TO CHASE AND TO CLAIM (EPISODE 16)
DEDICATED TO ABEBI…YOUR COMMENT MADE ME SMILE. THANKS SO MUCH. SORRY, BEEN A WHILE, IVE BEEN SERIOUSLY DOWN BUT IM BACK NOW SO LETS DIG IN
The next morning, he got to Tori’s house at 6 in the morning. He made sure that Kaylie was still fast asleep and it took him a few seconds to explain to Tori what was going on.
“WoW! You mean your ex is around, like right here?” Tori asked they were both standing in the doorway.
He nodded. “Yea, don’t you see fate is playing some kind of trick on me?”
“Well, I don’t know but I do know that if we both stand here, we will both freeze to death, come on in.”
Chase followed her inside. He took a seat while she disappeared somewhere into the house and came back with a hot cup of coffee for both of them.
“So what are you going to do? Has she called you yet?”
“No, she hasn’t and I’m so afraid of checking my Facebook messages. It’s possible she doesn’t have my number anymore and she has probably sent a thousand messages to me on Facebook.”
“Well, calm down.” She said, handing him the coffee before taking a seat as well. “If the worst happens, I can go stay at your beach house and you can stay here or you may choose to leave Hatteras Island.”
“No, that’s not an option, if I’m leaving Hatteras Island, I’m leaving with Kaylie with everything set right between us, I’m not going the way I came.”
“Well, then we can settle for the first option but how long are you going to hide from your ex? Don’t you think its better you check your messages now? Something there might help us make a decision.”
Chase took a very Torip breath. “Okay, let me check.” He brought out his Phone and clicked on his messenger and just as he had thought, he had plenty of messages from Anne.
“Chase, I got your message too late as I’m already in Hatteras Island”
“Are you sure you are not coming?”
“Please I need you to come”
“We can fix this, where are you?”
“I booked the place we were supposed to spend our honeymoon, don’t you want to even check it out”
“If I don’t see you within two days, I will assume you have moved on and I will find my way.”
Tori moved closer to him and read the message, she had a look of disgust on her face.
“This lady is a total mental case. You left a man at the aisle and you expect him to be interested in checking out the honeymoon beach house?” She shook her head. “She is really a mental case.”
“So now, what do I do?” Chase asked.
“Well, she said if she doesn’t see you within two days she will assume you have moved on. That means you need to hide here until you and Kaylie finally come together again.”
“But I’m supposed to not be hiding from Kaylie right? The whole plan is so that she can see me consistently and realize that I’m moving on.”
It was Tori’s turn to take a Torip breath.
“This is all so messed up. How did I ever meet you, people?” She snapped at him. “Anyways, let me see her picture.” She clicked on the profile picture and stared at it. “Well, brunette, brown eyes and nice dimples, cool, but she is still a crazy person.”
“I’m in a Torip shit Tori.”
“Well, I gave you two options which we are opting for the first one, let’s just hope Kaylie wakes up and decides to get back to you, that way, things will be less complicated.”
By the time Kaylie woke up, she felt like a very big metal tank was hitting her head consistently. The pain was so bad.
“Please go away, go away.” She whined to herself but had to later open her eyes. She checked the wall clock, it was almost 7, in the morning.
The throbbing pain was unbearable. Gathering herself up with all of her strength, she rose up and moved slowly to her bag which was just beside the mirror, she remembered she had packed some painkillers with her.
She opened the bag and checked the sides, found the painkiller and quickly open it and poured the content into her mouth. She shivered as the chalky-taste of the drug hit her taste buds. She snapped her eyes shut, screwing up her nose as she pushed it down her throat. Quickly, she grabbed a bottle of drink by the mirror, opened it and gulped it down. finally, she wiped her mouth and checked herself in the mirror.
She was a total mess in the morning. Her make-up was all smudged and her hair was so unkept. Her eyes were bloodshot and her head ached terribly.
“I will never drink again!” She said to herself, feeling nauseous, she rushed to the toilet, opened the toilet bowl, held her hair in a place with her hand, s she began to vomit whatever content she had taken last night. She vomited four times and then sighed as she felt a bit better. She sat on the floor, breathing heavily and leaned against the door.
