(Ãnd the strãnge maidën)
By: Faith Lucky
As the driver drove along the road, I noticed that he’d steal glances at me and chuckle.
Okay, what the hell is wrong with this driver?
“Driver, why are you stealing glances at me and making funny sounds. Is there something on my face?” I asked, feeling quite uncomfortable with his behaviour.
“No, no, ma’am.” He chuckled softly.
I rolled my eyes and focused on watching other moving cars.
“Are we here already?” I asked the driver as I noticed him drive into a big house, just like Xavier’s but Xavier’s is bigger and finer.
“Yes ma’am. This is the place.” The driver replied.
He finally stopped where other cars stopped too.
Before I could alight, he already alighted and opened the door for me.
I smiled lightly at him and alighted gracefully.
“So, am I supposed to stand here or what?” I asked, as I surveyed the house.
Wow! Absolute breathtaking!
“No ma’am. You’ll just have to go inside, where the party is being hosted.” The driver replied.
“Oh! Okay.” I mouthed, suddenly feeling nervous.
The driver and I started walking towards the entrance of the house.
We hadn’t even stepped in when Brielle bumped into us.
“Oh my! I’m sorry.” I apologized as Brielle got back her stamina.
Her eyes suddenly snapped opened in shock as her eyes travelled around my body.
Then, she surprised me by bursting into an hysterical laughter.
I looked at my chest down to my toes and I didn’t see anything that’s making her laugh like an insane person.
“Hey, why are you laughing?” I asked, feeling a little pissed.
“Oh, so sorry. Forgive my… Manners.” She chuckled– a mocking one.
“Really?” I scoffed sarcastically.
“What is wrong? Is there something on my face?” I asked and I was almost forced to hiss angrily at her.
“Why are you dressed like this?” She asked, with a glint of sarcasm in her voice.
First it was the driver and now, Brielle?
“What’s wrong with my dressing? If you don’t want me here, I will kindly leave.” I rolled my eyes and placed my hand on my waist.
“I’m so sorry Delaney. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your dressing. In fact, you look stunning and I’m sure you’re gonna be the center of attraction in this party because of your beauty.” She smiled– but I could still tell that she wasn’t being sincere.
She still had a glint of mockery in her voice. But I decided to ignore her and accept the compliment.
“Thank you. I was starting to feel that I didn’t dress well or something was on my face that I didn’t know about.” I sighed and rolled my eyes.
“I was just teasing you. There’s nothing wrong in whatever you wore.” She smiled and placed her hand around my shoulders.
“You can leave now. I’ll just wait for Xavier and we’ll go home together.” I told the driver, who was standing and listening to us, all this time.
“Okay ma’am.” He bowed and left.
“Let’s go in then.” Brielle smiled and we both started towards the door.
“By the way, nice hat and canvas you got.” She smiled but she sounded sarcastic.
Just briefly that I’ve got to know her, I’ve come to know that she isn’t genuine.
Everything about her seems fake.
I forced a tight lip smile at her and nodded my head.
We finally got inside the bug house and I was really awed by the beauty of it.
The lights were dim and of different colours.
Loud music was playing in the background and different bodies were in the middle and every corner of the sitting room.
Most of the persons I guess, were my grade mates even though, I don’t really know most of them or even talked to them.
“So, welcome to my birthday party Delaney.” She giggled and removed her hand from my shoulder.
I didn’t reply her as my eyes roamed around the people.
I was searching for just one person and I couldn’t wait to set my eyes on him; Xavier.
I still couldn’t find him amongst the people and I wondered if he wasn’t here yet.
“C’mon, let me introduce you to my friends.” Brielle beckoned on me.
I breathed in and out and trailed behind her.
I noticed people looking weirdly at me, like I’m sort of weirdo or something.
There are attentions were suddenly focused on me and some of them starting giggling while others laughed out loud.
I suddenly felt embarrassed and at the same time, pissed.
What exactly was making them laugh at me?
Don’t I look pretty enough?
