TO CHASE AND TO CLAIM (EPISODE 13)
The music was so loud, as loud as the thunder, making the cutlery on the table tops jump consistently. Neon lights flashed everywhere like police siren except that they were a lot more colorful.
The whole dance floor was crowded like a pack of cards, hands were up in the air as the smell of booze, sweat and perfumes flooded the atmosphere.
“Oh my God! This place is off the hook.” Tori screamed as loudly as she could but no one could have heard her.
Kaylie was uncomfortable even though she was trying her best to be comfortable.
The shorts she wore left majority of her ass out and her pink top exposed too many cleavages. This was not her! As she walked, she kept using one hand to pull the shorts down but it was of no use. Tori had given her some of her ‘fun’ clothes and she wasn’t quite catching fun with it.
Tori on the hand was jumping with excitement in her extremely short gown which barely covered her thighs; in her hand was a cup of booze which she had gotten from the waiter.
“So, here we are. You said you needed some fun to spice up your life, well, here you are.”
Kaylie sighed. She hasn’t quite pictured why and how a little fun was going to make her life better within the fourteen days that she would be spending here.
Thinking about her life, she realized she had made many mistakes because she has taken life too seriously. All her relationships had always been too serious, she has never actually dated for fun, or had a one-night stand or get drunk. Maybe this was what she needed. She was sure of it, even though her ass in the open was not part of what she thought.
“So, where is that list again?” Tori asked.
“Here.” She replied, dipping a hand into the purse in her hand and brought out a little jotter. In it, she wrote things she needed to do within the remaining 13 days.
Tori collected it and read it out. “Have fun without Chase, party hard to forget Chase, get drunk to forget Chase, kiss a random guy to make D jealous. …”Tori scoffed and looked at her. “Seriously? Is there anything in his list that you are doing for yourself and not for Chase this, for Chase that?”
Kaylie was quiet. She hasn’t actually thought about that. “Well…I..” She stuttered.
“Kaylie, have you actually thought about not wanting to get back to him?”
“Well, I haven’t but the truth is, I just want to have fun irrespective of whether he is here or not. I came here to have fun. I came here because I thought he wasn’t going to come and now that he is around I don’t want him to spoil my fun. I have lived all my life to please a man, to make them happy and never done anything for me. I am going to do this for me.”
“So what about after the fun? Do you still want to get back together?”
“I haven’t thought about that yet and I am not ready to.”
“Good. Then we lose the list.” Tori said, tearing the paper up. “The best way to have fun is to live in the moment, so, live in the moment.”
“Yea. I will totally do that.” Kaylie replied, picking a cup of booze from the waitress’s tray as she passed by. She smelt it the strong scent and pressing her nostrils together, she gulped down the drink.
“Wow! That was….” She belched before she could finish the statement but looked at Tori and realized her friend was no longer paying attention to her. instead, she was looking at a man sitting at the bar who was looking at them.
“Tori…” She tapped her.
“Yes babe, I think the guy over there likes you but men can wait, first we are getting drunk and we are partying hard. Come, let’s mix with the crowd.” Together, they mingled with the crowd who were jumping and dancing to the fast beat.
Chase was on the beach side. He had spent all his morning, afternoon and evening there, just staring at the beach and thinking about everything in general. He was however surprised with how people hadn’t really bothered to come out today when the sun was most beautiful. Now in the evening, few were already there but mostly old people. He decided to try the shrinks number one more time and it went straight to voicemail, again.
‘Hey, what is a fine young man like you doing at the beach at this time of the day, don’t you have a party to attend?”
Chase straightened up to see the speaker. He was surprised to be addressed by an elderly woman who seemed to be in her early fifties and was standing with another old man, probably her husband.
“Oh! Hi.” He responded.
The couple took the seat next to him which was able to accommodate the two.
“I was wondering why we have such a few people at the beach today.” He continued.
“Well, today marks the fifth year of OuterBanks establishment and there will be a party every day till dawn. Every young and vibrant who is renting a house is expected to be there. Except you are not a party fan.” The old woman explained.
