TO CHASE AND TO CLAIM (EPISODE 28)
Kaylie heard the doorbell rang and went to get it. She was glad that her friend was finally here.
“How are you?” Tori asked, throwing her purse on the settee and taking a seat.
“I’m alright.” She lied and sat down beside her.
“So are we cool?” Tori asked.
“Cool about what?”
“Oh, please, the first time he set his eyes on you I knew he liked you so, we are cool. Besides, he wasn’t my type.” Kaylie confessed and Tori laughed.
“I knew it. You can be so stubborn. Why do you always do that? why do you tend to make some things a competition? Why can’t you just take a break and let things work themselves out? Why do you have to always want to win?”
Kaylie sighed at all the questions Tori kept bombarding her with. But she was right. She always wanted to win and she had always seen everything as a competition.
“Look, I don’t know Tori, it’s just who I am.” She replied.
“That’s bad. If you keep up doing that you will start seeing everything as a threat.”
Kaylie was quiet for a while and later asked. “So, when did you and Chase become friends anyway?”
“Well, that was the night you got drunk when I had to call him,” Tori replied. “But that kiss tonight was something else babe, you cannot even deny not to have felt anything.”
Kaylie chuckled as she remembered. “Yea, it was. I caught me by surprise actually and then I just….” She started but her voice trailed off. There was no perfect word for that.
Tori smiled. “Does that mean you know that you are still in love with him?”
Kaylie thought for a while. As usual, she wanted to fight it…
“Don’t fight it, just let it out.” Tori cautioned.
Kaylie took a Torip breath and nodded. “Yes. I am…but it doesn’t mean anything. He is with someone else now and ….”
Tori banged the table. “Stop that ridiculous excuses! What is with you and trying to come up with a ‘but’ for every damn thing? When I saw you with Nick, you think I cared if you two were together? I saw him, I liked him and I went for him. Didn’t you see that? I know you did.”
Kaylie stood up. “I am not like you okay? I wasn’t brought up in that way to have strong guts and believe in my guts.”
“Well, you need to start grooming your guts then,” Tori replied. “Did he tell you he’s leaving tomorrow?”
“Did he also tell you the reason why he did what he did that led to your break up?”
She shook her head. “I didn’t give him enough chances to.”
Tori shook her head. “What about this? Did he tell you he is attempting to seek a transfer from his place of work to another city?”
Kaylie gasped. Her heart sank as she heard that. “No.”
“Well, he is, once he leaves here tomorrow night and that means you both will never ever see again.”
Kaylie winced. She had been feeling so depressed since she heard he was leaving the island and now he was going to another city. Her life would suck.
“But…what if he does the same thing again? What if he hurts me again?”
Tori gasped “Then you forgive him, again and again, because of your happiness and because you love him but if you want him to stop doing that you need to learn how to listen. Listen to what prompted him into doing what he did. He has everything you want in a man and he is not perfect so he can make mistakes. Don’t expect a perfect relationship.”
Kaylie stood up.” I don’t want him to hurt me again.”
“So why are you telling me that when you can always go ahead and tell him. Trust me/…infact, you already told me not to meddle but I am your friend, you know he loves you, we both know. In fact, I think he is the only guy that I have ever seen to be this in love. He would do anything for you. so why are you making yourself miserable when all you need to do is to listen and forgive.” Tori stood up. “I have done what is expected of me as a friend. The rest is in your hands.”
“Are you going?”
“Oh, yea. I am. I need to call my man, he told me to call him once I feel like and I will. That is how to do it-you go for him because he is what you want.” With this, Tori stood up, picked up her purse and brought out a card.
Kaylie watched as she dialed the number.
“Hello, its Tori…I’m ready…okay, I will meet you.” With this, she turned to her again. “I love you and you deserve to be happy. You are a good person and you are very patient with everything but sometimes, you need to act and not wait. You need to forgive easily so that someday you would wake up and realize you have no one to talk to. You need to go for something and not wait till the time goes by. Yes, he hurt you but you have punished him enough. I saw the way you looked when he kissed you. I saw the way you looked at him when you thought no one was watching. You are still in love with him so why pretend. Look at me, I am going to Nick, if he asks me to follow him on a trip or something, I will go, as you know, my writing job offers me good flexibility. Chase will be gone and who would be with you? Loneliness is a terrible thing. It is like death. It kills someone slowly. ” She leaned closer to Kaylie and kissed her on the cheek. “Once you make up your mind, you will find him at the beach.”
Kaylie watched as Tori left, shutting the door after her. Then she sat down to have a Torip thinking. Something was off about tonight. Now that Tori and Chase were good friends, was it possible that she had told Chase her plan to get back at him? Plus who was that lady she had seen with Chase? He hadn’t seen her with any particular lady since they got here and now all of a sudden, he just magically appears to have a girlfriend, it was too convenient. She wasn’t buying it.
Taking up her phone she logged into her Facebook account. She wanted to search for any ‘Anne” who has Chase as a friend on Facebook.
She could hardly remember the last time she used Facebook, she couldn’t even remember her password. Thankfully, she hadn’t logged out the last time and the first pop message she got was from Anne Statham. She frowned. That was strange.
“Hello Chase, I am at the beach now, please we need to talk.”
What? What was the meaning of all this? Oh! She realized it was Chase’s account she had logged into.
She checked the messages and saw all the messages that had been sent by Anne, the same lady who she just saw tonight.
