(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
The woman came running into the room immediately.
“Oh my God!!” She exclaimed and placed her hand on her chest.
Her eyes were fixed to the strange mirror on the floor which was already broken.
“What the hell did you do? What happened to the television?” She asked in an alarming tone.
Tele what? What did she just call it?
“Oh! Delaney…What happened?” She grouse.
At that moment, the son stepped in and his eyes widened in shock as well.
“I….I saw people moving in them. It was….it was scary” I stuttered to the woman.
Why do I feel like….I did something wrong?
“Hold on; she broke the television on purpose?” The son asked and I took my gaze to the floor immediately.
Why do they keep calling it television? Or is that what it is over here? Do they call their mirrors televisions??
“Seriously mum, Is this the kind of attitude you wanna tolerate here? I’m….”
The son tried speaking but paused and groaned.
“This is just unbelievable” he muttered and walked away.
Why’s everyone mad at me?
“I’m sorry” I turned to the woman and said.
“I….I didn’t know..I mean…I saw people walking in them and I was scared they were….”
“Well, that’s because it’s a movie, Delaney! a movie! What did you expect??” She said with a little rancour and sighed.
Movie? What’s a movie? Why’s everything just being confusing, huh?
“Anyway” she continued.
“You can go back to your room and rest. I’ll just have one of the guards take care of this” she pointed to the strange mirror on the floor.
“Um….I thought we were going out? One of the maids actually…..”
“Yes, yes. I’d intended taking you out for shopping. But an urgent call just came in now and I need to leave right away. So, don’t worry, we can just go in the morning” she replied and started walking away.
“Ma’am” I called her the name I’d been hearing the maids call.
“Oh. Um….go to the kitchen, you’ll find a maid there. Ask her to give you some food, okay? I’m running late already. So bye” she replied quickly and hurried out the door.
Hmm. Where’s the kitchen?
I turned around and looked at the broken mirror on the floor. Why does it seem important to them, huh? And why were they acting like….the people moving in the mirror were normal?
I was about walking away when the door opened and the handsome son walked in with a strange boy. Someone I’d never seen before.
“Woahhh” the new boy exclaimed, his eyes on the broken mirror.
“What happened to the television?”
The whole time, I was staring at him. I couldn’t believe they had a lot of males over here.
“All thanks to the alien” the son replied with an eye roll.
The new boy lifted his eyes and rested them on me.
“And who’s she, dude? Is she a new house help? But…..isn’t that your shirt?” He asked and pointed to me.
“Seriously, Rio. I don’t wanna talk about it now. Come on” the son replied and started walking away.
The new boy kept staring as they walked pass me.
“Um….son” I called back their attention and he turned to look at me with a scoff.
“Hey; I’m not your son,okay? My name is Xavier”
He said with a disgruntled look.
“Xa…Xafier?” I tried pronouncing it and his friend laughed.
“Its Xavier, okay? Xavier”.
“Okay. Xavier” I repeated with a nod.
“I’m sorry but….where’s the kitchen, please?”
He wore a crumpled look and was about saying something when a maid showed up.
“Perfect” he mumbled and walked away with his friend.
Hmm. How rude.
“Please, where’s the kitchen?” I asked
“This way, ma’am” she replied and led the way.
We took a corner and entered a different room and a *wow* escaped my lips immediately.
Good saviors! What a kitchen!!
Why’s everything about this place so different? Why?
“What would you love to eat, Miss?” The maid asked but I couldn’t reply as I continued gazing round the incredible room.
I saw a lot of amazing things.
I walked over to a table that had some good looking things on it.
“Are these eatable?* I asked the maid, pointing to a particular plate.
“Of course, Miss. Those are bananas” she replied and I arched my brows in surprise.
Bananas? What are bananas?
I plucked one out and started eating it and…..
It was damn bitter!
“Hey; hey; why’re you chewing it that way? You didn’t peel off the back” she ran to me and said as I chewed with a crumpled look.
What back? I wondered?
“That isn’t how its done, miss. You should’ve….”
“No, no. Give me something else. It isn’t sweet” I stopped her from plucking out another.
It tasted so…gross.
She shrugged and got me something else.
This time around, she called it rice.
She’d given me a strange object to use with, but I couldn’t and insisted on using my hands instead.
Hmm. It was delicious.
When I was done from the kitchen, I left so I could return to my room but unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the room.
Well, the house was so big and different and you wouldn’t blame.
Still turning and turning around, I came across a room with familiar voices.
I stopped and placed my ear on the door so I could listen properly. It was the woman’s son and his friend.
“Do you think it’s a good idea going there?” I heard his voice.
“Of course, dude. There’s gonna be plenty of a$$es to fk” his friend replied and I cringed.
What’s asses? And what’s f**k?
“Do you think Chelsea would be there?” The son asked again.
“Well….it’s possible. So, she didn’t speak to you throughout the rest day in school?”
I think that’s a female.
“Yeah….I’ve got no idea what her problem is, anyway”.
“Come on, dude. Hurry up . the earlier we go, the better for us…..”
Hmm. It seems they’re going out?
I left the door and walked away, taking the long thing called *stairs*
Where are they going to huh? It sounds fun.
His mother isn’t at home. And now….he also wants to go out? They wanna leave me all alone?
What if…..I go out with him?
I walked out of the house and looked around.
They normally go out with the tiny houses, right? The ones they call cars?
Hmm. How do I identify the car they’d be going out with? They were so many of them.
I bit my nails and did a guess work.
There was a red house – sorry car – closer to the house and I ran towards it and opened the back door.
The inside was very dark but I got in and laid on the seat. I wonder why they call this a car. Its almost like a house.
I breathed heavily as I laid on the car and not long after, I heard their voces.
They were talking and laughing so noisily.
Good saviors. I hope they’re making use of this car.
Their voices and footsteps got closer and closer until I heard the front doors opening.
I was in the right car!!!
“You sure you wanna drive?” I heard his friend ask.
“Yeah….leave it to me” the son replied and immediately, the car started moving.
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