“Who wants the oldies anyway?” The man said and they both chuckled.
“Wow! I didn’t know. I wasn’t invited.”
The couple exchanged glances.
“Wait, are you here alone? I’m sure you have lots of girls that are dying for you. I was you forty years ago and I know how I enjoyed the moment.” The man said proudly while the woman ignored him.
“Well, my girlfriend is here but she is giving me a break, we have issues, it is really complicated,” Chase explained.
“Wow! Young people and love uhn?” The woman said to the man who nodded understandably. “Well, you should see the shrink.”
“What? You ‘ve seen her? Where?” Chase said aloud, unable to hide his excitement and surprise.
“Well, somewhere at the psychic center, just ask anyone you see around, they will lead you there. It’s just somewhere at that house there.” The woman replied. Pointing to the far distance. “Once you see people on a queue, you will be able to tell.”
“Thank you so much,” Chase replied, standing up and rushing from the beach.
It was easy to spot the psychic center just as the woman had explained, he could see people on a queue at the front of a tent. Others were sitting and the queue had just a few people. He thought of calling her again but decided to just chill and wait till it got to his turn, After all, others were here before him. He looked around and spotted a place where he could sit.
After about thirty minutes, it was finally his turn, he walked into the tent and the woman looked surprised to see him.
“Chase! Wow! It’s good to see you.” She said with a smile.
“Yea. I heard you were around and thought of checking up since you didn’t say you will be here.” Chase replied bending to drop his fee into the pan on a stool nearby.
“Oh no! You are my regular customer, I think I will read you for free this time.” The woman said with a smile.
‘Wow! Thanks.” Chase replied, putting his money back into the wallet in his left hand.
She was sitting on a mat on the floor with a veil covering her head.
“Yea, you are welcome. Believe me. It was last night I got a call from one of the managers to come here to just add some fun since it is Hatteras Island week. I had to leave immediately. It’s good that you are here. I could detect that my sister had called you, so I’m glad you are here. Please, sit.” There was a section of the mat where a customer was supposed to sit.
“Thanks,” Chase replied, sitting down and afterward placed his right palm into her outstretched hand while she warmly covered it with the other, gave a warm smile and closed her eyes.
“You are in front of a wall, trying to get to the other side…” She said, opened and opened her eyes. “Well, I guess we have covered that before…” She closed her eyes again, frowned and opened her eyes. “Someone is coming from behind you and the atmosphere will be cloudy but you have to brighten things up to see through.”
“Wow! I don’t understand that. But I do understand what is coming behind me.”
The woman smiled, releasing his hand. “What does that mean to you?”
“Seriously, I’ve been trying to reach you since yesterday and I am so glad that you are here it’s like God is actually looking out for me. Anyways, the problem is, remember the ex I told you about?”
The woman nodded.
“Well, she unblocked me on Facebook, sent a message to meet her at the place we had wanted to have our honeymoon before she bailed out.”
“Wait. Did she want to see you? Did you contact her?”
“Yea. I wanted to leave the past behind me, I needed to forgive her and get over her for real. So I decided to drop a message for her and now she wants to come here.”
“What? Here, you mean, like, here?”
“Yea. We planned to book one of the beach houses here for our honeymoon initially but we couldn’t make it and now she wants to come here, and I got the message yesterday. What do you think I should do?”
She sighed. “Well, I don’t usually advise people on what they need to do so the only thing I will tell you Chase, is to listen to your heart, whatever your heart tells you to do, go for it.
I understand that your girlfriend is building a wall because she feels you don’t take her as serious as she takes you, whatever reason it is, just knows that you caused it and she’s making you pay for it. Besides, she never wanted you here initially, and now you both are sharing the same house. Think of how she will feel, give her a break when she is ready to talk to you, she will but don’t push her.
One thing I always tell all my customers having issues in their relationship is for them to relax and don’t push if she is yours, she will come back to you, when she does, make sure what happened never happens again.”
“Thank you so much…you just helped me cross a bridge. “
The woman smiled. “You are welcome.”