While her head was turned towards the mirror, she saw a paper by the mirror, on it was her phone. She wondered why Tori would leave her a written note when she could have just called her instead.
For a while, she just sat down, her head was throbbing slowly now, she was already feeling better and her body was coming back to normal. Slowly she stood up and walked to the mirror, she frowned immediately when she recognized the handwriting. She picked up the paper and began to read-
Hi babe, I hope you are able to read this in the morning. If you are feeling more headache, I left some pills on the table, it will help you take the bloated feeling and throbbing headache completely. Anyways I just want to tell you that whatever you are doing to get rid of me is probably working, I won’t disturb you or bother you again. I don’t want to be the reason why you will be drunk to stupor as you were last night and I had to carry you all the way. Please don’t get drunk again, it doesn’t fit you.
To make things easy for you, I decided to leave. I want you to be happy and I don’t want to burden you with my presence. I had initially thought we had a shot at another chance because I know how badly I screwed up but believe me, I never cheated on you. I would never do that. I was just going through some things and I could have shared with you but I didn’t know you would react. Anyways, since you don’t want to know the details, I will accept that I have lost you. I want you to be happy as I care Toriply for you. I will be happy knowing you are happy. Chase.
Had he brought her home last night? Kaylie thought, feeling ashamed of her. Why would Tori ask him to bring her in and who told him she got drunk because of him? How dare he decide to just leave the house? Why would he be happy for her and why would he even decide to be happy when she is happy?
20-The Guilt and the drama
For a while she couldn’t say anything, she was supposed to be happy that he was finally letting her be but she was not happy, she actually felt worse.
What was wrong with her?
She took a step back and sat on the bed. He had actually brought her here, no, carried her here? How she wished she was at least half awake to see how it actually felt being in his arms again.
To make things easy for you, I decided to move out and rent my own place
What did he mean that? Did he decide to leave Hatteras Island or just this house? She thought for a while. Maybe she could go out and find out if he was still around or not.
She stood up and tried to open the door but stopped. What if he was around, was she ready to forgive him and listen to whatever explanation he had? The truth was the thought of him carrying her all the way from that party sort of stirred a warm feeling in her. Had she pushed things so hard?
She summoned courage, opened the door and stepped out of the room. She walked quietly to the lounge. If he was around, he most certainly would be here watching the TV. She prayed he would be there but he wasn’t.
He could be in his room. She thought. Maybe she could go check him? What if she finds him in the room, what would she possibly tell him? Was she really ready to make things go back to the way they were?
She had no answer to that but she really hoped he was still around. He motioned towards his room, stopped right in front of the door and firmly pressed her head towards it. Not even a single sound.
She pushed open the door and to her disappointment, he had Indeed gone. There was no shirt or anything that could indicate he was still around.
She sighed. She had Indeed taken this so far and now she was missing him. she could have listened to him and things could have worked out for them and now…her phone rang, startling her. She had actually forgotten she was with it. It was Tori and she picked it.
“Hello Drunkard, thank God you are awake, how’s a headache?” Tori asked.
“Yea, it was awful before but it’s better now. Hey, did you see Chase last night?”
“Yea, I asked him to come help cos I couldn’t carry you.”
“So, did he tell you he was leaving ?”
“Yea, he did. He thought he was making things quite awful for you so he decided to leave.”
Kaylie sighed. “Do you know if he’s still around?”
“Why do you care about that?” She paused. “Wait, ain’t you suppose to be happy about it? You wanted him gone right?”
Kaylie took another Torip breath. “Yea..yea…i do. I just thought maybe I pushed things too hard.”
“Well, you shouldn’t feel that way, you totally got what you wanted. So have fun with your freedom, I will come to see you later.” There was a beep sound and the call ended.
Kaylie shrugged and walked out of the room. She got what she wanted and now, she was feeling bad about it. Clearly, she still has feelings for him. She needed to make things work. Bringing out her phone, she quickly scrolled through her phone contact list but she couldn’t find his number. That was so strange. She would never have deleted his number, no matter how angry she must have felt so who did?