I’m sure there is nothing smeared on my face because, I had double checked my appearance before leaving.
So, why exactly are they laughing at me?
“So, Delaney, this is Jessica and she’s my cousin and she’s based in France but she came down here because of my birthday.” Brielle introduced pridefully with a smile.
I stared at the red hair girl who looks like an ostrich.
She wore a pair of glasses on and at just mere looking at her, I disliked her.
She was trying hard not to laugh as she eyed my dressing.
She whispered something I didn’t hear to Brielle and they both giggled.
“It’s nice meeting you Delaney, I’ve heard so much about you.” She laughed lightly and stretched out her hand for an handshake.
“Yeah.” And then, it occurred to me that she knows my name.
What the h.ell!
How did she…?
“How did you know my name?” I asked and stared intently at her.
“Oh! I’ve heard so much about you from Brielle.” She laughed nervously and took a quick glance at Brielle.
“So much about me? But Brielle and I haven’t talked very well.
We just met briefly and she invited me for her birthday party. So, how come she’s told you so much about me?” I inquired, baffled.
“Oh c’mon Delaney! You ask too many questions.” Brielle said and smiled.
She looked at Jessica and Jessica nodded her head and walked away.
Why do I smell something fishy?
“Let’s go Delaney, there are other persons I’ll like you to meet.” She smiled and pulled me along with her.
Brielle left me to go attend to other guests and I was left alone.
I kept looking around to see if I’ll see Xavier but I still didn’t see him.
Isn’t he coming to the party?
A man in a very decent dressing pass by with about three glass cups with water in it.
My throat was dried and I beckoned on him.
I took two glass cups from the small tray he was holding.
He looked at me weirdly and he was about saying something but he kept shut.
I ignored him and gulped it down in one goal.
It burned my throat and I had to gasped.
It didn’t taste like water but it tasted sweet.
I licked my lips in relish and gulped down the second glass of the strange water.
Oh my! It tasted so sweet.
I suddenly craved for more.
Another guy dressed as the first guy came passing by too, with about four glass in his tray.
I beckoned on him and he offered me one of the glasses.
“I want everything.” I smacked my lips tentatively.
“Huh?” He asked, popping out his blue eyes like I’ve grown some strange wings.
“I want the four glasses. It really tasted sweet.” I laughed cr@zily.
“You’re sure ma’am?” He asked and stared from the water to me.
“Yeah. Give to me. It’s really so sweet.” I pouted.
When he saw there wasn’t any need arguing with me and we were about causing a scene, he gave me the tray, shook his head and left.
I clapped happily and chung down the first glass and then the second, third and the fourth.
My head was already heavy and I felt woozy.
I wasn’t aware of my surroundings any longer.
I walked into Brielle’s mansion and sighed.
I’ve been caught up in traffic and that was why I was late.
Rio and Chelsea were beside me as we stepped into the house.
I noticed a gathering in a particular spot and I knew something was going on.
I walked hastily towards the gathering and to my greatest surprise, I saw Delaney.
She was on top of the table where a huge cake, I guess is for Brielle was kept.
She was dancing cr@zily even without any music.
Brielle tried to make her come down but unexpectedly, Delaney pulled her canvas and threw it Brielle– making it hit her hard on her forehead.
Brielle winced and backed away.
Delaney was saying gibberish and she looked waisted– obviously drunk.
She pulled her other canvas and threw at a bartender but he was quick to dodge it.
She laughed crazily and danced crazily on the table.
Brielle went towards the table with a bartender at the front.
The bartender tried carrying the cake away so it won’t fall but Delaney shook the table which made him move back.
I scratched my hair and thought of what to do to make her come down before she’ll fall the cake.
Brielle stylishly went towards her and before she could carry the cake, Delaney puked on it.
The people gathered all gasped loudly as they stared at the already ruined cake.
“What the fk! Come down!” Brielle cried out.
A guard was able to hold Delaney. And as they were about bringing her down, she tilted her head, laughed and puked all over Brielle, from her hair down to her shirt!
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