He stood up, smiled and walked out of the tent. He felt so relieved. The woman had really helped him and now he had nothing to be afraid of. All he needed to do was to follow his heart. Once Anne comes for whatever reason she might be here for, he would listen to her, forgive and move on. Hopefully, she would be coming with her husband.
That way it would be less awkward, he hoped. He could hear loud music and young couples all dressed up in their party wears, walking towards the area where the noise was coming from. That must be the party they were going to. He thought. Maybe he could go and have some free drink and perhaps have a little fun as well.
The shrink had said…oh crap! He hadn’t asked for her name again, Anyways, she said he needed to have fun, so he would try and do all that. How does someone have fun anyway? It shouldn’t be too much work, should I? Probably get drunk, make new friends. Well, he had definitely forgotten how to have fun. He needed to work on that, maybe being here would bring all that back. He had spent too much time being depressed and even if he would get back with Kaylie, he needed to add some fun. He was so lost in thought he did n’t when he bumped into someone.
“Oh my God! I am so sorry.” HE said quickly. He looked surprised to see the lady that had come to their house that morning. She was wearing too much makeup but he could still remember her face.
“Oh, hi Tori. Nice to see you again.”
The lady smiled. “Wow! You remember my name, I just love you right now.” The gown she wore barely covered her chest and her panties. It was an extremely short black gown and she was holding a cup of drink which seemed to be almost empty. He was surprised Kaylie wasn’t with her.
“What about Kaylie?” He asked.
“Kaylie? Oh! You know you need to forget about her for now. She is having a lot of fun right now unlike you.” She replied, sipping from the cup in her hand.
“Well, I’m glad to know that.”
“Really? You are not even a bit jealous that she is having fun without you?”
“Well..” He stopped, thought for a while and then shrugged. “The funny thing is, I do n’t. I actually think I’m happy that she is.”
He nodded. “Yea.”
“And that doesn’t bother you?”
“Should it? The thing is, we are both cooling things off right now and once we realize we are actually what we both want, we can come back together and continue from where we left off.”
“Hmm, that’s sweet and only if she actually wants to get back.”
Chase felt a pang across his chest. “What do you mean?”
“Well, the reason she is here is to get it over with you and believe me, she is very determined about that.”
“But I don’t want it to be over. I still love her and I still think she loves me too. Is there a way I can just talk to her cos she isn’t talking to me.”
“Well.” Tori started, she was quiet for a while. “First, I think you should let her have her way first.”
UNATTAINABLE PERFECTION (Episode 18)
UNATTAINABLE PERFECTION (Episode 18)
It was the next morning,on a Friday when Marcus and Fraser set out towards the location their mother had sent them using the GPS. It was a friday and they were supposed to be getting ready for school instead,they decided to sneak out at six am to go search for the supposed shop where they’ll get the tracker.
It was seven am now,and they still hadn’t arrived. They needed get back and plant the tracker before Alexa wakes up to use the car.
Her lectures started at nine am and she will leave from home probably at eight so they had one hour or less to get the device and return without any glitches
“Oh my God Marc, where have we landed ourselves?!” Fraser whispers moving closer to his brother.
Marcus looks up from his phone and that’s when he realises where they currently were.
They were in a slum now.
So many uncompleted buildings occupied.
As they walked further,the stench of alcohol and smoke hit them so hard like a hurricane.
Oh God, who’ll be smoking and drinking at six am in the morning?
The answer to their thoughts were gotten when they came across five scantily dressed men sitting around a table,alcohol and a stick of cigarette in each hand as they played something that looked like chess.
“Don’t look. Let’s just keep going” Marcus whispers back,grabbing his brothers hand as they quickly and swiftly walk past the group of men.
They heaved a sign of relief when they successfully passed by without being noticed.
But their anxiety only increased when they again came across more men,dangerous looking. This time,they were about ten in number,each had a girl seated on their lap.
From they way their eyes were scrunched close, it was obvious what was happening was more than just sitting down.
Fraser noticed that one of the men had their jeans hanging down his legs while the Lady seated on his laps had her short skirt pulled up as she grinded against him.