She dialed Tori’s number again.
“Look, stop calling me that okay? Quick question, did Chase go through my phone last night?”
“No, I’m not sure why?”
“Because I can’t find his number.”
“Wait…you want to call him? Why? Besides, have you forgotten you deleted it last night?”
“What? Did I? When? Why? How come I don’t remember?”
“Well, let me think…..oh, yea, you were so drunk last night and you started acting so weird. Don’t you remember?”
Kaylie shut her eyes in disappointment. “I don’t remember. I swear I will never drink again.”
“But why are you trying to call him? Wait are you still drunk?”
“No, I’m not, I don’t know why I want to call him..you know what? Forget it.”
“Oh, No. I’m coming over right now.”
The call ended and Kaylie went back to her room. She was so angry with herself for having drunk excessively but she actually fulfilled one of her stupid goals for the vacation, to drink herself to stupor and now she could barely remember anything. Hopefully, when Tori comes, she hoped she would remind her of the crazy things she must have done, starting with why she deleted Chase’s’ number.
“Are you sure that being here is a good idea?” Chase asked Tori as soon as she got off the phone with Kaylie.
“Yea, I think it is until we can get you a place. Why? Are you having second thoughts?”
“No, I’m just wondering, what if she comes here and she finds me here?”
“She’s not going to kill you will she?”
“I don’t know. I don’t want to create a wrong impression about us both. Besides, what did she tell you?”
“Nothing much just wanted to know who brought her home and just like you have predicted, she is feeling pretty bad. I need to go see her.”
Chase smiled, maybe their plan would work after all. “So, what about the whole thing about my ex-being around?”
“Well, that one is pretty fucked up, you know. All you got to do, is to just wait here, it’s better if I go to Kaylie that if she comes here, you understand.”
“I know, but it’s just that I feel, things would have been easily done if you had told her you to know where I am than you having to lie.”
“And you want her to be angry with us both for planning behind her?”
Chase nodded, “Okay, you have a point, problem.” He replied as she took her bag and left the house.
Chase took a Torip breath. Things were becoming so complicated, he wondered why Anne didn’t get the message he had left and why she still came. He really hoped she comes with her husband; it would really be most helpful for him if she comes with her marriage still intact. Taylor had mentioned just her name and even included a ‘miss’ he knew what that would mean but he just wasn’t ready for such drama yet when he was just trying to make things easy with Kaylie.
He felt something vibrating and he discovered Tori hadn’t taken her phone along. Picking it up he released Kaylie was the one calling.
“Oh crap!” He waited until it finished ringing and then went to voicemail.
“Hey babe, it’s Kaylie, I’m almost at your place, don’t bother to come.” She said before hanging up.
“Oh! Crap crap crap!” He stood up immediately and just on time, the door swung open, Tori came in, looking all agitated.
“Kaylie is…” He started.
“She’s here, fast, take the back door.” Tori interrupted, pushing him towards a section of the house which led to the back of the house.
“Stay here. Don’t make a sound. And please don’t go anywhere.” She said quickly slamming the door, leaving him alone outside.
Chase sighed. This was becoming hard work. He looked around and found more houses. He thought of taking a walk around. He couldn’t just stand there and do nothing.
After some minutes, he found himself at the beach; people were at the beach this time. He sighted one of the ladies that had come over to him the first day. She looked happy to see him as she kept smiling.
‘Hey handsome, come to say hi.” She shouted to him, waving, making everyone turn to his direction.
Chase blushed slightly; he wished she hadn’t done that. As he proceeded towards her so as not to be rude.
“Chase. Oh my God, Chase, you came.”
He froze as he heard his name, recognizing the voice immediately. He immediately regretted not listening to Tori when she had told him to not go anywhere.
“Oh, Chase. I knew you would come. I know how much you love the beach.”
She was right behind him now and he had no choice than to confront her-his past mistake.
WELL, GUESS WHO IS AROUND?
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.