As soon as she left, I started hearing voices outside the room – like she was talking with someone or something.
Shortly, the door opened and her son walked in, looking pretty angry.
What’s wrong with her?
“Hey, you! Take off my shirt” he said and I arched my brows in surprise.
Oh! The shirt is his, right?
But….does he want me to go na*ked in front of him?
Immediately, his mum walked in.
“Hey! Xavier. Come on, son. What’s wrong with you? Let’s talk outside” she said calmly and held his hand, but he still looked pretty angry.
Why’s he acting this way?
“Of all the clothes in the house, mum, does it have to be my shirt? One of my favorites??” He queried.
“Um…I’m really sorry….son. Don’t worry, I’ll take off the shirt” I said and started looking for a way to take it off my body.
I didn’t even know how the woman wrapped it on in the first place.
“Why the heck did she just call me her son?” I heard him ask.
“Hey, hey, Delaney. What do you think you’re doing? Stop it” the woman rushed to me and held my hand.
“Don’t worry about it, okay?” She said and I nodded and she turned back to the son.
“Now, come with me!” She said strictly and forced him out of the room.
“Seriously, mum; you wanna harbor a stranger in the house?? An alien?” I demanded as I stood with her in the room.
“She’s human, Xavier. So, stop acting like she’s a ghost or something” she replied, getting me more bemused.
“Hold on; so what? You just picked a random lady from the street and decide to keep her here? For how long would she have to stay here, mum? Seriously?”
“Xavier please. The most important thing is keeping her safe for now. Besides, she seems to be a loveable person. She…”
“A loveable person?” I scoffed
“Someone that refers to me as a girl? That calls me her son? With her hair so long and untidy… She’s a complete alien, mum. You can’t be serious about keeping her here. What if she’s just pretending? What if she’s actually an assassin? Or a spy? Or something more?”
“You’re totally wrong. I’ve studied her, okay? She’s harmless. And even if you’re right, then I’m ready to bear the consequences. But for now, just let her be. Okay?”
I rolled my eyes and tucked my hands into my trouser pocket.
“Besides, you know I’ve always wanted to have a girl around me” she added with a pout.
“Just make sure she stays away from me” I stated blatantly and walked out of the room.
I sat sullenly in the sitting room, my eyes glued to the TV, although my attention was elsewhere.
So many thoughts kept flying through my mind and ruined my mood.
Shortly, I heard some feet slapping down the steps and turned to see it was mum.
She walked with her hands busy in her bag.
“Honey, I’m off to work, okay? Hopefully, I might be back before you leave for school tomorrow” she said in a brisk and I scoffed.
“Hold on; are you sleeping at the office again??” I asked and she stopped to look at me.
A look of guilt crept into her face.
Well, of course, she should feel guilty.
“I’m sorry baby. Okay? The call just came in urgently and I really need to leave now. Okay?” She cooed and I stared at the floor in a pathetic way.
“Dad is out of the country. And you’re sleeping at the office. Seriously mum; what am I to you guys?”I asked a bit angry.
“Well….why don’t you go to Xavier? You can spend sometime with him right?”
I rolled my eyes and looked away.
“Hey; its something wrong?” She asked, noticing my strange behavior at the mention of Xavier.
“Chelsea, talk to me. Are you two having issues?”
“No” I mumbled, staring down at my nails.
“Then, what’s the problem, huh? Tell me”.
I sniffed and looked at her.
“Could you….spare me a minute? I’d love to ask a question”.
“Okay, sure” she hushed and sat next to me.
I took in a deep breath before proceeding.
“What do you when….someone you love is actually a player?” I asked and her jaws dropped.
Damn! I needed to ask.
“Is it Xavier?” She asked and I nodded slowly and she sighed.
Well, the thing is – I was truly in love with Xavier. But the fact that he’s a player keeps breaking my heart. He isn’t ready for love.
“Well….” She tries speaking, but was suddenly interrupted by a phone call which she received.
what?? He’s there already???
Oh my! Please, stall him a little. Just give me 10 minutes and I’ll be there, please.
Yes, do all you can”
By this time, she was already on the feet with her bag.
She ended the call and threw the phone into her bag.
“I’m so so sorry, baby. But one of the major clients is about leaving. Don’t be angry, okay? I’ll….I’ll call you over the phone so we can talk about it. Okay? I love you” she bubbled.
She pecked me on the cheek and ran out of the room, leaving me in ultimate shock.
I sat quietly in the room for a long time,doing nothing. And after a while, I laid on the bed.
I was so bored.
Suddenly, I heard someone hitting the door and sprang on my feet.
Who’s there?? Who’s hitting the entrance??
Why’s there even a door in a room?
“Who’s it?” I asked but didn’t get a reply?
Could it be the woman?
But she doesn’t hit at the door before coming in.
I got to it and opened it like I’d seen her opening and to my greatest surprise, I found the son standing there.