He scrunches his nose in disgust. They were all openly having s*x without shame. What was it called?
An orgy. Did those girls have no sense of dignity?
What sort of neighborhood was this?
Taking their distraction as their cue,they slowly slip between them.
One of the men opens his eyes and notices the intruders in his territory but he was way too distracted with the lady squatting in between his legs and doing wonders with her mouth.
He throws his head back,groaning in pleasure,completely forgetting about the boys. Heaving a sigh of relief, they rush away,far from their sight.
“Look! There’s the shop. It’s the only shop in this neighborhood” Fraser points to the only small shop they had come across.
Walking over,they introduce themselves and give the shop keeper Alice’s name. Without asking more questions, he pulls out a tiny box housing the device and hands it to them.
“You have your supply. Now leave” the shop keeper dismisses and they nod scurrying away immediately.
If someone had told me I’ll one day be seated waiting inline to be interviewed for the job of a personal chauffeur to my arc enemy,I swear I would probably have cut their tongue and shove it down their throats. But no.
Fate seems to have something different in store for me.
And that’s why,sadly as early as 6:00am,here I am seated amongst twenty other applicants wearing a suit and tie waiting for my turn to be interviewed. When in fact,I should be asleep in my bed.
For God’s sake it’s only six am!
I’ve been waking up at four am for the past one year and now that I’m a free man,I still wake up.so early?
Ha! Someone shoot me now!
I groan loudly making the guy seated next to me turn to stare at him. I glare at him and he turns away. Good.
I fidget with my fake moustache, feeling eyes on me. I turn.
A lady is staring at me.
I smile flirtatiously and she blushes instantly.
Oh!! Even with my fake mustache, it feels good to know I haven’t lost my charms. I wink at her and she blushes harder..
Okay William, you’re here for an interview not to flirt.
Great. I turn again and relax in my seat as I wait for my turn.
I adjust the extremely suffocating necktie as I wiggle in my seat, my precious soft butt beginning to hurt. I’ve been sitting on this hard chair for close to thirty minutes with this man asking me rather ridiculous questions if you ask me.
I mean,hello! It’s just a chauffer job.
“So Mr. Gordon.” The man begins,another set of questions.
Yep,you heard right. I changed my surname to Gordon but maintained my first name.
“Why do you need this job?” He asks and I almost insult him..
This is the most stupidest question ever. Why do we all need a job?
If not to earn some money.
“Well,Mr Dante, I need this job because first of all because I need to earn a living to support my sick mother and my education as well.
I say truthfully.
“Hmm. There are more than twenty applicants out there. What makes you think I should consider you for this job instead?” He questions and I purse my lips.
“Well..” I drawl out..
That’s such a good question. I need to be smart.
“Firstly, because I need the money which I’ve already mentioned. Secondly, I’m a pretty good driver. For two years, I drove race cars and not to brag or anything but I was pretty good,the best if you’ll say but I had to quit racing cars on my mother’s insistence because during one of my races,my brakes were tampered with and I suffered severe injuries” I explain and I notice a faint smile on his lips..
I guess I’m the only applicant who has raced cars.
“And..” I continue.
“I’m a very good fighter too. Why do I say this? Because I know for a fact that working for a wealthy and powerful family like the Wallace’s is a really big deal with risks involved. Wealthy families can be attacked at any point in time, since it’s part of being wealthy and just in case such occurs, I need to be prepared to protect my bosses”
Approval shines in his eyes at my explanation.
Damn it Will, good job. I pat myself mentally. I think I just landed myself a job.
“That was quite impressive and convincing. You’re just what I’ve been searching for. congratulations Mr Gordon,you just got the job.” He extends his hands for a shake. I shake him as a wide grin spreads on my face.
“Here, sign” he gives me a paper and I go through before signing.
Wow. 350cedis as monthly salary?
Ah,this job is such a good luck..
I sign and hand it back to him.
Damn,that was easy.
After ringing the doorbell more than thrice,the huge gate slides open. Hmm. I see.
