
I smiled wistfully, wishing I could ever have a complete family.
I took in a deep breath and turned around to take the steps when a knock came upon the door.
Huh? Who’s it?
“Who’s there?” I asked but got no reply and I left to check it out.
I opened the door and my eyes beamed at the person I had seen before me.
“Rex??” I called in surprise and he smiled.
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