For some reason, she paused. Could Chase be cheating on her as well? All of a sudden, she was covered in her own sweat. She clicked on the message one after the other.
“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.”
What was the meaning of all these? Honeymoon? Was he planning to get married to another person? Did Tori know about all these? What kind of game was this? Did he hook up with his ex or had he been cheating all along?
She couldn’t understand anything and she had no idea of what to do. So she dialed Tori’s number. Tears were flooding her eyes and she could her heartbreaking faster than she had ever experienced before.
“Tori, I know about Anne. You knew, didn’t you? You all took me for a fool! You all lied to me! You are so despicable. I don’t ever want to see you again!” Then she ended the call and switched off the phone.
Not only did Chase lie to her, but even the lady that had been her friend. This was why she hated making friends. How could they? They all ganged up together to make a fool out of her. Anne was his ex and she came to reunite with him? So all the kisses, all her confusion, everything was a joke….she had almost thought everything would be fine. She couldn’t stop crying.
Suddenly her door burst open and Tori with Anne rushed in at the same time.
“What are you doing here, please just leave…”
“Babe, please, it’s not what you think? We are all supporting you and Chase…” Tori started.
“You? I could never believe any word that comes out of your mouth again.” Kaylie shouted at her.
“Calm down Kaylie, please, for the sake of your happiness.” Anne began.
“Look, I saw the messages you sent to him, I know he cheated on me with you and now…”
“No, no no. He was my ex, I met him before you did!” Anne shouted at the top of her voice and this seemed to catch Kaylie’s attention.
‘What are you saying?” Kaylie asked, cleaning her face.
“You need to sit down and listen to this,” Tori said sternly.
Kaylie sat. “Okay, I want to hear what you have to say.”
“Tell her everything, Anne,” Tori said to her taking a seat as well.
So Anne started recounting all that happened between herself and Chase. How they had met while he was in school and how they had planned to get married before she abandoned him at the aisle.
Kaylie frowned. “Why would you do that?”
“Because I was naïve, stupid and reckless and I lost the best thing in my life. I don’t want you to do the same.”
Kaylie was quiet. “So, what happened next?”
“So, I went to Paris and got married to my ex. I think he found out elsewhere because I ex-blocked him on social media. He later opened an account to tell me how much I hurt him and how much what I did….in fact, let me show you.” Anne brought out her phone and navigated to her Facebook account. Then she passed the phone to Kaylie.
Kaylie got the phone and read the content-she realized the day was 15th of July, the night she had broken up with him and there was no profile picture, indicating it was a new account.
This is Chase your ex-fiancé whom you abandoned at the aisle. You are the most wicked woman I have ever met in my entire life and I regret the day I set my eyes on you. what you did to me was wicked but for the sake of the woman I love, I forgive you. What you did to me is affecting my relationship and I was told I needed to forgive you to move on and because I have someone whom I Toriply love. I hope you get everything you deserve. Good Riddance.
After this Kaylie saw Anne’s several replies but which never got delivered.
Chase, please I am so sorry. I know what I did was wrong . I was so stupid.
Please, are you there?
I will unblock you on Facebook and will try your main account.
Kaylie handed her back the phone. “He never told me about you,” Kaylie said but kept quiet as she remembered they had both agreed not to talk about their pasts.
“I think he was doing his best to put the past behind,” Anne replied and continued. “So that led to all those messages you must have seen in his inbox. This place was supposed to be for our honeymoon….”
“Wait.” Kaylie stopped her. “Hatteras Island, here?”
Anne nodded and this made Kaylie remember how he had reacted the first time she had spoken to him about this place.
“I wish he had talked to me,” Kaylie said regrettably. “Why didn’t he talk to me?”
“Well, you need to ask him that,” Tori replied.
“So after I got divorced.” Anne continued. “I didn’t get his reply so I just came here straight.”
“The day she arrived was that day we saw them with Taylor at the shore, remember?” Tori asked and Kaylie nodded. Then Tori continued to explain all what they had planned just for her and Chase to come back together.
“You were part of it too?” Kaylie asked, Kaylie, now getting amused as to how they have all come together just because of her.
“Yes. Chase asked me to be his fake girlfriend after he told me everything that happened. He wanted to see how you would react if you know he has moved on.” Anne replied.
“I think, you should listen to this,” Tori said, bringing out her phone. She scrolled through and played audio. “ I recorded it the night he carried you from the club.”
Kaylie smiled as she heard Chase’s clear voice-
“Yea and without any explanation or head up, then she blocked me on our social media, I rushed into my new relationship with Kaylie without giving myself enough time to heal. So when I discovered that she got married, it broke my heart and I couldn’t handle it. I was so stupid, I should have just healed, I should have told her , but I didn’t want her to see me as being weak, I didn’t want her to think maybe I wanted to go back to my ex or that she wasn’t enough for me because she is all I need and I love her so much.”
As she listened, her heart was melting. Kaylie knew for sure that Chase really loved her, the realization hit her so fast that her heart began to race. He didn’t betray her, he never cheated on her. He was still hers after all. She needed to get her man back.
Tori smiled as she saw the smile on her friend’s face. “That smile could only mean one thing. That means I and Anne can go back to what we were doing before. All the best girlie. Go find him before it’s too late.” Tori said, standing up.
Before they left, the three hugged and they all moved out together.
AHH! FINALLY! MAYBE WON’T EVEN NEED THE 10 DAYS AFTERALL
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.