I step through and the gate automatically closes on it’s on.
I glance around the large compound which was beautifully decorated with different coloured flower plants at the edges by the way. The perks of being rich.
I take advantage of this to glance at the cars.
I could see a closed garage which I’m sure may be housing two cars at least but I could see four cars on the compound.
A white range rover. A black sedan. A jeep. And a Ferrari.
Wow,cool. I smirk.
“Who are you?” The voice I’ll recognize anywhere asks and I turn, my heart doing stupid double flips. I rub my chest.
It’s been a year since I last saw her,maybe that’s why my heart is beating so.
Yep,it must be it.
“Ugh” I reach into my pocket and retrieve a paper Mr Dante asked me to give my ‘boss’.
Reluctantly, Alexa takes the paper and I swear her soft long delicate fingers graze against my skin as she took it,sent sparks up my body.. I ignore it,yet again.
I wait patiently while she reads it.
“I’m William Gordon. Your new chauffeur. At your service ma’am” I bow courteously.
She nods. She didn’t recognize me.
This is going to be fun.
THE LAST VIRGIN (Episode 13)
THE LAST VIRGIN (Episode 13)
In that very moment, as the full moon stood proudly in the middle of thousands of stars in the dark sky,Valerie was lost.
And Annamarie had taken over.
Finally regaining her memory.
From the very first thing that led to her untimely death to the circumstances that led to her having to be reborn into the human world.
She felt free again.. After being entrapped in that godammed hole where many souls were wandering about,no one saying a word to the other, she was finally free to be back into the human world.
Physically, she was just eighteen but technically, she was several years old save for her first body which had most probably rotten until her bones were left six feet under.
But it didn’t matter. No it f*cking didn’t.
Because right now,she was back in a new fresh body and that’s all that mattered..
Not knowing she’d just killed someone, Valerie jumps off the balcony and lands on both feet with strength she didn’t know she had.
But still very well aware of the fact that she’d gained some powers, her worries were pushed aside.
And again,without noticing Max’s body near her because of her immense rage, she passes by him,walking past the open gates and out onto the streets on bare foot,her hair flowing in all directions.
She had no idea where she was going at 12midnight but her legs seemed to know where to take her because they moved on their own accord.
The only thing that gave her solace was her mission for revenge.
It was to kill or be killed and this time..
Oh this time,she wasn’t going to be the one to get killed. That,she was completely sure of.
And she was gonna make sure of it.
Valerie didn’t know how long she walked but the moment her feet stopped moving,she knew she’d gotten to her destination.
And so,she stood,at the bank of that same lake she’d arrived four weeks back.
And she waited.
Not long after she arrived, she sensed a presence behind her.
Valerie turns to face him.
The man stares at her,gritting his teeth.
“Annamarie” he answers
“Valerie. It’s Valerie Kent now” she corrects him
“Very well. Valerie” Hades nods.
“Thank you. You fulfilled your part of deal” Valerie smiled a little.
‘And you just broke one rule!’ Hades was tempted to shout at her but he didn’t.
He only nodded and remained quiet.
It seems she still hadn’t realised she’d just murdered an Innocent person.
Hades stares at her.
He had clearly told her there were consequences if she broke one rule.
But what he didn’t tell her was that, for each rule that she broke, there was a different consequence allocated.
So if she broke all the three rules, she would have three dire consequences to deal with.
But seeing as she broke one, she was gonna face it,nevertheless.
He shakes his head.
She hadn’t even bothered to ask him what consequences she’d face if she broke a rule. No matter how many times he repeated to her that there were consequences involved, Annamarie never asked him once.
Her hatred, anger and thirst for revenge had blinded her so much that she either forgot to ask him what her punishment will be if she broke a rule or she just didn’t care enough to ask because she was too confident she’ll never let him down.
But alas! Overconfidence was the beginning of a man’s downfall.
And just like he’d told her years ago,second chances or forgiveness wasn’t in his dictionary.
And so, he was gonna punish her just as much. But, her loved ones were gonna pay for it.
