By: Faith Lucky.
They looked a little bit shocked as I mentioned the name.
“The crazy dancer?” He repeated.
“You mean the masked lady?”
“Yes – of course! You know her. The masked dancer. I want you to abduct her. Is that possible?”
He turned and looked at the guy at the backseat.
“Well….we’d want to but, you should know she’ll be heavily guarded and
such abduction would demand violence and all.
“Well…You don’t have to worry about it. We’ll take care of it” he concluded and I looked at them with non-satisfaction.
Why’s he sounding like a pain in the ass?
I sighed gruffly and brought out the heavy envelope, throwing it at him.
“That’s half of the money. You’ll get your balance once the job is done” I told him as he smiled into the envelope.
“No probs, boss. You can count on us” he replied and left the car afterwards with his colleague.
I took in a deep breath and tuned on the ignition. I really hope this works.
“Maxine? Maxine?” I kept calling down the stairs and met mum in the sitting room, fully dressed up.
“Mum! Where the hell is Maxine? Did you send her on an errand?” I asked with my hands at akimbo and she wore a depressed look.
“Is Tammy ready?’ She asked, ignoring my question
“Yes…hold on; where’s Maxine?” I asked more curiously and she sighed
“It’s a long story, Ruby. But while you and Tammy were in school, something happened. Noah just showed up and took Maxine away” she replied and I nearly fell on my heels.
“What?” I shrieked.
“Wh…What’re you talking about, mum? What do you mean Noah took her away?” I asked confused.
“Your dad and I are still trying to fix it. We don’t know what his connection is with her, but..by tomorrow morning, she’ll be back” she replied and I scoffed.
Hold on; this is crazy.
“I..I don’t get you, mum. Are you trying to say…Maxine is with Noah??” I asked abacked and she nodded.
“Whaaaaat?” I screamed.
“What are you talking about, mum? I mean…how’s that even possible? Why the hell would Noah take her away???”
“Calm down Ruby; stop screaming” she hushed.
“Mum! What do you mean I should stop screaming?? Maxine is with my Noah? Are you kidding me? Why the hell are they together??”
“I’ve told you Ruby; by tomorrow, she’ll be back! Your dad’s working on it, okay? So, chill”.
I wanted to say more, but realized I was out of words. The entire thing was damn too shocking.
Why would Maxine be with Noah?
Oh my God!
I felt so nervous as I sat next to Noah in the car as it seemed more like a dream to me – I was sitting next to him!
The dancer I’ve always adorned.
We drove for quite a long time and close to the venue, the car stopped for the usual swap.
“We’ll meet at this very spot when you’re done’ Noah said and I nodded and left the car.
A black car was already waiting for me with two men in suit and I stepped in anxiously and they took off.
Thinking of it; how’s Noah sure these people will not reveal my secret? Although…they don’t know my face. But seeing me with him and all that…how’s he sure they wont cook up something one day?
The drive to the venue was very short and my eyes nearly popped out the crowd I met.
Are all these people here to watch?
If the outside was this crowded, then how would the inside be?
The driver found a suitable place to park and the doors were opened afterwards.
“Please, step out, ma’am” one of the men in suit said and I swallowed hard and left the car.
Luckily, they were guards around and I guess that was the only thing that stopped the people from rushing to me because they all started staring and talking about me.
“Come with me” the man said and I kept my head low and followed him.
I touched the veil on my face and hoped it was still intact and wouldn’t be tampered with.
The men took led me through an almost dark hallway and I wondered why it had to be that dark and secret. I couldn’t even find anyone around.
We walked for a long time and finally came out to a hall filled with different ladies and guys…Obviously, they were the contestants.
They were so many and they all turned to look at me as I made my entrance.
Oh-oh! I could feel goose bumps all over.
Geez! Thank God my face is covered. That was the only thing that gave me hope – at least, they wouldn’t get to see my face – although, the veil didn’t cover my eyes.
I reduced my pace as I walked behind the man and got to what looked like the table of organizers.
And obviously, the contestants were talking about me. Geez! They were so many and had number tags attached to them. *
I stared angrily at her as she walked in.
Geez! I can’t believe she’s actually the last contestant to arrive. I mean, she didn’t even attend the orientation classes which had taken place about an
good ago. Why does she have to be treated so specially? I wish she gets evicted tonight.
“Wow! Her dress is so pretty” Audrey said beside me and I glared at her.
“What? Are you dumb? You shouldn’t be praising her. She’s…”
‘Hey, chill Alexa; i never said I liked her okay? Admiring her dress isn’t a crime” she cut me off with an eye roll and Anna just chuckled.
I just hope she gets evicted tonight. I can’t have Noah running after her again.
I watched her as she collected her tag from the organizers.
Hm. I wonder who she is. Who’s her sponsors? And why’s she putting on a veil? Is she tryna look different and draw attention or what?
Hm. I must discover her identity.
My tag was given to me and I was asked to stand among the rest of the contestants.
Their eyes dancing around me made feel really nervous and alone.
And shortly, one of the female coordinators came up.
“Okay; Can I have your attention, please? Everyone?” She announced all eyes focused on her.
The noise from the crowd outside the curtains could clearly be heard. “This will be done quite snappily and simple. But of course, your dance steps should be extra ordinary to enable you win. You’re all gonna be called out according to your number tags and as you all know, the results won’t be called tonight, but tomorrow morning. So, I wish you luck” she concluded with a clap and the contestants mumbled a few words.
There was a big TV in the hall and suddenly it went on and displayed the stage. Wow! I guess we get to watch the rest of the performances as well.
The sound and everything could clearly be heard and geez! The crowd were just like sands. I can believe all these multitude came to watch. *
And the show began…
Each contestant was called out for her own performance and I must admit, most of them had killer steps. But some, they danced just danced like learners.
I watched with keen interest, learning a few things from them.
Suddenly, I felt a hand tap me from behind and turned to see two strange men in suits.
Huh? Did they just tap me?
I touched my veil to ensure it was still covered.
“Sorry for the disturbance, Miss” one of them said.
“But you need to come with us. Its urgent”.
Huh? What could possibly be wrong?
Hm. Who else is thinking what I’m thinking?