That is what you get for making deals with the devil. You take one percent from him,he takes a hundred percent in return.
And by the time Valerie realises she’d broken a rule,it would be too late and he, would do nothing to help because he death with rules.
“Go home Valerie” Lord Hades finally says.
“I shall come to you In due time”
“Okay” Valerie bows and watched him disappear before making her way back home.
At home,Valerie sat at the dinning table ignoring the litter of empty wine bottles,used disposable cups and plates everywhere.
She had gotten home earlier and found everyone who arrived for her party had left save for a few who were being interrogated by the police who’d arrived.
She was hearing someone had fallen from the balcony and died.
But she didn’t who it was.
Maybe she’d find out when the police came to interrogate her because she knew they’d come.
It happened in her parents home after all.
Kayla was no where to be seen,neither was Max. But that was the least of her worries.
Max might have run after seeing her transforming.
Her worry was how to find those four bastard and make them pay.
“Valerie!” The loud voice causes her to jerk. She turns to find her father staring at her angrily
“I’ve been asking you a question for the past minute. Where the hell were you all this while?”
“Not now dad. I need to sleep. Been a long day” she sighs
“Yea I’m sure it’s been one hell of a long day considering someone died in my house and on top of that, you’d suddenly gone MIA and no one knew where you were!” Patrick yells
“Dad let’s talk tomorrow please”
“I’ll talk to you when I damn well please young woman. This is my house! And now it has become a crime scene. Now tell me where you run off to!”
“Answer me young woman!”
Valerie clenches her fists. Patrick was still screaming at her and it was riling her up.
She was getting mad. She wanted to rip his head off so he could shut up!.
At that moment,the consequence of her breaking the first rule was happening. Yet she had no idea. She was getting thirsty.
Thirst for blood. For Patrick’s blood. Her eyes rests on his neck,seeing the veins popping out as he continues to scream at her for being irresponsible and shit.
Valerie wondered what it’ll feel like to drink blood from his neck.
Would his blood taste delicious?
Was it thick?
Unknowingly, she gets up walking towards him till she was in front of him.
She grips his neck and lifts him up as easily as you would lift a book without warning.
“Shut the f*ck up for once will ya?” She sneers at him
Patrick gasps as his legs were now dangling in the air.
“Hmm” Valerie sniffs his neck.
His blood smelt delicious alright.
As if on cue,Valerie’s two front teeth began to shift and crack as it started growing into fangs just like ones of a vampire.
Her front teeth continues to elongate until they touched her lower lips and it stops.
At that moment,the price where Valerie’s loved ones had to pay for her breaking the rule was at work.
Without thinking, she sinks her fangs into Patrick’s neck and begins to draw out blood from his veins, drinking.
Kayla who’d just been interrogated by the police makes her way inside the house to look for her friend one more time.
She walks through the living room and then branches into the kitchen.
Maybe her friend was hiding somewhere crying after realising her boyfriend had died on her birthday..
Oh how was she going to comfort her? She thinks.
Nearing the dining table, Kayla stops in her tracks,staggering back at the sight before her.
Hanging with legs dangling in the air was Patrick and her best friends face was buried in his neck.
OK now WTF?!
“Valerie?” Kayla calls out.
Valerie turns and that’s when she saw it.
Red thick blood was dripping from both sides of Valerie’s mouth and…. her teeth….
Jesus! Her front teeth was elongated like a vampire and coated with blood.
Was she… Was she drinking her father’s blood?
“Arghhhhh!!!!!” Kayla screams and turns on her heels running as fast as her legs could carry her.
Valerie growls loudly before dropping Patrick to the floor. He falls with a thud.
Valerie begins to chase after Kayla.
THE LAST VIRGIN (Episode 12)
THE LAST VIRGIN (Episode 12)
As early as six am, Eugene was already up,his hands tucked behind his head for support as he stared at the ceiling,his mind deep in thoughts.
Eugene sighs, having enough of the brain Battle,he lifts himself off the bed and makes his way to the adjoining smaller room where the old woman occupied..
Stopping In front of her door,he knocks twice.
“Eugene?” Her frail voice calls out.
“Yes” he confirms
Eugene pushes the door back as he steps in side and takes a seat on the mattress near her.
She stares at him.
He puffs out breath
“Umm. I just wanted to ask a few questions” he scratches his head.
The old woman nods giving him the go ahead.
“Umm. Where are my parents?”
The old woman sighs.
“They died years ago, when you were just a boy. I’ve been taking care of you since”
“Oh” his face falls.
“And did anything happen for me to lose my memory? Why can’t I remember anything?”
“I’ve been waiting for you to ask me this for so long”
“Well?” He probes further
“You were involved in an accident. We almost thought you weren’t going to survive but alas..” Her eyes light up.
Eugene scrunches his eyebrows.
“Yes. Your best friends and I”
Best friends? He wondered.
If he had best friends then why hadn’t they come to see him till now.
It’s been a month already right?
F*ck! This was hella confusing.
No matter how much his grandma had been trying to explain things to him each day for the past month, his brain was still having a hard time getting a hang of everything.
It was like his brain was desperately trying to refuse everything.
He sighs, rubbing his face.
He could feel a headache coming just thinking of this.
Ah! He groans.
“I’ll go take my bath” he lies scurrying out of the room immediately.
He needed to be alone.
Kayla squeals behimd me,ranting on and on about God knows what as I grumble under my beeath in annoyance padding back towards the kitchen to pour myself another glass of milk.
“Ahhh! I’m so excited” Kayla squeals again.
Oh God! This girl could scream for Africa.
I turn to face her,with another glass of milk In my hand.
“Shhh,keep it down will you? Mother is asleep upstairs”
“Oops.. Sorry” she bit her lip and remained quiet, but only for a few seconds until she squeals again, grabs my hand and pulls me upstairs towards my room.
I quickly tighten my grip on my glass as I stumble behind her.
I scowl at her but she was too excited to notice.
I let out a sigh, rubbing my temple.
“You know..” I glance at Kayla as she busily rummages through my bag,pulls out a notebook and pen and begins to scribble.
“Any outsider would think it’s your birthday and not mine” I finish,gulping my milk.
“Hmmm” she replies absentmindedly still scribbling.
From the way she’s numbering stuff,I’m guessing she’s making a list of things we’re going to do today.
Leaving her to her work,I lean back against the wall,my mind drifting to Mr stranger again.
I sigh.. When will I see him again?.
“Hey!” Kayla’s voice pulls me out of my reverie.
I glance down at her petite form.
“What’s got your mind occupied?”.
“Nothing. So what are you doing?” I move to sit near her,trying to Change the topic..
She stares at me suspiciously for a moment before breaking into a smile, obviously pushing any suspicious thoughts to the back of her head.
I stare at my reflection in the mirror for a moment before picking up a red lipstick and applying.
I smack my lips together to evenly spread the lipstick after which I tie my hair into a ponytail..
Done,I take a step back to overlook my appearance, smoothing my palm over the soft silk of my off shoulder white dress that hugged my body more than I would like.
I let out a sigh, biting my lip.
It doesn’t really feel it’s my birthday. At all.
A sudden knock on the door interrupts my thoughts
“Hey,you ready?” The door opens as my father steps in.
“Yes but dad don’t you think..”
“Not a word Valerie” he cuts ne off
“The party is already starting downstairs. So not a word. I know you’re worried about celebrating your birthday because of your mothers condition but trust me,if she could speak, she’d tell you to go have fun. You turn eighteen only once in a life time child,so go. I’ll be upstairs with your mom. Just go have fun,your friends are waiting”
I fidget with my fingers.
How do I tell him I’m more worried about what might go wrong tonight than my mother’s condition?..
It sounds selfish I know,but I can’t help this nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach.
It’s like I don’t want this party to happen in the first place.
“Hey” father nudges me.
“It’s Almost 8pm,you should get going”
“Yes. Right” I mumble
“And happy birthday love”
I smile “thanks dad”
“Now go.” He turns towards the door,walking out.
“Here goes nothing” I take in a deep breath before following him out,the loud buzzing music filling my ears already…
“Hey!!!!” I grab another glass of whisky which Kayla had successfully snuck in and gulp it all down.
The drink burns my throat as it makes it way towards my stomach.
I scrunch my face and shake my head.
Damn! This stuff is strong but it works perfectly when it comes to taking away ones problems..
I feel light headed,dizzy but good.
I feel like I can even fly.
I giggle at my thoughts.
I feel hands wrap around my waist.
“Hey beautiful” a husky voice says behind me.
“Dance with me” he adds and I giggle again..
Oh dear,I must be getting drunk.
“My pleasure” I reply as we begin to dance much too close for comfort but I do not mind..
Not at all.
I grab more whisky downing it,ignoring the burning sensation in my throat..
I do not know why but I’m beginning to feel more alive by the second..
I don’t even know what the time is.
But as long as people are dancing, kissing and grinding in each corner, I’m sure this party is gonna last till mama calls..
I turn to go and find my next dance partner when someone grips me and pulls me away from the party.
Ah,so much for having fun.
I whine as I’m being pulled till we reach the balcony attached to my bedroom..
“Hey!” I whine turning to face my captor only to come face to face with Max.
I scowl at him.
“Happy birthday love” he moves in to kiss me but I pull away..
How dare he ignore me for a month and then suddenly appear here to kiss me.
The cheek of it.
“F*ck off!” I stagger backwards.
He sighs pathetically
“I’m sorry love. I know I…”
“Oh cut the crap Max! You don’t get to come here all of a sudden…” I trail off…
“Baby… I..” Max’s words were lost into oblivion as I stagger backwards, a familiar emotion I haven’t felt in almost four weeks surging through me again.
Oh no. Not again. No no no.
I clench my fists. My head is beginning to ache.
The world is spinning.
Max stops talking when he realises Valerie was acting strange. He takes a step towards her but she steps back, holding up her hands
“D..don’t come.. Near.. Go..” She stammers, holding her neck groaning.
“I said go! Run! Get out of here!”she screams, sinking to floor and letting her hands fall to her sides.
That was when he realised it.
From where her hands was covering was the crescent shape underneath her ear he’d always thought was a tattoo.
He watches as the half moon shape begins to reconstruct itself on her skin,bit by bit,little by little
Max watches in horror as the half moon shape suddenly turns into a full moon shape.
The moon shape begins to glow on her skin.
“Run! Go!” He hears Valerie scream as she tries to control whatever was taking over her body but he was too shocked, too dumbstruck at what his eyes were seeing that he couldn’t move an inch.
An invisible wind suddenly blew,sending Valerie’s hair which was tied into a ponytail flying in all directions.
The ribbon holding her hair in place suddenly tore,her hair falling around her shoulders.
She opens her eyes.
Max let’s out a scream at the sight of her eyes.
They were changing color.
And.. And so was her hair..
Her hair was turning bright red.
He tries to move,but it was too late.
“V.. Va..Valerie” he whispers.
Valerie gets up from where she was kneeling and faces him.
Her palm were igniting with fire.
“Valerie what is…”
Valerie could no longer control the force overtaking her body..
Annamarie’s anger towards her death years ago had reignited.
And the sweet Valerie had vanished.
And right now,any man was her enemy.
And the guy before her was her enemy.
She was back. Annamarie’ was finally back.
Back after fifty godamn years for revenge.
She wasn’t Valerie Kent.
She was Annamarie. And she was back,for good.
Her eyes blazes with hatred.. Her anger causes her to flip her hair.
The force sending Max flying off his feet.
She flips her again,unable to control herself and Max was once again thrown against the walk..
Except there was no wall on the balcony.
Max trips from the edge of the balcony and slips.
Max lands from the three storey building to the floor.
His head hitting the floor first.
He was dead even before he fell.
His neck was twisted at an odd angle,eyes wide open void of any life.
Lord Hades jumps off his seat,the ground shaking with his terror.
Annamarie had just killed someone..
One rule had been broken.